Denise Stephens, ZOI CEO (00:00):
Ginny welcome to the call.
Thank You so much, Denise. You gave a beautiful overview of this company and a product that I personally love, and I know everyone here loves as well, and we love sharing with other people. And it's a pleasure to get to ask you questions tonight, Dr. Nikolas. And here's one that comes up often where we've been told that zeolites have heavy metals in them themselves. Right? So how can we be assured that ClearDrops is not actually contributing to the heavy metal toxicity in our bodies?
Dr. Nikolaos Tsirikos-Karapanos, PharmD, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon (00:36):
Excellent question Ginny. Thank you very much for everybody being here today. And thank you Denise, from, for your warm words. I'm very glad for address this it is a very important issue. First of all, Ginny your correct zeolites exactly as mined from the ground. They have many elemental impurities as we call them. Also the zeolite crystal has several heavy metals as part of its crystal in structure. These heavy metals cannot let out of the crystal. And for these reason, these heavy metals that are part of the crystal infra structure are non-toxic heavy metals. Okay. Now for the elemental impurities that are not part of the crystal in structure of the zeolite, this a problem because these heavy metals are toxic. Okay? Now zeolite powders are made by grinding the zeolite that it is mined from a minefield. This process is called marinization in, it creates the micronized zeolite powders.
Dr. Nikolaos Tsirikos-Karapanos, PharmD, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon (01:58):
Now the big question with these powders is about purification. How is this micronized zeolite purified. First of all, is this micronized zeolite purified, or just grinded and has all the non-structural elemental impurities that are toxic. That's a big question. And this is a big question for all zeolite powders in the market. Hopefully these are purified. If not these powders can be very toxic. Now the same applies to zeolite water suspension. A water suspension is a liquid formulation of a zeolite powder that was dropped into water. All right, are these your zeolite suspensions purified and if yes, how are they purified? That means what is the purification method that the company selling zeolite suspension used in order to purify the suspensions? Okay. That's a big time question to the best of my knowledge, many companies that are selling zeolite powders or zeolite suspensions claim that they have called and I quote them, the purist zeolite in the market, but this is without providing any information on how they cleaned their zeolite powder or suspension and remove the zeolite elemental impurities.
Dr. Nikolaos Tsirikos-Karapanos, PharmD, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon (03:53):
Personally, I'm very concerned. Every time that I see a claim of a company that they have called the purest zeolite in the market without providing any information on how they clean this zeolite. Our ClearDrops is the only water solution of water-soluble zeolite cleaned from elemental impurities. We produce our water solution of water-soluble zeolite fragments using our patented technology and process. Our patented technology and process is also used to purify our water soluble zeolite fragments, and we use it to remove the elemental impurities of our starting micronized zeolite powder. Now, as we have discussed before for liquid formulations of dietary supplements, the FDA requires that must be tested for four elements, arsenic, cadmium, mercury, and lead. Nothing else, in contrast, liquid pharmaceutical formulations must be tested according to the FDA requirement for 24 elements, including the four elements that we mentioned before now, Metron Nutraceuticals is testing for elemental impurities, not once, but twice.
Dr. Nikolaos Tsirikos-Karapanos, PharmD, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon (05:41):
We tested the concentrated form of ClearDrops, for 69 elements that is unheard of in the zeolite industry and to the best of knowledge and heard in the whole dietary supplements industry. We don't stop there. We test the final form of ClearDrops. That's the bottle that you have in your hands, not for four elements as a dietary supplement, but for 24 elements as if it was a pharmaceutical product. Again, this second testing is unheard in the zeolite industry. And again, to the best of my knowledge, these are unheard of in the whole dietary supplements industry to test the final product, according to pharmaceutical standards, moreover, we test the final formulation for 29 elements. That's how both pharmaceutical standards, all right, it speaks by itself. Now during our FDA inspection at Metron Nutraceuticals, we provided all this information to the FDA inspectors.
Dr. Nikolaos Tsirikos-Karapanos, PharmD, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon (07:09):
And of course we are very pleased out of the stellar outcome out of our FDA inspection and think this speaks volumes more importantly and above and beyond the regulatory component. Our patented technology and process is not hidden. It is publicly disclosed and available in our three issued and never challenged United States Patents and Anyone can read our Patents at the ZOI Global site. You go to ZOI Global.com. You go to science, you can download our Patents. You can read, you can study our Patents. Nothing is hidden. We provide information on how we purify the water solution of water soluble, zeolite fragments. So Ginny based on a very strict production and testing protocols that in some aspects exceed the current requirements for production and testing of pharmaceutical products and based on strong scientific data out of our production and testing, all our friends can be assured that the ZOI Global ClearDrops will not contribute to heavy metals toxicity to our body. Our approach is safety first, according to the first Hippocratic principle first do not harm,
Denise Stephens, ZOI CEO (08:53):
You know, Dr. Nikolas. Excellent question, Ginny. Thank you for asking.