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10/25/2008

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Millard Baker

I disagree with your assessment of the "weight loss" supplement claim not having any legal merit.

Diuretics clearly lead to weight loss. But only the kind of weight loss that appeals to individuals who are obsessed with the scale.

Diuretics don't lead to fat loss (which is the real goal of most weight loss programs). The point you made about this is well taken.

It is nonetheless a common (if not misguided) method of weight loss that thousands of people use. You overlook the fact that the sports nutrition industry has numerous diuretic products marketed for weight loss. They have names like StarCaps, Shredded, Diraxatone, Taraxatone, Hydrazide, etc.

Some of them are even contaminated with bumetanide.

http://www.steroidreport.com/2008/10/26/bumetanide-used-by-nfl-players-to-mask-anabolic-steroid-use/

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Most of the supplement industry offers crap as diuretics. Crap with unproven efficacy (sorry about the emotional reaction, but the supplement industry has long abused product claims).

Diuretics can cause weight loss in the same way getting hair cut can cause weight loss -- temporary loss. A normal person will quickly replete fluids to regain the fluid weight (which is not just water). To say diuretics help lose weight is inviting abuse of thee potent drugs.

The is a magnitude of difference between a diuretic like Lasix (furosemide), this drug and the nonsense sold in health food stores (although caffeine is a diuretic which my daily high dose of Red Bull shows). Having published papers in Lasix I appreciate the major side effects that these drugs can cause.

There is no use for a diuretic in an NFL player. Wati till one drops dead of a fatal arrhythmia taking one of these drugs as a masking agent.

Millard Baker

Diuretics can cause weight loss in the same way getting hair cut can cause weight loss -- temporary loss. A normal person will quickly replete fluids to regain the fluid weight (which is not just water). To say diuretics help lose weight is inviting abuse of thee potent drugs.

You agree diuretics can cause (temporary) weight loss. But you go on to say that stating such invites the abuse of diuretics.

The truth is the truth. If diuretics cause temporary weight loss (through increased fluid excretion), then that fact can not be ignored or denied simply for the purpose of preventing abuse of diuretics for that purposes.

At any rate, this completely misses my point. Dietary supplements don't always contain diuretics that are "nonsense." Sometimes they actually are contaminated with pharmaceutical diuretics:

SHORT COMMUNICATION: Detection of Bumetanide in an Over-the-Counter Dietary Supplement

Authors: Hoggan, Archie M.1; Shelby, Melinda K.1; Crouch, Dennis J.1; Borges, Chad R.2; Slawson, Matthew H.1

Source: Journal of Analytical Toxicology, Volume 31, Number 9, November/December 2007 , pp. 601-604(4)

Millard Baker

I agree with you on the dangers of diuretics. Diuretic use by athletes (whether for "weight loss" reasons or performance-enhancing reasons) is infinitely more dangerous than anabolic steroids.

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