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Good health is a gift to be treasured and nurtured every day. TriVita joyfully shares these keys to helping you experience wellness : the 10 Essentials of physical, emotional and spiritual health.

A healthy heart, a healthy life
by Michael R. Ellison, CEO & Founder of TriVita, Inc. A healthy heart is the reflection of a healthy life. Many times when we think of a healthy life we rightfully think of a lifestyle that is balanced with a good diet, exercise and sleep. But seldom do you hear about the role relationships play in a healthy life. Medical science is learning more and more about the link between relationships and heart health. In his new book, Love and Survival, the Scientific Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy, Dr. Dean Ornish M.D. has much to say about the importance of relationships and their profound effects on our health. Mounting evidence suggests people without close, durable ties to family and friends are at high risk of everything from cancer and heart disease to ulcers and infections. In one California study, 4,700 people were followed for 10 years and the people with the least amount of social contact died at three times the rate as the others. Heart attack victims living alone die at twice the rate as those who live with others who care about their well-being. We know behavior and attitude are greatly influenced by the community of people we interact with, and without community, we are subject to depression and lack of motivation. When people are lonely, they are much more inclined to depression, which leads to lack of exercise and poor eating habits. It also creates an environment of stress and worry.

1. Breathe Deeply 2. Drink Water
Let your lungs fill deep down, hold, then exhale toxins and stress. Nature’s best beverage not only answers thirst, but also enhances energy. Every body needs the rest and repair that comes with a regular sleep routine. Feed both body and mind with healthy, nourishing food for life. Let an active lifestyle move you to improved health and wellness in all ways.

3. Sleep Peacefully 4. Eat Nutritiously 5. Enjoy Activity

6. Give and Receive Love 7. Be Forgiving
Offer and accept the greatest gift, and you can enhance your immune system. When you let go of old grudges, your hands are open to accept feelings of peace. A thankful heart releases stress, making room for greater happiness and health. If you can’t change it, accept it and move on. Worry will shrink, serenity will grow.

There are many ways to enhance the relationships in life, and I encourage you to do so as it is good for your heart and your life.
When stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) are released, they actually turn on the red emergency light in the body, equipping it to fight or flee. In most modern individuals, neither of the events happen, and the excess of strong stress hormones creates a chemical imbalance and weakens the organs, especially the heart. A relationship each of us can have is a spiritual relationship with God. He is a friend that stays closer than a brother. That is why in our wellness essentials, we encourage everyone to develop a relationship with God. There are other ways to create a companion relationship if a person is alone or lonely much of the time. One of them is to live with a pet. My wife, Susan and I have been empty nesters for many years since our sons became adults, so we added a pet to our household. I travel frequently, so Susan now has a constant home companion. The joy a dog can bring is almost indescribable. It makes little sense, but we know that anytime we enter our home – whether away for a day or an hour – Pepper will greet us with whimpers of joy and a wagging tail. There are many ways to enhance the relationships in life, and I encourage you to do so as it is good for your heart and your life. We print the 10 Essentials in every VitaJournal and catalog not because we need to fill space, but to remind us that wellness is not a destination you arrive at by treatment; it is a journey to be embraced and enhanced through practicing the 10 Essentials for Health and Wellness. They may seem simple and basic, but when practiced daily, they are profound in their importance and impact. Obviously we know that diet and proper nutrients play a significant role in our heart health and also a healthy life. I have found a very simple rule to help me when I think about food – as food is a powerful force for good or for bad. Scott Conard, M.D., teaches that the power of food is like a

8. Practice Gratitude

9. Develop Acceptance

10. Develop a Relationship with God
Nurture the spiritual aspect of your life to achieve complete well-being.

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4 C-Reactive Protein: the Final Alarm for Heart Disease
Stop fanning the fires of inflammation.



verywhere you look this month, you’ve probably seen red hearts, red roses and candy – actually you

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Stop fanning the fires of inflammation starting today
By Farouk Mookadam, M.D., M.B., Ch.B common cause of death during the hurricane season is that many people ignore advance Dr. Farouk Mookadam hurricane warnings. The same goes for people who ignore a building fire alarm when it goes off. A common cause of death among people in North America is that they ignore the disease alarms our body sends us until it is too late. What are the warning signs a body uses to communicate its distress? They are very common… and you may be experiencing them right now.
The dangers of high CRP
Often, the “final straw” in the process of heart disease leading to death is runaway inflammation. We measure inflammation in the blood vessels by a simple test called Cardio-CRP or High Sensitivity CRP. C-Reactive Protein is a marker for inflammation in our body – especially in our blood vessels. We always have a little CRP in our bloodstream because we always have a little inflammation. 4  l  VITAJOURNAL


A high level of C-Reactive Protein tells us that the fire in the arteries is blazing out of control. It also lets us know that we are in danger of losing our lives if we do not take immediate action. We must not ignore high CRP in our blood test because it means we are in imminent danger. If we want to live, we simply must take steps to reduce our level of inflammation.

sugar). Cholesterol and blood pressure often rise together, and our stomach keeps getting bigger and bigger. Obesity is an inflammatory process. It may begin with simply eating too much – especially too much sugar. Overeating causes blood sugar levels to spike; high blood sugar demands high levels of insulin in response. This occurs over a period of time and not just as a result of a single meal. High levels of insulin trigger inflammation which in turn causes damage and your body releases CRP. This is the final warning that your body is unable to cope any longer. What often results is a heart attack or stroke. It’s a high price to pay for ignoring the early warning signs of inflammation: higher body weight and lower HDL.

Don’t ignore early warnings

Many people ignore the warning signs of inflammation for many years before a heart attack or stroke. It often begins with increased body weight and reduced HDL “good” cholesterol. These are both ominous signs because they indicate that we are in a losing battle with inflammation. Further, the triglyceride levels in our blood may increase along with higher amounts of glucose (blood

Metabolic syndrome

The process I just described is a simplified look into a disorder called metabolic syndrome. We have been gathering knowledge of this emerging pattern of symptoms for decades now. Metabolic syndrome ends in heart attack, stroke, cancer and other deadly disorders of inflammation. But it begins in simply making bad choices and then practicing bad habits until they destroy us. One cause of metabolic syndrome is stress. This is the process where our energy reserves do not meet our energy demands. The energy deficit triggers an emergency fight-or-flight response and adrenaline is released. The rush trivita.com

disease risk. Most experts recommend 30 minutes of aerobic activity every day. Cultures that move more weigh less and have a lower risk of disease. For example, the Pima people of the Sonoran Desert spend more than two hours daily in some form of activity requiring movement: walking, running, lifting and carrying heavy weight. They have a very low incidence of inflammatory disease and a very long, healthy life.

of adrenaline requires the liver to release sugars and the pancreas to release insulin. High levels of insulin trigger inflammation, which causes damage and your body releases CRP. Another trigger for metabolic syndrome is too little sleep. During sleep, your body releases important hormones that help you heal from the wear and tear of the day. Two important hormones released when we sleep are leptin and ghrelin. Leptin reduces our appetite and increases our metabolism. Ghrelin increases our appetite and reduces our metabolism. Leptin is released when we sleep. Ghrelin is released when we are awake. Both are governed by sleep; but only Leptin is released during sleep. More sleep equals more Leptin which can result in higher metabolism and lower appetite. Less sleep equals more ghrelin, which results in increased appetite, reduced metabolism and higher CRP.

bioflavonoids Quercetin and Kaempferol from apples, onions and prickly pear fruits from the Nopal cactus also reduce CRP. Prickly pear fruits reduce inflammation and stickiness in the blood vessels as well. Omega-3 essential fatty acids, Co-Enzyme Q-10 and dark chocolate all contribute to increased HDL “good” cholesterol and reduced CRP. Heed the warning: Keep strict watch on your weight, blood pressure, HDL and blood glucose levels. These are the early warning signs. Practice one or more of the proven strategies to keep your CRP low. By reducing inflammation you will reduce your chances for disease and increase your chances for a long, healthy life.

easy methods to lower CRP

exercise helps

Another preventable cause of inflammation from the metabolic syndrome is a sedentary lifestyle. Our body is made to move. Medical science tells us that people with good exercise habits have lower levels of CRP and lower

Benjamin Franklin once said that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” With two-thirds of the people in North America being overweight or obese, it is now time for both protection and wellness. Obesity is an early warning sign of inflammation. Inflammation damages our blood vessels and they release CRP in response. High levels of CRP in the blood mean that we’ve been given the final warning: If we are to survive we must take steps to help reduce inflammation now! Eating an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables can significantly reduce CRP. The

Dr. Mookadam is currently a diagnostic cardiologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and has made many professional cardiac care presentations throughout the world.

