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Oz... Not the Great and Powerful Doctor

Registered dietitians and healthcare workers often talk about Dr. Oz, but not in the way you might think. Dr. Oz pushes hundreds of “miracle, weight loss” products daily to women and families who tune into his show. As a registered dietitian, I have personally been told I was wrong because “that’s not what Dr. Oz said”. If I had a dollar for every, “but I thought Dr. Oz said…” I would be rich. This article shows what healthcare professionals have known all along. Dr. Oz makes false claims about products that he knows have no scientific background. In the medical field, there are studies performed to help identify causes, effects, and whether or not something works. Very few of Dr. Oz’s products have good scientific evidence behind them. They are merely bogus health claims and people are starting to take notice:

"I don't get why you say this stuff because you know it's not true," McCaskill said during Tuesday's hearing before the Senate subcommittee on consumer protection, which she chairs. "So why, when you have this amazing megaphone and this amazing ability to communicate, why would you cheapen your show by saying things like that?"

As a test, I bought raspberry ketone…$10 a bottle. Why? A mom in clinic told me she wanted to try it because Dr. Oz said it would help her lose weight fast. So, (after telling her there is no evidence it would work and physiologically, it doesn’t make sense…she still believed Oz over me) I told her I would try it and let her know how I felt. Day one and two I felt a little nauseous. Day three, I was packing my lunch in the morning and felt dizzy and so nauseous that I had to hurry to the restroom- I even debated calling in!  Then, I stopped taking it. But I did get to share my experience with her. If people really did all of the quick fixes Dr. Oz suggested, the only loss they would likely see is in their bank account. I reminded her that there is no quick fix. Diet and exercise are truly the only answer for living a healthy lifestyle. Instead of watching Dr. Oz, go on a walk for that hour each day; you will get much more out of that!

I get asked about fad diets on a regular basis and while I know they don’t work, I often have trouble convincing people not to waste their time and money. Dr. Scott gave me the best advice so now I am prepared to answer: “I went to school for 6 years and studied nutrition and how each nutrient works in the body.  However, not once in all my school have I been educated on fad diets that work. If they worked, they would be taught in school so that RD’s and doctors can help people. They just don’t work.”

There is so much nutritional information out there. One minute coffee is good, one minute it’s bad. Is bacon ok? What about milk—doesn’t it cause allergies or overgrown kids? With all of this talk, consumers look to find answers. They often look to professionals and believe what they say. Dr. Oz is someone who reaches a lot of people and should be educating people on the truth about health and weight loss instead of selling them a miracle weight loss cure.

Want more? This article questions how he still even has a medical license...great question!

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