September 15, 2011, - 1:22 pm

Mehmet Oz’s Phony Apple Juice Scare: HOprah’s Doc Spouts More Junk Science

By Debbie Schlussel

Now that her vapid daytime talk show is gone from the airwaves and her cable network is a ratings failure, Oprah Winfrey’s legacy will be the pimping of fake doctors, bad doctors, and junk science on America.  It’s not just her attack on the beef market, it’s her pimping of quack science that lives on.  The two most successful scions of Oprah are a fake doctor (“Dr.” Phil) and a real doctor, Dr. Mehmet Oz, who spouts fake medicine, quackery, and junk science.  Dr. Oz’s phony, fabricated apple juice scare has echoes of the phony Alar scare of the late ’80s, when ignorant celebrity Meryl Streep testified before Congress about how our apples were poisoned.  They weren’t.  (I’m not surprised by this, since Dr. Oz always struck me as slimy and a phony, especially with his constant attire of medical scrubs as if he was somehow about to head to an emergency from the Oprah set. This schmuck also said on national TV that “America is experiencing a sexual famine.”)

Dr. Oz, a Turkish Muslim uber-liberal, unfortunately fills over 40% of the daytime TV talk show spots vacated by Oprah on stations across America.  And, in order to get ratings, he’s lying about apple juice and telling Americans that it’s poisonous and filled with arsenic, causing an unfounded panic, which has led some school districts to dump apple juice from the lunch menu.  But here’s the thing:  while many foods across America have arsenic in them, it’s the harmless organic arsenic.  Inorganic arsenic is the harmful kind, and there aren’t high levels of that in apple juice, just the organic kind.  But fear mongerer Dr. Oz lied to viewers across America, misleading them into a mass hysteria against apple juice.  Now, the FDA (which says Dr. Oz is full of it and asked him not to air the show, a request he ignored) and other doctors–the ones who actually believe in medicine and science, unlike Dr. Oz–are fighting back.  Check out this video from ABC’s “Good Morning America,” in which ABC News medical editor, Dr. Richard Besser, sets the record straight (and then skewers Oz in a live debate):

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Well, hope the apple growers association, and juice companies sue this douche. Hoeprah…the gift that keeps on stinking up the house.

wolf2012 on September 15, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Debbie–

Thank you, thank you! Some years ago I took a lot of heat when I published articles criticizing this moron. Amazing that people did not at least see through the scrubs affectation.

Red Ryder on September 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Oz knows full well that fruits and vegetables (whether organically-grown or not) contain arsenic at very low levels.
This is nothing more than a publicity/scare tactic that will hopefully backfire on this consummate phony.

If he really were interested in public health, he could make the argument that fruit juice often has just as much sugar as the “evil” sugared carbonated beverages, and are therefore not necessarily a good replacement.

Red Ryder on September 15, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I’ve heard Oz is a Republican who harbors political ambitions. His donations are clearly more right-leaning than most TV celebrities.

Rehabbing NY on September 15, 2011 at 2:33 pm

The real reason you should limit your apple juice intake is due to the sugar it contains. Better to just eat an apple, then just the juice.

Oscar on September 15, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I can’t stand doctors who are irresonsible, which does an injustice to people. Doctor’s like this are the reason why people distrust the medical community. I hope the apple jucie industry sues the good doctor and this tv show.

Rick S on September 15, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Guys. Would you let this “doctor” examine your prostate? I didn’t think so. Not a real MD.

CornCoLeo on September 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Debbie,

You should link back to the other thing you wrote about Dr. oZ AND SEX.

Mike on September 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm

The question that ought to be asked of Doctor Oz is this: how many infants, children and adults have died or become ill from arsenic found in apples? When he quotes a number, ask for the documentation from CDC proving those cases actually occurred and were arsenic poisoning and the the arsenic came from apples. Not a bit of ‘rocket science’ in those questions and their answers, just plain common sense.

Ike on September 15, 2011 at 3:42 pm

So, instead of drinking apple juice, he would like his followers to drink his Kool-Aid? What’s next? Should we expect him to say that Jim Jones’s Kool-Aid is a cure-all for any and all afflictions one may have?

