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What’s in a (Nutritional Products) Name

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

My wife’s greatest strength when it comes to nutrition, well being and health can also at times be her greatest weakness.  She believes with all her heart, mind and soul in the great nutrition offered by Isagenix.  She has tried them and experienced their positive

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 effects first hand.  It is easy for her to talk about them because she is excited about what they have done for her and her family.  As a result, she is eager for others to experience these same results.  It is kind of like watching your kids open their presents on Christmas morning.  It is much more satisfying than any present you could open yourself. 

Because of her own experiences she believes the products and systems can change people’s lives.  This does create a problem, however.  When you believe so strongly in something, it is difficult to accept and understand when others do not see what you see.  It is not a judgement or indictment of those who do not share this passion; but it can be confusing to someone who has accepted the efficacy of a nutritional product completely.  My wife and I are an evidence based couple that needs to see it, taste it, touch it, or otherwise experience it.  We have seen the evidence and have no doubts. 

One of the challenges of Isagenix products and systems is that the product names evoke a specific perception.  A good example is the Isagenix IsaLean Shake.  The name is an obvious reference to weight loss or weight maintenance.  Yet there are professional and world class athletes who have come to understand the nutritional benefits of the products beyond the potential for weight control.  This understanding, however, requires some research and understanding of the products.  The point is that if you think that Isagenix is only for those looking to experience weight loss, then you only know half the story.  Athletes like Lori Harder…bikini model, competitor and trainer have figured it out.  The solution is to do your own research.  If you need some guidance and direction I am sure my wife would love to talk to you.

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How FAT are your kids? How FAT are you?

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

I was watching The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News Channel today.  In one of the segments a panel was discussing a situation where a severely obese child was removed from his fathers home by a government entity.  The child was 11 years old and…400 POUNDS!! 

One of the arguments made by one of the panel members defending this decision was this.  How was this action anyobese child203 How FAT are your kids?  How FAT are you? different than the choice to remove a child from a home because he was NOT being fed?  In other words, if we were talking about malnurished children due to the parents neglect, would anybody argue against rescuing the child from such an environment.  I found this argument to be interesting as it caused me to reconsider my previously stated position on this matter…not change it…just reconsider it. 

There were some additional facts that should be noted about this specific case.  The father was physically incapable of properly taking care of his son because of his own physical issues.  As a result of the fathers physical limitations he was feeding his son fast food three times a day.  The child was ultimately removed from the home because it was believed the child would not live past 20 years of age if something was not done.  I must admit that in these very specific circumstances, I do not disagree with the resolution. 

Yet I want to make it clear that identifying children with obesity in general does not justify breaking up a family.  fast+food+kids How FAT are your kids?  How FAT are you?Furthermore, it certainly does not justify the government interfering with the family structure.  If we as a nation begin to travel down this path, where does it stop.  Will we remove children for being 300 pounds…200 pounds…150 pounds?  Will we remove children from their homes because they are getting bad grades in school? 

Removing children from their homes would open a can of worms that I do not think we would close very easily.  There is another consideration as well.  The percentage of fat kids (pardon my bluntness) has tripled over the last 30 years to 17%.  If the government is going to take care of solving the problem of obesity for children by removing them from homes, where are they going to put them all?

The bottom line is this.  As I have stated repeatedly, we need to consider how our behaviors and decisions as they relate to food and nutrition are influencing our children.  If we smoke, they stand a much greater chance of smoking.  If we drink to excess, they are more likely to do the same…and if we abuse our bodies and become obese…well…you get the picture.  I am curious what all of you think about the government taking the 400 pound 11 year old.  I must tell you I am torn.  We all need to start looking at ourselves before something like this becomes commonplace. 

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A Parent is Responsible for More Than Their Own Health

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

This premise may seem logical and reasonable.  The day anyone decides to have a child they give up the right to be a1546120 com 284pxobesi A Parent is Responsible for More Than Their Own Health bad example.   As a matter of fact, my opinion is that the day you start down the road to parenthood you relinquish all rights to selfishness and generally bad behavior.  This includes how you take care of yourself.  

The axiom of “Do as I say, not as I do”, never works.  If you smoke cigarettes, there is a greater chance that you will raise a smoker.  If you drink to excess, do not be surprised if your child develops problems with alcohol as well.  Finally, if you fail to pay attention to your health, weight and nutrition you will probably have children that follow in your footsteps.  Our responsibilities in this area are not limited to the days following the birth of our children, however. 

