Healthy Gift Ideas

Tis the season for gift giving! Here are some great healthy gift ideas!

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gifts for him2What goes on your skin, goes in your body. Enfuselle heals, protects, and rebuilds damaged skin cells.






Performance restores electrolytes after exercise or during colds and flu.

LIfe Shake gives the body the energy it needs to perform at its peak.


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“New” or “old” moms benefit from the added nutrition in the Life Shake and Vitalizer, which is chuck full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, omega-3s, and healthy probiotics which keeps your gut working well.



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Get Clean products from Shaklee are a great way to get the toxins out of your home or classroom so they will be safe for those you love.




Supplement Warnings for Target, Walgreens, GNC and WalMart

Did you catch the news yesterday about supplements? Four retailers have been issued cease and desist letters demanding they stop selling certain supplements.

This is from the Washington Post:

A warning to herbal supplement users: Those store-brand ginkgo biloba tablets you bought may contain mustard, wheat, radish and other substances decidedly non-herbal in nature, but they’re not likely to contain any actual ginkgo biloba.

That’s according to an investigation by the New York State attorney general’s office into store-brand supplements at four national retailers — GNC, Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart.

This is from The New York Times:

The New York State attorney general’s office accused four major retailers on Monday of selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements and demanded that they remove the products from their shelves.

The authorities said they had conducted tests on top-selling store brands of herbal supplements at four national retailers — GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart — and found that four out of five of the products did not contain any of the herbs on their labels.

Shaklee is about health and safety:

Shaklee is the number one natural nutrition company in the U.S. Why?

The logical reasons are many:

  • Over $250 million invested in clinical testing, research, and development
  • Over 83,000 tests annually for product quality
  • Over 100 scientific papers, 90 of them published in peer-reviewed journals
  • Quality far beyond industry standards

company_values_healthpic2But the real reason is much less quantifiable.  It’s passion.

We think health is the most important thing in the whole world. Without it, you have nothing else.

So everything that goes into every Shaklee bottle is designed to make you healthy. And since Shaklee does it so well, you tell your friends about it.

Dr. Shaklee’s vision was to give people the wealth of health. We still think that’s the best idea to build a company on.


The Finish Line

Yesterday Henry and I walked the Chicago Half Marathon. We did this to raise funds for clean water for children through World Vision. As difficult as it was for us to train for the 13.1 mile walk, it doesn’t compare with the challenge of not having clean water to drink. It’s hard to imagine what that would be like when we are able to take a drink at almost any moment of the day.  Many thanks to all of you who supported us with both your financial help and your prayers.

We finished!  That was our goal! Will, Samuel, and Annetta were waiting for us at the finish line, which was a real treat and a surprise! They saw quite a few sights while waiting for us to come in. As Samuel told a friend of ours later in the day . . .”they finished and they didn’t pass out!”

We are so thankful for the health to be able to do this and for the love and prayers of supportive family and friends. Hurray! We don’t want to take any of this for granted!

the shoeshalf marathon signthe finishgreeters at the finishAnd you guessed it. . .what did we use to get us through those long walks of training in the heat and humidity (even though yesterday couldn’t have been a more perfect day!) . . .we used Performance! 

Did you know Shaklee’s logo is Creating Healthier Lives? Of course we give God the credit for our health and we try to honor what God has given us to eat and put on our bodies. Dr. Shaklee said to stay as close to nature as possible.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Perhaps you know of someone who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. How I wish VIVIX had been around for a cousin of mine. Perhaps her story could have ended like Sandy’s. Sandy writes:

“Hi  Shaklee friends and others,
I just wanted to let you know that I went to the Rheumatologist Monday and I no longer have rheumatoid arthritis!!!  The doctor based the new diagnosis on labs and her evaluation of me.
So for any skeptics out there, say what you might about Shaklee supplements, but my new results happened within the first year on Shaklee Vivix!  I also think that increasing my Vitamin D to 5000-8000 mg per day was a huge part of it too. I do have regular Osteoarthritis (probably mostly from years of sugar abuse?) ha ha. 
I have sent out many informational emails on Vivix as well as many other Shaklee products, but Vivix is actually part of a study of a Biochemist/scientist from London who is getting the Nobel Prize for this work. It is a very powerful antioxidant as well as an anti inflammatory.  I got rid of my pesky Sciatica 3 years ago after the 2nd week of starting Vivix!!!  
vivixVIVIX repairs and protects our DNA. VIVIX is great for  inflammatory caused diseases which have had DNA disruption like arthritis, heart disease, vascular disease, diabetes, auto immune diseases, dementia and Alzheimer’s, and ALL cancers!!  
Best of Health!    Now I can switch insurance plans again with NO Rheumatoid diagnosis!!!!  Sandy”
Thanks, Sandy, for sharing your experience. VIVIX  helped Henry with his inflammation problem too, when doctors were at a loss about what to do for him. From 2000 – 2007, Henry had such bad inflammation each winter that he could hardly walk or move at all. The first time this happened we went straight to the doctor. After 4 days in the hospital and every test the doctors could think to order, they actually told him not to come back because they didn’t know what to do for him. In 2008 VIVIX was introduced to the Shaklee product line. Henry has had a teaspoon of VIVIX every day and not another attack. What a blessing!

