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Wen - March Chat 2017

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Happy March everyone! 


Chaz has his latest wenderful Wen TSV scheduled for Friday, March 24th. The WEN by Chaz Dean Cleanse, Style & Finish 4-Pc Collection TSV will be $59.96 which is an excellent value. -- At QVC, the 32oz Classic Conditioner sells for $49.50 and the 6oz Classic Styling Creme sells for $24.


From what I can see in the QVC listings, at this point, it looks as though any new orders for the upcoming TSV won't ship until March 24th so you may want to wait until March 24th (when Chaz is on air) to order them. From what we can gather, Chaz's on air time at QVC is based on his sales during his QVC shows. *s*


More Wen orders during Chaz's shows = more Wen shows on QVC for Chaz (and us). Smiley Happy


I've included some additional information on the upcoming Wen TSV below.


There is a photo of the upcoming Wen TSV in the second post of this thread. And in the third post, folks who are new to Wen will find some great links to Wen info and great Wen threads.


Thank you Chaz (and Wen Dooters) for this latest, greatest TSV value!!!


-- bebe Smiley Happy




P.S. The Spring Gardenia Green Tea (SGGT) products are on sale at Chaz's site (thanks to @HappyDaze $49.96 for 4 oz Spring oils- is that a good price? thread for this info): 


* 32oz Cleansing Conditioner -- $36

* 4oz Treatment Oil -- $36

* 6oz Replenishing Treatment Mist -- $20








WEN by Chaz Dean Cleanse, Style & Finish 4-Pc Collection



QVC price (if available after March 24th) -- $73.00
March 24th TSV price -- $59.96 


S&H: $3.00







Our cleansers won't strip color or your hair's own natural oils, leaving it soft, shiny & hydrated. Our styling products nourish the hair with botanicals & extracts hold your style & help protect your hair throughout the day.


The 32oz Cleansing Conditioner and 6oz Styling Creme are available in all six Classic scents: Sweet Almond Mint (SAM), Tea Tree (TT), Fig (FIG), Lavender (LAV), Cucumber Aloe (CA), and Pomegranate (POM). -- This is great because QVC frequently doesn't include the Cucumber Aloe option. -- Except for the Pomegranate Cleansing Conditioner  (which is soy based), all of the other CCs are wheat based,


This 4-piece TSV collection includes:

(1) 32 oz.fl oz Classic Cleansing Conditioner - $49.50 at QVC

(1) 6 oz Classic Styling Creme - $24 at QVC

(1) 10 oz Light Finishing Treatment Spray 

(1) 16 fl oz Light Cleansing Conditioner. 


Cannot ship to AK, HI, PR, VI, GUAM.



Note: FYI, and what a shame for @SurferWife and @AlohaSun 







Light by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioner 

Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Amodimethicone, Bamboo Water, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Wild Cherry Fruit Extract, Basil Extract, Lavender Flower Extract, Cedarwood Extract, Eucalyptus Leaf Extract, Orange Flower Extract, Bergamot Fruit Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Passion Fruit Flower Extract, Goji Fruit Extract, Acai Fruit Extract, Lemon Peel Extract, Bamboo Extract, Seaweed Extract, Mandarin Orange Peel Oil, Chamomile Flower Leaf Extract, Marigold Flower Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Black Tea Leaf Extract, White Tea Leaf Extract, Rooibos Red Tea Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, L-Valine, L-Threonine, L-Proline, L-Isoleucine, L-Phenylaline, L-Histidine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, Glycine, Menthol, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Citric Acid, Polysorbate-60, PCA, Glycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate-20,  Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance. 

Light by Chaz Dean Finishing Treatment Spray 

Alcohol Denat., Hydrofluorocarbon 152a, Water, Octylacrylamide/Acrylates/Butylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Polyurethane-14, Bamboo Water, Lavender Flower Extract, Eucalyptus Leaf Extract, Basil Extract, Bergamot Leaf Extract, Orange Peel Extract, Cedarwood Extract, Mandarin Orange Peel Oil, Green Tea Leaf Extract, White Tea Leaf Extract, Rooibos Red Tea Extract, Black Tea Leaf Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, L-Valine, L-Threonine, L-Proline, L-Isoleucine, L-Phenylaline, L-Histidine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, Glycine, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), AMP-Acrylates Copolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Glycerin, Triethyl Citrate, PEG/PPG-17/18 Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, PCA, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Lactate, Fragrance, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Gamma Terpinene. 

Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner 

Water, Aloe Vera Gel, Glycerin, Chamomile Extract, Cherry Bark Extract, Calendula Extract, Rosemary Extract, Behentrimonium Chloride, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Cetyl Alcohol, Emulsifying Wax, Panthenol, Trimethylsilylamodimethicone, Hydrolyzed Whole Wheat Protein, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Menthol, Essential Oils, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance. 

Sweet Almond Mint Styling Creme 

Water, Propylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethiconol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polyacrylamide, Sweet Almond Fruit Extract, Peppermint Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Laureth-7, Diazolidinyl Carbamide, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance. 

Tea Tree Cleansing Conditioner 

Water, Aloe Vera Gel, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Rosemary Extract, Wild Cherry Fruit Extract, Chamomile Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Panthenol Pro-Vitamin B5, Trimethylsilylamodimethicone, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Polysorbate 60, Menthol, Essential Oils, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Citric Acid. 

Tea Tree Styling Creme 

Water, Propylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethiconol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polyacrylamide, Tea Tree Leaf Oil, Lavender Extract, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Peppermint Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Laureth-7, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyglycerin, Methylisothiazolinone. 

Fig Cleansing Conditioner 

Water, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Wild Cherry Fruit Extract, Fig Extract, Chamomile Extract, Marigold Flower Extract, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Amodimethicone, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Polysorbate 60, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Menthol, Sweet Almond Oil, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Citric Acid, Essential Oils. 

Fig Styling Creme 

Water, Prpylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethiconol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polyacrylamide, Laureth-7, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Aloe Vera Leaf Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance. 

Cucumber Aloe Cleansing Conditioner 

Water, Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Chamomile Extract, Marigold Flower Extract, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Menthol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Amodimethicone, Polysorbate 60, Witch Hazel, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Avocado Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Citric Acid, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Essential Oils. 


Cucumber Aloe Styling Creme 

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Sclerotium Gum, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone, Trimethylsilylamodimethicone, Panthenol(Pro-Vitamin B5), Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parfum, Propylene Glycol. 

Lavender Cleansing Conditioner 

Water, Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Lavender Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Chamomile Extract, Marigold Flower Extract, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Amodimethicone, Lavender Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Witch Hazel, Ceteareth-20, Sweet Almond Oil, Menthol, Avocado Oil, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Citric Acid. 

Lavender Styling Creme 

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Sclerotium Gum, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone, Trimethylsilylamodimethicone, Lavender Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Lavender Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyglycerin, Propylene Glycol. 

Pomegranate Cleansing Conditioner 

Water, Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Pomegranate Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Chamomile Extract, Marigold Flower Extract, Wild Cherry Fruit Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Sweet Almond Oil, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Menthol, Glycerin, Amodimethicone, Polysorbate-60, Fragrance, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Citric Acid. 

Pomegranate Styling Creme 

Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethiconol, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polyacrylamide, Pomegranate Oil, Laureth-7, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Pomegranate Extract, Fragrance. 


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Since the Classic 32oz Cleansing Conditioner sells for $49.50 at QVC and the 6oz Classic Styling Creme sells for $24 at QVC this, as always, is another great TSV value from Chaz!!! Smiley Happy


Thank you Chaz!!!


-- bebe Smiley Happy


P.S. I'm also going to wait until March 24th to order it, so that my order gets counted towards Chaz's "on air" sales which seem to determine how often Chaz is on air at QVC. *s*






Ships 3/24 WEN by Chaz Dean Cleanse, Style & Finish 4-Pc Collection
Ships 3/24 WEN by Chaz Dean Cleanse, Style & Finish 4-Pc Collection



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Re: Wen - March Chat 2017

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Welcome New Wenners!! 



This is a really fun place to hang out, ask any questions, learn more about Wen, and share the latest inside info. -- The Wen Abbreviations Glossary has a cheat cheat for all the Wen acronyms that we use. -- The How many pumps or how much WEN? thread gives some helpful suggestions. The use fewer pumps for 613 Cleansing Conditioner than for other CCs & suggested number of pumps to use thread has some good information as well, but it's an older thread and has incomplete information.


