Two Years After 60 Minutes Launched The Hoodia Industry – Is Authentic Hoodia Really Available?

In November 2004 Leslie Stahl of CBS News 60 Minutes went to South Africa, ate some Hoodia and
proclaimed “no desire to eat or drink the entire day. I’d have to say it did work” and unintentionally
launched a red hot Hoodia supplement industry.In case you have a terrific spam filter – here is the 411 on Hoodia. Hoodia Gordonii is
a succulent plant that grows in South Africa. The SAN Bushmen have chewed on Hoodia for close
to 1,000 years to reduce their appetite while on long hunting trips. Hoodia is now a highly
sought after plant for it ability to suppress appetite. In fact, Hoodia Gordonii is in such
high demand it is considered a protected plant and can only be exported with a special permit
from the government of South Africa (a CITES permit).It has now been almost two years since Hoodia as an appetite suppressant burst onto the diet
scene so let’s recap what has happened in the past 2 years.
A cure for lonely email boxes – Hoodia Spam!

A plant from South Africa that could suppress appetite and had the endorsement of Leslie Stahl – this
was just too much for the spammers to resist. The spammers of the world somehow found time
in their busy schedule of spamming about Viagra and casinos to send a few million spams about
Hoodia supplements. If you had been concerned that you just didn’t get enough emails – you
can thank the Hoodia spammers for solving your problems.
Turns out everyone in world really wants to help the SAN Bushmen

The SAN Bushmen discovered Hoodia and are supposed to get a percentage of any
legitimate Hoodia sales. If you believe all the websites – everyone is a friend of
the Bushmen and paying them handsome royalties. Strange how with all this love and promise
of money the SAN Bushmen have seen almost no royalties at all.
In a breakthrough of science – more Hoodia has been sold than grown.

Amazingly, more Hoodia has been sold in supplement form than has ever been grown and
exported from South Africa. Every company claims to have authentic pure Hoodia from
South Africa, so the only possible answer is a scientific breakthrough that allows you
to have more Hoodia than actually exist in the world. If they just apply this to
food, I guess we could end world hunger.
Hoodia is free* (*as long as you are willing to pay $99 a month for the rest of your life).

New Hoodia sites appear everyday offering a free supply of Hoodia. Of course “free”
is a relative term. It turns out it is only free for 5 days, then you are billed $99 every
month until you cancel. Don’t worry – canceling is easy – you just need to call their
non-existent phone number and speak to a friendly non-existent customer service rep.
Over 200 Hoodia Products have been featured on Oprah, 60 Minutes and The Today Show.

If you believe all the Hoodia web sites that say “As Seen on Oprah, 60 Minutes and
The Today Show” there would be over 200 Hoodia products featured on those shows. It must make
for a long segment when you need to endorse all of those products. Of course, none of those
shows have ever recommended any Hoodia supplement by name, but that is
just a minor point.
Authentic Lab Tested Hoodia is available

Given the terrible state of the Hoodia supplement industry it may be most surprising
to learn that authentic lab tested Hoodia Gordonii from South Africa is available and
effective. Companies such as Alkemists Labs have developed independent lab tests that
can determine if a Hoodia supplement is authentic or not. Unfortunately, the majority of companies
selling Hoodia do not perform Alkemists lab tests.So, was Leslie Stahl crazy? Is the whole Hoodia business a scam? No, not at all you just
need to do your research to make sure the Hoodia you buy is actually lab tested Hoodia
Gordonii from South Africa. Try searching Google for “Alkemists Hoodia Lab Test” and
you will find the few reputable companies that are selling authentic, lab tested, Hoodia from
South Africa.

Unique Trick to Stop a Headache Fast

Headaches are caused by many things. One of the most common causes is stress, not just the mental kind of stress, but stress to your body as well. Stress can cause tension in your face, neck, and shoulder muscles. This will often lead to headache. This is commonly known as a tension headache. If you slept wrong, pulled a muscle in your upper body, or you’re dealing with a lot of stress in your life, you’ve probably experienced this before. The unique method below will help get rid of that headache fast!

