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The #1 Children's Vitamin Brand in the US contains ingredients that most parents would never intentionally expose their children to, so why aren't more opting for healthier alternatives?
Kids vitamins are supposed to be healthy, right? Well then, what's going on with Flintstones Vitamins, which proudly claims to be "Pediatricians' #1 Choice"? Produced by the global pharmaceutical corporation Bayer, this wildly successful brand features a shocking list of unhealthy ingredients, including:
- Cupric Oxide
- Coal tar artificial coloring agents (FD&C Blue #2, Red #40, Yellow #6)
- Zinc Oxide
- Ferrous Fumarate
- Hydrogenated Oil (Soybean)
- GMO Corn starch
82% of kids aren't eating all of their veggies1. Without enough vegetables, kids may not be getting all of the nutrients they need.The implication? That Flintstones vitamins somehow fill this nutritional void. But let's look a little closer at some of these presumably healthy ingredients....
References: 1. Lorson BA, Melgar-Quinonez HR, Taylor CA. Correlates of fruit and vegetable intakes in US children. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009;109(3):474-478.
Aspartame is a synthetic combination of the amino acids aspartic acid and l-phenylalanine, and is known to convert into highly toxic methanol and formaldehyde in the body. Aspartame has been linked to over 40 adverse health effects in the biomedical literature, and has been shown to exhibit both neurotoxicity and carcinogenicity  What business does a chemical like this have doing in a children's vitamin, especially when non-toxic, non-synthetic non-nutritive sweeteners like stevia already exist?
Next, let's look closer at Cupric Oxide, 2mg of which is included in each serving of Flinstone's Complete chewable vitamins as a presumably 'nutritional' source of 'copper,' supplying "100% of the Daily Value (Ages 4+), according to Flintstones Vitamins Web site's Nutritional Info.
But what is Cupric Oxide? A nutrient or a chemical?
According to the European Union's Dangerous Substance Directive, one of the main EU laws concerning chemical safety, Cupric Oxide is listed as a Hazardous substance, classified as both "Harmful (XN)" and "Dangerous for the environment" (N). Consider that it has industrial applications as a pigment in ceramics, and as a chemical in the production of rayon fabric and dry cell batteries. In may be technically correct to call it a mineral, but should it be listed as a nutrient in a children's vitamin? We think not.
|Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.|
COAL TAR ARTIFICIAL COLORING AGENTS
A well-known side effect of using synthetic dyes is attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. For direct access to study abstracts on this topic view our Food Coloring research page. There is also indication that the neurotoxicity of artificial food coloring agents increase when combined with aspartame, making the combination of ingredients in Flintstones even more concerning.
Each serving of Flinstones Complete Chewable vitamins contain 12 mg of zinc oxide, which the manufacturer claims delivers 75% of the Daily Value to children 2 & 3 years of age. Widely used as a sun protection factor (SPF) in sunscreens, The EU's Dangerous Substance Directive classifies it as an environmental Hazard, "Dangerous for the environment (N)." How it can be dangerous to the environment, but not for humans ingesting it, escapes me. One thing is for sure, if one is to ingest supplemental zinc, or market it for use by children, it makes much more sense using a form that is organically bound (i.e. 'chelated') to an amino acid like glycine, as it will be more bioavailable and less toxic.
Sorbitol is a synthetic sugar substitute which is classified as a sugar alcohol. It can be argued that it has no place in the human diet, much less in a child's. The ingestion of higher amounts have been linked to gastrointestinal disturbances from abdominal pain to more serious conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.
The one clear warning on the Flinstone's Web site concerns this chemical. While it is impossible to die from consuming iron from food, e.g. spinach, ferrous fumarate is an industrial mineral and not found in nature as food. In fact, ferrous fumarate is so toxic that accidental overdose of products containing this form is "a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6." The manufacturer further warns:
Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.
HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL
Finding hydrogenated oil in anything marketed to children is absolutely unacceptable. These semi-synthetic fatty acids incorporate into our tissues and have been linked to over a dozen adverse health effects, from coronary artery disease to cancer, violent behavior to fatty liver disease.
GMO CORN STARCH
While it can be argued that the amount of GMO corn starch in this product is negligible, even irrelevant, we disagree. It is important to hold accountable brands that refuse to label their products honestly, especially when they contain ingredients that have been produced through genetic modification. The 'vitamin C' listed as ascorbic acid in Flintstones is likely also produced from GMO corn. Let's remember that Bayer's Ag-biotech division, Bayer CropScience, poured $381,600 of cash into defeating the proposition 37 GMO labeling bill in California. Parents have a right to protect their children against the well-known dangers of genetically modified foods and the agrichemicals that contaminate them, don't they? GMO corn starch is GMO, plain and simple. We'd appreciate it if Bayer would label their "vitamins" accordingly.