In this first message, I've tried to include a number of key links to topics that may be of interest to you. The Wen FAQ - the key Wen links thread offers streamlined links to a variety of Wen information, while the Wen 101 thread offers more comprehensive information (start with the Wen FAQ though, it's easier to navigate and parts of Wen 101 still need to be updated). 


We also use the monthly chat thread (Wen - March Chat 2017) for "live" chats during Chaz's and Gina's Wen shows on QVC. Feel free to join in these Wen show chats. It's a great way to get to know fellow Wenners and it's a lot of fun. 



Three extremely popular thread to have a look through are Hilary's What Cleansing Conditioner Did You Use Today? thread as well MissKlynn's What Wen products did you use up, or open this week? and Kjelle's What WEN Did You Buy This Week? thread. These threads have ongoing discussions about the Wen products people are using and how they're using these products. Especially for new Wenners, just reading these threads daily will give you a better handle on the best ways for you to use your Wen products. If you're really zealous, of course, you can read the whole thread! But, for most people, just reading the latest entries are enough.



Hilary's great Benefits of Oils and sonechko's great What is your Most Favorite Wen Oil? threads provide a lot of information about how to incorporate the oils into your Wen hair care routine. And Hilary's I Am Even More in Love With the Wen Oils!!! and the Treatment Oils in the Classic line - which oils have worked, and which haven't? threads have more great information. -- A lot of Wenners find that their hair really benefits from using the Wen Treatment Oils.


Thia-Winter's Wen what did you use for your deep treatment today? thread has a really interesting discussion of various hair treatments.


DrCEB's Any Women of Color WEN Users Out There? thread is a comprehensive info source. 


The Cleansing Conditioner Discovery Kits are a great way to try out Wen and the Wen TSVs going back to December 2009 provides information about the year round TSV schedule.



You can always call Chaz's salon at 323-467-6444 for any questions you have about your Wen products. Chaz Dean Salon customer info & links listed in QVC broadcasts has additional links to the websites where you can follow Chaz on social media. He even has a special wendooters horse -- who's a a former Wen model -- who helps us out from time to time. He's a whiz at using Siri on his iPad. There's a rumor that he can be bribed with peppermints and carrots!! 



A lot of Wenners have their own animal friends. SurfersWife and King Toby (her Wen doggie) started the WEN Pets thread where Wenners have shared stories and photos about their Wen pets. Please feel free to add your own Wen pets photos and stories... the more, the better and the merrier. Smiley Wink



For the past year and a half, Chaz has been streaming videos on periscope. It's a lot of fun to watch. Chaz's shares hair care tips and sometimes shares information (or hints) about upcoming new Wen products and TSVs. He also has videos of him working with clients in his salon. -- Follow him on Periscope to get the latest info on everything new in Wen (new products, new unscented line, new fragrance, etc.)... and then please share this info with the rest of us. -- There's more information on how to access these videos in the periscope thread.



Periodically I'll include the Key Wen links listing (see below) as a footer when I'm posting. These are just links to threads that I think Wenners -- especially new Wenners --might find helpful and I update them regularly. I've bolded the ones I think are the most useful. 


Enjoy your time in the Wen forum!! Smiley Happy We're a friendly bunch of people with great Wen hair: great hair days just make everything feel better!! Smiley Wink Please join in the fun!!! Smiley Happy


Additionally, the Wen FAQ - the key Wen links and Wen 101 threads have a lot of general information about Wen. -- The Wen FAQ is shorter and more streamlined, while Wen 101 is more comprehensive but takes more time to look through.


Have a wenderful day!!! Smiley Happy



-- bebe Smiley Happy Wen FAQ - Wen Abbreviations Glossary WEN (QVC Wen forum) 



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Thanks for the thread @bebe777  It looks like a great Spring ahead for Wen..


The Cherry Bloosom looks just wonderful, & get better each Season..


Hope your doing well and always good to see your name pop up on the Wen Forum..Smiley Happy

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Thanks for starting us off!  Good to have our actual 'CHAT' back!


As always good to 'see' you bebe!  Hope all is well.Heart


OK ~ Wenners, on your mark...

