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What Do Dr. Oz, Dr. McDreamy and Dr. Nancy Snyderman Have in Common?

By February 24, 2014

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Of course, the answer to this question is rather simple at first.  And then, it becomes more complex.  And the problem is, that even when we know in our heads what the differences are, it doesn't mean we won't blur the edges from time to time.

What they all have in common, of course, is that they are all doctors on TV. They are all celebrities - media stars.

What is more complex is their credibility.  Only one of them can be considered credible most of the time.  Can you guess which one that is?  (And no - it's not Dr. Mehmet Oz.  The answer is Dr. Nancy Snyderman.)

A few things here for you: What Can Smart Patients Learn from Media or Celebrity Doctors? It's a two step process for you to use to determine who and what you should believe, and who and what you should not - at least not without confirming the information they've touted (and sold you things to fix) elsewhere.

And - Celebrity Doctors - Check Their Credentials and Follow the Money... where I review Dr. Oz, Dr. Andrew Weil, the Doctor's TV Show (Travis Stork, et al), Joseph Mercola (one of the scariest of them all), Gary Null (who actually gives Mercola an even scarier run for his money), Dr. Phil and Dr. Laura.

Just because someone is on the radio or TV and has a show named after him or her, or appears online with the latest and greatest diss on mainstream healthcare, doesn't mean they are telling you the truth, or even know what they are talking about.  Our health doesn't improve because the latest conspiracy theory is making the rounds and someone can profit from it. The real key is to follow the money.

(Of course, I should also note that those people who provide you with health and medical advice who come from NO medical or even naturopathic background - like Jenny McCarthy or Katie Couric - may be even more of a problem).

Be smart about who you listen to and take advice from.  It's your life, not theirs.

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Agree? Disagree?

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February 25, 2014 at 8:59 am
(1) Bart Windrum says:

Early on in my research and writing I encountered Oz’s “You: The Smart Patient” and wondered who the ghostwriter was. The section where he advised that the way to identify a good surgeon was to collar an ED nurse leaving shift, in the parking lot was an epiphanic moment, let me tell you…

February 25, 2014 at 9:02 am
(2) Trisha Torrey says:

Bart – When that book came out, its co-author was an acquaintance of mind. I accused him then of selling out – because the book was underwritten and published by the Joint Commission. It was pretty much “here’s how you can be a smart patient without stepping on our toes.” Not useful.

February 28, 2014 at 2:34 am
(3) gemdiamondintherough says:

i certainly agree that “celebrity” status can confuse people. But, I have always said to educate yourself and that would include researching what these celebrities are saying. On the flip side, I do think that it does make us stop and think about some things that we may not have. Is everything they say “gospel”? Of course not. But then I do not consider everything my Dr’s tell me as “gospel”, because they are not experiencing what I am experiencing. I think there is a fine line, when it comes to condemning all Dr’s that may be on TV. I do not see it any different than all the pharmaceutical companies that continually advertise their particular medication. I sort of see this in the same category. I may be wrong, but that is how, I sort it out.

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