Poison Control Centers Lose 25% of Its Funding!

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American Association of Poison Control Centers: Poison Centers Federal Appropriations Cut by Nearly 25 percent in Proposed FY 2011 Continuing Resolution;  Damaging Impact to States’ Ability to Help Citizens!

Alexandria, Va. –{U.S. poison centers suffered a nearly 25 percent cut in federal dollars in the proposed 2011 fiscal year continuing resolution agreed upon by House and Senate negotiators and released publicly on Tuesday – a damaging cut, but one far less brutal than originally proposed by the House of Representatives in H.R. 1.
The House of Representatives, in H.R. 1, had originally called for a 93 percent reduction in federal funding for America’s poison control system, a move that would have produced disastrous effects on public health. “We’re grateful that Congress has recommended that a majority of our 2011 federal dollars be restored in the final compromise,” said Richard Dart, M.D., Ph.D., president of the American Association of Poison Control Centers. “But we must be clear: These cuts are still extremely harmful for poison centers. The cuts come on top of budget cuts at the state level. Many centers are experiencing total cuts from all sources of 40 percent or more. It’s short-sighted to believe that centers can sustain these cuts and continue to provide the same level of service that they did before.”
Federal dollars account for roughly 20 percent of total funding for poison centers, with states and other non-federal sources funding most of the balance. Poison centers provide free and confidential medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and have been cited as a model for cost-effective health care delivery. “These cuts come during a time when poison centers are already facing enormous financial strain,” Dart said. “It’s too soon to know what these cuts mean. At best, callers to poison centers may have to wait
longer before talking to a medical expert. At worst, we may see more of our poison centers close.}

I went in to this website to verify facts I was reading about the sheer # of people who called in to the Poison Control Centers here in the U.S. for help because a child had accidentally ingested a potentially life-threatening toxic cleaning product.  It states that 92% of all poison exposures happen in the home.  And the truth is, it isn’t just ingestion that creates a poisoning effect.  It can be from breathing toxic fumes and by coming in to contact with toxic substances through the skin & eyes.

We bring products in to our homes every day that we assume are “safe” for us & our families because they’re available for purchase countrywide on the store shelves…But, nothing is further from the truth.  We, as consumers, need to make better choices in what we use in our homes!  Even the lotions, creams, soaps, shampoos, conditioners & deodorants contain toxic substances that can over time break down the immune systems and in combination with our toxic products under the bathroom & kitchen sinks create a home where the level of pollution is greater than the air we breathe outside the home.

There are solutions that do NOT have to break the family budget and that is a message we need to get out to the people.  I shout it out loud – I whisper it in the halls – but whatever I do, I want people to know it is because I care for them, their children, their grandchildren and this planet!

Call Me! – Email Me! – Let me show you how to live a richer and fuller life with better and safer products!

602-507-8558, distinctinspirations@gmail.com – Don’t let the next call to a Poison Control Center come from YOUR home phone!

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Financing Your Life

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So many people today don’t look forward to their retirement – with no way to make ends meet.  And, getting up tomorrow and heading in to their 9-5 job, knowing that as much as they’ve given to a company, over sometimes many years, that the company is no longer the same as it was and they are no longer valued the way they once were.

I know how that feels!  One day at the end of my shift, I was told my services of 23 years were no longer required. The terror and the pain and the hurt were so overwhelming that in numbness I stumbled out the door with my little box of “stuff”.

I had already started a small side business with a rapidly growing health & wellness company who had for 25 years supported the growth and value in the “little guy” (or gal in my case).  Only by working diligently and consistently and maintaining a steadfast message of caring for people am I able to show people I do care and that I’m not going away.  So many people, first the award-winning author, Marcia Fine, and Alan Pariser, a Corporate Director, and now Renee Preis see something in me that I don’t yet see – but I’m not giving up and I’m not going away!

It is so important to know and be aware of the pain in others.  Everyone is scared and don’t know if what they value today will even be there tomorrow.  I was at a business coaching class last night led by Renee Preis International for Savvy Business Entrepreneurs and had the distinct honor of meeting Bill True, screenwriter & speaker, and he shared with us about the Spirit of the Entrepreneur!  Did you realize that in 1900, 95% of the population in the U.S. were entrepreneurs?  From shopkeepers to salesmen to the blacksmith and the list goes on and on – this isn’t something new!

When the Great Depression hit our nation, people developed what was termed the “American Way”. And, we’ve striven to protect that “way” ever since – that you work 40 hours a week for the same company for 20-30-40 years and you retire from that company with a pension & Social Security.  Well – those days of the “American Way” are really over.  But do NOT fear!  Fear kills and destroys hope and so much more than that!  Don’t let it destroy you! FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real!

