“Aren’t They All Just Pyramid Schemes?”

How I joined a network marketing company and never looked back

I consider myself open-minded, but in the last few years I have found that the majority of people do not share my open-mindedness. My story begins a few years ago when a friend introduced me to a product called Herbal Fiberblend. I was having some digestive issues … I’ll spare you the details. What I can tell you is Herbal Fiberblend made an incredible difference. I was so impressed that I did some research and decided to get started with the company that offers this product. Within five months, my entrepreneurial business took off and I made the decision to go into it full-time. My friends and family thought I was making a mistake. But I am happy to report that the only mistake I made was not starting sooner!

Before I started my business, I had absolutely no entrepreneurial experience. In less than two years I now make a better income in this so-called “pyramid scheme” than I did as a pharmacy technician, a job I went to school for and went into debt to achieve. The irony is that the income from my new business has actually helped to pay off the balance of my student loans!

“You will never make money in a pyramid scheme.” Honestly, leaving my pharmacy tech position to do entrepreneurial sales full-time was scary. After all, I had a stable income and benefits with an established company. But the people I met working in the business were the first to tell me, “Everything is a pyramid scheme.” There will always be a hierarchy at every company with someone making more than the next person, and so forth.

I now understand exactly what they meant. Looking back, I realize that no matter how hard I worked at the pharmacy, there was always going to be a ceiling on how much I was going to be paid.  When I approached my supervisor about the possibility of advancement, he too expressed the goal to grow in his career and compensation. When you think about, most companies have a ladder to the top, with different “levels.” Sound familiar? Wanting to move up in earning and position is something that nearly all of us strive for in our professional lives. What makes entrepreneurial network marketing unique is you can achieve this without being held back by the hierarchy above you in the organization.

So why do network marketing companies have such a bad name? Because they are NOT all the same. From the moment I made the decision to go full-time as an entrepreneur, family and friends were skeptical. There were remarks like, “You know that a lot of ‘those companies’ have gone out of business or been investigated for being pyramid schemes, right?” Yes, there ARE direct selling companies that have not followed good business practices or have disregarded the rule of law. But it’s important to keep things in perspective. Those companies often fold within a few years. Still, it is important that you do some research before you decide to join any direct selling company. Make sure the company you choose sells a commodity and pays you based on the sale of that commodity. Make sure it is a product or line of products you can confidently stand behind. If either of these is not true, stay clear.

The company I chose has been in business for over 36 years and offers a line of high-quality whole-food and nutritional products that I personally use with confidence.  So, I am able to make an income offering products that I trust in and can help a person’s health and well-being. When I talk to people I never promise anyone that they will make a six-figure income or get a free car, for example.  In fact, early on in the relationship I typically don’t discuss the business opportunity with a customer or prospect unless they ask.  I simply suggest products based on my experience and a person’s needs, emphasizing the product’s benefits and the 30-day money-back guarantee. I certainly don’t claim to be a doctor or know of a “cure-all.”  The nice thing about this company is I don’t even have to build a team of salespeople and can still make a good income.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk about the other reasons I enjoy being an entrepreneur. No, it’s not all about the money you can earn! For me, it is also about the relationships. I have made a lot of friends through my business. It’s also about personal development. I was always a follower, having had poor self-esteem since childhood. Being an entrepreneur has helped me become a much more confident person and leader. I didn’t have that sense of purpose and self-assurance in my previous work.

And by the way, most people fail in this kind of business because they lack motivation and initiative. You can be given every tool you need to succeed, but if you do not apply yourself, you fail. It is important to attend to the business, to streamline your prospecting system, and to build and maintain your team. Just like in a regular job, if you do the right things and do them diligently, you will eventually succeed.

I am not discouraged by negative articles about network marketing because I know it works. I’m not wealthy yet, but it won’t be long before I’m making a better income than most of the people I know with college degrees, some of whom never had a job that related to their field of study. And when they complain to me about student loan debt, lack of opportunity for advancement, or working for “the man”, I can guarantee you I will tell them about The AIM Companies.

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Since 1982, The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products like BarleyLife and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

Barley Baby

The nutrition a woman chooses for her herself can have a profound effect on both her health and that of her children. Tanya van der Westhuizen, AIM Director, knows this to be true after experiencing two completely different pregnancies: before and after AIM Nutrition that Works.

After her first child was born prematurely, Tanya found herself constipated, depressed and overweight, while still craving unhealthy food. “I had no idea of what was going on with my hormonal system and body,” she admitted. “And I did not know anything about nutrition or the impact it could have on the development of a baby.”

The health of her firstborn was compromised by a weak immune system. Like Tanya, her little boy suffered from a bad skin condition and had food issues. Every time new teeth came in, he would get sick. “I wish somebody had told me about BarleyLife earlier,” Tanya stated, whose poor health continued, and she suffered two miscarriages.

