When Techeighty.net Saved My Day

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So that left me with a few options, mainly contacting my boss and the tech guy at work. Continue reading

Health And Wellness Will Thrive

Health And Wellness Will Thrive – Looking Back

In about two weeks’ time, I will be able to look back over 24 months and reflect upon my personal journey. I was introduced to the Wellness Industry by a neighbor in November 2010. I began buying supplements, but it was not until January 2011 that I decided to make a significant change in my life.

Nothing spiritual, mind you, but the change was with regards to my physical health. The particular company that I purchased supplements from introduced a new full body composition program. I made a commitment to try the program and purchased the body composition system of supplements. So began my journey to a healthier lifestyle that I will always be thankful for.

The program also included recommended exercises along with the nutrition. My challenge, of course, was facing my eating habits straight on and making drastic changes. That’s right, no more potato chips, cheese burgers, French fries, pizza, pasta, cake, brownies, chocolate, soda, etc. Okay, so what is there left to eat?

I still ate these foods, but not so frequently. I remember eating a lot of salad in the beginning along with protein foods like chicken, salmon, tuna, eggs, cottage cheese, and almonds. These core protein staples are still a part of my daily diet. However, these 24 months have given me time to study more about nutrition, exercise, and how supplements work.

My start weight was about 240 pounds and now I have maintained a weight of 190 pounds for about one month now in December 2012. I will see if I can get down to 185 pounds before January 11, 2013 which will mark exactly 24 months from when I made my commitment to change my physical life. I vowed that I would live to be 100 years old. Now, this is a ridiculous goal, but if I make it, I will have a fine story to tell.

Health And Wellness Will Thrive – A Pervasive Industry

What do we know about the Wellness Industry? Has health and wellness always been a thriving industry? What is a pervasive industry and who defines a healthy revolution?

Back in 2002, Paul Zane Pilzer outlined an emerging $200 billion industry. In 2007 that industry was over $500 billion and is on target to be over $1 trillion. Dr. Pilzer introduced tips and best practices for large $100 million wellness companies back in 2002. However, in his new edition of The Wellness Revolution, he shifts his focus to add information useful for individual wellness entrepreneurs, health product distributors, physicians, chiropractors, and other small business professionals.

It is interesting how the period from 2003 through 2008 has brought about unique changes to the way that we communicate among friends, family, and associates. Michael Drew suggests in his book, Pendulum, that these six years are a transitory period from a Hero Worshipping “Me” Cycle to the Village Camaraderie “We” Cycle. Dr. Pilzer did well to update his book from one that advised $100 million wellness companies to one that spread the “wealth of knowledge” to the individual. Bringing the individual up to a level par with large companies is a characteristic of the “We” Cycle where collectively we are strong, but individually we are not okay.

Is the Wellness Industry a trend or temporary fad? Dr. Pilzer does not see it as such. He is an economist and therefore is well positioned to be an authority on analyzing how trends and fads come and go. The professor side of him narrows the study of a sustainable industry in to 5 characteristics.

“Experienced entrepreneurs and investors look for all five of the following characteristics to be present before they launch a new mass-market business.” (p 10)

Continual consumption
Universal appeal
Low consumption time

Apply these characteristics to the Wellness Industry and you will see that most products and services connected with health and wellness share in these characteristics.

Health And Wellness Will Thrive – Mini-case Study: Whey Protein

Let’s look at a generic Whey protein drink product. I just conducted a search online and found that a 2 pound container of EAS 100% Whey Protein sells for $23.64 (currently December 24, 2012). A 5 pound container from Gold Standard sells for $59.99 at Walgreens. If the serving size is one scoop, then 2 pounds of Whey protein has about 23 servings. That comes to just over $1.00 per serving.

When you consider the fact that many people buy $5 coffee from Starbucks every day, you would agree that $1.00 for a drink of Whey protein is AFFORDABLE. At this price, the product should not be hard to market and should literally WALK OFF THE SHELF; this is why there are so many brands of Whey protein on the market these days. As more and more people self-actuate their own personal health and weight management, Whey protein will be a product that consumers will CONTINUE TO BUY. There are so many studies of how effective Whey protein is in restoring and rebuilding muscle after exercise, that there is a natural UNIVERSAL APPEAL for the product. Finally, the fact that a 2 pound container has 23 servings and can be fully consumed within 2 to 3 weeks depending on your exercise frequency, you cannot disagree that Whey protein has a LOW CONSUMPTION TIME.

