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Organic online grocer Thrive Market gets into the wine business

Thrive Market, the membership-based organic online grocer, is getting into the wine business.

Starting today, Thrive Market will offer six- and 12-bottle bundles of organic wines, all priced at $18 per bottle or less, to the 38 states that allow wine shipments.

Nick Green, Thrive Market’s CEO and co-founder, says the business rationale for selling wine was simple. In a survey of its customers, Thrive Market found that 75% drink wine twice per week or more, indicating a potential demand. Finding good-tasting, affordable organic wines was another matter. So was finding a way to ship the wine that fit Thrive Market’s requirements for environmental friendliness.

Organic wine selection

To select the wines, Thrive Market’s master sommelier Josh Nadel tested hundreds of wines from around the world, Green says. The result was an initial selection of six red, six white and four rosé wines—mostly from Europe—that will be sold in assortments based on region or price. Many of these wines haven’t been imported to the U.S. before and are from small producers, Green says.RESEARCH & ANALYSISADD TO FAVORITES

But wait, isn’t wine generally natural, even without being organic? Not so, Green says. Winemakers routinely add fruit flavorings, stabilizers, preservatives or sugar to balance the flavor profile of a vintage and improve its shelf life. And, because alcohol is not regulated the same as most other food and beverage products, he says, those ingredients don’t have to be listed on the label. In all, Green says, more than 70 kinds of additives are used in the wine business.ADVERTISEMENT

For wine to be legally sold as organic, all grapes and other agricultural ingredients (including yeast, if commercially available) must be certified organic, except those on the the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Non-agricultural ingredients must be specifically allowed on the National List and may not exceed a combined 5% of the total product, excluding salt and water. Also, sulfites may not be added. Like all organic products, organic wine also must be produced without excluded methods (such as genetic engineering), ionizing radiation or sewage sludge and under the oversight of an organic certifying agent.

Logistical challenges

The U.S. organic food market hit a record $45.2 billion in sales in 2017, an increase of 6.4%, according to the Organic Trade Association’s 2018 Organic Industry Survey released in May.

Green predicts Thrive Market’s annual revenue from wine sales could reach $10 million or more within a year. But, the expansion into wine selling was not as simple as just adding another product line.

“From a logistics standpoint, it certainly was a challenge,” Green says. For one thing, he says, the company wanted to find ways to ship the wine that did not require a lot of non-sustainable foam packaging to protect the bottles from breaking in transit. He says Thrive Market found a solution that uses post-consumer recycled materials. Thrive Market also was able to find a logistics company that already had the licenses required to ship wine to the states that allow it.

Green says the wine is sold in assortments, rather than by the bottle, to keep prices down for consumers and make the shipping more environmentally friendly. Those logistics challenges are similar to the ones Thrive Market faced earlier this year when it started selling meat and seafood for the first time.ADVERTISEMENTNEWSADD TO FAVORITESThrive Market wants to bring sustainably sourced meat and seafood to the masses

VPN Unlimited review

KeepSolid is the New York-based company behind a range of products, from business planning and an electronic signature platform, to VPN Unlimited, a capable virtual private network.

The VPN seems a little smaller than some, with the company claiming to have only ‘400+ servers’ (NordVPN claims over 5,000), but they’re widely spread, with more than 70 locations worldwide.

Protocol support covers all the usual standards, including OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, IKEv2, and PPTP. There’s also a bonus in the company’s own KeepSolid Wise, which redirects traffic through the TCP 443 and UDP 33434 ports to theoretically make it more difficult to detect and block. 

KeepSolid suggests Wise is ideal for users in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and anywhere else which takes a dim view of VPNs and actively tries to block their use. It has to be worth a try, but if it doesn’t work, there are other providers who offer detection-blocking ideas of their own (VyprVPN’s Chameleon, IPVanish’s Obfuscation switch.)

The service has an impressive list of apps, with downloads for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux, Windows Phone and Apple TV, and a handy collection of browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox and Opera.

VPN Unlimited supports up to 5 devices on one account, but that’s a little more complicated than usual. While other providers typically support 5 simultaneous connections from any combination of devices, VPN Unlimited has 5 ‘slots’ which are allocated to particular devices or browser extensions (a Windows client and Chrome extension on the same system will fill two slots) as you connect them.

Once those slots have been filled, you won’t be able to connect with any new devices until you log into the website and delete one of the old devices. 

If anything goes wrong, KeepSolid has a web knowledgebase with troubleshooting advice, and a support team is on hand 24/7 to answer your questions via ticket and email.

Plans and pricing

TODAY’S KEEPSOLID VPN UNLIMITED PRICE PLAN DEALS:

12 months$3.33/mthVIEWat VPNUnlimited1 month$6.99/mthVIEWat VPNUnlimitedUnlimited months$149.99VIEWat VPNUnlimited

KeepSolid’s range starts with three fairly-priced plans. You can opt to pay monthly for $9.99 (£7.69), dropping to $5 (£3.85) a month if you pay for a year up-front, and $2.78 (£2.14) with its three-year plan.

Most VPN providers charge more (even the current 15-for-12-month special deal is priced at $6.67 (£5.13) a month), others charge a little less (Private Internet Access can cost as little as $2.91 (£2.24) on its two-year plan), but overall VPN Unlimited offers good value.

KeepSolid spoiled this positive first impression with a little pointless marketing trickery. Each plan has a ‘Last Sold’ tag, telling you how long ago it was last purchased, and in most cases this is somewhere between a few seconds and 5 minutes. Looks great, but we noticed that if we refreshed the page or visited it in another browser, we often got entirely different figures. The results are more consistent with them being generated randomly than being elapsed times since the last purchase.

