Friday, December 29, 2006
Our website had 99.999% uptime and there were no memorable problems to speak of. As ecommerce sites go, ours is robust and secure from front to back.
Next year will be even more fun: more private label Relentless Improvement brands including some interesting multi-ingredient products.
If you like what we do: the fast shipping, superior quality, cutting-edge products, 3rd party testing, then I ask you to to refer a friend or two. The more we grow, the more I can offer you.
Thanks, and Happy New Year
Pete Hitesman - Owner
Relentless Improvement LLC
ORDER TODAY, OR EARLY SATURDAY if you want your order to get into the front of the line for shipping.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Click this link to order Ortho-Mind
On December 1st AOR adjusted our cost on nearly all of their products due to the declining value of the US dollar against the Canadian dollar. I have quantity discounts in place to help regular customers save as much as possible.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Dr. Ames offered comment in a Sunday San Francisco Chronicle article regarding his view on multi-vitamin supplementation. If you want to gain some new perspective this is a great read.
The title is a mouthful: "CELLULAR NUTRITION- The Hunt to Fix Hidden Hunger. Biochemist Bruce Ames thinks a simple multivitamin may fight obesity"
I just took my daily dose of 6 Ortho-Core capsules and Theralac probiotic with my breakfast. While Dr, Ames advocates a cheap multi for the masses, I want the best money can buy and I believe Ortho-Core is that product. To me supplementation has never been an expense, but rather an investment. An investment in my present and future good health.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
I have just completed a clinical trial at Mayo Clinic that involved Green tea extract pills containing high concentrations of EGCG. I was in the cohort that was instructed to take 800 mg twice a day. I had absolutely no symptoms when taking this for over 6 months and actually saw my White cell count drop as a result.
Now that my part in the study is completed I have been given the option of taking 6 months worth of Green tea from Matsui. Unfortunately, the 100 mg tablets from Matsui are a NEW formulation of EGCG. They consist of a “paste” inside of a hard shell instead of a capsule with powder that I took when I was on the phase 1 study. I am absolutely unable to take these pills in any amount. I had developed a bad case of gastroenteritis and had extreme stomach pain and cramps after just a couple weeks taking 1600 mg/day. I am now looking for a new EGCG high concentrate pill supplement to take and I ran into your company using a Google search and have ordered 3 bottles."I have many customer reports regarding the benefits of our EGCG MAX product. If you need a true pharmaceutical grade EGCG, this product is for you. Some people cannot afford to risk cheap grocery store "green tea pills" and for them we have the solution.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
From the latest press release:
"Monday, December 11, 2006
For immediate release
The $4 Million Mom
Methuselah Mouse Prize fund passes $4 million milestone
Lorton, Virginia - With her generous ongoing commitment, Shannon Vyff joins "The 300", the Methuselah Foundation's select group of supporters, who have pledged to fund the Methuselah Mouse Prize - the Mprize. The Mprize is a primary undertaking of the Methuselah Foundation and is being offered to the scientific research team that reverses aging in middle-aged experimental mice, allowing them to live the equivalent of an additional healthy lifespan
What makes Shannon's contribution even more remarkable is that it follows the extraordinary fund-raising efforts of her daughter Avianna. Encouraged by Shannon, eight year old Avianna went door-to-door and set up a display at her church to collect over $3,000 for the Mprize. Shannon said, "I wanted to set a good example for my children. I do a lot of volunteering through our church and in our community. I want my kids to know that I'm also trying to help them and their children and grandchildren live longer and healthier lives. This is about families - we're pulling together as a family to support the Mprize because the suffering and death from aging affects all of us - children, grandchildren. There's a myth that somehow it's OK for old people to get sick and die because they're 'tired of living'. Ask an elderly person who is trying to escape a burning building, or who chooses to purchase a safe vehicle whether she feels she's lived long enough and is ready to die! I hope m!
people will donate to the Mprize, because we need to end aging now for real people and real families - not just in science fiction stories."
Developing interventions which work in mice is a critical precursor to the development of human anti-aging techniques, for once it is demonstrated that aging in mice can be effectively delayed or reversed, popular attitudes which view aging as inevitable will no longer be tenable. When aging in mice is shown to be treatable, the funding necessary for a full-scale assault on the human aging process will begin to flow. The Mprize will act as a proof of concept, and demonstrate that age-related debilities and diseases are no longer inescapable, for both current and future generations.
David Gobel, CEO of the Methuselah Foundation said, "The Mprize is a bold endeavor, and a marvelous legacy to our descendants. While there is no guarantee that The 300 will be fortunate enough to enjoy the anti-aging innovations that will occur this century, it is a testament to their altruism that they are prepared to make this gesture of optimism and hope for those who follow us. From a modest beginning in 2003 the Mprize fund has grown and continues to do so at an accelerating rate, as the notion of improving healthy human longevity continues to progressively make inroads into the public consciousness".
About the Methuselah Foundation
The Methuselah Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to accelerating the development of foreseeable, science-based therapies to combat aging. Its main activities are the Methuselah Mouse Prize, which is being offered to the scientific research teams that significantly extend the lifespan of middle-aged laboratory mice, and the funding of focused SENS antiaging research. Further details of the Methuselah Foundation can be found at: www.methuselahfoundation.org
Shannon Vyff's science fiction novel "21st Century Kids" will be released by Warren Publishing in March 2007."
Friday, December 08, 2006
It is very important for you to make phone calls to the following key Congressmen right away between Thursday, December 7 and Friday, December 8. What's happening is that the Dietary Supplement and Non-Prescription Drug Consumer Protection Act (the AER bill), which threatens your access to dietary supplements, was passed in the U.S. Senate at 9 pm Wednesday, December 6. Now we must take immediate action to stop the companion bill (HR 6168) in the U.S. House of Representatives.
So, please call: 202-225-XXXX (U.S. Capital Switchboard, which is always open) and ask for:
1. Dennis Hastert
2. John Boehner- (tell him not to allow it to be put on the calendar- he opposes the bill, but now there's going to be huge pressure on him to let it be voted on.)
3. Joe Barton"The only problem is that our friends at LEF emailed this in error. Upon my call to Dennis Hasterts office this morning I was advised this bill is not, and will not come before the house. Apparantly LEF had a bit of a (well-intentioned) SNAFU.
So don't call Washington :-)
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Roughly stated a currencies value is a reflection of it's outlook and (relative) economic strength vs another countries currency (Chinese Renminbi/Yuan, Canadian Dollar, the Euro, etc).
If the US Dollar is "weak" it means investors are buying Euros or Yen or Yuan instead, believing those countries to have more positive economic conditions in the future. This cheapens the dollar and boosts the other currencies (the US Dollar has to be sold and the other currency bought; supply/demand, Economics 101)
What this means to you: I had a cost of goods increase effective December 1 from AOR (a Canadian company). One reason for the increase is the US Dollar is much weaker (vs the Canadian Dollar) now than last year.
