Ephedra Is Not Extinct

The Unfortunate Availability of Ephedra on the Internet

The use of ephedra became the diet craze of the late nineties. Many people hoping to lose weight with minimal effort turned to ephedra to help meet that goal. The only problem was that ephedra can have serious and even deadly consequences. For some people, that fact was discovered a little too late. Eventually the FDA banned diet supplement products containing ephedra and we thought we’d heard the last of it. Unfortunately, that wasn’t to be the case.

What’s Wrong With Ephedra?

Ephedra is very dangerous and can often cause many undesirable such as bad breath, headaches, irritability, nausea and even vomiting – and many dieters were willing to endure those side effects if it meant losing weight. Unfortunately, those aren’t the only things ephedra can do to a person and once people began to realize it could also cause increased heart rate, heart palpitations, heart attack, liver damage, seizures and death, the appeal of ephedra began to wear off.

When Greed Supersedes Law and Morals

It’s sad to say, but unsuspecting consumers can still get their hands on ephedra. Even though it’s been banned by the FDA as a diet supplement, there are still websites selling diet products containing the deadly ingredient. Companies who sell ephedra are only concerned with their bottom line -- not the fact that their products kill people. Money is their primary motivation, not the physical health of their customers. Even though many Americans can stand to lose a few pounds, the weight loss caused by ephedra will be short lived. You can’t take the product forever due to the toll it takes on your body, so eventually the weight will come back -- if you live long enough.

No Such Thing As A Quick Fix

Weight loss is best attained by reducing caloric intake over a period of time and increasing your physical activity. Unfortunately, there is no “magic” pill that will cause you to lose weight with zero effort involved.

Comments

Like thousands of Americans I got great results on a high quality combination of low dose ephedra/caffeine. Also, like a lot of people, I took the product for a long time and my doctor couldn't believe the results. Like a lot of Americans, I really appreicated the freedom to choose without government intervention. By the way, that's what warning labels are for...hope you enjoy paying for the prescriptions.

Here is a recent study regarding the use of low dose ephedra recently published in the International Journal of Obesity advance online publication 21 March 2006 (shows safety and efficacy).

Study link: http://www.nature.com/ijo/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/0803283a.html

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