LifeVantage Sponsor Salt Lake Real

LifeVantage Salt Lake Real

LifeVantage Salt Lake Real Soccer Sponsorship Jersey

Real Salt Lake (Professional Soccer) announced at the end of October 2013 a new partnered with LifeVantage Corporation with a 10 year,  30 million dollar jersey sponsorship that ranks among the most groundbreaking partnerships in Major League Soccer history. I’ve read through a few blogs and RSL fan forums, and I’m intrigued about the feedback I’ve seen.  While there are a few critics (as is typical), the news is very positive, and I’m glad to see RSL and LifeVantage engage in a relationship that will benefit them both.

LifeVantage is a Multi Level Network marketing company (often called MLM) or direct sales based out of Salt Lake City.  They are a memeber of the Direct Sales Association, and they’re open for business in the USA, Japan, Australia, Canada, Mexico and Hong Kong.  Their headquarters are actually close to the Rio Tinto Stadium, where a new building is being constructed adjacent to the existing leased office space.

LifeVantage’s flag ship product is called Protandim.  Protandim is an Nrf2 activator shown to reduce oxidative stress by an average of 40%.  Protandim has been featured on several news programs such as ABC Primetime back when Protandim was sold in retail stores. Since 2005, a couple dozen self funded studies have been initiated by major universities around the world, and today 15 have been completed, peer reviewed and published in scientific and medical journals.

LifeVantage is a public traded company (on the NASDAQ stock exchange).  Last year, LifeVantage was the 2nd fastest growing company in all of Utah, and the year previous was the 3rd fastest growing company in the state of Utah.  The transparency of LifeVantage’s financial position make it a stable relationship for RSL, and I suspect that attracted RSL, having a transparent local and successful company in for a long term commitment.

This sponsorship as I understand it, is $30 million over 10 years.  This contract is higher than the previous Xango contract.  It brings more money into the club, and will help keep Real Salt Lake moving toward their long term goals of being a champion recognized team.  The outgoing jersey sponsor Xango (another Utah based network marketing company) has also pulled out of other Wasatch front sponsorship’s, including Thanksgiving point in Lehi.  However, since Xango is privately held company, I can only speculate on their financial situation.

But LifeVantage has something unique.  A product that nobody has, validated by third parties and protected by several US and international patents.  The company as stated is Publicly traded, local to Salt Lake City, and is growing quickly among all company’s in the region, and the industry. However I get some people are not interested in the industry of Network Marketing.  I suppose its because its a business that anybody can participate in, but few people will do, just like anything in life: clubs, business or churches in the public eye, draw their skeptics as well.  Many will source their opinions from Internet tabloid content I suspect, but that’s true with just about anything on the Internet.

Admittedly, I’m biased on the partnership with LifeVantage, however being a Real Salt Lake fan, I see it as a win-win for both partners.  RSL gets funding they need, and LifeVantage pairs their public sponsorship with the levels of much larger companies such as Herbalife (a multi billion dollar MLM) that has been on Los Angeles Galaxy’s shirt since 2007.  This also puts LifeVantage into the same sponsorship circles as Volkswagan, Quaker Oats, XBox, Alaska Airlines and other brands who also sponsor in professional Soccer.

In the end, I think most fans will come to respect how LifeVantage professionally participates with the club.  And maybe at some point the players will realize what other professional teams are finding, Protandim is also a great supplement for athletes as well (see Baltimore Ravens and Protandim), and while I think the BSCG Certification means RSL players could use Protandim in their health regimen, I don’t think the engagement requires it.

See http://www.realsaltlake.com/news/2013/10/real-salt-lake-unveils-new-long-term-jersey-front-partnership-lifevantage for complete details.

For more information in Protandim see abcliveit.com or mylifevantage.com/lundgren for my distributor page. I’m also Utah based.

Its the Express Lane Not Your Cruise Lane

Express Lane Slow DriverMaybe its just me. But I’ve got a problem with people who use the express lane like a cruise lane. If you want to go slow, use one of the other lanes. Just because you qualify for the express lane, doesn’t mean you need to drive there. Its really okay to drive in the right lanes. That way for those of us who want to drive slightly faster than the speed limit in a safe manner, we can do so with out waiting for you to exit the lane when you feel that you’re done using it.

After all, your not in a hurry, why do you care if you have to wait behind another driver?  Did you know the express lane  is the LEFT lane, generally used for faster drivers who want to get where they’re going.  Most of the time I really don’t care, I cruse along just like you.  I take my time, but when I do, I do so in the middle lanes or the right lanes, and just move along as I see fit.

But when the time comes that Id prefer to “get there”, please do us a favor and move over.  Now, if the freeway is very busy, I have no problem if you want to be in the express lane, even if you’re not going the speed limit.  But when the free way is wide open, really, its okay, you don’t need to be in the express lane.

