My Gift to You – Community of Wellness

Wellness Coaching DimensionsStudying is not for everyone. I get and respect that. I, however, LOVE to learn and cannot seem to get enough studying squeezed into my life. It is something that has gotten me into some temporary financial tight spots, but I know allows me to resolve those same stresses while enriching my life and those who will benefit from all this textbook time – both personally and professionally!

Through my graduate studies in Holistic Nutrition at The American College of Healthcare Sciences I continue to learn a great deal about our anatomy, physiology & pathophysiology, nutrition, and finally now so much more thoroughly – WELLNESS! I feel like I’ve been awaiting this one class – Wellness Coaching & Communication Skills – since I first researched this school two years ago. And it is better than I could have even pictured with its integration of psychotherapy, including neuroscience, and counseling =)

Though I can’t wait for people to start using these tools as I incorporate them in my holistic health coaching sessions, I see so many like-minded, health-oriented people making a difference in the health, including financial wealth, of others all around me, every day! This is what everyone really needs to know – is that we each have the power within us to change our lives for the better.

Louise Hay is by far the best example of this as not only a teacher, but one who leads by example and walks the talk! But there are those in our communities who aren’t in the spotlight, that are helping people take healthy small steps that transform lives in deep, meaningful and positive ways.

This real-life inspiration is what really has helped keep me going for my dreams and strengthened my own growth and confidence! So I now welcome you with open arms and heart to see if this is that something special you’ve been missing or looking for. Our team of health & wellness professionals is blowing up in beautiful and inspiring ways! And we have two big events coming up – virtually and local to the Lake Norman, NC Area – that I invite you to check out to see what it means to experience The Shaklee Effect™ – including a flexible, rewarding and supportive way to earn an income on your terms, in a way that fits your life.

Virtual Event:

Monday, January 26th – 5 pm PT | 6 pm MT | 7 pm CT | 8 pm ET Webcast Link: Dial-In Number:  1-650-281-0004 | 932122# Hirsch Family 2015Join Join us in your jammies to watch this webcast or dial in on your way home and hear from Heather & Joe Hirsh firsthand about our heritage of stability, integrity and innovation! As fellow team members and Executive Coordinators, Heather & Joe Hirsh of NJ will be sharing how they were introduced to the possibilities of a life and a lifestyle designed by themselves, with Shaklee.

About Heather: It seemed like Heather Hirsh had it all – a great home, marriage to a wonderful man, and two beautiful kids. But she was actually overwhelmed and unhealthy, too exhausted some mornings to “peel herself out of bed.” When her friend Lauren introduced her to Shaklee, there were a lot of things Heather wanted to change. The inspiring transformation in her health she achieved with a Shaklee 180® Turnaround was just the beginning. Now, Heather’s mission is introducing moms and others who also want change in their lives, and along the way, she’s earned many rewards, including multiple incentive trips, FastTRACK bonuses, a car payment, and excellent Leadership and Infinity bonuses. Join Us! This Monday night (1/26) @ 8pm ET Dial-In Number:  1-650-281-0004 | 932122# OR……

Live Event:

Tuesday, January 27th – 10:45am – 12:00pm ET Burn Boot Camp @ 19902 North Cove Rd, Cornelius, NC Childcare Available! RSVP with Me by Noon Monday for a FREE GIFT!!! Shaklee Opportunity InviteIf you live local to the Lake Norman, NC area, I encourage you to check out a fun (no weird pressure) way to get a feel for our loving team regionally spearheaded by Brooke Thomas of 360YourLife, who I have known since the birth of her firstborn Reagan! Find out firsthand why she and our team are so incredibly energized and inspired for this year. No, it’s not by the new trends/fads and quick weight-loss or 30 day cleanse programs out there. But, what has always been around and what has always worked well for people with 2015 marking an impressing 100 Years of Innovation by our favorite company, Shaklee! See that about our team continues to inspire Brooke through our faithfulness and determination to help anyone we can get healthy, stay healthy and build an exciting and real business that can be passed down for generations. About Brooke: Brooke & Girls 2014Brooke is a Certified Nutrition Consultant, regular monthly contributor to the NBC Charlotte Today Show, author of the Thankful 30 Recipe Guide and Thankful 30 Crockpot. She has done speaking engagements on healthy living for large corporations, hospitals and schools. After being diagnosed with Stage 3 melanoma while being pregnant with her firstborn, she challenged herself for 30 days. Taking one week at a time to focus on household products, beauty products and food. To then take inventory of all the things that were stressing her out and realized how we handle stress has a huge impact on our health! Small simple steps is all it takes and now she share how we can each change our life literally one day at a time.

