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The hidden dangers

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10 essentials
for health and wellness Discover the Wellness Benefits
the 10 essentials were created to suit
every wellness seeker. taking even small
of Sonoran Desert Plants
steps in each one will improve your life and by michael r. ellison, ceo & founder of triVita, Inc.
wellness in wonderful ways.
PHYSICAL The stories coming from our Members participating in the
Sonoran Bloom™ Nopalea™ pre-launch meetings are incredible!
1. Breathe Deeply
Deep breathing expels body toxins
faster than any other means. I just have to relate a couple of these so you can hear for yourself
2. Drink Water the outstanding anti-inflammatory and detoxification benefits people
Getting enough water provides an instant are getting from Nopalea. It is our belief that when the body has the
energy boost – and you may even eat less. right nutrients, it has an amazing ability to help heal itself, as that is
3. Sleep Peacefully a function of the body’s immune system.
Establishing a bedtime routine will help
you sleep longer and more soundly.
One story about allergies and asthma is special to me as I suffered with these symptoms as a
4. Eat Nutritiously child. I know how much a person suffers when normal breathing seems impaired.
Choosing healthy, whole foods minimizes
blood sugar swings.
“I attended the pre-launch meeting of Nopalea in Phoenix, Arizona. The words of Brazos Minshew,
5. Enjoy Activity
An active lifestyle enables every TriVita’s Chief Science Officer, hit home with me. If inflammation is the problem, Nopalea is the
system in your body to work better. solution. I have had allergies and been diagnosed with asthma which are inflammatory-related. I began
taking three ounces of Nopalea in the morning and one ounce in the evening before bedtime. It has been
two weeks now and I am symptom-free.”
6. Give and Receive Love
Heart-focused, sincere and positive
feelings boost the immune system. The next testimonial about pain relief is remarkable but again, we know that when the body
7. Be Forgiving gets the right nutrients, there is a natural improvement in one’s health.
As you let go of negative feelings toward
others, you will find greater peace and optimism. “Her knee was bothering her so much that walking down our sloped driveway to get the mail had
8. Practice Gratitude become so bothersome, she began driving to the mailbox. Now with her being on Nopalea for a couple
Gratitude brings instant joy, builds of weeks, she is back to walking the driveway to the mailbox and almost pain free. She is so excited.”
physical defenses and reduces stress.
9. Develop Acceptance
Practicing acceptance clears your mind of
needless anxiety, freeing you to enjoy life.
I am thrilled to share these testimonials with you because this is exactly
10. Develop a Relationship with God why we founded TriVita: so people could experience greater wellness.
As your relationship grows, you will enjoy
all the blessings of unconditional love.

I am thrilled to share these testimonials with you because this is exactly why we founded TriVita:
so people could experience greater wellness. Every time a testimonial comes in for us to read and
share with others, it says TriVita is fulfilling its mission. Thirteen years ago I lost my health and
was told by my physicians that I had to change the way I thought about health. If not, I would
have no quality of life and die a premature death. While it was one of the most overwhelming
discussions I have ever had, it took me on a wellness journey that has not stopped. And every
day we are inviting others to go on that journey with us. We are always in pursuit of products
and information that will help us improve the wellness experience of TriVita Members.

In fact, it was while I was in the Sonoran Desert in Mexico on a wilderness wellness adventure
that I was exposed to the healing plants of the Sonoran Desert. One evening I was sitting
around a campfire with the natives of the Sonoran Desert when a native guide went out in the
desert and returned with some brush-looking material. Placing a pot of water on the fire, we
watched the flames bring it to a boil and then some of the leaves from the brush were placed
in the water to steep. He poured me a cup of the brew and told me to drink it as it would be
good for me. That night I listened to the people of the Sonoran Desert talk about the desert
as if it were an oasis of wellness. I had always thought of it as a place of rocks, cactus, thorns,
rattlesnakes and scorpions – but never did I think of it as an oasis of wellness.

Article from Michael Ellison continued on page 21...

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Learn how you can
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rowing up in the desert of west Texas,
I was never accustomed to green, lush
surroundings, so I’ll have to admit
that moving to the desert of Phoenix in 1993
just meant seeing different kinds of cactus and
4 Why People are Talking plants here. It still seemed very dry and desolate.
Recently, that all changed for me when TriVita
About Nopalea™ Uncap this took a wellness outing to tour the nearby Desert
The exciting details about TriVita’s wellness Botanical Gardens.
delicious new wellness drink. innovation.
4 Read about this surprisingly abundant “Oasis
6 Sonoran Bloom™ Tour: of Help and Healing” on pages 14-15. Now I
understand why I’ve heard the word “reverence”
Don’t Miss It! used regarding the Sonoran Desert. You’ll be
Catch the Share and Earn amazed at the healing properties that flow from
opportunity of a lifetime sticky thorns and plants that one might consider
in a city near you. as simply cactus or weeds. As I walked through
this desert wonderland, I was in awe at the thought
9 Don’t Worry, “B” Happy of how God created not only mankind for life
Beat the economy blues with purposes, but He also did the same for every single
Vitamin B-12 and the 10 Essentials. plant with multiple purposes in mind – food,
housing and even medicinal purposes.

10 Inflammation: The Sonoran Desert’s Nopal cactus is the

Health’s Hidden Foe source of our new Sonoran Bloom™ Nopalea –
What it can do, how you a life-changing wellness drink that I can honestly
can fight back. say has created the most excitement I’ve ever seen
at TriVita. You’ll definitely want to try Nopalea; not
only does it taste delicious, but it’s also creating quite
14 Bounty in the Desert the buzz with many who have already experienced
Discover the healing plants phenomenal results. Check it out on pages 4-5.
flourishing in the Sonoran Desert.
We hope you enjoy this month’s issue as we
cover the important topics of inflammation,
men’s health and stories from our own Members
16 “It’s All About the Product” and Affiliate Members.
Michael Cooper nourishes
his business by talking
about wellness.

25 Nothing But Clear Pam Knox, Editor of Publications

Skies for Mike Taplin
This Air Force Major’s As Editor of Publications, I am very excited to begin this new
business is flying high. monthly “Letter from the Editor.” It is our hope that we can
establish another way to connect with our readers and create
26 Medical Update: Prostate a publication that truly makes a difference in your life. We
want to hear from you – what you like and even what you
l p a nd healing. Cancer and Screening don’t like. Send your comments to:
of he
iscove r an oasis Treatments and tests for or mail to Editor, c/o TriVita, Inc. 16100 N. Greenway Hayden
D this key men’s health issue. Loop, Suite 950, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.
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Discover the secret of Nopalea: U
Delicious new wellness drink brings a

ave you experienced the Detoxification is key to healthy living, because
biggest innovation in the eating smart and exercising still leaves your
body vulnerable to toxins. Pollution, parasites,
history of TriVita®? It’s pesticides, viruses, germs... if you stop to think
Nopalea™, the delicious wellness drink about it, toxins are everywhere! These invaders
now available to help everyone thrive. live in the air we breathe, the food we eat, even
the water we drink. Toxins can create illness-
Nopalea (“No-pah lay’ uh”) is a tasty superfruit causing inflammation and put you at risk for
drink sourced from the fruit of the Nopal cactus chronic disease.
(Opuntia Ficus Indica). This remarkable healing
plant thrives in the Sonoran Desert of the Nopalea helps to fight off harmful toxins
southwestern U.S. and Mexico. The healing surrounding your body’s cells. So, it helps your
properties of the Nopal cactus have been relied body reduce inflammation and bring optimal
on for centuries by native peoples, and they’re cellular health. When your cells are healthy
now available in Nopalea, the first product in and free of toxins, your whole body can
TriVita’s exclusive Sonoran Bloom™ line. function at its best. After all, when you feel
great, you look great, you are great!
Each 32 ounce bottle of Nopalea brims with
the health benefits of the Nopal fruit, in a A landmark journey towards wellness
proprietary blend delivering the rare, potent When TriVita CEO Michael Ellison journeyed
Betalain antioxidants (for more, see page 12). into the Sonoran Desert in Mexico, he didn’t
expect to bring back a realization that would
Experience Nopalea, the delicious change his vision for the future. Michael found
drink that can help your body: that even in the harshest desert in North
America, with searing summer heat and less
• relieve all types of pain than 10 inches of rainfall a year, amazing plants
can and do flourish. Among the trees and
• normalize blood pressure succulent cactus plants thrives the Nopal cactus,
bearing one of the only fruits on the planet
• Improve breathing difficulties containing Betalains. This is what prompted
caused by allergies or asthma scientists to declare it a superfruit.

