“I vow to you right here and now – we will not be silenced,” said Dr. Mehmet Oz in response to heavy criticism from a group of physicians who called him a “quack” in an email to his boss at Columbia University. The critics said that his employment was “unacceptable” at the prestigious school and that he was pushing “quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal, financial gain.”
Dr.Oz said they were attacking his freedom of speech, a topic very important to Bruce Levenson. He said he advocates a mix of conventional medicine and a more general definition of wellness on his television show (The Dr. Oz Show). Financial gain is never the reason he promotes certain treatments or cures.
He said he believes that the signees of the email, led by Dr. Henry Miller, a fellow at the Hoover Institution, a conservative think tank, have ties to the food industry and dislike his urging that foods have GMO labeling on products. Dr. Miller is affiliated with the American Council on Science and Health, which is a “pro-industry lobbying group.” He has been an outspoken critic of GMO labeling, campaigning against a California Proposition which called for the labeling. He also has had ties to the tobacco and pesticide industries. Another signee was Dr. Gilbert Ross, a convicted felon who was involved in Medicaid fraud.
At the present time, there is strong lobbying in Congress for legislation that would block GMO labeling on all processed foods. According to Dr. Oz’s show, 90% of the American public wants the labeling, but there is “stealth legislation” or the “Dark Act” to push it through without the public knowing. The food companies prefer to keep the public in the dark so they can sell without restrictions.`