In May 2018, the White House announced that President Trump intended to appoint Dr. Mehmat Cengiz Oz as a member of the Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition.
Ever since his appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2004, the celebrity doctor, popularly known as Dr. Oz, has made it to the news several times. For those few people that don’t know who he is, here’s a brief introduction.
A cardiothoracic surgeon with degrees from Harvard and University of Pennsylvania, the Turkish American doctor is also a popular television personality, author of numerous bestselling books, alternative healthcare promoter and a professor at Columbia University. In 2008, he was named as one of 100 most influential people by Time and also made it to the lists of the 100 most influential people of the century, by Esquire Magazine, and the greatest healers of the millennium, by Healthy Living. He has also won nine Daytime Emmy Awards for his television program – The Dr. Oz Show.
Throughout his television career Dr. Oz has been criticized for his alternative approach to health and fitness. Many healthcare professionals label his views as pseudoscientific. However, the fact that the doctor was under fire did not seem to affect his popularity among the general public.
People loved Dr. Oz Show because he explained even the most complex medical phenomena in such a simple way that even a layman could understand it. This made people feel empowered – they felt in control of their health. People loved Dr Oz. because he was accessible and made the frightening medical terms and health issues less scary for them.
In response to all the criticism Dr. Oz once said:
“I bring the public information that will help them on their path to be their best selves. We provide multiple points of view, including mine which is offered without conflict of interest.”
Dr. Oz’s Appointment to the Presidential Council
Dr. Oz is not the first celebrity to be appointed as the member of the presidential council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition. The council, formed by President Eisenhower in 1956 to encourage people to make healthier eating choices and to stay active, has had many celebrity members over the years.
While the announcement for Dr. Oz’s appointment received a mix response from healthcare experts, it was appreciated by the public for all the right reasons.
The failure of scientists to find cures for many dangerous diseases, inefficacy of many first-line medications, and their serious side-effects are some of the major reasons people started to look out for alternative treatment options. And Dr. Oz has just been telling what people wanted to know. Everyone knows that alternative treatments are to be taken with a grain of salt, so there isn’t any point of criticizing Dr. OZ just for telling people what he found can help improve the quality of their lives.
Despite the outcry, Dr Oz will serve on the council for 2 years, along with 20 other members. Other famous people on the council include Lou Ferrigno, who played the Hulk in the 1970s popular television show The Incredible Hulk, and the coach of New England Patriots Bill Belichick.