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30 December 2011

Omega 3's on The Dr. Oz Show... Discussing AdvoCare OmegaPlex & ProBiotic Restore Ultra

Recently Dr. Oz spoke of the importance of omega 3's on his show. OmegaPlex was one of just two omegas that PASSED Dr. Oz's rigorous testing! CLICK HERE to watch the video.

AND AdvoCare's ProBiotic Restore Ultra was the ONLY probiotic that actually contained the amount of CFUs promised on the label! To learn about the benefits of taking probiotics

For many years scientific evidence has shown that omega 3's have many health benefits.  According to the Mayo Clinic... Omega-3's are believed to help fight disease by reducing inflammation in the blood vessels, joints, and elsewhere in the body. They also decrease the risk for an abnormal heart rhythm, reduce levels of unhealthy fats in the bloodstream, and slow the rate of plaque build-up in the blood vessels. Our bodies can't make omega-3's, so we must get them from our diet.  

Other benefits of Omega 3's include:

  • Omega-3's can lower your level of triglycerides, a type of blood fat that’s linked to heart disease. There's strong evidence that omega-3's lower blood pressure.
  • Studies suggest omega-3s can reduce symptoms such as joint pain and stiffness in people with rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids may help smooth out mood disorders and make antidepressants more effective.
  • Some studies suggest omega-3 supplements may ease the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). We know omega-3 fatty acids are important in brain development and function.

06 January 2012

7 Simple Fat-Loss Habits for 2012 That Really Work... For Life!

Why wait until you the New Year or some special event that dirves you to living a healthier you!  Many seem to be looking to shed the extra pounds we've packed on while raising a family, in college, first years of marriage.  The resolution we make to lose weight and get fit is sincere, but all too often, our good intentions don't even last until for one month.   

We all know that... "Every January, health clubs see a spike in attendance, followed by a drop in February," say boomer generation health experts Dian Griesel, Ph.D., and Tom Griesel.

The Griesels share seven simple steps we can easily incorporate into our busy schedules to make our lives healtheir:

• Set a goal for fat loss and improved body composition, not a reduction in pounds.
Most dieting efforts, which focus on a drop in scale weight, result in the loss of lean body mass (LBM) along with fat. This loss of LBM can be significant and will reduce your base metabolic rate (BMR).

• Drink more water. Most people are chronically dehydrated, particularly first thing in the morning. We often mistake thirst as hunger, and eat when we should be drinking. Always drink a large glass of water as soon as you wake up, and whenever you feel hungry, before you eat anything. You may find you really weren’t hungry after all.

• Focus on being more active. Sitting for long periods of time is hazardous to your health and cannot be counteracted by daily trips to the gym. Never sit for more than an hour at a time, and always look for ways to increase your daily activity. Walking is great, but everything counts. Just be up on your feet and moving as much and as often as possible. Find an outdoor activity that you enjoy.

• Build and strengthen your muscles. It is your muscles that drive your metabolism 24/7/365. Increasing your muscle mass will increase your BMR. You do not need to join a gym or buy a set of weights. Simple body-weight exercises like push-ups, pull-ups, and squats done three to five times per day for as little as one minute will do the trick, especially if you have been inactive and sitting around too much. Do what you can now and build from there. Consistency is the key.

• Start improving your nutrition choices. Replacing the refined, processed, packaged, and fast foods in your current diet with fresh, natural foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, fish, and meat will dramatically increase your health and improve your body composition without dieting or counting calories.

• Get a good night’s sleep. We need deep, quality sleep for peak energy levels and to be optimally healthy. Set regular sleep hours and keep them whenever possible since it is during sleep that we “recharge our batteries." Avoid caffeine, alcohol, or stimulating TV or activities before your scheduled sleep time. Keep your room dark, cool, and quiet.

