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(The Consumerist)   Are you overpaying for vitamins? Short answer: yes. Long answer: yeeeeeessssss   (consumerist.com) divider line 125
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2011-10-10 12:13:37 AM
Getting cheap vitamins is like nothing at all... nothing at all... nothing at all...
 
2011-10-10 12:16:13 AM
One sample was contaminated with lead

Hey, that's OK, I don't get enough lead in my diet.
 
2011-10-10 01:32:37 AM

fusillade762: One sample was contaminated with lead

Hey, that's OK, I don't get enough lead in my diet.


My mamma had a saying: "If you don't start the morning with cesium and lead, late in the day you're as good as dead!"
 
2011-10-10 01:33:22 AM
After wasting time with various pop ups and windows, all I could find was comparisons with target and other mainstream brands. Betcha it was a kids vitamin from china that had the lead. What a bullsh*t article.
 
2011-10-10 01:34:21 AM

ArkAngel: Getting cheap vitamins is like nothing at all... nothing at all... nothing at all...


Stupid sexy Flanders.
 
2011-10-10 01:35:36 AM
I'm being overcharged for crunchy Cheetos too.

Seriously, how much does it cost to create a 4 oz bag of cheetos?
About 5 cents?
They charge a farkin' Dollar !

And Gummi Bears. Gelatin, food coloring, sugar and a little vitamin C.
Don't get me started on Gummi Bears.

Anyone making more than 100% profit on a product needs a good thrashing.
 
2011-10-10 01:36:33 AM

AbbeySomeone: After wasting time with various pop ups and windows, all I could find was comparisons with target and other mainstream brands. Betcha it was a kids vitamin from china that had the lead. What a bullsh*t article.


Worse. Clicking through, the one with lead was a pet vitamin. Consumerist is obviously taking paid ads disguised as content now, and Fark is equally obviously taking Consumerist's money.
 
2011-10-10 01:38:27 AM
I sell multivitamens for a living and I have to say : If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Also, vitamens are often like electronics, you pay for what you get if you don't do your research.
 
2011-10-10 01:38:31 AM
All but one of the products we tested met their label claims for key essential vitamins and minerals,
But consumer reports isn't going to tell you which one.

So good luck avoiding it.

Consumer Reports Garbage.
 
2011-10-10 01:40:27 AM
Drammach:

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2011-10-10 01:40:28 AM

Peter Frampton's talk box: the one with lead was a pet vitamin


Oh, where'd you find that? I clicked through and couldn't find anything that specific.
Would be good to know which pet vitamin.
 
2011-10-10 01:41:27 AM

AbbeySomeone: After wasting time with various pop ups and windows, all I could find was comparisons with target and other mainstream brands. Betcha it was a kids vitamin from china that had the lead. What a bullsh*t article.


I was just going to post the constipated list for you, but then I found this gem, bolded in my text:

Products included in ConsumerLab.com's Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplement Review are: 21st Century Pet Chews, All One Active Seniors, alpha betic, Berkley & Jensen Men's Daily, Centrum Chewables, Centrum Silver, Country Life Maxi-Sorb Max for Men, CVS Pharmacy Spectravite Senior, DG health Adult Formula Complete 50+, Enfamil Poly-Vi-Sol with Iron, Equate Mature Multivitamin 50+ (Walmart), Flintstones Plus Bone Building Support, Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw One for Women, Glaceau Vitamin Water Multi-V, GNC Men's Mega Men, GNC Men's Mega Men 50 Plus, GNC Men's Mega Men Sport, GNC Women's Ultra Mega, GNC Women's Ultra Mega 50 Plus, GNC Women's Ultra Mega Active, Hero Nutritionals Yummi Bears, Jamieson Chewable Vita Vim, JuicePlus+ Garden Blend, Julian Whitaker, M.D., Forward Powder, Kirkland Signature Mature Multi Vitamins and Minerals Adult 50+ (Costco), Kroger Complete Ultra Women's Health, Life Extension Two Per Day, Melaleuca Vitality, Member's Mark Mature Multi (Sam's Club), Metagenics Multigenics Chewable, Mountain Home Daily Advantage, Natrol My Favorite Multiple, Natural Factors MultiFactors Women's, Nature Made Multi for Her 50+, Nature's Bounty Ultra Man, Nature's Plus Source of Life Children's Chewable, Nature's Way Alive!, Nature's Way Alive! Once Daily Men's Ultra Potency, NOW Adam Superior Men's Multi, Nutrilite Double X, One-A-Day Men's Health Formula, One-A-Day Women's, PetGuard, Pet-Tabs Complete, Pharmanex LifePak Anti-Aging, Pure Encapsulations Nutrient 950, Puritan's Pride High Potency Time Release Ultra Vita Man, Rainbow Light Certified Organics Women's Multivitamin, Rite Aid Prenatal, Schiff Single Day, Shaklee Vita-Lea, Solaray Women's Golden, Solgar Formula V VM-75, Stuart Prenatal, Thorne Research Basic Prenatal, Trader Joe's Vitamin Crusade High Potency, USANA Essentials Chelated Mineral, USANA Essentials Mega Antioxidant, Vitamin Shoppe Ultimate Women Gold, Vitamin World Ultra Man, Walgreens One Daily for Women, WEIL Andrew Weil M.D. Daily Multivitamin, and Whole Foods Women's Food Based Multi.

