Don’t Get Your Medical Advice from TV

A new British Medical Journal report examined the health claims showcased on randomly selected episodes of the two most popular internationally syndicated health talk shows, The Dr Oz Show and The Doctors.

Vox: “They identified 479 recommendations from The Dr Oz Show and 445 recommendations from The Doctors, finding that on average, each episode contained about a dozen bits of health wisdom. By randomly selecting the episodes, instead of cherry picking the worst offenders, their findings give us a true picture of the quality of the health claims that are being made.”

“And what they found was disappointing but not exactly surprising: about half of the health recommendations had either no evidence behind them or they actually contradicted what the best-available science tells us. That means about half of what these TV doctors say to their millions of satellite patients is woo, and potentially harmful and wasteful woo at that.”

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