How Fast are you Aging?
Have you ever noticed that some people seem to age faster than others? Scientists are learning that we may actually be able to slow the aging process by changing some of our unhealthy habits.
To find out what might be contributing to faster aging, take our quick quiz:
Scientists who study aging have found there are many things that can speed your aging:
Stress and anxiety are normal parts of life and usually aren't a problem until they become everyday events. Stress raises many hormones, including cortisol, which can impact the way we look and how fast we age.1 In a recent study, women with a high level of anxiety had biological markers of women who were six years older.2
When you look at the faces of people who are long-term smokers, you can see that smoking destroys their skin. Smoking is associated with many chronic diseases, including heart disease and stroke, as well as lung and other cancers.3
Too Much Sun Exposure
While the sun is good for us in small amounts as a great source for vitamin D production in our bodies, ultraviolet radiation is also well known to age skin prematurely.4
Short-term sleep deprivation (such as having a bad night's sleep) has a variety of adverse effects, including raising blood pressure, impairing blood sugar control, and increasing inflammation, which all can accelerate aging. But when people don't sleep well over a long period of time (less than 7 hours of sleep) they are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and an increase in all-cause mortality.5
Many foods may even accelerate aging, including trans fats and processed and hydrogenated oils.6 Refined sugars produce a chemical reaction called advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) in our bodies and these have been tied to serious health conditions.7
Obesity has been called a state of chronic inflammation and oxidative stress8 and is associated with a variety of diseases, including diabetes, colon cancer, gallstones, hypertension, heart disease, and stroke.9,10
Sedentary lifestyles have long been associated with being less healthy. People who don't exercise are more likely to be overweight, have higher risk for diabetes, heart disease, and even certain cancers.11
How We Age
Aging is a complex but natural process that affects every cell, organ, and body function you have. It's impacted by a number of factors, including genetics, nutritional habits, and other lifestyle aspects. But how exactly do we age? Well, scientists have been developing theories of aging for centuries, and more recently have invested billions of dollars into research in hopes of developing interventions to help alter or slow the aging process. To date, research suggests there are several key mechanisms involved: DNA Damage
Resveratrol Facts Explained
Written by Dr. L. Lee Coyne
Resveratrol is frequently referred to as “The active ingredient in Red Wine” but that is a serious over-simplification and the evidence is clear – there is not enough resveratrol in a glass of wine to make a difference.
The polyphenol Resveratrol has been a hot topic among the anti-aging writers and commentators since Dr. David Sinclair was interviewed by the TV magazine show “60 Minutes” 1 in Jan 2009 and the Barbara Walters Show 2 in June of 2009. Dr. Sinclair emphasized that although anti-aging was a “hot button”, he was more interested on the influence on diseases or prevention of diseases associated with aging.
What is Resveratrol? The explanations below are detailed and require some concentration to completely understand so I urge you to read it carefully.
Resveratrol is a phenolic or polyphenol compound that has been found to have a strong antioxidant activity. Plants create resveratrol to protect themselves against the stress caused by things such as poor growing conditions and severe weather.
Resveratrol has been shown to destroy cancer cells, reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol and the risk of cardiovascular disease. Recent studies on animals have shown resveratrol to dramatically increase life span, increase athletic endurance and mimic the benefits of a calorie-restricted diet.
In nature, resveratrol exists in two different isomers, trans-resveratrol and cis-resveratrol; these prefixes refer to the shape of the molecule. Researchers have identified trans-resveratrol as the biologically active of the two isomers, which is why responsible companies only label for this active "trans-resveratrol" molecule. Some of competitors label "total resveratrols," which is not enough information for a consumer.
The Shaklee Corporation has developed a tonic they labeled as Vivix. This is not a juice beverage but rather an exclusive, concentrated liquid anti-aging dietary supplement that delivers the purest form of resveratrol and a highly potent polyphenol extract created from the only grape in nature with an extra chromosome.
This unique blend of polyphenols includes ingredients that have been shown in laboratory studies to fight key mechanisms of cellular aging. One teaspoon of Vivix delivers the equivalent amount of resveratrol found in 100 glasses of red wine.
This is a very specialized product - takes 28 days to produce a batch and it only has an 8 month shelf life.
Not all Resveratrol products are equal.
4 published studies showing positive potential health benefits for resveratrol / polyphenols.
Resveratrol and CancerThis is one of the articles I came across. I didn't know what apoptosis meant so I looked it up and find it so fitting to what we have been told about Resveratrol.
Apoptosis - necessary death of cells - a form of cell death necessary to make way for new cells and to remove cells whose DNA has been damaged to the point at which cancerous change is liable to occur.
ABSTRACTS “Trans-Resveratrol induces apoptosis in human breast cancer cells MCF-7 by the activation of MAP kinases pathways“ 4Polyphenols represent a large class of plant-derived molecules with a general chemical structure that act as potent free radical scavengers. They have long been recognized to possess several therapeutic activities ranging from anti-thrombotic to antioxidant.
Moreover, the capability of polyphenols to act as reducing or oxidizing molecules depends on the presence of environmental metals and on the concentrations used. In this work we demonstrated that the stilbene trans-resveratrol was able to commit human breast cancer MCF-7 cells to apoptosis.
Mainly, we evidenced a pivotal role of the mitochondria in this phenomenon as cytochrome c release into the cytosol was found after the treatment. We further showed that trans-resveratrol was able to affect cellular redox state. In particular, it induced an early production of ROS and lipid oxidation, and only later compromised the GSH/GSSG ratio.
This mode of action was mirrored by a temporally different activation of JNK and p38(MAPK), with the former rapidly induced and the latter weakly activated at long intervals. The results obtained demonstrate a pro-apoptotic activity for trans-resveratrol, and suggest a preferential activation of different classes of MAP kinases in response to different oxidative stimuli (ROS versus GSH/GSSG alteration).
Role of Resveratrol in Prevention and Therapy of Cancer: A review of Preclinical and Clinical Studies
by BHARAT B. AGGARWAL, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer CenterConclusions of review of 370 articles 5
From the studies described in this review, it is clear that resveratrol holds great potential in the prevention and therapy of a wide variety of tumors. Resveratrol has antiproliferative effects through induction of apoptosis in cell lines of various origin such as leukemias and breast, prostate, colon, pancreas, and head and neck carcinomas.
It induces Fast-dependent apoptosis in some cell lines and Fast independent apoptosis in others. Most, but not all, studies indicate that resveratrol does not induce apoptosis in normal cells. Some in vitro studies showing that resveratrol has antiproliferative effects at certain dose ranges but not at other doses could explain the small number of in vivo animal studies in which resveratrol was ineffective in inhibiting certain cancer conditions.
Some studies have reported that resveratrol has biphasic behavior with respect to its antiproliferative effects. Thus systematic studies are required to test a range of resveratrol concentrations in vitro and then apply those doses in vivo in a wide variety of tumors.
In vivo studies clearly demonstrate that resveratrol is pharmacologically safe and can be used for prevention and therapy of cancer. Resveratrol’s ability to radiosensitize and chemosensitize opens up additional opportunities. That the structure of resveratrol is simple and the presence of hydroxyl groups is strongly linked with its biological activity provides additional opportunities for structure-activity relationship studies to improve its biopotency and bioavailability.
Lastly, resveratrol has potential for treating diseases other than cancer and cardiovascular ailments. Howitz et al. found evidence in yeast that resveratrol mimics calorie restriction and thus extends the lifespan by 70% (360).
Resveratrol and Inflamatory ResponsesResveratrol and polyphenols reduce oxidative stress and inflammatory responses. 6
High-fat, high-carbohydrate (HFHC) meals are known to induce oxidative and inflammatory stress, an increase in plasma endotoxin concentrations, and an increase in the expression of suppressor of cytokine signaling-3 (SOCS-3).
The intake of the supplement (VIVIX) suppressed the meal-induced elevations of plasma endotoxin and LBP concentrations, the expression of p47phox, TLR-4, CD14, SOCS-3, IL-1β, and Keap-1, while enhancing Nrf-2 binding activity and the expression of NQO-1 and GST-P1 genes.
