The Value of Prevention

Over the last few decades, there has been a lot of talk about what prevention steps you can take for good health. Such steps, in a daily routine, including getting enough water & sleep, brushing & flossing your teeth, reducing your stress, staying away from cigarettes, having a healthy weight, exercising, meditation, power of prayer, proper nutrition & whole food supplementation. In other words, taking care of body, mind and spirit.

From my experience, when you talk to most people about their health they usually go into what is ailing them or what they are recovering/have recovered from. It is very rare to hear someone talk about all the health issues they have prevented by truly taking care of themselves. I believe the reason most people don’t talk about what they have prevented is because prevention is one of those things in life that, for most, seem to be a giant leap of faith.

How does a person know that taking any or all of the positive steps above will prevent anything? And if so, where is the proof? Real proof has to come in the form of a peer-reviewed (reviewed by a products competition) and published clinical study. This study would also need to compare groups that took certain preventative measures to groups that didn’t to see if there was real positive or negative health differences. If there was a group of people who took prevention measures that were proven to work consistently, would others be able to take these same prevention measures and have a very good chance of receiving the same positive health benefits? If the answer to that question is yes, others would no longer have to take a leap of faith but would instead be able to use the information from the study to take a leap of intelligence towards better health!

So the real question begs, is there any group of people who have taken positive steps and without question received positive health benefits? And if so, is there a peer-reviewed and published human clinical study to prove this beyond a shadow of doubt? I am proud to say the answer is yes! The group that showed markedly better health were long-term Shaklee supplement users. A study called The Landmark Study was performed in collaboration with researchers from U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health and later published in Nutrition Journal. This is an undeniable peer-reviewed & published study of the highest level. There were three groups that were compared:

· People that took no supplements at all
· People that took supplements other than Shaklee
· Shaklee long-term users group

The first two groups were from the NHANES group, which is part of the World Health Organization. One of the most interesting parts of this study was that the Shaklee users group was, on average, 8 years older than the other two groups and had much better overall health. Shaklee users showed for lower rates of Type II diabetes, congestive heart failure, heart attacks, strokes, and emphysema to point out just a few. The Shaklee group, with far better overall health, also used far fewer medications in a year’s time on average compared to the other two groups (.6 meds compared to 6.4-14 meds). Shaklee is the only company that has proven that their natural supplements provide long-term health benefits for those that use them. One of the advancements that came out of the Landmark Study was Shaklee’s product called Vitalizer. This product is based on 12 clinical trials and the Landmark Study itself.

With most companies, there is no clinical testing on their formulations. In other words, you are the crash dummy test for their formulations. The unfortunate thing is that when choosing healthy supplementation, it can be a blind leap of faith. With Shaklee you will have solid research and testing to help you make a leap of intelligence for your health.

This letter is intended to be an introduction to a weekly Shaklee product education e-mail. Our intent is to educate you on each Shaklee product and their potential benefits. For a more in-depth discussion on the Landmark Study and what it can mean for your health, click on Landmark Study Results & Landmark Key Results/Comparisons

Best wishes to our health, let’s keep the conversation going!
Bob Audette
Team Leader, Wellness & Environmental Associates

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