Saturday, April 25, 2015
Dr. Oz Exposes A Rogue's Gallery of Critics - And the 'DARK Act'
"For the first 30 minutes of his hour-long show—which celebrates its 1,000th episode on May 7—Oz took a chainsaw rather than a scalpel (metaphorically speaking) to his 10 fellow physicians who signed an open letter demanding his dismissal from the Columbia University Medical School faculty"- Commentator on 'The Daily Beast'
It was gratifying, indeed, to see Dr. Mehmet Oz taking a "chainsaw" as opposed to a "scalpel" to the rogue's gallery of A-holes that attacked him. And as I noted in a previous blog post, I wouldn't even go so far as to call these critics physicians but rather bought out whores. They sold whatever 'souls' and self-respect they had long ago, to become shills for the corporate state and attack all those with whom they disagreed.
Readers may not be aware that a similar debacle played out some years ago but had a decidedly different outcome. This concerned the study by Dr. Arpad Pusztai in which he fed lab rats potatoes that had been genetically engineered to contain lectin (from a snowdrop bulb to make them pest resistant). When he processed the results he found that the rats which consumed these high-tech potatoes showed evidence of organ (liver, stomach) damage and poor brain development. Pusztai's study went down as the very first independent study (i.e. one not sponsored by a biotech corporation) to examine the effects of bio-engineered food on mammals.
Tragically, Pusztai’s boss, the Director of the Rowett Institute, attempted to suppress the revelations in the GMO potato study. According to a report -article from In These Times (Jan. 10, 2000);
"He fired Pusztai, broke up his research team, halted the six other similar projects his team was then working on and seized his data"
Tragically, the action was taken after the research became known to physician "colleagues". Interested readers can read more on the expose of the PR muggers and their hands in the Pusztai debacle here
So, let's get it straight this sort of attack isn't new - only the cast changes. Whenever the agenda of bought out corporate whores is challenged or criticized, in this case the drive not to label GMO foods, they enter and try to shut up the source.....or get him fired from a top position.
Back to Dr. Oz' Thursday show. He immediately flashed on the screen the forlorn, guilt-ridden faces of the 10 rats that came out against him, The gallery - with faces shown -includes:
- Henry I. Miller, Fellow in Scientific Philosophy, Hoover Institution
- Scott W. Atlas, M.D., Hoover Institution
- Jack Fisher, M.D. Prof. of Surgery, Univ. of California, San Diego
-Shelley Fleet, Anesthesiologist, Longwood, FL
-Gordon N. Gill, Dean of Translational Medicine, Univ. of California, San Diego
- Gilbert Ross, M.D., Acting President, American Council on Science and Health
- Samuel Schneider, Psychiatrist, Princeton, NJ
- Michael Mellon, Pediatric Allergist, San Diego, CA
- Glenn Swogger Jr., Dir. Will Menninger Center for Applied Behavioral Sciences, (retired), The Menninger Foundation, Topeka, KS
- Joe Tapper, Dept, of Radiation Oncology, Univ. of North Carolina
As noted in the expose intro, the guy who drafted the letter and whose name is in the top spot is Henry Miller, whose vita at first glance "looks impressive". But "put him under the microscope and there's more to the story". We learn, for instance, that Miller strongly supports genetically modified foods, which Dr. Oz maintains ought to be labeled. Miller and his ilk almost singlehandedly defeated Proposition 37 in California that would have required GMO labeling. (He was the face and voice of 'NO on 37' that brainwashed consumers to vote against their best interests)
Miller also got into hot water for making one anti-Prop 37 ad on the Stanford University campus. The ad identified him as being with Stanford - undoubtedly to add bogus name cachet - though he is actually based at the Hoover Inst. which has nothing to do with Stanford apart from its geographical location on the campus. So no surprise the university demanded he pull the dishonest ad.
Oz' expose also presented documents on screen showing Miller was a key supporter - get this - of the freaking tobacco industry in the 1990s! Do bought out physician whores have no honor at all? Are they willing to prostitute themselves for any and everything? It seems so! Hell, this scumball even "helped write the guiding scientific principles for a group that was assembled to fight smoking restrictions".
All this is thanks to the dedicated research of Source Watch which tracks industry ties to assorted critics and hot shots in the medical news. According to Gary Ruskin, Executive Director of 'Right to Know':
"What Henry Miller does is speak on behalf of big corporations who have big problems and he tells big lies on their behalf."
Miller is also involved with the bogus, corporate front organization (they pop up all over the damned place now) the American Council on Science and Health. A rep from Oz' show who went to the alleged headquarters in New York City found only an empty room with some file cabinets and a copy machine (seen through the window)
While these losers sound scientific and pro-consumer, they have spoken in defense of cigarettes, pesticides, GMOs and other poisons, all "while taking money from tobacco companies, pesticide makers, and firms behind GMO foods." This, according to documents leaked to Mother Jones magazine. There is a "direct line", in fact, between the corporations that the ACSH solicits and the positions it takes in public. In other words you can't trust ANY of them, any more than you can trust John McAdams' take on the Kennedy assassination.