A supplement (VIVIX) containing resveratrol and muscadine polyphenols suppresses the increase in oxidative stress, lipopolysaccharide and LBP concentrations, and expression of TLR-4, CD14, IL-1β and SOCS-3 in mononuclear cells after an HFHC meal. It also stimulates specific Nrf-2 activity and induces the expression of the related antioxidant genes, NQO-1 and GST-P1. These results demonstrate the acute antioxidant and antiinflammatory effects of resveratrol and polyphenolic compounds in humans in the postprandial state.
Resveratrol and DiabetesResveratrol improves insulin sensitivity, reduces oxidative stress and activates the Akt pathway in type 2 diabetic patients. 7
The aims were to determine whether the polyphenol resveratrol improves insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetic patients and to gain some insight into the mechanism of its action.Resveratrol significantly decreased insulin resistance (homeostasis model of assessment for insulin resistance) and urinary ortho-tyrosine excretion, while it increased the pAkt:Akt ratio in platelets.
On the other hand, it had no effect on parameters that relate to β-cell function (i.e. homeostasis model of assessment of β-cell function). The present study shows for the first time that resveratrol improves insulin sensitivity in humans, which might be due to a resveratrol-induced decrease in oxidative stress that leads to a more efficient insulin signalling via the Akt pathway.
1. 60 Minutes - Wine Rx. Scientists have found a substance called resveratrol in red wine that slows down the aging process in mice. Will it someday lengthen the lives of humans, too? Morley Safer reports.
2. Barbara Walters Show - Resveratrol and Anti-aging. Barbara Walters interviews Dr. David Sinclair about his research into Anti-aging, red wine and Resveratrol.
3. Nature. 2007 Nov 29;450(7170):712-6.
4. Genes Nutr. 2007 Dec;2(3):295-305 trans-Resveratrol induces apoptosis in human breast cancer cells MCF-7 by the activation of MAP kinases pathways
5. Role of Resveratrol in Prevention and Therapy of Cancer: Preclinical and Clinical Studies
6. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism February 2, 2011 jc.2010-1812 Resveratrol and polyphenols reduce oxidative stress and inflammatory responses
7. Br J Nutr. 2011 Aug;106(3):383-9. Epub 2011 Mar 9. Resveratrol improves insulin sensitivity, reduces oxidative stress and activates the Akt pathway in type 2 diabetic patients.
Further ReadingShaklee scientists have worked for years to create and isolate a unique profile of polyphenols shown in laboratory studies to protect and repair cellular DNA. Not only have we filed for multiple patents to protect this innovation; we also assure that Shaklee will have the entire output of the largest and best growers of one of the key ingredients (muscadine grape) so that we can deliver these exclusive benefits to you:
Shaklee Vivix - Why We Age with Dr. Jamie McManus
TESTIMONIALS BY SHAKLEE VIVIX USERS
Vivix and Colitis and Diverticulitis
February of 2008 I was diagnosed with Colitis and Diverticulitis, but tests also showed a possibility of Crohn's Disease.
I was on various medications throughout 2008 and 2009 with nothing really helping. Then one day in late January of 2010 my Shaklee Distributor called and talked to me about Vivix and offered to send more information along with testimonials. After reading the material, I ordered Vivix and after a month thought it wasn't going to help me, but I remembered my Shaklee distributor saying to try it at least for two months.
I started taking Vivix in February and after two months I could see improvement and by three months I was symptom free and I still am!
Before taking Vivix, I had diarrhea, bloody stools, and mucus discharge to the point I didn't leave the house but for a short time. I was basically living on toast and yogurt and drinking only water. I had no energy. Now I watch my diet but I can eat most things, and I still drink mostly water, but occasionally have tea or a soda. I am now able to do my regular activities. I am so thankful for that call in 2010. -- L. Branch
Vivix and Alzheimer's
This is Elsie. She was diagnosed with the beginning of the worst stage of Alzheimer's. Bed-ridden, incontinent, she seldom recognized family, and was fed, bathed, and dressed with assistance. Doctors put her on medications, however, they made her violently ill, so the family decided to take her off the medication and put her on Vivix and some additional Shaklee supplements.
