Doctors are typically recruited with promises that the extra income will replace income lost to managed care When the first thing you put in your mouth is garbage, it basically sets your blood sugar level off on this wild roller coaster ride all day with lots of sugar cravings. When the doctors make another scan three months later they see that the swellings in the remaining part of the liver have shrunk by 40 percent, Picture B above. Lost 30lbs of body fat. If you are serious about changing your health and nutritional habits around, even if you just use Herbalife to ensure that you and your family gets the best breakfast money can buy, then this is the option for you. The transfer of blood on cutting machines may explain hepatitis C transmission between deli workers.
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Herbalife is a deceptive pyramid scheme that has taken advantage of millions of people around the world and Betting on Zero offers a unique opportunity for viewers to hear directly from individuals who have been hurt by the company.
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One day I was in the river side thinking where can I go to get solution. He told me all the things I need to do and also give me instructions to take, which I followed properly. A number of our panel member attorneys are familiar with the controversy surrounding Herbalife and its supplements so please do not hesitate to call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to discuss you issue.
The disease is usually secondary to some preliminary and often untreated liver disease such as toxic hepatitis and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. Due to the dormant nature of these less serious liver ailments they are often unrecognized until they have attacked your liver and progressed into HCC. More often than not it cannot be treated and eventually leads to complete liver failure. In these cases the only way to survive HCC is with a liver transplant.
Like many other liver diseases there is an established link to Herbalife supplements. Correctly or not, doctors around the world hold the Herbalife company responsible for certain cases of HCC.
For example, if toxins in the Herbalife supplements cause non-alcoholic steatohepatits that eventually develops into hepatocellular carcinoma then it is not a very big leap to say Herbalife should be held accountable.
Healthspanlife Posted on March 17, 4 Comments. Chemopreventive potential of black cohosh on breast cancer in Sprague-Dawley rats. Our results suggest that black cohosh may have chemopreventive potential for mammary cancer. Revisiting acute liver injury associated with herbalife products.
In the November 27, issue of the World Journal of Hepatology WJH , three case reports were published which involved patients who had consumed various dietary supplements and conventional foods generally marketed as weight loss products. The reference to Herbalife products as contaminated and generally comparable to all dietary supplements or weight loss products is not scientifically supported. The authors provided an insufficient amount of information regarding patient histories, concomitant medications and other compounds, dechallenge results, and product specifications and usage.
This information is necessary to fully assess the association of Herbalife products in the WJH case reports. Therefore, the article does not objectively support a causal relationship between the reported cases of liver injury and Herbalife products or ingredients.
Misconceptions regarding the association between Herbalife products and liver-related case reports in Spain. Epub Aug There have been recent reports of GNC products such as hydroxycut and herbalife , causing drug-induced hepatitis. Herbal medications are over-the-counter products and are not investigated thoroughly by the FDA. Given that the most common outpatient laboratory abnormality is elevated liver transaminases, a sign of hepatocellular toxicity; it is not surprising that some of these products end up causing hepatic dysfunction, especially when taken in large volume.
We present a rare case of drug induced hepatitis secondary to herbal medications used to treat HIV and elucidate the role of glutathione depletion in immunocompromised patients. Herbs and healthy livers. Few consumers hear about the reports in the medical literature of liver and other toxicities from herbal products. His concerns about the growing numbers of medical cases were similar to an earlier comprehensive review for the European Association for the Study of the Liver in the Journal of Hepatology , led by Dr.
Most evident is that women are at greatest risk not only because they use more herbals, but because of their higher susceptibility to herbal- and pharmaceutical-induced liver damage. Because many practitioners and consumers believe herbals are safe, the doctors noted the many times patients will even continue to take them as their liver diseases worsen. Another problem is that herbals are usually mixtures of several ingredients or plants harvested during different seasons and extracted through variable procedures, which makes the identification of both the pharmacologically active and toxic compounds difficult.
Also, contamination of herbals with microorganisms, fungal toxins such as aflatoxin, with pesticides, heavy metals and synthetic drugs has been described. Interactions between herbs and chemical drugs are another source of problems associated with the intake of herbal compounds.
While liver damage appears infrequently, the consequences are serious enough for patients that these cases are getting the notice of doctors. Incredibly, after three patients recovered, they resumed taking Herbalife products and succumbed to a second bout of hepatitis. The products promoted as remedies are either bogus, unproven or intended for conditions that are unsuitable for self-medication Most supplement companies get their raw ingredients from the same bulk wholesalers and merely repackage them During the past several years, many physicians have begun selling health-related multilevel products to patients in their offices.
Doctors are typically recruited with promises that the extra income will replace income lost to managed care During the past 20 years, more than 25 health-related MLM companies have faced regulatory actions for false advertising, operating a pyramid scheme, or both.
Although such actions usually improve future behavior, they rarely provide adequate redress for victims. Moreover, the number of MLM frauds known to Federal Trade Commission vastly exceeds its capacity to prosecute them on a case-by-case basis. The growing reports of life-threatening health risks among users of these products remind us to not to be taken in by claims of magical benefits of any dietary intervention. Beyond preventing deficiencies — which is easily achieved by virtually everyone simply when enjoying all sorts of foods — no food or supplement is supernatural.
