For years, many women have relied on the health and weight loss advice of Dr. Mehmet Oz, who often praises the benefits of certain health products on his TV show, “The Dr. Oz Show.” But the cardiothoracic surgeon, who got his start on the Oprah show, has come under attack by the Senate’s consumer protection panel, whose members have criticized him for toting so-called “miracle” products that they say are not scientifically proven to work, reports Daily Mail.
Senators questioned Oz in Washington, D.C. Tuesday about how he promotes bogus weight loss products, including green coffee beans, which he toted as a "magic weight loss cure for every body type."
Sen. Claire McCaskill, chairwoman of the subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance, was especially vocal about what she says is false advertising. She slammed the doctor by saying, “The scientific community is almost monolithic against you in terms of the efficacy of the three products you called ‘miracles,’” reports CNN.
McCaskill, whom, according to ABC News, has used social media to share her own personal weight loss success through diet and exercise, did not stop there, “When you have this amazing megaphone, why would you cheapen your show by saying things like that?”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota focused on how Oz’s “false advertising” was affecting consumers’ wallets.
“It’s a major problem when people are spending more and more money and gaining more and more weight,” she said.
Some of the products that Oz has promoted on his show include forskolin, which he called "lightning in a bottle," reports Forbes, as well as raspberry ketones -- "a number one miracle in a bottle to burn your fat" -- and yakon syrup, something the doctor claims was a "metabolism game-changer."
Oz defended his use of what he called “flowery language” by saying his job on the show is to be a “cheerleader for the audience” and that he tries to provide hope to those who have given up on weight loss by finding alternative products that could work for them.
He also insisted that he believes in the products he promotes and that his family members have even used them. Oz reminded senators that he always advises people to rely on a healthy diet and exercise regime first – before looking to so-called “miracle” products to help with weight loss.
“I actually do personally believe in the items I talk about in the show,” Oz said. “I passionately study them. I recognize that often times they don’t have the scientific muster to present as fact. But, nevertheless, I give my audience the advice I give my family all the time.”
Oz said he will be more careful of the language he uses when speaking about products and that he plans on publishing a list of weight loss products that he feels really work.