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The Dr. Shaklee Story

 [Shaklee Milesontes and Achievements]

The Dr. Shaklee story:

Forrest was born November 1884 and diagnosed with tuberculosis. This boy was thought too weak to survive to adulthood. He vowed to live life to the fullest. From a young age, he accepted nature as his physician. He lived in harmony with nature and believed, "She has never let me down. When nature speaks, I listen." His family moved to the country in hopes that the clean air and fresh food would prolong Forrest's life. He was too sickly to help with the farm chores so he spent much of his time watching and contemplating nature. He read, studied, and developed an insight about life. "We too, have an instinct like the migrating birds, telling us what to do. Sometimes forcing us to do things we don't want to do. But if we listen to nature, we would get along a lot better in this world."

He studied the bible and verbalized biblical phrases "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." As a child growing up at the turn of the century, his home life was a great foundation of who he was to become. He knew the names of all the spices and herbs his mother used. They used a lot of them. He said "Nature can give you everything you want as long as you read the signs." His mother was very grateful to know her grandmother's recipes for using herbs and spices. She believed the medicinal qualities from these plants kept her family healthy and said so.

Forrest was open to all experiences and became a boxer, wrestler, horseman, and ball player. His father encouraged this young man's physical abilities and his mother encouraged his inquisitive nature. Forrest later became very interested in politics and studied the public speakers of his day. The Chautauqua Circuit came to town. This was when people met in a community area and speakers talked about the issues of the day. This was a way to educate and inspire people in rural towns. The lectures were informative and entertaining. Young Forrest was especially in awe with William Jennings Bryan. Forrest admired his charisma, speaking ability, and his courage to speak his mind so openly. Forest learned more from Bryan, about public speaking, than anyone else.

Mcfadden owner of the McFadden Institute of Physical Culture influence him as well. Forrest learned that health could be maintained with proper diet and lots of exercise. After working for McFadden, Forrest didn't agree with some of the institute's business practices. He referred to the bible again and vowed to live and do business by the Golden Rule. Forrest said in an interview regarding working with McFadden "He left an impression upon my life that has been very beneficial. Feed the inner part of this body and it will respond to the demand for strength and ability."

Because of his eagerness to learn, Forrest Shaklee was invited in to the home of Dr. Clarence Lenly. Forrest also believed feeding the inner part of his soul was very important. He witnessed some of the great thinkers in action, debating intellectual subjects. Clarence Darrell was a renowned attorney and Albert Hubbard was a world famous philosopher. Shaklee found Hubbard to be a wonderful man, deep thinker, and a fair critic. "Think it out Shak, think it out," Hubbard would say.

Another influence in Shaklee's life was a professor, B.J. Palmer, while studying at The Palmer School in Davenport, Iowa. Palmer called nature the life force and that vitality comes from the innate strengths within us. Forrest became interested in Chiropractic after a general practitioner misdiagnosed his abdominal pain as appendicitis. Forrest got a 2nd opinion after the doctor said he would need immediate surgery. The Chiropractor cured him without surgery so Forrest wanted to learn more. Forrest debated Palmer over the belief that Chiropractic cures everything, although it is important part of healing many problems. Shaklee also noticed that many of Palmer's patients were overfed and/or undernourished.

Dr. Shaklee decided to open a medical service clinic in Rockwell City. He convinced a banker to give him a loan even though he didn't have collateral. Dr Shaklee said he had mental collateral. He will hit the bulls eye! He will achieve what he sets out to achieve! "Blessed is the straight thinker for he will hit the bulls eye." He got the money and later wrote a book, Thoughtsmanship" He said, "This is a method used to direct the life force because what you think you look, what you think you do, and what you think you are."He consoled his patients to do the same and to maintain a positive attitude. He said, "The mind is like a wheel barrow. It goes where you push it. You should be wary of those who try to push your mind around. Be careful of negative thinking, it upsets the body balance. Positive thought bring happiness and contentment. Your thoughts can help you get what you go after."

He had an adherence to biblical truths. "What ever a man sows, he shall reap."

Dr. Shaklee said, "If you give of yourself, without question, help comes from the most unexpected places."

"Sow the seeds of happiness in others, and you will reap a joyful harvest.

His research started with finding a way to get all the values of a square meal in one tablet. He created vitalized minerals. His sons worked by his side.

