The Science Based Arms Race For The Consumer’s Trust

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Ask Your Doctor If Good Nutrition Is Right For You

Consumer Confusion Over Supplements Calls For Clarity

When the natural products industry began to mature and started using science based claims for their ingredients, formulations and products, they gave up a very big advantage they had.

That advantage was in the obvious connection between good food and good health. Food was cool back in 431 BC when Hippocrates allegedly admonished us to make food our medicine and medicine our food. This food as medicine connection has been deeply rooted throughout human history. Food and nutrition were the at the root so to speak, of ‘natural’ products. This was somewhat of a backlash against large scale processed foods that started taking on forms that were unrecognizable, yet immensely compelling from the standpoint of convenience and taste.

As the market grew, it became necessary to address convenience, efficacy and safety factors. Distinguishing natural remedies as ‘just as good as’ or ‘better’ than pharmaceuticals, the need for scientific validation for the claims to good health became more important than the common sense experiences traditionally associated or attributed to their use.

The results have been mixed. We have a treasure trove of existing and ongoing science supporting food as medicine. Yet we can’t say so for fear of running afoul of some Federal regulation or monopolistic protection.

Drug companies buy up nearly every inch of ad space in scientific journals, so the argument persists that there’s little scientific basis for natural product claims. If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it . . .

We have good manufacturing practices and we have dozens of third party certification organizations. The message to the consumer is that there must be a problem with food standards somewhere.

In the meantime, we’ve seen a proliferation of new ingredients, formulations and products clamoring for shelf space. Consumers have never had so many choices, yet confusion has never been greater.

They don’t understand the reason behind pricing for the same item from different manufacturers. The whole shopping experience can be overwhelming and intimidating.

Most of this confusion could have been avoided. If the industry had led with nature as the gold standard, we could have more easily validated our claims to efficacy and safety. Instead of copying big pharma’s model, we could have copied nature’s.

Many pharmaceuticals were derived from plants from nature. We could have framed big phama as copying  nature and following those of us with a food and nutrition based approach to health instead of playing the never-catch-up with their marketing and budgets game. .

Now we have an arms race to invent and patent more and more products designed for a specific effects. We pile on tons of scientific evidence and expect consumers to feel secure in their purchases.

We can’t say ‘ask your doctor’ if product ‘X’ is right for you because there are too few doctors who know what to answer. Based on the amount of nutrition education they were exposed to in medical school, most doctors look like a deer in the headlights when a patient asks a nutritional question.

It’s no wonder we’re in such a sorry state of health. Don’t despair. It’s not as difficult as it seems. Self education is the first step to understanding how food and nutrition are essential to optimal health. After all, they don’t call them “vitamins” for nothing.

Fortunately, consumer awareness about the medicinal benefits of knowing about food and how to best use it for our optimal health, is a secret that’s no longer so secret. Despite attempts to separate us from food’s full story, consumers are causing a major upheaval in the food and consumer packaged goods sector. This is good news for food and nutritional supplement manufacturers. There’s a pretty compelling story to tell about their products. The more the good food story is told and circulated, the faster new shelf space will appear. In the stores, on the web and ultimately on consumers pantry shelves.

 

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Astaxanthin 6000 Times More Powerful Than Vitamin C

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From Our Friends At Peak Health Advocate

In a test that specifically measures the ability to neutralize a particularly unstable and destructive type of free radical called singlet oxygen, astaxanthin proved to be up to:

  • 40 times stronger than beta-carotene
  • 100 times stronger than vitamin E
  • 800 times stronger than CoQ10
  • and 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C!

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Illegal Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found in Nearly 100 Shampoo Brands

98 Personal Care Products Containing Carcinogen Listed Below.

This article was originally published by our friends at RealFarmacy

You probably thought that the worst thing your shampoo could do to you is to burn your eyes, but it turns out that your shampoo could be deadly. The Center for Environmental Health based in Oakland, California, performed a study on shampoos and soaps and found that at least 98 included a carcinogen known as cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA).

Cocamide Diethanolamine (cocamide DEA), a controversial ingredient found in body care items, has landed four personal care manufacturers with a lawsuit in California.

