Sisyphus and his never-ending job
My BMI is 21, but my email and Facebook accounts must believe I am fat. I’m always bombarded with messages about wonder weight loss options, and the majority of these are diet supplements featured on the Dr. Oz show. Back in December I wrote an post about Garcinia cambogia, Dr. Oz’s “hottest, quickest fat buster.” I made this prediction: “I confidently anticipate another “wonder” to supplant Garcinia in the Land of Oz in the not-too-distant future.” I used to be correct. The emails about Garcinia have lately been outnumbered by emails in regards to a new Dr. Oz wonder weight loss supplement, forskolins. In fact, I believe forskolin before he discovered Garcinia was found by him, but the forskolin propaganda appears to have gotten to a critical mass in the previous couple of weeks.
The Land of Oz
A Dr. Oz episode on the “Rapid Belly Melt” aired a month ago, on May 5. He set fire to a paper representation of a fat gut to reveal how forskolin “work just like a furnace as part of your body.” The paper ignited, went up in flames, and shown a nonflammable model of muscle tissue inside to exemplify how fast it works, and to reveal how fat, not muscle burns.
In an earlier episode, in January, he called forskolin “lightning in a bottle,” and a “wonder flower to resist fat.” A weight loss specialist, his guest, asserted the weight loss of her customers had doubled. She said “if your metabolism is sleeping, forskolins is gonna wake it up.” She does not claim that it’ll work wonders all by itself, but urges it as an accession to mild exercise and “cleaning up the diet”.
Dr. Oz says he pulled up all the research and was impressed by the signs that it “ignites your metabolism.” He exemplifies this metaphorically by throwing a white powder into a pot of simmering water, causing it to immediately begin boiling vigorously.