Archive | February, 2012

Banishing the Deadliest Fat

29 Feb



Belly fat 

The most dangerous form of body fat is intra-abdominal fat, or visceral fat, which contributes to total belly fat.

If you’re like many Americans, when you were younger you were able to eat with gusto and without a care in the world. Even if you weren’t working out or exercising on a regular basis many of us could seemingly consume whatever, whenever. But now, the days and nights of youth-filled binges are long gone and you may actually exhibit the dreaded “middle-age spread.” Or worse, you are overweight or obese. Today, obesity is the single most important health issue facing the United States. More than one-third of adults and almost 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese. That’s according to new data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, released from The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The excess adiposity (“fatness”) that exists in obese individuals is associated with serious adverse health effects including increased susceptibility to cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. With obesity-related healthcare spending at about 5 to 10 percent of all health care costs, it’s a problem that clearly stresses an already unstable economy.

Obesity is a complex, dynamic process involving genes and hormones; however, the most amendable lifestyle factor is simply our excessive calorie consumption relative to our energy expenditure. Not surprisingly, according to a 2010 consumer survey, 55 percent of us are actively trying to lose weight. But to address the issues of prevention, treatment, and lifestyle factors, you need to understand body fat–what it is, what it does, and how different types of body fat are associated with health and disease.

Body Fat is an Active Endocrine Organ

Previously, body fat was thought to be just that: fat. However, scientists have known for some time that body fat is indeed no less an organ than the liver or kidney due to its metabolic activities, its target by hormones, and its ability to secrete cytokines—those proteins with hormone-like effects. Body fat comes directly from our diet. Foods contain varying levels of carbohydrates, proteins, and, of course, fat. Alcohol, too, provides potential energy, more than the other macronutrients except for fat, that contributes to body fat.

Now, when examining body fat and body composition, researchers have generally divided fat into either subcutaneous or visceral fat. Subcutaneous fat is fat accumulated in the lower body, often visualized as producing a “pear shaped” appearance. This body shape is more frequently associated with the adiposity of women. In contrast, visceral fat is the fat within your belly (not the fat hanging over your belt) and is associated with the “apple shaped” appearance observed more frequently in men. Visceral fat is also known as central or abdominal fat.

In general, visceral fat is a relatively small proportion of total body fat. Why is it so important? It is chiefly because, unlike subcutaneous fat, visceral fat bathes the liver, kidneys, pancreas, and other organs that are necessary for maintaining optimal health and wellness. Because of its proximity, this type of fat has serious implications on health.

Visceral Fat is Inflammatory

Visceral fat is deleterious to health also because it is metabolically very active, causing low-grade inflammation within the body. In obese individuals, visceral fat consists of fat cells (adipocytes) that stimulate and secrete a variety of potent chemicals as well as activating cellular pathways that are implicated in disease. For example, visceral fat can stimulate the production and release of adipokines such as tumor necrosis factor and interleukins, which are potent pro-inflammatory mediators. These molecules travel to both neighboring and distant cells stimulating recruitment of other cells, generating yet more pro-inflammatory mediators and causing a profound cascading event. Visceral fat accumulation is also associated with insulin resistance, which is a primary factor in type 2 diabetes and other obesity-related conditions. Adipocytes in visceral fat can also increase proteins that promote additional fat storage, a process known as adipogenesis. Visceral fat accumulation in the liver is also a precursor to much more serious liver problems such as scarring (cirrhosis), and even liver cancer. The cumulative effect of these pathophysiological events causes glucose impairment, increased triglycerides, altered lipoprotein balance, and high blood pressure—collectively comprising the metabolic syndrome, a hallmark for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes among other associated health risks.

What Can Be Done to Reduce Visceral Fat?

Luckily, there are things that can be done to reduce visceral fat, but not without effort. First, the individual must lose weight. Exercise is certainly one of the most effective lifestyle interventions for reducing visceral fat. In one recent study, researchers found that aerobic exercise alone significantly reduced visceral fat by 12 percent (1). Next, loss of visceral fat requires modifications from a typical high fat, high-calorie consumption pattern.

