Oprah Winfrey’s reply to report of dangerous medical advice on her show

June 5th, 2009 - 3:01 pm ICT by ANI  

Oprah Winfrey Washington, Jun 5 (ANI): American talk show host Oprah Winfrey has decided to speak out on Newsweek’s latest cover story claiming that she was giving dangerous medical advice on her Oprah Winfrey show.

Winfrey, 55, was accused of abusing her influence and credibility by promoting health “cures” that are ineffective and dangerous, but she has insisted that she is only trying to open dialogue between her viewers and their doctors.

“For 23 years, my show has presented thousands of topics that reflect the human experience, including doctors’ medical advice and personal health stories that have prompted conversations between our audience members and their health care providers,” Us magazine quoted her as saying in a statement.

“I trust the viewers, and I know that they are smart and discerning enough to seek out medical opinions to determine what may be best for them,” she stated.

But some of her viewers have said that they have a hard time not taking the information given on the show to heart.

Living Oprah, a blogger who spent an entire year following “the advice of Oprah Winfrey,” said that the views on the show contradicted her doctor’s advice.

“I had mixed results from the health guidance I learned on Oprah’s show and there were a couple items that conflicted with my own doctor’s guidance. My doc always shrugged at how many supplements I knocked back in 2008, for instance,” the blogger had written.

Biologist PZ Myers, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota, was also against the show’s medical advices.

“It’s about time one of the big media players pointed out that she is promoting dangerous fake therapies … all with a happy smile, of course, and a message of positive self-esteem for women. It’s still credulous glop, though,” Myers wrote. (ANI)

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