fatnews.com

Discussion Forums
NEW!

Discussion Forums

Recent Forum Topics
NEW!

Recent Forum Topics
We welcome your comments, experience, expertise and insight on various topics about weight loss in these discussion forums.

STORE

The Store

SEARCH THIS SITE


Advanced Search

SEARCH THE WEB

Google

CONTACT US

  • Contact Us
  • Submit your suggestions to improve this site
  • Submit an article you would like reviewed
  • Suggest a drug, nutrient or diet you would like reviewed
  • TABLES

    BMI Table for adults
    BMI Table defining childhood obesity
    Glycemic Index Tables

    MEMBERS

    Login
    Register

    MAILING LIST

    CATEGORIES

    (Tip: To find articles about a particular subject, either search for a particular word, click "Category View" above, or select the category you are interested in from the list below.)
    5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan)
    Abilify (aripiprazole)
    Acarbose (Precose)
    Accountability
    ACE Inhibitor
    Acetyl-L-Carnitine
    Acomplia (rimonabant)
    Actonel (risedronate)
    Actos (pioglitazone)
    Adiponectin
    Aging
    AIDS
    Air Conditioning
    Alcohol
    Alcoholism
    Alii (orlistat) - (also see Xenical)
    All-you-can-eat
    Allergies, Food and Brain
    Almonds
    Alpha Lipoic Acid
    Aluminum
    Alzhemier's Disease
    Amantadine (Symmetrel)
    Ambien (zolpidem)
    Amino Acids
    Amitriptyline (See Elavil)
    Amphetamines
    Amylase inhibitors (See Starch Blockers)
    Anafranil (clomipramine)
    Angina (chest pain)
    Animal-based diet
    Antibiotics
    Antidepressants
    Antihistamines
    Antipsychotic drugs
    Anxiety
    Arginine
    Arthritis
    Articles by others
    Artificial sweetners (general)
    Aspartic Acid
    Aspirin
    Asthma
    Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder -- ADHD
    Autism
    Avandia (rosiglitazone)
    Axokine
    Bariatric Surgery (See Weight Loss Surgery)
    Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive
    Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride)
    Benefits of weight loss
    Benzodiazepines
    Beta Blockers
    Binge Eating
    Bioidentical hormones
    Birth Control Pills
    Blacks
    Blood Donation
    Blood Pressure
    Blood Pressure Drugs
    Blood Pressure Drugs INCREASED Death in Older women
    Blood sugar
    BMI not perfect
    BMI Table
    BMI, Healthiest (Healthiest BMI)
    Body Composition
    Bone Fractures
    Bone mass
    Book - Blue Zones
    Book - Cholesterol Myths (by Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD)
    Book - Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime (by Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD)
    Book - Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial (by Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD)
    Book - Good Calories, Bad Calories (by Gary Taubes)
    Book - Malignant Medical Myths
    Book - Our Daily Meds
    Book - The Black Swan
    Book - Why We Get Fat (by Gary Taubes)
    Brain Allergies (See Allergies, Food and Brain)
    Breakfast
    Breast-feeding
    Broda Barnes, MD, PhD (thyroid expert)
    Bromocriptine (Ergoset)
    Bulimia
    Bupropion (See Wellbutrin)
    Byetta (exenatide)
    C-reactive protein
    Caffeine
    Calcium
    Calcium Channel Blockers
    Calorie content of food
    Calorie Density of Food
    Calorie Intake
    Calorie intake, Underreporting
    Calorie Restriction
    Cancer
    Cancer screening (Does it do any good?)
    Cancer treatments
    Cancer, Bladder
    Cancer, Bowel
    Cancer, Brain
    Cancer, Breast
    Cancer, Cervical
    Cancer, Colorectal
    Cancer, Endometrial
    Cancer, Gallbadder
    Cancer, Kidney
    Cancer, Leukemia
    Cancer, Liver
    Cancer, Lung
    Cancer, Multiple Myeloma
    Cancer, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
    Cancer, Oesophageal
    Cancer, Oesophageal (adenocarcinoma)
    Cancer, others
    Cancer, Ovarian
    Cancer, Pancreatic
    Cancer, Prostate
    Cancer, Stomach (gastric cardia)
    Cannabis (marijuana)
    Caralluma fimbriata
    Carbohydrates
    Carnitine, L- (L-carnitine)
    Carpal tunnel syndrome
    Celexa (citalorpam)
    Cell Phones
    Cereal
    Chelation Therapy, EDTA
    Chemtrails
    Chewing
    Childhood Illnesses
    Childhood neglect and abuse
    Childhood Obesity
    Chitosan
    Chocolate (cocoa)
