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A Changing World

If you do not see great riches in your imagination, you will never see them in your bank balance. Never, in the history of America has there been so great an opportunity for practical dreamers as now exists. The five year economic collapse has reduced all men/women, substantially, to the same level. A new race is about to be run. The stakes represent huge fortunes which will be accumulated within the next ten years. The rules of the race have changed, because we now live in a CHANGED WORLD that definitely favors the masses, those who had but little or no opportunity to win under the conditions existing during the recession, when fear paralyzed growth and development.

We who are in this race for riches, should be encouraged to know that this changed world in which we live is demanding new ideas, new ways of doing things, new leaders, new inventions, new methods of teaching, new methods of marketing, new books, new literature, new features for the radio,and  innovative  health and wellness companies with cutting edge products/services.

Back of all this demand for new and better things, there is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning DESIRE to possess it.

In 2008 the Great Recession marked the death of one age, and the birth of another. This changed world requires practical dreamers who can, and will put their dreams into action. The practical dreamers have always been, and always will be the pattern-makers of civilization. We who desire to accumulate riches, should remember the real leaders of the world always have been men/women  who harnessed, and put into practical use, the intangible, unseen forces of unborn opportunity, and have converted those forces, [or impulses of thought], into incredible wealth building ventures, in other words they took ACTION..

In planning to acquire your share of the riches, let no one influence you to scorn the dreamer. To win the big stakes in this changed world, you must catch the spirit of the great pioneers of the past, whose dreams have given to civilization all that it has of value, the spirit which serves as the life-blood of our own country-your opportunity and mine, to develop and market our talents. As Napoleon Hill once said: “The greatest achievement was, at first, and for a time, but a dream.” “The oak sleeps in the acorn. The bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul, a waking angel stirs. DREAMS ARE THE SEEDLINGS OF REALITY.”

Awake, arise, and assert yourself, you dreamers of the world. Your star is now in the ascendency. The world depression brought the opportunity you have been waiting for. It taught people humility, tolerance, and open-mindedness. The world is filled with an abundance of OPPORTUNITY which the dreamers of the past never knew.

Today we know we face many challenges.  Those impacted by the horrific Superstorm Sandy know the emotions of loss.  Those who lost everything in what we now call the Great Recession – savings, retirement accounts, home equity, and even college funds for their children – know the feelings of loss.  What will lift us out of this time period of loss and setback is what has always carried us forward.  It is our dreams!  It is what we are willing to sacrifice because we know the rewards.

With ASEA we have a product that the world has never seen before, it has the power to change peoples lives in wellness and in wealth. Greater wellness is such a desirable thing. With it, you feel better, perform better, and enjoy life more than ever, too. Greater wellness is not just about physical health. It’s also about your emotional health, your spiritual health and your financial wealth as well. I would like  you to have the kind of prosperity that will enable you to pursue your own life purposes, whether those purposes are to… provide more for your family… help a particular cause or charity… reach a point of greater financial freedom… or anything else that is dear to you. ASEA offers us all a way to create a stream of income while simultaneously bringing more wellness to the world.

As Wellness Entrepreneurs, may you pursue your dreams and purpose with passion and intentions!  Live the Dream… Your Dream! Dream BIG!

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ASEA : Backed by Science ?

ASEA Ingredients

After almost 2 decades, millions of dollars of research and multiple patents, the scientists behind ASEA achieved the “impossible”! Starting with nothing more than salt and water, (similar to what is found inside the cells) and passing it through a complex 3 day process they figured out how to create and stabilize Redox Signaling Molecules outside of the body… and ASEA was born.

Backed by Science

Over 7500 studies on Redox Signaling Molecules have been published in international, peer reviewed scientific and medical journals, making it one of the fastest growing areas of health science. These studies clearly demonstrate that Redox Signaling Molecules are involved in supporting virtually every major body system and function, including :-

The Many Roles of Redox Signaling Molecules
Immune Activity Antioxidant Protection
Cellular Communication Oxidative Stress Reduction
Digestive Health Mental Cognition
Cardiovascular Function Joint and Muscle Support
Pain and Nervous System Function Energy Metabolism
Cell Function Genetic Expression

ASEA Advancing Life

Every second of every day your cells are passing tremendous amounts of vital information. ASEA optimizes communication within the cells, from cells to cells and to the immune system and to other systems that are so critical for human health.

Antioxidant and Redox Signaling

Your body already makes the most powerful antioxidants on the planet. The Glutathione and SOD, that are made in your cells, are 1000’s of times more powerful than antioxidants found in fruits and berries! A recent study found that ASEA can boost the effectiveness of these antioxidants by a massive 500%!.

Improve Athletic Performance

Recent double blind placebo studies found that consuming ASEA for 7 days prompts a massive mobilization of fatty acids, meaning the body can use fats for energy (superior fuel source) instead of muscle glycogen (inferior fuel source), resulting in a 29% increase in endurance! It’s no wonder ASEA Athletes are going further, faster, longer, harder…and recovering better than ever before!

Redox Signaling Molecules

ASEA, with redox signaling molecules, is quite possibly the most powerful health technology on the planet… and has the potential to change the lives of people you love and care about in a very profound way.

FACT 1: We Live and Die at the Cellular Level
You are the sum total of your 75 trillion cells, and if your cells are healthy then you are healthy. We often go through life thinking about having a healthy heart, liver, lungs, brain etc, when we should really be thinking about having healthy heart cells, liver cells, lung cells, brain cells etc! You could say that the quality of your life is determined by the health of your cells. In his book Redox Signaling; The Science of Healing Revealed, Dr Gary Samuelson (who holds a PhD in Atomic and Medical Physics) …“All health challenges can be linked to damaged cells.”

FACT 2: Our Cells Make Redox Signaling Molecules
Imagine your cells are like little bags of salt water. Every cell contains, on average, thousands of mitochondria. While these little electrical power-plants are producing ATP, your cells natural source of energy, the mitochondria are also spinning out 2 sets of reactive molecules known as Redox Signaling Molecules.

FACT 3: Redox Signaling Molecules are Foundational to Cellular Health
In the last decade over 7500 studies on Redox Signaling have been published in international, peer reviewed scientific and medical journals, making it one of the fastest growing areas of health science. These studies clearly demonstrate that Redox Signaling Molecules are absolutely foundational to your cellular health and proper function, helping your cells protect themselves, detect damage and then either repair or replace damaged cells.

FACT 4: As We Age, We Produce Less of These Vital Molecules
Starting in our early teens we begin to produce less of these vital molecules. As a result we begin to experience a breakdown of cellular efficiency. It’s called aging! A healthy baby is born with 100% cell efficiency, while the average 70 year old has only 10% cellular efficiency. For years we have been taking nutritional supplements with hundreds to choose from! Yet until now the supplementation of the vital Redox Signaling Molecules was considered impossible!

FACT 5: The ASEA Breakthrough
After 17 years, millions of dollars and 31 patents, the scientists behind ASEA achieved the “impossible”! Starting with nothing more than salt and water (similar to what is found inside the cells) and passing it through a 3 day electrochemical process they figured out how to create and stabilize Redox Signaling Molecules outside of the body, and ASEA was born.

ASEA – The World’s First and Only Redox Signaling Supplement
ASEA goes beyond nutrition and ingredients and impacts the cells at a depth no other supplement has ever come close to achieving. With ASEA we go beyond “all natural” and now have a supplement that is “native” to your body. As such ASEA demonstrates ZERO levels of toxicity even when consumed at very high levels and is perhaps the safest health supplement ever created.

ASEA is so unique, there are only 2 places these molecules exist…inside living cells and inside every bottle of ASEA! And here is the best part… even if you don’t fully understand these amazing little molecules, your body does, and knows exactly how to put them to use for you to achieve your full health potential.

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An Amazing Story of Asea

ASEA, a relatively young International Health and Wellness Company, was officially launched Sept 2010 and is already experiencing tremendous growth in both the US and Europe.

The Redox Signaling Molecules in ASEA water are so impactful on the human condition that a pharmaceutical company offered to pay millions of dollars for the sole rights to the technology! Thankfully co-founders of ASEA, Verdis Norton and James Pack said no to the payout and yes to the handful of people already experiencing the life changing power of Redox Signaling Molecules!

Why Network Marketing ?

The question many people ask is why would a seasoned Fortune 100 executive choose network marketing to take ASEA to the world? After all, Verdis Norton had been Vice President at Kraft Foods and had a stellar career as a traditional corporate executive. What was it about the network marketing model that appealed to this genius of corporate business strategy?

Truth be told, it was precisely because of his background in business strategy that Verdis recognized network marketing offered the single most efficient way of getting the life-changing benefits of ASEA into the hands of the consumer. He understood what more and more business luminaries like Warren Buffet, Robert Kiyosaki, Richard Branson, and Stephen Covey were preaching: that network marketing is a powerful sales channel with a proven track record of success. In fact, since the mid-90s there has only been one industry to produce 200,000 millionaires. It wasn’t Hollywood, professional sports, or even law or medicine; it was network marketing.

The power of network marketing (mlm) is that it rewards people who may not have extra money to invest in an opportunity, but can invest their time, credibility, and influence. The ASEA opportunity is all about sharing the ASEA breakthrough with others and helping them have a business of their own. When it comes down to it, network marketing or mlm is nothing more than a group of people who accomplish something together that they can’t accomplish by themselves.

Network marketing is smart. And it is the model of choice for a growing number of business strategists.
ASEA Founders

“There have been a handful of billion dollar companies. There has never been a billion dollar product. I believe ASEA will be the first. It will not top out.” – Verdis Norton, Founder and Chairman of the Board

“The ASEA opportunity grew out of an obligation to tell people about this incredible product.” – James Pack, Founder and Co-Chairman of the Board

“I believe the single greatest act of friendship that I can extend to someone is to let them know this health technology exists” – Tyler Norton, Founder and CEO

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What If ?

    • What if…there was a breakthrough technology that was so impactful on the human condition, 50% of people noticed tremendous health benefits in 30 days or less?
    • What if…this technology also had a profound impact on athletic performance, increasing endurance by a massive 29% in only 7 days?
    • What if…this technology was protected by 30+ patents making it a standalone product with no competition or copy cats?
    • What if…this powerful technology was being brought to market by a company that is on target to achieve $100 million in sales in only its 3rd year of business?
    • What if…you could be part of a dynamic team of ASEA distributors that had already produced six and seven figure income earners in less than 3 years?
  • What if…the timing is perfect for you to discover one of the top health and wellness companies and one of the top MLM businesses available today?

Faced with a cutting edge technology that the world has never seen before, it’s not uncommon for people to ask… does ASEA work? Well, here are some ASEA product reviews from a world renowned health institute, doctors, an atomic medical physicist as well as world class athletes..

The 5 Pillars of the ASEA Opportunity

There are so many Network Marketing opportunities out there, that sometimes it can be a little over whelming trying to find the right one. The 5 P’s or 5 Pillars of Opportunity are a great way to evaluate any Network Marketing business.

1. Product 
The ASEA technology is the most significant health science breakthrough in the last 70 years. This makes it the strongest, most compelling product ever introduced into the Network Marketing industry. Imagine being able to tell a story that has NEVER been told before. Imagine having a product that represents an entirely new category with no competition or copy cats. Seriously, think about it! Having a monopoly on the only product in one of the fastest growing areas of science! Redox Signaling Molecules. It’s huge! Not only that, but we are talking about a high impact product that gets results and has the potential to change lives at a profound level. I believe ASEA has what it takes to become the very first stand alone Billion Dollar product in the industry.

2. People
You can have the best product in the world, but you had better have great ownership steering the ship. The failure rate of new Network Marketing companies is staggering. Unfortunately, many today are headed up by field leaders who want to start their companies, and although brilliant in the field, they are terrible at running a company. Team ASEA is lead by Fortune 100 class. Verdis Norton was VP of Strategy for a Multi Billion Dollar company and both Verdis and his son Tyler are considered some of the finest corporate strategists in North America. In other words, they know how to take a company from where they are to where they want to get to, as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Verdis and Tyler Norton and Jim Pack are all men of tremendous principle and character, turning down millions of dollars from a pharmaceutical company so that the world could experience the life changing ASEA technology. They put people before the payout! Rare in today’s corporate world. Corporate brilliance and a principled heart? We got it!

3. Plan
The ASEA Compensation plan is both fair, generous and has something for everyone. It rewards good business building behavior from start to finish. You can earn generous commissions on signing up ASEA customers, fast start bonuses for enrolling new ASEA Associates, team bonuses where you can get paid on all the sales volume produced by the team and even a check match that pays you a percentage of the incomes of your team. The more successful your team members are, the more successful you are, plain and simple! As a top leader you will have the opportunity to share in the leadership pool. This pool share by itself pays more than the average American earns. Are you ready to get paid what you are worth?

4. Positioning
I am sure you have heard it said that timing is everything. With ASEA launching in September 2010 we are just getting started! With over $100 million in sales under our belt we are now looking forward to our first $100 million dollar year. In 2012 we started our global expansion with the opening of 11 European markets. 2013 and 2014 will be landmark years as we then launch the company into full momentum. In short, NOW is the time to get involved in what will be the next great legacy company and one of the top MLM companies to join.

5. Partners
This 5th P is one that so many people overlook when evaluating an opportunity. Who do you want to associate with and work with on a daily basis? What kind of presentation, training and support systems are available to help you build your business? You want to make sure you are part of a team that knows what they are doing, that have a track record for success. The great news is this team already has six, multiple six and even seven figure income earners. We are committed to developing the next generation of leadership and helping people like you become the leader that people are looking for.

