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Do Dr. Oz and The Dietary Supplement Industry Suffer From Magical Thinking?
The Truth May Surprise You
Steven S. Charlap

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Dr. Oz, through his TV show, has de facto become the nation's most prominent spokesperson for the supplement and nutritional product industry. Hardly an episode goes by that Oz doesn't advise his audience to take this pill or buy that product in order to stay healthy, reverse disease, lose weight, etc. Many supplement companies use his proclamations to sell more product, and reward his faith by advertising during his TV show and on his websites of which he is part owner. But what does the science show? Is Oz right? Can you rely on the advice of the man the media calls "America's Doctor"? Should Americans take multivitamins and all kinds of other supplements because he and many other marketers say so? Do these pills and products actually improve health? Do consumers get good value for the money spent? Are there risks and harms associated with such products? What about other forms of alternative medicine and homeopathy?

Do they work? Join Dr. Charlap, who has reviewed over thirty-thousand scientific studies and abstracts, as he peers behind Oz's showmanship curtain and reveals the scientific truths about such heavily marketed products. If you are one of the more than 150 million Americans who take such products or have wondered if Dr. Oz can be trusted, this is a not-to-be-missed lecture.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Steven S. Charlap received his M.D. at New York University School of Medicine and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.  He also trained as a surgeon at Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC.  As the founder of HealthDrive, he built the largest U.S. medical/dental practice which served 5 million long-term-care patients in 13 states. First-hand experience with Americans suffering with chronic disease motivated Dr. Charlap to found MDPrevent where he was the Chief Medical Officer. MDPrevent helped patients make lifestyle changes to avoid chronic disease. His publications include ​his popular preventive medicine blog with over 100,000 readers found at, a book titled Making Sense of Nursing Homes - A Guide for Families, numerous media articles such as Why I Just Closed My Preventive Care Clinic, published in The Atlantic, and two upcoming books, one on the longevity practices of centenarians and another about the media's influence on consumer health choices.  

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $20 per event
$50 for any combination of three events
$100 for any combination of seven events
Door price member/non-member - $25

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