And all around those blogs, a lot of the talk focused on their belief that Dr. Oz was unfair to Mr. Taubes.
The low-carbers felt that while Gary presented a logical, science-based argument in favor of a reduced carb diet, Dr. Oz served up a plateful of USDA diet platitudes topped with a big hunk of cheesy tv theatrics.
For example, in an attempt to demonstrate/discredit low carb dieting, Dr. Oz had a camera crew follow him around for 24 hours of low-carb eating.
Here’s what Dr. Oz’s ate:
- Breakfast – 2 fried eggs + 2 sausages
- Snack #1 – pork rinds
- Lunch – salad with chicken & bacon
- Snack #2 – pepperoni & cheese sticks
- Dinner – a massive steak & green beans (yum)
Eerily reminiscent of the Atkins Diet induction phase n’est-ce pas?
And after the audience finishes laughing at Dr. Oz’s jokes about the origins of pork rinds, Mehmet reports his findings to Mr. Taubes.
Dr. Oz reports that:
- His breath turned stale
- He felt nauseated
- He had headaches
- He was constipated
- And was irritable
Doesn’t make low-carb sound very good does it?
But wait…it’s not over yet. Thinking that he has Taubes on the proverbial ropes, Dr. Oz attempts to knock him out…. by asking Taubes to submit to a cholesterol test.
Cholesterol and a low-carb diet.
That’s gotta hurt.
Kind of a cheap shot considering that:
- Dr. Oz knows that while Taubes thinks that the total cholesterol test is a waste of time.
- He also knows that his audience thinks that lowering your total cholesterol is vital for good health.
And considering that audience approval is the ultimate prize in this Diet War, Dr. Oz makes Taubes look like a bit of a kook in the eyes of his audience.
And is officially declared the winner.
Or is he?
Almost as if some of Dr. Oz’s loyal low-fat viewers were cheating on him…or maybe just a low-carb curious.
Personally, I think it’s like Gandhi said:
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
From what I can see, Gary Taubes has just reached stage #3.
To reach stage #4, here’s what I suggest:
- Gary asks Dr. Oz for a follow-up show
- 2 months prior to the show, they both take a complete set of (agreed upon) diagnostic tests
- After completing the blood tests, Dr. Oz goes on a 4 week low-carb diet designed by Taubes, while
- Taubes goes on a 4 week low-fat diet designed by Dr. Oz
- They run the tests again
- They go back to their own diets for another 4 weeks, and
- Repeat the tests a third time
- Present the results live on Dr. Oz’s show.
So, whaddaya think…will Dr. Oz go for it.
Probably not, but wouldn’t it be interesting?
Here’s a link to his Facebook page – post a link to this article and see if he responds.
Here’s a youtube video of the show – no idea how long Dr. Oz’s lawyers will let it stay up