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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Real Science vs Marketing Science



Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney

It's really hard to know who to trust in the food supplement industry.

Everyone claims that their product is backed by solid science. But most companies rely on "borrowed science" or "marketing science" to back their product.

What do I mean by "borrowed science"? Simply put they are citing references that show that an ingredient in their product has a desired effect. They aren't actually doing studies with their product.

Why is that important?

In some cases the reports are simply wrong. There have been several times that Shaklee's Scientific Advisory Board have recommended that Shaklee do their own studies before marketing the product.

Shaklee did. The product didn't work, and they never marketed it. Examples include chromium picolinate and policosanol.

In each case studies showing that those ingredients didn't work were eventually published. In the meantime many other companies were making lots of money marketing products that didn't work.

Shaklee won't do that. They don't rely on borrowed science. They only market products that have been proven to be both safe and effective. That's part of the Shaklee Difference.

So what do I mean by "marketing science"?

By that I mean that when most companies actually do a clinical study with their products, they design the study solely with marketing in mind. They don't really care about the science. They just want to be able to make a marketing claim.

Again this is where Shaklee stands head and shoulders above their competitors. They often design their studies in such a way that they actually advance scientific knowledge.

The vitamin D study that Shaklee presented at the annual National Lipid Association meeting in Miami is a perfect example.

Several previous studies had suggested that vitamin D lowered the risk of heart disease, but nobody knew quite why.

Shaklee's scientists hypothesized that vitamin D might have a beneficial effect on HDL levels (which reduces the risk of heart disease) and metabolic syndrome (which increases the risk of heart disease). Shaklee worked with Dr. Kevin Maki of Provident Clinical Research in Glen Ellyn, IL to test that hypothesis.

Shaklee's Landmark study had already shown that people taking Shaklee supplements on a regular basis generally had adequate levels of vitamin D in the blood.

Shaklee took blood samples from attendees at their New Orleans conference so that the study would have a large number of subjects with adequate vitamin D levels.

Dr. Maki recruited a number of non-Shaklee supplement users from local clinics so that the study would also contain a significant number of subjects with low levels of vitamin D in their blood.

The results were striking! HDL levels increased as the blood levels of vitamin D increased and markers of metabolic syndrome decreased as blood levels of vitamin D increased.

This study cannot be used for marketing purposes because a claim that Shaklee supplements increased HDL levels would be a health claim.

However, this study did advance the science around vitamin D and heart disease risk.

We now have a better understanding of how vitamin D reduces heart disease risk. This is what I call "real science" as opposed to "marketing science", and it is also part of the Shaklee Difference.

Dr. Maki said: "Results from population studies suggest that a low serum vitamin D concentration is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular mortality, but this is the first study to evaluate the relationship between vitamin D status and cardiovascular risk factors in a group that includes a large number of vitamin D supplement users."

Do you want to learn more about Shaklee’s Vitamin D? You can learn more here: Shaklee’s Vit. D3


About the Author
           
Dr. Chaney has a BS in Chemistry from Duke University and a PhD in Biochemistry from UCLA. He currently holds the rank of Professor at a major university where runs an active cancer research program and has published over 100 scientific articles and reviews in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Parkinson’s Testimony

My husband, Bob, has had Parkinson Disease for many years. Lately much worse. In comes Mindworks. Amazing.

He has been having trouble focusing on computer work. Couldn't even do bills this past month. Falling so much trying to walk. Awful.

Mindworks for a week. Working on computer, right now on tractor lifting logs from drive from a mini tornado.

Up before dawn today, mowing our secret garden area! Shaklee has been a great help all along, but Mindworks is a miracle! His walking is something to see. He was walking on rubbery legs (his explanation) and as of this AM he is walking with long strides.

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The above is NOT a prescription, and should not be treated as such.  This is just a testimony from an individual who had a positive experience with the product(s) listed.  These are personal testimonies and are not endorsed by Shaklee Corporation. Please consult a physician for medical advice.

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Think Fast. Stay Sharp.

