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Julie Hammerstein, Certified Nutritionist, Founder of MaxLIFE Therapies believes all of us have the ability to maximize our vitality and longevity, and truly reach our potential for healthy living. The concept was inspired by Julie's son, Max, whose vibrant health and dynamic nature serve as reminders that nothing is static, and that we have an intrinsic desire to create better outcomes for ourselves.
Jeff Olson: 2-time Olympian, 3-time national champion and Pan American gold medalist. Jeff is co-founder of Well Nourished Worldwide whose mission is to deliver a new standard of care in medicine, health and human performance.
Researchers from the universities of Bristol and St. Andrews in the UK have found that the color of a person's skin affects how healthy and therefore attractive they appear, and have found that diet may be crucial to achieving the most desirable complexion. The work will be published in the December issue of Springer's International Journal of Primatology.
Using specialist computer software, a total of 54 Caucasian participants of both sexes were asked to manipulate the skin color of male and female Caucasian faces to make them look as healthy as possible. They chose to increase the rosiness, yellowness and brightness of the skin.
"Most previous work on faces has focused on the shape of the face or the texture of the skin, but one of the most variable characteristics of the face is skin color," said Dr. Ian Stephen who is now at the University of Bristol.
"We knew from our previous work that people who have more blood and more oxygen color in their skins looked healthy, and so we decided to see what other colors affect health perceptions. This has given us some clues as to what other skin pigments may relate to a healthy appearance."
Skin that is slightly flushed with blood and full of oxygen suggests a strong heart and lungs, supporting the study's findings that rosier skin appeared healthy. Smokers and people with diabetes or heart disease have fewer blood vessels in their skin, and so skin would appear less rosy.
The preference for more golden or 'yellow-toned' skin as healthier might be explained by the 'carotenoid pigments' that we get from the fruit and vegetables in our diet. These plant pigments are powerful antioxidants that soak up dangerous compounds produced when the body combats disease. They are also important for our immune and reproductive systems and may help prevent cancer.
They are the same dietary pigments that brightly colored birds and fish use to show off their healthiness and attract mates, and the researchers think that similar biological mechanisms may be at work in humans.
"In the West we often think that sun tanning is the best way to improve the color of your skin," said Ian Stephen, "but our research suggests that living a healthy lifestyle with a good diet might actually be better."
Melanin, the pigment that causes the tan color when skin is exposed to the sun makes the skin darker and more yellow, but participants in the study chose to make skin lighter and more yellow to make it look healthier.
"This discovery is very exciting and has given us a promising lead into cues to health," said Professor David Perrett, head of the Perception Lab at the University of St. Andrews, where the research took place.
"What we eat and not just how much we eat appears to be important for a healthy appearance. The only natural way in which we can make our skin lighter and more yellow is to eat a more healthy diet high in fruit and vegetables."
1. Stephen ID et al (2009). Facial skin coloration affects perceived health of human faces. International Journal of Primatology DOI 10.1007/s10764-009-9380-z
The full-text article and images are available to journalists on request.
Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) is most often measured in a test tube, although there are some research labs that are beginning to perform this testing on plasma (at this time the measure is pretty variable in this matrix). Most commercial products making ORAC claims use the test tube method and typically only measure the antioxidants present in the aqueous (water) phase, missing any molecules that have antioxidant activity but are in the lipid phase, for example lycopene and beta carotene. It would be easy to formulate a product with a high test tube ORAC, but it is unclear what this means in an intact biological system (a human) because no studies have been done monitoring any health benefits from a defined ORAC "number" intake over any period of time.
JP has repeatedly demonstrated bioavailability of antioxidants AND functionality in the form of a reduction of oxidative stress in independent clinical trials. This is real performance, not just potential. (Also, the research on JP has been done on the actual product itself, not simply on one fruit or berry it contains.)
