1. INFLAMMATION –
IS IT DAMAGING
the hidden dangers
with sublingual B-12
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2. Discover the Wellness Beneﬁts
of Sonoran Desert Plants
by michael r. ellison, ceo & founder of triVita, Inc.
The stories coming from our Members participating in the
Sonoran Bloom™ Nopalea™ pre-launch meetings are incredible!
I just have to relate a couple of these so you can hear for yourself
the outstanding anti-inflammatory and detoxification benefits people
are getting from Nopalea. It is our belief that when the body has the
right nutrients, it has an amazing ability to help heal itself, as that is
a function of the body’s immune system.
One story about allergies and asthma is special to me as I suffered with these symptoms as a
child. I know how much a person suffers when normal breathing seems impaired.
“I attended the pre-launch meeting of Nopalea in Phoenix, Arizona. The words of Brazos Minshew,
TriVita’s Chief Science Officer, hit home with me. If inflammation is the problem, Nopalea is the
solution. I have had allergies and been diagnosed with asthma which are inflammatory-related. I began
taking three ounces of Nopalea in the morning and one ounce in the evening before bedtime. It has been
two weeks now and I am symptom-free.”
The next testimonial about pain relief is remarkable but again, we know that when the body
gets the right nutrients, there is a natural improvement in one’s health.
“Her knee was bothering her so much that walking down our sloped driveway to get the mail had
become so bothersome, she began driving to the mailbox. Now with her being on Nopalea for a couple
of weeks, she is back to walking the driveway to the mailbox and almost pain free. She is so excited.”
I am thrilled to share these testimonials with you because this is exactly why we founded TriVita:
so people could experience greater wellness. Every time a testimonial comes in for us to read and
share with others, it says TriVita is fulfilling its mission. Thirteen years ago I lost my health and
was told by my physicians that I had to change the way I thought about health. If not, I would
have no quality of life and die a premature death. While it was one of the most overwhelming
discussions I have ever had, it took me on a wellness journey that has not stopped. And every
day we are inviting others to go on that journey with us. We are always in pursuit of products
and information that will help us improve the wellness experience of TriVita Members.
In fact, it was while I was in the Sonoran Desert in Mexico on a wilderness wellness adventure
that I was exposed to the healing plants of the Sonoran Desert. One evening I was sitting
around a campfire with the natives of the Sonoran Desert when a native guide went out in the
desert and returned with some brush-looking material. Placing a pot of water on the fire, we
watched the flames bring it to a boil and then some of the leaves from the brush were placed
in the water to steep. He poured me a cup of the brew and told me to drink it as it would be
good for me. That night I listened to the people of the Sonoran Desert talk about the desert
as if it were an oasis of wellness. I had always thought of it as a place of rocks, cactus, thorns,
rattlesnakes and scorpions – but never did I think of it as an oasis of wellness.
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I am thrilled to share these testimonials with you because this is exactly
why we founded TriVita: so people could experience greater wellness.
for health and wellness
the 10 essentials were created to suit
every wellness seeker. taking even small
steps in each one will improve your life and
wellness in wonderful ways.
1. Breathe Deeply
Deep breathing expels body toxins
faster than any other means.
2. Drink Water
Getting enough water provides an instant
energy boost – and you may even eat less.
3. Sleep Peacefully
Establishing a bedtime routine will help
you sleep longer and more soundly.
4. Eat Nutritiously
Choosing healthy, whole foods minimizes
blood sugar swings.
5. Enjoy Activity
An active lifestyle enables every
system in your body to work better.
6. Give and Receive Love
Heart-focused, sincere and positive
feelings boost the immune system.
7. Be Forgiving
As you let go of negative feelings toward
others, you will find greater peace and optimism.
8. Practice Gratitude
Gratitude brings instant joy, builds
physical defenses and reduces stress.
9. Develop Acceptance
Practicing acceptance clears your mind of
needless anxiety, freeing you to enjoy life.
10. Develop a Relationship with God
As your relationship grows, you will enjoy
all the blessings of unconditional love.
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3. 4 The Secret’s Out:
Nopalea™ is Here!
Now everyone can share the
benefits of TriVita’s delicious
new wellness drink.
9 Don’t Worry, “B” Happy
Beat the economy blues with
Vitamin B-12 and the 10 Essentials.
Health’s Hidden Foe
What it can do, how you
can fight back.
14 Bounty in the Desert
Discover the healing plants
flourishing in the Sonoran Desert.
16 Michael and His Family’s
Incredible Nopalea Experience
It’s worked wonders at easing
aches and pains.
Learn how you can
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ON MY MIND
25 Dr. Eva’s
Thanks to Super Sublingual
B-12, this professor/wife/
mother has it all – again.
26 Medical Update: Prostate
Cancer and Screening
Treatments and tests for this
key men’s health issue.
30 Safe Summer Fun
Tips to keep the good
times rolling this season.
Discover an oasis of help and healing.
rowing up in the desert of west Texas,
I was never accustomed to green, lush
surroundings, so I’ll have to admit
that moving to the desert of Phoenix in 1993
just meant seeing different kinds of cactus and
plants here. It still seemed very dry and desolate.
Recently, that all changed for me when TriVita
took a wellness outing to tour the nearby Desert
Read about this surprisingly abundant “Oasis
of Help and Healing” on pages 14-15. Now I
understand why I’ve heard the word “reverence”
used regarding the Sonoran Desert. You’ll be
amazed at the healing properties that flow from
sticky thorns and plants that one might consider
as simply cactus or weeds. As I walked through
this desert wonderland, I was in awe at the thought
of how God created not only mankind for life
purposes, but He also did the same for every single
plant with multiple purposes in mind – food,
housing and even medicinal purposes.
The Sonoran Desert’s Nopal cactus is the
source of our new Sonoran Bloom™ Nopalea –
a life-changing wellness drink that I can honestly
say has created the most excitement I’ve ever seen
at TriVita. You’ll definitely want to try Nopalea; not
only does it taste delicious, but it’s also creating quite
the buzz with many who have already experienced
phenomenal results. Check it out on pages 4-5.
We hope you enjoy this month’s issue as we
cover the important topics of inflammation,
men’s health and stories from our own Members
and Affiliate Members.
Pam Knox, Editor of Publications
As Editor of Publications, I am very excited to begin this new
monthly “Letter from the Editor.” It is our hope that we can
establish another way to connect with our readers and create
a publication that truly makes a difference in your life. We
want to hear from you – what you like and even what you
don’t like. Send your comments to: email@example.com
or mail to Editor, c/o TriVita, Inc. 16100 N. Greenway Hayden
Loop, Suite 950, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.
4. Discover the secret of Nopalea: U
ave you experienced the
biggest innovation in the
history of TriVita®? It’s
Nopalea™, the delicious wellness drink
now available to help everyone thrive.
Nopalea (“No-pah lay’ uh”) is a tasty superfruit
drink sourced from the fruit of the Nopal cactus
(Opuntia Ficus Indica). This remarkable healing
plant thrives in the Sonoran Desert of the
southwestern U.S. and Mexico. The healing
properties of the Nopal cactus have been relied
on for centuries by native peoples, and they’re
now available in Nopalea, the first product in
TriVita’s exclusive Sonoran Bloom™ line.
Each 32 ounce bottle of Nopalea brims with
the health benefits of the Nopal fruit, in a
proprietary blend delivering the rare, potent
Betalain antioxidants (for more, see page 12).
Experience Nopalea, the delicious
drink that can help your body:
• relieve all types of pain
• normalize blood pressure
• Improve breathing diﬃculties
caused by allergies or asthma
• support cardiovascular health
• energize your life
Detoxification is key to healthy living, because
eating smart and exercising still leaves your
body vulnerable to toxins. Pollution, parasites,
pesticides, viruses, germs... if you stop to think
about it, toxins are everywhere! These invaders
live in the air we breathe, the food we eat, even
the water we drink. Toxins can create illness-
causing inflammation and put you at risk for
Nopalea helps to fight off harmful toxins
surrounding your body’s cells. So, it helps your
body reduce inflammation and bring optimal
cellular health. When your cells are healthy
and free of toxins, your whole body can
function at its best. After all, when you feel
great, you look great, you are great!