• Practice regular stress reduction techniques. In today’s world, we experience chronic stress that was unknown to our ancestors. Modern stressors constantly activate our "fight or flight" survival mechanism, and this is very detrimental to our health. Meditation can be very helpful. However, consistently practicing short relaxation exercises during your day is often even better, because they provide regular feedback and can help you to recognize and break stress patterns. These mini-relaxation sessions will reset your nervous system and do wonders for your health and feelings of well-being.

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Most people pay over $5 for a meal and over $3 for an energy drink… Starbucks, Red Bull, fast food… the “crash & burn stuff”.

So for about the same amount of money or less (depending on your discount level)... with the Trim Challenge Bundle... you get 14 healthy meals, 28 healthy mental focus drinks, core nutrition and so much more!

The Challenge features the Herbal Cleanse, OmegaPlex, the MNS System, Spark, and Meal Replacement Shakes... nutrition products that cleanses toxins from our bodies, burns fat, controls cravings and provides vibrant energy!

 CLICK HERE to Watch Mike & Sarah Ferro Share More About The Trim Challenge (Worth Checking Out)

To Your Health in 2012!

22 September 2011

Stress & Disease... Keys to Stress Relief!

Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control, 90% of all illness and disease is related to stress?  Stress causes deterioration in everything from your gums to your heart and can make you more susceptible to illnesses ranging from the common cold to cancer, according to a review essay in the December 2007 issue of the Association for Psychological Science's magazine Observer. 

Further, highly renowned cell biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton from Stanford University Medical School released a scientific study that shows stress is the cause of 95% of illness and disease... experts from Harvard, Yale, Vanderbilt, the Mayo Clinic... all agree.  Thanks to new research crossing the disciplines of psychology, medicine, neuroscience and genetics, the mechanisms underlying the connection are rapidly becoming understood.

Emotional, physical, mental and financial stress... it's something most of us deal with on a daily basis.  Many are working longer hours and are earning less, job stress is at an all time high... many don't have the time they need for relaxation with family & friends.

Continuous fatigue, irritability, lack of energy, overeating, headaches, and back and neck aches – these are just a few of the results from stress.  Not only can it affect daily life, stress is a major contributor to many life-altering illnesses.

Stress weakens your body's ability to fight or prevent serious diseases. Even the World Health Organization states that stress is America's number one health problem.

With all of these factors in mind, it's important we find ways to de-stress. Here are a few ways to relax and unwind:

  • Learn to say no.  Difficult for many of us, saying no can free up your time and be a huge stress reliever.  Let the person making the request know that you can't fit it into your schedule and if guilt overcomes you, offer to do something else or take on the task once your week is a little less hectic.
  • Take deep breaths.  When you feel stress, for 90 seconds put your hand on your stomach, breathe deeply with your mouth until your stomach extends out as far as it can, then exhale COMPLETELY until your stomach pushes against your spine! The air you breathe in should equal the air you exhale.
  • Work it out – stay active.  For years, many studies have shown exercise can reduce stress, quiet the mind and help you unwind.  For better workout results you might want to try Spark and Catalyst.  
  • Get some quiet time.  Next time the going gets rough, retreat to a quiet room (or shut the door to the office), close your eyes, breathe deeply, clear your mind for 90 seconds, and then think joyful thoughts that make you happy.
  • Take time to unwind.  Find a hobby that helps you relax.  This could include listening to mellow music, reading a good book, going for a walk, repeating a prayer or writing.
  • Have a good laugh.  It's not easy to laugh when you're going through tough times, but it could help you more than you know.  Studies have shown that laughter can help relax blood vessels, increase endorphins, and decrease stress.  Watch a comedy, or call up a friend who makes you giggle.
  • High Quality Nutrition.  It makes sense to give your body what it may not be receiving... to help your body help itself.  Check out AdvoCare Oasis™.  This global solution for a stressful environment can help bring balance back to your life through adaptogens, berry extracts and B vitamins.
  • Pick the kids up from school, go to the grocery store, pay bills – Make a list.  Sure – you may have a mental list of everything you need to get finished that day/week, but writing it down on paper can not only free up much-needed mental space, it will also give you a visual place to check off tasks as you complete them.

