Alan Levinovitz Apr 23, 2015 (The Atlantic)
There is a point with most successful sitcoms and other television shows when ideas begin to stagnate and the show spins out of control into strange territories. If the show’s producers were to look back at the original key to its success and compare it to its recent trajectory, they may think twice about sacrificing quality for the sake of originality and maintaining their audience’s attention. Has the Oz Show reached that point- you be the judge…
Critics often imply that any exploration of alternative methods means abandoning conventional approaches. It does not. In fact, many institutions like mine use the names ‘complementary’ or ‘integrative’ medicine, which is also appropriate.
But integration requires a delicate balancing act. It’s good to be open-minded, but not, as the old saying goes, “so open-minded that your brain falls out.” For those who believe that past lives exist and energy healing increases our vibrational frequency, who’s to say that there aren’t good alternatives to vaccines, or that miracle diet pills don’t actually work?
Today, millions watched as Dr. Oz defended himself against critics on his show. What his audience might not have realized is that some other respected physicians at prestigious medical schools were watching along and hoping, if quietly, that he would succeed.