We have to love Senator Claire McCaskill—not only for her long fight to address sexual harassment in the military, but for her recent takedown of Dr. Mehmet Oz over his promotion of unproven supplements for weight loss.

Appearing before a Senate subcommittee hearing on “Protecting Consumers from False and Deceptive Advertising of Weight-Loss Products,” the boyish doc did not have an easy time with this gal, as James Hamblin reports on the Atlantic’s site.

McCaskill read three supplement claims Dr. Oz had made on The Dr. Oz Show “with a clinical formality that underscored their absurdity.” She told him, as if reproaching a child, ‘I don’t know why you need to say this stuff, because you know it’s not true. Why—when you have this amazing megaphone and this amazing ability to communicate—would you cheapen your show by saying things like that?’”

Dr. Oz acknowledged that he formerly used “flowery” language in his product descriptions—but claimed that he no longer did so. Read more, and make your own judgment as to who had the more persuasive argument: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/06/magic-weight-loss-pills-may-not-exist/372958/






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