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Dr. Oz: I Thought I Could Call Diet Drugs “Miracles” Because I Wasn’t Actually Selling Them
Consumerist ^ | June 19. 2014

Posted on 06/19/2014 4:50:09 PM PDT by SMGFan

Oprah’s favorite alternative medicine mouthpiece Dr. Oz got little love during Tuesday’s Senate subcommittee hearing on the misleading marketing of diet products, with the TV personality admitting that his use of terms like “miracle” for unproven treatments had provided fodder to scammers out to make a quick buck off people desperate to shed pounds. Last night, the Doc went on Facebook to give his fans his perspective on the issue.

“For years I felt that because I did not sell any products that I could be enthusiastic in my coverage,” wrote Doc Oz, who was chastised — most notably by Missouri Senator Clair McCaskill — for shows where he called certain weight-loss products “the number one miracle in a bottle” or “the magic weight-loss solution for every body type,” in spite of little to no peer-reviewed scientific evidence to back up such claims.

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I have only seen clips of his show on The Soup. I bet much of his viewers need weight loss.
1 posted on 06/19/2014 4:50:09 PM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

OZ is another hack TV doctor that more often than not has no idea what he’s talking about.


2 posted on 06/19/2014 4:52:49 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: SMGFan

I bet he got a kickback from every single company whose product he flogged. The man is a scam.


3 posted on 06/19/2014 4:53:22 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: SMGFan

Oprah is not amused.


4 posted on 06/19/2014 4:54:17 PM PDT by dragonblustar ( Psalm 103, Psalm 37:7, Ephesians 6:12)
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To: SMGFan

Yeah, Dr. Oz - you weren’t selling the products...you were only causing them to be purchased. How’s that for a rock-solid moral compass?


5 posted on 06/19/2014 4:54:44 PM PDT by doyle
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To: leapfrog0202
I know this isn't saying much, but Dr. Oz is gentler and humbler than, say, Oprah Winfrey.
6 posted on 06/19/2014 4:54:58 PM PDT by utahagen
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To: SMGFan

So glad the Senate is looking into this! /sarc


7 posted on 06/19/2014 4:56:01 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: SMGFan

Quick sidebar - Congress has bigger fish to fry than Dr. Oz right now...he’s just a convenient distraction.


8 posted on 06/19/2014 4:56:50 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: SMGFan
“For years I felt that because I did not sell any products that I could be enthusiastic in my coverage,” wrote Doc Oz...

...who was certainly getting paid for his "enthusiasm" while "not selling" the products.

9 posted on 06/19/2014 4:57:16 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: leapfrog0202

Scum senators...they have so much integrity.


10 posted on 06/19/2014 4:57:24 PM PDT by Post5203 (For the first time in my life, I despise this country.)
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To: SMGFan

So, Let me see...Congress is grilling Dr. Oz for telling half truths??...unreal..these people have absolutely no shame...this from an assemblage of liars, crooks and thieves...


11 posted on 06/19/2014 5:00:37 PM PDT by usafa92 (Conservative in Jersey)
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To: SMGFan

Dr. Oz? Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.


12 posted on 06/19/2014 5:02:04 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: dragonblustar

Oprah is not AMUSING.


13 posted on 06/19/2014 5:03:01 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: headstamp 2

“OZ is another hack TV doctor that more often than not has no idea what he’s talking about.”

Served on an advisory board with him years ago (before he went full media). He is a good cardiothoracic surgeon, but that doesn’t qualify him as a spokesperson for all things medical. He was a nice enough guy back then. When you deal with the media as any kind of ‘expert’ they try very hard to get you to be sensationalistic - because media is marketing.


14 posted on 06/19/2014 5:07:56 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: SMGFan

I can’t understand why he’s so popular.


15 posted on 06/19/2014 5:10:20 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: SMGFan

Kudos to Dr. Oz for exercising freedom of speech.

I know him. He is among the most accomplished of surgeons, and he tries to help the “average” person.

It is sad that most people — the average person — is so dumb that you have to format your show as a circus just to keep their attention, but that is what he is doing. He is trying to help them.


16 posted on 06/19/2014 5:12:28 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: leapfrog0202

They are probably his sponsors.


17 posted on 06/19/2014 5:12:44 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: lacrew

“bigger fish to fry than Dr. Oz “

Not really, not when over 50%, the EBT crowd, has all day off, and watches Dr OZ.


19 posted on 06/19/2014 5:15:56 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob (You can count my felonies by looking at my FR replies.)
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To: Born to Conserve

He told Michelle O that government should not tell people what to eat


21 posted on 06/19/2014 5:22:17 PM PDT by Selene
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To: Selene

What is also shocking is that Dr. Oz is a Muslim =) I bet the Wookie feelings were hurt. No visit to the White Hut.


22 posted on 06/19/2014 5:29:44 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: Selene

“He told Michelle O that government should not tell people what to eat”

To her face?


23 posted on 06/19/2014 5:31:09 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: windsorknot

Dr Oz. He and Henry Waxman are proof that extraterrestrial aliens have visited us.


24 posted on 06/19/2014 5:33:47 PM PDT by Smellin Salt
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To: utahagen

I know this isn’t saying much, but Dr. Oz is gentler and humbler than, say, Oprah Winfrey.


