Dr. Oz is on the fast train to the *Rogue’s Gallery (with Lindsey Duncan coming along for the ride)
*The Rogues Gallery can be found here for those who would like to know more about it or see who has already been inducted.
Seriously, when did Dr. Oz start becoming a shill for the worst weight loss supplement ideas? I want to like Dr. Oz but he has come up on my radar so many times before and I gave him a pass each time, but this is too much.
I recently read a junk email I had been received that blurted out PURE_KEYTONE. I normally junk any email with all caps in the subject, and for the life of me I can’t figure out why my junk mail filter can’t figure out this simple rule, but for some reason I read this one. It reads:
Just released: Dr. Oz discovers new weight loss miracle
Now, there is enough in that heading alone to make me ignore the junk email, but I was feeling curious and there was a link to this video (if the video is taken down, you can find it here http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/miracle-fat-burner-bottle):
This video is so full of warning signs of a pure scam I am not sure what to think of Dr. Oz (Seriously, did I hear him say, #1 Miracle in a Bottle… how many miracles have been bottled??!?!). I don’t think he is a con artist. I don’t think he is being paid by the makers of Raspberry Keytones to say what he says…. Could he really be this stupid? I don’t know how. I figured I would research this product and then disprove everything in the video, but I didn’t even have to. This guy, Andrew Lessman, already did and you can read all about it by clicking on the link.
I don’t know which of the main facts bother me the most. This is not a natural raspberry ketone, but a synthetic manufactured one. The real product is ridiculously expensive, but this cheap knock off obviously isn’t, yet everyone is touting this stuff as if it comes from real raspberries. That is so bad it really does deserve extra mention, along with the fact that there is apparently almost no research behind this product even though Dr. Oz and Lisa Lynn talk so much about research, but I think what makes me the most mad about this Dr. Oz segment is the way he puts balloons in liquid nitrogen and explains that is exactly what is happening in your body… SERIOUSLY DR. OZ?!!?!? Did you just get a liquid nitrogen kit for your birthday and you were eager to try it out??? That has nothing to do with how fat loss works in any circumstances… Balloons shrink because the atoms in them slow down as a consequence of cooling and therefore apply less pressure to the wall of the balloon… how in the world does this relate to raspberry ketone?!??!? Please explain this to us!
I was already suspicious of Dr. Oz when he proclaimed that African Mango was a ‘Breakthrough supplement’, in First For Women Magazine. I don’t want to slam First For Women Magazine here, because they are such a pathetic rag of a magazine, I will save them for a whole entry. In any case, it seems that every week Dr. Oz has a new miracle diet that they are happy to share with us. In fact, Dr. Oz even thought that African Mango is one of the 3 supplements you need in your medicine cabinet… seriously
Dr. Oz African Mango; Irvingia Gabonensis; In this segment of the Dr. Oz show today Dr Oz African Mango, Vitamin B And A Multi Vitamins In Your Medicine Cabinet Dr. Oz talked about the 3 must have’s for the medicine cabinet. There is interest in using supplements containing Irvingia gabonensis for weight loss, lowering cholesterol levels, and improving control of diabetes. weight loss and diet miracles that you find in your medicine cabinet including Vitamin B, African Mango(or Irvingia Gabonensis) and a multivitamin. source
He called this one a miracle in your medicine cabinet… I get the impression that Dr. Oz throws around the word miracle a little too easily. In any case, if you want to hear about the problems with African Mango, you can read about them here when I went after him in 2010.
That is 2 straight up scams he fell for… hopefully he has mended his ways, realized what a bozo he looks like being duped over and over again. After all, he has an audience of millions who run out and buy whatever products he recommends. I am sure he feels terrible for having these people spend their money and more importantly put their hope and their faith into something he assures them is an actual miracle, only to find out later that it does not do anything that it claims.
Wait… here he is selling a new Green Coffee Bean Extract as a weight loss supplement… opening up with claims like,’Magic Weight Loss Cure for EVERY Body type and Miracle Pill (there is a bunch of those miracle pills apparently). You can see the embarrassing video for yourself, below (if the video below has been taken down, you can always find it here: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/miracle-pill-burn-fat-pt-1):
Here you can read an unbiased reporting of the study that is apparently shaking the science community to their core! Notice first and foremost the size of the study. Only 16 overweight individuals. Otherwise, the weight loss seems to be reported correctly, but look at how the study was run. It was a ‘cross over study’ with each person taking each of the 3 treatments during the study, Placebo, High Dose and Low Dose.
It was a so-called “cross-over” study in which people cycled through the two doses and the placebo, each for six weeks. Such studies have advantages because each person serves as his or her own “control,” improving the chances of getting an accurate result.
For the life of me I cannot figure out how this makes each person his or her own ‘control’ unless they are reporting the data as a 6 week outcome. Even then, how are they varying the treatment, is it random? Do they report the weight loss during each portion of the study? I can’t find that out because even more disturbingly, the study does not appear to have been published. It has only been presented and all of the material for the article was sourced from this press release.
So, at best we have some intriguing information to follow up on with other studies. It would be criminal for a doctor to jump from that to calling this a weight loss miracle and suggest that ‘this little bean has scientists saying they have found the magic weight loss cure for every body type.’ You can see him say that in the video above, I am not making this up. I have no idea what network he is on, but I cannot imagine that this recklessness isn’t opening them up to some terrific litigation possibilities.
