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Herbalife Product Q&A

prepared by the Herbalife Medical Advisory Board

1. WHAT ARE THESE PRODUCTS?

They are scientifically formulated, herbal-based, calorie-reduced nutritional products.  At the center of our product line is our 'star'- our unique high-energy, protein-rich, nutritional replacement drink, Formula #1, to which has been added food supplements containing important vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and nutritional herbs.  When combined with our Formula #2 product, you are receiving 100% of the 38 nutrients you need everyday.  Our programs have been used for weight control and health enhancement  since 1980, by literally millions of individuals around the world.

2. DO THE WEIGHT LOSS PRODUCTS WORK  BECAUSE YOU SKIP MEALS?

No.  Our calorie-reduced Program encourages participants to eat three meals daily.  Two usual meals are in the form of our nutritionally balanced meal replacement drink, and the third is any meal of your choice.  Diets which require people to skip meals are unhealthy and stimulate binge eating.

3. ARE THE HERBALIFE DIETS  A "LIQUID PROTEIN" OR STARVATION DIET?

Absolutely not!  We are neither of  these.  Our programs ensure everyone receives at least 1000 calories daily and is nutritionally complete so individuals can lose weight safely and effectively, and, just as important, keep it off.  "Liquid protein" diets, which use nutritionally unbalanced protein-based drinks, or starvation diets, which reduce calories so low (less than 500 calories daily) that people literally starve to lose weight, are both extremely unhealthy and have less than 20% long-term success.

4. HOW DO YOUR NUTRITIONAL PRODUCTS  WORK?

Our products supply all the balanced nutrition the body needs on a daily basis- 100% of the 38 essential nutrients.  We call it Cellular Nutrition- feeding the cells of your body to encourage the reproduction of even  healthier cells, eventually replacing the old unhealthy ones.  Individuals, who choose to, can lose excess weight by reducing excess calories without sacrificing important nutrients like protein, potassium and iron.  As a result, they feel their best while they lose both excess weight and inches!

5. ARE YOUR PRODUCTS NATURAL?

Our programs are based entirely on nutrition and herbs.  The program does not use drugs, medications, hormones or other synthetic agents to promote weight loss.  All ingredients we use must fulfill three important conditions: purity, potency and stability.  This is how we maintain the high level of quality associated with our name.

6. WHAT CAUSES THE FEELING OF INCREASED ENERGY?  IS IT CAFFEINE?

The weight loss and energy-enhancing effects of our programs are a result of its scientifically balanced nutritional formula.  They are not due to caffeine or any natural or synthetic stimulant.  Our 100% herbal guarana product, Nature's Energy, contains pure guarana which has a naturally occurring caffeine content of about 30mg per tablet (the same as a small cola drink).  No chemical caffeine is added to our guarana product, and there is absolutely no caffeine in any other product.

7. ARE THE VITAMIN LEVELS, LIKE VITAMIN A HIGH? ARE THEY SAFE?

The levels of vitamins and minerals in all our formulas are carefully designed to ensure that individuals consuming them will not develop deficiencies or excesses.  All of our formulas are created to ensure that all individuals, regardless of their nutritional needs, receive optimum nutrition.  Studies demonstrate there is no "buildup" of vitamins or minerals associated with the use of our products, including Vitamin A.  In formulating our products we have taken special care to ensure that Vitamin A levels are completely safe and never lead to accumulation, even when consumed together with a diet rich in Vitamin A.

8. WHAT DO THE HERBS DO AND ARE THEY SAFE?

Herb's are nature's nutritional bounty.  They are rich sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber and related nutrients essential for good health.  The herbal mixtures used in our products have been created by experts to maximize nutritional potency.  The herbs are the highest quality available anywhere in the world and are free of pesticide residue and other possible contaminants.  Tableting of the herbal mixtures occurs under strict quality control to ensure both purity and safety.

9. CAN EVERYONE USE YOUR PRODUCTS?

Yes.  Since our products are 100% nutritional food supplements they are safe for everyone.  There is no possibility of an interaction with prescription drugs because our products are herbal based.  If you are pregnant, expecting or have high blood pressure we recommend using the Refresh versions of our weight loss programs.  If you have adverse reactions to caffeine you may want to avoid using the Herbal Concentrate Tea and the NRG tablets/tea.  If you have any dietary restrictions given to you by your doctor, please inform us of these so that we can tailor a program to your specific needs.

