Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Do you know what's in your prenatal vitamin?

DO YOU KNOW WHAT'S IN YOUR PRENATAL VITAMIN?



As many of you know I have been using Shaklee products since I was 14 years old.  Many years ago, it was not popular to take a daily vitamin and protein shake, use non-toxic cleaning products or non-toxic personal care products.  However, in today's modern age, it is the trend to live a more preventative, healthy lifestyle.  Too often people choose a supplement because it is trendy or they heard about it on Dr. Oz, however, I have used the Shaklee products for over 34 years because of my strong conviction of the safety and efficacy of their products.  I am also so very thankful that I was able to trust Shaklee as my prenatal supplements, knowing that they were safe and effective. 



A few years ago, I became aware of a study that was conducted by the FDA on supplements that contained lead.  Be sure to check out this lead study -   

Out of 324 brands tested, only four did not have lead in them! Included In the brands that contained lead were such commonly known brands as GNC, Centrum, One a Day, Puritan's Pride, Doctor's Trust, etc. Even vitamins sold at health foodstores that are considered more "natural" had lead in them (e.g., New Chapter Organics, Nature's Plus, etc.).
Although the FDA believes that a small amount of lead is "safe," there are plenty of others who strongly disagree. Some believe that lead can be a "neuro-toxicant" and that the amount of lead consumed on a daily basis, such as in vitamin supplements, provides an unnecessary and preventable source of exposure.  The government does allow a certain amount of lead to be acceptable, however, Shaklee believes that NO amount of lead is acceptable ever.  


I recently received a post from a fellow blogger with great information on prenatal supplements.  Below is her story...





Shaklee vitamins are made with whole foods and contain no synthetic, man-made materials like most vitamins on the market. If you have read my Shaklee story, you know that when I became pregnant with my daughter, I was reintroduced to Shaklee after having horrible side effects with many prescription pre-natal vitamins that my doctor offered me, to the point where my doctor told me to stop taking them and try a children's multi-vitamin like Flinstones. My mom went a little crazy (lol!) when she heard the doctor recommended me Flinstones vitamins and told me I have to start taking Shaklee supplements. I had no side effects, my vomiting and nausea stopped completely and I felt so much more energy.

Many doctors have said that the Shaklee vitamins are far better than anything that they can prescribe. All you have to do is do a vitamin and mineral comparison!

Shaklee babies have been found to be less lethargic and more alert when born than babies who received synthetic vitamins. The doctors couldn't believe how alert she was and how pink her coloring was when she was born. The Shaklee Vita-lea is only one of the vitamins recommended as pre-natal vitamins. Shaklee is known for their research and quality products and is always safe. For more information on the recommened pre-natal vitamins, please contact me. It is always best to consult with your physician. I encourage you to take this comparison with you to your OB/Gyn. Most doctors are amazed when they see the comparison sheet and many doctors start recommending Shaklee supplements.


SHAKLEE VITA-LEA - Please remember, this is only ONE of the vitamins recommended for a pre-natal regimen. It was recommended to me to also include Shaklee's B Complex, Osteomatrix and OmegaGuard...

-- Contains all essential 12 vitamins and 7 minerals in proper balance
-- Contains 27 whole vegetable sources, which are readily absorbed
by the body
-- Contains no chemicals
-- No Herbicides
-- No Pesticides or fungicides
-- No sugar or artificial sweeteners
-- No artificial colors, flavors or additives of any kind
-- CONTAINS phyto-nutrients and the live enzymes not found in synthetic vitamins
-- Processed by low-heat method keeping enzymes alive
-- Contains 100% of the RDA of Biotin


THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME OF THE PRENATAL VITAMINS 
ON THE MARKET TODAY AND WHAT THEY CONTAIN: 



ZENATE (SOLVARY PHARMACEUT1CALS)

-- CARNAUBA WAX WHEN HEATED TO DECOMPOSITION AND EMITS ACRID SMOKE AND IRRITATING FUMES.
-- MAGNESIUM STEARATE (WHEN HEATED, CAUSES TOXIC FUMES)
-- CONTAINS POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL. WHICH MAY PRODUCE BRAIN AND KIDNEY DAMAGE
-- CONTAINS STEARIC ACID, WHICH MAY CAUSE INTESTINAL OBSTRUCTION.
-- SKIN SENSITIZATION IS USUAL.
-- TITANIUM DIOXIDE, WHICH MAY CAUSE PULMONARY IRRITATION.
-- NO BIOTIN.
-- NO PANTOTHENIC ACID.
-- LOW MAGNESIUM.
-- NO COPPER
-- NO PHOSPHORUS 



