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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.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
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 were either vague or unsupported by research.
Funded by / Ownership
DoctorOz.com is owned by Mehmet Cengiz Öz and is funded through advertising.
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.
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 (4/04/2020)