So, AOR has to collect more US dollars (from me and you) to make the same profit once it is converted to Canadian Dollars (they can't spend US Dollars in Canada!).
As the US Dollar continues to fall (I believe it will), cost of all imported goods will rise.
Especially Chinese goods.
China has a pegged currency exchange rate, meaning unlike nearly all other nations, it does not freely float in value vs other currencies. The Chinese government controls the currency value.
Who cares? Ha! You do sucker, because the Chinese economic miracle has been fueled by cheap exports. An undervalued currency means Chinese products have been dirt cheap to buy (by other countries).
The vast majority of imported raw materials comes from...China. Now there are two choices, raise prices to make the same profit, Or quality is sacrificed by either the supplier or distributor.
I will not sacrifice quality. Relentless Improvement is the only business that I know of to conduct, and make available in real-time, 3rd party material analysis. You might buy it for less somewhere else, but what exactly are you buying?
Bottom line, expect higher prices from a lot of businesses in the coming months and years.
Change is the only constant.
Furthermore she advised me that because she had never received a flu shot and had never caught the flu, ergo, I should not have had a flu shot either. (It wasn't necessary and immunizations aren't effective)
The reasoning exhibited by my caller was idiotic.
They went on to ask 5 times that I justify my products based on the fact I was sick with a cold.
Lucky for me, these kind of calls are few. The scary part is this person claimed to be a health care professional- chiropractor, and nutritional speaker at various events.
Can thoughtful supplementation along with a healthy lifestyle boost immunity? Sure! Can it prevent sickness? Get real.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
REJUV SKIN CRÈME (1 oz)
REJUV SKIN CRÈME (4 oz)
Thanks for your support.
Friday, December 01, 2006
Brain Vibrance Powder
Mitochondrial Energy Optimizer
I anticipate AOR Ortho-Mind to be back in stock in approx 4-5 weeks.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Smaller bottle, smaller capsule, easier to swallow, greater stability, no leaking!
Mito-Gold r-lipoic / dihydrolipoic acids from GeroNova Research.
Back in stock tomorrow or Saturday.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
You know and love Theralac pro/prebiotic. Now you can use Enzalase, a world class digestive enzyme supplement.
So new that even Therabiotics doesn't have their site built yet to sell it! But RI is keeping you ahead of the game as always.
Enzalase is in stock for immediate shipping.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
During that time orders may be placed as usual through our website, these orders will ship on Monday November 27th.
If you prefer that your order fulfillment not be delayed, simply place your order this week.
I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that Advanced Orthomolecular Research's new wholesale prices (my cost) are effective December 1st. I have not yet adjusted my retail prices to fully reflect the new increase. My suggestion is to stock up today!
Monday, November 13, 2006
Many folks report relief within days, others with 1-3 months of daily use. Well tolerated with no side-effects.
From objective source Consumer Labs:
"At the end of the study, 69% of the participants who had been taking the grass pollen [for bph] had reduced the number of trips they had to make to the bathroom at night. In the placebo group, only 37% reported improvement in this symptom."
"69% of the participants receiving [defined pollen extract] treatment reported overall improvement [in bph symptoms], while only 29% of the group taking the placebo felt they had improved, another statistically significant difference."
How and why does it work? AOR speculates that "Molecular, experimental,and clinical studies suggest that defined pollen extract may reduce inflammation and balance the muscle tone of the urethra and bladder – effects which might help to explain some of the extract’s effects on the symptoms of BPH."
I suggest you try a bottle today.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Crayhon uses only pharmaceutical grade ingredients from top-name manufacturers. Their GPC-Gels, supplied in "hummingbird" dispensers, are a unique, innovative and effective way to supplement with Alpha-GPC.
Crayhons Brain Vibrance is a perfect match with their Body Vibrance products. Inside the containers are individual pre-packaged daily servings. Super convenient to travel with.
I love their stuff, you will too.
Short expiry (02/2007 ) sale, get them while they last. Limited quantities.
I really like Theanine as it allows me to drink coffee (caffeinated beverages) without the jitters. Simply use Theanine 1-2 hours before caffeine and voila', all the buzz with no nervousness.
Theanine is also wonderful to invoke a sense of relaxation and calmness. Natures xanax!
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
"I just had to send a quick note of gratitude about my first order with Relentless Improvement.
You were quick, precise, glitch-free and as an added bonus I received a little thank-you card along with my shipment. I'm sure many people don't give it much credence, but warm, attentive customer service coupled with precision and expediency is a combination sure to win every time.
In the future, I'll order from none but Relentless Improvement, and I'll certainly recommend your services to everyone interested.
Ah- Thank YOU!
Sunday, October 29, 2006
However, before you go there please visit the Terasem Movement home page. This is a fascinating organization (501 (c)(3) non-profit), the purpose of which is:
"educating the public on the practicality and necessity of greatly extending human life, consistent with diversity and unity, via geoethical nanotechnology and personal cyberconsciousness.
Terasem accomplishes its objectives by convening publicly accessible symposia, publishing explanatory analyses, conducting demonstration projects, issuing grants and encouraging public belief in a positive technologically-based future.
The Terasem Movement was formed in 2002. A sister organization, the Terasem Movement Foundation, was formed in 2004.
The founders of Terasem are concerned that the potential of nanotechnology and cyberconsciousness for relieving human suffering and extending human life will be truncated due to unwarranted fears and concerns. The founders are also concerned, however, that nanotechnology and cyberconsciousness could be made available only to an elite, or in a manner that creates class divisions within society. The founders believe that nanotechnology and cyberconsciousness needs to be developed consistently with full respect for diversity and unity so that the potential for greatly extending human life and relieving human suffering can be realized.
The Terasem Movement is funded with an endowment from its founders. Terasem does not seek or solicit outside financial contributions. It is managed by the founders based on advice from experts in the fields of nanotechnology and cyberconsciousness."
Great reading and a great cause.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
3 or more $24.99
Limited quantites on hand at this price. Stock up now and save on AOR quality Acetyl-L-Carnitine.
Monday, October 23, 2006
The Five-Minute Meaningful Sexual Encounter: PT-141 (bremelanotide) Cure for Male AND Female Sexual Dysfunction?
Here is another article.
Interesting world we live in!
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
" The UK prison trial at Aylesbury jail showed that when young men there were fed multivitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, the number of violent offences they committed in the prison fell by 37%."
Obviously a must read story.
Straighen your act up with one of our four Omega-3 choices. All are pure, toxin and heavy metal free. Kept in climate controlled conditions until shipment to you to avoid oxidation and rancidity.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Order Ortho-Core today.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Save over 45% when you buy 6 or more.
Save nearly 30% when you buy 3-5.
Astaxanthin is a potent antioxidant and antiinflammatory.
Act today. Limited time sale, once I sell down it goes back to regular pricing.
