An Interview with Outstanding Member of the Month Dan Nichols


Dan and Shannon Nichols won the Outstanding Member(s) of the Month Award for their work in December. Their achievement will be noted in the March Issue of Living Well Magazine.  The BarleyLife Blog recently had the opportunity to communicate with Dan Nichols.

BarleyLife: What Do You Do for a Living?

Dan Nichols: ​I am a church planting pastor (been in the ministry for many years) and am pursuing professional certification in life/leadership coaching. ​

​My wife, Shannon, formerly taught math on the college and high school level, but for several years now has pursued an even higher calling… home schooling our children! ​

BL: Where are you from?

DN: We live in SC, but my wife and I both grew up in North Carolina​

BL: Tell us about your family, your pets, your hobbies, etc.?

DN: ​We have 4 children, 3 girls (14, 11, and 5) and 1 boy (9). They are indeed a blessing! We are seeking to pursue Christ in all things, and to raise up our children to be godly adults who shine the light of Christ in the world around them. As a family we enjoy playing music, getting outdoors, ​exercising in a variety of ways, playing games together, and just simply being together as a family and with other families.

BL: How and when did you get into AIM?

DN: We got into AIM last March (10 months ago). My wife and I had a personal consultation with Lere’ Robinson (Star Sapphire Director), specifically about the allergies and symptoms that one of our children was experiencing. Lere’ recommended BarleyLife, and after a couple of months of using it, her allergies (and mine too) almost completely went away! We were sold! ​

BL: What are Your Favorite AIM Products?

​BarleyLife, Peak Endurance, ProPeas, and Herbal Fiberblend are our major ones. But we’ve also seen much success with Prepzymes, Flora Food, Composure, and Mag-nificence. We enjoy Cocoa LeafGreens as an added delicious bonus every once in a while!

BL: What is your preferred method of building your business?

​Well, there are three ways really, and they’re all combined.

1) Giving the business to the Lord is primary. Unless He builds it we labor in vain, says Scripture. So depending on Him is key.

2) Concerning our part, our labor… help from our “upline” has made all the difference in the world. Lere’ Robinson has been absolutely fantastic and selfless in helping us get going. She has come to our town and done monthly health seminars, which we organized in partnership with other AIM-using families in town.

3) The other key is developing personal relationships with people and simply “walking a road with them,” as Lere’ says. It’s one thing to tell them about the products. It’s another thing altogether to help them use it, see success, and continue using products to bring them greater health!

 BL: What is your favorite AIM success story so far?

DN: Two: The first one is my daughter’s “victory” over allergies. That has been wonderful to see! The second has been a family in our church. One of their daughters had great struggles with allergies and asthma​​f or many years, but then after using the products (specifically starting with BarleyLife), those have gone away almost completely! And now this young person (mid-teens) is enthusiastically sprea​ding the word about AIM and good health!

 BL:What is your advice for anyone trying to win Member of the Month next month?

DN: Bottom line, here’s what I would pass on (and what we’re going to continue to try to do)… 1) Continue to pray and give it over to the Lord.

2) Get to know the products.

And 3) develop relationships. ​In the process of doing these, what we’ve found is that in developing relationships, a trust and credibility (as well as a genuine concern) has developed. And then as we know the products, we begin to learn how this helps the people with whom we have relationships! As well, we continue to go to Lere’ (our “upline”) and get advice and information on how to handle certain situations. Again, she’s been a tremendous help! And AIM, the datasheets, the webinars, etc have all been helpful as well in learning the products and helping us to help others.

Product testimonials should not be construed as representing results everybody can achieve. 

The CalciAIM Essentials

Calcium, vitamin D supplement

CalciAIM contains calcium lactate, calcium gluconate and calcium carbonate.
•Calcium lactate is a soluble form of calcium that is bioavailable throughout the entire digestive tract.
•Calcium gluconate is a highly soluble form of calcium that inhibits kidney stone formation and stimulates bifidobacteria in the intestine, which enhances the absorption of calcium.
•Calcium carbonate has been found to reduce the reoccurrence of colon cancer in animal studies

The Physician’s Desk Reference states: “The average person can only absorb 20% of calcium from tablets and 30% from capsules. Solubilized in a beverage, calcium powder provides approximately 98% of its bioavailable elemental calcium to the body.”


