Thursday, December 27, 2012

Lose the Fat - Not the Muscle!

Introducing Shaklee 180!

I'm so excited about Shaklee's New Weight-Loss and Maintenance Program that is launching January 1st, 2013.  This program is similar to the Cinch program, however, Shaklee has listened to it's customers and made some enhancements.

Be sure to watch this video to learn more about the program and how you can get your products free.  It could change your life!

To learn more visit our new website at

(this site is only for purchase of the Shaklee 180 products, however, if you would like to look at the complete line of Shaklee products, visit our All-Products site at

Feel free to share this with others you might think would be interested.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Healthy Holiday Treats.

There are so many things I love about Christmas but most importantly I love it that my children all come home for the holidays.  Tonight my daughter, Allie, and I made some healthy no-bake protein balls.  They were so easy, anyone can make them.  At this time of year, every where we turn we are faced with so many unhealthy treats.  Here is a recipe my sister shared with me that is tasty and good for you.  Enjoy - Happy Holidays! 

No-Bake Protein Balls

6 - 8 Dates 
1/2 to 3/4 cup ground Almonds 
1/2 cup ground Flax Seeds
1/2 cup ground Walnuts or pecans
1/4 cup ground Sunflower seeds
1/2 cup ground Carob Chips 
1/4 to 1/3 cup Peanut Butter or Tahini
1/4 to 1/3 cup Raw Honey or Agave

All of the nuts and carob chips can be ground in a coffee grinder.  Next put all of the ingredients in a mixer (not Vita Mix).  The mixture should be slightly sticky so that the balls stick together.  If too dry, add more honey/agave and/or peanut butter/tahini.  Lastly, roll into balls and coat lightly with either carob powder or almond power (set some aside from above ground mix so it is ready to go).  Store in refrigerator.

The ingredients are all estimates.  You can adjust according to your own desires.  

These make great Christmas gifts!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Healing Hormonal Imbalance - PMS, Anxiety & Other Health Issues

Do you suffer from PMS, Anxiety, Acid Reflux, High Blood Pressure and other health issues?  

I recently listened to this audio Women's Health In a World of Delicious Dangerous Foods and it is excellent!

Barbara Lagoni, RD interviews Dr. Margaret Christensen*  who talks about the four major health challenges that women face and offers solutions in dealing with these issues.  She also discusses the success she has had when including Shaklee products into her women's health clinic in Dallas.  

*Dr. Margaret Christensen is a board certified obstetrician, gynecologist.  She received her undergraduate degree from Rice University in Texas, graduating cum laude with degrees in biology and psychology.  She received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine with high honors and board certification as a fellow American of the Obstetrics and Gynecology.She practices “Functional Medicine” which is a science based integrative holistic approach to not only treating disease but creating long term health.

Check out this Better Health in 31 Days website and listen to Dr. Christensen and more women talk about healing hormonal imbalance and other health problems. It is worth your time.

Feel free to forward this informative article with others.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends.  What better way to express love for your family and friends than by taking care of yourself and them.  I thought that I would share some "Healthy Thanksgiving" tips by Dr. Stephen Chaney for to incorporate in your family tradition.  

Have a blessed Thanksgiving - Pam 

While "Healthy Thanksgiving" doesn't quite have the
appeal of the more familiar "Happy Thanksgiving"
greeting, I used it here to make the point that
Thanksgiving dinner (and many other holiday meals)
doesn't have to be an unhealthy affair.

After all, there is a lot to like about the ingredients
in Thanksgiving dinner.  Turkey can be a healthy, low-
fat meat, if prepared correctly.  Sweet potatoes, yams,
winter squash and pumpkin are all loaded with vitamin A
and other important nutrients.  And cranberries are a
nutrition powerhouse.

Here are some tips to make your Thanksgiving meal one
that contributes to your health:

1) Skip the basting.  Choose a plain bird and cook in a
bag to seal in the moisture.  Remove the skin before

2) Refrigerate the turkey juices and skim off the
hardened fat before making gravy and use a gravy cup
that pours from the bottom to minimize fat.

3) Use ingredients like whole wheat bread, vegetables,
fruits (cranberries, raisins, dates or apples), nuts
and your favorite spices for the stuffing and bake it
in the oven rather than in the turkey.

