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PROVO, Utah—Feb. 21, 2012—Nu Skin Enterprises Inc., (NYSE:NUS) today announced the conclusion of another banner year for its ageLOC® research. Nu Skin accelerated its anti-aging research in 2011 with more than 30 scientific presentations, posters and articles at various prestigious conferences and symposia around the world. Additionally, the company made further strides with the acquisition of LifeGen Technologies and its genetic database that is based on more than 30 years of anti-aging genetic research.

“2011 was a breakthrough year for us as we continued our ground-breaking ageLOC anti-aging genetic research that is opening new doors of understanding to the genetic source of aging and helping more people to live younger, longer,” said Joe Chang, Ph.D., Nu Skin chief scientific officer. “As we have presented our research around the world, we have been pleased with the favorable response we have received from the scientific community. Looking to 2012, we believe that the best is yet to come for ageLOC science.”

The company’s 2011 scientific presentations focused on its ageLOC science that enables Nu Skin to identify unique groups of genes specific to aging (referred to as Youth Gene Clusters or YGC) that influence aging and then target and reset them to more youthful patterns of activity. This latest scientific research has been incorporated into Nu Skin’s latest product releases including ageLOC® R2 and ageLOC® Galvanic Body Spa.

2011 Scientific Highlights Include:

Acquisition of LifeGen Technologies, LLC

With the acquisition of LifeGen Technologies, Nu Skin now owns what it believes is one of the largest anti-aging databases in the world and has unrestricted access to LifeGen’s scientific data and findings developed over 30 years.  Nu Skin is accelerating its anti-aging genetic research that continues to open doors of new understanding and is providing additional insights for product development. Already the company has felt the positive impact of this database as it incorporates these new insights into products under development for 2013, including solutions for weight management and overall youthspan.

ageLOC Research on Internal Aging
Mark Barlett, Ph.D., vice president of global research and development for Pharmanex nutrition products at Nu Skin, led his team to present several key findings at internationally recognized conferences. Highlights included being an invited speaker at the Second International Conference on Environmental Stressors in Biology and Medicine. Nu Skin presented findings on several topics at the conference including “A Unique Nutritional Formulation to Promote Cellular Protection and Purification Via Induction Of the Nrf2-mediated ARE/Phase II Detoxification Pathways” and “A Unique Blend of Natural Compounds With the Ability to Oppose Age-Related Changes in Gene Expression Related to Dysregulation of Removal of Cellular Debris, Cellular Detoxification, Antioxidant Protection and Inflammatory Balance.”

In addition, Pharmanex nutrition scientists also presented at the Linus Pauling Institute Diet and Optimum Health Conference on “A Systematic Approach to Evaluate and Rank Natural Ingredients Based on Their Ability to Oppose Age-Related Changes in Gene Expression.”

ageLOC Research on the Skin

Led by Helen Knaggs, Ph.D., vice president of global research and development for Nu Skin personal care products, the Nu Skin research and development team had several notable finding presented and published in 2011. An oral presentation shared at the 4th International Conference and Exhibition for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (Nov 2011) showed the effects of equol on human skin gene expression and protein synthesis. In addition, several scientific articles were published including one in the Dermatological Surgery (Dec. 2011), regarding an exploratory study to determine the association between assessed facial skin aging and plasma isoprostane levels in middle-aged Japanese women, and in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science (Feb. 2011) showing how functional YGCs can be regulated to reflect a more youthful gene expression profile.

New Patents for ageLOC® Galvanic Body Spa™
Throughout the development of ageLOC science, a number of patents have been licensed or filed to further protect the proprietary information and technology Nu Skin utilizes to develop ageLOC branded products. Nu Skin’s recently launched ageLOC® Galvanic Body Spa system uses patented self-adjusting galvanic currents with patent-pending pulsating technology to diminish the appearance of fat and cellulite to provide a slimmer, smoother, firmer appearance on the arms, abdomen, buttocks and thighs.

Additional information on ageLOC Science can be found at

About Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.

Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. demonstrates its tradition of innovation through its comprehensive anti-aging product portfolio, independent business opportunity and corporate social responsibility initiatives. The company’s scientific leadership in both skin care and nutrition has established Nu Skin as a premier anti-aging company, evidenced in its unique ageLOC® science that addresses aging at its source. The company’s anti-aging products feature the new ageLOC ® suite of products including the ageLOC® R2 nutritional supplement, ageLOC® Galvanic Spa System and ageLOC Galvanic Body Spa, as well as the ageLOC® Transformation daily skin care system. A global direct selling company, Nu Skin operates in 52 markets worldwide and has more than 850,000 independent distributors. Nu Skin is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “NUS.” More information is available at




I was made to investigate this subject of Cholesterol when a friend of mine ended up in hospital that was on cholesterol ‘medication’ still very young and I am sure there are more that are in his situation. He had been complaining about not feeling well for a long time. The below is what I found:

In the USA approximately 12 million people are prescribed statin (Cholesterol) drugs. Today the word ‘cholesterol’ has become a household name, many people live in fear of heart disease if their count rises above 5. Yet it is interesting to note that we have an epidemic of heart disease, despite the fact that so many people are taking the drugs.


The liver manufactures about 75% of the body’s cholesterol, which is a soft waxy substance. It is also found in the bloodstream where it helps produce cell membrames, hormones, bile acid that help digest fat, and make Vitamin D. It is also vital for neurological function.

According to conventional medicine there are two types of cholesterol:

High -density Lipoprotein or HDL. This is known as the ‘healthy’ cholesterol and prevents arterial plaque.

Low – density Lipoprotein or LDL. According to medical thinking this has been classed as the ‘leathal’ cholesterol and may build up in your arteries forming plaque which is plaque atherosclerosis. If a clot is formed in these narrowed arteries and gets to the heart or brain, a stroke or heart attack results.

Triglycerides. High levels of this have have also been shown to cause heart disease. Diet play a very important role in your triglyceride levels.

The above is the conventional method of testing your levels and then deciding weather it is necessary to medicate statin. The fact that HDL levels need to be measured against LDL levels etc. is not taken into account. However we are told how important cholesterol is, and that in fact it is not your enemy. How can it be when it is needed by every cell in your body? In fact it can be more dangerous to have very low cholesterol levels. This is confirmed by many experts in the medical field. Consider these findings of a very long lasting study carried out in Honolulu and published in ‘The Lancet’ August 2001: Our data accord with previous findings of increased mortality in elderly people with low serum cholesterol, and show that long term persistence of low cholesterol concentrations actually increase the risk of death. Thus, the earlier that patients start to have lower cholesterol concentrations, the greater the risk of death, Cholesterol is also a precursor to all steroid hormones. In other words necessary in the making of estrogen, testosterone, cortisol etc etc.

So in summary, in the eyes of conventional medicine, they conclude that elevated cholesterol levels is the cause of heart attack. However the question is never asked, may there be another underlying cause/causes to damage arteries? Just by lowering your levels, you are not addressing  the root of all problem at all, in fact there are a host of side effects which occur when medicated.


Consider some of the following: the most common complaint is muscle pains and cramps. Tiredness, digestive disturbances, skin reactions and liver problems, including an increase in liver enzymes, and lung problems to just name a few. Then a study conducted by Dutch researchers showed that men on cholesterol medication, showed an increase in depressive symptoms. This could be explained by the fact that ss mentioned cholesterol is needed to manufacture brain chemicals too, including serotonin. Another meta-analysis study of over 41000 patients records found that those who took statin drugs were more likely to have a higher risk of cancer. (Journal of the American College of Cardiology. July 31, 2007;50:409-418.)


They inhibit an enzyme (HMG-CoA reductase) in your liver that is necessary to manufacture cholesterol. In other words it is interfering with the natural function of the liver! Most people are unaware of the fact that statin drugs deplete the cells of Co-enzyme Q10, which is important for muscle function and hearth health! This is the main reason why people experience fatique and muscle weakness and pain.


Co-enzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone) is found in the cell membrames. It is necessary for the mitochondria to function and is essential for human life. It is found most abundantly in the heart, kidneys and spleen. Without it the body cannot produce adequate levels of ATP which is a major source of stored energy in the body and is responsible for many of the body’s metabolic processes. Co-enzymes Q10 is highly beneficial for heart disease.


Inflamation is linked to many diseases. It is how your body responds to a problem that needs healing. So in essence the inflammation comes first, and then the liver manufactures more cholesterol (because it is needed by every cell) to help combat the inflamation. Statin drugs also are thought to have a beneficial effect on inflammation in the body. But here again, you can lower inflammation in your body naturally, without having to take a drug with so many side effects. The test used to determine if there is chronic inflammation in the body is a C-reactive protein blood test. (CRP) CRP is also used as a marker for inflammation in your arteries. Homocysteine levels are also good markers for inflammation.


