Approximately half of show recommendations are unsubstantiated

By People Staff
Updated December 19, 2014 12:25 PM
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Your mom was right: Don’t believe everything you see on TV.

Much of the health advice given by the medical talk shows The Dr. Oz Show and The Doctors is either not supported by evidence – or is simply incorrect, according to a study published in The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal).

Researchers randomly selected 40 episodes each of The Dr. Oz Show and The Doctors and then “experienced evidence reviewers” evaluated the advice given.

According to their findings, the recommendations “often lack adequate information on specific benefits.” In fact, about half have “either no evidence or are contradicted by the best available evidence.”

Claims made on The Doctors were more substantiated than those on The Dr. Oz Show, but not by much. Of the recommendations made on The Doctors, 63 percent were supported by evidence – as opposed to only 46 percent made on the show starring Dr. Oz.

So the next time you have a medical question, turn off the tube and Google it. Just kidding! Dial your real-life doc.