Neil H. Metzger
60 Minutes, Oprah, BBC... Are Hoodia diet pills for real?
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proven information about diet pills from hype.If you're like most of the people I've met, the first time you heard about Hoodia diet pills and liquid Hoodia was from CBS' 60 Minutes, Oprah, or from a BBC clip on the web. Like you, I watched all the television reports, but it's hard to get a real feel for something in an 8-to-12 minute segment. I did manage to find out enough good information determine whether Hoodia diet pills were a fad or a real solution my frustrations. The CBS report stated that Hoodia diet pills are:
|..very different from diet stimulants like Ephedra and Phenfen that are now banned because of dangerous side effects. Hoodia doesn't stimulate at all. Scientists say it fools the brain by making you think you’re full, even if you've eaten just a morsel. From 60 Minutes Nov. 21, 2004|
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Saturday, November 26, 2005 by: Mike AdamsI urge you to get the facts before you make any decision about the best diet pills for you. So what else do the reports say about Hoodia diet pills? Here are some summaries and excerpts from the best information I found. More from 60 Minutes:
The beauty about Hoodia is that after you take it, you really have no appetite to speak of. Scientists say, the plant tricks the brain by making the stomach feel full—something the SAN People have known for thousand of years.BBC Examines The Hoodia Plant:
To see for himself, (BBC Reporter) Mangold drove into the desert, four hours north of Capetown in search of the Hoodia plant. Once there, they found an unattractive plant which sprouts several tentacles, each the size of a long cucumber. The tentacles are covered in spikes which had to be carefully peeled. He ate about half a banana size - and so did his cameraman. Soon after, they began the four hour drive back to Capetown. Despite haven't eaten any food whatsoever, throughout the entire journey their brains kept telling them they were fully fed, so much so—they did not even think of food. Dinner time came and went and still they had no desire to eat. They didn't arrive to their hotel until near midnight, at which time they went to directly to bed—without food. The next day, neither wanted to eat—and neither ate breakfast. They later ate lunch but without appetite—and with very little pleasure. Finally, partial then full appetite returned slowly 24 hours after they had both sampled the Hoodia plant in the desert.Africa's Bushmen May Get Rich From Diet-Drug Secret
Leon Marshall in Johannesburg for National Geographic News April 16, 2003 A deal has been signed between the South African San Council and the country's Scientific and Industrial Research Council (CSIR), which identified the appetite-suppressing ingredient in Hoodia during research into indigenous plants in 1996. At a small ceremony recently held in the Kalahari desert near the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which South Africa shares with Botswana, the San and the CSIR made a deal to share royalties earned by commercial sale of the San's ancient knowledge of the plant. The overly nourished millions of people in the developed world spend billions of dollars a year on preparations and remedies to combat obesity. Effective new products that help shed weight are always in high demand.These are the most informative sites and stories reported since Hoodia diet pills began attracting serious attention for there remarkable power to stop hunger cold. Get informed, get the facts and get thin! Sincerely, Neil P.S. If you've got enough information and want to see the amazing properties of Hoodia gordonii for yourself, here are the only Hoodia diet pills I recommend. If you want to learn more, keep reading! Next: How Hoodia Works.