Dr. Oz Defends His Pseudoscientific Claims As Harmless ‘Flowery Language’

Jun 17, 2014

By Francie Diep

Dr. Oz is having a bad day. The celebrity doctor went to Washington, D.C., today to testify before a Senate subcommittee. The committee chastised him about the unscientific claims he makes about weight loss treatments on his popular show. Members of the committee, which is about consumer protection and product safety, worried that Oz’s statements fuel a predatory industry of supplement-sellers.

Subcommittee chair Senator Clair McCaskill talked about the “Oz Effect.” After Oz endorses unproven products such as green coffee extract and raspberry ketone, businesses often use his own quotes to help them sell products that are ineffective at best and dangerous at worst. The weight-loss supplement industry is notorious for false advertising and tainted products. Yet it’s no wonder they quote Dr. Oz. He’s well known and liked, and his endorsements already sound like copy lifted from a dubious infomercial, although they never mention brands. “You may think magic is make-believe, but this little bean has scientists saying they found the magic weight-loss for every body type,” he once said about green coffee extract.

13 comments on “Dr. Oz Defends His Pseudoscientific Claims As Harmless ‘Flowery Language’

  • ‘Tis said that a fool and his/her money is soon parted. I’m glad that I have enough nous to avoid such obvious scams. I’d wager that Dr Oz has a healthy bank balance.

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    Miserablegit says:

    Pseudoscientific practicioners usually like to make ridiculous claims but when challenged scientifically become evasive. In this quack’s case it is the politicians doing their job for once and making him justify his voodoo. Sadly the people who buy into this crap will keep on believing long after he has been exposed as a charlatan.

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    Pinball1970 says:

    I don’t know this guy but he is good looking in a professional sort of way, is a Dr and I bet he has some stage presence.

    If Oz has given some products his endorsements based on zero science, artistic license and made a fat pile of cash out of lazy gullible idiots, then good luck to him.

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    Donaloby says:

    Pretty much all advertisers use a variety of methods to deceive or mislead people. The industry needs to be heavily regulated, especially to protect the more vulnerable people. Phrase like “scientifically tested” ( for what?) and “clinically proven” (again, to do what? Clinically proven to not have killed anyone yet perhaps?) are typical examples. And before anyone says “people shouldn’t be taken in”, it’s precisely because there are vulnerable people that we need regulation, not so much to protect the clever, strong, emotionally well balanced people.

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    alaskansee says:

    So if I pop over to your gran’s house and sell her some new roof coating to stop the wifi from killing her that’s okay with you? Gran’s a gullible idiot and good luck to me?

    Do you even know what this site is about? Reason, Science, Progress?

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    alaskansee says:

    YES! Let us protect all members of society, especially the vulnerable!

    For those with a limited imagination it’s also worth assuming that you will be one of the vulnerable at some point in your life!

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  • I used to like his tv show, but he became obsessed with the magic weight-loss supplement, as the medicine is just “how to lose weight.” Otherwise, as a physician he should know that there is no magic weight-loss supplement.

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  • The weight-loss supplement industry is notorious for false advertising and tainted products.

    I suppose such quackery panders to faith-fairy mentality, in which wish-thinkers want to believe some sort of bought magic will do it all for them, while they abdicate personal responsibility, and indulge themselves as usual – lacking physical exercise and mental self discipline!

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  • Yeah, tell that to the people that go to the Burzynski Clinic that they’re just lazy gullible idiots that deserve what they get.

    Oh, and lookie who’s represented on the front page of the Burzynski Clinic website. Why, it’s Doc.Oz. Wonder if he really does “frequently feature” that particular clinic on his show as they claim.

    Just wondering.

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    cptstubing says:

    This idea of making outrageous claims to sell crap is remarkably similar to the rest of free market capitalism.
    I don’t like pseudoscience, but if people want to buy crap to do something they think it will do, let them waste their money and learn they actually need to work hard (ie. move around and break a sweat) to become healthy.

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  • The man is a total charlatan. He is reputed to be a more than competent surgeon, but I certainly wouldn’t seek him out for any reason. If he willingly lies to the thousands that watch his show on a daily basis, there is no way I would trust him on a one to one, patient/doctor relationship. His license to practice should be revoked.

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