Monday, July 25, 2011

Glutamates and Aspartame

Careful studies have shown that when you combine foods containing glutamates (see my post "Glutamates: what are they ) and aspartame your blood glutamate levels are double what they would be if you at MSG alone.
For example, you eat several foods containing glutamates like corn chips, frozen dinner and soup your glutamate level will rise 20-fold. Now add a diet drink and the glutamate levels rise 40 fold or 4,000 percent. People eat like this all the time, especially younger people.
We know that people who have poor nutrition, chronic diseases, chronic stress, or are exposed to other toxins ( see "The Toxic Truth" ) are much more affected by the glutamates and other excitotoxins in food additives. Some lucky few are born with powerful detoxification and antioxidant systems, which give them much protection.
You must also understand that almost all processed foods contain one or more excitotoxins. Many have three to as many as five. When combined their toxic affects are multiplied. This is very common in soups, frozen dinners and chips.
In a future post we will discuss detoxification and antioxidants.
Keith Abell, RPh CIP MI

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Hope shines brightest
When the hour is darkest

Hope motivates
When discouragement comes

Hope enriches
When the body is tired

Hope sweetens
When the bitterness bites

Hope sings
When all melodies are gone

Hope believes
When the evidence is is elimminated

Hope listens for answers
When no one is talking

Hope climbs over obstacles
When no one is helping

Hope endures hardship
When no one is caring

Hope smiles confidently
When no one is laughing

Hope reaches for answers
When no one is asking

Hope presses toward victory
When no one is encouraging

Hope dares to give
When no one is sharing

Hope brings the victory
When no one is winning

John Maxwell

Keith Abell, RPh
Pharmacist - Marketing Director

Friday, July 22, 2011

Inspiring Words of Encouragement

Keith Abell, RPh
Pharmacist - Marketing Director



"Choose you this day whom ye will serve."—Josh. 24:15.
Every day there is a necessity of choice (a fork in the road).
"Shall I do this, or shall I do that? Shall I go, or shall I stay?" Many people do not know what to do. They rush about letting other people make decisions for them, then regret having taken their advice.
There are others who carefully reason things out. They weigh and measure the situation like dealing in groceries, and are surprised when they fail to attain their goal.
There are still other people who follow the magic path of intuition and find themselves in their Promised Land in the twinkling of an eye.
Intuition is a spiritual faculty high above the reasoning mind, but on that path is all that you desire or require.
Prayer is telephoning to God and intuition is God telephoning to you.
So choose ye this day to follow the magic path of intuition.

Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist - Senior Executive Marketing Director

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Negative Thought, The Enemy Before Me! - Post 099

"The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them."
Who is the enemy "before thee." The negative thought-forms which you have built up in your subconscious mind. A man's enemies are only those of his own household. The everlasting arms thrust out these enemy thoughts and destroy them.
Have you ever felt the relief of getting out some negative thought-form? Perhaps you have built up a thought-form of resentment, until you are always boiling with anger about something. You resent people you know, people you don't know—people in the past and people in the present; and you may be sure that the people in the future won't escape your wrath.
All the organs of the body are affected by resentment—for when you resent, you resent with every organ of the body. You pay the penalty with rheumatism, arthritis, neuritis, etc., for acid thoughts produce acid in the blood. All this trouble comes because you are fighting the battle, not leaving it to the long arm of God.
The long arm of God reaches out over people and conditions, controlling this situation and protecting my interests.
This brings a picture of a long arm symbolizing strength and protection. With the realization of the power of the long arm of God, you would no longer resist or resent. You would relax and let go. The enemy thoughts within you would be destroyed, therefore, the adverse conditions would disappear.
Spiritual development means the ability to stand still, or stand aside, and let Infinite Intelligence lift your burdens and fight your battles. When the burden of resentment is lifted, you experience a sense of relief! You have a kindly feeling for everyone, and all the organs of your body begin to function properly.
Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist - Senior Executive Marketing Director

Faith is Expectancy - Post 098

Faith is expectancy, "According to your faith, be it unto you."
We might say, according to your expectancies be it done unto you; so, what are you expecting?
We hear people say: "We expect the worst to happen," or "The worst is yet to come." They are deliberately inviting the worst to come.
We hear others say: "I expect a change for the better." They are inviting better conditions into their lives.
Change your expectancies and you change your conditions.
How can you change your expectancies, when you have formed the habit of expecting loss, lack or failure?
Begin to act as if you expectedsuccess, happiness and abundance;prepare for your good.
Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist - Senior Executive Marketing Director

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Essential Oils and Pregnancy - Post 097

Essential Oils and Pregnancy

Supplements of Omega 3 oils during pregnancy may reduce the risk of food allergies and eczema in children, according to a new study from Sweden. The occurrence of eczema and food allergies was significantly lower in infants of mothers receiving the fish oil supplements during pregnancy and the early months of breast feeding compared to placebo, according to findings published in the journal of ACTA Paediatrica.

