The New You

12Mar/120

A Toolkit To Start A New Business

Most people would initially think that having a bigger capital is sufficient in starting a business.  If you want to really know how to start a new business, there are necessary pointers to instill in mind before getting your hands on the new venture.  You should have the skills to manage and monitor the people under you.  Hire people with the right skill sets to avoid a disorganized startup.  It is important to train your staff from the smallest details to the most crucial tasks they have to deal with daily.  A business start up entails several government registrations, licenses, and permits before the business can even start.

The most important area you should deal with in how to start a new business is to choose a good accountant and lawyer.  These professionals will help you with the business permits as well as the financial budgets and projections of the organization.  The accountant will also be able to prepare necessary documents needed by the government agencies and after the initial phase, the accountant will handle the payroll system, cash disbursements, bookkeeping, and the financial reports.  Setting up the accounting system is necessary as this is will help you get a real time idea of how your business is going.  The cash flow of the business should be well-handled by the accountant so that you’ll get a real update of your company’s financial status.  A marketing plan should already be in place even prior to the opening of the business.  A great example of a new business model and website can be found at www.essentialspure.com who sells essential oils, which is a supplement based comapany teaching people how to use essential oils.

Another important factor on how to start a new business is to properly monitor the company’s resources, not only the money, but basically the supplies and products that the business carries.  A company training manual should also be well in place so that the employees have a book of reference when it comes to the standard operating procedure.  The human resources officer should also be active in creating a set of company policies to guide the employees of their business conduct.  Handling employees is one thing that you may not really be able to take care of especially if you have more than 15 employees under your company.

29Feb/120

My List

When it comes to getting healthy from eating nutritious foods, you want to make sure that you're eating the right foods for your health. A lot of different foods provide different nutrition for different parts of the body. You can eat food low in cholesterol, high in fiber, and enriched with vitamins and minerals for the best health you have ever been in. Some of my favorite health foods are listed below.
Vegetables of all kinds provide the right nutrients to get through the day. Some of my favorites are peas, carrots, spinach, broccoli, and brussel sprouts. Each of these provide great vitamins and minerals, and you should have at least 3 to 4 servings per day. You should know that vitamin-c serum is one of the most important things you should have.
I love fruit. Fruit can provide you with a quick, tasty snack throughout the day. I love strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and just about any type of melon. You can make smoothies out of them and have one for breakfast.
Meat is essential to your diet. If you eat enough meat during the day you can gain a lot of nutrients through it.  I will look to supplement my diet with some natural products from healself.org like yacon syrup.
Grains are always a plus, and can actually boost your energy level in the morning. Grab a hot bowl of oatmeal and a piece of toast in the morning with your cup of coffee, and you will be full through the day until lunch time runs around. Oatmeal is definitely a brain food. Whole oats are the best.
Try to stay away from processed foods since they can provide your body with a lot of food and other unwanted nutrients that your body is not going to take as healthy. Processed foods have saturated fat, carbs, and hidden secrets.  No matter what is on your plate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner you still want to make sure you get your exercise as well.

21Feb/120

Keeping Your Body Guessing With Garcinia Cambogia

This year, when New Year’s resolution time came around, I knew I had to make a commitment to lose weight. Not only did I want to get fit, but also I wanted to lose weight fast. So far I’ve dropped ten pounds, which is exceptional because when I began, I was already under my recommended BMI. The key to my weight loss has been to keep my body guessing.

I learned long ago that starvation diets only work for a few weeks, even with the willpower of a saint. If I cut calories to less than 700 a day, within three weeks, I stopped seeing weight loss. This is because my metabolism adjusted to the lower intake. This year, when I began my weight loss journey, I began following a diet and exercise plan known as the Russian Gymnast Diet. The key is to vary the caloric intake each day, and also vary the exercise. While the diet carefully balances the vitamins and calories I need to prevent muscle damage, it also does not allow my body to plateau, and stop losing weight.

Another great tip I’ve been utilizing with my garcinia cambogia extract diet has been to repeatedly drain water bottles each day. Our bodies tend to hold more water when we do not consistently drink plenty. So, I started drinking between a liter and a liter and a half each day. This has definitely increased bathroom trips, but it has also kept a steady flow of water through my body, eliminating stagnant water weight. I have known friends to drop as many as three pounds at once by increasing their water intake.  All this helps when reading garcinia cambogia reviews for weight loss.