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How to lower homocysteine – and your disease risk
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omocysteine (HCY) has been studied in medicine “behind the scenes” for more than 40 years. Here is what we have found: Excessive levels of HCY have been linked to many serious conditions, from heart attacks and stroke, to osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease. We know that low homocysteine equals a low risk of disease. We also know that TriVita’s HCY Guard may help your body reduce homocysteine 35% in just six weeks for most people. How does this affect you?
Prevention is the key
First, I’d like for you to think about the Titanic, a cruise liner that sank after hitting an iceberg in 1912. Imagine what would have happened if the captain of that ship changed his course the day before the icebergs appeared in their path. Would the outcome have been different? Imagine if he had changed his course two days before the disaster. Would the outcome have been even better? 6  l  VITAJOURNAL

My point is this: The earlier you change your course with respect to your health, the better your chances for a healthy life! If you reduce your HCY levels earlier in life you also may reduce your chances of getting a homocysteinerelated disease.

Other studies have shown, however, that if you adhere to a healthy lifestyle, even after a heart attack or stroke you may improve your condition. However, long-term health benefits accrue only to those who start a healthy life-course early and remain consistent. Sadly, many people with advanced heart disease wait until they are “too close to the iceberg.” For them, it is often too little, too late. Still, 40 years of medical research tells us that changing the course of our health journey earlier (before a serious health crisis occurs) will result in a healthier life.

“We know that low homocysteine equals a low risk of disease. We also know that TriVita’s HCY Guard may help your body reduce homocysteine.”
According to a very famous medical study called “NHANES,” the risk of disease went up as the HCY levels went up. Diet and lifestyle efforts were able to keep HCY and disease risk low in most people. Another very famous study of HCY called “VISP” added the nutrients found in TriVita’s HCY Guard to a lifestyle program and found that nutrient supplements could help people avoid illness if they started taking them early in life and consistently over time.

How HCy kills
Homocysteine is a fraction of protein like a sliver of broken glass. When it gets into your bloodstream in high concentrations it slices the delicate lining of your blood vessels. When the tissues supplied by these blood vessels lose circulation, they will die. If this happens in your heart it is called a heart attack. If it happens in your brain it is called a stroke – some doctors even prefer the term “brain attack.” trivita.com

Arteries damaged by homocysteine may spasm under stress. This happens even without high cholesterol. In fact, fully half of all men and women who suffer strokes and heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels!

How TriVita’s HCy Guard helps
Basic nutrients from a healthy diet improve HCY levels in the bloodstream. TriVita’s HCY Guard contains specific nutrients, such as Vitamin B-12, B-6, folic acid and biotin, which further help to reduce HCY levels and the destruction HCY causes to your bones, blood vessels and heart, as well as your delicate brain cells. Additional nutrients in HCY Guard such as Choline, Inositol, CoEnzyme Q-10 and Dimethylglycine keep the HCY levels down over time. The protein Methionine promotes a healthy HCY cycle, and other proteins such as Lysine, Taurine and Cysteine remove roadblocks to healthy HCY elimination. These roadblocks may include lead, mercury and other toxins. In 2004 we undertook a study of HCY Guard, a supplement for aggressively reducing homocysteine. Our research partner in this study was Mark Mattie, MD, PhD of Bridgeport University and Yale University. The results of our study demonstrated that the complete ingredients found in HCY Guard helped the body reduce homocysteine an incredible 35%!

Imagine what this means for your health. A 35% reduction in high homocysteine is unprecedented in medical literature. With this kind of reduction in HCY, we hope to see many people saved from the devastation of stroke, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease.

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But remember, HCY Guard is protection, not treatment. Health only comes from healthy living. As captain of your ship, you simply cannot afford to wait until you “see icebergs” to change the course of your health. Have your homocysteine levels tested frequently. If they are low, keep them low with TriVita’s Sublingual B-12 (see back cover). If they are too high, help reduce them by taking HCY Guard, the only supplement proven in university studies to help reduce HCY by 35%!

Help reduce the risk of degenerative diseases by taking HCY Guard daily
• HCY Guard has been clinically proven to lower dangerous homocysteine levels 30-40% in just 42 days. • Taken daily, HCY Guard ensures that you continue to maintain healthy homocysteine levels. • HCY Guard has an exclusive blend of nutrients, specifically chosen for their ability to protect against homocysteine escaping into your bloodstream.

“I have done very well on the HCY Guard and like the way it makes me feel.”
“I first started taking B-12 in the 1980s but switched to TriVita’s Sublingual B-12. However, due to a genetic condition which causes me to have holes in my heart, I decided to switch over to TriVita’s HCY Guard. I had whiplash from two car accidents, I have arthritis and I really want to do all I can to help protect against a stroke, so that is why I felt this product was right for me. Heart problems run in my family, and my husband also has heart problems. I take one every morning and a second one in the afternoon. I have done very well on the HCY Guard and like the way it makes me feel. In addition, I’m also taking Adaptogen 10 Plus which really helps with stress; both products combined seem to calm down my heartbeat and give me a good night’s sleep. I’m 79 years old and do not take any prescription medications; I only take supplements. I just signed up to be an Affiliate Member in order to help others. In fact, my son and daughter are taking TriVita supplements, and I just sent a variety of TriVita products to my granddaughter and her husband.” NORMA S., affiliate MeMBer – cheroKee Village, ga

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• Take 3-6 ounces of Nopalea every day, until your bottle is empty. • Fill out the Nopalea Challenge Form, which will be included in your order, to track your progress during the Challenge. • Read The Secret Killer Health Alert, which will be included in your shipment. • Experience wellness® for yourself. That’s it! In just four easy steps, you could take advantage of a championship opportunity to enjoy better health. BONUS: After you’ve taken the Challenge, you can receive a free $25 TriVita Gift Card plus a Nopalea T-shirt (a $14.99 value), just for sharing your success story with TriVita. Just call 1-800-693-4083 to tell us your story or email us at story@trivita.com. • Do you have trouble sleeping at night? • Do you have allergy-related breathing problems? • Do you fear not doing enough to protect your body against all the toxins in today’s world (air, food, water, etc.)? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you need to take the Nopalea Wellness Challenge, and give yourself the benefits that have helped so many others. To order Nopalea, see page 5.


hile the Olympic torch blazes over the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games this month, you can take up your own torch of wellness with the Nopalea Wellness Challenge. Nopalea is the astonishing wellness drink that has helped so many get relief from the damaging effects of chronic inflammation. If you haven’t tried it yet, consider these important questions:
• Do you deal with pain on a constant basis? • Does anyone in your family or group of friends complain of chronic pain? • Do you, or anyone you know, have allergyrelated breathing problems? • Are you concerned about premature aging? • Are daily toxins wreaking havoc on your body? These symptoms can all be linked to chronic inflammation – precisely the problem that Nopalea was developed to help address.

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When you start your Challenge, be sure to read The Secret Killer Health Alert. You’ll find out about chronic inflammation – what happens when our bodies get “stuck” in defense mode against injury or infection – and how this kind of inflammation is on the increase. The Secret Killer details the sad results: chronic pain, discomfort and poor health that may lead to serious disease. If you’re not sure whether Nopalea could improve the quality of your life, just review these questions, and see if you recognize your own health issues, or those of family or friends:

Help one million people take up the torch of wellness!
That’s TriVita’s goal and we need your help. Take the Nopalea Wellness Challenge yourself… and encourage others to do so, too. Imagine what an impact we’ll have together, touching the lives of one million people! We’re so confident in what we’re hearing from people who have taken the Challenge that we’re raising the bar: we want to touch not just hundreds of thousands of lives, but one million! We believe that we can achieve this important goal together. Stories pour in to TriVita daily of those who have taken the Challenge and are now pain-free or experiencing other wonderful benefits from this life-changing product. Please continue to share these stories. Send them to story@trivita.com or call 1-800-693-4083.

Put out the “fire” of inflammation

If you haven’t yet tried Nopalea for yourself, now is the perfect time. The Nopalea Wellness Challenge was created to show the power of Nopalea in helping the body reduce chronic inflammation quickly. One of the most exciting ingredients in Nopalea is Betalains, a rare and potent class of natural antioxidants. They’re found in only a few of the world’s plants, including the Nopal cactus. The Nopal fruit, from which Nopalea is made, contains one of the highest amounts of Betalains in all of nature. That’s why taking a “Nopalea Loading Dose” can help put out the “fire” of inflammation in our bodies. Here’s how the Challenge works: 8  l  VITAJOURNAL

Does this sound like you?
• Do you suffer from chronic pain anywhere in your body? Has it been going on for weeks, months or even years? • Do you routinely get low on energy during any part of the day?


