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Hydroxycut, Metabolife and Fen-Phen

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Today's news about Hydroxycut is no surprise. This is not new to us. Quick Weight Loss Pills are nothing new to us, yet we keep buying them. We keep supporting companies that sell unhealthy supplements. We keep hoping that this one will work, and that there is a magic bullet.

Remember Metabolife (Metabocrack, as we called it)? This magic pill of the 90's and early 00's sent women packing to the little kiosk in the mall, and did not think twice when they did not sleep for days, felt pressure in their chests, or yelled and screamed at their families and loved ones. All in the name of weight loss, right? Ephedra, the main ingredient in this and many other similar weight loss plans, was banned by the FDA in 2004. Complaints included heart palpitations, tremors, and seizures (www.fda.gov)

And what about Fen-Phen? That was the miracle, FDA Approved drug used until 2007, supposedly for brief periods of time to aid in the start of weight loss. With cases of Cardiac Vulvular Dysfunction (a dysfunctioning heart valve) in patients, this was finally banned.

This does not surprise us, nor should the next diet pill issue. The fact is that the body is not designed to lose a lot of weight in a short period of time. It takes 3500 calories to make that pound of fat, and it takes 3500 calories spent to get rid of it. Any other claim is just simply unfounded. Any other weight loss is water weight or even precious muscle and bone tissue. How long will we accept these false practices in our society, and how long does the FDA feel they need before taking them off the market? Just long enough so that someone has to have severe health limitations. The FDA is not designed to protect society from these companies. It is designed to protect these companies until proven otherwise. It is our job as the citizens to make the decisions with our minds and our wallets.

Trust me, the money is better spent on healthy food, a gym membership, a nutritionist, or your local trainer.

Carrie Harper

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I guarantee that the people suffering from liver damage were not drinking enough water. Any time you put any vitamin, supplement, or pill for that matter into your system, you MUST drink plenty of water. Most people just don't realize that they don't drink nearly enough water.

May 5, 2009 - 8:46am
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You know what? I beleive that the injuries suffered by some were caused by hydroxycut and metabolife, etc. But I also know that these supplements are abused by those who expect too much too quickly. And as a result, they end up hurting themselves. Some people, like myself, do not have the constitution to handle these drugs at the recommended dosage. So I cut the dosage in half. I can name supplements like "Ripped Fuel", "Metabolife", and "Hydroxycut" I've used the ephedra and nonephedra version of all these and have lost weight. I never kept it off though; for some reson when you stop using this stuff, you eat like crazy. But I never got sick. I never exceeded the recommended dosage. If the dosage recommends 1 pill 3 times a day, I take 1 pill before exercise and that's it. If I diet and exercise every day, I lose weight. If my doctor says "stop", "don't", or "reduce" I do it. There were reports that athletes and anorexics were taking 2 to 3 times the recommended dosages---that's crazy!! Everything in moderation. What useful drug can you take where, if abused, won't cause any harm, asprin, water, vitamins, what? But I guess in a world of abusive people, not to mention lawsuit crazy, the FDA has to be careful. I wonder how many of those 23 people took the drug against their doctor's advice? How many actually checked with a doctor(the label recommends it)? The young man who died, he was 19 years old. Was he healthy? Did he take the drug as it was recommended on the container? I just lost 14 pound using the hydroxycut powder. Now I guess I have to go O'natural.

May 4, 2009 - 11:48am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

i agree wholeheartedly,

also, people will take the normal suggestion, and not work out. 2 weeks later they want to know why they havent lost any weight so what do they do? take more. irresponsible use of these products are to blame i believe.

i have used this product, according to the recommended dosage and am as healthy as an ox. and i will find a way to purchase it still and use it.

May 4, 2009 - 10:04pm

That is a great perspective. Nature made us the way we are for a reason and we can choose to make changes over time that will give us the results we want and those small, slow, permanent and healthy choices are better for us than a magic pill (including Rx's and supplements).

Drinking Aloe and taking probiotics over the past year has switched me from an Acidic person that couldn't hold food down to an Alkaline and healthy state. The supplements I took replaced a regimen of prescriptions from an M.D. It was a gradual process.

I wouldn't recommend supplements that promise magic results, but I am thankful for the range of great supplements out there that are natural and can be taken over time to assist in health and wellness goals.

May 4, 2009 - 10:31am
(reply to AZAloe)

I agree with you! Natural elements have healed the sick for thousands of years...long before American medicine!

May 4, 2009 - 3:35pm
EmpowHER Guest

People should look in to muscletech, this is the same people and they had the same results, that is being recalled from the market and then able to start a new company, check this article, http://www.steroidology.com/forum/supplement-forum/92207-another-muscle-tech-law-suit.html tells you everything you need to know.

May 4, 2009 - 6:06am
(reply to Anonymous)

I'm so amazed that any judge would give leeway to any company selling ephedra. I thought the information was pretty clear. Another example of our government systems supporting profit over health.

May 4, 2009 - 3:34pm

I agree! There is no 'miracle' pill for weight loss. Though I wish there was sometimes. :) Diet pills always have negative consequences for your health and mood. It's just not worth the risk. Stick with the old fashioned way of a good diet and regular exercise.

May 3, 2009 - 7:17pm
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