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Super Saving Coupon, Michael's Personal Message, Cold and Flu fighters, FDA Adverse Reactions, Fluoridation Warnings!, Vitamin E, Lion's Mane Mushrooms

January 2013 - Print | Index

Michael's Personal Message

          As Founder and President of Vitamin Express for over 30 years, it is continually my responsibility to establish and maintain our policies and goals which have remained unchanged since the beginning of April 1982. 

          First and foremost is quality - Superb quality! Quality that does “no harm” and does good… Quality that proves itself over and over again, helping people’s health… Quality that’s safe, pure, above reproach… Quality that reflects our choices of all that we sell because it measures up to the highest standards of use and application.

          Second, customer service - true customer service that is positive, enlightening, friendly, courteous, expansive, sincere and sensitive to every person who enters. It’s the reciprocation of gifts. Customers choosing our service and products and we sharing all that we can to make a difference in their lives with our knowledge and products. We provide immediate access! 

          Third, value- We as a small store do all we possibly can to secure savings for our customers. We pass on those savings and increase those savings by adding on our own discount on every product we sell. Our goal is to make products as affordable as possible. 

Times have changed and for the first 20 years we had the lowest prices for products in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Today, we have the internet to compete with and find many of our suppliers abandoning us, shorting us on products so our shelves have missing popular items while they supply large web site businesses, who in turn often have a lower price than we do.  

To compensate we have developed our own lines of quality products to insure full access and availability of quality products for our customers.

To compete we will try to match internet prices unless it’s too low and impossible, in which case we will offer up to an additional 20% discount which brings us near to cost on some products but helps to save our customer base and business. We want to remain a viable health center within our community.

Fourth, information – The information we offer is more than mere sound bites. It is the most up-to-date cutting edge information available in nutrition. We provide you with up to date referenced, cited, and summarized scientific studies of nutritional information. We also clarify and dispel poor news reporting and nutritional information that is filled with errors and unscientific speculations or conclusions. Our goals are based on science and case study histories. Use us a resource. You will be happy you did!  

Evidence-based science is nothing more than statistical manipulations that try to achieve trends and relationships. Evidence based science is not science at all, it is statistics that originally had its applications in the halls of justice and courtrooms when attorneys were arguing cases regarding harm from the tobacco industry. When you come into a store or visit your health-care provider you don’t want to be treated as a statistic, you want to be treated as an individual.   

  Fifth, selection- This has always been our goal- choice, variety, and options. We are all individuals with different needs and different senses of what we need. There are many things we hold in common, but just as many that makes us unique and our own best counsel when it comes to our nutritional health. We know what we like and don’t like, what works and what doesn’t work. Though some are more aware than others, we can all further develop our own goals and needs of nutritional health achieving a long and healthy life. 

Thank you, for shopping with us!

Happy New Year 2013 from Vitamin Express

P.S. Discounts--We update our pricing frequently and it is my pleasure to say that we will now update our general in-store discount to offer a 5% discount for anyone who is over the age of 55.

Make it a Happy New Year – take control of your own health!

Welcome To Vitamin Express Report for January 2013!

  • Cold and Flu Season fighters
  • Staff Recommendations
  • FDA and Adverse Reactions
  • Fluoridation Warnungs!
  • Vitamin E necessary and the safest of vitamins
  • Mushrooms with Prof Health
  • Super Savings Coupon at the end of this Vitamin Express Report

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Cold and Flu Season is in full force this year.

Here are my recommendations for protection, action and resolution. Also check out our Colds, Flu and Immunity page.

At the first sign of cold or flu try Ossicillocoinum, Alpha CF, Echinacea, and extra Vitamin A, especially D, C and zinc orotate. These hopefully will provide the necessary protection to divert illness and provide seasonal protection. It’s also good to add Herb Express Bee Propolis liquid or Y.S Bee Propolis capsules and thymus gland as found in Ecological Formula T-Cell formula.

In the depths of flu with vomiting, diarrhea, headache and coughing- it’s a good time to try Slippery Elm Bark Powder mixed in luke-warm water with some herbal extracts. My favorites to add to this are Gaia’s Scudders Alterative, Herb Express’s Respire and Herb Express’s Head Aid. You’ll be amazed at the quick results and benefits!