After a few years of feeling that every system in her body was dysfunctional, Tanya was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack and kill thyroid cells, creating chronic inflammation in the thyroid gland and affecting hormonal balance. And a blood test revealed that she was extremely sensitive to milk, eggs and chicken.

Everything Changes

A few years later, lifestyle adjustments, including a better diet and AIM supplements, began changing everything for the better. “I basically prepared my body for two years before getting pregnant again,” Tanya said. “I took the Garden Trio, AIMega and Herbal Fiberblend and used Renewed Balance.” By 2016, Tanya was in good health and pregnant.

“I am living proof of how nutrition—more fruit and vegetables and avoiding inflammatory foods—changed my body,” Tanya exclaimed. After giving a full-term birth to a healthy baby girl, Tanya did not struggle with excessive weight gain, sore ankles, bad skin, water retention or postnatal depression. And her baby was developing so well that they called her the Barley Baby, who has no health issues and sleeps well. “I firmly believe the excellent nutrition achieved by taking BarleyLife was a major contribution.”

“We are still using AIM products happily and successfully,” Tanya added, “proof that AIM products help improve your family’s health.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results everybody can achieve.

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Since 1982, The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products like BarleyLife and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

Is It Time for Inner Spring Cleaning?

Shared by Members Toni Lund, Teresa Schumacher and Amanda Maradiaga

What has happened to the health of people in this great nation of ours? Many of today’s diseases have come about because of drastic changes in our environment, food that is being chemically treated and food additives that are toxic to our systems. So we suffer from illnesses that never plagued mankind before.

The colon is at the root of these problems. A regular diet of refined carbohydrates and a lack of dietary fiber increases the transit time of bowel wastes and stimulates the production of putrefactive bacteria in the bowel. When the colon is impacted with sugar, hamburgers, French fries, etc., how can the body ever expect to assimilate any good nutrients? Such eating habits have contributed to our nation’s obesity epidemic. This is all the more reason to clean the impacted fecal matter from our colons and eat healthier food to maintain them.

“It’s like I always said,” commented Teresa Schumacher, Chairman’s Club Director and formulator of Herbal Fiberblend, “you would never wax a floor before sweeping and mopping it first.” You can’t absorb any good nutrients from the food you eat if you don’t clean out the colon first.

Pharmacy or Farmacy?

When most people get sick, they turn to the “pharmacy” for their ailments. Yet our ancestors turned to the “farmacy”—wholesome food and natural medicine.
Teresa Schumacher is 92 years old and doesn’t take any prescription medications. She continues to take BarleyLife, Herbal Fiberblend and Composure daily. With a combination of healthy eating and AIM products, she has managed to stay healthy. Teresa is still helping people and loves to hear from those she has helped over the years.

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Cleansing the Colon

While we recommend maintaining a daily habit of keeping your bowels moving, we are often asked how often one should do a more intense cleanse, a “spring cleaning” of sorts. Remember, it’s easier to clean a colon that’s well maintained than to clean a colon that’s had a year of binging and gorging.

Herbal Fiberblend, BarleyLife and Composure along with Just Carrots, RediBeets and PrepZymes should be used on a daily basis to maintain good health. But as mentioned before, with all the chemicals and additives in our food, even a well-kept colon could use a good spring cleaning every three or six months, and annually.

Here are some of our favorite cleanses; complete details can be found in the books, Cleansing the Body and the Colon for a Happier and Healthier You and Candida the Slow Killer (available as Kindle Editions on amazon.com or contact the authors for hard copies).

Accelerated 3-Week Cleanse

This cleanse uses Herbal Fiberblend, BarleyLife, RediBeets and Composure. It also includes Cascara Sagrada (optional) usually found at your local health food store.

Gall Stone and Liver 3-Day Cleanse

This cleanse uses Herbal Fiberblend, BarleyLife, Composure and RediBeets.

Candida Control Program (3-Month Cleanse)

This cleanse uses Herbal Fiberblend, BarleyLife and Composure. Full details of this cleanse can be found in Candida the Slow Killer.

Parasite Cleanse Using Para 90

This cleanse is not in either book, but we have recommended it often to people. Take 3 Para 90 capsules per day for 30 days in conjunction with taking Herbal Fiberblend, BarleyLife and Composure twice daily. Take 1 Para 90 capsule with each dose of Herbal Fiberblend and then one capsule before bed.

As with any good cleanse, FloraFood is recommended to replenish friendly bacteria and maintain gut flora balance.

