Thursday, October 23, 2014

Green coffee means more green for Dr. Oz, but considerably less for the company that sold the junk

Posted Here on October 21, 2014 by admin

As you well know, at ACSH, our job is to talk about and reveal junk science. This is usually not especially difficult, since the same set of “errors” that make junk science junk appear over and over. In the following case, “not especially difficult” became “ridiculously easy,” since virtually every aspect of the junk involved was handed to us on a silver platter. It doesn’t get any better than this—made up data, woefully inadequate peer review, and Dr. Oz, which puts this episode into the “Hall of Shame” without the obligatory five-year waiting period.

A paper that appeared in 2012 in Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy claimed that consumption of green coffee bean extract caused overweight people to lose a substantial amount of weight, even without any changes in their diet or exercise routine......Dr. Oz became enamoured with the product. So much so that the show could have been renamed “The Buy GCA and You Will Turn Into Brad Pitt Show.” Dr. Oz got ripped to shreds by Senator Claire McCaskill in a congressional hearing on the safety of dietary supplements. Also, ACSH’s Dr. Josh Bloom had a few unflattering things to say about this unseemly incident on Science 2.0.   It turned out that the data from India was made up, and Vinson and Burnham withdrew their paper, as reported by Retraction Watch......To Read More.....

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