"This randomized placebo controlled double blind study shows that omega 3 supplementation during pregnancy and lactation may reduce the risk of developing allergic sensitization to the egg, IG E-associated eczema and food allergy during the first year of life," wrote the study authors, led by Catrin Furuhjelm from Linkoping University.

If you would like more information on how Omega 3 Essential Oils can be benificial in your overall health or where you can get 100% chemical free essential oils to use in pregnancy then Ask Pharmacist Keith

Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist - Senior Executive Marketing Director

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Tithe - Post 096

Giving opens the way for receiving. In order to create activity in finances, one should give. Tithing or giving one-tenth of one's income, is an old Jewish custom, and is sure to bring increase. Many of the richest men in this country have been tithers, and I have never known it to fail as an investment.
The tenth-part goes forth and returns blessed and multiplied. But the gift or tithe must be given with love and cheerfulness, for "God loveth a cheerful giver." Bills should be paid cheerfully; all money should be sent forth fearlessly and with a blessing.
This attitude of mind makes man master of money. It is his to obey, and his spoken word then opens vast reservoirs of wealth.

Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist - Senior Executive Marketing Director

Make an affirmation immediately upon waking - Post 095

It is most necessary to begin the day with right words.
Make an affirmation immediately upon waking.
For example:

"Thy will be done this day! Today is a day ofcompletion; I give thanks for this perfect day, miracle shall follow miracle and wonders shall never cease."
Make this a habit, and one will see wonders and miracles come into his life.

Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist - Senior Executive Marketing Director

The Subconscious Mind - Post 094

The subconscious mind 
It is man's faithful servant but one must be careful to give it the right orders. Man has ever a silent listener at his side—his subconscious mind.
Every thought, every word is impressed upon it and carried out in amazing detail. It is like a singer making a record on the sensitive disc of the phonographic plate. Every note and tone of the singer's voice is registered. If he coughs or hesitates, it is registered also. So let us break all the old bad records in the subconscious mind, the records of our lives which we do not wish to keep, and make new and beautiful ones.
Speak these words aloud, with power and conviction: "I now smash and demolish (by my spoken word) every untrue record in my subconscious mind. They shall return to the dust-heap of their native nothingness, for they came from my own vain imaginings. I now make my perfect records through the Christ within—The records of Health, Wealth, Love and perfect self-Expression." This is the square of life, The Game completed.

Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist - Senior Executive Marketing Director

Friday, July 15, 2011

Eliminate Worry - Post 093

It is not work that kills men, it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more on a man than he can bear. But worry is rust upon the blade. It is not movement that destroys the machinery, but friction. - Henry Ward Beecher

Eliminate worry

Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist - Senior Executive Marketing Director

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Pass Failure - Post 092

You always pass failure on your way to success.".            
Actor, Mickey Rooney        

Your action for today is to think of three failures that were stepping stones to success.
Have an extraordinary day!

Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist - Senior Executive Marketing Director

Monday, July 11, 2011

Security for the most part is a superstition. - Post 091

We have bought into the idea that working for someone else makes our life more secure. "Security for the most part is a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole, experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run, than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." - Helen Keller

How true and powerful. I to thought that working for someone else brings security. Years ago I worked for AT&T. When an anti-trust suit was filled against AT&T a judge determined that they held an unfair monopoly and broke AT&T up into smaller parts. Suddenly the job security was gone as people all over the country lost their jobs.

Later I obtained my pharmacy degree and became a pharmacist. At the time the outlook in the medical field was positive. With the predictions of the growth of the baby boom population and the shortage of pharmacists it appeared that the security in that field would last until my retirement. Now however with the looming government take over of health care, the explosion of colleges offering pharmacy degrees causing a surplus of pharmacists, and the growing number of insurance companies forcing it's customers to order their prescriptions through mail order the pharmacy field no longer offers the degree of security it once had.

We are seeing this scenario repeated over and over in every field in America.

The energy industry is facing stricter regulations which will cause massive layoffs from the coal and oil fields all the way through all of the supporting industries.

Massive layoffs have already occurred in the automotive industry and I am sure more will occur.
Healthcare and related industries will also see more cutbacks as funding becomes more scarce.
The defense and it's supporting industries will see more cutbacks. As the government looks for ways to save money.

