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Many natural diet supplements contain dandelion as an ingredient. Nothing sounds more natural or harmless, right? Dandelion doesn’t aid in fat loss, but it can cause loss of water weight by acting as a diuretic. Any weight lost will come back as soon as you drink a glass of water. Potential dangers: dehydration, electrolyte abnormalities […]


If you see Cascara (Rhamnus purshiana) listed as an ingredient in a diet supplement, put it back on the shelf. Cascara is a natural laxative, and for some reason diet supplement makers think we won’t notice where the lost weight ended up. No one every burned any fat by sitting on the john. Warning: Prolonged […]

FTC Targets Products Claiming to Affect the Stress Hormone Cortisol

Originally published in 2004 Agency Alleges That Marketers of CortiSlim and CortiStress Made False or Unsubstantiated Claims The Federal Trade Commission has charged marketers of two dietary supplements with claiming, falsely and without substantiation, that their products can cause weight loss and reduce the risk of, or prevent, serious health conditions. According to the FTC’s […]


We recently wrote about SlimShots, an “all natural” liquid designed to help you eat less. Unfortunately, our results were not positive. Our members have asked about another all natural diet tool called FullBar. FullBar is a puffed cereal bar that you eat 30 minutes before a meal, which should help you to eat less at […]

Tips for the Savvy Supplement User: Making Informed Decisions

The choice to use a dietary supplement can be a wise decision that provides health benefits. However, under certain circumstances, these products may be unnecessary for good health or they may even create unexpected risks. The Food and Drug Administration, health professionals, and other health-related organizations receive many inquiries each year from consumers seeking health-related […]