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Today I'll be blogging about several products, because they have a lot in common: Essentials, HealthPak, MyHealthPak. They are what I believe to be the core nutritional products that everyone should consider taking. They are substitutes for one another - different combinations with the same goal of comprehensive nutrition.
First, the Essentials. Comprised of two Mega Antioxidant and Chelated Mineral tablets, taken twice a day (that's 8 pills a day), the Essentials are the core formula that Dr. Myron Wentz used in his research decades ago, and it's the formula that founded USANA - enhanced every few years. When I first joined USANA in 1996, I was taking the Essentials, and noticed a distinct improvement in my health. I used to tell people I was 22 going on 45. I had low energy, depression, hair loss, all kinds of things. The Essentials didn't magically cure me, but I felt better and my symptoms were reduced. I actually was told by a doctor that I had the health of a sedentary man in his mid 40s, and it would take years to reverse the damage done by ten Whoppers a week (yes, I'm serious). That was a wakeup call - I knew I had to change something, but it took years and several setbacks before I would have the epiphany to actually change my habits. Fast forward to 2009, with glimpses of stress, moves, family crises, horrible eating habits for the first decade.
When I was looking for a solution to my personal health crisis (no, you don't get the details), I remembered my positive experience with the Essentials, but knew I needed to unleash the Kraken on the free radicals I'd allowed to take over. Enter The HealthPak - USANA's top of the line multi-vitamin product. It's the Essentials plus an Active Calcium and an Antioxidant Booster with Grapeseed extract, Alpha Lipolic Acid, and as much resveratrol as you'd find in 5 bottles of wine. Read the science and research as deeply as I have, and you'll see it's truly powerful stuff - in travel-friendly packets instead of bottles. For most of the past 17 months, I've taken the HealthPak and seen a consistent improvement in a lot of health issues that I struggled with for a decade or longer. I used to feel old and weak, but not so much anymore. I used to struggle with physical energy, even to breathe at times, but it's much easier now. I know I'm on the right path.
MyHealthPak: Absolute genius. Who says, "I want to take the world's best-quality nutritional products and customize them into travel-friendly packets, with my name and custom label?" Whoever introduced the idea, you rock. Whoever convinced management to invest bajillions of dollars for the equipment, you rock also. Now, add in the special pills you can add in - higher, more cost-efficient doses like Proflavanol C200, Visionex DS, and CoQunone 100. I've created what I call a Zombie Plague Prevention Pack with the Essentials, vitamin D, along with Hepasil DTX and Proflavanol C200 - which use the new Hybrid Nutritional Technology. That's a whole other blog post.
With HealthPak and MyHealthPak, if a friend gets sick, I can offer to share a few packets along with the nutritional information, which is printed on the box. The sealed packets make certain that they're avoiding contamination. When I've shared the HealthPak, in most cases I've had the friend remark how much better they feel and how they're impressed with how fast they recovered - two days instead of a week. As for me: I've had one sick day in 17 months. Wait, I was sick? Yes, I admit it. I broke my wrist and for a month all but stopped taking my vitamins because I needed two hands to use the pill crusher. Someone at work got the sniffles, then another, then me. One Saturday I woke up with a familar headache. I got my wife's help to crush the Essentials, and added 2000 IU of vitamin D. Repeat twice a day. Sunday was rough, but I was walking around and making jokes. I took Monday off to be sure I didn't infect coworkers. I was able to attend meetings by phone and do all of my work, which as a database administrator requires mental focus. I have no doubt that the nutritional support was connected to my healing.*
This isn't a cure for the common cold. There isn't a "cure" - there is, however, the immune system. Let's use a military analogy, because, after all, the immune system is our internal version of the armed forces. When you send troops into a battle, do you starve them, or do you feed them well and give them tools to do their highly trained job? I once read that a Navy SEAL's training diet is over 10,000 calories a day. I'd rather have that guy defending my country with his bare hands than a 90 pound weakling trying to lift a sword.
Give your immune system what it needs to defend you from disease. As you can see from my experience above, if you stop getting the cold and flu for a year, you haven't cured it - your immune system is just dealing with invaders more effectively. It's also doing a better job defending you against free radicals that turn cholesterol into arterial plaque and turn healthy cells into cancerous cells. Cancer and heart disease are not inevitable. You can do something about them, too - with proper nutrition.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug
Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure,
or prevent any disease.