After a few months, Elsie began to recognize her family, started walking again, bathing herself, cleaned her house, and sang songs with her grandchildren again. A truly remarkable story!
Vivix Lowers Blood Sugar Levels and A1C Scores
Following my first preventive blood work up in May, 2008, I found out that I was close to being pre-diabetic when I had my first consultation with Dr. Sandy on 6-25-08. She gave me several suggestions for lowering my glucose and hemoglobin A1C levels. I immediately implemented Dr. Sandy's advice regarding the proper foods to eat and the supplements to take. On my follow-up appointment with Dr. Sandy three months later on 9-26-08, my blood work up for my glucose and hemoglobin A1C levels were in the normal range.
The glucose levels had dropped from 114 to 88, and the hemoglobin A1C levels had dropped from 6.0 to 5.6.
Thank goodness I did the preventive blood test, scheduled a consultation meeting with Dr. Sandy, and started taking Vivix on 8-8-08! Diabetes is definitely not a disease that I wish to deal with in the future. -- Judy Dubiel
Vivix and Basal Cell Cancer and Diabetes
In October of 2007, I was diagnosed with a Basel Cell Carcinoma (skin cancer) on my left shin. The Dermatologist cut and scraped it out and asked to see me again in 6 months. In July of 2008, the lesion had not healed and appeared to be even larger. We scheduled a surgical procedure to remove the entire lesion including going as deep as needed and excising healthy skin all the way around (about the size of a quarter). In August, I began using VIVIX. 4 weeks later, I went for the surgery and the cancer was essentially gone! I've been a dedicated Shaklee nutrition user for many years, and VIVIX was the only difference in my supplement program.
Ed has been diabetic for many years and on insulin for a number of them. He has struggled for a long time to get his A1C levels below 7 (these levels are measured every 6 months and are more important than the daily sugar levels to determine how well you are managing your disease). After 4 weeks on VIVIX, his regular check-up indicated his A1C levels have dropped from 7.2 to 6.6. We're expecting even better results at the next check up! -- Ann & Ed Mangelsen
Vivix and Diabetes Neuropathy
I have been diabetic since 1996. I have neuropathy in my legs and feet. On the days at work when I have to be on my feet for 5 hours or more, I would leave here limping because my feet were so swollen I could barely walk. I would have to go home and elevate my feet and legs for an hour or two just to be able to function in the evening. I started taking VIVIX in 2008 and within about 3-4 months I noticed that when I left work - I did not have to go straight home - I could go grocery shopping or run errands and the pain and swelling was no longer in my feet. I can't say that the VIVIX gave me more energy per se, but rather I describe it as more endurance. I won't go a day without it! -- Mike F. July 2010, CT
Vivix and Migraines
My name is Gayle McBurney, and thanks to VIVIX I have my life back. All my life I have had migraines. I never knew when they would happen, but when they did my day was gone .... days too numerous to mention curled up in bed with the curtains drawn (the darker the better), no radio and no noise of any kind, a bucket beside my bed, and a cold compress to help ease the pain. The next day, when my migraine finally subsided, I felt like I had been hit by a truck. My head would still hurt where the pain was. I visited my family doctor to see if she could help me so I could function, as the headaches were starting to interfere with my job. She gave me a prescription for medication that, if I didn't have a drug plan, I would not be able to afford. The medication helped my headaches, providing I took them at the onset of a migraine. Needless to say, I carried the medication with me everywhere I went. My brother introduced me to Shaklee's VIVIX, and I started taking it on a regular basis, not knowing that it would affect my life in such a dramatic way. I have not had a headache or a migraine in over three months. I can't even begin to tell you what life is like without a headache ... something I have never experienced before, and it's great! Thank you VIVIX, thank you Shaklee, and thank you brother!
