Medication and Supplements

I want to talk a bit about medication and supplements. I was taking eight different prescriptions when I started my diet and about two weeks into the diet I took Dr. Atkins advice and began to research them on the Internet. All of these were prescriptions that I had taken for ten to fifteen years.

I did a number of searches and finally found www.rxlist.com which I found to be the best place to look up drug information. And there I discovered that one of the drugs I had taken since 1987 was causing "weakness, lethargy,  drowsiness, restlessness, muscle pains or cramps, muscular fatigue" and  numbness in my feet when I tried to exercise. I put this in quotes  because I copied it off the web site.

I have complained to every doctor I've seen since 1987 (about 5 or  6) including the one who prescribed it in the first place about these symptoms and not one of them ever suggested that maybe the pills might be causing my problem.

The bottom line with this particular prescription was that it prevented me from ever being able to exercise. When I first began to take them in 1987 I was running 4 miles a day. And within weeks I was not able to even walk as a form of exercise. When I started walking in February of this year I immediately started have the same problems and as soon as I found this information I stopped taking those pills. Within days the cramps and other symptoms stopped and have not returned since.

I also discovered that the medication I was taking for blood pressure was causing a dry nonproductive cough that I had for months and that gave me incentive to get myself off those pills as soon as possible. That I was able to do in April and the cough went away a few days later.

I guess what I'm trying to say is it really paid for me to do the research on the drugs I was taking and take action to reduce the side effects. I did consult with my doctor as I made these changes so it was not unsupervised but when I pointed out my reasons he agreed with my decisions.

As a result of Dr. Atkins advice in DANDR I also started taking supplements  very early in my diet journey. Below is a list of what I took at the start  and then this week I've added some others. The new ones are listed at the bottom of the list with the start dates. Since the multivitamins have lots of ingredients I have combined the lists for the two multivitamins into one list. I carry these lists in my billfold so I can share them with my doctor and dentist and others who have a need to know.

One of the reasons I decided to write this today is an experience I have had this week with supplements. I've been reading another book by Dr. Atkins, his "Age-Defying Diet". I've found a lot of information in this book that helps me understand better what is happening in my body. And as a result of what I've learned I've decided to add some new supplements to what I have already been taking. So in the list below you will find some I added on the fourth and some I added on the eighth.

What really caught my attention was the results of the ones I added on the fourth. The attached chart is one of the ones I keep showing my exercise progress. As you will see if you look at it I've included from the fifteenth of September through today. And for all of that time until the fourth my miles/hour was pretty constant. Then I added the supplements on the fourth and all at once my speed has increased from about 3.25 miles/hour to today's rate of 3.99 miles/hour. And I don't feel that I'm working any harder to achieve this at all.

I have no idea which of the four pills I added on the fourth enabled  this gain but I sure do like it. And I'm still reading and deciding what  if anything I need to add.

One last point and I'll stop boring people for tonight. Since I started this diet I have not had any illness of any kind. That's a period 279 days without even a runny nose. I can't remember when the last time was in my life that I could say that. I've never been a big believer in supplements and vitamins but I'm becoming one.

Sams Mature Multivitamin
1/day

Kroger Men's One Daily
 1/day

Multivitamin contents

Bilberry Extract 500 mcg
Biotin 60 mcg
Boron 1 mg
Calcium 200 mg
Chloride 124 mg
Chromium 350 mcg
Citrus Bioflavonoids Complex 5 mg
Copper 5.5 mg
Docosahexaenoic Acid (Fish Oil) 500 mcg
Folic Acid 800 mg
Ginko Biloba Power 25 mg
Grape Seed Extract 1 mg
Hesperidin Complex 10 mg
Iodine 300 mcg
Kelp 2 mg
Lecithin 5 mg
Lutein 500 mcg
Magnesium 200 mg
Manganese 11 mg
Mixed Carotenoids Complex 1 mg
Molybdenum 275 mcg
Niacin 60 mg
Nickel 6.5 mcg
Pantothenic Acid 20 mg
Phosphatidyiserine Complex 2 mg
Phosphorus 130 mg
Potassium 137.5 mg
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 7.65 mg
Selenium 287.5 mcg
Siberian Ginseng Powder 25 mg
Silicon 2 mg
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) 6.75 mg
Tin 13 mcg
Tocotrienol Complex 1 mg
Trace Mineral Complex 1 mg
Vanadium 13 mcg
Vitamin A 12500 I.U.
Vitamin B12 39 mcg
Vitamin B6 9 mg
Vitamin C 210 mg
Vitamin D 800 I.U.
Vitamin E 105 I.U.
Vitamin K 10 mcg
Zinc 30 mg

Equate Fiber Supplement
Serving 1 tsp 3x/day
100% Psyllium Husk Fiber

Vitamin E
1/day 1000 I.U.

Vitamin C 500 mg
2/day

Glucosamine/Condroitin
1/day
Glucosamine 750 mg
Chondroitin 600 mg

CoQ-10 75 mg
1/day

Citracal
2/day
Vitamin D3 400 IU
Calcium 630 mg

Bayer Aspirin
1/day

Garlic 1/day

Omega3
1000 mg 1/day PM
Fish Oil
EPA 180 mg
DHA 120 mg

Added on 10/4

Green Tea Extract
315 mg 1 AM 1 PM

Folic Acid
400 mcg 2 AM--2 PM Changed to 2 PM on 10/8

Bilberry
500 MG 2 AM 2 PM

Ginko Biloba
60 MG 2-3times/day

Added 10/8

Omega-3--Flax--Borage
1/day AM
Alpha Linolenic Acid 200 mg
Linoleic Acid 175 mg
Oleic Acid 150 mg
Gamma Linolenic Acid 75 mg
Eicosapentanoic Acid 70 mg
Docosahexanoic Acid 45 mg

Grape Seed Plus
 50 mg 1 AM - 1 PM
Selenium 15 mcg
Grape Seed Extract 50 mg
Full Spectrum Antioxidant Blend 130.5 mg
Green Tea
Citrus Bioflavonoids
Bilberry
Selenium Amino Acid Chelate

DHEA
25 mg 1/day AM

Folic Acid Xtra
800 mcg 1/day AM
Vitamin C 60 mg
Vitamin B-2 25 mg
Vitamin B-6 25 mg
Folic Acid 800 mcg
Vitamin B-12 250 mcg
Choline 25 mg
Calcium 50 mg

Melatonin 1 mg 1/day PM

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