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4 Pillars of Optimal Health (Main article)

It will come as no surprise that there are many thousands of processes happening simultaneously right now in your body that combine to give you a sense of wellness and optimal health. But if we were to use different angles to see what health is really comprised of, we could do it in this manner:

1. Mind State: You are what you think. In the book Cure, authored by Jo Marchand, she cites, interviews and deduces specifically and scientifically that the mind has a lot of power over the body to invoke not only sickness through negative energy, but also abundant health through thinking and using the power of the mind to enhance one’s health.

2. Exercise: Waking hours are for movement. Being chained to a desk and a computer is now called the new smoking. It kills. It saps. It hinders. I bought a watch for $69 that reminds me when I have been sitting too long and it also measures my steps. Good accountability tool. Exercise need not be hard. Do a 10 minute walk 3 or 4 days a day. Go on, you can do it. You are allowed to have a break every so often to go look at trees and see some grass.

3. Diet: You are what you eat. If you eat too much of anything its not good. Too much sugar, too much processed foods. It’s okay to eat as much veggies but limit fruit because of sugar content. Regulate sugar in other words stop eating it. That goes for potatoes, rice,pasta for the most part. If you have a lot of weight to lose you have to go off sugar entirely until you are at a proper weight. Your body has plenty of energy stores and you need to use of some of those in order to get into a good health pattern. Supplements are shortcuts to help us. I use Omega-3, Berberine, Ubiquinol and a heart multi vitamin everyday.
4. Sleep: Many people miss this 4th pillar. Sleep is for reconstituting and healing. If you have trouble with sleep, you will have trouble with health. Any one who says, “Sleep like a baby, has never had one.” Joe Burke

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Scientific Studies you can share with your doctor with sources, footnotes and contact information of those who performed the studies. Compiled from NIH and Universities around the world.

The American Heart Association: “Omega-3 fatty acids benefit the heart of healthy people, and those at high risk of, or who have cardiovascular disease.”

Mediterranean Diet And N-3 Fatty Acids In The Prevention And Treatment Of Cardiovascular Disease. de Lorgeril M, Salen P.


PRETA-TIMC, Equipe Coeur & Nutrition, CNRS UMR 5525-UJF-INP, University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France.



Consumption of a traditional Mediterranean diet and n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) was shown

to  be  effective  in  reducing  the  complications  of  coronary  heart  disease  in  randomized  controlled  trials. Epidemiological studies and controlled trials indicate that plant- and sea-derived n-3 PUFAs are likely to be important mediators of the protection provided by traditional Mediterranean diets. Of note, consumption of marine n-3 PUFAs from fish and other seafood is high in certain Mediterranean countries (Spain, Portugal), but quite low in others (Italy, Greece).

A  relative  insufficiency  of  dietary  marine  n-3  PUFAs  among  Italians  might  in  part  explain  the  results  of  the  GISSIPrevenzione trial, in which a modest supplementation of eicosapentaenoic acid + docosahexaenoic acid ( approximately 850 mg/day) produced striking reductions in coronary heart disease death (-30%) and sudden cardiac death (-45%) among patients with known heart disease. The protection provided by n-3 PUFAs from both plant and marine sources may be partly dependent on other dietary factors. Plant and marine n-3 PUFAs are likely to be major mediators of the protective effect provided by traditional Mediterranean diets.

PMID: 17876197

[PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Pathophysiology. 2007 Oct;14(2):127-32. Epub 2007 Jun 28.

N-3 Pufas-From Dietary Supplements To Medicines.

Fedacko J, Pella D, Mechírová V, Horvath P, Rybár R, Varjassyová P, Vargová V.


Centre of Preventive and Sports Medicine L. Pasteur Hospital and P.J. Safarik University, Trieda SNP 1, 041 90

Kosice, Slovakia.


Although there has been a great progress in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, the mortality of patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) still remains high. One of the most important underlying causes explaining this phenomenon is the sudden cardiac death. Nearly half of all cardiovascular deaths in the USA each year is attributed to this unpredictable and unexpected complication of AMI.Hence, there is an urgent medical need for a targeted therapy to reduce the incidence of sudden cardiac death. Since 1980 there have been several pidemiological and other studies concerning the benefits of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) in cardiovascular health and prevention.Results from one of the largest studies, GISSI Prevenzione Trial show that adding the n-3 PUFAs to standard therapy of patients who survived AMI reduces sudden cardiac death (44% risk reduction, p=0.0006). In addition,  significant decline in all-cause cardiovascular mortality (21% risk reduction, p=0.0064) further emphasizes the role of n-3 PUFA in cardiovascular prevention. To date, beneficial effects of n-3 PUFA are attributed to their antiarrhythmic, lipid lowering, antithrombotic and anti-inflammatory properties. To conclude, EPA and DHA improve the prognosis of cardiovascular patients in the secondary prevention of sudden cardiac death without any documented side effects.

PMID: 17604611


Historical Overview Of N-3 Fatty Acids And Coronary Heart Disease.

Leaf A.


Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA02114, USA.


The first evidence that fish oil fatty acids might have a beneficial effect on coronary heart disease came from the discovery that Greenland Eskimos, who have a diet high in n-3 fatty acids, have a lower mortality from coronary heart disease than do Danes and Americans. Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids are essential in our diets and can be classified in 2 groups: n-6 fatty acids found in plant seeds and n-3 fatty acids found in marine vertebrates. Further evidence of n-3 benefits to human health include a 1989 study demonstrating a 29% reduction in fatal cardiac arrhythmias among subjects with a recent myocardial infarction who had been advised to consume fish oil. The GISSI-Prevenzione Trial found a significant reduction in relative reduction of death, cardiac death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, and stroke in subjects consuming n-3 fatty acids. In a recent study, subjects with implanted cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) at high risk for fatal ventricular arrhythmias were randomly assigned to four 1-g capsules of either an ethyl ester concentrate of n-3 fatty acids or olive oil daily for 12 mo. Subjects receiving n-3 who thus had significantly higher levels of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid in their red blood cell membranes showed a longer time to first ICD events and had a significantly lower relative risk of having an ICD event or probable event (P = 0.033). These studies demonstrate that fish oil fatty acids have beneficial effects on coronary heart disease.

PMID: 18541598

[PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Biomed Pharmacother. 2002 Oct;56(8):365-79.

The Importance Of The Ratio Of Omega-6/Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids.

Simopoulos AP.


The Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health, Washington, DC 20009, USA. cgnh@bellatlantic.net


Several sources of information suggest that human beings evolved on a diet with a ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFA) of approximately 1 whereas in Western diets the ratio is 15/1-6.7/1.Western diets  are  deficient  in  omega-3  fatty  acids,  and  have  excessive  amounts  of  omega-6  fatty  acids  compared  with  the diet  on  which  human  beings  evolved  and  their  genetic  patterns  were established.  Excessive  amounts  of  omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and a very high omega-6/omega-3 ratio, as is found in today’s Western diets, promote the  pathogenesis  of  many  diseases,  including  cardiovascular  disease,  cancer,  and  inflammatory  and  autoimmune diseases, whereas increased levels of omega-3 PUFA (a low omega-6/omega-3 ratio) exert suppressive effects. In the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, a ratio of 4/1 was associated with a 70% decrease in total mortality.

