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    Ephedra officially banned.

    FDA Finalizes Ephedra Ban
    Friday, February 06, 2004

    WASHINGTON The Bush administration finalized its ban of ephedra (search) Friday, moving to get the herbal stimulant off store shelves by early April.


    It is the government's first-ever ban of a dietary supplement. Ephedra has been linked to 155 deaths and dozens of heart attacks and strokes.

    In December, the Food and Drug Administration (search) warned consumers to stop using the amphetamine-like stimulant immediately, saying it was working to ban sales by early this year.

    On Friday, the FDA issued a regulation formally setting that ban in motion. The law requires a 60-day phase-in period after the regulation is published next Wednesday, so all sales must cease by April 12.

    Until then, "FDA reiterates its warning to consumers: Do not take these products. They are simply too risky," said FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan.

    Ephedra once was hugely popular for weight loss and body building. But it can cause life-threatening side effects even in seemingly healthy people who take the recommended doses, because the amphetamine-like stimulant speeds heart rate and constricts blood vessels. It is particularly risky for anyone with heart disease or high blood pressure or people engaging in strenuous exercise.

    The ban comes eight years after the FDA began receiving reports of the herb's dangers. Sales already have plummeted because of publicity about the risks, which peaked after the ephedra-related death of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler (search) a year ago. Three states -- New York, Illinois and California -- have passed their own bans.

    But the FDA says it couldn't have acted faster because of a federal law that allows dietary supplements to sell without first providing proof of safety. That law requires the FDA to prove harm before it can force a supplement off the market, a hurdle the agency calls very steep.

    The FDA also is monitoring new ingredients that are replacing ephedra in supplements being touted for energy and weight loss. Top of that list is bitter orange, an ephedra mimic that some studies show can interact dangerously with certain medications.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,110691,00.html

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    Personally, it's too bad that the FDA can't figure out a way to close a lot of the loopholes that allow companies to market drugs as "nutritional supplements". Especially in the competitive athletic world, where many high performance athletes take nutritional supplements, there is increasing concern they may inadvertandtly be taking steroids and the such that may lead to severe health consequences. When it comes to weight loss, the natural way i.e. exercise and eating natural foods (to me, anything that comes in a pill form, no matter what the manufacturer says, is NOT natural...natural means you had to KILL something or pull it up from its roots) is still the best way to go.

    I hope that performance athletes are not trying to get Ephedra like substances underground...excessive exercise can increase blood pressure, and with Ephedra like substances in the background, may lead to strokes or sudden death.

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    Ephedra is relatively safe. Read the stats of deaths attributed to Ephedra. it's very low. Aspirin and Iboprofren (sp) cause way more deaths.

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    Mass hysteria ROCKS!

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    Ephedra kills 100 a year

    Smoking kills millions apon millions

    Which should we ban????
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    its a hard one.......
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    Ephedra is relatively safe. Read the stats of deaths attributed to Ephedra. it's very low. Aspirin and Iboprofren (sp) cause way more deaths.
    Good call, my man.

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    You know its sad to see we live in such a Knee Jerk Society. As was said before there are lots of *LEGAL* FDA certified drugs that kill many more people in a year then Ephedra based products have in their entire shelf time. These quest to save us from the evil harmful things of the world just set society back even more.
    A.K.A. rocks your socks.

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    Stock up quickly !!
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    Well back to doing all the work naturally..
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