A landmark journey towards wellness
When TriVita CEO Michael Ellison journeyed
into the Sonoran Desert in Mexico, he didn’t
expect to bring back a realization that would
change his vision for the future. Michael found
that even in the harshest desert in North
America, with searing summer heat and less
than 10 inches of rainfall a year, amazing plants
can and do flourish. Among the trees and
succulent cactus plants thrives the Nopal cactus,
bearing one of the only fruits on the planet
containing Betalains. This is what prompted
scientists to declare it a superfruit.
Brazos Minshew, TriVita’s Chief Science Officer,
discovered that the Nopal fruit offers incredible
health benefits for the human body. He found
over 100 scientific studies supporting its effec-
tiveness in helping the body do what it does so
well: heal itself.
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Delicious new wellness drink brings a
5. : Uncap a wellness innovation!
aging and more
Brazos discovered that the Nopal cactus fruit
has been shown to help your body reduce illness-
causing inflammation, help detoxify the body and
promote optimal cellular health. All these potent
qualities combined in the Betalain antioxidants
are what protect against premature aging.
Confident that Nopal fruit could be a powerful
ally in everyone’s wellness experience, Michael’s
product development team began to track down
sources for harvesting. TriVita found a local
company that had been processing Nopal fruit
for over 30 years out of Phoenix, Arizona, and
importing the fruit from Mexico as well. This
company knew just how to harvest the cactus
fruit, making sure it was perfectly ripe. From
harvest, they were able to aseptically (without
oxygen) package the fruit puree, and ship it off
to one of the industry’s premier aseptic bottling
and packaging firms.
You can be assured that, like all TriVita products,
Nopalea is manufactured to pharmaceutical-
grade standards in facilities that exceed quality
benchmarks for the industry.
Experience and share this wellness
discovery: more good-news details
When Michael Ellison and his team created
Nopalea, they realized it was a product that
people would want to share. In fact, they were
so confident that Nopalea would create a
positive health experience that they created
a new business model, called the Share and
Earn Program. Through this program, Affiliate
Members can share Nopalea with others and
earn generous compensation when others
purchase the product.
Now is the time to thrive with the remarkable
health benefits of Nopalea. Only through
TriVita can you obtain Nopalea, which is poised
to start making headlines throughout North
America and beyond.
For more details about how and why Nopalea is
such an innovation in wellness, visit the website
As Michael states, his vision with Nopalea
and Sonoran Bloom is strong and simple: “To
have people experience wellness and share
their wellness experience with others, and
be reciprocated with money and what money
So many astonishing beneﬁts in a bottle
Nopalea, the latest breakthrough in wellness drinks
Try this delicious wellness drink, with an exclusive blend
of rare antioxidants called Betalains and other healthful
nutrients. A daily dose of Nopalea can help your body:
4 bottle pack
Special – 4 Pack Savings!
Nopalea is a tasty superfruit drink
sourced from the fruit of the Nopal cactus.
Drink it and thrive!
Call toll-free to order 1-800-991-7116.
• Fight illness-causing
• Cleanse your body
of daily toxins
• Promote optimal health
right down to your cells
• Protect against
amazing health beneﬁts
What people are saying about Nopalea
“Since taking Nopalea, my legs don’t
denise W. – taMPa, Fl
“It’s been two weeks since I started
taking Nopalea for my asthma and
I am symptom-free.”
daVe C. – iMPeRial BeaCH, Ca
“I have had chronic eczema for a couple
of years now. After two days of a one
ounce serving of Nopalea, my eczema
PeGGy a. – ReGina, sK
“Since I started taking Nopalea, the
whole body pain I’ve had for a year
and a half is gone.”
PatHReCy B. – FlaGstaFF, aZ
“Nopalea tastes good. It has a delicious
eVa W. – Blandon, Pa
“The six months of pain in my wrists
is gone... I can now lift weights again.”
tina G. – CHaRlotte, nC
6. As we introduce our new Sonoran Bloom™ Nopalea™
When you attend this short 90-minute event, you’ll receive:
• a free 32 oz bottle of sonoran Bloom nopalea™, TriVita’s delicious new wellness drink –
• a free DVD: “the healing plants of the sonoran Desert.” Learn about the desert plants
used by native peoples for centuries – that are now available in Sonoran Bloom Nopalea.
get a FREE gift package for attending!
If you want greater
wellness, you will want
to experience Sonoran
Bloom at this exciting
Attend an event in a city near you!
You’ll meet TriVita CEO Michael Ellison and hear the compelling story that led to the discovery of Sonoran Bloom.
Plus, talk with Chief Science Officer Brazos Minshew as he shares the history of the healing plants of the Sonoran Desert.
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Rave reviews from Members like you
“Nopalea tastes so great! There’s no bite to it, no preservatives...
it’s amazing stuff!” laURen a. – GilBeRt, aZ
“If you care about yourself and you care about others, you cannot miss the
Sonoran Bloom Tour when it comes to your area.” JaCKie M. – st. loUis, Mo
“The Sonoran Bloom event gave me the knowledge to share the Nopalea
story with others. Now, I’m going to tell everyone I know that they simply
must try this product.” sUsan W. – seBastian, Fl
“The taste is incredible. More important, my wife is very finicky and she
likes it – it passed the ‘wife test.’” MiKe t. – HaMPton, Va
TriVita CEO Michael Ellison and Chief Science Oﬃcer Brazos
Minshew are traveling around the U.S. and Canada to introduce
TriVita’s new wellness drink and the new Share and Earn income
opportunity. Learn how you can earn extra income while
helping to bring this exciting new product to market!
TriVita CEO Michael Ellison and Chief Science Oﬃcer Brazos
7. And, if you want extra income,
you will want to share sonoran Bloom™
Join us as we launch this exciting new product throughout
With TriVita’s Share and Earn Program, you can earn the income
you desire. It is simple and easy. No selling – only sharing the
fascinating Sonoran Bloom DVD with others.
Plus, with TriVita’s ShareandEarn Program, you get:
• The satisfaction of knowing you’re helping others
• Generous compensation
• Step-by-step training
• Tools to make sharing easy
• Support from TriVita’s Affiliate Member network
registration for this exciting 90-minute
event is free – bring a guest!
1-800-991-7116 June 2009 l 7
SPACE IS LIMITED!
OR CALL 1-800-TRIVITA
RSVP to get a
AND DVDat the event for youand your guest!
City Event Date
Vancouver, BC June 16
Portland, OR June 17
Seattle, WA June 18
The Sonoran Bloom Tour is coming to these cities:
To follow the tour excitement,
visit Michael Ellison’s blog:
and more potent than ever before
with three times the Vitamin B-12
TriVita Super Sublingual B-12 helps you achieve:
• Sustained mental energy, stamina and alertness
• Improved mood with a more positive outlook on life
• Greater mental focus, clarity and concentration
• Sharper memory with less forgetfulness
Plus, Super Sublingual B-12 gives your brain
and nerves the essential nutrients they need to
help replenish brain fuel and help repair damaged nerves.
And all this is yours with a convenient, once-a-day tablet.
Alfred Libby, M.D. – Inventor of TriVita Sublingual B-12, B-6 & Folic Acid
Dr. Libby, a renowned nutraceutical pioneer, worked to help hundreds of patients feel better
every day. An associate of Dr. Linus Pauling (Nobel Prize Laureate), Dr. Libby developed this
unique, sublingual delivery system for his own patients. It was known to give similar
mental energy results as B-12 shots, but without the shots’ added pain and expense. Alfred Libby, M.D.
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“The Super B-12 gives me energy
I need to get through my day.”
“I first began taking TriVita’s Sublingual B-12
in 2006. Recently, my wife was introduced to
the Super Sublingual B-12 and I started taking
it right away.
