TV host, Dr. Oz, and the FDA have gone to war over apple juice after he claimed on his show that the arsenic levels in many brands are poisoning consumers. According to a recent Atlantic Wire article, the FDA is failing miserably to debunk this latest health hysteria despite its best attempt. It looks like in this battle royale between a bureaucratic governmental agency and a charming TV personality, the TV personality is winning. The FDA just doesn’t have the same adoring legion of (mostly) female fans.
The deeper issue (believe it or not) lies beyond whether your apple juice is killing you. Rather, I think this latest incident calls to question the intentionality and the repercussions of Dr. Oz’s proclamation. Is it morally reprehensible that Dr. Oz is fanning the health hysteria if he truly believes it? Debatable. Is it sad that so many Americans are brain-washed by what they see on TV? Definitely.