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Why Diabetics Struggle With Weight Loss

One of the most perplexing problems that diabetics face is weight loss. Many doctors insist it is a simple matter of consuming less calories than are burned. And, in a perfect world that works. But most diabetics will insist that there is more to it, because when they do the same things as non-diabetics, they get no results, while their non-diabetic friends drop pound after pound. Fad diets do not work, diet products do not work, even exercise shows little or no results. The struggling diabetics are right– there is more to it than just cutting calories.

Diabetes is caused by eating a bad diet, and a good diet is a key part of regaining control. But it is the bad diet that has placed a number of conditions in place that must be understood in order to win the fat war. There are a number of interrelated circumstances that contribute to making diabetic weight loss difficult. First, let’s look at how the problem originated, then we can investigate how that information can lead to reversing the problem.

Years of bad diet, containing fats, sweets, high glycemic index foods, prepared foods and dairy products caused inflammation. A complete detailed explanation of how inflammation caused diabetes can be found in the “Diabetics Handbook” (see below). The following will be a gross oversimplification, due to space limitations, but hopefully, it will demonstrate the important aspects of the problem. Pro-inflammatory substances (pro-oxidants) are normally used by the body to fight disease and infection (via the immune system). They play many important roles in the body including digestion, and even breathing. Normally, the body uses antioxidants to control these processes. However, years of bad diet, which is characteristically very low in antioxidants, causes an immune system to lose the ability to shut down. Consequently, the immune system begins to attack healthy cells causing serious damage. In type I diabetes, the beta cells (insulin producing cells) are destroyed. In type II diabetes many cells are damaged setting up a condition known as insulin resistance. Insulin resistance occurs when the body’s cells cannot properly communicate when using insulin to uptake and burn glucose.

When the body digests food, particularly carbohydrates, it is converted into glucose. Glucose is distributed throughout the body in the bloodstream by the liver. The liver will normally control fat levels. When very high levels of fat are in the bloodstream, due to diet, the liver cannot process it all. It begins to fill its cells with sacs of triglycerides (converted glucose for storage) and it places the excess in the adipose tissues (belly fat).

The brain, vital organs and muscle tissue rely on glucose which provides energy to function. As these organs use glucose, the liver will place more in the bloodstream to replace it. In a perfect world, the organs and tissues would use it efficiently, and hopefully in proportion to the amount produced by food. Insulin resistance reduces the amount of glucose that is absorbed and stored by the organs and muscle tissue. Add to that, the fact that most diabetics lead a sedentary lifestyle, meaning that they get minimal amounts of exercise resulting in much less glucose being burned.

When the body is impaired by insulin resistance (type II diabetes), the cells do not use as much glucose. The body senses that glucose levels are building up in the bloodstream, so it instructs the pancreas to release more insulin. The body now has high glucose levels and high insulin levels in the bloodstream. Insulin is a hormone that performs many functions, besides allowing cells to absorb glucose. Insulin will also attempt (vigorously) to remove excess glucose from the bloodstream by placing it in storage as fat. Once in storage, insulin will block the process of breaking fat down to remove it from storage. Many doctors say that the presence of high levels of insulin in the blood causes unnecessary water retention in the body, which is a factor in weight gain. This is a key aspect of beating diabetic obesity, which means that insulin regulation is very important. Insulin also acts on the brain. It promotes cravings that result in eating more and on the liver to manufacture more fat. The liver removes insulin from the bloodstream, but insulin causes fat to be deposited in the liver which, in turn, prevents the liver from removing insulin from the bloodstream. People with belly fat store too much fat in their livers (fatty liver disease – see below), which prevents the liver from removing insulin. consequently, insulin levels rise higher and higher, which can contribute to heart attacks and more abdominal obesity.

Also, fat in the abdominal area functions differently than fat elsewhere in the body, such as the hips. Blood flow from the belly fat goes directly to the liver. The blood flow from other fatty areas, such as the hips, goes into the body’s general circulation. Belly fat has an efficient blood supply and has as more receptors for cortisol (a stress hormone). Cortisol levels vary throughout the day, but will elevate and remain elevated if the body is under stress. High stress and high cortisol levels promote fat deposits in the belly area. It goes to the belly area because there are more cortisol receptors there. Chronically high cortisol levels kill neurons in the brain. They also interfere with neurotransmitters (such as dopamine and serotonin – the good mood neurotransmitters) which leads to depression and feeling more stressed. Depression is common in diabetics, which adds to the problem since depression causes a stress type reaction in the body. In other words, depression promotes the development of belly fat.

The fat that is stored in the adipose tissue (belly fat) is also a characteristic of diabetes. That means that diabetics are genetically prone to belly fat. Belly fat (central obesity) is associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease, and several types of cancer as well. Heredity plays a role in overall body type (apple vs. a pear shape). Genetics accounts for 25-55 % of the tendency to develop the most serious diseases associated with abdominal fat, the remainder is lifestyle. As belly fat builds up, it does several things. First, it stops the production of the hormone leptin, which normally would curb appetite. Second, it causes insulin resistance to further increase, which has obvious consequences. The cells use less glucose, the body produces more insulin, and guess what… more fat goes into storage. Fat storage is the body’s way of following ancient mechanisms designed to protect the body during lean times. Cave men would sometimes go long periods of time between successful hunting campaigns. So the body learned to take advantage of good times to prepare for the bad times. The body converts glucose into glycogen and triglycerides which are very efficient methods of storing energy.

When the cells of the liver fill up with triglyceride fat sacs, the liver’s function is impaired. It cannot process fats efficiently. It quickly runs out of room to store more fat, and when the body’s tissues and organs are not using as much, the liver simply puts it all into storage as belly fat. The number of fat cells a person has is determined at birth. The numbers remain constant unless the fat cells become full. When they become full, the cells will divide creating new fat cells. The new cells will remain throughout the balance of the person’s life. However, a successful diet will reduce the size of the fat cells. Fat cells are fed by blood vessels in the belly area. Each fat cell is in contact with at least one capillary. The blood supply provides support for the metabolism. The blood flow will depend upon body weight and the overall nutritional state. The number of vessels will increase during fasting or high demand for glucose. Increased numbers of blood vessels can contribute to increasing blood pressure. The heart simply has to work harder to supply the additional vessels.

A liver that has many cells filled with triglyceride sacs is called a fatty liver NAFLD (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease). Any diabetic that has large amounts of belly fat likely has a fatty liver. Fatty liver develops early in the process because of high levels of triglycerides in the bloodstream. Diabetic fatty liver’s second stage is called NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis), meaning that it is not caused by alcohol consumption (but similar), and it mimics damage caused by hepatitis diseases. Oxidation of cells begins to occur causing cell damage. The third stage is cirrhosis which is very serious and dangerous. The first stage of fatty liver is not particularly dangerous, and will go away with proper treatment. Fatty liver is difficult to diagnose. The only reliable test is to conduct a biopsy to determine how much fat is present and if any scarring is present. Biopsies are rarely conducted, because the medical industry cannot agree on how it should be interpreted. The symptoms of NAFLD are nondescript, non-existent or mimic symptoms of other diseases. Certain blood tests will display the presence of certain liver enzymes that are common in hepatitis, which would signify the presence of NASH. Fatty liver will seriously complicate the weight loss process.

