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Sweet, Sweet Freedom! (Summit)

A few summers ago I read the book I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson. Here's an excerpt from page 6, which resonated with me:

I was a sugar addict. I didn't look like one. I didn't drink Coke or put sugar in my coffee. I've never eaten a Krispy Kreme donut, and ice cream bores me…. I hid behind the so-called “healthy sugars” like honey, dark chocolate and fruit.”

I love ice cream, but I rarely put sugar in my coffee. I don't like sweet sweets. I eat the occasional TimBit (for my international readers, though are doughnut holes from Canadian coffee chain Tim Horton's) and I prefer burnt sugar flavours. Of course I needed to keep reading.

When I first heard about the Sweet Freedom Summit I thought, “Yeah yeah, Americans and their affinity for sweetness”.  Then I started reading the promo material.

Sugar is not just candy and pastries, the soda and loaded coffee drinks you order each day; it’s also found in many other foods- foods processed by their manufacturers to force your body into addiction.

True that. As as Sarah says, it's not just about refined sugar. That said, refined sugar is made similarly to heroin and cocaine, but triggers the brain’s receptors 8 times MORE than cocaine. It’s a serious issue, because refined sugar is found in most grocery store foods.
Sweet Freedom Summit

The Sweet Freedom Summit starts on Monday April 10.

People worldwide will learn from the expert wisdom so important to ending the depression, fatigue, illness and obesity caused by sugar addiction.

Here are some of the diverse talks taking place in The Sweet Freedom Summit:

  • The Sugar-Cancer Connection
  • What in the World Is Sugar Doing to Your Body? 
  • Impact of Stigma/Self-Stigma on Sugar Addiction
  • Holistic Dental Approach to Giving Up Sugar 
  • Power of Sleep for Survival (and Beyond!) 
  • There's a talk called, The Man Who Only Ate Potatoes for 365 days

You can learn…

  • How “non-food addiction” can lead to a serious and painful death
  • Impacts of poorly processed foods on your emotional state
  • Educating your family to be supportive and healthy
  • Why diets rarely work long term (and the strategy that does!)
  • And, so much more…

Some of my favourite experts contributed.

How to participate:

  1. Register immediately to make sure you'll see the free talks.
  2. Purchase all of the expert talks and help us reach more people struggling to live healthy lives. This means that you own all the talks to watch at your own pace. It includes all the slide shows, the presentations in MP3 – so you can listen in transit, at the gym, while walking your dog, etc., and transcripts, in case you learn best by reading. It also includes around $500 worth of bonus gifts. The online access package for all of the expert talks is $59 through Tuesday morning (April 11) at 10 A.M. U.S. eastern. After that, it increases to $79.

Register For Free

Whether you like your refined sugar sweets or are addicted to more natural sugars, this is for you. If you're in the latter camp, you might be even more interested in the event.

I'll never give up fruit, honey and maple syrup permanently because they have immense nutritional value but I do occasionally take breaks from them to heal from candida, fatigue, mood and more.  I'm looking forward to this.

 

The Thyroid Secret

Call this “Thyroid Thursday”.

If you're constantly searching for more knowledge to empower yourself to help you find YOUR health and wellness, read on:

There’s an event coming soon that’s going to have people talking. It's a 9-part Docuseries called The Thyroid Secret.
It’s going to open people’s eyes to a prevalent, but hidden disease.

That disease is thyroid disease and an estimated 30% of the population may be diagnosed in their lifetime… and most of them won’t know why they’re so sick.

The charge is being led by thyroid expert, Dr. Izabella Wentz, a renowned pharmacist and thyroid disease survivor. I've heard her speak on telesummits in the past and I really like her.
(If I didn't, I wouldn't be promoting her event.)

Izabella has assembled an amazing army of health rebels, including some of the most respected health experts today and patients who have overcome their thyroid conditions to bring us a groundbreaking series that debunks the myths surrounding thyroid disease.

In this groundbreaking 9-part documentary series they’re going to take western medicine head-on and reveal the truth.

The Thyroid Secret’s mission is to raise awareness about thyroid disease and empower people to implement natural alternatives and therapies to get their health back.

The series contains everything you could ever want to know, plus so much more.

