With the recent news that she is giving anti-vaccine proponent Jenny McCarthy prominent airtime, as well as her previous endorsement of Suzanne Somers' book on "bioidentical hormones," is she doing more harm than good. Doctors who dispense more balanced medical advice stand no chance against Oprah, who "is an economy of scale onto herself."
(The author of the article wonders) about Oprah's socioeconomic perspective on healthcare. Given that Winfrey's fan base (based on demographics for her magazine) is 90 percent female, has an average age of 45, and has a median individual income of about $36,000 and a family income of about $70,000 per year, perhaps she could provide more practical medical advice, instead of this:
- After being diagnosed with her thyroid condition, Oprah wrote in her magazine about how she went away to Hawaii for a month, where she rested in seclusion and ate food prepared by her chef.
pro and con reader reactions:
Oprah often to me seems like the biggest victim of her own gullibility and penchant for fads and crazes. She's always sitting there with her mouth open just swallowing whatever dman fool thing someone says to her.
One good thing about Oprah -- she gets people talking. Her web site does a pretty good job of presenting the pros and cons of the health issues she brings to the fore on her television program.
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