Our mini-case study shows how one product connected with health and wellness shares strong characteristics of a pervasive industry product and is not merely a trend or fad that will fall in popularity. If anything, these types of products will continue to expand as we move deeper into Michael Drew’s forecast of a “We” Cycle where the village protection is revered over the individual hero. Robert Kiyosaki recognizes this trend in his recent book, The Business Of The 21st Century. “The power is not in the product. The power is in the network. If you want to become rich, the best strategy is to find a way to build a strong, viable, growing network.” (p 60). Empowering individuals to build networking teams in direct sales is a complement during a “We” Cycle. Refer to the Pendulum book for more details of what you can expect to see over the next 40 years before swinging back to a “Me” Cycle.

Village On A Diet Review

My Village on a Diet review will explain what this new television show is all about, and reveal why the producers of this show claim that the series was created to help fight Canada’s obesity epidemic.

This TV show is set in a small little town called Taylor in the northern part of British Columbia, Canada. It has a very small population of 1,400 and most with some pretty serious health issues related to obesity and poor diet. Hence, this entire town has decided that is it time to hit the scales. With sixty percent of the residents either overweight or obese, Taylor has made the goal to collectively lose one ton within 3 months. They have also agreed to have their successes and failures filmed and aired on British television’s new show called Village on a Diet.

The show will focus on the 150 participants who have agreed to stick with this program to lose weight. Some of the participants include “characters” who we can all relate to:

a stay-at-home mom who struggles with being overweight and agoraphobia
a set of sisters determined to lose their baby weight
a man who is works in a pizza shop and is constantly tempted by the foods he cooks and a fourteen year old boy, who is being homeschooled because he was teased too much in school
and more challenging personal stories…

All of them have joined the ranks with hopes of finally losing their unwanted pounds but only a complete Village on a Diet Review will show if this will work for them.

The show has pulled together an entire team to help these participants work through the program from all aspects. Dr. Ali Zenter, an obesity specialist, leads the team to help create a plan for weight loss success. A Village on a Diet review will show if this team has what it takes to make change. Most of the participants admit that their exercise program has been lacking or in some cases nonexistent. To help residents get up and exercise, a local gym was built in the town of Taylor. Professional personal trainers, Garfield Wilson and Mike Veinot, are the two members of the team that are responsible for setting up exercise programs for the participants to get help get them fit.

This small mining and forest town’s most loved favorites are meat and potatoes and is the staple food that most of them live off of. Unfortunately for them, meat and potatoes are not on the list of healthy foods that they can eat regularly. So to help them learn how to make better food choices and show them better ways to prepare these foods, registered Dietician Maria Thomas and Chef Jonathan Chovancek were added to the team.

In addition to exercise and diet, this program also understands that some of the participants are dealing with emotional problems that often times act to manifest their weight loss problems. To help them overcome this problem register psychologist, Adele Fox was added to the team, to help the participants work through these problems.

This program seems to have all of the necessary parts of a good weight loss plan; an exercise program, a better nutrition plan and an emotional support system. This Village on a Diet review shows that the premise is good, and airing these people’s personal struggles to lose weight might inspire those who choose to watch.

FYI: This program is only on for a total of 10 weeks, and after that they will leave them on their own. To complete this Village on a Diet review, it is essential to recognize that long-term weight loss needs to be looked at from a balanced perspective that includes diet, fitness, motivation, sustainability and personal and emotional support.

Survey For Prevalence Of Vitamin A Deficiency And Health Index In Children Of Village Shivali


Under-nutrition continues to be one of the major public health problems in the developing countries including India. Young children are considered as the most vulnerable group to under-nutrition (NNMB 2001). In recent years, micronutrient malnutrition has been attracting attention of the scientific community as well as policy makers. Micronutrients are essential to ensure proper growth, development and maintenance of health and play a critical role in physiological, biochemical and immunological functions of the body. The consequences of micronutrient malnutrition are wide ranging and include increased risk of childhood mortality, nutritional blindness physical disability mental retardation, lowered physical work capacity etc. leading to lowered productivity at household, community as well as at the National level (NNMB 2002).

Vitamin A deficiency is a significant public health problem, affecting a large population all over the country. Though the dietary inadequacy, in terms of both quality and quantity is the primary cause, a host of other socio-economic, socio-cultural and environmental factors like poverty, illiteracy, ignorance, faulty food habits, food fads, and even customs contribute significantly to the problem of micronutrient deficiencies (Kapil et al 1996). The general objective of the study was to assess the prevalence of VAD and the health index including BMI among primary school children of the village.