Now that I’ve properly vented, my level of road rage is subdued, and I’ll be able to handle this situation several times, before my frustration level increases once again, and I rant a bit on this subject another time.  I feel better somehow now.

Twitter Hashtag #

twitter-hashtagsThe # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages into subjects, so they can be easily searched.  Now I get the simplicity of this, however, it seems to me a step backward.   Why can’t Twitter be “search smart”.  Shouldn’t they be able to “group and sort” messages based on context and replies and such, rather than require users to hashtag their content.

I think its a bit complex to have users always type #hashtag or #rant, just for Twitter to be able to read such tags.  Maybe its because the message volume is simply overwhelming, or they’re giving users control over keywords in their Tweet content.  I suppose its no different than using the @ symbol to direct attention to a particular individual.  But the @ symbol at least means “at”, while the # symbol doesn’t have such a meeting.

Maybe I’m just older, and Tweeting is next-gen communication.  At least that’s what my kids tell me.  But it seems to me we can do better.  After all, having written (or typed) language descend into symbol based descriptors, to enumerate intent, topic and directives, seems a bit of  a step backwards.  But technology will evolve.  Twitter to me has always seemed like a good concept for micro-blogging, but is it too %technical for the *average user to &use?

iOS NSString vs .NET String

ios6Ok, its rather technical, forgive me for “geeking” out on you, but I love Objective C, but I really think, the NSString object is overly complex.  Some simple overrides (like those offered in C# with the String Class) would be very helpful.

For those who don’t know, Objective C is the mainstay development language for Apple’s iOS, and C# widely popular on Microsoft .NET development platforms.  I get that Objective C is a purist object oriented language, but it goes way over the top on strings, using methods and operators that require verbose usage and operation. Lets compare:

In .NET a simple string concatenation would be:

[callout bg=”#00c5dc” color=”#ffffff”]
String tempString = String.Empty;
String tempStringa="Hello";
String tempStringb = "There";
tempString = tempStringa + tempStringb;
[/callout]

The same thing now in Objective C using NSString

[callout bg=”#00c5dc” color=”#ffffff”]
NSString *tempString= @"";
NSString *tempStringa= @"Hello";
NSString *tempStringb= @"There";
tempString = [tempStringa stringByAppendingString:tempStringb];
[/callout]

Now I’m not overly concerned, but when it gets complex, its just too much.  For example:

[callout bg=”#00c5dc” color=”#ffffff”]
String temp = three + two + one;
[/callout]

vs.. the same thing now in Objective C using NSString

[callout bg=”#00c5dc” color=”#ffffff”]
NSString *temp = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"%@/%@/%@", three, two, one];
[/callout]

Now I understand the .NET Class has Format() functions, that are mostly comparable, but where are the shortcuts? The same thing exists with comparisons, substitutions, and a variety of string functions. And of course .NET provides a series of helpful functions and methods like ToString() or even casts things rather nicely without a lot of extra coding. Now the NSMutableString class provides some help. However, it would be nice, if it was .NET String Class simple. Maybe I just like shortcuts. Having said all that, I LOVE the XCode development environment, and I really like what iOS and the frameworks. But with strings, well .NET takes the win here. </rant>

 


 

12 Things Happy People Do Differently

Happiness

I recently had a church lesson, of all things on the 12 Things Happy People Do Differently. I found it rather provocative, and extremely practical, so I thought Id echo the points here, and add my two cents.  These are vitally true.  I think life, and they way we view it, is often seen through the lens we create. We live in a negative world, where people just “want to share”, but often these things drag us down, and lead our minds into avenues of despair and frustration.  Of course life gives us a set of challenges, its up to us what we do with them.

I’ve quoted the four points from this website ( http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/08/30/12-things-happy-people-do-differently/)

 