By combining calcium lactate, gluconate or carbonate with water and acids we create ionic calcium.
•Ca++ = ionic calcium
•Ionic calcium is a calcium ion with two additional electrons


Only when calcium is in its ionic form can it be properly absorbed by the body


Supplement Facts


CalciAIM can also Alkalize

•Potential Renal Acid Load, or PRAL.
– It uses a formula to convert the protein and select minerals of a food into a PRAL value.
– Acidifying foods have a positive PRAL value and alkalizing foods have a negative PRAL value.
– Higher protein and phosphorous contributes to increased acid in the blood. – – – Higher potassium, magnesium and calcium result in decreased acid in the blood.

PRAL Score

Q: Can I take other products in conjunction with CalciAIM?

A: Yes. CalciAIM can be mixed with all AIM products. The vitamin K1 content in BarleyLife and LeafGreens complements CalciAIM and may lessen the risks associated with calcium deficiency. Combining CalciAIM with Veggie D Capsules significant about of vitamin D. CalciAIM and Peak Endurance taste great when mixed together. Although CalciAIM is mildly acidic, it can be mixed with BarleyLife because the combination of both products is less acidic than your stomach. High-fiber beverages like Herbal Fiberblend will slow the rate of calcium absorption, but both products will still provide benefits.

Q: Is there anyone who should not use CalciAIM?

A: This product is not recommended for those under the age of 4 and those on calcium-restricted diets based on heart disease medications. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if pregnant, nursing, or taking medications.

materials by Phil Jermann

The Essentials of Frame Essentials

Frame Essentials


Frame Essential Facts



cartilage frame essentials

As we age the water content of the cartilage decreases as a result the cartilage becomes less resilient.
•Inflammation surrounding the joint can occur.
•The inflammation is usually the result of the cartilage breakdown which is released into the synovial space.

Osteoarthritis can also be caused by other factors such as:
•Obesity  (1 lbs of weight loss = nearly 4 lbs of stress relief on the knees).
•Infection of the joint

Osteoarthritis signs and symptoms:
•Pain – during or after movement
•Tenderness – when you apply light pressure
•Stiffness – in the morning or after a period of inactivity
•Loss of flexibility – loss of full range of motion
•Grating sensation – hear or feel when using the joint
•Bone spurs – hard lumps, form around the affected joint

–Sulfate (shrimp shell)
–Hydrochloride (shrimp shell)

Glucosamine Sulfate

A study published in 2009 in Current Therapeutic Research on the use of oral glucosamine sulfate.
–Objective: The aim of the study was to assess the efficacy and tolerability of glucosamine sulfate (GS) in the treatment of knee OA.
–Results: Patient demographics were similar in the GS and placebo groups. Of 60 patients, 56 completed the study. Statistically significant improvements in knee OA were observed, as measured by differences in resting pain at weeks 8, 12, and 16 and in pain during movement at weeks 12 and 16. Drug consumption was lower in the GS group than the placebo group at weeks 8, 12, 16, and 20.
–Conclusions: GS 1500 mg for 12 weeks was associated with statistically significant reductions in pain and improvements in functioning, with decreased pain-relieving consumption, compared with baseline and placebo in these patients with knee OA. A carryover effect was detected after treatment ended.

Glucosamine Hydrochloride
A study published in 2008 on the use of oral glucosamine hydrochloride
–Objective: To evaluate the results of glucosamine hydrochloride in the treatment of knee degenerative osteoarthritis (DOA).
–Results: The ages of patients ranged from 41 to 67 years with an average age of 57.5 years. The disease course ranged from 6 months to 3 years. Oral glucosamine hydrochloride was given twice a day, each 750 mg, for a 6-week course of treatment; another course of treatment was repeated after 4 months All 60 patients finished treatment, various clinical symptoms for DOA disappeared completely in 31 cases and subsided in 27 cases; the cure rate was 51.7% and the total response rate was 96.7%.
–Conclusion: Glucosamine hydrochloride can benefit knee DOA with symptom-relieving and joint function-improving action.

