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A Call To Action: Dependent or Independent?

May 7, 2013
by The Technology Doctor

In 1900, 90% of the population was self-employed, and 10% worked for other people or the government;
In 1980, 10% of the population was self-employed, and 90% worked for other people or the government.

When you adopt the mindset in this video, THAT’S when you’ll make serious money in your own business!
JC

Nutrition Journal: “Dietitians Use and Recommend Dietary Supplements: Report of a Survey”

May 6, 2013
by The Technology Doctor

Do what I DO, not what I say! :)
Red highlights are mine.
JC

http://www.nutritionj.com/content/11/1/14#B10


Dietitians Use and Recommend Dietary Supplements:
Report of a Survey

Annette Dickinson1*, Leslie Bonci2, Nicolas Boyon3 and Julio C Franco3

Nutrition Journal 2012, 11:14 doi:10.1186/1475-2891-11-14

The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found online at: http://www.nutritionj.com/content/11/1/14

Received: 28 October 2011
Accepted: 14 March 2012
Published: 14 March 2012

Abstract

Background

Dietary supplement use is common in the United States, with more than half of the population using such products. Nutrition authorities consistently advocate a “food first” approach to achieving nutritional adequacy but some, including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), also recognize that dietary supplements have a role to play in improving nutrient intake to support health and wellness. Surveys show that many health professionals use dietary supplements themselves and also recommend dietary supplements to their patients or clients.

Methods

As one component of a series of surveys of healthcare professionals (the “Life…supplemented” HCP Impact Studies), 300 registered dietitians were surveyed in 2009 regarding their personal use of dietary supplements and whether they recommend dietary supplements to their clients. Respondents were registered dietitians whose business involved seeing clients in a private practice or at a clinic.

Results

Seventy-four percent of the dietitians surveyed said they were regular users of dietary supplements, while 22% said they used dietary supplements occasionally or seasonally. The primary reasons for using dietary supplements were for bone health (58%), overall health and wellness (53%), and to fill nutrient gaps (42%). When asked if they “ever recommend dietary supplements to clients,” 97% of the respondents said they did. The primary reasons were for bone health (70%), to fill nutrient gaps (67%), and overall health and wellness (49%). Eighty-seven percent of the dietitians agreed with the statement, “There are gaps in clients’ diets that could effectively be addressed with dietary supplements.” The dietitians surveyed said they followed healthy habits including eating a balanced diet (96%), managing stress (92%), visiting their own healthcare professional regularly (86%), exercising regularly (83%), maintaining a healthy weight (80%), and getting a good night’s sleep (72%). Nearly all respondents (95%) expressed an interest in continuing education about dietary supplements on a variety of topics.

Conclusions

Many dietitians, like other health professionals, use dietary supplements regularly as part of their own approach to a healthy diet and lifestyle. They also recommend dietary supplements to their clients or patients, to promote health.

Background

National nutrition surveys show that many Americans fall short in consumption of several vitamins and minerals, including calcium, zinc, magnesium, iron, vitamins A and D, vitamins C and E, and vitamin B-6 [4,5]. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) urges improvement in overall dietary habits as the primary tool for improving nutrient intake, but the organization’s position paper on nutrient supplementation also recognizes that dietary supplements may have a role to play in helping people achieve nutritional goals [6]. The Dietary Reference Intakes established by the Institute of Medicine suggest supplemental intakes of some nutrients for some population groups, such as folic acid for women of childbearing age and vitamin B-12 for people over the age of 50, and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans also incorporate these recommendations [7,8]. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recognizes that some people may need supplemental intakes of calcium and vitamin D to reach levels considered to be necessary to build and maintain optimum bone mass during growth and early adulthood and to reduce bone loss during aging [9]. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have designed a modified Food Guide Pyramid with a sidebar recommending a “daily multivitamin plus extra vitamin D (for most people)” [10]. Long chain omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA are consumed at very low levels by most Americans, and increases in intake could improve cardiovascular health and also provide other benefits [11]. Fiber intakes in the U.S. are also low, and fiber supplements as well as consuming more foods high in fiber could be beneficial for a large fraction of the population [12].


Protect Your Right to Know about the Science Behind Supplements!

May 5, 2013
by The Technology Doctor

This one bill would positively impact the health of more people than anything else our govt. can do. But the govt. is against it – why? Because it means more power to the people and less govt. power. :( [Why is govt. there? To protect the people, not to rule them.]