A ratio of 2.5/1 reduced rectal cell proliferation in patients with colorectal cancer, whereas a ratio of 4/1 with the same amount of omega-3 PUFA had no effect. The lower omega-6/omega-3 ratio in women with breast cancer was associated with decreased risk. A ratio of 2-3/1 suppressed inflammation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, and a ratio of 5/1 had a beneficial effect on patients with asthma, whereas a ratio of 10/1 had adverse consequences. These studies indicate that the optimal ratio may vary with the disease under consideration. This is consistent with the fact that chronic diseases are multigenic and multifactorial. Therefore, it is quite possible that the therapeutic dose of omega-3 fatty acids will depend on the degree of severity of disease resulting from the genetic predisposition. A lower ratio of omega-6/ omega-3 fatty acids is more desirable in reducing the risk of many of the chronic diseases of high prevalence in Western societies, as well as in the developing countries, that are being exported to the rest of the world.

Endocr Metab Immune Disord Drug Targets. 2011 Jun 8. [Epub ahead of print]

Role of ω3 Longchain Polyunsaturated Fatty

Acids in Reducing Cardio-Metabolic Risk Factors.

Abeywardena MY, Patten GS.


CSIRO Food & Nutritional Sciences, Kintore Avenue, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia. mahinda.abeywardena@csiro.au.


Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality in many economically developed nations, and its incidence is increasing at a rapid rate in emerging economies. Diet and lifestyle issues are closely associated with a myriad of cardiovascular disease risk factors including abnormal plasma lipids, hypertension, insulin resistance, diabetes and obesity,  suggesting  that  diet-based  approaches  may  be  of  benefit.  Omega-3 long chain-polyunsaturated  fatty  acids  (ω3 LC-PUFA) are increasingly being used in the prevention and management of several cardiovascular risk factors.

Both the ω3 and ω6 PUFA families are considered essential, as the human body is itself unable to synthesize them. The conversion of the two precursor fatty acids – linoleic acid (18:2ω6) and α-linoleic acid (α18:3ω3) – of these two pathways to longer (≥C(20)) PUFA is inefficient. Although there is an abundance of ω6 PUFA in the food supply; in many populations the relative intake of ω3 LC-PUFA is low with health authorities advocating increased consumption.

Fish oil, rich in eicosapentaenoic (EPA, 20:5ω3) and docosahexaenoic DHA, 22:6ω3) acids, has been found to cause a modest reduction in blood pressure at a dose level of >3g/d both in untreated and treated hypertensives. Whilst a multitude of mechanisms may contribute to the blood pressure lowering action of ω3 LC-PUFA, improved vascular endothelial cell function appears to play a central role. Recent studies which evaluated the potential benefits of fish oil in type-2 diabetes have helped to alleviate concerns raised in some previous studies which used relatively large dose (5-8 g/d) and reported a worsening of glycemic control. Several meta-analyses have confirmed that the most consistent action of ω3 LC-PUFA in insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes is the reduction in triglycerides. In some studies, fish oil has been found to cause a small rise in LDL-cholesterol, but a change in the LDL particle size, from the smaller more atherogenic form to the larger, less damaging particle size, have also been noted. ω3 LC-PUFA are effective modulators of the inflammation that accompanies several cardio-metabolic abnormalities. Taking into consideration the pleiotropic nature of their actions, it can be concluded that dietary supplementation with ω3 LC-PUFA will lead to improvements in cardio-metabolic health parameters. These fatty acids pose only minor side effects and more importantly, do not interact adversely with the common drug therapies used in the management and treatment of hypertension,  dyslipidemia, type-2 diabetes, and obesity/metabolic syndrome, but in some instances work synergistically, thereby providing additional cardiovascular benefits.

PMID: 21651471

Curr Opin Lipidol. 2011 Oct 7. [Epub ahead of print]

Novel Developments In Omega-3 Fatty Acid-Based Strategies.

Davidson MH, Kling D, Maki KC.


University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois Omthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Bedminster,

New Jersey Provident Clinical Research, Biofortis-North America, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA.



Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) have been attributed with several health benefits, including triglyceride lowering and cardiovascular disease risk reduction. This review focuses on new prescription omega-3 fatty acid products in development and recently published data regarding omega-3 fatty acid effects on arrhythmias, heart failure, and platelet inactivation.


A free fatty acid form of n-3 PUFA was found to produce a four-fold higher area under the plasma n-3 PUFA curve than prescription omega-3-acid ethyl esters in patients on a low-fat diet. Eicosapentaenoic acid ethyl esters reduced triglyceride without significantly elevating LDL cholesterol in patients with severe hypertriglyceridemia and in those with mixed dyslipidemia. Recent investigations of n-3 PUFA effects on ventricular and atrial arrhythmias, including studies in patients with implanted defibrillators, failed to demonstrate a significant benefit. However, increased fatty fish or n-3 PUFA consumption was associated with a lower rate of hospitalization in heart failure patients. A further important finding was potentiation of the antiplatelet response when n-3 PUFAs were added to aspirin + clopidogrel.


Although  n-3  PUFA  therapy  continues  to  show  promise  in  the  prevention  and  management  of  cardiovascular  diseases, further research is necessary to more fully elucidate its role in specific disorders.

Am J Clin Nutr. 2008 Jun;87(6):1981S-90S.

Role Of N-3 Fatty Acids In The Treatment Of Hypertriglyceridemia And Cardiovascular Disease.

Jacobson TA.


Office of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the Department of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

30303, USA. tjaco02@emory.edu


n-3 Fatty acids (FAs) when used in doses of 3-4 g/d eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid have profound effects on  triacylglycerol  (TG)  concentrations. The mechanism  for  their TG  reduction  relates  to  their favorable effects on reducing hepatic production and secretion of VLDL and VLDL apolipoprotein B particles, along with favorable effects on plasma lipolytic activity through lipoprotein lipase-mediated clearance, as well as stimulation of beta-oxidation of other FAs in the liver. Their hypotriglyceridemic properties are related to both the dose of n-3 FAs used and the baseline TG concentrations of the population. In patients with TG concentrations >500 mg/dL, 4 g n-3 FAs have been shown to reduce TGs by 45%, VLDL by 42%, and non-HDL by 10.2%. A recent pooled meta-analysis with multiple doses of n-3 FAs ranging from 0.8 to 5.4 g revealed changes in TGs of -27 mg/dL (95% CI: -33, -20), in HDL of +1.6 mg/dL (95% CI: + 0.8, +2.3), and in LDL cholesterol of +6 mg/dL (95% CI: + 3, +8). The clinical uses of n-3 FAs include treatment of severe and moderate hypertriglyceridemia, use in statin-treated patients with elevated TG concentrations or non-HDL cholesterol (mixed hyperlipidemia), and use in the secondary and primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Existing large-scale clinical trials such as the GISSI-Prevenzione Study and JELIS with low doses of n-3 FAs (1-2 g) show clinical benefit in reducing coronary heart disease without substantial changes in concentrations of TGs or other lipids. Future clinical trials need to determine whether the TG-lowering doses of n-3 FAs (3-4 g/d) result in additional risk reduction.

Efficacy Of N-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids According To Clinical Characteristics Of Patients

With Recent Myocardial Infarction: Insights From The GISSI-Prevenzione Trial.