With over 28 years of clinical experience naturopathic doctor and celebrity nutritionist, Dr. Lindsey Duncan is often called the “Indiana Jones of Medicine,” and is one of the world’s leading experts on superfoods, herbal medicine, natural remedies and natural health.
With an intro like that, you KNOW I am going to bury this guy. Often called, the Indiana Jones of Medicine… maybe if you count the times he pays people to say it to him. This guy is remarkable. He claims that he doesn’t often offer weight loss supplement advice and this appears to be mostly true, until you dig a little deeper and find out he too is in on the Raspberry Ketone deal and he also appears to be recommending Resveratrol, the much touted active ingredient in Red Wine, for weight loss (and there is the MLM scam, but that comes later). Still, compared to how many other products he recommends for cures for just about every ailment, I am going to give him a pass on this one. Comparatively he doesn’t recommend weight loss supplements as much as every other type of supplement on earth! If you have the endurance to sit through it, this is an amazing self promotion video:
You even get to hear him called the Indiana Jones of Medicine… So, other than the fact that this guy is spouting off about how ingredients work like he actually has a clue (it is this jump from the results of a study to this sureness of how the product works that makes nutritionists like this guy so detestable), you get this really annoying soundtrack that keeps on touting this ‘Genesis Pure’. I will get to that in a second, but in the meantime I want to talk about his demo reel he is peddling on You Tube. The thing is, if he had discovered a product that actually worked, touted one discovery that was of any value or performed any research on anything, that would be worthy of a demo reel and I would expect to see it in his video. Of course I don’t believe he has done any of this, instead his demo reel consists of whatever promotional spots he can get on vapid shows like The View and the celebrities he has had his photo with. He can’t even help himself but he has to look at the camera when he is being filmed climbing a palm tree.
All of this makes me hate the guy, and the fact that he states that he is ‘one of the world’s leading experts on super foods’, and I have said repeatedly that super foods are a scam and anyone who tries to pitch them to you is a con artist… well, by that definition, Lindsay Duncan is the world’s leading expert! Further, what makes this guy even more suspect is the fact that he is an expert on the alkaline diet, a diet based upon such misinformation as to be mind boggling. I had thought that everyone associated with this diet had hidden their heads in shame.
This is all bad, but possibly forgivable, but you see, what you didn’t find out from the Dr. Oz bit, you know the one about green coffee bean extract, is that this Lindsey guy likes it so much he is helping legitimate supplement companies by giving them a video telling people how to buy the right type of Green Coffee Bean Extract. You can see the video here. It is on the website of Genesis Today. They sell green coffee bean extract and they have posted a video of the good doctor, not only explaining exactly how this supplement works, but more importantly what to look for when you are buying it. I am sure he performs this service for every supplement company because he is such a believer in this product, there isn’t a reason why he would be doing it just for Genesis today… Mind you, that name does ring a bell…
Wait, wasn’t that part of the song in the self aggrandizing video he has of himself? OMG, a quick search on LinkedIn and low and behold, he is CEO of Genesis Today. He makes money (I would think lots of money) selling the same green coffee bean extract he was touting to Dr. Oz!!! I am not making this up. NOWHERE in the video does he admit this. He does not state his clear conflict of interest in the interview with Dr. Oz, and true to form, the crack squad on that TV show failed to pick this up before broadcast. In fact, nowhere on the website can you find the corporate information that would tell you that Lindsey Duncan is the CEO of this company. Any real profession would at the least censure someone for such a clear failure to disclose your relationship with the product you are promoting. No wonder he likes the green coffee beans… he is sitting on tons of them! Oh, and by the way, this guy also likes the raspberry ketones at the end of this video, so rest assured he is probably selling that too. I was wondering if there was a connection between himself and the girl from the raspberry ketone segment on Dr. Oz, Lisa Lynn, but I haven’t found one yet. Mind you, she sells raspberry ketones too. It appears that Dr. Oz is literally a shill….
If that was all, Lindsey Duncan, the Snake Oil Salesman of the Medicine industry (by the way, so far as I can tell, he has been called that as many times as Indiana Jones), would have vaulted himself right into the Rogues Gallery,but there is more. Lindsey Duncan has now gone into the Multilevel Marketing business with his green coffee bean extract leading the way. Everyone knows that MLM’s are scams. They are bad for everyone but the person who starts them. What these guys are selling is the water filter or 2012.
Some of the crap they sell:
|Item #: GS046|
|Cell Water effectively transports nutrients, enzymes, and proteins into cells while removing toxic buildup that accumulates in cells.|
|Item #: GP00087|
|Genesis PURE CardioClean is the world’s first liquid dietary cardiovascular support supplement.
32 oz bottle of CardioClean
|HealthTrim- Metabolic Boost|
|Item #: GP00050|
|HealthTrim® Metabolic Boost is a comprehensive and complete weight control formula that addresses weight loss from seven critical angles. Most effective when used as part of the complete HealthTrim Natural Detox and Weight Loss Program.*
|Your Price: $36.95|
Cell Water?!?!? Come on… at least try!! That is pathetic. I love how the weight control formula addresses weight loss from seven critical angles… 7 huh? Why not eight? Well, that is trying at least.
It would take me another entry to go through the Genesis PURE website, but it appears to be a standard MLM scam with terrible products run by a guy who loves green coffee beans and climbing palm trees.
I love it when I get 2 inductees for the price of one. Welcome to the Rogues Gallery Drs. You will find yourself in good company.