Dr. Oz Grilled In Congress, Defends Weight Loss ‘Miracles’

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Dr. Oz Questioned About Weight Loss Claims

It’s been all over the news for two days: the wonderful weight loss wizard named Dr. Oz appeared before Congress to answer some tough question about his endorsements of supplements with dubious efficacy.

Green coffee bean extract, for example, is one such product that Oz has introduced on his TV show in recent years:


“This little bean has scientists saying they have found a magic weight-loss cure for every body type. It’s green coffee beans, and, when turned into a supplement—this miracle pill can burn fat fast.”

Is Dr. Oz promoting legitimate weight loss products or is he just another a purveyor of false hope? After you’ve read the excerpt below and watched the video, let us know what you think by taking our poll or leaving a comment below.

Dr. Mehmet Oz Gets Scolded At Hearing For His ‘Flowery’ Language

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Oz appeared before the Senate’s consumer protection panel and was scolded by Chairman Claire McCaskill for claims he made about weight-loss aids on his TV show, “The Dr. Oz Show.”

Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, acknowledged that his language about green coffee and other supplements has been “flowery” and promised to publish a list of specific products he thinks can help America shed pounds and get healthy — beyond eating less and moving more. On his show, he never endorsed specific companies or brands but more generally praised some supplements as fat busters.

“I get that you do a lot of good on your show,” McCaskill told Oz, “but I don’t get why you need to say this stuff because you know it’s not true.”

Oz insisted he believes in the supplements he talks about on his show as short-term crutches, and even has his family try them. He also defended his right to use “flowery” language by saying his show is about giving people hope.


“My job on the show, I feel, on the show, is to be a cheerleader for the audience,” he said. “And when they don’t think they have hope, when they don’t think they can make it happen, I want to look and I do look everywhere, including at alternative healing traditions, for any evidence that might be supportive to them.”

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