OTC Weight Loss Pills & Supplements: Dangerous -Ineffective
Over the counter weight loss pills Miami are being investigated all over the country and especially in Miami and South Florida. Many over the counter pills claim to produce weight loss. Investigators found large amounts of prescription drugs mixed with the pills. “Consumers have no way of knowing that these products contain powerful drugs that could cause serious health problems” reports the FDA.
Products including 3x Slimming Power, Perfect Slim, Pro-Slim Plus, and Som-o-trim are some of the adulterated weight loss pills. Be suspicious of claims like “no-hunger,” “no exercise,” “fat burner,” or “metabolism booster.” The Old Standbys: Vitamin B 12 shots, and chromium are back again. Whether by pill, or shot these products do not help weight loss.
Many Over the counter weight loss pills Contain Amphetamines & Dangerous Chemicals
Over the counter weight loss pills Miami received serious warning in 2012, concerning Brazilian Diet pills. Because of close connections with Latin America
and the history of easy to obtain illegal drugs, South Florida, especially Miami has
been an easy source of illegal weight loss pills and supplements. Products such as–Magrece Sim and Herbathin. Marketed as “dietary supplements,” they contained high doses of amphetamines, and the active ingredients in Librium and Prozac. They may be habit forming, and can cause anxiety, heart palpitations, drowsiness, dizziness and impair the ability to drive.
OTC Weight Loss Supplements Often Contain High Doses of Other Dangerous Drugs:
Over the counter weight loss pills Miami was reported by Dr Pieter Cohen from Harvard Medical School in 2007. He reviewed the abuse of Fenproporex, the second most often prescribed amphetamine-based appetite suppressant. Fenproporex is known to be addictive and is rapidly converted into amphetamine in the body. The internet and other illegal markets have made these drugs even more available.
Ephedra, or ma huang, is an herbal stimulant that the FDA banned in 2004 because of side effects. Bitter orange is used in some weight-loss supplements. It is similar to ephedra and is ineffective.
“Natural” Labelled OTC Supplement Does NOT Mean Safe:
What is the overweight individual to do when faced with the temptation to take these types of substance? Three things should come to mind:
1. “ Natural” and “herbal” are not necessarily safe. They are not effective, even if they were safe.
2. Any substance marketed as a ” dietary supplement” should be suspect- no FDA regulation of these chemicals
3. Other than vitamins and minerals for some alcoholics, malnourished individuals, children and pregnant women, few if any people really need “supplements.”
There are NO safe and effective OTC Diet Pills in the first place.
Over the counter weight loss pills Miami: TheyDon’t Work and They Can Harm You.
If you do not obtain them with a prescription from a licensed physician following an office evaluation, don’t take them. They will not work and they can harm you.
The only safe and effective weight loss pills in the U.S. are prescription drugs,which include phentermine, diethylpropion and phendimetrazine in the appetite suppressor group and Orlistat in the fat blocker group as well as the newer medications Contrave, Belviq and Qsymia. If you are considering these drugs, seek a physician with skill in prescribing the best medication for your situation.
Here is a summary of the FDA’s Comments on OTC Dietary Supplements labelled as “weight control products.”
“FDA has identified an emerging trend where over-the-counter products, frequently represented as dietary supplements, contain hidden active ingredients that could be harmful. Consumers may unknowingly take products laced with varying quantities of approved prescription drug ingredients, controlled substances, and untested and unstudied pharmaceutically active ingredients. These deceptive products can harm you! Hidden ingredients are increasingly becoming a problem in products promoted for weight loss.” The FDA publishes a on-going list of each dietary supplement with hidden ingredients.
Here is list of partial OTC supplements that have little value for weight loss:
Chitosan (from exoskeleton of shellfish)
|Blocks absorption of dietary fat||Probably ineffective; few well-designed studies||Uncommon: upset stomach, nausea, gas, increased stool bulk, constipation|
|Chromium (essential mineral)||Increases lean muscle mass, decreases appetite, increases calories burned||Probably ineffective||Uncommon: watery stools, headache, weakness, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, constipation, dizziness, hives|
|Conjugated linoleic acid (derived from dairy products and beef)||Reduces body fat||Possible modest benefit||Upset stomach, nausea, constipation, loose stools; may decrease good cholesterol and increase bad cholesterol|
|Green coffee extract||Reduces absorption of sugar (glucose), increases calorie and fat metabolism||Possible modest benefit||Excessive use: anxiety, agitation, insomnia, nausea, irregular heartbeat|
|Green tea extract||Decreases fat absorption, increases calorie and fat metabolism||Possible slight benefit||Long-term use with high doses: insomnia, agitation, dizzinesss, nausea, vomiting, bloating, gas, diarrhea; reports of liver damage|
|Guar gum (derived from Indian cluster bean)||Blocks absorption of dietary fat, increases feeling of fullness||Probably ineffective||Abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea|
Hoodia (succulent plant)
|Decreases appetite||Probably ineffective; insufficient data||Headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting; possible increase in heart rate and blood pressure|
Anti Oxidants and Vitamins for Weight Loss
The American Heart Association and the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Science does not recommend using antioxidant supplements “until more complete data are in.” They conclude that vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and beta-carotene should come from food, not supplements.