Friday, September 29, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
If you have been trying to access RelentlessImprovement.com you found it not available. Our shopping cart at http://nexternal.com/relentless IS up and running fine.
Our hosting company tells me things should be back up and running within hours. This is the first time in about one year our site has been down. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your patience!
Thursday, September 21, 2006
SomaFM Internet Radio
You choose the type of music you like, click the link, and enjoy.
For the past 1 1/2 years I have listened and remain amazed at this "free lunch". But I am no parasite! You can click on their page to contribute to listener-supported commercial free radio.
This works for nearly any internet connection you might have: 56k, DSL, Broadband, Wireless etc as they offer a selection of streaming speeds to accomodate. The bigger your pipe, the higher the fidelity.
The internet at it's best. Check it out now...
Monday, September 18, 2006
The circumstances thankfully don't happen often. Customer calls and says "Hey, uh, is such and such product the real thing?"
Relentless Improvement is the only company that I know of in the world that provides independent, 3rd party analysis of its Relentless Improvement branded products. So far, CoA's using 3 different well-respected labs, all FDA approved.
I spend a ton of money to have these tests done. Locating and providing reference standards for HPLC analysis is usually an incredible headache, and always expensive. Often, a "method" (to test a substance) must also be provided or developed for the HPLC, it too is a headache to obtain.
The test results are always tied to the lot number of the product that my customer receives. I do large bottling runs so as to spread the cost of the testing over many sales. When a new run is produced, a new CoA is generated.
All lab information is clearly visible on the test results. Anyone desiring to confirm the authenticity of what I present is easily able to do so.
Having workups from a variety of labs additionally precludes the (slim) chance that I somehow managed to persuade the (FDA approved) lab to "customize" the results.
Links to CoA's are easily accessible from the individual product pages AND I placed a link to them smack in the middle of the RelentlessImprovement.com home page.
Consider the state of the US supplement market: a total lack of 3rd party testing for toxic metals, possibility of dangerous microbial and fungal contamination and no HPLC proof the product actually contains what is claimed.
I applaud a customer concerned about quality, but our products are the only ones backed up by proof. I put my money where my mouth is.
How about saving that question for the other sites you do business with?
Methuselah Foundation "offers the multi-million dollar Methuselah Mouse Prize (Mprize), in the spirit of the Ansari X Prize, to be awarded for significant, scientifically reproducible life extension in already aged lab mice, to create a “tipping point” in anti-aging science".
Visit the MPrize.org page.
Through my business Relentless Improvement LLC, I have supported and sponsored MPrize for over a year now. Your purchases through Relentless Improvement help bring science to bear in solving the disease of aging.
PS- Late edit and update: Just found this article in today's San Francisco Chronicle regarding this story. I love the controversy! Stimulates much needed debate.
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Their formulations are simply superb.
If you order one item receive 10% off, 2 or more 15% off. My margin on this line is slim, so this is a real steal for you.
Grab'em and growl.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
And I would like to add to my sponsorships. Selectively and with an eye to quality.
Do you represent a site, forum or blog that might enjoy a financial contribution in return for a static banner or other ad placement? If so, please email me at email@example.com and tell me what arrangement you are seeking. It would be helpful if you could include a file attachment (screen capture from your analytics package) quantifying the nature of your traffic (low traffic but high quality site is fine).
If you don't actually have authority to represent a site, please don't email me - I don't have the time to sort through suggestions.
Relentless Improvement in the short space of 1.5 years has firmly established itself as the leader in service and quality in the nutritional supplement business. No other business in the world has committed to public disclosure of 3rd party testing of its products as I have.
You might find this post months (years?) after I wrote it, doesn't matter, please contact me.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Click here for the story.
"Across three continents, brain-damaged patients are reporting remarkable improvements after taking a pill that should make them fall asleep but that, instead, appears to be waking up cells in their brains that were thought to have been dead. In the next two months, trials on patients are expected to begin in South Africa aimed at finding out exactly what is going on inside their heads. Because, at the moment, the results are baffling doctors."
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Orders placed after cut-off Friday will ship Monday Sept 11. The website will be accepting your order during the holiday week with no interruption.
Here is a little parting teaser, something to look forward to later this month:-)
Sunday, August 27, 2006
The web site will accept orders as usual but customer service, order desk and shipping will be enjoying a long holiday week. Get your orders in today.
Not even GeroNova has it listed on their site yet... :-)
R-PLUS NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine)
Limited quantities in stock and ready to ship. This is the Salt-Form R-Lipoic, not the liquid form as is in GeroNova's regular R-PLUS and R-PLUS with Astaxanthin. Also there is not DHLA in these new products.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Advanced Orthomolecular Research will begin enforcing a no-discount pricing policy on their distributors. We expect this to go into effect in September. Relentless Improvement is the largest distributor of AOR products in the world. I am sending you this advance notice to allow you to order whatever products you like at current, every-day low pricing before this change goes into effect.
Here is a direct link to all AOR products that we carry: AOR Products
I anticipate that nearly all existing quantity discounts will go away, and that some deeply discounted products may increase by as much as 20-40%
AOR offers innovative and unique products of very high purity. Much of their business comes from health care professionals. We offer their line to you, the general public. All items are non-prescription in the USA.
Thanks for your trust and business.
Pete Hitesman - Owner
Relentless Improvement LLC
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
R-PLUS r-lipoic acid with Astaxanthin and regular R-PLUS back in stock!
Much sooner than I could have hoped for.
R-PLUS with Astaxanthin
Grab 'em while you can...
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
R-PLUSR-PLUS with Astaxanthin
Mito-GOLD is available in limited supply.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Got a neat letter in the mail today from the Better Business Bureau congratulating Relentless Improvement for having zero customer disputes last year. Guess they just finished closing all open cases.
Of course I am thrilled for the recognition.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Fine alternatives are Ultra K2 from VRP, and multi-vitamins from Life Extension Foundation and Crayhon Research.
Friday, July 14, 2006
The carnitine is from Lonza, the mineral chelates are from Albion, the carotenoids lutien and lycopene are from natural, not synthetic sources.
The fish oils (Omega-3) have been tested for rancidity, metals, PCB's, dioxin, bacteria, yeast and molds.
Works as a superb, balanced combination with Crayhon Research's Brain Vibrance or Brain Vibrance Supreme Powder products.
PS- Both Brain Vibrance and Body Vibrance are supplied as individual tear open plastic packs, so they make life easier for those keeping up with different pills and capsules. Quite convenient for travel too!
If you seek the very best that money can buy, Crayhon Research Body Vibrance is it.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
See the full article here in Technology Review.
And the Mprize response here.
While there, why not make a contribution to the Mprize? Their work to alleviate the debilitation caused by human aging benefits all of us.
