Mary-Ann and Mark Shearer Reach Million Dollar Club

Mark and Mary-Ann Shearer

Chairman’s Club Directors Mark and Mary-Ann Shearer of Gordon’s Bay in the Western Cape province of South Africa have not had a doctor bill due to ill health in over thirty years. Prior to that, they suffered from all sorts of ailments: ear infections, allergies, depression, blood pressure issues, etc. When they switched to a plant-based diet and a regimen of daily exercise, their health problems subsided.

In 1991 Mary-Ann was given a canister of AIM’s green barley powder. Mary-Ann didn’t even try it. “Until you bring me scientific evidence not done by the company, I will not look at it,” she said. Over the next eight years, various AIM Members tried to convince Mary- Ann to give the AIM products a chance.

In 1999, Mark spoke with Hermana, a missionary friend who told him that her AIM income allowed her to do missionary work in Israel. She asked that Mark have Mary-Ann phone Chairman’s Club Director Joan van Rensburg. She did, and Joan visited and brought some independent scientific research with her.

The Shearers tried BarleyLife® out on their family, the staff of their whole-food business and even on the dog and the cat. The lesions caused by sun damage on Mark’s back cleared up. They both had more energy, especially mid-afternoon. The children found that they concentrated better at school and their skin issues disappeared. The staff had some serious detox symptoms at first, but none of them got colds or flus if kept on the BarleyLife.

“What sets AIM apart is that the products have integrity—they actually work every time! The compensation plan is generous and easy to work and the people who head the company are Godly and genuine— there is no hype. You don’t need it when the products change your life!” Mary-Ann said.

Mark and Mary-Ann take the Garden Trio® every morning along with three or four AIMega® capsules. (This blend of omegas work better than any other, and they’ve tried dozens). They use Red Rush almost daily for cycling. Mark takes Frame Essentials® for an old running injury. They add ProPeas® to their morning smoothies when they want vanilla flavor, Para 90® a couple times a year, Composure® for natural pain relief, flying or for trouble sleeping and use Herbal Fiberblend® for digestive issues.

The products that she recommends that everyone takes are the ones that she’s highlighted in her 100 Days to Health Program developed specifically to help her downline grow their businesses: BarleyLife for overall health, AIMega for overall health, especially endocrine function and Herbal Fiberblend for digestive health. Their Five Steps to Health Program has transformed lives in less than three months.

“We’ve seen blood pressures and blood sugars stabilize, cholesterol drop and some serious auto immune issues go into remission.” Mary-Ann advises that anyone starting out in their AIM Business should “use the products, get to know the products well, do all the training AIM offers and in the meantime, start telling friends what AIM has done for you. Have a plan. For example: Sign one person up each week. Talk to people, but focus on helping them, not on making money! Then find three of the people that you’ve signed up who are motivated and who order regularly and help them build by doing what you have done. Once you have three Directors, focus on the next three people and so on until you have twelve. Make Chairman’s Club your goal and don’t give up. Make sure that you and your team know all the products that AIM has. List ten reasons to use each and highlight the top three. Develop an email database and send regular emails to your downline. Use social media like Facebook, Twitter, etc. to let people know what is new and how the products are helping people.”

Mary-Ann said that she and her husband faced setbacks on their way to making the Million Dollar Club. But when they refocused on the core of why they were in AIM — to help people get well, stay well and earn an income — it motivated them every time.

The Shearer’s built their business by using AIM’s USSBT formula. They say it works well.

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“There are thousands of stories we could tell; over 9,000 people have completed the 100 Days to Health, and although not all have used the AIM products, those that do have the quickest and most dramatic improvements in health. People find that weight drops off, blood pressure is regulated, depression goes, skin improves dramatically, people sleep better and their children seldom if ever get sick. The most dramatic story I can tell you was about a young mother in the UK who was pregnant with her second child when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She started taking BarleyLife and AIMega. Within two weeks, there was a huge improvement and she went into complete remission. She has been well since and gave birth to a healthy child.”

