(NaturalNews) I find it very telling that in a nation where almost half the adult population is overweight or obese, U.S. Senators would waste time unleashing an Orwellian "thought crimes" attack against Doctor Oz over his advocacy of natural weight loss supplements. Apparently, the idea that a national health TV personality might actually seek to help the American people get healthier with supplements, not drugs, is simply intolerable in the U.S. capitol.
Today, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) berated Doctor Oz in a bizarre, almost Orwellian Senate hearing that claimed Oz's enthusiasm for natural weight loss supplements will not be tolerated in the medical police state known as America. "The scientific community is almost monolithically against you," McCaskill strangely uttered in a wild display of health ignorance and medical buffoonery.
Where to even begin in deconstructing this wholly unwarranted attack on Doctor Oz?
Senators almost never question drug company CEOs for their blatantly false marketing and fabricated health claims
I'll start with the simple fact that you almost never see Senators grilling drug company CEOs about all their fraudulent marketing claims, faked scientific studies and systemic bribery of doctors. Gee, ever wonder why?
Drug advertisements are almost universally fraudulent by definition, in that 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."
Vaccine insert blatantly admits flu shot backed by zero scientific evidence
As another glaring example of the kind of marketing fraud routinely committed by drug companies -- and completely whitewashed by U.S. Senators -- as I write this article I hold in my hands a printed insert for a GlaxoSmithKline influenza vaccine. This insert says, in plain letters, "There have been no controlled trials adequately demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination with Flulaval."
Read that again if you don't yet understand what it says. This is an admission that this flu shot is a complete marketing scam backed by zero medical science.
Why don't you see Sen. McCaskill grilling the CEO of GSK, demanding to know why a flu shot is being sold to the public even when the package insert readily admits there's no scientific evidence showing it decreases influenza disease?
Instead, this Senator from Missouri wastes everybody's time (and only discredits herself) attacking Doctor Oz over green coffee bean extract, a supplement that really does help support sensible weight loss efforts. In truth, green coffee bean extract has more scientific evidence backing it than flu vaccines!
By the way, this GSK flu vaccine also says, in plain black and white: (see source)
"Safety and effectiveness of Flulaval have not been established in pregnant women, nursing mothers or children."
"Safety and effectiveness of Flulaval in pediatric patients have not been established."
"Flulaval has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or for impairment of fertility."
"Do not administer Flulaval to anyone... following previous administration of any influenza vaccine."
Gee, is there nothing fishy to be found in all those admissions? The vaccine insert alone seems to be more than enough justification for a U.S. Senate panel investigation into the lies and medical fraud routinely committed by vaccine manufacturers.
Doctor Oz operates with a remarkable degree of integrity and honesty
Also relevant to this entire discussion is the character of Doctor Oz himself. Having experienced the honor of being a guest on his show, I had the opportunity to interact with the Doctor Oz staff, medical advisor, production crew and even share a few words off camera with the good doctor himself.
My firsthand experience is that Doctor Oz is one of the most compassionate, ethical, responsible and caring health experts in America today. I don't say that lightly, and Natural News readers know that I can be a vocal critic of people or companies that I see as behaving in an unethical manner. I don't even agree 100% with Doctor Oz on every single point, but overall I see him as a force of tremendous positivity for America.
Doctor Oz has even gone to great lengths to expose and shut down "scammy" supplement manufacturers that tried to exploit his name for their own profits. Famously, Oz recently ran down a group of con artists selling watered-down Cambogia Garcinia supplements with a fabricated Doctor Oz endorsement. This action took tremendous courage, dedicated effort, time and money to pull off, yet Oz stuck to his guns on this point. (And on a personal note, when advertisers recently approached Natural News to promote their own garcinia product, I flat out told them, "I want lab proof of the HCA potency, and I demand a guarantee you won't invoke the likeness of Doctor Oz because I know he doesn't endorse any supplements.")
The integrity of the Doctor Oz operation 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 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?"
"My show is about hope," Doctor Oz said in his defense. "We've engaged millions in programs - including programs we did with the CDC -- to get folks to realize there are different ways they can rethink their future."
But that's exactly what the U.S. Senate doesn't want Americans to do... rethink their future. No, they are supposed to sit down, shut up, take their medicine and stop asking questions. And especially stop recommending natural weight loss supplements that really work, because Big Pharma is counting on the masses staying overweight, diseased and diabetic in order to rake in more profits in the coming generations.
The McCaskill thought crimes parade
Sen. McCaskill's attack on Doctor Oz is just plain wrong. She's way out of line, and she's got the wrong guy in her crosshairs. Aren't there some IRS scandals, militant wars in Iraq or immigrant border crossings going on that are far more important than singling out Doctor Oz for advocating green coffee beans?
In a nation bearing over $17 trillion in debt, with social security headed for imminent financial collapse, and with skyrocketing health care costs threatening to bankrupt families, businesses, cities and states, the use of any U.S. Senator's time to scold a TV doctor over some natural weight loss supplements is an embarrassment to this entire nation. As the U.S.S. Titanic sinks, McCaskill apparently wants to be known as the clueless Senator who runs around the deck all pointy-fingered, berating passengers for eating the wrong kinds of fruit while the ship is sinking.
What McCaskill clearly demonstrated today is that we have entered the realm of the Orwellian medical police state run by clueless bureaucrats. Not only is it a crime in America to sell fresh cow's milk to people who desperately want unprocessed dairy products; it's also apparently a crime to even mention a natural weight loss supplement that genuine helps some people achieve their weight loss goals.
I guess Doctor Oz has become "too divergent" for the acceptance of the U.S. government. So they're going to drag him in front of the Senate and berate him on national television until he agrees to fall back in line, apparently. (But Oz isn't a conformist. He'll find ways to share the truth even if a few obtuse Senators are too nutritionally ignorant to grasp it.)
My message to Oz? Keep up the great work and don't be distracted or dissuaded by these bungling bureaucrats. Keep spreading the word on how to help the American people get healthier, because you can be sure the government has zero real interest in the subject.
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