John Montague DC

AlternaVites – Taking Vitamins has Never Been this Easy

About 40% of the United States adult population have difficulty swallowing pills. In most cases, however, these people do not have difficulty swallowing food or drinks. For some unfortunate ones, the problem gets so severe that it does not allow them to take pills that are very much needed for their overall health, such as vitamins and supplements. This may be especially frustrating for those people who are very much interested in supporting their health by taking supplements that can help enhance their well-being.


There can be a lot of reasons as to why a person finds it difficult to swallow pills. Some say it’s psychological, while others blame it on the gagging reflex. Whatever the reason may be, it boils down to one serious problem: you won’t be able to take pills when you need to.


This is the same thing that happened to Rich Vitamins, creator of AlternaVites founder, Hallie Rich. She belongs to a generation of family that is dedicated to the vitamin industry. While she strongly believed in the health benefits of the vitamins that their company manufactures, she wasn’t able to take them. She can’t swallow pills. Then it doomed on her that vitamins are good, but they can’t really help you when you can’t swallow them. Rich’s dilemma then gave birth to AlternaVites – the ultimate alternative to your regular vitamin pills.


AlternaVites was introduced in the year 2010. What is it exactly? It is a complete multivitamin and mineral in crystal powder form that quickly melts in your mouth. AlternaVites if the very first of its kind. Addressing the problem of 40% of the US population, AlternaVites quickly made its way to fame and recognition and was known as the “non-pill” vitamin option. It became clear to the company that AlternaVites is a product that’s not only great for those people who have difficulty swallowing, but for everybody who aims to support their overall health through multivitamins and mineral supplements. AlternaVites has 23 essential vitamins and minerals. It is a full spectrum multivitamin and mineral that offers an outstanding nutritional support. It does not contain sugar, artificial flavors or any kinds of preservatives. Its convenience, delicious taste, portability, and high potency formula gave it much broader appeal.


What’s even more exciting about this brand is that it’s not only meant for adults. The company also took into consideration that parents would also want a better alternative for their kids. They were disappointed in products with high sugar content, incomplete formulas, and artificial ingredients. And so they came up with AlternaVites Kids – a children’s multivitamin & mineral that has awesome kid-approved flavors while maintaining the integrity, quality and versatility associated with the original alternaVites formula.


Unlike many other kids’ vitamin products, alternaVites Kids :


  • Endorsed by pediatric dentists
  • Is truly delicious!  Available in two awesome flavors:  strawberry bubble gum and raspberry cotton candy.
  • Contains 0 grams of sugar (free of aspartame and high fructose corn syrup)
  • Gluten- free*
  • No artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors, or preservatives
  • Vegetarian
  • No GMO ingredients
  • Contains no egg, milk, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish or shellfish.*
  • Certified kosher (OU)
  • One per day
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Risks Associated to Acetaminophen Revealed

Risks of acetaminophen have been ‘underestimated’

Acetaminophen is the most widely used over-the-counter and prescription painkiller in the world today. However, a new study published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases suggests that the risks of this popular analgesic may have been underestimated by doctors. The mechanism behind the painkilling effect of acetaminophen, or paracetamol, is largely unknown, although recent studies suggest that the drug inhibits the central nervous system from producing prostaglandin. Generally, acetaminophen is considered to be safer than other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) and opiate analgesics.

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Regular Coffee Consumption May Reduce Risk of Heart Attacks

Drinking up to five cups of coffee a day may benefit the arteries

If you absolutely love coffee and can’t imagine your life without having a few cups of it everyday to get your day going, then you may be thrilled to hear this news. A new study suggests that drinking 3-5 cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of clogged arteries and heart attacks. The findings, published in Heart, come from a study of 25,138 people, measuring levels of calcium in their coronary arteries to see if any association with coffee consumption habits was present. A few studies in the past have associated regular coffee consumption with reduced risk of multiple sclerosis (MS), endometrial cancer and melanoma skin cancer.Despite this, the study authors state that the effect of coffee consumption on cardiovascular health has remained “controversial.”

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Mediterranean Diet Reduces Heart Disease Risk by Half

Mediterranean diet cuts heart disease risk by nearly half

According to a recent study, still yet to be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego, adults who strictly adhered to Mediterranean diet were less prone to develop heart diseases over a 10-year period compared to those who did not. “Our study shows that the Mediterranean diet is a beneficial intervention for all types of people–in both genders, in all age groups, and in both healthy people and those with health conditions,” said Ekavi Georgousopoulou, a Ph.D. candidate at Harokopio University in Athens, Greece, who conducted the study along with Demosthenes B. Panagiotakos, Ph.D., professor at Harokopio University. “It also reveals that the Mediterranean diet has direct benefits for heart health, in addition to its indirect benefits in managing diabetes, hypertension and inflammation.”

