The doctors wanted Oz booted from the Columbia University’s medical faculty.
Trump appeared on Dr. Oz’s television show taped yesterday with the results of a physical in hand conducted by his own discredited doctor, Harold Bornstein.
Dr. Oz appeared today (Sept. 15) on the “Today” show to discuss his meeting with Trump.
He said Trump presented him with a summary of a battery of medical tests, some conducted as late as last week. The letter also contained results of other tests he’s had, which Oz identified as “traditional screening tests.”
“The records that I got indicate without question that he’s healthy enough to be president,” Oz said. “If I, as a doctor, had a patient like him, I would think good health for a man of his age and I’d send him on his way.”
But what kind of doctor is Oz?
IM reported last year that ten top doctors wrote to Lee Goldman, the dean of Columbia’s Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, demanding Oz’s resignation. He’s held a position with the university for 12 years.
“He’s a quack and a fake and a charlatan,” Dr Henry Miller of Stanford University told The New York Daily News, which broke the story after obtaining the letter.
“The fact is that his advice endangers patients, and this doesn’t seem to faze them,” Miller said.
The doctors who signed the letter, including Dr Joel Tepper, of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and Dr Gilbert Ross of the American Council on Science and Health in New York City, were no less damning.
The letter read in part:
“He has manifested an egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain. Thus, Dr Oz is guilty of either outrageous conflicts of interest or flawed judgments about what constitutes appropriate medical treatments, or both.”
The episodes raises serious questions about whether Dr. Oz is capable of rendering an objective opinion about a subject as serious as a potential president’s health.
Although Trump has widely derided rival Hillary Clinton’s health, he has done everything he can so far to obfuscate his, despite a promise last December to produce what he said would be a “full medical report.”
The result was a four-paragraph letter written by Bornstein. The letter was widely criticized by medical experts for using terminology that showed a lack of medical expertise.
The doctor proclaimed Trump had “astonishingly excellent” lab results and said the 70-year-old mogul would be the “healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”
Bornstein has since been called out by other doctors for misrepresenting his background and credentials.
For his Part, Dr. Oz at least acknowledged that he did not do the tests and declined to confirm the data was accurate. His show will air today.
Trump’s campaign has often been compared to a reality television show. That fact that he would turn to a sketchy television doctor to vouch for his health is no surprise.
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