Join Us this Tuesday, January 27th – 10:45am – 12:00pm ET Burn Boot Camp @ 19902 North Cove Rd, Cornelius, NC Childcare Available! RSVP with Me by Noon Monday for a FREE GIFT!!! Having a community of like-minded and supportive people around you has been proven to promote more long-term fulfillment of health-oriented goals or activities. Nurses, chiropractors, doctors, stay-at-home-mothers, gym owners, fitness trainers, yoga instructors, and even grandparents have changed their lives in health and/or wealth since joining the Shaklee family and I extend this gift to You – Now =)

Lead with Love,

Blanca Balancing Life & Health

Health: From Before to After & the Small Steps in Between

Via: Shaklee Health Wise (Jan 2015)

By: Elaine Bagwell

Road to HealthIts weight-loss season again, time for resolutions and re-commitments. I’ve worked with weight loss at Shaklee for more years than I care to admit and I think 10,000 steps is the perfect symbol for a healthy weight journey. The most obvious meaning is activity—get those 10,000 steps in every day. But there are other “10,000s” as well. Every moment of the day is full of choices that can help or hinder you on your path to a healthier weight. Some choices are a step forward, some are a step backward. As long as you are going two steps forward and only one step back, you are doing great.

If I were to pick a first step for your journey, it would be to ask you to stand in front of a mirror and embrace how beautiful you are. I’ve read your stories and seen your pictures. You ARE beautiful—right now, in the “before” version of you. Yep, the “before” picture, the one you had to dig through all the drawers to find because you don’t really like being in pictures. The one with the child conveniently blocking most of your body, or you standing behind everyone else with only your face showing. I know you did not want your picture taken; you would rather be the one holding the camera. But you are part of the group/the family/the moment and someone wanted a memento that included you.

No one chooses to be overweight. Maybe you prioritized the needs of your family or work over your own needs. Maybe you’ve been hurt and food comforted you. Knowing that you are beautiful builds self-esteem and can help you put your needs at the top of the to-do pile. It can support your resolution when you are standing next to a bin of  purse-sized packs of cookies in the checkout line or someone at the gym gives you the “Why are YOU here?” look. (Yes, fat-shaming is alive and well in America.) Self-esteem inspires you to dress in something flattering in the morning, to eat healthier meals, to take a walk. Feeling positive about ourselves helps us take positive actions which lead to positive results—steps forward instead of backward.

Helping you reach your goal is my job, one I am happy to do. I help you, you inspire me—it’s The Shaklee Effect™. So c’mon, beautiful, drop the bulky sweater and start moving forward, one step at a time.

I, personally, have experienced an amazing transformation in my weight since beginning my health journey including Shaklee 180 about 2 years ago! Though the weight loss is a confidence-boosting added bonus, the real excitement comes from knowing how much more nutrition you are supplying your body on a deeper level, and the positive influence you can have on the lives’ of others. A close friend of mine, Eva Rumble, shares her inspiring story in brief below.

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Don’t delay, Start YOUR Healthy Lifestyle Today!

Lead with Love,


A year from now, wish started today

True Beauty & Balance of Self through Healthy Daily Choices

IMG_51801129805175New, new, new. Everyone gets so excited to have or start something new nowadays. Now don’t get me wrong – I am one of those people who could not wait for the New Year to be here! That’s because it brings with it this inspiringly, courageous energy like a wave that we are about to ride in to the sandy beach. But there is something deep and wise about seeing the beauty in what is. Like appreciating being out in the vast ocean while awaiting the wave, or the time spent building your skills & confidence by practicing on smaller waves. This is a choice we can each make.

As Tina Can Leuven puts it in The Power of Choice (January 2015), “It occurred to me the other day that most people will say they want freedom to choose but when it comes down to it, they often revert back to playing by the rules of limitation. I’ve certainly caught myself going there out of habit, especially at times I’ve made a conscious choice to implement changes in my life. Amazing how the voice of doubt or the inner critic can go on overdrive just when you’ve made a decision to break free…I was wondering why this might be the case and it dawned on me that freedom of choice comes with great responsibility and power. The ability to respond, rather than react, is a choice and is filled with the power of creation. After all, how you choose to respond to the choices presented to you in each moment will determine the quality of your experiences, right?”

I’m not saying this is easy. Well, at least not at first because it takes time to learn to surf and that must come before being able to ride waves, and then larger and larger waves after that. Change begins from within, which for many of us means first acknowledging our thoughts as the powerful, magical words that write the story of our lives. Each word we think, say, or act upon is just as detrimental to our health as each bite of food we put in our mouths.

2015-Kickoff-Social-3It’s pretty simple. Little things matter. Small actions today lead to big results tomorrow. And wow, does it add up over time! Better health. Time with the people you care about the most. A healthier planet and a brighter future for everybody. And the freedom to be your own boss. That is The Shaklee Effect.

My personal Shaklee Effect is helping, coaching, and guiding committed, caring like-minded individuals through natural and safe holistic healing methods to reach and maintain balance throughout our lives. This harmonious balance is unique for each person and the more attuned, cleansed, and connected our daily actions, words, and thoughts are the closer we are to fulfilling our individual purpose.