Are you Creating or Chasing?

Most companies today offer “me too”, “same old same old” products, chasing the latest fads and whatever is popular. Very rarely does a company offering an mlm residual income opportunity come along that creates a new category of product that will change everything!

Different. ASEA stands in a class by itself as the world’s first and only Redox Signaling Supplement. Never before have these powerful molecules been stabilized outside the human body.

Sustainable. Thanks to heavily patented technology, ASEA has no competition, no copycats! This is Huge!

Advantage. ASEA is a high impact product that gets results. ASEA is not just about some advanced molecular theory…it’s about life changing molecules in a bottle!

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The Power of Network Marketing (MLM or Referral Marketing)

When you become an ASEA Associate you can earn commissions by referring customers to ASEA through your own teamasea website. The company does all payment processing and shipping and handling for you. You make the referral and the company cuts you a “thank you” check.

The Power of Leveraged Income – ‘Earn Beyond Yourself”

You can make these referrals all by yourself, or you do the sensible thing and build a team of like minded, self motivated people! Now you can earn beyond just your own efforts with no ceiling on your income!

The Power of Residual Income – “Earn over and over again”
Imagine having the only gas station in town! Everybody has to keep coming back to you to fill up! Well it’s the same when you have the most advanced health and athletic technology in the world…and no one else has it. Consumable, Effective and Patented! It doesn’t get any better than that!

The Power of Global Income – “Earn 24/7 around the word”
ASEA has already begun expanding its reach outside the US and Canada. In 2012 alone we opened up 11 European Countries for business. ASEA UK, ASEA Ireland, ASEA Germany, ASEA France, ASEA Spain, ASEA Italy, ASEA Netherlands, ASEA Norway, ASEA Hungary, ASEA Austria and ASEA Slovenia. ASEA Europe will continue to expand throughout 2013 with further expansion around the world within the next few years.

Comments from ASEA Distributors
For me, ASEA is hope in a bottle, I was looking for a tool that I could place in the hands of everyday people and that would be the centerpiece of a system to help them become financially free. I love to see people blessed and their lives changed. ASEA can do just that! Jan – Lakeland, FL

Unique products don’t come along very often. What’s so exciting about this is that nobody else can do it. ASEA owns this category! There is nothing out there, in my opinion that can even touch what we have with ASEA. David – Naples, FL

I have been drinking ASEA for several months and my belief in this product continues to grow! Plus, I now have my passion for life back! I really didn’t think there was anything that could do that for me and had pretty much made up my mind to just live a so-so life. But when I understood that I had my hands on something that could change so many lives, I got very excited. I began waking up and wondering who I would share with today! I truly feel I have a purpose again. Thanks ASEA! Patty – Richmond, KY

What’s the purpose of being in business? You want to have an advantage and you want to be able to sustain it. You want to be able to have something that’s so unique and so impactful that it’s going to carry you for not just years, but decades to come. ASEA is the only product I’ve seen that has anything close to that. Michael – Scottsdale, AZ

When I discovered ASEA I wasn’t looking for a business. I was looking for a product. But when I sat down with the owners, and I sat down with an atomic physicist and I started to wrap my brain around what this product was and these amazing little molecules—these redox signaling molecules—I’ve got to tell you, the entrepreneur inside of me started getting really excited because the fact is with every great breakthrough comes massive opportunity. Alan – Dallas, TX

You know, it doesn’t matter what your level of education is, what your background is, how old you are, how young you are. You can do this business absolutely without a doubt because what you have here is a unique product, and a compensation plan, and leaders of this company that are second to none, and corporate support and upline support. So if you want it, you can have it with ASEA. Debbi – Naples, FL

ASEA creates that level playing field where the average person can come, go to work, learn from experts, and do incredibly well. Kevin – Santa Cruz, CA

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Can Your Body Heal Itself ?

THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

Cellular damage occurs repeatedly every day
Sunlight, toxins, chemicals, infections and other irritants damage cells every day
Cuts, scrapes, blows and other minor injuries cause damage to millions of cells and tissues that must be regenerated and replaced..
Even exercise and exertion can damage cells, causing tenderness (strain) and muscle aches
How does the body recognize damage?

When cells are damaged the natural balanced chemistry inside the cell is disturbed, causing a shift in healthy metabolism and oxidative stress results
Oxidative Stress is the natural build-up of oxidant molecules, including free radicals, in the liquid environment inside cells
Oxidative stress is the condition that sends up red flags to neighboring healthy cells that cells have been damaged in their neighborhood

How does the body repair damage?
The immune system is activated by oxidative stress to kill the harmful invading organisms
The immune system also kills and dissolves damaged cells that cannot be repaired (swelling and redness mark this stage)
The immune system uses oxidative bullets to kill invading organisms and dissolve damaged cells and foreign materials
How does the body regenerate tissues?

Healthy balanced chemistry is restored after all invading organisms are dead and damage is cleaned up (the red flags are turned off)
Restoration of this chemical balance turns off swelling and redness and stimulates neighboring healthy cells to divide and fill in the missing cells and tissue
Healthy cells still continue to divide and multiply until the gap has been filled in with healthy new cells
How does the body maintain a healthy chemical balance?

Antioxidants, in conjunction with Reductants, neutralize stray oxidants in order to protect healthy cells..
Antioxidants keep excess oxidants in check, neutralizing them and maintaining correct chemical balance..
Cells produce antioxidants and deploy them to protect vulnerable areas inside and outside of the cell…
How are Reductants and oxidants made?

Reductants and oxidants are reactive molecules that are formed naturally in the cell, made from the simple atoms in the salt water that fill and surround the cells
The Mitochondria inside the cells produce these reactive molecules both oxidants and Reductants and also produce the fuel used to energize the cell (ATP)
The Reductants pair up with anti-oxidants to protect the cell from excess reactive oxygen and toxins
The oxidants are the weapon of choice used by the immune system to destroy invading organisms
Why is a healthy chemical balance of “reactive molecules important?

Too many oxidants in the cells or blood causes damage and aging to all tissues
An incorrect balance of Reductants and oxidants can cause the immune system to attack healthy cells , inflame tissues and slows down the healing process
Too few oxidants will remove the “red flags and allow damaged, infected and malfunctioning cells (those that should be flagged and destroyed by the immune system) to thrive, divide and spread the damage
How can I help maintain a healthy chemical balance?

Supplement the raw materials the body needs to support the immune system
Raw, green vegetables, juices and herbs
Or, anti-oxidants and vitamin supplements

Use products that have the correct balance of Reductants that enhance the action of the anti-oxidants
Maintain a proactive and healthy attitude “ mental attitude measurably helps balance the bodys chemistry

WHY YOUR BODY NEEDS ASEA

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Is ASEA For Real ?

he reactive molecules in ASEA™ are produced by a complex proprietary electrochemical process that reduces and oxidizes the base saline solution, resulting in an equilibrium of several known reactive molecules. These reactive molecules are stable in ASEA™ and measurable using standard analytic methods. Such reactive molecules are the same as those that are naturally produced inside of living cells and have been successfully measured over the last 30 years by the use of certain fluorescent dyes that act as indicators. Verification of the reactive molecules in ASEA™ is done regularly by utilizing three of these same standard fluorescent indicators, namely R-Phycoerythrin (RPE), Aminophenyl fluorescein (APF) and Hydroxyphenyl fluorescein (HPF).Fig. 1 - Description of indicators

These fluorescent molecules physically change shape (and brightness) when they come into contact with specific reactive molecules. These conformal changes enhance or reduce the fluorescence of the indicators at certain given frequencies of light. This change in fluorescence is then measured using a fluorospectrometer that measures the intensity of the spectrum of light emitted from the indicators.

The change in fluorescence of these indicators before and after exposure to these reactive molecules therefore indicates existence of such reactive molecules. Each of these three indicators is sensitive to specific types of reactive molecules. All of these indicator dyes are very resistant to false positives and are very well studied.

ASEA verification process

ASEA, LLC uses the services of highly-trained analysts and a Nanodrop™ 3300 fluorospectrometer, by Thermo Fischer Scientific, to routinely measure the amount of reactive molecules found in every batch of ASEA™. In an on-site independent laboratory, almost on a daily basis, one or more of these fluorescent indicators is exposed to ASEA™ and thus the concentration of reactive molecules in ASEA™ is measured. As part of the Quality Assurance process, the concentration of reactive molecules in the “Gold Standard” for ASEA™ is measured along-side each sample. Batches that do not have the concentration of reactive molecules measuring up to the Gold Standard are rejected and discarded. In contrast, the base saline solution always has shown no measurable amounts of reactive molecules before the proprietary electrochemical processing takes place.

Fig 2. - Calibration run

Fig. 2 is a screen-shot of a calibration run on the Nanodrop 3300 that shows the response of the R-PE indicator to various concentrations of ASEA™. The differences in reactive molecule concentrations are easily seen on the plots. Up to three measurements are made on each sample concentration to assure consistency. The control base saline solution shows no change in fluorescence, indicating that reactive molecules do not exist in the base saline solution. As the concentration of ASEA™ (diluted by base saline solution) is increased, the change in fluorescence is larger.

Fig. 2: Screen-shot showing R-PE indicator response to varying concentrations of ASEA™, plots for 15 individual measurements (3 per sample) superimposed. Taken during a calibration run April 2008. Saline solution yields no response and the five different concentrations of ASEA show clearly defined results.

The height of the plots, as shown in Fig. 2, indicate the amount of reactive molecules that exist in the sample. Samples from every batch are measured against the “Gold Standard”. Thus every batch of ASEA™ is guaranteed to contain the correct amount and balance of reactive molecules.

In the Quality Assurance laboratory, the highest standard of scientific excellence is maintained. Laboratory methods and procedures were developed by a Ph.D. in Atomic/Medical physics. Equipment is calibrated regularly and indicators are tested against known standards and technicians are trained to recognize potential problems. The existence and concentrations of reactive molecules in ASEA™ has been clearly established. Good scientific data verifies the concentration of reactive molecules that exist in every bottle of ASEA™.

Dr. Gary L. Samuelson

Dr. Gary L. Samuelson, Ph.D. (Atomic and Medical Physics, University of Utah), is an independent advisor to various companies in the health science industry, with specialties in safe, stable nonparticle structures and redox signaling molecules, helping them build a science-based research platform for several promising emerging technologies.

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AThletes tell it like it is when it comes to ASEA

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If you are an athlete, have a son or daughter that is an athlete, coach or train athletes, are involved in sports medicine, or want to start being an athlete, don’t be the last one to start using ASEA.

These videos feature triathletes and cyclists. Triathletes run, swim, and bike great distances. These sports push the body to its limits over a prolonged period of time. Endurance and fast recovery are paramount in these sports. The results that these athletes experience translate to every other sport or activity as well.

Originally ASEA was developed to promote, at the most basic of levels, proper cellular function, which translates into proper functioning tissues and systems within our bodies. This ultimately translates into a properly functioning mind and body that is able to fight off toxins and disease and heal itself rapidly as the body was originally designed.

It was only after ASEA hit the market that athletes who were taking ASEA started to call the home office reporting that they had lower heart rates, greater endurance, less fatigue and less soreness. ASEA commissioned a study to test the effects on athletes after taking ASEA for only two weeks. The results of that study were nothing short of amazing.

These athletes were subjected to a VO2 Max test prior to taking ASEA for two weeks and then retested. The athletes averaged a 12% increase in VT (Ventilatory Threshold) which is unheard of. They also reported lower heart rates, less soreness and fatigue after work outs, and more energy all the time.

One leading sports medicine doctor who reviewed the results stated, “This will create a whole new class of athlete.” ASEA immediately had their product tested and certified for competition. It passed easily because every component in ASEA is 100% “native” to the body.

ASEA is still new on the athletic scene but it is gaining users rapidly with every type of athlete. One triathlete just set a world record for the most Half Ironman Competitions in a year. He credits ASEA for allowing him to recover more quickly and even protect him from injury. A “Personal Best” seems to come in every bottle of ASEA.

The reviews are coming in and the word is out, ASEA is a winner by any measurement. Those athletes using ASEA in competition would prefer it remain a secret a little longer..

When you are finished viewing just a few of these videos you might be asking yourself, “How good could I be if I was using ASEA?” or “Why am I not using ASEA?” and “What am I waiting for?” This is normal and is easily solved by ordering your own ASEA today. Find out how good you really are!

EVERY BOTTLE OF ASEA SEEMS TO COME WITH A “PERSONAL BEST” INSIDE!

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Triathlete - Jonathan Hollar Recreational Runner - Cindy Lampee Triathlete - Harry Clegg High Altitude Trainer - Terry Chiplin Professional Cyclist - Antony Galvin Ironman Athlete - James Lawrence Professional Stunt Man - Bob Brown NCAA Div I Basketball Coach - Alli Bills Professional Cyclist / Coach - Josh Horowitz Professional Mountain Biker - Geoffrey Montague Olympian Beach Volleyball - Sinjin Smith Triathlete / Coach / Mom - Keena Schaerrer Cyclist - Jonathan Tessler Tennis / Beach Volleyball / Mom - Patty Smith Professional Baseball Player - Callix Crabb LPGA Golfer / Instructor - Kristin Sunderhaft Cyclist - Cameron Hoffman Racecar Driver - Craig Staton

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Metabolites & Athletes…ASEA Reseach

he study supervised by Dr. David C. Nieman, DrPH, FACSM at the Human Performance Laboratory, Appalachian State University, found that after drinking ASEA athletes experienced massive free-fatty acid mobilization in the blood PRIOR to exercise to a level normally found only after heavy exercise.

