Networkers Should Read Westerns

Most entrepreneurs recognize the value of learning and practicing the skills required for success.    There are many good books about network marketing and MLM.  Some of the authors are shown here.  These books are typically written by successful leaders and some focus on marketing skills and techniques while others, applicable to any field, concentrate on leadership and personal development.

A few examples of these books are:  The Greatest Networker in the World by John Milton Fogg, Your First Year In Network Marketing by Mark Yarnell, The 45 Second Presentation by Don Failla, Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiosaki, and books by John Maxwell, Stephen R. Covey, M. Scott Peck, James Allen, Zig Ziglar, Jim Rhon, and many others.

We can also find inspiration and lessons in leadership and character in works of fiction.  – I was reminded of this when my brother recently sent me a box of my old paperbacks found in the attic of the house where I grew up.  Included in the box were three westerns: Flaming Lance, Death of a Gunfighter, and Hondo.

Flaming Lance, copyright 1958 was written by Clair Huffaker  and made into a movie starring Elvis Presley.  Death of a Gunfighter, copyright 1968 was written by Lewis B. Patten and made into a movie starring Richard Widmark and Lena Horne.   Hondo, copyright 1953 was written by Louis L’Amour and made into a movie starring John Wayne.

About now, if you read all kinds of books you’re probably agreeing with me that you can find inspiration in all kinds of books, even Westerns.   If not, you’re probably saying “What?  Lessons for network marketers and entrepreneurs in Westerns?  He’s crazy!

The popularity of these books and of the movies they became are evidence that people looked up to the heroes in them, admired the character traits they exhibited and identified with their values .

The main characters exemplify several character traits and values– a good work ethic, a determination to keep trying until they succeed, courage, independence, willingness to sacrifice, strength, initiative, and caring about others.

We see loyalty, teamwork, and the willingness to accept personal responsibility for success or failure.  The heroes demonstrate their honesty, focus, commitment, knowledge, trust and honor.

These are all traits worth emulating if we wish to be a success in life and business.  So keep on reading, watching, and above all learning, and here’s to your success in Network Marketing and life.

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Flushing Drugs Into The Environment

drugfishscaledNew studies indicate that potent pharmaceutical drugs flushed into the environment through human and animal sewage could be one of the causes of a global wildlife decline.

Research published in September, 2015 indicates that half of the world’s wild animals had been wiped out in the last 40 years and that in freshwater habitats, where drug residues are most commonly found 75% of fish and amphibians had been lost.  At the same time worldwide use of drugs, which are designed to be biologically active in low concentrations is rising rapidly.  There may be a connection.

Pharmaceuticals can contaminate the environment through discharges from drug factories as well as through sewage.

What’s showing up in our lakes, streams, and water supplies?  Residues of anti-depressants, amphetamines, synthetic hormones used in birth-control pills, anti-inflammatory drugs, and others.  A paper by Anette Kuster and Nicole Adler of Gernany’s Federal Environment Agency identified the most environmentally dangerous drugs.  For medicinal drugs taken by humans, it’s hormones, antibiotics, painkillers, antidepressants, and anti-cancer drugs.  For veterinary drugs given to animals, it’s hormones, antibiotics and parasiticides.

There are some dramatic examples of wildlife harmed by drug contamination:  male fish being feminized by the synthetic hormones in birth-control pills, vultures in India almost wiped out by an anti-inflammatory drug given to cattle whose carcasses they feed upon, and inter-sex frogs found in urban ponds contaminated with wastewater, and minnows in lakes wiped out by the synthetic oestrogen used in the birth control pill.

Just as people are concerned about how drug contamination impacts the environment, consumers are increasingly concerned about pharmaceutical residues and other hormone disrupting chemicals in drinking water. These chemicals are not regulated, but studies have shown that they are showing up in trace amounts in drinking water.   The source of the drinking water that comes out of your tap and it’s quality are the primary factors here.

As water quality continues to be impacted by drugs flushed into the environment, we may soon be asked for a doctor’s prescription when we order a glass of ice water at a restaurant.

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Who Exactly Takes Nutritional Supplements and Why?

I shot this video in the parking lot of a local store that sells  nutritional supplements.  As you can see, the parking lot is busy,
and customers entering and leaving the store exhibit a wide range of age  and characteristics.

People who take nutritional supplements are sometimes labeled as
“Health Nuts” as if they were part of some weird minority. It might surprise you to learn that most U.S. adults, 68%, use dietary supplements according to an October, 2015 survey by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).

This Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, conducted by IPSOS Public Affairs, found that when it comes to safety, quality and effectiveness of specific dietary supplement categories, Americans have the most confidence in the “Vitamins & Minerals” category (85%).  Results show that the vitamins and minerals category has the highest  usage compared to specialty supplements, herbals & botanicals, and sports nutrition and weight management.  79% of male supplement users and 77% of  female supplement users take vitamins and minerals, followed by vitamin D (32%),  vitamin C (27%) and calcium (24%) which are three nutrients that government reports have  identified as shortfall nutrients. Continue reading Who Exactly Takes Nutritional Supplements and Why?

