Gary Taubes on Dr. Oz

I recorded the Dr. Oz show for the first time ever the other day, because science journalist Gary Taubes was a guest. And despite the tittilating episode title “The Man Who Thinks Everything Dr. Oz Says Is Wrong”, I hoped there would at least be a fair and free exchange of ideas and information.

What a fool I was!

To be fair, Oz did say a couple of things that weren’t moronic. One was that he respects Taubes’ opinions, even though his own differ. The other was that he approves of the fact that Taubes is challenging conventional wisdom, since that causes doctors, researchers, and scientists to take a good, hard look and double-check all of the information they’re handing out.

Not that Oz double-checked anything, or decided to revise what he’s telling people.

Things I learned from Oz:

► You should cut out added sugar, but you should then eat lots of fruit (sugar) and “healthy whole grains” (sugar).

► After living on sugar all day every day, when you don’t eat sugar for a day, you feel grumpy.

► If you’d normally eat a slab of salmon, green veggies, a salad, and some brown rice, that meal just doesn’t translate to Taubes’ vision. Why just lose the brown rice, when you can replace it all with a huge steak?

► Oz is used to eating five or six times a day. Not a surprise, since his diet of sugars would require frequent replenishment due to blood-sugar spikes and valleys.

► Oz has no problem turning to his guest, basically telling them to shut up, and then monologuing at them nonstop. When the guest might potentially bring up a salient point, it’s time to shout them down.

► The rest of the show consisted of … game shows? I never thought I’d say this, but I have more respect for the integrity of The Doctors.

Yeah, I don’t think I’ll be watching Oz’s show ever again. I don’t understand what anyone sees in him — listening to his voice is like nails on a chalkboard (I compared it to a Jerry Lewis character), and he has a permanently smug expression on his face. I was surprised to see him eat meat in his “eat Taubes’ diet for 24 hours” joke of a segment, because looking at him, I would have guessed that he’s a vegetarian — he has the same scrawny, veiny look I’ve seen a lot.

Overall, I learned that those who blindly cling to conventional wisdom aren’t going to let go anytime soon. Despite the recent wave of articles, studies, and research supporting a low-carb, high-fat diet, it’s hard as hell to battle 50 years of misinformation and lies.

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4 Comments

  1. The husband and I gave up carbs and sugar this week. Already I feel better. More energy, less bloated-OMG-I-ate-too-much feelings. My mom thinks we’re crazy. I prefer to think we’re smart. 🙂 Thanks for the recap so I didn’t have to watch it myself!

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    missy Reply:

    I’ve been called crazy by many people, but I’d rather be crazy than 80 pounds heavier!

    The first week cutting out carbs can be a tough one, since your body is switching over from being a sugar-burning machine to a fat-burning machine. Some people experience fatigue, headaches, nausea, all sorts of stuff. I’m glad it sounds like you’re dodging that.

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  2. I rather eat whole grains that would slowly digest then a big fatty steak. I love starting my day, everyday, with a whole grain like oatmeal. I feel full all the way till lunch. If I started with a meal solely high in meat, I would feel awful.

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    missy Reply:

    To each their own — if I had grain every day, I”d be obese again, as well as crippled with arthritis and the pain and diarrhea of Crohn’s disease.

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