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The Science behind Juice Plus+

Juice Plus+ is the most researched brand name nutritional product of its kind in the world.

The latest study was just released.


I’m excited about this study because it reflects my experience. I reduced my LDL cholesterol from 2.97 to 1.15 after 4 months on Juice Plus+. Taking medication for 8 years did not reduce my cholesterol more than a point and it wasn’t sustained.

I’m ecstatic to hear that our genes are not our destiny. My Grandmother died of Cancer so that’s always been a concern of mine. A study done by 3 universities confirms that Juice Plus+ helps to protect DNA.

A summary of the research done by the company is here:

Juice Plus+ Research

The company pays for the research but does not pay for the answer. Research is done by outstanding Universities and research facilities the world over. You can’t buy their answer. Over the last 20 years Juice Plus+ has conducted 37 studies. Each one has confirmed the value of Juice Plus+.

This is different from most companies. Most companies don’t have the science to back them up or the science was conducted by their own lab.

Take a look at the facilities that have done the research and their results.

Research Facilities and results

And the research continues:

  • Juice Plus+ effect on cell health
  • Periodontal gum health
  • Healthy healing after wisdom tooth extraction
  • Reducing oxidative stress markers in overweight women

Upcoming Research

It’s this depth of scientific studies that allows Della and I to recommend Juice Plus+ to our family and friends. We’ve experienced the benefits and the science backs us up.

Finally, one of my favorite speakers is Dr. Richard Dubois. He is the former Chief of Internal Medicine at the Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia, with a specialty in infectious diseases. Dr. DuBois expounds upon the importance of proper nutrition — especially from fruits and vegetables — to overall health.

Dr. Dubois talks about taking personal responsibility for our health.

Microbiome II

Having recently learned about the Microbiome, I’m fascinated to learn more.

We all have trillions of bacteria in our body, much of it in our gut. That’s not a bad thing. Scientists are telling us that having a healthy microbiome can stave off a variety of diseases.

It’s a startling fact that the microbiome contains more cells than the rest of our bodies. We are indeed a super-organism.

Our microbiome forms at birth and is heavily influenced by the type of birth. A natural birth imparts the mothers biome on the child. A cesarean imparts more of the Doctors or Nurses microbiome. We have a small window of opportunity to develop a healthy microbiome. By the time a child is 5 that window has past.

Why is this important? Since the mid-90’s we’ve experienced a huge growth in chronic inflammation and the diseases associated with it. The list of diseases associated with inflammation is long and varied:

  • heart disease
  • diabetes
  • metabolic disorders
  • obesity
  • arthritis
  • autism
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Parkinson’s
  • depression
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s

Environment & Disease

Incidence of Bowel disease, Colitis and Crohn’s

Environment and Disease 2

Incidence of Asthma, Eczema and Hay Fever

What affects the microbiome?:

  • diet. A diet high in fiber, whole foods and prebiotics (food that bacteria love) has a positive impact. So do Probiotics.
  • type of birth
  • exposure to antibiotics. Antibiotics have a purpose but should not be administered broadly and without cause. Antibiotics kill bacteria including those that are beneficial in our gut.
  • strangely, an extremely clean environment growing up can negatively impact our microbiome.
  • breast milk vs formula

If you want to learn more take a look at this TED talk on the microbiome.


  • Kathy McCoy is a professor in the Cumming School of Medicine and director of the Western Canadian Microbiome Centre

  • Ian Lewis is an assistant professor and AIHS Translational Health Chair-Metabolomics in UCalgary’s Faculty of Science. His research focus is on investigating the connection between metabolic adaptation and virulence of human pathogens, with the ultimate goal of developing new diagnostic methods to identify high-risk patients and novel antimicrobial therapies to control infections.

  • Paul Kubes is a professor in the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine, and director of the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases. His research interests are in models of acute and chronic inflammation, studying how different leukocytes (neutrophils, monocytes and lymphocytes, etc.) traffic to sites of inflammation, and the role of different immune receptors in the initiation of inflammation.

