There are all types of gurus out there today challenging you to live a more fulfilled life.
While the goal of living a more healthful, present, or successful life is admirable, we often lose site of the fact that these folks are mere mortals. They are also in business to sell either goods or services to you. Yet when we find a guru whose message resonates, we begin to believe uttered advice unconditionally- without question, critical thinking or perspective.
I saw an example of this last week. My dear aunt sent me a link to a product she’d been introduced to by Dr. Oz. My aunt was clearly ecstatic – which is a feat to convey via email.
As soon as I began watching the video, my internal alarms began sounding.
1. Dr Oz boasts that the miracle product, Green Coffee Extract was “presented at a meeting of the world’s largest scientific society”. Why didn’t he mention the name of this spiffy society?
2. As I did some digging, I found that the Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity journal did publish a study of 16 overweight people who received high-dose GCA (1050 mg), low-dose GCA (700 mg), or placebo in a separate six-week treatment period. The findings on the Dr Oz web site did not reflect what I read in the published paper and sounded far more impressive than the findings in the journal study.
3. Lindsay Duncan, a supporter of this elixir, claims that the participants in the study consumed 2400 calories per day and burned 400 calories a day which he says is ‘weight gain not weight loss’. Weight gain is based on a person’s weight, height, age and metabolic activity. A rule of thumb I go by is that a moderately active 150 pound person will maintain that weight by consuming 2250 calories a day (15 calories per pound). Sounds like his numbers are a tad manipulated!
4. Dr Duncan also baffled us with sales talk when explaining the ‘triple threat’ the extract provided to help people melt fat and pounds. Although when reduced down, what he says is true, it’s not nearly as clear cut as he made it sound.
5. Dr Oz had two women speak about their amazing experience with this product: each had taken the extract for 5 days. Kendra at 175 pounds lost 2 pounds and Elmira at 255 lost 6 pounds. A five day trail is a joke. Hey doc, have you ever heard of water retention? I can ‘gain’ 5 pounds over night depending on the time in my menstrual cycle and if I ate canned soup for dinner.
6. The most frustrating, and scary aspect of this experience was before I could leave the site, I was asked once again if I’d like to buy the product.
The fact is, this may be a miracle extract, indeed. However, the tactics used to sell it are shameful. Dr Oz, like so many gurus are using their reputation to enhance their own bank account.
Question your gurus, don’t accept ‘facts’ blindly. Read more about accepting gurus advice with perspective at SEEKSafely.org, a 501(c)3 created to increase awareness for those seeking to better themselves.