Do miracles exist? Maybe it’s a matter of opinion. Dr. Oz is taking heat for his claims on miracle pills!
What about these “miracle pills” we hear about? A recent report out of the associated press discusses Dr. Oz’s recent encounter with the United States Congress. The consumer protection panel of the United State’s Senate reprimanded Dr. Oz for false claims on miracle drugs for weight loss. Although shocking to some watchers of the popular TV show, this may have been a long time coming.
Reports say that Dr. Oz claims to never endorse or promote one particular product and has never received payment from any product he has mentioned on his show. In his defense, Dr. Oz openly admits that he personally believes in the supplements he mentions on his show as well as promoting them throughout his family.
In particular, consumer protection panel discussed a supplement known as green coffee extract. The panel criticized Dr. Oz for over-hyping the supplement as a miracle weight loss pill when the studies only show little to no benefit. Personally I have read the studies on green coffee extract and can confirm that the arguably poorly conducted studies showed little, if any, benefit. In addition, some companies may be using Dr. Oz’s image without prior consent with Dr. Oz to help sell the product. Dr. Oz claims he has never endorsed or has been paid for any one particular product.
With the hundreds or thousands of products and supplements which Dr. Oz has mentioned in his show over the years, I’m not surprised of the actions taken by the consumer protection panel. As a pharmacist who constantly looks into the data on new products, I would always see that the miracle claims he makes on the show usually only have little data to back them up.
Don’t get me wrong, the Dr Oz show is great for encouraging living a healthy lifestyle, and many of the products he discusses are completely legit and scientifically sound. However with the pure volume of supplements he discusses per show, there are bound to be a few bad apples in the bunch. The solution? Reports say that Dr. Oz has agreed to sifting through those bad apples to focus on the products he truly believes in.
Overall, I feel this is a great step for any health care related field. With the relatively new emergence of social media, there is just too much data out there for the average person to process. Health care is science-based. Use the science to make educated decisions on your supplement intake!
Sources: Associated Press
Green Coffee Extract Studies: Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, linear dose, crossover study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a green coffee bean extract in overweight subjects. Joe A Vinson, Bryan R Burnham, Mysore V Nagendran Diabetes Metab Syndr Obes. 2012; 5: 21-27. Published online 2012 January 18. doi: 10.2147/DMSO.S27665, http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/green-coffee-bean-project