Hoodia and Dangerous Alternatives – Are You Playing Russian Roulette?
How does a nice game of Russian roulette sound to you? Here’s how we will play our little game. We will put a couple of bullets in the gun, one of the bullets will be a blank (completely harmless), and the other will be a regular bullet. Next we will point it to our head, give the chamber a spin and keep pulling the trigger until we hear a bang (or part of a bang). Now doesn’t that sound fun? Now would anybody with a smidgen of smarts want to play this game? No they wouldn’t, however, millions of intelligent people play this game with their diet pill choices.
These people purchase appetite suppressants without finding out what’s, well, in the chamber. The results can be disastrous.
Phentermine–Is It A Bullet?
Here is the Wikipedia definition of phentermine:
“It is approved as an appetite suppressant to help reduce weight in obese patients when used short-term and combined with exercise, diet, and behavioral modification. It is typically prescribed for individuals who are at increased medical risk because of their weight and works by helping to release certain chemicals in the brain that control appetite.”
Phentermine was first sold under the name of “Fastin”, but was removed from the market in 1998 due to questioanable side effects.
However, pharmaceutical companies don’t give up easily. To its shame, a company combined phentermine with fenfluramine or dexfenfluramine and begin selling it as Fen-Phen. Phentermine and fenfluamine turned out to be a dangerous combination and so the problems really began.
In 1997, after 24 cases of heart valve problems otc phentermine alternative for weight loss in Fen-Phen users, fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine were voluntarily removed from the market. This was done at the request of the FDA. Findings later proved that nearly 30% of those who were using fenfluramine or dexfenfluramine had developed abnormal valves. This has given phentermine a bad name, although it was the fenfluramine/phentermine combination that caused this serious problem.
However, phentermine is effective as an appetite suppressant and is still sold today. The various brands that are sold today are fairly well tolerated, but do have side effects, such as:
- Increased energy level
- Increased blood pressure
The above are the more common side effects. Phentermine does have some more serious, rare side effects, but the worst comes from overdose.
If you do decide to try phentermine, be sure you take it under a doctor’s care.
Now How About Hoodia?
This diet pill does not affect a patient’s heart rate, mental state or even blood pressure. It simply and safely fools the body into thinking that it’s already had a lot of glucose and thus shuts off hunger signals. The natives in South Africa have been using it for thousands of years to suppress hung