Colds, Flu, Aches, Pains, Anxiety, Insomnia

Colds and flu, aches and pains, anxiety and insomnia. Are you running to the medicine cabinet for medications? It’s that time of the year when so many folks get sick, both adults and children. Have you looked at the labels on the medicine bottles and are you concerned about the artificial flavors, colors, dyes, and other harmful ingredients that are suppose to make you healthy?

Did you know it’s possible to build a natural medicine cabinet? Just use products with safe ingredients that are proven to build health. Build a Natural Medicine Cabinet with Shaklee. Millions of people have used these products to improve their health for over 55 years and thanks to Brooke Thomas, here is a rather complete list to help you get healthy and stay healthier:


(Swap out everyday, over-the-counter products for the highlighted Shaklee products.)

Herbal Blend Multi-Purpose Cream Dr. Shaklee originally called this product “Foot Cream”, but it became known as Basic ‘F’ (face, feet and fanny!) due to its many uses:

  • Rashes
  • Diaper rash, Poison Ivy, Poison Oak   herbal cream
  • Detergent burn
  • Chapped skin
  • Athletes Foot
  • Bruises
  • Aching muscles
  • Insect Bites
  • Acnes
  • Dandruff
  • Hemorrhoid
  • Jock itch
  • Chafing

***1 product to replace 13!

SPF 30 for the body Suncreen:  Instead of Banana Boat

  • Patented Vital-Repair+® contains antioxidant vitamins and botanicals to keep the skin from aging
  • UVA and UVB protection that adds an extra defense against premature skin aging and cancer causing sun rays
  • Paraben Free

Calming Complex:  Instead of store bought Aloe Vera Gel

  • Great for sunburn on faces and environmental stress
  • Has advanced liposome technology with benefits of beta glucan
  • Paraben Free
  • Hypoallergenic

 Joint & Muscle Cream:  Instead of arthritis creams, Icy hot, Ben-gay or other sports cream

  • Minor joint pain in the wrist, ankle, knee, elbow, and hip
  • People who occasionally experience minor back, neck, and shoulder muscle pain
  • Children over 2 years old to soothe minor sprains, bruises, and cramps

Pain Relief Complex:  Instead of Aspirin, Prescription Pain medicines

  • Muscle & joint painpain relief complex
  • Helps prevent breakdown of connective tissue
  • Improves knee flexion
  • Relieves joint discomfort

Defend & Resist Complex:  Instead of Airborne, Cold Eeze

  • Active Ingredients:  Echinacea to take care of bacteria and Larch tree extract to attack viruses
  • Use as a preventative when flying or in large gatherings of people during cold and flu season or anytime you come in contact with allergy activators

Immunity Formula:  Instead of Sudafed or Clariton

  • Can reduce allergy symptoms, and relieves lingering symptoms such as cough
  • Contains Shaklee Guard, a natural antioxidant
  • Especially good for those with sinus problems
  • Contains a synergistic blend of Vitamins
  • Speeds wound healing

Ez-Gest:  Instead of Beano, Gas-X

  • Offers relief from incomplete digestion of food
  • Supports complete digestion of: carbohydrates, fats, protein, diary products, gas producing vegetables such as beans and broccoli

Stomach Soothing Complex Instead of Lactaid, Dramamine, Zantac, Pepcid AC

  • Relief for upset stomach      stomach soothing complex
  • Acid Reflux (GERD)
  • IBS
  • Colitis
  • Motion sickness
  • Morning sickness

Chewable Cal-Mag Plus:  Instead of Tums or Rolaids

  • Calcium Carbonate acts as an anti-acid from natural sources and builds healthy bones at the same time.

