January 10, 2012
By Anthony Gucciardi
“We posted an article a couple months back about supplement companies. If you are buying supplements from Wal-Mart, you might as well not take anything.” –KTRN
Cupric sulfate is used as an herbicide, fungicide, and pesticide among many other things. It is also present in many best selling nutritional supplements, which oftentimes utilize harmful additives and synthetic ingredients that can be damaging to your health.
Among these supplements happens to be the “#1 doctor recommended” multivitamin, Centrum, which contains a great number of similarly-damaging substances.
Peer-reviewed research has identified a link between cupric sulfate and many negative conditions such as heavy metal toxicity, arsenic poisoning, DNA damage, and mercury poisoning.
When taking this research into consideration, much of which has been available to both the general public and supplement industry for a number of years (some vital research on the subject actually goes as far back as 1991), it is truly shocking that any company would include this ingredient in any ‘health-promoting’ supplement formula.
Of course it is important to note that the manufacturer of Centrum, Wyeth, is actually a part of the drug giant Pfizer which has shown its blatant disregard for public health through charging an astronomical $115,200 per patient for an experimental cancer drug that is loaded with side effects.
December 12, 2011
By Sayer Ji
“Here’s a solution to this problem – breast feed your child if you can. If not, there has to be organic and all natural infant formulas, right?” –KTRN
Why is cupric sulfate — a known herbicide, fungicide and pesticide — being used in infant formula? And why is it displayed proudly on product labels as a presumably nutritious ingredient?
Used to kill fungus, aquatic plants and roots of plants, parasitic infections in aquarium fish and snails, as well as algae and bacteria such as Escherichia coli, cupric sulfate hardly sounds fit for human consumption, much less for infants.
Indeed, infants are all too often looked at as “miniature adults” from the perspective of toxicological risk assessments, rather than what they are: disproportionately (if not exponentially) more susceptible to the adverse effects of environmental exposures. Instead of reducing or altogether eliminating avoidable infant chemical exposures (the precautionary principle), the chemical industry-friendly focus is always on determining “an acceptable level of harm” – as if there were such at thing!
It boggles the imagination how cupric sulfate ended up in infant formula, as well as scores of other consumer health products, such as Centrum and One-A-Day vitamins.
After all, it is classified, according to the Dangerous Substance Directive (one of the main European Union laws concerning chemical safety), as “Harmful (Xn), Irritant (Xi) and Dangerous for the environment (N).”
September 9, 2009
By Mike Adams
Because I take a large number of nutritional supplements, I’ve become increasingly concerned over the years about supplement excipients, binders and fillers. One ingredient frequently used in vitamin manufacturing is titanium dioxide, a nanoparticle powder made of fine titanium bits. It’s best known as an ingredient in sunscreen, but it’s also used in thousands of cosmetic products as well as nutritional products.
Yep, if you take certain vitamins made by GNC or Centrum (as well as hundreds of other companies), you are eating titanium dioxide. And this is an ingredient for which no long-term safety testing on humans has ever been conducted. In fact, according to the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety, titanium dioxide may be a human carcinogen. As explained on the CCOHS website:
Titanium dioxide has recently been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as an IARC Group 2B carcinogen ”possibly carcinogen to humans”… This evidence showed that high concentrations of pigment-grade (powdered) and ultrafine titanium dioxide dust caused respiratory tract cancer in rats exposed by inhalation and intratracheal instillation*.
CosmeticsDatabase.com lists titanium dioxide as being linked to cancer, allergies, immunotoxicity and organ system toxicity, among other problems. Here’s a list of some of the many thousands of cosmetic products containing titanium dioxide:
That list, by the way, includes products from many well-known brands.
