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Pro And Con
The debate rages on, there always has been one and more than likely always will
be one; take supplements or not to take them. If you do take them, which ones and which
brands are the best. Over the years I have been a strong advocate for supplements. I have
always believed in their use and the benefit they produce, not only for bodybuilders and
athletes but everyone including children. Admittedly I have never been keen to the mega
dose of vitamins and minerals as some have. I have also never advocated or used
excessive amounts of protein or other forms of nutritional support. Still I have always
taken and believed in the use of supplements.
Since my heart attack I have had a new found interest in supplements as well as
prescription medication. Something I have had to do - like it or not. I’ve never been fond
of prescription medication for anything. At one point in time I thought it bad to take some
of the things doctors were prescribing for their patients. Having a massive heart attack
and five by-passes can make you change your mind, it did me. Since my problem I’ve
had countless so called “experts” tell me of the dangers associated with some of the
medications my doctors have me on. Of course none of these experts have had to undergo
what I and countless thousands of others have. Nor do they know of my genetic
limitations or perhaps better put, genetic composition. Something I can’t do anything
Because I’ve had so many questions regarding what supplements and prescription
medications I take, prior to and since my heart attack, it most likely will be best if I list
them. I also should note that I am very difficult when it comes to prescription medication
as I have all types of reactions. For example, I cannot take sulfur or penicillin. Other
medications cause serious skin rashes, stomach upsets and the likes. I could never get
hooked on pain killers because all of them have caused problems. I could list them all but
no need. Doctor after doctor has prescribed them after surgeries and my system won’t
tolerate them. They make me sick, numb, and some even ruin my eyesight. Two days on
any of them is all I can stand and then I have to go off or suffer some type of allergic
Since I was nineteen years of age I have been on a beta blocker for blood
pressure. Inderal was the first one I took for about fifteen years and it worked fine.
Something happened and my doctor changed to Tenormin 50mg once per day. This
worked great for years. I was faithful in the taking of this drug and it did control my
blood pressure. I continue taking Tenormin daily today.
I took a wide variety of supplements over the years and used a lot of different
brands. Some were good; others were not so good but tasted great. Sometimes I think
supplements are like foods. Foods that are the absolute worse for you seem to taste the
best. Not in all or even the majority of cases but in some the same is true with
supplements. The better they taste the less value they have.
Over the years I’ve taken them all. Liquid amino acids, individual amino’s,
protein powder, vitamin & mineral tablets, wheat germ oil, liver tablets, digestive tablets,
calcium, brewers yeast, vitamin C, you name it and at one point in time, if it was a non-
steroid supplement, I took it. I always used whatever I was taking for a period of at least
three months; to me it only made sense as I believe it would take that long for the
products to work on my system. I also took my supplements for five days straight,
Monday through Friday. I would abstain from taking anything on Saturday and Sunday as
it is my way of allowing my body to use those supplements that were not water soluble.
Since I changed supplements all the time here is a list of what I was taking just prior to
I had been taking these supplements on a regular daily basis for about six months.
I would take Whey Protein immediately following a workout and the Milk and Egg
Protein at night before going to bed. I would not take my calcium along with other
supplements as I was concerned about it interfering with the absorption of other elements.
Calcium can and does do that. I always took it by itself two hours before or after taking
any of the others. Metimucil was taken in the afternoon daily, even on Saturday and
Sundays. I inherited a problem, it runs in the family, Metimucil helps and there is nothing
I can do about it, I’ve tried. It does make me bloat… a lot. My stomach swells
considerably but as with prescription medication there are side-effects and for me that’s
one of them. I’ve tried Citrical and other like products but found Metimucil works best
So, prior to my heart attack, the only prescription medication I was taking was
Tenormin for my blood pressure. Everything else was in the form of dietary supplements,
natural supplements. I never got into the hype associated with the New Hi Tech
Not that they are not good because they are. I’m just an “old school” bodybuilder who
likes the old way of doing things. I’m still hung up on the original Blair’s Protien,
Weider’s Super Pro 101, Weider’s Crash Weight Formula #7, Weider and Hoffman Hi-
Protien Tablets. Products of the 60’s all of which left a great taste in my mouth even to
this day. I loved that stuff. Yes, what is on the market today is superior and healthier but
boy oh boy did I love those products. The last time I talked with Joe Weider I was
kidding him about brining back some of the old product line. Time stands still for no one!
It’s all just a memory of times gone by.
From time to time I’ve had bouts with gum infections and urinary track infections,
primarily prostate trouble. The only two antibiotics I have been able to take are Cipro and
Doxycycline. When I’ve had problems with infection I’ve taken one or the other for
whatever length of time it took to clear the condition up. During that time, while on
antibiotics, I would discontinue all supplement use. I did this to avoid any problems as I
have already indicated; prescription medication and I don’t usually get along very well.
