Tuesday, December 30, 2014

LiveScience takes on Dr. Oz and publications in obscure journals

LiveScience on Dr. Oz report on coffee beans:

Oz himself has been mum about the incident. According to an article in the Washington Post on Oct. 22, 2014, "Oz's Web site has been entirely scrubbed of almost every mention of the green coffee extract, including the episode touting the product."
But here's what Oz said on his show back in 2012: "You may think magic is make-believe, but this little bean has scientists saying they found a magic weight-loss cure for every body type. ... This is very exciting, and it's breaking news."
Yes, breaking news, as in published by paid researchers in an obscure journal and announced on an afternoon talk show. Fortunately for Oz, he hasn't been embarrassed by other retractions concerning the dubious information he relays about weight loss, anti-aging and miracle cures. Then again, most of that stuff hasn't been published.

Recall, earlier in 2014, Dr. Oz was admonished in the US Senate:

 “I don’t get why you need to say this stuff because you know it’s not true,” Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat who chairs a Senate subcommittee on consumer protection, said at the hearing. “So why, when you have this amazing megaphone…why would you cheapen your show by saying things like that?”

link:  http://www.nbcnews.com/health/diet-fitness/dr-oz-effect-senators-scold-mehmet-oz-diet-scams-n133226

IPBiz reminds readers that the not - obscure journals Science and Nature published the work of
fraudster Jan-Hendrik Schon, which was lionized by the MIT Tech. Review.

And there are problems with some publications in the stem cell area.   Say Hwang Woo Suk.


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