Docket Management
Docket: 95N-0304 - Dietary Supplements Containing Ephedrine Alkaloids
Comment Number: EC -1106

Accepted - Volume 322

Comment Record
Commentor Mr. Harl F. Sims Jr Date/Time 2003-03-31 22:56:05
Organization Advantage Marketing Systems
Category Individual

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments I am outraged that the Federal Government is infringing on my personal right to nutritional choice. I am an adult and I can choose what supplements are best for my body and me. The responsibility of choosing which nutritional supplements I should take, as well as all decisions regarding my personal well being belong with me alone. The debate over the banning of Ephedra is wrong, and will open the door to the future over-regulation of all natural remedies. You can take Ephedra safely if you stick to the serving limits and follow the warnings and precautions adopted by numerous medical professionals. As an informed adult, I am intelligent enough to follow label instructions. The fact that the Federal Government is debating and deciding what is best for my health is a dangerous and insulting development that must not stand! As a citizen, taxpayer and responsible, conscientious user of vitamin and herbal products, I object to the banning of Ephedra products. Testimony from Harl Sims The exact dates are hard to remember but back in February 99, I weighed 336 lbs, had arthritis in both knees (taking 2 different medications), atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat, taking 6 different medications) and high blood pressure (taking 2 medications, but have been taking it for over 25 years), and sleep apnea (using breathing machine at night, flow-nase and a sleeping pill) That is a total of 12 different medications with some 2 and 3 times per day and a breathing machine. I am a new Christian and sometime in early February of 99, I went up to the altar for healing. That night I put the arthritis medications and one atrial fibrillation medication away (down to 9 medications). I have not taken them since. About the same time I was introduced to a product called AM300, by my stepdaughter who was visiting us from Oklahoma. I started taking AM300 in mid February and immediately started feeling the energy. I took the brochure to my doctor and he said, There is nothing in this that will hurt you. In March 99, I had a complete physical (been on AM300 a little over a month) and I passed with flying colors. My heart muscles strong, valves good, no blockages, heart beat was better, blood pressure controlled, cholesterol (LDL & HDL) and triglycerides were great. At that time my weight was 311, down 25 pounds. Now its Sept. 21, 1999, and I weight 271 pounds in the doctors office today. That is 65 pounds gone since I started using AM300. In addition I have quit using the breathing machine, sleeping pills, blood pressure medication, and one other atrial fibrillation medication (down to 6 medications). I have reduced my total intake of prescription medication in half and no longer have arthritis of the knees and do not require the breathing machine. My doctor is so impressed about the changes in me he is now reading about AM-300 and has a copy of the AM300 tape, he wants to know what I have found! I still have atrial fibrillation, and it being a disease of the hearts electrical system, most likely I will have to live with it. But I don't live with that breathing machine, high blood pressure and arthritis of my knees any more!!! Being a Christian, I believe Jesus did this to my body, but remember I had never heard of AM300 until after requesting prayer for the healing of my body. I also believe that I was led to this wonderful product. Not only do I take AM-300, I now take Gold Plus, Shark Cartilage, Chlorella and Prosta Clear. And no, I did not replace the medication with these products, I replaced the vitamins I used to purchase from different vendors. I have been taking mega doses of vitamins for about ten years. Where I used to take about 15 vitamins and supplement I now take 5. I praise God that we have companies like Advantage Marketing Systems, Inc. that offer such wonderful products. In closing I want to say, that I drink the water (at least 8 glasses) and most of the time I do watch what I eat. But at least once a week I have what I want and no one loves fried shrimp or fish like I do. I believe that if it swims in the ocean it is destined to swim in cooking oil. After leaving the doctor's office today my wife had a salad and I ate my fill of pizza. Harl F. Sims, Jr. September 21, 1999. Go to and see before and after pictures of myself, my wife Melba,stepdaughter Nicole Welch and many others.

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