Because I primarily work from home, I watch a decent amount of daytime television, which I’ve written about before. But the one show that is equal parts fascinating and creepy is “The Dr. Oz Show.”
Each episode has a theme, and it’s usually about weight loss, women’s health concerns, medical innovations, etc. Despite the show promos making you think otherwise, none of his revelations are ever really earth shaking, but for some reason, if I turn on the television and he’s on, I can’t turn away.
A lot of it has to do with hype. He often does shows titled “The Craziest Questions You Can’t Ask!” and “Your Most Embarrassing Health Concerns Answered!” If you were to go to my Google history, you would know that I am often looking up insane health questions. I find the human body and all of its potential issues interesting, so these kinds of shows are my bread and butter.
The questions aren’t always that off the wall, but with my weird health fascination, I still watch. I have to give kudos to these women (and occasional men) who have the courage to go on television to discuss these matters. I sometimes have a hard time asking my doctor about stuff that isn’t even that odd, and that’s not televised. These people talk about weird noises during sex, problems going to the bathroom, and other matters about which people aren’t encouraged to speak. Dr. Oz gives his answers in a straightforward matter and really does do a decent job of not making the person feel uncomfortable.
Dr. Oz’s segments with props are what really scare me sometimes. Do we need a giant replica of your lower half to show what happens when you have a leaky butt (yes, that was an actual show)? No. In fact, I kind of wish I had turned it off at that point, but if it helped someone at home, then I can’t complain. His props have shown me what causes cellulite, what a uterus really looks like, and so much more. I really hope that has helped women who might not be comfortable with their bodies get more insight; it is so important for people to understand how and why things work.
I know he has a lot of detractors – he got his fame because of Oprah, he touts things that aren’t 100% proven to work, and so on – but I really do think that out of the people Oprah shoved down our collective throats, he’s not the worst (that award goes to Dr. Phil). I admittedly don’t know all that much about Dr. Oz, so if he’s done something especially egregious, please share in the comments, but I really do appreciate having a forum for health concerns on my television every weekday at 3 p.m.
What do you think of the show? Do you learn from it, or is it just too weird for you? Do the visuals he uses help you understand the human body better?