Parasites will virtually stall weight loss efforts. Parasites are more common in diabetics than a non-diabetic person, due to their weakened state. Unfortunately, western medicine doctors have little training in recognizing the presence of parasites. Few people are trained in testing for them. Most common tests have a very low accuracy rate. Treating parasites with drugs is rarely effective because they have a very narrow range of effectiveness. There are over 100 common species found in humans and treatments are very specific to specie. Parasites escape diagnosis in as many as 70 chronic diseases, and are now believed to be instrumental in the development of many chronic diseases.

When parasites are present, patients will have virtually no success in losing weight. Reduced portion sizes, carbohydrate counting or elimination, or even vigorous exercise will not produce results. Parasites inflame the lining of the digestive tract, and slow nutrient absorption. They eventually spread to all areas of the body, including vital organs. They disrupt hormonal balance, blood sugar regulation and alter the metabolism. Parasites eat the nutrients ingested, or they eat the host. They leave the host with empty calories, which triggers cravings and over consumption of food (urges to pile it high on a plate). They virtually take over control of the body.

Parasites release toxins that overload the kidneys and liver. The weakened state leads to further reductions in metabolism. They hinder the maintenance of beneficial flora in the intestinal tract that can lead to over production of yeasts. Overdevelopment of yeasts lead to the development of allergies, gas and bloating. Their acids damage organs, breakdown muscle tissue and cause the central nervous system to become sluggish. The body will react to increased acid levels by producing fat cells to store the acid, thus removing it from the system. A lower metabolism encourages the production of fat cells.

The good news is, by now, the reasons for difficulty in losing weight are clearer. So how does one beat these powerful mechanisms? Start by getting rid of any parasites. The safe bet is to assume that they are present, because they probably are present. There is an extensive listing of symptoms, and how to cleanse the body of parasites in the “Diabetics Handbook”. Also read about glycemic index and load. Modify the diet to eat only low glycemic index foods. Stop eating any of the pro-oxidant foods, especially processed foods, which is basically anything in a box or can that has ingredients that you cannot pronounce, or it’s unknown as to why it is in there.

Then assume that you have a fatty liver, because you probably do to some extent. This is the tough part. The most success comes from combining a series of techniques. Fasting and exercise are effective to break the cycles and burn liver fat. But it must be done correctly. If liver and/or kidney damage is present a doctor should be consulted. An alternative to fasting is to start eating 6-8 very light, low glycemic index meals per day, instead of three large meals. That will reduce the glucose spikes that exacerbate the process.

Change the diet. Stop eating the pro-oxidant foods. Processed foods are poison to diabetics, which cannot be stressed enough! Processed flour is very bad for diabetics (actually for everybody). Sodas are high in pro-oxidants and phosphoric acid, drink green tea instead. However, be careful, some bottled green teas have additives in them, including phosphoric acid. Stop drinking coffee. Eat only very lean cuts of meat. Stop eating sweets, sugar substitutes and dairy products. Never cook food at high temperatures (over 400 degrees F) or microwave food. That means that grilling and broiling are out. Microwaves kill as much as 97% of the living nutrients in food. Steaming, stir frying in olive oil or boiling food is best. Diabetics should eat fruit if their system does not react to them (glucose spikes). Pineapple and bananas are very high in natural sugar. Eat low glycemic index foods only. Take a good quality multivitamin daily, such as Rejuvenage 40+, which is sold on the internet. If a multivitamin is being taken, compare the product label to the sample label posted on the internet. This particular multivitamin has the broadest coverage of nutrients found on the market. Eat lots of fiber, especially water-soluble fiber.

Glucose management can be improved if sodium levels are managed, and fiber levels are kept high. Sodium slows the insulin response, which means higher sodium levels can be an advantage for hypoglycemia. High sodium levels prevent a quick rise and fall in insulin levels, and subsequently reduce the blood sugar highs and lows commonly experienced with hypoglycemia. Sodium, along with ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and biotin are among the most important factors in reducing erratic glucose level changes; even between meals. Manganese, chromium and niacin/niacinamide control glucose response as well as the liver’s storage of glycogen. Potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C can both, help stabilize, or interfere with glucose management depending on whether a patient is prone to be hypoglycemic, or hyperglycemic. Lower amounts are recommended for patients that are prone to hypoglycemia, and higher amounts for patients that are prone to hyperglycemia. On the other hand, high amounts of potassium can reduce manganese and chromium. High amounts of vitamin C can lower manganese and stimulate insulin. Vitamin B6 stimulates magnesium and potassium, but lowers manganese. It can become complex. It should be noted that too much sodium in the diet is never a good thing.

Eliminate candies, honey, sodas of all types, donuts, cereals (especially sweetened), cakes and bakery goods, over ripe fruits, fruit juices (unless diluted), sugar (both brown and white), syrups (corn, maple and molasses), glucose, sucrose, fructose (of any variety), dextrose, maltose, or any substance ending in “ose”. Eliminate all artificial sweeteners except Stevia. Most of the bakery goods contain synthetic additives, along with processed flour, both of which are highly pro-oxidative.

It will be necessary to start exercising to maximize the burning of glucose in tissues. Power walking for approximately 45 minutes, preferably daily, will burn upwards of 300 calories each day. Exercising other major muscle groups is important. The fasting and exercise program should be alternated with non-fast and exercise programs (3-5 days each). Depending upon health conditions, choose between a water or a juice fast. The water fast is more aggressive. Don’t lose weight too fast. It can damage the liver. Most people lose 3-5 pounds after the first several days and an additional 3-5 pounds the next day, it will level off at a pound per day after the initial loss. It is customary to not lose weight during the non-fast phase. Then repeat the cycle. The “Diabetics Handbook” covers a variety of programs, the most aggressive being a 30 day fast, which will totally detox the entire body as well. It is known to release toxins present since birth. Fasting is safe, and very effective. Exercising a muscle does not get rid of fat over the specific muscles that are exercised. The only way to reduce a fat belly is to lose weight overall, and any type of exercise will help accomplish that. There’s a growing body of research showing that the fastest way to burn off belly fat is by a combination of weight training, aerobic exercise and modified diet. Bear in mind that increased muscle mass, from exercise, will increase body weight as fat is lost.

Physical activity is clearly beneficial for diabetics, including lowering blood glucose levels. However, physical activity can make levels go too low, causing hypoglycemia for up to 24 hours afterward. For those taking insulin, or one of the oral medications that increase insulin production, the breaking of routine (fasting) by having a snack, may be required if the glucose level goes below 100 mg/dL. Adjusting medication doses before physical activity can help avoid hypoglycemia. For some diabetics, it may be necessary to consult a doctor while on aggressive programs. A snack can prevent hypoglycemia, provided that it is a low glycemic index food. Extra blood glucose checks, especially 2 hours after strenuous exercise, may be advised. Place increased emphasis on maintaining blood sugar levels. Hold them as close to normal as possible. In type II diabetes that will reduce the amount of excess insulin in the bloodstream. If insulin-dependent, or type I diabetic, avoid taking more insulin than is required to maintain control. Many diabetics assume that more insulin than is needed is not necessarily a bad thing. This is a critical phase that requires lots of testing and focus. The combination of lower insulin, lower glucose levels and vigorous exercise will allow the body to quickly start burning the liver fat. It takes up to 12-16 hours for the body to start drawing fat from the liver. Exercise will increase the metabolism. However, understanding the metabolism will be helpful, because the metabolic rate will change throughout the process. Exercise reduces stress levels. If high stress is an issue, try stress reducing activities such as deep breathing or meditation. Be certain to take antioxidant supplements during the fasting process. Several recent studies show that omega-3 fats can reduce output of another stress hormone, epinephrine (aka adrenaline). Start taking 4000IU of fish oil twice daily. You cannot overdose on fish oil. The body will produce large amounts of free radicals, which will require large amounts of antioxidants to be controlled. Be certain that 100% of the daily requirements of vitamins and minerals is consumed.

