To Oz the Great and Powerful: Don’t Disappoint

I always felt that people in power have a higher responsibility to the greater good. One’s ability to influence should be accompanied by a moral obligation to do what’s right. That brings me to Dr. Oz and disappointment.

Few people know the current Surgeon General of the United States. Adults old enough might remember C. Everett Koop’s report on AIDS in 1986 or Joycelyn Elders’ quote about teaching masturbation to prevent riskier behavior by teens in 1994. But few will argue that Dr. Mehmet Oz–television, radio, and newspaper personality–currently wields the most power for dispensing medical advice to the masses.

dr-perlmutter-oz-2My beef with the good doctor (that’s grass-fed, of course) is his tendency to spotlight products and ideas that hold little scientific evidence, even going so far as to offering a differing view a few days later. While presenting various viewpoints may seem the wise thing to do, too many people take everything that’s offered on the Dr. Oz show as gospel. To make matters worse, it seems the huge advertising dollars paid by the pharmaceutical industry casts a cloud over some of his recommendations.

Oz’s recent admission to guest David Perlmutter, M.D. and author of “Grain Brain,” that cardiologists, including himself, are finally seeing a correlation with eating grains and ill-health was astonishing to me in it’s departure from the norm. Also, Oz’s recent article relating rheumatoid arthritis with bad gut bacteria is a major step away from the medical establishment’s conventional wisdom. Finally acknowledging the relatively new science proving leaky gut. Unfortunately, his newspaper recommendation to eat whole grains and eliminate red meat contradicted his earlier television recommendation. Baby steps, I guess.

The internet has and will allow change to occur at a much greater pace. The availability of years and years of research is allowing the average person to scrutinize the basis for the presiding dietary guidelines. Decades of declining health in our population also adds to the idea that “something isn’t working.”

I explore the means to good health with my book “Living Wheat-Free for Dummies.” The message is simple: for the average person, cutting out grains, sugar, and vegetable oil will improve your daily quality of life and prevent a host of diseases including, as Dr. Perlmutter states, dementia and alzheimers. I’ll expand on the details in future blogs but, in the meantime, I look forward to watching the winds of change as it relates to diet and nutrition.