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‘The Biggest Loser’ wellness coach launches weight-control supplement line

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK Jillian Michaels, renowned wellness coach from NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” on Friday announced the launch of her line of weight-control supplements in partnership with ThinCare International.

“I have always been an advocate of supplements for boosting metabolic function and supporting weight loss,” stated Michaels, “My new QuickStart Rapid Weight Loss System is designed to help you overcome the two greatest obstacles to successful weight loss — appetite control and fat burning.”

“We are extremely happy to be working with Jillian Michaels,” said Gina Daines, spokesperson for ThinCare. “[Michaels] is a true icon and this product line is the biggest thing to hit the diet shelves in years.”

The entire Jillian Michaels supplement line includes: Maximum Strength Calorie Control, Maximum Strength Fat Burner, Triple Process Total Body Detox & Cleanse Plus Probiotic Replenishment and QuickStart Rapid Weight Loss System, which contains both the Fat Burner and the Calorie Control products.

The line launches Aug. 21 in GNC and will roll out nationwide over the next month.

Jillian Michaels’ products will be sold at GNC, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Rite-Aid Target and most chain grocery stores, the company stated.

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Study finds eating disorder sufferers abuse diet pills, other OTC products

BY Michael Johnsen

PHOENIX Between 11 million and 13 million people in the United States have eating disorders, and many of them abuse or become dependent upon over-the-counter substances, the Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders announced Wednesday.

“It may surprise many people, including some healthcare providers, that over-the-counter products and supplements for dieting purposes are frequently abused by those with eating disorders,” stated Kevin Wandler, spokesman for Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders. “A full 64% of eating disorder patients abuse diet pills. The health consequences of diet pill abuse are enormous and include high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, tremors, thickening of the heart muscle and kidney damage.”

Other substances abused by individuals with eating disorders include laxatives and diuretics. Although laxatives and diuretics are not often considered drugs of abuse or dependence, individuals can become dependent on them. A recent study found that in a sample of 200 bulimics, 31% used diuretics.  

“It can take the body months to recover from laxative and other over-the-counter substance abuse,” Wandler said.

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BioNeutral Group presents lab results for antimicrobial used on swine flu

BY Michael Johnsen

NEWARK, N.J. BioNeutral Group on Thursday announced that independent lab test results conducted at Microbiotest of Sterling, Va., demonstrated that its Ygiene Consumer Grade Antimicrobial totally eradicated the novel H1N1 virus within 20 seconds of contact.

“We are well on our way to achieving our objective to have the fastest-acting, least-expensive, longest-lasting, simple-to-use, green formulations to eliminate swine flu from home, office, schools and public gathering places,” stated Andy Kielbania, chief scientist for Bioneutral Group. “This mild formulation can come into daily contact with skin and clothing, providing added protection against H1N1 and other dangerous organisms for the general population and the broader healthcare sector, as well.”

Ygiene is one of a few antimicrobials actually tested against the specific H1N1 virus, the company stated.

The formulation will be presented to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for regulatory approval, the company stated.

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