Is Dr. Oz A Snake Oil Salesman?

(PHOTO CREDIT: Via The Dr. Oz Show)
(PHOTO CREDIT: Via The Dr. Oz Show)

Dr. Oz is perhaps America’s most famous doctor, and yet, he shills a load of anti-science mess.

If I were a member of the United States Senate, there are a number of people whose opinions I would not solicit about how to handle various pressing problems. I wouldn’t ask Donald Sterling for tips on improving race relations. Rick Perry wouldn’t be my first call when seeking information about combatting LGBT intolerance. And of course, I’d know better than to ask Jenny McCarthy for the facts about vaccines.

When contemplating how to solve a problem, seeking counsel from people who are making the problem worse doesn’t make a lot of sense. So why is Senator Claire McCaskill inviting Dr. Mehmet Oz to testify about weight-loss diet scams? Is she looking for tips in how to sell them?

According to a statement from Sen. McCaskill’s office, the cardiologist and Oprah Winfrey protégé will testify this coming Tuesday about sham obesity remedies, specifically green coffee. It seems that shortly after the product was featured on his show, a purveyor of this miracle weight-loss treatment started hawking it at $50 for a one-month supply. I suspect Dr. Oz will express shock (shock!) that some bad actor out there would abuse people’s trust, and the Senator will bask in the attention his celebrity brings to CSPAN.

Except, of course, that green coffee is totally worthless as a weight loss supplement in the first place.

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SOURCE: The Daily Beast
Russell Saunders

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