Working with Dr. Oz

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Several years ago, a representative from The Discovery Channel called asking if I would consider being the dental expert on a new medical series titled "Second Opinion with Dr. Oz."

I was working on a patient at the time, but immediately thought someone was pulling a practical joke. I told my team member to get all the details and to let them know I would call back.

When I had the time, I turned to the Internet. I did a Google search for Dr. Mehmet Oz, I was surprised and excited to find he was the real deal. Of course, this was way before Dr. Oz was Oprah's darling M.D.

He and I briefly spoke on the phone, and suddenly I was helping write and produce an hour show for The Discovery Channel. Being part of a national TV show was quite the experience. For a couple of months, I worked with a producer coming up with oral health topics of discussion, sample dental questions and answers.

When everything was in place, I flew to New York City. The next day, I was picked up by a limousine and taken to the studio. I was impressed, and it was a pretty big deal for a small-town dentist from Edna.

I first went to make-up, and then to my own little room just like you see on television. After a few minutes, I was taken to see Dr. Oz in a room full of monitors and A/V equipment.

This was the first time we had the opportunity to meet in person, although our first acquaintance lasted all of a couple of minutes. He asked a few questions, and the next thing I know, we are on a live set talking as if we were long lost brothers.

The show was "live stream" meaning it was like a live show, but it was taped to be edited later. If a mistake was made, we had to start all over, which made me nervous, to say the least.

Before the show started, the audience was told to laugh, clap, etc., and the camera recorded all of these actions to be dubbed into the program via editing.

If you go to www.drmaclee.com, you can see a portion of my interview with Dr. Oz. You will notice the audience laughing at what we were saying, when in fact, they were laughing hours before the actual interview. What they can do with editing is absolutely amazing.

The reason Dr. Oz contacted me was because he had found and read my "I Hate Dentists" consumer book (www.ihatedentists.com). He has publicly stated that my book was the catalyst to his own "You" series of health books, on three of which I was his dental advisor.

The last time I saw Dr. Oz was in New York, when I did an hour program on Oprah XM Radio last year. Now, Oz has his very own daily syndicated medical show, "The Dr. Oz Show," and he continues to ask for my input.

He personally invited me to participate in the recent Free Public Health Clinic in Houston, hosted by his show and National Association of Free Clinics. Unfortunately, the timing for me to participate didn't work out, but the clinic was an enormous success. With more than 710 volunteers, treating more than 1,780 people, it was the largest non-disaster relief free healthcare clinic in American history.

Will I ever be on his new show? I have no idea, but I have been working with his show's producer on some dental issues. Time will tell.

Mac Lee is a dentist in practice in Edna. He is the co-founder of Dentists Who Care, a national movement to educate the public on modern dentistry. If you have dental questions you can call him at 361-782-7191 or visit him at www.drmaclee.com.


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