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“Since Nopalea my C-Reactive Protein level has gone down to just barely over zero – one full point.”
“I am in my late 40s and am trying to take better care of my health. I had a very stiff neck that caused a lot of pain and affected my range of motion. Within five days of starting the Nopalea Challenge, I noticed that my range of motion was improving. I also suffer from seasonal allergies, which cause puffiness around my eyes and my face. After a short time on Nopalea, people commented on how healthy my skin looked. This delicious drink also helped with my allergy symptoms. I had blood work done as part of my regular physical and, as usual, I always get a C-Reactive Protein (CRP) test. Last time it was 1.3, but since Nopalea my CRP level has gone down to just barely over zero – one full point. By drinking Nopalea, I know I am helping my body reduce inflammation.” Paige C., Affiliate Member – Belleair Bluffs, FL due to Nopalea because I haven’t done anything different but take 3-4 ounces of Nopalea per day. My HDL (good cholesterol) went from 88 to 126. My LDL (bad cholesterol) went down from 166 to 138. My ratio improved from 1.9 to 1.1. Also, my blood pressure is down from 125 over 85 to 115 over 70. Again, thanks to TriVita and Nopalea for these fantastic results.” Linda W., Affiliate Member – Charlotte, NC

“Better yet, her high blood pressure came down significantly.”
“My mom has chronic pain and arthritis and I told her she should try Nopalea. She has had two surgeries on her spine and a plate put in her neck. My mom’s condition was so severe that she was taking morphine and other very strong pain killers. After drinking Nopalea for a couple of weeks, I asked my mom how she was doing. She said she was feeling good and the pain had gone from her legs, enabling her to sleep all night long. A few weeks later she told me that she had a boost in energy and felt great because she was sleeping all night long. She also noticed that Nopalea helped her body reduce inflammation and pain. Better yet, her high blood pressure came down significantly. She was also excited to tell me that the age spots on her face were fading, which was very important to her. So now mom has been drinking Nopalea for about three months and has significantly reduced her pain medication. Her energy level is the best it has been in 15 years.*” James S., Affiliate Member – Des Moines, IA *You should not stop taking any medication without first consulting with your healthcare provider. TriVita retains exclusive rights to submitted stories, including the right to edit as needed. February 2010  l  9

“I am over 80 years old, and I feel good and have lots of energy thanks to Nopalea.”
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Get your heart pumping!
Aerobic exercise for a healthy heart
Aerobic exercise is defined as any activity that increases your need for oxygen. It strengthens your heart by increasing your heart rate and forcing your body to breathe harder (which oxygenates the blood being pumped out of your heart). Aerobic exercise can also help: • The heart work more efficiently • Lower blood pressure • Reduce triglyceride levels • Boost healthy cholesterol • Reduce resting heart rate • Improve circulation • Build endurance Additionally, it can help lower your risk of: • Early death • Heart disease • Stroke • Type 2 diabetes • High blood pressure • Metabolic syndrome gradually increase your activity, but don’t overdo it! And remember, before beginning any exercise program, be sure to consult your healthcare provider. Moderate Activities • Ballroom and line dancing • Biking on level ground or with few hills • Canoeing • General gardening (raking, trimming shrubs) • Sports where you catch and throw (baseball, softball, volleyball) • Tennis (doubles) • Walking briskly • Water aerobics Vigorous Activities • Aerobic dance • Biking faster than 10 miles per hour • Fast dancing • Heavy gardening (digging, hoeing) • Hiking uphill • Jumping rope • Martial arts • Race walking, jogging or running • Sports with a lot of running (basketball, hockey, soccer)

How hard should you work?

Forget the old adage, “no pain, no gain.” Pain is actually your body’s way of telling you to take it easy. One way to determine the proper exertion level is your target heart rate. To calculate your target heart rate: 1. Find your maximum heart rate: 220 – ______= _____beats per minute (bpm)
(your age)

2. Choose your intensity level: • Moderate intensity: 50 to 70% of your maximum heart rate • Vigorous intensity: 70 to 85% of your maximum heart rate 3. determine your target heart rate by multiplying your maximum heart rate by your desired intensity level. The calculations below reflect the target heart rates for a 50-year-old. 220 – 50= 170 bpm 50% level: 170 x 0.50=85 bpm 70% level: 170 x 0.70=119 bpm 85% level: 170 x 0.85=144.5 bpm However, if you ever feel like you’re overexerting yourself, take it down a notch.

How much should you do?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans lists the following recommendations for adults: • If you choose activities at a moderate level, do at least 2.5 hours a week. • If you choose vigorous activities, do at least 1.25 hours a week. These are minimum recommendations; it is suggested you aim for twice the amount of exercise listed above. You will want to

Benefits you can feel

What should you do?

Don’t know which exercises fall under moderate versus vigorous? Try any of the following exercises recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

Although you may not necessarily feel the benefits to your heart, after a while you will notice that you can go up that flight of stairs and not be out of breath at the top. You’ll have more energy and feel less tired at the end of the day. The more you do, the more energy you will have. And that means you’ll be better equipped to enjoy life. So, get your heart pumping today!

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Body Systems 101 – Part 1

Circulation Education
This special feature is part of the VitaJournal’s multi-part series on the major systems of the body.

How your heart and blood vessels help keep you pumping


ur life’s blood is exactly that: vital to our lives, and certainly to our health. Keeping that blood circulating throughout our bodies is the important work done by the circulation system. It needs nutrients and nourishment to keep it going. First, a look at just what’s involved in this amazing body system ruled by the heart and the blood vessels.
The heart. This remarkable organ beats for
an entire lifetime without stopping for a break. With every heart beat, about a third of a cup of oxygen-rich blood is pumped out to your body. The human body contains about five quarts of blood that is circulated and re-circulated over and over. Every day, your heart pumps some 2,000 gallons of blood to supply oxygen and nutrients, remove waste and fight infection.

your blood pressure consistent. This helps blood circulate efficiently through your body. Arteries branch into smaller blood vessels called arterioles (ar-TEER-e-ols). Arteries and arterioles have strong, flexible walls that allow them to adjust the amount and rate of blood flowing to various parts of your body.

Veins. Veins, like the pulmonary veins in your
lungs, are blood vessels that carry blood to your heart. Veins have thinner walls than arteries. Veins can widen as the amount of blood passing through them increases.

can to support your circulatory system. Many nutrients protect your heart and circulatory system. Some, like CoEnzyme Q-10, are specific for heart health. CoQ-10 provides energy so your heart can beat efficiently without struggling. It works well with plants like turmeric and vitamins like B-12 to help your body reduce inflammation in your heart. Inflammation in the heart causes high levels of C-Reactive Protein, or CRP (see story on pages 4-5 for more details on this important health issue). Reducing inflammation, of course, was one of the major reasons that TriVita developed Nopalea™, the astonishing wellness drink that is helping so many people. See page 5 for details on how Nopalea might benefit you, too. Another important factor for heart health is Vitamin B-12: your heart needs this and other special nutrients to help your body reduce homocysteine, a toxic protein that shreds the inside of your blood vessels. Finally, healthy lipids (good fats) are also key to a healthy heart. These include Vitamin E, Omega-3 fatty acids, and plants such as garlic. With so much of life depending on a healthy heart and circulation system, be sure to give them all the support you can: eat right, enjoy physical activity, and take quality TriVita supplements. February 2010  l  11

Capillaries. Capillaries are very small blood
vessels that connect arteries and veins. This is where oxygen, nutrients, and waste pass between your blood and parts of your body. Unlike arteries and veins, capillary walls are thin enough that oxygen and nutrients in your blood can pass through the walls to the parts of your body that need them to work normally. And, waste like carbon dioxide can pass from organs and tissues to the blood, where it’s taken away to your lungs.

Pulmonary circulation. This is the movement of blood from the heart to the lungs and back to the heart again. Pulmonary circulation includes both artery and vein circulation.

Arteries. Arteries are blood vessels that carry
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By Christa Orecchio, Clinical Nutritionist and Holistic Health Counselor f you love delicious meals, but don’t love hunting down specialty ingredients, try Christa Orecchio these easy recipe ideas. Each one can be ready in less than 15 minutes – when you keep some basic ingredients on hand from your local grocery store.
Even better: these meals are healthy and low in calories. To cut more calories, keep the proportion of veggies to any other ingredient to half-half. And to cut prep time, you can use frozen food choices (but remember that fresh is always best.) The “extras” sections are special ingredients that you may not have on hand as part of your basic stocked kitchen, but why not start keeping them on hand for extra taste and interest? To keep things quick and easy, I haven’t specified quantities for many ingredients: improvise!

meal ideas to love
Fiesta Tacos
Extras: Hard-shelled blue corn tacos, guacamole

Take a hard-shelled blue corn taco and layer the bottom with organic canned black beans mixed with salsa. Then layer with chopped romaine lettuce, tomatoes and onions. Top with guacamole (store bought or homemade), more salsa and 1 teaspoon 2% Greek yogurt (in place of sour cream). Pair with a large green salad.

