Posted by: isaaph | February 25, 2008

The Truth Behind These Chinese Diet Pills

Martha Sta. Barbara, a Filipina blogger, posted an entry about the dangers of Zhen de Shou and Ballerina. The two are diet pills from China which have become popular in the Philippines because they’re cheap and results are immediate. I’m reposting her entry with her permission.

I Lost 30 lbs. In 1 Month! Now I’m Dying!’ – The Truth Behind The Truth

BALLERINA, ZHEN DE SHOU, GOODLINESS, LIGHT SOME, MODELLING, BANGKOK, XENICAL, BLAH BLAH BLAH. ANO PA BA?

Shet. Ang daming diet pills. Nagkakatalo lahat. Andami ng ginawa’t naimbento. But I’ve never tried something as EFFECTIVE as Ballerina and Zhen De Shou.

In Zhen De Shou, I lost 8 pounds in a week. Yung kinain ko from june- september, nawala ng one week nung october.

SHET ANG SEXY KO!!

San ka pa diba? Exercise pa kayo diyan eh natulog at gumising lang ako ng isang linggo, payat agad ako. diba?

Pero buti na lang hindi ako tumagal sa pagte- take nitong mga ito. Kung hindi hindi lang ako payat. PATAY pa ako.

Let’s start:

ZHEN DE SHOU- This is a weight loss capsule. It promises to cut 10 pounds off your weighing scale in a matter of 7 days. Sounds interesting right? Well, it’s made up of selected and powerful herbs to make you lose weight and all.

Do I interest you now in buying a pack and trying it yourself?

Wait until you get to the site that draws you into the pit. http://zhendeshou.net/

BALLERINA- Not anyone can become a ballerina but you can achieve their beautiful fatless bodies with this pill. Guranteed to make you lose almost 20 pounds in a matter of 1 month (5 pounds in a week). Well, ain’t that long to achieving a ballerina body eh? Why don’t you try it yourself? Not yet convinced by me? Check out their site and jump into the pit. http://www.ballerina-slimming.com/index.html

I’ve tried Zhen De Shou and I must say, it really worked. One week and Zhen De Shou is all I needed to get back to my old, slim body. I had to stop because my supplier’s supplier won’t have stocks until next week so I have to wait. In the course of a week without taking the pills, I have experienced BURNING pains in my stomach and to heal the pain, I must eat so much food. And the result, I doubled the weight I gained before I took the pills. A friend of mine taking the same pill experienced the same thing. And mind you, these pains occur almost every hour! So imagine, I have to eat TOO MUCH food every hour!

Then I came across a friend who was once fat then she seemed to have lost 15 pounds off her in a matter of 1 1/2 months. She is so thin! I’m even fatter than her! I asked her secret. Then she introduced me to her friend, BALLERINA. These blue pills that look like frenzied metamphetamines. It came along with a diet plan, that I followed religiously for 2 weeks. I was advised to pop one 30 mins. before each meal. one of its effects is it will dry your throat so you have to chug down water, that would cleanse your body so you’ll shit like hell, releasing toxins, and making you lose weight.

Well, I was getting the results. In a matter of 2 weeks, my craving for food decreased, my throat is always dry, which I didn’t like. It doesn’t matter! A friend and my hubby noticed that I was shedding some pounds. YES!! These effects might be irritating but you have to make sacrifices if you want better results! In a month, I’m good in my tight fitting, daring, belly revealing clothes again!

