Monday, April 30, 2007

FDA Draft Guidance Is Not A Concern

From the Natural Products Association, a supplement industry trade group:

"Association to Comment on FDA Guidance…The association has recently heard from members concerned about a draft “guidance” document from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) that some are claiming will, among other things, classify all dietary supplements as drugs and curtail certain practices. As we stated in the April 16 edition of The Supplement, this is untrue. While the Natural Products Association recognizes that the guidance document itself does not affect the practices or products used in CAM, it does represent the FDA’s viewpoints about CAM, and in that regard, could be clearer. The association intends to file formal comments by the new submission deadline, May 29, 2007. Meanwhile, to assist members and others who have questions about the guidance, a new area is being created on the Natural Products Association’s Web site at www.naturalproductsassoc.org/CAMguidance.

To reiterate what was previously communicated, a “guidance” document is by definition not legally binding and does not change or create laws or regulations. Guidances, like the one in question, are usually issued to help explain how a law or laws are applied. In this case, the guidance clarifies how products and practices used in CAM are regulated under different provisions or statutes depending on their intended use and claims. The deadline for sending comments to the FDA on the draft guidance document has been extended to May 29, and comments can be sent to the FDA’s comment area, or mailed to Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Ln, Room 1061, Rockville, MD 20853. Refer to Docket No. 2006D-0480. Whether finalized or not, the draft guidance will not change current laws and regulations, such as the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, which the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act amended. The Natural Products Association is preparing comments to the FDA and is monitoring this and any other drafts, and will keep you up to date on any relevant developments that may affect our industry."

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Fraud In The Supplement Business?

I have been known to use a line when talking to customers, regarding the risks of undocumented products: "products mixed with boat paddles in blue plastic barrels in some body's garage". Well, in this mind-blowing story from MSNBC, I was only wrong about the color of the barrel:

"To mask the chemicals' taste, the affidavit alleges, Wheat and others mixed the active ingredients with water, blue raspberry Kool-Aid and sugar in 55-gallon drums in a rented storage unit in Duluth, Ga., ending up with a bluish liquid that one witness said looked like Windex."

This example is the exception and not the rule in the supplement business. However, I personally know of unethical business practices, downright fraudulent label claims and product contents consisting of only marketing hype and none of the claimed material.

Bottom line, you damn well better deal with a business of proven integrity, honesty and reliability. Full disclosure (no "proprietary formulations") and third party analytical testing must be foremost in your buying decision.

If you let price and hype be the determinants of your buying decision, you might well be sacrificing your health. Relentless Improvement has earned the reputation as the clear leader in proven purity supplements and nootropics. We will continue to lead as others fall by the wayside.

Caveat Emptor
Pete

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Waiters in 40 restaurants in 5 states stole diner's credit card info

Wow, I read this headline today and shook my head. Highlights of this CNN story:

• Waiters in 40 restaurants in 5 states stole diner's credit card information
• Ringleaders paid waiters $35 to $50 for information from each credit card
• Suspects then created high-quality counterfeit credit cards
• Credit card fraud ring operated from November 2005 until this week

Customers will sometimes discuss with me the use of their credit card for online purchases. And they are right to be concerned. I have heard some stories about other sites having terrible security!

Lets look at ecommerce ordering:

Once you place an online order, many small, unprofessional websites receive it via an email notification. This has your credit card info on it for anybody to see (or to be intercepted by a hacker or unauthorized user). These emails sit on unsecured computers at high risk of compromise by any existing (or future!) users.

The businesses then prints out these order emails for their shipping department. Then what happens to them? Where do they go? Do they go in the trash can to be fished out by the dumpster diving bad guys?

It is worthless for a site to advertise 128 bit encryption, while exposing your payment information to a variety of other compromises.

Relentless Improvement takes your security very seriously. Upon entering your order into our SSL protected shopping cart, your credit card information goes directly into an encrypted server, via a secure encrypted link. These servers are co-located in a high-security data center that also serves banks and credit card companies.

In our state of the art order management system only the last four digits of your credit card are visible to employees. Your information is never printed out, or exposed to hackers in unsafe emails.

Furthermore, all Relentless Improvement customer service computers are secured by PGP Whole Disk Encryption. In the remote event an unauthorised individual gained entry and attempted access, they would find it impossible as PGP encryption is considered by all experts to be impenetrable.

When buying from a company with nothing but cheap prices (and unknown quality), you can be assured they cannot afford (and could care less about) the protections necessary to prevent your identity theft.

Be a smart shopper and careful consumer. Now, more than ever, integrity matters.

Pete

Friday, April 20, 2007

Melamine Intentionally Added to Chinese Products?

ABC is reporting on the likelyhood that the terrible pet food poisoning may have have been the result of intentional "spiking" of the raw materials.

"Food and Drug Administration investigators say the Chinese companies may have spiked products with the chemical melamine so that they would appear, in tests, to have more value as protein products."

