Shaklee Leads the Way in Animal Free Clinical Research with Cornell University

nutriferonCase Study, Cornell University and NUTRIFERON

While clinical studies are the gold standard for determining the effectiveness of a drug or a nutrient, it is sometimes difficult to avoid animal studies if you want to determine how that drug or nutrient works. And those basic “mechanism of action” studies are often a necessary prelude to the clinical studies. That is why Shaklee’s commitment not to use any animal studies in the testing of their products is so important.

If you are passionate about reducing the use of animals in research, you will be particularly impressed with Shaklee’s latest research project. Shaklee wanted to do some basic research on how Nutriferon works to prevent viral infections in the lung. So they contacted scientists at Cornell University to do those experiments. Shaklee contacted those particular scientists to do the experiments because they were world experts in the field of immunology, and they were world experts in the development of model systems that can be used in the place of animal studies.
The scientists asked Shaklee if they would first support their research in developing an animal-free
model system for determining how the airway epithelium (in layman’s terms this refers to the layers of cells that line the lungs and windpipe) responds to viral infections. Shaklee agreed to support the research at Cornell in developing a model of the human airway epithelium – even though that research itself did not involve any Shaklee products and was, therefore, of no direct benefit to Shaklee. The Cornell scientists have published their first paper using this human airway epithelium (HAE) model system. (Palmero et al., Journal of Virology, 83: 6900-6908). That particular paper showed how the lungs respond to a particular type of parainfluenza virus that is responsible for croup and bronchitis in children.

Shaklee’s support in the development of the HAE model system was acknowledged in that paper and will be acknowledged in all future papers using that model system. Of course, the research didn’t stop there. Shaklee also supported a research project by the same scientists to determine how Nutriferon helps the lungs resist infection by flu viruses.

I can’t release all of the results of that study yet because the study has not yet been published. But I can tell you that the study showed that Nutriferon activates “natural killer cells” when a flu virus infects lung tissue. This is a significant finding because, as their name suggests, natural killer cells play an important role in “killing” the flu virus. We already knew that Nutriferon helped fight viral infections, but we didn’t know how. This research is an important part of the proof that Nutriferon is effective.

Shaklee’s support in the development of the HAE model system was acknowledged in that paper and will be acknowledged in all future papers using that model system. Of course, the research didn’t stop there. Shaklee also supported a research project by the same scientists to determine how Nutriferon helps the lungs resist infection by flu viruses. I can’t release all of the results of that study yet because the study has not yet been published. But I can tell you that the study showed that Nutriferon activates “natural killer cells” when a flu virus infects lung tissue. This is a significant finding because, as their name suggests, natural killer cells play an important role in “killing” the flu virus. We already knew that Nutriferon helped fight viral infections, but we didn’t know how. This research is an important part of the proof that Nutriferon is effective.

In Summary:
1) Shaklee has supported fundamental research at Cornell University into the development of a model
system that allows scientists to test how human lung tissue responds to viral infections – and without the
use of animals.
2) This study is significant in itself because it will allow scientists across the world to answer important
scientific questions that cannot be addressed in clinical trials – and the lives of many thousands of
laboratory animals will be spared in the process.
3) This is yet another example of Shaklee’s commitment to supporting research that advances scientific
knowledge – not just research that can be used in the marketing of their products. This commitment to true
science is unique among food supplement companies.
4) These same scientist went on to use this model system to show that Nutriferon protects human lung
tissue from viral infection by activating natural killer cells which destroy the virus.
5) This provides even stronger evidence of the effectiveness of Nutriferon by showing how it works.

To your health!

Dr. Stephen Chaney, Phd

Dr. Chaney has a BS in Chemistry from Duke University and a PhD in Biochemistry from UCLA. He currently holds the rank of Professor at a major university. Dr. Chaney has taught biochemistry to medical and dental students for more that 30 years and has won several awards for teaching excellence. He runs an active cancer research program and has published over 100 scientific articles and reviews in peer reviewed scientific journals. He has also written two chapters on nutrition for a popular medical biochemistry textbook.

Fluoride Toothpaste for Children- What do you know about it?


Over 95% of the toothpaste sold in the U.S. now contains fluoride, with many grocery stores carrying few if any non-fluoridated brands. The use of fluoride toothpaste, particularly during early childhood, presents health risks. This is why the FDA requires a poison warning on every tube of fluoride toothpaste now sold in the US.

