Vitamins can increase risk of death?

You may have seen various news reports today about a Danish study on antioxidants. Headlines state things like Vitamins may increase risk of death – study. Well, I've obtained a copy of the actual study. It was a meta-analysis, meaning it reviewed lots of other studies and tried to do an overall analysis. The researchers' conclusion? 

Treatment with beta carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin E may increase mortality. The potential roles of vitamin C and selenium on mortality need further study.

The study is titled Mortality in Randomized Trials of Antioxidant Supplements for Primary and Secondary Prevention: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis by Bjelakovic (27) and published in the February issue of JAMA – the Journal of the American Medical Association

Now, let me say upfront I'm not a fan of this type of study. Meta-analysis can easily be confounded by the different types of studies included. For example, two-thirds of the studies included in the Bjelakovic paper involved people with heart disease, cancer or other risks who were being treated to see if the supplements helped. In other words, they were being used to see if vitamins, and in particular anti-oxidants, were an effective treatment – not whether they had a preventative effect. It's already been fairly well established that, for example, beta-carotene has a negative effective on mortality of smokers. There's even been a possible mechanism for this established. Treatment studies are not necessarily applicable to prevention. The studies also covered an enormous range of dosage. The Vitamin A studies included had dosages ranging from 1333 to 2 IU (American RDA for adult males is around 3IU/day). Some studies also gave mutliple supplements, some gave single supplements. All in all, in my opinion, the extreme lack of homogeneity raises questions about the validity of a meta-analysis approach.

Having said all of that, there is one section at the end of the study that is of interest to Nutrilite and Nutriway users and Quixtar and Amway IBOs –

Because we examined only the influence of synthetic antioxidants, our findings should not be translated to potential affects of fruits and vegetables.

One of the key features of Nutrilite and Nutriway products is the use of plant concentrates rather than synthetics. When the science supports it, some synthetics are used to boost levels of particular nutrients, but the key ingredients come not out of a chemistry laboratory but from fruits and vegetables. That's the Nutrilite Difference and probably one of the reasons why Nutrilite keeps topping consumer satisfaction surveys.

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There are somethings you should be ashamed of – Success is not one of them

Amway Australia is continuing their theme of "There are somethings you should be ashamed of – Success is not one of them" with the release of a new video clip – "Bad Car Parking". Enjoy!

This is the second clip with this theme, the first, released last year, was titled "The Window Cleaner"

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It’s all about integrity, values, and trust

Jim Payne, managing director of QuixtarAs you may be aware, Jim Payne has started blogging. Jim is an executive vice-president of Alticor, parent company to Amway and Quixtar , and managing director of Quixtar itself. The blog is called Ada-tudes , a clever mixture of the home town of Alticor, Ada, Michigan, and the word attitude.

There's been four post so far, all of great quality, the most recent titled Transparency and Responsibility. I recommend you go read it. What I'd like to highlight today though isn't Jim Payne's post, it's a truly excellent post by "Chuck" in the comments. It has lessons for all IBOs. I'm reproducing it in full here, I hope Chuck doesn't mind!

A recent magazine article in "Success" (March/April 27) was an interview with Roger Staubach.  Some of the thoughts by this highly regarded (and incredibly successful!) businessman and athlete might throw some light on this issue of transparency and responsibility.

"Success in sales starts with believing that what you promise will be delivered."

"My most important role (as Chairman and CEO of The Staubach Company) is making sure our priorities as a company are in check.  We want to win business, but we want to do it right."

"We have people who call our company to get to me and they are not always truthful.  What good is it going to do you to get through, when you start the conversation by being dishonest?"

As on the gridiron, Staubach insists upon teamwork within his company.  At most real estate firms, brokers act as independent contractors, often competing against one another.  That doesn't make sense to Staubach.  He sees to it that all brokers share information, assignments, and fees, always putting the needs of the customer first.  "We will be rewarded if we keep that message of trust internally," he (Staubach) says.  "After all, if we can't trust each other, how can we ask our clients to trust us?"

Staubach friend, Bennett Glazer, speaking about Staubach and his company:  "It's all about integrity, values, and trust.  If you have those three attributes, and make sure your key people do too, there are no limits to what can be achieved.  Roger is about all of those ethics — and he practices what he preaches.  Sometimes he gets penalized for it, but over the long run, it pays off."

Later in the same magazine Michael Shevack shared another insight, "Bottom-line obsession comes from turning the pursuit of money into a God and forgetting the real master your business serves:  the customer."

In Quixtar we have two customers:  the IBO and the retail customer.  When we deal with both of them transparently and responsibly, then and only then, will we deserve any measure of real success and profitability.


Read or listen to any of the books or speeches of Rich De Vos and Jay Van Andel, founders of the Amway Corporation , and you'll come across the same themes. These themes are also emphasised by many IBO leaders. It's all about trust and integrity. Unfortunately, not all IBOs operate with these principles in mind, which inevitably leads to damage to our brand image . We all need to listen to the Staubach's, DeVos's, and Van Andels of this world. Not only does that help our business, and us, don't you agree it makes the world a better place?

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Nutrilite (Nutriway) tops Consumer Survey again.


Consumer Labs has reported that Nutrilite supplments (marketed as Nutriway in some countries) have again topped their survey of consumer satisfaction. While the actual 2007 survey results for individual companies was not revealed, Consumer Labs states –

“Nutrilite … received the highest overall satisfaction rating both as a brand and merchant.”

In 2006 Nutrilite topped the survey with an amazing 96% consumer satisfaction rating. Nutrilite and Nutriway products are exclusively available from Amway and Quixtar Independent Business Owners.


Quixtar 2006 Sales Data is out!

Quixtar sales data has been released!  Calendar year sales increased 2.2% over 25.  This report shows calendar year reporting and suggests Quixtar has also transitioned from a FY ending in 31 August to calendar year reporting, following parent company Alticor's lead.

Some great numbers from the report include:

–  IBOs earned $37.1 million in bonuses and other incentives in 26, up from $35.4 million in calendar 25

–  IBOs generated $84.6 million in revenues for Quixtar’s online Partner Stores, an increase of 9.1 percent from $75.5 million in calendar 25. 

–  Quixtar’s online sales in 26 were $88 million, up 1% from calendar 25 online sales of $8 million.

Read the press release for other good statistics and information.

In addition, the Quixtar Opportunity Zone has been officially launched.  You will find blogs, commentary and perhaps videos of Quixtar employees and executives.  In addition to the previous three blogs tagged to the Opportunity Zone project, and new blog, Adatudes, has been added with Jim Payne leading off in a video introduction and initial blog post.  Keep your eye on this site for great insider information from those at Quixtar!

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Alticor 2006 Sales are out – still waiting on Quixtar!

Alticor sales data has been released, with a slight drop from $6.4 billion to $6.3 billion. As expected, sales in China decreased substantially, indeed by nearly a quarter, meaning a loss of revenue of more than half a billion US dollars. This was offset by 42% growth in Amway Europe (led by the new markets of Amway Russia and Amway Ukraine) and continued strong sales throughout Asia.

Interestingly, we're still awaiting Quixtar sales data – however we know it continues to be more than a billion and there were increased numbers of qualifiers at Achieve.

I'm "offline" for much of the next few days, keep an eye out for the new Quixtar Opportunity Zone.

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