Marchioli R, Marfisi RM, Borrelli G, Chieffo C, Franzosi MG, Levantesi G, Maggioni AP, Nicolosi GL, Scarano M,

Silletta MG, Schweiger C, Tavazzi L, Tognoni G.


Consorzio Mario Negri Sud, Santa Maria Imbaro (CH), Italy. marchioli@negrisud.it


The GISSI-Prevenzione trial established the efficacy of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) for reducing mortality in patients after recent myocardial infarction. The generalisability of such results to clinical practice could vary according  to  other  individual  patient  characteristics.  We analyzed the GISSI-Prevenzione  database  to  assess whether other major risk factors, comorbidities, dietary habits, or medications could interact with the efficacy of n-3 PUFA treatment to reduce total mortality. We found no evidence that concomitant disease states, habits, or interventions altered the therapeutic benefit of n-3 PUFA consumption in survivors of recent myocardial infarction.

PMID: 17876196

[PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Curr Atheroscler Rep. 2007 Aug;9(2):145-53.

Beyond Lipids: The Role Of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

From Fish Oil In The Prevention Of Coronary Heart Disease.

Jacobson TA.


Department of Medicine, Emory University, 49 Jesse Hill Jr Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA. tjaco02@emory.edu


Omega-3 fatty acid therapy shows great promise in the secondary prevention of coronary artery disease. A meta-analysis of recent omega-3 trials shows reductions of coronary heart disease mortality of 36% (95% CI, 20%-50%;  P<0.001) and total mortality of 17% (95% CI, 0%-32%; P=0.046). Some of the potential mechanisms for cardiovascular protection include a reduction in cardiac arrhythmias and plaque stabilization. Since the publication of the landmark GISSI-Prevenzione  trial, there  have  been  three  major  intermediate  cardiovascular  endpoint  studies  in  patients  with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and one large trial, the Japan EPA Lipid Interventional Study (JELIS) trial, which involved 18,645 Japanese patients in primary and secondary prevention. The three studies with ICD patients have been mixed, with favorable trends toward reduction in the incidence of ventricular arrhythmias in some but not all of the studies. Results of the recent JELIS trial in a Japanese population already consuming a high intake of omega-3 fatty acids showed a 19% risk reduction in major coronary events. Most of the reductions were in unstable angina and nonfatal coronary events, but not in sudden death and cardiovascular mortality. The totality of evidence suggests greater benefits with omega-3 fatty acids in secondary prevention than primary prevention and in populations consuming low amounts of omega-3 fatty acids

Herz. 2006 Dec;31 Suppl 3:83-95.

Highly Purified Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids In Clinical Development.

Vik H.


Pronova Biocare, Lysaker, Norway.


Highly purified omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) (Omacor) is the focus of an extensive and ambitious clinical development program that seeks to build on the results of the Gruppo Italiano per lo Studio della Sopravvivenza nell’Infarto Miocardico (GISSI)-Prevenzione study. Studies currently in progress include very large clinical outcome trials  designed to evaluate the impact of omega-3 PUFAs on death and major morbid events in defined patient populations such as individuals with heart failure or diabetes, specialist investigations in very high-risk populations such as patients requiring  hemodialysis,  and  a  range  of  specialized  studies  concerned  with  mechanisms  of  action  and  effects  on biochemical and laboratory indices. The emergence of results from these studies can be expected to define a spectrum of indications for omega-3 PUFAs in the management of cardiovascular and renal disease.

Herz. 2006 Dec;31 Suppl 3:74-82.

A Multi-Country Health-Economic Evaluation Of Highly Concentrated

N-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids In The Secondary Prevention After Myocardial Infarction.

Lamotte M, Annemans L, Kawalec P, Zoellners Y.


HEDM-IMS, Bruxelles, Belgium.


Patients  who  survive  an  acute  myocardial  infarction  (MI)  are  at  increased  risk  of  subsequent  major cardiovascular events and cardiac (often sudden) death. The use of highly concentrated and purified omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs), in addition to standard secondary prevention after MI, results in a significant reduction in the risk of sudden death. This study assessed the cost-effectiveness of adding n-3 PUFAs to the current secondary prevention treatment after acute MI in 5 countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Poland.

Based on the clinical outcomes of GISSI-Prevenzione (MI, stroke, Revascularisation rate and mortality), a decisionmodel was built in  DataPROTM. The implications of adding n-3 PUFAs to standard treatment in patients with a recent history of MI were analysed from the health care payer’s perspective. The time horizon was 3.5 years (identical to GISSI-Prevenzione). Event costs were based on literature data. Life expectancy data for survivors of cardiac disease were taken from the Saskatchewan database and then country-adjusted. Results are expressed as extra cost (Euro)  per life-year gained (LYG). Annual discounting of 5% was applied to health effects and costs. Treatment with highly concentrated n-3 PUFAs yielded between 0.260 (Poland) and 0.284 (Australia) LYG, at an additional cost of Euro 807 (Canada) to Euro 1,451 (Belgium). The incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) varied between Euro 2,867 (Canada) and Euro 5,154 (Belgium) per LYG. Sensitivity analyses on effectiveness, cost of complications and discounting proved the robustness of the results. A 2nd order Monte Carlo simulation based on the 95% CIs obtained from GISSI showed that highly concentrated n-3 PUFAs are cost-effective in more than 99% of patients (assuming societal willingness to pay threshold of Euro 20,000/LYG). Including health care costs incurred during the remaining life-years considerably increased total costs, but had no impact on the ICER-based treatment recommendation. Adding highly concentrated n-3 PUFAs to standard treatment in the secondary prevention after MI appears to be cost-effective in the 5 countries studied.



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WebMD: “The benefits of omega-3s include reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke while helping to reduce symptoms of hypertension, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), joint pain and other rheumatoid problems, as well as certain skin ailments. Some research has even shown that omega-3s can boost the immune system and help protect us from an array of illnesses including Alzheimer’s disease.”


By Garey Simmons, CHC
CEO Optimal Health Bridge

The Story Behind This Report

AmbulanceThe reason I am alive is because I take Omega-3 fish oil capsules every day. But it wasn’t always that way. Looking back, I admit it. I was terrified. It was in June 2005, that I received some bad news from my doctor. I was, officially, at a very high risk for a stroke and possible myocardial infarction, that is to say, a heart attack.

Specifically, my triglycerides were in the red zone –  the exact count was 508. That’s actually not the red zone – that’s a completely separate zip code. Triglycerides above 150 are cause for concern – anything above 500, and you might as well have an ambulance sitting outside your house.

Along  with  that,  my  LDL  (bad)  cholesterol  level  was  high,  and  my  HDL  (good) cholesterol level was low; my ratios were the stuff of scary movies. For years, I’ve looked forward to the day when my children would bring me my first grandkid… and now my doctor was telling me that, unless I underwent radical changes, I wasn’t ever going to see my grandchildren.

What sorts of changes did my doctor recommend? Start exercising, eat better? No. She recommended pharmaceutical drugs – and I wasn’t going near that stuff.  When you read about all the dangerous and nasty side effects of statin drugs, you’ll understand why. I hadn’t even taken an antibiotic in the past 30 years – I wasn’t about to expose myself to these hardcore drugs that, as I later learned, only serve to mask and compound the problem anyway. Most pharmaceuticals try to convince the body to ignore the symptoms. No thought towards cure or restoring health.