Aerospace has been decimated with the cancelations of the space shuttle and the governments move to use more foreign space agencies to do it's work.

Security when working for someone else just does not exist any longer. You must become self reliant and find ways to provide for the security of your own family.

I can help.

Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist - Senior Executive Marketing Director

Sunday, July 10, 2011

If You Think You Can - Post 090

"If you think you are beaten, you are,
  If you think you dare not, you don't
If you like to win, but you think you can't,
  It is almost certain you won't. 
"If you think you'll lose, you're lost
  For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow's will--
  It's all in the state of mind.
"If you think you are outclassed, you are,
  You've got to think high to rise,
You've got to be sure of yourself before
  You can ever win a prize.
"Life's battles don't always go
  To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
  Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!"
Napoleon Hill

Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist - Senior Executive Marketing Director

Regrets - Post 089

We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. Discipline weighs ounces -- regret weighs tons. Jim Rohn

This is so true. The pain of regret does weigh on us. Over a 2 years ago I was introduced to Youngevity but at that time I chose to go another route. Someone that I thought was an expert marketer convinced me to follow him.

I regret that decision.

Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist - Senior Executive Marketing Director

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Prospecting - Post 088

Great article from Tom "Big Al" Schreiter on prospecting!

Distributor #1 goes to lunch. The waiter comes by and says:
"What would you like to order?"

Distributor #1 replies: "A hamburger, french fries and a Coke."
Distributor #1 then goes home, calls his sponsor and complains that no one is interested in the products, no one is looking for an opportunity, the meetings are too far away, and no one can make any money in this business.

Meanwhile ...

Distributor #2 goes to lunch. The waiter comes by and says:
"What would you like to order?"
Distributor #2 replies: "Are you married to your job, or are you open-minded?"
The waiter says: "Of course I'm open-minded. I don't want to be a waiter all my life. What do you have in mind?"
Distributor #2 sets an appointment to talk with the waiter during the waiter's coffee break.
Distributor #2 also has a constant supply of leads, appointments, guests for meetings, and new distributors joining weekly.

So ...

Both Distributor #1 and Distributor #2:
  1. Have the same territory.
  2. Have the same prospects.
  3. Represent the same products.
  4. Represent the same opportunity.
  5. Have the same weather.
Everything is the same for Distributor #1 and Distributor #2 EXCEPT:
"Distributor #2 simply says and does something different."
That's it.

Success in network marketing isn't luck, good weather, etc. Success is simply saying and doing the right things.

So when your distributors complain they don't have any prospects, or they complain that no one wants to join, tell them the above story.

Then they will realize that they don't have to find new prospects. Instead, they simply have to learn what to say and what to do with the people they already come in contact with.

They also will realize that success is within their control. They can choose to learn the skills of what to say or what to do, or they can whine, complain and hope someone will have sympathy for their unsuccessful business.

Yeah, this is really cruel ;-)

Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist - Senior Executive Marketing Director

Friday, July 8, 2011

California Dreamin' - Post 087

"Goals are dreams with deadlines." Time Management Consultant, Diana Scharf Hunt  

Your action for today is to put a deadline on one of your dreams and turn it into a goal, I can help!          
Have an extraordinary day!

Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist - Senior Executive Marketing Director

Jim Rohn's 6 steps to living a good life.- Post 086

Jim Rohn's 6 steps to living a good life.
  1. Productivity - if you don't produce you won't be happy.
  2. Good Friends - the greatest support system in the world
  3. Spiritualaty - Study, practice and teach what you believe in
  4. Don't Miss Anything - Dont miss the small stuff. 
  5. Inner Circle - Family; Take care of them, they will take care of you. Inspire them, they will inspire you.
  6. Ask for Gods help - we have a chance as human beings to participate in the miracle process.
Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist - Senior Executive Marketing Director

Thursday, July 7, 2011

What are the functions of essential fatty acids? - Post 085

What are the functions of essential fatty acids?

Essential fatty acids have many functions throughout the body. They are involved in:
  • Energy production. In a study with athletes in Denmark, it was shown that within one month of giving athletes one tablespoon per 50 pounds of body weight per day of an oil blend with an Omega-3: Omega-6 ratio of 2:1, stamina increased by up to 40 or even 60%. Athletes could exercise longer before reaching exhaustion, recovered more quickly from fatigue, could exercise more often without over-training, healed quicker from injuries, built muscle faster, and had less joint pain.

