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Busted: ‘Dr. Oz’ guest must repay $9 million to customers in ‘magic beans’ diet scam

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A daytime talk show guest has agreed to pay $9 million to customers he duped on The Dr. Oz Show and The View.

The Federal Trade Commission accused Lindsey Duncan of selling phony weight-loss aids, including green coffee bean extract, that he claimed could cause consumers to lose 17 pounds and 16 percent of their body fat in 12 weeks – without diet or exercise.

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Duncan told Dr. Oz Show viewers that his claims were backed by a clinical study, but the company that sponsored the study settled FTC charges in September that found it to be severely flawed.

He began selling the extract at Walmart and on Amazon after agreeing to appear on Dr. Oz but before the episode aired and built a marketing campaign built around the appearance.

Duncan continued to promote his products using his Dr. Oz appearance online and in retail stores, the FTC said, and they paid spokespeople to tout the extract without disclosing their financial ties.

He eventually sold tens of millions of dollars’ worth of the extract, federal authorities said.

Duncan and his companies, Pure Health LLC and Genesis Today, Inc., are barred under the settlement from making deceptive claims about the health benefits of any dietary or drug products.

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A recent study found that half the medical claims made on The Dr. Oz Show had no scientific basis or were directly contradicted by available evidence.

The researchers also found that the host, cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, failed to address potential conflicts of interest on his program.

The Texas attorney general charged Duncan last year with duping consumers by falsely claiming to be a physician.

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Duncan claims to be a naturopathic physician, which is not recognized under state law.

Watch Duncan discuss the product on The Dr. Oz Show:

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Woman allegedly involved in Central Park scandal placed on leave from job: ‘We do not condone racism’

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Video circulated on social media on Memorial Day of a woman in Central Park claiming she was calling 911 to falsely claim an "African-American man" was threatening her life.

It reportedly started after he filmed her walking her dog without a leash.

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Internet sleuths worked to identify the woman. During the day on Monday, rumors of her identity spread online.

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Scientists fight online coronavirus misinformation war

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With cat photos and sometimes scathing irony, Mathieu Rebeaud, a Swiss-based researcher in biochemistry, has nearly tripled his Twitter following since the coronavirus pandemic began.

With 14,000 followers, he posts almost daily, giving explanations on the latest scientific research and, in particular, aims to fight misinformation that spreads as fast as the virus itself.

He is among a growing number of doctors, academics and institutions who in recent weeks have adapted and amplified their scientific messaging in hopes of countering what has been termed an infodemic -- a deluge of information, including widespread false claims, which experts say can pose a serious threat to public health.

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Ted Cruz doesn’t want people shamed with body bags for going to beach: ‘Please stop the hate’

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In early May, Florida attorney Daniel Uhlfelder made news by dressing up as the Grim Reaper in an attempt to scare people from crowding beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Days later, he escalated by laying out body bags on the steps of the Florida capitol building in Tallahassee.

He escalated further on Saturday by announcing he would be handing out body bags to Florida beachgoers and started a fundraiser with the funds going to two progressive Political Action Committees.

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The effort caught the eye of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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