Taking Stock of One's Own Health
What if you took the time to consider what you could change
to make your health better?
You would find some factors that are beyond your control.
Other factors might be within your control but not to your
The point of this essay (originally
a conference call script)
is to make you think. If you are not yet a Vollara
distributor there is another purpose. We want you to take note
of our excellent products and get a feel for how they can
help you and your family.
Each of us has to do our own
health analysis because we are all so different. We range in age
from twenties to eighties. We have many varied
lifestyles. We have different body types,
different family situations, different eating habits and, of
course, different genetics.
We will tie this discussion to
Vollara's idea of uncompromising health.
How healthy do you want to be? Our Chairman, Joe Urso, says
that no one wants to be only half healthy. Given the choice,
we all want as much health as we can possibly tolerate...and
I said it that way because we all have some
less-than-perfect habits that we won’t be willing to give
I will give an example.
About 24 years ago my father quit smoking. I visited my
parents at Christmas that year and lo and behold he
wasn't smoking. I was so proud. Six months later I visited again and he was back to smoking. "Why
did you go back?" I asked. "I missed it too much," he said,
honestly. Then I chose my words carefully. "So the health
benefits of quitting weren't worth what you had to give up?"
"That's about it," he said. "I quit for 6 months and finally
decided I'd rather die than give up smoking." He meant it,
and a year later his prophesy came true. He was younger then
than I am today.
We each have to take stock of who
we are, what we believe in and what we want when it comes to
health. We have to analyze our family habits as well as our
individual habits. I'm not saying you can tell your wife or
husband what to do, but at least you can THINK about their
health circumstances and offer possibilities. In some cases
one family member—or one close friend—will make a pact with
another. I'll give up smoking if you'll start walking and
set a goal to lose 50 pounds. This kind of thinking will
bring to mind other people who should be added to your
It's not easy to influence
someone to change their life. We try to do that every
morning on these nutrition calls. We try to do it on our
Million Friends calls. My advice to speakers goes like this:
time you do a presentation—whether to one person or a large
group—your goal should be to profoundly change someone's
life. If that's what's in your heart and if you don't get
carried away with some other intention you will be a very
good Vollara presenter and leader."
But there's bad news. You might
sincerely try to make a profound difference for 500 someones
and only succeed once. Or you'll only partially succeed in
some cases. A lot of blanks will be fired, but it sure is a
rewarding thing to do. One of my current goals is to find a
young person—in the Baby Boom 2 demographic group—and help
take that person to a half-million dollars per year of
income by the time he or she is 30. I'm working with one of
Dick Schreiber's guys—some of you know him—from Virginia
Beach. His name is Justin Ellsworth and we're all very proud
of this young guy. He has a full time job in the Navy. He is
taking 3 college courses to become qualified to be a
Navy Chaplain, he has a part time job and he's a father and
husband. Yet he still finds time to work at
Vollara. I already count him as a significant leader.
But let's get back to physical
health. Thanks to Vollara air
purification technologies we have control to some extent
over the air we breathe.
It's a pretty
significant degree of control because we spend
so large a share of our lives at home and, for
example, in our beds. It might be possible, in
some cases, to introduce air purification to
your place of work.
We also have a lot of control—thanks to LivingWater—over the
water we drink and cook with.
More and more of our people are starting with
Fast Start Packs
and putting this technology in their homes immediately.
it comes to nutrition, we have control over the foods we
buy, our methods of preparation, the amount of food we
consume and our nutritional supplements.
I'm not suggesting that all these choices are easy. In a
family you have to deal with the preferences and pressures
of all family members. And we have to deal with all the bad
habits we have accumulated during our lifetime.
I love fried chicken. I love Dr
Pepper. I love to sit down in a buffet restaurant and eat
like there's no tomorrow. I used to love fast food and now I
can say I am no longer feel hooked
by it. Hey, I'm making progress.
