Dr. Oz Gets it Really Wrong About Pumpkin Seed Oil

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist April 22, 2013

pumpkin seed oilOn the Dr. Oz show last week, Dr. Oz shared two of his “best kept health secrets”.  While I did not watch the show myself (I’ve only watched 2 of his shows ever), several readers emailed me about it and I confirmed the topic selection by checking his blog post of the same day.

Apparently, Dr. Oz is now a big fan of pumpkin seed oil.

In fact, he is so taken with this supposed “health secret” that he described pumpkin seed oil as being in the same league with coconut oil and olive oil.

Not sure what planet Dr. Oz is coming from with that statement, but he sure isn’t in Kansas anymore!

Here’s what he had to say about pumpkin seed oil in his blog post:

“My next health secret can help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol. It’s a cooling oil that has joined the ranks of olive and coconut oil at promoting longevity. It’s pumpkin seed oil. It has a nice nutty flavor with earthy tones. Not only is it a great source of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, it’s also been shown to lower blood pressure and increase HDL or good cholesterol. The essential fatty acids also work with the HDL to lower cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease.

Use pumpkin seed oil with some fresh lemon, ginger and garlic to make your own salad dressing. You can also use it as a garnish for starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes or use as a substitute for butter.”

Dr. Oz clearly does none of his own research before putting out this type of confusing and extremely misleading health information.  Lower blood pressure, cholesterol and reduce risk of heart disease?   Talk about being stuck in a 1950′s mental time warp.

Cholesterol level is not a good indicator of heart disease risk and many doctors and researchers are now actually warning people about the dangers of lowering cholesterol.  In fact, it is a complete MYTH that people with high cholesterol are more prone to heart attacks!

The truth is that young and middle-aged men with cholesterol levels over 350 are only slightly more at risk for heart attacks. Those who have cholesterol levels just below 350 are at no greater risk than those whose cholesterol is very low. For elderly men and for women of all ages, high cholesterol is associated with a longer lifespan.

Pumpkin Seed Oil Full of “Good” Fats?  Not So

Regarding Dr. Oz’s assertion that pumpkin seed oil is a good source of omega-3 fats – I found very conflicting information on this.  Some sources claimed that there were hardly any omega-3 fats in pumpkin seed oil and others claimed up to 15%.

No doubt the truth depends on the type of pumpkin seeds the oil comes from, but the bottom line is that you really can’t be sure how much omega-3 is in pumpkin seed oil.  Most of the sources I checked claimed that there was little to none.

The label isn’t going to help you either as omega-3 and omega-6 fats are lumped together and listed as “polyunsaturated”.   In addition, if the pumpkin seed oil is not cold pressed, any omega-3 fats present will be rancid and dangerous to consume anyway!

Relying on pumpkin seed oil as a source for your critically important omega-3 fats is not a good idea, Dr. Oz!

Now for the real sticking point.

Pumpkin Seed Oil is NOT as Good as Olive Oil and Coconut Oil

Dr. Oz’s claim that pumpkin seed oil has “joined the ranks” of olive oil and coconut oil is nothing short of completely ludicrous.  The reason is that both olive oil and coconut oil are extremely low in inflammation triggering and backside building omega-6 fats.  Moreoever, coconut oil is loaded with incredibly healthy and beneficial medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s) that help you lose weight and fuel your brain optimally.

Pumpkin seed oil has no MCT’s at all!

Omega-6 polyunsaturated fats are are those fats that are used everywhere in processed foods (think chips, cookies, crackers, muffins – the stuff most people eat way too much of) and when these types of fats are consumed to excess, they contribute to inflammation and chronic illness.

Additionally, while a very small amount of omega-6 fats are necessary for health, when excessively consumed as happens in the Western diet, vegetable oils contribute to overproduction of neuromodulatory lipids called endocannabinoids that are responsible for signaling hunger to the brain.

Guess what these little guys do?  They give you the munchies!

You may wonder why the name endocannabinoids sounds a bit like cannabis (weed).  Weed is famous for giving people the munchies too so you can consider omega-6 vegetable oils the marijuana of fatty acids and pumpkin seed oil is loaded with it.

