Today Dr. Mehmet Oz is giving away 8,000 bottles of brand-name krill oil on his website. On yesterday’s show, he proclaimed krill oil to be the “essential supplement” for cardiovascular health. So we would assume he would take his recommendations about such an important supplement very seriously.
Which is why we were so deeply disappointed over what Dr. Oz said next. Since krill oil is an essential supplement for cardiovascular health, why would the esteemed Doctor recommend a daily dose that is barely a third of what most studies have found effective? Surely it isn’t because this small dose happens to be the dose provided by the brand name he’s giving away. The same one that’s been advertising on his show (and providing a good chunk of his sizeable paycheck) for several months now.
We have done extensive research on krill oil, and the science points to a much higher dose – over 3 times the amount Dr. Oz recommended yesterday. Of course, this isn’t the first time the good Doc has put financial interests ahead of his objectivity. But those instances weren’t related to the #1 killer in America: cardiovascular disease.
It is beyond unconscionable for Dr. Oz to so flippantly sell out the health of his viewers this way. He could still have given away the brand name without suggesting such a low daily dose. Instead, he read from the script provided by his corporate sponsors and jeopardized the health of countless faithful viewers and admirers. If, as the science suggests, this dose is not as effective for heart health, how many heart attacks will strike, how many lives will be lost that might have been saved had people been given the right dosing advice?
We hope the blood that may one day be on his hands is worth the paycheck Dr. Oz will receive.
Update: Prior Recommendation Was Correct
UPDATE: As noted in the comments below, we were reminded on facebook that originally Oz said 1-3 grams per day. We took this screenshot of that recommendation. We can think of no other reason to change this recommendation than to appease his sponsor.