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?

Strategies About Subway Diet

Jared Fogle lost weight for vibrant health.Mention the diet that relies on eating sandwiches in place of two meals a day and people will instantly recognize Jared and the Subway Diet. If you ever wanted to know how this whole thing got started, keep reading.

Jared Fogle worked his way through college by working at an adult book store.  Like many people he sat around too much and ate too many snacks – his habits causing him to balloon to 425 pounds.  Jared realized his weight was critical and so started looking for a way to drop some pounds.

He tried and failed with many diets because he had too much time and too much temptation to cheat.  One day he noticed a Subway sandwich store about a mile and a half from his apartment.  Unknown to Jared he was about to take his first step towards the Subway diet.  Jared changed his daily diet to nothing but a sandwich, baked chips and a diet soda for lunch and dinner, walking the 3 mile round trip for each meal.  His caloric intake plummeted from about 10,000 calories each day to only 900, with 6 miles of walking added for good measure.  The result of Jared’s personal Subway diet was a loss of 245 pounds in only a year.

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You don’t have to walk three miles to and from Subway and eat there every day to lose excessive weight.  The OsoLean Diet Plan combines OsoLean, eating right, and daily activity to burn fat and keep the lean muscle.  In addition it carries a 6 month guarantee.

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How did this Subway diet become a national ad campaign for the Subway chain?  After losing the weight Jared ran into a friend who worked with the school paper.  After Jared told him how he had lost so much weight, this guy turned it into a feature for the paper.  Someone at Men’s Health magazine read about Jared and decided to include his diet in a feature about crazy diets that work.  A subway franchisee in Chicago brought the story to the attention of his advertising people who talked to Jared to make certain it was legit.  The local agency brought the idea to Subway’s national ad agency, but they hated the idea, so the local guys paid out of pocket for Chicago commercials featuring the Subway diet.  Continue reading Strategies About Subway Diet

Your Body the Car

Person checking oil in carTypically, most people maintain their cars far better than their own bodies.  This is puzzling considering the comparative value of our cars vs. our health.  We will never have more than one body whereas we will probably own several cars in our lifetime.  When our body breaks down, we can’t replace it with a new one.

 People want reliable performance from their vehicles while at the same time wishing to avoid unexpected and costly breakdowns.  They take them for regular service and periodic inspections so that vehicle systems like steering, braking, and cooling are working properly.

They monitor and maintain important fluids like oil and gasoline. If they want high performance from their cars they use high performance, high octane fuel.  With most people it is also a matter of personal pride to keep their vehicles looking good.

But what about taking care of our body’s health?  Sadly, we don’t use the same standard of care when it comes to our own health.  Just like a car our bodies require care, maintenance, and fuel to function properly.  It’s essential that we maintain our body if we want it to last a long time without periodic or serious break downs.

In the same manner that vehicle systems must be maintained, our body’s systems; circulatory system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, etc. have to be maintained.

A Five Point Maintenance Program for Our Body  Continue reading Your Body the Car

Discover Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine for vibrant healthPracticed before Western healthcare advances existed in any form, the Chinese had a complete and comprehensive program of medical treatment that ran the gamut of ailments that any individual could conceivably suffer.

Almost everything from headaches to pulled muscles, and almost everything in between, had its individual remedy.  Classic Chinese medicine has been around for 30 centuries or more, and is still in practice in numerous parts of the globe.

In contemporary times, many persons see standard Chinese medicine being a quite viable alternative to contemporary solutions.  Many of the treatments for sicknesses are totally organic, which ends up producing a remarkably short list of side effects compared to modern pharmaceuticals. Even if you don’t factor in cost, that fact alone makes it an extremely attractive fit for persons who have decided to select to live a more normal lifestyle that’s more in sync with nature.   Continue reading Discover Traditional Chinese Medicine

Pharmaceuticals vs. Butt Cheek Wedgie Bombs

Are pharmaceuticals more dangerous to our health than wedgie bombs?Are pharmaceuticals more dangerous to your health than terrorists with butt cheek wedgie bombs?

Seems like everybody in the USA is focused on the issue of one terrorist wearing a pair of exploding underwear.  Pictures that have surfaced on the net show the slightly charred and singed underpants with the “bomb packet” still in place.

Lucky for us the whole idea that underwear explosives might destroy an airplane is kind of nonsensical given that the terrorist’s butt cheeks are in the way!  Given what happens when a soldier smothers a grenade to save his companions, and the placement of the explosive packet in this case, if the bomb would have gone off the lesson learned would most likely have been “How to explode your rectum without harming anyone nearby”. Our “super wedgie” terrorist was sitting right on top of the explosive powder.

Perhaps we should be more focused on a far more likely threat to our health, the threat posed by pharmaceutical drugs.  On the heels of the deaths of 3 celebrities, people are once again asking just how dangerous prescription drugs might really be.  Continue reading Pharmaceuticals vs. Butt Cheek Wedgie Bombs

Expanding The Biomedical Paradigm

   The “Biomedical Paradigm” shared by most doctors today focuses on the use of drugs and procedures that interupt biological processes. Little importance is placed on lifestyle practices and nutrition which support normal biological processes. The Biomedical Paradigm holds that the challenges of medicine are adequately and COMPLETELY addressed by the objective methods of science.  Continue reading Expanding The Biomedical Paradigm