Among nutrients targeted for assisting us in promoting fat loss are dietary fiber and protein. In fact, a recent study found that intake of soluble fiber was directly associated with reductions in visceral fat (2). Additionally, consumers of Isagenix products already know about the great features of our whey protein-based products such as IsaLean Shakes and IsaPro. Among the myriad of benefits of whey protein that will help individuals reduce their visceral fat include whey’s satiating properties, compared with carbohydrates, and its positive effects on metabolism. An increase in dietary protein also facilitates muscle protein synthesis, which has the additional benefit of stimulating body metabolism. Even better would be to incorporate the Isagenix Cleansing and Fat Burning System into an overall dietary strategy to metabolize visceral fat. In fact, a review of the literature by Krista Varady at the University of Illinois-Chicago has found that either daily caloric restriction or intermittent fasting reduces stubborn visceral fat by 5 to 15 percent (3). Since both the 30- and 9-day fat burning and nutritional cleansing systems feature aspects of caloric restriction and intermittent fasting it makes perfect sense that the Isagenix way would help reduce toxic, health-robbing visceral fat.

1. Johnson NA, et al. Aerobic exercise training reduces hepatic and visceral lipids in obese individuals without weight loss. Hepatology 2009;50:1105-12.
2. Hairston KG, et al. Lifestyle Factors and 5-Year Abdominal Fat Accumulation in a Minority Cohort: The IRAS Family Study. Obesity 2011 Jun 16.
3. Varady KA. Intermittent versus daily calorie restriction: which diet regimen is more effective for weight loss? Obes Rev 2011 Jul;12(7):e593-601.


Nutritional Cleansing FAQ

29 Feb
If you have a question relating to nutritional cleansing, you can send it to
If you have a question relating to nutritional cleansing, you can send it to

Do you have a question about nutritional cleansing? Are you a new cleanser, but unsure how to use the products? Not to worry—we’ve put together some of the most common questions and answered them on this post. As you start a new year, we hope these FAQ will assist you.

Q. Why do I need  nutritional cleansing?

 A. Toxins and stress in our modern environment subject our bodies to continual risk of poor health. Once you begin cleansing you’ll notice you’ll feel cleaner (like the feeling you get after a shower), and more energized. You’ll be healthier, too. Next time you look in the mirror you may also notice you are a few pounds leaner.

 Q. How does nutritional cleansing work?

 A. Over time, the human body has had to adjust to natural toxins in the environment, often with significant help from certain plants that provide special active components. Nutritional cleansing enlists a blend of these botanicals along with vitamins and minerals to support the body nutritionally for the modern world’s onslaught of new toxins*.

Q. Why does Cleanse for Life™ Tropical Berry flavor have two sets of directions? What is the difference between Everyday Cleansing and Deep Cleansing?

 A. Keeping your body free of toxins is not too different from maintaining a home. To renew the beauty of your home, an annual “spring cleaning” does the job, but to keep your home safe and orderly, regular daily cleaning is necessary.

Cleanse for Life Tropical Berry flavor can be used to serve both the function of giving the internal body a thorough wash-down and that of providing for its daily up-keep, which is why its label now features two sets of directions.

The first set of directions highlights Everyday Cleansing and the second highlights Deep Cleansing. Everyday Cleansing consists of drinking 1-2 fl. oz. up to twice daily, first thing in the morning or between meals. Deep Cleansing consists of its use as an all-day drink for up to two consecutive Cleanse Days, drinking 4 fl. oz. with 4 fl. oz. of cold water four times daily as part of the Cleansing and Fat Burning System or Total Health and Wellness System.

Q. Where can I find instructions on  how to use the Cleansing and Fat Burning System?

  A. You can find instructions on how to use the Cleansing and Fat Burning System here (30-day supply) and here (9-day supply). You can find instructions on how to use the Total Health and Wellness System here.

Q. Is Cleanse for Life safe for long-term use?

A. Yes. It is absolutely safe. And healthy. You can use Cleanse for Life on a daily basis long-term. Deep Cleansing, which entails performing Cleanse Days, should be limited to no more than two consecutive days per week.

 Q. Can I use Cleanse for Life by itself for nutritional cleansing benefit?

 Yes. However, the product was designed to be used as part of one of our complete programs: the Cleansing and Fat Burning System (9-day, 30-day supply) or the Total Health and Wellness System (30-day supply).

 Q. Why was Ashwaghanda added to the product?

A. Ashwaghanda (Withania somnifera), also known as Winter Cherry, is classified in Ayurvedic medicine as a plant that helps the body resist stress.* The plant helps reduce oxidative stress, supports liver health and detoxification, and has potential for slowing aging.*

Q. Why was Yellow Dock added to the product?

A. Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus) leaves, sometimes used in salads, can help encourage bile production, serving the needs of the liver for ridding itself of toxins.* In larger doses, it can serve in helping with constipation.