As we write, the company also offers a lifetime of VPN usage for a one-off $199.99 (£154). That’s the equivalent of $16.67 (£12.83) a month if you only use it for a year, $5.56 (£4.28) if you keep it for three years, $3.33 (£2.56) over five years – you get the idea.

While lifetime plans sound good in theory, based on current pricing, you’ll need to use VPN Unlimited for approaching six years before it becomes cheaper per-month than Private Internet Access’ 2-year plan. There’s no way to be sure the company will be the best service for you, by then, or even whether it’ll still exist, and on balance we wouldn’t recommend committing to any more than the three-year plan.

Unusual bonus options include the ability to get a personal VPN server, with traffic dedicated just to you. This is much more expensive, with for example a New York location costing $24.99 (£19.23) a month. But you get 1TB of monthly data transfer and up to 1GB/s connection speeds, and with no-one else around to hog resources and overload the system, performance should be higher and much more consistent.

Privacy

VPN Unlimited protects your privacy by using only the strongest VPN protocols. By default, that means OpenVPN, which is the standard protocol on both mobile and desktop apps. This uses AES-256 encryption for industry-standard levels of security. And if it doesn’t suit your needs for some reason, no problem – IKEv2 is available with most clients as a capable fallback protocol. (The older L2TP and PPTP aren’t supported.)

The apps also offer KeepSolid’s own Wise technology. This takes the core OpenVPN protocol, scrambles and obfuscates it a little, and maybe routes it a little differently to a regular connection. While this might cut speeds a little, it should help you bypass VPN detection and blocking systems used in countries like China, allowing you to get connected almost anywhere.

What you can’t do is tweak any of the underlying OpenVPN settings, at least not within the apps (you can download OpenVPN configuration files and adjust them manually.) That could be an issue for expert users who want to adjust ports or make other low-level tweaks to optimize the connection.

There’s better news in the app’s ability to automatically connect to the VPN whenever you access an untrusted network, ensuring you’re protected at all times.

The Android and Mac apps also benefit from a kill switch to block your internet if the VPN drops. Unfortunately, this hasn’t yet arrived for the Windows version. We tested this by forcing our OpenVPN connection to drop, and although the client noticed and reconnected almost immediately, our real IP was exposed to the outside world for a few seconds.

The Windows client doesn’t have any specific ‘DNS leak protection’ settings, either, but these, at least, didn’t seem to be necessary. We ran checks at IPLeakDNS Leak TestDoILeak and others, and found no sign of DNS, WebRTC or other data leak.

Logging

VPN providers understand that potential customers are curious about their logging policies, and most try to make this immediately clear on the website, leaving phrases like ‘Zero Logging!’ prominently displayed in reassuringly large fonts.

The VPN Unlimited website doesn’t make such an effort to highlight its logging procedures, and its front page doesn’t mention the issue at all.

Heading off to the Privacy Policy gives us a little more information, although it’s difficult to interpret.

For instance, this sentence starts encouragingly: “KeepSolid Inc. does NOT collect and log any user activities while using any of their VPN services…”, before adding “except the total amount of web traffic for each session and session dates.” These aren’t just stored by the company. If you log in to the VPN Unlimited web console, you can see the date and time each of your devices was connected to the service. We’re not sure whether that helps you very much, but it could be a small privacy risk if someone else gains access to your account.

The Privacy Policy goes on to spell out further information it might collect:

“KeepSolid Inc. may ask you to provide us with some technical non-personal information which may be collected in the background by the client apps. The following information may be collected: the user’s KeepSolid ID; the connection attempt time; the connection type; the encryption type; the device type, etc. This information will be used strictly for technical purposes, such as overall system improvement and increase of user experience.”

This is clarification that KeepSolid has some session logging, with records of the date and time of connections, the protocol and device type, and, thanks to that alarming vague ‘etc’, any other details the company might find useful.

Although the policy describes these details as “non-personal”, there’s more identifying data than we expected. The KeepSolid web console didn’t just record that we had connected from a Windows 10 system, for instance. It stored both the computer name and the name of our Windows user account. Perhaps the company stores more, elsewhere – that ‘etc’ means we can’t rule it out.

The company uses similarly non-specific language when it talks about when it might share data, saying:

“KeepSolid Inc. will never disclose any personal private data to third parties except when we must comply with laws that require such disclosure to law enforcement authorities or other government third party officials, such as subpoenas.”

Who might ‘other government third party officials’ be? That ‘such as’ implies a subpoena is just one method of extracting data from VPN Unlimited, so what other options might work? A Privacy Policy should be very specific, but KeepSolid’s very general language leaves its options very open.

What we can say is that KeepSolid admits to logging some session data (device details, connection date, time), and leaves open the possibility that it might record more. That doesn’t mean they know anything about what you’re doing online, but it’s still notably more of an audit trail than many other VPNs.

Performance

To assess VPN Unlimited performance, we start with an automated test which connects to 68 separate locations, records the connection time, uses geolocation to check whether the server is where the company says it is, and runs a simple ping test to measure latency.Advertisement

The connections were generally very reliable. We were able to connect to all but one server on our first test, and even that failure seems to have been due to some temporary issue (we accessed it on another run without difficulty.)

OpenVPN connect times seemed a little slower than average, with VPN Unlimited taking around 5 seconds longer to establish a connection than ExpressVPN’s client on the same Windows system. But ping times were more reasonable, with minimal latency for nearby servers, increasing with distance, but always within a normal range.

There was good news with our location checks, too, as every server’s official location was a close match to the position returned by our geolocation library. 

