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Juice Plus Review

Is Juice Plus a Scam?

Juice Plus is a supplement that has been in existence since 1993. I looked into the product at one time as a possible source of nutritional benefit for my family. I was even interested in becoming a distributor so that I could earn a residual income, since so many people are looking for ways to improve their nutrition just like you and I. I will not say outright that the Juice Plus is a scam. I have thoroughly looked into many business opportunities, especially health related companies, and I will say that there are many fraud companies out there. I think that Juice Plus is actually one of the better companies out there, but in my search for the best quality source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and general nutritional supplements… a little bit of research let me know that Juice Plus+ was not for me. Let me tell you why I decided that it was not for me.

The Juice Plus Company

Juice Plus is manufactured by a company called Natural Alternatives International in Santa Monica, California and distributed by National Safety Associates (NSA) in Tennessee. NSA was started in 1970 and before introducing Juice Plus, was known for other multilevel-marketed products. Juice Plus scam? No, they are just a smart company that seems to follow the business trends of the decades. Do you remember all of those water filter companies that were popular in the 1980s? Well this company sold home fire detectors when they were popular in the 70s, water filters in the early 80s, and air filters in the late 80s. They also sold educational games at one point.

While some companies in the past have made multilevel-marketing look bad, there is nothing wrong with using the method of sales distribution known as multilevel-marketing. If done right, it can benefit more people than traditional marketing, save people money and can also help get a product out to many who may have never learned about the product.

So from a business standpoint, it looks like they have the right idea. They follow the trends.

The Juice Plus Products

Their main products are the Juice Plus, which are not juice really, but powder in capsules. This is better than juice because juice supplements like the popular Acai berry juice, noni juice, Mona vie juice or Mangosteen juice products will begin to oxidate as soon as you open the bottle. This liquid oxidation is harmful to the body. The Juice Plus blend include great ingredients that come from fruits such as acerola berries, apples, cranberries, oranges, papaya, peaches, and pineapple. Their Juice Plus+ contains vegetables that are sourced from barley, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, kale, oats, parsley, spinach, and tomato. So to answer the question is Juice Plus fraud, I say that there is no Juice Plus scam, since they sell real products with decent ingredients.

It has become general knowledge that by increasing your fruit and vegetable intake on a daily basis, that you can improve your health and wellness. Eating more fruits and vegetables will actually help your body also get rid of free radical cells as well as a natural antioxidant in the body. I just do not feel that this product has enough fruits and vegetables in it for me is all.

A Few Juicy Problems

Their Juice Plus Gummies supplement for kids were found to have around 80% corn syrup and 10% beef gelatin, making the product almost without nutritional benefit. So these are not much better than the gummy vitamin/mineral bears that you can buy at your local store. Both are basically just candy!

I assume that their other products probably have a higher quality of nutrition than this but I saw some other problems that made me shy away.

The Biggest Problem

I could not find any of the product labels on their site.

The biggest problem that I saw was that in all of the poking around on their company website, I could not find any of the product labels for any of their products! What are they trying to hide? Sure they list a few fruits and vegetables, but they don’t say how much of each fruit that they use. They don’t show you the nutritional facts so you can see how much sugar and natural or artificial ingredients are in each product.

I did not like that I had to buy the product to see the product labels.

Some other problems that I saw …

1. The products were not unique enough

2. There was not enough research and science

3. The testimonials were lacking

4. The products were not manufactured to high enough standards to make me want to pay the extra money for them

5. Not all of their ingredients were organic and/or plant-based.

Juice Plus Research

One thing that caught my interest when first evaluating Juice Plus was that the product had at least been in scientific journals such as Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, Nutrition Research, Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics and Integrative Medicine.

But wait a second! I soon discovered that of the the published peer-reviewed studies, only one was conducted independently! The others were all funded and/or authored by the manufacturer, the main distributor, or by individual Juice Plus distributors. That made me a little leery!

Juice Plus Testimonials

One serious mistake that was made, was in choosing former professional football player O.J. Simpson to be celebrity endorser of the product. Simpson was given a multi-year six-figure contract to sign on with NSA as a icon for the company. I personally like to see a company that has a product that is so good that star athletes use the supplement on their own, simply because they like the added performance gain and benefits that they get while using them.

The testimonial of O.J. Simpson was thrown even further out after he was charged with murdering his wife and her friend Ronald Goldman. In March of 1994, shortly before these murders took place, he was videotaped telling 4,000 Juice Plus distributors at a sales meeting that Juice Plus+ had cured his arthritis, enhanced his golf game, and freed him from needing to use anti-arthritic drugs. However, his defense attorneys in the criminal trial in 1995 and civil trial in 1997 (and in his 2007 book If I Did It) all suggested that Simpson was so handicapped by arthritis that he could not have committed the murders. They also went on to say that Simpson was using a variety of potent anti-inflammatory drugs, such as sulfasalazine and ibuprofen. Well, these may have been what improved his arthritis enough to allow him to have an enhanced golf game.

My Conclusion

In conclusion, I looked into them as a health product and as a source for a second income, since they use the residual income model which I like. To answer the question is Juice Plus a Scam? No I don’t believe Juice Plus is a scam, but Juice Plus was not for me. You should do your own research. I found an alternative that I am extremely happy with.

The Perfect Alternative

A supplement that is used by hundreds of Olympic athletes!

I found an alternative product to Juice Plus that I really like! 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. Help others feel great about their health and energy. Become a wellness distributor! 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. Ever heard of glyconutrients? Improve your wellbeing. And since glyconutrients are so new, and are easy for anyone to start including into their diet on a regular basis, there is a huge growing demand for glyconutrients distributors. If you would like to become a local representative for an extra flow of residual income, then come talk to me. I have been consuming glyconutrients supplements for a few years now and am extremely happy with my energy, immune system, and wonderful health.

Clinical Evidence For Glioblastoma Mutliforme Treatment Plans

A compilation of survivor stories for people with brain cancer and specifically GBMs. Most of the survivors listed used natural and/or homeopathic treatments. There are also stories of people who solely did traditional treatments-chemotherapy and radiation. Unfortunately, there are not too many survivors who used chemo and radiation that are more than five years out or so. I am currently three years out!

Hilary Rose

Who: Twenty-eight year old female from England: One year cancer survivor, current MRIs show no cancer cells whatsoever. Hilary did the standard Temodar/Radiation routine, and she is also taking homeopathic medication from Dr. Ramakrishnan, a world-renowned naturopathic doctor for his success in treating brain tumors. Hilary also eats organic fruits and vegetables, and saw an energy healer in Brazil. She described the experience as “amazing” and that she met many people who had experienced “dramatic results.”

Treatments: Chemotherapy and Radiation, homeopathic medicines, diet, and energy healing.

Tom Rolland

Who: Tom is a thirty-eight year old male who was diagnosed with a GBM in 2002. He is an eight-year survivor. He was told by his doctor that he had 26 weeks to live if he didn’t do radiation, and that if he did do radiation, he might make it one year. Tom quit radiation five days in, as it made him feel terrible. He immediately had an anointing service with the elders in his church and started on this diet: flax oil with cottage cheese, shark cartilage capsules, borage oil and CoQ10, water, exercise, and sunlight. His wife rubbed Frankincense on his head – frankincense naturally contains ozone, which is more powerful than h202 in oxygenating cells. Tom also consumed graviola, barley, carrots, beets, and he cut out most meats and sugar.