    Cholesterol
    Cholesterol drugs
    Cholesterol Hypothesis Skeptics
    Cholesterol Myths
    Cholesterol, HDL
    Chromium
    Chronic Fatigue
    Citrus aurantium
    CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid)
    Clozaril (clozapine)
    Cobalt
    Cochrane Collaboration
    Codonopsis Eupolyphaga
    Coffee
    Coffee, Decaffeinated
    Cognitive function
    Commercial Weight Loss Programs
    Computer Use
    Conflicts of Interest
    Congestive Heart Failure
    Constipation
    Contrave (Wellbutrin (bupropion) plus naltrexone)
    Copper
    CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10, ubiquinol, ubiquinone)
    Cortisol (stress hormone)
    Cost of food
    Costs associated with obesity
    Cravings
    Cymbalta (duloxetine)
    Daniel Amen, MD
    Death, Risk of
    Deaths from obesity
    Definitions
    Dental Amalgams (mercury fillings)
    Depo-Provera (depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate)
    Depression
    Desire to Lose Weight
    DHEA
    Diabetes
    Diabetes drugs
    Diagnosed Overweight by a Doctor
    Dialysis
    Diet drug use
    Diet Pills (General Info)
    Diet soda
    Dietary Counseling
    Diethylpropion (Tenuate)
    Dieting (General)
    Dieting, Intermittent
    Dinitrophenol
    Disability
    Discrimination against obesity
    Diuretics
    Diverticulitis
    Doctor - Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD
    Doctor - Boyd Haley, PhD
    Doctor - Dr. Kailash Chand
    Doctor - H. Gilbert Welch, MD (author of Overdiagnosed and Less Medicine, More Health)
    Doctor - Irving Kirsch, PhD
    Doctor - Jason Fung, MD
    Doctor - Joel Kauffman, PhD (author of Malignant Medical Myths)
    Doctor - John Abramson, MD (author of Overdosed America)
    Doctor - Jonathan Wright, MD (pioneer in natural medicine)
    Doctor - Kimber Stanhope, PhD
    Doctor - Malcolm Kendrick, MD author of "The Great Cholesterol Con"
    Doctor - Marcia Angell, MD
    Doctor - Mary Enig, PhD
    Doctor - Michel de Lorgeril, MD
    Doctor - Peter Gøtzsche, MD
    Doctor - Robert Lustig, MD
    Doctor - Suzanne Humphries, MD
    Doctor - Uffe Ravnskov, MD PhD
    Doctor - William Wilson, MD
    Doctor trends
    Don't fall for this
    Dopamine agonists
    Drug company lies
    Drug Company Money
    Drug Company Salesman
    Drug Company Tactics
    Drug-induced Side Effects
    Dry Skin
    Duodenal Switch (weight loss surgery)
    Eating time of day
    Economic Issues and Obesity
    Education
    Eggs
    Elavil (amitriptyline)
    Elderly
    Elderly, risk of obesity
    Empatic (Zonegran plus Wellbutrin)
    Environmental chemicals
    Ephedrine/Ephedra
    Epigenetics
    Erectile Dysfunction
    Escitalopram (Lexapro)
    Estrogen replacement therapy
    Evening Primrose Oil
    Every Other Day Modified Fast
    Excalia
    Exercise
    Exhaustion
    Fast Food
    Fasting, Intermittent
    Fat Cells
    Fat Intake (Dietary Fat)
    Fat loss
    Fat Oxidation
    Fat Replacers
    Fat, Body (Body Fat)
    Fat, Dietary
    FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)
    Fen-Phen
    Fertility (see Pregnancy)
    Fiber (Dietary Fiber)
    Fiber supplements
    Fidgeting
    Fish
    Fish Oil (omega-3 fatty acids)
    Flaxseed
    Food Allergies (See Allergies, Food and Brain)
    Food Cues
    Food Diary
    Food Intake statistics
    Food preferences associated with obesity
    Food Pyramid
    Food Safety
    Food's effect on appetite
    Foods associated with higher and lower body weight
    Foods Associated with Weight Gain
    Forskolin (from the plant Coleus forskohlii)
    Fosamax (alendronate)
    Fructose
    Fruit
    Fucoxanthin
    GABA
    Gallbadder Disease
    Gallstones
    Garlic
    Gastro-esophageal reflux disease
    General Health Checks
    Genes and genetics
    Geodon (ziprasidone)
    Ghrelin
    Ginger
    Ginseng
    GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid)
    GLA - Gamma Linolenic Acid
    Glucomannan (konjac root)
    Glucophage (metformin)
    Glutamine (amino acid)
    Glycemic Index
    Glycemic Index Tables
    Glycomacropeptide
    GMO foods (genetically modified organisms)
    Grains
    Grapefruit
    Green coffee bean extract
    Green Tea
    Group Therapy
    Growth Hormone
    Guar gum
    Gut Bacteria
    Gwen Olsen
    Habits associated with obesity
    Habits of being lean
