Thursday, July 21, 2005

What Is Lycium Barbarum?

The LA Times published an article early this week which reminded me yet again of how wonderful it must be to have the "freedom of the press" rules working in your favor.

For example, a couple months ago my husband renewed his driver's license and was told he could remove the "wear glasses" restriction. He's been wearing glasses since he was 11 years old, and now in his late forties he's free from them, thanks to drinking goji juice (every day over a 14 month period) ... Goji Juice made from the original lycium barbarum bloodline quoted in ancient Asian healing texts.

The LA Times gets to say so many things I wish I could - but I can't owing to limiting govt. regulations I have to follow because of one of the businesses I run.

Yes, we sell Goji Juice made from berries with the exact spectral signature for lycium barbarum of ancient Asian legends. When you experience something this incredible, you definitely want to tell everyone you know it stands to reason that you want to be a distributor ...make sense?

In short, here is a copy of the LA Times article:

Lycium may repress some cancer cells
by Elena Conis

Tibetan and Chinese legends tell of people who lived century-long lives while retaining the strength and beauty of youth - thanks to lycium. The sweet, red berries of the Lycium barbarum tree are rich in beta carotene, B vitamins, vitamin C and several essential minerals. Lycium - sometimes called matrimony vine, wolfberry, boxthorn and goji - is native to Asia.

Uses: Traditional Chinese herbalists recommend lycium to promote liver and kidney health, improve vision and stamina, boost immunity and fertility, combat disease and increase life span. It's also used to prevent morning sickness during pregnancy.

Dose: In traditional Chinese medicine, lycium is most often taken in combination with other herbs, such as schizandra or fennel. The berries can be eaten raw (fresh or dried), or made into a tea. Herbalists recommend half a cup of tea per day, made from about 10 grams of fruit.

Precautions: Some evidence suggests lycium may amplify the effects of blood-thinning drugs such as warfarin.

Research: Much of the research on lycium's health-promoting properties has been done in China, where lycium has demonstrated anti-cancer and antioxidant activity in scores of lab animal studies. In vitro, the berry has inhibited the growth of leukemia and liver and skin cancer cells. It's also diminished some signs of aging in mice. Once clinical trial has shown that lycium may be helpful in treating certain cancers, but much more human research is needed to verify its efficacy.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

What About This "Free Flow Of Information Act"

Not sure if any of you visiting have heard about it yet, but the new "Free Flow Of Information" Act before the USA Senate might hold some promise for shielding a few of us bloggers.

There's a ton of info I've learned that I would love to report here in my blog, but I hold back a TON owing to possible repercussions. Some day I'll be writing like crazy over here ...and a great deal of it will pour out.

But there are a few things I can't tell ...unless this new Act before the Senate turns out to protect me as a blogger --- and I can protect my sources. Long story.

Hey, if you want to know more about it, check it out through this link.

I'll be back tomorrow to tell you all about the "combine demolition derby" THAT was a smash 'em up fun event!!

See you then!

Thursday, July 14, 2005

New Study Says Working "Moms" Get Paid Less

Prior to getting married, moving to a new country and having a child, I used to have quite a career. Being a single white female in Canada wasn't so bad ...there always seemed to be plenty of opportunities open to me and I never really thought much about how hard it might have been had I been a working Mom instead.

That's why this little news item kind of jerked my attention...

"According to research presented by two Cornell University sociologists at a recent Wharton conference, mothers suffer when competing for jobs against similarly qualified fathers and childless men and women. The conference, entitled 'Careers and Career Transitions: New Evidence for a New Economy,' was organized by Wharton's Center for Human Resources and sponsored by career transitions firm DBM."

Is it really harder for women with children than it is for women without children?

Thankfully, I'm able to work full time from home. Having a child and so many major changes in my life kind of forced me to take a different path than what I did in the past --- and it also brought a new perspective.

In the not so distant past (just over 5 years ago) I wouldn't have even considered Network Marketing as a career option. However, my mind opened up considerably once I realized the obvious advantages, speaking from a career-woman point of view.

But what about all those other working moms out there?

How many are really have a tough time of it competing for jobs and equal-pay-for-equal-work?

According to the study I referenced above - Fatherhood helps your career, Motherhood doesn't. I find that kind of sad for many reasons. There are so many bright, eager, ambitious women out there that can add so much value to every/any orgination that are quite possibly not getting a fair shake in the job world... and very possibly not getting paid what they are really worth.

Speaking from personal experience, I would say having a child and being a working Mom adds tremendously to your skill-set. For example, new Mom's have to quickly increase all of the following skills almost immediately upon their child coming into the world:
- multi-tasking skills
- organization skills
- communication skills
- leadership skills
- management skills
- budgeting skills
- and many more.

Sure... maybe their presentation (appearance) may not be up to par like it was during their pre-child years... but when you consider how much more they now have to do, it makes sense something is going to have to "give" a little in order to make room for new priorities, right?

All you Mom's out there - stand up and be proud.

You add a tremendous amount of value to the world, and have so many wonderful talents to bring to any profession you choose. Go forward with posture and confidence knowing you are constantly growing internally with each and every day that you parent your children.

Believe in yourself. I know you can accomplish anything you set your heart and mind on if you don't let the outside world beat you down.

I appreciate you!