• support cardiovascular health Brazos Minshew, TriVita’s Chief Science Officer,

discovered that the Nopal fruit offers incredible
• energize your life health benefits for the human body. He found
over 100 scientific studies supporting its effec-
tiveness in helping the body do what it does so
well: heal itself.

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: Uncap a wellness innovation!
amazing health benefits
Anti-inflammation, anti-premature positive health experience that they created
aging and more a new business model, called the Share and Rave Reviews
Brazos discovered that the Nopal cactus fruit Earn Program. Through this program, Affiliate What people are saying about Nopalea
has been shown to help your body reduce illness- Members can share Nopalea with others and
causing inflammation, help detoxify the body and earn generous compensation when others
promote optimal cellular health. All these potent purchase the product. “Since taking Nopalea, my legs don’t
qualities combined in the Betalain antioxidants hurt anymore.”
are what protect against premature aging. Now is the time to thrive with the remarkable denise W. – taMPa, Fl
health benefits of Nopalea. Only through
Confident that Nopal fruit could be a powerful TriVita can you obtain Nopalea, which is poised “It’s been two weeks since I started
ally in everyone’s wellness experience, Michael’s to start making headlines throughout North
taking Nopalea for my asthma and
product development team began to track down America and beyond.
I am symptom-free.”
sources for harvesting. TriVita found a local
For more details about how and why Nopalea is daVe C. – iMPeRial BeaCH, Ca
company that had been processing Nopal fruit
for over 30 years out of Phoenix, Arizona, and such an innovation in wellness, visit the website
importing the fruit from Mexico as well. This at “I have had chronic eczema for a couple
company knew just how to harvest the cactus of years now. After two days of a one
fruit, making sure it was perfectly ripe. From As Michael states, his vision with Nopalea ounce serving of Nopalea, my eczema
harvest, they were able to aseptically (without and Sonoran Bloom is strong and simple: “To cleared up.”
oxygen) package the fruit puree, and ship it off have people experience wellness and share PeGGy a. – ReGina, sK
to one of the industry’s premier aseptic bottling their wellness experience with others, and
and packaging firms. be reciprocated with money and what money “Since I started taking Nopalea, the
cannot buy.” whole body pain I’ve had for a year
You can be assured that, like all TriVita products, and a half is gone.”
Nopalea is manufactured to pharmaceutical- PatHReCy B. – FlaGstaFF, aZ
grade standards in facilities that exceed quality
benchmarks for the industry.
“Nopalea tastes good. It has a delicious
Experience and share this wellness fruity flavor.”
discovery: more good-news details eVa W. – Blandon, Pa
When Michael Ellison and his team created “The six months of pain in my wrists
Nopalea, they realized it was a product that is gone... I can now lift weights again.”
Nopalea is a tasty superfruit drink
people would want to share. In fact, they were tina G. – CHaRlotte, nC
so confident that Nopalea would create a
sourced from the fruit of the Nopal cactus.

So many astonishing benefits in a bottle

Nopalea, the latest breakthrough in wellness drinks
Try this delicious wellness drink, with an exclusive blend Nopalea™
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New Share and Earn Bonus Program!

• Attend and receive a FREE 32 oz bottle of Sonoran Bloom Nopalea – TriVita’s delicious, new wellness drink.

• Attend and discover the amazing ancient healing benefits of the Sonoran Desert and the wellness benefits
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• Attend and find out how the new Share and Earn Bonus Program pays out a true 70% on all Sonoran Bloom
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It’s true! In TriVita’s quest to expand the company’s Affiliate Network with the new Share and Earn Bonus Program, CEO Michael Ellison
and Chief Science Officer Brazos Minshew are traveling around the U.S. and Canada to introduce Sonoran Bloom Nopalea, positioned
to be TriVita’s “first billion dollar product!” Don’t miss out on your chance to attend a private VIP luncheon in a city near you! By
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Rave reviews from Affiliate Members like you

“Nopalea is going to rocket this business out of sight!”

“I would absolutely recommend Nopalea and this event to anyone.

It will be revolutionary for them.”

“If you care about yourself and you care about others, you cannot miss
the Sonoran Bloom Opportunity Tour when it comes to your area.” TriVita CEO Michael Ellison and Chief Science Officer Brazos
JACKIE MAASSEN – ST. LOUIS, MO Minshew are traveling around the U.S. and Canada to introduce
TriVita’s new wellness drink and the new Share and Earn income
“Nopalea tastes great – it tastes powerful; I love it! Share and Earn opportunity. Learn how you can earn extra income while
is great because sharing isn’t selling.” helping to bring this exciting new product to market!

Register Now for the Sonoran Bloom

VIP Luncheon and Harness the Power
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Bring Guests to the Luncheon
to Hear About Sonoran Bloom Nopalea and the ™ ™

New Share and Earn Bonus Program!

What better way to help others experience wellness and to enroll new Affiliate Members
than inviting them to personally meet CEO Michael Ellison at a private VIP luncheon! In fact, Michael
Ellison will pick up the tab on lunch for your guests plus give them a FREE 32 oz bottle of
Sonoran Bloom Nopalea for just attending!

Make your list now and start inviting new prospects to this “must attend” VIP luncheon
today! Here’s why you should register for the luncheon immediately:

• Hear CEO Michael Ellison’s compelling Wealth and Wellness message

• Find out the exciting benefits of Nopalea from TriVita’s CSO Brazos Minshew
• Receive a FREE 32 oz bottle of Nopalea (for all registered attendees)*
• Your registered guests will receive Nopalea and a VIP lunch... FREE!
• Discover the power of the exciting new Share and Earn Bonus Program
• Learn how new Affiliate Members can earn an extra $500 to $2,000 in 90 days
• Leverage the true 70% Share and Earn weekly bonus payout for Nopalea

*Certain restrictions apply. Existing Affiliate Members are subject to a luncheon fee of approximately
$35 (depending upon location). Luncheon attendees are limited to one free bottle of Nopalea.

You’re Also Invited to Attend

the Sonoran Bloom Evening Event!
Take action now and contact all of your TriVita Members, Affiliate Members and prospects and
encourage them to attend the 90-minute Evening Event, (even if you are not able to attend).
All registered attendees will receive a FREE 32 oz bottle of Nopalea and discover how to earn
generous rewards!
The Sonoran Bloom Tour is coming to these cities:
City Event Date
Vancouver, BC June 16
Portland, OR June 17 RSVP for lunc
Seattle, WA June 18 and receive ah
To follow the tour excitement, BOTTLE
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of a very active two-year-
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Essential #1 Essential #2

Scott Conard, M.D.

Founder, TienaHealth

Scott Conard, M.D., is the founder of TienaHealth,

an organization of medical doctors in primary
care practice who emphasize healthy lifestyles
to maintain wellness. Dr. Conard is considered
a national expert on disease prevention.
TienaHealth also conducts clinical trials. Essential #3 Essential #4

