Our Story From Our Founder
I’d like to welcome you to our humble home on the web. We’re a small company that’s dedicated to having a big impact on people’s health & happiness. Here’s a little background on what set us on this path.
I’ve been on a personal health quest since discovering the amazing benefits of proper nutrition and exercise as a husky 12 year old kid growing up in New Jersey. After being challenged to get off my butt and exercise with my then NYC police officer Brother-in-law (I really think he just needed someone to hole the heavy bag for him), I caught the exercise bug. In addition to exercising almost daily I started reading and learning about nutrition (and discovered how much crap I had been eating).
In just 6 months I transformed myself from an overweight couch potato into one of the fittest kids in the entire New York – New Jersey – Conneticut Tri-State area (evidenced by placing in the top three in the President’s Marine Corps Physical Fitness Challenge). This success helped to establish my life’s mission and motivated me to learn everything I could about health, nutrition and fitness. The more I learned, the more I was able to improve my nutrition and overall health. It wasn’t long before others came to me for advice. I loved helping people to achieve their own personal transformations.
In college I officially studied Psychology & Parapsychology but found that I spent at least as much time researching and studying Health, Fitness & Nutrition (and coaching others in these areas). Shortly after graduating and beginning grad school, my Sister succumbed to leukemia which she had been battling for some time. This further motivated me to focus all of my energy on learning everything I could to help others. That officially signaled my shift from psychology to the holistic health sciences.
From there I shifted from grad work in Parapsychology to Naturopathic school and never looked back. The joy & satisfaction I felt from helping others to both overcome their health challenges and achieve their health goals solidified my life’s mission.
Many years (40+) have passed while working with thousands of patients and learning from each of them. I filled those years with a continual search for more knowledge about and the constant struggle of discerning truth from hype. I now live in Sarasota, Florida and and have devoted the next chapter in my life to developing, producing, and promoting the best nutritional products on the planet.
This company was established to help bring what I’ve learned, and the products I’ve developed, to the public. We’re a small company with big hopes of making a difference. We hope that you will try our products, once you do we’re confident that they’ll provide great benefits as they have for thousands of others. We’d also appreciate it if you helped share our story and products with other like-minded people. The more that use our products, the more people we can help.
– Wishing You Health & Happiness, Dr. Max MacCloud
Fulfilling A Void In The Market For Vegetarians and Other Health Conscious Individuals
One of the biggest challenges I’ve struggled with as a lacto-ovo vegetarian for the better part of 40+ years has been getting enough good quality protein for overall health and to aid in recovery and building &/or maintaining muscle.
As a lacto-ovo vegetarian, I can eat eggs and dairy if I deem it necessary or appropriate, and although I do at times, they are not my “go to” choice to meet my protein needs for a variety of reasons. Of course those foods aren’t even options for Vegans.
While many consider Egg, Milk & Whey to be the “gold standards” for proteins, I don’t believe that this is true (see info under P4: Peak Performance Plant Protein for more details). In addition to years of clinical experience with patients who often had difficulty digesting or reactions to these protein sources, I personally find that I don’t feel the best on them (except in very limited amounts). Then there are the other potential health, environmental and contamination issues associated with all three. All of this led me down the road to research alternate protein sources.
My first alternative protein source was Spirulina way back in the early 80s when a company called LightForce introduced it as the next great superfood. To this day spirulina remains a superfood but its use is significantly limited by its taste (horrible is being generous). I’ve been on a quest to find the “best” overall protein source ever since. I’ve tried everything imaginable including soy, rice, hemp, pea, flax and more. Just about 3-4 years ago I came across what I now believe to be the absolute best protein source on the planet, Organic Pumpkin Seed Protein. I’ve incorporated it into the products I developed and now use it exclusively.
Our Health and Our Planet
I believe that what we eat not only impacts our health but also has an impact on our planet. I choose a diet that is sustainable for me personally and also for our planet. Most people don’t realize how much negative impact many sectors of the food processing industry have on the Earth. Raising animals for slaughter is perhaps the single biggest detrimental thing we’ve done and continue to do to our environment (not to mention the ethical impact).
