Independence

Do you believe it’s already July?  The year is half over (already!), we are at the height of summer, and every American is thinking about Independence Day.  For most people, our nation’s independence will be what crosses their mind, but for some of you, independence means more.  Some of you are concentrating on your own independence.  Whether it be your financial independence, independence from being told when to report to work, independence from being told when you can take your vacation,  independence from the salary cap your employer places on you, independence from the fear of being laid-off…

VitaMist is purveyor of independence.  Sure, we sell vitamin supplements…  Amazing, highly effective supplements…  But that’s just the product, not the mission.  The mission is to bring good health to all.  While our supplements are the vehicle for that mission, they are not the whole of it.  Good health means getting your proper nutrition and exercise, but it also means living a happy, low stress life.  Those are the things that we are the proudest to offer.  We provide them by giving you a means to be your own boss, to set your own salary, to work your own hours and to never have to worry about your job security.  We provide good health, happiness and low stress by purveying independence.

So this Independence Day, I want to personally thank all of our wonderful distributors for believing in our mission, joining the VitaMist family and working for your own independence.  

Good health for all starts with you, and grows from there.

 

From My Heart With LOV

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Independence from Monsanto

Monsanto is giant, and not a gentle one.  It may feel impossible to avoid their reach, the genetically modified Frankenfoods that they pedal, and the toxic business practices which they employ.  If not impossible, you might think that ditching Monsanto for healthier, and more sustainable options might seem like such a daunting task that it’s not even worth the effort.  But fear not!   We have a few steps that will help you avoid Monsanto, or, at the very least, cut out much of the genetically modified food in your diet.

Why Bother?

Jeffrey M. Smith is the executive director of the nonprofit Institute for Responsible Technology.  He has dedicated his life to fighting Monsanto and the health risks that GMOs pose.  In his open letter “Warning to Investors and Companies Considering Financial Ties to Monsanto Company”, Mr. Smith outlined a few reasons to avoid Monsanto.

  1. Sales of Roundup herbicide and Roundup Ready genetically engineered corn, soy and cotton constitute 90% of Monsanto’s revenue. Scientific evidence points to significant health impacts of these products on humans.
  2. For example, the World Health Organization declared Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, a probable human carcinogen. Since that announcement in March 2015, several countries, cities, and retail chains worldwide have banned or severely limited the use of glyphosate products. As of October 2015, at least 700 personal injury non-Hodgkin lymphoma lawsuits were pending against Monsanto.
  3. Monsanto’s liability may persist long into the future. Not only can glyphosate be detected for decades in many types of soil, but GMO contamination also self-propagates in the gene pool and cannot be entirely eradicated.
  4. Numerous livestock farmers who switch to non-GMO feed report improved livestock health and increased profits. If these claims are validated, Monsanto could lose its biggest GMO market and become liable for extraordinary cumulative losses from an entire industry.
  5. Monsanto’s GMOs—designed to either kill insects or tolerate Roundup herbicide—are failing in the field; as of 2010, superbugs and superweeds are becoming resistant on over 300 million acres worldwide.

Monsanto’s Reach

In addition to producing the genetically modified corn, which has been shown to cause liver and kidney damage in a test performed on rats, Monsanto creates various other genetically modified foods such as cotton, soy, and sugar beets. These crops form the foundation of our diets.  According to the Grocery Manufacturers of America, 70 to 80 percent of American processed foods contain GMO ingredients.

You might be surprised to learn that Monsanto, a company known for producing GMO seeds and pesticide laden plant crops, has had an enormous influence on the meat industry.  The majority of all genetically modified corn, roughly 60%, is used to feed cattle.  Also, the recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) that Monsanto produces is used to force dairy cows to produce more milk than they should be capable of.

For over a decade Monsanto has bought out competing seed manufacturing companies around the world. The majority of the seeds in America are now patented by Monsanto, and “organic” seeds are no exception.

Unfortunately, except a few brands such as Annie’s, Lundberg Farms, and Massa Organics, it is nearly impossible to avoid Monsanto completely.  To do so, you would have to speak directly to the people who grew your food.  That means every single ingredient of every bite you eat.

Good First Steps

While it’s difficult to avoid Monsanto entirely, there are some steps that you can use to minimize the genetically modified organisms you consume.

  1. Avoid processed foods.
  2. Read your food labels.
  3. Eliminate High Fructose Corn Syrup from your diet.
  4. Consider going buy grass-fed beef, limiting meat consumption, or even going vegetarian.
  5. Buy organic dairy products to avoid recombinant bovine growth hormone.
  6. Buy organic cotton when you can. Even though cotton is only 2.5 percent of the world’s crops, it is drowned in 16 percent of the world’s pesticides.

It’s not an easy thing, avoiding this behemoth that controls much of our lives.  However, the first step is knowing just how much of your life they have invaded.  You may have noticed that the list above started from number 2.  That’s because you’ve already taken the first step, which is educating yourself on the scope of Monsanto’s influence.  Though there’s still so much more to learn, and if you have the time, I’d strongly encourage you to do a little research, and better prepare yourself to fight off this giant.

How to Have Financial Independence

Manage Your Time Wisely

If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always gotten.  It’s time to reexamine your time management skills so that you get better results than ever before.  The average person uses 13 different methods to control and manage their time, yet we still seem to waste so much of it.  Time slips away like a slow leaking faucet.  It’s those little drips and drops of it, so small that you almost don’t even notice, that all add up to a torrent of wasted time and opportunities.  To make good use of your day, here are a few things you can do:

Cut back on interruptions.  The average person is interrupted at work every 8 minutes, or approximately seven an hour, or 50-60 per day. The average interruption takes 5 minutes, totaling about 4 hours or 50% of the average workday. 80% of those interruptions are typically rated as “little value” or “no value” creating approximately 3 hours of wasted time per day.  Good Time Managers do not allocate their time to those who “demand” it, but rather, to those who “deserve” it.  The most powerful word in our Time Management vocabulary is “no.”

Plan your day.  1 hour of planning will save 10 hours of doing.  20% of the average workday is spent on “crucial” and “important” things, while 80% of the average workday is spent on things that have “little value” or “no value.”  This tasks of little value are eating up your valuable time.  When planning your day, remember that it almost always takes twice as long to complete a task as what we initially thought it would take, but, more importantly, a project tends to expand with the time allocated for it.  If you give yourself one thing to do, it will take all day. If you give yourself two things to do, you get them both done. If you give yourself a dozen things to do, you may not get 12 done, but you’ll get nine completed. It is better to plan for too much than too little.

Clean your workspace.  A person who works with a “messy” or cluttered desk spends, on average, 1 1/2 hours per day looking for things or being distracted by things or approximately 7 1/2 per workweek. “Out of sight; out of mind.”  When it’s in sight, it’s in mind.

Take time to improve.  By taking 1 hour per day for independent study, 7 hours per week, 365 hours in a year, one can learn at the rate of a full-time student. In 3-5 years, the average person can become an expert on the topic of their choice, by spending only one hour per day.  A speed reading course is one of the best ways to improve your time management.  The average reading speed is approximately 200 words per minute. The average working person reads 2 hours per day. A Speed Reading course that will improve the reading rate to 400 words per minute will save an hour per day.   And don’t get discouraged early.  It takes approximately 30 days to establish a new physical or emotional habit.

Time Management is not doing the wrong things quicker. That just gets us nowhere faster. Time Management is doing the right things.

Hardships Are Opportunities

People are feeling a greater financial burden today than ever before. Being underwater financially can be terrifying, suffocating and unbearably stressful, yet there’s a reason that clichés like, “sink or swim,” exist  We don’t grow or advance during the easy times.  It’s only by facing adversity, and rising to the challenge, that we become better versions of ourselves.  When everything is smooth sailing, our real potential won’t manifest.  It seems that when we humans are under pressure, our greatest personal development occurs. We have the incredible tendency to rise to our potential.

Hardships, financial and otherwise, are the world’s way of challenging us to rise to that potential.  Often this is by forcing course changes.  When faced with reduced pay, a loss of benefits, or layoffs, the best way to handle it is to realize that there must be something better out there. We just needed a push to discover what that better situation is.

Are you feeling the pressure financially? If so, don’t panic or lose heart. When you feel the “squeeze,” it’s time to seek new answers.  A new approach to the problems developing in your life. Discover the opportunity for growth in your situation. Keep an open mind and start doing some real soul searching. What is it that you want in life? What do you want to accomplish? What do you love? What do you hate? What excites you? What do you do that can benefit others? Find the answers to these questions and you will have found the key to your future.

 Remember that if a problem exists, there has got to be a solution. If there were no solutions, problems would not exist. A problem is proof of a solution; it just needs to be found out. I would bet that you have or are the solution to a problem. All you need to do is find out what you are great at doing.

Today, opportunities in network marketing abound for those who sincerely want them. It’s simple to search them out on the Internet. However, people do not usually search unless they are pressed to do so; it’s human nature. Yet by doing so, you can become wealthy.  What is essential to remember is that you must keep searching until you find what you are looking for!

Many of our distributors would never have gotten involved with network marketing if they had not faced trying times.  These circumstances pressure us to take action and develop a plan to become financially independent.  One such path to financial independence is via MLM.  This track puts you in control of how much you make, your revenue.  What’s left is to control how much you spend, and how much you have left over to invest.

Amass Wealth With Smart Investing

There are really only three ways to accumulate wealth.  Either increase revenue, decrease spending or preferably do both.  Just like how the key to losing weight is to eat fewer calories than you burn., the key to increasing your wealth is to make more money than you spend.  That’s it. That’s the big secret.

Now, I’m not going to string you along here… Becoming financially independent is a slow process.  It takes time.  You chip in, little by little, doing the small things every day.  Things such as cutting your expenses, generating extra income, investing in brokerage and retirement accounts. With time, that money you have squirreled away will begin to amount to something.  As each new investment opportunity appears, you can contribute on a larger scale than before. That’s the essence of compounding.  You invest a little money, then reinvest the interest, dividends, and capital gains your money earns.  Now your investments will generate more interest, dividends, and capital gains to reinvest.  Wash, rinse, repeat.  It’s how investors manage to double their wealth every seven years.

The best news is that it takes a tiny amount of effort on your part.  Rather than paying a broker to manage a mutual fund, studies have shown that you are better off investing your money yourself into a fund that tries to match an index, like the S&P 500.  That’s it.  Don’t try to move money about when the market is bullish or bearish.  Just reinvest your earnings, and let the fund be.  Think of it like grilling a hamburger.  You might be tempted to poke it and prod it, but you get much better results if you just leave it alone.

Alkaline Water Is Probably a Waste of Your Money

This article originally appeared in its entirety on healthline.com

You may have heard some of the various health claims about alkaline water. Some say it can help slow the aging process, regulate your body’s pH level, and prevent chronic diseases like cancer. But what exactly is alkaline water, and why all the hype?

Alkaline Water

Know The Difference
  • Alkaline water has a pH of 8 or 9.
  • Regular tap water generally has a pH of 6 to 7.

The “alkaline” in alkaline water refers to its pH level. The pH level is a number that measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is on a scale of 0-14. For example, something with a pH of 1 would be very acidic, and something with a pH of 13 would be very alkaline.

Alkaline water has a higher pH level than regular drinking water. Because of this, some advocates of alkaline water believe it can neutralize the acid in your body. Normal drinking water is generally a neutral pH of 7. Alkaline water generally has a pH of 8 or 9.

Natural or Artificial?

Water that is naturally alkaline occurs when water passes over rocks – like springs – and picks up minerals, which increase its alkaline level. There are companies that sell products, like ionizers, that claim to make water alkaline through a chemical process called electrolysis. Makers of ionizers say electricity is used to separate molecules in the water that are more acidic or more alkaline. Although some doctors and researchers say these claims are not backed quality research. 

A study published by the World Health Organization cautions against drinking low-mineral content water on a regular basis.

Where Do You Get It?

Alkaline water can be bought in many grocery or health food stores. Water ionizers are sold in many large chain stores as well.

You can also make your own at home. Even though lemon and lime juice is acidic, they contain minerals that can change the composition of water. Adding a squeeze of lemon or lime to a glass of water can make your water more alkaline. Adding pH drops is another way to make water more alkaline. It’s important to use distilled water when making alkaline water because tap water or bottled water may have other additives.

Does It Really Work?

Alkaline water is a somewhat controversial topic. Many health professionals argue against its use, saying there isn’t enough research to support the many health claims made by users and sellers. According to Mayo Clinic, regular water is best for most people as there is no scientific evidence that fully verifies the claims made by alkaline water proponents.

However, there are a few studies that suggest alkaline water might be helpful for certain conditions. For example, a 2012 study found that drinking alkaline water with a pH of 8.8 can help deactivate pepsin, which is the main enzyme that causes acid reflux. This means alkaline water may have some benefits for those who suffer from frequent heartburn.

Is It Safe?

The issue that many health professionals have with alkaline water is not its safety, but rather the health claims that are made about it.

There is not enough scientific evidence to support the use of alkaline water as a treatment for any health condition. Medical experts warn against believing all the marketing claims.

Drinking natural alkaline water is generally considered safe, since it contains natural minerals. However, you should use caution with artificial alkaline water, which likely contains fewer minerals necessary for good health than its high pH would have you believe, and overuse may leave you deficient. 

Summer Is Here Again!

Dear VitaMist Family,

As I write this letter, we are working hard to prepare for our Homecoming event.  With our relocation to a newer building, and Bill’s health concerns, we were unable to host a Homecoming event last year.  Now that we are back in action, we want to make this year’s the best Homecoming ever.  It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I can’t wait to meet those of you who are going to be making the trip to Phoenix.

It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since our last Homecoming, yet at the same time, I feel like it’s been far too long since I’ve seen many of our wonderful distributors.  In celebration of our “Reunion” maybe we should make that this year’s theme!  It’s going to be a lot of fun.  It is a Reunion Homecoming for those of you who have been a part of our family for so many years, but also a chance to meet new family members, and reunite with familiar faces.

If you have read any of my monthly letters, then you know that, to me, family is everything.  All of you are part of our family, and our family is growing!  You only have to listen to our Conference Calls to hear how more and more people are joining, how the excitement is growing and how the success you all deserve is coming ever closer.  If you haven’t been on these Conference Calls, I would love for you to give them a try. And please, don’t be shy about introducing yourself when you join a call, you are with family.  It’s time to bring our family together!

From my heart with L.O.V.