Treatments: Five days of radiation, diet, and other alternative treatments listed above.

Andy Watson

Who: Andy is a 49 year-old male who lives in Maine. He was diagnosed with a GBM in 2005. He had surgery to remove the tumor that same year. He is taking homeopathic medicines from a doctor in India. His doctor, Dr. Prasanta Banerji, claims he has treated thousands of brain tumors over a 30 year period with a 75% success rate.

While this may seem impossible and obviously a lie, please consider that Dr. Banerji does not have any financial incentives for sharing this info with those of us in the United States. Most Americans are not going to spend the money to get there, or even trust going to India to see what we consider a naturopath doctor. In India, their “real doctors” use homeopathic medications. Andy personally knows many who are having success with Dr. Banerji’s treatment. Andy also says that he was the most anti-homeopathic person around, but that his personal results have changed his mind. He has been able to avoid a second surgery so far, and is waiting to see more results.

Treatments: Surgery, and homeopathic medications.

Ryan Weidman

Who: Ryan is a male in his late thirties from Wisconsin. He was diagnosed with a GBM in 1997. He had surgery, radiation for six weeks, chemotherapy, and an experimental drug called DFMO. His neuro-oncologist, Dr. Choucair (not sure if this is the same Dr. Choucair I recently saw in Salt Lake, but it’s probable as neuro-oncologists are few and far between) told him he had a three percent chance of living five years. He immediately got an infection on his skull after finishing chemo and radiation. Ryan’s last MRI was in 2002, which showed no growth. He is now thirteen years out.

Treatments: Radiation, Chemotherapy, and DFMO.

Laura DeBarba

Who: Laura is a 44 year old female, who was diagnosed with a GBM in 2002. She had surgery, completed six weeks of radiation and Temodar (chemo), and is now following a personalized supplement plan put together by Jeanne Wallace, a very successful and renowned nutritionist that specializes in treating brain cancer. Laura also reads a lot of spiritual books and maintains a positive attitude. She is now five and a half years out.

Treatment: Radiation and chemotherapy, personalized nutrition plan, and spiritual dependence/positive attitude.

Tim Herron:

Who: Tim is a 15-year survivor in his fifties who took an extreme faith-based approach to handling his surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. He also maintained a metabolic diet (which includes detoxification and nutritional replacement). Tim recognizes the pointlessness of the obvious clash between medicine and natural healing. He sees the animosity felt on both sides towards each other and wishes that they could work together instead of fighting against each other.

Treatment: Chemotherapy, radiation, faith in God, and a specific diet without sugar, meat, and full of fruits and vegetables.

Candice Jackson

Who: Candice is female in her mid fifties who lives in Warren, MI. She was diagnosed with a GBM in 2001. She did chemo and radiation after surgery. Candice struggled with her insurance company and the government to pay her medical bills. After her employer was forced to fire her due to his failing business, he continued paying her premiums through COBRA until he could no longer. She struggled to pay the over $1,000-a-month medical bills, before going bankrupt. She was saved by Medicare. I know Candice survived until for at least six years, as I found a letter from the state regarding her daycare facility, dated from October, 2007. I e-mailed her to see if she is still alive and in good health, but haven’t heard back from her and her e-mail address isn’t active any longer.

Treatment: Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

Venoir

Who: Venoir is a seven year breast cancer survivor who was treated by Dr. Gonzalez in New York. She followed his treatment plan of which consisted of a sole nutritional approach. Venoir also recommends anyone with brain cancer see Dr. Burzyinski and his at his clinic in Houston, TX. She knows people who saw him and are now ten year stage IV brain cancer survivors.

Treatment: Personalized nutrition under the guidance of a medical doctor.

Canadian Research

In a study conducted by the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, they reviewed 286 glioblastoma patients, both long-term survivors (three years or more), and newly diagnosed, and ran a series of tests. These patients all live in Alberta, Canada and the study was conducted from 1975 to 1991. In the study, they found that 1.8 percent of their newly diagnosed patients survived more than three years. All of the newly diagnosed patients underwent the standard radiation and chemotherapy procedure. They also found that the cell type found in recurrent GBMs versus the cell type in new GBMs have fewer mitosises and a lower proliferative index (the rate at which the cells divide). The study showed that radiation was generally twice as effective on newly diagnosed patients over patients three years out or more. I read this report on April 12, 2010, and it can be accessed at http://www.cjns.org/25augtoc/long.html.

Conclusion

I bring up this case study to make a simple point. I am asked by medical professionals all the time to show them proof or clinical evidence for my alternative treatment plan. I ask them to do the same with traditional medical treatments. If someone were to show me good statistics for using radiation and chemotherapy to treat glioblastomas, I would do radiation and chemo. Unfortunately, I have yet to see these statistics. The statistics I’ve seen for people my age with GBMs is that I have a 14% chance to live more than five years. Because standard treatment is Temodar and radiation, one would conclude that these statistics are representative of people who did chemo and radiation. For me personally, 14% is not good enough. For however foolish this may be, I’d rather go with Dr. Banerji’s outlandish claim of 75%. I know there is no evidence to back his claims, but I have evidence to back the detoxification process that was brought on by the homeopathic regime I’ve used under Dr. Aldridge.

The Top 2 Handheld Portable Nebulizers

With handheld portable nebulizers you can now enjoy the freedom of being anywhere without having to worry about breathing problems. There are quite a few brands out there that you can go for, but from the consumer reports and research it comes out that there are only two which are the best ones. The handheld portable nebulizers actually offer great performance in spite of their tiny package. These nebulizers are have two sections, the compressor and nebulizer, which are built into a small handheld device. They can weigh anywhere from around four ounces to 4 pounds. Obviously, lighter the nebulizer the more expensive it is. Here I would like to bring to light two most popular and excellent brands that have found favor with customers all over America.

The Omron NE-U22v nebulizer: This handheld portable nebulizer is actually considered the best nebulizer on the market today. It uses two standard ‘AA’ batteries, It’s really so compact that it can be put in a pocket or purse with ease. Even kids can use it and carry it in a backpack. Even though it is small, it packs a punch as it creates dense fumes to penetrate the lungs. One great thing that consumers say about it is that this handheld portable nebulizer never wastes even a drop of medication. It can be used in any position, lying down, upright or even standing on one’s head. It also uses Vibrating Mesh Technology, so there is no noisy compressor. It is totally silent!. Absolutely no ‘vibration’. Perfect for school, work, camping, airplanes, or any environment where you want to take a discreet treatment without having to plug in.

MABISMist II Handheld Ultrasonic Nebulizer: This is another brand name that is quite well-known. This handheld portable nebulizer is also versatile as it can be taken anywhere and everywhere with ease. It is a Small Volume Nebulizer (SVN) that transforms liquid medications into an aerosol mist. It delivers fast and silent treatments within 6 minutes as it uses an advanced ultrasonic technology. However, it is a little heavier than the Omron nebulizer and a little cumbersome because of its bigger size.

