How to Avoid Counterfeit, Cheap & Dangerous Supplements

After decades of experience in military intelligence, the U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Special Agent, Gary Collins of Primal Power Method has a lot of opinions about supplements. Gary joins us to blow the lid off of conventional “wellness” practices, and tells us what to avoid  – and what to look for – when buying supplements.

Former FDA Agent Gary Collins

Former FDA Agent Gary Collins

What We Talk About:

  • Bad vs. good vitamins and supplements – quickest ways to know
  • What to never do when buying supplements
  • What’s wrong with buying online? – and how to do it right
  • Network marketing/MLMs (multi-level marketing) and the wellness world   [spoiler alert: he’s not a fan]
  • Why your local health food store should be your new best friend
  • What to look for to know that you’re buying the real deal


  • Gary’s definitive summary, “What You Need to Know” to Avoid Dangerous Supplements
    • Gary says to try to only consume supplements that meet the following criteria:
      – Made in the USA or your region
      – Organic ingredients
      – Non-GMO (not genetically modified)
      – Gluten-Free
      – No added sugars or artificial sweeteners
      – Made from natural, whole food sources (not chemicals)
      – Product contact information clearly displayed on the supplement label and manufacturer’s website
  • Gary’s “ONE Habit” to try for one week: Workout outdoors
  • Gary’s “ONE Resource” that he recommends: Jack Spirko’s The Survival Podcast

My take-aways from this episode

We can’t ever really know (unless we make it ourselves), whether a product or its manufacturer is everything that it claims to be. Some trust is involved. That said, there are some common sense applications from what we learned from Gary. For example:

  • If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is
  • Consider the source – who is selling it and why? What is their specialty? Can you even identify who the seller is (e.g. online)?
  • Buy your supplements – or at the very least, your fish oil – in glass containers
  • More isn’t better. Better is better.
  • So what do I do? I’ve listed my trusted brands for the vitamins/supplements that I take regularly in the Amazon store that I created for you. For each, I’ve checked the source to confirm that it’s the trusted manufacturer, and not an anonymous reseller. You can view those here – click on the category “Edibles” to see my supplements

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