Who better to put in charge of our children’s health than a man who believes apple juice is loaded with arsenic?
Well, everyone’s weirdest dreams have come true. On Friday, President Trump announced he had appointed television doctor Mehmet Oz to serve on the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition. While celebrities have served on the committee in the past, they tended to be of the ‘in touch with reality’ type (think: Arnold Schwarzenegger).
The Council will advise Heath and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on how to improve sports access for young people and the nation’s overall health.
You may remember Dr. Oz for his controversial, i.e., bad position on conversion therapy for LGBTQ folks. In 2012, the alternative doctor said the wildly debunked practice could help change lives — even though his hypothesis had been debunked years before.
When I met Dr. Oz in 2012, he described himself as a faith healer, told me he had to include “glitzy stuff” on his show or he wouldn’t have one. He’d already made the transition from MD to showman. Now, he’ll be advising Trump https://t.co/pz1ZbDDarH and https://t.co/n0LYmVi5KH pic.twitter.com/jy2RjTTEfz
— Julia Belluz (@juliaoftoronto) May 4, 2018
At one point, the British Medical Journal found that nearly half of Dr. Oz’s positions couldn’t be verified by science.
Good thing the doc will have other competent celebrities by his side on the council, including New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Lou Ferrigno from The Incredible Hulk.
Even though Dr. Oz will mostly be serving in a ceremonial role, it’s still worth panicking about.
Happy Friday, everyone!
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