What You'll Learn

  • Diagnosis – Many people are misdiagnosed with other conditions and never get the proper diagnosis. Could you be one of them?
  • Medications – Did you know that most people are not getting the right medications for their thyroid conditions and that recommended medications can often be harmful?
  • Thyroid cancer – So many people receive a misdiagnosis of thyroid cancer! Find out what you could do to reduce your chances of being a statistic.
  • Fertility – Sadly, many women needlessly experience infertility, miscarriage and have children that are born with disabilities because of thyroid disease. Find out what you can do about your own fertility and the health of your children.
  • Hashimoto’s – People often receive a misdiagnosis and mistreatment for this condition. Find out how to address and reverse this condition.
  • Graves’ disease – You don’t have to accept the status quo of barbaric treatments here. There’s a better way to recover your health!
  • There are complementary treatments that can restore thyroid function!
  • Nutrition – Did you know that food can be your worst enemy and your best friend in healing? Find out how to optimize your nutrition.
  • Supplements – Some supplements can subdue thyroid symptoms. You’ll discover the ones you can use to help yourself.
  • Toxins – Learn about the environmental toxins that are wreaking havoc on your thyroid.
  • Triggers – Know which triggers bring about thyroid disease and what to do about them.
  • Symptoms – Learn which symptoms are thyroid related and how to get better!
  • Healing – Yes, there are case studies and best practices so that you can recover your health.
  • Adrenals – These tiny little glands can sabotage your thyroid health if ignored.
  • Success stories – Celebrate with the many patients and individuals that have suffered from hypo and hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s and Graves, and other related conditions, and who reversed their conditions through root cause protocols!

Mark your calendar for March 1st and get ready for the World Premiere of The Thyroid Secret, then get ready for one brand new episode every single night over the next 9 days.

Register

 

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The Autoimmune Revolution

Free Virtual Event Roundup, January 23

1) Winter of Wellness

On now through February 11

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During Winter of Wellness, you’ll discover leading-edge solutions to your personal health objectives — with esteemed teachers, doctors and practitioners sharing their proven methods that address YOU as an integrative, interconnected WHOLE.

Attend

2)Vitamin Mastery

Ends Wednesday January 25

Vitamin Mastery

An extension of That Vitamin Movie, with more content. It's a 7-day free online event that brings together the unedited interviews that were used to make That Vitamin Movie AND the full interviews from That Vitamin Summit AND a brand new course from Andrew Saul, all being streamed free of charge for seven days.

Some of these experts had never agreed to be interviewed for anything like this before. They will  share their tips and strategies for using vitamins and supplements to put your health journey back on the right path.

Attend

3) Autoimmune Revolution Summit

January 30-February 6 (Monday to Monday)

The Autoimmune Revolution

The average lifespan of someone with an autoimmune disease is 10 years shorter than a healthy person. It’s time to achieve greater health and improved happiness so you can break the cycle of pain and start living again! Join  The Autoimmune Revolution, online and free from January 30 – February 6, 2017!

Attend

If you want to buy the series to add to your resource library, it's the least expensive before the summit starts. Here's the price schedule.

The Autoimmune Revolution Price

I almost always recommend buying summits  – at the lowest price if you get there in time – because many of the lifetime access packages such as this one include transcripts (for those who learn best through reading, and perhaps want to highlight and annotate), along with bonuses that are sometimes worth in the $100's of dollars. The bonuses in the Autoimmune Revolution bundle are worth over $600!

Choose Your Package

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Upcoming Events for January

Hi everyone,

I want to make sure that you don't miss out on these.

1) Winter of Wellness

On now through February 11

During Winter of Wellness, you’ll discover leading-edge solutions to your personal health objectives — with esteemed teachers, doctors and practitioners sharing their proven methods that address YOU as an integrative, interconnected WHOLE.

Attend for Free

2) The Vitamin Movie

On now through Wednesday

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The free online screening of The Vitamin Movie has been extended until January 18! You have until this Wednesday to watch it if you haven't yet.

Attend for Free

3)Vitamin Mastery

Thursday January 19-Wednesday January 25

Vitamin Mastery

This is basically an extension of That Vitamin Movie, with more content. It's a 7-day free online event that brings together the unedited interviews that were used to make That Vitamin Movie AND the full interviews from That Vitamin Summit AND a brand new course from Andrew Saul, all being streamed free of charge for seven days.

Some of these experts had never agreed to be interviewed for anything like this before. They will  share their tips and strategies for using vitamins and supplements to put your health journey back on the right path.