The Center for Environmental Health filed the suit after discovering the presence of cocamide DEA, the foam stabilizer and volumizer, in shampoos and soaps. In the state of California, Proposition 65 requires manufacturers to warn consumers over the risks of certain substances. Cocamide DEA is on that list because it is a suspected carcinogen. It was banned in the state last year after a study found it caused cancer in laboratory animals.

Some of the products that contain high levels of the illegal chemical are sold under well-known companies such as Colgate Palmolive, Paul Mitchell, and Prell. Lab tests also found the carcinogen in children’s products, such as a store brand bubble bath from KMart, and a shampoo/conditioner from Babies R Us. Other store brand products that contain the carcinogen came from Trader Joe’s, Walmart, and Kohl’s.

Unfortunately, manufacturers can put any toxic chemical they want into shampoos because  the FDA allows all sorts of chemicals to be used in these products, including chemicals that are known carcinogens and that contribute to liver failure and nervous system disorders. How’s that for protecting public health?

 Corporate America Doesn’t Care About Your Health

The full list of all 98 products containing the carcinogen is included below. Since the lawsuit was launched last year, only three companies have committed to reformulate their products. Those products that they claim will be reformulated without the carcinogen are highlighted below in green.

It’s very telling of corporate industry morals when the majority of brands and parent companies are aware that their products are hazardous and cause cancer yet they continue to sell them as is. I guess profit is more important to them than the health of their customers. After all, it’s safe to say that many of these CEOs and top executives have ties to Big Pharmaceutical stock, so the fact that their products make people sick is a real win-win for their bank accounts.

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DIY: Here’s An Easy Homemade Natural Shampoo

1/2 cup coconut milk
2/3 cup Castile soap
10-15 drops essential oil of your choice
2 teaspoons almond oil or olive oil
Mix together all the ingredients in the bottle and shake thoroughly. Just give it a shake before you use.
Thanks to living traditionally for the recipe.

The List

PRODUCT

BRAND NAME

COMPANY

RETAILER

Classic clean shampoo (for all hair types)

Prell

Ultimark Products

Walgreens

Medicated Conditioning Shampoo

MG217

Lake Consumer Products

Rite Aid

Daily Shampoo

American Crew Classic

American Crew

CVS

Olive Oil Shampoo

Organics by Africa’s Best

House of Cheatham

CVS

Caprice (Acti-Ceramidas Shampoo)

Palmolive

Colgate-Palmolive Co.

FoodMaxx

Mane ‘n Tail Shampoo

Straight Arrow

Straight Arrow Products

FoodMaxx

Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo

Ouidad

Ouidad Products

Sephora

TUI (moisturizing sulfate-free shampoo)

Carols Daughter

Carols Daughter Products

Sephora

Brilliance Shampoo

Rusk

Rusk

CVS

Kid’s Bubble Bath (Bubble Gum Scent)

Little Ones/Kmart

Kmart

Kmart

Clasic Herbal Essence Shampoo (all hair types)

Vanart

Made by Estilo Y Vanidad, Distributed by Midway Importing

Kmart

Therapeutic Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

TopCare

Neutrogena Corporation

Lucky

Cleanse Hydrating Shampoo

BIOSILK

Farouk Systems

Lucky

Maximum Strength Medicated Dandruff Shampoo

Equate

Walmart

Walmart

Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo

Organix

Vogue International

CVS

“Ricitos de Oro” Chamomile Baby Shampoo

Grisi

 unknown

Walgreens

Cabellino Shampoo Chile Con Romero

Grandall

Grandall Dist. Co

Kmart

Dandruff Shampoo Selenium Sulfide

Image Essentials

Kmart

Kmart

Nutress Hair Protein Pack Treatment Shampoo

nutresshair

nutresshair

Glamour Beauty Supply

Treatment Curly Hair Moisturizing Shampoo Keratin and Cupuacu Butter

nuNAAT

nuNAAT

Glamour Beauty Supply

Luxury Care 3 Plus Frizz Control Shampoo

Luxury Care

Lustrasilk

Glamour Beauty Supply

Anti Breakage Neutralizing Shampoo Gel

Mega Growth

Strength Of Nature

Glamour Beauty Supply

Tea Tree Special Shampoo

Paul Mitchell

John Paul Mitchell Systems

Glamour Beauty Supply

Plant Extracts & Moroccan Argan oil Dry, Itchy Scalp Shampoo Controls Dandruff

At One With Nature

BioCare Lab

Glamour Beauty Supply

Gentle Cleansing & Conditioning Shampoo Aromatic Natural Essences pH balanced

Calm Cleanse

Johnson Products Co.