4) Serve your sweet potatoes or yams baked rather than
candied and let your guests add butter to taste.

5) Use skim milk or buttermilk rather than whole milk
and skip the butter for your mashed potatoes.

6) Give your meal gourmet appeal by cooking your green
vegetables with garlic, nuts and herbs rather than
creamy or fat-laden sauces.

7) don't serve the meal on your largest plates. By
using smaller plates you ensure smaller portion size
and even that second helping isn't quite so damaging.

8) Use the Cinch meal replacement products for one or
more meals the day before and/or after Thanksgiving so
that your total caloric intake over the three day
period is not excessive.

By now you have the idea.  There are lots of little
things that you can do to make your Thanksgiving dinner
one that your waist and your heart will thank you for.
Bon Appetit and have a Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving!

To Your Health!
Dr. Stephen G Chaney
Shaklee Master Coordinator

*Dr. Chaney has recently retired as a Professor of Nutrition, Biochemistry & Biophysiology at the University of North Carolina Medical School.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Get ready for the Holidays - It's a Wrap!

Wrap your doors with loved ones this X-mas!

This is one of two doors that gets covered with Christmas Cards

OK, so many of you are asking, "How can I display all of my Christmas cards?"  Well, I have an answer for you.  I can't take credit for this idea because I copied it from my dad who has been doing this since I was a young child.  A few days after Thanksgiving, I wrap the door of my coat closet with fun Christmas paper and add a large bow.  Not only is this is an inexpensive way to decorate the house but when the Christmas cards start to arrive in the mail, we are ready to tape them on the wrapped door for all to see.  This wrapped door of Christmas cards is quite the topic of conversation when we entertain people for the holidays.  Our family loves to see these cards so much that I leave them up until the end of January and sometimes into February.

A note of caution -  many years ago, while my niece was babysitting our kids, she was looking at all the Christmas cards on the door.  She noticed a really cute boy in one of the cards and said that she wanted to meet him.  Well, I will spare you all the details but an intervention took place so that they could meet and lo and behold, after years of dating, they married.  

You just never know what relationships might transpire from the Christmas door.  Enjoy the holidays, it's a wrap!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

How does your nutrition affect your looks? Learn more here…

I know you'll want to read this issue of Making a Difference!. Just look at what you'll find this month:
Oops! Your nutrition is showing...

Whether your nutrition is superior, good, average, or poor, the results will eventually be apparent to everyone! Why? Because your nutritional state is reflected in the way you look, so what's happening on the inside will show up in a big way on the outside. Here are a few examples...

Learn how your nutrition affects the way you look in this article...

Looking good? It could be your nutrition!
How does your nutrition impact your appearance? Can you say that you look like the person you really want to be?

This article will explore how nutrition affects your skin, teeth and gums, hair, and your attitide. 

Then we'll tell you about... Nutrition tips for weight loss...

As well as... Nutrition tips for healthy nails...

And... Nutrition tips for your energy level... 

The proof of the products...
For over 30 years at Shaklee, scientific research has been a corporate strategy. This commitment to clinical and scientific research separates Shaklee from the competition..;

Learn more about some of the amazing conclusions that have resulted from Shaklee science.

Then read about... 6 effects of good nutrition...

And you'll learn about a unique Shaklee product in... Extraordinary results... 

Also featuring… 

Is there poison in your laundry room?
Did you know that fabric softener and dryer sheets are some of the most toxic products around? Here's just a few of the chemicals you might find in that fragrant commercial softener...

Then learn about Shaklee's answer to these toxic products.

To read about these important subjects in this edition of Making a Difference!, click here

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Good reasons to get off your butt and move!

As many of you know, I am taking a kineseology course at the University of Minnesota and this past few weeks we have been discussing the importance of exercise.  We saw this movie in class this week and I thought it was so good that I would share it with you.

Sedentary Death Syndrome -SeDS (inactivity)  is the second greatest threat to our public health -  tobacco is #1.  Guidelines have been set by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) on the importance of being physically active.  They recommend that adults should at a minimum do 2 l/2 hours every week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity to promote health and reduce the risks of chronic diseases.  That's 30 minutes 5 times/week.  Everyone can do get out and start moving.