Attend for Free

4.  Autoimmune Revolution Summit

January 30-February 6 (Monday to Monday)
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The average lifespan of someone with an autoimmune disease is 10 years shorter than a healthy person! It’s time to achieve greater health and improved happiness so you can break the cycle of pain and start living again! Join me at The Autoimmune Revolution, online and free from January 30 – February 6, 2017!

Attend for Free

If you want to buy the series to add to your resource library, it's the least expensive before the summit starts. Here's the price schedule.

The Autoimmune Revolution Price

I almost always recommend buying summits  – at the lowest price if you get there in time – because many of the lifetime access packages such as this one include transcripts (for those who learn best through reading, and perhaps want to highlight and annotate), along with bonuses that are sometimes worth in the $100's of dollars. The bonuses in the Autoimmune Revolution bundle are worth over $600!

Choose Your Package

5. Create Your Shining Year

Create Your Shining Year by Leonie Dawson

And if you missed my post on Friday, there's a huge sale on Create Your Shining Year Biz & Life workbooks and other related products in that line.

Note that I get a commission if you choose to buy anything via this page. See my Affiliate code of Conduct (which I created on my own, at my own initiative in August 2015) for more information.

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Vaccines Revealed: The docu-series

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I've put this up in this website's event calendar but wanted to editorialize a little. I didn't change much of the copy that was provided to me. Both suggested promotional emails are alarmist and look like propaganda, and yet, I always feel like the truth is somewhere in the middle. You might agree or disagree. Either way is okay, as long as it's respectful.

Enough with the labels, already

I am NOT an anti-vaxxer. The term makes me cringe. The term “pro-vaxxer” also makes me cringe. They're awful labels, thrown around like knives to hurt, discredit and condescend. I hate that the world is divided into “pro-vaxx”and “anti-vaxx”. When you divide like that, you create disharmony and it's harder for people to open their minds in either direction. If anything, I consider myself a “conscious vaxxer”, which does put me at odds with some people close to me who are on one side or the other. I don't believe that all vaccinations are necessary as directed by medical experts. Take the flu shot, for example,

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

How well the flu vaccine works (or its ability to prevent flu illness) can range widely from season to season. The vaccine’s effectiveness also can vary depending on who is being vaccinated. At least two factors play an important role in determining the likelihood that flu vaccine will protect a person from flu illness: 1) characteristics of the person being vaccinated (such as their age and health), and 2) the similarity or “match” between the flu viruses the flu vaccine is designed to protect against and the flu viruses spreading in the community. During years when the flu vaccine is not well matched to circulating viruses, it’s possible that no benefit from flu vaccination may be observed.

I know someone who claimed to have gotten sick from the flu shot and years later strongly denied it, because he tricked himself into thinking that it couldn't be true.

Furthermore, a study done three years ago reported that the flu vaccine had no impact on healthcare workers who care for people aged 60 or older living in long-term care institutions.

According to the Weston A. Price Foundation,

A 1978 survey of 30 states showed that more than half of all children who contracted measles had been fully vaccinated. Sweden abandoned its whooping cough vaccine after it examined 5,140 cases of whooping cough in 1978 and found that 84 percent had been vaccinated three times. A 1990 Journal of American Medicine Association article stated that “Although more than 95 percent of school-aged children in the US are vaccinated against measles, large measles outbreaks continue to occur in schools and most cases. . . occur among previously vaccinated children.” The medical literature is filled with example after example of the failure of vaccination to furnish protection against common childhood diseases.

They also say,

…publications and statistics from the past two hundred years reveals that infectious diseases declined 90 percent before mass vaccination was ever introduced.

Experts attribute the cessation of epidemic diseases not to mass vaccination, but to a major sanitation reform movement that swept Europe during the 1800s. These reforms included moving human waste out of streets via plumbing systems; regularly cleaning streets and stables of horse manure and human waste; improving roads so that meats, vegetables and raw milk could be distributed in cities while still fresh; and upgrading water distribution systems to prevent bacterial contamination.

However, that was written over 11 years ago. There are certain correlations that I can't deny. The correlation between fewer parents vaccinating their children and increased outbreak of certain diseases is compelling, but it's not complete.  We're also living in a world that in many ways is more toxic & polluted than previous generations. The food we eat, the air we breathe, the way food is grown. Increased incidents of allergies, sensitivities, mental illness, physical illness. I've heard people claim that there's no such things as “toxins” or “detoxing”, but that's like Trump's statement that there's no such thing as global warming, and that it's a conspiracy theory.

