Direct mail marketers have agreed to pay $2.2 million in consumer
redress and to stop certain deceptive advertising practices to
settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they made false and
unsubstantiated claims for weight loss...
A single dose of a dietary supplement containing ephedra and
caffeine can increase blood pressure and cause changes that have
the potential to affect heart rhythms, shows a new study by
New Jersey-based Nutraquest, a former manufacturer of ephedra
supplements under the name of Cytodyne Technologies, has filed for
bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11, according to press reports
The California Senate yesterday passed legislation to ban
ephedra-containing supplements from store shelves. If Governor
Davis signs the bill, the state will be third to ban the
weight-loss herbal from natural health products.
Most online advertising of ephedra-containing supplements fails to
meet standards set out by the Federal Trade Commission, report
scientists, with many making misleading statements about their
safety, use and efficacy.
An outright ban on ephedra looks likely after last week's hearing
on the weight-loss herb but the momentum created by the case could
also sweep along with it changes to regulation affecting the whole
The House Committee on Energy and Commerce opens a two-day hearing
on ephedra today, likely to attract considerable scrutiny of
supplement industry regulation. Prior to the start, the media had
already reported on leaked testimonies...
A combination of caffeine and the herb ephedra alters
cardiovascular response prior, during and after exercise, according
to researchers who will report on a small study at an Experimental
Biology meeting next week.