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Bosworth, 2004: Dr. Phil Smarter Than USD Med School

Chad Haber has many secrets. Among the darkest is that he was once married to Dr. Phil.

Or at least that's how it felt to Chad when his wife, Dr. Annette Bosworth, put him on Dr. Phil's weight loss plan. An eager reader shares Chad and Annette's appearance on the Dr. Phil show on March 16, 2004:

Image from Dr. Phil, Show #278, March 16, 2004
Image from Dr. Phil, Show #278, March 16, 2004

Since Annette read Dr. Phil's Ultimate Weight Solution, her husband explains, "All of a sudden everything Dr. Phil says is gospel. I might as well be married to Dr. Phil ... I'm no longer allowed to watch the television shows I want to watch because we have to watch the Dr. Phil show" [Dr. Phil, Show #278, 2004.03.16].

Annette's first patients in Utah may have felt the same way:

Image from Dr. Phil, show  #278, 2004.03.16
Image from Dr. Phil, show #278, 2004.03.16

Annette, who's a physician, admits, "His quotes come out of my mouth all the time. If it's not to my family, it's to my patients" [Dr. Phil, Show #278, 2004.03.16].

Yes, because when I go to the doctor, I love paying money to hear self-help advice that I could have gotten for free from television.

Chad wants to know, "Dr. Phil, how do I get my wife to stop quoting you?" [Dr. Phil, Show #278, 2004.03.16].

That's the last thing Dr. Phil would want. He loves hearing Annette say that he offers much better preparation to practice medicine than USD Med School:

Annette explains that her medical training taught her how to take care of blood pressure, cancer and other diseases, but nobody ever gave her the know-how she needed to advise people on weight loss. "Pretty much all I got from residency was that you should watch your calories and do some exercise, and that's a horrible plan for somebody to actually make some changes," she says. "So you're kind of like my coach on how to help people change their behavior."

"Don't you just love her?" Dr. Phil gloats [Dr. Phil, Show #278, 2004.03.16].

Dr. Phil then shows a spark of insight on Annette's destiny:

Image from Dr. Phil, Show #278, 2004.03.16
Image from Dr. Phil, Show #278, 2004.03.16

Turning to Chad, he says, "Your real question that goes beyond just getting her to quit spouting off things that I say, is you want her to relax some and not be coaching you all the time."

Dr. Phil says that Annette, who's only been practicing medicine for 2 1/2 years, will mellow out in time. "Right now, you're stamping out disease and suffering, and you're on a mission to save the world," he says. "It won't be long before we can't find you and you won't return your calls!"

Seriously, Dr. Phil suggests that Annette needs to lighten up. "You've got to relax because if you don't, you'll burn out," he says. "You've got to de-stress, have some balance and take care of yourself" [Dr. Phil, Show #278, 2004.03.16].

Dr. Phil certainly got the won't-return-your-calls part right.

Readers, your challenge for the day, if you can stand it, is to find the video of Show #278.


  1. Jeff Endrizzi 2014.05.08

    This lady sure loves the spotlight.

  2. larry kurtz 2014.05.08

    Lederman and Arends sure love the spotlight.

  3. mike from iowa 2014.05.08

    Wonder what the quack told her about commiting perjury? Chances are she didn't learn that in medical school.

  4. Rorschach 2014.05.08

    That Dr. Phil diet worked too well for Chad. In just 10 years he lost his excess weight, his hair, his conscience, his work ethic, his home, and perhaps soon his freedom. Thanks Dr. Phil!

  5. WestRiver 2014.05.08

    Can't find it ;(

  6. Joan Brown 2014.05.08

    I watch some of Dr. Phil's programs, but I have always felt that the people that appear on his show sort of have exhibitionist thoughts, want to be in the limelight for a brief period of time.

  7. mike from iowa 2014.05.08

    Archives don't list a program for March 16,04. Episode 278 I believe was a month or two later and is not the one you are looking for.

  8. Deb Geelsdottir 2014.05.08

    Dr. Phil is a bully.

    Why did Bos learn so little as an intern? That's another scary thing about her.

  9. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.05.08

    Deb, should we be concerned that a doctor would say that eating right and exercising is a "horrible" weight-loss plan?

  10. mike from iowa 2014.05.08

    Cory-here is the complete list of episodes starting back in 2002. No 3/16/04 listing on here. I've seen the show listing you refer to,but cannot locate a video. I don't know what the diff is between an episode and a show,but it must be enormous.

  11. Deb Geelsdottir 2014.05.08

    This is her comment I was referring to:
    "Pretty much all I got from residency was that you should watch your calories and do some exercise, and that's a horrible plan for somebody to actually make some changes,"

    My thinking was that one gets from an internship what one puts into it. Plus, there are many, many reputable sources for healthy, long term weight loss and control, other than a tv show. That's Not a prime resource for sound medical advice. Bos needs to do some good research on weight issues. Since it's such a major health problem in this country, perhaps educating herself ought to take priority over scams, raffles, politics, etc.

  12. Deb Geelsdottir 2014.05.08

    BTW, if the answer to weight loss was simply "eat less and exercise more," no one would have a problem. In fact, in chronic cases are much more complex. It involves psychological issues, education, income, location, culture and more. A large majority of people molested as children develop eating disorders, anorexia variations or compulsive eating.

    "Eat less and exercise more," just doesn't cut it. Neither does Dr. Phil.