Download speeds weren’t the best we’d seen, but they were very acceptable. Our closest UK servers managed 65Mbps on a 75Mbps fiber broadband line, while European countries ranged from 60Mbps for closer locations (Ireland, France, Denmark) to 30-40Mbps as we moved further away (Greece, Poland. 

US speeds were similar, ranging from 60Mbps on the east coast, down to 45Mbps on some more distant locations. 

Heading even further afield revealed a few issues. Some areas performed well (Japan averaged 48Mbps, Singapore hit 50Mbps), most were in an acceptable 25-40Mbps range, but others were so slow as to be almost unusable (Chile and Malaysia were sub 10Mbps during our testing.)

Overall, KeepSolid offers decent speeds, but inconsistent results with some locations and very poor performance from others suggests you should spend a lot of time testing your required servers before you buy.

Netflix

A good VPN doesn’t just give you a new virtual location, it ensures that identity is sufficiently undetectable that it gets you access to all kinds of geoblocked content.

To get a feel for a VPN’s unblocking abilities, we connect to its UK and US servers, then check to see whether BBC iPlayer, US YouTube and US Netflix would allow us access to their content, or detect the VPN and display their usual “we know what you’re doing” error message.

The VPN Unlimited apps simplify the process of server selection by highlighting recommended iPlayer, Netflix and Hulu locations on their regular server list. That’s far more convenient than the average VPN, where you might have ten or more US servers to choose from, but be left to guess which (if any) works with your preferred content provider.

We chose the UK server recommended for accessing iPlayer, and it worked just fine. Out of curiosity, we tried the other UK server, and that let us in, too

Most VPNs allow access to US YouTube, and that was also the case here, with VPN Unlimited bypassing YouTube’s geoblocking with all its servers.

Netflix is the gold standard for content unblocking, but again, VPN Unlimited passed the test without difficulty. Its recommended US server got us access to the service right away, and when we tried a handful of other US servers, they worked, too.

This situation can change week to week, even day-to-day, and there are no guarantees you’ll see exactly the same results. But right now, KeepSolid does better at unblocking than many competitors, and even if problems do crop up in future, the ability of the client to highlight recommended servers will make it easier to find a location which works for you.

Torrents

VPN Unlimited supports torrents, at least in theory, but the company isn’t exactly enthusiastic about it. A support site FAQ asking ‘is BitTorrent allowed on all servers?’ is answered with a distinctly grumpy ‘The primary use of KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is not to download torrents, but to offer online security.’

That’s not all, with the answer going on to warn that ‘There are limited cases when our technical team has to subside connection speeds due to torrenting.’ Presumably this means cut, or throttle one or more user’s speed. 

That compares poorly with VPNs who promise they’ll never throttle connections. It also leaves us wondering how VPN Unlimited would know they have ‘subsided’ connection speeds ‘due to torrenting.’ Is VPN Unlimited monitoring user connections to identify the protocols they’re using? If so, that’s another black mark when compared to the top competition.

Even if you’re unconcerned about that, there’s more bad news in torrent support across the network. VPN Unlimited supports P2P on just a small fraction of its locations, five in total. They’re well positioned for North American and European customers (Canada, USA, France, Luxembourg, Romania), but users elsewhere in the world may see disappointing download speeds, and it’s another torrenting hassle you don’t see with the best of the competition.

Client setup

Although they claim to be all about privacy, most VPNs will rush to demand your email address, payment details and more, then trust they’ll be treated safely.

KeepSolid is surprisingly, and refreshingly different. You don’t have to sign up on the website, for instance; we created a new account direct from the Windows client. This will ask you to enter an email address and password, and you’ll be asked to confirm this, but that’s not compulsory. Even if you don’t confirm the email, you can still use the client for 24 hours, for free, before the account is deactivated.

If a day isn’t enough, give the company an email address you can confirm and you’ll get seven days to test the service. There are no payment details required, and a countdown within the app keeps you up-to-date with the time you have left.

The mechanics of the installation process didn’t always run quite as smoothly. The Windows client warned us of an error installing its TAP adapter, for instance (a virtual network adapter used by VPN clients.) But this didn’t cause any apparent issues, with the client working properly after we’d rebooted our system. We also tried installing the Android and iOS apps, as well as the browser extensions, and they had no setup issues at all.

Manually setting up OpenVPN GUI or other OpenVPN-compatible apps is more of a challenge. Unlike most VPNs, KeepSolid doesn’t have a single archive with all the .ovpn configuration files you need. Instead you must generate them, one by one, from the website.

The company also requires that you generate different .ovpn files for each device, as they have separate logins. Oh, and if you’re using them with OpenVPN GUI, or anything else which displays the file name, you’ll want to rename every one, as KeepSolid uses a naming convention which is, well, inconvenient (try 3237FF6D3B9A7C7A7015B20312CEEB45_bg_openvpn.ovpn, for instance, vs. Belgium.ovpn for VyprVPN.) 

This isn’t quite as dumb as it sounds. The standard .ovpn files used by other providers leave you needing to manually enter your user name and password to connect, or store them within your app. KeepSolid’s more customized files are able to include your credentials, ensuring you’ll never have to enter a login on any device. Still, manually generating files one-by-one is a tedious task, and KeepSolid should update the system to allow multiple server files to be set up in a single operation.

Windows client

The VPN Unlimited Windows client opens with a world map indicating its various locations, and an arrow indicating the location of your current IP. 

Although this looks good, you can’t zoom in, pan around, click a location to log in, or perform any other actions. It’s just a simple static image.

