Saturday, March 20, 2004

Dr. Phil has done no wrong

Sorry Oprah but I would not nor did not question your right to establish your own diet plan and I will not question Dr Phils. This is America. So I totally disagree with this article from wmconnect.

Has Dr. Phil Crossed the Line?
If you're on Dr. Phil McGraw's diet, how is that working for you? You can find out all about it if you buy Dr. Phil's book, "The Ultimate Weight Loss Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom," which retails for $26. Then help yourself to Dr. Phil's licensed meal replacements, shakes, pills, and supplements that can cost as much as $200 a month. The man is making a fortune from America's girth--albeit he's giving away some of it to a nonprofit foundation he created--and some are questioning the good doctor's ethics, reports The Chicago Tribune.

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What he is doing goes way beyond a personal endorsement. Who says so? --Oprah Winfrey, who introduced Dr. Phil to the world, has acknowledged that endorsing supplements was not a decision she would have made.
--The Mayo Clinic goes as far as to warn people to be wary of his recommendations for supplements, saying they do not ensure successful weight loss.
--The Licensing Letter, a newsletter published for the licensing industry: "It gives new meaning to the words 'working it,'" wrote Mary Sullivan. "If he was a medical doctor (who) specialized in nutrition, I could see it as a natural crossover. But a shrink? It smells of ethical and moral concerns."

What's the best diet for YOUR personality? If you're serious about losing weight, you need to find a diet that works with--and not against--your personality quirks and behavior traits.

Them's fightin' words. Pop psychologist Dr. Phil says that if we're fat, it's our own fault, and he'll help us change that with his diet book and weight-loss supplements. As the Chicago Tribune points out, critics say Dr. Phil is capitalizing on his trusted television persona and venturing into an area where he lacks credentials. He claims we can lose weight by changing our emotional eating behavior through "right thinking" and building "healing feelings" that will prevent overeating. Since Dr. Phil is not a medical doctor--he's a psychologist--his use of meal replacements and high-fat supplements that are pretty much unregulated by the government has raised a few eyebrows.

Dieting? The most important thing you can do to ensure success in your attempt to lose weight is to honestly answer this question.

The Mayo Clinic goes so far as to warn people to be wary of the supplements, saying the claims Dr. Phil makes about "scientifically researched levels of ingredients that can help you take better control of your weight" are exaggerated. "The types and amounts of supplements he recommends do not ensure successful weight loss," cautions the Mayo Clinic on its Web site. Dieter beware.

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