Supplements?

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  1. Currahee17

    Currahee17 New Member

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    My DS will be a member of the CO 2018, and I have a question about supplements. He plays baseball and many players take GNC products, like shakes and Creatine powders. I told my son he wasn't allowed to take anything and I got the "Mom" look. Does anyone on this forum know if there is a listing somewhere of banned supplements or supplements that can give false positive results on tests? I am just assuming all supplements would be banned but I want to give him correct, factual information that isn't just Mom-based. I don't want some question raised on R Day just because he drank GNC shakes during baseball season. Thank you!
     
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    Mom!....

    Nothing before A-day. During CBT he will not be allowed to take any supplements. Be careful with creatine and weight gain. It could make it difficult to make "tape" requirements.

    http://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/creatine-side-effects-what-it-what-it-does#.

    He should find all the nutrients needed from the whole foods that are provided.
    After A-day he can have protein powders.

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    Mom!....False what?

    There shouldn't be any false positives from blood and urine test or any reaction to vaccinations he will receive. The big issue is if he engages in underage drinking and rec drugs. He will be questioned about the use before entering or at WP. If he did and lied about it, he will be separated for Honor violation. Its just not worth losing so much for such a little "fun".

    I'm with ya on being a parent that needs to be in his back pocket before R-Day.

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  4. Currahee17

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    Thank you so much! I just had some horrible vision of his being asked to leave because of a stupid supplement that "everybody takes." Wonderful advice. If he still wants protein powders after A Day I can send it as Boodle! You bring up a great point about drinking though. Our family DID have a bottle of champagne to celebrate his appointment and I allowed him a glass. Technically, he would have to admit to drinking it so if he answered yes, would he already be in trouble? That never crossed my mind so hopefully this post might prevent others from making the same mistake!! Thank you for the advice!!
     
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    Just pour me one more....

    I'm sure just one glass with the family will be fine at that moment. But from now on be very careful crossing that line. Also being around any of his friends who may engage in drinking must be avoided. No good can come from being exposed to that environment.

    Lets understand something, your DS is chosen. He is special and was selected over literally a 1000 other applicants.

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    Understood! He is a really good kid, not perfect mind you(!), but really good and has a good head on his shoulders. He is very humbled by his selection and understands the accompanying responsibility. Lots of things for all of these young adults to consider. Glad this forum exists! Thank you!!
     
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    Don't disagree with comments about drinking but you might want to also check your state laws. Some states allow wine at 16 with parent's permission and under parent's supervision. The location, public restaurant vs private home, may also make a difference. If so, this would clearly qualify. I got in the habit of checking state law when we traveled so I would know what was permitted. Now that DS is 21 I just have him buy the beverages.
     
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    Well....

    If he's 21 make him buy us both one then! And keep em coming!!


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  9. BigBear

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    :rolleyes: Whey/Cassein protein (what I'm assuming you mean by GNC shakes) and creatine will not cause you to fail a drug test nor will they cause any significant damage between now and R-Day, assuming your son doesn't try to drink the whole tub at once. If he is working out enough that he feels like they are giving him a boost, he will not be at risk to fail the tape test.
     

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