Sensa weight loss products are another false hope

If obesity is a disease of the body and society, then a by-product of this modern sickness is the frantic drive to get a ‘safe’ weight loss pill on the market. Whether ethical or not many companies have tried and failed to get a safe drug in the public domain, cashing in on the vulnerability of the afflicted sufferers.

The latest case to come to light is that of Sensa Products.

The U.S. District Court in San Francisco has filed a suit against Sensa Products for their misguiding claims about weight loss ‘sprinkles’ which according to their creator, Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, promote weight loss without the need for a change in lifestyle or eating habits.

Sensa's claims are not scientifically based

Hirsch, a broad-certified neurologist; not a dietician, states that his crystals work by confusing the part of the brain which controls ‘satiety’, in other words it supposedly convinces the brain that the consumer is full and no longer wants to eat.

Sensa isn’t selling the product as new-age medicine or an organic alternative, but Jeanette McClendon of Contra Costa County, California has accused Hirsch of quackery, calling him a “particularly sophisticated hustler, one with a medical degree and a thick stack of junk science to support the claim his magic crystals are ‘clinically proven.’”

Hirsch is basically a proponent of the pseudo-science movement; using word of mouth and privately conducted research to conjure up conclusions which can only be contested after they’ve been published, as opposed to open science which is taken from theory to conclusion via research, critiques and refinement.

The outcome for Sensa Products is that the suit filed against them states they have violated various Californian laws, especially those concerned with false advertising and unfair business practises.

Like many other companies, even those with a strong reputation for delivering ‘quality’ products, weight loss pills are the Golden Fleece. The FDA has rebutted three applications for weight loss pills in the last year, including Qnexa and Orexigen.

The truth is that if people want to lose weight safely and healthily, a pill is not the answer. There is no secret to weight loss; healthy food and exercise are the only solution to a growing problem in an age where sugary foods, chemical enhancements and false health claims are rife.

[adsense]Dr. Hirsch is way off the mark if he thinks people can continue to live the same way and still lose weight with a few sprinkles of magic crystals. No; the only answer is to cut out sugar, white flour products, pasta and white rice as well as dairy products and red meat – especially those that have been radiation treated or contain ‘E’ numbers.

More organic, green vegetables are most important along with fresh, organic fruit. Drinks can be sweetened with fruit juices, honey or dates. Out go foods like pizza, potato chips and other baked goods which contain acrylamide that is known to cause cancer.

There is no easy way out, no quick fix or magic potion to get the weight off; only better living on better quality food and exercise which will lead to a happier way of life.

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Read why weight loss pills are a waste of time, as are faddy diets like the 17 day diet; how changing your mindset and cutting out fast food can help weight loss, as well as how damaging sugar can be.


A balanced vegetarian diet – a natural solution to obesity?

In the wake of the FDA’s recent rejection of certain anti-obesity pills it’s worth looking at healthier and more natural alternatives to chemical quick fixes.  A balanced and well planned vegetarian diet is a very healthy way to meet your daily nutritional needs.

For many people a vegetarian diet is a life choice, a personal commitment based on moral, ethical, religious or cultural codes.  Others choose plant based diets because amongst other things they reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, cancer and arthritis.

Like any dietary changes it is important to do some homework first.  Always consult your doctor and ask them to perform a general health check before switching your diet.  A vegetarian diet needs some planning so you’ll need to understand what the human body requires and where those things come from.

One of the biggest problems facing vegetarians is the need for iron.  Meat, especially beef, generally contains a lot of protein and iron.  Iron intake is important as without it you will quickly fall foul of anaemia which leads to loss of energy, headaches, insomnia, breathlessness, loss of appetite and pallor.

Good vegetarian sources of iron include spinach, apricots, chick peas and baked beans.

The body needs a healthy balance of carbohydrates, protein and fats.  Fats can be found in nuts, seeds, tofu, avocado and cheese (although some vegetarians also avoid dairy products).

Carbohydrates are found in most root vegetables and some fruit including apples, pears, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes and butternut squash.

Protein is, according to some dieticians, actually not such a heavy requirement for humans as it gives only a quick burst of energy as opposed to carbs which are slow burning.  However, to balance the diet proteins can be found in soybeans, lentils, black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, spinach and broccoli.

Different types of vegetarian diets

There are three different categories for vegetarian diets, ranging from simply ‘meat free’ to absolute exclusion of all animal products.

Lacto-ovo vegetarian diets do not include meat, fish or poultry but do include eggs and dairy produce.

Lacto-vegetarian diets do not include meat, eggs, fish, poultry or any foods containing them.  They do however include dairy produce like milk, cheese, yogurt and butter.

Vegan diets are the most difficult to maintain as they exclude all meat, fish, poultry, honey and dairy produce.  They also steer clear of clothing made from animal produce such as wool, hide and leather as well as products that use gelatine.

Another semi-vegetarian diet is known as the Flexitarian which is plant based but with the option to eat organic or free range meat in small measures on occasion.

Disclaimer:  This article is only an informative guideline and should not be used as a basis for life changes without first seeking medical counsel or advice from a professional dietician.

Read about weight loss pills, FDA rejected Qnexa, milk attributed to weight loss, and the low-on-meat diet.

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Count on a healthy diet to cut cancer risk

A recent study reveals that a nutritious diet can cut down the risk of breast cancer. According to, the team of researchers at the Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland studied a number of dietary patterns in women who had breast cancer. The study revealed that women whose consumption of beer, wine and spirits was high had as much as 21 % more risk of falling prey to breast cancer. Out of every 100,000 women in America, more than 120 women are found to be afflicted with breast cancer every year which makes for 1 out of every 8 women.

As per, researchers believe that women can minimise the risk of breast cancer by incorporating healthy food stuff including whole grains, vegetables and fresh fruits while cutting down on alcoholic drinks. The connection of alcohol with breast cancer has been established by many previous studies according to which, the levels of Estrogen are found to be higher in women who consume alcohol and are in their postmenopausal phase. Apparently, high estrogen exposure has been linked with the disease by several studies.”As the incidence of breast cancer continues to rise, with many of the risk factors for the disease non-modifiable, potentially modifiable risk factors such as diet are of interest,” said Dr. Sarah Brennan, lead researcher, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Celebrities who have battled cancer include Lance ArmstrongKylie MinogueSharon Osbourne and Christina Applegate.