I guess anything and everything is acceptable in the name of entertainment.
Tell people they can lose weight by taking an herb three times a day. Educate them about the finer points of medicine with gigantic models of body parts, colored liquids and little balls flying around. Dr. Oz, king of daytime television, trusted physician sporting rock star status. He seems to be able to say whatever he wants on his show and his viewers lap up his every word and wait with wagging tails in front of their screens for more.
For a period of time, I, too, tuned into this show on a semi-regular basis. And admittedly, I thought the over-sized medical examples were sophomoric but I still watched. I was constantly frustrated, though, at how many supplements I was supposed to be taking to be healthy. Though he claims to not have any ties to the supplement industry, he peddles more snake oil than the best of them out there. Whether or not he receives kickbacks for reccommeding supplements A to Z probably isn’t even an issue because what he does receive is worth far more – ratings. For the period of time that I actually respected Dr. Oz and watched his show in earnest, I collected a basket full of supplements. I should have known better. I’m a terrible pill taker – herb, vitamin, prescription drug, doesn’t matter. A few years from now the colorful pill jars will still be sitting there and I will agonize over whether to toss them or check back with them in another two years.
GMOs In The Land Of Oz
OK, so on to GMOs, Sleuth4Health’s favorite topic! To my knowledge, Dr. Oz has done three shows on GMOs, or at least a segment of at least three shows has been devoted to GMOs. The latest iteration of this was a few days ago, February 13, with the main gist of the segment being that GMOs should be labeled and gosh darn it, we have a right to know! Clearly, that is Oz’s position and he doesn’t even try to conceal it.
Meanwhile, Oz asked for tweets on the subject. Miles of comment threads simultaneously broke out on his facebook page – a facebook page that boasts 4.1 million likes! There was no shortage of verbage flying around and as one might suspect, most of it was against GMOs, lauding Oz for speaking out and informing the poor, unsuspecting public on how the food industry is duping us.
I made the decision that since I was once one of these people I should do what I can to inject reason into the comment threads. I encouraged science types to join me. I knew I’d get hammered, and I did, but there were just enough rational thinkers in the thread to keep sanity close and who knows, maybe we reached a few. It was fun anyway. It was refreshing to see that our comments were not deleted.
The remainder of my post today consists of a few choice screen grabs from the comment frenzy that ensued and is still going several days later.
To eliminate any confusion, Julie Kay = Julee K/Sleuth4Health. My first comment on the thread, shown first below has miraculously stayed at the top as a favorite and seems to have received more ‘likes’ than any of the others. So here here to that! There is common sense out there in the Land of Oz.
I blacked out all names except for mine.
So far so good. At this point of course I could post any number of fear driven comments about health dangers, Monsatan, corporates in bed with government and the ever present revolving door, blah blah blah. It’s all there and chances are, anyone reading this post has seen hundreds of them already. But I’m going to surgically pluck a few choice comments – for entertainment purposes! If Oz can do it, so can I.
The last three comments were posted by the same person and kept appearing over and over. Hence the following comment.
Enter the ol’ “Genetic Roulette” card. Someone had to play it and it set me off.
I don’t think many people bothered to read the whole thing… so I’m posting it here! I was on a roll 🙂
The comment thread is still up so you can go and see these and hundreds more. I don’t think it was a waste of my time. Like I said earlier, one never knows what influence their writing might be having on someone. Words can be SO powerful and people can and do change their minds. I am living proof of that!