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Green Coffee Beans Extract Reviews: What Congress Found In Its Investigation

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Dr. Mehmet Oz. (David McNew/Getty Images, file)

By    |   Monday, 16 Mar 2015 01:44 PM

Dr. Mehmet Oz is a cardiothoracic surgeon, author and television personality who first gained national attention through his appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." After launching "The Dr. Oz Show," he has gained further notoriety by aggressively promoting certain health supplements including green coffee bean extract. Although Oz does not necessarily endorse these products, the Emmy-award winning "Dr. Oz Show" influences a large consumer audience.

At one point, Dr. Oz claimed that green coffee bean extract supplements were miracle weight loss pills. Oz said, "You may think magic is make believe, but this little bean has scientists saying they found a magic weight loss cure for every body type: It's green coffee extract," reports The Washington Post.

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However, when the scientific evidence cited by Oz to back up his extraordinary claims about green coffee bean extract was retracted, Oz and his promotion of weight loss products came under scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission for false advertising. Numerous manufacturers were using, and inflating, Oz's language and posting videos from his show to market the natural health supplement, which the congressional committee identified as scientifically unfounded, or "fake."

Dr. Oz came under fire for promoting three weight loss products including green coffee bean extract, Garcinia cambogia, and raspberry ketone. Oz thought he had been called to testify on consumer protection but at a Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) confronted Oz saying, "The scientific community is almost monolithic against you in terms of the efficacy of the three products you called 'miracles,'" reports CNN.

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Oz attempted to diffuse the marketing issue by saying, "My job, I feel, on the show is to be a cheerleader for the audience. When they don't think they have hope, when they don't think they can make it happen, I look everywhere, including in alternative healing traditions, for any evidence that might be supportive to them. To get folks to realize there are different ways they could rethink their future. That their best years aren't behind them. They are in front of them. They actually can lose weight. I actually do personally believe in the items I talk about in the show ... I recognize oftentimes they don't have the scientific muster to present as fact, but nevertheless, I would give my audience the advice I give my family," reports The Atlantic.

Dr. Oz featured the "expert testimony" of self-proclaimed naturopath Lindsey Duncan to promote green coffee bean extract on "The Dr. Oz Show." In early 2015, the Federal Trade Commission reported, "Lindsey Duncan and the companies he controlled have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceptively touted the supposed weight-loss benefits of green coffee bean extract through a campaign that included appearances on The Dr. Oz Show, The View, and other television programs."

This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.

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Dr. Mehmet Oz is a cardiothoracic surgeon, author and television personality who first gained national attention through his appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
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