Should Oprah be giving medical advice?

  1. 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.
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    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.
    http://www.salon.com/env/vital_signs...infrey_health/

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  3. by   ToxicShock
    Oprah is an idiot. I lost what little respect I had for her when she decided to do a show on factory farming, only to turn around a few months later and give out coupons for KFC. Not to mention the fact that her show on factory farming was filled with untruths and omissions.

    Bottom line: In my eyes, Oprah has no credibility whatsoever.
  4. by   mama_d
    I'm not too big on celebrities dispensing medical advice, regardless of who they are. I also don't think very highly of individuals who would trust a person's medical advice just b/c they are a celebrity over what their doc has to say.
  5. by   BabyLady
    I have absolutely NO RESPECT for Suzanne Somer's whatsoever.

    She has gone on and on with these health books...bashing medicine, taking about how this and that will cause breast cancer....then turned to traditional medicine when she got breast cancer after alternative medicine didn't work for her.

    Then she bashed the sugar industry, bashed every single alternative sweetener that was on the market...b/c she just felt that the product that she was peddling, Somersweet, was the only safe alternative sweetener on the market.

    Basically....she only promotes what she makes a buck on.
  6. by   Multicollinearity
    I think Oprah is stunningly naive and gullible despite her intelligence, power, and accomplishments. She lost credibility in my eyes when she fell for that "The Secret" nonsense. So for me, Oprah + medical advice = do not listen.
  7. by   pennyaline
    Quote from multicollinearity
    I think Oprah is stunningly naive and gullible despite her intelligence, power, and accomplishments. She lost credibility in my eyes when she fell for that "The Secret" nonsense. So for me, Oprah + medical advice = do not listen.
    Oprah's not gullible. She's a media whore who attracts other media whores. She's egotistical and power hungry, and she's greedy. I think she'll pimp whatever might raise her ratings and sell her magazines, and win for her all of the perks that she recognizes as symbols of acceptance and love, without caring one way or the other about whether or not it is legitimate or safe or realistic or anything else of importance. Oprah is pathetic.
  8. by   caliotter3
    Well, she might be pathetic, but I could enjoy being considered that pathetic if I had her money, or even a fraction of it. I wouldn't care who thought me pathetic. For that matter I am pathetic. And poor!
  9. by   pennyaline
    Quote from caliotter3
    I wouldn't care who thought me pathetic. For that matter I am pathetic. And poor!
    Wow. It IS a good thing that you don't care :chuckle
  10. by   caliotter3
    Quote from pennyaline
    Wow. It IS a good thing that you don't care :chuckle
    I don't place much stock in what Oprah says and never have. I realized a long time ago that she is about entertainment and making money. If she has something intriguing on her program, I might be encouraged to investigate from credible sources. As much as she stirs up awareness on some issues she might be accomplishing some good.
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    I don't think she is a media whore. I actually think she cares a lot about folks.

    I don't think she should be giving medical advice.

    I never watch her - although I did a long long time ago. Mostly I watched Phil Donahue. (Aging myself here )

    And I'd love it if she sent me just a tiny fraction of her money.

    steph
  12. by   nkara
    Can't stand Oprah anymore. She needs to retire already.
  13. by   FireStarterRN
    I don't particularly care for Oprah and never enjoyed her show much. She's hardly an idiot though. She's very intelligent and successful.

    As far as her giving a platform to alternative medicine, I'm sure she's making money off that. There's a lot of quackery out there but also some legit stuff. Buyer beware is what I say. I'm glad there's a forum for different ideas, even those I disagree with.

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