The ingredients, apparently new, were popping up on the labels of dietary supplements marketed for weight loss and workouts. Sometimes the label said DMHA. Sometimes, Aconitum kusnezoffii. Or other, even harder-to-parse names.

But what were they, really?

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  • Ever since DSHEA was passed, we have been awash in dangerous supplements. The FDA needs more power, not less. Orrin Hatch and the other politicians who supported DSHEA have blood on their hands.

  • “Public health priorities” …really? …I can list a slew of FDA approved drugs which didn’t seem to have the public’s interest in mind – so please let’s just knock off the self-righteous brouhaha. …many of the nutrional supplements that proved effective by empiricism have been snatched off the market because of the idiocy of users who have pre-existing conditions yet CHOSE, that’s VOLITION, to take the supplement any way …

  • This is wonderful how the FDA monitors our safety and well being. Many obese users are desperate to find a solution and take the risks associated. Thank you for saving lives.

  • With freedom comes personal responsibility. What I put into my body is my business. Whether it be a big Mac, a scoop of preworkout or a salad, I assume the risk when I put it in my mouth. Stop trying to use fear tactics to scare us out of our rights and site quack doctors it attempt to prove a point. The only person you’re reaching with an article like this is not someone using the product but an individual who has no knowledge on the subject.

    • Yes! Stop trying to regulate everything! If someone wants to take ephedrine BECAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORKS then that should be their business!! Why aren’t cigarettes outlawed?!? Oh, that’s right. Because you make too much money off of them. Similar to why they would rather take products that help weight-loss off the market because they make more money giving pharmaceutical medicine to fat people. Quit pretending that you care and that it’s not all about money for you people. Selfish.

  • Well what do you expect? Since the day of banning ephedrine everyone want something similar, so when a product comes out with similar effects, that gets banned too. Now the industry needs to mix and match rare/unknown ingredients to try to come close. Each time am ingredient gets banned that worked, the next down the line come in. Hey FDA just let people use what they want while knowing the effects/side effects. Maybe just allow the age old used ephedrine back, and call it a day.

    • Sure let those that pay their own medical bills when admitted to hospital
      for an emergency procedure. Mostly those using these products use state sponsored medical benefits and their negligence ends up costing all of us because most get free healthcare or similar care.

    • Y’all say that but tell your crying family that when they try to cash out on it with lawsuits when y die or get sick or y sue

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