Omega-6 Fats are the Ones to Avoid

Omega-6 fats are the type of fats that health conscious people want to avoid with their oils of choice. Why?  They are already getting plenty of it in their diet and only a small amount is needed for health, so no need to get more with the oils they are choosing to cook and make salad dressing with at home.

How much omega-6 does pumpkin seed oil actually have?  How about up to a whopping 64%!    

According to the Australian Pumpkin Seed Company, pumpkin seed oil has the following lipid breakdown (note that there are no omega-3 fats listed):

Fatty acid profile of Pure Pumpkin Seed Oil:

  • Linoleic Acid (Parent Omega 6) 64.2%
  • Oleic Acid (Omega 9) 11.3%
  • Palmitic Acid (saturated) 14.6%
  • Stearic Acid (saturated) 9.9%

Even more conservative estimates of the omega-6 composition of pumpkin seed oil list anywhere from 42-57% which is still far too high for this oil to even be considered for home use.

By comparison, olive oil has 3-21% omega-6 fats and coconut oil has about 2%.

Should you follow Dr. Oz’s advice and use pumpkin seed oil?  Sure, if inflammation, chronic illness and weight gain is your goal.

Pumpkin seed oil is no way, no how in the same league as olive oil and coconut oil!

I will say one positive thing about Dr. Oz and his love of pumpkin seed oil.  At least he doesn’t suggest that people cook with it.  He suggests to use it for salad dressing which would be the least damaging way to use it as a polyunsaturated fat like pumpkin seed oil should not be heated or used for cooking .

On the other hand, he doesn’t say not to cook with it either!  Maybe he made that clarification in the actual show.   I hope so!

Let me suggest a piece of friendly advice.  Skip the Dr. Oz Show.  While he seems to be a really nice guy and does give out good information once in awhile (and has had some good guests on in the past like Dr. Mercola and Dr. Kaayla Daniel), when it comes to listening to him for consistently correct health information, his advice does nothing but confuse and ultimately harm his viewers.

He is obviously trying to please both the health community and his Big Food, Big Pharma sponsors by sitting on the fence.  A tough spot to be in to keep your job, so make sure your health isn’t a casualty of this back and forth battle.

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Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Sources:  Pumpkin Seed Oil Analysis

Why Women Need Fat, William Lassek MD

The Oiling of America

My Best Kept Health Secrets

Myths and Truths about Cholesterol

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Comments (117)

  1. Pumpkin seeds or their oil are helpful for men’s urinary health. European men of advanced age have used them for centuries to relieve symptoms of BPH, (benign prostate hypertrophy), a normal condition in men over 50. Pumpkin has been used for centuries in Europe for erectile dysfunction. It allegedly increases blood flow. Pumpkin seed oil also relieves symptoms of cystitis, bladder irritation associated with diet, age or medical conditions of the bladder. I have no shares in pumpkin farms. I just know I have gotten some positive effects for several medical problems. Being dismissive of it because of one aspect of its ingredients seems narrow-minded.

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  2. I’m used to coconut essential oil and i’ve got to say it’s great. We have learned about applying pumpkin seed essential oil several days previously and came across your current write-up following doing a bit of more study if it’s genuinely healthy. Thank you for your skills which i should better acquire my own fingers off, i seriously value that will.

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  3. I’m a 62 year old man. Pumpkin seed oil has done wonders for my urinary tract. The best research is to try it yourself instead of listening to all the know-alls.

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    • I just wanted to say I came across this site because I was looking to buy pumpkin seed oil and was very taken aback by what was said in this article.

      I need pumpkin seed oil not because Dr. Oz said it was good, or some health store suggested it – I’m buying it because my family is Austrian and Slovenian and we love the stuff! It is a staple of our diet! My mother brought back several liters the last time she went back home and we just ran out. What’s funny is that for the first time I am reading what Dr. Oz claimed to be benefits of the oil – and maybe he’s right!

