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Dr. Mehmet Oz has issued a video response to a group of physicians calling for his removal from the faculty at Columbia University, saying: “We will not be silenced. We will not give in.”
In a preview clip from Thursday’s The Dr. Oz Show released Tuesday, Oz says: “I know I’ve irritated some potential allies in our quest to make America healthy. No matter our disagreements, freedom of speech is the most fundamental right we have as Americans. And these 10 doctors are trying to silence that right.”
So I vow to you right here and right now: We will not be silenced. We will not give in.”
Oz is expected to respond in full when his show airs Thursday, reported The New York Times.
The cardiothoracic surgeon will address the letter written by 10 top doctors that was sent to Columbia last week, demanding his removal from the faculty. The letter questioned the authenticity of Dr. Oz’s weight-loss drugs and his “baseless and relentless opposition to the genetic engineering of food crops.” The letter also cites Oz’s “egregious lack of integrity” for promoting what the doctors call “quack treatments.”
The New York Times also reported that, on Thursday’s show, Dr. Oz will address specifically the credibility of the physicians who wrote the letter and will stand by his position that genetically modified foods should be labeled. The segment will most likely not take the full hour but will be the length of the usual lead segment on the show.
This will be the first response from Dr. Oz since his written statement on Friday.
“I bring the public information that will help them on their path to be their best selves,” wrote Oz. “We provide multiple points of view including mine, which is offered without conflict of interest.”
Columbia has not sided with Dr. Oz’s critics yet. Doug Levy, the chief communications officer at Columbia University Medical Center stated, “The university is committed to the principle of academic freedom, which means our faculty are encouraged to participate in public discussion.”
The Dr. Oz Show is currently in its sixth season. It’s co-produced by Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television.
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