Monday, July 10, 2006
Those of you trying to create a link directly to one of the RelentlessImprovement.com product pages have been unable to do so. These pages are dynamically generated, preventing easy "bookmarking".
But now you can.
Go check it out, is is super easy to use and will make your re-ordering easier as you can link directly to specific products. Just click the text link that reads: "Bookmark This Product"
Thursday, June 29, 2006
You have another choice and that is AOR's Essential Mix. This Multi-vitamin powder, is identical to Ortho-Core's foundational ingredients. If you find yourself out of Core, consider using Essential Mix powder. In stock, ready to ship.
I like the flavor and it works great in smoothies too.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Friday, June 23, 2006
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
My commitment to you, I will ship all pending Ortho-Core orders on the same day I receive stock. Thank you for your patience.
Monday, June 19, 2006
I have set the website to allow pre-orders. I bought AOR's remaining inventory as I expect more shortages.
Friday, June 16, 2006
There were only a small handful of questions, below is a response to them from David Carlson. Huge thanks go to David, and the GeroNova folks for making the time and effort to provide this information to us, I imagine he has some sleep to catch up on!
"As my professor used to say; "there are no stupid questions as long as you prove to me you've taken the time to explore the question yourself... otherwise you're wasting my time. If one reads the papers cited by AOR that "prove" that only RLA can alter the NADH/NAD+ ratio they might question this argument.
This was actually one of AOR's weaker contentions. If one studies the papers cited by AOR, they see that the concentration used was 0.5 mM, sustained in culture for 24 hours. Do you think you can achieve that with an AOR RLA containing product? You can't even hit this level by injection.
One of the main purposes of my paper was to provide interested parties with the tools they'd need to read the studies, consider the concentrations used in them and evaluate the likelihood of whether or not they had any in vivo relevance . This is absolutely essential in order to determine before trying to make definitive statements concerning in vivo mechanisms. This was the main problem with and the criticism of the piece by AOR. I think it is also safe to say that the anonymous AOR author has no idea how much RLA you'd have to inject to obtain a level of 0.5 mM. If you consumed RLA by the spoon full all day long you would still not see this concentration level in your tissues.
Referring to my chart you'll see that 0.5mM ~=103,000 ng/ml whereas the amount you see in plasma is ~1154 ng/ml after consumption of 1 gram of either pure RLA or R-DHLA. I've measured a "walloping" (not!) 30-40ng/ml RLA in plasma from a commercial 150 mg RLA product, so the amount used in this paper are 2475-3433 times greater than you can get from AOR's RLA.
Therefore, under real life conditions no one can say whether or not RLA can have any significant and direct effect on these ratios. There are quite complex networks within the cell to store and shuttle reducing equivalents, rather than just effluxing the R-DHLA after RLA is reduced as AOR suggested.
We also do not know how much R-DHLA itself can be taken up by the cell or how much RLA actually traverses the cytosol and gets actively transported into the mitochondria when the cell is exposed to these low concentrations. It is possible that R-DHLA can be taken up by the cell and modulate the intracellular redox status directly or through interaction with the thioredoxin and glutaredoxin systems. It is apparent that there is cross talk between the plasma redox status and the intracellular redox state although they exist on separate circuits, so our approach to modulating the plasma redox itself may be even more practically viable than trying to load your cell with so much RLA.
Regarding MCT-RALA plasma levels versus the RG, R+, R+ASTA and MG products: there is no contradiction. I did not say that R-DHLA was the ONLY way to improve plasma stability and concentrations. The levels were significantly higher than raw RLA and I believe this was due to the competitive inhibition of RLA uptake in the presence of MCFA. Unfortunately, this was originally an R&D product done for a specific international customer but it proved to have long term stability problems, as well as too low an active load of RLA to use in formulations, so we are no longer offering it. With some more development work, it could be improved upon, which is why we still had it on the website. The problem is that it was significantly more difficult and expensive to make and really offers no advantages over the other products.
David A. Carlson
Director R&D GeroNova Research
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
This is the much anticipated piece from GeroNova Research. Given the cutting edge nature of the research, there are many questions about alpha-lipoic, R-lipoic, S-lipoic and R-dihydrolipoic acids.
In a Pete's Place exclusive, one of the worlds authorities on lipoic speaks out publicly.
Blog comments are enabled - enjoy!
Foreword provided by and courtesy of GeroNova Research.
"Important Notice: The following article is technical and it is essential to understand a few basic principles of pharmacology before delving into it. Although these principles are intuitive it is essential to keep them in mind while reading.
1-The valued properties of a nutrient or medicinal substance are limited by the physical properties and stability of the substance.
2-The ability of the dosage form containing the active substance must disintegrate, dissolve and be absorbed in the body, and not be extensively metabolized by the liver.
3-The valued properties of a nutrient or medicinal substance can only be realized if they can reach significant levels within the body at various sites of action.
4-Therefore, in vitro (an artificial model that isolates particular variables) and animal models suffer severe limitations as being predictive of how a substance will behave in vivo in humans at a particular dose and for a sufficient length of time before being cleared.
5-The amount of physical substance in a tablet or capsule is far less important than the bioavailability (the amount available to living cells) of the substance.
6-Lipoic acid has been used since the mid 1950’s as a medicine or drug to treat diabetic neuropathy. The effective therapeutic doses range from 600-1200 mg/day orally or injected.
7-Lipoic acid has been recommended as dietary supplement at doses of 50-150 mg/day since the early 1990’s.
8-No one has carefully elucidated the relationships between the doses and responses of either the supplemental dose or therapeutic dose or the differences between quick release and sustained release ALA/RLA products.
9-GeroNova has been unable to measure any significant effects at the 50-150 mg dose of ALA or RLA and defines the supplemental dose as containing up to 300mg of RLA and its naturally occurring redox partner R-DHLA.
10- GeroNova proposes a definition for a supplemental dose of RLA/R-DHLA as one that measurably affects biomarkers but is not specifically used to treat a disease.
What follows is an attempt to define these classifications and in so doing address the most relevant issues concerning the discussions over racemic ALA, RLA and R-DHLA and their use as nutritional supplements and as therapeutic agents."
Foreword supplied by and courtesy of GeroNova Research.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
GeroNova Research Inc R&D Facility:
Dr. Marc Foster Director of GRI analytical chemistry measuring plasma levels of RLA/R-DHLA:
Geronova chemist Sarah Fischer isolating Na-RALA:
David Carlson Director R&D holding 5kg of freshly distilled R-DHLA (corrected pic):
David Carlson testing a new process for making RLA (corrected pic):
GeroNova Research Inc's Analytical lab:
"People who drink one cup of coffee are 20% less likely to have alcoholic cirrhosis than those who abstain from doing so."
A quote from the article: "Dr Klatsky added: "Even allowing for statistical variation, this shows there is a clear association between coffee consumption and protection against alcoholic cirrhosis."
