Well, almost all of us have heard about the health advices of “The Dr. Oz Show” and “The Doctors”. But what do the real world doctors think about these popular daytime medical talk shows as far as the accuracy of their advices are concerned.
A recent study has showed that of all the advices given by the doctors on these popular shows, less than one-third of them can be supported up by even modest medical evidence.
For the study, the researchers evaluated 40 episodes of each programs “The Dr. Oz Show” and “The Doctors” and compared their medical recommendations to the accurate medical information available.
It was found that at least half of the advice prescribed by Dr. Mehmet Oz as well as cast of “The Doctors” was backed by no evidence or contradicted the best data available.
According to the researchers, nearly 4 in 10 of the advices or recommendations made on the TV show appeared to be made on the basis of no medical evidence at all.
Only 21 percent of the advices on “The Dr. Oz Show” could be backed by what the study group termed “believable” medical evidence. And another 11 percent were backed by “somewhat believable” evidence.
On the other hand, the researchers found that the advices made on “The Doctors” show were more credible as 32.5 percent were hailed by “believable” evidence and another 20 percent were supported by “somewhat believable” evidence.
This is not for the first time when the validity of advice by Dr Oz has raised the eyebrows.
Dr Oz has invited fresh criticism for him when he has endorsed a diet product by making false claims in a congressional hearing where Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., had questioned him on his bad recommendations.
The study’s findings were detailed in the British Medical Journal.