I own a small engine repair shop in upper
Wisconsin. The weather can be harsh up here,
and keeping healthy is important as a business
owner. The Super B-12 gives me energy I need
to get through my day. It helps reduce stress
and gives me what I need most. I also take
Adaptogen 10 Plus, OmegaPrime, Vital C and
Joint Complex. Thank you TriVita for good
quality products that work – I never get sick.”
JeFF F. – WatoUMa, Wi
For maximum sustained
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“I no longer have the brain fog
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has known me for over
25 years. I was tired and
worn out all the time and
constantly feeling like
I was dragging myself
through the day.
I tried the Super B-12 and was amazed
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Thank you TriVita for another great product.”
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“... I’m more calm and focused.”
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B-12, I’d come home from
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Scott Conard, M.D., is the founder of TienaHealth,
an organization of medical doctors in primary
care practice who emphasize healthy lifestyles
to maintain wellness. Dr. Conard is considered
a national expert on disease prevention.
TienaHealth also conducts clinical trials.
Scott Conard, M.D.
re you feeling anxious or
moody? Do you worry a lot
about your finances, your
future or just life in general these
days? With all the bad news about
the economy, it’s easy to dwell on
negatives, but you don’t have to stay
It could be that financial troubles aren’t the
only reason for feeling down. Maybe you don’t
have enough of the powerhouse vitamin proven
to promote balanced moods, steady energy
levels and mental sharpness: Vitamin B-12.
And maybe you need to focus on the 10
Essentials for Health and Wellness that are the
backbone of the TriVita mission (see page 2).
Tough economy can harm health
First, let me be clear: Struggling with a tough
economy can take a real toll on health. In fact,
earlier this year the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services published guidelines to
help people cope.
The guidelines state: “Economic turmoil (e.g.,
increased unemployment, foreclosures, loss
of investments and other financial distress)
can result in a whole host of negative health
effects – both physical and mental. It can be
particularly devastating to your emotional and
mental well-being.” Some of the health risks
involved include depression, anxiety, overeating
and substance abuse.
Years of clinical data demonstrate why taking
a quality B-12 supplement may help ease
emotional and mental problems. It’s well known
that B-12 deficiency can lead to decreased
mental and nerve functioning, including mental
confusion and forgetfulness, mood swings and
What’s more, because aging reduces our bodies’
ability to absorb B vitamins, we may be eating
healthy foods, but still be lacking in these
Look to the 10 Essentials for help
I’d also like to stress the importance of taking
care of our own physical, emotional and
spiritual needs through TriVita’s 10 Essentials for
Health and Wellness. As many TriVita Members
know, these Essentials cover the three main
parts of a complete wellness experience.
Are you breathing deeply, drinking lots of
water, sleeping and eating well and getting
exercise? Good; those are the physical
components. On an emotional level, it’s vital
to give and receive love, be forgiving, practice
gratitude and develop acceptance. These aspects
will not only help you feel calm and balanced,
but also have benefits to physical health. And
finally, nourishing your spiritual life will bring
you “all the blessings of unconditional love,”
to quote from the 10th Essential.
Coping with the economic “meltdown” is a real
struggle for many people around the world, but
it doesn’t have to be the controlling factor in
our happiness. If you or someone you care about
is having financial trouble, stay focused on
health to feel better. Let TriVita’s quality B-12
products, and the 10 Essentials, be your key to
beating the economy “blues.”
by Dr. Scott Conard
stay positive with triVita’s Vitamin B-12 and the 10 essentials
Beat the economy “blues”
Essential #2Essential #1
Essential #3 Essential #4
nflammation. It seems like you hear about it every day
on the news. Scientists are now linking inflammation
with a wide variety of conditions including:
• All types of pain
• Heart disease
• Alzheimer’s disease
• Gum disease
Although inflammation hasn’t been pinpointed
as the cause of all these conditions, it has been
well-documented as playing a part in them – often
intensifying the symptoms and effects.
So what exactly is inflammation, how can it affect you
and how can you help reduce it?
First things first: What is inflammation?
Inflammation is your immune system’s response to damage. This damage
can arise from trauma, bacterial, viral or parasitic infection, stress,
genetic abnormalities, metabolic disorders and a host of other sources.
Certain lifestyle choices can also contribute to inflammation: poor diet,
stress, overweight, a sedentary lifestyle and smoking. Inflammation can
cause redness, swelling, heat, pain and loss of function.
When you’re injured, the inflammatory response immediately moves into
action. White blood cells rush to the scene of the damage and begin to
destroy the damaged cells, while sending out chemical signals that call
for more help. That’s when unstable molecules called free radicals are
released. Free radicals, now considered key players in many diseases, start
to attack the damaged area, destroying some healthy cells in the process.
This new damage leads to yet another round of inflammation. And so
the cycle of inflammation continues: what’s called chronic inflammation.
And that’s when the trouble begins!
and Your Body
It could be causing damage right now!
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affects your body
Though you may not see or even feel
inflammation, it may be silently burning
within your body right now. Over time, this
collective damage can spell trouble for the
immediate area of inflammation as well as
your overall health.
Inflammation is believed to contribute
to the formation of plaque in blood
vessels, as well as the formation of
blood clots. When these blood clots
break free into the blood, they can
block blood flow to the brain or heart,
resulting in a heart attack or stroke.
Inflammation plays a role in
Alzheimer’s disease, yet scientists
are still uncertain what that role
is. However, one theory is that
inflammation kicks into gear because
of the plaques and tangles in the brains
of Alzheimer’s patients. In trying to
solve the problem, inflammation just
makes matters worse.
Long-term inflammation of the joints
can result in destroyed ligaments and
tendons, damage to joint cartilage and
bone and even bone erosion. This leads
to pain, deformity and an inability
to perform daily tasks – drastically
affecting quality of life.
• Mouth and gums
Although dental researchers once
thought bacterial infections caused
gum disease, it is now thought that
some of the more severe symptoms
of gum disease are attributable to
inflammation. The National Institute
of Dental and Craniofacial Research,
part of the National Institutes of
Health, reports that inflammation can
even break down bone and connective
tissue that keep the teeth in place.
• Emotional health
Inflammation may even play a role
in your emotions! Scientists at
the University of Illinois, Urbana-
Champaign discovered that an enzyme
secreted by the immune system caused
like symptoms in mice. Because
inflammation is linked with conditions
often accompanied by depression –
such as diabetes, cancer and heart
disease – researchers expect that this
study will provide insight into chronic
inflammation’s role in depression.
• Cancer cell growth
Although researchers haven’t
discovered the exact mechanism of
inflammation’s role in cancer, they
believe it encourages cancer growth.
According to the American Cancer
Society, inflammation creates just
the right conditions for cancer cells
to grow and multiply.
Inflammation is linked to a wide variety of conditions, including all types of pain,
heart disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s and gum disease.
By making healthy lifestyle changes and
modifications, you can help reduce inflam-
mation in your body. And simultaneously
improve your overall health!
1. If you smoke, quit.
2. Practice stress management
techniques such as deep breathing
to help manage your stress load.
3. Simply being overweight can increase
inflammation. Start a sensible diet
and exercise plan – it will help with
inflammation and your overall sense
of health and well-being.
4. Exercise at least 30 minutes per day,
three to five days per week.
5. Cut out unhealthy food choices –
some of which can actually contribute
to inflammation: trans fats, refined
carbohydrates, processed foods.
6. Make anti-inflammatory
foods a staple in your diet
(see page 19).
7. Practice good oral hygiene:
brush after every meal and
floss once a day.
8. Take Sonoran Bloom™
Nopalea™ (see page 4).
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he word “science”
comes from a Greek
word meaning “to
know.” Yet it seems that the
more we learn about nature,
the more it defines the
boundaries of what we do
not know! It is like science
in reverse: the more we
learn, the more we realize
how little we know.
