Low Quality Overdose

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How much of your life do you spend reading up on low quality information?

We are living in an era where the very first thing a lot of us do when we wake up in the morning is scour through endless pages of social network feeds. People do this in fear of missing out on the latest information. Every viral image, comment, or video will act as a drip of dopamine for our brain. You’ll see this in public places, even while driving, a lot of us are on our phone. I’m not saying reading this information is bad, but if this insignificant “activity” has become a lifestyle for you, it may be time to make some changes.

Celebrity Persuasion
Many celebrities use social networking as their number one outlet to advertise themselves. Because of their millions of followers, celebrities can rake in over a hundred thousand dollars for posting a comment on behalf of a company. Although their followers might see this as harmless entertainment, reading their constant comments portraying their opinions can slowly enter the readers brain, settling in their subconscious.

Even if you pride yourself in having little to no interest in celebrities, it’s hard to avoid completely. Taking part in the most mundane activities (IE grocery shopping) you can’t help but notice the same faces showing up at every check out aisle. While waiting in line this appears to be the number one source of entertainment so it takes a strong individual to stop their eyes from wandering to read those “scandalous” headlines. One could argue that gossip isn’t completely bad, a 2004 study shows that it actually helps humans learn by example. If you find that this is the case for you, I would do it sparingly and with a sense of awareness.

News Headlines

“News is to the mind what sugar is to the body. News is easy to digest. The media feeds us small bites of trivial matter, tidbits that don’t really concern our lives and don’t require thinking. That’s why we experience almost no saturation. Unlike reading books and long magazine articles (which require thinking), we can swallow limitless quantities of news flashes, which are bright-colored candies for the mind.”
—Rolf Dobelli

I bet you if you went 100 days without reading up on the news, your life wouldn’t be any different. If something happened that was important enough, a friend or family member will be sure to let you know.

What to Take Away

Most of what we read on Facebook and other social media sites are irrelevant. But by reading into something in great depth, (IE politics) can exercise your brain or even empower you to make great changes in society.

Ask yourself, will reading social media feeds effect the choices I make throughout the day? Am I living a better life because of it?

If it isn’t contributing to your life, consider eliminating it.

Local Business Extortion on the Rise

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When you think of ‘local services’ you might just think of plumbing and electrical work but they actually include anything from computer repair and roofing to dog walking and nanny-ing; so you might use local services a lot more than you think. Even though there are some massive benefits to these local businesses (i.e. they are great for our economic climate), there are also some cons too. A lot of small local businesses are not regulated by the financial conduct authority which gives a lot less structure when it comes to pricing up their services. This flexibility can be great for the business, but not so great for the
customer.

Underneath are some examples of online searches for local services to show just how commonly these businesses are used. This information is based upon searches across the whole of the United States of America and is measured on averages on a monthly basis.

Local Services Chart

We met with Benny who works for Lee’s Locksmith to hear his take on local services and to gain some advice on what to watch out for:

Tell us about your service work and what you provide.

Benny – I work for a 24 hour locksmith company which is based across Las Vegas. We provide a range of services anywhere from automotive to commercial services.

What would you advise that our readers look out for when searching for locksmith services across America?

Benny – Once you receive a quote, make sure you ask for the license number of the locksmith who you’ll be dealing with. Some people might feel uncomfortable asking for this information so soon, but if a locksmith has nothing to hide, this is a perfectly reasonable request. By law they are required to give this information when asked. Some ‘so called’ locksmiths are not professionally trained, these are the ones you need to watch out for.

What are some of the cons that these ‘so called’ locksmith run on their customers?
Benny – Many locksmiths will perform a “switch and bait”, which means they quote you a ridiculously cheap price, show up to your location, give you an inaccurate evaluation and drive up the price. For example, they’ll tell you that your front door lock is actually broken and needs to be completely replaced, (which could cost the customer an additional $150) when they could’ve just simply picked the lock for a small service fee. The average customer wouldn’t be aware of this tactic.

So is requesting a license number all the customer needs to worry about?

Benny – I would also advise that you ask for a range of quotes with that company. They tend to give you the price based on the best case scenario, so find out how much the worst case scenario would cost you, and then make your decision.

 

Unfortunately, these cons aren’t only used by locksmiths, but by other services too. When dealing with all local services, be wary! Ask lots of questions and make sure you do your research. Online reviews are a great way to research companies and see other peoples experiences and don’t forget, if you have a bad experience with a company make sure you leave a review too!

The Herbalife Hustle

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Thousands upon thousands of people have signed up for companies like Herbalife. Whether you are looking for health products or looking to start your own distribution business, you’ll need to do some extensive research. At their conventions, you’ll hear claims that promise a happy life with consistent income. An enthusiastic representative of the company will tell you all about the incredible benefits of the products, and the advantages of joining the business. Companies like Herbalife usually pick people whose joy and positivism are contagious. You might seriously consider joining in after the session is over. While digging in on this topic, we were puzzled with what real people or ex-members had to say.