“Balance is a godly virtue, and if it is struck, you will reap the benefits of insight and compassion.” – James Van Praagh

Tina again brings light to this when she says, “Ultimately, what if the power of choice is an invitation to embody the freedom to BE your authentic radiant Self? No more people pleasing, conforming to expectations others have of you or which you have imposed upon yourself, no more saying ‘yes’ to what drains your precious life force and no more blaming or shaming. Instead, living life full out and creating the most delicious and joyful version of YOU in each moment.

Liberating or terrifying?

If you’re content to live your life as others expect you to live, to wait for someday – just not now – to have permission to be free to do what you’ve always dreamed of, then I guess it’d be terrifying. I mean, you’re risking rejection, failure, disappointment or losing control. What might others think of you?!

IMG_53003960694342If, on the other hand, you’re done with keeping up appearances, attempting to fit in and are exhausted from denying yourself the gift of your Presence, then my bet is that you feel incredibly liberated.

Perhaps you find yourself dancing in both realities while you’re developing your ability to discern what truly resonates with your core essence versus what has pretended to or tricked you. Which brings you to yet another choice point. Are you willing to forgive yourself for any choices you’ve ever made which resulted in disappointment or regret? Could you allow yourself to let go of all the judgments you’ve ever made about yourself and life?

What if all the energy invested in holding on to those past choices is now available for you to be infused into creating a life so juicy, so delicious, so scrumptious, that you’ll wonder why you didn’t discover or allow this sooner?

Be gentle with yourself. I’ve found it takes consistent practice to choose and allow what feels joyful since this is not something written in stone. It calls for a willingness to be present in each moment so that you may feel what uplifts you, what makes your heart sing, what inspires you…and to then take actions which support your choices.

Could it be possible that you’ve been waiting for this very moment to give yourself full permission to be free? Free to choose what resonates with your beautiful essence? Free to choose abundance in all its forms? Free to express the divinity you are in your own unique and delightful ways?

Perhaps you and I had a divine appointment for me to write this message and for you to read it at this time so that you might remember the truth of who you are and know you always have the power to choose.

What will you choose today?

I Choose to Lead by Example Every Day by Going after My Dream and Leading Others . But, what will YOU Choose Today?

Lead with Love,



Buying the Best Food on a Budget Tips

Via Universe And Us (May 2013)

Food today is always a hot topic. If you want to eat healthily be prepared to pay more or is that just a myth? Daisy Luther, who is a freelance writer and editor, has put together a list of tips that can save you money when trying to eat healthily. Enjoy!

Making a trip to the grocery store these days is like running a gauntlet. From one side you are assaulted by food-like substances in brightly labeled packages, some even touting exaggerated health benefits from the toxins within. From the other side, you are gouged and poked by cleverly marketed “natural” foods that are 4 times the price of conventional foods. When you change directions to avoid one onslaught, you are immediately attacked by the other.

We’re at war . . . and the grocery store is the battlefield.

That war has been declared on us by multiple enemies with unlimited budgets, such as Monsanto, Big Pharma, Big Agri and and Big Food. What’s even worse is that they are aided and abetted by their allies at the FDA and the US Congress, administrations peopled by those who are actually supposed to be the gatekeepers that protect us from this.

What’s a frugal whole food shopper to do?Lots of people write to me and say, “I’d love to eat the way you do, but I can barely afford regular groceries. There’s no way I could afford all that healthy stuff.” Good food might be expensive, but, as the saying goes, have you checked out the price of illness lately?

Closer to NatureIf you don’t believe you can afford to eat healthfully, consider the high price of being sick and lethargic. Calculate the cost of days missed from work for illness. Add up the price of having no energy to play with your kids or to do things that would help you to save money. Think about the exorbitant prices of medical care. Many of these things are completely avoidable – all you have to do is feed your body real food and you will be astounded at the resultant glowing health. How much money have you spent over the last year fighting ill health that could have been avoided through good nutrition?

GMOs have been proven to cause cancer, ghastly tumors, organ failure, and death. Many of the additives included in the products proudly displayed on grocery store shelves have been banned in other countries because of the health consequences they wreak. Top this with a produce section absolutely drenched in pesticides that have been proven to result in cancer, hormone disruptions, and learning problems in children. To quote the Terminator, “Come with me if you want to live.”

We all know the reasons that we should switch to whole foods, but with the ever-increasing checkout counter inflation, how can we make it happen? Here are a few realistic tips that do not include relocating to 30 acres of prime spring-fed organic farmland blocked off on 3 sides by mountain ranges. Realistically, you may not be able to make every one of these things happen, but for each positive change you make, you are taking steps towards better health and you are revolting against the toxic food cartel.

