Back in 2005, I was pregnant for the first time. And, so nauseated I could barely lift my head. I couldn’t even take my prenatal vitamins.
My well-meaning ob/gyn at the time (that was before I fired the practice and found a fantastic midwife who actually listened to and respected me) told me to take children’s vitamins instead of prenatal vitamins because of my nausea.
I said okay.
And then I went to the grocery store, picked up a bottle of Flintstone’s children’s vitamins, and read the label….
I was appalled. Shocked. And immediately angry.
Why would I take a children’s multivitamin, as a pregnant woman, when they were full of dyes and aspartame even?!? Further, why would a parent knowingly EVER give their child this toxic hot mess?
I put the bottle back down on the shelf (although what I really wanted to do was take my arm and sweep every bottle off the shelf and into the garbage) and walked out of the store.
What was I going to do? I needed a prenatal vitamin that didn’t make be sick.
I finally did find another prenatal vitamin that was organic, vegetable-based (not synthetic), with probiotics – all important for a mama’s health.
But what was most frustrating was no one was talking about how bad Flintstones were for children or anyone, for that matter. No one was talking about BPA in containers. No one was using glass and stainless steel bottles in my peer group. Klean Kanteen bottles were still hard to find online even. Now they are everywhere, thankfully! And, no one was really talking about GMO’s and their dangers.
Thankfully, times have changed. Thank God for the internet, for starters. I am glad that a third party organization is finally speaking up. I have always shared the information about the toxic ingredients contained in these vitamins with all my patients, friends, family, and anyone who would listen since that day back in 2005.
This latest article drives home the point, complete with this telling statement: The #1 Children’s Vitamin Brand in the US contains ingredients that most parents would never intentionally expose their children to, so why aren’t more opting for healthier alternatives?
Until big-pharma takes the poison, including saccharin, aspartame, and other harmful dyes already banned in Europe, do not continue to line the pockets of big-pharma or put your unborn child or children’s health at risk.
Bayer, the manufacturer of Flintstones, includes these “ingredients” in their “vitamins” (source here):
Read the full article here on the ingredients and dangers of Flintsone’s vitamins (and others like them), complete with citations for all my hard-core scientific buddies out there:
The Better (& Safer) Way
Back in 2009, I wrote a short post on the vitamins I give my own children. Whether a multi-vitamin or fish oil, make sure that the ingredients are clean, organic, naturally sources (no synthetics, dyes, or chemicals) and non-GMO. To get started on finding vitamins right for you and yoru family, read my post on Choosing Safe Children’s Multi-Vitamins.