For the past 20+ years I’ve relied on Superfood Protein Mix, a formulation I developed and tested to provide the nutritional balance my body needs. I first came up with something like way back in the 70s and reinvented in while going through medical school the second time in the early 90s. Time constraints were huge and the stress level was high but I was committed to maintaining my health in spite of the rigorous clinical rotations I was on.
My goal was to eliminate my intake of animal-derived proteins as much as possible and come up with a complete meal mix that I could use as the foundation of my diet. My search back then led me to try virtually every source of quality protein available. What I found was very limited in terms of consistent quality and good taste. In order to incorporate something into my daily regimen, I needed an alternative that tasted great.
Born out of complete frustration, I developed Superfood Protein Mix. It has gone through numerous reformulations and upgrades over the years but the biggest upgrade came when I stumbled across Organic Pumpkin Seed proteins. This amazing superfood protein has now replaced every other protein source I previously used.
Why Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are a great source of balanced and complete protein. They also contain numerous beneficial nutritional substances. Pumpkin seed protein is also very easy to digest. For those with food allergies, you’ll find pumpkin seeds have a very low allergenicity.
Pumpkin seeds taste great and the pumpkin protein is virtually taste-neutral when incorporated into drinks, smoothies, shakes, raw snacks and baked goods. (See resources for addition info on pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed protein and pumpkin seed oil).
Pumpkin Protein Product Formulations
In addition to pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed protein, I worked very hard over the years to incorporate great tasting, healthy and nutritious ingredients into our various products. We use only natural, low-glycemic sweeteners and all-natural flavoring.
About Our Company – Body Symphony, LLC
Our company & team are dedicated to developing, producing and marketing products that can and will make a difference in people’s lives. We believe that health is a person’s most valuable possession; and without health, it is very difficult for a person to enjoy a high quality of life and to positively impact others. To us, life is one big learning and growing process (and there’s a lot to learn and do).
Unfortunately, especially in this day and age, far too many people are sabotaging their health and happiness by making poor food and lifestyle choices way too often.
The giant food, pharmaceutical and advertising industries share a large part of the responsibility for our nation’s declining health, however, ultimately we as individuals must take responsibility for our health & lifestyle. Many that have and do take on that responsibility end up devoting huge amounts of time, energy, and other resources to figuring out what is actually healthy to eat and making it taste good. We believe that it just shouldn’t be that hard. That’s one of the core guiding principles behind the products we develop.
We’re Committed To:
- Helping others to achieve their health goals.
- Eradicating disease & unnecessary suffering that results from poor health practices (diet, lifestyle, etc.).
- Preventing the impending “Health Apocalypse.” For the first time in recorded history, the youngest generations lifespans are projected to be shorter than their parents.
- We endeavor to do this by creating effective, healthier, disease-prevention and treatment protocols for the four major harbingers of the health apocalypse (the 4 horsemen): 1. Obesity; 2. Diabetes; 3. Cancer; 4. Cardio-vascular Disease. Our product offerings are the first phase of this process.
We are a small team with a strong network of supporters and “Tribe Members” that provide the leverage we need to get the job done (or we’ll go down trying).
Our Leadership Team
Dr. Max (Max B. MacCloud, DO, ND, PhD) is the developer of Superfood Protein Mix and all of our formulations, he’s also the founder of the company. In addition to serving as Chief Medical & Science Officer he is in charge of ongoing product development and continually tweaking our products to make them even better. He also oversees and supervises production to insure quality. As previously mentioned, as a chunky 12 year old kid, he discovered the benefits of exercise and proper nutrition and transformed himself into one of the fittest kids around (placing in the top 3 in the tri-state area in the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Challenge all 4 years of High School). Optimum Health became his passion early on and he continues to learn more and apply those findings to make even better products.
Paul Erdek is the President of the company. He is also responsible for Sales, Broker Management, Demos & Demo staff training, among other things. After spending 25 years in the fast-paced, high-stress world of network television, he decided to pursue his life-long passion of supporting people’s health via proper nutrition & exercise.