Q. Why were bilberry, blueberry and raspberry added to the product?

A. Three berries that are well known for their antioxidant activity are now part of Cleanse for Life. Bilberry and blueberry, touted for supporting vision and mental health, also assist in strongly supporting detoxification.* Raspberry’s content of ellagic acid provides strong free-radical scavenging activity.*

 Q. Why does Cleanse for Life contain inner-leaf Aloe vera gel?

 A. Aloe vera gel consists of polysaccharides, glycoproteins, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. The gel can help soothe and reduce inflammation in the gut and colon, may enhance bioavailability of vitamins C and E and its natural antioxidant activity can help reduce oxidative stress.

The gel’s polysaccharides have been studied for their ability to balance the immune system and their actions as natural detoxifiers, helping to move along biochemical processes in the liver to neutralize toxins.

Q. Is Aloe vera gel a laxative?

A. No. Unlike “aloe bitters,” a yellow sap that contains anthroquinones, the gel contains no laxative effect and is absolutely non-toxic. Note: Use of “aloe bitters” is not legal in dietary supplement drinks.

Q. Why is Pau d’Arco used in the product?

A. Pau d’Arco (Tabebuia heptaphylla) is an herb with a history of use in Paraguay for a wide variety of ailments. It nourishes cells within the digestive tract and can help the body resist infection.* The plant may help reduce inflammation and guard against damage from cumulative toxins.*

Q. Why is Burdock in the product?

A. Burdock root (Arctium lappa) has a historic use as a blood purifier and helps rid the circulation system of toxins.* This thistle relative offers components that help protect the liver.*

Q. Why is Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice in the product?

A. Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), or DGL, is commonly used for detoxification in Asia and helps offer protection to the liver.* Its antioxidant activity helps protect DNA against damage.* We use the deglycyrrhizinated version of licorice root so there’s no contraindication for people with high blood pressure.

Q. Why is there fructose in Cleanse for Life?

A. Cleanse for Life includes a small amount of natural fructose (fruit sugar) because it provides a pleasant taste and feeds the body a steady stream of carbohydrates for energy. We do not use high-fructose corn syrup or any artificial flavors or sweeteners in any products.

Q. Why are B vitamins in Cleanse for Life?

A. A healthy amount of B vitamins is needed to support your metabolism to break down fats and carbohydrates. Daily B vitamins can also support your immune system and help maintain muscle tone, healthy skin, and steady energy.

Q. I see you offer Cleanse for Life in liquid and powder. Which is more effective for nutritional cleansing?

A. Both products offer the same potency from its ingredient.

Q. Are there any contraindications when performing Cleanse Days?

A. Because of the reduced calories, Cleanse Days should not be performed by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. In addition, those on medication or with a medical condition should consult a physician before Deep Cleansing.

Q. Should someone on blood thinners perform Cleanse Days?

A. If you’re on blood thinners or any other medication, we strongly advise you seek supervision of your healthcare professional. Your physician will need to monitor your Pt levels if you choose to cleanse. Performing Cleanse Days may result in natural thinning of the blood. This is because you are drinking lots of fluids and limiting caloric intake.

Q. Should athletes and “thin” people use Cleanse for Life?

A. Athletes and thin people can benefit from Cleanse for Life. We regard nutritional cleansing to be the “missing link” to many health benefits such as vitality, more energy and better absorption of nutrients.

When preparing for competition such as endurance events, Deep Cleansing should be avoided because limiting caloric intake may deplete muscle glycogen. 

Q. I get headaches while Deep Cleansing. What can I do about them?

A. First-time cleansers may experience mild headaches (for up to a week) as a common caffeine withdrawal symptom from giving up coffee or caffeinated soda. If necessary, headaches can usually be alleviated by eating an IsaDelight® dark chocolate (approximately 10mg of caffeine per piece) or drinking a cup of green tea.

Q. I experience leg cramping while Deep Cleansing. What can I do to avoid the cramping?

A. Some cleansers will experience leg cramps if they are receiving insufficient mineral electrolytes—magnesium, calcium, potassium, sodium. These can be alleviated by taking IsaFlush® and IsaCalcium®, eating 1 or 2 IsaDelight pieces, and/or snacking on nuts, fruits or leafy green vegetables. If cramping continues or becomes chronic, please be sure to follow up with a visit to your doctor’s office.

Q. I experience constipation while Deep Cleansing. How can I make sure to stay regular?

A. The key to avoiding constipation during a Cleanse Day is to keep dietary fiber intake high on Shake Days. Our recommendation is to gradually increase fiber intake to 25-30g daily in line with recommendations from the National Fiber Council. Getting enough is easily achieved by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as taking advantage of products such as FiberPro and SlimCakes®. Regular water intake also works with fiber to help alleviate constipation. If constipation continues beyond a few days, please be sure to follow up with a visit to your doctor’s office.

