Donald Trump is expected to turn serious questions about his health into a TV performance on The Dr. Oz Show tomorrow, revealing tidbits about his penchant for fast food and his exercise regimen — instead of detailed medical records.
According to a press release from the show, Dr. Oz reviewed the results of Trump's recent physical exam, and then did his own review of the presidential nominee's health profile, including his cardiovascular health and family medical history.
That exam was conducted by Dr. Harold Bornstein, the same doctor who wrote Trump's only publicly released medical letter, which makes claims such as that Trump is "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency." Bornstein is also the same guy who later backtracked on that letter, admitting he wrote it in five minutes while Trump waited in a limo outside.
So far, Trump's campaign has said it won't make more details about Trump's health public.
Reports from audience members at today's taping suggest the show will be light on science and heavy on entertainment. The biggest reveal seems to be that Trump has a few pounds to lose. (Conflicting reports suggest he weighs between 230 and 267 pounds.)
From Dr. Oz taping: Trump said his campaigning was his exercise. That him "moving his hands around when he was speaking" was a work out.— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) September 14, 2016
Per an audience member at Dr. Oz taping with Trump, he said he likes fast food because "at least you know what they are putting in it."— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) September 14, 2016
Trump also reportedly told Oz he favors fast food and considers the speeches and hand gestures he makes on the campaign trail to be adequate exercise.
Oz won’t ask Trump about anything "he doesn’t want to have answered"
There are many reasons to be skeptical about the information that will be relayed on the show tomorrow. Foremost among them, both Trump and Oz been known to misrepresent health science.
For example, Trump has repeatedly said he thinks vaccines cause autism. Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, has been criticized for lending his giant platform to vaccine skeptics, including the alternative medicine doctor Joe Mercola and Robert F. Kennedy.
On Fox News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade show on Monday, Oz said he views his TV studio as a doctor’s office, and that he won't get too aggressive with the former reality TV star. "I’m not going to ask him questions he doesn’t want to have answered," Oz said, "and I also don’t want to talk about anybody else."