The biggest misnomer going is that things at the “health store” are good for you. I would say that the neighborhood GNC aisles are full of junk science, but that’s an insult to practitioners of junk science. Most of these supplements don’t even bother with biased studies and the like, they just make up their claims. It’s not like anyone is stopping them.
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Bush administration has decided to ban the herbal weight-loss supplement ephedra from the marketplace because of concerns about its effects on health, government officials said Tuesday.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson and Food and Drug Administration chief Mark McClellan were to announce the ban at a midday news conference, the officials said, speaking only on condition of anonymity.
The ban is likely to be met with litigation from manufacturers who dispute the agency’s assertion that ephedra, which was blamed in the death of a professional baseball player earlier this year, is a health risk.
The government ban, one of the first involving a dietary supplement, comes after Thompson this summer urged Congress to rewrite a law that rolled back dietary-supplement regulations and to require manufacturers to acknowledge potential side effects.It seems like a more sensible (and less litigious) scenario would be to classify ephedra as a narcotic and require prescriptions.