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When Diversity Does Not Fit The Narrative

It is impossible to scroll through http://www.linkedin.com during a day without seeing multiple posts about the importance of corporate diversity. Lectures come fast and furious about the importance of racial, gender, sexual orientation and religious diversity, and I've been surprised at how many of the proxy statements for stocks I own focus on making the …

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Europe’s Obesity Problem

At the recent 2022 European Congress on Obesity, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared obesity rates in Europe have reached epidemic proportions, and that COVID-19 was a key contributor in making the obesity trend worse. https://www.gbnews.uk/news/who-declares-obesity-in-europe-has-reached-epidemic-proportions-after-covid-19-made-things-worse/286184?utm_source=ground.news&utm_medium=referral In North America, we tend to think of Europeans as generally healthier & less obese, but that perception may …

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Bad Policy Drives Poor Decisions

Unless you've been under a rock for the last 16 months, you are well aware of the inflationary pressure Americans are feeling across almost every area of their lives. For a recap: The annual inflation rate in the US accelerated to 8.5% in March of 2022, up from 7.9% in February, and the highest since …

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Questions About Ivermectin

In September 2021, the following press release appeared from the AMA, APHA and ASHP, and quoting the FDA and CDC: https://www.ama-assn.org/press-center/press-releases/ama-apha-ashp-statement-ending-use-ivermectin-treat-covid-19 The release takes a position that, not only is Ivermectin strongly discouraged as a treatment for COVID-19, but that it is dangerous, largely due to over-use by people looking for a way to counter …

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Understanding the Role & Cause of Inflammation

Here's a new flash. We have a chronic disease & inflammation problem, and it's getting worse. How bad is it? Even the CDC is alarmed: 60% of the U.S. Population has one chronic disease40% of the U.S. Population has at least two chronic diseases75% of COVID-19 deaths were among patients who had at least four …

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A Ketogenic Hat Trick

How many times have you heard the term "fad diet?" It seems like every year there is a new miracle way to lose weight, improve metabolic health and achieve a leaner physique. If I had $1 for every time someone mentioned the ketogenic diet and "fad diet" in the same sentence, I would be comfortably …

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Can the Ketogenic Lifestyle Help with Multiple Sclerosis?

As if we need another reason to consider the benefits of a ketogenic lifestyle, a recent study suggests the ketogenic diet can help people who suffer from multiple sclerosis (MS). https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-03-keto-diet-people-multiple-sclerosis.html Overview The study included 65 people who suffered from a common type of MS that includes relapses and remissions, with participants following a strict …

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Diabetes: A Dire Direction

https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/diabetes-death-america/2022/01/31/id/1054720/ You can’t exercise your way out of a bad dietDR. MARK HYMAN In January 2022, the National Clinical Care Commission issued their report to Congress & the Secretary of Health & Human Services on the pathway to prevent and control diabetes, and better manage complications. For a link to download and read the full report, …

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Transparency in Leadership

On January 27, 2022, at the Whitehouse briefing with Jen Psaki, a reporter asked why the Biden administration was not doing more to encourage healthy lifestyles as a mechanism to deal with the risks surrounding COVID-19. As quoted from the briefing (for a video montage of the Q&A, click here): And then, on COVID: We …

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Reduce the Comorbidities, Reduce the COVID-19 Risk

Since the start of COVID-19, http://www.business-fit.org has been sounding the alarm about how our collective poor health, growing obesity & metabolic disorders, and poor dietary choices have been creating highly inflammatory conditions and contributing mightily to those who have suffered severe symptoms. Now, the CDC is officially confirming what we've suspected all along. In a …

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Questioning the U.S. News Best Diets of 2022 Ranking

Happy New Year! 2022 is off to an auspicious start: (1) The more contagious but less severe omicron COVID-19 variant runs wild: (2) Governments take draconian measures to enforce vaccine compliance; (3) New Year's Resolutions around health & wellness take center stage, as people begin the new year with a renewed sense of adherence to …

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Can Artificial Sweeteners Contribute to Insulin Resistance?

