Weighing in on the “Dr. Oz Phenomenon”
It’s amazing. I swear that Doctor-Oz-recommended supplements sell out coast to coast faster than Jimmy Buffett concert tickets in the summertime! That is what can be termed “The Doctor Oz Phenomenon”.
Recently Dr. Mehmet Oz has been at the forefront of the news, and not in a good way. Senators reprimanded him for making “false” claims regarding weight loss supplements. Any sort of questioning government priorities aside, I viewed the whole scenario as having much to do with our ongoing avoidance of self-responsibility than recklessness on the part of Dr. Oz.
I’ll be clear: I like Dr. Oz. I believe he does good things by helping to educate the public on health and the workings of the human body (albeit a very abbreviated and general education). And as for the weight loss supplement that the Senate is targeting, green coffee bean extract, it certainly does have some scientific data behind the weight loss claims. But should it be touted as a magic pill for weight loss? No. Should anything be touted as a “magic pill” for anything? In my opinion, no. Therein lies the problem if you ask me. Folks are looking for a magic pill to easily and effortlessly “make them” healthy! Hence the hype surrounding Dr. Oz’s (perhaps overblown) enthusiasm.
So whose problem is this? Is Dr. Oz wrong for passing along information on natural or alternative resources for just about every health concern known to man? Or is it the problem of the viewing audience, who are desperately seeking out the “magic pill”? Perhaps a bit of both?
I’ve known many individuals, friends and clients, who will make a run to the local health food store immediately after hearing about the latest and greatest supplement recommended by Dr. Oz. They are hopeful. They desperately want relief from whatever. Dr. Oz gets them excited, thinking that there is finally an “answer” to their health problem. The truth of the matter is that I use/recommend/believe in many of Dr. Oz’s recommendations, and some even get me excited! Remember, though, that good health is more than numbers – more than pounds, blood pressure, cholesterol . . . There are ways to get all of these “numbers” where they should be, including weight, but does that make us healthier on the inside? Not necessarily. It takes time and commitment to a nutritionally-dense diet, a healthy lifestyle and a healthy mind. The thing is – the “what” and “how” of all that is very specific to YOU!
Consider all of the variables. Every BODY is different.
It is of the utmost importance to consider the many variables involved in each individual’s health, even when it comes to something that seems simple like the need to lose weight. Hormone imbalances, deficiencies, prescription medications, food sensitivities, malabsorption, candida … Every body is biochemically different. Every lifestyle is different. And what about those Doctor Oz viewers who take prescription medications – meds and supplements can interact, sometimes very dangerously as in the case of something like fish oil and a prescription blood thinner such as warfarin. These variables should all be taken into consideration prior to beginning a supplemental herb or nutrient regimen. My readers know just how much I emphasize this in almost every blog post!
It is not wise to rely solely on the advice of Dr. Oz or anyone else who does not consider your complete health history, meds, age, etc etc etc when it comes to supplementing.
So when Dr. Oz, or anyone else for that matter, makes claims that you find intriguing, I urge you to do your own homework. Technology has provided us with a world of knowledge at our fingertips, so research the claim. Research the supplement companies that are selling the specific supplement of interest. Don’t be fooled by fictional marketing ploys. Look for documented studies and make sure those studies have not been funded by the company selling the supplement! I know from experience that this can be a very confusing, time-consuming process in its own right. But it’s that important. I can help you decipher everything if you’d like, including whether green coffee bean extract is what you need to support your weight loss! Just email me to schedule a consultation.
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