ASEA Research: Athletes & Metabolites

These are very significant findings,” said Nieman. “Our research demonstrated that ASEA is causing mobilization of free-fatty acids PRIOR to exercise, making this source of fuel available at the outset of exercise or competitive performance. This has important implications, especially regarding glycogen sparing, which is something every athlete tries to achieve.” Glycogen sparing is the use of non-carbohydrates as a source of energy during exercise so that the depletion of muscle glycogen is delayed. When glycogen is spared the body burns fats for energy, making a greater contribution to an athlete’s efforts during the initial stages of a race. This leaves more glycogen for the later stages of racing or exercise, and muscle fatigue will be delayed.

STUDY FINDS THAT AFTER DRINKING ASEA FOR ONE WEEK, ATHLETES EXPERIENCED SHIFT IN 43 METABOLITES

We rarely see such a drastic difference. For 43 of those signals to change, that is a quarter of the metabolite profile that we are monitoring. It is a huge bump in metabolite shifts that are due to the ingestion of just one product,” said Nieman.

“This study is the latest in ASEA’s commitment to ongoing research. The frontiers of redox signaling molecules and ASEA are constantly being pushed. This latest study is not a destination, but an on-ramp,” said Verdis Norton, Chief Executive Officer at ASEA.

View the video above and listen to the researches share they astonishment at what they found. Go through the FAQs below to understand what this research means to athletes and non-athletes alike.

Q. Who conducted this research?

A. This research took place at the North Carolina Research Institute, a collaborative entity involving seven universities (Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, UNC Charlotte, NC Central, NC A&T State, UNC Greensboro, Appalachian State). The research was led by the Appalachian State University’s Human Performance Laboratory under the direction of Dr. David Nieman. Dr. Nieman and his team of Ph.Ds. are renowned for their rigorous research into the effects of supplementation on exercise and exertion.

Q. How was the research conducted?

A. The research team selected 20 highly fit cyclists, then randomized them into two groups of 10. Using doubleblinded techniques in which neither the athletes nor the researchers knew which group received ASEA and which received a placebo, one group drank four ounces of ASEA each day for seven days, while the other drank equal amounts of placebo. At the end of seven days, both groups undertook a 75-km cycling trial. Blood was drawn immediately before the trial, immediately after, and one hour after.

After a washout period in which the athletes drank neither ASEA nor placebo, the crossover portion of the research took place. Again double-blinded, the original ASEA group now drank the placebo for seven days, and the original placebo group drank ASEA. At the end of the seven days, both groups did the same 75-km cycling trial, and blood was drawn just as before.

Q. What was used as a placebo?

A. The answer to this question is extremely enlightening, especially if you’ve ever heard someone say that ASEA is just salt water. In the research that was conducted by the Human Performance Laboratory, the placebo was salt water! In other words, the research compared ASEA to salt water and found significant and substantial differences, so there is no way anyone can ever say that ASEA is simply salt water.

 Q. What were the results of the research?

A. The researchers expected to see some difference in metabolite shift between ASEA and the placebo. However, they expected to see those shifts AFTER exercise, since most researched supplements express metabolite shifts due to the combination of supplement and exercise.

To their surprise, they found that athletes who drank ASEA experienced a significant shift in metabolites PRIOR to exercise. In total, researchers found a shift in 43 metabolites simply from drinking ASEA, even before they began to cycle. The results were so extraordinary that Dr. Neiman said, “When I saw it, I couldn’t believe it.”

Q. What are metabolites?

A. Metabolism is the name we give to the chemical reactions that take place inside our cells in order to sustain life. Metabolites are the molecules that participate in our metabolism cycles. They are very small molecules in the blood that shift in response to supplementation and/or exercise. Metabolomics, the study of these metabolite shifts, is the very latest tool used by researchers to understand what effects supplementation has in the human body.

Q. Why was this shift in metabolites so surprising to the researchers?

A. In this research, 108 metabolites were mapped, and so the first thing that caught the scientists off guard was that a shift in 43 metabolites represented about 40% of the total. When you consider that most supplements may shift 10-20 metabolites, the sheer number of shifts was enough to get the researchers’ attention.

But even more surprising, these shifts occurred PRIOR to exercise. Most supplements tested by the Human Performance Lab express metabolite shifts AFTER exercise. In other words, most supplements cause metabolite shifts when combined with exercise. ASEA, on the other hand, caused a major shift in metabolites even before the athletes began cycling. Simply drinking ASEA caused these shifts.

Q. What do these metabolite shifts mean?

A. The specific metabolite shifts in the athletes who drank ASEA pointed mostly to a vast mobilization of free fatty acids. Fatty acids are the main source of fuel for the body, and they mostly come from fat stores in the body known as adipose tissue.

Q. Free fatty acids? Why is that significant?

A. When anyone, athlete or not, begins to exercise, the muscles need fuel. Initially, the fuel source for this physical effort is blood glucose and muscle glycogen. When muscle glycogen is depleted, the body shifts to another source of fuel: fatty acids from adipose tissue. The body converts triglycerides in adipose tissue into free fatty acids, which “mobilizes” those fatty acids – puts them in the blood stream for the muscles to use as fuel.

What makes the research results so surprising is that even before exercise – before using muscle glycogen to the point of depletion – fatty acids are mobilized and ready to use as fuel for the muscles. The body is being “primed for exercise,” as one Ph.D. on the research team put it.

Q. What effect does this have on muscle glycogen?

A. The implication is that muscle glycogen is likely being spared by drinking ASEA. While further research is being done to confirm this, the ramifications are huge. Athletes take months to train their bodies to spare glycogen and use fatty acids as fuel. And here it appears to be happening simply from drinking ASEA.

Q. What if I’m not an athlete? Does this research mean anything for me?

A. The mobilization of free fatty acids is incredible news for athletes, but it also has meaning for the rest of us, as well. Once these fatty acids are mobilized, they will be used by the body as fuel. They are the primary fuel source for a body at rest. The body needs fuel simply to stay alive, so the freed-up fatty acids will be burned no matter what.

Q. Does this make ASEA a weight-loss product?

A. It is wrong to think of ASEA as a weight-loss product. Exercise is a weight-loss product. Proper nutrition is a weight-loss product. But that said, one very clear conclusion coming from the research is this: If you want to burn more fat during exercise, drink ASEA.

Q. I understand that the research also indicated an increase in ascorbic acid. What does that mean?

A. The research did show a spike in the body’s production of ascorbic acid post-exercise, but it’s simply too early to draw any conclusions about what this means. Further research will be done to learn more.

Q. How does Redox Signaling tie into this research?

A. Redox Signaling works on a cellular level, and its primary functions ensure the ongoing vitality of our cells, including proper cell metabolism. Metabolites are the “fingerprints” left behind during cell metabolism, an indication of the chemical reactions that take place inside the cell. This research helps reveal some of the effects of the world’s first and only Redox Signaling supplement on cell metabolism.

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Doctors Embracing ASEA

Doctors do all they can to help their patients, but there are times when they come up short and wish they could do more. Doctors have to tell millions of people that suffer with chronic pain and other serious issues that they have to “live with it” because medical science has no real answer. Many doctors will prescribe drug after drug as they try and help patients deal with these issues.

ASEA is giving doctors and their patients an option they never had before. Doctors are finding that ASEA, though not a drug or cure of itself, significantly helps the body’s healing process. Dr. Gary Samuelson, the atomic/medical physicist who developed ASEA, says that ASEA has the ability to enable your body to “reboot the immune system.” Just as your computer benefits and resolves many issues with a “reboot”, your body benefits in a similar fashion when its immune system gets a reboot.

ASEA EFFECTIVELY “REBOOTS” THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

This rebooting of the immune system occurs due to the trillions of perfectly balanced sets of Redox Signaling molecules in each bottle of ASEA. ASEA users, time after time report that their bodies are able to overcome numerous chronic issues that they have been told to “just live with.” Many cannot believe how fast their bodies can correct chronic conditions that they have lived with for years.

Since the research that produced ASEA is so new, the vast majority of doctors are unaware that the option to supplement your body’s dwindling supply of Redox Signaling molecules even exists. Yes, we used the word “dwindling” because science has discovered that as you age your body produces fewer and fewer Redox Signaling molecules, thus the need to supplement your body’s supply.

REDOX SIGNALING HAS GOTTEN THE ATTENTION OF MEDICAL RESEARCH LABS WORLD-WIDE

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The science of Redox Signaling and its effects on our cellular health is cutting-edge and is rapidly gaining more and more attention world-wide. Top research facilities around the world produce over 100 peer-reviewed papers on the science surrounding Redox Signaling each month. There is now a monthly medical journal entitled, “Antioxidants & Redox Signaling” to help keep medical professionals and scientists informed regarding this emerging field.

The good news: you don’t have to wait for your doctor to recommend ASEA because it is available right here and now.

Since all the components of ASEA are “native” to the body and perfectly balanced, it has zero toxicity. This means it is powerful and 100% safe. Drink two to four ounces a day or spray it on your skin, face, and eyes and watch and feel your body react. Your body knows immediately what to do with ASEA’s reactive molecules as soon as they come in contact with your tissues.

“ASEA GAVE ME MY LIFE BACK”

If you have health issues of any kind you should give ASEA a chance. All health issues are based at the cellular level, which is where ASEA works. Will everybody’s body be able to overcome any injury, illness, or disease by using this new Redox Signaling supplement? Maybe not. Some cellular damage might be irreversible, but at least you will help your body to slow or stop further damage. Many thousands of people are sharing their ASEA stories of hope as they experience results that are simply amazing. Many are people that were simply taking drugs to mask the pain, believing they had to live the remainder of their life with their health issues. Most have a common line as they sum up their ASEA experience, “ASEA gave me my life back.”

You have to ask yourself, “What is the risk?” ASEA is native to the body so it is safe. It has not been shown to interact negatively with any known drugs, although some drugs may hamper its effectiveness. ASEA offers a 100% money back guarantee if you are not happy with the product for any reason, and ASEA honors it without question.

“I FEEL LIKE I DID 20 YEARS AGO”

Even if you do not currently suffer from any apparent illness, at the very least most of us see a decrease in our energy level, mental clarity and our ability to mentally focus on tasks as we age. Virtually every ASEA users will testify to the fact that their energy level increases significantly. In fact, over and over you hear, “I feel like I did 20 years ago.”

You really owe it to yourself to put ASEA to work for you. It is very likely that you will add your name to the rapidly growing list of people that claim, “ASEA gave me my life back.” And not just any life, but the one you had 20 years ago!

And when that happens, share it with others, especially your friends and loved ones. Everybody deserves to know there is a new option available when it comes their health.

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The human body is constantly working to mantain cellular healtht

 

It does this by balancing reactive molecules to rid the body of harmful components and to clean up the oxidative stress and free radical damage that occur at the cellular level. When these reactive molecules are in the proper balance, the immune system and healing process function at their optimal level.

Every day more research and published articles are appearing about this “Redox Signaling” process, making it one of the fastest growing research fields in science. ASEA is the first and only stable, perfectly balanced mixture of these Redox Signaling reactive molecules that exists outside the body, and can be used to help maintain proper balance inside the body to support the immune system and healing process.

WHAT DOES REDOX SIGNALING MEAN TO YOU?

Helps in the preservation and restoration of healthy tissues and cells When cells and tissues are damaged, by everyday living (sunlight, toxins, cuts, scrapes, exercise, infections, radiation etc.) they send out redox signaling messages for help. This starts a cascade of messengers that are quickly spread throughout the affected area where they call for action to start the healing process (blood supply is redirected, native antioxidants empowered and increased, DNA repair elicited, immune response initiated, inflammation, cell communication enhanced, regeneration efforts started, etc.). The healing process is a well orchestrated effort to either repair the damaged cells or cause the un-repairable cells to die and be replaced by healthy ones and thus restore healthy cells and tissue.

Increasing the amount of balanced redox signaling carriers in your cells and tissues simply helps to make this whole orchestrated effort much more efficient. They “grease the wheels”, so to speak, making it more likely that cells are repaired and replaced much more efficiently. Healthy cells are more likely to be able to defend themselves, the immune system is more likely to respond correctly, intercellular communication channels are clearer and more efficient. The concept is elegant, these redox signaling carriers do not force the system to act or react differently than it already does. It simply clarifies the signals that help the immune response and healing process proceed as it should, and do so much more efficiently

.Anti-aging benefits As we age, the healing process becomes less efficient. Cells and tissues that are damaged or inefficient are not repaired or replaced as efficiently. Gradually these damaged or inefficient cells divide and proliferate, taking over the healthy “young” tissue and causing the downward spiral that leads to aging and death. The cells and tissues are simply not as efficient as they used to be at doing their job.

By Increasing the balanced mixture of Redox Signaling messengers that are already in the body this has the effect of making the defend, repair or replace mechanisms in the cells and tissues much more efficient: Damaged cells are more likely to repair themselves or die and be replaced by healthy neighboring cells, healthy cells are more likely to be able to defend themselves against infections, toxins, stresses, etc. In essence, cells and tissues are more likely to stay young and healthy.