But I was determined to make some changes. That triglyceride number – 508 – became my motivation, my magic number. In life, sometimes there are little triggers; little keys that help you unlock big doors. 508 became my key, and it spurred me to action.

I began addressing 15 years of neglect. This led me to the secret of Omega-3s – a secret that may very well have saved my life that we’ll discuss later – but I didn’t get there immediately. At the time, I was about 15 lbs overweight. I had a spare tire growing around my mid-section. My liver was not in good shape from a bout of hepatitis I contracted while working as a missionary in India way back in 1976. When I checked it out, an ultrasound revealed I had a fatty liver! Enough was enough.

Wake Up Call and Commitment

I wasn’t sure what I was going to do yet, but I knew I was going to do something. Turns out, my first decision was to stop eating Theismangrain-fed, antibiotic ridden, farm raised beef. This happened after I met Joe Theisman, the NFL Quarterback. He was the keynote speaker at a trade show I attended. He had stopped eating beef 20 years before.

“Not only have we got hormone problems with the beef, but did you know it takes 3 days to digest or longer? I haven’t got time to digest for 3 days, I am a busy man!” Joe said.

After much study, I decided that it’s healthful to eat beef that is truly grass-fed and not grain fed. Mostly eating dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, and true whole foods is the core of any good lifestyle. The Mediterranean Diet is now considered heart healthy because it focuses on veggies, legumes and fish with little meat.

That, of course, was another huge change for me. I joined a gym and found out they offered free classes included in the price of membership, and I became a class hound. Think about this: A personal trainer can run you $50 – $75 an hour. If you join a gym, and take advantage of the free classes such as Yoga, Body Flow, Body Pump, RPM (cycling), etc., then you can get nearly personal instruction included in the price of the membership.

Most of the classes I take have 3 to 8 people in attendance. Not only do I get personal instruction, I have the added benefit of the support and chemistry involved in a group activity.

Today, I take on average 3-4 free classes a week (there are literally 40 hours of group classes scheduled!) and my membership costs $40 a month. That works out to about $2.87 per class hour. This of course doesn’t take into account the round the clock hours that the gym is open to me with over one million dollars in various workout equipment if I choose to use it. If I do a measly two hours a week in the gym using all this great equipment then my fee per hour drops below $1.80.

That’s about the cheapest dollar commitment I can think of to your health – with the greatest possible returns. Of course, the great Garey-laughingstumbling block that most people have is getting out there – and that’s where I had the toughest time too.

Conquering One’s Self!

I had to decide I was willing to do what’s hard. I decided to act in spite of my fears. I committed that I was bigger than any obstacle and that I would never give up. These were powerful commitments.

There is a lot of wisdom in the saying,

“Do what’s hard, life becomes easy; do what’s easy, life becomes hard.”

Of course there were times I wavered… but the philosophy of the Enlightened Warrior became my creed. A warrior by definition is one who goes about to conquer. An Enlightened Warrior is one who seeks to conquer oneself.

How tough is that? Here’s a challenge: Try Yoga! You will learn a lot about conquering yourself! Of all exercise routines, yoga is my favorite. I have a great teacher and I come away from a one-hour yoga class, exercised to be sure, but feeling refreshed and exercisedrealmendoyogato be sure, but feeling refreshed and centered. It’s no longer just a ladies’ sport. There are many men taking yoga today, including top athletes. Besides, it’s a great place for guys and gals to meet!

  • Two books that I recommend: Real Men Do Yoga:21 Star Athletes Reveal Their Secrets for  Strength,  Flexibility  and  Peak  Performance (Paperback) and
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I enjoyed yoga – and my other classes and exercises – so much, that I decided to make it a bigger part of my life. Today, I’m a certified fitness instructor, and I’m in the best shape of my life. However, even with my changes in diet – and extreme changes in exercise  –  I  knew  that  triglyceride-508  was  a  bomb  with  only  a  couple ticks left on the clock. I needed to do something to fix my blood lipid numbers, and fast. That’s when I hit the books. What I found out was nothing short of amazing.

Will the first sign of heart disease be sudden death?

I figured it was time to take action and get to work on my biochemistry!” “Was it hard to shell out my hard-earned money to try something new? But I figured it was a lot cheaper than paying doctors and hospitals tens of thousands were I to have that imminent cardiac incident that was brewing. That little voice in my head said, “Don’t be penny-wise and pound foolish.” In fact, if you survive a heart attack at all, the costs involve have grown to nearly one million dollars! That includes all the doctor costs, hospital costs, pharmaceutical costs, lost wages, etc. Yes, an ounce of prevention is worth far more than a pound of cure.

For a lot of people, the first symptom of heart disease is a heart attack! A full 50% of those end in a medical condition known as “sudden death”. Did I really want to suffer a heart attack or was I going to stop being chintzy and playing around with my health and my heart?

After 3 months of taking Omega-3 fish oil capsules, I went for a retest. My triglycerides dropped 308 points to a mere 200, borderline instead of a stroke ready to happen. I lost 15 lbs. Healthy “good oils” and going to the gym can help you lose weight! I lost 3 inches off my waist and pant size. I became a believer. I had to go out and buy new clothes. That was a great feeling!

Will these supplements do it all? The daily habit of taking premium nutritional supplements like Omega-3s and a high-grade multivitamin is what fitness experts call a “Gateway Activity.” That means the act of paying attention to your health by taking a supplement opens the door to new knowledge and brings the intention of optimal health to the fore. I started filtering my decisions on long-term goals instead of short-term pleasures.

Moving my body, studying nutrition, choosing better foods, developing better habits took me off the brink of the cliff and put me into a position of better and may I say, optimal health.

Extensive Research Over 50 Years: The Benefits

The benefits of Omega-3 are extensive and have been substantiated by thorough clinical studies. From protecting the health of the heart to strengthening the immune system, the benefits of using Omega-3 are too important for anyone interested in their health to ignore them. A person taking omega-3 supplements generally look younger and feel more energetic, ages better, has better skin and less mood issues!

The Omega-3 Champions!

Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)

The Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats, also known as “good fats”. The human body cannot produce these desirable fats, so they need to be acquired from various foods or supplemental sources. The good fats are necessary for the normal growth of the eyes, brain, and nerve tissue and hormone production. A number of clinical studies indicate that Omega-3 benefits primarily come from the docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).

The best sources of Omega 3 are not plants, but animal foods. For instance, even though flaxseed is a source of ALA, a type of Omega-3, the body has to convert the ALA flax oil to DHA and EPA.

Best Sources


This can be somewhat difficult for elderly people or for those with a poor health. Three of the best sources of Omega 3 are wild caught fish and fish oil, truly grass fed beef, venison and eggs from free-range chickens. These sources contain Omega-3 oils with DHA and EPA in a natural form, so your body will assimilate them easily, as no conversion is required.

Most clinical studies targeting the benefits of Omega-3 are based on consuming fish, fish oil and fish oil supplements.

