Embracing Whole-Food Nutrition

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Two-time cancer survivor Mary Westerfield, an AIM Director from Cincinnati, Ohio, embraced whole-food nutrition, juicing, and healthy eating in her battle with cancer. And the plan worked! Mary has been cancer-free since 1986.

“’Let food be your medicine’—that’s how I have been living for the past twenty years,” Mary said.

Mary was first diagnosed with cancer in 1980 when doctors found a malignant tumor in her neck, which was found to be Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She did a course of radiation that left her in extreme pain and unable to tolerate swallowing whole food. The cancer remained at bay until 1986 when an annual checkup revealed a lump on the opposite side of her neck. Doctors prescribed chemotherapy, which Mary endured for seven months.

Radiation and chemo were incredibly hard on her body, so she sought a way to build her body back up.

Friends led her to nutrition as a means of strengthening her immune system. Mary began drinking carrot juice and discovered the benefits of whole foods, fruits, and vegetables. In 1995, she became an AIM Member. She continues to use AIM BarleyLife® each day and AIM Herbal Fiberblend® to maintain a healthy colon.

Since changing to a healthy-eating lifestyle, Mary has had no recurrence of cancer. Her health problems are a thing of the past.

“It is almost impossible to list all the benefits I have experienced from my new lifestyle,” Mary said. “I never get colds or the flu and no aches or pains. Many people can’t believe I ever had cancer. They think I am in my late thirties or early forties, and I will be sixty next year. I’m now coaching others to use AIM products for their health and nutrition.

“I have been using AIM products since 1986, and I know this natural lifestyle is what’s keeping me healthy and happy.”

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

Nutritional Strategies for Dry Eyes

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If you’re a big fan of Dr. Greger over at Nutrition Facts, you may have seen his video on “Treating Dry Eye Disease with Diet.” The video contains graphic pictures of eye surgery and extremely unhealthy eyes, so be aware of that before making the decision to view it.  Over ten million Americans suffer from dry eyes, so the problem might seem small, but it cuts a wide swath.

Among other things, the video explains that vitamin A deficiency can completely destroy your peepers. Luckily, in the developed world this problem is rare, but in the developing world a common first sign of vitamin A deficiency is the dreaded dry eyes.

Dr. Greger also cites a 1991 study titled “The Influence of Diet on Tear Function.”  To increase that beneficial eye moisture, the study suggests lowering your intake of protein, fat and cholesterol while increasing complex carbohydrates. (Smoking is also considered bad news across the board).  The research also advocates eliminating alcohol and caffeine and reducing sugar and salt.  Furthermore, the study recommends increasing vitamin A intake via red, orange and yellow veggies as well as leafy green ones and to get more folate, B6, potassium, vitamin C and zinc through dietary sources. Also, drinking water–another study showed that better hydration leads to more tear production. It’s almost too clever.

But beyond that video, we can easily find another nutritional strategy. In a 2011 study called “Current Opinion in Ophthalmology Nutritional Supplements for Dry Eye Syndrome” found that omega fatty acids–a balanced mix of omega -3s and -6s–have the potential to help dry eye disease. The American Optometric Association recommends omega fatty acids also.

So if you’re one of the millions of people worldwide who suffer from dry eyes,  there seem to be a variety of nutritional strategies available. The Garden Trio with BarleyLife Xtra provides vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium and folate. AIMega provides essential fatty acids.

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My Journey to Healthy and Beyond

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Shared by Tamara Matteson, AIM Preferred Member, Grants Pass, Oregon

I have been overweight all of my life, attending my first Weight Watchers meeting at the age of nine. By 2002 I had reached my all-time, heaviest weight of 293 pounds. After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I began a journey to find my way to good health.

Using a variety of different diets and methods, I have managed to lose over 100 pounds, but I was still not eating very healthy and felt tired all the time. My blood sugar continued to be unstable.

This changed when I found The AIM Companies and My Busy Healthy Life with AIM Director Celeste Davis. After doing a twenty-one-day cleanse, I felt great and my blood sugar stabilized. I am now learning how to maintain these improvements. AIM products are awesome, and my body loves them.