Powers up the cell’s antioxidant shields Certain Redox Signaling molecules are used to recharge and activate the native antioxidants that protect healthy cells from oxidative stress and free radical damage. Your cells are already full of these native antioxidants, they are placed as barriers that protect the more sensitive parts of the cells, such as the DNA in the nucleus. Every microsecond, trillions and trillions of these antioxidants in every cell are doing their job to protect the every cell from oxidants. Oxidants are also natively produced as part of the normal metabolism of sugars that provides our cells with energy. As long as the mixture of redox signaling molecules is balanced, the antioxidants in the cells and tissues are easily able to defend themselves against such oxidants.

Increasing the amount of balanced redox-signaling molecules in the cells and tissues helps recharge and activate the native antioxidants that are already in the cells, making them much more efficient. This enhances the natural protection mechanisms of the cell, naturally, powering up the natural antioxidant shields that are already placed there for just that purpose, making the healthy cells and tissues more likely to be able to defend themselves

.Tunes up cell’s communication channels Every cell in the body MUST be able to communicate with its neighboring cells in order to function correctly. Communication channels exist that allow messengers to run back and forth between cells. These messengers actually program the DNA in the cells to act as it should in the environment where they live. The discovery of stem cells, that are programmed to act as heart cells or brain cells or whatever tissue they stick to, emphasizes how important these communication channels are. Redox Signaling carriers help move these messengers from cell to cell as well as sending the signals inside and between cells.

An increase in the amount of balanced redox signaling molecules makes the cell’s communication channels more efficient. This is especially important when the tissues must respond to a stressor or invader. Quick and accurate response is important. Efficient communication channels make it more likely that the cells and immune systems will respond as they are designed to do

Optimizes correct immune system function

In order for the immune system to function as it should, a myriad of communication signals need to be carried between cells, signals that detect damage, signals that control blood flow and control inflammation, signals that activate the immune system response and help determine when, where and what the immune cells attack (and what they do not attack). The immune response is a coordinated effort that depends heavily on redox signaling and other types of signaling.

Increasing the amount of balanced redox signaling molecules helps make the signaling processes between cells more efficient. With clearer signals, the immune system can operate with increased efficiency. This means that the immune system will be more likely to detect and attack threats that it should engage and less likely to attack healthy cells that it should not engage. This action tends to normalize the immune system function, if overactive it will help decrease its activity, if underactive it will help increase activity. In short, the immune system will tend to operate at optimal efficiency.

Powers up aerobic performance

As the energy requirements of the cells and tissues increase during aerobic activity, oxygen and sugars in the blood must be able to be transferred from the lungs and energy stores into the muscle cells and tissues. Waste products like CO2 and excess lactates must be transferred out of the cells and tissues and back into the blood and out of the body. The efficiency at which the cells can move oxgen fuel and waste products back and forth through the blood and cellular membranes determines how long the body can sustain aerobic activity. When the oxygen and energy demands of the muscle tissues exceed the ability of the body to maintain adequate delivery, the muscle cells and tissues start to burn internal energy stores anaerobically (without the use of oxygen), waste products (CO2 and lactates) start to build up and further interfere with the aerobic processes. When the internal energy stores of the muscle cells are exhausted, no more energy can be provided and muscle activity ceases completely.

Reactive Oxygen Species and Reduced Species

Our cells are literally filled with and surrounded by salt water, which becomes the principal raw material for building simple redox signaling molecules. Simple redox signaling molecules are simple molecules formed from rearrangements of the atoms in water (H20) salt (NaCl) and nitrogen (N2), the most abundant molecules of life. A few examples of simple redox signaling molecules are hydrogensuperoxide (HO2), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), hypochlorous acid (HOCl) and Nitric Oxide (NO), there are many more. Redox signaling molecules can fall into two classifications, Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) and Reduced Species (RS). When isolated, most of the individual redox signaling molecules are potently toxic, reactive and unstable. However, in all forms of life on planet earth, cells have learned to manufacture stable, non-toxic mixtures of ROS and RS that serve fundamental roles.

Perfectly pH balanced (7.35) mixture

In our blood, cells and tissues, perfectly balanced, stable safe mixtures of redox signaling molecules exist. It turns out that such mixtures have close to neutral pH (7.35) which is the average pH of blood and fluids carefully maintained in our bodies. It should be noted that such stable balanced mixtures of redox signaling molecules CANNOT be formed by simply stirring together individual components (which would be toxic and imbalanced), non-toxic redox signaling complexes are formed electrochemically and enzymatically by complex reactions inside the cells and tissues. The perfectly balanced complex mixtures of ROS and RS of redox signaling mixtures in the body, naturally having close to neutral pH and neutral redox potential (RP), can balance chemical equilibrium as required depending on the chemical environment they are in. This is the beauty of redox signaling messengers, they are everywhere and participate in all of the processes of life.

Species containing chlorine

Some of the redox signaling complexes in our body contain chlorine. This is not the same form as the unbalanced crude forms of molecular chlorine and bleach (Cl2, NaOCl) that are used to sanitize pools and water supplies. Such unbalanced forms of chlorine are notably irritating and toxic, though still tolerated. In fact, certain unbalanced mixtures are the primary weapon of choice for the immune system and are potently effective against microbes. Perfectly balanced redox signaling mixtures, in contrast, have zero toxicity are not irritating, even soothing, and are safe for all tissues in the body, including the eyes. These balanced mixtures of redox signaling molecules already exist in large concentrations in all tissues and fluids in the body and are able to be easily handled by all tissues. The secret is balance.

Produced by Mitochondria The primary source of redox signaling molecules in living cells is the mitochondria. The mitochondria live inside the cells and produce 95% of all of the energy (ATP fuel) used in the body. There are anywhere from 10 to 5000 mitochondria in every cell. Collectively these organelles comprise more than half of the dry weight of the body. As mitochondria metabolize simple sugars from the foods we eat into the ATP cell fuel, they also produce copious amounts of ROS and RS that are quickly mixed, stabilized and balanced by enzymatic action inside the cells to form balanced redox signaling complexes and mixtures. These balanced redox signaling mixtures float around the cell and are easily neutralized by the antioxidant barriers that are placed in strategic areas in the cell to protect sensitive structures from potential damage, such as the DNA. As long as these redox signaling mixtures are kept balanced, the antioxidant barriers are easily able to neutralize them, by turning them back into salt water and nascent oxygen. Such redox signaling molecules serve as signaling messengers and carriers in all cells and tissues of the body.

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ASEA Doctor to Doctor

The science of Redox Signaling is not only new to the general public but also to the vast majority of medical practitioners. Technology has never moved as quickly as it does today making it virtually impossible for an individual to keep up with it, even within one’s own industry. The medical industry is so broad that most doctors have to specialize to be effective. There is just too much information coming out each day, week and month to stay on top of it all.

Dr. Rob Ward, who has been a family practitioner for over 30 years, set aside some time to find out about what was being touted as a major health science breakthrough. It was a new product based on Redox Signaling science, which as he found out, is now receiving extensive study in top labs and universities around the world.

This new redox signaling product is called ASEA (ah-see-ah). After 16 years of research an atomic/medical physicist, by the name of Dr. Gary L. Samuelson, Ph.D., was able to create and stabilize perfectly balanced sets of Redox Signaling molecules outside the body. These stabilized Redox Signaling molecules are now bottled and available as the first and only Redox Signaling supplement in the world. More and more medical professionals are taking notice as patients, who have been using ASEA, find their bodies are able to overcome issues that their physicians said they just had to live with.

WHO IS DR. ROB WARD?

Dr. Rob Ward, M.D. has been a practicing physician for over 30 years. Click on the video to the left and let Dr. Ward tell you more about his background.

ASEA has invited Dr. Ward to sit on its Science Advisory Council. Dr. Ward gives of his time freely to provide insight into the healing science of Redox Signaling.

I no longer have to tell people, “You are just going to have to live with it”

DR. ROB WARD SPEAKS TO FELLOW PRACTITIONERS

In this 35 minute video, Dr. Ward directs his comments to his fellow practitioners as he shares what he has discovered regarding Redox Signaling and how it has impacted his practice as well as his own life.

Dr. Ward believes, as other medical professionals and scientist do, that Redox Signaling technology will spur some of the greatest advances in health that we have ever seen.

Try ASEA in your practice

Join the ever growing number of medical professionals that are introducing ASEA to their patients. With zero toxicity and being native to the body, ASEA is safer than virtually any substance you can put into the body. There may be some very, very rare exceptions as there always is, but overall ASEA is as safe as it gets. You can take a few ounces or the whole bottle.

If you want to see what ASEA can do, spray it on a fresh wound, cut or burn. The body will use the Redox Signaling molecules immediately and you will see results that will astound you. If you work with athletes, test it. Again they and you will be astounded. Dr. Gary L. Samuelson, Ph.D., states that ASEA can have the effect of “rebooting” the immune system, which would explain a lot regarding the incredible results people are experiencing with all manner of chronic and even life threatening issues.

Put ASEA to the test by simply clicking on the ‘ORDER ASEA NOW’ button and get a case or two and try it yourself. Nothing anyone can tell you will build your belief more than you witnessing what ASEA can do with your own eyes.

If you are not 100% satisfied simply call the number that is on every bottle of ASEA and get 100% of your money back.

Don’t wait until your patients ask you why their friend’s doctor is recommending ASEA and you are not.

ASEA is not a cure or treatment for anything. It simply provides the body an increased supply of Redox Signaling molecules that are critical to the healing process. The body determines how to best utilize these additional resources.

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Road Bike Action Magazine Reviews ASEA

“AFTER TESTING THE STUFF FOR 3 MONTHS, I’D HAVE TO AGREE WITH THEM”

There is a new kid on the block in the athletic supplement neighborhood and this kid is hard to ignore ASEA is this new kid and is making some major waves in the athletic and fitness industry. The incredible performance and recovery claims by athletes using ASEA are hard to ignore and have brought out various responses. Some simply do not believe them. They shrug off the claims by other athletes as, ‘not possible’ or ‘a placebo effect’ without even trying the product. Others, like those at Road Bike Action magazine, decide to give ASEA a try and test it themselves.

Road Bike Action magazine (RBA) started their review process by contacting Dr. Gary L. Samuelson, an Atomic/Medical Physicist, who does not work for ASEA but was instrumental in stabilizing and completing the ASEA formulation as it stands today. Dr. Samuelson had also been commissioned by ASEA to conduct an athletic study after numerous athletes started reporting some incredible gains in performance after taking ASEA.

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Dr. Samuelson was able to share his results with RBA so they might know what to expect. Dr. Samuelson’s clinical trial, tested athletic endurance, ventilatory threshold and the VO2 max rate of 17 competitive athletes over a period of two weeks. The athletes drank ASEA daily, and their levels were closely monitored. The result? The group averaged a 12 percent increase in their ventilatory threshold, meaning they were able to exercise 12 percent longer before they hit the runner’s wall.

That increase might sound small, but it’s extremely significant considering the small margins by which winners and losers are separated at high levels of athletic competition. For instance, the 2010 Tour de France winner finished only 39 seconds ahead of the second place rider after 21 days of racing. A 12 percent increase would be very significant in such a race.

The results of Dr. Samuelson’s trial also concluded “based on the data, about 70 percent of athletes who try ASEA should experience the ability to maintain a higher power output without crossing the ventilatory threshold…allowing them to go longer at the same power burn or to operate at a higher power burn than possible before ASEA.” Lower heart rates and less soreness and fatigue were also reported.

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Armed with these results from Dr. Samuelson, RBA set out to give ASEA a three month test of their own. We include some excerpts from the published results of their test here along with a link to download or view the full article.

WHAT DID THEY CONCLUDED?

“After testing the stuff for three months, I’d have to agree with them. We could pedal harder longer and recover from repeated, 100-percent efforts in ridiculously short intervals. The word ‘recovery’ is the operative in the ASEA equation.”

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Using ASEA

ASEA WORKS AS SOON AS IT CONTACTS TISSUE FROM THE INSIDE-OUT OR OUTSIDE-IN

ASEA is a natural disinfectant that is colorless and has virtually no odor. All of ASEA’s components are “native” to the body which allows ASEA to work at the cellular level. Not only can you ingest ASEA but also apply it topically, with the personal applicator, to your skin and even your eyes. Use ASEA on cuts, scrapes, acne, burns, rashes, scares, wrinkles, dry eyes and any other skin or eye conditions with confidence. The results will surprise you and it feels great!

ASEA is a true anti-aging supplement, designed to be used inside and outside the body, like nothing else in the world.

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TAKE A HEALTH INVENTORY PRIOR TO STARTING USE OF ASEA

It is highly recommended that you take a health inventory prior to starting on ASEA. Write down everything that you can think of that is going on with your body. This includes sleep patterns, aches and pains, skin conditions, eye sight and so on. Be very specific. This is helpful in tuning your ASEA dosage.Because ASEA is non-toxic you can take as much as you like but you only want to take as much as your body can use. The body will use what it is able and eliminate the rest. You can increase and decrease your dosage as you notice changes in your body. This is the reason for taking inventory before starting. Many times changes with your body go unnoticed simple because you did not think to write the condition down prior to going on ASEA.

