I just thought I would respond briefly to some of the comments posted on Facebook recently in response to the attached video, as well as emails, letters and other commentary I have received regarding the Prenatal Vitamin Project in the past. As background, many years ago, I became aware of the tremendous need for prenatal vitamins in America and throughout the world, so with the inspired assistance of Howard Schiffer of Vitamin Angels, we created the American and International Prenatal Project and now, several years later, ProCaps remains its exclusive source of these life-changing prenatal vitamins around the world. Amazingly, we give away a bottle of prenatal vitamins for every bottle of any product we sell and to say I am proud of what we have accomplished is an enormous understatement. It is a bit odd that I now feel I must excuse or explain myself for what is perhaps the most purely positive thing I do, but sometimes questions remain, so I will patiently answer those questions and do my best not take any apparent criticism personally.
First of all, for those who believe charity begins at home, you should not assume that our charity did not start at home. In fact, of the more than 10,000,000 bottles of prenatal vitamins given away more than 2,000,000 of those bottles were given to millions of mothers right here in the USA. We might be in over 40 countries, but we are also in almost 30 states and growing all the time. We are found throughout the inner cities of America, as well as in countless rural areas and at many hospitals benefiting Native Americans. Our prenatal vitamins have helped millions of American mothers for years and interestingly enough, although it is in our “backyard”, it is often not that easy to get the vitamins to these mothers in America. However, between Vitamin Angels, and also the March of Dimes, we will continue to help millions of American mothers in need. Also, it is important to note that we are blessed to live in a country where prenatal nutrition (malnutrition) is not the devastating problem it is throughout the world, so demand for this supplement is far greater throughout the developing world than it is here in America.
Second, regarding why this product is not available for sale in the USA. Unfortunately, because of the severe limitation that American and international charitable organizations, as well as international distribution places on its contents, we must limit the formula appropriately or it could not exist. It is essentially made to correspond with the very conservative limitations of the World Health Organization and United Nations which also enables the formula to satisfy hundreds of US organizations, as well as international government, medical, regulatory and administrative standards, organizations, hospitals, etc. We can freely distribute it throughout America and around the world, but as a result, it is different from a supplement that I can make for US consumers. I wish that were not the case, but for peculiar regulatory reasons the best prenatal vitamin made for American consumers would be impossible for us to distribute for free around the world. In short, we have to make a special formula to overcome all the local and international red tape, etc. Of course, I have been working hard for years on a US consumer prenatal vitamin and as I have only just completed the formula it has only recently become available. I know I lost sales by not having an American consumer prenatal vitamin available sooner, but I would not offer it until I knew that it would be the absolute best and satisfy even the most finicky mother-to-be. I can now say with confidence that we have succeeded and that we offer the purest, mildest and finest prenatal formula in the world.
Third, I have been rather surprised – almost shocked – by some comments I have received saying this prenatal project is a very bad idea (whether offered right here in America or around the world) because it results in more babies being born precisely where we do not need them and thus we are contributing to an increasing world population on an already over-burdened planet. I have been told that I should let those poor American mothers or malnourished mothers in far off countries have their malnourished unhealthy babies and if the mothers or babies are ill or even die then so be it. Pretty shocking, but I recognize that most folks do not realize that prenatal vitamins are the first step to curbing population growth. Plus, anyone who knows me and how environmentally-oriented I am, should know that I would never increase the burden on our planet and in fact, prenatal vitamins do just the opposite. When we increase the likelihood of babies not just surviving, but thriving, they contribute to the transformation of their communities, which is just one of the first steps toward decreased birth rates and a more stable population that is typical of more modern communities. In short, these prenatal vitamins help to reduce population growth around the world and thereby reduce the burden on our struggling planet. Beyond their humanitarian role in helping mothers and babies to survive and thrive, they have an enormously positive impact on the future of families, communities, societies and, of course, on our entire planet.
Hopefully that answered some questions and alleviated some concerns about this remarkable project.
Best of health.