Why I Stopped Taking Vitamins

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You’ve probably heard it since you were a kid.

“Make sure you take your vitamins!”

I remember the Flintstone kind. Those were my favorites. 🙂

Then I grew up and started doing a lot of research on nutrition and natural health and realized that vitamins aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. As a parent, I will not be shoving them down my child’s throat, and I’m now refusing to take them myself.

Most vitamins that you can buy off the shelf these days are synthetic. If you’re here because a new vitamin or nutritional supplement has crossed your path, and you’re having trouble deciding whether you should try it or not, look at the label. Figure out what’s in your vitamins, and if they are made of chemicals, then I suggest you get rid of them and opt for a better alternative.

What are synthetic vitamins?

Synthetic vitamins are chemically processed, isolated, fractionated forms of the real vitamins that come from whole foods. They are processed in a laboratory at high temperatures, which destroy the nutrient content, and contain petroleum-derived chemical solvents such as ethyl cellulose, coal tar, hydrochloric acid, acetonitrole with ammonia, methanol, benzene, formaldehyde, cobalamins reacted with cyanide… the list goes on.

Unlike synthetic vitamins, which are isolated and chemically processed, real whole-food vitamins are found in nature and contain a host of components and factors that are vital to their performance. Isolating a part from its whole renders it virtually useless. Think of a car, for instance. It needs all of its parts to function properly. You can’t give someone a radiator and expect it to function like a car. The same principle applies to nutrients. You can’t take a chemically processed form of a vitamin that is isolated from the food that contained it, and expect it to function in the same way as the real thing.

Isolated, or synthetic, nutrients are not found in nature. Studies show that the body treats them like foreign substances, and the high doses found in many supplements today behave more like drugs than natural substances. Your body should never be expected to break down mega-doses of something not found in nature.

Are synthetic vitamins harmful?

Maybe. Maybe not. Many people take synthetic vitamins on a daily basis and think nothing of it. If you take Centrum, One-a-Day or even a basic prenatal, you’re taking isolated, chemically processed nutrients that could more likely be a burden for your body to excrete than an aid for your body to heal. But even if they do no harm, it’s likely they aren’t doing much good either if your body is not absorbing them. In that case, you’re just wasting money.

People have been taking vitamins for years and been fine, so whether or not they are truly harmful is yet to be concluded. Personally, I tend to think they aren’t really necessary for overall health and could potentially be toxic when taken at high levels over a long period of time.

(Note: I did not take prenatal vitamins throughout my pregnancy, and I gave birth to a healthy baby girl, naturally, in the comfort of my own home.)

You may be asking, “if most vitamins contain unnatural and potentially toxic ingredients, why do doctors advocate taking them and why do we sometimes feel so great after taking them?”

I’ve asked the same question, and I have two theories, which I’ll share below. Please note that these are theories and should not be regarded as fact without you doing your own research.

Theory #1: Synthetic vitamins may cause deficiencies when taken over a prolonged period. Isolated from the cofactors they need to function properly, they will begin to pull those co-factors from your body’s tissues if they aren’t found in the foods you eat. The result is that you’ll probably feel good for a while, but when the co-factors run out, you’ll start to feel worse. Over a long period, the synthetics imitate the actions of drugs, overstimulating and draining the body, rather than feeding it the nutrients it needs. The high doses found in many multivitamins make that action very pronounced when you first begin using them, but after a while, those effects can wear off.

Theory #2: There’s a lot of money in the vitamin industry. If everyone stopped taking their prescription drugs, the pharmaceutical companies would take a big hit. Same thing with vitamins. If we all stopped taking them, these mega-corporations that produce them would lose a lot of money. If you ever wonder why things like flu shots and legal drugs get pushed on the population every year, follow the dollar…

And that’s all I’ll say about that.

How do you know if a supplement contains synthetic nutrients or is truly whole-food based?

A lot of supplements claim to be “whole-food based” but that doesn’t mean they come from whole foods. My prenatal vitamin made that claim, but once I looked at the label, I realized it was false. Some companies combine a small amount of whole foods with synthetic vitamins and then claim it’s natural, whole food. If you’re looking at a list of ingredients, and you see a vitamin without a natural whole-food source listed next to it, then it’s most likely synthetic. If you see a vitamin with a chemical source listed next to it, then it’s definitely synthetic. Here are some examples:

Synthetic Vitamin A is also called Vitamin A Palmitate, Retinyl Acetate or Vitamin A Acetate. It’s processed using methanol, benzene and petroleum esters. If you see “Vitamin A (Retinyl Acetate)” listed as an ingredient in a supplement, you’ll know it’s a chemical form of the vitamin. On the other hand, if you see food sources such as fish oil, carrots, lemongrass, D. Salina Algae or spinach listed next to the vitamin, you can be confident it came from whole food.

Synthetic Vitamin B 12 is also called cobalamin or cyanocobalamin. It’s processed using  activated charcoal reacted with cyanide. If you see “Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin)” in a list of ingredients on a label, then you’ll know it’s synthetic. On the other hand, if you see food sources such as rice bran, brewers yeast, liver or molasses listed next to the vitamin, you can be confident it came from whole food.

Synthetic Vitamin C is also called ascorbic acid. It’s made from fermented corn, using hydrochloric acid and acetone. If you see “Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)” in an ingredients list, then you’ll know it’s synthetic. On the other hand, if you see food sources such as acerola, rose hips, citrus fruits and blackberries listed next to the vitamin, you can be confident it came from whole food. Most over-the-counter vitamin C tablets are nothing more than ascorbic acid.

Synthetic Vitamin D is also called cholecalciferol. It’s made from irradiated sheep’s wool, or lanolin. If you see “Vitamin D (cholecalciferol)” in an ingredients list, you’ll know it’s synthetic. On the other hand, if you see food sources such as fish oil, omega-3’s and mushrooms, you can be confident it came from whole food.

Synthetic Vitamin E is also called d-alpha tocopherol acetate, tocopheryl acetate or alphatocopherol. It’s made with phenols (plastics) from petroleum waste, which are treated with acetone (nail polish remover). If you see “Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol acetate)” on an ingredients list, you’ll know it’s synthetic. On the other hand, if you see food sources such as rice bran oils, spinach and nuts, you can be confident it came from whole food.

For a complete list of synthetic vitamin forms, I recommend you consult my good friend Google. He was a big help to me in gathering all of this research. I am not listing specific sources — as there were a lot of them, and this information was gathered over a period of a few weeks — but I’m confident that with a little digging, you can find all of this out for yourself pretty easily.