The real action takes place in a more conventional server list. Locations are organized alphabetically, each one with a Workload figure to help you make the best choice. Specialist servers (Netflix, Hulu, iPlayer, torrents) are highlighted. If you need more performance information, an optional ping test took only around 6 seconds to run on our test system, and added a latency figure to each location.

Scroll down, find a server which appeals and you can get connected with a click. 

There’s a smarter location-picking feature in a Favorites list, which enables building a collection of your most-used servers for easy recall later.

Switching between servers is natural, too. Unlike some of the competition, you’re not forced to manually close the connection before you can select another location. Just click a server from the list and the client will automatically disconnect and reconnect for you.

A Settings box includes a very small number of useful options. 

You can manually switch protocols between OpenVPN, IKEv2 and KeepSolid’s own Wise UDP and Wise TCP. Advertisement

A DNS leak feature reduces the chance of your DNS requests being sent outside the tunnel.

A Trusted Networks option enables building a whitelist of networks where the VPN will be deactivated. If you only use a VPN to protect your activities on public wireless hotspots, for instance, you could automatically turn the VPN off at home, or anywhere else you’re sure you’re safe.

Elsewhere, there’s a basic Run on Startup option to run the client when Windows starts (but you can’t define a startup connection), and a Password Protection feature which asks for your account password when it starts, preventing others using the service.

Individually, these features are welcome, but the client is more notable for the options you don’t get. No kill switch; no direct L2TP support; no OpenVPN tweaks; no specific IPv6 leak protection; no control over notifications; no option to control whether you reconnect when the app starts, or which server to use.

Overall, KeepSolid’s Windows offering handles the VPN basics reasonably well, but it doesn’t have quite the power we’d expect from a top provider.

Android app

Much like the Windows client, KeepSolid’s Android app opens with a world map showing its various locations. But unlike the Windows map, the Android version is dynamic, genuinely useful, rather than just basic eye candy.

You can zoom in and out with this map, for instance. Drag to pan around. Tapping one of the location markers displays its name, tapping again gets you connected, with a line flying from your current location to the new one to show the route. Maps still aren’t our preferred way to navigate any VPN client, especially on a mobile screen – there’s too much zooming in and out to access some servers – but this app has at least tried to make it work.

Tapping the country name at the top of the screen displays the more standard location list. This opens with a list of recommended servers which has similar functionality to the Windows client: a workload figure highlights the least and most-used servers, ping times are available if you need them, and there’s a Favorites list to store your most commonly-used locations. Torrent-friendly and recommended streaming servers are highlighted, or you can view all the best streaming servers on a separate tab.

A relatively sparse Settings dialog starts with an option to change protocols. You’re able to choose OpenVPN or KeepSolid’s Wise option, in either TCP or UDP forms.

The highlight here is a Reconnect Settings page, where you’re able to define when the app connects to the service. There’s plenty of control here, so for example you can have the app automatically connect to the VPN when you access any network, any cellular network, any wifi network, any open wifi network, or any network which isn’t on your own predefined ‘Trusted’ list (this could be home, work, anywhere else you’re 100% sure is safe.)

A small bonus extra enables controlling access to the app via fingerprint recognition, rather than a password. It’s a neat touch, although we suspect most users won’t bother (or need) to protect the app from others, and many of those who do will already have an app locker which can do the job.

We’re not complaining, of course, and on balance KeepSolid’s Android app is better designed than its Windows offering. It’s still mostly about the basics, though (apart from the comprehensive Reconnect options), and we’ve seen more powerful Android apps available elsewhere.

iOS app

KeepSolid’s iOS app follows the same basic interface and operating rules as its Android cousin. 

A world map allows you to zoom in, pan around and select individual locations. It works, and it looks good, but as ever with map interfaces, it’s a cumbersome way to operate a VPN.

A conventional list is more straightforward to use. You’re able to scroll directly to the options you need, view server loads and ping times to identify the best choices, or save locations as Favorites for speedy recall later.

A Settings pane enables switching protocols as required. Unusually, the iOS app offers more protocols than Android: OpenVPN, IKEv2, and KeepSolid’s own Wise TCP and Wise UDP.

Normal service was restored with the app’s relatively basic auto-connect options. You can have it connect to the VPN when you access untrusted networks, or all wireless networks, but the Android app offers significantly more control.

Finally, anyone concerned about the risk of others accessing the app can now protect it via Touch ID Recognition.

That’s a nice, umm, touch, but overall, KeepSolid’s iOS app left us feeling much the same as the others in the range. It’s capable, it does the job, it has one or two welcome ideas, but it’s a little short on low-level tweaks and functionality and there are better VPN apps around.

Browser extensions

Connecting to a VPN through an app will usually direct all your system traffic through the tunnel. That’s great for protection, but it could also cause trouble, for example if some of your applications don’t work with the VPN, or there’s a noticeable drop in performance.

KeepSolid’s Chrome, Firefox and Opera extensions work as proxies, only protecting your browser traffic. That’s not great for privacy, but it could be all you need for website unblocking, and a browser-based interface makes it very convenient to use.

The Chrome extension looks good and is easy to use. It opens by displaying your current location and IP address; you can connect to the fastest server (theoretically) with a click, or choose another as required. Connection times are slower than we’ve seen elsewhere, though.

The extension only has the most basic of location pickers. There’s no server workload data, no ping times, no Favorites system, no filtering or search tools, just an alphabetical list of country names. Still, there’s no doubt that keeps it easy to use.

There’s a similar stripped-back look to the Settings box, where you’ll find only two significant options: WebRTC leak protection, and the ability to automatically connect when your browser launches. These are both useful features, but some of the competition give you much more. Hotspot Shield’s Chrome extension allows you choose which server to connect to when your browser starts; can define whether individual websites are accessed through the VPN, or not; and throws in basic ad, cookie, tracker and malware blocking, for free.

