Balance of Nature

November 10th, 2016

balance-of-nature-imageEditor’s Note: Updates have been posted at the end of this article.

Why stop at an apple a day? To truly keep the doctor away, take Balance of Nature, which boasts that its phytonutrient-rich supplements contain a prodigious 10 servings of fruits and vegetables per pill.

After two readers alerted us to Balance of Nature’s health claims, we visited the company’s website and found a stream of testimonials touting the supplements as a treatment for everything from balding to diabetes to advanced stage cancer.


But as testimonials, these personal accounts do not fall under the category of “proven results” — despite the company’s exact categorization of them as such on the site.

In addition, while Balance of Nature claims on its site that the USDA recommends “9 to 11 servings of fruits and vegetables every day to strengthen our immune system and prevent disease,” actual USDA recommendations vary depending on age, sex, and how much daily exercise a person gets. readers have also pointed out that Balance of Nature has an “F” rating with the BBB.

Remember, readers, marketing supplements as having the ability to treat, cure, alleviate the symptoms of, or prevent developing diseases and disorders is simply not permitted by law. If a supplement really could do all that, then it would be a drug subject to rigorous study and testing to gain FDA approval.

Find more of our coverage on supplements here.


4/1/20: During a recent appearance on the Joe Piscopo Show on AM 970 The Answer in New York City, Balance of Nature Founder Douglas Howard suggested taking Balance of Nature to help prevent getting the coronavirus.

2/12/20: Balance of Nature has removed several videos containing multiple sclerosis testimonials from its YouTube channel after receiving an FDA warning letter last August that cited “serious violations” of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. However, as of this writing, there are still YouTube videos published on the Balance of Nature website containing problematic testimonials, including one from an MS patient (see previous update below). The FDA warning letter, addressed to Balance of Nature CEO Douglas Howard, also cited a lack of written quality control procedures, revealed during an inspection of the company’s facility in St. George, Utah.

5/3/19: An inquiry by the National Advertising Division and subsequent referral of marketing claims to the FTC has done little to stop the flow of deceptive disease-treatment claims on Balance of Nature’s website. More than two years after first alerted readers to the company’s problematic testimonials and nearly a year after the FTC punted on an enforcement action against Balance of Nature, the supplement maker continues to market its products as a treatment and/or cure for a number of diseases, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and depression, in YouTube videos and radio clips published on its website. In one video, Balance of Nature Founder Douglas Howard suggests that the supplements “prevent and cure lifestyle diseases,” such as heart disease and obesity. Earlier in the video, a multiple sclerosis patient says Balance of Nature gave her “a new life.”

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4 Responses to Balance of Nature

  1. Lori S. says:

    I’m curious in finding out the results from Mark Williamson who posted a comment in September 2017 and at that time had been taking BON for 1 month. He stated he would post an update in 2 months. Here we are in January 2018 and I didn’t see an updated post from him in the list of comments.

  2. John H. says:


    First thing I want to say is that this story has a happy conclusion. However, for a few days starting about 3 weeks ago, it was pretty scary for my wife of 50+ years. Starting on Saturday, June 16, it was also scary for me. For both of us, the scare ended the afternoon of Saturday, June 23.

    Here is what happened. On about May 25, I started taking two new supplements from an outfit called “Balance of Nature”. They are doing a lot of radio advertising, have impressive testimonials are “all natural” – one was freeze dried fruits; the other was freeze dried vegetables – what could possibly go wrong?

    Here is a link to their impressive looking web site:!/

    Inside of a week, my bride of 52 years thought I was acting a little strange. Inside of two weeks, (by June 16) she was convinced something was wrong because I got real upset over something that should have been routine. At that point, she mentioned that I was acting strange and that maybe the new supplements had something to do with it. I snapped back at her and poo pooed the idea.

    I kept taking the supplements for another week, until Saturday, June 23. By that time, I also realized that something was definitely wrong. Specifically, I had a strong fear that something bad was about to happen, to me or to someone else in our family. I suspect I was clinically depressed. I do know that I never felt that way before in my entire life. Kathy again mentioned that the supplements might be causing it. I was sure that it had to be something else a lot more serious. I had no idea what. Scary stuff.

    My reaction to her repeated suggestion that the supplements might be the cause? I got mad and started to take my Saturday dose. Then something got through to me and whispered that she might be right. With a pretty big show of bogus bravado I told her that OK, blankety, blankety, blank, I would stop taking them. That was about 10 am. My last dose of the supplements had been about 7 am the previous day.

    By about 2 in the afternoon, there was a dramatic difference. The fear was almost all gone. By 5 PM it was all gone and I felt normal again. It is now 520 PM Monday and I still feel like my regular self. My bride agrees that I am back to lovable, kissable, adorable, sexy normal.

    What is the lesson? I think it has to be this – be real careful of what we ingest. Even if it is all natural, all organic, etc, etc. Hate to think what the outcome could have been without a loved one watching over me.

  3. John H. says:

    Update to what I posted before on ALL NATURAL, ALL ORGANIC SUPPLEMENTS? NOT SO FAST!!!!!!! I called this company this morning to make sure they heard about my experience. What I was told was amazing and bad. I was told by a Ms. Vi Barlow that what I had was a detox reaction to the supplements and that they have literally had THOUSANDS OF THESE TYPES OF REACTIONS. That is because the initial recommended dose of the supplements is too much for many people. Sounds like snake oil to me, only I never heard of anybody having a bad reaction to snake oil. She promised me that my information would be posted on their web site. I really doubt if that will happen.

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