Easy Quinoa with Veggie or Chicken Soup
Quinoa is a nutty and nutritious grain that cooks in about 12 minutes. Cook it using two cups of water to one cup of grain, and then season with spices/sauces of choice. For a simple and delicious flavor, sauté some onions in a skillet for a few minutes with a touch of olive oil. For extra sweetness add 1 tablespoon dark agave nectar or honey; add to quinoa. For the soup, open a container of organic veggie or free-range chicken broth and put in a pot. Add in whatever fresh veggies you have on hand. Add salt, pepper, garlic and a soup bouillon cube (no msg!). Bring to a boil and then simmer. Add leftover canned beans if you have them. You can also put the quinoa right in there to make a one-pot meal.

The Ever-Changing Stir-Fry
Extras: Chicken, chicken sausage (organic free range), shrimp (wild)

Place a combo of any of the following in a skillet with 1 tablespoon coconut oil: • Thawed frozen veggies like corn/ pea/carrot mixes, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, Asian stir fry blends (or use fresh) • Fresh onions, chopped • Chopped garlic from a jar (or chop your own, if you have time) • Chicken, chicken sausage or shrimp • Canned water chestnuts • Fresh baby bok choy (white and green parts) On medium-high heat, heat up garlic and onions until they are translucent. Next add chicken/shrimp for about 5 minutes before adding other veggies. Once all is cooked, flavor with sauces or spices below to taste. My favorites: • Tamari or shoyu (healthier versions of soy sauce) • Bottled salad dressings like miso-ginger, carrot, yogurt-dill, sesame-mushroom • Bottled teriyaki sauce (without added sugar) • Chinese 5 spice with jarred pickled ginger • Salt, pepper, garlic flakes and onion powder • Tomato sauce with lots of dried basil Serve over a fist-sized portion of brown rice (Ask your local grocer if they sell already cooked brown rice) trivita.com

Chickpea Salad over Leafy Greens
Take ½ can organic garbanzo beans (or white, navy, black beans, etc.) and mix with a few tablespoons of salsa (the flavored ones are great, too) and apple cider vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add in chopped celery, carrots and string beans if you have them. Serve over fresh spinach/kale/chard/collard greens (rip leaves off the stems). Put the leaves in a steamer or pot with ½ inch water and steam for a few minutes until color turns brighter. Season greens with lemon pepper and salt. You can serve with a side of brown rice pasta. 1  l  VITAJOURNAL

Tips to remember: • When you have a good variety of sauces, salsas, dips, salad dressings and spices on hand, any simple food can come to life over and over again in new tasty ways. The key is to always have these things stocked. • Tomato/pasta sauce makes everything taste good. • Don’t combine too much. Simplicity will keep you feeling lighter and optimize digestion throughout the night. • How will you have your veggies? Decide if you want to keep fresh or frozen in the house and always have them around.

hese days, most people know that carrying extra weight can spell trouble for heart health. Add the continuing increase in overweight and obesity, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. According to recent statistics in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, fewer than 8% of Americans are considered at low risk for heart disease! So how can you help yourself be in the low risk category?

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Black History Month

A special time for African-Americans,


a great time to address health challenges
worth a pound of cure.” Seeing your healthcare provider regularly and getting proper screenings reduce the health risks for people of all ethnic backgrounds.

lack History Month is an annual remembrance of important people and events in the history of the AfricanAmerican people. Both the United States and Canada observe this holiday during the month of February. The remembrance originated in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson who chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of two Americans who greatly infl uenced the lives and social condition of African Americans: former President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass.
In addition to honoring achievements, Black History Month is also an apt time to look at some of the healthcare challenges that face African-Americans specifically. With awareness and preventive measures, these challenges can be better faced in the years to come. Happily, the rates for heart disease, breast cancer, infant mortality and teenage pregnancy are down for this group. However, African-Americans are still more likely to develop cancer than other racial or ethnic groups and AIDS and kidney disease remain major killers. It’s true for African-Americans and for all people: “An ounce of prevention is 14  l  VITAJOURNAL

At risk for several illnesses

• Looking for a healthcare provider? Studies show that healthcare providers with racial and ethnic background similar to their patients are more likely to have a partnering relationship with their patients. • Don’t be passive. If you don’t understand or agree with your healthcare provider’s recommendations, then don’t be afraid to ask questions. • Follow the 10 Essentials for Health and Wellness – found on page 2 of the VitaJournal. These rules for building health allow every one of us to take advantage of our genetic strengths. We all require the same things for health and happiness, no matter where our ancestors came from. The “10 Essentials” are universal. These cherished guidelines apply to men and women everywhere in the world, regardless of their ethnic origin.

Several diseases and health issues continue to challenge African-Americans specifically: • African-Americans have a 50% higher prevalence of hypertension (high blood pressure) than the overall population. • The diabetes-related death rate has increased for the total population and even more so, for African-Americans. • African-Americans develop kidney failure about four times more frequently than Caucasians. Both high blood pressure and diabetes are the major culprits. • The elderly African-American population still lags behind the total elderly population in immunization rates. • The rate of coronary artery disease among African-Americans has decreased in recent years. However, because this group has higher blood pressure than other ethnic groups, the risk of coronary heart disease remains higher. Here’s how you can take control of your healthcare destiny – regardless of your ethnic background: • Make sure your healthcare provider discusses your health with you and that you form a partnership to maintain your good health.

African-Americans have a 50% higher prevalence of hypertension (high blood pressure) than the overall population.


Because you’re worth it!
Healthy ways to build your self-esteem


elf-esteem is an important part of total health and vibrant living, and helps us function fully. If you’d like to be healthier and more confi dent mentally as well as physically, there are things you can do every day to raise and maintain a strong, positive self-image.
If your self-esteem could use a little work, mental health experts suggest the following ways to nurture yourself every day. You may be practicing some of these techniques already, but there are certainly some new ones you can try.

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Reward yourself. Go ahead: take time to listen to a CD, or take a bubble bath, or enjoy a walk. You deserve it. Be with “up” people who treat you well, around whom you feel good about yourself. Avoid those who treat you badly. Make your home a reflection of you. Whether you live in a single room or a large home, make it comfortable and attractive for you. If you share your home with others, reserve some space that is just for you – a place that you can decorate any way you choose. Display items that appeal to you or that remind you of your achievements or of special times or people in your life. Make meals a special time. Turn off the TV and the computer. Set the table, even if you are eating alone. Light a candle or put some flowers in the center of the table. Learn something new. Take a class or go to a seminar. Many adult education programs are free or very inexpensive. Show kindness to someone. Smile at a person who looks sad. Chat a bit with a store cashier. Take a meal to a friend who is sick. Volunteer for a worthy organization. Make it a point to treat yourself well every day. Before you go to bed each night, write about how you treated yourself well during the day.

Boosting your self-esteem means taking care of your physical self, too. So along with the “daily dozen” techniques on this page, practice these body basics, as well: • eat healthy. Avoid junk foods (foods containing a lot of sugar, salt or fat). Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats, drink plenty of water, and be sure to use quality nutritional supplements. • exercise. Physical activity is one of the most positive things you can do for yourself. A daily walk, bike ride, playing a sport, dancing… what do you like to do? Be sure to check with your healthcare professional before beginning or changing your exercise habits. • Take time to groom yourself. Sometimes, the little things can do a lot to improve outlook and self-image. So, make sure that along with your daily bath or shower, you wash and comb your hair, trim your nails, brush and floss your teeth.

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10 ways to be good to yourself


Do something you enjoy. Make a list of things you enjoy doing, such as playing an instrument, working on a craft project or tending to plants. Then do something from that list every day. Add to the list anything new that you discover you enjoy doing. Get something done that you’ve been putting off. Clean out that drawer. Wash that window. Pay that bill. Do things that use your special talents and abilities. Have a flair for baking, or singing, or fixing things? Then make yourself a pie, join a choir, or repair something for a friend.

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Wear clothes that make you feel good about yourself. If money for new clothes is tight, scour the thrift shops, or get out the sewing machine and maybe discover a special talent.


