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THE DANGERS OF DIET AIDS About a month ago I stepped onto my bathroom scales When I looked down at the numbers my fears were confirmed I had gained 5 pounds Overcome with a desire to shed this unwanted extra weight I decided to join millions of Americans just like me and buy some sort of diet aid to help me along I had no idea what to look for what to avoid and possible side effects so I began to research the different types of diet aids both chemical and herbal and was hit with some very disturbing facts It has been estimated that nearly 10 million women in the US buy over-the-counter diet aidsCottrell 99 Diet aids come in the form of pills tablets capsules powders milkshakes herbal teas and candies They work in one of two ways either by suppressing the appetite or by producing a feeling of fullness that encourages the eater to limit her food consumptionCottrell 99 This feeling of fullness is often brought about by the ingredient guar gum which forms a gel in the stomach It has not been proven though that guar gum has a benefit for weight reductionCottrell 99 Amphetamines which suppress the appetite are a common ingredient in many over-the-counter diet aids They are also commonly found in other drugs such as Speed Crystal White Crosses 357 Magnums Black Beauties Crank Ice and Meth most of which are illegalCottrell 99 Amphetamines increase heart and breathing rates and blood pressure and dilate pupils Users can also experience a dry mouth sweating headache blurred vision dizziness sleeplessness and anxietyCottrell 100 Extremely high doses can cause usersto flush or become pale they can cause a rapid or irregular heartbeat tremors loss of coordination and even physical collapseCottrell 101 Toxic psychosis delusional thinking and even death can also occur Long-term heavy use of amphetamines can lead to malnutrition skin disorders ulcers and various diseases that come
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