Saturday, September 28, 2019

Are You Confident the Supplements You Take Will Not Harm You?

Do you care what is in your vitamins?  Do you think it matters? It matters enough that it could mean the difference between life and death.  I choose life -- what about you?

I know I would not be alive today if I had not done my research 40 years ago and switched to a safe brand.  I had been diagnosed with cancer and turned to nutrition for help.

This is week five of my series on how we are being conned by numerous vitamin and pharmaceutical companies that claim their products are the best; the safest.   Don't be easily fooled.  There are a few simple questions you can ask about your brand to determine if you are being conned.  This is the purpose of these posts.  I recommend you start with Week One to get the full picture.

Week One:  Do you want health for your time tomorrow?  Click here 

Week Two:  Does your brand produce vitamins with the life factor intact?  Or are they over-processed and of little value?  Click here

Week Three:  Simple Test to see if your vitamins are toxic or not  Click here  

Week Four:  Don’t be a victim of the dirty dozen – what should NEVER be in your supplements    Click here

Week Five:  If this scares you, it is time to do some research and make a change.  Click here

What is the difference between Kosher and Certified Organic and should you care? Kosher requirements are far more stringent than Certified Organic.  Isn't your body worth the best?  Without getting technical about the differences, here are a couple basic reasons to use Kosher vitamins.
kosher vitamins

The raw product is only as good as the soil it grows on and any organic farmer will vouch to that. Organic food has been cultivated and/or processed without the use of any chemicals, such as fertilizers, pesticides, additives, and artificial colorings.  However, an organic growing field can be affected by surrounding non-organic ones.  Even aerial contamination of plants in an organic farm is possible.

Kosher takes it a very important step further.  Both the field and the manufacturing facility must be spot tested SEVEN times a year for contamination.  Then, the soil must be rested every seven years for two years so the nutrients can be replenished.     

You should be assured that the company you buy your products from is testing for at least 400 different pesticides/chemicals and can prove the purity of their products.

2.  Are the health and nutrient claims based on anecdotal information or on scientific data? When I am asked to check out a client's products they are taking, I am continually amazed when I go to the company's website, there is no shortage of claims and testimonials but little, if any, scientific data. Testimonials carry little weight.  Look for the scientific proof. If it is not there - RUN AWAY.
synthetic vs natural

3.  Is your product stable?  To protect delicate enzymes and confirm product stability, temperature controls need to be monitored - produced at no more than 55 degrees C or 131 degrees F.  Otherwise, the live enzymes are destroyed rendering the vitamin of little value.
Vitamins must be alive to work

An example:  Acidophilus and Bifidus are highly promoted.  BUT according to one university study showing the actual amount of active bacteria found when microflora products were randomly selected and tested off the store shelf is shocking.

The label claimed the following numbers AT TIME OF MANUFACTURE.  This means NOTHING to the body if the product is dead when it is consumed.  The body will only benefit from the flora that is delivered to the intestines - not in the bottle.

Label claim and actual microanalysis results:

  • Brand 1:  2 billion         NONE
  • Brand 2:  100 million     1,500 
  • Brand 3:  250 billion     30 million
  • Brand 4:  1million         NONE
  • Brand 5:  500 million    500 million which guarantees delivery to the gut
The person, company or website should be able to answer these questions. If they don't -- RUN until you find one who will.

I have been a health coach for over 35 years and am amazed at least once a week by someone saying they know their products are safe, pure and reliable.  When I ask them why - here are some of their answers:

"My doctor recommended them."
"The advertising says they are ...... they surely can't lie."
"They are a very popular brand."
"I trust my pharmacist."

My next question goes something like this:

"If the products are working for you, why do you have so many negative symptoms, i.e. lifeless hair, aches and pains, menopausal symptoms, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia?"

The sad part is that many people are convinced that our depleted soil can somehow magically produce the nutrients we need in the food we eat.  Even more depressing is when we don't bother to find products that meet the criteria our body requires for health.

Have you ever tested your vitamins?