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Thanks to Sonoran Bloom™ Nopalea™, Melissa’s chronic skin condition is finally under control

One fuchsia bottle dramatically improved Melissa’s health


rom the depths of despair, Melissa M. has finally found renewed joy in life. This Prescott, Arizona native has suffered for many years from a severe skin condition causing itchy and sore patches of red skin. “I had it all over my body,” she explains. “It hurt and itched horribly and I was miserable with the pain and suffering.” This condition was especially bad on her scalp and she was afraid she would eventually lose all her hair. There were times when it was difficult to lay her back on anything hard because it would hurt so bad, and her skin would actually crack and bleed. Even something as simple as hand washing became a painful ritual for Melissa. However, even worse than the physical pain was the emotional pain caused by thoughtless people. Melissa works in the food service industry and is very much in the public eye. “It made me feel very self-conscious about my appearance,” Melissa recalls. “Although this skin condition is completely non-contagious, people thought I was diseased and some even asked what was wrong with me. They often made very cruel comments, or asked if I had been burned or in an accident. One lady gave me a very disgusted look and acted like she was afraid to touch her food because she was going to get whatever I had. I can’t begin to explain how distressing those looks and comments were.” On the outside, people still saw Melissa’s bubbly, vivacious personality, but on the inside, she was really hurting.
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“I know so many people who suffer from a variety of inflammation-related health issues who can benefit from Nopalea… this is one product I can get behind.”
Melissa enjoying time with friends and family

Failed treatments led to heartbreak

Melissa tried just about everything to get rid of her problem. She took steroids from age 12 with little success. Plus, Melissa and her doctors were concerned about the long-term side effects from these steroids. “They thin and age your skin,” Melissa notes. “They’re also bad for your inner health if you use too much. Yet, if I stopped using the steroids, the condition would come back with a vengeance.” She also unsuccessfully tried a variety of over-the-counter treatments. Melissa would continually put on different ointments and creams during the day, but nothing eased the pain and unsightly spots. “I spent a lot of money for nothing,” Melissa remembers. “I felt like I was running out of options and that there was no hope on the horizon.”

trying Nopalea,” Melissa says. So, she took the first bottle, but only used it occasionally. The results were inconclusive, so Cody gave her a second bottle of Nopalea and strongly suggested that she take the loading dose of three to six ounces every day for the entire bottle. This time Melissa closely followed Cody’s recommendation and was thrilled by the results. “It’s been working great and I am so excited by how much it’s helped improve my skin,” she exclaims. “I’ve been taking it continuously for about two to three months and it’s changed my whole body. My skin is getting so much better, my scalp is almost all cleared up and many of the lesions all over my body have gone away. Nopalea also gives me more energy during the day and I sleep better at night.” Now that she’s been taking Nopalea steadily for several months, Melissa’s condition continues to improve and her hopes for a healthy future seem better than ever. “I’m so grateful that Cody introduced me to TriVita and Nopalea. It’s dramatically changed my health and appearance, and I now have a much better outlook on life. “I’ll be drinking Nopalea every day for the rest of my life,” she adds, “and so will my family. We love it and it tastes fantastic. Even kids love it, and you know if they don’t like the way

something tastes, they’ll let you know. I would highly recommend Nopalea to anyone who has inflammation; it’s worked for me, it’s worked for others and it can work for you too.” Melissa has also added Sublingual B-12 and Energy Now!® to her nutritional regimen. “Both products give me a lot more energy and focus,” she says. “They’re also a lot healthier than soda or coffee.”

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A chance meeting led to near miraculous results

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No one is more “sold” on Nopalea than Melissa. That’s why she’s decided to become an Affiliate Member. The whole idea of TriVita’s Program is so exciting to her because it helps pay for her product purchases and ultimately will lead to greater financial independence. “I know so many people who can benefit from Nopalea because it’s worked so well for me,” she states. “All they need to do is look at me to see the difference it has made in my own life. This is one product I can enthusiastically recommend. I also look forward to earning extra money to fulfill my life purposes. Now that I have my skin condition under control, I’m so excited about my future.”

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New findings in health and wellness
Bronx, New York People who do crossword puzzles, play card games and take part in other “brain” activities may help delay the onset of rapid memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, according to a study in the August 2009 journal Neurology. The study followed 488 healthy people (age 75 to 85), who had enrolled in the Bronx Aging Study between 1980 and 1983. At the beginning of the study, participants reported how often they participated in six activities: reading, writing, doing crossword puzzles, playing board or card games, having group discussions and playing music. Researchers found that each additional day of activity delayed memory loss by .18 years, roughly 1 to 2 months. “The point of accelerated decline was delayed by 1.29 years for the person who participated in 11 activities per week compared to the person who participated in only 4 activities per week,” said study author Charles B. Hall, Ph.D., of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

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lIVE NEaR a NOISy ROad? IT COuld BE Bad FOR yOuR hEaRT
Lund, Sweden Those who live near noisy roads could be at increased risk for high blood pressure, say researchers from Lund University in Sweden. The study, from a public survey of 24,238 Swedish adults between the ages of 18 and 80, showed that people between the ages of 40 and 59 who were exposed to constant noise over 64 decibels were twice as likely to report high blood pressure as others. Younger adults also reported hypertension but the elderly experienced negligible effects. The results were published in the online journal Environmental Health. Researchers said that the study doesn’t prove the noise caused the blood pressure increases, but still could have played a part in it.

Indianapolis, Indiana Physically unfit people have twice the mortality risk of even those in slightly better shape, according to a recent study in Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise. Researchers followed 4,300 people over a period of 20 years, assessing fitness and physical activity through treadmill tests and questionnaires, and tracking mortality rates. The least fit of the subjects had a mortality rate twice that of the group only in slightly better shape and a mortality rate four times that of the most-fit group. “Given the considerable survival benefit associated with improving fitness in the least-fit group, increasing fitness through regular physical activity should be a priority in unfit individuals,” said Sandra Mandic, Ph.D., a member of the research team. “Health professionals should consider a sedentary lifestyle and poor fitness as treatable and major risk factors.” 18  l  VITAJOURNAL trivita.com

The connection between
Cholesterol-lowering drugs can deplete your body of this vital nutrient
What is CoQ-10?
CoEnzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10) is a vitamin-like substance found throughout the body, including the heart, brain, liver and kidneys. Many experts believe that CoQ-10 is the key nutrient for generating 95% of the total energy required by your body. It can also act as an antioxidant. Additionally, CoQ-10 has been used in Japan as a treatment for congestive heart failure since 1974. And one study found that CoQ-10 helped slow functional decline in Parkinson’s disease patients. So, CoQ-10 at its most basic level keeps you healthy, active and alive. Most people’s bodies produce approximately 500 mg of CoQ-10 every day until about age 21. Between ages 21 and 30, levels of CoQ-10 start to drop. This causes cells to break down, which may contribute to many age-related diseases and conditions. After age 50, you are basically “running on empty” when it comes to CoQ-10. You can’t get CoQ-10 from food or anything other than supplements. That’s why CoQ-10 supplementation is a must for anyone 50 or older. Studies show that CoQ-10 may beef up your defenses against the following: • Stroke • Cardiovascular Disease • High blood pressure • Parkinson’s Disease • Kidney Disease • Asthma In addition, CoQ-10 may help in: • Migraine headaches • Promoting youthful skin • Improving glucose control in type 2 diabetics

CoQ-10 & Statins
What’s the best CoQ-10 supplement for you?
There are many CoQ-10 supplements on the market, but they are not all made alike. Remember: it’s not how much CoQ-10 you swallow – but how much you absorb – that counts. That’s what makes TriVita’s CoQ-10 so effective. TriVita’s CoQ-10 is similar to the kind of CoQ-10 the body produces on its own. It is formulated to be in perfect balance for your body’s nutritional needs. TriVita’s CoQ-10 is fat soluble and is more easily absorbed when taken in TriVita’s oil-based soft gel capsule. Studies show TriVita’s CoQ-10 has up to 10 times better absorption with soft gel caps than the lower quality dry form found on many drugstore shelves. Delivering these greater amounts is vital: scientific studies show that higher CoQ-10 blood levels produce much greater benefits. This high absorption rate means that TriVita’s CoQ-10 goes directly to the areas where your body needs it most – heart, brain, muscles, bones, teeth and gums. CoQ-10 nourishes your heart and brain and provides power to your entire body. If you want greater stamina, if you are over 50, if you have dental issues or any of the health concerns listed above, or if you are taking a statin drug,* you owe it to yourself to see how CoQ-10 can change your life.
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HAVe A MIGRAINe? CoQ-10 might help
If you suffer from migraine headaches, you know how debilitating they can be. The severity of the headaches can vary, but many people are completely incapacitated – sometimes for several days at a time. Migraines can be preceded by pulses of light, blind spots or tingling in the arms or legs. They can be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Migraines can affect your home life, as well as your job. Now there’s good news from researchers in Switzerland: Taking CoQ-10 daily may help your body reduce migraines. In the study, participants were given 100 mg of CoQ-10 three times a day for three months. Nearly half of those taking CoQ-10 saw a reduction in migraine frequency. The CoQ-10 also helped reduce the length of headaches and accompanying nausea.

Statins and CoQ-10

Several studies have confirmed that many statin drugs interfere with CoQ-10 production, causing blood levels of CoQ-10 to drop. Those with high cholesterol already have reduced levels of CoQ-10, so statins can cause further reduced blood levels of the nutrient. There are now a high amount of children taking statin drugs. If you take statins, talk to your healthcare provider to find out if you’re a good candidate for CoQ-10 supplementation. Your continued good health may depend on it.

