Does Watching Oprah Really Put Us At Risk?

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Does Watching Oprah Really Put Us At Risk?
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You may have read the recent Newsweek article, "Why Health Advice on ?Oprah’ Could Make You Sick", which slams her for various episodes in which she focuses on alternative medicines and ideas.  The article reports about the show in which Winfrey featured Suzanne Somers as her guest to discuss the health regimen Somers believes keeps her young and healthy.  Somers told Winfrey that she takes 60 vitamin supplements a day as well as injecting estrogen into her vagina every night.  Oprah admits that this may sound strange to many people, but she also stated that it was possible Somers could be a “pioneer” of staying healthy and young.

The Newsweek article also reports on how Winfrey featured Jenny Garth’s anti-vaccine stance, Winfrey’s own bout with thyroid problems, benefits of plastic surgery, and so on.  The article brings in experts that clearly state Winfrey has acted irresponsibly by spotlighting these issues on the show in too much of a one-sided manner.  Cynthia Pearson, executive director of the nonprofit National Women’s Health Network and hormone therapy expert responds to the Suzanne Somers episode by saying, “It blew me away that Oprah would go to her for advice on this topic.  I have to say, it diminished my respect.”

Not everyone agrees with the views expressed in the Newsweek article.  Women to Women, a health care organization that provides care for women, publicly denounced the recent attack on Winfrey from Newsweek.  Nurse Practitioner and co-founder of Women to Women,Marcelle Pick said, “The thing that is most upsetting to me about the recent attempt to undermine Oprah’s approach is that it doesn’t present a balanced perspective on alternative therapies and the role they play on our wellness.”  Pick goes on to discuss that a lot of what we consider “alternative” approaches here may be tried and true standards in other countries.

Lee Schneider, from the Huffington Post, also commented on the Newsweek attack.  Schneider questions the validity of mainstream medicine.  He points out that historically there have been plenty of conventional treatments and medicines that were later proved to be unsafe or dangerous as well as controversial new approaches that have worked in the long run.  Schneider writes, “Newsweek is going backward, contributing to the backlash against new medicine.  Oprah is going forward by supporting medical pioneers.”

Do you think Oprah Winfrey has acted irresponsibly by featuring alternative medicines on her show?

Has Newsweek gone too far with their criticism of Winfrey?

 

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  • farmerbrown2002 By farmerbrown2002
    11.02.09  

    As stated its freedom of choice.

  • Alyssarae92293 By Alyssarae92293
    10.14.09  

    I completely agree with stsunflowers. BELIVE WHAT YOU WANT TO BELIVE!

  • tessvis By tessvis
    10.04.09  

    This is ridiculous! Oprah is medley sharing information on what people are choosing to do rather than only following the traditional method to care. Freedom of choice should be respected.

  • Zengirl8 By Zengirl8
    10.03.09  

    Oprah reaches the masses so she does want to show the world there are other therapies out there to use instead of just the conventional ones. Her program is very educational and informative but just because she is showcasing these methods does not mean one has to follow it. Everyone is in charge of their own health and she's trying to implement ways in which we can take be proactive with it..why do you think Dr. Oz is on so often and is a popular guest? She gets the audience and viewers to ask questions that they may have and get answers they need as well as other information that can be helpful. If you are well educated on different methods for healing through the foods you eat, supplements, western medicine,eastern medicine I don't see anything wrong with it. It broadens your views and helps you in the long run to know there are other choices out there.

  • jami78 By jami78
    09.06.09  

    Oprah USED TO BE a good talk show hostess. Now she is just full of herself and her topics are too drama-filled.

  • MEROSCHA By MEROSCHA
    08.10.09  

    I don't think Oprah Winfrey has acted irresponsibly. She mentions that we should consult our doctors before trying anything. I love Oprah:) She is not biased and gives everyone a chance to give their opinions, whether right or wrong. We all deserve that chance. Also we have choices....Oprah never tries to brainwash and make you do anything that she may discuss on her show. Leave Ms. Oprah Winfrey alone.

  • amy_in_cosprings By amy_in_cosprings
    07.31.09  

    My question is are we all mindless sheep? Wouldn't be the point that we all have to make our own decisions. I enjoy that fact that she is showing people alternatives but it is the up person's who is watching to make the decision. Hopefully the research it and make and educated decision.

  • chickb13 By chickb13
    07.29.09  

    Whether it seems one sided or not it is the viewer who has to make the decision to research the information that is presented if it is something that they are interested in. At least Oprah is giving people different options whether it is mainstream or not.

  • grumpyshar By grumpyshar
    07.11.09  

    I watch Oprah as do many women and even some men. shows like hers are helpful because the do explore alternative treatments. many of our doctors only discuss with us the treatments they prefer. I worked in a medical office for a long time and I can tell you the doctor i worked for would never talk to a patient about alternative treatments. With that doctor it was all pills and surgery solved everything. I do believe it is up to each person to explore all treatments and then find the right one for them.

  • candaceg By candaceg
    07.08.09  

    Oprah is the best thing to happen to women around the world in a long time. She always presents balanced discussion. We are NOT blind sheep following ignorantly. Let's just put that myth to an end. We ARE empowered women able to listen even to biased opinions and weigh the facts. Newsweek hasn't gone any farther than any other journalist. Journalism in this country is no longer even keeled. They are all climbing over each other to "get the story" and sell, sell, sell. They're just getting their two-cents in. Women need to pick and choose more wisely than ever now. I choose Oprah! She educates, uplifts, stumbles and tries again.

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