Want to learn more about stress & disease?  You might want to check out The Healing Code.  Looking to reduce financial stress?  You might want to contact us to learn how to earn extra part-time income.

Suplemental Science News was the source of much of this content.

26 November 2011

Sleep Deprivation Linked to Health Conditions, Obesity...!

Sleep Deprivation Linked to Health Conditions & Obesity
By: Mark JS Miller, PhD, MBA, FACN, CNS

Most people can appreciate that getting a restful and complete night’s sleep is a great preparation for the day, leaving you healthy and able to manage stress better. Now, however, there is emerging data that suggests that a lack of sleep may be linked to obesity and a myriad of other health conditions. Getting good, quality sleep is vital to our health.

How big is the problem? Current estimates are that 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders with an additional 20 million with occasional sleep problems. Most adults need eight hours of sleep to function well.

Chronic lack of sleep or sleep disorders has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. For the purpose of this discussion let’s just focus on obesity and weight management, although we do appreciate that these conditions are interwoven with similar drivers.

Society is changing. We live in a 24/7 world where smart phones are used for alarms but we still answer emails and texts at times when we should be sleeping. We are linked to the cyberworld and this can be disruptive.

And the problem is not just for adults. Kids with poor sleep habits may be 4.2 times more likely to be obese than those with adequate sleep. Unhealthy blood profiles were linked with obesity can be seen in sleep-deprived individuals.

So what are the mechanisms by which sleep deprivation could drive excessive weight gain? The consensus is that the part of the endocrine system that regulates appetite in the brain becomes distrupted. Levels of two hormones – ghrelin and leptin – which regulate hunger and satiety, are out of balance. When the body craves sleep it perceives this as hunger, and with that leptin levels drop and ghrelin spikes. This leads to overeating and may also affect the propensity to store energy as fat tissue.

Circadian rhythms, our biological clock, is also linked to levels of insulin and glucagon. Hormones that are associated with glucose regulation and elements associated with the increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Cortisol is another hormone that can be affected. High cortisol can promote fat deposition and sleep deficit is associated with higher cortisol levels as a form of stress response.

“Sleep rock thy brain” – William Shakespeare, Hamlet

So sleep is complex, and adequate sleep has important health implications. Take control of your sleep, change habits that compromise sleep and as necessary consider SleepWorks, a natural sleep aid to restore your sleep pattern to gain control of your health – including your weight.

Suggested Reading:

1. Aldabal L and BaHammam AS. The Open Respiratory Medicine Journal 2011: 5, 31-43. Metabolic, endocrine, and immune consequences of sleep deprivation.

2. Schwarz NA et al., Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism. 2011, doi:10,1155/201/237932. A review of weight management control strategies and their effects on the regulation of hormonal balance.

3. Katano S et al., Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy 2011:4, 119-125. Relatiosnhip between sleep deprivation and clustering of metabolic syndrome diagnostic components.

19 May 2011

Inflammation, Aging & Disease... Keys to Healthy Aging!

The study of inflammation and how it affects our health is one of the most important fields of research in medicine today. Inflammation is linked to heart disease, Alzheimer's, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, colitis, arthritis and all other diseases of aging.

AdvoCare introduced BioTools to provide our bodies nutritional support to help our bodies fight the effects of inflammation, aging, and disease. At an event in Madison, Dr. Miller discussed epigenetics, the science that BioTools is based on. He also talked about many scientific studies backing the importance of a product like BioTools.

One such study involved thousands nurses who all were healthy on day one. After 24 years, 90% were unhealthy. The study showed the major risk factor was weight. For every 2.2 pound increase after age 18, there was a 5% decrease in health. Some people want to know more about the science behind 
BioTools and how it works to support healthy aging.

Telomeres have been getting a lot of media attention. The BBC, CBS News in New York and L.A., and newspapers like USA Today and The New York Times have all done reports.

Do you know what telomeres are? They cap the ends of your chromosomes and keep your DNA strands from fraying.

