Wednesday, March 21, 2012

How Well do You Understand the Shaklee Difference?

I got this letter from Shaklee last week and thought it was good enough to share with you guys:

Shaklee products - and the quality and science behind them - are unmatched in the industry. But how familiar are you with the many elements of the Shaklee Difference?

Even if you think you know what makes this company and our products stand apart from the rest, refresh your knowledge with this list of Ten Key Steps that we take to ensure that Shaklee supplements are the best in the marketplace:

1. Shaklee conducts over 100,000 tests annually to ensure the safety and efficacy of our products.

2. Each and every lot of Shaklee Products is 100% tested to ensure and guarantee that each and every ingredient that is part of our label claims is present in the appropriate amounts.

3. All ingredients in Shaklee products are qualified under the incredibly stringent Shaklee protocol, unique in the industry, which tests for up to 350 chemical contaminants, including pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, solvent residues, etc.

4. Our Shaklee Scientists create formulations so that the key active ingredients are included at clinically efficacious levels, often significantly higher than many companies in the market.

5. Each product is formulated with nutritional ingredients that have been extensively studied to confirm safety and efficacy. Our products do not follow "fads," but incorporate scientific and/or epidemiologic evidence of need and benefit.

6. Shaklee employs advanced delivery systems to enhance bioavailability - and these systems are tested to confirm their nutrient delivery advantages.

7. All ingredients must be acceptable from the standpoint of the Shaklee philosophy, as well as detailed scrutiny as to their safety. We do not simply accept the Certificate of Analysis that many other companies accept, but rather retest for contaminants to confirm the Certificate of Analysis is accurate.

8. Shaklee has an unwavering commitment to avoid the use of artificial flavors, sweeteners, and added preservatives. We use only non-genetically modified soy protein.

9. Shaklee developed many of the standards and protocols for manufacturing that are now referred to as Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).

10. Ongoing proof of our product performance is demonstrated by:
  • Over 100 scientific publications, 90-plus in peer-reviewed journals
  • The Landmark Study, the only study of its kind, which showed that people who took Shaklee supplements over a period of 20 years had markedly better health than both single-multivitamin and nonsupplement users
  • Shaklee products powering athletes to win 125 medals
  • Shaklee products fueling world explorers, 7 of Time-Life's "Greatest Adventures of All Time," and NASA Shuttle astronauts with a special rehydration product (called Astro-Ade)
Add to this list our accomplishments and awards in the area of environmental leadership and responsibility, and you will see why I am truly proud to be part of this company, where integrity, quality and social responsibility are our standards, and where making people and the planet healthier is our mission.
Shaklee is all about helping people take control of their future health by virtue of their choices today. My 16 years as a practicing family physician led me to believe even more strongly that prevention is where the future of medicine must go. Research confirms that nutrition, weight control, and wise supplementation can powerfully impact your vitality today and your health in the future, and I believe that we can redefine wellness in the coming years. Thank you for all that you are doing to share Shaklee products and the Shaklee Difference with so many. Together we are making a BIG difference in the health of the world!
Be well!
Dr Jamie McManus
Dr. Jamie McManus, MD, FAAFP
Chair of Medical Affairs, Health Sciences and Education for Shaklee Corporation

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cinch smoothies

Tired of your boring breakfast? Ready to shake it up with exciting, energizing, good for you smoothies?

Here's my favorite right now...

Celebrate this coming St. Patty’s Day
Drink a Cinch Shamrock Shake!


1 cup (handful) of green chard
(yes, that’s right we said chard!)
1/4 cup frozen or ½ C fresh strawberries
½ medium banana
12 oz cold water*
2 scoops Vanilla Cinch Shake Mix


Blend all ingredients until creamy. Garnish with a fresh strawberry and drink up!