Beat the economy “blues”

stay positive with triVita’s Vitamin B-12 and the 10 essentials
by Dr. Scott Conard

re you feeling anxious or The guidelines state: “Economic turmoil (e.g., spiritual needs through TriVita’s 10 Essentials for
moody? Do you worry a lot increased unemployment, foreclosures, loss Health and Wellness. As many TriVita Members
of investments and other financial distress) know, these Essentials cover the three main
about your finances, your can result in a whole host of negative health parts of a complete wellness experience.
future or just life in general these effects – both physical and mental. It can be
days? With all the bad news about particularly devastating to your emotional and Are you breathing deeply, drinking lots of
the economy, it’s easy to dwell on mental well-being.” Some of the health risks water, sleeping and eating well and getting
involved include depression, anxiety, overeating exercise? Good; those are the physical
negatives, but you don’t have to stay and substance abuse. components. On an emotional level, it’s vital
“stuck” there. to give and receive love, be forgiving, practice
Years of clinical data demonstrate why taking gratitude and develop acceptance. These aspects
It could be that financial troubles aren’t the a quality B-12 supplement may help ease will not only help you feel calm and balanced,
only reason for feeling down. Maybe you don’t emotional and mental problems. It’s well known but also have benefits to physical health. And
have enough of the powerhouse vitamin proven that B-12 deficiency can lead to decreased finally, nourishing your spiritual life will bring
to promote balanced moods, steady energy mental and nerve functioning, including mental you “all the blessings of unconditional love,”
levels and mental sharpness: Vitamin B-12. confusion and forgetfulness, mood swings and to quote from the 10th Essential.
And maybe you need to focus on the 10 low energy.
Essentials for Health and Wellness that are the Coping with the economic “meltdown” is a real
backbone of the TriVita mission (see page 2). What’s more, because aging reduces our bodies’ struggle for many people around the world, but
ability to absorb B vitamins, we may be eating it doesn’t have to be the controlling factor in
Tough economy can harm health healthy foods, but still be lacking in these our happiness. If you or someone you care about
First, let me be clear: Struggling with a tough crucial vitamins. is having financial trouble, stay focused on
economy can take a real toll on health. In fact, health to feel better. Let TriVita’s quality B-12
earlier this year the U.S. Department of Health Look to the 10 Essentials for help products, and the 10 Essentials, be your key to
and Human Services published guidelines to I’d also like to stress the importance of taking beating the economy “blues.”
help people cope. care of our own physical, emotional and

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and Your Body
It could be causing damage right now!

nflammation. It seems like you hear about it every day
on the news. Scientists are now linking inflammation
with a wide variety of conditions including:

• All types of pain

• Heart disease
• Diabetes
• Cancer
• Alzheimer’s disease
• Gum disease

Although inflammation hasn’t been pinpointed

as the cause of all these conditions, it has been
well-documented as playing a part in them – often
intensifying the symptoms and effects.

So what exactly is inflammation, how can it affect you

and how can you help reduce it?
First things first: What is inflammation?
Inflammation is your immune system’s response to damage. This damage
can arise from trauma, bacterial, viral or parasitic infection, stress,
genetic abnormalities, metabolic disorders and a host of other sources.
Certain lifestyle choices can also contribute to inflammation: poor diet,
stress, overweight, a sedentary lifestyle and smoking. Inflammation can
cause redness, swelling, heat, pain and loss of function.

When you’re injured, the inflammatory response immediately moves into

action. White blood cells rush to the scene of the damage and begin to
destroy the damaged cells, while sending out chemical signals that call
for more help. That’s when unstable molecules called free radicals are
released. Free radicals, now considered key players in many diseases, start
to attack the damaged area, destroying some healthy cells in the process.
This new damage leads to yet another round of inflammation. And so
the cycle of inflammation continues: what’s called chronic inflammation.

And that’s when the trouble begins!

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Inflammation is linked to a wide variety of conditions, including all types of pain,
heart disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s and gum disease.

How inflammation gum disease, it is now thought that

Reducing inflammation
affects your body some of the more severe symptoms
Though you may not see or even feel of gum disease are attributable to
inflammation, it may be silently burning inflammation. The National Institute By making healthy lifestyle changes and
within your body right now. Over time, this of Dental and Craniofacial Research, modifications, you can help reduce inflam-
collective damage can spell trouble for the part of the National Institutes of mation in your body. And simultaneously
immediate area of inflammation as well as Health, reports that inflammation can improve your overall health!
your overall health. even break down bone and connective
tissue that keep the teeth in place. 1. If you smoke, quit.
• Heart
Inflammation is believed to contribute • Emotional health 2. Practice stress management
to the formation of plaque in blood Inflammation may even play a role techniques such as deep breathing
vessels, as well as the formation of in your emotions! Scientists at to help manage your stress load.
blood clots. When these blood clots the University of Illinois, Urbana-
break free into the blood, they can Champaign discovered that an enzyme
3. Simply being overweight can increase
block blood flow to the brain or heart, secreted by the immune system caused
inflammation. Start a sensible diet
resulting in a heart attack or stroke. inflammation-related, depression-
like symptoms in mice. Because and exercise plan – it will help with
• Brain inflammation is linked with conditions inflammation and your overall sense
Inflammation plays a role in often accompanied by depression – of health and well-being.
Alzheimer’s disease, yet scientists such as diabetes, cancer and heart
are still uncertain what that role disease – researchers expect that this 4. Exercise at least 30 minutes per day,
is. However, one theory is that study will provide insight into chronic three to five days per week.
inflammation kicks into gear because inflammation’s role in depression.
of the plaques and tangles in the brains 5. Cut out unhealthy food choices –
of Alzheimer’s patients. In trying to • Cancer cell growth some of which can actually contribute
solve the problem, inflammation just Although researchers haven’t to inflammation: trans fats, refined
makes matters worse. discovered the exact mechanism of carbohydrates, processed foods.
inflammation’s role in cancer, they
• Joints believe it encourages cancer growth. 6. Make anti-inflammatory
Long-term inflammation of the joints According to the American Cancer foods a staple in your diet
can result in destroyed ligaments and Society, inflammation creates just (see page 19).
tendons, damage to joint cartilage and the right conditions for cancer cells
bone and even bone erosion. This leads to grow and multiply.  7. Practice good oral hygiene:
to pain, deformity and an inability brush after every meal and
to perform daily tasks – drastically floss once a day.
affecting quality of life.
8. Take Sonoran Bloom™
• Mouth and gums Nopalea™ (see page 4).
Although dental researchers once
thought bacterial infections caused
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power of
sonoran Bloom™ nopalea™ offers an abundance of these inflammation-busting nutrients
By Brazos Minshew, TriVita Chief Science Officer

he word “science” A cell in the human body is very much like a Regardless of where inflammation begins or
comes from a Greek water balloon; tremendous internal pressure what process it affects, Betalains help reduce
word meaning “to held in place by a thin membrane. Your body the activity of the enzymes known to cause all
know.” Yet it seems that the maintains this pressure by keeping a perfect inflammation. This explains why people with
more we learn about nature, balance of minerals inside and outside the very diverse health concerns find benefits from
the more it defines the cell wall. If this balance of minerals shifts, the Betalains: they help reduce inflammation no
boundaries of what we do membrane becomes unstable and the “water” matter where it exists!
not know! It is like science pours out; the cell dies.
Brazos Minshew in reverse: the more we
TriVita Chief
Science Officer learn, the more we realize The mineral balancing effects of Betalains
how little we know. relentlessly work to maintain a 2:1 ratio of Only the Nopal cactus of the Sonoran
minerals: potassium inside the cell, sodium Desert contains all 24 Betalains.
A relatively new discovery has merged outside the cell; magnesium inside the cell,
ingredients in nature in a way that science calcium outside the cell and so on. This main-
did not know was possible. These nutrients tains the integrity of the cell wall and keeps
are called Betalains. Betalains were originally the cell from “popping” – dying prematurely. Concentrated Betalains
thought to be just a pigment – an inert color As mentioned before, science has discovered
that made a plant pretty, but imparted no Speaking of “popping” a cell, nothing pops a 24 Betalains, each with a different structure
real health benefit. cell like a toxin! We are exposed to toxins from and different function. Some vegetables (beets
the air we breathe, the water we drink and the and rainbow chard) contain a few Betalains;
As time progressed, science discovered that food we eat. We are also exposed to toxins from some desert plants contain a few more. Only the
the protein structure of Betalains is not within our own body: allergies, bacteria, viruses Nopal cactus of the Sonoran Desert contains
only beneficial – it is vital for life! Soon, the and metabolism. all 24 Betalains. This is because the Sonoran
antioxidant value of Betalains opened the door Desert is the most extreme desert in the world
of discovery: Betalains exist in a wide variety Betalains support the structure and function of and the Nopal plant needs all 24 Betalains to
(there are 24 Betalains), and each one completes the cell as mentioned before. They also work survive in this intense environment.
a specific need in human health by supplying to neutralize toxins by supporting your natural
structure and function to every human cell. detoxification processes as well as draining away How about you? Is your environment so
accumulations of toxic waste. intense that you are threatened by chronic
Important functions of Betalains inflammation? Are you exposed to toxins from
A cell distressed by external toxins and If toxins accumulate or trauma injures a cell, outside and inside your body? Do you feel that
internal deficiencies will eventually wither, if stress creates tension or if nutrient deficiency you are aging a bit quicker than you would like?
collapse and die. If more cells die than can be weakens a cell, then chronic inflammation is If so, perhaps the emerging science of Betalains
replaced, we slip into a kind of “deficit spending” certain to appear. Chronic inflammation is at the – the anti-inflammatory protein/antioxidant
and our lean body mass withers. This is called heart of the most feared diseases we face: heart complex from the Sonoran Desert – can help
sarcopenia or premature aging. Betalains can attack, cancer, stroke, asthma, diabetes and others. you live a longer, happier life!
be used to shore up or strengthen the cell wall.
This leads to rehydration of the cell and repair Betalains serve as anti-inflammatory nutrients See page 4 to find out more about Sonoran
of sarcopenia, premature aging. to help quench the fire of chronic inflammation. Bloom Nopalea.
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The Sonoran
Desert’s bounty:
an oasis of help
and healing

