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The Dangers of Weight Loss Supplements

Posted on March 10, 2011 by 8 Comments

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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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Can Medicine End Obesity?

Posted on November 29, 2010 by 3 Comments

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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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