    Energy improvement is also seen in non-athletes and older people. The EFA blend also improves mental stamina.
  • Brain Function. In work with the blended oil, consistent improvements were seen in brain function, and research with EFAs from other sources has also shown brain benefits. Among these are elevated mood, lifted depression, increased calmness, better handling of stress, less hyperactivity, better focus, better mental processing, faster learning, increased intelligence, better concentration, and improved motor coordination.

    Among the mentally ill, EFAs can decrease hallucinations in schizophrenics, elevate mood, lift depression, improve symptoms in bipolar and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and improve brain function in Alzheimer's disease and autism.

    EFAs are also required for vision.
  • Skin, Hair, and Nails. EFAs are required for healthy skin and hair, and are required for normal nail growth. They moisturize skin and prevent dryness.
  • Cancer. Omega-3 EFAs may lower cancer risk.
  • Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). Omega 3 can decrease most CVD risk factors, including high triglycerides (blood fats), blood pressure, platelet stickiness, fibrinogen, and lipoprotein(a). N-3 also keep the inside of our arteries smooth. N-3 and n-6 keep the heart beat regular.
  • Diabetes. EFAs are required for insulin function. Omega-3 make diabetics more insulin-sensitive.
  • Weight Management. Omega-6 slightly and Omega-3 more effectively help reduce fat production in the body. They also increase fat burning and heat production in the body, and shift the body from burning glucose to burning fats. Saturated, monounsaturated, and trans- fatty acids do not help to manage weight. Sugar triggers increased fat production in the body. Starch can also lead to overweight.
  • Digestion. EFAs improve gut integrity, decrease gut inflammation, and decrease 'leaky gut' that can lead to allergies.
  • Allergies. EFAs reduce symptoms of allergies. They work best if digestive enzymes rich in protein-digesting protease are also used.
  • Inflammation. Omega-3 reduce inflammation. Digestive enzymes are also helpful.
  • Autoimmune Conditions. Omega-3 dampen the over-response of the immune system in autoimmune conditions. Again, enzymes are also helpful.
  • Injury. EFAs speed the healing of injuries.
  • Bone Minerals. Omega 3 oils improve bone mineral retention, thereby inhibiting the development of osteoporosis.
  • Stress. EFAs, by optimizing serotonin production, improve response to stress. People report feeling calmer, getting stressed less easily, dealing with stressful situations more calmly, and losing their temper less often.
  • Sleep. EFAs improve sleep in some people.
  • Hormones. EFAs improve hormone functions. Hormone levels may decrease, yet the effects of hormones remain normal. EFAs thereby ease the work load of glands.
  • Organs. EFAs are required for liver and kidney function.
  • Reproduction. EFAs are required for sperm formation, the female cycle, and pregnancy.
Contact me about the highest potency Omega 3, 6, 9 supplements available on the market today.

Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist - Senior Executive Marketing Director

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What Happens When We Don't Get Enough Good Fats? - Post 084

What Happens When We Don't Get Enough Good Fats?

The short answer is: Every part of the body gradually deteriorates and
falls apart. No cell, tissue, gland, or organ can function normally
without them. Here is a longer list:
  • Dry skin
  • Constipation
  • Low energy levels
  • Brittle hair and hair loss
  • Poor nail growth
  • Deterioration of liver and kidneys
  • Behavioral changes due to brain deterioration
  • Glands dry up
  • Immune system deteriorates, resulting in more infections, poorer wound healing, and increased cancer
  • Digestion problems, inflammation, bloating, allergies, autoimmune conditions
  • Bone mineral loss
  • Reproductive failure: sterility in males and miscarriage in females
  • Retarded growth of children
  • Tingling in arms and legs due to nerve deterioration
  • Vision and learning problems
  • Insulin resistance
  • Increased risk of overweight
  • Increased cancer risk
  • Increased cardiovascular risk
  • Decreased ability to cope with stress
  • In mental illness, increased symptoms
  • Decreased lung function
  • Decreased tissue oxidation

Watch for my next post: What are the functions of essential fatty acids?

Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist - Senior Executive Marketing Director

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Build A Better World - Post 083

With the realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world. ~ Dalai Lama

Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist - Senior Executive Marketing Director

What Are The Good Fats? - Post 082

What are the good (essential) fats?

Certain fats are defined as 'essential' because:
  1. The body cannot make them;
  2. They are required for normal cell, tissue, gland, and organ function, for health, and for life;
  3. They must be provided from outside the body, through food or supplements;
  4. They can come only from fats (hence fat-free diets cannot supply them);
  5. Their absence from the diet will eventually kill;
  6. Deficiency results in progressive deterioration, can lead to death;
  7. Return of essential fatty acids to a deficient diet reverses the symptoms of deficiency and results in a return to health.
Watch for my next post: What Happens When We Don't Get Enough Good Fats?

Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist - Senior Executive Marketing Director

Monday, July 4, 2011

Do You Love Your Work? - Post 081

"There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; there's only scarcity of resolve to make it happen." Author, Wayne Dyer            

Your action for today is to ask yourself if you are making a living at what you love. If you are, take a few moments to enjoy it. If you aren't, see if a change of attitude will allow you to enjoy what you do. If that doesn't work, set an intention to be doing something you love one year from today.

Have an extraordinary day!               

Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist - Marketing Director

Fats in our Diet and Health - Post 080

Omega 3, 6, 9, Oils, The Real Deal

Where do we start?

To understand how fats affect health, we must begin by realizing that there are two opposite stories about fats. There are fats that kill, which we should avoid. And there are fats that heal that we must obtain from our food.

Much has been said about the fats that kill. They are associated with deaths from cardiovascular disease (43%), cancer (23%), diabetes (2%), and other degenerative diseases that kill 68% of Western populations. Only a 100 years ago, this was rare indicating that these deaths are from diseases of lifestyle, not genetics.

The problem with our focus on the killer fats is that it is an inadequate focus. If we were to remove all bad fats from our diet, and do it perfectly (100%) we would still die if we did not bring in and optimize the fats that heal. This is because we cannot live without the fats that heal, and removing the bad fats makes no guarantee of obtaining the good ones.

The story of the fats that heal, the good fats, the essential fatty acids is therefore the more interesting and important story by far. To bring the neglected good fats into our diet, we must identify their sources, their functions, and the signs of their deficiency.

Watch for my next post: What Are The Good Fats?

Keith Abell, RPh CIP MI

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Americans Who Risked Everything - Post 079

The Americans Who Risked Everything 

My father, Rush H. Limbaugh, Jr., delivered this oft-requested address locally a number of times, but it had never before appeared in print until it appeared in The Limbaugh Letter. My dad was renowned for his oratory skills and for his original mind; this speech is, I think, a superb demonstration of both. I will always be grateful to him for instilling in me a passion for the ideas and lives of America's Founders, as well as a deep appreciation for the inspirational power of words which you will see evidenced here:

"Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor"

It was a glorious morning. The sun was shining and the wind was from the southeast. Up especially early, a tall bony, redheaded young Virginian found time to buy a new thermometer, for which he paid three pounds, fifteen shillings. He also bought gloves for Martha, his wife, who was ill at home.

Thomas Jefferson arrived early at the statehouse. The temperature was 72.5 degrees and the horseflies weren't nearly so bad at that hour. It was a lovely room, very large, with gleaming white walls. The chairs were comfortable. Facing the single door were two brass fireplaces, but they would not be used today.
 The moment the door was shut, and it was always kept locked, the room became an oven. The tall windows were shut, so that loud quarreling voices could not be heard by passersby. Small openings atop the windows allowed a slight stir of air, and also a large number of horseflies. Jefferson records that "the horseflies were dexterous in finding necks, and the silk of stockings was nothing to them." All discussing was punctuated by the slap of hands on necks.

On the wall at the back, facing the president's desk, was a panoply -- consisting of a drum, swords, and banners seized from Fort Ticonderoga the previous year. Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold had captured the place, shouting that they were taking it "in the name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress!"
Now Congress got to work, promptly taking up an emergency measure about which there was discussion but no dissension. "Resolved: That an application be made to the Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania for a supply of flints for the troops at New York."

Then Congress transformed itself into a committee of the whole. The Declaration of Independence was read aloud once more, and debate resumed. Though Jefferson was the best writer of all of them, he had been somewhat verbose. Congress hacked the excess away. They did a good job, as a side-by-side comparison of the rough draft and the final text shows. They cut the phrase "by a self-assumed power." "Climb" was replaced by "must read," then "must" was eliminated, then the whole sentence, and soon the whole paragraph was cut. Jefferson groaned as they continued what he later called "their depredations." "Inherent and inalienable rights" came out "certain unalienable rights," and to this day no one knows who suggested the elegant change.

A total of 86 alterations were made. Almost 500 words were eliminated, leaving 1,337. At last, after three days of wrangling, the document was put to a vote.

