Protecting Your Cognitive Reserve

September is World Alzheimer’s Month and not a day goes by without discussion about this disease as the global population ages. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, and it is unknown why one individual develops dementia and another does not. Dementia affects 5 percent of the population over age sixty, with the incidence doubling every five years, affecting up to 30 percent for those above age eighty.

Genetic influences play a role in our brain development and influence its resilience. While there is little you can do about your genetic profile, incorporating protective factors can increase your cognitive reserve and reduce your risk of developing dementia and associated diseases.

Certain life experiences determine one’s cognitive reserve and protective factors include: education, physical activity and mental and social activity. Well-known risk factors that can create vascular results or neuronal damage include an unhealthy diet, alcohol misuse, smoking, diabetes, obesity and hypertension.

Ginkgo biloba has been one of the most widely researched herbs for the treatment and prevention of cognitive decline and is also known as a nutrient application for eye health. A number of trials have examined the effects of G. biloba in healthy cognitive intact older adults. It has been shown to be effective in improving memory and cognitive function in healthy adults. (1,2,3)

1. Stough C.et al. Neuropsychological changes after 30-day Ginkgo biloba administration in healthy participants. Int J Neuropsychopharmacol 2001:4(2):131-134.

2. Elsabagh S, et al. Differential cognitive effects of Ginkgo biloba after acute and chronic treatment in healthy young volunteers. Psychopharmacology (Berl) 2005:179(2):437-466.

3. Kennedy DO, et al. The dose-dependent cognitive effects of acute administration of Ginkgo biloba to healthy young volunteers. Psychopharmacology (Berl) 2000:151(4):416-423.

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“I have been tak­ing AIM Ginkgo­Sense since 1994 and like the fact that it has great antioxidant capabilities along with as­sisting good capillary blood flow to the eyes and mental clarities. I am now sixty years of age and can still read the Supplement Facts on the GinkgoSense label without reading glasses! I find that when I go off my GinkgoSense my vision starts to go a little blurry. I enjoy taking many of the other AIM products.”
—Rob Hetherington, AIM Director

Our Journey with The AIM Companies™

Shared by Carolyn Kling, AIM Chairman’s Club Director

The fall of 1981 was the very beginning of a future we could only have dreamed about. God had our future ordained for us and it began when one of Jim’s real estate clients brought a jar of green powder into our office. Being an entrepreneur, Jim immediately saw something in this jar that sparked a fire under him.

After a thorough investigation and seeing folks getting well from their ailments, Jim was convinced to get involved sharing this with others. So we jumped in with both feet and closed our real estate business. Soon we had a business growing up around us.

We organized many meetings, shared with all our family and friends and anyone else who would listen, and the excitement grew. We experienced a new energy level and wellness that we had not had before. We began to travel as our network began to spread. We set our goals and made plans to carry them out. We worked as a team, and it was so exciting seeing what God was doing, not only in our lives, but in so many others. As we taught the health message and how to share it, folks were not only getting improved health but also financial rewards with a nice paycheck.

Our excitement and determination just kept growing and now as we look back, we stand in awe seeing how we reached for every promotion available. With that business success and our teaching and training came countless folks with improved health and incredible incomes.

What an incredible life God had planned for us and we listened. We were able to not only enjoy a lifestyle far beyond our dreams, we also were able to help our family in many ways.

Jim’s big dream was to own a beautiful ranch in the central mountains of Idaho and set up a ministry there and our AIM business helped this dream come true. Jim’s sign on the big gatepost is “Kling Ranch, On Loan from God.” This ranch has provided not only R&R for us and our family, but we have youth and church camps, pastors, R&R retreats, family hunting and so much more.

In the beginning we felt very strongly that we had hold of something bigger than us, and that has certainly proved to be true.

Our lives were truly enriched in every way possible. Thanks be to God and thank you to Ron Wright, Dennis Itami, the AIM staff and our team around the world.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results that everyone can achieve.

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There Is HOPE for Our Kids!

Shared by Janeen Whitmer, AIM Preferred Member

At the end of the 2014-15 school year for 3rd grade, my daughter Kayla was tested and diagnosed as having a language processing disorder. School work was very difficult for her, and it became increasingly difficult to keep her attention. Homework was taking hours at night. The special education teacher recommended ADD and ADHD medication, but I didn’t feel that was the best way to help Kayla. I was sure that I could find a better solution to help her out from the cage her mind was in.

I decided to change our family’s eating habits. I started reading labels and almost completely cut out sugar and processed foods. I was very careful to buy organic wherever possible, and we tried to limit gluten.