Send your congresspeople a letter via the link below, and spread the word!  Also, join the http://www.anh-usa.org!
JC


https://secure3.convio.net/aahf/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=698

Protect Your Right to Know about the Science Behind Supplements!
Help us gain co-sponsors for the Free Speech about Science Act, HR 1364!

Consumers are largely kept in the dark about the potential health benefits of foods and supplements. Why? Because current law makes it illegal for food and supplement producers to share this information.

Congressmen Jason Chaffetz (R–UT) and Jared Polis (D–CO) have introduced the Free Speech about Science Act (HR 1364). This landmark legislation protects basic free speech rights, ends censorship of science, and enables the natural health products community to share peer-reviewed scientific findings about natural health products with the public.

At first sight, this might not appear to be a blockbuster bill. But look closely. If it passes, Free Speech about Science has the potential to transform the healthcare field by educating the public about the real science behind natural health. This is a small bill with vast potential leverage.

For this very reason, the bill will have opposition. It will be opposed by the FDA, which flatly forbids food and supplement manufacturers from mentioning any link between a product and a health condition. This is true even if the link is established by peer-reviewed scientific studies coming out of Harvard and other highly respected universities.

It will also be opposed by drug companies fearing competition from natural health approaches based on diet, dietary supplements, and lifestyle. Please do not let these special interests stop this bill. Please contact your representative today. Ask him or her to co-sponsor this vital legislation!

CNN.com: “U.S. manages disease, not health”

April 30, 2013
by The Technology Doctor

What an indictment of our current SICKcare system, which is shamelessly, erroneously, called “healthcare”! If you watch the 1.5-minute video here and read the accompanying article by Dr. Weil, you’ll get EXACTLY what I’m talking about when I say we need “Freedom of Speech in Health & Medicine”!  Thanks so much to Samantha White for sharing this with me.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/08/opinion/weil-health-care/index.html

From CNN.com:  “U.S. manages disease, not health
Andrew Weil says the health care system depends on ruinously expensive drugs and surgeries that treat health conditions after they show up. Prevention is key.

40,000 HITS!

May 6, 2011
by The Technology Doctor

This Antipaper.net site reached 40,000 visitors today.  That’s about a month before it turns two-years-old on June 9.

Thanks for visiting!
John

Frugaldad.com: “The Secret to Getting Out of Debt: Forget Snowballs and Interest Rates”

March 1, 2011

Read it, live it, love it.  Red highlights are mine.
JC

http://frugaldad.com/2010/07/14/the-secret-to-getting-out-of-debt/

The Secret to Getting Out of Debt: Forget Snowballs and Interest Rates
by Jason (Frugal Dad)

I was in debt for nearly ten years, and for ten years I tried every debt elimination method known to mankind. I was like the overweight person who has tried every diet, but years later finds themselves more overweight than when they started.

The last two years of my personal journey to debt freedom something finally clicked. It didn’t matter how I ordered my debts, how many half payments I made, how many times I transferred balances from card to card chasing a lower rate, or how many times I consolidated my credit card balances. The only thing that was going to get me out of debt was boosting my income.

The 70-Hour Workweek

If you don’t do something radical to improve your income, you will be in debt forever. I hate to break that news to those still in debt who spend their nights creating elaborate repayment plans while dropping Netflix memberships to create an extra $15 to throw towards a $37,000 credit card balance. That’s like trying to dip out the ocean with a teaspoon. You obviously need a much bigger spoon.

So how does one go about increasing their income – particularly those already busting their butt 50 hours a week in a full-time job, trying to be a devoted spouse, a parent to their kids and run a household? The answer:  more work.

For a short period of time you need to find more work. Easier said than done, particularly in an economy where unemployment is high and even part-time jobs are scarce. I started my final push to debt freedom in December 2007, so I understand just how bad timing can be. But you can’t use the broader economy as your excuse to staying in debt, limiting your opportunities and stifling your dreams of financial independence.

Exactly what am I saying here? I’m saying you need to work another 20-30 hours a week earning money for the sole purpose of repaying debt. I don’t care what you do (as long as it is legal), but maximize those 20-30 hours to earn as much as possible.

Part-time retail work at minimum wage may not be the answer. Starting your own business may require capital – something you probably don’t have much of if you are in debt. At great risk of sounding like a back-of-the-magazine ad, I highly recommend considering a low-cost opportunity you can do from home. Maybe something related to your full-time gig that doesn’t conflict with your full-time gig.

