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What Is a Dietary Supplement?

Traditionally, dietary supplements referred to products made of one or more of the essential nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, and protein. But DSHEA (1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act which set up a new framework for FDA regulation of dietary supplements. It also created an office in the National Institutes of Health to coordinate research on dietary supplements, and it called on President Clinton to set up an independent dietary supplement commission to report on the use of claims in dietary supplement labeling) broadens the definition to include, with some exceptions, any product intended for ingestion as a supplement to the diet. This includes vitamins; minerals; herbs, botanicals, and other plant-derived substances; and amino acids (the individual building blocks of protein) and concentrates, metabolites, constituents and extracts of these substances.

It’s easy to spot a supplement because DSHEA requires manufacturers to include the words “dietary supplement” on product labels. Also, from March 1999 on, a “Supplement Facts” panel will be required on the labels of most dietary supplements.

Dietary supplements come in many forms, including tablets, capsules, powders, softgels, gelcaps, and liquids. Though commonly associated with health food stores, dietary supplements also are sold in grocery, drug and national discount chain stores, as well as through mail-order catalogs, TV programs, the Internet, and direct sales.

FDA oversees safety, manufacturing and product information, such as claims, in a product’s labeling, package inserts, and accompanying literature. The Federal Trade Commission regulates the advertising of dietary supplements.

This next paragraph is KEY!

One thing dietary supplements are not is drugs. A drug, which sometimes can be derived from plants used as traditional medicines, is an article that, among other things, is intended to diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent diseases. Before marketing, drugs must undergo clinical studies to determine their effectiveness, safety, possible interactions with other substances, and appropriate dosages, and FDA must review these data and authorize the drugs’ use before they are marketed. FDA does not authorize or test dietary supplements.

A product sold as a dietary supplement and touted in its labeling as a new treatment or cure for a specific disease or condition would be considered an unauthorized–and thus illegal–drug. Labeling changes consistent with the provisions in DSHEA would be required to maintain the product’s status as a dietary supplement.

Be careful what you claim any product can do, especially if it falls under the generic title of “nutritional supplement.” Look what happened to a company called “Seasilver.”

Court Upholds Order for Seasilver Marketers to Pay $120 Million (Date Posted: 4/22/2008)

On April 16, 2008, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld a district court ruling requiring marketers of Seasilver, an alleged phony cure-all, to pay almost $120 million for failing to comply with an earlier order requiring them to pay $3 million in consumer redress.
According to the FTC, the defendants claimed that the dietary supplement “Seasilver” was clinically proven to treat or cure 650 diseases, including cancer and AIDS…
This article is from Consumerlabs.com for the entire article click here

SO, the FDA and the FTC are doing us consumers a valuable service keeping us safe from the EEEEEVIL snake oil salesman who only want to lighten our wallets and promise us the moon….REALLY?
Remember the “wonder drug” VIOXX?
…the FDA APPROVED arthritis drug, which I was prescribed by my doctor for chronic back pain after surgery, Vioxx was responsible for an estimated 27,000 heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths before being pulled. Merck, the maker of Vioxx was caught threatening their own scientists to suppress how dangerous this drug was. Read full article here

Your Healthy Lifestyles solution is: DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH! Never assume that just because Big Brother government FDA approves a drug that it is safe! Like wise don’t believe every fairy tale you read about how some ancient herb mixed with “horse apples” and rubbed on your head will grow hair, enlarge your manhood or help you lose weight!

Keep the fertilizer where it belongs…in your garden!

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Today we’re going to find out why the cost of our corn flakes and other foods are going up, up, up!
In case you have been living under a rock…or in Washington DC, you may have noticed an increase in the price you pay at the checkout line at your grocery store. Most folks just blame it on higher gas and fuel prices, BTW, there is a difference between the terms “gas” and “fuel” one refers to gasoline the other to diesel fuel, in case you didn’t know the difference.
Well…higher gas/fuel prices are certainly the most obvious reason why food costs have gone up but, as you should expect, i’m going to give you the REAL reason behind our rising food and gas/fuel costs. To do this we must take a trip back in time to August 3rd, 1994.

