Karma Files: Dr. Oz Gets B*tch Slapped by Senator Claire McCaskill

We’ve been reviewing Dr. Oz featured weight loss products for several years now, for the simple reason that anything Oz features on his show generates a ton of interest, and accordingly, a ton of sales. But we’re not pleased with him for the simple reason that the things he recommends… well, they either have been proven not to work, or the science is preliminary, the results are exaggerated, there are conflicts of...

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In the Weight Loss Supplement World, “Doctor Recommended” Means Sweet FA!

In my publication “Dirty, Rotten Tricks! Supplement Company Lies That Cost You Money!“, I talk about the “doctor recommended” scam. Essentially, the word of a medical doctor holds a lot of sway with the general public, so supplement manufacturers and retailers will often do whatever they can to be able to claim that their product is “doctor recommended.” What they do to make this appear to be the...

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More Nutella Nutiness

Saw this great video from Dr. Yoni Freedhoff of Weighty Matters this morning and had to share… Dr. Yoni uses some great visual tactics to demonstrate the “nutritional” value of Nutella (if you want to read more on Nutella, Elissa has a fantastic blog post here!). However, when Elissa and I were chatting this morning about this, she made a good point… In (slight) fairness to Fererro, though – I really...

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New drug mimics the beneficial effects of exercise!

I saw this earlier this morning and had to let you know about it… A drug known as SR9009, which is currently under development at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), increases the level of metabolic activity in skeletal muscles of mice. Treated mice become lean, develop larger muscles and can run much longer distances simply by taking SR9009, which mimics the effects of aerobic exercise. If similar effects can be obtained in...

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4 Ways to Stay Motivated at the Gym!

It’s fast becoming an age-old scenario… An individual (let’s call him Mr. Smith)has been recommended by his doctor to lose some weight for health reasons. With quiet resignation, Mr. Smith adopts a sensible diet plan in conjunction with a smart exercise regime. A trip to the local gym is made and a membership is purchased (or perhaps a piece of exercise equipment is bought to facilitate the ease of working out at...

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Dr. Miller’s Lack of Willpower

The internet is abuzz today, over this tweet from Dr. Geoffrey Miller, a psychology professor at the University of New Mexico (currently a visiting instructor at NYU). Dear obese PhD applicants: If you don’t have the willpower to stop eating carbs, you won’t have the willpower to do a dissertation. #truth. Dr. Miller has already deleted and apologized for the tweet, but only after the internet (deservedly) fell on his head...

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