Vivix and High PSA Scores
On 8-15-08, my PSA levels were 4.9, and they jumped up to 9.1 on 9-18-08. After I consulted with my sister, who is a Shaklee distributor, I added the following Shaklee supplements to my daily routine of taking Shaklee's Energizing Soy Protein and Vitalizer - VIVIX, NutriFeron, Saw Palmetto, and Immunity Formula I to boost up my immune system. On 9-26-08, the blood tests showed a drop in my PSA levels to 6.9, which the nurse said was highly unusual.
In fact, my PSA scores dropped down from a high of 9.1 on September 18th to a low of 3.4 in just 6 weeks! Plus, my free PSA scores of 28.8% showed the highest score I have ever received since I started having prostate problems in 2005. As I started VIVIX on 9-12-08, my doctor was amazed at these rapid changes in my PSA scores. He said that "something was going on," and I told him what changes I had made and the benefits of Shaklee's supplements and VIVIX! Now, he doesn't want to see me for another 6 months! Plus, he said that the chance of this being cancer is under 5% whereas a month ago he said that it was around 20%.
In addition to the changes in my PSA scores, I am noticing an improvement in my vision. Plus, I do a lot of climbing on ladders for my work, and the pain in my knees has lessened as well. So, once again, Shaklee has risen to the occasion and made a huge difference in my health! So thank you Shaklee for creating VIVIX and all your other great health-improving products!
As of July 2010, my PSA scores have remained low at 3.3, which is in the normal range. -- John G.
Vivix and Hearing Improved at Age 80
Today I went in for my yearly hearing aid check up at the audiologist. He said that it has been a number of years since I had a hearing test and this is especially important considering my age. After the tests were completed, he compared the results today with the previous tests. He said he didn't understand why the results of today's testing were so out of line with my previous tests. Then he showed me the comparison. He said my tests today showed my hearing to be ABOVE the "normal" line whereas my previous tests showed all my scores to be way BELOW the "normal" range. He said this can't be because no one has ever had this much improvement in their hearing in all the years he has been in this business. He said that something isn't right, no one has this dramatic improvement in hearing and especially considering your age.
Then I told him that I felt sure I had the explanation for the improvement - it's Vivix. Then I briefly told him what this product is and the testimonials Shaklee has received of vastly improved health because of this product. That it is so unique Shaklee has applied for patents. I asked him if he'd like for me to drop off information and science about this product. He said "yes." -- Shirley Davis
Vivix and Child with Brain Cancer
I spoke with Megan's dad yesterday, and he told me that it was one year ago to the day, November 19, 2007 that they received the news that Megan, age 7, had brain cancer and her prognosis wasn't good. So the journey began with the poking, prodding, chemotherapy, bedside vigils, etc. They were introduced to Shaklee, and they started little Megan on NutriFeron and Children's Vita Lea. She began to show some improvement. However, Todd told me that the real tipping point came in August with the introduction of Vivix; they began the daily Vivix, 1 tsp per day. Megan has shown remarkable progress ever since. The neurosurgeons at the Mayo Clinic told her parents that the type of tumor that Megan has DOES not shrink, not with chemo treatment. They were in disbelief when Megan's tumor was almost undetectable. Todd totally attributes her amazing progress to prayers, which are so powerful, but also to Shaklee's Vivix along with the NutriFeron and vitamins.
The hope that he and his family have again is beyond words. I still find it very difficult to put what I heard in his voice into words. Todd touched me to the very depth of my being. This is why we do what we do, we are able to give people hope when they have none. God Bless. -- Jeannie Foster
Vivix and Cancer
This year has been a journey for our family. I look back and see many blessings despite hospital stays and doctor visits from April through September. On April 4th, my husband Ron had a small tumor removed from his rectum which came back positive for cancer. More tests were ordered, and during those tests, an abdominal aneurysm was found. On June 18, he had the surgery to repair the aneurysm prior to having the rectal surgery for the colostomy. In mid-August, we met with the colo-rectal surgeon who indicated that the pathology report showed the tumor had invaded the rectal muscle and the margins were questionable. Their recommendation was to have the colostomy to be sure the cancer was completely removed, however, we had the option of first having a biopsy of the area where the tumor had been removed. On September 16th, the doctor called telling Ron that there were no cancer cells in the biopsy. Ron had not been using any Shaklee supplements. With the first pathology report in April, I set NutriFeron on the kitchen table and explained the product, telling Ron he should start taking six a day. I also gave him Optiflora, CarotoMax, and VitaLea Gold with his prescription medications. In August, we started using Vivix daily. At the time of the biopsy in September, Ron had been taking the supplements since April and on Vivix for six weeks.
