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US Senate Rips Into Dr Oz

Undoubtedly, there is enough confusion about what to eat and what supplements we should or not be taking to counter some of our ills without a voice of authority mudding up the waters. Oprah's favorite MD, Dr. Mehmet Oz of The Dr. Oz Show was hauled in front of a Senate panel last week and grilled about his endorsements of the dietary supplements that he features on his show. Of particular interest was Oz's endorsement of coffee beans that claimed incredible weight loss powers.

Oz attempted to defend himself admitting his blatant peddling of "miracle weight loss" products is just a tad bit overblown and that sometimes he uses flowery language to appeal to his audience.

"My job, I feel, on the show is to be a cheerleader for the audience when they don't think they have hope and they don't think they can make it happen," he told the Senate panel. "It jump-starts you. It gives you the confidence to keep going. But Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, the chairwoman of the Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection, was not having any of it.

"The scientific community is almost monolithic against you in terms of the efficacy of the three products you call miracles," she told Oz. "When you call a product a miracle, and it's something you can buy and it's something that gives people false hope, I just don't understand why you need to go there."

Unfortunately many people are duped by products claiming miracle weight loss. The Senate panel cited a 2011 FTC consumer fraud survey that found "more consumers were victims of bogus weight-loss products than any other frauds covered by the survey."