In summary, modify the diet; learn what to eat and what not to eat; take a good quality multivitamin every day; get the glucose levels in tight control; manage the insulin levels; manage the sodium levels; exercise vigorously daily; manage stress; eliminate the possibility of parasite infestation; and consider fasting techniques. Learn as much as possible about diabetes, food, and how to cleanse and maintain all of the vital organs.

If this appears to be a lot of hard work, it is. But it is not unusual for diabetics, that have not had any dieting success at all, to lose 30 pounds the first month. The key to total diabetes control, and improved health, is to lose the belly fat. It is paramount. As the belly fat goes away, it will become increasingly easier to win the fat war. Blood sugar control will become easier, blood pressure, triglyceride and cholesterol levels will improve. Go to http://www.diabeticshandbook.com for a free daily nutrition log, which will make tracking nutrition easier.

Spirulina Side Effects – Can You Have Too Much of a Good Thing?

Spirulina is blue-green algae with diverse nutritional and health benefits but we are dedicated to discussing the spirulina side effects. Basically, the health benefits of spirulina can not be ignored by anyone who has ever used the product. We want to sure that we inform you about the health benefits of various products plus any associated side effects so that as you use the product you also know about both its positive and negative effects. This is a rare thing that is not done by many other health care websites.

Spirulina contains various vitamins, amino acids, minerals and and more than one hundred other nutrients. Each of these components has a nutritional value on one's health and that is why spirulina is mainly used in food supplements. It boosts the general body fitness and well-being by providing these essential nutrients needed by the body.

However, since knowing the health benefits of spirulina, we found it very crucial to inform our visitors about the side effects of this product. The main aim being to ensure that you have full information about the products so that when you use it, you know exactly what to expect. This will also help our visitors decide whether to use spirulina or not. Definitely, if you see the spirulina side effects becoming unbearable, do not force yourself to continue to use it. We want to provide our visitors with complete information so as they can live healthy lives.

Some of the spirulina side effects

As you use spirulina for its many health benefits, it is good to be aware of some of its associated risks. The following there, are some of the side effects of spirulina or "superfood" as some call it due to its composition of almost all food components:

Thirst and constipation: therefore you need to increase your water intake.

Skin itching and other minor skin problems like skin rashes.

Some people experience stomachaches and other related gastrointestinal disorders. This is especially seen if a large quantity of spirulina is ateen all at one time.

Dizziness and nausea.

Fever and lack of sleep. This is because spirulina contain approximately 70% proteins. During the breakdown of these proteins, more heat is released from the body causing the fever.

Impaired liver and kidney functions. These are mainly experienced if spirulina is overdosed.

There are also some contaminated spirulina products which contain heavy metals like lead, cadmium and mercury. This lowers the quality of spirulina that underperforming as expected and in turn causes side effects. Make sure you check the source of your spirulina and make sure it has been tested for contamination.

People may experience more weight gain when they start using spirulina but the weight increase is typically due to more accumulation of water in their bodies thought about by the spirulina.

Those with less blood cells also can suffer from frequent nasal bleeding when they use spirulina.

Mainly, spirulina side effects are caused by an individual being allergic to it. Overdosing on spirulina has not yet been proven to cause side effects though it is recommended to consult your doctor for the dosage directions. Also, the doctor will advise you on which form of spirulina to take – capsules, powder, flakes or tablets. However, most of the spirulina side effects are a sign that it is working in the body.

Early Menopause and Lupus

Early menopause occurs most often in women who are 30 to 40 years of age. It may occur in women younger than that with underlying causes. It very important that if you are suffering the signs of early menopause that you consult a doctor to rule out anything else that may be happening or a consequence of other health conditions. This is especially important if you have lupus and are experiencing signs of early menopause.

Lupus Symptoms

There are a few types of lupus including Discoid Lupus and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Discoid Lupus most often affects the skin. It will present as a red rash that could have raised edges. It commonly occurs on the face and scalp. The rash is not itchy but scarring on the scalp can cause irreversible hair loss. Up to approximately 10% of those who have Discoid Lupus will develop Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

The most common complaints of those who suffer with systemic lupus erythematosus include fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle pain, arthritis and mouth/ nose ulcerations.

A facial rash (butterfly rash), photosensitivity and inflammation of the lining that surrounds the heart-pleuritis and the heart-pericarditis are also symptoms of lupus. Problems with circulation to the fingers and toes when it is really cold are also called Raynaud’s phenomenon. Inflammation of the brain, liver, and kidneys also occur in SLE. There may be a decrease in white blood cells and clotting factors. This increases the risk of infections and bleeding.

More than 50% of those with SLE will develop the flat red butterfly rash. Most SLE sufferers will develop a type of arthritis that is very similar to rheumatoid arthritis. The small joints of the hands, the wrists, and feet may swell, become painful, stiff and sometimes deformed. Inflammation of the blood vessels especially those that supply oxygen to tissues can cause nerve injury, injury to the skin, or injury to an internal organ.

These are some of the major and most common symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus. Within each symptom is a set of sub-symptoms that result from the main symptoms. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can be very treatable. It may also cause death depending on which body organs are affected.

The diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus is determined if a patient has four or more of eleven criteria. They are: malar-butterfly rash, discoid rash with patchy redness, photosensitivity (sensitivity to light), mucus membrane ulcers, arthritis, pleuritis and pericaridits-inflammations of the linings of the heart lungs along with pain when breathing, kidney abnormalities including an abnormal quantity of urine protein or clusters of cellular elements (casts), brain irritation, blood count abnormalities, immunological disorders-abnormal results of such tests as Anti-DNA, or anti-Sm, testing positive for antinuclear antibody.

Other tests could include a Sedimentation Rate, blood chemistry and evaluation of body fluids, as well as tissue biopsies. SLE can also cause one to enter early menopause

Treatments of systemic lupus erythematosus include get more rest during the active phases of the disease. Inadequate sleep is key in the progression of fatigue in SLE patients. A doctor must focus on poor sleep and the effects of depression, insufficient exercise and patient’s personal care coping abilities on their over-all health. Drugs that are used to relieve symptoms of SLE include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that help muscle, joint and other body tissue pain.

Corticosteroids are stronger in lessening inflammation and restoring the ability to function when SLE is active and they are helpful when internal organs are involved. They can be delivered in a number of forms but they have some serious side effects in long-term use at high doses. Thinning skin and bones, weight gain, infections, diabetes, facial puffiness, cataracts and even death (necrosis) of large joints are also possible. There is a wide variety of types of drugs used to treat mild to severe cases of SLE.

