Dr. Oz’s “Metabolic Makeover” Dishes Empty Calories

I want to help Dr. Oz not criticize him. Criticizing Dr. Oz is like criticizing Mother Theresa. He is uniformly worshiped by the media and his huge audience. He comes across as someone truly wanting to be helpful. So if I come across as being critical of him think of it as constructive criticism.

Yesterday, as I waited in the checkout line at Walmart, I saw a popular woman’s tabloid with a full page photo of Dr. Oz. The headline with the picture was “Dr. Oz’s Metabolic Makeover”. This intrigued me because I can use new information of this kind in my daily office encounters, so I bought the magazine. Imagine my surprise when, reading through the 2 page article, I didn’t find a single word from the great and powerful Oz. Instead a nameless author offered a summary of “Dr. Oz’s body-transforming secrets!”. What were Dr. Oz’s secrets? Take Vitamin D, fish oil, calcium, multivitamins, get enough sleep, and eat food with anti-oxidants low in carbs and sugar. In conclusion a dietitian put together a few simple recipes for meals based on a 1400 calorie per day diet. That’s it folks. That’s all she wrote!! Nothing even remotely new or body transforming. There was not a single original or inspirational thought to be found. Not even a single quote from the medical guru. I doubt whether he even read the article himself.

Dr. Oz was trained as a cardiac surgeon. It takes years of dedication and hard work to achieve that goal. In his mind must have been a desire to save people’s lives by literally taking them to the brink of death and bringing them back healthier than they were before. What this article says to me is that Dr. Oz has allowed himself to become the Kim Kardashian of medicine. A pretty but empty headed celebrity offering nothing of real value. His full page photo in this magazine is the portrait of an almost cynical drive to grab a few dollars from the pockets of adoring fans. What kind of deal do you have, Dr. Oz? Do you get a few pennies for each magazine sold? Do you really need the money, the fame, the glory that this kind of exploitation provides?

Nobody got hurt by this, you might say. That is true if you have time and money to waste. I know that many people would rather get up to date information they could use to get healthy and donate the money they wasted on this article to better causes.

We expect something more from you Dr. Oz. Shake off your advisers and entourage. Stand up for the person you originally sought to be.

Gary Pepper, M.D.
Editor-in-Chief, Metabolism.com

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  • echelle piscine

    Tweeted now. Translated in french this week!

  • Tony Kingkade

    The “great and powerful Oz” was made great and powerful by the great and powerful Oprah. More power to him for his media success and I’m sure he has contributed much good information to his audience, but I also wonder about a physician who believes that high fructose corn syrup is metabolically more detrimental than table sugar (without providing a single shred of scientific evidence to support his belief). Here’s what he says: “High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a type of sugar that has been processed and combined with corn syrup to produce a cheap, easily dissolvable sweetener. But this sugar is quickly absorbed by the liver where it is converted into fat. Since your brain doesn’t recognize HFCS as regular food, it never shuts off the appetite center — so you keep eating. Blood sugar levels rise, massive amounts of insulin is recruited to metabolize it and then you crash and feel hungry again. It is found in soft drinks, fruit juices, salad dressings and baked goods. Read the food labels of products in your pantry and refrigerator and throw out all products that contain HFCS.” (Source: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/10-major-agers)
    Really?? Our brains don’t recognize HFCS as regular food? Where did you get that? Are you saying that the brain can distinguish the original source of the glucose and fructose molecules that were absorbed in the small intestine and recognize only those molecules that came from sucrose (table sugar) or honey or fruit or starch and not recognize the identicalyl chemical structured glucose and fructose molecules that came from ingesting HFCS? You’d have to be more than great and powerful to get me to believe that!

  • Toby Ripp

    Kim Kardashian is so beautiful. She has the nicest hair. I love her show.

  • Dr. G. Pepper


    I wasn’t aware of the comments Dr. Oz made about fructose containing products. 20 years ago I conducted a study of fructose effects on metabolism and found (as others have) that fructose consumption doesn’t raise blood sugar (glucose) levels and has a minimal effect on insulin levels as well. So if Dr. Oz is attacking fructose additives based on his incorrect notion of how it effects blood sugar and insulin levels, I guess he is showing off for his audience but failing in his role as a physician.

    Gary Pepper, M.D., Editor-in-Chief, metabolism.com

  • R. Pink

    To the original author of this post: I am not a Dr. Oz fan or anything like that. But your post left me empty. What’s the use of complaining about the information found in the article if you yourself aren’t going to provide what you felt the article was missing. In a way, you have provided no more information to the public than the article provided. What would you have preferred Dr. Oz to have said in the article. If your post was not to educate others about the truth, then what’s the point. I’m unclear of your purpose. I kept looking for you to replace his suggestions with tips that you know to be tried and true. Yet, nothing was presented. How do you expect others to believe that there is more to the subject than was presented in the article if you are not presenting it?

  • Jeannette Caramelo

    “His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.” — Mae West

  • Dr. G. Pepper

    Dear Pink

    How does a doctor go from saving lives as a cardiac surgeon to becoming a TV star who uses his fame to sell crappy ghost written articles on supposed “metabolic miracles”? That’s what my post was about. I’m sorry if you felt I wasted your time if you were looking for the “metabolic miracle” itself. I’m looking for that miracle too, that’s why I bought Oz’s magazine. Remember, even if my article was crappy it was free, not like the one Dr. Oz was charging for.

    Gary Pepper, M.D.

  • Annetta Renfro

    yes l love it. i wish i could write posts like that.

  • ian todd img

    If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them.

  • Jane

    I completely agree with you regarding Dr. Oz. He needs to stick to what he knows – not try to be all things to all people. I came to this realization after he was the expert on the Oprah Show’s episode on diabetes. Really? A cardiologist an expert on diabetes? Where’s the endocrinologist? I lost so much respect actually for Oprah also. Here people WERE hurt because of it Dr. Pepper. That show did not differentiate between type 1 and type 2 diabetes clearly. It did not explain that diet and exercise cannot reverse type 1 diabetes – an autoimmune disease. People with type 1 face every day the misinformation as type 1 is lumped in with type 2 diabetes. The beginning of the show they showed a woman in extremely poor health because she wasn’t taking her insulin – she had type 1 diabetes. Well certainly she was not going to live very long or without complications because she is insulin dependent. The complete rest of the show was about type 2 diabetes. That was a scare tactic starting off with someone that is insulin-dependent. The rest of the 50 minutes show was all about type 2 diabetes (though all they call it is “diabetes” – but this was not differientiated. Our kids and adults with type 1 (juvenile) diabetes are being told by misinformed people in their life that all they have to do is eat right and exercise – also that there must have been something they DID to end up with diabetes. It’s exhausting, embarrassing, and hurtful. Dr. Oz and Oprah did a disservice that day to people with type 1 diabetes. They perpetuated misinformation, and what an incredible opportunity if they had done it correctly. I wish Dr. Oz would stick to cardiology what he knows best. That I can respect.