Monday, June 12, 2006
"Thanks so much, Pete, for the exceptional personal treatment. Thanks for the courtesy upgrade shipment on R+ Asta, thanks for the quick delivery, and thanks for the friendly personal advice you've always given me. Thanks even for the beautiful Matisse (thank-you) card. More and more, I am turning to Relentless as my supplement provider of choice, and this is due , in no small measure to the solicitous care you seem to always give your customers. There is no substitute for that kind of personal service. Alas, too few companies today realize this, or even care to.
Saturday, June 10, 2006
But I love fresh vegetable juice, but when purchased at a restaurant or juice bar they are usually too heavy on sweetness or sugars. After shopping around for over a month, reading reviews, examining web sites, I settled in on a Breville 800JEXL Fountain Elite.
Got it last week and I am thrilled. Any juicer will require cleaning after each use, but this Breville is so easy. The parts are large and easy to handle. The quality is off the scale. The juicing ability is superb. I believe it operates at a higher (more juice!) RPM than any other juicer in the world.
This morning before I left the house for work, I prepared a delicious juice consisting of Celery, Purple Cabbage, Beet, Bean Sprouts, Carrots and Kale. I gotta tell you it was AWESOME! And very easy.
Because juice loses its beneficial vitamins and nutrients quickly, especially with exposure to air, I brought the fresh juice to work in a Nalgene bottle. Easy, convenient and quick to clean.
Fresh vegetable and fruit juice is natures anti-cancer and natural energy boost. Let's face it, most of us don't eat anywhere close to the amounts we need. But the results from juicing are simply delicious.
Amazon offers a great deal on these and I found a special coupon you can use to get and additional $25 bucks off! Just click the link above and enter SUNSAVER as the coupon in your checkout. It expires in 3 weeks so don't wait around.
Friday, June 09, 2006
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
AstaFactor Salmon Essentials with Astaxanthin is finally back in stock. This omega-3 supplement is fortified with potent antioxidant astaxanthin and has been a very popular seller. We sold out for several months, but it's back!
Each Salmon Essentials gelcap contains 1.33 mg pure astaxanthin 216 mg EPA and 144 mg DHA. Asta Factor® Gelcaps Salmon Essentials are a source of natural astaxanthin and omega-3 fatty acids.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Friday, June 02, 2006
"Bacteria are so important to key functions such as digestion and the immune system that we may be truly symbiotic organisms -- relying on one another for life itself, the scientists write in Friday's issue of the journal Science."
"We're entirely dependent on this microbial population for our well-being. A shift within this population, often leading to the absence or presence of beneficial microbes, can trigger defects in metabolism and development of diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease."
You have to read this. And you MUST use Theralac pro/pre-biotic
Thursday, June 01, 2006
"Antioxidant - Cell Membrane protection:
Astaxanthin has been found to be a very potent lipid soluble antioxidant through in vitro and ex vivo studies. It has been shown to be 1000 times and 550 times more effective than vitamin E (-tocopherol) concerning lipid peroxidation and singlet oxygen quenching respectively.
Astaxanthin is also superior to many other antioxidants because of the unique role it may play in protecting the cell membrane because of its unique chemical structure and orientation within the living cell. Figure 1 shows astaxanthin's unique ability to span through the double layer cell membrane. For example, -carotene resides inside the bilipid membrane and vitamin C resides outside the bilipid membrane only. Whereas, the astaxanthin molecule is exposed both in and outside of the cell giving overall better protection. In addition, it can also function as a bridge by transporting trapped free radicals to the aqueous (polar) regions of the cell, thus making them available to water soluble antioxidants."
Fuji astaxanthin Patents for human application
No. 6,245,818 -Increased physical endurance / reduced muscle damage
No. 6,773,708 -Immunomodulation - autoimmune diseases and chronic viral and intracellular bacterial infections
No. 6,262,316 -Gastric health - reduces infection/inflammation of H. pylori
No. 6,410,602 -Fertility - method of increasing the production and improving the quality of semen
Patent Pending -Reduced eye fatigue / improved visual acuity
Patent Pending -Wrinkle reduction - astaxanthin internal supplementation
Patent Pending -Weight Loss - BMI reduction
Patent Pending -Gene expression modulator - suppression of development of diabetic nephropathy
Patent Pending -Alleviates dyspeptic symptoms
Patent Pending -Cytokine regulation - inhibiting the expression of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines
While other suppliers are happy to sell the same old crap, GeroNova continues to innovate cutting edge, pharmaceutical quality supplements. I will be using this product starting today!
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Why backordered again? Because Ortho-Core cannot be manufactured until ALL the ingredients are available for blending. Sometimes one or more ingredients are not available and a new run cannot be bottled.
Anyhow- I am happy to let you buy however much you like to carry you through a 2-3 month period (best to err on the side of too mucH, and not run out!)
Grab 'em and growl today.
Monday, May 22, 2006
"Toward Immortality, Part 1: Social implications of life extension debated"
"A doubled lifespan, Stock said, would "give us a chance to recover from our mistakes, lead us toward longer-term thinking and reduce health care costs by delaying the onset of expensive diseases of aging. It would also raise productivity by adding to our prime years."
Doubled? Well, I suppose I am looking for more. And I don't eant to recover from my mistakes, I really would like to make more mistakes.
But I will take what I can get. Sign me up! Wait, I am already signed up... I am living a healthy life and supplementing intelligently.
To Long Life!
Saturday, May 20, 2006
A particularly stupid business idea from his great post:
" Ideas that compete on price. I was worried about putting this one down until I heard a friend of a friend say he was going to start a service to compete with Wal-mart on price. WAL-MART, THE WORLD'S MOST TECHNICALLY ADVANCED COMPANY IN LOGISTICS AND PRICING. Anyway, listen up: It seems like competing on price would be a good thing, until you realize that when you lower the price, you usually make less money. People are completely willing to spend more for other things like design (Target), service (Ritz-Carlton), hot people (Hooter's), etc. Don't compete on price. Once you factor in things like time and gas costs, it's very hard to compete against the scale of bigger stores. Also, you'll get the worst clients--the ones you'll have to pry money from--frustrating you with your low cash flow.
Hope you enjoy and learn something.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Saturday, May 13, 2006
"DR. AMES: Practically everything in the supermarket, if you really looked at it at the parts per billion level, would have carcinogens. Vegetables are good for you, yet vegetables make toxic chemicals to keep off insects, so every vegetable is 5 percent of its weight in toxic chemicals. These are Nature's pesticides. Celery, alfalfa sprouts, and mushrooms are just chock-full of carcinogens."
Ha! Makes me chuckle to think of the people that call me demanding "natural" supplements. Some peoples thought processes are a mile wide, but only an inch deep. For my business and in-house products, I test for what matters: Microbial, yeast, mold, heavy metal contamination. A molecule has no idea if it is derived synthetically or "naturally". Read up people!
Hope you enjoy.
