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Dr. Ozís Miraculous Medical Advice (Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain)
Slate ^ | Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 | Julia Belluz and Steven J. Hoffman

Posted on 01/05/2013 3:30:15 PM PST by nickcarraway

As people were getting ready for the holiday season and its accompanying waist expansion late last year, Dr. Mehmet Oz let viewers of his TV show in on a timely little secret. “Everybody wants to know what’s the newest, fastest fat buster,” said the board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon and one of People magazine’s sexiest men alive. “How can I burn fat without spending every waking moment exercising and dieting?”

He then told his audience about a “breakthrough,” “magic,” “holy grail,” even “revolutionary” new fat buster. “I want you to write it down,” America’s doctor urged his audience with a serious and trustworthy stare. After carefully wrapping his lips around the exotic words “Garcinia cambogia,” he added, sternly: “It may be the simple solution you’ve been looking for to bust your body fat for good.”

In Dr. Oz’s New York City studio, garcinia extract—or hydroxycitric acid found in fruits like purple mangosteen—sounded fantastic, a promising new tool for the battle against flab. Outside the Oprah-ordained doctor’s sensational world of amazing new diets, there’s no real debate about whether garcinia works: The best evidence is unequivocally against it. Advertisement

The miracle cure isn’t really a miracle at all. It’s not even new. Garcinia cambogia has been studied as a weight-loss aid for more than 15 years. A 1998 randomized controlled trial looked at the effects of garcinia as a potential “antiobesity agent” in 135 people. The conclusion: The pills were no better than placebo for weight and fat loss.

More recently, a group of researchers summarized the evidence for this “breakthrough” extract in a systematic review of 12 randomized trials involving 706 participants. Some trials reported short-term slimming, but the overall effects were so small and most studies were so methodologically flawed that the authors were unable to conclude that garcinia extract has

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1 posted on 01/05/2013 3:30:23 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

To be expected from a FOO. (Friend of Ofrah)


2 posted on 01/05/2013 3:32:31 PM PST by gr8eman (Ron Swanson for President!)
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To: nickcarraway

That Oz dude has always seemed kind of smarmy and gay.

I don’t know if anything he says is valid or not.

He just seems creepy-faggoty.


3 posted on 01/05/2013 3:32:48 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: nickcarraway
The only proven weight loss additives:
4 posted on 01/05/2013 3:33:05 PM PST by freedumb2003 (MOLON LABE)
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To: freedumb2003

That looks like one of those creepy new barcode thingies people can scan with cellphones.

[MOLON LABE!]


5 posted on 01/05/2013 3:34:37 PM PST by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: nickcarraway

6 posted on 01/05/2013 3:35:55 PM PST by Bratch
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To: nickcarraway

This is one of the supposed benefits of multi-level marketed Vemma (mangosteen). And doesn’t Oz also push saffron extract as appetite suppressant?


7 posted on 01/05/2013 3:36:44 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: nickcarraway

While I think Oz started with good intentions, I believe he has turned into one big time, advertising guru.


8 posted on 01/05/2013 3:37:31 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

Day by day, he’s becoming more and more of a snake oil salesman, a quack.


9 posted on 01/05/2013 3:40:51 PM PST by Salvey
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To: nickcarraway

I thought it was green coffee beans he was hawking for weight loss.


10 posted on 01/05/2013 3:41:55 PM PST by Vinnie (A)
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To: humblegunner

I’ve never heard of him before now but looking at his photo, I agree with you.

What I can’t understand is how Columbia University can fail to sanction him. Are there no ethical guidelines whatsoever for business enterprise associated with university tenure? Is he donating a bunch of money back to the school?


11 posted on 01/05/2013 3:46:12 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture¬ô)
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To: WXRGina

>>That looks like one of those creepy new barcode thingies people can scan with cellphones.<<

I didn’t want to appear to be endorsing one particular type of equipment.

:)


12 posted on 01/05/2013 3:47:34 PM PST by freedumb2003 (MOLON LABE)
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To: steve86

Heck if I know.

I just think he looks & acts like a creepy fag.


13 posted on 01/05/2013 3:48:28 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: Sacajaweau

>>While I think Oz started with good intentions, I believe he has turned into one big time, advertising guru.<<

Just like that arrogant self-promoter Dr. Phil.


14 posted on 01/05/2013 3:48:57 PM PST by freedumb2003 (MOLON LABE)
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To: gr8eman

I’m not a fan of either but if you read the entire article the authors question the benefits of fish oil and vitamin D. So what do they know?


15 posted on 01/05/2013 3:49:29 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: nickcarraway

I can’t tell you how many of my friends actually listen to this man. They usually don’t talk about it around me because they know I’m going to roll my eyes at them. Of course, they also think Oprah is just the best.


16 posted on 01/05/2013 3:50:04 PM PST by beandog (All Aboard the Choo Choo Train to Crazy Town)
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To: Salvey

I don’t know if Dr. Oz is a quack or not; all I know is that if I bought every supplement he recommends every day, I’d not only be taking tons of capsules and pills, I’d go broke paying out the hundreds of dollars such a regimen would cost. - I used to try to buy every “wonder” supplement he recommended on the days I watched his program - and I didn’t watch every day - but very soon fell out of that habit. I simply can’t swallow all those pills, or eat all the fancy food he recommends. I do what I can; but am not in that “Oprah” echelon, thank goodness!


