Vitamins–how safe are they?


Vitamins, how much is too much?  There are conflicting numbers, RDAs and other information out there.  Which information is correct, and how do you know?

Here are some of the guidelines I use:

  1. Is the vitamin from a natural source, or is it synthetic?  No vitamin is going to say ‘synthetic,’ but it could use labels like ‘isolate,’ ‘fractionalized,’ or some other adjective which tells the consumer that this is vitamin from a synthetic source.
  2. On the ingredients, is ‘cellulose’ the first or second ingredient?  This is an indication that the product is made up primarily of ‘filler’, which would be why it is so inexpensive.
  3. What is the parent company?  What is the primary work of the parent company?  Look at all the information.  Most of the time you will find that the lab is in the process of making other chemical products.  You are looking for natural substances.  Remember you want your nutrients in the same form as God made them.
  4. What is the quality control level? 
  5. Are the raw materials imported from a foreign country?  What is that country’s safety record?
  6. Are the herbs wild-crafted?


Please contact your supplier and find out the answers to these questions.

There is a difference between ‘maintenance’ use and ‘therapeutic’ use.  

  1. Maintenance use is what you need when your body is in balance and you are maintaining that balance.
  2. Therapeutic use is what you need to bring your body into balance.


Always check with your healthcare practitioner concerning the purity and efficacy of your products.  Resources are out there, you don’t have to try to do this alone.

As always, I welcome your comments,



About Polly Heil-Mealey, ND, P.Sc., HHP, M.Ed., C.C.I.

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey is the Past-President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), as well as an IIPA Certified Iridologist with a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Naturopathic degree. She has been involved in education and Biblical health care since 1994. Dr. Polly has been active in both television and radio, presenting community service programs covering various topics. An international traveler, she gives seminars on alternative health practices, incorporating iridology and Biblical nutritional counseling. Dr. Polly now uses her expert ability to communicate vital and useful information to help her clients build or restore their health. One of Dr. Polly’s greatest passions is to see her clients restore their health through natural therapies. Every success story confirms the need for education in holistic practices. Dr. Polly brings a high level of dedication and commitment to her clientele. She has touched the lives of many with her concern and selfless devotion. The verse “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” is a scripture that touches every level of society. As clients learn and understand holistic protocols, they are able to improve their health drastically by incorporating diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Polly is married to Stephen Hale, and together they have eight children. Both are very active in their church and serve on various boards in their community. Dr. Polly is also the director of Women’s Ministries of her church. Dr. Polly and Stephen reside in Humble, Texas.
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