Monday, May 07, 2007


Readers Respond 2 (May 2007): Pam Popper

From Anonymous (May 5 2007)
My first and possibly only purchase of the gummie vitamins was the result of a subtle pushiness. Here's what happened: my neighbor approached me with a CD called "Understanding Diabetes" (I didn't ask why or how she came upon it). She gave it to me thinking it might help me because of my child’s recent diagnosis. She mentioned that it in part recommends Juice Plus. I said I had heard about Juice Plus years ago and never tried it. Then she told me she happens to sell it. Well I immediately bought it to try for my kids, just like I do the Flintstone vitamins; I thought this might be better but, of course since it is not an FDA-approved product, I had to research. What do you know about the Dr. Pam Popper who puts out this CD?

Reply From The JPRB Team
Pam Popper, an alleged naturopath, is a senior level Juice Plus distributor, a shill for NSA, and a narrator on various Juice Plus training and promotional recordings. Popper also offers, for a fee, questionable “wellness” training programs that provide dubious certification as a “Health Coach” or “Health Educator”.[1] At least some of those who are certified by Popper have gone on to become Juice Plus distributors.

We seriously question the integrity of anyone who recommends Juice Plus gummies for children, let alone kids with diabetes. The product contains 85% corn syrup, which is highly unadvisable for a diabetic child. Juice Plus gummies are also grossly overloaded with beta-carotene (5 times the recommended daily intake for an adult) and deficient in most nutrients that would be readily available in just about any food-based or synthetic multivitamin supplement. The daily regimen of 6 gummies provides the following nutrients (approximate percentage of the adult Reference Daily Intake in parentheses): vitamin C 107.1 mg (179%); vitamin E 82.6 IU (275%); vitamin A 14.8 mg (494%); thiamin 1.39 mg (93%); riboflavin 0.05 mg (3%); niacin 2.51 mg (13%); pyridoxine 0.64 mg (32%); zinc 0.62 mg (4%); magnesium 13.65 mg (3%), calcium 94.5 mg (9%); potassium 58.4 mg (2%); and copper 0.32 mg (16%). [Stewart et al. J Am Diet Assoc. 2002;102:1652-7.]

Health authorities warn against taking large doses of beta-carotene, which have been shown to have an adverse effect on the incidence of some types of cancer in adults. The long-term effects of megadose beta-carotene supplementation in children is unknown. Reputable nutritional guidelines recommend that if supplements are to be taken, they should meet but not exceed recommended daily amounts.

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