surprising abundance in triVita’s own backyard

oday, more people are discov- American, and one of the first to give insights example, the desert is the common element
ering the healing bounty of about the Sonoran Desert to TriVita CEO in these three items:
Michael Ellison and Chief Science Officer
the Sonoran Desert – just Brazos Minshew. 1. Latex-free surgical gloves.
as TriVita leadership did to produce
2. The red coats worn by British soldiers
the breakthrough wellness drink, Many TriVita staffers have had the chance to
during the Revolutionary War.
Nopalea™ (see page 4). Since the learn about the Sonoran Desert courtesy of
another Phoenix highlight, the Desert Botanical 3. Cosmetics.
company is headquartered in the Garden ( Thanks to the expertise
Sonoran Desert, it was fitting that this of tour leader Gloria Eklund, a semi-retired Here’s how, along with more fascinating
“oasis of wellness” be the source of registered nurse/diabetes nurse educator, and Sonoran plant facts:
TriVita’s most exciting new venture. Dave Morris, the VitaJournal is pleased to share
some insights about just a few of the plants that Guayule. Healthcare professionals with
Not a Sahara, abound in the Sonoran Desert. latex allergies love this shrub. Why? It contains
but lush and full of wonders rubber, and has been approved by the Food
“People come here expecting to see sand dunes The desert spreads throughout the south- and Drug Administration (FDA) as a substitute
and a couple of camels, like the Sahara,” says western U.S. and Mexico. Yesterday and today, for latex.
Dave Morris of Pueblo Grande Museum in its wondrous gifts have been used for help and
Phoenix ( “The healing. For thousands of years, native peoples Nopal cactus. Red dye comes from a tiny
Sonoran Desert is really lush and full of plants relied on the plant life there to eat, house and bug that loves the Nopal – its natural hue gave
that can be used for healing and for food. I call clothe themselves, ease pain, treat disease and Britain’s “Redcoats” their name, and today it’s
it a drugstore and a grocery store!” much more. the only natural red food dye approved by the
FDA. The vivid fruit of the Nopal cactus is a
Dave is an ethnobotanist (a scientist of how Sometimes, Sonoran Desert plants have been key ingredient in Nopalea, TriVita’s phenomenal
plants and people interact), a Choctaw Native used in ways that seem unlikely at first. For new wellness drink; see page 4.

14 l VITAJOURNAL Celebrating 10 Years of Health and Wellness



1. TriVita CEO Michael Ellison (left) and
“... plant for plant, as many useful plants as in the rainforest.” Chief Science Officer Brazos Minshew.

2. Source of soothing and sweetness:

2 the agave.
Jojoba. The oil from this plant’s seed “saved disease. Bonus: It has a refreshing menthol/
the sperm whale,” says Gloria, when it was eucalyptus taste. 3. Brazos Minshew (right) points out a
discovered that jojoba oil was a great substitute 3 desert wonder.
in cosmetics, and as a lubricant. It’s also thought “Scientists will say that plant for plant, there
are as many useful plants in the desert as there 4. Tour Guide Gloria Eklund (in hat) with
to be an appetite suppressant and burn remedy.
are in the rainforest,” Dave notes. He regularly
4 TriVita group.
Agave. Make tea from this succulent’s fleshy walks into big auditoriums at his museum, ready
5. Ethnobotanist Dave Morris (right) with
leaves to help relieve pain, then sweeten with to give a talk on desert plants and wondering, 5 Michael Ellison.
its nectar: it’s six times sweeter than sugar. “Will anyone be there?” These days, the halls
are packed with people who want “more natural 6. A health-giving gift of nature:
Creosote. Dave uses this abundant desert remedies, things that are better for our bodies.” 6 the Nopal cactus.
shrub to treat his high blood pressure; it also
has spiritual meaning as a purifying aid to For those interested in plant remedies, he urges
native peoples. visiting natural food stores, with one caution: adds, and the stories keep unfolding. Just
“If the person can’t tell you the scientific name, recently, she heard that some cactus needles
Mesquite. Called the “tree of life,” this hardy you’d better go to another store.” made music. They were used as occasional
tree offers pods used for jelly and gluten-free needle substitutes in the old-fashioned horned
meal, black pitch used as paint and hair dye, and Every single plant has its story Victrola phonographs in the early 20th century.
bark so absorbent it was used as baby diapers. Even though Gloria grew up in Phoenix, “It
wasn’t until I started taking classes at Desert Obviously, the bounty of this desert is no
Yerba mansa. The dried root was used Botanical Garden that I realized I knew mirage. The Sonoran Desert is truly an oasis of
to treat mouth sores, sore throat and gum nothing. Every single plant has its story,” she help and healing.
1-800-991-7116 June 2009 l 15
Michael Cooper
is on fire
with Share and Earn
Sonoran Bloom™ Nopalea™ has helped reignite his business

ichael Cooper’s TriVita From retiree to energized
business quietly began Affiliate Member
He is in a very enviable position where he
about five years ago when can choose his level of commitment. Michael
he met fellow Affiliate Member retired at age 54 from his job as a logistics
Bryan Wirth, took the plunge and manager for a wholesale plumbing company.
became an Affiliate Member. At Since then he has enjoyed a contented life
with his wife, children and grandchildren.
that point, he was happy to put in
Michael is especially thrilled that his grown
a moderate effort and watch his daughter and granddaughter have both
business steadily grow. chosen to become TriVita Affiliate Members.
He currently has homes in Bend, OR and
Palm Springs, CA and enjoys golfing, long
walks and raisings llamas on his Oregon
“I did a lot of research about property. All in all, it’s a good life with
plenty of time to enjoy his favorite activities.
Nopalea and felt like this was
the product that would really So why did Michael pick TriVita instead
of other ventures? “First and foremost, this
take my business to a whole is a great business opportunity,” Michael
says. “I’m tremendously impressed by the
new level... This is a great company’s products, business-building tools
and strong sense of ethics.”
opportunity not just for me,
but for everyone in my group.” He is also quick to praise the support from
his upline, especially Bryan Wirth. “I know
I can always count on Bryan for advice and
suggestions,” Michael offers. “He’s a good
But then something very big happened that friend who won’t hesitate to drive 300 miles
dramatically increased his ambition... the to talk to a group.”
debut of Sonoran Bloom Nopalea. Now,
his business is growing by leaps and bounds The perfect time for direct sales
and he’s working it with renewed drive and As an astute businessman, Mike has
determination. “I did a lot of research about another motive for putting serious effort
Nopalea and felt like this was the product into his TriVita business. “Although we are
that would really take my business to a whole unfortunately in the middle of the recession,
new level,” Michael asserts. “This is a great this is actually a very good time to be
opportunity not just for me, but for everyone involved in the direct sales industry,” he
in my group.” observes. “There are a lot of very good people

