Has Dr. Oz finally crossed the Woobicon?

I’ve had it with Dr. Oz.

Although I haven’t seen his show today (for one thing, I work for a living; for another thing, even if I had today off I wouldn’t waste it watching Dr. Oz’s show), readers have informed me that yesterday, on March 1, 2010, Dr. Oz threw away whatever shred of respectability that he had left. On March 1, 2010, Dr. Oz had Deepak Chopra on his show.

But that wasn’t enough.

After all, Chopra is a never-ending font of woo in categories too numerous to recount here, a small subset of which includes evolution, neuroscience, and medicine, but most of his woo is is fairly “mainstream” in that it’s basically a lot of acupuncture and Eastern mysticism wrapped up in a cloak of quantum woo-ey goodness. As much as I detest Chopra, I can’t work up a hate on him as I can with some other quacks, particularly cancer quacks.

Not so Dr. Oz’s other guest. Who was Dr. Oz’s other guest, you ask?

Joe Mercola.

I didn’t believe it when I heard it, but apparently it’s true. Mercola posted a picture of himself and Deepak Chopra on the set of the Dr. Oz show:


If Mehmet Oz had Joe Mercola on his show, he’s definitely crossed the woo Rubicon (or should I say Woobicon?). He’s passed the point of no return. After all, Mercola is a supporter of some of the most blatant quackery out there. The worst example of his support of quackery occurred when he promoted the cancer quackery of Dr. Tullio Simoncini, the Italian “oncologist” who believes that all cancer is caused by fungus and that he can cure it using baking soda. He’s also claimed that baking soda can cure H1N1, making it the all-purpose cure-all. Add to that Mercola’s support for homeopathy and anti-vaccine views, and Mercola is rapidly approaching Mike Adams territory.

And Mercola was apparently a welcome guest on Dr. Oz’s show.

I must confess, I didn’t watch the show; so I’m counting on you, my readers, to give me the blow by blow and point me to video and/or transcripts. If I can stand to wade through it, it may require a heapin’ helpin’ of not-so-Respectful insolence. In the meantime, all I can say is this:

“Have you no shame, Dr. Oz? Have you no shame?”