Dr. Mehmet Oz has faced criticism of his TV show from a number of sources in the last year and he came forward this week to defend the advice offered on his hit daytime show. During an episode of the syndicated program that aired on Thursday, he commented on the controversy surrounding him and the advice he gives on the show.
“My life’s work has been built around one simple message: You have a right and a responsibility to become a world expert on your own body,” he said. “And the way you do that is by having access to the best, most current information; multiple points of view; and diverse opinions.”
STX Entertainment suggested that recently a group of physicians from around the country called out Dr. Oz and his advice in a letter they sent to Columbia University saying he offers “quack treatment and cures in the interest of financial gain.” These physicians referred to his position as the vice chairman of Columbia’s surgery department “unacceptable” and called for his removal.
Dr. Oz viewed these as personal attacks, stating “I vow to you right here and right now, we will not be silenced,” during the show aired Thursday, that he taped on Tuesday of this week. He spent half of his one hour show addressing the criticism, and had some guests speak up to defend him as well.