    Hair Loss (caused by weight loss)
    Haldol (haloperidol)
    Hawaiian Diet
    HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin)
    Headaches
    Health Insurance
    Health Risks of obesity
    Heart Attack (myocardial infarction)
    Heart Disease
    Heart Disease, Coronary - Skeptics of the Cholesterol Hypothesis
    Heavy metal toxicity
    Herbal formula, Number Ten
    Herbal formula, PM-F2-OB
    Hibiscus tea
    High Carbohydrate Diet
    High-Fructose Corn Syrup
    High-Protein / Low-Carb Diets
    Histamine levels
    History
    Holiday Weight Gain
    Homocysteine
    Hoodia
    Hop extract, isomerized
    Hunger
    Hydralazine
    Hydrogenated vegetable oil (partially hydrogenated oil)
    Hydroxycitrate (HCA)
    Hypoglycemia
    Hypothyroidism, including Type 2 Hypothyroidism
    IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor-1)
    Income level
    Infections
    Infertility
    Influenza (Flu)
    Injuries
    Insulin
    Insulin sensitivity
    Interview with Patients
    Interview with Stephen Gullo, PhD
    Interviews with Doctors
    Iodine
    Jenny Craig Weight Loss Program
    Joan Mathews Larson, PhD
    John Ioannidis
    Just for Fun
    Kidney Disease
    Kidney stones
    Kidney Stones
    Konjac root (See glucomannan)
    Krill Oil
    Lap Band Surgery
    Lead (heavy metal toxicity)
    Lean, things associated with being
    Legumes
    Leptin
    Lesbians
    Leucine (amino acid)
    Life Expectancy
    Lipolysis (release of fat from fat cells)
    Liposuction
    Lipozene (see glucomannan)
    Liquid Calories
    Liraglutide
    Longevity
    Lorcaserin (also see Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride))
    Low Calorie Diet
    Low Carbohydrate Diets
    Low Fat Diets
    Low Stomach Acid
    Lp(a)
    Ludiomil (maprotiline)
    Luvox (fluvoxamine)
    Magnesium
    Maitake mushroom
    Mammography
    Marijuana (see Cannabis)
    Mark Starr, MD
    Married or Single
    Meal Frequency
    Meal Replacement Shakes
    Measurments of obesity
    Meat, Red
    Mediterranean Diet
    Medium chain triglycerides (MCT's)
    Men, studies about
    Menopause
    Menstruation
    Mercury
    Mercury fillings (Dental amalgams)
    Meridia (sibutramine)
    Metabolic syndrome (also see Insulin Sensitivity)
    Metabolism
    Mifeprex (mifepristone)
    Milk and Dairy
    Mineral aspartates
    Mirapex (pramipexole)
    Mirtazapine (antidepressant Remeron)
    Moban (molindone)
    Monounsaturated fat (Olive Oil and Canola Oil)
    Mortality associated with obesity
    Motivational techniques for losing weight
    Movies
    MSG (monosodium glutamate)
    Multiple Myeloma (See Cancer, Multiple Myeloma)
    Myths, Medical Myths
    N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC)
    Naltrexone
    Nasal Blockage
    Nassim Taleb
    Natural Treatments
    Nestatin-1
    Neurontin (gabapentin)
    Niacin (vitamin B3)
    Nicotine
    Night Eating Syndrome
    Night workers/shift workers
    No Dinner Diet
    Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
    Nortriptyline (See Pamelor)
    Nutrasweet (aspartame)
    Nuts (also see Almonds)
    Obesity Forecasts
    Obesity Guidelines, NIH
    Obesity statistics
    Obesity Statistics, US States
    Obesity, Causes of
    Obesity, Factors associated with
    Oleoyl-estrone
    Olestra
    Olive Oil
    Omega-3 Fatty Acids (fish oil)
    Omega-6 Fatty Acids
    Onions
    Oolong Tea
    Opinion
    Orthomolecular Medicine
    Over-treatment
    Paleo Diet
    Pamelor (nortriptyline)
    Parent's influence on obesity
    Parkinson's Disease
    Paroxetine (antidepressant Paxil)
    PCSK9 inhibitors (cholesterol-lowering drugs)
    Pedometer
    Periactin (cyproheptadine)
    Periodontal Gum Disease
    Personal stories about weigh loss
    Phen-Pro (Phentermine-Prozac or other SSRIs)
    Phendimetrazine (Bontril)
    Phentermine
    Phenylephrine
    Phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitors, sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), vardenafil (Levitra)
    Plastic's effect on body weight
    Plate Size
    Pokeweed extract
    Polar Weight Management Program
    Polio Vaccine (Salk Vaccine)
    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
    Polyunsaturated Fat
    Port, Sidney (UCLA statistician)
    Portion size, effect on calore intake
    Post-traumatic stress disorder