Gary Ruskin actually calls them "rent -a -scientist" - much like the fossil fuel front groups that rent other scientific prostitutes to criticize global warming science. Guys like Willie Soon.
Then there is ACSH acting President Gilbert Ross, who is also famous - but not the way you'd think! He's actually a convicted felon. As Oz' report notes, "while working as a doctor Ross was charged in a Medicaid fraud scheme that cost the state of New York $8 million. Ross was sentenced to nearly 4 years and served time in federal prison."
So why believe this jail bird when he yaps complaints about Dr. Oz? You'd have to be a moron or a totally brainwashed dupe.
Two other rogues mentioned in connection with ACSH include Glenn Swogger Jr. and Jack Fisher. Their backgrounds led the Source Watch contact to note "this is definitely a smear campaign against Dr. Oz., driven by critics connected to big industry."
Meanwhile, a fifth critic, Scott Atlas, works with Henry Miller at the Hoover Inst. Evidently, he's more useful as a propagandist shill than acting the part of a real doctor. No surprise here since "Hoover has taken money from producers of genetically modified foods."
Dr. Joel Fuhrman, guest physician on the show, observed:
"Number one, these doctors are not representative of the medical profession. Number two, it's an attack against all physicians - any professionals that don't adopt a standard party line. It's important we recognize this is anti-American and anti-freedom to help people in the best way possible."
Another aspect Dr. Fuhrman noted was the total irresponsibility of the corporate media, "to explode it all over the place, which is sloppy and dangerous journalism because they didn't do any background checks, they didn't know who these people were, they didn't understand their agenda".
In other words, typical kindergarten-level MSM reporting!
But we've already seen in the past how the whore media acts, such as being cheerleaders in the run-up to the Iraq War, and using propaganda tactics such as framing and suppression by omission as well as euphemisms (e.g. Iran-Contra scandal instead of Iran-Contra conspiracy) to deflect serious people from conspiracy thinking. See e.g.
This brings us to the DARK Act, which Oz also exposed and which, if passed, would totally disallow any future citizen referenda or state initiatives to label what's in their food. The D-A-R-K act is an acronym for:
What is in this Neoliberal attempt to poison people by the millions? As Oz explains:
"The sponsors of the bill claim that GMO labeling is not needed. The bill specifically makes mandatory labeling of GMO foods impossible and that takes away your right to vote in your state for what you and your family want to eat. "
According to guest Scott Faber, Vice President of the Environmental Working Group:
"This is a radical, radical proposal when you think about the fact that ninety percent of Americans want to know whether their food contains GMOs, just like consumers in sixty four other countries. It's just incredible that congress would pass a law that would block all state GMO labeling laws and make it virtually impossible for the FDA to mandate labeling. The congress is saying 'we don't trust you to make those choices"
Also, he notes if the DARK Act became law all the existing state laws that require GMO labeling would be "wiped off the books" and the 17 bills now pending in state legislatures would all be blocked, effectively forever.
But what about the Democrats, wouldn't they filibuster this bill on our behalf?
Don't count on it because the Democratic Party is as infected by the virus of Neoliberalism as the pro-market Repukes. There isn't one chance in a million the Dems would exert the energy - however minimal- to filibuster the DARK Act. So we are literally on our own, or will be if this trash passes.
If the law passes, state control of any labeling, including 'use by' and 'sell by' dates would also be in jeopardy We need to write the congressional whores now and let them know we are on to their hidden and corrupt agenda and if they want future votes they had better conform to citizens' will- not lobbyist money.
Update: Who hired this moron as "editor" for Salon.com?
I refer to Colin Gorenstein who scribbled this piece of refuse at salon:
Note that while this imbecile attacks Oz, noting the "ten doctors" who criticized him, he shamefully avoids pointing out their despicable backgrounds. (As I have here). Anyone who avoids doing that is simply another shill, or better, hack. How this character got to be a salon editor is beyond me when he's not even qualified to edit comic books,
As for citing John Oliver, a comic (though a sometimes smart one) that doesn't wash because Oz has always made it abundantly clear when he mentions this or that product he: 1) isn't conveying medical advice or acting as a medical expert, and 2) he expects viewers to do their own research and learn more about it.
Most of Oz' proffered products or solutions I ignore after doing my research as HE advises. It is appalling that Oliver (like Gorenstein) goes after Oz as opposed to the dumb people who take his advice too literally and don't follow his own cautionary statements. JEEZ!