About Dr Joel Wallach of Youngevity Products

Dr. Joel Wallach of Youngevity Products is both a Naturopathic Doctor and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree of Agriculture with a Major in Animal Husbandry (Nutrition) from the University of Missouri.  He is the founder of the well known Chula Vista, Ca Health company, Youngevity Essential Life Sciences and is the chief formulator of their fine line of products.

Dr. Joel Wallach  worked as a research veterinary pathologist with a variety of organizations, including: The Center for the Biology of Natural Systems; The National Institute of Health; the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center of Emory University; and Washington University of St. Louis, Missouri.

By identifying monkeys as the first animal models for cystic fibrosis, Dr Wallach discovered that their condition could be reproduced at will because it was a nutritional deficiency. This discovery offered great promise for children with cystic fibrosis, however, when Dr. Wallach made it public they fired him on 24 hours notice. Abashed and perplexed, Dr. Joel Wallach made the decision to go to medical school so he could treat children with cystic fibrosis himself.

Realizing that traditional medical school was likely to be as repressive as the National Institute Dr. Wallach accepted an invitation to teach nutrition at The National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Oregon, not even being familiar what a naturopathic doctor was. When he learned that he could be a primary care physician, deliver babies, sew up chainsaw wounds, write prescriptions and get paid by insurance–all through a program that encouraged interest in nutrition–he simultaneously enrolled as a full-time student. Soon people were flocking to the college clinic.

Doctor Joel Wallach’s innovative nature is derived from his background in veterinary medicine. Lacking an “animal health insurance” profit motive, animal products such as meat and dairy are kept affordable by preventing and curing diseases with nutritional formulas in animal feed. When Dr. Wallach started incorporating similar nutritional formulas with people, word got out that “if you’re not happy with your doctor you can go see Doctor Wallach. He’ll treat you like a dog, but you’ll get better.”

1962        Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
• Major in Animal Husbandry (Nutrition)
• Minor in Field Crops and Soil
• University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.
1964 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
• University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.
1966-68 Post-doctoral fellowship
• The Center for the Biology of Natural Systems
• Washington University, Barnes Hospital
• St. Louis Zoological Gardens, Missouri
• Shaw’s Botanical Gardens, Missouri
1982 Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
• The National College of Naturopathic Medicine – Portland, Oregon
1988 Recipient of the 1988 Wooster Beach Gold Medal Award
for significant breakthrough in the basic understanding of the cause and pathophysiology of Cystic Fibrosis awarded by the Association of Eclectic Physicians.

Youngevity Products – Is this Chula Vista company the next Herbalife?

The following article was recently published by UT San Diego about Dr. Wallach’s Youngevity Products:

Could a Chula Vista (Youngevity Products) nutrition-supplement company be the next Herbalife?

Steve Wallach thinks so. He’s the CEO of Youngevity Essential Life Sciences (known on this blog as Youngevity Products), which develops and sells health and wellness products — liquid supplements, weight-loss programs and skin creams — through independent distributors who mainly work from home.

(Youngevity Products) most popular product is Beyond Tangy Tangerine, a citrus-flavored drink mix packed with vitamins, minerals and amino acids. A newer product is a “functional gourmet coffee” enhanced with added nutrients. (Youngevity Products) also sells the ThighMaster Toning System and other products by Suzanne Somers.

“It’s not just about length of life; it’s about quality of life,” (Youngevity CEO) Wallach said. “If there’s a silver lining to the poor economy, it’s that people seem to be taking better care of themselves.”

The 15-year-old company is growing rapidly. (Youngevity Products) had $40 million in sales last year, nearly double the previous year’s sales. Its 58,000-square-foot headquarters and distribution center in Chula Vista ships out enough packages each day to fill a semi truck. Through a recent merger with a publicly traded company (JavaFit Coffee / AL International), it’s on track to do $67 million in sales this year, Wallach said.

The company (Youngevity Products) contracts with mostly U.S. producers to make its products with ingredients from around the world. Some of the suppliers are trade secrets, but one of (Youngevity Products) primary producers is the giant Pharmachem Laboratories in New Jersey, Wallach said.

Wallach’s goal is ambitious. He wants Youngevity to be among the top direct-sales companies in the world. This year, he expects the company to break the Top 100 under the umbrella of newly formed AL International, he said.

