Business Week Article: The Power of a Chinese Supplement


We all understand the power of living healthy now for a better future.  It’s the little things that count.  Lately, I’ve been studying up on Asia’s most prized supplement called Cordyceps.   If you think back just 5 – 10 years ago there was little talk about Acai, Pomegranate, green tea or raw chocolate.  Nobody, really made an effort to make sure they had antioxidants in their diet.  Next thing you know some celebrity is talking about her Acai diet, and the guy changing my oil is giving me advice on how to get enough antioxidants in my diet.   Get ready to take it up notch by saying that you drink youR acai infused green tea w/ your daily cordyceps…booyah!  Cordyceps are well known for thousands of years to strengthen immune system respons and restore youthful vitality.  Pharmaceutical companies have found benefits of cordyceps to treat multiple sclerosis.

Nu Skin (NUS) develops and distributes anti-aging personal care products and nutritional supplements under its Nu Skin and Pharmanex brands, respectively. As of December 31, 2009, it had a global network of over 761,000 active distributors. During the year ended December 31, 2009, approximately 84% of its revenue came from its markets outside of the United States. The Company markets its personal care products under the Nu Skin brand and its science-based nutritional supplements under the Pharmanex brand.

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From Soup to MS Drug: One Fungus’s Journey

Gilenya, Mitsubishi Tanabe’s parasite-derived pill for multiple sclerosis, could be a blockbuster

By Kanoko Matsuyama


Tetsuro Fujita’s eureka moment about a Himalayan fungus came in 1985. As the scientist was driving over a bridge between Japan’s Shikoku and Honshu islands on his way to conduct research on traditional herbal remedies, Fujita was contemplating ways to keep patients’ immune systems from rejecting transplanted organs. He was particularly intrigued by the example of a parasitic fungus used in a Chinese medicinal soup. Known in Asia as “winter insect, summer plant,” the Cordyceps fungus invades an insect larva during winter, feeds on it for months, and then grows out of the host by summer. Fujita suddenly realized that the fungus must be suppressing the immune system of the insect larvae on which it grew to maturity.

His research on Cordyceps at Kyoto University eventually helped Japanese drugmaker Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma produce Gilenya, a treatment for multiple sclerosis that Novartis (NVS) licensed and began selling in the U.S. in October. UBS (UBS) says annual sales of the medicine, the first pill to treat the autoimmune disease afflicting more than 2 million people worldwide, may exceed $5 billion annually by 2018. That would rank it among the 10 best-selling drugs worldwide, based on data from researcher IMS Health. Mitsubishi Tanabe will likely book royalties equivalent to 10 percent of sales, based on the median of estimates by four analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News.

“Little did I think that it would be a treatment for multiple sclerosis,” says Fujita, 80. “I knew nothing about the disease back then.” Multiple sclerosis causes the immune system to attack the myelin sheath, which protects nerve cells, leading to symptoms including numbness, difficulty in coordination, and memory loss. In its severest form, multiple sclerosis also can shorten life.

Gilenya, approved to treat the relapsing-remitting form of multiple sclerosis, the most common, competes with injected drugs including Biogen Idec’s (BIIB) Avonex and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries’ (TEVA) Copaxone. The Novartis pill cut the number of relapses by more than half compared with Avonex, according to a study published last year in the New England Journal of Medicine.

European regulators are expected to make a decision on the drug by the end of April. Gilenya is also being reviewed by regulators in Japan. In the U.S. the drug is priced at $4,000 for a monthly prescription. A month’s supply of prefilled Avonex syringes costs $2,414.99. Analysts expect Gilenya to be cheaper in Europe.

Current medicines require patients to inject themselves every other day or once a week, says Kyoko Nakata, chairman of Japan’s MS Cabin, a support group. “Gilenya would make it easier to treat the disease, as it saves time and brings patients closer to having a normal life,” says Nakata.

That’s gratifying to Fujita, now a professor emeritus at Kyoto University. “Although it took a quarter of a century,” he says, “I’m happy it’s become a drug while I’m still alive.”

The bottom line: According to analysts’ estimates, Mitsubishi Tanabe will likely book royalties equivalent to 10 percent of sales from its new pill to treat MS.

Matsuyama is a reporter for Bloomberg News.



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The Importance of Detoxing

Think of your body like a high performance car.  You have to routinely clean out all the soot and grime that builds up in the internals such as the engine and radiator.  If you neglect it will build up, and have problems running.  Even the highest octace race fuel won’t help it.  It’s the same with the health of your body.  You have to clean it out once every once in a while.  Even if your diet is clean, organic and all that… it won’t be much help.

