The news first surfaced around the weekend of November 3rd, 2000. A common cold medication and diet stimulant ingredient known as phenylpropanolamine was about to be banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Planet Chiropractic posted our first news of the topic on the morning of November 6th, 2000 as a result of news we were gathering throughout the weekend. On that same morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public health advisory that a common medicine ingredient (PPA) may increase the risk of stroke in some individuals. Phenylpropanolamine (PPA), was commonly used in prescription and over-the-counter cold and cough products as a nasal decongestant and in over-the-counter weight control products. On Nov. 7th, 2000, Planet Chiropractic sent out our first ever Public Service Announcement via e-mail. Included in the e-mail was a list of common over-the-counter medications that contained the PPA ingredient. A warning involving the increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding on the brain) was also included and readers were encouraged to contact the FDA for more information.