  1. Buy local. Ideally, you never need to set foot in a grocery store. Change your shopping habits and buy from local farmers, either directly from their farm or from a farmers market. You will get your produce at the optimum time, right after it was picked. As well, you can directly ask the farmer about his practices. Sometimes farmers grow organically and they just haven’t gone through the expensive and highly regulated certification programs that exist to make increase the monopoly of factory farms. (Find a local farm HERE.)
    GMO vs Organic Farmers
  2. Join a food co-op or CSA. This is win-win, because it helps out the farmers and it helps out your family. With both of these options, you can register ahead of time (in some cases you pre-pay for the season) and then receive a box brimming with abundance from your own area. You will get to try lots of new things (this is how we tried one of our family favorites, rutabaga, for the first time) and you will get to do this at a fraction of the price.
  3. Buy produce that is in-season. Purchasing food that is in-season is not just cheaper, it is nutritionally beneficial too. Buying strawberries in January and asparagus in October requires that the produce be picked before it is fully ripe, and the produce begins to decompose and lose nutrients the second it is separated from the plant. Avoid the high cost of transporting your “fresh” Christmas berries and melons and stick to the items that nature is currently providing in your area.
  4. Grow as much as you can in the space you have. Plant a sunny windowsill with salad veggies and herbs, grow a container garden on a balcony, or turn your yard into a mini-farm. Every bite of food you grow yourself is a revolutionary act.
  5. Plan your menu AFTER shopping, not before. This allows you to stay on budget because you aren’t shopping for special ingredients to make pre-planned meals. You can take advantage of the best deals and plan your meals around those. This can also help by keeping those unplanned budget purchases from going to waste in your crisper drawer while you carry on with your planned menu.
  6. Drink water. We generally stick to drinking water. Not fluoridated tap water – we purchase 5 gallon jugs or fill them in a spring when that option is available. Water is cheaper and healthier. Beverages that you make yourself like coffee and tea are far less expensive than the soda pop and energy drinks that fill most modern refrigerators, not to mention, relatively free of the toxic chemicals that overflow in the store-bought drinks.
  7. Buy staples in bulk. Organic grains like brown rice, wheat berries, cornmeal, barley and oatmeal can be purchased in bulk quantities. This reduces the price to lower than or equivalent to the smaller conventional packages that are offered in your local grocery store.
  8. Buy some meats frozen instead of fresh. Some butcher shops freeze meat that isn’t sold immediately and sell if for a lower price. Look for deals on frozen chicken breasts, frozen fish, and frozen turkey breast. Fish is nearly ALWAYS cheaper frozen. Just read your ingredients carefully and make sure you are just getting fish, and that the fish is from a safe source (not the radiation-laden Pacific Ocean, for example, or a tilapia farm where they feed fish their own recycled feces).
  9. Buy meat in bulk. Look into buying beef in quantity. Check out the prices at local farms for a quarter of a cow. You will pay slightly more for the lesser cuts but much less for the better quality cuts. It balances out to a much lower price for meat farmed in the healthiest way possible.
  10. Add some lower priced protein options. While lots of us would love to have grass-fed beef and free range chicken breasts twice a day, the cost is prohibitive. Add value-priced wholesome protein with beans, farm fresh eggs, homemade yogurt and cheese, nuts, and milk.
  11. Stop eating out. Just one McCrud meal for a family of 4 is between $20-30. Delivered pizza is about $25 plus a tip. The $45-55 that you would spend for this “convenience” could buy a lot of whole foods.
  12. Get into the habit of bringing a cooler with you. If you are going to be out running errands for the day, load up a cooler with healthy snacks, water, and even a picnic lunch. This is the perfect answer to the lament from the back seat, “I’m huuuunnnngryyyy.”
  13. Don’t buy anything with an ingredients list greater than 5 items. The more items on the ingredients list, the more likely you are to be consuming someone’s chemistry project. Even things that sound relatively innocuous, like “natural flavorings” can be, at best, unappetizing, and at worst, harmful.
  14. Cook from scratch. Cooking from scratch doesn’t have to be as time-consuming as you might expect. I don’t spend hours each day slaving in the kitchen. Spend a weekend afternoon prepping your food for the week ahead and you can have weekday dinners on the table in less than half an hour. Consider the price differences in homemade goods: homemade tortillas (pennies for a package that would be $3 at the store), pizza dough, peanut butter oatmeal cookies, trail mix, and granola bars. This stuff is literally pennies on the dollar in comparison to the same goods store-bought.
  15. Some conventionally grown foods are okay. Learn about the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen. Some foods have a fairly low pesticide load, even when conventionally grown. Use these foods to help offset the higher prices of items that are soaked in poison, like strawberries.
  16. You will actually eat LESS when you feed your body. Part of the reason that the obesity problem is epidemic in North America is because people are desperately seeking nutrients from depleted food-like substances. Their bodies are crying out, “I’m hungry!” even though they have consumed thousands of calories, because their nutritional requirements are not being met. What’s more, many chemicals are added because they are engineered in a way that makes you want to eat more and more (like MSG, for example). They don’t stimulate the satiety centers in the brain that tell your body that it’s full.
  17. Brown bag your lunches. When I worked outside the home, most of my coworkers ate out every single day. They often invited me along, saying that a certain restaurant offered “healthy” food. The thing is, the price of that presumably healthy food was 4-6 times higher than the healthy food that I had brought from home. My daughter takes a healthy lunch from home to school every day, as opposed to eating the offerings there. Depending on the school, this may or may not be cheaper, but it’s guaranteed to be more nutritious.
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  18. Preserve food. Whether you grow it yourself, rescue it from the “last day of sale” rack at the grocery store, or buy it by the bushel from a farmer, learning to preserve your own food allows you to buy in bulk and squirrel some of that delicious food away for the winter ahead. Canning, dehydrating, and freezing are all methods to help extend the summer harvest for use later in the year.
  19. Eat leftovers. The act of eating leftovers is almost unheard of, it seems. But if you put aside small amounts of leftovers in a freezer container, you can make “soup” for a meal that is basically free because it came from items that would have otherwise been discarded. Use larger amounts of leftovers for lunch boxes or a “buffet-style” meal for the family.
  20. “Shop” from nature. You might be surprised to learn how many edible plants are growing wild in your own neighborhood. Even city dwellers can often find things to forage. When we lived in the city, we used to pick up fallen walnuts from a tree in a local park. For those not ethically opposed to it, hunting or fishing can abundantly supply your protein needs, and you don’t have to worry about whether or not you are consuming antibiotics and hormones with game.