In those days people were unaware of the dangers of the X-ray machines. Dr. Shaklee used these on a regular basis and developed radiation poisoning. He was told he would lose his arm and die later. He didn't accept this and pursued another way. It took 3 years and he survived with his arm intact.

Another blow was his laboratory burned down. His research of a lifetime; everything was gone. Again, he relied on his mind. Everything he needed was in his mind to rebuild or recreate his research. This time, though he build a house trailer type vehicle that made the news. He also developed the rubber formula used for the tires. After moving his family to Florida, he encountered Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and Harvey Firestone. Dr. Shaklee would say about them, If those three men, the brains of our industrial world, could forget their minor troubles of business and act and play together like 3 kids, I should let down for a while, and not take too much strain. My advice to everybody, don't take yourself so seriously." This attitude helped him get through losing his wife in a car accident (his boys were about 7 and 12 years old), and the stock market crash.

Dr. Shaklee moved to California and he and his sons, Forrest Jr. and Lee, made a business plan based on the "Thoughtmanship". All products he developed are "In harmony with Nature". Instead of selling Shaklee, they said, let us share the dream of Thoughtmanship and anyone can take this dream and make it their own. One of the first, most successful, and longest running MLM companies was born.

Dr. Shaklee started building this business in 1956 at the age of 62 when most people are retiring. He remarried in 1957.

What credentials did he collect along the way? He earned a Doctor of Divinity. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 1915 and later received a Philosopher of Chiropractic degree (1932) and a doctor of Naturopathy diploma (1933). In 1937 he was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by Standard Chiropractic College in San Jose, CA. In 1968 Dr. Shaklee received the Special Recognition Award from the California Secretary of State. 

After years of struggle and financial and personal tragedies Dr. Shaklee persevered until his death on December 15, 1985. He overcame three life threatening health conditions, the untimely death of his 1st wife, a fire, the stock market crash, and many other challenges. After all of this, he found success as a renowned philosopher, scientist, and businessman. He left a legacy to his sons and created a business now 51 years old, that has helped and still helping, so many people.

Dr. Shaklee said, "Your future will be exactly what you think to make it." and "The best way to predict the future is to create it."

"Age is not a question of years. It is a question with how you deal with those years. To heck with yesterday! What's doing tomorrow? You are at the beginning!"


Notes and quotes from "The Forrest C. Shaklee Video Anthology" copyright by the Shaklee Corporation 2000 and company literature, Man of Vision, Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee.

Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee - 1894-1985: Achiever in History

Two things propelled Dr. Shaklee to achieve: His belief in Nature’s ability to heal, and his belief in Thoughtsmanship.

Forrest C. Shaklee was born in November 1894 in Carlisle, Iowa. The midwife immediately diagnosed tuberculosis. Doctors later concurred and predicted he wouldn't live past eight years. The family moved from the soot and smoke of the Carlisle coal mines to northern Iowa. They believed the only treatment for tuberculosis was good food, fresh air, and lots of rest.

Most of Shaklee's childhood was spent convalescing. On sunny days he could be found outdoors observing nature. "Animals listen to the voice of nature," he realized, "while men have forgotten how." As a teenager, his doctors were satisfied that the tuberculosis was arrested, but he was frail in comparison to others his age. He began to exercise and study the relationship between the health of the body, general vitality, intelligence and good nutrition. His philosophy became one of active, positive thinking.

Shaklee read and was influenced by Bernarr MacFadden's teaching that "drugs often mask the symptom, without curing the disease." Forrest knew from years of observing nature that he wanted to treat people on a natural basis. He was very interested in the growing science of chiropractic care.

Shaklee enrolled in the Palmer School of Chiropractic where B.J. Palmer was at the helm.  Shaklee's admiration for Mr. Palmer was qualified by their disagreement over Palmer's obsession with the idea that chiropractic was the only useful treatment for physical disorders. At a time when such thinking was rare, Shaklee believed that a more encompassing system was needed to preserve an individual's health.

While at Palmer, he saw many patients who were undernourished and overfed. He believed poor nutrition could be a contributing cause of disease. He vowed to always be conscious of the importance of diet in maintaining health.