Imagine if you will, on the floor of the U.S. Senate a debate is raging. Louisiana Democratic Sen. Bennett Johnston is trying to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from mandating the use of ethanol in reformulated gasoline. The Senate narrowly killed the measure, voting to table it by a margin of 51 to 50. With the vote tied, Vice President Al Gore had to come in and cast the deciding vote. And THUS, with his vote Al Gore allowed the EPA to FORCE oil companies to blend ethanol into our gasoline supply. A prime example of BIG GOVERNMENT/BIG BROTHER telling private corporations what is best for everyone. Sen. Bennett Johnston was heard to say, “This is really a gigantic flim flam to the American public.”

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Because of Al’s vote we where blessed with either MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether), a petroleum derivative, (wait a minute, aren’t we supposed to be reducing our oil usage?) or ethanol, a corn by-product, designed to oxygenate our gasoline and reduce smog. WONDERFUL!!!! THE EARTH IS SAVED! However it seems that MTBE caused some sort of problem…let me see…OH YES! I remember… MTBE, which was in use since 1979 as an alternative to lead in boosting octane levels, was getting into OUR DRINKING water and contaminating wetlands, killing ducks and other wildlife! If you read the articles from that last links you will see the very government agency that promoted ethanol was behind MTBE as well! That’s right, THANK YOU BIG BROTHER EPA! The Environmental Protection Agency, now if that isn’t an oxymoron. (it’s ok, go look that word up if you have to) Now, since MTBE is persona non Grata in our gas, Ethanol now makes up to 30% of each gallon of gasoline.

This switch of corn from a human and cattle food source to a gas/fuel additive is NOT the answer to our energy/environmental problems. The manufacture of ethanol is causing widespread food prices to rise and it’s continuing manufacture will seriously drain our fresh water supplies! OH! you haven’t heard of ethanol causing drinking water shortages which will lead to rising costs at OUR taps!

The story of corn ethanol in the US, is no laughing matter. Last year’s energy bill requires 36 billion gallons of annual biofuels production by 2022 — probably about half of them from corn. The measure, largely a giant gift to agribusiness interests, appeared to address both environmental and energy security issues, while really doing neither. And now what’s surfacing is a threat to the nation’s water security.

Like an ethanol plant or two. Or a dozen. Here’s a snapshot of the demand a single plant can place on water supply, from the Economist:

Officials in Tampa, Florida, got a surprise recently when a local firm building the state’s first ethanol-production factory put in a request for 400,000 gallons (1.5m litres) a day of city water. The request by US Envirofuels would make the facility one of the city’s top ten water consumers overnight, and the company plans to double its size. Florida is suffering from a prolonged drought. Rivers and lakes are at record lows and residents wonder where the extra water will come from.

Read entire article here.

So, Thanks again AL…inventor of the Internet, oh high and mighty potentate of Global Warming (not!) BTW AL…did you pay any royalites to the producers of the movie, “The day after tomorrow” when you borrowed that CGI (that’s a computer generated image for those of you who graduated high school in california) picture of the melting ice cap/glacier you portrayed as REAL in your “highly acclaimed” movie, “An Inconvenient Truth” guess you forgot to mention that at the Oscars didn’t you Al.
Maybe that is the real inconvenient truth at work here…your Healthy Lifestyle solution for today is never let liberal politicians and BIG BROTHER government dictate policies. Don’t fall into the trap where by you make yourself “feel” better by supporting such unproven ideas like Global warming and ethanol. Want to really feel better, BE PRODUCTIVE, BE SELF RELIANT , BE THANKFUL FOR THE FREEDOMS WE HAVE AND INVEST IN YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY!

