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The New Entrepreneur March 21, 2012

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So Norman Brodsky recently wrote an article in Inc Magazine about the new breed of entrepreneurs. Essentially these are people who are starting on line businesses vs traditional business. So what exactly is the difference?

The biggest difference is start up cost. This directly relates to risk. The greater it is the more you lose. Norm points out that more and more people are moving to on-line businesses vs traditional. In my opinion this is to be expected. The presence of social media like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have redefined the markets and essentially allowed individuals to have greater impact and leverage when it comes to business, news, marketing etc. However, Mr Brodsky brings up one fearful point. As people, we act and move differently typically when everything is on the line vs when its not.

In operating an on line business, its possible to still work and have a safety net which conversely makes you less likely to push for business solutions. If finding that solution was life or death…you would push harder. This is true in my on line business. Many who attempt it quit because of early setback and learning curves. Which brings us to Mr Brodsky’s concern. With this outlook from the new entrepreneurs, what could this mean for the economy?

My opinion on the matter is this. It is a concern. However, this down turn in the economy has awakened a spirit in many people who never thought they had it. More people are turning to on line businesses because its all or nothing already. People need opportunity. They want to pursue their passions. The collapse of Wall Street has forced people to look more to their ingenuity to make a living and make a difference. That in an of itself is a good thing. The All or Nothing in terms of financial risk has come but in a backend way. Personally, I have had my fair share of failure in 3 years of doing my business, but I have had successes. Learning is sometimes a long and hard process. If those who at the very least come to the the table with their commitment in hand and this concept firmly entrenched in their mind…will be a successful New Entrepreneur guiding this country to its financial rebirth.

If you have started your own on line business or are looking to go into one I would love to hear your comments and feedback.


KEEP MOVING March 9, 2012

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Why is it so important to keep moving? We all see the images of great looking people who have killer abs or just flat out great curves..but what can we say about the health of the every day person?

Well leading a sedentary lifestyle has many downsides but does anything actually happen to your body really just from not being active? You bet something happens…and its NOT good.

The writers for the NY Times covered the issue well here http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/29/why-its-so-important-to-keep-moving/?src=me&ref=health

Just taking people who were normally active per week and forcing them to essentially stay inactive, their bodies showed less drastic changes in blood sugar spikes. Their metabolism was still able to compensate for periods of poor diet and inactivity. However, for those that consistently live on a sedentary plane, they showed much more drastric increases in blood sugar. That just makes you hungry…you eat more etc. Your muscles dont grow hence they cant help control tose spikes since they are not requiring sugar.

Continuing a sedentary lifestyle predisposes you to heart disease and perhaps many other conditions simply because…YOU ARENT moving. What about controlling your cholesterol? What happens to your repiratory rate? These are all factors to think about. Hey try and do something…walk, jump rope, run, do something on those work breaks….KEEP MOVING. Your body will help you if you help it

Great Success Story February 21, 2012

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So I came across a great success story reading the paper while waiting for my car to get serviced this morning. It came from a Long Island newspaper. A young lady experienced a real rough patch in life losing her father to colon cancer, then was diagnosed with narcolepsy, and to top it off was raped thereafter. Not a motivating series of events.

As she put it, “there wasn’t a food I did not like to eat.” She ate everything around and hit a staggering 226 pounds on 5 foot 3 frame. YIKES!!! Well, it took a friend at work to help her see the light and she started her change with and action plan. How is this for a REAL simple start to her weight loss: all she did to get herself going was walk at lunchtime at work…and listen to success stories at a local weight watchers meeting.

That simple start led to her starting to eating more vegetables, fish, and brown rice. She starts every morning with a yogurt and now runs, does Bikram Yoga and Boxes…WOW!! To honor her transformation, she tattooed a great saying from Ghandi on her: “Be The Change you wish to see in the world.” That led to her great result…147 pounds! 79 POUNDS Lost. Amazing.

Its great to hear about simple things making such a huge difference even in the midst of severe personal trials. All it took to start…a good friend with good advice and surrounding herself with positive energy and people. I think for many things in life, that combination will work for just about anything.

Is there a One size Fits All with Diet? February 18, 2012

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Right now the Unites States is seeing unprecedented challenges with not only the health care system but its health overall. Obesity is way too high and just about everybody has some desire to be healthier. So many decide that they are going to do something about it…but dont (a separate issue for another time) or they dont know what “diet” to choose. So with so many choices to choose from, is there just one right answer?

My answer (opinion), NO. For me, I opted to utilize a meal replacement system to offset caloric intake while trying to work out more. Some people opt for Weight Watchers or Nutrisystem….Others decide going totally organic…food only no supplements (Hard Core) is for them. I think ultimately, however you choose to go, so long as the plan is not detrimental to your person, can still give you what you need and has some credibility behind it…I say go for it.

There will always be nay sayers about a particular method….but then again…there is no one size fits all when it comes to your health and diet. But is an absolute need is a greater attention and understanding of what our bodies need and what we need to do to get it. We will destroy our own health care system if more and more of us continue this poor approach to health

Why Fear Death…When You are not Living September 11, 2009

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MAny of us fear Death.  I would say for good reason.  It’s associated with pain for you and those around you.  It represents the end of what is known to us.  And generally when we cannot see or know something it is something we generally fear.  As for what happens at that point, that is a debate unto itself.  However, if we spend much of our lives in fear of this inevitable event, how many of us can say we are truly LIVING?

