They’re insidious. They’re everywhere. They may wear suits and ties. They may invite you into their professional-looking clinic. They will write you prescriptions and promise your dreams with a pearly white smile. They may even have a fancy piece of paper on the wall. Yet, California is full of crack doctors. These people don’t even think twice about writing you a prescription for a dangerous pill or recommending that you undergo surgery to reach your weight loss goals. They prey upon your desire for a “magic bullet” or a “quick fix” and promise you the world with a quick, short-term solution that does nothing to make you healthier. To the contrary, these mild-mannered crack doctors can actually make you feel a whole lot worse. In the first part of a three-part series, we’ll take a look at diet pills commonly prescribed by crack doctors. In part two, we’ll look at the dangerous surgeries they provide. In part three, we’ll look at some alternatives and ways to avoid crack doctors.
You must avoid crack doctors who have no qualms about doling out diet pills. In March of 2009, the FDA reported that it was cracking down on weight loss drugs and supplements, saying they believed “a large percentage of these products are tainted.” They recently discovered 72 over-the-counter products — with names like Fatloss Slimming, Super Fat Burner, Pro Slim Plus and 21 Double Slim – that contained downright dangerous ingredients that were not declared on the labels.
Active ingredients included several controlled substances that should be available ONLY by prescription, such as: sibutramine (appetite suppressant), fluoxetine (antidepressant), bumetanide (diuretic), furosemide (diuretic) and phenytoin (anti-seizure medication).
Then, they discovered these crack doctor pills contained active ingredients that were not even approved for marketing in the United States! This lot included: rimonabant (a suspected cancer-causing mutagen), fenproporex (a controlled substance), cellistat (an experimental obesity drug), and phenolphthalein (another suspected cancer agent).
Furthermore, the concentration of these illicit substances was so high that they put patients at risk for seizures, high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. For example, these products contained a level of sibutramine that was much higher than the maximum dosage for Meridia – the only FDA-approved drug containing this ingredient. High levels of fenproporex is also associated with sudden death.
Avoid crack doctors — not only because they would give you these dangerous pills without any qualms — but also because they often do so in precarious ways. For example, in 1991, Dr. Paul Ernest Forler of Brea, California was arrested for distributing over 50,000 diet pills in unmarked bags, without prescriptions or instructions. In 2006, Dr. Gerald C. Morris of Ventura County was arrested for illegally prescribing powerful prescription drugs like phentermine, tenuate and phendimetrazine over the Internet. Allegedly the drugs came from Costa Rica, where oversight is lacking and product safety regulations are not as stringent. Do you want drugs coming from dirty labs in other countries? AVOID CRACK DOCTORS!
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