Woman Dies After Taking Diet Pills Bought Off the Internet

pillsA heartbroken mother has posted a tribute and a warning about buying weight loss "miracle" drugs from the Internet. Fiona Parry's 21-year-old daughter Eloise Amy died after taking diet pills she bought online. You need to hear what was in these pills, and what makes them so dangerous.


In the tribute to her daughter Parry posted on her local police's website she says Eloise Amy took pills containing DNP (2,4-dinitrophenol). According to a report published on the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health website, DNP is a toxic industrial chemical that's been used as a dye, wood preservative, pesticide, and photo developer. It can also rapidly speed up an individual's metabolism, which is why it has been used in diet pills.

Two doses of DNP can be fatal. Parry's mother says she took eight capsules.

The EPA has a long list of the horrific side effects of DNP:

The acute (short-term) effects of 2,4-dinitrophenol in humans through oral exposure are nausea, vomiting, sweating, dizziness, headaches, and loss of weight. Chronic (long-term) oral exposure to 2,4-dinitrophenol in humans has resulted in the formation of cataracts and skin lesions, weight loss, and has caused effects on the bone marrow, central nervous system (CNS), and cardiovascular system.

Parry checked herself into a hospital when she started feeling adverse effects. She told doctors what she had taken, but there is no antidote for DNP. All they could do was try to stabilize Parry and cool her down. "She was literally burning up from within," her mother writes.

She never intended to take her own life. She just never really understood how dangerous the tablets that she took were. Most of us don't believe that a slimming tablet could possibly kill us.

My heart goes out to Fiona and Eloise Parry. What a horrific thing to happen to a young woman who just wanted to lose some weight. She had barely begun her adult life. She was a college student with great plans.

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DNP has not been approved for use in the U.S. (Parry lived in Wales) BECAUSE NO DOSE IS SAFE, but that's not going to stop anyone from selling it online. And that is why Fiona Parry, who didn't know Eloise was taking the pills, posted that tribute to her daughter. She wants to warn as many people as possible from taking chances with diet pills purchased online.

I cannot stop the drug being out there. I cannot stop people suppling and distributing it. But I can tell people, this is dangerous stuff. This is not something you should contemplate taking. It's lethal. Please, please, don't do it.

Another note, this is one more reason why weight loss is safest when it's done under the supervision of a doctor.

Do you know anyone who has purchased diet pills online? What happened?


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