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- Overall, we rate Dr. Oz and DoctorOz.com as quackery level pseudoscience. While many of the products that Oz promotes are safe and harmless, there are others that are misleading or downright dangerous.
Bias Rating: RIGHT CONSPIRACY-PSEUDOSCIENCE
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Mehmet Cengiz Öz, better known as Dr. Oz, is a Turkish-American cardiothoracic surgeon, Columbia University professor, author, and television personality. He is a proponent of alternative medicine, and has been criticized by physicians, government officials, and publications for giving non-scientific advice and promoting pseudoscience. In 2014 the British Medical Journal examined over 400 medical or health recommendations from 40 episodes of his program and found that only 46% of his claims were supported by reputable research, while 15% of his claims contradicted medical research, and the remainder of Oz’s advice was either vague or unsupported by research.
In 2022, Doctoroz.com became his official campaign website for a Senate seat in Pennsylvania.
Funded by / Ownership
DoctorOz.com is owned by Mehmet Cengiz Öz and is funded through donations to his campaign and a store that sells election-themed merchandise.
Analysis / Bias
In review, both the Dr. Oz television show and his website routinely promote pseudoscience. Some examples are miracle weight loss products, natural teeth whitening mixtures that do not work, and promotion of anti-GMO propaganda. In 2012, Dr. Oz won James Randi’s “The Pigasus Award for Refusal to Face Reality” for his continued promotion of “quack medical practices, paranormal belief, and pseudoscience.” Further, Dr. Oz has promoted one of the worst purveyors of Pseudoscience, Joseph Mercola on his TV show.
As of early April 2020, Dr. Oz frequently appears on the Sean Hannity radio program (Far right-wing) promoting hydroxychloroquine to fight Covid-19. However, there is not sufficient evidence to prove its effectiveness or safety.
Currently, the website contains only information about his campaign. Dr. Oz is a republican candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump. This review covers the previous content on this website.
Failed Fact Checks
- “Fauci’s never taken care of patients,” while suggesting that Fauci does not approach COVID-19 from the perspective of “patient care.” – False
Overall, we rate Dr. Oz and DoctorOz.com as quackery-level pseudoscience. While many of the products that Oz promotes are safe and harmless, there are others that are misleading or downright dangerous. (D. Van Zandt 4/8/2018) Updated (09/02/2022)
Last Updated on September 2, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check