We're living longer than before, but at what cost? Are we playing god? These are things that I don't think about often because doing so is a burden. I hope you know what I mean by that. It's not quite “blissful ignorance” but it's choosing to see the light instead of what could go wrong.

There are so many factors involved in wellness approaches and it's not up to me to say what's right and what's wrong. In the end, I hope, we do the research, taking account conflicting information rather than only seeking confirmation of what we think we know, and make what we feel are informed decisions for the best of us and our children.

I believe that the area of vaccination is a complicated issue that the public ISN'T hearing all of it.

Vaccines Revealed

That's why I think that films such as Vaccines Revealed  are important and why I'm promoting it.

There is so much information online. So quality, some less so. Some researchers event compared the quality of pro- and anti-vaccination online information. They sampled 514 webpages in favor of vaccination, 471 against, and 108 neutral.

“Vaccines Revealed” is broadcasting their exclusive docu-series event for 9 days only. From Tuesday, January 10th through the 18th. And you can watch the whole thing for free.

Here's some other promotional copy I received:

This is powerful – – If you want the latest, real information you will not want to miss this.

It's time to expose the truth and take back our health care system.

With an award-winning film crew, we flew all over the world and got exclusive access to whistleblowers, former drug reps and university scientists.

As you probably know already…

The drug and vaccine industry is a multi-BILLION dollar enterprise… focused more on profits than human lives.

I was not ready to see things like…

Drug and vaccine companies blatantly falsifying documents…

Whistleblowers getting completely BURIED…

Our Government looking the other way…

Bribery…

And that's not even to mention the tragic human cost of families ruined by vaccine injuries, endless medical bills… ruined marriages… and a rapid rise in chronic disease (especially in children).

It took months and months of care, attention and energy to edit each part of this stunning series. And now it's finally ready for the world to see.

Featuring exclusive interviews with the world's most acclaimed experts in research, medicine, holistic care and natural health.

“Vaccines Revealed” tells the hidden story behind the vaccine industry.

It starts out alarmist to get your attention. “real information”. “expose the truth”. I have no doubt that some truths will be exposed and that some people – whether they watch or choose to judge without watching – will claim that it's all bullshit. I might or might not believe everything I hear, but look forward to seeing the evidence. I also have no doubt that the drug and vaccine industry is a multi-billion dollar enterprise and that there's more money in treating sick people than in keeping people healthy. Falsifying documents? I believe that, only because it's been proven in other cases.

Research suggests that most anti-vaccine sites use emotion-based persuasion, such as pictures and stories (source), but so much of science starts with a hypothesis based on anecdotal evidence, and I always say that I believe anecdotal evidence because people don’t exist in labs. I say that people should read all they can about controversial topics and analysis it critically.

I read and watch with interest, an open mind and a dose of skepticism. Whichever side you're on, or whether you fall in the middle, check it out.

When you register, you'll receive a 5 minute trailer. It might be all you want to watch, or you might want to watch further. Up to you.

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Medicinal Supplements Summit Day 5

The Top Medicinal Supplements for Common Health Conditions

Here's the short version today:

Medicinal Supplements Summit Day 5

Today's speakers review the top medicinal supplements for common health conditions: heart disease, pain, adrenal fatigue, thyroid dysfunction, gut health and autoimmunity.

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Today's Medicinal Supplements Summit experts:

Sayer Ji
Best Supplements for Heart Health and High Cholesterol

  • Myth of “high cholesterol” as a causative factor in heart disease
  • he dangers of statins and natural alternatives
  • Supplements to improve contributors to heart disease

Website: GreenMedInfo

Amy Myers, MD
Supplements for Optimal Thyroid Function

  • Supplements to improve thyroid function
  • Best supplements for autoimmune disease
  • Iodine for Hashimoto’s Disease, yes or no?

Website: Amy Myers MD.

Tom O'Bryan, DC
Best Supplements for Gut Health and Autoimmunity

  • Hidden gluten in supplements
  • Best supplements for digestive issues
  • How gluten and leaky gut foster autoimmunity

Website: theDr.com

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS
A Killer Key to Detox You Haven’t Heard of…Yet!

