Dangers in the Supplement Industry
As you know, I have little trust or faith in the food industry and on this site I
put example after example of How the Food Industry Endangers Your Health Daily.
The problem is that they can make money - lots and lots of money - by putting
your health at risk.
Most health-conscious people are, to one extent or the other,
aware of this fact and try as best they can to "live naturally" by
avoiding processed foods. They try to eat whole foods instead and very
often try to use herbal and other (seemingly more) natural supplements in order
to improve and maintain their health. By the same token, I find many guys
that write into me have an inherent trust in supplements to improve their
testosterone, erectile function and health in general and an inherent distrust
of drugs and the pharmaceutical industry.
This often wholesale acceptance of supplement is potentially very dangerous.
The reason? Greed.
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The same motivator that has corrupted the food and pharmaceutical industries is
little better in the supplement industry. Again, people can make money - and a
lot of it - by selling you something that will hurt your health. I
have already covered
How Many Everyday Supplements and Vitamins Can Be
Dangerous. Imagine how dangerous some of the more exotic supplements
that guys take for men's health or bodybuilding are! It's not pretty.
The Men's Journal recently did an excellent article on testosterone-related
examples of this fact.  They gave many examples, but one of the most
prominent was a "muscle activator" by Tren_Extreme. One innocent buyer took this
product for several months and found that he itched, couldn't sleep and lost 34
pounds inexplicably. These are all classic signs of liver damage and the FDA
discovered that the manufacturers had been adding a powerful untested synthetic
As I cover in my link on Bioidentical Testosterone, steroids often have side
effects and this one was no exception. The individual involved was still
struggling to recover from the damage that was done. Why would
Tren-Extreme put its purchaers at risk with an untested steroid? Greed.
Guys have also gotten themselves in trouble with erectile dysfunction products as
well. One poor guy took an erection-related supplement which produced a "super
erection" from the Yohimbine ingredient.  Of course, priapism, an
erection that last over about four hours, will injure penile tissue and can
cause permanent damage. The doctors actually had to operate on this individual
and apply a shunt.
NOTE: Be very careful with yohimbe. One 37 year old bodybuilder
overingested it before a competition and lost consciousness, went into seizures
and had about twice normal blood pressure levels. 
There was a drink supplement called Total Body Formula or Total Body Mega Formula
that the FDA recalled in 2008 poisoned consumers with overdoses of chromium and
selenium, leading to deformed nails, hair loss, diarrhea and a host of other
nasty symptoms.  Again, this list could go on and on, but you are far
more safe avoiding all such products all together unless it is from a
manufactuer with a stellar, long term track record.
It's simply not worth the risk. Most of you can achieve incredible health
results with just food and exercise alone. You can Heal Your Erections
with Food, Improve Your Testosterone Naturally and put on muscle without any
additional chemical regardless of age.
You only get one life - don't put it in the hands of some greedy fool that just
wants to fatten his bank account...
Men's Journal, Nov. 2009, p. 63.
2) Journal of Medical Toxicology, "Refractory Priapism Associated with Ingestion
of Yohimbe Extract"
3) Clinical Toxicology, Sep 2009, 47(8):827-829, "Acute neurotoxicity after
yohimbine ingestion by a body builder"