And that, my friends, is the basis for my personal decision to stop taking vitamins — at least the ones that don’t come from whole food. But that doesn’t mean I think we should all stop supplementing our diets. All of the toxic chemicals in our environment, combined with inorganic farming and GMO crops have led to nutritionally depleted food sources. The foods we eat today are not nearly as nutritionally sound as they were 50 years ago, because U.S. soils have been tainted. For that reason, we should all be taking whole food supplements in order to get the nutrients our body needs on a daily basis. You simply can’t get everything from today’s food that you once could. For that reason, in addition to eating a healthy, organic, GMO-free diet, my family uses whole-food supplements and we take care to detoxify our bodies’ cells on a regular basis.

If you are looking for a high-quality whole-food supplement and long-term cellular detoxification regimen, I highly recommend Touchstone Essentials. The pure body detox cleanses your body at the cellular level but does not require you to stop eating or be on the toilet nonstop. I was able to use it safely throughout my pregnancy. You simply spray it into your mouth 3 times a day, and you’re done! Easy-peasy…

I also recommend Maximized Living supplements. We use the Perfect Protein in our smoothies, and it tastes great. We are also taking the Vitamin D3 Complex, which is 100% whole-food based. Considering that most Americans have a severe Vitamin D3 deficiency, this is probably the most important Vitamin to include in your diet. Vitamin D3 helps boost your immune system, which is a key factor in preventing sickness. And whole-food forms are much better than synthetic forms.

Please feel free to contact me with any further questions. Thanks for reading!

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  1. Stumbled on your article when doing some research. Vitamins derived from “whole foods” are great, but they’re not always the most effective nor do they always have a stable shelf life. Plus, producing several tons of kale for one batch of vitamins to meet the Recommended Daily Amounts of folate seems ridiculous. Good luck in your journey though!

  2. This is a very clever blog.. Softly attack your competition and then promote your current Network Marketing business opportunity at the end.. This blog lacks integrity!!

    • I consider her adding an alternative solution quite diligent & thorough. Why would she not let her readers know what she is doing now? Does it really matter that she is selling the product herself. Most of these companies are much more affordable when you are a member. Only makes sense.

      Thank you, Selwa, for suggesting a possibly better product line.

      • Denise, thanks for your comment. I plan to suggest additional alternatives if I find them to be good. I am still using Touchstone, but there are a lot of other great products out there as well, and I’m not opposed to promoting them, whether I’m selling them or not!

  3. LOL I see you took down my comment about this blog lacking Integrity and nothing but a sales pitch for your new Network Marketing Business…. So much for “Speak your Mind”.. It just shows a further lack of integrity..

    • Hi Scott. I would say thanks for your comment, but it would come off as complete sarcasm after what I’m about to write.

      I’m all for people speaking their mind as long as what you have to say is constructive, positive and not a personal attack on someone you’ve never met before in your entire life. You may want to try learning a little more about a person before you accuse them of lacking integrity and “attacking their competition” to promote their current business.

      I don’t know why I’m even taking the time to defend myself here. You don’t know anything about me. You clearly didn’t look around or bother to read any of my other posts. If you had, maybe you would have hesitated before personally attacking what I choose to write about on MY website. This is a lifestyle blog. In it, I talk about the things that matter to me. Those things include: marriage, family, relationships, music and songwriting, and business. Business is one small part of my life and what’s important to me, and it’s as much my right to talk about what I do for a living, as it is your right to comment on my blog.

      However, I’d appreciate it if you’d keep your comments constructive. You say my blog lacks integrity. Your comments lack intelligence. That’s why I deleted the first one. But since you insist that that further displays a lack of integrity on my part, I’ll go ahead and leave it up for the world to see, and maybe others reading this can form their own impression of you.

      Last thing – you use the word “inspire” in your e-mail address. Is that your last name, or something you seek to do in your life? If it’s the latter, I’d suggest you start by having something positive and inspirational to say to people rather than putting them down. The person who commented before you did not agree with what I said in this post. But at least he had something intelligent and constructive to say, which is why I approved his comment without hesitation, even though it has a link to his website in it, where he sells products from my “competition.” You could stand to learn a few lessons from people like him.

      Best of luck.

      Selwa

      • BRAVO! iT ISN’T VERY OFTEN THAT A BLOGGER CAN SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT WITH SUCH GRACE. mY HUSBAND AND i ARE ALSO ON A HEALTH JOURNEY AND TRYING TO FIND THE RIGHT PATH FOR US. ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS AND HER HUSBAND HAD STARTED USING A PRODUCT (THAT i WON’T NAME) THAT WAS RECOMMENDED TO THEM BY HER HUBBY’S TRAINER. tHEY DID A 24-DAY CHALLENGE AND LOST A TON OF WEIGHT AND INCHES. tHEY’RE EATING HEALTHIER AND EXERCISING. i WAS SO HAPPY FOR THEM, SO WHEN THEY INVITED US OVER TO TELL US ABOUT IT, WE SAID SURE, WE’D LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT IT.
        wHILE WE’RE VERY HAPPY FOR THEIR RESULTS, WE WEREN’T ABLE TO GO DOWN THE SAME PATH BECAUSE THEIR PRODUCT USED A LOT OF ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, COLORS, AND SWEETENERS. wE ARE SEEKING A MORE NATURAL PATH. eVEN THOUGH WE DIDN’T TAKE THE SAME PATH, i’M THANKFUL TO MY FRIEND FOR GETTING US TO START SEEKING AGAIN. wE FOUND jUICE pLUS+. i IMMEDIATELY FELL IN LOVE WITH THE SIMPLICITY OF THE WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION. iT’S NON-GMO, VINE AND TREE RIPENED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES THAT ARE COLD PROCESSED JUICED TO KEEP ALL OF THE ENZYMES ALIVE, AND THEN DRIED AND PUT INTO CAPSULES OR CHEWABLES. (nO, THIS ISN’T A SALES PITCH – JUST SHARING THAT THERE ARE SOME GREAT PRODUCTS OUT THERE.)
        iT SOUNDS LIKE WE’RE OF A SIMILAR FRAME OF MIND. tHANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR STORY.

        • Hi Anne – thanks so much for your comments! I am very familiar with Juice Plus+. My sister takes it and I used to take it as well. Now we take Touchstone Essentials, which is similar, but there are additional supplements and their super greens also contain probiotics and Vitamin D from mushrooms. (I like that I get more nutrients in one pill; otherwise I’d probably go back to Juice Plus…) I’m still a fan though. Planning to purchase a tower garden soon! 🙂

          • If you haven’t purchased a tower garden yet, Don’t! I bought one and am not loving it. you can have it for the shipping costs if you want it. I used it one summer (2013) and put it aside. let me know — it’s just sitting here gathering dust.