      I am quite accustomed to Slovenian food which is a hearty fair of smoked meats, potatoes, grease, fats, and salads made with Pumpkin Seed Oil. I never knew anyone who died of heart disease and few people are obese (but I admit that is starting to change as processed foods are becoming introduced). Most people drink heavily (especially a form of plum moon-shine called Slivovice) but for the most part they are healthy! They do drink a lot of home remedy teas… but looking back I knew quite a few people who were diagnosed with kidney problems that just went away or they lived with it until they died at the ripe old age of 95 or above. Also, infertility is not a common problem there like it is here – I believe that that is also a benefit from pumpkin seed oil.

      Also, you don’t cook with Pumpkin Seed Oil! If you tried you would notice that it burns in the pan before you could even start to saute or fry. There are some Austrian baked goods that are made with it, but I never knew anyone who did anything with it except put it on their salad.

      Basically what I’m saying is try it because it tastes good. It has a nice dark nutty flavor close to sesame seed oil. Also, this is an oil that has been used for centuries my certain cultures that have a better health record than we Americans do – maybe one should not be so critical about it.

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      • Hi Valentina, I do so readily agree with you. I too grew up in Austria and the pumpkin seed oil from Styria is the best in the world.The benefits of pumpkin seed oil – besides the incredible taste- are numerous, highest of all – and proven by years and years of research is the good it does for your urinary tract system, prevention of prostate problems for men in particular. But like you said – it just tastes awesome

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  5. Yes, the Western diet is quite high in omega 6 fats that can’t be denied. But I imagine the people, like myself, that seek out pumpkin seed oil aren’t eating a standard Western diet — at least until seen on Dr. Oz… :(

    Linoleic Acid is only inflammatory if consumed in excess of omega 3′s. Otherwise it is a beneficial, and even necessary, fat for skin, hair etc. Pumpkin seed oil is also EXTREMELY high in fat soluble chlorophyll which is very health promoting. It clears toxins from the system, helps build blood cells and so on. Pumpkin seeds (and possibly the oil too as the better quality ones are unrefined) has an amino acid, curcurbitin, that paralyzes intestinal parasites and rids the body of them. I use pumpkin seeds as a dewormer for my dogs rather than chemical dewormers. Unlike diatomaceous earth, curcurbitin is effective against tapeworms (I foster so worms are always a potential, but minor problem).

    I would ask that you reconsider the benefits of pumpkin seed oil WHEN used responsibly in an otherwise health promoting diet. :) Thank you

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  7. This is really a tremendous website. You have made this topic so entertaining and I believe that you can still continue your good job on improving this website further. I can not wait to learn more. Thanks and best luck.

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  8. I guess we should eliminate all of these items from our diet as well!

    Dietary sources of omega−6 fatty acids

    poultry
    eggs
    avocado
    nuts
    cereals
    durum wheat
    whole-grain breads[citation needed]
    most vegetable oils
    evening primrose oil
    borage oil
    blackcurrant seed oil
    flax/linseed oil
    rapeseed or canola oil
    hemp oil
    soybean oil
    cottonseed oil
    sunflower seed oil
    corn oil
    safflower oil
    pumpkin seeds
    acai berry[citation needed]
    cashews
    pecans
    pine nuts
    walnuts[26]
    spirulina[citation needed]
    coconut[27]

    People have been eating pumpkin seed oil for hundreds of years with no ill effects. It is not for cooking and used sparingly as a flavoring oil. This article does not mention the many vitamins and minerals that pumpkin seed oil contains. Pumpkin seed oil is delicious and nutritious.

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    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
      Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist July 29, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      Processed foods are loaded with omega 6 fats (vegetable oils) and people already get far too many of these fats in their diet. Eating a handful of pumpkin seeds is not the same as using pumpkin seed oil – how many pumpkin seeds need to be pressed to get even a few TBL of pumpkin seed oil? You couldn’t eat that many certainly at one time. There are many other oils that are not overly heavy in omega 6 fats that have just as many vitamins and minerals and are just as nutritious without overloading people with omega 6 fats and contributing to inflammation problems like pumpkin seed oil does.

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      • Omega-6 fatty acids are a type of unsaturated fat found in vegetable oils, nuts and seeds. When eaten in moderation and in place of the saturated fats found in meats and dairy products, omega-6 fatty acids can actually be good for your heart and brain.

