- Product highlights
- Brainpower tip
- Time tip
- Finance tip
- Security tips
- Health tip/Fitness tip
- Thought for the day
1. Product Highlights
Sleeplessness Causes and Cures|
At the end of last month, Daylight
Wasting Time officially ended in those states inflicted with it. As a form of
population control, DWT works well (traffic fatalities spike during the three
weeks following each clock change). But there may be another benefit to it, too:
It raises awareness of the effects of sleep deficiency.
While we can't fix the DWT problem itself (other than move to Arizona or hope
mindless politicians will some day heed our cries to stop the insanity), we can
deal with the underlying problem it exacerbates: Sleep deficiency.|
spent any time in corporate America, you know that many high level executives
and celebrity CEOs brag about their long work days (little of which are spent
doing any useful work). They speak of sleep deprivation as though it's a badge of honor. And
you're probably familiar with stupid policies and incredibly dense wastes of
money that seem rampant in corporations today. There is a cause and effect, here.
The Sleep Institute has found, through extensive study, that a person who is
20% sleep-deprived has the mental acuity of a drunk person. So with all of these
hot shots running around 30% sleep-deprived, it should come as no surprise that
Dilbert is a dead-on documentary--not a parody or exaggeration.
I'm not saying all corporations are immersed in stupidity and incompetence. I
am saying that the macho culture which saddles us with sleep-deprived executives
is a costly cross for all of us to bear. One of the first areas sacrificed in
sleep deprivation is the brain's judgment center. This is why you have such
things as Michael D. Eisner getting $830 million in "earnings" in the same year
that Disney cites "financial difficulties" as an excuse for the failure to pay
its "Imagineers" even one penny of the bonuses they earned. No person
exercising anything remotely resembling good judgment would have gone along with
In your own experience, you have no doubt had a boss who just does one dumb
thing after another, costing your company and fellow employees money and
creating unnecessary stress. The root problem is nearly always that drunken
stupor of sleep deprivation.
You do not have to be one of these idiocy-spewing, damage-spreading zombies.
Sleeplessness Causes and Cures course is well-researched
and just the ticket for those who want a good night's sleep to be the rule and
not the exception.
How do you know if
you need this course? Here's a quick quiz:
- Do you fall asleep almost as soon as you put your head down?
- Is it hard for you to get moving in the morning?
- Do you nod off in meetings at the office?
- Do you find yourself forgetting things during the day?
- Do you find it necessary to use an alarm clock for you to get up in time for
- Do you "catch up" on sleep over the weekend?
If you answered "Yes" to any of
these questions, it is seriously dangerous for you to drive a car--you are at a
high level of sleep deprivation. You should get this course immediately. To
begin your journey back to the land of the alert, click on the photo above.
Or use this link:
2. Brainpower tip
Get your rest! In addition to the sleep requirements mentioned above, you need
rest in other ways. The brain is much like a set of muscles, and that gives us
clues as to how to make best use of it.|
One principle of maximum brainpower
is "Vary your activities."
Now, here's an analogy. Your job is to carry twenty
100 lb bags of grain up a flight of stairs. This must be done within four
- One approach is to carry the bags one after the other, until you're done. That
means you'll exhaust the glycogen in the muscles of your legs and back, and be
panting for breath halfway through this. Toward the end, you'll be staggering
up those steps.
- A smarter approach is to schedule this work so that you thread it in among
your other activities. So, every hour or so, you grab a bag and run it up the
steps. No problem. Using this second approach, you have plenty of energy for
this job. In fact, you find it easier to do the last few runs than the first.
When you are faced with tough mental challenges, use this same approach.
Sitting down and trying to do a massive task all in one session is simply overwhelming. Instead of slogging your
way through a big task, focus intensely on one part of it at a time. You will find
that your mental edge much sharper, that way.
3. Time Tip
We are going to address e-mail, again. Why? Because I have only scratched
the surface so far. Rather than hit you with a huge article on e-mail, I
am following the principle we just looked at in article #2 (above).|
this issue, we are going to look at another source of e-mail time savings.
I've recently had to deal with one person who over-used Reply All and one
who just could not seem to grasp this feature. Both folks probably cause
huge wastes of time among their e-mail recipients, all the time. Like the
daydreamer who drives no faster than 40 MPH on the onramp to the 65 MPH
freeway, their actions cause problems for everyone but them.