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Do you build people up – or tear them down?
Encouragement at work and at home: it pays
ntine’s Vale Fun Day s Fact
♥ Over 192 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. ♥ More flowers are sent for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day than for any other holiday. ♥ Men buy most of the candy and flowers purchased for Valentine’s Day. ♥ It’s considered lucky to be woken by a kiss on Valentine’s Day. ♥ The oldest known love note was written around 3500 B.C. on a clay tablet. ♥ Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, Mexico, Denmark, France and Australia. ♥ More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolates will be sold in the U.S. For your Valentines, say “I love you” in a different language! ♥ Spanish: Te quiero ♥ Italian: Ti amo

Do you recognize your co-workers or employees’ contributions? Do you encourage your children on a daily basis? A little encouragement can go a long way. At home or at work, you can foster feelings of accomplishment in those around you. So go ahead: accentuate the positive!
encouragement at the workplace
Think about this: You work hard and long on a work project and when you finish it, you hear nothing. Not from your boss, your client, or even from your co-workers. How does that make you feel? Underappreciated? Like nothing you do means anything? Lack of recognition and encouragement can lower morale, increase turnover rates and reduce productivity. The Gallup poll organization estimates that more than 22 million American workers are extremely negative or “actively disengaged.” Conversely, when efforts are recognized and appreciated, the opposite is true. According to a Gallup survey, workers who receive regular recognition and praise: • Increase their personal productivity • Stay at their jobs longer • Have fewer accidents on the job • Increase engagement with their co-workers

If you’re an employer, apply the same principles. Let your employees know that you value and appreciate them. In these unsettling economic times, it can help reduce uncertainty and fear.

encouragement at home

Children need encouragement in order to: • Develop confidence and feelings of self-worth • Build up the courage to try new things and take risks • Feel appreciated and noticed You can encourage your family by writing notes and slipping them into their lunches, backpacks, briefcases, under their door, etc. These can be love notes, notes of encouragement or thanks, or even just something fun and silly. Although some people may not say it (especially teenagers), these notes will help them feel secure and loved.

The dark side of praise: praise effort, not ability

Beginning in the 1980s, parents were told that they needed to praise their children in order to build their self-esteem. But researchers have discovered that this parental advice may be backfiring. It seems that we have a praise-happy society that is actually contributing to lower self-esteem. Researchers at Columbia University found that children who were praised for their intellect were more likely to worry about failure and thus avoided taking risks. When allowed to choose an activity, they chose tasks they knew they would do well on, while children praised for their efforts chose tasks that would require them to work harder.

Make a difference

♥ German: Ich liebe dich ♥ French: Je t’aime

You don’t have to wait around for your boss to encourage or appreciate you. You can be the bearer of encouragement each and every day. • Recognize your colleagues’ efforts and talents. • Encourage co-workers when they face a setback or something goes wrong. • Be a positive influence; don’t be a “Negative Nelly.” • Look for special ways to encourage co-workers: a hand-written note, email message or even a quick phone call.

The rewards of encouragement

Through encouragement, children can learn to take risks, accept and learn from setbacks, and develop self-sufficiency and independence. As you go to work, or spend time with your family, remember: one small word of encouragement can go a long way. trivita.com 


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drug. It satiates, medicates and stimulates emotionally. So the rule to help me is to eat the fuel my body needs to optimize my health rather than to console my emotions and satisfy my appetites. It is a simple rule (not necessarily simple to practice) but very effective over time. You can easily research the nutrient values of foods and how they optimize the functions of particular body systems. It can be fun to apply this knowledge and experiment with different recipes in the kitchen. Why not try eating foods that are heart healthy? A healthy heart is reflective of a healthy life. Additionally, quality supplements like TriVita’s OmegaPrime®, Vital C, HCY Guard® and Nopalea™ are great products that can help enhance your heart health. I depend on these products to greatly contribute to my heart health. They are outstanding products that I simply would not live without. In this VitaJournal there are many outstanding recommendations to help you live with a healthy heart and a healthy life. At TriVita, we believe that each person has important life purposes to fulfill while they are here on earth. Health and wellness are a crucial part of our ability to fulfill them. May you pursue wellness with purpose and passion.

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sense or even as it pertains to relationships. Dr. Judy shares her many years of professional experience on the subject of mending a broken heart on page 22. At TriVita we care for your overall wellness – physically, emotionally and spiritually. It’s important to us to provide not only high quality supplements, but credible information that will help you live a life of purpose. Here’s to a healthy heart!



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“Tears are the safety valve of the heart when too much pressure is laid on.” – Albert Smit

Mending a broken heart – dealing with emotional pain, heartache and grief
by Dr. Judy

Judy ellison, Ph.D.

eople say you can’t die from a broken heart, but when you are suffering from one, it sure doesn’t feel that way.

you can’t run away from a broken heart. The way out of the pain is through it.
I discovered out of my work with clients who were suffering the loss of a significant relationship that there are five stages they generally go through in their grief recovery: shock, anger, depression, the work, and acceptance.

• Begin the work by journaling. Go into your pain and feel your emotions. Understand they are just feelings, not necessarily facts. So write, write, write. • Develop a spiritual relationship that will help you to forgive, accept and move on. Remember that healing is a process. Expect waves of sadness, anger, guilt or fear even after you think you are over it. Give your heart time to heal.

You may be wondering how long it will be before you can get through a day without feeling the wrenching pain in the heart, the knot in the pit of your stomach, and the tears ready to spill down your cheek at any moment. How long will the mind keep ruminating over what went wrong? If these are some of the questions you are asking yourself, you are not alone. Here’s the reality of it: broken hearts hurt – a lot. You may feel like you’ve lost the meaning in your life or that you may never get over this pain. The good news is that I can tell you that you will heal. Not because time heals the wounds, but because you can actively heal your own wounds. That’s right, you don’t have to wait for time to heal your heartache if you do the work. 

“The good news is that you will heal… you can actively heal your own wounds.”
When a significant relationship ends, we each have work to do if we want to get our life back on track in the quickest and healthiest way possible. Here are a few suggestions: • Develop and repeat a helpful saying to get you through the initial shock and pain, such as “This too shall pass” or “I will survive.” • Reach out to a friend or family member who will just listen. It’s important to share your thoughts with someone you can trust. • Cry when you need to. It’s OK to cry over a loss. Don’t hold back, let the tears roll, just do it in a private and safe place. The purpose of tears is to cleanse you of your pain.

you will survive
According to North Carolina therapist Alan Konell, MSW, in his book Partnership Tools: Transforming the Way We Live Together, there are generally two responses after having gone through a broken heart. The first is, “Oh, I’ll never go through that again.” The second is, “I survived that so I can relax... I know I can survive it again.” I recommend the second response. By doing the work, your broken heart will mend and you will enjoy life again.

Judy Ellison, Ph.D., is a psychologist, author and motivational speaker. She has inspired people around the world to reach within and find their passionate purpose to live a more meaningful life. trivita.com

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

Putting faith into action: think it, speak it, act on it
by Chaplain Gene Henderson “…if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.”— Matthew 17:20
I announced at a sales meeting that I would win the car. I put up a picture of that yellow beauty on my wall, and also in my samples case. I told everyone in the company I was going to get that car. Once a week, I even went to the dealership to sit in it. That car was very real to me, and so was my knowledge that I needed to act accordingly: I sold like crazy and yes, I won the car. and flourish, possibly into something quite large. A farmer doesn’t dig up the soil every day and look at his seeds, wondering, “Did they grow yet?” He knows they’ll grow if he takes the right actions about water, soil and time of year.

Walking the walk

Gene Henderson

Have you moved any mountains lately? I haven’t, but my faith has moved mountains in my life. Over the years, I’ve seen time and again the power of faith when we trust in God to fulfill our life’s purpose. But let me be clear: I’m not talking about a silent, passive faith that sits in the corner and waits for a miracle. I’m talking about active, demonstrated faith. Our part of the bargain is to live our faith… to act as if our dreams, our purpose, are already unfolding. Here’s a personal example: Early in my work life, when I was married with young children and little money, I yearned for a car. Financially, that was out of reach, but the company I worked for had an incentive program for salesmen like me: If I sold enough merchandise, I could win a yellow Ford station wagon with wood trim and a tan interior. The image of that car is as fresh as yesterday; I can still smell the upholstery.

Living the “Law of expression”

Positive thinking can take us only so far. We need to act, and that’s just what TriVita CEO Michael Ellison writes about in his book The 10 Keys to Wealth and Wellness. Michael talks about “the Law of Expression” and its simple formula: Think it, speak it and act on it correspondingly. That’s so powerful. As Michael writes, “If you can think it, speak it and then act on it, you will have tapped into the creative process that brings forth the visible from the invisible.” To put it in very mundane terms, you can think about getting a loaf of bread all day long, but if you don’t let people know you need bread, and you don’t get away from the TV and down to the store, God’s not going to provide that loaf. Getting back to our mustard seed, the question isn’t whether or not it will grow, or how much it will grow. It’s knowing that the seed will grow

It’s one thing to have an idea, to talk about it clearly and consistently with others. But it’s quite another to take the final step that really affirms what you know in your heart: God will provide, all will unfold according to His will, and what He has planned is prosperity and purpose. Michael puts it well in his book: “How many people do you know who can talk a good talk but don’t walk the walk? They don’t put action to their rhetoric, so their words ring hollow… What is voiced from the invisible does not become visible if there are no consistent and clear actions related to what is spoken and thought.” In Michael’s case, walking the walk led to the creation of TriVita, and to spreading the message of wellness far and wide. That’s faith in action, like seeds sprouting into giant trees. What will grow from the seeds of your faith?

