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Metabolic Syndrome Fighter "May" Cure All Diseases*

Monday, March 09, 2009 Posted by Peter Janiszewski, PhD

Although the metabolic syndrome is now common in medical lexicon, there still exists no universally accepted definition of the condition. Various organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP), the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), and others have all developed their own unique definitions. So if someone tells you they have the metabolic syndrome – this largely depends on what definition they used.


There does exist at least some agreement in the various definitions with the inclusion of four fundamental components: abdominal obesity, dysfunctional glucose metabolism, dyslipidemia, and elevated blood pressure – but the criteria for these factors also vary widely. Thus, metabolic syndrome really is just a clustering of individual metabolic disturbances, with insulin resistance being hypothesized as the common causative factor (still hotly debated).


The clinical relevance of the metabolic syndrome is also commonly critiqued since it is unclear how treatment is influenced by the presence of metabolic syndrome over the individual components. For example, if someone has high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels – they will likely be prescribed medication to treat each problem without regard to whether they meet criteria for metabolic syndrome or not. Additionally, to my knowledge there is yet to be an approved medication specifically for the metabolic syndrome.


Nevertheless, some have already developed non-prescription potions to cure the metabolic syndrome – now that is being proactive! For example, Bronson Laboratories have developed the Metabolic Syndrome Fighter. According their website, “metabolic syndrome may be connected to weight gain, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, hypertension…” but have no fear because “Bronson's Metabolic Syndrome Fighter may provide assistance.” Interesting that the metabolic syndrome would be “connected” to the very things that define the condition – akin to saying that diabetes is connected to high blood sugar levels.


And how might the Metabolic Syndrome Fighter treat the metabolic syndrome? With its active ingredient, corosolic acid. I had previously discussed corosolic acid as it is also contained (as the active ingredient) in a popular weight-loss potion, Accelis. As I said then, there exists some (very limited) evidence that corosolic acid may improve glucose tolerance (possibly via enhanced GLUT-4 translocation). More research needs to be done before we can even be sure of this effect. However, it is extremely doubtful that this compound will be able to improve the other components of the metabolic syndrome.


My favourite thing about the product description for the Metabolic Syndrome Fighter are the following 3 sentences which all end with an asterisk:
1) Banaba leaf extracts have been safely used for years to control blood glucose levels, and may assist with overcoming insulin resistance.*
2) Our formula contains a high potency of this powerful ingredient to maintain healthy blood glucose levels.*
3) May assist in overcoming insulin resistance by helping the body utilize glucose more effectively*


After scrolling all the way to the bottom of the screen we find out what the asterisk means:
* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration.


Wow, that sure inspires confidence in the product, don’t you think?


And finally, after informing us how great this product “may” be, we learn that “this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.” But wait, isn’t the metabolic syndrome a disease?


Get 60 pills of Metabolic Syndrome Fighter for $19.98 today!


By the way, I, Peter Janiszewski, can fly.*
*This statement is completely false:)


Peter

Thanks to loyal reader Caitlin Mason for drawing our attention to this product.

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3. Accelis: The Panacea for Obesity?



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