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August 2009 - Print | Index

Hello from Vitamin Express! Where you will find personal service, fantastic products, nutritional information, and discounted prices.

We hope you enjoy our August newsletter, longer than usual, but great to read.

  • Editorial comment on the new Health Care Legislation
  • Omega3 supplementation - a way to save lives and money
  • Vitamin D supplementation - a way to save lives and money
  • Coconut Oil - Betty's personal story
  • Cartoon based on science
  • CDP Choline story and news story link
  • Summer Quarter Specials
  • Super Discount Code

Our super weekly special is updated every Wednesday. Great products- great price!!!

Best of Health!

First Place winner in the 2009 Best Place to Buy Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements in the San Francisco Bay Area sponsored by the SF Chronicle and SFGATE through 2009 BayList. Thanks again for this honor!

The Vitamin Express Newsletter Team
Michael LeVesque
President, Vitamin Express

Health of a Nation

"These are the times that try men's souls." Thomas Paine wrote these words influenced by the wisdom of the Age of Enlightenment, the Iroquois Indian Nation philosophy, and his revolutionary compatriots to forge the concept of a democracy with such scope and depth never before seen. It was the first time the term  the "United States of America" was used.

Those first words from the book, "The Crisis", made the revolution worth fighting for and literally changed the course of history giving the American revolutionaries their call to fight. This enabled George Washington to cross the Delaware and gain the major military victory against overwhelming odds.

Thomas Jefferson saw to it that the first line of the Declaration of Independence stated "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal." Due to the American Indian influence this meant all mankind- men women, children, serf, slaves, elderly, all forms of differences. This was new to the Western world!

Patrick Henry went on to harangue for hours before the Continental Congress until at last they saw the merits and approved the Bill of Rights in the US Constitution. Otherwise, it would have been a document of structure and operation of government only. Business as usual.

What we owe our forefathers is unlimited gratitude and appreciation for their courage to brave a revolution of thought and substance with such power and insight that much of it remains almost 250 years after wards.

Eric Hoffer, a retired dock work in San Francisco and writer up until his death stated it clearly. The great writings of the world that produce change are short and clear. Then they are followed by large volumes of works explaining them. Similar to science, we find e=mc2 followed by volumes explaining the statement.

Benjamin Rush was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He was an imminent physician and stated that the US Constitution include the following:

Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an underground dictatorship… To restrict the art of healing to one class of men and deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic and have no place in a republic… The Constitution of this republic should make special privilege for medical freedom as well as religious freedom.

Our legislators wish to reform health care. Our citizens wish to reform health care. What we are offered is a 1,000 page document of rules and regulations. This is not reform. This is an administration manual and is putting the cart before the horse.

We need a short paragraph of revolutionary thought that confirms the meaning of the word "CHANGE". We need a statement that includes the wisdom of Benjamin Rush, long overdue, combined with the intelligence of what it requires to guarantee freedom of development, protection from greed that acts to control choice, and a commitment to a good environment that protects and produces health in this modern age. Then after wards we can work out the details.

The brilliant minds offering health alternatives need to have a voice and the protection to be heard. The alternative forms of medicine need to be heard and protected, the conventional mode of medicine needs to be evaluated and reports made public and protected from outside influences to distort facts.

Otherwise, it is business as usual and a continuation in the downward spiral of the health of the citizens of the Unites States of America. We need freedom from the present day tyranny and greed of our medical system and insurance system.

Let the government present a core bill that simply and clearly states its intention and vision for securing the health of this nation and the protection of its citizen's health. We do not need more corporate lobbyists and administrators offering as law a 1,000 page document that's longer than "Gone with the Wind." We have already seen what happens when a large document gets passed unread. The Patriot's Act is a blight on our freedom and no patriot of Thomas Paine's age would ever have consented to vote, endorse or enforce such a 500 page document. Let's not have business as usual. Let's have CHANGE.- Michael LeVesque

Here's a good link for how to pay for our nation's health insurance.

Omega-3 Deficiency Causes 96,000 US Deaths Annually

Omega-3 deficiency is the sixth biggest killer of Americans and more deadly than excess trans fat intake, according to a new study.