Would the Firefox extension give us any extra functionality? We installed it to check, and – no, it was identical to its Chrome cousin in every detail. (Full marks for consistency, even if we would have liked more power.)

KeepSolid’s addons aren’t bad, then, but they have no significant feature surprises which might win you over, either. They offer a basic way to access the service from within your browser, and that’s it.

Support

VPN Unlimited’s first line of support is its web knowledgebase, where you’ll find various installation guides and a scattering of FAQ pages. 

These articles are often short on detail and poorly structured. For example, the guide on how to use the Windows client wastes a bulleted list explaining what menu items like ‘Follow us on Facebook’, ‘Check for update’ and ‘Support’ mean, but can’t find space to explain the available protocols or suggest when and why you might want to change them.

If you need real, live, human help, tapping the Support icon at the bottom right of the website displays what looks like a chat window, but actually it’s just a contact form. Fill it in with your details and question, and the site tells you the support team will get back to you via email. (You can also send an email direct to support, which can sometimes be more helpful if you’d like to send screenshots, log files or other useful data.)

Although email support will never be as convenient as the live chat available with providers like ExpressVPN, KeepSolid got as close as we’ve ever seen, with its response arriving only four minutes after we posted our question. It was a detailed reply, too, with all the information we needed, and links to relevant support documents. We would still prefer live chat as an option, but if email responses can be this speedy, it’s not a significant issue.

Final verdict

KeepSolid offers decent performance for a fair price, and apps that run on almost everything. The session logging and the lack of a Windows kill switch could be an issue for some, but if your needs are simple – unblocking websites, say – it could still be a good choice.

Outback Vision Protocol Ingredients

The Outback Vision Protocol is a step-by-step guide designed to help people with macular degeneration and retinal damage. This potentially effective resource boosts your chances of recovering from near and far-sightedness naturally.

There are two main ingredients (components) of the formula that may improve your eyesight substantially:

  • The Fast Start Guide
  • The Main 21 Protocol
  • The Fast Start Guide

This set of instructions is an essential part of The Outback Vision Protocol. In this resource, you will find crucial information regarding vision, eyesight issues and the medical conditions that may affect your macular health. This clinically proven data will help you:

  • Protect your eyes
  • Reduce the impact of free radicals
  • Adapt your diet to better vision
  • Restore healthy eyesight
  • Soothe visual impairment

Upon finishing this part of The Outback Vision Protocol, you will be able to make the right choices and improve your chances of seeing better than before. Also, with this essential informational baggage, you will be adequately equipped to fight off any ailment or condition that may affect your eyesight.

The Main 21 Protocol

The Outback Vision Protocol is inspired by Australia’s North West Mobile Force (NORFORCE) Unit, whose members use a unique solution to improve their vision. Their system revolves around the use of natural ingredients and organic vitamins that enhance eyesight and reduce macular degeneration.

This powerful resource of remedies for poor vision has been adapted into an easy-to-follow guide that you can safely use to reduce eyesight problems. Its name is The Main 21 Protocol and holds precious instructions on what foods and supplements you need to consume for better macular health.

The Outback Vision Protocol recommends the following ingredients for enhanced eyesight:

  • Lutein – prevents macular degeneration
  • Zeaxanthin – increases eye protection against free radicals
  • DHA – an omega-3 fatty acid that improves the condition of your retina.
  • Antioxidants – play an essential role in eye health.

While you can find most of these substances in dietary supplements, you can also get them from fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and meat products. The precious nutrients that alleviate vision problems can be found in foods like:

  • Spinach – a reliable source of lutein
  • Eggs – rich in Zeaxanthin
  • Kale – essential source of lutein and Zeaxanthin
  • Aboriginal fruits – berries and other fruits originating from Australia that are rich in Zeaxanthin
  • Fish oil – an important source of DHA
  • Kangaroo meat – High protein and low-fat meat that promotes and sustains eye health

One of the best features of The Outback Vision Protocol is it useful, extensive data on natural remedies for better vision. Its eye-opening solutions on how to mix these ingredients will improve your vision naturally. This program contains tips and instructions on smoothie recipes containing essential vitamins and antioxidants capable of restoring 20/20 eyesight.

Bonus Components

Upon purchasing The Outback Vision Protocol, you may receive two bonus materials for free. These small guides are easy to use and offer you better chances for a clear and healthy future vision. Here they are:

The Home Eye Test Kit

This is a collection of diagrams and charts that allow you to test your eyesight at home.

Binaural Beats Audio Tests

This is a bonus package of audio tracks that use unique frequencies to help your eyes absorb the incoming nutrients and achieve a healthier condition.

Herpes Blitz Protocol Review

Herpes blitz protocol is a dietary program that aims at treating herpes naturally. The program involves the use of natural home remedies, for herpes, that employs Moroccan diet ingredients. It doesn’t involve any medicines or surgical treatments against herpes.

What is Herpes?

Herpes simplex is an infectious, dangerous, and a contagious virus. It has two types;

  1. HSV-1
  2. HSV-2

HSV-1 commonly causes “cold sores” and HSV-2 causes “genital herpes.”

Herpes is a disgusting disease. Watery blisters in the skin or epithelium of the mouth, lips, nose or genitals are the usual symptoms of herpes.

Herpes virus can be troublesome as a neurotropic and neuroinvasive virus. It can stick within the body in a dormant phase and hide from the immune system in the neural cell bodies. It is one of the most common sexually transmitted viruses. According to WHO, 67% of the world’s population has HSV-1.