Plaques are small areas of damage to the endothelium, which is the body normally repairs, but they grow through repeated episodes of endothelial damage and blood-clot formation in the same spot. Plaques can kill you when they rupture, creating a major blood clot that can block important artery in your body. So it then makes sense that we should try and eliminate damage to the endohelium by avoiding factors which can accelerate the growth of plaque. This is your first defense towards good, vibrant health, NOT being dependent on a drug which artificially reduces your cholesterol levels and interferes with the normal functioning of the body. Some factors which contribute to endothelial dysfunction are: smoking, severe mental stress, which in turn leads to high levels of cortisol production (this can again contribute to insulin resistance) and high levels of adrenaline (causing high blood pressure).


Many of the following foods can cause chronic inflammation:Oxidised cholesterol. In other words fats (vegetable or animal) that have gone rancid. Therefore it goes without saying that organic or free range eggs are not dangerous like they have been made out to be. Consuming any foods that contain transfatty acids (this can include margarice). A medical research council survey showed that men consuming butter as opposed to margarine ran half the risk of developing heart disease. (Nutrition week. March 22, 1991, 21:12:2-3). All foods containing refined grains and sugars. Foods cooked at high temperatures and here I may add that food cooked in a microwave is no longer nutritional at all. Lastly lifestyle also plays an important role, smoking, excess alcohol, lack of exercise and emotional stress.

The following lifestyle changes are beneficial to healthy cholesterol levels: Consume a diet containing a lot of raw foods. Raw fruit, salads and veggies. Eat a lot of the ‘green’ foods. They are high in potassium and alkalinity and help regulate inflammation and blood pressure. Drink enough pure, filtered water with minerals added. Eat animal products that are hormone and antibiotic free. Consume enough essential fatty acids. (Omega 3 being the most important.) Omega 3 is found in oily fish, namely, tuna, sardines, mackerel, trout and salmon, and flax and chia seeds. Consume only raw cold pressed oils. Coconut oil and palm fruit oil also fall into the healthy category.


The following supplements support heart health and in turn will naturally support normal cholesterol functioning:

Supplements which contain Co-enzyme Q10 (Statins deplete it) Life pack. Life pack Nano

Supplements which  contain Omega 3. (Heart protective) Krill oil in marine Omega

Supplements which help reduce stress levels. Cortitrol

Supplements which lower cortisol levels. Cortitrol

Supplements which help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Tegreen


Red yeast has been documented as far back as 800AD in China. Some of the benefits are: it aids digestion and revitalizes the blood. The FDA position is that products that contain red yeast rice extract in the form of monacolin K are as effective as a drug and therefore subject to regulation in the USA. Dr. Weil, 22/01/09. Of all the natural supplements available to help control cholesterol red yeast rice proved to be the most effective. This is a perfect alternative for people who have statin related muscle pain. The following abstract concluded that red yeast rice modestly decreased total and LDL cholesterol, was well tolerated and was an acceptable alternative in patients intolerant of other lipid lowering medication. Lipid lowering efficacy of red yeast rice in a population intolerant of statins. Am J. Cardiol 2010 March 1; 105(5): 664-666.

Cholestin contains the prescribed level of constituents of 600mg of high quality red yeast rice (Monascus purpureus Went). It contains natural HMG-CoA inhibitors and polyunsaturated fats. Constituent in Cholestin are standardized through scientific and analytical tests in a sterile environment to ensure that the final product is safe and free from heavy metal content, microorganisms and residuals. It helps lower the risk of cardiovascular disease as well as total cholesterol and LDL.


GAMMA is coming in 2013

The most exciting product to date in the ageLoc platform is coming in October of 2013! GAMMA will be the biggest product launch in industry history and will shatter records

The first weight management product of its kind, a product based on gene expression

Watch the trailer here



Sugar is poison

Sugar — The Most Damaging Narcotic in the History of Civilization

Narcotics in food. When we reflect on today’s “drug-culture” and the flagrant increase in drug-abuse, we generally think in terms of alcohol, heroin, L.S.D., marijuana, tobacco, cocaine and a variety of other mind benders. Certainly all of them have been and are today the cause of an untold amount of misery, of wrecked lives and the rapid breakdown of the health and morals of our race. Furthermore, the lasting damage to the gene pool is staggering.
Sugar. There is another narcotic that all of us have been using by the bucket ever since we were little babies that has undoubtedly done more damage to humankind over the last three hundred years than alcohol, tobacco, heroin, marijuana, and all the other “hard drugs” combined. It is something that comes disguised as a most pleasant tasting food, even your sweet, loving mother would administer to you by the bushel. That narcotic is sugar — ordinary, refined, crystalline, white sugar you buy at any grocery store.