A relatively new discovery has merged
ingredients in nature in a way that science
did not know was possible. These nutrients
are called Betalains. Betalains were originally
thought to be just a pigment – an inert color
that made a plant pretty, but imparted no
real health benefit.
As time progressed, science discovered that
the protein structure of Betalains is not
only beneficial – it is vital for life! Soon, the
antioxidant value of Betalains opened the door
of discovery: Betalains exist in a wide variety
(there are 24 Betalains), and each one completes
a specific need in human health by supplying
structure and function to every human cell.
Important functions of Betalains
A cell distressed by external toxins and
internal deficiencies will eventually wither,
collapse and die. If more cells die than can be
replaced, we slip into a kind of “deficit spending”
and our lean body mass withers. This is called
sarcopenia or premature aging. Betalains can
be used to shore up or strengthen the cell wall.
This leads to rehydration of the cell and repair
of sarcopenia, premature aging.
A cell in the human body is very much like a
water balloon; tremendous internal pressure
held in place by a thin membrane. Your body
maintains this pressure by keeping a perfect
balance of minerals inside and outside the
cell wall. If this balance of minerals shifts, the
membrane becomes unstable and the “water”
pours out; the cell dies.
The mineral balancing effects of Betalains
relentlessly work to maintain a 2:1 ratio of
minerals: potassium inside the cell, sodium
outside the cell; magnesium inside the cell,
calcium outside the cell and so on. This main-
tains the integrity of the cell wall and keeps
the cell from “popping” – dying prematurely.
Speaking of “popping” a cell, nothing pops a
cell like a toxin! We are exposed to toxins from
the air we breathe, the water we drink and the
food we eat. We are also exposed to toxins from
within our own body: allergies, bacteria, viruses
Betalains support the structure and function of
the cell as mentioned before. They also work
to neutralize toxins by supporting your natural
detoxification processes as well as draining away
accumulations of toxic waste.
If toxins accumulate or trauma injures a cell,
if stress creates tension or if nutrient deficiency
weakens a cell, then chronic inflammation is
certain to appear. Chronic inflammation is at the
heart of the most feared diseases we face: heart
attack, cancer, stroke, asthma, diabetes and others.
Betalains serve as anti-inflammatory nutrients
to help quench the fire of chronic inflammation.
Regardless of where inflammation begins or
what process it affects, Betalains help reduce
the activity of the enzymes known to cause all
inflammation. This explains why people with
very diverse health concerns find benefits from
Betalains: they help reduce inflammation no
matter where it exists!
As mentioned before, science has discovered
24 Betalains, each with a different structure
and different function. Some vegetables (beets
and rainbow chard) contain a few Betalains;
some desert plants contain a few more. Only the
Nopal cactus of the Sonoran Desert contains
all 24 Betalains. This is because the Sonoran
Desert is the most extreme desert in the world
and the Nopal plant needs all 24 Betalains to
survive in this intense environment.
How about you? Is your environment so
intense that you are threatened by chronic
inflammation? Are you exposed to toxins from
outside and inside your body? Do you feel that
you are aging a bit quicker than you would like?
If so, perhaps the emerging science of Betalains
– the anti-inflammatory protein/antioxidant
complex from the Sonoran Desert – can help
you live a longer, happier life!
See page 4 to ﬁnd out more about Sonoran
Only the Nopal cactus of the Sonoran
Desert contains all 24 Betalains.
sonoran Bloom™ nopalea™ oﬀers an abundance of these inﬂammation-busting nutrients
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oday, more people are discov-
ering the healing bounty of
the Sonoran Desert – just
as TriVita leadership did to produce
the breakthrough wellness drink,
Nopalea™ (see page 4). Since the
company is headquartered in the
Sonoran Desert, it was fitting that this
“oasis of wellness” be the source of
TriVita’s most exciting new venture.
Not a Sahara,
but lush and full of wonders
“People come here expecting to see sand dunes
and a couple of camels, like the Sahara,” says
Dave Morris of Pueblo Grande Museum in
Phoenix (phoenix.gov/parks/pueblo.html). “The
Sonoran Desert is really lush and full of plants
that can be used for healing and for food. I call
it a drugstore and a grocery store!”
Dave is an ethnobotanist (a scientist of how
plants and people interact), a Choctaw Native
American, and one of the first to give insights
about the Sonoran Desert to TriVita CEO
Michael Ellison and Chief Science Officer
Many TriVita staffers have had the chance to
learn about the Sonoran Desert courtesy of
another Phoenix highlight, the Desert Botanical
Garden (dbg.org). Thanks to the expertise
of tour leader Gloria Eklund, a semi-retired
registered nurse/diabetes nurse educator, and
Dave Morris, the VitaJournal is pleased to share
some insights about just a few of the plants that
abound in the Sonoran Desert.
The desert spreads throughout the south-
western U.S. and Mexico. Yesterday and today,
its wondrous gifts have been used for help and
healing. For thousands of years, native peoples
relied on the plant life there to eat, house and
clothe themselves, ease pain, treat disease and
Sometimes, Sonoran Desert plants have been
used in ways that seem unlikely at first. For
example, the desert is the common element
in these three items:
1. Latex-free surgical gloves.
2. The red coats worn by British soldiers
during the Revolutionary War.
Here’s how, along with more fascinating
Sonoran plant facts:
Guayule. Healthcare professionals with
latex allergies love this shrub. Why? It contains
rubber, and has been approved by the Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) as a substitute
Nopal cactus. Red dye comes from a tiny
bug that loves the Nopal – its natural hue gave
Britain’s “Redcoats” their name, and today it’s
the only natural red food dye approved by the
FDA. The vivid fruit of the Nopal cactus is a
key ingredient in Nopalea, TriVita’s phenomenal
new wellness drink; see page 4.
an oasis of help
surprising abundance in triVita’s own backyard
15. 1-800-991-7116 June 2009 l 15
Jojoba. The oil from this plant’s seed “saved
the sperm whale,” says Gloria, when it was
discovered that jojoba oil was a great substitute
in cosmetics, and as a lubricant. It’s also thought
to be an appetite suppressant and burn remedy.
Agave. Make tea from this succulent’s fleshy
leaves to help relieve pain, then sweeten with
its nectar: it’s six times sweeter than sugar.
Creosote. Dave uses this abundant desert
shrub to treat his high blood pressure; it also
has spiritual meaning as a purifying aid to
Mesquite. Called the “tree of life,” this hardy
tree offers pods used for jelly and gluten-free
meal, black pitch used as paint and hair dye, and
bark so absorbent it was used as baby diapers.
Yerba mansa. The dried root was used
to treat mouth sores, sore throat and gum
disease. Bonus: It has a refreshing menthol/
“Scientists will say that plant for plant, there
are as many useful plants in the desert as there
are in the rainforest,” Dave notes. He regularly
walks into big auditoriums at his museum, ready
to give a talk on desert plants and wondering,
“Will anyone be there?” These days, the halls
are packed with people who want “more natural
remedies, things that are better for our bodies.”
For those interested in plant remedies, he urges
visiting natural food stores, with one caution:
“If the person can’t tell you the scientific name,
you’d better go to another store.”
Every single plant has its story
Even though Gloria grew up in Phoenix, “It
wasn’t until I started taking classes at Desert
Botanical Garden that I realized I knew
nothing. Every single plant has its story,” she
adds, and the stories keep unfolding. Just
recently, she heard that some cactus needles
made music. They were used as occasional
needle substitutes in the old-fashioned horned
Victrola phonographs in the early 20th century.
Obviously, the bounty of this desert is no
mirage. The Sonoran Desert is truly an oasis of
help and healing.
“... plant for plant, as many useful plants as in the rainforest.”
DESERT DISCOVERY TOUR
1. TriVita CEO Michael Ellison (left) and
Chief Science Officer Brazos Minshew.
2. Source of soothing and sweetness:
3. Brazos Minshew (right) points out a
4. Tour Guide Gloria Eklund (in hat) with
5. Ethnobotanist Dave Morris (right) with
6. A health-giving gift of nature:
the Nopal cactus.
