I will start you off with a helpful tip. Want to teach your kids to swallow pills?
My son, age 3, can swallow his vitamins. Here are some tips.
1. Do not teach children to look up at the sky to swallow a pill. This actually restricts the amount of space in your esophagus when trying to swallow. You actually need them to look down slightly, not much, just slightly. This will open up the esophagus making it easier to swallow.
2. For my son, it helps to have him take a drink, hold the water in his mouth, slide the supplement in, and then swallow.
3. Don’t show any discouragement if they can’t get it. Just say something like, “Thank you for trying, maybe we can try again tomorrow.”
4. If they can’t get it at this time, don’t push it. Just keep crushing your supplements with your mortar and pestle.
I have so much information here that I am going to dive right in.
In 2007 the FDA became aware of reports of elevated levels of lead found in certain vitamins. In response, they conducted a survey to determin the content of lead in women’s and children’s vitamins.
Here are some of the common brands that were listed containing lead.
One A Day
The Vitamin Shoppe
There are so many more. This is just a short list of some of the children’s vitamins containing lead, I did not even list any brands listed in the women’s prenatals, or the adult women category. Check out the site yourself for more information.
According to the mayoclinic.com:
Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body, often over a period of months or years. Even small amounts of lead can cause serious health problems. Children under the age of 6 are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely affect mental and physical development. At very high levels, lead poisoning can be fatal.
So after seeing the “small” amounts of lead found in the vitamins listed above, you may have thought, “oh it is only a little”. Yes, you are right, but we just heard from the Mayo Clinic that lead can build up in your body. Not only that, children are more vulnerable to lead poisoning.
But this study was done 5 years ago, surely they wouldn’t still have lead in them.
I would hope you are right. The problem with thinking this way is the fact that we are trusting the FDA to tell us what is bad. (That is a whole other blog post all together). The FDA cannot possibly test every ingredient in every product on the market. There is just not enough time or resources for that.
From the FDA website regarding food grade supplements: (food grade supplements are all of those found at the grocery store and places like Amazon)
“The FDA has limited resources to analyze the composition of food products, including dietary supplements, it focuses these resources first on public health emergencies and products that may have caused injury or illness. Enforcement priorities then go to products thought to be unsafe or fraudulent or in violation of the law. The remaining funds are used for routine monitoring of products pulled from store shelves or collected during inspections of manufacturing firms. The agency DOES NOT analyze dietary supplements before they are sold to consumers. The MANUFACTURER is responsible for ensuring that the “Supplement Facts” label and ingredient list are accurate, that the dietary ingredients are safe, and that the content matches the amount declared on the label. FDA does not have resources to analyze dietary supplements sent to the agency by consumers who want to know their content. Instead, consumers may contact the manufacturer or a commercial laboratory for an analysis of the content.” (Emphasis is mine)
“By law (DSHEA), the manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that its dietary supplement products are safe before they are marketed. Unlike drug products that must be proven safe and effective for their intended use before marketing, there are no provisions in the law for FDA to “approve” dietary supplements for safety or effectiveness before they reach the consumer. Under DSHEA, once the product is marketed, FDA has the responsibility for showing that a dietary supplement is “unsafe,” before it can take action to restrict the product’s use or removal from the marketplace. ….”
There is also the problem of the FDA approving substances that are actually harmful for us.
Chicago Tribune article, “U.S. allows chemicals in food that are illegal elsewhere”
Shape article, “13 Banned Foods Still Allowed in the U.S.”
If I can’t trust the FDA to protect my heath, what do I do now?
You become the health advocate for your family.
Are there trusted brands out there?
I don’t know about all brands that may be trusted, but I do know about one that follows pharmaceutical standards. A company that conducts over 350 tests on every single new botanical ingredient for heavy metals, pesticides, or any of hundreds of other harmful contaminants. And they continue to conduct over 100,000 quality tests annually to guarantee the purity and safety of each and every product.
So what brand is this?
Why is Shaklee better?
1. Shaklee has been committed to purity for over 50 years!
2.They have 90 articles published in peer review publications, not the magazines you see on the shelf of your doctors office, peer reviewed publications!
3. They have a 100% guarantee on ALL of their products. You don’t like it, you send it back for a refund.
4. Shaklee products do what they promise to do. Meaning, they actually get absorbed into your body, you are not just paying for expensive pee!
5. They have the first-of-its-kind study called their Landmark Study, showing that people who took Shaklee supplements for over 20 years had markedly better health than those who just took a multivitamin or no supplementation at all.
Read more about the Landmark Study.
6. Shaklee supplements meet and often exceed pharmaceutical standards, that means they go through rigorous testing before ever making it to the bottle. Shaklee also sat on the board of the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. Shaklee helped to develop the standards for pharmaceutical grade supplements.
Here are just SOME of the ingredients on Shaklee’s NO list.
NO Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
NO Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES)
NO Propylene Glycol
NO Volatile Organic Cleaning Compounds (VOCs)
NO Hydrochloric Acid
NO Sodium Hydroxide
NO Butyl Cellosolve
NO Petroleum Distillates
NO Chlorine Bleach
NO Trans Fats
NO Artificial Sweeteners
NO Toxic Inks
NO Banned Substances
Here are some of the Children’s products.
Can I find Shaklee in any stores?
How do I get Shaklee products?
You can find a local Shaklee distributor or simply visit this website and start shopping.
Starting one child age 1-3 on the multivitamin (Incredivites) only costs you $9.80 a month retail.* If you are a member** it costs you $7.43 a month.*
*plus your shipping cost
**memberships are a one time cost of $19.95. No annual fees, no hidden charges
If you have any questions, or if you want more information on any of the products, email me at
The supplements are just some of the naturally safe products Shaklee offers.
They offer products for: