CELLULITE?

The Federal Trade Commission of the United States filed a lawsuit on July 25, 2000 against Rexall Sundown Incorporated. Three years later, the FTC ordered distributors of Cellasene to reimburse its customers 12 million dollars for claiming that its product eliminates cellulite. Cellasene has been withdrawn from sale over-the-counter in the United States, but it is still sold over the internet for $46.59 a packet.

Rexall claims that unpublished studies show that Cellasene gets rid of cellulite in 90 percent of patients who take the pill for eight weeks. But there is no such thing as cellulite. The fat on a woman's thighs is the same as the fat anywhere else. She has skin on the outside, fat in the middle and muscles and fascia underneath the fat. Tiny bands of fiber called ligaments run from the fascia, through the fat and attach on the skin. When a woman stores excess fat on the thighs, the fat pushes the skin upwards, while the ligaments hold the skin down, causing an orange peel appearance from the little dots where each ligament attaches to the skin. If you lose fat you get rid of the dimpling. But there are no products, exercises or diets that cause weight loss in a specific part of your body; only overall weight loss will reduce fat in the thighs.

Cellasene is supposed to contain gingko biloba, clover and iodine. There is no evidence that any of these ingredients will cause you to lose weight or affect your body fat in any way. Yet North Americans shelled out millions of dollars for Cellasene, showing that hope springs eternal, even when there is no scientific evidence that the product can do what it claims or even if the condition exists. If you spent your hard-earned money for Cellasene, you are eligible to share in the $12 million dollar settlement.

Checked 5/3/07

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