For so many years herpes simplex was thought to be untreatable. Valtrex, Zovirax or Famvir was approached as medicinal solutions to Herpes but these medications only put the virus to sleep and didn’t heal the patient completely.

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About the author

Josh Parker, a former US military expert, has come up with the idea of Herpes Blitz Protocol. He promises the protocol to work effectively for all ages and sexes.

During one of his army camps, Josh Parker noticed that the herpes virus had badly affected Americans and a few Africans but the Moroccan population had developed fewer symptoms that were easily negligible.

He investigated about the diet and food habits of the Moroccans. His extensive study and research, in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, led him to found out the three ingredients in the Moroccan diet that were keeping them safe from the virus.

He carefully studied the ingredients and their potential for the virus. He designed recipes for anti-herpes home remedies, using the correct mixtures of the ingredients, and came up with this revolutionary protocol.

What are the ingredients involved in the Moroccan diet?

The ingredients involved in the Moroccan diet included;

  • Curcumin

Curcumin is the primary compound of turmeric. It has antibacterial and antiviral properties. It inhibits the viral proteins and genome to promote the viral replication and infection within the body.

  • Quercetin

Quercetin is a component of red onions, tomatoes, and apples. It is able to combat both the HSV-1 and HSV-2. Owing to its powerful antiviral abilities it reduces the replication of the virus by more than 50%.

  • Resveratrol

Resveratrol is a red grapes’ extract. It is a polyphenol in nature. Resveratrol blocks the activation of the transcription factor protein, inhibiting the viral replication.

Josh and co-workers employed two other weapons to their treatment technique.

  • A drink that stimulates the production of virus-fighting interferon.
  • A hormone found in fatty foods that causes a 37% increase in the natural killer cells.

How does Herpes Blitz Protocol work?

Herpes blitz protocol is an epigenetic program against the herpes virus. It involves the use of smoothies made out of Moroccan diet ingredients. They target the genome of the virus making its survival very hard. These ingredients actually block the protein LSD-1 that is necessarily required by the virus to start its development within the body. Blocking this protein keeps the virus inactive and it doesn’t multiply and the body remains infection free.

Using all the cutting-edge research the author came up with a “search and destroy” protocol. To make it easier for the people to follow, he prepared smoothies using the essential ingredients and armed weapons for the immune system. Drinking one smoothie a day was enough because these smoothies were 17 times more powerful than the usual Moroccan diet.

The protocol has two phases;

  1. The search phase

This constitutes a 7-day smoothie practice. This phase involves unmasking the virus and blocking the LSD-1 protein. In this way, the virus doesn’t replicate and is no longer hidden from the immune system. Each smoothie comprises of carefully measured ingredients for the best outcomes.

 2. The destroy phase

In this phase a 21-day practice allows the immune system to powerfully combat the virus and treat the body in the best possible manner. In this phase, the body is armed with additional weapons and of course the smoothies. This phase not only blitz herpes but is also beneficial for the brain, heart, waistline, and energy levels.

The site promises safe and positive clinical trials for the protocol. Moreover, it states that more than 64,000 people have been healed using the protocol.

Bonus Items

The Herpes Blitz Protocol comes with two additional bonuses;

  • The Immune Protection Protocol

It is a 14-day action plan with 25 immunity boosting recipes. It ensures the strength of the immune system making it strong enough to combat maximum infections and foreign pathogenic invaders.

  • The Sex Drive Stimulator

Keeping in view the devastating effects of Herpes on one’s sex life, the protocol comes with a sex drive stimulator consisting of aphrodisiacs stimulating male and female sex drives and helping people build and display their confidence back in their bed.

These bonuses are absolutely free!

Pros of the protocol

Following are the pros of the protocol,

  • It involves the use of natural and clinically attested formulas.
  • The protocol helps people fight herpes and brings back their confidence and self-esteem.
  • The dietary plans of the protocol work for both oral and genital herpes.
  • It is effective for all ages and sex.
  • The protocol is affordable and a just 28 days of practice.
  • It comes with a 60-day money back guarantee.

Cons of the protocol

  • The protocol is available in a digital format only. You can access it online and download it after your purchase.
  • The recipes may taste bad but anticipate your desired results.

Cost and Availability

The protocol is easily accessible online on the official website. The protocol costs only $37 with two additional bonuses absolutely free. The site guarantees to keep the customer’s information confidential. The official site also states all the terms and conditions regarding the product and its purchase.

Final Verdict

The Herpes Blitz Protocol is a natural and remedial program against Herpes. It is neither a medicine nor a surgical approach to the disease. The protocol is a simple dietary plan that may help people to restore their confidence and happy relationships.

It comes with bonus items and may provide suitable results eliminating Herpes from your life. However, the treatment relies upon the severity of the conditions. In case of severe disease, people must opt for a medical treatment.

Blood Pressure Protocol

Are you suffer from blood pressure problems? Do you know high blood pressure is known for Silent Killer? This blood pressure can cause serious adverse and devastating diseases. If you are facing the same problem, then here is the best solution for your Blood Pressure Problem that is called Blood Pressure Protocol created by Dr. Channing & David Riley.

This is an amazing program to achieve a remarkable result, using 100% natural and completely safe homemade protocol, which does not require any kind of medication. It is actually a combination of proved method and science, in which the functions are gathered into one comprehensive lifestyle program.

What is the Blood Pressure Protocol?

