LifeVantage and Protandim United Kingdom (UK)

LifeVantage and Protandim United Kingdom LifeVantage is officially open in the United Kingdom and also in the Netherlands. Here are the enrollment packs for distributors: LifeVantage UK Distributor Packages. Customers may order using this link: Protandim UK Customer Orders The following countries are included: Great Britain, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland. The following products are available (Protandim, TrueScience Perfecting Lotion, TrueScience Anti-Aging Cream, TrueScience Eye Serum and TrueScience Micro-Lift Serum), with more coming in the months ahead. For those interested in the business, there are 3 enrollment packs.  See the link above. The Peg Rate (the fixed conversion rate from PV to British Pounds) is .73 to 1.  So for example, in the USA which is 1:1, you receive $250 for enrolling a Vantage Pack, so that is a commission of £182.5.  In the USA when you enroll a Platinum Pack its $500, in the UK it will be £365 (just multiply .73 by the commission or any product […]

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The Power of the Placebo – When is it okay

The placebo effect is a very interesting bane in scientific research. It cannot be easily dismissed, nor can it be readily explained. Yet it is a factor in clinical research, and scientists must deal with it scientifically as an abnormality. The real question, is the placebo the only actionable method of action at work, or is the procedure, drug or chemical being tested (the alternative hypothesis) actually “doing something”. Should we have research that accepts where the placebo is scientifically effective, and where it isn’t? Scientists rarely study the placebo effect, because it can be problematic to isolate variables. In addition, allopathic medicine tends to think of the placebo effect as a negative factor. Researchers and doctors could accept it as a viable and ethical factor to healing, if fully disclosed. That is to say is there enough evidence to warrant using the good side of the placebo, scientifically, to […]

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The “Mac-Do” Effect

Most people have been to McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, or any number of popular fast food restaurants. Our first experience is either as a young child when our parents seek to provide a relief from proper parenting, by purchasing some sort of “happy meal”, where the purpose of the food is anchored in the toy included in the meal or our attempt to save some money during our growing up years. Thus, the last 30 years we have seen a surge in the growth in the fast food industry in markets globally, where fast food formats have become infused into the diets and cultures of peoples around the world in what I call the “Mac-Do” effect. That is: traditional culinary delights in many countries have been displaced by french fries, cheap hamburgers, soda’s and deserts and with each emerging generation some sort of sick homogenization of a poor global […]

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Me Too Products vs Popular Products

In all areas of consumer goods with a variety of business channels from Retail, Online Sales to Direct Sales or Network Marketing, we find a variety of products.  In all categories, there are products that are alike, sharing in sets of other popular categories from coffee to candles. Then there are unique products, that nobody has yet or even products that are so cutting edge, they create their own category.  The question often asked is do companies do well when they have unique goods or is it better to have popular ones. The term “Me Too” is often used to describe companies who sell non unique goods or services  These companies advertise their product as a “better version” of things people are already familiar with, and compete based on price or some spin on an existing product.  A great example is coffee.   You can buy coffee from the grocery store, fast food restaurants, large retailers and specialty […]

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Its the Express Lane Not Your Cruise Lane

Maybe its just me. But I’ve got a problem with people who use the express lane like a cruise lane. If you want to go slow, use one of the other lanes. Just because you qualify for the express lane, doesn’t mean you need to drive there. Its really okay to drive in the right lanes. That way for those of us who want to drive slightly faster than the speed limit in a safe manner, we can do so with out waiting for you to exit the lane when you feel that you’re done using it. After all, your not in a hurry, why do you care if you have to wait behind another driver?  Did you know the express lane  is the LEFT lane, generally used for faster drivers who want to get where they’re going.  Most of the time I really don’t care, I cruse along just […]

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Twitter Hashtag #

The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages into subjects, so they can be easily searched.  Now I get the simplicity of this, however, it seems to me a step backward.   Why can’t Twitter be “search smart”.  Shouldn’t they be able to “group and sort” messages based on context and replies and such, rather than require users to hashtag their content. I think its a bit complex to have users always type #hashtag or #rant, just for Twitter to be able to read such tags.  Maybe its because the message volume is simply overwhelming, or they’re giving users control over keywords in their Tweet content.  I suppose its no different than using the @ symbol to direct attention to a particular individual.  But the @ symbol at least means […]

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iOS NSString vs .NET String

Ok, its rather technical, forgive me for “geeking” out on you, but I love Objective C, but I really think, the NSString object is overly complex.  Some simple overrides (like those offered in C# with the String Class) would be very helpful. For those who don’t know, Objective C is the mainstay development language for Apple’s iOS, and C# widely popular on Microsoft .NET development platforms.  I get that Objective C is a purist object oriented language, but it goes way over the top on strings, using methods and operators that require verbose usage and operation. Lets compare: In .NET a simple string concatenation would be: [callout bg=”#00c5dc” color=”#ffffff”] String tempString = String.Empty; String tempStringa=”Hello”; String tempStringb = “There”; tempString = tempStringa + tempStringb; [/callout] The same thing now in Objective C using NSString [callout bg=”#00c5dc” color=”#ffffff”] NSString *tempString= @””; NSString *tempStringa= @”Hello”; NSString *tempStringb= @”There”; tempString = [tempStringa stringByAppendingString:tempStringb]; [/callout] Now I’m not […]

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12 Things Happy People Do Differently

I recently had a church lesson, of all things on the 12 Things Happy People Do Differently. I found it rather provocative, and extremely practical, so I thought Id echo the points here, and add my two cents.  These are vitally true.  I think life, and they way we view it, is often seen through the lens we create. We live in a negative world, where people just “want to share”, but often these things drag us down, and lead our minds into avenues of despair and frustration.  Of course life gives us a set of challenges, its up to us what we do with them. I’ve quoted the four points from this website ( http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/08/30/12-things-happy-people-do-differently/)   Express gratitude. – When you appreciate what you have, what you have appreciates in value.  Kinda cool right?  So basically, being grateful for the goodness that is already evident in your life will bring you a deeper sense of […]

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Gold is not the security you think

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/08/why-is-the-price-of-gold-falling/261273/ Unlike commodities such as wheat or oil, which you can at least eat or burn for fuel, gold pretty much lacks any inherent value beyond what the market assigns to it. I’ve been saying this for a long time. What is gold good for? Its just a medium. In very hard times, who needs it? Gold will hold value only if somebody else finds value in it, and most people only find value in it, to preserve value. Once that value is gone, its worthless. Well maybe not entirely. With India and China changing the market demand, we now see that the value of gold is changing. Something to think about.

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Fires of 2012

I’m not sure if its global warming, or a major dry spell of fires due to negligence or a combination of all these. But it certainly has taken its toll on the property, environment and lives of many. I honor and respect those who have fought these fires and the money used to fight them, and help repair the damage. I suspect in many areas such as Colorado it will take years to restore these areas, and the lives of many will be impacted, in a few cases where life has been lost, forever. I don’t think we’ve seen the end of this however. As populations grow, budgets are tightened, and global warming and climate changes make certain areas dryer than normal, we will see this sort of thing happen again. And likely in areas not accustom to fires. We nearly lost some property of our own, that our family […]

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