1. yazikus says

    So, this isn’t a story about me being harmed, but it is one I wanted to share. My doctor is a very nice man. He is also quite elderly. When I was last in for a general check up, after we finished, he says “Now, I’m going to prescribe you to run *insert regionally specific marathon here* next year, and to go to church more, you hear me?”. So, fairly mundane. I was sort of taken aback at being told by my doctor to go to church more, but just brushed it off. Later, as I thought about it, I became more sure in my conclusion that it was totally inappropriate. I’m sure he meant well, but we need to let doctors and other medical professionals know that that sort of thing is not okay.

  2. moarscienceplz says

    “I came here because I want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem,” Oz argued, adding, “I have things that I think work for people. I want them to try them just to help them feel better so they can keep doing the other things we spend every single day on the show talking about. And when I feel, as a host of a show, that I can’t use words that are flowery, that are exaltatory [sic], I feel like I’ve been disenfranchised. Like my power’s been taken away to [help] people.”

    Ohhhhh, poor widdle baby! The mean ol’ Senator lady is trying to take his shiny toy away! Waaaah!

  3. says

    Go McCaskill!

    I’d say I was proud to vote for her, but my alternative was Todd Akin, which is to say I had no alternative.

  4. Trebuchet says

    Dr. Oz, by all accounts a fine surgeon, is otherwise a stain on the medical profession. And his patron, Oprah Winfrey, is a threat to public health.

  5. M can help you with that. says

    Sen. McKaskill’s look there is priceless. I need to practice it to use on my students.

  6. says

    Heh. I’m pretty much with gworroll there. But, hey, it’s good to see one’s elected official standing up and doing something clearly beneficial.

  7. Claire Ramsey says

    Good for her! Bad bad bad on Mr Oz. Why did he leave the surgery and join the snake oil business? What a slime bucket! I’m glad and happy each time I hear about a weight loss snake oil dealer get a good smacking. They all should. To hell with them all.

  8. Menyambal says

    McCaskill may not have been our best possible choice, but she had enough sense to want Akin to run against, and she worked to get him the Republican nomination. Him saying something stupid was expected, spectacularly stupid was a gift. She was a better choice than Akin because she made it so.

    Good for her. I should send her a message of support.

  9. Decker says

    He uses his program to shill his wife’s ‘natural’ medicines. He pushes this crap on Americans all the time.

  10. qwints says

    It feels like it’s so rare to have these snake oil sales people publicly called out for their nonsense.

  11. Crimson Clupeidae says

    The ‘why is easy, though: $$$$$ P.T. Barnum was right about a lot of things.

  12. Nancy New, Queen of your Regulatory Nightmare says

    There’s a line-drawing in “Miss Manners Guide to Rearing Perfect Children” of “The Look”–which is intended for use in public to convey to the child receiving the look that they’d better stop doing whatever it is they’re doing, or suffer the consequences later in private. As I remember it, it could have been taken directly from a slightly different angle of this photo.

    Glasses are a useful prop for “The Look,” because looking over them at your victim, even if you actually can’t see better that way, just brings it on home.

    As a parent, I found “The Look” endlessly helpful. I’m sure Senator McCaskill finds it so, too.

  13. medivh says

    Eh, what’s worse is that no-one in that little photo-meme is dealing with the science. Rep. McCatskill is a lot closer, but the fact of the matter is that weight loss is pretty much impossible; less than 5% of people can lose and keep off weight for over five years, and those that do end up with a socially hidden eating disorder.

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