Posted by: Chris Maloney | April 12, 2013

Dr. Oz Tells You The Best Vitamins.

Dietary supplements, such as the vitamin B sup...

Dietary supplements, such as the vitamin B supplement show above, are typically sold in pill form. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, it was on the Dr. Oz show, but it’s really Consumer Labs who wrote the sort of teaser post on the Dr. Oz site I would expect of anyone selling something. In this case they tell us that there are certain harmful brands, but don’t say which ones. Then they say there are good brands and don’t say which ones.

Evidently Todd Cooperman, M.D., head of Consumer Labs, has moved away from public education to how can I make a dollar? The idea is that I have to go to Consumer Labs and sign up to get the information I need for my health.  But I get a free 24 hour online pass to go see.

So I went to the site and it said the following:  “By signing up for this 24 hour free pass you’ll receive immediate access to the three reports. You agree to not reproduce or distribute the reports other than a single copy for your personal use. You will also receive our free e-newsletter that provides you with updates and alerts. After your 24 hour free pass is over we’ll notify you to see if you’d like to continue with your membership for a special rate.”

Blah, blah, blah.  Our proprietary information, that we don’t want to give you, unless you sign up to get sent junk mail and to be sold other things that you don’t want.

So I didn’t sign up.  I went online and went looking for the same information.  Look at that.  Livestrong has the same information posted online, including the fact that Consumer Labs promotes long standing brands like Centrum Silver.  Here’s the Livestrong post.

I’d already read that information several years ago.  The problem with looking at that sort of basic information is that while it is accurate that some vitamins don’t have what they say they have in the pill, it doesn’t go far enough.  Those that do have what they say they have overwhelmingly have cheap synthetic versions of what the good vitamin manufacturers are now generating in cold manufacturing plants to mimic what is absorbed effectively.

We’ve really moved beyond the baseline chemicals to look at the whole food structures necessary to absorb the vitamins.  One of my favorite companies Innate Response (I receive nothing from them, I just like them) talks about a very basic thing like vitamin C.  They point out the research being done on vitamin C shows that the synthetic form is hopelessly inadequate for generating the sort of protection we need.

So even the vitamins that get Consumer Labs seal of approval are hopelessly behind the times.

By the way, Innate Response publishes the information online for free, and doesn’t even ask for my email to spam me.  That’s how you build trust in the modern economy.  Here’s the link:




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