Why Our Children Need Supplements & Natural Immune Boosting Support

November 11, 2008 | 14 Comments

Ever since my daughter started eating solids, I wondered if a supplement was necessary. If so, what do I look for? Can they really boost her immune system and keep her healthy? Are they overkill and a waste of money if she is eating healthy foods?

All of these questions and so many different products to choose from. There is an overwhelming selection of vitamins, minerals, and immune boosting support supplements on the market. So, I decided to ask my pediatrician for her recommendation. She suggested Childlife® Essentials Vitamins and also added that it was one of the best supplement companies on the market.

Then we read the survey done by the FDA that found elevated levels of lead in many supplements available for children, and we really wanted to dig deeper.

We wanted to know more about Childlife®. So, we contacted the founder, Dr. Murray Clarke. He was kind enough to share his expertise, and answer our many questions. The answers gave us more insight than we expected, and third party test results on their products that we greatly respect.

ChildLife® Essentials Product Review

We want to make this clear that this post is a product review.  We personally tried ChildLife products with our 2 toddlers for a few months and loved our personal results.  SO, we wanted to learn more about supplementing and ChildLife in particular.

We do not use all of these supplements everyday.  We do use these supplements however, and I personally use the multi-vitamin daily with my baby girl and this fall and cold season I am sometimes using the Cod Liver Oil in her yogurt or smoothies and keeping her on a very small dose of the Echinacea tincture for added immune boosting support since we travel often.

SafBaby believes that supplements should never take the place of a nutritionally sound diet.

Here are our questions as parents when it comes to supplementing.  Also, we choose to share the entire line of ChildLife with our readers so that you may find what best suits the needs of you baby and child this season too.

ChildLife® Essentials Founder and Homeopathic Doctor: Dr. Murray Clarke

ChildLife® provides a complete line of nutritional supplements designed specifically for infants and children. Their experience with infants and children’s healthcare is extensive. Dr. Murray Clarke, who founded the company and developed the product line, has been specializing in pediatrics in his homeopathic and nutritional clinic in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, for the past twenty years.

Many Children’s Supplements Contain Heavy Metals

Here is how our email conversations began with ChildLife®:

We were so delighted to try your supplements and are amazed at how much our little girls love to take them! We are also concerned with this survey, done by the FDA, which states that there are high levels of lead in many children’s supplements. Can you please comment on the survey.

Dr. Murray Clarke responded:

We are pleased to hear that your daughters are enjoying the supplements. Thanks for forwarding over the link to the FDA survey on the Children’s, Pre-Natals and Women’s Formulas.

Overall, this study and survey highlights the reality of today’s world. That the last 100 years of industrial pursuits have contaminated the earth’s water, air and soil. Not even the south or north poles are immune from contamination.

“Twenty five per cent of the pollutants in our Los Angeles air each day comes over from China.”

The air we breathe in Los Angeles contains particulate matter, including lead and mercury. Twenty five per cent of the pollutants in our Los Angeles air each day comes over from China. No matter how cleanly we try to live it is almost impossible to completely avoid exposure to chemicals and metals.

Over the past 20 years in my clinic, I have conducted thousands of Hair Analysis on children and adults to screen for all the heavy metals. The results show that no-one is completely clean and my conclusion is that we have to look at how we can reduce exposure where ever possible, and take supplements that can help our bodies and our children’s bodies detoxify and eliminate these contaminants on an ongoing basis.

Then we need to look at the results and amounts of the lead in each of these products and determine what is acceptable.

For a child I would suggest that it would be good to keep the acceptable level below 0.25 mcg.
From the results you can see that there are about 20 or so products that are above this amount in the Children’s category.

At Childlife® we also periodically test our products for heavy metals with an independent third party laboratory analysis. The panel tests for total amounts of Lead, Mercury and Cadmium. I have enclosed a copy of these test results for you. We always look for these results to be below 10 ppm (parts per million), which is at the lowest end for detectable amounts.

I trust that this helps to clarify the subject and once again appreciate your interest in our Childlife® formulas.

Best regards,
Dr. Murray Clarke

Why Supplementing our Babies and Children is Important

Safbaby.com:
You state, “We have to look at how we can reduce exposure where ever possible, and take supplements that can help our bodies and our children’s bodies detoxify and eliminate these contaminants on an ongoing basis.” What products of yours help detoxify and eliminate contaminants from children’s bodies?

