I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful 4th of July celebrating America’s 241st Birthday. This is the time each year when I remind myself how fortunate I am to live in this great land. America is a remarkable country whose strength and resilience is found in the incredible diversity of its people. As I have said before, other than the Native Americans who preceded us, every other American came from a foreign land. It is this incredible diversity and variety of people, cultures, nationalities, religions and thought that creates the vibrant and strong fabric of our country. Nevertheless, many of us find ourselves a bit disillusioned with the recent direction of our country, but that should not diminish our gratitude for being citizens or our commitment to its future. America might not be perfect, but the more I travel (and I do love to travel), the more I realize how blessed I am to call America my home. Certainly, we are going through one of the more turbulent periods in our country’s history, but America’s Founding Fathers created a resilient form of government that will sustain us through these challenging times. As I often say, I try to avoid politics, since I really do not view America as a country of politics or politicians. Instead, I view it as a country conceived in liberty and intended to be of, by and for its People. That means it’s all about, and for, each and every one of us. I love history and if it has taught me anything, it has shown me that politics and politicians are temporary conditions and it is our Republic that must endure. History should remind us of the phrase, “this too shall pass.” In short, no matter which side of the aisle you find yourself, we should all have faith in our collective ability, as a democracy, to find a unified positive path to the future. That is what our Founding Fathers intended and would expect from us today. The 4th is a day that reminds me to do my best to not let them down. Happy Independence Day!
Since it is July, it is not only our country’s birthday, but also HSN’s birthday month when we focus on Beauty and celebrate with a Today’s Special for our most popular product – Healthy Hair Skin and Nails. This year we have created a special formula that also includes Pomegranate and EGCG. Plus, we have also created a special Ultra-Economy 720 capsule supply that even at 2 capsules daily (or 1 capsule daily for 2 persons) will last until next year’s Today’s Special. Also, each bottle will come with a sampler of Green Tea whose protective benefits for the skin have long been recognized by the scientific community. As excited as I am about this year’s special formula, I am even more proud of its exceptional value, which costs far less per capsule today than when I first introduced this formula almost 20 years ago. Plus, today’s formula is far more comprehensive than ever before and also contains 8 times more of our unique Biotin than it did in 1998. That is no small accomplishment, since Biotin is among the most expensive ingredients in any of our formulas (costing more than $1,000 per kg) and today we have 8x more! It is rare that a product can improve so much and not go up dramatically in price from year to year, but almost unheard of that it can cost far less a couple of decades later. I can go on at length discussing the extensive benefits you can experience with this product and the extensive science supporting its use, but I believe the honest, unbiased reviews this product has received speak far more passionately and clearly than I ever could. It still amazes me that with all the thousands upon thousands of excellent products at HSN, Healthy Hair Skin and Nails remains the most frequently and positively reviewed product with more than 4,000 perfect 5-Star reviews out of just over 5,000 reviews. Although the science alone is convincing and compelling, there is nothing that can compare to the unbiased experiences of others. That is why I encourage everyone to take a few moments to skim through the reviews (and please take note that we do not remove any negative reviews). It just happens that >90% of the reviews are glowingly positive. I look forward to seeing you this weekend and sharing new information about our Healthy Hair Skin and Nails Today’s Special at midnight immediately following our Variety Hour at 11 PM Eastern Time on Saturday night. During that Variety Hour we will introduce our new Monthly Special – Phytoceramides. That name looks and sounds like a mouthful, but it is actually a very tiny capsule filled with a very simple, natural molecule that is the primary substance involved with our skin cells internally preserving their moisture and thus retaining smooth, soft, radiant skin on the outside with an increased resistance to wrinkling. I look forward to sharing more about this relatively new and infrequently seen product. Phytoceramides is the perfect Monthly Special to accompany our annual Healthy Hair Skin and Nails Today’s Special, as well as Marine Collagen Peptides with MSM Today’s Special that returns in just over a week.
Speaking of Marine Collagen Peptides with MSM, I have some exciting new research to discuss regarding more than just promoting healthy smooth skin and healthy resilient joints. Next weekend, I will be discussing of all things…cellulite. That might seem to be an unusual subject given all of the myriad of external treatments for cellulite, but it should actually come as no surprise that a collagen supplement can have an impact if you consider the anatomical features that contribute to the appearance of cellulite. Specifically, it has been shown that disruptions and distortions in the organization of the collagen fiber beneath our skin and above our body fat aggravate and worsen that “orange peel” appearance of dimpled skin or mottling generally referred to as cellulite. In other words, to the extent we can improve the health and organization of the collagen layer beneath our skin, we can then better cover the irregularity of the fat underneath and thereby reduce the appearance of cellulite. It is a fascinating discussion and no more surprising than the already established benefits of these remarkable peptide molecules for our skin or for our joints. I swear by this product when it comes to my joints and my frequent exercise. Whether we are talking about the appearance of our skin and cellulite or the health of our joints or blood vessels, there is abundant new science and a wide variety of quotes from several studies that I will be sharing. Also, last year we improved this formula by essentially making it taste-neutral and completely odor-free. This year we have made another great improvement by dramatically improving its solubility and ease of mixing. Marine Collagen Peptides with MSM is a relatively new product and not as many folks have heard about it or had a chance to experience it, so I hope you have an opportunity to tune-in and learn more this weekend. I will also share why not all collagen is created equal and why we go all the way to Japan to get our unique material directly from the folks with the greatest scientific experience in researching and developing the original collagen peptides. I hope you tune-in next week to learn more about these remarkable, yet overlooked natural molecules.
I have heard the many questions and concerns about QVC’s acquisition of HSN and how that might affect my brand. I just want to reassure everyone that there is nothing to worry about, since nothing will be changing. I will record a brief video blog about why I believe this will be a positive experience for everyone who enjoys my products. I suppose for many of you this is no concern at all since you started with me at QVC and have followed my products for the more than 20 years since I last appeared there. Ultimately, I just want to put everyone’s mind at ease and say that the only changes I foresee will be for the better, since it has never been a secret that I acquired my “obsessive” focus on quality, service and your experience during my many years at QVC. Again, not to worry.
Lastly (and I promise this is the last thing J), as you have requested, I will post a brief blog regarding some of the research I have recently discussed on-air about how to work with your doctor to more effectively use Cholesterol Lowering Drugs to achieve the same results by consuming far less medicine while also saving money and dramatically reducing the risk of side effects. We will attach the medical studies and/or their abstracts, so you can share this with your physicians.
I look forward to seeing you Saturday evening at 11 PM and then Sunday at noon and 8 PM Eastern Time over the next two weekends.
Best of Health.