As for the future, the Shearers are working to get their total downline volume to 120,000 in the next year. They only need to get a few more Elite Directors and a few more people in the Chairman’s Club. They also hope to spend more time in the US, working on that leg of their business.

AIM Turned My Life Around

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My story goes back to my late thirties. I felt held captive by a chronic fatigue that I could not shake. I never knew from day to day if I would have energy for even mild physical activities. Even enjoyable things like dancing or raspberry-picking were often too exhausting for me to endure.

My enthusiasm was dimming more and more. I felt anxious or depressed. But thankfully, a very lovely, elderly woman told me about the benefits of AIM’s barley grass powder. A hope was sparked that somehow nutrition could be a significant solution. Twice a day I took it while making changes in my diet. My energy level increased dramatically.

Although I was no longer tired all the time, my fitness level was very low. However, I wasn’t in a place to even consider starting exercise before taking greens like AIM BarleyLife. A strong desire to be fit began to grow in me, so I bought a book on running and started out. I called my run the geriatric shuffle because I was ridiculously slow. But I loved it.

My mood also dramatically improved with running. It was like I had come out from under a dark cloud into the sunshine of a brand new day. I made a wonderful running friend, and we began to challenge ourselves with various kinds of running: hills, sprints, intervals, long runs. It was so much fun. I was so relieved and thankful because the chronic fatigue was just a memory.

When AIM LeafGreens came out, I began to take it, noticing an increase in stamina. My dear friend also took it with wonderful results.

When I was fifty-two, my son showed me video clips of the Tough Mudder and Spartan races, both challenging events for physical fitness and stamina. Silent tears flowed down my cheeks as I watched, longing to be able to participate in such events.

I wanted so much to be successful. I had heard some good things about the benefits of CrossFit, so I excitedly signed up. The overall physical benefits have been huge for me. Not only was I able to finish the Tough Mudder event with no problem, but I can participate in countless physical activities with fun and success.

It is true that you get out of exercise what you put into it. I call this “making deposits in my fitness account.” The workouts are always very demanding, but I like to “make good nutrition deposits.”

I gave AIM Red Rush a try after reading some testimonials and immediately experienced a boost in my workout. I would describe it as “my engine feels more powerful.” I am able to get a little more done a little faster without overdoing it. I am fifty-five now and find it fun and amazing that I am still growing and improving.

Shared by Suzanne Atkinson, AIM Group Builder in Mono, Ontario

Nutritional Supplements Are Cost Effective, Research Finds

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If you’ve been a long-standing BarleyLife drinker, it might be a good time to pat yourself on the back.  Sure, drinking BarrleyLife has improved your nutrition, and that in turn, has likely enhanced your overall health, but it looks like all those green smoothies may have saved you some money as well. A study published in Clinical Nutrition took a look at the cost-effectiveness of nutritional supplements used in care facilities and nursing homes, and what they discovered was that taking non-disease specific nutritional supplements may save money by offsetting healthcare costs.

The researchers sifted through a huge body of evidence that spanned nineteen publications and dozens of articles on the cost and cost-effectiveness of supplement usage in care facilities.  When nutritional supplements were used for a period of  less than three months, there was a 5% reduction in healthcare costs. When supplements were used for longer than three months, the savings rose to 9.2%. The research also showed that supplements improved quality of life, lowered the rates of infections, falls, functional limitations and minor post-operative complications.

From the study:

Overall, the reviewed studies, mostly based on retrospective cost analyses, indicate that ONS (oral nutritional supplements) use in the community produce an overall cost advantage or near neutral balance, often in association with clinically relevant outcomes, suggesting cost effectiveness. There is a need for prospective studies designed to examine primary economic outcomes.

So invest in your health with AIM’s excellent line of nutritional supplements! You’ll be glad that you did.

