Parasitologist Shares Expertise on TV Show

March 20th, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized

Assistant professor of Biology Dr. Florian Reyda is a featured guest on an episode of “The Dr. Oz Show” airing today at 4 p.m. on NBC. Reyda, an expert on fish parasitology, appears on stage with Dr. Oz for about 25 minutes, showing samples of parasites and providing factual information about the diseases they cause.

Titled “The Flu or a Parasite?: Why Your Food and Water May Be Making You Sick!”, the episode examines the prevalence of diseases caused by parasites in the United States. The producers asked Reyda, who had appeared briefly on the show once before, in May 2010, to represent the parasitology community in the discussion. Reyda also provided background information to the producers prior to the show.

“One of my goals was to help make sure that the information was correct and not exaggerated,” said Reyda.” “I wanted to make it real clear that people don’t take away from the show that all their health problems are caused by parasites.”

Reyda went to New York City last week to tape the show, which was filmed in front of a live studio audience. He brought some parasite samples with him – including a human intestinal roundworm from the teaching collection at SUNY Oneonta, and some deer ticks collected locally the weekend before the taping.

Reyda teaches an upper-level parasitology class at SUNY Oneonta every other fall. Last August, he was one of about 30 parasitologists from 13 countries who gathered for presentations, panel discussions and collaborative work at the Natural History Museum of Geneva, Switzerland, as part of an ongoing project to document and describe the biological diversity of tapeworms across the globe.

More information and a clip from the show are available on “The Dr. Oz Show” website.