I exercise five to six days a week, with the bulk of my workout being cardio based. My exercise of choice is running, and my weekly mileage is now up to about thirty-five miles. I also take advantage of online workout videos and aerobics.

The best way to lose weight fast is to make a commitment to losing weight and stick to it. Engage in a routine and do not stray. For me, strict discipline in my diet and exercise has been key. Kate Moss, the queen of thin, was spot on when she said, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”

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23Jul/110

Turning the marketing tables

marketingThe brochure is shaped like a big playing card, with an ace of hearts on the front. It advertises an ACE inhibitorone of a class of antihypertensive drugswith the words "Usinopril is our cost-effective agent. It offers safety, efficacy, and convenience." It could be an advertising piece by Stuart or Merck, Sharpe & Dohme, both of which make lisinopril. But it isn't. It's what might be termed an anti advertisement produced by Kaiser Health Plan of Northern California, one of the nation's largest health maintenance organizations, to encourage physicians to prescribe this particular blood-pressure drugand thus save the HMO money.

The resemblance to an advertising brochure is no accident it's part of one of the nation's largest "counter-detailing" programs, run at Kaiser for the last three years. Counter-detaffing is exactly what it sounds like: an organized effort to counteract the sales pressure placed on doctors and hospitals by drug-company salespeople, known as detailers.

The idea of counter-detailing dates back to a study conducted early in the 1980s by Dr. Jerry Avorn and his Harvard colleagues. They used tried-and-true marketing techniquespersonal visits, visually interesting materials, simple and oft-repeated messagesto discourage doctors from prescribing certain unnecessary drugs. And it worked: After exposure to their counter-detailing, doctors prescribed measurably fewer doses of the targeted drugs than a control group who didn't get the "un-sales" pitches.

With their centralized management and administrative control over physicians, health maintenance organizations were, predictably, the first to adopt counter-detailing on a large scale. Al Kaiser of Northern California, for instance, 15 pharmacists known as drug-education coordinators are assigned full-time to the program. They visit individual physicians, give lectures at staff meetings, and help prepare brochures and other printed materials.

Like most HMOs, Kaiser has a formularya list of preferred drugs selected by physician-pharmacist committees after reviewing a range of medicines for safety, efficacy, and price. Much of the educational work focuses on promoting these formulary drugs, says Tracie Paiva, the pharmacist who manages the counter-detailing program.

"Pharmaceutical firms are very successful at promoting their drugs, and we look at what works for them," Paiva says. "We put out newsletters, fliers, posters, even a desk calendar that gives a different drug-information message for each day of the year. We use things like Post-Its or pens printed with the name of our agent of choice, and maybe some statement about it"
Though Kaiser Doctors aren't required to stick to formulary drugs, they do so about 96 percent of the time, says Dr. Francis J. Crosson, associate executive director of the medical staff. That's in part because physicians are involved in everything from picking the formulary drugs to designing the educational materials, he says.

Another part of the program is Kaiser's stern attitude towards real drug detailers. They're only allowed to push drugs already accepted into the formulary, they're not allowed to influence the selection of drugs for the formulary, and they're not allowed to offer gifts or inducements to doctors. Infractions can lead to suspension of visiting privileges, and in the last 18 months, Kaiser has banished eight companies, Crosson says.

So far, Kaiser is pleased with the program. Paiva says Kaiser saves five dollars for every dollar spent At the start of the program, for instance, whenever a certain class of intravenous antibiotic was needed, Kaiser physicians almost always prescribed a popular but costly brand. Thanks to the educational campaign, that drug has been totally replaced by two equally effective, much cheaper alternatives.

With drug costs continuing to rise, non-HMO insurance programs have started to adapt counter-detailing to their own situations. Avorn himself is a consultant to a new $700,000-a-year effort by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts to counter-detail more than 2000 private physicians. Using brochures and monographs developed by Avorn, pharmacists are making office calls on physicians to deliver an educational message.

"We don't like to call it counter-detailing," says Terry Latanich, senior vice president of Medco Containment Services, the New Jersey firm administering the program. "We're not telling physicians what to use or promoting any individual drug. We're saying that, based on the latest scientific literature, here the optimal way to use drugs in this class."

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