Dr. Murray Clarke:
The anti-oxidant vitamins and minerals are the body’s first line of defense against all environmental pollutants. Vitamins A, E, C, and the minerals zinc and selenium are actively involved in neutralizing toxins and assisting their elimination and removal. This is why taking a Multi Vitamin/Mineral and additional Vitamin C on a daily basis is so important.

What contaminants are being detoxed?

The main pollutants and toxins that we are all exposed to these days are metals such as mercury, aluminum and lead, the petrochemicals which include phthalates, bisphenol-a, and PBDE’s ( polybrominated biphenyl ethers) and the insecticides and herbicides that are used in agriculture and consequently end up in the food chain. These are the primary contaminants that need to be neutralized and eliminated on a daily basis.

“Researchers found an average total of 287 industrial chemicals and pollutants in the umbilical cord blood of each baby.

Are there ever any side effects to detoxifying with these supplements?

No, if your child is taking the correct dosages on an ongoing basis then it is a gentle process of neutralizing and eliminating these pollutants as exposure occurs.

What is the number one way children’s bodies are being contaminated with heavy metals?

From the air, the water and food. They are all number one in this day and age. There are some outstanding individual sources such as the mercury content in shark, swordfish and tuna but it is really the combined effect and impact of our entire environment that we should be aware of. A benchmark investigation of industrial chemicals, pollutants and pesticides in the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies in America was conducted and published by the Environmental Working Group in 2005. Researchers found an average total of 287 industrial chemicals and pollutants in the umbilical cord blood of each baby. This is where children are starting from, the exposure only continues to accumulate from there. Parents have a choice, help your child’s body detoxify and eliminate these contaminants.

Do children, who live in larger cities, where there is generally more pollution, need more supplements? Any other suggestions to parents about what they should do to make sure their children stay healthy.

Studies conducted by the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, have documented that children who are born and grow up in larger cities have a higher degree of pollution exposure which directly contributes to an increase in allergies, asthma, skin conditions, immune conditions and even reduces the overall size that a child’s lungs will grow to. When the environment is unable to be avoided then the only wise action you can take as parents is to take the steps that counter-act and neutralize the negative exposure.

  • Keep your homes clean and green with all non-toxic cleaners, materials and furniture where ever possible.
  • When you can control your child’s diet, always provide organic foods.
  • Always use clean, pure water.
  • Provide your child with the daily supplements that help their body’s and brains cope with the exposure that they are unable to avoid.

The Childlife MultiVitamin/Mineral, Vitamin C and Cod Liver Oil are the fundamental supplements that all children will benefit from taking on an ongoing basis.

Immune System Booster

We love your First Defense. It works like magic! After how many days should you stop giving this product to your child before taking a break from it?

The First Defense can be used when symptoms arise and also preventively through-out the cold and flu season. When needed the First Defense can be given 3-4x daily for up to 10 days. Preventively it can be given 1x daily on an ongoing basis through the winter months.

Do you recommend, to boost my child’s immune system during cold season, to give him/her First Defense or Echinacea or both?

The First Defense and Echinacea work a little differently. Because the First Defense is a formula with five ingredients it is stronger in action than the Echinacea. They can both be utilized to boost and protect your child’s immune system.

  • If your child is relatively healthy and doesn’t catch things too easily then the Echinacea may be enough and can be given 1x daily to boost and protect.
  • If your child is catching things too often and too easily then the First Defense would be a better choice, 1x daily for boosting and prevention.

It makes sense to supplement if my child is a picky eater, but what if my child gets plenty of vegetables and fruits, aren’t supplements a waste of money?

If your child eats well and you can provide 100% organic foods all the time then your child can obtain all the nutrients they require for their growth and development. Then you need to consider supplementing to provide the additional nutrients and anti-oxidants that your child requires to neutralize, detoxify and eliminate the additional toxins and pollutants they are exposed to from the environment.

I like to give the analogy that if you are living on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, growing all your own foods and gathering pure rainwater to drink, then you don’t need to provide your child with supplements. However if you are living in or near any major city in the world then supplements become essential to protect and nourish your child’s health and growth from the environment they are being exposed to.

Iron missing in Multivitamin

I noticed that you do not include Iron in your multivitamins, why not? Isn’t iron extremely important for a young child for proper brain function?