Have a healthy day!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Toxins lurking in your personal care products?

Are toxins lurking in your personal care products?
If you use toothpaste, hair products, lotions, perfumes or cosmetics  - pay attention -    

Do you know what toxins you are putting in or on your body?  Do you know that toxins can enter your bloodstream through your mouth, skin or respiratory tract?  Do you know that the many chemicals found in processed foods can disrupt our hormones, make us fat and create inflammation in our bodies that can cause numerous health problems?  Do you know that they have found 287 industrial chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborns?

These are questions that I am forever talking to my kids about to remind them to use only safe, non-toxic personal care products that are beneficial to their health.  And although they don't always appreciate me educating them on this issue, I do see them reading ingredient labels on potential products they might purchase more and more.

I recently came across this interesting article by Martha Wilmore  that I thought I would share with you.  

Cosmetics – the Dirty 1/2 Dozen to Avoid
By Martha Wilmore, Nutritionist

The skin is 95 to 97% protein, plus oil, minerals, water and vitamins and minerals. It is the largest organ of the body and to maintain healthy skin, it must be fed well. However, the skin is the last organ to be fed after food has been processed by the digestive system, and often it is poorly nourished as a result of inadequate nutritional intake. The skin acts like a SPONGE, and anything that comes in contact with it can be absorbed into the bloodstream in approximately 90 seconds. Therefore, in an effort to reduce our internal toxic load, it is ESSENTIAL to use “toxin-free” products in skin care, cosmetics and cleaners.

The skin is a key detoxification organ in the body and MUST be allowed to breathe. If creams, lotions and cosmetics contain substances that reduce its ability to breathe, this causes the body to retain toxins which increases the internal toxin-load and causes the body to become a “toxic-tank”). Skin that cannot breathe properly begins to look “old” and “dry” and experiences accelerated aging.

The following SIX categories represent the “Dirty 1/2 Dozen Ingredients to Avoid” that are extremely prevalent in almost all cosmetics on the marketplace today.

1. Talc: is a finely powdered mineral used in some cosmetic products to absorb moisture. In many cosmetics, talc is listed as the first or second ingredient.

     a. Talc is a filler and is drying, and builds up in fine lines, accentuating their appearance. Other common fillers used in many cosmetic lines are rice powder and flour.
     b. Talc is also recognized as a potential carcinogen, especially lung & ovarian cancer.

2. Mineral Oil and Waxes: disrupt the skin’s ability to breathe. Mineral oil is a derivative of crude oil (petroleum) that is used industrially as a cutting fluid and lubricating oil. Mineral oil forms an oily film over the skin to lock in moisture, but it also traps in toxins and wastes, and hinders normal skin respiration by keeping oxygen out (NOTE: Liquidum Paraffinum is an exotic sounding way to say mineral oil … Paraffin wax or oil is mineral oil wax.)

3. Collagen: Collagen is becoming very popular to add to cosmetics as a “sales gimmick”. It is an insoluble fibrous protein that is too large to penetrate the skin. The collagen found in most skin care or cosmetic products is derived from animal skins and ground up chicken feet. This ingredient forms a layer of film that may suffocate the skin or reduce its ability to breathe. [Instead of collagen, Shaklee has included Vital Repair+ to their skin care and cosmetic products … nutrients that feed the skin so that it can build it’s own collagen.  Soy protein taken daily is also recommended to provide the protein amino acids to build collagen and healthy skin.]

4. Toxic Preservatives: Formaldehyde and BHT are common toxic preservatives.

     a. BHT (butylated hydroxtoluene) is a preservative commonly added to cosmetics and food to preserve oils. It can cause cancer, tumors and neurotoxicity which alters behavior.
     b. Formaldehyde is a toxic colorless gas that is an irritant and a carcinogen. When combined with water, formaldehyde is used as a disinfectant, fixative or preservative.

5. Fragrances: Fragrance on a label can indicate the presence of up to four thousand separate ingredients, many toxic or carcinogenic. Symptoms reported on many include
headaches, dizziness, allergic rashes, skin discoloration and irritation. Clinical observation proves fragrances can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, irritability and neurotoxicity (brain & central nervous system cell toxicity). They can also aggravate asthma and allergies.