1. TriVita CEO Michael Ellison (left) and
2. Source of soothing and sweetness:
3. Brazos Minshew (right) points out a
4. Tour Guide Gloria Eklund (in hat) with
5. Ethnobotanist Dave Morris (right) with
6. A health-giving gift of nature:
ichael and his wife
Diane have a pretty
charmed life with plenty
of time to enjoy their favorite
activities. He retired seven years
ago at age 54 from his job as a
logistics manager for a wholesale
plumbing company. Since then
Michael and Diane have been able
to spend more time with children
and grandchildren. They currently
have homes in Bend, OR and Palm
Springs, CA and Michael enjoys
golfing, long walks and raising
llamas on his Oregon property.
Like so many of us, Michael and Diane are
committed to maintaining their good health...
and they didn’t hesitate to experience Sonoran
Bloom Nopalea’s astonishing benefits when
they got their first bottles.
At first, Michael suggested that Diane try
a small serving of Nopalea to see if she
noticed a difference. “At the time I had a
sore left hip,” she recalls. “This had been
going on for a few months and was irritated
by a canyon hike with my granddaughter. I
found it very painful to cross and uncross my
legs. After taking Nopalea for several days
this pain seemed to disappear.” In addition,
her red and inflamed gums quickly cleared
up. Diane also noticed a big improvement
in the stiffness and soreness in her feet. “No
one likes to feel like they are getting old,”
Diane continues, “but I was glad to let my
husband know how much more youthful
I felt after taking Nopalea.”
How they help others
Michael has also had great results with
Nopalea and notices that he now feels great.
He was thoroughly inspired and motivated
after attending the Sonoran Bloom Nopalea
kick-off event this spring in Phoenix. “I now
hand out Nopalea wherever I go,” he says. “I
will talk to people anywhere, anytime about
this fantastic product.”
Michael and Diane are very enthusiastic
participants in TriVita’s new Share and Earn
Program. “This wonderful program allows us
to share our own personal health experience
and hopefully influence others to try Nopalea
themselves,” says Michael. “The financial
rewards are pretty nice, too. Being part of
this tremendous program allows us to achieve
greater health and wealth.”
Michael and the other Affiliate Members
in his group aggressively promote Nopalea
and TriVita’s wealth of other high-quality
• Word of mouth
• Wellness clinics
• Newspaper flyers and inserts
• Meetings with small business owners
• Charity work
• Community outreach
trivita.com16 l VITAJOURNAL Celebrating 10 Years of Health and Wellness
they feel great because of sonoran Bloom™ nopalea™ and many other triVita products
Michael and family
on TriVita products
17. Other TriVita
with many other
lots of golf and
sometimes pays the
price with aches
and pains. “Joint
Complex really helps
with pain stiffness
he remarks. “Golf is
my passion and this great
product helps me get back into
my game much more quickly. I
recently had shoulder pains
and they went away after taking
this amazing product.”
Michael’s positive product experience
doesn’t end there. He uses Sublingual B-12
to maintain steady energy levels, eliminate
brain fog and stay mentally sharp. “Vital
C Powdered Crystals also help my body in
so many ways,” Michael notes. “It keeps
my immune system strong, helps with
cardiovascular health and is real easy on my
Michael knows how important essential fatty
acids are for all adults in all stages of life.
“OmegaPrime® supports my wellness and
the ingredients are of the highest quality,”
he says. “It lessens joint and respiratory
inflammation, helps nourish my brain and
Another big favorite with Michael is
Adaptogen 10 Plus®. He enjoys combining
it with Nopalea to create a delicious and
As an Affiliate
people who are
just as passionate
as he is about
also finds unique
ways to promote
both wellness and
education. One example
is a TV program entitled
“High Five Challenge” that will
be aired over a nationwide network
of television stations. This TV program
challenges high school student teams with a
wide variety of questions. The program has
audience exposure of 40 million individuals
and Nopalea will be prominently featured.
Many members of his central Oregon
Affiliate Member team spread the word
about wellness to fitness centers, golf clubs
and various community groups throughout
Central Oregon. “This is an especially
exciting time for this group,” Michael says,
“as they are striving to live healthier lives
and improve lives through TriVita products.
Central Oregon is a great area for TriVita and
Nopalea, since this is one of the most health
conscious areas in the region.”
Our congratulations to Michael, Diane and
all the Affiliate Members in their group who
are introducing TriVita products to a very
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“Central Oregon is a great
area for TriVita and Nopalea,
since this is one of the most
health conscious areas in
“I will talk to
raising llamas on his
Michael enjoys combining
Adaptogen 10 Plus with Nopalea
to create a delicious and
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Lucille M. Brodeur,
“My favorite memory as a
child was when I got to go
to my aunt and uncle’s farm
for two months. I was raised
in an orphanage because my
mother became mentally sick
when I was five years old and my father was in
the Canadian Air Force. So it was nice to have
good home-cooking, fresh bread, vegetables and
desserts when I got to visit them.
We didn’t have much food in the orphanage, so
I really enjoyed my summer holiday on the farm
with four or five girl cousins. I got to play and we
went to the lake sometimes to swim. I had two
sisters and a brother and going to our relatives’
house for those two months was a real good time
for the four of us. I am now 79 and my sisters are
76 and 77. Our brother passed away many years
ago. I really appreciated those summer days. We
were happy with the simple things of life.”
Lois C. Gnegy,
“Life as a child on a farm
with many siblings was
most often joyful. Days were
filled with hard work and
laughter, and the hope you
wouldn’t get caught by a
wayward hayfork. Another joyful memory was
taking the old truck down the country road to
the store. So was swimming in the cold water
of Puget Sound (often in the rain). As kids,
we were fearless. How does one choose only
one experience above all when life is made up
of common sense, adventure and hope? One
memory? Impossible to do!
Leaning my head against the warm belly of a
cow as I milked her, is another warm-hearted
memory. Ah, the taste of warm, fresh milk at
breakfast. Walking up a hill was easier while
singing a song, and I learned that singing helps
when climbing the hills of life, as well. A rich
heritage is a joy to have and remember. Thank
you for giving me a reason to recollect those
“I can remember in the
summer of ‘84 that I was
a troubled little boy. I had
never really known what
real love was until I met
my second grade teacher
and his family. As a young boy I had not
known that you could receive this kind of
love. My biological parents were not the best
of people, so my siblings and I did not grow
up surrounded by love. I was invited to my
teacher’s house/farm for one summer. I was
very wary of showing any affection to people
because of how I was treated as a child.
Having this chance to be around a loving
family taught me that I could give love
and receive it back without being hurt or
shunned. There was a bond built there that
summer with that family. I can proudly say
that the love they showed me not only taught
me how to do unto others, but to actually
The following summer I was adopted by the
Howard family, making my 11th birthday the
happiest and most loved day in my life.”
Each month a Member,
Aﬃliate Member and
TriVita employee share
their insights on health,
wellness and more
This monthly feature creates an
open forum for Members, Afﬁliate
Members and TriVita staff to respond
to a variety of provocative questions
about a wide range of subjects. Join the
discussion! Your response could earn
you a $25 TriVita
Gift Card; see
details at the end
of this article.
Summer means warm
weather, outdoor activities, vacations
and a break from routine. For many,
this season brings us back to child-
hood, when life seemed simpler.
Here are some well-remembered
sights, sounds and feelings from
What is your favorite memory of summer?
We invite you to answer
our upcoming question:
Just email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org, or
write to: VitaJournal, 16100 N. Greenway Hayden Loop,
Ste. 950, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Please include your
Member ID, your address and daytime phone number
(along with email address, if you have one).
this month’s question:
A New Approach
By Christa Orecchio, Certiﬁed Clinical Nutritionist,
Holistic Health Counselor
y favorite part
nutritionist is when I
see the light of hope
and empowerment in
my clients’ eyes. It’s that
moment when they
realize that they really do have control
over their own health and how they feel
on a daily basis.