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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ALL USERS OF ASEA

  • Drink ASEA straight, do not mix with anything. Other substances will neutralize the trillions of Reactive Molecules in ASEA.
  • Use plastic or glass cup, no metal.
  • Refrigeration is not necessary but you can if desired as the taste is smoother.
  • If ASEA is frozen, allow it to thaw completely before taking.
  • Do not drink directly from ASEA bottle as contaminates may get into bottle, unless you are using ASEA from a sport pouch which is designed specifically with a one-way value to keep out contaminates.
  • Pregnant and nursing women should consult a physician before using ASEA.

GENERAL USAGE – INGESTING ASEA

Instructions for ingesting ASEA

  • Take ASEA 20 minutes before or after eating. Do not take with meals or drinks. Experiment with what time of day works best for your body. Some take it in the morning, others multiple times a day, while some just prior to bed.
  • Adults take 2-4 ounces per day initially as directed on the bottle. Youths between 12 and 18 years take 1-2 ounces. Many find it helpful to split the dosage into one 2 oz. dose in the morning and another in the afternoon or evening. Allow your body to get used to ASEA for a week.
  • Anytime you put your body through more strenuous activity than normal take 2 – 4 ounces of ASEA afterwards to prevent the typical soreness the next day. Your body will recover incredibly fast.
  • After five (5) days, if you are not experiencing noticeable results, increase the dosage to four (4) ounces twice a day.
  • After five (5) more days, if you continue to have conditions that are not fully responding to ASEA, you may want to increase the amount to four (4) ounces three times per day. ASEA has zero toxicity levels.
  • Adjust your intake as results appear. Some results are apparent within 24 hours while others take days or even weeks. This is normal as the body often took years to get your present condition.

USE BY ATHLETES – THOSE WORKING OUT REGULARLY, TRAINING, OR COMPETING IN ANY SPORT

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  • 4 – 6 ounces prior to working out
    2 – 4 ounces after working out for superfast recovery.
  • If you are an extreme athlete, a does of up to 8 ounces prior to major workout or competition and 4 ounces afterwards for recovery.
  • Dosage can vary depending on how you feel. There is no danger of taking too much. ASEA is non-toxic.
  • ASEA is available in 8oz sport pouches that have a one-way valve that prevents contaminates from entering the container when drinking directly from the container. Contaminates will neutralize the reactive molecules.

USE TOPICALLY – ASEA CAN BE APPLIED TO YOUR SKIN AND EYES WITH GREAT RESULTS

  • Using the ASEA personal applicator you can apply ASEA topically to your skin or eyes. ASEA will quickly be absorbed by the skin. The components in ASEA are 100% native to the body and thus every cell can put ASEA to work immediately.
  • Apply to cuts, sores, open wounds, burns, abrasions, scars, acne, wrinkles and any other skin issue. ASEA is safe to apply to open cuts, sores and wounds and does not sting or irritate. ASEA supports cells in the healing process.
  • ASEA can be applied safely to the eyes by using the personal applicator (spraying) or with an eye dropper. ASEA has a soothing affect on the eyes and can be used to promote cellular healing and correction of many issues. Dryness, inflammation, soreness and vision issues are typical reasons for applying ASEA to your eyes.
  • Apply enough to cover the target areas. Repeat as often as you feel is necessary. More severe issues may require more applications.
  • ASEA simply helps cells protect, repair and replace themselves. All issues are cellular related. Feel free to apply ASEA to any condition as it can only help.
  • ASEA leaves no harmful residue.

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Chronic Bronchitis COPD

A man with emphysema was asked about his experience with the disease. He answered by describing the desperation of never getting a full breath. “What if you went to take a breath and nothing happened?” he asked. That is what having emphysema is like: you breathe, but nothing happens. Oxygen cannot get in and carbon dioxide can’t get out. The result is a feeling of slow suffocation.

Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are also called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These two conditions affect more than 25 million people in North America. COPD is the #4 killer right now and, with the current rate of increase, it is destined to be the #3 killer in just a few short years.

Common causes

Emphysema is triggered by smoking and irritants in the air. Emphysema traps carbon dioxide in the lungs and prevents oxygen from getting into the bloodstream. An interesting facet of our lung physiology is that the urge to breathe is triggered by an increase in carbon dioxide, not a deficiency of oxygen. As carbon dioxide builds up, the urge to breathe reaches a point of panic and desperation. This is the experience of people with emphysema.

Chronic bronchitis is caused by inflammation in the lungs from pollution, allergy, infection and certain enzyme deficiencies. Often, medications that open the airways and bring relief to people that suffer with chronic bronchitis cause great distress when they wear off and the airways snap closed again. The rate of COPD from chronic bronchitis is increasing every year as pollution and allergies increase.

Reducing your risk

Reducing inflammation People that are prone to inflammation are more likely to contract COPD. Therefore, helping your body reduce inflammation with nutrients such as Omega oils is vitally important. OmegaPrime uses perilla seed oil as a specific anti-inflammatory for the respiratory system.

Avoiding irritants
Triggers for COPD include smoke and pollution. One key to respiratory health is isolation from these irritants.

  • Don’t smoke
  • Use air filters
  • Stay indoors during high pollution days.

The importance of breath
Physicians can accurately predict how long you will live (barring accidents) based on your lung volume (called FEV-1). You can increase your lung volume by practicing deep breathing and increase lung efficiency by:

  • Reducing inflammation
  • Protecting lung tissues from pollen and pollution
  • Increasing lung energy

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It`s a jungle out there !

We are bombarded every single day with potential threats to our health: an endless number of new virus strains in the air, bacteria contaminating our food, parasites in our water, etc. Add to that the growing number of man-made threats to our health. These may come in the form of toxins in our air, pesticide residues in our food and hazardous chemicals spilling into our water supply.

Our immune system soldiers
Our immune system is like an army mobilizing defenses for a battle. The first task of our immune militia is to distinguish “self” from “non-self”; that is, what belongs inside your system and what does not.

Our immune system has many, many complex and amazing components. The scientific and medical communities estimate that our knowledge of the immune system doubles about every three years! We are still discovering fascinating functions of human immunity. Here is what we can be sure of: we cannot survive without an intact – and intelligent! – immune system. It must be capable of eliminating any invader and promoting our recovery to full health.

Cells called lymphocytes are like the Special Forces of the immune system army. Lymphocytes produce antibodies specifically for a particular infection or contaminant. There are two principal kinds of lymphocytes:

  • Helper T-cells – The fight to protect us is engineered by Helper T-cells. A partner for the Helper T-cell is the Natural Killer cell.
  • Natural Killer (NK) T-cells – NKs are the assassins that isolate and eliminate the enemy invaders. This engagement is well organized according to a brilliant, yet flexible, battle plan written in our DNA.

Supporting our immune system
Sometimes we ask the wrong questions. Sometimes we ask, in effect, “What made me sick?” As pertinent as that question is, it is usually more productive to ask, “What keeps healthy people well – and how can I be one of them?”

Health is true resilience, the ability to respond to any threat we face!

Illness is really a lack of resilience. It is a disharmony produced by trauma or injury, microbes and toxins from inside or outside our body, deficiencies in vital elements, and toxic emotional distress.

Resilience is created when our DNA battle plan is accurately executed by smart Helper cells and strong Natural Killer cells.

When our immune system is strong, we are strong – and we feel strong. Yes, our immune system contributes to how we feel at any given moment, day or night. Achieve wellness, restore harmony and support your most important immune system cells – Helper T-cells and Natural Killer cells – as they read the DNA battle plan and execute the strategy of protecting life and health.

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Stress and Fibromyalgia Related

For quite some time, fibromyalgia was considered simply the body’s response to psychological stress — in other words, the symptoms of fibromyalgia were merely a physical manifestation of psychological stress. Thus, fibromyalgia was considered a condition that was “all in one’s head” and often dismissed as a nonmedical condition.
Although researchers still believe that fibromyalgia may be strongly linked to stress, they are studying possible physical, chemical reasons why that might occur. For instance, some research suggests that people with this condition may release inadequate amounts of hormones in response to stress.
In addition, being exposed to physically or emotionally stressful or traumatic events, such as a car accident, surgery, or being deployed to war, may be a risk factor for developing fibromyalgia.
If you have fibromyalgia, it is certainly worth trying to reduce stress in your life, if possible. Perhaps you will notice animprovement in symptoms. However, you might find that your symptoms are entirely unaffected by a low-stress lifestyle, in which case other treatment approaches should be considered.

Do You  Have Fibromyalgia:
A healthcare provider who is familiar with fibromyalgia can make a diagnosis based on two criteria established by the American College of Rheumatology:
  • A history of widespread pain lasting more than three months. Pain must be present in both the right and left sides of the body as well as above and below the waist.
  • The presence of tender points. The body has 18 sites that are possible tender points. For a fibromyalgia diagnosis, a person should have 11 or more tender points. To be deemed a tender point, pain must be feltwhen pressure is applied to the site. People who have fibromyalgia may feel pain at other sites, too — but those 18 sites on the body are used for diagnosis.
Early in the course of the disease, fibromyalgia symptoms can be so nonspecific and short-lived that a person might not even suspect that he or she has fibromyalgia. For instance, a person might feel a little pain and be a little tired for a few days.
This might not seem too unusual, as everyone has “off” days or feels like they are “coming down with something” now and then. However, as the symptoms worsen and occur more frequently and/or for longer periods, you may begin to suspect that something more is wrong.
While pain all over the body is a common symptom of fibromyalgia, early on, the pain may be found in just the neck and shoulders. As symptoms progress, this pain will involve both sides of the body and the areas above and below the waist. This pain is typically described as muscle pain; but in some cases, a person might also complain of their joints hurting.
Fatigue is also quite common as fibromyalgia symptoms worsen. People with this condition often feel stiff in the morning or not refreshed despite getting more than enough sleep.
If you are concerned you might have fibromyalgia, talk with your healthcare provider. He or she can ask a number of questions and perform a complete physical exam. This will help figure out if fibromyalgia or something else might be causing your symptoms.

Is Fibromyalgia a Disability?

In a strictly legal sense, fibromyalgia may qualify a person to be on disability (to receive Social Security disability benefits), depending on certain criteria. However, in order to qualify for disability, a person must show that he or she is incapable of performing their work due to the condition.

Given the long history of fibromyalgia being considered a questionable and perhaps not legitimate disease, it is possible that people applying for disability due to fibromyalgia may encounter roadblocks. However, fibromyalgia is now considered a recognized, valid medical condition, so these roadblocks may be overcome in appropriate situations, although you may require the help of an experienced lawyer and a skilled healthcare provider.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, a disorder in which the body attacks its own healthy cells and tissues. When someone has rheumatoid arthritis, the membranes around his or her joints become inflamed and release enzymes that cause the surrounding cartilage and bone to wear away. In severe cases, other tissues and body organs can also be affected.
Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis symptoms often experience pain, swelling, and stiffness in their joints, especially those in the hands and feet. Motion can be limited in the affected joints, curtailing one’s ability to accomplish even the most basic everyday tasks. About one-quarter of those with rheumatoid arthritis develop rheumatoid nodules (bumps) that grow under the skin, usually close to the joints. Fatigue, anemia (low red blood cell count), neck pain, and dry eyes and mouth can also occur in individuals with the disease.
 
Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis occurs in children 16 years of age or younger. Children with severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis may be candidates for glucocorticoid medication, the use of which has been linked to bone loss in children as well as adults. Physical activity can be challenging in children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, since it may cause pain. It is especially important that a child with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis eat a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D and incorporate physical activities recommended by his or her doctor, so that he or she can build adequate bone mass and reduce the risk of future fracture.

What Is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become less dense and more likely to fracture. Fractures from osteoporosis can result in significant pain and disability. It is a major health threat for an estimated 44 million Americans, 68 percent of whom are women.
Risk factors for osteoporosis include:
  • Thinness or small frame
  • A family history of the disease
  • Being postmenopausal or having had early menopause
  • Abnormal absence of menstrual periods (amenorrhea)
  • Prolonged use of certain medications, such as glucocorticoids
  • Low calcium intake
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol intake.
Osteoporosis is a silent disease that can often be prevented. However, if it goes undetected, it can progress for many years without symptoms until a fracture occurs (see Symptoms of Osteoporosis).

Is There a Link?

Studies have found an increased risk of bone loss and fracture in individuals with rheumatoid arthritis. People with rheumatoid arthritis are at an increased risk of osteoporosis for many reasons. To begin with, the glucocorticoid medications often prescribed for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis can trigger significant bone loss. In addition, pain and loss of joint function caused by the disease can result in inactivity, further increasing osteoporosis risk.
Studies also show that bone loss in rheumatoid arthritis may occur as a direct result of the disease. The bone loss is most pronounced in areas immediately surrounding the affected joints. Of concern is the fact that women, a group already at increased risk of osteoporosis, are two to three times more likely than men to have rheumatoid arthritis as well.