On Cleanse Days, you may also wish to include some fiber by adding FiberPro to your Cleanse for Life drink throughout the day.

Q. I feel cold when Deep Cleansing in winter. How can I stay warm?

A. Customers may feel cold while cleansing because they are drinking cold water and liquids regularly and avoiding regular amounts of food, which in itself produces a thermal effect during digestion. To alleviate feelings of coldness during cleansing in the winter months, consider drinking Cleanse for Life and accompanying water and herbal teas at warm temperatures.

Q. I feel flu-like symptoms or feel like I may be becoming sick while Deep Cleansing. How can I avoid this feeling?

A. If you begin to feel like you are coming down with the flu, please stop your Cleanse Day, return to Shake Days, and be sure to follow up with a doctor’s visit. If it turns out you have caught a bug, you may need medical treatment  and steady nutrition for your immune system.

Q. I experience “flushing” when I cleanse. Is this harmful? How can I avoid it?

A. Customers may experience “flushing” while on the program. This reaction is safe and may be related to an individual sensitivity to nicotinic acid, a form of niacin. Flushing can be avoided by taking the following products, which contain nicotinic acid, separately: Cleanse for Life, Ionix Supreme® and Natural Accelerator®. Because Natural Accelerator contains other ingredients that may result in a more pronounced flushing experience, it should be taken with food or replaced with Antioxidants.

Q. I have experienced an allergic reaction while Deep Cleansing. What should I do?

A. If you experience an allergic reaction, please discontinue whichever product may have been associated with the reaction and be sure to follow up with a doctor’s visit. Please also report your reaction or any other serious adverse event to

Q. I feel dizzy, like I will pass out when I’m cleansing. Could this be because my blood pressure is too low?

A. Yes. Lower blood pressure may be a natural result of performing Cleanse Days. If you have low blood pressure or are on blood pressure medications, please have your doctor monitor you and make adjustments as necessary before and while cleansing. (Reviewed by Dr. Dennis Harper.) Dizziness can also be caused by blood sugar becoming too low (See next question.)

Q. I have diabetes. Should I be worried about my blood glucose rising too high or falling too low?

A. Blood glucose levels should be monitored closely while on the program if you have diabetes. Not every individual will have similar results and you may need to make modifications as necessary. Please consult your doctor before adjusting medication. (Reviewed by Dr. Dennis Harper)

Q. How should someone who is diabetic and insulin dependent use Cleanse for Life?

A. We strongly advise anyone who is diabetic perform Cleanse Days only under close medical supervision. A physician will be able to help a patient with diabetes monitor glucose levels, modify medication and transition to short-acting insulin versus long-acting insulin when needed for cleansing. For more information, email us at

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


SWAT Institute Curriculum

29 Feb

The SWAT Certified Coaching Program is divided into three modules:

Module 1 – Building the Temple: Mind and Body

Without great health and vitality, succeeding in other areas is far more challenging. When our bodies are aligned, we have the strength to tackle the other parts of life—money, relationships, home, family, and living with purpose and passion; we have the strength to reach our highest potential.
Module 1 is composed of 3 courses
Nutrition & Physiology – This course explores the functions of various body systems as we discover the role of nutrition in health and disease management and prevention. Topics include: the sources and functions of nutrients, foundation of a balanced diet, weight management, physical activity, fitness and eastern holistic approaches to diet and nutrition. We use both Western and Eastern philosophies.

Psychology – This course explores the concepts and philosophies used in positively meeting life’s challenges, coping with stress, dealing with emotional struggles, developing self-identity, creating healthy relationships, and embracing healthier lifestyles.

Women’s Health and Wellness – Exploring the body-mind-soul connection in creating physical and emotional health and healing, this course is designed to finish off Module One in an esoteric and open-minded way. Students will learn from some of the world’s leading experts including Dr. Christian Northrup and Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz! Students must complete the 12-Week Total Transformation TeleCourse with Crystal Andrus in order to successfully graduate from the program..

Module 2: Empowerment Coaching

Module Two is spent directly with SWAT Founder, Crystal Andrus, as well as learning from some of the world’s most powerful teachers including Louise Hay, Marianne Williamson, Sandra Anne Taylor and Colette Baron-Reid.

