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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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TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: droz; mehmetoz
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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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