Here we go again! Last Wednesday, the American FDA (Food & Drug Authority) approved a new prescription weight loss drug, called Belviq. This is the first weight loss drug in 13 years to win approval by the FDA after a fraught history of approving weight loss drugs only to find later that most have dangerous side-effects (see previous blog on Reductil). Honestly, I can’t believe that the FDA think this one will be any different than the other swag of ineffective, weight loss pills that offer false hopes at ‘curing’ the obesity epidemic.
Let’s see what makes this one so different: Belviq works by controlling appetite — specifically by activating brain receptors for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that triggers feelings of fullness which means those who use Belviq should feel satisfied despite eating less food. Serotonin is a hormone that also regulates mood; in fact, many antidepressant drugs work by changing the way our brain utilises serotonin. So the first alarm bell – a drug that changes the brain’s chemistry, now that surely can’t be OK?
Well, just as you would suspect, it certainly isn’t OK. Potential problems associated with taking Belviq include headaches, migraines, depression and even memory lapses.
The frightening thing about Belviq was that it was initially denied FDA approval in 2010, when it was learnt that the pill led to the development of tumors and heart valve damage in animals that it was tested upon. However, after Arena Pharmaceutical resubmitted their application with more data, the FDA approved the drug for distribution on the proviso that 6 scientific studies are carried out Belviq users (post-release for sale) to monitor how many people record side-effects from taking the drug.
Now isn’t that reassuring? Those taking Belviq will be kept ‘under the microscope’ to see if they have any ill-effects from taking the pill. No need for lab rats then, let’s just test the drug on real people and keep our fingers crossed that nothing too drastic happens to them – WHAT?
You would have to be NUTS to take Belviq, considering that Arena Pharmaceutical reports that obese people using the drug should see a 5% reduction in weight over a 12-month period. I mean really, is that it?
At The Natural Way you can certainly lose more than 5% of your weight over a 12 month period. Take Toni Hodgson for example: she lost an incredible 61.8kg in 66 weeks which works out to around 55% of her starting weight! What a result.
So forget the dangerous drugs, come to The Natural Way and lose weight safely, naturally and with the support of your caring consultant (AND have no nasty side effects). Call your nearest clinic to on 1300 SLIMMER (754663) today AND let us help you to lose your excess kilograms. Now is a great time to get started, so you can be ready to look fabulous by Spring time.
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