17 posted on 01/05/2013 3:50:46 PM PST by Twinkie (The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein.)
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To: jjotto
And doesn’t Oz also push saffron extract as appetite suppressant?

...and bee pollen plus something else to help your body utilize nutrients more effectively......

18 posted on 01/05/2013 3:55:26 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: steve86
Are there no ethical guidelines whatsoever for business enterprise associated with university tenure?

Tenure in clinical appointments is so rare it almost does not exist.

I would be very, very surprised if this shyster has tenure at the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

19 posted on 01/05/2013 3:55:27 PM PST by Jim Noble (Diseases desperate grown are by desperate appliance relieved, or not at all)
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To: freedumb2003

Eat like your great grandparents did, meat dairy, animal fats and vegetables. Limit grains and sugars to lose weight. Do the opposite of what liberal media says and you will live healthier. And avoid vegetable oils, soy, and processed things, they are fake food.


20 posted on 01/05/2013 4:00:00 PM PST by bigtoona
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To: Salvey

In other words, reverting to his Turkish roots.


21 posted on 01/05/2013 4:00:20 PM PST by GreyHoundSailor
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To: gr8eman

Seems like the next biggest snake oil salesman. And yes he IS more or less a salesman even though he is supposed to be a Dr. In any health food store there will be products that will say “as seen on Dr. Oz” which to me scream of collusion, between Dr. Oz and the manufacturers as it is cross promotion, win win for them as the Dr. Oz audience IS Oprah’s audience.


22 posted on 01/05/2013 4:01:02 PM PST by Blue Highway
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To: beandog

It seems like the majority of females in this country view him as having an inerrancy far beyond any religion expects from their holy book.


23 posted on 01/05/2013 4:13:44 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: freedumb2003

I don’t like Phil , liked what few shows I watched of oz.

I have my own doctors and take information
from Dr TV and Dr Internet with a grain of salt.

I do agree with him on organic apple juice.
Not really a fan of the FDA$ either.


24 posted on 01/05/2013 4:14:10 PM PST by Morris70
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To: humblegunner

I see what you mean and I agree 100%


25 posted on 01/05/2013 4:18:46 PM PST by Blue Highway
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To: freedumb2003

As a fitness trainer, I completely agree with you! LOVE that graphic!


26 posted on 01/05/2013 4:31:43 PM PST by freepertoo
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To: nickcarraway

Dr. Oz is a heart doctor.

One day I saw him take the blood pressure of a guy who was on stage. The guy was obviously very nervous being on stage.

Dr. Oz found his BP was high and concluded that he had High Blood Pressure and needed to get to his doctor and get some medicine.

Okay, so this heart surgeon has never heard of people’s BP going up temporarily due to anxiety???? I think most MD’s learn that the first year.

His advice on herbs and diet is pretty useless, but also not really dangerous. I would seriously wonder about his advice on other issues, tho.


27 posted on 01/05/2013 4:39:20 PM PST by webstersII
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To: humblegunner
That Oz dude has always seemed kind of smarmy and gay.

Guess swarmy may be in the eye of the beholder, but if you've seen pictures of his wife and 4 kids you may rethink the "gay" part. BTW he's a cardiologist

28 posted on 01/05/2013 4:39:50 PM PST by mupcat
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To: webstersII

It’s standard practice for doctors to take BP in stressful situations, and then try to admit the patient to the emergency room. Maybe it shouldn’t be, but it is.


29 posted on 01/05/2013 4:47:18 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Jim Noble

“I would be very, very surprised if this shyster has tenure at the College of Physicians and Surgeons.”

Sadly, Dr. Oz is a Professor of Surgery at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; this type of appointment IS a tenure-track appointment.

A major embarassment for this P&S alumnus.


30 posted on 01/05/2013 4:52:04 PM PST by paterfamilias
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To: mupcat

“BTW he’s a cardiologist”

He is NOT a cardiologist. He is a cardio-thoracic surgeon.

Nobody expects surgeons to think.


31 posted on 01/05/2013 4:53:53 PM PST by paterfamilias
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To: mupcat
BTW he's a cardiologist

Everyone has a job title.

I made reference to his mannerisms. They are faggoty.

He can have as many wives and kids as he pleases, he still acts like a fag.

32 posted on 01/05/2013 4:53:58 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: nickcarraway

Been on committees with him. He was a pretty nice guy back then. I have never watched him on television. In general, I don’t think it’s a good idea to become a television personality as a doctor, but I guess there’s a role for this.


33 posted on 01/05/2013 4:56:25 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: mupcat

He’s not worthy to shine Dr. Atkins’ shoes.


34 posted on 01/05/2013 4:58:02 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

“It’s standard practice for doctors to take BP in stressful situations, and then try to admit the patient to the emergency room. Maybe it shouldn’t be, but it is.”

Can you ‘splain that one?

