Dr. Oz’s segment on the effectiveness and dangers of diet pills was very interesting and a must watch for anyone considering taking over the counter or prescription diet drugs. Dr. Oz had a guest who took Ephedra (Ephedrine Alkaloids) when it was readily available as an over the counter herbal remedy. Since then (on February 9, 2004), the FDA prohibited the sale of Ephedra because of its dangers. The FDA does not strongly regulate herbal remedies, and people all to often think that if it is herbal, then it is safe. Unfortunately for Dr. Oz’s guest, the Ephedra permanently altered the chemical balance of her brain and she is now bi-polar, which will be a lifelong mental condition she will have to deal with. Dr. Oz said that Ephedra is essentially an amphetamine and is similar to taking speed, which explains the guest’s hallucinations and inability to sleep after just a few days of taking the drug. You should not even try these types of diet pills for a few days, because they can permanently alter you for the rest of your life in just a short period of time (days… not even weeks or months!).
What about Bitter Orange? It sounds very herbal and innocent. It claims to increase your energy and reduce your appetite… but is it really worth the side effects of increasing your blood pressure? You can even have a stroke from taking Bitter Orange Diet Supplements!!!