About one month ago, a weight loss coaching client of mine asked me what I thought about Meridia. She desperately wanted to take something, anything to help curb her appetite and clear her mind of food thoughts.
I told her that pills never work. Seriously, never! Permanent weight loss is not about the food. It’s not about your weight. It is about your life.
Permanent weight loss is a holistic event. Life has an affect on the way you eat; your eating impacts on your health, relationships, creativity, spirituality – all parts of your life. If there is no internal change, no change in your thinking; then you may lose ‘it,’ but you will definitely find ‘it’ again.
After our session, I researched Meridia and found that there was a link between this drug and the risk of heart attack and stroke. In addition, I discovered that the drug had already been recalled in Europe, after a research report known as SCOUT (Sibutramine Cardiovascular Outcomes Trial) was published. I forwarded the information to my client.
Nevertheless, she went to her medical doctor at a well-known and well-respected clinic. She asked him for the drug. He whipped out his pad and prescribed it.
This week, the FDA announced a Meridia recall. The FDA determined that Meridia was too dangerous to keep on the market. The side effects of Meridia far outweighed the benefits. In fact, there was little evidence of actual weight loss from those who were taking this drug.
They called upon Abbott Laboratories to voluntarily pull the drug from the shelves. Abbott Laboratories released a statement indicating that while the company disagreed with the FDA’s position, they would comply.
Once again, another diet pill bites the dust.
Two points of interest for you to chew on:
1. Diet Pills Don’t Work. Even if they were safe and you lost weight, you would find it again the moment you stopped taking the pills. Permanent weight loss is a holistic event. You must be willing to dig deep, to go inward.
2. Europe vs. the U.S. This isn’t the first time that our government either allows drug and food corporations to sell their unhealthy wares to the public, or lags far behind in finding it unfit. Another product on the market that our children ingest in great quantities is Kraft’s Mac n’ Cheese. There are two formulas for their Mac n’ Cheese. One for America, and the other for European countries, because they won’t allow their citizens to ingest what’s bad for them.
As for my weight loss coaching client, she spent over $500 for the pills, took them for a week, mulled over all the information and came to the conclusion that it just wasn’t worth the risk. Praise be!
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