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Sen. McCaskill scolds Dr. Oz at hearing on weight loss scams

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ Under pressure from Congress, celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz is offering to help “drain the swamp” of unscrupulous marketers using his name to peddle so-called miracle pills to millions of Americans desperate to lose weight.

Oz was scolded at a Senate hearing by Chairman Claire McCaskill for claims he’s 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.” He promised to publish a list of specific products he thinks can help Americans shed pounds and get healthy, beyond eating less and moving more.

McCaskill took Oz to task for a 2012 show in which he proclaimed that green coffee extract was a “magic weight loss cure for every body type.”

By JENNIFER C. KERR

12 comments

  • Mascoutan

    Claire’s been a “victim” of weight-loss plans because she can’t stick with them, ergo, all weight loss plans are out to scam people = Democrat logic in action.
    “He promised to publish a list of specific products he thinks can help Americans shed pounds and get healthy, beyond eating less and moving more.” (because the stupid just can’t eat less or move more…)

  • pat farris

    Apparently none of you watch Dr. Oz. He endorses so many products that you can’t keep up. He deserves to be called on the carpet.

  • Ken

    @PAT FARRIS You’re right, but it should be by someone competent, qualified and/or capable of taking him to task for his endorsements.

  • Gideon

    Nanny state in action. Claire is just trying to get support for primaries so she is trying to make herself look important. She asked the media to help her out and here we go.

    Government tries to protect from stupid. Let nature run its course.

    If something sounds too good to be true, it wont work for you.

  • Alan Schmukler

    McCaskill, who led this inquisition, takes money from Pharmaceutical companies and from Monsanto, both of whom Dr. Oz has criticized. The hearing was a pretext to try to silence him.

  • Ashley Williams

    Democratic logic there – just because someone can’t stick with a program then all weight loss programs are a scam? If you cannot stick to a program how can you possibly say whether it works or not? I lost 40lbs using a system from dietplansreviewed.net so I can assure you that some programs will help you lose weight – but you have to stick to them!

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