Iron is an important mineral for children. It is also the one mineral that has the highest degree of consequences and toxicity if over given. In a liquid formula like the Childlife Multi, iron also compromises the stability and integrity of the other vitamins and minerals. To ensure the quality of the formula and to ensure that iron is not over-dosed we leave it out of our Multivitamin.

If a child is vegan or vegetarian, do I need to supplement him/her with iron or does cooking in cast iron a few times a week provide enough iron?

For a vegan or vegetarian child, iron, folic acid, and vitamin B12 should all be carefully monitored. The only sure way you can be certain that your child is receiving enough of these nutrients is with a blood test. Cooking in cast iron may provide enough iron for some children but not enough for all children depending on their individual metabolism and needs. The folic acid and B12 need to be monitored as well.


TIP FROM SAFBABY:

If you have a vegan or vegetarian child, ask the pediatrician to do an iron test (Breastfeeding babies rarely have iron deficiencies) and if it is low, tell him/her about Floradix.

Floradix is a highly absorbable, non-constipating liquid iron and vitamin formula which helps prevent iron deficiency. Combined with B vitamins & vitamin C to provide the highest possible absorption rate. It is free of lead, pesticide residues, alcohol, preservatives or artificial coloring.

My daughter’s pediatrician recommended that I give her 1 teaspoon per day.

A 8.5 oz bottle is $ 14.82 through our Amazon.com store.
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When is the best time to give the vitamins, calcium, essential fatty acids? Never know if I should give it to my child one after the other or together and before, during or after a meal.

Generally in the morning, with breakfast is the best time to give these supplements. They can all be given together, and this way your child’s body is able to absorb, metabolize and utilize these nutrients through-out the day when they are the most active and utilize the most energy.

What is Omega3, Omega6, DHA and EPA?

What is the difference between Omega3, Omega6, DHA and EPA, and why are they so important for children?

The Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids are all important and essential for a child’s health. It is primarily a matter of the right amounts and balance.

Omega 3 oils supply DHA and EPA. DHA is the primary fatty acid that is found in the brain and every brain cell requires DHA to grow and function properly. EPA is primarily involved in regulating the body’s anti-inflammatory immune response.

Omega 6 oils supply GLA which is also considered an essential fatty acid and works with EPA to maintain balance in the anti-inflammatory/inflammatory immune response system.

Childlife provides three products that supply these essential fatty acids; a vegetarian Essential Fatty Acid complex, Cod Liver Oil in liquid form and Pure DHA in a softgel chewable capsule.

  1. ChildLife Essential Fatty Acids provides the Omega 3 oils from all vegetarian sources: flaxseed, sunflower, olive and pumpkin seed. This will provide your child with the essential omega 3 fatty acids, primarily in the form of EPA. However, your child’s body will then need to convert some of these fatty acids into DHA, which is the fatty acid so involved and important for brain function.
  2. ChildLife Cod Liver Oil provides the omega 3 oils derived from the liver of Cod fish. The difference here is that Cod Liver Oil contains EPA and DHA in a form that is ready for immediate absorption and does not need to be converted as with the Essential Fatty Acid formula.
  3. ChildLife Pure DHA provides the same Cod Liver Oil as in our liquid formula, with the EPA and DHA immediately ready for absorption, but in a flavored chewable soft-gel capsule for those children who prefer to take their Cod Liver Oil in this form.

Is there mercury in the ChildLife Cod Liver Oil that the DHA is derived from?

There are many different grades of Cod Liver Oil available and being sold in the marketplace today. Childlife always uses the highest grade of Cod Liver Oil available in the world, which provides the cleanest, freshest oil. Each and every batch of Cod Liver Oil is tested and certified to be free of any detectable amounts of Mercury, PCB’s and dioxins.

Why don’t you offer a vegetarian DHA supplement? DHA-rich marine algal oil is as effective as Cod Liver Oil and contains less environmental contaminants?

Cod Liver Oil was the world’s first and original nutritional supplement. So many parents in so many countries around the world have historically given their children Cod Liver Oil. We now know that Cod Liver Oil contains and provides DHA, EPA, Vit E, Vit A and Vit D.