When someone walks into my office with the
debilitating pain of arthritis as his or her chief
complaint, my first line of defense is pH balance,
or acid-alkaline balance. The pH of our blood
at any given moment is 7.25-7.45. This range
is so important because if our pH goes out of
range even .15 percent, we could die. Therefore,
I immediately have clients test the pH of their
saliva and urine consecutively for six days to see
how hard the body is working just to keep them
alive, let alone allowing for vibrant health.
The standard American diet is an overly
processed diet full of acid-forming foods such
as meat, dairy, wheat, chemicalized junk foods,
artificial sweeteners and sugar. Stress is also
a huge contributing factor to an over-acid
condition. Nine out of 10 times, my clients
are acidic. They need to incorporate more
alkaline-forming foods (and stress-relieving
activities such as breathing deeply) into their
diet and lives to gain the results they desire,
namely freedom of movement and decreased
inflammation. However, those are not the only
benefits they receive from tending to their pH
balance. Moving toward alkalinity promotes
better overall organ function, allows for the
release of toxins, improves mental clarity and
affords natural weight loss. It also profoundly
improves digestion and heartburn and is a
valuable safeguard against cancer.
There are so many small changes that can
make a profound difference in our health. These
changes do not have to be considered a sacrifice,
but instead can be viewed as an “upgrade.”
For example, apple cider vinegar (acv) is very
alkalizing, while all other vinegars are acidic.
Consider upgrading to acv as your staple
vinegar. Lime is more alkalizing than lemon so
use that in the water you drink throughout the
day or in your cooking when possible. Brown
rice has less acid than white rice; raspberries
are highly alkalizing while cranberries are very
acidic. Garlic, too, has a profound effect on
acid-alkaline balance and is an easy addition
to many dishes.
Far and away, green leafy vegetables are the most
alkalizing foods. Coincidentally they happen to
be the single most missing foods in the modern
American diet. By green “leafies,” I mean kale,
collard greens, dandelion greens, bok choy,
arugula, spinach, mixed field greens, etc. Simply
by incorporating two servings of leafy green
vegetables in your diet on a daily basis, you will
be well on your way to finding pH balance.
Try these simple, yet absolutely delicious
recipes to decrease inflammation and increase
There are so many small
changes that can make a profound
diﬀerence in our health.
Heat oil over medium heat, add shallots and
sauté until dark brown and caramelized, about 20
minutes. Stir in curry powder, agave and lemon
juice. Add kale, tamari and water. Cover and
steam for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until
kale is still chewy but tender. Do not overcook.
3 Shallots, thinly sliced
1 Tbs. Coconut Oil
1 Tbs. Curry Powder
1 Tbs. Agave Nectar
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
2 Tbs. water
½ bunch Kale
(about 4 oz) stems
removed and chopped
into large pieces
2 Tbs. Tamari
(wheat-free soy sauce)
Curried Kale w/
Caramelized Shallots & Agave
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Christa’s Favorite Salad Dressing
2 parts raw Apple
1 part Flax Oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. Agave Nectar
Juice of half a lime
Sea salt, dried basil and
oregano to taste
Shake well and serve cold.
... by incorporating two servings of leafy green
vegetables... on a daily basis, you will be well on
your way to ﬁnding pH balance.
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Inflammation marker may signal cancer risk
People with high levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) – a measurement of inflammation and predictor of
heart disease risk – have a 30% greater risk of developing cancer than those with low CRP levels, according
to a study in the March 2009 Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Researchers analyzed the CRP levels of 10,408 people who were part of the Copenhagen City Heart Study;
high CRP levels were associated with a 30% increase in cancer risk. Among participants who developed
cancer, those with high CRP levels were 80% more likely to die sooner than those with lower levels.
“While future research will need to confirm our findings, our study suggests that testing patients’ C-reactive
protein levels provides a more comprehensive picture of a patient’s health than we previously thought.
In addition to predicting heart disease risk, this simple test could help us assess a patient’s future cancer
risk and eventual cancer prognosis,” said lead author Kristine Allin, M.D., a physician at Copenhagen
Breathe easier... with broccoli sprouts
Los Angeles, California
Broccoli sprouts may help fight inflammation in the upper airways, according to a study in the March 2009
journal Clinical Immunology.
Researchers discovered that a compound in broccoli sprouts called sulforaphane – also found in other
cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower and Brussels sprouts – triggers inflammation-fighting enzymes
in the upper airways.
In the three-day study, 65 adults were given daily oral doses of either broccoli sprouts or alfalfa sprouts,
which served as a placebo. After three days, participants’ nasal fluids were tested for the antioxidant enzymes.
Those who received the broccoli doses had two to three times more antioxidant enzymes in their nasal
It is not yet known if broccoli sprouts can actually ease allergy and asthma symptoms.
Low Vitamin D levels linked to mental decline
Exeter, United Kingdom
Researchers at the Peninsula Medical School, the University of Cambridge and the University of Michigan
have reported a link between low Vitamin D levels and mental decline, or “cognitive impairment.”
Researchers assessed the Vitamin D levels and cognitive function of 1,766 people over age 65 who were
part of the Healthy Survey for England 2000. They found that as Vitamin D levels decreased, cognitive
impairment increased. Those with the lowest levels of Vitamin D were more than twice as likely to have
New findings in health and wellness
These results are significant because those with impaired
cognition are more likely to develop dementia.
Dr. Iain Lang from the Peninsula Medical School, who worked
on the study, commented: “This is the first large-scale study
to identify a relationship between Vitamin D and cognitive
impairment in later life. Dementia is a growing problem for
health services everywhere, and people who have cognitive
impairment are at higher risk of going on to develop dementia.
That means identifying ways in which we can reduce levels of
dementia is a key challenge for health services.”
Further research will be needed to determine if Vitamin
D supplementation is a way to help reduce people’s risk of
cognitive impairment and dementia.
Article from Michael Ellison continued from page 2...
What I did not know at the time was the history of the people
who had lived in the harsh desert for hundreds of years; they
knew that every plant had a purpose. That night around the
campfire, the men spoke almost reverently about the Sonoran
Desert plants which offered such bountiful wellness benefits.
Upon arriving home, I spoke about what I had discovered
in Mexico with my son Marcus, who chairs the product
development team, and with our Chief Science Officer, Brazos
Minshew. This discussion led to research at two Arizona
universities regarding the potential health benefits of Sonoran
Desert plants. It took about two years to bring this product
to market, but we now have an amazing product with over
200 studies concerning the inflammatory and detoxification
benefits of the Nopal cactus. It took time to plan the process for
harvesting, processing and bringing to market a fruit that grows
among millions of cactus needles. But the team was up for the
challenge, and today the product is ready for its launch into the
world where pollutants, pesticides and other toxins are in the
air, water and food – creating a spiraling effect of inflammation-
related health issues.
Nopalea will become our greatest product in helping
people address inflammation and toxic health challenges,
which medical science has now determined as their biggest
challenge. Just recently, Dr. Rosenthal on Fox News said
that inflammation is now recognized as a greater risk to
cardiovascular disease than cholesterol.
We know the immune system is very sensitive to any invader
in the body and will attack with a normal response of
inflammation: containing the damage and allowing the healing
process to begin. Acute inflammation is a desirable and normal
response. However, when chronic inflammation occurs over a
long period of time, it begins to weaken the cells and sets the
stage for cell damage and even disease manifestation. Nopalea is
a product that can help reduce chronic inflammation as well as
help detoxify the body, helping to optimize cellular health.
If you can be at one of our Nopalea city tour meetings listed on
page 7, I would love the opportunity to meet you and any guests
you would like to bring. We are sharing the wellness benefits
of the product, as well as giving a free bottle to each attendee.
The meeting also explains the Affiliate Member opportunity;
you can help take Nopalea to our world while earning income.
This is not a selling program – it is a sharing program – so the
evening is in a share format as well. I hope you will join us in
this wonderful ground floor opportunity.
Pursue health and wellness with passion.
