Uncover the Dangers of Diet Pills

Dangers diet pills….

Let’s face it, as a nation, the United States has a weight problem. You can’t escape hearing about it ad nauseum in the media or confronting the stark truth when you look in the mirror or step on the scales.

We all know by now that obesity can contribute to a host of serious health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. We all now know that being excessively overweight can shorten our lifespans.

But just as important to most people is the fact that we aren’t very happy being fat.

Even if obesity didn’t come with health problems, it can leave emotional and psychological scars as overweight people are discriminated against, suffer from lower self-esteem, less energy, less confidence, poorer sex lives, and simply don’t tend to enjoy life as much as those people who are in shape with trim bodies.

That explains why weight loss and diet pills are a huge multi-billion dollar industry.

Although many of these diet pills can indeed work, they come with their downside too: the dangers of diet pills.

We can’t possible cover in this short article all of the potential dangers diet pills, but we’ll go over some of the ones that stand out the most to us so you can make a more informed choice if this is the route you want to go.

And in the event you do decide to use diet pills, it’s a really good idea to let your doctor know.

Some of the most prominent dangers of diet pills include:

possible addiction
racing heart beats, heart palpitations
elevated blood pressure

Again, there are many more potential dangers diet pills than what we’ve just listed.

Also, it’s important to note that there are both prescription diet pills and over the counter diet pills, and each of them will have different side effects and dangers.

The aforementioned list is just a very general guideline.

In addition, keep in mind that just because something is over the counter doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safer.

For example, herbal diet pills that contained ephedra were sold without a prescription and were then implicated in the deaths of several people before ephedra was banned.

The problem was that powerful stimulants like ephedra could be abused in the wrong hands or be deadly to people with a history of certain medical conditions.

Is there an Alternative Diet Pill?

One substance that is garnering a lot of media attention recently is called hoodia gordonii. Perhaps you’ve seen some of the coverage on the Today Show with Katie Couric or on CBS’s 60 minutes. Or maybe you even read about it in Oprah’s magazine or the BBC.
Hoodia seems to be a very safe plant used without the typical dangers of diet pills.

In fact, CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl reported that: “It’s very different from diet stimulants like Ephedra and Phenfen that are now banned because of dangerous side effects. Hoodia doesn’t stimulate at all. Scientists say it fools the brain by making you think you’re full, even if you’ve eaten just a morsel.”

In one clinical study done to date, the active ingredient in hoodia gordonii — called P57 — caused the participants using it to lose weight, reduce their bodyfat to a statistically significant degree, and they experienced no negative side effects.

Although hoodia does not seem to have any of the typical dangers of diet pills do not assume this means its perfectly safe. Its safety profile has yet to be established with further larger scale and longer term studies.

Instant Gratification – The Weapon Called Sex

Let’s have a NecessaryChat about the dangers of instant gratification… as it pertains to sex. This essay though, can be reviewed for all vices, and this covers anything from greed, lust, envy, anger, addictions and attitudes. Whatever the case is, we are looking at those things we use to feel good quickly and for our own reasons.

The sex act can be performed without motive deeper than instant gratification. It can be performed and forgotten in an instant, as long as its purpose has been accomplished.

Should the experience be above average, the same partner/s may be used again. This arrangement may work out well for a time. This is until those things called feelings, previously pushed back, appear in renewed vigour.

It is difficult to completely ignore feelings. There comes a time in fact, when it is impossible to move in one direction or another, without resolving the feelings issue. One way or another, feelings brought about, or enhanced by the sex act, demand attention.

They are the side-effects of that instant gratification initially sought. For this essay, imagine feelings as the spiritual child of the sex act, and like a baby, feelings growing. They become powerful too, and start taking over the decision making process.

Some holes in lives can go deep. Some pain is so deep and well hidden, that it exhibits itself as a pervasion of that very source of pain. Sexual conduct and acts become the homebase in which happiness, power or belonging can be found.

Since this temporary homebase (feelings of bliss, power or comfort) is not permanent, the conduct and acts increase or become permanent fixtures, a means to regain a sense of power in the sexuality, and/or a means of forgetting the hopelessness of reality.

The emptiness and hole increases with each sex act. Soon life becomes this; an endless raging and hungry monster, that needs to be instantly gratified. Sex acts and their prospects become the decision-making process.

The problem with instant gratification, is that the results are always going to be below anticipation and expectation. Things that instantly gratify cannot by their very nature morph into permanent solutions. Temporary bliss does nothing to blot out reality. Holes and needs cannot be permanently resolved via constant and temporary measures.

Just like some medications, sexual means to instant gratification is temporary, superficial, and minor. They will not become permanent solutions within this framework. Permanent solutions are built on foundations. Sexual means to instant gratification is not a foundation. That is a very unsteady piece of rock my friend.

Just like a physical building, this cannot be one of the starting blocks to what is expected to grow and rise up to several floors. The building is sure to fall, and should the developer insist on adding floors to a building whose foundation is an unsteady rock…the crash, fall and ruin is going to be that much more drawn out and devastating.

Instant gratification may be okay for now, but there will come a time when it will be hard to accept its futile and empty nature. It is okay to postpone thought of consequences until a time when it will make sense to revisit our use of sex. The problem with this thought is that we will only succeed in fooling ourselves.

We believe that we may be able to do something constructive when we feel like it, that is, that we are able to control our sexual conduct and acts, because these behaviours are a choice.

