PHYSICIAN, HEAL THYSELF
Are you feeling sheepish today, Dr. Mehmet Oz? Because you probably should be.
Best known as a daytime's preeminent healthy-living proponent on The Dr. Oz Show (and for being besties with Oprah Winfrey), the TV physician was roundly chastised by a U.S. Senate panel on Tuesday for shilling products promising remarkable weight-loss results.
In clinical tests, those same products have been shown to have about as much to do with facilitating weight loss as a hot-fudge sundae.
Regardless, in the past few years Dr. Oz has officially endorsed the products – including Pure Green Coffee Bean capsules – that prominently feature his name on the label.
Even more egregiously, Dr. Oz has routinely advocated the use of the products on his nationally syndicated daytime program The Dr. Oz Show.
A study published in 2012 concluded that chlorogenic acid, the primary ingredient in green coffee beans, helped 16 participants lose, on average, 18 pounds over a 22-week period.
Another study, which tested chlorogenic acid on lab mice, determined that the acid did not promote weight loss. In fact, the testing actually increased the mice's insulin resistance.
And a separate meta-analysis of green coffee extract in 2011 revealed that the supplement produced, on average, a five-pound loss among study participants.
The meta-analysis authors' conclusion: "More rigorous trials are needed to assess the usefulness of GCE as a weight-loss tool."
All of which was referenced at yesterday's Senate panel hearing, where Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who also serves as the chairwoman of the Senate subcommittee on consumer protection, took Dr. Oz to task for lending his name to what appears to be a modern-day version of snake oil.
"I don't get why you say all this stuff because you know it's not true," said McCaskill. "So why, when you have this amazing megaphone and this amazing ability to communicate, why would you cheapen your show by saying things like that?"
Dr. Oz's response: "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. It jump-starts you. It gives you the confidence to keep going."
But McCaskill clearly wasn't impressed with the TV medic's logic.
"The scientific community is almost monolithic against you in terms of the efficacy of the three products you call miracles," said McCaskill. "When you call a product a miracle, and it's something you can buy and it's something that gives people false hope, I just don't understand why you need to go there."
And perhaps boldest of all, Dr. Oz told the Senate panel that he actually does have faith in the products that he has endorsed.
"I actually do personally believe in the items that I talk about on the show," he said. "I recognize that oftentimes they don't have the scientific muster to present as fact. I would give my audience the advice I give my family all the time, and I have given my family these products."
Yet a profile of Dr. Oz in The New Yorker last year concluded that, "Oz doesn't follow any of the miracle cures or fad diets that he trots out so regularly for his audience."
Did we say sheepish, Dr. Oz? Because really, you should be ashamed.
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Source: Us Weekly
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THE BIG SPLIT
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