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sense of identity and
a feeling of belonging.
Recently, I was standing in
front of the magazine rack at
one of our local bookstores,
and the June magazines were being placed on
the shelves. I began to notice a theme emerging
as I gazed at the front covers: all the women’s
magazines featured articles on weddings.
Just a few nights before, my daughter had
stopped by my house for a visit and was telling
me about renting a booth for her business at the
Phoenix Bridal Show and Wedding Expo taking
place in June.
With all this talk about weddings in June,
my curiosity got the best of me and I went to
my computer and looked on the Web to find out
why June had become the most popular month
You will chuckle when you read the answer
that I found. Many of our contemporary
wedding traditions come out of the traditions
from the 14th and 15th century. June signified
the arrival of warmer weather. That meant it
was time to remove winter clothing and partake
in one’s annual bath.
Yes, back then people were only able to bathe
thoroughly once each year. Since the overall
population smelled fairly fresh in June, it was a
good time to hold a special event like a wedding!
The significance of traditions
As a research psychologist, I became intrigued
with the significance of celebrating traditions in
our families and communities. As it turns out,
social scientists have discovered that traditions
are a fundamental need of our psyche. Traditions
are a key to making lasting memories and
enriching our lives. They become the glue that
binds us together.
Important rituals and transitions
In its most basic form, rituals mark ends and
beginnings; in other words, transitions. The
presence of the community in ritual brings
about an experience of support and unity.
Some examples of western rituals are graduations,
award ceremonies and secular holidays. These,
together with the traditions of weddings,
anniversaries, birthdays and funerals all form
part of our collective need for recognizing certain
events. Rituals bring a community together.
The benefits of family traditions
Sometimes, family traditions are associated
with practices and beliefs, which are handed
over from one generation to the next generation.
They promote a feeling of safety and security
within the family by providing a predictable
and familiar experience.
While growing up, children love to participate
in simple family traditions. Whether it’s
decorating the holiday tree, helping to bake a
birthday cake, dyeing Easter eggs or shopping
with mom when she goes out to buy yet another
necktie for dad on Father’s Day, it is often a
Regular and consistent family traditions/rituals
can provide both adults and children with
• A sense of belonging
• Identity and identification
• Role models
• Stability and continuity in
an ever-changing world
Traditions and rituals give family members
something to look forward to, which gives them
a sense of assurance in a fast-paced and hectic
world. As family bonds tend to be weakened
by busy lifestyles, families can stay connected
by intentionally maintaining important rituals
and Ritualsby Dr. Judy
Judy Ellison, Ph.D., is a success coach, author,
motivational speaker and psychologist. She has inspired
people around the world to reach within and find their
passionate purpose to live a more meaningful life.
Judy Ellison, Ph.D.
trivita.com22 l VITAJOURNAL Celebrating 10 Years of Health and Wellness
... traditions of weddings,
anniversaries, birthdays and funerals
all form part of our collective need for
recognizing certain events.
23. “Honor your father
and your mother,
that your days may be
long upon the land
which the Lord your
God is giving you.”
– Exodus 20:12
This month, Father’s Day will bring
a flurry of greeting cards, ties, gadgets
and phone calls across North
America. However, not everyone
greets this day with gladness. I know
from personal experience and years
of counseling others that a troubled
relationship with the father figure in
your life can harden your heart.
Whether you regard your father with loving
gratitude or not, I’d like to explore how you
can still honor him – and therefore honor God
the Father – without ignoring your personal
feelings. When Scripture tells us to “Honor your
father...,” that isn’t a command to endorse or
ignore behavior that might have been neglectful
or harsh (and certainly not in cases of bodily
abuse). Rather, I think the Bible is telling us to
recognize the good things we got from our
fathers, to focus on the positive memories.
This helps us relate to God the Father, and
to appreciate His blessings.
Honor your father as
you’d like to be honored
Consider this: How you honor your father is an
example to your children of how you’d like to be
honored. If you let difficulties from the past keep
you estranged from your father (in memory or in
life), then that’s how you’re teaching your
children to treat you.
Do you remember your father as too strict? You
could choose to also remember that he was the
one who brought you a puppy when you were
little. Do you hang on to resentment that he
rarely showed affection or approval? Maybe now
you realize that in working to provide the basics,
he was expressing love in his way. The point is,
your body, His Temple – 1 Cor. 6:19-20
Honoring fathers, honoring Him
by Chaplain Gene Henderson
when you focus on the good qualities of your
father you do two important things: you pass on
a powerful example of remembrance to your own
family, and you help empower yourself to have a
better relationship with God.
When you think about it, it makes sense: If all
your connections with your earthly father seem
negative, how can you relate to the heavenly
Father with love and appreciation? It’s never too
late to reach out and re-connect with the good
memories from your past. I re-connected with
my own father after a 20-year separation, and I’m
so thankful that I did. Each Father’s Day I called
him to keep in touch, and after he passed on, I
shared with my family a letter about all the good
he brought to my life.
Remember the good and pass it on
I’m not saying it’s always easy to forgive, but I am
saying that it’s worth it – to you and those who
look to you as a father. Perhaps you could start
by making a list of positive memories: What
good things did your father do with you, give to
you, teach you that you remember fondly? What
did he talk about from his own childhood that
helped you see what his upbringing was like?
That list of memories could turn into a letter
you write, whether to him in person or to his
spirit, and share with your family. Or maybe
you could tape record those memories so your
children and grandchildren share your history,
hearing your voice.
In your own life, you may know now that good
parenting can be a very tough job. I wonder if,
when we disappoint Him, God the Father feels
the same way? This Father’s Day, I urge you to
remember... reach out... and honor your father
to honor Him.
It’s never too late to reach out and re-connect
with the good memories from your past.
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va’s busy life finally caught
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Eva can’t wait to tell more people about
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* You should not use the information in this
publication for diagnosis or treatment of any
health problem or for prescription of any
medication or other treatment.
Thanks to Sublingual B-12
Dr. Eva is back to her bubbly self
this professor, writer, wife and mother
of two keeps forging ahead
brand new product (at the time) that TriVita
was launching, called Super Sublingual B-12.
andmyclarityofmindisback!” – Eva
26. trivita.com26 l VITAJOURNAL Cele- brating 10 Years
any men are
what to do
about their prostate
and rely on physicians
and other healthcare
providers to guide them
accordingly. Should a
man get screened for prostate cancer?
What is the best screening method?
What are the pros and cons of prostate
First, prostate cancer is not your typical cancer.
It tends to spread slowly in the overwhelming
majority of men afflicted. The insidious nature
of prostate cancer means that if a man is
diagnosed at age 60, it is very likely the disease
will not progress for many years before causing
any serious complications or risk to one’s life.
Treatment options for prostate cancer are
numerous and range from targeted chemo-
therapy or radiation to surgery to oral hormone
therapy. Which treatment is best is dependent
on whether the cancer has spread outside of the
prostate and the extent of the spread.
Symptoms can start at age 40 or earlier
Lately, medical authorities are revisiting the
two-decades-old question of prostate specific
antigen (PSA) screening. Physicians routinely
discuss PSA testing with men ages 40 and over
as this is the age when men typically begin to
notice symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Some
physicians recommend PSA screening at an
even earlier age, so don’t wait until you have
symptoms. These symptoms may include more
frequent urination, decreased urinary stream,
trouble fully emptying the bladder, and/or
nighttime awakening to urinate. Examination
of the prostate entails a digital rectal exam
to assess for the prostate’s size, contour, shape
and to detect any nodular growths that
may indicate an underlying cancer. Because
digital rectal exam can assess only the surface
of the prostate gland, PSA testing is often
recommended by medical practitioners to
complement the screening for cancer.
Long-term scientific trials have been under-
taken to determine the benefits of PSA testing.
The outcomes are mixed.