This combination provides the perfect blend of the most important nutrients for growing children. DHA for the brain, EPA for the immune system, Vit E as an anti-oxidant, Vit A for the eyes, and Vit D for the bones. The perfect food supplement. That is why I prefer Cod Liver Oil as a source of DHA, rather than the algae, because Cod Liver Oil provides the full spectrum of all these nutrients to work together.

Is it true, that if we eat too much Omega 6, the conversion from Omega 3 to DHA is hindered?

This depends on a lot of variables and will differ from child to child based on their nutritional status.
Vegetarian sources of Omega 3 oils, like flaxseed and pumpkin contain EPA which then needs to be converted into DHA with the help of co-factors which include Vitamins B3, B6, C, E, A, and the minerals magnesium and zinc.

If a child does not have enough of these particular vitamins or minerals on any particular day then the conversion of EPA to DHA can be compromised and diminished.

Cod Liver Oil already contains EPA and DHA complete and ready for immediate absorption. No conversion needed. This is why Cod Liver Oil is the preferred way to give your child their Omega 3 oil.

Colostrum More Effective Than Flu Vaccine?

When should I give my child colostrum supplements?

Colostrum is rapidly being understood and appreciated as nature’s finest food for strengthening, balancing and regulating the entire immune system.

If your child suffers from any type of recurrent infection, or seems to catch things too easily and too often, then consider supplementing with the Childlife Colostrum with Probiotics formula on a daily basis for 2-3 months. Colostrum can also be used preventively through-out the winter months of the cold and flu season to help protect your child.

A well conducted study published in the Italian medical journals in June 2007 demonstrated that the daily intake of Colostrum can be 3x more effective than the flu vaccine for providing protection.

(This study is of much interest to us here at SafBaby.com. Stay tuned for more information on this study!)

Why ChildLife® Essentials Is A Safer Alternative

Safbaby.com Seal of ApprovalWhy do you think you stand apart from the other supplement products for children on the market?

Childlife’s complete focus and specialty is nutritional supplements specifically for children. My experience as a homeopathic pediatrician has allowed me to see what works and what nutrients are most important for children growing up in today’s world. All of the products that we provide are formulated from this experience and are made from the highest quality ingredients available.

The ChildLife® Essentials line is literally the product of this experience. The ten products we offer are those, which have proven to be the most important, and the most effective in supporting healthy development and promoting natural immune strength in infants and children. We are very proud of this product line and are deeply committed to promoting improved nutrition for children as a foundation for good health and well-being.

ChildLife® Essentials Quality

ChildLife® Essentials are made from the highest quality natural ingredients for infant and children (Age 6 months – 12 years). There are no artificial additives in any of the products. No artificial flavorings, no artificial sweeteners, and no added colorings. The great taste of the products makes taking nutritional supplements an easy part of a child’s daily routine. (No, seriously! When my daughter takes this stuff, she ALWAYS says, “Oh, Yummmmmy!”)

Here is a short description of each of their products with comments and tips by us (in blue). Following this list is a wealth of information on how vitamins, mineral, immune boosting supplements and essential fatty acids work to support a healthy, happy child! This is information every parent should know!

All Natural Essential Daily Supplements for Children

Multi-Vitamin & Mineral

Childlife’s Multivitamin provides essential vitamins and minerals. Giving your child a daily doses ensures that all nutritional needs are fulfilled.*

Contains no milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts or wheat. No corn, yeast or alcohol. No artificial colorings. No artificial sweeteners. Gluten and Casein free. Vegan.

“Our girls love the orange/mango flavor. We feel great to give it to them especially on days when they’re not eating as healthy as they should.”

Buy at our Amazon store for $ 9.84 (8oz)

Liquid Calcium/Magnesium

Childlife’s liquid Calcium/Magnesium supplement provides these two essential mineral combines with Vitamin D and Zinc in a balanced, very absorbable, great tasting formula. These are the primary nutrients required for supporting your child’s healthy bone growth and development.*

Contains no gluten, casein, dairy, egg, yeast, wheat, corn, alcohol, artificial colorings, and sweeteners.

“This supplement with a natural orange flavor is one of our kids favorites to take!”

Buy at our Amazon store for $ 13.35 (16 oz)

Essential Fatty Acids

ChildLife’s Essential Fatty Acids supplies the optimum balance of vegetable based Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. These nutrients are necessary on a daily basis and cannot be manufactured by the body. EFAs are especially necessary in growing children for healthy skin, intelligence and immune function.*

Contains no dairy, eggs, yeast, wheat, corn, or alcohol. No artificial colorings. No sweeteners or preservatives. Gluten and Casein free.