Harvard University researchers looked at 12 dietary, lifestyle and metabolic risk factors such as tobacco smoking and high blood pressure and used a mathematical model to determine how many fatalities could have been prevented if better practices had been observed.

The study, jointly funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Association of Schools of Public Health, drew on 2005 data from the US National Health Center for Health Statistics. They determined that there were 72,000-96,000 preventable deaths each year due to omega-3 deficiency, compared to 63,000-97,000 for high trans fat intake.

“This is a very interesting analysis,” said Andrew Shao, PhD, vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs at the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). “I think this analysis reinforces the long-held notion that the diet has a tremendously powerful impact on health and longevity and that the consumption of omega-3’s (along with fruits and veggies) by Americans is far from adequate.”

But he questioned the precision of the study findings due to complicating factors that had not been addressed.

“It is hard to say how definitive their findings are as far as the numbers are concerned, since chronic diseases and associated deaths are multifactorial,” he told “As far as diet goes, is it the lack of fruits and veggies or the excess animal and processed foods that is the culprit? It is hard to say.”

He added that the study did not consider other key nutrients such as vitamin D.

Shao’s counterpart at the Natural Products Association, Dan Fabricant, PhD, emphasized the potential public health care savings that could be derived from better nutrition, especially in tight economic times, but called for further study.

“We need more clinical research that nails down why omega-3 is so effective,”“This seems to be the last missing piece for omega-3s in terms of clarifying the picture for governmental/regulatory bodies of its efficacy.” Fabricant said.

Shao added the study highlighted the importance of establishing a dietary reference intake (DRI) for omega-3 forms, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).

“Once these requirements are established, the government can undertake initiatives to improved Americans’ intake of these critical nutrients,” he observed. “But until that happens, Americans are likely to continue to fall short in their omega-3 intake, and we see a glimpse of what the consequence can be from this study.”

The study will do no harm to the omega-3 industry, with the world’s leading supplier, Ocean Nutrition Canada, calling the results “shocking”.

“…this new study validates that Omega-3 EPA/DHA is more than just part of a healthy's a matter of life and death," said Ocean Nutrition Canada's vice president of marketing and communications, Lori Covert.

"We know that daily doses of Omega-3 EPA/DHA can help with many conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, and we're committed to increasing consumer awareness about the drastic Omega-3 EPA/DHA deficiency in the Western diet,” Covert said.

Tobacco smoking ranked as the highest risk factor with 436,000 to 500,000 attributed preventable deaths, followed by high blood pressure (372,000 to 414,000), obesity (188,000 to 237,000), physical inactivity (164,000 to 222,000), high blood glucose (163,000 to 217,000), high LDL cholesterol (94,000 to 124,000) and high salt intake (97,000 to 107,000).

The other risk factors were alcohol use; low polyunsaturated fatty acids; low fruits and vegetables intake and alcohol use.

by Shane Starling
Source: Public Library of Science Medicine Journal Vol. 6, April, 2009
‘The Preventable Causes of Death in the United States: Comparative Risk Assessment of Dietary, Lifestyle, and Metabolic Risk Factors’
Authors: Goodarz Danaei, Eric L Ding, Dariush Mozaffarian, Ben Taylor, Jurgen Rehm, Christopher J L Murray, Majid Ezzati

Vitamin D levels in children "shocking"!

"We expected the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency would be high, but the magnitude of the problem nationwide was shocking," said Dr. Juhi Kumar of Children's Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center. In fact up to 70% of the children had low blood levels of Vitamin D

Doc Gurley on SFGATE has an excellent blog looking at this problem in depth.

Back in 1999 we posted our information regarding Vitamin D suggesting a level 4,000iu as necessary for health. Vindication is a small reward compared to the excitement of witnessing doctors recognizing benefits from nurtritional supplementation!

Here are two paragraphs of the excellent writing of Doc Gurley regarding Vitamin D, be sure to read the rest of her blog at SFGATE.

