First the bad news. It is well recognised that some 80% of chronic pain patients get no or insufficient relief from their chronic pain treatment. When you read the article below you’ll see exactly why this is happening.
The Resolve Pain Clinic, based in Joondalup, Western Australia, has announced that a second pilot study and recent in-clinic testing suggests a new, inexpensive neurological treatment method can actually switch off chronic pain signalling, often in just minutes. This new chronic pain strategy has been found to be useful for a broad range of chronic pain types, from back and neck pain to arthritis pain, and even fibromyalgia.
New Weight Loss Approach Set to Finally Achieve Effortless Weight Loss, and Permanently Combat Obesity
A new weight loss program has arrived on the market that signals the demise of every other program, because finally we have one that actually works without effort, and where people find it difficult if not impossible to revert to old behaviour.
The really exciting thing is that anyone can try it for free, without handing over credit card details so you know there’ll be no nasty surprises on your bank statement.
WeightChoice – How Does it Work?
Well first up it’s not a diet, doesn’t include supplements, shakes, meal replacements, or any other gimmicks. Neither does it need anyone to embark on some gut-churning exercise program.
To understand very quickly and easily how it works, it’s necessary to first realise why every other diet program fails for nearly 98% of people.
The reason for the failure is that these programs expect people to make changes that are directly opposed to how they’d deep-down prefer to be eating. Also, they expect people to make these impossible changes using willpower or silly old CBT or mindfulness. It’s a load of bunk, and with hindsight it’s very obvious why these programs are doomed from the get go.
In contrast, WeightChoice understands that eating behaviour is driven by unconscious conditioned responses, and these are different for everyone. They first identify your specific conditioned responses around non-hungry eating, and then use almost-unknown new psychological techniques to literally wipe them out, permanently.
Here’s an example of how that can happen in just a few fun minutes.
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Anyone can get a detailed “how to” video, along with notes, just by going to www.win.weightchoice.com.au. There’s even an opportunity to win the entire program just by sharing as many times as you like.
The Federal Trade Commission is preparing for a New Year’s spike in weight-loss scams. This year’s highlights included a cream inspired by lobster hormones, and a magical pill that claimed to strip the calories from a plate of spaghetti.
Lobster-inspired slimming creams. A magical powder you can sprinkle on food to help curb your appetite. A supplement that’ll get you “high school skinny.”
How do you prevent being scammed? Easy, try it first, without paying, and without handing over your credit card! Check our www.win.weightchoice.com.au for the real deal!
As Americans resolve to lose weight and diet this year, scammers are at the ready to collect what amounts to hundreds of millions each year in products that swear to trim inches and cut pounds, usually without any exercise. The Federal Trade Commission is preparing for the annual spike in weight-loss product fraud that tends to occur this time of year, as consumers search for a “magic bullet,” said Richard Cleland, assistant director for the FTC’s division of advertising practices.
“In terms of advertising issues, weight loss fraud is one of the top priorities for the Federal Trade Commission,” Cleland said in an interview with BuzzFeed News. “It’s very lucrative for scammers…you’ve got an audience that is susceptible to being scammed and a fairly sophisticated group of marketers that are very adept of taking advantage of them.”
In the FTC’s most recent consumer fraud survey, back in 2011, more consumers fell prey to fraudulent weight-loss products than any other fraud; an estimated 2.15% of consumers, or 5.1 million American adults, bought and used such goods that year. Despite that, companies typically can’t pay the full fines demanded by the FTC as they’ve run out of money at that point. A tally by BuzzFeed News found that those accused of making fraudulent weight-loss claims paid less than $100 million in consumer refunds and penalties this year.
“Even in the best cases, it doesn’t compare to the amount of money that consumers actually lose on the products,” Cleland said. “The companies have generally spent the money either on advertising or laundered the money to their own bank accounts or something, so there’s usually very little money left over for consumers. That suggests that consumer education is probably a more effective tool at protecting consumers than law enforcement.”
Cleland notes that consumers should remember “there is no miracle out there.” Below, nine scams that the FTC ruled on this year.