Using Crystal’s distinct style of coaching, students are introduced to the higher realms of consciousness and empowerment while addressing core beliefs, patterns, and neurolinguistics. Students learn first-hand how to identify what is holding a client back, i.e. shame, guilt, blame, fear, grief, and anger, while shifting them into courage, willingness, and faith. Students are empowered to develop their intuition, while remaining very grounded and task-oriented. A more metaphysical module than the Module One, studying universal laws, metaphysics, and energy work, students understand the emotional and spiritual components of success.

Students finish up this module with a personal sense of strength to laser in on truth, lies, and solutions! Students will do 4 weeks of practice coaching, then will send in three (3) of their recorded coaching calls to be graded.

Module 3: The Business Behind the Business!

Rarely trained with proven techniques for recruiting leads, converting sales, overcoming objections, and effective marketing, as well as voice training and building a “brand”, there are countless highly-trained and motivated counsellors and coaches struggling to get their own practice off the ground.

Graduates leave Module Three with an understanding of internet marketing, social media, branding, web design, strategic business planning and forecasting, while also understanding how to help their own clients achieve financial success. The course provides you with mastery in all aspects of business and will assist you in becoming a successful coach.

Students will be required to complete the 12-Week Total Transformation TeleCourse. This must be completed in order to successfully complete the program.

Upon graduation, a SWAT Certified Coach can choose to continue to receive on-going support via The Crystal Club — the SWAT Membership Site. This includes your own website with an e-commerce site, lead generation and continual support from The SWAT Institute — faculty and students. In addition to being SWAT Accredited, you will also be Accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP).



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How Does a Virtual Classroom Work?

The SWAT Institute has set the standard in technology, experience, quality and affordability.

Technology – It’s not enough to offer tele-bridging, eBooks and email courses. The SWAT Institute relies heavily on technology. Our training utilizes the latest technology in web- based software including:

• At our learning platform at we put our students first with easy access to your coursework,
assignments, and quizzes.
• We use on-line and phone access for all lectures.
• A minimum of one to two new Conference Calls monthly with faculty and special guests, with access to all recorded
calls already in our curriculum.
• Weekly Homework.
• E-mail tips from faculty and classmates easily shared on our learning platform, along with easy access to faculty and
our student community.
• Global Collaboration.
• Regular newsletters.
• On-line grading.
• Plus, we have an interactive business building membership site called The Crystal Club—that includes access to our
International SWAT Certified Coaching Directory.

Quality and Experience – Do your homework! Look at the curriculum, platform, courseware content, required reading materials, and credentials of our teachers. Compare their experience and subject knowledge. You will see our program is superior to anything on the market today. We provide the highest caliber of subject matter, coaching, software, platform, technical support, and mentoring to our students.

Affordability – After quality, consider the cost. Don’t fall for cheap scams. You can’t expect to train for a position paying $50 – $150 an hour, for the cost of a hotel room, but you shouldn’t have to refinance your car either! Education is an investment and the dividends received are proportionate to what you invest. There is no such thing as something for nothing! Your clients rely on your experience and training. If you don’t have any, they will quickly discover it and find someone who does possess the right skill-set.

What are the minimum requirements for admission to the SWAT Institute?

Skill-set requirements include: The 12-Week BODY-MIND-SOUL Total Transformation TeleCourse is a pre-requisite for Module Two in this diploma program. It is also highly-recommended to have basic CPR and First Aid

Hardware requirements include: Computer set-up with modem, duplex soundcard, phone line separate from internet access, and either a headset or microphone and speakers to participate in the class.

Software requirements include: PC Users: MS Word 97 or newer (or compatible software), Windows XP Professional, Vista, or Windows 7, including an email program supporting attachments.

Mac Users: We also provide assistance to students working within Mac environments and will offer suggestions for document conversion options.

What are the other benefits of being a SWAT Certified Coach?

• Coach Certification. Once certain program requirements are fulfilled and approved, such as satisfactory completion of
courses, client coaching hours, mentor coaching, case studies, etc., you will receive the SWAT Institute certification
for marketing and credibility purposes.

• University-level textbooks. Undoubtedly, our program uses the most comprehensive printed curriculum in the world.
Our college-level textbooks will provide you with state-of-the-art learning tools brought to life by our seasoned faculty.

• License to use our materials. Immediately start using our pre-designed forms, assessments, tools and other programs
with your clients.

• A flattened learning curve. When you are working with experienced coaches and teachers who care about your success,
you stay on track and focus on the future. With weekly TeleClasses, you will have time to both integrate and practise
what you learn, thus ensuring that these skills, concepts and phrasing are permanently a part of your coaching toolbox.

• The Crystal Club. You will be encouraged to build a strong network with other SWAT Certified Coaches via The Crystal
Club—a membership site dedicated to you and all your health, fitness, emotional, spiritual and business needs! As a
member of The Crystal Club you can purchase all our products at wholesale pricing—or sell them directly from your
website (which we will also provide you via The Crystal Club) but you keep all the profits! Additionally, SWAT graduates
are invited to join our International SWAT Certified Coaching Directory via The Crystal Club where we not only promote

you as a newly certified coach but we drive our leads your way and help you to convert them into new clients. Coaches

who haven’t been trained with us regularly ask to join this private directory…they can’t!

• Affordable pricing. We’ve kept tuition low compared to other coaching institutes. Payment plans are also available to
support you in getting started soon. There will be additional fees for books, office supplies, and required reading
materials. What is the cost? When you evaluate the SWAT Institute, including our International SWAT Certified
Coaching Directory, you can be confident that you are getting the highest quality program at an extremely reasonable

What is the amount of time or courses that are live rather than taught through pre-recordings?

Our program is unique as our students are not on a fixed timeline and can start at any time that is convenient to them, also our students are from all over the world and in different time zones. Thus most of the courses will be taught via online text and pre-recorded lectures. When Crystal holds her 12 week teleseminar courses she may ask the students who are able to join live on the calls. All live calls with guest speakers will always be saved as mp3’s for our students so they do not miss out! For example Crystal just had an exciting interview with Dr. Christiane Northrup which will be saved as an mp3 for our students.

Will my SWAT Certification accreditation have real value?

You bet it does! Here’s why:

Successful professional coaching is about your client’s success. It’s about your ability to truly help an individual achieve her goals.

Our SWAT Certification course was developed by some of the most experienced professionals in the coaching industry. Combined, they have over four decades of professional experience in developing systems and programs that have helped millions of people to improve their lives and achieve a higher level of success. From this experience they have identified the very best professional coaching practices, techniques and methodologies and combined them into a practical, easy-to-use coaching system that supplies you with everything you will need to insure your clients will receive the finest coaching experience available.

What about my SWAT Coach credential? Is it real?

Yes, the SWAT Certified Coach credential is absolutely real.

There are over a half of a dozen organizations providing life coaching certifications. Their training programs range from two days to 3 years.

The truth is there is no government regulatory agency that sanctions or oversees life coaching certification. In the end, the true value of any coaching credential is measured by the recipient’s ability to deliver meaningful, successful coaching to each and every client served.

When you graduate from The SWAT Institute, you will have gained not only your SWAT & AADP certification, you will have also acquired the expert knowledge and complete confidence to fully utilize the finest professional and comprehensive coaching system available.

Will there be any additional costs other than my tuition fee?

There will be additional cost for books during your course. The average cost is $300-$400 (depending if you prefer print or e-Book version). You are not required to pay for your books all at once. As you finish one course, you move on to the next course and at that time you will pay for the corresponding books. The cost is then spread out throughout the year.

Will I be able to write a diet plan for a client?

As a life coach you will be able to empower women through changes they need to make to have success in each area of their life. You will have excellent knowledge of the foundation of a healthy diet; understanding the nutrition recommendations and guidelines for a healthy diet and weight management. You will be able to share tips to guide clients in healthy eating. You will have resources to share with your client regarding healthy eating and weight management.

Will I be able to write a fitness plan for a client?

As a life coach you will be able to empower women through changes they need to make to have success in each area of their life. You will understand the true benefits and importance of exercise and physical activity. You will be able to provide some tips of what exercise may be most suited to your client. As an example Crystal’s book Simply Woman includes a workout DVD.

Is the SWAT Institute Accredited with the International Coaching Federation?

The ICF is an independent credentialing program, which The SWAT Institute recognizes as a respectable organization trying to standardize and organize coach training. We have looked into what it takes to become ICF certified and at this point The SWAT Institute chooses not to move forward with this. As our Empowerment Coaching Program is unique, it is essential to retain its integrity and flexibility to continue to meet the vision for our school and offer the highest quality program to our students. The SWAT Institute goes above and beyond what the ICF requires and at this time they do not have a process to recognize the other attributes of our school.



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The SWAT Institute welcomes all women who have at least six years full-time experience living as an adult on your own! As a SWAT Certified Coach you need at least that experience under your belt to handle the responsibilities of supporting other women in their journey. Upon completion of our program, you will be SWAT Certified and can apply to be Certified wtih the AADP Accredited (American Association of Drugless Practitioners).

Hardware requirements
Computer set-up with modem, duplex soundcard, phone line separate from internet access, and either a headset or microphone and speakers to participate in the class.

Software requirements
MS Word 2003 (or newer), including an email program supporting attachments and either Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari.

General Inquiries
The Simply woman Accredited Trainer (SWAT) Institute Certification Program is designed to be a three-year part-time or 12-month full-time distance education certificate. Beyond that time, if graduation requirements have changed, it will be up to the students to upgrade at their own expense.

Payment Terms
There will be a 5% fee charged to all payment plans that exceed 12 months. Penalty for a declined credit card payment will be $30.00. Students can pay off their tuition balance at anytime within the terms without penalty. All tuition prices are in Canadian dollars.

New SWAT Students have ten (10) days from the date of this agreement to cancel their enrolment in The SWAT Institute and receive a full refund (minus a $200.00 administration fee). However, after the tenth day, no refunds will be issued. Students who have enrolled in The SWAT Institute via a payment schedule will still be required to fulfill the entire payment plan.

The SWAT Institute is committed to keeping your personal information Private and will never disclose any information about you without prior written authorization. We will also be providing you with materials and access to information that is intended for ‘paid’ SWAT Students only. As a student, you are expected to keep all information regarding the certification program confidential and private.

Graduation Policy
In order to graduate, a student must fulfill all academic and financial requirements. If a student has completed all of the academic requirements, but has not yet paid her tuition in full, she will not be able to graduate. Students must maintain an average of 70% in each course in order to move on to the next course. There will be a comprehensive test at the end of each course. As a Student you will be required to apply for the SWAT Institute Certificate at the end of completing and successfully passing all 3 modules, after which an academic evaluation of the student’s records will be conducted and certification issued within 5 business days. Your graduation date is the end date of your last term or 30 days beyond if an extension is required. Certificates are shipped approximately four to six weeks after graduation has been verified.

There will be no exemptions from any course within the modules without prior approval from the Dean of the SWAT Institute

Code of Conduct
The SWAT Institute is committed to the health, safety, and welfare of each of its students and faculty members. The SWAT Institute does not tolerate unreasonable, threatening, obscene, harassing, indecent, or illegal behaviour. The SWAT Institute has the right to judge behaviour and respond accordingly. This right includes, but is not limited to, termination of tuition without refund.

About SWAT

29 Feb

Crystal Andrus – Founder and CEO

Crystal Andrus is a worldwide leader in the field of self-discovery and personal transformation. From a tough beginning—her parent’s divorce at age 12, continued sexual abuse from a family friend, moving on her own at 15, off and on homelessness for three years, marrying young, battling health scares and a huge weight gain, then a difficult divorce that left her almost bankrupt to becoming a single mother to her two young daughters—she has subsequently risen to become a best-selling author, international motivational speaker, women’s health advocate, spokesperson for Louise Hay’s line of supplements—Haylo Health and the Founder of The SWAT Institute.

Her first book Simply…Woman!: The 12-Week Total Transformation Program (January 2005) was a blockbuster success in 2005, coming in at number 14 as the Reader’s Choice at Chapters, Indigo, and Coles across Canada.

Her second book, Transcendent Beauty (March 2006) was another huge personal success that cracked open Crystal’s speaking and television calling. First seen weekly on CTV’s CanadaAM, she was then hired as the Life Coach and Nutritionist on the hit show, X-Weighted, seen on Slice in Canada, Discovery Health in the US, SBS Belgium (in Flemish!), SBS Netherlands (in Dutch), Television New Zealand, Foxtel Australia, British Sky Broadcasting (UK, Ireland, Isle of Man, Channel Islands).

Her third book, Simply…EMPOWERED! (March 1, 2010) was hailed as one of the year’s “must-reads”. Dr. Christiane Northrup says it is: “A complete guide to creating the life of your dreams” and Debbie Ford claims: “If you are ready to become the hero of your own life, this book will get you there!”

Touring with The Power Within and the I Can Do It Hay House Events has allowed Crystal to share the stage with some of the most influential people of our time—Dr. Phil, Louise Hay, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Debbie Ford, Cheryl Richardson, Suze Orman, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Sarah Ferguson – the Duchess of York, among many many others.

Certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, she is the CEO and founder of Crystal Andrus Productions—a company dedicated to creating health & healing products, CDs, DVDs, retreats, and telecourses. She is the founder of The SWAT Institute (Simply Woman Accredited Trainer)—a global online coaching program for women, and she is the is creator of The Simply… Woman Workout Club—Crystal’s private fitness facility.