Symptoms of Early Menopause

Lupus and early menopause have some common symptoms. Sleep problems, heart palpitations, headaches and hot flashes that can occur in lupus and the patient not are menopausal. Irregular periods and bleeding are classic signs of beginning menopause. If you are a woman with lupus menstruation can continue but as has been mentioned become irregular and cease altogether catapulting you into early menopause. Other symptoms of it include appetite changes, weight gain, body aches, and mood swings all of which can also occur in lupus.

Early menopause in lupus can occur as a result of the disease itself. It can also be a result of the medications used to treat lupus. It can also be a result of heredity as opposed the disease or treatments of the disease.

Treatment of these symptoms can be HRT- hormone replacement therapy, anti-depressants, and anti-inflammatories. These treatments can have some very serious side effects such as increased risk for heart attack and some cancers. Most women seek to avoid these side effects and turn to natural treatments such as herbal supplementation.

Herbal supplements may also include vitamins such as B-complex and C vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and zinc. In order to get the highest quality supplement there should be no fillers or preservatives. The ingredients will have had the molecular path tested at the molecular level and their interactions evaluated as well. Only standardized herbal extracts are used and they are made to meet pharmaceutical grade standards. This all helps to guarantee top quality and consistent dosing from capsule to capsule.

Conclusion

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can attack the skin discoid lupus erythematosus and systemic lupus erythematosus that affects the joints and internal organs. It is a connective tissue disease. Either the disease itself or the medications that are used to treat lupus can put a woman into early menopause. A doctor’s examination will help to determine the best course of treatment including the possible benefits of herbal supplementation.

Melaleuca Product Review – Scam Or Great Products?

The company was founded in 1985 when it was taken over by Frank Sloot who got rid of the previous company and name and brought the company’s product line into compliance with FDA regulations. The company is now one of Idaho’s largest privately owned companies. The company has established the Melaleuca Foundation, which is currently supporting an orphanage in Quito, Ecuador. So I can see that the company has a caring heart.

Melaleuca is also the name of a type of plant that has an essential oil called Ti tree (aka tea tree). Some people misspell it as “melaluca” or “malaluca”. I have used tea tree oil products for many years on my horses as a topical treatment since it has great natural antibacterial and antifungal effects. Tea tree oil can be purchased from most any drug store or pet store for just a few dollars. One interesting fact is that the melaleuca plant is a valued plant in Australia and Hawaii, but is an invasive weed in some areas such as Florida where it is costing the state of Florida hundreds of thousands of dollars to try and remove.

The Melaleuca Wellness Company line of products includes over 300 items. These items include household cleaners, personal care items, candles, hygiene products, nutritional products, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. The company claims to have great environmentally friendly products.

Products

First let me state that this review is NOT a scientific review of the Melaleuca products.

I don’t doubt that the Melaleuca Company is a great company and that they have some really nice products that are better than your average drug store products. I do not think that Melaleuca is a fraud or a scam. I just do not feel that their dietary supplements are for me and my family. Even EPA certified environmentally safe does not mean that a product is biologically safe. A past university pharmacy professor of mine once said that “what is safe for the environment can sometimes be extremely toxic to humans.”

When I looked at the ingredient list for the Melaleuca health supplements, I saw some chemicals that made me cringe. Each supplement that I looked at the label of, including even their children’s health product line, had bad or even toxic chemicals. I saw ingredients such as

  • sucralose (not to be confused with sucrose)
  • fructose
  • silicon dioxide !
  • chromium chloride !

Chromium Chloride is so toxic that it is on the Hazardous Substance List! It is known to exhibit genotoxic, mutagenic, teratogenic (reproductive hazard) effects on the body. If you check the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for chromium chloride you can find it has a LD50, referring to its lethal dose in order to kill 50% of a mouse population in studies. So could their child vitamin kill your kid if your kid got into the bottle and ate too much?

Silicon dioxide is found in many supplements from any store. It is not “toxic”, but I found it interesting that ALL of the supplement labels for Melaleuca that I looked at…had this ingredient. Even the kids products had this ingredient. Silicon dioxide is the chemical name for SAND, just as sodium chloride the chemical name for salt. Now silicon dioxide is not harmful, but I don’t understand why the need to put it into all of their products. One interesting fact about silicon dioxide is that it is the active compound in scouring cleaners, and is also used to make computer chips and many kinds of glass as well.

While I was on the Melaleuca official website, I found that they have a letter that lists the products that do not contain any ingredients found on the prohibited substance list published by the World Anti-Doping Code. Since not all of the products were listed, it means that in some of their supplements they do use ingredients that are on the World Anti-Doping prohibited substance list. This does not necessarily mean that those supplements will kill you, but if it is internationally illegal for an Olympic athlete to use some of the Melaleuca supplements, then that should say something.

Business Opportunity

Their compensation plan was not for me. Among many companies, I looked into Melaleuca at one time as a possible money making opportunity so that I could earn a residual income, since so many people are looking for ways to work from home. But when I found out that you have to have over 2500 people in your organization in the Melaleuca Company in order to make a six figure income, I lost interest in the business opportunity immediately.

I found another opportunity to work from home that pays a whole lot more for my time and is a lot easier for ordinary people to do successfully.

My Conclusion

I can safely say that Melaleuca nutritional supplements were not for me and my family. I found a better supplement that I am extremely happy with. I have friends that use the Melaleuca products and I feel that the Melaleuca vitamins are better than your health food store vitamins and minerals, but I know that there are better out there. Why not use the very best?

The Melaleuca Alternative

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I found an alternative product to Melaleuca that I really like! I get my supplements from a solid research and development company that has the market on a unique niche in organic supplementation. While just looking for a health product to help my family with some health challenges, I happened across a great opportunity to get paid to share a product that I really love. I help others feel great about their health and energy. I get FREE supplements now and I look and feel years younger! It is fun, rewarding and after a few years of hard work put in, can return you a nice residual income.

Everybody wants good health and more energy. I have been consuming glyconutrients supplements for a few years now and am extremely happy with my energy boost, immune system, and great health.

Health Benefits of Strawberry Fruit Soaps

Everyone loves to eat strawberries, but have you ever washed with them? One of the great benefits of natural soap is that during the soap making process, the opportunity exists to get all of the health benefits of your favorite fruits and herbs into soap-not to mention the beautiful colors and scents.

Strawberry soap is a form of natural cold process soap where strawberry extract and sometimes strawberry seeds are added to soap as the soap hardens. Unlike manufactured soap, which is often hot process-meaning that the process of making soap evolves constant high temperatures which can denature the beneficial natural chemicals in strawberries-natural cold process soap keeps the natural health benefits of the strawberry fruit intact, but suspended in the Solid soap. That means that most of the vitamins and minerals in the fruit remain in the soap for months.

Strawberries are extremely high in Vitamins C and K as well as pantothenic acid, Vitamin B1, folic acid, and iodine. They also contain high levels of antioxidants, which are known to fight cancer (in fact, strawberries contain compounds that have been shown to inhibit COX enzymes in vitro) and to fight chronic disease as well as providing numerous other health benefits. Strawberries have also been linked to effecting blood vessels, lipoproteins, and platelets in ways that can improve your health. Numerous studies have shown that daily intake of strawberries can bring down the chance of cancer and even the growth of cancerous tissue. Free radicals, which have been shown to contribute to joint problems and arthritis, have also been shown to be reduced by the antioxidants found in strawberries.

