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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Alli Weight Loss Pill

Alli has become the first FDA-approved over-the-counter weight loss drug. This drug was originally approved in 1999 as a prescription drug to treat obesity. The drug works by blocking fat absorption.

Alli is not the first weight loss drug available to people with overweight problems. However, are these pills the magic bullet to shed all the extra pounds? Alli hasn't been around for too long. That means no one knows its long-term impact of on one's health. If you do take the pills, you may be the human guinea pig for these pharmaceutical companies that make and market these drugs, but fail to alert the public about the lack of knowledge on the long-term side effects.

The ultimate goal of losing weight is to live a healthier life. If Alli may harm your body in the long run, is it worth the risk? We often associate the FDA approval stamp with safety. We often associate the over-the-counter label as safe and easy. But in reality, nothing can be further from the truth.

FDA has recalled both prescription and over-the-counter drugs in the past and will continue to do so in the future. Why FDA has failed the consumers so many times in the past? First, many drugs were not given enough time to learn their long-term side effects. Sometimes, the side effect may not show in 10 years or 20 years. If a drug is safe for use for 1 year, it doesn't mean it is safe for 5 years. Second, it is more common than we'd like to addmit that medical and clinical study results are often fabricated, misinterpreted and misrepresented. Pharmaceutical companies directly and indirectly sponsor many studies of their own drugs. They pour a lot of money into so-called independent labs. The funding of these labs may be at jeopardy if their results are not in favor the drugs they are asked to test.

Even more disturbing is that very often, these big pharmaceutical companies kill or surpress studies that show negative impacts of their drugs. In the era of big corporate profit, these companies put their bottomline on top of consumer safety. On the Alli website, it seems the side effects of this magic pill are so mild. But can you trust that is really true? I can't!

If you lose pounds by taking Alli, are you going to be hooked for the rest of your life or are you going to change your lifestyle as the long-term weight loss solution? If you are going to change your lifestyle, you may as well do it NOW instead of relying on these weight loss drugs.

1 Comments:

  • The ultimate goal of losing weight is to live a healthier life. If Alli may harm your body in the long run, is it worth the risk? We often associate the FDA approval stamp with safety. We often associate the over-the-counter label as safe and easy. But in reality, nothing can be further from the truth.Article is very nice

    By Anonymous Self Improvement Books, at 3:52 AM  

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