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Consumerlab.Com's Guide to Buying Vitamins & Supplements: What's Really in the Bottle Paperback – June, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Consumerlab.Com; 1 edition (June 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972969705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972969703
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,020,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Review 'R' US on March 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book doesn't supply the results of its tests. If you want the results you still need to subscribe to consumerslab.com. I suggest skipping this book and just subscribe to [...]
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90 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
There are a lot of guides to Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbal preparations on the market today. What makes "Guide to Buying Vitamins and Supplements" different? For each vitamin, mineral, or herb they gathered samples from multiple brands and put them through a rigorous laboratory analysis. Results of the analysis included products that contained toxic chemicals, had no measurable quantity of the active ingredient, had more of the active ingredient than the acceptable safe levels, and many other surprises. Although many brands were often tested only the ones that passed the laboratory analysis are listed. This is the only place that I have ever seen a listing of product brand names that pass laboratory analysis. Without this guide you really don't know what you are getting when you buy vitamins and supplements. This is a highly recommended read that should be on the shelves of anyone who purchases vitamins and supplements.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Kermy on April 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
These guys are a bunch of criminals pretending to help. Their test results are PROPRIETARY, that means they SELL the results to the very company they tested the products of. Now if they've failed their system of testing, they threaten to publish the results, so then the company is forced to buy the test results. THIS IS BLACKMAIL IN ITS PUREST FORM. How is this a public service!? All the ones that fail are bought by the companies so we the public never find out. Oh, unless of course the company disagrees with their system of testing or system of comparison or if it conflicts with the companies own tests that show their product is pure. Then they parade the company on their website and purposely damage companies which may have completely pure products, because they WOULDN'T PAY, not because they were impure. Then they charge us for a subscription to see a list of companies that won't pay them. They act like they are a non-profit, charitable organization, working for the health and benefit of the people. Yet they are a very "for-profit" organization, making literally tens of millions of dollars a year off of our misplaced trust. Their very name is deceptive, they are NOT a lab at all and don't even have a lab! They send things out to actual labs just like supplement companies do.

Oh and do these companies actual have impure products that are not per standards, in most cases NO, they are perfectly pure per Federal and state standards of the state they were manufactured in. Instead of using the Federal standard of safety that all the other 49 states follow, they take one proposition in California (Prop 65), which demands standards 10 to 30 times more pure than its own safe drinking water and air.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Cummings on November 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
Was disappointing, mainly because it does not do any good comparisons but directs you to the website. Basically this is tool to market the consumer dot com website and get twenty nine dollars for a year subscription.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Sharon E. Debats on August 28, 2005
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This book provides basic knowledge @ vitamins & herbs, but not very helpful with comparing brands of supplements and potency values.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Gwen M. Gambino on August 19, 2005
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This book did not give a description of all supplaments I was looking for. The buying guide was good but I wanted a complete vitamin supplament listing
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