The popular weight loss program known as Herbalife could be potentially harmful to your health, concludes researchers from Iceland.
The doctors noticed hepititis resulting in some users who take the products regularly. The full report can be read here. The conclusion is that the doctors believe the use of Herbalife can increase the chances of the liver disease.
Herbalife has denied the reports findings, claiming that the lead doctor in the study, Magnús Jóhannsson, has had a long history of crusading against Herbalife.
Herbalife’s health claims and business practices have come under fire in the past. Scientific studies in 2007 by doctors at the University Hospital of Bern in Switzerland and the Liver Unit of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Israel found an association between consumption of Herbalife products and hepatitis. The company has also been accused of being a “pyramid scheme”. A 2004 settlement resolved a class action suit on behalf of 8700 former and current distributors that accused the company and distributors of “essentially running a pyramid scheme.” A total of $6 million was to be paid out, with defendants not admitting guilt.
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