The following school year, Kayla started speech and language therapy twice a week and was showing signs of improvement. However, at home she was still struggling with homework and hated going to school. We would both end up in tears by the time I dropped her off to school.

By the end of the year, I was at my wits’ end. It felt hopeless, but I was not going to give up on my daughter. I knew that she was trapped inside her mind, and I just needed to find the key to help her out.

That summer, I read everything I could get my hands on concerning ADD, ADHD and autism spectrum disorders. It all clicked. The way she would flap her arms if she was excited, the way she couldn’t sit still but seemed to sit on the edge of her seat with her whole body contorted with tension and the way she sat on the side at recess while everyone else played together. Everything I read spoke of a gut-brain connection.

From there I turned to AIM. I have been taking BarleyLife ever since my mom started me at age eight with barley juice powder. It was my prenatal, and as soon as my kids could hold sippy cups, they started getting their Garden Trio every morning.

I opened a capsule of FloraFood into Kayla’s Garden Trio every morning. In the afternoon, the kids would take their Herbal Fiberblend and fit ’n fiber mixture.

In the fall of 2016, her teacher noticed Kayla’s attention span was much better. She was bringing home the average amount of homework for a 5th grader and all her classes seemed to be clicking. At recess, she was even joining the other kids to play, and the smile was reaching her eyes.

“I was sure that I could find a better solution to help her out from the cage her mind was in.”

She was still meeting with a therapist twice a week but not showing much progress. So I incorporated PrepZymes into our daily routine. I would open the capsule right into her fiber mixture. The result was almost instant. Everything clicked and this spring, the therapist felt that Kayla may be able to test out of special education as early as next fall. She’s meeting all her goals and even joined the volleyball team this spring. She’s happy and we haven’t had a morning filled with tears all year.

There is hope for our kids. They don’t have to be trapped inside their own minds. Educate yourself. Get your whole family involved. Be strong and have faith. Our kids deserve it. Thank you, AIM.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results that everyone can achieve.

Amazing BarleyLife

Shared by Wellington Cheng, AIM Preferred Member

Before retiring at age seventy-four, I worked as a journalist and editor for a Chinese newspaper in the Bay Area for twenty years. I first started taking AIM’s barley product now known as BarleyLife over twenty years ago.

Today, I’m nearly eighty-nine and feel very good.

My very good friend, David, introduced me to BarleyLife. He said to mix it well with juice or water and take it two times a day to maintain good health. I knew he meant well, so I promised him I would try it. Besides barley is a plant, so I thought it would be beneficial for the body.

At that time, I was working long graveyard shifts, going home in the early morning after the newspaper was printed. By taking BarleyLife twice a day, I did not feel tired or exhausted, even though I was already over the age of seventy. Besides drinking barley grass juice twice daily, I ate light, did not smoke or drink and never took any tonics. My health was good.

When I retired in 2002, there were a lot of life changes. I adopted a normal routine without night shifts and had more free time to do whatever I wanted to do, including travel. I could walk just fine and did not feel old at all. To simplify my life, I stopped taking BarleyLife. Within six months, my black hair started turning white, which I thought was age-related.

Now I seldom saw David as he had moved. Then one day, he and his wife came for a visit, and we had lunch together. I told him that I had stopped drinking BarleyLife after retirement and shortly afterward my hair turned white. I wondered if it had something to do with not taking BarleyLife. David said, “If that’s so, you had better drink it again.”

I started drinking BarleyLife again mixed with juice every morning and night. Thirteen years have now passed, and I still have a lot of hair with no increase in white hair but lots of new black hair. Close-up, it looks like salt and pepper hair, only with more pepper than salt!

When my hair turned white, it was a visible sign of the aging process and a very good indication of other damage that may be hidden from view inside of my body that occurred when I stopped taking BarleyLife. I will take BarleyLife for the rest of my life—it has an amazing effect.

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

Never, Ever Go Off the AIM Products

Shared by Cindy Ponchot, AIM Star Sapphire Director

After being diagnosed with primary peritoneal cancer, I chose a mind-body-spirit approach to healing instead of traditional cancer treatments. After all, I was given only six months to live! Why would I want to be on treatments that induce sickness?

This approach included the AIM products. To my oncologist’s amaze­ment, within three months, I was declared cancer-free—not “in remission” but cancer-free. For over seven years now, I have helped others overcome their health challenges.

