Archive for April 30th, 2015

If you take weight-loss supplements, do you know what is in them? The previous blog (4-12-15) gave pertinent information on unidentified ingredients and other problems with those weight-loss products. I cited information to check to assure safety. But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warnings continue. Now they have flagged:

  • Black Mamba Hyperrush,
  • Diablos ECA Fire Caps,
  • Natural Max Slimming,
  • Lean Body Extreme,
  • Botanical Slimming.

Even as a qualified dietitian-nutritionist, it is impossible to keep abreast of current products. However, if you should see any of the above promoted or on store shelves, be wary.

The first four products included sibutramine (Meridia), a substance banned in 2010 and mentioned in the earlier blog. This drug is especially harmful to those with heart disease.

These same products also contained phenolphthalein, a laxative once found in X-Lax and other laxative products. The government banned this drug in the 1990s because of its carcinogenic properties. All laxatives with this substance were withdrawn from the market.

Botanical Slimming added in fluoxetine, a type of antidepressant.

Three of the above products contained generic Viagra. Does anyone not recognize this product? This drug can cause serious health problems when taken with prescription drugs, especially those having nitrates.

These are only a few of the many products that may cause problems. A healthy 21-year-old in England took a weight-loss supplement containing DNP(dinitrophenol). DNP is an organic chemical used in the industrial industry, especially in cleaning products. DNP speeds up the body’s metabolism and actually burns from within. The young woman sensed symptoms and drove herself to the hospital. Toxicology reports revealed the substance, and medical personal could only watch helplessly because nothing could counteract the chemical. In the past several decades, FDA  officials linked DNP to at least 62 deaths.

How tragic. A vibrant life lost because of no control on labeling of weight-loss supplements. A former medical officer for FDA went so far as to say that most everyone selling dietary supplements for weight-loss was a liar and charlatan who preyed on those who did not understand the pharmacology of obesity. Strong words for those unknown pills and potions we take into our bodies.

Don’t be a victim. It may seem weight-loss the old-fashioned way of diet and exercise is slow─and usually it is. But at least you will live to tell about it, and your health and well-being will improve at the same time. Beware!



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