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Dr. Oz confronts Garcinia Cambogia scammers and spotlights Clean Eats detox diet

Dr. Oz confronts Miracle Garcinia Cambogia diet pill scammers and talks 'Clean Eats' detox diet
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Dr. Mehmet Oz faced off against scam artists who exploit his name to shill phony diet pills and weight loss supplements on the April 29 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.

Dr. Oz is disgusted by unscrupulous Internet scammers who sell bogus weight loss pills by falsely claiming he had endorsed their products. The most common product these scammers market is the weight loss supplement Garcinia Cambogia.

Dr. Oz previously discussed the tropical fruit Garcinia Cambogia on his show as a diet tool, but has never endorsed a specific brand. Yet there are countless websites and Internet marketers who claim they are selling a "Dr. Oz-endorsed" brand of Garcinia Cambogia.

Dr. Oz: I've Never Endorsed Any Brand of Garcinia Cambogia

Amazingly, an analysis by ConsumerLab.com showed that these products contained only miniscule amounts of HCA, the active ingredient that's supposed to help with weight loss.

Dr. Oz got so frustrated with the widespread deception that he flew to San Diego to confront Tarr Inc., the company behind the product "Miracle Garcinia Cambogia," which has bilked consumers out of millions of dollars.

“If everyone was making a high-quality product it would be different, but these are folks who are selling ineffective, fraudulent products to people using my name,” said Oz. “People get taken advantage of and lose hope. When you take advantage of my viewers, I get angry."

Ironically, when Dr. Oz confronted Tarr executives in their parking lot, he was told to leave the premises. Company officials even called the cops on him.

Dr. Oz warned that any website claiming that he has endorsed their Garcinia Cambogia is lying, and cautioned viewers to be careful when buying any diet supplement that makes wild promises. As a rule of thumb, Dr. Oz said all products that tout “as featured on Dr. Oz” are usually fraudulent.

'Clean Eats' Detox Diet For Weight Loss and Health

On a separate segment, Dr. Oz's guest was cardiologist Dr. Alejandro Junger, who has been called the "Father of Detox." Dr. Junger said clean eating is the key to natural weight loss, a strong immune system, and good overall health.

Dr. Junger, author of Clean Eats, said you an eliminate digestive problems, depression, anxiety and excess fat by eating the following foods:

  • Green vegetables, such as broccoli, kale and collard greens.
  • Grass-fed, antibiotic-free meat.
  • Wild fish from cold water.
  • Gluten-free grains like quinoa, amaranth, and millet.
  • Condiments like apple cider vinegar, nutritional yeast, spirulina powder, raw honey, and raw coconut nectar.

Dr. Junger previously appeared on the Dr. Oz Show to discuss the weight loss and health benefits of detox diets. Junger, who also wrote Clean Gut, said his 3-day all-liquid cleanse helps melt away body fat and detoxifies your body from the damage caused by too much processed food.

Boost Happiness By Practicing Gratitude

Dr. Oz said the best way to become happier is to practice gratitude. Dr. Oz's guest was psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, author of A Happy You.

Dr. Lombardo said you can minimize depression and boost happiness by focusing on what's going well in your life instead of what's wrong with it. She suggested writing down five things every day that you're grateful for, saying this habit will enhance your life.

The things you're grateful for can be as small as reading a good book or enjoying a nice cup of tea. Happiness, like negativity, is a habit you reinforce through repetition. As corny as it sounds, appreciating little things makes a huge difference in your outlook and overall happiness.