Herbal remedies are foreign to many people. It takes a little more convincing to help them understand the value of being responsible for their own health. If we take care of ourselves and not wait until we get sick, how much better off we will be? This is why the AIM products are so valuable.

I had terrible pains in my colon every time I had a bowel movement, they would last from 8 to 10 hours. I was unable to work and couldn’t afford to see a doctor. A friend of mine recommended Herbal Fiberblend. I took it that night and have been taking it faithfully for 12 years and have had no pain!   –Ken S.

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I have been taking Herbal Fiberblend for 10 years. I notice a difference when I take it versus when I run out and can’t take it. With regular use, I notice no yeast infections; I rarely get the flu or a cold. Although I was diagnosed with IBS, I have regular bowel movements and the gas and bloating I experienced are gone.
–Jennifer O.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results everybody can achieve.

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Since 1982, The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

Managing Inflammation Improved My Life

Shared by Jan Kusch, AIM Preferred Member

Jan Kusch headshotMy journey with AIM began in February 2012, when I had been diagnosed with chronic dermatomyositis, a rare auto­immune disease that attacks the muscle and skin, resulting in weak muscles and irritated skin condition on my hands, neck, chest, scalp, face and eyelids.

Strangers would walk up to me and ask if I had shingles. My arm and leg muscles hurt so badly, I could hardly endure driving the car or using the computer keyboard, plus walking was becoming a challenge.

My doctor kept prescribing more medications, and I seemed to be getting worse. At the same time, my mother was at the end stages of Alzheimer’s, my only son was serving as an army lieutenant in the northern mountains of Afghanistan and my health insurance business was a challenge to maintain due to Obamacare.

Then, two things happened that turned my life around. Rosie Reichert, a dear friend who is an AIM Director, called to invite me to a meeting to learn about AIM products. I immediately placed an order. Simultaneously, I was contacted by the doctor’s office. I had been on a waiting list to become a new patient. Many prayers were answered at the same time!

I told my new doctor about the AIM products I had started taking, and she was on board for me to use them. She immediately sent me to physical therapy, changed my diet to gluten-free and reduced my medications. It took about one year to go from weekly injections of methotrexate—a drug used to treat certain types of cancer, psoriasis or rheumatoid arthritis—to none.

My disease is all about managing inflammation. The AIM products I use daily are BarleyLife juice powder and capsules, AIMega, Composure, RediBeets, Peak Endurance, Proancynol 2000 and FloraFood as well as Mag-nificence spray and Herbal Fiberblend as needed. I credit these products with improving my quality of life. I was even able to travel with my son to Europe in the fall of 2016 for two weeks, visiting England, France and Ireland.

I am thankful for the support and quality products that The AIM Companies™ has provided. I am excited to share my story and encourage you to give AIM a try.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results everybody can achieve.

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Since 1982, The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

 

My Journey to Success

Shared by Marinda van den Bosch, AIM Star Sapphire Director

My journey to success started three years ago with my sickly boy, Roan. It was not my intention at all to start AIM as a business. After a consultation with Royal Emerald Director Madaleine Helm (my upline) I just wanted my friends and family to hear about this natural way of healing. Madaleine conducted my first AIM talk on hormones for friends and family. After that I was literally sold out of all the products she discussed.

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I saw such a difference with my own children after I put them onto a gluten-free and dairy-free diet. I used the Garden Trio, FloraFood, Herbal Fiberblend and AIMega to supplement them.

I started organizing more and more talks and got to learn about the AIM business and the AIM products. When I started the AIM business, I reached Director status within three months. Becoming Star Sapphire Director looked so far ahead, I thought that will only be after many, many years of hard work. However, Madaleine was such a great help to me in setting up my AIM business that I was able to reach Star Sapphire level within three years.

I have built a great downline and we work together as a team, and what an amazing team this has become. I help my downline however I can. It is very important to do this as the stronger they become, so do you. It is also very important to focus on your own first level clients, to encourage them to stay on the products. Following up with clients is also very important as well as keeping track of their results. Every client is different, and each one has specific needs.

The extra AIM income each month is such a help to our family. Working AIM as a business is really worth it. I really don’t do this only for the money but to help other people with their health, and I really have a passion for nutrition. I have so many powerful testimonies on different products. Each and every AIM product is amazing for what it helps to achieve.

I am really working hard to achieve the next level in my AIM business. I encourage everyone who has a passion for nutrition and health to make AIM a successful business.

As the mother of four children, AIM as a business works perfectly for me. I can be with my children in the afternoon, to help with school work or extra murals and still help hubby with his business if needed. I organize my own hours. Running an AIM business gives you a lot of flexibility. I hope to build my business stronger and stronger in 2018.

