Archive for March 2012

Chiropractic laser fat loss fact or fiction?

There is a very obvious increase in advertising for laser fat loss therapy…please do not get taken in by such wild claims. I know most people are searching for the easy way to achieve fat loss and body recomposition, they don’t exist.  Most of these systems require you to take a supplement (usually diuretic, anorectic and mild stimulant) and of course a diet and some form of exercise. The supplement, diet and exercise are the changes that do the work not the laser.

Please do not believe the wild claims. This is no different than aiming a laser pointer (650nm) at your body and expecting some results. The lasers typically used in these devices are typically in the 630nm to 680nm range.

The FDA cleared these devices because they were considered safe (read that as useless or non effective). They were provided a 510k clearance process, which simply is a process that if there is similar device currently marketed and the new gadget is very similar that device they will approve the new gadget. If the product is different then they will create a new category. There is no testing for its effectiveness. That is the problem with the FDA approval. This is the letter it can be found on the internet by searching for” zerona 510k letter”.

Please follow this link to the warnings the FDA sent to the Erchonia company http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/ucm256890.htm.

I also have had a very tough tough time finding any independent peer reviewed studies to support the claims or findings of the studies done by the companies who market these devices.

None of these devices are going to do anything for you, neither are the vibration platforms or other silly things they say you need to do. If they recommend diet and some form of activity this is the key to your change. They also may recommend a supplement which most likely is a diuretic, anorectic or a stimulant. Save your money and change your lifestyle.