Grading System

A large

Effective

This product has a very high level of reliable clinical evidence supporting its use for a specific indication. Products rated Effective are generally considered appropriate to recommend. To achieve this Effectiveness Rating a product is supported by all of the following:                                     

  • Evidence consistent with or equivalent to passing a review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Health Canada, or similarly rigorous approval process.
  • Evidence from multiple (2+) randomized clinical trials or meta-analysis including several hundred to several thousand patients (level of evidence = A).
  • Studies have a low risk of bias and high level of validity by meeting stringent assessment criteria (quality rating = A).
  • Evidence consistently shows POSITIVE outcomes for a given indication without valid evidence to the contrary.
B large

Probably Effective

This product has a very high level of reliable clinical evidence supporting its use for a specific indication. Products rated “Likely Effective” are generally considered appropriate to recommend. To achieve this Effectiveness Rating a product is supported by all of the following:                                     

  • Evidence from multiple (2+) randomized clinical trials or meta-analysis including several hundred patients (level of evidence = A).
  • Studies have a low risk of bias and high level of validity by meeting stringent assessment criteria (quality rating = A).
  • Evidence consistently shows POSITIVE outcomes for a given indication without significant valid evidence to the contrary.
C large

Marginally Effective

This product has some clinical evidence supporting its use for a specific indication; however, the evidence is limited by quantity, quality, or contradictory findings. Products rated “Possibly Effective” might be beneficial, but do not have enough high-quality evidence to recommend for most people. To achieve this Effectiveness Rating a product is supported by all of the following:           

  • One or more randomized clinical trials or meta-analysis (level of evidence = A or B) or two or more population based or epidemiological studies (level of evidence = B).
  • Studies have a low to moderate risk of bias and moderate to high level of validity by meeting or partially meeting assessment criteria (quality rating A or B).
  • Evidence shows POSITIVE outcomes for a given indication without substantial valid evidence to the contrary. Some contrary evidence may exist; however, valid positive evidence outweighs contrary evidence.
D large

Possibly Ineffective

This product has some clinical evidence showing ineffectiveness for a specific indication; however, the evidence is limited by quantity, quality, or contradictory findings. People should be advised NOT to take products with a “Possibly Ineffective” rating. To achieve this Effectiveness Rating a product is supported by all of the following:         

  • One or more randomized clinical trials or meta-analysis (level of evidence = A or B) or two or more population based or epidemiological studies (level of evidence = B).
  • Studies have a low to moderate risk of bias and moderate to high level of validity by meeting or partially meeting assessment criteria (quality rating A or B).
  • Evidence shows NEGATIVE outcomes for a given indication without substantial valid evidence to the contrary. Some contrary evidence may exist; however, valid positive evidence outweighs contrary evidence.
E large

Probably Ineffective

This product has a very high level of reliable clinical evidence showing ineffectiveness for its use for a specific indication. People should be discouraged from taking products with a “Likely Ineffective” rating. To achieve this Effectiveness Rating a product is supported by all of the following:               

  • Evidence from multiple (2+) randomized clinical trials or meta-analysis including several hundred patients (level of evidence = A).
  • Studies have a low risk of bias and high level of validity by meeting stringent assessment criteria (quality rating = A).
  • Evidence consistently shows NEGATIVE outcomes for a given indication without significant valid evidence to the contrary.
F large

Ineffective/Hazardous

This product has a very high level of reliable clinical evidence showing ineffectiveness for its use for a specific indication. People should be discouraged from taking products with an “Ineffective” rating. To achieve this Effectiveness Rating a product is supported by all of the following:                             

  • Evidence from multiple (2+) randomized clinical trials or meta-analysis including several hundred to several thousand patients (level of evidence = A).
  • Studies have a low risk of bias and high level of validity by meeting stringent assessment criteria (quality rating = A).
  • Evidence consistently shows NEGATIVE outcomes for a given indication without valid evidence to the contrary.

Our Methodology

Our customers  are able to complete their own MyHealth Profile once registered at our website wherein they can specify their health/fitness goals, medical conditions and/or prescription/OTC drug usage. Our patent-pending methodology delivers a list of products based upon the efficacy of the ingredients in any given product in achieving health/fitness goals and/or preventing/treating medical conditions according to the clinical studies. Furthermore, our methodology eliminates any products whose ingredients are contraindicative with prescription/OTC drugs our customer is taking where the customer has completed thier MyPrescription Profile. 

The technology works like this in delivering the product list:

  1. Every ingredient for every product we sell is listed in a database.
  2.  Our customer provides information to us in the MyHealth Assessment.
  3.  Ingredients are rated using the Natural Standard methodology.
  4. Products with Ingredients ranked A, B or C are shown in descending order of relevant efficacy.

 The methodology works somewhat differently when browsing products at random through the website:

  1. Every ingredient for every product we sell is listed in a database
  2. User enters their Health Profile information
  3. Grades show up beside each product based upon the methodology described above. Products with D and F ingredients are visible as the user is browsing all products

The methodology and system are fully dependent upon our customer entering complete data and is limited to the clinical studies and efficacy ratings of ingredients currently in our database.