September 20, 2013

WARNING: Yet another "Supplement" is causing lethal liver failure!

Over the course of the past couple decades, hundreds of so called "supplements" for "weight loss" and "fat burning" have murdered thousands of people because they have contained lethal substances that have caused
major organ failures such as liver failure and kidney failure. Since the U.S. Congress completely deregulated the supplements business in 1996, the industry has become a wide open field for "snake oil" peddlers. Please, don't take such gimmick products! They don't and can't accomplish any of the inflated and often fraudulent claims they make.

The latest of these lethal junk pills that is reportedly killing people is called OxyELITE Pro. The Centers for Disease Control has issued the following report:

On September 9, 2013, the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) was notified of seven patients with severe acute hepatitis and sudden liver failure of unknown cause. The patients were previously healthy and sought medical care from May through September 2013. Clinicians reported that the seven patients had all used OxyELITE Pro, a dietary supplement marketed for weight loss and muscle gain, prior to illness onset.

The investigation is ongoing and the data presented are preliminary. Thus far, clinicians have reported 45 patients to the Hawaii DOH in response to a public health alert. Of those, 29 patients, including the original seven, were confirmed to have acute hepatitis after using a nutritional supplement for weight loss or muscle building. The median age of the 29 patients is 33 years; 14 (48%) are male. The date of the first reported laboratory test was used as a proxy for illness onset and ranged from May 10 through October 3, 2013. The most commonly reported symptoms included loss of appetite, light-colored stools, dark urine, and jaundice. Median laboratory values reported at the peak of illness were the following:

aspartate aminotransferase (AST) 1,128 IU/L;
alanine transaminase (ALT) 1,793 IU/L;
alkaline phosphatase 150 IU/L; and
total bilirubin 12.6 mg/dL.

Please protect your health and your life by simply avoiding all such quick fix products. They don't work, and many just kill instead. Once people show up at emergency rooms with acute organ failure, their lives are virtually over. Their best hopes for prognosis is usually the nightmare of organ transplantation, and taking cancer causing anti-rejection drugs for the remainder of their seriously compromised lives. Please, don't be one of those casualties. There aren't any quick fixes. High levels of fitness require significant time, invested on a regular basis in order to achieve and/or sustain results. 
Meanwhile, the only reasonable supplements to take are:
  • a quality multivitamin,
  • antioxidants like Vitamin C,
  • and a few minerals like calcium and magnesium.
The best nutrition on earth comes from a diet focused on the freshest fruits and vegetables. Eat the entire fruit or vegetable, to get the fiber in them. It is often important to eat the skins of fruits vegetables, because that is where many of them store a large portion of their nutrients. Whether its potato skin, orange or lemon zest, or apple skin, fruit and vegetable skins contain many good qualities. Add some lean protein, whole grains, and olive oil, for a complete diet that can be optimized for anyone.

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