Dr Channing’s Blood Pressure Protocol supplies a simple and easy method to follow, which is based on a bizarre treatment method developed by a cardiologist and hypertension specialist who has spent years in a small study and uncontacted tribe living deep in the Amazon forest, and it was already used to help 23.867 people of all ages to lower their blood pressure quickly, easily and safely.

Blood Pressure Protocol will show you a quick and proven way for you to significantly lower your blood pressure, transform your health and well-being, and possibly add years and even decades to your life. So put every plan you have on hold for several minutes and be comfortable, because it is absolutely essential to your current and future health.

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How Does Blood Pressure Protocol Work?

  • Blood pressure protocol is a brand new program with incredible remedies that promises and teaches ways to overcome the blood pressure very easily.
  • This program describes how the given herbal remedies can work for you, then you can stop using that unnecessary drugs, pills etc. 
  • Blood pressure protocol has worked firmly for 9 weeks to transform the original treatment plan in a comprehensive, step by step and easy to follow system for the treatment of high blood pressure with no drugs at all.
  • This stunning protocol contains the list of healthy food diet, natural ingredient, grass, the plant extract that hinted even remotely to be able to treat high blood pressure.
  • Blood pressure protocol program supports to channel your health by strengthening your cycle of life and live a healthy lifestyle by spending little investment.

What Will You Learn From The Blood Pressure Protocol?

  • Here you will be getting the diet of the Yanomami Indians was delicious in an unfamiliar antioxidant known as coenzyme Q10, which is found in cold water fish like salmon, tuna and herring, and dark leafy vegetables, nuts, shellfish, pork, chicken, and beef.
  • Dr. Channing set up a final list of ingredients proven to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of hypertension.
  • In the Blood Pressure Protocol, you will receive the Dr. Channing Yanomamo Food Guide which comprises most current and complete list of ingredients miracles of Dr. Channing, scientifically proven to lower blood pressure.
  • In addition to the food power list, herbs, seeds, plants, and berries, you will also have the hypertension-Busting recipe from Dr. Channing Guide, which comes with 21 delicious and easy to prepare recipes for lower blood pressure, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • And finally, you will also receive the Dr. Channing Super Smoothie Bible, which contains 17 recipes for tasty and nutritious shakes, allowing you to reach your target blood pressure even more quickly.

PROS:

  • The Protocol of blood pressure from Dr. Channing is a natural, safe and scientifically proven program to lower blood pressure at home.
  • It is a straightforward and easy to follow guide that showed people how to reduce their blood pressure naturally without drugs and started to put it in hospitals, medical centres, and clinics.
  • In Dr. Channing Super Smoothie Bible, you will receive dozens of power foods, all clinically proven to lower blood pressure, and you will be able to combine to accomplish maximum results.
  • Remember, this protocol is natural, safe and side-effect 100% free, so there is absolutely no risk.
  • Once you start dealing with this program, you can quickly and easily see the changes in your body, and you feel fresh as a newborn baby.
  • This blood pressure protocol came up with 60 days money back guarantee if you are dissatisfied.

CONS:

  • Blood pressure protocol is not a “magic bullet, ” and it needs a solid level of time. You will need to follow this program for at least a few weeks to see visible results.
  • This product is available for purchase only on the Internet. Therefore, people who are in remote areas without access to the Internet cannot buy this product.
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Conclusion:

Blood pressure Protocol is a natural treatment plan and side-effect free 100% that would allow everyone, regardless of age or sex, to lower blood pressure quick and easy and return to optimal health some days. And most importantly, eliminate the need for medication in blood pressure completely. Thousands of men and women already use this protocol.

If you do not achieve the results you seek, it does not matter – because orders fully protected with the iron-clad 60-day money back guarantee to return your money back. So do not miss the proven natural way, just make the order immediately and see the results quickly. So go ahead and put a blood pressure protocol to the test in the comfort of your home, try all the ingredients, delicious recipes, and smoothies.

6 Secrets to Losing Weight


These strategies can help you lose weight faster and keep it off.

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Featured Recipe: Salsa-Black Bean Burgers

We live in a world where a cup of coffee—albeit a fancy one—can set you back 450 calories. It’s also a world where football-size burritos that pack 1,000 calories are the norm, and even home-cooked meals can balloon out of control. Is it even possible to lose weight in this modern society? Yes. Here are six secrets to help you slim down.

Read More: 7-Day Diet Meal Plan to Lose Weight: 1,200 Calories

Secret 1: Plan Ahead

chicken burrito bowl

Featured Recipe: Chicken Burrito Bowls with Sweet Potato Rice

“What’s for dinner?”

This question should be a joyful one, not one that strikes fear in your heart. Plan dinners that you look forward to cooking and eating. Once you’ve decided what you want for dinner, plot out the rest of your day’s meals around it, including snacks. A menu plan for the whole day really does help you lose weight.

Perhaps meal plans are successful because they force you to keep healthier foods on hand. It could also be that seeing all the food you’ll be able to eat before the end of the day reassures your brain and helps you stave off cravings.

Planning ahead also helps you keep your eating on schedule: if you already know what you’re having for lunch, you’re less likely to let six or seven hours pass without having something to eat—a situation that usually results in eating too much when you finally do sit down to a meal.

Try These: Healthy 400-Calorie Dinners

Learn More: How Many Calories Should You Eat to Lose Weight?

Secret 2: Avoid “Portion Distortion”

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Featured Recipe: Vegan Potato Soup

When you’re trying to lose weight, one of the best skills you can learn is accurately sizing up portions. Studies show that almost everyone—heavy people and thin ones, nutrition experts and normal folks—underestimates how much they’re eating. In fact, research shows that people tend to underestimate calorie intake by 20 to 40 percent.