Lifestyle changes along the way have been essential to keeping the weight off. I am not
eating fast food for nearly every meal any more. Even though it took several years to end an addiction to drinking soda pop, I gave it up. [Editor’s note: U.S. studies show that soda drinking is associated with a 25 percent increase in the risk of developing diabetes.] I started eating more foods that were raw and natural.

It is still quite a challenge to get the recommended daily servings of vegetables. I think that is why I am so excited about AIM products like the Garden Trio®. I can easily get the supplemental nutrition I need, making it so much easier to stay with the healthier choices I am trying to make. Since I started taking all the supplements, I feel so much better. I hope to share them with other people who have weight and health issues because I really do believe in AIM and the quality of the AIM products.

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

The AIM Direction

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Shared by Carol Campbell, AIM Director in Beaverton, Ontario

The day I walked into my doctor’s office after a routine mammogram sixteen years ago, I never thought I would hear her say, “You have breast cancer,” but she did. What a shock as I had been relatively healthy all of my life. That was the start of my journey to regain my health. The doctor sent me to a surgeon, who did a biopsy that confirmed the findings on the mammogram.

The surgeon said I should have surgery to remove the cancer or that he could remove my entire breast. He also advised radiation treatments after the surgery. I didn’t like the sound of any of this, so my husband took me to Princess Margaret Hospital for a second opinion. They said the same thing. I went back to the surgeon again, but God gave me no peace about having surgery and radiation treatments. I felt there had to be something natural I could do, so I prayed.

I am so thankful that God directed me to Edna Smith (AIM Chairman’s Club Director), who prayed with me and told me not to fear but to have faith. She explained that disease thrives in an acidic environment and AIM BarleyLife® is one of the most alkaline foods that you can put into your body.

I started to eat more fruit and vegetables and less meat as well as taking eight tablespoons of BarleyLife a day, two tablespoons at a time. I knew I was getting natural help by taking lots of this green nutrition and drinking fresh carrot juice as well. I also took four AIM Proancynol® 2000 capsules per day as it contains powerful antioxidants that fight disease-causing free radicals. To help clean out my colon, I added AIM Herbal Fiberblend® to my diet. It was good to know that I was cleaning out toxins and old garbage by taking Herbal Fiberblend and building my cells back to health with dietary changes, barley grass juice powder and carrot juice. My energy increased and I started to feel better after a couple of months.

When I went back for another mammogram two years later, there was no sign of cancer. I told my doctor what I had done nutritionally, but she wasn’t interested. I continue to have a yearly mammogram, and they are always clear. I thank God for the direction He gave me.

I am convinced that AIM nutrition is the best on the market, and I am living proof that it works.

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

A Holistic Approach to the Healthy Cell Concept

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AIM Director Nancy Tam’s Water-Wise Garden won the 2014 National Environmental Achievement Award and the 2013 Keep Texas Beautiful Award. Whether she’s tending garden or nurturing her body with AIM BarleyLife®, Nancy keeps the Healthy Cell Concept™ in mind.

“I work for a water district. We have a role in educating the public and city officials about water conservation. Ten years ago due to my passion for gardening, I had the opportunity to help my company by installing the landscape around a new facility. In order to save money and for educational purposes, I redesigned the landscape with water conservation in mind, so I used more drought-resistant and native plants. I created three different styles of garden: Japanese, hill country, and English. If I wanted people to copy my Water-Wise Gardens, I had to make them attractive and easy. So I made a datasheet that was like a recipe.

“The water-wise garden is totally organic, which makes sense. There is no need to use harmful chemicals. When you’re handling pesticides and herbicides, you can inhale the poison. If you touch them without gloves, they are absorbed into your skin and can negatively impact your body.

“Harmful chemicals in the garden are as dangerous as the harmful chemicals one can absorb through food. That’s why we go organic. Using organic products means less disease and fewer allergies. We should apply the Healthy Cell Concept to our environment in addition to our bodies.

