On the “Today” show Friday, Dr. Mehmet Oz defended himself by saying his TV show is much more than a medical lecture program, and it “will survive” attacks from other doctors.
“It’s much broader than a medical lecture series,” Oz said. “People don’t want to sit there and be hounded about information that’s irrelevant to their lives, at least they may perceive as irrelevant; it’s about celebrating life and getting to them where they live.”
Oz said the doctors who called him a quack have clear GMO biases and that when he covers medical topics, his great medical staff backs him up.
He also defended his TV performance, where he often used words like “breakthrough” and “miracle.”
“I’m proud of all those words,” he said, admitting that the only time he made a mistake was supporting weight loss products.
Addressing the doctors who wrote a letter calling for him to be removed from Columbia University’s medical school board, Oz said, “You’re not going to please everyone, that’s not my goal.”
“My job is to help America understand the opportunity toward health,” he added.
On Thursday, eight members of the Columbia medical faculty authored a USA Today op-ed defending Dr. Oz and his faculty position while also acknowledging he often promotes unproven methods.
“The weaknesses in the professional balance sheet of Dr. Oz’s pixel practice should not, in and of themselves, disqualify him from his day job as a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University,” one part of the op-ed said.