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separator Fat Blockers: Truth Blockers?
If you look for information about weight loss pills, it's hard to avoid finding ads for so-called "fat blockers." Labels claim that these pills absorb fat from the food you eat and redirect it out of the body.

The Food and Drug Administration states that these products have not been successful in weight loss or appetite suppression. Don't be fooled by ads about pills that "capture" "intercept" "burn" "block" or "flush" fat. At best, the products will have no impact at all. At worst, they can be addictive and cause damage to the heart and central nervous system.

Source: Food and Drug Administration, December 2001

Tongue Scrapers: Worth It?
Your dentist may be promoting a new tool for your oral hygiene: the tongue scraper. Are tongue scrapers really beneficial?

Many dentists would say yes. Scrapers may be more effective than tooth brushes at removing bacteria from your tongue. Many people find that tongue scrapers improve breath odor as well.

Talk with your dentist if you're wondering whether using a tongue scraper would be beneficial for you.

Source: American Dental Association, December 2001

Choosing Cough and Cold Remedies
Guidelines for over-the-counter treatment of cold and cough symptoms:

  • Aches, pains and fever: acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, naproxen. (Children 18 and under shouldn't take aspirin.)
  • Coughing without mucous: antitussives
  • Coughing with mucous: expectorants
  • Congestion: oral decongestants-ephedrine, pseudoephedrine

Source: American Academy of Family Practitioners, December 2001

New Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs
Last spring, The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute issued new, stricter guidelines indicating that more Americans are at risk of a heart attack than previously thought. According to the guidelines, the number of people who would be advised to take cholesterol-lowering drugs, called statins, would triple.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved five statins. Trade names are Mevacor, Zocor, Pravachol, Lescol and Lipitor. Statins can greatly reduce the levels of LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, which reduces the risk of heart attack. Most people tolerate these drugs well.

If your doctor recommends a statin for you, it's important to take it every day. Side effects are usually minimal, but if you do experience them, talk with your doctor. Whatever you do, don't stop taking the drug on your own.

Sources: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; Food and Drug Administration, December 2001

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