A Clean Multivitamin endorsed by Alicia Silverstone

At Natur-Tyme, we carry a wide variety of high-quality multivitamins. One such selection is Garden of Life’s mykind line. This is the story of the inception of this line.

Several months ago, Garden of Life met with Alicia Silverstone, noted actress, author, and health advocate, to talk about supplements. Hauling her luggage-sized purse with her, she proceeded to pull out several multivitamin products…and quickly proclaimed, “I’m confused. . . which of these products is actually from organic foods that I eat and which of these do not start off with chemicals?” To which Garden of Life answered, “None.”

That was the shocking truth. Silverstone went to great lengths to eat a diet of organic, chemical (and cruelty) free foods. But to supplement that diet, there was not a multivitamin on the market that she could take. Even the best fermented or cultured multis all started off with chemical isolates and the tableted versions had harsh chemical binders, fillers, or coatings. What a disappointment. Silverstone wanted a multivitamin that was made from the types of foods she ate—Certified-USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, and real!

Garden of Life wanted the same thing—they always have. Creating a vitamin that started off with organic foods, concentrating those foods into meaningful amounts of vitamins and minerals, was always a goal for them. And after years of research, they were close to achieving it.

The process for efficiently harvesting the vitamins and minerals from their organic food sources eluded them for over a decade. However, a few years ago, they began their relationship with a scientist who holds multiple international patents for his novel approach to harvesting vitamins and minerals from organic fruit and herbs. So, they realized that fate had brought them together at just the right time, and they joined forces with Silverstone to create mykind Organics.

Shortly thereafter, they had a major breakthrough with the last obstacle to creating their Certified-Organic multi—they figured out an entirely new, organic way to make a tablet without using the common binders such as magnesium stearate. The process was so novel that it’s now patent-pending, and they call it, Clean Tablet Technology™. This newly invented, entirely organic tablet system worked beautifully, and the finished tablets looked great, had a pleasant smell and taste, and an organic coating making them easy to swallow.

Check out the mykind Organics line at Natur-Tyme and if you have any questions, our professional supplement & vitamin educators would be happy to assist you.

Keep the GMOs Away From Our Little Ones’ Food!!


By Laurel Sterling, RD,
Natur-Tyme Wellness Educator

My hope is that most of the population knows and understands what GMOs really are. GMO stands for genetically modified organisms. Genetic modification of food involves splicing genes into the DNA of food, crops, or animals. GMOs can be engineered with genes from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals, or even humans. According to the USDA, in 2009, 93% of soy, 93% of cotton, 86% of corn grown in the U.S. was genetically-modified. It is estimated that over 90% of canola grown is genetically-modified. I am sure it is much more now! Sugar beets, which are used as the sugar source in so many products, are GMOs as well. Also within the last one to two years, alfalfa, which is used as a food source for animals, is now genetically-modified. In 30 other countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production of GMOs because they are not proven safe.

If any of you have ever watched the documentary Genetic Roulette, you KNOW how bad GMOs are for human AND animal consumption. Approximately 75 percent of our food contains GMOs, and these GMOs are exposed to 1.1 billion pounds of pesticides! So knowing this…would you want any of this in your diet….or your newborn baby’s formula??? I certainly wouldn’t!!!

I recently learned the horrifying news that according to GMWatch, Purity brands infant formula and cereal contained extremely high levels of GMOs. Nestlé has gone on record stating: “. . . it took consumer preferences into consideration and therefore all its infant cereals in South Africa used non-GM maize.” Great! They did that for them, but why are they not doing that for us in the US?

Just a little FYI, Nestlé is in the company of Abbott Laboratories (makers of Similac), and Mead Johnson Nutrition (makers of Enfamil). Their formulas contain corn, sugar, or soy—all ingredients which are highly likely to be GMO!

GMO crops were created to be able to withstand pesticides. The weeds have built up resistance now to these pesticides; therefore, new pesticides are being formulated that may be even more dangerous to your health. Recently, new soybean and corn seeds have been reengineered to survive the strongest pesticides out there. The latest to emerge are glyphosate and the 2, 4-D. During the Vietnam War, 2, 4-D was used (and then banned).  Do we really want these in our food supply? I don’t!

Exposure to the chemical 2, 4-D is linked to an increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, thyroid & reproductive problems, Parkinson’s disease, and neurological damage. So say NO to GMO!! Natur-Tyme has several GMO-FREE choices on sale throughout October 2014, which is Non-GMO month.

The High Fructose Corn Syrup Insulin Trap

Carol B. Blair, BS, DiHom, CNC, Wellness Educator

CerealWe’ve all heard the ads about high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) with the catch phrase “Sugar is sugar.” Not true! Because high-fructose corn syrup is derived from corn (genetically modified, at that), the corn industry tried to call it “corn sugar,” but the FDA denied their claim. As you know, I am not a fan of the FDA, but it appears they finally got something right!

High-fructose corn syrup is highly processed and that processing comes with a price.

First and foremost, according to research published in Environmental Health, most of it is contaminated with mercury, which is used in the processing. Mercury is a poison linked to brain disorders including tremors, Parkinson’s, memory loss, and even Alzheimer’s. Remember the “mad hatters?” That term was coined because mercury was used in the hat-making process, and the makers went “mad.”

Due to the fact that high-fructose corn syrup metabolizes to fat very quickly in the body, and because of its rapid absorption into the blood stream, it causes insulin spikes. Weight gain is the result because insulin is a fat-storing hormone. Also, Dr. Mark Hyman states that HFCS “goes right to the liver and triggers lipogenesis (the production of fats like triglycerides and cholesterol); this is why it is the major cause of liver damage in this country and causes a condition called ‘fatty liver,’ which affects 70 million people.” Other metabolic disturbances such as increased appetite, accelerated aging, and diabetes also occur.

