Transforming Our Truths for Conscious Changes

Becoming in touch with my spiritual self was not something that happened by accident and know there are so many who are being called to change through crazy scenarios, too. Just as people all over the world are going through things so horrendous, this same fear-based chaos happens in our personal lives to wake us all up. This is all happening to shake up our societal and traditional systems in the big picture, and wake up us individually so we can all come together with the realization that we are all connected – people, animals, plants, planets, all of us – we are all energy and we are altogether the collective consciousness. Opening our minds and hearts to these “new age” ideas can be more of an undertaking for some than others and for each us happens uniquely.

What changes do I speak of? All kinds of changes! For me it was no longer being unaware of the injustices being done to hold back humanity from living a free, healthy life nor allowing myself to be purposely poisoned anymore. But, long before that I started connecting the dots and questioning much of what I was told and taught by adults who seemed to not exactly have it all figured out themselves either. By the 2nd grade, I asked the Father (and later Monsignor) of our NY Catholic church after mass, “Who created God?” He replied that God is so powerful that “He created himself. He merely willed it and so it was.” I knew that was what the Bible said, too, but it just didn’t sit right with me and something told me to just play along. Much of life became like that – I felt like I just played along by the silly rules and expectations, but deep inside knew that it didn’t have to be that way and I would do/be something out-of-the-ordinary.

It is ironic, though, because really it is more the ordinary of the future and some days more than others it is hard to put on my big girl pants and play along. Quite frankly I’ve never been a “fake it ’til you make it” kinda person and don’t pretend to being 100% everyday. I do honestly feel that the more sensitive souls in this world are energetically being affected by the shifts of our planet into higher dimensions & frequencies. Russell Brand even blows me away with his brilliance in this video below:

Working our lives away day after day in a box separating us from our connection to the fresh air, to the warm sunlight, to wind caressing our skin, to nature. All for what? To barely make it by each month paying bills for things that sustainable, energy-friendly technology can replace in a short period of time. But, these decisions aren’t welcomed by the corrupt government of today. Better yet the people creating these innovative inventions are and have been discredited, killed or threatened into silence. So with the New Year upon us, what matters most?

  1. Taking care of our health
  2. Standing up against the systems
  3. Learning and researching with an open heart and mind
  4. Spreading the word to make a positive impact in our world

First thing is first – we need to understand there is much more to this universe and it is being said that a lot will be exposed this coming year of 2016 and I sure hope that brings real changes in the laws, the systems, and those running it and playing puppet master is a result of this sooner than later. How? I found this video by Larry Lessig to best describe how to best remedy this:

Soon enough I will be sharing with you my own video(s) and am playing with ways to get more useful information to you personally this 2016. The more we embrace our spiritual selves and show love to our physical, mental, emotional self, the better it is for everyone and everything 🙂

A lot of resolutions are created at this time of year…surrounded by goals for an even better year ahead. Fortunately, I am partnered with some amazing people who are here to help make it easy for you…to show you how, through Shaklee, you can reach your health goals, help your families be healthier, and even help you grow personally, professionally, and financially in 2016. We all deserve to take care of ourselves, have the freedom to make our own schedule, and make money with integrity. And with Shaklee we truly can!

Lots of Love!

Blanca

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New Age Billionaire on FastTrack to Freedom

Create the World You Want - Alicia Keys QuoteThe Secret and The Law of Attraction (LOA) are becoming more popular. And, though, I do believe in the power behind them. I have never been someone to do something because it is popular. Nor have I been a popular person in school. But, times are changing and it is so inherently necessary they do. A few years ago, when I asked people if they’d seen or knew about either it was hit or miss. But, today a lot more people have heard of LOA and in one way or another believe there is something to it. It can either be very daunting or refreshing to acknowledge that we create the life we live. So why are people choosing to suffer, be sick, live unappreciated, have financial issues, work doing something they hate, stay with someone who hurts them, or all the other depressing choices we’ve all made in our own way.

I can’t say why anyone else has or does. But, I do know why I did. I was scared. I was misled. I doubted my own abilities. I felt I was in control. I felt I was doing what was expected of me. I was selfish. I was caught up. I don’t say “was” because it doesn’t happen anymore, but now I catch myself before reacting quicker. I am able to get a grip on myself by listening to how my body feels. Then, I chose to stay in a comfort zone. I no longer choose that life, though. Because every time I have stepped out of my personal comfort zone, it has transformed my life in some special way.

