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...But I Play One on TV

Thursday, May 09, 2013

My favorite TV doctor is Dr. Richard Besser from ABC. I noticed how good he was a couple of years ago when explaining a public health concept on Good Morning America. I remember being surprised that he was attempting to convey the idea and pleased that he was doing it so well -- even I could understand. emoticon I happened to mention this to my friend Becky, who works at CDC (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). He used to be the head of the division in which she works! They never crossed paths, but many of her co-workers know him and so she has good feelings about him too.

Another thing I like about Dr. Besser is that he took Dr. Oz to task over Oz's sensationalist ways. They went to med school together and are friends, but take a pretty different approach to being TV doctors.

Anyway, Dr. Besser has a new book out called Tell Me the Truth, Doctor and last night was interviewed by Stephen Colbert. The most interesting part of the interview comes early, where he says, "If you want to lose weight, diet is most important, but if you want to build a healthy heart and bones, exercise is the thing." Watch for yourself:

Do you have a favorite TV doctor?
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  • v AMYD726
    Innnnnnnneresting. I've never heard of Dr. Besser, I'll have to check out his work. I do enjoy Dr. Oz, but mostly because he's entertaining. I'm not taking his word (or anyone else's) for gospel, I just enjoy his show and take away little bits that might apply to me.
    1149 days ago
    Oh man, I love Colbert!

    I cringe a little at the dismissal of annual exams. He has a point about being in tune with your body and about doctors needing to spend time talking to their patients, but there are some things that leave no clues for you to tune into until it's too late. Ovarian/cervical cancer, etc. If you're having your annual exam done, you're more likely to catch them early.

    He sounds like an interesting read though. May have to check that out from the library!
    1149 days ago
  • v CC3833
    Great blog! Everyone has their own view on things. I think people tend to forget that everything, even science, is subjective.
    1149 days ago
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