Are they that dumb?


35 posted on 01/05/2013 4:59:43 PM PST by webstersII
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To: freedumb2003; freepertoo

Good point. One could never lose weight walking, running, swimming, playing tennis...


36 posted on 01/05/2013 5:02:44 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

As someone who has lost right at 100 pounds in the last 18 months, I can tell you how to lose weight

Eat right, exercise more.

That’s it - no tricks, no gimmicks, no pills.

The good thing about exercising more is that you can eat a bit more - not a whole lot, but enough that I’m rarely hungry and still losing slowly.

Not very fancy, but there it is


37 posted on 01/05/2013 5:05:41 PM PST by SoftballMominVA
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To: nickcarraway
Good point. One could never lose weight walking, running, swimming, playing tennis...

I couldn't post every sport on earth. My POINT is there is no miracle: you need to exercise (and eat right) to lose weight.

38 posted on 01/05/2013 5:12:19 PM PST by freedumb2003 (MOLON LABE)
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To: freedumb2003

Agreed....


39 posted on 01/05/2013 5:24:36 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: nickcarraway

it works. i can’t take it because lots of these pills have some of the outer mango and rind part in them and mangoes are in the same family as the poison ivy, oak and sumacs - their outer skin/rind has urishiol oil in it and if you have a lot of reaction to the poison ivis, you will get a rash from taking the supplements.


40 posted on 01/05/2013 5:28:21 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: humblegunner

lots of what he says is valid. he’s at least looking at alternative options than just big pharma. and he is married. i think you’re just reacting to his ethnic looks and mistaking them for something else. gotta retune your gaydar.w


41 posted on 01/05/2013 5:29:40 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: nickcarraway

Oz is/was a successful surgeon. Now he is a very, very successful entertainer. His audience is almost entirely women, presumably very easily impressed women.


42 posted on 01/05/2013 5:30:34 PM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: nickcarraway

In the words of Mark Levin, “What the hell is a Dr. Oz? I know what The Wizard of Oz is, but not a Dr. Oz.”

All this Oprah-sanctified guy has to do is pronounce something the new weight-loss or health cure-all, and the same women who swooned over Oprah will rush to grab it.

I can’t even stand the commercials for his show——filled with the same hysterical shrieking and screaming by the dupes who screamed for Oprah.


43 posted on 01/05/2013 5:31:34 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: freedumb2003

the problem is most people hve enough wilpower to do one, but not both. and that isn’t enough to take off the existing fat.


44 posted on 01/05/2013 5:32:08 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: nickcarraway
I asked my doctor what my BP was. He told me...and I said....take it again....He did and it was right on target....120/80.

Then he took my temperature...and it was 99.1. Told him I never run a temperature. He grabbed a different thermometer and took it again....and it was my usual 98.4. Digital stinks.

I still have my mercury thermometer.

45 posted on 01/05/2013 5:33:47 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Secret Agent Man

Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) from which these pills are made is not at all the same thing as mango (Mangifera indica).


46 posted on 01/05/2013 5:36:20 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: nickcarraway

I’m sure he has some he’ll sell you too


47 posted on 01/05/2013 5:45:41 PM PST by Figment
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To: humblegunner

I’ve seen this Dr. Oz a grand total of once on television. I’ve worked with herbals and nutraceutical companies in a marketing capacity, having done catalogs and website content for a few very recognizable ones.

I’ll say that there is some genuine benefit to many herbal nostrums, herbal anti-inflammatories and antimicrobials in particular. But, this basically unflashy benefit gets spun into some sort of panacea when it really isn’t, routinely.

I know showmanship when I see it, and I know quite well how to write sales copy in order to legally avoid FDA scrutiny. Structure/function. Always with the qualifiers. May. Helps with. That sort of thing. Sounds very persuasive if you’re wanting to be persuaded, and people with a particular nagging problem, persistent condition or even terminal diagnosis are really looking hard for something to latch onto. Women in particular.

Dr. Oz was going on about people claiming he’d endorsed certain products when in fact he doesn’t. The “as seen on Dr. Oz” rack danglers do not imply that he endorsed that particular marketer or manufacturer, but it does mean that he has advocated the use of that particular nostrum.

Use of a carefully cultivated, famous name for an implied if not actual endorsement is not free, I can also tell you that from the same professional exposure.

He’s in my opinion a salesman first and foremost. Draw your own conclusions.


48 posted on 01/05/2013 5:54:31 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Born to Conserve

Oz is/was a successful surgeon. Now he is a very, very successful entertainer.

Bingo. Now just add Dr Phil and the list will be complete .... entertainers. Once they get out to LA and see how easy it is to steal from supposed smart people they go all in. If Oz wasn’t making big bucks off these fools, he would be up in Oregon somewhere living in sustainable housing, have a sustainable garden, having 1.3 sustainable children, etc.


49 posted on 01/05/2013 5:55:35 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (Save the nation, have your family's progressives spayed or neutered.)
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To: freedumb2003
I didn’t want to appear to be endorsing one particular type of equipment.

HAHAHA!!! :-)

50 posted on 01/05/2013 6:31:09 PM PST by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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