Neural connections in our brain start declining as early as age 20, by age 45 this decline occurs even more rapidly. Studies show the key ingredients in MindWorks help  improve mental sharpness and focus and support long-term cognitive health.*

Scientific studies have shown the key ingredients work in 3 ways:

3x Better Memory & Focus Improvements - Immediate improvement in cognitive performance 3X better than the control group†

Over time, neural connections become less efficient, impairing our ability to recall, think, and respond. A key nutrient in MindWorks was shown in multiple clinical studies to significantly enhance memory, sharpen focus, and improve reaction time.*

30% LESS Shrinkage Rate of the Brain - Protects against age-related mental decline* 

Key nutrients in MindWorks were shown in laboratory studies to promote the formation of new neural connections and in a clinical study to reduce brain shrinkage rate by 30% over two years.** In addition, MindWorks key nutrients were shown in laboratory studies to effectively cross the blood-brain barrier and enter the brain.* 

Designed for Healthy Circulation - Supports healthy circulation* 

Blood circulation is critical for delivery of oxygen and key nutrients to the brain. It is linked to neural activity.*

MindWorks™ includes free access to brain-training software

Shaklee is a leader in cognitive health by providing both nutritional support and brain-training software in one program. The MindWorks program includes a free month of access to brain training software from CogniFit.

The CognifiFit brain games are designed to:

Strengthen neural connections
Exercise your cognitive skills like memory and concentration
Improve your cognitive performance while having fun

Try it today. If you don't like it Shaklee will refund your money with our 100% satisfaction guarantee!

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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
** At six hours versus control. 
† Based on a two-year study of 223 adults with mild cognitive impairment. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ashley: Infertility & Cancer Story


I would like to share with you Ashley’s story with infertility and cancer.

When I chose to start my Shaklee business I had the desire to help others achieve their health goals just like I did. Though Shaklee pays us well to help others, the real payoff is seeing other’s health improve, their lives improve, their happiness grow and their dreams achieved.

Ashley is one of them.

I wanted to share with you Ashley’s story. Ashley used Shaklee 180 to regain her shape and her confidence, what happened next was something she never expected.

If you know anyone who has faced infertility or cancer, then you know how devastating those two diagnosis can be.

The right nutrition, eliminating toxins from the home and Shaklee may not cure everything, but together they sure do change a lot of lives.

Please take 2 minutes and watch Ashley’s story. I think you will be as moved as I was to see her come from where she was to where she is today. And don’t forget to share her story with someone else who will find her just as inspiring as you did.

Watch Ashley’s Story here: Ashley's Shaklee Effect

Remember, we are here for you to answer questions, help you make decisions on what is best for you and teach you ways to save money while you are improving your health.

How can we help you today?



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Sunday, August 3, 2014

What To Do If Your Children Can’t or Won’t Take Vitamins


You have decided to get your family’s diet on track and eating healthier. Good for you, but you are weary from the battles of taking vitamins. What do you do? Is it worth the battle to make them take supplements? Can’t they get all they need from food?

We all know that it is nearly impossible to eat right all…the…time. That is why we often need to supplement our diets.

For example, your kids will eat apples and bananas, but getting them to eat any veggie other than corn is a real challenge. There goes the notion of eating 3-5 servings a day.

Then there is fish. Eating cold water fish is good for cardiovascular health and brain health – helping kids be healthier and learn faster. Most kids love fish sticks, but good luck finding much fish inside the breading. We know that those things aren’t healthy, but try and get your kids to eat the good-for-you fish like salmon, sardines, etc. Well, you might as well have more luck with them keeping their rooms spotless without being told to.

Then there are the pro-biotics – most yogurt that kids will eat have little to no live bacteria in them or will survive the stomach acids on their way to the gut and they are loaded with sugar! So much for the good stuff.

Those are just a few reasons why we need to supplement our kid’s diets with vitamins, but how do we do that with vitamins that aren’t loaded with sugar and other nasty chemicals themselves?

Shaklee’s chewable children’s vitamin, Incredivites is the most complete multi-vitamin/multi-mineral out there. It is awesome with many children’s health improving dramatically. It does not contain any artificial ingredients, colors or flavorings.

Of all our customers who have tried Incredivites, I have had very few whose children did not like them. Most kids begged for more! For the few that didn’t the parents found that the children had a previously unknown texture issue more than a taste issue.
However, on occasion I come across a parent who has a child who is just plain stubborn.

So what do you do if your child has a texture issue or is really just used to the sugary vitamins that do not contribute to good health?

With a texture issue it becomes necessary to find ways to get the vitamins in them without disrupting their balance.

We all know of the recipes where you can mix in veggies as recipe substitutions – Pinterest is full of them. It’s the same with vitamins. Increditvites and other Shaklee vitamins can be ground then mixed into the food.

