I don’t watch Dr. Oz, nor would I expect him to direct influence doctors (at least good ones!) However I do wonder what the effect of the general public watching the show and then going to their doctors sort of demanding the treatments that are touted on the TV show. Could this “herd of housewives” demanding treatments be seen as dollar signs in the eyes of some doctors? I wonder what would drive a local allergist to go to a beauty spa once a week to “see patients” and write HCG prescriptions? Yes it must be cash. Those visits are not covered by any insurance and the visits would be cash in hand.
But goodness knows what prompted my mother’s internist to suggest weekly HCG shots at her office for weight loss? She doesn’t get paid to write the prescription. A 10-minute “office visit” to give the shot probably does not bring much money under Medicare for senior citizens. How is she gaining money by recommending the shots? I just don’t understand. I do believe she’s off her rocker. My mother never went back to that internist. She was rightly scared away! My mother unfortunately DOES watch Dr. Oz (and Oprah and all that nonsense) and even she was wary of the shot. Good for mom, for trusting her instincts and not taking it. I want to confiscate her TV though. Between the home shopping channel, Dr. Oz, and Oprah, I have a lot to worry about with her.
P.S. Thanks for asking about the camera. I am still enjoying it! Mostly family photos and vacation photos. I’ve also gotten a bit lazy and used my iPhone 4 camera quite a bit - it’s so handy and tiny. For example, at Disneyland I could not carry the large camera around on roller coasters, etc., so I just took Disney photos with the iPhone and later used the large camera for our drive down to the desert afterward.