A recent study determined that exposing human embryos to high levels of saturated fat can actually harm the development of a child in utero.  The study went on to suggest that women should strive to achieve a healthy weight prior to having children.  The study focused on embryos from cattle but the implications from the study appeared to translate to human eggs as well.  Eggs exposed to high levels of fatty acids had fewer cells, altered genes and altered metabolic activity.  The scientists also believed the study provided some insight as to why obese women may have trouble conceiving in the first place.  

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Obese and overweight women have a tendency to metabolize more of the fat they store.  The fatty acids that are subsequently stored in the ovaries have been shown to be toxic to eggs.  Therefore, just like drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes during pregnancy can have serious health implications to an unborn child, being severely overweight and failing to eat properly can likewise produce adverse effects.  

A child doesn’t get a vote on who their parents will be.  They don’t get to choose the body in which they are conceived.  Therefore, the responsibility falls on the parent to do right by their children and make good choices, not only for their own health, but for the health of their children now and into the future.  

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What’s New at Isagenix

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

web site pic znnj Whats New at IsagenixAs many of you know about 5 years I experienced life changing results using Isagenix Cleansing & Fat Burning Systems to lose weight and improve my health. My initial motivation was to lose weight for an upcoming class reunion. Now 5 years later I recently attended another class reunion and would you believe I felt better and looked younger and more fit than I did 5 years ago. I attribute this to putting Isagenix products in my body everyday.

I just returned from the annual Isagenix Celebration. I am now looking at Isagenix in a whole new way. Not only are Isagenix systems designed to help us lose weight and improve our health through whole body nutritional cleansing Whats New at Isagenix and cellular replenishing but with the addition of Product B Antioxidants plus Telomere Support our systems will help us to live healthier longer. Please watch this video to learn about Product B and the 4 Pillars of Health.

What else is new from Isagenix?

  • IsaPro Whey Protein in new vanilla flavor
  • Natural Rich Berry Cleanse for Life drink which is 2-3 times more potent
  • Tropical Fruit & Hibiscus Want More Energy electrolyte drink
  • Total Health & Longevity System and Pillars of Health Maintenance System

 

For those of you that are or may be interested in building a business with Isagenix in order to help others live healthier longer there are many new tools and promotions to help us succeed. These include rank advancement bonuses, leadership pools, friends & family program, web tools, mobile apps, newspapers, Prosper magazine and videos just to name a few. Please contact me for more information. In addition, I am looking for 10 new people who share my passion and want to learn from my experience to earn a residual income by helping others. Who’s whats to be first?

Here’s to living healthier longer!

Does the Government Know Better Than You When it Comes to Raising Your Kids?

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

On July 12, 2011 FoxNews.com published an article discussing a recent commentary in the Journal of American Medical Association.  In the commentary it was suggested that super obese children should be taken away from their parents as if they were being abused.  In my opinion, this is a frightening proposal as it begs the question “how much power should a government have in shaping the life of a child.”  Personally, I subscribe to the belief that a government powerful enough to give you everything you need also has the power to wrest away everything you have.  I lean towards the opinion, that above all else, our personal responsibility trumps the power of others to affect our lives and that power should be guarded at all costs. 

Several years back documentary movie director Morgan Sperlock produced a film called Supersize51T82FS9Y8L. SL500 AA300  Does the Government Know Better Than You When it Comes to Raising Your Kids? Me.  Mr. Sperlock was prompted to create the film when he read the story of two teenage girls who were suing McDonald’s blaming the restaurant for their obesity.  A point of discussion in the movie had to do with the girls personal choices that led to them being overweight.  Ultimately, the question was whether or not these girls had control over their decisions related to the food they ate, or were they so weak that they were unable to resist the enticement of the famous clown.  I would have a hard time admitting such a weakness and believe with all of my heart that everyone has ultimate control over their own lives.  It is only when we refuse to take responsibility for these poor choices do people start to blame others for their bad health

I have known many people in my life who claim that they are unable to control themselves when it comes to alcohol, drugs…or yes, even food.  I do not deny that there are many people who experience some weakness, whether it is physiological or psychological that increases the likelihood that they will make poor decisions related to dangerous or unhealthy behavior.  I still believe, however that these behaviors are chosen.  It is like the person who uses inappropriate language at work and claims they can’t control themselves.  Yet this same person will refrain from this language when they are around their parents or children.  Controlling it may be difficult, and require some effort, but it can be done.  In my opinion, the people who claim they can’t stop eating are simply offering an argument so they can continue to engage in the behavior they know to be wrong and destructive.

 Does the Government Know Better Than You When it Comes to Raising Your Kids?This brings us to the discussion for today.  Some presumably smart people are suggesting that they know better than you when it comes to raising your children.  Where does this presumption end?  If your kids are not getting good grades?  If they are getting in trouble with the law?  If they are not eating their vegetables?

The article provides the statistic that there are currently approximately two million American kids who are “extremely” obese; however, the article also admits that these kids are not being influenced solely by their parents.  Where adults remain much more impervious to advertising and suggestion, kids are much more susceptible to the images they are exposed to on the television screen.  Yet I take great exception to the idea that forces external to the family unit would do a better job  of raising responsible children brimming with good character.  I will not say that parents who allow their children to become morbidly obese are doing a good job; however, the answer is that they must do a better job.  We as Americans must recognize that our behavior is cheating our children out of a healthier, longer life.  We must recognize our personal responsibility when we are making choices that will shape the lives of our children

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What’s in Your Meal Replacement Shake?

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

To derive the greatest benefit from a meal replacement shake, you have to know what you are looking for.  There are several considerations when making such a decision that can help you to avoid a lot of experimentation and repeated trips to the local isalean shakes choc van 240 What’s in Your Meal Replacement Shake?nutrition store.  First and foremost you need to know what makes for a good meal replacement shake.  You want something that provides your body with the nutrients that it needs while allowing you to cut calories to lose weight.  You also need to pay attention to the type and quantity of protein in the formula. 

There are five additional factors that you should research before making a final decision:

  1. Does the product provide long-term weight-loss results, regardless of whether your goals are total weight-loss or ideal weight maintenance?
  2. Is there any third party empirical scientific evidence to back up the products claims of effectiveness?
  3. Is the purpose of the shake to replace a full meal; or will it serve only as a snack between meals?
  4. Is the shake free of additives, artificial ingredients, artificial flavors or sucralose?  In addition, is the product tested for contamination of pollutants and heavy metals?
  5. Is the product available at a reasonable price? 
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My wife and I believe that the Isagenix Isalean Shake meets all of these criteria.  The IsaLean shake has delivered long-term weight-loss results to include more than 5.4 million pounds released and 6.5 million inches lost by people using the product.  A clinical university study demonstrated that the IsaLean shake surpassed other protein shakes for weight loss results.  The shake is a full meal replacement with 23 grams of Whey Protein which serves to prevent muscle loss while you lose weight.  The IsaLean shake is low in saturated fat while being high in healthy poly- and mono-unsaturated fats.  The shake is all natural with no additives.  Finally, the Isagenix IsaLean shake offers great nutrition at a great price. 

If you would like to speak with us about the Isagenix Isalean Shake you can contact us through our web-site at http://www.cleansebenefits.com, or by calling toll free at 1-866-982-DIET (3438).

Obesity tied to Brain Damage

Monday, April 18th, 2011

One of my favorite t-shirts of all time was posted by a friend on his face-book page.  The shirt reads, “My wife says I have ADD but…hey look!  A duck!”  I find great amusement in this t-shirt because it I believe it to be reflective of the

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 view of many wives towards their husbands.  We husbands generally have a limited capacity to multi-task, i.e. watch television, read a book, etc., and at the same time hear what our wives are trying to tell us.  Based upon a new study conducted by researchers at Kent State University in Ohio, the next time you miss something your wife says you may want to look down to the belly under the t-shirt to explain your lack of understanding and perception. 

The researchers tested the cognitive functions of volunteers suffering from obesity and compared these results to subjects at a healthy weight.  It was determined that obese people generally scored lower than the non-obese subjects.  In fact, 25% of the obese subjects scored low enough to be considered learning disabled

Even more astounding, the researchers determined that correcting the obesity problem, i.e. losing weight through various methods in order to achieve a healthy weight, may boost cognitive scores.  Subsequent to the initial study two-thirds of the obese study participants underwent weight-loss surgery and released an average of 50 pounds.  This weight-loss appeared to have a correlary effect of increasing test scores related to memory. 

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When I first started researching the study I felt it was possible that the lower test scores in obese people may be related to the amount of time that was spent eating as opposed to engaging in cognitive activities.  This led me to believe that test scores would remain the same for some time after the weight was lost.  However, the researchers used magnetic resonance imaging to scan the obese subjects brains.  They determined that there was actually physiological evidence that obesity has an adverse affect on the brain.  Researchers found indications of damage to the substance that surrounds and insulates nerve fibers which indicated that this substance is needed for optimal cognitive function

The ultimate take-away from the study is obesity robs sufferers of much more than their physical health.  Beyond the weight related physical diseases experienced by obese people, there is now a psychological component that negatively impacts their lives.  There are so many negatives associated with being obese that it becomes more critical every day for people to change their lives and lifestyles. 