If you’re ready to make a change to a whole foods lifestyle, don’t let your budget hold you back! Take a long hard look at what you are spending on take-out coffees and lattes, fast food, delivered pizza, microwave meals, and frozen dinners that you shove into the oven. Look at the beverage budget you spend at the grocery store every week, and keep track of how many soda pops you buy from the vending machine at work. You might be pleasantly surprised when your budget goes down, instead of up!

Start taking care of yourself and your health through sustainable, small steps that have lifelong benefits. See how HERE.

Lead with Love,


Good Food

Don’t Miss this December Deal (on Dr. Phil)

TODAY – Wednesday, December 3rd – I am Super Excited to Announce Shaklee and Roger Barnett will be featured on a special segment of Dr. Phil on cognitive health.
Check local listings for times and local stations:

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WHY Does This Matter?

Biochemist Gregory Petsko makes a convincing argument that, in the next 50 years, we’ll see an epidemic of neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, as the world population ages. His solution: more research into the brain and its functions. And Shaklee is donating a portion of every MindWorks® sale to fund brain health!

The segment occurs towards the end of the show, in the last ten minutes or so. Shaklee has decades of experience pioneering advances in nutritional research, and our current focus has been on brain health, working to unlock the potential for certain natural nutrients to positively impact cognitive health, and furthering brain health research in other ways as well.

Why Dr. Phil?

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Dr. Phil McGraw, perhaps the best known mental health professional in the world, is the host of the leader in daytime talk, Dr. Phil. Launched in 2002, Dr. Phil provides the most comprehensive forum on mental health issues in the history of television. For 12 years, Dr. McGraw has used the Dr. Phil platform to make psychology accessible and understandable to the general public by addressing important personal and social issues. Using his top-rated show as a teaching tool, he takes aim at the critical issues of our time. Today, Dr. Phil has the leading daytime audience of 4.1 million viewers daily.

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Ending America’s Medication Madness

Via Natural News (September 2010)

By Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

Nearly half of all Americans now use prescription drugs on a regular basis according to a CDC report that was just released (1). Nearly a third of Americans use two or more drugs, and more than one in ten use five or more prescription drugs regularly.

The report also revealed that one in five children are being regularly given prescription drugs, and nine out of ten seniors are on drugs.

All these drugs came at a cost of over $234 billion in 2008. The most commonly-used drugs were:

• Statin drugs for older people
• Asthma drugs for children
• Antidepressants for middle-aged people
• Amphetamine stimulants for children

America has become a nation of druggies. The seniors are being drugged for nearly every symptom a doctor can find, children are being doped up with (legalized) speed, and middle-aged soccer moms are popping suicide pills (antidepressants).

Prescription drug addictions are on the rise, too. Prescription drugs are so dangerous that now even the DEA is hosting “take back your pills” day allowing citizens to anonymously surrender their unused prescription painkillers to DEA agents. (…)

Interestingly, DEA agents will only accept “legal” amphetamine drugs such as Ritalin but not “illegal” methamphetamine drugs. You’re only off the hook if you paid monopoly prescription prices for your drugs.

And it’s only going to get worse!