In summary, Bayer's Flintstone's vitamin brand is far from a natural product, and the consumer should be aware of the unintended, adverse health effects that may occur as a result of using it.
A WISER CHOICE is ISA KIDS!
A HEALTHIER and SAFER CHOICE!
Flinstone article by Sayer Ji, Founder
-  GreenMedInfo.com, Adverse Health Effects of Aspartame
-  FlinstonesVitamins.com, FLINSTONES Complete Chewable, Nutritional Info Overview
-  Karen Lau, W Graham McLean, Dominic P Williams, C Vyvyan Howard. Synergistic interactions between commonly used food additives in a developmental neurotoxicity test. Toxicol Sci. 2006 Mar;90(1):178-87. Epub 2005 Dec 13. PMID: 16352620
-  GreenMedInfo.com, Sorbitol's Adverse Health Effects
-  GreenMedInfo.com, Health Effects of Hydrogenated Oil
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
|Meet Isagenix Millionaires No. 138 Cindy & Darren!|
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“We had a very hectic lifestyle,” says Cindy, a former gym owner. Her husband Darren was in Special Operations in the Canadian military, and these parents of two felt rushed all the time. “Darren was away a lot,” Cindy remembers, “and we dreamed of being together more.”
About 7 1/2 years ago, Cindy’s friend Dani introduced her to Isagenix. It was an instant hit with their family. Cindy immediately saw the potential in starting an Isagenix business. So she decided to try the products.
“I had great results that I started sharing with my clients at my gym, family, and friends. And, over the course of three years, part time, I created a six-figure income.”
Cindy’s Isagenix income meant she could have an early retirement at 40, but she wanted more. She’d seen her friend Dani retire her husband and wanted to do the same for Darren. She put her mind to it and succeeded! Darren had committed 35 years of service in order to earn a full pension. He was making a very good income, but he says, “I had managed to get myself promoted to a rank where I was no longer doing the daily things I really loved about the military.”
Cindy had been asking him for several years to consider retiring, and so one day he made her a deal.
“I told her, when you replace my income, I will put in my release.” Two years later, she did just that. “While I could have walked away with 30 day’s notice, my loyalty to my team drove me to give them a year to plan my replacement.”
Darren was able to step into his new life after 26 years at 44 years old rather than at 53! “Our reason to get up in the morning now is to make sure we’re there for the kids before they go to school,” shares Darren. “And that’s probably the best part of what we do now,” he continues. He jokes that now that his kids are teenagers they don’t openly admit it, but he and Cindy know they appreciate him being home. Darren and Cindy are not afraid to admit that they are happy designing their own lives and catching up on lost time as a couple.
The Secret to Their Success At the heart of Cindy and Darren’s success are three things: goals, integrating their business into their everyday lives, and creating curiosity (rather than using sales pitches).
Early on, Cindy’s goal was retiring Darren. Their next big goal is to find a destination to retire, and relocate their family and business. Along the way, they’re also working to help their team members create their own success stories. And in the midst of all of that, they’ve managed to cumulatively earn over a million dollars with their Isagenix business. When Cindy started building the business, she was busy raising two kids, and running a gym and a household. However, she was committed to success with Isagenix, and not only fit Isagenix into the “pockets of her day,” but made her business a priority.
Eventually she hired a virtual assistant to help her let go of time-consuming tasks like sorting emails. Nowadays, says Cindy, “We don’t have set Isagenix hours. We really build it into our days.” In fact, after a recent house hunting trip Cindy says, “We have five realtors interested in what we do!” Darren elaborates, “Everything we do, that we’re going to do anyway, we manage to fit Isagenix into that.” For them, that means going out of their way to meet new people when they go to the gym and making the most of their time. Another one of their secrets? Whenever they’re traveling together, even on their drive to the gym, whoever isn’t driving uses that time to catch up on emails and social media.
Darren says his focus is on creating curiosity. “Military people, police, and people like that—they don’t like to be approached with any kind of sale,” he shares. So he and Cindy can focus on getting to know people, creating curiosity, and simply sharing their 10- or 30-second story.
“People buy from people they know, like, and trust,” Cindy emphasizes. “Be passionate and genuine and most importantly, don’t be afraid to talk to people!” Anyone who knows Cindy is aware of what she calls her “2-foot” rule. “If you are within two feet of me, you are going to be talking to me,” she laughs. “I am naturally curious, and I enjoy meeting people.”
Cindy and Darren live by their motto of “Prepare. Live Life.” And now they enjoy meeting others and sharing the Isagenix opportunity every day. - See more at: ISAGENIX
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