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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!"