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    Unfair for Ephedra

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    Unfair for Ephedra? On June 24 at 10:10 a.m. a Baltimore Orioles pitcher named Steve Bechler died at North Ridge Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The team physician attributed his death to a heat stroke from the symptoms he saw such as an elevated body temperature of 108 degrees and major organ failure (Mileur pars. 2-3). However, as his death was investigated and his corpse was examined more closely a medical examiner said that Bechler’s use of an herbal supplement called ephedra was a large

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    Ephedra (Ma Huang)

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    Ephedra (Ma Huang) Ephedras species are an evergreen shrub, native to North China and Inner Mongolia. It's yellow/green branching shrub growing to an average of 20 inches (50cm) with long narrow, sprawling stems and tiny leaves, can be found in desert or arid regions throughout the world. Its color can be green, gray, or red, depending on the species. The plant has small greenish yellow flowers and tiny nodes (joints) on the stalks (2). Ephedra is propagated from seed or by root division in autumn

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    Ephedra: Asking For Trouble?

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    Ephedra: Asking For Trouble? A member of the phylum Gnetophyta, the Ephedra genus is a perennial, dioecious shrub that reaches 1 1/2 to 4 feet tall (7). There are multiple species of this genus that inhabit the desert regions in certain parts of the world. The three species E. sinica, E. intermedia, and E. equisetina are found in Asia, particularly China and Mongolia. Ephedra distacha is from Europe. India and Pakistan are home to E. gerardiana. North American species consist of E. nevadensis

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    The scientific names for Ephedra plants are Ephedra equisetina, Ephedra intermedia, and Ephedra sinica. Common names for this product are Ephedra, Ma huang, Pinellia, Yellow astringent, and Yellow horse. The plant Ephedra sinica has been used in the past as a traditional medicine to treat symptoms of bronchial asthma, colds, influenza, allergies, and hives in the form of teas or tinctures. It has been shown to reduce weight over a 6 month period and has also been used for improving athletic performance

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    The Miracle Cure or Nightmare Drug?

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    weakness, the desire to be physically fit with little or no effort? The answers to these questions can be answered by asking yet another question, “What is ephedra?” II. What Is Ephedra? Ephedra is an herb native to central Asia, which can also be found under the name Ma Huang. Many people get confused about the difference between ephedra and ephedrine, but the answer to ... ... middle of paper ... ...tical diet in combination with exercise. [i] A Serious Supplemental Hazard http://www

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    Drug Use in Sports

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    couple of games. Drugs should be banned because they are harmful to a person’s health. The long-term effects of these drugs are outrageous. The most commonly abused drugs are steroids, ephedra, marijuana, and cocaine. Most steroids and ephedra are illegal. They are usually sold illegally on the black market. Ephedra can be bought in your local GNC or other places White 2 sell dietary supplements. Steroids are usually smuggled like other illegal drugs. They are smuggled through the Mexican border each

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    Herbal Weight Loss Products

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    serious complications are also increasing. In one statistical report it was stated that 500 incidents were reported to the Food and Drug Administration last year alone. Leading the list of dangerous and ineffective ingredients are ephedra (or Ma Huang) and Chromium. Ephedra alone has accounted for more than half of the complaints in the past three years and has been associated with more than three dozen deaths. Thus the validity and the efficacy of these claims will need to be addressed. What

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    NU: Performance Enhancement From the very first time he touched the newest and hottest in a long line of drug fads, Justin Hedrick, then high school running back, now star pitcher for the Northeastern baseball team, was swept up in the craze of ephedra. Looking back, he realizes what a fortunate decision he made to stop using the common muscle supplement linked to as many as 155 deaths around the country since its introduction in the mid-1990s. “Before (football) season, we used to cut down

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    Ephedrine: The Weight Loss Wonder Drug?

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    Ephedrine: The Weight Loss Wonder Drug An increasing number of people are using products to enhance their diets. A recent estimate indicates, “Americans are spending some $6 billion annually on nutritional supplements, and the market is growing by 20% every year” (Zahn, 1997). Of these supplements, the increase in herbal remedy use is most dramatic. Zahn holds that the increase can be attributed to the widely held belief that herbal substances are healthy and harmless because of their natural

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    The Dangers of Metabolife

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    Generalization to an Herbal Ephedrine Produce. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 4, 655-658. Gurley B.J., Gardner S.F., White L.M., & Wang P., (1998) Ephedrine Pharmacokinetics After the Ingestion of Nutritional Supplements Containing ephedra sinica. Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, 4, 439-445. Jacobs, K.M., & Hirsch K.A., (2000) Psychiatric Complications of Ma-Huang. Psychosomatics, 41, 58-62. Morelli V., & Zoorob R.J., (2000) Alternative Therapies: Part I. Depression, Diabetes,

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