When we hear claims that optimal or personalized nutrition is science-based and can improve our heart, digestive or immune health; help us age healthfully, improve our memory or eyesight, or remove wrinkles; increase our energy and fitness; or manage weight, control our appetite or boost metabolism Three new studies, however, have documented liver toxicity among healthy people using natural herbal supplements — more than 20 cases were just among Herbalife customers in two small countries.
The identification of earlier cases in which the culprit agent could not be established raised the hypothesis of a possible contamination of some specific batches of Herbalife products. We searched the Spanish Pharmacovigilance Centres' database of adverse reactions for reports of liver injury associated with the use of Herbalife products from , when the first case was submitted, through September Two patients experienced a positive rechallenge.
One patient developed cirrhosis, whereas all the others recovered. Causality assessment by the Karch and Lasagna modified algorithm showed a category of definite in 1 case, probable in 14, and possible in 5. Analysis of the different Herbalife products that each patient had taken did not enable us to identify any commonly known hepatotoxic ingredient.
Our results support the relationship between the consumption of Herbalife products and hepatotoxicity, underscore the concern regarding the liver-related safety of this dietary supplement, and emphasize the need to establish further regulatory measures. Two years ago liver doctors sounded the alarm about cases of liver damage in users of Herbalife products. They were unable to say which component in Herbalife products was causing the liver damage, but researchers at the University of Bern made an attempt to do so in an article published this year in the Journal of Hepatology.
They found the bacteria Bacillus subtilis in Herbalife products. In the article the doctors discuss two cases of people who became ill after using Herbalife products: The man's urine had turned dark brown, he had hepatitis and had been feeling unwell for a couple of weeks.
According to the analyses, the man had a liver complaint. When the doctors took him off the shake his blood values recovered, but they deteriorated again later. The doctors gave the man corticosteroids and ursodeoxycholic acid , after which he recovered completely. The woman sold Herbalife supplements. She had stomach pain and hepatitis and the doctors found signs of liver damage in her blood.
They got the woman to stop taking the supplements and the graph below shows how the liver values in her blood improved. The researchers examined samples from the livers of the man and the woman and found signs of damage in both.
The doctors turned the supplements that the men and women had used inside out, but found no contaminants: But when they examined the Herbalife products for micro-organisms, they did come across something. The meal substitutes the man and woman had been using contained the bacteria. As far as we know, B.
It would seem pretty unlikely then that B. Bodybuilder drugs his liver to oblivion — twice. A medical case study that will give you goose bumps, this report from doctors at the US Massachusetts General Hospital. The article tells the story of a year-old competitive bodybuilder and part-time policeman who turned up at the Emergency Department. For a start, the concentration of the enzyme ALT is units per litre: The bodybuilder says he injects nandrolone and takes androstenedione.
The scan the doctors make of his liver shows a real mess, shown in Picture A below. The light patches are swellings, the biggest of which measures 10 x 10 cm. The doctors operate and discover that the liver is in an even worse state than they had feared. The organ contains swellings that are filled with blood. The doctors also found a swelling with a diameter of 23 cm. The doctors decide to amputate part of the liver. After the operation the bodybuilder recovers and is allowed home.
When the doctors make another scan three months later they see that the swellings in the remaining part of the liver have shrunk by 40 percent, Picture B above. After three years the bodybuilder returns to the doctors. Six weeks previously he had treated himself to injections of a nandrolone derivative.
When the doctors make another scan — the picture above on the right — they see that his liver is in a bad way again. The swellings have started to grow again, and the liver has a protuberance that has started to bleed. The doctors discuss briefly whether they should give the guy a new liver, but reject the idea.
It would be a waste: Alcoholics are not given a new liver either. So they just stop the bleeding and send the bodybuilder home again. Thinking about it, we find it difficult to believe that the bodybuilder was only using deca and androstenedione. True, a number of cases have been published of bodybuilders who, as the result of a mild course of deca, developed a blood clot the size of a brick in their stomach, or became psychotic after one single deca injection.
Moreover, neither androstenedione nor nandrolone is harmful to the liver. Laboratory research on liver cells has shown this.
And, by the time the doctors were seeing their patient, George Bush had already outlawed androstenedione. Although androstenedione is still on the market, bodybuilders hardly ever use it.
In countries like the US there are much more effective legal anabolic steroids available. But among these, there are a number of substances that are notoriously bad for the liver. The most dangerous is Superdrol, an anabolic that was developed at the end of the fifties by Syntex. Doctors have recorded damaged livers and destroyed kidneys in users of Superdrol more than once. This is what makes us suspect that the bodybuilder in this case study used stronger stuff than androstenedione and deca.
Bodybuilders are often not entirely honest about what they have been using when they visit a doctor about medical problems. Even when being honest could have saved their life. Bodybuilder gets jaundice from creatine and protein supplements.
