Senior citizens are always being warned about scams and swindles that can cheat them out of their life savings, but to tell the truth the scammers and swindlers don’t give a rat’s patoot about how old you are. They will gladly take your money without checking your ID for a birth date. Top among these scams are dieting schemes guaranteed to lighten your wallet more than lighten your weight.
Listening to the radio on the way to work, I once again heard the commercial pushing a certain diet product. Apparently in vogue at the moment, or so the advertiser would have you believe, is cleansing your colon. Whenever I hear this commercial, I wonder how many people are really stupid enough to spend their money on this stuff.
Come on, folks – it’s a laxative! Sure, it will cleanse your colon, but so will any of many, many cheaper products on the market, if that is what you really want to do. If you are thinking seriously about this, may I make a suggestion? Ask your doctor if it’s time for a colonoscopy. Why? Because a colonoscopy requires your colon to be cleaned out, and if you want to do that anyways, you might as well get some real good out of it, not to mention that the doctor will tell you how to do it safely and a bit more inexpensively.
A colonoscopy isn’t covered by your insurance, but you still want to clean out your colon? Hit the drug section at your favorite store and check out the laxatives, or ask your pharmacist to recommend the most effective product. You can be pounds lighter in a matter of a couple of days if you want to do it this way.
Of course this is an absurd way to lose weight and nobody in their right mind would put themselves through this except those desperate enough to try anything – anything that doesn’t require real dieting or exercise, that is. Do you have half a brain? Then I’m sure you have figured out that as soon as you stop taking a laxative, your bowels will (hopefully) return to their normal function and any weight that was “lost” will quickly be regained. And if you are foolish enough to continue to use such a product, you will be upsetting your body’s balance and risking your health.
Now, I’m not talking about an occasional need to move things along with a gentle laxative, but rather the more extreme elimination of bowel contents that these weight panaceas provide. However, a good diet will go a long way towards not needing any kind of laxative, as well as providing a safe way to lose that weight.
There is no shortage of people who will pay out big bucks again and again for products promised to make them lose weight or improve their health, regardless of ridiculous, unverifiable, or specious claims of efficacy by the advertiser, and there is an inexhaustible supply of leeches willing to take advantage of those people. I just hope that you don’t fall into either category.