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Order me some too, I ate them very quickly.  Nom.

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Agents Raid IDS Vitamin Company

Friggin' Awesome! 

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Agents Raid Vitamin Company

Innovative Delivery Systems
5707 Dot Com Court
Suite 1079
Oviedo, FL 32765

TEL: 407.971.6011
FAX: 407.971.6022

Federal agents raided a vitamin supplement company Wednesday. Agents raided I.D.S. Sports office on Alafaya Trail in Oviedo, but it is not clear why.U-haul
trucks were used by law enforcement officers to load up with items from
the office. Officers say the items are evidence in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation (ICE).Officials
told Eyewitness News that they served warrants in the Orlando area
regarding an on-going state and federal investigation.An eyewitness said Wednesday's raid was on a major scale."They
raided the place. They had dogs. They've been taking all kinds of stuff
out of there, they even had vehicles confiscated. They took all kinds
of stuff," the eyewitness said.

Four Good Reasons to Take a Multivitamin

Four Good Reasons to Take a Multivitamin

By Dr. Jacques

I do
not know how many times I have been asked the question "why should I
take a multivitamin?" – but today I am going to share some of the
answers with you. This blog post started off as one on immunity. I have
had a lot of people asking me lately what they can do to boost their
immunity. They seem surprised when I mention taking a daily
multivitamin. The following list is by no means an exhaustive list of
reasons why you should take a multivitamin, but I think it is some good
  1. Experts agree that we don't get enough nutrition from our food.
    In the perfect world, all your essential vitamins and minerals would
    come from the foods you eat every day. You would eat a nutrient dense,
    modest calorie diet, not worry about weight gain, and feel confident
    that food was meeting your needs. That is not the world we live in.
    There is more data than I can cite that clearly shows our diets (even
    those of us who watch what we eat carefully) tend to be nutrient poor.
    More often, they are calorie rich AND nutrient poor, which is why we
    simultaneously have increasing obesity and poor nutrition. In 2001,
    researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health writing in the New
    England Journal of Medicine said the following:  "Given the
    greater likelihood of benefit than harm, and considering the low cost,
    we conclude that a daily multivitamin makes sense for most adults.
    Substantial data suggests that higher intakes of folic acid, vitamin
    B6, vitamin B12, and vitamin D will benefit many people, and a
    multivitamin will ensure adequate intake of other vitamins."
    (1)  The following year, researchers from Harvard Medical School, wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association: "Most
    people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone. 
    Pending strong evidence of effectiveness from randomized trials, it
    appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements."
  2. Taking a multivitamin is good for immunity. 
    There has been a great deal of research looking at the the use of basic
    nutrition in the form of a multivitamin for preventing infection and
    improving immunity.  The vast majority of studies have been done in the
    over-65 population, because nutritional status tends to decrease and
    community acquired infections (like the flu and pneumonia) tend to
    increase and become more deadly as we age.  The findings are almost
    100% positive.  Again, far too many studies to cite, but if you search
    Google Scholar for "multivitamin and immunity" you'll find plenty of
    good reading material.  What about in the non-elderly?  In a study
    published in 2003, researchers gave a daily multivitamin to adults aged
    45-64 and found that the rates of infection and days of lost work were
    significantly less in those taking a multivitamin compared to those
    taking a placebo. (3)  
  3. Taking a multivitamin may help you to control your appetite.  Two
    studies published in November 2007 in the British Journal of Nutrition
    indicate that taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement may assist
    in weight management. The first study reported on a survey of survey of
    267 men and 320 women aged 20 to 65. (4) The survey found that in men
    regularly taking a dietary supplement weighed less, had less body fat,
    and lower BMI than those who did not. Women reported similar results,
    as well as generally reduced appetite

    In the second study, obese patients were placed on a low calorie diet
    and either given a multivitamin or placebo. (5) While both groups lost
    weight equally, those taking the multivitamin reported significantly
    reduced hunger both between and after meals