One vivid example of so many is when I was flying back from a semester abroad in Chile 2010 (I arrived about a week after the earthquake and my original flight from the U.S. to Chile was on the very day of the earthquake). There is a lot to this whole experience, but fast forward to my flight connecting from Santiago, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The flight was late causing me to miss the plane going to the U.S. This would not have been a problem if I had a visa that allowed me to stay in Argentina for more than 8 hours, one of which I did not have, and the amount of time until the next flight to the U.S. was about 10 hours off. So, I had two choices: 1. Get on the plane and go back to Santiago, Chile to start all over and pay all over for a flight to the U.S. tomorrow (lots of details but flight back to Argentina would be covered since it was that airlines mistake, but the next airline was not at fault for the first one being late and would not cover that flight since I technically was just “late”); or 2. Stay in the Buenos Aires airport and 9 out of 10 get thrown in jail for being in the country for too long without a visa, though this was obviously not a usual circumstance or something done on purpose. I freaked. I called my parents for some kind of guidance or help or reassurance of a better way to handle this. Something, just something. Instead I was told “I don’t know what you want me to tell you, Blanca. You know I don’t have any credit cards and don’t have any money to help. You’re going to have to figure this out. You’re the one that wanted to go abroad.”

I had no one to help. I felt abandoned in another country with nobody to turn to. So I got my butt on the plane back to Chile to figure something out. I cried and prayed most of the way. I was guided every step of the way with ideas and somehow pieced my way from one airport to the next with scraps of money, exchanges for that country currency, and quick internet searches. I got a free cab ride after listening to a lady’s own flight dilemma that got her a free taxi to the next airport in Buenos Aires where I needed to go. I was not alone and never have been. None of us are. And in the hardest, lowest of times I remember times like this. Of how I will always be able to get through whatever it is in front of me because there is a greater power who has my back. Together, when I feel like things are out of control or out of balance, we manifest. And we can all manifest.

Embrace Pain as Journey FuelEvery challenge comes with a lesson to be learned. Some are a lot harder than others and are different for every person. We each have our own path and purpose. We are all spiritual beings in a physical body within a matrix world. We are here for unique reasons to learn by having specific challenges arise in our lives. These lessons are brought to us for a reason. It could have either been passed on to us from generation to generation to generation, or we brought it into our lives. I know, it is hard to believe we would volunteer to be a part of this. But, we have. We do it because we need to, we need to know what feeling low is like in order to appreciate being high again. When a seed is planted it is in the dark, dependent on its environment to provide what is essential for it to break through the soil ceiling and bloom into the beauty it is inside. So are we sometimes in the dark cocoon unaware that this painful process is going to allow us to go from being a land bound caterpillar to transforming into a beautiful butterfly who can feel the wind beneath our wings.

Over the past several years, I hit rock bottom in a way I never thought possible for myself. I went against what others said and started living life to the beat of my own drum. I am still working on this personal song of my life, but every day it gets better. Because I have chosen to lead a life unlike anyone I had known and I am allowing myself to be guided more and more by what feels right. What resonates with my heart and brings positivity, growth, or blessings to my life. To put it simply, I have played society’s game of life working 6-7 days a week and going to college and paying my way, but would rather co-create my own life. Why? Because I have never believed everything I am told.

This could be taken the wrong way. But, I have my own moral compass that has become stronger and more on point as I have worked on balancing myself in mind, body, and soul over the years. By restoring a resilient foundation of health within my body, I have learned to quiet my mind, be more present and live more consciously awake. This continues to be tested. And the more I learn, the more questions come up and at the right time become clear. I have embraced my sensitivity because it is a skill that lets me relate to others empathetically, to want to help others genuinely, and to do unto others as I would have them do unto me. I do not take lightly the intention coming through a person’s words or actions. I don’t take things lightly, but I have learned to not take so many things personally either. I have adapted ways to rid myself of another’s negativity, reduce the amount of toxins in my systems, and better balance my vibrational frequency.

This may seem a bit “out there” for those who do not yet realize how everything, including ourselves, are energy. Every thought, word, behavior, or action we embrace within that moment is energy. This is what almost anyone who steps back and puts aside what society may dictate, no longer conforms to doing things the same way. We change. On a deeper level, for intimate reason, we choose to change. And anyone can. We are on this planet during a very special time and the only way I know to convey this is by sharing my stories that have gotten me to where I am now.

I recently made one of the hardest decisions of my life. And I hope and believe it is for the best. But, needless to say it shook me up inside and I once again turn within myself to rise above. To restore balance within myself that makes a positive ripple effect outside of myself. How could this be? Because true healing takes place on level higher than the mere physical chemistry of our body and we are all connected on that level. So I believe something that better resonates with my life purpose may enter without resistance.