MONDAY, 1:30 PM, CHOCOLATE KISS CAFE


I was enjoying my weight shedding. And I’m planning to continue. Right after I popped a capsule, my phone beeped, it was my mom. Here is our conversation:

Mama: Tita ***** is dying. Stop taking those diet pills. We suspect that this caused her cancer.
Me: Shet??! When was she diagnosed with cancer?
Mama: A week ago. Na-diagnose siya, tapos binigyan ng gamot. Pagbalik for her treatment, stage 4 na daw cancer nya. Multiple organ failure na.
Me: Eh ilang stages ba ang cancer?
Mama: 4. Dasal na lang ang kailangan niya.
Me: Fuc*.
Mama: You better have your liver checked. You were taking these before di ba? You don’t know, baka biglang lumabas effects niyan.
Me: Eh 1 week ako nung first brand, then 2 weeks nitong recent. So bale 3 weeks pa lang ako gumagamit.
Mama: Maski na. Baka mamaya may damage na palang na-inflict yan. Tapos kakalat. After some years, baka mamaya malaman mong mamamatay ka na pala. At gaga ka. tina-try mo pa lahat.
Me: Scary mae.
Me: When did she start taking the pills?
Mama: 3 years na.
Me: Anong brand?
Mama: Yung de su de su ata yun tsaka ballerina.
Me: Zhen de shou kasi.
Mama: Whatever.
Me: Eh ginawa na pala niyang snack yung gamot eh kaya pala.
Mama: She’s following naman daw the instructions.
Me: Ow.
Mama: Tell your friends. And wag na wag ka nang bibili nito. Ever.
Me: Ok. Send my love to tita *****. I’ll pray for her.

2:03 P.M.


Mama: A friend messaged me asking for a liver donor.
Me: Bakit daw?
Mama: May liver failure. She was using diet pills din. Ballerina daw.
Me: Talaga? Gaano naman katagal ginamit?
Mama: 6 months. Tigilan mo na yan ha.
Me: Ok.

Right after hearing their stories, it felt like I wanted to puke all the pills that I’ve taken. I opened up a Ballerina capsule and it poured out a greenish-brownish-blackish powder that smells like dry soil with a sharp smell. I was like. “What the fuck am I eating.” I took all the pills from the foil and I threw them away.

And now, I’m friggin’ afraid of getting a liver check. I’m afraid of what I might hear. Well, maybe I don’t have anything serious yet. But I always get goosebumps whenever I hear I’m going to get these medical check- ups.

But, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.

WHAT DO THESE PILLS DO TO YOU EXACTLY?


These are basically laxatives and appetite depressants. Ballerina, a laxative, encourages your stomach to feel full that’s why you take it before any meal. The most is 3 capsules a day. If you exceed, you’ll experience palpitation, even at the third capsule. These capsules have ingredients that make your stomach expand, making you eat less, so you lose weight. It keeps you parched so you’ll drink lots of water, which is essentially good so you’ll clean your tummy every often by taking a crap for more than thrice a day. It forces your stomach to manufacture food then the excess will become your crap. But if you only eat 30% of your 100% in every meal, what food will go to your system if it’s gonna turn almost half of it into crap? Now, think about that.

Zhen De Shou, an appetite depressant (take note, it’s not even a suppresant) encourages the body’s natural ability to curb hunger. IN AN EXTREME DEGREE. Your body can signal your brain that it’s still full so you won’t eat. But Zhen De Shou signals your body that it is always full, so you only eat really small servings for twice a day only. Well, that’s why you lose a whopping amount of pounds in the first week. What’s weird is, you get addicted to it.

The reason why I experienced tummy pains after stopping for a week with Zhen De Shou is because my stomach has finally been released from the shackles of this depressant. It sends your brain messages that “WE’VE BEEN HUNGRY FOR WEEKS!!!!! WE’RE DYING!!! WE NEED FOOD! MORE FOOD!” Then, you double the weight you gained.

What’s bothering is, they actually make you lose weight SO FAST and the fact that these are so cheap make these pills doubtful already.

I KNOW SHABU CAN MAKE YOU LOSE WEIGHT THIS FAST!!! SO BAKA MERON DIN ITONG MGA ITO.

These pills claim that they use herbs such as hawthorne, fairy leaves, pearls, polyphenols, ginseng and gingko biloba, that are medicinal, safe and effective. Well, I doubt these are all there is to it.

If herbal medicines have no side effects, how come these “herbal” slimming pills have?

Whatever chemical they put in it, It’s better that I don’t know.

BEWARE OF IMITATIONS!


