As many of you know, I have been lecturing quite regularly around the country for Biotics Research. I lecture on the connection between neurologic conditions and nutrition. We cover topics such as anxiety, depression, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
While I’ve recommended Biotics supplements since I began practice 7(!) years ago, I never had the opportunity to see their corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility in person. All that changed last weekend with my trip to Houston, Texas to lecture and to visit their amazing facility.
My journey began with a very early morning flight from Manchester to Houston by way of Detroit. If you live in Vermont or New Hampshire you know that direct flights are a luxury most of us rarely have the pleasure of!
I arrived early in Houston at about 11. By noon I was in Rosenberg, Texas – the base of operation for Biotics Research. When I arrived I had lunch with the owners of the company and keeping with the healthy theme, we all had salads.
After lunch, I was given a tour of the entire operation. What an experience! I have always recommended Biotics products to my patients for two reasons; they are very effective, and perhaps most importantly, they are the highest quality in the industry. My tour of the facility just confirmed my convictions.
From the moment a raw ingredient arrives at the manufacturing facility to the time the supplement ships to you, it is accounted for, cataloged, checked and re-checked to ensure safety and efficacy.
Raw ingredients arrive at the facility and are quickly quarantined so they can be logged and tested for safety. Although all raw ingredients come with a certificate of analysis stating the identification of the raw ingredient and some safety specs, Biotics retests ALL of it. They look for several things. They first do a quick check to identify the substance. They must make sure they are getting what they think they are getting! Then safety checks begin. This is NOT the industry standard. Most companies rely on the raw ingredient suppliers to check their products. This is, of course, a conflict of interest. Many of you have been frustrated by back-ordered products from time to time from Biotics, and this is almost always because Biotics was forced to reject a batch of raw ingredient because of contaminants. This is for your safety. It is actually a good thing!
After a raw ingredient has been identified it undergoes safety and potency testing. Potency must be known because supplements with little or no potency are useless at best and harmful at worst. In addition to potency testing, they test the raw ingredients for heavy metals, solvents and pesticides. The FDA has set standards for minimally acceptable levels of contaminants in raw ingredients for supplements. Biotics has its own standards that EXCEED what the FDA requires. Pretty awesome stuff!
There are thousands of square feet of production rooms, each made with hardened stone floors and steel ceilings so they can be power washed between each run of production to prevent cross contamination. After all, Biotics can’t make all 300+ of their products at the same time. They must rotate production runs and this requires that the same manufacturing rooms and machinery be used for your GTA and your PheniTropic! What they must do to clean the production machinery is even more amazing. They wheel each machine out of the manufacturing room, disassemble it and clean every nook and cranny possible! Sometimes this must be done daily! All of this is done to make the Biotics supplements safe and effective for you.
Once a product is finished, safety checks are still not done. Each lot is randomly tested for quality after it has been quarantined to make sure that it is safe for sale. Biotics is so concerned about quality control, they even catalog the labels on the bottles just as they catalog the raw ingredients! It is all to make sure nothing in your product is unaccounted for at any time!
The history of Biotics Research is even more fascinating. From their involvement in helping uncover the devastating health consequences of Love Canal to being the first American company to bring CoQ10 to the market, Biotics Research isn’t just a supplement producer. Research truly is part of their heritage. If you’d like to know more about their history, give me a call and I’ll be happy to speak to you about it.
My trip to Houston was a great one. Not only was I able to speak to almost 50 doctors about how to help their patients with chronic neurologic issues, but my visit to Biotics strengthened my resolve that quality supplements are a critical part of a health program.