[CQ-Contest] Contesting Supplements

Barry w2up3 at verizon.net
Fri May 22 06:10:52 PDT 2009

Another thing to consider before taking supplements is a lot of them are 
made in China - the land of counterfeits and no quality control.  For 
example, the drywall sickening people in FL, the pet food that killed 
many animals, bad baby formula, etc.  Caveat Emptor!
Barry W2UP

Robert L. Shohet wrote:
> Hi Jeff,
> I am just wondering what your definition of "safe" is, with respect
> to the supplements and other things that you have taken.
> I ask this since quite a few so-called "safe" supplements, nutriceuticals, 
> etc.
> have been discovered to be quite harmful long after they were considered
> "safe".
> As you probably know, the FDA does NOT test the safety of nutriceuticals,
> herbs and other supplements so there is no "official" word on many of the 
> things
> that are sold over the counter for use by the public.
> In addition, quite often, herbs, supplements and neutriceuticals can affect 
> the
> absorption and metabolism of prescription meds with quite unpredictable
> and potentially disasterous consequences, not even considering the added 
> effects
> from a weakened body and mind as a result of sleep deprivation PLUS
> the stress of contesting!
> As a veteran of more than 150 48 hour SOABHP All band contests with less
> than 2 hours of sleep, and who has (unfortunately) experienced 
> hallucinations,
> cardiac arrhythmia and other scary effects WITHOUT  using anything stronger
> than caffeine or No-Doz, the last thing that anyone should consider is 
> adding
> an unknown to the equation when they are most vulnerable medically.
> Less risky alternatives would be a good multi-vitamin plus B-Vitamin 
> supplement
> combined with some extra Vitamin C.  But even this is not necessarily safe 
> for everyone.
> Safer, and far more effective, is a natural low-fat and low sodium diet with 
> a variety
> of low-carb and protein rich foods, with plenty of Cranberry juice, fruits 
> and
> green leafy vegetables.  Easy to digest, and with plenty of energy.
> What you eat and drink during a contest has a far greater effect on 
> performance
> and the ability to stay alert than most people realize; and there is NO risk 
> for this
> kind of natural performance enhancement.  Of course, dropping 20-30 lbs
> before contest season starts can be just as effective.  :-)
> If someone is already taking prescription meds for high blood pressure,
> cholesterol reduction, diuretics, diabetes, etc., then they should refrain 
> from
> using anything without consulting a knowledgeable pharmacist and their 
> doctor.
> 73
> Bob KQ2M
> B.S. Nutritional Biochemistry from Cornell Univ.
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Barry Kutner, W2UP             Newtown, PA   

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