For NSA to publish the ORAC on Juice Plus+ would represent a big step backwards to a lower level of research. We have clinical studies rather than in vitro (literally "in glass") research to support the benefits of Juice Plus+, along with over a dozen years of use around the world. Juice Plus+ has been shown over and over to increase known antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Alpha-tocopherol and Beta-carotene in circulation, and has been shown to decrease markers of oxidation as well. These measurements are more reliable (and impressive to the scientific, nutritionoal and medical community) than an isolated ORAC number.
Anita M. Boddie, RD, LDN, PhD
Director of Clinical Research
by Seth Godin, #3 addition by Jeff Olson
By 'better', of course I mean better customers, better prospects, better sneezers, better at spreading the word. Here are a few interesting examples:
1. Kindle readers buy two or three times as many books as book readers. Why? I don't think it's necessarily because using a Kindle leads someone to read more books. I think it's because the kind of person who buys a lot of books is the most likely person to pony up and buy a Kindle. I know that sounds obvious, but once you see it this way, you understand why book publishers should be killing themselves to appeal to this group. After all, the group voted with their dollars to show that they're better.
2. Walmart and other mass marketers are now offering top bestsellers for $9 or less each, about $5 less than their cost. Why? Why not offer toasters or socks as a loss leader to get people in the store? I think the answer is pretty clear: people who buy hardcover books buy other stuff too. A hardcover book is a luxury item, it's new and it's buzzable. This sort of person is exactly who you want in your store.
3. Juice PLUS+ customers are healthier. Their customers embrace it because it works, is grounded in common sense and built upon education. People who want to take care of themselves understand, at a primal level, the foundational principles of vitality are eat well, move well and think well. Juice PLUS+ resides as a power tool supporting “execution” of both eat well and think well. Application of knowledge is a defining characteristic in any facet of life and Juice PLUS+ is built to last in this regard.
The challenge, then is to look for cues that people give you that they are better, and then cater to them. Every industry has people who are worth more, buzz more, care more and buy more than other people. Don't treat people the same, find the ones that matter more to you, and hug them.
Lots of things about work are hard. Dealing with trolls is one of them. Trolls are critics who gain perverse pleasure in relentlessly tearing you and your ideas down. Here's the thing(s):
1. trolls will always be trolling
2. critics rarely create
3. they live in a tiny echo chamber, ignored by everyone except the trolled and the other trolls
4. professionals (that's you) get paid to ignore them. It's part of your job.
"Can't please everyone," isn't just an aphorism, it's the secret of being remarkable.
Dennis Hopper recites “IF”
If you can keep your head when all about youAre losing theirs and blaming it on you;If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,But make allowance for their doubting too;If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;If you can meet with triumph and disasterAnd treat those two imposters just the same;If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spokenTwisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,And stoop and build ‘em up with wornout tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winningsAnd risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,And lose, and start again at your beginningsAnd never breath a word about your loss;If you can force your heart and nerve and sinewTo serve your turn long after they are gone,And so hold on when there is nothing in youExcept the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;If all men count with you, but none too much;If you can fill the unforgiving minuteWith sixty seconds’ worth of distance run -Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,And - which is more - you’ll be a Man my son!
You will never be out of work if you can demonstrably offer one of the following:
- Additive effort
Sales speaks for itself. If you can sell enough to cover what you cost and then some, there will always be someone waiting to hire you.
Additive effort is distinguished from bureaucracy or feel-good showing up. Additive effort generates productivity far greater than the overhead you add to the organization. If your skills make the assembly line go twice as fast, or the sales force becomes more effective, or the travel office cuts its costs, then you've produced genuine value. That surly receptionist at the doctor's office--she's just filling a chair.
The third skill is the most difficult to value, but is ultimately the most valuable. If you're the person who can initiate useful action, if you're the one who makes something productive or transformative happen, then smart organizations will treasure you.
