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HEALTH ARTICLES

September Health Show: Focus on Convention

from Jana Mitcham
September 15, 2005

Diamond affiliate Meme Groseth hosted the Health Show on Thursday, September 8th. This month's featured topic focused on the new products and information announced at the 2005 Vitamark Annual Convention. The call also featured special guest Dr. DicQie Fuller and as well as Jana Mitcham, Vitamark's Executive Vice President.


MG: Good evening everyone this is Meme Groseth, Diamond Affiliate with Vitamark International. I am happy to welcome you to the first Thursday of the month Health Show with EVP Jana Mitcham. Then tell them how excited you are and say: Before I start the call, let me explain some ground rules: When Dr Fuller begins to speak, I will mute the lines ? yes, I said Dr. Fuller ? our guest tonight is Dr Dicqie Fuller, president of Transformation Enzymes and (a short summary of bio); but more important to you she is the force behind our new enzyme products ? Super Vi-Gest, Probiotics and Revitalgen.

MG: There will be times when I unmute the call; for instance during the ?Free Product Questions." Let me explain that now: Jana likes to start the call by giving free products to the first person who answers questions from the current Update. If you answer the question correctly, you get a free product. To claim your product, you must notify Margie or Dixie at the Home Office. There may be other times that I unmute the call and I would like to as those of you who may have things going on (meetings, babies, pets, etc) on your end to personally mute your line by hitting... that way we can all hear what is going on.

MG: Since Dr. Fuller is with us tonight instead of giving free products for questions I am going to give free Cold & Flu Relief to the first 3 testimonials. Who would like to be first?

Testimonials not recorded

MG: Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

MG: Now for the exciting information that Dr. Fuller taped earlier to share. But, before we get started let me remind you that Vitamark products do not treat cure or prevent any diseases and that the FDA has not approved the statements that you will hear tonight.

Begin recorded interview here.

MG: Are you with us Dr. Fuller?

DF: I sure am Meme and I am delighted to be here--I am sure that I met many of you on the call tonight at the recent Vitamark convention--it is a pleasure to be able to share more information about these incredible products with you.

MG: It is our pleasure to both hear from and learn from you, Dr. Fuller. I understand that you are going to talk to us first about Probiotics formula which has over 3 billion live cultures of what we refer to as "friendly bacteria." Could you address what is meant by that term before you discuss the product itself.

DF: Be glad to... explanation in recorded interview

MG: Thanks for that info DF, it is good to know the difference in the good guys and the bad guys. Now could you give us more specific info about our Probiotic formula.

DF: Happy to.

DF: Vitamark's Probiotic formulation is a carefully mixed selection of microorganisms that are friendly to the human GI tract. The organisms in this product will help stabilize and maintain a healthy intestinal probiotic ecosystem.

Salminen, S. & Salminen, E. ?Lactulose, lactic acid bacteria, intestinal microecology and mucosal protection? Scand J Gastroenterol Suppl 1997; 222: 45-8.

MG: How important is that stability and balance?

DF: Balanced Probiotic supplementation and support constitutes good management of GI tract health and could also contribute to health beyond the digestive system.

MG: What are some of the benefits to our health?

DF: The common benefits of friendly bacteria include:

  • Digestion of some of the food and enhanced absorption of nutrients
  • Conversion of some food macromolecules for energy and other metabolic needs
  • Control of colonic pH to prevent pathogenic bacterial growth
  • Utilization of ammonia generated in the GI tract and reduction of the levels that are absorbed in blood circulation, thus controlling the onset of hepatic encephalopathy
  • Conversion of intestinal nitrogen into microbial protein, which could ultimately supply needed amino acids to the host
  • Synthesis of various other beneficial enzymes in the GI tract
  • Synthesis of various vitamins
  • Synthesis of bacteriosins to control proliferation of competing bacteria
  • Control of the synthesis of various mutagens and oncogenic metabolites
  • May assist with the diarrhea episodes that result from various bacteria or viruses
  • May assist with gastroenteritis and other GI tract inflammations and disorders
  • Softens stool

MG: Boy that is a lot! Can you tell us which particular ingredient does what?

DF: My pleasure:

- For instance, L. plantarum is actually used to improve the microbial safety of foods. L. plantarum has also been found to pevent the movement of bacteria from the gut to other organs (e.g., liver, lymph nodes)3 in animal models.

- Olasupo, W.A. ?Bacteriocins of Lactobacillus plantarum strains from fermented foods? Folia Microbiol 1996; 41: 130-136.

- Adawi, D., et al. ?Effect of Lactobacillus supplementation with and without arginine on liver damage and bacterial translocation in an acute liver injury model in the rat? Hepatology 1997; 25: 642-7.

DF: L. acidophilus can enhance the body?s anti-infective mechanisms of defense [a], [b].

[a] Schiffrin, E.J. et al. ?Immune modulation of blood leukocytes in humans by lactic acid bacteria: criteria for strain selection? Am J Clin Nutr 1997; 66: 515S-20S.

[b] Rangavajhyala, N. et al. ?Nonlipopolysaccharide component(s) of Lactobacillus acidophilus stimulate(s) the production of interleukin-1 alpha and tumor necrosis factor-alpha by murine macrophages? Nutr Cancer 1997; 28: 130-4.

DF: B. longum ....stimulates the immune system by enhancing the activity of natural killer cells in the spleen of rats [c] and by stimulating intestinal IgA production [d].

[c] Sekine, K. et al. ?Inhibition of initiation and early stage development of aberrant crypt foci and enhanced natural killer activity in male rats administered bovine lactoferin concomitantly with azoxymethane? Cancer Lett 1997; 121: 211-6.

