You’ve probably heard of the “Oprah Effect” (what happens to a product’s sales after Oprah mentions her like or dislike for it), but looks like there’s a Dr. Oz Effect too. Although scientists and nutritionists sometimes question the truthfulness of his claims, Dr. Oz has power. When he mentions a product, food, or supplement on his show, sales of the item tend to go up (or down) significantly in the weeks following. This means the American people are listening to and trusting Dr. Oz as if he were their own doctor.
In general, I think this is a good thing. Americans’ health habits need massive improvement, and Dr. Oz usually makes sound, science-based recommendations. Of course it would be better if people did their own research after hearing something on the show, or got second and third opinions on what he claims, but beggars can’t be choosers! One great thing about Dr. Oz is that he strongly encourages people to exercise, eat more fruits & vegetables, and reduce the amount of processed foods they eat. You can’t go wrong with this advice, and if people take it to heart, good for them.
Do YOU trust Dr. Oz? Would you put into practice something he recommended on his show?
shelley hudsonOctober 12, 2011 at 11:29 pm
I have, and I will. Dr. Oz hasn’t recommended much of anything I consider controversial (except Rolfing, which I chalk up to “anomaly”). He’s straightforward and smart without coming off as arrogant or condescending. He made it okay to ask embarrassing questions about our bodies. No one gets everything right every time, but I trust his advice and consider it sound. He and Dr. Drew can come over here and run my life any time they want.
AmeliaOctober 12, 2011 at 11:34 pm
I agree – his straightforward advice, and approachable as opposed to condescending voice – is very refreshing!