        There had been some controversy regarding omega-6 fatty acids. Some researchers had believed that omega-6 fatty acids metabolize in your body to become a type of fatty acid that can cause the lining of your arteries to become inflamed and damaged. That damage causes narrowing in your arteries, which can lead to heart disease.

        However, the American Heart Association (AHA) has said that this view is incorrect. The AHA recommends that people eat between 5 and 10 percent of their daily calories from omega-6 fatty acids.

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  10. You’ve mentioned that pumpkin seed oil can lead to weight gain. I’ve been eating it all of my life and have not experienced increased weight gain. I was even a bit too skinny as a child and nowadays my weight is still below recommended for my height. It’s just never been that easy to gain weight for me (have been to the doctors, they couldn’t find anything wrong with me). So in my case I don’t see a connection between my weight and the oil. I’m not an expert on the topic or anything it’s just my experience as a long time pumpkin seed oil user, I though I’d share it. On the side note, we use pumpkin seed oil for salads (it’s commonly used this way) and NOT for cooking. ;)
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  11. I don’t know who dr. Oz is (and I don’t really mind that) but he got his story a bit wrong…

    I am coming from Slovenia, which is a small country in Central Europe and only one of five countries in the world which produce pumpkin oil…A couple of facts:
    – no one, I mean NO ONE, compares pumpkin oil with olive oil…not in any category! apart from the one that both are oils…
    – pumpkin oil SHOULD NOT be heated in anyway, anywhere…if the seeds are preheated when they are pressed it is game over!
    – pumpkin oil is used for salat dressings or dressings for other foods
    – again, DO NOT COOK WITH IT! it changes the taste to disgusting (and I love pumpkin oil), not to mention that is probably dangerous to your health…
    – it has a very specific taste, I use it because I love it on my salats, some people like it better if it is mixed with olive oil…
    – for sure it is not dangerous for ones health if it is consumed as it should be…

    experiment with it, it has a very distinctive taste…I do not eat salat if I don’t get pumpkin oil because then salats are boring :) I don’t eat it because of its health impacts (even though it probably has some, because every good, organic food has it) but because of flavor it gives…

    one of the best pumpkin oil which one can buy – http://www.kocbek1929.com/en/index.php . It is not a commercial, only recommendation…quite expensive though…

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  12. Pumpkin seed oil is a traditional salad oil and garnish in Austria (where I live) and other parts of central/Eastern Europe. It isn’t supposed to be consumed in large quantities like olive oil or instead of butter- but it’s health benefits have been found in studies in this part of the world. If you find that you like the flavor of kürbiskernöl, enjoy it sparingly and in good health- but not by the liter in any case!

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  13. Have you considered what Brian Peskin (brianpeskin.com) says…that it is omega 6 that is better…provided it is “parent” (non-derivative). He claims that the science re. omega 3 and fish oil is old…and the bad stuff about omega six is only re. the ones in grocery items which are NOT made with PEO’s (parent essential oils…his term). He recommends increasing omega 6/3 ratios, provided they are PEO’s. His site gives a lot of research article quotes (see his “reports” link on home page). The product he promotes is mostly made of coldpressed flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil, pumpkinseed oil and coconut oil. David W.

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  14. You should see what he said about dairy! He advised people to drink soy milk and almond milk instead. There was no mention of raw milk or fermented dairy products.

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  15. Dr. Oz has gone down the shitter ever since he believed that GMO’s are not harmful. He’s a sell out. He’s got character, that’s why people like him and he gives away free prizes.

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  16. Betwixt us here, I’ll point out that seed oils should be avoided generally for cooking–keep it minimal. Think of flax oil: you get linseed oil (paint thinner) if it sits in the wrong conditions for the wrong amount of time. Grind your own flax for the benefits.

    But also, I’ll point out that there’s 2 kinds of omega-6 fatty acid, one shows up regularly in food, and what the studies show is that the IMBALANCE leaning towards too much omega-6 and not enough balancing omega-3 is what is causing the health issues. Look at the nutritional profile of celery for instance: it has omega-6 in it, but it also has omega-9 and omega-3 to balance it out. But, the point is: it’s whole, unadulterated (from seed to picking) and therefore balanced food. Modern genetically modified, non-grass-fed meat? Not so much the case. It’s not meat that kills, it’s toxic meat eaten beyond moderation.