Friday, May 12, 2006
What is the Singularity?
"Most recently, in 2005, inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil released The Singularity Is Near, where he presented the singularity as an overall exponential trend in technological development:
""What, then, is the singularity? It's a future period during which the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will be irreversibly transformed. Although neither utopian or dystopian, this epoch will transform the concepts that we rely on to give meaning to our lives, from our business models to the cycle of human life, including death itself. Understanding the singularity will alter our perspective on the significance of our past and the ramifications for our future. To truly understand it inherently changes one's view of life in general and one's own particular life.""
It is not arguable that our human evolution and knowledge base is becoming greatly compressed and accelerated. There are many implications for a thoughtful person to consider.
Covering the summit at some folks close to the life extension movement- Betterhumans, Fight Aging! (both loosely associated with the MPrize which I sponsor- look to your right).
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Monday, May 01, 2006
A quote: "Associate Professor Pradeep Nathan of Monash University, an expert in behavioural neuroscience who was not involved in the research, says caffeine stimulates the central nervous system including the brain, where it affects several neurotransmitters.
The Melbourne-based researcher says it improves memory and makes us pay closer attention to tasks at hand.
"It does improve attention and it can improve memory so by being more attentive and remembering your attitude to a particular thing may change," he says."
Friday, April 28, 2006
" A new study shows that cells from people over the age of 80 tend to have specific problems with the nucleus that young children's cells do not. The elderly nucleus loses its pert, rounded shape and becomes warped and wrinkled."
This is why I use the natural sustained release R-Lipoic Acid and ALCAR combo, because I believe I achieve DNA and enzyme repair at the cellular level. "Unwrinkling".
From the article: "In cells taken from the elderly, the nuclei tend to be wrinkled up, the DNA accumulates damage, and the levels of some proteins that package up DNA go askew, the team reports in Science"
and most intriguing: " "You can take these old cells and make them young again".
Maybe that explains my high energy level in spite of me being a middle-aged guy?
The question for you is, are you willing to begin investing in your longevity and vitality?
Thursday, April 27, 2006
"btw: you know iherb.com? They now move to papanature.com and i ordered from their new website. nothing big, just a bit of whey protein plus a chinese herb that does inhibit mitochondria peroxidation plus dhea (50mg a mistake i think now :-) ) but unfortunately i never got a tracking number and it's more then a month and the main reason for ordering was stevia which i'm out of and i don't get that damn package... maybe the new company name was not yet ok with the customs and they didn't like
the dhea? Who knows. Well, i get no meaningful responses from them and i even called but to no avail... aw, why doesn't everyone do business your way eh?"
Hmmm, yes, why not?
A fine time to present my favorite quote:
The bitterness of poor value remains long after the sweetness of low price has been forgotten.
Monday, April 24, 2006
To quote: "The researchers believe that probiotics probably compete for space with harmful bacteria, helping to dampen down inflammatory responses.
They say their use offers a potentially promising approach to the management of intestinal problems caused by stress.
Professor Alastair Forbes, medical director of the digestive health charity Core and an expert in gastroenterology at University College Hospital, London, said the study presented a "reasonable hypothesis"."
I only offer one probiotic/prebiotic product simply because I believe it is the best available - Theralac by Therabiotics. I have researched and tried the popular brands and found Theralac to be superior in every way. Its patented formula gets the beneficial bacteria past the deadly stomach acid and into your gut where they can work their magic. Sure, you can buy a cheaper product, and you will get your money's worth too.
Friday, April 21, 2006
"I really can't get over the the truly profound results I derive from the supplements I've discovered through RelentlessImprovement.com
Ortho-Core is amazing, and along with the astaxanthin and (of course) R-Alpha Lipoic, I am coming out of the gate stronger than ever this season. In the past, recovery time used to be a huge obstacle for me (along with joint inflammation) and would oftentimes interfere with my training schedule (especially when recovering from tournaments), but I've been able to reach new heights in my conditioning and I credit this mostly to you! So, once again, thank you for your hard work and superior product line. Please, keep up the excellent work!
And while I'm gushing--also wanted to thank you for the interesting posts and articles through your blog."
Heck- I have been riddled with guilt for not posting more blog information the past few weeks. I suppose my excuse is that I prefer higher quality posts as opposed to just a bunch of "filler".
Nothing makes me happier than having heathy, satisfied customers.
This article makes some eye-opening observations including: "data collected by the U.S. government show that the nutritional content of America's vegetables and fruits has declined during the past 50 years -- in some cases dramatically."
Why? It is suspected that:
"the trend in agriculture toward encouraging crops that grow the fastest and biggest is a reason for the decline"
Why risk deficiencies? I don't want to, that is why I use AOR's Ortho Core daily. LEF's multi-vitamin powder and tablets are another good choice.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
To quote from this article: "During a good night's rest, memories of recent events are shifted from one part of the brain to another, a process that is crucial for developing long-term memories, according to a report published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."
Friday, April 14, 2006
And if you took the time to read this post, here is a bonus for you- special pricing on selected products. At this link and this link are limited time and quantity specials. Grab 'em and enjoy a great deal!
Monday, April 10, 2006
My customers tell me that after approximately 4-6 months of daily use at 3-4 drops per eye, the cataracts will "dissolve". Pretty amazing that a natural amino acid can restore clear vision and avoid a costly surgery.
But we can only sell them as "Lubricating Eye Drops" otherwise the FDA considers them to be a new drug.
Our drops are manufactured in a cGMP pharmaceutical facility and have an independent Certificate of Anaylsis to document their Acetyl-L-Carnosine content (1.12%).
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
This article from Discover is a must read. Grab a coffee and put your phone on hold, it will take a few minutes to read. It is definitely worth your time investment - believe me!
" For every cell in your body, you support 10 bacterial cells that make vitamins, trigger hormones, and may even influence how fat you are. Guess what happens to them when you pop penicillin?."
"We know that our environment affects our health to an enormous degree," Gordon says. "And our microbiota are our most intimate environment by far."
This story is a MUST READ.
I have posted before about my belief in PRO-biotics. It is critical for overall health and well being that our bodies are colonized by "good" bacteria. That is why I use and sell the most effective probiotic in the world- Therabiotics Inc. product: Theralac. I have used the popular probiotics, and none compare to Theralac. Want to feel better? Make the investment- Try a bottle TODAY.
Monday, April 03, 2006
Friday, March 31, 2006
Taurine 270 capsules/675mg. $9.95 or 3+ for $8.95 ea. Exp. 1/07
Glycine 500 grams powder. $13.95 or 3+ $10.95 ea. Exp 1/07
D-Mannose, awesome for urinary tract infection prevention/treatment. 141 grams powder. $19.95 or 3+ $17.95 Exp 11/07
Limited quantites on all, sale over when sold out.