  4. Hi Selwa,

    I stumbled across your blog while researching exercise plans. I thought your post was gracefully written and very informative. I am interested in eating more natural/organic/non-gmo foods, but also know that a lot of all-natural foods aren’t as nutrient packed as the foods that our ancestors grew up on because of deficiencies in the soil. Just writing because I realize I can’t have it perfect, but I appreciate your info because it well help me make more of an informed decision! By the way, I love how you responded to the last comment. You sound like a woman of character. Have a great day! 🙂

    • Jennifer, thanks for your comment! As I’ve always said – if you find something that works for you and you feel good about it, that’s all that matters!

  5. Thank you Selwa you have blessed me with your information as l have a disease & was talked into life force(l believe it is a good product) which l had to stop as it was burning my guts because of the iron content. l have an iron problem which affects my guts & l have to be bled & the blood thrown away. You have given me information that l need & will help me make better decisions as l find it very hard to do that now. You have done some of my homework for me.
    You have a great day

  6. Larry Fuchs Jr. on

    Here is an excerpt from an article that explain the difference between natural and synthetic vitamins:

    Vitamins: Natural Versus Synthetic

    Over the years, health-conscious consumers have heard a plethora of marketing claims on multivitamin supplement labels regarding the source of their vitamins. Most are intended to denote a kind of relative closeness to what’s normally found in food; for example, “whole food sourced,” “food state,” “food based,” “bioidentical,” and even “all natural.” Upon taking a closer look, however, these claims that hint of nutritional superiority are misleading or based on little scientific evidence.

    Clearly, companies making these sorts of claims are relying simply on false perception to market their products. Consider that sourcing vitamins directly from food sources is highly improbable and unsustainable. It would take a huge degree of processing and use of harsh solvents to extract these vitamins from food. For instance, manufacturers would have to go through several tons of kale just to produce enough beta-carotene or folate for a batch of vitamin supplements to meet the Recommended Daily Amounts.

    Once produced and labeled, there’s also the problem of dosage and shelf life stability. It’s an unfortunate reality that several multivitamins in the marketplace either do not accurately label their dosages or they use forms that have poor stability. Vitamin B12, for example, is available in several different forms including cyanocobalamin, methylcobalamin, and adenosylcobalamin. However, only cyanocobalamin has demonstrated extended shelf life stability for use in products such as manufactured foods and supplements.

    Furthermore, the efficacy of a vitamin, from whatever source—whether it be from foods, produced through fermentation, or synthetically derived—depends entirely on its chemical structure. Cyanocobalamin, which is produced through fermentation or synthetically derived, is easily converted to other B12 forms in the body (except in unusual circumstances) and is backed by strong evidence for efficacy and long-term safety. The supplement has demonstrated clinical benefits for the brain and nervous system, as well as for cardiovascular health (1-3). There also has been no toxicity associated with any level of intake of cyanocobalamin (4).

    There are indeed circumstances when the chemical structure of a naturally derived vitamin shows greater biological activity than what can be produced otherwise. In the case of vitamin E, for example, the naturally derived form, d-alpha tocopherol, has clearly demonstrated benefits over the synthetically derived form, dl-alpha tocopherol (1). Likewise, evidence continues to grow showing that vitamin D in the form of cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) is more effective than the synthetic or plant-based version ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) for improving vitamin D status in the body (5).

    References

    Shils ME, Olson JA, Shike M. Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease. 9th edition. Lippincott; 1999:447-58.
    Gropper SS, Smith JL, Groff JL. Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism, 5th ed. 2009.
    Tice JA, Ross E, Coxson PG, et al. Cost-effectiveness of vitamin therapy to lower plasma homocysteine levels for the prevention of coronary heart disease: effect of grain fortification and beyond. JAMA 2001;286(8):936-43.
    Hathcock JN, Troendle GJ. Oral cobalamin for treatment of pernicious anemia. JAMA 1991;265(1):96-97.
    Tripkovic L, Lambert H, Hart K et al. Comparison of vitamin D2 and vitamin D3 supplementation in raising serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D status: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Clin Nutr 2012.
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    • Larry, thanks for your comment.

      There are a lot of things I could say in response to this article. I could argue each point, and do it well, if I had the time to sit down and really research it all, but I don’t, so I won’t. I’ve read this article before, and it is well-written. No matter what any science experiment tells me about shelf life or efficacy, however, I believe that God, in his original design knew what he was doing when he created the foods that we eat. Granted, those foods are no longer as powerful, nutritionally, as they used to be. But the reason for that is the fact that we humans messed with them in the first place. When we mess with things that were originally designed by the creator of the universe, we tend to mess them up.

      Synthetic vitamins are just more evidence of our meddling. Because our food sources are nutritionally depleted (a result of our messing with nature), we feel like we must create these vitamins from chemicals to get the nutritional equivalent of their original forms. I can’t help but wonder how much this will affect us in years to come. It’s another band-aid solution to a problem that’s likely to exacerbate the problem further for future generations – though we may not be able to see it now. Therefore, I choose to stick with natural supplements – even if science shows they don’t last as long and may not be as effective – and rely on the Lord to supply whatever is missing from my diet and my life.

      Thank you for sharing the article, and I wish you the best of luck with your health.

      Selwa

      • ” i could argue each point, and do it well, if i had the time to sit down and really research it all, but i don’t, so i won’t. ”
        This statement, selwa, tells me that you are voicing your opinion, but you do not have the knowledge.

        • Good for you Judy! Glad you’ve made the choice that works best for you. As have I. If you’ll notice, the title of this post is “why I stopped taking vitamins” not “why you should stop taking vitamins”. I named it that way on purpose because I believe everyone has the right to make their own decision and what works well for one person may not work well for another. You’re absolutely right. I was voicing my opinion. That does not mean I have no knowledge though, as I have done extensive research on synthetic vitamins as this post illustrates if you take time to read the whole thing.

    • I liked both articles…they both make sense. selwa article for being honest…she clearly state she has no ‘proof’ and it’s her theory and she advocates the benefits of real whole foods as the ultimate form of nutrients. I was educated on the concept of synthetics as I didn’t know that and if a person finds supplements that they feel align better with their personal diet and nutrition goals then nobody can fault that and if she sells products that she feels better about then that is perfectly fine.

