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The diet pill guide : the consumer's book of over-the-counter and pescription weight-loss pills and supplements
Mitchell, Deborah R.
Personal Author:
First St. Martin's Griffin edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2002.
Physical Description:
xiii, 205 pages ; 21 cm

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RM332.3 .M55 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Can you lose weight by taking a pill, powder, or tea? Find out the truth--and the risks...
Containing up-to-date, authoritative information, "The Diet Pill Book" spells out what over 200 name-brand products contain and analyzes the validity of the manufacturers' claims. Warnings, cautions, and possible allergic reactions are clearly stated. This essential reference covers:
* Prescription weight loss products including: Mazanor, Xenical, and Meridia
* Single ingredient, over-the-counter weight management products including: Chitosan, Chromium picolinate, and Pyruvate
* Combination over-the-counter weight loss products, including: dieter's teas, herbal laxatives, metabolism boosters, and fat-reducing soap
Each entry explains:
- Whether or not the ingredients promote weight loss, and if so, how
- If the dosage is sufficient to promote weight loss
- If there are any reliable studies to support manufacturers' claims
- If the product is safe; if it interacts with other drugs or foods, and what its potential side effects might be
Before you take any weight-loss product, protect your health, and save your money with:
"The Diet Pill Book"

Author Notes

Deborah R. Mitchell is a medical writer whose articles have appeared in professional journals as well as national consumer magazines. She has authored or co-authored ten books on various health topics. She lives and works in Tucson, Arizona
David Charles Dodson, M.D., is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. He specializes in clinical nutrition and the treatment of obesity and maintains a private practice based at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital

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Library Journal Review

Confused by whether this pill or that sup-plement is safe and effective? Is your "fat burner" truly thermogenic or simply burn-ing a hole in your wallet? This small vol-ume by a medical writer and a specialist in clinical nutrition gives the straight skinny on prescription and over-the-counter diet aids what does work, what doesn't, and what's still awaiting a definitive answer. Each substance entry includes details on the manufacturer, recommended dosage, background and research, product claims, side effects, precautions, and further sources of information. Excellent. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: The Skinny on Dieting and Dieting Productsp. 1
Part I Prescription Weight-Loss Drugsp. 21
Part II Single-Ingredient, Over-the-Counter Weight-Management Productsp. 43
Part III Combination Weight-Loss Productsp. 105
Epilogue: Nutritional Supplementation for Dietersp. 177
Glossaryp. 183
Suggested Readingsp. 191
Resource Listp. 193
Indexp. 197