Messengers of Hope

Ray & Juanita Wilson
Bret Grubbs
Elaine Spence
Helen Hillery
Margaret Sanders

Spreading the Fire

Ray & Juanita Wilson
Bret Grubbs
Elaine Spence
Julia Tiffany
Helen Hillery

Leading and Supporting

At VitaMist, we try to teach and encourage leadership.

When we call someone a leader, what we often mean is that they are at the pinnacle of their speciality; their accomplishments inspire and ‘lead by example’.  But that isn’t really what leadership is.  Leaders are not just high achievers.  They influence others around them, encouraging them to achieve, and in particular cases, to become leaders themselves.

In other words, genuine leaders do not hold the hands of their followers, guiding them as if they’re children crossing the street. To honestly lead and inspire, one must create an environment in which everyone can develop their potential.

Most individuals have the capacity to lead when their skills fit the circumstances, but being the unquestioned leader is not the only way to contribute to the group dynamic.  For some, their gifts are best suited for a supporting role.  Followers who know how to play a supporting role are vital to any group’s success.  Even the greatest leaders need backers who believe in and assist with the work that they do.

Supporters support, which sounds simple enough, but let’s think for a moment about what ‘support’ means.  Definitions of the term repeat the same phrases again and again.  To hold up and serve as a foundation for;  to endure without giving way; to sustain the mind, spirits and courage of a person under trial.  Supporters don’t exactly have it easy, either.  In fact, the best supporters do all of this while also holding the person at the forefront of the group to a high standard of leadership.

Think about which of these roles fits you the best, and whichever you determine, we will try to help you cultivate your abilities to guarantee that you will be appreciated.

 Whether you are a leader or take a supporting role, you are equally important here at VitaMist.

From My Heart With LOV,

Sari 

How the Economic Machine Works

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.

 The Economy and Productivity Growth

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.

How the Economic Machine Works

Credit

As we borrow money, we create both a debt for the borrower and an asset for the lender.  This process is called credit.  While the economy is increasing over time, you and I feel the day to day fluctuations of it.  Our proximity to the effects makes it difficult to see the big picture, and it give the illusion that the economy is difficult to predict.  These variations exist because credit is essentially the money or assets from our future selves being used to make a purchase now.  As the video puts it, “Debt allows us to consume more than we produce when we acquire it and forces us to consume less than we produce when we pay it back.”   Credit leads to what Ray calls the short-term and long-term debt cycles.  The good news is that these cycles occur in very predictable manners.

The Short-Term Debt Cycle

Credit allows us to spend more than our income.  This additional spending raises the income of the sellers we buy from, who then turn around and spend their income and credit elsewhere.  With all of this spending, everybody feels like they have more money, and they spend even more.  The economic boom of the short-term debt cycle is called an expansion.

Increased spending leads to increased prices.  Consumers buy more, and to keep up with the high demands, sellers need to spend more on raw materials, services and employees.  To do this, they must raise their prices.  The rising price of goods, services and assets is called inflation, and over time it decreases the value of our currency.  Inflation is an expected and unavoidable result of production growth, but it cannot be allowed to rise out of control.  If a nation were to allow this, their currency would rapidly lose its value, severely crippling the economy.  The Central Bank monitors prices to prevent that from happening.  When prices increase, interest rates are raised.  Higher interest rates result in less borrowing, leading to less spending and causing both prices and incomes drop, leading to what’s called a recession.

Once the prices are under control, the Central Bank can drop the interest rates.  Consumers begin to borrow and spend more money; prices and incomes rise, and the economy begins another expansion.  It’s in this predictable way that the Central Bank influences the short-term debt cycle.  Each cycle of expansion and recession typically lasts five to eight years.

The Long-Term Debt Cycle

The long-term debt cycle is a bit trickier, and Ray estimates that it plays out over a 75 to 100-year period.  The basic impetus for the long-term debt cycle is human nature.  Each short-term debt cycle’s peak tends to be higher than the last as people borrow more and more.  Each short-term debt cycle’s valley tends to be higher than the last as people start borrowing again before they’ve paid off their debts.  Over time, more and more money enters the market, leading people to feel prosperous.  In actuality, most of this ‘money’ flooding the market isn’t money at all; it is credit.  The US economy is made up of around $50 trillion in credit, compared to only $3 trillion in actual currency. 

A healthy economy is one where income outweighs debt.  Since credit exists, incomes go through periods where they rise much faster than production growth, eventually causing them to level out.  After all, if you can’t produce more, you can’t earn more.  At the same time, debt continues to increase despite the stagnation in income.  Eventually borrowing becomes so prolific that the scales tip and rising incomes can no longer keep up with rising debt.

To repay their debts, consumers must sell their assets, such as real estate, stocks, and commodities.  The market becomes flooded with assets, driving down their value.  So not only have our debts outgrown our incomes, the value of our assets has plummeted.  It’s at this point that the banks realize they’re never going to be fully repaid, and credit evaporates.  The banks foreclose on homes and repossess vehicles, but the falling markets and lack of creditworthy consumers mean the banks still can’t recoup their money.  This probably sounds familiar, since we don’t have to think back very far to remember when major banks across the country were panicking, refusing to lend money and consuming each other.  This process is like a tailspin, plummeting the whole economy at a rate far faster than the long-term economic growth that led up to the predicament, causing what’s known as a deleveraging.

Deleveraging

The difference between a deleveraging and a recession is that debt has risen to the point that consumers can no longer afford to repay it, even if interest rates drop to 0%.  The deleveraging is an attempt to tip the debt to income scales back in the right direction.  Four things must be done to accomplish this:

  1. Consumers, businesses, and governments cut spending.
  2. Debts are restructured, allowing banks to recoup at least a portion of their investment.
  3. Wealth is redistributed by raising taxes on the wealthy to take care of the less affluent, who suffer the most from a deleveraging.
  4. Money must be printed to compensate for the reduction of credit in the economy.

A deleveraging be handled well, leading to a recession, or it can be dealt with poorly, leading to depressions, wars, and social upheaval. For example, if the Central Bank does not print enough money, incomes will continue to plummet.  Remember that much of the economy is credit.  When credit dries up, enough money needs to be produced to keep income levels above the cost of debt repayments.  If too much money is printed, the influx of currency reduces its value.  Each of these four methods  must be balanced in order to prevent scenarios such as Germany’s struggles during the Great Depression, which led to World War II; the Lost Decade of Japan following their deleveraging in 1991; or the complete economic collapses of countries such as Greece and Iceland after the Financial Crisis of 2008.

Using the Economy to Your Advantage

To avoid significant downturns, Ray Dalio outline three essential steps that you and I, businesses and governments should all follow.

  1. Don’t let debt rise faster than income. Keep track of what you can afford to spend in either cash or credit.
  2. Don’t let incomes rise faster than productivity. This trend cannot last, nor can it keep up with rising prices.
  3. Raise productivity. The best way to do better financially is to work harder, smarter and more efficiently.

You have all heard of buyers markets and sellers markets, but one of the keys to predicting them is to realize that either one leads to the other.  At this point in the U.S. economy, we are experiencing the first expansion since the deleveraging of 2008.  Credit has started to become readily available again; people are buying homes, stocks and 50-inch televisions; and the struggles of a few years ago are beginning to fade from memory.  Right now everybody is buying, without a care in the world.  That makes now the perfect time to sell.

Botanical Dietary Supplements

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.

Botanical Dietary Supplements

What is a botanical?

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:

  1. A product (other than tobacco) that is intended to supplement the diet.
  2. Contains one or more dietary ingredients or their constituents.
  3. Is intended to be taken by mouth as a pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid.
  4. Is labeled on the front panel as being a dietary supplement.

How are botanicals commonly sold and prepared?

Botanicals are sold in many forms:

  • Fresh or dried products.
  • Liquid or solid extracts.
  • Tablets, capsules, powders; tea bags and other forms.

For example, fresh ginger root is often found in the produce section of food stores; dried ginger root is sold packaged in tea bags, capsules, or tablets; and liquid preparations made from ginger root are also sold. A particular group of chemicals or a single chemical may be isolated from a botanical and sold as a dietary supplement, usually in tablet or capsule form. An example is phytoestrogens from soy products.

Common preparations include teas, decoctions, tinctures, and extracts:

A tea, also known as an infusion, is made by adding boiling water to fresh or dried botanicals and steeping them. The tea may be drunk either hot or cold.

Some roots, bark, and berries require more forceful treatment to extract their desired ingredients. They are simmered in boiling water for longer periods than teas, making a decoction, which also may be drunk hot or cold.

A tincture is made by soaking a botanical in a solution of alcohol and water. Tinctures are sold as liquids and are used for concentrating and preserving a botanical. They are made in different strengths that are expressed as botanical-to-extract ratios (i.e., ratios of the weight of the dried botanical to the volume or weight of the finished product).

An extract is made by soaking the botanical in a liquid that removes specific types of chemicals. The liquid can be used as is or evaporated to make a dry extract for use in capsules or tablets.

Are botanical dietary supplements standardized?

Standardization is a process that manufacturers may use to ensure batch-to-batch consistency of their products. In some cases, standardization involves identifying specific chemicals (also known as markers) that can be used to manufacture a consistent product. The standardization process can also provide a measure of quality control.

Dietary supplements are not required to be standardized in the United States. In fact, no legal or regulatory definition exists for standardization in the United States as it applies to botanical dietary supplements. Because of this, the term “standardization” may mean many different things. Some manufacturers use the term standardization incorrectly to refer to uniform manufacturing practices; following a recipe is not sufficient for a product to be called standardized. Therefore, the presence of the word “standardized” on a supplement label does not necessarily indicate product quality.

Ideally, the chemical markers chosen for standardization would also be the constituents that are responsible for a botanical’s effect in the body. In this way, each lot of the product would have a consistent health effect. However, the components responsible for the effects of most botanicals have not been identified or clearly defined. For example, the sennosides in the botanical senna are known to be responsible for the laxative effect of the plant, but many compounds may be responsible for valerian’s relaxing effect.

Are botanical dietary supplements safe?

Many people believe that products labeled “natural” are safe and good for them. This is not necessarily true because the safety of a botanical depends on many things, such as its chemical makeup, how it works in the body, how it is prepared, and the dose used.

The action of botanicals range from mild to powerful (potent). A botanical with mild action may have subtle effects. Chamomile and peppermint, both mild botanicals, are usually taken as teas to aid digestion and are generally considered safe for self-administration. Some mild botanicals may have to be taken for weeks or months before their full effects are achieved. For example, valerian may be effective as a sleep aid after 14 days of use but it is rarely effective after just one dose. In contrast a powerful botanical produces a fast result. Kava, as one example, is reported to have an immediate and powerful action affecting anxiety and muscle relaxation.

The dose and form of a botanical preparation also play important roles in its safety. Teas, tinctures, and extracts have different strengths. The same amount of a botanical may be contained in a cup of tea, a few teaspoons of tincture, or an even smaller quantity of an extract. Also, different preparations vary in the relative amounts and concentrations of chemical removed from the whole botanical. For example, peppermint tea is generally considered safe to drink but peppermint oil is much more concentrated and can be toxic if used incorrectly. It is important to follow the manufacturer’s suggested directions for using a botanical and not exceed the recommended dose without the advice of a health care provider.

Does a label indicate the quality of a botanical dietary supplement product?

 It is difficult to determine the quality of a botanical dietary supplement product from its label. The degree of quality control depends on the manufacturer, the supplier, and others in the production process.

In 2007, the FDA issued Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for dietary supplements, a set of requirements and expectations by which dietary supplements must be manufactured, prepared, and stored to ensure quality. Manufacturers are now expected to guarantee the identity, purity, strength, and composition of their dietary supplements. For example, the GMPs aim to prevent the inclusion of the wrong ingredients, the addition of too much or too little of a dietary ingredient, the possibility of contamination (by pesticides, heavy metals such as lead, bacteria, etc.), and the improper packaging and labeling of a product.

What methods are used to evaluate the health benefits and safety of a botanical dietary supplement?

Like other dietary supplements, botanicals are not required by federal law to be tested for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed, so the amount of scientific evidence available for various botanical ingredients varies widely. Some botanicals have been evaluated in scientific studies. For example, research shows that St. John’s wort may be useful for short-term treatment of mild to moderate depression. Other botanical dietary supplements need more study to determine their value.

Scientists can use several approaches to evaluate botanical dietary supplements for their potential health benefits and risks. They may investigate the history of use, conduct laboratory studies using cell or tissue cultures, and experiment with animals. Studies on people (e.g., individual case reports, observational studies, and clinical trials) provide the most direct evidence of a botanical supplement’s effects on health and patterns of use.