Preventing and Treating Osteoporosis

Strategies for preventing and treating osteoporosis in people with rheumatoid arthritis are not significantly different from the strategies for those who do not have the disease.
These strategies include:
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Bone density test
  • Medications.
Nutrition
A diet rich in calcium and vitamin D is important for healthy bones. Good sources of calcium include low-fat dairy products; dark green, leafy vegetables; and calcium-fortified foods and beverages. Also, supplements can help ensure that the calcium requirement is met each day.
Vitamin D plays an important role in calcium absorption and bone health. It is synthesized in the skin through exposure to sunlight. While many people are able to obtain enough vitamin D naturally, older individuals are often deficient in this vitamin. This is partly because they spend limited time outdoors. Such individuals may require vitamin D supplements in order to ensure an adequate daily intake.
Exercise
Like muscle, bone is living tissue that responds to exercise by becoming stronger. The best exercise for your bones is weight-bearing exercise that forces you to work against gravity. Some examples include: walking, climbing stairs, lifting weights, and dancing.
Exercising can be challenging for people with rheumatoid arthritis, and it needs to be balanced with rest when the disease is active. However, regular exercises such as walking can help prevent bone loss and, by enhancing balance and flexibility, can also reduce the likelihood of falling and breaking a bone. Exercise is also important for preserving joint mobility.
Healthy Lifestyle
Smoking is bad for bones as well as the heart and lungs. Women who smoke tend to go through menopause earlier, triggering earlier bone loss. In addition, people who smoke may absorb less calcium from their diets. Alcohol can also negatively affect bone health. Those who drink heavily are more prone to bone loss and fracture, because of both poor nutrition and an increased risk of falling.
Bone Density Test
Specialized tests known as bone mineral density (BMD) tests measure bone density in various sites of the body. These tests can detect osteoporosis before a fracture occurs and predict one’s chances of fracturing in the future. A person with rheumatoid arthritis, particularly someone who has been receiving glucocorticoid therapy for two months or more, should talk to his or her healthcare provider about whether a bone density test is appropriate.
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Staying Healthy as You Age-Healthy Women

  • Be active. Try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week. Try weight-bearing exercises, like walking, running, or dancing.
  • If you smoke, quit. You can ask your doctor for help with this.
  • Eat healthy foods. Eat a variety of fruits and dark-green veggies, such as broccoli, kale, and other dark leafy greens. Also try to eat calcium-rich foods and whole-grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice, or pasta. Choose lean meats and poultry, and limit saturated fats and salt.
  • Limit alcohol. If you drink alcohol, limit your consumption to no more than one drink per day.
  • Control your weight. Ask your doctor what a healthy weight is for you, and then take the steps necessary to achieve or maintain that weight.
  • Ask your doctor what tests you need. Have your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar checked regularly. Get a breast exam and a breast x-ray (mammogram) according to the schedule your doctor recommends.
  • Talk to your doctor about bone health. Ask your doctor if you’re getting enough calcium and vitamin D. Get a bone density test if you’re over 65 or if your doctor says you have a high chance of developing osteoporosis. Ask about taking medicine to help preserve bone and slow down bone loss. It’s important to get enough calcium to keep your bones strong. Before menopause, you need about 1,000 mg of calcium per day. After menopause, you need about 1,500 mg per day

HEALTHY WOMEN CAN STAY THAT WAY EVEN AFTER MENOPAUSE. IN MANY CASES, HEALTHY WOMEN OFTEN ATTRIBUTE THEIR HEALTHY AGING TO THINGS LIKE EATING A DIET RICH IN CALCIUM AND WHOLE GRAINS, AS WELL AS PARTICIPATING IN WEIGHT-BEARING EXERCISES AT LEAST THREE DAYS A WEEK AND HAVING REGULAR HEALTH CHECKUPS. STAYING HEALTHY AS YOU AGE MAY ALSO INVOLVE SUCH LIFESTYLE CHANGES AS QUITTING SMOKING AND LIMITING ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION.

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Alzheimer`s Signs

Brains may start showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease about a decade before the condition is recognized by doctors, a new study suggests.

Brain scans showing shrinkage in the cerebral cortex of seniors who later developed dementia suggested that researchers had found a marker for Alzheimer’s.

Measurements of those areas “could be very important indicators to help identify who may be at risk of developing Alzheimer’s dementia,” study researcher Leyla deToledo-Morrell, said in a news release. “If a drug therapy or treatment is developed in the future, those who are still without symptoms but at great risk would benefit the most from treatment.” DeToledo-Morrell is a professor in the department of neurological sciences at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

Participants, all of them in their 70s when the study began, had their brains scanned using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and the researchers measured the size of brain regions implicated in Alzheimer’s disease . Those participants with the smaller measurements were three times more likely than the others to develop Alzheimer’s within 10 years, the researchers concluded.

The findings suggest brain shrinkage in certain areas may be a marker for Alzheimer’s disease. Because the study involved only 65 participants, however, more research would be needed before such a marker could be applied to the general population.

The participants were cognitively normal, with no symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, when the study began. They were followed for an average of nine years, undergoing tests to assess changes in their mental abilities.

By the end of the study, 15 participants had developed mental impairments, or dementia , characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease (a condition that is officially diagnosed only by autopsy). These participants tended to show shrinkage in parts of the brain’s cerebral cortex involved in Alzheimer’s disease. The cerebral cortex is the outer layer of the brain , and parts of it are involved in thinking, remembering and planning, functions that are affected by Alzheimer’s. In participants who developed Alzheimer’s-associated dementia, this layer was thinner.

Participants were divided into three groups based on their cerebral cortex measurements. Among those with the smallest measurements, 55 percent developed Alzheimer’s-associated dementia, compared with 20 percent in the group with medium-size measurements and none in the group with the largest measurements.

“This measure is potentially an important imaging marker of early changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease that could help predict who might develop the dementia associated with this disease, and possibly even how long it would be before dementia develops,” said study researcher Dr. Bradford Dickerson, of Harvard Medical School in Boston.

“It’s a very interesting study,” said Linda K. McEvoy, an assistant professor in the department of radiology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, who was not involved in the study. “I think it shows the promise of quantitative MRI for early detection of Alzheimer’s [brain degeneration,]” McEvoy said.

McEvoy notes that the study looked for a pattern of brain shrinkage across a number of brain areas. Including a large number of brain areas in analysis may increase the accuracy of such tests for early identification of Alzheimer’s, she said.

“If you’re actually seeing changes in a network of areas associated with Alzheimer’s disease, then you might have more confidence that you’re actually seeing changes associated with Alzheimer’s,” McEvoy said.

The findings are being published today (April 13) in the journal Neurology.

Pass it on: Areas of the brain involved in Alzheimer’s disease may show signs of shrinkage up to 10 years before the disease symptoms appear.

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Alzheimer`s Vs. Normal Aging

Everyone’s memory gets worse with age, so how can you tell the difference between normal aging and signs of Alzheimer’s disease?

There definitely is a distinction between the two, experts say. “Alzheimer’s disease is not normal aging,” said Heather Snyder, senior associate director of medical and scientific relations at the Alzheimer’s Association.

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia, a general term for a condition in which someone develops cognitive problems as a result of changes in the brain. Alzheimer’s is thought to be caused by the buildup of toxic proteins in the brain.

The most common symptom of Alzheimer’s is difficultly remembering things , particularly new information, such as an appointment you have made. While people who are aging normally may forget things as well, they will typically remember them later — in other words, you remember that you forgot.

But in some people with Alzheimer’s disease , that doesn’t happen. “You forget something and then you don’t get that information back, it doesn’t seem familiar to you even if someone reminds you,” Snyder said.

Another example might be forgetting to pay your monthly bills, which would be a sign of normal aging, versus forgetting how to pay your bills or how to manage your budget, which would be a sign of Alzheimer’s, Snyder said.

Snyder stresses that Alzheimer’s affects individuals differently, so not everyone will have the same symptoms. If you are concerned that you or a family member is experiencing signs of Alzheimer’s, you should speak with a health care professional, Snyder said.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, other signs of Alzheimer’s disease include:

  • Difficulty completing tasks: People with Alzheimer’s may have difficulty with everyday tasks, such as driving to the grocery store. “You’ve gone to the same grocery store for 20 years, and suddenly you’re not quite sure how to get to that grocery store, or you’re not quite sure how to get home,” Snyder said. Those who are aging normally may sometimes need help with tasks, such as figuring out how to record a TV show, the Alzheimer’s Association says.
  • Trouble with words: Those with Alzheimer’s disease may have trouble engaging in conversation, stopping in the middle or repeating themselves. They may also call an object by the wrong name. Someone who is experiencing normal aging may occasionally have trouble thinking of exactly what they want to say, Snyder said.
  • Misplacing things: Sometimes those with Alzheimer’s disease may misplace something, and then not be able to find it later because they don’t identify the object, such as a purse, as their own, Snyder said. Other times, they lose something and can’t retrace their steps to find it. Or they may even forget that they need the object they have lost. “We all lose our keys and our glasses…but losing my glasses and not even necessarily remembering that I need glasses might be an example,” of a sign of Alzheimer’s, Snyder said.
  • Trouble with visual perception: Those with Alzheimer’s may have trouble judging distances or determining the height of a stair or a curb, Snyder said. Or they might think someone else is in the room when they walk by a mirror. People who age normally may have trouble seeing due to cataracts.

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Living Younger-Healthy Aging

U.S. residents are generally living longer these days, but more and more of them are developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, that will shorten their lives and boost medical costs. Some 133 million adults — almost half the adult population — now have a chronic health condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Such a staggering statistic might lead you to think illness and impairment are synonymous with aging. But growing old doesn’t have to bring disability and disease. Here are eight tips from experts on how to stay healthier, stronger and happier in your golden years.

Never too late

It’s never too late to start leading a healthier lifestyle. Even well into their 60s and 70s, adults can take action to reduce their risk of developing chronic disease.

“I think the old myth was somehow after age 60, 65 there’s just nothing you can do anymore,” said Margaret Moore, a public health advisor for the CDC’s Healthy Aging Program. But really, “there are lots of things you can do to improve your function [and] your health well into older age.

“There’s certainly going to be some changes that occur with getting older,” Moore said, “but it doesn’t have to mean disability, it doesn’t have to mean disease.”

Amp up your fitness

If there’s one step you should take for improving your health and helping you steer clear of chronic disease, it’s exercise, experts say. And it really is never too late to start.

“I have known patients who have started exercising in their 70s and reaped great benefits from it,” said geriatrician Carmel B. Dyer, who is director of the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

Exercise helps control body weight, lower your blood pressure and strengthen your muscles, which helps you avoid injuries by making you less likely to fall

Stay limber

Daily stretching is important, Dyer said. Your muscles tend to shorten and stiffen when you aren’t active, but stretching activities such as yoga will improve your flexibility.

“You wouldn’t think that five minutes of stretching in the morning would be all that helpful to you in old age, but it’s extremely helpful,” she said.

Yoga improves flexibility and can help relieve the discomfort of chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis, researchers at Oregon Health & Science University found.

“Yoga teaches patients a set of techniques, such as breathing and meditation, in addition to incorporating poses that improve strength and balance,” said James Carson, a clinical health psychologist and assistant professor at OHSU.

Manage your weight

Sticking to a healthy weight by exercising and eating right has multiple benefits, studies show.

If you can keep your weight down, you’ll decrease your risk of diabetes, which affects about 23.3 million Americans, as well as certain types of arthritis, which hinders activity for about 19 million Americans, according to the CDC.

One way to eat better is to eat more fruits and vegetables every day.

“It’s one of the simplest things people can do to transform their health and their lives,” said Katherine Tallmadge, a registered dietitian in Washington, D.C.

“We know now that people who eat at least five cups [of fruits and vegetables] a day have lower blood pressure, lower cardiovascular disease, lower rates of cancer; they have a better immune response; usually they’re leaner and have lower rates of diabetes and obesity,” Tallmadge said

An ounce of prevention

Preventive measures, such as getting a yearly flu shot and getting screened for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers, are also important for growing old gracefully.

Keeping an eye on other disease indicators, such as high blood pressure and the early stages of diabetes, can also make a difference in terms of the degree of disability people experience later in life, Moore said.

“While you might not actually prevent the disease, you can prevent the disability that would come from not treating the disease promptly enough,” she said.

There are also preventive steps to reduce the severity of arthritis, which is the nation’s most common disability, affecting about 46 million adults, about half of them younger than  65. By staying educated about the disease, avoiding further joint injury and keeping physically active, you can ease the effects of arthritis.

Once you have arthritis, staying physically active can help reduce the pain you get and the symptoms; that’s counterintuitive, but well-documented that it does help,” said Charles Helmick, who helps lead the CDC’s Arthritis Program.

Stay spiritual or optimistic

Attending religious services and having a generally sunny outlook on life have been linked to longer, healthier lives. For instance, a 2006 study found that regular church attendance can add 1.8 to 3.1 years to your life.

Decreased stress levels, from spiritual activities such as meditation, may be partly responsible for the health benefit, Dyer said.

A slew of studies also suggest that optimistic people live longer and are less likely to develop certain chronic conditions such as heart disease.

For example, a 2004 study of about 1,000 men and women found that those who described themselves as optimistic had a 55 percent lower risk of dying over the course of the nine-year study, and a 23 percent lower risk of death from heart failure, than pessimists did.

Volunteer to help others

In a study this month, University of Michigan researchers followed a random sample of 10,317 Wisconsin high school students from their graduation in 1957 until the present. In 2004, the participants reported how often they had volunteered within the past 10 years. They also explained their reasons for volunteering.

Some of the participants’ motives stemmed from a desire to help others —  while others had more self-oriented reasons for volunteering, such as “volunteering is a good escape from my own troubles.”

Researchers compared the participants’ responses with their health information, and determined how many of the respondents were still alive in 2008.

The findings showed that those who volunteered out of a desire to help others had lower mortality rates than people who volunteered for selfish reasons or did not volunteer at all.
Of the 2,384 non-volunteers, 4.3 percent were deceased in 2008, and people who said they volunteered for their own personal satisfaction had nearly the same mortality rate, at 4 percent.

