In a press release on June 11, Bethel Nutritional Consulting, Inc. was notified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that a sample of their Bethel 30 green capsule had been collected and tested by the FDA in April 24, 2013. The capsules were positive for Sibutramine and Phenolphthalein. Sibutramine is a controlled substance that was removed from the market in October 2010 for safety reasons. Because Bethel 30 is marketed as an herbal supplement, it is not approved by the FDA as a drug. Bethel 30 Herb Supplement has been recalled.
Bethel 30, green capsules are marketed as a Natural Herb for Weight Loss manufactured with a pharmaceutical & Nutraceuticals laboratory. Bethel 30 Herb Supplement is packaged in plastic white bottles containing 30 capsules per bottle and bears Lot #’s 120514, with EXP: 12/05/2014.
Sibutramine was prescribed by physicians as an appetite suppressant before the manufacturers ceased production of the drug in the US. Sibutramine was found to increase blood pressure and heart rate, posing a risk of heart attack or stroke for those who used it to aid in losing weight.
Phenolphthalein has been used as a laxative for most of the 20th century, according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. “…studies show that phenolphthalein is a multisite/multispecies carcinogen.”
All weight-loss medicines, prescription and natural herbs, can pose a risk to coronary health. They should never be taken by someone who has been diagnosed as ‘at risk of heart attack or stroke.’ Many contain powerful laxatives and cheap fillers like phenolphthalein. The reason most weight-loss drugs contain laxatives is this: the longer it takes to digest and expel the food you eat, the more calories your body stores as fat.
The natural way to aid in the digestion of food is by adding fiber to the diet in the form of legumes, whole grain breads, brown rice, vegetables and fruit. If further aid is needed, consult a family physician who will likely suggest a product such as Miro lax.
Weight-loss pills sold OTC can be very dangerous and sometimes fatal. It is always best to get a physical and speak to a doctor about a treatment plan that includes losing weight. When cutting back on portions and increasing physical activity does not produce results, there may be a physical reason that only a physician can detect.
Be safe and fit through natural health, but don’t take herbal supplements without knowing about each ingredient.