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The Cholesterol Myth Exposed?

This one minute clip demonstrates that total blood cholesterol levels are unrelated to heart disease.

For example, studies show the Aboriginals have the lowest measured cholesterol of any group studied, yet the highest rate of death from heart disease of any group studied.

There is no correlation between total blood cholesterol levels and heart disease, none at all.

New and Improved BarleyLife®

As the new and improved BarleyLife® formula arrives in orders, you may notice some key improvements to flagship product of The AIM Companies™. For answers to some common questions related to the new BarleyLife®, see the following statements from the Quality Assurance team:

What are the key benefits of improved Barleylife®?

There are several benefits to the improved BarleyLife®:
Increases in many nutrients including chlorophyll, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, folic acid, and chromium. Overall, this translates into a 25% greater nutrient content per serving, and a 56% greater nutrient content gram for gram. Increased antioxidant content. ORAC and SORAC testing confirm the increased antioxidant potential of improved BarleyLife®. Benefits of brown rice. Brown rice oligodextrin contains naturally occurring beneficial nutrients. Reduced cost per serving. The cost per serving is now lower. See information below about our new 360 gram canister.
Where is BarleyLife® now grown?

BarleyLife® is n…

Kids May Need 10 Times More Vitamin D

I've been reading a lot lately about the health benefits of Vitamin D for kids. I wanted to make sure my little man was getting enough of "The Sunshine Vitamin", because a deficiency in children has been linked to diabetes, obesity and more.

(In adults, a lack of Vitamin D has been linked to osteoporosis, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease and depression.)

In fact, kids may need ten times more Vitamin D than what has been originally recommended.

Once the summer time gets here and Brady is going to the pool on a regular basis, he will be getting plenty of Vitamin D.

P.S. Here is one way to see if you are vitamin D deficient.

Dr. William Davis Explains Wheat Belly

"I'm not promoting drugs, fancy medical procedures, or costly equipment. I’m not promoting a process that makes a pharmaceutical company rich or helps a hospital gain more revenue-producing procedures.

I'm talking about a simple change in diet that yields incredible and unexpected health benefits in so many more ways than you’d think.

And it's not just about celiac disease, the destructive intestinal disease from wheat gluten that affects one percent of the population. It's about all the other destructive health effects of wheat consumption, from arthritis to acid reflux to schizophrenia, caused or made worse by this food we are advised to eat more of.

It's about being set free from the peculiar appetite-stimulating effects of the opiate-like compounds unique to wheat. It’s also about losing weight - ten, twenty or thirty pounds is often just the start, from this thing I call wheat belly.

The key to understanding wheat's undesirable effects is to recognize tha…

Sally Fallon: Refined Carbohydrates Are Killing Us

Sally Fallon talks about the USDA food pyramid.

The ORAC Values of BarleyLife®

Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) is a standardized test adopted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for comparing the amount of antioxidants in foods and supplements. Antioxidants help resist disease, boost your immune system and slow down the aging process.

Suzanne Dixon, M.P.H., M.S., R.D., is a cancer nutrition specialist at the University Michigan. She describes ORAC this way, “How well does a certain food help my body fight diseases like cancer and heart disease?”

So the higher the ORAC value in a food, the more antioxidant power in it.

Studies show the average person only gets 1200 ORAC units per day from three servings of fruits and vegetables. Yet 3,000 to 5,000 ORAC units per day are needed for good health.

Each tablespoon of BarleyLife® powder has 1275 ORAC units. Two tablespoons a day have 2550 units and three tablespoons 3825 ORAC units.

BarleyLife® and BarleyLife® Xtra are high in antioxidant power. For over thirty years, researchers have found young barley pla…

The SORAC Values of BarleyLife®

The improved BarleyLife® has a number of big-time benefits, including better taste, more nutrients and more barley servings for your dollar. Everywhere you look, this barley is better.