However, only 1.6 percent of volunteers whose motivations were more focused on others had died.

For middle-age women, having one alcoholic drink a day may improve health and pave the way to a long life, a new study shows.

Research this month from the Harvard School of Public Health included a look at the Nurses’ Health Study, which has been ongoing since 1976 and involves 121,700 women nurses. Researchers examined the health status of the 13,984 women in the study who lived to be 70 or older.

The results showed that women who had an occasional drink, up to one per day, of any alcoholic beverage during middle age had better overall health when they grew older than women who did not drink at all, those who consumed more than two drinks a day, and those who had four drinks or more at one time.

The researchers defined good overall health as having no major chronic diseases such as heart disease or diabetes and no major cognitive and physical impairment or mental health limitations. The study authors said such health leads to “successful aging.”

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Healthy or Not

Healthy eating is often a challenge, particularly when we’re surrounded by so many foods that seem to disguise themselves as good for us. We know some fats are necessary, whole grains are good, and getting adequate amounts of fruits and veggies is paramount, but sometimes the grocery store can still feel like a nutritional maze.

The problem with assessing the health-value of many foods is that consumers are “led by the advertisement on the front of the package, and that becomes a selling point,” said Constance Brown-Riggs, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The best thing to do is to pick up a package and turn it around. For example, healthy snacks should be no more than 200 calories, and should have plenty of fiber, little sugar and almost no fat, Brown-Riggs said. Reading the list of ingredients, along with the nutrition label, is a good way to understand what you’re really eating, she said.

“Snacks absolutely can be included in a healthy meal plan, it just requires a little bit of thought and planning,” Brown-Riggs said.

Here are some commonly advertised “healthy” snack choices, and where they fall on the health-o-meter.

American cheese
With its high protein and calcium content, cheese is often assumed to be a healthy part of diet, in moderation. But according to Brown-Riggs, American cheese is “processed — it’s not cheese.”Not only can it have a lot of fat, American cheese also contains sugar and carbohydrates — which most cheeses do not have. Low-fat cheddar cheese not only has less saturated fat than American cheese, it has twice the protein of the processed product.For a healthier snack, opt for low-fat cheddar or other unprocessed cheese, and remember that a healthy diet should be based around whole foods, not processed foods.
Yogurt parfaits
Exactly how healthy a yogurt parfait is really depends on what’s in it. A parfait made of fat-free yogurt and fresh fruit is a great snack that can easily be prepared at home.But prepackaged parfaits often have added sugar , fat and calories in the form of fruit compotes or added granola, not to mention that the yogurt is often the full-fat type. In some parfaits, Brown-Riggs said, it’s not even real yogurt.Purchasing a “vanilla Greek yogurt and adding your own fruit on top is going to be a much better snack,” she said.
Sweets enriched with nutrients
There are sweets that are marketed as healthier because they include important vitamins and minerals, for example, the aptly named “Who Nu Cookies.” But such claims of healthiness are nothing more an advertising gimmick, Brown-Riggs said.“People don’t eat cookies for these nutritional benefits,” she said. Indulging in a cookie “should be reserved for that occasional sweet treat, not as a means for getting essential vitamins and minerals.”In fact, it’s often better to not even indulge in these kinds of a cookie and snacks, because they send such a mixed message about their health value that people use it justify a bad snacking habit.
Whole grain corn chips
The most important thing to do with a bag of corn chips advertised as “whole grain” is to make sure the first ingredient listed in the ingredient list on the back is also whole grain, Brown-Riggs said.While you’re back there, check to make sure the chips also have a bit of fiber , and make sure the sodium level, which can range from 5 milligrams (mg) per serving to 150 mg per serving, is at the lower end of that range.If the chips meet all these criteria, they could actually be a somewhat healthy snack — or at least, a healthy alternative to a standard potato chip, Brown-Riggs said.
Fruit leather
“There is no redeeming quality to fruit leather,” Brown-Riggs said. Even if it the product is labeled as organic and full of vitamin C, the added sugar and lack of fiber makes it a tough sell to a nutritionist.Instead of processed fruit leather, a piece of fresh fruit, with natural vitamins and plenty of fiber, will yield “much more satisfaction,” Brown-Riggs said. For people attracted to the convenience factor of the leather, try prunes or small boxes of raisins, Brown-Riggs suggested. They’re both sweet options that are much more healthful than processed products, and still carry the fun factor associated with one-serving items.
Beef jerky
High protein content is generally a good thing in a snack choice, but there are many better options besides beef jerky, which is highly processed and loaded with sodium and sugar, Brown-Riggs said.Instead of going for the jerky, try a high-protein snack such as tuna, which now comes in portable pouches, or a handful of mixed nuts or almonds. Even string cheese is a better option than beef jerky, and tends to be just as convenient, Brown-Riggs said, but watch out for the fat content of such cheeses.
Cheese-flavored crackers
While these tasty snacks are perhaps lower in fat than potato chips, they still contain unhealthy amounts of sodium and fat. Additionally, they tend not to be whole grain, instead using enriched flour, which doesn’t carry the same benefits, Brown-Riggs said.It’s important to not limit your snacks to only foods labeled as snack foods, Brown-Riggs said. In fact, it’s better to think about snacks as the “healthy foods that you decide to eat between meals.”Whole grain crackers are a much better choice than cheese-flavored crackers, she said. Even topping a whole grain cracker with a slice of low-fat cheese is a better option than indulging in this snack food.
Vitamin-C enriched fruit snacks
These little morsels can seem like a good way to get kids to consume their daily dose of vitamin C, and they often tout fruit juice as an ingredient, but this is just a selling point, according to Brown-Riggs.The second ingredient in the ingredient list is almost invariably sugar or corn syrup, making them nothing more than a sweet with a little bit of vitamin C.“If you want to get vitamin C, get it from an orange,” Brown-Riggs said.
Popsicles made from “real fruit” or “real fruit juice”
Even popsicles that are made with actual fruit juice probably contain added sugars, Brown-Riggs said. Additionally, if they’re made from fruit juices, rather than fruit, they likely have very little fiber .In looking for a better frozen treat, it’s possible to find ones that contain some whole fruit, and as a result, likely also contain a little bit of fiber, Brown-Riggs said.But the best option is pureeing your own frozen or fresh fruit and then freezing it, which will give your snack a bit more fiber while keeping out added sugars.
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Whath Abut Junk food

If you’re having a hard time putting down that pint of ice cream, it may not be because you’re hard wired to keep eating it.

Recent research has suggested that eating junk foods, namely those edibles containing high amounts of fat, sugar and salt, can stimulate parts of the brain involved in seeking reward and pleasure. In other words, eating that pint of ice cream is addictive in the same way that nicotine or other drugs are addicting, the conclusion goes.

But that may not actually be the case, according to some experts.
“We are biologically wired to respond to certain tastes, textures and colors, but that doesn’t mean it’s an addiction,” said Gabriel Harris, an assistant professor of food science at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

In an influential study in 2010, scientists found that the brain circuitry of rats that ate unhealthy foods resembled the circuitry for rats exposed to drugs such as cocaine.

The study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, looked at three groups of rats over a period of 40 days. One group was fed regular rat food; another was allowed to eat high-fat human foods such as sausage, bacon and cheesecake for one hour each day, and members of the third group were allowed to eat as much high-fat food as they wanted.

The rats that stuffed themselves with unhealthy foods gained weight quickly.

When researchers applied electric shock to rats for eating unhealthy choices, the obese rats still preferred junk food regardless of the pain.

When researchers removed the junk food option and gave the rats a healthier diet, the obese rats refused to eat. Those rats starved themselves for two weeks after they were cut off from junk food.

But Harris cautioned that such behaviors do not mean the rats were addicted to the junk food.

“Abusing drugs doesn’t affect brain chemistry in the same way,” he said, “So making a general statement that foods affect the brain in the same way as drugs would be false.”

Americans eat more junk food

There’s no denying that Americans eat more junk food now than they did 20 years ago.

Between 2007 and 2010, U.S. adults consumed, on average, about 11 percent of their calories from fast food each day, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released in February.

But does that mean people are addicted to these foods?

Not necessarily, said Joan Salge Blake, who teaches nutrition at Boston University and is a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

“Sweets and treats have been around forever,” Blake said. “The problem isn’t so much these foods, but the frequency that we allow them to be part of our diet.”

She also noted that sweets and treats are cheap and available everywhere.

Although scientists are aware that certain ingredients do make foods tastier, clinical evidence doesn’t prove there’s a direct link with addiction, according to Harris.

“It’s still something we don’t know for sure,” he said. “We have to collect more evidence.”

Harris also said that it’s a myth that all fast food has to be unhealthy.

“We need to change that definition,” he said. “There are healthy ‘fast foods’ available, too. And more and more restaurants are offering healthy options.”

The bottom line is that it may come down to personal choice.

“There are no bad foods, but there are bad diets,” Harris said. “Consuming certain foods is fine as long as they are consumed in moderation and not all the time. To enjoy these things occasionally is reasonable. That’s kind of balance we need to aim for.”

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Obesity Warn of Deadly Global Pandemic

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An obesity pandemic threatens to overwhelm health systems around the globe with illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, experts at an international conference warned Sunday.

“This insidious, creeping pandemic of obesity is now engulfing the entire world,” Paul Zimmet, chairman of the meeting of more than 2,500 experts and health officials, said in a speech opening the weeklong International Congress on Obesity. “It’s as big a threat as global warming and bird flu.”

The World Health Organization says more than 1 billion adults are overweight and 300 million of them are obese, putting them at much higher risk of diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure, stroke and some forms of cancer.

Zimmet, a diabetes expert at Australia’s Monash University, said there are now more overweight people in the world than the undernourished, who number about 600 million.

People in wealthy countries lead in overeating and not doing enough physical activity, but those in the poorer nations of Asia, Africa and Latin America are quickly learning bad habits, experts said.

Thailand’s Public Health Ministry, for instance, announced Sunday that nearly one in three Thais over age 35 is at risk of obesity-related diseases.

“We are not dealing with a scientific or medical problem. We’re dealing with an enormous economic problem that, it is already accepted, is going to overwhelm every medical system in the world,” said Dr. Philip James, the British chairman of the International Obesity Task Force.

The task force is a section of the International Association for the Study of Obesity, a professional organization of scientists and health workers in some 50 countries that deal with the issue.

James said the cost of treating obesity-related health problems was immeasurable on a global scale, but the group estimated it at billions of dollars a year in countries such as Australia, Britain and the United States.

Among the most worrying problems are skyrocketing rates of obesity among children, which make them much more prone to chronic diseases as they grow older and could shave years off their lives, experts said.

The children in this generation may be the first in history to die before their parents because of health problems related to weight, Kate Steinbeck, an expert in children’s health at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, said in a statement.

Experts at the conference said governments should impose bans on junk food advertising aimed directly at children, although they acknowledged such restrictions were unlikely to come about soon because the food industry would lobby hard against them.

“There is going to be a political bun fight over this for some time, but of course we shouldn’t advertise junk food to children that makes them fat,” said Dr. Boyd Swinburn, a member of the International Obesity Task Force.

Dr. Claude Bouchard, president of the International Association for the Study of Obesity, an umbrella group for medical organizations dealing with weight-related and children’s health issues, said the group supported advertising bans as official policy.

But the policy position is unlikely to have any immediate effect on influencing governments to introduce such bans, said Bouchard, head of the Pennington Research Center at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge.

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The Gravy train

The gravy train — make that the sausage, biscuits and gravy train — just kept on rolling in most of America last year, with 31 states showing an increase in obesity.

Mississippi continued to lead the way. An estimated 29.5 percent of adults there are considered obese. That’s an increase of 1.1 percentage points when compared with last year’s report, which is compiled by Trust for America’s Health, an advocacy group that promotes increased funding for public health programs.

Meanwhile, Colorado remains the leanest state. About 16.9 percent of its adults are considered obese. That mark was also up slightly from last year’s report, but not enough to be considered statistically significant.

The only state that experienced a decrease in the percentage of obese adults last year was Nevada.

“Obesity now exceeds 25 percent in 13 states, which should sound some serious alarm bells,” said Dr. Jeff Levi, executive director of the advocacy group.

Health officials warn that a high incidence of obesity in a particular state doesn’t mean it treats the issue less seriously than others. States have different challenges to contend with when it comes to obesity, said Dr. Janet Collins of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Populations are not equal in terms of experiencing these health problems,” Collins said. “Low-income populations tend to experience all the health problems we worry about at greater rates.”

Indeed, the five states with the highest obesity rates — Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, Louisiana and Kentucky — exhibit much higher rates of poverty than the national norm.

Meanwhile, the five states with the lowest obesity have less poverty. They are Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont.

The leanest states shouldn’t take a whole lot of comfort in their ranking, though, said Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, a former CDC director.

“This epidemic is a nationwide epidemic. Some some states are higher, some populations have it higher, but the trend has been up in every state, the trend has been up for every ethnic group, the trend has been up for rich and poor,” Koplan said.

The group’s estimate of obesity rates is based on a three-year average, 2003-2005. The data comes from an annual random sampling of adults via the telephone. The information is designed to help the government measure behavioral risks among adults.

The government equates obesity with a body mass index, or BMI, of at least 30. Someone who is 5-feet-4 would have to weigh 175 pounds to reach that threshold.

