Partners Living Well - 2009 - July August
AIM Members George and Muriel McPherson reach the Million Dollar Club.
Living Well & st 2009 July-Augu An AIM Partners magazine for Members h t l a e w health sin c e 19 82 George and Muriel McPherson reach the Million Dollar Club, page 4. contents inside Vol. 1, No. 4 • July-August 2009 every issue achieve success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 fitbits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 good things are happening . . . . . . . . . 19 news . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-23 product specials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 AIM Partners Living Well Published by AIM International, Inc. Communications Department editor/layout/graphics . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathy Elson associate editor/writer . . . . . . . . . . . Rick Coffman lead writer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kevan Lee contributing writers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stacey Aparicio, Frank Burke, Judy Clover, Ryan Davis, Phillip Jermann Address correspondence to: Editor, AIM Partners 3923 E. Flamingo Ave. Nampa, ID 83687-3100 – and – e-mail to: email@example.com —features— 3 Looking ahead: Details for 2009 contest, 2010 convention, plus new AIM products 4 Million Dollar Club: George & Muriel McPherson – Serving up the message that people are victors, not victims 6 Product: Spending $16 to make a difference in someone’s life 7 Q&A: Automatic Monthly Reorders 8 Health: A little help from Mom can go a long way 9 Business: AIM’s online education center has something for everyone 10 People: Like Michael Jordan, AIM Director Pat Kennedy did not give up 11 Networking: Meet your business mate through social networking 12 Product: Pain, pain go away … don’t come again another day 13 Product: Why is AIM FloraFood® packaged in a glass bottle? 14 Health: There is health at the end of the rainbow 16 Product: AIM’s green barley just keeps getting better and better 18 Business-builders: They never intended to build a business 21 Health: Psoriasis is a worldwide challenge on the cover George and Muriel McPherson, from Duntroon, Ontario, Canada, will be inducted on July 18 into the Million Dollar Club at the 2009 AIM Convention in Lake Las Vegas. 2 july-august 2009 / to order call 1-800-456-2462 www.theaimcompanies.com The mission of The AIM Companies™ is to improve the quality and productivity of people’s lives by promoting the Healthy Cell Concept ® and the highest principles of free enterprise. The purpose of AIM Partners Living Well is to communicate vital information to our Members and to build a strong relationship with them through education, motivation, and recognition. AIM products cannot be sold and advertised as cures and treatments for any disease. Our products are intended to improve the nutritional profile of the individuals who use them. Federal regulations in many countries prohibit making any claims that products are used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, and prevention of disease. AIM Partners Living Well is written in compliance with U.S. requirements, which may not be suitable for marketing AIM products outside of the United States. We ask that you be aware of and respect the requirements of your country in marketing AIM products. Articles are for information only. Consult a professional for advice on your specific situation. ©2009 AIM International, Inc. 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Looking ahead Coming in September: Details for 2009 contest, 2010 convention, plus new AIM products e See you in September See you when the summer’s through Have a good time but remember I am hoping I will see you in September S x o what’s a song originally recorded by former Mouseketeer Shelley Fabares, and later re-recorded by a number of artists, have to do with AIM Members? Well, due to the change in the convention schedule from June to July, we have had to alter the release of information from the July-August Partners Living Well to the September-October magazine. In years past, the July-August edition would contain information on the next year’s convention location and details on the contest assisting Members in attending the convention. But because the magazine is distributed in late June, we are refraining from releasing information on the 2010 convention and the contest until the September-October issue. 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For more than 20 years, they have been a part of the AIM family. A crowning moment for them and The AIM Companies™ will come Saturday, July 18, when they will be inducted into AIM’s Million Dollar Club, which represents the commissions they have earned during their time with the company. The McPhersons joined AIM in 1988. They unintentionally started an AIM business by wanting to help a loved one. Their daughter, Wendy, was diagnosed with one of the worst cases of lupus that her doctors had ever witnessed. The medical solution was prednisone, a prescription drug with a disturbing list of short- and long-term side effects. The McPhersons decided to look for alternatives. The search it h Sm put them in touch with Edna Smith, a Chairman’s Club Director, one of those AIM Members who practices what she believes – helping others is one of life’s greatest rewards. Edna introduced them to AIM’s 4 july-august 2009 / to order call 1-800-456-2462 barley powder, which helped to improve Wendy’s health. As time went by, Wendy eventually required a kidney transplant and contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion. When they lost Wendy, George and Muriel learned just how much people could be hurt. “Even though I had to give our daughter back,” says Muriel, “I have two other daughters, Cathy and Dorothy, and one son, Scott, and I cherish them dearly.” Without knowing so, the McPhersons were practitioners of the AIM message of health through quality, natural products prior to becoming AIM Members. It was almost as if AIM and the McPhersons were destined to unite. Three years before joining AIM, Muriel opened a health food store in their home in Stayner, Ontario. The experience taught her how to relate to people in dealing with their emotional needs and various health challenges. She counseled customers who were desperately seeking answers after being told they had mere days to live. With the use of AIM products, Muriel was able to help them improve their health. “The body will repair itself,” explains Muriel. As with any endeavor worth undertaking, there are bumps along the way. One of them is the financial cost of attacking an illness or malady through natural means. Muriel has a response she is comfortable in providing. “You will spend your money on your health today, or you will spend it on a nursing home tomorrow.” That is a pretty strong message to ignore. But Muriel has another message as well. As direct as McPherson give people good, true images of themselves, and you the financial statement is, no less so is her counsel to those cushion that with love, then you have won their confidence facing a serious health challenge. “Where there is life, and are able to help them with their health.” there is hope,” Muriel tells them. In other words, as long Now having achieved membership in the Million Dollar as there is a breath to be drawn, you don’t give up. Giving Club, Muriel recalls some guidance from their upline so up leaves you no option; hope and action offer a number many years ago that ultimately brought them into an elite of possibilities. group of AIM Members. “Our upline encouraged us to set Whatever was occurring to Muriel when she and George reasonable goals and speak positively. Today, my goal is to joined in 1988 has evolved over the years. “Now that I am help as many people as possible to achieve far beyond what a grandmother, I see people in a whole different light. As we have done.” well as offering AIM products, I look at all of the ways Although George and Muriel are officially retired, they to improve their quality of life.” She always asks herself, are far from taking up resi“How can I best help them?” “You will spend your dence in the nearest rocking Then she answers her own money on your health chair. George – who was a query: “We are all unique carpenter up until the time individuals who need help in