  • How sluggish bile causes health issues!
  • Why bile is needed to detox heavy metals
  • Supplements/foods to improve bile flow and production

Website: annlouise.com

Noah De Koyer, DC
Best Supplements for Pain

  • Addressing inflammation is the key to reducing pain
  • Supplements to reduce acute pain and inflammation
  • Best supplements for chronic pain

Website: Centre for Epigenetic Expression

Evan Brand, CFMP, NTP, CPT
Top Supplements to Heal Adrenal Fatigue

  • Fatigue, low mood, low motivation and poor memory
  • Ideal supplements to heal the adrenals
  • How adaptogenic herbs calm the adrenals

Website: Not Just Paleo

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Customize Supplements to Your Body’s Needs

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Today's Medicinal Supplements Summit discuss tips and tests you can take to customize supplements to your body’s needs. Take the guesswork out of choosing supplements!

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I want to watch every single one today but don't have 5 hours. I barely have 2 hours. I'll buy it to watch after the free week. Right now it's only $59 to buy. The advantages of buying: Watching the presentations any time. Having them for my resources library. The bonus gifts in this one are awesome.

Today's Medicinal Supplements Summit experts:

Harry Massey, CEO of NES Health
Future of Supplements: Customization and Digitizing Biochemistry

  • Energy medicine and infoceuticals are the future of health
  • Using an NES Health scan to guide supplementation
  • “Hack” your energy systems to become supercharged

Website: NES Health

Sterling Hill, CEO of MTHFR Support
Genetic Defects and MTHFR

  • Using genetics to guide supplementation
  • 50% suffer MTHFR mutations (and what that means!)
  • Look at your DNA if you’re chronically ill!

Website: MTHFR Support 

Dietitian Cassie, RD
The Importance of Pharmaceutical Grade Supplements

  • Distinguishing quality between various supplements
  • Top supplements for weight loss
  • Supplements everyone should be taking!

Website: Dietician Cassie

Dan Kalish, DC
Best Functional Medicine Tests to Customize Supplements

  • Determine the exact supplements your body needs!
  • Best lab test to determine one’s supplement needs
  • Optional lab tests to help customize supplements

Website: Kalish Wellness

David Nico, PhD, “Dr. Healthnut”
Proven Solution for Supplement Confusion

  • Tips to choose the right supplements
  • Top supplements everyone should be taking
  • Best superfoods to consume

Website: David Nico
Book: Diet Diagnosis

ACCESS IT HERE

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Medicinal Supplements Summit Day 2: What Kind of Supplements You Should Take and How

Medicinal Supplements Summit Day 2Today is Day 2 of The Medicinal Supplements Summit, hosted by Wendy Myers, with Health Talks Online.

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Today's experts discuss top supplements in depth: fish oil, probiotics, Vitamin C, food-based vs. synthetic supplements and minerals, like magnesium. Learn what kind of supplements you should take and how to take them.

To be perfectly honest, it's rare that I watch every single presentation in every single summit, in its entirety. There's not enough time in the day, nor do I want to. Yesterday I listened to two completely, and skimmed others. I took notes from slideshows for all but when I skim I read every slide. Today I chose two to watch completely and skimmed one.

This is a summit that I intend to purchase after the free event, though, and right now it's only $59 to buy. The advantages of buying: Watching the presentations any time. Having them for my resources library. The bonus gifts in this one are awesome. I read about and promote a lot of summits, and this one is professional development for me for if/when I take on some health coaching clients.

Today's Medicinal Supplements Summit experts:

Charles Livingston, DC, CCWP
Deep Dive on Fish Oil Supplements

  • Why Omega-3s are important
  • How to tell if you are deficient in Omega-3
  • Health conditions helped by Omega-3

Website: Perfect Origins

Jay Davidson, DC, PScD
Dangers and Mistakes Made with Probiotics

  • Common mistakes made with probiotics
  • When and how to take probiotics
  • Probiotics vs. fermented foods: which is better?

Website: Dr. Jay Davidson

Andrew Saul, PhD – Featured Speaker
Vitamin C Cures and Antioxidants

  • Megadosing vitamin C to kill infections and cancer
  • Ascorbic Acid, Liposomal C, IV Vitamin C, food-based C explained
  • Antioxidants: glutathione, turmeric, CoQ10, astaxanthin

Website: Doctor Yourself
Books: Doctor Yourself: Natural Healing That Works  (Amazon bestseller), Fire Your Doctor!, Vitamin C: The Real Story (co-author), and several others.

Shawn Stevenson, CN
Food-Based vs. Synthetic Supplements

  • Supplements with a connection to nature
  • Ingredient damage from heat and improper storage
  • Problematic excipients in supplements

Website: The Model Health Show

Carolyn Dean, MD, ND
Maximizing Magnesium and Minerals

  • Minerals as a priority in your supplement regime
  • Why take magnesium every day?
  • Best forms of magnesium

Website: Dr. Carolyn Dean
Books: The Magnesium Miracle (Revised and Updated – 2014) – or pre-order the second edition, coming out in March 2017, Dr. Carolyn Dean's Natural Prescriptions for Common Ailments and several others.

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Medicinal Supplements Summit Day 1: Do you need supplements to be healthy?

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Today is Day 1 of The Medicinal Supplements Summit, hosted by Wendy Myers, with Health Talks Online. I've been watching & taking notes.

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Today's discussion is whether you need supplements to be healthy, can you get all your nutrients from food and important supplements missing from your health regime!

Presentations:
Wendy Myers, FDN, CHHC – Host, Medicinal Supplements Summit
Important Supplements Missing from Your Health Regime

  • Why focus on mineral supplementation?
  • Hair Mineral Analysis (and other tests) to customize supplements
  • Toxic metals, fatigue and supplements to detox!

What supplement is right for someone else, might be toxic to you. Listen to find out more. I want a hair mineral analysis now, and there's a new magnesium supplement that I want to try.

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Ian Clark – Activation Products – Co-host, Medicinal Supplements Summit
The Most Amazing All-In-One Supplement

  • Marine phytoplankton has every nutrient required!
  • What is the ideal food-based multivitamin?
  • Why you don’t want marine phytoplankton in capsules/powder

I've been using Activation marine phytoplankton for years. It doesn't taste good, but it feels good.

Reed Davis, CNT – Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Course Founder/ Nutritional Therapist.
Can You Get All of Your Nutrition from Food?

  • Does a whole foods, organic diet deliver?
  • How to know if your diet is right for you
  • Food sensitivities (and how they sabotage health!)

Reed's website

Jayson Calton, PhD & Mira Calton, CN – Founders of Calton Nutrition, authors.
Are You Absorbing Your Supplements?

  • The concept of micronutrient competition
  • Variables that interfere with nutrient absorption
  • Forms of supplements to avoid

Calton Nutrition

These two have been teaching nutrition for a long time and have big major influencers in the field. Buy their books Rich Food Poor Food: The Ultimate Grocery Purchasing System, Naked Calories and The Micronutrient Miracle: The 28-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Increase Your Energy, and Reverse Disease

Katie The Wellness Mama
Best Supplements for Pregnancy, Nursing and Babies

  • Supplements before, during, and after pregnancy
  • Why you shouldn’t outsource your health to your doctors
  • How moms can best deal with stress

Wellness Mama

I'm not a mama, and being one isn't part of my life plan, but I've been following Katie's work for years. She's got great information.

 

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Summit Insider: 5 Things You Might Not Know

I'm been watching and promoting summits for years. It's one of the reasons this website exists. Here's some of what I've learned:

1. Scheduling

Due to busy schedules, interviews and presentations are often recorded several months before the event goes live.

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2. Pricing

Often times there are multiple pricing structures based on when you buy.

Typically, the lowest price is before the summit.

For the summits that are produced by Health Talks Online, which are one week, there are usually two price increases: One when the summit begins, and then another one after it ends. I have yet to see a Health Talks Online summit that didn't follow three tiers of pricing. It might always be like this, but this is how it is now, on April 3, 2016.

I've also never seen another affiliate be transparent about the pricing schedule, but I don't think it's secret either.

I posted this in January when I was promoting the Heal Your Gut Summit. It's a screenshot from email.

Summit pricing schedule

This is how it works with most of the week-long summits that I promote, though prices vary!

Again, this information is subject to change.

Once you own the expert talks, you can listen to the audios on your computer or mobile device, read the complete transcripts.

Here are some pros and cons about buying summits before the summit starts, vs. during or after the summit.