  • Dr. Mitra Ray. With over 30 years of experience, she has helped people achieve remarkable success in looking and feeling better. Dr. Ray received her Bachelors of Science at Cornell University and her PhD from Stanford Medical School. She is the recipient of many NIH grants and the Young Investigator Award from the Federation of American Societies in Experimental Biology. Her research has been published in such prestigious journals as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of Cell Biology. Audiences in 4 continents have enjoyed her award winning books, audios and lectures on health, beauty and longevity.

Shred 10

I’ve written about Shred 10 in the past. We‘ve learned the secret though.  The secret is to keep it up for 4 months straight.

Della and I have tried many diets. None have had long term success except Shred 10. I should start at the beginning though. Watch this from Dr. Mitra Ray and Jake Kelly.

Shred 10 is 10 days of focusing on your health.

  • eat whole food and substitute Complete Shakes for two meals a day. Don’t forget to take your Complete capsules as well
  • drink water
  • exercise most days
  • get 8 hours of sleep nightly


  • gluten and diary
  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • processed foods
  • artificial and refined sugars
  • eating after 6 PM.

We had lots of help with a community, recipe book and guidelines.

Shred 10 is not done just once. It’s a jump start to a healthier life.

Della and I have had some health issues. We want to improve our health and enjoy our retirement. Here’s Dr. Ray again with her reasons for improving her health. She has some excellent information on why water or juice cleanse’s are not the answer.

Shred 10 is for men too. Complete pills have nearly eliminated my gout and Shakes have eliminated my knee joint issues. Here is what other men report.

How did we do in March? Take a look.

Since starting Shred10 in February we’ve gained energy, improved our lifestyle, shred bad habits and lost 26 lbs between us.

We start another Shred10 April 1. Want to join?  Sign up for Shred 10 Shred 10




What we’ve learned about the Gut Microbiome

We attended a session by Dr. Mitra Ray called Who Should Eat several weeks ago.

The strange title kind of intrigued us. She spoke of the gut micro biome that I’d never heard of. Della and I have spent the last ten years on improving our health. This is the first time its come up.

Mitra Ray Crowd
She drew a large crowd
She told us about the rise in autoimmune diseases that’s reaching epidemic proportions. The list of diseases associated with the micro-biome is huge and includes:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Autism
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Breast cancer
  • Celiac
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Colon Cancer
  • Crohns
  • Depression
  • Food allergies
  • Hypertension
  • Laryngeal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Lupus
  • Obesity
  • Parkinson’s
  • Prostate Cancer

Autoimmune disease on the rise

Dr. Ray contends that a healthy gut biome is critical to our good health. If you have ever been born by cesarean, used antibiotics, eaten gluten, sugary foods, fish, diary, milk regularly, did not play outdoors in the dirt as a child you may not have a strong micro-biome. Look at your micro-biome as a lawn. If you kill the lawn what grows back, weeds.

All diseases begin in the Gut – Hippocrates

You can repair your biome by taking probiotics which contain helpful bacteria like yogurt or supplements. But, you cant buy your micro biome, its specific to your body. The second way is to feed it which she considers the most powerful. Lastly, you can attempt to replace it.

Dr. Ray is a strong proponent of a plant based diet. Della and I are finding our health improves as we consume more and more plants. I doubt that we’ll ever completely move to a plant based diet. However, our portions of beef, chicken, fish are much smaller than they once were.

We’ve learned that the phyto-nutrients (plant nutrients) working in synergy with each other can repair the damage to your body. This is unlike the man made chemicals in vitamins.

Dr. Ray presented a similar talk in Birmingham last year.

YouTube video



What’s new in 2017?

We’re looking forward to the challenges of the new year. We’re wishing you all the good health and success you’re hoping for in 2017.

We just talked this morning about what we did well and what needs some tweaking.

  1. Della and I will continue to work on our health this year. We will use our Tower Garden to grow fresh vegetables. This is a current picture of our Tower Garden. The Garden sits in our basement. The temperature outside this morning in Cochrane, Alberta is -25 C and snow is 14 cm deep. We will get Chard and Kale for our morning smoothies and several types of lettuce for our dinner salad for two from this lone Tower Garden for the six months. There are a couple herbs in this winters planting.