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Nuts May Reduce Death Rates to about 20%

Eating nuts linked to 20% cut in death rates

Even the epidemiologists doing the research found the pun irresistible: good health costs peanuts. For what they describe as a relatively affordable benefit, their study has found that a diet high in nuts is linked to lower mortality – associated with death rates cut by as much as a fifth. The results, published among the latest online papers from JAMA Internal Medicine, comes from three large prospective cohort studies. These involved 71,764 people living in the southern US with mostly low incomes – black and white people, men and women – and 134,265 Chinese people – one a cohort of men, the other of women – living in Shanghai, China.

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Losing Sleep May Cause Weight and Metabolism Problems

Losing just half an hour of sleep ‘can impact body weight and metabolism’

A new research presented at ENDO 2015 suggests that losing even just half an hour can have long term effects on one’s metabolosim. The study took the participants’ height, weight and waist circumference, along with samples of their blood to test for insulin sensitivity. These individuals were asked to keep sleep diaries, which calculated how much sleep they missed. It was found that those who had missed some hours of sleep are 72% more likely to be obese compared to those who had not.

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Infant’s Gut Bacteria Linked to Food Sensitization

Infants’ gut bacteria linked to food sensitization

A new study tackles how the mix of bacteria in the gut of young babies may offer a way to predict the future development of food allergy or asthma. We credit the findings to the researchers from the University of Alberta and University of Manibota in Canada. The researchers found that babies with less diverse gut bacteria at the age of 3 months were more likely to show sensitivity to certain foods like egg, milk and peanut by the age of 12 months.

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Vegetarians May Have Lower Risk of Developing Colorectal Cancer

Study links vegetarian diet to reduced risk of colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in the US today. With almost 50,000 related mortalities this year, more and more people are on the lookout for ways to prevent this type of cancer. According to a new study co-authored by Dr. Michael J. Orlich of Lorna Linda University, consuming a vegetarian diet may help prevent the development of the deadly disease. Many other studies have suggested that a diet that’s mostly based on red and processed meats may increase the risk of colorectal cancer, while consuming more fruits, vegetables and whole grains reduces it to 22%.

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Are Saunas Better than Statins?

Woman in sauna

A recent article from JAMA researched the effects of saunas on Finnish males. The results are startling and could bring hope to help Americans reduce their risk of heart diseases. Two thousand middle-aged men were studied over a 20-year period.

These scientists found that an increase in sauna usage resulted to one-half as many cardiac deaths to those who used the sauna 4-7 times a week when compared to those who used the sauna only once a week. The scientists divided the group into those who used the sauna once a week, 2-3 times a week, and 4-7 times a week.

Sudden cardiac death of these  10.1% for once a week, 7.8% for 2-3 times a week and only 5% for those using the sauna 4-7 times a week. We see similar reduction in fatal coronary heart disease and fatal cardiovascular disease.

We also see reduction in all causes of mortality. So the sauna is a true life extender.

Statins themselves show no reduction in all-cause mortality and sometimes only a modest reduction in cardiovascular risks. Given the side effects of using statins, adding sauna use to lifestyle modification maybe much more effective.

A finish sauna is a dry sauna. Infrared saunas would be very similar. You can find reasonable prices online and even at Home Depot. I found them for as low as $153.00 on eBay. I use a small infrared sauna at home and find it helps with a variety of disorders.

A sauna will not reduce the risk immediately, but long-term use will help improve your health.


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Eating Organic Makes a Difference!

collage fruits

In a recent article, The better-than-nothing diet, from New Hope Natural Media discusses how eating organic, even if it is only part time reduces your exposure to pesticides. Eating organic can lower organophosphate pesticides in your body even if you aren’t eating a full time organic diet.


We are seeing a continuing increase in childhood diseases related to organophosphate exposure. A recent study in Environmental health Perspectives found that exposure to organophosphate pesticides in infants was associated with an increase respiratory symptoms and possible asthma.

Cognitive Deficits

Prenatal Exposure to Organophosphates, Paraoxonase 1, and Cognitive Development in Childhood from the Environmental Health Prospectives journal discusses how exposure prenatally to organophosphates can lead to deficits in cognitive development in babies. The organophosphates also adversely affect perceptual reasoning. These deficits begin at 12 months and continue all the way into early childhood.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

An evaluation of The Charge Study found that living close to organophosphate pesticide application (less than 1.5 km) is associated with a 60% increase in autism and an increase in developmental delays.

Safer in the Big City?

One might think living in a large city away from agriculture might keep you safe from exposure. However, the study Population-Based Biomonitoring of Exposure to Organophosphate and Pyrethroid Pesticides in New York City found adults in New York City have higher pesticide levels than most of the rest of the United States.

Those eating green vegetables had higher levels of pesticides than those who largely abstained. This is why eating organic makes sense to lower our exposure.

In Conclusion

Non-organic apples, celery, grapes, peaches, and strawberries have some of the highest levels of pesticides. Look at The Environmental Group’s shopping guide to help choose fruits and vegetables with low levels of pesticides. Make sure you buy organic when possible, being mindful of the dirtiest fruits and vegetables from the guide.

Look to control household pests naturally whenever possible to keep exposure down for you and your family. There are many natural alternatives around the house, in the garden and the yard.

Check our WebVitamins selection of healthy, natural and organic foods.


In Good Health,


John Montague DC

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