Dr Oz: Top & Biggest Health Supplement Scams

October 7th, 2011 - 7:43 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Oct 6 (THAINDIAN NEWS) As ‘The Dr Oz’ show started today, the doctor was angry and fighting back. He was tired of companies using him to endorse their inferior products, when he had nothing to do with those products. Although Dr Oz may, at times, endorse a certain herb, or treatment, he said he never endorses a supplement. If you see a product with his face or a quote from him endorsing it, the doctor says to run far away from it.

In answer to the false endorsements which his name has been used for, Dr Oz featured the seven biggest health supplement scams which he has discovered. He said that his name is on the line daily when he gives tips on health, weight loss, and nutrition, and he wanted to set the record straight. One his his number one pet peaves is a health claim which does nothing too help the consumer, and takes their money. Some of these are even BAD for you.

One of the scams which he pointed out was the ever-famous “30 Day Money-Back Guarantee.” With this on the ad, customers are likely to be caught in a scam in which their credit card is billed every month, and they can never get in touch with the company (which often doesn’t exist) to stop the payments. When they call their credit card company, they are told that they have to get the payor to stop the payments or cancel the orders. All too often, there is no way to get your money back, or even stop paying future payments.

Omega 3 is also an area which often scams it’s customers. Look out for anything which claims to be “Pharmaceutical Grade,” as there is no such thing. Also, “FDA Approved Laboratory” is also a scam. The FDA does not approve laboratories to test fish oil. Some of the brands which DID pass the Consumer Lab Testing were “Advocare Omegaplex Omega 3,” and ‘Life Extension Super Omega 3.”

The same is true of Ginseng Supplements, St Johns Wort, and Probiotics. They often do not have the ingredients which they claim, or have far less than is needed to help. Some of the Ginseng supplement even had poisonous heavy metals in them. “Spring Valley Korean Ginseng Standardized Extract,” and “Nature’s Made Ginseng” passed the test. “Nature’s Way” also passed for St Johns Wort. Cocunut Water, and Valerian Root are also supplements which contain less than needed amounts of the ingredients which were claimed.

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