1. Begin by using your dominant hand’s forefinger and thumb. Locate the area between your forefinger and thumb on your non-dominant hand. This is a very fleshy area. In the junction you will find a firm knot-like tendon. This is a pressure point.

2. Once you’ve located this pressure point, use your dominant hand to firmly massage the area, You don’t want it to be painful, but do maintain firm pressure to the area. This works best if someone else can massage the area for you, but it’s not necessary.

3. Close your eyes and continue to massage the pressure point. You may notice some relief after a few minutes, but continue to rub the area. The headache can come back quickly if you stop too quickly.

4. Continue the massage for approximately fifteen to twenty minutes. This method will stop your headache fast, but if you don’t continue to rub the area, it can come back, Once you’ve finished, the headache should be gone for good. It will at least gone for a long time.

Now that your headache is gone, it;s time to fix the source of stress. The tension will continue to come unless you take measures to relax those muscles. You might try taking a nap, as lack of sleep can sometimes be the cause. A hot shower to relax your neck muscles can help as well. You might prefer trying a heating pad to your shoulders.

Your eyes might be sensitive from the headache. Turning all the lights down or off can sometimes help as well. If you suspect your headache is sinus related, you may have to resort to medication. A decongestant helps to relieve pressure in the sinus cavities. An antihistamine can help with allergy related symptoms.

Identifying the cause of your headache and taking measures to correct the issue will keep the headache from returning. If you haven’t found a source of the headache, but continue to experience it, a trip to the doctor is likely needed. Headaches can be caused by a multitude of things. They are generally not serious. However, on occasion there can be a serious underlying cause for the headache. If you have frequent or very severe headaches or migraines, seek medical attention.

New Equity Release Lender More2Life Launches New Products

Signs that the equity release market is beginning to spark into life again, can be evidenced by the re-emergence of a former lender in the market.

More2Life have joined forces with annuity specialist Partnership assurance to re-launch their impaired life roll-up lifetime mortgage plan.

Incorporating an impaired life facility & protected equity guarantee, the More2Life equity release plan can be seen to be opening a niche market for itself. The impaired life facility means that depending on health & lifestyle, a higher than normal tax free lump sum can be achieved, should serious health issues be present.

The More2Life equity release plan has been designed with three scenario’s in mind: -

1. Enhanced plus – industry leading maximum release, impaired life product

2. Enhanced protected – impaired life plan with ‘protected equity guarantee’

3. Protected plan – older applicants looking for a ‘protected equity guarantee’

Pitching the enhanced plus plan at the maximum release end of the market means that should the applicant qualify on medical grounds, they would have the highest lump sum currently available. This would even surpass the current Aviva Lump Sum Max product, although this would be at the expense of a higher interest rate with More2Life.

The following percentages are the maximum releases available on the Enhanced Plus: -

Age 55 23%

Age 60 28%

Age 65 33%

Age 70 38%

Age 80 48%

Age 90+ 54%

For example, an applicant aged 65 with a property valuation of £250,000 & meeting the underwriting criteria, can release a maximum of £82,500 on the enhanced plus plan.

The interest rate for this product will be 7.49% monthly.

The second product – ‘enhanced protected plan’ is also based on health & lifestyle grounds & again can provide an enhanced lump sum. However, to qualify for this equity release scheme the health situation will not be a serious as the enhanced plus. The interest rate for this plan is lower at 6.99% monthly.

Another feature of this plan is the ‘protected equity guarantee’ which is included & guarantees a percentage of the property for the children/beneficiaries on the eventual sale of the property.

The guarantee works as follows: -

Should the overall facility available be £80,000, yet only £40,000 is taken, then 50% of the final sale value will be protected on sale.

This can be an essential tool for applicants who wish to ensure that a guaranteed inheritance is passed onto their children.

The final option is the ‘protected plan’ which has no impaired life facility, but does include the protected equity guarantee. The interest rate is the same as the enhanced protected at 6.99% monthly.