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Michael's message from Vitamin Express:
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Michael’s first health food store was in Cortez, Colorado in 1973- Cortez Health Food Center. In April 1982 he opened Vitamin Express in San Francisco, California with 12 shelves of supplements and herb teas. By 1996 Vitamin Express achieved the Bay Guardian's "Best Place to Buy Vitamins in the SF Bay Area". At one time Vitamin Express had five locations; two in San Francisco, Berkeley, Mill Valley and Menlo Park. As Michael's health declined and times changed, he either sold or closed the stores except the original one in San Francisco on Irving Street by Golden Gate Park in the Sunset District until closing it in 2018.
Beginning in 2006 Michael's health began a downward spiral gaining momentum, losing weight and energy. The finest doctors and nutritional approaches were not enough to turn his health around. His illness was soon linked to his sensitivity to electromagnetic fields (EMF) and the environmental increased levels were causing a steady decline in his health.
Due to the good fortune of a customer's help, he was introduced to a RayGuard product in late 2012. After several weeks, for the first time, he began to feel relief from his illness. As a result, over time, his health and vitality returned. After a awhile he was once again able to devote time to the store.
As a child he had polio, infantile paralysis, which may have increased his sensitivity to EMF's. Fortunately, the Sister Kenny treatment provided recovery without any crippling. Nevertheless, severe leg pain followed any exercise. In 1971 the experience of taking calcium and magnesium powder, suggested to him, provided quick and complete pain relief. This created an appreciation and interest in nutrition that ultimately propelled him into the science of nutrition.
Michael was in the US Peace Corps in Ethiopia and Eritrea from 1966 to 1968 teaching science and agriculture. He speaks Tigrinya. Though his background is in the social sciences and music (Explorational Music TM 1983 – Journey to Titan), his focus has been on science and health. Initially Michael attended Colorado State University majoring in violin, then University of Colorado in economics, philosophy, history, the classics, and political science.
While in the Peace Corps he studied at Allemayu College of Agriculture of Haile Selassie First University. Returning to the US he attended U. C. Hastings School of Law and San Francisco State University studying social psychology. He attended University of Alberta, Canada, getting a post graduate degree in teaching. He has spent several years teaching in Edmonton, Alberta - South Tucson, Arizona, and City College in San Francisco.
He wrote The BIG Vitamin Dictionary, published under Great Highway Productions, as a tool for his staff, which became a best seller for Nutribooks. To email Michael, Click Here.