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Meh: Sanjay Gupta Selected as New Surgeon General…..

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It isn’t official yet, but I’ve now seen multiple news reports declaring that CNN’s own Dr.  Sanjay Gupta has been chosen by President-Elect Obama as the next Surgeon General. The best I can come up with on this development is that it could be worse. I’ve never been impressed with him, and he has displayed a concerning misunderstanding of the vaccine-autism manufactroversy in the past. But at least it wasn’t Mehmet Oz, Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Jenny McCarthy, etc, etc. We’ll see I guess. I’d like to see Steven Novella take on the position to be honest.

Written by skepticpedi

January 6, 2009 at 11:53 pm

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  1. Boy, Steve as SG would be awesome.

    And yeah, “Meh” on Gupta seems to sum up the reaction of a goodly portion of the skeptical blogosphere, myself included.

    The Perky Skeptic

    January 7, 2009 at 10:25 am

  2. Well, I for one am not a fan. I haven’t kept track but have caught some misguided information flowing from him in the past, on more than one occasion. The one that does come to mind is when he said that pediatric patients with suspected mitochondrial disorder will always present with mental retardation. Now, while I realize that there are some forms of mito that will cause a developmental delay, not all kids will be affected in that area.


    January 7, 2009 at 8:22 pm

  3. Skepticpedi and Perky,

    You have it all wrong. Steve shouldn’t be surgeon general, he should be pres!


    January 8, 2009 at 9:53 am

  4. I second that.


    January 8, 2009 at 10:03 am

  5. Out of curiosity, does Mehmet Oz fall into the category of credulous or just annoying? I honestly don’t know if he’s an advocate of the questionable or not. If he is, is there someplace I can read up on this?


    January 8, 2009 at 12:24 pm

  6. I think he is in the same boat as Weil and Chopra. He generously mixes implausible and unsupported modalities like energy therapy and acupuncture with standard science-based medical advice. The problem is that many in the lay public do not know which is which as he presents it.

    Here is a post from Skeptimedia on Oz.


    January 8, 2009 at 1:19 pm

  7. OK, thanks. I’d never heard of him advocating any of the energy/chi/acupuncture nonsense before. It’s really disturbing how someone who should have a thorough grasp of how the body works can still believe this nonsense.


    January 12, 2009 at 1:08 pm

  8. More disturbing and, in his case, more able to cause confusion for the general public.


    January 12, 2009 at 2:44 pm

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