      I like Larry’s article because he isn’t attacking anyone he is stating the facts as he knows them and has every confidence that the benefits of the supplements far outweigh the consequences of not doing anything at all in regard to improving one’s overall condition.

      for the majority of aMERICANS THERE IS LITTLE ESCAPE FROM TOXINS…IT’S EVERYWHERE OUR FOODS, OUR FOOD SOURCES, OUR FABRICS, OUR AIR, OUR WORK AND HOME ENVIRONMENT, OUR SCHOOLS, THE UTILITY GRIDS, ELETRONICS, AND THE LIST CAN GO ON ENDLESSLY AND INTO ALL DIRECTIONS. kEEPING OUR BODIES AT OPTIMIUM HEALTH IS A MAJOR WAY TO COMBAT THE ONSLAUGHT AND EFFECTS OF TOXINS BY BEING CAUTIOUS AND CONSCIOUS OF ELIMINATING TOXINS TO THE EXTENT POSSIBLE AND STILL MANAGE TO SOCIALIZE WITHIN OUR WORLD. nOT EVERYONE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE AND WORK IN SAFER RURAL AREAS, GROWING FOOD ORGANICALLY, AND ENJOYING LESS CONTAMINATED AIR.

      ALONG THE ‘THEORY’ THAT SYNTHETICS MAY HAVE SOME MISSING SYNERGYSTIC COMPONENTS THAT COULD POTENTIALLY CREATE HARM I WOULD COUNTER BY WONDERING WOULDN’T IT BE POSSIBLE TO PICK UP THOSE MISSING COMPONENTS FROM THE FOODS WE DO EAT, AT LEAST FOR THOSE WHO ARE MORE PRONE TOWARDS HEALTHIER EATING REGARDLESS. obviously ANYONE SUBSISTING ON A JUNK FOOD, gmo, OR WHATEVER SLOP THE FOOD INDUSTRY ATTEMPTS TO PASS OFF AS ‘FOOD’ ISN’T GOING TO BENEFIT AS MUCH AND MAY BE LESS INCLINDED TO SUPPLEMENT OR TAKE CARE OF THE HEALTH ANYWAY. a LOT OF PEOPLE DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW BAD THE FOOD IT THEY ARE BUYING BUT IT’S BECAUSE THEY JUST DON’T KNOW OR THEY CANNOT COMPREHEND THAT THINGS THAT ‘TASTE GOOD’ CAN BE POOR NUTRITION…ALL OF HTE CONVENIENCE FOODS READY FOR THE MICROWAVE OR THAT SEEM SO TASTY AND FILLING. tHAT IS THE BIGGER ‘CRIME’ SO TO SPEAK THAN THE VITAMIN INDUSTRY UTILIZING THE SYNTHETIC PROCESSES….WHICH ARE PROCESSES UTILIZED IN MANY INDUSTRIES MORE THAN WE CAN INVESTIGATE AND STUDY.

  7. Selwa, I have a question…what if your shake has the “bad vitamin” names next to the vitamin but down in the ingredients list has all the real foods?? Where then is the vitamin coming from?

    • If the bad vitamin name is listed then it is a synthetic source. That doesn’t mean the product doesn’t have any real foods in it. It just means they have “fortified it” with additional vitamins that are synthetically produced.

  8. Thanks for the informative post. Your post regarding the supremacy of nature’s whole foods (AKa God’s work!) hits the nail on the head. We humans will never be able to mimic the infinitely intelligent and ultimately perfect designs that lie within nature. We can never make great things from nothing, but we can make good products derived from nature’s perfection. It MAKES ABSOLUTE SENSE THAT deriving all your nutrients from 100% organic whole foods is superior. It is what was ultimately intended for us as human beings. However, like you say – we humans have meddled to such a degree that accomplishing If you have the time, dedication, finance and education to do this – do it! If you are busy, stressed, lack knowledge regarding what constitutes organic and whole foods, or are responsible for a myriad of people and things…. Oh – and is there any reason why we can’t post with capitals here?

    • Hi Janelle – thanks for your comment! My blog is designed so that all of the text appears lowercase on the site. I felt like lowercase letters fit well with my personal brand, so I set it up that way on purpose. 🙂

      • Oh my gosh, I so wanted to read this article, but I can’t see it all because of your graphics covering the texts! Ugh!

        • Hi Lisa – I fixed the background image so it’s not repeating. This should significantly aid your experience on a mobile device and the graphics shouldn’t cover the text anymore. I’m assuming you were on a mobile device as that’s where the problem is most evident for me. If you’re on a regular computer screen, it shouldn’t be too hard to read. Let me know if you have any more trouble, and thanks for your feedback!

  9. Arrived here after searching for more info on a certain product line. Am on day 11 and quitting. Just finished the last two cleanse days and I feel rotten: low bp, and horribly dizzy …most likely due to the 11 days of nonstop diarrhea I’ve had. Clearly I am sensitive to the product ingredients. i am down 5 lbs, but will probably gain it all back tomorrow when I rejoin the land of the living. Thankfully, I’m not really overweight to the extent that I needed to try this.

    • Hi Lisa,

      If you’re not really overweight and are just looking for a way to get and stay healthy, I highly recommend Touchstone Essentials as an easy way to supplement your diet and detox without all of the symptoms. That’s what my husband and I have been doing and we love it. I’ve been taking the PureBody Detox daily throughout my pregnancy. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions or would like to know more. Best wishes.

      Selwa

    • Hey there! I would be happy to tell you more about what I’m currently using.

      My husband and I take daily whole-food supplements from Touchstone Essentials. We get our daily dose of fruits and veggies, along with super greens and probiotics with the Essentials and Supergreens +D capsules. We also use the PureBody detox spray daily, which helps to keep our body free from environmental toxins that lead to weight gain. I like it because it’s a daily detox, and you don’t have ego stop eating for 2 days to reap the benefits. You probably won’t see the same sort of dramatic weight loss transformation, but combined with a healthy, organic, whole-foods-based diet and exercise, you will notice a difference in how you feel. You can learn more and purchase Touchstone products at http://selwaluke.mytouchstoneessentials.com.

      We also use doTerra essential oils which address a variety of health concerns naturally. I wrote a blog on how I’ve benefitted from them during my pregnancy, which you can read here: http://selwaluke.com/pregnancy/essential-oils-during-pregnancy. But they are great even if you’re not pregnant. There are hundreds of ways to use them to address everything from sinus congestion to acne. You can learn more about doTerra and purchase the oils at: http://www.mydoterra.com/selwaluke/.

