A Sad Anniversary

Most people may not remember, but this is the Anniversary of the death of <b>Steve Bechler</b>. But what does the death of an Oriole left hander have to do with Northwestern? <br> <br> Ephedra...

At 23 years, Steve Bechler was a top Triple A prospect for the Baltimore Orioles.
But he showed up out of shape for training camp last year. Not to worry -- he had some help in his locker -- an over the counter "herbal food suppliment" that would help him drop those extra pounds.

He was dying to make the team, he died on the first day of spring training instead.

Working out in the hot Florida sun pushed his overweight body's temperature to 108 degrees. The medical examiner had the guts to say that those over the counter "herbal suppliments," which contained ephedra, played a major role in the pitcher's death.

I happen to know how good the medical staff is at the Orioles' training camp, I've seen them in action, but Steve Bechler never had a chance after he collapsed on the field.
To answer the question - what does this have to do with the Wildcats?
Regardless of all the rest of the legal wrangling, the late NU Safety Rashidi Wheeler was reportedly taking Ultimate Orange, an "herbal food suppliment" containing ephedra.

And according to the Chicago Medical examiner, Rashidi died of an exercise induced asthma attack.The ME said there was a trace of ephedra in his system, but not enough to cause his death.

If you've been following the Wheeler case against NU, you know that Wheeler's lawyers keep trying to get the makers of Ultimate Orange Punch, the stuff with ephedra, out of the lawsuit. I'm not sure of the motives, or the legal positioning here, but it seems to me that the use of the "suppliment" puts some personal responsibility on the user, not the NU Football staff.

The Oriole's doctors and trainers took what medical people call "heroic efforts" to save Steve Bechler, as they were prepared for possible life threatening injuries. But Ephedrine or ephedra can and will kill you if you don't use it correctly, and its so hard to use correctly that its sale has been banned by the NCAA, and the FDA.

That ban came too late for Steve Bechler. but ephedra becomes illegal on April 12th of this year, too late for those ball players who arrived at camp out of shape, or thought they were out of shape and who died because of this stuff.

One of the first of those ball players died on the NU lakefront. No lawsuit will bring him back
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But he showed up out of shape for training camp last year. Not to worry -- he had some help in his locker -- an over the counter \"\" that would help him drop those extra pounds.

He was dying to make the team, he died on the first day of spring training instead.

Working out in the hot Florida sun pushed his overweight body's temperature to 108 degrees. The medical examiner had the guts to say that those over the counter \",\" which contained , I happen to know how good the medical staff is at the 'Steve Bechler never had a chance after he collapsed on the field.
To answer the question - what does this have to do with the ?
Regardless of all the rest of the legal wrangling, the late NU Safety was reportedly taking , an \"\" containing ephedra.

And according to the Chicago Medical examiner, died of an exercise induced asthma attack.The ME said there was a trace of ephedra in his system, but not enough to cause his death.

If you've been following the Wheeler case against NU, you know that Wheeler's lawyers keep trying to get the makers of Ultimate Orange Punch, the stuff with ephedra, out of the lawsuit. I'm not sure of the motives, or the legal positioning here, but it seems to me that the use of the \"suppliment\" puts some personal responsibility on the user, not the NU Football staff.

The 's doctors and trainers took what medical people call \"heroic efforts\" to save , as they were prepared for possible life threatening injuries. But Ephedrine or ephedra can and if you don't use it correctly, and its so hard to use correctly that itsby the NCAA, and the FDA.

That ban came too late for . but ephedra becomes illegal on April 12th of this year, too late for those ball players who arrived at camp out of shape, or thought they were out of shape and who died because of this stuff.

One of the first of those ball players died. No lawsuit will bring him back
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