February 05, 2015

FDA Cracks Down on Walmart, GNC, Target, others on selling supplements that do not contain listed ingredients.

Many have seen the recent mainstream news on New York's crackdown on supplements sold at several major box stores including Walmart, GNC, Target and others.  The allegations seem sensationalized and, given the source, probably somewhat true.  However, the news highlights the fact that the supplement industry is not heavily regulated which places the burden on the consumer to be sure that they are buying from a reputable manufacturer; or buy from someone who does the research for you.  Here's what Margaret had to say when she saw the article...

"I always talk about quality - this is why it is important to go with brands that test ingredients and stores that actually care about what they sell. The unregulated freedom we have means we have to do some research about what we are buying or buy from someone we trust. The FDA could further regulate the supplement industry but this would result in higher prices, fewer products, and less freedom."

Margaret spend a fair amount of time choosing our brands and since we work directly with our customers, we get excellent feedback on what works and what doesn't.  We can easily recommend our premier brands including Margaret's practitioner lines: Biotics Research and Premier Research Labs, as well as retail brands including Bluebonnet, Nature's Sunshine, Sovereign Silver, Renew Life, and many others.  Our online customers get the same service via email or phone when they take advantage of it.

Here's a link to an article that summarizes the recent media debate... (click here).


January 05, 2015

Choosing a Colloidal Silver Product

We get a lot of emails asking us about colloidal silver, especially after the "blue man" made the news a few years ago.  I ran across this article which has an excellent discussion on the history, various forms of colloidal silver , and how to choose the best for you.  Email us if you have any questions.

The Colloidal Silver Buyer's Guide


December 15, 2014

Yes Our Checkout Gateway was Down....SO SORRY BUT...WE ARE BACK UP NOW!

Some of you may have had a bad experience with our checkout not working the past day or so.  Shopify, our online service provider, sent us an email that said that one of our products violated their Terms of Services "Prohibited Businesses" and our gateway service was terminated immediately.  They went on to say that these restrictions came from their "banking partners" so they have no flexibility.

So, to summarize, my store was shut down because I had a "key word" (which I can't repeat here for the fear of another shutdown) in the product name and description which incorrectly identified the product as an illegal controlled substance.  There was no research to confirm that the product was indeed illegal and that I was a criminal, they just shut me down.  I can't repeat the product name but it was from one of our premium practitioner lines and is simply a combination of three naturally-occurring amino acids.  The biggest mistake made was the manufacturers product naming and labeling.  I don't believe we even had sold one bottle of this product out of over 2000 supplements offered on our online site.

I will give Shopify credit for actually supporting me with the "banking partners" in getting my site up and running again once I removed the product.  However, it's interesting that the banks are calling the shots on what products we can sell online.  I wonder how many others have had a similar experience and what other legal products are being prevented from being lawfully sold.

Why Antibiotics are Failing

The media, even the FDA, has been reporting the decline in the effectiveness of antibiotics but most of these reports have not done a good job at revealing why scientists think this is happening.  Here's a link to a good article on the current understanding of the action of pharmaceutical antibiotics and how they work against good health..  Click Here.

To summarize, the positive action of an antibiotic is to destroy the bacterial cell wall thus causing it to die.  There are a couple of "side effects" of this action including the destruction of beneficial bacteria in the body which perform positive functions such as keeping candida and yeast/fungal infections at bay and general support of the body's immune system.  In addition, the destruction of the bacterial cell wall seems to initiate a toxic reaction that is also harmful to the body.

More research is needed to understand the antibiotic process but in the meantime, limited use of antibiotics, use of alternative/natural immune support products, and the use of probiotics (to replenish the body's beneficial bugs) after the use of antibiotics may keep your body healthier.



October 08, 2014

What Does "MADE IN THE USA" Mean for Supplements?

I recently got an email from a customer asking this specific question regarding one of our products, Nutribiotics Defense Plus.  While this email was specific to one company, it goes to the heart of how we choose our brands.  Here's my answer...

Good question!  I didn’t know the exact answer so I call the manufacturer.  I know that they have been the leaders in grapefruit seed extract (GSE; the primary ingredient in Defense Plus) for 30 years and we have a huge repeat business for their products, especially Defense Plus.  Margaret recommends Defense Plus regularly during cold and flu season.  

Anyway, based on my conversation with the manufacturer, Nutribiotics is located in California and has multiple US-based manufacturing plants depending on the product.  They source their ingredients based on best quality available and have it verified by a third party lab (as do all good supplements manufacturers).  For GSE, it is sourced from US sources.  Other ingredients are sourced from best available and may not be US.  She said that they try to source from US first but quality is always their first priority.  I asked her about their key to success and she said that it was keeping the products clean of allergens for sensitive people (I didn’t know that).
In general, we like buying from American manufacturers but the ingredients come from around the world.  The best companies source the highest quality raw materials and have them third party tested…which means a higher price.  The trick is the buy the best products at the best prices.  We always have Defense Plus on sale!  And we give good service as in this email!
We buy from American companies who are committed to quality and testing of their products.  However, that means that some/many of their ingredients will come from sources outside the US because that's where the best ingredients are found/produced.  We know or at least know the story of the founders/owners of these companies and personal connection is the beginning of our trust in their brands.  The rest comes from the use of their products in our family and our customers' families.
September 26, 2014

Probiotics ›

Food Allergies In Children May Be Caused By Antibiotics

Food allergies have nearly tripled in the last 20 years.  A microbiologist from New York University has been researching this trend and has developed a hypothesis that use of antibiotics beginning early in life is reducing the beneficial gut flora (probiotics) thus weakening the person's immune system and leaving them more susceptible to food allergies.  

From the article...

"Blaser’s (the microbiologist) theory has been tested on young mice. They were fed a strong dose of antibiotics, and soon after their immune system changed and they developed a peanut allergy. They were then given the missing positive bacteria, and the results were astounding: The allergy was gone!"

Here's a link to the original article.  Here is a link to Blaser's website.


September 18, 2014

Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Obesity

A recent study showed that artificial sweeteners do not prevent obesity but may actually promote metabolic disorders such as type 2 diabetes.  Calorie-free sweeteners are often used to lower caloric intake and are commonly thought not to raise blood sugar levels.  In a recent issue of the journal Nature, researchers reported that artificial sweeteners increased the blood sugar levels in both mice and humans by interfering with microbes in the gut.  More research needs to be done but the research so far has been highly indicative of a relationship between the intake of artificial sweeteners and blood sugar intolerance; a precursor to metabolic diseases.  Here's a link to the original article.