Mindconnection eNL, 2002-07-12
In this issue:
1. New product line
Folks have been asking why we don't sell fitness supplements, when the eNL offers such good health and fitness advice. After all, the mind-body connection means a healthy body makes for a better mind. That made plenty of sense to me, so we now offer a line of nutritional supplements, all of which I have hand-picked. A lot of the stuff we could be offering--well, we don't. I read supplement reviews fairly often, and have a pretty good idea of what's snake oil and what's not. I have tried most of the stuff we are offering. To best serve our loyal readers and customers, we negotiated a deal with a distributor so we can offer a good discount from retail. Save money, look and feel better. Visit www.mindconnection.com and look for the nutrition category. Start improving the physical environment of your brain.
If you don't think nutrition for the brain matters, simply stick your head under water for three minutes and then see if you are able to think as clearly as before doing that. Because of a lack of oxygen, you will be lucky if you are still alive, much less able to think! This may be an extreme example, but it drives home the point.
2. Brainpower tip
About a week ago, I picked my first ripe tomato off one of my seven-foot tall tomato plants. "Normal" plants in this area are about two feet high and are just getting little green fruits. And my honeydew melon plants are now sprawling beyond their trellises and are bearing large fruits.
Am I just lucky, here? No. To get such phenomenal results, I spend the non-growing season building the soil, and I am very careful about what I put into it. No fertilizers or pesticides, for example. A large toad lives under the bonnet of a kale plant, and a healthy-sized garter snake lives in the stones that form the garden walls--they get free room and board, in exchange for eating garden pests. I also have a flock of birds that stop by every morning to drink the dew. While they are there, they eat the aphids, slugs, and other bugs.
What does this have to do with brainpower? Plenty. How do you spend your "off season" time? What do you put into your brain? I am very careful not to watch the news or read the newspapers, both of which are invariably biased and quite negative. I have never watched Sienfeld, and couldn't tell you who got off the island. The only Friends I care about are my own.
What about current events? When you can tell me how I personally can do one thing about war in the Middle East, then I'll take the time to read up on it. I don't care who robbed what store, how horrendous a traffic accident was (I've seen 'em before), or what Hollywood celebrity is shacking up with someone else's wife. None of this "information" does one thing to improve my life or my outlook on life. What about being able to converse? Well, who wants to talk about things that are just irrelevant? There are far more interesting things in life.
By subscribing to magazines and journals, you move up to a higher standard of journalism. That isn't to say you can believe everything you read there. But, you are one step removed from the hyperbole and nonsense that sells television and newspapers.
I also feed my mind with recorded books. These are free at the public library. I go through several each week, as I listen to them while doing anything that doesn't require intense concentration. I also listen to them--rather than to the mindless croonings of some musician--in the car, though when traffic is especially tight I prefer silence.
If you think about the garden of your mind and really take care of that soil, you will have plenty of produce. Write down some things you can do to improve your harvest (I've suggested plenty, here), and try implementing them for two months. You will be smarter when that time is up. If you prefer a less powerful brain, just go back to the old ways. Personally, I don't think you will. But, that's up to you. Write to me at This e-mail link and let me know how this went for you!
3. Finance tips
"The economy" won't improve any time soon. The fundamental problems that have caused it to be so bad for the last 15 years are still here. Now, some folks claim we had a booming economy during the eight-year hell commonly referred to as "The Clinton Years." The government started tracking the number of layoffs in 1995. Every year since, we have set a new record. I don't see record layoffs as the sign of a "booming economy," but then again I'm not in charge of propaganda. The fact is, the economy started tumbling about the time the Japanese balloon popped, and began tumbling faster when Bush #41 signed into law the largest tax increase to date. Bill Clinton broke that record twice. Since a tax increase is actually a wage decrease, we can thank these two guys for cutting our wages.
Anyhow, we are not in a cyclical situation, though the stock market is bound to rebound in a cyclical fashion. This means you can't wait for the economy to improve, but must do things to improve your own situation. Here are some things you can do:
4. Health tip
In our last eNL, I gave tips for testing male fitness, as a general sign of health. One of our readers wrote in asking why I didn't mention a test for female fitness. Not being female, I have never studied this subject. I don't know the answer, and I'm not going to give you a snowjob by making something up. I will tell you how I, being single, unscientifically assess a woman's fitness. Keep in mind, these are just my perceptions.
What if you are a woman who doesn't meet the above? Well, there's a lot of pressure on women to look a certain way. Focus on your exercise program and diet. By that, I don't mean going through the motions of tossing some weights around while you starve yourself. I do mean challenge those muscles and don't eat processed "foods."
5. Fitness tip
The conventional wisdom is we have to lift weights to build muscle and run on a treadmill to build our cardiovascular system and burn fat. Pretty boring. Many other activities can make up part or all of this routine, provided you don't take a haphazard approach. These require almost no money, and you can actually hire out your services to others--get paid to exercise! Here are some items to start you off:
6. Thought for the Day
Education is the process of absorbing what others tell you--putting the light bulb in the socket. Learning is what happens when you understand that information--turning the light bulb on. Intellectual growth occurs only when you stop staring at that light bulb and see what it illuminates.
Wishing you the best,
AuthorshipThe views expressed in this e-newsletter are generally not shared by criminals, zombies, or brainwashed individuals.
Except where noted, this e-newsletter is entirely the work of Mark Lamendola. Anything presented as fact can be independently verified. Often, sources are given; but where not given, they are readily available to anyone who makes the effort.
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