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  17. Dr Oz isn’t alone on this. Check out these links http://www.livestrong.com/article/179871-health-benefits-of-pumpkin-seed-oil/ and also http://www.ehow.com/about_5106341_health-benefits-pumpkin-seed-oil.html and also http://healthandenergyfoods.com/pumpkin-seed-oil-benefits just to list a few. So I think it is each person’s responsibility to do their own research from a number of sources and then form their own conclusion. Native Americans have used Pumpkin Seed Oil for medicinal purposes, long before the white man came along. And now Chinese research reported on OrganicFoodie.com found that pumpkin seeds appear to benefit people with acute schistosomiasis—a severe parasitic disease. So do your own in depth research.

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  18. If you don’t watch Dr. Oz, how do you know what he said, any way you sound jealous to me!! Calm down and listen No one has all the answers but God and you are not HIM!!

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  19. yah i watch him some. cold winter months because I find his stupidity so entertaining. also a lot of people I know take his word as gospel so I like to know what he says so I can show people truth from Mercola and others like him…like your site I like to know what he said if friends are going to believe it.. and when Oz has Mercola on he is really trying to bash him more then get the word out!! sad he misses it.

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  20. Oh, Sarah! You are amazing. I could tell by the omega-6 content that this was something to stay away from. There was a guy a few months ago who MAKES pumpkin seed oil, giving out samples at the local health food store.

    Didn’t strike my fancy at the time, but didn’t look into it until now. THANKS!! :-)

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  21. I can’t remember ever seeing Dr. Oz shows and I definitely have no interest in the man after reading these comments… He says there’s no difference between eating organic and pesticide food? What planet is he living on!? That right there is enough to make me close the door on his face. He claims to be a health expert and advocate and seems to be pushing garbage around…. no bueno Dr. Oz!

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    • I enjoyed going to his Facebook page after his infamous statement on organic versus pesticides and reading the REAMS of indignant comments. How did he think he could get away with that? The genie is out of the bottle…….

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  22. This question is a little unrelated, but, for some reason I cannot eat any type of nuts except macadamian nuts. Everything else gives me a stomache ache almost immediately and the pain remains for almost a day or two. Even if I soak them its just no use. I thought I was going crazy but I tested out my hypothesis again with some almonds and a nut bar and now I am withering in pain. Could this be due to the type of fats as well? I also cant eat bread without feeling terrible the next day, but quinoa, rice and corn are okay. DOes this make any sense?

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  23. Barbquirie Artist via Facebook April 22, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Yeah, we’ve taken a step back–there is actually other, better advice out there–that little newsletter that Joeand Janna Quirie and I (and Cindi) get from WA DC is actually more factual and helpful!

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  24. Ellen Urban via Facebook April 22, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Dr. Oz sold out. Too bad a Dr. who had a good reputation is now spouting such BS. He’s endorsing any and everything. Shame on him!

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  25. Tina Zorn via Facebook April 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    The only time I saw Dr. Oz he was teaching on whole grains and giving away coupons for free General Mills/GMO cereal to his viewers and the audience…

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  26. I am used to coconut oil and i have to say it’s great. I have read about using pumpkin seed oil a few days ago and stumbled upon your post after doing a bit of more research if it’s really healthy. Thanks for your insights that i should better take my hands off, i really appreciate that.

    Jennifer

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  27. Another possible side effect of pumpkin seed oil is the estrogenic effects. I had taken a vitamin E for a couple months recenently. I selected one that was touted as not being derived from soy. Well just a few months of one vitamin E daily and it totally altered my menstral cycle severly. I wasn’t taking anything else differently, just added the vitamin E (North American Herb and Spice Purely-E, containing Pumpkin seed oil) daily. Sarah I’m wondering if you have any research in regards to the estrogenic effect and I’m also wondering if it is healthy for men, as it is in many of the prostrate support formulas (along with Saw palmetto)?