Scam Number 1. A powder to sprinkle on food that “enhances” its smell and taste, ultimately making consumers eat less and lose weight without dieting
Sensa represents one of the bigger weight-loss product scams in recent history, with U.S. sales of more than $364 million between 2008 and 2012, according to the FTC. Sensa Products LLC allegedly claimed sprinkling Sensa on meals would make “users feel full faster, so they eat less and lose weight without dieting, and without changing their exercise regime.” It promised the loss of 30 pounds.
Sensa Products, parent company Sensa Inc., Sensa Inc.’s former CEO Adam Goldenberg and Sensa creator and endorser Dr. Alan Hirsch were ordered to pay $26.5 million as part of a $46.5 million judgment. Sensa powder, which came in 12 flavors, was sold at chains including Costco and GNC, touted in a promotional book by Hirsch, and was advertised on the Home Shopping Network, on the radio and in magazines, the FTC said.
A one-month supply typically cost $59 plus shipping and handling. Hirsch allegedly gave “expert endorsements that were not supported by scientific evidence” while some consumers were paid $1,000 or $5,000 and given trips to Los Angeles for endorsing Sensa, the FTC said.
2. Homeopathic drops made from HCG, a hormone produced by the human placenta
The slimy Dr Oz touted this one and it’s a load of rubbish.
Marketers who pitched “homeopathic HCG drops as a quick and easy way to lose substantial weight” were ordered to pay $1 million in December, and asked to stop selling HCG Platinum drops, the FTC said on Dec. 11. The products were sold online, at GNC, Rite Aid, and Walgreens and claimed users would likely lose as much as 50 pounds; a 30-day supply typically retailed for anywhere from $60 to $149.
Human chorionic gonadotropin has been fraudulently pitched for decades as a weight loss ingredient, the agency said. The FTC imposed a $3.2 million judgment on a separate group of marketers in January who were selling HCG Diet Direct Drops, though they were unable to pay. In that case, HCG Diet Direct and director Clint Ethington allegedly told customers to place the solution under their tongues before meals and stick to an extremely low-calorie diet to “lose 7 pounds in 7 days.”
3. Caffeine-infused underwear that promises to destroy fat cells
Norm Thompson Outfitters and Wacoal America got in trouble with the FTC earlier this year for claiming their shapewear would help consumers shed cellulite and pounds. Norm Thompson Outfitters, which was ordered to pay $230,000, said their undergarments were “infused with micro-encapsulated caffeine, retinol and other ingredients” that would “slim and reshape the wearer’s body and reduce cellulite.” The garments were made with Lytess fabric, as per the complaint. Lytess bike shorts online claim to contain microcapsules created with a patented caffeine-based formula that will “mobilize fats” and moisturize skin. It promises that upon wearing the $55 shorts: “You will feel better.”
Wacoal, ordered to pay $1.3 million, allegedly made “false and unsubstantiated claims that wearing iPants would: substantially reduce cellulite; cause a substantial reduction in the wearer’s thigh measurements; and destroy fat cells, resulting in substantial slimming,” the FTC said. The garments cost $44 to $85. The Wacoal brand is carried at retailers including Macy’s, Saks, Bloomingale’s and Lord & Taylor.
4. “Lobster-inspired” slimming cream
DERMAdoctor claimed its Shrinking Beauty cream, which cost $58 for a 5.5-ounce tube, would “improve the appearance of cellulite, smooth and tighten skin” and was “clinically proven to reduce measurements up to one inch in two weeks,’” the FTC said in a Dec. 23 release. The formula “simulates a lobster’s ability to shrink its body,” the company said in a June 2013 Health magazine ad.
DERMAdoctor allegedly wrote on its website: “Learn from the lobster. This sea creature knows exactly how to shrink a size effortlessly without going on a diet. Our slimming and toning formula mirrors the ecdysteroid hormone lobsters produce to get skinny and wiggle free of their shells. Shrinking Beauty borrows from exotic botanical sources to mimic this oceanic wonder. A macronutrient complex further provides a proper ratio of protein, carbs and lipids for healthy, cellulite-free skin.”
As of Dec. 29, the cream’s product description noted it’s “not intended for weight loss.”