Here in this hall Patrick Henry had once thundered: "I am no longer a Virginian, sir, but an American." But today the loud, sometimes bitter argument stilled, and without fanfare the vote was taken from north to south by colonies, as was the custom. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted.
There were no trumpets blown. No one stood on his chair and cheered. The afternoon was waning and Congress had no thought of delaying the full calendar of routine business on its hands. For several hours they worked on many other problems before adjourning for the day.

Much To Lose

What kind of men were the 56 signers who adopted the Declaration of Independence and who, by their signing, committed an act of treason against the crown? To each of you, the names Franklin, Adams, Hancock and Jefferson are almost as familiar as household words. Most of us, however, know nothing of the other signers. Who were they? What happened to them?

I imagine that many of you are somewhat surprised at the names not there: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Patrick Henry. All were elsewhere.

Ben Franklin was the only really old man. Eighteen were under 40; three were in their 20s. Of the 56 almost half - 24 - were judges and lawyers. Eleven were merchants, nine were landowners and farmers, and the remaining 12 were doctors, ministers, and politicians.

With only a few exceptions, such as Samuel Adams of Massachusetts, these were men of substantial property. All but two had families. The vast majority were men of education and standing in their communities. They had economic security as few men had in the 18th Century.

Each had more to lose from revolution than he had to gain by it. John Hancock, one of the richest men in America, already had a price of 500 pounds on his head. He signed in enormous letters so that his Majesty could now read his name without glasses and could now double the reward. Ben Franklin wryly noted: "Indeed we must all hang together, otherwise we shall most assuredly hang separately."

Fat Benjamin Harrison of Virginia told tiny Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts: "With me it will all be over in a minute, but you, you will be dancing on air an hour after I am gone."

These men knew what they risked. The penalty for treason was death by hanging. And remember, a great British fleet was already at anchor in New York Harbor.

They were sober men. There were no dreamy-eyed intellectuals or draft card burners here. They were far from hot-eyed fanatics yammering for an explosion. They simply asked for the status quo. It was change they resisted. It was equality with the mother country they desired. It was taxation with representation they sought. They were all conservatives, yet they rebelled.

It was principle, not property, that had brought these men to Philadelphia. Two of them became presidents of the United States. Seven of them became state governors. One died in office as vice president of the United States. Several would go on to be U.S. Senators. One, the richest man in America, in 1828 founded the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. One, a delegate from Philadelphia, was the only real poet, musician and philosopher of the signers. (It was he, Francis Hopkinson not Betsy Ross who designed the United States flag.)

Richard Henry Lee, a delegate from Virginia, had introduced the resolution to adopt the Declaration of Independence in June of 1776. He was prophetic in his concluding remarks: "Why then sir, why do we longer delay? Why still deliberate? Let this happy day give birth to an American Republic. Let her arise not to devastate and to conquer but to reestablish the reign of peace and law.

"The eyes of Europe are fixed upon us. She demands of us a living example of freedom that may exhibit a contrast in the felicity of the citizen to the ever-increasing tyranny which desolates her polluted shores. She invites us to prepare an asylum where the unhappy may find solace, and the persecuted repost.
"If we are not this day wanting in our duty, the names of the American Legislatures of 1776 will be placed by posterity at the side of all of those whose memory has been and ever will be dear to virtuous men and good citizens."

Though the resolution was formally adopted July 4, it was not until July 8 that two of the states authorized their delegates to sign, and it was not until August 2 that the signers met at Philadelphia to actually put their names to the Declaration.

William Ellery, delegate from Rhode Island, was curious to see the signers' faces as they committed this supreme act of personal courage. He saw some men sign quickly, "but in no face was he able to discern real fear." Stephan Hopkins, Ellery's colleague from Rhode Island, was a man past 60. As he signed with a shaking pen, he declared: "My hand trembles, but my heart does not."

"Most Glorious Service"