Thursday, March 30, 2006
A quote from the PubMed article:
"To investigate the mechanisms of neurodegeneration in this model, we studied cognitive function, hippocampal neuronal apoptosis and neurogenesis, and peripheral oxidative stress biomarkers and also the protective effects of the antioxidant R-alpha-lipoic acid. "
And the result:
"A concomitant treatment with lipoic acid ameliorated cognitive dysfunction and neurodegeneration in the hippocampus and also reduced peripheral oxidative damage by decreasing malondialdehyde and increasing T-AOC and T-SOD, without an effect on GSH-Px."
Remember - Unstabilized r-lipoic is worthless! Only GeroNova Research manufactures a stabilized, natural sustained release r-lipoic acid with the addition of super-potent r-dihydrolipoic acid. I will not mince words - Anything else and you are wasting your money.
I take 1 R-PLUS and 1 Mito-GOLD in the AM before breakfast, and then again before dinner for a very generous 600mg of r-lipoic/r-dihydrolipoic acid daily. Along with 1500 mg of Acetyl-l-Carnitine, and I have never felt better, younger, more energized in my life.
What are you waiting for anyhow? If are thinking of the cost or expense, I suggest you re-frame your thoughts to consider these products an investment. You are investing in your body and your life.
Ortho-Adapt Vegan Expiration 9/2006 Incredible value:
Vitamin C ……………………… 500 mg 555%
Pantethine ………………………200 mg *
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) extract (25 % glyzyrrhizin) … 800 mg *
Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) extract (0.8% eleutherosides) 200 mg *
Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) extract (3% rosavins, 1.6% salidroside) 150 mg *
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) extract… 200 mg *
(2.5% withanolides, 0.1% sitoindosides)
SAMe wow price cut. AOR's SAMe 400 utilizes a new, more stable, non-hygroscopic source of SAMe, which does not require enteric coating or blister packing.
400mg x 30
400mg x 90
Nattokinase NSK-ND 38mg, 20,000 FU/g
Remember - limited quantities! Grab 'em and growl!
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
"CONCLUSIONS/INTERPRETATION: R-(+)-alpha-lipoic acid prevents microvascular damage through normalised pathways downstream of mitochondrial overproduction of ROS, and preserves pericyte coverage of retinal capillaries, which may provide additional endothelial protection."
"R-(+)-alpha-lipoic acid treatment reduced oxidative stress, normalised NFkappaB activation and angiopoietin-2 expression, and reduced vascular endothelial growth factor in the diabetic retina by 43% (p<0.0001)."
For you glasses and pocket protector types, this is the link to the full text article.
And lucky us! We have GeroNova Research to thank for developing America's only stabilized, sustained release R-Lipoic acid.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
love doing business with your company. Honesty, good
customer service, and a knowledgeable owner really
does go a long way for customer satisfaction. I would
never think of ordering from another store.
Emails like this make the long days and hard work all worthwhile.
If you keep it and use it past expiry there is no problem other than the astaxanthin begins to lose potency. You still have the benefits of a molecularly distilled Omega-3 Salmon Oil supplement.
This is the same Omega-3 I use personally. Good stuff.
Grab it and growl.
Monday, March 13, 2006
From the article:
" The product is a long way from legitimacy when it comes to cellular aging, a process Protandim claims to affect "from the inside out." "
You may remember from my previous posts that I have not been friendly towards protandim (and searched for as probandum, protandum, pro tandem) because it's single claim to fame was a quick appearance on PrimeTime Live. People love to see a product on TV, and have no idea that employing and paying a public relations firm is what makes those appearances happen!
Don't be sheep folks.
Personally I am staking my anti-aging bet on GeroNova Research's potent, sustained release R-Lipoic and ALCAR combo that I take daily.
I guarantee if you do not order this week (or in the next few days), we will be sold out.
Saturday, March 11, 2006
We also use Google AdWords (so-called paid search) to target specific keyword search terms. We use press releases (not lately, too busy to write one!) We use search engine optimization to help organic ranking on the search engines. We publicly sponsor several Immortality Institute forums and pay for dynamic banner ads on MPrize associated sites as part of our sponsorship arrangement with them. Once in a blue moon we send an email newsletter or update.
Oh- and my blog, what you are reading now! Yup, this is marketing! And there is no doubt who I am, and the business I represent.
Some things we don't do because I believe they are inherently deceptive, and in my opinion, fraudulent:
We do NOT post under a variety of assumed names to internet forums. Nor have we ever paid or otherwise compensated anyone to do so on our behalf. We have never had an affiliate arrangement with any business or individual. We have never in any way compensated any person or business to represent Relentless Improvement in any form of marketing that is not obviously coming from us. And I wouldn't in a million years participate in multi-level marketing schemes!
I hope my position is ambiguously clear.
Marketing can be clean, clear and honest. Or it can be based on deception. Which tactic is used tells you all you need to know about the people running the business.
I want to earn your business based on the quality and effectiveness of our products and the level of service that we provide to you. We want to establish a mutually beneficial, long-term relationship with a select group of clients. Pretty damn simple philosophy.
A business based on deception, is one that will risk your life in the decisions that they make. Think about it.
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Order now or wish that you did later. Next expected availabiltiy in approx 2-4 months. Follow this link to order.
$36.95 per box, no quantity discounts. Purchase all 36 if you act fast enough.
Customers have report excellent results when used on cataracts at 3-4 drops per day. Results obtained after 3-6 months of use, this does not provide instant benefits, it MUST be used every day!
Formulation is exactly as used in original Babizhayev research, does NOT contain added vitamins A and E.
These specials always sell out quickly, don't wait!
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
If you or someone you love suffers from osteoporosis, you must read this latest reseach on what works and what doesn't. Discover alternatives to Fosamax and other prescription drugs that are fraught with serious side effect potential.
Our customers have rave reviews for AOR's Ortho-Bone and Ortho-Bone Vegan, Strontium and K2 Menatetrenone.
Friday, March 03, 2006
Because the ability for critical thought is so lacking in our society, people will believe just about any line of bullsh*t presented to them by total strangers.
The sheep amaze me too, in their sheer determination to be sheared.
What is the answer?
People you deal with must be accountable for their claims, and their identity must be public.
Because otherwise, you are simply prey.
My identity has always been totally public as a businessman, because I have nothing to hide, and indeed have much to be proud of.
My interests are also blatently obvious: I own Relentless Improvement, a premium quality nutritional supplement company. So, you, now being informed, can generate a more educated opinion about the thoughts I put forth.
If we do not have the truth, we have nothing.
Oh for the record? Relentless Improvement has never paid for any kind or manner of advisor regarding the supplement business. If somebody is claiming to ever have been an "advisor" ask them to produce a 1099-MISC from me.
