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The Telomere Effect – A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer


telomere_brochure (1) by Nobel Prize Winner, Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD and Elissa Epel, PhD

Good News Doesn’t Always Make the Headlines

Dr. Jamie McManus MD
"I’d like to take a few moments of your time to provide some perspective on recent media attention to supplementation. It can be challenging to know what to trust, and we urge you to critically read articles about health and vitamins before assuming their validity - just as you would for any other reports from the Internet, a newspaper or the evening news.

Each year, hundreds of positive studies about nutrients and supplementation are published, the vast majority of which never make the news. Some examples of recently published clinical studies that have shown positive health outcomes include:

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How the Sun Affects Our Skin

Affect of Sun Bathing on Skin

Ultraviolet (UV) rays are the primary cause of accelerated aging, contributing to the discoloration, sagging and wrinkling that results from UV-induced damage to the surface of the skin as well as to the underlying collagen and elastin that give our skin firmness and structure.

We are exposed to UV radiation anytime we’re outdoors, even in winter or on cloudy days. Indoors, computers and fluorescent and halogen lights also add to our cumulative UV exposure. The amount of UV radiation reaching the earth is increasing each year as the ozone layer is depleted. Research shows that as UV radiation increases, so does the incidence of skin cancer, particularly life-threatening melanoma. And the combination of UV rays and environmental pollutants dramatically increases the total load of free radical attacks our bodies must cope with.

mountain and sun bathing affect on skin

Factors that Increase Risks of UV Exposure

Genetics. All types of skin cancer are much more common among individuals with lightly pigmented skin. Blondes and redheads are particularly vulnerable. And melanoma rates are 20 times higher in whites than in African Americans.

Time of Day. At noon, when the sun is overhead, UV radiation levels are 10 times greater than at either three hours before (9 A.M.) or three hours after (3 P.M.). An untanned person with fair skin can receive a mild sunburn in as little as 25 minutes at noon; at 3 P.M. the same person would have to stay in the sun for 2 hours to get the same level of exposure.

Geography. The sun’s rays get stronger as you get closer to the equator. Altitude is also a factor: exposure to UV radiation can increase by as much as 4% every 1,000 feet above sea level, putting mountain climbers, hikers, and skiers at higher risk.

Chronic Exposure. Most UV exposure occurs during everyday activities such as driving or walking to and from your car while running errands. Skin cancer occurs most often on the areas of the body most frequently exposed: the top of the head (particularly for those who are bald or have thinning hair), the nose, the tops of the ears, and the left arm and left side of the face among Americans who drive a lot (this risk factor shifts to the right side of the body in countries where you drive on the left side of the road). Some researchers theorize that the risk of getting age spots on the backs of your hands may correlate to the amount of time you spend driving with both hands on top of the steering wheel. Another important note: even someone sitting in the shade may still be exposed to one-quarter or more of the total UV radiation present. And up to 80% of the sun’s rays penetrate even dense cloud cover.

Apply UVA/UVB protection every day, indoors and out. Statistics prove that most UV exposure occurs when we’re not even thinking about it. Be sure to cover ALL areas of your body that will be exposed to the sun: remember the top of ears and forehead, bald spot, tops of feet when wearing sandals, and the back of neck and hands. The recommended daily precaution is SPF 15; use a higher SPF if you’ll be outdoors for two hours or longer.

Boost your skin’s natural defenses against environmental pollutants. Researchers agree that the same nutrients which protect your health also play a vital role in the vitality and appearance of your skin. Clinical studies show that Shaklee Vital Repair+™, the patented complex (U.S. Patent No. 6,036,946) integral to the Enfuselle skin care line, actually breaks each link in the chain of free radical damage on the surface of your skin.

How Do SPF 15 for Body and SPF 30 for Body Work?

Dermatologists know that an effective sunscreen must provide a high level of protection against ultraviolet radiation without irritating the skin. Enfuselle achieves that goal with two waterproof products to meet all your sun care needs. Quickly absorbed to lock in moisture without leaving a sticky finish. Ideal for sensitive skin.

Patented SPF formula (U.S. Patent No. 6,015,548) with broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection shields skin from sun’s harmful rays to help prevent skin damage.

Patented Vital Repair+™ (U.S. Patent No. 6,036,946) breaks each link in the chain of free radical damage to defend against accelerated aging.

 By combining UVA and UVB sunscreen agents with the patented antioxidant protection of Vital Repair+™, Enfuselle SPF 15 for Body and SPF 30 for Body provide unique, patented, non-irritating and extremely effective sun protection while using the lowest levels of chemical sunscreens possible.

Shaklee Nutrition Therapy Skin Care System

Enfuselle: Nutrition Therapy Skin Care System

Clinical Proof

Extensive independent clinical testing has demonstrated:

• UVA and UVB (broad spectrum) protection helps inhibit the UV-induced accelerated loss of collagen and elastin.

• Provides both high-level and broad-spectrum UV protection without irritation.

• Very high protection against sunburn for blondes, redheads, and fairskinned persons.

• Diminishes the visible signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.

• Oil free.

• Safe for sensitive skin.

• Waterproof and sweatproof.

• Won’t clog pores.

The Shaklee Unconditional Guarantee:

If for any reason a Shaklee product is not satisfactory, return it to your Shaklee Independent Distributor or Shaklee Corporation, or exchange or full refund. 


What’s SPF?

SPF means sun protection factor. If you wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 15, you have 15 times the protection from the sun than you’d have if you weren’t wearing any sunscreen at all. In other words, if you would burn after 10 minutes in the sun with no protection, an SPF of 15 would allow you to stay in the sun for two and a half hours (10 minutes times SPF 15 = 150 minutes or two and a half hours) before burning. Keep in mind that you would still receive a burn! Sunscreens don’t give you license to stay forever in the sun. Also remember that sunscreens aren’t cumulative: if you combine a moisturizer with SPF 15 with a sunscreen product with SPF 15, your sun protection factor is still 15, not 30. Virtually all sunscreens protect against UVB radiation — in addition, some products screen out a small part of the UVA spectrum. Enfuselle’s patented sunscreen formula (U.S. Patent No. 6,015,548) provides broad-spectrum protection against both UVB and UV  radiation.

Why No Avobenzone?

A “new kid on the block” sunscreen ingredient, Avobenzone currently does NOT meet Shaklee’s strict standards for product stability — in fact, Avobenzone has shown a disturbing tendency to decompose when exposed to UV light …particularly unfortunate for a sunscreen! In addition to using low levels of chemical sunscreens,  Enfuselle’s patented formulas (U.S. Patent No. 6,015,548) provide broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB radiation without the need for Avobenzone. Additionally, the Enfuselle Time Repair A.M.™ SPF 15 incorporates ingredients that help screen out UVA wavelengths (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide). This means that these sunscreen products provide reliable, full protection against UV damage.

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New Shaklee Study – Bilogical Stress Response on High-Fat Food Meal

New Shaklee Published Clinical Research Study

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

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

One way to study this biological stress response is to observe what happens in the bloodstream after eating a high-fat fast food meal, as this is known to produce a significant amount of oxidative and biological stress.

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

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

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

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

To your great health,

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

1A Resveratrol and Polyphenol Preparation Suppresses Oxidative and Inflammatory Stress Response to a High-Fat, High-Carbohydrate Meal. Ghanim H, Sia CL, Korzeniewski K, Lohano T, Abuaysheh S, Marumganti A, Chaudhuri A, Dandona P. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2011 Feb 2. [Epub ahead of print]



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