Benefits of Consuming Omega-3 Supplements:

Heart Health:hearthealth

Perhaps the most significant benefit of using Omega-3 as a nutritional supplement is that it improves heart health for everyone, whether or not you have been diagnosed with heart disease. Regard it as the best insurance  policy  you  can  get.  Fish oil and Omega-3 benefits include lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, lowering the risk of sudden death and heart-related diseases by reducing the harmful levels of triglyceride. As a matter of fact, the American Heart Association advises that healthy people should have at least two servings of fish per week. The recommended dose for nutritional supplementation of Omega-3s is a daily addition at least 1 gram of pure EPA/DHA for people who have been diagnosed with any type of heart disease. Many doctors encourage larger doses, up to 4 grams a day. Check with your physician.


As it is known for improving mood, people who have been diagnosed with depression may take great benefit from supplementation and Omega 3 fish oil. The lack of Omega-3 fatty acids (especially DHA) was proven a trigger for depression. Dr. Andrew Stoll published a landmark book, “The Omega-3 Connection” in 2002 that shows ample evidence of the need for Omega-3 fatty acids in the diet and demonstrates the ability to lift depression without drugs.

Brain Function:brain1

These supplements enhance memory and brain function. Research shows the DHA molecule found in fish oil stimulates both memory and the learning ability. Research has also shown that mothers who take extra DHA during pregnancy and lactation can successfully increase the IQ of their babies. In fact 40% of brain cells are made from DHA Omega-3 fatty acids.

Immune System:

Fish oil provides protection against the symptoms of sinus infections, asthma, hay fever, symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. The advantages of Omega-3 in treating inflammatory diseases come from the EPA and DHA in fish oil that diminishes the quantity of compounds that cause inflammation in arthritis. Most inflammation can be traced to extremely high amounts of Omega-6 oils, commonly used in baking and cooking in the American diet.

Macular Degeneration Protection:macular

Consuming fish oil is  linked  to  a  lower  risk  of  developing macular  degeneration,  which  is  an  increasingly  common  eye disease  in  people  over  50.  Studies also indicate that Omega-3 supplements may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. Several clinical studies indicate that fish oil and DHA are responsible for protecting the nervous system in humans. One of the primary purposes of fats in the body is to insulate the organs and nerve tissue from deterioration.

Women’s Issues:

By consuming Omega 3 on a regular basis, women may experience a significant reduction of PMS symptoms, according to a study published by the Journal of Reproductive Health.  Omega-3 also improves the health of skin and hair and fish oil protects the skin against harmful UV rays.  At the same time, fish  oil supplements can be a treatment option for  skin  disorders  such  as  psoriasis. Studies of Omega-3 Krill Oil have shown great promise in alleviating such conditions.

Omega-3s and prostate / breast cancer and kids:kids1

Studies on Omega 3 benefits show that there is a lower risk of breast and prostate cancer in people who use to consume fish oil on a regular basis. A number of studies also indicate attention and concentration are improved in people who consume omega 3 supplements regularly. People are able to recall things better when they consume a daily supplement of omega-3 as well. For this reason, many parents choose to give their children omega-3 supplements as this helps them do better in school and other extracurricular activities. It sure is better for them than candy and ice cream, although it can be a tough sell to kids. Those who start their children on Omega-3s early in life can expect the habit to continue as the kids grow up.

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Besides adding as much wild caught fish, as possible to meal planning, an easy way to take advantage of all the omega-3 benefits is by adding fish oil supplements to your diet. This way, you will protect yourself against many of the health problems that are related to a deficiency of the DHA and EFA fatty acids in your body. It is very important to choose omega 3 fish supplements of high quality. The product needs to be produced fresh in small batches, pure and completely free of contaminants, through molecular distillation. Taking this into account, it’s wise to research before choosing the type of supplement that is suitable for you. Moreover, look for a trusted source. The following products are sold by the author of this report. These are routinely analyzed and true-omega-3-1-150tested to ensure the highest quality:

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heart disease in women vs breast cancer

  • Ted talk about the significance of heart disease, starting with women.
  • More women die from heart disease than men.
  • More women die from heart disease than from breast cancer.
  • Heart disease kills quickly. Breast cancer mortality is down to 4%.
  • The Yentl Syndrome?
  • Heart disease is not recognized in women.
  • Symptoms are more subtle in women.
  • MRI is the best way to look at a women’s heart.
  • Two to three more women die than men from heart disease.
  • Women have more therapeutic stem cells than men.
  • Heart disease in women is political.




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Little Things Can Make a Difference

By Garey J. Simmons

The whole world can pivot on a dime, a single word, a brief moment of inspiration, a split second decision, and everything changes. 

Sometimes it’s the tiny, little things we do, the actions we take that can make all the difference in the world. And sometimes it’s the little things we don’t do, the actions we don’t take that can make the difference for better or for worse. The difference between health and sickness, between success and failure, even life and death can all be traced to small, little things!

Big doors swing wide open on little hinges. And they can slam shut on those same tiny hinges. A little light at the end of the tunnel can help you find your way forward out of the pit. We never know exactly when the seed of an idea will turn into a mighty oak tree of resounding accomplishment.

In fact, this is why I am alive today. It’s why I even exist on this earth. More on that in just a bit.

A fleeting idea is why I am in business today as a health coach, a dietary supplement expert and a marketer. I had an idea. It was just a little passing thought. It happened quickly in a brief flash of inspiration. In 2005, after 30 years overseas working as a missionary with various churches, prisons, youth groups and camps, I received a bleak diagnosis about a heart condition. I was given a set of prescription drugs to try.

But I didn’t take them. I didn’t even pick them up from the pharmacy. Why?

I hadn’t taken a prescription drug in 30 years and wasn’t about to start, at least not without proper research and finding out if there was a natural way to treat my condition. The last time I had taken a prescribed drug was in India and I had an allergic reaction. So no. I said no to drugs. Within days I found 11 National Institute of Health (NIH) studies that pointed toward a natural treatment: Omega-3 fish oil. I found it worthy and meaningful to try a natural remedy rather than run straight to pharmaceuticals, which I knew mainly suppressed symptoms rather than going to the root of a medical issue. Today, no matter what your TV commercials say, most drugs don’t seek to cure anything. It’s mostly suppression of symptoms and hopefully relief from suffering without too many negative side effects.

Within 3 months I had reduced my risk factors by 80% and wasn’t even considered at high risk anymore. What if I’d taken the drugs and further compromised my health instead of looking for a natural way to deal with my issues? Just a little pause, to do a little research.  Read a few studies. Why not try a simple change in diet? Why not follow a simple protocol to see if it would help? In three months I went from very high risk to near normal.

The disclaimer is you have to make these decisions consciously and not just because the doctor said so! Experts are sometimes wrong or use the wrong lens to look at a problem. Of course, sometimes those drugs can save lives too, especially in emergency situations. It’s always good to have various health counselors on your team, people who can look at a situation from different angles and viewpoints. Doctors can be a great asset and they can also be notorious for closing themselves off to alternative medicine and natural remedies.

At the point in time when I needed to reorder this high potency Omega-3, I realized three things simultaneously: 1) high quality Omega-s can be expensive and some companies try to upsell on other products that we may not need and 2) if I needed this and it works so well, then other baby boomers and seniors will need this too. 3) And no one wants to be pressured into unnecessary buying decisions especially those on limited income like our senior population. So I made a decision:

At that very moment, without being an expert in heart disease or fish oil, I see the makings of a great business that aligns with my values and I wouldn’t treat people the way this company was treating me. A wise man once said, “What is it you know, that others don’t know, not that you have to be an expert, but what do you know more than what the average person knows? Can you share that knowledge and help folks solve problems?”