5. L’Occitane “Almond Beautiful Shape” cream, which promised to trim 1.3 inches from users’ thighs in four weeks
L’Occitane was required to pay $450,000 after suggesting its “Almond Beautiful Shape” cream was scientifically proven to trim 1.3 inches from a user’s thighs in four weeks while significantly reducing cellulite, according to the FTC. The company also indicated that scientific tests proved its “Almond Shaping Delight” cream “significantly slims the body in just four weeks.”
The fee was intended for consumer redress. The company was prohibited from “making future false and deceptive weight-loss claims,” the FTC said.
6. “Double Shot” pills, in which blue capsules burn fat and red ones block calories
While this direct mail advertising campaign took place between 2012 and October 2013, Manon Fernet and her Quebec-based company agreed to pay $500,000 to settle FTC charges this year over their Double Shot pills. The marketers did business as the “Freedom Center Against Obesity,” supposedly in California, though the actual address was their fulfillment house. One supply of pills “to lose up to 30 pounds” cost $79; the bottles “contained blue capsules that supposedly burned fat, and red ones that supposedly blocked calories,” the FTC said. The marketers allegedly “claimed that the effectiveness of Double Shot as a weight-loss treatment had been proven by clinical studies.”
In one ad, the marketers said the pills would enable a user to absorb just 72 calories from a 720-calorie plate of spaghetti. Consumers were tricked into believing Double Shot “would cause rapid, substantial, and permanent weight loss, without diet or exercise,” the FTC said.
7. Green coffee extract that can eliminate 10% of your body weight — a claim that got a boost from The Dr. Oz Show
Applied Food Sciences allegedly used a study “so hopelessly flawed that no reliable conclusions could be drawn from it,” to show that green coffee extract causes “substantial weight and fat loss,” the FTC said in September. AFS claimed Green Coffee Antioxidant “caused consumers to lose 17.7 pounds, 10.5% of body weight, and 16% of body fat with or without diet and exercise, in 22 weeks,” based on the flawed study. The study’s lead investigator allegedly altered weights and other key measurements of subjects, changed the trial length and misstated which subjects were taking the antioxidant or a placebo during the trial.
AFS didn’t play a part in getting the study on The Dr. Oz Show but issued a release highlighting the show for extra publicity afterwards, as per the FTC. The company was ordered to pay $3.5 million and “to have scientific substantiation for any future weight-loss claims it makes.”
8. “Get High School Skinny” Healthe Trim supplements
Healthe Trim supplements, sold online and at CVS, GNC and Walgreens, claimed they could help customers lose up to 165 pounds with the tagline: “Get high school skinny.” A month’s supply cost up to $65.
Dwyer and HealthyLife Sciences “made false and unsubstantiated claims that Healthe Trim supplements would cause rapid and substantial weight loss” and “relied heavily on consumer testimonials that portrayed losing weight as easy,” the FTC wrote in an Oct. 24 release. The firm claimed the supplements would “burn fat, increase metabolism, and suppress appetite.”
John Matthew Dwyer III, the CEO and co-founder behind Healthe Trim, was banned from the weight-loss industry. The company, HealthyLife Sciences LLC is banned from making seven “scientifically infeasible” weight-loss claims.
9. Ads that claimed using the “ab GLIDER” for three minutes a day “would lead to lost pounds, inches or clothing sizes.”
ICON Health & Fitness ads claimed using ab GLIDER alone, or for three minutes a day, would cut pounds, inches or clothing sizes.
This violated a 1997 order against ICON that prohibited it from making “unsubstantiated claims for weight-loss exercise equipment,” while also requiring an endorser’s claim “reflect a typical user’s experience or be accompanied by a clear and prominent disclosure.” Given it wasn’t clear the results were solely from the ab GLIDER, the firm agreed to pay $3 million in civil penalties to settle FTC charges.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for beauty?
Going to bizarre lengths to look younger, fresher, and more vibrant is nothing new. For centuries women (and men) have searched for the secret to eternal youth. In Ancient Rome, elite women used the sweat and dead skin cells of gladiators who survived their battles as face cream. It’s a vomit-inducing thought, but are we really much better today?
