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Green Tea Extract for weight loss May 29, 2009

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Many of us have heard of Green Tea.  We all know it is a very healthy substance.  But how many of you know that using the extract can help you lose weight?  Some feel this to be true because the caffeine in the tea can give you a boost and you feel energized to do more.  Well, after research was done, it was found that caffeine itself did not have fat burning effects on its own.  So, how could this fact be true?  

The answer is not known.  However, Green Tea Extract exerts some other effect on the body that increases the body’s overall fat burning process.  That means, the more energy your body puts out, the more calories you burn and hence the weight loss.  Now the weight loss occurs mostly in the day.  That would mean your best chance to lose more weight is to do your physical exercises in the morning.  I know, its difficult these days to do. 

One word of caution though. Those who have a hyperactive thyroid or are taking Thyroid medications to increase metabolism due to a slow thyroid, this extract to cause an issue.  A hyperactive throid gland means you bodies is overproducing hormone and your metabolism is faster than normal.  Those with a slow thyroid, under-produce and have slower metabolisms.  The Thyroid medication helps to speed that up to normal.  So this extract to interfere one way or another.  Be sure to consult your doctor first about this.  

So, if using the extract can help you lose weight, consider its use in conjunction with other vitamins like B-12 or B-complex.  Vitamins that also work within the body to increase energy.  Putting those together could make for one great mix of vitamins and could help you if you are actively working out and dieting.  So the next time you purchase a Vitamin supplement, check to see if the this combination is present.  it could help yield great dividends.

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The Internet-Road to Financial Security May 27, 2009

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This is perhaps one of harshest economic downturns the world has ever seen.  Many of the largest institutions that were though untouchable before are in trouble or out of business.  News of massive bonuses, Ponzi schemes, poor leadership from a president, a war on 2 fronts…this has all shifted consumer sentiment to a new direction.  You could describe what has been happening for a few years now as a paradigm shift in how the Unites States, the world, and people operate.  I think we are seeing business as a whole becoming democratized.  Where most of thew growth and change has come from has been the Internet.  It has been the one ever evolving tool that places enormous potential and growth in the hands of individuals…specifically those looking to have a business of their own.  Don’t think so?  Look at these examples.  

YouTube…the ability to place recorded video on a platform that ANYONE can view.  Why should that matter right?  Well, the public and consumers, increasingly want to know, see and to a degree trust who they deal with.  Well, if you recorded your own promotional videos, posted commentaries, showed how to videos just from what you already know, could that not catapult a viable business?  

Facebook/MySpace etc.  Leveraging Social Network sites again allow people to know you.  You can use them as platforms to get free advertisement in a non-invasive way.  As people want to get to know you they will know your business , if you choose. Not only that, most businesses cannot survive without exposure to their products or services.  As you join groups, talk with others, connect with others, your potential to have some of those individuals seek your products or serive grows.  Here is the plus….what would you have to have paid for that?  This is actually called Inbound Marketing…allowing the consumer of a good or service to come to you instead of you hounding them (outbound marketing). 

How about this platform, Blogging?  Some of you will pass right over this post or read it.  I am expressing ideas and concepts that may be of use or interest to you.  Do you have an opportunity to contact me?  Is this more personal to you than reading a newspaper or magazine?  If I were selling a service, could this have been a great platform?  Perhaps.  

The biggest draw to the internet at this point in history is that allows individuals to potentially grow and learn a new business at there own pace, specifically in a down market.  Start up costs are typically lower.  For those willing to learn and grow, it can offer an immense source of information that can turn your financial picture around.  All that is requires is your persistence, determination and vision to goal you desire.  Here are some useful articles to look at:

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1890387-1,00.html

http://homebusinessmag.com/business-start/selecting-business/selecting-right-business-tough-economic-times

I hope this was of some help to you.

Retirement an Issue, Ok just live longer!! May 26, 2009

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Here is a story that is very telling of todays economic mentality and just how fragile the financial picture is for most.  According to a Forbes article in the March 09 special issue, it was suggested that living longer could allow us to PUSH back the retirement age!  WHAT??!!  For some in these tough times, that has become a reality because most dont have a source of residual income or their nest egg was wiped out.  Here is where it gets interesting.  

There is actually science present that is being worked on to do it!!  No this is not Star Trek and you are not in the Twilight Zone.  It is known, and states in the article, that living past 100 is largely genetics.  The gene responsible for this is known as well…SIRT-1.  It apparently “removes intracellular junk” in your body.  (Hmmm, more on that soon).  The goal is to try and artificially create an SIRT-1 activator to use in humans to extend our lives!!  WOW. Now the reason for this again, is to delay retirement and hence not put such a strain on the system.  So is this really happening?  You bet it is!  The pharmaceutical giant Glaxo Smith Kline is now working on this after purchasing the company working on it for 720 million dollars.  

So lets look at this.  People increasingly dont have the money to survive retirement.  Social Security is clearly dead.  Does the answer TRULY lie in manipulating our genes to achieve financial security??  That is SCARY.  Well, for now, people are grasping onto the right concepts.  That is better education about food, vitamins, antioxidants, weight loss etc.  Hey I said I would get back to that “intracellular junk.”  Well, vitamins and foods rich in antioxidants can reduce that also.  The way I see it, gene or no genes, the one thing that must happen in the 70, 80 or 90 years you live is finding options for yourself that provide residual income.  The reality is, we may be able to live longer, but if we don’t make the choices, its just a longer time to look back at lost time or opportunity. Start taking better care of ourselves and finances, and make the MOST of the time NATURALLY given to us.

Who Am I May 26, 2009

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Hello to all!!  I am happy to be here.  As you can see this is my first post.  Just want to introduce myself.  My name is David Medina.  I am a full time, licensed, Pharmacist here in NY.  I have been practicing for 11 years now.  I have done the whole store thing.  I have done home IV therapy, nursing homes and now specialize in Hospice care.  In my 11 years, I have seen enough to know the medical system is tough here in the United States.  I see many who are ill.  Unfortunately, many stay ill for 1 or both of the following reasons: 1) They don’t have the money or coverage 2) They don’t posses the knowledge.  It is very hard as a person who wants to help others see people remain ill because their medications cost so much.  However, if we here in the United States could start increasing our knowledge of the body, perhaps we can lead happier and fuller lives.  That movement is well on its way already. 

Therein lies my purpose in being here.  I plan to devote this blog to matters of health and wellness, and money/business topics.  This medium is great for this.  As a pharmacist my biggest frustration, felt by many in fact, is that our system wants us to provide a high quality of care through information.  Yet the system has made it so difficult to stay in business, it has become more about volume than quality.  Now there may be exceptions, but this is largely the truth.  Therefore, I will now use the knowledge I have and am obtaining through my own efforts to help others on my own terms.  You will get to know me…if you choose of course.  It is my mission to bring value to the people that read this.  I hope to encourage dialogue and perhaps to start the wheels of change for some.  I am at YOUR servce.