I am not a purist.  I accept the fact that nutritional cleansing may not be for everyone.  I reject the idea that there are people who cannot follow the system; however, I do accept that there are those that simply don’t want to.  Nutritional cleansing does require some commitment and a leap of faith that something you have yet to try might actually work.  If my wife had not made that leap she would still be considered obese.  she would still be almost 70 pounds overweight.  We probably would not have a long happy life together.  

My wife and I feel a sense of obligation to help those who suffer from obesity and poor health.  We would love to talk to you about how nutrional cleansing and Isagenix changed our lives on so many levels.  If you would like to have a conversation with us then you can call toll free at 1-866-982-DIET (3438) or you can visit our web-site at http://www.cleansbenefits.com.

The Price We are Willing to Pay to be Thin and “Healthy”

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Most Americans watch television on a fairly regular basis.  Among the commercials for Bud Light Beer, Geico Insurance, and Taco Bell are advertisements for prescription medications, medical products and medical

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 procedures.  These commercials usually start out innocently enough informing us of the products purpose and efficacy.  With the same cheery voice-over however, much of the commercial is spent telling us, the consumer all the ways in which the product may harm us…or even kill us.  It was not that long ago that I was listening to a commercial about a prescription medication for depression that may cause suicidal thoughts for the people who use it. 

These products sell, in my opinion, for one of two reasons.  First, the condition the products purports to cure is so severe that the user does a cost benefits analysis and determines the risk does not outweigh the potential for relief.  Second, the user is so desperate for a solution that they ignore the associated hazards.  There are several examples of this in the health and wellness field. 

The HCG Diet is a fairly recent addition to the weight loss arsenal…at least in the United States.  The HCG Diet

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works by tricking the body into believing that it is pregnant.  The HCG Hormone causes the body to mobilize fat to feed the fetus while reducing hunger.  Along with receiving injections the diet requires that you maintain a 500 calorie per day diet.  First off, I would argue that no diet that limits you to 500 calories per day could be healthy for you.  In addition, pregnancy is considered to be a disease state.  It increases morbidity and mortality in women…now, how bad do you want to be thin?  Ultimately, the program fails for many because you can’t stay with it forever.  Many doctors address this issue by starting the program all over again.  Do you see a problem here? 

Another example is a new technique developed by doctors to use ultrasound to zap fat cells (http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/03/07/scientists-use-ultrasound-blast-away-fat-cells/.  Essentially your fat cells are killed with a high-intensity focused ultrasound along with another treatment that freezes fat cells.  The promise is that you can achieve weight loss without surgery (sounds positive!).  What you might not realize is that if you kill off the fat cells in your stomach and you start to gain weight you could begin to store fat around your heart and liver…still sound like a good idea? 

We are a nation of people looking for the short-cut.  We want to cut out the middle man to achieve success.  We are willing to do almost anything to achieve our goals related to fitness and appearance.  This may work well in business,

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 but rarely is it a good idea when it comes to our bodies.  There is a reason the health and diet section of the bookstores have new books every day.  Everyone is looking for a solution to their health and obesity problems with some new cure that requires little effort.  The bottom line is that the solution is what it has always been…good nutrition.  It is what brought my wife and I to nutritional cleansing and replenishing.  It is what keeps us using the system.  It offers high grade nutrition while cleansing the body of impurities.  We have continued for the last four years to experience success and we see no reason to believe the system will ever fail us. 

If you would like to speak with us we would love to hear from you.  We believe in nutritional cleansing and replenishing with all our hearts and spread the word whenever given the opportunity.  If you would like to do some research on your own you can visit our web-site at http://www.cleansebenefits.com, or you can call us at 1-866-982-3438.

Investing in Your Health With Nutritional Cleansing

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

My wife and I talk to people about nutritional cleansing and replenishing (Isagenix) every chance we get.  We believe in Isagenix so much and want to help as many people as we can that it takes little to get us started.  One of the most common arguments we get in response is that Isagenix is just too expensive.  You may find it doesn’t fit into your budget but there are several considerations that must be examined before such a conclusion is made.  These considerations may very well change your mind about investing in your health

We make decisions every day about the purchases we make.  Very often we make decisions that are not fiscallycaribbean view Investing in Your Health With Nutritional Cleansing sound but, in the end, make us feel good for various reasons.  Maybe you go to a nice restaurant and buy an expensive dinner.  Maybe you go to  the car dealership and buy the car that is more money  than you intended on spending.  Maybe you go on a Caribbean vacation that you put on your credit card just because you have never been there.  I don’t deny anyone from treating themselves well.  I think we all deserve something special every once in a while.  But consider this…when was the last time you treated your body?  In other words, how much are you willing to invest for a healthier you or a better quality of life?  Your health maybe the greatest treasure you will ever possess. 

