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Are You Only One Infomercial Away From Perfect Health

? Channel surfing has become a national past time. So much so that savvy media people have built a financial dynasty in infomercials. Infomercials have burst on the scene over the last ten years, selling everything from financial security, beautiful skin to perfect health. What about these health infomercials? Should you buy into them?

When it comes to infomercials regarding weight management products or supplements, the pattern is rather predictable. Have a token medical professional for credibility, establish a problem, create fear and then graciously provide the solution. Infomercials are typically 28 minutes long and are really four, seven-minute shows repeated.

One of the more popular infomercials that flooded the airwaves a few years ago was selling the nutrient Coral Calcium. Coral calcium is a form of calcium purported to be taken from ocean reefs. The first objective of the infomercial is to make you believe they have uncovered a revelation in longevity. Next they explain that they have figured out a way to extract this calcium from the sea.

Then they proceed to tell you that this miracle nutrient will make you alkaline. Next, they talk about how disease cannot live in an alkaline environment. Yes, even cancer cells. They tell you how this particular form of calcium is so unique it increases bone density like no other calcium. "Look at sea creatures," they clamor, "do they die from our diseases?" (As if to imply it is because they eat the calcium from the reefs). After building an incredible expose' on how disease cannot survive in the body in an alkaline environment, they then tell you how THEIR calcium will rapidly create this environment. Conclusion: Coral calcium prevents and cures cancer as well as all other diseases.

How prevalent is this nonsense. But the fact is, millions of people buy into this "miracle-nutrient" mentality. For example, I was sitting with a high-ranking official of a large bank, a very bright and well-educated man. As we were pouring through financial data, he stopped and gave me a "can-we-change-the-subject-for-a-minute" look. I gave him a "sure-we-can" look and he proceeded to tell me the following. '"That coral calcium that you see on T.V., does it really cure cancer?" I looked at him and said, "What do you think? Do you think Coral Calcium can cure cancer?" He said sheepishly, "I guess it is silly to think that one mineral is the answer to all of America's health ills." I told the banker that indeed he was right.

Health is never about one nutrient or even ten or for that matter even thirty. True health is about following some basic principles and supporting the body on a cellular level with nutrient-dense food. It is about exercising. It is about eliminating toxins. It is about emotional health. It is about drinking water and breathing correctly.

Infomercials exist and will continue to exist because people want to believe that they can accomplish better health or weight loss or a body like Chuck Norris without having to dramatically change their lifestyle. Earlier this morning, I saw an infomercial claiming that you can lose all the weight you want without changing a thing in your life. Just swallow the pill, eat what you want, continue sitting on the couch all day and you will look like a supermodel or professional athlete. Pure malarkey.

Improving or regaining your health is a process. It does not happen instantaneously no matter what you hear. The process does not have to be one of denial or cataclysmic changes. One simply needs to acquire the right information about their body and start making some changes on a daily basis. But to take a journey you must start a journey.

Next time you flip the channel and land on a health infomercial, use your God-given common sense. If it sounds too good to be true... well, you know the rest.

About Author Joe Costello :

Joe Costello founded Kylea Health in 1995. Kylea is a well-respected nutritional company providing cutting edge nutritional formulas servicing hundreds of thousands of people. Joe is a health researcher, author, and hosts a weekly health Television show. For more information about Joe Costello and Kylea Health and Energy visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

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