today, or you will spend it on so many years ago when unique ways. People need to a nursing home tomorrow.” he gave it up to help with hear that they are victors, not the AIM business – still puts in some long days of carvictims. They need to know that someone truly cares for pentry work. In fact, he recently redid their kitchen. Nine them, and that God made them special.” years ago, Muriel gave up their home store in Stayner to Bonds among AIM Members and those touched by look after George’s parents, who were in their 90s. Today, AIM products and AIM Members are common. One of Muriel has returned to operating a home-based store and Muriel’s fondest encounters came one morning when an works one day a week at a health food store. Muriel is not elderly lady walked into the store. The woman’s husband about to stand still. She believes that the older you get, had passed away the previous week. Muriel said, “You the more you need to interact with people. Otherwise, you need a hug.” The two of them hugged and cried. The next begin to lose confidence and feel as though you cannot do day, the woman returned to the store and asked for another it anymore. In fact, last year she took some training on hug. “Sometimes, a hug is all that is needed.” how to build up confidence, believing that you are never An unfortunate fact of life for those who advocate AIM too old to learn. products for better health is the inevitability of meeting As soon-to-be inductees in the Million Dollar Club, the people who are not well. “Many people are sick today McPhersons have come a long way since their introduction because of stress,” says Muriel. “This could be from childto AIM more than 20 years ago. They have not forgotten hood pain or low self-esteem. Some people are bitter and the help they received along the way. In particular, George don’t know how to forgive; others are crying out for love says, “One of the main things that helps your business is and acceptance. So when we start to work with people how your upline supports you. We feel so fortunate that today, we have to work to build them up on every level. Edna Smith encouraged and educated us about building They need to know that God made them beautiful inside our AIM business. Without her help, we would never be and out. When people have put forth their best effort, I where we are today.” always tell them that I am so proud of them. When you [ [ nutrition opportunity success / theaimcompanies.com 5 product feature Spending $16 to make a difference W in someone’s life of friend all of us should dear friend. Thank you, AIM, for having it out there to help our broken bodies.” have, and all of us should be. Good for Karen, Ty, and Eugene for dealing with the dia- Meet AIM Member Ty Robinson betes issue. It is a monumental problem. Some 11 million oow, talk about the kind from Port Saint Joe, Florida. men and 10 million women have been diagnosed with dia- Ty has a friend of more than 30 betes. Those with some form of diabetes have a 2-4 times years, Karen, who lives in Apopka, Florida. She is dia- higher incidence of stroke and heart disease than someone betic with the diabetes controlled to some degree by a non- without it. Severe gum disease will show up in one-third of insulin oral medication. Late last year the illness reached all diabetics. More than $130 billion will be spent annually the point where her physician requested that she schedule on diabetes and diabetes-related care. Medical costs for an appointment to install an insulin pump due to her high diabetics are 2.5 times higher than for non-diabetics. glucose count despite efforts to control her diet. “Being Each day, there are 4,000 new cases of diabetes, which a nurse myself and seeing patients who had insulin pumps,” said Ty, “I told her that this should be a last resort.” ultimately will result in 600 deaths, 200 sufferers will be forced to undergo an amputation, and 100 will experience kidney failure. New to AIM at the time, Ty consulted with Blue Diamond Director Eugene Baldwin, Altamonte Annually, it is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., totaling 200,000 deaths. Springs, Florida, the person who had intro- When Ty thanks AIM for GlucoChrom, she duced Ty to AIM. Eugene recommended AIM is lauding a natural product containing: GlucoChrom™. “I asked Karen to at least try Chromium: A trace element that improves the product,” said Ty. “She seemed to need a nudge so I bought her first bottle. What is $16 when you have had a friend for 30 years? I had AIM send her the bottle.” the body’s response to efficiently use and stabilize insulin levels. Vanadium: A trace mineral that has been found to decrease blood sugar levels and stim- Karen remained a Doubting Thomas about ulate insulin receptors. Bitter melon: This tropical fruit has been trying something non-traditional. She even asked her doctor about it. He advised her to give it a try. If it did not work, the pump could be installed later. In December of 2008 Karen began taking GlucoChrom. Karen had been monitoring her blood glucose levels prior found to reduce blood sugar by improving glucose utilization by the liver. Gymnema sylvestre: A woody plant that stimulates insulin secretion and has been shown to assist in lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels. to taking the AIM product. The readings were typically Obviously, the statistics point to all of us knowing some- in the 400s. Two weeks after taking the GlucoChrom, she one with some form of diabetes and the figures point out the was shocked to see her readings now at 140 mg/dl. She need for obvious intervention. Ask yourself the question Ty kept measuring; the number continued to remain low. Her posed. “What is $16 when you have had a friend for physican, says Ty, “could not believe the results” but did 30 years?” postpone the pump installation. Karen, by the way, also lost some weight during the first month of using GlucoChrom. Ty is thankful she discovered “this product for this 6 july-august 2009 / to order call 1-800-456-2462 nnn Note: Those taking insulin should consult a physician before taking AIM GlucoChrom. AMR Q&As Questions & Answers: Automatic Monthly Reorder (AMR) I n April, AIM debuted the Automatic Monthly Reorder (AMR) program. Members who sign up for an order of at least $50 receive a 5 percent discount. Members signing up to order at least $125 receive a 10 percent discount. To answer some questions that have arisen about the program, AIM Call Center Manager Frank Burke responds below to some of the more common questions about the program. If you have a question about AMR that is not answered below, please feel free to contact the AIM Call Center at 1-800-456-2462. Q A Can I have more than one AMR? Yes, you can have as many AMRs as you choose. For example, you could set up an AMR to process on the 5th day of the month and another one to process on the 25th day of the month. You can also set up an AMR to drop-ship to a customer. Can I sign up for an AMR and have the order shipped the same month? Yes. If you pick a date further ahead in the month, the AMR will ship in the same month. For example, if you sign up online July 15 and pick the 20th for a processing date, your order will be processed beginning on July 20. However, if you create an AMR on July 15 and pick the 5th of the month for a processing date, your order will process beginning the following month on August 5. Iâ€™m an AIM Member, but I do not use a computer. How will I make changes to my AMR? Changes need to be mailed or faxed to AIM by the 25th of the month to take effect for the following month. Changes can be made once per calendar quarter, with additional change requests in the same quarter costing $10. When making changes, you will need to complete and sign a new AMR form since it is a contract and the rules and conditions of Q A Q A AMR will apply. We do not offer a phone sign-up option. Note: Online AMR users are not charged a fee for changes. Can I mail in my AMR form and then go online and make changes? Yes, you can. And when you make changes online, there is no limit to how many changes you can make. Q A Q A How does the $35 early termination fee work? The AMR contract is a minimum of three months. As long as you meet the $50 minimum order for three months, you have fulfilled the requirement for AMR participation, and there will be no early termination fee. After the third month is fulfilled, you can cancel your AMR at any time without a penalty. If you try to cancel your AMR before the three-month minimum, a message will appear on your AMR manager telling you that you will be charged, the reason for the charge, and then ask if you still want to cancel your AMR. Can I switch between discount thresholds from month to month? Yes. If you sign up for a $125 order the first month, you will receive a 10 percent discount. You can change your AMR to $50 the next month, and you will receive a 5 percent discount. The next month you could make it $125 or more and receive a 10 percent discount again. If I cancel my AMR before the order is actually processed, will I still be charged the $35 fee? No. As long as your first order hasnâ€™t processed, there is no fee for cancellation. What if I want to set up an automatic order that is less than $50? You can set up a monthly order of less than $50 through the Commission Qualifying Order program, which is now available online on the Member Resources page. Q A Q A Q A nutrition opportunity success / theaimcompanies.com 7 health news A little help from Mom I can go a long w t doesn’t seem like that big a deal, but apparently it is. Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is best made by the body after exposure to the sun. For fair-skinned people, 10-15 minutes per day several times a week is all you need. Vitamin D catalyzes the body’s absorption of calcium, which is necessary for healthy teeth, bones, and maintenance of proper levels of calcium and phosphorous. Recent studies point to a low level of the vitamin linked to arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and even depression. Yet, according to the Archives of Internal Medicine, three out of four adults are low in vitamin D. It is a trend that began in the 1990s. Researchers surmise that the word has gotten out on skin cancer and its link to too much sun. Thus, conscientious people now cover up more than they used to when going outside. That is good photo of Sandy and her son, Ron to come news in the fight against skin cancer, not so good news when the result is a vitamin D deficiency. A tenet of The AIM Companies™ since its founding in 1982 is to provide quality products that address a health concern at the best possible price. As the company looked at what it could do to assist Members with health-related concerns, the lack of vitamin D jumped right out. What was a non-issue or at least less of an issue in the 1980s and 1990s had morphed into a problem by the early 2000s. The more AIM product developers and consultants looked at the issue, the more it became clear that a quality calcium product should be added to the AIM product offerings. What also came to light was the reality that a lack of calcium was not confined to a single age group. In fact, many studies noted that there is not an age group that couldn’t use a little more calcium in their lives. Thus came CalciAIM™ in 2008. There are plenty of calcium products on the market to address the problem. Another AIM tenet is not to parrot someone else’s solution or claim. Be unique, understand the science, do it better than the next guy. To that end, CalciAIM™, a natural citrus drink, uses three types of calcium – lactate, gluconate, and carbonate. Certainly there are some who want to understand the science of an AIM product to appreciate how and why it works. For others, they mostly are content if a product works. Sandy Combs is a Chairman’s Club Director from Florida. Her son, Ron, has struggled with psoriasis for years. The skin condition worsened with extreme joint pain and swelling Ron Haner with his Mom, Sandy Combs 8 business news way in his feet. Ron’s physician recommended a medication that might relieve the problems, but carried with it the possibility of lymphoma. No deal, said Ron. So, even though he is in his 30s, he did what many do – ask Mom. She advised him to give CalciAIM a try. “After the first day of using it,” says Sandy, “he called me to ask if it is possible that the pain could be totally gone from his feet. I didn’t see how that was possible. But it worked and he continues to use it.” Still, Sandy wanted to know, so she asked AIM’s Quality Assurance department for an explanation. “The increased vitamin D from CalciAIM assists in preventing a prolonged inflammatory response,” she was told, plus there was an accompanying explanation of the role the vitamin plays with T cells. Thank you very much, said Sandy. And her son thanks AIM as well. For Ron, he will never go without his CalciAIM. He has some friends with similar challenges and Mom Sandy has just the answer: “Looks like we will be putting on a CalciAIM meeting.” Vitamin D, and by extension CalciAIM, will be an easy sell. It is a juice blend of mandarin and Valencia orange, carrot, Tahitian lime, and lemon. It contains a significant amount of complementary calcium nutrients including magnesium, zinc, copper, and vitamins D, A, and C. So take Ron’s Mom’s word for it. CalciAIM can do a body good. AIM’s online education center has something for everyone AIM’s extensive library of product information, Member testimonies, business-building advice, and much, much more are what you need to learn how to gain health and wealth from The AIM Companies™. And now it is all in one place. The new education center has it all – from testimonies to tutorials and everything in between. Find the education center under the “Now Playing” tab on AIM’s home page (barleylife.com), and you’ll have allin-one access to AIM’s professionally produced media. Videos and audios play and load within the same window, so you never need to go anywhere else to find what you are looking for. Navigating through the education center is easy and intuitive, too. You’ll notice that the media area is divided into three separate categories: Nutrition, Opportunity, and Success – just like AIM’s motto. Find what you’re looking for by placing your mouse pointer over a category and then choosing a specific area from the category’s drop-down menu. In the Nutrition section, you’ll find videos, audio clips, and presentations about AIM’s family of products. These tools include Product Snapshots, as well as expert reviews and helpful how-to’s from fellow AIM Members. The Opportunity section of the education center focuses on the business aspect of AIM with testimonies from successful Members. One great feature of this section is its comprehensive video analysis of the Opportunity Compensation Plan. The Success section is full of personal testimonies from AIM Members who have discovered benefits from AIM products. You can also find video of AIM athletes J.R. Celski and Martin Benning, each of whom has achieved success using AIM nutrition. Make good use of the new education center by quickly finding the information you need and learning more about whatever interests you. Bookmark the education center address in your browser for quick reference, or find it easily on AIM’s home page – it’s just one click away. Plus, you can send the link to potential Members who are curious to learn more about The AIM Companies™. There is enough information in the education center to answer any question the new Member might have. AIM’s education center is the perfect place for AIM’s engaging and helpful videos, audios, and presentations. Come and see what you can learn. nutrition opportunity success / theaimcompanies.com 9 people feature Like Michael Jordan, AIM Director Pat Kennedy did not give up M ichael Jordan was cut from his high school basHis journey with AIM came in the mid-1990s. He swam ketball team. But he didn’t quit. He tried out at 5'9'', 155 pounds. When he gave up competitive swimagain, made the team, became a high school ming, his weight ballooned to 215 pounds. He knew he star, received a scholarship to the University of North had to lose weight, but “I did not want to diet. That only Carolina, won a college national championship on a lastworks temporarily. I wanted to be healthy with a healthy second shot, was drafted by the Chicago Bulls, won a body weight. The AIM products helped me achieve number of NBA championships and MVP awards, picked both.” up a gold medal in the Olympics, and is now in the Hall Not only does Pat see the AIM products as part of a of Fame. healthy lifestyle, they are also a factor in his long-range But it all began with this – he did not give up. financial plan. “AIM is my wellness partner I cannot do As a youth, AIM Director Pat Kennedy dreamed of without.” He adds, “AIM products are at the center of my competing in Olympic swimming. “Not a practice, especially when it good idea,” he says, “for a kid who was cut comes to digestive probfrom the swim team because he was told he lems. One cannot eat junk was not talented enough.” year after year and expect But he did not give up. While Jordan was that their digestive tract winning an Olympic gold medal in basketwill not suffer. Once digesball in the 1984 Olympics, the “untalented” tion goes, the body cannot Kennedy was competing in the Olympic heal and health declines. swimming finals in the 200-meter butterfly. We need to rehab digesThis followed 10 years of never giving up tion and get super nutrition after being cut, which included breaking two to the cells and health will American swim records and winning backrebound.” 