Do For Others Is Your LegacyWhat is my life purpose? At a time when the outside world is going crazy and the news is full of horrible accounts that instill fear, worry, and doubt, we now more than ever need to look within ourselves to get our shyt together and benefit others all the same. I am here to lead others to restoring balance in their mind, body and spirit one step at a time. Why? Because, I feel, natural balance is the true piece of the puzzle everyone has seem to have lost or misplaced. I am not here to make money. I am here to inspire people’s conscious awakening so we may come together as a collective to build a better future.

It is all rainbows or sunshine after the storm has passed. And we are all butterflies or flowers after breaking through the darkness. We have the power. More power than possibly imaginable at this time. So let’s embrace this and stop throwing it away or giving it away for others to do as they please with it. There is so much good we can do in and for this world and our communities once we step out of our shells. We are the captains of this ship we call life. So let’s extend our hands out to one another as we live out this new definition of “billionaire.” In the awesome video below, Jason Silva defines the new age billionaire as “He (or she) who will positively effect the lives of a billion people. He or she who will reach out and say ‘I will positively affect the lives of a billion people. This should be our goal. This is our responsibility. Here is our chance.”

This is true freedom. I feel that I have been blessed with Shaklee because it is the vehicle we can drive to be the new age billionaire. It offers health, wealth, time, and freedom all wrapped up into helping others lives positively. Join me this Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 8:30 PM EST for a Facebook event on how you can FastTrack Your Life to Freedom.

Lead with love,

Blanca

Are You Supporting Sinister or Safe Supplements?

IMG_81582785098700We all cut corners here and there to save a little money. Exactly how we choose to go about doing this is different for all of us. Personally, I know I don’t spend a third of what most females do on their appearances nor the time! But, I invest my money in what I feel will matter for the long run – my health being most important. (You might already know this if you’ve read how not all supplements are the same – just like our food, cough, cough) So it hurts me to see news clips like the one below because others who are doing something with the right intention can actually be causing more harm and dis-ease within. Check out the video link (Sorry the video embed was NOT cooperating with it pulling through to play w/o leaving the page) below and the highlights of what ConsumersLab reported. Then I’ll share safe supplements that I don’t go a single day without! Or holy crap, I’d be unpleasant. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/herbal-supplements-crackdown-brands-misleading-28683158 World News Videos | ABC World News Via ConsumersLab (February 2015) On February 3, 2015, the New York State Attorney General announced that his office sent letters to four major retailers, GNC, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens, for allegedly selling store brand herbal supplement products in New York that either could not be verified to contain the labeled substance, or which were found to contain ingredients not listed on the labels. The letters, sent Monday, call for the retailers to immediately stop the sale of certain popular products, including Echinacea, Ginseng, St. John’s Wort, Saw Palmetto, Valerian, and Ginkgo. The letters come as DNA testing, performed as part of an ongoing investigation by the Attorney General’s Office, allegedly shows that, overall, just 21% of the test results from store brand herbal supplements verified DNA from the plants listed on the products’ labels — with 79% coming up empty for DNA related to the labeled content or verifying contamination with other plant material. The letters to retailers have been posted by The New York Times and are searchable by retailer and type of product. ConsumerLab.com has requested additional information from the Attorney General’s office regarding the exact names and identities of the tested products and details of the testing. The letters do not indicate whether the products were extracts or whole herb products. Extracts are not necessarily expected to contain DNA, but, instead, specific amounts of key marker compounds associated with the species and to which extracts are typically “standardized.” ConsumerLab.com has tested and reported on herbal extract products sold by these retailers, using validated methods for evaluating these compounds, as well as for contamination with heavy metals, such as lead and cadmium, which can occur in herbal supplements. DNA testing does not evaluate heavy metal contamination nor quantify the amount of an ingredient, i.e., how much of an ingredient (or contaminant) is in a product. While overall 21% of the product tests confirmed DNA barcodes from the plant species listed on the labels, 35% of the product tests identified DNA barcodes from plant species not listed on the labels, representing contaminants and fillers. A large number of the tests did not reveal any DNA from a botanical substance of any kind. Some of the contaminants identified include rice, beans, pine, citrus, asparagus, primrose, wheat, houseplant, wild carrot, and others. In many cases, unlisted contaminants were the only plant material found in the product samples. If the producers of herbal supplements fail to identify all the ingredients on a product’s label, a consumer with food allergies, or who is taking medication for an unrelated illness, is taking a potentially serious health risk every time a contaminated herbal supplement is ingested. (The Attorney General’s investigation is focused on potential violations of New York’s General Business Law and Executive Law, including deceptive practices and deceptive advertising. The DNA testing was performed by Dr. James A. Schulte II of Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. based on samples purchased from around New York State. (It is likely the products are the same as those sold by these retailers in other states.) The DNA tests were performed on three to four samples of each of the six herbal supplements purchased from the New York stores. Each sample was tested with five distinct sequence runs, meaning each sample was tested five times. Three hundred and ninety tests involving 78 samples were performed overall.)

