Oh boy. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy.
I was never a big fan of Dr. “the sky is falling and I’m making millions off of spreading fear” Oz. He’s a smart guy but spends too much time spewing nonsense for ratings. In the past five years on his show, he has shared no less than 16 “miracle weight loss cures”. Crap from green coffee extract to raspberry ketone.
He offers false hope to millions who are looking for a quick fix.
Hey Dr. Oz…I’ve got an idea. How about offering the truth that it’s a combination of eating right and exercising regularly? Offering the truth? Now that would be a miracle…but wouldn’t make for great TV now would it?
So anyway, last night he was on with Seth Myers and for some reason, they just HAD to talk about gluten. What is it with late-night comedians and gluten? Is there nothing else to talk about? Anyway, here is how the conversation went:
Seth: I feel like there are all of these crazes in health and one of these is gluten-free. So gluten-free, is it the real deal or is it BS? What do you think?
Now at this point, I’m thinking Dr. Oz, you know…being a DOCTOR and all, would say it’s a real health issue for a lot of people and would go on to talk about celiac disease. I mean…this is a real moment to educate. We can finally shut the naysayers up. Jimmy Kimmel, Rachael Ray, Jimmy Fallon and all the other idiots who pile on us can all suck it. This is our moment to shine.
I hit pause on my DVR. I woke my entire family up and told them to come downstairs. I called the neighbors and had them come over. I called all my friends and relatives and put them all on speakerphone so everyone could finally hear from a real doctor about how serious our disease is. I opened all of the windows in my house and turned the volume all the way up.
Then when I had everyone’s rapt attention…I hit the play button.
And this is what I got.
Dr. Oz: It’s complete BS. It’s a scam.
Ok…well…that’s not what I was expecting. Here’s the complete video:
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Don’t you just love the crowd reaction after he calls it a scam? It’s like they were all saying “I KNEW IT!” and they were so deliriously happy.
After he called it a scam, he seemed to try to go into damage control mode a bit but he even botched that. He said “there are a lot of folks who have big time problem with gluten so I don’t have a problem with people who don’t like eating gluten foods…”
We don’t LIKE to eat gluten foods? Really?? It’s not that we CAN’T eat gluten foods or our body actually attacks itself causing ungodly health issues? Ok…just wanted to make sure.
He finishes nicely, saying that most gluten-free food is junk. Been saying that for years.
And THAT’S what the scam is. It’s the food companies promoting gluten-free like it’s better for everyone’s general health, regardless of how much other crap ingredients they put in their food.
His intent most likely was not to discredit the gluten-free community, but his messaging was atrocious.
And naturally…not one mention of celiac disease. Another missed opportunity.
But you know what my real problem with this segment is? Dr. Oz is constantly talking about the evils of gluten on his show and on his site. You want some headlines from the man himself? How about these for starters?
“5 Hidden Signs You Have a Gluten Allergy”
“The New Warning Signs for Gluten Sensitivity”
“Gluten: The Next Epidemic?”
“Is Gluten Your Body’s Worst Enemy?”
“Is Gluten Secretly Destroying Your Health?”
“Have You Gone gluten-Free?”
“Is Going Gluten-Free the Answer You’ve Been Waiting For?”
See the double-standard here? Dr. Oz can’t stop talking about gluten. He’s profiting handsomely from it. He’s one of the reasons for the damn bandwagon in the first place.
And yet he goes on national TV and then calls it complete BS??
You cannot have it both ways my friend. And the next time a celiac gets sick because a chef thinks the whole gluten-free thing is a scam, he/she will have you to thank.
Well done doc.
I’ll finish with this wonderful quote from Forbes magazine:
“Dr. Oz simply masquerades marketing as medicine, trumpeting outlandish claims on the backs of poorly conducted science and insignificant data. In the end, it’s all for ratings.”
Amen to that.