Sticking with the Vollara product line, we also have
control—thanks to LaundryPure—over things that touch our
This includes clothing, sheets and pillow cases, towels. We
have the option to use acidic
on our skin and hair. That last option requires us to
collect the water and move it to the bathroom. It's not hard
but it does require that we introduce a new habit into our
The other factors we can think about include...
the amount of rest we get
care of our feet
care of our mouth and teeth
emotional and spiritual factors
our use of medicines
the brain stimulation we achieve
good bowel activity
and our choice of occupation
Our Million Friends and Nutrition
Calls are intended
to make our listeners think...so chalk one up for
Most Americans get a lot of their brain stimulation from
TV...and a lot of teenagers get a big slice of their
stimulation from playing video games. Those things can be
good or bad, depending on your choices and how much
exposure we are talking about. Our morning calls and the
pre call sessions are highly stimulating... and we have to
thank Don Coon for being our curmudgeon or facilitator for
so many years. Our interactions touch on the weather, animal
noises in the background, politics, all sorts of Vollara
topics, national disasters, health, prayer and much more. I
use reading as a stimulus. When I was younger I read a lot
of self-help books. And many network marketing leaders
strongly advocate that kind of reading. It also boils down
to what lights your fire. I like reading scientific material
and novels and history and politics and humor...but to tell
you the truth I've burned out on the self-help stuff! I'm
not against self-help. I'm just saying that after reading
maybe 30 self-help books and listening to hundreds of hours
of cassette tapes and CD's I've kind of gone through that
genre. I still need brain stimulation...but I choose
different subject matter these days.
Weight. If you are 10% or
20% overweight you introduce all sorts of potential
health complications...ranging from heart disease,
diabetes, joint problems and so forth. Statistically,
thin people live longer. In fact, the #1 thing you could
do to extend your life would be to go on a
near-starvation diet. I'm not advocating that. I love
food. For most of us, eating is one of the most
important pleasures of our life. But I want to make sure
everyone understands that thin people tend to live
longer. The comment about a "near-starvation diet" has
been validated with many studies. It's not a theory.
It's a proven fact.
At the very least, THINK
about losing weight. THINK about how you could change
your food choices and eating habits. THINK about how you
could exercise more and work some forms of exercise
right into your lifestyle. THINK about drinking more
water and less of other beverages. THINK, THINK, THINK.
"Whatever you think about you tend to do...whatever you
think about you tend to become." That's not entirely
true or I'd have become a beautiful woman many
decades ago. I certainly think about women a lot. But
you get my point.
Exercise. A couple of weeks
ago I mentioned I plan I have in mind. My wife and
daughter are going to Russia soon to update their passports. They will be gone for
2 months. I've decided—partly for fun but
also for my health—to begin a fitness campaign the moment
they leave. I'm going to run more, walk more, stretch
more, do calisthenics, do gymnastics, work on developing
a six pack instead of a pad of tummy fat. My goal is to
be noticeably different by the time they return.
Most people won't do something
extreme like that, but DO SOMETHING. As with weight
loss, you can begin by THINKING. THINK about how you can
exercise more. THINK about walking more. THINK about
walking at a brisker pace. I've been THINKING about this for a month.
Each day I'll run
a little farther. I had a race a few years ago with my
daughter on a quarter mile track in Santa Barbara,
California. She's in good shape and she was about 40 at
the time...and she was dead set on beating me. I was
able to hang back and let her set the pace, then in the
final 50 yards I drew even and we tied. This time I want
to get to the point where I can run at a good speed for
half a mile. As far as distance goes, I want to be able
to run 5 miles without having to stop to rest.
My exercise program
shouldn't matter a bit to you. I'm telling this story to
give YOU ideas. Who knows, maybe a couple of you will
join me and exercise in June and July. If that were to
happen, it certainly MIGHT make a profound difference in
Posture and stretching.
Have you ever tried focusing on your posture for a week.
It's an impressive thing to focus on. You have to think
really hard to keep your tummy tucked in and your
shoulders back...at least that's my experience. I can
lose my concentration after only a few seconds and start
slumping again. But if you keep working on it, better
posture will change how you feel within the first 15
minutes. Better posture applies while you are walking,
standing, sitting or driving a car. Just tuck in that
tummy, tighten your chest, straighten your back and walk
with a good stride. This may sound (on
like the easiest one of these self-help ideas, but I
think you'll find it's VERY EASY to let your mind slip
and let this wonderful project to fall by the wayside.
