Dr. Oz Defends His Touting of ‘Miracle’ Diet SupplementsBy: Kimberly Ripley - June 20, 2014
Dr. Oz defended his ‘miracle’ weight loss supplements and his reason for condoning them during testimony at a Senate hearing on Tuesday. The TV talk show host has been accused of false advertising for touting some questionable dietary supplements said to promote weight loss and good health on The Dr. Oz Show. The show boasts a viewership of over 12 million.
“I get that you do a lot of good on your show,” Senator Claire McCaskill, who chairs the Senate’s Consumer Protection panel, said. “But I don’t get why you need to say this stuff because you know it’s not true.”
“My show is about hope. We’ve engaged millions in programs – including programs we did with the CDC — to get folks to realize there are different ways they can rethink their future,” Dr. Oz responded.
Critics argue that fueling hope is fine, but is no excuse for making promises to those who desperately need that hope when based on unfounded and unscientific research.
“I’ve got no problem with celebrity endorsements of any product but I do have a problem when a science-based doctor says something is a miracle when there’s no science to back it up,” McCaskill said in an interview with CBS.
She claims that Dr. Mehmet Oz–as well as others who tout ‘miracle’ supplements on national TV–need to do their own research in an effort to weed out those advertisers who are fraudulent.
Dr. Oz posted to his Facebook account yesterday, praising the efforts of those behind this hearing.