Senator Claire McCaskill, chairwoman of the subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance, led the panel that looked at false advertising for weight loss products, claiming that the Dr. has made false claims about products that are not supported by scientific evidence.
Democratic Senator For Missouri, Claire McCaskill stated, "The scientific community is almost monolithic against you in terms of the efficacy of the three products you called 'miracles,'" and said that she was discouraged by the "false hope" he gives viewers and questioned his role, "intentional or not, in perpetuating these scams."
"I don't get why you need to say this stuff when you know it's not true. When you have this amazing megaphone, why would you cheapen your show?... With power comes a great deal of responsibility."
Dr. Oz stated that he is not selling magic diet pills, and that he has never sold supplements. He did say that he uses "flowery language" to describe certain products on his show, and that he believes in the products enough to give them to his own family.
Dr. Oz stated to that panel "My job, I feel, on the show is to be a cheerleader for the audience, and when they don't think they have hope, when they don't think they can make it happen, I want to look, and I do look everywhere, including in alternative healing traditions, for any evidence that might be supportive to them,"
In May, the Federal Trade Commission sued the sellers of Green Coffee Beans for deceiving consumers through fake news sites and invented health claims. According to the FTC, weeks after, "The Dr. Oz Show" promoted the benefits of Pure Green Coffee. After that show aired, several companies that marked the product, used video from the Dr. Oz Show to increase sales.
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