Honesty and integrity are everything. Nothing else matters. Once it is lost, it is gone forever. No matter the pain of the truth, it must be put forth.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
"Research is also shedding light on some of the more extreme forms of sexual behaviour. And, controversially, some utopian fringe groups see such work as the doorway to a future where love is guaranteed because it will be provided chemically, or even genetically engineered from conception. "
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
High Quality Probiotics – Vital for Lyme Disease
The antibiotics used to treat Lyme disease are a double-edged sword, as they fight the pathogenic Lyme bacteria they also reduce the number of beneficial, probiotic bacteria in the intestinal tract. Consequently, diarrhea, Candida yeast, C. difficile infections, intestinal pain, and poor nutrient absorption often result. Probiotics re-establish the beneficial bacteria and normalize bowel movements as they help restore intestinal health.
There are many probiotic products on the market and quality varies significantly; five vital criteria are required to satisfy the stringent requirements of the Lyme patient:
VITAL CRITERIA #1
Multiple probiotic species with strain designations must be present. Multiple species cover the entire intestinal tract. Lactobacillus species work best in the small intestine, Bifidobacterium colonize the colon. Example: Lactobacillus acidophilus is a well known probiotic species but many strains exist and effectiveness is strain dependent. Make sure strain designations follow all species names on the label.
VITAL CRITERIA #2
Potency must exceed 10 billion CFU/capsule. The human intestinal tract contains 100 trillion bacteria, it takes many billions of probiotics to effectively colonize the intestinal tract. Make sure each probiotic species is guaranteed separately through expiration date and the total exceeds 10 billion CFU.
VITAL CRITERIA #3
Acid-proof formulations are critical to insure delivery of the probiotic bacteria through the stomach’s harsh acidity. Most enteric coatings don’t work, look for patented “acid-proof” formulations.
VITAL CRITERIA #4
One or more prebiotics should be present to stimulate the probiotics after they enter the intestinal tract. Prebiotics are special nutrients that selectively stimulate the growth and colonization of probiotics.
VITAL CRITERIA #5
Look for published clinical studies that specifically cite the probiotic strains listed on the products label. Check website for references.
THERALAC® is a high potency probiotic that meets the above criteria and has a proven record helping people with Lyme disease. Currently THERALAC® is recommended by leading Lyme disease specialists throughout the USA.
Pete says: When potency and effectiveness matter, your only choice is Theralac. I have used many products from names you would instantly recognise, but nothing matches Theralac.
I see a theme emerging in my postings this week!
This article (be sure to click the pictures too!) in today's San Francisco Chronicle talks about how Google employees eat well, healthy, and best of all free. Every day, week in and week out. Love 'em or hate 'em, Google is a very progressive company and willing to stand conventional wisdom on its ear.
Hopefully other companies will follow in their footsteps both ethically and philosophically.
What you eat DOES matter. Garbage in equals garbage out. Supplements are no substitute for healthy eating habits.
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
[First] I wanted to say that I think the way you run your business is excellent. Your website is easy to navigate and easy to order off of and your ability to send orders out same day is amazing. The time you take to put together your thoughts on your blog is very helpful. I appreciate the effort you put into it.
"A Regular Customer""
We are building a smart, quality conscious clientele' that understands what we are trying to do (bring integrity to a sometimes shady market). Thank you for your support and repeat business!
This article from Harvard Magazine is blunt and eye-opening in how Americans are eating themselves sick. It is a must read for anybody that desires a more healthy life.
"Take the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Guide Pyramid, first promulgated in 1992. The pyramid's diagram of dietary recommendations is a familiar sight on cereal boxes—hardly a coincidence, since the guidelines suggest six to 11 servings daily from the "bread, cereal, rice, and pasta" group. The USDA recommends eating more of these starches than any other category of food. Unfortunately, such starches are nearly all high-glycemic carbohydrates, which drive obesity, hyperinsulinemia, and Type II diabetes. "At best, the USDA pyramid offers wishy-washy, scientifically unfounded advice on an absolutely vital topic—what to eat," writes Willett in Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy. "At worst, the misinformation contributes to overweight, poor health, and unnecessary early deaths.""
"Note that the pyramid comes from the Department of Agriculture, not from an agency charged with promoting health, like the National Institutes of Health or the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The USDA essentially promotes and regulates commerce, and its pyramid (currently under revision; expect a new version in 2005) was the focus of intensive lobbying and political struggle by agribusinesses in the meat, sugar, dairy, and cereal industries, among others."
If you aren't giving critical thought to what you eat, you may be paying a heavy toll- our bodies are simply not designed by nature to deal with the crap that is marketed to us.
Monday, February 27, 2006
Friday, February 24, 2006
Thanks for your patience. These things happen.
I had an idea for RI I thought I'd pass along to you. I was thinking about whether or not I wanted to order the Spin Traps before they come down, and it got me thinking about a marketing idea for you. My biggest obstacle in ordering them is that I have never tried them before. And as awesome (and I mean that in the most literal sense of the word) as your products have been for me, and as great as your recommendations have been, I still can't justify spending $90 (minimum) for a product I haven't tried. And of course there's the dilemma because I know that it probably is an incredible deal I won't be able to find again.
So, I was thinking maybe you should consider offering trial size packets on products for orders over $X (or some other qualifier). You could package 1-3 days worth of supplement for new customers and give people a taste for something they may not have tried otherwise. I realize this is too late to implement for the spin traps, but my decision making process spit out this idea this morning and I thought I'd pass it along. And please don't get me wrong, I'd never presume to tell someone how to run their business (and I'm NOT fishing for free samples), but I thought you'd be receptive to a friendly suggestion.
My response to him:
"Hi John Doe,
Thank you for your feedback, I value that! It is certainly taken in a positive light, no worries. Your idea is good and I appreciate the situation you present.
My challenge is this: Do I want product going out my door that is not in bottler provided safety sealed packaging? Spin Trap is the only exception on the whole RI site in that it is in double heat-sealed bags, but not in packaging from a bottler. Here at Relentless Improvement all of our products are encapsulated and bottled at FDA approved, cGMP bottlers. We do not have any product packaging capability on our premises.
This is also why we do not offer bulk bagged powders.
Furthermore, it opens a can of worms from a labeling, quality control and liability standpoint. In our litigious country, I have to confront those risks. Plus I must conform to FDA labeling requirements. It would be astronomically expensive to actually have samples professionally bottled or bagged. That is why we tend toward larger capsule count products: cost-effectiveness for our customers.
The fewer capsules go into a container, the higher the per capsule cost becomes.
Furthermore, every time we (or any business) have to touch a product it costs money from a time/labor standpoint. Do we invest in time and manpower to develop and implement a sample program? Will the return on investment justify that expense? A good question.
As a consumer myself (of course!) I certainly see your point and understand your desire to try before you buy. I just don't know as a businessman how to address it in proper fashion- maintain quantifiable quality assurance and cost effectiveness? Especially for non-RI branded products.
Keep the comments coming John Doe! This is such a good issue, I am using it on my blog today.