And. Just because these are the ones that were selected for testing does not mean other supplements are excused or any better, or actually being honest and holding true to their word. SO How the Heck do we Know Which Ones ARE Safe?!? Well don’t take it from me, BUT I am SO Proud to be able to have found this quote in another article via The Examiner:

“The evidence for these herbs’ effectiveness is sketchy to begin with,” said David Schardt, Senior Nutritionist of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. “But when the advertised herbs aren’t even in many of the products, it’s a sign that this loosely regulated industry is urgently in need of reform. Until then, and perhaps even after then, consumers should stop wasting their money. Attorney General Schneiderman has done what federal regulators should have done a long time ago.” It is for this reason the public needs to turn to reputable companies like Shaklee when purchasing their herbal supplements.” Research goes a long way and is worth the time, people. Because what we consume and put in our bodies effects our health for the long-run. Here are Standards that We NEED TO LOOK FOR & KNOW Before Buying Supplements or Nutrition-related products:

  • Clinical studies on the complete ingredients of the vitamin, not a single ingredient, especially if from a different source altogether **Peer-reviewed clinical studies are THE Gold Standard (BTW)
  • Natural ingredients on the label to AVOID artificial sweeteners, flavors & preservatives
  • Brand or company that embodies safety and quality
  • Unconditional money-back guarantee
  • Longevity of efficacy for real people
  • Do NOT follow marketing fads, rather find trust in the using science to harness the healing power of nature only in a way that is necessary and still beneficial
  • Company truly abides by the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s)
  • Company not just accepts or “relies on” the supplier’s Certificate of Analysis, which according to the FDA is a “document, provided by the supplier of a component prior to or upon receipt of the component, that documents certain characteristics and attributes of the component” BUT Actually Follow GMPs To The Highest Degree that “REQUIRES” the company to CONFIRM the identity of components, like lead, heavy metals & pesticides, and determine whether other specifications for components (including dietary ingredients), are met, either by conducting appropriate tests or examinations” (or by relying on a certificate of analysis from the supplier of the component)

These Are HUGE and Really Key to Narrow Down the List of Companies that are SAFE to Support! I know time is incredibly valuable, so I appreciate your time in reading this. And I offer a way to save not only countless hours doing research, but a lot of money that’ll have to be spent down the road when what you are doing just wasn’t working. Check out Why I Fell in Love with Shaklee Supplements And Won’t Go a Day Without Them. Or Just Give Them a Try for Yourself and Feel the Difference – Heck, if anything you DO have a 100% Money-Back Guarantee 😉 Lead with Love, Blanca Not All Multivitamins Created Equal

Mindset & Meaning Make or Break Our Success

Time to change our mindset on “success.” Just as the meaning of “good food” has changed over the years, we have realized that what we eat today is nothing like what our grandparents had according to nutritional content that can be acknowledged and properly processed & distributed within our bodies. We’ve learned how “natural” can mean whatever companies want it to while “organic” is carefully tested from the very beginning to the end and every step of the way in between. Just as the farmer is kept down by corporate lawsuits and paperwork, so is the good ol’ hard-worker who can barely get by (let alone get ahead) by holding down one job anymore. This comes as no surprise as the cost of many commodities and necessities has continued to rise though the minimum wage hasn’t.

What About Minimum Wage

This and other information is not presented to scare or further depress anyone – Seriously there is enough of that on TV and so called “news” lol. They are meant to help everyone see the bigger picture of how the systems set in place are messed up and fixed to help only that SERIOUSLY Small percentage of people at the top. However, WE ALL ARE BORN AND DIE AS EQUALS – NO Individual Can Be of More Value Than Another. We are all here with amazing purpose AND we CAN do something about what is going on to allow ourselves and others the opportunity to thrive.

Arianna Huffington recently wrote a book this year entitled Thrive that I absolutely had to get as it goes hand-in-hand with everything I have been learning and talking about to whomever would listen for years now! See what makes it all so real and great with what is below – an amazing interview between Marie Forleo & Arianna Huffington and a brief article on how she is pushing forward with a new definition for success that warms the heart and promises hope…Enjoy!

By Madison Agee

via The Well-Being Journal (July 2014)

Arianna Huffington has a mission: She wants to evolve our society’s thinking on how we define success. Traditionally, we’ve seen it as twofold: money and power. Huffington believes that this is far too limiting, not to mention borderline dangerous. In putting too much importance on accumulating more power and more money, we’re putting ourselves at risk of burnout and exhaustion, poor physical health, unhappiness, and low well-being. We’re also negatively affecting connections with our family, friends and community.

