On Tuesday, Dr Oz was hauled before the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance.
Oooh, what a very naughty man he’s been. He had the audacity to express his enthusiasm for certain natural health products on his television show. Products such as green coffee beans.
According to CNN, “Oz told the panel that he does use “flowery language” to describe certain products on his show but added he believes in them so much he has given them to his family.”
During the CNN voice-over we hear that “Oz conceded that often times the claims he makes about some products wouldn’t withstand the scrutiny of the Food and Drug Administration.”
Oh, the same Food and Drug Administration that approved Vioxx? Vioxx that killed thousands of people? The same FDA that has first approved every recalled drug? The same FDA that actually deemed Gardasil to be fit for use? Oh, yes! I have so much faith that the FDA knows what is good for us. Pfffttttttt.
This Harvard University article clearly indicates as to why it may not be the wisest course of action to trust the FDA. Enjoy this excerpt from the article:
“The bar for “safe” is equally low, and over the past 30 years, approved drugs have caused an epidemic of harmful side effects, even when properly prescribed. Every week, about 53,000 excess hospitalizations and about 2400 excess deaths occur in the United States among people taking properly prescribed drugs to be healthier. One in every five drugs approved ends up causing serious harm,1 while one in ten provide substantial benefit compared to existing, established drugs. This is the opposite of what people want or expect from the FDA.
Prescription drugs are the 4th leading cause of death. Deaths and hospitalizations from over-dosing, errors, or recreational drug use would increase this total. American patients also suffer from about 80 million mild side effects a year, such as aches and pains, digestive discomforts, sleepiness or mild dizziness.
The forthcoming article in JLME also presents systematic, quantitative evidence that since the industry started making large contributions to the FDA for reviewing its drugs, as it makes large contributions to Congressmen who have promoted this substitution for publicly funded regulation, the FDA has sped up the review process with the result that drugs approved are significantly more likely to cause serious harm, hospitalizations, and deaths. New FDA policies are likely to increase the epidemic of harms. This will increase costs for insurers but increase revenues for providers.”
Read again these words from the CNN voice-over: “Oz conceded that often times the claims he makes about some products wouldn’t withstand the scrutiny of the Food and Drug Administration”.
The products that Dr Oz was speaking glowingly of on his program don’t actually have to be approved by the FDA, as such products are considered supplements.
As far as I’m concerned, that works in favour of such products, and not against them. Give me green coffee beans over a “safe” FDA-approved product, any day of the week.
I feel that the words “scrutiny of the FDA” are a joke. Do those words belong in a sentence together? Do believe me when I say that I am slighting the FDA and not CNN.
I notice that Dr Oz wasn’t hauled before the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance in the wake of his discussing the flu shot on his program - even though the science clearly demonstrates that the flu shot would have to be given to 100 people in order to prevent one set of influenza symptoms. And bear in mind that the (very optimistic) figure is based on biased pharmaceutical company studies. Anyone can clearly see the truth of the matter when it comes to the flu shot. See the Cochrane Review of the flu shot here.
Some might remember that Piers Morgan was given a flu shot by Dr Oz on the show and became ill afterwards.
See Dr Oz giving Piers a flu vaccine here:
See Piers here, sick in the wake of his flu shot:
Why wasn’t Dr Oz hauled before the senate for giving flu vaccine advice that isn’t backed up by science?
As far as I’m concerned, the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance are a bunch of hypocrites.