One area in particular that saw a boost from new barley was the antioxidant (cancer fighters) value for superoxide dismutase. This technical term may sound complicated, but its benefits to your body are as clear as day. Here is how the superoxide dismutase in BarleyLife® and BarleyLife® Xtra makes a big difference in your health.

Free radicals are widely known as the bad guys of the body. They come in many shapes and sizes, including superoxide, a free radical produced by breathing. The superoxide molecule is similar to a normal oxygen molecule, except it has one extra electron. As it moves through the body, superoxide tries to give away this extra electron, causing imbalance among the cells. This ultimately leads to disease.

To stop this molecule from wreaking havoc, your body relies on antioxidants (…

Most Americans are Deficient in Seven to Ten Nutrients

A shortage of even one nutrient can cause disease. Yet most Americans are deficient in seven to ten nutrients.

Vitamins and minerals are necessary for good health. They build up your immune system, increase your energy level, enhance your appearance, expand your intelligence and more.

Following is a short description of what vitamins and minerals do for you:

MAGNESIUM is needed for protein, fatty acid and bone formation. Magnesium is also used in making new cells, in relaxing muscles and in the clotting of blood. It helps form ATP, which gives us energy. It helps prevent muscle spasm, heart attacks and heart disease. It aids in lowering blood pressure and eases asthma. It also helps to prevent osteoporosis and regulate the colon and bowels.

Symptoms of Deficiency: nausea, fatigue, muscle weakness and twitches, irregular heartbeat, leg cramps, insomnia, eye twitches, constipation, headaches and coronary spasms. Fifty-six percent of Americans are deficient of this nutrient.

CALCIUM About nin…

Is This Cancer-Causing Carcinogen In Your Hot Dogs?

"Children eating twelve hot dogs or more per month have nine times the risk of developing leukemia." -  University of California Medical School

The reason for the increased risk of leukemia is due to nitrates and nitrites, which are carcinogenic preservatives added to most processed meat products.

The good news is there are nitrate-free processed meats available at your natural foods store, Trader Joe's, and even Hormel now has a new line of nitrate-free deli items available at your regular grocery store.

No More Characteristics of Autism

As a registered nurse, Vickie Rowlen is impressed by the positive results CoCoa LeafGreens™ has had on her grandson.

At three and a half years of age, Russell was a very picky eater and would not eat fruits and vegetables. His diet consisted of fries, pasta and other carbohydrates.

Although he was never officially diagnosed with autism, Russell had all the characteristics. He was easily irritated and you had to be careful not to set him off. He wanted to hide from people and was resistant to them. Russell also did not have daily bowel movements.

Lydia Yoder, a friend from Ohio, shared CoCoa LeafGreens™ with Russell as well as his mother and grandmother. She also talked to them about the benefits of other AIM nutritional supplements.

After Russell tried the new CoCoa LeafGreens™, he began to drink it every day. A few days later, his personality began to change. He was happier and more pleasant. His daycare provider said he was easier to care for and was interacting more with others.


Magnesium and Deficiency

"Most people who are overweight, insulin resistant and/or hypertensive or diabetic are deficient in magnesium." - Dr. Michael Eades, M.D.
Roughly 70 percent of people don't get the minimum recommended daily intake of magnesium. A Gallup poll showed adults over the age of fifty-five in the U.S. tend to fall below the Recommended Dietary Allowance of magnesium. 79% of respondents in the Gallup poll over the age of fifty-five reported not eating enough magnesium-rich foods. One way you significantly lower your magnesium levels is by drinking soft and diet drinks. Low magnesium levels can cause sudden cardiac death, hardening of the arteries, increase inflammation in the body, make the heart muscle irritable and seizures. To make them work properly, approximately three hundred or more of our enzymes require magnesium as a co-factor. Replenishing magnesium can get rid of many food cravings. A magnesium deficiency can also cause insomnia. Spinach, broccoli and alfalfa leaf c…

Should You Take Vitamin D Instead of The Flu Shot?