    Postnatal weight gain (immediately after birth)
    Postpartum depression
    Potassium
    Pramlintide (see Symlin)
    Predicted Weight Loss
    Pregnancy
    Pregnant women, effects on offspring
    Prejudice against obesity
    Prevalence of Obesity
    Prices for drugs
    Prolixin (fluphenazine)
    Prostate, Enlarged
    Protamine
    Protein (general)
    Protein Leverage Theory
    Protein Source
    Protein supplement
    Protein, High, Diet
    Protein, Low, Diet
    Protein, Soy
    Proton pump inhibitors
    Prozac (fluoxetine)
    PSA Test (Prostate Specific Antigen)
    Psychiatric Drugs
    Pu-erh Tea (Chinese Black Tea)
    Pursuing Weight Control
    Pyruvate
    Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) (formerly Qnexa)
    Quality of Life
    Radiation (background ionizing radiation)
    Rate of Eating
    Raw food diet
    Red Yeast Rice
    Resistant Starch
    Resveratrol
    Rhodiola rosea (Golden root or Arctic root)
    Rice
    Richard Moore, MD, PhD
    Risperdal (risperidone)
    Ritalin (methylphenidate)
    Robert Skversky, MD
    Robert Whitaker (author & journalist)
    Rubidium
    Saccharin (artificial sweetner)
    Saturated Fat
    Sauna
    Scams
    Schizophrenia
    Seizures
    Self-help weight loss
    Self-reported height and weight
    Self-reported intake
    Serentil (mesoridazine)
    Serlect (sertindole)
    Seroquel (quetiapine)
    Serotonin Syndrome
    Serzone (nefazodone)
    Sex and Sexual Activity
    Sexual abuse
    Shift Workers
    Sick Days
    Simmondsin (jojoba plant seed extract)
    Skinny on Obesity video series
    Sleep
    Sleeping pills
    Smoking's effect on weight
    Snacks
    Snoring
    Social Influence
    Sodium Intake
    Soft drinks (Coke, Pepsi, etc.)
    South Beach Diet
    Splenda (sucralose)
    Spouses
    SSRI's
    Starch Blockers (Amylase inhibitors)
    Statin Nation (documentary)
    Statins
    Stearic Acid (in beef and chocolate)
    Stents (coronary artery stents)
    Strattera (atomoxetine)
    Strength Training
    Stress
    Stroke
    Sugar Addiction
    Sugar intake
    Suicide
    Sumatriptan
    Sun Bathing, Benefits of
    Surmontil (trimipramine)
    Symlin (pramlintide)
    Symlin (pramlintide)
    Sympathetic Nervous Activity (SNS)
    Taranabant
    Taste
    Taubes, Gary
    Taxes and Obesity
    Tea
    Television Watching
    Temperature, House
    Tenuate (See diethylpropion)
    Tesofensine
    Testosterone
    Thermogenesis
    Thermography
    Thiomersal (mercury-containing preservative)
    Thorazine (chlorpromazine)
    Thyroid Function
    Thyroid supplement
    Thyroid, Desiccated
    Timeline related to obesity discoveries
    Tofranil (imipramine)
    Tofu (soybean curd)
    Tonsils
    Too much medicine
    Topamax (topiramate)
    TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)
    Trans Fats
    Trazedone (antidepressant)
    Tricyclic antidepressants
    Triglyceride levels
    Tryptophan
    Underreporting weight
    Urinary incontinence
    Vaccines
    Vegetable-based Diet
    Vegetables
    Vegetables, Raw
    Vegetarians
    Venlafaxine (antidepressant Effexor)
    Ventricular arrhythmias
    Vertical Banded Gastroplasty
    Very-Low-Calorie Diets
    Vibration, Whole Body
    Vinegar
    Virus and Bacteria associated with obesity
    Virus, obesity (adenovirus-36)
    Visual Cues
    Vitamin C
    Vitamin D
    Vitamins
    Waist measurement
    Waist-to-Hip Ratio
    Wansink, Brian (studies done by)
    Water
    Weighing, Self
    Weight cycling (gaining and losing)
    Weight gain
    Weight Lifting
    Weight Loss Expectations
    Weight Loss Programs
    Weight Loss Strategies
    Weight Loss Success (what successful weight losers do)
    Weight Loss Supplements
    Weight Loss Supplements, Adulterated
    Weight loss surgery
    Weight Loss Surgery - Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
    Weight Loss, Benefits of
    Weight loss, Rate of
    Weight loss, risks of
    Weight Maintenance
    Weight monitoring
    Weight Perception
    Weight Watchers
    Weight-gaining drugs
    Wellbutrin (bupropion)
    Wine, Red
    Women, studies about
    Work, Lost Days
    Xenical (orlistat)
    YouTube videos
    Zerona laser
    Zetia (ezetimibe)
    Zinc
    Zocor (simvastatin)
    Zoloft (sertraline)
    Zonegran (zonisamide)
    Zyprexa (olanzapine)

