I am so sorry for not writing this blog sooner, but the holidays have a way of being not just distracting, but almost overwhelming. Between all the normal wonderful craziness of the holidays, I also wanted to spend a lot of time making sure that this year’s shows are the best ever and I think we have succeeded. I am confident you will agree.
Plus, this year we will be doing something different. Rather than my usual four days of shows that start on Thursday evening and run through Sunday, we will have three short weekends that commence on Saturday evening with a Today’s Special all day Sunday. We begin on Saturday January 7th at 11 PM ET and continue throughout the day on Sunday the 8th. We will then return on Saturday January 14th at 11 PM ET and continue throughout the day on Sunday the 15th. Our last January shows commence on Saturday January 21st at 11 PM ET and continue throughout the day on Sunday the 22nd. This last weekend will be broadcast live from our factory in Henderson, Nevada, so you can see exactly where all your vitamins are made. Of course, ALL my products will have Special New Year’s pricing with FREE shipping on everything! We will also have three very special Today’s Specials on each of these three weekends that I will briefly outline below.
It is not easy to continue to offer ever-improving versions of your favorite products at better values year after year, but I think we have done it again. Our Secure Complete Meal Replacement offers the lowest calorie, best tasting opportunity to embrace the proven weight-loss benefits of a protein-rich, nutritious, delicious meal replacement. There will be four options to choose from beginning at 20 Meals and going up to 200 Meals. Even the smallest size is less than $1 per meal and the largest size far less. Plus, the 50 Meal, 100 Meal and 200 Meal options all come with an equal quantity of our CarniSlim-250, which provides Carnitine – by far the most important molecule in fat burning metabolism. Also, the 200 Meal size can be all one flavor (chocolate, vanilla or coffee) or any combination of two flavors. As an added bonus, the 200 Meal size also comes with a copy of a cookbook that my friend Muriel and I created that includes 25 of my favorite soups. I have received requests to do a cookbook for many years and an enormous amount of effort went into preparing and creating this book. I hope you enjoy it and I know it will help you eat healthier. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts. By the way, it really does contain soups that I have relied on for wellness and weight-loss for decades. Just as a reminder, our Secure Complete Meal Replacement contains 26 vitamins and minerals and is also low in fat, low in carbs, low in sodium and contains zero cholesterol, zero saturated fat and zero trans fat. It contains less than 8 grams of carbohydrate per meal for those watching carbs and is barely 70 calories per serving. I have still never found another meal replacement that comes close to our combination of ultra-low calories, great taste, high quality protein, high levels of vitamins and minerals and yet ours is a fraction of their cost! There is truly nothing like it in terms of quality, taste and most importantly – affordability!
Next up are everyone’s favorites: Circulation and Vein Support for Healthy Legs or Energy and Fat Metabolism Factors. You can purchase them separately at our best pricing ever, or enjoy even greater savings buying them as part of a bundle. There are even two choices of sizes of bundles – Economy or Ultra-Economy. There are more than 1,000 combined reviews for these two remarkable products and almost 80% of those reviews are a perfect 5 stars and approximately 90% are 4 or perfect 5 stars. Of course, nothing speaks more clearly about a product than reviews by those who use it and with those amazing numbers, it is safe to conclude that you will not be disappointed. In short, these products do not disappoint.
Our last January broadcast, which will be live from our solar-powered factory in Henderson, Nevada, will have as its Today’s Special our Resveratrol-100 combined with Pomegranate 40:40. Of course, it will be at best pricing ever and there is even more great research to discuss, since it would be difficult to find two natural ingredients that receive more coverage by researchers or in the media than these two ingredients and you will get to enjoy both of them for a price below what you would expect to pay for either on its own. You can try this product with confidence, since both our Resveratrol and our Pomegranate products possess hundreds of combined reviews with an exceptional average rating of 4.5 out of a perfect 5 stars.
Best of all, throughout all three of these quick weekend visits we will have more time to discuss an even greater array of different products and of course, all these products will be at Special Pricing and with FREE shipping and handling.
I hope you will enjoy the new format.
Best of health.
In response to questions raised by a few folks regarding Secure and Soy:
I am pleased that so many folks are eager to receive their Secure Meal Replacements at this weekend’s Today’s Special pricing and I have also read with interest some of the comments and questions posted about this product and I will try to respond briefly below in the short time I have before my shows this weekend. I know that many of these questions result from abundant misinformation about soy, but this matter reminds me that I can never please everyone all the time, but it is a lesson I struggle to learn since I still try so hard to do so. Although tens of thousands of folks love Secure, it disappoints me that it does not work for everyone and for that reason we continue to research other Secure formulations that will hopefully please everyone. Of course, we will continue our current Secure with soy protein, since soy protein is my first protein source for weight-loss, but I hope to one day in the near future succeed in designing a sugar-free Secure, as well as another version of Secure using rice or pea protein, along with another version using whey protein, casein, etc. Despite our pleasing enormous numbers of people with our Secure formula, my goal is to please everyone, so we will continue all our research efforts.
As far as the comments and questions, I will do my best in the limited time before my shows to hopefully create some degree of greater understanding below:
Unfortunately, there is an enormous amount of misinformation and disinformation circulating about soy. There are individuals who have made it their career to bash soy. I have waded through all the research carefully and the bottom line is that absent an allergy, normal consumption of soy (like all foods) is not harmful and is actually beneficial. An important point to realize is that the soy present in Secure is not present at moderate levels, but really at minimal levels. Each serving of Secure delivers 7 grams of soy protein from a source that is concentrated to at least 90% soy protein, which means that the total amount of soy in each serving of Secure is approximately ¼ of an ounce, which is 1/60th or less than 2% of a pound – truly minimal! Plus, there are less than 15 mgs per serving of soy isoflavones.