As Shaklee began his new practice he became more interested in the field of nutrition, then in its infancy. He read everything he could and corresponded with biochemists and other scientists doing ground-breaking research in the field. In his search for the "life force" in food, Shaklee produced the world's first food supplement in 1915. He didn't know what to call it. "Vitalized Minerals" is what he decided on and its present name is now "Liqui-Lea." His colleague, Dr. Cashmere Funk, "discovered vitamins" soon after.

In 1917 Shaklee moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa and opened a facility that incorporated various specialties of medicine. In addition to a 15-bed sanatorium, the offices contained 32 treatment rooms. He hired not only chiropractors but osteopaths, internists, general practitioners and surgeons. Shaklee kept his patients on vitamin-rich diets. The clinic soon became busy and prosperous.

In addition to serving as administrator of his clinic, Shaklee spent a great deal of time in the new field of X-ray diagnosis. The hazards of excessive exposure were not fully known at that time. In 1921 he was concerned about severe ulcerating burns on his left hip and left shoulder. Shaklee consulted a cancer specialist in Chicago who determined it was cancer. It was hoped the carcinoma would be halted if his left arm and leg were amputated.

The diagnosis was confirmed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He was a bright young doctor with a wife, one son, and another child on the way. Faced with the promise of a short life as an amputee, he pondered his future.

"I will live. I will heal," he told his wife. "I know I can do it." With no other choice, he bet his life on the healing power of nature. Within a few weeks he sold the clinic and began an intensive program of nutrition, continual blood analysis, and occasional fasting. He ate only the freshest fruits and vegetables and supplemented his diet with large quantities of vitamins and minerals.
Initially, the ulcerated sores showed no signs of improvement. However, he was certain that his healing depended on his positive mental attitude, and on supplying his body with the proper nutrients.

By the end of 1922, the sores began to heal and were being replaced by healthy tissue. His strength and energy also returned. He was alive, his limbs intact and more convinced than ever that his ideas on nutrition were absolutely sound. Healthy cells had defeated carcinogenic cells. He was also more certain than ever that good nutrition could help other people as well.

In 1924, he once again opened a clinic and his formulations for food supplements were packaged and dispensed to patients. In 1929 the clinic burned down. All records were lost. Everything burned except an inspirational book by Elbert Hubbard called Little Journeys. One passage in the book stood out above all others. It read: "When all else is destroyed, only the product of the mind exists."

Shaklee was ordained as a minister in the Church of Christ in Mason City, Iowa. He had previously received his Doctor of Divinity degree and his sermons were widely attended. He was involved as well in ground-breaking research leading, among other things, to the invention of a then-revolutionary form of synthetic rubber. His research activities led to contact with some of the great men of his day, including Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.

Despite his many interests, Shaklee decided to devote his efforts to nutritional research. He focused on building good health rather than treating sick patients. He moved his family to Eugene, Oregon and later to Oakland, California. In addition to ongoing research, Shaklee lectured to capacity crowds and gained two more degrees: Professor of Chiropractic and Doctor of Naturopathy. In 1935 he taught biochemistry at the California Chiropractic College.

In 1943, Dr. Shaklee retired from active practice and in 1945 began writing a series of articles on the mind's influence on an individual's health and well-being. His philosophy and lifelong belief was in the power of nature. Two years later he founded the Shaklee Foundation and had the name of his philosophy, "Thoughtsmanship," copyrighted. He spent much time on the lecture circuit and in 1951 had four volumes on Thoughtsmanship published. The Commonwealth University in Los Angeles awarded him a Doctorate in Philosophy for these works. Many of his popular lectures were broadcast by radio stations in San Francisco and Oakland.

In the fall of 1955, Dr. Shaklee, age 62, told his two sons (Forrest Jr. and Lee) that he wanted to do something that would affect the public's growing interest in nutrition. He wanted to start a business to distribute food supplements. On April 1, 1956, six months later, the Shaklee Corporation opened its doors. At the time, America believed itself to be the best fed nation in the world. Every potential customer would have to be educated before he would become a customer. Dr. Shaklee told his sons, "We'll teach some and they'll teach others." The rest is history.

With research, science, devotion and a lot of hard work, the three Shaklees turned a good idea - the direct selling of health-care and other related products - into a phenomenal success. The company originated and was powered by one man's belief in nature and Thoughtsmanship.

Learn more, hear and see Dr Shaklee on YouTub.  A true visionary and man before his time!


