Warning as weight loss supplements found to contain deadly toxin after toddler poisoned by mum’s diet pills

Health experts have warned that popular “natural” weight loss supplements could actually be laced with deadly toxins.

It comes after a toddler was poisoned after getting into a bottle of diet pills.

Weight loss supplements labeled as Mexican Tejocote root have been found to contain a deadly poison


Weight loss supplements labeled as Mexican Tejocote root have been found to contain a deadly poison

The tablets purchased by the nearly 2-year-old child’s mother were labeled “Mexican tejocote root,” a plant also known as hawthorn that is marketed for weight loss, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. .

The supplements are easily available online as a natural detoxification and fat loss aid.

Although Ars Technica points out that there isn’t much evidence to support the claim that hawthorn can help you lose weight, it is generally considered safe to consume.

But the little one, who lives in New Jersey, began suffering nausea and vomiting shortly after taking the pills in September 2022 and was taken to the emergency room.

Medics found the child had a low heart rate, falling blood pressure, irregular heartbeat and other symptoms.

This led to the belief that the “harmless” diet pills actually did not contain hawthorn.

Unsure of what was going on, they contacted the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES), which helped determine that the supplements were made entirely of poisonous yellow oleander.

According to Plantura Magazine, oleander is “highly toxic” and all parts of the plant contain substances toxic to humans.

And while the plant toxins are used in small quantities for certain medications, treatment with them “may only be carried out with approved finished drugs from the pharmacy and under medical supervision,” emphasized the source.

Oleander poisoning can cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea, as well as cold hands and feet due to worsening blood circulation.

In high doses, the poisonous plant can cause cardiac arrhythmias and cardiac and respiratory paralysis, which can lead to coma and even death.

Although the dead man in question recovered, the NJPIES continued to investigate the case, the CDC report said.

Fearing that the problem might be more widespread, the company ordered ten products called Tejocote in December 2022, which were marketed as weight loss supplements.

Researchers at Flora Research Laboratories, which specialize in analyzing chemical components in dietary supplements, compared the pills with authenticated Tejocote root.

They found that nine of the ten products labeled as Tejocote were actually poisonous yellow oleander and had no evidence of Tejocote roots.

“These readily available dietary supplements appeared to be mislabeled when tested,” the CDC wrote.

“Instead, they contained a toxic substance that raised concerns for both doctors and public health officials.”

The product taken by the toddler was sold as Mexican Tejocote Root by Eva Nutrition.

Other products containing yellow oleander included those sold as Alipotec Tejocote Root Pieces, Elv Alipotec Mexican Tejocote Root Pieces, Niwali Tejocote Mexican Root Pieces, Science Alpha Mexican Tejocote Root Pieces and Tejocotex Tejocote Root Pieces , the report says.

This comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a similar warning about the presence of toxic yellow oleander in certain herbal weight loss products called “Nuez de la India.”

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A person in Maryland was hospitalized after eating the so-called “slimming seeds.”

The poisonous plant is increasingly found in “harmless” natural diet pills that people are seeking as an alternative to weight-loss drugs like Wegovy, according to Bloomberg.

Aila Slisco

Aila Slisco is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Aila Slisco joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: ailaslisco@dailynationtoday.com.

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