STORY FROM: Drugs & Medical Devices

Ephedra: Magic Herb or Lethal Diet Plan?

icSendicome say dietary supplements containing the alkaloid can kill, others say it's the safest weight loss compound available.

One pill can help you lose five pounds in a week, another will help athletes play like the pros, or boost your energy by increasing stamina.

Products with advertisements like these appear at local pharmacies and health stores across the country with big promises, but the potential dangers of using these supplements are often hidden in herbal names. Within the past year, rulings by the Food and Drug Administration(FDA) and Health Canada, the Canadian equivalent of the FDA, have added ...

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