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Lethal warning, Market Forces and the Internet

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 Lethal warning, Market Forces and the Internet

Alarming warning reported by the Daily Mail (24 12 08) with regards to fat-busting drugs sold on the internet to the extent that dieters have been advised not to buy nearly 30 weight-loss products because of potentially dangerous ingredients.

What is cause for concern is that many of the products are promoted as ‘natural’ fat busters, claiming to be new versions of ancient remedies from Asia

Targeted and sold to slimmers worldwide through the internet, they promise an easy fix to weight problems.

Notwithstanding, America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday said the products contain unlisted ingredients, including high doses of a powerful anti-obesity drug, as well as a chemical linked to cancer. Thus highly dangerous.

The old addage, if it sounds too good to be true, it is likely to be too good to be true. This argument is borne out by Michael Levy, an FDA lawyer who works on enforcement.

Furthermore, the director of FDA’s drug evaluation centre Dr Janet Woodcock says, “‘These tainted weight-loss products pose a great risk to public health because they contain undeclared ingredients and in some cases prescription drugs in amounts that greatly exceed their maximum recommended dosages”. So, those of you out there, heed this warning.

What has been established is that laboratory research found that 28 of the fat-buster pills tested could land users in hospital.

Nearly all were found to contain sibutramine, a powerful appetite suppressant similar to amphetamines.

It can cause heart attacks, strokes and heart palpitations, especially in those with a history of high blood pressure or heart problems.

Sibutramine is also the chemical ingredient in the prescription drug Meridia, which is used to treat obesity.

Moreover, it has been claimed that some of the diet pills were found to contain nearly three times the recommended daily dose. Several contain phenolphthalein, a chemical long used as a laxative, but which is now being withdrawn from the market because of suspected cancer risks.

The products include: 2 Day Diet; 5x Imelda Perfect Slimming; 24 hours Diet: 999 Fitness Essence; Miaozi Slim Capsules; ProSlim Pus; Royal Slimming Formula; Slim Express 360; Somotrin and Zhen de Shou.

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