Alli and Xenical – No “Cure” For Obesity!
Xenical, that “Wonder Drug” (yeah, right!) that you read about in all those spam messages in e-mail, is now being released as a lower strength version for “over the counter” use called “Alli.” Xenical, or Alli, is a “fat blocker” causes uncomfortable “side effects” such as oily stools, and diarrhea, with users “not quite making it” to the rest room. And now, it appears, it may also lead to pre-cancerous conditions in the colon… so what did our “friends” at the FDA do? Why, they approved it, of course!
“The prescription diet drug Xenical hits drugstore shelves with a new name and in nonprescription strength on Friday. Most of the buzz around this reincarnation, dubbed Alli, centers on its effectiveness and its less pleasurable side effects, like oily stools and gas with oily discharge. But one group has worked unsuccessfully for the past year to bring attention to what it believes is a worse, and possibly fatal, side effect of the drug. The nonprofit group, Public Citizen says Alli, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, has been shown in studies to cause pre-cancerous lesions in the colons of mice. And, because there are no long-term studies of the drugâ€™s effect on humans, the group believes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should not have approved the drug for nonprescription use. Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe, director of Public Citizenâ€™s Health Research Group, said, while it is not known whether these pre-cancerous lesions will lead to colon cancer, he and other cancer experts do not believe use of the weight-loss drug is a risk worth taking.”
Don’t be taken in by all the hype that you will be seeing as the drug company, GlaxoSmithKline, begins to push this drug… and you WILL be seeing advertisements for it… it is NOT a “cure” for obesity… and as with almost all drugs, the “cure” is worse than the “disease!”