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Are You Scared Yet? You Should Be

World's Greatest Con Job -- It Gets Scarier

Does it really matter how old or how young we are?  Shouldn't each of us be concerned about our health?  Don't we all want to live fuller, healthier lives?

This is week five of my series on how we are being conned by numerous vitamin and pharmaceutical companies that their products are the best; the safest.  There are a few simple questions you can ask about your brand to determine if you are being conned.  That is the purpose of these posts.

Week One:  Do you want health for your time tomorrow?  Click here 

Friday, September 20, 2019

How Do You Manage Your Time?

Each of us is given 24 hours a day to spend any way we want -- aside from obligations, commitments, jobs, family, promises, or responsibilities.  If we are fortunate enough to have any spare time......we can have some fun!

Recently someone told me that there is 'scientific' research proving that time is moving faster in the past decade.  I have a difficult time wrapping my brain around that.  There are still 60 seconds in a minute.  But, I have to agree, those minutes seem to be racing around the clock.

I thought To-Do lists were supposed to get shorter but mine seems to grow every day.  Anyone else agree?

It seems no matter how hard we work or how much we accomplish, those times with family are the ones that have the greatest rewards -- the ones we remember the longest -- the ones we photograph.

Having my daughter and grandkids visit for a full week (not once but TWICE this summer) gave me incredible memories to reflect on during the busiest times.

I have a deep drawer in my office where I store their toys.  Brie walked in the front door and before saying anything she ran into my office to get the toys.  This is her surprised look when she saw what Gramma bought her.  I was saving it for a rainy day but......

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Is Honesty Still the Best Policy?

A story worth remembering, thinking about and repeating......  

A successful businessman was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business.  Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to do something different and called all the young executives in his company together.

He said "It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO.  I have decided to choose one of you."  The young executives were shocked as the boss continued.  "I am going to give each one of you a seed today.  This is one very SPECIAL seed.  I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from this seed.  I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO."

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Do You Know What Normal Looks Like?

Do you ever wonder what normal feels like?  For as long as I can remember, my life has not been 'normal.'  I know there are many others who can relate.  But am happy to report that this past month should be labeled as normal.  

There were no sudden catastrophes, no insane trauma to deal with, no impending 
problems that needed immediate attention -- just normal.

Work, play, work, eat, work, write, work, entertain.  Normal.  Loved it.

Footprints in the sand

Do You Enjoy Doing What You Do?

Friday, August 9, 2019

What Should the Penalty Be for Leaving a Dog in a Hot Car?

After rescuing a few dozen dogs, I have learned how to talk dog.  
It is an easy language to understand because dogs are commutative.  
All you have to do is to observe and listen.  They understand when you 
are sad, happy, or silly.  And they certainly know when you are planning 
on going out and leaving them alone.

Packing your suitcase for a trip is a sure trigger.  
You can hear them say, "Don't you realize that you 
will be leaving me behind?

Why can't I come with you?"

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Are You a Victim of the Dirty Dozen?

What is the World's Biggest Con Job? Week 4 - the Dirty Dozen

A con job is making people believe something that is not true.  This is what the vitamin industry is doing.  To explain, I will recap the last two posts for those of you who have not read them.

company with integrity, dirty dozen vitamin ingredients

There are three different types of vitamins; synthetic, natural altered and natural unaltered.  Click here to read that post explaining the difference.  Of the three, only natural UNaltered can be utilized by the body.

Friday, July 19, 2019

What Do You Think of When You Think of Family?

Family.  This is a word that stirs up a variety of emotions.  I am grateful for the relationship I have with my siblings and speak with them or email them regularly.  Unfortunately, due to the distance between us, it is too rare that we can physically be together.  The last time was 13 years ago for one of my grand niece's wedding.  When another grand-niece announced her wedding date, I determined to make the trip a priority and it happened.  

Looking at the picture, can you believe my brother is 81 years old?  He is still blonde and acts like a big kid.  It was two weeks of family time and lots of travel.  The first leg of the trip to Wisconsin took 30 hours but I was thrilled to finally see my sister after so many years.  After a day of rest (and shopping), we traveled to Michigan for the wedding.  Another 13 hours of sitting in a car!