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!

Is Cholesterol the Cause of Heart Disease?

Is cholesterol the real cause of heart disease? This information was passed along from another Shaklee leader (L. K.). Stopping inflammation is very important for your heart, and your whole body. Read carefully. . .

Heart Surgeon Speaks Out …  Dr. Dwight Lundell is a renowned cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon who has performed over 5,000 heart surgeries.  He is also the author of “The Great Cholesterol Lie” in which be debunks the notion that cholesterol is the main cause of heart disease.  Dr. Lundell recently said, “The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.  Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes.  Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended.  It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.


Shaklee Vitalizer and Vivix,  and Pain Relief Complex which contains Boswellia, have been shown to reduce or stop chronic inflammation in the body.  Taking these supplements while avoiding processed foods and further thwarting any unwanted cholesterol build-up with Cholesterol Reduction Complex, will help keep your circulatory system in top notch condition.

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 ann@annschenkel.com please, so you don’t give it away!

VIVIX–Be Glad If You Are Taking It

The following is a letter I received from Dr. Jamie McManus, describing the power of VIVIX  in blunting the biological stress response after consuming a high fat meal.  Science behind the products is making a difference.

Hello Shaklee Family,

New Shaklee Published Clinical Research Study

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new Shaklee-sponsored clinical research study confirming that key Vivix® ingredients blunt the biological stress response that occurs after consuming a high-fat meal1.* This biological stress response refers to the acute oxidative and cellular responses that occur in the body to address metabolic by-products of common lifestyle factors such as eating an unhealthful diet, being overweight, or smoking. If the biological stress response persists over time, it may lead to many of the age-related health challenges we see today.

% Change in NRF-2 DNA Binding Activity Following HFHC Meal with or wothout Shaklee SupplementOne way to study this biological stress response is to observe what happens in the bloodstream after eating a high-fat fast food meal, as this is known to produce a significant amount of oxidative and biological stress.

So Shaklee scientists collaborated with researchers to study the effects of Vivix ingredients on the metabolic responses to eating a typical fast food meal. The researchers gave key Vivix ingredients or a placebo immediately before the consumption of a high-fat fast food meal and measured oxidative and biological stress response for five hours following the meal. Results showed significant blunting of the typical oxidative and biological stress response to a high-fat meal, as well as significant activation of Nrf-2, a key regulator of the body’s antioxidant defenses, in the group consuming the Vivix polyphenols.*

The study was published Feb. 2, 2011, online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. We encourage you to access the study from your nearest university library or from the Clinicals.Shaklee.com Web site and to look for future Health Sciences Bulletins for more information on the health risks associated with oxidative and biological stress responses.

This research nicely complements our mitochondrial mass study showing increased cellular energy production with Vivix ingredients compared to resveratrol alone AND our laboratory study showing that Vivix ingredients are more powerful than resveratrol at inhibiting AGE protein formation.

What does this mean to you? You can now share the incredible news that we have a human clinical study published in a prestigious peer-reviewed medical research journal that shows significant and positive physiologic effects in people consuming key Vivix ingredients.

To your great health,

Jamie McManus, MD

Dr. Jamie McManus, M.D.
Chair, Medical Affairs, Health Sciences & Education
Shaklee Corporation

Radiation Exposure and Resveratrol

Resveratrol Can Provide Resistance Before and After Hazardous Radiation Exposure from DMFP’s newsletter. . .

Clinical studies of Resveratrol have shown that its antioxidant power provides resistance before and after exposure to hazardous radiation.  Explosions and fires at four nuclear reactors in Japan have created widespread fears about radiation exposure. The reactors leaked radiation since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake, tsunami, and aftermath has devastated the country, and the situation continues to unfold as we prepare this newsletter.

In a 2008 study at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, lead scientist Joel S. Greenberger found that Resveratrol administered before radiation exposure enhanced resistance to radiation.  Colorado State University researchers in cell and molecular biology and environmental and radiological health sciences demonstrated that Resveratrol reduced the incidence of chromosome aberration in mice exposed to radiation. And a 2010 study at the School of Radiation Medicine and Public Health at the Medical College of Soochow University in China reported that Resveratrol’s ability to protect from oxidative stress is effective in protecting against irradiative damage.

In his book, “The Longevity Factor,” Joseph C. Maroon, M.D., renowned neurosurgeon and anti-aging specialist with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, notes studies showing Resveratrol’s effectiveness in radiation therapy. “Results were positive in two ways,” he writes. “First, Resveratrol appeared to act as a tumor sensitizer, making malignant cells more sensitive to radiation therapy.  Resveratrol made normal tissue less sensitive to radiation, and this lower sensitivity would help minimize adverse side effects of radiation.” (by the way, he described and referred to Vivix and the advantages of its ingredients in this book, though he has no connection with the Shaklee Corp.)

Vivix is changing people’s lives in many ways:

Vivix Recovery Story – Kidneys Healed & Transplant Canceled

Karen Sandifer, a former Home Health Care Supervisor, shares the following story regarding Brandy (her friend) and Vivix.  Brandy was preparing to give her husband one of her kidneys, because he was at stage 4 renal failure with polycystic kidneys.

“Tony has been taking Shaklee Vivix since February, 2009, and guess what?  We went to see the kidney doctor to find out about testing me so that I could give him a kidney and part of my liver, because he was high stage 4 renal failure with polycystic kidneys.  At stage 5 you have to be on dialysis to live.  So we wanted to do a transplant before he had to start.

“When they did his blood work, they told us that he is stage 2 to low stage 3, and then proceeded to take him off the renal diets, saying he does not need any blood pressure medication and to enjoy life, because he hopefully had many years before he has to think about dialysis!  YOU DON’T GET BETTER WITH THIS DISEASE!  And according to the specialists that we consulted, they all said that THERE IS NO CURE!

Call or write me for more information on VIVIX.  Ann

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.