“Back in ‘89, I got really sick with allergies from pollen and food. I had anemia, hives, migraines, and total fatigue all the time. I went for medical help. I’m a good patient. I did what they told me, but none of them put a focus on nutrition. A friend of mine asked me to see Loretta Shu (Chairman’s Club Director). I almost didn’t. I was so tired. When I met her, there was no sales presentation, just a nice friendly get-together. She told me about BarleyLife. That was a turning point for me.

“Gradually, I began taking BarleyLife on a daily basis. Every time I had the desire to drink a soda
or something else unhealthy, I drank BarleyLife instead. I didn’t expect a miracle to happen, but it did. In four to five weeks, my energy levels were better. It was both so sudden and so gradual that it took me awhile to realize that the BarleyLife was making a difference. One day I noticed that I hadn’t used my extra-strength aspirin in three weeks. I used to eat them like candies because my head hurt so much, but now all my symptoms were gone.

“After I regained my own health, I learned about the Healthy Cell Concept and other AIM products. AIM is so good about teaching health. In 2000, my fifteen-year-old son was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He went blind for six months. I was able to encourage him to incorporate the Healthy Cell Concept into his life and guided him to seek alternative health options whenever possible. He regained some of his eyesight, and his tumor went away. He finished high school and college and now owns his own business. The Healthy Cell Concept has impacted my family personally. Without BarleyLife, I wouldn’t have been able to do all things that I do with my career. Good health is really the biggest wealth because you can’t enjoy a good laugh without it.”

CalciAIM: A Healthy Foundation for Your Body

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Postmenopausal women, the lactose intolerant, vegetarians, people who consume large amounts of alcohol, caffeine, and/or soda, folks with Crohn’s disease or celiac disease, people who don’t get enough sun, those who live in nursing homes, IBS sufferers, the obese, the very dark-skinned, and most people. It may seem like a random list of qualities, but everyone mentioned has something in common. They are all at risk of being either calcium or vitamin D deficient. The body relies on vitamin D to produce a hormone called calcitrol to absorb calcium. That means if you’re deficient in vitamin D there is a good chance that you’re lacking calcium, too. And if you don’t have enough calcium, it may be because you don’t get enough vitamin D.

The good news is that you can get both of these essential nutrients in every scoop of CalciAIM, a great-tasting citrus drink that provides you with everything that you need for strong bones and a healthy body.

Calcium
Apart from skeletal health, optimal calcium levels are important for vascular contraction, vasodilation, muscle function, nerve transmissions, intracellular signaling, and hormonal secretion. A full-grown adult needs at least 1,000 mg of calcium a day. Postmenopausal women and elderly men need 1,200 mg or more. CalciAIM provides 386 mg of calcium per serving, and unlike milk, CalciAIM doesn’t contain estrogen, saturated fat, or lactose. It’s also a vegan source of this essential nutrient.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and a healthy heart. According to Medscape.com, most people are deficient in vitamin D. Deficiency in this vitamin has been linked to weight gain and depression as well as breast, prostate and colon cancer. CalciAIM has 70 percent of your daily vitamin D, so there’s no need to go without any longer.

Magnesium
CalciAIM also contains significant amounts of other bone-building vitamins and minerals. It has 30 percent of your daily magnesium. Studies have linked magnesium to increased bone density and the ability to retain calcium. Furthermore, magnesium deficiency (as well as calcium deficiency) is linked to osteoporosis.

Vitamin C, Zinc, Copper
CalCiAIM contains 54 percent of your daily vitamin C needs for improved immune system health and assistance in the absorption of calcium required for the synthesis of bone and connective tissue. Last but not least, copper (24 percent) and zinc (12 percent) both help stop bone loss.

AIM Business Passed Down to Granddaughter…

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...but she made Director on her own. 

