Dr. Oz and the triumph of pseudoscience

Dr. Oz's promotions for quack treatments show an egregious lack of integrity.

I have urged all my patients to avoid the bad dietary supplements that Dr. Oz promotes ("Give Dr. Oz his due," April 21).

In The New Yorker magazine, Dr. Oz said "I want no more barriers between patient and medicine. I would take us all back a thousand years, when our ancestors lived in small villages and there was always a healer in that village."

Dr. Oz was born in Cleveland, went to Harvard, served in the Turkish army, practiced medicine at Columbia and has been on TV. Can he go to Turkey and practice there? Can he give up promoting pseudoscience in his books and on TV?

Columbia doctors call his promoting "quack treatments" an "egregious lack of integrity." I refer my patients to quackwatch.org.

According to Wikipedia we've had snake oil since 1712. Twentysomethings have not heard of it and do not understand that pseudoscience has gone to market on radio, TV and now the Internet.

Theodore Houk

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