But each time your cells divide, your telomeres get shorter, and your cells act older.

Short telomeres dramatically boost your risk of serious diseases. One study of 60 to 75 year-olds showed those with short telomeres had a 300 percent higher death rate from heart disease. They also had an 800 percent higher death rate from infectious diseases.

Scientists have learned that you can delay the shortening of the telomere by activating an enzyme that rebuilds them. The discovery of this substance, called telomerase, was such a breakthrough that it won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine. 

Click Here to Learn More About BioTools

19 May 2011

Medical Marvel Revealed!!!

A revolutionary medical marvel is showing the ability to help keep the heart pumping powerfully, vision clear as crystal, the brain sharp, witty and fast, and SO MUCH MORE.

There is a natural super-antioxidant nutrient that can help you do all this... and more. And it's not just based on 'hear-say.'  Clinical trials have researched the solid benefits of this powerful lipid soluble antioxidant.

So what is this super nutrient? Astaxanthin!  It is often called the "ALPHA ANTIOXIDANT"... and is unprecedented in how it hunts down age-inducing free radicals.

Up until now, few people have heard of this super nutrient and even fewer incorporate it in their daily nutrition.

What if you could...

  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dry skin, age spots, and freckles?
  • Boost your brain and nervous system protection from free radicals?
  • Help reduce the visible signs of aging?
  • Promote your joint and skeletal system health?
  • Potentially enhance your skin protection from sun-induced free radicals?
  • And if you're an athlete, or even a weekend warrior, what if you could...
  • Increase your strength and stamina?
  • Improve your endurance?
  • Enable faster recovery from exercise?
  • Reduce joint and muscle soreness after a vigorous workout?
  • Enhance your visual acuity and depth perception?

So, how does astaxanthin potentially enhance your endurance and recovery? One key area astaxanthin has a positive effect is on your mitochondria.  Mitochondria are little intracellular power houses within your body.  They produce up to 95% of your body's energy.

So, it should not be surprising mitochondria cells are found in your muscle tissue. That's where you have one of the greatest demands for intense bursts of energy. But there is a downside to this energy-producing activity... it can generate highly reactive free radicals.

These free radicals can damage your cell membranes and oxidize your DNA.  The more strenuous the workout, the more free radicals you produce.  The bottom line... you can end up with tired and sore muscles.

And that's where astaxanthin comes in.  As a powerful antioxidant, astaxanthin has been shown to effectively scavenge free radicals from muscle tissue and help reduce singlet oxygen (particular type of 'bad' oxidation).

Furthermore, astaxanthin has been shown to be more effective than other carotenoids and other nutrients at 'singlet oxygen quenching' by being up to...

  • 550 times more powerful than vitamin E
  • 800 times stronger than CoQ10
  • 6000 times greater than vitamin C
  • 550 times more powerful than green tea catechins
  • 11 times stronger than beta-carotene

The AdvoCare formulators have known about Astaxanthin for years.  Astaxanthin is in both the MNS Max 3 and Amplify AT.  CLICK HERE to learn about Amplify AT. To explore other wellness products CLICK HERE.

Have you seen the inspiring video of the autistic basketball player?  CLICK HERE to watch this heart warming video.

Did You Know multi vitamins reduce the risk of heart attacks?  A Swedish study found evidence that it does.  Scientists followed nearly 34,000 Swedish women for 10 years to ascertain if multi vitamin use would decrease the risk of developing a heart attack.

Compared to women without heart disease who did not take a multi vitamin, women who took a daily multi vitamin had 27 percent less chance of having a heart attack. The women who took other supplements (in addition to a multi vitamin) had a 30 percent lower risk of heart attack.  To learn about multi vitamin CorePlex CLICK HERE.

02 December 2011

Feel Your Best: Two Keys To Increasing Your Energy!

Did you know the average adult has 100 trillion cells, all of which require a tremendous amount of energy to function well?

