Saturday, September 27, 2014

Cannabis Cures Cancer

By Dr. Mark Sircus

There should be no more confusion about whether or not marijuana is effective for cancer patients. Medical marijuana is chemotherapy, natural style, for all cancer patients. The two forms of hemp oil, one with THC and CBD and the other CBD alone (which is pretty much legal everywhere) provide the body with chemo therapeutics without the danger and staggering side effects. There are many chapters in this book about cancer patients using marijuana but in this one we present a quick overview of the science that backs up the assertion that every cancer patient and every oncologist should put medical marijuana on their treatment maps.

What you will see in this chapter is reference to many scientific studies that are all viewable on governmental sites. The United States government is pathetic in its dishonesty about medical marijuana both believing in it and holding patents for its medical use and claiming at the same time that it has no medical use. The federal government and still many states would rather throw innocent people in jail for using medical marijuana than be honest about how much it can help people recover from cancer and other diseases.

Below are summaries to just some of the scientific research out there that sustains the belief that medical marijuana will help people cure their cancer.

One of the most exciting areas of current research in the cannabinoid field is the study of the potential application of these compounds as antitumor drugs. CBD represents the first nontoxic exogenous agent that can significantly decrease Id-1 expression in metastatic breast cancer cells leading to the down-regulation of tumor aggressiveness.[1],[2] The CBD concentrations effective at inhibiting Id-1 expression correlated with those used to inhibit the proliferative and invasive phenotype of breast cancer cells. Of the five cannabinoids tested: cannabidiol, cannabigerol, cannnabichromene; cannabidiol-acid and THC-acid, it was found that cannabidiol is the most potent inhibitor of cancer cell growth. Taken together, these data might set the bases for a cannabinoid therapy for the management of breast cancer.[3]
 Results show that Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol reduces tumor growth, tumor number, and the amount/severity of lung metastases in MMTV-neu mice.[4] Cannabinoids induce ICAM-1, thereby conferring TIMP-1 induction and subsequent decreased cancer cell invasiveness thus inhibits lung cancer invasion and metastasis.[5]

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Researchers have observed expression of CB1 (24%) and CB2 (55%) in NSCLC patients. They have also shown that the treatment of NSCLC cell lines (A549 and SW-1573) with CB1/CB2- and CB2-specific agonists Win55,212-2 and JWH-015, respectively, significantly attenuated random as well as growth factor-directed in vitro chemotaxis and chemoinvasion in these cells.[6]

Researchers in lung cancers also reported that they observed significant reduction in focal adhesion complex, which plays an important role in cancer migration. Medical marijuana significantly inhibited in vivo tumor growth and lung metastasis (∼50%).[7]

In research on pancreatic cancer it was found that cannabinoids lead to apoptosis of pancreatic tumor cells via a CB2 receptor and de novo synthesized ceramide-dependent up-regulation of p8 and the endoplasmic reticulum stress–related genes ATF-4 and TRB3. These findings may contribute to set the basis for a new therapeutic approach for the treatment of pancreatic cancer as reported by the National Cancer Institute. (snip) ...

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Introducing The West End Well - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa’s new food co-op, West End Well, is up and running, and is holding a grand opening to celebrate. Everyone is welcome to drop by Friday, Sept. 26-Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 to check out the co-operative café, grocery store and community space.

The West End Well was created by community members as a place to find local, healthy food, to connect with others and to learn how to live more sustainably (hence the motto “Nourishment for a Change”).

As well as good food, they offer music and storytelling sessions, workshops on sustainability issues, a lending library and more. As a co-operative, the Well is owned by its members. Anyone can join, although you can be a customer without being a member. (There’s more background on the West End Well in my previous post.)

Here’s the Grand Opening weekend schedule:

Friday, Sept. 26:  An evening of music with Moonfruits, 8-10 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 27: Family activities 10:30 a.m.-noon; programming fair 1-3 p.m.; live entertainment 3-5 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 28: Family activities 10:30 a.m.-noon; opening ceremony 1-2 p.m.; cocktail party with free food samples 3-5 p.m.

See the West End Well’s regular calendar for upcoming events. (Among the offerings: a screening of The Economics of Happiness on Sept. 30, Tellings at the Well storytelling on Oct. 10, a talk on Being a Good Food Citizen on Oct. 21 and the launch of Ottawa Food by Don and Jennifer Chow of foodiePrints on Oct. 29.)

The West End Well also welcomes investors—here’s a short clip about that.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Strengthen Your Confidence By Doing What You Believe In

One of the best things you can arm yourself with, as a business owner or network marketing professional, is confidence. Confidence can give you the power to succeed when you face challenges, take on new business plans and take advantage of opportunities that will help you increase your income.

The best leaders I work with are confident. They know what they want to achieve and they are confident in their, and their team members’, ability to meet those goals. They are confident in their business, strategies and careers, and it shows.

The good news is that everyone can develop confidence. Even if you feel like you are already a confident person, there are some things you can do to strengthen your confidence and be even more successful.

There are all kinds of tips out there for how to become more confident. From surrounding yourself with positive people to learning how to leverage your strengths, you have probably heard a lot on this topic.

But, I want to talk about a different way to become more confident: doing what you believe in.

Start by Establishing your “Why”

Why are you doing what you are doing? What inspired you to start network marketing and what drives you to succeed? Establishing your “why” gives you a basis for your confidence. It helps you recognize why you have chosen this career and why it pays off.

Spending more time with your family, having the ability to travel, financial freedom, the ability to be your own boss or a chance to work from home are all common reasons people start networking.

Think about what drives you to succeed and then think of that as your “confidence booster.” Whenever you need to give yourself a pep talk, think about your “why” and how success at network marketing will make it possible for you to achieve that.

Find your Comfort Zone

In general, we’re more confident when we are comfortable. Being successful in network marketing does require you to push yourself and step out of your comfort zone once in a while, but not constantly.

Find an area that you are comfortable in and then work to make that extremely successful. That could mean finding the right product and business, joining the right team or finding the right partners for your business.

Once you’ve found that space, work at being as successful there as you can. As you start to see results and your business and income grow, your confidence will increase. You’ll see first hand that you are capable of achieving big things, which will spark more confidence you’ll need to take on bigger business decisions and opportunities.

Do what you Believe in

Doing what you believe in will give you incredible levels of confidence. Many people start their own business because it gives them a way to sell products they believe in, offer services they have a passion for and do what they love.

Use this passion to help you grow your confidence. When you are working at making the things you love into a lucrative business, your performance will be better. You will be working toward something you believe in and you will have the confidence you need to do what it will require to make your business a success.

To strengthen your confidence, you need to wake up every morning excited to make your business grow, look for new opportunities and increase your income. When you do what you believe in, that confidence will naturally grow.

Confidence is one of the most important things you can have and developing it is a matter of establishing your “why,” finding your comfort zone and doing what you believe in. As your confidence grows, so will your business.

I help people learn to be better leaders and make a passive income by starting a home-based business. If you’re interested in learning how to do this and earning more money, contact me.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Would You Join A Multi-Level Marketing Company For Retirement Income?


NOTE: The author of this article, Robert Laura refers to this unique marketing model as (MLM) Multi-Level Marketing. It is also commonly referred to as Network Marketing. I prefer to define this popular, sales and marketing model as the (SDI) Self Directed Income industry, This article titled: "Analysis, Projections, Observations & Proposals For The SDI Industry" explains why the term SDI or (Self Directed Income) is preferred. 

At some point in your life you’ve been pitched a multi-level marketing (MLM), direct selling, or network marketing business opportunity. While the pitch varies from company to company, it basically promises a chance to ditch your 9-5 work schedule, be your own boss, and make lots of money while making new friends in the process.

It all sounds good on paper, yet there is a seemingly endless debate over whether these companies and programs are legitimate business opportunities or not, so I dug in and got the real scoop.  As a result, I believe that the entire industry is poised for explosive growth and can be one of the most significant solutions to America’s current retirement savings crisis.
Initially, that may sound like a bold statement, but it’s not if you understand retirement the way I do.  The reality is, making a successful transition into retirement has more to do with psychology than with money… and the same may hold true for multi-level and network marketing.
Don’t get me wrong, money has a role in retirement, but it’s not the primary one every one gives it.  Combine that concept with eye-opening statistics like AARP’s estimate that half of all baby boomers (76 million) are interested in starting a business and the makings of a massive trend are in place.

As far as the retirement saving crisis is concerned, more and more people are coming to terms with the fact that they probably aren’t going to be able to save enough money to just sit around and slowly deplete their nest egg from age 62 to 100.  With the average 50 year-old estimated to have less than $50,000 in retirement savings, there is an obvious need to find alternative ways to either save more or generate supplemental income starting now, and continuing throughout retirement.  Moving beyond just the dollars and cents, boomers are growing tired of feeling guilty or bad about their past savings habits and are interested in moving towards possible solutions.

Another growing reality that could benefit MLM and related businesses is the increasing number of baby boomers who are disenchanted with their current careers.  They’re worn-out from years of the corporate grind and don’t feel the connection between their job and the people it impacts outside their office walls or company grounds.  They’re shifting their focus from accumulating a giant nest egg to a desire to be part of something bigger and better… to have a positive effect on others… and working in retirement.  Facets of life that can be fulfilled with specific types of products and service available through some MLM or Direct selling opportunities.
MLM and direct selling programs also offer very low barriers into entrepreneurship, often providing training, support, and ample encouragement along the way.  As retirees begin to realize they need activities that keep them busy, relevant, in good health, and connected to others, the time, energy and cost to participate in these kinds of companies make them very appealing to large segments of the population caught up in these dynamics.

This is not a ringing endorsement for the entire industry. Like any investment of time, money, and energy, people need to be aware of what they are getting into and do their homework.  That’s the primary reasons I began researching the topic by reaching out to regular everyday people involved in these types of businesses and who were willing to skip the hype and offer a transparent view of the programs and give their opinions as to whether this can be a realistic source of retirement income.

I initially spoke to a retired friend who said she joined a health and beauty direct selling company as a means of meeting new people. She had recently remarried and moved to a new location, so she combined the practice of meeting new people with making extra money. After almost a decade in the business, she’s built a small niche business with family and friends despite switching to from one company to another competitor after three years.
She admits she doesn’t attend all of the company’s local meetings and goal-setting sessions because she’s not interested in becoming a top producer.  She just likes to use the business activity to keep busy (particularly in the winter) and use the extra money she earns to travel and spoil the grand kids.

Having studied the psychology and behavior of boomers, this example represents a major shift in my thinking about the industry. I no longer perceive these types of opportunities as money-making pyramid schemes. Instead, I now see it as a way to enhance many of the personal aspects of retirement that are rarely discussed let alone planned for, with the added benefit of supplementing other popular retirement income sources such as pension and social security.
Daria M. Brezinski Ph.D, a practicing psychologist and former marketing director for a multi-level marketing magazine, echoes these sentiments. “Many people don’t realize that multi-level marketing companies are successful because they help people satisfy a number of important human needs, including feeling significant, having connections, learning something new, and making a difference. I have heard people in network marketing say again and again, ‘I’m doing this because I’m meeting amazing people … making so many connections … and I feel so good about myself.’”

Dr. Brezinski’s point is well taken and easy to see practiced by popular network marketing companies.  Many MLM and NM companies tout a three-to-five year plan to attain freedom and wealth, yet many of the people running company meetings have been in the business for five or ten years and still haven’t left their full-time job or landed on easy street.  “As it turns out,” Dr. Brezinski notes, “when other human needs are being met, the members and consultants don’t focus solely on the financial aspects.”

Continuing my interviews, I challenged three others who are in the business to be straightforward, and prove to me that the process really works. What I found was good, consistent business advice applicable to any new business.

Lorene Hochstetler, from Ohio, recommends keeping your current job while slowly making the transition into MLM. She’s been able to replace her full-time income but explains, “It didn’t happen overnight, and I still work every day. I am very disciplined with my business and wake up every day knowing what I have to do in order to succeed at this. You have to treat it like a business and be willing to follow advice from others who have made it.”

Tracy Willard of California began her MLM career out of necessity. “Prior to getting involved in my business, I told my friends to never let me join one of those things… but when our family was hit by the mortgage crisis I had to do something different.”  She started her business with the intention some retirees may also find themselves. “I started with the idea that I just needed to make my month easier. My company helped me figure out what I needed to do in order to make an extra $500 per month.”

She reiterated a common theme I heard throughout the interviews. “If you treat it like a hobby it won’t pay you like a business.” She also acknowledged that, in spite of her success, she doesn’t sit around eating bonbons every day waiting for residual checks to hit the mailbox.  “That’s a common misconception,” she said. “I work hard at my business every day, 

although it doesn’t always feel like work. Similar to other entrepreneurs who profit from their passion, she says “It’s rewarding because I found a product that has made in difference in how I look and feel… and I love selling it and helping other people start a business.”

Staci Cahill runs her Washingto MLM company in a way many people can appreciate. She keeps her personal life separate from her business life by avoiding home parties, offering instead workshops that educate prospects on the products she offers.  “I didn’t want to be that person others hid from because they thought I was going to ask them to host a party.  I like to keep my business life and personal life separate.”

When I asked her if she was successful at her craft, she pointed out an MLM approach different from what many might expect. “Yes, I am very successful given what I wanted to get out of it. I’m a single mother who used to work 50 hours per week outside the home.  Now I’ve cut it to 20 hours, which is a major upgrade for me and my family.”

As a five-year veteran of MLM, she attributes her success to the fact that, “I switched companies a few years ago once I realized that pots and pans don’t change people lives.  The products I now offer has changed my life and that of others… and I find a lot of value in waking up and going to bed knowing that.”

The interviews and psychological connections lead me to conclude that MLM and NM companies, along with other small businesses opportunities, are important considerations for anyone entering retirement.  In fact, I believe the concept of starting a business for retirement income will become one of the most significant trends impacting retirement in the 21st century.  

But it has to start with redefining entrepreneurship and framing it into a retirement lifestyle.  That means helping people find ways to turn a passion, hobby, or personal desire into extra money in their pocket… not to mention helping people see the importance of  planning for the non-financial aspects of retirement such as replacing a work identity, staying relevant and connected, as well as keeping mentally and physically fit.
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