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Mindconnection eNL, 2001-01-21

In this issue:

  1. A reflection
  2. Courses for a better you
  3. Health tip
  4. Fitness tip
  5. Thinking: a skill
  6. Guest columnist invitation
  7. Thought for the day

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1. A reflection

Dr. King had a profound influence on our culture. He was not perfect, and he has his detractors. However, his stated dream that all of us would sit at the table of brotherhood is why we have Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He wasn't campaigning for quotas, he wasn't hassling for handouts, he wasn't pining for payments. He simply wanted people to be treated with dignity, and he wanted nobody to be treated unfairly because of an aspect that has nothing to do with who that person is.

How do we treat other people? With dignity? Do we tolerate differing opinions, or do we insist on reaching agreement? Some people place too much emphasis on "being right." What they are telling you by that is they feel insecure and want your approval.

Race is an issue when people of any race draw racial distinctions for any purpose. These distinctions are usually irrational.

But, race isn't the only issue. Looking down on someone who happens to hold a lower position than you in an organization or in society is also wrong behavior. Remember, we all have something to offer, and we aren't defined by our jobs. I have found simply listening to what someone else has to say and treating that as important works wonders for conferring dignity on other people. People of "low stature" aren't necessarily people of low value or low intelligence.



2. Courses for a better you

We have quite a few courses in our behavior improvement section. These very highly effective courses  can work wonders in making your life better. You may want to buy one of these for another person and help that person work through it. Just don't be judgmental--the idea is to be free of the problem--and we all have problems. Check it out and see if any of these "hangups" are ones you need to work on. Click on the appropriate blue link for more information.

Behavior: Conquering Aggressiveness
Behavior: Curing Obsessive Cleanliness
Behavior: Toning Down Your Loudness
Behavior: Miser No More
Behavior: Overcoming Your Need to Nag
Behavior: Overcoming Negativity
Behavior: Overcoming Compulsive Eating
Behavior: Improving Upon Perfectionism
Behavior: Putting Procrastination Behind You--Now
Behavior: Overcoming Your Shyness
Behavior: Sweeping Slovenliness from Your Life
Behavior: Speeding up from Slowness
Behavior: Doormat No More
Behavior: Toning Down Chattiness
Behavior: Speaking to be Heard
11 Habits of Highly Defective People
Time Management



3. Health tip

You've seen the food pyramid that comes on bread wrappers? It's wrong. First of all, these are the same people who load your bread with high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils. If they have that much disregard for your health, that's your first clue not to trust them.

We fatten cows for slaughter by feeding them grain. If you're having problems with being too fat, simply replace the grain part of that pyramid with green leafy vegetables (kale, bok choy, mustard greens, spinach, and so on)--I normally eat mine raw--and you will see an improvement within 48 hours. Your friends will see an improvement not long after that. Just don't add toxins like butter or sour cream to these vegetables.

By the way, a bagel is one of the most fattening things you can eat. The insulin response from eating one is serious. You can choose between eating bagels and being healthy, but you cannot do both (unless you eat that bagel after a bout of intense exercise, so your muscles--depleted of glycogen--can absorb the blood sugar spike that bagels provide).



4. Fitness tip

If you want stronger bones and muscles, do squats. If you do these right, you won't be able to do them more than twice a month. Most people don't do them right. You can find information on how to do these from many different sources. I think the best way is to find a trainer with great legs. Then, vary your routine between front squats, back squats, and other kinds of squats.

The squat is such an intense exercise, that it is the #1 way to boost testosterone. This hormone is essential for men and for women. One of its functions is to tell your body to store calcium in your bones. If you get 900% of the RDA for calcium, but don't do weight-bearing exercises, you will get osteoporosis. This has already been empirically established and is not theory.

People have asked me what the heck I know about fitness and why I say such radical things. The answers to that question are at The fact is, you've been sold a bill of goods to make you jump from one scam to another vainly trying to look and feel good. I'm giving you the information you need.

One thing I won't do is give you psuedoscience about fitness. If I recommend it, you can bet your butt it works. I was born with a deficiency of gammaglobulin and was constantly sick until I figured out how to not get sick. And I have not been sick since 1971. I'm also one of those people who gets fat very easily. But, I'm not fat. Look at my photos, and you can judge for yourself if I am on the right track.



5. Thinking: A skill

Mindconnection will release a course on critical thinking, at some point. The lack of this skill has passed the crisis point. The author got a perfect score on a standardized test of critical thinking--the Watson-Glazer Test of Reasoning. So, this will be a good course.

In the meantime, here are some things that can help you see past the brainwashing and misinformation campaigns we are all inundated by.

  • Look at cause and effect. If I do this, what happens? An example is "gun control." The premise is that outlawing guns will reduce violent crime. The reality--as borne out in real-life statistics in the U.S.--is that such laws increase violent crime. Think about it. Criminals don't obey laws, so such laws merely transfer the balance of power to the criminals.

  • Look at the natural order of things, and apply that to your situation. The previous example applies here, too--predators prey on the weak.

  • Extend the logic to its full conclusion. An example is our airport "security measures" that cost us a fortune but have almost no effect on passenger safety. (For far less money, we can arm the pilots and give them a Lexan door that hijackers can't penetrate.) How far will we go? Since anything can be a weapon, the only way this can be effective is to strip people naked, remove their teeth and fingernails, give them an enema, and then strap them down so they can't move. I'm not sure if that will induce most folks to fly or not, but that is the logic under which we are operating.

Fallacious arguments and misapplied facts are the two most common barriers to adequate thinking. The tips above barely scratch the surface, but they give you something to chew on.

6. Guest columnist invitation

Much of what I share in these eNLs is hard-hitting journalism. I don't pull punches all that much. And, you might disagree with me. What I write comes from what I read (which is not the popular press), what I observe about the world around me, and so on. I don't know everything, and I'm not always right. For example, I made a mistake back in 1985. <grin>

Anyhow, if you want to share your views--and they are supportable--I will be happy to feature them here, giving you the byline. If you're interested, send me something interesting and short.



7. Thought for the Day

If what you are doing isn't working, does it make sense to do more of it or to analyze what you are doing and correcting it so you get better results? Most of us choose to do more of what isn't working. Think about this over the next few days, and you'll probably find where this applies in your life.


Wishing you the best,

Mark Lamendola

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