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Fall of Dr. Oz: Tour of the world of a celebrity medical quack

| | April 17, 2015

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Dr. Oz is arguably the most influential health professional in America. The Dr. Oz Show, which started in 2009, has an average audience of more than 4 million people each day in 118 countries.

Oz has shared the stage with vaccine deniers, and activists like the Food Babe (known to scientists as “the Jenny McCarthy of food”).

How did a gifted, award-winning cardiothoracic surgeon with credentials from three Ivy League schools become a TV star who promotes belly-fat busters and anti-aging tricks? I’m also intrigued by the hold he has on his fans. Why do so many people place their trust — and their health — in the hands of a TV personality? What does his popularity say about Americans’ attitudes toward science

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