There are key components to increasing energy, two of which are good quality sleep (repair and recharge your body) and exercise (shoot for 30 to 60 minutes three to five days a week) ... 

You might want to look at the
Performance Challenge to learn more about getting the most out of your workouts.  And for a better nights sleep, you might want to learn about SleepWorks and Nighttime Recovery.

Wellness Challenge, Active Challenge and 24 Day Trim Challenge might also be of interest to you. 

Are AdvoCare Products a "MIRACLE PILL?" NO!

Can the AdvoCare products be a part of a "LIFE CHANGING PROCESS?" YES!  They provide nutritional support to help your body help itself.

These stories speak for themselves... 

Want more proof?

"Finished my first challenge on Sept 23,2010 and dropped 26 lbs and 19 inches. To date I am down 59 lbs and 49 1/2 inches and still counting!...I FEEL FABULOUS!!!" Karen W.

"The 24 Day Challenge has changed my life! I dropped 8.5 pounds and 12 inches and my husband dropped 24 lbs in 24 days and 16 inches! He continued on products and dropped 45 lbs in two months." Lindsey R.

19 May 2011

Study Shows Vitamins Reduce Risk of Heart Disease!

Did you know vitamins reduce the risk of heart attacks?  A Swedish study found evidence that it does. Scientists followed nearly 34,000 Swedish women for 10 years to ascertain if multi vitamin use would decrease the risk of developing a heart attack.

Compared to women without heart disease who did not take a multi vitamin, women who took a daily multi vitamin had 27 percent less chance of having a heart attack. The women who took other supplements (in addition to a multi vitamin) had a 30 percent lower risk of heart attack.  To learn about multi vitamin CorePlex

Faith and fear are powerful adversaries in the spiritual dimension. Faith and fear both project into the future, and both create an outcome... victory or defeat.

03 July 2010

Success School Update

Drew BreesStephen Holcomb and Andy Andrews were among many champions in the world of AdvoCare that took this company to yet another level last weekend in Fort Worth.  Lot's of learning, personal growth and fun for all who attended:) 

Product updates include 
Bio-RQ (healthy-aging and cardiovascular health), Purple Champs (Omega 3 Nutrients for Kids) and Pink Lemonade Spark.  

BioTools continues to be a high impact product for those with aging & inflammation issues.

Our 2011 February Event in Fort Worth (11-13th) will sell out so please purchase your tickets now if you are thinking about going.

07 December 2012

Cognitive Decline and Supplemental Intervention

Cognitive Decline: if you are at risk can dietary interventions help?

Dr. Mark J.S. Miller

With the changing demographics of the U.S. population there is growing concern that complications primarily seen in the elderly will become an overwhelming health problem. Cognitive decline, with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) representing an advanced form, represents a substantial societal burden.

An intriguing question is “Can dietary interventions or supplementation affect the cognitive and mental problems associated with aging, by either preventing or delaying the problems?” There have been a series of recent publications to suggest, especially in the early stages, that indeed there are significant benefits to supplementation or dietary intervention.

The most recent study by Tan et al., 1 addressed the impact of dietary omega-3 fatty acids (the fish oils), particularly those rich in docosahexanoic acid (DHA). DHA levels in red blood cell membranes reflect dietary intake and these levels were compared to brain volume, as measured by MRI, and performance on cognitive tests. It was noted that individuals with the lowest levels of DHA in red blood cell membranes had significantly greater brain atrophy or shrinkage, and they performed significantly worse on tests for logical recall, verbal and visual memory, abstract reasoning, and attention and executive function.

The magnitude of the changes in the study by Tan et al., were dramatic 1. Essentially, those individuals with the lowest quartile of DHA levels had brains that were the equivalent of being two years older in mass and function. These results were independent of other factors that have known influences on brain structure and function e.g., homocysteine levels, physical inactivity and high body mass, and traditional vascular risk factors. In other words, DHA levels in blood was correlated with brain mass and function independently of other risk factors.