If you are a teacher, consider tutoring at night and on the weekends. If you are a programmer, consider doing some freelance work. If you like doing yard work, offer to mow lawns for friends and neighbors. And no matter what you decide, start a blog and write about it – landscaping, programming, child care, pet sitting, delivering pizza – all interesting topics that you can develop into an interesting blog if you put your personal touch on it.

I was interested in finance and frugality. I used to work in the financial industry. I also enjoyed writing. It only seemed natural to declare my side hustle writing about finances (after mowing lawns and part-time work wasn’t yielding enough money to make significant dents in our debts).

Idle Hands are Useless at Paying Off Debt

So that’s not quite how the saying goes, but comparing debt to the devil’s workshop was a stretch (then again, maybe not). The point is that while you are sleeping in, watching television, or “just relaxing,” you are essentially wasting time that could be spent developing a second income stream to pay off debt.

I know you work hard, and you have a family, and you deserve a break. You can rest after you are debt free. For now, you need to work.

After starting Frugal Dad, I made a goal to get up every morning at 4:30am to answer emails, comment on other blogs, write new content, research and do anything else I could do to help build my blog before heading off to my full-time job. Those three hours each weekday morning were some of the most productive times of my life. I was completely focused on my mission.

On lunch breaks, I carried a memo pad and pen and brainstormed ideas for topics. At night, after the kids were in bed, I set things up for the next day, reviewed daily statistics, etc. On the weekend, I carved out a few hours dedicated to trying to get ahead for the next week. I banked a couple posts, cleared my inbox and read 20 other blogs in the personal finance niche to stay current.

It wasn’t easy. My first month blogging I earned $33.88 – that’s only a fraction more than a dollar a day. But I pushed ahead. In six months, I had earned a total of $4,600 (after taxes) to go towards debt repayment. Now I was getting somewhere.

I stayed at it for two more years from that point, and my family just recently celebrated debt freedom. I can’t say it was easy. There were a couple times I wanted to quit. There were many setbacks. There were more than a couple times we were tested with a medical emergency, or something breaking, but we just refused to stop until we got back to zero.

Snowballs, Interest Rates and Spending are Still Important

The order you pay back your debts with the money you earn from your 70-hour workweek is still important. And of course, if you don’t reduce, or at least hold firm, your spending, you will simply spend all this new money and remain in debt (I like to describe this as running faster on the treadmill while someone increases the speed – you’ll sweat a lot harder, but get nowhere).

There are risks associated with working a 70-hour workweek. It puts a strain on your physical health. Relationships may be strained as well. Your social aptitude will suffer. You won’t have a clue who won American Idol, that Lost is finally over, or who’s playing in the Superbowl. It’s alright; you can catch up later.

Despite the risks, the rewards are 100% worth the effort. Since paying off our credit card and school debts, my wife and I have felt more freedom to enjoy life than any point in our 12-year marriage.

We were able to buy our first home (and now we’ll work to pay off our mortgage early, though not quite as hard). We own our cars free and clear. We have an emergency fund for the first time in our lives. We are beginning to learn about investing and savings products that we could never afford. And most importantly, we have options.

Debt has a way of trapping you – in bad jobs, in bad relationships, in bad locations. It’s a suffocating financial cancer that eats away at your future dollars, and your current enjoyment. It adds immeasurable risk to your life. It is not to be ignored for another moment.

You simply cannot win, financially, while you keep debt around. Draw a line in the sand today – no more new debt…ever. Make a plan to boost your income. Make a plan to reduce your expenses. Throw every single extra dollar that comes into your life towards that debt. You aren’t throwing it away, you are investing it in your financial future.

30,000 visitors since June, 2009!

