why I no longer follow Dr. Oz

NutriSue - organic peaches

TIME magazine published an article by Dr. Mehmet Oz, also known as Dr. Oz, on December 3, 2012. It’s entitled Give (Frozen) Peas a Chance — and Carrots Too
You can access the original article in TIME magazine if you have a subscription. If you don’t have a subscription you can access it here: www.newsvine.com
I’m not sure why the article from newsvine.com states that it is written by Dr. Nagual, when the article in TIME is written by Dr. Mehmet Oz. And the articles are identical.

Dr. Oz has millions and millions of followers on tv and social media. That’s a fact.

I find it hard to believe that there is not some motivation that would prompt him to write that article. Does he really believe that there is no health benefit in eating organic foods over conventional. He infers that people who eat organic are snobs and the ‘1%’. He states: ‘After several years of research and experience, I have come to an encouraging conclusion: the American food supply is abundant, nutritionally sound, affordable and, with a few simple considerations, comparable to the most elite organic diets.
Elite? Probably, like most people, I have a small food budget , but I find ways to buy good quality, organic foods because I feel there is a benefit to my health. This is from my ‘several years of research and experience’!

I also find it interesting that Dr. Oz is contradicting what he stated on his own tv show of October 19, 2012. That conventional food is loaded with toxic pesticides, which makes it not only less healthful, but downright dangerous. Especially for children. So you’re being told organic food is no more nutritious than conventional and it’s not worth your extra money. Well I’m here to say that it is worth the investment. Why do I say that? Pesticides.” -- Dr. Oz, Oct. 19, 2012. On that show, he’s bashing the Stanford University study that concluded that organic fruits and vegetables were, on average, no more nutritious, than conventional fruits and vegetables. and that conventional fruits and veg are also less expensive.

Now he’s changing his tune and going back to support the findings of the Stanford study. Does that have anything to do with the fact that the Stanford study was highly publicized by major media, including the New York Times, Associated Press, and CBS News.

Big studies (that in my opinion, don’t always reveal all the facts – ie; the Stanford study doesn’t talk at all about conventional vs. organic farming practices or pesticides and hormones in conventional meats and dairy because the study only focussed on fruits and vegetables) and high profile individuals sometimes get all the attention and tend to sway our opinions.

Do your own research, find your own way to buy the best quality foods for yourself and your family. Please don’t be swayed by mine or someone else’s opinion. You owe that to yourself.

4 thoughts on “why I no longer follow Dr. Oz

  1. I try to buy organic whenever possible. No one can convince me that eating pesticides is O.K. My grandparents ate organic food and it was not even called organic. It was the way they farmed the land all natural.

    • Lisa, thanks for your comment. I agree, pesticides, hormones and other additives are not something I want to consume. Healthy food should be the mandate, not money. Too bad we seem to have lost the good sense that our grand parents had when it comes to food.

  2. Has he been paid off by some big company?
    When he started out he was hugely popular and alternative with different opinions that the norm. Sounds like he’s changing his tune. Too bad.

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