“If you can think it, speak it and then act on it, you will have tapped into the creative process that brings forth the visible from the invisible.”


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time for my next test, I found that my cholesterol went back up, and that my triglycerides were up over 300. That’s when I tried OmegaPrime. I took it religiously for 30-40 days before my follow-up test. When I got my results back, I learned that my total cholesterol was under 200, my good cholesterol was over 80 and my triglycerides were cut in half. I was thrilled with the results, and so was my doctor.*” alice h., MeMBer – DeNtoN, tX

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“I now recommend Nopalea with complete confidence.”
“You cannot imagine how pleased I was when the doctor told me my blood pressure was 128/64. Nopalea has made all the difference. Eight months ago and for several years, my blood pressure was from 160-180 over 90-105. I have been on several prescriptions for this, and had adverse reactions to a couple of them.* High blood pressure is deadly and truly a ‘silent killer’. In addition, my husband had elevated blood sugar levels and had been on prescription drugs for a few 4  l  VITAJOURNAL

“…my total cholesterol was under 200…”
“When I saw my doctor, he said my cholesterol was a little high and that he wanted me to take prescription medicines. I did, and after 30-40 days I went in for a follow-up test. My total cholesterol did go down, but so did the good cholesterol, and my triglycerides didn’t change at all. So I stopped taking the medicine. When it was

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Christine’s C-reactive protein levels have shown tremendous improvement
She credits Sonoran Bloom™ Nopalea™ for this dramatic turnaround


eptember 17, 2009 was an especially momentous day for Christine S. That’s when she attended her first Nopalea presentation at the invitation of TriVita’s retired co-founder, Barry Borthistle. This White Rock, British Columbia real estate agent walked into the meeting feeling dispirited and very low on energy. “I had lots of aches and pains,” Christine recalls. “I was also feeling sorry for myself and knew that I should be feeling a whole lot better.”
Christine’s fantastic timing
Only weeks before, she had her blood tested and the news wasn’t good. Christine was alarmed to find that she had allowed inflammation to get out of control and her C-reactive protein (CRP) level was extremely high. CRP is a common measure of cardiovascular risk. So, she was pleasantly surprised to find out that the guest speaker at this meeting explained the connection between Nopalea and lower CRP levels. “I sat there in amazement as I heard him relate story after story of people who had helped their body reduce their CRP levels with this wonderful product called Nopalea,” Christine says. “I knew right then that I was at the right place at the right time and that God was looking after me. I left that meeting with hope in my heart that maybe, just maybe, this wellness drink would be an answer to the inflammation problem that had plagued me for many years.”

beginning her Nopalea wellness journey and immediately put Nopalea to the test by not taking any other products that would influence her CRP levels. Just four weeks later, after taking the loading dose of Nopalea every day, she went in for another blood test. “I was overjoyed with the results,” Christine exclaims. “Most importantly, my CRP levels had plunged from 13 to 6.7. I was getting close to the ideal level. The blood test also showed that other key areas had stabilized, especially my uric acid levels. I was just thrilled by these improved readings.” She received another pleasant surprise with her improved blood pressure readings. They used to be consistently high, even on medications. After taking Nopalea, Christine’s blood pressure was much improved and her doctor commented favorably about that and asked what she was doing differently. She was happy to relate her Nopalea experience and he was curious to find out more about the product.

“My CRP levels had plunged from 13 to 6.7. I was getting close to the ideal level.” – Christine S., A liate Member

She doesn’t hesitate to share her “before and after” CRP and blood pressure readings with people who are considering purchasing Nopalea. “My improved health makes a powerful case for Nopalea,” Christine remarks. “Now, I’m a TriVita Affiliate Member who’s on a mission of wellness to share my fantastic Nopalea experience with others.”

A natural energy boost

Now that Christine takes Nopalea regularly, she can actually feel the difference if she misses a daily dose. However, there were some additional health issues she wanted to address with the help of TriVita products. Christine suffers from joint problems and recently started taking TriVita Joint Complex to keep her joints strong. She also enjoys a nice, smooth energy boost with the help of Sublingual B-12, B-6 & Folic Acid and Energy Now!® Christine’s next health project is to lose 40-50 pounds with the help of Leanology® weight loss products. “I now feel so much better and so grateful to TriVita for such wonderful products,” Christine says. “Every morning as I drink my heavenly nectar, as I call it, I am so grateful for what Nopalea and the good Lord have done for me and my health. I am feeling so much better and have great faith in this wonderful wellness drink.” February 2010  l  5

Her CRP levels nose-dived

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Brush up on your heart health
The link between gum disease and heart disease
eel a little too tired to brush your teeth some nights? Whatever you do, don’t skip this important part of oral hygiene – and heart health. That’s right; it has been well-established that poor dental health, specifically gum disease, is linked to heart disease.
Inflammation – it’s a vicious cycle


3. To try to overcome this growing problem, your immune system sends white blood cells to the site. But the chemicals secreted by the white blood cells to kill infection are themselves inflammatory and continue the inflammation cycle.

• Vitamin C serves as the foundation for collagen. Without healthy collagen, your teeth become loose and your gums may bleed when brushing. A Vitamin C deficiency can negatively affect your heart, your brain, your immune system and your skin. • CoEnzyme Q-10 is the key element of life in every cell. When CoQ-10 levels drop in your cells, you begin to age, and the faster it drops, the faster you age. This is seen primarily in your gums, so your gum health is the most obvious sign of how fast you are aging. But taking CoQ-10 can help your body slow down the aging process in your gums and in your whole body. (Learn more about CoQ-10 on page 19.) If your dental health is less than perfect, your heart health may also be less than perfect. And vice versa. So, add the oral hygiene suggestions below to your list of healthy-heart lifestyle choices (balanced diet, exercise, not smoking): • Brush at least twice a day • Floss daily • Limit between-meal snacks • Schedule dental check-ups twice a year

Treat the cycle and treat the cause

Once inflammation begins, you have to break its cycle to reverse the process. TriVita’s Nopalea was developed to help address the problem of inflammation. Learn more on page 8. You can also treat dental inflammation’s causes to help keep them from even starting. • Trauma – This could be caused by bruxism, an abnormal grinding of your teeth, especially during your sleep. • Toxins – These may come from such things as tobacco use and foods that stick to your dental surfaces, such as hard candy. • Stress – The roots of your teeth need a rich blood supply to remain healthy. But stress steals blood circulation destined for the gums and teeth and diverts it to other body systems. Prolonged stress literally starves your teeth of food and oxygen. • Nutrient deficiencies – There are two categories:

The problems with gum health start with inflammation. Where does inflammation begin? It mostly stems from any of these four areas: (1) trauma, (2) toxins, (3) stress, and (4) nutrient deficiency. Once inflammation begins, it feeds upon itself in a vicious cycle: 1. Inflammation causes the release of a protein (histamine), which causes potential allergic reactions and even more inflammation. 2. More inflammation kills off gum and bone cells prematurely. These dead cells feed bacteria, which start an infection, and cause even more inflammation.

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The Vancouver 2010 Olympics are here!
as the world turns its eyes on the Olympians in Vancouver this month, it seems appropriate to take a look at some Olympic history, trivia and shining moments.
• Hockey – debuted at the 1920 Antwerp Summer Games but was transferred to the Winter Games in 1924. Canada ruled the sport until 1956, when the Soviet Union began its domination. In a stunning upset, the United States beat the Soviets at the 1980 Lake Placid Games, going on to beat the Finnish team and take the gold. • Luge – debuted at the 1964 Innsbruck Games. Average speed: 140 mph. Brake status: none. • Nordic combined – combines cross-country skiing with ski jumping. • Short track speed skating • Skeleton – solo head-first sledding that appeared in the 1928 and 1948 Olympics. It made it back to Olympic status in 2002. Early sleds resembled skeletons, thus the name. American John Heaton won the silver in 1928 and again in 1948 at the age of 39. (His brother Jennison Heaton won the gold in 1928.) • Ski jumping • Snowboarding – made its Olympic debut at Nagano in 1998. • Speed skating 1998 and 2002. American men took the gold in 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1984 (Scott Hamilton) and 1988 (Brian Boitano). • Norway has won the most Winter Olympics medals: 98 gold, 98 silver and 84 bronze. Tied for second are the Soviet Union and United States, although the Soviets won 87 gold versus the United States’ 78.

