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SURVEY FINDS THAT WHILE MOST PEOPLE MAY HAVE HEARD OF ANTIOXIDANTS, MANY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY ACTUALLY DO

A Survey By Thione International Discovers That People Are Not As Knowledgeable As One Would Think About Antioxidants

Atlanta, GA, June 8, 2002 - In this day and age where people are so focused on good health and taking care of their bodies, you'd think that most people would be familiar with antioxidants. According to a new survey by Thione International, the majority of respondents have heard of antioxidants (nearly 72% of women and 58% of men). However, 24% of all people surveyed said they had no idea what antioxidants do for them and 81% of respondents did not know that antioxidants improve their immune system or can keep them healthy.

The survey, which queried 500 people nationwide regarding various questions about antioxidants, was conducted to see exactly how much, or how little, people really knew about antioxidants. The survey also found that income and Internet access play a role in people's knowledge of antioxidants: 41% of people who make less than $25,000 said they had heard of antioxidants compared to 85% of people who make more than $100,000. Also, people with Internet access were almost twice as likely (77% to 44%) to say they had heard of antioxidants compared to people without Internet access.

"Being that antioxidants play such an integral role in the health and efficiency of our bodies, you'd think more people would have a better understanding of just how they work within our bodies," explained Dr. Theodore Hersh, Chairman of Thione International, the company that developed a patented antioxidant complex (the Thione ComplexTM ) that works with our body's own antioxidant defense system. "What this survey really lets us know is that while a decent amount of people are familiar with the word 'antioxidant', too many people are less informed on their actual benefits…making education that much more important."

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Thione International, Inc. was founded in 1995 by Dr. Theodore Hersh with the mission of developing preventative and therapeutic healthcare and consumer products. Drawing upon thirty years of clinical and research experience with the human body's antioxidant defense system, Dr. Hersh created his patented Thione ComplexTM which he has incorporated into a number of diverse applications such as cosmetic, radiotherapy, skin care, dermatology, pain-relief, oral hygiene and nutritional supplement products. Currently the company holds 16 patents on various applications of the Complex. All Thione products are doctor developed, clinically tested and patented.

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