“The natural Butterscotch favor is tasty enough to give directly with a spoon. We also put it into smoothies, yogurt, or juice and they’ll eat or drink it right up!

Buy at our Amazon store for $ 7.75 (8 oz)

Pure DHA

DHA plays a vital role in how well a child’s brain can grow and function. Up to 60% of the human brain is built from, runs on, and is constructed by the Omega 3 family oils. DHA continues to be the vital nutrient within this family for supporting healthy brain function and development. Attention, focus, intelligence, and growth, create a healthy state of mind.*

Each and every batch of this Childlife’s Cod Liver Oil is tested and certified to be free of any detectable amounts of Mercury, PCB’s and dioxins.

Contains no dairy, eggs, yeast, wheat, corn, or alcohol. No artificial flavorings. No artificial sweeteners or preservatives.Gluten and Casein free.

“We all remember how horrible cod liver oil tasted when we were kids! No more of this! It comes in a berry flavor soft cap, so children think it’s candy! We had to try it ourselves, and it is tasty!”

Buy at our Amazon store for $ 8.35 (90 softgels)

Cod Liver Oil

For many generations among many different cultures, families have given their children Cod Liver oil. Folklore tells us that this was because families observed how children raised with Cod Liver Oil grew healthier and smarter. Modern research now confirms this historical wisdom.*

Each and every batch of this Childlife’s Cod Liver Oil is tested and certified to be free of any detectable amounts of Mercury, PCB’s and dioxins.

Contains no dairy, gluten, eggs, yeast, wheat, corn, alcohol, artificial color, sweetener and preservatives.

“The ‘traditional’ cod liver oil with natural strawberry flavor” for better taste. Just add it right into your baby’s yogurt or smoothie for picky eaters.”

Buy at our Amazon store for $ 12.85 (8 oz)

Colostrum

ChildLife’s Colostrum with Probiotics provides Nature’s ultimate formula for enhancing your child’s health vitality, immune and digestive strength. ChildLife uses the finest bovine Colostrum that has been naturally harvested and especially prepared with Probiotics to enhance the health and vitality of your child’s immune and digestive system. A safe alternative to the flu vaccine!*
Contains no soy, egg, yeast, wheat, corn, alcohol, artificial color, sweeteners, or preservatives.

“We use it during or after our girls have a cold, tummy ache or immune support before/during cold and flu season
.” 

Buy at our Amazon store for $ 15.40 (50 grams)

Vitamin C

For immune support and environmental protection, another great tasting supplement from Childlife that can be taken daily as fundamental nourishment.*

Contains no dairy, gluten, soy, eggs, yeast, wheat, corn, alcohol, color or artificial sweeteners.

“We use it as an extra immune boost with Childlife’s First Defense and Childlife’s Echinacea.”

Buy at our Amazon store for $ 5.15 (4 oz)

Immune Support Formulas for Children

First Defense

For stimulating natural immune responses and defending the body. Childlife’s First Defense can be used as a preventative, and as an immune boost at an onset of a cold.*

Contains no dairy, gluten, soy, egg, yeast, wheat, corn, alcohol, artificial color, sweeteners or preservatives.

“We had amazing results with this product. Cold symptoms seem to be shortened. We like to use it to boost immune system before and during travels. Great to use if you child is at a daycare/preschool during cold season”

Buy at our Amazon store for $ 14.15 (4 oz)

Aller Care

ChildLife’s Aller-Care provides seasonal support for children.* It is an all-natural formula with nutrients to regulate hyper-immune response, anti-oxidants to reduce environmental irritation*, and herbs to support the immune system.*

This formula provides seasonal support for children. For optimal benefit, use with ChildLife Vitamin C.*

Contains no dairy, soy, egg, yeast, wheat, corn, or alcohol. No artificial colorings. No artificial sweeteners. Gluten and Casein free.

“We just started to give this yummy grape flavored supplement to our toddlers, to boost their immune system for this coming cold season.”

Buy at our Amazon store for $ 10.90 (4 oz)

Vitamin C

For immune support and environmental protection, another great tasting supplement from Childlife that can be taken daily as fundamental nourishment.*

Contains no dairy, gluten, soy, eggs, yeast, wheat, corn, alcohol, color or artificial sweeteners.

