Leptoprin must die

I am watching a lot of Discovery, Science and NGC channels usually, I find their documentaries educational. However, due to lower volumes of viewers watching these channels, their commercial rates are lower. This invites lots of crappy startups to advertise their shitty products on these TV channels.

One of these commercials is the ad about Leptoprin, a herbal supplement that supposedly helps you lose weight. They have a patent on their $153-per-bottle product, and its patent No is visible in their ad. My JBQ — who can easily read legalese english for some weird reason– visited the US Patents site and read their patent. Basically, this “product” it’s nothing but very strong dosages of caffeine, with some other useless herbal tea chunks in it. Caffeine is known to work as a MILD appetite depressant, but at what cost? Not only you won’t be able to sleep with these pills, but you will be addicted at the end if you get more than one of these pills per day (1 pill == 4 to 5 espressos).

What is this country doing about this? Nothing so far! Having a free market is one thing, but allowing dangerous and deceptive products to be marketed as ‘elixirs of life’ is another. Dear FTC, bring Leptoprin and all other such snake oil companies DOWN.

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Thom Holwerda wrote on December 29th, 2006 at 10:24 AM PST:

Espresso’s actually contain LESS caffeine than regular coffees. Many people wrongly assume that because Espresso has a strong taste, that it contains more caffeine. This is FALSE, as caffeine is actually tasteless, and the taste of a coffee says NOTHING about its caffeine contents.

Espresso has such a strong taste because it contains a lot of dissolved coffee dust (Espresso does NOT use special coffee beans; an Espresso is JUST hot water being pressured 9+ bar through very finly grinded regular coffee beans), not because it supposedly contains more caffeine.

Other than that, caffeine is not bad for your health. As with everything, moderation is the key term. As a dietist once told me: “Oranges are really bad for you. When you eat 40 of them each day, you’ll be dead within a week.”

IntellectualVillage.com wrote on December 29th, 2006 at 10:26 AM PST:

Common person thinks whatever is patented automatically should be bestowed greatness! Any combination of chemicals and the process involved in manufacturing them can be patented. You just need to prove the novelty factor.

The Wiki article for Leptoprin gives the following ingredients:
* Vitamin B6 25mg (1250% RDA)
* Acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin) 324mg
* Caffeine 200mg
* Green Tea Extract (no amount listed)
* L-Tyrosine (no amount listed)
* Kelp 100mg
* Ephedrine 20mg
* Cayenne (no amount listed)
* Rice flour base

Hardly worth $153….and with the Ephedrine content very close to the old limit (removed since 2000, I guess) imposed by FDA, it may be prudent to think twice before purchasing!


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Eugenia wrote on December 29th, 2006 at 10:36 AM PST:

Thom, one pill of those equal 4 espressos, and you are supposed to get 3 daily. That’s 12 espressos per day. No matter if drinking some espresso is good or bad, taking these pills IS.

Thom Holwerda wrote on December 29th, 2006 at 11:16 AM PST:

Oh yes, I was replying to the comment above, because it echod the sentiment that Espresso’s contain more caffeine than regular coffees.

These pills are bad.

Luis wrote on December 29th, 2006 at 11:19 AM PST:

Tagging this a a “herbal product” is quite misleading, even if all ingredients do come from plants. I mean, morphine is also a “herbal product”, but it can’t be sold in a food store for anyone who wants who take a shot at it.

In western countries we have such a broken culture regarding medicines, no matter if they are “natural” or “chemical”… I think we need education above all, more than laws to ban certain products (though some products could be banned in the meanwhile…)

Thomas Bonk wrote on December 29th, 2006 at 12:30 PM PST:

Hmm, perhaps I should think about my Espresso consumption. When I’m at my work place I have about 5 tripple Espressos each day…

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