Wednesday, June 22, 2005

AMA Blasts Supplement Packaging

This Yahoo! story says-

"The herbal packaging policy, approved Tuesday by the AMA House of Delegates, directs AMA leadership to urge Congress to modify the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act to require those promoting herbal remedies to prove their efficacy and safety and to force the herbal remedies to list product ingredients on packages."

AMA being the American Medical Association.

Guess what? I am in total agreement with that statement!

In fact, if you have been a regular reader of my blog you will find many posts by me railing against the scammers, snake-oil sites and outright lies that are passed off in the name chasing a buck. If you take any supplement that does not fully disclose:
1. The ingredients
2. Doses of those ingredients
There is a excellent chance you are being ripped off.

We never have, and never will, offer any product without full and total disclosure of BOTH ingredients and dose.

But we go much further than that- by offering you referenced research of efficacy for nearly 100% of our products! Only Relentless Improvement™ goes to that degree of disclosure to inform you. Look at the bottom of each product page on our site, those numbered items are the references of efficacy from scientific literature.

It would be hard to imagine more objectivity and helpfulness in the information that we provide you to make your buying decision.

The article also says:
"packaging of some herbal remedies is confusing and gives the impression that the supplements are pharmaceutical products."

Again, I totally agree, HOWEVER, I do have the right to note my high quality line-up of suppliers and products as "Pharmaceutical Quality" to differentiate from the grocery store quality supplements. There is a quality difference, and Relentless Improvement™ is dedicated to delivering it to our Customers.

Pharmaceuticals- no, Pharmaceutical quality- yes.

Effective? Oh yes.

It's The Relentless Difference™, why settle for anything less?

Relentless Improvement™


Central Serous Retinopathy- My Story

A few weeks ago I noticed in one eye it seemed like I had looked into a bright light. You know how that feels. Then, I noticed a blurriness and this weird circular spot in the center of my vison in that eye. Well, I didn't just fall off the turnip truck, and quickly realized there was a problem.

A bit of research on the net yielded a cool test called an Amsler Grid which confirmed my concern. My left eye viewed the grid as if it were a net with a ball in the middle! Yikes.

A quick trip to the local eye doc revealed that indeed there was a retina problem, and I was referred to a retinal specialist. There, they did a huge range of tests culminating in a fluorescein angiography, shooting me up with dye as they took pictures of both retinas. Very cool side-effect of this procedure- I urinated fluorescent yellow for two days! Very trippy.

Anyhow, the diagnosis was confirmed as Central Serous Retinopathy which had left a "water mark" on my retina causing what my doc said would be some degree of permanent vision loss. No treatment, laser would not be helpful.

I am using one of my products- Clear Eye Carnosine eye drops , which have documented efficacy for cataracts and macular degeneration, to see if it will provide beneficial effect. This product contains N-Acetyl-L-Carnosine as a therapeutic supplement. As my baseline is well documented, I will be able to quantify its effects in my three month follow-up visit.

No secret to my readers, I use Ortho-Core daily, and the anti-oxidants, Alpha/Beta-carotene and lutein in it should also be beneficial for my vision.

So the good news is I am alive and feel like a 20 year old, and one eye has 20/15 vision. The bad news- crap happens, and sometimes you have no clue when and where it will strike. The lesson? There isn't one. Just do your best to follow your dream wherever it may lead you, and keep reaching for better health!

[DECEMBER UPDATE - Read how things turned out (good!) by reading this post]