Where did the cancer go? The surgeons cannot explain it. It was there, but it is gone. I think back to Dr. Shaklee saying "Give the body what it needs and it will heal itself." This has been my prayer since last April. Ron questions "Was it the Vivix?" but continues to ask for the Vivix every morning, and he faithfully takes the NutriFeron and the other supplements. I thank God and Shaklee that the cancer is gone. I am also thankful for the surgeons who were willing to do more tests before doing more surgery. -- Jan Cruise
Vivix and Fractured Cartilage and Bone Scan
Ruthie, a retired RN and great grandmother, writes: My knee is totally fine now, and I have energy again. And that is without surgery! An MRI had confirmed that I had fractured cartilage on both sides of my knee. After a week on Vivix, I didn't need to use the cane anymore and each month my knee improved. Now it's as if I never fractured the cartilage at all! I am even back walking and using the rebounder. Along with the Vivix, I started taking Shaklee's Glucosamine (Joint Health Complex).
Another great thing: I recently got a bone scan that showed an improvement over my results of 4 years ago which were in the very low normal range. The results this time showed that I was up into the middle normal range! The only difference since then is taking Shaklee Vitalizer, Vivix, and Joint Health Complex. So it's got to be the Shaklee! -- Ruthie Hasselblad
Vivix and Parkinson's Disease
In 2003, Chuck was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease - a progressive neurological disorder with no known cure. Chuck is 78 and has been on various Shaklee supplements since 2001, however, we have seen the most change since starting Vivix in August, 2008. The improvements became noticeable within 2 months of starting Vivix. Before Vivix, our goal was to keep him as healthy as possible so his body only needed to deal with Parkinson's. Since Vivix, our goal has changed to improving his DNA and reduce his medications!
My report to you is that little things are happening. And it is the little things in life that mean the most! He's back to:
1. laughing, smiling and making jokes
2. participating in conversations at family gatherings
3. whistling and singing silly songs
4. standing straighter when he hugs me
5. he's just more engaged in life
6. and the best of all - when you look into his eyes, his lights are back on!
Is Vivix making a difference in Chuck's health and in our hope for him? You bet it is! -- Paula Pursley
Vivix and Teenager's Cancer and Heart Story
Hi Paula, Your husband's story about Parkinson's and Vivix is fantastic! I too feel that Shaklee came to me for a reason.
My oldest son had Cancer in 2003 when he was 17; I was introduced to Shaklee in 2004. After his treatments of Chemo and radiation, his heart was damaged and only working on 3 muscles. The Doctors put him on medication to compensate for the damaged muscle and told him not to exert himself, lift heavy objects, or over-do things and get too run down. This was very hard for a 21-year-old when all his friends are out being very active.
I immediately put him on everything possible to strengthen his heart and build muscle. A few months went by, and he started having fainting spells so he went into emergency to get check out since he almost fainted at work. The doctor there looked up his history and saw the information about his heart and said he might have to have a pacemaker put in, but to come back in the morning for more testing. My son left there devastated that afternoon.
He went back in the next day for testing and the results were incredible. The reason he was having fainting spells was that the medication was too strong for a heart that is perfectly normal. His heart had been rebuilt and the dead muscle working again. Of course, the doctors couldn't explain this because he was supposed to be on medication for the rest of his life.