Low vitamin D has been linked to a host of modern health problems - not just weak bones and fractures in the elderly, but also increased rates of breast and prostate cancers, and increased rates of heart disease and diabetes (including that trio of problems called the "metabolic syndrome" - diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease). Low vitamin D has also been shown to be reversibly linked to reduced muscle mass and chronic, non-specific pain syndromes - in other words, you replace the vitamin D and the problem goes away. Finally, vitamin D regulates the immune system - some of the best quality research shows (down to the receptor level) the role of low vitamin D in Type I diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and inflammatory bowel disease. Vitamin D's role in these autoimmune-type diseases may explain the long-observed distribution of these diagnoses - they are increasingly more prevalent among people who grew up at higher and higher latitudes on the globe (where there is significantly less sun). Vitamin D, more controversially, has also been linked to obesity - and, when matched weight-for-weight and activity-for-activity, it may be why some people develop Type II diabetes, while others do not.
Could our plagues of modern, chronic, expensive illnesses (diseases that are eating up our collective healthcare budget) be worsened by the lack of a simple, cheap, easy to take supplement? You could say we suffer from these problems because our lives have changed dramatically in only a few generations (we're now generally sedentary, indoors, stressed, with too much available to eat) - but is the final common pathway of that change manifested, physiologically, by lower vitamin D?

American Centenarian Credits Long Life to "God and Coconut Oil"

On March 19th, 2009 Ella Bess Baker Jackson, known as “Betty” turned 100 years old in Laguna Woods, California. In reaching her hundredth birthday, Betty has taken her place among the ranks of the more than 84,000 unflappable American men and women that now sit at the century mark. Betty has a secret, however. While she has practiced good nutrition all her life, she firmly believes that her strong faith and her use of a very special coconut oil hold the key to her longevity.

Betty was born in rural Texas in 1909. It was the year that Ernest Shackleton located the South Pole, construction began on the RMS Titanic, the US Navy founded Pearl Harbor, the Indianapolis Speedway held its very first event, the NAACP was formed, and Joan of Arc was beatified. In 1909 you could buy a dozen eggs for about .26, two rolls of toilet paper for a nickel, rent a three room apartment in New Jersey for about $15 a month, and take the train from New York to Chicago for $27 round-trip.

As a child, Betty worked in the cotton fields of Texas but had always wanted to teach. She enrolled in Teacher’s College right after high school. It was during her college days that friends began calling curly-haired “Ella Bess” by the name of “Betty” after the popular, animated cartoon character “Betty Boop.” She has been “Betty” ever since. She would go on to teach religious education to all grade levels in a one-room, Texas school house.

Betty met the love of her life in the local soda shop! She eloped with Clarence Paul Jackson and had two daughters in the 1930’s. As The Great Depression descended upon America, the young family looked to California for new opportunities, a new life, and a new faith.

Clarence’s first job in The Golden State was driving a construction truck with bad brakes from the very top to the very bottom of The Hoover Dam. After that, he brought his family to East Los Angeles where he sold Hoover Vacuums, worked in a battery factory, and finally settled with The Richfield Oil Corporation in Wilmington, California.

In 1941, with a $300 down payment, Betty and Clarence bought a home in Carson, California. It had a chicken coup, rabbit pens, and a WWII “victory garden.” It was in this house that they would start a church and hold Sunday school classes. Betty would also return to teaching and was soon hired by the US government to teach Japanese-American children detained on Terminal Island in San Pedro, California. She would remain committed to religious education for the next 4 decades.

Betty and Clarence had 19 wonderful years of retirement together until his death in 1987. In 1989 she moved to a new home in Laguna Woods. At 80 years old, she painted her new house and even made her own curtains. It was that same year that Betty discovered the riveting health and wellness secrets of coconut oil.

Betty uses coconut oil on her skin, including her face. She also puts coconut oil in hot tea, but it’s not just “any” coconut oil. She uses a very special coconut oil made by Jarrow Formulas, a supplier of superior nutritional supplements based in Los Angeles.

Jarrow Formulas ( carries an extra virgin coconut oil that Betty claims has an “anti-wrinkle effect, is soothing to skin irritations, and boosts the immune system when taken internally.” Jarrow Formulas’ coconut oil is organic and made from the fresh flesh of the coconut palm fruit. It is 100% unrefined and expeller pressed in a controlled, indoor environment … a special process that uses no artificial solvents. It can also be used for cooking and baking.