      As far as shakes go, we make our own homemade protein “powder” with quinoa flour (you can google how to make it – it’s really easy!), sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, ground flax meal and chia seeds. We grind all ingredients together in our Ninja Blender until it has a somewhat powdery consistency and then store it in an airtight container. It’s great for fruit and vegetable smoothies, and it’s much more economical than buying whey protein every month. It has sort of a nutty flavor. One great recipe is an apple & almond butter protein shake – you blend 1 apple, 1 banana and a tablespoon of almond butter together in a single-serve blender cup. (Ninja and Vitamix work really well – the Ninja is much less expensive). And you add 4 tablespoons of the homemade protein powder.

      Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions! Thanks for stopping by.

      Selwa

      • Love essential oils! They’re incredible & absolute miracle workers
        You can find an oil for absolutely everything in your life. Beauty products, medicine, cleaning products….list goes on

      • I have been looking up recipes for homemade protein powder, but haven’t found any close to what you are using. would you be willing to share your recipe?

        • Hi LuLou,

          For my homemade protein powder, I combined equal parts of the following in my Ninja blender (if you have a Vitamix, that works too): quinoa flour (you can google how to make it), pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds & ground flax seeds. You can also add steel cut oats. It’s a bit gritty, so if texture is not a problem for you and you like the taste of nuts and seeds, then it works. I’ve since learned that brewer’s yeast is a great way to add protein to any smoothie if you wanted to skip the homemade powder. If you’re not opposed to raw egg whites, that’s another option as well.

          I’ve actually started using a whey protein powder from Maximized Living. It’s high-quality undenatured whey protein from grass-fed cows and it doesn’t contain synthetics, hormones or bad stuff in general. (The ingredients label is very simple.) It’s also sweetened with natural stevia instead of sugar and it tastes delicious. I add a banana and a peanut butter, and I only use half a scoop instead of the full scoop. Usually it holds me over for 3 or 4 hours, just like a full meal replacement.

          We tried the homemade stuff for a while – it is cheaper, but we found it didn’t seem to hold us over as full meal replacements like this stuff does, so we switched. I’m happy to have found a great-tasting powder that doesn’t contain synthetic vitamins. Our chiropractor sells it at her practice and it came highly recommended by several of her patients.

          Hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  10. Thank you for an informative article! I have tried a group of supplements in the past (and still have family members who are thoroughly devoted) and had no idea about the synthetic nutrients. it didn’t work for me, but works great for them. i am still looking 🙂

    i do find it a little disappointing that so many people can’t love something without attacking or belittling those who don’t. i have faced the same in my personal life, and the truth is that we are all different. different tastes, different preferences, and different diet/lifestyle changes are going to work.

  11. Hey – all interesting – have tried another product and loved it from both a health and biz perspective. But Id also give touchstone pictures a go too if it’s all naturally derived . Can you tell me about their comp plan?

  12. HI SELWA..THANKS SO MUCH FOR WRITING this post. FROM A HEALTH PERSPECTIVE I BELIEVE WE SHOULD FOCUS ON WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION THAT IS NON GMO (VERY IMPORTANT). YEARS AGO I DID NOT KNOW MUCH ABOUT SYNTHETIC VITAMINS THE WAY THAT I DO NOW. IT IS GREAT THAT PEOPLE HAVE CHOICES( TOXIC OR NOT ); FOR ME THE BETTER CHOICE IS APPARENT WITH MY RESULTS. (HEALTH WISE) 🙂

  13. Hi selwa — Thank you for sharing you personal experience! And God bless you for having the patience to deal with all of the negative commenters! They must not know what it means to have a personal opinion or understand how to respond to one respectfully or intelligently.

  14. Dear selwa, I found your blog to be very informative and well written. You obviously did your research & must have taken a great deal of time & energy, which is much appreciated on my behalf. Only sorry that some of these commenters (like the one right above mine & Scott’s) feel that your blog was some kind of hidden agenda to promote your product. I wish people would take the time to read the whole thing before making asinine remarks.
    Anyway, after considering your foundlings on the synthetic vitamins I’m reluctantly still sticking with my supplements…. ehhh well at least for now, I may switch after I finish off my remaining products. But thanks to your information, I now know about these synthetic vitamins & can be aware of them in other foods too! 🙂

  15. Megan weemer on

    Selwaluke,
    i would also recommend looking into a fairly new company called genesis pure. Products
    Are organic, all natural (nothing synthetic) from wild harvested fruits. The founder and formulator is world renowned nutritionist and naturopath, dr Lindsey Duncan. I encourage you to do research on the company and email me if interested in hearing more about it at weemergp@gmail.com

    In good health,
    Megan

  16. Thank you, selwa, for writing this post. I’m glad there are intelligent people out there who actually do their own research.

  17. Selwa, thank you for the information on this website. I did not think about the information about using chemical nomenclature as a way to identify synthetic ingredients from natural products. However, how about the preservatives used in “natural” products (based upon your definition that natural as being real whole food since there is no FDA OR USDA RULE ON DEFINING AND REGULATING THE TERM “NATURAL”. I REALIZE THAT http://WWW.ERG.ORG LIST MANY CHEMICAL AGENTS AS BAD TO CERTAIN PARTS OF THE BODY BUT IT DOES NOT INDICATED THE TOLERABILITY LEVEL. THIS COUNTRY FLUORIDATE THE DRINKING WATER SYSTEM, WHEREAS ISRAEL, JAPAN, AND CERTAIN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES DOES NOT. THIS COUNTRY CLAIMS (WHICH I DISAGREE WITH THEIR RATIONALE) THAT FLUORIDATING THE WATER HELPS TO WARD OFF DENTAL DISEASES AND PROMOTE BONE STRENGTH. HOWEVER, IF THIS WAS TRUE, THE UNFLUORIDATED WATER COUNTRIES HAS DECLINING TOOTH DISEASES. also, FLUORIDE (OR FLUORINE I AM NOT CERTAIN WHICH ONE) IS TOXIC TO THE HUMAN BODY. FURTHERMORE, FLUORIDE IS IN THE SAME CHEMICAL FAMILY AS CHLORIDE (FLUROINE AND CHLORINE) WHICH ARE VERY BAD TO THE HUMAN BODY. DRINKING HOT TAP WATER OR (WATER THAT CONTAINS FLUORIDE/FLUORINE) WILL INCREASE SUCH HALOGEN CONCENTRATION. I WOULD ASSUME THAT NON-SYNTHETIC VITAMINS NEED TO USE PRESERVATIVES TO PREVENT THE FOOD ELEMENTS FROM ROTTING. I DO NOT KNOW ABOUT THE PRESERVATIVES USED IN SYNTHETIC OR LESS-SYNTHETIC VITAMINS ARE OF ANY GOOD, IT COMES DOWN TO RISK-BENEFIT ANALYSIS, I THINK. HOW MUCH RISK AVERSION IS ONE WILLING OR UNWILLING TO ASSUME? THE PROBLEM IS THAT INFORMED CONSUMER HAS A DIFFICULT TIME TO DIFFERENTIATE THE RISK LEVELS SINCE SCIENCE AND INFORMATION IS CONSTANTLY CHANGING (FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE 1970’S, SCIENCE CLAIMED THAT MARGERINE WAS BETTER THAN BUTTER/ANIMAL FAT). also, THE LOBBY GROUPS AND SPECIAL INTEREST PUTS UP BIASED INFORMATION AND HIDE THE TRUTH ABOUT THEIR PRODUCTS. FOR EXAMPLE, BEFORE 1960, I FOUND OUT THAT MEDICAL DOCTORS (MD) AND DENTIST (DDS) RECOMMENDED SMOKING AS “HEALTHY”. FOR THIS PARTICULAR REASON, I QUESTION THE UNNECESSARY USE OF FLUROIDE OR FLUROINE IN THE DRINING WATER SINCE IT IS UNNECESSARY RISK. THE FLUROIDATED DRINKING WATER IS BACKED UP BY THE ADA (AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION) AS A “HEALTH BENEFIT”. LOOK AT THIS PERSPECTIVE, DOES THE GOVERNMENT BAN TOBACCO? instead, IT TAX ON IT TO PAY MAKE PEOPLE TO PAY FOR THE INCREASED HEALTH CARE FOR THEIR DECISION TO HAVE A HAVE A HIGHER RISK.