Glamour Beauty Supply

Hair Polisher Shampoo with “Sparkle Lites”

Fantasia

Fantasia Industries

Glamour Beauty Supply

African Essence Neutralizing Shampoo Plus Proteins and Conditioners

African Essence

Universal Beauty Products

Glamour Beauty Supply

VIA Natural Style Moisturizing Shampoo

VIA

Universal Beauty Products

Glamour Beauty Supply

Fair Trade Honey Shampoo

Lush

Lush

Lush

Sunflower & Coconut Detangling Conditioning Shampoo

Crème Of Nature

Colomer USA

Safeway

Medicated Shampoo Slednium Sulfide Dandruff Shampoo

up&up

Target

Target

Salon Shampoo (for Extra-Dry Hair)

Parnevu

Advantage Research Laboratories

Lynas Beauty Depot

Shea Butter Shampoo

Sofn’freen’pretty

M&M Products Company

Lynas Beauty Depot

Conditioning Shampoo

Luster’s Pink Brand

Luster’s Product

Lynas Beauty Depot

Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo

Palmer’s

E.T. Browne Drug Co.

Lynas Beauty Depot

Neutralizing Shampoo (With DL Panthenol)

Vitale

AFAM Concept

Lynas Beauty Depot

Extra Moisturizing Hand Wash

Dermasil/Rise International Group LLC

Rise International Group

99 Cent Only Stores

Moisturizing Shampoo with Panthenol (Placenta & Vitamin E)

La Bella

Newhall Laboratories, Inc.

99 Cent Only Stores

Despicable Me Hand Wash (tickled pink rose bonbon)

Delon Laboratories

Delon Laboratories

99 Cent Only Stores

Tingling Gro Shampoo with Flaking Control

Doo Gro

Nature’s Protein

Sally Beauty Company

KeraCare  Anti-Dandruff Moisturizing Shampoo

KeraCare

Avalon Industries, Inc.

Macy’s

Dandruff Moisturizing Shampoo

Folicure

Alberto Culver USA

Sally Beauty Company

Mixed Berry Anti-Bacterial Foaming Hand Soap

Simple Pleasures

Tri-Cosatal Design

Kohl’s

Vanilla Rose Bubble Bath

Simple Pleasures

Paula Scaletta Licensed to Tri-Coastal Design

Kohl’s

berry burst shower gel

scentsations by bodysource

Made Especially for Kohl’s Department Store

Kohl’s

Lemon Handwash  Gift Set

Brompton and Langley

unlisted

Sears

French Lavender Hand and Body Wash Gift Set

Amelie’s Garden

unlisted

Sears

Moroccanoil Extra Volume Shampoo

Moroccanoil

Moroccanoil

Blooming Beauty

Julius Caesar Redreshing Citrus Scent Concentrated Shower Gel

Zirch Warrior Collection

TPR Holdings LLC

Marshalls

I love Vanilla & Ice Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Gel

I love…

I love cosmetics limited

Ross

Coconut Lime Handsoap

Pure Passion

Biolab International Inc.

Ross

Lalaloopsy Cotton Candy Bubble Bath

Lalaloopsy

Added Extras

Ross

Super Minty Soapy Suds Body wash + Bubbling Bath

Bliss

Bliss

Ross

Olive & Shea Mositurizing Shower Wash Vanilla Spice

Tree Hut

Naterra International

Ross

Organic Cleanse Deep Cleansing Shampoo with Oatmeal Protein

Design Essentials

McBride Research Laboratories

JC Penny

Moisturizing Shampoo for all hair types

Body Time

Body Time

Body Time

Lemon Kitchen Hand Soap

Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s

All Natural moisturizing Shower Gel Yuzu

ShiKai

ShiKai Products

Andronico’s

2 in1 Shampoo and Conditioner

Toys R Us

Toys R Us

Babies R Us

Body Wash ylang ylang & ginger

Pharmaca

Pharmaca

Pharmaca

avocado oil moisturizing shower gel

Australian Organics

Kent Cosmetics

TJ Maxx

Lemon Balm White Musk Hand Wash

D&H Australia

Dickens  & Hawthorne Australia

TJ Maxx

Eucalyptus Aloe Hand Soap

CST

CST

TJ Maxx

Honey B Crème Handwash

Scottish Fine Soaps

Scottish Fine Soaps Company

TJ Maxx

Enriched wtith Argan oil Restorative Shampoo

Beauty Products Mgoador

Chic Cosmetic Ind.

