Oprah Winfrey spoke out about Newsweek’s latest cover story, which claims she abuses her
influence and credibility by promoting health “cures” that are ineffective and dangerous, usmagazine.com reports.
Among the Oprah guests who have offered questionable medical advice: Suzanne Somers told Winfrey she swallows 60 supplements every day and takes a variety of bioidentical hormones to fight aging; physician/author Christiane Northrup, who told Oprah viewers that “thyroid dysfunction develops because of an energy blockage in the throat region, the result of a lifetime of ‘swallowing’ words one is aching to say.”
Winfrey says she’s only trying to open dialogue between viewers and their doctors, she said in a statement. “I trust the viewers, and I know that they are smart and discerning enough to seek out medical opinions to determine what may be best for them.”
But some Winfrey viewers say Oprah’s information isn’t all helpful.
Biologist PZ Myers, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota, also blogged: “It’s about time one of the big media players pointed out that she is promoting dangerous fake therapies.”