Apparently, the growth of these phenomenal slimming pills have lured (daw) fakers and replicators into making business out of it. So there are already fake and original tablets. The brand that’s being famously pirated is the Zhen De Shou.

But the original distributors and makers put seals on their products so that it can be distinguished from the fake ones. (Heart seal, flower seal, gold seal, blue seal, etc.) But unfortunately, even the seals are copied so it would be really hard for a consumer to distinguish the real from the fake. Check this out:



I think, these original creators put high- end herbs and dangerous chemicals in it, while the imitators use low- end chemicals plus herbs they got from somewhere because they’re cheaper and they sell it for a lower price.

BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER! THEY ALL CONTAIN HARMFUL CHEMICALS ANYWAY!

THESE CHINESE SLIMMING PILLS CONTAIN MAO HUANG (CHINESE EPHEDRA; EPHEDRA SINICA), ORIGINATING FROM CHINA, HAVE DIFFERENT VARIETIES IN MONGOLIA AS WELL. EPHEDRINES CAN CAUSE FATAL INJURIES TO ORGANS AND CAN LEAD TO LONG TERM DISEASES. APPARENTLY, THERE ARE SEVERAL TYPES OF MAO HUANG THAT ARE CONSIDERED AS HERBAL MEDICINES FOR THEY ARE STRONG LAXATIVES (A POSSIBLE CURE FOR CONSTIPATION IN THE OLDEN TIMES) AND ARE USED IN DIETARY AND WEIGHT LOSS SUPPLEMENTS, BUT ARE ALREADY BANNED DUE TO ITS LETHAL EFFECTS. CHECK THESE SITES FOR MORE INFO ON THESE BOTANICALS:


LAW AGAINST THE USAGE OF MAO HUANG BY THE US GOV’T.: http://www.fda.gov/ora/fiars/ora_import_ia5413.html

FACTS ABOUT MAO HUANG:
http://healthlibrary.epnet.com/GetContent.aspx?token=e0498803-7f62-4563-8d47-5fe33da65dd4&chunkiid=21697

THE KILLER EFFECTS OF MAO HUANG:
http://health.yahoo.com/alternativemed-therapies/ma-huang-ephedra/healthwise–d04525a1.html

ARTICLE ABOUT MAO HUANG BY JEFFREY HOARD:
http://www.cherylsherbs.com/abuse_of_ma_huang.htm

FACTS AND CONTROVERSIES ABOUT MAO HUANG:
http://www.maxlabs.com/max-ten/max-ten-ma-huang.htm

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Well, take my stories as warnings. Losing weight might be hard but good things come if you work hard on it. If you plant a seed, it doesn’t turn into a tree and bear fruits the next morning. If you have a mannerism and decided to stop tonight, it doesn’t mean you have completely abolished your mannerism from your system tomorrow. Hard work and effort is all you need to achieve successful outcomes.Or else, you will learn your lesson the hard way.

I have gained weight. But a less than my weight when I first entered UP. Hey, after my practicum, I’ve had all the time and food in the world to eat. I just don’t deprive myself of food. And if you always get the chance to eat at places like cyma, fish and co., people’s palace, som’s, oody’s, cafebola, chateau, the lobby at the peninsula manila, max’s fried chicken, italianni’s, chealsea’s, conti’s, polu kai, abe, new orleans, texas roadhouse, coldrock, haagen daz, krispy kreme, ababu, king’s kebab, kulinarya, the rockefeller, old chang kee, superbowl and all the expensive and fine restaurants in the city, ALL EXPENSES PAID , I bet you’ll gain weight like me. Don’t say no. Because you’ll be a hypocrite if you do.

I just told myself I needed the food from these places after a year and a half of eating nothing but casaa, katag, mcdo, jollibee and most especially, aladino’s. I just needed to cleanse my system and liven up my tastebuds once again.

Well, I can get back to my old shape if I wanted to. I just needed a bit of willpower to do it. I’m back on my tracks, I’m jogging and basically doing a lot of walking exercises to shed off pounds everyday, altering my eating habits, already there at eating more healthy foods, abolished overeating, cutting down on sweets and carbs (number one weight gainers), and watching the foods that I eat.I won’t get results in a matter of a month but at least, I’m doing it the right way.

