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Juice Plus+ Newsletter Spring/Summer 2006

February 11, 2009

Tips for pregnant and
breast-feeding women
Prevention Plus+ Profile:
Paul Stricker, M.D.
Juice Plus+® supports
St. Jude Children’s
Research Hospital
Medical doctors everywhere are recommending Juice Plus+®.
Many have written us to share the healthful results that they
have observed in their own practices.
Doug Odom, M.D., an obstetrician and gynecologist in
Jackson, Mississippi, took his observations one step further,
carefully documenting and analyzing the outcome of more
than 350 pregnancies within his group practice over an almost
three-year period.
“I’ve delivered literally thousands of babies over the past 30+ years,” says a smiling
Dr. Odom. “And I’ve talked with expectant mothers about the importance of good
nutrition ever since I started practicing. But it wasn’t until Juice Plus+® came along
that I felt really comfortable recommending anything more than prenatal vitamins.
“I was always worried that something I recommended could turn out to be harmful
to my patients,” he explains. “Juice Plus+® is whole food based nutrition – a wide variety
of nutritional elements from a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. That just made
good sense to me from the very first time I heard about it. On top of that, it’s backed
by a whole body of published, peer-reviewed clinical research that’s impressive in
terms of both quantity and quality.
“You never see that with other nutritional products.”
Dr. Odom began sharing Juice Plus+® with his patients in May 1998. “I started noticing
improvements here and there, but we really saw it in the expectant moms.
Pregnancy is a very physically demanding nine months:
Juice Plus+®
and pregnancy
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there’s such a rapid acceleration of tissue
growth and, as a result, a rapid acceleration
of free radical damage [oxidative
stress]. I’ve always recommended ‘standard
issue’ prenatal vitamins. But we
started to see healthier pregnancies
more often when I started to add Juice
Plus+® to the regimen.”
Over time, Dr. Odom and his nursing
staff noticed that with the Juice Plus+®
moms, they were seeing fewer Caesarean deliveries (“Csections”),
fewer premature deliveries, and a lower incidence of
preeclampsia – a condition of late pregnancy that is characterized
by high blood pressure and that can be potentially lifethreatening
to both mother and baby. They also noticed that
the newborns of these moms tended to have higher birth
weights, fewer admissions to neonatal intensive care units, and
a lower incidence of respiratory distress syndrome.
“It made sense to me that better nutrition would lead to
healthier moms,” Dr. Odom recalls. “So, I decided to get a
little more formal about my Juice Plus+® observations.
“Looking back to January 2000, I categorized expectant
mothers into two groups: one composed of women who took
Juice Plus+® (two Orchard Blend and two Garden Blend capsules)
every day in addition to prenatal vitamins, the other
comprised of women who took prenatals only.” Dr. Odom
“matched” subjects for age, ethnicity, prior pregnancies, and
insurance status – “everything I could think of to make sure
that the two groups were as close to identical as possible” – and
ended up with 178 mothers in his Juice Plus+® group and 178
in his non-Juice Plus+® comparison group.
Dr. Odom compared pregnancy outcomes by reviewing the
medical records of all 356 patients after delivery. “The results
even surprised me,” he confides. He found that women who
had added Juice Plus+® to their regimen had significantly fewer
Caesarean deliveries (47% versus 66%), no premature deliveries
before 37 weeks (compared to 35 women or 20% of the
comparison group), and no diagnosed incidents of preeclampsia
(versus 38 cases or 21% of the comparison group).
The Juice Plus+® babies fared better as well. They weighed
about a half-pound more at birth on average (7 pounds, 11
ounces versus 7 pounds, 3 ounces). None of the Juice Plus+®
babies had to be admitted to neonatal intensive care (compared
to 17 or almost 10% of the comparison group babies).
Similarly, none of the Juice Plus+® babies studied were diagnosed
with respiratory distress syndrome (versus 13 or 8% of
the non-Juice Plus+® babies).
Dr. Odom offers a simple explanation: “Healthier moms have
healthier babies.”
Dr. Odom presented these findings to his medical colleagues
at the annual meeting of the Central Association of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists in October 2003. The
findings are also being published as a “retrospective descriptive
analytic comparison” in the March 2006 issue of JANA, the
Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association.
More importantly, Dr. Odom’s findings have led to the initiation
of a methodologically rigorous (prospective, doubleblind,
placebo-controlled, and randomized) clinical trial of the
impact of Juice Plus+® on pregnancy health currently underway
at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in
Jackson. “I am pleased to see that what I observed in our practice
is now being taken to the next
Doug Odom, M.D.
• Pregnant and breast-feeding women may use Juice Plus+®
as a part of a healthy lifestyle along with other recommendations
by their physicians such as taking prenatal vitamins.
• Taking two Juice Plus+ Orchard Blend® and two Juice Plus+
Garden Blend® capsules (2+2) every day, along with standard
