Dr. Mehmet Oz is peddling pseudoscience again, and while this is not surprising, it is disappointing from someone who sits on the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition advisory board.
In a since-deleted tweet, Dr. Oz invited his millions of followers to learn about the link between health and horoscopes – a wholly unscientific endeavor.
[Astrology is] a pseudoscientific parlor game that tends to make a big deal out of insignificant coincidences. For example, Mercury in retrograde. Every few months, from our vantage point here on Earth, it looks like the planet Mercury is drawing loop-de-loops in the sky. It’s an illusion that this occurs because the Earth and Mercury are orbiting around the sun at different rates. But yet astrologers take it to mean there’s an increased chance of miscommunication, among other maladies.
Oz’s tweet has since been deleted. But the webpage it linked to is still up (as is another recent tweet about astrology and health). On Oz’s website, you can still find a slideshow of content explaining things like “when an Aries feels blocked, this pent-up energy may appear in the form of migraines, sinus issues, or even jaw tension.”
This isn't the TV doctor's first journey into the realm of astrology, either: Astrologer Rebecca Gordon has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show several times.
This is drawn from a 2017 episode of The Dr. Oz Show in which he invites astrologer Rebecca Gordon to explain the connection between horoscope and health. Gordon has been featured on the show several times. And it seems Gordon is returning to the show this week to discuss the same topic.