Especially concerning for Huffington is that our modern culture fetishizes this. Being overworked, exhausted and burned out is a badge of honor. We constantly talk about how many hours we’ve logged at the office, how few hours of sleep we got last night, how many emails we sent, how many projects we’ve completed.

In Huffington’s case, she was a model of traditional success – lots of money and power – but it led her to have a serious wake-up call. She passed out in her office, sending her to the hospital with a fractured cheekbone, a gash above her eye, and the start of a medical journey looking for answers to why she passed out. With few definitive reasons for her accident other than “exhaustion,” Huffington realized that she needed to change her thinking around success.

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Huffington shared her story at Healthways’ 2014 Well-Being Summit and in her latest book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. Each one of us needs to start thinking of success as having three metrics instead of two – the third necessary to truly thrive. This “third metric” has four pillars:

  1. Well-being. Huffington remarked that we take care of our smartphones better than we do ourselves, and this needs to change. Because 75 percent of our modern healthcare costs go to treating preventable, stress-related chronic illnesses, taking time for our better well-being can make an enormous impact.
  2. Wisdom. We need to take time to just think, engage in intellectual activity, and connect to ourselves and the people and the world around us. This requires that we disconnect from our electronic devices and pay attention to things we wouldn’t otherwise see.
  3. Wonder. This entails bringing back to the joy in everyday life – taking note of the usual “occurrences and small miracles that fill our lives” and reveling in them.
  4. Willingness to give. Huffington suggests that we, as human beings, are wired for giving. Our empathy for other people encourages us to complete selfless acts, which in turn creates good feelings within ourselves. This is a “virtuous cycle” that contributes to our better well-being.

Huffington also discussed how this third metric is playing itself out in workplaces, hers included. At the Huffington Post, there are nap rooms and meditation spaces, and employees and journalists are not expected to check email during non-working hours. She also drew attention to a Volkswagen policy of disabling its employees’ phones after hours.

Huffington believes that by pursuing this third metric of success, we can lead more fulfilling lives with deeper connections to the things that really matter.

I hope you enjoyed this incredible insight and innovative idea that can pave the way for not only our own success, but that of others. Are you ready to dare to dream and get started on creating your own thriving and abundant life?!

Lead with Love,

Blanca

Do What Never Done to Go Never Been

Junk Food: Just as Bad as Cancer Causing Cigarettes

by Dr. Mercola

via Mercola.com (June 2014)

There are over 61.5 million children under the age of 14 in the US,1 and for American businesses, these kids represent one of the most powerful demographics to be captured.

Not only do these children spend $40 billion a year on snacks, toys, and electronics, using money given to them by their parents or family members, they also exert a powerful influence on their parents’ spending.

As noted in the documentary film Consuming Kids, children under 12 influence adult spending worth a staggering $700 billion a year, which equates to the combined economy of 115 of the world’s poorest countries.

The film also reveals the shrewd business practices of the multi-billion dollar marketing machine that has one sole purpose: to turn your kids into loyal, lifelong consumers who will also influence how the entire family spends its money.

Much of this money is spent on processed junk foods, which has been overwhelmingly implicated in rising obesity and chronic disease rates—especially among kids.

Captivating children’s attention with superheroes and other cartoon characters, using freebie toys to entice them, even ensuring the checkout aisles at grocery stores are stocked with candy bars within a toddler’s reach – all intentional marketing towards children.

What’s worse, according to recent research into food addiction, “highly processed foods can lead to classic signs of addiction like loss of control, tolerance, and withdrawal,2Time Magazine reports.  The sugar, salt, and trans fats formulas to these processed foods are also intentional, as many “food scientists” have collaborated to ensure human taste receptors are manipulated by these irresistible goods.

Obesity Poses Greater Threat to Health Than Smoking

Another Time Magazine article quotes UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, as saying that “obesity is a bigger global health threat than tobacco use,” and that this fact isn’t taken as seriously as it should be.

His statements were delivered at the opening of the 2014 World Health Organization’s annual summit. De Schutter ultimately wants nations to join forces to place stricter regulations on unhealthy foods:

“Just as the world came together to regulate the risks of tobacco, a bold framework convention on adequate diets must now be agreed,” he said.

“The Special Rapporteur has previously agitated for greater governmental action on junk foods, including taxing unhealthy products, regulating fats and sugars, cracking down on advertising for junk food, and rethinking agricultural subsidies that make unhealthy food cheaper,” Time Magazine notes.

‘Governments have been focusing on increasing calorie availability,’ he said, ‘but they have often been indifferent to what kind of calories are offered, at what price, to whom they are made available, and how they are marketed.'”