10. DOES THE FDA HAVE A PROBLEM WITH YOUR PRODUCTS?  ARE THEY APPROVED?

In 1986 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration thoroughly evaluated our product line and issued a statement declaring that all of our products were safe.  However, the FDA does not actually approve any nutritional product or food supplement, only drugs, medications and medical devices.  In addition, whenever our products are introduced into a new country, it is reviewed by that country's government before it is approved for importation and distribution.

11. HAVE YOUR PROGRAMS BEEN TESTED?

Absolutely.  Our programs have had extensive clinical testing in the United States and Great Britain.  All of the studies have demonstrated that our products are safe and effective on both a short term and long term basis.  In addition, each batch of products is quality control tested to ensure product integrity before it is shipped anywhere in the world.

12. ARE INDEPENDENT HERBALIFE DISTRIBUTORS PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED?

No.  Our weight control program has been specifically designed by experts and doctors in the fields of food technology and nutritional medicine so that it is completely self-explanatory and therefore does not require or expect nutritional expertise on the part of its distributors.  However, our Medical and Scientific Advisory Board offers its distributors extensive nutritional education in the form of literature, tapes and seminars.

13. DOES YOUR PROGRAM CHANGE EATING HABITS?

Definitely.  Our programs promote good nutritional habits like reducing fat, fried foods, salt and sugar in the diet and increasing fiber and complex carbohydrates.  Most important, we teach individuals how to achieve and maintain an ideal weight.  It is a health program that works for everyone.

14. IS EXERCISE A PART OF YOUR PROGRAM?

We encourage participants to follow a healthy life style that includes good nutrition, regular exercise, moderation in the use of alcohol and avoiding tobacco use.  However, our program works even if individuals do not or cannot exercise.  Many people cannot exercise because of serious injuries or other health problems.  Even those individuals can use our program to lose weight successfully.

15. IS THERE ENOUGH FLUID AND FIBER IN YOUR PROGRAMS?

Yes.  When followed as recommended, our program provides approximately four pints of liquid and 25 grams of fiber.  This is more than is found in the average diet of industrialized countries and is the level recommended by health authorities world-wide.  Supplemental fiber tablets are available for those who wish to further increase their daily fiber intake.

16. ARE YOUR PROGRAMS RECOMMENDED BY DOCTORS?

Absolutely.  We have a Medical and Scientific Advisory Board that tests and researches our products and continually monitors reports of results sent by customers and distributors.  In addition, many physicians and other professionals in all parts of the world use our products and recommend them to their patients.

17. ARE ANY OF YOUR PRODUCTS TESTED ON ANIMALS?

Absolutely not.  In fact we are very proud of some of the innovations we have come up with as a result of our refusal to use animal testing.  For example, cosmetics companies that produce lipstick, red lipstick in this case, CRUSH hundreds of thousands of Lady Bugs in order to get the red hue and texture women put on their lips.  We here at Herbalife have invented and patented a new formulation and technique that involves no animal 'crushing' or testing or involvement of any kind.

18. WILL HERBALIFE PRODUCTS ADVERSELY INTERACT WITH NY OF THE DRUGS MY DOCTOR HAS PRESCRIBED TO ME?

Before starting any kind of new nutritional regimen it is recommended that you consult with your doctor first.  In a couple of instances people using MAO inhibitors should consult with an Herbalife product specialist first (via an Herbalife Distributor).  In general, since Herbalife nutritional products are classified as 'food products' by the FDA, an adverse reaction with any drug is unlikely.  If you are concerned you may try some of these online resources*:

http://www.rxnews.com/HerbInteractions.html

http://www.wellnessweb.com/ALTERN/herbs/known_or_potential_drug.htm

Or contact us if you have more questions.

19.  I'VE HEARD A LOT OF BAD PRESS ABOUT THE CHINESE HERB MA HUANG OR EPHEDRA.  DO HERBALIFE PRODUCTS CONTAIN THIS HERB?

The Herbalife Original Green tablet contains Ma Huang.  The Refresh Green tablet and the HPLC Gold Supplement contain ephedra extracts.  