Right here, we fail to see how sex is the choice that was made, and addressing the real reason/s for wanting the instant gratification ignored. Those reasons do not go away, and will continue to manifest themselves in behaviour and relationships that are all around disastrous.

This path can only repeat itself because it is finite. The future of a building whose foundation is an unsteady rock, has only one conclusion. This is not rocket-science. We can ignore what we know because we are not happy about the work cut out ahead of us, or… we can look forward to different and better times, because of what we are willing to do today.

It starts by asking ourselves what kind of building we wish to build when it comes to the use of sex as a tool. What is the outcome of its use, and will this be a finite train wreck? Are we willing to keep walking into such situations, hoping for a favourable outcome, becoming the very definition of insanity.

Could it be that we are seriously done with selling ourselves and others short? Are we worth permanent solutions to the holes in our lives, and if so, are we willing to pay the price for a healed and complete circle called us.

Do we want more than the act of putting out fires, and buying temporary stones to fill in our crumbling buildings? Are we done playing ourselves by settling for, inviting and pursuing that which is less than, and beneath us? Do we want the very best for ourselves?

If the innate wish and desire is a strong and undisputed yes! to the above questions, then the hardest part has been done. Accepting our flaw, our use of the sex act for purposes less than perfect, when we could do so much better for ourselves, and wanting to turn away from this, is the hard part. It is not easy to want to change. It is not to be taken lightly or for granted. It is a great thing, and it is scary, only because the path is unknown.

Well this time this decision is different. The path may be unknown, however, the reasons for the foundation building, and the permanent solutions offered by Christ Jesus, who is our Father, will be reason enough to walk and weather the unknown path.

We are not expected to walk alone. This is never going to be true that God means for us to go through our various paths alone. To have this very necessary help requires asking for it, and placing what little trust we have not in ourselves or the outcome, but in God’s power to transform our lives (Heb 11:6). He will come in and take over (Rev 3:20). Christ will do what He said He will do for us (Matt 11:28), if in fact, we are ready to accept Him as the One and Only God.

Spirituality and the Morality of Sex and Promiscuity

Myths abound surrounding the topics of sex, promiscuity, and spirituality.

Consider this anonymous feedback we received from “Emily”: “So two guys who obviously aren’t into commitment write about what a less-than-desirable ideal sexual commitment is, with no thought of feeding the kids. How very cool. Strong families are the bedrock for a strong city or state or nation. We must rise above promiscuity in order to achieve greater things and optimum survival for all. That’s what ethics is all about. The more preoccupied people become with sex, the less productive and less able they are to achieve spiritual, intellectual growth, and this would also apply to cities, states and nations. Therefore, this is not only about better survival for individuals, but also for our society and for all mankind.”

We have always promoted a healthy, responsible, and honest approach to dating, sex, and relationships. Clearly, this person is misrepresenting our writings.

The definition of “promiscuous,” according to Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “having many sexual partners.” Everyone has a different idea about how many sexual partners in a lifetime would put them in the “promiscuous” category.

Also, it’s important to note that the word promiscuous is also defined as “without discrimination,” as if one would sleep with anyone, anytime, no matter what. We believe that’s unhealthy and don’t advocate doing it. For this article, we define promiscuous as not limiting yourself to one partner, while being honest, safe, selective, cautious, and responsible.

“A promiscuous person is a person who is getting more sex than you are.” Victor Lownes

It’s shocking that someone would attempt to control the behavior of consenting adults–strangers they don’t even know–though it shouldn’t be if you consider how many control-freak busybodies there are in this world (e.g., bureaucrats, politicians, and lobbyists with a moral superiority complex). “Morals” are subjective and a judgmental, puritanical attitude is about as far from being spiritual as you can get.

“Chastity: The most unnatural of the sexual perversions.” Aldous Huxley

“Rising above promiscuity” has nothing to do with “achieving greater things and (the) optimum survival for all.” In fact, repressing your sexual urges can be dangerous because it results in perversion. There’s nothing wrong with consensual sex between adults, and a healthy sex life doesn’t diminish productivity or spiritual and intellectual growth–in fact it can absolutely enhance it once you get over your sexual hang-ups.

Mutually satisfying sex with one person exclusively over the course of a lifetime is a nice thought, but unfortunately it’s extraordinarily rare and pure fantasy for most people. When the sexual attraction dies (often after two to seven years) you can remain companions, but if that’s not fulfilling enough for you, do you really prefer a slow, inner death, just to prove to everyone your relationship can last 50 years? Attention all couples: more communication and honesty about this topic will decrease the risk of secret affairs.

Emily’s comment about, “no thought of feeding the kids,” is absolutely ironic because we are staunch advocates of putting the child first (i.e., creating a child contract rather than a marriage contract–we write about that concept previous articles), instead of the selfish needs of two unhappy adults who are trying, unsuccessfully, to conform to the nearly impossible expectations and demands of traditional marriage.

“Ethics” is all about transparency and honesty-a person can be monogamous or non-monogamous and still be ethical. The problem is when one is deceitful, such as when a married person cheats (and statistics show at least 50% of married people do cheat).

The survival and advancement of society and mankind requires, in part, productivity, responsibility, and integrity. It’s thwarted by unhappy people in sexless marriages, attempting to permanently uphold the fantasy of the nuclear family. An approximate 60% divorce rate, in addition to countless unhappy couples attempting to “make it work,” suggests that the prevailing marriage model is absolutely dysfunctional.