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  28. Sanja Sever via Facebook April 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Great article, thank you! Dr. Oz is working too hard to please everyone, real doctors don’t do that!

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  29. Julie Mosey via Facebook April 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Hemp seed oil is not for hot temperatures or recommended for cooking, but is good for salad dressings.

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  30. Julie Mosey via Facebook April 22, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Thank you thehealthyhomeeconomist! He is dangerous, missing the mark on so many things and just plain ol’ giving poor advice to millions of wanna be healthy viewers, sad! Glad we don’t watch T.V (anymore).

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  31. Rachel Meier via Facebook April 22, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I think his heart is in the right place. Sometimes he gets it right. Sometimes he gets it wrong. I like that when he realizes he’s wrong, he will do a show about it. Like recommending WHOLE eggs instead of egg whites. Or telling the truth about cholesterol and cholesterol meds. This is huge for a medical doctor. He tries. I don’t agree with his take on pumpkin oil but I respect him.

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  32. Tracy Beteta via Facebook April 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I quit following Dr. Oz over a year ago. He was touting a supplement as some sort of miracle cure but didn’t warn about serious side effects. So when I went to research it for myself I found that they supplement was in fact NOT a safe supplement for anyone with a thyroid disorder, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or auto-immune disorder. He NEVER once mentioned any of these important factors. How many people just blindly accept his word as gospel and don’t do their own research and then end up hurting themselves or getting sick? Its just not worth it. Then when he ‘sold out’ over the GMO and organic deal…I lost all respect for him together. There are plenty more reliable resources out there. The important things is that no matter what source your get your info from, it is YOUR responsibility to do the research and protect your own health!

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  33. Kristi Harrell Anderson via Facebook April 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Lost all respect for that show a long time ago because it’s sensationalistic. I think Dr. oz is a nice guy, but deep down he has to know that he is pedaling BS.

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  34. Theresa Teichman via Facebook April 22, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Let’s not forget…. Are you actually getting olive oil, virgin or not??? Considering the revelation that the mafia in Italy has been selling us something else for years!

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  35. Does this mean that pumpkin seeds are also bad for us? I was always under the impression that they were a health food.

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  36. Katherine Hamilton via Facebook April 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    People get their health information from all kinds of sources, including tv, books, their doctors, and (ahem) blogs, etc. and even with the conflicting info, all these sources claim to have research to back up their claims. I guess I can’t help but wonder what qualifies one source over another? There’s no need to snub and ridicule people who have differing health views – just lay out the facts and let your readers make their best judgment.

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  37. Julie Gerasimenko via Facebook April 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Dr. Oz is wrong about many things, but altogether, he’s great! I mean he had Dr. Mercola on his show a few times, exposed antidepressants and even mercury filling which is totally going against mainstream! Yay for Dr. Oz!

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    • Yes, they have a hand in so many things…I have heard that they have some sort of link to the fertilizer plant that blew up and I heard that they purchased an organization called, “Blackstone.” Wish they had a conscience about what they are doing to the public, but, it is obvious they don’t. It is just a given that they are willing to promote whatever makes them more money. Buyer Beware.

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  38. Lisa Clibon via Facebook April 22, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Joy Bauer on the Today show is worse. Yes, I wouldn’t take the advice of most regular medical doctors let alone the mainstream ones on TV. lol. They spout the same old 80′s scientifically outdated myths they’ve been spouting since, well, the 80′s!

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  39. Melody Moon via Facebook April 22, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I have never gotten into the Dr. Oz craze….he just never seemed sincere to me….seemed kinda hokey….

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  40. Candice Brett Linger via Facebook April 22, 2013 at 11:54 am

    He also had a segment about the dangers of processed cheese…then had a lady on their talking about how to cut calories and she made a sandwich with processed cheese slices. ?! He’s a walking contradiction.

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  41. Joeand Janna Quirie via Facebook April 22, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Thank you for your voice to share your knowledge. It has made me very wary. I see how much we are “marketed” to when seemingly healthy food, is not at all what they claim.

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  42. Thank you for this info. I rarely watch him, but i did catch this episode. Generally i don’t trust what he says. (I do think about 30% of what he advocates borders on good advice, the problem is finding that 30% and most of his viewers don’t seem to have very good critical thinking skills or research it.)

