Sunshine Family News – October 8, 2012 – The Herbs Place

Sunshine Family News,
October 8, 2012

Take NSP’s Habit of Health Challenge
Win $2500 Cash or a $250 Makeover/Spa Experience

Nature’s Sunshine’s Habit of Health Challenge is a 90-day commitment to using NSP products to achieve greater health and well-being. Focus on weight management, increased energy, strengthen a body system … anything you want!

Ever notice that it’s easier to start a diet or new exercise program when somebody else does it with you? Maybe it’s because we’re social creatures, and we don’t want to feel like we’re alone when we do something that might be difficult. Or maybe we just want to share with our friends and family what we’re up to.

Truth is, peers and family members can really help us stay accountable to our goals, including health and exercise. And accountability yields success.

So here’s what you do. Tell your friends and family that you’re out to win $2,500 in the NSP Habit of Health Challenge, and they can support you in your quest for good health.

The Challenge is the 90-day commitment to achieving better health using NSP products. Everyone who registers and completes the challenge will receive one FREE box of Super Trio® ( and a bag of Nature’s Harvest (

This program is timed so you can make it through the holiday season while still maintaining a path to a healthy weight and good eating habits.

Plan to:
• feel better about yourself
• have more energy
• have clothes that fit better
• be happier

Tell your group members about the Challenge! If you and two or more of your members complete the challenge, you’ll receive your choice of 2 FREE Systems Packs (

How to Participate
1. Visit by 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Oct. 31, 2012 and register for the program. Provide your name, account number, a head-to-toe picture of yourself, a paragraph describing your personal health challenges or goals, and a list of NSP products you will use for the challenge. (You MUST include a meal replacement product—SmartMeal®, Nutri-Burn®, Love and Peas, or Nature’s Harvest—and either Super Trio or Super Supplemental.)

2. Purchase and use your products in three, full consecutive months, beginning no later than Nov. 1, 2012.

3. Complete the challenge by Jan. 31, 2013. Then return to and submit your post-challenge, head-to-toe photo and a testimonial about how you feel different or better after using the products for 90 days. This must be received by February 15, 2013.

A panel of NSP reviewers will look for photos that demonstrate noticeable improvements and testimonials that describe specific health results. They’ll choose a $2,500 grand prize winner and four $250 spa/makeover experience winners.

Savings Tip
Add your Habit of Health order to your monthly Sunshine Rewards shipment and get FREE shipping and earn FREE products! More info on Sunshine Rewards (

Visit the NSP website for program rules and to register for the Challenge (

Find a friend to join you in the Challenge. Get healthier together!

Why You Can Trust NSP’s Chinese Formulas
By Lynda Hammons, NSP Vice President, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs

The popularity of Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM) is on the rise. Globally, hundreds of millions of dollar are spent on TCM products each year. In the US, more than 1 million people annually use Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Nature’s Sunshine’s TCM products have a clear quality advantage over the competition. We spend millions of dollars each year on Quality Control testing, which involves 3 critical areas:

• True identification of raw materials so you can be assured the correct genus and species of plant is used.

• Distinguishing between the regions of origin of the plants so we can be confident that the optimum actives in the correct amounts are always present in each lot.

• 600 different tests and procedures for contamination, purity, potency and safety.

In truth, this could be a scary time to take herbal supplements from just any company. With tremendous growth in the industry, many companies with little experience are trying to produce herbal supplements without our same model of testing the products.

Anyone can encapsulate them and package them with professional-looking labels to make a “nice-looking” product. These companies aren’t required to be tested for purity, safety or potency.

We recently tested several other competitors’ TCM products in our quality labs. The results were surprising.

• Three competitors’ products tested positive for aristolochic acids. The FDA has warned consumers against taking products that contain aristolochic acids, because they have been associated with permanent kidney damage as well as certain types of cancers.

• One competitor’s product tested high for lead content.

• One had microbial contamination.

• We also tested five brands of cordyceps products alongside NSP Cordyceps. We found that NSP Cordyceps had the highest combination of cordycepic acid and adenosine per capsule.