6. Other Undesirable Ingredients: There are several undesirable ingredients that can be found in cosmetics.

     a. Isopropyl Palmitate: is comedongenic and can cause whiteheads and blackheads. It interferes with the ability of the skin to breath.
     b. Mercury: is used as a preservative or anti-microbial agent particularly in eye products such as mascara. The FDA allows it provided it is in a concentration below 60 ppm.  No consideration is given to the affects of the accumulative affect of this TOXIC heavy metal in the system.
     c. Lead: is a toxic heavy metal (especially found in products from Europe)

Watch this short video to learn more about toxins in our cosmetics.  Even though it was published in 2010, it is still relevent today.

 The Story of Cosmetics: 
The Ugly Truth of ‘Toxics In, Toxics Out’ 

What can you do?

FIRST -- get educated.  You can learn more about the safety of your cosmetics and household products by visiting the National Household Products Database:

SECOND --  Read labels

THIRD -- Use safe, non-toxic and environmentally safe personal care and household products.  I highly recommend any and all Shaklee products.

Here's a brief list of the toxic chemicals you will NEVER find in a Shaklee product:
No naphthalene
No kerosene
No formaldehyde
No phenol
No creosol
No lye
No hydrochloric acid
No sulfuric acid
No petroleum distillates
No benzene
No ammonia
No paradichlorobenzene
No sodium hydroxide
No butyl cellosolve
No phosphoric acid
No chlorine
No phosphates
No nitrates
No borates
No sodium lauryl sulfate
No sodium lauryl ether sulfate
No parabens
No triclosan
No phthalates
No 1,4-dioxane
No propylene glycol
No dyes
No trans fats
No artificial flavors
No artificial sweeteners

Monday, September 17, 2012

A Life Changing Procedure!

I promised that I would post Zig Ziglar's daily affirmations that I received at a conference a few years ago.  They are excellent.  I printed these and then taped them to my bathroom mirror so that I see them every day.  Have a great day!

A Life-Changing Procedure!  
by Zig Ziglar

The eyes are the windows of the soul.  So, to the person you are capable of becoming, each evening, just before you go to bed, stand in front of the mirror alone and in the first-person, present tense, look yourself in the eye and repeat with passion and enthusiasm the first four paragraphs.  Repeat this process every morning and every evening from this day forward.  Within one week you will notice remarkable changes in our life.  After 30 days, choose the one paragraph that you feel needs the most work and repeat that every day.  

“I __________, am an honest, intelligent, organized responsible, committed, teachable person who is sober, loyal, and clearly understands that regardless of who signs my paycheck I am self-employed.  I am an optimistic, punctual, enthusiastic, goal-setting, smart working self-starter who is a disciplined, focused, dependable, persistent positive thinker with great self-control, and am an energetic and diligent team player and a hard worker who appreciates the opportunity my company and the free enterprise system offer me.  I am thrifty with my resources and apply common sense to my daily tasks. I take honest pride in my competence, appearance and manners, and am motivated to be and do my best so that my healthy self-image will remain on sold ground.  There are the qualities which enable me to manage myself and help give me employment security in a no-job-security world.

I __________, am a compassionate, respectful encourager who is a considerate, generous, gentle, patient, caring, sensitive, personable, attentive, fun-loving person.  I am a supportive, giving and forgiving, clean, kind, unselfish, affectionate, loving, family-oriented human being and I am a sincere and open-minded good listener and a good-finder who is trustworthy.  These are the qualities which enable me to build good relationships with my associates, neighbors, mate and family.

I ___________, am a person of integrity, with the faith and the wisdom to know what I should do and the courage and convictions to follow through.  I have the vision to manage myself and to lead others.  I am authoritative, confident and humbly grateful for the opportunity life offers me.  I am fair, flexible, resourceful, creative, knowledgeable, decisive and an extra-miler with a servant’s attitude who communicates well with others.  I am a consistent, pragmatic teacher with character and a finely-tuned sense of humor.  I am an honorable person and am balanced in my personal, family and business life, and have a passion for being, doing and learning more today so I can be, do and have more tomorrow.  

