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HEALTH ARTICLES

October Health Show: Vitamark Cold & Flu Arsenal

from Jana Mitcham
October 12, 2005

The following are excerpt's from the October Health Show which featured Tramane and Probiotic: two products that you should consider adding to your "Cold & Flu Arsenal." The dialogue takes place between Executive VP, Jana Mitcham (JM) and Diamond Affiliate, Meme Groseth (MG).

JM: Hello Meme! I am ready to give that free product! The free product tonight is Tramane/October's free AutoShip product.

MG: This is really great news. Every family needs Tramane for its benefits. Tramane (homeopathic shark cartilage) combines the natural power of shark cartilage and sound homeopathic principle. Shark cartilage is recognized for its nutritional support which facilitates normal cell growth, supports joint health and facilitates healthy immune function. It is excellent for soothing scratchy throat(put a few drops directly to the back of the tongue and throat) and itchy ears( either a few drops directly or on a swab).Now Jana let's give that free product.

JM: You bet!

Live questions during the call not included here.

MG: Congratulations to our winners ? I know you'll all enjoy the Tramane!

Well, as everyone is too aware, the Cold & Flu season is fast approaching. And, we all want to avoid it. Jana did an excellent article in Jana's Corner entitled "Tis the Season to Beware" in the Health News section. I encourage all of you to read it, follow it and add Tramane. Tonight, I understand that you are going to tell us about Vitamark's latest product in its Cold and Flu arsenal. I can't wait to hear what it is, but before I do I must remind you that this information is for educational purposes only and that Vitamark products are not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure any diseases.

JM: Well Meme, you'll have to wait a little while. I want to know if anyone wants to share a testimonial?

MG: Who wants to share testimonials?

Live testimonials during the call not included here.

MG: Thanks to all of you who shared! Now for that exciting information!

JM: Aren?t we all in the market for a reliable way to help prevent catching a cold?

MG: I know I am and I would first suggest you take a look at "Tis the Season to Beware" (in Jana's Corner), in which the standby cold-fighter vitamin C and several other products are featured.

JM: Good idea. Add those products to another respiratory health product that I'm going to tell you about and you have a winning combination. It's not as commonly used as vitamin C, but it works hand-in-hand with C supplements. I'm talking about Probiotics.

MG: We all know from convention and our product info and September's Health Show about the importance of probiotic organisms. In a healthy individual, these "good" bacteria live in the digestive tract in large numbers, crowding out harmful bacteria, aiding digestion, and supporting immune function. This healthy "gut flora" produces valuable nutrients (including certain B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids), digestive enzymes like lactase, and immune chemicals that fight harmful bacteria.

JM: Right you are, Meme. It is important to remember that this critical ecosystem is fragile and easily disturbed and even destroyed. Yes, antibiotics can completely kill off the "good" bacteria. And certain Steroid drugs like cortisone and prednisone, as well as birth control pills and chemotherapy can also upset this delicate balance.

MG: Jana, Dr. Fuller pointed out that poor nutrition or defective digestion can impair the efficiency of intestinal bacteria, as can stress, trauma, surgery, or parasitic infestation.

JM: Right, again, Meme. This important "ecosystem" is very fragile. That is why it is important to replenish your friendly bacteria with a good probiotic. When the number or activity level of your good bacteria drops too low, it opens the door for harmful bacteria to grow, allowing for poor health to develop.

So let me see if you remember our discussion Meme by asking you, ?Could a probiotic supplement help prevent the common cold??

MG: Well if the researchers at the Institute for Physiology and Biochemistry of Nutrition (IPBN) in Kiel, Germany, who designed a trial to test (as reported by Health Science Institute) the cold-fighting effectiveness of a probiotic bacteria supplement, combined with supplements of typical multivitamins, then the answer would be yes.

The study included 475 healthy men and women who had not received flu vaccines. Theywere randomly assigned to receive a placebo or the probiotic and vitamin/mineral combo (like Vita-Che, VitaOne or Blitz Chewable).

JM: Then, the subjects received their doses every day for five and a half months during the winter and spring, and each subject reported any respiratory concerns. Cellular immune response was monitored in 60 subjects from each group before and after the period of use.

MG: The results were published in the July 2005 issue of the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. They reported that respiratory tract concerns were reduced by more than 13 percent in the group taking the probiobic/multivitamin compared to placebo.

Among those who developed respiratory concerns:

- Symptoms were generally reduced by 19 percent in the probiotic/multivitamin group compared to placebo

- Influenza symptoms were reduced by 25 percent

- Number of days with a fever was reduced by more than 50 percent

JM: And, immune response tests showed a "significantly higher" response in the probiotic/multivitamin group, especially during the first 14 days of supplementation.

MG: It certainly impresses me. How can we maintain healthy bacteria (intestinal flora) in our gut?

JM: You can maintain sufficient amounts of intestinal flora through dietary sources such as cultured products (like yogurt and kefir), and lignans (like flaxseed, carrots, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, millet and buckwheat). But while the digestive tract can be "re-colonized" by introducing enough good bacteria to overpower the bad bacteria, dietary sources alone can't provide organisms in the vast numbers required to correct an imbalance. For this, a high-potency probiotic nutritional supplement is necessary.

MG: I understand that, unfortunately, most probiotic supplements are ineffective. In one trial, researchers sampled three-dozen probiotic products bought at random from health-food-stores. Fewer than one in five of the products sampled delivered the number of viable organisms guaranteed on the labels. One brand even contained harmful bacteria.

JM: That is why Vitamark worked with Dr. Dicqie Fuller, who has a reputation and credentials to match, to develop our probiotic product.

MG: You've heard it here tonight: for an easier Cold & Flu Season add Vitamark's Probiotic to your arsenal. Speaking of arsenals, I would like to emphasize Vitamark's excellent C-Crystals by leaving you with a quote from Allan Spreen, M.D. when asked to comment on a recent (low dose) study that said Vitamin C might not be useful for respiratory concerns:

"Dr. Pauling would've laughed out loud at either dose!" (Referring to the doses tested.) However, the oral route is more interesting. Too much vitamin C by mouth in a healthy (ie, 'non-sick') person causes gas and then loose stools, proceeding to overt diarrhea. This can happen with as little as 5,000-8,000 milligrams. However, a serious cold or flu in the same person can then permit the victim to ingest 20,000 mg, 40,000 mg, or even more with no stool loosening, meaning they have not yet reached the bowel limit for that illness. It's actually a way to evaluate (in my opinion) just how bad the acute stress of the current illness is.

Yes, you can shorten the length and severity of a cold after you get one, but you have to take enough vitamin C to do the job. This can be up to several grams (1,000-4,000 milligrams) per hour.?

Dr. Pauling took 17,000 milligrams of vitamin C daily, when he was NOT sick (though he didn't discover the idea until his later years). I guess it finally killed him...at 93.?

MG: May we all live as long! Vitamark is doing its part ? spread the word and touch and change lives worldwide Jana see you next month.

JM: Until next month remember: this is the day the Lord has made ? let us rejoice and be glad in it!

 

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