ABC World News: Dr. Besser and Dr. Oz. Is Apple Juice Safe?

Reverse Childhood DiabetesSep 15, 2011 – ABC’s Dr. Richard Besser and Dr. Mehmet Oz, influential host of The Dr. Oz Show came together again, this time with Diane Sawyer on World News Tonight over the safety of apple juice regarding unsafe levels of arsenic.  Again? Well,  Dr. Besser practically attacked Dr. Oz on ABC’s Good Morning America over his show about the high levels of arsenic being found in America’s apple juice, a common drink for our children. Dr Besser accused Dr. Oz of fear-mongering. ABC’s Sharyn Alfonsi recaps the situation.  The Dr Oz Show tested 3 dozen samples of apple juice and said 10 contained levels of arsenic higher than what is allowed in water.  But the FDA did their own testing and found much lower levels. They insist apple juice is safe. Still Dr. Oz stood by his findings. He said that other groups independent of ours over the last three years have been publishing reports about this. The FDA should not allow more arsenic in apple juice than we allow in drinking water.

Dr. Oz cites a University of Arizona study.  So ABC looked at it. Researchers there found one of the five samples of apple juice they tested contained 3 times the level of arsenic allowed in water.  The limit allowed  in water is 10 parts per billion. For juice 23 parts per billion. The FDA said they set lower levels in water because people consume more water than juice.

Sharyn Alfonsi reports that the problem may be where our apples are coming from. Some 60% of the juice concentrate comes from China, where arsenic is still used in pesticides.

So, should we be worried?
Dr. Oz said he has no worries in the short run. His biggest concerns is over the next decade or over the next generation. We may be exposing our kids to needlessly high levels of arsenic (a poisous metal that can cause cancer and potention IQ problems).

Dr. Richard Besser says when he looks at the evidence of those samples of apple juice and how the study was done, it doesn’t raise a concern to him that there is a concern about apple juice right now.  You will find arsenic in all kinds of food that we eat. It is in the air we breathe, it’s in the soil we walk on, it’s in the water we drink. The disagreement he has is pointing to apple juice which plays to the heart strings of a lot of parents and saying “this is the demon food”.

Dr. Oz said he went out of his way on his show to emphasize that he did not want parents to panic and not use apple juice but to be aware that there is a concern here and to put it on their radar screen.

Diane Sawyer bought up that Dr. Besser used the word “irresponsible” in reference to Dr. Oz’s exposé.

Dr. Besser said he saw the expression on the parents’ faces who were thinking they were poisoning their kids.  He does think that Dr. Oz was irresponsible in pointing to apple juice.

Dr. Oz said he does not think it was irresponsible to do what he thinks is best for his audience because he treats them like his family.  He said that he has told his family that he has concerns and he thinks he should be able to say the same thing to the people who watch his show and trust his judgment.

Dr. Oz said he would like to invite Dr. Richard Besser on his show and be part of the conversation. Dr. Oz said they do not have to agree on all the details, but they should be able to provide clarity to the American Public on what is safe.

But according to Sharyn Alfonsi, the bottom line is that most doctors they spoke to today said parents should be more worried about the sugar in apple juice boxes than any toxin.

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