These are the qualities of the winner that I was born to be and I am fully committed to developing these marvelous qualities with which I have been entrusted.  Tonight I am going to sleep wonderfully well.  I will dream powerful, positive dreams.  I will awaken energized and refreshed; tomorrow’s going to be magnificent and my future is unlimited.  Recognizing , claiming and developing these qualities which I already have gives me a legitimate chance to be happier, healthier, more prosperous, more secure, have more friends, greater peace of mind, better family relationships and legitimate hope that the future will be even better.”  

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Who said school was just for kids?

Who said school was just for kids?

  I stopped a complete stranger to take this picture of me, oh my kids would be mortified - too bad.

Well, September is here and I'm back in school and not giving up.  The good news is that I'm not alone on this journey.  Here I am with long time friend, Theresa Hara, who is also finishing up her degree.  We have both been taking classes over the years at the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas.  Now that we are both empty nesters we can focus more on our schooling.

New members of the Geek Squad.

If you have a full time student at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota there is a program that might be of interest to you.  It is a program called "Parents on Campus" which allows parent(s) of full-time students to be eligible to take up to two courses (or eight credits) on a space available basis without tuition charge. 

As an older, non-traditional student, there are challenges I have that the younger generation doesn't even consider.  Some of these issues are - will I be the only one in class with reading glasses, will I be able to keep up with the new technology, will I be able to remember and retain the class materials, will my scheduled colonoscopy "prep" interfere with homework or will I get a "hot-flash" while I'm giving a presentation in front of the class? Well, some of these situations might come to fruition but I just keep reminding myself that you don't get anywhere in life if you play it safe.  

It is becoming more common than you think for people to go back to school.   Everyone has their own reason; whether it is to change careers, achieve a higher position in your company, now that your children are older you have more time to study or maybe you just want to sharpen your mind.  Remember, it is important to stimulate the brain no matter what your age.  

Whatever your reason is to decide to go back to school, stay focused on your goals and work at a pace that is best suited for you.  Take it one step at a time and you will succeed.

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to life forever." - Mohandas Gandhi

Friday, August 31, 2012

Daily Affirmations and Prayers

I recently came across a piece of paper of daily affirmations that I had received many years ago at a conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.   There were many motivational speakers at this conference and this is where I first heard Zig Ziglar speak.  He was such a dynamic speaker who stressed the power of our words and how they can effect our lives either positively or negatively.  He spoke on the importance of living a life of integrity, honesty, faith and strong personal character.  Zig gave a copy of his daily affirmations to everyone at the conference and challenged us to say these out loud each day and night in front of the mirror and see how our lives would change.

I started out following Zig's plan but then transitioned to more personal affirmations and prayers of my own.  I say these out load in my car or when I go on my walks in the park every day.  What has become apparent is that these daily prayers and affirmations have taken on more meaning the older I get and especially when I send my children off as they have become more independent.  My relationship with God is such a comfort to me and saying these words daily puts me in the right frame of mind.  I would highly recommend you incorporate this daily practice into your life.

Below are some of my daily affirmations and prayers that I will share with you.  Initially, I wrote these down on recipe cards and taped them to my bathroom mirror but now I have them imbedded into my heart so that I can say them anytime and anywhere.  I also wrote some of these sayings on cards for my kids and taped them on their bathroom mirrors.  I would like to think that when they were having difficult times  in their lives that these affirmations and prayers were a comfort to them as well.  Hopefully, they will incorporate this practice into their daily lives.

My Daily Affirmations and Prayers

* I am a child of the most high God and I have His Favor and His Purpose for my life.

* I enjoy healthy relationships with my husband - Tony, my children - Tony Jr., Allie and Andrew, my family and friends.

* I am intelligent and continue to learn.

* I have great health and vitality.

* Doors of opportunity continue to open for me and my family.

* I thank you God in advance - for you and your angels protection over our family spiritually, mentally and physically.   

* I have God's supernatural wisdom and a clear direction for my life.

* My circle of influence is increasing.

* I help people obtain better health and more wealth with my Shaklee business. 

- these are just some of what I say each day -

I will give you the affirmations that I received from Zig Ziglar  in the next post.  Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The "REAL" Truth on Soy!

There is clear evidence that SOY PROTEIN IS ONE OF THE BEST FOODS to include in our daily diets.

