Originally Posted by Frisky
Phen-Phen wasnt a natural supplement, it was a drug.
Most (but not all) natural supplements are perfectly safe. Just be careful when you mix them with prescription drugs. Ask your doctor or herbalist
Right but when he said "supplement" that's sometimes used as a blanket term for any over the counter product.
The term "natural supplement" cannot be separated from "drugs" as a firm rule.
Herbs are often called natural supplements and you can get pure caffiene as well as ephedrine from herbs. Ma-huang extract contains ephedrine, which is a powerful stimulant and now banned by the FDA.
I took Ma-huang and was cranked up all day in a way far beyond coffee. Even had mild euphoria. At 9pm daily I would get intense headaches in the back of my head and really lethargic. I bought it and even put up with the strange headaches because it was marketed as a natural and safe supp for weight loss. It was speed. A complete and total drug experience.
There are no rulings by the FDA to stop calling herbs "natural supplements".