Risks from ingesting fluoride toothpaste include permanent tooth discoloration (dental fluorosis), stomach ailments, acute toxicity, skin rashes (perioral dermatitis), and impairment in glucose metabolism. All of these risks have been unnecessarily increased by the marketing practices of toothpaste manufacturers, who use cartoon packaging and candy-flavors to target *adult-strength* fluoride toothpaste to young *children.* The dental community’s failure to educate the public about the dangers of swallowing too much fluoride toothpaste has further exacerbated the problem.

A Major Source of Children’s Daily Fluoride Intake

Fluoride toothpastes sold in the U.S. generally contain between 1,100 and 1,450 parts per million (ppm) fluoride (the equivalent of over 1 mg of fluoride for each gram of paste). Although the fine print on the back of the toothpaste tube instructs users not to swallow and to use only a “pea-sized” amount, advertisements continue to depict heaping swirls of paste on the brush, (Basch 2013), and manufacturers continue to market fluoride toothpastes in bubble-gum, fruit, and candy-like flavors. Using child-appealing flavors is particularly dangerous because young children have poorly developed swallowing reflexes, and invariably swallow large amounts of the paste they add to the brush.

Not surprisingly, numerous studies have found that many children ingest a significant amount of fluoride each day from toothpaste alone. According to the Journal of Public Health Dentistry: “Virtually all authors have noted that some children could ingest more fluoride from [toothpaste] alone than is recommended as a total daily fluoride ingestion.” (Levy 1999).

A Major Risk Factor for Dental Fluorosis

One side effect from swallowing too much fluoride is dental fluorosis. Dental fluorosis is a defect in tooth enamel caused by excessive fluoride intake during the tooth-forming years (age 0 to 8). In its mild forms, dental fluorosis presents as cloudy white splotches and streaks on the teeth, while in its moderate and severe forms, fluorosis can cause extensive brown and black staining along with pitting and crumbling of the enamel. Children who ingest a lot of toothpaste (whether accidentally or purposefully), can develop the disfiguring brown and black stains of advanced fluorosis, particularly if they also drink fluoridated water. Fluorosis on the front teeth, even in its “mild” forms, but especially in its severe forms, can cause self-esteem problems for a child, particularly when they reach adolescence.

Acute Poisoning

In 1997, the FDA ordered toothpaste manufacturers to add a poison warning on all fluoride toothpastes sold in the U.S. The warning reads:

“Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately.”

The FDA requires this warning because children who swallow too much fluoride toothpaste can suffer acute poisoning, even death. In fact, a single tube of bubble-gum flavored Colgate-for-Kids toothpaste contains enough fluoride (143 mg) to kill a child weighing less than 30 kg. (Whitford 1987a).

While fatalities from fluoride ingestion are rare (the last reported death occurred in 2002), bouts of acute fluoride poisoning are not. Acute fluoride poisoning, which occurs at doses as low as 0.1 to 0.3 mg per kg of bodyweight, generally presents in the form of gastric pain, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, and flu-like symptoms. (Akiniwa 1997; Gessner 1994). A child weighing 10 kg would only need to ingest 1 to 3 grams of paste (less than 3% of a tube of Colgate-for-Kids) to experience one or more of these symptoms.

Although it is believed that many poisoning incidents from fluoride toothpaste go undiagnosed and unreported (Shulman 1997), the number of calls to Poison Control Centers in the U.S. for fluoride poisonings from toothpaste has skyrocketed since the FDA issued its poison warning. Indeed, in the early 1990s (prior to the FDA’s warning), there were about 1,000 poisoning reports each year from fluoride toothpaste. (Shulman 1997). Today, there are over 23,000 reports a year, resulting in hundreds of emergency room treatments.

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Is Our Love of Almonds Causing the California Drought?

almonds warning

Three days ago I made almond milk from scratch. I was so proud of myself I took a photo of it to share on Facebook. I never posted it though realizing there were crumbs from my experiment glaringly in the background.   With two kids that needed to get into bed, the crumbs remained until the morning and my beautiful carafe of fresh almond milk never got it’s Facebook debut. How would the world know how crunchy and earth friendly I am without posting that picture?!