A press release on December 9, 2009, in the Journal of the American Medical Association (by researchers at Vanderbilt University and Shanghai Institute of Preventative Medicine) announced results from a study that proved women who consumed soy foods decreased their risk of dying from breast cancer and also reduced their risk of breast cancer recurrence.  The results were clear -

* Breast cancer survivors with highest soy intake had 25% less chance of breast cancer recurrence and 25% less chance of dying from breast cancer with lower soy intake.

* The effect was just as strong for women with estrogen receptor-positive and estrogen receptor-negative cancers, for early stage and late stage breast cancer and for pre- and post-menopausal women.

* The study also showed that soy protein intake did not interfere with tamoxifen.  The reduction in risk of breast cancer recurrence and death was just as great whether the breast cancer survivors were taking tamoxifen or not.  Actually, tamoxifen was protective only for women with low soy intake.

What You Need to Know About Soy! 

by Dr. Richard Brouse
(Below are remarks made at a seminar by Dr. Brouse)

 **Dr. Brouse is a widely recognized authority in the fields of nutrition and prevention of chronic degenerative diseases.  Dr. Brouse has a Masters in Biochemistry and is a Doctor of Chiropractic as well as a certified clinical nutritionist, teacher, author and lecturer. He was an Associate Professor of Clinical Nutrition for 14 years and founded the renowned Sunnyside Health Center in Clackamas, Oregon in 1977.  His knowledge is very broad and he continues researching and tabulating results using Shaklee in his extensive nutrition practice.

The Essential Seven Checklists for a Quality Soy Product -
(Shaklee meets all of these seven!)

Do not purchase soy powders and expect them to produce positive health results unless you know that the following "Essential Seven" quality controls have been met by the manufacturer:

1)  Were the soybeans ORGANICALLY GROWN?
Studies have shown decreased levels of food nutrients and increased levels of nitrates in chemically fertilized crops, when compared with their organic counterparts.  There is a connection between the ingestion of nitrates and CANCER!  Therefore, it is important to know that pesticides, fungicides and herbicides have not been used during the growing process.  In particular, with soybeans, since they are such a hardy plant, a powerful and DEADLY weed spray called Round-Up is usually used.  For your safety, you must know that your soy products are organically grown.

2)  Were the soybeans GENETICALLY ENGINEERED?  
Genetically engineered soybeans are much cheaper to purchase and most companies producing soy products look for ways to save money.

3)  Does your soybean powder contain ALL of the nine essential amino acids?
One of the most valuable features of the soybean is that it is a complete protein and provides ALL nine of the essential amino acids.  The body requires these daily to produce hormones, digestive juices, antibodies and enzymes.  However, NOT ALL SOYBEANS ARE CREATED EQUAL.  Quality and amino acid content will vary based on soil conditions and variable growing and harvest conditions.  If one essential amino acid is missing, the immune system can be depressed 30% and many important body functions are delayed or stopped.  Therefore, it is essential that each batch of soybeans be checked for amino acid content if we want to depend on the soy isolate to provide a GUARANTEED supply of the nine essential amino acids.

4)  Were the crushed soy flakes washed in alcohol or water?
Alcohol washing destroys isoflavone content up to 88%!  It is the isoflavones that reduce the risk of breast, prostrate, lung and bowel cancer!  As well, it is the isoflavones that are so beneficial in hormone balancing and increasing bone mass.

5)  Was the "anti-thyroid", "anti-growth" substance in the raw soy removed?
Asians, who have consumed large amounts of soy for years, have known that RAW soy contains an "anti-growth", "anti-tyrosine" substance.  Tyrosine deficiency will cause low blood pressure, low body temperature and restless leg syndrome.  Therefore, Asians always slightly cook their soy foods to deactivate the "anti-tyrosine/anti-growth" substance.  Shaklee has designed an extracting process that removes this substance, yet keeps the soy in a raw form in order to maintain the highest level of amino acids and isoflavones, which are sensitive to heat.

6)  Is your soybean food RAW or heated?
Amino acids are very sensitive to heat.  In some studies, cooking protein has been shown to destroy up to 50% of some of the Essential Amino Acids.  If an individual consistently consumes a diet that is lacking in all of the essential amino acids, inadequate brain development and hormones or other body tissue development can be the result.