If you are interested in using a ephedra free tablet Herbalife now has the Green Ephedra Free tablet.

However, there is a lot of fact to be separated from the fiction about Ma Huang and Ephedra, that the media has distorted.

To get the latest FACTS please refer to  the following news article:

The following story appeared on Individual.com  June 6, 2001
    
      Experts Review Most Recent FDA Reports on Ephedra
    
      WASHINGTON, Jun 5, 2001 (U.S. Newswire via COMTEX) via NewsEdge Corporation - Experts who reviewed the most recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports on Ephedra confirmed their conclusion, based on the totality of evidence, that these reports do not demonstrate an association between Ephedra consumption and serious adverse events (AERs).  This conclusion is consistent with recent clinical data showing that Ephedra is safe and beneficial for weight loss, and with the previous findings of Cantox Health Sciences International's quantitative risk analysis, and of a multidisciplinary expert panel sponsored by the Ephedra Education Council (EEC).

      As part of an ongoing effort to work with the FDA and other federal and state agencies to establish responsible standards for dietary supplements containing Ephedra, the dietary supplement industry has obtained from the FDA the most recent AERs for Ephedra products. AERs cannot be viewed as scientific "data," and it is not possible to use AERs to establish whether an event is attributable to Ephedra or whether Ephedra increases the risk of adverse events. Nonetheless, the industry has agreed to review all new AERs that the FDA receives for Ephedra products in an effort to help monitor whether the current national standard for these products is working, and in order to foster a more cooperative approach with the FDA concerning the regulation of these products.

      "The review of the most recent AERs is consistent with the written comments of the Expert Panel of the Ephedra Education Council submitted to FDA in October 2000, which stated that 'available information does not demonstrate an association between the use of dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids and serious adverse events' when consumed according to the national standard," said Dr. Stephen Kimmel, Chairman of the EEC's Expert Panel.

      "These conclusions are also consistent with a quantitative risk study submitted to FDA in December 2000 by Cantox Health Sciences International, and with data from clinical studies on ephedrine and Ephedra products, including the recently published abstract of the Harvard and Columbia study," Dr. Kimmel added.

      Researchers at the prestigious Harvard and Columbia Universities, who recently published data in abstract form in the FASEB Journal and Obesity Research, found that herbal Ephedra, when combined with caffeine, lowered body weight, fat and body mass index. There were no significant adverse
events in this 6-month study, and rigorous testing of cardiac function showed little or no effect on heart rate or blood pressure. In addition, data published last month in The International Journal of Obesity also showed that
the combination of Ephedra and Guarana in healthy, overweight subjects produced significant weight and fat loss.

      As with past reports, the most recent batch of AERs shows why frequent media reporting of the raw number of AERs is meaningless and only confuses consumers. The new AERs include many that bear no relationship to Ephedra
consumption. This includes reports on products that did not contain Ephedra, reports where no adverse event is listed, and cases where the event occurred well prior to any Ephedra consumption. Also included were cases medically unrelated to Ephedra, such as gallstones, small bowel obstruction and fat
feet, as well as ludicrous reports such as that of a married woman who had an affair with a student, for which she has been criminally prosecuted. The only experts who have reviewed the entire FDA collection of AERs have consistently
found that the AERs, when considered in the context of scientific data from clinical studies, do not represent a public health concern when Ephedra products are consumed according to current standards - a total dose of 100mg per day at 25mg four times a day.

      Most important, the enormous potential benefits of Ephedra products for millions of consumers must be considered. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 60% of Americans are obese or overweight, and obesity results in 300,000 preventable deaths each year in the United States.
Because of the clinical data showing safety and efficacy, leading experts in obesity have urged FDA to permit continued access to Ephedra products, one of the few useful tools that consumers have to help them lose weight.

      The Ephedra Education Council (EEC) is supported primarily by members of the Ephedra Committee of the American Herbal Products Association, a recognized leader in promoting the safe and responsible marketing of dietary supplements. The Council provides factual information to the media and public about dietary supplements containing Ephedra. For more information, logon to www.EphedraFacts.com.

CONTACT: Keeley Moore, for the Ephedra Education Council