According to national statistics within the US, the number of those who are overweight or obese continues to rise. Currently, about 65% of the US population is overweight, 19% of which are children between the ages of 5-11. As a note, only 2-3 decades ago, only 4% of children within that age range were overweight. Despite advances in medicine and technology, conditions associated with obesity have also been increasing. More and more people are becoming overweight or obese and relying on prescription drugs – what is going on?
I have observed, along with a few researchers done internationally, that there might be a hidden cause to this obesity epidemic: TOXINS accumulating in the body. For over a decade, I’ve observed how difficult it can be for some to lose weight due the amount of toxins present in their bodies. This is basically the cause of the so-called “slow metabolism”, which is the primary reason for obesity and its related health conditions.
While reading the paper one day, I found out that the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) had fined various companies due to misleading advertisements for weight loss products. Some of the products targeted includedTrimSpa®, CortiSlim®, Xenadrine EFX® and One-A-Day® (by Bayer). Bayer ended up paying the highest fine (3.2 million).
The FTC came down hard on these particular brands because every one of them had been advertised as a natural supplement that would boost your metabolism and suppress your appetite without any effort on your part. In other words, they were promoted as “miracle” pills that could still help you lose weight without having to eat healthy or exercise.
One day while reading the newspaper, I saw a full pageadvertisement for a drug called PROTONIX® to help with gastro esophageal reflux. Gastro esophageal reflux is a severe stomach condition where the contents of the stomach (food or liquid) leak backwards from the stomach into the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach), irritating it and causing heartburn and other symptoms (Source: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov).
The opposite page to this advertisement was full of the associated warnings and prescriptions, like you see with almost any other drug. Part of the side effects of this particular drug included dehydration, edema (accumulation of water in the tissues), thirst, gaining weight or losing weight.