7)  Has CALCIUM been added to your soy powder?
Some negative reports about soy say that soy powders are VERY ACIDIC and cause bone loss because it causes calcium to be drawn from the bones.  The raw soybean is a neutral food -- neither acidic or alkaline.  However, the removal of the soybean oil (which is essential so the soy powder will not go rancid very quickly), makes the powder very acidic.  Therefore, adequate calcium (which is very alkaline) must be added to cause the powder to be neutral again, or it can cause the above stated problem.  Many protein powder manufacturers do not add any or enough calcium.

Common Concerns About Soy

Do soybeans cause cancer?
Is it true that “overcooked” soy does contain “carcinogenic” compounds? When soy is extruded through high temperature,
high-pressure steam nozzles to form what is called “textured vegetable protein - TVP for short”, this form of processing
renders the soy “meat substitute” carcinogenic or cancer causing. TVP is what is used in soy dogs and soy burgers, and should be avoided.

What about roasted soybeans?
Whole soybeans are high in plant fat. If soybeans are roasted to eat as soy nuts, the heat alters the fat and makes it a
trans-fatty acid, which causes both cancer and heart disease. As roasted soy nuts sit on the shelf or in the cupboard in
storage, the oils are becoming more and more rancid and carcinogenic. AVOID roasted soybeans.

But Iʼve heard that soy protein is hard on the kidneys!
Animal protein is much harder to digest than vegetable protein. Since many people have digestive difficulties, protein that is not thoroughly digested is very challenging to the kidneys. Powdered protein is in a predigested state, and the BEST protein source to choose! Protein is not the enemy - it is essential for life. It is true, however, that excessive protein is hard on the kidneys, so if a person consumes more than 2 grams of protein per pound of body weight daily, AND does not consume adequate carbohydrates with it, this could cause kidney damage.

I've had breast cancer and been told I cannot have soy!
It is true that soy is a “phytoestrogen” food, which means it contains substances that have hormone-like components.

As you can see from the above information, you can have great confidence in the Shaklee Soy Protein products.

However, their estrogen strength is 1/1000th that of the bodyʼs own stronger estrogens. Therefore, you want to load your digestive system with quality controlled raw soy powder, because these weaker estrogens will block the estrogen receptor sites from receiving your body's own strong estrogens and therefore be very protective against estrogen fed cancer.


Click on the link below to get more answers on your questions about soy protein.  These are comments the Shaklee Health Sciences e-bulletin

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Transform your Life!

Having a little fun at the Nutrition booth.
Tony and I just got back from an amazing few days at the 2012 Shaklee Convention in Las Vegas.  We are so proud to be part of such a great company that is the #1 Natural Nutrition Company in the U.S.  You can't even imaging how cool it is to be in a room with thousands of people that share the same love of Shaklee and are passionate about helping others have better health and more wealth.  

Here are some friends that we reconnected with at the convention.

Here I am with Dr. Stephen Chaney and his wife, Suzanne.  I danced the night away with them in the Bahamas.  Such a sweet and fun couple.

The theme of the convention was Transformation.  We all were challenged to create a Transformational Action Plan for ourselves and to help others do the same.  The Cinch Loss program is a great place to start for those who want to lose weight and have better health.  

The great news is that Shaklee's Transformation Pack (Buy 3 months and get the 4th month free) has been extended through November 30th.  You can even join the Cinch Challenge and win $$$.  

Healthy Weight

Click this link to learn more: 

Tony lost 25 lbs using the Cinch products and has kept them off for many years. 

Here we are at the Cinch booth after we checked our own BMI's.

Make this your year for amazing transformations - to your health, your business and your life.

Going to the Shaklee conventions is like a BIG (6,000 attendees this year) Family Reunion!  Next year we are going to Nashville, wouldn't you like to come with us?  
Let us know  Check out this video - Shaklee Videos: 2013 Shaklee Global Conference in Nashville

Sunday, August 5, 2012

It's Medical Monday!

This is a new venture for me but I am joining a BlogHop for the first time and invite you to follow or participate.  I am posting some notes from Your Doctor's Wife who actually initiated this BlogHop.  

What's a BlogHop, you ask?

A bloghop is a link up where bloggers can link up their blogs and find other blogs which peak their interest to follow. 

Don't have a blog? 

No worries, just be sure to stop and find some new favorite reads!

Who can link up? 