16 l VITAJOURNAL Celebrating 10 Years of Health and Wellness

who are out of work and who are interested
in alternate ways of earning income. I am
able to recruit a very high caliber group
“The real key is not promoting
of people with a strong desire to succeed. dollars, but promoting wellness.
The direct sales industry is now much
more accepted.” I don’t want to come across as
Michael definitely takes a “think big” a high-pressure salesperson...
approach. He has brought approximately 50
Affiliate Members to his group in just the
that’s just not my style.”
past few months from such far-flung locations
as Tucson, Palm Springs, Portland and Bend,
Oregon. He is always on the lookout to place
his stake in new communities. The simple approach works best
“I tell prospects that they don’t have to sell
Nopalea gets him jazzed anything,” he relates. “TriVita products are
Michael was thoroughly inspired and backed by a money back guarantee, so there
motivated after attending the Sonoran is no risk in trying them. The real key is not
Bloom Nopalea kick-off event last March promoting dollars, but promoting wellness. I
in Phoenix. “I am currently handing out don’t want to come across as a high-pressure
Nopalea wherever I go,” he comments. salesperson... that’s just not my style. I do
“I will talk to people anywhere about this let people know that I’m on a crusade to
fantastic product.” improve wellness.” This belief is shared
by other members of his team who have
Michael and his group aggressively promote targeted people who usually buy vitamins
Nopalea and TriVita’s wealth of other high- at local retail stores. Team members suggest
quality products through: TriVita products as an affordable and higher
quality alternative. Once these same people
• Word of mouth enjoy a satisfactory product experience, they
are more likely to continue buying TriVita
• Wellness clinics products on a regular basis – and perhaps

“The sky’s
even to become an Affiliate Member.
• Newspaper flyers and inserts
Michael feels very comfortable putting
• Meetings with small business owners his own reputation on the line because of

• Charity work
TriVita’s stellar reputation. “They’ve got
it all,” he enthuses. “TriVita has a great
management team that is first-class, sharp
the limit to
• Community outreach

Wherever Michael goes and whoever he

and honest. The company has its priorities
straight and I know that when I send people
to a TriVita event that they will return with
my TriVita
contacts, he knows he has a powerful a very favorable impression.”
marketing machine behind him. “I haven’t
found any other company that offers the Now, he’s forging ahead full-force with

breadth and depth of marketing tools, big future plans. “I think with the debut
including flyers, catalogs, VitaJournal, TV of Nopalea my prospects are enormous,”
infomercials and electronic communications,” Michael predicts. “The sky’s the limit to
he says. “I can rest easy knowing that TriVita my TriVita business growth.”
regularly sends out a wide variety of strategic
marketing pieces.” There are no guarantees regarding income. Like
any other business, success or failure depends on
Michael clearly thinks “outside the box” and participants’ own skills and effort.
will consider any opportunity to spread the
word about TriVita. He is currently working
with the host of a local Portland TV show
who has offered to feature TriVita products.

1-800-991-7116 June 2009 l 17

Each month a Member, this month’s question:
Affiliate Member and What is your favorite memory of summer?
TriVita employee share
Lucille M. Brodeur,
their insights on health, member
memory. Ah, the taste of warm, fresh milk at
breakfast. Walking up a hill was easier while
wellness and more “My favorite memory as a
child was when I got to go
singing a song, and I learned that singing helps
when climbing the hills of life, as well. A rich
to my aunt and uncle’s farm heritage is a joy to have and remember. Thank
This monthly feature creates an for two months. I was raised you for giving me a reason to recollect those
open forum for Members, Affiliate in an orphanage because my precious days.”
Members and TriVita staff to respond mother became mentally sick
when I was five years old and my father was in
to a variety of provocative questions the Canadian Air Force. So it was nice to have
about a wide range of subjects. Join the good home-cooking, fresh bread, vegetables and Joseph Howard,
discussion! Your response could earn desserts when I got to visit them. triVita employee
you a $25 TriVita “I can remember in the
We didn’t have much food in the orphanage, so summer of ‘84 that I was
Gift Card; see $
25 I really enjoyed my summer holiday on the farm a troubled little boy. I had
details at the end with four or five girl cousins. I got to play and we never really known what
of this article. GiftCard went to the lake sometimes to swim. I had two
sisters and a brother and going to our relatives’
real love was until I met
my second grade teacher
house for those two months was a real good time and his family. As a young boy I had not
Summer means warm known that you could receive this kind of
for the four of us. I am now 79 and my sisters are
weather, outdoor activities, vacations 76 and 77. Our brother passed away many years love. My biological parents were not the best
and a break from routine. For many, ago. I really appreciated those summer days. We of people, so my siblings and I did not grow
this season brings us back to child- were happy with the simple things of life.” up surrounded by love. I was invited to my
teacher’s house/farm for one summer. I was
hood, when life seemed simpler. very wary of showing any affection to people
Here are some well-remembered because of how I was treated as a child.
sights, sounds and feelings from Lois C. Gnegy,
summers past. affiliate member Having this chance to be around a loving
“Life as a child on a farm family taught me that I could give love
with many siblings was and receive it back without being hurt or
most often joyful. Days were shunned. There was a bond built there that
We invite you to answer summer with that family. I can proudly say
filled with hard work and
our upcoming question: laughter, and the hope you that the love they showed me not only taught
wouldn’t get caught by a me how to do unto others, but to actually
“What do you do to feel and stay wayward hayfork. Another joyful memory was want to.
younger than your years?” taking the old truck down the country road to
the store. So was swimming in the cold water The following summer I was adopted by the
Your response could earn you a $25 TriVita Gift Card! of Puget Sound (often in the rain). As kids, Howard family, making my 11th birthday the
Just email your response to, or we were fearless. How does one choose only happiest and most loved day in my life.”
write to: VitaJournal, 16100 N. Greenway Hayden Loop,
Ste. 950, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Please include your one experience above all when life is made up
Member ID, your address and daytime phone number of common sense, adventure and hope? One
(along with email address, if you have one). memory? Impossible to do!

Note: When you submit a letter or email, you are also giving TriVita full rights Leaning my head against the warm belly of a
to it, including the right to publish it in future publications and to edit it as needed.
cow as I milked her, is another warm-hearted

18 l VITAJOURNAL Celebrating 10 Years of Health and Wellness

The Acid-Alkaline
A New Approach
to Inflammation ... by incorporating two servings of leafy green
By Christa Orecchio, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, vegetables... on a daily basis, you will be well on
Holistic Health Counselor your way to finding pH balance.

y favorite part affords natural weight loss. It also profoundly
about being improves digestion and heartburn and is a Curried Kale w/
valuable safeguard against cancer.
a holistic Caramelized Shallots & Agave
nutritionist is when I IngreDIents
see the light of hope ½ bunch Kale
and empowerment in There are so many small 3 Shallots, thinly sliced
(about 4 oz) stems
my clients’ eyes. It’s that changes that can make a profound 1 Tbs. Coconut Oil removed and chopped
Christa Orecchio
moment when they 1 Tbs. Curry Powder into large pieces
difference in our health.
realize that they really do have control 1 Tbs. Agave Nectar 2 Tbs. Tamari
over their own health and how they feel (wheat-free soy sauce)
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
on a daily basis. There are so many small changes that can 2 Tbs. water
make a profound difference in our health. These
When someone walks into my office with the DIrectIons
changes do not have to be considered a sacrifice,
debilitating pain of arthritis as his or her chief Heat oil over medium heat, add shallots and
but instead can be viewed as an “upgrade.”
complaint, my first line of defense is pH balance, sauté until dark brown and caramelized, about 20
or acid-alkaline balance. The pH of our blood minutes. Stir in curry powder, agave and lemon
For example, apple cider vinegar (acv) is very
at any given moment is 7.25-7.45. This range juice. Add kale, tamari and water. Cover and
alkalizing, while all other vinegars are acidic.
is so important because if our pH goes out of steam for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until
Consider upgrading to acv as your staple
range even .15 percent, we could die. Therefore, kale is still chewy but tender. Do not overcook.
vinegar. Lime is more alkalizing than lemon so
I immediately have clients test the pH of their use that in the water you drink throughout the
saliva and urine consecutively for six days to see day or in your cooking when possible. Brown
how hard the body is working just to keep them rice has less acid than white rice; raspberries
alive, let alone allowing for vibrant health. are highly alkalizing while cranberries are very Christa’s Favorite Salad Dressing
acidic. Garlic, too, has a profound effect on
The standard American diet is an overly acid-alkaline balance and is an easy addition IngreDIents
processed diet full of acid-forming foods such to many dishes. 2 parts raw Apple
as meat, dairy, wheat, chemicalized junk foods, Cider Vinegar
artificial sweeteners and sugar. Stress is also Far and away, green leafy vegetables are the most
a huge contributing factor to an over-acid 1 part Flax Oil
alkalizing foods. Coincidentally they happen to
condition. Nine out of 10 times, my clients be the single most missing foods in the modern 1 clove garlic, minced
are acidic. They need to incorporate more American diet. By green “leafies,” I mean kale,
1 tsp. Agave Nectar
alkaline-forming foods (and stress-relieving collard greens, dandelion greens, bok choy,
activities such as breathing deeply) into their arugula, spinach, mixed field greens, etc. Simply Juice of half a lime
diet and lives to gain the results they desire, by incorporating two servings of leafy green Sea salt, dried basil and
namely freedom of movement and decreased vegetables in your diet on a daily basis, you will oregano to taste
inflammation. However, those are not the only be well on your way to finding pH balance.
benefits they receive from tending to their pH June 2009 l 19
balance. Moving toward alkalinity promotes Try these simple, yet absolutely delicious
Shake well and serve cold.
better overall organ function, allows for the recipes to decrease inflammation and increase
release of toxins, improves mental clarity and well-being.