The idea that being overweight can be more harmful than smoking is likely to make many balk, considering how “normal” it has become to carry around extra pounds, but in terms of overall health effects and subsequent health care costs, it’s likely true. For example, data collected from over 60,000 Canadians show that obesity leads to more doctor visits than smoking.3

Canadian and American obesity statistics are neck-to-neck, with about one-quarter to one third of adults in the obese category. A staggering two-thirds of Americans are overweight. This does indeed place a heavy burden on the health care system. It’s important to realize that a large number of diseases are directly attributable to obesity, including:

Diabetes Cancer Congestive heart failure Enlarged heart Pulmonary embolism
Polycystic ovarian syndrome Gastro-esophageal reflux disease Fatty liver disease Hernia Erectile dysfunction
Urinary incontinence Chronic renal failure Lymph edema Cellulitis Stroke
Pickwickian syndrome Depression Osteoarthritis Gout Gallbladder disease

The Rise of Stealth Marketing

Kids are quite literally being deceived into destroying their health potential by junk food companies seeking revenue. And there’s nothing “accidental” about rising childhood obesity rates when you take deceptive marketing into account. Marketing to children has turned into a full-blown science in its own right. For example, the featured film reveals how “the nag factor” has been studied to the point that marketers can be advised on “what kind of tantrums work better.”

Yes, ads are actually designed to increase the number of times your child will keep asking you for the product—i.e. drive you completely batty and/or embarrass you in public until you give in just to make it stop. With advances in technology, the avenues for marketing have also grown exponentially over the past 30 years. It is no longer restricted to TV ads. Kids are now exposed to clever marketing via brand licensing, product placement, schools, stealth marketing, viral marketing, DVDs, games, and the internet. There are so many ways to reach children today that there’s a brand in front of your child’s face nearly every moment of every day. As summarized by Top Documentary Films:4

“Drawing on the insights of health care professionals, children’s advocates, and industry insiders, the film focuses on the explosive growth of child marketing in the wake of deregulation, showing how youth marketers have used the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform American children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world.

Consuming Kids pushes back against the wholesale commercialization of childhood, raising urgent questions about the ethics of children’s marketing and its impact on the health and well-being of kids.”

As mentioned in the film, what we’re seeing is a rise of “360 degree immersive marketing,” designed to convince children that life is about buying and “getting.” It’s about turning children into loyal lifelong consumers, and when it comes to processed foods, kids are being brainwashed into believing junk foods will make them healthy and happy. The truth, however, is diametrically opposed to such propaganda. According to a 2013 report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM),5 children age two to 11 now see an average of more than 10 television food ads per day. And nearly all (98 percent) of these are for products that are high in processed, damaged fats, sugar, and/or sodium. Most (79 percent) are low in fiber.6 According to the IOM:

“The marketing of high-calorie, low-nutrient foods and beverages is linked to overweight and obesity. A 2006 IOM report provided evidence that television advertising influences the food and beverage preferences, requests, and short-term consumption of children.”

An Unstoppable ‘Beast’ Set on Devouring Your Kids

In the late 1970s, in the wake of rising concerns about sugary cereals and children’s inability to understand the intent of advertising, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) tried to ban all ads aimed at kids below the age of eight. After all, a young child cannot understand that an ad is not an impartial infomercial that tells the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth… For this reason, advertising aimed at children is grossly underhanded, if not outright immoral.

When it comes to junk food advertising, a question that must be asked is: where’s the liability for lying to kids about food and nutrition? To say that something is good for you, when in reality it destroys your metabolic function and promotes obesity—and all its associated health problems—is a tremendously harmful lie. From my perspective, this is a lie that processed food manufacturers should be held accountable for. Why is it a crime to kill someone instantly, but not when you’re killing people slowly? Not surprisingly, Big Business stepped in and convinced Congress to block the FTC’s attempts to bar advertising to children.

This dangerous practice of marketing addictive junk foods to kids is a despicable, predatory act that is even more perverse than the tactics Big Tobacco used for decades.

Congress actually passed “The FTC Improvement Act,” which stripped the FTC of the power and authority to regulate marketing to children. As noted in the featured documentary, before deregulating children’s TV marketing, children’s spending had risen at a modest four percent per year. After deregulation, children’s spending skyrocketed to 35 percent per year, from $4.2 billion a year in 1984 to $40 billion a year today—an 852 percent increase in less than three decades!

Junk Food Marketing Works and Alters Food Preferences Long-Term

There’s no doubt that junk food advertising works, and works long-term. Research7 shows when parents fed their preschool-aged children junk foods high in sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats, it had a lasting impact on their taste preferences. All of the children tested showed preferences for junk foods, and all (even those who were just three years old!) were also able to recognize some soda, fast food, and junk food brands.

