Anyone who reads my blog regularly knows that I’m a bit off the beaten path. As a result, it opens up some really different and unusual opportunities, which I welcome.

This one, Drinkwel, is one of those occasions.

I haven’t written on my blog, even though it’s my wine publicist’s journal, that one of the first things I do every morning is take my vitamins. My Aunt Edith, who was an RN, got me started as a kid. Having my sister Merry become the next generation in my family to become a registered nurse, also, kept the vitamins coming… They’ve never stopped, honestly. Merry moved from being a hospital-based nurse, whose responsibilities included cardiovascular, surgical, and gastroenterology nursing at New York University Hospital to becoming Dr. Dean Rusk’s private nurse during his final time on earth.

From the Rusk Institute Website: Dr. Howard A. Rusk, widely considered “the father of rehabilitation medicine,” founded the Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine in 1948 with the philosophy that rehabilitation medicine provides care for the entire person—not just their illness or disability but their emotional, psychological and social needs. Dr. Rusk’s philosophy became the model for rehabilitation medicine around the world.

Merry Matukonis took Dr. Rusk’s teachings to heart, and once on her own again began to shift from “helping people die, to helping people live,” as she used to tell me. She’s now an Associate Member of the International Foundation for Nutrition and Health, has completed her certification as a Clinician in Whole Foods Nutrition, and has a private practice called Optimal Wellness.

I’ve given you this history, so that you know when someone approaches me about vitamins, I’m very interested. I haven’t staged my vitamins in this image, along with some wine glasses. This is just the way we roll around here. All things good in the same place.

So… I got an E-Mail from Mike McAdams, co-founder of

Really like your site. I happened upon it and thought it might be relevant to offer you a free bottle of my new product, drinkwel. It’s the first multivitamin specially formulated for healthy people who drink alcohol, designed to replenish lost nutrients, support healthy liver function, and help prevent hangovers. It’s really cool.

Maybe you might want to try it out? NO strings attached; we’re just a new/small company trying to get the word out.

Appreciate your time!

I wrote back:

I’ve taking vitamins my entire life. I have a sister who is an RN and a certified nutritionist. She’s been guiding my health for as long as she’s been a pro (since the mid 70s).

I’d love to try your vitamins, and am happy to write about their importance. People wonder where I get my energy. A lot of has to do with the fact that my body is my temple.

I’m currently on Standard Process.

Mike admitted that Standard Process are quality, and off I went to try his for a very specific reason… to replenish lost nutrients, support a healthy liver function, and keep any hangovers at bay. Fortunately, hangovers are now pretty rare for me, because I don’t get that involved in enjoying so much wine that I need to worship the porcelain god anymore.

I’m enjoying Drinkwel. Anything that’s about the following gets my attention: Loaded with antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and their proprietary Superfruits & Botanicals Blend, this isn’t your typical multivitamin. Each bottle of Drinkwel includes 90 vegetarian capsules – about a month’s supply. ($39.95)

From their Website:

We believe that the world is full of healthy people who still like to have a good time. That’s why we created drinkwel: the first multivitamin for healthy people who drink alcohol. Created by two UC Berkeley graduates and formulated by two doctors, a PhD in Biomedical Science and a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, drinkwel’s unique combination of ingredients replenishes nutrients, supports healthy liver function, and helps your body process alcohol induced toxins.*

Their support mechanisms include:

  1. Milk Thistle, Artichoke Leaf and other botanical to support liver health. (This herb is known to be the quintessential liver protector and healer… taken from my The Herbal Drugstore book)
  2. Amino acids to help process alcohol induced toxins.
  3. Super fruits that help neutralize free radicals.
  4. Vitamin B-Complex to aid metabolism and maintain energy.
  5. Vitamin C to support immune system function.


Something that’s clear to me about enjoying wine is that I’m asking my liver to work overtime, versus the times when I might not be enjoying wine. So, the boost in liver health function is very attractive to me.

All I really know is this… As I look around at people who are my age, I know that I’ve done something right all of my life. To have a friend say to me last week as we were talking about another friend whom we’re losing to cancer, “What are you, Jo, 50?” I had to laugh and say, “Hugh, I’m 65!”

I attribute that to living well and worrying about what I can control… letting the rest go… and taking my vitamins.

With Drinkwel’s commitment to quality ingredients and having received both an “A” rated GMP certification and a Drug Manufacturing License, which places Drinkwel’s manufacturing facility at the highest level of quality-control and quality-assurance for natural supplements, I believe in Drinkwel and now take this vitamin in my daily regime, because of what it does to help me maintain my own highest level of personal wellness.

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