Breaking Up with Dr. Oz

Dear Dr. Oz,

After thousands of afternoon dates, it’s time for us to go our separate ways.

You have lost my respect.

Like Dorothy who discovers the wizard is a fake, I have discovered you, Dr. Oz, are not the wizard of medicine you claim to be.

YOU CALLED A GLUTEN-FREE DIET A SCAM ON NATIONAL TV!  Millions and millions of people heard you! Including a few of my family members who think my celiac disease is all in my head. Thanks, Dr. Oz.

The audience even started cheering as if to say, “I knew all those gluten naysayers were idiots! Give me a slice of pizza now!”  Yes, you tried to cover up your error by saying “there are a lot of folks who have big time problem with gluten so I don’t have a problem with people who don’t like eating gluten foods…”

Don’t LIKE eating gluten foods! Huh?  I would LOVE to eat gluten foods–it’s my body that won’t let me!  Coincidentally I got “glutened” at a restaurant last night. Imagine a brick making its way through your digestive system. Today, I tried to run some errands, but I was so lethargic I was afraid to drive. It will be at least a week until I feel normal again.

This, Dr. Oz, is what living with CELIAC DISEASE is like. It is not a scam. Is is not BS. And when people hear a doctor call a gluten-free diet a scam, you hurt people like me and my son and the one in 133 of us with celiac disease. Not to mention the thousands and thousands of others with non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

That is why I am breaking up with you, Dr. Oz.

Don’t even think of sending me flowers.

Breaking Up with Dr. Oz” originally appeared at Adventures of An Allergic Foodie.

17 thoughts on “Breaking Up with Dr. Oz

  1. Amen! I think he just created so much more confusion with this statement. Shame on Dr. Oz for being so lax with his authority. I don’t appreciate these “shock jock” kind of media statements that are created to pure get attention.

    Happy Divorce!

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  2. Here, here! I often remind people who refer to gluten-free as a “fad diet” that none of us is born with a neon sign over our heads telling us what our particular body can and cannot eat. So long as my immunologist – an MD/PhD who trained at some of the best hospitals in the country – can’t tell me what my 3 year old can eat, neither can Dr. Oz, or anyone else. The only way to find out is to try it (with a proper celiac test first, while diagnosis is still possible). He may call that a “fad” but I call it taking responsibility for your own health.

    In a nation of epidemics – ranging from diabetes to obesity to asthma to mental health issues – that for some people tie back to their body’s inability to process certain foods, I just don’t see why we would do anything but stand up and cheer when people try to make a dent in it on their own.

    So I’ll copy GratefulFoodie and add my “happy divorce” to hers!

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  3. Well said, both Grateful Foodie and Freedible. It really bothers me that restaurants will probably cheer him on. We have a hard enough time getting waitstaff to take our needs seriously. Dr. Oz should be our advocate, not our enemy.

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  4. I have MCS and “broke up” with the Oprah Magazine. I had for years received fragrance free copies and then all of sudden they came with fragrance strips inside. I canceled my subscription because one whiff of the toxins in perfume can be very debilitating for me. I sent a letter to the editors explaining my condition and requested they change their policy of putting the strips in any of their magazines. I received no response other than form letters stating they didn’t understand why I canceled. With that said, I hope you write to Dr. Oz — maybe he will reexamine his stand on the issue and do a show about this issue. Good Luck. 😀 And I hope you have a great day.

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    • Colleen, That’s terrible about Oprah Mag not responding. I don’t have significant MCS but I react to magazines a lot. The strong odors give me a headache. I recently saw a magazine that offered “fragrance free” issues and now I can’t remember where it was (Brain Fog!). I guess a positive of digital magazines is no scents! Thank you for writing!

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  5. Gluten Dude wrote about this as well. Personally, I’ve always thought that if you wanted to find the latest health fad in pseudo-science, watching Dr. Oz was a good place to start. And if GD’s assessment (that Dr. Oz covered himself later by basically “clarifying” that GF foods are generally a scam) is correct — yeah, I’d agree that the majority of the stuff being *marketed* as gluten-free is junk food.

    But people watch him and believe him, and he is very careless with that power. I don’t understand why we keep giving people like that such large platforms to spout their irresponsible nonsense.

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  6. That’s just crazy! I think he says a lot of stuff that is nonsense. I can’t really watch his show, so join my club now. As I’m writing this, I’m seeing Mary Kate’s comment– ditto what she said.

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