Some Thoughts On The Dr. Oz Show

One day at work my female coworkers and I were asked to find images in a stack of magazines for a presentation. I came across a perfume ad that stopped me in my tracks. I saw it before but on this day I just had to discuss it with others.

It was a full page closeup of a very handsome blondish man with a 5 o’clock shadow and piercing blue eyes. His head was tilted to the side and he looked directly at the viewer as if to say, “You are the most interesting and beautiful, best smelling woman I’ve ever heard say anything, ever. I am listening. I hear you.” We named him Troy.

A male coworker overheard us discussing it and said, “That’s the look every man has to master. He’s really not paying attention but he knows he has to look like he is. Works like a charm.”

We were young and maybe my female coworkers and I lost a bit of our innocence that day.

We still ripped the ad out and put it up in our work area. It was one of those ads you save.

I watch Fox’s Dr. Oz Show sometimes after The Wendy Williams Show. Dr. Oz knows how to give that look. Since he’s a doctor I hope he’s actually listening.

I was struck by the show’s ads that feature him giving that look…and maybe some Photoshop. So others have seen him do that too. One audience participant noticed that look as he held the microphone while taking her audience question. “Why are you looking at me like that?” she asked, interrupting her own question.

“I’m listening” he said.

The perfume ad was marketed to women. Surely Dr. Oz’s show had to be too. And why not? Women love doctors or at least our moms do cause many of them want us to marry doctors.

Even if we don’t want to marry doctors we still need them. Dr. Oz’s show emerged around the time this nation was in the middle of a healthcare debate for the ages, but healthcare practiced in this country has so many problems. Increasingly doctors are put under stress due to malpractice suits, mountains of insurance paperwork and patient overload.

I once had a doctor say to me “Today is the worst day for this.”
“What?” I asked.
“Questions” he said.

When your doctor says things to you like that you realize as a patient, as a human being you’re on the a conveyor belt of an assembly line. Your doctor is looking to screw on as many doll heads as he can per hour. A few scripts, a follow up appointment and they can’t get you out the door fast enough.

I’ve heard the average doctor’s appointment is 7 minutes. That sounds like a good amount of time for a misdiagnosis. Dr. Mehmet Cengiz Oz, America’s doctor, on the other hand gives you a full hour- minus commercials.

What if you don’t have insurance? The White House claims 46 million Americans are uninsured. Well then Dr. Oz to the rescue.

Given the history of women being incorrectly diagnosed and belittled by doctors for centuries it’s nice to have Dr. Oz who takes you seriously and listens.

He can teach you how to spot the warning signs of cancer yourself so your over burdened doctor doesn’t have to, if you have a doctor. Diagnose yourself and perform preventative medicine on yourself too.

While being proactive about your health and prevent diseases before they start are great, even ideal, a heavy focus on this works around major troublemakers like corporations that genetically modify foods, use toxic pesticides that harm us and our children, destroy wildlife and the environment with oil spills and lobby congress for more relaxed regulations.

I enjoy The Dr. Oz Show and I do believe he is sincere. I appreciate seeing anything like science being offered in the mainstream media (like when he made a cloud with Bill Nye the Science Guy in the studio) and I think his integration of homeopathy, alternative medicine and integrative medicine is right and necessary.

Even so I still feel the show’s existence is symbolic of shifting responsibility for the public’s health onto the individual, the celebration of Western medicine despite all its limitations and failures, the inclination to allow pharmaceutical companies to aggressively advertise pills as “answers” and the lack of accountability for those entities that collude to destroy the environment and poison the public.


  1. Dr. Seradge

    Being a doctor, I love your view on this particular issue. Several of our clients go over similar matters together with me, and it really is exciting that we are not the only people who truly care!

  2. Madam Toussaint

    There are definitely others that care, I just wish these matters were discussed more often. It’s encouraging to me that you’ve had these conversations with your clients and that you took the time to do so! Thanks so much for your comment.

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