Try these three easy tips to measure your portions without having to break out your measuring cups:

Compare things

Three ounces of meat or protein is about the size of a deck of cards. A medium potato is the size of a computer mouse. A quarter cup is the size of a golf ball.

Use your hand

For small-framed women, 1 teaspoon is about the size of the tip of your thumb, 1 tablespoon is the size of your thumb and 1 cup is the size of your fist.

Measure once

When you’re at home, you’re using the same bowls and utensils over and over again. Find out how much they hold. Measure out the amount of soup that your ladle holds. If it’s 3/4 cup, you’ll know forever that two scoops equal a satisfying 1 1/2-cup serving.

On the flip-side, you can measure out a given portion of a particular favorite food and serve it in the dish you’ll almost always use when you eat that food. Once you know that one serving of cereal reaches only halfway up your bowl, you’ll know to stop there.

Tip: Cooking individual-size portions like Chive & Goat Cheese Souffle, which is made in a 10-ounce ramekin, will help you control calories without even thinking about it.

Read More: 10 Simple Ways to Control Portion Sizes

Secret 3: Enjoy a Balanced Diet

thai yellow chicken curry

Featured Recipe: Thai Yellow Chicken Thigh Curry

Of course, there’s more to good nutrition than counting calories. When you’re cutting down portions, you’re reducing your intake of helpful nutrients, too, so it’s even more important to make healthful choices.

Here are the five foods you should be eating as part of a balanced diet every day:

1. Whole Grains

Whole grains provide fiber, trace minerals and antioxidants and slow-release carbohydrates that keep your body and brain fueled.

Try These: Healthy Grain Recipes

2. Fruits & Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are low in calories but high in vitamins, minerals and other phytochemicals—compounds that fight disease-causing free radicals and amp up enzymes that clear toxins. Choose a rainbow of colors to get the widest variety of nutrients.

Try These: Healthy Fruit Recipes and Healthy Vegetable Recipes

3. Lean Proteins

salmon tacos

Featured Recipe: Salmon Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

Some studies show that, gram for gram, protein may keep you feeling full longer than carbohydrates or fats do. Good sources of protein include: seafood, poultry, lean meat and tofu.

Try These: Our Most Popular Chicken RecipesLow-Calorie Beef Recipes and Healthy Fish & Seafood Recipes

4. Low-Fat Dairy

Low-fat milk and yogurt provide a satisfying combination of carbohydrates and protein. They’re also good sources of calcium, which dieters often fall short on. Cheeses contain calcium, too, but it packs in calories. Choose cheese with bold tastes so you don’t need a lot to get great flavor.

Try These: Healthy Dairy Recipes and Healthy Yogurt Recipes

5. Healthy Fats

If you fear the fat, it’s time to stop. The 80s fat-phobic era has come and gone, and today, we know that healthy sources of fat—like the kinds in fish, nuts and avocados—are good for your overall health plus your weight-loss goals.

The key here, however, is to focus on the good kind and avoid the bad. Focus on boosting your intake of monounsaturated fats (in nuts, avocados and olive oil) and polyunsaturated fats (in canola oil, plant oils and fish).

Try These: Healthy Nut & Seed Recipes and Healthy Avocado Recipes

Secret 4: Share Delicious Meals

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Featured Recipe: Quick Shrimp Puttanesca

You probably won’t be very happy nibbling on carrots and cottage cheese if everyone else at the table is enjoying pasta smothered in cream sauce. Studies show that people lose more weight when they do it together, so boost your chances for success: enjoy real meals with your friends and family.

Crab cakes, steak, dessert—nothing is off limits when you’re watching your weight. Tempt your family and friends to join you on your quest for better health with our recipes for delicious lower-calorie versions of your favorite foods. After they see how great your diet is, maybe they’ll pick up your healthier lifestyle changes, too, and suddenly you’ll have a whole slew of friends to join you in your weight-loss efforts.

Try These: Better Than Takeout: 30-Minute, Low-Calorie Dinner Recipes

Secret 5: Move On From Slip-Ups

bbq chicken flatbread

Featured Recipe: BBQ Chicken Flatbread

You planned out your meal, snacks and treats too. So you “shouldn’t” have felt deprived and you “shouldn’t” have binged on that pizza, but—guess what—you did. It happens. Making a plan helps, but it doesn’t ensure total success. What you really shouldn’t do is throw in the towel and go on an eating free-for-all.

The key to overcoming slip-ups is to forgive, forget it and get right back on track. Guilt begets more bingeing; don’t give in to that. Don’t fall into the splurge-and-then-skip diet—it’s not healthy or enjoyable and you end up hungry and guilty. Besides, punishing yourself with tiny meals doesn’t inspire healthy habits you can keep and enjoy throughout your life. Plan a week’s worth of delicious calorie-controlled dinnersso you can stay satisfied and happy.

Read More: How to Beat a Weight-Loss Plateau—Really

Secret 6: Treat Yourself

chocolate chip cookies

Featured Recipe: Bev’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

You love chocolate; you live for chocolate. But when you’re trying to lose weight, you aim for eating perfection. So you totally give it up and eat whole-grain toast, salad and apples instead. You feel virtuous because your diet is picture-perfect. But, for most people, it’s impossible to achieve every minute of the day.

Recognizing realistic expectations is the key to slimming down. Aiming to be “too good” sets you up to fail. Don’t deprive yourself of everything you love; just keep your little splurges in moderation and calculate them into your plan for the day. Dieting isn’t about perfection; it’s about balance.

So if you love chocolate, eat a little, or if you love wine, drink a little. Just make room for the calories by passing on something else—perhaps bread. In other words, prioritize.

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