"One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small. And the ones that mother gives you don't do anything at all."
Dr. Oz is Way Off Base*
"More than half of Dr. Oz's recommendations are contradicted or not supported by medical research, a new study says.
Dr. Mehmet Oz is an extremely popular talk show host who dispenses health advice to millions of viewers, but he's been widely criticized for recommending unproven treatments."
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Triathlete Cancer Risk?
They say that one third, or more, of triathletes, feel that they need one type of supplement or another to (attempt to) improve their athletic performance. But, while according to Paul Offit, MD, head of infectious diseases at Philadelphia Children's Hospital in Do You Believe in Magic? who makes the point that there's precious little scientific evidence that most of them do anything, some researchers are beginning to discover that some might do the exact opposite. In fact, Tim Byers of the cancer center at the University of Colorado, notes that more and more research is pointing toward the fact that people who consumed, "more dietary supplements than needed tend to have a higher risk of developing cancer."
Previous small studies that may have shown a benefit from vitamins or OTC supplements have been reversed when the study group expanded to "thousands of patients for 10 years." Just as pointed out in Offit's text, Byers research team learned that the "supplements didn't benefit patients health when compared to placebo, and that some people actually got more cancer while on the vitamins."
"In one example, a trial on beta-keratin supplements found that people taking more than the recommended dosage ended up with a 20 percent higher risk of developing lung cancer, as well as heart disease. Another trial on folic acid found that people who took it ultimately wound up with more polyps growing in their colons — these small clumps of cells lining the colon can sometimes become cancerous."
In other words, if you can't back up the claims on the bottle with science, not just some anecdotal stories..."After taking this pill, I could run faster than Roger Bannister. For real!" don't put them in your body.
*Half of Dr. Oz's Advice Unproven or Wrong: Study
Dec. 19, 2014 -- More than half of Dr. Oz's recommendations are contradicted or not supported by medical research, a new study says.
Dr. Mehmet Oz is an extremely popular talk show host who dispenses health advice to millions of viewers, but he's been widely criticized for recommending unproven treatments.
For example, during an appearance before Congress in June, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) told Oz he gave people false hope and said his shows were a "recipe for disaster." And a study that Oz said showed the effectiveness of coffee bean weight-loss pills was retracted last month, the Washington Post reported.
"Recommendations made on medical talk shows often lack adequate information on specific benefits or the magnitude of the effects of these benefits," said the new study in the British Medical Journal.
The authors added that the "public should be skeptical about recommendations made on medical talk shows," the Post reported.