Thursday, February 5, 2009

Kirkman Labs - Some of Their Products May be Harmful

I am fairly new on this Autism scene. I am also a huge fan of Jenny McCarthy. She is a rock and has a lot of courage to take such a stand against certain scientists and the corrupt medical community (corrupt - meaning who stand beside the CDC and AAP without question). She does however recommend a lot of products from Kirkman Labs. Always do your homework - even regarding supplements. Yes, they may have some great products, but they also may have some potentially harmful products too. This is what I have found.

Super Nu-Thera is a popular multivitamin made by this company for Autistic children. It is a popular product because it does not contain the harmful minerals such as copper that these children cannot tolerate. It also has just the right amount of B vitamins too. There is more to this though I have recently learned.

Liquid Super Nu-Thera contains a harmful ingredient called polysorbate-80. It has been shown to cause reproductive problems in lab animals. The FDA approved it anyways. When I contacted one of the chemists about this, I was simply told that the FDA said it was "safe". Well, the FDA said that vaccines are safe too!! Come on!! I did find that the capsules and powdered formula do not contain it. Try getting a young child to take the powdered formula or capsules disguised in food is impossible though! I even tried - they are truly horrible and nothing disguises the taste. So, I simply ordered their chewable multivitamin after one long, unsuccessful month of trying. They are pretty good.

http://www.kirkmanlabs.com/

However, I took my toddler to a Naturopath for the first time today (he is seeing a Defeat Autism Now Doctor) and was quite shocked to find that when shopping for a multivitamin, always check for the presence of "calcium carbonate" (which all of the Kirkman multivitamins have). You do not want this ingredient in your vitamin. Why? Because it prevents your body from absorbing important minerals and B vitamins. I wanted to share this with everyone because I, myself have wasted so much money and time trying different products. A great multivitamin may be found on the link below.

http://spinelife.stores.yahoo.net/295001.html

To order it:

http://www.myhealth-store.com/integrative-therapeutics-learner-s-edge.html

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

By the way, I ordered some KIRKMAN LABS vitamins last week (Multiple Vitamin Pro-Support and also B-complex) but I didn't find "Calcium Carbonate" under Ingredients or Supplement Facts listed on their current site.

I believe you may need to revise your blanket statement regarding their products?

Dawn said...

Hi Anonymous,

Actually, no, my previous comment still stands. Just be careful if you shop with them. I don't know if you are shopping for yourself or for an autistic child, but autistic children tend to not be able to tolerate chemicals well. Some of the ingredients that this company uses are pretty unsettling. Propylene Glycol and Silicon Anti-Foam are just two of those ingredients and they are found in their liquid Calcium/Magnesium product. Both are toxic and both were approved by the FDA. Why am I not surprised? Just be careful and always do your own research on the matter.

Anonymous said...

Dawn,
there is no calcium carbonate in the spectrum nu-thera powder either? Do you work for a rival company or something?

Dawn said...

No, I don't work for any vitamin/supplement company. I simply asked that you do your own investigating. Read labels. Ask questions.

Megs85 said...

I almost ordered supplements for my child from kirman labs, but went with a different company instead. The multi-vitamin that i ordered my child is called ASD-plex (powder form), they compared it to the super nu-thera line from kirman. Since i have read your blog i checked the ingredients on the supplements i have, and i see it does have the calcium carbonate; should i not be giving this to my child then?

Megs85 said...

I almost ordered supplements for my child from kirman labs, but went with a different company instead. The multi-vitamin that i ordered my child is called ASD-plex (powder form), they compared it to the super nu-thera line from kirman. Since i have read your blog i checked the ingredients on the supplements i have, and i see it does have the calcium carbonate; should i not be giving this to my child then?

Dawn said...

Unfortunately, I am not at liberty to say ANYTHING - even if I wanted to - which I really do, but I can't.

Just investigate what I said further. If you can, by all means, keep me posted??