Ephedra to Bechler death
As this web site has reported for three years, ephedra can cause serious side effects in athletes that use it to enhance performance.
Coroner, declares Bechler's death was preventable and likely triggered by three ephedra pills.
-Dr. Joshua Perper
Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Steve Bechler, took three Xenadrine, an over-the-counter drug whose primary ingredient is ephedra. The 6-foot-2, 239-pound Bechler died Monday, less than 24 hours after taking ephedra.
Ephedra has been banned by the NCAA, the NFL and the International Olympic Committee, but not yet by major league baseball. The coroner publicly announced that baseball should follow suit and ban the drug. The drug increases the heart rate and leads to heart attacks and strokes
In 1998 Bechler was a third-round draft pick by the Orioles. He appeared in the major leagues debut last year in three relief appearances. He was expected to begin this season with the Orioles Triple-A affiliate in Ottawa.
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