I will also start this blog post with some answers to some recent questions.
It is hard to believe that we’re celebrating 18 years at HSN. How could that be possible? Am I really that old? Plus, even more unbelievable is the fact that it has now been 35 years, since way back in 1979, I had the peculiar idea of making my own vitamins. My parents were appalled that their son did not want to become a doctor and instead wanted to educate folks about staying well rather than treating illness after the fact. That was exactly 35 years ago…back when Jimmy Carter was still President. Much has happened in 35 years and for ProCaps Labs, we have become one of the supplement industry’s most respected leaders. Of course, we are proud of the unsurpassed purity and quality of our products and the fact that over several decades, we have introduced and/or popularized many now essential ingredients, such as CoQ10, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Diosmin, Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Omega-3s, while urging the “rediscovery” of Vitamins D3 and B12. All the while, we remained faithful to you and your needs and completely avoided deceptive ingredients and claims. At ProCaps Labs we are even more gratified by the standards we have set for environmental respect and social responsibility. Despite the modest size of our company, there is likely no other company in any industry that can match our commitment to our planet and for those in need. Thirty-five years is still a big number for me to swallow and although the passage of time can be unsettling, it is important we pay respect to 18 remarkable years at HSN and 35 extraordinary years since that fateful day in 1979 when ProCaps Labs came to life as The Winning Combination. It is with heartfelt gratitude that I thank you for joining us on our mutually healthy journey.
Before I discuss the Today’s Specials, let’s quickly clear up a minor controversy and discuss an important news story.
1. Is my tea really healthier than water? During my July shows, I made a statement about why I drink my tea during the day and not much plain water. I said I did so, “because I felt that my tea was actually healthier than water.” Apparently, a lot of folks were uncomfortable with that statement, so I offer my most sincere apologies and an explanation that will hopefully put this to rest. First of all, I suppose I should thank everyone for listening so carefully to my shows and I hope the absence of past controversies gives you a sense of how much effort I put into preparing my shows and the reliable information you trust me to provide. Of course, I will continue to be as diligent as possible with all the information I provide and I hope the brief discussion that follows will explain why I confidently choose my tea every day over water. You can see a photo here of the top shelf of our refrigerator with its six tea pots; three of my Green Tea (mornings) and three of my Chamomile and/or Mint Teas (afternoon/evening). Muriel was not too happy that I took up all her “prime refrigerator real estate” – that is, until she started drinking my tea as well.
So why is my tea healthier than water? Shall I skip right to the “punch line?” Okay, here you go: My tea is healthier than water because it is for all intents and purposes – WATER! In fact, it is a better version of the water most folks drink. I start with extremely pure water from a high quality reverse osmosis (RO) filter we have under our sink in our kitchen. That (RO) filter was a great investment, since it turns tap water into laboratory pure water and eliminates any need to buy bottled water and you also can use that water for all your food preparation. Other than ultra-pure water, the only thing my tea contains are the natural protective compounds that diffuse out of the tea without calories, sugar, sweeteners, flavors, etc. In fact, even after steeping my tea, it may well be more pure than the water most folks drink out of their tap, but let’s analyze this a little bit further:
My teapots hold one liter of water. That is about one quart or exactly 1,000 grams or 1,000,000 milligrams of water. I place 2 grams (2,000 milligrams) of tea leaves into each pot. While the organic tea leaves steep, approximately 100 to 400 mgs of compounds diffuse and dissolve into the water providing its pale yellow color. These compounds include protective polyphenols and a small amount of caffeine (green tea only). If we do some simple math, dividing the 100 mgs to 400 mgs of diffused tea into the 1,000,000 mgs of water (one liter), then my tea is 99.96% to 99.99% pure water! In other words, when I drink my tea, I am just drinking exceptionally pure water that contains no calories, sugar, additives or impurities. It contains only a minute amount of healthy, carefully selected dissolved beneficial compounds from either Organic Green Tea leaves, Organic Peppermint leaves or Organic Chamomile blossoms. In other words, I am comfortable saying the tea I drink is healthier than water, because it is nothing more than exceptionally pure water (99.99% pure) with traces of proven beneficial compounds and no calories, sugar, sweeteners, etc. Moreover, I would imagine that the dissolved solids, chlorine and other compounds in tap water or even typical bottled water are present at higher concentrations than the few hundred milligrams per liter of beneficial tea compounds in my tea. Basically, my tea is just a very pure glass of water with some minute amounts of carefully selected natural protective ingredients.