“We use it as an extra immune boost with Childlife’s First Defense and Childlife’s Echinacea.”

Buy at our Amazon store for $ 5.15 (4 oz)

Echinacea

Echinacea is known and respected as a primary immune stimulating and strengthening herb.*

ChildLife’s Echinacea is made especially for infants and children – alcohol free, organically grown, and flavored with natural sweet orange essential oil.Used to protect a healthy immune system.

Contains no eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, or wheat. No corn, yeast or alcohol. No artificial colorings. No artificial sweeteners. Gluten and Casein free.

“We like the convenience of having a small bottle tincture to take with us when we travel. That way we know our toddler’s immune system are nourished when we are in airports, traveling, experiencing weather changes, and more.”

Buy at our Amazon store for $ 6.30 (1 oz)

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
*For scientific studies and research supporting detoxifying with antioxidants and above supplements, read comments below.

You can download Supplemental Facts of all of Childlife’s products here!

Childlife® products are sold in natural stores, health food stores and pharmacies throughout America. Internationally, they are distributed in Taiwan. Singapore, China, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Ireland, Croatia, Poland, Romania and New Zealand.


About Dr. Murray Clarke, Founder of Childlife®

Dr. Clarke was born in New Zealand, moved to America in 1984 and began to study medicine. He now holds licenses and doctorates in three fields of medicine: Naturopathic Medicine, Homeopathic Medicine and Chinese Medicine (including Acupuncture and Herbology).

His clinic is located in Santa Monica, California, where for the past twenty years, he has helped to pioneer the field of Holistic Pediatrics.

Dr. Clarke opened his medical clinic in 1988 with a general practice utilizing acupuncture, herbs, nutrition and homeopathy. Mothers and fathers who experienced restored and robust good health after treatment began bringing their infants and children to him for treatment.

With the same measure of benefits and success working with children, Dr. Clarke’s reputation continued to grow within the community. Local MD pediatricians began referring their own patients to him when they were unable to help with the standard pharmaceutical approaches. He continued to focus his experience, treatments and quest for knowledge on what causes ill health in children and how to treat and heal in the safest, most effective manner.

His current reputation, success and pediatric clinic are a result of this continued dedication.

In 2000, Dr. Clarke founded the company ChildLife Essentials, formulating and manufacturing the first complete line of nutritional supplements exclusively for infants and children.

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  • Maria

    This article REALLY bothered me. I trust safbaby to be independent and rely on research. This article is like an advertisement for this guy’s products. You didn’t critically address his central claim, which is that his supplements “neutralize and eliminate” toxins within a child’s body. Where is the proof for this? Where’s the research? I am not anti-supplement. But this sounded like a smooth-tongued, slick PR piece that gave no evidence for what the supplements are supposed to do. My faith in safbaby has just gone down a big notch.

  • safbaby

    All of our reader’s comments and opinions are important to us, and we are sorry that our detailed work in this post “REALLY bothers you.”

    First, we must put this out there…. Telling us that it is a PR stunt is very hurtful to us. Please note that we have NEVER accepted money for any article or review we’ve done.
    If we don’t like a product, we don’t review it! We’ve been working for 16 months, countless hours, practically for free. If we did it for other reasons we would have been
    done a year ago. We do this work because we are passionate and we want to share what is important to us as parents.

    Keep in mind that we are 2 moms, passionately doing research and interviews and we recommend/review/write full-time. We work extremely hard to shine the light onto safe alternatives for our children. We’re writing about what we personally are concerned about and we test products we’d like to share with our readers. We found this particular product through the recommendation of our girl’s doctor, which of whom we greatly respect her opinion. This is how researching for this article began.

    About the particular interview: We decided, after we tested the product for nearly 90 days to do an interview with the founder. We’ve looked at and used other vitamins, but liked this one by far the best.
    Have we tried ALL the vitamins and supplements on the market? No. But, what we do try and like, we enjoy sharing.
    As you can see from our interview, WE had questions that were very pertinent to us as mothers. The answers to our questions, we feel, is important for parents to know. Also, from our own personal experience with our babies on ChildLife, we felt privileged to share our findings. We’re not scientist, nor doctors – we’re 2 moms who loved ChildLife product and we want to share it with our readers! Interviewing Dr. Murray Clarke, founder of ChildLife, was important to us since he has over 20 years of experinece in this field AND our pediatrician recommended his products over all others.

