One issue that we face in the alternative health care field is attacks on nutritional supplements and their value in patients treatment programs. With over 90% of Americans taking at least one prescription drug, over 50% taking more than one drug, and the US accounting for 6% of the worlds population yet consuming over 90% of the worlds pain medications, pharmaceutical companies have a foothold in the consumer market that they do NOT want to let slip away. This means eliminating their competition, a main one being nutritional supplements with high therapeutic value. Oftentimes, when research studies come out claiming that nutritional supplements are of no benefit, are dangerous, can cause prostate cancer, etc., they are using poor quality supplements in their studies. This brings us to the very important point that NOT ALL SUPPLEMENTS ARE CREATED EQUAL! At a typical store such as GNC, The Vitamin Shoppe, Walgreens, CVS, and more, the quality of vitamins being sold is most likely just plain bad. Many store-bought vitamins contain manmade, synthetic versions of vitamins not found in our natural food sources. They often only contain components of a vitamin rather than the entire complex, which includes other vitamins, cofactors, and enzymes to be truly bioavailable to the body. They also contain unnecessary and oftentimes harmful fillers such as artificial colors, coatings, lubricants, and heavy metals. For example, most over the counter B vitamins are produced from coal tar, a liquid byproduct of coal, whereas supplements sourced from food, such as Cataplex B by Standard Process, gathers concentrated B complex from bovine liver, wheat germ, beets, and more. The supplement lines we carry, including Standard Process, Biotics Research, Thorne Research, and more, are health care professional only, meaning they cannot be bought over the counter at a drugstore. Their supplements are made of whole organic food ingredients obtained from the manufacturers certified organic farm. See below a comparison between the ingredient lists of popular multivitamin Centrum, shown first, and Standard Process' multivitamin Catalyn, shown second.