As consumers seek ways to improve their dietary behaviors, one area that continues to be controversial is the role of artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweetening ingredients such as saccharine, sucralose, monk fruit, stevia leaf & allulose are added to a wide range of foods to offer a sweet treat without the guilt. But are they really …

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Follow The Science

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, one phrase we have heard over and over again is…"follow the science." Whether it has been associated with mask wearing, social distancing, vaccine mandates or reopening schools and large venues, the mantra from the WHO (World Health Organization), the CDC and other governmental bodies has been "follow the science." But …

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Evidence of Obesity’s Role in Severe COVID-19 Symptoms Continues to Grow

https://www.wfae.org/health/2021-09-30/novant-says-9-of-10-children-in-covid-icus-are-overweight-but-public-health-officials-rarely-talk-about-obesity As the world grapples with COVID-19, the delta variant, the heightened debate around vaccine effectiveness and government intervention, and the controversy surrounding various treatment options, one constant remains: the correlation between COVID-19 patients suffering from severe symptoms and the prevalence of obesity. The link to this article highlights a pediatrician in North Carolina who …

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Changing the Calories-in/Calories-out Narrative

https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/insulin-weight-loss-calories-carbohydrates/2021/09/28/id/1038283/ If you've spent any time trying to lose weight, you've probably heard these well-rehearsed phrases: "To lose weight, you have to consume fewer calories than you burn.""If you're overweight, you're eating too much. Cut back on your calories & add exercise.""The 1st law of thermodynamics applies to food consumption & weight management. It's calories …

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Ultra-Processed Food Accounts for 2/3 of Children’s Calories

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2782866?guestAccessKey=c646e502-898f-443b-8558-d90a74e35415&utm_source=For_The_Media&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=ftm_links&utm_content=tfl&utm_term=081021 According to the CDC, as of 2018, 19% of children aged 2 - 19 are considered obese, with the percentage of children 12 - 19 (just coming into adulthood) even higher at 21.2%. Childhood obesity was also higher among Hispanic children (25.6%) and non-Hispanic Black children (24.2%). What could be contributing to such an …

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11 Biases in the Latest Ketogenic-Bashing Study

It seems as though trust in the mainstream media, confidence in what governments are doing & saying, and the quality and consistency of recommendations from global organizations based on sound science is at an all-time low. Back in January, a poll by Edelman demonstrated this, and the trend is only becoming worse. Almost 3 months …

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The Link Between Metabolic Syndrome & COVID-19

https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2021/21_0123.htm A few days ago the CDC published findings detailing underlying medical conditions of hundreds of thousands of U.S. patients who were hospitalized with severe COVID-19 symptoms. The data was from the period of March, 2020 - March, 2021, from 800 hospitals, and included adults 18 years and older. Here's a synopsis of the key …

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The Dish About Meat

https://foodinstitute.com/focus/despite-the-rise-of-plant-based-alternatives-meat-department-sales-up-19-in-2020/ The latest data on meat sales from 2020 shows robust growth vs. previous year at +19.2%. This is impressive given the amount of visibility, news coverage and distribution expansion of plant-based meat substitute products. Consumer attitudes toward meat consumption is also interesting to note, as those defining themselves at "meat eaters" actually declined from …

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Weight, Not So Fast?

https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/diet-fasting-calorie-counting-weight-loss/2021/06/16/id/1025358/ Anyone who has tried to lose weight is familiar with the old advice to manage calories-in vs. calories-out. The thinking is all calories are equal, so in order to lose weight, you just have to reduce your caloric intake below your caloric expenditure (or calories burned) and weight will begin to shed from the …

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To My Dad on Father’s Day

Today is Father's Day, 2021, a well-earned time to recognize, thank and remember how critical of a role it is to be a Father. Hopefully, most will have the chance to spend quality time with their Father or Dad, and thank them for their love, care and support. For me, today is my first Father's …