There are many choices for the patient for handheld portable nebulizers which are powered by rechargeable batteries. If it makes it easier for the subject to take his breathing treatment with him which allows him to keep up with the regime, then a handheld portable nebulizer is preferable to a full-sized machine. Nebulizers by Mabis and Omron range from compact bedside nebulizers to fully portable nebulizers. Nebulizers by Omron and Mabis have stood the test of time and have always been an efficient and effective method of delivery in both preventive and acute aerosol delivery.

Advantages to Computers in the Food & Beverage Industry

Computers have revolutionized the food and beverage industry as they have nearly every other industry. Computers have had positive, measurable effects on the front end and back end of hospitality operations. Computers systems have improved employee performance, and food and beverage quality and consistency. Within the food and beverage industry there is no longer a question of should technology be used, but rather a question of which technology to use? In the food and beverage business, computers are here to stay.

In the hospitality industry, customer service is an absolute critical factor for success. Computers are helping in this area in several ways. In many restaurants, the wait staff can process various forms of payment at guest tables, which allows guest to leave directly from their table without the need to stop at a centralized checkout station. This has removed long unsightly lines, which annoy customers, and disrupt the flow of traffic in food and beverage businesses. This service is made possible by either small hand held computers which handle credit card transactions using wireless technology, or via remote point of sale systems that interact with a central computer system. This improves the customers dining experience, which should be the goal of any food service business.

A key management concern of any food and beverage business is the profit margin. In this vital area of business, computers have also proven to be an indispensable tool. Computer systems help manage the entire food service process from ordering the ingredients needed to produce menu items, to forecasting the amount of items to prepare for each dining period based on historical patterns. This helps to reduce wasted food, which is very expensive and comes out of the businesses profit. It also helps in preparing menu items before hand, which reduces customer wait time. Computer can also forecast with high accuracy rates the volume of business to be expected which allows managers to properly staff their business. This is vital because having too much staff on hand can consume unnecessary amounts of payroll, and not having enough staff on hand will cause customer service problems.

Computers are also being used in very innovative ways by some food and beverage businesses. For instance, Darden Restaurants that owns and operates the Red lobster and Olive Garden chains uses computers to help choose new building sites. This computer system uses a software program called the Darden Site Analyzer. The software gathers critical information needed to select a site, such as demographics, distance to other restaurants and customer information specific to the Darden business model. The program then analyzes the site and provides a series of reports to help Darden make the final decision. Darden plans to improve the software so that it can evaluate things such as whether a new Darden restaurant will negatively effect other Darden restaurants in the same area.

Computer systems have become a vital part of all aspects of the food and beverage industry, they help with purchasing decisions, inventory control, employee scheduling and training, and customer acquisition and retention. A leading indicator of this growing trend is the fact that many hospitality training programs now include computer and technology courses in the curriculum.

Each year innovators are creating more unique ways that technology can be used to enhance the overall commercial dining experience. Computers make out of home dining a more enjoyable experience for the consumer and a more profitable manageable experience for business managers and owners.

(c) 2006, Marcus Barber

3 Easily Digestive Foods For Diabetics

Balancing the blood sugar level is most important for the diabetic. Imbalance in blood sugar can lead to multiple problems like blindness, loss of limbs and even death. However one good thing is that though diabetes cannot be completely cured, it can be controlled. Eating a rich and balanced diet can help treatment of diabetes immensely.

Food Selection

Diabetes control is not only dependent on the medicine intake but more on the food habits and use of food. Indigestion can create major hazards for the diabetic patients and rich food can be one of the major causes for indigestion. It is therefore extremely essential that a patient suffering from diabetes takes only such food that is easily digestible.

Food 1 – Favorable Carbohydrates

Some of the important foods that are easily digestible and also have nutritional values are beans, vegetables, fruits, and grains. Foods like oats, grapes, cereals, peaches, whole grains, apricots, legumes, oranges, apples, peas, lentils, dried beans, and leafy vegetables are very good for diabetic patient. While some of them are carbohydrates that are really supposed to be dispensed with for diabetic condition, these carbohydrates are good for the diabetic due to their complex formation. These are rich in fiber and fibers are not digested in the body. Simply passing through the digestive system, these carbohydrates keeps the stomach filled up, reduce appetite, and reduce blood sugar and cholesterol. With fiber in the body, the total digestion process is considerably slowed down on turn slowing down the absorption of carbohydrates. Moreover these complex carbohydrates are rich in nutritional levels. On the other hand, simple carbohydrates burn out quickly causing the sugar level rise instantly.

Food 2 – Fish, Eggs, and Poultry Products

Like Carbohydrate, protein is very important source of nutrition and energy. It slows down the absorption of insulin in the body and thus prevents quick drops in blood sugar. Therefore it is very important for a patient taking sugar preventive medicines to eat some of these items on a regular basis to prevent the sudden drop in blood sugar level. Eggs, fish, and poultry products are better than red meat that immediately spikes blood sugar. Fish oil also prevents hardening of arteries that often occur in case of diabetics. Only precaution is to keep the protein level to 20-30% of the total calorie intake per day.

Food 3 – Essential Fats

While saturated fats and Trans fats are bad for diabetes, there are some essential fats that can give nourishment without harming the patient. Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats provide slow digestion, lower cholesterol, and lower blood pressure without affecting the blood sugar level either way significantly. Corn, olive oil, avocado, corn oil, salmon, and almonds can provide such fats that are good instead of being injurious to health of the diabetes patient.

Swasthavritta – The Preventive Therapy in Ayurveda and Its Relevance in the Present Era

The word swastha means calm or unperturbed by diseases or emotions. Vrtha means observation of rules. So swastavrtha is observation of the rules for a healthy life.

Each scientific discipline has its one basic aim and ways. The science of ayurveda is one that is intended to give instructions for protecting and preserving ayu or life. But is cannot be taken simply as one that give instructions for treatment alone.

Generally speaking, ayurveda has two sections – swasthavrtha (regimen for a healthy life) and athuravrtha (on the studying of diseases and treatment). That is ayurveda give more stress on the importance of prevention of diseases – on prophylaxis. Swasthavrtha is the section which expounds on the necessary observance for preserving a healthy life. Athuravrtha is a section which presents remedial measures when diseases attach us.

Since we are today facing with the problem of meeting with so many new diseases, the necessity of awakening the people to be conscious of their own way of life, is more. Hence the guideline of ayurveda as presented in the form of instructions on swasthavrtha is very useful and hence more relevant to the times.

Now, we have before us the Alma-ata declarations of the World Health Organization (WHO); the essence of which is the insistence on the cooperative activity of various medical systems so as to bring to utilization of the facilities of all of them as per the suitability regarding the time and place. Since the health problems of the present times is so varied and complex, which cannot be tackled by the efforts of any one single systems alone, however advanced it may be.

If we have to work out this plan for such utilization, we must have a clear knowledge of the fundamental approach of each of these systems, their aims and meaning and methods of their treatment techniques. We have also to endeavor to improve them by modernizing them but without giving a chance to shed away any of their basic qualities in the light of new knowledge promoted by advanced systems. Now it is to be noted that the up to date researches now going on in the advanced fields of modern science has proved to be a justification of the approaches of the old medical systems and aimed at developing new perceptions and new techniques for investigation, research and treatment methods.

