Should the Food and Drug Administration Start Regulating Supplements?
I intentionally left this wide open to interpretation. We all know about things that have been taken off of the market, specifically stimulants and methylated forms of various steroids and cutting agents, but should the FDA make it a regular practice to regulate all consumer supplements? What are your thoughts?
Also, based on your certifications, what is your professional position on recommending supplements? If you're a club owner, do you sell supplements in your facility?
On the other part of your question, I am also in complete agreement with LaRue. I do not sell supplements and I do not make recommendations. I have subscribed to the Nutrition Action Healthletter by CSPI of which I think highly. The issues are at my studio, and my clients can read the articles for themselves.
As a trainer I do NOT recommend supplements to my clients or anyone for that matter. I leave that topic up to nutritionists, physicians, and RDs. In my opinion this is a subject outside a personal trainer's scope of practice.
I hope this helps.
As a trainer who is admittedly not a nutritionist or dietician, I routinely refer clients to a local nutrition professional or even to my own nutrition coach who holds a doctorate in Nutritional Science.
Gretchen Eisenberg - Agreeeeeeee!!!
Fuel the Movement,
I believe that educated individuals should be able to make their own choice. However, knowing what is actually in the supplement that you are taking is most important. That is why I recommend that any supplement that you take is qualified by the USP (United States Pharmacopia) as actually containing the quantity of substance(s) indicated on the label.
It would not be hard and could shed more light on a very hazy subject that comes up alot, especially for personal trainers.