Boswellia Extract


–Boswellia serrata tree
–65% Boswellic Acid
–Maintain mobility

Boswellia Extract
A study published in 2008 in Arthritis Research & Therapy on the use of oral Boswellia extract.
–Introduction: A 90-day, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of Boswellia extract (30% boswellic acid) in the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee.
–Methods: Seventy-five OA patients were included in the study. The patients received either 100 mg (n = 25) or 250 mg (n =25) of Boswellia extract daily or a placebo (n = 25) for 90 days. Each patient was evaluated for pain and physical functions by using the standard tools.
–Results: At the end of the study, both doses of Boswellia extract conferred clinically and statistically significant improvements in pain scores and physical function scores in OA patients. Interestingly, significant improvements in pain score and functional ability were recorded in the treatment group supplemented with 250 mg Boswellia extract as early as 7 days after the start of treatment.
–Conclusion: Boswellia extract reduces pain and improves physical functioning significantly in OA patients. Boswellia extract may exert its beneficial effects by controlling inflammatory responses through reducing pro-inflammatory modulators, and it may improve joint health by reducing the enzymatic degradation of cartilage in OA patients.

MSM, Methylsufonylmethane
–Biologically-active mineral sulfur

–Passes through cellular membranes of the body.
–It dilates blood vessels (vasodilation) and increases blood flow.
–Reduces muscle spasm. Injury or inflammation commonly cause spasm in a muscle or group of muscles. Spasm involves a sudden contraction, which is followed by pain and interference with function. MSM taken orally produces a muscle-relaxing effect.

–Alters the cross-linking process in collagen, thus reducing scar tissue. Cross-linking is the process in which new structural proteins are knitted to existing healthy tissue.
–It has an immune normalizing effect, as observed in some autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
–Provides sulfur which is needed for the structural integrity of joint cartilage and connective tissue.
–AIM’s MSM has been shown in research to inhibit inflammation by decreasing influx of certain white blood cells.
–Reduced inflammation increases circulation to aid recovery of sore muscles.

A study published in 2006 in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage on the use of oral methylsulfonylmethane.
-Methods: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted. Fifty men and women, 40-76 years of age with knee OA pain were enrolled in an outpatient medical center. Intervention was MSM 3 g or placebo twice a day for 12 weeks (6 g/day total).
-Results: Compared to placebo, MSM produced significant decreases in osteoarthritis pain and physical function impairment. MSM also produced improvement in performing activities of daily living when compared to placebo on overall health-relate quality of life evaluation.
-Conclusion: MSM (3 g twice a day) improved symptoms of pain and physical function during the short intervention without major adverse events.

MSM / Glucosamine
A study published in 2004 in Clinical Drug Investigation on the use of oral glucosamine and methylsulfonylmethane.
•Objective: The aim of the study was to compare the efficacy and safety of oral glucosamine (Glu), methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), their combination and placebo in osteoarthritis of the knee.
•Patients and design: A total of 118 patients of either sex with mild to moderate osteoarthritis were included in the study and randomised to receive either Glu 500mg, MSM 500mg, Glu and MSM or placebo capsules three times daily for 12 weeks.
•Results: Glu, MSM and their combination significantly improved signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis compared with placebo. The combination treatment resulted in a more significant decrease in the mean pain index. After 12 weeks, the mean swelling index significantly decreased with Glu and MSM, while the decrease in swelling index with combination therapy was greater after 12 weeks.
•Conclusion: Glu, MSM and their combination produced an painkilling and anti-inflammatory effect in osteoarthritis. Combination therapy showed better efficacy in reducing pain and swelling and in improving the functional ability of joints than the individual agents. The onset of painkilling and anti-inflammatory activity was found to be more rapid with the combination than with Glu. It can be concluded that the combination of MSM with Glu provides better and more rapid improvement in patients with osteoarthritis.

Q: May children and pregnant women take Frame Essentials?

A: There should be no reason for children to be using this product. Pregnant women should consult a health practitioner.

Q: May I take Frame Essentials with other medications?

A: There are no indications that glucosamine interacts with other medications. Of course, you should always consult a health practitioner when adding new supplements to your regimen.

Q: Is glucosamine actually absorbed?

A: Yes, in one study on glucosamine sulfate (pill form), ninety percent of the glucosamine was absorbed.

Q: Does Frame Essentials have any side effects?

