Re: FDA Ban ALERT: Cholestin

James Rogers (
Thu, 04 Jun 1998 17:55:17 -0700

At 07:11 PM 6/4/98 -0400, Michael Lorrey wrote:
>This is the real issue. I wonder when red rice yeast will become a controlled
>substance. Of course, they haven't made tree bark illegal to chew on, even
>though it contains aspirin....

Minor snit, but tree bark does not contain aspirin; it contains salicylic
acid. Aspirin is acetylsalicylic acid, which decomposes into salicylic
acid in the presence of water. While salicylic acid *is* the active
ingredient, it can cause chemical burns to the esophagus and mouth when
concentrated to any degree. The acetyl- group replaces the hydroxyl group
just long enough to get it into your stomach with damaging the tissue along
the way. Aspirin is basically a technological improvement on a very old

-James Rogers