“Herbalife is a big model for us,” he said, referring to the Los Angeles-based nutrition-supplement company. Herbalife is the fifth largest direct-sales company in the world, with $2.7 billion in annual sales, according to Direct Selling News.

Both Herbalife and Youngevity use multilevel marketing, a business strategy that turns customers into a sales force. The products are sold through a network of distributors, such as moms and chiropractors, who earn additional income by recruiting other distributors. Some liken this system to a pyramid scheme, but it is a $125 billion industry dominated by reputable companies such as Mary Kay, Amway and Avon. (One of the board members of Youngevity is the former chairman of Mary Kay.)

The company’s products are based on the controversial teachings of Wallach’s father, Dr. Joel Wallach, a veterinarian and naturopathic physician who believes all diseases — cystic fibrosis and Down syndrome, to name a few — are rooted in dietary deficiencies. An early proponent of colloidal minerals, his health claims were disputed in the 1990s by the National Council Against Health Fraud, a non-governmental group that appears to no longer be active; and by doctors and nutritionists.

Youngevity CEO Steve Wallach stands in the company's Chula Vista shipping and packaging warehouse where a pallet is ready for shipment.

At Youngevity’s shipping and packaging warehouse in Chula Vista, Steven Sanchez uses the company’s computer system to scan and ship large volumes of packages. He is one of 100 employees at the facility. — Nelvin C. Cepeda

Steve Wallach says that his father (Dr. Joel Wallach) was just ahead of his time.

Today, the senior Wallach is on the company’s scientific advisory board and is a sort of evangelist, giving hundreds of talks a year to its distributors. “My philosophy is you have to supplement before you get sick and you can add 25 to 50 healthy years to your life,” said Joel Wallach.

Debate over the value of alternative health care methods is common. In the 1980s, for example, Herbalife was fined by regulators for making unproven health claims; years later it had to remove ephedra-containing herbs from its products after that ingredient was linked to health problems. The company is now among the world’s most recognized brands with numerous sports sponsorships, including the Los Angeles Galaxy pro soccer team.

Youngevity doesn’t yet have the resources to sponsor a sports team. (“Maybe someday,” Wallach said).

How does it compete?

U-T San Diego asked CEO Wallach what makes the company stand out.

Its history. The company was established in 1997 and has more than 400 products. “We’ve been involved in this industry long before it was popular,” said Steve Wallach. The company has been active in the federal discussion on regulation of nutritional products. It successfully petitioned the FDA to authorize certain health claims about omega-3 fatty acids and selenium.

Unique products. The company says that its proprietary mineral waters, extracted from layers of humic shale deposits in Utah, have nutrients not available in other supplements. One of its newer products is JavaFit Healthy Coffee, enhanced with vitamins and other nutrients. “It’s one of the only ‘functional’ coffee drinks out there,” said Steve Wallach.

Youngevity CEO Steve Wallach stands in the company's Chula Vista shipping and packaging warehouse where a pallet is ready for shipment.

A colon-health product from Youngevity. — Nelvin C. Cepeda

Scientific backing. The company relies on a scientific advisory board chaired by Dr. Gerhard Schrauzer, known as the “grandfather of selenium research.” Schrauzer is a professor emeritus in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California San Diego. Schrauzer calls Dr. Joel Wallach a “pioneer” in nutritional research. “There are people who wrongfully claim that we get all the necessary nutrients from the four food groups and we don’t need supplementation, and they need to be silenced because it’s not true,” said Schrauzer.

Celebrity connections. The actress and self-help author Suzanne Somers lends her name to beauty products and fitness equipment. NBA celebrity Theo Ratliff also endorses the products.

Sales force. The company says it has about 50,000 people selling its products, mostly out of their homes, and is actively growing the network.

Article source: UT San Diego - http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/apr/30/chula-vista-company-next-herbalife/?page=2#article

Youngevity CEO Steve Wallach stands in the company's Chula Vista shipping and packaging warehouse where a pallet is ready for shipment.

Youngevity CEO Steve Wallach stands in the company’s Chula Vista shipping and packaging warehouse where a pallet is ready for shipment. — Nelvin C. Cepeda