Five hundred years ago it was kings and queens (entitlement thinking) , a hundred years ago it was the nation (power thinking), fifty years ago it was the corporation (capitalistic thinking), twenty years ago it was the educated (scientific thinking), today it is the entrepreneur (what works thinking). And what works today is applied knowledge/wisdom. Today's entrepreneurs are the tinkering crafts and tradesman of our time. The applicable "trade" here is owning your own means of production and fulfillment.
We live in a knowledge based society. Do you want smaller challenges or greater skills? Education Inc... Knowledge is a learned. Experience is earned. Wisdom is discerned. The watershed moment when education, knowledge, experience and wisdom converge and flow downstream, as one, is within application (action). Entrepreneurialsim is the new post-graduate course work. However, it's often best served with ongoing education, knowledge, experience and wisdom. Without these things, consequences precipitate. As an example, very few know how to actually analyze, discern and distinguish a viable, sustainable and worthy business "opportunity". Thus, most businesses fail in their first few years.
Education is the freshman class
Knowledge is the sophmore class
Experience is the junior class
Wisdom is the senior class
Entrepreneurialsim (action) is graduate level course work
If you want to compress your schooling and graduate sooner...become and entrepreneur and use education, knowledge and wisdom to serve your mission. Entrepreneurship is a river which flows into the big sea called your future. Floating into the sea is certain. However, which paricular sea you flow into is always defined by watershed moments.
All of this presupposes you are an epic player in a larger story. A larger "love" story with deeper meaning and bigger consequences. "Use the force Luke..." Obewan's whisper to Luke Skywalker. "Do the right thing with the ring..." Frodo's haunting will. Fairytales you say? GK Chesteron said it best, "The reason fairytales are true is not because they tell us dragons are real, but because they show us how dragons can be slain."
You've a dragon after you and thus, you must understand, you are meant and designed for this noble battle, this adventure and rescuing beauty in this world. It's an epic tale.
My hope is that these words might rescue a piece of beauty in you, invigorate the soldier to serve a noble mission and activate the winsome warrier within this Indiana Jones treasure hunt called life. [Jeff Olson]
As business owners and executives, one of our primary functions is to create momentum, regardless of the challenges facing our business. Our value is often defined by our ability to drive the top line and enhance the bottom line. No one has to be convinced these days that we are in an economic winter; we are reminded every day. The key is to turn challenges into opportunity and growth!
History teaches us that adversity, chaos and uncertainty are often the catalysts for opportunity. Companies like Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, Disney, Genentech, McDonald’s, Johnson & Johnson and Krispy Kreme started in economic downturns. When apprehension becomes the norm, those with answers to abate those fears often make fortunes. As a leader, it is important to embrace these times as great opportunities. Now is the time to communicate a positive message to your staff and field. Excitement and optimism are as contagious as fear. As leaders, your attitude and demeanor often become the example for the entire company. Here are some components of this business model that explain why the industry shows consistent growth.
Low Startup Investment. Not everyone has money or access to money. This model works in all economic climates because it allows anyone the ability to start a business. The financial risk is typically minimal; therefore, one can start a business without borrowing money or seeking outside investors.
Low Fixed Expenses. Many businesses require physical structures or space, large inventories, employees and huge investments of time and money in innovation (research and development, product development, etc.), therefore limiting the number of entrepreneurs who can run these types of businesses. Perhaps this is the single biggest reason there is a strong trend toward home-based businesses. Home-based businesses now represent 52 percent of the 27 million small businesses in the United States. It is a growing trend.
Path to Quick Profits. There are two keys to a quick profit. First, the more money required to start and operate your business, the longer it usually takes to recover and earn a profit. Second, if there is a need for an extensive and lengthy training period or the need for extensive research, it will also take longer to reach profitability. Traditional business often takes years to earn a profit. With direct selling, that time period is often reduced. As mentioned previously, the startup and operating capital for a direct selling business is very low. Because direct selling companies provide quality products, services, support and a host of other systems and processes that have already been extensively researched, the only real learning curve for a distributor is using what is provided to build a successful business.