PSA testing: no consensus
One recently completed study done in the
United States confirmed that PSA testing did
not lessen the overall death rate due to
prostate cancer. Another European study
involving 18,000 men had a slightly different
outcome. This study concluded that there was
some benefit in reducing overall death due to
prostate cancer in men who were screened
using PSA testing, compared to men who
were not screened.
Unfortunately, prostate cancer is rather
common. Many men will have this disease
and be blissfully unaware, regardless of whether
or not they took a PSA test. The decision to
screen with the PSA test should be discussed
with a trusted healthcare practitioner.
Lowering the risk of prostate cancer and prostate
problems can be accomplished by eating a low
saturated-fat diet, consuming fresh fruits and
vegetables with plenty of antioxidants and
appropriate supplemental products designed to
facilitate proper prostate function.
Samuel N. Grief,
M.D., CCFP, FCFP
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1. A man’s exposure to substances
in the workplace can affect his
ability to have healthy children.
2. Adults should get at least one
hour of physical activity a week.
3. Males are more likely than
females to die from injury in
4. People do not need to get
vaccinations after age 21.
5. Men are more likely than
women to attempt suicide.
6. More men die from prostate
cancer than from any other
type of cancer.
7. Cancer is the leading cause
of death in men.
8. Males are more likely than
females to sustain a traumatic
TRUE or FALSE?
1. True: A man’s exposure to certain substances in the workplace can affect his ability to
have healthy children by affecting sperm and sexual performance. Also, certain substances
unintentionally brought home by a worker may affect a woman’s reproductive system or the
health of an unborn child.
2. False: Adults should get at least 2 ½ hours of physical activity a week, including aerobic and
3. True: Of the U.S. workers that died from injury at work in 2005, males accounted for 93% of
all deaths and had a work-related fatality rate about 12 times the rate for females.
4. False: Vaccinations aren’t just for kids. Far too many adults become ill, are disabled and die
each year from diseases that could easily have been prevented by vaccines. Keep track of your
vaccinations, and make sure you keep them up-to-date.
5. False: Women are three times more likely to report attempting suicide than men. However,
men are four times more likely to actually die from suicide. In 2004, 80% of suicide deaths
were among men. If you or someone you know is in a suicidal crisis, contact the National
Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.
6. False: More men and women die from lung cancer than from any other type of cancer.
Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke to lower your risk for lung cancer, heart disease,
and other diseases and conditions. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer
deaths in men.
7. False: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United
States. To lower your risk for heart disease, get regular blood cholesterol and blood pressure
screenings, prevent and control diabetes, avoid smoking and secondhand smoke, limit alcohol
use, keep a healthy weight, eat healthy and get regular physical activity.
8. True: Males are about twice as likely as females to sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
A TBI is caused by a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the
normal function of the brain. To help prevent TBI, wear a seatbelt every time you drive or
ride in a motor vehicle, wear a helmet when riding a bike and playing contact sports and
make living areas safer for seniors and children.
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Are you mixing medications? You could be in danger, according to a
study in the December 2008 Journal of the American Medical Association.
About 2.2 million Americans take medications in potentially dangerous
combinations, according to the study. And sometimes those combinations
include non-prescription medications and supplements.
The study involved 3,005 people aged 57 to 85. The older the person was,
the more likely they were to take at least one medication. Sixty-eight
percent of those who took prescription drugs also took non-prescription
medications or supplements.
Researchers identified the most dangerous combinations reported by
If you’re taking any of these combinations, contact your healthcare provider
to discuss other options. Even if you’re not taking the medications listed
above, it’s still important to pay close attention to those that you are taking.
Avoiding dangerous interactions
• Let your doctor know which medications and supplements you’re
• Take medications as directed.
• Try filling all your prescriptions at the same pharmacy.
• Carefully read package inserts for possible interactions.
• Carry a list of all medications and supplements you’re taking; that
way you’ll have it readily available if you get prescribed a new
medication or need to buy an over-the-counter drug.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends asking your
doctor or pharmacist these questions before taking a new drug:
• Can I take it with other drugs?
• Should I avoid certain foods, beverages or other products?
• What are possible drug interaction signs I should know about?
• How will the drug work in my body?
• Is there more information available about the drug or my condition
(on the Internet or in health and medical literature)?
Another area of concern is drug name errors. These can occur in the
pharmacy or in the doctor’s office. Often, many drugs sound alike or are
spelled alike. But according to the FDA, mistakes can also occur because
of abbreviations, acronyms and dose designations used on prescriptions.
Poor handwriting, new products, similar packaging and unfamiliarity
with drug names can make the situation worse.
Regardless, mistakes of any kind are dangerous. The FDA suggests
the following tips for making sure you’re getting exactly what the
• Know the name and strength of prescribed drugs before leaving
the doctor’s office.
• Insist that the doctor include the purpose of the medication on
• Ensure that a refill is what it should be.
• Tell your doctor of any medical history changes.
When it comes to your health, you can never be too careful; if you
have questions about your current prescription medications, over-the-
counter medications and/or supplements, don’t hesitate to ask your
Combinations Medications Risks
Lisinopril with prescription
potassium levels which
can disrupt heart rhythm
Warfarin with simvastatin Bleeding
Prescription with a
Warfarin with aspirin Bleeding
Atorvastatin with niacin Muscle weakness and
Simvastatin with niacin Muscle weakness and
Ginkgo with aspirin Bleeding
Alcohol and medications
As people age, they often become more sensitive to alcohol’s effects.
Of particular concern is the mixing of medications and alcohol. This can
have many ill effects including dizziness, drowsiness, changes in blood
pressure, increased risk for overdose, changes in blood sugar, fainting,
memory loss and more.
If you are taking any medications, talk with your healthcare provider
about them and how they may interact with alcohol. Also, be sure to
carefully read labels on all medications and follow the directions.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of the
National Institutes of Health, recommends that people over age 65
who choose to drink have no more than one drink per day.
Similar drug names another potential hazard
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enjoy one of summer’s most refreshing pastimes:
• Always supervise children around water
• Wear life vests and outfit your children
with them as well
• Fence in your backyard pool if you have
children or grandchildren
• Learn CPR
• Wear foot protection when swimming
in lakes, ponds and at the beach
• Immediately get out of the water in the
event of bad weather
• Apply sunscreen throughout the day to
• Avoid alcohol when swimming or boating
• Don’t swim alone
• Teach your children or grandchildren
• Check water depth before diving
Camping health and safety tips
Load up the tent and lantern, it’s time to go
camping. But in addition to your sleeping bag,
pack these health and safety tips from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
• Practice fire safety:
o Use a campfire pit away from
overhanging tree branches. Make
sure it has a metal fire ring or is
encircled with rocks.
o Never leave a campfire unattended.
o Before you leave, be sure you put
out your campfire completely.
• Protect against carbon monoxide
poisoning: Never use fuel-burning
equipment such as gas stoves, heaters,
lanterns and charcoal grills inside a
tent, camper or other enclosed shelter.
• Avoid wild animals and protect family pets.
• Pack food in tight, waterproof bags
Whether you’re going for a gentle urban stroll or
a rugged overnight trip, review these basic safety
tips before lacing up your hiking boots:
• Check the forecast before you leave home
• Let someone know where you’re going,
and what time you expect to return
• Bring a compass, map and a fully charged
• Bring more water than you think you need
• Don’t hike alone
• Don’t attempt a hike that you’re not ready
• Wear appropriate shoes and clothing
• Protect yourself from the sun: hat,
sunglasses and sunscreen
• Bring a first aid kit for emergencies
• Stick to designated trails
• Bring the proper supplies: extra clothing,
food, water, first aid kit, pocket knife,
whistle and waterproof matches.
Depending on where you hike, insect
repellant may come in handy.
In the event of an emergency or if you get
lost, remember to S.T.O.P.: stop, think, observe
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs)
ATV riding can be a very fun yet very dangerous
sport. Observe these safety tips from the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission:
• Get trained
• Wear a helmet
• No children on adult ATVs
• Don’t ride tandem
• Don’t ride on pavement
• Don’t ride under the influence
Play It Safe!
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