The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 30th, 2015
For six years the doctor, TV star, and Columbia University professor
Mehmet C. Oz has trumpeted alternative medical approaches, earning
himself a heap of negative attention.
Going back a decade before that, universities have used taxpayer
dollars to study and sometimes validate some of the same ideas, with
considerably less pushback.
There’s a reason for the difference in reactions, of course. It
begins with the fact that Dr. Oz is not bringing scientific scrutiny to
many of the products and procedures he endorses. By contrast, that’s the
central mission of a small division of the National Institutes of
Health, now known as the National Center for Complementary and
Integrative Health, or NCCIH.