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Are you literally flushing your hard-earned money down the toilet?

In the last e-zine I showed you why you MUST take supplements to give your body the amounts of nutrients that it needs. What most people unfortunately don't know is that MOST supplements available (over 90%) are pretty much useless. In fact, I'm going to boldly say that if you're buying your supplements in a store, you are wasting your money. Yep. You may as well throw that money in the garbage for all the good they're doing you.

How do I know this? I have done a LOT of research. I'm happy and proud to report that my conclusions are the same as a highly respected group of researchers looking for the same information. (Honestly, I wish I had come across their results earlier in my research- could have saved myself a lot of time and effort ;-)

The group of researchers have studied and ranked every "multivitamin" available in North America (over 1600 products). They have no affiliation with any company so their results are unbiased- they did it so that consumers could make an informed decision. They rate each product based on MANY factors, including the amounts of each nutrient, how easily they will be absorbed by your body, presence of toxic substances, quality of manufacturing, and so on... They give each product a rank out of 5 stars. The results are published in the Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements. And they are shocking.

The top 2 selling multivitamins (I'm sure you know which ones) don't even rate well enough to receive a rank! Which means they don't even rate a half star. The formulas don't have nearly enough nutrients in them and the quality of manufacturing is so poor that for almost 50% of people, the tablet doesn't even dissolve. When that happens, it doesn't matter what's in the tablet, because you're not going to get anything from it anyway- you're literally flushing your money down the toilet.

At this point, most people get pretty angry. How is that possible they say? Aren't there government regulations to stop companies from selling junk like that?

The problem is that supplements fall under the category of food. So they only have to meet food regulations- as long as they don't cause immediate harm, it's legal to sell them. Whether they work or not is irrelevant.

Pharmaceuticals have to meet much higher standards of safety, manufacturing quality and efficacy. Unfortunately, it costs quite a bit more to meet these pharmaceutical standards, and since it's not required, there are only a handful of companies that do it. Not surprisingly, it's only these companies that got a 5 star gold medal rating.

The other thing that makes people surprised and/or angry is that the crummy supplement they're taking is the one that their doctor/pharmacist recommended. Here's why: doctors and pharmacists get next-to-no nutritional education in school. Sad, but true. Most of us were taught that if you just eat a proper diet, you don't need to take supplements. Multivitamins were just in case you weren't eating properly. (Of course, research now shows that to be completely false, as I told you in the last newsletter.) I used to recommend the same junk when I was asked because I didn't have any background knowledge about it- that's just what my preceptor used to recommend when I was doing my internship. So it's not that they're trying to lead you astray, it's just that they don't know. Unless they've done their own research in the last 5-10 years, they're just as ill-informed about nutrition as the rest of the population.

There are a LOT of things you need to look at to find a good quality supplement. Click here to find out what. Or save yourself a lot of time and effort and just click here to get the recommendations from the "Comparative Guide" and myself, based on all our research. You'll be glad you did!

Because Laughter Really IS Good Medicine...

This 85-year-old couple, having been married almost 60 years, died in a car crash. They had been in good health the last 10 years, mainly due to her interest in health food and exercise.

When they reached the pearly gates, St. Peter took them to their mansion, which was decked out with a beautiful kitchen, master bath suite and Jacuzzi.

As they oohed and aahed, the old man asked Peter how much all this was going to cost. "It's free," Peter replied. "This is Heaven."

Next they went out back to survey the championship golf course in the backyard. They would have golfing privileges every day, and each week the course would change to a new one, representing the great golf courses on Earth.

The old man asked, "What are the greens fees?"

Peter's reply, "This is Heaven -- you play for free."

Next they went to the clubhouse and saw the lavish buffet lunch with the cuisines of the world laid out.

"How much to eat?" asked the old man.

"Don't you understand yet? This is Heaven, it's FREE!" Peter replied with some exasperation.

"Well, where are the low-fat and low-cholesterol tables?" the old man asked timidly.

Peter lectured, "That's the best part -- you can eat as much as you like of whatever you like and you never get fat and you never get sick. This is Heaven."

With that the old man went into a fit of anger, throwing down his hat and stomping on it, and shrieking wildly.

Peter and his wife both tried to calm him down, asking him what was wrong. The old man looked at his wife and said, "This is all your fault. If it weren't for your blasted bran muffins, I could have been here 10 years ago!"

What's New at

1) Heart Health and Nutrition

Do you (or someone you care about) have heart disease? Even if you don't, this is an important read! Heart disease is the #1 killer in the world, so your odds of being affected are pretty good (or bad, I suppose ;-) Don't wait to get diagnosed- for over half of those affected, the first symptom is a fatal heart attack!

Find out how you can easily prevent (or improve) the underlying problem today!

Click here to read Heart Health and Nutrition.

2) Natural Cholesterol Lowering

The second most commonly prescribed drug is a cholesterol lowering medication. Once you need these medications, you're pretty much on them for life to keep your cholesterol where it's supposed to be. The problem is they're expensive and have side effects, so you want to be off them right?

Here's a controversial statement: Your cholesterol level isn't that important.

Click here to find out why.

3) Antioxidant Discussion Forums

Create your very own webpage on my site! (Don't worry- you don't need to know anything about how to do it. If you can type, done!) If you have an interesting story to share or have a comment or question about a topic on the site, you can post it right onto the website. Read about how others have been affected by antioxidants, make a comment on someone else's submission or post your own.

It's fun. It's free. And you don't have to register for anything.

Click here to post your own story, comment or question.

Nutrition News

Here are links to informative and/or interesting news articles on nutrition...

Breast Cancer Risk May Be Reduced By Vitamin And Calcium Supplements

Added Sugar Linked To Higher Heart Disease Risk Factors

Low Vitamin D Levels Associated With More Asthma Symptoms, Medication Use

Lack Of Omega-6 Fatty Acid Linked To Severe Dermatitis

Peanut Allergy Misdiagnosed In 2 Out Of 3 Cases

Comments? Ideas? Feedback? I'd love to hear from you. Just reply to this zine and tell me what you think!

See you next month...

Good Health to You,

Kristy Russ, BScPharm Pharmacist and Health Consultant