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Epic rap battles: ZDoggMD versus Dr. Oz

It had to be done.

With all the quackery and pseudoscience promoted by TV doctors like Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, and “The Doctors,” sooner or later someone had to choose a manner other than blogging to call them out. ZDoggMD has done just that, particularly dissing Dr. Oz. Why? Why not. Because:

Why dis Dr. Oz, indeed?

Let’s enumerate:

  • He’s taller, smarter, better looking, and infinitely more successful than me. He must therefore be stopped.
  • He may have started out with good intentions, but his current incarnation foists hype, pseudoscience, and unproven “alternative” treatments upon millions of unsuspecting Americans who believe that his is the final word. After all, he has been duly annointed by She-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named!
  • Every practicing doctor dreads hearing these words from their patients: “But Dr. Oz says…” See here my informal Facebook poll of Dr. Oz tomfoolery.
  • Dissing Doctor Oz will inevitably lead to an East Coast-West Coast rap beef of epic proportions, resulting in untold publicity for both parties. Win-Win! Although I am likely to die in a drive-by syringe attack.

So it’s time to bust a cap in the Oprah-Industrial-Complex.

And here’s the cap:

Not bad. ZDoggMD even got a dig in at The Doctors.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

13 replies on “Epic rap battles: ZDoggMD versus Dr. Oz”

Any dig at Oz that points out his antics is good. I’ve been trying to convert my Oz-loving mother, but it’s been difficult. Her response to my critiques is “I take what he says with a grain of salt and decide for myself what I want to believe.” The problem, of course, is that my mother has no medical or scientific expertise and thus looks at Oz for such. She has no way of distinguishing bad science from good.

that’s great!
I’m not usually a fan of rap, but that was funny and hit the target dead center.
Thanks for the chuckles.

I generally cringe and turn away within the first seconds of these sorts of videos, but this was well done and entertaining the whole way through (I say, for anyone of a similar ilk who is contemplating not watching it).

Great video. It da explosive device. Or something.

Wasn’t aware of “The Doctors” show. Off to Google, but I’m guessing it’s like Dr. Oz time 4.

Although I am likely to die in a drive-by syringe attack.

Heh. I keep getting visions of the Medic in Team Fortress 2, who I think is actually a better medical professional than Dr. Oz at this point.

A real “gem”…yes time to bust Oprah, Inc. and her Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil and her owning the airwaves.

I never saw The Doctors….please don’t make me watch the program….I suspect I would find it just as barf-able as the big O’s TV docs.

Every practicing doctor dreads hearing these words from their patients: “But Dr. Oz says…”

Haha! I remember once asking my son’s absolutely wonderful, woo-free doctor about something I’d accidentally seen on Dr. Phil . . . his answer, concise and perfect: “Dr. Phil is an idiot.”

Looks like another pharma shill.It’s interesting to observe over 65000 lawsuits issued within a 6 year period against pharmaceutical companies for killing thousands of gullible patients each year.You should look at Actos,Avandia,Accutane,Paxil,Vioxx,Ritalin just to name a few in which the drug doctors/md’s have prescribed and have caused deaths and deadly side effects.Schemes like symptomatic treatment hiding behind the name science where the word is simply marketing.Dr.Barbara Starfield,MD reported 106000 deaths per year because of prescriptions in 1999 JAMA.Psychiatrists/shrinks run about scamming people with pseudoscience and fraud.Not one shred of evidence to prove psychiatry.You attack Dr.Oz who is a well respected individual and you target him since you have your belief system and draw conclusions based on biased websites and opinionated propaganda.You sir should be sued for slander.

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