Researchers Retract Paper Behind Dr. Oz Miracle Supplement

On June 19, CR discussed Senate proceedings to crack down on fraudulent products, with special focus on the weight loss industry (read here) due to the high potential of consumers to be taken advantage of. Dr. Oz, known for his miracle weight loss supplements, appeared in front of the Senate being confronted for deceptive advertising. To which he responded,

My show is about hope… we’ve engaged millions in programs- including programs we did with the CDC- to get folks to realize there are different ways they can rethink their future.”

Since appearing before the Federal Trade Commission, Retraction Watch, a science watchdog website, has reported that the researched paid to conduct the study on the benefits of green coffee bean extract were unable to verify the data. Federal regulators found the key data of the study, including the tracked weights of participants, had been altered. The study, published in 2012 by Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy journal was retracted with a statement-

The sponsors of the study cannot assure the validity of the data so we, Joe Vinson and Bryan Burnham, are retracting the paper.”

In September, the Federal Trade Commission filed a legal complaint against the company who sponsored the study on green coffee bean extract, alleging the study was so flawed the conclusions had to be deemed unreliable. While the company had to pay a $3.5 MN settlement, legal experts do not believe Dr. Oz will face legal action for touting the product to consumers unless there is solid proof that he was aware the data was false.

 

Read more here- “Dr Oz- Endorsed Diet Pill Study Was Bogus, Researchers Admitted,” (CBS News)

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Olivia is a graduate of Villanova University where she studied Economics and History, minoring in Gender and Women's Studies. She also has experience working with federal legislatures on health care policy, women's issues, and Internet safety.

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