    I did note that he cautioned about coconut oil because of the saturated fat, which is stupid. And i know that dietary cholesterol and heart disease are not related, certainly not in the manner most doctors relate it.

    But i was interested in the pumpkin seed oil and hadn’t yet researched it. Thanks for doing that and bringing this to our attention.

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    • Has he ever had coconut oil expert Bruce Fife on his show? If not, he really should in order to set the record straight on the benefits of coconut oil.

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      • I think he has talked about benefits of coconut oil, but then he back tracks. (As i said, i don’t watch all that often, maybe 1 show in 40, usually when he has someone like Dr. William Davis of Wheat Belly, or Mercola.)

        He still believes in the cholesterol theory of heart disease and “healthy whole grains.” He will show one thing on one program, and then say the opposite on another. I think he is dangerous because he flips so much and people will say, “Doctor Oz said . . . ” as if that is the last word and they don’t research it for themselves.

        However, he has made some good suggestions. My FIL removed a very large, melanoma-waiting-to-happen mole with vinegar, following Oz’s advice. You cannot even see where it was. We did the same for a smaller one on my husband’s face. My MIL decided to use fish oil instead of drugs for cholesterol, after watching Oz.

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  43. Flower Child via Facebook April 22, 2013 at 11:43 am

    I cannot stand Dr Oz. He is a sell out and an opportunist. Who ever pays him the most is who he will recommend on his show.

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  44. Valerie Mints via Facebook April 22, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I wonder what you think about hemp seed oil. I’ve read a number of negative things about seed oils, I want to know if this applies to all seed oils.

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  45. JoAnn Wacker via Facebook April 22, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I tend to agree he is a live version of Prevention Magazine. What is bad today is good tomorrow with him.

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    • I am 59yrs old and have been a vegan for 25yrs and a vegetarian for 30yrs. I am a letter carrier at the Post Office on an all walking route. None of the other younger meat eaters want anything to do with my route. So much for meat eaters having more energy!

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    • most likely. i only use it in lotion i make if i cant find organic sunflower for my lotion. its one some say it good others don’t….

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  46. Dr Oz used to say good things when he was on Oprah, but now that he has his own show he has caved in to what the establishement wants him to say. I heard he had some guests on and they were both lactose intolerant. He told them to completely cut out all dairy. He never mentioned that they might be ok on raw milk products.

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    • Lydia, i so agree with you on the caving! I used to watch his show initially, then the constant commercials between the segments for soy milk made me stop watching him! He now only gives “approved” (censored) advice;
      i also greatly disagreed with his colonoscopy and polyp removal! once you cut and release what ever there may be sleeping into the blood stream you are just inviting further problems – but that is just my opinion (just like my opinion all my life was that margarine is bad; years later they gave me proof)
      be healthy and enjoy raw milk!!! :)

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  47. I was not aware that pumpkin seed oil was an unhealthy oil and in fact have been using it in salads because I had read that it is very good for men for their prostate glands. I thought I was doing something good for my husband. Darn.

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    • Why not add actual pumpkin seeds (preferably soaked and dehydrated) to your salads instead of a processed oil? That would be even better for the prostate and for overall health.

