7.28.2006

How Walking A Rut Is Digging A Grave

Working hard and being broke is killing you.

No, this isn't the start of a Quixtar opportunity meeting... It's the findings of two British medical studies.

The first study found that stressed-out workers were twice as likely to suffer from heart disease and diabetes 2. Characteristics of the metabolic syndrome are obesity, insulin intolerance, high blood pressure and high-cholesterol.

The study also sited previous studies that found "a social gradient in work stress and the metabolic syndrome suggesting that the social gradient in the metabolic syndrome and heart disease could in part be explained by greater exposure to work stress among less advantaged social groups."

In other words, the lower you are on the corporate ladder, the greater the risk.

The second study found that people of a lower socio-economic status aged 7 years faster than their better-off counterparts.
The research showed that "the poor have shorter telomeres, the caps on chromosomes that prevent them from fraying, which makes them biologically older than people of the same age in higher social groups."
The study considered and adjusted for factors such as obesity, smoking and exercise.

The hypothesis? "The idea is that psychological stress itself or the loss of control might have a biological impact . . . It might raise levels of oxidative stress in the body and make cells turn over more quickly."

That's comforting.. dying broke AND early.

UPDATE:
In response to my comments regarding sports nutrition products with antioxidents, Rocket raised the comparison to EAS products (which he gets from the retailer GNC.) I indicated that the Trim Advantage meal replacement products from Quixtar were competative to EAS.com prices, both at retail. Rocket requested a price comparison.

Unfortunately, GNC.com doesn't have RTD shakes, just the mix-it-yourself packets, and I can't compare GNC retail store prices at the moment.

I was comparing EAS.com prices... I've just done a comparison of bodybuilding.com prices, for lack of access to a GNC retail store.


ProductSource Qty Volume Total Vol Retail Price Price Per Volume Price Per Use Price/Volume Equivilent*
Trim Advantage RTD Meal Replacement Shake
quixtar.com
12
11.2 oz
134 oz
29.99
0.2238/oz
2.49
45.65 / 17 oz
EAS Myoplex Original RTD Meal Replacement Shake
bodybuilding.com
12
17 oz
204 oz 35.89
0.1759/oz
2.99
n/a
EAS Myoplex Original RTD Meal Replacement Shake
EAS.com
12
17 oz
204 oz 49.95
0.2448/oz
4.16
n/a
Trim Advantage Meal Replacement Bar
quixtar.com
9
2.1 oz
18.9 oz $22.60
1.195/oz
2.51
45.53 / 38.1 oz
EAS Myoplex Deluxe Bar
bodybuilding.com
12
3.175 oz
38.1 oz 29.89
0.785/oz
2.49
n/a
EAS Myoplex Deluxe Bar
EAS.com
36
3.175 oz 114.3 oz 107.85
0.944/oz
2.99
n/a

*Price/Volume Equivilent: For items of lesser volume, this represents the price for an equivilent total volume, based on the price per volume.

5 Comments:

Blogger anonibo said...

Note the mention of oxidative stress... the damage of cells and DNA. Supplementing with antioxidants is so important to combat those stress effects.

Hmm... anyone know of a good nutrition company that makes phytonutrient-based food supplements and great-tasting energy drinks, energy bars, workout bars, sports drinks, meal replacement & protein bars & drinks, and 100% juice drinks for kids that provide antioxidants? Especially if they were in attractive, convenient packaging for those never-stop, high-stress lifestyles. Seems like there would be a high demand for that...

2:22:00 PM  
Blogger rocket said...

Yeah, It's called EAS

And it's cheaper than anything Quixtar has to offer.

1:52:00 PM  
Blogger anonibo said...

EAS has quality products, and I respect the whole "Body For Life" concept. I know IBOs who have followed the BFL plan, but used Nutrilite/Trim Advantage/XS Sports Nutrition equivilents to the recommended products, with great results.

There isn't really a 1 - 1 equivilent on most of the products I mentioned in my comment (Sports Drink & 100% juice drinks for kids, for example.)

As for price on those products that have an equivelent, it's a mixed bag.

Meal Replacement RTD shakes and bars, for example, are slightly cheaper at a cost-per-use basis from Quixtar's site at retail than from EAS's site.
With the powdered whey protein drink, the cost per use at EAS website retail price is half of Quixtar's retail price.

The emphasis, however, of my comment was on the use of anti-oxidents, which EAS products do not emphasize (because they do not apply it, except in products such as meal replacements where recommended daily nutrients include antioxidents such as vitamin C by default.)

1:14:00 PM  
Blogger rocket said...

Yes, I'm really into EAS myself. I would like to see the retail prices for the meal replacement shakes and bars. I find the EAS prices at GNC quite reasonable.

10:53:00 AM  
Blogger anonibo said...

Rocket, Please see my update to this post regarding price comparison. GNC retail prices would be welcome if you like to supply them.

1:13:00 PM  

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