Once you know this stuff, you won't be able to un-know it! Trust me though, you need to know it!
For the last year I have been trying to open the proverbial Pandora's Box in the world of supplements, knowing that once it is opened things would never be the same. Well, I have been working feverishly for the last year and today something hit the news that I believe will be the beginning of the opening of one such Pandora's Box.
You probably heard the news I am referring to on Facebook, local, and national news today (read the article here).
Walgreens, WalMart, GNC and Target were all hit by the New York attorney general's office for selling bogus products. They found that many of these stores' name-brand herbal supplements are not what they say they are... Full of fillers and junk and possible allergens that could be quite dangerous for some people.
I know this is an isolated incident with store brands, but I believe this is just the tip of the iceberg. What you are going to learn in today's blog about what is being sold to us will turn what you know about supplements upside down. It certainly did for us a little over a year ago.
Once we discovered the truth about the nutrient deficiency in our food supply, we knew that we needed to supplement our diets with vitamins and minerals that are no longer available in food (even lacking in some organic foods). So, we began our homework and due-diligence with supplements.
Our primary goal was to find the highest quality, (mostly?) whole-food supplements that we possibly could. It was an overwhelming task that ended with a basket full of bottles. At one point I was taking close to 50 pills and/or capsules per day!
I was quite sick when I started supplementing and wondered when I would start feeling better (you can see the video beginning here). I never did.
Now, I understand why. It turns out that all of the supplements we had so diligently researched before purchasing were actually full of toxins! So, here I thought I was fortifying my diet with needed vitamins and minerals, but, instead, I was simply filling my system with toxins and absolutely no bio-available nutrients at all!!
I didn't know any of this until we met Eddie Stone, the founder and CEO of Touchstone Essentials. Eddie Stone started this company because, on his hunt for supplements for his own family, he found nothing but products full of these toxins.
The easiest way to explain all of this at this point is for you to click right here and print the report that pops up. This is a list of the most common ingredients in 98% of the supplements available today. This list will expose to you what these ingredients really are. So go ahead, click the link above, gather your own supplements come back, and we will continue (I'll wait).
If you are like me, you may be reading some of these ingredients and thinking, "These are just the scientific or technical names for vitamins and minerals; words I simply don't know because I'm not that smart." The list you printed or are looking at should make it very clear to you , like it did me, that these are not just technical words but words that hide the truth. Words that don't adequately describe what I am (and you are) putting into my body.
Words like cholecalciferol for vitamin D, which is actually irradiated lamb's wool.
Words like cyanocobalamin for vitamin B12, which is actually activated charcoal reacted with cyanide.
Words like ascorbic acid for vitamin C, which is made from fermented gmo corn, hydrochloric acid and acetone.
I was dumbfounded when I learned this stuff! How could this be allowed?
Even brands that doctors and naturopaths recommend to us have these toxic ingredients in them.
Turns out this industry is one of the most corrupt industries out there. With millions of people spending billions of dollars trying to improve their health, greed took over.
Like I said, I think this is the tip of the iceberg and I am ready! I want to be to the supplement world what the Food Babe is to exposing lies about so-called healthy food!
I know this is a long blog that may have created more questions than answers for you, so please feel free to comment or ask your questions below and we will do our best to help you sort through it all.
It's time! Are you ready?
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
I haven't written in awhile. Life is busy, huh? Non-stop, sometimes -- mostly good, but MAN, OH, MAN busy!!
The other day I put a little blurb about Vitamin-D on Facebook and I just want to revisit it today. It really is a huge problem. Doctors know this but what they do to address it is far from the answer.
Several years ago my doctor told me that me Vitamin-D level was rock bottom, his exact words! I knew I didn't feel good. I lacked energy, had lots of headaches, aches and pains, and bone pain that was unbearable!! He assured me that taking a Vitamin-D supplement would make me feel better in no time!
So, being the dutiful patient that I was (was, am no longer) I got my prescription Vitamin-D at the pharmacy and started taking the recommended dose each and every day. The doc said we should recheck my blood in 3 months...
3 months later, I had a new series of blood work done, and low and behold, my Vitamin-D level was right where it should be. “Perfect”, he said!!
Then he asked if I felt better - and I DID NOT!!!
“Well”, he said, “for lots of people it just takes longer.” So, once again being the dutiful patient that I was (was, am no longer), I continued to take the prescribed dose of 5 to 10K IU per day.
After yet another 3 months I had my blood checked again. I was told that everything was fine and should seriously consider taking some anti-depressants, because something else must be going on! After almost a full year of this kind of treatment I felt worse! Not at all better!!
This is when I began to really look at all of the supplements I was taking, and it was a large shoe box full! What I came to know about supplements and the supplement industry truly did turn my world upside down.
The reason my blood work showed an increased Vitamin-D level is simply because the Vitamin-D I was taking was made from irradiated lamb's wool (cholecalciferol) and that has the ability to mimic Vitamin-D in the blood but not the way the body is created to metabolize it. Which is why my body did not get the message to feel better!
Cholecalciferol is not food and we were created to function on food and nothing else!!
I did research on all of the other supplements I was taking and was horrified by what I discovered! No wonder I wasn't feeling better! I was filling my system with synthetics, chemicals and they are all toxic to our bodies!!
You cannot buy supplements simply based on what the front of the label says. Just like our food labels, we must read the back and learn what the ingredients really are.
I stated several times above that I am no longer a dutiful patient. I just want to be clear. I do think doctors and medicine have there place in our world and in our lives, sometimes!! But, we cannot depend on them for our overall health. Most honest doctors will admit that they don't really know a lot about nutrition. If you have one that does, hang on and don't let go, but remember they don't care about you the way you and only you can and need to!!
My hope is that through all of my ranting and raving you can hear my heart. I am not just simply trying to sell you a product. I want to sell you your health back!!
Through our "Healthy Cells, Healthy You" Free Workshops, my 8-week "Health and Wellness" courses, and yes, with the addition of Touchstone Essentials supplements, my hope is to teach you a better way to bridge the gap between what you eat and what you truly need.
So, please do something today to move toward a healthier you!
Maybe it's learning about one ingredient to remove from your food source. Maybe it's watching a compelling movie like, "Forks over Knives". Maybe it is taking a look at Touchstone Essentials as a vital part of maintaining or repairing your health. Either way, please make a choice to do SOMETHING new today! Only you can make the difference for YOU!!
Blessings till next time...
Have a health-filled day!
Everyone deserves "the Good Inside," and, yes, "Purity is Possible."