It appears that many who research Isagenix see the retail price of the programs and without exploring further assume that this potential solution for their obesity and/or health problem is out of their reach.  There are ways that we can show you how to purchase Isagenix products at wholesale prices.  Purchasing the Isagenix 30-Day Cleansing and Fat-Burning System with auto-ship as an associate (a designation that carries no obligation) will save you about $114.00 when compared to the retail price.

Another consideration is that the Isagenix IsaLean Shake is a meal replacement program.  In other words, instead of supplementing your daily breakfast and lunch with a shake you are actually replacing that meal.  As unbelievable as it may seem, investing in an Isagenix 30-Day Cleansing and Fat Burning System can save you money on your monthly food bills.  To demonstrate this comparison I have included the following flyer: 

Isagenix Savings Investing in Your Health With Nutritional CleansingThe money saving potential has become even more likely in the last several months.  In an article from March 16, mixed%20vegetables Investing in Your Health With Nutritional Cleansing2011 Foxnews.com reported that in the last 30 days alone wholesale food prices jumped more than in nearly two years.  Food prices increased by 3.9 percent over the course of the month caused largely by a sharp rise in the cost of vegetables (it is tragic that the food that is the best for us, is the least subsidized and therefore the most expensive).  Ultimately, the increase in food prices can be tied to the increase in energy costs.  The price of gasoline has gone up 3.7% which means it costs more to bring the food to your table.

Finally, the liberal compensation plan offered by Isagenix has allowed us to supplement our income.  We are able to offset and exceed the cost of our product through our compensation from the company.  If this opportunity interests you we can help you to start your own at home business that may help you pay for your Isagenix products, programs, paks and systems.  I can’t guarantee that you will experience the same incredible success we have, but we would be happy to tell you how we have worked our business.  The Isagenix compensation plan is structured in such a way that your success is our success.  Therefore, it is in our best interest to prom0te and support your business as well.   

Tamara and I would love the opportunity to talk to you more about how Isagenix has not only improved our health, but also has helped us to control our grocery bills.  If you would like to find out more then you can call us at 1-866-982-DIET (3438).  If you would like to do your own research you can go to our web-site at http://www.cleansebenefits.com

The Hidden Stressors of Obesity

Friday, March 11th, 2011

In a recent health article on FoxNews.com it was suggested that the stressors associated with obesity go far beyond health risks such as heart disease and diabetes.  The fact of the matter is that the stigma of obesity in

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 our culture adds psychological pressures that further compromise a persons ability to achieve their health and wellness goals.  The fact that a person challenged by weight issues feels judged or discriminated against creates negative feelings that can actually cause a decline in physical health.

For anyone who has read this blog in the past you know my feelings on this subject.  I do not believe that it is right to judge someone based upon their appearance or level of physical fitness.  My Christian belief’s tell me that I am no better than anyone else and have no right to ridicule or discriminate against another person.  This does not mean that we should ignore the fact that someone maybe slowly killing themselves as a  result of their poor nutrition and fitness choices.  Positive change will only come about by first recognizing that  a problem exists and then by supporting that person to the best of your ability. 

The weight issues that Tamara and I experienced happened before we even realized what was occuring.  We both found ourselves obese and neither of us was very happy.  I didn’t have to tell Tamara she was overweight and I heart attack The Hidden Stressors of Obesitydidn’t need anyone to tell me about my problem either.  The only point I ever made to Tamara was that I was concerned about her health.  I didn’t want to be raising two kids by myself…and I certainly did not want to lose my wife to a heart attack or diabetes (both are prevalent on her side of the family).  I was supportive by telling her that she would always be my “standard of beauty” and that I would never compare her to other women.  Tamara, however, knew that something needed to be done as did I.  

Our initial efforts to solve our obesity problems took different paths (mine was focused primarily in the gym and hers was through trying various diets).  It was not until we discovered nutritional cleansing and replenishing (Isagenix) that we found our personal solutions. 

Ultimately, my point is this.  People should not be judging those people with weight issues; but, obese people have obligations as well.  The idea that the world should simply accept the fact that we are the fattest nation in the world and getting fatter all the time is just not going to work.  We all need to work a little harder.  If you are overweight I don’t want you to be stressed as I think that only compounds an eating problem.  But you have to do something. 

If you would like to talk about what was successful for Tamara and I then you can call us at 1-866-982-3438.  If you want to do some of your own research you can go to http://www.cleansebenefits.com.