WTF? Where's that space travel wacko...
 
2011-10-10 01:43:05 AM
Serious question: Could the low absorption rate of some mainstream multivitamins be a good thing? Since some of those things are loaded with ridiculous amounts of the more common vitamins that you probably get from your diet even if it is less than stellar like vitamin C. So maybe low absorption rate could mean you don't get the excessive amounts that could be potentially toxic.
 
2011-10-10 01:44:07 AM

wingedkat: Would be good to know which pet vitamin.


1.bp.blogspot.com

"A major one."

/hot
 
2011-10-10 01:47:57 AM

Drammach: I'm being overcharged for crunchy Cheetos too.

Seriously, how much does it cost to create a 4 oz bag of cheetos?
About 5 cents?
They charge a farkin' Dollar !

And Gummi Bears. Gelatin, food coloring, sugar and a little vitamin C.
Don't get me started on Gummi Bears.

Anyone making more than 100% profit on a product needs a good thrashing.


It's probably more like 3.25 ounces these days. A bag of tortillas has gone from 12 to 10. That half gallon of ice cream is down to 1.5 quarts. (It was 1.75 quarts for a while.) A 64 ounce carton of orange juice is now 59 ounces.
 
2011-10-10 01:48:59 AM
Garden of Life and Shaklee are terrible companies, based on shoddy research.

/ I'm drunk and getting a kick......
 
2011-10-10 01:50:50 AM
What, my vodka doesn't have enough Vitamin C or something now?
 
2011-10-10 01:52:28 AM

Bathysphere: I sell multivitamens for a living and I have to say : If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Also, vitamens are often like electronics, you pay for what you get if you don't do your research.


Wow. You are claiming that you sell something that you can't even spell correctly. Impressive.
 
2011-10-10 01:54:26 AM

UsikFark: WTF? Where's that space travel wacko...


There seems to be a whole weirdo community of those that think eternal life is just around the corner, and that the right vitamin supplement will get you there.
 
2011-10-10 01:55:09 AM

wingedkat: Peter Frampton's talk box: the one with lead was a pet vitamin

Oh, where'd you find that? I clicked through and couldn't find anything that specific.
Would be good to know which pet vitamin.


That tidbit was deep in the text here: https://www.consumerlab.com/news/multi vitamin_review_report/6_16_2011/

Unsurprisingly, they want money to tell you which brand.

Yeah, I'd totally trust them. That one simple hint discovered by a housewife that allowed me to lose weight and lower my taxes worked out, so why wouldn't this?
 
2011-10-10 01:56:09 AM

Outshined_One: ArkAngel: Getting cheap vitamins is like nothing at all... nothing at all... nothing at all...

Stupid sexy Flanders.


Thanks for getting me to look up this video. I crack up every time. Link (new window)
 
2011-10-10 01:56:40 AM
meh - I don't care. I buy a big bottle of mutli-vitamins every couple of years for about $10. Is it a waste of money? Well probably.

