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February 22, 2011 > The Last Smile

The Last Smile

By Mona Shah

Jeevan Zutshi, a community activist did not think his life's journey from India to Fremont was worth telling until his son died a year and a half ago. His son Amit Zutshi used multiple over-the-counter health supplements, a combination that doctors told his father likely contributed to his heart failure at age 30.

This prompted the grieving Zutshi to write a book "The Last Smile - A Journey of Hope," a complex work of history, politics and tragedy. The book "shares a real life story of a consumer in the loosely regulated U.S. health supplements market and sheds light on the dire consequences from being uninformed," informs Zutshi.

"I wrote the book to keep the memory of my son alive," said Zutshi. He hopes it will warn others about the health supplement industry. "When you combine these supplements, they become like poison," he said. "I believe my son died because he didn't read the fine print."

Since his son's death, Zutshi, 61, has created the Amit Zutshi Foundation, that has produce a one-hour documentary focusing on a young man who believed in healthy life style but his beliefs cost his life. Host Jim Weider of Channel 4 (retired) interviews Jeevan Zutshi looking for the reasons that address the serious problems of using dietary supplements sold in gyms, whole food stores, GNC and elsewhere.

The two other people interviewed are Lalita Kaul, PhD, RD, LD, LN, Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Howard University College of Medicine and Mary Ellen Taylor, Director of Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

An Interview with Jeevan Zutshi the author of "The Last Smile - A Journey of Hope" will be telecast on:
Channel 27
Every day at 6 p.m.
Monday and Thursday at 9 a.m.

Channel 28
Monday at 10 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m.

Channel 29 (Fremont only)
Monday 10 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m.

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