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Herbalife Appoints Yoshio Yoshimoto, M.D. and Ryuzaburo Tanino M.D. to Medical Advisory Board

LOS ANGELES, May 02, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Herbalife Ltd. (HLF) announces the appointment of two new members to its Medical Advisory Board, Yoshio Yoshimoto, M.D. and Ryuzaburo Tanino, M.D.

Herbalife's Medical Advisory Board (MAB), is chaired by David Heber, M.D., director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The MAB guides product research and development, ensuring the quality, benefits and safety of products. Members educate distributors on product usage and give health-news updates through multiple company channels and live training events around the world. The MAB also provides an educational resource for doctors and healthcare professionals, who recommend Herbalife products to their patients.

"We are honored to have the support of Drs. Yoshimoto and Tanino, which reinforces Herbalife's commitment to science-based research and product development," said Michael O. Johnson, chief executive officer. "This allows us to align our product development and support more closely with regional and local needs."

Yoshimoto is an active researcher, author and presenter specializing in the fields of endocrinology, bone metabolism, dementia and calcium, as well as microorganism-applied environmental medicine. Until March 2005, he served as director of the National Hyogo-Chuo Hospital. He played a critical role in the preparation for the foundation of College of Nursing Art and Science, Hyogo University, which opened in 1993 as the first public college specializing exclusively in nursing. After the opening of the college, he taught medicine as a professor of the nursing department and the graduate school.

Having served as a visiting professor and researcher at the University of California, Riverside, and Freie Universitat Berlin, as well as having been a member of the American Endocrine Society and other organizations, Yoshimoto has made invaluable contributions to maintaining people's health and to the further growth of the Japanese medical society. He earned a medical degree from Kobe University School of Medicine; is a councilor of the Japan Endocrine Society and the Japanese Society for Bone and Mineral Research; is a member of the committee to select speech themes for the International Osteoporosis Conference and the program committee of the World Osteoporosis Conference; and is an active member of the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine, the Japan Dietetics Society, the Japan Osteoporosis Society, the Japanese Society of Anti-Aging Medicine, the Japan Diabetes Society and the Japan Society for the Study of Obesity.

Tanino has made great contributions to the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery. As a member of the board of directors of the Japan Association of Aesthetic Medical, he is committed to solving social issues regarding plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Tanino graduated from Keio University School of Medicine. After completing his internship at the Keio University Hospital, he became an assistant in the department of plastic surgery at the University and a resident at the surgery and orthopedics departments of Toranomon Hospital. In 1975, he began a new post in the department of plastic surgery, Tokai University School of Medicine, and in 1998, became a professor of the department. In 2000, he was appointed as director of the Tokai University Hospital and at the same time as president of Junior College of Nursing and Medical Technology. His fundamental principle is "the fusion of science and humanism," which was originally addressed by Shigeyoshi Matsumae, the founder and first president of Tokai University.

Currently, Tanino is a board member of the Japan Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the Japan Society of Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery, and is board-certified in plastic surgery by the Japan Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Japan Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He is a supervisory doctor of the Japan Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine. Tanino has served as the director of the Japan Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; director the Japan Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; as a councilor of the Japanese Society of Anti-Aging Medicine; and as chairman of the Japan Society of Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery.

About Herbalife

Herbalife is a global network marketing company that sells weight management, nutritional supplement and personal care products intended to support a healthy lifestyle. Herbalife products are sold in 59 countries through a network of more than one million independent distributors. The company celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gala celebration in Atlanta, GA in April 2005.

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