You can be a doctor, nurse, EMT, therapist, Vet, anything in the medical field.
You can be a med student or nursing student, or simply a student with aspirations to work in the medical field.
Are you and intern? Resident? Come on and link up!
Spouses and SOs? Come on down!!

If you're not sure, shoot me an email at

Time to link up your medical/med life blog! 

Here are the rules: 

1.  Follow your co-hosts. 

2.  Link up your medical/med life blog. If your blog name does not clearly state how you fit in to the med/med life world, please write a little intro or link up a specific post which clearly demonstrates your connection. 

3.  Visit at least 3 other link ups! 

4.  Help spread the word by using our button on your post or sidebar, tweet about Medical Monday, or spread the word on Facebook! The more the merrier for all of us! 

Complete step one by following your co-hosts: 

Emma at Your Doctor's Wife 
Jane at From A Doctor's Wife 
Sally & Tiffany at Doctors' Wives Living 
Kris at The Dawkter's Wife 
Amber at The Unconventional Doctor's Wife

Friday, August 3, 2012

Americans deserve to know what is in the their FOOD.

Americans deserve to know what is in the food that they purchase at the grocery store and that includes if a food is Genetically Engineered.  Did you know that in over 49 countries around the world there is mandatory labeling of GMO foods?  And did you also know that in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and 27 countries in Europe GMO foods are banned?  Isn't it time for the United States to require mandatory GMO labeling?  NO human trials have been done to test the safety of GMO foods.   

Below is an amazing video of Robyn O'Brien who wrote the book, The Unhealthy Truth.  This is a mother's shocking investigation into the dangers of America's food supply and what we can do about it. 

Robyn talks about a sudden food allergy that her son had at breakfast one morning.   On a personal note, my own son had an unexplained allergic reaction. We had to rush him to the hospital and yet we have never discovered the cause of this response.  He ate a couple of slices of California Kitchen pizza and took a couple of Advil because he had sore muscles from his double sessions at football camp.  He had eaten the pizza and taken Advil previously, so why would he develop such a sudden severe reaction?  

This was a scary incidence and yet we are not alone.   Food allergies are on the rise at an alarming rate.  The Center for Disease Control has reported a 265% increase in the rate of hospitalizations related to food allergic reactions. 

Robyn asked the question, Is there something foreign in our foods that wasn't there when we were kids?  Listen to her explanation on the relationship of GMO's and poor health.  

Robyn also said that although none of us can do everything - all of us can do at least one thing and if we do one thing we can effect a remarkable change.  Leverage this one thing with something you are passionate about.  For me that is Shaklee!  

I am so passionate about the integrity of the Shaklee company and their philosophy of living in harmony with nature.   I grew up on these products (and the business) and so have my children.  I love the fact that I can feel confident that I am offering others products are Always Safe, Always Work and are Always Green.  We are helping people as well as the planet.  

What is your one healthy thing that you are doing for you and your planet?  Why not give Shaklee a try?  Changing brands could change your life! 

Below are some Shaklee Fun Facts:   

*Shaklee is the #1 Natural Nutritional Supplement Company in the U.S. 
*Organic farmers are not required to test their finished goods for pesticides and other chemicals.  That is why Shaklee goes beyond organic standards, they test for purity  (see next statement).  Shaklee tests every single ingredient in their products.  The specification book for Vita Lea alone is 3 inches thick and has 136 specifications. 
*Shaklee rejects approx. 1 million pounds worth of raw materials each year because these raw materials do not meet Shaklee’s high standards.  What is done with these rejected materials you ask?  Other nutritional companies whose standards are lower than Shaklee purchase them.
*Shaklee nutritional products are recognized by the government as FOOD.  Many nutrition companies are considered drug companies.
*Shaklee products are clinically tested in randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled clinical tests conducted by independent laboratories such as Stanford, Harvard, Scripps Institute and George Washington University.  Hundreds of these test results have been published in professional, peer-reviewed medical journals such as: Journal of the American Medical Association, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, The Journal of the American Dietetic Association, The Journal of Applied of Physiology, The Journal of Cardiology and the The Journal of Nutrition.** 
   ** No other nutrition company has done this.  Some other companies cite clinical studies, but their own products have never been tested because it is not required by law.