Dear VitaMist Family…

Written By: Graphics Department - Jun• 01•15

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This month, as winter finally becomes just a memory, and spring is already turning into summer, I want you to take a few moments to reflect on three little words: change, excuses and security.

We are all guilty of habits that prevent us from reaching our goals, prevent us from being all we can be, and stop us from stepping outside our comfort zone. We are scared of change. We make excuses. We long for security.

But without change, there would be no spring. We would be immersed in an endless winter. We must embrace change. We must advance. We must more forward.

This message of change is heard more and more on our conference calls, and from those of you I talk with directly. After all, isn’t change one of the basic values upon which VitaMist is built? VitaMist is the company of change and innovation. We do things a little differently, and we are proud of that. We do not accept the status quo. We do not accept that pills are the only way to take your vitamins. We are not scared of change.

Excuses and security go hand in hand with change. We’ve all heard the phrases, “stop making excuses,” and, “step outside your comfort zone!” Well, now is the time. Wear your lanyard, talk to people about VitaMist and invite people onto the calls.

Take a moment to ask yourself why you are with VitaMist. Are you prepared to allow yourself to be successful? If you are, then we want to hear your voices– the louder the better.

Here at the VitaMist home office we hold weekly meetings for the staff, which I always start with a “thought for the day.” This thought usually takes the form of an inspirational quotation, and this week I came across three quotes from Benjamin Franklin, the American Statesman and Inventor, that I would like to share.

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”

“Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither liberty nor security.”

What could be more appropriate?

With

LOV

 

Sari

Two words that can help you with your business are Mindset and Posture

Written By: Graphics Department - Jun• 01•15

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Mindset and posture are two terms we hear a lot of in the network marketing and direct sales world, but what exactly do these two terms mean?

Terminology that is thrown around loosely on MLM conference calls and seminars, but not fully understood, tends to leave people puzzledand unable to take action. Therefore, I thought I would take a little time to clarify some things.

First of all, mindset and posture are definitely not one in the same. Mindset has to do with your thoughts, considerations, decisions and your affirmations. Posture has to do with how you carry yourself and how you are perceived by others.

When you hear people talk about mindset, they often refer to affirmations, but what, exactly, is an affirmation?

An affirmation is a thought that controls efforts and actions. Affirmations are powerful things. A verbalization is a statement we make about a person, place, thing, or situation. It is simply something we declare to others or to ourselves, whereas an affirmation carries much more power and significance.

Affirmations are thoughts born from intention. If you intend for something to happen, it happens. Verbalization is not intention. The verbalization is nothing more than the carrier wave. Without intent, a verbalized phrase is nothing more than words. Add the intent and it becomes an affirmation… a very powerful decision that a person makes, and which carries a lot of force and power.

An affirmation can be positive or negative. Without even realizing it, most people make affirmations out of anger, sadness or dissatisfaction, and these are mostly destructive. Think about it, did you ever get angry at something and say, “Nothing every goes right for me!”, or something similar? Of course you have. We all have. That is a negative affirmation. It carries force and intention with it, and it controls our present and future actions and efforts.

Your affirmations determine your mindset. They control your feelings, emotions, efforts, actions, heart rate, and a lot more, up to and including the outcome of your life! So if you want to have a better outlook on things, then make more positive affirmations. Decide what is happening now and in the future with positive intentions, and watch how quickly your life will change for the better.

Your mindset also determines how you are perceived by others. In other words, your mindset determines the posture you portray to others. A person with a jaded outlook on life, business, people and the world around them tends to push others away. A person with a positive outlook on life, business, people and the world tends to draw like-minded people towards them.

Mindset and posture together make up a person’s overall character. Your character is your calling card. It tells others whether or not to trust you, like you, and even whether or not to do business with you.

Genetic modification can’t deliver a safe, secure future food supply. Here’s why…

Written By: Graphics Department - Jun• 01•15

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  1. Failure to deliver

Despite the hype, genetic modification consistently fails to live up to industry claims. Only two GM traits have ever made it to market: herbicide resistance and BT toxin expression. Other promises of genetic modification have failed to materialize. The much vaunted GM ‘golden rice’ – hailed as a cure to vitamin A deficiency – has never made it out of the laboratory, partly because in order to meet recommended levels of vitamin A intake, consumers would need to eat 12 bowls of the rice every day. In 2004, the Kenyan government admitted that Monsanto’s GM sweet potatoes were no more resistant to feathery mottle virus than ordinary strains, and in fact produced lower yields. And in January 2008, news that scientists had modified a carrot to cure osteoporosis by providing calcium had to be weighed against the fact that you would need to eat 1.6 kilograms of these vegetables each day to meet your recommended calcium intake.