2. Green Coffee Bean Extract featured by Dr. Oz labeled Weightloss Fraud by FTC. The FTC has acted as I hoped they would in my blog post from a few years ago regarding Green Coffee Bean Extract. I occasionally read complaints that I mention Dr. Oz too often, but frankly, somebody has to do it and in my opinion, given his visibility and the outrageous nature of his statements, I should not be alone. Dr. Oz should be ashamed of himself, but I suspect he is crying all the way to the bank. Folks believe what he says, but the public must understand the terrible misconceptions he fuels when it comes to weightloss. I feel an ethical duty to respond to his false statements, since it seems no one else is willing to do so. Apparently, too many folks in my industry rely on his false statements to make money, so no one dares “harm the goose that lays the golden eggs.” I was thrilled to see the US Senate recently take Dr. Oz to task for his role in promoting fraudulent weightloss ingredients. As much as the US Senate embarrassed him, his false statements will persist forever on the Internet. Dr. Oz has an enormous TV platform and his name and broadcasts have been used on the Internet in the sale of countless false weightloss products. He was called in front of the US Senate since, in recent years, he appears to have become the poster child for a multitude of false weightloss ingredients. His name and broadcasts have been the basis upon which hundreds of millions of dollars of deceptive weightloss products have been sold. The list starts with ingredients like Raspberry Ketones and Green Coffee Bean Extract, but also includes, Garcinia Cambogia and Garcinia Mangostana (Meratrim with Sphaeranthus indicus), as well as Safflower Oil, Yacon, 7-Keto DHEA, Magnolia Bark, Relora (Phellodendron Bark and Saffron Extract), Glucomannan, Grapeseed Oil, Griffonia simplicifolia, Forskolin, etc. He has been the voice behind the creation of a cottage industry of false weightloss ingredients. Fortunately, I am happy to see that not only did the US Senate, but the Federal Trade Commission has looked at Green Coffee Bean and called a fraud a fraud. I can only hope this marks the end of Dr. Oz’s deceptive weightloss shows, but unfortunately, his videos on Green Coffee Bean and so many other false ingredients will live on forever on the Internet. You can follow this link to read the FTC’s Press Release…
3. At Your Request, New Products Coming in October and November. We have a long list of requested new products and we do our best to respond as quickly as possible. In October, for those of you who wanted a higher potency version of our soothing Aloe Vera product, it is now available in our double potency Aloe Vera 400. For others who wanted a blend of some of our most popular botanicals to sooth your joints or digestive system, we now have combined Turmeric and Ginger, as well as Ginger and Aloe. Most exciting of all is a formula that will be available this coming weekend as a bonus with the large size CoQ10 Today’s Special. I never thought this formula would be possible, since it involved high potencies of three “fluffy” ingredients, but surprisingly, we were able to combine 100 mgs of Resveratrol with 100 mgs of Green Tea EGCG and 100 mgs of our 40:40 Extract of Pomegranate. All three in a small easy-to-swallow capsule. It is a perfectly balanced combination of our three most popular botanical ingredients. Since we did not do our Resveratrol Today’s Special this year, I added this new formula to the CoQ10 bundles at far less than the cost of Resveratrol alone! The CoQ10 Today’s Special was going to be the best ever, but this addition makes it worthy of our 18th Anniversary. Last, but not least, next month we will introduce variety sets of all our teas, so if you get a 60 or a 90 count box, you will be able to choose all one tea or any combination of 30 count boxes of Jasmine Green Tea, Earl Grey Green Tea, and Peppermint. In the future, these variety sets will include Chamomile, Sencha Green Tea, Mint Green Tea and others. In short, you will soon be able to combine any two flavors in a 60 count supply or any three flavors in a 90 count supply.