    What should this tell us? Our metabolism is driven by nutrients –
    vitamins and minerals are the cofactors that make all the reactions
    work. When we lack these nutrients, things just don’t work as well.
    Moreover, a basic reason we eat is to get the nutrients we need. When
    the body doesn’t get enough of what it needs, one thing it does is make
    you feel hungry so you will eat more to get those nutrients.
  4. It might make your cells younger.  Let's
    face it, most of us either want to stay young or be younger.  Most of
    the focus these days on "anti-aging" is on cosmetic procedures.  You
    can lift, inject, color, and tighten whatever you want, but that does
    not change anything but what you see in the mirror.  Research published
    earlier this year from the National Institute of Environmental Health
    Sciences found that the cells of multivitamin users were biologically
    younger than those of non-users. (6) As we age, a piece of DNA called a
    telomere that resides at the end of your chromosomes gets shorter. 
    When the telomere is finally "consumed" the cell dies (a process called
    apoptosis).  Thus telomere length is often looked at a a measurement of
    cellular age.  This particular study looked at the cells of 586 women
    aged between 35 and 74.  Multivitamin users had, on average, telomeres
    that were 5% longer than those of non-users of the same age.

Read entire post at Dr. Jacque's site.

Like a sugah wafer, only better.

Try two new Vitamin Drink mixes!

"Tired of constantly taking a daily multitude of different vitamins in different shapes, sizes, textures, and of dubious flavors?" 

At SmartForme, spend $125 and receive a box of blueberry pomengranate flavored Vitamin Drink Mix and a box of citrus-flavored Calcium and Magnesium Drink mix, a nearly $24.00 value.  This seems to be the new thing with post weight loss surgery vitamin supplementation, putting your vites into something you already do – drinking water.  It makes it easier for early post ops and those who might defer the whole chewing or swallowing of vitamins because they're "icky."

Have you run out of these?

Like a sugah wafer, only better.

Time to stock up.  😉

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If I take a Mega-Man Vitamin:

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Will I become a Mega-Man?  Or at least a Mega-Girl? 

I cleaned out my cabinet of expired supplements and ones I cannot won't take, and I found a box of GNC Mega-Men Vita-Paks that Mr. got a few months ago and obviously quit taking them. 

(The Vita-Pak is a superific idea, I would <3 a Bari-pak!  Or, WLS-Pak, or…or…) 

And, just FYI if I start sprouting muscles and a deep voice, I took the multivites from a pack this am.  JESUS!  I DO NOT SUGGEST THESE FOR ANY WLS'ER.  They are freaking HUGE.  I had to force them down.  Here's to hoping that my non-acidic pouch dissolves them a bit so I don't die an additional intestinal death like yesterday.

Can't hurt to try – because – I haven't had any vitamins in days.  I ran out of the ones I was actually taking, Celebrate, then I ran out of samples of Bariatric Fusion and Building Blocks, and now I've got a bottle of Shaklee Vita-Lea (SPEWGACKSPEW!), Mega-Man Vita-Paks, and I am sure there's more if I keep digging, but… for now I'm a MEGA MAN!  RAWR!

This kind is cute, though. 

Yes, I know I need to stock up.  Tell that to my &%$%#^% bank.  Overdrawn by like, two cents, and I got fees up the butt.  Living sans credit cards sucks.

PSA from your body

Even if you never took a single vitamin in your life:  If you're having weight loss surgery you must take vitamin and mineral supplementation after your procedure.  Get used to it.


Nutritional deficiencies that occur after bariatric
surgery depend significantly on the type of surgery performed. Restrictive
procedures such as gastric banding are the least likely to cause nutritional
deficits, since none of the intestine is bypassed.

Malabsorptive procedures
such as biliopancreatic diversion or mixed restrictive/malabsorptive
procedures (eg, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass) can result in serious nutritional
problems when patients do not take required supplements after surgery.
Vitamins and minerals that are commonly deficient in this circumstance include
vitamin B-12, calcium vitamin D, thiamine, folic acid,iron,
zinc, and magnesium.

From Bariatric Times, in regards to RNY Gastric Bypass Surgery –

Roux-en-Y surgery creates an increased risk for deficiency of certain
nutrients. Decreased intake in combination with varying degrees of
malabsorption presents unique challenges to achieving the macronutrient
and micronutrient status needed to thrive. Lifelong preventative
actions, such as supplementation, regular follow-up, and thorough
patient education are mandatory for accomplishing all the benefits and
avoidance of the health risks involved in Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
surgery. Given the nature of the procedure and the individuals
undergoing the procedure, no clear protocols have been determined. The
focus, therefore, is on risk reduction and careful monitoring and
follow-up, versus risk elimination.