Hey, Ive come to realize that I’d rather see myself around april to may back in my old skin again rather than seeing it in a matter of 7 days then finding myself having organ failures or any kind of sickness that’s sure to stay with me for life.

I don’t mind what other people think and say. Of course, they want my old shape back. Well, this is what I’ve become. And if you don’t like my body or you hated me in some way, I don’t care, it’s not as if I’m gonna die tomorrow because people hate me. As long as I know that I’m not the fattest in the world, I AM COMPLETELY FINE.

I have more concerns to look into. I’m sure you have. So if you have some spare time and you don’t know where to spend it on, don’t look at me and forever curse me and insult me for how “fat” I’ve become. Instead, grab a mirror, stare at yourself then see if your acne wonderland face has gone a bit better, check if your walis hair has responded to the treatments you’ve been getting. Ask yourself if you’re getting enough confidence and self- esteem by wearing platform shoes that’s so out of style and if you think it’s practical to wear 5- inch heels in a rocky and big place like UP Diliman. Smile in front of the mirror and ponder on getting braces or replacing that chipped tooth. Oh! Don’t forget to check your breath to see if your halitosis is becoming a threat to humanity already.Or if you feel that you don’t have any of these physical imperfections, try staring at a bigger mirror. Look at yourself then think if you are a good son or daughter, ask yourself if you have been worthy enough of the blessings you have. Or better yet, try pondering on the relationship you have so you’ll realize why men or women can’t stand you that’s why your longest relationship lasted for a week only. Or talk to God and realize how far you have drifted away from him already. Make a “REALITY CHECK” so that you’ll know that you’re not the greatest person in the world, or you can hold everyone by their necks, and you are all- knowing and all your works are great. Ask yourself if you are worthy of the position you have or the role you have received. Are you making the most out of it or you’re just plainly enjoying it because you got it the easy way?

Just try these things. Maybe you’ll realize that your problem is waaay too BIGGER than mine,

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TO THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE STILL INTO THESE PILLS (WHATEVER SLIMMING PILLS IN THE MARKET ESPECIALLY FORM CHINA), STOP TAKING THESE THINGS ALREADY. IT’S NOT WORTH RISKING YOUR LIFE FOR SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN GET IN A GOOD AND SAFE WAY.

GOD BLESS YOU GUYS. THANKS FOR READING MY BLOG.


ATTENTION: ZHEN DE SHOU AND OTHER CHINESE- MADE SLIMMING PILLS ARE ALREADY BANNED IN THE USA AND SINGAPORE!!!


CHECK THESE LINKS FOR FACTS, TESTIMONIALS AND INFORMATION ABOUT THESE SLIMMING PILLS.


http://www.bryanboy.com/bryanboy_le_superstar_fab/2007/06/ballerina_bryan.html

http://au.answers.yahoo.com/answers2/frontend.php/question?qid=20061023023248AA6jLzr

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070922053052AAHXShY

http://malaysia.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080212042549AAdlXC9

http://anafilibini.blogspot.com/2007_02_01_archive.html


Responses

  1. hello everybody!I read many blogs about zhen de shou…I would like to try it since I need to lose weight for up to 5 kilos before my interview this coming june…..I just want to know how much is one box…since i buy one so ver cheap only a hundred pesos…Is there any difference if I will buy at magic potions? Thank you and more power…

  2. i’m currently taking the zhen de zhou pills and i think i will stop taking it fr0m this day on! I’m scared n0w but thank God i was able to read this experiences of yours. I was able to think clearly, that i should not use it anym0re.. Yes i am also expriencing th0se palpitati0ns, dry m0uth which i guess made my breath smells bad n0wadays! grrr! and s0metimes im having some difficulty in breathing.. Oh crap! I’ve been using it strting march but i st0pped it for a m0nth but i can say n0thing happened, i didn’t crave for m0re foods..Then i start using it again this may, and n0w i d0nt feel good in my st0mach i d0nt kn0w why?Hai.. Yeah its true that ‘preventi0n is better than cure’, and n0w im preventing myself to have future c0mplicati0ns or effects that i might regret for the rest of my life! Thanks for th0se infos! :)
    Godbless us all!ö

