Dr. Oz is a doctor who became a star. Stardom, though, seems more important than doctoring to Dr. Oz these days, and the evidence mounts that his pursuit of fame has overwhelmed his judgment and left him as someone whose words need to be taken with a grain of salt.
Make that a lot of grains of salt.
Last year, The New Yorker laid out in pretty serious detail the degree to which Dr. Oz lets his quest for fame and his desire to be loved compromise his judgment and lead him to make foolish assertions about products and services he either knows or should know are somewhere between dubious and bogus. The article included interviews with friends, people who respect his medical skills, who seemed sad about what has become of their old pal.
But it’s not just the doctors who are onto Dr. Oz’s game.
Last week, Dr. Oz testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance. Oz no doubt thought he was there to deliver celebrity testimony, but instead, he got spanked but good by Senator Claire McCaskill, who all but called him a snake oil salesman.
It’s sad when the lust for fame and the desire to be loved outstrips one’s integrity, but Dr. Oz has been going down this path for a while now and it looks as if he’s going to face increasing public scrutiny in the future. He has a choice to make, and it’ll be interesting to see what he chooses.