Too Much Sweetness and Flavor?
I have been making meal replacement for almost 30 years. My initial meal replacements were sugar-free and no one liked that at all. No one! They contained great flavors (some of the same we use today), but the absence of sweetness meant that no one wanted to use them, so no one benefitted from them and no one lost weight. After listening to criticism regarding their lack of sweetness, I eventually and very reluctantly decided to add about 60 calories of sugar per meal. That was almost 20 years ago and not surprisingly, folks began to like the product, but others agreed with me and complained that 15 grams of sugar was too much, particularly those with diabetes or who were watching their carb intake. We then set out to redesign the product to be under 100 calories with less than 10 grams of carbs and less than half of those from sugars. This is a far cry from my original meal replacement with more than 200 calories and 25 grams of carbohydrate (including 15 grams of sugar). Most importantly, I wanted to reduce the carbs, sugar and calories and I think we succeeded admirably. This redesign was a slow process that took several years and unfortunately, along the way, I realized that human nature made it almost impossible to make a meal replacement, since what we crave are the high calorie tastes that to lose weight we must avoid (fat, sugar, carbs, etc). Watching the obesity epidemic spread in America, I realized that the enormous health risks posed by overweight and obesity were far greater than any that might be posed by a minimal use of specifically selected artificial sweeteners. Where possible I try to avoid sweeteners of all kinds and I have never approved of the use of Aspartame or Saccharin, so I would never consider their use in Secure, but only after a careful review of the science and careful consideration of the minimal levels we would be able to use, I opted for extremely low levels of sucralose and acesulfame-K. By combining a small amount of fructose and tiny amounts of these sweeteners, we were able to achieve a sweetness never possible before and at a caloric level never possible before. I considered it an enormous breakthrough when we were able to create the sweetness of Secure with just a few grams of non-glycemic sugar (fructose) and extremely low levels (milligram quantities – fractions of a gram) of those two sweeteners. Of course, it was not my first choice, but it was the only option available and we continue to review our options, but even Stevia has its own issues, including whether people like its taste or whether I really consider a concentrated chemical (like Stevia) to be a “natural” sweetener. As I mentioned above, we will be developing Secure without sugar in the future and also a version without soy using both vegetarian protein sources and others, such as whey or casein.
As far as Secure being too sweet or having too much flavor, I understand. But I ask that you consider the most common complaints that any manufacturer receives about their meal replacements. Twenty years ago, I had always heard that my original product lacked sufficient flavor and sweetness, but today we occasionally hear just the opposite, which I consider a great success. The reason why most meal replacements shortchange consumers on flavor and sweetness is because they are extremely expensive. Instead, I decided to invest heavily in flavor and sweetness and shortchange no one. If my products are too sweet, then that is good, since it just became more economical for you, because you can use less and/or dilute it more. In short, you can’t fix a meal replacement with too little flavor, but you can always dilute it if you think I have invested too much in its flavor or sweetness. I leave the decision to you rather than depriving you of it. Of course, when it comes to flavor or sweetness, I know I cannot please everyone, but I listen carefully and I will continue to do my best to please as many of you as I can.
As I mentioned above, I will endeavor to bring out different versions of Secure in the future that will satisfy all your wishes. I just ask that you be patient, since each new protein source or ingredient requires enormous testing and I will not accept an ingredient that adversely affects the flavor, mix-ability, nutrient profile, etc. of Secure.
Soy and Breast Cancer?
First of all, I would never make a product that could increase the risk of any disease – let alone breast cancer, a disease that over the course of my lifetime has deprived me of three of my dearest friends. In fact, my nonprofit’s other focus (beyond prenatal vitamins) has been breast cancer prevention and treatment. Some of you might even remember a video I did many years ago entitled “You Can Prevent Breast Cancer” and I have a manuscript for a book of that same title that I hope to find the time to complete some day in the future. In that book, I discuss the primary causative factors and preventative factors involved in breast cancer risk and at the very top of that list is overweight, obesity and inactivity. Clearly, I would never make a product that could increase the risk of breast cancer…never! Secure is designed to help combat being overweight and all the health issues that flow from being overweight. Secure has enabled tens of thousands of individuals to better manage their food intake and their body weight.
As you might expect, I have reviewed the research on soy and breast cancer many times and each time I am left concluding that if there is an association between soy and breast cancer, it is an inverse association. In other words, in these studies soy was found to be associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer. I could provide dozens of examples and quotes from the research in that regard, which is why I am so comfortable with the small amount of soy in our meal replacement. Remember once again, it is a very small amount of soy and soy isoflavones present in this product. It is also very important to note that the countries with the highest intake of soy (far higher than contained in Secure) are also those countries with the world’s lowest breast cancer rates. Nevertheless, when it comes to your specific health concerns, I recommend that you follow the guidance and direction of your physician.
Soy and Thyroid.
When it comes to the thyroid and soy there is an abundance of contradictory information, but it is clear to me that once again, given the low levels of soy and soy isoflavones present in this product, there is no reason for concern. This is a complex area with commentators arguing both sides of the issue, but as I just said, given the low levels of soy and soy isoflavones in this product, there should be no issues for healthy individuals with adequate iodine intake. Moreover, there are enormous populations in Japan, China and elsewhere that consume levels of soy and soy isoflavones many times higher than the low levels present in this product and they do so without thyroid issues or problems. Most importantly, one should eat a diet that is comprised of a variety of foods and without too much of a reliance on any one food or food component. Nevertheless, when it comes to your specific health concerns, I recommend that you follow the guidance and direction of your physician.
I will endeavor to discuss some of these issues during my shows and to elaborate further on these issues by posting some research on my blog in the future.
Thanks so much for your respectful comments and feedback.
Best of health.