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Posted on Saturday, August 16, 2008 - 3:12 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My NMD suggested that I take an organic multi-vitamin - she really likes New Chapter's Every Woman. So I started taking it, but then stopped shortly thereafter. Now I have been taking it again for a few weeks - 1 month at the most and I think it has been causing me some problems - which is not surprising since it contains "organic pre-gelatinized maize starch, organic milled soy, modified cellulose" and "organic yeast, organic maltodextrin".

I should have known better. I guess I thought I was strong enough and that it wouldn't hurt me. But I'm pretty sure I was wrong. I didn't get my "classic" reaction like I might get from eating in a restaurant, but in working out at the gym lately, I have been having cramps and chest pains making it impossible for me to work out as hard as I could just a few weeks ago. I just barely made the connection between the vitamin and the exercise problem. So I have stopped taking it and am happy to report that I was able to jog yesterday just as fast and long as I was able to before.

Deb, you are definitely right about supplements causing problems...

I am curious as to how MSG, etc. can cause chest pains and cramps? Is it because it causes a lack of magnesium? If anyone knows, please share. I am going to check out Carol's site too and see if I can find this out.
Lauren II
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Posted on Sunday, August 17, 2008 - 3:06 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hello. I don't know why it does but the exact same thing happens to me, too.
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Posted on Saturday, May 01, 2010 - 9:03 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

me too! i have tried this brand a few times, it is a favorite for the natural foods store i go to & they always push it... so i always go back to it... and end up regretting it...
i cant really describe, it is just a vague sense of feeling somehow worse than before...
i have wondered if it could be what the vitamins are derived from... a 'nutrition specialist' at the store told me the supplements are derived in some way from an aspergillus culture. she was really excited about it becoz that is one of the molds which is endemic to grapeskins- and she said these supplements CURED her husband, a vintner, from the serious mold allergy he had developed working in the vinyards for many years.
this is actually what convinced me to give these extremely spendy supplements a go in the first place, becoz my family had experienced aspergillus toxicity from a nasty mold contamination under the floor of a previous apartment (yup, from wine which former tenants had spilled in the closet- must have been a BIG jug!)
well, supposedly this New Chapter stuff is the "best"... but after trying different varieties out at least half a dozen times, with the same feeling of vague decline every time, i think i will start listening to my body & leaving well enough alone.
in fact, lately i have been looking in my cupboard full of 'natural meds' & fondly remembering the years when i didnt take any supplements at all (and felt fine!)
wondering how 'healthy' ANY of it actually is? and do we even know what we are doing? seems like the same old thing of bouncing from one side effect to another, or new deficiency or imbalance to another... is that really any different than pharma?
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Posted on Sunday, May 02, 2010 - 8:23 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bo', almost all vitamins are grown on a culture of GMO corn. The fillers and manufacturing aids used on them (not listed in ingredients list) would make your hair curl. The only supplement that I would consider is fermented cod liver oil but that is really a food. I do make sure to eat foods that should be considered "supplements" because they are so beneficial: liver, onions, garlic, ginger, turmeric, fermented vegetables, bone broths, and celtic sea salt. I am about to try my first crop of sprouts and my first green smoothie, too.
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Posted on Monday, May 03, 2010 - 9:32 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

kristy, you are a wealth of knowledge! do you mind me asking - where do you obtain all your GMO info from?
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Posted on Tuesday, May 04, 2010 - 12:07 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My two teenagers and I are allergic to corn and soy so I have been researching all this online and in the library for a 16 months now. There are lots of government publications that actually outline this information but they are hard to find/decipher. Australia actually has a website that catalogs every GMO they have on the market. I wish we had something like that here.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 04, 2010 - 10:16 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yes, that would be nice if we had something like that here, but that would make it too easy for us and too costly for them, in more ways than one.

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