You and I know better. I am forever grateful to Dr. Shaklee and all his wisdom. -- Leslie M., Ontario Canada, 6/22/10
Vivix and Dementia
I was diagnosed with early onset dementia 6 years ago at the age of 57. With the Shaklee products I take, the doctor said I was doing great. However, even though I was "doing great", I had poor sleep, was a grizzly bear in the morning, not much energy during the day, and didn't look forward to doing things! However, after Vivix, I have a new clarity that had been missing for a long time. I also have much more energy and sleep better and now get up in the morning - eager to get busy! This is a TREMENDOUS difference for someone with memory problems. -- Linda Berton
Vivix and Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
My husband has been on VIVIX since September 2008, but he did not notice any particular changes. Then he went for his physical in January 2009. He has been taking blood pressure medication for the last 5 years. One year ago at the Doctor's office his blood pressure was high (170 over 100). Last week, after being on Vivix, his BP was 124 over 80 at the Doctor's office; at home his BP is anywhere from 124 over 70-80.
However, the best news is his cholesterol, which traditionally has been between 220-230 with a high LDL; last week his total cholesterol was 192, HDL 74, and LDL 102 ... all good numbers. -- Doris and Dave Moran
Vivix and COPD and Macular Degeneration
Roy, has been on VIVIX, Vitalizer, NutriFeron, extra OptiFlora, and Cinch a little over 4 months. His lung capacity has increased to the point that he no longer needs supplemental oxygen, nor does he need a nebulizer. All that equipment has been removed from his home. His three Doctors have demanded to talk with me. Also, his macular degeneration has improved dramatically ... he went from not being able to see anything out of one eye, and had to use magnification to see anything out of the other eye, to being able to see out of both eyes, able to read the TV screen, and read books in normal print. Needless to say, this 82 year old man is very excited about Shaklee. -- Roy is Debbie Garrison's customer
Vivix and Sinus Problems
I have been taking Shaklee supplements since 1986. One thing that has been a constant was sinus infections with taking antibiotics once yearly. After adding Vivix to my supplement regime, I can honestly say that the sinus symptoms are gone. I knew Vivix made a difference after spending the night at my sisters. She has cats, and I would normally be taking Claritin after the visit; however, I had no symptoms at all. Vivix is certainly worth a try if you suffer from sinus problems like I had in the past! -- Karen M. Brown
Vivix and Atrial Fibrillation and Coumadin
Five years ago, I had a mitral valve replaced and also experienced atrial fibrillation and was put on Coumadin "for life" to prevent a stroke. Needless to say, I have not been happy about this.
I started Vivix August 16 and have taken it without interruption ever since. As people on Coumadin know, you have to have your blood checked on a regular basis - for me it was usually every 5-6 weeks. After 7 weeks on Vivix, my blood tested too thin. I need to be between 2.5 and 3.5. I tested at 4.1 (too thin). I was told to go home, have a salad (greens thicken your blood), and come back in two weeks to be checked. In two weeks, my blood again tested too thin. I really didn't think too much about it until I went back again in two weeks and again tested too thin. This time my Coumadin was reduced, and I was thrilled. The only thing I was doing differently was the Vivix. I told this to the Coumadin nurse and said I would bring her information on Vivix on my next visit. I went back in two weeks and my blood was still too thin and my Coumadin was reduced again. I gave the nurse my Vivix information, and she said she couldn't understand how the Vivix was thinning my blood but "do not stop taking the Vivix."
I am due to go in again Wednesday, Nov. 19, and hope for another reduction in my Coumadin.
Also, I faithfully take 3000 mg a day of Sustained Release Vita C, and I do not bruise like a lot of people who are on Coumadin. -- Kathleen Johnson
Vivix and Cataracts and Eyesight
This is PJ Myers, and for the past 4 years I have had the start of cataracts. The center of my lens on both eyes has been white. The optometrist has been keeping an eye on them. Two years ago I got back into Shaklee. The cataracts didn't get any worse, but they didn't get any better. However, in mid August 2008, I began taking Vivix regularly and just got back from the eye doctor November 7, 2008. He was shocked to see that my cataracts are GONE!! Also, my vision could only be corrected to 20-40 in 2005 and 2006. After joining Shaklee, it was correctible to 20-30. Since Vivix, it is now correctible to 20-25. And for the first time in 40 years, I did not need new glasses. My night vision is improving as well. I feel as if my eyes are getting "younger!"