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Good product but incorrect description
We bought this for my father who is bedridden with Parkinson's and in so much pain that he has trouble sleeping. He believes it helps the pain a bit, so we use it every night. This cream does not contain DMSO, even though the iHerb product description says it does. It contains MSM, the common supplement, which is DMSO2. It's my understanding that DMSO and MSM are related but different. MSM is "dimethyl sulfone"; DMSO is "dimethyl sulfoxide". DMSO is considered by many to be a "miracle" substance which topically applied relieves pain and inflammation. The FDA has banned DMSO for human use, although there has never been any evidence that it's harmful. (It's been proven safe in decades of research and consumer use.) This isn't surprising, considering how the FDA often responds to safe, cheap, remarkably effective treatments that Pharma can't patent and cash in on. DMSO is legal to use for animals and is (oddly) approved for use in treating interstitial cystitis. It can be purchased, but the manufacturer has to state that it's a solvent and not meant to be used as a medical treatment. I've only just learned this, having looked DMSO up because it was supposed to be an ingredient in this product. I hope to purchase some DMSO soon, to see if it helps my dad's pain even more than the MSM cream. (DMSO is not available at iHerb.)
This product smells very strong. I actually thought there was something wrong with it and considered returning it. But first I checked Thorne's website and found this: "Some customers have noted that the multiple vitamin-mineral formulas have a strong odor. This is particularly noticeable to patients who have been taking the multiples long-term. The change in odor is due to the fact that we have (over the past year) changed from selenium picolinate to selenomethionine. While we believe selenomethionine is a superior form of selenium, it does have a bit of a sulfur smell, which is normal and does not reflect a problem with the product." I appreciate that Thorne uses superior forms of nutrients and that they don't use unnecessary and harmful additives such as magnesium stearate. (Info on magnesium stearate: "Magnesium stearate is essentially a chalk-like substance, which prevents the supplements from sticking together and allows the machinery to run smoother and faster, which equates to cost savings during the manufacturing process. Magnesium stearate is not a source of magnesium and has no benefits, but may have a detrimental effect on your immune function as stearic acid has been linked to suppression of T cells. The filler also stimulates your gut to form a biofilm, which can prevent proper absorption of nutrients in your digestive tract." - Dr. Joseph Mercola)
Favorite Pill Containers--Very Handy
Posted by Reviewer2462188 on Jul 07, 2016 | Verified Purchase
Good quality. The little containers for each day can be taken out of the base and carried in purse, etc. Each of the 7 separate pill boxes (approx. 1.75" x 2.75") is divided in half: Each half can hold 7-9 medium-large capsules. (I use the 2 sides to separate pills to be taken with food from pills to be taken on empty stomach.) Divider comes all the way up to top of container, so pills won't fall across to other side. Opens and closes easily, and stays securely shut. The oval shape is nice to hold and cute. ;)
I wish they weren't made in China.
These are very soft and comfortable, but I was disappointed to discover that they're made in China. ("Made in P.R.C." in minuscule font on the box.) It's well known that the safety and purity of products made in China are questionable. (And the reason to choose this product is the presumed purity!) There are also ethical considerations: China is weak in the area of human rights, and factory worker safety standards are not enforced. I'm REALLY disappointed that these are made in China, and I'm not surprised that the company tries to hide that fact. That being said, these are at least more pure than the mainstream synthetic (made of who-knows-what) products sold at most stores.
Product is rancid and unusable.
I should have heeded the warnings in other reviews, because this product IS rancid. That makes it unhealthy as well as bad-smelling. It shouldn't be bad, as the expiration date is well in the future, and the ingredients are excellent. But it's rancid: And rancid oil is oxidized--full of free radicals--exactly what we *don't* want in or on our bodies. It would actually do more harm than good to put this product on your body. I'm usually pleased with iHerb, but they need to stop selling this product. I contacted them about a refund, and they told me I had to return it and pay the return shipping cost (in spite of the fact that the product was defective and unusable).
This product contains magnesium stearate.
Magnesium L-Threonate is an excellent supplement, and I generally like the brand "Doctor's Best" (and I love iHerb). But iHerb needs to update the "Product Overview - Other Ingredients" on this page because this product does contain magnesium stearate. Frustrating if one orders it specifically because it was supposed to be magnesium stearate-free. It looks like the only brand for magnesium L-threonate without magnesium stearate is Mercola's brand. (I find that Mercola is the most reliable brand, offering the purest products.)
Posted by Reviewer2462188 on Jul 17, 2017 | Verified Purchase
To the reviewer who claimed that "Also, company is embroiled in litigation regarding contamination with lead. There is a consumer warning on the side."-- What is your source? I can't find this anywhere on the internet. If you're referring to a California’s Proposition 65 warning label, you will find it on some of the best products manufactured by the best supplement companies-- because "Businesses subject to Prop 65 are required to provide a warning if they cause exposures to chemicals listed as causing birth defects or reproductive harm that exceed 1/1000th of the 'no observable effect level'...Unfortunately, there are heavy metals in our planet’s soils, water, and air from years of using leaded gasoline, pesticides and chemical fertilizers, industrial pollution, etc. There are also naturally occurring levels of heavy metals. Unfortunately Prop 65 does not differentiate between natural organic metals and inorganic metals, though the biological effects are often quite different. Even if the sources of contamination are reduced, heavy metals may remain in the soil and water for a long time. Prop 65 has been extremely cautious in determining the no significant, or no observable, effect levels. Some herbs and other raw materials may pick up levels of heavy metals that are above the levels established by Prop 65 even if organically grown." This information is given at other quality supplement companies' websites, but for this particular company, you can read it here: https://www.mtcapra.com/prop65/
Well-tolerated scented lotion
Dr. Bronner's uses good quality ingredients. (I have to pay close attention to ingredients, due to allergies and chemical sensitivity.) This is just a basic body lotion, not a treatment for very dry skin.
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