  18. thanks for sharing your experience Selwa. i respect the way you have responded to some of the comments and I also respect and agree with your faith. i believe, based on what I have read, that your opinion is valuable and that you are honestly looking to put “first things first” :-). Thank you for your time!!!

  19. Ryan Jacobson on

    As someone who has just been diagnosed with a vitamin deficiency, and have had multiple genetic health problems, I just have to say that there is a time and a place for synthetic vitamins. You have to consider that most people are eating nutritionally bankrupt foods, whether they are clean or whole or organic. They are just not full of the nutrients they used to be. So, we do our best and supplement and cleanse. (sorry, my shift and caps buttons are broken, so grammar is incorrect.) People need to do what helps them. Avoiding all synthetic vitamins makes no sense to me.

    • Hi Ryan,

      Thanks for sharing your experience. I respect your comment about avoiding all synthetic vitamins (though I’ll agree to disagree there!).

  20. I respect your right to voice your opinion about the products, however, I think it might be helpful if you included the webpages you used for research. I, too, conducted a lot of research after a friend of mine showed me your blog. The sites that I used (webMd, hayden institute, and the university of maryland medical center) do not support your research. In fact, just the opposite. Of course ascorbic acid has adverse side affects…in large doses-if you take a multivitamin or vitamin c supplement and take twice the dose thinking it’s good, *that* is considered a large dose.

    Good luck to you in whatever you choose to do, but again, for future reference, please include your sources. If you’ve ever written for college, you’re required to supply sources. *this* is probably a good reason why.

    • Hi Melissa. Thanks for your comment. As I stated in the post, I did not include sources, but anyone could feel free to Google the information I posted and decide for themselves if what I’m saying is true. If this were a term paper, perhaps I would have cited medical research but it’s a blog post – an opinion piece on why I felt it was best for my husband and I to discontinue our use of certain products. I’d be interested to take a closer look at the sources you’ve cited and see exactly what you’re talking about when you say they don’t support my research. My research simply explains what synthetic vitamins are. A lot of people don’t think there’s any harm in taking them, and perhaps there isn’t if you’re taking them in normal-sized doses. But even then, most Americans are probably wasting their money because more and more research is showing that vitamin supplements don’t really do much good. (Here’s one study – from WebMD – that would support that statement.

      Oh, and I have written for college. I have a Master’s Degree so I’m well aware of the importance of citing sources when you’re writing a fact-based paper for academic or scientific purposes. An opinionated blog post is a different story though – just my opinion.

      Thanks again for commenting! 🙂

      • When you’re opinion is swaying the minds of others, don’t you think i’s important to include where you got your research? When you were gathering information, didn’t you want all of the information? It just seems convenient that you don’t include your sources and the one you did, still doesn’t support your claim that these synthetic vitamins are bad. The article you just posted says that the vitamins are no different than taking placebos. Also, Mr. mackay (from the article) says that people take multivitamins to fill a gap in their wellness and so far science shows that multivitamins do, in fact, work in that regard. He does state that taking a vitamin while your diet is “less-than-perfect” may not give the body the boost we’re looking for.
        According to some research, only about 50% of 1 mcg is absorbed in to the system. Also, the recommended allowance for the average adult is 2.4 mcg’s of B12 per day. To put this in perspective, 3 oz. of cooked clams contain 84mcg. Even without the multivitamin, I’ve just overdosed on b12 for the day.
        This is why research and giving your readers all of the information is so important. by having this public blog, I feel you owe it to your readers to provide them all of the information needed to make an informed decision. In one hour i found 5 medical resource pages that discredit your claims about synthetic vitamin. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of products on the market that contain synthetic vitamins. after doing some simple research on my own, i find your blog to be nothing more than a scare tactic. If you run into a theater and scream fire, you’ll have everyone running because of it. Too bad you didn’t tell them the fire was a block away. having all of the information is key for decision making.

        • Hi Melissa. You do make a good point when it comes to citing sources. Honestly, when I sat down to write this post it was after I had spent weeks poring over articles on the internet. I had stored a lot of information in my head and it all just came out in one sitting. I didn’t even really go back to look at the sources I had read, because they had been in my head for so long. I’ll admit, perhaps it was a lazy approach to writing… However, even if I had cited my sources, I’m sure I’d still encounter quite a few rebuttals, as there is a ton of information on both sides of the debate over synthetic vitamins and whether or not they are harmful.

          What it comes down to for me is who and what I’m willing to put my trust in – God’s natural design or men’s knowledge and scientific research. If the people reading this don’t believe in God or his original design, they’re going to cite my opinion as flawed (sources or not), because part of it is based on what I believe. Basically, what I believe is that God designed things to operate in certain ways for certain reasons, and we didn’t start seeing major problems until men decided they could “do it better.” Synthetic vitamins, in my opinion, are evidence of our claim that we can do it better. And when we start thinking we can do it better than the one who created us, we tend to screw things up. I don’t know you or what you believe about all of that, and it doesn’t really matter either way, because as I stated from the beginning, this blog is my personal reasons for the decision that I made (a decision that may or may not be right for others who are reading.)