Don’t be afraid of what tomorrow may bring – someone shared with me a few weeks ago that “When God shuts a door, He always opens a window” – just make sure you pull back that curtain and see the sunshine coming in through that window!

Green, Greener, Toxins, Carcinogens – And this means WHAT?

Well, what it means is that all of those things we’ve been taught are “good” for us – is bunk!  We’re poisoning our bodies, our planet, and our families with the lies that the major manufacturers and advertisers have told us for decades.  Soap Operas were called that because advertisers had to wrap something around their advertisements – Some of the young people who read this will go “Yea, right!”…

Left side Jar: Tide 2X, Right side Jar: Melapower 6X

It’s true and those of my generation who are suffering the effects of these toxins we’ve brought in to our homes will attest that what I’m saying is true!

I found this funny in my quick research.

Tide doesn’t have any real difference from the others other than fragrance. All laundry detergents are mostly water, with surfactants (which basically lower surface tension on clothes to allow molecules to release), usually some enzymes which are targeted at specific common “dirty” material, and sometimes fabric softener.

For exact ingredients go to “Tide Laundry Detergent MSDS” . All products on the market are required to publish Material Data Safety Sheets.

& surfactants in detergents help remove organic compounds from a substance by making them dissolve more readily in the water.ter in which the substance is washed. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/surfactants)

Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_ingredients_in_Tide_laundry_detergent#ixzz1JvM9vvQH

Surfactants are largely made from the waste bi-products of the petroleum industry. Some time ago, scientists managed to combine propylene and benzene, producing sulphuric acid and then neutralise it by adding sodium hydroxide. The result was a product rather like natural soap and suddenly marketers were able to develop a new commercial must-have consumer line of detergents.

I actually found a blog posting that has great information about the levels of cancer-causing agents and hormone changing chemicals that are in our every  day products. http://www.pollutionissues.co.uk/additives-soaps-surfactants.html – The author ends with a Call To Action – We must start now to break the cycle we have been trained to believe was the only way to go.

This isn’t a joke and honestly there is nothing funny about it – although I truly wish there was!  Then writing this would be easy not having to search out the truth among all the ads, blogs, and websites that constantly send you back to the pollution/cancer-causing manufacturers. It’s amazing and sad…

My call to action is to ask that you check out http://www.distinctinspirations.awugreen.com – come – find out what I’m about and let me know how I can help you! – The password to the guest area is AdvancingWithUs – I look forward to being of service to you!  I’m here to help!

Greenwashing!

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In an article in the AZGreen Magazine entitled “Is Greenwashing Wearing You Out?” the very title alone is exhausting.  They state that manufacturers every where have jumped on the “green” band wagon.  All I can say to that is “Boy Howdy”…every where you look it’s green this and oh this is green and oh my – did you notice that this manufacturer is now making laundry soap that is green?

I’m sorry, but they’ve had generations of time to get it right and yet over and over again they want to fool & deceive the buying public.  Biodegradable and consumable and a myriad of other tags go on bottles and sale ads and still they continue to produce products that are filled with formaldehyde, ammonia, bleach, phosphates; and the list of chemical compounds could go on ad nauseum!  And that is what it should do to you – It should make you physically ill to THINK of what has been done with our homes, health, family – All in the name of the almighty $.

They continue to take your weekly budget and increase the cost of items while downgrading the amount of product you actually get – if it isn’t more water and other chemicals added to your cleansers & household items, they make the bottles smaller and smaller.  Always giving you less and less.

In a time when every penny matters to every family budget – it only makes sense to seek out alternatives that “make sense” and make “cents”.  Our family $’s must stretch farther and provide better value – When people say that we must make a “Call-To-Action” – I am doing just that!  I’m making a Call-To-Action.

At Distinct Inspirations we are able to provide families with a way to not only save money on the items they use every month, but we also are able to help keep the family budget in tact by providing a way to eliminate impulse buying.  It’s a new way to shop that’s been around for 25 years – yes we’ve been “green” for 25 years! – So, let me show you with a webcast how you can protect your family budget, as well as provide an extra stream of income for your family!

I’m POSITIVE it will be perfect for someone you & those around you that you know & love!

You can read more about it at Distinct Inspirations – the password to the guest section is AdvancingWithUs. – You can also email me at distinctinspirations@gmail.com.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Too Much Debt? What NOT to Do!

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In a blog “The 5 Dumbest Things You Can Do if You Have Too Much Debt” the author tells us that “if you’re struggling with too much debt you’re not alone.”  We have all been overspending, overeating, over making-merry and the pit isn’t really the giant pit of financial dispair…Wrong – the party always has to end…

The author of the blog, however does give 5 great tips on strategies to avoid when you are faced with the struggle of getting out of the financial pit we’ve dug ourselves in to…

The 5 strategies you may want to avoid:

The first advice of experts in the field is to be sure you don’t make your situation worse by making common mistakes. In particular try to avoid:

1)  Paying only the minimum payment on your debt as this will results in the amount you owe actually growing and your problems will only become worse.

