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Dr. Oz's apple juice controversy

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Dr. Mehmet Oz caught a lot of flack this week after suggesting on his show Wednesday that many brands of apple juice had unhealthy levels of arsenic in them. According to The Chicago Tribune, the FDA has since responded to the claim, and said in a statement, “There is no evidence of any public health risk from drinking these juices. And FDA has been testing them for years.”

With what’s being touted as inconclusive testing and misleading results (the FDA claims Oz did not differentiate between organic arsenic, which is harmless, and inorganic arsenic, which can be lethal), the daytime doctor is in some hot water for what some are calling “fear-mongering.” (Though it’s hardly the first time, as he came under intense scrutiny for plugging the H1-N1 vaccine.) According to the Tribune, a spokesperson for The Dr. Oz Show said, “We don’t think the show is irresponsible. We think the public has a right to know what’s in their foods.”

So, thanks, Dr. Oz, for ruining apple juice. But he’s done more than that: Here’s some other things that Dr. Oz has ruined inadvertently — or otherwise — for us on his show:

  • Scrubs: TV finally had made unflattering garb look sexy, thanks to the good doctors of ER, Grey’s Anatomy, and, yeah, Scrubs. But Dr. Oz undid all of it by wearing them while unleashing terrifying medical jargon. Ugh, just stop petrifying us and seduce a ghost already!
  • Poop jokes: You know what takes all the fun of a poop joke? Graphic, medically accurate details — and warning signs — about what’s in your poop. Heh, poop.
  • Oprah spin-off doctors: Viewers’ faith in Dr. Phil has already been a little shaky for some time. (He got himself into his own trouble in 2005 when he was hit with a class action lawsuit regarding his since-discontinued “Shape Up!” diet products.) But now we can’t trust Dr. Oz either? This simply will not stand. Not in Oprah’s good name!
  • Dr. Pepper: We’d never even thought to check his medical credentials… until now.

What has Dr. Oz ruined for you, PopWatchers? Does this apple juice flap bother you or do you still trust Dr. Oz’s advice? Share in the comments section below.

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