          I’m pretty sure that most of the sources I would have cited would probably be dismissed as “quack doctors” or “uninformed mommy bloggers” who have no medical or credible scientific basis for their claims. The medical industry has many interests to protect and a lot of money invested in a system that we’re supposed to believe works. If at any point, people start to lose faith in that system, it becomes in danger of crumbling. The pharmaceutical industry, in my opinion, is out to protect itself, not the health of people. Our health care system is more about sick care than actually making people healthy, because when people are healthy, there’s no money to be made from drugs, treatments, vitamins, etc. Because I see things this way, I tend to ignore sites like WebMD, and claims made on sites like Natural News and mercola.com actually make sense to me. But people who place their trust in our medical system would discredit those claims in an instant because to them, data and “fact-based” scientific research is more important than what I’d say is pretty much common sense. If our medical system was so good, we wouldn’t have some of the highest rates of cancer and autoimmune disease in the world. We’re supposed to be one of the most medically advanced countries, yet the World Health Organization ranks us at #37… to me, that says a lot.

          Also, if my opinion is swaying the minds of other people who don’t bother to do their own research and make decisions for themselves, that’s on them, not me. I don’t consider myself responsible if someone reads my blog and immediately takes it as fact, especially if there are no sources cited. Anyone reading this should, ideally, do exactly what you did – spend an hour or more doing their own research so they can make an informed decision about what they should do regarding their own health.

          To answer your question, “when you’re gathering information, didn’t you want all of the information?” Absolutely. But it would have taken me years to gather and cite all of the information out there on this subject, and had I done that, this blog post would have been so long as to be unreadable. Call it lazy. Or call it realistic. Maybe it was a little of both. 🙂

          And lastly, I’ll address your point about the recommended allowance of B12… if such a small amount of the vitamin is absorbed into our bodies, and we could eat clams (or other foods) to get that amount, why do we need to take a synthetic form of the vitamin in the first place? Can’t we just eat whole foods? Why waste money on synthetic “placebos”?

      • Just for the record, the RDA is not what our bodies need optimally. it is the bare minimum amount of nutrients needed to prevent disease. lots of research out there shows that our bodies need much more than 100% rda of many nutrients.

  21. Excellent article. You have done a great job from your first post to answering all the replys. While food God’s way is where true health comes. The best shake I have found is nppro made by nature’s pearl. Check it out on my website. http://www.lukeschlabach.com. all natural. We as a family of 4 lost 112 pounds in a several months. My 16 year old son lost 45 pounds. Like you shared eat healthy is the best way.
    Thanks for all the time you have put into this article, the many hours dedicated to making a difference in this world may God bless you. Luke

    • Thank you so much for your comment, Luke! I appreciate that you’ve taken the time to read the article and the many replies it has garnered. I’ve heard great things about Nature’s Pearl – my brother and sister-in-law actually use some of their supplements. I’ll definitely check it out. Always looking for a good protein shake. 🙂

    • as regards someone else’s comments regarding “overdosing” on b12, b vitamins are water soluble. you can’t overdose on them. you can simply make “expensive” urine as your body flushes out what is unneeded. the vitamins that can be taken in toxic doses are the fat-soluble vitamins: a, d, e and k. with rare exception, you won’t overdose the fat-soluble vitamins when taken in food form. (an exception would be the high risk for vit a toxicity…if you eat polar bear liver! don’t eat polar bear liver, okay?) some water soluble vitamins can be taken in high enough doses that they cause side-effects that are inconvenient, but no deadly. for instance, if you exceed 1500 mg of vitamin c per day, you’re likely to experience diarrhea as a result. the most recent studies show that people who regularly take a multi-vitamin as slightly “more” likely to die younger than those who don’t. this likely has little to do with the vitamin as much as it has to those folks thinking, “i take a vitamin every day, so i can eat whatever crappy food I want.”

      selwa, while we will agree to disagree regarding the limited use of synthetic vitamins (i agree that food-based is the best choice) i do believe that many people benefit from the more balanced nutrition when compared to the highly processed foods/drink that most of them are eating on a daily basis. i think you’ve addressed “your” reasons for not taking vitamins in a very gracious manner.

  22. GREAT job doing the research! I wish more people would do this.
    As a naturopathic doctor, I know why people -at first- seem to get good results and feel better when taking a synthetic vitamin/mineral. It’s all about our cell-receptor sites. I highly encourage you to research this a bit, and since you are already doing some great research, I know you’ll find it.

    I see there are a lot of commenters here who are upset that you spoke your truth – THE truth (all caps on that last bit). Don’t worry about them. They are on their own journey, and they will find out what happens when you take synthetic vitamins and minerals for a period of time… you develop disease. They may think, like many, that it just fell out of the sky and hit them on the head, rather than the fact that it might be contributed to the products they’ve been taking. sad, I know. It pains me to see that happen.
    when i have someone bring their supplements to my office so that we can see what they are taking and talk about the good and the bad, some are very upset and rightfully so! they’ve spent good money on these supplements and thought they were great, they felt good at first, and -of course- the company and their upline assures them that they are the best on the market.
    popping that bubble is painful. thankfully, they realize there is a reason they are having health challenges and they are there for answers, even if they might be hard to swallow at first.
    Those that accept the news and make the changes we discuss are thrilled with their progress. those that don’t, well, nothing changes for them except the severity of their issue – which continues or worsens.

    I have someone coming in today who is taking these products, which is how I stumbled upon your site. this is something that hasn’t crossed my desk before, so i wanted to do a little research. Of course, when she comes in this afternoon, i would only need to look at the ingredients to know… and my wanting to do a little research first led me here. I was thinking – who knows? it could have been a fabulous product line. so fabulous i might even recommend it. alas…

    keep speaking your truth! there will always be people who will jab their fingers in their ears, but you will help those who are willing to hear!

  23. ps

    before leaving the page, i happened to notice this response:
    “when you’re gathering information, didn’t you want all of the information?” Absolutely. But it would have taken me years to gather and cite all of the information out there on this subject, and had I done that, this blog post would have been so long as to be unreadable. Call it lazy. Or call it realistic. Maybe it was a little of both. :)”

    i can tell you that when i am looking through a product’s ingredients, i need only look at far at b12. if it lists cyanocobalamin, that’s as far as i need to look to know the product isn’t worth taking. why bother looking through every single ingredient to prove the rest aren’t good either?

