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John Michael’s: Origin Story

Updated: Aug 23, 2019


John Michael’s: Origin Story


I had the privilege of being raised by a father who took the time to teach me everything he knew about nutrition. He studied nutrition for 40 years and helped countless people take decisive actions with their health, resulting in them looking and feeling their best. One of the biggest things I learned from my father was to make life about helping others. At John Michael’s, we understand the difficulties in taking care of your health. We are here to provide you with solutions to help you to look and feel your best.


Before all the pills, liquids, and powders, supplementing was a little more difficult. CalMag originally started as a drink you made by individually measuring out magnesium carbonate and calcium gluconate then mixing it with apple cider vinegar. We’ve come a long way since those days, and a big reason for that is my grandfather, Peter Gillham. In 1980, he was one of the first to make the powdered CalMag that we know and love today and started the company Natural Vitality.


My grandfather and father made careers out of nutrition, which inspired me to go to college and get a degree in Nutritional Sciences. I’ve personally experienced the benefits that supplements can provide and have helped hundreds of people on the road to better health. This is why John Michael’s was founded, to make formulas that better people's lives and to reach more people.


Growing up around my grandfather, I’ve seen firsthand the benefits CalMag provided for people. I’ve heard from countless people how they finally had a good night of sleep, they don’t get muscle cramps anymore, their digestive system works more smoothly, and even calms their anxiety.


With all the stressors in life, it’s important to find things that mitigate that stress. With balancing work, finding time to workout and family life, I personally take it every night before I go to bed. Plus, a nice warm drink before bed is a perfect way to melt away the cares of the day.

There are days, however, I forget to take my CalMag and the difference is noticeable. Every night that I take it I sleep better, feel more recovered from my previous day’s workout and overall feel more relaxed. It’s understandable since magnesium is involved in over 300 reactions and processes throughout the body including nerve and muscle function.

Recently, Natural Vitality was bought by a Fortune 500 company. From that purchase, it was decided that Natural Vitality’s CalMag line would be discontinued. As most have seen, when a big company purchases a smaller company, changes are made that are not always for the better. Knowing how helpful this product has been to thousands and wanting to continue to supply a high quality CalMag product, I have remade it and launched it under my personal supplement brand “John Michael’s”.


With the help of my grandfather and father, John Michael’s has over 100 years of experience in the nutrition field. You can trust that with our knowledge you’re getting the highest quality supplements that use only research backed ingredients to create formulas you can always count on to work. We source all our ingredients from the highest quality suppliers and from manufacturers who follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). I am driven by a cause, a belief to better people’s lives. The goal is to innovate within the industry and improve upon today’s practices to bring about a healthier and more vibrant you.

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