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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Help with Tsunamis Survivors

All of us at Shaklee are devastated by the disaster that began as an earthquake on Sunday and spread through a series of Tsunamis to cause the loss of what authorities say could exceed 100,000 lives in one of the world's worst natural disasters. Our hearts go out to all of the people who lost family members and to the communities around the world who have suffered so much tragedy. We are also very grateful that at this point, it does not appear that any member of our Shaklee Family in Malaysia has been lost.

It is the Shaklee way to do more than express our sympathy and condolences. We must help. And so we have organized a way for all of our Shaklee Members to provide much needed supplies to the victims of this disaster through our non-profit, charitable organization Shaklee Cares.

Shaklee Cares™, originally established in 1992 in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, which devastated parts of Florida, is a charitable organization dedicated to providing assistance to individuals, families and communities recovering from natural disasters. Since its inception in 1992, Shaklee Cares has donated more than $2.2 million in cash and products to those in need.

In order to help with this disaster, we have organized a special Shaklee Cares Relief Pack which contains those items the primary aid organizations told us will be most helpful. There is one price of $78.90 for the Shaklee Cares Relief Pack which you may count as a charitable donation. You will also receive 50 PV. The item number is (#81700) and you must order using this special item code (see below for details on ordering). Shaklee will take care of all shipping and handling costs. We have arranged to have the packs delivered through several well-respected charitable aid organizations to ensure the products get to the neediest recipients.

I have made the personal commitment to purchase 1000 packs and ask that each member of our Shaklee extended family consider donating at least one pack to help the people in the 11 countries who have suffered from this devastation. (Non members can also participate by purchasing a pack.) We have also set up a similar donation program for Shaklee employees to help. My hope is that we would be able to provide 2000 packs to the relief organizations before the end of the year! You can immediately order the Shaklee Cares Relief Pack by calling 1-800-SHAKLEE any time during holiday and normal business hours. You may order as many Shaklee Cares Relief Packs as you like and if you order by 6 pm Pacific Standard Time on December 31, 2004, you will receive confirmation from Shaklee Cares of your donation for 2004 tax purposes. After December 31, 2004, your purchases will count as charitable donations in the 2005 calendar year.

I am very appreciative of all the members of our Shaklee family who have asked how they can help, and I thank you in advance for whatever you feel comfortable giving. As we enter the New Year, let us all remember how fortunate we are and how important the gift of health and life is to all of us.

Warm regards,

Roger Barnett
Chairman and CEO

P.S. Please be sure to forward this to all of your downline Members and to all your friends and family so they can help out as well.

To order Shaklee Cares Relief Pack call Shaklee Corporation at 1-800-742-5533 and ask to order item number #81700 - please give ZD01997 as the Shaklee ID #.

Chris & Lea Cockrell
Independant Shaklee Distributors
(502) 225-8245

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Glucosamine - Shaklee

Source: Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC and James F. Balch, M.D.

This is one of a number of substances classified as an amino sugar. Unlike other forms of sugar in the body, amino sugars are components of carbohydrates that are incorporated into the structure of body tissues, rather than being used as a source of energy. Glucosamine is thus involved in the formation of the nails, tendons, skin, eyes, bones, ligaments, and heart valves. It also plays a role in the mucous secretions of the digestive, respiratory, and urinary tracts.

Glucosamine is made in the body from the simple carbohydrate glucose and the amino acid glutamine. It is found in high concentrations in joint structures. It is also available as a supplement, in the form of glucosamine sulfate, which helps to combat both the causes and symptoms of osteoarthritis. Glucosamine has been proven in over 300 studies and 20 clinical trials to actually build joint cartilage. It can also slightly reduce the destruction of cartilage and depression caused by taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), which are commonly prescribed for people with arthritis. Glucosamine may be taken in conjunction with chondroitin sulfate for an even greater effect on osteoarthritis.

In addition to having benefits for people with osteoarthritis, supplemental glucosamine can be helpful for asthma, bursitis, candidiasis, food allergies, osteoporosis, respiratory allergies, tendinitis, vaginitis, and various skin problems.

Glucosamine Hydrochloride - a key ingredient in our company's joint product: Glucosamine hydrochloride is derived from chitin, which is most abundant in the shells of crabs, shrimps, and lobsters. Chitin is extracted from these shells. Through a series of further extraction and filtration steps, chitin is broken down into single units of glucosamine, which is then converted to glucosamine hydrochloride, an acid salt form that is more stable than its free form. Upon ingestion, glucosamine hydrochloride molecules are completely ionized into free glucosamine.
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