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Nestlé’s Unhealthy Admission

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/business/nestlé-document-says-majority-of-its-food-portfolio-is-unhealthy/46664032 Global CPG conglomerate Nestlé has admitted that at least 60% of their food/drink products "do not meet a recognized definition of health." In fact, based on the Australian Health Star system, only 37% of Nestlé's food and beverage products meet a 3.5 rating or higher. It's important to remember Nestlé is a global leader …

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Energy Drink Awareness

Energy drinks have become a growth juggernaut in the beverage world. With a 10.5% growth rate in the previous year and almost half of consumers drinking them doing so several times per week, the trends are very favorable in this sector. In fact, according to Statista, global energy drink sales are projected to grow from …

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The Importance of Data Integrity

We have more sources of data and "news" today than ever before. But, as with all great power comes great responsibility, so we need to ensure we are applying critical thinking skills around all this available information. When reviewing a "study" or evaluating a data set or news item, consider the following: How robust is …

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Pre-Diabetes Risks for Heart Disease

https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/prediabetes-heart-attack-stroke-odds/2021/05/05/id/1020200/ Pre-Diabetes & Insulin Resistance According to the CDC, 88 million Americans have a condition known as pre-diabetes, the precursor to Type II Diabetes. Pre-diabetes is where the body has elevated blood sugar levels and cells are becoming more resistant to insulin successfully transporting the blood sugar into cells for storage. When the body's normal …

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How to Reverse Type II Diabetes & Obesity

COVID-19's rampage on the world's population has had one profound effect that may begin to shift our global health and wellness mindset. If you have not read or watched a news article about the appalling increase in diabetes cases around the world, and how the huge majority of these cases are preventable by diet and …

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Another Casualty of the Smartphone War

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lg-elec-smartphones-idUSKBN2BS1M3 There was a big announcement in technology this week, with South Korea's LG announcing they will shut down their smartphone business effective July, 2021, and shift their investment and focus toward smart home products, electric vehicle components, robotics, artificial intelligence, business-to-business products and other connected devices. So, what happened? A Quick History of the Smartphone …

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Can Processed Foods Adversely Affect the Immune System?

Processed food continues to be of topical news coverage as we deal with an epidemic of heart disease, type II diabetes and obesity related to dietary choices. As if you needed another reason to avoid processed food, a new study suggests that common additives can also harm the human immune system. In the world driven …

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Five Ways to Eat Less Processed Food

https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/cardiovascular-diet-heart-processed-foods/2021/03/23/id/1014827/ Regardless of which dietary philosophy you choose - Vegan, Paleo, Pegan, South Beach, Atkins, Low Carb, Ketogenic - there is one aspect that ALL of these eating philosophies share: avoid processed foods. Even the fundamentally flawed 2020 - 2025 U.S. Dietary Guidelines & MyPlate recommend consuming more "nutrient dense" foods in lieu of processed …

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A Global Report Linking Obesity & COVID-19

https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/coronavirus-death-obesity/2021/03/04/id/1012449/ It's been over a year since COVID-19 started ravaging the world with a global pandemic that has directly or indirectly claimed the lives of 2.5 million people. As scientists and governments try to assess how to manage through the pandemic, including vaccinating the population, we continue to learn about who is at the highest …

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How Hormel’s Acquisition of Planters from Kraft Heinz Underlines the Importance of Brand Strategy

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-spam-maker-hormel-just-bought-115-yearold-planters-for-335-billion-144921127.html Hormel announced they are buying the Planters, Cheese Balls & Corn Nuts brands from Kraft Heinz for $3.35 billion. While this deal had been rumored for some time, it's helpful to understand why this makes sense and the different trajectories of these two CPG conglomerates. The Struggles at Kraft Heinz Prior to the merger …

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Interviewing Six Pack

Interviewing. Most of us have done it, and at various times, many have been both the interviewer as well as the interviewee. Think about your interviewing experiences, and which ones stand out as memorable? What did YOU do in the interview that was memorable? How about the other person(s) in the interview? Successful interview experiences …