The percentage of Americans taking prescription drugs is expected to rise even further as the health reform insurance regulations kick in. Much of the bill was specifically designed to favor pharmaceutical industry interests by putting even more people on medication. Expect to see more “screening” too — a thinly disguised drug recruitment method that primarily seeks to ensnare new patients in a high-profit drug regimen.

The mass medication of American citizens has reached a disturbing tipping point where the future of the nation itself is at risk. That’s because pharmaceuticals cause cognitive decline, and once you get to the point where over 50 percent of the voters can’t think straight, you’re trapped in a crumbling Democracy.

And that doesn’t even take into consideration the financial cost of America’s addiction to drugs: With nearly one out of every five dollars out of the entire U.S. economy now being spent on sickness and disease, America finds herself stuck in a cycle of high-cost drug treatments that cure no one.

That’s right: No one gets healthier from taking prescription drugs. They don’t cure anyone and they don’t prevent disease. They only maintain patients in a kind of “pre-death stasis” where they’re alive just enough to keep buying more medication. Drug companies don’t want you dead because that would cut off their profits. But they don’t want you healthy, either, because then they wouldn’t have you as a customer. So their drugs are actually designed to keep you in a state of ongoing disease without curing your condition but also without killing you outright.

You sort of chemically limp along, shelling out dollars while your memory fades and your skin starts to show signs of severe toxicity. Big Pharma is not merely sapping the life out of you; it’s also draining you financially.

Isn’t it obvious that pharmaceuticals don’t work?

IMG_77874367656848If pharmaceuticals really worked to make people healthy, then the half of America currently taking pharmaceuticals would be the healthiest half, and the people who don’t take pharmaceuticals would be unhealthy, right?

But in fact it’s the other way around: People who take pharmaceuticals remain unhealthy and really never get cured of anything. Meanwhile, those who avoid taking pharmaceuticals are, by and large, far healthier individuals.

If America were running a grand experiment to determine whether pharmaceuticals really work — and trust me, the country really is running precisely that experiment — any reasonable observer would have to conclude that pharmaceuticals really don’t improve the health of those who take them. The more pharmaceuticals you take, in fact, the sicker you will become. That’s because drugs cause an imbalance in the body that soon leads to the emergence of other side effects.

At the same time, many of the drugs people take actually cause the very things they claim to prevent. Osteoporosis drugs cause hip fractures. Cancer drugs cause cancer. Antidepressants cause suicidal thoughts. The list goes on and on.

The people who are really, truly healthy in America are those who avoid pharmaceuticals. (…) They take care of their own health through regular exercise, time in nature, sensible sunshine exposure and healthy eating. They distrust the pharmaceutical industry and they don’t let television advertising hypnotize them into making poor decisions like getting a flu shot (…).

Yet even though it is blatantly obvious that pharmaceuticals really don’t work to improve the health of any population, the drug industry insists the only thing wrong with America’s health is that not enough people are taking medication!

If we could only get 100% of the population on drugs instead of 50%, they seem to be saying, then we’d all be healthy!

The logic is absurd, of course. And that goal has nothing to do with actual health but everything to do with increasing drug company profits. While drug companies may not know much at all about health, they do know one thing: How to commit marketing fraud by making outrageous benefit claims for their drugs while whitewashing the very real dangerous side effects.

Big Pharma will bankrupt America

IMG_61269994546348Mark my words: Big Pharma will bankrupt America. And quite possibly the UK as well. Any nation that hands over its health care system to the drug industry is committing financial suicide.

That’s because Big Pharma absolutely will not halt its single-minded mission to extract as much money as possible from the population, corporations and governments. It will do anything and everything it can to accomplish this goal: Bribe researchers to commit research fraud, engage in false and fraudulent marketing, lie to the public, hide negative study results, conduct experiments on children in third-world countries, pollute the planet with drug factory runoff, influence legislators with campaign finance contributions, dominate the pages of medical journals with false and misleading advertising, submit “scientific” articles to the journals ghost-written by the drug companies themselves… this list never ends.

Drug companies will knowingly keep dangerous drugs on the market that kill tens of thousands of people. They will knowingly withhold research from the FDA if it might make their drugs look bad. They will knowingly distort clinical trial data to eliminate whatever outcome they don’t want to see.

This is all “routine” in the drug industry. These aren’t exceptions, mind you: They are the way the drug industry operates on a daily basis.

The worst part of it is that Big Government is now fully in bed with Big Pharma. I already exposed Sen Harry Reid’s efforts to swing a sweet deal for Big Pharma in the recent health care reforms (…). The FDA’s collusion with drug companies, meanwhile, is legendary: There is hardly a decision made by the FDA that doesn’t in some way protect drug company profits.

The med schools and science journals have been overrun by drug company influence. Drug companies are so large and powerful now that the U.S. government considers them “too big to nail.” When Pfizer was recently found guilty of felony crimes, the government allowed it to create a shell company to take the hit so that Pfizer itself could remain in business and keep selling drugs to the government. (….)

