I actually urge people to make reasonable, measured comments in favor of ephedra.
While it is an imperfect substance at best, it is used by 14 million Americans annually. These are primarily overweight / obese people who benefit strongly by the appetite-suppressing effects of ephedra as well as its energy boosting.
It’s utter imperfection as a “fat burner” doesn’t change the fact that ephedra is better as a “weight loss drug” for these people than anything the pharmaceutical industry has to offer. Phentermine, Xenical, Meridia are comically bad drugs that cost a bloody fortune and work for few people. Xenical, in particular, is beyond idiotic.
I would not recommend using words like idiotic with the FDA, I am just trying to make a point here. The fact is that big pharma hates ephedra because it basically works better than what they sell and big pharma encourages doctors to prescribe their borderline-useless drugs, which are not even safe.
They cite the horrible deaths and side effects from ephedra, but the reality is actually far, far different. Deaths among ephedra users that can actually be attributed to ephedra are far beneath 1 in 100,000 users. In fact, they may be as low as 1 in 1,000,000 users.
Did you know that cars killed 1 in 60,000 users in the U.S. last year? You certainly here no one discussing an automobile ban. Drinking is more fatal than driving per se (obviously, the mix is deadly). Smoking has a death rate that is 10-to-100 times greater than ephedra’s, provides no health benefits and costs us all a fortune. Are we discussing banning smoking? No!
Ephedra is an essential tool in a largely unfought war to combat America’s No. 1 health problem today – obesity.
Please express your support for it in calm, adult tones to the FDA. Many of us may not be obese and most of us are motivated to work out, but we are rare among Americans and our countrymen need our help and support.