Dr. Mehmet Oz in the hot seat during Senate Panel over weight loss products

By Elizabeth Learned,

The famed Dr. Oz was in the hot seat during a Senate panel about his miracle weight loss products.

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New York Daily News reported Dr. Mehmet Oz was testifying at the Commerce, Science, and Transportation subcommittee about the products he would advertise, such as Pure Green Tea, which he claimed led to great weight loss. However, Senator Claire McCaskill told him, “I don’t get why you need to say this stuff, because you know it’s not true.”

She told him the scientific community did not back his claims and others sided with her on the issue. However, Oz argued that he had personally studied the products and given them to his family members.

The committee began after fraudulent companies began to sell products that were actually fake by using the same type of slogans Dr. Oz made.

According to The Associated Press, McCaskill and other fellow lawmakers made the claim that Dr. Oz’s show allowed scam artists to make their own products. In his defense, Oz pointed out that he has also been a victim since companies will often use his words or his own face “out of context” in order to endorse their products.

Oz claimed he has done all he could to prevent these cases, such as being careful with his word usage and making a website where people could report the false advertisements.



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