A: Glucosamine and MSM is safe. A few people have reported upset stomach and nausea. In a year of formal testing of glucosamine, no significant side effects were found

materials By Phil Jermann


The Importance of Magnesium for Athletes

Topical Magnesium

Living Well recently spoke to  Ron and Lendy Murray, AIM’s magnesium experts, about how important it is for athletes to supplement with AIM’s Mag-nificence products.

How important is magnesium for athletes? 

RLM: Magnesium is the most important mineral that you can put on your body. Doctors and researchers will tell you that. When you put your body under stress of any kind, it drops into its magnesium stores. Athletes have depleted levels of magnesium because of the stress and sweating and, therefore, have the greatest need for magnesium. It is a huge cardiovascular mineral. Some researchers think that football players have more heart attacks than the general public due to magnesium deficiency. Mag-nificence is similar toRed Rush in terms of how they both promote cardiovascular health. The two should be used together.

We give Mag-nificence to marathon runners and others who workout. They won’t ever be without it. They get better performance and they recover faster.

 If you’re in sports, when is the best time or times to apply topical magnesium?

RLM: Before for you workout for sure and after. Have a bath in the salts and it helps to restore the body and build it back up. Magnesium provides healing. It goes right to the inflammation that causes the pain. People get freaked out because it works so fast.

We had a guy who jumped off a trailer at work. He tore the ligaments in his ankle. It swelled up so bad it looked like he had a softball in his sock. We were afraid that he wouldn’t be able to bear weight for three weeks. These guys are oil workers, skeptical. But we put the magnesium on his ankle and it went down in size until it was almost normal. After twenty minutes, he helped load a 300 lb pump. I Golfed with him three days later.

Are there any benefits to taking topical magnesium rather than ingesting it orally? 

RLM: Every oral magnesium supplement needs digestion to breakdown. You’ll only get a low percentage of that magnesium because your body just won’t absorb that much. If you take too much, it can cause diarrhea. Some magnesium supplements have warnings about kidney function.

Topically applied, magnesium goes through your skin. You get 100% of the magnesium. You get cellular magnesium right to the area where it needs to go. If you stretch a muscle or get cramps, you can spray it right on those areas. Spray it on and rub it in until it feels saturated. You can do that as often as you’d like.

The challenge is getting people to do it because they are used to eating and drinking everything. Stick it on your skin like a nicotine or medicine patch.

How often should an athlete take magnesium?

RLM: When it comes to the spray, they need to experiment and figure out what works for them.  My advice is to start their day and end their day with it. Take a bath. Soak their feet. Watch TV or read a book. Our kids are athletic and mostly just soak their feet. Some people aren’t into baths.

If people use Mag-nificence on a daily basis, they get more out of it. The physical body can’t operate optimally without magnesium. When you have adequate amounts, it makes everything work better. It promotes digestion and elimination.

Is there anything that can disrupt proper topical magnesium supplementation? 

RLM: There is nothing that can stand in the way of a topical magnesium supplement. People with thicker skin may need to apply a little more.

What is the future of Mag-nificence?

There’s a growing awareness among young people these days. They’re really taking care of themselves, even in their early twenties. They shop for what they want to eat and are buying more organic foods. They are willing to spend the extra money. We should be sharing Mag-nificence with these young people. Mag-nificence is the best magnesium product out there. They need to know this.

We’ve been with AIM for twenty-nine years. We’ve helped thousands of people. Mag-nificence is the most important product. That’s just a fact.

*testimonials should not be construed as results anyone can achieve

If You Do These Five Things, You’re Gonna Need Some FloraFood

FloraFood, Probiotic, Good bacteria

There are more microorganisms in your stomach than there are cells in your body. This fact might be mind-blowing to some people, but since I’ve always had a severe inferiority complex, I have somehow always just figured that my body is more valuable as real estate for bacteria than I am as a human person. That’s a joke. I actually feel reasonably ferior.

In any case, those bacteria are extremely important to everyone’s human person, and killing off scores of beneficial bacteria can cause stomach pain, can make digestion difficult and can even lead to illness. FloraFood from The AIM Companies is the answer to keeping the environment of your stomach balanced and healthy.