Generally the term sastra in sanskrit is translated as science in western vocabulary. But the aim of the approach to the old sasthra towards men and universe, and the motivation of the new sciences that took shape and flourished along with the developments of the industrial era are directed towards two aspects. Of course they are not opposed to each other. The sastra stand for presenting precise instructions on what we have to do and not to do for the promotion for our progress in material and spiritual fields as to have freedom from diseases and a secure life of happiness. The word sastra means that which is commanded. Here the topic of discussion is concerned with the relationship of man and universe. How the acts of men and the changes of nature are interrelated and what are to be done to correct the aims and ways (methods) of our actions to make them orderly.

Here in this approach the knowledge of the basic structure and changes of the universe is essential. But that study has to depend primarily on the nature of the reactions to actions. The science that advanced in the industrial period had tried to study and promote science with the interest and outlook of a consumer. Study of nature by analysis was done with the intention of examining them structurally. So the material particulars taken from them can be used for producing commodities that can increase material amenities and pleasures and for luxurious life. So the term Exploration of nature had come in do vogue.

But the outlooks of the old medical systems as the hypocatic medicine of Europe (Grease) the traditional medical systems of Egypt, India, China etc are all based and developed with the former out look. While the Europine medicine that advanced later has progressed with the later outlook (industrial out look) of course. By adopting such an outlook they could make a major advance also. Because this science provided immense help to improve the number and quality of medicine for treatment and also the instruments the location and their environment. The successes gained in controlling and conquering the epimimics of infectious diseases is no doubt a great boon for the world. The advancement gained in the field of surgery is also impressive. But some serious omission and weaknesses also were noticed.

It is true that the developments of the branches of sciences as physics, chemistry and others (inert sciences) helped to produce articles and conveniences for the luxurious pleasure seeking life of people. But the study of man who has to make use of these articles of enjoyment was not promoted. The main reasons for the unprecedented spread of serious, even lethal diseases, as degenerative diseases, diseases due to mental stress and other stresses, is realized as due to the failure of science in helping citizens on the necessity of carrying life without alienating themselves from nature and society.

Realizing this, today modern, western, scientists also are now on the way of rethreading; understanding the importance of the old out look of the sasthras which give weight on the importance of the relationship of man with the universe. So they also are know proceeding with research activities, giving prominent to such old out look.

According to Ayurveda body and mind are an inseparable integral whole, related and responding to the environment mental diseases affects the body also and physical diseases the mind too. Mind and body are therefore taken only as two seats of disease as the purity of the body makes the mind also pure. So man with a pure mind only is healthy is equally true.

Since ayurvedic concepts are based n functions it insistences is that maintenance of health of mind and body is possible only is we realize that it is primarily dependable on our way of life. It is that which is not properly responsive to the environment that becomes the cause of disease. When we speak of environment we mean two types of environment nature is ever changing as daytime can be distinguished as of three periods so night also. Day has dawn noon time and evening as three periods. Night also has dusk, mid night, and termination period of night. These diurnal changes influenced our body and mind. Our physical activities and mental moods also.

Similarly the stages of age as childhood, youth, and old age, also create differences in the nature of our responses. When take food the reactions inside the body, at the beginning stage of digestion at its middle stage and end stage are different, when the season change. There are corresponding changes in the body responses also. Our internal conditions and function also undergo changes when we are affected with emotions of happiness, sorrow, anger etc. It is known that the food taken in, when accepts by passions does not digests easily and properly. So if we do not adopt our ways of life our life also to accord with the changing natural environment.

The irreconcilable conditions upset the internal balance of the body also. Then the natural activities of the body intended for nutrition, elimination of unwanted wastes, and similar once of a self-protective nature are upset. In these condition of increased wastes and impurities in the body impairing the internal functions create diseases. So in order to avoid the occurrence of diseases the main attention is to be paid for critical examination of the study of our environment and our waste of life for correcting the anomalies ourselves. All ayurvedic texts start with advices for following a course of life which is in harmony with nature, set up with due understanding of nature and the society in which we life. What are the protective steps or duties to be performed on all days and as per the changes in different climates in the alternatives to be made in the menu and other routine the precautionary duty to be performed to avert diseases and similar topics are given preference in these texts. But here what is worthy of special attention is the insistence given on performing the moral duties, which is deemed absolutely essential for a reconciled harmonious life with the society in which we live. These are instructions for a disciplined life governed by rules of self control. For the affliction of diseases can be avoided only if we proceed with self control. Being aware of the changing conditions of times and guided by rules to harmonize the activities of our sensory and motor organs and mind with self control and understandings.

Here insistence is on the importance of prevention of diseases. It is racer wiser than treating a diseases after allowing it to occur. The cause for all disease is the violation of these rules of conducts.

How we have to manage life properly as per the changing times is the theme more orderly discussed by ayurvedic preceptors what is presented in Ashtangahrdaya of Vaghbata is one that deserves our main attention.

Diseases never affect any one who is careful in dietetics matters and behaviours and carried a nature controlled and thoughtful action, owns a mind which does not become slavish to passion one who cherishes a selfless noble generous nature, truthfulness, patience and firm wisdom. Such a person is not affected with any disease.

How Hospital Cafeterias Are Increasing Retail Revenue

Hospitals retail areas find themselves under increasing pressure to meet revenue goals

Faced with rising costs and financially challenging times, healthcare organizations are increasingly looking to their retail areas as an additional source of revenue generation. Although hospital foodservices operations are well known for providing patient meals, most if not all are also responsible for the retail side of foodservice operations at their onsite cafeteria, snack bar and or coffee bar. Tasked with growing their revenue contribution to the hospital, many Directors of Foodservices and Cafeteria Managers are taking creative steps to increase patronage. Increasing employee participation, enticing members of the local community, and tailoring their food and beverage offerings to the needs and culinary preferences of patrons are all goals of aggressive foodservices operators.

Grab and Go

In a busy healthcare environment, speed is key! That’s why over the past few years, many hospital cafeterias have redesigned their space to accommodate new coolers stocked with appetizing pre-packaged food choices; ranging from yogurt and fruit parfaits, to sandwiches and salads. These portable food options offer a highly convenient and fast way for busy healthcare workers to quickly grab something to eat or drink while on the run. The pre-packaging also enables staff to bring these items back to their desk or another area for consumption at a place other than the cafeteria. When used with a POS system and bar coded labels, check out of these grab and go items at the point of sale takes only a few fast seconds.

Dining Experience

Many healthcare facilities have renovated their cafeterias to offer a more appealing restaurant-like dining experience to attract employees, visitors and guests. Their goal is to entice hospital workers to remain onsite for lunch instead of seeking off site alternatives, appeal to visitors, and in some cases attract the local community. To accomplish this, Foodservices Directors are not only creating a visually appealing dining area, but also are hiring highly talented and experienced restaurant chefs with a flair for engineering new and delicious menus. Using a POS system with menu item performance tracking gives the chefs a clear picture of which menu items are performing well, and which should be removed from the menu rotation.

Employee payroll deductions

Managed through a Point of Sale System as an employee payroll deduction to be deducted from a future pay check, the ability to make a retail purchase by scanning the employee badge already carried by the healthcare worker is seen to be a valuable benefit and convenience. When employees can present the badge they already carry as a form of payment, they no longer have the need to carry cash or credit cards as they move about the facility. Frequently, this convenience means the difference between having the time to enjoy a delicious meal versus a skipped lunch or breakfast. Cashless payment also translates into an increase in add on food and beverage purchases, when the employee doesn’t have enough cash on their person to cover all the choices they’d like to make.

Credit card processing

It’s not unusual for visitors to find themselves without cash on hand when visiting a patient in the hospital. We are all consumers accustom to paying for most everything with our debit or credit cards, and are therefore quite surprised to find out the hospital cafeteria does not accept credit or debit cards. Although most hospitals offer an onsite ATM, the inability to accept credit or debit card payments translates into a lost sale; and quite possibly a full tray of food left at the checkout counter because the visitor didn’t have a convenience payment option. The checkout process is a big part of the customer experience, so it is important that credit and debit card processing is fast and fully integrated with the cash register operations of the POS system.

The Drawbacks of Cookies

A lot of folks are just terrified about cookies. Although there are some drawbacks of cookies it is not something to be horrified about. A cookie is just a small text file stored on your computer. It doesn’t have the capacity to do any functions or tasks on its own. After cookies get stored on your computer, they get attached to a particular web address. This can range from a simple folder to a sub-domain or even a domain.

When you return to a web page, your web browser tests out to check whether any of the cookies on your computer are applicable for the webpage you are stopping over. If there is a match, the info stored in the cookies is returned to the server. Which means a website can only get from a Cookie-Info it placed there earlier — not all that treacherous in most of the cases. So, cookies are not essentially hazardous – they can’t send out viruses or anything like that.

However, there are some drawbacks associated with cookies. Let’s have a look at them.

Although writing Cookie is a wonderful way to uphold user interaction, if the user has set browser options to notify before writing any cookie or completely disabled the cookies, then site containing cookie will be disabled totally and cannot carry out any process ensuing in loss of traffic for the site. Another problem is that of using too many Cookies. If you are writing loads of cookies for every Page Navigation and if the user has set up an option to tip off before writing cookie, this could turn him/her away from the website.

You also have security issues sometimes. Every so often user’s personal info gets amassed in cookies and when somebody hacks the cookie they can get access to private info. The corrupted cookies can also be read by various domains and this may pave way to security problems. There are sites that may write and store private info in cookies, which must not be endorsed considering all the privacy related issues.

How to Chuck out Dodgy Cookies

Unless you have the uppermost Internet security levels on your computer, you cannot keep away from internet cookies totally. On the other hand, there are ways to diminish the problems these internet cookies may perhaps bring about. One way to be extra safe is to go to your Internet options and use the “Delete Cookies” choice every time you are about to close down your browser. If you don’t like deleting all the cookies there, you can use an antivirus to detect the cookies and be aware of them. You can also use any trusted online scanning tool that will inform you about the various cookies that are present on your computer.

Scientifically Tested Olive Leaf Herb Is Known To Kill Every Virus And Germ Known To Man

What is the worst case scenario for the bird flu or just how bad could it get? A question I have always wanted the answer to. Well history is always the best teacher and we have an excellent historical teacher from 1918. The answer there is the bird flu of 1918, and that teacher is foreboding. Called the aquatic bird flu that actually started in China (sound familiar) then somehow got into Kansas not Europe. Isn’t that interesting? It started among US Cavalry horses then moved to American troopers assigned to those mounts, stationed in Kansas. These Cavalry soldiers were shipped to the battle fields of Europe to take part in the fighting. Some of those soldiers arrived infected with the virus. This flu circulated throughout the densely packed cities of Europe then made its way back to America and did the same there. In a little over a years time it had run its course and 40 to 50 million people were dead.

In 1918 the big cities like London had a million people. Today our mega cities have 10 plus million people and a very fast transport system. Any new bird flu virus can travel in infected people across the world in a matter of days.

Why can’t modern medicine help us?

Until the bird flu virus of today mutates to its human infecting form, no scientific steps can be taken to create a serum. Only then can science develop the serum and begin to make large batches. This takes considerable amounts of time and fertile chicken eggs and there are not many around. Under optimal conditions modern science takes at least 6 months, minimum. Remember I just said above, it only takes days to move the virus across the world. So even with all the pharmaceutical companies around the world creating this serum only a small part of the world’s population would be protected. I hate to make this sound worse, but the virus can also mutate into other human infecting forms and other serums must be developed.

The Herbal Solution to a Bird Flu Epidemic

You can see how bad it can get and how little modern medicine can do. There has really been little progress since 1918. So what can be done to protect yourself and your family? Here is the answer that has been around for ages. Olive leaf tincture is the answer to bird flu and all other germs and virus infections. But do not take my word for it, here is some of the history of this very powerful herb and what modern science found when they looked at it.

History of Olive Leaf as Herbal Medicine

I personally believe that God was referring to the olive tree in Ezekiel 47:12, God spoke of a tree: “The fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.”

The ancient Egyptians may have been the first to put the olive leaf to practical use. They regarded it as a symbol of heavenly power, and in keeping with that belief, they extracted its oil and used it to mummify their kings. The Egyptians and later cultures also found, and there is documentation, that the olive leaf was a great herbal medicine for the relief of fevers (sounds like viral infections to me).

The knowledge of the medicinal properties of the tree (Olea europaea) date back to the early 1800’s where it was used in liquid form as a very effective treatment for malarial infections. According to the 1854 Pharmaceutical Journal of Provincial Transactions, pages 353 and 354(a), the doctors at that time stated that the properties of the tree, Olea europaea, deserved more extensive investigation.

In the early 1900’s, a bitter compound was found in the leaves of certain olive trees called “Oleuropein.” This compound was determined to be part of the olive tree’s powerful disease resistant structure. In 1962, European researchers recorded that oleuropein had the ability to lower blood pressure in animals, increase blood flow in the coronary arteries, relieve arrhythmias and prevent intestinal muscle spasms. A Dutch researcher found the chemical responsible for olive leafs healing power was elenolic acid which has strong antiviral, bacterial and antiparasitic properties.

Modern Medicine Finds That Olive Leaf is a Powerful Medicine

In the late 60’s and early 70’s, The Upjohn Companies’ test studies were published by The American Society for Microbiology in regards to a new multifunctional monoterpene which they had isolated from various parts of the olive tree. The compound was called calcium elenolate, a crystalline salt form of elenolic acid. When they tested this compound it was found to be virucidal against all viruses for which it was tested. The compound acted effectively at low concentrations without any harmful influence on host cell mechanisms. It was also found to be extremely safe and nontoxic, even at high doses. While it worked extremely well in-vitro, it was unsuccessful in-vitro. When injected into the blood stream, the compound bound quickly to the blood serum protein and rendered itself ineffective. They were unable to overcome this problem and terminated their research. During this same period, other companies had interest in the compound and performed various tests, but also lost interest. Then in 1990, interest was renewed and the process of bringing the remarkable product Olive Leaf Extract to market began.

A safety study on calcium elenolate was laboratory tested with animals and published by The Upjohn Company in 1970. The study concluded that even in doses several hundred times higher than recommended, no toxic or other adverse side effects appeared..

Recent Australian studies show that liquid olive leaf extract made from fresh olive leaves has up to 40 times more antioxidants than even the very best extra virgin olive oils. This same fresh Olive Leaf Extract also has 5 times more antioxidant power than Vitamin C, 28 times more antioxidant power than Noni juices and 6 times more than Goji juices.

The Power of Olive Leaves

Effective against fever and helpful for nervous tension; great immune booster and viral/bacterial killer. Researchers credit a number of unique properties possessed by the olive leaf compound for the broad killing power: an ability to interfere with critical amino acid production essential for viruses, an ability to contain viral infection and/or spread by inactivating viruses or by preventing virus shedding, budding or assembly at the cell membrane, and the ability to directly penetrate infected cells and stop viral replication in the case of retroviruses. It is able to neutralize the production of reverse transcriptase and protease (an enzyme found in retroviruses that enable the virus to make DNA from viral RNA). These enzymes are essential for a retrovirus, such as HIV, to alter the RNA of a healthy cell. It can stimulate phagocytosis, an immune system response in which immune cells ingest harmful microorganisms and foreign matter.

Summary of conditions for which olive leaf extract acts as a microbial and anti-viral agent

AIDS Amoebiasis Anthrax Athlete’s Foot Bladder Infection Campylobacter Chicken Pox Chlamydia Cholera Common Cold Cold Sore (herpes simplex) Cryptosporidiosis Cytomegalovirus Diarrheal Disease Diphtheria Ear Infection Ebola Sudan Virus E. Coli Epstein-Barr Virus Flu (influenza) Gastric Ulcers (from H. Pylori) Genital Herpes/Warts Giardia Gonorrhea Group B Strep Hantavirus Hepatitis A, B, C Herpes Zoster (shingles) Lyme Disease Malaria Measles Meningitis (bacterial) Meningitis (viral) Mononucleosis Pinworms Pneumonia (bacterial) Pneumonia (viral) Polio Pork Tapeworm Rabies Rheumatic Fever Ringworm Retrovirus infection Roundworm Rotavirus Infection RSV Staphylococcal Food Poisoning Strep Throat Syphilis Tuberculosis Thrush Toxic Shock Syndrome Trichinosis Typhoid Fever Urinary Tract Infections Vaginal Yeast Infections

Die-Off Syndrome

There are no negative side effects with Olive leaf extract but it does have a healthy side effect called the Herxheimer or “Die-Off” effect. Here is what takes place during a die-off effect. In the body there are microbes or viruses that somehow manage to evade the body’s immune system. Upon exposure to olive leaf tincture these microbes and viruses are destroyed which is a good thing for the person. After the microbe virus death, their cell-wall proteins are absorbed through the weakened mucous membrane, which surrounds them. The body recognizes these as toxins and begins its natural processes to get rid of them. If present in too large of numbers for the eliminative system to handle, the individual may develop symptoms that include headaches, swelling in the mouth, throat, sinuses, and lymphatic’s, rashes, fatigue, diarrhea, muscle/joint achiness, or other flu-like symptoms. The severity will vary from person to person, depending on the extent of their condition, the state of their immune and eliminatory systems, and how much olive leaf extract is being consumed.

The die off effect is desirable as it indicates that the body is being cleared of these hazardous microbes and viruses. Anyone who experiences these unpleasant effects generally feels fabulously well afterwards many times better than ever before.

If you feel the effects and you would like to minimize them, there are some easy things you can do. Many physicians recommend that an individual consume plenty of water in between usages of the product. Water keeps the lymphatic system and the kidneys functioning properly and more capable of handling the excess toxins. Another way to reduce the effects is to cut back on the dose of tincture that you are taking or go off it completely for a day or two before slowly increasing the dose once again. It can take anywhere from a couple of days to a week to completely rid the body of the excess toxins.

Why Olive Leaf Tincture?

A good question, and the answer makes common sense. Tinctures are made from the ground herb combined with pure grain alcohol. The alcohol acts as a solvent extracting the active healing ingredients out of the herb. The alcohol is then pressed out of the herb, all the valuable active herbal ingredients are now in the alcohol, the herbal pulp is discarded. This process can be done with one or a combination of herbs. In an alcohol tincture form the herb(s) are easily assimilated by the body to immediately begin the healing process such as killing germs or viruses.

Dosage

There is no official dose for taking olive leaf tincture even though it has been around for thousands of years of use and testing. The most popular amount for a maintenance dose is 2 droppers full twice daily on an empty stomach before meals. For conditions such as the common cold, flu, sinus infections, and basic respiratory tract infections, the dose is 2 droppers full every 2 hours. For acute infections such as sore throat, swollen glands, fever, etc., the recommendation is 3 droppers full every 2 hours.

Safety of Olive Leaf Tincture

From all indications over the thousands of years of use by professional and nonprofessional people; Olive leaf tincture appears to be an extremely safe supplement that can effectively aid the body in improving immune function and fighting infection by various microbes and viruses. To my knowledge and through my research I have not found one single negative case involving the use of olive leaf tincture.

Shelf Life

Alcohol acts as a preservative and if stored in a cool, dark place, tinctures can last indefinitely. I have herbal tinctures that have lasted 15 years and were just as strong as when I first used them. As I said above, avoid heat, sunlight, and exposure to air, and your tinctures will keep their “just picked” freshness for as long as you own them.

Caution:

Don’t take olive leaf with antibiotics as they can be inactivated by olive leaf.

Don’t take olive leaf with Warfarin (Coumadin) this drug can cause internal bleeding.

Olive leaf naturally relaxes blood vessels and capillaries which could increase Coumadin’s side effect.

References:

The main reference for the information in this article was taken from Doctor Jack Ritchason’s Book “Olive Leaf Extract” Woodland publishing, Pleasant Grove, Utah. 1999

Nature’s multi-functional force against infections and cardiovascular disease? by Amanda Jackson Ph.D.

Positive Health Publications LTD 1994-2002

Handbook of Medicinal Herbs, by James A. Duke, Pub. CRP Second Edition 2007

All-Filipino Desserts

All Filipinos seem to be born with a sweet tooth, and most of us never really outgrow it. We’re never too old for a candy bar or a rich filled doughnut. That’s why desserts have always been a big part of Filipino cuisine. For many of us, a meal isn’t a meal without something cold and sweet to top it off. It doesn’t matter if your meal consists of rice and dried fish; without dessert, it’s simply not complete.

However, our idea of dessert has evolved a lot through the years. Ask any kid what his favorite dessert is and he’ll most likely say ice cream, cake, or something not really Filipino. If you think the same way, maybe it’s time you tried the old favorites and rediscover Filipino food. Here’s a quick guide to local desserts and some Filipino desserts recipes you can make on your own.

Rice cakes

With rice as our staple food, it’s really no surprise that we’d turn it into a dessert as well. In fact, we have more than a dozen varieties of kakanin, the local term for rice desserts, most of them sold at practically every corner. Because they are rice-based, they are seldom eaten after regular meals (which already have rice as the main course). People prefer them for merienda in the late morning or afternoon. Some of the most popular Filipino rice cakes are puto, suman, biko, bibingka, and kalamay.

Native pastries

If you’re looking for a lighter dessert, Filipino pastries may be just what you need. Our native pastries cover everything from small bite-size tarts to tropical fruit pies. They may seem complicated at first glance, but they are actually one of the easiest Filipino food recipes. In fact, if you’re just starting out, pastries make a great beginner recipe. Start with simple snack tarts such as this one.

Easy Caramel Tarts

Ingredients:

1 tbsp flour

1 c milk

1 c golden syrup

1 c brown sugar

1 tbsp white sugar

1 tbsp butter

2 eggs, separated

½ tsp vanilla

Procedure: Beat the egg whites until stiff, then beat in the white sugar. Set aside. In a saucepan, combine the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour into baked pastry shells. Top with the egg white mixture and bake for about 10 minutes or until the meringue turns brown.

Puto and kutsinta

Puto a steamed cake made from rice flour, often topped with cheese or salted eggs. It is often sold with kutsinta, a brown jelly cake served with grated coconut. The two go together because the soft, grainy texture of the puto contrasts the tart smoothness of kutsinta. Both are among the simplest Filipino recipes; you can make a batch of each cake in less than two hours.

Puto

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

2 cups milk

6 tsps baking powder

3 eggs (use only egg whites for a lighter cake)

Procedure: Combine all the ingredients except the egg whites. Mix well and let stand for one hour, then fold in the eggs. Pour into baking pan or muffin pans and steam for about one hour.

Kutsinta

Ingredients:

1 cup rice flour

1 tsp lye water

3 cups water

2 cups packed brown sugar

Procedure: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl; beat well. Half-fill a muffin pan with the batter, then steam covered over 2 inches of water for about 30 minutes. Top with grated coconut.

Bibingka

Bibingka is actually an Indian dish (bebinca), but the Filipino variety is unique because it uses rice flour instead of white. It also comes with a variety of toppings such as butter or margarine, cheese, salted eggs, or grated coconuts. Bibingka is a popular snack in the Christmas season, where it is often sold with puto bumbong (same as puto, but cooked in bamboo vessels and flavored with coconut or purple yam)and other Filipino cooking recipes. It is traditionally cooked in charcoal ovens, which gives it a smoky flavor. Of course, you can also tweak the recipe and bake it in modern ovens. Here’s how.

Ingredients:

2 c plain flour

¼ c baking powder

¾ c sugar

1 ¼ c coconut milk

3 eggs, beaten

½ c Edam cheese, grated

½ butter, melted

½ c grated coconut

1 tsp salt

Procedure: Preheat your oven to 375oF. In a bowl, dissolve the sugar in coconut milks and add in the eggs. In a separate bow, sift the flour, add the baking powder and salt, then sift again. Combine with the egg mixture and beat well. Pour into prepared pans and bake for about 15 minutes. Top with cheese and resume baking for another 20 minutes, brushing with margarine occasionally. Give it a final brush when done, and serve with coconut on the side.

The Different Types Of Catering Establishments

The catering industry services millions of clients around the world through several channels designed to cater to different requirements. It isn’t limited only to event catering though this is perhaps the most well-known type of channel. Knowing and understanding the other establishments makes us appreciate just how valuable the industry is today.

Catering itself is basically preparing and serving food and drink to clients. These clients may be office workers, healthcare workers, prisoners, railway, flight passengers and industry workers. It’s a massive clientele which cannot be serviced by a single segment. This is why the industry consists of a list of ‘types’ that cater to different requirements. Take a look.

Event catering

A challenging yet potentially lucrative business, event caterers are tasked with servicing events be it a gala affair, a wedding or a business luncheon. Since the setting can be very varied, they must be able to accommodate different style requirements, food choices and be proficient in organizing such events if clients so request.

Event catering is also known as outdoor catering as client requirements demand service away from the supplier’s base.

Airline, railway and ship catering

Food and drink service provided to people onboard airlines, railways and ships are three other important segments of the catering industry. The work is undertaken by independent catering companies contracted to provide the same. On-board meal services are part of the package for long distance journeys.

Catering to passengers and crew requires massive logistics that aren’t easily handled. If successfully pulled off, however, profits can be extremely high.

Transport catering

Where other types of catering are usually planned, transport catering services passengers and the general public similar to a restaurant. Aside from food and drink, the establishments may have restroom facilities and counters selling snacks and other provisions.

Today, transport catering can also refer to airline, railway and ship catering so the lines can blur.

Restaurant

The most popular and most used catering service is restaurants which pepper villages, towns and cities across the world. They range from setups offering cheap food to 7-star establishments that focus not only on food but luxury facilities designed to impress and pamper clientele.

Diversity of cuisine is one of the main features boasted by restaurants where it’s possible to find world food in one establishment or establishments specializing in certain cuisines.

Industrial catering

Industrial catering services people at work in industries at subsidized rates. The service may be provided by a contracted caterer or undertaken by the management.

The low cost of food and beverage is what distinguishes the segment from others as the belief is that better fed workers are likely to be more productive and happier which satisfies them and the management.

Welfare catering

Social obligations to do with providing food to schools, colleges, old age homes and prisons etc fall under welfare catering. It’s a charity-based service meant to uplift society.

The catering types mentioned here are presented in the form of hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, pubs and cafes. Companies servicing industries may or may not have their own hotels although that’s usually the case.

The logistics, cost and workforce needed to provide food and beverages can be immense and for people with no experience, it can be hellish. Professional caterers have the experience and the equipment to take care of whatever requests the client has which is why it’s always wiser to hire a caterer where feeding large numbers of people is required.

The Best Herbal Alternatives For Gas Pains

Flatulence, or flatus is the medical term for gas pain. This type of pain is caused by air in the intestine that passes through the rectum, and air that is passed from the digestive tract through the mouth is called commonly called belching. Gas that is formed in the intestines as food is being digested. Gas can make you feel bloated or give a feeling of fullness, which may cause crampy or colic-type abdominal pain. Gas pain could be caused by any of the following factors:

● Eating food that are difficult to digest, like foods rich in fiber. If you just started taking introduced fiber into your diet, having gas may be temporary. Give it a little time. Your body may adjust and stop producing gas.

● Swallowing air while eating and drinking.

● Eating food that you cannot tolerate . One good example would be if you have lactose intolerance and consume eat dairy products/byproducts.

● Malabsorption (this happens when the body cannot absorb or digest a particular nutrient properly, often accompanied by diarrhea).

● Irritable bowel syndrome — a chronic form of stomach upset that results, or gets worse, with too much stress.

● Use of antibiotics.

Best Remedies for gas pain

One of the best remedies for gas pain would be herbal remedies. Herbs that ease, and relieve gas pain are called carminatives. Many aromatic herbs are considered carminatives, including dill seed, caraway seeds, fennel seeds, anise seeds, coriander seeds, and cumin seeds. One has to put a large spoonful in a cup, cover well with boiling water, for around 5 minutes, and add sugar to sweeten if you like, and drink.

Ginger is another available herbal remedy, since this is also a powerful carminative. Ginger has a helpful, warming effect to the stomach. You can make a tea with powdered ginger, or use up to a tablespoon of fresh ginger per cup of water for a strong brew. Ginger works best sweetened with honey. One can also buy crystallized or candied ginger to take traveling with you. It was also confirmed that ginger also counters the nauseating effects of space sickness.

However, the fastest remedy for gas pain according to herbal-remedy experts is two capsules of acidophilus. One can expect pain relief in 5-10 minutes.

Another effective herbal remedy would be eating natural yogurt, and can it also can be used as a gastric pacifier, but it is not as fast as the acidophilus. A quart of yogurt a week would be a good start. It is advised that one buys plain yogurt, instead of the commercially-processed one. You may also want to add maple syrup or honey and fruit of your choice, fresh or frozen at home.

