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Over the Counter Diet Pills = NOT worth the risk!

I read an article last week that amazed me;

“Young Woman Dies After DNP Diet Pills Bought Online ‘Burned Her From Within’”

Do people still think that a “miracle pill” for weight loss really exists? Let me ask this question, if there was a miracle weight loss pill, would there be such an overweight/obesity problem in the U.S.?

The article discusses the unfortunate death of a young woman who died after using an Over The Counter (OTC) diet pill that promised quick weight loss but contained toxic ingredient, dinitrophenol (DNP). DNP, an industrial chemical originally used to make explosives, also has properties to increase the basal metabolic rate and internal body temperature. The article goes on to explain how this ingredient literally burns people from the inside-out, resulting in significant damage, and ultimately, death if given too high of a dose.

DNP was studied by Stanford in the 1930’s for weight loss but found much too dangerous for consumption. Sadly, there are companies out there who attempt to get away with adding this ingredient to weight loss supplements and make a quick buck off of the general population’s body image insecurities.

Other commonly used ingredients listed in the article:
Be aware that these ingredients are not always listed on the label of OTC supplements!

  • Sibutramine
  • Phenolphthalein
  • Vardenafil
  • Fluoxetine
  • Triamterene

These ingredients are drugs and have pharmaceutical effects. They should be prescribed and monitored by a physician only. Weight loss supplement manufacturers that target the online, “As Seen on TV”, audience are breaking the law by adding these ingredients and taking huge risks with the general public’s health.

Please, if looking for a safe and effective weight loss method, turn to specialty physicians and wellness providers that will individualize a program specifically for you. There are quality programs that can truly help you improve your body composition and retrain your body to stimulate fat loss and maintain lean body mass. You can even eat REAL FOOD!

OTC diet pills have been tried again and again for many years. They are NOT worth the risk. If you are taking one or know someone who is, please stop and encourage your friends and loved ones to stop immediately. There are many healthcare providers who are happy to discuss healthy weight loss options, often free of charge.

Please be careful. There is NO magic pill.

Be Well,
Dr. Ryan Lombardo

Dr. Ryan Lombardo, DAOM, BCIM, RH, ABAAHP
Lifelong enthusiasm for wellness and lifestyle medicine led Dr. Lombardo’s integrative healthcare practice to include both Eastern and Western medical modalities. Read full bio.

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