Friday, May 20, 2011

Are You AWAKE !!!

When did you wake up?

I woke up about 14 years ago when I was educated about the toxins in our homes in are cleaning & personal care products while researching healthier options for our family when my young son was diagnosed ADHD  It made a difference !

If you are just waking up, you can make the change today.

Choose GET CLEAN and get 15% off now & in the future with FREE Shaklee membership today.

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To Your Health,

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Blurry, Tired, Hungry, Tingly......

These symptoms could indicate Type 2 Diabetes.

Today we are continuing with Dr. Jamie McManus' letter on modifiable risk factors to reduce the risk of heart disease.  Do these describe you?  Read what can happen if left untreated and make changes.  If weight loss is indicated, follow for my journey.

To Your Health,

Modifiable Risk Factor 4:  Having Type 2 Diabetes…This is a serious and increasingly common disease in which the body doesn’t properly use insulin, the hormone produced by the pancreas that is responsible for transporting sugar in the blood into cells of the body where it can be metabolized.  Left untreated, blood sugar levels increase and will damage blood vessels, thus increasing the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.  Being overweight and sedentary are two big risk factors for developing Type 2 Diabetes, and once again, modest weight loss can help prevent diabetes from developing in the first place.  If you already have diabetes, weight loss, improvements in your diet and the addition of fiber can help to naturally improve your blood sugar control.  Regular visits to your health care provider are critical if you already have diabetes.  If you have a family member with diabetes or you are overweight, have your doctor screen you for diabetes, which can often be without symptoms until it is advanced.

To Be Continued.....

Dr. Jamie McManus MD, FAAFP

Chairman, Medical Affairs, Health Sciences & Education
Shaklee Corporation

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Did you know 1 in 3 American Adults....?

Today is Part 3 of a letter from Dr.Jamie McManus detailing modifiable risk factors to preventing Heart Disease.  I recently read that 1 in 3 American Adults have high cholesterol.  Read below for someways you can modify this risk factor.  Share with those you love.  Let's reach that 1 in 3 American Adults....

To Your Health,

Modifiable Risk Factor 2: Having high blood cholesterol levels….

You can have high cholesterol and not know it because in the early phases of accumulation of cholesterol plaque in your arteries, there are no symptoms! This build-up of plaque can narrow your arteries and reduce blood flow ultimately leading to arterial blockage or blood clots in arteries that feed the heart and brain. This in turn can cause a heart attack or stroke. Lifestyle changes like improving your diet and increasing your physical activity can help lower your cholesterol. Consistently eating a diet rich in whole grains, fresh fruit, vegetables, legumes and low fat sources of protein (like soy protein) can help lower cholesterol and protect your heart. The FDA has recognized that the consumption of 25 grams or more of soy protein per day may reduce your risk of heart disease. Choosing healthy sources of fats is also incredibly important. You need to limit your intake of saturated fat (the type found in beef, butter, cheese, and regular fat dairy products) and completely avoid trans fats (found in fast foods, bakery products, packaged snack foods and some margarines) as these have been clearly linked to increasing the risk of heart disease. Simultaneously, it is prudent to switch to monounsaturated fats (found in olive oil, avocado, nuts, and seeds), as regular consumption of these fats has been shown to decrease your risk of heart disease. Another important heart healthy fat is omega-3 fatty acids, a type of polyunsaturated fat found in foods like fish and flaxseed that may also help protect your heart by decreasing your risk of heart attack, protect against irregular heartbeats, and help to lower triglycerides and blood pressure. Fiber is another important part of a healthy diet. Look for dark breads that contain at least 3 grams of fiber per serving and whole grain cereals that provide at least 6 grams of fiber per serving.

Fiber supplements that provide at least 5 grams of fiber, preferably a blend of soluble and insoluble fiber are a prudent addition for anyone dealing with elevated lipids.

To Be Continued.....

Dr. Jamie McManus MD, FAAFP

Chairman, Medical Affairs, Health Sciences & Education
Shaklee Corporation

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Know the First Sign of Heart Disease in Men?

Know the

First Sign


Heart Disease

  in Men

Sudden Death!

February is Heart Health Awareness Month and today is part 2 of a letter shared by Dr. Jamie McManus on real steps you can take now.  This is a risk factor I am working on modifying.  You can follow me or join along at

To Your Health,

Modifiable Risk Factors 1:  Being overweight or obese

If you are like 65% of Americans who are overweight or obese, the number one thing you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease is to achieve a healthy weight.  Too much body fat, especially around your waist, puts you at higher risk.  Being overweight or obese also increases your risk of other conditions like high cholesterol and triglycerides, stroke and Type 2 Diabetes.  So by losing weight, you can begin to reduce your risk of heart disease.   And the good news is you don’t have to lose a lot of weight to start to improve your health.  Modest weight loss of even as little as 5-10% can significantly improve your cholesterol, blood pressure and risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

To Be Continued....

