Let's face it. Sometime this year the U.S. Congress is going to take up the issue of making ephedra illegal, and it's going to happen unless we plan our defense now.
Congress is basically ignorant. Although 0.00005% of the population (or less) die from ephedra ABUSE, people are dying and Congressmen can gain points in the media and with a few constituents by doing something about it. And they will! So let's brainstorm some ideas now so we're prepared to defend the supplements.
Here's a few ideas to get started.
1) Congress is not interested in facts as much as they are in public image. Maybe we can get some people to demonstrate how they responsibly used ephedra to lose 100 lbs of fat. Ephedra can be safely used to fight the obesity epidemic!
2) Maybe supplements with a high possibility of abuse can be regulated without making them prescription items. Is there a way to introduce a new category of supplements somewhere between off-the-shelf and prescription? (I know there are some that are kept locked up in the health stores.) Perhaps ephedra can be obtained only from a "certified nutritionist"? This way Congress has something they can regulate; they'll love that.
3) Can some major health and body building organizations start encouraging members to vote against the Congressmen who make ephedra illegal? Congressmen hate public campaigns against them.
4) Should we start a letter writing campaign now to our Congressmen? (Nowadays, postcards might be best.) We should be sure to mention we think the issue is important enough to swing our vote in the next election.
OK, any other ideas out there?