I have the honor of having been visited by the internet's bluebird of ... happiness, the one and only MyTChondria. The following is a guest post from her:
Tuesday had to be a rough day in Mehmet Oz’s media complex. Congress critters took out the daytime talk show host for promoting dietary supplements for weight loss. Senator McCaskill took a giant bite out of Mehmet’s yoga toned arse after years of glossy videos of fat cells being ‘grabbed’ up by green coffee beans and other swill. For those who want the blow by blow, I defer to Peter Lipson, longtime thorn in the groin of Oz Media Machine. Dr. Lipson does an excellent play-by-play analysis over on his blog at Forbes.
Oz plead no contest. At one point, he said his job on the show “is as a cheerleader for the audience”. Which is odd, because I have yet to see his show entitled “Mehmet Oz, Cheerleader”. I believe it’s still called “Dr. Oz”. And that is where Mehmet and his half-wit production team have lost themselves. Cheerleaders aren’t medical professionals.
As your friendly neighborhood guest blogger, I’m here to help you, Mehmet, with a Five Step Miracle Cure for your current woes.
1. Fire your production team. All of them. Bad ones put these shows together. Others should have told you not to do them.
2. Hire scientists, clinicians and trained psychologists. It turns out that science is woefully underfunded in the US, so you could probably pick up some for quite a steal.
3. Read some papers from peer reviewed journals.
4. Take a few field trips to labs and talk to people working on diabetes and other diseases.
5. Pour your production into making medical science easier for the public to understand.
You’ll find there are, dare I say, miraculous, breakthroughs every day in health care and science. The body is an amazing complex machine and smart dedicated people are hunkered down doing real work fighting terrible diseases. Bring their discoveries to light. And finally, forget your shtick of pretending the impossible is possible. It makes your viewers worse than ignorant. It makes them wrong.
When you’ve done all those things, and start acting like a doctor, I’ll stop rolling my eyes and groaning every time I hear you referred to as “Dr” Oz.