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Shaklee is very active in protecting the environment, supporting good causes and creating a healthy planet and a healthy home.  Here are a couple of lists that show just a few of the things Shaklee does.

Sometimes, you do things because they’re good for business. And sometimes, you do things just because you should.

  • Just completed the campaign to plant a million trees.
  • Sponsored three North Pole expeditions to measure the impact of global warming.
  • Donated environmentally friendly cleaning supplies for Jacques Cousteau’s research vessels.
  • Donates vitamins and nutrition drinks to undernourished children and earthquake victims.
  • Supports United Nations Millennium Development Goals to promote human rights and end poverty.
  • Official sponsor of Earth Day
  • Annual giving that has topped $3 million.

The list goes on.  And so does the commitment to doing what’s right simply because it is.

Shaklee has always put the environment first and was green way back when it was just a color you found in your crayon box.  Here are just a few of the awards Shaklee has been given for environmental leadership:

  • 2009 – Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. EPA
  • 2009 – Clean Air Award for reducing global warming and improving air quality
  • 2009 – Business Environmental Award for Sustainability
  • 2008 – Stevie Award for Best Corporate Environmental Responsibility Program
  • 2007 – Global Green USA’s Organizational Design Award for positive environmental change
  • 2006 designated an EPA Climate Leader by the Environmental Protection Agency
  • 2003 – Gold Medal Award for Environment & Sustainability
  • 2003 – National Environmental Excellence Award
  • 2002 – Climate Protection Award
  • 2001 – 2001 Vision for Tomorrow Award
  • 2000 – Environmental Business Leadership Award on Earth Day
  • 1990 – Family Circle Green-Chip Award for the 10 most environmentally friendly companies

Sometimes You Do Things Because it’s Good for Business.  Sometimes You do Them Just Because You Should.

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Choose your supplements wisely

Not all supplements are created equal. Just as there are different levels of quality in the food we eat and the products we buy there are quality levels in supplements.

The nutritional health and wellness industry is growing by leaps and bounds (partly due to the aging baby boomers) and many companies are putting vitamins and supplements on the shelves and online.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to know if you are getting quality that you can trust.

A recent study shows that the likelihood of choosing a non-toxic and effective health supplement from the overwhelming array of products that are available is only 2.5%. In other words, there is a 97.5% chance that without investigating the reliability of the product yourself you could select a nutritional product that might be hazardous to your health!
(I call that a step in the wrong direction).

SO…. The question is “Who can you trust and what is actually good for you?”

It comes down to making choices.

Research your products and the companies that make them before you put your health on the line.

Many of us agonize over what clothes or car or TV we should buy but just grab the cheapest vitamin on the shelf. Its your body and your life. The choices we make now affect our future health and wellness.


So how do you choose the right supplement?

First let me educate you on some information that I wasn’t aware of until just recently.

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) does not regulate the vitamin and supplement industry.

That means that what is written on the label of a vitamin bottle might be true but also might be just a scam trying to make the supplement look better than it is. There is no one regulating what can or cannot be said about the effectiveness of the supplement.

This also means that there are no laws regulating the serving size or amount of vitamin and/or mineral contained in each tablet or capsule you are ingesting. No one to make sure it is a dosage your body needs or can use to maintain health.

Many vitamins work together in your body and if the proper amounts of each are not ingested together they might as well not be ingested at all.

They could actually do more harm than good.

Another important thing I have learned during my supplement research is that many of the vitamins available use fillers and artificial ingredients in their products. I always thought if you bought Vitamin C then the pill was all Vitamin C. Turns out it might have things like petroleum in there too. It might even have more ‘junk’ then it does the actual vitamin.

The first step in choosing a vitamin or supplement is choosing a vitamin or supplement company.

Look at the label of any vitamin you plan on purchasing and see who the company is and check for contact information. Look them up on the Internet or even call them and find out some of their manufacturing practices.

  • Do they follow and meet with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) compliance?
  • Are the products they make independently tested and analyzed for effectiveness?
  • Does the manufacturer test the supplements for purity and potency?
  • What types of ingredients are used? Are they natural or synthetic?
  • Is the product full of fillers and other artificial ingredients? Many companies use fillers, binders and coatings in their vitamin tablets. These are usually inactive ingredients that are unnecessary for your body and can actually do harm.

  • Fillers are just that. They fill up space and help form the tablet.
  • Binders help keep everything together. Many times these can actually be harmful and include such things as gum, carbopol and povidone.
  • Coatings help keep it all together and can contain artificial flavors to make it taste better. (if you are trying to cover up petroleum and other nasty things no wonder you need artificial flavors.)

  • Are the products bioavailable? Meaning does it actually get absorbed and used by the body and not just get passed through the system as waste.
  • Are your vitamins and supplements a food or a drug?

All of this information should be available on the company’s website or by contacting their customer service representatives. If you are unable to find it or if they are unwilling to share this kind of information then it is probably in your best interest to avoid these supplements.