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Diet Supplement Recommendations - Need Your Help

Posted by Scott R on 10/24/99 at 00:00 (012009)

Below is a new page I'm preparing for primary display at heelspurs.com. Friends have been asking for supplement advice and dieting is a major part of PF treatment. I also found a website that sells a good supplement product at a good price that utilizes a name brand (that increases sales) and provides a commission to heelspurs.com. Please let me know if you have suggestions for changing the document below. My thanks to JohnW for clearing us up on Ossatron.


Weight Loss Supplements: A Scientific View/Review



Note: all the dosages mentioned below are for a 200 pound person. Half as much is suggested for a 100 pound person.

Thermogenic Compounds: Comparing Metabolift TM and Metabolife 356 TM


The following comments are based on references 2, 3, 4, and 6.


Weight lifters have known for years about the 'E/C/A stack' to reduce body fat. 'E' stands for Ephedrine, 'C' for caffeine, and 'A' for aspirin. 'Stack' means the supplements are taken together so that they can provide a synergistic effect (their combined effect is greater than the sum of the individual compounds). For reasons I'm not sure of (it could be because of restrictions by the FDA or for marketing purposes), diet pills use herbs instead of the isolated chemicals. The manufacturer's reputation is more important for herbs than it is for other nutritional supplements. There are some brands that are completely ineffective. The proper portion(s) of the herb (leaf, seed, bulb, fruit, sap, oil, rhizome, runner, stem, trunk, root, bark, and/or flower) should go through an extraction process to get a standardized concentration of the active ingredient(s). In the list below, I've compared Metabolift TM and Metabolite 356 TM. Metabolift TM is made by TwinLab, one of the most popular and reputable supplement manufacturers. Metabolife 356 TM is 'sweeping the nation' in popularity mainly due to its aggressive multi-level marketing system. TwinLab has been distributing an almost identical product for years to weight lifters for 1/3 the cost under the names 'Ripped Fuel' and 'Diet Fuel'. Metabolife's marketing has been so successful, even TwinLab has recast its products as 'Metabolift TM' in order to capitalize on Metabolife's success.


Other Compounds that Reduce Body Weight



© 1999 Scott Roberts http://www.heelspurs.com


References:


  1. Michael Murray's 'Encyclopedia of Nutrional Supplements' 1996 (phenomenal, 1500 references)
  2. Michael Murray's 'Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine' 1998 (excellent)
  3. Michael Murray's 'The Healing Power of Herbs' 1995 (the best available about herbs with 100's of references)
  4. 'Sport Supplement Review' 1998 (a phenomenally good and well-referenced (300) resource for weight lifters) published by EAS (a weight lifter's supplement company). It may still be FREE: Mile High Publishing, Dept 4060, PO Box 277, Golden, CO 80402-0277.
  5. 'Disease Prevention and Treatment Protocols' 1998 published by Life Extension Foundation. About 4,000 references. The protocols can be found for free at the phenomenal site http://www.lef.org .
  6. Nutrition Science News makes great casual reading but is also well referenced and has a search function.
  7. 'The Right Dose' 1987 by Patricia Hausman. My primary and double-check reference for determining toxicity of supplements. Loaded with case histories of the results of high intakes.
  8. 'The Nutrition Desk Reference' 1995 by Elizabeth Somer and Robert Garrison. My second-best overall supplement book. I use it a cross-check. It's more skeptical than some other sources. Well over a 1000 references.
  9. 'How to Live longer and Feel Better' 1986 Linus Pauling. One cannot claim to know very much about health and nutrition unless they've read this book.


Re: Diet Supplement Recommendations - Need Your Help

Lee H on 10/25/99 at 00:00 (012029)

Scott, I am just wondering if you can be held responsible if someone misuses a diet supplement after seeing it endorsed on your site. Perhaps you should add a warning on this page to protect yourself.

Re: Diet Supplement Recommendations - Need Your Help

Scott R on 10/25/99 at 00:00 (012037)

Yes, i need to do that and to add a betrter legal notice to my content pages.

Re: Diet Supplement Recommendations - Need Your Help

BettyM on 10/29/99 at 00:00 (012138)

After reading this I have the opinion that it is truly an objective and viable course of treatment. However, if you 'put this one up', are you prepared to be besieged by many others seeking to market their products?

Re: Diet Supplement Recommendations - Need Your Help

Scott R on 10/29/99 at 00:00 (012140)

I already tried giving it a good link and no one bought the product. It's now just a link in the 'overweight' section of the main document (where it should be in the first place if money were not in the equation). It's really weird what sells and doesn't sell. The quality or usefulness of a product doesn't matter, but my wording, link placement, and this message board's compiled comments spell life or death for sales. I'm getting trained in marketing with all this.

Re: Diet Supplement Recommendations - Need Your Help

Lee H on 10/25/99 at 00:00 (012029)

Scott, I am just wondering if you can be held responsible if someone misuses a diet supplement after seeing it endorsed on your site. Perhaps you should add a warning on this page to protect yourself.

Re: Diet Supplement Recommendations - Need Your Help

Scott R on 10/25/99 at 00:00 (012037)

Yes, i need to do that and to add a betrter legal notice to my content pages.

Re: Diet Supplement Recommendations - Need Your Help

BettyM on 10/29/99 at 00:00 (012138)

After reading this I have the opinion that it is truly an objective and viable course of treatment. However, if you 'put this one up', are you prepared to be besieged by many others seeking to market their products?

Re: Diet Supplement Recommendations - Need Your Help

Scott R on 10/29/99 at 00:00 (012140)

I already tried giving it a good link and no one bought the product. It's now just a link in the 'overweight' section of the main document (where it should be in the first place if money were not in the equation). It's really weird what sells and doesn't sell. The quality or usefulness of a product doesn't matter, but my wording, link placement, and this message board's compiled comments spell life or death for sales. I'm getting trained in marketing with all this.