A baseline survey was conducted to Village Shivali, of Taluka Maval of Pune district from India to assess the prevalence of vitamin A deficiency and health index. The trained surveyors went to the village for survey. The survey was done in the Primary School of Shivali Village. For health index, height and weight of children were taken and Body Mass Index (BMI) was calculated. Clinical examination for the presence of vitamin A deficiency (Xerophthalmia) was carried out by the surveyors.


A total of 98 students of age group 6 to 13 years were covered for the survey of health index and prevalence of sub-clinical signs of vitamin A deficiency. Out of which, 51 were boys and 47 were girls. The children were from 1st to 6th standard. 91% of the children were found to have chronic energy deficiency (CED) while 6% were underweight.

The survey revealed 34% prevalence of VAD in Shivali village, out of which, 4% night blindness, 33% conjunctival xerosis and 9% Bitot spot found. The prevalence of VAD was well above the WHO cut off level of 1%, 10% and 0.5% respectively, indicating that VAD was a significant public health problem in the village surveyed. The prevalence of VAD was higher among boys than girls (21% & 12% respectively). 5 cases with xeroderma (dry skin) were also seen. 28% of the children were found to have dental fluorosis.


In India although, severe forms of vitamin A deficiency (VAD) has declined in the past two decades, yet clinical VAD exists as a public health problem in many pockets and data on serum retinol levels is scant to assess the extent of sub clinical deficiency. In the present study baseline prevalence of VAD was 33%. No case of corneal scar or keratomalacia was found. Sub clinical vitamin A deficiency was present in primary school children.

To combat and prevent VAD, Government of India, in 1970, initiated National Prophylaxis Program against Nutritional Blindness. The program involves supplementation with massive dose of vitamin A as a direct strategy and nutrition education as an indirect long term strategy to combat VAD. After more than three decades of operation, the program however suffers from poor compliance (NNMB 2002). Lack of awareness in the community about the program is one of the possible factors for poor compliance. The intervention model was successful in improving knowledge, attitude and practices. There was an indication of change in prevalence of sub clinical VAD. However, sub-clinical deficiency should be assessed at a larger scale to ascertain impact. Moreover, nutrition education interventions should be strengthened by logistic support.


The author is grateful to Dr. N.L. Ghorpade, Principal of Prof. RMACS College, Dr. T.N. Salve and Dr. Savita Kulkarni of NSS for giving such an opportunity to conduct the survey. She is obliged to Prof. V.M. Bansod, Head of Department of Zoology for the support. She also thanks all the surveyors i.e., the students of TYBSc. Zoology and the entire NSS team, for their unstinted cooperation

Village: One City: Nil

Village life. Whether you’re a burnt out urban dweller desperate to trade your Jimmy Choos’s for a pair of mud splattered Hunter wellies, or, like me, a born and bred country bumpkin with the badge to prove it, here are some of the realities of the often hilarious, but more frequently, downright ludicrous goings on in a village near you! You’ve seen Hot Fuzz, you’ve seen the Vicar of Dibley but have you got what it takes to navigate the perilous bridle path that is ‘Village Life’?

Now, I’m not going to name my village here for fear of retribution but, I guarantee that being a village resident requires a strong constitution and a stiff upper lip. This is no place to show your sensitive side. Any sign of weakness and you’ll be whipped into shape by Mrs Chumley, the Post Mistress: “we’ll have none of that nonsense here”, is her favourite retort. A stoic resident is a celebrated resident. And don’t even think about scattering the village salt supply on that icy patch that you’ve slipped over on for the 4th time this week. That particular duty belongs to Brian, the only problem is, Brian’s memory isn’t what it used to be. Still, there’s only been one serious accident this year…

Every village has its ancient traditions and mine is no exception. On those long awaited days of celebration, where the gingham table cloths have been freshly laundered, the cupcakes are piled high and the bunting has been hung, I have learnt to expect the unexpected. The ‘well-rehearsed’ may-pole dancing inevitably ends in tears. There’s always one isn’t there? Last year it was little Giles Rowbottom. Starstruck and completely distracted by the presence of his Aunt Alice, was whipped in to a frenzy by the frenetic clapping. He overtook his partner at high speed, and collided head on with Evie Jones. The entire community of village children were left intertwined and sobbing around a Maypole that now possessed an uncanny resemblance to the leaning tower of Pisa.

Another not-so-normal ‘tradition’ that has come about, is the Annual Sponsored Teddy Bear Parachute Marathon. Every year, on a Saturday in June at 10am sharp, the children of the village accompanied by their favourite teddy bear and their eager parents form an orderly queue outside the church. They are greeted at the Church Door by The Reverend Bishop, sporting a manic grin and a bag of hanky parachutes. After ascending the Church tower one by one the precious teddies are flung frantically by the Reverend, destination unknown. What ensues is dependent on the weather conditions but bedlam is usually the order of the day. A mêlée of squealing children chasing after their furry friends, extricating them from tree branches, and scaling the Church wall to access the neighbouring Vicarage garden. Health and Safety never appears to be an issue, despite several trips to A&E and a couple of cold compresses. After a hot cup of tea and a generous application of Savlon, the exhausted, battle scarred children are issued with a gilded certificate to commemorate the heroic actions of their Teddy Bears.

The role of the Church within the village is primarily – the most notable, but would be nothing without the cherished Reverend Bishop. Despite this, he is often responsible for various mishaps and misdemeanors. Only last Tuesday whilst navigating the narrow, sodden pavement with my dog, Hamish Mcduff, I looked up to see the Reverend’s bright red Fiat Punto careering towards me at high speed. The reverend was wearing his usual grin and the grey wispy hair, that normally covered his bald patch, was flowing freely behind him. Seconds later, both the dog and I were soaked to the skin. We’d been ‘drive-by splashed’ by our local vicar, who, oblivious of his latest crime sped off to goodness knows where.

Hamish Mcduff has been responsible for a few village incidents himself. On one occasion, whilst making our daily trek across the village green, he spotted Helmut – the pub cat. That was it. He was gone. After fifteen minutes of frantic searching I was breathless, red faced and having horrific visions of peeling him off the road. At this point, I came across Mrs Hulme in her wheelchair. It became apparent that a military operation was under way. She’d been stationed at her post (the bridge over the brook) by Joan the cat-sitter who had issued instructions to her and numerous others to apprehend a large grey shaggy dog on site. To the huge relief of all involved, he was detained by Audrey Sharp from the wine society who had found him in the supermarket, with a branch attached to his tail, wreaking havoc as every corner he turned he cleared another shelf. He appeared to be looking for me.

This did nothing to help the dog community, who have recently came under fire from ‘The Chalk Lady’. An anonymous villager who has taken to prowling the village by night armed to the teeth with white chalk, which she uses to draw large circles around piles of doggy excrement, in the hope of shaming the owners of these furry offenders. She announced her war on dogdom with a type-written poem which appeared overnight stapled to various trees and lamposts around the village. In it, she attempted to guilt -trip the wrong-doers and their delinquent pooches into utilizing the poo bags that were positioned at key points of the village. What she hadn’t banked on, was the dog walkers response poem, which quite frankly I can’t repeat here.

It’s true, at times, it can all be just a bit overbearing. And I shall happily be the first to acknowledge this. There will be times where you just want to lock yourself away and never face the wrath of the village nutters again. When poor old and feeble Mrs Thompson rapps on your door, demanding that you move your bins instantly or – and I quote, there will be ” A row like dickens”. You smile sweetly, suppressing your rage and enquire about how her hydrangeas are coming along. As tempted as you are in allowing your rage to surface, of course – you can’t, because you’re attending a parish council meeting with her next Tuesday at 11 sharp.

In contrast to this however, is the aforementioned ‘drive by splashing’ that I received at the hands of the reverend bishop quite comparable to the same treatment from a double decker bus in the big city? I thought not. Is battling your way through the selfish crowds on the tube quite the same as that half hour at the end of the day, when the tiny village supermarket reduces the fresh produce to ridiculous prices and you are reduced to elbowing your way through your fellow wax-jacketed, manure scented neighbours, to grab an elusive bargain? It’s true, in the city, you won’t have to lean precariously out of the window to get a phone signal and your trips to the supermarket will undoubtedly be quicker. But do you have a comedy Vicar at your disposal? Would anyone recognize your dog if you were to lose him? And you’re more likely to have someone rap on your door and inform you that there’s a dead body in your wheelie bin, than threaten you with ‘a row like Dickens.’