A healthy man of 27, a fanatical bodybuilder, developed liver damage and jaundice after using sports supplements containing creatine and whey protein. The man in the case study had no pain and did not feel unwell, but because he showed signs of jaundice he went to hospital. There the doctors discovered that his blood contained high levels of bilirubin, a substance that should have been removed by the liver. The first substance can be an indication of liver malfunction.
The second is a waste product of creatine. In people with jaundice, the skin and whites of the eyes turn yellow [see pic below], but this is not necessarily cause for alarm. Bilirubin is not a dangerous substance, and may even be an endogenous antioxidant. But jaundice is a sign that something is wrong with the liver, and it therefore needs to be taken seriously. The ducts that should have been doing so were blocked. The scientific term for this is cholestasis.
The bodybuilder had been taking creatine for nine months and whey protein for one month. The doctors thought that this might be responsible for his condition. When the man stopped taking the supplements, his liver returned to normal and the jaundice disappeared.
If doctors come across healthy athletes with an abnormal liver, the researchers write, then they should ask whether the athletes are using potentially 'dangerous' supplements like whey protein and creatine.
We agree with the opinion of a blogger — who by the way also works at Gaspari Nutrition — at bodybuilding. But these reports are probably the result of silent use of forbidden substances — and in high quantities. For example, there was the bodybuilder who said he had developed gyno from using Tribulus terrestris supplements. A preparation made by Natterman, which supposedly protects the liver and which chemical athletes are using more and more often: Greek researchers refer to it in their study as compound N.
The researchers, at Thessaly University, set up an experiment to determine whether compound N really works. After a bit of surfing we worked out that Compound N is Essentiale forte.
A packet contains a couple of dozen capsules, each of which contains mg of polyene phosphatidylcholine.
This is choline-phosphoric acid with two unsaturated fatty acids attached, usually linoleic acid. It probably resembles the phosphatidylcholine found in soya. In addition, each capsule contains 6 mg of vitamin B1, 6 mg of vitamin B2, 6 mg of vitamin B6, 6 mcg of vitamin B12, 30 mg of nicotinamide and 6 mg of vitamin E. The Greeks, who by the way have also done research on the psychological effects of anabolic steroids, did an experiment with three hundred and twenty athletes.
Half of them, one hundred and sixty athletes, used steroids. Of these chemical athletes, the researchers gave forty Essentiale forte: All of the chemical athletes took steroids and the researchers monitored them for eight weeks. The list below gives you an idea of what the Greek bodybuilders were using. Yes, the list puzzled us too. And where are the 'new' designer steroids? Surely athletes in Greece use products like 1-Test and Madol too?
The more enzymes in the blood, the harder a time the liver is having. The figure below shows what happened to the liver enzyme concentrations. They suspect that the mixture strengthens the membranes of the liver cells. The livers of steroids users have to work hard to break down all the extra substances they are subjected to. The liver gets fattier because the liver cells are no longer burning fat well [beta-oxidation — Ed.
The supplement helps the liver cells to perform these functions. Reading between the lines you can also see that the Greeks had trouble getting their study published. More damaged livers from superdrol and madol.
Liver specialists at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit have reported another three cases of bodybuilders who developed liver damage as a result of using designer supplements. The Superdrol user was He was nauseous, had stopped eating, had jaundice and itched all over. When the symptoms had got worse after two weeks, the doctors gave him prednisone.
The anti-inflammatory worked and after another six weeks, he'd made a pretty good recovery. Superdrol is a steroid whose structure and synthesis resemble those of oxymetholone. It was also developed and tested in the late fifties by the makers of oxymetholone, the American pharmaceutical company Syntex. Although superdrol [see structural formula below] looked like a promising anabolic steroid in animal tests, in subsequent tests potential side effects showed up. The effects of this move are clearly seen in the medical journals.
In doctors in Phoenix, Arizona published an article on the case of bodybuilder who became fatally ill after using superdrol. What patient 2 used was not clear, but it contained at least DHEA. Of the three men referred to in the study, number 2 got off the most lightly. He recovered spontaneously a couple of weeks after he had stopped using the supplement. Patient 3 used M-Test 2, a designer supplement containing the steroid madol.
Madol was also developed by Syntex, a manufacturer that carried out promising animal tests on it in the sixties. Not much is known about the side-effects of madol. It is not carcinogenic, say German researchers. But they did discover that it enlarged the heart muscle in animal tests. The enlargement itself was not dangerous, but the researchers were not entirely convinced. In the bodybuilding circuit however there are few stories around of users who have developed liver problems as a result of using madol.
The sick madol user had to be given prednisone in the end, after which he recovered. The doctors did not test the preparation the patient had used. And we wonder quite honestly if it only contained madol. According to the study, the bodybuilder became ill after he had taken 57 capsules over a period of a few weeks.
That would be impossible with. The Canadian government has issued warnings about these. Maybe something went wrong during the production of M-Test 2. Or perhaps the doctors got it wrong that Patient 3 used the BMF product.
The doctors also read a couple of articles written by colleagues and summarized the information they found. This resulted in the table you see here below. Liver specialists should get extra training on designer supplements that contain oral anabolic steroids, the article concludes. Published online November