The Latest MIRACLE DRUG For Weight Loss

No-Magic-Weight-Loss-PillYesterday, Medline Plus published an article titled, “Promise From A New Weight-Loss Drug. It is an injectable drug called Saxenda and reportedly helped people lose 5% of their body weight in a “research study.” This probably sounds promising on the surface especially for those who have tried so hard to successfully lose weight.

Let’s look at the facts of the study:

  • The participants were injected EVERYDAY for 1 YEAR. The average weight loss for the entire year amounted to 18.5 lbs.

  • The participants were provided lifestyle counseling. There was no mention in the medline plus article whether people complied with the counseling nor what the counseling included.

  • For the consumer to purchase this drug in the United States, it would cost between $1,000 and $1,800 for a 3 MONTH SUPPLY.

  • The study was funded by Novo Nordisk. In case you have never heard of them, they are the manufacturers of Saxenda.

Is anyone surprised that a study created by the manufacturers of the drug claimed it effectively offered a solution to weight problems? Would you agree there might be a conflict of interest when a drug manufacturer reports on the efficacy on a drug they manufacture?  If we can see the possibility for bias in this research, how come the New England Journal of Medicine couldn’t? They published this ridiculous study in their prestigious journal on July 2, 2015. Is there any question whether the pharmaceutical and medical industries work together producing (in some cases) questionable results to benefit their industries rather than their patients?

Financially capitalizing on a large segment (currently around 70%) of our overweight and obese population is unethical and immoral. Many of these people are desperate and willing to follow these treatment recommendations because they believe their physicians know best. It is unconscionable to see this type of research used to justify writing prescriptions for very expensive drugs that provide the same POOR LONG TERM OUTCOMES.

How can anyone justify recommending a drug to a patient that costs between $4,000 and $7,200 annually that helps achieve an average weight loss of 18.5 pounds?  If we do the math, we could achieve the same 18.5 pound weight loss over one year by reducing our daily required calorie intake by 178 calories a day. This would equate to 2 pieces of lightly buttered bread per day. Do you think anyone would spend up to $7,200 if they knew that they could achieve the identical results by leaving 2 slices of lightly buttered bread in the refrigerator?

Obesity is not caused by a prescription deficit. It stems from an emotional, physical, spiritual, and societal imbalance. The source of the problem is usually deep within the individual. The answer to the problem can never be achieved by ingesting pharmaceuticals. Even if they chemically alter appetite, they do not address the other imbalances. All of the underlying causes for weight gain must be addressed for a long term solution to succeed.

If you are ready to follow a new direction that will result in better health, better balance and better attitude, you are ready to achieve successful long term weight loss. I provide the tools needed in my articles listed under the tab “Obesity.” After reading these articles, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. This is NOT a solicitation. Any assistance I offer is intended to help people achieve their goals without any strings attached. Growing up in an environment where obesity was present has given me personal insight and a better understanding for those who suffer today.

Advertisements

8 comments

  1. I know you are very passionate and sincere about this topic and I hope those who need help read your articles. They are positive, inspiring and helpful. Thanks for keeping us all real.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Your comments are greatly appreciated. As people become aware of the REAL options available, I’m hoping they will choose what they feel is in their best interest. I feel we (doctors) have done a poor job communicating with patients about their role in maintaining health and have taken over the responsibility for profit and convenience.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Howto$tuffYourPig · · Reply

    $1000 to $1800 for a three month supply? And how much are the side effects going to cost from taking the drug? We should all be thankful that we have people like you around to teach us the right way to get healthy! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. You raise a great point regarding side effects and their additional financial impact. I am certainly not perfect and do not have all the answers, but I have great faith in people and their willingness to listen to new ideas and approaches to healthy living. Thank you again for you all your words of support.

    Like

  4. Elaine · · Reply

    Breaking it down into a daily caloric deficit required to achieve the same result is eye opening. I would venture to say that the patients who would be “candidates” for this drug are severely overweight, therefore 18.5 pounds lost may not even be noticeable. Not exactly a magic bullet…

    Liked by 1 person

  5. My sentiments exactly. What I find so astounding is that the pharmaceutical industries think the average consumer isn’t smart enough to realize this. In light of this, they will push hard through marketing and advertising how important this new drug is. This just might be the breaking point where our society begins to say NO, THIS IS NOT THE ANSWER!!

    Thank you for your insightful feedback.

    Like

  6. Pills are rarely the answer to most ailments. 18 1/2 pounds is not worth putting your health at risk for injecting some foreign substance into a body. I’d rather be 18 1/2 pounds overweight! Also if I had that kind of money to spend it would be in better foods, a good pair of sneakers. Following your blog and the wealth of information you give is free. If one needs help they need only to read your words and they could be well on their way to great health! Thank you for sharing. Have a delightful week ahead. Koko:)

    Liked by 1 person

  7. I agree with you completely regarding the weight loss.

    Thank you very much for all your support and your kind words. When I read your stories and see that you share my philosophy and approach to healthy living I know how gratifying life is for you. There is no doubt that your potential is limitless.

    Stay healthy and happy and enjoy each day to the maximum!

    Like

Your comment can positively impact the lives of others.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: