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    Who do you know that has any of these symptoms?

     

    * High Blood Pressure  * Heart Disease  * Diabetes * Sexual Dysfunction
    * Dementia * Alzheimer’s  * Chronic Pain  * Migraine Headaches
    * Arthritis * Depression * Menopause * Multiple Sclerosis
    * Kidney Issues * Lack of Energy …

    What is interesting is that everyone that has heart disease shares one thing in common, they are all lacking in Nitric oxide (NO). When you are lacking in Nitric oxide your blood vessels are stiff and sticky almost like Velcro. Plaque forms and sticks to the walls of your blood vessels and over time eventually blocks your blood flow! Not good!

    So what’s the solution? Simple! Add more Nitric Oxide (NO) in your body! How do we get more Nitric Oxide in our body? In the past we got it from food sources but now our food is depleted from many nutrients! The best proven way to protect your body from this terrible disease is to take Proargi9 (I take 4 servings a day)

    Taken consistently over time, Proargi9 makes your blood vessels flexible and smooth! When your blood vessels are smooth and flexible your body can absorb the plaque, balance sugar levels and so on!

    Next let’s talk about everyone who is over weight! Obesity is an epidemic in the United States. Did you know that Toxins are stored in fat cells?

    If the blood vessel to your fat cell is blocked with plaque, how are you going to use the stored nutrition that your body needs to function? You don’t! So you end up eating more than you need because the body thinks its starving!

    A few last important points: Face it, most all of us require more vitamins and minerals. What if you are unable to absorb these critical nutrients due to small blood vessels that are blocked with plaque…With this blockage, how much nutrition will be absorbed in your body? I dare say, not much!

    In my career, I have personally seen over a thousand people get their cardio vascular system tested. These tests determine the “AGE” of your arteries. As an example, a 30 year old might have the system of a 70 year old etc…What scares me the most is to see children test 2 to 3 times their age! Diabetes is on the rise faster than any other disease out there! Please do your own research on this, prevention is so important!

    If you were going on an airplane and knew there was only a 50% chance your plane would make it to your destination, would you get on that plane? No of course you would not get on that plane! But yet there is a 50% chance you have heart disease! Do not take a chance! take Proargi9!

    Our goal is to save millions of lives! I travel the world to help as many people as I can and it is so rewarding!  With knowledge brings power so I ask you to join us and stand together as we educate people with this incredible product ProArgi9.

    ProArgi-9 Plus!

    Located in Victorville, California, the High Desert Heart Institute has begun to attract national attention for it’s ground breaking heart disease study. If as expected, the data collected, continues to support the trends observed in the study, then the conclusions & convictions of Dr. J. Joseph Prendergast & Dr. Louis Ignarro (Nobel Prize winner in medicine for his discovery of l-Arginine), that heart disease can indeed be prevented & even reversed by a proper regimen of L-Arginine, will be further enhanced.

    The following is an overview of this landmark, 90 day, human clinical study conducted at one of the most prestigious heart institutes in the United States. As new information becomes available, & the study is finally published, I will report it on this blog so as to be a central resource page for this important study.

    General Overview

    In early 2009, a 90 day human clinical study was conducted at the High Desert Heart Institute.

    The study included 35 congestive heart failure patients from the Congestive Heart Failure Unit at the institute. The study concluded in July 2009 with 33 patients. One of the patients dropped out because he received a new heart. The other patient dropped out because they were not able to remain compliant with the study’s protocols.

    Each patient over the course of the 90 day study received rather extensive diagnostic testing which generated approximately 7000 points of data. The following is a partial list of tests used to generate the data:

    Full Blood Panels (Including Fasting Lipid & Electrolytes)

    Full Urine Panels

    Echocardiography

    Two Forms Pulse Wave Analysis

    C-Reactive Protein Levels

    Vitamin D3 Levels

    Ankle Brachial Index Testing (Using Ultra Sound Doppler)

    CT Heart Scan

    The patients chosen for the study had all reached a virtual point of no return, a maximum of their pharmacological & medical management system in place. Each patient was given 4 scoops of ProArgi-9 per day for 90 days. Each scoop contains 5 grams of Pharmaceutical grade L-Arginine as well as several other ingredients that support Nitric Oxide production & heart health.

    It may be a little bit before the study will be completely ready for publication in the medical journals. The wheels of the medical community can grind slowly when it comes to these kind of publications. However, Dr. Siva Arunasalam, who helped direct & supervise the study stated this:

    “There was nothing else for us to try, we had tried everything with these patients. All patients showed a tremendous improvement in many, many objective data points that only can be attributed to ProArgi-9. . .”

    Dr. Siva also made the following significant statement:

    “. . . but what we ended up seeing was remarkable positive remodeling of the heart, positive pulmonary artery changes, pulmonary vascular changes in terms of pulmonary pressures, changes in the cardiac dimensions, changes in heart function. . .”

    Due to the remarkable success of this study, the High Desert Heart Institute has formally implemented an L-Arginine protocol utilizing the ProArgi-9 Plus as part of their routine standard of care for all patients.

    The Contributors

    High Desert Heart Institute – This institute, with ties to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in L.A., is located in Victorville, California & provides primary care & heart disease services in an outpatient setting. This outpatient center provides all of the routine heart tests such as electrocardiography, event monitoring, Holter monitoring, and routine blood tests. In the area of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic methods, this institute provides in-house echocardiography, vascular ultrasound, nuclear stress testing, pulmonary function testing as well as a variety of other important diagnostic modalities. This is the first outpatient center in the High Desert area to provide EECP (Enhanced External Counter Pulsation) which is an important therapy for those patients with angina and heart failure.

    Dr. Siva Arunasalam – Dr. Siva (as he prefers to be called) is the Founder and Director of the High Desert Heart Institute. He authorized this study and paid for all the testing and patient care. Dr. Siva completed his cardiology training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was recruited by St. Mary Regional Medical Center to bring advanced cardiac care technology to the High Desert area. Initially the Institute started in a small office near the hospital but had explosive growth requiring a move to a larger facility. Because of the excellent care and treatment patients receive, the Institute is in the process of building an even larger facility on Hesperia Road so that it can better care for and service patients as well as incorporate more specialists into their operation.

    Dan Austin, RN – Dan is the director of the Congestive Heart Failure Unit at the High Desert Heart Institute. He helped design this study and was the RN in charge of every patient in this study.

    ProArgi-9 Plus – This is the nutritional supplement used in this groundbreaking study. This product is designed by Dr. J. Joseph Prendergast and manufactured by Synergy WorldWide. It contains 5 grams of pharmaceutical grade L-Arginine plus several other ingredients that support Nitric Oxide production and heart health.

    Dr. J. Joseph Prendergast – Dr. Joe (as he prefers to call himself) is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism and has a very large patient population at the Endocrine Metabolic Medical Center in Palo Alto California. Dr. Joe is a pioneer in the potential of L-Arginine (the precursor for Nitric Oxide) to dramatically affect cardiovascular health. He is the product designer of the nutritional supplement ProArgi-9 Plus. Dr. Joe has used this product on over 6,000 patients. The American Diabetes Association named him Father of the Year. Of Dr. Joe’s large high-risk, patient population less than 1% has experienced a stroke or heart attack if they have followed his L-Arginine protocol. Dr. Joe helped in the design of this study.

    Synergy Worldwide – ProArgi-9 Plus is manufactured and distributed by Synergy WorldWide. They donated the product for this study but didn’t underwrite any of the costs for the study so that they could remain neutral in the study design and results.

    Dan Swindell – Dan helped bring all the parties together and helped to facilitate some of the logistics of this study. He has an intimate knowledge of the study and its results.

    Angelo Cici – Angelo was a patient at the High Desert Heart Institute who was invited to participate in this study because of significant cardiovascular issues. Angelo worked for Litton Industries as a Director of Product Support that oversaw 100 subsidiary companies. On December 20, 2008 he experienced a massive heart failure with simultaneous renal failure, congestive heart failure and a pacemaker failure. His life was saved in the emergency room but then he spent the next several weeks in and out of the hospital in an effort to stabilize his health. As Angelo describes it, “I was so weak I couldn’t even open a bottle of water by myself and I had decided, I had had enough. I told the nurses I wanted all the IV’s removed and I just wanted to go home and die.” Needless to say Angelo didn’t die and he feels “like I’m 40 years old again!”

    Dr. Louis Ignarro – Dr. Ignarro did not participate in this study but his Nobel Prize winning research is at the heart of this study. In 1998 Dr. Ignarro shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine with two other American scientists for the discovery of Nitric Oxide and how it is the master signaling molecule for the cardiovascular system. In 2008, the American Heart Association selected Dr. Ignarro as a 2008 Distinguished Scientist. Dr. Ignarro firmly believes that the proper use of Nitric Oxide can significantly improve the health of most cells and make a major impact on reducing the risk of heart disease.

    Audio clips About This Study!

    Landmark Heart Disease Study – This features an audio of Dan SwinDell interviewing Dr. Siva and Dan Austin on the results of this life changing L-Arginine and Nitric Oxide protocol.

    Angelo Cici’s Heart Disease Testimony – This is the story of Angelo Cici and how he went from near death to feeling like he’s in his 40’s again. It features an audio of Dan SwinDell interviewing Angelo as he shares his compelling testimony!

    Ground Breaking Heart Disease Study – This features an audio interview with Dan SwinDell as he provides further details about the design of this study, the exact protocol used for taking ProArgi-9 Plus, and some general trending statements about the results of this study.

    High Desert Heart Institute – Nurses Interview Video – This video interview with several of the nurses from the High Desert Heart Institute study provides fascinating insights into this groundbreaking human clinical trial and the remarkable success ProArgi-9 Plus had on its patients.

    Angelo Cici’s Video Interview – Part 1 Part 2 This contains a fascinating 2-part interview with Angelo Cici who was one of the participants of the groundbreaking High Desert Heart Institute study and how ProArgi-9 Plus transformed his cardiovascular health.

    Additional Research Resources

    Endothelial Cells: The Heart of Cardiovascular Health – This page provides you with a great overview of how important your endothelial cells are for cardiovascular health as well as health in general. It is the Endothelial cells that convert L-Arginine into Nitric Oxide which is the master signaling molecule for the cardiovascular system.

    No More Heart Disease Series – This contains three excellently done videos that will help you understand both the severity of heart disease and the potential for a remarkable reversal to the devastating effects of this disease.

    Nobel Prize Laureate – Dr. Louis Ignarro – This contains the 30 minute feature on Dr. Ignarro and his work with Nitric Oxide. It was produced by the American Health Journal and placed on YouTube in three segments. This post brings all three video segments together so that you can hear directly from Dr. Ignarro about his Nobel Prize winning research in the area of Nitric Oxide. You will come to understand how passionately Dr. Ignarro believes that proper Nitric Oxide production can both prevent as well as reverse cardiovascular disease.

    The choice is yours. Choose wisely!

    The nitric oxide derived from arginine is directly or indirectly implicated in practically every cellular response and health condition imaginable, from the cardiovascular system to the immune system, and hormone function to nerve function. Although an exhaustive list of possible applications for the amino acid is not included, the following are the primary scientifically backed reasons that anyone – even healthy people – should consider adding the arginine to their health and wellness regimen.

    ProArgi9 Plus is one thousand times more powerful than any naturally occurring antioxidant in the body. Arginine`s antioxidant properties support various body system and may protect against heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes, as well as slowing premature aging.

    ProArgi9 Plus offers wide-ranging cardiovascular support, including controlling blood pressure and plaque formation. Nitric oxide keeps arteries relaxed and pliable for normal blood pressure, preventing hypertension and angina.

    ProArgi9 Plus enhances memory, particularly long-term memory, and may help to reverse the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

    ProArgi9 Plus boosts human growth hormone (HGH) production, which has anti-aging properties.

    ProArgi9 Plus enhances communication of messenger cells between nerves and the brain.

    ProArgi9 Plus may help improve immune function and fight bacterial infections.

    ProArgi9 Plus may help in the treatment and prevention of diabetes since many disease complications, including poor circulation and blindness, are vascular in nature. Arginine is also found to regulate insulin secretion in the pancreas.

    ProArgi9 Plus may inhibit the division and proliferation of cancer cells.

    ProArgi9 Plus helps with cholesterol control by lowering serum and LDL cholesterol levels.

    ProArgi9 Plus enhances male sexual performance by treating vascular erectile dysfunction (ED).

    ProArgi9 Plus anticoagulant abilities reduce clotting to lower heart attack and stroke risk.

    ProArgi9 Plus reduces pregnancy-related hypertension, a risk factor for both the expecting mother and the unborn child.

    ProArgi9 Plus is useful in the treatment of asthma by opening pulmonary pathways for easier breathing and the treatment of lung disorders.

    ProArgi9 Plus relaxes hypertonic sphincter muscles, preventing and healing hemorrhoids.

    ProArgi9 Plus boosts lean muscle mass and preserves bone density by encouraging HGH production, which also leads to a reduction in fatty tissue. Because af these properties, it may be useful in weight management and strength training.

    ProArgi9 Plus can help offset cardiovascular and lung damage caused by tobacco use, since nitric oxide levels in smokers are less than half of those found in non-smokers.

    ProArgi9 Plus helps to accelerate wound healing and postsurgery recovery. Research has shown it is useful in treating burn wounds and stimulates wound healing in the elderly.

    ProArgi9 Plus may be useful in enhancing athletic performance due to its ability to boost exercise tolerance, its beneficial effect on the lungs, and its effect on HGH levels. Which helps with building lean muscle tissue.

    ProArgi9 Plus may be used to improve the function of the prostate.

    ProArgi9 Plus may prevent and possible reverse the effects of osteoporosis by positively affecting bone mass.

    ProArgi9 Plus has been used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and to reduce the occurrence of ulcers – especially stress- related – without affecting gastric acid production.

    ProArgi9 Plus may improve renal function and slow the progression of renal disease and age-related chronic renal failure. Arginine`s protective effect on the kidneys may also benefit those with diabetes.

    Sound interesting?

    The choice is yours.  Choose wisely!

    What do High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, Sickle Cell Disease, and Erectile Dysfunction have in common?

    A. The Cardiovascular System

    B. The Cardiovascular System

    C. The Cardiovascular System

    D. All The Above

    If you answered D, you are correct!

    The common thread for all the above health concerns, as well as many, many others, is the cardiovascular system. There is a particular & spectacular amino acid that plays a very significant role in producing a properly functioning cardiovascular system. And that amino acid is?

    L-arginine!

    In 1998 The scientific community validated the remarkable properties of L-arginine by awarding three American scientists with the 1998 Nobel Prize in Medicine. They discovered the remarkable role that L-arginine plays in the production of nitric oxide in the body. Columbia University has referred to L-arginine as the “magic bullet” in human health. Through it’s exhaustive studies into the properties of L-arginine, Columbia researchers have compiled over 10,000 citations. This phenomenon is even included in the course material at the Columbia University of Medical Physicians and Surgeons. Similar studies have been conducted at Stanford University & others, all with the same results.

    Many researchers & medical professionals consider L-arginine one of the most potent neutraceuticals ever discovered.

    But what’s with all the excitement about an amino acid that’s been around forever?

    Because L-arginine is the precursor for nitric oxide!

    Okay, so why is nitric oxide such a big deal? Quite simply put, one cannot live without nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a part of all capillary function and is critical to the proper functioning of the cardiovascular system. In the body, L-arginine is converted to nitric oxide, which relaxes the blood vessels and regulates blood vessel tone and flexibility.

    So, let’s talk about just three ways, of a myriad we could talk about, that nitric oxide is important to your health.

    High Blood Pressure

    For many high blood pressure is a function of resistance to blood flow. As the capillaries lose their ability to relax, it makes it harder for the blood to flow. This increases resistance which makes the heart have to beat harder to push the blood through these areas of resistance. This causes both the diastolic and systolic blood pressure to increase. By providing an improved level of nitric oxide to the capillary system, you provide the signaling molecule necessary to help restore blood vessel tone and flexibility. This has a positive effect on helping to lower blood pressure because of less resistance to blood flow.

    Sickle Cell Disease

    Researchers at Duke University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute recently discovered one of the keys to the cause of pain in sickle cell disease. Normal red blood cells release a signaling molecule called nitric oxide that tells the arterial walls to expand. When sickle cells change from oval to sickle, the ability to release this signaling molecule is lost. The Duke University researchers noted that the degree of nitric oxide deficiency directly correlated with symptom severity for those with sickle cell anemia. When nitric oxide was administered, their symptoms were relieved.

    Erectile Dysfunction

    Erectile Dysfunction or ED affects 50% of the male population over 40. When properly taken, L-arginine can enhance testosterone availability to increase blood flow to the genital area in men and women, increase sperm count and motility, increase sexual desire and heighten sensitivity in both males and females. Viagra works from a nitric oxide pathway. Thus, properly taken L-arginine is a natural alternative for Viagra.

    L-arginine is one of the most potent neutraceuticals ever discovered. In addition to its beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system, l-Arginine has been shown to have positive impacts on immune function, obesity concerns, human sexuality, and aging. As an adaptogen, l-arginine helps the body adapt to changes in life, the environment, and may increase stamina and sports performance.

    ProArgi-9 Plus was formulated in collaboration with leading l-arginine researchers such as J. Joseph Prendergast and other cardiovascular specialists who have conducted pioneering research in the proper application of l-arginine for cardiovascular support. ProArgi-9 Plus has combined the latest technology and superior ingredients to help boost energy levels and enhance overall health.

    ProArgi-9 Plus includes the following:

    L-arginine – As already stated, L-arginine is a vital amino acid that plays a role in a number of physiological functions in the body, but is best known for its cardiovascular benefits. In the body, L-arginine is converted to nitric oxide, which relaxes the blood vessels and regulates blood vessel tone and flexibility. This reduces stress on the heart, improves circulation, and lowers blood pressure.
    Citrulline – The amino acid citrulline is metabolized to yield more L-arginine, which in turn provides additional nitric oxide.  Citrulline helps to optimize blood flow throughout the body and promote healthy energy levels.
    Folic Acid, Vitamins B6 and B12 – These ingredients work together to naturally decrease homocysteine levels.
    Red Wine Extract – This ingredient is high in antioxidants, anthocyanins, and polyphenols, which help protect the heart and reduce LDL oxidation.
    Pomegranate – Promegranate contains superior antioxidants, known as punicalagins and ellagic acid.  Pomegranate inhibits LDL oxidation, supports arterial wall strength, and enhances the activity of eNOS, the enzyme responsible for converting L-arginine to nitric oxide.
    Vitamin K2 – This vitamin keeps calcium in the bones and out of the arteries.
    Vitamin D3 – This vitamin has long been known to aid in calcium absorption, but new research shows that D3 also plays a role in healthy cardiovascular function and supports healthy inflammatory response. In recent studies, vitamin D3 has also been shown to be enormously effective in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
    Ribose – Ribose is a naturally occurring sugar that has been extensively studied for its ability to enhance the recovery of energy compounds in heart cells.
    Xylitol – This ingredient is a low glycemic sweetener that occurs naturally in the body.  Unlike other sweeteners, xylitol has been shown to promote saliva production providing protection against tooth decay.

    As Dr. Prendergast has stated “We have now learned more about how L’Arginine uses the natural pathways into the brain to promote anti-aging properties, sports performance, & boost the immune system. Because L’Arginine promotes healthy blood flow……… we can’t ignore the power of L’Arginine any longer.

    Specific Benefits of L-arginine

    One of the most promising benefits of L-arginine is in it’s capacity to reduce the risk of and improve the effects of cardio-vascular heart disease. This, however is only one of many, many benefits. This product produces more benefits than any other pharmaceutical or nutraceutical agent ever discovered. Nitric oxide production is another benefit. Other benefits of L-arginine include:

    -Arginine reduces the risk of vascular and heart disease
    -Reduces body fat
    -Promotes body fat burning
    -Improves immune function
    -Natural alternative for Viagra and also works for women
    -Builds muscle mass
    -Increases bone density
    -Reduces healing time of injuries particularly bones when they break as in Osteoporosis
    -Anti-oxidant properties
    -Increases energy levels
    -Reduces blood pressure
    -Reduces risk of heart disease, stroke and cholesterol
    -Reduces clogged arteries
    -Increases sperm count and motility by 250% in 2 weeks
    -Maintains healthy blood-sugar levels
    -Reduces the risk of cardiovascular heart disease
    -Achieves and maintains erections
    -Increases fertility and orgasm in women
    -Improves cardiovascular disease that is already prevalent
    -And more & more discoveries are being made on a seeming daily basis

    That is why L-arginine is called the“magic bullet”and the“miracle molecule”.

    Source : ArginineResearch.com

    Know anyone who could use this kind of help? Would you like to be the one to help? All with a 90 day, no risk, money back guarantee?

    The Choice is yours, choose wisely!

    The Word “Resolution” is a noun formed from a verb. It derives from the word “resolve”, which is to say solve, AGAIN!

    Many folks languish in patterns of re-solving old problems, so much so, that often times, they never actually solve them because they’ve turned the process into a singular static event. What does that mean? It means they get “stuck” in a pattern of bad habits, & thus it becomes part of their identity.  Often times they fall into the trap of blaming their own bad behavior & poor decisions on their past.

    “I’ve always been this way”. Perhaps they blame genetics, “my parents were overweight”. Some cop out & blame it on their environment, “my friends smoked” or “we grew up poor”. In other words, they fall into the trap of being a victim. Are you a victim? Only if you allow yourself to be.

    Truths that may be hard for some to swallow & difficult to face are:

    “Your past does not equal your future” – Tony Robbins

    Researchers now say that who you are is 10% genetic, & 90% behavior

    The characteristics & behaviors of your family, friends, & peers are either a distinct warning sign of what NOT to do, or an example of what to do to be successful. Have you taken a good introspective look at who you hang with? Do you surround yourself w/ folks who are examples of where you want to be?

    We all have a self determined level of “response-ability”

    It’s been said “All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another” Anatole France

    So let’s skip the “resolutions” & start living with intent & self development. Continue to evolve, making new choices, seeking coaches, mentors, new friends that are like minded & headed in the direction you want to pursue, that have already achieved the results you seek, asking for their guidance, & actually acting on what they share with you.

    Most importantly, find out why your past does not equal your future.

    The choice is yours. Choose wisely

    The foundation of Network Marketing adheres to a basic & fundamental tenet: goods & services can be better sold face-to-face, without stores or middlemen.

    The industry has its genesis in the early 1900’s and has become popular and viable through many companies such as Amway, etc.. Companies started out selling door to door with varying degrees of success.

    The Internet era hasn’t done much to change this. However, the Web has been revolutionary in changing the industry’s marketing & distribution practices. That innovation has made it faster & less costly for legitimate Network Marketing companies to garner the attention of potential customers & business partners.

    Unfortunately, the Internet has also opened the doors & made it easier for illegal companies, mostly the skilled perpetrators of pyramid schemes & associated scams, to get in the face of customers as well. Many of these scam artisans portray themselves as honest to goodness Network Marketers.

    If you’re interested in seeking a potentially lucrative industry from which to build your own business, read on. You’ll find some background on Network Marketing, as well as eight tips to help you distinguish a legitimate business opportunity from a fraud.

    First, let’s give some background on Network Marketing, aka, Multi Level Marketing (many folks use the term interchangeably).

    Among its founding principles:

    • A direct selling process lets distributors of certain products “educate” consumers more successfully (and more economically) on the products’ merits than catchy TV ads or fancy store displays.
    • Customers who are sold on a certain product can be motivated to sell it themselves, and to recruit others to become sellers as well (forming a business over time).
    • Sellers will have an incentive to sell and to recruit others, as they’ll be paid commissions both on their own sales and their recruits’ sales. In other words, the earlier you get in to the network, the more money you can make
    • Last, but not least, success is not guaranteed, and only the best products and services, and well trained Network Marketers , will survive in the business.

    Amway built a multi-billion-dollar business on these basic premises. In the late 1970s, it successfully fought off claims by the federal government that it was an illegal pyramid scheme. In prevailing in court, Amway proved the key test of a legitimate business, that even the last person recruited into its networks can make money. (In a pyramid scheme, large numbers of people at the bottom end up paying money to only a few people at the top.)

    Today, legitimate Network Marketing companies span the globe, with several hundred in the U.S., including recognizable names such as Avon, Mary Kay, NuSkin, Unicity Network (formerly Rexall), Arbonne, Herbalife, & Nature’s Sunshine. Companies such as Microsoft, Apple, & even Donald Trump are ready to launch their own Network Marketing ventures. The products they sell range from vitamins and weight-loss plans to skin-care lotions to software, legal plans, and even dental insurance. Together, Network Marketing companies have generated billions in  U.S. sales annually, according to the Direct Selling Association (DSA), a lobbying association that represents Network Marketers and other companies who sell directly to consumers.

    But just how pervasive is fraud in the industry? More pervasive than ever before, say many industry experts, although the Federal Trade Commission does not have statistics to quantify the impact. “I can tell you that, in the last 10 years, with the growth of the Internet, we have seen a significant growth in the number of apparent pyramid schemes,” says Jim Kohm, the FTC’s assistant director of marketing practices.

    The low cost of entry into the industry long has encouraged scam artists. But the Internet has enabled them to market their schemes to consumers as successfully as it has legitimate network marketers, Kohm says. Technology has proven to be a two-edged sword.

    8 Fraud Detectors

    So how can you tell a scam or a shady business from a legitimate money-making opportunity? Here are eight things to consider before you take the plunge.

    1. Make sure that a solid product or service figures prominently in the business. Sounds easy really, but in many pyramid schemes, the product or service is a mere “fig leaf” to an illegal source of revenue. Often the signup or membership fees required are just to join a network(Most will never see their money again). Be convinced the product or service is not a gimmick or a throwaway, but one you’d actually buy yourself. An associated scam, the Ponzi scheme, involves no products at all, but rather promises of investment or insurance windfalls. Most Network Marketers do charge a nominal signup fee of $30 to $60. But if there is no product being sold, keep your money & run, don’t be swayed by the “benefits” of becoming part of a “network”.

    2. Confirm that the commission structure is supported by product sales. Note that you are not becoming an “employee,” but rather an independent business operator earning sales commissions. In illegal businesses, you can sell well but have your commissions diluted by other costs or obligations. For example, the FTC shut down a Las Vegas-based company operating in eight states, because it required participants to pay excessively for seminars and desk space. Only a handful ever made any money. Ask the company how much of their revenue goes back to the distributors. Many companies only pay out 10-30% of their revenues. Some of the better companies pay out 40-50%

    3. Don’t pay more than $500 in initial “buy-in” costs. Most Network Marketing companies require you to buy a certain amount of product to get started. If joining the company means you have to buy $500 in products or services, or if you see excessive product inventory costs, again, watch out. If you are asked to fork over money without getting any product at all, flee as fast as you can.

    4. Beware of high earnings claims. Many convicted pyramid schemers have been charged with misrepresenting the potential earnings of participants. You should expect reasonable commissions and growth opportunities, but nothing grandiose. Be wary of inordinate product and earnings hype. A rule of thumb: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Extraordinary commissions often can be made, but not until the work has been done, like any business. Get rich quick? Need I say more?

    5. Don’t participate unless the company is willing to buy back inventory. Many scams, and even some legitimate businesses, will refuse to buy back the leftover inventory you’ve purchased if you decide that Network Marketing is not for you. In its membership requirements, the DSA mandates that Network Marketers be willing to buy back unused inventory, for at least 90% of the sale price, within a year of the sale.

    6. Find out if the network marketer is a DSA member. The nine-decade-old association is the closest thing to a governing body for Network Marketers. The Direct Selling Association (www.dsa.org) has about 200 U.S. member companies and some 50 others undergoing an intense application process for membership, says Joseph Mariano, executive vice president and legal counsel. All members are listed on its Web site. While less than half the U.S. Network Marketers are members, if the company you’re interested in is a member, that’s a good sign.

    7. Find out how long the company has been in business. At least 90% of all Network Marketers fail within three years. About 80% fail within the first year. If the company you’re interested in has been around for more than three years, it is likely not only legitimate, but viable.

    8. Do your due diligence. While you want to stay away from scam artists, you also want to avoid wasting time and money with a loser company. Many companies in the Network Marketing industry are legitimate, but not necessarily viable due to factors that beset companies in all industries. The FTC has been quick to identify and act on the companies engaging in illegal practices. Unfortunately, at times, it takes a number of people to be swindled before the problem surfaces.

    So, in short, the Network Marketing industry is a strong & viable business model for many. However, like any other business venture, one must do the necessary research on the company, as well as those you will be working with. Who are your mentors? Do they really know their heads form their derrieres? Will the company open the books & show who they are, or will they hide behind some cloak of secrecy?

    It’s all about choices my friends. I’ve chosen well with the company I represent, Synergy Worldwide, by following the guidelines afore mentioned.

    To Your Success,

    Very early on in our lives, some of us already know what we want to do with the rest of our lives. Some may want to be a doctor; some may want to be an attorney; some a professional athlete; some a journalist; some, maybe a business owner. The rest of us really don’t have a clue what we want to do & therefore flow down the stream of life, sometimes efficiently down the center, other times bouncing off the rocks like a pinball, & other times stuck in a crevice seemingly going nowhere.Child Thinking

    The difference? One may say “I want to be a doctor”, but what they really mean (the reason why) is that they want to heal the sick. They know what they want, but more importantly, WHY. Often times they’re willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill their WHY.

    What do you want out of life? If your answer to that question is, “I want to make a lot of money”, well, how do you plan on accomplishing that? Making lots of money is not a clearly defined goal! It’s not even a real WHY, the thing that’s going to keep you going, the thing that lights your fire, the thing that gives you the enthusiasm & commitment to keep going no matter what.

    Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

    Do you really like your job?

    Do you like the people you work with?…..Work for?

    Do you have a hobby or pastime you really enjoy? Enough time to pursue it?

    What makes you feel really good?

    What gets you excited, enthusiastic?

    If you had all the money in the world, what would you do with it?

    What problem scares the dickens out of you, that more money could solve?

    If you had all the free time in the world, what would you do?

    Other than making more money, what do you really want to accomplish?

    How do you feel about yourself right now, doing what you’re doing?

    Does it feel good to help someone else?

    What tugs on your emotional  side, even anger?

    Out of all the things in the world, what would you like to give your family the most?

    What would motivate you to get your butt off the couch, & get moving towards your goals?

    There’s a list of the “WHYS” we all have to justify why we are doing what we are doing. For many of us, the problem with our current list of “WHYS” is that they don’t afford us the happiness, security, & satisfaction we seek in life. See if these don’t ring a bell:

    It’s the only job I could find right now…..what else was I supposed to do?

    My dad was a doctor….. he expected me to be one.

    No one in my family has ever made a lot of money…..it’s in our DNA

    You have to be very lucky to make a lot of money.

    If it were my decision, I’d work at home, but I need the money now, I don’t have time to build & wait.

    I don’t know how to do anything else.

    Going back to school takes too long & costs too much.

    I have to work, so sometimes I miss family activities. I don’t have a choice. What else could I do?

    Obviously, I could go on & on, but I think you get the idea.

    Why not put together a new list of “WHYS” & put an action plan together to make them happen.

    For example:

    John wants to have more time with the family so he can enjoy the children while they’re growing up

    He also feels good when he’s helping people, especially when he’s teaching people how to do something.

    He’s mortified these days about not being able to pay the bills.

    His job is “ho hum”, no excitement, no challenge. People at work are unpleasant. Pay stinks.

    TravelHe would love to travel. Traveling to different countries & places would be exciting & invigorate the marriage & family. But there’s no time to travel.

     John’s “WHYS”

    I want to spend more quality time with my children, enjoying their childhood.

    I want the time to help others learn new things, things that would better their lives.

    I want the income that will meet my needs.

    I want a career with flexible hours & the pay necessary to do the things I want to do.

    I want the time & income to be able to travel frequently.

    Once you have a clear focus on what your “WHYS” are, keep them visible. These “WHYS” are what will give the motivation necessary to take action & to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to be successful in what you decide to do.

    The “WHYS” are really what it’s all about. It’s the “DRIVE” to keep you going so you don’t give up.
    Together we’ll go over them & find ways to fulfill them.

    The choice really is yours. Choose wisely.

    To your success,

    Here are some of the characteristics, or qualities that a person must have in order to attract the right people, the top notch prospects, into your business & your Network Marketing downline:

    Be Authentic

    Don’t try & be someone you’re not. Be yourself. Be vulnerable & straightforward, no hidden agenda’s needed. Anyone can get exposure & attention through the Internet, the key is holding that attention. That is done through authenticity.

    Be Unique & Set Yourself Apart in The Market

    Understand the things that make you different & portray the uniqueness on the web through your videos, writing style, storytelling, web presence, images, or whatever else you have to set yourself apart from others.

    Be a Leader & Show Forth ConfidenceConfidence

    Build on your own charisma, confidence, & leadership that people are looking for in everything that you do. You must be aware of how you speak, how you present yourself, the clothes you wear, & the tone & pace of your voice that exude the certainty & conviction in what you’re doing. Certainty & leadership are the two most powerful ways to communicate with people.

    You don’t have to have the money to become a leader. Internet marketing is a crowded place. You need to get people’s attention, & when you get it, you need to know how to hold onto it, grow it, & build it into something bigger.

    Well, How Do I Get That Confidence, That Certainty?

    Some of you may have a problem in this area that you need to address. You realize you need those qualities in you, & may believe you have them, but haven’t had a lot of practice at portraying that to others. You need to improve those skills by learning, knowledge, practice, & experiences.

    Perhaps you need to change something physically in your life that backs the process up. Come out of your shell, make a sacrifice. Go to a nice store, get a personal hairdresser, and get a complete makeover. I learned a long time ago that how you feel about your appearance can be a big deal. If you’re going to be a professional, look & feel the part. The vibe will translate to a better feeling & confidence on the other side.

    Most Network Marketers want to know the exact words to say, step by step, when marketing their business, but never have the desire to pass through the training period. That’s largely due to people not wanting to take responsibility for their success, or more commonly, because they’re flat out lazy. If it doesn’t work, they don’t have to blame themselves, they can blame the system.

    There’s only one type of person that makes money & truly succeeds online in this industry, & those are leaders. There is no magic website, no magic phone script, and no magic pill to swallow. Albeit these “systems” may work for awhile, they ultimately fail because you don’t grow as a person, don’t gain new skills, or become a different kind of person.

    Some have this idea of a leader, as someone tall, suave guy in a suit, running around making commands to his underlings. Needless to say, you can be a leader in your own way. There are certain characteristics you need to display, but it has little to do with what you look like physically. It’s more about how you see yourself & how people see you. Life is kind of a game of follow the leader, & the big tall guys aren’t always at the front of the line. People are hungry to follow people with certainty in where they’re going. One doesn’t need a graduate from an Ivy League school, or the or have the tutelage of some guru marketing guy.

    What you do need is certainty in what you’re doing & where you’re going. You need to add value to the market & declare yourself a leader. But it must be authentic. You must be converted yourself. It’s important to know that you have to be conscious of the image you portray because people will judge you by the image you display, & I don’t mean false image which can be very counter-productive.  Remember, you need to be the real deal. Authenticity is crucial if you want longevity in this business. People naturally gravitate to authenticity

    If you believe in yourself, & have others around you that believe in you. If you’re authentic. If you’re certain as to where you’re going. If you have the right system in place, tailored to take advantage of your strengths, well, there’s a pile of dough & freedom for you in this industry. Unlike any other industry out there! But it does take commitment. Milk toast players need not apply because it will be a miserable experience for you.

    Are you a leader? Is it about time?

    It’s all about choices.

    To Your Success,

     

    Imagine for a moment that you need to obtain a sizeable bank loan for a particular need or business venture, and you walk into your local branch to visit with a loan officer. You’ve never obtained credit before, so you have great confidence in knowing that there is no derogatory information that would prevent you from getting approved. To your shock and amazement, you get denied; not because of bad credit, but because of NO credit. Having no credit is as bad, if not worse, than having bad credit.Gangster

    Having no track record is VERY risky, especially in today’s economy, and most financial institutions can’t / don’t want to take on this level of risk, and they certainly don’t want you “practicing” on them. You may find someone to fund your project, but it will normally be a private interest at a very high interest rate. Ever heard of Guido & Vinny?

    So what’s the point? You need some kind of proof, SOCIAL PROOF, in order to establish yourself as a legitimate, sound, & worthwhile entity. Pre-launch or “ground floor” opportunities are often nothing more than guinea pig or science experiments. Is it any wonder then why many go down in flames?

    What is social proof you might ask? It’s a combination of third party references that can point to credentials, successes, and genuine stability in a company or endeavor. This type of proof only comes with time. It doesn’t matter who the founders are, the “big name” that endorses it, or even the potential of the world changing product or service. Without social proof, you are rolling the dice and would probably have better odds in Vegas of success.

    Here’s a quick history lesson on the MLM/Network Marketing Industry:
    -The industry of MLM/Network Marketing is over 120 years old
    -In this same time period, there have been over 40,000 MLM/Network Marketing companies started
    -Out of the 40,000 that have been started, only 4,800 remain in the marketplace
    -Of those 4,800 companies, only 8 have managed to reach 1 billion in sales
    -The “icons” of the MLM industry, and those who have been able to sustain themselves long –term, offer consumable goods, rather than services, volatile goods (i.e. coins), or travel.

    So, a close examination of the numbers reveals that approximately 1% of all Network Marketing companies actually make it.

    Now don’t get me wrong, Network Marketing is a great opportunity & there are obviously many companies doing a great job & have been doing so for quite some time. But you must be careful none the less. These numbers are not wholly inconsistent with business in general. Most startup companies fail whether in Network Marketing or not. It’s the nature of the beast. But as with any investment, you must carefully weigh the facts & the risks.

    But what if you heard of a company that was ranked among the fastest growing companies in America, a company backed by one of the largest companies in the industry, that had been around for over 37 years with a stellar record as being #1 in the industry for years on end? A company that boasts worldwide sales in over 30 countries, and with over 600,000 distributors? A company that pays out 55% of it’s revenue to it’s distributors? Contact me, & we’ll talk about just such a company.

    To feel good about a product or service, a company or pay plan is simply not enough. Look for genuine social proof so that when you get going, you don’t have to look over your shoulder wondering if the company will be there, or if your reputation will be damaged, or what’s going to happen with your career. This is the path to genuine MLM / Network Marketing success. It all comes down to choices we make in business, & life in general. Choose wisely!

    To Your Success,

    Often referred to as “relationship marketing” or “word of mouth” marketing, it’s moving product to their sphere of influence. With most companies, you can get started for a modest investment & you can have a truly unlimited income potential.

    Sounds great doesn’t it? Well it should be & it can be in reality. But there are some pitfalls to avoid & sage advice to keep in mind as you consider investing in a Network Marketing, MLM venture.

    Quality Products That Are in Demand

    First & foremost, since most companies make money on the sale of product, one should ask if the products would be sold if there was no money making opportunity available. In other words, would you be able to attract customers just based on the product itself?

    Are they of superior quality, & priced at least somewhat competitively?

    If the company model is to get you & others to buy their product solely to make money, walk away! One of the primary focus’ of the company should be product consumption & that should be promoted within the company. They should be proud of their product.

    If you choose a company with excellent products, you’ll be able to make money consistently, all day long with solid customers, residual income coming from happy customers who will give you referrals at every turn.

    Compensation plan

    The pay plan is incredibly important. Is the plan simple & financially rewarding, or is it complicated & convoluted? In order to be successful, do you need to have several legs?

    Marketing System

    If your marketing company, & as importantly, your mentor or upline, actually know something about marketing, especially on how to take advantage of the internet, you will make a whole lot more money with less work & heartache.

    Do they have a system that you can direct your prospects to? It doesn’t matter where your prospect came from, they must be able to enter their name, email, & phone number onto a capture page & be taken to a professional presentation. An email series should then follow up with them automatically on your behalf. You will follow up with them as well; this is definitely a personal relationship type of business after all. Does your company / mentor provide the training on these matters, or are you left to fend for yourself?

    Professionalism

    What is the corporate culture like? Try & attend some conference calls, local meetings, webinars, etc. Are their founders & top representatives in those meetings behaving with professionalism? Do they actually sound like they know what they’re talking about, or are they just schmoozing? You might be surprised at just how unprofessional some of these guys are. Be very careful who you align yourself with!

    Training

    Your sponsor will undoubtedly tell you that “full training & support” is provided. That’s kind of the nature of MLM’s. Often it’s the sponsors that do the training of those they enroll. But how is this done? Is there a focused systematic method of training that allows for the flexibility of your personality & skill sets, so that you will know exactly what you need to do to put cash into your hand in the next week or two? Is there training provided by the company by those who actually know their head from their posterior, rather than just by someone who has just joined the business themselves? Or is it just, “get some customers & you’ll get paid” type of scenario? Who do you have access to for questions & advanced training?

    The best case scenario is a corporate training program in place that you can plug your new people into immediately. That’s how you truly leverage your time. Your job isn’t really to train in the initial stages, but rather to develop leadership in yourself & others.

    And Finally

    Nobody was born a Network Marketer, but fortunately this profession (and yes, it is a profession) has evolved & come into its own, & there are many excellent & qualified mentors who you can, & should “plug into”.

    Always be a student & realize that each experience, whether it’s a win, or a failure is part of YOUR business education.

    Stay consistent, be persistent, & make your fortune in Network Marketing / MLM.

    To your success,

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