More Evidence that Dr. Oz was Promoting Bogus Weight Loss Products
Earlier this year, a U.S. Senate committee took Dr. Mehmet Oz to task for promoting green coffee bean extract as a miracle weight loss cure despite scant scientific evidence to back up those claims. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint against the manufacturer questioning the validity of the study used to back up the product’s marketing claims. Now, that study has been officially retracted by two of its lead researchers. They state:
We retracted the paper because of an error in one of (the) data points on the BMI graph and because, as the FTC pointed out to us, there was inadequate disclosure of diet restrictions on the subjects and inadequate disclosure of the blinding procedures for the supplements given the subjects.
Dr. Oz’s program reaches millions of households each day, giving him a huge forum to educate the public about important health issues. Yet rather than learning from his public embarrassment, he continues to make claims without scientific evidence (or inadequate evidence in the case of green coffee extract) —and hyping “miracle products” or scaring viewers about products that don’t actually pose any health risks, including GMOs.