1) Ephredine is NOT banned in the U.S. Ephreda is. 2) If taken properly by a person in good health who has no heart problems ephredine is safe. 3) If we as a society start banning everything that has caused death to people there should be many things higher up on the list than ephedrine-cars, ladders, swimming pools, child birth, aspirin, junk food, booze, etc. It's called freedom. Deal with it.