  13. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.05.09

    Not that I want to dig into Chad's medical history, but what chronic problem was causing him trouble that common sense couldn't solve but that Dr. Phil could?

  14. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.05.09

    Deb does make a good point about getting out of an education what one puts in to it. If weight loss was a major issue she wanted to learn about, she could have asked. She could have researched. Instead, she turns to commercial television. Ugh.

  15. Doctor not Bricklayer 2014.05.09

    Out of morbid curiosity, I have checked out a few of her "Daily Devotionals" online. In one of them, she uttered some of the most terrifying things I have heard her say. She talked about her busy day, and described how she just returned from the Medical School after doing some teaching....


    That is a pretty sad statement on the current status of Medical Education in our state! Also sad that our tax dollars are probably going towards her "teaching" salary!

  16. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.05.09

    [Hey, Doctor Not Bricklayer, check your e-mail!]

  17. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.05.09

    Are active political candidates allowed to teach at public universities?

  18. grudznick 2014.05.09

    Why not, Mr. H? Otherwise would active political candidates be allowed to teach in K-12 schools? I suppose it is a good question. If university employees cant run for office because they are government employees then teachers shouldn't be allowed to run for office. Or fatcat administrators. Or anybody on welfare. Or ranchers.

  19. grudznick 2014.05.09

    If you are a doctor you can't run for office and vote on anything related to Obamacare because you might be padding your overpaid meat-magician pockets.

    If you are a lawyer, you can't run for office because you could change laws that made it easier for you to pad your ambulance chasing pockets, and let's face the the general populace would vote to hang most of you on sight anyway.

    If you are a store owner you can't run for office because you could change laws that make it easier for store owners to pad their vegetable mold lined pockets with more of the hungry people's money.

    So. Clearly teachers who are among the greediest and whiniest of our citizenry as a whole, there are exceptions should not be allowed to run for office.

  20. mike from iowa 2014.05.09

    I believe a legislator could teach,but not receive pay from the state for doing so.

    South Dakota

    S.D. Codified Laws
    § 3-8-4

    S.D. Codified Laws
    § 3-8-4.1

    S.D. Codified Laws
    § 3-8-4.2

    S.D. Codified Laws
    § 3-8-4.3

    No. 72-74, 1972 S.D. AG LEXIS 41; 1991-1992 Op. Atty Gen. S.D. 44.

    YES, if the legislator is not being paid more than once for coincident hours of the workday.

    Except as provided in §§ 3-8-4.1 to 3-8-4.3, inclusive, no person receiving a salary payable out of the state treasury or from the funds of any state institution or department, may, during the period for which such salary has been or is to be paid, receive any other salary from the state or any institution or department thereof.

    No employee of the state including any institution thereof serving on a board, commission, committee or council of the state may receive salary or per diem compensation for serving on such body.

    Any state employee, with the approval of the department head, agency head, or head of the state institution involved, or their designee, shall be permitted to use annual leave, weekends, legal holidays and hours after normal working hours for performing compensable services to a state institution, department, office or agency other than the institution, department, office or agency which is their primary employer. Compensation for such additional services performed during such times shall not be deemed to constitute dual compensation prohibited by § 3-8-4 or § 3-8-4.1.

    Any state employee who shall take leave of absence without pay from his primary employment with the state shall be allowed to accept payment from the funds of other state institutions, departments, offices or agencies for services rendered to such other institution, department, office or agency. Compensation for additional services performed while on leave of absence without pay shall not be deemed to constitute dual compensation within the purview of § 3-8-4 or 3-8-4.1.

    Exception: School Board may pay salaries to teachers serving as legislators.


    Tenn. Const. Art. II, § 26

    Tenn. Code Ann.
    § 12-4-101(a)(1), as interpreted by Op. Atty Gen. 00-064.

    Senate Rule 85
    Code of Ethics for Tenn. State Senate, Article II, § 2

    NO, if public employment is a “lucrative office.”

    No Judge of any Court of

  21. grudznick 2014.05.09

    So, Mr. Mike, from the land down under that smells, none of that to my addled brain says anything about running for office. You gotta win before you get paid, right?

    Can they run?

  22. grudznick 2014.05.09

    What does Tennessee have to do with this? Are you what the young people call "pasting" stuff from somebody else's blog on this from Tennessee?

  23. grudznick 2014.05.09

    Is all that from an Iowa blog?

  24. mike from iowa 2014.05.09

    Cory asked if active candidates could teach. I assume elected officials running for re-election count as active candidates. That is SoDak codified law on double dipping I copied and pasted otherwise you would have had to scroll through all the states laws until you found SoDak. Elected officials should be able to teach but not receive compensation unless they take a leave of absence. There are probably other, better sources but I am not gonna spend all night looking for them. You could ask AG Jackley if you don't mind deer in the headlights return looks. As for the Tenn part,that was incidental,accidental,collateral damage from scrolling down while copying.

  25. grudznick 2014.05.09

    My apologies, Mr. Mike. I guess I thought active candidates meant "running for office" not serving in office. So I would think you could be employed and run but once you won you would have to decide how to deal with your double dipping laws.

    Unless while running you get paid which would explain a lot about why so many people are running. Does anybody know if the state is paying the candidates because that would really explain some of the odderball things I am seeing. I know you all see them too.

    Active candidates could teach. Or drive the city garbage truck. But when you win, you need to follow Mr. Mike's doubledip paste.

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