TJ Maxx

White Nectarine & Pear Cleansing Hand Wash

Boutique

Grace Cole Co.

TJ Maxx

Lavender Conditioning Handwash

Brown & Harris England

HotHouse Partnerships LTD

TJ Maxx

English Rose Moisturizing Hand Wash

A & S

Asquith & Somerset

TJ Maxx

Best Face Forward Daily Foaming Cleanser Passionfruit + Green Tea

Formula 10.0.6

Aspire Brands

Ulta

Triple Action Bath, Shower, & Hair Wash Revitalizing Rosemary Mint

c. Booth simple. Natural. Trusted.

Freeman Beauty Labs/ pH Beauty Labs

Ulta

Advanced Volume Shampoo with Expansion Technology

Nick Chavez

Perfect Plus

Ulta

Bubble Bath Calm One with lemon balm

Calm All

The Soap & Glory Cosmetics

Sephora

Lemon Basil Shea Butter Hand Soap

Michel Design Works

Michel Design Works

Bristol Farms

Philip B. Peppermint & Avocado Volumizing and Clarifying Shampoo

Phillip B.

Phillip B Inc.

Bloomingdale’s

Lemon Verbena Hand Wash Gel

Accessory Zone

Accessory Zone

Sears

Mango Body Wash

Boots

The Boots Company

Target

Citrus Blush Shower Gel

Champneys

Boots Retail

Target

White Tea and Ginger Neutralizing Shampoo

Ampro/Pro Styl/ Neutra Foam

Ampro Industries

Lucky

Lychee Flower Hand And Body Wash

Mor

Mor

Nordstrom Rack

Zinc Shampoo

DHS

Person & Covey Inc.

hairenvy.com

Bubble Bath Sweet Water

RRYSpa

RRYSpa

burlington coat factory

Skinny Girl Shower Gel Margarita

Skinny Girl

Lotta Luv

burlington coat factory

Peppermint Bubble Bath

Elegant Home Design

Elegant Home Design

burlington coat factory

Apothecary Lemon Verbana Bath and Shower Gel

Apothecary

International Design Associates

burlington coat factory

French Lavender Cleansing Hand Wash

Baylis & Harding England

Baylis & Harding PLC

burlington coat factory

American Crew Classic Daily Shampoo

American Crew

American Crew

Saks Fifth Avenue

Herb Hand Soap

Daiso

Daiso Industries

Daiso

Hair Plump Volumizing Shampoo

Big & Bold

Fisk Industries

Beauty Parlor

Blondes Lemon flower Shampoo

ARTEC

ARTec Systems Group

Beauty Parlor

Rejuvi Shower Cream

Rejuvi

Rejuvi Laboratory Inc.

Dermstore.com

The Revitalizer Body Wash (Cucumber + Grapefruit)

Portico

Portico Home + Spa

Dermstore.com

Colour Protecting Caviar Shampoo

Kelly Van Gogh

Kelly Van Gogh LLC

Dermstore.com

Walnut Body Scrub

Banzai Living Inc

Banzai Living Inc

Ichibankan

Clear Lemon & Mint Body Soap

Aroma Resort

PMAI

Ichibankan

Bath/Shower Gelee with Green Tea and Aloe

Dr. Michelle Copeland

Dr. Michelle Copeland Skin Care

Dermstore.com

Lavender Shower Gel with cucumber, arnica, and aloe vera

elizabeth W san francisco

E Wightnan & Co

Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection

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Probiotics Offer Powerful Protection For Infants Against Sepsis

What is sepsis?  Sepsis is the result of a massive immune response to bacterial infection that gets into the blood. A bacterial infection in the blood, is called septicemia. You’ll often hear both terms used together. It often leads to organ failure or injury. This is no joke. It’s a deadly serious matter.An estimated 1 million Americans develop sepsis each year and up to 50 percent die from the systemic infection.