The general recommendations are:

• Chewable, liquid, or powder multivitamin containing RDA levels of iron and zinc taken daily.
• Sublingual B12 (500–1,000mcg) once per week, IM injection (1,000mcg)
once per month, or nasal gel or B12 patch (1,000mcg) once per week;
increase based on follow-up labs.
• Chewable, liquid, powder, or lozenge 1,000 to 1,500mg calcium citrate
with vitamin D in divided doses; increase based on follow-up labs.
• Some programs may also recommend a separate daily B-complex or thiamine.

In addition, some post ops may require additional iron, especially menstruating women, we're very prone to post RNY anemia.  And according to your follow-up blood work, vitamin supplementation levels may need to be tweaked from time to time.

Take your vitamins.  If you were able to go through massive surgery, you can take a vitamin.  I don't want to hear, "But they're all like, icky!  I totally can't take them because I GAAAAAG."  

Take. Your. Vitamins.  Your blood, brains, nerves, eyes… they'll all thank you.  I mean it.

[PDF] The Neurological Complications of Bariatric Surgery

Need vitamins?


Celebrate ENS Multivitamin & Calcium Drink Mix


Gastric Bypass / Sleeve Gastrectomy / Adjustable Gastric Band / Duodenal Switch

for surgical weight loss patients, our Celebrate ENS (Essential
Nutrient System
) provides a full compliment of vitamins and minerals,
plus 500 mg of calcium in each stick pack.  Our integrated formula
provides maximum solubility and ensures that the vitamins and minerals
are readily bioavailable.  This is the best option for patients
immediately following surgery.

 * The vitamin and mineral content of each pack is equal to taking one chewable multivitamin plus 500 mg of calcium.

* The calcium that we have chosen is calcium lactate-gluconate, which
is a highly absorbable form of calcium with excellent solubility

* Due to the nature of the formulation, this
product is appropriate for any surgical weight loss procedure.  As with
any of our other delivery systems, you may need additional
supplementation based on surgery type.

* It is recommended to be blended with 8-16 oz of water, shaken, and consumed.

* Each pack also contains 4 g of soluble fiber, added electrolytes and
a 500 mg antioxidant blend made with natural berries including acai
berry, raspberry, blueberry, goji berry, strawberry and cranberry.

* Like our other products, taste is important and this has a smooth grape flavor.

Who would benefit from this product?

1. Early post-operative patients – Since this may be diluted to taste,
there are virtually no issues with taste aversion.  If you prefer a
stronger flavor, use less water or if you prefer a lighter flavor, use
more water.
2. Athletes – If you are a surgery patient turned
athlete, this can help to flavor that boring water that you need to
drink.  Water is critical and taking your vitamins and calcium while
hydrating makes it easier.
3.  Anyone looking for a convenient alternative to pills or chewable tablets.


Simple enough – you rip open a stick pack – much like a "Crystal Light" packet and dump it into your water.  Celebrate suggests 8 to 16 ounces of water, according to your taste.  Obviously using a cold bottle of spring water is the way to go – but I am usually a re-usable bottle girl.  I used a 16 ounce glass of cold water to mix into.  Here goes:




I stirred the powder in – it turns a deep purple – and all of the powder mixes entirely for a nearly clear drink.  There was ZERO powder or grit left.  It smells a bit like Grape Kool-Aid or Grape flavored Crystal Light-type product. 

I mixed it with 16 ounces of water – and I got a smooth light grape Kool-Aid not strong taste.  Next time I will use 8 ounces of water for a more intense flavor.  You could probably mix this product into another flavored water if you
wanted a really potent taste – I suppose – but it's really good on it's

I waited for a vitamin-y taste – seeing as the ENS contains 50% of your daily allotment of vitamins and minerals – but there was none.  I also waited for a vitamin after taste – to my surprise there was none.  Although I have to say, none of the Celebrate Bariatric Supplement line HAS an aftertaste.  Awesome.

I'm impressed – and I bet this product is followed very soon with more varieties of drinkable vite and mineral supplementation.

The deets:

ENS-Grape 60

  • Product – Celebrate ENS Multivitamin & Calcium Drink Mix
  • Price – $49.95 a month
  • Via – www.celebratevitamins.com
  • Pros – Drinkable vitamin supplementation, super easy to take, no vile taste, no aftertaste, no grit, all-in-one.
  • Cons – Although it's super for early post ops, still 8 ounces is a big drink for a baby gastric bypass, may take a while to get down at FIRST.  At later stages – down the hatch – chug.
  • Rating – Pouchworthy, MM.

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