Then as fate would have it, that very next morning I saw an article from the Atlantic Magazine, The Dark Side of Almond Use, where author James Hamblin, MD, discuses that while almonds are good for our health, and we as a nation are eating them in unprecedented numbers, almonds are grown in drought stricken California.  And to grow, almonds need a lot of water. In fact almond farms consume 1.1 trillion tons of water each year, about 1% of all of California’s water. The toll our thirst for almonds has on the environment is enough to raise alarm. Salmon stocks are dwindling having to compete with almonds for water and pollinating bees are being killed by the millions due to pesticide use. Hamblin really summed it up best,

“Thinking about going easy on almonds is sort of analogous to GMO dilemmas or buying organic, where the point isn’t really nutrition, it’s environmental consciousness and sustainability, which always come back to water.”

With the green movement well into its years, people are more conscious of recycling, composting, and feeling good about doing their part, but the effect of farm practices on the food we eat and the effects on the environment are still in it’s toddlerhood. The old equations of:

Recycled + Sustainable = Good to use

Nutrition = Good to eat

are on their way out. We are headed in a new direction. Where healthy for me no longer equals healthy for the environment. A new equation might be:

Nutritious + Sustainable  x (Low Environmental Impact + Low water usage) + Living Wages + Human Animal Husbandry/distance from farm to table  = Acceptable food to eat

Is there an app yet for rating food based on this meticulously developed algorithm? Probably not, but I would bet there will be one shortly, where you can scan the barcode of any food and learn its sustainablity rating. So what does all this have to do with my almond milk experiment? Well perhaps I won’t be in such a hurry to make it again…or purchase almonds in the giant bulk quantity that I do. Maybe I will just use water on my cereal and in my shakes…cut out the middle man and go straight to the source.

But in all seriousness, the water debate (and water crisis) is not going to go away. Instead of having multi-national corporations and governments deciding on who gets use of the water, perhaps it’s time for We the People to start shaping how we want the water debate to unfold.  I’m putting my thinking cap on, I hope you do too. 


Flintstone Vitamins Contributing to ADD, ADHD, and Hyperactivity?

When I hear that a friend’s pediatrician recommends Flintstone vitamins to their kids my stomach cringes, much in the same way that poor kid’s stomach will after eating that crap.   Parents just want to do what is best for their kids so when they hear their doctor’s recommend or they see on the bottle “#1 Pediatrician Recommended” what are they supposed to think? That those “vitamins” must be the best. Unfortunately, they are far from that, I would go as far to say they are the worst. So why are they recommended? I have no idea.

Most doctors in this country receive about 2.5 hours of nutritional training in all their schooling. That’s right. Just 2.5 hours. I have spent more time conducting research for this article.

What exactly is in Flintstone “vitamins”  (I use that word loosely, as the better term would be candy)? After we walk through all the junk in Flintstones we are going to discuss why then on God’s green earth would Dr’s recommend this garbage. Here is the Ingredients list:

FLINTSTONES Gummies Directions: Children 2 to 3 years of age: Chew one gummy daily.

INGREDIENTS: Glucose Syrup, Sucrose, Gelatin, Water; Less Than 2% Of: Artificial Flavors, Ascorbic Acid, Bees Wax, Carnauba Wax, Citric Acid, D-Biotin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Red #40, FD&C Yellow #6, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vegetable Oil (coconut or palm), Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol), Vitamin E Acetate, Zinc Sulfate.

See all those dyes and artificial flavoring? In a recent article published in Parents Magazine, The Food-dye Blues, artificial colors and artificial flavorings were under scrutiny for causing and/or contributing to ADD and ADHD. Studies done both abroad and nationally are starting to confirm what parents are finding; that when they eliminate artificial colors and flavors from their children’s diets their attention, attitudes and health become better.

Artificial colors are derived from petroleum and coal tar. Yes, you heard me. Petroleum. Coal tar. And we are feeding this to our children. About eight of the artificial colors this country still uses has been banned in other countries.  Red #40, Yellow #5, Blue #1, among others are replaced with natural food colorings such as beetroots and paprika. So tell me, why are artificial colors and flavors added to most children’s vitamins? Specifically why are the “#1Recommended byPediatrician” vitamins, Flintstones? 