Not to mention, strawberries give natural soap a lovely red color that ranges from pink to deep maroon based on the amount of extract used in making the strawberry soap. Strawberries contain phytonutrients, or naturally occurring chemicals, called anthocyanins that combine with sugar to give strawberries a rich red color. This explains why strawberries are red when ripe-because the anthocyanins are colorless at first until the plant starts producing sugar. The sugar then links to the chemical inside the fruit and is responsible for the chemical reaction that turns strawberries red. Compounds from the same family make blueberries blue and grapes purple.

When picking out a strawberry soap, be sure to look closely at the label. Most drug store variety strawberry soaps actually do not contain strawberries, but only strawberry fragrance (which is often not even natural strawberry fragrance, by a synthetic chemical that may actually have health risks). Most manufactured soaps that contain natural strawberries are hot processes, which removes many of the beneficial properties of strawberries by heating the soap to high temperatures. Others contain high levels of synthetic preservatives. The benefit for big manufacturers is that their strawberry soap lasts much longer on the shelf. Unfortunately, that means that the consumer-you! -don't get all the natural benefits of washing with strawberries in your soap.

One of the best qualities of cold process natural soap is that the compounds in natural extracts are retained in the soap, so even when strawberries go out of season you can still get all the great health benefits year round by choosing a strawberry soap.

Moringa Leaf Powder: Powder vs Pills

Moringa leaf powder is a true superfood that is loaded with nutrition. When comparing powder vs pills, the better choice is the powder format, because the benefits of Moringa leaf powder are more pronounced when consumed in this way.

Benefits of Moringa Leaf Powder

Moringa leaf powder is one of the most nutrient dense foods in the world. The African Moringa Oleifera is considered a miracle tree because of its potent health benefits, since every part of it has a nutritional or medicinal use. People who take this superfood report higher levels of energy, stamina, mental focus, and emotional balance. It is being used to treat malnutrition because of its high levels of nutrients, protein, and fiber.

1. Vitamins and minerals – Powdered Moringa leaves are high in many valuable vitamins and minerals. Here are some comparisons:

* 3 times as much potassium as a banana

* 4 times as much beta carotene as a carrot

* 7 times more C than is found in an orange

* 10 times more vitamin A than in carrots

* 15 times more potassium than in bananas

* 17 times more calcium than in milk

* 25 times more iron than spinach

Following are just a few of the many possible benefits of Moringa leaf powder:

1. Amino Acids – Protein is formed from amino acids and this product has 18 amino acids.

2. Antioxidants – These promote the health of our cells, can help to prevent cancer and can slow the aging process. The 46 antioxidants in this powder will strengthen your immune system.

3. Anti-inflammatory – This powder will help reduce inflammation.

4. Blood sugar – Moringa leaf powder helps to regulate blood glucose levels.

5. Cholesterol – It will also help promote natural serum cholesterol.

6. Detoxify – This product will detoxify your body so it can function better. It purifies organs and cleanses the bloodstream.

7. Digestion – This powder will aid digestion and help your colon function properly.

8. Energy – When taking Moringa leaf powder, you will notice an increase in your energy levels.

9. Nervous system conditions – This powder will help lessen or prevent headaches, including migraines.

10. Well-being – This product is effective against depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders.

Powder vs Pills

Supplementing your diet with Moringa leaf powder is a healthy choice and your body will enjoy greater benefits when ingested in powder form rather than taken in capsules. Here are five reasons for this:

Assimilation: When ingested in the loose powder form, the Moringa leaf powder is assimilated easier and faster by the body.

Easier to consume a sufficient amount: The recommended amount of Moringa leaf powder is two teaspoons a day. It is extremely simple to add this amount to food that you normally consume.

Versatile: It is easy to incorporate the powder into your daily meals. The powder can be added to soups, sauces, smoothies, juice, tea, or yogurt. It can be sprinkled on top of beans, salads, casseroles, or oatmeal.

Easier to swallow: Many people have difficulty swallowing pills and capsules. The number of capsules that are equivalent to two teaspoons of powder is between nine and ten. For someone who does not like taking pills, the choice to take the loose powder is obviously better.

Less expensive: A one pound bag of Moringa leaf powder is equivalent to 900 capsules that are 500 mg each. If there were 90 capsules in a bottle, that would be 10 bottles. A one pound bag costs less than 30 dollars, so this means that even if the bottles were ten dollars each, the powder form would still be much cheaper.

Paleo, Primal, SCD, GAPS: Which Diet Is Best for Autoimmune Illness?

Don’t lie. When you first heard of the “caveman diet”, you scoffed didn’t you? Or perhaps you grunted a little. Sure sounded like another fad diet. I personally would’ve named it Encino Diet with Brendan Fraisier as posterboy to make it more competitive with Atkins, but hey caveman marketing is a bit primitive.

Fortunately for us, this doesn’t appear to be a scam. Many patients with autoimmune or autoimmune-like conditions seem to benefit by changing to a diet based on evolutionary principles. No doubt you’ve heard of some of the most popular ones: Paleo, Primal, Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), GAPS. There are a ton of resources out there on each diet, so I’ll focus on the main differences between these 4 most popular diets & delve into success metrics, where available, rather than the details of each diet.

Hey McFly I’m borrowing the DeLorean to take a closer look at these dietary blasts from the past:

1. Paleo Diet

By far the most popular one, led by Loren Cordain & Robb Wolf. The focus is on all-natural (i.e. grass fed) animal fats and natural fats (ghee, avocado etc), and low carbs (starchy root vegetables, white rice, and other starches without antinutrients.) The basic tenet is that we’re simply not evolved to optimize digestion and absorption of agricultural products.

Success: There are no controlled studies on this diet yet, but lots of >90% success rates reported by various doctors internationally. Dr. Jean Seignalet in France conducted a trial on autoimmune patients, with success being defined as 50% reduction in symptoms, and here are the results:

Rheumatoid arthritis: 200 (sample size), 80% (success rate)

Lupus: 13, 100%

Multiple Sclerosis: 33, 97%

Fibromyalgia: 41, 97%

IBS: 220, 98%

Crohns: 40, 100%

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: 11, 85%

2. Primal Diet

Mark Sisson is the main proponent. Basically the same as Paleo except it allows full-fat dairy. According to Mark’s pictures, shirts should also be avoided. Wouldn’t mind having that body though!

Chris Kresser is another big proponent of Paleo that has incorporated dairy such as grass-fed butter and kefir into his protocol with much success. He talks about not tolerating more than a teaspoon of kefir at first, but slowly building up to pints a day. I’ve heard similar stories from ME/CFS patients that benefit from fermented dairy. His theory is that taking probiotics via kefir actually changes your microbiota or gut flora to allow your gut to tolerate dairy.

Success: I couldn’t track down any statistics specific to the Primal Diet, but due to its similarity to Paleo I would imagine if you could tolerate dairy, the statistics for Paleo might be a good reference. 

