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Health and Nutrition with Nature's Sunshine

Not yet a Nature's Sunshine Member? Membership is free with a $40 order. Visit my web site www.mynsp.com/herbsplus Become an Herb Specialist! Visit my Blog for information about classes, webinars and Natural Health Education. Herbsplus4health.blogspot.com

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For Health Enthusiasts worldwide wanting to learn about Health and Nutrition. Join us here to learn about High Quality Products, Educational tools and Opportunities. If you would like to be notified when new items are posted to this page, please Email Me or call me at (817)225-8392 so I can add you to the list.

Thursday, February 16, 2006


PAMPER ME PARTY ~ Saturday 2/18/2006 @ 3:00 PM:

Learn to use all Natural products such as Baking soda, Sea Salt, Natural Soaps and Pure Essential Oils to clean your home as well as pamper yourself with All Natural home made detoxifying Bath salts, spritzers, lotions, Hand and Body Scrubs and massage oils.
Rid your home and life of toxic Chemicals.

Hosted by Julie Bynum, @ HEALTHY CONNECTION, INC
~ At 3302 S. New Hope Road, Suite 200-A, Gastonia, NC

Free class - please RSVP so we can plan accordingly.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Notes from Product Focus Meeting - Feb.8, 2006

February 8th Product Focus Teleconference Call Notes
Topic: Children's Health
Guest Speaker:
Julie Devisser

Notes shared by Diane L. Toombs, CNHC, New York:
fellow Nature's Sunshine Member & Teacher

Specials from this call will include ALJ, Echinacea/Golden Seal liquid, Distress Remedy and Children's Multi Vitamin and Mineral all Buy 4 get 1 free or $1.00 off one bottle except $2.00 off the Echinacea Golden seal liquid. Offered only this week.

ALJ, Jeanne Burgess' formula, boneset for break bone fevers, Fenugreek breaks up hardened mucous, dissolves tumors, good for circulation and cholesterol. Fennel= good for digestion helps mucous get out of body. Mullein= narcotic properties, calming not dangerous. Horseradish= antibiotic properties, shrinks tumors, clears up blockages.

Echinacea/Golden Seal liquid= echinacea virus fighting, builds up immune system. Golden seal=antibiotic.

Blue Vervain= natural tranquilizer, lowers fevers, stops cols dead in tract, use with ALJ. good for worms, for nursing mothers stimulates milk production.

Garlic Oil capsules= puncture for earache, put in both ears then put cotton ball in ears. use warm water enema follow with cool water use colloidal minerals, bifidophilus and chlorophyll for building immune system and breaking things up.

Tei Fu Essential oil = for toothache 2 drops on cotton ball on tooth little goes a long way. mix with olive oil for internal use. good for achiness and chest colds. rub around head but not eyes. use oil if near eyes to dilute

Oregano Essential Oil= 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 drop oregano fights infection internally never use without oil burns adults 3-5 drops children less. can use on soles of feet if don't want to take internally.

Distress Remedy= use to calm down after accidents, hyper, stressed out

Activated charcoal= helps to get rid of poisons, upset stomach, gas externally paste for bites and stings

Influenza homeopathic= 10 drops 1 at a time up to 4 times a day.

Viral Recovery for Sore throat/laryngitis, prevention all work use one drop at a time

VS-C= virus fighter, chicken pox, herpes, aids, shingles (also add lecithin and l-lysine)

Vita Wave mixes with Everybody's fiber, Thai Go, Flaxseed oil make smoothie with fruit=core nutrition

Flax seed oil very little in mashed potatoes or oatmeal so they can't taste it. Add to cottage cheese, then add pineapple chunks and mix up (delicious).

If eyes dried out look to thyroid. She uses kelp.

Thank you Diane Toombs for sharing!

For additional information about any Nature's Sunshine Product please email or call me 704-588-7638. I would be happy to help you.
Share the Health,
Karen Herrmann-Doolan

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Children's Health ~ Product Focus Call viaTeleconference - February 8th

FREE ~ February 8th Product Focus Call

I Hope you will join us for This months Free Herbal Training via Teleconference Call.

Click Here for Notes from this call

Each month the NSP Training Department offers intense training on one NSP product. Product Focus Meetings are conducted via a tele-conference call and are available, at no cost, to anyone who has a touch-tone phone. Feel free to share the number with clients and friends. During this meeting, health experts from both inside and outside NSP will provide in-depth information on how to use the product and how it can improve your health.

a Expand your knowledge of specific NSP products.
a Ask questions of product experts.
a Take advantage of free training.

When: Wednesday, February 8th
Time: 6:00 p.m Pacific Time
(7:00 p.m Mountain, 8:00 p.m Central & 9:00 p.m Eastern)
At the scheduled time, dial 1-800-756-4697 and enter pin 8626#.

Topic: Children's Health

Guest Speaker: Julie Devisser

Please join us for a great hour of children’s health education where Julie will be discussing many of Nature’s Sunshine Products that no parent should do without.

This call will include, but not be limited to, these great products:


Julie DeVisser has worked in the alternative health industry for over 12 years. She received her Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.) degree through the Trinity School of Natural Health.

In addition Julie is also a:
Certified Iridologist
Certified Herbalist
Certified Natural Health Consultant (C.N.H.C.)

Julie DeVisser was born and raised in beautiful Colorado, where she teaches a "Weight Loss Through Health Gain" class, is a Certified Aerobic Instructor, manages a growing practice, helps numerous clients and cares for her family. Julie DeVisser's love for healthy living has been embraced by her family, her husband and six children.

Julie DeVisser is very passionate about the field she works in. One of the reasons for her passion is due to her personal health related battle which she experienced many years ago. Her body and health was attacked but later restored--through natural remedies--from Lupus.

Julie DeVisser believes that "the body is a temple that needs to be properly maintained and cared for". She tries to pass on the idea that "we are responsible for our own bodies and are the ones that experience the unfavorable results of a body that does not function correctly."



This year I have joined
The Tree of Light with a Gold Membership. I will be holding classes in my home to teach these Health and Nutritional classes for both members in my downline and other Health Enthusiasts who would like to attend. If you would like for me to give a class in your home or business, please call me to set up your Herbal Hour date. 704-588-7638 x1 (Karen).
(If you are interested, Ask me how to earn free products).

This month The Tree of Light Publishing, has focused our learning experience on Chinese Herbalism with February's FREE issue of Nature's Field. Please sign up for this FREE e-zine on

You can view this months free Nature's Field issue on Ginseng and other Chinese herbal medicine here:

Click here if need the Free Acrobat Reader for viewing pdf files.

~ Sunday Date TBA @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
~ Herbal Hour CD presentation Featuring Steven Horne and Kimberly Balas: TRADITIONAL CHINESE HERBALISM

Hosted by Karen Doolan,

Nature's Sunshine District Manager
~ 4024 Coopersdale Road, Charlotte, NC 28273

Free class - please RSVP so I can plan accordingly.

If you are interested in Chinese Herbalism and would like more information, but are unable to attend this class, please call or email me so I can forward information on to you.

About The Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbal Hour:
Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health

Which Do You Have More Confidence In?

A. The latest 8-week, double-blind study perfored on a designer chemical, funded by a drug/chemical company with a vested economic interest in the outcome.


B. 2,500 years of practical human observation and experience using herbs and other naturally-occurring substances on real human beings with complex health problems.

If your answer is B, this video is for you. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is a 2,500 year old system of healing that has withstood the rest of time and is still in use today. Remarkably free of side effects, TCM is a prevention-based system of healing, because traditional Chinese doctors were only paid as long as their clients were well. This provided the incentive to develop a system of medicine to recognize subtle imblances in the body and correct them before they turned into major health problems.

In this video, you'll learn the basic principles of TCM and how to apply them to modern health concerns. Professional herbalist Steven Horne explains concepts like chi, blood, yin, yang, "evils", and the five elements with a clarity that makes it easy for Westerners to understand these concepts. He also provides practical advice on specific remedies to correct these basic imbalances defined in TCM. Traditional Chinese Medicine is definitely ancient wisdom that is sorely needed in modern times.

Here are some of the Nature's Sunshine Products Chinese Formulas we will teach you about:
Adrenal Support, Anti-Gas Formula (Xiao Dao), Blood Build (Bu Xue), Breathe EZ, KB-C (Jian Gu), Kidney Activator (Qu Shi), Liver Balance (Tiao He), Lung Support (Fu Lei), Mood Elevator (Jie Yu), Nervous Fatigue Formula (Yang Xin), Spleen Chi Activator (Wen Zhong), Stress Relief (An Shen), Mineral Chi Tonic, VS-C, IF-C & HY-C. We will also learn about the new TCM Concentrated formulas. For more information on these products or other Nature's Sunshine Products please email me, and I will send you additional information.

Additional Resources:

n Ancient Herbs: Modern Times by Steven H. Horne www.treelite.com
n TCM: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health, DVD featuring Steven Horne by Tree of Light Publishing
n The Comprehensive Guide to Nature's Sunshine Products, by Tree of Light Publishing www.treelite.com)
n Nature's Field, Vol. 22 No.1 FREE e-zine, by Tree of Light Publishing (www.treelite.com)

(Need Acrobat reader to view the pdf file? Please visit http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html )

Healthy Connection, Gastonia, NC
If you are in my downline and teaching classes, please let me know, so I can post it here on my site.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006



PRODUCT FOCUS MEETING: 2/8 not - 2/9/2006:
Wednesday Teleconference Time: 9:00 p.m (Eastern Time) ~ Topic: Children's Health ~ Guest Speaker: Julie Devisser ~ At the scheduled time, dial 1-800-756-4697 and enter pin 8626#. Please join us for a great hour of children’s health education. Scheduled for Wed 2/8, please disregard 2/9 date. MORE INFO

NSP Members: Plan to join us for training and motivation at the Edgewater Beach Resort in beautiful Panama City, Florida, February 13–16, 2006. The conference will focus on inflammation and will continue the tradition of dynamic and rewarding workshops and general sessions. Register Today!

WIN RAFFLE DRAWINGS!!! - 2/26/2006:
Many ways to enter: *Member in my downline win a drawing ticket with every NSP order *attend a Nature's Sunshine class or Health and Nutrition class being taught by me or someone in my downline*opt in for newsletters, contests and updates at www.herbsplus4health.com Ask me for more details. MORE INFO

CHINESE HERBALISM - 3/2/2006 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM:
GASTONIA, NC ~ Herbal Hour CD presentation Featuring Steven Horne and Kimberly Balas. Hosted by Donna Randolph, HEALTHY CONNECTION, INC ~ At 3302 S. New Hope Road, Suite 200-A, Gastonia, NC Free class - please RSVP so we can plan accordingly. 704-823-1577

Are you interested in helping others achieve better health? Let me help you find the tools you need to succeed. Where: 4024 Coopersdale Rd, Charlotte, NC 28273 Please RSVP: So I can plan for door prizes, gifts and literature. 704-588-7638 ~ Karen or via email. Cost: $FREE

NSP BUSINESS BUILDING ~ongoing - 3/6/2006:
I offer members in my downline one on one Training, to help build your Nature's Sunshine Businesses. Please call me so we can see how I can help you best. 704-588-7638. Individual training (via phone or in person) as well as group meetings available.

CHOLESTEROL FACT & MYTH - 3/9/2006 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM:
GASTONIA, NC ~ Herbal Hour CD presentation Featuring Steven Horne and Kimberly Balas. Hosted by Donna Randolph, HEALTHY CONNECTION, INC ~ At 3302 S. New Hope Road, Suite 200-A, Gastonia, NC Free class - please RSVP so we can plan accordingly. 704-823-1577

INFLAMMATION - 3/16/2006 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM:
GASTONIA, NC ~ Herbal Hour CD presentation Featuring Steven Horne and Kimberly Balas. Hosted by Donna Randolph, HEALTHY CONNECTION, INC ~ At 3302 S. New Hope Road, Suite 200-A, Gastonia, NC Free class - please RSVP so we can plan accordingly. 704-823-1577

UNTOLD TRUTH SEMINARS: Feb-Mar - 3/25/2006 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM:
February: Los Angeles, CA, Omaha, NE

March: Austin, TX, Richmond, VA, Rochester, NY, Corydon, IN, Davenport, IA, Myrtle Beach, SC, Parsippany, NJ, Tempe (Phoenix), AZ, Oklahoma City, OK, Orlando, FL, Wasilla, AK, East Earl (Ephrata), PA, Sacramento, CA, Sandy (SLT), UT. MORE INFO

Sunshine Sharing, Nature's Field, Herbal hour materials, Business and Marketing coaching program, correspondence courses, books and more. Do you have the Comprehensive Guide to NSP book yet? Let Tree of Light publishing teach you how to grow your NSP business. www.treelite.com

HEALTHY CONNECTION - 01/01/06 - 3/28/2006:
GASTONIA, NC - HEALTHY CONNECTION, INC.~ Donna Randolph, Certified Hydrotherapist ~ 3302 S. New Hope Road Suite 200-A Gastonia, NC 28056 Phone: 704-823-1577 ~ colon@carolina.rr.com *Colon Hydrotherapy *Aqua Chi Detoxifying *Ear Coning *Nature's Sunshine Products ~ By Appt. Only.

13 MOONS ENERGY WORKS - 3/28/2006:
GASTONIA, NC - Reiki, Crystal Therapy, Spiritual Coaching and use of other tools to focus energy. NSP member, Julie Bynum is now offering sessions at Healthy Connection located at 3302 S. New Hope Road, Suite 200-A, Gastonia, NC 28056 - Call 704-674-9006 for appointment.

HEALTH CHOICES - 01/01/06 - 3/28/2006 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM:
ROCK HILL, SC - Open Daily Tues-Sat ~Susie Grimmett, APP, Holistic Health Practitioner~Located: 1742 Herlong Village Dr. Suite 102 Rock Hill, SC~803-366-8070~Health Choices offers: Polarity Therapy*Aqua-Chi Detoxifying*Nature's Sunshine Products*Vitamins*Organic Healthy Snacks*Ear Candling

I apologize for the problems we are still experiencing with the search engine www.mynsp.com/herbsplus . If you can not find something please email me and I will send you a link and some information. Thank you for your patience while we are working on this issue.

INFLAMMATION HERBAL HOUR - 4/6/2006 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM:
GASTONIA, NC ~ Herbal Hour CD presentation Featuring Steven Horne and Kimberly Balas. Hosted by Donna Randolph, HEALTHY CONNECTION, INC ~ At 3302 S. New Hope Road, Suite 200-A, Gastonia, NC Free class - please RSVP so we can plan accordingly. 704-823-1577

TERRA COTTA PENDANTS: ongoing - 12/29/2006:
Use these beautiful Pendants to diffuse your Nature's Sunshine pure essential oils. Copy and Paste the following link into the address bar to receive the best prices.

View the pendants here:

NSP EDUCATION - 01/01/06 - 12/29/2006:
Check out:

Excellent educational programs, correspondence courses, body systems info, contests and literature. These tools will enhance your nutritional and natural health learning experience.

BLOGGING ABOUT HEALTH 01/01/06 - 12/30/2006:
http://herbsplus4health.blogspot.com Check out my NSP Health and Nutrition blog ~ UPDATED WEEKLY - for NSP information, events, recipes, health articles and Nature's Sunshine Product specials and updates.

UNTOLD TRUTH SEMINARS 01/01/06 - 12/31/2006 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM:
Classes Taught Nationwide - Discover the real story about health, popular products, prescription drugs, the foods we eat, the health challenges we face and more. $20 per class - Books, CD's, DVD and all study materials provided. Please call me for dates, locations and more info. 704-588-7638 (Karen)

By attending NSP Events such as Rising Star, National Convention and Leaders Conference, you can rub shoulders with the experts. In fact, Managers who qualify for and attend Conventions are more successful!

NSP events are a great way for you to:
*Meet with Other Herb Specialists!
*Meet with the Experts!
*Meet Your Goals!
*Learn to build your NSP business - from the best of the best!

Contact me to find out how you can attend these great NSP events!

So what are you waiting for? Isn't it time to meet your goals?

UNTOLD TRUTH SEMINARS - February, March & April classes


where curiosity becomes learning . . .
learning becomes understanding . . .
understanding becomes hope . . .

Isn't that what you're really looking for? Hope... truth... The Untold Truth. The Untold Truth seminar is about learning the truth behind the hype, the clever marketing and the "big money."

Discover the real story about health, popular products, prescription drugs, the foods we eat, the health challenges we face and more. The truth may set you free . . . but The Untold Truth about your health will help you enjoy that freedom.

DATES: See calendar below for a list of dates and locations
~ Please check back often for additional dates and locations
TIME: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (lunch is on your own)
COST: $20 per person if preregistered.

~Tickets available at door for $25. per person.
REGISTRATION: Members can Call NSP customer service to sign up for the class they would like to attend. Non-members please call me to register. 704-588-7638 x1 (Karen)

Members are encouraged to invite Friends and clients to each Seminar. Help Nature's Sunshine Educate America!!!

NSP will send a confirmation letter to you 10 days in advance of the seminar you have signed up for. If for any reason you cannot attend, it is your responsibility to inform Customer Service. If you fail to do so, you will be charged a $20 "no show" fee.

Untold Truth Health Topics

INCLUDING Two new modules introduced at 2006 classes:
Nutritional Deficieny, Disease & the Standard American Diet
Our Deadly Facination with Junk Food!
The Dangers Every Woman Should Know
Winning the Battle with America's No. 1 Killer
The A-B-C's of Children's Health - NEW


Untold Truth Brochure (PDF, 155 kb)

Testimonials new!
"I think the new Untold Truth series is incredible. I've invited about 10 people to come and....they are so excited about the information. The package with the booklets is also wonderful. I'm very pleased with the new training program."
—Joan Kasich

Upcoming Untold Truth Seminars - You are invited!

Please join us at the location closest to your home.

Date Location Address

Los Angeles, CA
Radisson Hotel at LAX6225, W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90045

Omaha, NE
Holiday Inn Convention Centre, 3321 S 72nd St, Omaha, NE, 68124

Austin, TX
Red Lion Hotel, 6121 N IH 35, Austin, TX, 78752

Richmond, VA
Holiday Inn, 1021 Koger Center Blvd, Richmond, VA, 23235

Rochester, NY
DoubleTree Hotel, 1111 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY, 14623

Corydon, IN
Corydon Presbyterian Church, 568 West Highway 62, Corydon, IN, 47112

Davenport, IA
Clarion Hotel, 5202 Brady St, Davenport, IA, 52806

Myrtle Beach, SC
Sands - Ocean Dunes Resort, 201 75th Ave. N, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29572

Parsippany, NJ
Sheraton Hotel Parsippany, 199 Smith Rd, Parsippany, NJ, 07054

Tempe (Phoenix), AZ
Buttes Resort, 2000 W Westcourt Way, Tempe (Phoenix), AZ, 85282

Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma State University, 900 N Portland Ave., Health Tech Bldg, Rm #100, Oklahoma City, OK, 73107

Orlando, FL
Hyatt Regency,Orlando Intl Airport, 9300 Airport Blvd,Orlando FL, 32827

Wasilla, AK
Evangelos, 2530 E. Parks Hwy, Wasilla, AK, 99654

East Earl (Ephrata), PA
Shady Maple,129 Toddy Ln, East Earl (Ephrata) PA, 17519

Sacramento, CA
Holiday Inn Capital Plaza, 300 S Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814

Sandy (Salt Lake City), UT
South Towne Expo Center, 9575 S State St, Sandy (Salt Lake City), UT, 84094

Arlington, TX
Hilton Arlington2401 E Lamar BlvdArlington TX, 76006

Baton Rouge, LA
Sheraton Baton Rouge Conv Ctr102 France StBaton Rouge LA, 70802

Canton, OH
Four Points Hotel Canton4375 Metro Circle NWCanton OH, 44720

Joplin, MO
Ramada Inn3320 Range Line RdJoplin MO, 64804

Leominster, MA
Four Points Sheraton99 Erdman WayLeominster MA, 01453

Asheville, NC
Crowne PlazaOne Holiday Inn DrAsheville NC, 28806

Kohler, WI
The American Club419 Highland DrKohler WI, 53044

Tyler, TX
Ramada Inn3310 Troup HighwayTyler TX, 75701

Additional classes will be scheduled from April-December 2006. Please check back for updated calendar.

Nature's Sunshine Members can call customer service to sign up for these classes. If you are not yet a member please call me at 704-588-7638 (Karen).

Business Builders: If you would like to invite others to these classes you can call home office customer service and ask them to send you some invitations. You are also welcome to forward this email on to anyone who would be interested. In addition, email invitations are available on the NSP official site. Call or email me if you would like more help with this.
704-588-7638 (Karen)

Two new classes - Untold Truth series

The latest additons to the Untold Truth Seminars:

This years Untold Truth series will sport two new modules:


Steven H. Horne, RH (AGG) has spent years studying natural remedies and now shares with you untold truths about children’s health—because if children represent one-third of our population and all of our future, then it is our job as parents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, and friends to ensure that they have all the tools they need to thrive.

Learn the basic principles of natural healing, why prevention really is the best medicine, how to treat illnesses at home, and when to see a doctor. Edward Milo Millet, a highly gifted herbalist, taught Steven Horne that herb therapy was as easy as A, B, C ––activate, build, and cleanse. To heal any disease, you need to activate (keep the body energies going), build (get good nutrition into the system), and cleanse (help the body eliminate waste). This piece does this, and MORE!

Most people spend a lot of time keeping things clean. We bathe and we launder our clothes. But it isn’t just the outside of our bodies that must be kept clean. We need to be clean on the inside as well. Learn the Untold Truth and find out why cleansing instead of medicating can open up and clear your entire body of toxic buildup. Cleansing has never been so easy.

Learn what supplements will ensure that you are getting all of the antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and fiber you need to fend off toxin assaults. Decide which body systems can benefit most from a cleanse, including the lymphatic system, intestines, liver, kidneys and/or skin. Find ways to eliminate toxins and lessen worry.

For more information about attending an Untold Truth in a city near you visit http://herbsplus4health.blogspot.com/2006/02/untold-truth-seminars-february-march.html or call me (Karen) 704-588-7638 for update information.

These two new modules will be part of the 2006 Untold Truth classes as well as four other eye opening modules. Please join us for this Great Learning Experience!

Visit www.naturestools.com to order the Untold truth modules for yourself or, If you are interested in teaching others in your Nature's Sunshine business then check out the package savings when buying in bulk.

5 - Whole Body Cleansing Booklets
5 - Whole Body Cleansing Audio CDs
25 - Whole Body Cleansing Brochures
15 - Untold Truth Postcards


All untold truth modules and materials are available at the www.naturestools.com site.

I am not affiliated with Nature's Tools, or Sound Concepts and receive no commission or money from them for promoting their products. I share this information with you in hopes that this information will help you to become more educated and thus healthier and happier. ~ Karen Doolan, I am an Independent Distributor of Nature's Sunshine DBA www.herbsplus4health.com

Thursday, February 02, 2006

HEALTHY CONNECTION, INC - Classes in Gastonia, NC

Herbal Hour CD presentations featuring Health Education programs.
~ Hosted by Nature's Sunshine Herb & Cleansing Specialist, Donna Randolph@ Healthy Connection, Inc.
3302 S. New Hope Road, Suite 200-A, Gastonia, NC

Ongoing Monthly classes - Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month.
Time: 6:30 -8:00 pm

Current upcoming classes
February 2, 2006 - IODINE DEFICIENCY
February 16, 2006 - CHINESE HERBALISM
March 16, 2006 - INFLAMMATION
April 6, 2006 - INFLAMMATION
(Classes subject to change. Please confirm class topic when you call to reserve your seat).

Free class - Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly. Call 704-823-1577.


NATURE'S SUNSHINE- Building your Business

Dear Nature's Sunshine Business Builders and Members,

I offer members in my downline one on one Training, to help build your
Nature's Sunshine Businesses. Please call or email me so we can make sure you have all the tools you need. 704-588-7638. Individual training (via phone, internet or in person) as well as group meetings available.

How would you classify your NSP membership?
How can I help you achieve your goals?

Seven Types of Members/Distributors:

#1 Friends and Family Distributor
• Buy for personal use at direct cost.
• Working diligently at achieving health with self and family.
• Sell to neighbors, friends and relatives
• Mostly through catalog orders

#2 Short term Distributor
• Sell for a short period of time
• Want to earn a specific amount for holidays, new furniture and specific items
• Stop when they reach their goal

#3 On site Distributor
• Work for a company with lots of employees interested in good health
• Make it convenient for everyone to order
• Earn some additional money

#4 Hobby Distributor
• Have home parties and earn money when it is convenient
• Work a lot some months and less other months

#5 Part time Distributor
• Consistent distributor
• Desires to make a specific monthly income to pay for college tuition, car payment
• Uses both home parties and catalog orders to achieve member goals

#6 Full time Business Building Distributor
• Views NSP business as a viable career
• Provides a full time income
• Pursues management and wants to work her way up the career ladder
• Works business in a consistent and on going manner
• Through catalog orders and home parties
• Real job

#7 Conglomerate of all Six Distributors
• Recognizes that all six distributors are equally important & Profitable in their own way
• Believes above and beyond any of the six reasons to become a distributor in the deeper unseen reasons to recommend NSP products to help others achieve health
• Believes in the opportunity to share knowledge and support with others
• Gives the support to help others discover for themselves the pay check of the heart ...when you know you have changed some ones life for the better

Members in my downline only ~
Share with me what your Nature's Sunshine Products membership means to you and enter into this months Business Builder contest.


Share the Health,

Karen Herrmann-Doolan, NSP District Manager
An Independent Distributor of Nature's Sunshine Products
Herb & Cleansing Specialist
Nutritional & HomeSpa Aromatherapy Consultant
Learn about the Body Systems
Check out my Health & Nutrition Blog!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

When Trust in Doctors Erodes, Other Treatments Fill the Void

Published: February 3, 2006

NY Times

A few moments before boarding a plane from Los Angeles to New York in January, Charlene Solomon performed her usual preflight ritual: she chewed a small tablet that contained trace amounts of several herbs, including extracts from daisy and chamomile plants.

Ms. Solomon, 56, said she had no way to know whether the tablet, an herb-based remedy for jet lag, worked as advertised. Researchers have found no evidence that such preparations are effective, and Ms. Solomon knows that most doctors would scoff that she was wasting her money.

Yet she swears by the tablets, as well as other alternative remedies, for reasons she acknowledges are partly psychological.

"I guess I do believe in the power of simply paying attention to your health, which in a way is what I'm doing," said Ms. Solomon, who runs a Web consulting business in Los Angeles. "But I also believe there are simply a lot of unknowns when it comes to staying healthy, and if there's a possibility something will help I'm willing to try it."

Besides, she added, "whatever I'm doing is working, so I'm going to keep doing it."

The most telling evidence of Americans' dissatisfaction with traditional health care is the more than $27 billion they spend annually on alternative and complementary medicine, according to government estimates. In ways large and small, millions of people are taking active steps to venture outside the mainstream, whether by taking the herbal remedy echinacea for a cold or by placing their last hopes for cancer cure in alternative treatment, as did Coretta Scott King, who died this week at an alternative hospice clinic in Mexico.

They do not appear to care that there is little, if any, evidence that many of the therapies work. Nor do they seem to mind that alternative therapy practitioners have a fraction of the training mainstream doctors do or that vitamin and herb makers are as profit-driven as drug makers.

This straying from conventional medicine is often rooted in a sense of disappointment, even betrayal, many patients and experts say. When patients see conventional medicine's inadequacies up close — a misdiagnosis, an intolerable drug, failed surgery, even a dismissive doctor — many find the experience profoundly disillusioning, or at least eye-opening.

Haggles with insurance providers, conflicting findings from medical studies and news reports of drug makers' covering up product side effects all feed their disaffection, to the point where many people begin to question not only the health care system but also the science behind it. Soon, intuition and the personal experience of friends and family may seem as trustworthy as advice from a doctor in diagnosing an illness or judging a treatment.

Experts say that people with serious medical problems like diabetes or cancer are least likely to take their chances with natural medicine, unless their illness is terminal. Consumers generally know that quackery is widespread in alternative practices, that there is virtually no government oversight of so-called natural remedies and that some treatments, like enemas, can be dangerous.

Still, 48 percent of American adults used at least one alternative or complementary therapy in 2004, up from 42 percent a decade ago, a figure that includes students and retirees, soccer moms and truckers, New Age seekers and religious conservatives. The numbers continue to grow, experts say, for reasons that have as much to do with increasing distrust of mainstream medicine and the psychological appeal of nontraditional approaches as with the therapeutic properties of herbs or other supplements.

"I think there is a powerful element of nostalgia at work for many people, for home remedies — for what healing is supposed to be — combined with an idealized vision of what is natural and whole and good, " said Dr. Linda Barnes, a medical anthropologist at Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Barnes added, "People look around and feel that the conventional system does not measure up, and that something deeper about their well-being is not being addressed at all."

Healthy and Dabbling

Ms. Solomon's first small steps outside the mainstream came in 1991, after she watched her mother die of complications from a hysterectomy.

"I saw doctors struggling to save her," she said. "They were trying really hard, and I have great respect for what they do, but at that point I realized the doctors could only do so much."

She decided then that she needed to take more responsibility for her own health, by eating better, exercising more and seeking out health aids that she thought of as natural, meaning not prescribed by a doctor or developed by a pharmaceutical company.

"I usually stay away from drugs if I can, because the side effects even of cough and cold medicines can be pretty strong," she said.

The herbal preparations she uses, she said, "have no side effects, and the difference in my view is that they help support my own body's natural capability, to fight off disease" rather than treat symptoms.

If these sentiments are present in someone like Ms. Solomon, who regularly consults her internist and describes herself as "pretty mainstream," they run far deeper in millions of other people who use nontraditional therapies more often.

In interviews and surveys, these patients often described prescription drugs as poisons that mostly mask symptoms without improving their underlying cause.

Many extend their suspicions further. In a 2004 study, researchers at the University of Arizona conducted interviews with a group of men and women in Tucson who suffered from chronic arthritis, most of whom regularly used alternative therapies. Those who used alternative methods exclusively valued the treatments on the "rightness of fit" above other factors, and they were inherently skeptical of the health care system.

Distrust in the medical industrial complex, as some patients call it, stems in part from suspicions that insurers warp medical decision making, and in part from the belief that drug companies are out to sell as many drugs as possible, regardless of patients' needs, interviews show.

