Remember when everyone thought Phen-Phen was so great, only to find out that they could very well have permanent heart damage? My mother in law was one of those people. Now the new diet craze, and I don’t use that word lightly is Garcina Cambogia Plus. It’s being endorsed by celebs like Cameron Diaz and Kim Kardashian. No offense to these beautiful ladies, but how do we know it’s not just another dangerous product?
Maybe, Maybe Not: With the pressure on women to look like toned sticks, it’s no wonder that women in America are willing to try just about anything to look perfect. Web MD states that Garcina may be safe if used for twelve weeks or less. May, being the word I honed in on. The site also states that there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of dosages for Garcina. Well, yikes Hollywood, we average American women don’t get paid millions to shed our cellulite. Personally, I’d rather just hop on an exercise bike than take something that may or may not be safe.
Side Effects? There is a lot of conflicting information about whether Garcina Cambogia Plus has negative side effects on the liver. There is also the possibility that it can be linked to a degeneration of skeletal muscle which is potentially fatal, although in the study, multiple substances were taken and therefore Garcina cannot be solely blamed. Of course, anyone allergic to Garcina should not use it. Also, pregnant and breastfeeding women are advised against taking it, there are warnings that it lowers blood sugar and patients with diabetes are advised to take it only under close medical supervision. Patients who take medications such as Lipitor may also be in danger of developing skeletal degeneration. Really, there isn’t a lot of scientific information concerning this “Miracle Diet.” Other claims, in support of GCP suggest that it’s completely natural and causes absolutely no harm. Without scientific studies to back up that claim, I hesitate to take it.
Celebs You Try It First: Just because a celebrity endorses something, it definitely doesn’t mean it’s safe. Millionaire actresses probably have the cash to pay for a $500,000 dollar hospital stay if their new diet ends up ruining an organ; I don’t. I love Cameron Diaz as an actress but I think I’ll wait for a Nobel Prize laureate’s endorsement, thanks anyway.
So, that being said, let’s look at some other celebrity endorsements over the years. Advokyte.com lists a few, like Bruce Jenner who endorsed Vioxx which was later recalled for increasing the risk of heart attack. Phil Mickelson, a pro golfer endorsed Enbrel which suppresses the immune system and puts patients at risk for deadly infections. Paula Deen endorsed Victoza, which scientists are concerned causes pancreatitis.
So many young women seem to be jumping on the Garcina band wagon, that it’s a bit alarming. If it sounds too good to be true, it might be. There’s nothing like a good old fashioned healthy diet and a little exercise to get in shape. Using a miracle pill is just abusing the body and a way of lazy dieting. Just because you’re thin, it doesn’t mean you’re healthy. Maybe we aren’t all meant to be a size two. Maybe curves are beautiful. Maybe we should take a long hard look at why we feel the need to look like a society of Twiggys.