Pats on September 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm

DS, how could you possibly say this about Dr. Oz? Dr. Oz has done countless research studies on arsenic levels in apple juice in his imagination, he regularly dresses in a surgeon’s gown inspiring great confidence in his medical abilities, and his name Oz itself convinces me that he is an absolute Wizard on all health and medical matters.

Ralph Adamo on September 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I despise both him and “doctor” Phil. Always have.

It’s funny how Oprah, who I also despise, befriends and promotes people who are also equally loathsome and annoying. Is it just coincidence?

DS_ROCKS! on September 15, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Let’s face it, Oprah has promoted some plonkers in her time. Her blind faith in ‘The One’ and coverage related to the WH incumbents lead the sheeple to the ballot box.Now what….

If Dr Oz was such a crack-shot health advisor, surely he could have saved Oprah from her weight flunctuations.

We need to ask the question, are imported apples being irradiated on entry to the USA. Are local apples coming from the Monsanto Frankenstein seed creation. There’s more to this story. Keep watching folks….follow the money…

Eyes Wide Open on September 15, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I am a fan of Dr. Oz. I don’t watch him a lot recently, but he has done a lot more good than harm.

llano2 on September 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm

im trying to find out as much as i can about this issue because i have a friend that keeps blasting me about. we both have young children and im not sure i see what the issue is. she must be reading something different than i am about all this. she keeps telling me she is gonna stop giving her son non-organic and non-local apple products, followed with the statement”you can do what you want with you son but……” it feels like a giant guilt trip.

meaghanne on September 15, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Ozzie and the bad apples…preying on the fears of soccer moms everywhere.

USA is becoming a nation of gullible idiots.

O No on September 15, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Has he become this decade’s Meryl Streep?

Pats on September 15, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Uh, but wait … doesn’t he say that he feeds his kids apple juice? So he deliberately administers poison? Oh I forgot: he’s a Muslim.

skzion on September 15, 2011 at 7:49 pm

I have always thought of this quack as slimy and phony.

And now I have my proof. He’s a quack!

Skunky on September 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm

The best way to learn about nutrition on an ongoing basis is to read journals like Environmental Nutrition, or the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s monthly — Nutrition Action Newsletter. Each can be subscribed to for a nominal fee. They are reputable and up-to-date.

While they sometimes have political positions that I and most readers of this blog would disagree with, their nutrition and dietary information is spot-on.

They make no concessions to cranks like Oz or Dr. Weil. Many libraries also carry each of these publications.

Little Al on September 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Is this guy related to Al Gore? Sean Hannity perhaps?
I hope he shot himself in the foot with this act of stupidity. Maybe people will start to finally see him for the fraud that he is. Too many self-professed experts in this world.

theShadow on September 15, 2011 at 9:10 pm

How much did Mehmet Oz pay to get his doctor’s license?

If it’s under $100, I guess I can haz one.

And then, y’all can call me Dr. Dray!

Peace out, Homiez!

The Reverend Jacques on September 16, 2011 at 2:53 am

Read the labels on the juice. The apples come from China for
most juice and your packaged fruits. Look at the jars of peaches. That concerns me more.

cthelight on September 16, 2011 at 4:47 am

What doctor goes on a TV show in his surgery garb? Does his shirt some pieces of someones large intestine or rectum on it?

Truth on September 16, 2011 at 9:54 am

@O No

“USA is becoming a nation of gullible idiots.”

IS BECOMING….??

Seems to me that we have been for some time.

Red Ryder on September 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Is Dr.Oz in anyway related to the Wizard of Oz? Both are phonies.

Jerry on September 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I dont watch Oz but I dont see anything but good in warning the American people about not purchasing toxic clothing, juices, kitchenware, food wares and foods from China.

esther on September 19, 2011 at 4:42 am

Dr oz is clearly a fake. he keeps saying ” another group” thats some bull they all work for him obviously. then he says he never said that at 4:14 and then doesnt stand behind his claim anymore and trys to put his argument at the “over seas” fault. he has investments in a lot of “medicines” and “vitamans” that he promotes. they do you no good. he is trying to make the public stop drinking these natural apple juices and making them take these pills that do you no good. he is obviously making money from investments in these companies. please stop dr Mehme oz he is a real doctor, but he is just in it for the money.

MehmeOZ IS A FRAUD on June 8, 2012 at 5:18 am

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