Romano is a hypocrite and a pathological liar!!! I am so glad he is not writing for MD anymore. All he did was knock Ben Weider, the Weider Company, and David Pecker. As if someone twisted his arm to say all those things….. BULLSHIT!!!!
They should have called Species Lipolyze TOXILYZE because it contains usnic acid which may be toxic to the liver!!!
Usnic acid, an ingredient found in some weight-loss supplements, may be hazardous to your health. Some weight-loss products include usnic acid because it causes thermogenesis— an increase in caloric expenditure and metabolic rate, which promotes fat loss. It is found in Usnea barbata lichen, a plant species composed of algae and fungus that grows on rocks and tree trunks. Usnic acid causes uncoupling in the mitochondria, the energy centers of the cells. This means that the cells lose food energy as heat instead of converting it into usable energy or storing it as fat. Drugs such as dinitrophenol cause uncoupling but can have severe side effects. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported 23 cases of liver toxicity linked to usnic acid in weight-loss supplements. As a result, the National Toxicology Program is evaluating usnic acid and the Usnea barbata lichen to determine if they are poisonous and safe for human consumption. (Journal Environmental Science and Health, in press; published online October 2008)