Soy Q & A

After drinking Shaklee’s soy shakes each day for over 20 years, I trust the safety and feel the energizing power. If you have any questions, Shaklee shares some research in the following article and if you would like to talk more about the benefits of soy, please let me know.

soy info
What Is Soy?
Soy is the perfect plant-based protein—it contains all 9 essential amino acids. The soybean is native to East Asia and is known mostly as an alternative to meat and dairy proteins. Soy has been a part of Asian diets for thousands of years—and for good reason. Today it is used worldwide because of its health benefits and many uses.

Did You Know?
Soy has isoflavones

Soy is the richest source of isoflavones that may help protect against several chronic diseases, including osteoporosis, coronary heart disease, and certain forms of cancer.

Soy is not feminizing
There are rumors that soy makes men more “feminine,” but studies show that it has no effect on estrogen levels in males, and it certainly does not “feminize” them.(8)

Soy doesn’t cause breast cancer
In fact, several recent studies show that soy consumption may be associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer recurrence and improved survival.(9)

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1. Murray-Kolb LE, Welch R, Theil EC, Beard JL. Wo men with low iron stores absorb iron from soybeans. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 2003, 77, 180-4./
2. Lonnerdal B, Bryant A, Liu X, Theil EC. Iron absorption from soybean ferritin in nonanemic women. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 2006, 83, 103-7.
3. Heaney RP, Weaver CM, Fitzsimmons ML. Soybean phytate content: effect on calcium absorption. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 1991, 53, 745-7.
4.Wakai K, Egami I, Kato K, Kawamura T, Tamakoshi A, Lin Y, Nakayama T, Wada M, Ohno Y. Dietary intake and sources of isoflavones among Japanese. Nutr. Cancer. 1999, 33, 139-45.
5. Somekawa Y, Chiguchi M, Ishibashi T, Aso T. Soy intake related to menopausal symptoms, serum lipids, and bone mineral density in postmenopausal Japanese women. Obstet. Gynecol. 2001, 97, 109-115.
6. Zhang X, Shu XO, Gao YT, Yang G, Li Q, Li H, Jin F, Zheng W. Soy food consumption is associated with lower risk of coronary heart dis ease in Chinese women. J. Nutr. 2003, 133, 2874-8.
7. Savage JH, Kaeding AJ, Matsui EC, Wood RA. The natural history of soy allergy. J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 2010, 125, 683-686.
8. Hamilton-Reeves JM, Vazquez G, Duval SJ, Phipps WR, Kurzer MS, Messina MJ. Clinical studies show no effects of soy protein or isoflavones on reproductive hormones in men: results of a meta-analysis. Fertil. Steril.2010, 94, 997-1007.
9. Caan BJ, Natarajan L, Parker BA, Gold EB, Thomson CA, Newman VA, Rock CL, Pu M, Al-Delaimy WK, et al. Soy Food Consumption and Breast Cancer Prognosis. Cancer Epidemiol. Biomarkers Prev. 2011.

Is Soy Good for You?

soy2For the past 20 years I have enjoyed a soy protein shake for breakfast. Yum! Before starting this routine, I had a growling stomach at 9am even though I had breakfast at 7 or 7:30, and later in the day I was falling asleep on the couch at 7pm. But a Shaklee shake keeps me filled in the mornings with very little blood sugar fluctuation and keeps me awake in the evenings until a normal bedtime. Soy protein has changed my energy level, my skin, my muscle strength, and my immune response. Why? because every cell in my body and yours needs protein to form properly. Protein is essential. And why is Shaklee soy protein so wonderful?

  • Shaklee soy is water-washed, not alcohol-washed which removes critical isoflavones and created cross-contamination with processing chemicals
  • Shaklee soy is non-GMO soy protein
  • Shaklee soy is biologically complete and contains all nine essential amino acids
  • Shaklee soy is low glycemic
  • 25 grams of Shaklee soy protein /day may reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Fun fact: Dr. Shaklee created the first protein isolate in 1961
  • Wonderful flavors to choose from: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cafe latte

And so, is soy good for you? banner_Shaklee180SmootheesYes, if it is water washed, if it is non-GMO, if it contains all nine essential amino acids, and if it is low glycemic. I can’t wait for my morning shake! How about you?

What Happened to Ending Cancer?

Back in my 20’s, the “war on cancer” had just begun. Soon we would have a vaccine or something to prevent us from getting cancer just like we had for polio and smallpox. That was comforting since the “c” word was sooooo scary.

But what has happened? Since then the National Cancer Institute has spent $90 billion on research and treatment in the past 40 years, and 260 non-profit organizations have budgets of $2.2 billion, are we closer to winning the war? The statistics on incidences of cancer are not good with cancer playing a role in one out four deaths in our country.

According to Dr. Margaret I. Cuomo MD, in yesterday’s article in the Daily Beast (Newsweek online), “When it comes to treating cancer, we seem to be in a holding pattern. We are still relying on surgery, chemotherapy and other anticancer drugs, and radiation, just as we did 40 years ago.” She goes on, “What happened to ending cancer? Simply put, we have not adequately channeled our energy into a full exploration of the one path certain to save lives: prevention. (Italics mine) The failure to give prevention its due has been a longstanding complaint. Political tensions arose in the 1960s and 1970s between those who wanted more attention placed on preventing cancer by addressing occupational and environmental factors and those who wanted the locus of responsibility to fall more on individual behavior choices.”

Click here to read more of her article or click on the book for more information at Amazon.

Sometimes answers to prevention of cancer are right in front of our eyes and in our homes. Are there prevention answers in what goes in us, on us, and around us? What are you putting in you, on you, and around you?