Recently, a dear, lifelong friend found that after taking the AIM products for just three weeks, the cancerous tumor in her breast had shrunk significantly. She stated, “I think it was the products.” “Of course, it was!” I answered emphatically.

Shortly after my own healing, one of my oncologists called me and asked if I would help a man who had stomach cancer. He was given four months to live and did not have much of a stomach left. After accepting my help, this gentleman lived another three years cancer-free. But the call did come from his wife, who said, “My husband is dying. He went off the products a while back.”

“His beautiful family credits the AIM products for an extra three years of life with their father.”

I immediately went to see him in his hospital room. We chatted a little, and then he sat up in bed. Looking me in the eye he said, “Cindy, please tell anyone you are helping to never, ever go off the AIM products. I should have never gone off the BarleyLife.” His beautiful family credits the AIM products for an extra three years of life with their father.

Little did I know that after being declared cancer-free, I would be helping other’s find
their way back to better health. The ap­proach I took amazed my doctor so much that he researched and studied complementary treatments to cancer. He really believes in offering others a lifestyle choice that treats and prevents cancer.

Special thanks go to Eli and Barbara Hershberger (AIM Directors) and Charlotte and Keith Thompson (AIM Chairman’s Club Directors) for caring enough to share. They are the reason I am alive today!

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

Took BarleyLife … Haven’t Had Arthritis Since

Shared by Dorothy Kutt, AIM Member

Many years ago, my ankle started giving me trouble. My doctor had it X-rayed and determined it was arthritis. I was in my fifties at the time. The ankle was swollen, and there was an awful lot of pain that was so bad I could barely walk. Clients had to be brought to me at the credit union where I worked. Before the arthritis, I would always go out to greet them. Just couldn’t do it anymore. Of course, I could have taken pills that my doctor said would make me sick, so I didn’t.

Now I used to get my nails done by a woman whose mother-in-law had cancer. When she noticed my difficulty with walking, she asked me what was wrong. I told her it was arthritis. She gave me a massage, which helped, but it wasn’t the answer. At one point, I told her I don’t have much of an appetite in the morning. That’s when she handed me a canister of the BarleyLife she stocked in her shop and said, “You might want to try this. It’s better than nothing for breakfast.”

I started taking the powder and then switched to capsules. Halfway through the second bottle, the pain and swelling was gone. If I ever ran out and had to stop for a while, I’d get a tiny ache, warning me to get back on BarleyLife. So I stayed on it. Never had arthritis since.”

Even though I’m eighty-four, I don’t feel like it. I’m the oldest one in my family, and I feel great! I’m into organic food, and I walk six kilometers daily. All in all, I love my BarleyLife and take seven capsules every morning. I let other people know about it too, and it’s helped them as well. I would not do without BarleyLife. I’d starve first.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results that everyone can achieve.

Healthiest Version of Yourself

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Shared by Heather Fausett, AIM Director in Auckland, New Zealand 

Twenty years ago, at the age of thirty-two, Heather Fausett was diagnosed with a rare form of thyroid cancer, with a very poor prognosis. She had the tumor removed, and six weeks post-op, her health had made a miraculous turnaround.

Before her diagnosis, Heather lived a life almost devoid of fresh fruit and vegetables and high in meat and dairy products. She and her husband, Grant, quickly understood the necessary health changes they needed to make, and they increased their raw food intake to ninety percent.

They started taking AIM’s BarleyLife, mostly for the super­oxide dis­mutase (SOD) and anti­oxidant content and within a week started to feel like teenagers.

Heather joined AIM to pur­chase BarleyLife at wholesale prices. She discovered that using the AIM products was a cost-effective and convenient way to consume whole foods and to juice without the mess and difficulty of accessing organic vegetables, to say nothing of saving time!

The Fausetts met Chairman’s Club Directors Mary-Ann and Mark Shearer at the Hawaiian Celebration in 2002, and since then, Heather’s mantra is to help others improve the quality of their lives through good nutrition.

Periodically, Heather runs Healthy Living seminars in her local community. Her aim is to get folks educated, energized and enthusiastic about becoming the very best version of themselves. Her philosophy is that this can be fun and easy, if we learn a few basic concepts because the body is very forgiving and corrects itself, if we look after it properly!

Heather and Grant enjoyed a three-day hike on the Hollyford Track in the South Island of New Zealand in December. Heather and Grant’s three daughters, Kate, Christina and Rochelle (with spouses), are pictured above post-jog after their Christmas Day lunch. They were raised on AIM’s BarleyLife since they were in pre-school. All three are in their twenties and are keen athletes and users of the AIM products.

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