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Dr. Oz scolded at hearing on weight loss scams

WASHINGTON — Under pressure from Congress, celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz on Tuesday offered to help ‘‘drain the swamp’’ of unscrupulous marketers using his name to peddle so-called miracle pills and cure-alls to Americans.

Oz appeared before the Senate’s consumer protection panel and was scolded by chairwoman Claire McCaskill for claims he made about weight-loss aids on his TV show, ‘‘The Dr. Oz Show.’’

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Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, acknowledged that his language about green coffee and other supplements has been ‘‘flowery’’ and promised to publish a list of specific products he thinks can help America shed pounds and get healthy. On his show, he never endorsed specific brands but has praised some supplements as fat busters.

McCaskill took Oz to task for a 2012 show in which he proclaimed that green coffee extract was a ‘‘magic weight-loss cure for every body type.’’

‘‘I get that you do a lot of good on your show,’’ McCaskill told Oz, ‘‘but I don’t get why you need to say this stuff because you know it’s not true.’’

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