We at Doctor's Choice have some exciting news for our customers: we are now in the process of changing our flow agent for encapsulation. This is important because fillers can be toxic--especially in tablet form supplements. While vegetarian capsules, such as the ones we use, are far less likely to have these issues, we are on a constant quest for quality improvement, and we feel this is the next step.
Here is a partial list from "1992 Excipient Usage In Marketed Drugs, USA" of common supplement fillers:
Hydroxy Propyl Methylcellulose
Hydroxy Propyl Cellulose
Another additive is Propylene Glycol, a popular antifreeze commonly used in windshield washer fluid and brake/hydraulic fluid. Commonly used in cosmetics, lotions, and shampoos, it has been known to cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate are also commonly used in shampoos (enabling them to enter the bloodstream), as well as garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers and car wash soaps.
Some additives have been found in plaque deposits from coronary artery disease, indicating that some supplements may actually be exacerbating such problems instead of helping them.
In vaccines, Polysorbate 80 is a common emulsifier that can negatively affect the immune system. In fact, due to the number of vaccinations given to children, they can become toxic within as little as 6 months. Dr. J. Bart Classen referred to this as "immune overload."
Most companies use magnesium stearate in their supplements; we have not used MS for several years. While it is on some of our older labels, it is no longer used in production, and our new labels reflect this change.
Most of our products do not need a flow agent, but in case of doubt, we add the ingredient onto our labels; this is not required, but it is done in the spirit of full transparency in case the need were to arise with fluffy material. We are currently working to have all flow agents replaced by fat soluble vitamin C, ascorbal palmitate. It is an added expense we will absorb, but this will now eliminate any doubt or concern of neuronal interference.
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