Our staff have added some other suggestions to try as well.

Linda added Source Naturals Wellness Herbal Resistance 2 oz or 4 oz and Herb Express Echinacea Goldenseal softgels.

Yvonne added Umcka Fast Actives- because they are easy to travel with, taste good, and work especially. for bronchial distress. covers both cold and flu with the added B&T AlphaCF (cold/flu homeopathic). Source Naturals Wellness Formula- tried and true always gets the job done and Herbs Express Throat Ease- works great on sore throats, and helping to stop a cold!

Mike C and Mike DLR both like Dr. Shen's Yin Chiao.  Mike DLR also like Dr Shen's Gan Mao Ling and Fungi Perfecti's MyCommunity.

Other staff favorites are the Wishgarden Kick-Ass Immune. Wishgarden will be added soon to our website- for now just call us and we'll add their products to your order- thanks!)

Katie recommends Wishgarden Kung Fu Fighter and the Kick Ass Sinus. She also is a fan of Gaia Osha Supreme Formula for stubborn lung and respiratory problems and Thayer's Slippery Elm Lozenges.

Heather suggested Eclectic Institute Propolis Astragalus Throat Spray, Gaia Herbs Olive Leaf Liquid Phyto Caps, and Natures Way Umcka Cold and Flu 4oz Berry.

Skip added Source Naturals Whey Protein because it contains 900mg of immunoglobulins and 190mg of lactoferrin per serving, boosting immunity and white blood cells. He also added Vitamin A in high dosage to help fight infection, especially upper respiratory, and Enzymatic Therapy Bronchial Soothe when nothing seems to help and good for all age groups at any time.

Sadly, the health of America continues its downward spiral. We're at the bottom of the list.

Happily we can avoid the whirlpool.

Pay close attention to your health and trust your inner intelligence!

Read all you can from many sources regarding health controversies and practices. Stay informed!

It finally showed up on the FDA’s own website,

Why Learn about Adverse Drug
Reactions (ADR)?

Institute of Medicine, National Academy Press, 2000
Lazarou J et al. JAMA 1998;279(15):1200–1205
Gurwitz JH et al. Am J Med 2000;109(2):87–94

  • Over 2 MILLION serious ADRs yearly
  • 100,000 DEATHS yearly
  • ADRs 4th leading cause of death ahead of pulmonary disease, diabetes, AIDS, pneumonia,accidents and automobile deaths
  • Ambulatory patients ADR rate—unknown
  • Nursing home patients ADR rate— 350,000 yearly

The latest updated report was published on 31 May in QuarterWatch, a publication
of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, a non-profit organization dedicated to
“medication error prevention and safe medication use” based in Horsham, Pennsylvania.
It calculated that in 2011 prescription drugs were associated with two to four million
people in the US experiencing “serious, disabling, or fatal injuries,” including 128 000

There is a problem here and it appears to be deep within the FDA. read it here.

Meanwhile, the FDA pursues an agenda of attacking nutritional supplements, and the
latest federal regulations classify some of these supplements as "potentially dangerous"-despite
the fact that the supplements have a record of safety that is astonishing.

Fluoridation and Health – Part One

Recently I got involved with a group that no longer wants fluoridated drinking water in San Francisco and
the Bay Area. The more one looks into this issue the deeper and darker it gets.

It appears that the levels are significant and actually put certain groups at risk, especially infants. The
Health Department knows this as well as many others including the Water Board. However, few new
mothers seem aware of the problem. The levels are high enough that if they are using water to feed their
baby formula as the main part of the diet they should not be using tap water. (Contrary to Wikipedia
regarding fluoridation- filtered water doesn’t remove fluoride. In fact the only way to remove it is through
expensive reverse osmosis systems.) So you need to use natural bottled water with full disclosures. Once in
the system fluoride becomes our problem to deal with and it is immense, check out

So if you know any new mothers or parents with young children who have them brushing with fluoride toothpastes, also tell them to check out the following website and treat fluoride as a toxic chemical requiring parental supervision for any child using fluoride toothpaste. Read and heed the label warnings! or better yet provide good health habits, sufficient calcium and avoid fluoride by using non-fluoride toothpaste.