You should be especially wary of your gut-flora levels if you have engaged in these five at-risk behaviors.

1. Ingest Artificial Sweeteners

According to a recent study, artificial sweeteners increase the blood sugar levels of both mice and men and disrupt gut flora. Artificial sweeteners have been linked to obesity and diabetes as well. My advice: Avoid artificial sweeteners.

From the CBC:

The increase in consumption of artificial sweeteners coincides with the obesity and diabetes epidemics, Eran Segal of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, and his co-authors said.

“Our findings suggest that non-caloric artificial sweeteners may have directly contributed to enhancing the exact epidemic that they themselves were intended to fight.”

2. Use Antacids

Your stomach is supposed to be acidic and gut flora is supposed to live in an acidic environment. When you destroy your gut flora’s environment, it dies.

3. Eat GMOS

Most of the corn and soybeans in the US has been treated with glyphosate. That means, animals that have been fed corn or soybeans have been “treated to” glyphosate. Glyphosate can disrupt your gut flora, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

4. Suffer from Stress

I once heard that “stress will kill you faster than anything.” Stress can damage the necessary endothelium that lines your veins, and it can also kill your gut bacteria. It is bad news…and hearing bad news is also stressful.

5. Have Taken Antibiotics

We all have to go to the doctor from time to time, but after we’ve taken our antibiotics, we need to make sure to get our gut flora balanced again. So if you’ve been sick, it’s probably a good idea to reach for the FloraFood.

5 Reasons Pea Protein Is the Superior Protein


There are so many protein powders on the market these days. You can go down to your local supplement shop and purchase a giant tub of whey or soy protein at a relatively low price. If price is the only thing you look at when you choose a protein powder, I guess it doesn’t matter what you put into your body. There are so many companies churning out tons of these common proteins, that the only way they can be competitive in that market is by trying to undercut the price of the next guy. And when you’re cutting prices, the first thing that suffers is quality. Maybe they have to use an inferior ingredient, source lousy protein or rely on substandard containers or whatever. I don’t know. What I do know is that when you have a product made with premium ingredients, people will pay a little extra for that product because of health, safety and quality.

Here are five reasons to switch from bargain-basement proteins to high-quality pea protein.

1. Non-GMO, Non-Allergenic, Non-Acidifying, Vegan


1. If you’re a vegan, whey is right out.

2. If you have allergies, it may limit your options.

3. If you’re on an alkaline diet, then soy is not for you.

4. But let’s talk about Non-GMO. That’s where our protein really shines.  93% of the American soybean crop is GMO. Certain herbicides have been created to treat these GMO crops and these herbicides may contain glysophate.

From the Environmental Working Group:

This study demonstrated that Roundup Ready [GE]-soy may have high residue levels of glyphosate … and also that different agricultural practices may result in a markedly different nutritional composition of soybeans …. Lack of data on pesticide residues in major crop plants is a serious gap of knowledge with potential consequences for human and animal health.

Another study on the long-term effects of feeding GMO crops to livestock found this:

From Consumer’s Union.

The new peer-reviewed long-term pig feeding study just published raises important concerns about possible health impacts of consuming genetically engineered (GE) corn and soy. There have been very few animal feeding studies of GE food to date, and extremely few that lasted longer than 90 days. This new study looked at pigs fed GE corn and soy under commercial production conditions over a 22.7 week period. Compared to a control group that was fed conventional corn and soy, the GE-fed pigs showed significant increases in severe stomach inflammation and thickening of the uterus. The study in online here:

And now, maybe you want to rethink that cheap whey protein when you read this:

From Daily Health Post: 

If you care about the health and well-being of the animals themselves, you should know that they suffer similar gastrointestinal distress and illness that humans do. If we consume the meat, milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, and eggs of these animals, we’re getting a dose of the herbicide with each serving. Add to that the amounts we eat in GMO (genetically modified organisms) grains and their processed products, we’re ingesting more than you might have thought.

A lot of people and government agencies think GMOs are safe to eat. I don’t know myself, but I do know that I don’t want to to take the risk. I’m willing to pay a premium for Non-GMO protein.

2. Lowers Satiety

ProPeas Saiety

If you’re looking to lose weight and want to replace high-calories meals or snacks with a low-calorie protein shake, ProPeas is the protein you choose. Why pay a ton on a weight-loss plan when you can pay a little extra for the protein that keeps you feeling fuller, longer?

