Dr. Oz

When Dr. Oz eventually goes to the magic fat burner in the sky, he may reflect upon the past few months and conclude that there may have been better times in his professional life.
Yes, you heard that right: the Wonderful Lizard of Oz is at it again, spreading fear about toxic chemicals, apparently snuck into our food by evil corporations. Bottom line: nothing to fear in the real world.
As we have done repeatedly, fellow debunker Michael Shaw has some things to say about Dr. Oz on his web page Shaw s Eco-Logic. Here are a couple of examples from his piece The Merry Old Land of Oz, which appeared on the HealthNewsDigest site:
Last week, we took Senator Claire McCaskill to task for what seemed to be a plan to use Dr. Mehmet Oz (henceforth The Lizard of Oz) as a witness to testify in front of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee about fraudulent diet claims. We had plenty to say, as did journalist extraordinaire and ACSH friend Trevor Butterworth, who noted Dr. Oz testifying about weight loss scams? That s like asking Al Capone to testify about U.S. tax policy.
At ACSH we've pretty much seen it all. We deal with the loonies and their beliefs constantly: the fluoride conspiracy, big pharma withholding a cure for cancer, AIDS made by the US government to wipe out Africa, and of course the Jason of all scares the vaccine-autism link that persists despite a series of investigative reports proving that this link was not only wrong, but intentionally made up for monetary purposes. And so much more.
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We guess it would be too much to hope for: finding two sound-science-based stories in the New York Times on the same day. While one did alert readers to a widely circulated weight-loss scam, the writer of a Health column, of all things, went out of her way to disseminate specious concerns about GMO ingredients in food as a platform for endorsingGMO-labeling
Dr. Oz is at it again, and millions of viewers are watching and listening to what he has to say. His latest scam is a pill that he claims will lead to the loss of 25 pounds of fat in one month. And
If you follow BPA (bisphenol-A) on your Google news alert, no one would blame you for being surprised that you actually woke up the next morning. BPA, which is reacted with another chemical to form ubiquitous polycarbonate plastics, and also used as is on cash register receipts, may be the most studied substance ever, which is especially ironic, since no one has ever found any evidence of an adverse effect on human health.
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