Remember the diet drug Fen-Phen that sold like hotcakes in the early-to-mid 1990s? After years of ignored adverse event reports and overlooked warnings, it was finally pulled from the market in 1997 because it was found to damage the heart valve. But it was too late for many people—Fen-Phen caused over 120 deaths and required countless other victims to undergo heart surgery.
You would think the FDA would have learned from that debacle, but apparently not. The Advisory Panel just recommended approval of a new diet drug called Qnexa—which contains phentermine, one of the same drugs used in Fen-Phen! Why? The research suggests phentermine probably wasn’t the heart-damaging culprit, but the researchers can’t say that for certain. So, this “probably safe” drug is soon to be back on the market?
Folks, this makes no sense. Phentermine works in the same way as amphetamines, suppressing your appetite while it increases your heart rate and elevates your blood pressure. How could it be “heart safe?”
Qnexa has also been linked with increased risk of suicidal thoughts, memory problems, and birth defects—which are among the many reasons why previous FDA panels gave this medication a thumbs-down.
Apparently the FDA’s not 100% convinced either, because they’re considering requiring heart-safety testing—after Qnexa is already in the hands of consumers! Worse still, the drug makers already know Qnexa’s beneficial effects wear off in a few weeks. This means that people will be asking their doctors for higher doses—upping the chances of heart damage even more.
So, what is the secret to successful weight loss? The safe and effective program I developed at the Whitaker Wellness Institute is the Mini-Fast with Exercise. One reader, Brian, wrote to say he lost 31 pounds on the program in eight weeks and was still going strong 16 weeks later. Another reader, Nancy, said she lost 30 pounds in three months without really trying—and her blood sugar improved significantly.
What’s also important is that the Mini-Fast with Exercise won’t put your heart at risk, and will in fact help to improve your heart health as you exercise, eat well, and shed unwanted pounds. Plus, unlike Qnexa, its positive effects won’t wear off—and it doesn’t cost a single penny to do! These are the types of solutions Big Pharma doesn’t want you to hear about.
Now it’s your turn: What are your thoughts on the FDA’s approval of Qnexa?