The amount of rest we get.
Sometimes when we get VERY BUSY we end up sleeping less.
The studies on sleep and rest suggest that it's a really
important factor in the health equation. For some people
it's impossible to get 8 hours of sleep on a regular
basis. At the very best we should find a COMFORTABLE way
to sleep. I first became sold on air conditioning back
in the sixties when I read about how it helped people
get more rest. That seems obvious to anyone who has
tried to sleep in a hot climate...but when I heard that
the University of Texas had documented the value of
better sleep it completely changed my thinking.
When it comes to rest, it
would be helpful if you used
LivingWater to put your body in the right
physical condition to sleep comfortably. The
literature talks extensively about reducing inflammation
in the body and almost nothing interferes with restful
sleep more than a body that is raked with pain from
LivingWater will also help in that regard.
And of course
is the basic supplement that we
should all take to normalize all health factors.
Re:Build is a calcium and magnesium supplement which has
long been known to help relax the muscles and contribute
to better sleep.
Care of our feet. Yes, we
have a Vollara product to help with the feet. It's
LivingWater. We drink the alkaline water and, if you are
willing to take the time, you can soak your feet in the
acid water. Good shoes or shoe inserts are also
important. I think we all know how wonderful a good foot
rub feels. If you look into shoe inserts you may
discover that your whole body will feel better.
All of these things fit
together—weight, rest, diet, feet and all the other
things we are talking about. It's YOUR JOB to figure out
which aspects of better health will be best for you and
easiest to implement.
Care of our mouth and
teeth. Jo Ann Grant and I are the two biggest advocates
for flossing and oral care on these morning nutrition
calls. I slosh hydrogen peroxide in my mouth twice each
day. Flossing and oral care can reduce the chances of
heart disease and other infectious problems throughout
the body. It's funny how that works. If you allow
bacteria to grow around your gums and between your
teeth, the body will transport oral problems to other
parts of the body.
Emotional and spiritual
factors. The fellowship of
helps in this area, too. I think we all agree that these
calls are a type of ministry. We have helped people with
their supplementation, with the food parts of their
diet, with weight loss, with exercise, with attitude and
with business building. If you've been on a few of these
calls you know you have friends—kindred spirits—who
share concerns and dreams with you. You can get
emotional and spiritual support from your church but
this type of support also comes from family, from
friends, from reading, and from music we listen to. I
frequently post music links from YouTube on my
Anger and stress.
Many people do not realize how big a tie in there is
between anger and nutrition. We know we can sometimes
calm a savage child by giving him a glass of milk and a
cookie. We might be able to settle an argument by
talking over a cup of coffee or a coke. Food, nutrition
and hydration are all tied to how we feel. I sometimes
capsules when I feel stressed or angry. The most stress
I've ever felt in my life was not in combat when the
enemy was shooting at me. It was on two occasions when I
was sitting in court watching my attorneys argue poorly
for my position.
Our use of medicines. We
probably all agree about one thing: We love medicines at
the right time when they are needed. But we hate the
idea of taking extra or unnecessary medicines. Not to
mention the high cost of some medicines. Modern health
care is very focused on medicines and we are more
focused on natural good health, but don't think for a
minute that medicines are all bad. My goal is to stay
healthy and take very little in the way of medicines.
When I need a medicine, however, I will be very happy to
have it and I will follow the medical instructions
carefully unless I have a good reason not to.
I’ve looked for data about what constitutes ideal bowel
activity. Many experts say that one “good” bowel
movement per day is typical. A few experts—and I tend to
agree with these guys—say that the healthiest people
have bowel movements an hour or so after each meal!
There are some very interesting books on this
subject—such as “Health Begins in the Colon.” Of all the
products I’ve seen for helping people in this area,
nothing has given better results than
Part of the reason might be hydration, but I think the
alkalinity is a big part, too.
Our choice of occupation.