This may already be the longest blog post I have ever written, so I will try to be brief in talking about our two upcoming Today’s Specials. We begin this weekend with every year’s most popular Today’s Special since it includes everyone’s favorite ingredient – Coenzyme Q-10. For a few years I have expected our price to go up dramatically on the world’s finest Kaneka CoQ10 (made right here in the USA), but I am happy to announce that, thanks to the folks at Kaneka, we can once again outdo ourselves. CoQ10 is an ingredient that I began offering long before any company had even heard its name. That was back in 1984 and the CoQ10 I used was from the first and finest maker of Natural CoQ10 – Kaneka. Some thirty years later, we have only used Kaneka CoQ10. We make no compromises on everyone’s favorite ingredient. Sadly, that is not the case out in the marketplace where most of the CoQ10 you buy on-line or in stores comes from China, instead of the source that was and still is the world’s purest and first natural CoQ10. In addition to the world’s finest and purest CoQ10, in each capsule, you also receive the equivalent of a separate high potency, non-acidic Vitamin C, plus a stress B-Complex and our unique protected-for-absorption Vitamin B12. It is this comprehensive combination of the highest quality ingredients that results in a product that is almost unanimously perfectly reviewed. If you want to see results from your CoQ10 formula then there is no other formula that comes close. Best of all, the price of our CoQ10 is a small fraction of what it was 30 years ago or even five years ago. And we did not lower its cost by switching to what I view as far less desirable Chinese CoQ10. We have stayed with the best, so you can have the best. Our Today’s Special is an incredible bargain and as I said above, for those of you who choose either of the large bundles, you will get either a 120 capsule or 360 capsule supply of our new Resveratrol-EGCG-Pomegranate formula for far less than the cost of just the Resveratrol alone – likely making this the greatest savings ever on any Today’s Special.
It is only appropriate that for our Anniversary Month, I long ago selected our two Today’s Specials from what many experts view as the two most important single ingredients to supplement. This weekend we start with the world’s finest CoQ10 (with a few other critical ingredients added, such as Vitamin C, B-Complex and B12) and the following weekend will be our exceptionally effective and even more affordable Vitamin D3. As I have often said, current research reveals that there is no single vitamin that can compare to Vitamin D3 in terms of delivering so many benefits for such an incredibly small investment. Moreover, research has also confirmed that if you are American and you are not supplementing Vitamin D3 that you are almost certainly insufficient or deficient for this vitamin. That is still the case even if you are taking a typical multivitamin since their levels are generally below 1000 IU. If one considers what the science says about the risks and consequences of a lifetime of Vitamin D3 insufficiency, then one would never hesitate to invest the literally pennies each day your Vitamin D3 will cost. More than two decades ago, it was this same science and research that had me recommending we have our doctors test our Vitamin D3 levels. It has taken quite some time, but that test is now becoming standard in doctors’ offices because of the extensive risks posed by low Vitamin D levels. As much as I am proud of our role in introducing America to CoQ10, I am equally proud of the fact that since 1979 I have emphasized the extreme importance of healthy Vitamin D levels. Plus, you can read the almost unanimously positive reviews and see that where other Vitamin D3 formulas fail, ours successfully establishes the healthy Vitamin D levels we all seek. Best of all, our Today’s Special makes exceptional quality Vitamin D3 just pennies per day. You can choose our 2500 IU Vitamin D3 or 1250 IU Vitamin D3 and in the two largest sizes, you can have an option for a bundle with Calcium Magnesium Intensive Care. We did not have a chance for a Today’s Special on our Calcium Magnesium Intensive Care this year, so we have added it to the two larger bundles for just pennies per capsule. Essentially, an additional Today’s Special. We know that so many of you rely on both of these products, so if you choose to, you can enjoy your Cal Mag at Today’s Special pricing with your Vitamin D3.
I am so sorry about the length of this blog post, but I guess I had a great deal to say. Also, at both HSN and ProCaps Labs we will be adapting our website to allow for all sorts of special video content, so I will be able to provide video articles, answer your questions and respond to current news stories rapidly via video and post them on all websites. I look forward to being able to do so.
Again, my apologies for the long article and I will see you this weekend at HSN.
Take care and best of health.