Ephedra Fact and Fiction: How Politics, the Press and Special Interests are Targeting Your Rights to Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs

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If you have listened to the news or read a newspaper lately, you've likely heard something relating to the supposed dangers of ephedra. Maybe that this football player or that baseball player collapsed, had a serious reaction, or even died because of taking an ephedra supplement. That seems to be the consensus - that ephedra can literally kill you.

But is ephedra really a "killer" herb? Does it really cause heart attacks, strokes, seizures, or the other serious effects that are commmonly reported in the media? The answers will likely surprise you.

In Ephedra Fact & Fiction, author Mike Fillon uncovers the realy story behind the ephedra controversy. Investigating every avenue, from behind-the-scene deals between lawmakers and pharmaceutical companies to an unwitting media's perpetuation of misinformation created by "front" PR firms to the blatant dismissal of legitmate research supporting ephedra's safety, the book turns the entire ephedra firestorm on its head. More compelling is Fillon's discovery that this scenario is not simply about ephedra - rather, it is the entire supplement industry, the legislation that governs it and the availability of even the most common nutritional supplement that are the real targets.

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Mike Fillon has written about health and medical topics for more than 15 years. For Popular Mechanics, he has written over 400 articles on a broad variety of medical, technological, and scientific subjects. Recently he wrote six cover stories – including two articles for two of the top-selling issues in the magazine’s 100-year history. Mr. Fillon has written more than 150 consumer-oriented news and feature stories for WebMD, CBS HealthWatch, MSNBC, and the Reader’s Digest Web sites. He has written both short and feature-length pieces for more than two dozen other publications, including Health Week, NCN News – A Novartis Pharmaceutical newsletter – Information Week and Science Digest. He has also written for the American Cancer Society, Emory University and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, he has been interviewed on numerous radio shows and has appeared on the Weekend Today Show and American Morning with Paula Zahn.

Mr. Fillon has recently published two very successful health booklets: Conquering Caffeine Dependence and Conquering Food Triggers. He also has three books published: Real RDAs for Real People, by Woodland Publishing, Natural Prostate Healers, by Prentice Hall, and Young Superstars of Tennis, for Avisson Press. He also contributed a number of chapters for the Reader’s Digest title Looking After Your Body.

Mr. Fillon has a Master of Science degree of the State University of New York Maritime College. He is a member of the American Medical Writer’s Association and the National Association of Science Writers.

Mr. Fillon lives in Atlanta with his wife, Sue, their children Sarah, Emilie and Evan, and a golden retriever named Sandy Koufax.

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