1984 news clipping to-back NCAA swimming championships at Many people in times the University of Florida. of ill health turn to medical options. Not always a good Now a chiropractor and a nutrichoice, according to Pat. “Doctors do not study health. tion consultant in Roanoke, They only study sickness and disease. Do not ask a doctor Virginia, he and wife, Mia how to become healthy. They can only tell you how to get (also a chiropractor), rid of a symptom. You must learn how to become healthy have been in practice on your own or seek help from others who have gone together for 20 years. before you and are willing to show you the way.” “When I started my chiThe way for Pat and his wife is AIM with products ropractic practice I was including the AIM Garden Trio ® , AIM Herbal Fiberblend®, determined to create an AIM fit ’n fiber™, and AIM FloraFood®. His wife adds AIM office that would not only Renewed Balance ® and AIM RevitaFem ® to her regimen. help people get out of pain, “You better take care of yourself now so someone else but teach each patient and won’t have to take care of you later because you can’t,” their entire family how to he advises, adding, “Dream big, set high goals, regain optimal health go after it with everything you’ve got, and and keep their health never listen to the improving for life.” nay-sayers.” ➣➣➣ 10 networking news Meet your business mate through social networking T hink of social networking as a business expo for the Internet age. Just as an expo brings together people from different walks of life to meet, network, and cultivate relationships, social networking provides an online forum for people to interact with others who share common interests. And these are exactly the type of people whom you can use to build your business. Tapping into the breadth of Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube gives you access to millions of potential contacts and leads. In addition to rediscovering I’m loving the new fit ’n fiber! high school classmates and childhood friends, social networks connect you with a worldwide audience. The value in having such a tool right at your fingertips is remarkable. Twitter Still not sure how to make these social networking sites work for you? Here are a couple of tips. Be open Social networking was meant to be free, open, and inviting, so practice what it preaches and don’t fear openness online. One common concern is privacy of personal details, but social networks make it easy to hide your private information. On Facebook, for instance, you can create different lists of friends and set up specific filters on each. To manage your Facebook friend filters, click on the “Friends” link at the very top of your Facebook profile, and you’ll see an option in the left sidebar to “Make a new list.” Simply add friends by typing in their name or selecting them from another list. Then head over to your privacy settings to decide which friend filters can see what. Network with YouTube One of the beauties of social networking is its inherent cooperation across a variety of platforms. YouTube is especially good with this because it explicitly offers users the chance to share videos across many different websites and networks. Social networking links are a great way to AIM … just went online and spread the word set up an AMR about your love for AIM products. When you visit the YouTube page of an AIM video, look below the video for a Facebook row of links that include Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and others. Click on one of the links, and you’ll be able to post a note about your YouTube visit right onto your profile. It’s as simple as that. What is Twitter? Twitter is a form of microblogging that helps people stay connected to one another in real time. Essentially, it is a collection of status updates that seek to answer the question: What are you doing? The bigger question for AIM Members is what are you doing … about Twitter? A do-it-yourself candlemaker found her niche on Twitter and had more than 2,000 Twitter users subscribe to her profile updates within a month. Weeks later, she was invited to be featured on a high-traffic website, two of her Twitter contacts turned into business leads, and she received her first wholesale candle order from another Twitter contact. The key to the candlemaker’s success was that she was purposeful in discovering other Twitter users who shared her passion for candles and do-it-yourself design. Her experience could translate easily for AIM Members, too. You can use Twitter to seek out people who share your passion for health and wealth. One simple way to find these folks is to visit search.twitter.com and type in different search terms relating to your AIM business and see who comes up. Once you’ve found people with common interests, you can do what you’ve always done: build relationships around your shared desire to live well. nutrition opportunity success / theaimcompanies.com 11 product feature P AIM Herbal Fiberblend®: a i p n , go n i a ’t awa n o y… d T he power of nutrition might seem like a myth to some. Not so for Preferred Member Joanne Golden from Medford, New York. She has experienced firsthand just how important eating right and using AIM products can be. “Every time I sneezed, my stomach used to hurt. A CAT scan showed that there was a hole in my belly, so I had umbilical hernia surgery, which included a mesh to fill up the hole.” But, still, she did not feel right. Something was wrong. She had pain on her right side where the procedure was Program.” She attended her class for the first time on a Tuesday evening, began taking AIM Herbal Fiberblend® and AIM Garden Trio ® on Wednesday, and slept through the night with no pain. To her amazement, she lifted herself out of bed on Thursday morning with no pain and even put on a pair of jeans. “I have felt no pain since,” she says. The real test would come later that morning when Joanne was scheduled for the gallbladder sonogram. The test results were all negative. It has been several months since that test, so Joanne can say with some confidence that her pain is gone. “My family and I are extremely grateful to Dr. Chen’s nutrition program and her educating us on the value of nutrition and the AIM products,” Joanne says. Dr. Chen is a Chairman’s Club Director from Stony Brook, New AIM Herbal Fiberblend comes in unflavored and raspberry powders, convenient Fiber-on-the-GO raspberry single servings, and vegetarian capsules. done. Her general surgeon prescribed an intravenous CAT scan, and the results were all negative. She then visited her OBGYN, and he prescribed an ultrasound with results all negative, too. Then he suggested a gallbladder sonogram, and her general surgeon agreed and prescribed the sonogram. “At this point,” says Joanne, “I was searching for an internist and I came across a nutritionist instead: Dr. Yu-Shiaw Chen. Dr. Chen recommended Joanne take a 10-week nutrition course called “Healthy Weight for Life 12 july-august 2009 / to order call 1-800-456-2462 York. She is an expert in nutrition health. “After Joanne’s hernia surgery, she suffered constant abdominal pain. She did not recover completely from that surgery until six months later, when she accidentally found me in her search for a specialist to solve her problem.” Dr. Chen recalls the first time Joanne and her husband attended her nutrition class. “They saw that