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Today I thought I would start with the basic question, “What is Calcium?” I mean really, with today’s standards of education you can’t “assume” that everyone knows what you’re talking about i.e. what Calcium is or where it comes from, so…

What is Calcium?
Calcium is an essential mineral for the body and is one of the most popular dietary supplements in the U.S. While sufficient calcium can be obtained exclusively from food (from dairy products primarily, but also other foods, such as calcium fortified soy milk, tofu and orange juice, and, to a lesser extent, green leafy vegetables), many people do not get the recommended daily amounts of calcium from their diet.

Many types of calcium supplements are available and in an increasing variety of delivery forms including tablets, caplets, softgels, syrups, chewable tablets, soft chewable cubes, gums, antacids, and calcium-fortified foods and juices. The most common and generally least expensive form of calcium is calcium carbonate. Other types include calcium malate, calcium citrate malate, calcium lactate and calcium gluconate.

Are you confused yet? You’re not alone. Go to any “drug store” or your local Wal-Mart etc. and you will find row after row, shelf after shelf of Calcium supplements. As mentioned above the MOST Common type of Calcium used in these supplements are Calcium Carbonate. However Calcium carbonate, which is a common substance found as ROCK, yes you read that right! in all parts of the world, and is the main component of shells of marine organisms, snails, and eggshells. Calcium carbonate is the active ingredient in agricultural lime, and is usually the principal cause of hard water.

The main reason Calcium carbonate is used as the primary source of Calcium for over 99% of supplements is that it is INEXPENSIVE!!!! IT’S CHEAP!!!! THE MANUFACTURES OF THESE PRODUCTS DON’T CARE A WIT ABOUT HOW GOOD A CALCIUM SUPPLEMENT IS FOR YOU, BUT HOW MUCH MONEY IT MAKES FOR THEM!

This is why the supplement industry gets a bad name and why medical professionals are wary about recommending their usage, (that and most doctors are trained to push the latest and greatest drug, but that is another can of Vioxx all together) the lack of over site and quality control makes most consumers very wary and skeptical. You can find great information about supplements and the test results at http://www.consumerlab.com There is a cost for this web sites product reviews but well worth the cost to insure you’re not getting screwed or worse sick from taking a “health” supplement. For example, one Calcium product tested, Doctor’s Best® High Absorption Calcium, was NOT APPROVED by Consumer Lab and was found to contain 3.58 mcg LEAD per day(for 4 tablets taken). NICE!!!!! 😦

We know the highest form/source of Calcium is Calcium carbonate. And we know it’s also the cheapest form of Calcium available, so why take a supplement that has this type of Calcium. The bottom line is…you shouldn’t…UNLESS something is added to the calcium to increase its absorption. This is where the majority of supplement manufactures cut costs and save money to our detriment. However, some companies out there came up with a way of increasing the absorption of Calcium carbonate…some very smart folks came up with combining Calcium with Orotate acid to make Calcium Orotate.

What is An Orotate?

Orotates are the mineral salts of a natural substance called orotic acid. It is found in your body and also in dairy products. It is believed that minerals and vitamins in orotate form act as superior transporters throughout the body. When a mineral is in an orotate form, it can pass through cell membranes easily without breaking apart so it can get to where it’s needed most – joints, tissues, and cartilage.

Ok…great, so how does Calcium Orotate differ from regular calcium?

98% of the calcium in your body is found in your bones. In fact, calcium is the most abundant mineral in your body. If your bones loose more calcium than they take in, you can lose bone mass and weaken your bone structure. Calcium orotate (because of its unique molecular structure) possesses the ability to penetrate bones, cartilage, and other tissue more effectively than regular calcium to help promote the recalcification of your skeleton. This is a key point. You take calcium for one reason, receive it where it’s needed to support optimal bone health. Most traditional forms of calcium (an estimated 70 to 80%) are flushed out of your system before they can be absorbed! Calcium Orotate is different because it’s highly absorbable!

And remember boys and girls highly absorbable means…YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! So from a strict consumer viewpoint, you get your money’s worth from taking a LIQUID Calcium supplement which uses an Orotate to help “deliver” the Calcium to your bones, not flushed into our water supply!

