Disease Proof

People Love Them Magic Pills

Hey jack. You want some beans? I swear they’re magic. Americans love quick fixes: fast food, express lanes, quick lubes, and according to the Associated Press, over-hyped diet pills and products. A new survey shows a lot of would-be dieters still turn to the fast promises of weight-loss supplements. Many health professionals don’t think this is a good idea:

"People need to get away from magical thinking," said Saul Shiffman, a University of Pittsburgh health psychologist who helped develop the survey. "It's easy to hope for a magic pill that's going to rev up their metabolism or shed their pounds."

What is really amazing is the report points out that there is no proof that unregulated, over-the-counter products help at all. One thing’s for sure, there’s plenty of suspect diet information and supplements out there—from Atkins to Xenadrine—and you won’t find Dr. Fuhrman lending his support to any of them. Check out the Diet Myths category (and get comfortable, it could take a while) for more.

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