  1. Express gratitude. – When you appreciate what you have, what you have appreciates in value.  Kinda cool right?  So basically, being grateful for the goodness that is already evident in your life will bring you a deeper sense of happiness.  And that’s without having to go out and buy anything.  It makes sense.  We’re gonna have a hard time ever being happy if we aren’t thankful for what we already have.
  2. Cultivate optimism. – Winners have the ability to manufacture their own optimism.  No matter what the situation, the successful diva is the chick who will always find a way to put an optimistic spin on it.  She knows failure only as an opportunity to grow and learn a new lesson from life.  People who think optimistically see the world as a place packed with endless opportunities, especially in trying times.
  3. Avoid over-thinking and social comparison. – Comparing yourself to someone else can be poisonous.  If we’re somehow ‘better’ than the person that we’re comparing ourselves to, it gives us an unhealthy sense of superiority.  Our ego inflates – KABOOM – our inner Kanye West comes out!  If we’re ‘worse’ than the person that we’re comparing ourselves to, we usually discredit the hard work that we’ve done and dismiss all the progress that we’ve made.  What I’ve found is that the majority of the time this type of social comparison doesn’t stem from a healthy place.  If you feel called to compare yourself to something, compare yourself to an earlier version of yourself.
  4. Practice acts of kindness. – Performing an act of kindness releases serotonin in your brain.  (Serotonin is a substance that has TREMENDOUS health benefits, including making us feel more blissful.)  Selflessly helping someone is a super powerful way to feel good inside.  What’s even cooler about this kindness kick is that not only will you feel better, but so will people watching the act of kindness.  How extraordinary is that?  Bystanders will be blessed with a release of serotonin just by watching what’s going on.  A side note is that the job of most anti-depressants is to release more serotonin.  Move over Pfizer, kindness is kicking ass and taking names.
  5. Nurture social relationships. – The happiest people on the planet are the ones who have deep, meaningful relationships.  Did you know studies show that people’s mortality rates are DOUBLED when they’re lonely?  WHOA!  There’s a warm fuzzy feeling that comes from having an active circle of good friends who you can share your experiences with.  We feel connected and a part of something more meaningful than our lonesome existence.
  6. Develop strategies for coping. – How you respond to the ‘craptastic’ moments is what shapes your character.  Sometimes crap happens – it’s inevitable.  Forrest Gump knows the deal.  It can be hard to come up with creative solutions in the moment when manure is making its way up toward the fan.  It helps to have healthy strategies for coping pre-rehearsed, on-call, and in your arsenal at your disposal.
  7. Learn to forgive. – Harboring feelings of hatred is horrible for your well-being.  You see, your mind doesn’t know the difference between past and present emotion.  When you ‘hate’ someone, and you’re continuously thinking about it, those negative emotions are eating away at your immune system.  You put yourself in a state of sucker-ism (technical term) and it stays with you throughout your day.
  8. Increase flow experiences. – Flow is a state in which it feels like time stands still.  It’s when you’re so focused on what you’re doing that you become one with the task.  Action and awareness are merged.  You’re not hungry, sleepy, or emotional.  You’re just completely engaged in the activity that you’re doing.  Nothing is distracting you or competing for your focus.
  9. Savor life’s joys. – Deep happiness cannot exist without slowing down to enjoy the joy.  It’s easy in a world of wild stimuli and omnipresent movement to forget to embrace life’s enjoyable experiences.  When we neglect to appreciate, we rob the moment of its magic.  It’s the simple things in life that can be the most rewarding if we remember to fully experience them.
  10. Commit to your goals. – Being wholeheartedly dedicated to doing something comes fully-equipped with an ineffable force.  Magical things start happening when we commit ourselves to doing whatever it takes to get somewhere.  When you’re fully committed to doing something, you have no choice but to do that thing.  Counter-intuitively, having no option – where you can’t change your mind – subconsciously makes humans happier because they know part of their purpose.
  11. Practice spirituality. – When we practice spirituality or religion, we recognize that life is bigger than us.  We surrender the silly idea that we are the mightiest thing ever.  It enables us to connect to the source of all creation and embrace a contentedness with everything that exists.  Some of the most accomplished people I know feel that they’re here doing work they’re “called to do.”
  12. Take care of your body. – Taking care of your body is crucial to being the happiest person you can be.  If you don’t have your physical energy in good shape, then your mental energy (your focus), your emotional energy (your feelings), and your spiritual energy (your purpose) will all be negatively affected.  Did you know that studies conducted on people who were clinically depressed showed that consistent exercise raises happiness levels just as much as Zoloft?  Not only that, but here’s the double whammy… Six months later, the people who participated in exercise were less likely to relapse because they had a higher sense of self-accomplishment and self-worth.

If you find these interesting, I recommend getting this book “The How of Happiness” by  Sonja Lyubomirsky.

Heart Disease not prevented by Multivitamins

In a recent study, it was shown that multivitamins does not offer benefits for the prevention of heart disease. I found the study particularly interesting because Centrum Multivitamin’s used in the study are just cheap bad chemical vitamin’s, not wholefood vitamins. This is something I’ve said for a long time, cheap chemical vitamins are not healthy, and don’t help. Infact they can be harmful. However, while the study addresses Heart Disease, it did indicate that it can reduce the risk of Cancer. I suppose the real proof is in the quality of the vitamin, real food being the best source, and then wholefood supplements being the next best approach. If somebody is going to take any form of a supplement or vitamin, it should have peer reviewed, clinical research to suggest it is effective. The supplements that I endorse do, as is the case with wholefood vitamins. I get my wholefood vitamins at our local health food store.