Nutrition Made Easy For Home-Schooling Mother

"I'm a busy home-schooling mother of nine children. Our family has been using the Garden Trio for more than ten years.

Every morning the first thing each family member does is drink their Garden Trio. I don't know what I would do without it. It's a quick, easy, economical way to get excellent nutrition in my kids at the beginning of the day.

It is my intention to provide healthy meals for my family, but sometimes a busy schedule sidetracks me and the meals don't include the fresh fruits or vegetables I intended. Thanks to the Garden Trio I don't have to beat myself up over this.

There are times when my older kids are gone from home and eat fast food with friends. Once again, I know they had an excellent nutritional start to their day and I don't sweat the fast food. My kids are the healthiest kids I know. When other families are getting colds and the flu, we usually do not get them.

My kids are also excellent athletes. Our house is full of swimming trop…

Federal Government Rethinks Food Pyramid

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans eat too much bread. Such foods account "for more than twice as much sodium as salty junk food like potato chips."

So the same federal government that told us for two decades to eat more bread is now telling us we eat too much bread.

Are you confused yet?

The original government food pyramid advocated the consumption of bread.

Notice how big is the bottom? See the suggestion of six to eleven bread, cereal, rice and pasta servings each day?

So why did the government originally push the consumption of "healthy whole grains"? According to Eat, Drink and Be Healthy, the government wanted to help wheat farmers through the recommendations of the Department of Agriculture.

Dr. Walter Willett of Harvard Medical School says the original food pyramid ignored the hard evidence against grains:

"There's an inherent problem with the USDA creating the pyramid. The economic interests are so strong …. It…

The Cause of Obesity

Professor Robert H. Lustig, MD, is an expert on obesity.

Here professor Lustig describes why we get fat and what to do about it. It's not what most people think.

Is America Over-Medicated?

"The doctor was amazed at the health of her right eye. He said the health of her left eye was remarkable."

In July of 2006, Shirley Desautels received a call from her daughter, Amy Jones, mother of two sons.

Amy was nearsighted as a child and did not grow out of it as an adult.

“As a child,” says Shirley, “Amy wore 'coke bottle' eyeglasses. When she was twenty years old, she got soft contact lenses and had worn them successfully for nineteen years.”

Then came the phone call.

Amy said she was having a bit of trouble reading and thought she might need a prescription change. She asked her parents to drive her to the appointment because the optometrist would be dilating her eyes for the exam.

What was thought to be a routine exam turned into a two-hour nightmare. Amy came out of the exam, supported by an assistant and accompanied by a shaken optometrist.

“He told us he had made an appointment with an eye specialist/surgeon and we needed to go right away,” recalls Shirley.

The specialist confirmed the bad news.

“Amy’s right eye had cracked in several places and these cracks were bleedi…

Broccoli and BarleyLife Xtra™

Broccoli belongs to the group of cruciferous vegetables that are known to have numerous health benefits.

The benefits of broccoli are owed to the phytochemicals (plant medicines), chlorophyll (healer of sick cells) and antioxidants (cancer fighters) found in this green vegetable.

Broccoli is known to decrease the risk of heart disorders. It produces certain proteins (thioredoxin) that protect the heart. These proteins in broccoli improve heart function, prevent clot formation, reduce the size of clots and suppress inflammation in the heart.

Broccoli is also known to help prevent certain cancers, including prostate cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer and lung cancer. The prevention of prostate cancer was especially noted with the use of broccoli.

If you or your kids have a tough time eating broccoli, BarleyLife® Xtra is an alternative my family takes and recommends.

So make sure to eat your broccoli on a regular basis. Why not put the odds for good health in your favor?

To learn mor…

Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career

The following is a video on TED from economist Larry Smith.

He discusses the difference between being mediocre and having a great career.

"I'm not talking to those who want 'good' jobs, or 'okay' jobs. I'm talking about those who truly want 'GREAT' jobs."