She lives in a grand old farmhouse in a tiny town in southern Ontario, with her new husband, children, three dogs, two cats, and flock of singing canaries.

Wendy Cowles – Registrar and Vice President of Sales

Wendy Cowles brings over 20 years of Project Management and four years of direct sales experience to The SWAT Institute and is the Registrar and Director of New Business Development.

After working for Corporate America for over 20 years—feeling unfulfilled, Wendy began personal coaching with Crystal Andrus. In less than one year, she turned her life around—lost over 80 pounds and decided to follow her passion by starting her own business working from home. Since then, Wendy has helped co-create, train and lead Global Sales Organizations and has reached the top 1% of income earners in the Direct Sales Industry in the United States and was featured in Success From Home Magazine in 2009.

Wendy supports each new student to ensure their success getting started at the SWAT Institute, while also coordinating, leading and recruiting SWAT Ambassadors from around the world. Wendy is living her dream in Arizona with her husband of over twenty years. She has two beautiful daughters and has recently become a grandmother to a gorgeous baby boy.

“I am so blessed to be here and cannot wait to help inspire many women to step into their GREATNESS!!”

Yvonne MacRae – Dean of the SWAT Institute

Yvonne is Dean of the SWAT Institute, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. She has been educating adults in chronic disease prevention and management for over 15 years; helping clients improve their relationship with food, to feel in control of their eating, to nourish their bodies for optimum healthand embrace a healthy lifestyle.

In her mid 20’s Yvonne spent time traveling; exploring different cultures and learning much about the world and herself. This experience helped to deepen her belief that women from all over the world have beautiful spirits and are connected, no matter what their life circumstance. She learned to see great strength and courage in women, even if they did not see it themselves.

Yvonne has firsthand experience coaching with Crystal Andrus, and has attended many of Crystal’s retreats and telecourses—all which have made a great difference in her life. She now uses this positive experience, along with her skills, to help other women feel great about themselves and fulfill their dreams. Her passion is to help women see their own courage, strength and beauty, move past their personal life barriers and live an empowered life, loving themselves, loving what they do, and sharing their unique gifts with others.

As our Dean, Yvonne works directly with each new student to make sure they get the utmost of their education. She is proud to be making a difference in women’s lives as a Dean of the SWAT Institute, and Professor.


Archived TeleSeminars

29 Feb

Discover And Express Your Life’s Purpose!
If you are tired of living with a feeling of emptiness, if you’re exhausted, depressed, frustrated, confused, or if you know there must be more, but aren’t sure how to find it, then you will want to listen to this amazing call with SWAT Institute founder, Crystal Andrus!

On this awe-inspiring call, you will discover how to :
• Connect with your truth, needs, dreams and desires
• Channel your guilt, fear, anger and disappointment into courage, willingness and
• Discover how and why you’ve been unconsciously stopping yourself from accessing
your truth
• Learn to express your gifts in a way that is rewarded by the world

Why Wanting Is Not Enough!
Best-selling Hay House authors, Colette Baron-Reid and Crystal Andrus have a life-changing conversation that will help you outline “The Map” that you must create in order to live the life you truly desire!

During this call you will learn how to:
• Create the most important environment you need for empowered and authentic self-healing
• Discover the key to co-creating the most powerful life
• Identify the voice of your shadow—the goblin
• Use powerful metaphors for a “3- minute instant awareness shift”
• Reclaim your innate capacity to shape your destiny

Are You Ready To Find The Love Of Your Life?
Listen to this conversation with SWAT Institute Founder Crystal Andrus and author of ‘The Soul Mate Secret’, Arrielle Ford.

During this call you will learn:
• The key steps to manifesting a soulmate!
• The 5 common blocks that stop you from finding true love!
• How the Law of Attraction applies to finding your life partner!

Meet A Real Life Angel For Mankind!
Listen to the Amazing story of Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish!

Dr. Abuelaish is committed to improving the quality of life for women all over the world, focusing on good health and education of females. Crystal says, “I am honored to have this conversation with Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish. He is an icon of hope and peace, a real-life angel for mankind.”

During this 90-minute teleseminar you will:
• Learn how to channel your own stories of pain, tragedy and anger into courage,
willingness, and love.
• Recognize that hatred, whether in your own family or between races or religion, is
a learned belief, driven by fear.
• Feel empowered to heal your own heart.
• Discover that world-peace is not only possible, it is needed more now than ever before.
• Want to make a difference in the lives of young girls and women around the world!