Dr. Oz of The Dr. Oz Show and Hearst’s Dr. Oz’s The Good Life fame is finally being forced to come clean about the medical advice he doles out to millions of people. To paraphrase Seinfeld, the prognosis is negative. A panel of senators grilled Oz on his many wacky claims that certain products can lead to weight loss, even though they definitely do not.
The panel, led by Claire McCaskill, repeatedly questioned Oz on why he would promote products that have zero science behind them. “The scientific community is almost monolithic against you in terms of the efficacy of the three products you called ‘miracles,'” said McCaskill. “I don’t get why you need to say this stuff when you know it’s not true. When you have this amazing megaphone, why would you cheapen your show?”
McCaskill and the other senators were especially annoyed about Oz promoting Pure Green Coffee beans on his show. The company that produces the beans was sued by the FTC for false weight loss claims.
Oz defended himself in the only way possible — by talking in circles. “My job, I feel, on the show is to be a cheerleader for the audience when they don’t think they have hope and they don’t think they can make it happen,” he explained. “It jump-starts you. It gives you the confidence to keep going.”
It’s also a pack of zany lies! But hey, keep watching his show and buying his magazine. You won’t get any quality medical advice, but perhaps you’ll be “jump-started.”
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