  1. Costing the Earth

GM crops are costing farmers and governments more money than they are making. In 2003, a report by the Soil Association estimated the cost to the US economy of GM crops at around $12 billion since 1999, on account of inflated farm subsidies, loss of export orders and various seed recalls. A study in Iowa found that GM soya beans required all the same costs as conventional farming but, because they produced lower yields, the farmers ended up making no profit at all. In India, an independent study found that BT cotton crops were costing farmers 10 per cent more than non-BT variants and bringing in 40 per cent lower profits. Between 2001 and 2005, more than 32,000 Indian farmers committed suicide, most as a result of mounting debts caused by inadequate crops.

  1. Contamination and gene escape

No matter how hard you try, you can never be sure that what you are eating is GM-free. In a recent article, the New Scientist admitted that contamination and cross-fertilization between GM and non-GM crops ‘has happened on many occasions already’. In late 2007, US company Scotts Miracle-Gro was fined $500,000 by the US Department of Agriculture when genetic material from a new golf-course grass Scotts had been testing was found in native grasses as far as 13 miles away from the test sites, apparently released when freshly cut grass was caught and blown by the wind. In 2006, an analysis of 40 Spanish conventional and organic farms found that eight were contaminated with GM corn varieties, including one farmer whose crop contained 12.6 per cent GM plants.

  1. Reliance on pesticides

Far from reducing dependency on pesticides and fertilizers, GM crops frequently increase farmers’ reliance on these products. Herbicide-resistant crops can be sprayed indiscriminately with weed killers such as Monsanto’s ‘Roundup’ because they are engineered to withstand the effect of the chemical. This means that significantly higher levels of herbicide are found in the final food product, however, and often a second herbicide is used in the late stages of the crop to promote ‘desiccation’ or drying, meaning these crops receive a double dose of harmful chemicals. BT maize, engineered to produce an insecticidal toxin, has never eliminated the use of pesticides, and because the BT gene cannot be ‘switched off’ the crops continue to produce the toxin right up until harvest, reaching the consumer at its highest possible concentrations.

  1. ‘Frankenfoods’

Despite the best efforts of the biotech industry, consumers remain staunchly opposed to GM food. In 2007, the vast majority of 11,700 responses to the Government’s consultation on whether contamination of organic food with traces of GM crops should be allowed were strongly negative. The Government’s own ‘GM Nation’ debate in 2003 discovered that half of its participants ‘never want to see GM crops grown in the United Kingdom under any circumstances’, and 96 per cent thought that society knew too little about the health impacts of genetic modification. In India, farmers’ experience of BT cotton has been so disastrous that the Maharashtra government now advises that farmers grow soybeans instead. And in Australia, over 250 food companies lodged appeals with the state governments of New South Wales and Victoria over the lifting of bans against growing GM canola crops.

  1. Breeding resistance

Nature is smart, and there are already reports of species resistant to GM crops emerging. This is seen in the emergence of new ‘superweeds’ on farms in North America – plants that have evolved the ability to withstand the industry’s chemicals. A report by then UK conservation body English Nature (now Natural England), in 2002, revealed that oilseed rape plants that had developed resistance to three or more herbicides were ‘not uncommon’ in Canada. The superweeds had been created through random crosses between neighboring GM crops. In order to tackle these superweeds, Canadian farmers were forced to resort to even stronger, more toxic herbicides. Similarly, pests (notably the diamondback moth) have been quick to develop resistance to BT toxin, and in 2007 swarms of mealy bugs began attacking supposedly pest resistant Indian cotton.

  1. Creating problems for solutions

Many of the so-called ‘problems’ for which the biotechnology industry develops ‘solutions’ seem to be notions of PR rather than science. Herbicide-resistance was sold under the claim that because crops could be doused in chemicals, there would be much less need to weed mechanically or plough the soil, keeping more carbon and nitrates under the surface. But a new long-term study by the US Agricultural Research Service has shown that organic farming, even with ploughing, stores more carbon than the GM crops save. BT cotton was claimed to increase resistance to pests, but farmers in East Africa discovered that by planting a local weed amid their corn crop, they could lure pests to lay their eggs on the weed and not the crop.

