Dr. Mehmet Oz has come under fire for hawking weight loss and other products that are backed by little to no science. Now the disgraced doctor has admitted to one “big mistake” while still standing behind his show’s messages.
Speaking to Fox & Friends’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Oz admits to a huge mistake and then claims that he has changed course.
“I wish I’d never used the laudatory terms I used for weight loss supplements,” Oz said. “That was the big mistake I think we all acknowledge. I stopped doing that a long time ago, over a year ago.”
“I never wanted my messages to be hijacked by marketers on the web that are stealing my name and likeness and trying to sell you products. I realize there’s a lot of fraud in the products themselves…and the research behind it was often fraudulent. But I, in general, get it right.”
Dr. Oz was so wrong about those medicines that ten major physicians signed a letter last month demanding he be removed from the board of Columbia University’s medical school.
For his part, Dr. Oz has no problem admitting that he changes course about drug treatments on a regular basis.
“I do toggle back and forth between hardcore medicine, which I do believe we do a very good job getting it right,” Oz said. “But I like to look around the corner. What other ideas might be helpful? The show is about prevention and wellness. It’s not a medical press show. My job is to take America and elevate the conversation.”
Hasselbeck seems to be on Dr. Oz’s size, claiming that he is “arming” people with alternatives, even if they don’t work at all.