The Wizards of Oz: No Magic in Scam Diets
Dr. Mehmet Oz sure has won a lot of Emmys. He has personally won two, and the show that he hosts, The Dr. Oz Show, has won three. Anyone with that many Emmys must be good, right?
He is also the Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Anyone with those credentials must be good, right? Why just look at the size of the name of the place he directs. Could just anyone rise to the position of director at a hospital with such a giant name if he were not good?
For five seasons he was a featured health expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah you say? Well, that seals it then. This guy’s gotta be good, right? I imagine he could fill a small complex with his supporters, and he probably is pretty good at what he does.
Despite all that, Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri seemed a bit perturbed by him at Tuesday’s hearing about bogus diet ads.
Green Coffee Beans and Garcinia Cambogia
Dr. Oz’s current problems stem from his support of diet products that may not do what he claims they do. Another way of putting it is Dr. Oz knowingly scams the public by trying to get them to buy something that doesn’t work.
The Federal Trade Commission has sued the sellers of Green Coffee Beans, a product promoted on the Dr. Oz Show. Some of the companies who marketed the product used the video from the show to increase sales. Shortly after the Oz Show endorsement those who market the Green Coffee supplement were on the Internet asserting that their product could promote a twenty pound weight loss in four weeks as well as a loss of two to four inches of body fat in only a few months. Or not.
On a November 2012 show, Dr. Oz told his audience about a “revolutionary fat buster” per the wonder of “brand new scientific research.” On the screen behind Oz, the words “No Exercise. No Diet. No Effort” hung in the air while he introduced his audience to Garcinia cambogia, a weight loss product that has been proven to be no more effective than a placebo.
Oz also aired a piece on raspberry kerotene supplements, another product targeted for false advertising by the Federal Trade Commission. Oz maintains his job on his show is “to be a cheerleader for the audience…when they don’t think they have hope.” If such is the case, I stand corrected. I thought he was a doctor.
Oh well. Perhaps we should keep in mind the advice given by a former wizard in yet another Oz when he recommended we not pay so much attention to the man behind the curtain.
Up next, “Dr. Oz in the Land of Senate Testimony.”
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