A member of the advisory board of Dr. Oz no longer works with the Doctor because of Oz’s politics.
Joel Fuhrman, who appeared on “The Dr. Oz Show” five times, says he now wants “nothing to do” with Oz.
“I can’t fathom a person being moral and sane and being a Trump supporter,” Furman said.
Joel Fuhrman, a family physician and celebrity “nutritionist” who served on the medical advisory board of “The Dr. Oz Show,” told Insider that he can no longer endorse Mehmet Oz because of his ties to former President Donald Trump.
“Of course, I respected Dr. Oz for many years, knowing that he was a doctor,” Furman told Insider. “But now that he’s a Republican Trump supporter, I want nothing to do with him.”
Furman added that he believes Trump is “a bad person who has done horrible things to our country,” citing the party’s denial of climate change and Trump’s attempt to “take over” the 2020 election as his main concerns .
Oz is the Republican candidate from Pennsylvania running for a Senate seat against Democratic challenger John Fetterman. Trump endorsed Oz in April.
A current San Diego resident, Furman is ineligible to vote for Oz in the upcoming election, but he feels strongly about the political stances Oz has taken since he filed for office.
“I am no longer a supporter of Dr. Oz because my political views are very contrary to what Trump stands for and what Oz has stood for politically,” Furman said, adding that he believes the doctor is motivated by ambition and a desire for power. and not profit. “So I haven’t been in contact with him.”
The medical board from the Oz show has recently come under fire for questionable science promoted by members of the group, including lining the nose with Vaseline to ward off viruses and drinking onion and lemon juice tea to treat flu symptoms.
Furman told Insider he had no specific duties or meetings while serving on the board, but he knew Oz from their time at the University of Pennsylvania together and, at one time, considered the doctor-turned-politician friend. Fuhrman appeared on the Oz show about five times to promote his “nutritional” diet.
The nutritional diet is largely plant-based—adherents are meant to have one pound of raw vegetables and one pound of cooked each day—and no animal or dairy products, oil, added salt, or snacking between meals. Dietitian Carolyn Williams referred to Fuhrman’s diet plan as “a fad diet” that “takes the concept of nutrient density to an extreme and is an extreme that we don’t know is really necessary.”
Furman himself claimed in a 2012 interview with Men’s Journal that he fasted for 46 days, drinking only water, to heal a heel injury.
Furman said he stands by his diet and its potential to cure people of all kinds of ailments, but that he no longer supports Oz — not because of any conflict of interest concerns or the science presented on his show, which he acknowledged that could be “B-grade” or “C-grade” but because of his support for former President Trump.
“I just can’t, in my mind, fathom a person being moral and sane and being a Trump supporter,” Furman said. “I just can’t understand how it happens.”
Oz reps did not respond to Insider’s requests for comment.
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