Here are 10 of the most insane things people are doing for beauty right now. We’ll let you be the judge.
1. Vampire Facials
You’ve probably seen this photo of Kim Kardashian’s “blood facial,” but what’s actually going on here?
We did some digging and found out that a vampire facial begins with a doctor drawing blood from the patient’s own arm. Then, that blood is slowly applied to the face and injected into the skin with an electronic acupuncture tool known as a Dermapen. The entire experience looks creepy and painful, but it’s supposed to make your skin look as new and supple as a newborn babe’s.
2. Profractional Laser Treatment
Kim K. isn’t the only celebrity doing weird stuff to her face.
This week, comedian Chelsea Handler shared a before-and-after photo of her recent profractional laser treatment. The laser works by targeting wrinkles, sun damage, and scars and then blasting deep into the skin to promote new collagen growth. The results speak for themselves, but such beauty comes at a hefty price — $1,075 to be exact.
3. Candle Cutting
Do not, I repeat, DO NOT try this at home.
Candle cutting should only be done by professionals, and even then, it looks incredibly dangerous. Basically, stylists twist small sections of hair to reveal dead ends. They then carefully run a flame up and down the twisted strands to burn split ends away. I say you just get a standard trim and be done with it, but maybe that’s just me.
4. Kitty Litter Face Mask
YouTuber Michelle Phan swears this is not a joke — kitty litter can be used to make a deep-cleansing facial mask.
As she explains, kitty litter is made of a mineral known as bentonite, which detoxifies the skin. Her science is valid, but can’t we find that clay elsewhere? Yes. In fact, you can buy a tub on Amazon if you really want to try it.
5. Pilaten Suction Mask
Pilaten suction masks work by adhering to the skin and removing blackheads
That being said, leaving these masks on too long or removing them incorrectly can result in intense pain. Reviewers on Amazon said that the charcoal-rich mask removed the peach fuzz from their faces and was “equivalent to the sensation of waxing.” Maybe just grab a blackhead scrub and avoid the prospect of ripping every hair out of your face. If you’re not careful, these masks can also pull out chunks of your eyebrows!
6. Toebesity Surgery
This might just be the most absurd cosmetic procedure of all time.
Toebesity surgery is primarily performed on women who want slimmer toes for more attractive feet or to fit into stylish shoes. Talk about a first world problem!
7. Face Training Masks
Supposedly, this product will train your face into a smoother, slimmer form.
There’s very little research to actually back up any claims of muscle training through the use of these bizarre devices. That being said, watching people use them on YouTube is hilarious. (And let’s be real. We’re all thinking the same thing right now, so let’s just move on.)
You can always count on Lindsay Lohan to keep up with wacky beauty trends.
In the image above, she is emerging from a cryotherapy treatment room. To carry out this procedure, patients are refrigerated in liquid nitrogen at 110 degrees below zero. Why would anyone send themselves to this icy hell? Celebs like Jennifer Anniston, Lebron James, and Demi Moore claim that it makes them feel young and strong, but at least one person has frozen to death so far.
9. Stem Cell Lip Mask
Want bigger, fuller lips without needles or bruising?
Lady Gaga swears by this lip mask, which is filled with plant stem cells. There doesn’t seem to be much proof that the method works, but at least you don’t have to talk to anyone while wearing it. Always a plus. Pretending that you’re Lady Gaga is another added bonus.
If you watched the Summer Olympics, you probably noticed that many of the athletes had large, red welts on their bodies.
One of the most stupid bits of insanity every practised by the alt medicine crowd. This completely disproven ancient Egyptian practice known as cupping involves suctioning areas of the body with cups or pumps, which is said to increase blood flow while reducing pain and inflammation. Proponents swear it’s not painful, but that’s hard to believe when looking at the pictures. Waste of money, and incredibly risky.
Now, who’s ready to slather blood all over their face and hit the town?
But seriously, if you’d like a quick guide to stripping fat without even trying, it’s right HERE.
If you search the internet looking for the truth about healthy dos and don’ts, you’ll find some rather conflicting reports.
