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July 31, 2022
Editorial: 
Education the foundation of natural health:
 
The better educated the people who work in the store are, the better sales and service they will provide to your customers; the more educated the customers are on the products and services you provide, the more they will purchase and the better results they will receive.
 
To run a successful business education will range from general product knowledge, understanding the systems to keep the store clean and organized, customer service, merchandising, running the front end, ordering, receiving and the other endless duties in retail! Retail is in the Detail as the adage goes!
 
If you currently have uncertainty or chaos in any area of the business, I suggest looking at how well educated you and the team are in that area. If margins are too low, do you understand how to raise them, if staff turnover is too high, do you understand ways to keep high performing staff, if you have no clue whether the store is making profit, do you understand how to determine the breakeven point and create a monthly profit report? 
 
Determine the areas of the business you feel are not living up to your expectations and consider ways to better educate yourself and the team, so you build a strong foundation for continual improvement to grow!
 
To support you with your education efforts I made the following FreeRange Video Training on my website: www.deaneparkes.com – FREE!
 
The course is split into short segments so easy to watch, inspire,
  • Customer Service
  • Merchandising
  • Promotion to create new customers
  • Management and Leadership
  • Compete against the Mass Market 
I guarantee, the course will improve your personal performance and provide you with many ideas to support the team and business, easier, faster, and more relevant, as it is designed exclusively for natural health retailers!
 
Happy sales!
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Lead Story:
Education:
Natural Help for Long-COVID
From the Natural Path Newsletter        
by Linda Woolven M.H., R.Ac & Ted Snider

COVID can linger. Long-COVID is a set of dozens of symptoms that emerge within 3 months of getting COVID and last at least 2 months. Fatigue, shortness of breath and brain fog are among the more common symptoms. A safe, natural treatment would be hugely valuable to a lot of people. A new study suggests that there may be one.

Long-COVID may affect 5-20% of people who have had COVID. It can even affect people who had mild COVID symptoms, and it can last for months or even years. In some people it can even cause disability.

The most common symptoms may be fatigue, fever, shortness of breath and cough. The symptoms may get worse after physical or mental exertion. Many people report brain fog and difficulty thinking, concentrating and remembering. Long-COVID may cause depression, anxiety and insomnia, headaches, loss of smell or taste, joint or muscle pain and heart and digestive symptoms. Recent research is adding less expected symptoms like hair loss, loss of libido and ejaculation problems.

The endothelial wall is a single layer of cells that lines the inside of heart and blood vessels. If this vital cell wall gets damaged by free radicals, or by other causes, it becomes possible for cholesterol to deposit and for plaque to develop, eventually blocking the artery and bringing about atherosclerosis. The endothelial cell wall plays a vital role in the regulation of blood vessel tone and structure as well as vascular inflammation and clot formation.

Endothelial dysfunction may play a role in COVID. Nitric oxide is important for healthy endothelial function and for blood vessel dilation. Nitric oxide is dependent on the amino acid arginine. So, researchers hypothesized that arginine combined with vitamin C might help Long-COVID. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that prevents endothelial permeability.

The study examined the effect of 1.66g of arginine and 500mg of vitamin C taken twice a day by 1,390 people who had COVID and had tested negative for at least 4 weeks. Compared to people who took a placebo, the ones given arginine and vitamin C had significantly lower scores for long-COVID symptoms (8.15 versus 13.9), meaning they had significantly less severe long-COVID. The researchers say that “Remarkably, the treatment with L-Arginine + Vitamin C had favorable effects on all the symptoms included in the survey.” 

Several natural supplements have been shown to be potentially important for preventing and treating COVID as a search of our blog will reveal. In Vol.25, No.8 of The Natural Path, we review all the human research on supplements for COVID (“The Complete Guide to Natural Supplements for COVID”). This may be the first study of natural supplements specifically for long-COVID.

Pharmacol Res.2022 Jul 19:106360

To Increase Your Sales by Educating Your Customers, Start Giving The Natural Path Newsletter to Your Customers Today! 
5 Things to do when your business is in trouble

I told myself I wouldn’t cry” said the lady on the other end of the phone as I asked her about her business. Patiently I waited for her to dry her eyes and compose herself. She went on to tell me how the summer had been tough, sales were slower than usual, and now months later, she was struggling to catch up. She had vendors calling her because she was late in payments, she had lost some staff, and she was trying to keep stock on the shelves. She was worried because her business was in a downward spiral. She didn’t know if she could turn it around and she was reaching out to me for help. She was at the end of her rope and the tears were flowing.

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Julie Daniluk, Nutritionist 
@JulieDaniluk

Why should #kiwis be part of your next #breakfast? 😃🥝 They only count 42 calories per #kiwi and 6g of sugar, making it one of the lowest #fruit in sugar content. They are packed with #fiber which helps improve your #digestive function. Add them to your #smoothie bowls! 😋
Nutritional Value of Non-Fat Greek Yogurt Compared to Regular Non-Fat Yogurt

Part A: More Than Double the Protein

Greek yogurt is essentially the same as regular yogurt with the addition of one critical step - straining. At the end of the process, the Greek yogurt is strained to remove the excess watery whey, creating a more protein-dense product.
Thus, Non-Fat Greek yogurt contains up to 24.5 gm of protein per serving (8 oz or 1 cup or 236 ml), which is about the same as the amount of protein found in a typical chicken breast.

Regular Yogurt usually contains only 9 or 10 grams of protein per serving (8 oz or 1 cup or 236 ml)

References:
https://www.liveeatlearn.com/greek-yogurt/

https://www.eatthismuch.com/food/nutrition/nonfat-greek-yogurt,5811/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/yogurt

The Story of Kamut – Ancient Grain
https://www.kamut.com/en/discover/the-story



Low-cost ways to keep employees engaged in the face of a looming recession
The current financial climate has left organizations struggling to hire and retain talent. The Globe and Mail offers a few tips on how to keep your team feeling appreicated, motivated and engaged (and they don’t include money).

Find out why money isn’t everything, here.
 
How retailers can train, engage and retain younger employees 
 
Children of Moms Exposed to Endocrine Disruptors During Pregnancy at Greater Risk of Liver Damage
 

Why Australia Remains a Penal Colony for Physicians
Doctors who dare to discuss COVID medical matters lose their incomes

Editorial by Andrew W. Saul

Click here to see a web copy of this news release
 
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Shopify reports $1.2B net loss, lays off 10% of its workforce
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Danielle Smith facing wave of criticism amid comments on cancer and preventive treatment
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Vaccine – Herbal Medicine?!?!
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CHFA NOW Digital Series:
How To Build A Community on TikTok

August 17, 2022, 11 a.m. PT | 2 p.m. ET 
Our Digital Series is back to rev up excitement for our upcoming CHFA NOW Toronto show! We're kicking it off with food content creator and digital strategist, Dre Pao. This is one of four of our digital series events – stay tuned for more.

Tap into your brand's creative side on the world’s leading social media platform, TikTok. With over 1B active global users, this is the perfect place to bring your brand to life. Tune in to learn how Dre built a following of over 200k on TikTok and get tips on how to build a social community for your brand. Registration is FREE!
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Food: 
 
How to End Food Crisis by Reshaping the Food System
 
Sowing Hunger, Reaping Profits — A Food Crisis by Design
 
ADM’s profit jumps 74% on higher grain prices and demand

NPC & NCN Investor Meeting at CHFA NOW Toronto
Application deadline extended to August 8
Two major investors in the natural, organic and wellness space are coming together at CHFA NOW Toronto to scope out their next business venture.

Natural Products Canada and Nutrition Capital Network are hosting their investor meeting on September 15, and this is your chance to get in front of them.

Apply to Pitch
Cannibalism: It's 'Perfectly Natural,' A New Scientific History Argues
https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/02/22/515668867/cannibalism-its-perfectly-natural-a-new-scientific-history-argues

Jordan Peterson: Worst is yet to come from Trudeau Liberals
https://nationalpost.com/opinion/jordan-peterson-worst-is-yet-to-come-from-trudeau-liberals
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