The afternoon syndicated chat show scene has been shaken up by a Turkish-American Harvard grad who combines Western medicine with ideas and theory from the East, and that fact has many of Dr. Mehmet Oz's peers crying foul over his message.
The National Enquirer published an exclusive that claims many Doctors are raising red flags over Dr. Oz's wife's practice of Reiki healing, a Japanese energy theory that involves the practitioner running their hands over a body to help channel and correct energy fields.
Bunk say some. "One part of Dr. Oz is highly rational and scientific, but I think he's also loaded with near-delusional ideas and gives some very bad advice," said Dr. Stephen Barrett, a North Carolina-based psychiatrist who is vice president of the National Council Against Health Fraud, and co-author of The Health Robbers: A Close Look at Quackery in America, exclusively to the National Enquirer.
"The bottom line for me is that he does more harm than good for American health."
Dr. Oz is considered on of the country's leading heart surgeons and director of the Cardiovascular Institute at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and he frequently promotes the ideas of Eastern medicine.
His wife Lisa is a certified Reiki Master and energy-healing specialist.
It is Dr. Oz's claims that humans are comprised of energy, a fact, and how to manipulate and heal that energy in states of illness that has the other Doctors talking to the Enquirer.
"So-called energy medicine is pure quackery," declared Dr. David Gorski, surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Mich.
"Even the Catholic Church has recognized that fact. Recently the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops declared that Reiki therapy is not compatible with Catholic beliefs and should not be supported or promoted in health care facilities.
The Enquirer also spoke to Dr. Steven Novella, a Yale University neurologist and president and co-founder of the New England Skeptical Society, criticizes Dr. Oz's health advice for being unproven.
"Despite his compelling stories and feel-good philosophy, I believe Dr. Oz is advocating that doctors use treatments based upon sloppy reasoning and poor evidence," he said.
The Enquirer spoke to other physicians who accepted human health was a bigger picture than many doctors see, and that all aspects of a person's being, including their mental and emotional state, are all important in the healing process.