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Diet Center Clients Will Get Refunds

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RALEIGH — WRAL-TV5 reported Wednesday on a Raleighweight loss clinic that closed its doors, stranding its customers, the day after popular diet drugs were taken off the market.Now, there's news on how those customers can get their money back.

The owner of Lifestyles Personal Weight Management Center in NorthRaleigh says customers seeking refunds of fees may write to P.O. Box15437, Winston Salem, NC, 27113.

John Fore says those who contact the company will receive refunds.

The primary reason that center closed is because diet drugs knownas Redux and fen-phen will no be longer available. That has millions ofpeople looking for a new miracle drug that will help melt the pounds.

You can expect to hear a lot about an "herbal" version of fen-phen.It's a combination of an appetite suppressant and St. John's Wort an anti-depressant, but doctors warn just because herbs are natural that doesn'tmean they are necessarily safe.

The FDA doesn't govern the herbal market.

Doctors continue to insist that the only proven way to successfullylose weight is to cut back on fat and calories and increase activity with exercise.

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