The news is always flooded with the latest university study announcing the next healthy habit to pursue or avoid.
As science develops, we have come to discover that many of the habits we once thought were horrible for our health, can actually be quite beneficial. From me to you, here’s a sampling of six lifestyle habits that aren’t so bad for you after all.
1. Exercising while tired
After a long day at the office, the last thing on your mind is changing into your favorite workout clothes and hitting the gym. However, according to a study published by Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, a simple 30-minute workout while feeling fatigued can actually have the reverse effect. It can quickly reduce your tiredness, improve mood, and reduce stress and anxiety.
2. Late-night eating
I’ve been known to work some odd hours of the day, and inevitably, I may not eat dinner until closer to 9 or 10 p.m. I always think that I shouldn’t eat so late…but thanks to two researchers, I can finally ignore those silly thoughts. Apparently, ignoring late-night cravings can actually cause restless sleep. Eating at odd hours of the night won’t actually cause you to gain weight, as long as you stay within your allotted calorie range for the day.
3. Not showering regularly
According to New York-based Dermatologist, Dr. Joshua Zeichner, many Americans bathe every day because it has become the societal norm. We’re actually a lot cleaner than we think!
But by showering less frequently, you’ll allow the “good” bacteria time to grow. This bacteria helps fight off infection and dangerous chemicals that would otherwise soak directly through our skin into our blood streams. Over-showering can also dry out your skin and leave your hair feeling flat and dull.
4. Drinking tequila
Who knew that tequila could actually aid in weight loss? That’s right, according to the British Journal of Nutritiona regulated amount of tequila can help stimulate your metabolism. The secret is the agavins (or sugars) found in tequila. With their simpler molecular structure, these sugars go almost undetected in the bloodstream.
Taking a shot of tequila right after a meal can also aid in food digestion. It is also considered to be both a prebiotic and probiotic, can fight off osteoporosis, prevent Type 2 diabetes, and lower your chances of developing dementia.
5. Not brushing your teeth after eating
Howard R. Gamble, former president of the Academy of General Dentistry has said that in addition to brushing daily, it’s important to brush your teeth at the right times. Brushing immediately after eating can actually cause the acid from certain foods to speed up the damage done to your enamel. Instead, try waiting 30 minutes to an hour before brushing those pearly whites.
6. Drinking non-diet soda
Diet Pepsi has the word ‘diet’ in the name, so it must be healthy, right? Wrong!
Research conducted at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health revealed that adults who drank diet soda consumed more food calories throughout the day than those who drank regular soda.
In other words, the same people who drink diet soda are very likely to have poor eating habits. It’s certainly not the diet soda making them fat!
Now if you need me, I’ll just be over here improving my metabolism!
Get your quick guide to stripping fat without even trying HERE.
We’ve all seen those promises of fast weight loss and I hope by now you realise how utterly silly and pointless they are because:
- Anything over 1/2 – 1 kg is not just fat, but water and muscle mass, 2 losses which will actually slow your metabolic rate and make you FATTER.
- Your water weight will return immediately you start eating normally, and meanwhile because your metabolic rate has been compromised, you will put on even more FAT.
So if you’re talking fast weight loss, those silly diets and pills are no better than the sarcastic suggestions below:
Grab the hacksaw!
1. Cut off your left arm, and donate your liver.
Here’s the thinking: Your liver is roughly 3.2 pounds (source), and one arm is about 5.335% of your total body weight (another source). For a 150-pound person, that means that an arm weighs about 8 pounds. SO, an arm and a liver together would add up to about 11 pounds!! YAAASS. Easy peasy!
2. Lob off your right arm, and remove your brain.
According to this illuminating and not-at-all sketchy article, your brain weighs 3 pounds. We already know an arm is about 8 pounds… And boom bam bowwie, 11 pounds lost in NO TIME.
3. Remove both feet, one hand, and both of your lungs.
More fun with math: foot (2 pounds) + foot (2 pounds) + hand (1 pound) + lungs (5 pounds, at 2.5 pounds each) = 10 POUNDS, POOF GONE.