everyone in the class was using nutritional supplements. Joanne wanted to do the come aga y a d in another same. Surprisingly, her pain vanished on the second day after starting Herbal Fiberblend and Garden Trio. She didn’t tell me that she even had any pain or that it went away until two months into the class. She thought that maybe it was just a coincidence or maybe the pain would return. It took two months before she was convinced that it was the Herbal Fiberblend that took her pain away.” While Dr. Chen cannot pinpoint the exact location of Joanne’s obstruction, she is confident “the different herbs and both soluble and insoluble fiber in Herbal Fiberblend helped remove her blockage and abdomen pain. When she mixes Herbal Fiberblend with water or juice, the fiber in the dry herbs starts to absorb water and expand, and it can reach the deep pocket of her intestinal wall. Then it binds with the toxins and the wastes that have accumulated in her tissue, and it escorts them out of her body. “Therefore, while Herbal Fiberblend cleanses and detoxifies, it also removes the cause of her pain and obstruction and, in Joanne’s case, her pain vanished in one day and has never returned.” Why is AIM FloraFood® packaged in a glass bottle? T here is a sound, scientific reason for AIM FloraFood being packaged in a glass bottle when other AIM products are not. FloraFood is a probiotic. Probiotics are very prone to degradation from exposure to air and moisture. FloraFood is guaranteed to contain more than 1 billion viable cells per capsule throughout its entire shelf life of three years. Glass is a superior barrier to air and moisture. This FloraFood packaging ensures that our probiotic cells will maintain their viability until the imprinted bottle expiry. nutrition opportunity success / theaimcompanies.com 13 health There is health at the end of the rainbow By Jean Dukes, AIM Director, Universal City, Texas I f you like milk shakes, you will find smoothies to be a healthy and delicious alternative that will satisfy your sweet tooth, fulfill your desire for something cold and comforting, and provide your body with wonderful nutrients, without the undesired effects of refined sugar and other unhealthy ingredients found in ice cream. A smoothie’s basic ingredient is fruit. I keep a large variety of frozen fruit on hand in the freezer at all times. That way, when I want to make a smoothie all I have to do is pull out the fruit I need. An important staple of smoothies is frozen bananas. If you ever find soft bananas on sale be sure to buy as many as you can. Bring them home, peel, cut out brown spots, and put into a freezer bag or container and freeze. Frozen bananas provide smoothies with a creamy consistency resembling ice cream. When fruit is in season, purchase it, wash, and freeze. I always try to include essential fats in my smoothies. You can’t get too many good fats in your diet. A good source is to squeeze the oil out of at least 10 AIMega ® capsules. Also, I almost always add opened capsules of AIM FloraFood®, which provide our bodies with beneficial bacteria, adding them last, and gently agitating to not destroy them. If you are going to drink smoothies, a blender must become your friend. I’m sure you know how important it is to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables because they all contain nutrients unique to that color. By “drinking the rainbow” you receive a wide variety of nutrients, antioxidants, and phytochemicals according to their color. And by adding the AIM products, you’ll receive an extra boost of nutrition that can’t be matched. All of these recipes serve two people, generously. The following recipes are our all-time favorites and often replace dinner for my husband and me. I love these smoothies 14 july-august 2009 / to order call 1-800-456-2462 because they not only taste delicious, but also because I know we are getting superior nutrition. They are also very easy to digest because they are already “chewed” for you by the blender. Green Machine Smoothie • 1½ frozen bananas • 2 cups apple or unsweetened pineapple juice • 2 Tablespoons BarleyLife Xtra • 2 teaspoons LeafGreens • ½-inch piece of ginger, peeled • 2 frozen kiwis • 1 cup frozen pineapple or mango Tangy Yellow Smoothie • 2 cups organic apple or unsweetened pineapple juice • 2 frozen bananas • 1 cup frozen pineapple • 2 scoops CalciAIM • 2 small, or 1 large lemon, juiced • 2 heaping Tablespoons plain, low fat yogurt (optional) • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional) Orange You Glad Smoothie • 1 cup orange or apple juice • 1 frozen banana • ½ cup frozen apricots • ½ cup frozen peaches • 2 Tablespoons Just Carrots • 2 scoops CalciAIM • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional) Seeing Red Smoothie • 2 cups red fruit juice of your choice (mixed berry, pomegranate, etc.) • 3 cups of any red fruit (frozen strawberries, raspberries, black cherries) • 1 Tablespoon cherry concentrate • 2 teaspoons RediBeets • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional) Don’t Be Blue Smoothie • 1 cup blueberry juice or a juice containing blueberries • ½ cup frozen blueberries • ½ cups frozen red grapes • 6 CranVerry capsules, opened achieve success • 1 frozen banana • 2 scoops of Peak Endurance • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional) Quick & Easy Beta Cantaloupe Smoothie • ½ large cantaloupe – peeled, seeded, and cubed • 1½ Tablespoons Just Carrots achieve success U.S. Directors recognized AIM is proud to recognize those Members who have been promoted to Director. AIM’s motto of Nutrition, Opportunity, Success could not be complete without business builders like these: Dr. Laura La Piana, a clinical psychologist from Malibu, California, adds nutrition education to her practice, teaching her patients the importance of living a well-balanced life. As a result, Dr. La Piana has grown her business and achieved the title of Director in only one year of AIM Membership. “I am so pleased to have been promoted to Director,” Dr. La Piana says. “The AIM Companies™’ products have been an essential step in allowing me to help individuals increase the amount of plant-based nutrition and alkalineforming food they are getting in their diet.“ Cheryl Baldi from Agoura Hills, California, joined The AIM Companies™ in November 2007 and reached Director in April 2009. Jane Pamphile also became a Director in April. Jane, a resident of Dana Point, California, started with AIM in March 2007. director promotions March 2009 April 2009 South Africa United States Zeelie, Debbie Baldi, Cheryl La Piana, Laura A. Pamphile, Jane three-deep bonus pool March 2009 Participants earned bonuses from $490 to $2,558 in this pool. April 2009 Participants earned bonuses from $387 to $2,516 in this pool. Quick & Easy Honey Green Smoothie • ½ large honeydew melon – peeled, seeded, and cubed • 1½ Tablespoons BarleyLife Xtra • 2 teaspoons LeafGreens director growth bonus pools March 2009 326 Members earned shares worth $168.23 U.S. each in this pool. April 2009 290 Members earned shares worth $174.81 U.S. each in this pool. elite leadership bonuses 2-Star Bonus March 2009 Casey, Kevin A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tennessee Erceg Investments, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Idaho Knight, Connie and Steve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Florida La Vie c/o Y & J.P. 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For proof of the power of BarleyLife, one need look no further than the nutrition facts panel on each jar of BarleyLife powder. The facts panel is full of vital nutrients in significant amounts, and in comparison to other green barley products, BarleyLife stands apart from the competition. In shipments this fall, AIM’s flagship product will have a new label design but the same reassuring message: There’s nothing healthier than green nutrition from AIM. In particular, the new label will feature some of BarleyLife®’s most noteworthy qualities – its unrivaled nutritional content and whole-body health impact. AIM BarleyLife Another important distinction made by the powder new BarleyLife label is the improved taste. Nutrition Facts Serving Size 2 Teaspoons (5 g) Members will notice an orange slash on the Servings Per Container 60 canister that simply says “improved taste.” It Calories 20 Amount per serving % DV* Total Fat 0 g 0% really does taste better. And not by synthetic Saturated Fat 0 g 0% Cholesterol 0 mg 0% means or anything artificial. Through AIM’s Sodium 0 mg 0% Potassium 240 mg 7% continued improvement philosophy, our Total Carbohydrates 4 g 1% Dietary Fiber 0 g 0% Quality Assurance department has improved Sugars 1 g Protein 1g the taste and color of BarleyLife. We all agree Vitamin A 12% • Vitamin C 0% Calcium 4% • Iron 2% that it simply “tastes like fresh barley grass.” Vitamin K 100% • Thiamin 2% Riboflavin 4% • Niacin 2% AIM’s BarleyLife contains no artificial Vitamin B6 2% • Folate 6% Vitamin B12 6% • Iodine 4% sweeteners, preservatives, or flavorings. It Magnesium 2% • Copper 2% Manganese 6% • Chromium 4% is pure and all-natural, and the smooth taste *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. 16 july-august 2009 / to order call 1-800-456-2462 The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires that nutrition facts panels contain the measurements of four main nutrients: vitamins A and C, calcium, and iron. The BarleyLife label includes these four plus 12 other ps getting better and better nutrients, including vitamins K and B12, thiamin, magnesium, and folate. In addition to a lengthy list of nutrients, the amount of nutrition per serving and the Percent Daily Value of nutrients like vitamins A and K provide a boost of health that is hard to find anywhere other than AIM. Reading the detailed nutrition information explains a big part of what makes BarleyLife so great, and the impact of green health on the body carries just as much weight. As people like Cindy Ponchot have discovered, BarleyLife is nutrition that works. C “ Research has found that green barley extract, like that contained in BarleyLife, holds antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, immune system support, and cholesterollowering effects. Anecdotal evidence even indicates that barley can help maintain whole body health and provide increased energy and stamina. All of these benefits mesh perfectly with AIM’s Healthy Cell Concept®, which emphasizes that we need to take good care of our cells in order to experience good health, and a big part of this care is feeding our cells the right indy Ponchot is a Product Consultant from Lebanon, Ohio. She discovered the AIM products when her husband, Dana, began having heart problems. A few months later, Cindy found that she was the one needing the healthful nutrients of products such as BarleyLife just as much as Dana was. uuu A year ago last May, I was in a health crisis. I underwent surgery, which was supposed to rid me of extreme abdominal pain. I continued to use my AIM products and shared them with my family since they were helping Dana and me. I felt unusually strong and healthy, but still had extreme abdominal pain. “A few months later after multiple hospital stays, I was on morphine and nerve and muscle medicine, but to no avail. Blood clots had left me unable to have exploratory surgery, and no medicines were able to help me. The doctors inserted a filter into my aorta, and I underwent an eight-and-a-half hour operation. I was found to have Stage 3 peritoneal cancer, which in doctors’ terms is incurable. A colostomy was performed as well as a complete hysterectomy since the tumor was attached to most of my organs. The tumor was mostly removed, with a few pieces remaining in the hopes that chemotherapy would shrink the pieces and give me a ‘little more time.’ “I didn’t have much time. “When finally home from the hospital, I went back on my AIM products and implemented an extreme nutritional plan to gain back my health. I didn’t have peace about conventional treatments, so I implemented a plan that included the AIM products. “As of February 2009, my oncologist told me that he and the radiologist could find no cancer in my body. Where he left pieces of tumor, there were no tumors. He also wanted to know what I did to regain my health. The AIM products were what I started with to gain back my health, and I continue on them today. I am testimony of how changing your nutritional lifestyle can change the cells in your body, which in turn creates wellness. ” food. With the nutrition packed into each serving of BarleyLife, cells are sure to be adequately fed. The nutrition packed into BarleyLife is apparent for those who have noticed the health benefits firsthand. But even for those yet to experience the power of barley, the new BarleyLife label says it all. There is simply no other barley product on the market with the same allencompassing nutrition as BarleyLife. uuu AIM BarleyLife is available in 10.58 oz. powder (traditional, 4012E; Xtra, 4072E; and no-kelp, 4458E), 280 vegetarian capsules (3432E), and Nutrition-on-the-Go 30-count singles (traditional, 4152E and Xtra, (4448E). uuu nutrition opportunity success / theaimcompanies.com 17 business builders You may have heard this before: They never intended to build a business H ow many times have you heard this from a successful AIM member? They never intended to build a business. But you don’t become a Royal Emerald Director by accident, so something clicked along the way. When Randy and Lera Shirley joined AIM in February of 1986, they never intended to build a business, and making money was not their focus. Still, the opportunity came along at just the right time. Randy used to drive trucks that hauled oversized loads such as drill rigs. He made a good living. Then the oil fields in Alberta, Canada, closed down in the early 1980s. Thousands of people lost their jobs. Randy lost everything. The Shirleys began building their AIM business “by giving stuff away!” explains Randy. They had green sweaters, T-shirts, and hats made as promotional items, and business began to snowball. Randy adds, “I would hand people a canister of barley and say, ‘Here, try this stuff. I’ll give you the first jar. If it works, pay me.’ In 22 years only three jars have been returned.” Speaking from experience, Randy suggests this business-building tip: “Start your customers with one product. Most people don’t have a lot of money.” And, he adds, you have to reach out to people by holding meetings and traveling to meet more people. It is what they did, and their business began to grow in proportion to their efforts. Some effort, too. The Shirleys estimate “if we include everyone that our downline has touched around the world, we would be able to more than fill a 36,000-seat stadium.” Their hard work is motivated by something they believe in deeply: “Live your life helping your fellow man.” Randy and Lera use the AIM products to help sick friends. And they know firsthand about the value of the AIM products. 18 july-august 2009 / to order call 1-800-456-2462 Randy’s health issues began at the age of 14. Half of his intestinal tract had to be surgically removed because of hockey injuries. For the rest of his life, Randy will have digestive problems; his food intake is pretty much confined to one small meal a day. As an adult, Randy became interested in natural health products. In 1986, an AIM Director introduced him to The AIM Companies™ and a barley drink that made him feel better. Today, he practically lives on AIM BarleyLife®. Lera was born with eczema, which causes visible, red, scaly areas on the skin. Growing up, she was embarrassed to do normal things such as wear a swimsuit in front of other people. Proving that true love can conquer, the first meeting between Randy and Lera did not get off to such a hot start. When introduced to Lera, Randy reached over to shake her hand and exclaimed, “My goodness! You’ve got the hands of a 90-year-old!” Fortunately, “a nine-foot table separated us at the time,” remarks Lera. Taking barley cleared up her eczema and, for the first time in her life, she was able to comfortably wear a swimsuit in public. Plus, she lost 40 pounds. The Shirleys live in Calgary, where Randy was born and raised. They have 10 children, all of whom have used AIM products. Randy and Lera’s three stepchildren have been taking AIM products since their teens. Their other seven children, who were all born at home, are barley babies. Lera started taking barley before her first pregnancy. She believes that AIM’s barley has helped to make their children’s bones strong and healthy. Randy and Lera are thrilled with the success of their AIM business but, for them, the greatest satisfaction