I think you’re right. Oprah - many years ago when she just started on national TV, I watched a bit. Once she got somewhat established, it was all over. It was like an animal let out of the zoo - all her real feelings about things and people came out.


25 posted on 06/19/2014 5:34:30 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: dsc

Yes, in a round about way. I remember thinking at the time that he is not going to have a show after this. This was about a year ago.


26 posted on 06/19/2014 5:36:40 PM PDT by Selene
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To: leapfrog0202

Blowprah (platinum level member of the Chicago Mob) did more to elect Caliph Baraq than anybody except Axlegrease.


27 posted on 06/19/2014 5:37:34 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: SMGFan

I read at least a couple of books that Dr. Oz authored/coauthored before he became “famous” and I found them informative and useful. And I didn’t know about the Oprah connection.

Anyway, I like Dr Oz and am probably what you’d call a fan. And I have watched his show and I do think that he makes “medical education” fun and accessible. And, yes, he does audience participation and it used to seem like lots of his audience were obese black women.

And, yeah, I think that Dr. Oz is an Obama fan but I still like him and appreciate what he does to inform us on taking better care of ourselves.


28 posted on 06/19/2014 5:40:13 PM PDT by bluedogpdx
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To: nascarnation

She sure did. I bet every one of her viewers, even the dead ones, voted twice for him.


29 posted on 06/19/2014 5:42:22 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: goodwithagun

Exactly!!

His book - You On A Diet did help me lose weight

He is a successful heart surgeon who appears to have gotten caught up in the fame game.

The people dragging him in and posing as champions for consumers are the same people destroying the country.

Maybe they should worry about a few other things first?


30 posted on 06/19/2014 5:50:07 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: dsc

And there you go - thats exactly why he got dragged in


31 posted on 06/19/2014 5:53:37 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: Scotswife

“The people dragging him in”

I heard that he went to them to see if there was something that could be done to get people to stop using his name in advertisements. Then they turned on him.


32 posted on 06/19/2014 5:55:17 PM PDT by Selene
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To: Selene

There’s gotta be a reason for that. He had displeased the powers-that-be in some fashion


33 posted on 06/19/2014 6:00:35 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: Scotswife

Did you see the way McCaskill attacked him? He is a practicing heart surgeon (he still works at a hospital part time) and she is scum.


34 posted on 06/19/2014 6:08:36 PM PDT by Selene
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To: Selene

But, he’s dumb enough to call things that don’t work “miracles” because he isn’t “selling” anything.

She is scum, but he’s not clean either.


35 posted on 06/19/2014 6:11:29 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Selene

No. I was thoroughly disgusted with the brief clip of him sitting in front of these clowns.

I’m not saying he didn’t do anything wrong - but geeez!
This is the wrong bunch of people to point it out to him!


36 posted on 06/19/2014 6:17:12 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: SMGFan

Hey, doc; how about some meth?


37 posted on 06/19/2014 6:17:52 PM PDT by henkster (Do I really need a sarcasm tag?)
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To: SMGFan

Now that’s over I can get back on my wagon and head to the next town to recommend my Dr. Phil snake oil that will loosen those cobwebs in your head, clear out your intestinal track and lose 20 pounds a week.


38 posted on 06/19/2014 6:27:24 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Surgeon General Warning: Operation of Government Motors vehicles may be hazardous to your health)
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To: SMGFan

I graduated from the medical school at which he still is faculty. I met him. He is/was a very well-regarded cardiothoracic surgeon at a very top-flight hospital. Now he’s an incarnation of Glamour Magazine. You be the judge if that makes any sense.


39 posted on 06/19/2014 6:29:12 PM PDT by BlueStateRightist (Government is best which governs least.)
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To: 1010RD

“miracles”

did he say it’s been called a miracle or it “is” a miracle?

I have watched the shows and never found him to be over the top. He also debunks things.


40 posted on 06/19/2014 6:40:30 PM PDT by Selene
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To: Selene

I’ve watched the shows and he’s a huckster. Oprah is his master and she’s a huckster, too.


41 posted on 06/19/2014 6:53:38 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD

“Oprah is his master”

I did not know that. He never mentions her.


42 posted on 06/19/2014 6:57:22 PM PDT by Selene
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To: Selene

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehmet_Oz

Oprah’s Harpo Studios owns and produces his show. Oprah’s a real creep. Filthy minded and arrogant. She bounces checks, but only by accident.


43 posted on 06/19/2014 7:16:01 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: SMGFan

He`s a Muslim, I wouldn`t believe him if he said the sky is up. Born liars and hypocrites-every one of them.


44 posted on 06/19/2014 7:22:26 PM PDT by ClearBlueSky (When anyone says its not about Islam...it's about Islam. That death cult must be eradicated.)
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To: Selene
Dr. Oz is ok. I have tried some of the techniques(some of which did not cost me a dime) he suggests and, along with other research, have noted some definite improvements.
Of all the people for the Dems to be after, here in this time of record unemployment, hyperinflation, and a world slipping into the gray definitions of hot war, Dr. Oz and his program is not the problem.
TWB
45 posted on 06/19/2014 7:59:39 PM PDT by TWhiteBear
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