Dr. Shaklee Anthology (mp4)   (29 minutes, 86MB)

Dr. Shaklee Story (mp4)   (13 minutes, 56MB)

Dr. Shaklee 1973 TV Interview (mp4)   (Parts 1&2 combined, 5 minutes, 55MB)

The Roots of Shaklee (mp4)   (Video with Dr. Shaklee audio segments, 6 minutes, 16MB) 



Basic-H Mulitpurpose Cleaner with 1001 Uses Discovered by Dr. Shaklee

Many of us are looking for the best multi purpose cleaner; a cleaner that could do almost everything we need, be effective and gentle to us and the environment. There is such a cleaner. It is called Basic-H˛™. This official Earth Day product is made by the number one natural nutrition company in the United States. It is used to clean surfaces in spacecrafts, submarines and oceanic research vessels, among other interesting places. There is so much to say and like most things in life it is best to start at the beginning.

Multi Purpose Cleaner Shaklee Basic H Has 1001 UsesBasic-H was founded by Dr. Shaklee, who founded the Shaklee Corporation with the motto, “In Harmony with Nature and Good Health.” Dr. Shaklee discovered the formula for Basic-H by accident. He set the formula aside until 1960 when he used that formula to make the first concentrated, organic, non-toxic, biodegradable cleaner. Before “going green” was popular, Dr. Shaklee made it his life and his company’s mission to bring the benefits of nature into safe, usable and effective products. For Dr. Shaklee, creating Basic-H was just one of the first steps in a lifetime of health and environmental achievements.

Basic-H literally has 1001 uses. From being used by farmers for a myriad of things to being used all around our homes, inside and out, it does it all. The problem for me is that I can not possibly tell you all the wonderful things it can do in this one article, so I’ll stick with the basics:

*Non-Toxic- absolutely no harmful ingredients, same pH balance as skin. No noxious fumes to avoid, best thing to remove harmful pesticides from fruits and vegetables.

*Economical and concentrated- 1/2 gallon makes up to 192 gallons of powerful multi purpose cleaner which can last over a year.

*Biodegradable- completely returns to organic matter in water and dirt within seven to thirty days.

*Makes water “wetter”- the natural components in Basic-H, activated by water, allows it to penetrate deeper into surfaces thereby releasing dirt and grime.

*Multiple uses- great and economical as a window cleaner, grease remover, fertilizer for lawns gardens household plants and crops, body wash, general cleaner, burn relief keep a small bottle by the stove, a couple drops in boiling water and boiled eggs peel easier, awesome spot remover, keeps dust away perfect for dusting computers, replaces commercial floor cleaners, emulsifies grease and regular use will keep pipes free-running, washing your car or boat, spraying the lawn is great for keeping fleas away, bug’s hate this stuff so it is perfect and safer for use as insect repellent instead of commercial bug sprays, helps remove wall paper, great liquid hand cleaner, gets gum off and out of hair and fabrics, perfect for shaving, and for now my personal favorite, using a drop or two with your shampoo will make it suds more and make your hair softer.

Perhaps the best aspect of Basic-H is that it is completely safe for the family. My husband’s parents have been selling Shaklee for more than 30 years so he grew up around Shaklee products. This was a good thing especially since he was a young curious boy. Imagine being a child and having the desire to whip up a “special” potion to strip a toy car of paint, as my husband did. Under the sinks or on the top shelves of closets in most homes are a slew of dangerous chemicals used to clean windows, floors, sinks, bathrooms etc. Picture a child mixing these things together and what the outcome would be. Scary thought.

What my husband grudgingly found out about Shaklee was that nothing bad happened, no toxic concoction or steaming bowl of acid. The toy car he was trying to strip of its paint only came out clean and with perfectly lubed tires. He remembers being so disgusted he tried to get his mom to buy the commercial cleaners, which she of course refused to do. Imagine if your child made a “potion” with your cleaning products. Would you be afraid of the outcome? Changing the way we clean our homes can go a long way to protect our families, not just being by toxin free but also by keeping them safer from accidental poisonings.

Part of the fun with Basic-H is discovering the 1001 ways to use it. It is no wonder it goes everywhere with those who do. Being a mother of three, I personally keep a small bottle in my purse for emergencies and it has come in handy more than once. I would not be without my Basic-H at any time if I could help it. We take it on every trip even if it’s only a few hours away, and it’s a must for camping. Seeing is believing and when you see what Basic-H can do you won’t want to use anything else.




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