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Diet pills make comeback with ephedra-free weight loss supplements

Monday, May 10, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: nutritional supplements, losing weight, ephedra


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Following the politically movitvated ban on ephedra by the FDA, makers of diet pills and weight loss supplements have been frantically reformulating their products to achieve ephedra-like results. The most common alternative? Caffeine.

The real story on diet pills, however, isn't so simple. For starters, there's the ephedra ban which has been illegally initiated by a rogue government agency that primarily serves to protect the pharmaceutical industry while discrediting all nutritional supplements. There are 150 deaths apparently linked to ephedra. Over-the-counter pain medications kill 40,000 American each year by comparison. Prescription drugs kill another 100,000. Where is the FDA outcry on these drugs?

Second, there's the abuse issue. You can't possible be killed by ephedra unless you abuse it by taking too many pills at once in some sort of desparate weight loss attempt. Over-the-counter pain pills and prescription drugs, by comparison, kill people even when taken at the proper dosage So there's a tremendous difference in the risk of death with ephedra vs. prescription drugs, and yet the FDA chose to focus on ephedra.

The real story goes beyond just the FDA, by the way: people taking diet pills are seeking to accelerate their weight loss efforts, of course. While using nutritional supplements to aid in weight loss is fine, far too many consumers rely exclusively on diet pills rather than addressing the fundamentals: nutrition and physical exercise. If you don't stop drinking soft drinks and eating metabolic disruptors, you'll never lose weight. If you don't exercise an hour a day, you'll never be thin. If you don't supplement your diet with nutritionally-dense superfoods like chlorella, quinoa and flax oil, you'll never be able to lose the weight you really want.

You can't get thin from taking a pill. Yes, a pill can help, but the real effort has to come from you.


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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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