A federal prosecutor actually went on the record saying, “If we prosecute Pfizer… a lot of people who work for the company who haven’t engaged in criminal activity would get hurt.”

Therefore, the logic goes, they have to let Pfizer off the hook.

And so it goes; Big Government protecting the criminals in the drug industry, making excuses for looking the other way when scientific fraud and marketing fraud is routinely being carried out right under their noses. The Dept of Justice isn’t even interested in taking down criminal drug companies!

How this will end?

IMG_81582785098700So where does this medication madness ever end? It will end, I predict, with the economic downfall of the United States of America. When the nation is too broke, too medicated and too chemically compromised to stay afloat, it will suffer an enormous economic collapse.

Following the financial failure of big government, Big Pharma will implode virtually overnight. Without the government buying its products, Big Pharma will find few willing private customers. Ordinary people will seek out affordable and safer natural remedies, and the drug industry will collapse to perhaps 10% of its current size.

This will be a great day for the health of all Americans who have suffered under the chemical assault of Big Pharma. To live without the daily onslaught of Big Pharma’s chemicals is to live a healthier life with improved brain function and awareness. Once people get off all their drugs, we might have hope to thoughtfully rebuild a nation based on nutrition rather than monopoly-priced medications.

I’ve said this at least a hundred times, and I’ll say it again: No nation that ignores the nutritional health of its citizens has any real future. A successful long-term society MUST, at its core, invest in real nutrition and the holistic health education of its citizens. Without good nutrition, every society is ultimately doomed to fail.

Modern medicine, in other words, is destroying our country. And the “cure” for this disease is to throw out what doesn’t work (pharmaceuticals) and start embracing the things that do work (nutrition and superfoods) to keep people healthy.

There is no better time than the present to invest in your own health and provide your body with the vitamins, nutrients and minerals it has been yearning for and unable to receive through the current Standard American Diet (SAD). You don’t have to do it alone and it doesn’t have to be difficult. Experience what a high-quality, clean diet & supplementation lifestyle can do for you with support from a team of like-minded individuals who care and have personally been there. Don’t let another day go by – Get started today!

Lead with Love,
Additional sources:
(1) National Center for Health Statistics: “NCHS Data Brief No. 42, September 2010.”

Managing Stress Naturally

The end-of-the-year brings with it a lot of stress and anxiety for many people. There is so much unnecessary pressure we put on ourselves to “show” love to others in special ways around the holidays. We tend to have a million things going through our minds and can easily get distracted with tending and catering to others. But, we can often get carried away with lists and forget about ourselves. Rather than worry about what is to come, let’s prepare ourselves to make the best of these times for everyone involved, including ourselves, with as little stress as possible! So let’s see how to naturally manage it all 😉

Via Mother Earth Living (July/August 2013)

By Deborah Huso

Small changes to your daily routine and diet can help you reduce the effects of stress and keep the positive vibes flowing.

It’s sometimes hard to push our stresses aside and stop to smell the roses. Our lives can become so packed that the roses—and everything else, for that matter—become a blur. “Managing stress is all about small change,” says David Johnson, a licensed marriage and family therapist in McKenzie, Tennessee. “We can talk about huge, earth-shattering change, but most of us can’t realistically pull that off.”

While a little stress can help keep us energized and alert, stress left unchecked can contribute to insomnia, heart disease, obesity, anxiety and depression. The best way to reduce stress is to make small changes every day and work toward a larger goal, Johnson says. Start scheduling time to relax, establish “wind down” periods and consistently incorporate the following tools into your daily routine.

Positive in Each DayHabit is Everything to Managing Stress

Eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise are both good starting points for improving your overall health and reducing stress. Johnson recommends starting with small, relatively easy changes. “Get some exercise, even if it’s only a 15-minute walk,” he says. “Do some journaling, but not with a computer. An actual handheld pen and paper is best. Take a relaxing bath. Lock the door. No interruptions allowed!” And if turning on the evening news and hearing all of the world’s problems perturbs you, then power off.

“Habit is everything, and it ultimately comes down to your willingness to change,” says Matt Leve, a physical therapist at Shift Physical Therapy in New York. Learning to identify and eliminate bad habits is the first step toward building routines that promote general well-being.

“Start getting ready for sleep at least an hour before you go to bed,” says Mila Mintsis, an acupuncturist at Shift Physical Therapy. “Turn off all stimulating devices such as the phone, computer and TV so your body and nervous system can start calming down.”

View stress as a positive tool instead of a negative roadblock. “If we can look at stress as a positive thing, if we can harness that energy and put it in a positive direction, then we can learn to embrace stress,” Johnson says. For example, stacks of work that greet you in the morning can induce a wave of jitters and anxiety, which generate energy. Instead of viewing this energy as negative, focus on something that makes you happy to reorient your perspective—a picture, a song, a smell, the sound of birds—and from there view the work as positive, telling yourself that you are lucky enough to earn money, provide for your family or save up for your next big vacation. It’s mind over matter.