Known as a highly nutritious and healthy oil, coconut oil is about 50% lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid (MCFA) with anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial properties. Researchers also credit the MCFA’s found in coconut oil with stimulating the metabolism to promote weight loss. Betty claims that she has been using Jarrow Formula’s Extra Virgin Coconut Oil “for as long as they have been making it.” Since the company was founded in 1977, that is a considerable amount of time.

And time, is what Betty has had on her side. Her amazing life spans two World Wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Middle East conflicts, the tragedy of 911, the advent of the car, the plane, the television, the internet, the cell phone, Facebook, and Twitter.

She has been a daughter, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, a great-great grandmother, a teacher, a painter and a woman of great faith. When asked what she would still like to accomplish after her more a century of life, she says to have her message about the wonders of coconut oil reach thousands of people.

Betty has had a long and colorful journey and offers this compelling advice to young people during these difficult times, “have a strong spiritual base, never give up on anything, always maintain a sense of gratefulness … and don’t forget the coconut oil.”

Betty remains today the teacher that she has always been. It is up to us to learn from her.

By Trish Mahon
Jarrow Formulas
Marketing Department

Life as it's Lived

The artist is David Steinhardt, also an excellent muralist in San Francisco.

Big Differences in the World of Multivitamins

First of all, when it comes to dietary supplements, there is the health-food store standard, also backed by the orthomolecular approach.  Next, there is the emerging concept that food-based supplements with low potencies are the answer.  Both of these are somewhat on the same side of the fence.  Why?  They both believe in purity and active ingredients for maximum absorption and assimilation.

Then, on the other side of the fence we have the pharmaceutical drugstore multivitamins.  They actually are the ones that the public most frequently purchases.  Not only are their potencies usually much lower, but they differ in tableting and excipients used.  And all too often the form of the multivitamins differ, with the pharmaceutical brand multivitamin far more often using a synthetic form of a particular vitamin or mineral (e.g., Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) instead of Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)) that is far inferior in quality to that of the natural or other form found in a brand sold in health-food stores.

Additives and Quality

Often overlooked by consumers who see generic vitamin names on multivitamin labels and rarely look beyond, additives and quality are nevertheless of paramount importance.  And it is here where the two types of multivitamins have important differences.

Just consider one of the top-selling multiples in the marketplace, which happens to be a drug-store multiple supplement for seniors.  It is highly endorsed by both MDs and pharmacists.  First, let's look at its excipients (the extra chemicals needed to make the tablet, complete the filling of the capsule, or added for some other unknowable reason):

Polyethylene Glycol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Pregelatinized Corn Starch, Sodium Benzoate, Sucrose, Talc, Maltodextrin, Calcium Stearate, Sodium Aluminosilicate, Sunflower Oil, Colloidal Silicon Dioxide, Corn Starch, Crospovidone, FD&C Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Red No. 40 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake, Gelatin, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Hypromellose, and Modified Food Starch.

Do you want or need all those extra excipients?  How do they affect assimilation?  How do they affect your health?

A crash course in additives will quickly help you decide, so read about them - all are easily found on the internet and known by other common names; such as Crosprovidone, which is PVP, and hypromellose as HPMC.  When all of these additives are researched one wonders how they could possibly pass California's strict anti-carcinogen Proposition-65 requirements for human ingestion since some are related to chemicals that are carcinogens.  Does this make the critics correct?

Regarding quality of the drug-store multivitamin, one of the most important differences is the use of the "dl" synthetic, and inferior, form of Vitamin E (which form has no biological activity).  The formula has many other inferior forms of nutrients to name a few: Sodium selenate (a form of selenium that is not chelated and is easily reduced by Vitamin C into unabsorbable selenium); an unknown amount of sodium; a nonchelated (and therefore less-viable) form of zinc; and all at such low potencies that researchers consider them ineffective as discussed further on.

Let's now look at a typical health-food store multivitamin and see the difference. Here are the common excipients (some times limited to only rice powder): 

Cellulose, stearic acid (vegetable), modified cellulose, magnesium stearate, silica. Coating: vegetable food glaze.

Here is another example:

Cellulose, magnesium, stearate, silica dioxide, modified cellulose gum

Followed usually on most bottles with a statement similar to this:

Free of the most common allergens such as yeast, rice, barley, wheat, lactose (milk sugar) and all milk, fish and egg products. No added flavorings, sugars, salt, artificial sweeteners, coloring, preservatives or salicylates.

