Over 100 doctors condemn Oz’s comments on Fetterman’s stroke

  • Dr. Mehmet Oz said John Fetterman’s stroke was the result of never having “eaten a vegetable.”
  • Real Doctors against Oz accused the GOP candidate of putting people’s health at risk on his TV show.
  • The two are facing off to replace retiring Sen. Pat Toomey.

More than 100 Pennsylvania doctors released a statement Tuesday condemning Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz after his campaign said his Democratic opponent, John Fetterman, would never have had a stroke if he had ‘ever eaten a vegetable in his life.’ .

“As a former daytime television host, Dr. Oz exploited the hopes and fears of his viewers by promoting unproven, inferior and at times potentially dangerous treatments,” the Real Doctors Against Oz statement said. “He has made it clear that he will put enrichment above all else, even in cases where people’s health is threatened.”

The statement highlighted several examples of questionable medical practice by Oz, including a Health News Review analysis that found 78% of the statements he made on “The Doctor Oz Show” were inconsistent with “evidence-based medical guidelines.”

Dr. Ben Abella, an emergency physician in Philadelphia, previously told Insider that the show’s medical board provided “misleading” home remedies and treatments, some of which were potentially dangerous.

As part of an Insider investigation into his quest for the Capitol, Oz’s team responded to the controversy surrounding his use of the word “crudité” to describe a tray of vegetables sold at a grocery store in a video. Fetterman told Oz, on Twitter: “in PA we call this a vegetable tray.”

“If John Fetterman had ever eaten a vegetable in his life, he might not have had a massive stroke and wouldn’t be in a position to have to lie about it all the time,” said Rachel Tripp, Oz’s senior communications adviser. in an exclusive statement to Insider.

Fetterman responded on Twitter, saying he couldn’t “think of ridiculing anyone for their health challenges.”

“Nice try,” Rachel Tripp, Oz’s senior communications adviser, told Insider in a response: “Dr. Oz has been encouraging people to eat more vegetables for years. It’s not ridicule. It’s good health advice. We’re just trying to help. . “

Fetterman suffered a stroke on May 13 — days before he won his Democratic primary — and largely stayed out of the public eye while he recovered, until early August.

During his stroke recovery, Fetterman’s campaign revealed that he also had serious heart conditions, the Washington Post reported.

Fetterman made his first public appearance since his stroke on Aug. 12, where he said he was “grateful” to still be alive.

While Fetterman stayed away from public events to recover, Oz’s campaign set up an attack website that referred to the candidate as a “basement bum.”

A representative for Fetterman did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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