Unless you are a skeptic living under a rock, there’s a good chance you’ve already heard about how Dr. Mehmet Oz (who I’ve written about before) was taken before a congressional committee and grilled on his endorsement of weight-loss products that have no support for their use:
In short, Oz was taken to task for repeatedly endorsing unproven weight-loss supplements and techniques as being “miraculous” quick fixes to obesity. Needless to say, they aren’t (and if they were, why would you need so damned many of them?). Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill was one of the most forward of the members of the committee.
I heartily applaud Senator McCaskill for standing up to fight nonsense and scams like the ones endorsed by Oz. As is often the case, though, most people aren’t going to sit down and watch Congressional hearings. Luckily, we have comedian John Oliver to deliver this information to us in a more hilarious dosage.
I love to see skepticism reaching a wider audience via this type of show. Kudos, Mr Oliver!