Capitalizing on his name recognition, millions of followers, and friendship with Oprah, celebrity physician and TV show host Dr. Mehmet Oz has announced his candidacy as a Republican in a run for the U.S. Senate representing Pennsylvania.
The Federal Trade Commission has sued a Florida-based operation that capitalized on the green coffee diet fad by using bogus weight loss claims and fake news websites to market the dietary supplement Pure Green Coffee. Popularized on the syndicated talk show The Dr. Oz Show, green coffee bean extract was touted as a potent weight loss treatment that supposedly burns fat.
The FTC alleged that weeks after green coffee was first promoted on The Dr. Oz Show, the defendants behind Pure Green Coffee – Nicholas Congleton, Paul Pascual, Bryan Walsh, and the companies they control – began selling their Pure Green Coffee extract, charging about $50 for a one-month supply. They marketed the dietary supplement through ads on their own sales websites. The sites featured footage from The Dr. Oz Show, supposed consumer endorsements, and purported clinical proof that dieters could lose weight rapidly without changing their diet or exercise regimens. The defendants also ran paid banner and text ads that appeared on search engines and <Source>
Another Dr. Fauci?
From Salon Magazine…
Physicians urge Columbia to drop its "unacceptable" affiliation with pseudoscience promoter Dr. Oz
Oz, the doctors say, is guilty of "outrageous conflicts of interest," "flawed judgements," or both
In a letter addressed to Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, ten physicians, surgeons and professors accuse Oz of being "guilty of either outrageous conflicts of interest or flawed judgements about what constitutes appropriate medical treatments, or both." They refer to articles calling Oz out for his misleading, fear-mongering reports about arsenic in apple juice and genetically modified foods -- the doctor, they write, "has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine, as well as baseless and relentless opposition to the genetic engineering of food crops."
"Worst of all," the letter continues, "he has manifested an egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain."
From the British Medical Journal…
Televised medical talk shows—what they recommend and the evidence to support their recommendations: a prospective observational study
Investigators randomly selected 40 episodes of each of The Dr Oz Show and The Doctors from early 2013 and identified and evaluated all recommendations made on each program. A group of experienced evidence reviewers independently searched for, and evaluated as a team, evidence to support 80 randomly selected recommendations from each show.
For recommendations in The Dr Oz Show, evidence supported 46%, contradicted 15%, and was not found for 39%. Believable or somewhat believable evidence supported 33% of the recommendations on The Dr Oz Show. On average, The Dr Oz Show had 12 recommendations per episode. The most common recommendation category on The Dr Oz Show was dietary advice (39%). The magnitude of benefit was described for 17% of the recommendations on The Dr Oz Show.
Conclusions Recommendations made on medical talk shows often lack adequate information on specific benefits or the magnitude of the effects of these benefits. Approximately half of the recommendations have either no evidence or are contradicted by the best available evidence. Potential conflicts of interest are rarely addressed. The public should be skeptical about recommendations made on medical talk shows.
The kiss of death?
It appears Dr. Oz is confirming that he is a clueless schmuck and an aisle-hopping RINO (Republican In Name Only).
Should he choose to enter the electoral fray, Dr. Oz already has two icons whose political path he said he would like to follow: California bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, whom he calls a “wonderful” guy and a “good chess player too” (and whose picture sits proudly in Dr. Oz’s office alongside a bottle of wine the Governator gave him for moderating his health summit in July 2006); and Teddy Roosevelt, the original boot-strapping individualist.
“Teddy Roosevelt to me was the ideal Republican,” he said. “He was someone who felt strongly about the need for individuals to make the place work better without having someone tell them how to do it. But they had an obligation to do that as well. It wasn’t a favor for the country; it was an obligation as Americans. <Source>
Californians will long remember Schwarzenegger, the corrupt, ineffective, wannabe Kennedy, and faux environmentalist, who gave us record-high taxes, schtupped the maid, painted out California’s First Lady on the official portrait, commuted between Sacramento and Santa Monica almost daily on a private jet, and commuted the sentence of the murderous son of a high-ranking Democrat as a political favor as he walked out the door. A master of fundraising, dark money, and slush funds.
History reveals that Teddy Roosevelt was an aggressive progressive, seeking to bring “radical transformation” to the nation. He may have been the last progressive president who also exhibited a modicum of commonsense.
Pennsylvania and the country do not need another corrupt egomaniacal celebrity aisle-hopper who will advance the progressive communist democrat agenda with the support of his uber-liberal Hollywood pals. He may be a good cardiac surgeon, but the country does not need a surgeon; it needs a patriot.
We are so screwed when celebrities bollix-up politics.
“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!
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“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS