There is something very disturbing about two exactly identical websites hawking weight loss supplements with different brand names. Compare the sites of these supplements: Fenphedra and Nuphedragen. Each is a mirror of the other except for their brands. Check them out.

What Is Fenphedra:

Fenphedra seems like another phony weight loss supplement proliferating the profitable weight management market. The brand is a combination of the names of two potent but banned weight loss drugs, the “Fen” part referring to fenfluramine and the “phedra” part to ephedra. The supplement does not contain any of these illegal substances; but, perhaps the manufacturer believed name association will give the product a perceived power and potency.

The Premise Behind Fenphedra:

The scientific gobbledy-gook at the official website gives a rather cheesy dumbed down explanation about weight management as a “YIN-YANG” battle or a “Good vs. Evil” war between “good guy” CART (Cocaine and amphetamine regulated transcript) and the “bad guy” NP-Y(Neuropeptide-Y). CART is a neuropeptide that enhances metabolic processes, decreases appetite and increases insulin sensititivity when stimulated. NP-Y stimulation conversely increases appetite and decreases the need for physical activity. Fenphedra’s formulation is designed to kick CART into action and inhibit NP-Y activity, “thus helping you win the battle of the bulge.”

The Company Behind Fenphedra:

Fenphedra’s manufacturer is Blackstone Nutrition aka Garrett Devore Labs, a fact not mentioned in any part of the product’s official website. A quick search will lead you to filed complaints, pending court cases and a failure rating at the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Business Review site. The BBB site lists 36 complaints mainly regarding billing issues with the company’s scammy autoship program. A lawsuit has been filed in 2008 in the Federal District Court against Steve Devore and Garret Devore for “fraudulent internet marketing. ” The defendants were accused of putting up numerous websites supposedly giving unbiased reviews of their products which turned out to be false. Customers were misled into thinking they were reading separate, independent reviews (of course, positive) on the company’s products but were in fact, reading the same spiel done in different ways by the same company. Furthermore, competitors accuse the company of unlawful product defamation, trademark and copyright violations, among many others.

The Bottom Line:

Why bother examining the ingredient listing when you can’t trust the manufacturer? Ingredient labels and product claims should not be taken seriously when the reputation of its makers is suspect. Fenphedra may sound fantastic and novel but how can one trust in the ingredient label and health safety promises if the people who stand behind it are unscrupulous? At best, you may just be getting an overpriced placebo; at worst, a dangerous formulation.

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