    Although we are saddened by your remarks that we posted this for a “smooth-tonged pr piece” we are still interested in researching more to find the deeper scientific evidence you ask for. Again, our experience with ChildLife’s results of our child’s immune health has been unsurpassed! There is two case studies for you right there.
    Stay tuned (right here) for the requested evidence that interests you. We are always searching for what our readers really want to find truth in too. Have a happy day!

  • Kate

    Sorry, I could pass this article without responding to Maria… Maria, what kind of comment is that? Where did that come from? Safbaby moms: You guys rock. Keep it up! I appreciate all that you do to help us keep our kids safe. I don’t necessarily agree with everything you write but I absolutely admire the incredible amount of work you put into this… Frankly I don’t know how you do it. Thank you for keeping all of us alert and most importantly reminding us that we have to look for ourselves at all time and ASK questions.

    As for this article, I thought it was excellent… Makes you wonder if Maria represents the competition… I can’t think of another reason.

  • safbaby

    Response from Dr. Murray Clarke, Founder of Childlife®

    Dear Sandra and Samantha at Safbaby.com,

    Thanks for bringing to my attention the comment of one of your web-site’s readers in relation to the Q and A article on the Childlife products and formulas.

    As the founder and formulator of the Childlife company and products I have been interviewed and responded to many questions and requests for information about these formulas and their application to children’s health. From this experience, the list of questions that you presented to me showed the highest level of insight, understanding and knowledge in the field of children’s nutritional supplements.

    So, I guess we should thank the reader for giving an opportunity to respond with more information and to clarify the integrity that you have instilled into the Safbaby web-site.

    To directly address the reader’s concerns, there is a wealth of research and studies available today, that illustrate how important and effective the anti-oxidant vitamins, minerals and selected botanical extracts are at neutralizing and eliminating environmental toxins and pollutants from the body and brain. These are the same anti-oxidant vitamins, minerals and botanicals that are found in the Childlife products.

    The result of providing children with nutritional supplements that help to protect them from the burden of ongoing environmental pollutants is then displayed with improved brain, body and immune function.

    I have included the following references to highlight these benefits and effects. They are listed under the following categories; Antioxidants and detoxification, Improved health and brain function, Improved immune function.

    Thanks again for giving the opportunity to clarify this information and the quality of the information on your site is much appreciated by my twenty years of experience as a homeopathic pediatrician.

    - Dr Murray Clarke

    Safbaby response studies:

    Anti-Oxidants and detoxification

    “Effect of multiple micronutrients supplementation on anti-oxidative activity and oxidized DNA damage of lymphocytes in children” Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue Za Zhi. 2005 Apr;26(4):268-72. Nutrition Department, Weifang People Hospital, Weifang , China.

    “Arsenic induced oxidative stress and the role of antioxidant supplementation during chelation/detoxification; a review.” J Environ Biol, Apr 2007

    “DNA repair phenotype and dietary antioxidant supplementation”, Br J Nutr, May 2008

    “The antioxidative function, preventive action on disease and utilization of proanthocyanidins.” Biofactors, 2004

    “Antioxidant and Pro-oxidant Activities of Elderberry Extract in Low-Density Lipoprotein Oxidation.”J.Agric Food Chem, 1998.

    “Protective effects of B vitamins and antioxidants of arsenic-related skin lesions.” Environ Health Perspect. Aug, 2008

    “Selected vitamins and trace elements support immune function by strengthening epithelial barriers and cellular and humoral immune responses.” Br J Nutr. 2007 Oct;98 Suppl 1:S29-35.

    “Effects of nutrients on the structure and function of the nervous system: update on dietary requirements for the brain. “ J Nutr Health Aging, Sep 2006


    Improved Health and Brain Function

    “The effect of vitamin-mineral supplementation on the intelligence of American school children: a randomized double-blind placebo controlled trial.” J Altern Complement Med, Feb 2000

    “The effect of vitamin-mineral supplementation on juvenile delinquency among American schoolchildren: a randomized double-blind placebo controlled trial.” J Altern Complement Med, Feb 20

    “ Effect of multivitamin and minerals supplement on infection and quality of life. A randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial.” Ann Intern Med, Mar 2004

    “Effect of a dietary supplement containing probiotic bacteria plus vitamins and minerals on common cold infections and cellular immune parameters” Int J Pharmacol Ther, Jul 2005

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  • Matt

    Before you load your kid up on vitamins, you should really read some of the latest research on the subject of whether vitamins actually have any benefit and whether they are harmful.

