Docket Management
Docket: 95N-0304 - Dietary Supplements Containing Ephedrine Alkaloids
Comment Number: EC -366

Accepted - Volume 307

Comment Record
Commentor Mr. Dave Friedman Date/Time 2003-03-19 20:34:50
Organization Wellness Marketing Group
Category Individual

Comments for FDA General
Questions
1. General Comments I am currently taking an ephedra based product called BioLean. Though I started taking 4 yeares ago it to lose some weight, I continue to take it due to the other benefits I receive. (As I get older, it does get harder to keep the extra pounds off.) I have never had any adverse reaction to this product. I believe it to be completely safe. My friends and family have taken this supplement, with great results. I know that Ma Huang has been used with great results for thousands of years in the far east, and it wasn't until recent history when some people abused it that it's safeness was called into question. I have seen studies that suggest aspirin/acetaminophen etc. is potentially more dangerous than ephedra. Should I even mention cigarettes and alcohol? I know that there are some products out there that should be closely monitored... some that suggest that you need 100+ mil of it (ephedra based) to have success. This is nothing more than legalized amphetamines, and should be taken off the market. This type of product will be abused, the people who take it will not be healthy, and accidents will happen. The BioLean I take has about 1/2 half of a dose of Sudafed worth of ephedra in it. If you take Sudafed for your cold, you have ingested over 6 times the amount of ephedra in BioLean. Clinical studies have concluded, -RAND comes to mind- that taken properly, ephedra products are safe and effective. One thing that really upsets me is the irresponsible reporting that takes place. For instance, blaming ephedra for the deaths of (at least) 2 sports figures, Kory Stringer and Steve Bechler. I have seen no evidence that ephedra played any part in their death. Stringer was heat exhaustion, and Bechler hasn't yet been determined. But the reporters jumped on ephedra, and that's all the public seems to know. If there is truth behind the story, I'm all for it. If not..... Please look at all sides and create a fair system that make safe products available to the public -some will have ephedra- to make sure this is something everyone can and will benefit from. The benefits far outweigh the perceived risks. Thanks. BioLean, the product I am taking is undergoing clinical trials at Johns Hopkins University, which should prove its safety and effectiveness.




EC -366