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Dr. Oz versus Spark People: my humble opinion

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dr. Oz was called before the Senate today for a hearing.

"I am concerned that you are melding medical advice, news, and entertainment in a way that harms consumers, Sen. Claire McCaskill scolded Dr. Oz during the hearing.

About time.

He has a platform (his tv show and the media) to use to help people in an honest and good way, and yet he has allowed himself to help push products that are fraudulent.

From the above cited article:
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."

"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. But there's no long-term miracle pill out there without diet and exercise, he said.

End of cited article.

Will he stop doing this? For awhile he will. I wonder for how long though. Preying on people who are desperate to lose weight and will spend money on products that don't work...
Shame on him!!!

And thank you Spark People for providing this FREE Resource with all the well researched articles and exercises and recipes that are grounded in well researched and healthy ways to work out and lose weight!!! Yes, they have ads to support their website. But anytime there has been a questionable ad, all you have to do is contact them and they will look into it and remove it! Fame and fortune is not their business! Just my humble opinion.
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TJOHNOCONNOR 6/22/2014 11:25AM

    I was never a fan of Dr. Supplement. With a few medical exceptions to a minority of people. I believe the answer to health and nutrition lies inside each of us as individuals. We all have our own struggles but to many seek the path of least resistance, via the magic pill. When it came to health and nutrition, I will be the first to admit that I am a slow learner. Twice in my life I weighed over 350 pounds only to gain it back. None of the pills I took helped me or other people I knew who took them. Nothing beats a balanced diet and finding satiety within caloric parameters to maintain, or lose weight.

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ANNIE1114 6/18/2014 6:41PM

  I quit watching Dr. Oz after I realized that some of the things that he has on his show do not work.

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SARAHL817 6/18/2014 3:13PM

    I've always been upset with the way Dr. Oz hands out terrible advice and tries to pass it off as a legitimate medical opinion, even when he should know that what he's saying isn't true. I'm glad to see that someone is holding him accountable for it. (I don't know why anyone believes what Dr. Oz says about weight loss anyway, because he's a cardiothoracic surgeon and not a bariatric doctor, but whatever)

Thanks for sharing this and for pointing out that there are legitimate, free sources of information out there (like SP) that actually give you their research sources so that you can check out the information for yourself (that's actually one of the things I love most about this site - if I see anything I don't believe, I can check their sources).

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KATELJM 6/18/2014 12:03PM

    Thank you, Marcia. Now I don't feel guilty that I don't watch his show.

As in all things, whether on Dr. Oz or SP, each recommendation should be researched and assessed for accuracy, potential help and potential harm. A lot of products are promoted on the SP site as well.

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ONTHEPATH2 6/18/2014 10:21AM

    Wouldn't the magic pill be nice? Unfortunately it is so much more complex than that. It is more than just eating the right foods. There usually are underlying issues surrounding weight.

I used to love Dr Oz, but now just see him as one more of the infomercials. What we really need is someone to get down to the basics. A healthy mind, healthy eating and exercise.

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LYNNIERN 6/18/2014 8:43AM

    Don't you just LOVE those straight shooters from Missouri!

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AGAPEJOY 6/18/2014 1:33AM

    emoticon for the info. I never believed in diet pills anyway. He did introduce me to the Flat-Tummy Diet. If I do it right it works. Doing it right is my problem. emoticon

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SHARON10002 6/17/2014 11:20PM

    Thanks for the links and sharing the info.

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DIANNEMT 6/17/2014 10:14PM

    Yep--so glad you called him on this. I hadn't seen it before. I do know that he has been advertising the extracts--and they do NOT work.

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QUERIDAANA 6/17/2014 9:44PM

    Thank you for your informative post. I wasn't aware of Dr. Oz'practices of promoting questionable products. Now if I watch him, I will be vigilat instead of blindly dtusting.

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