Originally Posted by isolated one
..... I'm sorry but there are two false claims in this short quote. I only use alternative medicine myself but I'm also aware of the facts. (1 100% natural does not mean safe. Herbs such as Ephedra and Yohimbe can have serious side effects. (2 The FDA would ban something if it wasn't safe? Just maybe, more people should take the time to do the research and find out just how much harm is caused by "FDA approved" medicines. Not to even mention side effects and serious health problems, how about 100,000 deaths per year. And that's only from use (not misuse or abuse) of prescription medicines.
Your right about one thing the FDA does do some pretty flamboyant choosing of American legal medicines. Ephedra was booming on the market when the FDA suddenly pulled it from the shelves. Their investigation into Ephedra is anthing but old, they knew of it's strong potency way before they started rambling over it's "dangerous" side effects. First off I believe most of the people who experience the more serious side effects of the supplement abuse the drug by either ignoring it's daily recommended dosages or it's warning label of risks for people with current or past medical conditions. I believe there is just a very small amount of people who do take the product irresponsibly and experience the potentially "dangerous" side effects. If you were to take all the people who are or have taken the supplement ephedra(ma haung) I could guarentee the majority will say they had experienced no major side effects what so ever. The main side effects for ephedra is fatigue, anxiety, and high blood pressure and they all usually go away within a week or two. I think the ephedra case was not researched well enough to be banned by the FDA. I don't recommend the product for weight loss though I do recommend it for is aiding in healing asthma, bronchitis, lung, coughs & congestive disorders. As for the herb Yohimbe, well I know that it's popluar for it's so called claimed effects as an aphrodisiac and hallucinogen, but in the real world of herbs it is an actual potent anitoxidant. It is a vasodilator, which means that it increases blood flow to the extremities and appendages. In other words, it can treat male impotence quite effectively, as well as increase the sex drive (libido) in men and in women. There's no real proof of any dangerous side effects to Yohimbe.