A Healthy Diet a Day May Keep COPD at Bay


Recently, they did a study that found beet juice may be able to help people who suffer COPD increase their ability to exercise.  In the lab trials, those who imbibed beetroot juice saw a significant increase in mobility.However, it turns out that beet juice is just the tip of the food pyramid when it comes to COPD.

Researchers assessed the lives of nearly 100,000 people–about 66% women–during a span of nearly twenty years and found that a healthy diet seemed to cut the risk of COPD by one third. As defined by the research, a healthy diet was one that included lots of vegetables, whole grains, unsaturated fat, nuts and omega-3 fatty acids and contained low to moderate amounts of refined grains, red and processed meats, sugary drinks and alcohol. BMI, age and ethnicity did not seem to be factors. The researchers cite antioxidant activity as the source of the possible health benefits.

Medical News Today 

As the lungs exist in a high oxygen environment, it is reasonable to posit that certain exposures (and local inflammation) can further increase the burden of oxidants,” they note. “The balance between these potentially toxic substances and the protective actions of antioxidant defenses, including those derived from diet, may play a role in the loss of lung function over time and the eventual development of COPD.”


Vitamin A Deficiency May Play Huge Role in Type 2 Diabetes


Type 2 diabetes has been called the scourge of the American public because nearly ten percent of the population suffers from it. That’s one million people altogether. It’s the seventh leading cause of death, and there is no cure.

A recent study at Weill Cornell Medical College may shed some new light on this problem.  Scientists there looked at mice who weren’t getting enough vitamin A and found that this dearth coincided with the death of pancreatic beta cells. Beta cells produce insulin which regulates sugar.

Diabetes, of course, is a metabolic disease that hinders the body’s ability to create insulin.  So what’s the connection to vitamin A? Well, they don’t quite know yet. This is a brand-new discovery

From Weill Cornell Medical College

“How the removal of vitamin A causes the death of the beta cells that make insulin in the pancreas is an important question we want to answer. These beta cells in the pancreas are exquisitely sensitive to the dietary removal of vitamin A. No one has found that before.”

Just Carrots contains 420% of your daily vitamin A needs. So drink your veggies and get your vitamins.

Pea Protein as Good as Whey for Building Muscle, Strength


The next time somebody tries to tell you whey protein is better than pea protein for building muscle, you can officially tell them to go “a-whey.” Because a new study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that pea protein is every bit as effective as whey for making those mad #gainz.

The study looked at 160 males ages 18-35 who underwent resistance training. One third used pea protein, one third took whey and the final group consumed a placebo. The poor guys in the placebo group saw the least amount of muscle growth. There was no difference in muscle growth or strength between the whey and pea groups. The study pointed out that since there was no practical difference in regards to muscle mass between the two, pea protein was an optimum alternative for those who suffer from whey allergies. Also, it’s vegan.

I think that we should point out that The AIM Companies sells pea protein. It’s called ProPeas, and it tastes just great.

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