AIM Director Tiki McIntyre of New Orleans has been drinking AIM’s green barley powder since she was a little kid. “I started taking it regularly about twenty-two years ago, but my father, Patrick Ryan, originally introduced me to it as a small child. He was always into fitness and health. He was an AIM Director who made a couple of thousand dollars a month in checks and went to a bunch of conferences like the one in Alaska. We had a hardware store and bike shop. He worked his AIM business from there. If anyone bought AIM’s green barley powder out of the Alexandria area in those days, they bought it from him. All different kinds of people came to the hardware store to talk to him about it. He had a massive downline. One of the things he told me was that ‘You have to have meetings.’ Dad had meetings all the time.

“Father would say ‘no white sugar, no white rice’ and he posted a sign up with that on it at the store. That’s what he’s taught me and that’s what I’ve taught my children. He baked his own bread and ate whole grains. He finally had to quit selling AIM products because it conflicted with his insurance job. He still takes AIM BarleyLife® and AIM Herbal Fiberblend®. He is meticulous about it. He had to give his business to his wife. I didn’t inherit the business from dad, I took over my grandfather’s business and made Director on my own. “

Tiki’s grandfather, Jerry L. Ryan, signed up under her father and she still has his briefcase containing old AIM Companies magazines, lots of brochures, and pamphlets with tips on how to take barley powder and caplets. The briefcase even has an old AIM advertising kit that looks like it was printed out on a dot matrix printer. There’s also promotional material that the Member literally has to cut out pictures of the AIM Garden Trio® with scissors. Her sister and her aunt are also AIM Members.

“I’m a personal trainer and studied exercise physiology at Louisiana State University. I firmly believe that healthcare problems start with what you put in your mouth and how active you are. If a machine sits out in the field and doesn’t do anything, it gets all rusty. That’s just what happens to your body.

“I like to live like a New Orleanian. I like to eat the local foods and have a glass of wine with friends. That’s why the AIM products are so great. I drink the AIM juices and if I want to go out to dinner then I can and I know that my nutrition has been taken care of. I can enjoy life without scrimping around eating celery all the time. The standard American diet doesn’t give people enough nutrition, but with the AIM products, I don’t have to worry about it as much. I don’t have to adhere to any crazy diet plan. Juicing with the AIM products is sustainable and easy. It’s there and it’s done. If I had to do all that juicing and had to clean the juicer and the counters and deal with the rinds and stuff, I wouldn’t do it. I’m too busy. That’s why the AIM products are so great for me. My husband, my kids and I are able to maintain healthy, nutritious diets conveniently.

“I’m going to continue the family legacy by passing on AIM to my kids. My husband’s daughter is taking the AIM products. I’m going to sign her up when she goes off to school. She takes BarleyLife, Herbal Fiberblend and AIM Proancynol®. Proancynol really helps her with her allergies.

“My kids love BarleyLife. My two-year-old and I were at a member of my downline’s house when she saw a BarleyLife canister there. She near-hyperventilated with excitement, pointing and yelling ‘Yes!’ ‘Yes!’ All my kids love it. I put the Garden Trio powder and a little flour into a bowl and my kids play with it like pixie sticks. They eat it dry. I was at the gym and one of my clients complained about his knee and my daughter happened to be there. She said ‘if you took your BarleyLife, your knee wouldn’t hurt.’ She was three when she said that. Around our house, we don’t drink chocolate milk, we drink AIM CoCoa LeafGreens®. We don’t drink Gatorade, we drink AIM Peak Endurance®.

“Nowadays, you have to be vigilant about nutrition. In my grandfather’s time, you just had nutrition—from the garden, snap peas and carrots. Back then, they had to cook. They didn’t have McDonald’s on every corner and trans fat. They used real butter and it was fine.

“We’re working with the other moms and the school to limit the amount of sugar at birthday parties. The food they serve at school is substandard. It’s in the best interest of the schools to serve the best foods. Instead they serve fruit that’s been soaking in syrup. They give kids sugary foods and expect them to behave properly and not to crave more sugar. It’s crazy how much sugar is in the food. I could scream it from the mountaintops. My sister’s kid has ADHD and when she takes BarleyLife and cuts back on her sugar intake, it really helps.

I believe a lot of problems will go away if you have proper nutrition. I believe in AIM.”