PRECARE CAPLETS (NORTHAMPTON MEDICAL) 

-- CONTAINS NO VITAMIN A
-- NO VITAMIN B1
-- NO VITAMIN B12.
-- NO BIOTIN.
-- DUE TO IMPROPER BALANCE OF B VITAMINS THIS CAUSES A DUMPING, THUS NOT UTILITZING THE PROPER ABSORPTION OF VITAMINS B6 AND FOLIC ACID
-- NO PHOSPHORUS.
-- NO IODINE.
-- NO PANTOTHENIC ACID. 



NATALINS TABLETS (MEAD JOHNSON) 

-- CONTAINS NO BIOTIN.
-- LOW CALCIUM.
-- L0W MAGNESIUM.
-- NO PHOSPHORUS.
-- NO PANTOTHENIC ACID.
-- CONTAINS POLYETHLLENE GLYCOL WHICH MAY PRODUCE BRAIN AND KIDNEY DAMAGE 



NIFEREX PN (CENTRAL PHARMACEUTICALS) 

-- CONTAINS NO VITAMIN E.
-- NO MAGNESIUM.
-- VERY LOW CALCIUM LEVELS.
-- NO PHOSPHORUS.
-- NO BIOTIN.
-- CONTAINS METHYLCELLULOSE WHICH MAY CAUSE INTESTINAL OBSTRUCTION IF
INSUFFICIENT WATER IS TAKEN.



PRENATE 90 (BOCK) 

-- CONTAINS NO BIOTIN. 
-- NO PANTOTHENIC ACID. 
-- NO MAGNESIUM 
-- VERY LOW CALCIUM LEVELS 


MATERNA TABLETS (LEDERLE) 

-- CONTAINS ONLY 19% CALCIUM
-- ONLY 6% MAGNESIUM.
-- ONLY 10% BIOTIN.
-- NO PHOSPHORUS.
-- CONTAINS METHYLCELLULOSE WHICH MAY CAUSE INTESTINAL OBSTRUCTION, IF
INSUFFICIENT WATER IS TAKEN.
-- CONTAINS METHYLPARABEN WHICH MAY CAUSE GASTRIC UPSET. CONTAINS
SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE, A TYPICAL COMPOUND FOUND IN ANIONIC DETERGENTS. 



NATALINS RX (MEAD JOHNSON) 

-- CONTAINS NO PHOSPHORUS. 
-- NO IODINE.
-- CONTAINS HYDROCHLORIDE WHICH MAY BE A DIRECT    PULMONARY IRRITANT AND INFLAME CONJUNCTIVE OF EYES.
-- CONTAINS CYANOCOBALAMIN WHICH MAY CAUSE SENSITIVITY REACTIONS, GASTROINTESTINAL DISTRESS, THROMBOSIS AND ITCHING RASH. 



STUART PRENATAL (STUART) 

-- CONTAINS NO BIOTIN.
-- LOW CALCIUM.
-- NO MAGNESIUM.
-- NO PHOSPHORUS.
-- NO IODINE.
-- CONTAINS HYDDROXPROPYL METHYLCELLULOSE WHICH MAY CAUSE INTESTINAL OBSTRUCTION, IF INSUFFICIENT WATER IS TAKEN 



STUARTNATAL (STUART) 

-- CONTAINS NO BIOTIN
-- LOW CALCIUM.
-- NO MAGNESIUM.
-- NO PHOSPHORUS.
-- NO IODINE.
-- NO PANTOTHENIC ACID.
-- CONTAINS CYANOCOBALANIIN WHICH MAY CAUSE SENSITIVITY REACTIONS,
GASTROINTESTINAL DISTRESS,ITCHING AND RASH. 


REFERENCES - UNIVERSITY OF MISSlSSIPPI
LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER
CLINICAL TOXICOLOGY OF COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS 5TH EDITION GOSSELIN- SMITHODGE
CHEMICAL EXPOSURE AND HUMAN HEALTH CYNTHIA WILSON
HANDBOOK OF POISONING - 12TH EDITION ROBERT H. DREISBACH - WILLIAM
ROBERISON > POISONlNG: TOXICOLOGY: SYMPTOMS: TREATMEMTS JAY ARENA - RICHARD H.DREW
HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL. DESK REFERENCE - 2ND EDITION RICHARD J. LEWIS, SR  

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