Reply All over-use. In the one case, this person replied to the
basic message of my e-mail, and everyone got a copy. So far, so good. But
then he added additional topics that didn't concern most of the
recipients. So now those folks had to either assume they were part of the
new conversation or they had to ask for clarification.
Failing to use Reply All. A customer needed technical support. I
work in sales, and the person I cc:d is the technical expert for this
product. I had replied to the customer's initial inquiry and noted he
needed to Reply All so our technical guru would get the messages and I
would simply remain in the loop. But every time he wrote, he wrote
only to me. This meant I had to forward the message to our technical guy
and once again remind the customer who could provide the necessary
assistance and how he could make sure that happened. With time zone
differences, this also causes unnecessary delays.
When to use Reply All. Use this method only when three
conditions are all met:
- The message applies to everyone on the list ("the list" being the
address of the recipients in the "To" and "cc:" fields).
- Everyone on the list has given permission for everyone else on the
list to have their e-mail address.
- You agree that it's OK for any person on the list to respond to the
If your e-mail does not meet all three of the above conditions, then
- Use Reply All, but delete those addresses to your message does not
- Use Reply All for that portion of your message which does meet all
three conditions, and write a separate message for content that does
not--sending it only to the appropriate people.
- Use the bcc: method.
Sending e-mail properly--whether Reply All, cc:, or bcc:--simply
requires a little planning and consideration. By reducing confusion and
heading off potentially huge problems, it can save you--and everyone
else--quite a bit of time.
4. Finance tip
As the holidays approach, people will be wasting enormous amounts of money
on exchanging "gifts." By definition, an gift and an exchange are mutually
exclusive. If you are giving, you are not expecting something in return.|
So the typical holiday drill works like this:
- Person A fights the crowds, invests huge amounts of time, and runs
up the credit cards to obtain unwanted items to "give" to persons B, C,
- After the "gifts" are exchanged, everyone goes to the store and,
without a receipt, stands in line trying to get a store credit or
There is no purpose served in this ritual. It does drive up our prices,
because merchants pay a credit card fee for your initial purchase plus
another fee if they put a refund on your card. Also, they have to pay
someone to handle the returns, exchanges, store credits, etc. On top of
everything else, many families get embroiled in holiday bickering with the
very people to whom they "gave" a "gift." What's the point of "giving" a
"gift" nobody wants, if you are just going to fight with that person,
And the underlying assumption is that, even in America, people need
even more stuff with which to clutter up their closets.
There are far smarter ways to use your time and money. For example:
- Agree to spare each other the standing in line thing, both at the
purchase stage and the return stage.
- Actually give something. For example, give of your time. Maybe your
old Aunt Freda doesn't need yet another scarf she hates or yet another
ceramic knickknack she has to dust around. But she would be thrilled for
someone to take her car in for servicing or for someone to move her
furniture and appliances so she could dust behind them. Or someone to
wash her windows so she can enjoy the sunlight....
- Your niece and nephew really don't need yet another dumb video game
that further isolates them from the human experience. If you want to
give an actual gift, buy tickets to a local museum, zoo, or botanical
garden. Think of something your sibling and his/her kids can do
- Buy in the off season. A bit late in the year for this advice, but
make an appt on your 2006 calendar for it. If you have kids, for
example, don't load them up during the holidays with expensively wrapped
junk they are going to abandon in two weeks. Instead, look for great
stuff to be on sale during the spring and summer. Your kid needs a new
bike? Buy it during the spring sales, so your kid can ride it all
summer. Be sure to clearly communicate you aren't doing the Christmas
(or Kwanza or whatever) thing, and discuss the pros and cons
- Great tip for husbands. Buying some expensive trinket at Christmas
does not a romance make. If you truly want to give your wife a gift that
has meaning, you need to make that a frequent thing--show you care, and
do it often. Indulge her without doing so to satisfy some seasonal
Does she want to feel pretty, but she foregoes buying those naughty
undies because of the expense? Here's a great gift. Buy a $100 gift
certificate from a lingerie store near you, and then take her there.
On the spur of the moment, for no special reason.
Once you're there, don't do the guy thing of looking at your watch or
giving other clues you are impatient or bored or that she's wasting
precious time you could be spending doing something else. She isn't
there to conclude a transaction. She's there for the shopping
experience. Don't interfere with that experience.
Better yet, help her have that experience. Tell her you want her to tell
you why she's selecting a particular item, and what she likes about it.
Then, listen to her. Keep asking her to talk, and show you are
interested (if you're not interested, then you have a basic "respect for
her" problem--work on it). Do you know what she will value most? Yeah,
the $100 is pretty nice. But the listening will be what warms her heart.
Finally, don't act like you are embarrassed to be seen in a woman's
lingerie shop. If you are there with your woman, there is nothing more
manly. Think of it as part of the total process of making love.
- Great tip for wives. We men like to buy our own gadgets, thank you.
No matter how carefully you shop for something, it's going to be missing
the one feature we really wanted (unless we have told you the exact
model number and options we wanted and you bought exactly that). Either
we won't use the device, or we're going to make an insensitive comment
that will hurt your feelings. So, don't go there.
While we men do appreciate input from on wardrobe, we generally like to
buy our own clothes. We don't like loud ties, wildly colorful shirts, or
pants that look like they belong in Prince's wardrobe. And we prefer
simplicity. The bottom line is we want to look like men. The "guess what
gender" look is something most of us just are not into. Period. So,
don't go there.
What is it men want? Women often say men have "one track minds." But
they seem to forget this at "gift" time. Rather than buy us something we
will deem deficient or buy us clothes make us feel like gay-bait, think
in terms of working within the narrow needs of men. We are largely
testosterone-driven hunters, at heart. Appeal to that. Now, you may be
thinking I am talking about bedroom things here. Those are great, too,
but that's not what I'm referring to.
Wrong way: Hubbie hands you a catalog with some items circled, so
you can fulfill your obligatory "gift giving." Yes, you avoid getting
the wrong item. But you pass up an enormous opportunity. Rather than
"check off the box," show you care.
Right way: See the "Great Tips for Husbands" above and apply the
same technique as a great tip for wives. Something to consider: We men
like to be left-brained, detail-oriented "experts" on things. A guy may
bore you to tears reciting all of the technical mumbo jumbo about a car,
computer system, or some gadget he's buying. But show you're interested.
The idea of listening to those details may seem like torture, but it
makes him feel great to show off what he knows. If you can focus for
just 90 seconds, you'll probably exhaust his supply of arcane trivia. If
not, compliment him on his thoroughness and depth of knowledge on the
subject. What he'll hear is "You are SO smart and capable!" Men love to
hear that. When you say it in this context, it is a wonderful gift to
him. At that point, you are free to change the subject.
To sum all of this up, the idea behind getting great results from your
gift giving is to think of how to make the other person happy. If your
"gift-giving" is just a matter of fulfilling some obligation, then it's
really a waste of money.
5. Security tip
Just how safe are online
transactions? From the aspect of the bank or merchant, they are just about
bullet-proof. The security problems are on the consumer side. And that is
where hackers break in, scammers get information, and con artists focus
can you do? Here are some tips:
- Don't respond to "phishing"
ploys. No bank or reputable merchant will send you an e-mail telling you
to "click here" to update your personal information. Such e-mails tend
to direct folks to "lookalike" sites. But if you look at the URL, it
won't say (for example) www.e-bay.com/whatever. It will be something
like scamyourbutt.ebay.com. Rather than follow a link, just go to the
site (where you conduct business) by the normal route, and use your
- Don't use toolbars or other
"free" junk that is supposed to enhance your online experience. Most of
these are simply spyware (or, like government bureaucrats, parasites).
Some are keyloggers that report back your passwords and other
- Eliminate spyware. You can
find reviews of anti-spyware tools at
www.pcworld.com and at
www.langalist.com. Buy two (not just one) programs, and you'll cover
yourself. I have eight--because I wanted to try all of them. They are
inexpensive, but you don't need to buy more than two. Run these daily.