prenatal vitamins, will not result in an unhealthy
excess of any one vitamin or mineral.
• Most physicians and other medical experts recommend
that expectant mothers supplement their diets with
400 micrograms of folate per day. Taking four Juice Plus+®
capsules (2+2) every day satisfies this requirement.
• Always inform your physician of anything you add or
change in your usual diet or health regimen.
Tips for Pregnant and Breast-feeding Women
“Healthier moms have healthier babies.”
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Home: San Diego, California
Medical specialty: One of fewer than 100
U.S. doctors board-certified in pediatric and
adolescent sports medicine.
Current position: Private practice at Scripps
Clinic, an internationally recognized multispecialty
medical group and clinical research
institution specializing in more than 50 fields
of medicine and surgery.
Previous position: Assistant professor in the
departments of pediatrics and orthopedics at
Vanderbilt University Medical Center in
Nashville, Tennessee.
Education: Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
degree from the University of Missouri School
of Medicine in Columbia, 1987. Research in
sports medicine at the University of Texas
Health Science Center in Dallas, 1985-86.
Pediatric internship and residency at Arkansas
Children’s Hospital, University of Arkansas for
Medical Sciences in Little Rock, 1988-91.
Fellowship in primary care sports medicine at
the University of California, Los Angeles
(UCLA), 1991-93.
Achievements in sports medicine: Appointed
Head Physician for the World University
Games in 1999. Served as team physician for
the U.S. Olympic Team at the Sydney
Olympics in 2000. Served as team physician
for U.S. national teams in swimming, soccer,
gymnastics, and basketball. Served as team
physician for the Division 1A Vanderbilt
University Commodores of the Southeastern
Conference and the University of San Diego
Toreros of the West Coast Conference.
Professional achievements: President-elect of
the American Medical Society for Sports
Medicine. Elected member of the American
Academy of Pediatrics Executive Committee
on Sports Medicine and Fitness. Program
Director of the 2006 American Academy
of Pediatrics Pediatric/Adolescent Sports
Medicine Course. Member of the editorial
board of Sports Medicine Digest and reviewer of
manuscripts for the journal Pediatrics.
Health advice: “We need for our young people
to have a positive experience with sports and
exercise – so they’ll keep doing it for the rest of
their lives. Yet many of the children and
teenagers I see today are often just as stressed
out as their parents. Competition is healthy,
but we need to take some of the pressure out
of kids’ sports and make it fun for everyone.”
Prevention Plus+ Profile:
Paul Stricker, M.D.
“Most children eat
so poorly that it’s
a wonder they can
perform on the
field or in the
classroom at all.”
Dr. Paul Stricker is one of the
many health professionals speaking
to audiences around the
world as part of our Juice
Plus+® Prevention Plus+ Health
Education Series. If you’d like to
attend a Prevention Plus+
Seminar in your area, ask your
Juice Plus+® representative or
call our Juice Plus+® information
line at 1-877-JUICEPLUS
level of scientific investigation by my academic colleagues.
“Eight years ago, when I first started recommending Juice
Plus+® to my patients, I did so simply because I believed that
better nutrition would lead to improved medical outcomes,”
he concludes. “Now, I recommend Juice Plus+® because I
know that better nutrition leads to better outcomes.”
Dr. Odom and his expectant mothers learned what so many of
us already know: that good nutrition – including Juice Plus+®
– really can make a difference in the health and wellness of
people of all ages and at all stages of life.
Why he recommends Juice Plus+® to his patients: “Stress isn’t the only problem
kids face today. Most children eat so poorly that it’s a wonder they can perform
on the field or in the classroom at all. That’s why I’m thrilled with Juice
Plus+®. It’s such an easy way for children and their parents to get more of the
good nutrition lacking in our diets today – something that is absolutely
essential to good health in general and physical performance (my specialty)
in particular.”
Juice Plus+® served as lead sponsor for the annual St. Jude
Memphis Marathon ( again this
year, helping to raise more than a half million dollars for the
children’s research facility. More than 7,500 runners from
around the world participated.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is one of the world’s
premier centers for the study and treatment of catastrophic
diseases in children. Since opening its doors in 1962, the
hospital has treated children from across the U.S. and from
more than 80 foreign countries.
St. Jude is the only pediatric research center in the world
where families never pay for treatment that is not covered by
insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to
pay. The hospital depends on fund-raising efforts such as the
St. Jude Memphis Marathon to care for more than 4,700
young patients battling cancer, leukemia, and other lifethreatening
St. Jude works miracles for thousands of children every year.
Juice Plus+® is proud to help by sponsoring the St. Jude
Memphis Marathon.
Juice Plus+® marathon raises
$500,000 for St. Jude

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