How big is the weight loss market? We all know how big it is. And the company that ends up dominating that market is set to make billions.
The average American is now 23lb overweight!!
With all this scramble-which doesn't seem to take people's health into account-you would be forgiven for forgetting that there is a natural weight loss program, that does not put people's health in jeopardy, or have you living on plastic food or sweating blood at the gym
Your quest should primarily be for good health.
This potential for profit is why drug companies are falling over one another to come up with a drug that can pass FDA approval.
But let me ask you this: How long have we been at this... I mean, using the drug approach to
help people lose excess weight?
Have this approach worked?
You and I know the answer to that question..NO. There are more overweight people now than ever before
But these drug companies are not interested in just any product or combination of products that would help, however effective that may be
No, not at all
They are only interested in something they, and only they, can synthesize in their labs. That way, they can patent the final product, and monopolise the profits it can generate for years to come.
Unfortunately, in the pursuit of the potential profits of the weight loss drug that eventually wins out, these companies have forgotten one importnat factor-the patient.
Or may be, they didn't forget-may be they care about their profits more than the welfare of the patients.
How else would you explain the way these drug companies dismiss the serious side effects of their drugs, in the hope of securing approval from regulators?
But here is the outrage-some of these drugs are off-label prescriptions, anyway!
What does that mean?
It means these drugs were not manufactured for the purpose of losing weight in the first place.
The manufacturer just woke up one day and just figured...you know what, we have all these drugs just lying around doing nothing, what if we combine drug A with drug B, we might actually have a weight loss block buster on our hands! We can all retire to our ranches and sail around the world on our yatchs.
At least, that's what they must have thought.
Except... there is just one tiny problem-actually, there are two major problems.
But overweight people are desperate. They want to know how to lose weight fast, so they can go on with their lives without the associated problems of obesity
And these drug companies know that
But the question overweight people should be asking is how to lose weight safely, not just fast
After all, you could get the same result if you starve yourself, but no one will argue that that's the best way.
You would remember that the FDA, in 2010, rejected a "hybrid" weight loss drug.
Never mind that it had not been adequately tested, has no statistical advantage over a placebo, and has serious side effects such as:
But the manufacturer applied for approval anyway
I don't fancy myself an expert, but it is a stretch to think this kind of pharmaceutical grafting can help people.
Want to shed the pounds, and go from flabby to fit?
There is another way...safer, and effective way.
Anyway, that "hybrid" combined an anti-depressant drug with a smoking cessation drug-AND..
....they had a weight loss product-at least they thought they did.
That seemed like a big leap-to a normal person, that is- but the potential for profits can make you think you're superman, so much so, that such leap becomes easy.
Thank God, the FDA was not impressed by this kind of chemical gymnastics, so it rightly rejected Contrave on safety grounds.
But I hope you were not holding your breath because they'll keep on trying..
Oh! it's now 2012, and they just did, again.
Now, another drug company hopes to strong arm the FDA into approving its weight loss drug.
Nothing else has changed from the harmful side effects of the previous ones. The only difference this time, are the "chemical soup ingredients"
A stimulant(Phentermine) + Epilepsy and migraine drug(Topax)=Qnexa (a supposedly effective weight loss super pill!!
What beautiful mathematics!
Except it's not. Just pure, fuzzy mathematics.
I know what you're thinking: These people can't be serious!!
Of course, they are.
This latest incarnation, Qnexa, was rejected in 2010 by the FDA. The side effects of this incarnation include: birth defects, heart problems, suicidal thoughts etc.
And listen to the bizzare suggestion made by the manufacturer in the face of stiff FDA resistance:
The company wants the FDA to approve the drugs, while it conducts large scale tests for safety.
Remember, while the company is conducting these safety tests, you will be taking the pills, together with the side effects. And you thought they didn't care.
I am sorry, but isn't that backwards.. shouldn't it be the other way around?
And if after these tests, it comes out that the concerns of the FDA about this weight loss pills are justified, and people have been harmed.....?
Well, that would be billions of dollars in profits later. You have nothing against free enterprise, do you?
Listen, this is my take on this weight loss thing. A lot of people are looking for a pill that will just strip the fat away like magic. But, you know something though, there is no such pill.
If there were, don't you think everyone would be slim and fit by now?
You want a successful weight loss, you have to work for it. There is no short cut. You could manufacture one, but it won't take you anywhere.
Losing weight is not easy. It took some time to put on the weight. It is going to take some time to get back in shape too.
The promise of a magic pill is a recipe for disaster-and any program that promises you that, is after your wallet or does not know what it's talking about. The body is just too smart for that.
No program that hopes to stampede the body into doing anything can succeed. Not only that, your body will actually "punish" you, by putting back on any weight you might have lost, and then some, just to show you who is boss.
You do not need drugs to lose weight. You do not need to buy any over hyped program. You can buy them if your wallet is too uncomfortable for your money.
The major component in your weight loss program, is YOU, not any gimmick. I admit, gimmicks do work-but only in trasferring money from people looking for the easy way out, to those peddling those gimmicks.
I'll say it again, you do not need drugs to lose weight.
What you need to do is cooperate with the body, instead of trying to force it to do what you want. It is a contest you'll lose before it even begins. The body has a few million years of evolutionary advantage over you.Co-operate with the body's innate intelligence, give it what it needs and it, in turn will give you what you want.
That is the secret to losing weight safely. Doesn't that make sense to you?
It does to me.
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P.P.S This just in...
Now, the FDA committee charged with reviewing this line of drugs has just voted 20 to 2 ( as of Feb 22, 2012) to approve Qnexa-the first approval of such drug in 13 years
This approval came from the same panel that rejected it 10 to 6 in 2010!
Never mind that the side effects-birth defects heart problems etc.-have not magically disappeared
And there is no claim that this weight loss drug is safe-just that the benefits outweigh the risks
Well, cheers to all risk takers then
If I were you, before I put any pill in my mouth, I, and only I, will determine the risks, and if I am willing to lose weight at the expense of my health
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