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Diversity of Thought

As of Q1 2020, 40% of Fortune 500 companies have a diversity executive as a senior staff member. However, much of the emphasis within these roles is on whether there is adequate representation of gender or race. While absolutely important, here's a little hint. If you focus less on trying to meet a certain percentage …

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A Culture of Innovation

While Amazon.com's earnings reports are always anticipated, Tuesday's results were accompanied by a big announcement, even by their standards. Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos will be transitioning out of his current CEO role to become Executive Chairman in the third quarter. Anytime there is a leadership change, employees and investors get nervous. What makes this particularly …

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U.S. Dietary Guidelines Fail to Change Course

https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-u-s-dietary-guidelines-reject-recommendation-to-cut-sugar-alcohol-intake-11609254000?reflink=share_mobilewebshare In 1977, the first edition of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines was published with an intent to reduce heart disease and diabetes through a diet high in carbohydrates, low in fat, and paying attention to measurements like blood cholesterol. Since that seminal moment, the health of Americans has spiraled downward with obesity, diabetes, heart disease …

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Holiday Snacking Help

https://www.drlamcoaching.com/blog/holiday-themed-trail-mixes/?utm_source=daily-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=subscriber-newsletter&utm_term=diet&utm_content=article-19065&inf_contact_key=0769e399d8f9a13dcd45f498a7a5c0644dfbc39d7283b2cb89d5189540b69330 While most look forward to Christmas with anticipation and excitement, even the most jolly soul will admit the holidays are stressful. Managing the needs of work and personal commitments, attending parties, buying the "perfect" gifts, dealing with traffic & schedules, the threat of lousy weather, and the highs & lows of extended family time …

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A Halo of Safety

This past weekend, fans of Formula One (F1) watched in horror as, on the starting lap, one of the drivers had a horrific crash that severed the car in two pieces. Romain Grosjean, in an attempt to improve his position, made contact with another car, which sent his car careening into a guardrail at over …

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Generations Y & Z On the American Dream

The attached article highlights some interesting responses from a June 2020 survey of 4,000 Generation Y (Millennials) & Z respondents. Three things that stood out: Faith and emphasis in work ethic as a catalyst to achieving their version of the American Dream. Just over 80% believe their hard work will enable them to succeed. Nearly …

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Simple and Unprocessed

As I've been advising private equity clients and consulting on category expansion projects, I'm struck with how process becomes a blocker to success. In some cases, there is too much process, so steps in an innovation pipeline, a decision to hire outstanding talent, or the ability to capitalize on a commercial opportunity get bogged down …

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Mars Tries To Be More Kind

Last week, candy maker Mars agreed to fully acquire Kind Bars, valuing the company at US$5 billion, as outlined in the below Forbes article. Like many other CPG giants, Mars is looking to capitalize on the growth of healthy snacking. https://www.forbes.com/sites/angelauyeung/2020/11/17/billionaires-united-candy-maker-mars-to-acquire-kind-bars-in-5-billion-deal/?sh=399459686de7 Global Snack Bar Market Snack bars, which include cereal bars, energy bars and other …

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COVID-19 is More Dangerous to Diabetics

https://www.statnews.com/2020/10/01/why-people-with-diabetes-are-being-hit-so-hard-by-covid-19/ Mainstream and social media is ablaze with COVID-19 warnings, as cases seem to be rising rapidly, with not only some U.S. cities (ie, New York & Chicago) implementing lockdowns, but even countries like Germany and France. Even Pfizer's news that their vaccine has been shown in testing to be 90% effective is not enough …

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Severe COVID-19 Symptoms: Inflammation’s Role

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/inflammation-key-factor-explains-vulnerability-134314638.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=ma Back in April 2020, when COVID-19 cases were soaring and the world was in full panic mode, I was researching how COVID-19 attacked the body and who was at highest risk of suffering from severe symptoms. I started to see some consistencies behind chronic diseases and the impact that COVID-19 could have on people …

