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Fighting the Dr. Oz World

Fighting the Dr. Oz World

As 2016 rolls out, many resolutions spring to life and others already lay broken underfoot. Everyone wants to be healthy, fit and lean but that goal is difficult for most. And as we grow attuned to easy fixes in our culture, we search for quick health and fitness cures as well. We want magic pills to help us sleep and lose weight. We desire supplements that build muscle without the hassle of going to the gym. While most doctors and medical professionals do not support the safety of these products, celebrity doctors like Dr. Oz profit hugely from them. It certainly seems like we are living in an Oz world. Frequently, I am amazed at the “natural” products and supplements my patients buy into. There is no evidence to support their effectiveness, and research is needed to prove their safety. Yet, when a celebrity supports such products, people buy it. And then doctors in the exam room fight tooth and nail to explain why these may not be the best or safest treatment for them. Sure, there are some alternative medications that do work. I am sure that over time we will discover more and find that some of them we are hesitant to support have some use. But, until then we are fighting against the Oz-world of healthcare: fast solutions with no proven benefit at high costs. “As we grow attuned to easy fixes in our culture, we search for quick health and fitness cures as well.”   Companies that produce supplemental products need doctors to support them otherwise they will not see any profits. I delete 3...
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