Dr. Andrew Weil has an osteoporotic bone to pick with Sally Field

Posted on Mon Aug 24 2009

You like me. You really ... oh, you don't? Sorry, Sally Field, but Dr. Andrew Weil really doesn't like you. In his latest missive for The Huffington Post, titled "Should You Get Your Drug Information From An Actor?," the advocate of integrative medicine criticizes Field's involvement in direct-to-consumer ads for Boniva, an osteoporosis drug from GlaxoSmithKline and Roche Laboratories. That launches him to the rest of the piece, which protests DTC marketing for pharmaceuticals in general. But the mere mention of the actress was enough to incite some funny comments from readers, whose defense of Field is disproportionate to her word count. "Sure, why not?" one commenter writes as an answer to the article's title. "She had me believing that nuns can surf then fly and also go on strike. Now I believe whatever she tells me about Boniva and the bones and good stuff like that." There aren't any direct attacks against other people in Weil's previous HuffPo articles, so perhaps Field just caught him at a bad time. But a doctor who looks like Santa Claus versus the actress who played Sybil, a woman with multiple personalities? I would pay to see the cage fight.

—Posted by Elana Glowatz



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