Confessions of a Quackbuster

This blog deals with healthcare consumer protection, and is therefore about quackery, healthfraud, chiropractic, and other forms of so-Called "Alternative" Medicine (sCAM).

Saturday, November 06, 2004

EPHEDRA: IF IT STARTS KILLING CELEBRITIES, IT'S GONE TOO FAR.

What's New - January 2, 2004:

"EPHEDRA: IF IT STARTS KILLING CELEBRITIES, IT'S GONE TOO FAR.

Sold for weight loss, body building and a cheap high, more than 100 deaths were attributed to the herbal supplement ephedra since passage of the 1994 Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act, which exempts suppliers of 'natural' supplements from any need to test for safety, purity or effectiveness. Sales reached $1.4B. The supplement industry's friends in Congress control the FDA budget. They made sure the FDA couldn't afford to test all the supplement products. WN was almost alone in warning of ephedra (WN 7 Sep 01) until a young major league pitcher became a victim (WN 28 Feb 03). That made it front page news. This week, ephedra became the only supplement banned by the FDA since 1994. "



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