FYI, the Microsoft antispyware tool is not that great. It misses a lot
of stuff, and it's also parasitical to your system. I won't install it
again (until it's part of Windows Vista, at which point I won't have a
choice). Names to consider: Pest Patrol, Alluria, Spysweeper, and
Spyware Doctor. Also, run a good registry cleaner. I have tested several
of these, and I like RegSupremePro the best. This isn't really a
security issue, but your computer will boot faster, be more stable, and
run better with a cleaned-up Registry.
- Don't use obvious passwords.
Things like your name, birthdate, address, etc., are useless. Try to
come up with a password that does not contain any real words. Use a mix
of upper and lower case, and a mix of letters and numbers.
- Use multiple passwords. You
may have, for example, a standard password you use on low-risk sites. If
you join a chat room, for example, there's a different level of
financial risk compared to your online banking. So a password of suZ9eQ1
would be fine for the chat room. But use a different--and much
longer--password for your online banking (e.g., something like
9yKbLP88G3qA7). If you find tracking passwords to be a total hassle, use
a password tracking utility that encrypts these on your hard drive (see
www.symantec.com for a decent
utility of this type).
- Use "insertable" (not
"removable") password storage. Store your passwords in a text file that
you save onto a USB thumb drive that you physically insert only long
enough for you to retrieve the needed password. With such a short
presence in your computing system, this file is unlikely to ever be
found by a hacker. A sweet bonus of this is you can copy and paste the
needed password, thus eliminating the keystrokes that would otherwise
disclose your passwords. Label this USB device and attach it via a
string or other device, so you don't lose it.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
In the USA, the six leading causes of death in the US are, in order:|
- Heart disease (we covered this in the previous issue).
- Stroke (basically, same causes as heart disease).
- Chronic lower respiratory disease.
In this issue, we are going to address a particular chronic lower
respiratory disease: pneumonia. If you don't think it's serious, then
keep this in mind: Each year, four million Americans contract pneumonia,
and 62,000 Americans die from it. Each year. There are only six diseases
that kill more Americans.
Many of our readers are from other countries, and I apologize for not
having a statistical breakdown for you. But this is no doubt important
in your country, as well.
How can this disease kill so many people? Well for one thing, its
early symptoms fool many people into thinking they have a cold or a flu.
By the time they realize something is seriously wrong and they seek
medical intervention, the disease has reached the advanced stages (sort
of like government bureaucracy). By that time, it's well-entrenched and
very difficult to cure (sort of like government bureaucracy).
What is pneumonia?
By definition, it's a disease characterized by inflammation or
hardening of lung tissue, accompanied by water in those tissues and/or
in the lung cavities. This differs from government bureaucracy, which is
a disease characterized by hardening of the head.
Where does pneumonia come from?
It all starts when you inhale things other than air into your lungs:
viruses, bacteria, fungus, or tax forms, for example. These things then
begin to cause inflammation and other problems, resulting in pneumonia.
You can get pneumonia very easily, if you are in the hospital. So, if
you have a hospital stay coming up, ask about pneumonia prevention.
But primarily, pneumonia is a social disease! Other people can
transmit it to you. Maybe you inhale fine droplets from a sneeze,
wheeze, or cough--or that cretin who spits on the sidewalk.
You can transmit pneumonia from surfaces to yourself if you touch
your mouth or eyes after touching door handles, pens, phones, and other
things people touch. Shaking hands is another way to pick up
Note: Wash your hands before using the restroom, if you've touched
other people. Your urine is sterile, so washing afterwards does nothing
to protect you (but you should do it anyhow). Washing before is the only
way to protect yourself from putting public germs on your private parts.
Once you get a viral infection, your immune system is busy fighting
it. This means fewer resources are available for protecting you from
bacteria. The bacteria then inflame the lungs, and you get pneumonia.
Fortunately, we can spot pneumonia. If you have any of the following
symptoms, make an urgent appointment for treatment:
- Chest pain that gets worse when you inhale. This is quite serious.
Run, don't walk, to the phone and make an appointment for that day or
- Coughing up green or yellow sputum. This is a sure sign of an
infection, and it frequently is an infection in one or both lungs.
Don't mess around if you have this symptom. It's not "just a cold."
- Chills and a fever. Duh. This means you aren't well.
- Shortness of breath. Let's see. You have a progressive disease and
already you are finding it hard to breathe. So, when do you seek
medical attention? ASAP, or when you can't take another breath?