The researchers concluded what you probably already suspect: kids who were exposed to junk food, soda, and fast food, via advertising and also because their parents fed them these foods, learned to recognize and prefer these foods over healthier choices. There’s no doubt that this has an impact on their health, as nutrients from quality foods are critical in helping your child reach his or her fullest potential. One British study8 revealed that kids who ate a predominantly processed food diet at age three had lower IQ scores at age 8.5.

For each measured increase in processed foods, participants had a 1.67-point decrease in IQ. As you might suspect, the opposite also held true, with those eating healthier diets experiencing higher IQ levels. For each measured increase in dietary score, which meant the child was eating more fruits and vegetables for instance, there was a 1.2-point increase in IQ. Moreover, as recently reported in Time Magazine,9 processed foods appear to be intrinsically addictive, leading kids into food addiction at an early age:

“The study of food addiction is an emerging and controversial field. But according to Ashley Gearhardt, a researcher who focuses on food addiction at the University of Michigan and helped establish the guidelines for the Yale Food Addiction Scale, highly processed foods can lead to classic signs of addiction like loss of control, tolerance, and withdrawal.

A growing body of research backs her up—and that’s especially concerning in children because an addiction forged in a child’s early years could put the child at more serious risk for chronically unhealthy eating into adulthood… Gearhardt explains: ‘The more kids are exposed to [junk foods] early in life, the more it is going to set them up for problems. They’re brains are still pretty plastic.'”

According to Gearhardt, the answer is not to increase availability of healthy foods. The answer is to REMOVE junk foods entirely. If they’re still an option, kids will choose them every time over healthier fare. This would include removing vending machines from schools as well. If history is any indication, it may take a while to overcome the political inertia on this front, so most of the responsibility will fall on you, the parent. At the very least, you can abstain from feeding your family processed foods and junk foods, which can go a long way toward setting your child on a healthier path.

Misguided Dietary Advice Keeps on Promoting Obesity

It’s important to understand that you get fat because you eat the wrong kind of calories. At the end of the day, your consumption of carbohydrates, whether in the form of grains and sugars (especially fructose), will determine whether or not you’re able to manage your weight and maintain optimal health. This is because these types of carbs (fructose and grains) affect two important fat-regulating hormones, namely insulin and leptin. Fats and proteins affect these hormones to a far lesser degree.

Many processed food and beverage companies have instilled the false idea that their foods are a perfectly reasonable part of a healthy diet. Coca-Cola even ran a deceptive “anti-obesity” campaign not too long ago, promoting their products in conjunction with adequate exercise.  You ultimately get fat from specific ingredients in these products—all that high fructose corn syrup and other added sugars, including artificial sweeteners, which can cause you to pack on more pounds than regular sugar!

Dr. Robert Lustig, an expert on the metabolic fate of sugar, explains that fructose is “isocaloric but not isometabolic.” This means you can have the same amount of calories from fructose and glucose, fructose and protein, or fructose and fat, but the metabolic effect will be entirely different despite the identical calorie count. This is a crucial point that must be understood. Fructose is in fact far worse than other carbs because the vast majority of it converts directly to FAT, both in your fatty tissues, and in your liver. And this is why counting calories does not work… As long as you keep eating fructose and grains, you’re programming your body to create and store fat.

Furthermore, research by Dr. Richard Johnson, chief of the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension at the University of Colorado and author of The Sugar Fix and The Fat Switch, demonstrates that large portions of food and too little exercise are NOT solely responsible for why you are gaining weight. Rather it’s fructose-containing sugars that cause obesity—not by calories, but by turning on your “fat switch,” a powerful biological adaptation that causes cells to accumulate fat in anticipation of scarcity (or hibernation). According to Dr. Johnson, based on his decades of research:

“Those of us who are obese eat more because of a faulty ‘switch’ and exercise less because of a low energy state. If you can learn how to control the specific ‘switch’ located in the powerhouse of each of your cells – the mitochondria – you hold the key to fighting obesity.”

Just ONE Can of Soda Puts You Over the Daily Sugar Allowance for Optimal Health…

As a general guideline, I recommend limiting your fructose consumption to 25 grams per day, or even lower—15 grams per day—if you are insulin resistant, overweight, or have heart disease, diabetes, or any other disease stemming from insulin resistance. Meanwhile, just one can of Coke contains about 35 grams of sugar, which alone exceeds your daily recommended intake of fructose.

Contrary to what soda makers want you to believe, you can achieve optimal health without any added sugar or artificial sweeteners. In fact, if you want to understand energy balance, read up on how you can teach your body to burn fat for fuel rather than sugar or carbs. This requires cutting out virtually all added sugars. The health benefits of becoming fat adapted are strongly supported and confirmed by science, yet you won’t get this information from most conventional health authorities. And the reason for this is because most conventional nutrition professionals are in the pocket of processed food companies.

