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Dr. Oz’s Sick Journey From Political Joke to Senate Candidate

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On Tuesday, Dr. Mehmet Oz officially announced his plans to win election to the United States Senate. If successful, it would mean a return to the scene of what might have been the worst humiliation of his career as a pop health guru.

That a celebrity best known for hawking dubious supplements and treatments under the cover of medical expertise would seek the Republican Party nod for a top office is little shock in the current GOP. But Oz wants to join a body where he once found himself obligated to answer for “sham” weight-loss supplements he promoted on his own TV show.

He’d also be tasked with creating policy to address a still-horrific pandemic he has repeatedly spread disinformation about and made light of, to the dismay of experts across the public-health community.

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