Father forced to accept diseased liver after being given two weeks to live following consumption of popular weight-loss productBy Mason White 5:03 PM February 18, 2016
By: Tanya Malhotra
A man is talking about his difficulties as a warning to other people to stay away from a popular weight-loss product.
Matthew Whitby of Australia, was given two weeks to live if he does not have an emergency liver transplant.
Sadly, the only available liver was one that is infected with Hepatitis B. Now, Whitby will have to take medication for the rest of his life to treat his condition.
Whitby said that his troubles began after taking a protein powder that contains the popular green tea extract, which he purchased online.
The supplement also contained garcinia cambogia, which is a tropical fruit that is believed to help with weight loss. There is no clinical evidence that supports this claim.
Doctors have warned about taking green tea without consulting a doctor as it can cause liver failure even in moderate doses. Green tea has been linked to dozens of cases of liver failure around the world.
There has also been cases of liver damage associated with Garcinia cambogia, doctors said.
Whitby wanted to bring awareness and warn people of the dangers of buying weight loss products online.
“I didn’t know that buying an over the counter product can do so much damage. They did not say that the products could cause liver failure,” he said.