The actual vitamins are the most-active forms, such as the natural "d" forms of Vitamin E and usually meaningful portions of newer nutrients such as lutein, which in the "drug store" variety had a quarter of a milligram and less than a third of a milligram of lycopene both of which should measure five to ten milligrams to approach an effective dose.  Also, when iron is present in the formula, most frequently it is ferrous-sulfate - a form of iron that causes constipation and interferes with Vitamin-E absorption.  The health-food store vitamin formulas also take into account proper ratios of minerals and B vitamins.

CDP Choline

Here is a link to a news report from CBS posted on YouTube regarding CDP Choline. More vindication! Wow, we're on a roll. It's not business as usual. It's enlightenment! and it's great to have others doing education.

CDP Choline aids in the biosynthesis of acetycholine. It is a form of choline that helps produce phosphatidyl choline in the membranes of brain cells improving mental performance.

Some of our items on Sale from our BIG list.The items below are on special from July 1 to September 30.

Carlson Laboratories Very Finest Fish Oil 200 ml $24.90 $18.65
Carlson Laboratories Cardi-Rite 180 Tabs $49.90 $37.40
Doctor's Best Extra Strength Ginkgo 120 Caps $14.99 $10.50
Doctor's Best Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM 240 Caps $46.99 $32.85
Enzymatic Therapy Acidophilus Pearls 90 pearls $39.95 $29.95
Enzymatic Therapy DGL (Fructose Free) 100 Chewable Tabs $13.50 $9.95
Flora Udo's 3*6*9 Oil Blend 180 Caps $33.79 $26.95
Flora Flor-Essence 2.2 oz $35.99 $28.80
Jarrow Formulas Curcumin 95™ 500mg 60 Caps $14.50 $10.85
Jarrow Formulas Alpha Lipoic Sustain 300mg 60 Tabs $24.95 $18.70
LifeTime Tung Hai, Chlorella 500mg 150 Tabs $15.50 $11.60
LifeTime Liquid Cal-Mag Citrate (Lemon Custard) 16 oz. $11.25 $8.45
New Chapter Every Woman 180 Tabs $79.95 $50.95
New Chapter Zyflamend 120 Softgels $58.95 $35.37
Natural Factors Wild Alaska Salmon Oil 180 Softgels $19.95 $12.60
Natural Factors Thyrosense 60 Vegicaps $14.99 $11.25
Nature's Life Soft Gelatin Multiple 120 Softgels $29.59 $19.95
Nature's Life Reinforce Bone Formula 250 Caps $30.09 $19.95
Nordic Naturals Children's DHA 90 Softgels $14.95 $12.70
Nordic Naturals Children's DHA 180 Softgels $23.95 $20.35
NOW Acetyl-L Carnitine 500mg 100 Caps $39.99 $25.95
NOW Super Primrose 1300mg 120 Softgels $22.99 $14.95
Nature's Way Chlorofresh 90 Softgels $13.99 $8.95
Nature's Way Super Thisilyn® 60 VegiCaps $24.99 $16.25
Oregon's Wild Harvest Organic Astragalus 375mg 90 Vegicaps $11.99 $9.60
Oregon's Wild Harvest Turmeric 503mg 60 Vegicaps $17.99 $14.40
Pure Essence Labs Candex 120 VegiCaps $59.99 $41.95
Pure Essence Labs Ionic-Fizz Calcium Plus 420 grams $34.99 $24.50
Paradise Herbs Acai 60 VegiCaps $19.95 $11.95
Paradise Herbs Resveratrol + Ginger 60 Vegicaps $24.99 $17.95
Natren Healthy Trinity 14 Caps $29.95 $22.45
Natren Healthy Start System (Dairy Free) 3 x 30 Caps $35.95 $26.95
Rainbow Light Food-Based Calcium 180 Tabs $20.95 $12.55
Rainbow Light Counter Attack Immuno-Response 90 Tabs $33.25 $21.60
Hyland's Calms Forte For Kids 125 Tabs $6.49 $4.85
Hyland's Muscle Therapy Gel with Arnica 3 oz. $7.99 $5.95

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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.