At least in passing I want to mention the studies I have
referred to on other calls. The studies show that people
who are in leadership positions or who have
positions of high responsibility have fewer strokes and
heart attacks than people who are in more "typical" or
"regular" jobs. Studies have also shown that people who
retire die sooner than similar people who continue
I am very happy to be in a
profession where heavy responsibility and leadership are
my daily fare. Some of you may think that Vollara is
about selling. For you, maybe it is. But network
marketing has always been about group building and
leadership to me. From my first day I have thought that
way. The career studies I mentioned weren't done until
30 years into my career, but I am very happy to be doing
leadership work. Also, it pays really well if you do a
good job of it.
And now we'll close with
some specific comments about our product line.
Vollara air purification
technologies allow us to breathe cleaner, fresher, safer
air. They allow us to kill bacteria, mold and viruses on
Is that about
health? Of course it is. Maybe a person who first
hears about our air purifiers will think of these things in a
different sense. "They're to filter out dust," they
might say. It's our job to remind them where that dust
would be going if we didn't remove it from the breathing
zone. It never enters most people's mind that an air
purifier could kill mold or bacteria. Again, that's part
of our job. To teach them the unique capabilities of our
about improving our health through hydration, negative ORP, and alkalinity. One enormous
is that the water tastes so good. People drink more.
Hydration is important even without the ORP and
alkalinity. There's also a lot of cost savings
associated with drinking more water as opposed to more
soft drinks or other beverages. And there's a HUGE
SAVINGS associated with making bottled water at home as
opposed to buying bottles of water from vending machines
and convenience stores. And
LivingWater is about helping
the body deal with the hundreds of pounds of acidic
waste by-products our bodies produce each year as a
function of metabolism. Yes, the very process of
digesting food to extract its values and energy ALWAYS
PRODUCES ACID WASTE MATERIALS. This acidity originates
throughout your body and then the body has to work like
crazy to remove it to the kidneys and large intestine.
LivingWater helps in all of these areas.
Vollara nutrition products
fall into 3 major categories. We have the basic
nutrition products that have a whole food basis and were
developed with focus on the benefits of enzymes.
Foremost among our basic nutrition products is the
multi-multi-multi-multi product called
Re:Fuel. It has
vitamins, minerals, enzymes, probiotics and
I haven't used or seen the labels of EVERY
product in the world, but I have never seen ANY OTHER
PRODUCT that comes close to
Re:Fuel. In general,
you would have to buy 3 natural products from a health
food store to equal what we get from
Re:Fuel. It's a
great product and, for all you get, it's a great bargain. Our line has about 20 other nutrition
products to round out the nutritional needs and
interests of our customers. We have
Re:View for eye
Re:Juvenate for male/female
Re:Claim for extra minerals,
Re:Absorb for better digestion,
Re:Place as a meal
substitute and a dozen other wonderful, enzyme-based
Then we have
This is an amazingly delicious, high antioxidant, high phyto-chemical drink make from muscadine grapes or
berries. There are more than a dozen other juice
companies that tout the antioxidant benefits of their
product. Not a one will provide as much nutritional
variety and antioxidant power as
Re:Plenish and no
product comes close to being as delicious.
Re:Sist. This wonder product comes to
us from the famous Karolinska Institute in Sweden. It is
an algae product designed to stimulate the body's immune
response. It has been shown to be vastly more effective
for this purpose than other well-known immune
LaundryPure a health product? You bet it is.
Here's a cost effective way to wash clothes, towels and
linen with zero detergent and zero fabric softeners.
The health benefit is in ending the
exposure through your skin to chemicals. If you sleep in
your pajamas with your head on a pillow case for 7 or 8
hours, how much chemical residue do you want in contact
with your skin? Then there are the other hours of the
day when you have clothes on.
LaundryPure is just one
more part of the health puzzle where Vollara stands
This brings us, of course,
to your call to action. How will you respond to today's
information? What changes will you make? How will this
knowledge allow you to help your family and others?
The actions you take are up
to you. Thanks for THINKING. This is Bob Giddens,
looking forward to being with you many more times in the