[d] Takahashi, T. et al. ?Effects of orally ingested Bifidobacterium longum on the mucosal IgA response of mice to dietary antigens? Biosci Biotechnol Biochem 1998; 62: 10-15.

DF: L. casei's beneficial bacteria promote the immunological barrier of the gut by the intestinal secretion of IgA.

L. sporogenes is a very resilient organism. It can sustain various health conditions of the GI tract...

L. salivarius is a very resilient and highly prolific bacteria. Its actions reduce the production of toxic amines......

Vitamark's Probiotic also contains lactoferrin, which is currently the object of considerable study. Lactoferrin has been shown to be an effective antibacterial agent. [e], [f].

(e) McClellan, K.A. ?Mucosal defense of the outer eye? Surv Ophthalmol 1997; 42: 233-46.

[f] Teraguchi, S. et al. ?Orally administered bovine lactoferrin inhibits bacterial translocation in mice fed bovine milk? Appl Environ Microbiol 1995; 61: 4131-4.

DF: Finally, I would like to focus on a very important and often neglected ingredient the Jerusalem Artichoke, which is rich in inulin - a polymer of fructose also called fructooligosaccharides (FOS). It has been shown how FOS can serve as a source of effective nutrients for intestinal probiotic bacteria. This activity is sometimes called ?prebiotic? because normal human digestive enzymes are unable to digest FOS, and so it therefore passes in its whole state into the colon, where it becomes available as a nutrient to ?friendly? bacteria [g].This allows the good bacteria to proliferate(continue to grow).

[g] Roberfroid, M.B. ?Health benefits of non-digestible oligosaccharides? Adv Exp Med Biol 1997; 427: 211-9.

MG: Thank-you for that information Dr.Fuller. I understand that Vitamark also introduced a truly remarkable enzyme product called Revitalgen. Can we switch gears and discuss it?

DF: Certainly. Revitalgen consists of acid, neutral, alkaline, exo/endo proteases, bromelain and papain. These proteolytic enzymes are active in a wide range of pH?s, are gastrointestinal stable and functional, and have been specifically selected for their synergistic activity in the digestive tract as well as systemically(explain what systemic implies) for therapeutic health related applications.

MG: Boy what a mouthful ? perhaps you could break it down by ingredient.

DF: Be happy to Meme. Revitalgen contains protease, papain and bromelain:

Protease
One of the most well-established functions served by the oral proteases in this blend is the maintenance of normal blood flow [1] Protease provides vital systemic benefits, including the support of adequate blood rheology for the optimum flow of immune cells and their mediating molecules2, hormones, blood cells, and other vital molecules and cell. These benefits, in turn, facilitate and support a wide array of metabolic processes.[3,4]

Bromelain A protease derived from the pineapple plant which has been used for many years as a digestive aid, as a burn debridement agent, and as an anti-inflammatory.[5] Its actions help to promote smooth muscle relaxation and may increase the absorption of medications. Bromelain is also used to protect the stomach lining and sinuses, and for appetite inhibition. [6,7]

Papain A highly purified extract of proteolytic enzymes from the Carica papaya that is very effective for the reduction of inflammation, and cytotoxin binding. Papain can also be used for minor pain and may reduce gastric acid secretion to improve gut health.

MG: Wow, pretty powerful products, Dr Fuller, tell us in your own words why we should include this powerful proteolytic enzyme blend in our daily lives.

DF: Explanation

MG: It is clear that proteolytic enzymes are vital to life - especially healthy life. Thank you for giving us just a glimpse of these two vital products. I hope all of you ? especially those experiencing health challenges ? will consider making these enzymes part of your daily routine along with your Limu Plus, Vita One and Coral Calcium ? always remember: It is easier to maintain good health than it is to regain it!

Recorded interview ends.

MG: Now, Jana, I know you are threw, close us out until next Health Show call.

JM: Happy to ? let's all remember-"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!"

MG: Until next month ? good night!

These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

REFERENCES

[1] Larsson L.J.; Frisch E.P.; Torneke K.; Lindblom T. & Bjork I. ?Properties of the complex between alpha 2-macroglobulin and brinase, a proteinase from Aspergillus oryzae with thrombolytic effect.? Thromb Res 1988; 49: 55-68.

[2] LaMarre J., Wollenberg G.K., Gonias S.L. & Hayes M.A. ?Biology of Disease: Cytokine binding and clearance properties of proteinase-activated a2 ?macroglobulins.? Lab Inv 1991; 65: 3-14.

[3] Nouza K. ?Outlooks of systemic enzyme therapy in rheumatoid arthritis and other immunopathological diseases.? Acta Univ Carol [Med] 1994; 40: 101-4.

[4] Gesualdo L, Ricanati S., Hassa M.O., Emancipator S.N., & Lamm M.E. ?Enzymolysis of glomerular immune deposits in vivo with dextranase/protease ameliorates proteinuria, hematuria, and mesangial proliferation in murine experimental IgA nephropathy.? J Clin Invest 1990; 86: 715-722.

[5] Dietary Supplements, London. Pharmaceutical Press. Electronic Version; 2005.

[6] Taussig, S.J., and Batkin, S., et al., 1988; J. ethnopharmacol 22:191.

[7] Gerard, G., 1972: Agressology 13:261.

[8] Emele J.F., Shanaman J., Winbury M.M. ?The Analgesic Anti-Inflammatory Activity of Papain.? Warner Lambert Research Institute, Department of Pharmacology; Morris Plains, New Jersey.

 

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