You’re gonna be shaking your head over this one. On the heels of Dr. Oz being called to testify before a US Senate subcommittee over false and deceptive advertising practices, I have something to tell you…
I was asked to lie on national TV to support the shilling of Dr. Oz’s lip balm product. This is the sequence of events on how it all when down, from beginning to end…
1. In August 2012 I wrote a post about Natural Cures & Home Remedies For Cold Sores And Fever Blisters (HSV1). Then, in November 2012, I followed it up with this video on the same topic (warning ~ beginning of video is loud, turn down your volume):
2. In August 2013, Dr. Oz’s producers discovered my video on Youtube and contacted me to be on their show. The whole thing was very rush-rush. I had to make a quick decision about agreeing to be on the show. It would require me to rearrange my schedule. There was some fuss when I asked them to pay my travel expenses, but after some back & forth, they finally agreed to it.
Here’s their initial contact email to me:
I was thrilled at the opportunity to discuss natural and effective ways to battle back and win against cold sores and fever blisters. Or so I thought. After all, that’s what my video is about, so wouldn’t that be what I was to discuss on TV?
3. And here’s the kicker: After their producers asked me repeatedly for a picture of myself with a cold sore, I repeatedly answered that I did not have one. I was getting irritated, because why ask me 50,000 times? If I had a pic I would’ve given it when they first requested it. Their solution to this problem was to find a picture of a person’s mouth with a nasty cold sore on their lip. When they flashed the picture on the TV screen, their plan was for me to lie on national TV and tell everyone that it was me in the pic.
After I lied to all the unsuspecting viewers, the plan, as it was all described to me over the telephone, was for Dr. Oz to then segue into a product-pimping session for his new lip balm.
So not only was their plan for me to be deceptive, the whole reason I was really there was to be used as a tool for Dr. Oz to sell stuff. I was disgusted over the whole matter.
I thought I was contacted by their producers to give a hopeful voice to the masses about home remedy alternatives that are truly effective. But nope. I whined about it on Facebook…
Here’s the video of Dr. Oz being questioned by the Senate subcommittee. What do you think of his shady practices?