Last December, the British Medical Journal published a study that evaluated to what degree recommendations made on two popular doctor shows are actually based on real science.

The researchers evaluated 40 Dr Oz Show episodes and 40 from The Doctors. They report:

 

“A group of experienced evidence reviewers independently searched for, and evaluated as a team, evidence to support 80 randomly selected recommendations from each show.”

“For recommendations in The Dr Oz Show, evidence supported 46%, contradicted 15%, and was not found for 39%.”

“For recommendations in The Doctors, evidence supported 63%, contradicted 14%, and was not found for 24%.”

“Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest accompanied 0.4% of recommendations.”

They concluded:Approximately half of the recommendations have either no evidence or are contradicted by the best available evidence…The public should be skeptical about recommendations made on medical talk shows.”

 

This was an enlightening study. Healthy Dimensions encourages each person to go out and learn as much as they can to help them understand how their own bodies and minds actually work, to explore the evidence for themselves.

It’s also important to be wary when health recommendations are made in the media, and to do our own research when it comes to our own health.

Link: Televised medical talk shows—what they recommend and the evidence to support their recommendations: a prospective observational study