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Old 05-25-2015, 09:25 PM   #1
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/t...r-weight-loss/

Since I will have finished my weight loss journey before it could get to market, I'm thinking there is a lot of promise here. That would be my luck! As soon as I finish losing weight, a magic pill appears.

Interesting, anyway.
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Old 05-25-2015, 09:52 PM   #2
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Well like the article mentions, there have been a lot of previous potential remedies that never panned out. Hoodia is pretty famous because billions of dollars were poured into it but in the end, any hopes of using it didn't pan out. And mice aren't humans, they are a simple proof of concept.
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My guess would be that CTG will be ranked right up there with tapeworm eggs, cocaine, and dinitrophenol in terms of weight loss success.

And I'd be about as wary of purchasing any CTG product as I would of ordering pufferfish sushi from Red Lobster--most of the CTG plant is highly toxic.

To be fair, the study did not use CTG extracts, but only one chemical associated with the CTG plant. Celastrol is also toxic, but still, it will be interesting to see if this compound can live up to all its promise as an anti-cancer drug, immunosuppressant, weight loss facilitator, anti-Alzheimer's drug, anti-aging drug, etc. Goodness knows, I could use some help in several of those areas! Still, desperate as I might be, I ain't buyin' it.
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There will never be a magic pill, because anything that works will have side effects or other costs. If it DOES work well, you can bet it will either have dangerous side effects or be outrageously expensive.

The research is interesting, but even if proven effective, it would take decades to be proven safe. My willingness to be a guinea pig in the name of weight loss has waned over the years.
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