I buy a carton of cigarettes every week. Is that a waste of money? Definitely.

Which should I worry about more?
 
2011-10-10 01:56:59 AM

The Angry Hand of God: Bathysphere: I sell multivitamens for a living and I have to say : If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Also, vitamens are often like electronics, you pay for what you get if you don't do your research.

Wow. You are claiming that you sell something that you can't even spell correctly. Impressive.


I was hoping this was some sort of weird troll or some weird satire of some sort...so I looked at your profile....

What I do
I work at a Health foods store.


You may want to correct that. I see two very clear mistakes in that last sentence.

/I am a dick. Sorry.
 
2011-10-10 01:57:20 AM
Sorry, TheAngryHand0fGod I like spelling it that way. I'm on an internet mesage board and having fun. If you have anything interesting to contribute, I'd be glad to read it.
 
2011-10-10 01:58:38 AM
How about those Flinstones vitamins I used to get as a kid? Were those a waste? 'Cause they were otherwise awesome.
 
2011-10-10 02:00:22 AM

Bathysphere: Sorry, TheAngryHand0fGod I like spelling it that way. I'm on an internet mesage board and having fun. If you have anything interesting to contribute, I'd be glad to read it.


You sell a bunch of bullshiat to gullible people for a living and barely can spell.

/Read that biatch.
 
2011-10-10 02:01:36 AM

A Terrible Human: Bathysphere: Sorry, TheAngryHand0fGod I like spelling it that way. I'm on an internet mesage board and having fun. If you have anything interesting to contribute, I'd be glad to read it.

You sell a bunch of bullshiat to gullible people for a living and barely can spell.

/Read that biatch.


People are going to think you are my alt!
 
2011-10-10 02:02:47 AM

superchump: fusillade762: One sample was contaminated with lead

Hey, that's OK, I don't get enough lead in my diet.

My mamma had a saying: "If you don't start the morning with cesium and lead, late in the day you're as good as dead!"


Ah, mercury. Sweetest of the transition metals.
 
2011-10-10 02:03:00 AM

wingedkat: Peter Frampton's talk box: the one with lead was a pet vitamin

Oh, where'd you find that? I clicked through and couldn't find anything that specific.
Would be good to know which pet vitamin.


which pet vitamin?

This is the sort of thing wrong with our society, not only are there vitamins for your shih tzu but there is a range?
You don't need vitamins, let alone your overfed lap rat. FFS
 
2011-10-10 02:03:19 AM

Seth'n'Spectrum: How about those Flinstones vitamins I used to get as a kid? Were those a waste? 'Cause they were otherwise awesome.


Well, they WERE one of the common causes of childhood Iron poisonings.
 
2011-10-10 02:03:33 AM

The Angry Hand of God: People are going to think you are my alt!


Well the angry hand of god would explain a terrible human. :P
 
2011-10-10 02:03:55 AM

hogans: superchump: fusillade762: One sample was contaminated with lead

Hey, that's OK, I don't get enough lead in my diet.

My mamma had a saying: "If you don't start the morning with cesium and lead, late in the day you're as good as dead!"

Ah, mercury. Sweetest of the transition metals.


WOULD YOU EAT A RECTAL THERMOMETER?!
 
2011-10-10 02:04:04 AM

hogans: Ah, mercury. Sweetest of the transition metals.


sweet sweet mercury & vodka cocktails. It will run but it can't hide
 
2011-10-10 02:04:21 AM

BronyMedic: WOULD YOU EAT A RECTAL THERMOMETER?!


Depends on if it's used or not.
 
2011-10-10 02:05:48 AM
I do like the fact that, in the UK, any advertising for vitamins has to include the disclaimer -

"Dietary supplements may be beneficial to the elderly or those on restricted diets"

While the advertising itself is trying to convince you that vitamins are like some sort of super well-being pill that you'll die without.
 
2011-10-10 02:06:09 AM
You men don't know a damn thing about a damn thing!
Go to bed, it's late.
 
2011-10-10 02:08:16 AM

Bronzemom: You men don't know a damn thing about a damn thing!
Go to bed, it's late.