2)  Relying on friends and family as this can damage relationships with the most important people in your life.

3)  Unscrupulous credit counselors that demand cash upfront or high fees for help they promise, but don’t deliver.

4)  Using new high-interest loan to pay off lower interest rate loans – while it may be easier to just have one payment but it will actually increase the amount you have to pay back.

5)  Declaring bankruptcy – this can have permanent and severe consequences on your financial future, avoid if you can, especially when debt settlement may work for you…

One of the best financial advice guru’s out there, Mr. Dave Ramsey offers great advice to anyone going through financial struggles – or for those who see the “writing on the wall” – there are so many things available to people today that it only makes sense to get started on the right track now – before the crayon on the wall becomes permanent marker!

There are alternatives to declaring bankruptcy – do what you must do – if you lose your day-job then it is even more imperative that you find ways to provide a financial income.  There are many “out-there” MLM companies that promise the “world” but most of them, if not all of them are based on a pyramid where the first one in wins and the last one in loses.  There is a company though, that Mr. Ramsey recommends – and I’m delighted that out of all those companies, the one that came to me when I didn’t know I was looking for it, was that exact company.

I would love to have you check out my website at http://www.distinctinspirations.advancingwithus.com – the password is AdvancingWithUs.

When Someone Is Negative About Your Company…

How do you handle it when you’re standing there in front of someone who has a negative attitude about your company? You’ve done nothing but be supportive of this other person’s company and expect a little respect and open ears to hear what you have to say.

Do you run for cover? – Do you stand there and say OK – it’s not for you right now? – Do you get defensive about what you think is the greatest thing since sliced bread? – Do you …???

Yesterday I found myself doing all 3 of my responses above. I also wanted to figure out how to dig a hole into the pavement and just cover myself up!  When you try the 30 second elevator speech with someone who is not willing to listen or actually won’t permit you to sit and do a legitimate presentation, are you doing them a disservice by even trying to talk to them at that moment?

It’s so important to find a way to bring value to that person – But, how do you handle it when you really don’t know what that person values? No matter how well you think you know them. You think they care for people, but it still always comes down to time & money and what they want to accomplish.

So, we’re all in the same boat together – we want to be of value to each other. We want to give quality information about our own passions and loves and we have to see that it really may be “not right now” for people when you’re introducing them to new concepts and ideas.

Take the time to build relationships – we are back to the “who you know” mentality of the “good-ol-boys” (gals) groups!  Learn how what you have is of value to someone else and always realize that it takes real face-time (and not 100% Facebook) to build those relationships.

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Maybe, if you’re the sole proprietor of your own business, your new office is at a Starbucks and not at your laptop in your den/office!  Get out – Get to know people – Experience what is important to people and then show them how you can be of value to them and their goals.  We all have goals…so – when can we meet for coffee?

What is Attraction Marketing? What are the Laws of Attraction?

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We hear how the Law of Attraction Marketing is so great – but are there people out here in the world-wide-web who share this information without wanting your money? – I know – it’s all about the $ but…If we really do want to bring good to people and pay it forward, then we must provide value to people without expecting anything in return.

We must share what we know with others so that in helping others we are able to provide the absolute most value! We are all a part of something bigger than ourselves – we no longer have only ourselves to think about.

The Law of Attraction Marketing is very well laid out in a blog by Toni J Young – she indicates the following points for us to follow – you decide which ones are “Paying It Forward” and which ones are “For Profit Only”…I’ve made some decisions of my own – but I’ll keep those to myself!

1) Being yourselves and the value you share with others are factors that make you attractive to other aspiring entrepreneurs.

2) Lead Capture page is something that makes marketing another attractive prospect.

3) Autoresponder

4) Bio Page

5) The Funded proposal is another great tool for attraction marketing.

6) Primary business opportunity or product/ service

7) Affiliate Marketing

She suggests you ask a specific question for the home-based business prototype – “Would you like to learn how to use the internet to earn money from home”?

Attraction marketing & how it can explode your business

From the response to this question, you can then follow up with them with your information for your own home-based business.  When you are confident that your home-based business is really the best for anyone who will look at it…then you can have confidence in following up with that person for more contact information to really share your business.

But again – it really is about what you consider paying it forward.  I heard it today – If you provide people what they need to be successful – it will provide you with the success you seek. – We are more than the one, – we do this together!

There are so many ways to share what matters to us – and the trick to the Law of Attraction is finding those who value the same things.  There was a line on CSI (Crime Scene Investigators) just now on CBS – Great line – “If I’m helping people, I’m not hurting them” – what a great thought!

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