Questions and Answers about Hoodia
and Oprah Winfrey's "O" Magazine Review
Oprah Hoodia Q & A's:
The July 2007 issue of "O," The Oprah Magazine included an article written by Mary Fischer called, "Diet Pills: The Next Generation."
Did Oprah endorse Hoodia?
Many Hoodia companies claim that because O Magazine published this article, it means Oprah personally endorses Hoodia diet pills. Some companies go so far as to say that she specifically endorses their product! Not true!
If a company lied about this, can you trust them enough to buy from them?
If a company can't be honest about something like this, why would you trust whatever else they had to say about their hoodia product?
What did the Oprah article actually say?
The article is about diet pills in general and includes two paragraphs on Hoodia. It looks like most people just read this first sentence, and jumped to conclusions: "Deep in the heart of Southern Africa's Kalahari Desert may lie the secret to weight loss."
What does the author say in these two paragraphs?
In the article Ms. Fischer discusses the San Bushmen and their use of Hoodia. She also talks about the research done by scientists at South Africa's national laboratory and their discovery that Hoodia caused weight loss in animals.
In the second paragraph, we learn that Ms. Fischer believes that there's "little proof that the supplements are even mildly effective." She goes on to say that "no one has figured out precisely how Hoodia curbs appetite." So she does acknowledge that Hoodia curbs the appetite. Finally, she tells the reader that Unilever and Phytopharm have spent $20 million to develop a "synthetic prescription drug" and, "if successful, the Bushmen will receive 6% of the royalties."
So, on the one hand she questions the effectiveness of Hoodia diet pills and on the other she says there's enough evidence for Hoodia's effectiveness that big pharma is sinking $ multi-millions of dollars into developing its own product from the appetite suppressing molecule in the plant!
|Rule # 1: (the most important rule)Make sure the vendor you buy from allows ongoing, random, anonymous testing of their Hoodia products by Alkemists Pharmaceuticals. Also, make sure they don't just merely send in a batch sample with a lot number to be tested. Why?
Vendors proudly publish their lot numbers and results from this highly respected lab like it is ultimate proof that they have genuine Hoodia. However, this is a very questionable premise upon which to base one's purchase. The only possible indisputable PROOF is that which is provided through ongoing, random, verifiable testing of the actual diet pills. The testing must be fully confirmable and performed WITHOUT the vendor's knowledge of when or by whom the products to be tested are purchased.
Hoodoba® PURE hoodia diet pills consistently score high in ongoing random testing by Alkemists. This is one of the reasons I use the diet pills myself.
Rule # 2: PURITY
Make sure the Hoodia diet pills you buy are truly PURE Hoodia product and that the seller does NOT employ the O.I. (Other Ingredients) label trick.
Is the product made ONLY from 100% PURE, unadulterated South African Hoodia gordonii-without fillers and additives? Hoodoba® PURE is the only product in the US that can make this claim. How can you tell?
Don't take my word for it. Federal law dictates this statement can only be made if it's true. Simply look the Supplement Facts section of the label. Does it explicitly declare the absence of additives by displaying the word "None" in the "Other ingredients" block? If it says anything other than "None," IT IS NOT PURE!
Take look at all the other "Pure" Hoodia diet pills labels around.
How can this happen?
Shockingly, unless a manufacturer explicitly declares "Other ingredients," as "None", it can simply list any fillers and additives as "Other ingredients" and legally declare the product's full gross weight as being Hoodia gordonii! Yes, the government does allow it. In the diet pills industry, these additives are known as "flow agents." They help make the manufacturing process easier. True, they shouldn't still be able to call the product "Pure," but they do. By declaring the "flow agents" and fillers (usually, silica, cellulose, magnesium stereate, etc.) on the labels, they get away with it. Herein lies the gaping loophole which most consumer have no knowledge of. I have gotten sick of all the Hoodia scams I see going on and thought it was time to "let the cat out of the bag" - so I DID!
