Television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz was scolded when he appeared before the Senate consumer protection panel for claims he made about weight-loss aids on his television program, the Associated Press reports.
Panel Chairman Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., took him to task for a show that aired in 2012, which claimed that a green coffee bean extract was a “magic weight loss cure for every body type."
"I get that you do a lot of good on your show," McCaskill told Oz, adding, "I don't get why you need to say this stuff because you know it's not true."
Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, offered to “drain the swamp” of marketers that use his name to sell miracle pills to people seeking to lose weight, the story adds. He also acknowledged that his language about the supplements had been “flowery” and promised to publish recommendations for getting healthy and losing weight, behind exercising and eating less.
He never endorsed specific products, but had highlighted some supplements, the piece adds.
The story reports: “Oz insisted he believes in the supplements he talks about on his show as short-term crutches and even has his family try them. He said his job on the show is to be a ‘cheerleader’ for his audience, one who offers hope even if that means looking to alternative healing traditions and any evidence that might support them.”