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Remember when ephedra, also known as the herb Ma Huang, was taken off the market for awhile after baseball’s Baltimore Oriole pitcher Steve Belcher died in Spring training? Traces of it were found during an autopsy. Even congressmen were cursing this herbal decongestant that too many were using for weight loss. But a handful of medical experts are amazed at how other causal factors were ignored. This is typical behavior for big pharma and how they handle natural or alternative medicine.
Some medical experts noted how Steve Belcher had a medical history of “heat illnesses” in high school athletics. His medical history included liver issues and hypertension (high blood pressure). His body temperature was 108 degrees before he croaked from organ failure after exerting himself under the hot humid conditions of South Florida. He had suffered a severe heat stroke.
He was also on an extreme crash diet to lose weight, and part of that included a lot of diet sodas and iced teas that contain aspartame, a substance many consider to be toxic even though the FDA considers it GRAS (generally regarded as safe). So by excluding all the other factors, ephedra became the culprit that deserved to be banned from this one incident.