3. Helps With Blood Pressure and Kidneys, Possibly

Studies done on humans and rats have found that pea protein may help lower pressure and protect the kidneys.  Eating peas in their natural state does not produce this effect, only the proteins.

From Science Daily

The researchers fed small daily doses of the protein mixture to laboratory rats with polycystic kidney disease, a severe form of kidney disease used as a model for research on CKD. At the end of the 8-week-long study period, the protein-fed rats with kidney disease showed a 20 percent drop in blood pressure when compared to diseased rats on a normal diet, the researchers say.

4. Highly Digestible

Peas Digestible

5. Prebiotic Qualities

A recent study found that pea protein may have prebiotic qualities. To put it simply, it helps beneficial bacteria in the lower intestine. To put it complicatedly:

International Journal of Food Microbiology: 

 The pea protein hydrolysates proved to modulate bacterial physiological activity depending on the state of bacterial existence. The detrimental effect exerted on the free-swimming bacteria was abolished by their immobilization, which confirms a generally approved thesis concerning  protective effect of biofilms. It is worth noticing that bacteria from the genus Lactobacillus proved to be able to use fractions of the pea protein hydrolysates deleterious for other bacteria as substrates independently from the state of their existence. Therefore, a diet enriched with pea protein hydrolysates or just pea hydrolysates liberated after the gastric pepsin hydrolysis may beneficially modulate bacterial flora of the small intestine on the condition that the interactions of human intestinal ecosystem will demonstrate the same tendency of beneficial effects on human organism. For this purpose, further studies on this matter with heterogeneous bacterial populations and sophisticated in vitro models imitating the functioning of human intestines are still in progress to legitimate the production of new food assortments containing the pea protein hydrolysates. These studies ought to be ultimately confirmed by the nutritional research involving the diet supplemented with the pea protein hydrolysates.

It’s time to get rid of those industrial tubs of cheap substandard proteins and treat your body to the premium, superior protein.

Peak Endurance for Recovery

Study after study has come out denouncing the benefits of over-the-counter, store-bought sports and energy drinks that mainly target inactive teenagers and youngsters with their marketing. The biggest complaints are that these drinks contain too much sugar, caffeine, have an overabundance of sodium and not enough healthy stuff.  My theory is that there is some degree of willful ignorance when consuming these products.  For instance: “Oh. It’s a sports drink. It can’t be anything but healthy. I will not read the label.”

That’s where Peak Endurance differs. Peak Endurance was developed with performance in mind. Instead of containing a ton of sugar. It has only one gram per serving, enough necessary to deliver its full compliment of electrolytes, B-vitamins, oral ATP and vitamin C. But we’ve discussed why Peak Endurance is better than all the other “sports” drinks on the market. Let’s take the time to get into specifics on how Peak Endurance helps athletes and heavy exercisers recover.

1. Electrolyte Replenishment 

An electrolyte is a substance that helps electricity move through the body, and they are found in every cell: Sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphate and chloride.  When you pump iron, go for a run or do any sort of strenuous activity, you will sweat. Sweating leads to an imbalance of electrolytes which can snowball into cramps, nausea and fatigue. Severe, long-term electrolyte imbalance can lead to kidney failure, irregular heart beat and seizures.

2. ATP

Adenosine triphosphate is the cellular currency of energy.  In order to exercise, your body needs to produce ATP. If it cannot, you are done exercising. Cells can store excess ATP, so replenishing your ATP levels after exercise will keep the proverbial “barn” stocked. Also, it plays a huge role in anabolic signaling for muscle recovery and repair.

3. Vitamin C 

Vitamin C is essential to muscle growth. It is thought to keep your cortisol levels in check. Although the body needs cortisol, too much can increase appetite and interfere with amino acids and hormones essential for building muscle. Additionally, a lack of vitamin C reduces the amount of collagen the body makes, and you need collagen because it helps to repair muscles and maintain lean muscle mass.

4. B-Vitamins 

All B vitamins help the body by breaking down fat and carbs for energy. The also assist the body in metabolizing fats and protein, and protein, I hear, is great for building muscle.