This is actually a running theme throughout her time promoting holistic gadgetry, only telling viewers the good and leaving out the bad, like a best friend who doesn't tell you that those pants make you look fat and also cause horrific burns. This happened when Oprah promoted the "Thermage," a device that promised viewers that they could be rid of their wrinkles in the time it takes to have a lunch break. All they needed to do was be blasted by radio waves that left patients in agonizing pain. Oprah's promotion of the device was so one-sided that its inventor even put her on blast for not warning people about the risks, which could give you a clue about how badly she fucked up.
This attitude might seem careless, but Oprah defends the show by pointing to how its "content only reflects research-supported emerging products and procedures." See? It's all good! It's not like anyone's ever died from- oh wait, we can't say that.
In 2006, Oprah promoted -- over the course of numerous episodes -- a radical new age retreat called "Spiritual Warrior," in which participants fasted for 36 hours in the desert and then participated in a ritual inside a sweltering sweat lodge. Its proprietor, James Arthur Ray, compared the retreat to "heat endurance," although "torture" might be a better descriptor -- but that might just be our un-spiritual eyes talking. It sounds crazy, but people were taken with it nevertheless. People like Kirby Brown, whose mother initially objected to the idea and was only swayed by Oprah's endorsement. Brown and two other participants died during the sweat lodge ritual, and 18 others were injured, after Ray failed to monitor the temperature inside the tent and ignored people having difficulties. He was later convicted of negligent homicide.
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