Buying before the summit starts During the summit or after
 Pros
  • Lowest price.
  • You don't have to be available at all to watch while the summit is on. This takes less pressure off your schedule.
    (+ when you buy, regardless of when & how much you pay, you get MP3 audio, MP4 video and PDF transcripts. I'm very much a visual learner, so the transcripts help, but I also like to listen while walking my dog.)
  • Sometimes you'll get immediate access to the entire summit, other times you'll have to wait until after the summit. Immediate access means that you can start watching days before the event.
  • Try before you buy: You'll have watched some or all, so you'll know what to expect. P.S. In some cases, if you watch live you can join the discussion, if such a feature exists for that event.
  • If you like a particular talk and watch it again, you can do so after the 24-hour viewing period. Also, see notes about multiple file formats.
 Cons
  • Although you get the speaker list and topics in advance, what if you buy it, start to watch (either the purchased downloads or flash drive, or online each day) and decide you don't want it?
  •  Higher price.

3. Many 7-day Summits are actually 8 days

The 8th day is “encore day”. It's the worst kept secret. It's supposed to be the surprise bonus day, but once you consume a few of these events you know how it works. Here's an example:

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4. Promoters (affiliates) are paid for every sale

Most of us who promote the event get a commission for doing so. 50% is standard, but may vary. I say “most of us” because I sometimes promote events even if I'm not an affiliate. Because I usually am an affiliate I generally point out when I'm not.

5. Affiliate resources are awesome, but most affiliates say the same thing

(I don't)

In many cases, the summit producer helps their affiliates by providing suggested Facebook posts, Twitter posts, and emails, along with banners and other images and suggested schedules. This is fantastic, it's hard to start from scratch. However, while these could be treated as templates or guides and not used word-for-word, most affiliates simply copy/paste into their emails to newsletter subscribers.

It sometimes annoys me to see the exact same wording in multiple emails.

I wrote this on my other blog in November 2014:

Every other week, it seems, I get emails about another summit and a lot of the people whose newsletters I subscribe to are affiliates so I get basically the same email from different people through the lead up and duration of these events. Everyone’s trying to make some extra income.

I will admit, I'm guilty of copying and pasting suggested newsletter text for the event calendar on this website, even though I know better.  There's it takes time to sit and think of how to make it different, especially when I'm not familiar with the subject matter.  I do usually change up the copy for newsletters, and always if I write a blog post about it.

Reasons I know better than to use the provided text:

For websites

Search engines penalize duplicate copy. This is bad for Search Engine Optimization. This affects everyone promoting an event. Basically, Google thinks you're stealing someone else's copy. Also, there's an advantage to using unique copy. The advantage being, I can create a different focus keyword and optimize it in a unique way. So, I might use the prepared copy in my event calendar because I'm trying to get it up quickly, but if I do a blog post about it I personalize a bit more.

For newsletters

There a 3-word phrase that makes me cringe when I read it in prepared copy and repeated in newsletters: “My dear friend”. It's usually “My dear friend [organizer's name]”.

In the blog post referenced above (before I had a website with an event calendar), I complimented Sean Croxton in his outreach to affiliates of The Digestion Sessions. Because it's a quote within a quote, I'll color it:

…props to Sean for telling his affiliates,

Recently my inbox has been loaded with word-for-word, copied-and-pasted sample email copy for another affiliate launch. Honestly, it feels a bit yucky. I would MUCH rather you write something in your own voice and really connect with your readers.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the guidance, but I always reword them into my voice. Some of the pre-written copy is dripping with the same fake familiar tone. I feel yucky any time I read “my good friend” or “my dear friend” in relation to the person running the conference, as if that kind of connection would boost the host’s credibility because if you’re reading one person’s newsletter and they associate with someone else, clearly that person is in high esteem. I read it and wonder, “Do does person even know the person they’re talking about?” It feels disingenuous.

I would rather use my voice – at times critical, at times snarky, often attempts at wit – and for an online event that I feel connected to and am passionate about, I will. Sometimes I promote events that I'm not so into myself because I recognize that you might have different interests than me. I promote harder, and more openly, when it's an event I'm passionate about.

Another note regarding “My dear friend” feeling disingenuous: Yesterday I nearly emailed a response to Nick Orter of The Tapping Solution to thank him for qualifying his use of the phrase. After stating ” my dear friends”, he added “by “dear” I mean I went to high school with Kevin, no joke!” in parentheses. See, that qualifies. Being friends online too qualifies, if you feel a kinship. That online friend who invited you to her wedding but you've still never met in person because you couldn't go counts too.

So, those are my 5 Summit Insider Secrets.