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Consumer interest in hoodia gordonii skyrockets, but can it really help with weight loss?

Monday, November 22, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: hoodia, health news, Natural News


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It's a bold promise: a plant that can turn off your hunger like a light switch. The ultimate appetite suppressant. The "sure thing" strategy for losing weight. Almost sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? Pfizer didn't think so: they spent $32 million just for the rights to a patent on chemical compounds they could extract from hoodia. The plan, of course, was to create the next blockbuster drug for treating patients who are overweight or obese.

And that's a lot of people. Nearly 2/3rds of adults in the United States are now overweight. Almost a third are clinically obese. People are gaining pounds like never before, all across the world, and doctors are being asked to get more actively involved in helping people shed those pounds.

What people need, we all seem to believe, is a miracle drug. A magic bullet solution. Pop it in your mouth and you'll magically lose weight, even while chomping down another bag of greasy potato chips or that second tub of ice cream.

What we all seem to desire is a chemical savior... a substance to redeem us from our unwillingness to exercise. Something to save us from ourselves.

Enter hoodia gordonii

And then, like a lone flower blossoming in the desert, a plant quietly appears from the desert itself: hoodia gordonii. Used by thousands of years as an appetite suppressant by the San tribe in South Africa, hoodia seems to turn off the human appetite. Your hunger drive just vanishes. You simply don't want to eat. And the pounds fall off without even trying.

The magic bullet has arrived, it seems, and everybody who has heard about hoodia suddenly wants some. Yet there are hucksters and con artists at work. Some are selling worthless products. Others are exaggerating or mislabeling their ingredients. It's a dangerous market and, of course, entirely unregulated.

But to tell you that story, I have to back up for a minute and tell you a different story -- one we all know too well: the recurring nightmare of trying to lose weight.

Weight loss strategies all share the same fault

They tell you to work out to lose weight. They tell you to take metabolism boosting supplements. They tell you to stop eating sugar, ice cream, saturated fat and carbohydrates. Sound familiar?

You can do all that and still pack on the pounds. Because what the experts don't tell you is that in order to burn the excess fat off your body, you're going to have to experience extreme hunger. The kind of hunger that's simply impossible for any reasonable human being to resist...

Eventually, no matter how badly you want to lose weight, you're going to eat. And chances are, if you're like me, you're going to eat and eat and eat. You'll gain back whatever pounds you lost, and you'll add a few more pounds on top of that.

Can you stand the hunger?

Every weight loss product, gimmick, diet or contraption you've ever seen shares the same fatal flaw: no matter how much you diet or exercise, and no matter what pills you take, you're going to feel extremely hungry, day in and day out.

Think those metabolism boosters will make you lose weight? Sure, they burn calories for a few hours, and then your blood sugar drops and you feel hungrier than ever. So you eat to make up for it, and you're right back where you started.

Think those fat blockers or carbohydrate blockers are going to help you? All they do is stop your body from digesting the food you've swallowed. So you're still hungry anyway and you soon find yourself eating again.

Have you tried the Atkins diet? I bet, like most people, you eventually caved in and headed straight for the carbs, right? That's because our bodies crave carbohydrates.

Tried to exercise your way to being slim? If you're like most people, though, the more you exercise, the hungrier you get.

The real problem turns out to be appetite control. And that's what we'll explore in part 2 of this investigative series about Hoodia Gordonii. Watch NewsTarget.com for the next article, or just use the Google search box below to search for hoodia (which will bring up all the articles on hoodia).

Continue with part 2.


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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.

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