Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates put together an animated video called How the Economic Machine Works in 30 Minutes. The video itself is on www.economic priciples.org. It is well worth taking a look at for a quick and concise lesson on economic trends, why they exist and how to know where in the cycle we are right now. Here are some key points to remember when predicting the economy.
Ray describes the economy as the sum of the transactions that make it up, and he points out that it only appears to be complex due to the sheer number of transactions that occur. Transactions consist of any combination of money and credit used to purchase goods, services or assets. As productivity increases with innovation and advancing technology, the economy grows at a steady rate. This is what’s referred to as productivity growth. While productivity growth is not something we as consumers feel on a day to day basis, it’s ultimately responsible for economies increasing at steady rates over extended periods of time. If we reflect back over the past few decades, it’s easy to see that several aspects of the economy seem to rise alongside productivity growth. Since we can produce more than we could 100 years ago, incomes are much higher now than they were then. With these higher incomes come higher prices and the devaluation of the dollar.View full article →
Our Product of the Month for August is ReLeaf, a popular botanical spray. But what are botanicals? For an informative look at these common supplements, we here at VitaMist deferred to the National Institutes of Health and their Office of Dietary Supplements.
A botanical is a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal or therapeutic properties, flavor, and/or scent. Herbs are a subset of botanicals. Products made from botanicals that are used to maintain or improve health may be called herbal products, botanical products, or phytomedicines.
In naming botanicals, botanists use a Latin name made up of the genus and species of the plant. Under this system, the botanical black cohosh is known as Actaea racemosa L., where "L" stands for Linneaus, who first described the type of plant specimen. In the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) fact sheets, we do not include such initials because they do not appear on most products used by consumers.
To be classified as a dietary supplement, a botanical must meet the definition given below. Many botanical preparations meet the definition.
As defined by Congress in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, which became law in 1994, a dietary supplement is:
It’s true. The cells in our bodies will all do their own thing with the chemical energy alone. However, to coordinate these processes, correctly time your heart’s rhythm,trigger your muscles so that they contract and relax in unison and even to have the thoughts and memories that make you who you are… for all of that, we need battery power. Electrical energy runs the computer that is our brains. This electrical energy controls everything we do by providing us with a timing mechanism for critical processes. It is also used as a communication network that can send signals through the brain and spine out to organs and extremities far faster than any chemical method could.
As a quick physics refresher, remember that everything is made of atoms. Atoms themselves can be further divided into the protons and neutrons that inhabit the core of the atom, and the electrons that move throughout the space around that core. Protons and electrons are electromagnetically charged particles, whereas neutrons have a neutral charge. To make it easier to conceptualize, we call electromagnetic charges either positive (protons) or negative (electrons). Now, this has nothing to do with the particle’s outlook on life, and you’re not going to find electrons hanging out at dimly lit coffee bars reading Edgar Allen Poe. Positive and negative are just the words we use to describe these opposite charges.View full article →
Energy is a property of matter. Matter roughly amounts to “stuff” that takes up space, such as atoms, chemical compounds and a whole lot more. Energy is something that all matter has in some form or another. Just as every person has a height and weight, all matter has energy. And just as an individual's height and weight can change, matter’s energy levels can change. Energy is ultimately caused by the four fundamental forces of nature, electromagnetism, gravity, the strong nuclear force and the weak nuclear force.
Kinetic energy is the energy of action. Any object in motion has kinetic energy, whether it is a vehicle driving down the highway, or a single molecule vibrating and jostling around.
Potential energy is “stored energy”. All matter possesses potential energy in the form of nuclear, gravitational, electromagnetic and chemical energy, at the same time.View full article →
Referral Marketing is all about leadership and connecting, and we could all use some pointers and reminders. One of my friends Michael Bennett sent in the following article that he found, and we wanted to share it with everyone.
As a train's source of energy and direction, the locomotive plays a vital role. However, unless a locomotive connects to other cars on the track, it is relatively useless. A train's value comes from its ability to transport massive amounts of cargo, and doing so requires the locomotive to link up with dozens of freight cars. Traveling by itself, a locomotive would arrive at its destination empty-handed. In that case, its journey would be nothing more than a waste of fuel.
Leaders are like locomotives in that they're blessed with drive, energy, and vision. However, until leaders learn the art of connection, their influence remains minimal. In isolation, their talents accomplish little, and their efforts are squandered.
Let's look at practical ways whereby leaders can make meaningful connections with others.View full article →
Every year, our families face their share of colds, sore throats, and stomach aches. When we do, we expect our doctors to prescribe us something to cure it. Leaving the doctor empty-handed seems like a rip-off. After all, what did we even visit the doctor for if they are not going to hand us an antibiotic or some cure in pill form? As it turns out, leaving the doctor's office without that pill shaped treatment could be the best thing for us.View full article →
Despite the hype, genetic modification consistently fails to live up to industry claims. Only two GM traits have ever made it to market: herbicide resistance and BT toxin expression. Other promises of genetic modification have failed to materialize. The much vaunted GM ‘golden rice’ – hailed as a cure to vitamin A deficiency – has never made it out of the laboratory, partly because in order to meet recommended levels of vitamin A intake, consumers would need to eat 12 bowls of the rice every day. In 2004, the Kenyan government admitted that Monsanto’s GM sweet potatoes were no more resistant to feathery mottle virus than ordinary strains, and in fact produced lower yields. And in January 2008, news that scientists had modified a carrot to cure osteoporosis by providing calcium had to be weighed against the fact that you would need to eat 1.6 kilograms of these vegetables each day to meet your recommended calcium intake.View full article →
Mindset and posture are two terms we hear a lot of in the network marketing and direct sales world, but what exactly do these two terms mean?
Terminology that is thrown around loosely on MLM conference calls and seminars, but not fully understood, tends to leave people puzzled and unable to take action. Therefore, I thought I would take a little time to clarify some things.View full article →
Throughout the last month, the major focus for VitaMist was weight loss. If you are doing a wellness program every month threw VitaMist you would have received in the pass complimentary packets of our greatest product, B-Slim. Weight loss and B-Slim were also the major focus for our Product calls in the passed.
Why are we paying all this attention to weight loss? Quite simply, I believe obesity is the number one health problem facing the country. It has reached epidemic proportions, and it is getting worse.View full article →