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If You Speak Out Enough and Eat Enough Soy, Can You Get Rid of Your Thyroid Problem? Why Health Advice on Oprah Could Make You Sick

By May 30, 2009

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Looks like there's more backlash against Oprah's insistence on offering health advice at every turn. Now, Newsweek has a new article, which, in a similar vein to the recent piece, "Oprah's Bad Medicine," at Salon, talks about how some of the health advice Oprah and her guests share is just plain bad.

It's no secret that I agree. Oprah's muddled and often misleading coverage about her own thyroid condition is just the tip of the iceberg.

The article's authors Weston Kosova and Pat Wingert sum it up perfectly when they say: "Some of the many experts who cross her stage offer interesting and useful information...Others gush nonsense. Oprah, who holds up her guests as prophets, can't seem to tell the difference. She has the power to summon the most learned authorities on any subject; who would refuse her? Instead, all too often Oprah winds up putting herself and her trusting audience in the hands of celebrity authors and pop-science artists pitching wonder cures and miracle treatments that are questionable or flat-out wrong, and sometimes dangerous."

Newsweek's Live Your Best Life Ever is definitely a must-read if you're staying up on Oprah's thyroid adventures.

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