Something is really bothering me. I don't think there is a clear answer or grand solution. However, I wouldn't even bring it up if I didn't have part of a solution.
So here goes.....
There is so much talk about today what is in our food and how bad some of it really is.
We have been learning for several years now that food ingredient lists need to be payed close attention.
Overall, I think people that care about their health have gotten this message and are really trying to do better.
So my rant is toward the supplements side of things.
Many of the people that aren't shy about shouting warnings about ingredients in our food that are potentially harmful (alternative doctors, health advocates and bloggers), are some of the same people creating and promoting supplements and protein-powder products that are full of questionable, even knowingly harmful ingredients.
What is the disconnect?
I get that I was unaware of some of these harmful ingredients myself.
I think the first ingredient that I learned to look for and avoid was magnesium stearate. This ingredient has nothing to do with true magnesium. It is a chemical used to coat pills so that they will run through machinery without clogging up, Yes small amounts are used, but small amounts add up. And this is not food and doesn't belong in my body!
I then learned about a HUGE list of TOXIC ingredients that are in ALMOST ALL supplements available.
Even the really good, expensive, and so-called pure, natural and whole food ones.
Ingredients like: ascorbic acid, cholacalciferol, riboflavin, pryidoxine hydrochloride (HCL), cyanocobalamin, and many, many more.
These are things cooked up in labs using petroleum extracts, coal tar derivatives, acetone, formaldehyde, irradiated lamb's wool, fermented GMO corn, and lots more!
These things are NOT food at all, but chemicals, isolates, and toxic things that have no business being in our bodies!
I am talking about people that should know better. I am gonna name some names and see if my husband edits them out ;)
People like Dr. Mercola, Dr. Pompa, Dr. Carlson; companies like Mannatech and Herbalife; and most popular supplement companies like Standard Process and Kirkland.
Even the company that produced the movie Unacceptable Levels has a company of natural skin care products and recently added supplements to their line that have this bad stuff in them!
When confronted about this, which I have done, some of the responses are, “we don't have time to research everything and we stand behind our product choices,” or, “there are such small amounts of toxins, it really doesn't matter.”
Maybe it doesn't matter to them, but it matters to ME! Does it matter to YOU?
Oh, and doctors, health advocates and bloggers aren't the only ones!
I am absolutely blown away when I go into health food stores and/or healthy grocery stores.
Stores like Whole Foods, New Seasons, Natural Choice, Mother's, Chuck's, and many others across the country.
Each and every one of them has a supplement section, and usually a very large section at that.
98% (I want to say 99.9%, but I better be conservative) of the products in these sections are full of the toxins I mentioned above.
I just don't get it!!
Do they not know, or do they not care?
I was outraged - and continue to be - when I found out about all of this.
But, like I said in the beginning, I wouldn't bring it up if I didn't believe I had at least part of a solution.
And we do!
We found a company that is honestly and fully committed to this statement: “Purity is Possible!!”
One purpose of this blog post today is to encourage you to find out the truth about what you are allowing into your body through the supplements you are taking, even while trying to do the right thing for your health and the health of those you care about.
My husband and I know that while we were spending many, many dollars on products with these scary ingredients in them, I was getting sicker and sicker without knowing why.
You may not be feeling any direct effects of these ingredients yourself yet, but we believe you need to at least know the truth so you can make an informed choice.
If you want to learn about truly non-GMO, organic, raw whole-food supplements for cellular health & nutrition, with absolutely nothing questionable in them, please don't hesitate to ask. We would be thrilled to share what we have found!!
Have a happy and health-filled day
Everyone deserves "the Good Inside," and, yes, "Purity is Possible."