Vitamin E is found in vegetable oils, walnuts, peanuts, almonds, seeds, olives, avocado, wheat germ, liver, and leafy green vegetables. It protects the membranes that safeguard our cells from damage.
Vitamin C is in citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit as well as broccoli, leafy green vegetables, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, cantaloupe, and strawberries. It scavenges free radicals that are in a watery environment, such as inside your cells.
Beta-carotene is found in cantaloupe, mangoes, papaya, pumpkin, peppers, spinach, kale, squash, sweet potatoes, and apricots. It protects energized oxygen from attacking our cells.
Selenium is in seafood, beef, pork, chicken, Brazil nuts, brown rice, and whole wheat bread. It is also protects cells from energized oxygen.
Anti-oxidants may not prolong your life, but in fact may actually be harmful says all of the recent evidence. They certainly do not help any weight loss program.
Vitamin E or C in a Weight Loss Program
Jane E. Brody, a science writer for the New York Times writes about the emerging scientific evidence that there is little benefit from taking Vitamin E or C in her March 24, 2009 article in the New York Times. She carefully reviews all of the emerging evidence that antioxidants may actually increase heart failure and not protect against strokes or heart attacks.
She notes that recent studies over the past 4 years have demonstrated no benefit in preventing any forms of cancer or helping Alzheimer’s disease. She ends her review: “If only all those hopeful forecasts had turned out to be true. Just as a well-designed clinical trial disproved the notion that postmenopausal hormones could keep women heart-healthy, controlled clinical trials of vitamin E have found this supplement wanting, as well. The same is true of another antioxidant, vitamin C. Simply put there is no quick fix.”
More About Antioxidants
Much has been written about the actions and benefits of antioxidants, but these studies are among the first critical evaluations. Here is a summary of other studies reported by the National Cancer Institute’s Fact Sheet:
“Massive large-scale clinical trials published in the 1990s reached differing conclusions about the effect of antioxidants on cancer. The studies examined the effect of beta-carotene and other antioxidants on cancer in different patient groups. However, beta-carotene appeared to have different effects depending upon the patient population. The conclusions of each study are summarized below.”
- The first large randomized trial on antioxidants and cancer risk was the Chinese Cancer Prevention Study, published in 1993. This trial investigated the effect of a combination of beta-carotene, vitamin E, and selenium on cancer in healthy Chinese men and women at high risk for gastric cancer. The study showed a combination of beta-carotene, vitamin E, and selenium significantly reduced incidence of both gastric cancer and cancer overall.
- A 1994 cancer prevention study entitled the Alpha-Tocopherol (vitamin E)/Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention Study (ATBC) demonstrated that lung cancer rates of Finnish male smokers increased significantly with beta-carotene and were not affected by vitamin E.
- Another 1994 study, the Beta-Carotene and Retinol (vitamin A) Efficacy Trial (CARET), also demonstrated a possible increase in lung cancer associated with antioxidants.
- The 1996 Physicians’ Health Study I (PHS) found no change in cancer rates associated with beta-carotene and aspirin taken by U.S. male physicians.
- The 1999 Women’s Health Study (WHS) tested effects of vitamin E and beta-carotene in the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease among women age 45 years or older. Among apparently healthy women, there was no benefit or harm from beta-carotene supplementation. Investigation of the effect of vitamin E is ongoing.”
A 1997 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 60 to 200 mg of vitamin E a day strengthened the immune system but 800 mg of vitamin E resulted in worse immunity than receiving no vitamin E at all. This fact sheet also includes ongoing studies and those to be reported in the next few years.
Benefits of Vitamins and Supplements on Miami Diet Plan?
Vitamin and dietary supplements provide no significant, if any, health benefits. The answer is clear for the first time. In the February 9, 2009 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, Dr. Neuhouser and 14 other researchers from over 10 medical centers across the United States reported these results after following over 161,000 women for more than 8 years.
They found no evidence that taking dietary supplements, including vitamins, had any effect on lifespan, cancer, or heart disease. Dr. Neuhouser concludes the money is better spent on “buying more fruits and vegetables.” Like seeking organic or “healthy” foods, consuming vitamins and supplements also only distract the dieter from what is important–making better food choices and doing a little exercise. Most of us get all the vitamins in the food we eat!