1-800-991-7116 June 2009 l 19

Research Desk
New findings in health and wellness

Inflammation marker may signal cancer risk

Copenhagen, Denmark

People with high levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) – a measurement of inflammation and predictor of
heart disease risk – have a 30% greater risk of developing cancer than those with low CRP levels, according
to a study in the March 2009 Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Researchers analyzed the CRP levels of 10,408 people who were part of the Copenhagen City Heart Study;
high CRP levels were associated with a 30% increase in cancer risk. Among participants who developed
cancer, those with high CRP levels were 80% more likely to die sooner than those with lower levels.

“While future research will need to confirm our findings, our study suggests that testing patients’ C-reactive
protein levels provides a more comprehensive picture of a patient’s health than we previously thought.
In addition to predicting heart disease risk, this simple test could help us assess a patient’s future cancer
risk and eventual cancer prognosis,” said lead author Kristine Allin, M.D., a physician at Copenhagen
University Hospital.

Breathe easier... with broccoli sprouts

Los Angeles, California

Broccoli sprouts may help fight inflammation in the upper airways, according to a study in the March 2009
journal Clinical Immunology.

Researchers discovered that a compound in broccoli sprouts called sulforaphane – also found in other
cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower and Brussels sprouts – triggers inflammation-fighting enzymes
in the upper airways.

In the three-day study, 65 adults were given daily oral doses of either broccoli sprouts or alfalfa sprouts,
which served as a placebo. After three days, participants’ nasal fluids were tested for the antioxidant enzymes.
Those who received the broccoli doses had two to three times more antioxidant enzymes in their nasal
airway cells.

It is not yet known if broccoli sprouts can actually ease allergy and asthma symptoms.

Low Vitamin D levels linked to mental decline

Exeter, United Kingdom

Researchers at the Peninsula Medical School, the University of Cambridge and the University of Michigan
have reported a link between low Vitamin D levels and mental decline, or “cognitive impairment.”

Researchers assessed the Vitamin D levels and cognitive function of 1,766 people over age 65 who were
part of the Healthy Survey for England 2000. They found that as Vitamin D levels decreased, cognitive
impairment increased. Those with the lowest levels of Vitamin D were more than twice as likely to have
cognitive impairment.

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You can make a
LASTING DIFFERENCE Article from Michael Ellison continued from page 2...

What I did not know at the time was the history of the people
who had lived in the harsh desert for hundreds of years; they
knew that every plant had a purpose. That night around the
campfire, the men spoke almost reverently about the Sonoran
Desert plants which offered such bountiful wellness benefits.

Upon arriving home, I spoke about what I had discovered

in Mexico with my son Marcus, who chairs the product
development team, and with our Chief Science Officer,
Brazos Minshew. This discussion led to research at two
Arizona universities regarding the potential health benefits
Your contribution will touch countless lives of Sonoran Desert plants. It took about two years to bring
this product to market, but we now have an amazing product
TriVita’s House of Giving and Life Outreach International have part- with over 200 studies concerning the inflammatory and
nered to provide pure, fresh water for children and their families: detoxification benefits of the Nopal cactus. It took time to
plan the process for harvesting, processing and bringing to
• Over 1 billion people throughout the world do not have market a fruit that grows among millions of cactus needles.
access to pure, fresh water But the team was up for the challenge, and today the product
• Waterborne illnesses run rampant in these areas is ready for its launch into the world where pollutants, pesticides
and other toxins are in the air, water and food – creating a
• Just a $4.80 donation can save one person’s life spiraling effect of inflammation-related health issues.
• With your donation, you can leave a legacy by giving
the gift of life Nopalea will become our greatest product in helping
people address inflammation and toxic health challenges,
Your tax-deductible gift can be combined with others to create new which medical science has now determined as their biggest
wells – providing water to thousands of people for a lifetime! Last challenge. Just recently, Dr. Rosenthal on Fox News said
year, we saved 21,000 lives. This year, our goal is to save even more! that inflammation is now recognized as a greater risk to
cardiovascular disease than cholesterol.
Want to make a difference?
Call 1-800-991-7116 and a Wellness Consultant will be happy to We know the immune system is very sensitive to any invader
take your tax-deductible donation along with your order. in the body and will attack with a normal response of
inflammation: containing the damage and allowing the healing
You can mail your donation to: process to begin. Acute inflammation is a desirable and normal
House of Giving response. However, when chronic inflammation occurs over a
16100 N. Greenway Hayden Loop long period of time, it begins to weaken the cells and sets the
Ste. 950 stage for cell damage and even disease manifestation. Nopalea is
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 a product that can help reduce chronic inflammation as well as
help detoxify the body, helping to optimize cellular health.

This is why our Nopalea city tour meetings listed on page 7

are such great opportunities. I urge you to get your contacts in
These results are significant because those with impaired these cities to our special luncheon, even if you can’t be there
cognition are more likely to develop dementia. yourself. It’s easy to sponsor your contacts: just register them for
the luncheon on our reservation site at Each
Dr. Iain Lang from the Peninsula Medical School, who worked
attendee will receive a free bottle of Nopalea, and have the
on the study, commented: “This is the first large-scale study
chance for a personal introduction to me and Brazos. We’ll be
to identify a relationship between Vitamin D and cognitive
impairment in later life. Dementia is a growing problem for sharing the wellness benefits of the product, and explaining the
health services everywhere, and people who have cognitive Affiliate Member opportunity. This is not a selling program – it
impairment are at higher risk of going on to develop dementia. is a sharing program – so help share the great news about this
That means identifying ways in which we can reduce levels of wonderful ground floor opportunity.
dementia is a key challenge for health services.”
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Life through
and Rituals
by Dr. Judy

ffective The significance of traditions They promote a feeling of safety and security
traditions As a research psychologist, I became intrigued within the family by providing a predictable
with the significance of celebrating traditions in and familiar experience.
promote a our families and communities. As it turns out,
sense of identity and social scientists have discovered that traditions While growing up, children love to participate
a feeling of belonging. are a fundamental need of our psyche. Traditions in simple family traditions. Whether it’s
are a key to making lasting memories and decorating the holiday tree, helping to bake a
Recently, I was standing in enriching our lives. They become the glue that birthday cake, dyeing Easter eggs or shopping
Judy Ellison, Ph.D. front of the magazine rack at binds us together. with mom when she goes out to buy yet another
one of our local bookstores, necktie for dad on Father’s Day, it is often a
and the June magazines were being placed on Important rituals and transitions memorable routine.
the shelves. I began to notice a theme emerging In its most basic form, rituals mark ends and
as I gazed at the front covers: all the women’s beginnings; in other words, transitions. The Regular and consistent family traditions/rituals
magazines featured articles on weddings. presence of the community in ritual brings can provide both adults and children with
about an experience of support and unity. the following:
Just a few nights before, my daughter had
stopped by my house for a visit and was telling • A sense of belonging
me about renting a booth for her business at the
Phoenix Bridal Show and Wedding Expo taking ... traditions of weddings, • Identity and identification
place in June. • Role models
anniversaries, birthdays and funerals
With all this talk about weddings in June, • Connections
all form part of our collective need for
my curiosity got the best of me and I went to
my computer and looked on the Web to find out • Stability and continuity in
recognizing certain events. an ever-changing world
why June had become the most popular month
for weddings.
Traditions and rituals give family members
You will chuckle when you read the answer Some examples of western rituals are graduations, something to look forward to, which gives them
that I found. Many of our contemporary award ceremonies and secular holidays. These, a sense of assurance in a fast-paced and hectic
wedding traditions come out of the traditions together with the traditions of weddings, world. As family bonds tend to be weakened
from the 14th and 15th century. June signified anniversaries, birthdays and funerals all form by busy lifestyles, families can stay connected
the arrival of warmer weather. That meant it part of our collective need for recognizing certain by intentionally maintaining important rituals
was time to remove winter clothing and partake events. Rituals bring a community together. and traditions. 
in one’s annual bath.
The benefits of family traditions
Yes, back then people were only able to bathe and rituals Judy Ellison, Ph.D., is a success coach, author,
thoroughly once each year. Since the overall Sometimes, family traditions are associated motivational speaker and psychologist. She has inspired
population smelled fairly fresh in June, it was a with practices and beliefs, which are handed people around the world to reach within and find their
passionate purpose to live a more meaningful life.
good time to hold a special event like a wedding! over from one generation to the next generation.