Who are you calling a man?

/No I will not go to bed,you're not my real mom!
 
2011-10-10 02:09:05 AM

Bathysphere: Sorry, TheAngryHand0fGod I like spelling it that way. I'm on an internet mesage board and having fun. If you have anything interesting to contribute, I'd be glad to read it.


Your misspellings are contrived and your rebuttal is pedantic. Discuss.
 
2011-10-10 02:10:49 AM

Bronzemom: You Vitamen don't know a damn thing about a damn thing!
Go to bed, it's late.


/Vitamen
//I like spelling it that way
 
2011-10-10 02:23:06 AM
I don't think I've ever paid for vitamins directly. I'll just stick to buying food.
 
2011-10-10 02:32:18 AM
Outshined_One 2011-10-10 01:34:21 AM

ArkAngel: Getting cheap vitamins is like nothing at all... nothing at all... nothing at all...

Stupid sexy Flanders.


What a peach of an ass though
 
2011-10-10 02:41:14 AM

nonzero: wingedkat: Peter Frampton's talk box: the one with lead was a pet vitamin

Oh, where'd you find that? I clicked through and couldn't find anything that specific.
Would be good to know which pet vitamin.

which pet vitamin?

This is the sort of thing wrong with our society, not only are there vitamins for your shih tzu but there is a range?
You don't need vitamins, let alone your overfed lap rat. FFS


Seriously. Especially in America. We have an over-eating problem in this country, not a deficiency problem. Unless you have a specific medical requirement for a specific vitamin (or other specific supplement), then you don't need to buy supplements.
 
2011-10-10 02:41:44 AM
Holy click through to find what the hell they were blathering on about Batman, by the time I found out I was riddled with SCURVY.
 
2011-10-10 02:42:46 AM

The Angry Hand of God: ...

People are going to think you are my alt!



Why would you just alt out yourself like that? Both of your logins are spaced and caps'd identically, and both logins end your slashies with periods, which is quite out of the ordinary.

/Also happened upon ManonPinkCorner and HollywoodCole
//Epiphany and jakevol2
///Using an alt to chide someone in an argument is seriously the most pathetic form of net douchebaggery, grow a fu king pair
 
2011-10-10 02:50:20 AM
Have a supplement in mind? Wondering how much evidence there is?

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Or, you could go here for the larger, interactive version (hover your mouse over a bubble to see what specific claim is made in regards to the amount of evidence):

Snake Oil? The Scientific Evidence for Popular Health Supplements (new window)
 
2011-10-10 02:51:26 AM

D_Evans45: The Angry Hand of God: ...

People are going to think you are my alt!


Why would you just alt out yourself like that? Both of your logins are spaced and caps'd identically, and both logins end your slashies with periods, which is quite out of the ordinary.

/Also happened upon ManonPinkCorner and HollywoodCole
//Epiphany and jakevol2
///Using an alt to chide someone in an argument is seriously the most pathetic form of net douchebaggery, grow a fu king pair


Because this is my alt cockbag.
 
2011-10-10 02:53:52 AM

UsikFark: Life Extension Two Per Day

WTF? Where's that space travel wacko...


DURK PEARSON AND SANDY SHAW. Some friends were wacko about their stuff back in the early 90s when it appeared in, of course, Mondo 2000 magazine. All you had to do was find pictures of them to find out you did not, in fact, want to be "as healthy" as these people.
 
2011-10-10 02:54:23 AM
I take a one a day Centrum vitamin because I'm on a shiatty college diet consisting of easymac and dorritos. Does it help? No probably not, but it makes me feel better about my overall terrible health.
 
2011-10-10 02:55:38 AM

mgshamster: Have a supplement in mind? Wondering how much evidence there is?

[img10.imageshack.us image 189x320]

Or, you could go here for the larger, interactive version (hover your mouse over a bubble to see what specific claim is made in regards to the amount of evidence):

Snake Oil? The Scientific Evidence for Popular Health Supplements (new window)


I love you.
 
2011-10-10 02:56:00 AM
Ah "the fetus smasher" with some oh so clever zingers like "cockbag." Gee, you alts are really bringing your A game tonight.

/yawn
 
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