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The Dangers of Weight Loss Supplements

Posted on March 10, 2011 by 8 Comments

supplementsPerhaps you’ve seen ads on the Internet or pills at a convenience store that promise to cut your appetite, speed your metabolism, or melt away extra pounds, and wondered if they could help aid your weight loss efforts.

Their promises sound tempting, but the FDA recently cracked down on a number of such supplements, issuing a warning that they may be ineffective at best and downright dangerous to your health at worst.


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Could the New Weight Loss Medication Help You?

Posted on December 27, 2010 by 1 Comment

medicationIf it passes final FDA approval on Jan. 31, a new weight loss medication called Contrave could soon be available. Could it help you? Possibly, and especially if you struggle with food addiction issues.

Unlike appetite suppressants and other existing weight loss medications, Contrave works in a new way by combining two medications currently in use to treat nicotine and other addictions—naltrexone SR and bupropion SR­—into one.


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Can Medicine End Obesity?

Posted on November 29, 2010 by 3 Comments

medicationIn recent weeks, the weight loss drug sibutramine (Meridia) has been pulled from the market due to an increased risk of heart attacks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also failed to approve lorcaserin (Lorqess), because of a possible cancer connection, as well as phentermine/topiramate (Qnexa), because of possible health risks, including birth defects and heart problems. This has left some declaring that science should stop looking to medications to help with the battle of the bulge.

I strongly disagree. While I do support possibly dangerous medications being taken off the table, I by no means think we should completely abandon the search for a possible pharmaceutical solution to the obesity epidemic.


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Food Sensitivities and Your Weight

Posted on November 15, 2010 by Leave a comment

Foos sensitivitiesCould you be sensitive to a food you eat on a regular basis, and not even know it? Could that sensitivity be playing a role in your weight problems?

The answer to both is, “Yes.”

Unlike food allergies (like the well-known peanut allergy) that can lead to acute reactions like difficulty breathing, food sensitivities are much more subtle and are related to a part of the immune system we don’t fully understand.


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