Nutrition Information
Makes 1 serving
Calories: 263
Carbohydrate: 43.5 g
Protein: 18 g
Fat: 3 g

Recipe Courtesy of Shaklee Director Rose Baca from Santa Fe, New Mexico

Another favorite...
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup raw milk
1 cup chard or kale
2 scoops vanilla cinch
dash cinnamon and cayenne
freshly grated ginger

add to blender and blend vigorously until smooth

The great thing about these shakes - even my toddler LOVES them. She begs for "kawel milk" every morning. How many of you have kids who beg for kale?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Internal Immune Support

Thanks to Dr. Bruce Miller and Dr. Frank Painter for this timely information.

The Department of Agriculture estimates that more that 50% of Americans are deficient in the following immune-supporting nutrients: Vitamin A, C, E, B-6, B-12, and Folic Acid, and that 73% of us get too little zinc. This is partly caused by food choices and partly because of how we grow and prepare out food. This is why a simple nutritional program has been shown to increase immune function even in individuals over the age of 65. So.. let’s review the Shaklee products that build immunity.

Vita Lea of Vitalizer – most of us do not get all the nutrients we need from our diet. A balanced and complete mulit-vitamin is the foundation of any nutrition program.

Nutriferon – Developed and extensively tested by immunologists in Japan, this proprietary blend of natural plants extracts supports and stimulates the immune system by increasing the activity of white blood cells and by inducing natural interferon production. It also optimizes the body’s immune response against environmental irritants and airborne particulates, as with allergies and asthma.

Sustained Release Vita C – For continuous antioxidant protection, this unique formula releases Vita C into your blood stream for 5 hours. Vitamin C protects against chronic infection, environmental pollutants, allergies, colds, flu, and slow healing times.

Vita E Complex – Vita E and selenium are natural antioxidants that help protect us from the cancer-causing oxidation that occurs in our body every day  AND most of us don’t get enough of these essential nutrients from our diet.

Vita D3 -  80% of Americans are deficient in Vita D because of numerous factors, including geography (how far north we live), the pigmentation level of our skin, daily sun exposure, and our age. Vita D contributes to a strong immune system and supports normal cell function.

CarotoMax – Contains powerful phytonutrients found in fresh fruits and vegetables that are lacking in our diets AND  they have been shown to significantly boost immunity, while reducing the risk for cancer, heart and eye disease.

Optiflora – Replenishes the beneficial bacteria that are damaged through medication use, poor diet, and low fiber intake. Shaklee’s patented triple encapsulation provides guaranteed delivery of these helpful bacteria to the intestine to improve your immune response.

Immunity Formula I – Combines water soluble vitamins (B’s and C’s) with fat soluble vitamins (beta carotene and vitamin E and the minerals most required for immune-competency (zinc, selenium, and copper). It’s the one stop shop of immune support for those who hesitate to swallow the multiple nutrients discussed in this section.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Ah-Choo! - How I took Control of My Allergies

The first time I went to the allergist I was shocked to leave the office with a positive diagnosis of severe seasonal allergies (trees, weeds, grass, mold, and dust mites to name a few) and 4 prescriptions for allergy medicines. I was to take three of them EVERYDAY and the inhaler was on an "as needed" basis. WHAT!? I was dismayed, dejected, downtrodden. My beloved outdoors was being taken away from me (afterall, it made me sneeze) and was being replaced with Zyrtec, Allegra, Nasonex I don't care how sute your little accented bee is!

I stayed on this allergy regiment for a couple of years. The I was introduced to allergy shots. And off to the allergist I went every Tuesday after work, plunked down my $25 copay (a week) and got my injection of sneeze no more.

When I came across a testimony from someone who had complete relief from his allergies using Shaklee's all natural, proven safe solutions, I was skeptical. I was a fan of Shaklee supplements, but could they possible work to relieve these highly medicated allergies? But really, what did I have to lose?
I started on a regiment of Alfalfa and Nutriferon in addition to my regular nutritional supplement program. Wouldn't you know it - my allergies were all but gone within about a month. No more sniffly, runny nose. No more headaches, eyeaches, tummy aches, and dizziness. It was fabulous!

I still use this regiment, but I've decreased it to just allergy season. Oh, like right now! Anyone's allergies acting up? Try this program. What do you have to lose?