3. Specific Carbohydrate (SCD) Diet

This was developed by Sydney Valentine Haas, MD. At first glance it sounds like a low-carb diet, but the basic tenet is actually that carbs feed overgrowth of yeast & bacteria in the gut, so limit both the amount & types of carbs to well-absorbed. The major difference from Paleo: properly-prepared legumes such as beans are allowed, and like Primal, dairy is allowed.

Success:

Autism Research Institute’s survey found that with 71% of parents noted improvement in their kids from SCD.

“Proponents of the diet claim there is an 80% recovery rate for Crohn’s disease and a 95% recovery rate for diverticulitis.” – http://altmedicine.about.com/od/popularhealthdiets/a/specific_carb.htm

And most impressive, results of a pilot study done on Irritable Bowel Syndrome:

“Notably, 9 out of 11 patients were able to be managed without anti-TNF therapy, and 100% of the patients had their symptoms reduced.” – http://escholarship.umassmed.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1025&context=cts_retreat

4. Gut And Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Diet

Based on the SCD diet, and developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. The main difference from the other diets is the focus on healing the gut, as opposed to just feeding it foods that are optimally digested & absorbed. Main difference from SCD: emphasis on bone broth and fermented foods, less beans, gradual implementation of dairy casein to tolerance starting from Ghee (which has virtually no lactose).

Success: Because this diet’s the newest of the list, statistics are lacking so far. In my personal opinion, based on what we know about leaky gut though, the use of bone broths to provide easily-absorbed nutrition and seal the gut en route to building tolerance of fermented products makes this diet especially appealing for severe LGS.

Final Thoughts: There is far more similarity within these diets than there is different. GAPS was mostly developed as an improvement to SCD, and Primal was mostly developed as an improvement to Paleo. In the end, many practitioners agree that ultimately an elimination diet where you eliminate a food for 30 days and then add one thing in at a time (and monitor how you feel) is the way to figure out which foods and amounts of those food your body reacts to.

What Does Coconut Oil Have That Gives Your Hair Instant Volume and Shine?

Females who want to achieve that natural volume and shine to their hair I recommend using coconut oil as hair treatment. Men who are going bald and aim to reduce their baldness the healthy way, I also recommend using coconut oil as hair treatment.

Have you ever noticed why Asians and Islanders have thicker and shinier hair? It just looks healthy in every way. Well it's because they use oil from coconut as a daily treatment on their hair.

Healthy hair that consist of volume, shine, no dandruff and a clean scalp is a combination of genes, diet and hair treatment.

The one thing we can not control in any way is a person's gene, but we can control our diet and hair treatment.

Eat plenty of vegetables and nuts that provide the protein and nutrients needed for healthy hair.

There are products out there that harm hair and strip away the protein, nutrients and health. Be careful when applying certain products like hair spray, gel, wax and shampoos as these are known to strip away the essential proteins and nutrients.

Here are two indicators you can use to determine how damaging a product is to your hair:

1) When having a shower, notice if the hair product you applied (hair spray, gel or wax) is hard to wash off. If it is hard to wash off, then it is most likely damaging your hair and you better use another easier-to-wash product.

2) Also, notice if your hair starts falling off or breaking off during a shower or after the shower. This is another indicator your hair is not in good health from the current products you are using. You will need to restore the health and vitality immediately. One of the best treatments to restore health and vitality is coconut oil.

How you treat your hair also does further damage to it. Whenever you are scrubbing your hair too hard the individual strands are being broken off. Instead, it is a good idea to be gentler when using your hands to wash off the shampoo and conditioner.

If you towel dry your hair, make sure you are not applying too much pressure on your hair. Applying hard pressure to pat dry your hair pulls your hair out very easily.

A better solution is to gently pat dry your hair as much as you can and let the air dry out the remaining water. Of course remember that during winter having wet hair can lead to you being sick so it is best not to dry your hair naturally in those moments. Instead, use a blow drier but set it to a softer blow. It is also advisable you do not have the blow drier so close to your scalp.

If you have dry, damaged hair use coconut oil for hair restoration as it provides the essential oils that will restore shine, moisture, protein and vitality.

Coconut oil contains lauric acid, capric acid and vitamin E that feeds into your hair and provides you the volume, shine and clean scalp. It is also great for eliminating dandruff.

The other benefit it provides is that it stimulates growth for baldness; It strengthens each strand and enhances hair roots. Using it is very inexpensive and one of the most effective treatment products out there that nature provides.

You will notice your hair will increase in volume and shine and it will eliminate dandruff and leave it looking healthy in every way.

Top Network Marketing Company – Why Are the Products So Expensive?

I'm sure you've heard this question before, why are top network marketing company's products so expensive?

This is one of those ever-present questions that networkers and direct sales people will continue to encounter (probably) forever – and there's always more to it than meets a simple answer.

One key is not to side-step it. There are good and genuine reasons for legitimate, premium-priced products – and of course there are over-priced ones as well. Honesty is best, as always, and I'll endeavor to give you the general truth with my answer to the question.

Special Products at Special Prices
First, the products available through top network marketing companies sales and distribution model are mostly what are called "specialty" items. They are higher priced products to begin with, having more expensive ingredients and more complex designs or formulas; They are simply more expensive to make and package. Some well-known non-network marketed examples are Clinique makeup and fragrance products, Apple computers, iPods and iPhones, Armani clothing, Mercedes and Lexus automobiles.

Unless you're dealing with a scheme or a scam, these premium products outperform their cheaper, off-the-shelf counterparts, giving consumers more and better benefits. Since they have greater value, they cost more.

If these products are being outsourced by the networking company (produced by a "third-party" vendor / supplier), they tend to be manufactured in smaller production runs that do not allow for all the optimal low-cost advantages of buying and making in The high volumes mass-marketers enjoy. The manufacturing processes are more complex and exclusive. The profit margins are higher. This results in a higher quality product with more attention to detail and quality control.

The reason manufacturers and marketing companies select network marketing and direct sales is because these higher-priced products are of higher quality, and they therefore require special methods of distribution and sales.

Simply put, they can not compete with the lower-priced, lower quality "commodity" products, which are sold based primarily on discounted mass-market pricing and brand awareness alone. Think Wal-Mart and Costco.

Specialty products are "education-intensive." They need greater explanation; For example, what formula, ingredients and / or processes makes the product more expensive than those mass-market goods available through direct response marketing (such as the Internet and mail-order) or retail chain store sales. Many require demonstration.

Mass-market products depend on advertising, promotion and merchandising at "point-of-purchase," all of which are required to get consumers' attention, let them know the product exists (to create "trial" especially if it's "brand" new ), And to give them enough compelling reasons to purchase and keep on purchasing.

Going head-to-head with nationally advertised products, many to most of which are heavily discounted and sold at the lowest price possible, is a tough game for just about all smaller businesses to win. Imagine trying to sell vitamins or nutritional beverages or "prestige" cosmetics against a major manufacturer selling through Wal-Mart, or a natural toothpaste against a tube of Crest® through Kroger or Publix supermarkets.

Specialty products are perfect for the person-to-person, information-rich education, demonstration and service oriented methods of network marketing.

And that's where the important second aspect of network marketing's "higher price" comes in: the added value which you as a "distributor" add to the specialty products you sell.

Added Value added

Network marketing and direct sales representatives add significant value to the product they sell and they are well paid when they do so successfully.