Since my heart attack I resumed training albeit at a much slower pace and
definitely less weight than before. I have also changed my supplements a little and have
been placed on several prescription medications. The medication has been changed and at
one time I was taking more than at present. I was taking Coumadin to thin my blood. I
hated that stuff and you can’t take Coumadin and the antibiotic Cipro at the same time.
Since I can only take two antibiotics and Cipro is one of them, I did all I could to get off
the Coumadin. Besides, Coumadin is nothing more than rat poison.
Here is a list of the prescription medications I am presently taking along with the
I know a lot of bodybuilders talk against taking a statin drug like Lipitor claiming
it is wrong to reduce cholesterol levels in the body. I also know all about the body
manufacturing its own cholesterol and how every cell is composed of cholesterol but I
also know what I went through and I am comfortable with what my doctors have put me
Some of the same people who argue against a statin drug will also tell you that
consuming eggs will not raise your blood cholesterol level. Will I’m here to tell you that
may be right for them but it sure isn’t for me. Since my heart attack I’ve had many and
frequent blood tests run. Over the years I’ve had blood tests run to check for certain
things. Just as I have experimented with and test exercises, I have done the same with
medications and supplements. I can tell you for certain, eggs do raise my blood
cholesterol level. They did years ago when I experimented with eggs and they do so
today. Maybe they won’t yours but they do mine.
I’ve also changed my supplements to help aid in my overall well being. This is
what I am presently taking in the form of supplements.
Niacin Inositol Hexanicotinate 500mg 2x day
As you can see, it is similar but different from what I was taking prior to my heart
attack. The Niacin for example was added and B-Complex was increased. I also added
Co Enzyme Q10 and Fish Oil. Now the truth is in the proof right? I can honestly say,
based on blood work done by my doctor, minor improvement has been seen due to
supplements. Sometime even a reduction of five points or an increase of five points can
make a difference. Lipitor, even at the 10mg dose has significantly dropped my
cholesterol level from 198 to 122. Supplements such as Niacin alone have not done so
although I did have a slightly lower cholesterol level when I included Niacin during one
testing period. With all the blood work I have had done and the scheduling of test based
around time frames for the different supplements and prescription medications I take, I
have reached a reasonable and documented conclusion.
In my particular case, prescription medication is a necessity. They are doing their
job far better than the dietary supplements alone. On the other hand, dietary supplements
do work but not to the degree I would have hoped for, so I could discontinue some of the
prescription medications. Still, they are important, I continue to take them and, my tests
prove they are of benefit. As a matter of fact, my test, including blood work performed by
medical doctors, indicates to me that supplements are of value. I do know of some
individuals who have had a much more dramatic result from supplements than me and
this is not unusual. Think about it. Some exercises work for some people and not for
others. Some prescription medications are well tolerated by some people while others
have reactions to them. Here we go - all those who follow my articles…. “Everyone is
different, what works for one may not work for another.”
I should point out before zeroing in on 10mg of Lipitor, I had severe muscle and
joint aches taking various statin drugs including Lipitor at a does of 20mg and higher.
This was a major problem for me with the dosage prescribed by doctors immediately
following my heart attack. For about a year now, I have been able to tolerate Lipitor at
A lot of people like to tell others what to eat and what to take. Most of these
ardent “experts” are those who have never had any serious health problems, they are
lucky and don’t have heart problems or other heath conditions. Eggs for example, there
was a time when I consumed two dozen eggs a day and at least six of them were raw.
Yes, I was younger and my cholesterol level was high back then. I would get off the eggs
and my cholesterol level would come down. So you can see I was not a candidate for
eating eggs and keeping my cholesterol level down. I’ve known others who can consume
all the eggs they like and their cholesterol level will remain low.
The same is true for me concerning red meat. It raises my cholesterol level. My
wife on the other hand, can eat all the meat she wants, and she does love meat, it won’t
make even a slight difference in her cholesterol level. People are all different. That is
why I get so frustrated when I hear and read people preaching one way and only one way
to eat and train. Hogwash! My suggestion is to flee these individuals as fast as you can.
I still favor a mix of supplements and try not to become married to any one certain
brand. Sure I have my favorites and since I feel supplements are helpful I mix them
I have no problem with suggesting the use of natural dietary supplements to help
not only bodybuilding and fitness progress but the promotion of general health and well
being. I would not, not even attempt to suggest any prescription medication of any kind
for any reason. That should only come from a doctor or licensed health care professional.
I don’t encourage prescription medication but the real world means it is needed and can
save or prolong ones life. What I have listed in this article are supplements and
medications I have taken and been prescribed by my doctors. I have informed my doctors
of the supplements I take as well as the potencies.
So here you are, an update on not only my medicines but also supplements. I hope
and pray none have to undergo health problems that may require prescription medications
but if you do I hope they work for you without any complications or ill effects.
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