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August Health Show: Vitamin E with Selenium

from Jana Mitcham
August 8, 2006

Join Diamond Affiliate, Meme Groseth(MG) and Vitamark Vice President, Tom Mitcham(TM) as they discuss how some bad science and bad reporting can impact your health in a real way:

MG: Are you there Tommy?

TM: I sure am Meme, and I can't wait to give that free product. Tonight's free product is our Vita Enhanced Water product--certainly a product that I hope everyone on this call is familiar with. I know that our July winner's are familiar with it! Vita Enhanced Water contains alkalizing ingredients, makes nutrtients more bioavailable to the body and facilitates the cellular detoxification process. VitaWater(as it is affectionately called)also provides relief when applied topically to cuts, scrapes, bruises, insect bites and any other surface irritant such as burns and sunburn. VitaWater puts the "Ahhhh" in relief!

MG: I am really excited about this free product ? as should everyone on this call be ? especially if you are on the 100BP AutoShip because the Vita Enhanced Water is the August free AutoShip product( it was supposed to be July's free product but due to a shipping delay you received Coral Calcium instead--certainly a worthy substitution). This amazing product has many benefits as Tommy mentioned : with its ability to impact nutritional intake and detoxification it has the opportunity to influence almost every body function including pain mechanisms, cardiovascular functions, inflammatory processes, gastrointestinal function, fluid systems, nervous system, hormones and even cell membrane development.

TM: Now to give that free product! The questions tonight are on your convention speakers. Don't forget to call out your name before answering. Now for the first question:

Q1:Who conducted the largest ever management survey and is going to be our Convention keynote speaker addressing real-life leadership solutions?

Ans: Garrison Wynn


Q2: Which new Ambassador Affiliate is speaking on being "Streamlined for Success"?

Ans: Michael Dlouhy


Q3: Who is the dynamic Ambassador Affiliate that will be teaching you how to live a breakthrough life in her lesson called "You Have No Idea"?

Ans: Kimberr Jarvis


Q4: Which Diamond Affiliate will be teaching you how to empower your business by identifying your top 5 passions in his lesson entitled "Prioritizing for Success"?

Ans: John Harrod


MG: Wow! What a powerful list of speakers--Of course we have other powerful speakers like, President David Bertrand and Chairman Tom Schreiter, Diamond Affiliate Mike Potillo and Ambassador Affiliate Art Jonak, and to speak on Vitamark's amazing products Dr. DicQie Fuller-Looney and Dr. Ronald Shuler. Congratulations to all our winners-don't forget to call the home office to claim your free Vita Enhanced Water.

MG: Tom will be sharing some information with us tonight on Vitamin E with selenium. We will not be making any claims that Vitamark products cure, treat or prevent any diseases. We are simply educating you to the amazing impact that Vitamin E has on your health.

TM: Meme, you know me ? before I get started with the product information, I always like to start off seeing if anyone has a testimonial to share. Some of you may have shared your testimonial previously, don't hesitate to do it again ? there are always new people on the call who have not heard it. We'll start with 2 testimonials and save the rest for the end of the call ? don't be shy ? remember you get free product when you share. Now who'll be first?


MG: Thanks for sharing. Now for that information on Vitamin E.

TM: I'd like to start by saying that I hope none of you on this call have fallen victim to a handful of ridiculously flawed studies that have found vitamin E supplements to be ineffective and even (brace yourself!) dangerous. According to Nutraingredients,the two leading suppliers of Vitamin E in the U.S. report that sales of Vit E are down 40%--If you are among those who believed these studies it is not good news for your health! Yes, if you stopped taking Vit E because of these recent reports, you could be depriving yourself of well-documented benefits like: antioxidant protection and support for nerves, muscles, eyes. skin, breast tissues and more; and, it is essential to healthy aging, menopausal concerns, weight management and blood vessel integrity. Vitamin E also improves your body's use of Vitamin A and protects essential fatty acids. Vitamin E impacts and interacts positively with Selenium, a mineral whose shortage may lead to health concerns. Selenium is also one of the few nutritional ingredients for which the FDA allows a health claim about cancer. It states: "Selenium may reduce the risk of certain cancers. Some scientific evidence suggests that consumption of selenium may reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer. However, the FDA has determined that this evidence is limited and not conclusive." I think you can get a idea of how not taking Vit E either as an individual ingredient(like Vitamark's Vit E with selenium--which is being converted to a more bioavailable gel cap) or not having it included in your daily vitamin/mineral(as it is with Vita-Che, Vita One and the Children's Chewable)can impact your health negatively. So it only makes sense to discuss these flawed studies.

MG: Is Vitamark the only group upset about this?

