In the Merry Old Land of Oz

Ok, I have to admit that I watched that movie every year as a child.  I forget what time of the year it was always shown, but I just couldn’t get enough of the wicked witch flying on her broom – oh who am I kidding – it was always the ruby slippers. I wanted mine flat, like a driving loafer to be worn with a tuxedo but you get the idea.

Who knew that so many years later, we have all arrived in the land of Oz and I ain’t talking Australia.  I mean seriously, folks, there is not a day that goes by that I am not inundated with information from him – whether it’s in my in box on my computer to the radio or in almost every patient encounter I have.

Who died and made him Pope-rah (my pet nickname for Oprah – as she had the same way of controlling the masses, electing Presidents – the usual demi-god stuff)

Before I get into Oz-ville, this is the time in the season when I start to hate American Idol – I mean really – getting rid ofColtonwho just happens to have one of the best voices on the show.  This is when it becomes a popularity contest for the Christian right – although,Coltonwas Christian, I guess his choice of clothing may have made a view evangelists a bit scared.  But, props to Jennifer Lopez – those hair extensions last week were killer – totally TDF

Any-who – I am upset that he controls the health care conversation in this country when he does things like announce Dr Oz’s 99 Healthiest Foods.  Let’s go through some of those “healthiest foods.” I really wish I could mention all of them but I only have time for: orange juice, popcorn, pretzels, dried fruit, canned beets, bananas, potatoes, sweet potato fries, milk, yogurt, microwaveable oatmeal, microwaveable brown rice, polenta, soy burgers, soy hot dogs, vegan mayo, agave, ray sugar, honey. I could go on but you get the idea.

Don’t get me wrong, I think he has done a great service to the alternative medical community by even discussing nutritional supplementation and diets and all things I hold near and dear to my heart. However, my only concern is that he has no passion and no real background in this field.

Since I know you’ve watched the show, you must see that there is just something blank about him when he discusses anything in the realm of nutritional information. Let me tell you why that happens.  It’s because in television (and you all know that I am an expert in that field), producers do all the work and the host has cards that they read from or look at immediately before the segment.  Sometimes, they will read from a teleprompter.  I know I don’t want my information to come from a 23 year old producer without a medical degree. Just saying.

Dr. Oz is rated one of the top cardio-thoracic surgeons in the country.  He knows next to nothing about nutrition as can be seen in the examples I just gave you.

This country is desperate for the correct information and needs an advocate for true health – someone who is willing to take up the banner (like in Game of Thrones) and fight for our right to be healthy.

Whether you like it or not, Dr. Oz, you have become the role model for health care and you are paid handsomely for that – isn’t it time you gave a little something back? You’ve convinced the populace.  Now it’s time to take on where the real problem in health care lies – agribusiness, big pharma and the United States government. Good luck with that and if you ever need any help…..

I just watched the first two episodes of RHONJ.  First of all, how happy am I that they are back and secondly, I think Teresa is channeling NeNe.  They are both wack-a-doodle; totally not grounded in reality and have a hard time pronouncing words.  I am telling you they need an All Stars Edition that cuts across the cities and pairs up the ladies.  This team would RULE! Maybe they should go on The Amazing Race – just a thought.

And while I am on the topic of bashing other doctors who are on TV, did you catch Perricone on RHONJ? What was up with his hair? And, what am I chopped liver? I am the weight loss specialist. Going to Perricone for weight loss is like going to Oz for weight loss.  And what kind of sheer nonsense did he give Lauren? Berries and egg whites – no seriously, that is what he prescribed for her to lose weight!  Now that’s what I call reality bitez.

Until next time…