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Hydroxycut pulled from local shelves

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The FDA is recalling a popular diet supplement. Hydroxycut is believed to have caused liver damage, seizures in more than twenty people, and may even be to blame for one person's death. Area pharmacies are pulling it off the shelves. Now believed to cause serious liver damage, the FDA said Hydroxycut has to go. "What it's supposed to do is decrease appetite, and increase your metabolism. That's what it is advertised to do,” explained nutritionist Heidi Kaufman. According to the FDA, adverse affects of this product are rare, but do exist. So far Hydroxycut has been linked to serious illness in 23 people and one death. Supplements are considered food, which is why they aren't regulated by the federal government like prescription drugs. "The supplements that we have come from the same purpose, from food. The whole point of supplementation is that you may not get enough leafy greens, so you'll take calcium,” said Renee Montague. Renee Montague is the wellness director at Tidal Creek natural food store. The weight loss supplements she sells are plant and herb based. She said side effects only come from supplements with chemicals in them. "Hudia, which curbs the appetite naturally, often drank as a tea, we have that in a tea form too. So it feels like a food, you are having tea, and curbing your appetite." Hydroxycut is advertised as the most powerful fat burner ever, but according to nutritionists, if it looks too good to be true on the bottle, it probably is.

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How about you take nothing, eat right and exercise? What an idea huh?

Sorry, but exercise and

Sorry, but exercise and eating right alone is not enough. Some of us work out to get bigger and stronger. It is a proven fact that those that take supplements will help you achieve your goals. When you try to eat right, you do not get enough or the correct nutrients for your body. I prime example is protein. In order to gain muscle mass you need about 1.5-2 times the amount of protein as to your body weight. So if you were to weigh 100lbs, you would need between 150-200grams of protein per day. It is almost impossible to do that for those that weigh 150-250lbs

Sorry, but

Sorry, but it does work for me. I exercise and eat right (most of the time) and I have no problem staying a nice size. And, supplements may be fine, but diet aids usually hurt the body in one way or another. Look at all of the diet aids that were taken off the shelves for the heart problems they caused.

I'm not talking about

I'm not talking about staying in shape or looking good....how many body builders do you know that do not take some type of supplement? I can eat right and exercise and I will lose weight or maintian a certain weight, but I will not be able to gain muscle mass or more than just a little strength

What about aspirin and other OTC?

A well-written story, however you should be asking the question: why aren't more harmful products being pulled from shelves? According to the CDC, for example, on average 500 people per year die from taking aspirin in America AS INSTRUCTED on the label, and thousands are hospitalized each year for taking aspirin due to liver damage. Yet, aspirin is still sold over-the-counter even to children. Now, I am not proposing that aspirin should be removed from the shelves any more than should Hydroxycut. My point is that the only reported cases I've seen from the CDC so far regarding Hydroxycut was regarding people who abused the product not following label directions. We've got to follow the money trail on this story because almost identical products to Hydroxycut are being sold "by prescription" manufactured by the nation's large pharmeceutical companies who's executives sit on the FDA board of directors. Hydroxycut is an effective non-prescription over-the-counter product for those who wish to use it that sells for 1/4 the price of identical prescription products. I just thought I'd throw my twice-cents worth your way especially since other common over-the-counter products result in far more deaths and damage than Hydroxycut, however they are manufactured by large chemical companies with the cash to bribe Congressmen and the FDA to keep their products on store shelves. Best Wishes, Chuck Portland, OR

Re: What about aspirin and other OTC?

"A well-written story, however you should be asking the question: why aren't more harmful products being pulled from shelves?"

Absolutely right. Right now there is a massive recall underway for: Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, Rolaids, St. Joseph aspirin, Simply Sleep.

The FDA knew about these tainted products as far back as 2008. WHAT TOOK THEM SO LONG TO PULL THESE PRODUCTS???

Johnson & Johnson is also being prosecuted for paying tens of millions of dollars in kickbacks so nursing homes would put more patients on its blockbuster schizophrenia drug. HOW SICK IS THAT????

The government's complaint states that J&J gave special rebates to Omnicare Inc., the country's biggest dispenser of prescription drugs to nursing homes, in return for recommendations from its pharmacists that patients be given Risperdal, in many cases when it was inappropriate.

The FDA and BigPharma are NOT protecting YOUR health. They are working together to put the vitamin industry out of business so consumers will no longer have a choice.

Johnson & Johnson issues massive recall of Tylenol
By MARLEY SEAMAN, AP Health Writer
Jan 16, 2010

NEW YORK – Johnson & Johnson issued a massive recall Friday of over-the-counter drugs including Tylenol, Motrin and St. Joseph's aspirin because of a moldy smell that has made people sick.

It was the second such recall in less than a month because of the smell, which regulators said was first reported to McNeil in 2008. Federal regulators criticized the company, saying it didn't respond to the complaints quickly enough, wasn't thorough in how it handled the problem and didn't inform the Food and Drug Administration quickly.

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