    • Suzy – thanks so much for your comments! I agree 100% on the ingredients’ list being enough of a source. This particular commenter claims that I didn’t do enough to prove that ingredients like cyanocobalamin are even harmful (though I think the prefix “cyano” should say enough…). It makes me sad that so many people in this world are willing to poison their body with harmful substances in the name of “health” and “prevention”. I feel the same way about vaccines, and people think I’m crazy and selfish. Soon enough, there will come a day when the truth is brought to light. Until then, I guess we have to keep on fighting the good fight. I didn’t mean for those last 2 sentences to rhyme… 🙂

  24. thanks for posting this article. i personally don’t take any supplement based product as i’m a bit skeptical about these man-made ingredients doing more harm than good, plus I can’t justify the cost of the products.

  25. Selwa, you mentioned several times what you use and qualify that it is for someone who is not trying to loose weight. What about for someone who is?

    • Hi Morgan – I’m not exactly sure what you’re referring to, but I’ll do my best to answer your question. I use Touchstone Essentials because I’d like to maintain a healthy weight and keep it off, in addition to supplementing my body with nutrients that are difficult to get from today’s deficient food supply. If you’re trying to lose weight, there are a few things you could do. I’d suggest eating right, exercising and supplementing your nutrition with a good detoxification system. The daily detox I use is great and is made by Maximized Living – there’s a link to their store in this post if you want to check it out. There is no healthy way to lose a ton of weight really fast, but by eating right, exercising, and ridding your body of toxins, you could lose a healthy amount fairly quickly. When I say eat right, I mean stay away from processed foods, eat raw, whole foods like fruits, veggies and leafy greens, stick to organic meats and produce, and cut down on and/or eliminate sugars (that includes breads, rice, pasta and any grains, which the body metabolizes as sugar). As far as an exercise routine goes, you can get in great shape in just 12 minutes a day with interval training. The Maximized Living program has a great set of DVDs that will guide your workouts, and in 12 minutes … you just can’t beat that. Here’s a link to the workout I do.

      They also have some great nutritional supplements. I drink the protein shake, and I think it tastes as good or better than lots of other protein shakes, without all the synthetic nutrients. If you mix half a scoop instead of the full scoop into your smoothies, your supply will last longer, and that amount still fills me up and holds me over for 3-4 hours at a time.

      The nutrition plan book is also great. It will teach you what it means to “eat right” – a term I find often gets misdefined, and get you on the path to doing so.

      They also have a detox system. I haven’t tried it yet though, because I’m still breastfeeding. Feel free to check it out and let me know what kind of results you get!

      Hope this helps. Please don’t hesitate if you have any more questions!

  26. Collette Youngblood on

    Hi Selwa,
    I am glad i found your blog, and I am very excited about my new order from Touchstone essentials. Boy, some folks get really riled up if you disagree with them! I was 39 when I had my last child (number 5!) so I think it took my body a lot longer to bounce back. I came across your well written blog and agree with you 100%. I am very excited to try the touchstone products and make my own protein shake! Talk to you very soon.

  27. I enjoyed your article. With so many Diet/health options around, I have come to the conclusion that fresh is best. I am sticking with a diet of whole foods. Why try and buy your health with expensive processed food? Your article has probably confirmed what we all know, fresh is best (and safe)!

  28. Lots of interesting comments, but just wondering, why not eat fruit & vege, plenty of water, a bit of vitamin D from the sun? Its not that hard, humans have been doing thus for millions of years.

    • Funny. 🙂 My blog is designed with all lowercase text. I did it on purpose. It was a stylistic branding decision that I feel reflects my personality.

  29. I’m struggling with finding an affordable, paleo friendly, organic, as natural as you can get protein powder. My friends sell and use another supplement and are trying to get me to buy it but dang, $300+ a month for the full package is steep. I had my doubts about it after reading the labels, if there is more than 5 ingredients I tend to put it back on the shelf. My friends are having okay results and I feel I can have the same results with fresh local organic produce and high protein diet, like paleo (if I stick with it like i did a few years ago). thanks for explaining what some of the ingredients are, as I questioned them. off to research a little deeper.

  30. Hi Selwa,
    I have read your comments as well as the comments from everyone else. i AM NO EXPERT WHEN IT COMES TO FOODS OR OTHER SYNTHETIC SUBSTITUTES BUT IT’S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE TO REALISE THAT natural WILL ALWAYS BE BETTER AND WIN OVER ALL THE TIME. I agree with you, L would rather place my trust in what god has given us , rather than what man – made has given us. In saying that, man has come a long way in the line of what we put in our bodies and other alternatives.
    What you have written has made me aware and inspired to further research what is good for ‘ME’ and l thank you for starting me off into a very fascinating research. Again, thanks for bringing this subject to my attention.
    Geofro.

    • Geoff – so glad I could be of assistance! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read. I encourage you, along with everyone else, to do your own research and not just take my word for it when it comes to your health.

  31. its a big call to voice your opinion and decisions online and you really have to protect your energy space and be ready for what can happen next after posting such posts to such a passionate audience. i applaud you for doing so and understand totally where you come from. when on a health journey it is not just about making your self a lighter person in body, mind and soul but it is also a journey for mother earth too. the ingredients in food, vitamins, drinks, cosmetics or anything have a direct influence on us as humans and on the earth, it is up to us how we want to leave the earth, and my theory is to leave it in a more beautiful sustainable place than we live in now. I thank u for your post as i was researching and found this to be helpful for me personally. i think it is always about right thing right time for the right person. bless you

  32. I appreciate your blog entry. I don’t understand why i don’t have the ability to capitalize my letters, but i’ll let it go.

    Everyone, do a little research on methylation disorders and you’ll finally understand why synthetic b vitamins are problematic. This includes folic acid. google it. folic acid (NOT folate, which, of course is natural) is synthetic and is linked to colon cancer, among other ailments. in addition, whomever wrote that b vitamins are water-soluble and therefore have no worries about taking too much of them is wrong. check vitamin b6. too much for a long period of time can damage nerves. i personally would never sell products that have questionable ingredients. how do you know you’re not setting your customers up for long-term health problems if they ingest your products? you don’t. You’re meddling in pseudo-nutrition without education.

  33. Hi, good info. what do you think of Sunrider? also i have 20 pounds or so to lose, what program would you recommend? also what do you think of the plan? thanks in advance!

    • Hi Colin,

      I’m unfamiliar with Sunrider, so unable to really give my opinion on that. I highly recommend Maximized Living though! There’s a link to the web store in this post. Check out the products and feel free to get back to me with any questions.

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