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post #21 of 32
just make sure you do your own research as well. while i believe the link posted is very helpful, it is a blog entry, not the FDA website.

http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/pbvitami.html

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Estimates of Pb exposures for all products were below the PTTI levels for the at-risk population groups of children, pregnant and lactating women and adult women. Table 1 lists the PTTI levels and summarizes results for mass fraction and estimated exposure by population group. Median and maximum values were used instead of mean and standard deviation due to the skewed distribution of results toward lower mass fraction and exposure as seen in Figures 1 and 2. Table 2 provides a complete listing of Pb mass fractions and estimated Pb exposure values for the samples.
post #22 of 32
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Originally Posted by Catubodua View Post
just make sure you do your own research as well. while i believe the link posted is very helpful, it is a blog entry, not the FDA website.

http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/pbvitami.html
That info was from a study done. It can be found on many different sources.

I really don't put much into what the fda has to say. No offense to you.

Overall, we have to make the decision for ourselves and what we feel comfortable with.

Personally, if I know something has lead, mercury, aluminum, etc. I will not take it or give it to my children.
post #23 of 32
i know alot of folks here have a very low opinion of the FDA, and that's fine. i don't necessarily disagree. i just wanted her to be aware that are other sources of info. way too often i see someone take posts as bible truth when it's just someone's opinion (i am not saying that your post is just your opinion) and that worries me.

and, i believe the link i provided is to the same study you are refering to. if not, can you provide a link with the different study results?
post #24 of 32
I'm pretty sure it's the same study. Which is one of the reasons why I still wouldn't use any of the vitamins because they do contain lead. No matter the amount. My feelings are if there is some lead in those and you get some lead from other sources you don't know about, all that lead will build up. If you do not metabolize metals well then you could end up with a big problem. (you is general you)
post #25 of 32
So do you suppose there is lead in anything from those brands, or just in that particular item?
post #26 of 32
Thread Starter 
The whole thing is just really unfortunate and sucky. Does anyone know of a good prenatal that is not on the list?

I know what you mean about the FDA, they are def. not all they are cracked up to be. How is this lead getting into these vitamins?!
post #27 of 32
I take the Rainbow Light One a Day. I'd love to take the New Chapter Organics, but they're crazy expensive. I have them on my wishlist in case some of my rich family members decide to buy me some.

I knew about the lead issue, and it is upsetting, but the levels are small... and I have the feeling that if they tested our vegetables for lead, there would be some in there too... (Actually I went and looked it up. Yep, there's probably lead in a decent percentage of our foods.) All I have to fall back on is that studies of vitamins usually show people doing better with them than they do without, so I choose to keep taking them. Getting the vitamins from food sources is better, of course, but I'm not always completely sure that I'm eating as much as I should (especially these last few weeks ).

And RMM1117, finding a prenatal that wasn't on the list wouldn't really help - vitamins that aren't on the list aren't lead-free, they're just untested. That one article says that 99% of the vitamins tested had some amount of lead, so it's difficult to find one without any. *sigh*
post #28 of 32
I'm not sure. There are some one the list that are made by the same companies with some having lead and some not. From what I read I think it's from the manufacturing that causes the lead.
post #29 of 32
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Originally Posted by treehugginmama View Post
That info was from a study done. It can be found on many different sources.

I really don't put much into what the fda has to say. No offense to you.

Overall, we have to make the decision for ourselves and what we feel comfortable with.

Personally, if I know something has lead, mercury, aluminum, etc. I will not take it or give it to my children.
You know what's weird, though? A while back I was interested in taking concentrace minerals, but I was breastfeeding so I was worried about it possibly containing heavy metals. I contacted some health professional from the company who said that it may contain lead in trace amounts, but it 1)contains minerals that counteract heavy metals and 2)even apples contain lead in small amounts... Not sure if that makes you feel any better. I personally would try to avoid lead as much as possible, but I suppose it is more about the dose and less about it's presence if it truly is in so many different foods.
post #30 of 32
I've been taking New Chapter Perfect Prenatal and it has been great. No nausea and you can even take it on an empty stomach. It's food based and the weird thing is, I have another prenatal that I bought before I got the new chapter prenatals and whenever I take that kind, my urine is bright yellow. When I take the new chapter, it's just normal colored. Makes me think I'm absorbing more.


I'm also very interested in the Vitamin Code Women's vitamin. It isn't specifically prenatal, but it says it is good for pregnancy and it looks like all the vitamin amounts are comparable to prenatals. Plus it's raw food based with cofactors, so supposedly you absorb and use more. I think I'll order that one next time.

In case anyone is looking, iHerb.com has really good prices on these vitamins compared to your health food stores. Plus you can use a coupon code to get $5 off: MOS036. Luckyvitamin.com also has good prices, but iherb always seems to throw in random discounts and free shipping so I like them.
post #31 of 32
Thread Starter 
Thanks Chrissy!
post #32 of 32
Just so you know, iherb.com has a cool rewards programs, too. If you use my coupon code, I get money off my next order, too Then, you can sign up to get your own coupon code to share so you can continue to get money off. I totally forgot I had the coupon code thing and then I sent in my order for my prenatals a couple weeks ago and no joke, they took $38 off my order, plus I think it was 12% off and free shipping.
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