So, your Health LifeStyle solution for today is, when looking for a calcium supplement look for a liquid product which uses an orotate (calcium orotate) to transport the calcium into your bones and cells.

Better for your health, your wallet and our environment!


OsteOmegaCare - Liquid Calcium/Mineral with Omega 3,6,9 EFA's

OsteOmegaCare - Liquid Calcium/Mineral with Omega 3,6,9 EFA's


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Here in southern California we pay a high price for our great weather. First of all, everybody loves to visit here if they don’t live here already. Secondly that creates the mother of all traffic jams…called Sig alerts in SoCal. The result is thousands of folks sitting in their cars, cussing at the kids, their spouses, the endless political news (more on that later) and yes the occasional drive by freeway shooting! The end result is thousands of gallons of gasoline an hour being burned to hurry up and wait in traffic. Okay, FINE! that has noting to do with why gas prices are so high, I just hate Los Angeles traffic and wanted to vent!
Here is the REAL reason we are paying so much for gas right now. SPINELESS POLITICIANS! Yes, you read that right…it’s NOT global warming, it’s NOT the war in Iraq, it’s NOT the National Rifle Association, it’s NOT the Middle East oil sheiks…oh, and for you Democrats out there suffering from “Bush Derangement Syndrome”, BDS for short, it’s NOT George Bush’s fault either. (Sorry to burst your bubble Bill Maher)
Spineless, Gutless politicians from BOTH parties are to blame. The Democratic party is in bed with the wacko environmentalist groups who want all of us to live like the Plains Indians of the 1800’s. No thank you, I like my hot shower every morning AND my Tempurpedic mattress, but I digress. These environment groups give HUGE BUCKS to Democrats thus buying their souls and setting the United States’ energy policies!
The Republicans are a bunch of wussies who try to get along with these wacko leftest polices because they are afraid of being labeled wanting to poison our drinking water, pollute the air, blah, blah, blah! It’s all a bunch of whining and hand wringing…grow a pair Republicans!
The reason our gas prices are so high are: the US is NOT being allowed to drill for our own domestic oil, the wacko environmentalists, with the help of their Democrat friends portray DOOM and GLOOM for…let’s see Polar bears, no…wait…Caribou…ahhh…the Arctic Hare, it doesn’t matter what animal or plant you pick, the wacko’s will just pull one out of there recyclable compost heap and portray this poor creature as the next species to go extinct if the EVIL oil companies…and Geo. Bush, get their way.
Meanwhile, the Cubans are drilling sideways into our territorial continental shelf sucking our oil reserves out of the Gulf of Mexico. Yes! the same oil the United States cannot drill for because some marsh mouse, fish or amobe might get squashed if we drill our own oil. This is insane! The other countries of the World are just laughing their collective asses off at us.
It’s been 30 some years since a new oil refinery has been ALLOWED to be built. We call this lack of “refining capacity” where I come from, not sound environmental policy. The bottom line is this…our energy consumption is way up…why? not because we are just a bunch of spoiled wasteful Americans, destroying the planet one disposable diaper at a time…BUT BECAUSE OF OUR GROWING ECONOMY WHICH GIVES US THE HIGHEST STANDARD OF LIVING ON THE PLANET!!!! Oil drives this economic engine, without it everything comes to a halt! No trucks bring us food, no airplanes flying us to Granny’s house and certainly no driving down to the local Starbucks for your double mocha half caff Frappachino!
This is a simple supply and demand problem. We the people demanded intelligence from our elected representatives and we were supplied with self righteous, elitists on the far Left and girlie men on the Right. As usual the average hard working, tax paying American who busts his/her butt every week supporting themselves and their families get screwed in the end.
The healthy solution to this problem is to realize we get the government we elect. Don’t like it, then vote for what you do like. Just remember, WE THE PEOPLE run this country NOT the other way around. Keep that in mind this November!

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