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How To Get The Lowest Price On A Vitamix

One of the best ways to get the best price on anything is via Amazon. Vita-Mix blenders are no different. They basically last forever. If you buy one directly from Vita-Mix they are around $500, but you can get a new on on Amazon for $346 at the time we wrote this blog post. Click on this link to look at all the different options:

Find The Lowest Price Vitamix On Amazon

On Amazon you can also buy a used Vitamix for about $320. What is interesting to note is that used Vitamix's sell for not much less than new ones. We find that people often do a lot of comparison shopping for blenders and juicers because of the high price points.

What we observe is that many people eventually settle on a Vitamix, for the simple reason that it is the most powerful blender/juicer on the market and it lasts forever.

The company has a powerful value proposition if you think about it. Appliances are one of the most competitive product categories. People are constantly making things that are cheaper and better. Yet in this category, no company has been able to "disrupt" the position in the market that Vitamix enjoys.

The widget below will show the current cheapest price for both a new and used Vitamix.

Why Get A Vitamix??

The basic "deal" behind blending is that a very good blender and juicer (like the Vitamix) can pulverize any fruit or vegetable. When you can pulverize anything, you can then add any flavor and make it taste good.

Additionally, we all know that many vegetables are "good for us." What you might not know is that the cells of plants are protected by a substance called "cellulose." During the digestion process, your body can't break down the cell walls. 

The Vitamix does break down the cell walls, which allows the body to absorb all the nutrients contained within. If you are googling to buy a Vitamix, you have probably heard that people have cured themselves of really crazy diseases by blending, and by using a Vitamix in particular.

The reason for this is that plants, especially green vegetables, have incredible healing properties. However, you need to get at the nutrients. Blending is the ideal way to get at these nutrients.

How To Prevent Osteoporosis: PEERtrainer Interview With Dr. Joel Fuhrman

"A woman is 10 times more likely to have an osteoporosis-related fracture than being diagnosed with breast cancer or 5 times more likely than having a heart attack."

This video explains why the conventional wisdom about Osteoporosis prevention is incorrect. If you have been told to look at drugs or increase your dairy intake, you need to understand that there is a lot more to this issue.

We also have a short audio clip from a much longer PEERtrainer interview with Dr. Joel Fuhrman responding to the following question in our interview with him:

"If I don't eat dairy how am I going to get my calcium requirement? My family has a history of Osteoporosis."

Here is Dr. Fuhrman's answer to this question- it is interesting because his answer is more complex than what we commonly hear:

He mentions a new DVD on Osteoporosis in this clip, and we thought the following statistic would be of interest to our readers:

-A woman is 10 times more likely to have an osteoporosis-related fracture than being diagnosed with breast cancer or 5 times more likely than having a heart attack.

We know this is a matter of concern to many of our readers. The DVD Osteoporosis Protection for Life— was just brought to market by Dr. Fuhrman.

This is how he describes his approach:

"Osteoporosis can be combated most effectively through proper nutrition and exercise -- without medication. Osteoporosis Protection for Life is a butt-kicking, bone-building workout and nutritional educational program designed to effectively build muscle strength and bone mass. The DVD combines detailed dietary advice, supplements and special exercises that offer a significant improvement over drug-treatment for osteopenia and osteoporosis. Best of all-- it takes only a few minutes a day or fifteen minutes twice a week."


Osteoporosis Protection For Life-Buy A Copy For $24

We will be sending out a link to more of the interview with Dr. Fuhrman, and please feel free to ask any questions. We also feature many of his ideas in our coaching programs, and have a very good communication channel with him and other experts in the areas of diet, fitness and health. We recently featured a leading Yoga expert in a new installment of our Point Of No Return coaching program and are continually looking to identify and engage leading voices.

We also help you put the ideas you like into practice- whether you are into calorie counting, Weight Watchers, Fat Smash Diet, Beck Diet Solution- we help you identify the things that will make you successful in your efforts.

How To Get Kids To Eat Healthy: PEERtrainer Interviews Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Those of us who are parents are constantly struggling to feed our kids a healthy diet. We all know the pressures of a time packed lifestyle and the constant lack of control we have when the kids are at school, on a play date or or with another family. There is often a sense of guilt as we trade off health and convenience. It is late in the day, the kids are screaming and you see the golden arches up the road. Sound familiar?

At some point though we have to make the kids want to eat better on their own, so that they have some motivation and reason to eat better. We recently did an interview with Dr. Joel Fuhrman, and the following clip is part of the discussion focusing on the issue of children and diet:

Click Here To Listen To Jackie Wicks, Joshua Wayne and Joel Fuhrman Discussion

Why Do Kids Need To Eat A Diet High In Fruits And Vegetables?

With the cells rapidly replicating and developing, children are very sensitive to the damaging effects of certain foods. Additionally children who overeat are at greater risk for adult cancer. Dr. Fuhrman cites the "Boyd Orr Study" which showed that children in the highest quartile of fruit intake had a 60% decreased risk of all adult cancers over the age of 50.

"Disease Proof Your Child": Summary

Most people know the book Eat To Live, which has become a very popular diet book. But Dr. Fuhrman has also written a book called "Disease-Proof Your Child" in which he explores in detail the link between childhood diet and health. There are profound short term and long term effects.

The most striking of the book are some of the statistics he presents, and these really hit me (and if you have watched the Disney Channel recently promote healthy eating during some of their valuable ad slots you will realize that they know these stats as well)

-The total caloric intake of natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans, raw nuts is less than 5% in the average child in the US. As this percentage increases, occurrence and risk of disease decreases

-Leukemia is the most common childhood cancer and is the second most common cause of death in children. Low consumption of vegetables and fruits before and during pregnancy has been linked to this

-Taking supplements alone is not sufficient- we need the total package of "micronutrients" in foods to ward off disease.

-Allergies and autoimmune diseases are strongly linked to high consumption of refined and processed foods

-Sugar, butter and cheese contribute the most calories to children's diets in the US.

-Cheese consumption has tripled in America in the last 30 years

Most of us know that generally we need to "feed our kids better", but a book like this really helps to spell out in detail why we need to make this a priority. A lot of the work we do with our various coaching programs on PEERtrainer has to do with developing deep reasons to do something. If you have children, or plan to, you will want to take a look at this book to really develop the why and also get some great tips on how to actually implement a better diet.

Disease-Proof Your Child is available in paperback now. You can also get a hardcover version, and they have recently put in on a 5 CD audio set to listen to in your car. It cites study after study, and has 16 pages of footnotes citing various studies, in addition to many chapters on very practical questions and suggestions.