    ARCHIVES

    April, 2017
    March, 2017
    February, 2017
    January, 2017
    December, 2016
    November, 2016
    October, 2016
    September, 2016
    August, 2016
    July, 2016
    June, 2016
    May, 2016

    ARCHIVE SUMMARY

    View by Date
    View by Category

    RSS / XML


    RSS 1.0
    RSS 2.0
    RSS Atom

    WEATHER

    Weather around the country
    Home page  >  Article | Previous article | Next article

    QUICKLINKS AND VIEW OPITONS

  • Articles with Recent Comments
  • Recent Forum Topics
  • Summary View
  • Headline View
  • Archive of Quotes
  • Non-caloric taste-enhancing crystals sprinkled on food caused weight loss of 33.6 lbs in six months


    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    Friday, June 27, 2008 7:14 am Email this article
    Sprinkling non-caloric taste-enhancing crystals on food cause men to lose an average of 34.8 pounds, or 16 percent of their body weight in six months, while women lost an average of 29.9 pounds, or 14.4 percent of their body weight versus a weight loss of 2 pounds for the control group according to a study by the always interesting Alan Hirsch, MD at his Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

    “The Tastants may have induced weight loss by enhancing the taste of the food, thereby accelerating the onset of sensory-specific satiety, causing participants to feel full faster and eat less,” Dr. Hirsch noted.

    These crystals are being sold under the name of SENSA costing $210 for a 6 month supply.

