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Dr. Oz promises to 'drain the swamp' he has 'created' with false claims

Dr. Oz was taken to task by Senators for false claims about diet supplements.
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Dr. Oz who is famous for his television program, "The Dr. Oz Show," and his outrageous claims about weight loss supplements, was taken to task by the Senate Consumer Protection Panel, according to The Modesto Bee on Tuesday. Oz was admonished by Committee Chair Claire McCaskill for claiming that certain supplements have miraculous weight loss benefits and using "flowery" language to describe such supplements. Among the supplements promoted by Oz was green coffee bean extract which Oz described as "magic weight loss cure for every body type."

Oz told Senators that the diet supplements that he promotes on his show are "short term crutches" and that members of his own family have taken the supplements. Oz described himself as a "cheerleader" who offers "hope" to his desperate audience as they frantically search for ways to lose weight besides simple diet and exercise.

McCaskill was not amused by Oz's antics and told him what she thought of his promotional gimmicks:

"I get that you do a lot of good on your show. I don't get why you need to say this stuff because you know that it is not true."

Oz admitted to McCaskill and the other Senators that a miracle weight loss pill does not exist and that nothing will take the place of diet and exercise for weight loss. Oz also said that he does not endorse specific health supplements or brands because of ethical concerns about doctors recommending specific health products. Oz stated:

"If you see my name, face or show in any type of ad, email or other circumstance, it is illegal."

McCaskill requested that Oz compose a master list of specific brands that he considers effective for weight loss as opposed to his current practice of claiming that a general weight loss supplement works but forcing his audience to find the products that market those supplements. Oz promised to "look into" this:

"I've been actively looking at that. With your suggestion and support, I think I am going to do it and I think it'll do a lot to drain the swamp that we have created around this area."

It seems that at least for Dr. Oz, that the only "yellow brick road" is the path to the truth and that his curtain of deception and innuendo has been lifted.

Dr. Oz, whose full name is Mehmet Cengiz Oz, was born on June 11, 1960. He is a Turkish-American surgeon, writer and television celebrity. He has appeared on a variety of shows, including Oprah Winfrey, Larry King Live, and, of course, The Dr. Oz Show. He is the founder of OzWatch which provides a way for consumers to report scams. He claims to have received over 65,000 complaints thus far. It is unknown whether or not green coffee bean supplements are among the things about which consumers complained they were scammed.