diet supplements

Homeopathic hCG

I wrote about the HCG diet a while ago. My conclusion at that time was that the hCG itself has no effect on weight loss. Eating only 500 calories per day for 23 – 40 days is what produces weight loss. Who wouldn’t lose weight on 500 calories per day? But the hCG proponents insist […]


Chocolate as a Health Food

No, it’s not a joke. Newspapers (like Businessweek)  have articles today where they refer to a review of existing research that suggests that chocolate may lower your risk of stroke. Of the three studies reviewed, one found no significant association between chocolate consumption and risk of stroke. But another found that the stroke rate was […]


Acai Scam Settlement

Attorney General Reaches National Settlement with Dietary Supplement Company ~ Companies marketed Acai berry supplements, among others ~ TALLAHASSEE, FL – Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced that his office has reached a national settlement with an internet-based company that markets non-prescription dietary and health supplements. The settlement resolves allegations that the company, Aton Solutions, […]


FTC Charges Hoodia Marketers

FTC Charges Marketers of ‘Hoodia’ Weight Loss Supplements With Deceptive Advertising The Federal Trade Commission has charged the suppliers of supposed Hoodia gordonii, also known as hoodia, with deceptive advertising for claiming that using their product would lead to weight loss and appetite suppression. In its complaint, the FTC alleges that the defendants not only […]


Stop Taking Hydroxycut

A few months ago, FDA released a list with names of diet pills that were considered unsafe.  Hydroxycut was not one of them, but FDA now warns consumers to immediately stop taking this popular diet pill. The FDA Press Release states: FDA Warns Consumers to Stop Using Hydroxycut Products Dietary Supplements Linked to One Death; […]


Tired of Diet Scams

My local radio station is blasting weight loss ads for everything from Evercleanse (lose 10 – 25 pounds of toxic waste from your colon!) to a skin care company (!) that now has developed a diet pill. Online is even worse. New “diet” supplement ads pop up all the time. There must be money to […]


Sensa Weight Loss System

Browsing the internet, I come across crazy diets all the time. All of them promise fast and easy weight loss. Often without diet (eat all the food you want!) and without exercise. Magic! Obviously there is a market for these diets. Otherwise they wouldn’t exist. So are we so gullible? Do we so easily believe […]


To Supplement or Not To Supplement

That is the question. A report from 2006 by NIH (National Institute of Health) recently came to my attention. This report (Ref below) discusses the benefits (or lack thereof) of vitamins and supplements. Not surprisingly, they found little evidence (or rather, none) that they do us any good. The conclusions were (as I understand them): […]


Beware of “Natural” Weight Loss Supplements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that there is a range of diet pills being sold nationwide, as well as over the internet, that are now considered unsafe. FDA suggests to consult with your health care professional before taking dietary supplements to treat obesity or other diseases. All consumers should be familiar with […]