(this video will likely be pulled soon…The Dr. Oz Show producers have claimed a copyright violation even though I gave them credit in the notes at YouTube)
Gary Taubes received his biggest national television exposure to date by appearing on The Dr. Oz Show today to discuss the concepts he shares about in his latest book Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It. The comments from the blogosphere have been varied with some people really mad at Dr. Oz for refusing to let Gary get into more detail about why he concludes what he does about carbohydrates being fattening and saturated fat being healthy (I really wished Gary had asked Oz about his newfound support of coconut oil in light of his statement in this segment that saturated fats are “dangerous”). Still others were disappointed at Taubes for refusing to take a cholesterol test (which was nothing more than a set-up that Gary was not about to walk himself into without having an opportunity to explain about LDL particle size).
All in all, it was fabulous national television coverage for low-carb living and we should all be very proud of the way Gary Taubes conducted himself in a somewhat hostile environment. It certainly hasn’t hurt his book sales which have been soaring on Amazon.com all day as have sales of his first book on diet and health Good Calories Bad Calories. While it may not have been the perfect coverage, I think the exposure has already begun a ripple effect in piquing the curiosity of those who watched today. How do I know? Well, looking at the number of people who have found my blog today typing in “That Gary guy on Dr. Oz” or “What does Gary Taubes eat” doing a Google search. I’d say over half of keyword searches where someone landed at the “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” blog today were some variation of people looking for more information about Gary’s March 7, 2011 appearance on Dr. Oz. WAY COOL!
In case you missed Gary Taubes’ take on his wacky appearance on The Dr. Oz Show today, he’s written a brand new blog post about it entitled “The Dose of Intervention and the Land of Dr. Oz.” ENJOY! And if something about this fired you up to the point that you’re ready to give Dr. Oz a piece of your mind, then I HIGHLY encourage you to contact his show and express yourself. If enough people who support the idea of a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb lifestyle change (and yes, we CAN live this way for the rest of our lives, Dr. Oz!) would simply share their thoughts about this amazing way of eating, it may open his eyes to the fact that livin’ la vida low-carb is a lot more mainstream than he realizes. Now, go tell ’em!