has come from people who have been helped by AIM products. Lera recalls one woman who had cancer of the spinal column. Two discs in her neck had disintegrated, which required her to wear a neck brace. Her doctors told her that radiation was the only treatment. After going to one of Lera’s AIM meetings, she began taking up to seven tablespoons of BarleyLife a day. One year later, there was no sign of cancer, and she no longer needed the neck brace. Close to Randy’s heart is the memory of how AIM helped his father, Phil, who had Hodgkin’s disease, which is cancer of the lymphatic system. Randy suggested that he try barley powder. When Phil took the barley product to show his doctor, the physician said, “Take whatever you want. I can’t help you.” After Phil was on barley for six months, the cancer was gone. Randy recalls a peak emotional moment while he and his father were driving back from an AIM Convention in Boise, Idaho. His father began to cry. Having met Dr. Mary Ruth Swope, Dennis Itami, and Ron Wright, Phil was overwhelmed by the feeling that God had shown him the way. “Find something you love and do it with passion,” advise the Shirleys. They have found their passion – their health and wealth calling – with AIM. They never imagined 22 years ago what was in store for them with this green barley powder from AIM. But opportunity knocked, and they were wise enough to open the door. “Live your life helping your fellow man.” good things are happening ‘Creating a Nutritional Foundation’ Meeting April 3, 2009 • Walnut Creek, Ohio C harlotte and Keith Thompson, Blue Diamond Directors from Sugarcreek, Ohio, hosted a meeting at the Carlisle Inn in Walnut Creek, Ohio, on April 3, 2009. The evening’s main speaker was Dr. John Shewfelt from Barrie, Ontario, Canada. The theme for this event was “Creating a Nutritional Foundation (First Steps in Changing your Life)” with a strong Keith & Charlotte focus on AIM product information. Thompson Several attendees gave testimonies and people were encouraged to be aggressive in sharing the AIM products with others. Charlotte said, “We had a number of first-time attendees and some traveled from 200 to 300 miles to attend,” adding, “We were hoping for 100 people, but we had 125.” Dr. John Shewfelt nutrition opportunity success / theaimcompanies.com 19 fitbits Consider the benefits of these AIM products … AIM BarleyLife ® Xtra, AIM Peak Endurance, and CalciAIM™ Data collected from more than 30 years of research shows that low blood levels of vitamin C and low intake of vitamin C-containing foods were in line with a 12 percent greater risk of developing asthma. Researchers believe the reason behind the increased risk probably relates to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of vitamin C. Almost 20 million Americans currently suffer from asthma. (CalciAIM, Peak Endurance, and BarleyLife Xtra contain 54 percent, 50 percent, and 33 percent of the RDI for vitamin C per serving.) Cellsparc 360 ® CalciAIM™ n Vitamin D deficiency may be an issue for as much as 75 percent of young diabetics, according to a U.S. study. Researchers tested youths and adolescents who had been diagnosed with type-1 diabetes, and the study found that only 24 percent had sufficient levels of the sunshine vitamin. On the flip side, more than 75 percent were clinically deficient or had insufficient levels and, of the adolescents tested, 85 percent showed inadequate levels of vitamin D. n Researchers in the UK and Canada have found that supplements of vitamin D can help reduce the risk of developing multiple sclerosis. Their results coincide with a previous study done by Harvard researchers that found that vitamin D could reduce the risk of MS by as much as 62 percent. (CalciAIM™ contains 70 percent of vitamin D.) Female depression and omega-3 fatty acids might have a positive correlation, according to a group study performed by researchers across the U.S. In the study, women with the highest intake of fatty acids showed a decrease of nearly 30 percent in the number of depressive moments. Researchers fitbits briefs … credit the change to omega-3’s effect on dopamine n Researchers compiled a number of studies to develop a levels, which influence mood. recommendation on how best to use walking as a use(Cellsparc 360 contains 71 mg of omega-3 fatty ful exercise. Moderate intensity walking is best, which acids per capsule.) translates to a minimum of 100 steps per minute, five LeafGreens ® times per week for 30 minutes, on a flat surface. A Chinese study suggests that n What is more important – fat grams, calories, or lutein, long known to be a valuable percentages? According to the Mayo Clinic, it is fat eye nutrient, can help reduce the grams. Healthy adults should get 20-35 percent of long-term effects of eye strain from their calories from fat. Each gram of fat has 9 calories. extended computer use. Sensitivity If your goal is 1,800 calories per day, you should have tests determined that 12 weeks of supplementation no more than 70 grams of fat. The formula is 35 perof lutein had a positive effect on the vision of study cent of 1,800 calories equals 630 calories, divided by 9 participants. The study created two different lutein (calories per gram of fat), equals 70 grams. groups that were given six milligrams per day and n Those with the most germs in their mouths are more 12 milligrams per day; visual improvements were prone to heart attacks than those with a lesser amount, noted in both groups. Lutein, which is commonly say researchers. The theory is that bad bacteria in the found in green, leafy vegetables, is most often mouth may result in a general inflammation that, in known as an aide in the fight against age-related turn, leads to a blood clot and an increased risk of a macular degeneration. heart attack. (LeafGreens contains nearly 5 mg of lutein per serving.) 20 july-august 2009 / to order call 1-800-456-2462 health news Psoriasis is a worldwide challenge E ven the name is not pretty: p-s-o-r-i-a-s-i-s. It sounds like a problem. And it is – far more than most are aware. Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition. There are five types of it. Regardless of type, it normally causes some degree of discomfort including itching, skin that cracks and bleeds, and in up to 30 percent of the cases, it manifests itself in psoriatic arthritis, which is an inflammation of the joints. No country is immune from the problem. The latest statistics report these case numbers: United States, 5.9 million; United Kingdom, 1.2 million; South Africa, 899,000; Canada, 600,000; Australia, 403,000; and New Zealand, 81,000. Dr. John Shewfelt is a chiropractor from Barrie, Ontario, Canada. He is a Chairman’s Club Director who uses AIM products in his practice. Even as a chiropractor, he has had occasion to bump up against a case of psoriasis. One case of particular note involved a patient of his, Linda (not her real name). “For years, during the hot and humid summer months, Linda had experienced an onslaught of small red lumps that were similar to hives. They appeared in large clusters in skin folds and areas which were damp with sweat. Many of these areas became inflamed and the lumps developed into welts. She had been prescribed many different topical medications, but even the best only afforded her some temporary relief.” John’s office began a series of tests to try to determine any underlying cause of the seasonal psoriasis. A saliva test found her system to be extremely acidic. Bone density tests revealed the onset of areas of osteoporosis. Linda also reported that she endured several seasonal allergies in addition to the psoriasis. “The low pH and Linda’s history made a strong case for a compromised immune system and that the skin was certainly not venting toxins properly,” said John. John directed her to his AIM arsenal. A big problem requires some heavy ammunition. “We ad dressed the low pH with daily servings of AIM BarleyLife®. We recommended AIM Bear Paw Garlic® and AIM FloraFood® to assist the body in boosting the immune system.” n One of the potential benefits of BarleyLife is a more alkaline pH. n Garlic has a rich history as a healthful plant due to its sulfur compounds, amino acids, minerals, and vitamins A, B, and C. Therefore, garlic has antioxidant properties as well as antifungal and antibacterial potential. n FloraFood is a probiotic supplying