In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I’m offering a 10% discount on the Vitalizer Wellness packs this month. There is a pack for women, men, and those over 50, including vitamins, minerals, proteins and immune building! Call or email if you want help designing a pack just for you.

Want Healthier Kids?

It’s almost time; in less than a month children will be back in school.  The summer is going by fast and the school supplies are popping up in stores.  For Moms, and Dads too, the start of a new school year is a very busy and often stressful time.  Children need new clothes, shoes, school supplies, and a new schedule.  This new schedule might involve eating better, getting more sleep, spending more time reading books and less time on a computer. Another goal Moms and Dads might have for their children this new school year is staying healthy!

Here’s what happened to Michele I’s children with just a few simple changes using Shaklee supplements.  “Both my kids age 6 and 3 have been taking Shaklee nutrition for 3 years (Incredivites, Vita-C chewables, Cinch/Energizing protein, Cinch bars, Meal shakes, Performance, Defend and Resist with onset of cough or sniffles and Chewable Calcium on occasion.) They have not had to see the doctor for any reason, no antibiotics, no flu shots! This makes mom a VERY happy Shaklee consumer!”

Healthy Kids = Happy Moms and Dads!

Merry Christmas Message

Find the secret Christmas message in these pictures and words about Shaklee’s health giving products.  Have fun; it’s pretty hard, but I will send you a free gift worth over $8.

          Rx for Health   What’s in the grapes and VIVIX?


Real People. Real Success.               

   Hard to read? It’s Stress Relief Complex!

For more info on the products, just click on the pictures–I hope the links work!

Do you have the message figured out?  I hope so!  A free gift is yours if you are part of our Shaklee family or join our family!  Email your solution to please, so you don’t give it away!

Class 3 Mountain Climbing/Stage 4 Prostate Cancer

Perhaps you wonder why I keep inviting you to Shaklee meetings.  Here’s an interview I heard at last week’s Monday meeting.

J:  So Pete, when did you first suspect something wasn’t quite right with your health?   P: First of all I’d like to give thanks and honor to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for allowing me to be here.  And by “here” I don’t just mean here in this room, I mean here as in “here” alive and on the green side of the grass.   In the summer of 2007 I started having persistent moderate pain in my back and left hip.  I have always been very active so at first I thought that I had just overdone it at the gym.  However, by the late fall the pain in my back became excruciating.  At this point Doctors still found nothing seriously wrong and prescribed stretching exercises and pain pills.  Then in early December in  just a few days I basically lost my ability to walk or feel much of anything from the waist down.  I was admitted to the hospital and given every test under the sun.  

J:  What was your prognosis and treatment?   P:  I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Prostate Cancer that had metastasized to my spine, my hip, and a few assorted ribs.  A cancerous mass on my spine was pressing against my spinal cord which was causing the paralysis from the waist down.  My PSA score was off the charts at 1800!  That’s one thousand eight hundred!  The normal for a 50 year old man is between 3.5 and 0.  The doctors said that they would do everything possible but that my condition was terminal and I had perhaps 10 months to live.  I received a series of radiation treatments and I am currently taking several anti-cancer medications.

J:  How is it that you were open to Shaklee?   P:  While I was at home recuperating, Shaklee distributer Jodi Klusacek came over to my house to tell me about vitamins and supplements.  Jodi is a member of the church I attend and I truly believe that she was sent by God to help me.   Jodi is fine Christian woman who considers her Shaklee business to be her ministry and her way of helping others.  She suggested that I start taking Vitalizer, NutriFeron, and Soy Protein Shakes.  She also suggested some dietary improvements.  I was a bit skeptical. However, when you are told that you have terminal cancer you don’t exactly have a whole lot to lose.  

J:  Did you notice a difference once on the products and which ones do you take?   P:  I currently take Vitalizer, NutriFeron, and Vivix every day.  I’m not going to tell you that Jodi’s recommended Shaklee products cured my cancer.  The prayers of my friends, the radiation, and anti-cancer medications are all definitely doing their part.  However, I do strongly believe that the Vitalizer, NutriFeron, and now Vivix are helping in a significant way.  I can tell you that I feel great!  My PSA is down to 0.21.  My walking is totally normal and I’m working full time.  I work out at the gym 3 days per week.   

J:  I heard you’ve taken a few adventurous trips lately, because your health has improved.  Can you share a bit more with us?   P:  Last June I took an 8000 mile motorcycle trip on my Harley from Chicago out to Santa Monica, CA and then up the Pacific Coast Highway to Oregon.  I have been a lifelong biker and I experienced almost none of the fatigue and aches that I have experienced on long motorcycle trips in the past.    Last August 2 friends and I drove out to Colorado for a 4 day backpacking / mountain climbing trip.  Our objective was to climb Longs Peak which is considered to be a tough class 3 climb.  I hiked 30 miles with a 45 lb pack and gained nearly a mile and a half in elevation.  This was without a doubt the most physically challenging thing I have ever done in my life.  Our climb was successful and I was so blessed to be able to stand on top of Longs Peak at 14, 255 ft.   P:  I have not had this much energy in years.   I actually feel much better right now than I did before the cancer!  When I told an old friend about my climbing trip he quipped “Hey aren’t you supposed to be dying?”.   He’s right you know, seriously now, guys like me with terminal cancer are not supposed to be out climbing mountains.   I am certainly not out of the woods yet.  My oncologist is an awesome guy.  He is thrilled with my current condition but he also cautions me that it is almost certain that my cancer will eventually return.  Ultimately I’m trusting in God’s perfect plan for my life whether that be 3 more months or 30 more years.  I just want to thank you and especially my guardian angel Jodi for significantly improving the time that I am enjoying right now.        

Isaiah 40:31  But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.