What problems have you solved that you can help others solve?”

It didn’t take long but I had my personal story on a one-page website with a PayPal button. I was only charging slightly more than what the product cost so I could help as many boomers and seniors as possible. I sold $30,000 worth of product in the first three weeks with the help of a Google Ad that cost me fifty cents a click. I was in business. I began educating myself, attending trade shows and I find myself back to school to become a certified Integrative Nutrition health coach.

In the years that followed, we’ve been able to help more than 50,000 people face their fears over heart disease and commit to a proven holistic, natural approach that works and sometimes works better than taking pharmaceutical synthetic drugs that always have negative side effects.

A small dose of a natural ingredient straightened out my heart health issues. Sometimes, it’s the little things that can make a big difference.

The Story of the Mason’s Trough … a small tool saves a family


Little Things Are Important

I would like to share a story that illustrates this point about little things. Eight decades ago, a little baby girl is born in Vienna Austria, the 3rd daughter of Isaak and Hani. It’s 1934 and the world was getting ready for an all-out blitzkrieg, an assault on beliefs, ideologies, values and practices. Hitler is on the rise and perfecting his tenor for world war.

In 1938 the Anschluss happens. Germany and the Nazis move into Austria. Isaak and Hani along with their three girls are warned by the villagers where they live to vacate quickly before the soldiers arrive. They depart under the cover of darkness, leave all their belongings to move to the Jewish Ghetto in Vienna where they hope they’ll be protected by political and religious leadership, people with conscience in the capital city of Vienna. The baby girl is now four years old has a new address: 8 Tur 8 Niebelungengasse, Wien, II, Austria.

For years Isaak had tried to get his farm sold to a fellow Austrian, but the buyer is a Nazi sympathizer and thinks he doesn’t have to honor the sales contract with a Jew. He just takes the place and defaults on payment. So off to Vienna they go, Hani, older sisters Regina and Edith start sewing yellow stars of David on their clothes.

Baby sister, little Lotta is able to attend school and even ride the street car for a while but by 1941 with the War raging and fear of Jews mounting, she has to walk to school, no longer allowed on the streetcar. Finally, little Lotta is told to stay home. No more school for you little girl. By 1942, the Jewish leadership in Vienna in concert with Herr Gobbels, Hitler’s foreign minister, engineers a plan to relocate the Jews out of Vienna to “…farms in Poland. Every village will have a doctor and you’ll be able to grow your own vegetables.”  Yes, the promise was “Universal Health Care.” Housing is urgently needed in Vienna for German troops headed towards the Balkans. The Jews have to go.

Family Leaves Vienna with Promises of a Better Life

So bags are packed with uncertainty and the family prepares as best they can for universal health care in the Polish Promised Land. The underground whispers do not match the glowing political promises. They leave on a passenger train but the train veers east. Somewhere in the Ukraine, in the middle of night, they are forced off the passenger train and put onto cattle cars. After  many sickening hours, they arrive. The railway station sign reads, “Minsk.”

“Worst train ride ever,” the baby sister says.

The Sorting

Arriving at the railway station in Minsk, the dividing and sorting of people and goods takes place. If you are young, healthy and can work, you might get a pass to enter the camp as a worker if you are so lucky. If you are too old, too young, too feeble or too sick you are loaded onto trucks with a one-way ticket to an open pit. The goal is obvious. Get into the camp!

Who would have thought that the goal and promise of life was to get INTO a concentration camp? Maybe the soup is thin, but there is a chance at life.

While the Germans have ammunition, it is death by firing squad for the less able and the less fortunate, later it is easier to gas the old feeble Jews in box trucks, just attach the exhaust with a pipe and let them asphyxiate. Save the bullets for the Russians.

Wisdom is listening to your hunches.

Isaak, in his wisdom, packs a mason’s trough in his knapsack and claims a pass into the camp with “excellent carpenter and masonry skills.”  Let’s just say he learns his trade quickly. He sells his skill set, to the German officers. He may have never picked up a hammer in his life, but he would rise to the occasion and be whatever he needs to be. The mason’s trough was a simple “show and tell” to convince the Germans he is worthy of a job.

Hani is a seamstress as were the two older daughters. But little Lotta? Why she is only 8 years of age in 1942, what could she do? Sing songs in German? Play hopscotch? Recite children’s rhymes?

Little Lotta is being shoved toward the trucks. Older sister Edith does not remain quiet. Edith takes action. She pleads with the SS Officer in charge of sorting the wheat from chaff and somehow she finds some magic words to persuade him to have a change of heart. She may not have enough logic to win the argument over her little sister’s usefulness to the camp, but at least she tries. She stands her ground and lets her voice be heard. The SS Officer relents.

When Life in a Concentration Camp is the Best Option

The family remains together and enters the camp. A mason’s trough packed into a knapsack, a choice word spoken to authority with passion and boldness, access to life in a concentration camp instead of death in the open pit. Of course, there’s “luck” involved.

Hani and eldest sister Regina do not survive the camp. They are murdered as a matter of convenience along with hundreds of thousands of others. In total sixteen Jewish survivors escape Maly-Trotstinets. Near the end, most of the Jewish workers are herded into a building and burned to death by the Germans as the Russian Army is approaching. Out of the hundreds of thousands that die at the camp, out of the sixteen that survive the camp, three of them, Isaak, Edith and little Lotta are on the run.

The Story Gets Stranger

Upon their escape, Edith who is 19 could run faster and manages to make it all the way to Czechoslovakia, and eventually is granted asylum in the United States after the war. Isaak is re-arrested by Germans in the forest and ultimately captured by Russians and sent to prison. Little Lotta? She’s left alone in the middle of a wooded battlefield to fend for herself at age 10.

She’s wounded in the head by shrapnel and awakes to find herself bleeding. The blood has meaning. It tells her she is still alive. She wanders across a field with bullets flying, towards some Russian peasants who are digging ditches to hide from the bombs.

Since little Lotta only speaks German, the Russians shooed her away and say, “The Germans are over there,” pointing across the way to another cluster of trees. She walks towards them. They are Polish teenagers, conscripts, draftees, wearing ill fitted German uniforms. They take care of little Lotta, try to stop the bleeding and one soldier hoists her on his shoulders during their retreat from Minsk.

After some days, the Polish teenagers (German soldiers) are captured by Russians. The Russians want to deposit little Lotta at an orphanage but she refuses. It’s inexplicable how a ten-year-old girl could defy heavily armed Russian soldiers but she does. She continues on with the Polish teenage soldiers. Finally, they leave her on a village square in the middle of the White Forest about 50 miles away from the camp.

It takes a couple of days for the villagers to figure out who could take in this waif of an orphan. A village nurse of sorts shaves her head, dresses her wounds. A Catholic woman brings her home. Little Lotta hides her religion. She hides her identity… for years. She tends the peasant family’s one cow, taking her to the grazing fields in the morning and bringing her back in the evening. She bakes in a stone oven, cooks on a wood fire and attends to her benefactor’s family as a servant to poor Russian peasants. Whatever she needs, she is taught how to get along without.

