What the Food Industry Wants You to Know Dr. Oz

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Oh, Dr. Oz . . . You’ve done it again. Crossing the ethical lines of being a reputable doctor giving medical advice with entertainment sensationalism. The problem is many people think you are trustworthy and believable. I mean, you are Dr. Oz after all. This isn’t the first time you have crossed the ethical line. When the state of California was looking at Proposition 37, a GMO labeling bill, you had a pro GMO labeling segment on your show.  Unknowingly to many people, you and your wife were behind the scenes active campaigners for this bill. And, unsurprisingly, you refused to look at both sides of the issue. We know you don’t like conflict on your show. Please read my blog about this issue.


GMO's are Safe

GMO’s are Safe

So it is no surprise that your show, “What the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know” used some of the same scare tactics. You are using fear mongering and misinformation about the use of pesticides. You tell moms that pesticide use is the “single biggest threat” to the food we eat and even more troubling, the food your children eat. It was over-the-top when you showed women wearing gas masks spraying corn with something I believe was to represent pesticides. Fear mongering at its best.

One of your experts on the show was Dr. Michael Hansen. After doing some research on Dr. Hansen, I realize you chose the wrong expert. He has a bias for non-GMO. Why do I say this? During a congressional testimonial he was quoting research done by Dr. Eric-Giles Séralini.  In a nutshell, Seralini’s research resulted in GMO corn fed rats developed tumors. Unfortunately, this study was flawed in many respects. It was laughable research reported by his science researcher peers. The rats that were used are bred to develop tumors, no matter what they were fed.  Because of Dr. Hansen’s association, support and reference to the Seralini study, he loses all credibility with me. He claims that farmers are using significantly more pesticides since the introduction of GMO’s some 20 years ago.

The truth is, according to Dr. Martina Newell-McGloughlin, expert contributor to the Best Food Facts and also director of international biotechnology research of the University of California, farmers have used 1 billion pounds LESS pesticides from 1996-2011 with the use of GMO technology. YOU NEEDED A FARMER ON YOUR SHOW!

So why do you, Dr. Oz, continue to scare your viewers? Food is an emotional subject for most moms. They want to feed their families healthy and safe food. But you, Dr. Oz, are putting unnecessary fear into their food decisions. Why? To increase your ratings?  Is it the money? I have always been told to follow “the money.”    

Compounding on fear, I also believe we are not using our critical thinking skills like we should. We just don’t do the research and call people out on misinformation or outright lies.  And we need to do that. Please refer to the list of links at the bottom for science based research on GMO’s. In addition to those links, here is a quote from Dr. Carl Winter is an expert in toxicity. 

GMO's less Pesticides

GMO’s less Pesticides  

“I published a review (in 2011) of the 10 most common pesticides the Environmental Working Group tested on each of the top 12 “most contaminated” fruits and veggies.

What I found in the vast majority of cases was that our typical exposure to pesticides from those foods was generally a million times lower than doses that haven’t even caused affects in animals.

In short, even for the “most contaminated” produce on their list, the level of pesticide exposure is incredibly low.” 

The bottom line is moms just want the truth. They don’t want to hear about the latest fads or non-factual fear about foods. They just want the truth. And the truth is science-based, no fear-based. Dr. Oz, please tell us the truth.

I am curious, did you watch the episode? What did you think? Do you have any questions?


Here are more perspectives on the Dr. Oz Show:

The Real Takeaway from the Dr. Oz Show

Confessions of a Farm Wife


Some resources on science-based facts on GMO’s

The Right to Know – the Truth

Best Food Facts


FoodDialogues – Pesticides, Fertilizer and Herbicides

GMO Truth Alliance

GMO Answers


6 Comments on What the Food Industry Wants You to Know Dr. Oz

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    November 11, 2013

    I never watch the show, and i have friends that are very active non-GMO’s, so I find it all very confusing. I found your post very informative and well written. Thanks for linking up on the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned this post to the Bloggers Brags board.

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      wpatsche@gmail.com says:
      November 11, 2013

      Thank you for your comment. There is a lot of misinformation about GMO’s out there. That is one reason I blog.

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    IDcountrymom says:
    November 14, 2013

    I watched about 10 minutes of it and got disgusted and turned it off. I am so sick of the fear mongering by those anti groups. There are over 2000 studies that state otherwise. Dr. Oz is a doctor and NOT a scientist. We have been eating/feeding GMOs for the last 20 years. The blame of obesity has nothing to do with them. It is the fact that Americans are eating more and eating more garbage and moving less. We have become so far removed from our food system they have no clue about farming and ranching. It is shocking to see how many people think our food system is the next big conspiracy theory. Can’t believe how many people have no faith in the FDA or USDA. We have one of the safest food systems in the world. If you don’t believe it look at China. Look at the fact that these other countries still have things like BSE to worry about. Two words….Golden Rice. This could prevent millions of children from losing their eye sight but most are so focused on themselves.

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      wpatsche@gmail.com says:
      November 14, 2013

      I completely agree with you. Misinformation about agriculture is rampant. And that’s why I am talking. We just need more farmers and others to do the same. Thank you for your comments!

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