Richard G. Petty, MD

The Price of False Weight Loss Claims

It has just been reported that this afternoon the United States Federal Trade Commission has recovered more than $25 million ro settle allegations of deceptive marketing for four products:

  1. Xenadrine EFX
  2. CortiSlim
  3. TrimSpa
  4. One-A-Day WeightSmart

This is not a surprise. For anyone with any knowledge of human metabolism some of the claims made in television and print advertisements were really far-fetched.

The fines may sound large, but are probably just a drop in the bucket for the companies.

This legal action is all about false claims, but there is another worry, and that is that some of the alleged weight-loss products may also have side effects. Two months ago I mentioned that there are currently investigations underway of at least two people who appeared to have developed manic symptoms while on Cortislim. It remains to be seen if there is a causal relationship.

Pretty much ANYTHING will help you lose weight in the short term. But if these products really worked and were safe, then why on earth wouldn’t doctors and nurses be using them themselves and prescribing them to their patients?

Sad to say weight loss does not come in a bottle: I only wish that it did!

Stick with the principles of gradually modifying your diet, exercise and be aware of the psychological traps that can sabotage healthy living. And please don’t waste your money on quick fixes that cannot possibly work.

If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

About Richard G. Petty, MD
Dr. Richard G. Petty, MD is a world-renowned authority on the brain, and his revolutionary work on human energy systems has been acclaimed around the globe. He is also an accredited specialist in internal and metabolic medicine, endocrinology, psychiatry, acupuncture and homeopathy. He has been an innovator and leader of the human potential movement for over thirty years and is also an active researcher, teacher, writer, professional speaker and broadcaster. He is the author of five books, including the groundbreaking and best selling CD series Healing, Meaning and Purpose. He has taught in over 45 countries and 48 states in the last ten years, but spends as much time as possible on his horse farm in Georgia.

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