  3. omfg! after reading this, it made me want to vomit all of the diet pills i’ve consumed. good thing im on my first pack palang. i’m starting to feel the effects of Goodliness and i must say that i’m enjoying it. BUT i don’t ever want to risk my health just to shed off the excess weight. OMG. i’m totally baffled and shocked with this. LIVER CA! OMFGGGGGG.haaay.

    i guess, the best resort to losing weight is the natural method.. exercise and healthy lifestyle.

  4. i started taking ZDS pills when I gained 15 pounds in one year, after starting a new job. It was awesome, i thought. I felt NO side effects since i bought the original ones (the expensive ones from glorietta, at the now defunct Goldcrest Area). I figured — “mahn these are awesome!” So i got hooked, but I was wary of the effects, so in my whole lifetime I’ve taken 5 packs of ZdS, and 1 pack of ballerina. I was the happiest thin(ner) girl ever.

    And now i had some bloodwork done. I see all these numbers on my result, and I see alarmingly high levels of ALT, ALP — im no doctor or nurse or any professional like that… so i had no idea what these meant. I had some blood tests done because I had been experiencing really heavy spotting. The doctor’s diagnosis is that I might have a damaged liver, and he asked me if i have/have had any of the following:
    1. drinking problems — none
    2. Hepatitis — none
    3. drank excessive tylenol — No
    4. Am pregnant — No
    5. Taken herbal medicines — BINGO.

    That was it.

    As much as I didnt feel anything from taking the pills, it was still doing damage to my insides. I am currently taking tests to see if my uterus has been damaged because of the bleeding. This is the price I have to pay for taking these pills.

    So please, for EVERYONE who is tempted to buy even the original ones — DON’T. Even if you say that you feel fine while taking it, it really does damage your body. I’m scared shit now that I might not have a chance to conceive, or maybe even live. I would rather be a little chubby than dead. and whosoever I will love, and will love me, will have to love me for everything that I am. Nice dresses and bikinis will remain nice, but i tell you, there is more to life beyond that.

    Discipline is always the best way to go.

    • Thanks for sharing. I might be accused of being racist but I’m not surprised that even the original has bad effects. China’s business practice can be shady. The infant milk with melamine is a good example.

  5. Ive been using this pill for 10 days…I’ve seen results. The problem is, on my second box, i feel that i always want to pee.Is it normal??

  6. This is scary…thanks for the enlightenment…

  7. Thank u very much for that wonderful information …regarding all those diet pills…. I started taking goodliness…good that i found this comments from different users….. thank u

  8. Super tama lahat ng sinabi mo sis.. Ive been taking Zhen de Shou since January, sobrang visible ang effect from 200lbs naging 117 lbs nlng ako.. it boosts my confidence kasi i can now wear tight fitting clothes pero last week lang after taking it for 6 months (i got addicted with the pills) sumakit tyan ko ng sobra and i was admitted sa hospital, ayun may tama na pala liver ko and 2 months na ko may spotting. isusumpa niyo yung sakit, i swear. now, im still under recovery.. Stop taking those pills na

    • I hope you can still fully recover *hugs*

  9. hello good day thank sa advice na take po ako ng zds,, pero hirap ako huminga so tinigilan ko ,,,thank and more power..

  10. Has anyone had bad affects from using Super Slim from China. They are supposed to be Pomegranate?????

  11. It caused my High blood pressure. At age 29, I was diagnosed with it after taking these for about 3 months! i just turned 31 and I STILL have to take HBP pills…its kills me!! I lost the weight but i have to take HBP…i hope for not too much longer but I cant be sure. Dont take these things..i did loose weight FAST..about 15 pounds in a month but you can loose the same amount by going to the doctor and having him put you on a program. Thats what i did and lost 30 pds in 3 months…thats even better..although i still have to deal with HBP. Normally this would have went away but the doc told me it was from the pills and not the weight gain in the first place. I was in and out of the hospital three time before figuring out the culprit!

