The moment I recommend any solution or product to better your health, I notice my words, name and image get manipulated and used by stores, companies and websites that try to sell their products for a quick buck. I’m mad about this because it dupes you into buying potentially ineffective and unsafe products.
Therefore, I’ve decided to take back my name. My team and I started working on ways to stop this, and what we learned in the process has shocked us.
First, I didn’t realize how easy it was to run misleading ads on the web. All one needs to do is upload a digital picture of me and click the right buttons to grab your attention on popular websites. One may think this is illegal, but it isn’t. No one polices the web this closely, which is why this happens so frequently on the Internet.
Furthermore, we were also surprised to find "Dr. Oz" banners at pharmacies, health food stores and grocery stores. One store even dedicated a whole aisle of products to me. This is unsafe and further opens the door for companies to promote products I don’t endorse.
Therefore, so many people are disappointingly scammed into buying supplements they think are effective and safe. I didn’t realize how confused so many people were by this until I started looking into the issue.
When my team and I brought this to the attention of the executives at Facebook and Amazon, they both kindly agreed to have their teams search for and remove fake accounts, fake webpages and fradulent advertisements that use my name without my permission. Read Facebook's statement about how they will handle fraudulent accounts and ads. You can also read this statement from Amazon.
How will they – and you – know that an advertisement for a specific product with my name on it is fake? You will know because they’re all fake.
I am not and have never been a paid spokesperson for any particular brand, supplement or product. I’ve even decided to no longer use brand names on The Doctor Oz Show. My mission for the last three years has always been to better your health and make your busy lives easier. I care about you, value your trust, and want to protect your safety.
Because so many merchants are using my name and image to sell their products, it’s hard for me to catch everything – so I’ll need your help! If you see something, say something. Together, we can police the retailers. If you see any ads or receive any e-mails that claim "Dr. Oz" is promoting or recommending a specific brand, ignore it and click here to let The Dr. Oz Show know about it.
Finally, I want you to be aware of my official web pages and social media pages, which are run and monitored by me and my team. The content on these pages is medically accurate and all products mentioned there have been researched and vetted by my team.
The Dr. Oz Show and Dr. Oz official websites and social media pages: