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    Dr Barrett is fantastic. Google Quackwatch and read his site for lots more info about the scams that are rife in our world. It pays to be a skeptic.
    I agree with most of what was written, and it makes a lot of sense that when something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But I have to say that there is something to the fact that pharmaceutical companies don't/won't invest in anything they can't patent, or make money from. So it is possible that there are natual cures, that these companies don't want you to know about, because they can't profit from it.
    Case in point... why is it only in the last couple of years that doctors finally agree that Vitamin D helps to fight cancer and many other illnesses... maybe because it's free?
  • I'm ashamed to say I tried the acai berry & colon detox. They didn't work. Luckily, I didn't have a bad reaction to the pills, also the company I dealt with were very hel[pful when I wanted to cancel the deliveries & charges on my credit card. I was lucky, I won't do something so stupid again. Eat in a healthful way & try to move your body as much as possible. There's mo easy way to lose weight, except hard work & changing your eating habits. Thanks for all the articles---. adooresw
  • Another scam: Women's Health Digest diet study.
    I've done some mystery shopping, so I thought this was similar - try the products, write a daily comment about it, etc. They never paid, never acknowledged receipt of my materials, didn't pay for the 'supplements' and ignored a contact from BBB. I'm poorer, and I hope we can all be wiser! Don't be tempted. It's another of those acai credit card scams. I had to get the credit card company to change the number to stop the charges!
  • Very good article--every one should read it!!!
  • it always makes me feel weird when I see an ad that talks about So and So lost 25 lbs in 2 weeks. All I can think of is "how can that be healthy? how can they show that on TV where kids can see it?:" Lucky for me my kids laughed at the ad and asked me "does anyone really believe that would work?"
    I remember, years ago, there was a belt that sent an electrical current to your abs, causing the muscles to constrict, release, and thusly, become toned...supposedly. I also remember, shortly after these commercials started, seeing something on some video show (America's Funniest? Though this wasn't funny at all), where one of the belts shorted out and shocked the user.

    I also LOVE the new Slim Fast tagline: "Who has time to slim slowly?" That ought to be a HUGE clue that its unsustainable.

    When I tell people I'm losing weight, and how I'm doing it, they seem a little disappointed when I tell them its nothing but old fashioned diet and exercise.
  • P T Barnum said it all. "There's a sucker born every minute".
    It's as if we think that there is some secret our doctor doesn't know. Ha! I look back at my younger years and think of the stupid things I suckered for. Most were not harmful (thank goodness), just harmful to my bank account. Books written by quacks are plentiful: can't sue them--free speech, you know. I remember some pills years ago that had tapeworm eggs in them. Yikes.
  • As Dr. Dean Edell often says, if there was a scientific breakthrough for weight loss, every doctor would be touting it. They of all people, want people to be at a healthy weight.
  • Everyone loves the lure of a "quickie" result, and many people are vulnerable to buying so-called "solutions" that market themselves as providing "quick results".

    FACT: In the case of weight loss, it simply isn't actually feasible: the weight didn't go on "overnight", neither will it come off "overnight".

    (Note: for those so-called "solutions" that are actually "super-low-calorie diets", one should NEVER throw one's body into "starvation" mode - that's a guaranteed recipe for stalling out and weight REGAIN.)

    Also, the ONLY REAL WAY to actually KEEP the weight off after losing it is adopting a lifestyle change of eating less/more wisely and exercising more, as well as acknowledging that as one grows older, maintenance also means dropping one's average caloric intake by a (small!) amount each year.

    THAT IS REALITY. It's not "harsh", it's just fact.
  • I agree! My question is, why do the powers-that-be allow the commercials? We stopped the tobacco companies from putting advertisements on TV, radio, and BillBoards, and in magazines. So why do we allow these scam artists and theives to continue pounding us with unhealthy money-losing, self-loathing commercials?
    Discipline isn't easy. If it was, it would not be called discipline! The only way to lose weight is to change your eating habits, exercise and be disciplined about both!
  • These five points would be wise to remember when dealing with anyone who makes promises and wants something from you, including politicians!
  • I agree with everyone...the only answer is hard work, determination and lifestyle change. I've lost weight and changed my whole appearance and I love the looks I get when people ask how I did it, and I reply, "hard work, watch what I'm eating and exercise". I have not taken any pills or "magic potions", nor have I used any special eating plans/programs or any strange devices. It comes from education...learning just exactly what your body needs and where to get it. It also involves knowing what is in the stuff we eat. I had a friend who used one of the diet programs and she looked great. However, I was afraid for her and if she would be able to maintain once she came off the program. Needless to say, once she went back to regular, non-program food, she gained a lot of the weight back. Although those programs say they are based in sound science and nutrition, I really find that hard to believe, considering some of the things she ate and the amounts...hardly enough to keep a mouse alive at times. We need to understand that, as one other poster said, we didn't put it on in a day, and it won't come off in a day either. It will take work, perseverence and a desire to change your lifestyle to one that can sustain you throughout the rest of your life in a healthy way.
    If all of these things worked none of us would be here! There is NO quick your $$ and buy some good healthy fruits and'll be far better off!

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