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Archive for May 13th, 2009

By Simeon Margolis, M.D., Ph.D. – Posted on Fri, May 08, 2009, 11:01 am PDT

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found more tainted and dangerous weight loss dietary supplements.

Since millions of overweight or obese Americans are desperate to find a pain-free way to lose weight, it is not surprising that unscrupulous companies have seized the opportunity to make millions by promoting worthless, and even dangerous, weight loss products to unwary consumers.

Late in April, the FDA issued a warning to consumers to stop taking the Hydoxycut line of weight loss products, which have been associated with a number of serious adverse effects including liver and kidney failure. Hydroxycut products are probably the best known weight loss supplements and are sold in national chain stores including GNC and Vitamin Shoppe as pills, drinks, and powders. They are promoted as a way to increase energy, burn calories, and control appetite. Although the manufacturer, Iovate Health Services, has voluntarily withdrawn 14 products, the FDA urges consumers who have already purchased them to throw them away.

Some months ago I wrote about a December 22, 2008 FDA nationwide alert, urging people not to buy or use more than 25 weight loss products sold on various web sites and in some retail stores. Subsequently the FDA has issued two more alerts that, by March 22nd, had expanded to 72 the number of weight loss dietary supplements that are tainted with a number of undeclared active pharmaceutical agents. You can find the full list of these products by going to the FDA Web site.

You don’t really need to look at the FDA list of tainted products, though. Again, most weight loss dietary supplements do not work, and I strongly advise you not to take any of them. But I suppose it is necessary to point out that some may be effective based on their content of proven weight-loss drugs. However, it is important to add that some of them can be DANGEROUS because they contain prescription drugs in amounts far greater than the maximum, FDA-approved, recommended doses.

Another weight loss issue was resolved a few months ago. Coke, Nestle, and Beverage Partnership Worldwide were sued several years ago by 26 states and the District of Columbia for falsely advertising that the green tea beverage Enviga can produce weight loss by burning extra calories. The companies have agreed to the following:

– to re-label Enviga and any similar products

– to add disclosures to the label

– to disclaim any weight loss benefit

– to note that weight loss is only possible through diet and exercise.

– to pay $650,000 to the states that brought the suit (seems to me a small price to pay.)

It is encouraging that the FDA is finally showing some teeth in dealing with tainted and dangerous supplements as well as with false advertising.

It’s not a complicated process to keep a man happy. Here, you’ll learn simple (and free) gestures to show that you care.

By dating blogger Ryan Dodge for Glamour Updated: May 7, 2009

As someone who can barely calculate a tip, I don’t have much to add to the conversation about our tanking economy. But I would like to share one little piece of wisdom I picked up from my favorite social economists: you can’t buy me love. Corny but true. Don’t believe me? Try one of my five patented Romance Enhancers — if you don’t think they’re more effective than a gift card, I’ll send you a full refund.

#1: Touch His Arm

There are a lot of ways to subtly let a guy know you’re into him, like maintaining eye contact, playing with your hair, and smiling a lot. But the only one that sends shivers down my spine is when a girl touches my arm during conversation. It always surprises me, and it’s always great.

#2: Send Him a Random Text Message in Midday.

OK, this might not be free depending on your cell phone plan, but it’s still a great value. Nothing breaks the monotony of a long workday like a flirty note from someone special, and unless his job is super-intense he’ll have plenty of time to daydream about you.

#3: Ask Him a Question About Something He Knows a Lot About

Dating news flash: Guys like to show off for you. So if your dude could use an ego boost, there’s nothing like letting him feel like an expert. Ask him about fishing, the 1983 Chicago White Sox, or the mating habits of the Guyanese Bullfinches — whatever he’s into. Just remember to nod frequently and look really interested.

#4: Give Him a Very Specific Compliment

Telling a guy he’s funny, handsome, or smart is always appreciated, but the reallymeaningful compliments are the ones that reveal how well you know him.compliments are the ones that reveal how well you know him. Something like “I love the way your face scrunches up when you’re doing the crossword puzzle” or “You have the most manly calves I’ve ever seen.”

#5: Send Him the Diary Entry You Wrote After Your First Date — or Write One Now

One of the best things about having a girlfriend is reminiscing about what you thought about each other in the beginning of your relationship. Reliving all of the uncertainty and anxiety is strangely exhilarating. I can’t think of a better anniversary present than a sanctioned peek into the documented thoughts of someone I care about.

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