This investigation was conducted in middle-aged and elderly subjects free of clinical stroke and dementia, but yet at risk. What is less well appreciated is the effectiveness of omega-3 fatty acids in more advanced forms of the disease.

The conclusion that there is a functional correlation between diet and brain volume and cognition is supported by other studies assessing nutrient profiles. Bowman et al., noted that cognitive performance and brain size were favorable in individuals with high omega-3 fatty acids 2. Whereas high levels of trans fats were associated with compromised mental performance and brain atrophy.

Bowman et al., also noted that individuals with high plasma levels of B vitamins (B1, B2, B6, folate, B12) also displayed larger brain volumes and superior performance on cognitive tests 2. This relationship between B vitamins and mental health has been addressed in specific interventional studies with dietary supplementation with high dose B vitamins for two years (about 10x the current DV) 3, 4. In studies conducted at Oxford University, supplementation with B vitamins suppressed the rate of brain atrophy by a third and like brain volume in conjunction with improved cognitive function 3,4. In the Beyond Ageing Project 5, supplementation with folic acid and vitamin B12 for two years improved cognitive functioning in the elderly. Improved mood and psychological performance has been noted with a high dose B vitamin complex in males between the ages of 30-55 years, suggesting that these benefits are not limited to an aged population 6.

It is also important to note that the dose of B vitamins required for the lowering of homocysteine levels is substantially above the DV, suggesting supplementation is critical. It does appear that the effectiveness of B vitamin supplementation is minimal in subjects where cognitive decline has progressed to the point of diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease 7,8. This indicates that these nutritional interventions need to be in place as preventative measures and not as a treatment for advanced disease.

Does the same mechanism account for the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins? It appears unlikely although both appear to exert positive outcomes by an action on the vasculature. In the Tan et al. study 1 the benefits were independent of homocysteine levels, whereas B vitamins work by lowering homocysteine levels, converting homocysteine to the amino acids methionine or cysteine. Additionally, the benefits of B vitamins are substantially greater in individuals with high plasma homocysteine levels 2,3. In other words, B vitamins are most effective in subjects with high homocysteine levels and the effectiveness of DHA is independent of homocysteine.

In conclusion, there are intense efforts to develop pharmaceutical interventions to treat dementia and cognitive decline, but unfortunately effective options are not currently available. On the other hand, it appears that maintaining cognitive health for as long as possible can be achieved with simple cost-effective dietary supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids like DHA, and B vitamins.


  1. Tan Z.S. et al., Red blood cell omega-3 fatty acid levels and markers of accelerated brain aging. Neurology 2012; 78: 658-664.
  2. Bowman G.L. et al., Nutrient biomarkers, cognitive function, and MRI measures of brain imaging. Neurology 2012; 78; 241-249.
  3. Smith A.D. et al., Homocysteine-lowering by B vitamins slows the rate of accelerated brain atrophy in mild cognitive impairment: a randomized controlled trial. PLoS One 2010; 5; e12244
  4. De Jager C.A. et al., Cognitive and clinical outcomes of homocysteine-lowering B-vitamin treatment in mild cognitive impairment: a randomized controlled trial. Int J Geriatr Psychology 2011; DOI: 10.1002/gps.2758
  5. Walker J.G., et al., Oral folic acid and vitamin B-12 supplementation to prevent cognitive decline in community-dwelling older adults with depressive symptoms – Beyond Agein Project: a randomized control. Am J Clin Nutr 2012: 95; 194-203.
  6. Kennedy D.O., et al., Effects of high-dose vitamin complex with vitamin C and minerals on subjective mood and performance in healthy males. Psychopharmacology (Berl) 2012: 211; 55-68.
  7. Aisen P.S. et al., High-dose B vitamin supplementation and cognitive decline in Alzheimer disease: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA 2008: 300; 1774-1783.
  8. Van Dyck C.H. et al., Cognitive and psychiatric effects of vitamin B12 replacement in dementia with low serum B12 levels: a nursing home study. Int Psychogeriatr 2009: 21; 138-147.

