GTA man steamed at Dr. Oz 'miracle' cure

Robert Lindsey, of Pickering, Ont., spent more than US$160 on Garcinia Cambogia -- touted by Dr. Oz...

Robert Lindsey, of Pickering, Ont., spent more than US$160 on Garcinia Cambogia -- touted by Dr. Oz as a fat buster for every body type. He said the supplement did not work for him. (Irene Thomaidis/QMI Agency)

Michele Mandel, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

PICKERING - He’s “America’s doctor,” the telegenic, scrubs-wearing Dr. Mehmet Oz who uses his highly rated daily afternoon TV show to dispense health advice to a mostly female audience anxious for instant remedies for their aging, overweight bodies.

They gobble it all up as gospel. But the Harvard graduate should know better.

Despite more education and reputation than an old-time snake oil salesman, the eminent heart surgeon is notorious for excitedly touting countless “miracle” cures on his program — everything from FBC, which he’s called “lightening in a bottle” but is just fibre with a fancy acronym — to raspberry ketones, a raspberry extract which he’s labelled “a number one miracle in a bottle to burn your fat.”

This week, the celebrity physician was hauled before an American Senate subcommittee to explain why he was using the “megaphone” of his popular talk show to tout untested weight loss supplements that come with little or no scientific proof.

“I actually do personally believe in the items I talk about on the show. I passionately study them. I recognize that oftentimes they don’t have the scientific muster to present as fact,” Oz admitted at the hearing. “Nevertheless, I would give my audience the same advice I give my family, and I have given my family these products.”

That’s not good enough for Robert Lindsey. He swallowed the Oz pitch — hook, line and useless pumpkin fruit.

The Pickering janitor heard Oz sing the praises of Garcinia Cambogia as a weight loss miracle cure — Oz uses the word ‘miracle’ pretty often — and ordered it online a few months ago for $160 U.S. “One of the main reasons I bought this product is because of him. He’s a reputable doctor, he has his own TV series, he’s well-known throughout the medical community. If you go the website, you’ll see his face and his video,” he said.

“I bought into it. There’s a sucker born every minute. I’m one of those suckers.”

Lindsey, 45, is 5-foot-6 and was hoping to drop 30 of his 220 pounds. Dr. Oz told his audience that the extract from the pumpkin-shaped South Asian fruit “may be the simple solution you’ve been looking for to bust your body fat for good.”


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