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  1. Dangerous? Sure! But take it anyway

    Rejected diet drug is back from the dead

    You have to wonder what flavor Kool-Aid they drink on FDA panels, because the same group that rejected a diet drug as "too dangerous" back in 2010 just voted overwhelmingly to approve it anyway.

    No, the drug isn't safer. No new studies have been conducted. And the panel admits all the potential risks that caught their attention back in 2010 are still there.

    They even admit they don't know what all the risks are yet!

    "The risks of the medication are real but the potential benefits seem at this time to trump side effects but in truth only time will tell," panelist Dr. Kenneth Burman was quoted as saying.

    Only time will tell? Is this guy for real???? You know what else would tell, Dr. Burman? A LONG-TERM CLINICAL TRIAL!

    The panel did actually ask for one, but said the company can conduct it AFTER the drug is approved. Approve first, ask questions later -- and you get to play guinea pig in the meantime.

    But we don't have to wait for that trial to understand the risks of this dangerous concoction. Qnexa is actually a mix of two older drugs already on the market -- and already linked to plenty of risks.

    For kick, it packs phentermine, a drug that basically acts as an amphetamine in the body. This stuff can get your heart racing like a stock car and cause your blood pressure to shoot to the moon.

    Long-term heart risk? Try not to think about it.

    The other drug is topiramate, an anticonvulsant that happens to have suppressed appetite as a side effect. Want to know some of the other side effects? Memory loss, confusion, mood problems, depression and suicide -- just to name a few.

    No amount of weight loss is worth putting up with all that, which is why a whopping 40 percent of patients in one clinical trial dropped out.

    If you need to shed pounds, there's still just one tried-and true way to do it without risking your life. You know what's coming next, right? Stop eating junk. Stop the carbs. Stop the sugar.

    Simple, yes. But it works.

  2. The most dangerous way to lose weight

    Rejected diet drug staging a comeback

    It's the drug that could push dieters to the brink of a heart attack -- and it may be coming soon to a pharmacy near you.

    The drug Contrave has been linked to increased blood pressure levels and pulse rates -- which is why the FDA actually REJECTED it earlier this year. (Trust me, I was as surprised as you are.)

    But when the company that makes the drug stood up to the FDA, the agency backed down. (Now THERE'S the FDA we've all come to know and hate.)

    When the feds rejected the med, they demanded a major long-term study to make sure the drug's possible heart risks wouldn't kill too many people.

    That study never happened.

    Instead, they ended up signing off on a much less ambitious two-year study that proves absolutely nothing. And you know what that means. When this drug eventually hits the market, you'll be the guinea pig that determines the real heart risks.

    And believe me, there WILL be risks: Contrave isn't just one potentially bad med. It's a two-fer -- a powerful antidepressant and a risky anti-addiction drug rolled into one. And the blood pressure and pulse problems are only the beginning.

    Patients in clinical trials suffered headaches, nausea, and more -- with one battling a gall bladder infection and another coming down with seizures. It's no wonder 40% of trial participants DROPPED OUT.

    If that's not enough to keep you away from the med, consider this: It doesn't even work!

    As little as 40 percent of the people who took it in clinical trials experienced a loss in body weight of 5 percent or more -- meaning obese people who pop these pills will become slightly less obese pill-poppers... if they manage to lose any weight at all.

    But you don't need to wait for the next risky diet drug to drop those pounds. There are safe and natural ways to get the job done right, and they start with what's on your dinner plate.

    For more on the best diets -- including the low-rated lifestyle that's moving to the top of my list -- check out the September issue of the Douglass Report.

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