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Dr. Ozís Miraculous Medical Advice (Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain)
Slate ^ | Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 | Julia Belluz and Steven J. Hoffman

Posted on 01/05/2013 3:30:15 PM PST by nickcarraway

As people were getting ready for the holiday season and its accompanying waist expansion late last year, Dr. Mehmet Oz let viewers of his TV show in on a timely little secret. “Everybody wants to know what’s the newest, fastest fat buster,” said the board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon and one of People magazine’s sexiest men alive. “How can I burn fat without spending every waking moment exercising and dieting?”

He then told his audience about a “breakthrough,” “magic,” “holy grail,” even “revolutionary” new fat buster. “I want you to write it down,” America’s doctor urged his audience with a serious and trustworthy stare. After carefully wrapping his lips around the exotic words “Garcinia cambogia,” he added, sternly: “It may be the simple solution you’ve been looking for to bust your body fat for good.”

In Dr. Oz’s New York City studio, garcinia extract—or hydroxycitric acid found in fruits like purple mangosteen—sounded fantastic, a promising new tool for the battle against flab. Outside the Oprah-ordained doctor’s sensational world of amazing new diets, there’s no real debate about whether garcinia works: The best evidence is unequivocally against it. Advertisement

The miracle cure isn’t really a miracle at all. It’s not even new. Garcinia cambogia has been studied as a weight-loss aid for more than 15 years. A 1998 randomized controlled trial looked at the effects of garcinia as a potential “antiobesity agent” in 135 people. The conclusion: The pills were no better than placebo for weight and fat loss.

More recently, a group of researchers summarized the evidence for this “breakthrough” extract in a systematic review of 12 randomized trials involving 706 participants. Some trials reported short-term slimming, but the overall effects were so small and most studies were so methodologically flawed that the authors were unable to conclude that garcinia extract has

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To: Salvey

In other words, reverting to his Turkish roots.


21 posted on 01/05/2013 4:00:20 PM PST by GreyHoundSailor
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To: gr8eman

Seems like the next biggest snake oil salesman. And yes he IS more or less a salesman even though he is supposed to be a Dr. In any health food store there will be products that will say “as seen on Dr. Oz” which to me scream of collusion, between Dr. Oz and the manufacturers as it is cross promotion, win win for them as the Dr. Oz audience IS Oprah’s audience.


22 posted on 01/05/2013 4:01:02 PM PST by Blue Highway
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To: beandog

It seems like the majority of females in this country view him as having an inerrancy far beyond any religion expects from their holy book.


23 posted on 01/05/2013 4:13:44 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: freedumb2003

I don’t like Phil , liked what few shows I watched of oz.

I have my own doctors and take information
from Dr TV and Dr Internet with a grain of salt.

I do agree with him on organic apple juice.
Not really a fan of the FDA$ either.


24 posted on 01/05/2013 4:14:10 PM PST by Morris70
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To: humblegunner

I see what you mean and I agree 100%


25 posted on 01/05/2013 4:18:46 PM PST by Blue Highway
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To: freedumb2003

As a fitness trainer, I completely agree with you! LOVE that graphic!


26 posted on 01/05/2013 4:31:43 PM PST by freepertoo
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To: nickcarraway

Dr. Oz is a heart doctor.

One day I saw him take the blood pressure of a guy who was on stage. The guy was obviously very nervous being on stage.

Dr. Oz found his BP was high and concluded that he had High Blood Pressure and needed to get to his doctor and get some medicine.

Okay, so this heart surgeon has never heard of people’s BP going up temporarily due to anxiety???? I think most MD’s learn that the first year.

His advice on herbs and diet is pretty useless, but also not really dangerous. I would seriously wonder about his advice on other issues, tho.


27 posted on 01/05/2013 4:39:20 PM PST by webstersII
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To: humblegunner
That Oz dude has always seemed kind of smarmy and gay.

Guess swarmy may be in the eye of the beholder, but if you've seen pictures of his wife and 4 kids you may rethink the "gay" part. BTW he's a cardiologist

28 posted on 01/05/2013 4:39:50 PM PST by mupcat
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To: webstersII

It’s standard practice for doctors to take BP in stressful situations, and then try to admit the patient to the emergency room. Maybe it shouldn’t be, but it is.


29 posted on 01/05/2013 4:47:18 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Jim Noble

“I would be very, very surprised if this shyster has tenure at the College of Physicians and Surgeons.”

Sadly, Dr. Oz is a Professor of Surgery at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; this type of appointment IS a tenure-track appointment.

A major embarassment for this P&S alumnus.


30 posted on 01/05/2013 4:52:04 PM PST by paterfamilias
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To: mupcat

“BTW he’s a cardiologist”

He is NOT a cardiologist. He is a cardio-thoracic surgeon.

Nobody expects surgeons to think.


31 posted on 01/05/2013 4:53:53 PM PST by paterfamilias
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To: mupcat
BTW he's a cardiologist

Everyone has a job title.

I made reference to his mannerisms. They are faggoty.

He can have as many wives and kids as he pleases, he still acts like a fag.

32 posted on 01/05/2013 4:53:58 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: nickcarraway

Been on committees with him. He was a pretty nice guy back then. I have never watched him on television. In general, I don’t think it’s a good idea to become a television personality as a doctor, but I guess there’s a role for this.


33 posted on 01/05/2013 4:56:25 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: mupcat

He’s not worthy to shine Dr. Atkins’ shoes.


34 posted on 01/05/2013 4:58:02 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

“It’s standard practice for doctors to take BP in stressful situations, and then try to admit the patient to the emergency room. Maybe it shouldn’t be, but it is.”

Can you ‘splain that one?

Are they that dumb?


35 posted on 01/05/2013 4:59:43 PM PST by webstersII
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To: freedumb2003; freepertoo

Good point. One could never lose weight walking, running, swimming, playing tennis...


36 posted on 01/05/2013 5:02:44 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

As someone who has lost right at 100 pounds in the last 18 months, I can tell you how to lose weight

Eat right, exercise more.

That’s it - no tricks, no gimmicks, no pills.

The good thing about exercising more is that you can eat a bit more - not a whole lot, but enough that I’m rarely hungry and still losing slowly.

Not very fancy, but there it is


37 posted on 01/05/2013 5:05:41 PM PST by SoftballMominVA
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To: nickcarraway
Good point. One could never lose weight walking, running, swimming, playing tennis...

I couldn't post every sport on earth. My POINT is there is no miracle: you need to exercise (and eat right) to lose weight.

38 posted on 01/05/2013 5:12:19 PM PST by freedumb2003 (MOLON LABE)
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To: freedumb2003

Agreed....


39 posted on 01/05/2013 5:24:36 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: nickcarraway

it works. i can’t take it because lots of these pills have some of the outer mango and rind part in them and mangoes are in the same family as the poison ivy, oak and sumacs - their outer skin/rind has urishiol oil in it and if you have a lot of reaction to the poison ivis, you will get a rash from taking the supplements.


40 posted on 01/05/2013 5:28:21 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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