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your body, His Temple – 1 Cor. 6:19-20

Honoring fathers, honoring Him

by Chaplain Gene Henderson

“Honor your father

It’s never too late to reach out and re-connect
and your mother,
that your days may be with the good memories from your past.
long upon the land
which the Lord your
when you focus on the good qualities of your look to you as a father. Perhaps you could start
God is giving you.” father you do two important things: you pass on by making a list of positive memories: What
– Exodus 20:12 a powerful example of remembrance to your own good things did your father do with you, give to
family, and you help empower yourself to have a you, teach you that you remember fondly? What
This month, Father’s Day will bring better relationship with God. did he talk about from his own childhood that
a flurry of greeting cards, ties, gadgets helped you see what his upbringing was like?
When you think about it, it makes sense: If all
and phone calls across North your connections with your earthly father seem That list of memories could turn into a letter
America. However, not everyone negative, how can you relate to the heavenly you write, whether to him in person or to his
greets this day with gladness. I know Father with love and appreciation? It’s never too spirit, and share with your family. Or maybe
from personal experience and years late to reach out and re-connect with the good you could tape record those memories so your
memories from your past. I re-connected with children and grandchildren share your history,
of counseling others that a troubled my own father after a 20-year separation, and I’m hearing your voice.
relationship with the father figure in so thankful that I did. Each Father’s Day I called
your life can harden your heart. him to keep in touch, and after he passed on, I In your own life, you may know now that good
shared with my family a letter about all the good parenting can be a very tough job. I wonder if,
Whether you regard your father with loving he brought to my life. when we disappoint Him, God the Father feels
gratitude or not, I’d like to explore how you the same way? This Father’s Day, I urge you to
can still honor him – and therefore honor God Remember the good and pass it on remember... reach out... and honor your father
the Father – without ignoring your personal I’m not saying it’s always easy to forgive, but I am to honor Him.
feelings. When Scripture tells us to “Honor your saying that it’s worth it – to you and those who
father...,” that isn’t a command to endorse or
ignore behavior that might have been neglectful
or harsh (and certainly not in cases of bodily
abuse). Rather, I think the Bible is telling us to
recognize the good things we got from our
fathers, to focus on the positive memories.
This helps us relate to God the Father, and
to appreciate His blessings.

Honor your father as

you’d like to be honored
Consider this: How you honor your father is an
example to your children of how you’d like to be
honored. If you let difficulties from the past keep
you estranged from your father (in memory or in
life), then that’s how you’re teaching your
children to treat you.

Do you remember your father as too strict? You

could choose to also remember that he was the
one who brought you a puppy when you were
little. Do you hang on to resentment that he
rarely showed affection or approval? Maybe now
you realize that in working to provide the basics,
he was expressing love in his way. The point is,

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Real Stories
from real people
See what Members like you have to say about TriVita products! ®

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dear friend of mine introduced me to TriVita’s one of our management team guys was really being a vegetarian that have produced different
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Before taking the Sublingual B-12, I did not Affiliate Member. Glendia M. – Fairfax, VA
want to exercise or walk short distances as my
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Affiliate Member Spotlight

TriVita fits in perfectly with

Mike Taplin’s mission in life
“I’ve never been part of a business that’s grown so fast.”

hen Mike Taplin first heard Flexibility that fits into a busy life
about TriVita®, he was “First and foremost, I was very impressed
by TriVita’s flexibility,” Mike says. “With so
already a seasoned and many other companies there is a ‘here’s our
very skeptical direct sales veteran. system, take it or leave it’ attitude. These
This Virginia-based Air Force major same companies want you to find your own
had joined a new start-up that started customers, stock products and mail out your
own advertising materials. I’m very busy and
out strong, but ended up folding after
don’t have time for that kind of activity. That’s
only two years. “I was disappointed one of the things I like best about TriVita – this
by all the big unfulfilled promises,” company fits in perfectly with the work demands “I’m impressed by the science behind Nopalea and
Mike recalls. “I was at a low point and of busy professionals like myself.” I think this new product is going to give my business
couldn’t find anything else that was a big boost.” – Mike Taplin
Mike has created a “no hands” approach that
worth my time.” automatically handles much of his work. His
capture page on the Internet intrigues prospects
Then good fortune struck when Mike talked to and drives them to his personalized website However, Mike isn’t just in it for the money.
a successful TriVita Affiliate Member. Having where they can sign up for more information. “Serving the Lord is our mission,” he says.
been burned once, Mike was naturally wary, Mike and Tynekia are actively involved in their
but the more he heard, the more he liked. He How does he get people interested? “I put myself church. She is a choir director, and he plays
initially took a “wait and see” approach and as in their shoes and try to explain the company in a organ and keyboard. Both consider their TriVita
he quietly observed the company he became way that lets them open up about their own dreams residual income a useful tool to further their life
even more impressed. “I extensively researched and aspirations,” he relates. “I tell them that TriVita purpose. “My wife and I are devoted to helping
TriVita and really liked their business model,” has a very unique, flexible business model that single parents – a group of people that doesn’t
says Mike. “I also said, I want my next venture offers multiple ways to build your business. You can get enough attention,” Mike observes. “We now
to be my last and best home-based business.” build it fast or build it slow. People are reassured by have more funds available to help other folks in
It’s been clear skies and smooth flying ever the fact that there is nothing high pressure about need – something that’s very important to us.”
since Mike became an Affiliate Member in my approach. They are also amazed by the quality
March 2008. and quantity of materials that the company sends
out, especially the VitaJournal, catalog and wide
variety of print and electronic communications.” “TriVita is totally in alignment with
He can’t help but compare the wealth of marketing
materials available to him through TriVita with the our value system... they offer a rare sort
one very basic newsletter that his previous direct of integrity that makes me feel good
sales company sent out.
about everything I do.”
Mike recently had the good fortune to attend
the Sonoran Bloom™ Nopalea™ kick-off event
in Phoenix and met with TriVita’s management
and staff. “This meeting was extremely well So, by balancing the spiritual and financial
organized,” he recalls. “I’m impressed by the aspects of their lives, Mike and his wife enjoy
science behind Nopalea and I think this new the best of both worlds. “TriVita is totally
product is going to give my business a big boost.” in alignment with our value system,” Mike
concludes. “They offer a rare sort of integrity
“... amazed when the checks that makes me feel good about everything
come in.” I do.”
Right now he’s thrilled by his own personal
progress. “I’ve never grown so fast with any There are no guarantees regarding income. Like
other company,” he exults. “My wife, Tynekia, any other business, success or failure depends on
is definitely amazed when the checks come in.” participants’ own skills and effort.
is wife, Tyne
Mike with h June 2009 l 25
National Men’s Health Week – June 15-21, 2009

