OMG what is all the hype on colon-cleansing pills and weight loss? I mean does anyone read about this stuff before trying it. Ever hear the old saying, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is?” Well, that probably applies to these pills too.
I read an interesting article on Wed MD about the author and infomercial king who wrote “The Weight Loss Cure They Don’t Want You to Know About”. Seems the FDA is following through on this one. They stepped up and slammed him for false advertising along with alleged junk science claims. Of course the author, who has NO medical, nutrition, or dietary credentials claimed the professionals were suppressing the truth. This is a guy who has had some trouble with the law and a larceny conviction to boot! He is an executive and a good salesperson but hardly reputable.
Roberta Anding, MS, RD, the spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association pointed out that the book meets a number of criteria for “junk science.” She went on to recommend consulting the Food and Nutrition Science Alliances’ “Ten Red Flags of Junk Science” before you plunk down money for any diet plan that sounds too good to be true.
According to the FNSA, the ten red flags are:
1. Recommendations that promise a quick fix.
2. Dire warnings of danger from a single product or regimen.
3. Claims that sound too good to be true.
4. Simplistic conclusions drawn from a complex scientific study.
5. Recommendations based on a single study.
6. Dramatic statements that are refuted by reputable scientific organizations.
7. Lists of “good” and “bad” foods.
8. Recommendations made to help sell a product.
9. Recommendations based on studies published without peer review.
10. Recommendations from studies that ignore difficulties among individuals or groups.
So, before you buy into one of these weight loss plans or purchase a colon cleansing pill, read up on the subject or better yet, consult a reputable and credentialed professional, I’m just sayin