Oprah Defends Show's Health Claims

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2009 6:08 PM CDT
The June 8 issue of Newsweek.   (PRNewsFoto/NEWSWEEK)
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(Newser) – Oprah's not happy about being the target of a Newsweek article that accuses her of peddling wacky, and dangerous, health tips, reports Hollyscoop. "I trust the viewers, and I know that they are smart and discerning enough to seek out medical opinions to determine what may be best for them," she says in a statement. Among the examples cited by the magazine: Suzanne Somers talking about taking 60 daily supplements and biodentical hormones—an alternative to standard hormone-replacement therapy.

"For 23 years, my show has presented thousands of topics that reflect the human experience, including doctors' medical advice and personal health stories that have prompted conversations between our audience members and their health care providers," said Winfrey.