Dr. Jamie McManus MD, FAAFP

Chairman, Medical Affairs, Health Sciences & Education
Shaklee Corporation

Monday, February 7, 2011

#1 Killer of Women

 The #1 Killer of Women is Heart Disease.

February is Heart Health Awareness Month!  Many of you were asked to wear red this past Friday to help raise awareness.  Raising awareness is great if you are going to do something or you know what to do when you are aware.  Over the next several days I will be sharing portions of a letter from Dr. Jamie McManus advocating some real steps you can take now.  Keep coming back.

To Your Health,


Your heart – it beats an average 100,000 times a day and pumps the equivalent of 2,000 gallons of blood each day. Imagine what workhorses our hearts must be!…so vital to our life and yet not well taken care of by most of us. Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming close to a million lives each year. Over 30 million Americans live with the burden of heart disease; 60 million Americans have been diagnosed with hypertension, a major risk factor for heart disease.

While traditionally considered a “man’s disease,” heart disease has become a serious health challenge for women as well. Cardiovascular disease kills over 500,000 women each year, more than the next seven causes of death combined. To give you a perspective, 1 in every 2.5 women will die of heart disease and stroke, compared to 2 in every 30 women who will die from breast cancer. What may be the most important information is that heart disease in women presents with different symptoms and physicians tend to under-diagnose the disease in women. In fact, more than half of women who die of coronary heart disease have either had no classic symptoms, or have been misdiagnosed as anxiety, stress or musculosketetal disorders. Part of the challenge comes from the fact that coronary artery disease in women tends to present with symptoms like shortness of breath or fatigue rather than the classic “crushing” substernal pain that is more typical in men. Research conduced by NIH with 515 women surprisingly revealed that fewer than 30% of women reported having chest pain or discomfort prior to their heart attacks, and 43% reported having no chest pain at all during any phase of the attack. The most common symptoms they reported were unusual fatigue, sleep disturbances, and shortness of breath. So, whether you are male or female, today is the day to put your heart health on the radar screen.

So, let’s talk about that you can do. First of all, let’s assess your risk and then determine what you can do to lower your risks. Yes, there is much you can do to hopefully prevent a catastrophic event from happening to you down the road!

The seven major risk factors for coronary artery disease are:

1) family history,
2) obesity,
3) hypertension,
4) elevated cholesterol and triglycerides,
5) Type 2 Diabetes,
6) smoking and
7) sedentary lifestyle.

Well, only one of these risk factors is not in your control. You cannot change your family history, but knowledge is good…so, if your family tree includes heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes, it behooves you to look at the other 6 risk factors – because these are all modifiable risks that you have control over! Knowing our risk factors is the first step in preventing heart disease. Once you know your risk factors, you can begin to take the steps needed to reducing your chances of developing heart disease.

To Be Continued......

Dr. Jamie McManus MD, FAAFP
Chairman, Medical Affairs, Health Sciences & Education
Shaklee Corporation

Sunday, January 2, 2011

I Give A Shake!

Happy New Year!

We'd like to take this opportunity to tell you about a new project we are excited to be taking on for 2011.

As many of you know, our son Steven serves in the USMC. People often ask me how they can support our military members. We have taken on a project supporting an organization called "Operation Gratitude" and we are asking that you help make a difference along with us.

Operation Gratitude has shipped over 600,000 packages to our American Military deployed overseas. The packages consist of various items that our men and women in uniform can always use.

Carolyn Blashek, President of Operation Gratitude responded, "Yes!!!...” when asked if our Shaklee Cinch shakes could be of use. Her actual response was "Yes!!!, Those shakes would be fantastic and any amount would be wonderful". So far, Shaklee family members have donated over 200 packets and would really like to make an even bigger difference. Our goal is to supply them with over 100,000 packets! So we are asking for your support.

If every Shaklee business leader, member & friend would donate just 1 box of Cinch packets, we would easily meet our goal!

We've set up a page on our Shaklee Personal Website where you can learn more about the organization and or buy boxes of Cinch to be shipped to Operation Gratitude. Please feel free to visit 

Once your order is place, please forward this email letter and webpage link to all your customers, friends, family, etc. This is a great way to support our deployed troops.

This will be an ongoing project for us, we hope it will be for you too. This is not a "have to", it's a possibility to do good with our wonderful Cinch shakes.

Let's make this a way to show our military how much we are grateful for their service. Let's be a part of taking care of the people who take care of us!

Please feel free to call if you have any questions, we are Eastern Standard Time :-)

Thank you for supporting our troops and saying I Give A Shake!

To Your Health!
Lisa Sugrue

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Non-Toxic Craft

My friend, Kristina Diaz, made another appearance on Better CT and shared this *non-toxic craft to do with your children.  Enjoy! 

To Your Health,

*If you decide to make them permanent by adding shellac, they will no longer be non-toxic.