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The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter, Issue #109, Supplements: Let the buyer beware.
March 01, 2013

March 1, 2013

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Let the Buyer Beware


Let the Buyer Beware

A woman wrote last week of a terrible experience that put her in the hospital. The relevance here is that what she did is something millions of us have in common: she took a dietary supplement. And one generally regarded as safe. She took whey protein.

A “consultant” in a nationally known supplement store recommended their house brand of whey powder. She said it wasn’t until after she got sick that she read the tiny print that said the product contained a large amount of sodium. By then, I guess she had used quite a bit of it, mentioning that she even used it to flavor her coffee. Long story short, the woman said her blood pressure rose to extreme numbers and she ended up in the hospital. I don’t know how long she had been taking the supplement before it reached that point. But her doctor said she was fortunate not to have had a stroke.

I don’t know the unfortunate woman, other than her being a newsletter subscriber. For reasons you'll understand, I won’t mention the vitamin store by name. But it is a major distributor of supplement products. She ended by writing the following: “Someone should really warn folks to read the labels of this type of product thoroughly and consult their MD's about the sodium levels in the specific product they want to use before beginning this regimen.

That I can certainly do.

I have written time and again that I believe supplements in general are (1) greatly oversold, and (2), in most instances, unnecessary. If you haven’t done it before, please read my supplement page. The billion-dollar supplement industry has powerful advertising that can be deceitful. Their products are barely regulated, when compared to prescribed medications.

None of this is to say that all dietary supplements are bad. As you will see on my supplement page, I have taken some of them. But buyer beware! Be smart about it.

I subscribe to, an independent testing lab run by MDs and health professionals. I have no financial interest or affiliation with them. I’m just a subscriber. And, unfortunately, I’m not allowed to reprint their findings. But I can tell you that smart people reading their reports would become a lot more careful about what they put into their bodies. Read my supplement page. I promise it is to your benefit.


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Logan Franklin
The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter

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