The Science of Vitamin E (tocopherol)

Here are some scientific facts regarding Vitamin E. These are from The PDR (Physician’s Desk Reference) for Nutritional Supplements, and the thoroughly referenced HyperHealth data base. In all the extensive vitamin E studies there is not a single report of over dosage of Vitamin E in any form. (p.519, Physicians Desk Reference for Nutritional Supplements). Scientific research proves Vitamin E is one of the safest supplements one can take.

So here are facts from hundreds of individual studies:

  • The average human diet supplies 10mg (14.8 IU) of vitamin E daily and 30% of adults have low blood Vitamin E levels.
  • The usual therapeutic dosage of vitamin E is 400 – 800 IU per day.
  • Physicians and naturopaths use Vitamin E as an aid in treating fibrocystic breasts and premenstrual syndrome.
  • A deficiency of Vitamin E creates infertility. Tocopherol is Greek for “the ability to bear children” reflecting the importance of Vitamin E to fertility.
  • Vitamin E 400 to 1500 IU plus Vitamin C 500 to 1,000mgs daily reduced the risk of Alzheimer's disease by 64 to 78 percent.
  • The Institute of Medicine sets a daily upper limit of vitamin E at 1,500 IU. The National Academy of Sciences defines the "Tolerable Upper Intake Level” (UL) for vitamin E at 1,500 IU for natural vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol).
  • Athletes seeking to prevent Free Radical damage during and following exercise use 1,200 IU per day.
  • Dosages of up to 3,200 IU of Vitamin E used daily in a wide variety of subjects for periods of up to two years with no side (bad) effects.
  • Substances interfering with vitamin E absorption: chitosan, glucomannan, estrogens (contraceptive pill), chlorine, iron- as ferrous sulfate, pharmaceutical antibiotics, pharmaceutical antacids, the pharmaceuticals: cholestyramine-colestipol-probucol, olestra, alcohol, tobacco, fish oils and cod liver oils.
  • Using Pharmaceutical Anticoagulants, such as heparin, not to consume more than 400 IU per day of supplementary Vitamin E (combination can increase risk of excessive bleeding). However, Vitamin E is not a blood thinner but smoothes out blood cells increasing Heparin's potency.
  • Recommend avoiding vitamin E supplementation 2 to 4 weeks prior to surgery. Post surgically it is an aid in healing.

The Magic of Mushrooms

Mushrooms appear to learn mazes quicker and better than rats. They also represent the largest living organism on earth as illustrated in our comic strip of Professor Health. They are also one of the most highly valued components in the world's herbal arsenal of health nutrients affecting immunity, intelligence and countless biological systems.

The master Mushroom man Paul Stamets is presented here in a personal short video by Daryl Hannah. Paul Stamets is one of the world's leading mycologists and author of several reference works on medical mushrooms, he says "Lion's Mane mushroom mycelium is nature's nutrients for your neurons." It appears to stimulate nerve cells, nerve growth and has major implications for Alzheimer's and other mental health concerns.

Lion's Mane mushroom (Hericium Erinaceus) has been highly prized in Chinese traditional medicine. It was reserved for the Emperors and used by Chinese doctors as a curative for digestive tract problems such as ulcers, and stomach cancers. Its beta glucan polysaccharides, along with polypeptides and fatty acids have a lot to do with these curative effects.  Clinical studies have shown that these polysaccharides, along with adenosine and oleanolic acids, stimulate induction of interferons and modulation of the immune system, boosting the white blood cell count to help the healing process.  These substances also enhance the function of the gastric mucus barrier, accelerate the healing of ulcers, and exhibit anti-inflammatory effects.

Lion's Mane helps regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels.  It is completely safe, showing no signs of toxicity or side effects in any scientific research.  One of the most exciting areas of potential is its ability to help combat some of the symptoms and underlying causes of dementia and Alzheimer's disease as well as peripheral neurological dysfunction.

Super Savings Coupon

Enter the coupon code NY2013 when you check out on line and receive 10% off any order from now until January31, 2013!  You also may be chosen for a surprise free gift.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products listed in this newsletter are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult with your physician before taking any of these products.