Herbalife and companies alike wish to attract people who will believe that they’ll have a more satisfying life (managing their own business, time and finances) by becoming a Herbalife distributor. What they don’t tell you is how hard it is to actually make money from their products and how with every sign up, the people at the top of this pyramid scheme will be reeling in most of the capital. They’ll have you believe that you’ll become wealthy by selling their products, but the primary source of income from top earners comes when these “distributors” get more people to sign up as distributors. They are essentially just recruiters. It is estimated that around 9 million people have been deceived this way.

All right, so you don’t wish to become a Herbalife distributor. But can you still enjoy their products? Are they efficient and above all, safe? The evidence we found did not point in the direction of reliable and trustworthy products. The health benefits of these products have yet to be proved. They tend to be pretty expensive, and might even be worse for you than the average stuff you find at your local grocery store. There have been cases of health being compromised by their products, and even suspected deaths.

Most of the things Herbalife recruiters claim to offer you is misrepresented. What you need to understand is, you will never see results unless you are ready to start recruiting a large number of people who will also recruit a large number of people. If you’re in it for their health products, you may want to consider looking elsewhere, otherwise do some extensive research on their compensation plan before signing up, if you’re surrounded by hungry and/or gullible people, this might actually work for you.

 

Understanding Organic Certified Foods

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When you go to the grocery store, you’ll find a wide variety of organic foods. Many of these foods are vegetables, fruits, beans, grains, nuts, dairy products, and seeds.

The number of organic foods doesn’t just stop at these natural foods we find.  Many stores have a wide variety of organic foods which are processed.  These include foods such as cookies, potato chips, jelly beans, and even alcohol.  There’s a problem with this because people perceive that these processed foods are organic no matter what the food may be because they see the organic label, but this may not be the case and the food may not be all that healthy.

Many processed foods have the organic label says spokesperson and dietitian Andrea Giancoli, M.P.H., R.D.  When people see the organic food label they automatically think that the food is healthy no matter what processed ingredients may be included in that that food.

Organic just means that the food is farmed differently.  This is great for our planet, but it doesn’t mean that the food is healthy for you.  Organic chocolate chip cookies for example, can be made with organic ingredients like chocolate, butter, sugar, and wheat, but we all know that cookies are good for us.  The nutritional profile of the cookies can be just the same as a highly processed bag of cookies even if the ones we’re looking at say organic on the label.  This is why the organic label can be confusing.

There are many organic junk foods that contain processed ingredients such as oils, salt, sugars, and refined white flour.  These foods give you a lot of calories as well as sodium and not much nutrition.  These foods they say organic but they’re still lacking in nutrition.

Processed foods are in opposition to what we think of when we talk about organic.  Organic foods are supposed to be friendly to the environments and reduce or carbon footprint.  Unfortunately, many processed foods require a lot of resources to process them.  Real organic foods like an apple don’t take a lot of processing especially if they are grown locally.  This is what a real organic food is supposed to be.

Before you buy a so called organic food you need to read the label.  Don’t read the label on the front, but read the actual nutrition label.  This will list the ingredients so you know what you’re getting when you buy that food.  You need to look at saturated fat, calories, sodium, sugar, fiber, protein, minerals and vitamins.  This will tell you how healthy the food actually is.  If you see refined ingredients high on the label list such as sugar, white flour, or other highly processed ingredients then the food is probably highly processed and you don’t want to buy it.

You may find a common food such as organic crackers for example, to have a lot of processed flour.  In this case you would want the crackers to be made with whole grains which would make them healthier for you.  Sugars or another cause of concern and they can be hidden with words such as evaporated cane juice or organic brown rice syrup.  These are just other words for sugar.  Watch out for foods such as energy bars, candy, sweetened beverages, and chips that say organic because in reality they are just junk foods with the organic label and have no nutrition that the body needs.

You want to spend your organic dollars on foods that are healthy for you.  These are the organic whole plant foods like grains, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and fruits.  These foods have the minerals, fiber, protein, nutrients, and other things that your body needs for optimal health.  These foods are low in saturated fat, sugar, and calories.  You want to buy food that is as close to nature as possible.

The Real Meaning of Organic

National Organic Program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has strict guidelines for the growing of organic foods.  This includes the restriction of growth hormones, fertilizers, synthetic pesticides, genetically modified organisms, and antibiotics.  Organic foods are supposed to be good for the environment as well as the person needing them because they are not exposed to any of these agents.  Organic foods promotes a healthy ecosystem, healthy soil, and a better water supply.  Organic food standards however, have nothing to do with the nutritional profile of food.

About Us

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Rethink Trending Power is an advisory organization that recommends ways in which to steer clear of social means that are portrayed as beneficiary but in fact, may be the opposite. Our focus is diverse as we cover topics ranging from food produce to commercial services. We are a non-profit organization whose aim is to dispense information to forewarn our readers about everyday deceptions that often go unnoticed. If you hold any information which you think our readers would benefit from please visit our ‘contact us’ page and send us your thoughts, we would love to hear from you; together we can make a difference!