Born in Iowa in 1894,
Forrest C. Shaklee was diagnosed with tuberculosis as an infant. His parents
were told that he would likely suffer a long and horrible death during his
childhood. Little did they know that this sickly child would become a
successful chiropractor and business owner and live for more than ninety
In the late 1800s, the only cure for
tuberculosis was good food, fresh air, and lots of rest. As a result, young
Forrest spent a lot of time outdoors enjoying and exploring nature and
developing a deep respect for the world around him. This respect would
inspire him to create his own nutritional product company, Shaklee
Corporation, based on the Golden Rule, years later in 1956.
A chiropractor by trade, Dr. Shaklee began
selling food supplement formulas in 1924 in Iowa. By 1956, he had decided to
take his food supplement formulas across North America by way of network
marketing with help from his sons Forrest Jr. and Raleigh Shaklee. In 1960,
Dr. Shaklee developed Basic-H®, one of the first biodegradable, all-purpose
cleaners. Shaklee now has over 200 products including nutritional
supplements, personal care products, color cosmetics, water and air
treatment systems, and household cleaners.
Today, Dr. Shaklee's vision for a healthier
tomorrow has led to a half a billion dollars in sales worldwide and offices
in a number of countries around the world, including Canada, the United
States, Mexico, Malaysia, and Japan.