Friday, August 03, 2007
There's a new product hitting the drugstores, in case you live under a rock and missed the displays: Alli

It's an OTC version of the fat blocking pill Xenical, but according to GSK, it is different because it's half the dose, comes with 200 pages of instructions and support, and is FDA approved. It will block up to 25% of the fat you eat - can you see the weight just dropping off?

Further investigation reveals it may not be much of a miracle pill. The informational brochure, a slick, multicolored piece heavy on graphics, light on text, and available in two languages, states that "The program requires a commitment... to eat less than 15 grams of fat per meal, eat smaller portions, and increase physical activity."

Well, if people actually did that, they wouldn't need a pill!

The starter pack includes a pill shuttle, to carry your magic beans medication around on the go. That way, you can effortlessly pop one before you dig into a plate of Applebee's nachos.

My favorite parts involve the treatment effects. (By "favorite", I really mean, the part of the product that is the most fun to mock mercilessly).

From the Alli website:
Undigested fat cannot be absorbed and passes through the body naturally. The excess fat is not harmful. In fact, you may recognize it in the toilet as something that looks like the oil on top of a pizza. The treatment effects may include gas with oily spotting, loose stools, and more frequent stools that may be hgluttonyard to control.
Wow, fun for the whole family! I'll never look at pizza quite the same way again.

The pill is put out by GlaxoSmithKline, the same people who have brought us the Paxil debacle (including having to settle with the US government because they were ripping off Medicaid as well as causing the deaths and deformation of many children, teens, and pre-born babies), and the Avandia controversy. (These drugs were also FDA approved, as was Vioxx. FDA approval does not equal safe, largely because the FDA does not fund independent studies but relies on the drug companies' own research.)

Skip the pill, save your money and probably your health, and follow the "plan", sans pill. That's what Mama Says!

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