When good medical professionals go bad…

I first read this article  because I was interested in reading what the latest “miracle cure” for weight loss was. For the most part, there were no surprises-one study (founded by a company that makes the product) concluded taking this green coffee bean extract led to a significant increase in weight loss; other studies (deemed by fellow scientists to be poorly designed) found similar results. The conclusion is that while the medicine is not likely to cause any harm, unless you have heart disease, there is not enough evidence to support spending the money and using this product. Ho hum, same old story. What really struck me about this article is that this pill became a hot topic because Dr. Oz featured it on his show as a “fat burner that helps women lose weight”. Now I should put out the disclaimer that I have never liked Dr. Oz all that much. One of the reasons I never liked him is because I feel like he targets the insecurities of his primarily female, daytime TV watching audience and promises to “fix” these women. If you go to his webpage and click on the episodes tab, here are first four topics listed: The Secret World of Binge Eaters, the fountain of youth, weight loss secrets, and how to let go of your emotional baggage. Huh. Annoying yes, but similar to his touted green coffee bean extract, harmless enough. Until he starts recommending supplements based on “studies” he is apparently conducting on his show.

I am going to copy and paste the description of the good doctor’s study:

“Oz tested the effects of the extract on 100 women. Half were given 400 mg of green coffee bean extract 30 minutes before breakfast, lunch, and dinner for two weeks; the other half were given a placebo. Participants were told to maintain their regular diets and to keep a food journal. The women who took the extract lost two pounds on average, while the placebo group lost an average of one pound.”

Two weeks. One pound difference. He deems it a fat burner and recommends it on his webpage. I am disgusted that any physician would use their title and the trust and respect that it generates to prey on people like that. Not to mention disrespecting science by calling a two week trial a study.

I realize this post is more of a rant than an informational post, but I needed to vent. And once again, please be careful what you believe. Just because someone calls themselves a doctor does not mean they are not a moron.

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