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Will Supplements be banned?

This is an issue that comes up from time to time, particularly from our Customers in Europe. The regulatory 'environment' about supplements in the EU is all over the place with different rules for different EU members. Even though there is supposed to be 'harmonisation' that is far from the truth.

This is not surprising as the citizens of some countries will just not stand for the heavy handed tactics of some 'authorities'... Sadly, on the other hand other citizens don't raise any objection and just accept what is dished out to them and confine themselves and their health to the pharmaceutical model.

There has been a real push for many years by specific interest groups to try and ban many supplements in Europe, or 'water' them down to the level that they lose their efficacy.

This is all about money, not health. However, I am optimistic as more people become more informed about the benefits of going the 'natural' way that they will not allow their politicians to bully them any longer.

The following is an email that I received from a customer who was having problem getting her supplements into Malta. She has since been able to get a prescription from a local Doctor so she is OK. Her husband has now changed his position and is on Total Balance and our Fish Oil. Vivian was happy to share her following email with you. (Joanna is our medical nutritionist, and yes, she recently married)

Oh... it is not very likely that there will be any significant change in the availability of supplements in Europe for the foreseeable future... but, if you live in Europe keep and eye on the matter and complain to your politicians if you see there are further movements to restrict your freedom of choice.

Here is Vivian's email.

Subject: Availability of Supplements..."Codex"
Hi Warren, You and I are both 1947 babes! I take this opportunity to thank you for your products and excellent website. After the success I have had using your products (cholesterol and memory loss after a stroke etc.) I wish to continue taking them. I was put on statins and suffered depression, muscle aches etc. and DO NOT want to go that route again despite my doctor assured me I would be on them for life. I took things into my own hands and with help from Joanna I stopped the statins and for the last 3/4 months at maximum dose I finally got results. (I think she is on holiday right now - did she get married I note change of name?) My total cholesterol has dropped from 274 to 229 using Lipi-Rite and Omega 3. I have also had Total Balance daily and I have also been using Neuro-Natural and have wonderful results - I now have recall that I did not have before having the stroke. So why am I writing?

I read a lot of what is going on in the world and am sure that there will come a time VERY SOON when we no longer are ALLOWED to buy supplements. At the moment I am in Malta on an extended holiday and ordered some more supplements. I now have been told that to be able to collect them I need a prescription from a doctor. I don't have a doctor here and mine in Italy would definitely not give me one anyway - we have discussed this many times and he has told me that he would no longer be responsible for my health if I stop the statins! I would say he was exasperated with my insistence and my husband was on his side.

Do you have a feelings or indeed certainties of how long it will be before the supplements are no longer available? If I was to 'bulk buy' (not sure I could afford that either) but the sell by date is usually 2/3 years - I intend to live longer than just for a few more years of drug free health. This is a real concern - am I the only person to address the problems? I doubt it. The web is full of other people like me who wish to protect our health. Now that I have the proof in my results I want my unbelieving husband to start taking Xtend-Life supplements too. I would really appreciate your comments.

Vivian from Italy


  • “Just a little reassurance. The likelihood of supplements being banned in New Zealand is very remote. The government would have a revolution on their hands if they tried that. It is Europe where the real dangers lie. Hopefully any restrictions will stay on that side of the Atlantic. Carl, I can assure you that we will never drop our standards. In fact, we are always striving to improve them…and that will never stop.”

    Warren Matthews November 25 2010

  • “The results I have achieved using Xtend-life supplements have been beyond my expectations. If supplements are banned or Xtend-life were to close it’s doors, my health would suffer. I am actively recommending your products to everyone I know because I know from personal experience that they are extremely effective. My hope is that you continue to keep your standards high and that you never compromise due to rapid growth or to maximize profits. Thank you for the best supplements available today”

    Carl November 23 2010

  • “Hi Dmitri, I understand your concerns. This is just a part of global democracy and various Governmental and economy rulings I am afraid. We rarely have problems getting our products abroad, and we do send to over 60 countries worldwide. However, we can never guarantee no problems with Customs, as of course this is unfortunately out of our hands.  It is excellent that you got your products in the end, and hopefully this won’t reoccur. Customs intervention can be very random. Where approprite we do have further info on your account pages and at checkout, wherever we feel we can help. And we always ensure we include ingredients that are allowed in all the countries we post to. If you are ever in any doubt as to the situation for a particular country, just email or phone us, we will be happy to advise further as to the situation and how best to send your products. I hope this helps. Joanna”

    Xtend-Life Expert December 07 2010

  • “I started taking the omega-dha supplement.I’ve taken an omega for years but this is by far the highest quality supplement I’ve ever taken.I no longer take vinpocetine for neuro problems.I also felt my knees starting to ache but after taking for 2 weeks no more aches.I am so impressed and in process of ordering more in addition to cholesterol supplementsI recommended to all my friends.Thank you for such superb service and products.”

    Karen Cunningham November 21 2010

  • “Hi Phyll, The majority of our customers dont have a problem with getting our products in.  All the ingredients we use are legal in Canada.  In fact, during the last reformulation of Total Balance we made some adjustments so that would be the case. Canadian customs are certainly much more difficult than most other countries and sometimes there can certainly be delays with getting product cleared.  The shipping and handling shouldnt be an issue as we cover that for all orders over US$60.  Generally they dont add additional taxes, but it does happen from time to time although we dont get to hear about it.  I guess the only comment that I can make about this is that there are no taxes or duties applied from our end as exports from here are exempt.  So, there is no doubling up.  I think that you would find however that if you compare apples with apples there is still a significant cost savings even after taking into account those potential additional taxes.”

    Warren Matthews February 09 2011

  • “Thank you very much for bringing up this topic. I live in Finland and for almost two years that I have been ordering Xtend Life products never had any problems with getting supplements through the customs. Except last time when the custom officials did not want to give to me neither TB Premium nor Male Rejuvenator on the ground these products maybe dangerous for health! They actually looked up Xtend Life home page and said that Male Rejuvenator for example would increase testosterone level! So they said I should buy products, which are available in Finland I guess they mean these hugely expensive supplements, which do not do a thing and thus are not dangerous. In other words pretty useless. But naturally, buying locally available products boosts local economy. The TB Premium literally changed my life and I cannot think of stopping it. I had half an hour pretty hot discussion in customs trying to explain, to reason, to convince and finally I got my order (with the words that they warned me of the risks!). I guess you are save there in NZ but about many people across the ocean! Why the authorities, which are supposed to help people are just making our life more difficult?!”

    Dmitri December 06 2010

  • “Thank you Warrren. You now have a lifetime customer. I did not mean to be cynical, but here in the USA so many corporations are just in it for the short term gain. The others usually start with good intentions, then the greed sets in and the quality disappears. Very sorry to hear about the loss of life in your beautiful country.”

    Carl November 26 2010

  • “With all this talk about supplement boarder problems, how is delivery to Canada? I know someone who bought your produces and ended up paying duty at the door when they arrived. Another time, she had to trace them down. In Canada here, they have been trying to regulate vitamins for years. Can you imagine the cost of the supplements if this happened? Another money grabber!!! I have considered trying your products but by the time there is S/H, taxes etc, it may be costly. Appreciate your feedback Warren.”

    Phyll February 03 2011

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