Vitamin C from Fruits and Veggies May Prolong Life and Keep Your Heart Healthy

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Vitamin C is probably the most famous of the vitamins. It gets a lot of good press for its role in wound healing, bolstering the immune system and as a powerful antioxidant. Why is it the most popular vitamin? My guess is that when mankind entered its seafaring years, vitamin C was used to stave off scurvy. Sailors would be stuck at sea, subsisting mainly on salted meats and bread. Scurvy is pretty terrifying nutritional deficiency caused by a lack of vitamin C, so ships started carrying stores of fruits and/or vegetables. And although they didn’t know what vitamin C was until the 20th century,  many pre-historical cultures figured out that fruits and veggies were the key to ridding the scurvy scourge although they didn’t understand why the plants worked.  When they found out that it was vitamin C that was clearing up all that scurvy, the vitamin won the hearts and minds of people everywhere. This is why vitamin C is the golden boy of vitamins. Or at least, that’s my theory.

Today, people are still discovering the full value of vitamin C. This month, a study out of Denmark published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has linked vitamin C to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and a reduced risk of an early death.  Researchers looked at the fruit-and-veggie-eating habits and DNA of over 100,000 Danish people and determined that those folks who ate the most fruits and vegetables reduced their risk of cardiovascular disease by fifteen percent and and their risk of an early death by twenty percent. The researchers believe that these health benefits come from the fruit-and-vegetable-sourced vitamin C  concentrations they saw in the subjects’ blood.

Medical Xpress:

“We know that fruit and vegetables are healthy, but now our research is pinpointing more precisely why this is so. Eating a lot of fruit and vegetables is a natural way of increasing vitamin C blood levels, which in the long term may contribute to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and early death. You can get vitamin C supplements, but it is a good idea to get your vitamin C by eating a healthy diet, which will at the same time help you to develop a healthier lifestyle in the long term, for the general benefit of your health,” says Boerge Nordestgaard, a clinical professor at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, and a consultant at Herlev and Gentofte Hospital.

BarleyLife Xtra provides 34% of your daily vitamin C from plant sources (mainly acerola cherries) in every delicious serving.  Receive all the whole-body benefits of your favorite green juice with the sweet taste of cherry! Plus, chicory and a host of other wonderful fruits and vegetables.

AIM Products and Digestion

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The Digestive System

The main function of the digestive system is to break down food into smaller bits so that the nutrients can be absorbed by the body and converted into energy.  Its secondary role is to remove the waste leftover from the conversion process.

Fiber

The average person gets only 15 grams of fiber a day. The American Heart Association recommended amount of fiber is 20-35 grams per day. Research has shown that people with high-fiber diets increase their survival rates by 22%.

Fiber comes exclusively from plants, and there are two types of fiber:  Soluble and insoluble.  Although both are necessary, soluble breaks down in water and insoluble does not.

Insoluble fiber can absorb water and keep you fuller, longer and can help make waste easier to pass. Some soluble fibers work as prebiotics.

Symptoms of low fiber intake include weight gain, constipation, blood sugar fluctuations and fatigue.  Fiber also helps control cholesterol levels and may improve mineral absorption.

Studies have shown that fiber may prevent diverticulitis, reduce the risk of first-time stroke by 7% and help your body remove the carcinogens in cooked meat.

Related Products: fit ‘n fiber, Herbal Fiberblend

Digestive Enzymes:

Digestive enzymes are proteins that act as biological catalysts that help the body convert food into usable stuff like energy or amino acids. They also facilitate the absorption of nutrients. Digestive enzymes are fragile things.  Food, in its natural state, should contain enzymes. Because so much of today’s food is processed and/or cooked, we often don’t get the enzymes that we’re supposed to.

Digestive enzymes may help with or relieve symptoms of:

  • Promoting growth of beneficial gut bacteria
  • Transforming food into nutrients
  • Tissue repair
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea
  • Flatulence
  • Gas pain
  • Stomach ache
  • Constipation
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Immune system health

Related Product: PrepZymes

Probiotics

Probiotics are living microorganisms that regulate the movement of food through the digestive system and have been used to supplement the treatment of several digestive diseases. Additionally, probiotics help balance intestinal pH and keep unfriendly and unwanted bacteria populations from thriving. Our gut flora does a number of other beneficial bodily tasks like producing B vitamins, pathogen protection, aiding our immune systems and disarming toxic compounds.