The processed food industry’s refusal to accept responsibility for leading you and your children astray is no different from Big Tobacco’s long-standing refusal to admit their products caused lung cancer. Yet in the end, the truth prevailed. This is what needs to happen to the processed food industry as well. Their products are causing an incredible amount of chronic disease, yet they deceptively advertise their wares as healthy and good for you.10, 11 Perhaps as with tobacco, what we need is a major class action lawsuit to set the record straight, and put an end to the willful misdirection.

There is some encouraging news, however. As reported in a previous article in The Atlantic,12 consumption of soda is now “in freefall,” with US consumption having declined by 40 percent since 2003. Unfortunately, many are simply switching to no- or low-cal beverages, which Coca-Cola is now trying to boost.

Help Fight Back Against Predatory Marketing to Kids

Mounting research clearly demonstrates that even if you control the number of calories you eat, if those calories come from processed fructose and grains, you are at increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome (pre-diabetes), which includes insulin resistance, fatty liver, high blood pressure, and high triglycerides. In short, avoiding fructose in all its forms, along with other sugars, is imperative in order to avoid “flipping the fat switch” that will trigger your body to accumulate excess fat.

This means cutting out processed foods, as most are loaded with both processed sugars and trans fats. As noted earlier, a processed food diet strongly promotes excess weight, obesity, and related health problems, and the health risks associated with this type of diet now actually surpass the hazards of smoking. It’s high time to acknowledge the role processed foods have played in creating the current obesity epidemic, worldwide.

As for combating the influence of marketing on your kids’ dietary preferences, and ultimately their health, I’d advise you to limit the amount of time your child spends watching TV and surfing the web. Children under the age of three should not be watching any TV at all, as this is a crucial time of rapid brain development in which your child’s brain is shaped in response to whatever they’re exposed to. Unfortunately, marketing is everywhere, and you cannot insulate your child from all of it all of the time. However, in terms of mental and physical health, junk food ads are among the most harmful, and here you can lend your support for change. Talk to your kids about what they’re seeing, and why fast food and processed foods simply aren’t good for them—despite what the ad says.

Remember, ads are designed to sell products; not to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth… The Prevention Institute’s “We’re Not Buying It” campaign13 is petitioning President Obama to put voluntary, science-based nutrition guidelines into place for companies that market foods to kids. You can sign this petition now, but I urge you to go a step further and stop supporting the companies that are marketing junk foods to your children today.

 

Ideally, you and your family will want to vote with your pocketbook and avoid as much processed food as possible and use unprocessed raw, organic and/or locally grown foods as much as possible. If you and your kids are absolutely hooked on fast food and other processed foods, you’re going to need some help and most likely some support from friends and family. Besides surrounding yourself with supportive, like-minded people, you can also review my article “How to Wean Yourself Off Processed Foods in 7 Steps” or read the book I wrote on the subject, called Generation XL: Raising Healthy, Intelligent Kids in a High-Tech, Junk-Food World.

Finally…you need to first educate yourself about proper nutrition and the dangers of junk food and processed foods in order to change the food culture of your entire family. To give your child the best start at life, and help instill healthy habits that will last a lifetime, you must lead by example. Children will simply not know which foods are healthy unless you, as a parent, teach it to them.

Lead with Love,

Blanca

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Kicking Cancer to the Curb: The Forbidden Cures

Via Natural Cures Not Medicine (2013)

“Cancer : The Forbidden Cures”

Expensive Cancer or Organic Food

Discover many effective and highly successful forms of cancer treatment that have been suppressed and discredited for time by the FDA. Some say that the FDA may have killed more people than Hitler. In the last 100 years dozens of doctors, scientists and researchers have come up with diverse, effective solutions against cancer, but none of these have ever been taken into consideration by official medicine. It’s time to change that. Please view this documentary below and share with your friends to open their minds.

More than 20,000 people die of cancer every day, without official medicine being able to offer a true sense of hope to those affected by it. Well… at least until now. If you search our website or view the “cancer” tab up at the top of our website you will find many of these suppressed cures. Don’t sit around waiting for a solution to be televised! Get online – check out some of the reports around the world. There is hope.

This video is banned for sale in America. This is not a conspiracy.

Suzanne Somers is mentioned briefly in this video, but her book “Knockout” wasn’t. As one of the more recent alternative advocates I feel it is important to note her book for anyone interested in her honest story or more information about the doctors she spoke to and worked with to turnaround and kick cancer out of her body and life.

Take control of your health and life by making positive lifestyle changes to strengthen yourself – physically, mentally, emotionally & the possibilities are endless.

Lead with Love,

Blanca

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