The bitter tonic herbs mentioned above are also excellent herbal remedies to take on a long-term basis if a person has frequent gas pains.

Peppermint is a also a good herbal remedy. It helps move the intestines and make you feel really awake, just like coffee. It is however not advisable to use peppermint if someone feels nauseated, as it tastes vile on the way back out, and could induce vomiting.

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Why Are Some Blenders Dangerous And Others Are Not?

Nowadays, people are so busy living in a fast-paced world where we try to make the most out of every minute. We go to the gym exercising as much as we can in an hour or so that we sometimes forget to eat or drink before and after working out. Smoothies are good source of energy whenever we work out. People love smoothies because of the ingredients used in making them. They contain fresh fruits and sometimes chocolates are even added for better taste. Smoothies are very easy to make provided that you have the right equipment. There are several blenders in the market today but you should choose the best blender for you.

According to the news, some kitchen blenders are dangerous to use because of the design and quality of materials used in manufacturing them. There is one controversial blender brand that was recalled earlier this year because of the possibility of having the user lacerated. When it was tested, it was found out that the pitcher can come off from the machine. There were also several incidents of untoward accidents that happened while using that blender. This is a concrete example why some blenders are dangerous to use. This is also the reason why you should buy the best blender that is surely worth its price.

What should you look for in a blender? First, it should be sturdy enough to process even the hardest food. Brand is not the only thing you should look at although you should consider buying a blender that was made by a reputable company. Second, you should also look at the features of the blender. The best blender should have adequate choices for speed. People actually find three-speed blenders enough for their usage. The blade should be removable so that it would be easy for the owner to clean it. Food can get stuck under the blade and if it is not cleaned properly, the cleanliness of the food is compromised. The suggested material of the container is polycarbonate because it cannot be broken and scratched easily. Of course, lastly, you should consider the price of the blender. The best blender does not necessarily cost a lot. Online reviews are helpful because it will give you an overview of the blender before shelling out cash.

Two of the best blenders in the market nowadays are Vitamix and Blendtec. Yes, these are quite expensive for blenders but they are surely worth the tag price. They can make perfect smoothies and can also handle hot soups. But then again, brand and price should not be the only factors that you should consider in finding the best blender for you.

Marketing Through Service – How to Get Customer Referrals and Sales Leads in Any Business

“Without customers you have no business, you have absolutely nothing”. The best way to get customers is from referrals and sales leads. A sales lead or prospect is a business opportunity to gain a customer and make a sale. The best sales leads are from referrals. The best referrals in the world are word of mouth recommendations from friends and associates. Other referrals come in the form of personal endorsements from well known people. These well known recognizable people are often in the movie and sports industries.

“Example isn’t another way to teach, it’s the only way to teach”… Albert Einstein.

Let’s look at the customer loyalty programs that can produce word of mouth referrals. There are many successful programs presently being used. Here are some examples.

Customer appreciation programs:

• Some coffee shops offer a free cup of coffee after a certain number of cups have been purchased. The customer is issued a card that is stamped every time a coffee is purchased. This is an easy way for the customer to keep track of purchases, and is an incentive for them to keep coming back. The customer is very likely to tell their friends. With regular customers come other perks, such as a free donut or other discounted food item.

• Most restaurants have daily specials on their food and beverage menus, but some give out coupons that offer a discount on their next meal. Often restaurants will do some direct advertising in the form of flyers with discount coupons to attract new customers. It is the quality of the food and service that will keep their customers coming back and referring them to others.

• Some large grocery stores offer a customer appreciation day. On a certain day each month, the customer will receive a 10% off all purchases (usually with a minimum purchase of $35.00). Other shops have senior day discounts, often one day per week (usually the slowest day, Tuesday) and the discount is 5% off everything with no minimum purchase.

• Other stores often have scratch cards where the customer scratches off an immediate discount ranging anywhere fro 5 – 75% off all purchases. While some will offer, buy one item and get the next one at 25% off.

• Most of the major gas stations offer loyalty programs offering points that can be redeemed for free gas or other items the station sells.

• Financial and retail stores usually offer points that can be redeemed for just about anything from travelers cheques, air travel, hotel accommodation and or a catalog of items.

• Service industries often outsource to marketing companies to acquire leads. Have you ever been phoned by a carpet cleaning company offering you a special deal?

It seems today, that most customers collect points, coupons, and other incentives, as a normal or expected way of doing business. Marketing through service is always the best way to get referrals and sales leads.

The hospitality industry is huge and extremely competitive and will come up with many innovative and creative ways of getting customers from sales leads, advertising and referrals. Most companies have affiliate programs and can put together vacation packages that include everything. Including transportation to and from residence to departure terminal (train, bus, ship or airport) carrier, destination hotel (all inclusive, food, drinks, and entertainment) all taxes, gratuities, transfers for one payment on a credit card. Each component of the package is important to the overall success, as everyone who goes on vacation will tell their friends all about it. For example, if the local taxi rides to or from your residence was enjoyable, you would more than likely use that service again and also recommend them to others. The same is true for all of the other components.

Every facet of the vacation/tourism business offers incentives to their customers. However it is the service they receive from the vendor that will determine whether your company gets any referrals or bad press.

Other business, besides advertising for customers, can purchase sales leads from marketing companies. Marketing companies often use telemarketing centers and direct mail and door to door campaigns to acquire these sales leads. Companies that outsource this function to professionals often get the best results.

As you can see, there are many programs being used to attract customers, keep them coming back, spending more and “Referring” your business to others. Some programs that worked well in the past, but are now forgotten, should be revived. At the end of the day if you want referrals, make sure your customers are completely satisfied. “Offer them great service, and make what you want to sell easy for them to buy”.

Food Brings People Together and at Its Essence is Love, Life and the Heart of Society

Food sustains life, yet it is so much more than something we need to nourish our bodies. Food at its essence is love, life and the heart of society. Food brings people together. It is the shared flavors of friendship and community. We like being with others enjoying the tastes and textures of food. Often through these shared experiences intimacy develops, memories exist and relationships thrive.

We fondly remember childhood food experiences, often wishing to duplicate those tastes that remind of us of home. Food is at the center of our sense of family and relationships. Certain aromas transport us back in time to the people and places we care about. We remember family picnics and food festivals.

No matter who we are or from which culture we come, every society gives careful thought to the daily preparation of meals for family, friends or even strangers. Food means love. This is true whether we are the cook or the one who eats.

Food is at the heart of society. We learn how to behave in society and interact with others in life based on the kind of eating ritual we experienced growing up. We are connected to others near and far through foods. We are interdependent because of global trade and commerce. The food on our tables comes from farmers everywhere throughout our planet.

Food, more than any other element in society, binds us together. Our lives are emotionally impacted by food production around the world. In some countries, people go hungry, while in others, people suffer illness caused by an over abundance of food.

A 13th-century Buddhist leader-philosopher, Nichiren, while in exile, wrote in a letter thanking a follower for sending him food: “Rice is not simply rice, it is life itself.” Food is life itself. It is our link with each other. Food is love, life and at the heart of society. Fittingly, the foods that are best for our bodies are also best for our society.