"People don't want to sit there and be hounded with information," Oz told host Matt Lauer

By Tara Fowler
Updated April 24, 2015 08:30 AM
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The battle between Dr. Mehmet Oz and the medical community continued on Friday morning as Oz addressed the concerns of Columbia University faculty members on the Today show.

Unlike the 10 physicians led by Dr. Henry Miller who called for Oz’s dismissal from the university at which he is a vice-chair and professor for the department of surgery, eight members of Columbia’s faculty were more measured in an op-ed written in USA Today Thursday in which they suggested that, perhaps, Oz begin adding the following disclaimer to his show: “The opinions expressed on this program may not be evidence-based or part of accepted medical practice and have no endorsement from Columbia University.”

Oz started off his Today segment by noting that his popular series, The Dr. Oz Show, is not a “medical show.”

” ‘Doctor’ is actually up in the little bar for a reason,” he said, adding that the series is a way of informing people of what’s happening in the world of medicine without bombarding them with information they don’t need or won’t understand. “People don’t want to sit there and be hounded with information,” he said, later adding, “I hear from viewers and doctors all the time about how we’ve helped make that conversation easier.”

He went on to add that the series is committed to finding “high-tech and low-tech solutions” to the problems that ail people today. “We’ve got a wonderful medical unit but we have to go beyond that,” he said, saying that the show may sometimes explore the power of prayer or other such unconventional cures.

When Today host Matt Lauer asked if Oz ever regretted referring to any of these things as “miracle cures” or the like, the doctor responded: “I’m proud of all those words.”

The only time he ever regretted them was using them in connection to weight-loss supplements. “I wish I could take back the words I said about them,” he admitted.

But all in all, Oz believes “without question” his show will survive, despite the criticism from his colleagues at Columbia. “So many Americans think I’m all about those fake ads that come into their spam folders,” he said. But “my job is to help America understand the opportunity towards health.”

He added: “The goal for all of us has to be focused on the people who need our help.”