Friday, April 17, 2015

Finally! Reality Versus Dr. Oz!

Editor's Note  Your own emails to the dean (Dr. Goldman), the president of the university (Lee C. Bollinger) and the chairman of the board of trustees (Jonathan D. Schiller) would be important since it's clear, according to Doug Levy, Chief Communications Officer Columbia University Medical Center, they view this issue to be about "academic freedom” and “upholding faculty members freedom of expression for statements they make in public discussion”. 

What if Dr. Oz, or anyone else connected with Columbia,  came out and proclaimed global warming is a scam and a racket that was very profitable to junk scientists at universities all over the world?  I would be willing to bet they wouldn't consider that "freedom of expression" or "academic freedom"!

I hope this starts a trend in medicine and science where quacks and activists are taken to task by real scientists in all the scientific disciplines for all the outrageous and unscientific claims they promote with the help of an amazingly compliant and irresponsible media. 

What I truly find disturbing is that so few in science have the courage to stand up to be counted.  My personal commendation to all these professionals!

From: "Henry Miller" henry.miller@stanford.edu 
To: lg2379@cumc.columbia.edu
Cc: officeofthepresident@columbia.edu, jschiller@bsfllp.com
Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 9:01:43 AM
Subject: Dr. Mehmet Oz
Lee Goldman, M.D.
Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine
Columbia University

Dear Dr. Goldman:

I am writing to you on behalf of myself and the undersigned colleagues below, all of whom are distinguished physicians.

We are surprised and dismayed that Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons would permit Dr. Mehmet Oz to occupy a faculty appointment, let alone a senior administrative position in the Department of Surgery.

As described here and here, as well as in other publications, Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine, as well as baseless and relentless opposition to the genetic engineering of food crops. Worst of all, 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 judgements about what constitutes appropriate medical treatments, or both. Whatever the nature of his pathology, members of the public are being misled and endangered, which makes Dr. Oz's presence on the faculty of a prestigious medical institution unacceptable.

Sincerely yours,
Henry I. Miller, M.D.
Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy
& Public Policy
Hoover Institution
Stanford University
Stanford, CA

Scott W. Atlas, M.D.
David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow
Hoover Institution
Stanford University
Stanford, CA

Jack Fisher, M.D.
Professor of Surgery (emeritus)
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA
 
Shelley Fleet, M.D.
Anesthesiologist
Longwood, FL
 
Gordon N. Gill, M.D.
Dean (emeritus) of Translational Medicine
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Michael H. Mellon, M.D.
Pediatric Allergist
San Diego, CA
 
GIlbert Ross, M.D.
President (Acting) and Executive Director
American Council on Science and Health
New York, NY

Samuel Schneider, M.D.
Psychiatrist
Princeton, NJ

Glenn Swogger Jr. M.D.
Director of the Will Menninger Center for Applied Behavioral Sciences (retired)
The Menninger Foundation
Topeka, KS

Joel E. Tepper, M.D.
Hector MacLean Distinguished Professor of Cancer Research
Dept of Radiation Oncology
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Chapel Hill, NC

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