Lets face it, many people have dreams and goals they want in life yet they never achieve it much less even TRY!  The question is why?  You may go through life hearing many people say “you cant do it” or “thats impossible.”  Many will try to give all sorts of reasons why you CANT.  Well, as sure as death is coming, so will the passing of your dreams if you dont ACT!  Action is the only thing that gives YOU a chance at success.  Success for yourself, your family, friends, loved ones, and yes…even The World.

If by striving to achieve a goal you become inspired and learn that YOU always had the power to INSPIRE others to great heights or achievements, then what would the world be like if you chose not to pursue your dream.  How dare you deprive the world of something more priceless than diamonds….YOU!  Think what one person can do when inspired to act.  Regardless of your religious affiliations, it is undeniable that Jesus inspired many by action in the face of Death and treachery for spreading s good word.  He became the face of a new religion.  Martin Luther, angered by the actions of the Catholic church spurred the growth of the commonly called Protestant sects of Christianity.  It was thought the sound barrier could not be broken…it was.

The point here is this…circumstances will always be here.  Challenges will always be in front of you.  Without the challenges, you will never grow.  You will never be more than how you arrived into this world.  We are all given talents and attributes in order that we may all contribute to this world and others.  Don worry yourself so much on the fear of death.  Concern yourself with living and pursuing your dreams.  YOU CAN ACHIEVE!!!  Dont deprive the world of what you can bring to it. If you do, death has already come for you.

CoQ 10? Whats the big deal? July 15, 2009

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Well, we hear so much about CoQ 10 and how its supposed to be this great thing. So whats all the hype about? Well, as it turns out, its a pretty amazing compound that, for people who can take it, it can give you that all to mysterious energy boost you need on a daily basis. However, there are some who should be careful with it.

What are some of the things thisj CoQ can so? Well, it helps to produce ATP which is essential to your body’s cells to produce energy for you. It boosts the immune system and even helps to improve the metabolism of your heart muscles. It has been shown to help enhance the pumping action of the heart. That could be of particular interest to those with Congestive heart failure. Of course, its use with this or anything else should be done with the advice of a doctor.

Is there anything that happens as a result of not having it or enough of it? Some research has shown that deficiencies in this can lead to neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s Disease. Also, deficiency in it has been linked to lowered immune function, diabetes and obesity. Of course, I dont mean to suggest that this is a be all product that stops these things. However, adding an agent in your body that can at least help offset your chances is not a bad thing.

Can your prescription drugs be an issue? Although there are no documented reactions noted, the drugs themselves have side effects that can be offset by use of this vitamin. For those on cancer treatment with doxirubicin, known to be cardiotoxic, this can lessen the toxic effects of it. For those using cholesterol lowering medications, the action of these drugs actually lowers the amount of CoQ in your body. Supplementing it can return energy levels back to your body. The one area that always warrants caution and is not recommended is in pregnancy.

Use after 4-8 weeks is when you can see a noticeable difference. So, if have issues with energy as a result of prescription drugs, conditions or just general lack of energy, looking into a quality supplement of CoQ 10 would be a great choice.

Helpful Bacteria??? June 3, 2009

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Ok, I must be nuts right?  How can bacteria be helpful?  I hear all the news about bacterial resistance, super bugs, new antibiotics to kill them etc.  So how in the world could they be helpful?   You would be surprised.

According to a recent article in Forbes magazine, many more studies are being done on bacteria.  The thought being that more insight to how bacteria work, and even why there presence, helps alleviate infection.  How can bacteria do this?  I’ll show a few examples.

If you have taken antibiotics before, I am sure you were told one the side effects most people get is diarrhea  (ewwwww).  Well, the reason for this is simple.  The antibiotic is killing bacteria in the gut.  The problem, those are NOT the bacteria we are targeting.  So what happens is that the bacteria that were once kept in check just because something was there, can now grow.  The issue is, they were not supposed to.  So more of the stuff you dont need is present and creates a rather…unpleasant problem.

Example 2.  What the dirtiest place on the body?  NO, its what you think.  Its your mouth.  There are more colonies of bacteria in your mouth than anywhere else.  So, why dont you get infections galore every day?  Hmmm, that is why the studies are happening.

So that you know, bacteria have already helped us.  There are some therapies today that work because we use the “tools’ in the bacteria as a factory to produce helpful medicine or reactions in the body.  Funny, that is exactly how viruses work.  But thats another story.

According to the article, researchers are now checking on a way to use a variant of a bacteria called C. difficile.  As a pharmacist I can tell, the regular one is NASTY.  It is already in you but held in check, Take antibiotics for a while…you will see this bacteria in full effect.  It can be a dangerous bug to have uncontrolled.  So why the variant?  By altering the bacteria, it is hoped to combat and even destroy its cousins to avoid this NASTY effects.  HEY wait a minute…NO antibiotics!!!  Just use an existing bacteria to help….THATS CRAZY!!!  Isnt living in this age so interesting?

There is one other thing mentioned here.  Apparently there is some link to H. pylori and asthma.  H.Pylori just a few years ago was found to be the cause of stomach ulcers.  So for those that have had one, that is why the antiobiotcs were given.  This bug is HARD to kill.  Think of it, a bacteria that LIKES to live in ACID and NO AIR.  They would do well in NY. Well, there is some link though that shows it can help alleviate a person from developing asthma.  The research is to new so only time will tell.

Well, the whole point here was to show how medicine is shifitng its views to alternatives…helpful bacteria.  Nutraceuticals are in the picture as well.  As health care costs rise, we become more ill, these concepts will continue to grow in demand and popularity.

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.

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:



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.