Docket Management
Docket: 95N-0304 - Dietary Supplements Containing Ephedrine Alkaloids
Comment Number: EC -101

Accepted - Volume 298

Comment Record
Commentor Mr. Patrick Rivera Date/Time 2003-03-07 14:52:01
Organization Wellness International
Category Dietary Supplement Industry

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments Gentlemen, I understand the alarm and concern over the use of ephedra given the recent media's coverage over the death of the Baltimore Oriole player. The SCIENTIFIC FACT is that ephedra is not something that you take and simply die from! I suspect these people had other issues that very likely led to their deaths. However, even if Ephdra were the sole culprit, there are more signicant problems from the over-abuse of alcohol, pharmaceutical drugs (which I suspect are the ones pushing for this ban), and many other over-the-counter medications (cough syrups, aspirin, etc.). I urge you to CLEARLY define that Ephedra is this massively dangerous supplement before you even think of stripping away my right to choose which supplements are right for MY body. I strongly feel that you will not be able to prove that ephedra is this dangerous thing that the media and pharmaceutical companies want us to think. In fact, you will very likely find that ephedra is the MOST helpful answer to America's obesity problem. Please do not allow a ban of ephedra to take place in this country! I agree that many unscrupulous companies are putting way too much ephedra in their supplements (go to any GNC), however the companies who allow FDA inspections (such as Wellness International) are manufacturing perfectly safe ephedra-containing products that use the ephedra only as an additional, value-added ingredient and not as the sole means of increasing the metabolism. Again, these companies are going to help the Obesity problems in the U.S. (unlike the pharmaceuticals who wish us to take drugs the rest of our lives). I spent 14 years in the United States Marine Corps (both as enlisted and officer), and feel that it would be such a waste to see my freedom stripped away by a bunch of knee-jerk reaction politicians. If I can drink a beer knowing FULL WELL what things can happen if I'm not responsible, if I can take aspirin knowing that taking too much can harm me, then where lies the difference here? I say again, DO NOT BAN AMERICA'S FREEDOM TO USE EPHEDRA-CONTAINING PRODUCTS IN A SAFE MANNER!! Control it, but do not ban it!! Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to give you our opinions. I SINCERELY appreciate it!! Respectfully, Pat Rivera Dallas, TX Former Capt USMC (Vereran of the Gulf War & Allied Force)

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