FDA Rejects Another Weight Loss Drug

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Jul 22, 2010 (PRWeb.com via COMTEX) —

Last week the Food and Drug Administration’s advisory panel of medical experts voted against (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704682604575369410432415510.html) approving Vivus Inc.’s experimental weight loss drug, Qnexa, based on concerns about the drug’s long-term side effects, including birth defects, depression and heart health risks. Other companies with appetite suppressant drugs are slated to be reviewed: Arena Pharmaceuticals’ lorcaserin will face an FDA panel in September and Orexigen Therapeutics Inc.’s Contrave is tentatively scheduled for a December review.

Amid concerns regarding the safety of these weight loss drugs, C.W. Randolph, Jr., M.D., R.Ph. offers a readily available, low cost alternative: “Naturally restore your body’s optimum hormone balance (http://www.hormonewell.com/weightMgnt_overview.html) and get a good night’s sleep.”

According to Randolph, when a person gets less than eight hours sleep per night their body’s optimum ratio of hormones is upset. “Two hormones that function to stimulate and control your appetite are impacted: ghrelin, the hormone that pumps through your body when you feel hungry, and leptin, the hormone that tells you that you are full and to stop eating. When ghrelin levels are elevated and leptin levels depressed, the result is a constant feeling of hunger and continuous eating no matter how recently you have eaten or how many calories you have consumed.”

“The problem is that as most people age, they experience sleep disturbances,” continued Randolph. “Frequently an underlying age-related imbalance between the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone is the culprit causing persons to wake up several times a night or experience ongoing insomnia.Often restoring the body’s optimum estrogen-progesterone ratio with an over-the-counter formulation of bioidentical progesterone cream is all that is needed to foster a healthy, uninterrupted eight hour pattern of sleeping. Most people find that after sleeping through the night, they no longer suffer constant feelings of hunger and food cravings.”

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.