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    • Pumpkin Seed Oil is a healthy oil. Many men taking our Australian Pumpkin Seed Company pumpkin seed oil take it for prostate problems and get great results from it (eg lower PSI, reducing prostate size, not having to get up to go to the toilet 10 times and night to sleep all the way through). Remember a while ago, when people started getting fat, all the talk was that saturated fats (especially coconut oil which is mainly saturated) were to blame and were the “bad” ones…. surprise, surprise, now they say some saturated fats are actually GOOD for you! Now the push for something to blame has turned to Omega 6. There was probably some study with conclusions that are not fully told or not accurate that started this talking. Omega 3 and 6 are said to be essential fatty acids, meaning we need to get them in our diet as our body cannot produce them, like it can produce Omega 9 (the main fatty acid in olive oil). Go to http://www.brianpeskin.com for some good information on fats, benefits etc. The problem with people now ‘getting too much Omega 6′ is that its all the cheap highly processed stuff. In the chips, cakes, sauces and just about any processed, made up foods on the supermarket shelf that has fats in it is most likely not using a good quality unrefined oil as it increases the price. We all demand cheaper food and that is what we get – if you don’t pay for quality food now you will be paying expensive medical bills later. The ‘vegetable’ oils used in processed foods or fast food/takeaway places is the cheap stuff which is usually RBD – refined, bleached and deoderised! Sounds great for your health! NOT! Its the processing methods of Omega 6 fats/oils thats contributing to peoples health issues, not good quality pumpkin seed oil!. The movement for people to cut fat out of their diets has resulted in people getting fatter. Fats are used by our bodies to produce hormones and are components of body tissues, muscles, brains etc, cut them out and you do more damage. What about sugar??? I could go on and on. Its not just one food, element or nutrient causing peoples unhealthiness, its a combination of a lot of things including the modern faster, cheaper, easier processing methods. We use a long, slow 300 year old method to make a healthy pumpkin seed oil… in my opinion based on the many testimonials we get and research ;)

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        • I like Hungarian pumpkin seed oil. My father and grand and great grandfather did. We didn’t see it as health negative. They worked hard all in their life until being 90 y.o. I have three uncle and two aunty. they are not ill.

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      • No. Seed oils suppress thyroid function, upset digestion and promote the growth of cancerous cells.

        And it doesn’t matter at all that the stuff you’re hawking is refined by a “long, slow 300 year old method;” with that concentration of omega-6, the oil will easily oxidize at body temperature and as it reacts to the oxygen in our tissues.

        Please, take your fallacious and harmful advertisements elsewhere.

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        • Then does that mean that seeds too “suppress thyroid function, upset digestion and promote the growth of cancerous cells”? What if I enjoy eating a couple of handfuls of raw pumpkin seeds from time to time?

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        • Geez Jade, Maybe you should reduce the amount of lemons in your diet, it might make you less sour.
          There are plenty of studies to say that Omega-6 is good for your body and this is backed up by The American Heart Association, the World Heath Organization, The Food and Agricultural Organization, among others. There are some inflammatory components in Omega-6 but the anti inflammatory components overide this quite substantially.
          Sharan, you have made some good points.

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  48. Hi Sarah,

    I have an unrelated question. I have a 19 month old who is nursing 6-8 times a day still. I am taking 2 tsp. of FCLO/FSLO (they were out of the HVBO when I ordered). By the time evening comes I am CRAVING cream. Not just a bit but heavy cream, the kind most gag on. When I have a mouthful or two I am content, no drive for anything else to eat or drink. Do you think I am missing something in my diet that is needed or is it just a craving?

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      • Thank you for your reply. She does eat some solids. I have taken the approach of letting her eat what she can from the family meals. She has a definite milk allergy (hives on contact from pasteurized and raw milk, no problems with cream, whey, and butter) numerous chemical sensitivities (bandades, lotions, even “safe” baby washes). We are beginning GAPS June 1 in hopes of healing these, scalp psoriasis in our older two, and numerous complaints from my husband that appear to be addressed by GAPS. I know it won’t hurt me any either! I may keep up my pint of kefir a day though. I have to look in to that one still.

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        • Babies are all different, my little guy was still nursing a ton at that age and not a lot of interest in table food until around 21 months, our doctor was supportive and encouraged me to listen to my babies preferences for milk…he was very healthy and so I did. Let your little one proceed as nature directs it–it will know best. “IF” your milk is providing what is needed the baby may still prefer your milk over other foods…or if its not then it will eat more and require less milk. Bottom line listen to your body and your cravings and feed your self really well and nutrient dense. What ever your eating or not eating is what your baby ultimately gets through your breast milk.

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          • Yes, all 6 of mine including my 22 month old nurse tons at this age. They all preferred it to solids. All healthy and fine. I’d say my 22 month old nurses 10-12 times a day or so.

    • I think Dr Oz is just desperate for anything new to promote to keep his show up there in the ratings and if that means giving out misinformation or creating controversy, fine, as long as he’s being talked about :(

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