    (Update: Oct 26, 2010. I attached a couple of YouTube videos about Sensa to this story. The first one is from NBC Dateline. The second is of a woman who tried and and did not lose any weight.) Subjects

    Subjects: 181 men, 1255 women

    The study involved 181 men with an average body weight of 217 pounds and an average body mass index (BMI) of 33, and 1255 women with an average body weight of 207 pounds and an average BMI of 34.4.

    The control group consisted of 100 people with an average weight of 218 pounds and an average BMI of 34.1.

     

    Comment

    Comment: I would like to see others repeat this study

    As with any weight loss product showing promise like this, I’d like to see this study repeated by University researchers.

    REFERENCE

    Hirsch AR. Use of gustatory stimuli to facilitate weight loss. Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation’s website. 2008 Jun, http://www.smellandtaste.org/index.cfm?action=research.sprinkles.

    AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION

    Alan Hirsh, MD
    Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation
    Chicago, IL USA
    http://www.smellandtaste.org/

    Articles on the same subject can be found here:


    COMMENTS

    On Jul 11, 2008 at 4:03 am RG wrote:

    . . . . .

    The inconvenience of having to cover one's food in crystals may have caused them to do less impulse snacking. Also difficult to apply crystals to dry food so they may have eaten a more volumetric diet. Still the principle of taste and satiety is valid. I, too, would like to see more research.

    On Jul 11, 2008 at 6:23 am Larry Hobbs wrote:

    . . . . .

    RG,

    I assume that the crystals are like adding salt to your food. You'd probably not notice them.

    I have additional questions as well and would like to see other researchers repeat this study.

    MSG -- monosodium glutamate -- used in Chinese food is a flavor enhancer.

    Other glutamate products similar to MSG are also flavor enhancers.

    Dr. Hirsh does not say in his paper what the exact chemical is that he is using, so I don't know if it is one of these glutamate products.

    The tastants used in his study had ?sweet? and ?salty? taste, and had the flavors of "cheddar cheese and cocoa, onion and spearmint, horseradish and banana, ranch and strawberry, taco and raspberry, and parmesan and malt" according to Dr. Hirsh's paper.

    On Jan 09, 2009 at 9:52 pm Karen wrote:

    . . . . .

    Sorry, but the article sound like total b.s. to me. I worked with physicians for years, many who were involved in various research. I would never trust reports from research simply for making a claim. Doctors lie all the time in their research and mainly do them for some motive or the other, expecting commission or fame, or some money by making some claims to boost sales of one product or the other. Only research from socialised countries are non commercial as the law restricts the kind of business by doctors permitted in this country, and research in socialised countries are mostly government funded. U.S. research are the most unreliable on the market (only business).

    On Jan 10, 2009 at 7:14 am Larry Hobbs wrote:

    . . . . .

    Karen,

    Thanks for your input.

    Six or eight months ago, one of the news magazine programs -- maybe NBC Dateline -- did a piece on these crystals and questioned the research just like you.

    They also asked Dr. Hirsch several questions which he did not answer to my satisfaction.

    On Jan 10, 2009 at 8:54 am Roberta wrote:

    . . . . .

    The fact that Dr. Hirsch did not name the chemical in Sensa raises questions. Where is the concern for a possible allergic reaction to this unknown substance? The price of Sensa might be a deterrent from over-eating as it would be economical to eat less. One of the reasons obesity is so widespread today is because food is more affordable. We cannot accept the cause and effect relationship Dr. Hirsch offers without more information and independent studies.

    On Jan 10, 2009 at 9:05 am Larry Hobbs wrote:

    . . . . .

    Roberta,

    I agree with all of what you say.

    On Oct 26, 2010 at 10:43 am robert skversky wrote:

    . . . . .

    Larry, One of my current patients who has lost @ 40 pounds in my program using combination phentermine, topamax, and Glumetza, I recently saw on an infomercial for "Sensa". Since the previous posts beginning in June, 2008 has any additional "reserch" come out to discredit this product? The current 30 min spots on TV look very convincing to the unaware, and vulnerable consumer. Thanks r

    On Oct 26, 2010 at 11:50 am Larry Hobbs wrote:

    . . . . .

    Dr. Skversky,

    No, I can't find any more research on the product "Sensa" or "tastants".