Recent research shows feeding newborns probiotics (healthy bacteria) significantly lowers the child’s risk of developing sepsis. The study involved infants in rural India, where sepsis is common. Worldwide, an estimated 600,000 infants die from sepsis, primarily in developing countries.

The bacterial strain selected was Lactobacillus plantarum ATCC-202195 — a kind of lactic acid bacteria found in fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut and kimchi. To that, they added the prebiotic fructooligosaccharide “to promote growth and sustain colonization of the probiotic strain.”

According to NPR, the team was “shocked by how well the bacteria worked.” In infants given the synbiotic mix (probiotic plus prebiotic) for one week, the risk of sepsis and death dropped by 40 percent, from 9 to 5.4 percent.

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Vitamin C Effective In Targeting Cancer Stem Cells

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“Vitamin C is cheap, natural, non-toxic and readily available so to have it as a potential weapon in the fight against cancer would be a significant step.”

 

Cancer stem-like cells are thought to be the root cause of chemotherapy resistance, leading to treatment failure in patients with advanced disease and the triggers of tumour recurrence and metastasis (regrowth).

 

“Our results indicate it is a promising agent for clinical trials, and a as an add-on to more conventional therapies, to prevent tumour recurrence, further disease progression and metastasis.”

 

Vitamin C is up to ten times more effective at stopping cancer cell growth than pharmaceuticals such as 2-DG, according to scientists in Salford, UK.

08 March 2017 Salford, The University of

Researchers measure the impact on cancer stem cell metabolism of 3 natural substances, 3 experimental pharmaceuticals and 1 clinical drug.

Vitamin C is up to ten times more effective at stopping cancer cell growth than pharmaceuticals such as 2-DG, according to scientists in Salford, UK.

The research, published in Oncotarget, is the first evidence that Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) can be used to target and kill cancer stem cells (CSCs), the cells responsible for fuelling fatal tumours.

Dr Michael P. Lisanti, Professor of Translational Medicine at the University of Salford, said: “We have been looking at how to target cancer stem cells with a range of natural substances including silibinin (milk thistle) and CAPE, a honey-bee derivative, but by far the most exciting are the results with Vitamin C.

“Vitamin C is cheap, natural, non-toxic and readily available so to have it as a potential weapon in the fight against cancer would be a significant step.”

Cancer stem-like cells are thought to be the root cause of chemotherapy resistance, leading to treatment failure in patients with advanced disease and the triggers of tumour recurrence and metastasis (regrowth).

The Salford team set out to assess the bioenergetics of cancer stem cells – the processes which allow the cells to live and thrive – with a view to disrupting their metabolism.

Focusing on energy-transfer, they measured the impact on cell lines in a laboratory of 7 substances, the clinically-approved drug stiripentol, 3 natural products  – caffeic acid phenyl ester (CAPE), silibinin and ascorbic acid – and experimental pharmaceuticals, such as actinonin, FK866 and 2-DG.

While they found that natural antibiotic actinonin and the compound FK866 were the most potent, the natural products also inhibited CSC formation, with Vitamin C, outperforming 2-DG by tenfold in terms of potency.

Vitamin C has previously been shown to be effective as a non-toxic anti-cancer agent in studies by Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling and was recently shown to reduce mortality by 25% on breast cancer patients in Japan. However, its effects on CSC activity have not been previously evaluated and in this context, it behaves as an inhibitor of glycolysis, which fuels energy production in mitochondria, the “powerhouse” of the cell.

Dr Gloria Bonuccelli, lead author and another member of the Salford team added: “This is further evidence that Vitamin C and other non-toxic compounds may have a role to play in the fight against cancer.

“Our results indicate it is a promising agent for clinical trials, and a as an add-on to more conventional therapies, to prevent tumour recurrence, further disease progression and metastasis.”

http://www.impactjournals.com/oncotarget/index.php?journal=oncotarget&page=article&op=view&path[]=15400

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