TM: Definitely not ,the entire Nutritional Community is up in arms. A couple months ago the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS--nutritional oils not petroleum) a meeting in which several prominent scientists defended the honor of vitamin E. It's a shame they had to defend a nutrient that has such a preponderence of evidence proving just how useful it is to your health. But, when the main stream media's ABC Evening News took it upon themselves to report on the 2 negative studies and ignore the scores of positive studies, the Nutritional Community had to act to defend against this all time public low opinion of Vitamin E.

MG: I understand that most of vitamin E's image problem stems from one bad study: the now infamous Johns Hopkins research that appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine about a year and a half ago.

TM: Yes, it does, Meme. That study, according to the AOCS symposium, concluded that more than 400 IU per day may slightly increase the risk of death. This absurd conclusion was purported by the Hopkins team to be based on a meta-analysis of 19 vitamin E studies. Respected doctor and Health Science Institute Panelist Allan Spreen, M.D., noted that the Hopkins conclusion "flies in the face of decades of research, using doses up to 2,400 IU. And, as reported by the Health Science Institute, " a representative for the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) added that it was inappropriate for the researchers to draw conclusions for the entire population based on studies of subjects who were 'already at grave risk with existing diseases including cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and kidney failure.' "

GM: I understand that a University of Arizona professor who was moderating the AOCS symposium went so far as to specifically say that "poor journalism" was a key factor in getting consumers to back away from this vital nutrient.

TM: I agree with the professor,Meme--there didn't seem to be much of a tendency towards fair and balanced reporting. You may ask what could have flawed these reports? Well. for one thing, when vitamin E is evaluated, the form of the vitamin is crucial. Too often we've seen vitamin E intervention studies (including some in the Hopkins research) that used a synthetic form or an inferior form of the vitamin. Health experts agree, "No one should be taking the synthetic form of the nutrient (dl-alpha tocopherol) - it should be the natural, d-alpha tocopherol. Also, remember, vitamin E functions better when it's mixed with selenium."

It should be SIMPLE: As with all vitamins, there are different forms. Use the wrong form and you get poor results. Use the proper form and you get good results.

MG: Is it safe to say in addition to ignoring years of "good studies" the press also failed to note that the research focused on subjects already at a high risk for disease and the studies, in all probability, used ineffective or synthetic forms of vitamin E.

TM: Of course, we can, Meme; but we should never "assume," so let's go in time and examine some of the "good studies:"

In a 1993 Harvard study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers examined eight years of medical records for more than 87,000 women between the ages of 34 and 59. At the outset of the study, none of the subjects had been diagnosed with either cardiovascular disease or cancer. These studies are not intended to make claims that any Vitamark product cures, treats or prevents any disease. They merely point out current research findings.

The results: Women who took vitamin E supplements (at least 100 IU daily) for two years or more reduced their heart disease risk by more than 40 percent compared to women who didn't take E supplements. And in this same group, risk of ischemic stroke was reduced by nearly 30 percent. In the lowest-risk group, the average intake was 200 IU per day.

There are many more positive studies sited in the references attached to this text--studies that focus on the health benefits of Vit E. We also included some not so positive studies to be "fair and balanced". As you evaluate the studies, focus on target group(how high risk are they) and the form of Vit E used. If you do that, I am sure you will agree Vit E(especially with selenium)makes sense as part of your daily regimen.

MG: I would like to point out that in spite of these negative reports, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences raised the RDI(Recommended Daily Intake is only enough to prevent deficiency not significantly impact your health except in the children's ranges). Like I said, it raised the RDI limits from 10 mg or 15-20 IU to 15 mg or 22-30 IU( it varies because conversion ratios vary: some authorities convert mgs to IUs using a 1mg to 1.49 IU conversion rate; others use 1 mg to 2 IUs conversion rate). And,more significantly, they set the upper limits at 1000 mg or 1500 - 2000 IUs. Vita-Che contains 500 IUs, Vita One 160 IUS and Children's chewable 30 IUs. The newly reformulated Vitamin E with Selenium will maintain its high standard of 400 IUs.So even if you were taking all 4 major sources of Vit E, you would get a total of only 1090 IU --you could get another 410-910 IUs from your food. Not likely to overdose;but good chancer you can optimize your health.

TM: Thanks for pointing that out, Meme. The newly reformulated Vitamin E will be available in 12-14 weeks--certainly if any of you are experiencing health challenges in the areas mentioned at the beginning of the call, you'd better consider adding it to your health regimen. And, remember, Vita-che and Vita One have optimum levels for their target users.

MG: Thanks for this information tonight. I know that Vitamin E is certainly going to be a part of my daily health regimen, Well it 's time to say goodnight, Tommy.

TM: Before we go, I'd like to invite any of you that have been inspired to share your testimonial, to do so at this time.


TM: Thanks for sharing. Please remember that this is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

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