Orlistat – branded as Alli – weight loss pills are now on sale over the counter in UK pharmacies. Weight loss drugs are frequently abused, and Dr Crippen raises concerns that the pharmacist working in a bricks and mortar shop selling Alli might
not understand the realities of the drug and in any case he (or his masters) will be concentrating on the flashing pound sign
However, we were concerned to see that Lloyds Pharmacy now sells Alli pills online. While pharmacists may struggle with advising patients they meet face-to-face on Alli, selling online raises additional issues.
Would-be purchasers from Lloyds do have to complete an online questionnaire, asking them to give details such as weight and age and confirm statements such as
I am ready to adopt a reduced calorie, lower-fat diet
Unfortunately, although the questionnaires are checked by a pharmacist before the pills are posted out, people sometimes lie on such questionnaires. If someone wants – for example – to use Alli for weight loss despite a low Body Mass Index, they could easily lie about their weight. If a would-be purchaser fails to confirm tick boxes to agree with statements such as that they are willing to follow a lower-fat diet, Lloyds’ website helpfully reminds them that they must check the appropriate box in order to buy the product. Continue reading
Former Visiting Professor Patrick Holford may be Head of Science and Education at Biocare but he is not above blogging some very amusing doublethink[a] about weightloss pills for our enjoyment: Why I’m not a fan of slimming pills. Holford criticises starch blockers, fat blockers, appetite suppressants and slimming pills. He advises his readers to “[a]void them at all costs”. This is fairly unexceptional and would be worth little more than a scratch and a yawn were it not for the justifications that Holford offers for the reader’s merriment and if it were not that he has effectively re-issued a post that we had previously written up and that Holford subsequently withdrew.[b] We had assumed that Holford and his assistants had recognised the parlous blind spot concerning Holford’s own weight-loss products and recommendations but it seems not (which is a little sad as it vividly illustrates that the Holford-formulated Brain Food pack can’t be that effective). Continue reading
Former Visiting Professor Patrick Holford is Head of Science and Education at Biocare. Like proud parents who insist that their off-spring should entertain visitors with songs and recitations that would be better honoured in silence, Biocare proudly publicise their belief in Holford’s scientific acumen despite the faux pas and errors that have been highlighted in his work. From time to time, one wonders whether Biocare keeps up to date with Holford’s work and whether they notice, or even care about, the subtle and not-so-subtle non-sequiturs and distortions that crop up on a regular basis. Today’s example is no exception to Holford’s grim pattern of imagineering others’ research to support his own entrepreneurial needs. Continue reading
Former Visiting Professor Patrick Holford Head of Science and Education at Biocare so, presumably, they believe that he has scientific credibility and they persist in this belief despite the stack of evidence that might prompt them to revise their estimation of his scholarship, his level of discourse or hyperbolic styling as a in the field of health and nutrition. Holford is particularly obdurate on the topic of IgG tests for the diagnosis of food intolerance. Dr Robert Burton would probably find Holford’s continuing enthusiasm an interesting case-study for the next edition of Believing You Are Right Even When You’re Not. However, it may be understandable that Holford cleaves to this despite the explicit advice from actual immunologists and allergy researchers and clinicians because it makes up part of the platform that allows him to sell tests, pills and special diets that are guided by his books. Continue reading
I was surprised to see Holford speaking out against “slimming pills” on his blog:
Every year there is a new pill or potion that claims to do it all for you – starch blockers, fat blockers, appetite suppressants, slimming pills. Avoid them at all costs. You can’t cheat the body without paying a price.
I am also, by and large, sceptical about slimming pills. However, this includes a scepticism about the weight loss pills promoted by a well-known media nutritionist – whose name you might be able to guess. Continue reading
The People’s Medical Journal carries a new, fabulous, science-defying, weight-loss product story: How three cups of green tea a day can help you lose weight – even if you keep eating junk food.
Research shows the tea helps the pounds melt away, even while still eating junk food.
As you might imagine, this claim has excited considerable interest in the comments, with several people wanting to get their hands on this in time to trim down before Christmas.[a] Continue reading
Patrick Holford has sent his latest email on weight-loss to our faithful reader, Precious Ramotswe. Mma Ramotswe has written to Holford Watch to ask for our advice.
Dear Holford Watch,
I am a traditionally-built lady, as you know. Most of the time, this is of great advantage to me (e.g., snakes know where I am and I can cast shade for small children), but I am subject to much advice on the topic of weight-loss. Patrick Holford has sent me an email about his eating programme. He exhorts me to “Be proud to be seen in [my] bikini this summer and switch to a low GL diet today”. I have looked through it but there is no mention of cake which makes me a little sad. However, it may be possible to put something together from oats and fruit, although that may make me sadder as it does not resemble cake. Continue reading
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