Note to men: don't think you can tough it out until it gets better.
You can't. So be smart, not macho.
The standard prevention protocol is a flu shot. Here's my take on
that, and you can make your own decision. Gamma globulin is an essential
immune system component. Ask your doctor if a person with low gamma
globulin is at high risk for sickness. Mine is so low that when I have a
blood test, I get a phone call. Not from the office staff, but from the
doctor himself, earnestly imploring me to come in immediately for
further testing. The standard fear is I have cancer or some other
horrible disease. But I have had low gamma globulin since birth (I have
news clippings about this--interesting story). Yet, I have not been sick
since 1971. In all that time, I have not had one flu shot.
Why do I avoid flu shots? I guess I'm just not into the mercury
thing. These shots contain brain-damaging mercury, which helps explain a
lot that's wrong with America today.
Personally, I don't think people contract pneumonia because of a
mercury deficiency. I think the reason why people get sick is they
consistently make bad choices in nutrition, sleep management, exercise,
and stress management.
If someone like me--who spent most of his toddling time in the
hospital because of an immune system deficiency he still has--can go 35
years without getting sick, then it seems we all have a lot of power to
eliminate sickness from our lives. There are two aspects to this:
- Knowing what choices to make.
- Making them.
In addition to living a healthy lifestyle, you do have to recognize
that the body isn't perfect and things happen. Pay attention to your
limitations. Use common sense. For example, don't lie down right after
eating. Doing so increases the risk of acid reflux, which damages your
esophagus (which is why we have a soda-driven epidemic of esophageal
cancer, these days). Give your stomach half an hour to digest things.
This allows gravity to keep stomach acid out of the lungs. Also, don't
eat large meals. Six small ones per day not only helps prevent the flu,
but also diabetes--killer number six.
Wash your hands before eating. Keep your fingers out of your body
orifices--eyes, ears, mouth, etc.
Don't try to self-treat pneumonia. Seek medical attention right away.
Then, learn as much as you can about pneumonia, and your case in
particular. Look for solidly foot-noted articles on it, not
unsubstantiated opinion. And stay on top of your condition.
Recognize that your doctor is probably going to prescribe
antibiotics. Ask for a pharmacological review on this. Ask about
interactions with other drugs or supplements you may be taking, and
about interactions with foods.
You will, in all likelihood, find out that your doctor knows very
little about the actual medication. So when you go to the pharmacist to
pick up your prescription, ask again. The amount you need to know
probably isn't much, and your pharmacist probably knows everything
that's important to know.
Take your meds as prescribed. Don't take more or less, and don't stop
taking them as soon as you feel better. There are sound medical reasons
for this advice, such as the fact that you need to completely kill off
the infecting agent or it'll just come back. Only this time, it'll be
resistant to the antibiotic that would have cured you and now you need
to subject your body to yet another antibiotic. All antibiotics are
poisons--that's how they work. Don't make your doctor keep poisoning
you--simply follow instructions, so that won't happen.
If your pneumonia is severe, your physician may recommend treatment
that is more aggressive than a bottle of pills. You may object and want
a second opinion. Be aware that time is of the essence, here. You can go
on oxygen therapy, spirometer therapy, intravenous drugs, or whatever,
while you are seeking that second opinion. If your doctor wants the
aggressive treatment, that's a sign that waiting could mean death. So,
Throughout this process, stay informed. Ask your doctor what you can
do to speed recovery. Keep in mind that one goal will be to keep water
out of the lungs. So, you'll want to avoid positions that permit
draining into the lungs. An upright position is such a position--because
of the way the lungs and various passages are oriented. Ask also about
using an inversion table to "empty" the lungs for a few seconds at a
time. I have an inversion table, and it's great for my back. I can see
that as an additional therapy, if I ever get fluid in the lungs.
Most of all, stay physically fit. Healthy lungs are inherently more able
to bounce back from pneumonia. A fit body is far less likely to succumb
in the first place. See
www.supplecity.com for free information on fitness.
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This issue's factoid: When you
sneeze, all bodily functions stop-- even your heart!
See: Special Offers (expired link now removed).
8. Thought for the Day
Sickness rarely happens. It's nearly always the result
of a string of bad decisions.
Wishing you the best,
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