Ref: http://www.healthaim.com/study-heart-disease-not-prevented-by-multivitamins/

The iPhone 5

So I’ve pre-ordered an iPhone 5. It’s an upgrade for me from the 4 (not the 4s). Having Siri will be a big plus, but I’m really excited about the taller screen, and thinner, lighter design. For me the iPhone is simply the best mobile device available. Yes I know “Android is just as good”, but that’s simply not true. The specifications for those devices might be better, and yes, Android is more customization, but the iPhone just “works”.

Don’t get me wrong, the Android OS phones are great, and for some people its the best choice. But even as technical as I am, I love the simplicity and elegance of the iPhone and the iOS system. I suppose in some ways I “drink the cool-aid” a bit, but generally I think the iPhone is perfect for 90% of the users out there. But to each their own.

I’m no AT&T fan, but we’ll simply renew the contract, sell the old Phone(s) [ got my wife one too ], and the net costs is actually in our favor. I doubt my wife will ever use the 64gb, but in 2 years, when we upgrade to the iPhone 6s, we will just sell the iPhone 5’s, and continue drinking the cool-aid. Which tastes very good.

Gold is not the security you think

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/08/why-is-the-price-of-gold-falling/261273/

Unlike commodities such as wheat or oil, which you can at least eat or burn for fuel, gold pretty much lacks any inherent value beyond what the market assigns to it.

I’ve been saying this for a long time. What is gold good for? Its just a medium. In very hard times, who needs it? Gold will hold value only if somebody else finds value in it, and most people only find value in it, to preserve value. Once that value is gone, its worthless. Well maybe not entirely.

With India and China changing the market demand, we now see that the value of gold is changing. Something to think about.

Protandim at VCU Medical Center on Hypertension

Protandim Study #12 as we’re calling it, focuses on Protandim’s ability to reduce hypertension and what it can mean for human intervention in future studies. This is followup review from the previous VCU study published in the American Heart Association study, and adds:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22870869

Significance: Pathobiological mechanisms which contribute to pulmonary vasoconstriction, lung vascular remodeling and the development of right heart failure include the generation of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species and the response of lung vascular and cardiac cells to these molecules. We review the information regarding oxidant stress balanced by antioxidant mechanisms and the role of oxidants and antioxidants in hypoxic pulmonary hypertension and their potential role in an animal model of severe pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Recent Advances: In human lung tissue from patients with idiopathic PAH we find reduced SOD activity and high expression of the oxidant stress markers nitrotyrosine and 8-OH-guanosine. In the Sugen 5416/chronic hypoxia model of PAH lung tissue expression of nitrotyrosine and hemeoxygenase 1 (HO-1) is substantial, while HO-1 expression in the failing right ventricle is decreased. This model, based on administration of the VEGF receptor blocker Sugen 5416 and chronic hypoxia (Su/Hx), reproduces many of the characteristic features of severe angioobliterative human PAH. Treatment of Su/Hx rats with ‘protandim,’ which Nrf-2-dependently upregulates the expression of genes encoding antioxidant enzymes, protects against right heart failure without affecting angioobliterative PAH. Critical Issues: In human severe PAH, patient survival is determined by the function of the stressed right ventricle; investigation of oxidative and nitrosative stresses and their potential contribution to right heart failure is necessary. Future Directions: Antioxidant therapeutic strategies may be of benefit in the setting of human severe PAH. Whether antioxidant strategies affect lung vascular remodeling and/or prevent right heart failure remains to be examined.

Revelar – A Measure of Oxidative Stress

I’ve been watching this one for a while now. The gold standard in measuring oxidative stress is a test known as TBARS, it is a well-established screening and monitoring of lipid peroxidation. Its often called reactive species test or lipid peroxidase test. See my this page about where to get a TBARS test. But most of us aren’t going to draw blood, and unless we have access to a lab, its very hard to conduct the test. Even labs that can do it, must follow the protocol exactly. There must be an easier way to measure oxidative stress.

About a year ago I inquired of the manufacturer of a product called Revelar. According to them, their device detects and measures aldehydes in the breath. Aldehydes are known to be indicators of free radical damage. Does it work? I don’t know, but it appears promising. They have a new model that is better they claim than the old one. The device is expensive, both the “machine” and the testing items would cost the patient about $30 per test (meaning after you do a few hundred tests you’ve paid for the machine). So most people don’t have the money to buy one.

So what’s next? We’ll we stay tuned. Im sure that as it comes out, we’ll know much more about how viable it is. I suspect many small doctors offices will purchase the device. They’ll try a varienty of methods to lower oxidative stress. Time will tell, but it looks promising.

See Revalar for more details.