A member of Dr. Oz’s advisory board no longer associates with the Doctor due to Oz politics. Joel Fuhrman, who has appeared on “The Dr. Oz Show” five times, says he wants “nothing to do” with Oz anymore. “I just can’t … imagine a person being ethical and reasonable and being a Trump supporter,” Fuhrman said. Something is loading.
Joel Fuhrman, a famed family physician and “medical dietitian” who served on “The Dr. Oz Show’s medical advisory board,” told Insider he can no longer support Mehmet Oz because of his ties to the former President Donald Trump.
“Of course, I respected Dr. Oz for many years, knowing he was a doctor,” Fuhrman told Insider. “But now that he’s a Republican Trump supporter, I don’t want anything to do with him.”
Fuhrman added that he believed Trump was “an evil individual who has done horrible things for our country,” citing the party’s denial of climate change and Trump’s attempt to “take control” of the 2020 election as his main concerns.
Oz is the Republican candidate from Pennsylvania vying for a Senate seat against Democratic challenger John Fetterman. Trump endorsed Oz in April.
A current resident of San Diego, Fuhrman is not eligible to vote for Oz in the upcoming election, but he is very committed to the political positions Oz has taken since he ran for office.
“I am no longer a Dr. Oz supporter because my political views run counter to what Trump stands for and what Oz has taken politically,” Fuhrman said, adding that he believed the doctor was driven by ambition and the desire for power. , rather than profit. “So I haven’t been in contact with him.”
The Oz show’s medical advice has recently come under fire for questionable science promoted by band members, including lining their noses with petroleum jelly to ward off viruses and drinking tea made from it. of onion and lemon juice to treat flu symptoms.
Fuhrman told Insider he had no specific duties or meetings while serving on the board, but knew Oz from their time at the University of Pennsylvania together and, at one point, considered the doctor turned politician like his friend. Fuhrman appeared about five times on the Oz show to promote his “nutritious” diet.
The nutritious diet is largely plant-based — adherents are supposed to have one pound of raw vegetables and one pound cooked each day — and no animal or dairy products, oils, added salt or between-meal snacks. Registered dietitian Carolyn Williams called Fuhrman’s nutritional meal plan a “fad diet” that “takes the concept of nutrient density to an extreme, and it’s an extreme that we don’t know is really necessary. “.
Fuhrman himself claimed in a 2012 interview with Men’s Journal that he fasted for 46 days, drinking only water, to heal a heel injury.
Fuhrman said he supports his diet and its potential to cure people of all sorts of ailments, but he no longer supports Oz – not because of concerns about conflicts of interest or the science featured on his show , which he acknowledged could be “B-grade” or “C-grade”, but because of his support for former President Trump.
“I just can’t, in my mind, imagine a person being ethical and reasonable and being a Trump supporter,” Fuhrman said. “I just can’t understand how this happens.”
Representatives for Oz did not respond to Insider’s requests for comment.