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Hoodia Weight Loss Patch Available - Ads Popping up For Appetite Suppressant Patches - 60 Minutes and Oprah Report Diet Pills Work

April 8th 2006

Hoodia Weight Loss Patch Available - Ads Popping up For Appetite Suppressant Patches - 60 Minutes and Oprah Report Diet Pills Work

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Hoodia has been available in pill form for quite some time now, but recently it became available as a patch as well.  The drug works differently than stimulants like Ephedra and Phenfen that are now banned because of their dangerous side effects. Hoodia fools your brain into making you think that you are full. 

The nicotine patch has been available for smokers looking to quit, Ritalin is now available in patch form, and now we are seeing ads for hoodia patches.  Hoodia is a natural substance that has been featured on both 60 Minutes and the Oprah Winfrey Show. 

Hoodia is a bitter tasting cactus like plant that grows in the Kalahari Desert in South Africa. Leslie Stahl of 60 minutes traveled to the Kalahari Desert to report on the subject.  She had a guide cut off a piece of the hoodia plant so she cold taste it. 


According to Stahl it had no after effects – no funny taste in her mouth, no queasy stomach, and no racing heart.  But here is the amazing part:  “She also wasn't hungry all day, even when she would normally have a pang around mealtime.”   She had no desire to eat or drink the entire day.  She said “I'd have to say it did work”.

The diet business is estimated to be a $40 billion a year industry. Diet pills like Phenfen have been considered dangerous and have been pulled from the market.  According to Stahl, the Bushmen of the Kalahari  have been eating the hoodia plant for thousands of years, and it appears to be safe.  Now there is scientific evidence that shows that hoodia works. "What they found was when they fed it to animals, the animals ate it and lost weight," says Dr. Richard Dixey, who heads an English pharmaceutical company called Phytopharm that is trying to develop weight-loss products based on hoodia.


Amazingly, the plant’s affects were unknown until recently.  Early research in the 1960’s did not discover the plant’s potential benefits. It took the South African national laboratory 30 years to isolate and identify the specific appetite-suppressing ingredient in hoodia.  Pills came out first but now some marketers have developed a patch version.  This will likely help people that would prefer slapping on a slow release patch rather than popping a pill.

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