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by Kevin Coupe

Last week, the issue of nutritional supplements and the degree to which they are not regulated by the US government got a lot of attention when a Senate subcommittee called Dr. Mehmet C. Oz - known to TV viewers of his daytime talk show simply as 'Dr. Oz' - to testify about weight loss products he had promoted on his show.

Weight loss products, it should be noted, that did not work and had no basis in science.

The ultimate question was whether Oz - who is a cardiac surgeon, a professor of surgery at Columbia University, and who holds varying degrees from Harvard, the Wharton School, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine - had fallen into a kind of quackery, using his celebrity to sell "magic beans" to an unsuspecting and gullible audience.

Well, John Oliver, host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight," had an answer to that question. It is both highly perceptive and enormously funny … and you can watch it at left.

Warning. The language in this video is, to say the least, occasionally adult, explicit and vivid. If you are watching it in an office setting, you may want to use headphones. If you are watching it at home, you don't want little kids to be anywhere nearby. You have been warned.

It is typical of Oliver's approach when he says, "Name me one case where a man named Oz claimed mystical powers and led people astray."


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