The son of the family who is in school teaches little Lotta, who is not in school, Cyrillic, to read and write. The son later dies of appendicitis while being transported to the hospital on the back of a wagon. The bumpy rutted roads are too much for a boy with a burst appendix.  Little Lotta is called the “German girl” by the villagers. She goes to church with the Catholic mother. She becomes the scribe for the family.

Escape from Russia

One day a German officer comes through the village. He is a prisoner but there is no food in the prison, so the prisoners are allowed out to beg for food in surrounding villages and return to prison by sunset. The villagers tell him to see “the German girl.” Little Lotta takes the opportunity to do a little thing: she gives the German her name and her last address in Vienna, 8 Tur 8 Niebenlungengasse. A piece of bread in exchange for a faint glimmer of hope: a possible ticket to freedom.

The German does a little thing: He keeps the slip of paper and is eventually released. He rolls the bit of paper up into a ball and hides it between his toes as he walks back to Germany. There are many check points. The German soldier is brave to carry the name of a Jewish orphan on a slip of paper back to Germany. Nobody likes Jews all the way from Minsk to Berlin, before the war, during the war, after the war. Even today in Belarus, Jews are not welcomed.

The German soldier makes it to East Germany and is able to get the information to a nephew in West Berlin in the American quadrant, who turns it into the International Red Cross. Back in Vienna Isaak is informed by a kindly neighbor that she’s heard his daughter’s name on the radio, the International Red Cross broadcast.

Friends in High Places

With Isaak in Vienna and Edith in Washington DC, Isaak writes to Edith with the good news that little Lotta now 16 is alive! Now Edith, being a seamstress is sewing a winter coat for Mamie Eisenhower’s secretary. The Eisenhowers haven’t yet been elected to high office but the secretary puts in a call to the New York congressman. His name was Jacob Javits. The congressman knows someone in Moscow. But Moscow is a long way from the White Forest.

It takes weeks, an emissary from the Russian government travels to a little, tiny village where a waif of a cow herder girl is escorted back to Moscow to obtain an Austrian passport. Her Jewish identity is revealed but the German girl already has accepted communion at the local Catholic Church.

Edith asks in a letter what she could do for the peasant family in exchange for the care they provided her sister. The Russian step-father wants a diamond tipped glass cutter. Arrangements are made to fulfill that wish.

lotte-repatriationLittle Lotta is taken to Moscow, receives a repatriation passport and is provided a seat on a Russian airplane back to Vienna in 1951. Most displaced persons have to walk or find some box car to ride on to get back to their native lands. Little Lotta gets to fly! The cabin is not pressurized and Lotta remembers the pain in her ears.

In the same year, she and her father travels by ship out of Hamburg to transformationNew York City through Ellis Island and settles with Edith in Washington DC. Isaak can’t find work and doesn’t speak English. He returns to Vienna.  Notice the difference in the two pictures of little Lotta taken about six months apart. A peasant girl becomes a woman.

Because Lotta insists on remaining Catholic, there is a falling out between her and the Jewish side of the family.

How I know about little Lotta’s story?

Lotta is my mother.

I only find out a little about my Jewish heritage as a senior in high school, by bits and pieces from my father. Mother never speaks about it.

With only a year of formal education in Vienna, Lotta goes to work as a soda fountain clerk for People’s Drug Store, a secretary for AMVETS and retires as an accountant with a local county government. She only begins sharing some of her experiences with us after I turned sixty years of age! Maybe she finally feels safe.

Few of her peers ever learn she isn’t a native born American. Her accent is Mid-Atlantic with a twinge of West Virginian she picks up from my dad. Her favorite pass times are playing scrabble and card games. She still attends Catholic Church and prays a prayer of gratitude at every meal. On her bathroom wall is a yellow post it in her perfect cursive handwriting, “I am a survivor.”

The Little Lotta story is filled with lessons on taking what little you have and leveraging it.

What skills do you possess? What stories can you tell? How well can you sell yourself and your skills in order to survive? To live yet another day?

Everyone knows something. And if you know more than the next person you can share your lessons, your expertise. Everyone has insight into life and what we know we can share to the benefit of others.

The whole idea of business is to solve problems. The simple truth of the 80/20 Rule or sometimes called the Pareto Principle: it’s the small things that can make a big difference. Understanding that you have power to change minds of those in authority. Knowing that human rights are God-given and inalienable. You, me and all of us have a right to life. We have a voice and we need to use it when it’s called for.

Because of my hero mother, aunt and grandfather I can enjoy the fruits of being native born in America. I have a lot to be thankful for!

What are the odds?

The freedom to enjoy a life of my own choosing: I can volunteer to help teens. I can serve food at a shelter. I can raise ten kids who would not have ever existed except for a mason’s trough and a word spoken in due season, except for a name and an address written on a scrap of paper.  Little things.

Take what you have and share. Use it to build a future for yourself and your family. Do not neglect the small things, the little hunches. I live a life rooted in optimism, but keep a knapsack packed just in case. One never knows what the future holds and which way the wind will blow. Keep in mind, preparation and opportunity equals good luck.

As a business owner, I frequently speak at networking events and groups sharing lessons I’ve learned in business using best practices to achieve health and success. I’ve been called upon by small and large companies to render an opinion on marketing ideas. I’ve done business with one of the largest health care companies in the world. Why? Because I share my ideas freely. I do good for those around me and try to help small business people to make it and pursue their dreams.

How? By paying attention to the little things. Little things do the work and can reap big results for small businesses.

Leverage is key. Positioning is key. Big doors swing open on small hinges. This is the single most important thing one can do: see yourself for what you are worth, distinguish yourself and increase your value to your marketplace, those you serve. Share your story!”

You have value to share, you too can solve peoples’ problems. You have what it takes to make a difference.  It like the martial art of Jiu Jit-su. Use leverage for positioning. Use what you have as leverage to increase the strength of your position. This is true in every aspect of life. Just ask Archimedes. He said over 3,000 years ago, “Give me a lever long enough, and a place to stand and I shall move the world.”

Are you ready to be a world changer?

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Achieve Optimal HEART Health Fast

garey-foxWe are creatures. Mammals actually. There are certain things we eat and other things we just don’t. I was at dinner at a swank Italian restaurant when the waiter spelled out the specials. They had several but being in Maryland it seems that this restaurant, this particular evening were serving up seafood specials. Sea Bass, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, and on and on it went.

One of our party has a life-long aversion to anything from the sea. No exceptions. I just turned to her and started chuckling knowing that none of this would be appealing to her. She found a great choice for her, veal. Another of our party is nearly vegetarian, a lover of salads of all types and the more the better. She’s aghast that anyone could eat veal knowing how these baby cows are treated or mistreated.

I’m in the middle. I’ll eat just about anything that isn’t too exotic. I can eat some fish but mostly, I’d stick closer to the middle of the road. The one exception for me is Indian Cuisine. I’ll eat any sub-continental dish with great zeal. After all, I lived in India for ten years, so maybe I just have fond remembrances of happy times.

The American diet has been called SAD. Standard American Diet. Canned veggies, highly processed meats. Lots of chemicals for preservation and increased shelf life.

