In the 1930s, a chemical called DNP was prescribed as a weight loss pill. Describe how NDP is a metabolic poison and why it was thought to be a good mechanism for weight loss.

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In 1933, Maurice Tainter, a clinical pharmacologist from Stanford University, found that the ingestion of 2-4-Dinitrophenol (DNP) resulted in huge weight loss. Shortly thereafter, it was promoted as a weight reduction medication and subsequently added in over-the-counter drugs and offered to the public with no need of a prescription.

The study of its pharmacologic characteristics indicated that it contained the ability to fuel metabolism to incredibly...

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