How Can You Buy Quality Supplements?

I have spent hours and hours searching for the answer to how to shop for quality supplements.  It is not easy but here are some suggestions for you to use in your quest.

uspUSP Verified – This seal may ensure purity, identity and potency, among other things. When USP verified companies are allowed to carry an official “USP Verified” seal on their labels it probably has value. The group maintains an evolving list of the brands that have received its seal and the places where they can be purchased. Here is a link to their website.

 

NSFNSP Verified – is a program that reviews supplements frequently used by athletes for sports. The blue and white NSF seal means that a product has been independently tested to ensure that it is pure and that it contains the ingredients listed on its label.

 

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Consumer Labs (?) –  ConsumerLab.com, which frequently tests products and maintains an archive of reports on its website may be reliable but I have recently learned that companies with its label pay heavy fees to “earn” the label each year and as such I am discounting their value.

 

TrustPilotTrustPilot – Is a review site that strives to aggregate customer reviews and qualify the reviewers to verify their validity.  I am using them and participating in their program as a reviewer as of today.  What can a customer tell you?  It is unlikely they can tell you much about the quality of the product other than by personal intuition. On the other hand they may be able to tell you lots about customer service and pricing.  Worth checking them out.

Who do I use?  I get some of my products from a naturopathic doctor in Ct. Why?  if the products don’t work his patients don’t come back and he is very successful. I also order from Swansonvitamins.com   They carry their own brands as well as name brands and all at pretty good prices.  Their fees have gone up over the years so I have been searching for other sources.  At this point they are still hard to beat in my impression.  Apply the two seals,  NSF and USP and you may have your best option!

……………. Janr Ssor.

 

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This year has been an interesting learning experience for me because my alternative health care networking group  changed our meeting structure to one  producing more accountability.
I both like and dislike accountability just as we as humans love and hate intimacy.  After all accountability is another name for “limited intimacy.”  We all want intimacy because without it we are lonely on the other hand we want the other person to stand naked and exposed but not us.think ponder girl
This concern is not necessarily generated because we are deliberately hiding something evil. It is that we fear exposure may lead to a loss of pride or self esteem;  we want to look more perfect for our friends and acquaintances. With accountability, our meeting structure denies that wall of illusion. You must share what you have done or what others have done for you, in public, intimacy.  You do this by telling everyone who you referred to and who referred patients to you and your referrals must be valid, not self serving.
A positive outcome of this change is that is has revived in me, my original goals  for creating a Holistic Questionnaire.  The goal was that we would each hand our patients a paper or online questionnaire  as a tool for generating  value added patient referrals.  It was to be a simple tool to help us help them. I had forgotten why I tried to create this or perhaps I never knew verbally but just  intuitively.  Being accountable helped me refocus on this need. It was an attempt to make us all more accountable to each other and our patients by focusing on our patients more holistic needs.  We all know there is a strong mind body connection that almost all of  Allopathic (Western) medicine ignores.
I cannot speak for you, as healer,  but I can for me.  In paying more attention to what I need to do to refer patients, for needs outside my domain,  it has become apparent that it is much easier to refer to some of  my colleagues than others.  For example:  it is easier for me as an eye doctor, to refer to Chinese Medical Doctors, Naturopaths and Psychotherapists but more difficult to refer to  a Masseuse, Physical Therapist, Herbalist,  Hypnotist or Pain Specialist.  The difference, I believe,  being partially the linguistic domain, I use, that triggers such mental associations in a busy day.
 I suspect  each or our groups members have the same issues.   In my business network  “The Winners Circle,”  I found the same issue,  greater difficulty trying to refer to a Financial Planner and Realtor  but much less challenge referring to an Auto Repair or Body Shop. 
I believe that holistic practitioners should take the time to explore creating a tool to facilitate these goals. I don’t get a fraction of the referrals I could because I will bet that most of  my colleagues forget the special things  I  do.  These are very important things such as  our unique children’s vision status assessment   that diagnoses and prevents reading and learning issues , or  the prevention and monitoring of  systemic disease such as diabetes, strokes and heart attacks through the eye.
We are all creative people,  perhaps we can come up with a tool to enhance and achieve these goals  which I  have set for  my colleagues and which are now more apparent then ever, thanks to our meeting structure.
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Thanks,
Janr