Not All Ephedra Products Banned by FDA -- Is Politics the Reason? Asks Author Ben Kennedy

Apr 27, 2004, 01:00 ET from Ben Kennedy

    LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 12, 2004, all Ephedra
 products were banned by the FDA.  Or were they?   According to the FDA,
 Ephedra presents an unreasonable risk of illness or injury however the exact
 same ingredient is found in many common over-the-counter cold, flu and asthma
 medications readily available at drug and grocery stores.  According to author
 Ben Kennedy the exclusion of such products by the FDA is proof that the
 Ephedra ban was political and has nothing to do with the safety of Ephedra.
     In his recently released book "Why is America So Fat?" Mr. Kennedy
 explains why only some Ephedra products were banned while others remain on the
 market in spite of the supposed ban.  The evidence as presented by Mr. Kennedy
 is simple to understand and compelling.  Mr. Kennedy shows examples of the
 products banned by the FDA as well as examples of those that remain on the
 market.  He shows how the label listing of Ephedra is identical in both banned
 and non-banned products.  The only explanation, according to Mr. Kennedy, is
 that the FDA was politically influenced by the manufacturers of the protected
 products to eliminate their competitors' products.
     With obesity a major problem in the United States (estimates of 40% of the
 population being obese by 2008), it is critical that banning Ephedra weight-
 loss products be based on science and not on politics.  The question that the
 FDA needs to answer is why were only some Ephedra products, especially the
 Ephedra weight-loss products, banned while other Ephedra products are allowed
 to remain on the market.  If Ephedra is as dangerous as the FDA claims then
 they should require the removal of every product that contains Ephedra.  Mr.
 Kennedy shows how this has not happened and includes some startling pictures
 of excluded Ephedra products designed for infants with pictures of little
 babies right on the labels.  Somehow these Ephedra products escaped the FDA's
 ban.  What else can explain the FDA's bias than politics?
 
     Contact:
     Ben Kennedy
     502-523-8483
     www.WhyIsAmericaSoFat.com
     Help@whyisamericasofat.com
 
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SOURCE Ben Kennedy
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 12, 2004, all Ephedra
 products were banned by the FDA.  Or were they?   According to the FDA,
 Ephedra presents an unreasonable risk of illness or injury however the exact
 same ingredient is found in many common over-the-counter cold, flu and asthma
 medications readily available at drug and grocery stores.  According to author
 Ben Kennedy the exclusion of such products by the FDA is proof that the
 Ephedra ban was political and has nothing to do with the safety of Ephedra.
     In his recently released book "Why is America So Fat?" Mr. Kennedy
 explains why only some Ephedra products were banned while others remain on the
 market in spite of the supposed ban.  The evidence as presented by Mr. Kennedy
 is simple to understand and compelling.  Mr. Kennedy shows examples of the
 products banned by the FDA as well as examples of those that remain on the
 market.  He shows how the label listing of Ephedra is identical in both banned
 and non-banned products.  The only explanation, according to Mr. Kennedy, is
 that the FDA was politically influenced by the manufacturers of the protected
 products to eliminate their competitors' products.
     With obesity a major problem in the United States (estimates of 40% of the
 population being obese by 2008), it is critical that banning Ephedra weight-
 loss products be based on science and not on politics.  The question that the
 FDA needs to answer is why were only some Ephedra products, especially the
 Ephedra weight-loss products, banned while other Ephedra products are allowed
 to remain on the market.  If Ephedra is as dangerous as the FDA claims then
 they should require the removal of every product that contains Ephedra.  Mr.
 Kennedy shows how this has not happened and includes some startling pictures
 of excluded Ephedra products designed for infants with pictures of little
 babies right on the labels.  Somehow these Ephedra products escaped the FDA's
 ban.  What else can explain the FDA's bias than politics?
 
     Contact:
     Ben Kennedy
     502-523-8483
     www.WhyIsAmericaSoFat.com
     Help@whyisamericasofat.com
 
     This release was issued through eReleases(TM).  For more information,
 visit http://www.ereleases.com.
 
 SOURCE  Ben Kennedy