Dr. Oz gets serious today by exploring Reparative Therapy that claims it can change gay people into straight people and this will be one big debate. A huge list of special guests to weigh in on both sides of the issue are: Christopher Doyle, LMFT, RTD, Rich Wyler, Eliza Byard, PhD, Ross Murray, Aaron McQuade, Brad Lamm, Clay Aiken, Dr. Julie Hamilton, Dr. John Sharp, Gabriel Arana, and Peter Drake. This will boil down to whether or not being gay is a choice or it is part of our genetic makeup. Look for a heated debate on today’s show as Doctor Oz will try to keep the tempers from flaring.
Reparative Therapy of Male Homosexuality was written by Joseph Nicolosi, PHD and has stirred vibrant responses from the gay community who believe the being gay is how they were born and cannot be changed. The therapy was actually banned on minors in California. One the other side of the coin, many people refuse to believe that being gay is anything more than a lifestyle choice. Just like politics, the people in both of these extreme fringes refuse to even accept the possibility could be somewhere in the middle.
There are many actors like Anne Heche who have lived a gay lifestyle and then returned to a straight lifestyle with seemingly little problems. Nicolosi admits in his book that the true identity for all of us is not black and white but somewhere along a line that goes from gay to straight. He says where we are on the line changes during our lives and the outside events we live.
I have no doubt that there are many people who are born gay just as I have no doubt that there are people who choose to be gay. So is offering therapy to someone who thinks they are making a choice in lifestyle a bad thing? Look to the show today for answers.
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