A thriving and healthy gut microbiome can be thrown off kilter by relatively common things: stress, not eating enough fruits and vegetables, artificial sweeteners, antacids, antibiotics, toxins and individual digestion problems.

Probiotics may help with or relieve the symptoms of:

  • Infectious diarrhea
  • Traveler’s diarrhea
  • Digestion problems following or caused by antibiotic use
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Intestinal infections
  • Immune system health
  • Yeast infections and urinary tract infections
  • Atopic eczema
  • Respiratory tract infections in children
  • Tooth decay

Related Product: FloraFood

Lymphatic System

As a sub-section of the circulatory system, the lymphatic system—composed of the spleen, thymus, bone marrow and lymph nodes—acts a filter for interstitial fluid. Sixteen percent of your body weight is comprised of this fluid.  It provides the cells a method of receiving nutrients and removing waste.

The lymphatic system cleans the fluid and returns it to use. As a central part of the immune system, the lymphatic system removes pathogens and toxins, generating antibodies for bacteria and viruses in the lymph nodes.

This system also plays a huge role in digestion because lipids—molecules such as fats, fat-soluble vitamins, etc—are also transported by the lymph fluid.

Herbal Release provides a unique blend of herbs that target the various mechanisms of the lymphatic system for improved digestion and overall health.  Thirty minutes after ingestion, our time-release capsules ensure delivery directly to the intestines. This product has been known to provide a gentle laxative effect.

Related Product: Herbal Release

AIM Products and Whole Body Nutrition: A Brief Overview

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Whole Body Nutrition

Food choices are the most important element of a healthy lifestyle.  A diet rich in whole-foods, in fresh foods, in real foods can impact our lives more than almost anything else. The problem is, most of us are eating processed foods, sweetened foods or foods loaded with artificial flavors and chemicals. It has become a pandemic. That’s why we all must make a conscious choice to stop clamoring for convenience and instead choose to nourish our bodies with nutrients and vitamins from healthy foods.

Macronutrients:  Proteins, along with fats, water and carbohydrates are all examples of macronutrients.  Although they may have a variety of functions, they are usually consumed in mass quantities and provide the body with the bulk of its energy.

Related Product: ProPeas
ProPeas contains 12 g of clean, vegan protein per serving.  Not only does protein provide energy, but it also assists in weight management by improving satiety, building lean muscle mass and enhancing the metabolism.

The Vitamins and Their Basic Roles

Vitamins and minerals are micronutrients. Vitamins are fat- or water-soluble compounds.  Minerals are inorganic and retain their chemical structure.   Traces amounts of these substances are needed for general well-being, development and growth.

  • Vitamin A: vision, immune system, reproduction. Assists with heart, lungs, kidneys and other organs.
  • Vitamin C: wound healing, immune system, antioxidant
  • Vitamin D: bone health, muscle health, immune system, nervous system
  • Vitamin E: antioxidant, immune system, blood flow, cell interaction
  • Vitamin K: blood clotting, bone health, blood flow
  • The B Vitamins are a diverse group of vitamins that assist a number of bodily functions. However, they are most well-known for their roles in brain and nervous system health, metabolism and cardiovascular health.

Related Products:

Vitamin A: Just Carrots, BarleyLife, BarleyLife Xtra, LeafGreens, CoCoa LeafGreens

Vitamin C: BarleyLife Xtra, CalciAIM, Peak Endurance

Vitamin D: CalciAIM, Veggie D

Vitamin K: BarleyLife, BarleyLife Xtra, CoCoa LeafGreens, LeafGreens

B Vitamins: Peak Endurance

List of Major Minerals and Their Basic Roles

Calcium: bone health, muscles, nervous system, blood flow, hormones, enzymatic reactions

Iron: blood production, moving oxygen throughout the body, hormones, connective tissues

Magnesium: muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, electrolyte regulation, blood pressure as well as making protein, bone, and DNA.

Potassium: electrolyte regulation, nerve function, muscle control, and blood pressure.

Related Products:

Calcium: CalciAIM

Iron: CoCoa LeafGreens, LeafGreens

Magnesium: CalciAIM, Mag-nificence

Potassium: Red Rush, RediBeets