December 13, 2010
by The Technology Doctor

Yes, I started counting at 0. :)
2011 will be our biggest year yet …
Thanks for visiting!  Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
JC

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Ten Businesses The Smartphone Has Destroyed

November 16, 2010

The title should include future tense (“will destroy”), but nonetheless, the stats from the article below are staggering.  The ultimate effect of the smartphone is to take over a huge revenue stream, the internet, from the desktop computer.  The other gadgets listed do not produce significant revenue after purchase, other than music and video games.  So the biggest loser in the list of 10 below has to be the PC.  Red highlights are mine.

http://247wallst.com/2010/11/11/the-ten-businesses-the-smartphone-has-destroyed/

The Ten Businesses The Smartphone Has Destroyed
Posted: November 11, 2010 at 5:57 am

Global smartphone sales rose by nearly 100% in the third quarter of 2010 compared with the same period last year. That allowed Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Research In Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM)  to pick up market share while large handset companies like Nokia, Samsung and LG, which do not have strong smartphone products, lost ground. The success of the iPhone and smartphones powered by Google’s Android operating systems have allowed these 3G and WiFi powered devices to leapfrog over products like the netbook as “PC replacements.” iPhone has a huge advantage over netbooks because of the App Store, which has more than 250,000 software applications that enables users to customize their devices to their individual needs.

“The first major smartphone was the BlackBerry. It was introduced in 2002, but was built for business use. The iPhone, which was first available in 2007,  created a huge consumer demand for smartphones.

“The smartphone has begun to replace a number of other consumer electronics devices.  As AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon Wireless build their cellular business, landline customers cancel traditional phone lines. They don’t need them anymore in a world with 3G wireless devices.

The power of the smartphone as the primary device used for news, entertainment, and communication will only increase. New 4G networks will allow subscribers to connect to the internet with handsets which will download data at speeds similar to those supplied by a home cable modem. Smartphone processors become more powerful each year and the devices get more storage capacity.

“This is 24/7 Wall St.’s list of the devices that the smartphone has begun to replace, and in some cases, that process is so far  along that the older products have almost disappeared.”

1. PDAs
2. Flip Video Cameras
3. MP3 Players
4. Digital Cameras
5. Handheld Video Games
6. GPS
7. PCs
8. Regular Cell Phones
9. Watches
10. Remote Controls

Of the PC’s demise, the article says, “There are plenty of studies which insist that smartphones will begin to replace the PC as the common vehicle for accessing the Internet.  Analyst firm Informa Telecoms & Media projects that smartphone traffic will increase 700% over the next five years.  IT research firm Gartner predicts that smartphone sales will outpace PC sales by 2012, if not earlier.  Google CEO Eric Schmidt, whose company’s mobile business has doubled over the last year, has expressed this sentiment as well.  As smartphones continue to feature more memory, storage capability, and stronger processing power, consumers will increasingly rely on them for Internet use instead of their clunky PCs.”

Leadership Lessons from The Dancing Alone Guy

September 14, 2010
by The Technology Doctor

Leadership Lessons from The Dancing Alone Guy

Here’s a classic 2-minute leadership primer. If you pay attention, you may also catch the power of compounding, which is clearly, albeit unintentionally, demonstrated in the video.
JC

http://sivers.org/ff

Transcript:

If you’ve learned a lot about leadership and making a movement, then let’s watch a movement happen, start to finish, in under 3 minutes, and dissect some lessons:

A leader needs the guts to stand alone and look ridiculous. But what he’s doing is so simple, it’s almost instructional. This is key. You must be easy to follow!

Now comes the first follower with a crucial role: he publicly shows everyone how to follow. Notice the leader embraces him as an equal, so it’s not about the leader anymore – it’s about them, plural. Notice he’s calling to his friends to join in. It takes guts to be a first follower! You stand out and brave ridicule, yourself. Being a first follower is an under-appreciated form of leadership. The first follower transforms a lone nut into a leader. If the leader is the flint, the first follower is the spark that makes the fire.

The 2nd follower is a turning point: it’s proof the first has done well. Now it’s not a lone nut, and it’s not two nuts. Three is a crowd and a crowd is news.

A movement must be public. Make sure outsiders see more than just the leader. Everyone needs to see the followers, because new followers emulate followers – not the leader.

Now here come 2 more, then 3 more. Now we’ve got momentum. This is the tipping point! Now we’ve got a movement!

As more people jump in, it’s no longer risky. If they were on the fence before, there’s no reason not to join now. They won’t be ridiculed, they won’t stand out, and they will be part of the in-crowd, if they hurry. Over the next minute you’ll see the rest who prefer to be part of the crowd, because eventually they’d be ridiculed for not joining.

And ladies and gentlemen that is how a movement is made! Let’s recap what we learned:

If you are a version of the shirtless dancing guy, all alone, remember the importance of nurturing your first few followers as equals, making everything clearly about the movement, not you.