This is just a terrible, horrible story no matter how you look at it. And it once again reinforces my decision to have all Relentless Improvement branded products tested by a fully FDA accredited analytical lab. A third party Certificate of Analysis is your only assurance of purity, potency and proof of capsule contents.

HPLC testing (which is conducted on all RI products) will show a single spike for the active ingredient. Any other spikes better be an excipient such as a flow agent, otherwise it is indication of a contaminant.

Furthermore, our rigorous testing protocol even complies with California Prop 65 requirements, even though Relentless Improvement is not required to adhere to Prop 65 (due to our size). But we test as if we were. Proposition 65 was passed nearly 10 years ago by the voters in California and established California-only allowable levels of daily ingestion of four heavy metals.

Remember, the FDA does not require the testing of nutritional supplement finished products. I cringe when I see some companies claiming "Pharmaceutical Grade" on their labels, because I know they have never been subject to testing. There could be anything in those bottles.

As the leading USA nootropic supplier, we set a high standard that others can't even attempt to match.

Demand integrity when you purchase supplements.

Happy Weekend,
Pete

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Enjoy High Quality Anti-Aging News at MPrize, Fight Aging! and Longevitymeme

Some of the very best, cutting edge, anti-aging discourse and news in the world is found on MPrize.org, FightAging.org and Longevitymeme.org. Invest some time to check out these superb sites and soak up the thought-provoking information and discussion.

What is MPrize all about? "A financial award offered to scientists who can demonstrate healthy life-extension in a mouse, it uses the tried and true ability of money, fame, and competition, to draw attention to the possibility of the near-term development of real anti-aging medicine."

MPrize is promoting research that will result in your improved quality of life and lengthened lifespan. Those are goals that appeal to me!

I urge you to contribute to MPrize. Why not add your investment for a better future for mankind? I did.

Cheers,
Pete

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Growing To Serve You Better. Relentless Improvement To Offer More High Quality Supplements.

Relentless Improvement must have the best and most loyal bunch of customers in the world. For that, I thank you all.

And thanks to your repeat orders and ongoing support, there are good things happening. Many new Relentless Improvement brand products in the pipeline. We heard you loud and clear: integrity, reliability and trust matter to you. The next several weeks will see the introduction of 6-10 brand new, uniquely dosed and formulated, RI brand products.

We continue to provide you fast shipping, documented quality, and high value for your nutrition supplement dollar. And a reputation for unique products found nowhere else.

Many surprises in the works for 2007, and we will continue to lead the way as the premier supplier of high quality supplements and vitamins.

Cheers!
Pete

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Benfotiamine - Super Sale

This is a real deal, AOR high quality Benfotiamine is overstocked and on sale.

Benfotiamine is a powerful "late-phase" inhibitor of Advanced Glycation Endproduct (AGE) formation (so called AGE-breaker), acting through several mechanisms to reduce the irreversible nonenzymatic modification of the structure and function of bodily proteins by sugars, resulting in documented maintenance of the structure and function of retinal, nervous, glomerulal, and other tissues.

1 each and 3 or more pricing is below my cost! Now that is a great deal for you.

Pete

Vitamins and Supplements

Carnosine Eye Drops - Don't Fall For The Marketing Hype.

Let me point out some facts on Carnosine Eye Drops:
  • All the studies were conducted with the acetlyated form of carnosine (Acety-L-Carnosine). A company sells a version that is simple "l-carnosine" which has no science behind it.
  • Benzyl alcohol has decades of use, is proven very safe and does not cause stinging.
  • Any stinging, which in my experience is very, very rare, is caused by pH difference. Our carnosine eye drops pH is adjusted just right.
  • A new drop is using a preservative called Biopolynate, now I am worried about this because I don't think it has an established safety record like benzyl alcohol does.
  • Also- if this new drop has a pH above 7, then it cannot penetrate the cornea.
Another company claims that only a patented product can be effective, this is crazy! A molecule's beneficial action is not determined by it's patent status. Furthermore I have never found a US patent issued.

As always, we have to separate the facts from the marketing hype. The fact is, Relentless Improvement provides a proven purity, proven content carnosine eye drop. We are the only supplier to provide you a fully 3rd party analyzed product for your safety and peace of mind.

Now that is good news.

Cheers
Pete

Vitamins
Supplements
Carnosine Eye Drops

Monday, April 02, 2007

Life Extension Foundation Sale - All LEF Products

Buy any three or more Life Extension Foundation products, get 15% off those items. A bonus if you buy LEF Mix Powder or Tablets- receive the already sale priced 10% discount, then get an additional 15 % off that.

You can mix different LEF products or choose 3 of the same.

Just add to your shopping cart, the discount is automatically earned after adding 3 LEF products.

Internet orders only. Limited time offer, limited to stocked items on hand.

Grab it and growl.

Pete