Dr. Oz to Matt Lauer: "Without Question, The Show Will Survive" (Video)
"It's much broader than a medical lecture series. People don't want to sit there and get hounded about information that's irrelevant to their lives."
Despite his critics' recent protests, Dr. Mehmet Oz believes that "without question, the show will survive it," he told Today's Matt Lauer on Friday morning. "I want to keep doing the show for as long as I can because I think we played an important role in making America a better place."
Oz was recently the subject of a letter to Columbia University from a group of top doctors, demanding his removal from the faculty for his "egregious lack of integrity" for promoting what they call "quack treatments." Yet the physician and talk show host noted that he has maintained his medical integrity while maintaining his dual role.
"I'm very proud of what we've done on the show," he explained. "The reality is, Matt, it's much broader than a medical lecture series. People don't want to sit there and get hounded about information that's irrelevant to their lives. ... It's about celebrating life and getting them where they live."
He asserted that the show "is much broader than what a doctor would say in his own practice because on the show, I'm gonna embrace, for example, unconventional practices," including citing prayer as a wellness method, and exploring more holistic approaches from around the world. "My whole life has been about pushing boundaries, looking around the corner, both high-tech approaches and also some low-tech approaches. I think people have to get comfortable — in America, that's where the conversation is moving. ... Wellness isn't always found at a doctor's office."
"There are going to be times when I discuss topics where we just don't have all the information yet; other times, we'll be targeted because we have a truly new breakthrough on health," Oz continued. "I completely respect why some of my colleagues might have a difficulty with that, but I'm also appreciative that many of them do understand why that's important.
Oz's appearance on Today follows the publication of his Time op-ed and his comments on the matter during an episode of his show.