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