    • I’m saddened by what happened to you. I hope your HBP will go away. Thanks for sharing your experience

  12. OMG! sus ginoo buti n lang npadaan ako s site nyo! balak koh p nman bumili ng diet pills now…and i see all this crap! cheneck ko sya ng maigi and hola s kakapindot ko nakita koh site nyo…takot tuloy me gumamit now….kasi nman desperado n koh pumayat,di n kasi ako ngssmoke for a year kya now lumulobo ako…hi tamad nman ako mgexercise asar…hay ano gagawin koh now! pls somebody help me….am 95′lbs. went to 134′lbs! shocking dabah…tpos take pa ko ng pills…any suggestio?..i will trully appreciate…thanks.

    • Baka yung eating mo is more of a habit instead of eating for hunger. Try to consult a psychologist at baka matulungan ka. Kung dahil sa gutom naman, drink 2 glasses of water before every meal at matulog na lang pag gutom sa gabi.

    • Hi. I would like to suggest. Please stop smoking. Una bad for your health (I know I’m not your mother). And then it’s not a good habit to combine with slimming products.

      Para magloss ka, try to sleep early or have a 6 to 8 hours sleeping time. Pag hindi kasi natutulog (parang ako para kumita ng money), mas lalong hindi papayat. May explanation dun, nakalimutan ko lang.

      Umiinom ka ba ng beer, wine…..??? Cut mo yun.

      Softdrinks? Try mo mag fit n right.

      Nakakapayat ang Fit n Right. Sabi ng sis ko, kung kasamahan nya sa work nya, everyday nag fifit n right. Nabawasan raw.

      Ako kasi nag slimming coffee. Kaso naiimmune na system ko, so hindi na ata ako nagloss ng weight. Nagloss ako ng weight about 7 or 8 pounds after 3 boxes.

      Kaso naiimmune pala talaga body natin after taking some boxes of any kind of slimming product.

      Hmmmm Fitrum? Kaso hindi ko alam kung nakakaLBM yun. Yung slimming coffee kasi hindi. Eh balak ko mag fitrum, kung hindi nakakaLBM.

      By the way, 4’8″ height ko, from 95 lbs naging 1__ lbs, then nabuntis and nanganak, then naging about 128 pounds ata or 130 after a year. Nag stay na ng ganun ang weight ko. Ngayon pumayat na, kaso I still need to know kung obese pa ako. 122 or 121 pounds na ako ngayon.

      Hindi ko alam kung nakakapayat ang wheat grass, kaso hindi kakayanin ng bulsa ko, kahit na seller ako hahaha.

      basta hanggat maaari, iwasan mo yung zhen de shou and bangkok pills. namimili kasi ng tao yang mga prods na yan.

  13. Thanks for posting this…. Sobrang eye-opener for me. Every word na nababasa ko, napapalunok talaga ako. I’ve consumed a lot of boxes of ZDS, in just a month and half, i’m almost near to my ideal 130lbs. from 172lbs Loving the attention that had given me, kasi dami na-amaze. Mas napadali lang siguro pagpapayat ko kasi i was eating only nuts and then swerte na makatulog ako ng 3 hours at para akong papel or dahon na nagsway with air while jogging. But now, Im back to 154 lbs mga 6mos na akong tumigil. Pero almost a year ko ginamit talagang na-addict nga ata ako. Ang nakakatakot I’ve never experienced such attack only zits on my face as in lumabas mga pimples ko due to hormonal imbalance daw…. Hay, I am not sure yet, scared to find out too… Wag naman sana…. Thanks again and NO to slimming pills again!

    God bless everyone…

  14. I really appreciate the comments of everyone, this helped me a lot

  15. thank God i have stop taking those sliming pill i started but wasnt sure and stop. I taken them for only two weeks


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