"I do partly blame the drug companies and the money they make" for the breakdown in trust in the medical system, said Joyce Newman, 74, of Lynnwood Wash., who sees a natural medicine specialist as her primary doctor. "The time when you would listen to your doctor and do whatever he said — that time is long gone, in my opinion. You have to learn to use your own head."

From here it is a small step to begin doubting medical science. If Western medicine is imperfect and sometimes corrupt, then mainstream doctors may not be the best judge of treatments after all, many patients conclude. People's actual experience — the personal testimony of friends and family, in particular — feels more truthful.

To best way to validate this, said Ms. Newman and many others who regularly use nontraditional therapies, is simply to try a remedy "and listen to your own body."

Opting Out

Cynthia Riley effectively opted out of mainstream medicine when it seemed that doctors were not listening to her.

During a nine-year period that ended in 2004, Ms. Riley, 47, visited almost 20 doctors, for a variety of intermittent and strange health complaints: blurred vision, urinary difficulties, balance problems so severe that at times she wobbled like a drunk.

She felt unwell most of the time, but doctors could not figure out what she had.

Each specialist ordered different tests, depending on the symptom, Ms. Riley said, but they were usually rushed and seemed to solicit her views only as a formality.

Undeterred, Ms. Riley, an event planner who lives near New London, Conn., typed out a four-page description of her ordeal, including her suspicion that she suffered from lead poisoning. One neurologist waved the report away as if insulted; another barely skimmed it, she said.

"I remember sitting in one doctor's office and realizing, 'He thinks I'm crazy,' " Ms. Riley said. "I was getting absolutely nowhere in conventional medicine, and I was determined to get to the root of my problems."

Through word of mouth, Ms. Riley heard about Deirdre O'Connor, a naturopath with a thriving practice in nearby Mystic, Conn., and made an appointment.

In recent years, people searching for something outside of conventional medicine have increasingly turned to naturopaths, herbal specialists who must complete a degree that includes some standard medical training in order to be licensed, experts say. Fourteen states, including California and Connecticut, now license naturopaths to practice medicine. Natural medicine groups are pushing for similar legislation in other states, including New York.

Licensed naturopaths can prescribe drugs from an approved list in some states, but have no prescribing rights in others.

Right away, Ms. Riley said, she noticed a difference in the level of service. Before even visiting the office, she received a fat envelope in the mail containing a four-page questionnaire, she said. In addition to asking detailed questions about medical history — standard information — it asked about energy level, foods she craved, sensitivity to weather and self-image: "Please list adjectives that describe you," read one item.

"It felt right, from the beginning," Ms. Riley said.

Her first visit lasted an hour and a half, and Ms. O'Connor, the naturopath, agreed that metal exposure was a possible cause of her symptoms. It emerged in their interview that Ms. Riley had worked in the steel industry, and tests of her hair and urine showed elevated levels of both lead and mercury, Ms. O'Connor said
After taking a combination of herbs, vitamins and regular doses of a drug called dimercaptosuccinic acid, or DMSA, to treat lead poisoning, Ms. Riley said, she began to feel better, and the symptoms subsided.

Along the way, Ms. O'Connor explained the treatments to Ms. Riley, sometimes using drawings, and called her patient regularly to check in, especially during the first few months, Ms. Riley said.

Other doctors said they could not comment on Ms. Riley's case because they had not examined her. Researchers who specialize in lead poisoning say that it is rare in adults but that it can cause neurological symptoms and bladder problems and is often missed by primary care doctors.

Dr. Herbert Needleman, a psychiatrist who directs the lead research group at the University of Pittsburgh, said DMSA was the pharmaceutical treatment of choice for high blood lead levels.

Researchers say there is little or no evidence that vitamins or herbs can relieve symptoms like Ms. Riley's. Still, she said, "I look and feel better than I have in years."

Life and Death

Diane Paradise bet her life on the uncertain benefits of natural medicine, after being burned physically and emotionally by conventional doctors.

In 1995, doctors told Ms. Paradise, now 35, that she had Hodgkin's disease. After a six-month course of chemotherapy and radiation, she said, she was declared cancer free, and she remained healthy for five years.

But in 2001 the cancer reappeared, more advanced, and her doctors recommended a 10-month course of drugs and radiation, plus a marrow transplant, she said.

Ms. Paradise, a marketing consultant in Rochester, N.Y., balked.

"I was burned badly the first time around, third-degree burns, and now they were talking about 10 months," she said in an interview, "and they were giving me no guarantees; they said it was experimental. That's when I started looking around. I really had nothing to lose, and I was focused on quality of life at that point, not quantity."

When she told one of her doctors that she was considering an alternative treatment in Arizona, the man exploded, she said.

"His exact words were, 'That's not treatment, that's a vacation — you're wasting your time!' " she said.

And so ended the relationship. With help from friends, Ms. Paradise raised about $40,000 to pay for the Arizona clinic's treatment, plus living expenses while there.

"I had absolutely no scientific reason for choosing this route, none," she said. "I just think there are times in our life when we are asked to make decisions based on our intuition, on our gut instinct, not based on evidence put in front of us, and for me this was one of those moments."

Cancer researchers say that there is no evidence that vitamins, herbs or other alternative therapies can cure cancer, and they caution that some regimens may worsen the disease.

But Ms. Paradise said that her relationship with the natural medicine specialist in Arizona had been collaborative and that she had felt "more empowered, more involved" in the treatment plan, which included large doses of vitamins, as well as changes in diet and sleep routines. After four months on the regimen, she said, she felt much better.

But the cancer was not cured. It has resurfaced recently and spread, and this time Ms. Paradise has started an experimental treatment with an oncologist in New York.

She is complementing this treatment, she said, with another course of alternative therapy in Arizona. She moved in with friends near Phoenix and started the alternative regime in January.

"It's 79 degrees and beautiful here," she said by phone in mid-January. "Let's hope that's a good sign."

For all their suspicions and questions about conventional medicine, those who venture outside the mainstream tend to have one thing in abundance, experts say: hope. In a 1998 survey of more than 1,000 adults from around the country, researchers found that having an interest in "personal growth or spirituality" predicted alternative medicine use.

Nontraditional healers know this, and they often offer some spiritual element in their practice, if they think it is appropriate. David Wood, a naturopath who with his wife, Cheryl, runs a large, Christian-oriented practice in Lynnwood, Wash., said he treated patients of all faiths.

"We pray with patients, with their permission," said Mr. Wood, who also works with local medical doctors when necessary. "If patients would not like us to pray for them, we don't, but it's there if needed."

He added, "Our goal here is to help people get really well, not merely free of symptoms."

That is exactly the sentiment that many Americans say they feel is missing from conventional medicine. Whatever the benefits and risks of its many concoctions and methods, alternative medicine offers them at least the promise of affectionate care, unhurried service, freedom from prescription drug side effects and the potential for feeling not just better but also spiritually recharged.

"I don't hate doctors or anything," Ms. Newman said. "I just know they can make mistakes, and so often they refer you on to see another doctor, and another."

Seeing a naturopath, she said, "I feel I'm known, they see me as a whole person, they listen to what I say."

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Seducing the Medical Profession

Published: February 2, 2006
NY TIMES - Editorial

New evidence keeps emerging that the medical profession has sold its soul in exchange for what can only be described as bribes from the manufacturers of drugs and medical devices. It is long past time for leading medical institutions and professional societies to adopt stronger ground rules to control the noxious influence of industry money on what doctors prescribe for their patients.

Last week two new cases came to light that reveal the lengths to which companies will go to buy influence with doctors, pharmacists and other medical professionals. Reed Abelson reported in The Times on Jan. 24 about a whistle-blower's lawsuit alleging that Medtronic had paid tens of millions of dollars in recent years to surgeons in a position to use and recommend its medical devices. In one particularly egregious example, a prominent Wisconsin surgeon received $400,000 for just eight days of consulting.

In last Saturday's Times, Gardiner Harris and Robert Pear revealed that a Danish company paid a pharmacist, doctors' assistants and a drug store chain to switch diabetic patients to the company's high-priced insulin products.

In the wake of past reports of industry's influence over prescribing practices, medical and industry groups have issued guidelines defining appropriate behavior. But as an article in The Journal of the American Medical Association made clear last week, these guidelines are far too weak.

The influential authors called for a complete ban on all gifts, free meals and payments for attending meetings. They urged doctors to reject free drug samples because they are a powerful incentive to use medicines that are expensive but not more effective. And they called for a ban on consulting arrangements that entail no specific scientific duties.

These proposals are hardly onerous. Kaiser Permanente, a California-based managed care group, has adopted nearly all of the recommendations. Its doctors prescribe heavily marketed medicines far less frequently than most other doctors.

The critical issue is that doctors must have the best interests of their patients at heart in prescribing drugs or recommending medical devices. Their judgment must not be clouded by financial self-interest or the desire to please industrial benefactors.

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Nutrition: Diet May Drive Data on Beer, Wine and Health

Published: January 31, 2006 .


Are wine drinkers healthier than beer drinkers?

If that is the case, it may have less to do with their choice of drink than with what they eat with it.

A new study found that shoppers who bought wine in supermarkets were much more likely to buy healthy foods like olives and low-fat cheese than were beer buyers, who were more partial to things like chips. The study, which was conducted in Denmark, appears online in the British journal BMJ.

Studies have linked a moderate amount of alcohol use with better health, and this is especially true when it comes to wine, which has components that may help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease. Still, it is possible that whatever health benefits wine drinkers enjoy actually result from overall better diets, some studies have suggested.

The problem for researchers has been getting an accurate reading on people's diets in general and alcohol use in particular. Those being surveyed often understate their alcohol use and overstate their consumption of healthy foods.

So for this study, the researchers tracked the sale of wine and beer over a six-month period at 98 supermarkets, then looked at what kinds of food the shoppers bought. In all, the study examined about three and a half million transactions.

"We used information on what people buy, and presumably consume, rather than what they say they eat or drink," the researchers wrote.

One author, Dr. Morten Gronbaek, said the researchers had expected to find differences in buying patterns, but not to the extent that they did.

There are other reasons wine drinkers may be healthier than beer drinkers, the researchers said. Wine tends to be drunk with food, and in smaller amounts, they noted, possibly affecting how the body metabolizes it. And wine drinkers tend to be better educated and better off financially than beer drinkers — factors that would also help account for their better health.

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