Time Flexibility. The majority of people interested in starting a home-based business are not in a financial position to work any business model that requires them to start on a full-time basis. This is especially true during troubling economic times, when a job is often the only way to survive. The direct selling business model allows you to start and work it part time. It is a model that allows a new distributor a means to replace their full-time income over time. To capitalize on a direct selling opportunity, our distributors need to execute the right business strategies. The following are a few key strategies to implement if we want to profit in a financial downturn. Let’s look at a couple of customer and distributor strategies that could enhance momentum in the current economic climate.
Strengthen Belief. In challenging economic times, customers budget their money. It is critical to make sure the end consumers understand the value of your product or service. Belief can be the difference between a long-term customer and a lost customer. Remember, satisfied customers are your best source for distributors, so going the extra mile to earn their business is a good strategy, especially in an economic winter.
Share the Opportunity Story with Customers. People think differently about expenses and income. Often, expenses are viewed as a negative, where income is viewed as a positive. This is never truer than in an economic slump. There are two simple strategies to share the opportunity. First, work on a customer referral program. In other words, have current customers refer enough new ones so they can get products for free. This is a great first step in the business process for some customers who are cautious or have reservations about the business. The second option is to present the business opportunity to every customer. For those looking for an income, the opportunity is the fastest path. It also stabilizes them as a customer, because they now have an income tied into their product or service usage.
Operate with a Recruiting Mentality . This is opportunity time for the direct selling business model. Therefore, it is important to focus on the activities that result in more people coming into the business. Most important to maintaining a recruiting mentality in your business is to keep a focus on sharing the opportunity, sharing the product/service, and retention of both distributors and customers. Don’t let any other aspect of the business become a distraction or distributors will not be able to maximize their time.
Stress the Importance of a Relationship. This is a “relationship business,” which means relationships are required for long-term success. One of my core business beliefs has always been that long-term relationships equal long-term success. It is important for distributors to understand the importance of relationships and to build their identity in the marketplace as people who serve others. Remember, in an economic decline, people are generally distrusting. It is important that both companies and distributors learn to under-promise and over-deliver on any sales, product or recruitment message. There is an old adage in business that is valuable for your distributors to understand: You cannot fill a leaky bucket. Retaining customers and distributors becomes the strongest path to long-term growth. Experience has taught me that a failed relationship is the biggest liability in any business.
As a company, focus your teams on what makes the biggest difference. In tough financial times, remember to focus your time and money on the big four:
- Proven systems/processes
- Personal development
From my point of view and experience, spending time and money on these four areas will have the greatest impact on the top and bottom lines of any business. Now is the time to focus and invest. DSN
Gordon Hester is a business and financial momentum expert with more than 25 years of real world experience.
Willfully ignorant vs. aggressively skeptical
Challenging the status quo is what I do for a living. Either that or encourage other people to do it.
But there are two ways to do it, and one of them is ineffective, short-sighted and threatens the fabric of the tribe. The other seems to work.
I heard someone screaming about death panels and how the government was not only going to kill his grandmother, but would take out Stephen Hawking himself if it had the chance.
The screaming is a key part, because screaming is often a tool used to balance out the lazy ignorance of someone parroting opposition to an idea that they don't understand. (If you want to write to me about this post, please write to me about the screaming part, not about whether or not you agree with the facts or the science. That's what the post is about, the screaming.)
If you want to challenge the conventional wisdom of health care reform, please do! It'll make the final outcome better. But if you choose to do that, it's essential that you know more about it than everyone else, not less. Certainly not zero. Be skeptical, but be informed (about everything important, not just this issue, of course). Screaming ignorance gets attention, but it distracts us from the work at hand.
It's easy to fit in by yelling out, and far more difficult to actually read and consider the facts. Anytime you hear, "I don't have the time to understand this issue, I'm too busy being upset," you know that something is wrong.
