Why you shouldn’t listen to TV doctors

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There you were at the holiday table filled with your closest friends and family.  Inevitably somebody at the table has traded in their love of soap opera stars for an obsession with those handsome daytime TV doctors.   Good looking, smart, and oh so helpful.  So your aunt Martha is going on and on between helpings of stuffing about all the latest advances and advice she has learned from her dapper daytime medical consultants.  You listen with an open mind and most of it sounds interesting and plausible but generally you’re a bit skeptical.  Maybe you think Martha is a bit of a nut for believing everything she sees on TV.    She is after all wiping her mouth with her new ShamWow she bought on QVC and she did bring beef, turkey, chicken, and vegetable jerky from her new Jerky machine.  But maybe what she learned is true, the TV doctors are real doctors after all. Continue reading

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The Secret of Green Coffee Bean Extract

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There’s been a new craze sweeping the weight loss world of late.   It has all the makings of a huge hit.  It has been seen on the shelves at Starbucks and it’s all over the internet. Drum roll please…  The latest in the train of weight loss miracle pills is green coffee bean exctract.  It has a nice ring to it.  The word green is always popular with its associations with all things pure and natural.  It comes from coffee – a known antioxidant and drug of choice for most of us.  So green coffee been extract has all the makings of a winner.  It was even featured on The Dr. Oz Show  Continue reading

Dr. Oz Scolded on Capitol Hill

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The most fundamental reason why I wrote my book and keep up this blog is the belief that the only way for my patients, friends, and family to achieve successful weight loss and live healthy lives is to have an accurate understanding of how their bodies work.  I have found over and over that when people understand the mechanisms and science behind their own physiology, they are less likely to fall prey to marketing scams and baseless claims on television.   Continue reading

“Breakthrough Fat Burning Method”

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Recently a friend of mine emailed a me a link to website that sells a product called Garcinia cambogia. On it was a video of Dr. Oz touting its miraculous effects as a “magic bullet” for weight loss.  The website has since been shut down, but trust me, it was quite a work of theater.  Click here for a youtube video somebody made of the episode.

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