Fiber Plan Tablets:  Instead of Colon Cleanse, Metamucil

  • Promotes regularity, aids in digestion and supports colon health!
  • Especially good for those who are dieting
  • Insoluble fiber promotes regularity sometimes called “the broom” which helps detoxify the body

Fiber Plan Unflavored

  • A good source of Vitamin C
  • Soluble fiber that binds with cholesterol
  • Start slowly to avoid causing gas

Herb Lax:  Instead of Ex-Lax, Liver Cleanse, Detox Cleanses

  • Detox
  • Promotes peristaltic action
  • Cleanses the tissue cells, blood and kidneys


  • Absorbs cholesterol in the intestines
  • Helps to fight disease causing fungi
  • Provides 300 mg of Calcium (as much as in a glass of milk)
  • Promotes body detox

Liver DTX

  • Helps the body make the liver proteins necessary to regenerate liver cells
  • Helps maintain bile flow
  • Helps detoxify the liver
  • Helps break down fats
  • Helps transport toxins into the blood stream and out of the body

Performance:  Instead of Pedialyte, Gatorade

  • An electrolyte drink that helps the body utilize water by hydrating the body
  • Provides superior hydration to relieve the symptoms of:  Vomiting, Diarrhea and Hangover

Cor Energy:  Instead of No-Doz, Stay Awake

  • Improves kidney health            cor energy
  • Helps balance blood sugar
  • Enhances sexual function
  • Protects against radiation
  • Lowers LDL (bad Cholesterol)
  • Increases mental vigor and concentration
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Aids the liver

180 Energizing Tea:  Instead of Coffee, Rockstar drinks, Monster drinks

  • Boosts energy
  • Contains taurine which acts as a calming agent

The next three supplements may be options instead of depression medications.


  • Used to treat anxiety and fearfulness
  • Used to treat nervousness
  • Used to treat insomnia
  • Promotes calmness
  • Anti-viral activity
  • May be helpful in reducing tension headaches
  • May improve menopausal symptoms

Stress Relief Complex

  • Relaxation without drowsiness
  • Enhances the body’s ability to adapt to continuing stress
  • Helps the body to avoid the effects of stress on long-term health by blunting the cortisol response to stress
  • Helps make epinephrine which is involved in mood regulation
  • Relieves symptoms of ADD

Gentle Sleep Complex:  Instead of Tylenol PM, Unisom

  • Improves the quality of sleep
  • Relaxing effect
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Relieves tension and restlessness     sleeping
  • Stabilizes irregular heart rhythm
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Anti-aggressive properties
  • Improves childhood behavioral disorders
  • Helps menstrual cramps
  • Rheumatic Pain
  • Intestinal colic and gas pains
  • Migraine headaches
  • TMJ
  • Restless legs

Have fun building your natural medicine cabinet for 2014!

Remembering Changes in Life and Food

Sometimes changes in our lives are both sad and glad. During the night this past Monday, Henry’s 96-year-old mother passed away and is now at home with the Lord. She demonstrated amazing strength and quite good health through most of those 96 years, up until the last few months. But the suffering is over and now we think back on the memories. Throughout the last years’ visits we would engage her in conversation on topics such as:  what life was like when she was a little girl, the homes she lived in, the work she did as a young girl and life during her teenage years. We also discussed the farm, the food, the fun. Remember. . .96 years ago transportation was by horse and buggy, roads were dirt, and most communication was face to face. She lived through a life of changes!

For the most part, food 96 years ago was grown and preserved right on one’s own farm.  Gradually, companies like Campbell’s Soup, which started in Chicago in 1929, moved workers from the farm to the factory. Mother worked at Campbell’s Soup as a young woman.  However, most of the food they ate was fresh and grown locally, such as spinach, beets, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, celery, and fresh chickens and turkeys. They were not at all concerned about preservatives and chemicals. Fertilizer was natural. why_supplement_01l

Most of what is in our grocery stores did not even exist when Mother was a child. And remember, food is what people ate for thousands of years. Today we process, preserve, color, emulsify, sweeten, chemically fertilize, thicken, wax, add growth hormones and antibiotics, besides adding pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides. And sometimes “food” manufacturers actually “create” food.

Would you agree that by doing all of this to our food, we end up with less than the food God has created? Would you agree that this new “food” is not feeding our cells like real food should? And could this be the reason our bodies struggle with so many health issues that are not infectious diseases, but rather they are falling apart from within? Diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and auto immune diseases?

As Mother told us recently, “I have had a good life.” We will all die some day and we hope the quality of our lives will be as healthy as possible. Does it make sense to give your body a little help with some real food supplements?