Episode #209: How To Know If The Supplement You’re Taking Is Safe

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Sep 19, 2012 free podcast: How To Know If The Supplement You're Taking Is Safe Also: resistance training for triathletes, tips on clearing your lungs, Gerson Therapy for treating cancer, when is it safe to mix fats and carbs, and are hydration and electrolytes the only causes of muscle cramping?

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Audio Question from Ben (at 00:14:47)
Older brother who is 38 just did Wildflower and Toughman. In prep for next triathlon, he wants to do some resistance training. What do you recommend for him? The standard body building moves?

~ In my response I mention my book at www.thestrongtriathlete.com for faster, more intense cardio-esque weight routines OR my Ultimate Weight Training Guide book at for more traditional strength and power training routines for triathletes.

Audio Question from Clayman (00:22:57)
He just started using an advair inhaler and is doing much better. Can you give him more ideas of how to unlock the mucus from his lungs?

Audio Question from John (00:32:00)
Has increased his testosterone and got his knee fixed and is looking forward to starting the Tri-Ripped Program. Have you done any research on the Gerson Therapy for cancer? What would you recommend to a friend if they had cancer?

~ In my response to John, I recommend he listen to episode #204, in which I talk about the book Fourfold Path To Healing. I also mention The Burzynski Clinic and the Burzynski Movie.

Audio Question from Jorge (00:39:22)
Just did Ironman Canada and is very happy with his results and wants to thank Ben for all his help and knowledge. He also has a question about supplements – do you know if there is an organization or website that certifies the quality of supplements?

~ Here is a timely news story to illustrate the potential issue.

Audio Question from Keerthi (00:48:42)
He heard you say on the podcast that eating toast with scrambled eggs can cause oxidation of the fatty acids and that is not good for your health. He has also heard you say that it is good to mix fats with starches to reduce the Glycemic Index of those starches. Sounds like a mixed message? He wants to know how much fat he can safely add to the carbs (how much ghee in white rice)? Also does it matter what type of fats?

Audio Question from Seth (00:58:28)
Just finished the 70.3 in Muskoka where he had a new issue of cramping in his quads about a half mile into the run. The cramps were bad enough that he had to walk. Has worked with a coach to improve his efficiency. Has never cramped on the bike. He had decent fuelling and had to pee 5 times during the race. Could he have leaked out all his electrolytes?

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  2. Simon says:

    Hi Ben, I am on a low carb diet for fat loss, don't eat any fruit used to always eat bananas which have a lot of potassium, I am concerned I don't get enough potassium now, would you take potassium chloride? I am concerned about heart health. I do eat spinach and broccoli most days in the week though. Thanks so much! PS. Have you done any podcasts regarding potassium or lack of it?

    1. I personally use these liquid trace minerals: http://pacificfit.net/items/natural-life-minerals…

      And then also, swiss chards and spinach are awesome sources of potassium and give you 20-25% PER SERVING. I eat a ton of those also (we grow it in our garden). Easy to get, steam and salt…

      1. Simon says:

        Thanks Ben, quite amazing how you do all the things you from business to personal side of things! Keep up the great work! And get time to respond to all the requests, comments and questions!

  3. Steve P. says:

    Thanks, Ben. That answers my questions exactly. I could not get an answer from GNC as to what type of fish oil theirs was after listening to you and Tawny discuss it…now I know!

  4. Steve P. says:

    I have a question on a particular brand of supplements, in particular their fish oils. What is your opinion of GNC products? Are they high quality? I have always gotten my supplements from this company and listening to this podcast about price making a difference made me think about this because GNC products are not cheap!
    hanks for the great podcast and info on your blog, it is really appreciated.
    Steve, 60 year old runner for 37 years.

    1. I'm getting a guy on the podcast to talk about fish oils, but a *low* quality fish oil (ethyl ester form typically found at GNC) is actually worse for you than not taking fish oil at all. Look for triglyceride form when you get fish oil, and it smells or tastes "fishy" don't take it! I like this stuff: http://pacificfit.net/items/superessentials-omega… and also Carlson's Cod Liver Oil and Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil.

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