Titanium Dioxide in Supplements
Centrum vitamins are the No. 1 selling brand of vitamins in the U.S. It is made with synthetic vitamins. The ingredients label reads like a mish-mash of synthetic chemicals and low-cost ingredients with marginal absorption capability: (I’m bolding some of the more concerning ingredients below…)
Ingredients for Centrum Silver Ultra Women’s Tablets:
Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Pregelatinized Corn Starch, Ascorbic Acid (Vit. C), Dibasic Calcium Phosphate, Magnesium Oxide, Crospovidone. Contains < 2% of: Acacia, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Beta-Carotene, BHT, Biotin, Boric Acid, Calcium Pantothenate, Calcium Stearate, Cholecalciferol (Vit. D3), Chromium Picolinate, Citric Acid, Corn Starch, Cupric Sulfate, Cyanocobalamin (Vit. B12), dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit. E), FD&C Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Red No. 40 Aluminum Lake, Ferrous Fumarate, Folic Acid, Gelatin, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Hypromellose, Lecithin, Lutein, Magnesium Stearate, Manganese Sulfate, Medium-Chain Triglycerides, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Modified Food Starch, Niacinamide, Nickelous Sulfate, Phytonadione (Vit. K), Polyethylene Glycol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vit. B6), Riboflavin (Vit. B2), Silicon Dioxide, Sodium Ascorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Borate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Metavanadate, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenate, Sorbic Acid, Sucrose, Talc, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vit. B1), Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherols, Vitamin A Acetate (Vit. A), Zinc Oxide. May also contain < 2% of: Maltodextrin, Sodium Aluminosilicate, Sunflower Oil, Tribasic Calcium Phosphate. Contains: Soy.
Did you notice the artificial coloring chemicals, hydrogenated palm oil and the low-grade form of vitamin B12? Did you see that these vitamins contain talc and sodium benzoate? Check out this wiki page on Crospovidone, which is also found in the Centrum formula:
In fact, here’s a Google search that returns 382 pages on GNC.com that mention titanium dioxide
Vitacost bans titanium dioxide from in-house brands
Titanium dioxide is considered extremely unsafe by Vitacost, which banned the ingredient from its in-house supplements label (NSI). Soon, products from Vitacost may even be labeled with a “titanium dioxide free” claim to better educate consumers.
The high-quality nutritional supplement manufacturers recommended on NaturalNews, of course, don’t use titanium dioxide. You’ll never find it in products from New Chapter or Pure Synergy , for example. It’s not in Dragon Herbs , Mushroom Science or Global Healing Center. These are quality product companies that wouldn’t even think of using titanium dioxide in dietary supplements intended for consumption.
In fact, Dr. Ed Group’s GHC website offers this excellent overview of the dangers of titanium dioxide:
Most of the current debate about titanium dioxide concerns its topical use and deals with the particle size of the titanium. Coarse particles are believed to be relatively safe for topical use because they cannot be absorbed by the skin. But nano particles may pose a greater risk because there is concern they can be readily absorbed through the skin and enter the bloodstream. As explained by the Environmental Working Group, “Relative to larger particles, nano-scale materials can be more chemically reactive and more easily absorbed into the body. A number of studies raise concerns about potential health risks when these particles are inhaled or are absorbed through the skin or gut. Nevertheless, they are already widely used in products, including sunscreens, with no requirement that their presence be disclosed.”
That same page, however, admits there are few studies that have really looked at the titanium dioxide nano particle absorption issue in regards to cosmetics. EWG concludes titanium dioxide is unlikely to be absorbed by the skin, but it calls for more studies to be sure.
There are even fewer studies that look at whether titanium dioxide is safe for human ingestion, and that’s potentially a far more serious issue. Although vitamin manufacturers will of course claim “there’s no evidence of harm” from titanium dioxide in nutritional supplements, the reason there’s no evidence is because they haven’t done any long-term safety tests on titanium dioxide.
The “common sense test” asks the question: Does titanium dioxide occur naturally in the indigenous human food supply? The answer to that is, of course, absolutely not. That’s why holistic nutritionists and nutritionally-aware consumers are increasingly seeking to avoid this ingredient in anything they eat or swallow. If it’s not part of the food supply in nature, and if it hasn’t been proven safe for human consumption, why would you want to introduce an unnatural chemical into your diet in the first place?
The jury is still out on titanium dioxide, but until it’s proven safe, NaturalNews recommends readers avoid this ingredient and only purchase nutritional supplements made without it. Fortunately, there are a great many supplement brands available today without titanium dioxide (and other bizarre excipients). Just read the ingredients labels before you buy.