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I've been using my stash since fall and waiting for spring!  Just ordered the duo RTM in SOB, because that sold out quickly last year and I love the scent.  Thanks to @HappyDaze, I use that as a body spritz.  It's light on days I don't want to wear perfume.

If they have SHL gallons, I will get one.  I definitely will get some SOB and can't wait to try  the cherry blossom.  Just holding out a little to wait for the deals!


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Who else got their Spring TSV preorder? I got mine today. I'll try the Light CC tomorrow, I'm thinking about ordering another one in POM ( I got CA so far) and I want to get the Spring season CC trio when it arrives. 

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@Drythe wrote:



Thanks for starting us off!  Good to have our actual 'CHAT' back!


As always good to 'see' you bebe!  Hope all is well.Heart


OK ~ Wenners, on your mark...


* bebe777 high fives @Drythe *


lol, you and me too. Smiley Wink


Things are a bit complicated but basically going pretty well. -- I hope life is treating you and your loved ones well. 


And it's always a great day when you're a part of it. Heart


bebe Heart

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Re: Wen - March Chat 2017

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Since this is our free flowing Wen chat thread, I wanted to let everyone know that Andrew Lessman (Procaps Labs) is having a TS for his crazy great Essential-1 multi-vitamins this weekend (more info on the Essential-1 TS, courtesy of @VaBelle35 , is at the end of this post). -- You can follow the Lessman's March schedule is up thread in the Wellness forum for more info on Andrew's supplements.


Below is his schedule for this weekend (courtesy of @CWS22 ):



NOTE: All times are Eastern Time (ET)


Saturday, March 4
11:00 PM – Midnight

Sunday, March 5 – Today’s Special

Essential-1 with D3 2000

Midnight – 2:00 AM**
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM**
Noon – 2:00 PM
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM


** the 1-2am and the 7-8am shows are repeats of the midnight-1am show which launches the Essential-1 TS.





His Essential-1 is a crazy good multi-vitamin that I personally think that everyone should consider purchasing. 


His ingredients are top quality and with all the great ingredients Andrew puts in it, I don't see how he can make any money on it. Honestly, I think he just sells it at around cost to people because it's such a foundational product. lol, no one will get me to think otherwise. -- As Wenners know, Chaz doesn't make any money on his part of his Wen TSVs at QVC: it's Chaz's gift to his customers. -- I think the Essential-1 pricing is Andrew's gift to his customers. Smiley Happy


I put my late 80s parents on the slightly more pricy Essential-1 with 3,000 IU Vitamin D3 (versus the regular Essential-1 w/ 1,500 IU Vitamin D3) and it brought their Vitamin D3 levels up to 30 in three weeks. -- The normal B12 range is 500-1,000 and my mom's B12 came back at 982 after using it for three weeks. -- I mention this because, as people get older, it's even more difficult for them to absorb supplements... and B12 is notoriously difficult to absorb.


They've done very well with Andrew's supplements and that makes me very happy. Smiley Happy


-- bebe Smiley Happy










With all the influences around us, it is very easy to forget, or to simply overlook, the unrivaled power that diet possesses to either enhance or harm our health.  Nothing comes close.  Other than our genes, which we are born with and cannot change, how we eat is our most powerful weapon against disease and the ravages of aging.  I recently had a firsthand reminder of this power and it has changed my diet forever.  I will discuss in greater detail below, but it is undisputed that the foundation of our best health is eating well.  Our health (good or bad) is directly connected to what we put in our bodies.  We can always blame our parents and our ancestors for our genes, but regardless, we possess great power through our diet.  The right path is not confusing, since we only need to look toward the Mediterranean or Asian Diets for some basic foundational principles of healthy eating.  Speaking about a nutritional foundation, it is appropriate that this month’s Today’s Special be a special version of our Essential 1 multivitamin, since just as diet is the foundation of good health, Essential 1 is the perfect foundation of those nutrients lacking from even the healthiest of diets.  I will also introduce our March Monthly Specials: CholestaCare, Ultimate Oatmeal and Ultimate Oat Bran.  These three products are particularly relevant, since they relate to my discussion below of my most recent blood tests and the dietary changes they inspired.  Ultimately, we are all getting older and the youthful “immunities” we may have once possessed are sooner or later relinquished with age.  In my case, my lifetime of security that came from “perfect” numbers was suddenly gone and I was shocked to find myself in a high risk category.  That was humbling and alarming, but also inspiring, since none of us are doomed to be the helpless victims of aging.  This seemingly bad news inspired change and with it an opportunity to remind myself of the supreme power of diet to influence our health and to thereby reduce our lifetime risk of virtually every health condition and disease.  I will explain in further detail below, but first our upcoming Essential 1 Today’s Special…


Nothing speaks more clearly about Essential 1 than the experiences of those who use it.  Currently there are over 2,900 reviews and almost 2,600 of those reviews are perfect 5-Star Reviews.  That is an astonishing 4.7 Star average, with almost 97% positive reviews!  It is even more impressive if one considers that multivitamins are typically among the most negatively reviewed supplements.  It is easy for me to prove why no multivitamin possesses the unique ingredients, purity and effectiveness of Essential 1, but even more important is Essential 1’s unsurpassed gentleness.  Unlike most vitamins that come as large, difficult to swallow and digest, artificially-colored tablets, Essential 1 comes in a small, soft, easy-to-swallow capsule that is guaranteed gentle even to the most sensitive stomachs.  Essential 1 is mild despite offering potencies that far exceed any of the world’s leading multivitamins.  It also does so without any added ingredients – NO colors, binders, fillers, lubricants or other chemical additives.  This weekend’s Today’s Special is a unique new formula delivering 2,000 IU of our special Vitamin D3 daily.  I have always considered 1,000 IU the minimum daily level of Vitamin D3 to be consumed, but 2,000 IU is the level at which Vitamin D3’s greatest benefits commence.  That is the same level of Vitamin D3 found in separate high potency supplements and it now comes with your daily Essential 1.  That amount of Vitamin D3 alone would cost almost as much as Essential 1.  Essential 1 also contains ultra-high levels of our unique Coenzyme Methyl B12 (250 micrograms).  It is uniquely absorption-protected and therefore guaranteed to deliver its vital benefits.


 It is unlike any other Vitamin B12 found in any other multivitamin.  Like Vitamin D3, the value of the Vitamin B12 alone in Essential 1 would justify its purchase.  In other words, if you consider only a few of the two dozen key ingredients in Essential 1, you are saving multiples of what you are spending.  For just pennies per day you get our best formula at our best pricing ever, providing high potencies of Vitamin C, D3, E and all the B-vitamins, including B12 and high levels of Biotin (the costly beauty vitamin), along with all key minerals, as well as costly Lutein, Lycopene and Zeaxanthin (glaringly absent from most leading multivitamins).

Multivitamins are the one area of supplementation where the medical community is in agreement about their necessity.  And, if one does their homework, it is easy to conclude that Essential 1 is the finest multivitamin investment one can make.  I would agree that today’s Essential 1 is the most important product we create and the single most important capsule that anyone could contemplate taking on a daily basis.  I look forward to discussing the science and why over the course of this weekend.


I have mentioned recently on-air that there were some unpleasant changes in my recent blood test numbers.  February was my birthday month, so I suppose that is a good time to discuss the passage of time…otherwise known as aging.  The scientific and medical communities seem to accept the inevitable deterioration in our health numbers as a result of aging.  Until recently, I had no such personal experience, so I remained grateful to my parents for my seeming “immunity.”  Throughout my life, no matter what I ate, my numbers remained perfect.  My blood pressure has always been on the low side (110/50) and my fasting blood sugar (80s) and my A1C (5.2) are great.  All that remains unchanged; however, recently, my previously perfect lipid numbers had suddenly taken on a life of their own.  When I was a vegan in my 20s, my total cholesterol was under 120 and my LDL and HDL were both in the 50s, with triglycerides in 30s.  Even when I was no longer a vegan and freely consumed animal products, including butter, eggs, cheese, cream, red meat, chicken, etc., my total cholesterol remained under 150 with an HDL in the 60s, an LDL in the 70s and triglycerides in the 40s.  My lipid numbers had always been great despite a diet rich in cholesterol and saturated fat.  It was only in the last 5+ years that my lipid numbers started their unfortunate climb.  About 5 years ago, my cholesterol went into the 160s, then the 170s, then the 180s and suddenly, just a couple of years ago, it was over 200!  Because of my exercise, my HDL (good cholesterol) remained quite high, so my numbers were still technically good, but they were no longer perfect.  I was disappointed, but not alarmed.  Then, suddenly, just 3 months ago, my total cholesterol tested at 235.  I did not believe it, so I retested it and it came back at 239!!  I was at a loss to explain this!  Where were my perfect numbers?!  In less than 10 years my total and LDL cholesterol had gone up more than 50%!  That is a huge increase in cardiovascular risk.  My perfect numbers were now far from perfect!  How could this have happened so suddenly?!  Either way, I was not going to throw in the towel or give up.  I was not going to be the victim of aging without a “healthy” fight.