Sugar a narcotic? Yes, sugar is a narcotic — an unnatural substance produced by industrial processes (mostly from sugar cane or sugar beets) by refining it down to pure sucrose, after stripping away all the vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymes and other beneficial nutrients. What is left is a concentrated unnatural narcotic which the human body is not able to handle, at least not in anywhere near the quantities that is now ingested in today’s accepted lifestyle.

Sugar Addictive. The average American now consumes approximately 115 lbs. of sugar per year. This is per man, woman and child. The biggest reason sugar does more damage than any other poison, drug or narcotic is twofold: (a) It is considered a “food” and ingested in such massive quantities, and (b) The damaging effects begin early, from the day a baby is born and is fed sugar in its formula.

So it is with just about any factor that affects our health and well-being: It is the correct amount that is important. However, there are thousands of substances we ingest that are harmful, and doing a way with them altogether would be best.
Because of the quantities in which we have been consuming sugar is the main reason why sugar has been the most destructive culprit in all its history. It has all the right qualities for a destructive poison: it is sweet and attractive to the palate, you can never get enough of it. It is a narcotic and it is addictive. It takes years for the damages to become evident.

Sugar an Unnatural Chemical. Why is sugar so devastating to our health? One reason is it is pure chemical and through refining has been stripped of all the natural food nutritives that it originally had in the plant itself.
Sugar is first pressed as a juice from the cane (or beet) and refined into molasses. Then it is refined into brown sugar, and finally into strange white crystals C12H22O, that are an alien chemical to the human system.

Addictive. A second reason that sugar is so harmful is, it is addictive, and being delectable and seductive to the taste, it is also habit forming (there is a difference). Starting with sugar in the baby’s formula, people not only develop a strong taste for sugar but an insatiable craving for it so that they never seem to get enough of this poison.

Slow but Insidious. A third reason is that the damage sugar does is slow and insidious. It takes years before it ruins your pancreas, your adrenal glands, throws your whole endocrine system out of kilter and produces the multifarious damages we have listed in this chapter.

Foods loaded with Sugar. A fourth reason is the outrageous amounts of sugar civilized nations consume. Americans in particular are told how they are the best fed and best nourished people on the face of the earth?? If we are talking about processed junk food — this is true. If you examine the “foods” in any supermarket more closely and start reading labels, you will find just about everything contains sugar. Most of the foods are loaded with it — from cereals, to soups, to ketchup, to hotdogs.

List of Damages. We have stated that sugar is deleterious to your health: that it is more damaging than all other narcotics combined; that it is a long term chemical poison. Just what damage does sugar do to the human body?

The list is endless, but we will cite a few of the insidious ways sugar creates havoc with the human body. When we talk about sugar, we are including bad nutrition as a whole, since anyone who indulges in sugar has bad dietary habits per se.

1. Sugar is the main cause of diabetes, hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia.

2. It is either a significant or contributory cause of heart disease, arteriosclerosis, mental illness, depression, senility, hypertension, cancer.

3. It has an extremely deleterious effect in unbalancing the endocrine system and injuring its component glands such as the adrenal glands, pancreas and liver, causing the blood sugar level to fluctuate widely.

4. Sugar is by far the leading cause of dental deterioration — cavities in teeth, bleeding gums, failure of bone structure, and loss of teeth.

Do yourself a favor and stay away from this poison as much as possible, your kids will follow your good example!!

Never, Ever Give Up!

Heads up for Arthur and heads up for the yoga teacher that helped him believe in himself!! One of the most rewarding things in life must be helping others achieve their goals. Have a look at the below inspirational video.



Obstacles Are Temporary


Flooding in the Kruger park this week.

When there are days that things don’t go your way just know that obstacles are temporary, however big they may seem at the time. Looking back at things, usually the bigger the obstacle, the more worthwhile the end result was…………

There for everything worth while achieving has obstacles, it is up to you what you do with your attitude while you get to your destination. If you know it is the case you may aswell enjoy it. Enjoy the journey!!!