Diet Pills and Weight Loss Drugs: Urgent Consumer Alert

April 19th, 2011
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Today’s post is in honor of honesty and truth in the health and fitness field. So I have a handful of extremely helpful items for you – and everyone else you’d like to share this with.

The first reason for this post is to maintain my promise to you. To keep you informed and up to date on the dangerous and scandalous doings in the fitness and nutrition business. Consumers are VERY vulnerable when it comes to this topic – so I do all I can to help you, protect you and keep you safe…

The second reason for this post is to celebrate the release of an awesome new free report from my partners at prograde: What They NEVER Want You To Find Out About Diet Pills

But don’t go there yet – please read these updates first so you know the dangers that surround you and your loved ones every day…

1) Diet Pill/Weight-Loss Pill Consumer Alert

Irwin Naturals enters $2.65 million settlement.

Irwin Naturals, of Los Angeles, CA, has agreed pay $2.65 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the District Attorneys of Orange, Alameda, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Solano, and Sonoma counties. The suit, filed about two years ago, charged that the company:

**Violated Proposition 65, which requires a warning label on products that expose the consumer to over half a microgram of lead per day.

**Marketed hoodia products that did not contain the Hoodia gordonii herb. Laboratory testing revealed that certain Irwin Naturals products, Green Tea Fat Metabolizer and Green Tea Fat Burner, contained over half a microgram of lead. Samples of the company’s System Six and Green Tea Fat Meltdown dietary supplements tested up to 10 times over the legal limit of lead and Green Tea Fat Burner tested over 14 times over the legal limit of lead.

**Failed to reimburse customers in timely fashion for returned products.

**Charged some direct sales customers for products not ordered.

The settlement requires Irwin to pay $1.95 million in civil penalties, up to $100,000 in restitution to California consumers who did not receive previously request refunds, and $600,000 in investigative costs. Without admitting fault, the company also agreed to injunctive terms that would prevent any future unfair or deceptive business practices. Officials say the outcome is the largest multi-jurisdictional settlement of its kind in California by a dietary supplement manufacturer for unfair business practices. [Dietary supplement distributor to pay $2.65 million to settle historic statewide unfair business practices lawsuit. News release, Orange County District Attorney, Feb 1, 2011] http://www.orangecountyda.com/home/index.asp?page=8&recordid=2171

2) 2010 Slim Chance Awards Announced

Francie M. Berg, M.S., who operates the Healthy Weight Network, has issued the 22nd annual set of “Slim Chance Awards” to weight-loss schemes promoters. Her 2010 picks are:

**Worst Claim: Ultimate Cleanse. Ultimate Cleanse cashes in on a popular quack theme: the body must be detoxified regularly to get rid of wastes and toxins. Aside from their basic silliness, cleansing programs are often high-risk, containing potent laxatives.

**Worst Product: HCG Supplements. HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), a hormone produced during pregnancy, is claimed to reset the hypothalamus, improve metabolism and mobilize fat stores. However, there is no scientific evidence supporting HCG treatment as a weight or fat loss strategy. Common short-term effects include fatigue, headache, mood swings, depression, confusion, dizziness and stomach pain.

**Most Outrageous: Basic Research LLC. Basic Research, marketer of bogus products, carries an extensive history of FTC warnings, charges, fines and on-going lawsuits against multiple products. Also doing business as Carter-Reed Company, it has been a plaintiff or defendant in more than 40 suits filed in federal court in the past five years.

**Worst Gimmick: Lapex BCS Lipo Laser. Promoters promise: “Lose 31/2 -7 inches of fat in 3 weeks. . . . proven inches lost, without diet or exercise . . . the LipoLaser is the only non-diet, non-invasive, pain-free way to lose inches of fat . . . all effortlessly and easily.” Supposedly, shining the lighted device on a pocket of fat gives results “almost exactly the same as exercise” only instead of “hormones opening the fat cells with exercise, the Laser light opens the fat cells-right through your skin. The same stuff comes out of the fat cells.”

I know I have some ’scientific’ subscribers who will appreciate this Review Article from the Journal of Obesity:
Drugs/Pharmacotherapies for Obesity: Past, Current, and Future Therapies
- Lisa L. Ioannides-Demos, Loretta Piccenna, and John J. McNeil
- Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Alfred Centre, Commercial Road, Melbourne, VIC 3004, Australia

Obesity Drugs & Diet Pills: Past, Present and Future – The Inside Scoop

And..

The report below may be the most important report you read all year. PLEASE share today’s entire blog post with anyone you know who needs to learn about all the garbage that is out there – and how to separate it from the true and honest information.

And here is the link to new free report from my partners at prograde: What They NEVER Want You To Find Out About Diet Pills

free diet pill report link
click to get your copy now.

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