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Work-From-Home Leadership

https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2020/08/3-tips-leading-wfh-environment As I talk to industry colleagues, consult and advise companies on business opportunities and interview with a range of companies seeking to fill leadership positions, it is clear there is not one way companies are dealing with the virtual work environment. During this pandemic, work-from-home (WFH) has transitioned from a "nice-to-have" aspect of a …

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Researching the Link Between Leptin & COVID-19

https://rdcu.be/b54LD As we learn more about patients with COVID-19, and which conditions tend to cause either more severe symptoms or contribute to fatality, obesity continues to be one of the most direct contributors to both. I covered this in some detail in a previous blog, which provides a bit of foundation. A new research paper …

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Agility in Grocery Innovation

https://progressivegrocer.com/what-food-retail-innovation-means-now?utm_source=omeda&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NL_PG+Daily+5&utm_keyword=&oly_enc_id=5012I1567089B5Y Recently the world's 50 most innovative companies were ranked. Not surprisingly, the list includes a mix of technology, e-commerce, pharmaceutical & consumer products stalwarts. Of note, there are also some retailers: Wal*Mart, Target & Costco. Defining Innovative Is McDonald's truly innovative? What about an energy conglomerate like Royal Dutch Shell? One focuses on speed, …

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Time to Move On From Soda

Consider this for just a minute. The average American drinks 995 liters of soda per year, and the average Mexican drinks 1,059 liters of soda annually. How much is approximately 1,000 liters? 264 gallons of soda per year, almost 3/4 of a gallon of soda every day, or enough annual soda consumed to fill this …

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Diet’s Role in Creating & Reversing a Fatty Liver

https://www.berkeleywellness.com/self-care/preventive-care/article/fatty-liver-disease-growing-threat?s=EFA_200707_AA1&st=email&ap=ed&utm_source=Berkeley+Wellness&utm_campaign=c2baa501b5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_16_11_46&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3ddd6463e7-c2baa501b5-87978065 When most hear the term "fatty liver", what immediately comes to mind is a condition driven by excessive alcohol consumption. While excess fat in/around the liver can be caused by consistent and excessive alcohol consumption, more frequent instances of fatty liver are being observed in people who are not consuming excessive alcohol. A fatty …

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Obesity’s Role in COVID-19: Seeking A Root Cause

https://hub.jhu.edu/2020/06/01/david-kass-obesity-covid-19/ Have you ever noticed the first question, asked multiple times during a doctor visit, is "are you in any pain?" Doctors are trained to minimize pain and treat the symptoms. If you have not figured it out yet, the U.S. medical system is built upon a "treat the symptoms, not the root cause" philosophy. …

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Vitamin D’s Role In Fighting COVID-19

https://www-dailymail-co-uk.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8432321/amp/Government-orders-review-vitamin-D-role-Covid-19.html One of the most frustrating aspects of tracking and attempting to decipher the risk factors concerning COVID-19 is the lack of consistency and solid "root cause" data being shared by recognized experts. The World Health Organization (WHO) lost tremendous credibility with their blatant "follow the leader" approach to regurgitating what China was telling them, …

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CVS Expands Health & Wellness

https://retailleader.com/cvs-health-expands-live-better-store-brand?utm_source=omeda&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NL_Retail+Leader+Essentials&utm_keyword=&oly_enc_id=5012I1567089B5Y If you have been reading my blog, you know health & wellness is finding a rhythm behind generational interest in functionally beneficial solutions, the latest COVID-19 scare & associated health concerns, and the alarming increase in chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease & obesity. https://business-fit.org/2020/05/15/functional-beverage-power/ https://business-fit.org/2020/05/05/more-evidence-of-obesity-linked-to-covid-19-complications/ The Continued Evolution of CVS https://business-fit.org/2020/02/14/the-health-wellness-transformation-of-cvs/ CVS …

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