the body with three types of friendly bacteria that can help balance pH, prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi, and stimulate the repair of cells. But John recognized there was one more element to restoring Linda’s skin health. Enter AIMega®. “Key to seeing the skin clear up was that the integrity of the cell walls of the skin had to be restored. AIMega provided the omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids in the best bioavailability ratio of 2-1-1 to assist the body in restoring flexibility and permeability to the cell walls of the skin. We recommended Linda take six capsules of AIMega per day.” The proof was in the results. “We tested her saliva pH after two weeks and found it to be almost normal, in the alkaline range. She reported that the skin condition was rapidly improving. Within just a few weeks, several of the sites that reacted so badly to the sweat and humidity had totally cleared up.” That was two summers ago. Last summer came the real test. Linda passed with flying colors. She went the summer with no abnormal skin conditions. nutrition opportunity success / theaimcompanies.com 21 news briefs AIMing Higher features speakers from Texas and Canada We need your Social Security number on file The Internal Revenue Service requires that AIM have a Social Security number on file for each membership receiving a commission check. So don’t be alarmed if you are asked to provide one if AIM does not have one already on file. Under IRS regulations, it may assess the company $50 for each membership without a number on file. Also, in the event there is no number on file, the IRS requires AIM to collect backup withholding of 28 percent of earnings for memberships without a Social Security number and remit the amount to the IRS. AIM aids in providing some relief to fire victims Recall the devastating fires several months ago that ravaged vast tracts of land and homes in Australia? Many people lost everything. AIM Australia and AIM USA combined to provide some personal goods relief to the victims. Large quantities of AIM’s dailyLife™ products were sent to Australian relief agencies for inclusion in supplies given out to the fire victims. AIMing Higher is a membership training program held annually at the corporate office in Nampa, Idaho. Members are responsible for their transportation to Nampa; AIM covers the cost of room, meals, and transportation needs associated with the conference. This fall the meeting will be held September 24-27. Arrival is on Thursday, September 24, with departure on Sunday, September 27. The meeting will focus on product knowledge and business-building. Three AIM Members are among the featured presenters. Blue Diamond Directors Arkady and Bella Vladimirsky from Texas will speak on colon health and AIM products. Chairman’s Club Director Dr. John Shewfelt, from eastern Canada, will provide some training information on understanding yourself and others to better communicate the AIM message of health Herbal Fiberblend and wealth. In addition, Be 6 single-serving youccause AIM staff members will are, also make presentations on items including the company compensation veryone knows someone who needs help plan, product updates, with their fiber intake and digestive health. Because you care, we offer “6 singlebusiness-building sucserving AIM Herbal Fiberblend promotional cess stories, and a corshare packs” for only $3.00. Give them porate update. away to prospective customers, along with an Registration forms Herbal Fiberblend datasheet, and let them know you care and want their digestive are available online at health to improve. barleylife.com. Contact No BVP on this sales tool. Code 5300E the Call Center or Joyce ONLY: Janzen, 1-800-456-2462, or by e-mail at jjanzen@ aimintl.com with questions or for registration information. promotional ‘share’ packs share ! E ® 3 $ 00 Three AIM products to be phased out A trio of AIM products will not be re-stocked when their supply is exhausted. So if you count yourself among those using any of them, you will want to obtain them while supplies last. The three products are AIM BarleyLife® no kelp, AIM Just Carrots® caplets, and AIM RediBeets® caplets. 22 july-august 2009 / to order call 1-800-456-2462 The no kelp product is being phased out due to low sales and because LeafGreens® is a no kelp formula option. With low volume sales on the Just Carrots and RediBeets caps we are going back to the better delivery system of powder concentrates. news briefs / product specials AIM Corporate office closed on Friday, July 3 Due to the Independence Day holiday falling on Saturday, July 4, the AIM offices in Nampa, Idaho, will be closed on Friday, July 3. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, July 6. And if you are really planning ahead, the AIM office will also be closed on Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day. Don’t miss out on your monthly AIM bonus Get the most out of your monthly commissions by taking advantage of AIM’s Commission Qualifying Order (CQO), and never miss out on a bonus again. The CQO ensures that you maximize your commission check by allowing you to set up conditional orders based on personal volume and group volume benchmarks. You control the specifics of the volume points and the product order, and the CQO handles the rest. To access information online about the CQO, go to the AIM website, barleylife.com, Member Resources, and follow the prompts. If you have any questions, contact the AIM Call Center at 1-800456-2462. dailyLife™ product line has been reduced Five products in the dailyLife™ line are out of inventory and will not be restocked. They are lime squeeze body wash and body lotion, mango nectar body wash and body lotion, and pomegrapefruit shaving cream. Sales of those five products did not meet expectations. The dailyLife™ line will continue with the remaining items in the product mix including hand cream, shampoo, and conditioner in lime and mango as well as body butter and bar soap in pomegrapefruit. AIM Peak Endurance ® 30-count singles upgraded to more affordable 6-count single-serving packs We’ve determined that AIM Peak Endurance users prefer the cost-savings of the 14 oz. canister of Peak Endurance over the more costly 30-count singles bag. So, we will discontinue the 30-count bags and give you 6-count promotional “share” packs that are much more affordable at $3.00, but will not have any BVP. You can save money with an Automatic Monthly Reorder • Save on products and/or sales tools with a $50 minimum. • Save 5 percent on orders of $50 or more. • Save 10 percent on orders of $125 or more. • Be assured that your order will be processed on the date chosen between the 5th and 25th of every month. • You pay the lowest shipping charge available, unless you opt for a quicker delivery method. Note: AIM does not profit from the shipping charges. • Your AMR(s) may be modified to suit your needs, as often as you like, prior to 11:59 p.m. MT the evening before your AMR is scheduled to process. • You may set up multiple AMRs. To take advantage of this AMR program and learn more, contact the AIM Call Center at 1-800-456-2462, or go online to BarleyLife.com and click on the Auto Monthly Reorder in the Member Resource drop-down tab. July-August Special AIM Herbal Fiberblend® Fiber-on-the-Go 30-count singles (5030E) Buy three, get 1 FREE No BVP on FREE item. Unlimited quantities while supplies last . Canada July-August product special: You will receive a 5% discount on AIM Herbal Release (2658E) through JulyAugust, 2009. nutrition opportunity success / theaimcompanies.com 23 The AIM Companies™ 3923 E. Flamingo Ave. Nampa, ID 83687-3100 PRESORTED FIRST-CLASS MAIL US POSTAGE PAID NAMPA ID PERMIT #80 Are you looking for adventure? W atch for the SeptemberOctober 2009 Partners Living Well magazine for new products, new contest details, and next year’s AIM convention location. Contest begins August 1 Order online at www.BarleyLife.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and call toll-free 1-800-456-2462. n o ti a tr is g e R r e h ig H g in IM A ll a F ram will be og pr ng ni ai tr er gh Hi g in M AI ll The fa corporate ’s M AI at o, ah Id , pa m Na in ld he of fice on September 24-27. or Register online at barleylife.com contact AIM’s Call Center, 1-800-456-2462, no later than July 24, 2009. For more details, see page 22.