We reach consumers with the awareness of new products and services that ads and merchandising – no matter how persuasive or promiscuous – would not be able to reach out and touch. And by virtue of our one-on-one, personal relationship with these buyers, we appeal to them with a level of trust and service no mass-market, retail product advertiser could hope to compete with.

The extra level level of service Network Marketers provides is not available when buying through mail order or retail outlets. It is a real and tangible benefit, part of the product's value – and its price.

For example: Someone tries a network marketing anti-aging health product. It's personally presented for them – either in person or via mail – with a host of educational material about the product: scientific studies, article reprints, even books or texts explaining how the product was made, how to use it, its unique features And its benefits.

Within one to two days, the network marketer again contacts the person to follow up, asking how they are doing, checking to see that their customer is following use directions properly, make recommendations, etceteras. These service calls continue daily, bi-weekly or weekly until the customer is satisfied and happy.

The network marketer will also continue to send informative and educational material such as updates from scientific literature. He or she will also let the customer know about other products the company offers that this particular customer with his or her unique needs and wants might also enjoy.

This is an extra level level of service that is a real and tangible benefit for the consumer. This kind of personal and knowledgeable attention is not available when buying through the Internet alone, or mail-order or most all retail outlets. It is one of the things network marketers are paid for and it is part of the product's value – and its price.

Are there cases where the above education and service are not offered? Of course.

Are there products that do not have special ingredients or qualities that support a higher price? Sure.

And are there times when a network marketed product is simply more expensive to pay for the multiple-level commission structure? Yes.

Back in the early 1950s, a dog grooming service was opened in New York City to serve people living in the exclusive Park Avenue, 70th and 80th Streets area. They charged $ 25 to shampoo and clip a dog. They had no customers. Then they jacked-up their prices to $ 250 per visit – and were an instant success. The Cadillac Seville, when first introduced in test-market showrooms priced at under $ 10,000, bombed; At $ 14,000 the very same vehicle became an instant best-seller.

Value is a perception. The relationship between quality, benefit and price, ie, value , is in the mind of the consumer-beholder. Businesses price goods and services according to what the market will bear. Successful marketers come up with just the right mix of value-benefit-price.

The majority of network marketing direct sales products are of the genuine higher-quality variety, not available in stores, special in ingredients, design and making.

Most offer the convenience of in-home or on-line ordering and to-the-door delivery. They are also special in terms of …

Marketing and Customer Service

The network marketing "sales person" adds value to the product through his or her education, service and sales to the customer.

All of this has its price. And according to consumer trends and the explosive growth of network marketing direct sales companies and their products worldwide, more and more people every day think it's worth it.

What's the truth about the price of products offered through network marketing? Are they too high? And if so, why?

The full answer to this one is complicated. If you need a short one, mine is:

High? Usually, yes.

Too high? Sometimes … yes, but generally no.

So, if they are high, why? Let's start with looking at what kind of products we're really talking about here.

The Truth is, Specialty Products Cost More

Network marketing is predominately a "specialty products" business: The products we sell most often tend not to be the type you find in supermarkets, drug stores or any other mass merchandiser. They are not the kind that combines the lowest possible price for the least acceptable level of quality. For a conventional retail parallel, look at the products in a natural or health food store, beauty salon, boutique or upscale department store.

Specialty products cost more to make. The ingredients are unique and high quality and production is low quantity – the amounts manufactured usually are not great enough to take advantage of the economies of scale enjoyed by big-time, high-volume, mass-market producers. So these products more expensive – both to make and to buy.

Also, specialty product makers usually can not depend on major advertising to increase sales: they do not have that kind of money. So they have to use more expensive forms of distribution, such as small, individual retail outlets whose profit margins are higher than mass-market stores and chains.

Profit Margins and Markups

Here's an example: a discount chain drug store may be able to markup a bottle of vitamins that normally sells for $ 3.00 wholesale for less than the normal 33 percent retail profit margin. And, because they buy in large volumes, they'll get the product for less than $ 3.00 to begin with.

A natural or health food store may buy that same product at the full $ 3.00 wholesale price, and use a markup of 50 percent to get their full 33.3 percent retail profit margin.

To the consumer, buying at retail, here's the difference: $ 3.99 at the drug store and $ 4.50 at the health food store.

And then there's "what the traffic will bear."

There are sexy boxes of imported chocolate that go for $ 38.00 each, and poly-bags of 50 mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cups you can get for less than $ 3.80. If your taste tend towards expensive, you'll generally pay more – in "margin" percentages to middle-people and in total dollars.

Let's look at a comparison of one single product offered through the conventional manufacturer-to-retail distribution system and the exact same product sold through network marketing.

$$$ From Conventional Manufacturer to Consumer

We know specialty products cost more to make; Again, the ingredients are unique and high quality, and the production is low quantity, so they are simply more expensive.

Manufacturers speak of "Cost of Goods" (CoG): that's the figure that a product costs the company to make, including overhead, ingredients, packaging and labeling, sales commissions (such as broker's fees), etc.

The very minimum a manufacturer needs to sell that product for is double, or a 50 percent margin. Considering that most competitive businesses operate on a six percent pre-tax profit, that leaves them 44 percent to pay for everything else. So, the $ 2.00 CoG product they make, they sell for $ 4.00.

Now, some manufacturers sell direct to retailers – not many, but a few do, and when they do, they'll take a higher profit margin to pay for the Cost of Sales (CoS).

However, most manufacturing companies deal through distributors, who charge for warehousing, shipping and selling the products to retail stores. Normal wholesale is a 25 percent markup, which you get by multiplying the purchase price – plus freight if not included – by 1.33. So, our $ 4.00 item would be sold by a wholesale-distributor to the retailer for $ 5.32. (Again, plus or not freight costs which can run 10 to 15 percent additional.)

To achieve a 33.3 percent profit margin, the retailer has a 50 percent mark-up – or higher. Our $ 5.32 product ends up on the shelf at $ 7.98.

Now, this is the minimum scenario – not what normally happens except in the more strongly competitive markets. It's not the least bit unusual to find the manufacturer selling that $ 2.00 CoG product for $ 5.00 or $ 6.00 … the distributor working on 35 percent instead of 25 percent … and a retailer – especially from a specialty market segment – look for a 50 percent profit (ie, a 100 percent markup), instead of "only" one third.

And if all of that were true, the retail price of the product through that sales and distribution system would be more like $ 14.95.

$$$ In Network Marketing Direct Sales

Let's work this one backwards (because that's how most of the numbers are accounted for your responsibilities).

If the networking company's product sells to consumers for $ 15.00 it will have an average retail commission to the network of from 20 percent to 40 percent. So, using a 30 percent retail commission, the company's "wholesale" price to the mlm distributor will be about $ 10.50.

Let's say that your company pays out a full 50 percent in "downline" or organizational missions. That means that the company's lowest from-the-warehouse price for the product would be half of wholesale, or $ 5.25.

That's right in the ballpark for specialty manufacturing, distribution and sales.

It's a Question of Value

There is also a greater value, beyond the "specialty products" issues of ingredient quality, cost of manufacture and so forth and that's the education, information and service delivered by the person-to-person distribution network.

Learning the product's proper use, additional uses, history, all about the ingredients, etceteras, is all part of its value. And products offered through word-of-mouth network marketing have more of this "added value" than any others.