Even before the list was published, the British marked down every member of Congress suspected of having put his name to treason. All of them became the objects of vicious manhunts. Some were taken. Some, like Jefferson, had narrow escapes. All who had property or families near British strongholds suffered.
  • Francis Lewis, New York delegate saw his home plundered -- and his estates in what is now Harlem -- completely destroyed by British Soldiers. Mrs. Lewis was captured and treated with great brutality. Though she was later exchanged for two British prisoners through the efforts of Congress, she died from the effects of her abuse. 
  • William Floyd, another New York delegate, was able to escape with his wife and children across Long Island Sound to Connecticut, where they lived as refugees without income for seven years. When they came home they found a devastated ruin. 
  • Philips Livingstone had all his great holdings in New York confiscated and his family driven out of their home. Livingstone died in 1778 still working in Congress for the cause. 
  • Louis Morris, the fourth New York delegate, saw all his timber, crops, and livestock taken. For seven years he was barred from his home and family. 
  • John Hart of Trenton, New Jersey, risked his life to return home to see his dying wife. Hessian soldiers rode after him, and he escaped in the woods. While his wife lay on her deathbed, the soldiers ruined his farm and wrecked his homestead. Hart, 65, slept in caves and woods as he was hunted across the countryside. When at long last, emaciated by hardship, he was able to sneak home, he found his wife had already been buried, and his 13 children taken away. He never saw them again. He died a broken man in 1779, without ever finding his family. 
  • Dr. John Witherspoon, signer, was president of the College of New Jersey, later called Princeton. The British occupied the town of Princeton, and billeted troops in the college. They trampled and burned the finest college library in the country.
  • Judge Richard Stockton, another New Jersey delegate signer, had rushed back to his estate in an effort to evacuate his wife and children. The family found refuge with friends, but a Tory sympathizer betrayed them. Judge Stockton was pulled from bed in the night and brutally beaten by the arresting soldiers. Thrown into a common jail, he was deliberately starved. Congress finally arranged for Stockton's parole, but his health was ruined. The judge was released as an invalid, when he could no longer harm the British cause. He returned home to find his estate looted and did not live to see the triumph of the Revolution. His family was forced to live off charity. 
  • Robert Morris, merchant prince of Philadelphia, delegate and signer, met Washington's appeals and pleas for money year after year. He made and raised arms and provisions which made it possible for Washington to cross the Delaware at Trenton. In the process he lost 150 ships at sea, bleeding his own fortune and credit almost dry. 
  • George Clymer, Pennsylvania signer, escaped with his family from their home, but their property was completely destroyed by the British in the Germantown and Brandywine campaigns.
  • Dr. Benjamin Rush, also from Pennsylvania, was forced to flee to Maryland. As a heroic surgeon with the army, Rush had several narrow escapes. 
  • John Martin, a Tory in his views previous to the debate, lived in a strongly loyalist area of Pennsylvania. When he came out for independence, most of his neighbors and even some of his relatives ostracized him. He was a sensitive and troubled man, and many believed this action killed him. When he died in 1777, his last words to his tormentors were: "Tell them that they will live to see the hour when they shall acknowledge it [the signing] to have been the most glorious service that I have ever rendered to my country." 
  • William Ellery, Rhode Island delegate, saw his property and home burned to the ground. 
  • Thomas Lynch, Jr., South Carolina delegate, had his health broken from privation and exposures while serving as a company commander in the military. His doctors ordered him to seek a cure in the West Indies and on the voyage, he and his young bride were drowned at sea. 
  • Edward Rutledge, Arthur Middleton, and Thomas Heyward, Jr., the other three South Carolina signers, were taken by the British in the siege of Charleston. They were carried as prisoners of war to St. Augustine, Florida, where they were singled out for indignities. They were exchanged at the end of the war, the British in the meantime having completely devastated their large landholdings and estates.
  • Thomas Nelson, signer of Virginia, was at the front in command of the Virginia military forces. With British General Charles Cornwallis in Yorktown, fire from 70 heavy American guns began to destroy Yorktown piece by piece. Lord Cornwallis and his staff moved their headquarters into Nelson's palatial home. While American cannonballs were making a shambles of the town, the house of Governor Nelson remained untouched. Nelson turned in rage to the American gunners and asked, "Why do you spare my home?" They replied, "Sir, out of respect to you." Nelson cried, "Give me the cannon!" and fired on his magnificent home himself, smashing it to bits. But Nelson's sacrifice was not quite over. He had raised $2 million for the Revolutionary cause by pledging his own estates. When the loans came due, a newer peacetime Congress refused to honor them, and Nelson's property was forfeited. He was never reimbursed. He died, impoverished, a few years later at the age of 50. 

Lives, Fortunes, Honor

Of those 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence, nine died of wounds or hardships during the war. Five were captured and imprisoned, in each case with brutal treatment. Several lost wives, sons or entire families. One lost his 13 children. Two wives were brutally treated. All were at one time or another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes. Twelve signers had their homes completely burned. Seventeen lost everything they owned. Yet not one defected or went back on his pledged word. Their honor, and the nation they sacrificed so much to create is still intact.

And, finally, there is the New Jersey signer, Abraham Clark.