4. Get rid of both kidneys (0.5 lbs), your small intestines (3.5), one lung (2.5), and your entire lower arm, from the elbow down (3.25). And then take a really big poo (about a pound, give or take).
5. Remove all the skin from about half of your body.
Your skin is about 16% of your body weight, according to this very reliable source*. If you weigh 150 pounds, that’s 24 pounds!!!! About half of that is 12, which gets you past your goal.
*Not actually reliable
6. Remove the skin from the other half of your body.
See above math.
7. Off with one-half of one thigh!
8. Cleanly detach your head from your body.
PERFECTION. Also, source.
9. Or you know what? Just don’t, actually. Don’t aim for a goal like this at all. Be good to yourself, instead.
Aiming to lose X amount of weight in Y amount of time isn’t a healthy way to approach diet and weight management — and it’s also setting yourself up for failure.
If your goal is to lose weight for health-related reasons (say, you’re dealing with diabetes, high blood pressure, joint and back pain, or other such issues): Work with your doctor and a registered dietitian or nutritionist to come up with an eating plan that meets your needs.
If your goal is more along the lines of wanting to feel better in general: Try to adopt some healthy living habits, rather than focusing on the number on the scale. Eat more yummy, healthy foods that give you fuel and make you feel good and energized. Get plenty of exercise, or at least make an effort to move and use your body each day, to whatever degree you can. You might get some motivation and ideas here. And get good sleep each night. Some pointers to help you sleep better here, if you need them.
Weight loss might happen as a result of making these lifestyle changes…but even if it doesn’t, you’ll still feel healthier, stronger, and more energized than you did when you started. And that’s a million times better than starving yourself, obsessing over every last calorie, and/or chopping off body parts willy nilly, IMHO.
In case it wasn’t clear: Items 1 — 8 are pure sarcasm. Do NOT chop off any of your body parts or remove your organs.
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I always find claims like those below both hilarious and frightening.
Why? Because if you were to talk to any one of these people today, the likelihood is that they are now even fatter than when they started.
Our own government health department says that these methods of weight loss FAIL for nearly 98% of people.
If you want a program that actually works by fat-proofing you forever, check out WeightChoice™.
Losing weight is a problem that most people face at some point in their lives. In this fast-paced, unhealthy world it’s so easy to slip and start living an unhealthy lifestyle. If you have a family, a job or other responsibilities it might be difficult to find time to adjust your life in order to get back on track. However, these incredible 10 women found the strength and motivation to change their lives. When they did, the results were absolutely overwhelming. You’ll see.
Source: Woman’s Day Their before and after photos are absolutely unreal. Share them with others by clicking on the button below.
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Before you read this article, which demonstrates how easy it is to use images to lie about results, it’s even more important to realise that weight loss programs of any type have typically failed nearly 98% of people, because the results never last.
These programs fail spectacularly because they are deeply flawed, working completely against your natural preferences. They are doomed to failure.
There is only one weight loss program in the world that works by altering your natural preferences and you can read more about it HERE.
As you use the Internet, you probably come across countless weight loss ads. They range from unrealistic promises (“Lose 10 pounds in five days!”) to downright dangerous suggestions (“Drinking a glass of vinegar will tighten your tummy.”). The thing to remember when you see weight loss ads is this: results take hard work. Most of the “before and after” shots you see in gimmicky weight loss ads are total lies. There won’t be any easy way to lose weight… but tricky ads think they can convince you it’s possible.
“I was around 185 pounds and about 16 percent body fat…. I asked my girlfriend to take a before shot. I then shaved my head, face and chest…. I did a few push ups and chin ups, tweaked my bedroom lighting, sucked in, tightened my abs and BOOM! We got our after shot.”
Then, he repeated the experiment to see if he could fake “over time” results pictures. He could.
Source: Andrew Dixon via Twenty Two Words The man in the pictures, Andrew Dixon, is a personal trainer. He wanted to show people that “get thin quick” schemes are just that: schemes. Even if it’s disheartening to know that most fad diet programs are a total bust, it’s important to realize that with proper posture and hygiene, you can look about 10x better. Woah. Share these weight loss lies with others by clicking the button below.
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