    Here is one recent (non-scholarly) article from the UK:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-wellbeing/features/are-vitamin-supplements-actually-bad-for-us-1033487.html

    Here’s another one, Vitamins C&E don’t cut heart attack risk:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSTRE4A82GD20081110

    Your best bet as a parent is to give your kids a balanced diet and eat one yourself to set a good example. That will provide a lifetime of benefits.

  • Liz

    After I read this article I ordered Childlife’s First Defense and started giving it to my 2 year old daughter. My husband and I both got a terrible cold last week and I really thought she would catch it too (we always catch each others colds!). I gave her a teaspoon of First Defense 3 times a day and she never got a cold. I really believe this stuff works and will continue giving it to her to boost her immune system! Thanks Safbaby for telling me about this great supplement!

  • safbaby2

    In regards to Matt’s comment above…..
    Yes, you are absolutely correct, and we mention this in this post as well…
    “a balanced and proper diet is always first priority”.

    We only list all of this line to give our readers options so they have the best information to decide what supplements may work for their children individually at different times.

    Thanks

  • Ria

    These childlife products sound great, but I feel overwhelmed. Do I need all the products? I mainly want my kids to have stronger immune systems, we are constantly sick. Where do I start?

  • safbaby

    First Defense is a great start to strengthen the immune system.

    The Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Pure DHA are also great supplements in case your kids are not eating well.

    Hope this helps.

    Best,

    Sandra
    Safbaby.com

  • Pam

    Informative article…thank you for writing…just wondering, now that your children have been on the vitamin for over 6 months now, is it working just as well as when you started?

  • safbaby2

    We have not consistently used any products in this line for a full 6 months. Please do note that not all products are meant to be used for a duration of time, such as immune defense.

    We highly recommend this line of vitamins to be used as directed on bottle or your health care professional.

    if you have a more specific question, please let us know. hope this helps. I do give my child these vitamins when I personally feel the need, and always have the Echinacea tincture on hand.

    Currently she has been getting this tincture with the Vitamin C to help boost her immune system while she is healing an infection on her finger, the results are wonderful! Very happy.

  • Lenore Roige

    I wanted to THANK “Safbaby2″ for this article. I am a HUGE believer in suppliments to strengthen and support the immune system. I’ve been ordering suppliments for the past 3 years and have been doing research on my own, but never fully understood the Childlife products. YOU HAVE MADE ME SMILE from ear to ear. I’ve used the Vitamin C which I think is the BEST product on the market. Now after this article I just auto shipped everything within the Childlife product line. I’ve printed this and will follow like the bible. I have 3 children 7, 4 and 8 months and over the past 3 years have seen a HUGE difference in their overall health!!! Thanks so much for having the founder of Childlife speak and explain all of the products individually, it made a huge difference and helped a lot. It can be very confusing in the begining to know when to give, how much to give and I think this is great!!

    Sorry for going on and on, but I justed wanted you to know you are appreciated and thank you!!!

  • safbaby

    Lenore, thanks for letting us know how helpful this post was. Happy to hear you love Childlife.
    Best,
    Sandra, SAFbaby mama

  • Grace

    Thank you for this article. I’ve been trying to find a perfect way to boost my 1yr old’s immune system naturally and with suppliments. I’ve always taken suppliments as a child still now as an adult, and I’m happy to say that colds and sickness has always been rare in my family. We are also careful of eating a healthy diet as well. The products I live and die by are Shaklee products (have you heard of them, and if so, have you ever researched their products?). When I had my son, I was made aware that they offer infant vitamin/mineral suppliments, but it hasn’t been available for a long time, and I’ve been desperately wanting to find another safe and effective brand. I actually just went to the natural food store yesterday and bought something in hopes that it would help out…but I’m very leery about it since i’m unfamiliar (Baby Plex by Nature’s Plus). I’m actually gonna take it back now! So, again…thank you! I’m looking forward to trying Childlife products.

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