Prostate Cancer
and PSA Screening:
A must read
By Dr. Samuel N. Grief

any men are Symptoms can start at age 40 or earlier not lessen the overall death rate due to
unsure of Lately, medical authorities are revisiting the prostate cancer. Another European study
two-decades-old question of prostate specific involving 18,000 men had a slightly different
what to do antigen (PSA) screening. Physicians routinely outcome. This study concluded that there was
about their prostate discuss PSA testing with men ages 40 and over some benefit in reducing overall death due to
and rely on physicians as this is the age when men typically begin to prostate cancer in men who were screened
and other healthcare notice symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Some using PSA testing, compared to men who
physicians recommend PSA screening at an were not screened.
Samuel N. Grief, providers to guide them
M.D., CCFP, FCFP even earlier age, so don’t wait until you have
accordingly. Should a symptoms. These symptoms may include more Unfortunately, prostate cancer is rather
man get screened for prostate cancer? frequent urination, decreased urinary stream, common. Many men will have this disease
What is the best screening method? trouble fully emptying the bladder, and/or and be blissfully unaware, regardless of whether
nighttime awakening to urinate. Examination or not they took a PSA test. The decision to
What are the pros and cons of prostate screen with the PSA test should be discussed
of the prostate entails a digital rectal exam
cancer screening? to assess for the prostate’s size, contour, shape with a trusted healthcare practitioner.
First, prostate cancer is not your typical cancer. and to detect any nodular growths that
may indicate an underlying cancer. Because Lowering the risk of prostate cancer and prostate
It tends to spread slowly in the overwhelming
digital rectal exam can assess only the surface problems can be accomplished by eating a low
majority of men afflicted. The insidious nature
of the prostate gland, PSA testing is often saturated-fat diet, consuming fresh fruits and
of prostate cancer means that if a man is
recommended by medical practitioners to vegetables with plenty of antioxidants and
diagnosed at age 60, it is very likely the disease
complement the screening for cancer. appropriate supplemental products designed to
will not progress for many years before causing
facilitate proper prostate function.
any serious complications or risk to one’s life.
Long-term scientific trials have been under-
Treatment options for prostate cancer are taken to determine the benefits of PSA testing.
numerous and range from targeted chemo- The outcomes are mixed.
therapy or radiation to surgery to oral hormone
therapy. Which treatment is best is dependent PSA testing: no consensus Samuel N. Grief is currently the Medical Director at the
on whether the cancer has spread outside of the One recently completed study done in the University of Illinois. Dr. Grief received his medical degree from
prostate and the extent of the spread. United States confirmed that PSA testing did McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and is a CME Instructor.

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TRUE or FALSE? Answers:

1 A man’s exposure to substances 1. True: A man’s exposure to certain substances in the workplace can affect his ability to
in the workplace can affect his have healthy children by affecting sperm and sexual performance. Also, certain substances
ability to have healthy children. unintentionally brought home by a worker may affect a woman’s reproductive system or the
health of an unborn child.

2 Adults should get at least one 2. False: Adults should get at least 2 ½ hours of physical activity a week, including aerobic and
hour of physical activity a week. muscle-strengthening activities.

3. True: Of the U.S. workers that died from injury at work in 2005, males accounted for 93% of
3 Males are more likely than all deaths and had a work-related fatality rate about 12 times the rate for females.
females to die from injury in 4. False: Vaccinations aren’t just for kids. Far too many adults become ill, are disabled and die
the workplace. each year from diseases that could easily have been prevented by vaccines. Keep track of your
vaccinations, and make sure you keep them up-to-date.
4 People do not need to get 5. False: Women are three times more likely to report attempting suicide than men. However,
vaccinations after age 21. men are four times more likely to actually die from suicide. In 2004, 80% of suicide deaths
were among men. If you or someone you know is in a suicidal crisis, contact the National
5 Men are more likely than Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.
women to attempt suicide. 6. False: More men and women die from lung cancer than from any other type of cancer.
Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke to lower your risk for lung cancer, heart disease,
6 More men die from prostate and other diseases and conditions. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer
deaths in men.
cancer than from any other
type of cancer. 7. False: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United
States. To lower your risk for heart disease, get regular blood cholesterol and blood pressure
screenings, prevent and control diabetes, avoid smoking and secondhand smoke, limit alcohol
7 Cancer is the leading cause use, keep a healthy weight, eat healthy and get regular physical activity.
of death in men.
8. True: Males are about twice as likely as females to sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
A TBI is caused by a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the
8 Males are more likely than
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Beware of
Drug Combos
Similar drug names another potential hazard
Are you mixing medications? You could be in danger, according to a • Can I take it with other drugs?
study in the December 2008 Journal of the American Medical Association. • Should I avoid certain foods, beverages or other products?
About 2.2 million Americans take medications in potentially dangerous
combinations, according to the study. And sometimes those combinations • What are possible drug interaction signs I should know about?
include non-prescription medications and supplements. • How will the drug work in my body?
• Is there more information available about the drug or my condition
The study involved 3,005 people aged 57 to 85. The older the person was, (on the Internet or in health and medical literature)?
the more likely they were to take at least one medication. Sixty-eight
percent of those who took prescription drugs also took non-prescription Medication errors
medications or supplements. Another area of concern is drug name errors. These can occur in the
pharmacy or in the doctor’s office. Often, many drugs sound alike or are
Researchers identified the most dangerous combinations reported by spelled alike. But according to the FDA, mistakes can also occur because
the participants: of abbreviations, acronyms and dose designations used on prescriptions.
Poor handwriting, new products, similar packaging and unfamiliarity
Combinations Medications Risks with drug names can make the situation worse.
Prescription Lisinopril with prescription Elevated blood-
with another potassium potassium levels which Regardless, mistakes of any kind are dangerous. The FDA suggests
prescription can disrupt heart rhythm the following tips for making sure you’re getting exactly what the
doctor ordered:
Warfarin with simvastatin Bleeding
Prescription with a Warfarin with aspirin Bleeding • Know the name and strength of prescribed drugs before leaving
non-prescription the doctor’s office.
Atorvastatin with niacin Muscle weakness and
muscle breakdown • Insist that the doctor include the purpose of the medication on
the prescription.
Simvastatin with niacin Muscle weakness and
muscle breakdown • Ensure that a refill is what it should be.
Non-prescription Ginkgo with aspirin Bleeding • Tell your doctor of any medical history changes.
with another
non-prescription When it comes to your health, you can never be too careful; if you
have questions about your current prescription medications, over-the-
counter medications and/or supplements, don’t hesitate to ask your
If you’re taking any of these combinations, contact your healthcare provider
healthcare provider. 
to discuss other options. Even if you’re not taking the medications listed
above, it’s still important to pay close attention to those that you are taking.
Alcohol and medications
Avoiding dangerous interactions
As people age, they often become more sensitive to alcohol’s effects.
• Let your doctor know which medications and supplements you’re Of particular concern is the mixing of medications and alcohol. This can
currently taking. have many ill effects including dizziness, drowsiness, changes in blood
• Take medications as directed. pressure, increased risk for overdose, changes in blood sugar, fainting,
memory loss and more.
• Try filling all your prescriptions at the same pharmacy.
• Carefully read package inserts for possible interactions. If you are taking any medications, talk with your healthcare provider
about them and how they may interact with alcohol. Also, be sure to
• Carry a list of all medications and supplements you’re taking; that
carefully read labels on all medications and follow the directions.
way you’ll have it readily available if you get prescribed a new
medication or need to buy an over-the-counter drug.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of the
National Institutes of Health, recommends that people over age 65
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends asking your
who choose to drink have no more than one drink per day.
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Play It Safe!
national safety month tips for a fun and
injury-free summer

ummer is the time to play! For many, it Camping health and safety tips • Bring more water than you think you need
means outdoor activities such as swimming, Load up the tent and lantern, it’s time to go • Don’t hike alone
hiking, camping, boating and more. This camping. But in addition to your sleeping bag,
summer, make safety your top priority as you • Don’t attempt a hike that you’re not ready
pack these health and safety tips from the
pursue your outdoor adventures. Review these for physically
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
safety tips and let common sense be your guide • Wear appropriate shoes and clothing
as you enjoy the summer season. • Practice fire safety: • Protect yourself from the sun: hat,
o Use a campfire pit away from sunglasses and sunscreen
Staying safe around water
overhanging tree branches. Make • Bring a first aid kit for emergencies
Splashing around in pools, swimming in lakes,
sure it has a metal fire ring or is
enjoying the beach and boating are all great ways • Stick to designated trails
encircled with rocks.
to cool off in the hot summer months. However, • Bring the proper supplies: extra clothing,
carelessness can result in injuries – even death. By o Never leave a campfire unattended. food, water, first aid kit, pocket knife,
keeping these water-safety tips in mind, you can
o Before you leave, be sure you put whistle and waterproof matches.
enjoy one of summer’s most refreshing pastimes:
out your campfire completely. Depending on where you hike, insect
repellant may come in handy.
• Always supervise children around water • Protect against carbon monoxide
poisoning: Never use fuel-burning
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