I decided to conduct my own experiment on the nutritional value of Flintstones vs other brand vitamins. A true vitamin, or supplement, should have live enzymes in them, meaning that the integrity of the fruit and vegetable cells in the supplement should still be in tact, as if you were to eat that actual food. What happens to fruits and vegetables when you leave them out? Because they are alive, bacteria and mold start to eat the food. For a good supplement, that should also happen. You should expect to see mold.


Left to right: Flintstones Gummies, Centrum flavor bursts, Shaklee’s Incredivites, Max and Ruby, Yummy Bears. This was day one. For each group the one on the left I put directly on the paper, the one on the right I put in my mouth for five seconds to help it to start breaking down. For the Centrum one I had to bite it in half since it was coated in a candy shell. Notice how for the grouping in the middle, the Incredivites started to oxidize immediately. The rest stayed exactly the same.


This next photo is two weeks in. The Flintstones Vitamin, the Centrum Bursts, and the organic Yummy Bears are all the same, not one is breaking down, not one is full of life giving nutrients, just some over cooked goop. The Ruby ones turned black but that was it, no molding. The Shaklee Incredivites started molding just a few days in. They are molding like you would expect a fruit or a vegetable would, because it is the only vitamin of the group that is cold pressed to keep the nutrients. The others, as you can see, clearly are not.

So you can see why I get upset when Doctors recommend something that pretty much is void of nutritional value. You might ask why we need to give a child a food supplement to begin with, and that is a great question which will be answered fully in a coming article, but the gist is this, children can be picky eaters and even for those who are great eaters our food is just not as nutritionally sound as it was just 50 years ago. One thing Pediatricians have gotten right is recommending that children take a vitamin, what they haven’t figured out yet are the best ones.  I believe they are recommending them because they just don’t know better. They have other things on their minds. But now you know so you can choose wisely.

If you are interested in the Shaklee Incredivites for your children, you can learn more about and purchase them here. They are what I give to my two healthy, happy, and curious kiddos.  I started using the Shaklee food supplements for myself years ago, I had such great results that I became a distributor, and from the above article, you can see why! It’s important to share the information about what we are putting into our families. We have a right to know what we are consuming.

6 Ways Your Home Is Making You Sick And How To Fix It

green-homeWe all like to think that our home is a safe space. But what if I told you your home could actually be making you and your family sick? Yup. Unfortunately consumer products today are allowed to be sold first without being tested for their effects on human health. Crazy, I know. Remove these 6 culprits and follow the tips to removing health crushing chemicals from your home.

1. Your Cleaning Products: It’s hard to believe that the very things we are using to clean our homes are also making us sick. Most conventional brands of cleaners use toxins that either are known carcinogens (cause cancer) or have never been tested for their effects on human health. Thanks to marketing we were raised to believe “clean” should have a smell. But did you know those fragrances are made from petroleum based chemicals which are harmful to our health!

Solution: Switch to non-toxic, organic, biodegradable cleaners.

2. Your air fresheners: Air fresheners can contain up to 2,000 different synthetic chemicals. Many of which, like conventional cleaners, have chemicals in them that have not been tested. We’ve been conditioned to believe everything should have a “clean smell” but what is available today in the form of air fresheners are actually harming our health. Air fresheners can cause red eyes, runny noses, headaches, and sore throats.

Solution: You can make your own essential oil sprays, buy them at a health food store, or order on line. To get smells out of carpets cover them in baking soda when you leave for work and vacuum them when you get home. If you do this of about a week, you can get rid of almost any smell. Another option, open the windows often, everyday even in the winter to help circulate air.

3. Your pajamas, bed and bedding: Most beds and bedding have baked on flame retardants which in the case of a fire are meant to help slow the burn. New research is slowing that flame retardants do more harm than good, contributing to cancer, learning disabilities, and skin issues. Check out the documentary Toxic Love Seat for a real eye opener on the dangers of flame retardants.  If you can’t afford organic, then let new products off-gas outside or with the windows open until the smell dissipates.

Solution: Purchase organic sheets. If your purchasing a new mattress find companies who use natural wool to help slow flames.  Look for pajamas that say flame retardant free. Most pajamas that contain flame retardants say so, so check the label!