While not every competitor had bad results, the evidence shows you probably want to think twice before choosing just any supplement.

Because we produce and test our own products, we don’t have to rely on third parties. Our strict and comprehensive testing for POTENCY, PURITY AND SAFETY allows you to be 100% confident that Nature’s Sunshine TCM formulas are the very best.

October Issue of Sunshine Horizons

NSP is getting the magazines into the Library area of the site really fast the past few months. If you haven’t seen an issue of the Sunshine Horizons magazine, check it out. It’s available as a PDF download, along with many other previous issues. Here’s the link:

October – Women’s Health Month

NSP’s monthly theme for October is Women’s Health. The product specials this month will be related to this topic with Natural Changes and Flash-Ease being on sale now. The latter part of the month will have Female Comfort and Cranberry/Buchu Concentrate on sale.

You can find great sales tools for this month’s focus at their website, such as retail displays, bag inserts, posters and more. The scientific update is about breast cancer and fiber. A great article to share with your customers. Check out all these available options at the NSP website:

We have an article on our blog website that you can copy (without the links) and pass on to your customers. Menopause Relief:

Webinar Education and Training Archive

Watch great presentations on some of your favorite Nature’s Sunshine products and popular health topics like digestion, heart health, immune health and more. We’ve also highlighted our extremely popular Sunshine Rewards and Habit of Health programs.

Key Strategies to Boost Immune System Health

We want to help everyone learn how to have optimal immune system health. Join us to learn how you can overcome immune system obstacles with lifestyle changes and premium-quality NSP supplements.

Presentation: PowerPoint | PDF | PDF 3/Up

Digestive Distress: Key Methods to Overcome Digestion Roadblocks (July 2012)

In July, we want to help everyone learn how to have optimal digestion for improved health. Join us with NSP Manager Instructor Brenda Montrella to see how you can overcome digestive distress with lifestyle changes and premium-quality NSP supplements.

Presentation: PowerPoint | PDF | PDF 3/Up

Healthy Men, Happy Men: Specific Strategies to Improve Men’s Health

Join us, along with last year’s Manager of the year, Jay Vanden Heuvel, to discuss strategies and practices to help men support optimal health and feel great!

Presentation: PowerPoint | PDF | PDF 3/Up

Loosen Up! Strategies and Tips to Help Your Joints Feel Great!

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. Do you or someone you know suffer from stiff and painful joints? Join us, along with several expert NSP Managers, to discuss strategies and practices to support optimal joint health and feel great!

Presentation: PowerPoint | PDF 3/Up

Gut Check: Are Your Intestines Getting the Nutrition They Need?

Do you or someone you know suffer from some type of intestinal distress? Join us, along with several expert NSP Managers, to discuss strategies and practices to support optimal intestinal health and feel great!

Presentation: PowerPoint | PDF | PDF 3/Up

NSP’s Body Systems School 2012

Join NSP for a school in your area this year. This year’s seminars offer a brand-new meeting geared especially to members, customers and new managers.

• Learn the fundamentals of natural health. Discuss basic health needs, discover keys to being healthier. • Study all 10 body systems in depth. Learn biology, basic functions and common problems of each system.
• Discover health supplements that support each body system. Find out how to get yourself and your customers on the path to better health.
• Review the benefits of a Nature’s Sunshine business. We’ll cover sharing tools, quality, loyalty rewards program, proven business strategies and more.

Find a school near you!

Registration information:

Cost: $35 per person
Seminar time: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Call 1-800-223-8225 to register.

Materials you get to take home:

• Introduction to Natural Health workbook
• The new NSP from A to Z guide
• NSP’s brand-new Unsurpassed Quality DVD

Call 1-800-223-8225 to register.