Massive Attack on Supplements by FDA

FDAwarningsignscaled     There’s bad news for supplement users in the long-awaited revision of FDA guidance rules for new supplements which are finally here, very bad news.

The rules if implemented without modification will basically result in the supplement industry not being allowed to innovate and create new supplements.

This looks like more of the FDA’s usual stance, working as usual on behalf of the drug industry.
The DSHEA (Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994) was passed by Congress in response to the publication of the FDA’s Task Force Report on Dietary Supplements in 1992 which included a statement that dietary supplements represented a “disincentive for patented drug research.”  Over two million letters went to Congress, which led to the passage of DSHEA.

Under DSHEA, any dietary supplement introduced to the market in the US after 1994 is considered “new” and must notify the FDA at least 75 days in advance of marketing the product. The FDA was to provide guidance on this process and in 2011 published draft guidance which would have crippled, if not eliminated, the supplement industry.  After a major backlash Congress once again stepped in and added language to an appropriations bill urging the FDA to revise the draft guidance.

As noted in our opening paragraph the revision is finally here, over twenty-two years after the passage of DSHEA.  Little better than the original guidelines on new ingredients/supplements, they represent a dire threat to the supplement industry, and by extension, consumer access to supplements.
ANH USA, the Alliance for Natural Health, has published an article in their online newsletter with full details on the negative impact of the revised FDA guidance.  The article also provides information on how you can get involved in responding to the FDA’s revised guidance on new supplements.

What’s your opinion about nutritional supplements?  Do you use them, and do you find them beneficial?  Please leave a comment below.

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Dietary Supplements – 12 Tips for Consumers

Supplements Pic   It’s a safe bet that you’re taking a dietary supplement or have taken them in the past.

According to the results of an October 23, 2015 survey commissioned by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) the majority of U.S. Adults – 68 percent – take dietary supplements.

There is a wide variety of choice when purchasing dietary supplements – choice in selecting product categories and specific products and choosing the company or source that sells them.   Some choices are smarter than others, and CRN recommends that consumers do their homework when making their choice of dietary supplements.  Based on CRN’s recommendations here are 12 tips to help you in selecting a dietary supplement.

1.  Manage your expectations.  Dietary supplements are meant as supplements to other healthy habits and should be used in combination with other smart lifestyle choices like exercising regularly, trying to eat a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and seeing your healthcare professional periodically.   Dietary supplements are not drugs and are not intended to have the same immediate impact that drugs are expected to provide.

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Teams Should Share A Common Vision

When team members or employees share a common vision it impacts the achievement of the team’s goals and the enterprise’s mission.  When the vision is shared by all participants and goals are understood, projects can be completed in an efficient manner leveraging the talents of everyone involved.

This short video of children at a nursery school “working” on a “project” illustrates so many points about teams, participation, vision, and rewards.  It is clear that they don’t share the same vision.  Some declare that they are building a train, while others say they are building a castle, and still others a tower.

Similar to your team members or employees, these kids have different personality types and probably derive different rewards or satisfaction from their participation.  Is job satisfaction an important factor for everyone?  Positively.

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Seven Exercises You Can Do In Bed

exercise in bedFINAL     Bed exercises are a healthy way to help you get in shape, burn calories, tone you up, and transform your body.  They’re convenient for all kinds of reasons.  Perhaps you have neither the time nor the desire to get up extra early to do a morning workout at the gym.  Some bed exercise in the morning can get you perked up and firing on all cylinders to start the day with an advantage.  Done in the evening they can help you get a restful evening of sleep.  They  stimulate the production of the mood-enhancing brain chemical serotonin, leaving you feeling calm and relaxed.  As a result, you will find that you sleep better when you do these exercises at night, and feel invigorated when you do the routine in the morning. Here are a few bed exercises you can do that won’t take more than 10 minutes out of your busy schedule.  They are designed for anyone, but they can be especially helpful for people recovering from an illness or injury and confined to bed and for people who just can’t find time during the day to exercise.

Important:  When you perform these exercises, breathe in slowly while you count to four, hold for a count of one, and then exhale for a count of four.

Purpose: Tones and stretches the shoulders and upper back.
What to do: While lying on your back, place your arms at your sides. Slide your right arm and shoulder toward your right foot. Next, raise your right shoulder toward your head, while at the same time sliding your left arm and shoulder toward your left foot. Then raise your left shoulder toward your head, while lowering your right arm and shoulder toward your right foot. Repeat five times on each side, moving your shoulders up and down like a seesaw.  Continue reading Seven Exercises You Can Do In Bed

Coffee Is One Of The Healthiest Drinks

Coffeescale   Despite being criticized in the past, coffee may be one of the healthiest beverages you can drink.  Perhaps you’ve just enjoyed this dark-colored liquid for it’s taste and to help you stay alert and awake without thinking whether it’s healthy or unhealthy.