This is why I am in the supplement business. Most Americans don’t or won’t eat healthy enough and by the time we hit 60, we are on various medications. But I protested this way of life and at age 55 decided I would go another direction. Omega-3 fish oils, herbals, vitamins. The way farming is handled we just can’t do the apple a day keeps the doctor away. That apple isn’t really a full fledged apple any more. It’s been engineered and re-engineered and apparently only has 40% of its food value as opposed to even fifty years ago.


All of us can take a giant leap toward longevity just by taking supplements. Supplementation not only protects against deficiency but also bridges the gap between average nutrition, which culminates in premature death, and optimum nutrition, which extends life span by decades. The extra nutrients that supplements provide prevent marauding free radicals from harming healthy cells, speed the repair and regeneration of damaged cells, and facilitate Renewal. The upshot of all this is a longer, healthier, more vital life.

Supplements are intended to enhance the nutrient density of your diet. By nutrient density, I mean the ratio of micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients) to macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, and fat). The higher this ratio, the healthier your diet. – Dr Frank Painter

At the root of cardiovascular health: During the past 25 years, the cardiovascular effects of marine omega-3 (omega-3) fatty acids have been the subject of increasing investigation. In the late 1970s, epidemiological studies revealed that Greenland Inuits had substantially reduced rates of acute myocardial infarction compared with Western control subjects. These observations generated more than 4,500 studies to explore this and other effects of omega-3 fatty acids on human metabolism and health. From epidemiology to cell culture and animal studies to randomized controlled trials, the cardioprotective effects of omega-3 fatty acids are becoming recognized. These fatty acids, when incorporated into the diet at levels of about 1 g/d, seem to be able to stabilize myocardial membranes electrically, resulting in reduced susceptibility to ventricular dysrhythmias, thereby reducing the risk of sudden death.


The recent GISSI (Gruppo Italiano per lo Studio della Sopravvivenza nell’Infarto miocardico)-Prevention study of 11,324 patients showed a 45% decrease in risk of sudden cardiac death and a 20% reduction in all-cause mortality in the group taking 850 mg/d of omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids have potent anti-inflammatory effects and may also be antiatherogenic. Higher doses of omega-3 fatty acids can lower elevated serum triglyceride levels; 3 to 5 g/ d can reduce triglyceride levels by 30% to 50%, minimizing the risk of both coronary heart disease and acute pancreatitis. This review summarizes the emerging evidence of the use of omega-3 fatty acids in the prevention of coronary heart disease.

It's All About Your Heart Health

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N3 Oceanic, the manufacturers of Res-Q 1250 brand products has made the strategic business decision to sell their products either directly through their toll free number or through professional channels that only offer their products. We respect their decision and respect their past involvement in marketing healthy alternatives for cardiovascular support.

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heartdiseaseHeart Disease doesn’t get enough press. It’s still the Numero Uno culprit in the death of Americans. Yet most people think cancer kills more people in America than heart disease. Granted it’s a close second. I know we are all worried about ISIS and Iran buying nuclear technology from North Korea. We worry about our fellow citizens, doctors, teachers and social workers who travel to dangerous parts of the world to help the less fortunate. These are legitimate concerns but they are the fodder of the political class. And the loss of close family to terrorists are the stuff of nightmares. This is where media is complicit in overemphasizing one danger and neglecting to mention a much more prominent danger.

Eat Beans

Name any bean you can think of you and you can make a tasty dish, get ample protein and thereby reducing not just heart disease risks but also diabetes. Why? Because less insulin is needed. Sugars of all types but especially fructose and starchy carbohydrates work in the opposite direction to increase the need for insulin and thereby create havoc for the pancreas.

How Many Plane Crashes a Day?

mid_air_plane_crashesPlane crashes are catastrophic. They involve people of all ages, infants to teenagers, grown folks in their prime, seasoned citizens. We are shocked and horrified by these uncommon events. But numbers don’t lie. A Boeing 757 can hold 200 – 295 passengers. If we used a round number like 300 and divided that number by the number of heart disease related deaths, you’d be shocked. Even mortified.

From the CDC:

  • Total Number of deaths in the US: 2,596,993
  • Death rate: 821.5 deaths per 100,000 population
  • Life expectancy: 78.8 years
  • Infant Mortality rate: 5.96 deaths per 1,000 live births

Number of deaths for leading causes of death:

  • Heart disease: 611,105
  • Cancer: 584,881
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 149,205
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 130,557
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128,978
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 84,767
  • Diabetes: 75,578
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 56,979
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 47,112
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 41,149

If we divide 611,105 by 365, it’s an incredible number. “Huge” as one political figure likes to say. 1,674 deaths per day from heart disease. 90% of these deaths are preventable by so-called “lifestyle” choices. Now, divide 300 into 1,674 it’s about six Boeing 757s per day, crashing and burning, every day of the year. That would get some headlines.

Cancer is not far behind. Again, many doctors, healers and integrative health specialists believe many of these cases could be prevented.

If a person walked 10 – 30 minutes a day, if they reduced consumption of processed foods and learn to live without emotional bitterness, many of these deaths could be, would be prevented.

Omega-3 Essential Oils

Omega-3s are a powerful but naturally anti-inflammatory oil that is called essential in the medical community because our bodies cannot manufacture Omega-3s like it can hormones and vitamins. These oils must be ingested by food or by supplementation. 90% of Americans are Omega-3 deficient. A good place to start a healthier life is to take Omega-3 Essential oils everyday. Omega-3s are cardio friendly, joint friendly and even mental health friendly.

Omega-3 should be your best friend. 

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Do you know someone who is moody, possibly depressed? Here are some resources that can help. Omega-3 Oils can help many disorders. 

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Integrative Therapies for Schizophrenia – Omega-3 fatty acids (Fish Oils)

Scott Olson, ND (Doctorate of Naturopathy)

Pareja de ancianos frente al marOmega-3 fatty acids (Fish Oils)

Omega-3 essential fatty acids (oils), which include eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are found primarily in fish (such as mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna, and salmon) and some plants. While they are necessary for the proper functioning of our bodies, the levels necessary for health benefits are more than can readily be achieved through diet alone. These oils are used as supplemental treatments for an array of conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. These oils also play a role in brain development and function.

People with schizophrenia have low levels of these essential fatty acids in their bodies. Studies of individuals with schizophrenia who were given EPA/DHA suggest that these oils reduce the amount of standard medication necessary to treat the disease. In addition, individuals with schizophrenia who take Omega-3s seem to experience fewer symptoms. However, these studies are too small to provide a definitive answer about the effectiveness of EPA/DHA in treating all people with schizophrenia. Again, supplementing with EPA/DHA remains an adjunctive (complementary) therapy until further studies can clarify its role in treating schizophrenia.

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omega-3 connectionThe Omega-3 Connection

In 2002 Dr. Andrew Stoll, a Medical Doctor and on the Faculty of Harvard Medical School, formerly the Director of Psychopharmacology Research Laboratory, Mclean Hospital, published a 300 page book called The Omega-3 Connection. In it he explains:

  • Why Omega-3s are essential for mental health
  • The remarkable antidepressive powers of fish oils, flax oil and omega-3 supplements
  • Safe and effective supplements for pregnancy and postpartum depression

Find the book at your local library or on Amazon.com


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