This last point begins the question:

"Are products purchased through network marketing higher priced to make up for the compensation or commission payments to distributors and their networks?"

Can they be? Yes.
Are they … usually? No and Yes.

In an authentic, intelligent, sincere and sensible network marketing direct sales company, one that's well-managed and directed … a company that understands that the financial health and well-being of the men and women in the field MUST lead their mission, Decisions, strategy, policies and procedures … no.

But that new ostentatious corporate headquarters in the prestige location … corporate jet … an army of "distributor service" personnel … rock concert "conventions" … $ 50,000 "big name" keynote speakers … resort vacations and Aggressive cruses to exotic locations paid for by the company … luxury car allowances … are all expenses that need to be paid for. Where does that money come from?

Directly (in terms of potential contracts that will not be paid out to people) or indirectly (in over-priced products and / or inflated charges for marketing materials, self-replicating websites, business building tools and trainings), the money comes from only One place … the men and women in the field.

"So … do network marketed products cost more?" Sometimes yes and other times no.

Can they be more expensive than similar items of equal value offered in a conventional market such as a retail store? Yes, they can.

In fact, you can find numerous examples of both conventionally retailed products and networking products of similar sizes, shapes and qualities at prices that vary by as much as 30 to 40 percent or more.

The only sure rule in product pricing the world over is, "What the traffic will bear …" No matter what distribution and sales route the product travels. It's not so much a game of "Let the Buyer Beware," as it is and always will be …

"Let the Buyer Be Aware."

Factor in the at-home shopping convenience … the customer service … the satisfaction guarantee … personal attention … education and information – and in today's increasingly competitive global marketplace, the "aggressive pricing" post being taken by More and more networking companies around the world – along with the generally superior quality of the products available through network marketing and direct sales …

… and I believe a growing number quality-conscious consumers will agree with me, top network marketing company's products representing outstanding value.

Energy Drink Health Concerns

Energy drinks are huge in the United States and other parts of the world. As our lives get busier, the first thing we always seem to sacrifice is our sleep. Designed to prove both a shot of energy and act as a source of nutrients, these drinks allow us to make it through the day without passing out before lunch time. In recent years so many people have adapted their lifestyle around these drinks that stories have started to surface of the possible negative attributes of these drinks. Alleged death from consuming these drinks in clubs and during other activities have raised the red flag to legislatures concerned about energy drink health concerns. What about these drinks is cause for alarm, and how much of these claims are accurate?

A Short History

The modern day energy drink evolved from a drink that was first marketed in Japan during the 1960's. This drink, called Lipovitan-D (still available in Japan), contained a mix of B vitamins and taurine. Taurine, an amino acid, is a metabolic agent that is used to boost energy and concentration. The drink was originally created as a medical tonic for people suffering from chronic fatigue, but it grew in popularity as it was quickly adopted by the clubbing scene in Tokyo.

From Japan the energy drink was taken up by several Asian countries as it made its way towards Europe and the United States. The first commercially sold drink in the US was Red Bull. Taking the basic drink formula used in Japan, the creator of Red Bull added caffeine and sugar to the mix, a staple of energy drinks to this day. The energy drink market exploded once Red Bull hit the scene, and several other companies wrap their hat in the ring to vie for the consumer's dollar.

Energy Drink Health Concerns

I. The Ingredients

If you were to individually look at each ingredient common to most energy drinks, you would not find anything too harmful.

Taurine is an amino acid commonly found in meat and fish proteins. It stabilizes cell membranes in the brain and heart, and is essential in newborns since they can not make it. Some studies even say that taurine can help improve athletic performance. Up to 3,000 milligrams a day of supplemental taurine is considered safe.

B-vitamins help your body make energy from the food you eat. They are also critical nutrients for improving mood, memory, and other brain related functions. These vitamins can be found in the proteins of fish, poultry, mean, eggs, and dairy products. Leafy green vegetables also contain B vitamins.

Caffeine is no stranger to most people as it is the feature ingredient in coffee. Coffee is consumed by millions of people with no ill effects, and most people require the caffeine to make it to work every morning. As most people know, caffeine is a stimulant which causes your heart rate to increase, your pupils to dilate, and your muscles to tighten up. Small doses of this substance can actually by quite beneficial to you by helping your metabolism or curbing chronic fatigue.

Sugar is probably the most harmful substance (at least isolated individually) found in these drinks. Sugar is the slow, silent killer as it is the main culprit in obesity and diabetes. Those sugary treats that you use to reward yourself or your child should be the first thing cut for those looking to improve their health lifestyles.

II. The Mix

If you're drinking one energy drink every time and a while, then you should be fine. Taking Red Bull, the leading drink, as an example, it contains 1000 mg of taurine and 80 mg of caffeine. The consensus is that about 3000 mg of taurine and 200 to 300 mg of caffeine a day is not harmful. This of course does not apply to those who may suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, or other ailments. The problem, however, is that not enough research has been done on the combination of all of these ingredients, such as the interaction between taurine and caffeine. Also, while the adverse effects of too much caffeine in intake is well documented, such is not the case for taurine.

Energy drink health concerns are present in countries such as Germany, Australia, and New Zealand that have reported liver damage, kidney failure, respiratory disorders, agitation, confusion, seizures, psychotic conditions, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, rhabdomyolysis, tachycardia, cardiac Dysrhythmias, hypertension, myocardial infraction, heart failure, and death from excess consumption.

One of the chief energy drink health concerns is that many teens and adolescents are drinking them like they used to drink their juice boxes in elementary school. A culture is developing in which these drinks are consumed not for their intended purpose (to provide energy!). One report estimates that 46% of the caffeine in overdoses in the US reported in 2007 occurred in people younger than 19 years.

Many energy drink companies market their drinks toward athletes under the guise of performance enhancing. Many athletes have used caffeine to give them that extra energy before a match long before energy drinks have hit the market. Many athletes do not realize the entire amount of the stimulant, however. Caffeine acts a diuretic that can actually cause dehydration if consumed in large quantities. For this reason, athletes should avoid drinking energy drinks after competition as it will not replenish all of their lost nutrients and may just exacerbate things for them.

III. The Alcohol Factor

One of the more popular drinks for the clubbing scene is mixing energy drinks with alcohol. This combination looks to allow your body to get high without that nasty feeling of sleepiness. If you're a frequent club goer who consumes this drink, you should probably stop. The drink Four Loko, one part energy drink another part alcoholic, was recently banned in many states because of the energy drink health concerns it posed.

Many people believe that the depressant effects of alcohol can dampen the stimulating effects of energy drinks or vice versa. This is not true, however, and the stimulating effects of the energy drink may have you feeling less toxicated than you actually are at the time. The fatigue you feel from drinking too much alcohol is your bodies way of saying, "Hey time to slow down." If you continue drinking (since you do not feel that fatigue) you only magnify the effect of the alcohol on your body as well as consume a potentially dangerous amount of caffeine (if you continue to drink the energy drink mix). This probably accounts for many of the club / energy drink related deaths.

Conclusion

Every persons' body is different, and no one should know your body better than yourself. Energy drink health concerns are being looked at in many places and it may or may not be heavily regulated in several US states. No one can really force you to quit drinking these drinks, but hopefully this article has provided you with enough information to make an informed decision.