Dr. Mehmet Oz scolded by Senate over diet 'scams'

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Mehmet Oz, star of "The Dr. Oz Show" was called to Capitol Hill Tuesday (June 17) to face Senate and explain the promotion of weight loss products on his show that Senator Clair McCaskill of Missouri described as "scams."

After reading off a list of Oz's quotes about a variety of projects, McCaskill asks, "I don't get why you need to say this stuff cause you know it's not true. 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?"

"I actually do personally believe in the items I talk about on the show. I passionately study them," he explains. "I would give my audience the advice I give my family all the time and I've given me family these products." However, he does admit that some of the products he talks about wouldn't be approved for such claims by the Food and Drug Administration.

Still, Oz says that while he uses "flowery language," he is now second-guessing everything he says on the show after realizing how his words are being used to advertise products. "I use language that was very passionate but ended up not being helpful, but incendiary," he explains, "and it provided fodder for unscrupulous advertisers."
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