Dr. Oz’s imagination

Some of Dr. Oz’s ideas are dangerous and wrong. Some are just funny and wrong:

What is a Dosha?
According to Ayurveda, each of us has a unique mix of three mind/body principles, which creates our specific mental and physical characteristics. These three principles are called doshas. Most of us have one or two doshas, which are most dominant in our nature, with the remaining one(s) less expressed.
What are the Three Doshas?
The three doshas are known as: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. To find out your dominant dosha, take this quiz. Your dosha type will be determined by the majority of (i.e. mostly A, B or Cs) is the majority of your responses. Take the quiz and then tally your responses to find the best diet for your body type.

If this is simply a religious exercise, well, whatever. If this is an attempt at evaluating someone’s physical and psychological health, oy.  Biology isn’t actually all that hard. We are sacks of basic chemicals: carbohydrates, proteins, fats, ribonucleic acids, a few other things, and water. Which of these does Vata refer to? How can imaginary “principles” determine a proper diet? I rather thought good diet advice was generalizable, with slight changes to accomodate things such as heart disease, celiac disease, etc. And I’m sure I never saw a Kapha in my cadaver. Unless it was the thoracic duct. I never trusted the thoracic duct.


  1. Diane Hendel

     /  July 19, 2012

    They follow TM and Deepak Chopra–he’s quoting from them, and probably sells their “Ayurvedic” products. In the old days, they were contaminated with bacteria.

  2. It was an amazing number of people following Dr. Oz faithfully on this dosha nonsense. But Oz has always been more than a little daft since the days he had a medical intuitive in his operating room in the 1990s. She would claim to enter the body of Oz’s patients where she looked for lingering “birth trauma” that interfered with surgery and recovery. In one cardiac patient undergoing surgery, she claimed the man was still angry with his mother since his days as a fetus when mom was reluctant to help him make his placenta. Imagine the reaction of Oz’s surgical team when this woman had conversations with discarded hearts and hearts about to be transplanted.

  3. I’ll definitely take the dosa over the dosha.

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