He gave two sons to the officer corps in the Revolutionary Army. They were captured and sent to that infamous British prison hulk afloat in New York Harbor known as the hell ship Jersey, where 11,000 American captives were to die. The younger Clarks were treated with a special brutality because of their father. One was put in solitary and given no food. With the end almost in sight, with the war almost won, no one could have blamed Abraham Clark for acceding to the British request when they offered him his sons' lives if he would recant and come out for the King and Parliament. The utter despair in this man's heart, the anguish in his very soul, must reach out to each one of us down through 200 years with his answer: "No."
The 56 signers of the Declaration Of Independence proved by their every deed that they made no idle boast when they composed the most magnificent curtain line in history. "And for the support of this Declaration with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."

My friends, I know you have a copy of the Declaration of Independence somewhere around the house - in an old history book (newer ones may well omit it), an encyclopedia, or one of those artificially aged "parchments" we all got in school years ago. I suggest that each of you take the time this month to read through the text of the Declaration, one of the most noble and beautiful political documents in human history.
There is no more profound sentence than this: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness..."

These are far more than mere poetic words. The underlying ideas that infuse every sentence of this treatise have sustained this nation for more than two centuries. They were forged in the crucible of great sacrifice. They are living words that spring from and satisfy the deepest cries for liberty in the human spirit.
"Sacred honor" isn't a phrase we use much these days, but every American life is touched by the bounty of this, the Founders' legacy. It is freedom, tested by blood, and watered with tears.

- Rush Limbaugh III

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Social Insecurity - Post 079

Social Insecurity

There's a frightening trend in America.

What's worse... it effects even the hardest working, most deserving men and women.
Out of 100 people that start working at the age of 25 - by the age of 65...
  • 1 is wealthy
  • 3 are still working
  • 4 have enough money to retire
  • 63 depend on Social Security or charity
  • 29 are deceased
This information comes from a study done by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and it indicates that only 5% of people over the age of 65 are able to retire!

I don't know about you, but I don't want to be working until I die. I want to enjoy my "golden years" as much as the next guy.

Fewer and fewer people are putting their trust and faith in "Big Business," because the first rule for success according to J. Paul Getty is...

"You must be in business for yourself.
You will never get rich working for someone else."

Fight back against this frightening trend. Start today, building a business for yourself that can put you onto the fast track to success.

Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist - Senior Executive Marketing Director

Glutamate Fact: 100% All Natural Foods - Post 078

Glutamate Fact: 100% All Natural Foods

Glutamates appear naturally in foods like tomatoes and seaweed. So why are the not a problem?

All of the Glutamates in foods in their un-processed form are bound. That means they are part of larger "molecular compounds" that have to be broken down through the natural digestive process to be used by our bodies. These molecular structures are called oligopeptides and polypeptides.

These are bound in large amino acids, complex proteins. They are absorbed more slowly in the GI tract. Since these large proteins are not a normal component of our blood, once absorbed they are filtered through the liver where it breaks down the amino acids and releases only the amounts of glutamic acid in very low concentrations that the body can deal with naturally.

When these large proteins are "hydrolyzed" during food production, using yeasts or enzymes, they are broken down into "free" or released amino acids. These free amino acids are no longer natural. When these unnatural, free amino acids reach our digestive track they are absorbed and enter the blood stream as glutamic acid. Since glutamic acid is naturally found in the blood it is not filtered by the liver before it reaches vital organs. They reach levels that are 20 to 40 times higher than normal.

The blood brain barrier can't handle such high levels so we see large amounts of glutamic acid acting on the glutamate receptors of the brain. These receptors are over excited by so much glutamate it's no wonder we see such high incidence of dementia, brain tumors and other mental conditions today.

Naturally, to protect yourself become wise consumers and avoid these processed foods. Since in all reality it is impossible to avoid these compounds 100% we need to eat high antioxidant and flavonoid rich foods and supplement with all 90 essential nutriients. Visit to get a list of the good foods to consume and bad foods to avoid.  

Keith Abell, RPh CIP MI

Friday, July 1, 2011

Let's Face It! - Post 077

"Facing it - always facing it - that's the way to get through. Face it!"
Novelist, Joseph Conrad

Your action for today is to ask yourself; is there something that I should be facing that I'm not?

Have an extraordinary day!

Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist - Senior Executive Marketing Director

Nitrates May Be Trigger For Alzheimer’s, Diabetes And Parkinson's - Post 076

Nitrates May Be Environmental Trigger For Alzheimer's, Diabetes And Parkinson's Disease
ScienceDaily (July 6, 2009) —

A new study by researchers at Rhode Island Hospital have found a substantial link between increased levels of nitrates in our environment and food with increased deaths from diseases, including Alzheimer's, diabetes mellitus and Parkinrson's. The study was published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist - Senior Executive Marketing Director