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1400 N. Lorraine Street
10/13/2012 English Indianapolis, IN Hilton Indianapolis North
8181 North Shadeland Ave.
10/13/2012 English Lafayette, LA Homewood Suites
201 Kaliste Saloom Road
10/20/2012 English Jamestown, NY Chautauqua Suites
215 W Lake Road
10/20/2012 English Oak Brook, IL Oak Brook Hills Marriott
3500 Midwest Road
10/20/2012 English St. Henry”s, OH
10/20/2012 English St. Henrys, OH Romers Catering
321 S. Eastern Ave.
10/20/2012 English The Woodlands, TX Homewood Suites
29813 I-45 North
10/27/2012 English Altoona, PA The Casino
300 Lakemount Park Blvd.
10/27/2012 English Marietta, OH Comfort Inn
700 Pike Street
10/27/2012 English Southfield, MI Westin Southfield Detroit
1500 Town Center
11/3/2012 English Nashville, TN Embassy Suites – Airport
10 Century Boulevard
11/10/2012 English Denver, CO DoubleTree Denver
3203 Quebec. St.
11/10/2012 English Irving, TX Embassy Suites Hotel
4650 W. Airport Freeway
11/10/2012 English Kohler, WI The American Club
Highland Drive
11/10/2012 English Santa Clara / San Jose, CA Santa Clara Marriott
2700 Mission College Blvd.
11/17/2012 English Acme, MI Grand Traverse Resort
100 Grand Traverse Blvd.
11/17/2012 English Philadelphia, PA Hilton Philadelphia Airport
4509 Island Avenue

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The Herbs Place has been adding content to the website since it began in 1998 and we’ve never stopped. There’s a lot of information there for you, so make use of it with the search engine. There are over 8,000 pages and literally a million links to information. For ideas on health problems, use the online catalog. Testimonials are favorites since they tell you what worked for somebody else. We can’t show them on The Herbs Place due to FTC/FDA laws, so we have posted years of success stories on our site. You can share these testimonials with customers by cutting and pasting it into an email.

Pet Resources

Some people in our group love working most with animals instead of people. We have herbal success stories for pets in the pet area of The Herbs Place website. Also check out our dedicated pet website, Healthy Pet Corner, and use the search engine.

Nature’s Sunshine’s Website Business-Building Resources

Each distributor has their own learning style and today’s training is geared with that in mind. Nature’s Sunshine has a lot of content and education online in various formats of reading, viewing videos or listening to audios, along with local seminars each year. Plan to attend the scheduled webinars which are still free. Most companies charge for these, so don’t ignore these great educational benefits.

Make the investment to spend hours on the website and find out what all is available to you there. There are links to the blog and Sunshine Community and forums. There are webinar, magazine and article archives.

My NSP Websites

If you have or want a MyNSP Website, you have access to a lot of information on building your business with an online focus. If you haven’t signed up for your website yet, please use our account number as your referral when you do: 109373

Other Business-Building Resources

Natural Health School – Free Herbalist Training Course

Nature’s Field – Free Subscription

NSP Business Builders Forum

Getting Health Questions Answered

NSP Forum – No longer Active – Search for posted responses

NSP Advisor – Specific questions about health

Product and Health Information by Steven Horne

Modern Herbal Education

Herbal Education Articles

Books, CDs, DVDs, Etc. – Building Your Own Library

Nature’s Treasure Chest – Ailment Guide

Sound Concepts – Nature’s Tools

Herb Allure

Online Herb and Dietary Supplement Information

PDR Health
PDR Health is an online source of health-related information that is written with the consumer in mind. It is broken into four main sections: disease overviews, treatment options, drug information (includes information on prescription drugs, over the counter drugs, herbs and nutritional supplements) and clinical trials.

Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia and has become the largest reference source on the Internet. Type in the name of an herb, supplement, health condition, etc., and you will be guided to entries with extensive information. One word of caution: Anyone with computer access to Wikipedia can edit the entries. As a result, the entries are quite up to date, but there can also be significant misinformation.

Dietary Supplement Information Bureau and Natural Products Foundation
This website contains information about the supplement industry as well as herbs, vitamins and homeopathic remedies. It also has a link to an online version of the Dietary Supplement Information Bureau’s publication, Field Guide to Herbal Dietary Supplements.

Mayo Clinic
The renowned Mayo Clinic weighs in on health and healthy lifestyles. This site covers health and nutrition at every stage in life.

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