1. Dr. Oz is not the problem

    DSCF0136Click on top title to open U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s intense grilling of “America’s Doctor” Memehet Oz may have sweated a few pounds off the already trim TV star and cardiologist. The Senator was after Dr. Oz for the claims he has made about weight loss supplements such as green coffee extract.

    MCCaskill and Oz both have a point of view. McCaskill doesn’t like or understand Oz’s over-the-top claims for supplements that she insists he must know do not work. Oz says he personally believes in the supplements he talks about on the show as “short-term crutches”. He claims he has even has his family try them. But Oz concedes there are no long-term miracle weight-loss solutions without diet and exercise. McCaskill asked him why “when you have this amazing megaphone and amazing ability to communicate, why would you cheapen your show?”

    “I actually do personally believe in the items I talk about on the show,” Oz answered. “I passionately study them. I recognize they don’t have the scientific muster to present as fact but nevertheless I would give my audience the advice I give my family all the time, and I have given my family these products.”

    Dr. Oz assured Senator McCaskill he wants to be part of the solution. McCaskill repeated that she believed that Dr. Oz sincerely believed cared about America’s health.

    I am glad to see such intellect applied to a potential scam but I wish the senator would turn her considerable abilities to a harder target. such as banking and consumer frauds. I would like her to use her impressive, prosecutorial rigor to investigate long waits for warranty repairs on appliances and the horrible way consumers are deceived and mistreated today. Consumer protections have become a joke in the USA.


    There is no question that many of Dr. Oz claims for natural products are a bit over the top but having watched the show and interviewed him I have no doubt his heart and his science are in the right place. Dr. Oz always recommends diet, exercise, sleep, and stress reduction as the four essential elements of a healthy life and healthy weight loss.  If you listen to him –carefully and consistently – many of his other techniques and supplements are what we call in yoga “distractions,”  ways to help maintain focus when holding a posture  becomes challenging or in Dr. Oz’s case tools to help people who find changing unhealthy habits difficult.


    Do these supplements work? It is hard to say, as so much the problem of why people gain and cannot lose weight is emotional and complex. I think that is one of the many reasons Dr. Oz is so successful. He is genuinely warm and addresses his viewers on an emotional level. Does green coffee bean extract work? It didn’t for me, but I have friends who swear by Hoodia and other weight loss supplements. I practice yoga and am devoted to acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine all practices western medicine was skeptical of just a few decades ago. Now my doctors are all for it. I actually meet many MDs in yoga class.


    Senator McCaskill is on the right track investigating consumer fraud but she needs to spread her net wider. Dr. Oz is not the problem; he is just a sexy target. The problem today is corporate America’s disregard for the consumer and no effective policing.


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