21-year-old student Eloise Aimee Parry died in hospital earlier this month after she took eight diet pills containing a legal but highly toxic chemical called DNP or Dinitrophenol.
There is no antidote to this substance. Doctors were helpless as her metabolism soared and her temperature rocketed and although they attempted to cool her down, the dose was fatal. According to doctors, just two capsules would have been a lethal dose.
Sadly, this is not the first time that someone has died following taking DNP supplements. We covered a similar case a couple of years ago following the death of a young doctor in 2013. Over the years, there have been hundreds of similar cases.
The risks of Dinitrophenol are well documented but many people do not understand just how dangerous this ingredient is.
What is DNP?
DNP is an organic compound that is used as a weed killer, in the dye industry and many other industrial processes. It is a yellow crystalline powder with a musty smell.
It was first used in the explosives industry in the 1930s in France and its effects noticed by workers who experienced weight loss and increased body temperature. Sounds familiar? Of course it does. These are the familiar claims of all fat burning diet pills.
DNP diet pills were common in 1930s America. In fact, it has had a long history in the weight loss industry because it does all the things that fat burners claim to do. It helps you lose weight and increases the metabolism. The downside is that it is a killer. Once your body temperature rises to dangerous heat, death is inevitable.
DNP diet pills, still on the market?
DNP diet pills are openly sold over the internet where it is touted for muscle building and weight loss. Bodybuilders are attracted to DNP because of the weight loss results. Many body builders warn of the risk but some confess they have taken DNP because the effects are so “awesome”.
We have seen countless YouTube videos openly promoting the benefits of DNP. We have found many DNP supplements on sale – you don’t have to search hard to find them.
We covered one DNP supplement called Pro Supps DPNX in a previous product review. This supplement is still on sale via Amazon and described as a thermogenic amplifier.
Do not take DNP supplements.
It is very important to stay safe when buying supplements online. The industry is unregulated so it is important to remember that just because something is openly on sale does not mean that it is safe or legal.
It just is not worth the risk. Remember this ingredient can very easily kill you.
For more information about DNP see our in depth explanation about this killer drug.