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Forbes Rates Nu Skin as 100 Most Trustworthy Companies


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Big Pharmaceutical Companies next $5 Billion Dollar Discovery

Two great articles from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and Minyanville  that talk about Cordyceps and how Pharmaceutical companies will generate billions from this powerful herb.  Contact Hannah Tran at for a Ageloc Vitality Cordyceps

“Back in September, the New York Times reported that bringing Gilenya to market would be a boon to Novartis, who had been competing with Merck to be the first company to release an oral MS drug.

So what’s the science behind this fungal discovery? Bloomberg reports:

“The scientists began studying in 1986 the Cordyceps fungus known in Chinese and Japanese as “winter insect, summer plant,” so called because it invades insect larva during winter and grows out of the host by summer.

Fujita said he was inspired by the discovery of ciclosporin, also derived from a fungus, which spurred research into how the immune system may be subdued in transplant patients. Fujita, now a professor emeritus at Kyoto University, said he was unaware the immune-modulating properties of Cordyceps could eventually help multiple sclerosis patients.”

“This study aimed to evaluate the ability of the health food supplement Cordyceps sinensis (CS) to ameliorate suppressive effects of chemotherapy on bone marrow function as a model for cancer treatment….”

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Product Review: “How to Keep Your Hair and Skin Moisturized”

How to Keep Your Hair and Skin Moisturized This Winter

Posted by Lindsay Ferrier

on December 20, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Flickr‘Tis the season to be dry and scaly … but you don’t want to look like this poor woman, do you?

Usually when cold weather comes around, my skin gets painfully dry, and my hair gets so staticky that I look like a walking science experiment.

This winter, though, everything’s different.

Read on to see the simple steps I’m taking to stay moisturized this winter — and share your own moisturizing secrets in the comments!

I never have much time to myself, but I am taking time to do a few things for myself during the winter months — and my extra care is paying off!

For one thing, your legs may be covered up, but I still think it’s a good idea to shave them every two or three days. Stubbly legs mean itchy legs in winter, and not only is it uncomfortable, but scratching your legs all day makes them dry and awful looking.

Keri Shea ButterBuy yourself a big bottle of body lotion if you haven’t already, and slather some on yourself right after you shower each day. I’m partial to Keri Shea Butter (, $7.46) right now, myself. But I buy any intensive moisturizer that’s on sale.


CarmexI also keep an extra-strength hand cream in my kitchen all winter long and use it a few times a day. If you’re like me, you’re constantly washing your hands from all the cooking, cleaning, and child wrangling, and you need hand cream to keep your hands from getting dry and cracked. I’m using Carmex Healing Cream (Walgreens, $5.99) right now and it works great.

Nu SkinI’m a little bit obsessed with keeping my face moisturized right now. I’ve been using ageLOC Radiant Day (Nu Skin, $67.50) in the morning and ageLOC Transforming Night (Nu Skin, $78.50) in the evening, along with eye cream, and I’m very happy with the smoothness of my skin. Smooth, hydrated skin makes your makeup go on better in winter, too, so no matter what your budget, I’d recommend daytime and nighttime lotion and a good eye cream in the winter.


MoroccanoilI have raved about Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream (Amazon, $23.61) before on this blog, but I like it even more (if that’s even possible!) now that it’s winter. It keeps my hair hydrated and static-free without making it greasy. Plus, I have used a squirt every day. you haven’t already heard, dryer sheets like these from Bounce (Amazon, $10.25) can be your best friend in the wintertime. When things get too staticky, I wrap dryer sheets around my combs and brushes when they’re not in use. I also run them down my hair when it gets static in it, although with the Moroccanoil cream, I haven’t had static yet this season — YAY.

That’s the extent of my moisturizing regimen. I’m busy, so I don’t have a lot of time to “hydrate” my skin, but I find all of these elements to be do-able.

What are your moisturizing secrets? Tell me in the comments!


Images (top to bottom): Katie Tegtmeyer/Flickr, Drugstore.comWalgreens, Nu SkinNu Skin,Amazon


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Beauty and Health’s Lindsay Ferrier on Skincare Regimen

“For that price, Nu Skin promises that this line “cleanses, purifies, renews, moisturizes, and reveals younger looking skin in eight ways—for a more youthful, healthier looking you now and in the future.”

Well, I’ve used it now for about six weeks. Want to know if I saw a difference? Read on…”

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Sasha from The Stir regains Youthful Energy and Sex Boost from Ageloc Cordyceps

Sasah Worsham editor/writer for New York Times & Runners World tried Cordyceps from Ageloc Vitality, and felt an immediate increase in youthful energy and libido.  Contact Hannah Tran at for a month supply or more information.

“It has pomegranate! I started taking my sample bottle, which would have cost me about $66.50 through a distributor, about five days ago. Within two days, I noticed a big shift in my sex drive, so much so that my husband said he wanted to take them, too.”

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