Be public. Be easy to follow!

But the biggest lesson here – did you catch it?

Leadership is over-glorified.

Yes it started with the shirtless guy, and he’ll get all the credit, but you saw what really happened:

It was the first follower that transformed a lone nut into a leader.

There is no movement without the first follower.

We’re told we all need to be leaders, but that would be really ineffective.

The best way to make a movement, if you really care, is to courageously follow and show others how to follow.

When you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in.

OpenForum.com: “The Power of Word-of-Mouth – And How to Harness It”

September 9, 2010
by The Technology Doctor

The story below is from someone outside of the network marketing arena, commenting on the power of word-of-mouth – which is exactly what we do in NM.  It’s always fascinating to see others endorse our daily activity – which every person on the planet does regularly, whether they get paid for it or not. :)   Towards the article’s end, the author also inadvertently makes another important point that’s critical about grabbing market share:  “being the first and the only helps,” which means you have to have a unique product or service.

Thanks to the brilliant Marie Bennett for sharing this excellence! Red highlights and bolding are mine.
JC

http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/marketing/article/the-power-of-word-of-mouth-and-how-to-harness-it-shira-levine

The Power of Word-of-Mouth – And How to Harness It

The Power of Word-of-Mouth – And How to Harness It

Jun 18, 2010 -

Word-of-mouth marketing is hands-down the easiest way to promote and market a business.

Simply put, word-of-mouth marketing happens when you have a good product or good service, and your customers tell everyone they know about it. As the word spreads, your customer base grows.

A publicist, marketing team, and media coverage can only go so far; word-of-mouth is what really gives personalized credibility to a business.

So how do you get started? The best tactic to get the word out is to begin with your friends.

That’s precisely what Oscar de la Renta did when he joined forces with PUNTACANA Group, a resort and residential community founded by Dominican businessman Frank Rainieri and New York attorney Theodore Kheel in the Punta Cana region of the Dominican Republic.

After Rainieri approached the famed Dominican-born fashion designer, De La Renta did what anyone would do — he called one of his best friends. In his case, it was singing sensation Julio Iglesias. “I called Julio and told him we finally had the opportunity to be neighbors. He always wanted to live next door to me and this was the time.”

So De La Renta and Iglesias came on board to support the development of The Estates, four residential communities. Shortly after, De La Renta further spread the word of the region by bringing his friend Russian ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov into the mix.

“I invited Misha after he danced at a charity event I had in Santo Domingo,” says De La Renta. “He came to my property in Punta Cana and he instantly fell in love.”

As a result of spreading the word to his friends about his gem, the name Oscar De La Renta has become synonymous with Punta Cana.

It certainly helps to have friends celebrity friends, of course, but you don’t have to be down with the Clintons and other boldfaced names to enjoy the benefits of word-of-mouth.

Here’s how you can make it work for you:

Hone and demonstrate a unique expertise
A business with an expertise in something offers tremendous credibility; being the first and the only helps, too. For example, Rainieri’s PUNTACANA Group was one of the first privately-owned commercial airports, so they know and understand the business from a unique angle. They also feature distinctive characteristics like open-air terminals, where the roofs are covered in palm fronds.

Context and history
Rainieri has been developing PUNTACANA Group since it was first established with Kheel in 1969, and the endeavor took nearly 20 years before it started to make any money. Originally, Punta Cana was a region of thick jungle, without anything that even resembled a road — but Rainieri had a vision and perseverance which, today, adds depth and intrigue to the story of the company’s success. Now, Punta Cana is 26 square miles of developed, low-density real estate. Besides the four residential communities and the international airport, it now has two 18-hole golf courses; the high-end De La Renta-designed Tortuga Bay hotel, the Puntacana Hotel, an ecological reserve, multiple restaurants and a spa. It’s definitely been a long ride for the company! And that story is something that visitors take back with them.

Forward-thinking
Perseverance, a vision, and a whole lot of energy were a tremendous part of Rainieri’s success, but his constant innovation and forward-thinking are what keeps the business sustainable today. The fact that De La Renta, Iglesias, and Baryshnikov are so invested in the region also means that they want the best for it. Their “green” and environmentally-friendly developments have put the business on the global map. And Rainieri and his small business sees his work as having an impact on his customers.

“We want people who know us to be walking brochures for us when they leave, to spread word of us, word-of-mouth.”