Our expert says:
The problem is that until a few months ago it was possible to buy any amount of slimming pills that contained ephedrine at any pharmacy without a prescription. Now there are still the over-the-counter products that contain ephedra which is just as harmful esp as regards addiction (I had a Reader telling me the other day she was addicted for 16 years!) and products that contain synephrine that slip through the net. I would like to see all these diet products that contain synephrine, ephedra, Ma Huang, etc banned because while some people can use them for short periods to lose weight, most people develop addiction and dependence - they can't live without the 'high' which is another side-effect of these products besides their appetite suppressant properties. So be very careful that you don't get hooked on those 'natural' products that still contain dangerous substances.
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