What are some additional sources of information on botanical dietary supplements?

Medical libraries are one source of information about botanical dietary supplements. Others include Web-based resources such as PubMed and FDAexternal link disclaimer. For general information about dietary supplements see Dietary Supplements: Background Information from the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS).

Disclaimer

This fact sheet by the Office of Dietary Supplements provides information that should not take the place of medical advice. We encourage you to talk to your healthcare providers (doctor, registered dietitian, pharmacist, etc.) about your interest in, questions about, or use of dietary supplements and what may be best for your overall health. Any mention in this publication of a specific brand name is not an endorsement of the product.

Original Article

Office of Dietary Supplements. 2011. Factsheets:  Botanical Dietary Supplements Background Information. June 24. Accessed August 18, 2015. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/BotanicalBackground-HealthProfessional/.

 

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Low-Energy Versus High-Energy Molecules

The more energy that molecules have, the more they vibrate, move around and affect the particles around them.  The less energy that they have, the more sluggish they become.  They don’t move around as much, and they interact with their environment less.  Don’t you find it interesting that low-energy and high-energy molecules behave similarly to low-energy and high-energy people?

How Do We Store Energy

Chemical energy is energy stored in the chemical bonds between atoms and molecules.  It is by breaking these chemical bonds that we obtain the energy of life.  Adenosine-5′-triphosphate (ATP) is the molecule that our bodies’ use to store and access chemical energy, by breaking it down into adenosine 5′-diphosphate (ADP).  This simple conversion of ATP to ADP releases enough energy to let us do all of the things that we do.  In fact, all of the food that you eat and air that you breath serve only two purposes: the acquisition of essential nutrients, and to fuel the conversion of ADP back into ATP.

 Low-Energy Versus High-Energy People

The difference between low energy and high energy people is in how efficiently they’re converting ADP into ATP.  When we are less active, our metabolisms slow, causing us to store more calories as fat and reducing our body’s efficiency in converting ADP back into ATP.  This inefficiency, gives us less useable energy, making us less active and setting us upon a vicious downward spiral.  High-energy people perform this ATP cycle more efficiently, giving them more available energy at any given moment.  They’re the ones that always seem to be three coffees deep, are always on the move and are affecting the world around them.

Become a High-Energy Person

Over two out of every three adults is overweight.  That means more than 66% of us have too much fuel, and not enough fire.  So how do we ignite those fuel stores, jumpstart our metabolisms and become the high-energy people we want to be?  Let us introduce you to D-ribose.  A sugar (like sucrose, fructose, and lactose) D-ribose is a precursor for ATP, but D-ribose does it without the downsides of lactic acid production or the toll common sugars take on our bodies.  D-ribose works with magnesium and L-carnitine to convert ADP to ATP rapidly and efficiently.  Just like in high-energy people.

Why Not Take a Pure ATP Supplement?

Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as taking an “ATP supplement.”  ATP is not stable enough to last in supplement form, and anybody who tells you otherwise is either misinformed or worse.  After all, it is ATP’s instability that makes it such an excellent energy source!  ADP has more entropy (disorder) than ATP, and if you learn one thing about thermodynamics, it should be that everything is trying to move to a state of more entropy.  It’s for this reason that our bodies can’t store ATP long-term, and it is also why we cannot supplement with ATP directly.

We Are Battery Operated

It may be biochemistry that fuels our bodies’ processes, but electrical energy keeps us running.  Our nervous systems are complex networks of wires, designed to carry electrical currents throughout our bodies.  Our muscles move when synapses fire; our hearts beat when the SA node, AV node, and His-Purkinje system send electrical signals; even memories are created by complex electrical and biochemical networks within our brains.  Yes, humans are battery operated, and sometimes that battery needs a boost.

Pure Molecular Nutrition

We know that the ATP cycle provides us with chemical energy, but how do we efficiently stimulate and regulate our bodies’ electrical energy stores?  Through Pure Molecular Nutrition.

Electrons are matter, and, therefore, have energy.  This energy is gained or lost through electromagnetism.  When electrons are low on energy, they’ll cling close to atoms and molecules.  When provided with more, they become excited and leap to higher energy levels within a molecule, or freely flow across molecules as seen in lightbulbs, thunderstorms, our nerves, hearts, and minds.  These high energy electrons move about more readily and interact with the world around them.  Doesn’t that sound familiar?

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