Avoid any brand of Hoodia diet pills padded with fillers or additives. Not only are additives (such as magnesium stearate, silica, cellulose, sawdust, stearic acid, etc.) unnecessary, but some can damage your health. Believe it or not, some fraudsters have even been filling their diet pills with common flax seed powder material.
|Rule # 3: CORRECT SPECIESMake sure the Hoodia diet pills you buy are made from the correct species. Does the product claim to be South African hoodia gordonii or just Hoodia?
Of the more than 30 varieties of Hoodia available on planet earth, only the gordonii species from South Africa has been proven to reduce caloric intake in humans. So-called "Chinese" Hoodia, for example, is fake and often tests as being the cactus opuntia.
Rule # 4: ACTIVE PART
Make sure the Hoodia diet pills you buy are made from the biologically active part of the Hoodia gordonii succulent. Does the vendor use only the peeled stem of the Hoodia gordonii plant?
The San people know that the appetite suppressant is concentrated only in the peeled stem. This is because the P57 molecules are found mainly in the peeled stem. Although they make use of several species of Hoodia, they rely only on the gordonii species to suppress appetite.
Never get Hoodia gordonii diet pills from companies using the "whole plant" or anything other than the peeled stems; such a product would automatically contain at least 50% less of Hoodia gordonii's active constituents necessary for effective appetite suppression.
|Rule # 5: POTENCYMake sure the Hoodia diet pills you buy are of the highest potency possible. Does the company or its farmers patiently cultivate the Hoodia succulents for at least 3-1/2 years before harvesting the stems?
Hoodia milled from immature plants may test "positive" for Hoodia gordonii but lack sufficient P57 to suppress the appetite.
Additionally, Hoodia loses its strength when exposed to open sunlight, dried in open sunlight, left in kilns above a certain temperature, or milled above certain microns.
Avoid companies that harvest the Hoodia gordonii succulents too early. This indicates they're more interested in your money than your goals. Buy only from a company that patiently waits until at least 3-1/2 years have passed before harvesting the plant's mature succulent stems.
Rule # 6: PRICING
Make sure the Hoodia diet pills you buy are priced within a believable range. Does the price make sense? $300-$400 per kilogram diet pills being sold cheaply are not the real thing.
Trust your instincts: According to NewsTarget.com, Alkemists Pharmaceuticals estimates that at LEAST 80% of Hoodia sold today is "either adulterated or counterfeit."
Rule # 7: DELIVERY METHOD
Make sure the Hoodia diet pills you are considering buying are able to assimilate into the body and make their way to the blood stream and into the brain.
To effectively suppress your appetite, Hoodia gordonii diet pills must be either injected directly into your brain or consumed orally. Scams for "free" Hoodia patches can't be trusted. An effective Hoodia patch would require a prescription and likely carry some side effects. With pills there are no Hoodia side effects.
The British biotech company holding the patent on "P57AS3," might release such a patch some day, but current transdermal delivery methods would make such a patch extremely expensive.
|Rule # 8: C.I.T.E.S. CERTIFICATESMake sure the vendor from whom you purchase Hoodia diet pills provides a genuine, verifiable C.I.T.E.S. certificate having a unique permit number.
A valid C.I.T.E.S. certificate is required to legally export Hoodia gordonii from South Africa. Before getting Hoodia diet pills, carefully examine the C.I.T.E.S. certificate. Legitimate vendors sometimes obscure the exporter's name as a legitimate trade secret, but if the importing vendor's name and/or permit number is obscured, the C.I.T.E.S. certificate is likely fraudulent and that vendor should be avoided.
Rule # 9: U.S.D.A. IMPORT PERMIT
Make sure the company holds and displays a current valid U.S.D.A. import permit.
Avoid buying Hoodia gordonii diet pills from any company lacking a current U.S.D.A. import permit with its company name and unique permit number clearly visible.
Stay far away from vendors who blur or shrink such documentation. In fact, make certain you can fully expand and magnify all information for close scrutiny.
Finding an honest Hoodia vendor can seem tougher than separating bona fide South African diamonds from synthetics. If you follow the list above, you will avoid fraudulent Hoodia diet pills.
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