Adopt a Stress-Reducing Diet

While it’s unlikely that a mineral or vitamin deficiency would be the sole cause of a stress-related condition, eating the right foods can affect your ability to handle stress.

For example, the hormone serotonin plays an important role in regulating mood, depression, appetite, sleep, cognitive function and muscle contraction. The amino acid tryptophan, which is typically found in protein sources such as meats and nuts, converts to serotonin in the brain. So if you’re feeling anxious, eat a handful of almonds or fix yourself a tuna or turkey sandwich.

Chronic stress may be linked to low levels of vitamin B12 and other B vitamins, which assist with proper neurological function. Boost B12 intake by eating foods such as fish, shellfish, meat, eggs and dairy products. You can also take B12 as a supplement.

Researchers have also linked vitamin D deficiency to stress, as studies in both humans and animals suggest a link between low levels of vitamin D and depression and poor mood. One study showed increased anxiety in mice lacking the vitamin D receptor gene. The good news is that vitamin D is easy to get: Liver, fortified milk, calcium supplements and sunshine can all boost vitamin D levels.

Chronic stress has also been linked to low levels of magnesium. A lack of magnesium in your diet can result in fatigue and weakness. Boost magnesium levels with green, leafy veggies, soybeans and nuts, as well as seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower and sesame.

And steer clear of caffeine, sugar and alcohol, as they can affect hormone levels and contribute to anxiety.

IMG_553058633526074Boost Your Mood With Calming Herbs

Herbs can help to prevent or minimize stress, says Tony Burris, a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist at Eagle Acupuncture in Eagle, Idaho. One of the most widely used and well-known calming herbs is chamomile, which is found in many “destressing” tea blends. Valerian root, passionflower and lemon balm are also great herbal choices for promoting calmer nerves and better sleep. While you can take these herbs in pill form, Burris recommends enjoying them as a tea. “Some brands combine these herbs into one tea,” he says. “It’s easier [than making your own], and the simple act of sitting, relaxing and sipping a mug of tea encourages one to relax by ritual rather than just popping a pill.”

American ginseng—Panax quinquefolius—is another calming herb, but don’t confuse it with Asian ginseng—P. ginseng. Asian ginseng is similar to its American counterpart, but it tends to be stimulating. “Most Americans are overstimulated and overstressed, which means they often have too much ‘heat,’” Burris says. “Asian ginseng is a ‘hot’ herb that is too stimulating for the majority of people who are already too stimulated.” American ginseng has soothing effects and is typically gentler. Both of these herbs are adaptogens, a class of herbs that can purportedly guide the body back to a homeostatic balance—a state the body naturally strives for—and bolster resistance to the effects of stress. Rhodiola is another effective adaptogen that can reduce stress as well as improve concentration and stamina.

Plant essential oils can also calm the nervous system. While there isn’t a lot of research on essential oils, one Japanese study did recently discover that smelling lavender or rosemary essential oils reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol. With a diffuser, you can enjoy the calming aroma of essential oils such as lavender, rosemary, clary sage, jasmine, bergamot and neroli. “Using your sense of smell helps to activate and change the brain,” says Anu Abraham, a physical therapist at Shift Physical Therapy. “Smelling lavender or jasmine can make the brain happy and relaxed.”

Simple Activities to Help Reduce Stress

■  Exercise
■  Spend time in nature
■  Take a warm bath with essential oils
■  Meditate or do breathing exercises
■  Practice yoga
■  Dance or sing
■  Read or draw
■  Listen to relaxing music
■  Talk with friends or family members
■  Get organized with a to-do list
■  Create pottery or other types of art
■  Spend time with pets

Develop a Routine

Develop a calm-down routine to employ throughout overwhelming, stressful days, says David Johnson, a licensed marriage and family therapist. “The first thing I do is pause, close my eyes and take a slow, deep breath,” he says. Continue by taking three deep, slow inhales and exhales in a row. “It slows your heart rate down, gets more oxygen in your system and gets your blood flowing,” he says. Then open your eyes and move forward with the workday, concentrating on one task at a time. If you try to concentrate on everything at once, Johnson says the distraction will be so great that you’ll get nothing done. “Take one moment at a time,” he says.

Be Gracious

Practicing gratitude can lessen the stress load. “There are many people who have nothing going on in their lives—no friends, no goals, no jobs,” therapist David Johnson says. “So when our day is fully packed, we need to tell ourselves, ‘I should be thankful.’” Make the following affirmation whenever you’re feeling stressed: I have a full, rich life.

Stop stressing and start living the life of your dreams with a healthy effect that lasts through generations.
Lead with Love,
No Stressing