Coffee actually contains hundreds of various compounds (caffeine is just one), some of which have important health benefits.  Many of these compounds are antioxidants which fight aging and common diseases like heart disease and cancer.


1.  Coffee can help you burn fat due to the fact that it stimulates the central nervous system, raising metabolism and increasing the oxidation of fatty acids.

2. Coffee can improve athletic performance by mobilizing fatty acids from fat tissues.  Studies have shown that caffeine increases exercise performance on average of 11 – 12%.

3. Coffee can make you smarter.  Caffeine blocks the inhibitory effects of a neurotransmitter in the brain called adenosine and actually increases neuronal firing in the brain and increases the release of other neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine.

4. Studies have shown that coffee is associated with a lower risk of Type II Diabetes.  A review of 18 studies with over 450,000 participants showed that each additional cup of coffee per day lowered the risk of diabetes by 7%.

5. Coffee appears to lower the risk of liver cancer by 40% and cirrhosis by as much as 80%.  Cirrhosis is the last stage of liver damage caused by diseases such as alcoholism and hepatitis.

6. Coffee may lower your risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.  Studies have shown that coffee drinkers have up to a 60% lower risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia and a lower risk of Parkinson’s by 32 – 60%.

7. Several studies show that people who drink coffee live longer than those who don’t.  One study showed that the more coffee people drank, the lower their risk of death was, with the optimal amount being 4 – 5 cups per day.  This resulted in men having a 12 percent reduced risk and women having a 16
% reduction.

8.  Coffee is a major source of antioxidants and contains a respectable amount of several vitamins and minerals including Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin (B3), Thiamine (B1), potassium and Manganese.

Nutrition Loss in Fruits and Vegetables

A friend of ours in the grocery business brought by a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables the other day.  Apples, lemons, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, pears, lemons, grapefruits, bananas, potatoes, strawberries, oranges, and pineapple.

He had come by for a detox session using our Aqua-Chi detox foot bath.  He believes like we do that it’s healthier  to put the good stuff in and get the bad stuff out.

Good nutrition is the key to good mental and physical health. Eating a balanced diet is an important part of good health for everyone. The kind and amount of food you eat affects the way you feel and how your body works.

What are Nutrients?

Nutrients are ingredients in food that help you:

* Grow

* Repair body tissue

* Build new muscle tissue.

No single food will provide you with the right amount of nutrients. By combining foods from all the different food groups, you can meet your body’s daily needs.

The most nutrient-rich foods are fresh fruit and vegetables.  Most of us don’t eat anywhere near enough of these!

Sadly, even our ‘fresh’ produce loses many nutrients due to soil depletion, genetic modification, time taken in transport and storage, and preparation and cooking losses.  Furthermore, farming and processing methods fill our food with ‘foreign’ chemicals which are toxic to our bodies.

Even if you could eat the recommended 10-13 servings a day, nutrients are depleted due to corporate farming techniques, genetic modification, soil depletion, and green harvesting and more nutrients are lost in processing and food preparation.

It’s little wonder we’re suffering from an epidemic of lifestyle malnutrition.  Fast food, junk food, and processed food have placed edible “food-like” substances at the top of most peoples’ menus.

We have a real problem with our food today.  Even those people who are trying to eat right by including raw fruits and vegetables in their diet can find their goal sabotaged by the lack of nutrition in the food available at the market.   How bad is the problem with our food?  In the 1950’s a woman could get the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin A from two peaches.  Today it takes 58 peaches to satisfy the requirement. Continue reading Nutrition Loss in Fruits and Vegetables

Toxic Toilet Paper?

roll of toilet paperThe FDA refused in July of this year to ban bisphenol A (BPA), the toxic chemical that leaches out of plastic containers and cans and into our foods.

Now there is more disturbing news about BPA and it’s chemical “cousin” bisphenol S (BPS).  According to two recent studies both toxins are present in a variety of paper products including toilet paper.

BPA has estrogen-like effects and acts as an endocrine disruptor and interupts our hormone signals.  It has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, liver disease, thyroid dysfunction, obesity, and birth defects.

In addition to its use in food containers, BPA is in thermal paper such as cash register receipts.  The chemical can be absorbed through our skin or via hand-to-mouth contact.  As the evidence against BPA grows, some paper manufacturers have been replacing it with BPS – which also has estrogen-like effects.

Hundreds of paper products contain BPA and or BPS – thermal paper (cash register receipts), paper towels, napkins, newspapers, flyers, envelopes, currency, facial tissue and, yes, toilet paper.

What can we do to protect ourselves?  If you must touch thermal paper frequently, wear gloves.  Wash your hands right after handling newspapers, magazines, flyers, or paper money.  Use alternatives like cloth dish towels as an alternative to paper towels and napkins to dry your hands.  Instead of using recycled toilet paper (which may have BPA and BPS from other paper products mixed in during the recycling process) use virgin pulp toilet paper.

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