  1. Health risks

The results of tests on animals exposed to GM crops give serious cause for concern over their safety. In 1998, Scottish scientists found damage to every single internal organ in rats fed blight resistant GM potatoes. In a 2006 experiment, female rats fed on herbicide-resistant soybeans gave birth to severely stunted pups, of which half died within three weeks. The survivors were sterile. In the same year, Indian news agencies reported that thousands of sheep allowed to graze on BT cotton crop residues had died suddenly. Further cases of livestock deaths followed in 2007. There have also been reports of allergy-like symptoms among Indian laborers in BT cotton fields. In 2002, the only trial ever to involve human beings appeared to show that altered genetic material from GM soybeans not only survives in the human gut, but may even pass its genetic material to bacteria within the digestive system.

  1. Left hungry

GM crops have always come with promises of increased yields for farmers, but this has rarely been the case. A three-year study of 87 villages in India found that non-BT cotton consistently produced 30 per cent higher yields than the (more expensive) GM alternative. It is now widely accepted that GM soybeans produce consistently lower yields than conventional varieties. In 1992, Monsanto’s own trials showed that the company’s Roundup Ready soybeans yield 11.5 per cent less on harvest. Later Monsanto studies went on to reveal that some trials of GM canola crops in Australia actually produced yields 16 per cent below the non-GMO national average.

  1. Wedded to fertilizers and fossil fuels

No genetically modified crop has yet eliminated the need for chemical fertilizers in order to achieve expected yields. Although the industry has made much of the possibility of splicing nitrogen-fixing genes into commercial food crops in order to boost yields, there has so far been little success. This means that GM crops are just as dependent on fossil fuels to make fertilizers as conventional agriculture. In addition to this, GM traits are often specifically designed to fit with large-scale industrial agriculture. Herbicide resistance is of no real benefit unless your farm is too vast to weed mechanically, and it presumes that the farmers already farm in a way that involves the chemical spraying of their crops. Similarly, BT toxin expression is designed to counteract the problem of pest control in vast monocultures, which encourage infestations. In a world that will soon have to change its view of farming – facing as it does the twin challenges of climate change and peak oil – GM crops will soon come to look like a relic of bygone practices.

-Mark Anslow of the Ecologist

Product of the Month – Grape Seed

Written By: Graphics Department - Jun• 01•15

PrintThis spray contains a powerful, natural antioxidant known as proanthocyanidin, which is extracted from grape seeds and pine bark, and is one of the most efficient, natural free radical scavengers known.

Free radicals, including peroxides, are byproducts that can be formed in our bodies. Free radicals develop through exposure to toxic chemicals in air, food and water, or from overexposure to sunlight. The body’s normal chemical processes also form free radicals, including the metabolism of polyunsaturated fats. In short, free radicals can be very harmful to our cells and are responsible for countless ailments.

The human body does have a defense system, however, in the form of special enzymes that scavenge and neutralize free radicals. Antioxidants, such as proanthocyanidin, bolster the action of these enzymes.

VitaMist Grape Seed utilizes this power, by adding it to the time-tested vitamins B6 and B12. Vitamins B6 and B12 also minimize free radical damage by assisting our special enzymes and boosting the power of our immune systems.
Available in two forms, one with the proanthocyanidin extracted from grape seeds (VitaMist Grape Seed) and the other from pine bark (VitaMist Pine Bark), these sprays are a welcome addition to anyone’s daily dietary intake.

Dear VitaMist Family

Written By: Graphics Department - Mar• 31•15

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As I write this letter, I am preparing for our upcoming Homecoming. This event is being held July 17th -19th, and I just can’t wait. This is going to be a really amazing 3 days of training and education, and a chance for me to meet some of our tremendous Distributors.

As a part of the event, we will be holding breakout sessions for the Ladies of VitaMist, and I will personally be presenting some very special ladies with L.O.V. Angel Awards.

The L.O.V. Organization is really beginning to mature into an effective powerhouse as our ladies begin to recognize their own talents, which may have been hidden or suppressed for far too long, for various reasons. This is an organization dedicated to making changes, and we are beginning to see the results.

We are also beginning to see results in another area of the Company. It is hard to believe, but it has been many years since we put on a Distributor Event like the one coming up in July. A lot has happened in those intervening years, much of which you will know about if you have been with the company for any length of time. But what this event says to me more than anything is that we are on our way. In these times of economic gloom and doom, VitaMist offers a beacon of hope, and those with the foresight and vision are seizing that opportunity with both hands.

The Company is growing, and this is being achieved through the hard work and dedication of some very special people. People like my tireless son, William (Bill) and his wonderful wife, Irma; or the people on The FIVE ON FIRE; and people like YOU. You are all responsible for this growth and success, and you will all reap the rewards of your efforts. Now is a great time to be a part of VitaMist, because together we are making a difference.

In next months’ Newsletter we will be sharing more about the up coming Homecoming events.

With L.O.V.

LOV

 

 

Sari.