07 December 2012

What's in Your Protein Drink

Here are the average amounts of metals we found in three servings of these protein drinks. The maximum limits for them in dietary supplements proposed by the U.S. Pharmacopeia are: arsenic (inorganic), 15 micrograms (µg) per day; cadmium, 5 µg; lead, 10 µg; mercury, 15 µg. Amounts at or exceeding those limits are in bold. Experts said three servings a day is common.

What's in your protein drink

07 December 2012

Dr. Oz Tainted Supplements

The FDA vs. Tainted Supplements

Recently, producers of The Dr. Oz Show went undercover and discovered how easy it was to buy tainted supplements the FDA has recalled. The Dr. Oz Show then sent the supplements for lab testing. All five weight-loss supplement samples came up positive for sibutramine, an ingredient in prescription obesity drugs that was banned because it caused heart attacks, strokes and seizures. In addition, one of the five tested positive for a powerful antibiotic called ciprofloxacin (Cipro). This is believed to be the first time that traces of this powerful antibiotic have been found in an over-the-counter supplement.

The Dr. Oz Show alerted the FDA about this new development. Here is the response from the FDA's Office of Public Affairs:

"This is the first time we've heard of contamination of a dietary supplement with Cipro. We would be very, very interested in seeing your data so that we can follow up. [The Dr. Oz Show] asked whether this would trigger an investigation. It's difficult for us to say exactly how we'd proceed; we would start with looking at the evidence and go forward from there.

We have been quite proactive in going after these tainted dietary supplement cases, and we have cited about 300 of them just in the last couple of years. In December 2010, we also called on industry to take action as well.

Part of the challenge is finding the source of the product. The packaging frequently contains no contact information for the manufacturer, or perhaps the name is only of a sub-level distributor. In cases where we do have a distributor name, we can take action, but there may be many other distributors still marketing the product. 

We go at this with a two-pronged approach: We engage our Office of Criminal Investigation to try to track down the source, and we provide information to consumers so that they can arm themselves with ways to avoid these products. Consumers should be wary of products that make claims that sound too good to be true or that claim to work 'just like' an approved drug. Labeling that is all in a foreign language is also suspicious.

We also find that many consumers don't understand that dietary supplements are not regulated in the same way as drugs. With minor exceptions, companies that want to bring new drugs to market have to provide extensive safety, effectiveness and marketing data to FDA and receive an approval before they can market the drug. FDA does not have the authority to require that they present data to demonstrate that the supplement is safe or effective. The only premarket control we have is that manufacturers do have to notify (not get approval from) us if they plan to use a New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) and provide a basis for why they feel that the supplement containing the NDI is safe. However, we've only received about 700 of those and it's estimated that there are more than 55,000 products on the market.

Ultimately, FDA bears the burden of proving that a supplement is unsafe to remove it from the marketplace. In order to do that, we must exhaustively test the product, which is pretty resource-intensive.

Dietary supplement manufacturers are not required to register their products with FDA, so we have no conclusive way of knowing exactly how many products are out there. That said, we are constantly monitoring the marketplace looking for products that are likely to be in violation, either because they contain an active pharmaceutical ingredient or because their labeling claims to cure, treat, prevent or mitigate disease.

The current Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements for dietary supplements went into effect in 2008 and were phased in based on the size of the company over three years. As of June 2010, all dietary supplment manufacturers are subject to the current GMPs. Among other requirements, companies have to have standard operating procedures for verifying the integrity of their ingredients, which generally eliminates the 'I didn't know it was in there' defense. Just in the last two weeks, we've taken action against two dietary supplement manufacturers based on current GMP violations."

02 November 2012

Dr. Oz - AdvoCare is taking the weight-loss lead with Svetol!

AdvoCare is taking the weight-loss lead with Svetol!

The Green Coffee Bean Project

Check out Dr. Oz’s study on the effectiveness of Svetol on weight loss.

It is a main ingredient in AdvoCare® Slim and Carb-Ease™ Plus.

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