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Letters to the Editor

June 14, 2008
(Page 3 of 3)

It is also recommended that all adults over 50 years old or anyone with pre-existing health problems consult a health professional before beginning any exercise or diet program. Despite the claims and promises seen on TV, in magazines, and especially on the Internet, at present there are no pills, whether prescription or over-the-counter, no herbal supplements, no magical quick fixes to help one safely and effectively lose weight. Significant research is being conducted and science may one day accomplish this feat, but until that occurs, for most people, portion control and exercise are the only safe and effective ways for the majority of people to lose or control their weight.

Information is readily available to your readers to assist them or their loved ones who are overweight or obese. If a person does not have a family physician or health insurance, the county health department where they reside may provide the caller with the information and assistance necessary to make the necessary lifestyle changes to not only lose weight, but possibly prevent pain, suffering and premature death.

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Richard Benchoff
Hagerstown

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