So what are some of the major products that contain high-fructose corn syrup? Unless you are a label reader (I am!), you’ll probably be surprised. Here are some of the common ones: cereal, salad dressing, pudding mixes, many yogurts (you just think you’re eating something healthy with many brands), candy, chocolate bars, ketchup, juices, bread, and pizza sauce. However, soft drinks are the biggest culprit of all. Many people have a very bad habit of drinking soft drinks instead of water. Don’t make the mistake of drinking low calorie, artificially sweetened, soft drinks as a replacement. See my other blog on artificial sweeteners. I haven’t decided yet which one is worse–the high-fructose corn syrup or the artificial sweeteners!

I don’t mind Zevia though. This is a carbonated beverage sweetened with natural, low calorie, herbal Stevia! We carry several varieties here at Natur-Tyme.

We all know sugar isn’t good for us but the catch phrase, “Sugar is sugar,” is not true. High-fructose corn syrup is used because it is cheap–plain and simple. Don’t sacrifice your health for it.

Understanding GMOs – Part 2

By Nancy Gardiner, Supplement Educator124580433

October is Non-GMO Month. Natur-Tyme wants to educate you about why you should be concerned with GMOs. Yesterday, supplement educator Pamela Walker discussed Non-GMOs and I will expand upon it in my blog.

Why should you not eat genetically modified organisms (GMO)? According to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) (2009), “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GMO food.” The AAEM has asked physicians to advise all patients to avoid GMO foods (www.aaemonline.org/gmopost.html). Jeffery M. Smith of The Institute for Responsible Technology adds, “The biggest areas of risks being infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, changes in major organs, and the gastrointestinal system.”

I have been a health supplement educator for 17 years, involved in conventional farming for 14 years, and organic farming for the last 13 years. In that time period, I have noticed some of the changes mentioned in the above quote by Jeffery M. Smith, author, politician, and advocate against GMO foods.

Labeling of GMO foods is the only way to have a choice when deciding what to bring home to cook for dinner tonight. There are a couple of websites where you can get information on labeling efforts; www.labelgmos.org and www.justlabelit.org are dedicated to organizing the efforts to have foods labeled. Until the powers that be are convinced that the fair and just way to deal with this issue is a well-informed consumer, a list of Non-GMO verified products can be found at www.nongmoproject.org/find-non-gmo.

Understanding GMOs – Part 1

By Pamela Walker124580433

October is non-GMO month; though the month is winding down, the issue of GMOs will continue to touch our lives. Today and tomorrow, read our blogs addressing the concerns of GMOs.

Genetically Modified Organisms are not an organisms’ natural state. GMOs are plants that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses, or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. There is a huge difference between hybridized corn and a GMO. It’s one thing when you cross two different species of corn, but when you put a fish gene into a tomato, that is pushing the boundaries of science. A growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage, and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.

Use of toxic herbicides like Roundup has increased since GMOs were introduced. GMO crops are also responsible for the emergence of super weeds and super bugs, which can only be killed with ever more toxic poisons. GMOs are a direct extension of chemical agriculture, and are developed and sold by the world’s biggest chemical companies. The long-term impacts of GMOs are unknown, and once released into the environment these novel organisms cannot be recalled.

Unfortunately, even though polls consistently show that a significant majority of Americans want to know if the food they’re purchasing contains GMOs, the powerful biotech lobby has succeeded in keeping this information from the public. In the absence of mandatory labeling, the Non-GMO Project was created to give consumers the informed choice they deserve. While I understand the reasoning for creating GMOs to feed our growing population, at what cost is this to human health?

Tomorrow, read the GMO blog written by my fellow supplement educator, Nancy Gardiner.

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear from the Media: The Use of Meta-Analysis in Reporting

By: Carol Blair, BS, DiHom, CNC

There has been much in the news lately about studies on everything from omega 3s to the lack of benefits from consuming organic food. I find it interesting that all of this new information has come to a head just at a time when Prop 37 in California (the vote to label genetically modified food) is on the line.  Believe me, as corporate agendas are being pushed we will be seeing much more of this.

Let’s take a closer look at some of these “studies.”  Actually, these are not studies at all; they are analyses of previous studies.  This is called a meta-analysis.   The danger of this, of course, is that they can include or exclude the studies of their liking thereby skewing the results.

For instance, when the strawberry study (which showed higher levels of vitamin C and antioxidants) was not included in the Stanford meta-analysis, the authors said it was “inadvertently left out.” Further research also showed that Stanford receives huge sums of money from “secret” donors.

In fact a majority of studies showed higher levels of antioxidants in organic food such as apples (Lucarini et al., 1999), peaches (Carbonaro et al.,2002), pears (Carbonaro et al., 2002), potatoes (Hamouz et al.,1999), onion (Ren et al., 2001), tomatoes (Mitchell et al., 2007),peppers (Pérez-López et al., 2007), oranges (Tarozzi et al., 2006)and olive oil (Gutierrez et al. One study also showed higher levels of resveratrol in organic wines (Levite et al., 2000).

It is also interesting that the meta analysis wrote that the “Consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.”  Unfortunately, the media either did not do their homework or did not consider this newsworthy.  For instance, the New York Times headline read: “Stanford Scientists Cast Doubts on Advantages of Organic Meat and Produce.”

Common sense tells us that when you use organic compost, you will have more nutrients, but is that the only benefit we are deriving?  Studies from several leading universities have shown that pesticides are contributing to fertility problems, premature births, as well as ADD. The most recent study on genetically modified corn showed huge tumors in rats!

So when you hear about the latest study, do your homework and don’t believe everything until you know the facts.  Always feel free to call us here at Natur-Tyme as we attempt to follow up on these reports.

 

 

 

 

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