4. Your couch and carpet: Couches and carpets also contain flame retardants and a slew of other chemicals to keep spills from taking hold. Plus many fabrics now are laced with plastics which can leach phthalates (a plastic softener, a now known endocrine disruptor) and glues which contain formaldehyde which is a known carcinogen.

Solution: When it’s time to purchase new look for organic couches and real wood flooring, organic carpets and rugs. A quick google search will now pop up many choices! If you are not looking to buy new anytime soon, you can purchase organic slip covers and remove old rugs. Again, if organic is out of the budget try to have new carpeting and couches off-gas outside or with the windows open.

5. Wearing your shoes in the house: We’ve all heard the saying “You don’t know someone until you walk a mile in their shoes” and in this case you don’t want to wear those shoes in the house because you don’t know where they have been! Think of all the places you go all day, parking lots, public stores and bathrooms. All these places leave traces of oil, grime, and chemicals on the bottom of your shoes. When you wear them in the house you are bringing all those contaminants in with you which rub onto floors and carpets. If you have children or pets then you know they are touching these contaminates with their hands, feet, or paws, and then climbing on the furniture spreading the grime around. Children and animals tend to put their hands, feet, and paws in their mouths which means that they are also consuming the grime.

Solution: Remove shoes upon entering your home and ask guests to do the same. In colder months you can have extra slippers available for guests.

6. Not cleaning often enough: Plastics, furniture, glue from particle board and our ever loved Ikea products off-gas formaldehyde, phthalates,  and flame retardants which attach to dust particles floating around the air and end up all over the house as dust. We then end up breathing these carcinogens in, touch them with our skin, and ingesting them.

Solution: Dust and vacuum often (at least once a week). Open windows daily to let fresh air in, whether it is summer or winter it is important to get fresh air flowing.  Add more house plants. Plants help filter the air.

In the Beginning there was Food

farmFood. Today the word means so many different things to so many people. But food just used to mean whatever we could get from the earth and arrange in a way that was suitable for eating.

Today food means petrochemical food additives, synthetic flavors cooked up in a lab, and strange unpronounceable preservatives. Food became whatever could be made the fastest, cheapest, and shipped farthest. Genetically modified crops, allowing them to be sprayed with dangerous pesticides are now the norm. This blog is about taking back our power to know what is in our food, where it was grown, under what condition, and how to find safer alternatives to what is currently available on store shelves. This blog is about returning to health and a better, safer way to live and eat, and just be.

This blog will also be about my personal journey of choosing healthy foods and products for me and my family and helping others to do the same.

The Shaklee Difference

~ 8 Key Reasons Why You Should Trust Your Health to Shaklee ~

1. SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE for NEED — Shaklee does not follow ”fads” but only uses ingredients that have been extensively studied.

2. PUREST INGREDIENTS — The most stringent protocol in the industry, Shaklee tests for up to 350 chemical contaminants. Rather than simply accept a supplier’s Certificate of Analysis, Shaklee actually retests to confirm.

3. SAFE & EFFECTIVE — Shaklee conducts over 100,000 tests a year ensuring safety, efficacy, and that each ingredient listed is present in appropriate amounts.

4. MORE POTENT — Shaklee’s proprietary formulations ensure key active ingredients are included at clinically efficacious levels, often significantly higher than the competitors’.

5. MORE NATURAL — Shaklee products contain no artificial flavors, sweeteners, and or added preservatives. We use only non-genetically modified (non GMO) soy protein.

6. OPTIMIZED ABSORPTION — Shaklee uses patented nutrient delivery systems to optimize bioavailability and conducts clinical tests to prove their nutrient delivery advantages. Shaklee has been awarded 60 patents.

7. PUBLISHED CLINICAL PROOF — More than the next 5 leading companies combined: Over 90 publications in peer–reviewed journals and …The Landmark Study (UC Berkeley) which showed people who took Shaklee over 20 years had markedly better health than both single-multivitamin and non-supplement users

8. REAL RESULTS — Shaklee has fueled countless Olympians and some of the greatest human achievements in history:

· Shaklee-powered Olympians have won over 125 medals / 56 gold

· Shaklee fueled 7 of Time-Life’s “25 Greatest Adventures of All Time”

· Shaklee has been used by NASA astronauts for decades


Dr. Jamie McManus, MD, FAAFP

Chair of Medical Affairs, Health Sciences and Education for Shaklee Corporation