VitaminAccording to Wikipedia, physicians were being trained in surgery as early as 1220. They were being trained at universities to give a medical diagnosis and prognosis even before then! In the early 1500s, nearly 300 years later,  Leonardo DaVinci was drawing the human anatomy from cadavers. He obtained them illegaly, it was thought, just so he could sketch how the human body was formed. His understanding of the human body and its anatomy was part of his learning in order to create his magnificent marble sculptures. Yet no regard was given to the value of nutrition and vitamins as a way the human body functioned.

In the mid-1800’s, another 300 years later, Henry Gray was creating the Gray’s Anatomy text book in order to learn more about the human body. In it he would create intricate drawings for students to learn about bones, muscles, organs, and nerves. This text book is still used today! and still no credit was given to nutrition and how it was the basis for every nerve, muscle, and bone to function.

Who ‘discovered’ vitamins?

VitaminYet it was a little more than a century ago when Fredrick Hopkins was the 1914 Nobel Prize recipient for his discovery of vitamins and how they were used in the human body. He was among the first to envision the cell as a chemical machine. He discovered tryptophan, an important amino acid, then proved that tryptophan and other essential amino acids could not be manufactured by the body, but had to be supplied through proper diet. It was at this point that nutrition became a science and a source for health.

The actual word, vitamin, was really not developed until 1920 and comes from vital (meaning essential for life) and amine’s (short for amino acids). It was discovered that components of protein were different than what we now call vitamins. A word was needed for all the nutrients that were not a protein. Thus the word Vitamin.

When did foods start to be processed?

Back then, our ancestors only processed natural foods provided by nature in a natural, organic cycling process. This type of processing was called cooking or baking. Scraps of food were collected, naturally decayed, and put back into the soil. Farm animals provided fertilizer for gardens. There were no fitness centers because everyday living was a workout. In only a century, our lifestyles have changed dramatically in search of convenience!

Why Should You Supplement?

I say, “Why NOT?” Supplements should be vitamins and minerals that have been extracted from plants, and put into a form that can be ingested, absorbed and used by the body to enhance the food we eat and fill in the gaps that foods seem to be missing these days. This lack of nutrition can be the result of different farming and preserving practices and processes that weren’t available 100 years ago. Supplements provide broad spectrum nutrition to cover the gaps where farming practices have changed, causing the nutrition in those foods to suffer.

Uneducated consumers are at risk, certainly the ones who believe that you get all the nutrition your need from food. Then there are uneducated consumers who don’t know that synthetic vitamins respond in the body like a DRUG, and not a whole food. Our body knows the difference.

Drugs are good at taking away the uncomfortable symptoms and giving good reports on health screenings. For example: Fosamax gives a good-looking x-ray for the doctor to read, but deep inside a body it creates very brittle and less dense bones and your risk of breaking a leg bone is 36% greater just from low impact activities. Learn more about this at

Why Should You Choose Shaklee Vitamins?

That’s why Shaklee vitamins are all natural and come from plants. They aren’t created in a lab and they do not use synthetic materials and they are designed to work at the cellular level. Thirty years of evidence as seen in the 20 year and then 30 year  landmark gives the  products credibility. These studies will scientifically prove with double blind, placebo controlled studies that you have now found a company you can trust, a company with a conscious, a company with  62+ years of history who is responsible for changing  millions of lives changed because they were open to an idea and willing to take responsibility for their own health.

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