https://drjengunter.wordpress.com/2015/ ... -cleanses/
Dr. Oz is under fire again, this time from a group of 10 physicians who wrote a letter to Columbia medical school reporting their dismay that he remains on faculty. Columbia came back with the expected “academic freedom” response, which is apparently a license to say and do anything.
I understand that innovation can come from unpopular ideas so it is vital that academicians be able to explore all avenues of research. At one time the idea of a prion was laughable to many, yet through meticulous research Dr. Stanley B. Prusiner of UCSF was able to prove his theory and now we know that a misfolded protein can not only be an agent of disease, but can be contagious.
Dr. Oz should, like all clinicians, have the academic freedom to do studies that are approved by IRBs, tinker in the lab with new ideas for cardiac devices, and write papers about his detoxing theories that his peers will review, however, that isn’t what we are talking about. The problem in the Land of Oz isn’t, as Columbia University suggests, academic freedom it is about ethics and conflicts of interest.
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/d7737df9 ... al-faculty
Doctors' letter here:
http://www.vox.com/2015/4/16/8423867/dr ... r-columbia