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Dr. Oz Scolded For 'Miracle' Drugs At Senate Hearing On Weight Loss Scams

Dr. Mehmet Oz went on the defense Tuesday as he was criticized by the Senate's consumer protection panel for endorsing 'miracle' weight loss drugs.

Oz was especially taken to task by Sen. Claire McCaskill, who said: "I get that you do a lot of good on your show. I understand that you give a lot of information that's great about health -- and you do it in a way that's easily understandable."

McCaskill took him to task for a 2012 show in which Oz proclaimed that green coffee bean extract was a "magic weight loss cure for every body type."

"I don't get why you need to say this stuff, because you know it's not true," she said. "So why, when you have this amazing megaphone, why would you cheapen your show by saying things like that?"

Oz admitted his language may have been "flowery."

My show is about hope," he said. "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."

"If you see my name, face or show in any type of ad, email or other circumstance, it's illegal."

"I came here because I want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem," Oz said. "I have things that I think work for people. I want them to try them just to help them feel better so they can keep doing the other things we spend every single day on the show talking about."

"And when I feel, as a host of a show, that I can't use words that are flowery, I feel like I've been disenfranchised," he argued. "Like my power's been taken away to help people."

But McCaskill responded: "No one's telling you not to use passion, but passion in connection with the word 'miracle pill' and 'weight loss' is a recipe for disaster in this environment in terms of the people who are looking for an easy fix and getting sometimes delusional about whether or not an easy fix is going to be there with him."

June 18, 2014 |

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