The index is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in pounds by his height in inches, squared, and multiplying that total by 703. For some people, particularly athletes who exercise a great deal, the BMI index could show them as being obese when in fact they are in excellent physical condition.

Trust for America’s Health made scores of recommendations for reducing obesity. For example:

– Employers should offer their workers benefits that help them stay healthy, such as nutrition counseling and subsidized health club memberships.

– The government should mandate routine screenings that measure the fitness of Medicaid beneficiaries, plus subsidize or reimburse them for participating in exercise and fitness programs.

_At the local level, governments should approve zoning and land use laws that give people more chances to walk or bike to the store or to work. Local governments also should set aside more funding for sidewalks.

The group also makes recommendations for individuals. But the recommendations that people eat well and exercise are known to Americans. And clearly, many just don’t care to follow.

Collins said tobacco use is another area that could be labeled a personal choice, but government agencies have taken many steps to provide people with the environment and information they need to help them make their choices. The same should be done with obesity.

Levi said that a lot of the things that the government tells people to do about their weight aren’t realistic, which makes obesity a societal problem, not just a personal problem.

“If we’re urging people to walk more, and their streets are not safe, that’s an unrealistic expectation,” Levi said. “If we’re urging people to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, and they don’t have access to a supermarket or the cost is beyond their capacity, then we’re not asking them to take responsibility for something they have control over.”

The report says the health costs associated with obesity are in the billions of dollars annually. Citing a 2004 report, the advocacy group said $5.6 billion could be saved when it comes to treating heart disease if just one-tenth of Americans began a regular walking program.

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Don`t Let The ¨Fear Factor Rule Your Plate

Orthorexia is a relatively new term for a disorder where a person becomes obsessed with the “perfect diet” and the cleanliness of food, eating on a highly regulated regime.

Recent studies were unable to determine who can fall into the orthorexic trap, but in my experience as a health coach,women are a high-risk group.

Orthorexics can be under pressure to stay fit and young while experiencing life stress on an intense, long-lasting level.  Not managing the pressure may lead them to cope in drastic ways, feeling they have to walk the tightrope between looking good and meeting the demands of a hectic lifestyle.

Harming your health
Can healthy eating actually harm your health? Caring about what you eat is a great thing, but when it turns into an obsession and a hunt for perfection, you can do permanent damage to your body on several levels.  A very restrictive diet means you may miss out on nutrients your body needs.

Here are some of the foods orthorexics tend to restrict, or completely remove from their diets:

Dairy, meats, and eggs: Cutting out these foods could mean you’re not getting B12, needed for proper brain function and red blood cell production. Strict vegans should consult their doctors on how to get this vital vitamin into their diets.

Gluten and grains: Gluten-free diets are all the rage these a days, but experts estimate only 6 percent of the population may be be affected by gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. Whole grains contain high levels of minerals that we need (like magnesium, which is needed for healthy bones and nerves; and manganese, which is needed for healthy heart function). Eating whole grains may provide the balance your body needs to stay fit.  If you suspect you have issues with gluten, it’s better to get a medical test instead of missing out on this nourishing ‘food group.’

Fat: Good quality fats, found in foods like olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds, grass-fed beef, grass-fed dairy and pasture-raised eggs are a must for the body.  They keep skin healthy, cushion and protect vital organs, insulate the body against heat loss, protect nerve tissue, and help regulate women’s menstrual cycles. Getting enough fat in your diet also means you feel full longer and have a better absorption rate of fat-soluble vitamins like A and D.

Mind over matter
Apart from missing out on nutrients, the health of your mind and the quality of your thoughts can have a huge impact on your body.

Placing yourself under regular mental stress can trigger stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Normally, these hormones are meant to fire when you’re in a threatening situation to boost energy supply for immediately action.  But when your mind believes there is a constant threat, even low levels of these hormones, like cortisol for example, can “suppress the digestive system, the reproductive system and growth processes,” just to name a few mentioned in this article.

You should always check with your health care provider before starting any new type of diet regimen.

Don’t let the “fear factor” rule your plate. If you think you or a loved one has orthorexia,  seek the help of a psychiatrist. Be good to yourself. Add healthy, fun ways to cope with stress.

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Make a Difference

You can be an analytical, data-driven, steely-eyed businessperson all you like, but business is ultimately about people.

That means business is also about emotions: both yours and those of the people you interact with every day.

Want to make a huge difference in your life and in the lives of the people you care about, both professionally and personally?

Say these things to yourself every day–and then vow to follow through on the commitment you make:

I will answer the unasked question.

Maybe they’re hesitant. Maybe they’re insecure. Maybe they’re shy. Whatever the reason, people often ask a different question than the one they really want you to answer.

One employee might ask whether you think he should take a few business classes; what he really wants to know is whether you see him as able to grow in your organization. He hopes you’ll say you do and he hopes you’ll share the reasons why.

Your husband might ask if you thought the woman at the party was flirting with him; what he really wants to know is if you still think he’s flirt-worthy and whether you still find him attractive. He hopes you’ll say you do and he’ll love when you share the reasons why.

Behind many questions is an unasked question.

Pay attention so you can answer that question, too, because that is the answer the other person doesn’t just want, but needs.

I will refuse to wait.

You don’t have to wait to be discovered. You don’t have to wait for an okay. You don’t have to wait for someone else to help you.

You can try to do whatever you want to do. Right now.

You may not succeed. But you don’t have to wait.

Don’t wait.

I will appreciate the unappreciated.

Some jobs require more effort than skill. Bagging groceries, delivering packages, checking out customers–the tasks are relatively easy. The difference is in the effort.

Do more than say “thanks” to someone who does a thankless job. Smile. Make eye contact. Exchange a kind word.

All around you are people who work hard with little or no recognition. Vow to be the person who recognizes at least one of them every day.

Not only will you give respect, you’ll earn the best kind of respect–the respect that comes from making a difference, however fleeting, in another person’s life.

I will give latitude instead of direction.

You’re in charge. You know what to do. So it’s natural to tell your employees what to do and how to do it.

In the process you stifle their creativity and discount their skills and experience.

Letting another person decide how is the best way to show you respect their abilities and trust their judgment.

In a command and control world, latitude is a breath of freedom and is a gift anyone can give.

I will stop and smell my roses.

You have big plans. You have big goals. You’re never satisfied, because satisfaction breeds complacency.

So most of the time you’re unhappy because you think more about what you have not achieved, have not done, and do not have.

Take a moment and think about what you do have, professionally and especially personally. At this moment you have more than you once ever thought possible.

Sure, always strive for more but always take a moment to realize that all the things you have, especially your relationships, are more important than anything you want to have.

Unlike a want, what you have isn’t a hope, a wish, or a dream. What you already have is real.

And it’s awesome. And it’s yours.

Appreciate it.

I will look below the surface.

Sometimes people make mistakes. Sometimes they piss you off.

When that happens it’s natural to assume they didn’t listen or didn’t care. But often there’s a deeper reason. They may feel stifled. They may feel they have no control. They may feel frustrated or marginalized or ignored or not cared for.

If you’re in charge, whether at work or at home, you may need to deal with the mistake. But then look past the action for the underlying issues.

Anyone can dole out discipline; vow to provide understanding, empathy, and to help another person deal with the larger issue that resulted in the mistake.

After all, you might have caused the issue.

I will make love a verb.

You love your work. When you’re working that feeling shows in everything you say and do.

You love your family. When you’re with them does that feeling show in everything you say and do?

Hmm.

Love is a feeling, and feelings are often selfish. Turn your feelings into an action. Actively love the people you love. Show them you love them by words and deeds.

When you make love a verb the people you care about know exactly how you feel. Make sure they do.

I will be myself.

You worry about what other people think. Yet no matter how hard you try, you can’t be all things to all people.

But you can be as many things as possible to the people you love.

And you can be the best you.

Be yourself. That is the one thing you can do better than anyone else

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Top Motivational Books of All Time

10. THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE

While he gets a bit preachy sometimes, Steven Covey’s road map for living doesn’t just help you develop better habits, it convinces you that acquiring them will make you a better person.

Best quote: “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.”

9. HOW TO WIN FRIENDS & INFLUENCE PEOPLE

Prior to Dale Carnegie’s classic, mixing business relationships with personal relationships was considered a bit underhanded, like nepotism. After Carnegie, the business relationships and personal relationships were seen as not just as compatible, but absolutely inseparable.

Best quote: “The unvarnished truth is that almost all the people you meet feel themselves superior to you in some way, and a sure way to their hearts is to let them realize in some subtle way that you recognize their importance, and recognize it sincerely.”

8. THINK AND GROW RICH

Napoleon Hill interviewed “40 millionaires” to discover the common thought processes and behaviors that had led to their success. His study of these “best practices” was revolutionary in a world where it was largely assumed that great wealth resulted from a combination of greed and luck.

Best quote: “All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination. Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.”

7. AWAKEN THE GIANT WITHIN

Anthony Robbins is unlike most motivational writers in two ways. First, he treats training the mind and body as a technological challenge rather than moral imperative. Second, he somehow manages to be both an inspirational role model and the most annoying guy on the planet.

Best quote: “If you can’t, you must. If you must, you can.”

6. AS A MAN THINKETH

Motivational books are usually about taking immediate action. By contrast, this 1902 classic by James Allen is a bit more, well…, thoughtful. It explains how your thoughts mold your personality, and how that personality drives you to take action and determines the type of action you’ll take.

Best quote: “The dreamers are the saviors of the world. As the visible world is sustained by the invisible, so men, through all their trials and sins and sordid vocations, are nourished by the beautiful visions of their solitary dreamers.

5. THE GREATEST SALESMAN IN THE WORLD

Far more than just a sales book, Og Mandino’s faux-biblical parable encourages your to live your life to the fullest by believing in yourself and your ability to help others. Required reading for anybody who sells. Which is just about everybody.

Best quote: “I will live this day as if it is my last. This day is all I have and these hours are now my eternity. I greet this sunrise with cries of joy as a prisoner who is reprieved from death. I lift mine arms with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day.”

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Work Differently

1. They don’t create back-up plans.

Back-up plans can help you sleep easier at night. Back-up plans can also create an easy out when times get tough.

You’ll work a lot harder and a lot longer if your primary plan simply has to work because there is no other option. Total commitment–without a safety net–will spur you to work harder than you ever imagined possible.

If somehow the worst does happen (and the “worst” is never as bad as you think) trust that you will find a way to rebound. As long as you keep working hard and keep learning from your mistakes, you always will.

2. They do the work…

You can be good with a little effort. You can be really good with a little more effort.

But you can’t be great–at anything–unless you put in an incredible amount of focused effort.

Scratch the surface of any person with rare skills and you’ll find a person who has put thousands of hours of effort into developing those skills.

There are no shortcuts. There are no overnight successes. Everyone has heard about the 10,000 hours principle but no one follows it… except remarkably successful people.

So start doing the work now. Time is wasting.

3. …and they work a lot more.

Forget the Sheryl Sandberg “I leave every day at 5:30″ stories. I’m sure she does. But she’s not you.

Every extremely successful entrepreneur I know (personally) works more hours than the average person–a lot more. They have long lists of things they want to get done. So they have to put in lots of time.

Better yet, they want to put in lots of time.

If you don’t embrace a workload others would consider crazy then your goal doesn’t mean that much to you–or it’s not particularly difficult to achieve. Either way you won’t be remarkably successful.

4. They avoid the crowds.

Conventional wisdom yields conventional results. Joining the crowd–no matter how trendy the crowd or “hot” the opportunity–is a recipe for mediocrity.

Remarkably successful people habitually do what other people won’t do. They go where others won’t go because there’s a lot less competition and a much greater chance for success.

5. They start at the end…

Average success is often based on setting average goals.

Decide what you really want: to be the best, the fastest, the cheapest, the biggest, whatever. Aim for the ultimate. Decide where you want to end up. That is your goal.

Then you can work backwards and lay out every step along the way.

Never start small where goals are concerned. You’ll make better decisions–and find it much easier to work a lot harder–when your ultimate goal is ultimate success.

6. … and they don’t stop there.

Achieving a goal–no matter how huge–isn’t the finish line for highly successful people. Achieving one huge goal just creates a launching pad for achieving another huge goal.

Maybe you want to create a $100 million business; once you do you can leverage your contacts and influence to create a charitable foundation for a cause you believe in. Then your business and humanitarian success can create a platform for speaking, writing, and thought leadership. Then…

The process of becoming remarkably successful in one field will give you the skills and network to be remarkably successful in many other fields.

Remarkably successful people don’t try to win just one race. They expect and plan to win a number of subsequent races.

7. They sell.

I once asked a number of business owners and CEOs to name the one skill they felt contributed the most to their success. Each said the ability to sell.

Keep in mind selling isn’t manipulating, pressuring, or cajoling. Selling is explaining the logic and benefits of a decision or position. Selling is convincing other people to work with you. Selling is overcoming objections and roadblocks.

Selling is the foundation of business and personal success: knowing how to negotiate, to deal with “no,” to maintain confidence and self-esteem in the face of rejection, to communicate effectively with a wide range of people, to build long-term relationships…

When you truly believe in your idea, or your company, or yourself then you don’t need to have a huge ego or a huge personality. You don’t need to “sell.”

You just need to communicate.

8. They are never too proud.

To admit they made a mistake. To say they are sorry. To have big dreams. To admit they owe their success to others. To poke fun at themselves. To ask for help.

To fail.

And to try again

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