Dr Shaklee was determined to achieve these two things : Nature’s ability to heal, and his belief in Thoughtsmanship
Born in November 1894 in Carlisle, Iowa, Forrest C Shaklee was immediately diagnosed with tuberculosis. His parents were told that he won’t live past eight years. Dr Shaklee’s family believed that the best treatment for tuberculosis was good food, fresh air and lots of rest.
Most of Dr Shaklee’s childhood was spent on getting better. On bright sunny days, he could be found exploring and observing nature. As Dr Shaklee reach adolescents, his doctors were satisfied that the tuberculosis was arrested, but he was small in comparison to others his age.
So his journey began, he exercised and studied the relationship between the health of the body, general vitality, intelligence and good nutrition. His philosophy became one of active, positive thinking. Bernarr MacFadden’s teaching was one of Dr Shaklee’s biggest influence – “drugs often mask the symptom, without curing the disease.” He knew then, from years of observing nature, that he wanted to treat people on a natural basis. Dr Shaklee was for most, interested in the growing science of chiropractic, so he enrolled in the Palmer School of Chiropractic where B.J Palmer was at the helm.
While Dr Shaklee was at Palmer, he saw many patients who were malnourished, as well as overfed. He believed that the one thing that could be contributing cause to this was poor nutrition. 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, Dr 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.
Its 1917, and Dr Shaklee moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa and opened a facility that incorporated different fields 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. Other than to serve as administrator of his clinic, Dr 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.
Tragedy strikes in 1921, Dr Shaklee was concerned about severe ulcerating burns on his left hip and left shoulder. Worried, Dr Shaklee consulted a cancer specialist who was practicing in Chicago, who was determined that it was in fact, cancer. The diagnosis finally came, and was confirmed by a Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
“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 replaced with healthy tissue. He recovered his strength and energy. Dr Shaklee was alive, with all his limbs intact, which really contribute and support to his idea on nutrition and the healing power of nature. Healthy cells had defeated carcinogenic cells. He was also more certain than ever that good nutrition could help other people as well.
So once again, a year plus later, Dr Shaklee opened his clinic and formulated food supplements, packaged it and dispensed to patients. Disaster strikes again in 1929, Dr Shaklee’s clinic burned down and all records were gone. Everything was destroyed by the fire, except for an inspirational book by Elbert Hubbard called Little Journeys. One passage stood out from the book, and it was the one that motivates Dr Shaklee, it reads:
“When all else is destroyed, only the product of the mind exists.”
Previously received his Doctor of Divinity degree, and is ordained as a minister in the Church of Christ in Mason City, Iowa. Dr Shaklee’s sermon were widely attended, and Dr Shaklee was also involved 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.
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