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Weight Loss Supplements—Are They Worth the Cost and Potential Risks?

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  • Weight loss pills are a nod to the pharmaceutical Band-Aid mentality, and actually run counter to the idea of a healthy lifestyle. This is why I stopped selling weight loss supplements, and it’s why I encourage others to stop
  • Supplements that are deemed hazardous are typically “spiked” with some form of pharmaceutical drug or synthetic ingredient
  • Suspect products are typically of the weight loss or “fat burner” variety, along with muscle-building and energy beverages or pills
  • Pro-pharmaceutical spokesmen have been repeatedly been quoted as saying that dietary supplements are unregulated and need stricter oversight due to the hazards they pose to your health
  • This is patently false, as the FDA regulates both finished dietary supplement products and dietary ingredients under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA)

By Dr. Mercola

Weight loss supplements are notorious for producing negative publicity for the supplement industry. Manufacturers of these "miracle pills" really aren't making them because they truly work and are a valuable part of a healthy lifestyle; they make them because they sell.

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