Miracle of ViaViente
VíaVienté is a Whole Food Pureewith Healing, Energizing andProven Natural Anti-Inflammatory Benefits.
Dr. Morton Walker, D.P.M. World-Renowned Medical Journalist A Natural Whole Food Puree ( A Natural Anti-Inflammatory ) VíaVienté is a Whole Food Puree with Healing, Energizing and Proven Natural Anti-Inflammatory Benefits. It is comprised of Whole Fruits - skins, seeds, pulp and juice Rich in Anti-Oxidants for Healing. Essential Chelated Minerals, Vilcabamba Mineral Essence® for Energy and Longevity. This Proprietary Formula is in a base of Vilcabamba Spring Water. 2 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ INTRODUCTION Here’s Why I Take VíaVienté Every Day! VíaVienté's High Anti-Oxidant, Mineral-Rich Formula Provides: • • • • • • Immunity Boost Healthy Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar & Cholesterol Better Sleep Increased Energy Overall Health & Wellness Natural Anti-Inflammatory I drink 2 ozs. (60ml) of VíaVienté twice a day - in the morning and again in the evening to support my health, boost my immune system and increase my energy. If I were diagnosed with cancer, I would drink 4 ozs. (120ml) of VíaVienté three to four times a day - spread out from early morning to late evening to help my body maintain a Higher Alkaline Position and Better pH Balance all day. Research has shown that your body Fights Disease when it is in a state of Higher Alkalinity. Dr. Morton Walker Other books about VíaVienté and Vilcabamba: 1973 1983 2003 2004 2005 Copyright © 2009 GP Publishing. Inc. 1368 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY 10019 - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED FIRST PRINTING 25,000 This book is fully copyrighted. No sentence, paragraph or page may be photocopied, scanned or reproduced in any manner without the written permission of GP Publishing. Use of trademarked words contained herein are protected by filings with the U.S. Patents and Trademarks Office. All rights reserved. The information in this book is written for educational purposes only and is not recommended as a means of diagnosing or treating any illness or disease mentioned within. All matters concerning physical well-being and mental health should be supervised by a health practitioner knowledgeable in treating that particular condition. Neither the publisher nor author directly or indirectly dispenses medical advice, nor do they prescribe any remedies or assume any responsibility for those who choose to treat themselves with any part or the whole tonic described in this book. The compilation of information in this book is reprinted by permission. Any claims, scientific statements, evidence presented or research disclosures mentioned in these materials are disclaimed by GP Publishing as to their validity. GP Publishing respects the findings of the noted Researchers and Doctors quoted in this book based on their reputations in their respective fields. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved INTRODUCTION THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 3 Why would 30+ different nutritional product companies attempt to duplicate VíaVienté? Because VíaVienté supports BOTH Wellness and Increased Energy and Provides more Life-Changing Benefits than any other product that I have seen. I have devoted my career to researching and writing about nutrition and human health. Until coming across VíaVienté, I have never seen a more complete nutritional product for wellness and energy. I believe that the secret to great health should be available to all. This is why I am sharing my findings with you about VíaVienté. How was VíaVienté developed? This extraordinary product is the vision of Texas entrepreneur Craig Keeland. In 1991 Craig read Dr. Alexander Leaf's (Harvard University) article in National Geographic (July 1973) which chronicled the extreme health and longevity of the people living in a rainforest high in the Andes Mountains of the Vilcabamba Valley. In the Vilcabamba Valley, 1 in 64 people live to be 100 years of age and in excellent health. They sustain vital and active lives free from the diseases of aging that plague our modern world - heart disease, Alzheimer's, cancer and obesity. Men in the village over 100 years of age are even able to father children. To give you a benchmark, when Dr. Leaf did his study in 1973, only 1 in 100,000 people in the U.S. lived beyond 100. In the 2000 U.S. Census there was an estimated 1 in 6,000; however, too often age related health issues interfere with a high quality of life. Why do the people living high in the Andes Mountains live so long with extreme health? Years of scientific research has shown that the key is their mineral-rich drinking water and the High Anti-Oxidant content of the region's fruits. We have known for 20 years that Anti-Oxidants Fight Inflammation and Free Radical Damage at the Cellular Level. Inflammation and Free Radical Damage are: The Cause of Cellular Aging & Most Age-Related Diseases. Today we also know that Minerals are as important, if not more important, than vitamins in providing the body with proper metabolism, vitality and energy. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 4 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ INTRODUCTION What is in this Revolutionary Product? VíaVienté’s Formula is comprised of High Anti-Oxidant Whole Fruits, Herbs (U.S. Formula Only) and Vilcabamba Mineral Essence (Essential Minerals for increased Metabolism and Energy) from sources derived from the Highest Quality available: FORMULA FRUITS: 1. Whole Grape containing Resveratrol & Grape Seed Extract containing Resveratrol 2. Whole Blueberry Puree containing Resveratrol 3. Whole Bilberry Puree containing Resveratrol 4. Whole Cranberry Puree containing Resveratrol 5. Whole Pomegranate Puree 6. Whole Prune Puree 7. Apple Puree 8. Whole Noni Puree 9. Whole Aloe Vera 10. Whole Lycium Puree 11. Whole Elderberry Puree MINERALS: Vilcabamba Mineral Water Containing the following minerals referred to as Vilcabamba Mineral Essence 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. HERBS: Potassium Calcium Magnesium Phosphorus Iron Zinc Manganese Copper Cobalt Chromium Iodine Selenium Molybdenum Vanadium 1. Whole Gentian Root (U.S. Formula Only) 2. Whole Chinese Skullcap (U.S. Formula Only) © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved INTRODUCTION THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 5 Why are Whole Foods Better Nutrition? We know that consuming Whole Foods is far superior to consuming just vitamins or mineral supplements. In Whole Foods, nutrients work together Synergistically to produce a greater effect on nutrition than isolated or extracted supplements can, if taken alone. VíaVienté Purees the Whole Fruit The Skin, Seeds, Pulp & Juice to deliver an umbrella of Anti-Oxidant Protection Against Aging & Age-Related Disease. This proprietary blend has received the Highest Ranking in Anti-Oxidant Levels for a product of its kind by Brunswick Labs. I have also been impressed by VíaVienté's dedication to research and product testing. The product development began in 1991 and 12 years later (2003) VíaVienté was released to the public. It has been sold around the world for the past 6 years. Therefore VíaVienté has been in development and has been sold around the world for over 18 years. I have personally been taking VíaVienté since it was introduced in 2003 and have made it a part of my daily regimen of nutritional supplementation. VíaVienté is all about “Leading Others To Better Health!” For most people, it has become a Totally Encompassing Product and is the only product they take for their daily needs of vitamins and minerals. I hope you enjoy this book and give yourself the opportunity to try VíaVienté. Drinking 1 - 2 ozs. (30-60 ml) twice a day (once in the morning and again in the evening) will prove to you that an umbrella of AntiOxidants combined with Essential Minerals will make you feel better than you have in many years. Upon first drinking VíaVienté, people report more energy and deeper sleep. After 10 to 12 weeks, drinkers report improvement in long-term health issues. Why 10 - 12 weeks? It typically takes the body 90 days to heal and come back into balance. If you want a more active and energetic lifestyle and the best health you've ever been in, join me in trying this product. You will prove to yourself what thousands around the world already know: “VíaVienté is the bridge between your lifelong wellness and vitality.” Dr. Morton Walker. D.P.M. Publisher’s Note: Dr. Morton Walker is a professional medical journalist who has authored 101 published books and over 5400 clinical journal and magazine articles about wholistic medicine, orthomolecular nutrition and alternative methods of healing. Named "The World's Leading Medical Journalist Specializing in Wholistic Medicine" by the American Cancer Control Society. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 6 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ T DEDICATION his Book is Dedicated... ...To everyone worldwide who values the human body as a gift from God and who desires to Live Younger Longer. Becoming Good Stewards of our bodies allows us to live without pain, free from medications and in an Optimal State of Health. For those not living well, the body has tremendous healing powers. Anyone can begin the Path to Healing with a lifestyle change that includes consuming VíaVienté daily. ...To VíaVienté consumers in over 25 countries and territories (and growing) around the world. You are living in the goodness of health and wellness. By reaching out to others to “Gift them with a bottle of VíaVienté,” you are providing others with a powerful message of Hope & Healing. ...To the Children of the Vilcabamba Valley who possess the greatest love and joy that anyone could experience. When VíaVienté Founder and CEO Craig Keeland first visited the Vilcabamba Valley in 1991, he witnessed a community with virtually no tangible assets. Through VíaVienté's Ambassador to Vilcabamba, Jaime Mendoza, and the Andes Children's Foundation, we have been able to thank the people of the Valley with educational support so the children of the Vilcabamba Valley can have a brighter future. As school administrators and teachers have assessed the schools' needs and requested support, VíaVienté in tandem with Jaime Mendoza and the Andes Children's Foundation provided and continues to provide school supplies, books, uniforms, lab equipment, photo copiers, computers, internet access, television monitors, DVD players, learning centers, microscopes, desks and chairs and much more. VíaVienté's on-going support to the Vilcabamba school children is a heartfelt 'Thank You' to the Vilcabamba people for sharing all of nature's healing wonders from their Valley High in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 7 A cknowledgement GP Publishing acknowledges the medical researchers, doctors and entrepreneurs who have dedicated their lives and careers to expanding our body of knowledge regarding nutrition and human dietary needs. Each of their contributions has benefited health-conscious people the world over who desire to achieve their goals of living a full and productive life in the best possible health and for as long as possible. These dedicated individuals have helped to increase our average life expectancy from 50 years just a few short decades ago, to nearly 80 years today, and within our lifetimes, to possibly over 100 years. The compilation of articles, research, journal entries, books and public declarations represented in this book serve to document their dedication to the service of science and humanity. We salute these individuals for their visionary work and thank them for their writings, some of which have been included. Dr. Linus Pauling Dr. Alexander Leaf Dr. Harvey Ashmead Dr. Morton Walker Dr. Richard Cutler Dr. Mark Pedersen Dr. DeWayne Ashmead Dr. Eugene H. Payne Dr. Miguel Salvador Jaime Mendoza Craig Keeland Two-Time Nobel Prize Laureate Harvard Medical School Father of Mineral Chelation Medical Researcher & Journalist National Institute on Aging World-Renown Formulator, Herbalist & Author President of Albion Labs Clinical Investigator for Reader’s Digest Internationally Renown Cardiologist The Goodwill Ambassador of Vilcabamba Pioneer in the Anti-Aging Industry © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 8 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ TABLE OF CONTENTS T able of Contents TERMS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 VILCABAMBA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 DISCOVERY & CONFIRMATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 CHELATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 IT’S IN THE WATER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 ANTI-OXIDANTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 A SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW OF VÍAVIENTÉ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 THE 12-WEEK PLAN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 GIVING BACK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 VÍAVIENTÉ CONSUMER HEALTH BENEFITS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 REFERENCES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved TERMS THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 9 T erms Amino Acid The chief component of proteins, of which 14 are essential for delivering proper nutrition to the human body. Anti-Oxidant Fights the aging process - Anti (against) - Oxidants (oxygen) fights oxidation. Oxidation is the cause of aging and leads to making the body susceptible to diseases. Oxidation is a deterioration of the body much like rust (a form of oxidation) deteriorates metal. It is a naturally occurring substance that combats the negative effects of oxygen called oxidative stress. Bioavailable Easily absorbed by the body. Centenarian Anyone reaching the age of 100 or greater. Chelation Chelate – Greek prefix meaning: “Claw” A term used to describe a resulting compound when a mineral is bound or stuck to certain carrier molecules, in this case a “claw-like appearance” of two amino acids (ligands) on each side. A patented amino acid chelated will increase the absorption into the human body by 400% – 600%. Free Radical Molecule A term used to describe a negatively charged molecule that is produced in the oxidative process that has been identified as the cause of cellular damage in all living things and contributes to aging. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 10 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ TERMS ORAC Values ORAC measures the Anti-Oxidant Values in Fruits, Whole Foods & Products containing Anti-Oxidants. In 1997, Dr. Richard Cutler and two of his students were credited with the invention of the ORAC Method which originally only included the test for the Peroxyl radical. Today the ORAC Value System has expanded to include 5 tests and is used around the world. “Total ORAC Complex Value” is a laboratory measurement of a substance’s Anti-Oxidant potential to absorb reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, commonly referred to as free radicals. Most companies only test for the Peroxyl radical. VíaVienté tests for “The Total ORAC Complex Value” consisting of these 5 tests: 1.) ORAC Test Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity The ORAC analysis measures a substance’s ability to protect the body against the peroxyl radical. 2.) HORAC Test Hydroxyl Radical Absorbance Capacity The HORAC analysis measures a substance’s ability to protect the body against the hydroxyl radical. 3.) NORAC Test Nitrite Radical Absorbance Capacity The NORAC analysis measures a substance’s ability to protect the body against the peroxynitrite radical. 4.) SORAC Test Superoxide Radical Absorbance Capacity The SORAC analysis measures a substance’s ability to protect the body against the Superoxide anion. 5.) SOAC Test Singlet Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity The SOAC analysis measures a substance’s ability to protect the body against the Singlet oxygen. PhytoNectar A type of puree created by utilizing a process whereby the juice, seeds, skin and pulp are reduced to a concentrated, nutrition-rich nectar. Heat used in this process is carefully controlled to preserve heat sensitive enzymes and volatile substances. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved TERMS THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 11 PhytoTonic Phyto – Greek prefix meaning: “To bring forth from a plant.” Tonic – “a liquid healing agent that invigorates and restores.” The term PhytoTonic was coined by Dr. Mark Pedersen to describe a health promoting tonic like the one presented in this book. Polyphenyl Polyphenyls are the natural Anti-Oxidant agents found in fruits. They are most often found in the protective skins or regenerative seeds of plants. They give the yellow to a banana, red to an apple and blue to a blueberry. Components with polyphenyls act as scavengers in the body, sweeping out damaging free radicals. Polyphenyls are also thought to have the capability of repairing cellular DNA and helping ward off long-term damage. Puree Any food that is processed into a smooth, thick consistency. VíaVienté combines mineral-rich Vilcabamba Spring Water with a blend of Whole Fruit Purees to capture all of their nutritional value in a drinkable form. Resveratrol Found in the skin of red and purple grapes, cranberries, blueberries and bilberries, Resveratrol is an Anti-Oxidant that has been recently discovered to Protect our Cardiovascular Systems. Resveratrol appears to be a major factor in the "French Paradox," answering why the French population has less heart disease and cancer in spite of consuming high fat diet, regular intake of alcohol and lack of exercise. Total ORAC Complex Value The cumulative value of each of the 5 Anti-Oxidant Tests (ORAC, HORAC, NORAC, SORAC and SOAC) combined into one value. This term was created by VíaVienté and is now used throughout the world to represent the Total Complex of the 5 test values added together... the "Comprehensive" Anti-Oxidant Value of any Fruit, Whole Food or Nutritional Product. Vilcabamba A Village High in the Andes Mountains of South America, located in a Rainforest in the southwest corner of Ecuador, close to the border of Peru. The term comes from the Quechua language of Inca derivation. Vilca – meaning “sacred” or “God.” Also from the Huilco (sacred) trees Bamba – meaning “valley” Whole Food The term “Whole Food” means that everything is used - the seeds, skin, pulp and juice. That’s how VíaVienté manufactures its product to create the Purees. Whole Foods are far superior to consuming extracted or synthetic vitamins or individual supplements. Whole Foods are simply “Balanced” nutrition. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 12 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ C CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS hronology of Events Searching for the Secret to Long-life and Vitality in Vilcabamba 1936 – U.S. Government Printing Office reprints an article by Rex Beach entitled “Modern Miracle Men” establishing the knowledge that minerals are the key to human nutrition and pointing out the deficiencies in U.S. agricultural food products. 1954 – Dr. Eugene H. Payne, clinical investigator for Parke Davis Pharmaceuticals, publishes an account in Reader’s Digest about the virtual absence of heart disease in the Valley of Vilcabamba in Loja Province. 1969 – Dr. Miguel Salvador, an internationally known cardiologist living in Quito, Ecuador, becomes interested in Vilcabamba after learning of the reports that residents of the village never suffer heart attacks. He undertakes a major research project in the area on behalf of the Ecuadorian government. 1970 – Dr. Alexander Leaf, Harvard Medical School, is commissioned by National Geographic to investigate the claims of an abundance of centenarians in three regions of the world, the land of Hunza in the Karakoram Range in Pakistan, the Caucasus in Georgian Russia and the Sacred Valley of the Vilcabamba, Loja Province, Ecuador. His article “Every Day is a Gift When You Are Over 100” appeared in the January 1973 issue of National Geographic. 1973 – Dr. David Davies, a British gerontologist, publishes his first account in the New Scientist. Davies reports that “Hypertension, heart disease and cancer are comparatively uncommon” in Vilcabamba. Davies also mentions that scientists from the National © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 13 University of Quito investigated the area’s river water from which most of the Vilcabamba inhabitants drink, “in a search for chemical factors which might be responsible for the longevity.” 1978 – The National Institute on Aging and the Fogerty International Center sponsor an international meeting regarding Vilcabamba. Dr. Alexander Leaf is co-chairman of the workshop, which includes researchers from Japan, Canada, France, Ecuador and the U.S. who conducted research in Vilcabamba. Collectively, their findings report that the Vilcabambans experience better health, longer lives and above average coronary and bone health as compared to other populations. 1981 – Dr. Morton Walker, a medical journalist visits Vilcabamba to obtain samples of water, food and hair for analysis. I also review records in Vilcabamba’s Lieutenant General’s office, the Civil Registrar’s office, the local church and the Provincial Council of Loja to determine whether the centenarian claims are authentic. I interview several of the centenarians and investigates their diet, drinking water and lifestyle. Laboratory analysis of the samples collected by me reveal that the Vilcabamba water and food supply contains what I described as “the perfect combination of trace minerals and other elements deemed necessary for maintaining a balanced body chemistry.” The villagers’ hair analyses confirm the food and water findings. 1983 – Dr. Harvey Ashmead, Albion Labs, after having secured a number of patents for mineral chelation for human consumption, becomes the renowned expert on mineral chelation and the natural chelation processes that occur in the mineral waters of Vilcabamba. 1989 – Dr. DeWayne Ashmead, President of Albion Labs, publishes his book Conversations on Chelation and Mineral Nutrition. It contains his findings on mineral chelation, originally designed to support farm animal and crop production, and its benefits for human consumption and advanced nutritional supplementation. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 14 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS 1991 – Craig Keeland, Founder and C.E.O. of VíaVienté, asks the question, “Can you slow down the aging process to live a longer and younger life?” Craig’s goal is to develop an anti-aging product that combines all the “Best from nature with the best from science.” After reading Dr. Harvey Ashmead’s book, Craig insists that chelated minerals be an essential ingredient in his future anti-aging products. 1991 – After much research in the science of anti-aging, Craig Keeland seeks out Dr. Richard Cutler, National Institute on Aging. Dr. Cutler is credited with 16 years of research as well as verifying the role of Anti-Oxidants in fighting free radicals and thereby slowing the aging process. 1991 – Craig Keeland meets Dr. Harvey Ashmead who shares a copy of my 1981 manuscript, Secrets of Long Life. My manuscript confirms that the mineral profile of the Vilcabamban’s water is a key factor in the villagers’ remarkable health. 1991 – Craig Keeland meets me and I share my findings in my newly re-published book Secrets of Long Life. 1991 – Craig Keeland travels to Vilcabamba to confirm his belief that the “Fountain of Youth” can be found in the pristine waters that cascade from high in the Andes Mountains down to the village. He brings back a sample of water to be tested. 1991 – Dr. Harvey Ashmead and Dr. Mark Pedersen successfully assay the mineral profile from Vilcabamba’s water which becomes known as Vilcabamba Mineral Essence (VME). Craig asks Dr. Pedersen to formulate a good tasting tonic, combining VME with Anti-Oxidants and herbs. Due to technological limitations which kept them from eliminating the bitterness in a tonic form of the minerals and whole foods consumed by the Vilcabambans, Dr. Pedersen went on a “scientific mission” to resolve the problem. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 15 1992 – Life, Reader’s Digest, Newsweek and Longevity magazines publish articles about anti-aging technologies and advances in nutritional supplementation sparking the Anti-Oxidant Revolution. After reading these articles and posting them throughout the halls of his company, Craig Keeland is convinced that he has made the right choice to become a leader in anti-aging product development. He confirms his decision to require “Pharmaceutical Standards” for all of his products. 1993 – High Society magazine in Dallas covers Craig Keeland’s Vilcabamba trip to discover “The Fountain of Youth” and dubs him the “Ponce de Leon for the 21st Century.” The article also mentions Keeland’s “Great Water Taste-Off,” featuring Vilcabamba water. 1994 – Craig Keeland is invited to Dr. Linus Pauling’s home. Keeland shares his vision for anti-aging with the 93-year-old two-time Nobel Prize Winner, known as the “Father of Vitamin C.” Pauling “Passes the Torch” for “A Better Nutritional Future” to Keeland. This was Pauling’s last known interview. He passes away only five months later. 2003 – Craig Keeland again commissions Dr. Mark Pedersen, now with another leading nutritional products manufacturer, to develop a tonic delivery system for the Vilcabamba Mineral Essence and the powerful Anti-Oxidants found in Vilcabamba’s equatorial fruits and herbs. Using recent advances in scientific technologies, Pedersen successfully develops a good tasting “Whole fruit and herbal PhytoTonic” from homogenized (broken into small particles) “PhytoNectars.” He then adds the VME, making this new formula a revolutionary delivery system for the “Best from Vilcabamba.” 2003 – Dr. Richard Cutler, is now Scientific Director for The Kronos Group, a company dedicated exclusively to anti-aging technologies. Having developed the ORAC Value System in 1997 to measure a product’s Anti-Oxidant strength and value, Dr. Cutler names Keeland’s new PhytoTonic the “The Highest Rated Anti-Oxidant Value (ORAC) on the market.” Craig calls his product: VíaVienté, meaning “Alive With Youth.” © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 16 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS 2003 – The first bottle of VíaVienté is sold on July 1st. 2003 – Carrington Labs, an ISO 9001 Certified Pharmaceutical Manufacturer in North America, is enlisted to bottle VíaVienté utilizing patented manufacturing techniques that preserve the extra-high Anti-Oxidant values of its fruits and roots. 2003 – The Andes Children’s Foundation is established by Craig Keeland as a way of giving back to the people of the Vilcabamba Valley. The Foundation provides computers, software and teacher training to the villagers’ three schools as well as new desks and chairs for one of the schools. Volunteers travel to Vilcabamba twice a year on Educational Missions to share computer training, arts, crafts, emergency medical expertise and sports skills with the students. 2005 – Nearly two decades after his quest began, Craig Keeland's energizing, Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Inflammatory Whole Food Puree is changing lives worldwide. VíaVienté is sold in over 25 countries and territories around the world and growing. The product's health benefits transcend all ages, nationalities and genders. 2007 – VíaVienté's packaging is 100% green and recyclable. 2008 – Aseptic - VíaVienté is bottled at a pharmaceutical-standards manufacturer using the state-of-the-art Aseptic Sterilization process - a proprietary manufacturing process that kills any potential contaminants while leaving the nutrients and live food enzymes intact. Aseptic Sterilization ENSURES that VíaVienté is the best product on the market. 2009 – Resveratrol - Resveratrol has always been in VíaVienté in its Whole Grape Puree, Blueberry Puree, Bilberry Puree and Cranberry Puree. Recent discoveries have shown positive effects of Resveratrol on Cardiovascular Health resulting in less heart disease and cancer. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved VILCABAMBA THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 17 V ilcabamba The “Sacred Valley” of the Centenarians Founded by the Spanish in 1756, Vilcabamba is a tiny village in a Rainforest High in the Andes Mountains in the southwest corner of Ecuador. There, the Spanish encountered the Quechua Indians, possible ancestors to the Incas who had inhabited the Valley for centuries. The modern people of Vilcabamba are thought to be a mixture of the Spanish explorers and the Quechua Indians. The Vilcabamba Valley sits at the foothills of the Andes Mountains at an elevation of approximately 5,000 feet. It boasts the amazing claim of being one of the few places on earth that was not affected by the Ice Age. Surrounding the Valley and rising high into the Andes Mountains is Podocarpus National Park, a national reserve and one of the world’s few remaining rain forests, known for its Pre-Ice Age microorganisms. Falling rain settles into the tundra in the heart of the preserve, saturating the area with thousands of pools filled with the most organically mineral-rich spring waters in the world. The tundra acts as a filter for undesirable heavy metals. As the water penetrates the © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 18 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ VILCABAMBA tundra and winds its way through the mountains, it absorbs organic minerals and is forced by gravity to seek portals throughout the Valley from which to emerge. The places where this water emerges are the natural springs, which are abundant throughout the Valley. Just two miles from the center of the village lies one of these ancient springs, believed to have been utilized by the Incas. Here the soil has an unusual pinkish tint. About two miles further up toward the Warrango Ridge is another spring. It is likely that people have visited this spring for centuries, possibly going back to Incan times, as evidenced by markings on the surrounding rocks. These springs contribute to the volume of water flowing down the Valley and into the center of Vilcabamba. The purist and richest of these waters flows some 200 feet below the surface of the river valley in artesian wells that deposit this mineral-rich water. The water tested from these wells shows a higher content of essential minerals. This water is the source for the Vilcabamba Mineral Essence used in the All Natural Whole Food Puree, VíaVienté. The very essence of life itself, water, is considered sacred by the inhabitants. The old ones of the village say, “From the throne (the Andes) of the Sacred One (God) comes the elixir of life.” Local legend identifies the Valley as the original Garden of Eden. Year-round temperatures range between 66 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Vegetation flourishes here, and native herbs are reported by the villagers to have miraculous medicinal qualities. Dr. Synge, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who is credited with the discovery of amino acids, states that the plants from certain areas near the Equator have remarkable healing value. Chemical assay analysis has shown that the fruits, roots and herbs grown in this particular equatorial area have the strongest Anti-Oxidant protection in the world. Centenarians Living Without Disease Vilcabamba is one of only three places in the world that claim to have an unusually disproportionate abundance of centenarians per capita. In fact, the majority of Vilcabamba’s population is between 60 and 90. The village itself looks like a scene from a third world country composed of adobe structures and round earth buildings, which are environmentally friendly. The villagers display a © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved VILCABAMBA THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 19 great sense of humor and possess a zest for life. They live relatively stress-free lives in a lush environment with crisp, clean air. The modern world considers people over the age of 65 to be elderly. In Vilcabamba, these elderly engage in hard work well beyond what is considered the age of retirement in the rest of the world, enabling the Vilcabambans to remain contributing members of the community throughout their lives. What is most remarkable, however, is the absence of disease among the population. The Gift of Vilcabamba What do the people of Vilcabamba have to teach us? They provide a marvelous opportunity to explore the environmentally friendly factors that can slow down the aging process. As David Davies reported in The Centenarians of the Andes in 1975: “The people we studied do not have the same pattern of sickness as we do – diseases common to us, such as cancer and diabetes are almost unknown. Yet in the surrounding areas, where no centenarians are found, these same diseases are quite common. If these old people disappear without our finding some of their secrets, it will be one of the greatest losses to mankind in this history of medical research. Geneticists and environmentalists should work together to discover the secrets of old age – and these people of Ecuador offer us a unique opportunity. We must grasp it.”2 The Gift of Health to A Friend While You lead Yourself to Better Health with VíaVienté, Lead Family & Friends to Better Health too by “Gifting” them a bottle of VíaVienté. Giving the Gift of Health is One of the Greatest Gifts You will Ever Give to Someone. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 20 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ DISCOVERY & CONFIRMATION W Dr. Morton Walker taking a hair sample from Roa (at age 131) in 1981 for hair analysis used to determine the body’s vitamin and mineral content. W Roa’s son Roa, Jr. featured in National Geographic article in 1973 W Roa with his 4th wife (having survived 3), holding his child he sired at age 105 W W Woman in Vilcabamba with documentation of her age at 103 © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved Roa’s birth certification card with the year he was born... 1850. His name is on the church cornerstone which he helped build in 1866 at age 16. DISCOVERY & CONFIRMATION D C THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 21 iscovery & onfirmation When Dr. Eugene H. Payne’s article about the Vilcabamban region was published in Reader’s Digest in 1954, it sparked an avalanche of scientific interest in the area. Dr. Payne had traveled there to investigate the story of a British engineer who had retired to Loja to spend his few remaining years in the Province. Though high blood pressure had severely damaged his heart, surprisingly, Payne found him in good health. The man reported to Payne that as long as he stayed in Loja he seemed well, but whenever he left the region, his blood pressure zoomed and his heart gave him trouble. Dr. Payne also noted that heart disease was almost unknown among the inhabitants of the 4400 square mile province. 1 In 1969, Dr. Miguel Salvador, an internationally known cardiologist living in Quito, became interested in Vilcabamba after hearing reports that residents there never suffered heart attacks. He undertook a major research project in the area on behalf of the Ecuadorian government, surveying 340 randomly selected Vilcabambans of all ages. Of all the villagers Dr. Salvador surveyed, only one showed signs of having a weak heart. Dr. Salvador reported a high proportion of villagers over the age of 65, however, it was their level of physical activity that caught his attention: “I was impressed, however; not because people were living to be more than 100, but because they were so active, with minds and bodies you’d expect in men and women who were 60 or 70.” Salvador’s findings were published in 1972 in an Ecuadorian paper titled “Vilcabamba: Tierra de Longevos.” ² © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 22 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ DISCOVERY & CONFIRMATION Dr. David Davies, a British gerontologist visiting Quito in 1971, heard of Salvador’s Vilcabamban findings and arranged to visit the region. During the next two years he made three additional trips to the area and published his first account in the February 1973 issue of New Scientist. Dr. Davies stated that, “Hypertension, heart disease and cancer are comparatively uncommon. Death is usually the result of an accident or of catching influenza from the few outsiders who visit the place.” He also noted that baptismal certificates for Vilcabambans appeared authentic and that they confirmed both the longevity of current inhabitants as well as those who were deceased. Davies’ report mentioned that scientists from the National University of Quito were investigating the area’s spring water, from which most of the inhabitants drank, “in a search for chemical factors which might be responsible for the longevity.”3 In the early 1970’s, Dr. Alexander Leaf, chief of medical services at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of clinical medicine at Harvard, was commissioned by the National Geographic Society to visit areas of the world where centenarians were supposed to be plentiful. When Dr. Leaf visited Vilcabamba, he observed: “In Vilcabamba, the community was Catholic, and church baptismal records confirmed some of the ages claimed there. Some could also be supported by the number of generations of offspring, and by testimony from friends and relatives of similar age. A census taken in 1971 showed that Vilcabamba, with a population of only 819, had 9 individuals above the age of 100. In the United States, by comparison, the figure is about 3 centenarians per 100,000 population. The average daily diet provided 1,200 calories. The daily protein intake was 35 to 38 grams, and of fat only 12 to 19 grams; 200 to 260 grams of carbohydrate completed the diet. Protein and fat again were largely of vegetable origin, with only some 12 grams of protein daily © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved DISCOVERY & CONFIRMATION THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 23 from animal sources. Needless to say, one sees no obesity among the elderly in Vilcabamba, neither were there signs of under-nutrition.” 4 Vilcabamba is a tranquil community that allows its inhabitants freedom from most of the stress that confront modern society. Certainly this lack of stress contributes to their longevity. Dr. Leaf also recorded that regular sexual activity is an important factor in reaching extreme old age. In Vilcabamba, part of the natural flow of life is the continuation of sexual activity throughout the elder years. By the mid-1970s, the long-lived Vilcabambans had become the focus of global scientific excitement. In 1974, filmmaker Gene Ayers released his film titled Valley of the Old Ones. David Davies’ book The Centenarians of the Andes was published in 1975 in Great Britain. McGraw Hill released Dr. Leaf’s book Youth in Old Age the same year. The following year, Rodale Press published Grace Halsell’s book Los Viejos – Secrets of Long Life from the Sacred Valley. And a second documentary film was released titled, Longevity – To Live to Be 140. Each one of the scientists involved in documenting the vitality of the Vilcabambans confirmed that many of the villagers were well past 100 years of age. But more than their longevity was of interest. All of the elderly inhabitants were healthy, active and mentally alert. On February 27 – 28, 1978, the National Institute on Aging and the Fogerty International Center sponsored an international meeting concerning Vilcabamba. Dr. Alexander Leaf was appointed co-chairman of the workshop, which included researchers from Japan, Canada, France, Ecuador and the United States who had worked in Vilcabamba. Their findings showed that the importance of Vilcabamba was not simply in the area of longevity but also in the apparent good health of its elderly. Addressing the health aspects, Dr. Miguel Salvador reported that 44% of the elderly in Vilcabamba showed normal electrocardiograms, and only 30% showed definitely abnormal electrocardiograms, compared to 80% to 90% abnormality in other Ecuadorian and American populations. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 24 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ DISCOVERY & CONFIRMATION Other researchers noted that the Vilcabamba elderly shared five unusual characteristics: • They were not overweight, and in fact were relatively thin • They had lower blood pressure than expected; rarely hypertension • They had lower than usual blood cholesterol values • They had lower heart rates, especially after exertion • Measurements of the Vilcabambans’ bone structure showed the usual bone loss common with aging in other populations, but they appeared to be free of symptoms of osteoporosis, like spinal curvature, pain and fractures common in other populations.5 Secrets of Long Life At the invitation of the Ecuadorian Government, I visited Vilcabamba in November 1981 as an unbiased medical journalist to obtain samples of water, food and hair for analysis, to try to determine why the villagers were living to such an old age in perfect health. Laboratory analysis of the samples I collected revealed that the Vilcabamba water and food contained: Dr. Morton Walker. D.P.M. “...optimum amounts of trace minerals and other elements deemed necessary for maintaining a balanced body chemistry.”6 In my book Secrets of Long Life – How to remain healthy, sexual and actively working beyond 100, which I published upon my return from Vilcabamba, I reported my belief that the Vilcabambans’ health practices could be adapted for increasing the life expectancy of Western industrialized people. I concluded that the Vilcabambans’ long lives were due to what they ate, the balanced minerals in Vilcabamba drinking water, the amount of exercise in their daily activity, maintaining sexual intimacy well into advanced age, a pollution-free environment and peace of mind that permeates their outlook on most situations. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved DISCOVERY & CONFIRMATION THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 25 Food Supply In evaluating the villagers’ food supply, no chemical additives were included in food preparation. Food was organically grown and traditionally served in moderate portions. The people ate fresh, whole food newly picked from the fields, trees, vines and bushes. Almost no packaged, bottled, canned or boxed prepared foods were imported. Their diet was based on yucca, potatoes, rice and grains that provided substantial fiber. The high fiber component of their diet appeared to act as a natural chelating agent to protect them against carcinogens and kept their blood cholesterol levels extremely low. Physical Activity Vilcabambans maintain a habit of physical activity all of their lives. That exercise from laboring in the fields kept their muscles strong, joints movable and vital organs functioning well. When a person exercises, lactic acid is generated, which also acts as a chelating agent to protect from carcinogens. Elderly Vilcabambans generated much lactic acid in their muscles during vigorous physical labor. Lactic acid subsequently coursed through their arteries to clean them of atherosclerotic plaque. Exercise also kept their blood circulating so that brain cells were well fed with glucose and oxygen. I saw no symptoms related to senility or Alzheimer’s disease among the Vilcabambans. Johan Bjorksten, Ph.D., the developer of the cross-linkage theory of aging, supports his claims regarding the importance of exercise in Rejuvenation. “That certain exercise is beneficial for health is no longer doubted. This has mostly been ascribed to improvements in circulation and in muscle tone. It is an established fact that the lactic acid or lactate content of the blood is about doubled during the time of moderate muscular exertion, and declines to the normal level abruptly, in a few minutes. Since lactic acid is a fair-to-good chelating agent, it may help remove from the system potentially crosslinking aluminum, cadmium, mercury, lead, arsenic and excess iron, among others, thereby increasing longevity if depletion of the needed chelatable metals manganese, cobalt, zinc, iron and perhaps molybdenum is counteracted by the supplement medication or a couple of quarts daily of skim milk. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 26 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ DISCOVERY & CONFIRMATION The (time x mass) product of circulation-elevated lactic acid is more dependent on the duration of muscular exertion than on its intensity. Therefore, predictable beneficial effects are achieved from exercise such as walking, jogging, rowing, skiing and swimming where an elevated lactic acid content of blood is maintained regularly and for a considerable time.” Pollution-Free Environment I also measured air quality in Vilcabamba, determining that the air purity there is higher than almost anywhere else in the world. This may be in part because of the Huilco tree, a main source of dispersing negatively charged ions into the air in the region. Positively charged toxic ions produce a negative effect in most living organisms, especially people. The aged come down with respiratory complaints, and asthma sufferers wheeze and gasp. In contrast, a preponderance of negative ions gives a feeling of exhilaration. The Japanese, after testing the negative ion environment of Vilcabamba, duplicated this condition in their hospitals and reported remarkable healing time, especially in their burn patients. Herbology Medicinal plants grow naturally and in quantity in the Sacred Valley. For centuries, the natives have made use of their miraculous curative qualities. These medicinal herbs, plants and animals were often cultivated, bred and prepared in the villagers’ homes, in patches next to their vegetable gardens or mixed among the food plants themselves. Modern medicine was not practiced in the region until relatively recently when scientists and doctors arrived in the Valley with their technology and modern methods, only to rediscover the organic practices of the villagers. The Mineral-Rich Drinking Water As I observed the Vilcabambans’ lifestyle, I came to believe that their drinking water contained the primary secrets of the villagers’ long lifespans. Minerals in the water are present in a unique formulation and function as natural substitutes for oral chelating agents that help to empty toxic substances out of the 60 trillion cells in the human body and replace them with the necessary metabolic nutrients that maintain the body’s organs, tissues and other parts at the highest levels of healthiness. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved DISCOVERY & CONFIRMATION THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 27 Chelation (pronounced key-LAY-shon) is derived from the Greek word chele meaning claw. In effect, the chelate substance gives a firm, pincer-like binding of certain chemicals to bivalent metals or other minerals. The chemical process of chelation incorporates the metal or mineral ion into a heterocyclic ring structure. Certain chemicals such as the enzyme bromelain found in fresh pineapple or the enzyme papain in papaya, both of which Vilcabambans eat regularly, close the ring structure and grasp heavy metals with the claw-like action. They are encircled or sequestered by the complex ring, thereby losing their toxic properties. Toxic metals that are chelated out of the Vilcabambans’ bodies include lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum, nickel, copper, calcium and others. Thus, the Vilcabambans don’t suffer from heavy metal toxicity, which may be one reason they frequently live such long lives. Toxic minerals trapped in the body cells of people living in industrialized Western nations are a result of the high levels of air, water and food pollution that come from advanced technology. These minerals create the elevated incidence of degenerative disease such as cancer, heart and artery problems, diabetes, kidney disease, sexual disorders, varicose veins, lupus erythematosus, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, arthritis, cataracts and others. Vilcabambans living in the high Andes Mountains of Ecuador where there are no factories, smokestacks, industrial wastes, automobile exhaust, foods with additives or impure water avoid degeneration of the body’s cells due to pollution. The latest preventive medical research unmistakably shows the weakening of the basic body chemistry in modern man and the breakdown of his immune system have resulted from two factors: • Nutritional inadequacy in the processed food Westerners eat • Abundant build-up of toxic heavy metals in the cells The lack of contaminants that might cause degenerative disease is a factor in the villagers’ lifestyle. Vilcabambans avoid impurities of all sorts and chelate out of their bodies any possible stressors, in the form of pollutants or carcinogens, by the natural oral chelating agents they get from their organic foods. Moreover, the healthy minerals in the Vilcabamba drinking water substitute for any possible heavy metal or calcium contamination, which could produce hardening of the arteries. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 28 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ DISCOVERY & CONFIRMATION On my return, I brought samples of the Vilcabamban drinking water back to the United States for analysis by MineraLab, Inc., a trace mineral analysis laboratory in Hayward, California. From my collective observations and lab analysis of their drinking water, I concluded that the primary reason the Vilcabamban centenarians remained in perfect mineral balance, was because of their organic mineral water. The Vilcabambans get this balance of minerals by drinking the rainwater that collects in mountain lakes 12,000 feet above sea level in lush vegetarian pools. Then as more rain comes, it pushes the water from pool to pool farther down the mountain and meanders down the mountains over rocks, soil and other mineral deposits. At the elevation of approximately 4,000 – 6,000 feet, where most Vilcabambans live, they dip water out of artesian wells, quiet pools, rushing streams or flowing rivers and use it for cooking, washing and drinking. I found this water to contain minerals in a perfect balance to promote excellent health. John A. Myers, MD Writing in the Journal of Applied Nutrition, John A. Myers, MD, of Baltimore, Maryland, supports my theory that the longevity of the Vilcabambans can be traced directly to the minerals in their drinking water and diet. “Each of these communities is situated in a Valley supplied with water which washes silt from a mountain behind them…These people drink the silted water. They fertilize crops with it; they eat the flesh and milk of animals raised on it and have a constant supply of trace elements throughout their lives that is good or better than any other place on earth.” “These people maintain their health and longevity from activation of enzymes of their cells by these mineral elements supplied to them in a fortuitously balanced concentration.” Mineral Content of the Centenarians’ Cells While in Vilcabamba, I also took numerous hair samples to analyze them for trace minerals. Minerals are present in the body in tissues such as blood, urine, feces, skin, hair and nails. But they are most © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved DISCOVERY & CONFIRMATION THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 29 easily measured in hair tissues. Through laboratory analysis of hair strands, one can measure the balance of minerals in the body. I performed Hair and Mineral Analyses on forty adults and ten children under age ten. The oldest living Vilcabamban from whom I took hair samples for mineral analysis was 131-year old Jose Maria Roa. Comparing the children’s analyses to the adults provided clues as to whether the villagers’ potential longevity was an inherited trait or acquired from their lifestyle. I concluded that lifestyle was the key. Hair mineral analyses showed no common genetic mineral trait between adults and children. However, I found a definite similarity among the centenarian mountain people who all displayed similar hair concentrations of the same minerals. The children, on the other hand, who came from the village center, often consumed processed foods such as soft drinks and packaged sweets. They had hair analyses similar to that of Westerners. The hair mineral analyses conducted by MineraLab, Inc., also indicated that the reason these Ecuadorians live so long is directly related to the minerals ingested in their water and food. “The water and unprocessed food produce a type of chelation process in their bodies – particularly the blood vessels. Additionally, other lifestyle factors such as their daily exercise, breathing the pure air with its negative ions and the non-stressful community living contribute to their longevity. Degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart attack, arthritis, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cataracts, liver disease, glaucoma, diabetes, senility, stroke and others don’t strike them.” I also noticed that while these killer diseases were not present in the Vilcabamban centenarians, they were prevalent in larger Ecuadorian cities to the same degree as in the United States. Upon examining the public health records of Quito, Loja and Guayaquil, I discovered that the average Ecuadorian lives for 74 years. The old ones of Vilcabamba live approximately 50% longer. I also concluded that the Vilcabamban lifestyle protects them from heavy metal poisoning. The chelating mechanisms produced by optimal exercise, by drinking mineral water and eating fresh food packed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, hormones and other nutritional substances appears to protect them from heavy metal toxicity and other causes of degenerative diseases. Nutritionists are aware that foods available in industrialized Western societies are often stripped of many of their valuable nutri© 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 30 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ DISCOVERY & CONFIRMATION ents in the process of being dried, stored, refined, frozen or canned; or because they have been grown in depleted or chemically treated soils. In contrast to North Americans, the elderly of Vilcabamba do not suffer excessive calcium-causing disease. One reason may be the natural calcium antagonist manganese, which appears to be bioavailable in the Vilcabamba environment. Since this mineral is biounavailable in the North American environment, Americans are victims of more than 6 million spontaneous bone fractures each year. Upon further study of the laboratory analyses of the Vilcabambans’ hair and water samples, I concluded: Vilcabamba’s water, termed ‘elixir of life’ contains a rich and seemingly ideal combination of minerals. The laboratory analysis of the samples, conducted for over a year by MineraLab, Inc., revealed that the nutrient concentration contents of the centenarians’ bodies and their mineral drinking water exactly match. Dr. Gary F. Gordon of MineraLab, Inc., also concluded that: “The drinking water of Vilcabamba prevents hardening of the arteries and the causes of degenerative illnesses such as heart attacks, glaucoma, diabetes, senility, cerebral hemorrhage and other medical problems.” 6 In 2005, at the invitation of Craig Keeland, I returned to Vilcabamba to reacquaint myself with old friends, such as Jaime Mendoza, who owned the hotel in which I stayed during my first trip in 1981. I was amazed at all the changes that had taken place in this small village, especially with the Dr. Morton Walker with Craig Keeland in one of the classroom in Vilcabamba. (2005) increased visitation by foreigners seeking the health benefits of which I had mentioned in my books about the region. I was impressed by the formation of The Andes Children’s Foundation by VíaVienté and their willingness to provide all the educational and athletic needs for the children of Vilcabamba (see Chapter “Giving Back...” pages 85-91.) © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved CHELATION THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ C 31 helation “Countless human ills stem from the fact that impoverished soils of America no longer provide plant foods with the mineral elements essential to human nourishment and health.” 7 That statement, printed by the U.S. Government Printing Office in an article by Rex Beach, a staff member of the 74th Congress in 1936 summarized some of the findings of Dr. Charles Northern, a pioneer in the field of nutrition. Beach continued in his article to point out that, “No longer does a balanced and fully nourishing diet consist merely of so many calories or certain vitamins of a fixed proportion of starches, proteins and carbohydrates. We now know that it must contain, in addition, something like a score of minerals.”7 It wasn’t until the 1970’s that the U.S. Government created the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowances, later labeled USRDA), which recognized the important role of minerals in the human diet. The decades long research that went into developing the bioavailable minerals called chelated minerals are the accomplishments of Dr. Harvey Ashmead at one of the world’s foremost and recognized manufacturers and research companies, Albion Laboratories, located in Clearfield, Utah. Founded by Dr. Ashmead in 1956, Albion is the world’s leading producer of patented amino acid chelated minerals which are used to benefit plants, animals and humans worldwide. Dr. Ashmead devoted his life to advancing our nutritional knowledge about improving crop production through mineral fertilization techniques and the role of minerals in animal nutrition. His greatest contribution lies in what we now know about Chelation. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 32 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ CHELATION Chelation When we ingest a mineral, the body must bind that mineral to the correct amino acid in order to be used by the body. Since amino acids are not always available in the correct amounts, as little as 30% of that mineral may actually be absorbed by the body. Chelation improves absorption by 400 – 600%. Before non-chelated minerals can be absorbed by the body, they must be chelated or complexed in the stomach or intestinal tract or in the intestinal wall prior to entering the intestinal cells and ultimately the bloodstream. This natural chelation is not a simple process and is dependent upon a number of variables. That is why absorption of non-chelated minerals is so low. Dr. H. DeWayne Ashmead, PhD, noted researcher on mineral nutrition and chelation, is now the president of Albion Labs, the company his father founded. Dr. DeWayne Ashmead explains why mineral absorbency varies dramatically depending on the delivery system used to introduce the mineral to the body. “One cause for this variability is the insolubility of some forms of minerals that are in our diets, including mineral supplements; another is the binding of these minerals that are soluble to other food constitutes such as phytic acid or phosphates, which then prevent them from being absorbed. Finally, our diets, our physical conditions, our health, our emotional conditions, etc., all influence the quality of minerals absorbed if those minerals are not properly 8 chelated with amino acids.” Dr. DeWayne Ashmead restates his father’s findings upon which many of his patents are based: “Many people attempt to compensate for lack of mineral absorption from their diets by taking mineral supplements, which addresses the problem of supply but not that of absorption. In order for minerals to be used by the body, their presentation (delivery system) must be modified and become part of an organic molecule through a process known as amino acid chelation. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved CHELATION THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 33 For our organic bodies to absorb particles of inorganic minerals, those minerals have to become in some measure organic. This is accomplished by bonding amino acids from hydrolyzed protein to metallic atoms. This process occurs naturally in the growth of the plant or animal, which eventually is eaten. The resulting molecule is an amino acid chelate and is available for absorption by the body, with consequent use of the mineral, in a way that the non-chelated minerals or improperly-chelated minerals cannot be.” Dr. DeWayne Ashmead’s goal is to require that all mineral supplements on the market be required to measure up to the highest standards of absorption established by amino acid chelated minerals so that the consumer will benefit from these advances in technology. Dr. Ashmead reminds us that, “Not all chelates are made equal.” Amino acid chelates are the most absorbable forms of mineral chelation known to date.9 The mineral chelates found naturally in the waters of Vilcabamba result from their being filtered through the lush vegetation in the water tables of the upper rain forests in the Andes Mountains. After acquiring the manuscript of my story about Vilcabamba and its centenarians, Dr. Harvey Ashmead became curious about the claims of long life and health. His life’s work had been dedicated to the discovery and development of a process whereby the body’s own chelation processes could be duplicated and used to benefit human nutrition. Dr. Ashmead theorized that the Vilcabambans benefited from the natural mineral chelation that occurred in the water they drank. “When I saw Dr. Walker’s manuscript on Vilcabamba and claims about its mineral-rich waters, I knew I had found the evidence of the benefits of a lifetime of highly-absorbable mineral therapy I had been looking for to conclusively prove my chelation research and theories.” Without a sample of the water to analyze himself, he only had my manuscript as evidence. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 34 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved IT’S IN THE WATER THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 35 I t’s in the Water “If this is truly the Fountain of Youth for these centenarians of Vilcabamba, I will dedicate my life to duplicating the Essence of this water and sharing it with the world!” Craig Keeland, 1991 In 1979, Craig Keeland, launched a company that would position him in the growing nutritional supplements market. At the time he was only 24 years old. When he was 29, he asked himself, “Why can’t I look and feel the way I do right now for sixty or even seventy more years? Why, if man is engineered to live 120 years, does old age begin at 65? Why do some people like Dick Clark never seem to age? Why can’t people Live Longer in a State of Youthfulness?” As he pondered those thoughts, he told himself that he would find the answers to those questions, even if it took him the rest of his life. Being an avid reader, Craig began noticing a series of articles about the aging baby-boomer population and the growing desire to live longer and be more active in retirement. For Craig, this presented a paradox. If in fact, people were living longer but not living well, there didn’t seem to be a significant advancement in the quality of life as it relates to health. As he dug further, Craig uncovered a series of articles about Dr. Richard Cutler, who at the time was working for The National Institute on Aging at the National Institute of Health in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Cutler claimed to have discovered the cause of aging, which he called “Oxidative Stress,” and is a pioneer in the discovery of the “free radical” molecule destruction of healthy cells. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 36 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ IT’S IN THE WATER Craig read articles about the Anti-Oxidant Revolution and began seeing products with more potent formulations of vitamins C, B, A, Beta Carotene and others hitting the shelves. Additionally, Craig found numerous articles about “Chelated” minerals, describing how the mineral contributes to human health. In these articles, the name Dr. Harvey Ashmead kept recurring. Dr. Ashmead, founder of Albion Laboratories, had successfully patented the process of chelation using amino acids so minerals could be delivered directly to targeted areas of the body with mineral deficiencies. Along with Ashmead, the name Dr. Mark Pedersen kept surfacing. Dr. Pedersen, a world-renowned Herbalist, had written the reference book that herbalists use when they need more knowledge regarding a particular herb. He called Dr. Richard Cutler on the phone and traveled to Baltimore to meet with him. In Cutler’s office, Craig saw thousands of folders filled with research papers lining the walls. Dr. Cutler explained: Craig Keeland with Dr. Mark Pedersen (1991) “16 years of research on anti-aging that not one person from the department of the government (for which he worked) has ever asked me about or asked me to report my findings.” Craig shared his own vision with Dr. Cutler, who then showed Craig his formula for the his Anti-Oxidant complex designed to combat aging – a formula that still today, has not been surpassed. Next he tracked down Dr. Mark Pedersen, who had recently joined Dr. Ashmead at Albion Labs. Pedersen introduced Craig to Dr. Ashmead. Through eight trips and 15 meetings, Craig shared with Dr. Ashmead his vision of finding a partner in his search for the answer to anti-aging. Craig and Dr. Ashmead talked about chelation and its role in anti-aging. Craig asked Dr. Ashmead, “What is the key to living in a state of youthfulness? Are there living proof and case studies proving his theories that minerals were the key to the human body living its full complement of 120 years?” © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved IT’S IN THE WATER THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 37 Dr. Ashmead replied vaguely that there were studies being done, but that scientists knew too little about chelation to have significant long-term results in evidence. After countless meetings, Craig left confused and unsure why Dr. Ashmead was so reluctant to share the depth of his knowledge. Then Craig had a brainstorm. It occurred to him that Dr. Ashmead did not believe Craig was serious, and that like so many others before him, he was just out to exploit the life work of Dr. Ashmead. Craig went to the bank, drafted a $5,000 cashier’s check and mailed it to Dr. Ashmead. About three weeks later, while wondering if he’d just wasted $5,000, Craig’s phone rang. It was Dr. Ashmead saying, “You’ve made a believer out of me. You are serious. I want you to come back to Albion as soon as you can. I’ve got something I need to share with you.” Craig immediately booked a flight and within 24 hours was back at Albion Labs. After lunch and several anxious hours, Dr. Ashmead called Mark Pedersen and Craig into his office. He then opened the bottom drawer of his desk, pulled out a manuscript, and laid it on the desk in front of Craig. “Here is your answer. I believe you will find in this manuscript everything you need to know about how to live to be 100 in a state of youthfulness.” Craig picked up the typed manuscript titled Secrets for Long Life (my original document in manuscript form). He went to his hotel and read the manuscript several times. Entranced by the story, Craig learned that I, on my trip to Vilcabamba in 1981, had indeed confirmed that the Vilcabambans do live in perfect balance with the minerals needed to maintain a healthy body and to help us sustain longevity. With help from a friend that he knew in Langley, Virginia, Craig located me and called me on the phone. Craig, in his excitement, blurted out to me, “Is it all true?” I replied, “It’s all true, and I can take you there to prove it.” © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 38 THE MIRACLE OF VVíAVIENTÉ IT’S IN THE WATER Being an impulsive type, Craig immediately booked a trip to Vilcabamba for himself and two companions. In Vilcabamba, Craig stood below the misting water of a great waterfall as the essence of life flowed over him. Craig, in 1991, standing below his “Fountain of Youth” discovered while on a hike in a remote rainforest area in the Vilcabamba Valley He took samples of this water back to Dr. Ashmead for analysis. The mineral content of the water sample proved itself out at Albion Labs. Craig had uncovered the secret to a youthful long life and had found a partner in Dr. Harvey Ashmead. Craig commissioned Dr. Harvey Ashmead and Dr. Mark Pedersen to analyze the mineral profile from Vilcabamba’s water. Their analysis showed that the mineral water was comprised of 13 essential minerals in the perfect proportion and balance for human health and metabolism. This assay of essential minerals with its unique mineral profile has been trademarked by VíaVienté as Vilcabamba Mineral Essence (VME). © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved ANTI-OXIDANTS THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ A O nti- 39 xidants Craig Keeland with Dr. Linus Pauling (age 93) at Pauling’s home in Big Sur, CA (1994) While scientists like Dr. Charles Northern, Dr. Harvey Ashmead and Dr. DeWayne Ashmead were advancing our understanding of the vital importance of minerals to human health, others were uncovering the equally important role of Anti-Oxidants. Dr. Linus Pauling Dr. Linus Pauling, two time Nobel Prize winner, has the distinction of being the first Anti-Oxidant research pioneer. Dubbed “The Father of Vitamin C” by many of his colleagues, he is also often considered to be the founding father of molecular biology. His work in this field transformed the biological sciences and medicine, providing a base for biotechnology. His landmark book The Nature of the Chemical Bond is frequently cited as the most influential scientific book of the 20th Century. In 1948, Pauling had a sudden insight regarding the fundamental structure of proteins, an insight that had eluded him for more than a decade. Working with a sheet of paper that he folded over at sites where he knew the protein chain could theoretically bend, he discovered that the polypeptide chain, formed from sequences of amino acids, would coil into a particular helical structure which he named the alpha helix. This helix theory was later used by genetic researchers Watson and Crick to identify the double-helix DNA structure that launched the scientific community into a new era in genetic research. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 40 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ ANTI-OXIDANTS When he was awarded his first Nobel Prize in 1954, the academy cited his seminal work on the nature of the chemical bond and the structure of molecules and crystals. They also acknowledged his application of the resulting concepts to the elucidation of the structure of proteins, specifically the alpha helix. Dr. Pauling’s groundbreaking discoveries set the stage for researchers who would follow him, including Dr. Harvey Ashmead – a pioneer in the fields of chelated minerals and amino acids. Pauling also showed that Anti-Oxidants play an important role in combating the aging process by ridding the body of cell-damaging, free radical molecules. In the skin of the average smoker, one can see the result of the absence of Anti-Oxidants and cumulative oxidative stress. Essentially self-induced pollution of the body, smoking is one of the largest contributors to oxidative stress and free radical damage resulting from a lack of Anti-Oxidants (vitamins) and essential minerals in the body. In 1994, when Craig Keeland visited Dr. Pauling at his home in Big Sur, California, Pauling acknowledged Dr. Payne’s and Dr. Leaf’s accounts of Vilcabamba. Pauling confirmed his belief that the Vilcabambans’ excellent health was certainly a result of their diets, which included an abundance of Vitamin C and other Anti-Oxidants. Much of Pauling’s lifework combined the dedication and knowledge of the scientist with a deep humanitarian commitment and his own operating principle of minimizing suffering. It was this dedication to improving the lives of everyone he touched that inspired Dr. Richard Cutler to set similar goals and pursue a career in Anti-Oxidant research. Dr. Richard Cutler When Dr. Cutler was hired by the National Institute on Aging as their leading chemist in 1976, he had no idea that one day he would be considered “The Father of Anti-Oxidants.” After 16 years of research at the institute and a continued career in Oxidative Stress Research, Dr. Cutler’s work has been the catalyst for what has been deemed the Anti-Oxidant Revolution. In fact, in 1997, Dr. Cutler and Dr. Pauling shared the Infinity Award from the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved ANTI-OXIDANTS THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 41 After visiting Vilcabamba in 1991, Craig Keeland conferred with Dr. Cutler regarding the Vilcabamban’s diet and health. Dr. Cutler believed that the fruits grown in Vilcabamba registered a higher Anti-Oxidant value from most other parts of the world. But why would an orange from Vilcabamba have a higher Anti-Oxidant value than an orange from Florida, America’s Orange Capital? The answer lies with radiation levels produced by the sun. At the equator, the sun is directly overhead, delivering radiation at its greatest strength. In other latitudes, the sun’s rays are less direct, reducing the radiation that permeates growing fruits. It is thought that the earth first tilted on its axis during the Ice Age, causing vegetation in the equatorial regions to adapt to higher levels of radiation from direct sunlight. In much the same way that people living in equatorial regions developed darker skin as radiation protection, plants in equatorial regions increased their Anti-Oxidant defenses to survive the added stress of direct sunlight. Measuring the ORAC val- Dr. Cutler was featured in a 1992 Life Magazine article about aging. ues (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) show that an orange grown in Vilcabamba has a higher Anti-Oxidant rating than an orange grown in Florida. Thus, a human eating a Vilcabamba orange would benefit from its higher Anti-Oxidant protection as well. Dr. Cutler surmised that the abundance of Anti-Oxidants in Vilcabamba’s fruits was a major contributing factor to the villagers’ longevity. Craig Keeland with Dr. Richard Cutler at the National Institute on Aging (1991) © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 42 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER PhytoTonics Book In 2003, a book titled, The Energizing & Healing Powers of PhytoTonics From Whole Fruit & Herbal Nectars, was written by Dr. Mark Pederson, world renowned herbalist and author. The revolutionary idea of using Whole Fruits, Herbs and Chelated Minerals combined in a synergistic formula inspired Dr. Pedersen to write this book about the product, VíaVienté, the first ever such PhytoTonic with such Healing, Energizing and AntiInflammatory Properties. VíaVienté was the confirmation that Dr. Pedersen needed to prove the long term positive effects of High Anti-Oxidant Rich Whole Fruits and Herbal Nectars and Chelated Minerals on the human body, which he had been researching and developing over a 12 year period. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 43 P utting It All Together A Natural Whole Food Puree with Healing, Energizing & Anti-Inflammatory Benefits After Craig Keeland had managed to bring everything he needed to the table to formulate his “dream-come-true” Youthfulness Product, he commissioned Ashmead and Pedersen to develop a tonic that would combine all of these beneficial ingredients. Due to the technological limitations in food processing in 1991 when Dr. Ashmead and Dr. Pedersen assayed the Vilcabamba Mineral Water, there was no way to eliminate the bitterness in tonics made from whole pureed fruits and herbs with such high mineral content. After twelve years of research, it was not until 2003, that Dr. Mark Pedersen successfully developed a good-tasting tonic combining the Vilcabamba Mineral Essence with the High Anti-Oxidant Whole Foods and Herb profile present in the Vilcabambans’ diet. By combining the Vilcabambans’ mineral-rich waters with eleven South American rainforest fruits and two homeostasis-producing herbs, Dr. Pedersen created a patented and chelated All Natural Whole Fruit Puree, which is considered by many to be The Ultimate PhytoTonic. Phyto comes from the Greek meaning “to bring forth from a plant” and Tonic is “a healing agent that invigorates and restores.” This PhytoTonic is the realization of Craig Keeland’s vision to find the secret to “Living in a State of Youthfulness.” Craig’s Energizing, Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Inflammatory Tonic: VíaVienté A Name that means “Alive With Youth” is Restoring Health & Hope Around The World. People taking VíaVienté at its optimal dosage experience more energy and less pain within two to six weeks because of the components contained in its formulation. These components © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 44 THE MIRACLE OF VVíAVIENTÉ PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER include botanical tonic nectars in a base of mineral water. They derive from whole fruits and herbs – stems, leaves, fruit, seeds, roots, juice, skin and pulp. None of the ingredients are certified for use in the finished PhytoTonic until the all natural whole fruit puree passes a battery of quality evaluations. The final nectar is tested for potency and purity. The entire fruit is used from each plant because polyphenols, or Anti-Oxidants, often remain most potent in the seeds, rinds and skins.10 Lab tests show that the VíaVienté PhytoTonic delivers 2 times the ORAC value of any other nutritional supplement. ORAC is a laboratory measurement of a substance’s Anti-Oxidant strength. The following Fruits & Herbs are present in VíaVienté: Grape containing Resveratrol for blood flow circulation, overall improved cardiovascular health and enhanced digestion Blueberry containing Resveratrol for richer blood and healthier tissues Bilberry containing Resveratrol for vision acuity Cranberry containing Resveratrol for improved digestion Noni from Tahiti for increased mobility Prune for evacuative digestion Elderberry for respiration Apple for physiological constitution Aloe vera for healthier skin and improved digestion Lycium fruit (Wolfberry or Goji) for vision and immunity Pomegranate to lower cholesterol levels and improve cardiovascular health Gentian Root for blood flow circulation (U.S. Formula Only) Chinese Skullcap for mobility & better digestion (U.S. Formula Only) © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 45 All of these ingredients are held together in a base of Vilcabamba Mineral Water containing the basic mineral essence which consists of 13 Minerals Essential for human health and vital to the human body’s function. The water essence is entirely free of anything toxic, including heavy metals. Individual Nutrients The polyphenols present as herbal nectars in VíaVienté are divided into four subgroups: Bioflavonoids from Chinese skullcap, Anthocyanins, OPCs or Proanthocyanins in the multiple berry nectars plus grapes in particular, and Xanthones found in gentian root and Chinese skullcap nectars. Tonics have been used for 2000 years to supplement health and cure medical ills. VíaVienté, considered by many to be the most powerful tonic ever created, combines an array of botanicals that work synergistically to counteract the symptoms of serious illness and provide what the body needs for excellent health and well being. These botanicals have Anti-Inflammatory characteristics and reduce or eliminate the more severe effects of arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, visual impairments, muscle and joint pain, respiratory illness and more. At long last, VíaVienté delivers the energy provided by the unique balance of minerals in the Vilcabambans’ drinking water plus the power to heal, which is present in the Anti-Oxidant systems of the Vilcabambans’ fruits. Dr. Mark Pedersen has dubbed VíaVienté the “Energy Super Tonic.” Why not.... Give the Gift of Health? While You lead Yourself to Better Health with VíaVienté, Lead Family & Friends to Better Health too by “Gifting” them a bottle of VíaVienté. Giving the Gift of Health is One of the Greatest Gifts You will Ever Give to Someone. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 46 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ A SCIENTIFIC SKETCH OF VÍAVIENTÉ © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved A SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW OF VÍAVIENTÉ A THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 47 Scientific Overview of VíaVienté Craig Keeland’s Vision On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced the ambitious goal of putting an American safely on the moon by the end of the decade. NASA had only existed for a few years. At the time, the technology to achieve Kennedy’s dream of an American on the moon did not even exist. Just 8 years later on July 29, 1969, Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. John Kennedy’s vision became reality and made a dramatic impact on world history. In 1991, Craig Keeland had a vision to make the mineral-rich drinking water and Anti-Oxidant infused fruits of Vilcabamba available to everyone around the world. When Craig challenged Dr. Pedersen to create the Vilcabamba Mineral Essence (VME) in a liquid form, the technology was not around to make that happen either, so it was first created in a capsule. Twelve years later, VíaVienté was born and made history by being the first tonic that combined all these life-giving ingredients in a good tasting liquid form, using 11 fruits and 2 herbal phytonectars in a base of Vilcabamba Mineral Water. All of the fruits and herbs it contains have been used for thousands of years as both food and for medicine. The fruits and herbs in VíaVienté were each selected because of the polyphenols they contain. The “Miracle of VíaVienté” is that it is truly “Created by Nature.” Created By Nature You probably know more about polyphenols than you think. They are highly colored and give the yellow to a banana, the red to an apple and the blue to a blueberry. You also know them as the bitter taste of a grapefruit, and the distinctive odor of broccoli. Polyphenols are the naturally occurring Anti-Oxidants in fruits and provide powerful health benefits. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 48 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ A SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW OF VÍAVIENTÉ Another way of describing polyphenols is to say that they are found in the parts of fruits we peel off and throw away before eating them. Their bitter astringent taste is the reason most of us do not eat enough of them. Plants use polyphenols for protection from the rain and sun and to ward off foraging predators. They impart color to leaves and flowers. It’s this color that makes them less fragile and live longer. VíaVienté is A Natural Whole Fruit Puree rich with polyphenols. VíaVienté comes in a great tasting liquid delivery system that has four advantages over other dietary supplements. First, it tastes great, which increases the chances that you will take it every day. Second, liquids are generally more quickly absorbed than other dosage forms. Third, with a liquid product there is no “pill fatigue” which is often an issue particularly with children and the elderly. Fourth, it is a versatile dietary supplement. It has both healing and energizing properties, making it useful for nearly everyone regardless of their health concerns. Modern-day society is a culture of excesses. We all are exposed to too much stress, pollution, noise, anxiety and calories. Many people suffer from chronic health problems that stop them from accomplishing their goals in life. Ironically, life’s only deficiencies seem to be a good diet and regular exercise. Even as medicine becomes more sophisticated, conventional health practitioners only treat serious health concerns and ignore small aches and pains. However, many health practitioners are beginning to recognize the potential of aches and pains to develop into chronic, life threatening diseases. Indeed, 9 out of 10 of the most important risk factors for death have nutritional foundations.11 Studies indicate that consuming a sound foundation of nutrients every day, like the ones found in VíaVienté, will give you more energy, make you more resistant to disease and reduce your chances for premature death.12 If you suffer from chronic stress or pain, persistent fatigue or insomnia, regularly get sinus, ear, or bladder infections, have trouble seeing clearly, or are concerned about heart disease, diabetes or any other serious illness, you should be taking VíaVienté every day. VíaVienté works to provide the nutritional foundation that will keep you looking and feeling younger longer. Even if you are taking a vitamin supplement, you still need VíaVienté. Chances are that you are only getting 5% of the nutrition that the United States government recommends.13 This is because most © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved A SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW OF VÍAVIENTÉ THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 49 daily vitamins are deficient in minerals. The small, easy to swallow tablets are promoted as containing 100% of the U.S. government’s Recommended Daily Intake (USRDI) for all twelve essential vitamins. However, vitamins make up only 5% of the USRDI by weight. Minerals, also considered essential by the U.S. Government, make up 95% of the USRDI by weight, and most nutritional deficiencies are mineral based. Minerals are important because they regulate the speed and efficiency of your body’s metabolic pathways. VíaVienté uses the pure mineral water from the Vilcabamba Valley in the rainforest of Ecuador to provide a balanced mineral profile. Tested By Science The scientists of VíaVienté’s product development team, headed by Dr. Mark Pedersen, along with its scientific advisory board, worked for more than a decade to develop VíaVienté as a revolutionary Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Inflammatory and Energizing Tonic Drink. For those who use VíaVienté regularly, its properties are a myriad, ranging from increased energy all the way to pain relief and the reduction of inflammatory symptoms. We have known for some time that VíaVienté possesses great Anti-Oxidant properties. Traditional medicine tells us of the historical uses for each of its individual phytonectars. In spite of the great testimonials VíaVienté has received, it is only recently these claims have been substantiated through scientific means. At the direction of the VíaVienté management team, Brunswick Labs – the premier authority on Anti-Oxidant testing – compared the power of VíaVienté against leading competitors using state-of-the-art ORAC tests. ORAC is the scientific standard of measurement of a substance’s Anti-Oxidant value. The ORAC tests measure Anti-Oxidant power against 5 important “free radicals.” In fact, it is the test used by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). VíaVienté was the first product in the industry to be awarded Brunswick Labs' ORAC Seal of Certification. This seal, which is recognized around the world, ensures VíaVienté's Anti-Oxidant Strength and Purity. Few companies are willing to subject their product to such testing. It speaks volumes about the integrity of VíaVienté management to subject its product to such rigorous testing. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 50 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ A SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW OF VÍAVIENTÉ The Total ORAC Complex VíaVienté is one of the only companies in the world to have the certified testing of “The Total ORAC Complex Value” which consists of these five certification tests: ORAC, HORAC, NORAC, SORAC & SOAC. Simply stated... “The Total ORAC Complex Value” is the Comprehensive Anti-Oxidant Value of any Fruit, Whole Food or Nutritional Product. Today, “The Total ORAC Complex Value” shows VíaVienté’s Superiority in defending the body against the five free radicals: peroxyl, peroxynitrite, superoxide, hydroxyl and singlet oxygen. These results also confirm that VíaVienté is the leader in Broad-Spectrum Anti-Oxidant Protection, providing more than 2 times the “Aggregate ORAC Complex” of its competitors and the Highest Anti-Oxidant Protection against every free radical. Clinical Study Medical research is rapidly discovering the connection between Anti-Oxidants, inflammation and human health conditions. In 2004, an independent research organization initiated and completed a clinical study to test the correlation between VíaVienté and specific outcomes in human health. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved A SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW OF VÍAVIENTÉ THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 51 A clinical study is the scientific benchmark for proving whether a treatment is truly effective and that the results of this treatment can be measured over time. The purpose of the investigation was to learn if VíaVienté could reduce the inflammation and resulting pain in people suffering from Osteoarthritis of the knee or hip. The independent research organization teamed with Miami Research Associates to conduct this study of VíaVienté. Miami Research Associates is comprised of 32 board-certified physicians and has more than 25 years experience in conducting pharmaceutical studies and specializes in Gastroenterology, Neurology, Cardiology, Psychiatry, Women's Health, Nutrition, Rheumatology and Endocrinology. The study is entitled: A Randomized Double Blind Placebo Controlled Clinical Trial Evaluating the Efficacy of VíaVienté for the Improvement of Quality of Life in Adults with Osteoarthritis of the Knee or Hip. It was conducted from February 2004 through July 2004, and the study protocol was reviewed and approved by an independent IRB (Institutional Review Board). A report was submitted to VíaVienté in November, 2004. The clinical study began with 100 subject candidates and was reduced to 20 after careful profile evaluation. People with Osteoarthritis of the knee and hip were given 2 tablespoons of VíaVienté 3 times each day for 6 weeks. The results were remarkable. The subjects in the clinical study reported reduction in pain, stiffness, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, heart rate and an improvement in overall vitality. Lab testing conducted by Brunswick Labs and the clinical study confirm the benefits of VíaVienté to health, including reduction in inflammation, pain and stiffness. These results establish a vital scientific foundation for VíaVienté's Broad-Based Anti-Oxidant Protection and real and measurable benefits to Health and Wellness. Proven By You VíaVienté has proven itself to be a Powerful Healing and Energizing Tonic. Its special formulation using eleven fruits, two herbs and a unique mineral water from Vilcabamba containing 13 © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 52 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ A SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW OF VÍAVIENTÉ essential minerals is designed to promote health regardless of your health issues. After taking Vía for 12 weeks, we believe you will notice that you have more energy and fewer aches and pains. For regular Vía users, the real pay out seems to come from using VíaVienté for the long term. Its ability to promote health and to provide protection against the lifestyle diseases of our day may keep you from suffering the effects of a wide variety of chronic nutrition related conditions. Hundreds of users around the world give testimony to the healthful powers of VíaVienté. Now, there is VITAL Scientific Proof that VíaVienté promotes health and wellbeing. Some of these benefits can be read in the last chapter of this book. VíaVienté & Arthritis Arthritis is an “Inflammatory Condition” that affects 43 million Americans, and nearly one billion people worldwide. Surprisingly, more than half of those affected by arthritis are under age 65. The ingredients found in VíaVienté have shown some promise in reducing the three major symptoms of arthritis, which are joint pain, inflammation and stiffness. Arthritis is only a small part of a group of painful inflammatory conditions called rheumatic disease. There are many other related inflammatory conditions that may also respond positively to supplementation with Vía, including: inflammatory bowel disease, gout, fibromyalgia, bursitis, atherosclerosis and chronic fatigue syndrome. Those who take VíaVienté for rheumatic conditions should begin taking the optimum dose of 2 ozs. (60 ml) twice a day with meals for the first month or until your symptoms subside. You should then follow up with the maintenance dose of 1 - 2 ozs. (3060 ml) per day to maintain good health. VíaVienté & Beauty Oxidative damage causes the most visible signs of aging in our skin. The Anti-Oxidants contained in VíaVienté may help keep us more youthful looking. In one study, the Anti-Oxidants in VíaVienté © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved A SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW OF VÍAVIENTÉ THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 53 proved as effective as Vitamin E in protecting the skin from ultra-violet light. Its Anti-Oxidants also block the degradation of elastase, an enzyme found in the skin that helps maintain the integrity of elastin and collagen. Some believe that the polyphenols in VíaVienté may help you grow a thick head of hair. A recent study in Japan had researchers shave the bodies of mice. The control animals grew back 40% of their hair, while a group of mice that regularly took a supplement containing polyphenols grew back nearly twice as much hair. Inflammation is especially damaging to collagen and the connective tissues of your skin. As we age, tissues begin to scar and become less elastic. Blood vessels in these tissues are damaged and become inflexible. All of this combines to reduce much of your skin’s functionality. The Anti-Oxidants in VíaVienté may protect against this damage in several ways. First, they neutralize enzymes that destroy connective tissue. Second, their Anti-Oxidant capacity prevents oxidants from damaging the skin. Finally, they promote the repair of damaged tissues and blood vessels. Venous insufficiency is a common condition in which the veins and muscles of the legs are not able to properly return blood to the heart. Walking becomes painful and difficult. Two out of three people with venous insufficiency showed improvement while walking after taking polyphenol Anti-Oxidants like the ones in VíaVienté for just 10 days. Most had less swelling and half had less pain. VíaVienté & Cardiovascular Health Healthy blood flow is essential if you are to look and feel your best. The Anti-Oxidants and Anti-Inflammatory substances in VíaVienté aid cardiovascular health in a number of ways. These include: reducing platelet aggregation, strengthening vascular membranes and protecting against cellular destruction. Additionally, VíaVienté may help to strengthen capillary walls and keep larger vessels flexible and clear. The infrastructure of your cardiovascular system is maintained at the highest level, capillary resistance is improved and leakage is reduced. The Anti-Oxidants in VíaVienté may help reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and possibly help prevent the plaque buildup in © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 54 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ A SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW OF VÍAVIENTÉ arteries that can lead to heart attack and stroke. Additionally, they may also help maintain healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Lower levels of estrogen production in menopausal women often trigger an increase in blood cholesterol and lipid levels. The Anti-Oxidants in VíaVienté help promote healthy cholesterol and blood fat levels. This is especially true of women that do not use hormone replacement therapy to remedy the situation. Inflammation is moving to the forefront as a risk factor in heart disease. It is especially damaging to the soft tissues of the cardiovascular system. VíaVienté contains Anti-Inflammatory substances that may help protect against the damage caused by inflammation by neutralizing enzymes that destroy the elasticity of cardiovascular tissue. VíaVienté & Diabetes Diabetes is a disease of oxidative stress. Diabetics have difficulty metabolizing carbohydrates properly resulting in the body’s production of damaging free radicals. There is evidence that the AntiOxidants VíaVienté contains could help balance blood sugar levels. Those of us who do not have diabetes produce far fewer freeradicals from sugar metabolism than diabetics do. Over a period of time, free radical damage causes a variety of debilitating conditions. The Anti-Oxidants VíaVienté contains can minimize damage to capillaries and protect these fragile tissues from the damage caused by inefficient sugar metabolism. When left unchecked collagen proteins become linked with sugars, producing scarring that can block blood vessels. Blood vessel damage in turn causes nerve damage and swelling in the affected tissues. This is the cause of most of the long-term pain and cardiovascular complications for diabetics. Among the most frightening complications is retinopathy, which can lead to blindness. Retinopathy occurs when the retina scars as a result of leaky capillaries. Research shows that the AntiOxidants in VíaVienté may assist in promoting eye health; especially in those who suffer from diabetes. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved A SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW OF VÍAVIENTÉ THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 55 VíaVienté & Eye Health Blindness is among the greatest fears for people over the age of 65. It is often the result of oxidative stress that can lead to the development of certain eye disorders including cataracts and agerelated macular degeneration. Cataracts lead to lens damage, cloudy vision and may ultimately lead to blindness. Age Related Macular Degeneration is caused by leaky capillaries at the center of the retina. The AntiOxidants in VíaVienté look promising for promoting eye health. They have been shown to play a role in the prevention and treatment of these eye conditions. The Anti-Oxidants in blueberry and bilberry have been used to improve night vision. For some individuals, a single dose given just hours before nightfall often results in markedly improved vision. VíaVienté & Female Health A youthful physical appearance is highly prized by most cultures and adds much to one’s social status and self esteem. The nutrients in VíaVienté are well balanced to meet the unique needs of women. Its combination of Anti-Oxidants and Anti-Inflammatory substances may work wonders for the female constitution. VíaVienté may balance progesterone dominance during certain phases of the menstrual cycle, and a recent study showed that its Anti-Oxidants helped lower the risk of estrogen dependent cancers, including breast cancer. Menopause brings unique cardiovascular risk factors to women. Both menopausal and post-menopausal women have been shown to respond positively to fruit nectars that promote healthy cholesterol levels. As levels of estrogen production decrease with age, blood cholesterol and blood fat levels often increase. The Anti-Oxidants in VíaVienté promote conditions for a healthy heart and cardiovascular system. Decreasing bone density or osteoporosis is another challenge faced by post-menopausal women. A recent study shows that that bone density was maintained in post-menopausal women who regularly consume fruit nectars including those found in VíaVienté. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 56 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ A SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW OF VÍAVIENTÉ VíaVienté & Male Health Concerns about male health affect more than 60% of men over the age of 55. Prostate cancer is the major risk factor for death in 1 out of every 6 men. Prostate cancer is also a disease caused by oxidative stress. The Anti-Oxidants found in VíaVienté may help to reduce the effects of oxidative stress important to those concerned about male health. In one study, the Anti-Oxidants in grapes were found to reduce the symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy better than any other substance tested. VíaVienté & Chronic Pain The Anti-Oxidants in VíaVienté appear to relieve Inflammation often associated with most chronic aches and pains, especially those due to Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Venous Insufficiency and PMS. VíaVienté & Respiratory Health The Anti-Oxidants in VíaVienté work to inhibit the production and release of histamine and other allergy symptom causing substances. Histamine is familiar to allergy sufferers. It is responsible for such symptoms as runny nose, watery eyes and hives. Over time, chronic allergies can result in vascular disease, arthritis and swelling of soft tissues especially in the face and lips. It is possible that those who suffer from chronic skin inflammations may also find relief by taking VíaVienté. Atopic dermatitis and leprosy have both shown promise when treated with the Anti-Oxidants VíaVienté contains. The release of pain causing prostaglandins and leucotrienes are also reduced by Anti-Inflammatory substances. Tonic Power Throughout history, tonic drinks have been used for healing and constitutional improvement. Famous healing tonics such as Aloe Vera juice, Cascara Sagrada Bark and Yucca Root extracts have worked to cleanse the bowel and the blood in order to cure ailments ranging from acne to arthritis. Famous energizing tonics were often herbal teas derived from the roots of Ginseng or Guarana, which © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved A SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW OF VÍAVIENTÉ THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 57 were designed to increase focus and stamina. In the past, tonics have sometimes been criticized for broad ranging health claims. Words like panacea and cure-all have given false hope to the infirmed and a negative connotation to their proprietors. Contrary to other tonic claims, VíaVienté is one of the most versatile medicinal tonics of all time. VíaVienté grew out of the popular appeal for tonics and elixirs. It harnesses the nutritional power of famous tonics from the past and combines them with the latest technology available today. What makes it so powerful is its Anti-Oxidant ORAC value. Each dose is equivalent to 4 servings of Fruits and Vegetables as measured by the United States Government Food Pyramid. Resveratrol You have heard about Resveratrol from Dr. Oz on Oprah Winfrey’s TV show. Resveratrol is a powerful Anti-Oxidant primarily found in the skin of red and purple grapes, blueberry, bilberry and cranberry. Studies have shown that Resveratrol may provide the cardioprotective effects of red wine that are responsible for the "French Paradox." For decades, scientists have wondered why the French who consume a high fat diet, drink alcohol, don't exercise regularly and sometimes smoke have excellent cardiovascular health and low cancer rate. The answer appears to lie in the red wine that the French typically drink daily. Resveratrol, found in the skin of red and purple grapes used to make red wine, as well as blueberry, bilberry and cranberry turns out to be the cardioprotective champion. A study completed by the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, confirmed that Resveratrol reduced age-associated disease in mammals. A major finding of the study reported that Resveratrol prevented age-related and obesityrelated cardiovascular functional decline in mice. Total cholesterol was significantly reduced after 10 months of Resveratrol treatment. Further, aorta function was significantly improved. Researchers also found that mice treated with Resveratrol tended to have better bone health, reduced cataract formation and enhanced balance and motor coordination. Additional studies have shown the positive benefits of Resveratrol in skin and breast cancers. Because VíaVienté contains whole red and purple grapes, the product has always contained Resveratrol in its formulation. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 58 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ A SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW OF VÍAVIENTÉ The NIH Resveratrol study findings were published in the July 3, 2008 issue of Cell Metabolism. To read the study results in their entirety, visit: www.ViaVienteMedia.com/articles.php The PhytoNectars of VíaVienté Special processing methods had to be developed to turn the fruits and roots of VíaVienté into the powerful phytonectars it now possesses. Before the growing season starts each year, the growing locale and growing methods are specified to the farmers. Fertilizer, herbicide and pesticide use is discussed to ensure that organic practices are followed as closely as possible. Upon harvest, the unprocessed botanicals are carefully washed and homogenized, or broken down into small particles, in a process that reduces the juice, seeds, skin and pulp to nectar (a type of puree.) The heat generated in this process is carefully controlled to ensure that heat sensitive enzymes and volatile substances are preserved. Dr. Mark Pedersen selected 13 fruits and herbs for VíaVienté formulation of which his discussion of these PhytoNectars follows: Grape PhytoNectar containing Resveratrol Grapes provide Healing Properties that are both physical and spiritual. The juice of Grapes is used as a ceremonial drink in religious rituals and as a prelude to romance. Jesus used the juice of Grapes as a sacrament to his memory, as well as in his miracles. Grape nectar is rich in anthocyanins. The protective substances in Grapes are so powerful that they can withstand complex fermentation processes such as those found during winemaking. Anti-Oxidants in Grape seed has been shown to protect us against cancer and heart disease.14 Anthocyanins are versatile in their ability to protect and heal the tissues of the body....By eliminating cardiovascular inflammation for example, blood vessels are dilated, especially the cardiac blood vessels allowing anthocyanins to play a cardio-protective role.15 Historically, Grapes have been processed to remove the seeds and pulp, and often fermented to make alcoholic wine. VíaVienté includes the most potent Anti-Oxidants from the seed, skin and pulp. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved A SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW OF VÍAVIENTÉ THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 59 Bilberry PhytoNectar containing Resveratrol Bilberry is a valuable medicine. In Europe it is a listed drug for improving night blindness, and those from European colonists to South Americans valued it enough to naturalize a variety of Bilberry in the high mountain valleys of the Andes. Bilberry is a blood tonic that has been used to treat vascular and blood disorders, including amenorrhea. It shows positive effects when treating age-related macular degeneration (AMD), varicose veins, thrombosis, and angina. It contains blue-violet colored anthocyanins that have proven useful in treating capillary fragility, thinning the blood and dilating peripheral blood vessels. In researching blood tonics I found that Bilberry filled three important roles. First, it promotes blood Ph balance. In this regard it is quite alkalizing and is of help to those who consume excess quantities of acidic phosphates in the form of red meat and soda pop. Second, it provides nutritional building blocks to support health and vitality. It is a rich botanical source of iron, magnesium, potassium and copper, as well as the aforementioned anthocyanins. One study showed that Bilberry’s blood tonic power even inhibits the growth of human leukemia cells.16 Third, it promotes healthy blood sugar levels.17 Studies confirm that oral Bilberry treatments improve visual accuracy in healthy people and can help those with eye diseases such as glaucoma, pigmentosa, retinitis and myopia. It works to improve night vision by improving the microcirculation and regeneration of retinal purple. Another of Bilberry’s traditional uses is to treat mild inflammation of the mucous membranes of the digestive tract. It provides soothing relief to the lining of the mouth and throat as well as the stomach. It also supports and protects collagen structures in the blood vessels of the eyes, assuring strong, healthy capillaries that carry vital nutrients to eye muscles and nerves, making striking improvement to night vision possible just hours after a single dose of Bilberry. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 60 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ A SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW OF VÍAVIENTÉ Blueberry PhytoNectar containing Resveratrol The Blueberry (Vaccicium myrtillus) is a close cousin to the Bilberry. Like Bilberry, Blueberry is an important blood tonic and has been used traditionally to treat diabetes, urinary tract infections and indigestion. The anthocyanins in Blueberries, like all dark colored berries, provide them with interesting medicinal effects. In researching the many berry tonics available, I found Blueberries an even more potent source of anthocyanins than their European cousins, with some varieties of Blueberries containing as much as 10% of their dry weight. Blueberries are not as studied as Bilberries, but the few studies so far point out their ability to maintain blood vessels, particularly those in the eyes. Blueberry is also recognized as an anti-aging nutrient, a subject where the scientific literature is silent concerning Bilberry. Blueberries work to maintain healthy membranes in the body, lending rise to its use in prolonging the flexibility of tissues and promoting better eye-hand coordination. It also works to protect the lining of the blood vessels and digestive tract. One study of the consumption of Blueberries showed anticancer activity against cervical and breast cancer.18 Researchers also believe that Blueberry can protect against DNA damage and one’s predisposition to Alzheimer disease.19 Like all good blood tonics, Blueberry promotes a balanced blood Ph, healthy blood sugar levels and blood lipid levels. It is successfully helping those who suffer from diabetes, metabolic syndrome X, obesity and heart disease. 20 Prune PhytoNectar Prunes (Prunus domestica), or dried plums as the California dried plum trade groups now call them have one of the highest AntiOxidant potentials (ORAC value) of any fruit.21 While researching Female tonics, I was often drawn back to Prunes. They have AntiOxidant potential and more than 7.5% dietary fiber. As one of the richest sources of both soluble and insoluble fiber, Prunes have traditionally been used to provide bowel regularity. In fact, many cultures prize them as a gentle bulk laxative. It provides nutritional support to the entire constitution particularly for women. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved A SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW OF VÍAVIENTÉ THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 61 Prunes are the perfect complement to balance progesterone dominant constipation during certain phases of the menstrual cycle. Additionally, a recent study showed that the consumption of Prunes may be associated with a lower risk of estrogen dependent cancers, including breast cancer.22 Menopause brings unique cardiovascular risk factors to women. Prune nectar has been shown to promote healthy cholesterol levels, particularly HDL (good) cholesterol in both menopausal and post-menopausal women compensating in part for the reduction of estrogen levels, and helping to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. Prunes have also been shown to help maintain bone density in post-menopausal women. This is in part due to the anthocyanins and the mineral boron, which they contain.23 Elderberry PhytoNectar Elderberries are a rich botanical source of Anti-Oxidants including anthocyanins and vitamin C. In 15th century England, Elderberry trees were as well protected as our modern-day wetlands. They were thought to be the homes of witches who would cast a variety of spells on anyone who disturbed them. Conversely, planting an Elderberry tree near your home was thought to ward off evil spirits. Although Egyptians used them to treat acne and other skin disorders, Elderberries are best known for promoting respiratory health, as an aid to surviving the hardships of winter, the common cold and for a long useful life. The folklore associated with Elderberry tonics is substantiated by science. The berries contain bioflavonoids, which reduce inflammation, especially in the soft tissues of the respiratory system, and anthocyanins, which are powerful Anti-Oxidants. Elderberry nectar is a proven remedy for bronchitis, sore throat, influenza, asthma and HIV.24 It also induces perspiration to reverse the effects of a chill. The anthocyanins in Elderberries help maintain the walls of small blood vessels. They also help protect the integrity of mucous membranes as well, inhibiting the function of the enzyme neuramidase, which can inflame the lining of the lungs and bronchioles. Other uses of Elderberries are for nerve disorders including sciatica and general back pain, reducing inflammation of the urinary tract and bladder and for skin disorders. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 62 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ A SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW OF VÍAVIENTÉ Noni PhytoNectar Noni fruit is an energizer whose primary action comes not from polyphenols, but from the digestive enzyme bromelain and from the mucilaginous polysaccharides it contains. Noni fruit works like a combination of echinacea and pineapple. Its polysaccharides, much like those in echinacea root are immuno-modulators that have Anti-Inflammatory and anti-tumor activity. Its digestive enzymes include bromelain and precursors to bromelain that not only digest proteins, but work synergistically with bioflavonoids to magnify their Anti-Inflammatory power. All polyphenols, especially bioflavonoids, work better to relieve aches and pains when bromelain is present, and explains why bromelain has been included in arthritis formulas for generations. There is little scientific literature to support the benefits of Noni by itself, although it has been shown to have a protective effect against skin cancers.25 The real secret of Noni is its ability to make bioflavonoids work better. Not until scientists begin to study complex combinations of botanicals will the value of Noni become clear. When used in combination with berry sources of bioflavonoids like those in VíaVienté, Noni has been shown to protect against cancer and reduce blood sugar levels.26 27 And the combination of Noni fruit nectar and Chinese Skullcap root nectar is among the most potent pain relief combinations I have encountered in my 20 years of study.28 Cranberry PhytoNectar containing Resveratrol Cranberry has been a folk-remedy for years. Soon after their discovery by New England pilgrims, they were used to treat a long list of ailments. These include: diarrhea, scurvy, blood disorders, menstrual complaints, indigestion, liver and gall bladder problems, anorexia, prostatisis and cancer. Besides this impressive list, Cranberry is still best known for its ability to treat urinary tract infections, prevent the recurrence of urinary stones and to promote urinary system health. Cranberry is a close cousin to the other berries in VíaVienté. It shares the Anti-Oxidant and Anti-Inflammatory properties of the other members of the Vaccinium family, but Cranberry’s powerful energizing and healing effects are focused on the urinary tract. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved A SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW OF VÍAVIENTÉ THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 63 Cranberry juice has been shown to reduce E. coli and other harmful bacterial growths in the urinary tract. It has the ability to prevent bacteria from sticking to the linings of our body and establishing harmful plaques, which can contribute to gum and periodontal disease. It reduces our risk for the two great killers in modernday society, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers.29 Apple PhytoNectar Apples are grown all over the world. It has been said, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples have been a source of constitutional strength for centuries. Recently, the Chinese, intent on improving the health of its large population, embarked on a campaign to increase the size of their apple crop. They concluded that planting apple trees was the most cost-efficient way to improve their health. Apples owe their energizing and healing powers to the mucilaginous pectins, and Anti-Oxidant flavonoids they contain. The pectins in Apples have been shown to balance the immune systems of those suffering the side effects of chemotherapy,30 and speed the healing of burns and wounds.31 Apple nectar joins Aloe vera in VíaVienté as a demulcent and soothing agent. The Anti-Oxidant potential of Apples is similar to the berry nectars in VíaVienté. A variety of reactive oxygen free radical species are checked by the flavonoids and anthocyanins in Apple nectar. It has the ability to protect against cancer,32 diabetes33 and allergies.34 Aloe Vera PhytoNectar Aloe vera is known as “lily of the desert”, the “plant of immortality” and the “medicine plant”. From the beginning of written history the Egyptians record that Aloe has been used to treat burns, infections and gastrointestinal parasites. Extensive research has shown that Aloe vera nectar has a dramatic ability to heal wounds, ulcers and burns by protecting and coating the affected areas to speed up the healing rate. Aloe contains slippery polysaccharides and is rich in polyphenols. Both of these energizing and healing nutrients have a tonic effect that combines to sooth inflammations of the digestive tract such as colitis and ulcers. Aloe contains at least three Anti© 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 64 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ A SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW OF VÍAVIENTÉ Inflammatory compounds that are helpful for the stomach, small intestine and colon. One fraction of Aloe polysaccharide called acemannan, is effective as an immune stimulant, boosting levels of T-lymphocyte immune cells. Aloe research shows that it can prevent the growth of certain tumors,35 inhibit the inflammation of arthritis,36 37 increase collagen production in wounds38 and aid in treating type-2 diabetes.39 Pomegranate PhytoNectar Pomegranate contains exceptionally high levels of AntiOxidants with powerfully beneficial substances that can help support healthy cholesterol levels and cardiovascular health. Lycium Fruit PhytoNectar Lycium fruit (also known as gogi or wolfberry) has been used since ancient times in China specifically for a number of health concerns. Modern scientific research demonstrates that Lycium fruit delivers support for a healthy immune system and healthy vision. Chinese Scullcap Root PhytoNectar (U.S. Formula Only) In traditional Chinese medicine, Baical Skullcap is prescribed for a seemingly unending array of maladies including, allergies, irritability, dysentery, diarrhea, infections accompanied by fever, hay fever, urinary tract infections, gout, jaundice, potential miscarriages, nosebleed, abdominal pain and redness in the eyes or face. The root is also used for hepatitis and is said to improve liver function. It is also given in formulas together with other herbs for vaginal bleeding, blood in the stool, coughing or vomiting blood, for hypercholesterolemia, hyperlipidemia, high blood pressure and inflammatory skin conditions. Chinese Skullcap is one of the most timely and versatile of all the botanical tonics. Our modern-day lifestyle and its accompanying excesses makes Chinese Skullcap the perfect match to the health concerns of our day. I know of no other botanical that helps our bodies balance the effects of life’s excesses as well as Chinese Skullcap. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved A SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW OF VÍAVIENTÉ THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 65 Its Anti-Oxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, Anti-Inflammatory, anti-allergic and calming properties make it the subject of intensive research. Its Anti-Oxidants are even targeted as prospective cancer treatments.16 In researching the possibilities of using Chinese Skullcap root nectar in Vía, I found that the United States Patent Office has issued over 80 patents involving Chinese Skullcap root in the past ten years. Studies show it useful for treating arthritis, cancer, especially breast and prostate cancer, colitis, pneumonia, heart disease, premenstrual syndrome and HIV infection. It is also an effective pain reliever.17 The bioflavonoids in Chinese Skullcap are cyclooxygenase-2 selective inhibitors (COX-2). They are a step up from the old style pain relievers called non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory agents (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen, which block the actions of both COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes. Studies show that baicalin, the primary bioflavonoid in Chinese skullcap inhibits COX-2 as effectively as Celebrex™ when tested in head to head trials.40 Gentian Root PhytoNectar (U.S. Formula Only) Gentian root is an ancient bitter tonic. It has traditionally been used as an aperitif, laxative, antiseptic, blood purifier and cancer cure. Today it is used in many alcoholic bitters. Its active ingredients are called xanthones. Xanthones are among the bitterest tasting substances known. Gentian root phytonectar serves a harmonizing role. It is among the best mood enhancing tonics in history. Its ability to brighten perceptions helps many that struggle with chronic pain and illness. Several botanical tonics contain xanthones including St. John’s Wort and Mangosteen, but none have them in greater concentration than Gentian root. It is also blessed with a broader variety of xanthone compounds than other xanthone based tonics. The xanthones in Gentian root include, gentisein, gentisin and several methoxyxanthones. Gentian root and the xanthones it contains offers hope to those who suffer from obesity, type-2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome X, cardiovascular disease and depression. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 66 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ A SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW OF VÍAVIENTÉ Conclusion VíaVienté is An All Natural Puree of Whole Fruits & Energizing Minerals whose color, taste and texture contribute to its complex formulation of PhytoNectars. VíaVienté forms a vital bridge between the “Natural Goodness of Vilcabamba” and human health. It has been proven to be a Natural Anti-Inflammatory. To enhance your own health and wellness, begin incorporating VíaVienté into your life for 12 weeks. I believe you will experience an improvement in any health issues that may be a factor in your life as well as a resulting increase in your overall health and quality of life. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved THE 12-WEEK PLAN THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 67 T he 12-Week Plan In the 1930s, Joseph Baerman Strauss dreamt of building a bridge across the Golden Gate linking San Francisco to Marin County. After more than four years of construction at a cost of $35 million, the Golden Gate Bridge opened to vehicular traffic on May 28, 1937. Though Strauss only lived a year beyond completion of the bridge, he disproved the conventional wisdom of the time that “no one can bridge the Golden Gate because of insurmountable difficulties which are apparent to all who give thought to the idea.” Since the Golden Gate opened, nearly 1.5 billion people have crossed the 1.7 mile stretch across the bay. Like Strauss, Craig Keeland had a dream. Craig’s dream was to live in a state of youthfulness for the entire length of our lives. That dream led him to Vilcabamba. Among the Vilcabambans, he found that there’s more to a healthful long life than just choosing to be born into the right geographical location. Many factors come into play, including the air you breathe, the food you eat, the physical activities you participate in and even the thoughts you cultivate. It would be foolish to assume that simply relocating to the Vilcabamba Valley would instantly undo years of neglect and unhealthful living. But, we can all take steps to “live like a Vilcabamban.” Modern medicine tells us that well over 80% of all terminal illnesses are lifestyle related. This means that, by changing our lifestyles, we can reduce our chances of contracting cancer, heart disease, or any of the other major killers that plague the U.S., and thus add many healthful years to our lives. Whether you have chronic medical challenges or are young at heart, you can make remarkable progress toward living like a Vilcabamban. To do this, you should seek out every way possible of replicating the lifestyle of the Valley residents and make a commitment to follow this regimen daily. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 68 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ THE 12-WEEK PLAN An overwhelming majority of Americans today are mineral deficient, which leads to loss of energy, a lowered metabolism and decreased immune function. Because the most unique feature of the Vilcabamban Valley has been shown to be their drinking water, your very first step should be to find a way to supplement your diet with these same essential minerals. Ideally, you could accomplish this by importing your own supply of drinking water directly from Vilcabamba. Unfortunately, this is not practical for most people. The next option is to find a supplement that replicates, as closely as possible, these essential Vilcabamban minerals in the right combination. This is no easy task. Many mineral supplements that are available over the counter or in health food stores today also give you unwanted “heavy metals” and even trace amounts of unnecessary minerals that your body acquires anyway. When choosing a supplement, be sure that you carefully read the label to learn exactly what you are getting. Also consider the form of the supplement. Because the Vilcabambans drink their minerals, you should also look for a liquid form of mineral supplement that the body can easily absorb. From the research conducted by Dr. Harvey Ashmead, we know the only good mineral is a chelated mineral. To ensure proper absorption, it is important to make sure your supplements contain not just chelated minerals but also that they are amino acid chelates, the most bioavailable (absorbable) form on the market. Once you have identified an effective source for your minerals, you should also look at other aspects of the Vilcabamban diet to imitate. This includes a diet rich in organic fruits to provide powerful Anti-Oxidants that heal and strengthen the body. Some may also argue that reducing or completely eliminating meat from your diet is essential, but to eat like a Vilcabamban, you would certainly have to drastically increase your intake of organic fruits as vital sources of vitamins. Since Vilcabambans live so close to the Equator, the fruits grown in these regions have been shown to have a much higher Anti-Oxidant content than those grown in the U.S. Also, there is evidence that repeated high turnover farming in the U.S. depletes the mineral content of the soil. That, in turn, produces a lower nutrient yield in the crops produced here. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved THE 12-WEEK PLAN THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 69 If you do not have access to these higher potency organic Equatorial fruits, it is important to look for ways to get as much as you can from the fruits that are available to you. This could be accomplished by creating ways to enjoy all parts of the fruit, including the seeds, skin and even roots. Some accomplish this through juicing raw fruits directly. Regardless of the method, this “whole fruit” approach will obviously provide more of these Anti-Oxidants than just consuming one part of the fruit. Another characteristic of Vilcabamban centenarians is their daily schedules, including participation in physical labor. Most days throughout the Valley begin early in the morning. Breakfast is rarely skipped and usually consists of some form of fruit and vegetable. Once out in the field, daily exercise strengthens muscle, increases circulation, promotes deep breathing and elevates the heart rate to healthy levels. Most Americans earn their daily living sitting at a desk or some other sedentary activity. It is critical that you work into your schedule an exercise program that accomplishes these same things. Even 20 – 30 minutes a day can make a huge difference not only in how you feel, but also how your body can eliminate toxins and heal itself. Regardless of the exercise regimen you develop, another simple tool to use is deep breathing. Spending 10 minutes a day doing deep, diaphragmatic breathing can stimulate the lymph system, increase oxygen flow to the brain and help purify your system as toxins are expelled. This is simple enough that it can be done as you drive to work or sit at a desk. One very powerful trait of the Vilcabambans is their mindset. In the U.S., we look at someone over 100 as an oddity, but in Vilcabamba it’s almost expected that you will live past 90 or even 100. The Vilcabamban has not been exposed to life expectancies of 60 – 70 years. They come to expect that life should extend well beyond 70 and 80. And these years are not spent in a nursing home but rather in productive pursuits. Your mindset and attitude will play a large part in determining not only how long you can live but also how much you enjoy each of those years. Since the average Vilcabamban has a head start on living these secrets of long life, you will also need to pay attention to something more: cleansing your system. It is important that you internally cleanse your system and focus on keeping it clean, again © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 70 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ THE 12-WEEK PLAN with plenty of fruits and healthy amounts of fiber. This cleansing is critical to helping your body perform all its functions properly, by quickly and efficiently eliminating toxins and waste. In summary, these six ideas can have a real impact on your longevity: • Daily Intake of Essential Minerals (preferably in liquid form) • Increased Intake of Anti-Oxidant Rich Fruits • Daily Exercise • Deep Breathing • An Expectant Mindset of Longevity • Internal Cleansing Of course, it’s not possible to erase years of neglect in a few days or weeks of Vilcabamban living. But you can get an excellent start by making an on-going commitment starting today. It is always wise to consult your doctor before beginning any nutritional or physical exercise program. The key is to begin today and live a life that is more healthy and fulfilled by following the example of our Vilcabamban friends. Incorporating the All Natural Whole Food Purees of VíaVienté into your lifestyle is a great start, because it’s Created by Nature, Tested by Science and Proven by You!TM Try it for 12 Weeks and you’ll be on your way to Optimum Health. 12 Weeks to Optimum Health Whether you have one or more health challenges or are one of the young at heart that watches your diet, exercises regularly and have no medical issues, VíaVienté is an efficient way to consume the complete array of essential amino acid chelated minerals and AntiOxidants that benefit the Vilcabambans. A dedicated 12-week program of consuming this All Natural Whole Food Puree puts the body back in balance just as the mineral waters and organic fruit diet do for the Vilcabambans. Those individuals with health issues find relief from joint swelling, lowered blood pressure, lowered cholesterol, blood sugar readings returning to normal ranges and a host of other benefits. The young at heart find that including VíaVienté in their regular health program results in increased stamina, physical performance and a state of wellbeing. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved THE 12-WEEK PLAN THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 71 VíaVienté for Chronic Health Problems As doctors and health practitioners are being introduced to VíaVienté, many are recommending it to their patients as well as incorporating it into their own health program. Here are some of their stories. Kathryn J. Wood, MD Board Certified Gynecologist Kathryn J. Wood recommends that her patients get on a long-term health plan that involves preventative maintenance. She recommends lifestyles changes including: a healthy diet, exercise and supplementation. Because of its High Anti-Oxidant Content, Dr. Wood takes VíaVienté herself and recommends it to her patients for their long-term health. She says: “We just are exposed to lots things that cause cell damage throughout our lives, and the more you can take in of Anti-Oxidants the better off you’re going to be in long-term health. Studies have shown a reduced risk of cancer and heart disease in people that take more fruits and vegetables in their diet or Anti-Oxidants. So I know that for longevity, you definitely need to make some long-term changes and supplement our diets with things that are good for us. Getting something from South American where you have the high Anti-Oxidant potential of what is in VíaVienté is definitely something that makes me proud to recommend it to my patients, basically, because it is so high in Anti-Oxidants.” Dr. Wood recognizes the important link Anti-Oxidants play in reducing inflammation in the human body. “We have come to realize that inflammation may be the whole mechanism of disease. And, because of that, an AntiInflammatory is very important. At this point in time, we are finding that certain medications may be problematic for us as individuals. So a product that is completely natural like VíaVienté makes a lot of sense. It’s coming at a great time for us to have something we can offer to patients that, I think, is completely safe and would offer a lot of long-term benefit.” © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 72 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ THE 12-WEEK PLAN Dr. Wood recommends VíaVienté to her patients for a broad range of medical issues from diabetes to arthritis. “Most commonly reported to me by patients taking VíaVienté is that joint pains disappear; it works quickest in the hands. Computer use stops hurting, and pain in the feet stops too. A patient with heart impairment told me yesterday that daily napping has become unnecessary because she has a lot more energy from drinking the PhytoTonic. Other improvements that occur for people are better digestion, more abundant bowel movements, decreased flatulence, lessened gastritis, some people with rheumatoid arthritis have been able to go off their medications in large measure. Diabetics experience a lowering of blood sugar readings. Thus, a lot of anecdotal reports are coming to me describing benefits from people taking VíaVienté. And I am no exception. Drinking VíaVienté has done great good for me. My personal physical benefit from it has caused me to take note.” Arthritic Reliever Because it is Created by Nature, Dr. Wood prefers VíaVienté to pharmaceutical Anti-Inflammatories on the market: “It’s definitely a safer alternative to Vioxx, Celebrex and the other painkillers offered in the marketplace. I encourage patients to try this tonic as an anti-arthritic pain substitute. Its most frequent application is to overcome aches, pains and inflammations, and I am excited about what I am seeing so far. While I cannot pinpoint any single component in the formula, the overall combination in liquid form seems to act synergistically to stimulate inflammation healing anywhere in the body. It’s more effective than any of the other nutritional supplements that I have tried for patients and for myself.” © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved THE 12-WEEK PLAN THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 73 W. Bruce Ketel, MD Board certified medical Neurologist W. Bruce Ketel, MD first heard of VíaVienté’s health benefits from his daughter-in-law. “The young woman had suffered with a swelling in her left leg for the prior three years, which came from an inflammatory blood clot. The edema and pain were incapacitating so as to limit her mobility. Each day for several weeks, therefore, she had been drinking 4 ozs. (120 ml) and at the end of that short period, her entire thrombotic difficulty just disappeared.” Impressed by what he observed, Dr. Ketel conjectured that: “There must be a massive amount of Anti-Oxidants making up components of my daughter-in-law’s purple drink. The swelling from inflammation had gone away quickly and dramatically. My conclusion remains the same today: VíaVienté must be an integral part of my own wellness program. I want its benefits.” Diabetes Dr. Ketel himself suffered from diabetes. He began taking VíaVienté and reported these results: “About four weeks after starting VíaVienté, I noticed that results from my morning blood sugar testing had dropped from 130 to 115 mg/dL, and it remained there. Figuring that I could improve even more, I upped my dosage to 4 ozs. (120 ml) daily – 2 ozs. (60 ml) at breakfast and 2 ozs. (60 ml) at dinner. What happened next was surprising! Within a couple of weeks my serum cholesterol dropped from 225 to 125 mg/dL – an excellent blood reading for someone who is diabetic. And it has gotten even better. I had my serum cholesterol checked only one week ago and it has now fallen lower yet down to 123 mg/dL.” © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 74 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ THE 12-WEEK PLAN Long-Term Health Benefits The longer Dr. Ketel took VíaVienté, the more physiological benefits he accrued. He confirms: “It establishes homeostasis in the body systems and structural tissues. Now I never get sick with a cold or other minor infection; my immunity overall is responding positively, including my newest blood sugar test reading which recently fell to just 100 mg/dL. VíaVienté has turned out to be the ultimate PhytoTonic for me which has improved my life significantly.” Anti-Inflammatory & Pain Relief Benefits Dr. Ketel recommends VíaVienté to his patients wherever Inflammation and Pain play a role: “It’s an especially valuable treatment for migraine headaches, since it keeps migraines away. My patients take 2 ozs. (60 ml) of Vía per day as prophylaxis, but if headache occasionally comes on, the patient knows to take 2 ozs. (60 ml) twice a day for resolution of the headache. Truly it’s a great painkiller and successful treatment of symptomatic illness is a common story. I use Anti-Oxidants as an alternative method of healing with Vía, invariably my Anti-Oxidant choice. This is an easily applied remedy in addition to any usual neurological therapy. I see the purple PhytoTonic as a good adjunctive dietetic remedy for nearly any type of degenerative disease. A number of my Parkinson’s disease patients are ingesting Vía too. Most of them are elderly; from taking the drink, they do notice much improvement in their Parkinsonian back pain, joint pain and general pain. Patients suffering with neuropathy find relief from drinking it. For younger patient groups, say in their 50s, response comes with downing 1 oz. (30 ml) twice daily – divide the product into two doses; those in the older age groups should drink 4 ozs. (120 ml) twice daily. And fibromyalgia responds well to it, especially taking 4 ozs. (120 ml) a day. Acute attacks of multiple sclerosis with their associated inflammations will be much relieved by the MS patient taking 6 ozs. (180 ml) daily of VíaVienté with 4 ozs. (120 ml) daily for the long term.” © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved THE 12-WEEK PLAN THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 75 Case Histories from Dr. Ketel’s Files “My patient, a 58-year-old man needing a wheelchair to get about because of his MS was additionally experiencing long-term weakness, numbness, paralysis and pain. However, within four weeks of my recommending he drink 6 ozs. (180 ml) daily of the liquid, he reported a dramatic lessening of pain. By the end of eight weeks, he discontinued using the wheelchair altogether. He went to using his walker for ambulation. In another week, the man substituted a cane for the walker. A 36-year-old housewife who found herself unable to function as a homemaker for years. She did respond for short periods to migraine medications, but relief lasted for only a few days. Headaches were always a factor in how she might plan her day. After I dispensed Vía to her, the migraines resolved. She almost never experiences any of them now; if a rare headache happens, she takes an extra ounce of Vía added to her preventive dosage of 1 oz. (30 ml) a day as a base line.” Dr. Paul Williamson, MD Colon and Rectal Surgeon, Orlando, FL “I have been in practice for 23 years. I do surgery on major cases of intestinal health such as colon cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. Because of my specialty, I have grown to develop a practice of patients with all sorts of afflictions of the intestinal track such as chronic diarrhea and chronic weight gain. Constipation is a huge part of my practice. In working with people who have these problems, it is easy to see how much diet plays a role in regularity and also in general health. What you put into your body makes you what you are. It creates weight loss. It creates weight gain. It creates energy. It creates a sense of wellbeing or a sense of ill-being. For that reason, I have looked at all sorts of products over the years to help in boosting energy and wellbeing. I came upon VíaVienté which I use with my patients for many reasons and also have used for myself for the past 4 years every day. And I can say that I don't have to take vitamins anymore because I feel that I get all of the vitamins and nutritional supplements that I need from this product alone.” © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 76 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ THE 12-WEEK PLAN Glenn Thomas, MD An Associate Clinical Professor at Loma Linda University in California, Dr. Glenn Thomas was struck unexpectedly with Lyme disease early in his medical career. Following a hike to San Gorgonio peak in the San Bernardino Mountains in 1993, he began experiencing symptoms that included: pain and inflammation in nearly all major joints, severe fatigue, difficulty sleeping, severe memory impairment, stroke like symptoms and major speech problems. The severity of the symptoms limited his work to only parttime for 5 years. He tried alternative medicines and long cycles of antibiotics, with little or no benefit. When he began fresh juicing, many of his symptoms began to improve except for occasional joint flare-ups, fatigue, memory troubles and central nervous impairments. Dr. Thomas continued to search out countless supplements, but they offered no noticeable improvements beyond what juicing gave him. Then he tried Vía. Dr. Thomas says: “VíaVienté completed my healing process!! I now have full resolution of the occasional joint pain, the fatigue is vanished, I sleep as well as I did at half my age, and my memory is back to being near photographic as it had been before I contracted Lyme’s disease.” Today, Dr. Thomas is a member of VíaVienté’s Medical Advisory Board – Vía’s consulting team of scientific and medical professionals. He recommends VíaVienté to both patients and friends. David Gordon, a veteran who had recently been in a terrible motorcycle accident, is one of Dr. Thomas’ patients to whom he recommended Vía. David had been suffering from severe pain in many areas of his body, especially his spine, hips and knees. His impairment was so disabling that he required 2 canes to help him walk. His posture was badly stooped, and he had a great deal of trouble walking up steps. Dr. Thomas instructed David to begin taking 2 ozs. (60 ml) per day of VíaVienté, gradually increasing the dosage to 6 ozs. (180 ml) per day. David’s results were dramatic. Just 3 weeks after being on VíaVienté, David was walking without canes and with excellent posture. He had only a slight knee discomfort when walking a long distance. Dr. Thomas noted that David’s color had also improved. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved THE 12-WEEK PLAN THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 77 David is so excited about the dramatic results he experienced with VíaVienté that he flew to Vía’s corporate headquarters in Plano, Texas, to share his experience with Craig Keeland and to thank him in person. Teri Tomlinson, MH, CNHP Master Herbalist and Certified Natural Health Professional, Teri Tomlinson is also a member of VíaVienté’s Medical Advisory Board. Teri believes this All Natural Whole Food Puree is important to include in the diet because it is just that – whole food containing the complete balance of nutrition that only nature can provide. Long ago, humans thrived on nutritionally dense whole food. Because of over-farming and the resulting mineral depletion of our soils and over-processing our food supply, we have stripped much of the nutrient value from our foods. When we began to supplement our diets to make up for this nutritional loss, scientists began providing us with supplemental tablets, enriched cereals and juices. Because these supplements are all piecemeal attempts to recreate nature, they can never substitute for the complete balance of nutritionally dense whole foods. Teri says: “Nature knows what needs to go into your body. No amount of vitamin and mineral supplementation can compete with the balance of nature provided in whole foods.” In her 18 years of nutritional study, Teri has seen a number of supplements come on the market, including juice extractions that introduce too much acid into the human body, or mineral waters that contain heavy metals. “Many supplements contain heavy metals. And these are exactly the metals we are trying to get away from in our polluted environments. Juices contain a lot of acid, which throws the body out of acid-alkaline balance. I don’t know of any other product on the market that is like Vía with its alkaline ash Whole Food Puree of heavy-metal-free minerals and high Anti-Oxidant, AntiInflammatory effects.” © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 78 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ THE 12-WEEK PLAN Teri has found that VíaVienté provides benefits far exceeding those from any other herbs and whole foods she has used and recommended. She comments on her own experience with VíaVienté: “My energy level increased dramatically. My digestive track improved 100%, and although this was not my aim, I lost 32 pounds in sixteen months.” Teri’s husband Joe reports his experience with Vía: “I had inflammation of my tendon near the arch of my foot. I was in an arch-brace with pressure support leggings. The doctor said it would take twelve to eighteen months to heal. Four and a half months into wearing the brace I began taking VíaVienté. At the end of the first week I was 75% better. By the third week, the brace was off and I’ve never put it on since.” Why Anti-Inflammatory Benefits Are Important Medical researchers are looking closely at Inflammation as the precursor of many diseases, including heart disease, stroke and even cancer. Most of the time, Inflammation in the body is a lifesaver that allows our systems to successfully fight off bacteria, viruses and parasites. However, sometimes Inflammation becomes chronic and refuses to shut down. The problem may be linked to a genetic predisposition or something else like smoking or high blood pressure that keeps the process of Inflammation going. Whatever the reason, scientists are studying Chronic Inflammation and the harm it does to the human body. Time Magazine’s February 23, 2004, cover article was devoted to this groundbreaking area of medical research: “Hardly a week goes by without the publication of yet another study uncovering a new way that chronic inflammation does harm to the body. It destabilizes cholesterol deposits in © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved THE 12-WEEK PLAN THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 79 the coronary arteries, leading to heart attacks and potentially even strokes. It chews up nerve cells in the brains of Alzheimer’s victims. It may even foster the proliferation of abnormal cells and facilitate their transformation into cancer. In other words, chronic inflammation may be the engine that drives many of the most feared illnesses of middle and old age. This concept is so intriguing because it suggests a new and possibly much simpler way of warding off disease. Instead of different treatments for, say, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and colon cancer, there might be a single, inflammation-reducing remedy that would prevent all three.” Time Magazine goes on to say: “It appears that many of the attributes of a Western lifestylesuch as a diet high in sugars and saturated fats, accompanied by little or no exercise-also makes it easier for the body to become inflamed.” ABC World News Tonight on January 5, 2005 aired findings of two new studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine. “Both studies appear to demonstrate that lowering cholesterol may not be enough to prevent a heart attack. In fact, the level of Inflammation in patients’ arteries may play a critical role in heart attack and stroke. When patients who’ve suffered a heart attack or stroke aggressively lowered both their cholesterol and their inflammation, they reduced their risk of dying from another heart attack or stroke by 50%. And, most remarkably, researchers found that, in these patients, the disease was reversing itself.” VíaVienté has been Tested by Science with patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee and hip. The results of this clinical trial show that Vía’s Anti-Oxidant and Anti-Inflammatory qualities reduce pain, stiffness and increase overall vitality. But what does Vía do for the young-at-heart? © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 80 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ THE 12-WEEK PLAN VíaVienté for Long-Term Health and Fitness We know Vía provides a myriad of health benefits to those with osteoarthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia....the list of health issues goes on and on. However, many medical professionals today are practicing preventative medicine because they know it is easier to prevent disease than to cure it. In fact, the phenomenon of long life and health we see in the Vilcabambans is not due to curing any disease state, but in preventing degenerative diseases in the first place. It has been shown that the Vilcabambans enjoy long lives and vibrant health because of their diet, rich in high Anti-Oxidant fruits and roots along with their mineral-rich drinking water. The All Natural Puree of Vilcabamba’s fruits, herbs and mineral drinking water was designed for the well to stay well throughout their lives so we can all live in a state of youthfulness our entire lives. For the young at heart – those who are committed to a healthy, balanced diet and a regular exercise program – it becomes increasingly more difficult to keep the body fit and healthy as we age. Even if you do not suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or other health issues, Vía should be part of your program to support long-term health and vitality so you can maintain a state of youthfulness. Terry Bradshaw, Former NFL quarterback, has been caught up in the excitement over Vía. He uses the product to alleviate pain and inflammation due to arthritis, a complaint not uncommon among former professional athletes in their 40s and 50s. In fact, fourtime Super Bowl winner Terry Bradshaw became so excited about Vía’s benefits that he took the story to Craig Keeland with MSNBC, CNN and CNBC. Here are more Terry Bradshaw (2006) testimonials from young-at-heart Vía users. W. Bruce Ketel, MD D r. Kete l re co m m e n d s VíaVienté to his patients and takes it to support his own health issues. He also uses Vía to maintain a state of wellness, increase his energy and enhance his workout. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved THE 12-WEEK PLAN THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 81 “Twice weekly I work out with a personal trainer, and a certain amount of fatigue does set in from the exercise – the trainer works me hard! But once I started drinking 2 ozs. (60 ml) a day of Vía, such fatigue never reappears. After a time, my trainer recognized my increased endurance and asked me what I had added to my body enhancement program. Now that same personal trainer is taking Vía too. Now that I have seen distinct physiological benefits in my own life and in the lives of my patients, I am convinced that Vía is a nutritional supplement that I never want to be without. VíaVienté has proven itself to me to be one of the most powerful Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Inflammatory and wellness products ever to be found.” Gary R. Tylock, MD Ophthalmologist Gary R. Tylock MD has been taking Vía since July 2003. The 52-year-old Ophthalmologist says: “I have enjoyed taking VíaVienté mainly because it gives me a terrific energy boost which starts my day. I have noticed that for the past year, I have no cold symptoms because I sense that my immunity has been elevated. I do not drink coffee; rather, the VíaVienté tonic has become my morning beverage – it has a delightful taste. And it’s usual for me to drink more than a bottle of the liquid per week. Members of my family have taken on the tonic as a routine part of their lives as well. I’m happy when I see my loved ones, friends and neighbors thrive anew from their taking VíaVienté as a nutritional supplement.” Jon Herring, Personal Trainer A personal trainer since 1996, Jon Herring is also a dedicated athlete who participates in several sports including rugby. He also competes at the Olympic level for weight lifting in “snatch and jerk.” Jon consumes VíaVienté and recommends it to his personal training clients to enhance their workouts. Jon has created a powerful combination of Vía, Pedia Light and water that he calls VíaBlast to supercharge a workout and speed recovery of muscle tissue. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 82 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ THE 12-WEEK PLAN Vía Blast Anti-Oxidant rich VíaVienté and electrolyte rich Pedia Light supply nutrients and electrolytes that supercharge your workout. The balance of electrolytes in the body is crucial because electrolyte balance affects muscle contractions and other body processes. When we lose electrolytes quickly through exercise and perspiration, they must be replaced to keep the body in balance. The whole environment for a muscle contraction is adversely affected if the body does not have the right balance of electrolytes. Vía combined with Pedia Light and water helps replace lost fluid and electrolytes. Anti-Oxidants from Vía combined with the electrolytes from Pedia Light send of surge of nutrients into the muscle that speeds recovery during and after a workout. Thus you can get a harder workout and recover faster and stronger. Jon explains it this way: “It’s similar to getting better performance out of an engine. To do that you have to raise the engine fuel octane level. Doing that allows the engine to work harder without burning up. In your body’s case, VíaBlast is the high-octane fuel that lets you work harder, get better results and recover faster.” Jon’s recipe for VíaBlast: 2 – 4 ozs ( 60-120 ml) of VíaVienté 8 – 12 ozs (240-360 ml) of Pedia Light Add water until it is a consistency that you like Add protein powder to create a full meal replacement Jon suggests drinking VíaBlast before, during and after your workout to get best results. Pedia Light is the recommended electrolyte component because it has less sugar than sports drinks. He says: “Drinking VíaBlast will allow you to workout harder, sweat the same amount and feel better after your workout is complete.” © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved THE 12-WEEK PLAN THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 83 How Do You Like Your VíaVienté? VíaBlast is a great way to incorporate VíaVienté in your health program. Try VíaVienté for 12 weeks. Those who do, experience increased strength, stamina and feel great. If you prefer to take your VíaVienté straight, here are the dosage recommendations: Health Maintenance Optimum Health 1 oz (30 ml) 2 ozs (60 ml) 1 Time a Day 2 Times a Day If you currently have health issues, once you begin your VíaVienté program and start to experience relief from those health problems, you’ll want to continue taking VíaVienté for life. For the young at heart who have no health issues – commit to VíaVienté for 12 weeks to experience increased stamina, energy and to get more out of your workout. VíaVienté: In a Bottle & In a Packet Because VíaVienté is a water-soluble product, it is best to take it early in the morning and just before bedtime to enhance its absorption. A “Bottle” of VíaVienté may be opened and served at room tempature, then the bottle must be refrigerated. Most people drink VíaVienté by pouring it into a glass by itself. Others prefer to pour VíaVienté in a glass of water or fruit juice. VíaVienté is also offered in a “Single Serve Packet” 1 oz. (30 ml). These packets do not need to be refrigerated. Most people use the packet when they are traveling or to give to friends to experience the good taste of VíaVienté. However you take it, and whether you have chronic health issues or are young at heart, VíaVienté is a proactive way to support your long-term health. VíaVienté has been Proven by You and millions of others like you around the world to deliver amazing health benefits. Try VíaViente for 12 weeks to Ensure Your Optimum Health well into the future. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 84 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ THE 12-WEEK PLAN Here are more responses from those have experienced Vía’s health benefits: “I have always had high cholesterol as long as I remember. Whenever I've gone to the doctor for my yearly exams, my cholesterol has always been well above 200. I started drinking VíaVienté daily about 6 weeks ago and for the first time in my life, my cholesterol is below 200! Needless to say, I am delighted and will be a lifelong Via consumer!” — Rose Denunzio, Dallas, TX “I am a high school teacher and very athletic 35-year-old woman. I used to get splitting headaches and not be able to sleep because my sinuses would swell shut and I would not be able to breathe through my nose after about 4 in the afternoon. About 7 years ago I started taking a steroid inhaler to help me breath. It was the only thing that helped…until Vía. After taking Vía for about 2 months, my sinuses were clear. I no longer use the inhaler! Thanks!” — Donna M., Westchester IL, USA “After using Vía for only a couple of weeks, the sciatica pain went away completely. I now have the energy to enjoy a daily aerobic workout, with weight training and 30 minutes of yoga and stretching afterward, and I have no more sciatica pain.” — Diana P., Boise, ID USA “As a triathlete and currently training for Ironman Canada, I was looking for an all natural daily supplement, and I FOUND IT IN VIA. Since I have been taking Vía my performance level has increased substantially. My swimming, cycling and running times have improved, knocking of minutes in my overall time. I will be 50 years old when I compete in Ironman Canada. Thanks Vía!” — Diane A., Lindsay, Ontario CANADA Why not.... Give the Gift of Health? While You lead Yourself to Better Health with VíaVienté, Lead Family & Friends to Better Health too by “Gifting” them a bottle of VíaVienté. Giving the Gift of Health is One of the Greatest Gifts You will Ever Give to Someone. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved GIVING BACK THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ G 85 iving Back... The Gift of the Vilcabambans The Vilcabambans have been very generous in allowing Westerners to have access to their mineral-rich waters, Anti-Oxidant infused fruits and to simply learn from them. Vilcabamba’s future is in the hands of the children who now live there. To maintain their rich heritage, the children need quality education. Then, they won’t have to leave the village in their late teenage years to obtain that education in one of the large cities from which most never return. Craig Keeland believed it was important to give back to these generous people and decided to create a foundation to serve the children of the area. Craig was extremely careful to find out exactly what the children needed. Toward this purpose, Craig asked his long-time friend, Jaime Mendoza, who Craig calls “the Ambassador of Vilcabamba,” to become the director of The Andes Children’s Foundation. Jaime was born in Ecuador but left there at age six with his family to live in San Francisco. There, his father served as Ecuador’s General Consul for 14 years. Growing up, Jaime considered himself an American. He served in the U.S. Army and attended college in the states. On a trip to Ecuador, Jaime visited Vilcabamba and fell in love with the scenic beauty, the climate and the people. As Jaime says, “When you love it this much, you have to marry it.” From that moment, he has made Vilcabamba his home. Jaime founded Vilcabamba’s tourist industry when he established the Valley’s first hotel. It’s an industry that has allowed the area to prosper. Today, nearly 70% of Vilcabamba’s inhabitants are employed by the industry that Jaime founded. He has hosted scientists from all over the world who have traveled to Vilcabamba to study the longevity of its people. Their documentation of the centenarians of Vilcabamba has brought tremendous notoriety to the Valley. One special traveler to Vilcabamba was a beautiful, French© 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 86 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ GIVING BACK Canadian woman who fell in love with the Valley and Jaime. She stayed. They married. And together they have raised two children. Craig and Jaime, along with their good friend, Terry Minke are committed to advancing the education of Vilcabamba’s children. As Jaime says, “If we teach them to fish instead of giving them a fish, they become self-sufficient and will return to help support the Valley’s future.” Because of his commitment to the Foundation and to protecting the village’s habitat and watershed, the residents look to Jaime when they need help or have personal concerns. Jaime’s wife Durga and two children, Eva and Adrian are deeply involved in the life of Vilcabamba and have recently taken over the reigns at Co-Directors in Ecuador. Durga established a foundation dedicated to preserving the ecology of the region and the surrounding Podocarpus National Reserve. She has advocated for better structural buildings that bring life and color to the village. Jaime and his family have done much to help the Vilcabambans live more comfortably. The Andes Children’s Foundation Helping the Children of Vilcabamba allows us to give back to these people who provide us with so much. From a modern day viewpoint, there are many needs in the simple agrarian culture. Virtually any of the daily conveniences we take for granted in our modern world would be considered luxuries to the average Vilcabamban. The Andes Children’s Foundation was established in the United States as a registered 501(c)(3) charity to provide financial and physical support for the educational needs of the children of Vilcabamba and throughout the Loja region. The Foundation’s goal is to not only give back to a culture and a people who have given us so much, but to do it in a way that will not be intrusive or adversely affect the area’s resources. By helping educate the children of the region, we provide the residents there with invaluable possibilities for future growth and blessings for generations to come. We can do this without upsetting the delicate balance of nature that benefits us all. The children of Vilcabamba don’t suffer from famine or disease. They are, after all, some of the healthiest people on earth. They are suffering, however, from an antiquated educational system © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved GIVING BACK THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 87 that is lacking in the ability to provide the technology and full educational opportunities simply because of the limited financial resources of the state-run school system. Teachers in this system frequently go on strike, just to earn an additional $10 a month, thus interrupting the flow of the curriculum and hindering the children’s progress. The initial work of the foundation had its beginnings when Craig Keeland traveled to Vilcabamba with a very special donation: The local school’s very first computer system. Future cash donations will be used to buy more computer equipment and provide much needed school supplies. For example, there is a shortage of school books. Much time is wasted as teachers are forced to read from a single copy of a book while the children copy down everything the teacher reads so each child will have something to study. ACF Logo featuring The Four Founding Trustees: Jaime Mendoza, Craig Keeland, Terry Minke and Dr. Mark Pedersen To learn more about the foundation, its mission, what it has accomplished so far and how you can contribute to its success you can visit the web-site at: www. AndesChildrensFoundation . org © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 88 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ GIVING BACK W Rhonda Kay and Teri Tomlinson teach the children of Nieve de Octubre Grammar School in San Pedro de Vilcabamba in the fine art of floral design and presentation. W Funds were raised by ACF through the VíaVienté Distributor Network to complete the construction of a school for the indigenous Indian children living in the mountains. W Over 3,000 lbs. of art and school supplies have been delivered to Vilcabamba schools since the program began. Jaime and Carolyn Dixon, an ACF Missionary, inspect the bounty. W A “group hug” is a welcomed greeting for ACF Trustee, Terry Minke, on the First Educational Mission Trip to Vilcabamba in July of 2004. W Craig Keeland personally delivers the first computer system to Vilcabamba and presents it to Jaime and Durga Mendoza, ACF Founders & Trustees who live in Vilcabamba. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved GIVING BACK THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ W Students from San Pedro, many of whom have descendants from the Incas, perform the sacred dance of the Inca Indians... “Dance of the Sun God” which was a “hit” at a city-wide celebration honoring ACF. W Students at Trece de April Grammar School learn new crafts with supplies brought by ACF Mission Team. Many of these skills learned will provide occupational skills they can use to earn a living and help support their families. W ACF Student Missionaries, Josh and Sean, use their computer “savvy” to help instruct students at Trece de April Grammar School in downtown Vilcabamba. W ACF Missionary, Elsie Miller poses for a group shot with the 4th and 5th graders at San Pedro Grammar School. Elsie who was raised on an Amish Farm, had a cultural exchange with the students. W Students at the San Pedro High School present a traditional dance of Vilcabamba Valley to the ACF Mission Team. 89 © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 90 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ GIVING BACK Craig Keeland with a crate of computers for the schools in Vilcabamba. (2004) AMBASSADORS OF HOPE One hundred percent (100%) of all contributions to the foundation are sent directly to Vilcabamba. All administrative costs are paid for by outside benefactors. Though cash donations are tremendously helpful, the foundation goes beyond in building a solid educational experience for the children of Vilcabamba. The foundation provides opportunities for individuals to give direct in-kind donations of educational materials including: computer equipment, books, school supplies and much more. One such donation was the result of a recent trip to Vilcabamba by Craig and Dr. Mark Pedersen. As part of his Scouting Eagle Award project, Dr. Pedersen’s son Matt located computers and a video projector to donate to the children’s school. But, he was not sure how to get them there. When Craig heard of Matt’s project, he volunteered to cover the costs of packaging and shipping the donations himself. None of the foundation’s funds were used for any administrative expense. The computers and video projector were delivered to Jaime Mendoza in Vilcabamba, who then presented them to the school’s principal. The foundation also provides individuals a unique way to serve the children of Vilcabamba through one to three week educational missions. © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved GIVING BACK THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 91 Participants can travel to Vilcabamba at their own expense and teach the children directly. During these mission experiences, volunteers are given the opportunity to share with the children their own specialties such as using the computer, training on various software packages and teaching subjects like science, math and more. Through this program called “Mission Vilcabamba”, the missionary does not even need to possess any special skill or talent in order to instruct the children as they are always needed to teach English, music or even organize athletic events. The goal is to provide anyone who would like to participate with an opportunity to serve. The foundation has set its sight on providing three missionary opportunities throughout the year. For information on the next Mission Vilcabamba educational excursion and how you can sign up, visit the Andes Children’s Foundation web-site. In Jaime’s words, “Come to Vilcabamba, experience the people and the culture, share with our children a hope for tomorrow through education today… and return home with a new life’s experience that will alter your life’s course forever.” W ACF Founding Director and Trustee, Jaime Mendoza (right) with his son, Adrian (center) and daughter, Eva (left) both of whom have been appointed as the newest 2009 Co-Directors for the ACF. W Craig Keeland receives a “thank you” hug from Sophia after he presents Sophia’s school with a new computer system. “One person can make a difference. It’s up to YOU to be that person.” Craig Keeland © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 92 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ VÍAVIENTÉ CONSUMERS TALK... VV ÍA IENTÉ CONSUMERS TALK BENEFITS... ALLERGIES AND ASTHMA “I was hospitalized 2 months ago with my asthma, requiring steroids and 3rd hourly nebulizers. I have had asthma all my life and every year I would be sick for a month with this. Since DAY 3 of taking Via, I have not required any Ventolin relief. How amazing is that I am not wheezy at all. I have also noticed a am sleeping less and have so much more energy. And all this is only in 1 month of taking Via. Can't wait to see what it does for me in 3 months. I AM SOLD!” Monique W. - Brisbane, QLD AUSTRALIA “My husband was diagnosed with asthma at the age of 4. He has been using several steroid inhalers, each day for 37 years. Because of Via, he has been able to get off of the steroids. One of the meds that he was using was at the cost of $3.00 per day. Thank God for Via! He has become a much more active, confident and happy person.” Kristi F. - Ennis, MT USA “I have been taking the Via on a regular basis and not only has my quality of sleep improved and my energy more consistent throughout the day, but my ASTHMA and ALLERGIES are now non-existent!! The FREEDOM one receives when not having to be tied to an inhaler is amazing. I think of all the children that have to keep inhalers (full of steroids) in their backpacks or suffer from Allergies and can't play in the grass with other children... that just motivates me to share this product even more!!” Nicole V. - Grand Rapids, MI USA “After moving to the Midwest 8 years ago, I developed asthma. I was out of commission constantly for days on end at least 3-4 times a month; countless inhalers, prescriptions, you name it. I've been on the product for about 9 months and just realized the other day that all of my inhalers and 2 prescriptions are expired! I was out of town without Via for around 4 days not too long ago and had an asthma/anxiety attack...thank God I was on a train on my way home because as soon as I got there, I took 2 shots of Via and felt relief within 5 minutes. I'd much rather feel the effects of Via NATURALLY than have to be on 3 different steroids and feel jittery and drugged all the time.” Andi - Highland, IN USA “Now that I am well into my 30's - I have developed a severe case of allergies. I started taking allergy medication on a daily basis, sometimes more than once a day, sometimes doubling up on my doses. When I started taking Via, the 2nd day I noticed that I didn't need to take my allergy pills first thing in the morning. I no longer need my prescription medication. I'd rather continue taking Via - an all natural product that is great for healing my body than taking medication that has side effects. The 2nd thing I have noticed since starting Via is that when I get a migraine or headache, I simply need to take an additional shot of Via and drink a little more water, and the pain in my head disappears.” LeChonne W. - La Mesa, CA USA ARTHRITIS AND JOINT PAIN: “I've been suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome for 3 years. It came to the point where my right elbow was getting affected! I used the wrist brace and it only helped with the elbow pain, but my wrist was still hurting. I was afraid that I would have to have surgery for my carpal tunnel. After taking Via for 2 months, my right wrist is getting a lot better! I can eat normal with my right hand and lift heavier things again!” Evan W - Seattle, WA USA “Taking Via has changed my life. Three years ago I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis. My knees were constantly stiff and if I walked too much my lower leg would grow numb. I dreaded going out, especially parties. I found I couldn't even get up to dance. Walking up steps was so difficult for me. Now Via has changed all that. I find myself full of energy, glowing and I have a new zest for life. Most of all my joint pain is gone. I'm sleeping much better and I look much better. Now I could look forward to my son's wedding and actually enjoy it. I'm going on a cruise next week and now I am looking forward to seeing everything.” S. - Queens NY USA “I am 55 yrs. old, and had been suffering with joint pain in my knees, ankles, shoulders, wrists and toes. I was very dismayed at the fact that my mobility had severely decreased. I could no longer go on long walks, or even exercise on my treadmill. Worst of all, I couldn't dance, which was my passion. I was introduced to Via by my best friend, and not 2 weeks later Via had made my energy level soar, and has taken the joint pain away. Now I dance every chance I get.” Alice - Chicago, IL USA © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved VÍAVIENTÉ CONSUMERS TALK.. THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 93 “I have arthritis in both hands and lower back. I started on Via and to this day, I have no pain in my hands or back. It used to be so painful to just get out of bed in the morning. Now, I get up with no effort at all. I have been getting unbelievable results from those who use this product. Many thanks to those who brought comfort to my life.” Beverly H. - Garden Grove, CA USA “My ankle was very badly sprained and did not heal. I suffered for months with progressive pain in the foot which made walking so difficult I eventually had to use crutches. To make matters worse I re-injured the same foot two more times. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome developed. I was getting adjustments and treatments twice a week from a professional physical therapist. Still no improvement. The pain was so bad especially at night that I had to use all kinds of salves and wrap up the foot and ankle all the way to the knee or wear a stiff brace even while sleeping. After 3 days of taking Via I noticed the pain was gone and it didn't come back! Also the swelling and discoloration did not return. Now my foot is completely normal again. I would not have believed it if I had not tried Via and proven to myself. IT REALLY WORKS!” Terry G. - Escondido, CA USA “I'm 41. About 3 1/2 years ago I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. For those of you that don't know, RA is a crippling and debilitating disease. Scientifically there is no cure for RA and they don't know how or what the root of it is, they only know that it is an Auto Immune Disease which attacks the joints and the body's natural immune system. I had never experienced ongoing pain in my body until having to suffer with this disease. And when I say ongoing pain that is just what I mean. As the years went by my pain increased and my mobility decreased. 1 week after starting on the Via, I was up and moving around again. By the 3rd week I was able to go up and down the stairs with minimal pain in my body. I am back to enjoying the outdoors again. I only look forward to more progress and healing to occur in my body since starting on this product.” Erica - Washington, D.C USA “After two abdominal surgeries the first part of 2004, my body was feeling pretty frail, and my energy level was lower than I had ever experienced. Add to that, my right knee was swelling up and giving out on me sometimes when I would try to stand up. I was at a low point in my life. Then a good friend sent me information about this new company and product. The first time I tried Via I had a surge of my old energy level a few hours after taking it. I started the product right away and began to have renewed energy and a brighter outlook on life. Also the swelling in my knee began to diminish. After the first week on Via I stopped taking Aleve twice a day to relieve my painful knee. This product has worked wonders for me!!!” Marina G. - Orlando, FL USA BLOOD PRESSURE AND CHOLESTEROL: “I suffered from high cholesterol all my life and spent hundreds of $$$ every month taking various drugs which I suffered from all kinds of side effects. After my 1st month on Via and getting a blood test from the doctor my points dropped from 400 to 200 that month. When my wife and I met, she suffered from severe migraines and allergies. We married in October 11, 1997 and in April 2005 we started on Via and my wife to this date no longer suffers from these problems and our energy levels have gone thru the roof. You have to try it to know how it'll work for you.” Charles M. - South Bend, IN USA “I have been taking Via for two and half months and my Diabetes and Hypertension have improved greatly. My lab results before Via showed my Creatine and Bun was high and there was swelling in my right leg which indicated that something was happening with my kidney function. The Doctor said that if this continues as it is I may have to go on Dialysis. I surely did not want that. After taking the Via for two months my lab results for my Creatine and Bun is back to normal and the swelling in my right leg is back to normal.” Elizabeth F. - Newman, CA USA “My Cholesterol and Triglycerides were so high, that I did not believe the test was mine. It has been some few years since my last test. Cholesterol was 275. Normal is below 175-200. Triglycerides were: 600. Normal is below 150. After taking Via for only one month, my triglycerides dropped to 300 and now after 4 months down to 160. My cholesterol is now 175. I am very impressed with the constitutional benefits that Via had on my health as I also have an enormous amount of energy and blood pressure dropped down from 130/98 to 120/75 in 5 months. Wonderful product!” JS - Stamford, CT USA “I get a physical exam every year complete with blood work. Usually my cholesterol is high and I am usually borderline or slightly anemic. I started taking Via in October of 2004. I just had my yearly physical and my doctor seemed very surprised at how excellent ALL of my levels were. He said I'm in perfect health. Before Via, this was not the norm. Thank you so much. I am looking and feeling better than I ever have.” Wendy K. - New Orleans, LA USA © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 94 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ VÍAVIENTÉ CONSUMERS TALK... “I am 34 yrs old and I felt that before I started taking Via, that I was very healthy! I work out 4 or 5 days per week and I have very low body fat! I drink protein shakes 2 to 3 times per day and I have a diet that most people would absolutely hate but it's a lifestyle for me! Even though I eat right I still had aches in my knees, shins, ankles, wrists, elbows, etc. I've had high blood pressure issues that had been borderline high for quite sometime. I started taking Via and within days I noticed my energy level was very high! I didn't feel like taking that mid-afternoon nap! My aches and pains were going away and now most of them are gone! My workouts are more pleasurable! A huge thing is my Blood pressure dropped to normal and my resting heart rate dropped to normal. I feel calmer and don't feel so stressed about life! I am sleeping soundly and wake up bright eyed like never before! (I'm a night owl not a morning person). All this from someone that looked very fit! Now I feel like it as much or more than I look like it! I will take via the rest of my life and I have a feeling because of it, it will be a long one! I am so glad that I tried it! Thank you so much!” Roger P. - South Bend, IN USA “I have been playing sports for the last 20 years. I have started noticing that my joints would start hurting me and I couldn't sleep very well because of it. For the last month I have been taking Via, and I feel no more joint pain. The best part is that I can actually sleep through the night now. I was also running a very high blood pressure, because of the Via it has dropped down to a normal level now. Thank you Via!!!” Brannon D. - Oceanside, CA USA “I have a longtime history of allergies and asthma. I tried Via in August, starting with just 1 ozs. (30 ml) a day for 2 or 3 weeks, as I wasn't too sure about the product. Then I increased it to 2 ozs. (60 ml) a day. The first thing I noticed was I was ready to get out of bed, when I woke up at 6am. Then in Sept,I had a doctor's appointment and when they took my blood pressure, "I said, no way! It read 130 over 70!" I have run 150-160 over 80 bp for the last 2 years. Was I surprised! The only thing I have done differently is take Via. I am a believer in Via - and I am Healthier!” Nina W - Tullahoma, TN USA “After being on the Via for about two months, my blood pressure began to stay in the normal range. I had been fighting to keep it in the "high normal" but at the end of the day it would always be elevated. It now stays in the normal range 24/7 !! I continue to take the Via twice each day and will for the rest of my life. Via has truly changed my whole life, not only for the health benefits it has provided me and my family, but the opportunity to share with others this remarkable product and to see the benefits it provides for them.” Juanita S - Penhook, VA USA DIABETES: “I thought I was invincible until I developed adult onset diabetes, and then carpal tunnel syndrome with trigger finger syndrome. The diabetes caused more inflammation in my body, and eventually, I had to have hand surgery for both carpal tunnel and trigger finger on the right hand. Unfortunately, I had to have the same surgeries to the left hand the following year. I lost two productive years because of my hands. My blood sugar, also was unmanageable, and was always high, and unfortunately the medications that they gave me to control the blood sugar made me retain more fluids so I just ballooned and got more inflamed. So I took Via. In just ten days, I could close my hand and make a decent fist. Eventually all my pain went away and I could now play keyboards and piano in church as well as type away on my computer for long periods of time. I also lost weight as the water retention went away with the inflammation. I also noticed more energy. The sluggishness, lethargy and the depression that I had before was replaced with speed, energy and enthusiasm. I now recommend Via to everyone.” Zonia V. - Dallas, TX USA “Wow! My uncle is 73 and has struggled with diabetes for a number of years. It had progressed to such a severe case that his numbers had spiked as high as 600 and even 1100 one time. The doctors told him it was a miracle he survived those two bouts, and they have struggled for a long time to keep his numbers in some kind of a 'normal' range. After taking Via for just a few weeks, his blood sugar levels leveled out at around 128! He and our family are elated with Via! His energy level has returned to his normal self, and he is able to do activities that were previously restricted. Thanks Via!” Sandy H.- South Haven, MI USA “Wow!! Via has been a miracle for me and my family! The first thing I noticed was that Via normalized my blood sugar. I've suffered from hypoglycemic symptoms for years and for the first time, I feel like I'm on the road to being symptom free. Also, after the birth of my first child, I began having horrible migraines. They were debilitating most of the time. A few days ago, I felt a migraine coming on and took some Via immediately. The "stars" and the headache that occur lasted for about 5 minutes when they normally last for several hours. I didn't need to get into a completely dark room or sleep it off! I'm so grateful!!! Thank you Via!!” Michelle Y.- Miami, FL USA © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved VÍAVIENTÉ CONSUMERS TALK... THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ 95 “I've been a diabetic for 30 years now and I take 5 shots of insulin a day. I have struggled daily for 30 years trying to keep my sugar levels in some sort of normal range. I've seen a major difference in my sugar levels after taking VíaVienté for about 6 or 7 weeks. I began to notice that I wasn't having to take as much insulin per shot. As of last Friday I've been waking up in the morning with my level normal. Never before have I experienced such normal levels. And I feel so much better generally. I have more strength in the gym, more endurance and energy.” Rick H. - Deltona, FL USA ENERGY: “As a triathlete currently training for Ironman Canada, I was looking for an all-natural daily vitamin supplement, and I FOUND IT IN VIA. Since I have been taking Via, my performance level has increased substantially. My swimming, cycling and running times have improved, knocking off minutes in my overall time. I will be 50 years old when I compete in Ironman Canada and my goal is to finish strong and healthy. Via is responsible for my feeling great and energetic - wanting to get up every morning at 5:00am to begin my training. I am in constant demand, with being a mom, wife and a triathlete. As a result, my energy level is in continuous demand throughout the day. Via has provided a positive impact on my overall health and performance. And I used to be an 8-hour sleeper, now I only need 6 hours and wake feeling rested and energetic. My entire family is now taking Via and we all plan on taking it for a long time. Thank you Via for providing us with a fabulous product.” Diane A. - Lindsay, Ontario CANADA “Via has given me energy during the day and it also gives me the best night's sleep! As most women know, the 40's are a time for physical changes which typically include lower energy and disrupted sleep. Via has been a life saver!” Cindy VG - Greensboro, NC USA “I have never been much of a morning person. I am the type that when the alarm goes off I have to hit it about 10 times before I can drag myself out of bed. My head usually is all fuzzy in the morning as well. After only a handful of days of taking Via, I was finding myself waking up before my alarm clock, alert, with no foggy headedness. I feel recharged and fresh. The only thing I have been doing differently is taking Via. Everyone has to try this product.” Christina G. - San Diego, CA USA IMMUNE SYSTEM: “I had been on Via 3 months when I ran out and was without it for 3 weeks. The evening I re-started my Via, I had so much energy and sense of wellbeing I did not even want to go to bed that night. Within weeks a swollen gland that had been checked out by my doctor on my neck went down which thrilled me. What I love about my Via is: 1. I sleep more soundly. 2. I seem to eat less. It must be leveling out my blood sugar. 3. I feel more emotionally even.” Patricia S., Licensed Practical Nurse “In 1995, I was diagnosed with AIDS. At the time my diagnosis, my T cell count was at an all time low of 150 - the average T cell count for a healthy person is 1500. In 2001, I went on a combination of prescription drugs designed to treat people with my condition (otherwise known as "the cocktail"). After being on the medication for a short while, my T cell count slowly began to climb. Over the course of the next 8 years it hovered somewhere between 250 and 300 - never hitting anything higher than 300. The cocktail was clearly keeping me alive, but it's side effects were difficult to live with, and slowly deteriorating my body. 4 months ago, I was introduced to VíaVienté and almost immediately began drinking it daily. After being on the product for a month and a half, my T cell count jumped to 420. This is 120 points higher than it has been since I began taking my medication in 2001. In the medical community, the line marking the difference between full-blown AIDS versus an HIV diagnosis is 350. For the first time in my history of having AIDS, I was now considered to not have full-blown AIDS anymore. My diagnosis has currently been reduced to HIV. Regarding the side effects from my medication - within days of beginning the product, my tongue returned to its natural pink color (it had developed a white film over it for as long as I can remember). I have also been suffering from chronic constipation - where I would have one bowel movement a week if I were lucky. Since taking VíaVienté , that has changed to 2 - 3 times a day. My distended stomach (another side effect from all of the medication) has been reduced by about 60%. My skin has been able to retain more moisture and is not so dry and flaky. And lastly, I have more energy than I have had in many, many years. For people living with HIV/AIDS, VíaVienté offers hope with its only side effects being aspects of healing and the promise of a healthier and happier life. I am truly grateful to VíaVienté for the life enhancing properties of its product as well as the incredible opportunity the company offers for people like me to create a sound financial future.” John S, - Asheville, NC USA © 2009 GP Publishing - All Rights Reserved 96 THE MIRACLE OF VíAVIENTÉ REFERENCES R EFERENCES 1 Payne, Eugene H., “Islands of Immunity – Medicine’s Most Amazing Mystery,” Reader’s Digest, Nov. 1954. 2 Davies, David, “The Centenarians of the Andes”, Barrie & Jenkins, London (1975). 3 Davies, David, “A Shangri-La in Ecuador,” New Scientist, 57:236-238 (1973). 4 Leaf, Alexander, “Everyday is a Gift When You are Over 100,” National Geographic, 143:93119 (Jan. 1973). 5 Mazess, Richard B., “Health and Longevity in Vilcabamba, Ecuador,” Journal of the American Medical Association, 240:1781, (Oct. 13, 1978). 6 Walker, Morton, “Secrets of Long Life – How to remain healthy, sexual and actively working beyond 100”, Devin Adair, Old Greenwich, CT (1983). 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