    Unfortunately, I don't believe this research.

    I attached a couple of YouTube videos to this article so people can watch it for themselves.

    The study was done by Alan Hirsch, MD at his clinic, the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.

    I like Dr. Hirsch. He's a charming guy.

    I interviewed him in 1999 about his book "Scentsational Weight Loss" (Simon & Schuster, 1998) about smells causing weight loss.

    He has also called me several times over the past 10 years to let me know about new research that he has completed in case I am interested in writing about it.

    But, unfortunately, I don't believe it.

    Since Dr. Hirsch did the study and he is the one associated with selling them, it seems pointless to interview him and try to catch him saying something that does not make sense.

    A television news magazine program -- maybe NBC Dateline -- interviewed Dr. Hirsch a few years ago and pointed out that this study was really an old study that was repackaged as a new study. I can't find that particular video. It was with a different journalist than the YouTube video I attached when they were raising questions for Dr. Hirsh.

    If I can find it, I'll attached that video also.

    Larry Hobbs

    ------

    On a side note, about 10 years ago, a company started selling "diet pens" that contained various smells.

    You were supposed to smell the pens whenever you were hungry.

    The company sent me a study they had done which claimed a weight loss of 19 lbs using these pens.

    But having read plenty of diet drug studies, the data looked too perfect.

    The study claimed that just about everyone lost weight, and the weight loss was something like 2 lbs every week.

    I have never seen a study showing that some substance causes a perfect 2 lbs of weight loss in just about everyone who used it.

    The data looked like it was made up to me.

    So I called the company that did the study, an independent research firm.

    The secretary would not let me talk to the lead researcher, and she said that he did not want his name associated with the study.

    The study was obviously bogus. and the data was probably just made up, as I've seen with several studies of nutritional weight loss products.

    So I wrote an article saying that I did not believe the study, and the company of the diet pens had there lawyers send me a letter threatening to sue me unless I retracted what I had said.

    I did not make a retraction, and they did not sue me.

    On Mar 09, 2012 at 6:46 am Roberta wrote:

    . . . . .

    If this product were safe and effective Big Pharma would be marketing it under a different brand name. How is Dr. H. able to patent an ingredient he does not even list on the label?

    On Mar 13, 2012 at 7:21 pm Jan wrote:

    . . . . .

    I read his first book "Dr. Hirsch's Guide to Scentsational Weight Loss" (Element Publishing) back in 97 when it came out. He says in the book to sniff your food before eating it, and I remember thinking how the heck is that gonna help?

    So...I tried it that Sunday at lunch at my favorite restaurant, Luby's Cafeteria. I had turkey and dressing and veggies and probably pie. When I started eating the turkey and dressing, I smelled each bite before putting it in my mouth. About half way thru the meal, my appetite simply evaporated. Gone. Half my T & D still on the plate to take home for next day. Very, very unusual for me.

    I can't remember what happened after that other than I forgot all about it and went rite on as before.

    Some years later I ran across the book and read it again. I remembered the T & D experiment and went out to the health food store and bought organic extracts and essences of lemon, banana, mint, etc. and made myself some scent containers. I really cant remember, but I think my creation didn't work very well and once again something new came along and I forgot all about it.

    When Dr. Hirsch marketed his Sensa I researched it but it seemed to be unreasonably priced so I passed on it. However... after reading the above article and conversation, I re-researched Sensa, and dug out the book and have re-reread it. I also read about a thousand comments on the Sensa facebook page. All those people are not lying. It appears that the obese people are using Sensa and losing fat, and the slightly fat people are using Sensa and being disappointed. Some say they are losing as much as 11.5 pounds in the first week. A simple reduction in calories would not account for such a large decrease. I am thinking about trying it, but in the meantime, I am sniffing my food while eating it. Also, 2 people had to stop using it due to an extreme increase in BP, and some had terrible headaches.

    http://www.facebook.com/Sensa if anyone is interested.

    Please feel free to share your comments about this article.


    Name:

    Email:

    Comments:

    Please enter the word you see in the image below:


    Remember my personal information

    Notify me of follow-up comments?



    © Copyright 2003-2017 - Larry Hobbs - All Rights Reserved.