The competitive part of my personality kicked in and it was now, “Me Versus My Cholesterol.” smile I have always said that diet is the most powerful tool for our good health, so it was time for me to get serious about diet.  Medications were a last resort, so I was willing to make whatever dietary changes were required.  I immediately eliminated all egg yolks, and eggs have always been one of my favorite meals or snacks throughout the day.  Eggs are also the principal source of cholesterol in many diets.  In the past, it would not have been unusual for me to eat more than a dozen eggs in any given week.  I eliminated heavy cream, which Muriel would add when making her yummy scrambled eggs, and I also eliminated cheese, butter, milk, red meat, etc.  My primary sources of fat became extra virgin olive oil and avocados, nuts and seeds.  My sole sources of animal protein became fish, chicken, turkey and egg whites.  I started each day with a bowl of Ultimate Oat Bran or Oatmeal with 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed, 2 capsules of cinnamon extract and some sliced almonds or pecans.  Throughout the day, I ate healthy vegetables, legumes and soups, as well as sautéed edamame and/or dark green salads (with fish, chicken, turkey or egg white added).  For dinners, I had fish or chicken with vegetables.  Even if I had a fruit smoothie, I would sprinkle oat bran and flaxseed into it, along with my protein powder.  I also took Fibermucil and CholestaCare capsules with every meal.  A few weeks later, I called my doctor, who has been a friend for the past 30+ years, and told him I wanted to come back to get re-tested to see what my dietary changes had done for my numbers.  He said, “Give it a chance.  It has not been long enough.”


I was still so curious that I went to a local lab for a quick test and lo and behold, less than 30 days later, my total cholesterol was now 159 (an 80-point drop!) and my LDL was now back under 100.  My doctor could not believe my results and actually asked if I was taking some cholesterol lowering medications.  Now that was funny! smile I said, “No,” so he encouraged me to stop by and get retested just to confirm my new results. I did so and by that time my total cholesterol was down to 151 (an 88 point drop!).  Seeing those rapid results truly inspired me and now I am even more diligent with at least 2 days per week being vegan days.  As a result, my lipid numbers have only gotten better and they are back to those “perfect youthful” numbers from my 30s.


Although we cannot stop aging, we retain the power to determine how we age.  We are not victims.  We can determine so much of our future by being intelligent about our diet.  Aging increases our risk of heart disease, cancer and stroke, and even conservative physicians attribute more than 50% of that risk to our diet and lifestyle.  I attribute closer to 80% of those disease risks to our diet and lifestyle.  This should be inspiring and not depressing.  Aging is not a curse, but an opportunity.  Even the greatest of genetic gifts will not last forever.  How we exercise our free will when it comes to diet goes a long way to determining how long we will enjoy this precious gift of life.  Just 90 days ago, I would not have believed it possible, but today, my cholesterol numbers are now as good as they have been in decades.  We are all aging, but we need not be the victims of that process.  Our dietary choices exert the greatest influence (good or bad) on our future health and aging.  All this talk about how to eat might sound funny coming from a “vitamin guy,” but both ethically and technically speaking, even the best vitamins cannot compare to the supreme power of a healthy diet.  My hope is that my recent experience might serve to inspire others to consider that every time we eat something, we take our health, and with it our destiny, into our own hands.


 If we were choosing for our children or someone we love, we would encourage them to make the very best choices.  Of course, they would hope that we would choose the same for ourselves.


See you on Saturday evening and throughout the day on Sunday.


Best of health.






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@butterfly123 and @mom2four0418 , I haven't forgotten either of you. See the post above. 


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