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Get Slim -- Protect Your Thyroid

Updated on April 22, 2011

Exchange of E-mail with Life Extension Representative

I not longer see the product that I wrote about below in the Life Ext. catalog. I think it had been reformulated and renamed. However, there is still a kelp-based product. I would question the iodine content. Kelp is good for us, but in small amounts. People who take supplements often do not know how much is safe and/or effective, and sometimes take too much. Do not damage your thyroid by taking too much. How much is too much is a good question. The Japanese eat kelp, often as a wrapping, with meals and in moderation. My advice is to follow their example.

Life Extension is supposed to investigate and promote only healthy supplements, but read the exchange I had with a representative of the company to see how it will endanger your health rather than take seriously the input of an educated buyer of it's products. If you buy from Life Extension, please let the director know that you read this and will not tolerate such lack of concern for people's health.


I'm concerned for all people. You Must put a warning on this product to monitor iodine intake. You must tell how much iodine it includes. I know it's the naturally occurring amount; and that is going to vary. I guess you don't care about avoiding law suits. Your answer treats me as a stupid person. Of course I've already looked at the company info about Fucoxanthin. That's why I'm concerned. Your stock answers are offensive. Apparently this company does not want to be responsible with this product and just do the right thing. I had hoped for a moral response of "yes, we will test batches and post the iodine content with a warning not to exceed MDR. We will tell people that they probably will need 2 grams to duplicate results in mice studies." I guess a human response was too much to expect.
Lifedancer

From: Advisory <advisory@lifeextension.com>
To: lifedancer
Sent: Monday, June 8, 2009 9:59:47 AM
Subject: RE: Fucoxanthin

Thank you for contacting Life Extension. The iodine in Fucoxanthin Slim is naturally occurring in the brown seaweed used to make the product. No iodine is added by us. If you are concerned about your iodine intake, we suggest that you use a different product for weight loss. Our newest product is Enhanced Irvingia with Calorie Control Complex (#01392). Here is a link to the description of this product:

http://www.lef.org/Vitamins-Supplements/Item01392/Enhanced-Irvingia-with-Calorie-Control-Complex.html

If you have any additional questions, please e-mail us or call the advisor helpline at (800) 226-2370.

Dave Tuttle Dept. of Correspondence

Life Extension Scientific Information, Inc. ADVISOR HELPLINE: 1-800-226-2370

It is the purpose of Life Extension to provide relevant and useful information from our research and review of scientific and clinical studies to our customers and their health care providers. It is our intention to serve as a resource upon which customers and their health care providers can draw beneficial and relevant information. There is no patient-physician relationship established as a result of your discussions with Life Extension. Life Extension customers do not receive physical exams and Life Extension does not intend to supplant the judgment of a patient's treating physician or substitute Life Extension information for a physician's diagnosis and treatment. It is further recommended that the reader of this correspondence review the actual text of any above cited research and exercise their own personal and/or medical judgment.

THIS INFORMATION (AND ANY ACCOMPANYING PRINTED MATERIAL) IS NOT INTENDED TO REPLACE THE ATTENTION OR ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN OR OTHER HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL. ANYONE WHO WISHES TO EMBARK ON ANY DIETARY, DRUG, EXERCISE, OR OTHER LIFESTYLE CHANGE INTENDED TO PREVENT OR TREAT A SPECIFIC DISEASE OR CONDITION SHOULD FIRST CONSULT WITH AND SEEK CLEARANCE FROM A QUALIFIED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL.

From: lifedancer
Sent: Saturday, June 06, 2009 4:08 PM
To: Advisory
Subject: Re: Fucoxanthin

That means that one would have to take 10 of your 200mg capsules to get in humans what the mice were getting, assuming that the 200mg stated contains that amount of Fucoxanthin, and be getting about 45% of RDA for iodine. Many multivitamins contain 100% for the RDA for iodine, so people would be getting 145%. I don't know if fish oils contain iodine, but that would be more iodine. It is recommended by your web info. to take fish oils. I still think you need a better, safer formula. Also, please state exactly how much Fucoxanthin is available in the 200mg product. Please correct your article about Fucox. to provide warnings about excess iodine, which can damage thyroid. How many orders you get for a product is irrelavant to it effacy and safety. Responses like the one you gave me, show only your ignorance and unwillingness to think critically and advocate for "safety first".

L.

From: Advisory <advisory@lifeextension.com>
To: lifedancer
Sent: Friday, September 19, 2008 2:53:24 PM
Subject: Fucoxanthin

Thank you for contacting Life Extension. We continue to get a large number of repeat orders for the Fucoxanthin Slim, so apparently many of our members find it effective. A daily serving of three softgels provides 20mcg of iodine, which is 14% of the Daily Value for this nutrient.

Dave Tuttle Dept. of Correspondence

Life Extension Scientific Information, Inc. ADVISOR HELPLINE: 1-800-226-2370

It is the purpose of Life Extension to provide relevant and useful information from our research and review of scientific and clinical studies to our customers and their health care providers. It is our intention to serve as a resource upon which customers and their health care providers can draw beneficial and relevant information. There is no patient-physician relationship established as a result of your discussions with Life Extension. Life Extension customers do not receive physical exams and Life Extension does not intend to supplant the judgment of a patient's treating physician or substitute Life Extension information for a physician's diagnosis and treatment. It is further recommended that the reader of this correspondence review the actual text of any above cited research and exercise their own personal and/or medical judgment.

THIS INFORMATION (AND ANY ACCOMPANYING PRINTED MATERIAL) IS NOT INTENDED TO REPLACE THE ATTENTION OR ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN OR OTHER HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL. ANYONE WHO WISHES TO EMBARK ON ANY DIETARY, DRUG, EXERCISE, OR OTHER LIFESTYLE CHANGE INTENDED TO PREVENT OR TREAT A SPECIFIC DISEASE OR CONDITION SHOULD FIRST CONSULT WITH AND SEEK CLEARANCE FROM A QUALIFIED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL.

From: Lifedancer
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 3:59 PM

To: Customer Service Subject: Site Feedback: Product question / feedback


Question/Comment: I received your promotional material on Fucoxanthin-Slim. After a lot of research on the internet, I've discovered info that may result in a better product. Halocynthia roretzi, sea squirt, accummulates fucoxanthinol and amarouciaxanthin A which are what fucoxanthin is metabolized to in order for it to be absorbed in the gut. The amount of Flucx. in your product is not sufficient to produce any effect. The mouse studies used equal to 2 grams a day for a typical human diet. How much iodine is in your product? From my calculations, the amount would be toxic and harmful to thyroid. I expect better of you. Take this off the market and make a better product.

Lifedancer

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