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25, 35 or 45 Be Careful With Dietary Supplements

If you are thinking about using a dietary supplement, first get information on it from reliable sources. Keep in mind that dietary supplements may interact with medications or other dietary supplements and may contain ingredients not listed on the label.

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(GUELPH, Ontario) - We continue to hear about athlete after athlete testing positive for banned substances other that HGH or steroids. In some cases, the positive tests not only shock the close nit sporting community the athlete participates in but in some cases also the athlete!

As a practicing drug free athlete and advocate, I usually find this hard to believe. How could elite veteran athletes who train religiously for years adamantly against drugs, many at the peak of their career take any chances with banned substances when they are sure to be drug tested at some point?

Misleading and mislabeled dietary supplements!

At first blush that sounds like the typical I didn’t do it – drug abusing guilty athlete! However, after a detained investigation I found a number of athletes who have received bans from governing bodies because they used off the shelf nationally branded product labeled incorrectly.

While that sounds impossible and illegal in today’s heavily regulated drug market, it isn’t and you might even be shocked at how the billion dollar plus dietary supplement market is regulated and consumers protected!

In short, the dietary supplement market is governed by the rule of “innocent, marketed, sold and consumed until proven guilty”!

Although dietary supplements are regulated by the FDA as foods, they are regulated differently from other foods and from drugs. For example, a dietary supplement manufacturer does not have to prove a product's safety and effectiveness before it is marketed.

Also, unlike drug products, there are no provisions in the law for FDA to "approve" dietary supplements for safety or effectiveness before they reach the consumer. Once a dietary supplement is marketed, FDA has to prove that the product is not safe in order to restrict its use or remove it from the market.

If you are thinking about using a dietary supplement, first get information on it from reliable sources. Keep in mind that dietary supplements may interact with medications or other dietary supplements and may contain ingredients not listed on the label. Do not assume anything with these products.

Please note. I am not saying all supplements are dangerous and manufacturers can’t be trusted, that is definitely not the case. There are some great products on the market which work and provide a value to consumers. However, you do not have to be an active competitor to realize you need to know what you are putting in your body and how it will react with other medications or other supplements.

My final words of caution are, “Be careful with the supplements you consume”!

Walter Urban is a Fifty four (54) years old, American born Powerlifter and Guinness World Record holder and challenger living in Canada. He is a member of one of the strongest drug free Powerlifting Team’s in North America, the Iron Foundation, 19 to 54, male and female. Walter is currently training to attempt breaking two new Guinness World Records in 2012. For more information on Walter visit www.walterurban.com


Walter Urban’s unique story of motivation and inspiration is supported by a core message of team work – assembling a team, developing a project plan, implementing the plan and executing and adhering to the plan - accomplishing the goal of breaking a Guinness World Record.

The husband and father of three girls 12, 9 and 5 is a US Citizen living and working in Canada. A competitive powerlifter for over 15 years competing in the 75 kg 165 lbs. weight class, Walter was a member of the Canadian Masters Powerlifting Team 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010, competing in World Championships in South Africa, Ostrava Czech Republic and Plzen Czech Republic. His best finish was 6th place at the 2010 World Championships in Plzen Czech Republic. Walter has been a dedicated member of GoodLife Fitness Club for over 15 years where he trains regularly.

The World Record was accomplished by developing the “total” athlete as part of the team - mental, physical, internal and external.

Friday September 17 2011: 53-year-old Walter Urban set a new Guinness World Record for the most amount of weight squat lifted in one hour – drug free - on LIVE! with Regis and Kelly. The former record was 125,065 lbs, set in 2009 by a 32-year-old man. Walter’s goal was to lift 126,000 lbs which was to be accomplished by completing 700 to 1000 squats in one hour or 11 to 17 squats per minute for 60 minutes. Not only did he meet his goal, but he surpassed it and lifted 127, 245 lbs! The Guinness World Record representative said that this weight was “equivalent to approximately 20 African Elephants.”

When asked by Regis what motivated Walter to do this, Urban’s reply was “to show that you can be healthy, fit and strong at any age…even into your 90’s. You can be strong without the use of performance enhancing drugs, and finally…he likes a challenge!”

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