During a Senate hearing earlier this week, Missouri Congresswoman Claire McCaskill unleashed a bizarre and wildly inaccurate claim against one of the most widely trusted natural health advocates on the planet.
In reference to Dr. Oz’s promoting 100% natural, green coffee bean extract supplements as a viable natural fat loss aid, McCaskill lashed out stating, “The scientific community is almost monolithically against you.”
I’ll ignore the fact that she failed to provide any credible evidence to substantiate this ridiculous claim. However, I won’t ignore the seemingly obvious motive behind this attack: campaign money.
Integrity is a value that has been lost on politicians. Although, it must be said that American citizens deserve much of the blame for this.
We have taught our men and women in Washington that integrity isn’t important to us and that bending to the demand of lobbyists holds more power in getting them reelected than their conduct (personal or professional) or voting records.
Before I expose how campaign funding was almost certainly the driving force behind McCaskill’s verbal attack on Dr. Oz, I want to first point out that Dr. Oz had zero direct financial incentive to promote this natural green coffee bean supplement.
He was simply sharing what he believed to be a sensible natural weight loss product with his audience, a product that has reputable scientific evidence to back it up.
Here’s the conclusion that was drawn from a National Center for Biotechnology Information sponsored, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of green coffee bean extract (GCA) in overweight subjects:
“Significant reductions were observed in body weight (−8.04 ± 2.31 kg), body mass index (−2.92 ± 0.85 kg/m2), and percent body fat (−4.44% ± 2.00%), as well as a small decrease in heart rate (−2.56 ± 2.85 beats per minute), but with no significant changes to diet over the course of the study.”
“Importantly, the decreases occurred when subjects were taking GCA. Body mass index for six subjects shifted from preobesity to the normal weight range (<25.00 kg/m2).”
“The results are consistent with human and animal studies and a meta-analysis of the efficacy of green coffee extract in weight loss. The results suggest that GCA may be an effective nutraceutical in reducing weight in preobese adults, and may be an inexpensive means of preventing obesity in overweight adults.”
Sorry, Claire McCaskill. The scientific community has spoken and it is not monolithically against Dr. Oz.
Unlike Most Politicians, Dr. Oz Operates With Integrity
More importantly, Dr. Oz doesn’t sell supplements. In fact, he has had to spend significant sums of money in order to shut down unethical supplement manufacturers who have fraudulently exploited his name in order to sell their products.
The integrity of Dr. Oz is not in doubt. Oz is a person of extremely high intelligence who really does his research. He’s a critical thinker, and he’s skeptical of ridiculous claims.
Yet when he finds something that really does work, he simply wants to share the good news with his fellow Americans. How could that be so controversial?
Is the Senate next going to attempt to outlaw anyone advocating non-drug alternatives like cranberries for UTIs and cherries to reduce arthritis pain? Will it soon be a criminal offense to utter sentences like, “Vitamin C prevents scurvy” or “Vitamin D halts rickets?”1
While this would seem pretty outrageous not that long ago, these are now relevant questions that expose an Orwellian trend of trampling our First Amendment rights that must be stopped.
Still, the question of what would drive an educated woman like McCaskill to make such a claim on a Senate hearing floor must be posed.
Unfortunately, the answer appears to be one that is more related to bribery than representing her constituents, like me, in the state of Missouri.
As I recently tweeted to Claire McCaskill, I am confident in my assessment that Missouri voters aren’t that worried about Dr. Oz promoting a 100% natural supplement on his program.
— Craig Leonard (@CraigLeonardFit) June 18, 2014
It’s too bad that McCaskill seemingly prefers to heed the interests of her campaign contributors with the deepest pockets over the concerns of the citizens living in the state she represents.
McCaskill Received $146,000+ in Campaign Contributions from Massive Pharmaceutical Retailer and Enemy of Natural Food Production
Sen. McCaskill received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from corporate entities whose business models are in decided opposition to Dr. Oz’s promotion of natural remedies.
According to campaign contribution data published at OpenSecrets.org, prescription drug mega-retailer Express Scripts gave McCaskill over $109,000 in campaign contributions, most of which was routed through lobbyist groups or PACs.
Sen. McCaskill also accepted over $37,000 from Monsanto, widely regarded to be the most evil corporation in the world and an enemy of sustainable food production, heirloom seeds and traditional American farming methods.2
If anyone has reason to place personal interest over the interests of others in this battle, it would be Senator McCaskill, not Dr. Oz. And how is this not a conflict of interest that would preclude her from participating in these legal proceedings?
I also don’t want to overlook the fact that drug advertisements, like those that Express Scripts profits from, are notoriously misleading, yet McCaskill has yet to speak out about this atrocity.
They make absurd implied claims by showing healthy, vibrant people taking their drugs in the TV commercials while, in reality, people who use their chemical medications are usually diseased, symptomatic and extremely unhealthy-looking. Even the medical claims made by drug advertisements are largely false: in truth, most drugs don’t work on most people, and the FDA only requires about a 5% efficacy rate to approve a drug as “safe and effective”.
Then again, this was never about green coffee bean extracts. Like almost everything else in Washington, it was always about protecting corporate interests at all costs. Even if it means raking an innocent guy over the coals and trying to intimidate him into silence.2
We can now place Claire McCaskill next to Roy Blunt on the list of Missouri representatives who place financial gain ahead of the taxpayers in the state of Missouri they have been elected to represent.
I only hope my fellow Missourians receive this message loud and clear, and send a message of their own the next time these two are up for reelection.
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