One of the best known TV doctors testifed Tuesday before a U.S. Senate committee looking into alleged deceptive weight loss claims.
Senator Claire McCaskill said the committee was making an example of Dr. Mehmet Oz, who she accused of using his television fame to promote weight loss aids.
In his show. Dr. Oz has talked about the benefits of products like Raspberry Ketone, as well as Sensa and Pure Green Coffee--two items that have been fined by the FDA for false ad claims. But Dr. Oz said these companies often use clips from his show without his permission, to promote a product.
"I should have been savvy enough to say to myself, and I kick myself still and maybe I'll do it in the future, that I should say, 'here are the companies I trust. They're not going to scam you. They're not going to make illegal claims,' " Dr. Oz. testified.
He also told the senators that he personally believes in the items he talks about in the show, and he passionately studies them. Oz maintained that he has never endorsed specific brands, nor has he received money for the sale of any supplements. He promised to publish a list of specific products he thinks can help people lose weight
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