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Since 1982, The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

Healthy, Happy and Very Active

Shared by Whitey Johnson, AIM Group Builder

I was introduced to AIM’s barley grass powder by Carolyn and Jim Kling, Chairman’s Club Directors. They told me that it was quickly assimilated by the body. At that time, I was taking a bunch of vitamins and minerals, but I didn’t feel well. Right away these supplemental greens made a difference, and I felt better. It wasn’t an instant high; I just felt better. So I really got excited about it. That was about eighteen years ago now. It started out as a supplement. Now it’s an investment.

Before being introduced to AIM, my health wasn’t good. Our family had a history of disease. Dad died early of cancer, mom had Parkinson’s and there was diabetes and a whole bunch of other issues too. So I wasn’t doing well at all. I ate and drank all the bad stuff. My wife Brenita and I started changing our diets. If you put the right fuel in your body, you start feeling a healthy difference.

Then I found out about the Garden Trio. I take it in the morning, followed by two more servings of BarleyLife during the day. It helps with everything. I also learned about Herbal Fiberblend: it cleans out the plumbing so that nutrients can get through the intestinal wall. That stuff is really amazing.

I also take Proancynol 2000, CellSparc 360, GinkgoSense, ReAssure SP and AIMega daily.

As for my career, I started in construction when I was seventeen and worked as a general contractor building custom and high-end homes. Anyway, I began having a little problem with my memory. In carpentry and construction, you have got to remember numbers. I didn’t want to write them down, but I was having trouble remembering them well in my head.

GinkgoSense made a big difference. It started clearing things up in my head. My memory just kind of improved and excelled. It even helps when you’re driving. If your memory is working well, it helps with everything.

I started on ReAssure SP because I had an issue there, and it really helped me. All my tests are good and no prostate cancer.

So I’m healthy, happy and very active at the age of eighty-seven. You can better help your community and family if you have good health. You can function better, and our goal is to keep improving. By the way, we are very pleased with AIM’s service as the products get to us very quickly. We’re so thankful for The AIM Companies™.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results everybody can achieve.

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Since 1982, The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

Fiber & Weight Loss Simplicity

Losing weight and keeping it off is a challenge for many people, especially when they attempt to follow complicated “diet plans” that end up not being effective in permanently taking off the pounds.

So how about keeping weight loss simple and effective by introducing more fiber into your diet? A 2015 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine® demonstrated that increasing fiber intake only may be “a reasonable alternative for persons with difficulty adhering to more complicated diet regimens.”

Fiber: The Low-Calorie Carbohydrate

Yes, fiber is a carb although your body does not easily digest it. That means it goes through your digestive tract without increasing blood sugar.  And along the way, fiber cleans the intestinal walls and bulks up waste to create soft stools that are eliminated in bowel movements. Drinking plenty of water goes hand in hand with increasing fiber intake, enhancing its effectiveness.

Another great thing about this low-weight carbohydrate is that it is plentiful in healthy whole foods, such as fruit and vegetables.

Fiber Full Foods

When you fill up on fiber-rich foods, your stomach gets full, which tells your brain (and you) to stop eating. That’s where the simplicity comes in.  And because most fiber goes undigested, you stay full for longer periods of time.

Eating an apple or a baked potato with the skin left on gives you fiber. Or suppose you chop up a variety of fresh, colorful veggies and snack on them instead of a bag of cookies or chips. You’re getting whole-food nutrients including a load of fiber, all without a lot of calories. Fewer calories means less weight gain. And again you’ll feel full much longer than after a cookie or chip binge, so you’ll eat less.

How Much Fiber?

According to the Institute of Medicine, the daily fiber requirement for an adequate intake is 25 grams for women (age 19 – 50 years) and 38 grams for men (age 14 – 50 years).  For women aged 51+, 21 grams is considered adequate while men in this age group need 30 grams daily.

Getting even more fiber may be a preventative measure. For example, rural South Africans often have more than 50 grams of fiber in their daily diets compared to African-Americans who average only 15 grams per day. A notable result of the high-fiber intake is that chronic diseases such as colon cancer are much rarer [PubMed Central® (PMC)].

A high-fiber intake goes way beyond just simplifying a weight loss program as it may contribute to blood sugar regulation, LDL cholesterol reduction and lower risk of chronic diseases (SAGE Journals).

Supplemental Fiber from AIM

For additional help with weight management, Herbal Fiberblend and fit ’n fiber are two supplemental fiber options that can help add to your “food” fiber intake.

If you want to begin with an intestinal cleanse, start by taking Herbal Fiberblend because along with psyllium fiber, it provides detoxifying herbs that will help to get your weight loss goal off to a cleansing beginning.

For an everyday fiber supplement, take fit ’n fiber to get more of this low-calorie, stomach-filling carbohydrate into your diet as a simple step toward losing weight.