2. We like to go on regular Shred 10’s to reset our metabolisms after the Christmas/New Year’s celebrations or other times when we feel out of sorts. The rules are simple and we’ve learned anyone can do this for just 10 days

  • add more real food including substituting Juice Plus complete shakes for two meals a day and taking Juice Plus Trio capsules.
  • Get at least 7 hours of sleep
  • drink more water
  • eliminate caffeine, alcohol, gluten, dairy, artificial and refined sugars, eating after 6:00 PM
  • exercise your body.

After the shred we feel less bloated and have more energy, better sleep and better mental clarity. Lessons learned for us:

  • its only 10 days,
  • much easier when there’s a community for support
  • don’t beat yourself up if you are not perfect; you will do better tomorrow.

For more info on Shred10 from our friend Michelle Ball click on this link. Shred10 Intro

If this interests you let us know. We have a tips document we can send you. We’ll be starting another in January and the support of others makes success much easier.

3. We plan on returning to Williams Lake. BC in the RV this April. We want to spend more time visiting going to and from. So we may go through Montana on the way west and through Prince George on the way home.

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4. Continuing our education:

  • We will attend at least two conferences this year. The first is called Banff BeaverTail. There’s going to be some very high profile, exciting speakers so were looking forward to it. Besides it’s in Banff.
  • The second Conference is in Kelowna. Another destination site for us. Just as important, the speakers are wonderful.
Rimrock Hotel Banff and the Bow Valley

5. Home renovations. We plan on taking on some renovations on our own now that we have the health and time. Our deck needs new skirting and our sunshine kitchen is pretty dated. Della has some ideas for crafts. I’m developing my skills with power tools.

6. We want to stay in touch with old friends and develop new ones. We had a wonderful Holiday season having a lot of family and friends in our home in Cochrane.

7.  We have a new product in our line called Community Garden. This is comprised of 12 Tower Gardens. We’ll be exploring local opportunities in this exciting area.


Please comment and like. If you have any questions we’d love to have a discussion. 

One Simple Change

Della and I have been on many diets. At one time, we thought that losing weight was the end goal. We tried many different types of diets and had some short term success. But over time, we fell back into old habits and the weight came back, and then some.

But a couple of years ago our doctor recommended we take a year long Health Basics course from the Red Deer Primary Network. We learned that health is not about simply loosing weight but about changing our lifestyle. I now have a mantra “Food is just fuel.” That does help with emotional eating.

Other lessons learned are:

  • We use small plates rather than large ones. It tricks the mind but it does work.
  • We serve from the stove rather than from the table. You’re less likely to have seconds if the food is not in front of you.
  • We have a glass of water 30 minutes before each meal. This helps to sway the feeling of hunger. It also reduces my joint pain.
  • We exercise every other day.
  • We get at least 7, preferably 8 hours of sleep a night.
  • We go on regular shreds or the longer Transform programs when we have functions to attend.
  • We’ve both become entrepreneurs and become marketing arms of the Juice Plus+ company. We believe in “living the mission”.
  • We’ve become aeroponic gardeners so that we have fresh vegetables all year long for smoothies, salads and snacks.
  • We’ve become more involved in our community
  • We visit friends and family far more often. We’ve expanded our friendships to include more people with a positive, health conscious, entrepreneurial  lifestyle.
  • Lastly, we’ve learned to go easy on ourselves. We know we’re not perfect and on days we don’t eat right, it’s Ok we will do better tomorrow. Follow the 80 – 20 rule. Our goal is to live healthier the rest of our lives, not just the next 30 days.

We’ve learned that the road to better health and subesequent weight loss is accomplished by changing your lifestyle one simple change at a time. It’s not short term but it can be done.

Watch this video where several Doctors and medical professionals expand on one simple change.

One Small Change

Riley and Amy’s wedding this past September

Planning our Winter Aeroponic Garden

We’ve started our winter aeroponic garden. Our first planting is sprouting well and they are ready to go in the Tower Garden.

Planting a garden does take some planning. Planning an indoor  vertical garden that grows during a Canadian Winter takes a little more. Building on our first experience last summer, we’ve cut down the number of Tomatoes we plant to two. We also used this handy planning guide.

Tower Garden Planning

Our Zucchini is ready to be transferred. The rest are very close. Very soon we should have a garden that supplies fresh ingredients for our salads and smoothies.

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