Researchers Retract Study Used by Dr. Oz to Make “Miracle” Claims

This past summer Dr. Oz, host of the “Dr. Oz Show,” got into hot water with Congress. The Senate asked Dr. Oz to testify regarding exaggerated claims he made on his show about green coffee bean extract (GCE)—in particular, that it was a “miracle pill” for weight loss. The Washington Post now reports that researchers have retracted the study on which Dr. Oz based his claims. The researchers posted this message on an open-access science website: “The sponsors of the study cannot assure the validity of the data so we, Joe Vinson and Bryan Burnham, are retracting the paper.” The study was conducted in India, but the results were written up by researchers from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. Applied Food Science Inc., a marketer of GCE supplements and the sponsor of the study, has agreed to pay the FTC $3.5 million as a settlement for false advertising.

Source: Washington Post

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