Vancouver 2010
• Over 80 countries will be sending athletes to Vancouver. • The Vancouver Games will be the third hosted by Canada: Montreal Summer Olympics in 1976 and Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988. • The 2010 Games will cost an estimated $1.76 billion. • Approximately 2,500 athletes will compete in 15 sports with over 86 events (the first Winter Olympics in 1924 saw 16 countries, 258 athletes and 16 events).

Olympics held
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Turin 2006 Salt Lake City 2002 Nagano 1998 Lillehammer 1994 Albertville 1992 Calgary 1988 Sarajevo 1984 Lake Placid 1980 Innsbruck 1976 Sapporo 1972 Grenoble 1968 Innsbruck 1964 Squaw Valley 1960 Cortina d’Ampezzo 1956 Oslo 1952 St. Moritz 1948 Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936 Lake Placid 1932 St. Moritz 1928 Chamonix 1924

events in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics
• Alpine skiing • Biathlon – combines cross-country skiing with shooting. It was demonstrated at the 1948 games and made its Olympic debut in 1960. Women’s biathlon debuted at the 1992 games. • Bobsleigh – invented by the Swiss in the 1860s. Held at the first Olympics as a 4-man event; 2-man bobsleigh debuted at the 1932 games. Women did not compete in Olympic bobsleigh until the 2002 Olympics. • Cross-country skiing • Curling – the first known curling stones date from Scotland in 1511. The sport has come and gone through Olympic history, added back in for medal status in 1998. • Figure skating • Freestyle skiing 1-800-991-7116

By the numbers
• Norwegian cross-country skier Bjorn Daehlie holds the record for the most Winter Olympic medals: 12. • Eric Heiden of the United States was the first person to win five gold medals at a single Olympics: 5 speed skating gold medals at the 1980 Lake Placid games. • Speed skater Bonnie Blair of the United States is the most decorated American Winter Olympian, with six medals from three different Olympics: 2 gold in Lillehammer, 2 gold in Albertville, and 1 gold, 1 bronze in Calgary. • American women figure skaters have medaled in every Winter Olympics except 1948 and 1964, taking gold in 1956, 1960, 1968 (Peggy Fleming), 1976 (Dorothy Hamill), 1992,

TriVita wishes all the outstanding athletes good luck, and joins the world in celebrating Canada’s special place in the spotlight.
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Are stress and heart disease related? Stress is a normal part of everyday life. But if left unmanaged, stress can lead to emotional, psychological and even physical problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pains or irregular heart beats. Stress could be risk factor for heart disease because it exposes your body to unhealthy elevated levels of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. Studies have also linked stress to problems with blood clotting, increasing the risk of heart attack. instant reaction might be to think, “What a jerk!” (or worse). Instead, make up a reason for that driver’s behavior. Maybe he’s on his way to the hospital for a friend’s emergency. Maybe she’s rushing to catch a plane for a big meeting. Make up anything that works... it’ll work to help you stay calm. Talk your way around stress. Instead of keeping feelings bottled up, try to find productive ways to talk about them with the people involved. (This includes asking for help when your “to do” list is just too long.) exercise your right to joy. Stay active and stay positive. There are big emotional as well as physical benefits from exercise, so walk, swim, bike, hike, anything to get moving. You’ll shed tension while you improve health. Nourish your stress defense with Adaptogen 10 Plus. Every day, take TriVita’s Adaptogen 10 Plus to help reduce the damaging effects of daily stress on your body. With just one ounce taken daily, its unique formula of healthful nutrients helps reduce anxiety, promotes health and resistance to illness, and much more (find more details on this page). A morning capful is recommended, but if you have trouble sleeping, take an additional capful of Adaptogen 10 Plus at night. What a great way to celebrate Heart Month! Take it easy on your heart by managing stress, and take Adaptogen 10 Plus to keep your stress defense strong.

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Think about the things you tend to do when you feel stressed. Do they match any of these actions?

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how to make the most out of your day – and your life
Avoid multi-tasking
Although we live in a multi-tasking world, avoid it if at all possible. Focus on one thing at a time so that you do one thing well instead of 10 things not so well. during the busiest, most stressful times in your life. Eat a balanced, nutritious diet, exercise regularly, and take time out each day for spiritual renewal.

eel like you never have enough time to get everything done? Do you want to get organized but never have the time? Try these time management tips to make the most out of your day – and out of your life.
Keep track of your time
Before you can organize your time, it may help to figure out how you’re spending it. Keep a log of your daily activities for a week or two to see where you can improve efficiency.

Break up your tasks

Cut yourself a break

Have a huge stack of paperwork on your counter? Break it up into two smaller stacks. It will be a less daunting task, and when you finish one stack, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment that will fuel your desire to finish the other stack.

There are only 24 hours in each day and we can only get so much done. Don’t put so much on yourself that you can never complete anything or feel like you always have something hanging over your head. You are only human and we live in a fast-paced world; manage your expectations.

Just say “no”

10-minute marathon

Make a to-do list, but make it short

To-do lists can help you focus on what you need to get done, but they should be kept short. List no more than 4-6 tasks per day. Complete the least desirable item first. It will be a great reward to cross that particular item off the list – and everything else on the list will be easier!

Don’t overextend yourself. If you know your schedule is booked, gently say no to any additional commitments. You’ll spare yourself added stress and won’t have to worry about giving less than 100% to anything.

Keep yourself healthy

When you have tasks that seem insurmountable – such as cleaning the closet or filing stacks of paperwork – try working on them in 10-minute increments each day. Set a timer for 10 minutes and have at it; before you know it, the task will be completed. Time management can be difficult but it’s worth the effort; if you don’t manage your time, it will manage you!

You won’t be able to manage your time or your life if you don’t take care of your health. Nourish your physical, emotional and spiritual health even

PReSIDeNTIAL TRIVIA – How well do you know your Presidents?
In honor of Presidents’ day this month, try your hand at the Presidential trivia below:
1. Who was the second President of the United States? a) Thomas Jefferson b) John Adams c) James Madison d) John Quincy Adams 2. Who was the only President who never married? a) James Carter b) James Monroe c) James K. Polk d) James Buchanan 3. Who advocated “peace through strength?” a) Lyndon B. Johnson b) Dwight D. Eisenhower c) Ronald Reagan d) Franklin D. Roosevelt 4. Which President did not serve in war? a) Benjamin Harrison b) Millard Fillmore 1-800-991-7116 c) John F. Kennedy d) Theodore Roosevelt 5. Which President also served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court? a) William Howard Taft b) Franklin Pierce c) Rutherford B. Hayes d) Martin Van Buren 6. Who was the only President to serve two, non-consecutive terms? a) James Garfield b) Gerald R. Ford c) Chester A. Arthur d) Grover Cleveland 7. Which two Presidents were impeached by the House of Representatives? a) Andrew Johnson b) John Tyler c) Richard M. Nixon d) William J. Clinton 8. Which President saw no war during his term(s)? a) Woodrow Wilson b) William Henry Harrison c) Harry S. Truman d) George H.W. Bush 9. Which two Presidents served as generals in the army? a) Andrew Jackson b) Warren G. Harding c) Ulysses S. Grant d) George Washington 10. Who was not a Republican? a) Herbert Hoover b) Zachary Taylor c) Abraham Lincoln d) William McKinley
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Our medical board uses their extensive health and nutrition knowledge to approve proprietary TriVita supplements based on the latest scientific research and the health and wellness concerns of our Members. Unlike other supplements that can be difficult to absorb, TriVita supplements are developed for maximum absorption and effect. Signature products from TriVita undergo medical studies and trials at accredited universities and medical centers to ensure their effectiveness. TriVita uses the highest-quality essential nutrients available to create effective, body-friendly formulas without mood altering stimulants or harmful chemicals. We voluntarily adhere to the strict manufacturing guidelines of the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). In addition to our own quality control, we commission third-party testing and research to guarantee that our products are full potency and meet all regulatory standards. Safety is a top priority in our packaging and manufacturing; we inspect each product at least 10 times and use two safety seals per package on all ingestible products to guarantee safety, freshness and product potency. TriVita’s commitment to science is a driving force behind our superior quality products, from formulation to production. Led by our Chief Science Officer and renowned nutraceutical pioneers, we put the utmost care into creating products that deliver positive and lifelong wellness experiences for our Members. TriVita’s advisory panel of Board Certified physicians provide us with the latest information on scientific developments and testing methods.

Brazos Minshew is TriVita’s Chief Science Officer, in charge of formulating the best new supplements possible. He is dedicated to bringing greater health and wellness to TriVita Members. He combines an extensive background in medical science, naturopathy and alternative treatments to create lifestyle and nutritional solutions to prevalent health challenges.

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Medical Advisory Board
In addition to our dedicated healthcare professionals, TriVita created a Medical Advisory Board to assist our efforts in staying abreast of current scientific developments and provide input on the latest, most effective testing methods.
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9. Medical Advisory Board

Currently the Medical Director at the University of Illinois, Dr. Grief received his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and is a CME Instructor.
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