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“Dr. Oz: When Is A Doctor Not A Doctor?”

One of the most popular daytime TV shows has been the Dr. Oz Show, which is basically an hour-long infomercial for unproven dietary supplements. Antioxidant pushers, such as Dr. Oz and Dr. Andrew Weil continue to hawk antioxidants with reckless abandon and without scientific justification.  Vitamins have become a global mega-business, worth an estimated $67.6 billion USD today.  To help combat misleading advertisements, a new book, The Health Delusion, by Aidan Goggins, a pharmacist, and Glen Matten (both have masters degrees in nutritional medicine) was recently published.  Just as I have said for years, they concur that, “Millions of people are misled into ritualistically ingesting these substances in the belief that they are enhancing their general health and well-being.  In fact, these pills can be positively unhealthy.”  Goggins and Matten also said, “Whatever it is, (the supplement manufacturers and profiteers) are putting your health in jeopardy and it’s high time it stopped.  It is clear that it is no longer science but market forces that are driving the macabre antioxidant industry.”

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