When it comes to just plain stubbornness, at this point as a parent, you have a choice to make – allow your child to dictate what they eat or stand firm on some things like this, while you let other things not as important go.

See, at some point we must stop trying to keep our kids happy at all costs, including their health and decide that as parents, we make the choices on what they eat for their own good. Taking a good vitamin is one area as parents, we do not let our children tell us what to do.

My son never wants what I want him to have for breakfast and it has been so tempting at times to just give in and let him have pizza for breakfast or a candy bar or donuts, but I know that giving in to his whims is not what’s good for him and I refuse to let him dictate his diet. Though he loves his Incredivites, he hates cereal, smoothies and other healthy alternatives.

So every day I decide to stand firm and I offer him choices of what is acceptable to me and he gets to choose from those options. This way he feels he has some control over his life. He also knows that taking his vitamins is an area where I refuse to give in and he must take them.

Is it always easy? No. 
Do I grow weary of his complaining? You bet.
Do I give in and let him skip? Not on his life. 
He means too much to me to let his health be an area where I compromise. Luckily he learned quickly that taking his vitamins is a must do and he reminds me now if I forget!

We are their teachers and sometimes teaching must get creative.

Though I recommend insisting children try one bite of a new food, I don’t like to force eating a whole serving. If the veggies for example, are not going over well at the dinner table, you can easily find a recipe to help you “get it in them” so to speak.

It’s the same with vitamins, you have the option of grinding them up and adding them to applesauce, smoothies and more. Simple as that.

Many children have found relief from allergies with Alfalfa, but they haven’t learned to swallow tablets yet. Mixing them into food is a great way to help them get them without all the gagging, complaining and stress.

Keep this in mind the next time your child says, “I can’t swallow that” or “I don’t want to chew it!” If they can swallow big bites of pizza or hamburger or whatever, they can swallow a tablet – it often is just in their head.

I taught my son to swallow tablets at an early age. By two years old, I wanted to give him the Optiflora pearl which is the probiotics. It is small, slippery and easy to swallow – perfect for teaching. I did not try to hide it, I put it on a spoon of applesauce and instructed him to take his “little ball”. I explained it had good soldiers in it to help his body fight off the bad soldiers that makes him sick. This made him happy to take it and he learned very quickly.

He then went on to learning to swallow the Alfalfa tablets one at a time by taking big swigs of water and “floating” or letting the tabs “swim” in his mouth before swallowing.

I got creative in my teaching and he got the nutrients he needed to stay healthy or recover fast from the rare times he did get sick.

Now, many parents may say I’m being harsh or uncaring about their situation with their kids not wanting to chew the Incredivites or eat vegetables, etc. I never want to come across that way, but as a parent myself, I know there are some things worth fighting for. My child’s health is one of them. I learned through long hours of study that the Incredivites were the very best vitamin out there and that was the one I wanted him to have.

So if your children are some of the very few who won’t chew the Incredivites, you can take a stand or you can get creative. You have a choice.

I know you love your kids and only want the best for them. We have the best vitamins, that’s why you ordered them in the first place, all they need is you to back them up.

If you need help with ideas or your children are driving you crazy, contact me. My son often drives me crazy, it’s that age I’m told, so call me and we can go crazy together. There is safety in numbers, so if you need another parent’s shoulder to lean on or you want to talk with a group of parents and share battle scars, we offer the perfect place to do that.

We often have parent get-togethers where we learn about children’s health and nutrition then have a social time to share stories. Just contact me and we can save you a seat.

I wish you best of luck. Your health and your children’s health mean a lot to us and are worth the fight. Remember, we are here if you need us.

Wishing you all the best,

Julie

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Health Webinar: Secrets to a Healthy Heart


This webinar shares some new insights about cholesterol with insights from the new book Grain Brain by a neurologist who points out the importance of cholesterol for good brain health and a warning against getting cholesterol levels too low. The danger, he says, is when the cholesterol gets oxidized and sugar and carbs hasten that oxidation.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Health Talk: Men's Health - A Guy’s Guide to Vitality and Longevity


This recording contains information on issues vital to men's health, told through the experiences of men, a number of whom are medical professionals. 

We feel this is one of the more compelling presentations we've created, and of great value to men who want to avoid degenerative disease, and maintain health and vigor throughout their lives.

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