500+ ‘Jeopardy!’ contestants protest Dr. Oz as visitor host

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As Dr. Mehmet Oz takes over as visitor host of “Jeopardy!” this week and subsequent, it’s with a cloud over his head within the type of a letter signed by a whole lot of previous contestants who don’t need him there.

“Dr. Oz stands in opposition to the whole lot that Jeopardy! stands for. Jeopardy! is a present that values information and information. All through his practically 20 years on tv he has used his authority as a physician to push dangerous concepts onto the American public, in stark distinction along with his oath to first do no hurt,” says the letter, which was posted late final month and questions Oz’s integrity as a doctor and purveyor of information.

At concern: Oz’s help for unproved dietary supplements, legitimizing homosexual conversion remedy and selling the usage of hydroxychloroquine as a remedy for COVID-19. Oz can also be accused of selling harmful autism “cures,” although some examine of his web site reveals solely an investigation into the hazards of a bleach remedy. He has had discussions concerning the causes of autism, together with segments about vaccines.

The greater than 500 signatories on the Feb. 24 letter, posted on Medium, embrace a handful of medical medical doctors and a contestant from way back to 1991, although the majority are from more moderen years.

“Dr. Oz represents what has grow to be a doubtful development in America: the elevation of the credentialed speaking head on the expense of educational rigor and consensus,” the letter stated concerning the 10-time Daytime Emmy winner. “We as soon as seen intelligence and genius as one thing {that a} single heroic mind might embody. We have now since realized and we now perceive that we do significantly better at examine and science once we strategy it as a gaggle and construct off of one another’s insights and checks.

“However consensus doesn’t imply that everybody will get a seat on the desk to current ‘remedies’ that at greatest, haven’t any medical proof to help them, and at worst, are proven by medical proof to be actively dangerous,” the letter continued. “Proof-based medication is the gold normal as a result of evidence-based medication retains individuals alive. And we’d like our public champions of studying and science to help that view.”

Makes an attempt to succeed in publicists for “Jeopardy!,” “The Dr. Oz Present” and Harpo Productions had been unsuccessful Tuesday.

The letter-writers’ opinions are backed up by a 2014 examine carried out by physicians, pharmacists and different researchers that confirmed solely a few third of the claims Oz made on “The Dr. Oz Present” and “The Docs” throughout a 2013 analysis interval had been supported even barely by medical proof.

In 2015, various his colleagues at Columbia College petitioned to have the cardiac surgeon faraway from his college place.

“I carry the general public data that can assist them on their path to be their greatest selves,” Oz informed E! Information in response on the time. “We offer a number of factors of view, together with mine which is obtainable with out battle of curiosity. That doesn’t sit nicely with sure agendas which distort the information.”

Oz is at the moment director of Columbia College’s Integrative Medication Middle.

The physician, who says in a promotional video on Twitter that he was pals with legendary host Alex Trebek, debuted Monday night time as a “Jeopardy!” visitor host and is scheduled to proceed within the function for 2 weeks.

Since Trebek’s dying from pancreatic most cancers in late 2020, the present has featured visitor hosts together with journalist Katie Couric, all-time champion Ken Jennings and govt producer Mike Richards. Upcoming hosts embrace quarterback Aaron Rodgers, CNN broadcaster Anderson Cooper, CBS Information correspondent Invoice Whitaker, “At present” host Savannah Guthrie and “Massive Bang Principle” actress Mayim Bialik.

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