Oprah, Your Health Gurus Are Quacks

Time to learn to love exercise
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2010 2:28 PM CST
Oprah, Your Health Gurus Are Quacks
In this May 3, 2010 file photo, Oprah Winfrey arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

It’s obvious why Oprah has so many unconventional health “experts” on her show. “Sensationalism sells,” writes conditioning specialist James Fell in the LA Times. “Stuff that stands up to scientific scrutiny often lacks the pizazz that makes for scintillating television.” But it’s time Oprah changed, for viewers’ sakes. “For instance, it might be a good idea to get advice from a doctor who doesn’t say things like many women develop thyroid problems due to an “energy blockage in the throat region,” developed by “swallowing words.”

Oprah often says she hates exercise. But no matter how much she believes in The Secret and the power of positive thought, “I don’t think you believe you can achieve your ideal weight just by thinking about it,” Fell ventures. “It’s time to feel the love, Ms. Winfrey.” She could try skiing or mountain biking, or playing soccer with the girls at her school in South Africa. “Find your exercise bliss.” (Read more Oprah Winfrey stories.)

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