Despite mounting a vociferous defense when 10 prominent doctors called for Columbia University to remove him from the faculty, Dr. Mehmet Oz admitted on “Fox & Friends” that he could have been more careful in endorsing “miracle” weight-loss products.
“I wish I’d never used the laudatory terms I used for weight loss supplements. That was the big mistake I think we all acknowledge,” Oz said. “I stopped doing that a long time ago, over a year ago.”
Oz said his use of “flowery” language has lent itself to marketers peddling fraudulent products.
“I never wanted my messages to be hijacked by marketers on the web that are stealing my name and likeness and trying to sell you products,” he said.
Oz was dragged before the U.S. Senate last year for his advocacy of weight-loss supplements that did not stand up to scientific scrutiny. “When you call a product a miracle, and it's something you can buy, and it's something that gives people false hope. I don't understand why you need to go there,” Sen. Claire McCaskill told him at the time.