Brands face this as much or more than politicians do. I witnessed a knock-down fight between two teenagers over which operating system was best. There are generations of arguments between Ford and Chevy owners. Motorcycle gangs are often parochial in their choice of bike. And in each case, the less people know, the more they yell.
If you want to change what your boss believes, or the strategy your company is following, the first step is to figure out how to be the best informed person in the room.
Wiesbaden, March 6, 2009: The Swiss business NSA AG with headquarters in Basel is the licensed partner of the German Olympic Sports League (DOSB) until 2011. The cooperation is expanded on a co-partnership until the 2012 Olympic games in London. NSA and the DOSB, representing Germany through its official marketing agency for sport marketing (DSM), made the announcement on Friday at a sales and marketing trade conference at the well known Wiesbaden Rhine-Main-Halls.
Juice PLUS+ will appear as the “exclusive partner for Nutrition” with its logo “Juice PLUS+”, and will show through the connection, the growing importance of well-balanced nutrition to top athletes – a concern, that also plays an important role in the DOSB: “fitness and healthy nutrition are central subjects that stand highest on the agenda. NSA will make a valuable contribution as a partner”, says DOSB general director Michael Vesper. Through the supplying of product, the athletes will benefit directly from the partnership.
“Juice PLUS+” consists of concentrated raw vine ripened fruits and vegetables in capsule form, and is available from the NSA partner. Research done by the company since 1995 regularly proved that the naturally active components in “Juice PLUS+” speed up the recovery processes and strengthen the immune system, among other things.
André Gerber, director of Sales and Marketing for NSA/Juice PLUS+, “We are proud when an official partner is allowed to collaborate with the largest sport association in the world to bring in our special competence in the field of nutrition research. Simultaneously we want to use the Olympics as an incentive for our sales and marketing and to open new opportunities.”
NSA with its products is also active in different areas of sport, internationally. Since the middle of July 2008 the company has been cooperating with the French ski association. Moreover, well known athletes such as the Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic and the Austrian luge pair Markus and Tobias Schiegl appear as spokespeople for the product.
Listen and learn: http://www.keeppunching.com/jpvirtualtraining.htm
Kerry Daigle interviews three 20 somethings. This interview is two and a half years old (Feb. 2007) and as of Aug. 2009 these young guns continue to "crush" it.
- Dr. Eric Prather, a Chiropractor, just turned 30.
- Brad Gaubert, a 27 year old personal trainer.
- Travis Broussard, a 24 year old personal trainer.
- Desire, hunger
- Leadership broken down
- Grow daily and teach others how to too
- Willing to do what others won't over the next 3-5 years, so that for the rest of your life you cant have what other's don't.
Think of questions you can ask to reveal these traits.
- Hungers to change the dissatisfaction of their finances or career (Most make just enough money to stay put)
? Would an extra $1,000/month make a difference?
?Do you have any real plans to accomplish that?
- Loves health, vitality and abundance and ‘getting paid’ to help others practice it too. Has a big (servant’s) heart who wants to leverage it in business.
?Do you want to take the passion you have, help others and get paid for it?
- Works the plan. Commits to becoming a student of a tried and proven system.
- Grows in mind, body and spirit. Has a lifelong commitment to personal growth (kaizen).
- Surrenders to credible coaching & mentoring and applies their counsel.
- Seeks solutions daily. Seek and ye shall find…ASK and ye shall receive. Entrepreneurs need to be interactive daily with a mentor/buddy.
- Learns the power of delayed (financial) gratification (the sweat equity of building equity).
- Invests in their business and themselves and does this habitually.
- Perseveres. Lather, rinse, repeat...enough said.
- Duplicates. Helps others do 1-9.
Hungers, Loves, Works, Grows, Surrenders, Seeks, Learns, Invests, Perseveres, Duplicates…these are all “VERBS”!