The Village Headmaster – A Short Story

She was the only girl-child in the Dike household. Tailing four boys, Chi-Chi was the baby of the family and the love of all and the entire village.

Ariam was her world; the only one she knew since she has never had the opportunity to learn otherwise, situated in the eastern part of her vast Country, Ariam was pristine, untouched by the so-called civilization. Life was dull but peaceful; at least she was sure of so much love and a full stomach at the end of the day.

Ariam was a farming community made up of about three hundred men, women and children. But then life will not be complete and story not well told if one discountenances the Ahia Ariam or the popular once-in-every- seven-days market at the center of the village. Though her parents were farmers who took pride in caring for their ancestral lands, Chi-Chi was no farmer! She was more interested in what a legacy left by the Catholic Missionaries years ago has to offer.

Life in her African village was simple and un-assumed. As it was in such remote villages, Chi-Chi and others must have to do without electricity light, portable water, etc. Despite the visible absence of these means of making life more predictable, her village was a fun place where everyone you meet on the bush paths to farm or the stream is a friend or a relative.

The day in the Dike household starts at about six a.m. As the girl of the house, Chi-Chi knew her place, roles and responsibilities as norms, culture and tradition dictate.

The village stream was about 3 kilometers away from her house. Since the family can not face the day without water, she must get up off her sleeping position in the family’s common room and join her brothers as they and others make their way to the stream. It was a looked-forward-to activity for her; a time to meet with friends, share one or two latest village gossip, share in the interpretation of dreams of last night etc. But this morning it was not about some dream, the mood was obviously different; the girls and boys on their way to and from the Ariam Stream had but one topic to share and analyze.

Ariam, fortunately, was blessed by God and by the local Government Authorities with a Primary school to the visible envy of neighboring communities since their wards must walk the distance to St. Michael’s Primary School . It was founded by the Catholic Mission of Saint Michael.

Stories about Mr. Okoro, a village headmaster was known, told and retold in many communities where he has worked and lived, some true and some otherwise. But one thing that was true about him was the fact that he was tall and huge, with such imposing physique, he tends to intimidate others- teachers and parents too. He was good at his calling and a disciplinarian. That was the part that really sent jitters down the spine of his pupils.

Mr. Okoro, it was rumored, was in line for a transfer for yet another Primary school somewhere. No one knew where so both parents and pupil waited for the big news with fingers crossed. Everyone wished him away so they waited with anxious care.

All such news must be passed through the village head called Eze, who must then disseminate it through the town crier. He is the man appointed by the village traditional council of chief to go round the village at night with a metal gong on his left shoulder and a rod to sound the gong.

It was just around past eight last night when everyone listened attentively as the man in his fifties made his rounds.

At last the cat was let out of the bag; Mr. Okoro was due for Ariam to resume as the village headmaster the very next morning!

It was a news received with mixed feelings; while some thought it was okay for someone like him to come help mold the youth , most, mainly the pupils of the Primary school thought otherwise. So one is able to understand all the hush-hush toned gossips, all the long faces worn by the children including Chi-Chi’s brothers as they went to fetch water from the stream.

She was in primary four obviously over-aged for that class because her dotting father had kept her away from school when it was time to start with her age-mates. She knew what to expect; Headmaster Okoro, she heard, was a no-none-sense kind of a man, it means no late coming to school, no skipping of home works, etc. but Chi-Chi was determined to make the most of the development. While others worried themselves sick about why it had to be their school, she was concentrating on how best to exploit Mr. Okoro’s tenure to make a success of her life.

That morning she was one of the first to show up at the school having hurriedly gone through her domestic chores which included the washing of plates, pots, and cutleries used up the previous night, all these were done at the vast court yard near a hut which served as her mothers’ kitchen. Life in her village means most things must be done outdoors; all washings and toileting inclusive! The villagers maintained a measure of hygiene thereby keeping visits to the health center miles away at the barest minimum.

Living in her world was living light years away from modern reality; it was still a world where parents, society demand loyalty and obedience, a living devoid of rancor, strive and anxieties known elsewhere, yes, that was what it meant to live in her village, where you are expected to shout a resounding “yes ma” or “Yes pa” when your parents call.

That was her world – Chi-Chi’s world. She had no excuses neither does she hope to manufacture some tomorrow. She was sure the sun will rise and set the day after tomorrow, she was sure of a green earth, pristine, unpolluted, no enemies to contend with only love and those she loves… that was what life was all about for her and she cherished every moment of living in Ariam.