Cardiac surgeon, TV host, and purveyor of what is essentially medical witchcraft Dr Mehmet Oz shared an article on his Twitter feed yesterday. Linking to text appearing on The Dr Oz Show website, it tries to explain – citing astrologer Rebecca Gordon – that “astrological signs may reveal a lot more about our health.”
“For centuries, we have used astrological signs to examine our personality and how we interact with those around us,” Oz’s tweet begins, adding: “however, these signs may reveal a great deal about our health as well.”
Clicking on the slideshow you’re presented with, it starts with Aries. The accompanying text? “An Aries can tend to ‘ram or dive in to things head first.’ When an Aries feels blocked, this pent-up energy may appear in the form of migraines, sinus issues, or even jaw tension.”
This, ladies and gentlemen, is why we can’t have nice things.
Update: The tweet was deleted some time on the morning of July 7, but fortunately we took a screenshot of it:
Now, if you’re here, we probably don’t have to tell you that astrology is total bullshit. We can’t even count all the ways in which it’s bullshit. Thanks to the wobble of Earth on its rotational axis, by the way, it’s not even “accurate” within its own parameters – all the star signs are a month out.
The entire premise reveals as much about you and your health as do the randomized patterns and shapes of your dog’s poop. Although one might hope this is a joke, Dr Oz’s sketchy history suggests otherwise.
As noted by several places – including This Week Tonight’s John Oliver – Dr Oz peddles alternative medicines and healthcare products with spurious and unfounded claims. Gizmodo reminded us that he was recently summoned before a Congressional hearing, where he had to explain under oath why he was endorsing and promoting products not backed by scientific evidence.
As noted by Vox, Oz has had Gordon, that aforementioned astrologer, on his show to explain the health-astrology connection on multiple occasions. These segments and tweets strongly suggest a very tongue-in-cheek attitude toward the topic – and it’s highly likely Oz doesn’t believe in what astrology promises – but that’s not the point here.