Actually, we don’t have anything Dr Oz, personally. But, one has to recognize that he works on television, and television is about ratings, and not what is best for you and your health.
We say this because of a recent segment he prepared for his TV show entitled, “Who’s Spiking Your Supplements?” In the segment, he purchases supplements in New York City, only to “find” that a few of them are adulterated.
The fact is that the adulterated ones were already known to the Food and Drug Administration, and have been dealt with according to Federal Law.
In other words, he got his hands on products which were adulterated, then “found them” and reported the “scandal” on TV.
Not nice, Dr. Oz.
The facts are:
Dietary supplements are safe and fully regulated under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA). For example, FDA requires a pre-market safety notification process for any new dietary ingredient (NDI) meant to be marketed in a supplement. In addition, manufacturing facilities much be registered with FDA and any claims, specifically structure/function or health claims, about supplements must be submitted to FDA with a copy of the product label. Claims that are not truthful and misleading can result in regulatory action from either FDA or FTC.
We also find that other doctors who make product recommendations and who then sell their own brand are not acting in the best interest of the consumer or patient. Can you imagine discussing your medical condition with Dr Smith or Dr Jones, only to have these doctors recommend “Dr Smith’s Magic Pills” or “Dr Jones’ Pain Reliever?” Yet this is exactly what we see online and on television.
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