"Oh, people who want 'good' jobs will fail as well," he says. "Because good jobs are disappearing. There are great jobs and great careers… and there are high workload, high stress, blood sucking, soul destroying kinds of jobs…and nothing really in between. So people looking for good jobs are going to fail."

So what's stopping you from having a great career?

Enzymes and Antioxidants

There are over a thousand different kinds of live enzymes in BarleyLife®. Technically, enzymes are not considered as part of nutrition. A good analogy would be building a house. Even with all of the right materials, if you don't have a carpenter, you'll never get the house built. Well, enzymes are like the carpenter that builds the house. They help vitamins do their job. Unless they're piggybacked on a live enzyme, vitamins cannot pass through the cell wall of cells.

You're born with a large bank account of enzymes. However, studies show that as you grow older, you use up these enzymes and eventually begin to bankrupt your enzyme account. When you're out of enzymes, you die. Eating a diet of cooked and processed foods depletes your body's enzyme account.

One enzyme that's been studied is super oxide dismutase (SOD). Scientists have directly linked the aging process to decreasing amounts of the SOD enzyme in the body. They've also found that by increasi…

Insulin Resistance Linked To Brain Health

This study shows reduced insulin sensitivity is linked to smaller brain size and deteriorated language skills in the elderly.

"We found that in elderly whose insulin sensitivity was still high, the brains were larger, and they had more grey matter in regions that are important for language skills, compared with those who had diminished insulin sensitivity. We also observed that higher insulin sensitivity was associated with better scores on the language test. Our findings offer a possible explanation for why methods that improve insulin sensitivity, such as exercise, are promising strategies for counteracting cognitive aging late in life." - Christian Benedict of Uppsala University

Insulin resistance is a complex issue. Environment, genetics and other factors are involved with insulin sensitivity. However, a healthy diet, sleep, exercise and reducing stress go a long way towards keeping you sensitive to insulin.

How To Lose Weight and Fat On The Paleo Diet

"Good health is natural. It’s not something that needs to be industrialized or drug-induced. By eating natural foods available to us, humans can enjoy good health and longevity. Technology should not separate us from or destroy the natural or man-made habitats we and non-human animals need to live and thrive in good health. The key to being lean, strong, and healthy is in your head. Use your intuition, just like animals do… The burden is squarely on you. Modern institutions only want to sell you stuff. They don’t care about your belly or health. They care about their bottom line and your spending." - Richard Nikoley, author of 'Free The Animal: Lose Weight & Fat With The Paleo Diet'

Daily Diet Soft Drinks Increases Heart Attack Risk

A recent study shows people who drink soft drinks every day increase their risk for stroke or heart attack.

Published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the study found that people who drink diet soft drinks on a daily basis increase their risk of stroke or heart attack by forty-three percent, compared to those who drank none.

One likely reason is diet soft drink consumption can significantly lower your levels of magnesium. Low levels of magnesium can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Seventy-five percent of people are deficient in magnesium, fifty percent severely.

You can make sure you're getting enough magnesium every day through proper diet and supplementation. Spinach, broccoli and alfalfa leaf contain high levels of magnesium, as well as other dark green vegetables.

Death by McNuggets?

Seventeen year-old Stacey Irvine was recently rushed to a hospital after collapsing and struggling for breath. Upon further examination, she was found to have a low red blood cell count and swollen veins in her tongue.

The doctors, concerned that a healthy looking teenager could be so severely malnourished, inquired about her diet. They found she lived on Chicken McNuggets, fries, an occasional slice of toast and chips.

She had never eaten fruits or vegetables in her life.

According to her mother, "Her doctors told her in no uncertain terms that she'll die if she carries on like this. But she says she can't eat anything else."

As the father of a four year-old picky eater, I know it's not easy to get your kids to eat healthy. Hopefully, this girl and her mother will get things turned around before it's too late.