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Mindconnection eNL, 2002-01-31

In this issue:

  1. How's your memory?
  2. Reality check
  3. Health tip
  4. Fitness tip
  5. Personal security tip
  6. Thought for the day

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1. How's your memory?

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2. Reality check

When I see insanity, I'm always puzzled as to why people engage in it. Here is something that should puzzle anyone:

  1. The September 11 hijackings happened inside the planes.

  2. We now have lots of guns in the airport terminals--allegedly to prevent hijacking.

  3. We don't have any guns inside the planes.

If this strikes you as a case of "I'm looking for my lost dime over here because the light is better," your brain cells are functioning. What happened to the brain cells of our national leaders? Fluoride in the water? (In Ted Kennedy's case, we know what happened).

As a corollary, why are we spending millions of dollars per day to harass passengers with no improvement in the anti-hijacking situation, when we can spend just $400 (if that much) per plane to bolt in a decent door? Go to Home Depot and see what it'd cost you to install a steel door with a deadbolt lock. Then, ask yourself why you would do that instead of paying $4,000 a day for armed guards to harass people as they enter your neighborhood. Probably has something to do with not being stupid.

Does anyone know of a situation where the government doesn't screw something up or jack up its cost when they get involved in it? I tried to brainstorm this with a buddy, and we both finally gave up on it.



3. Health tip

Let's say you like your sugar fix--fruit juice, bagel, beer--whatever. But, you know if you eat that stuff it turns to fat because of the insulin rush. How can you have your cake (that, too) and eat it, too? Well, I'm not advocating that you eat these things, but if you want to eat them with minimal damage, here's what you do. Eat them after an intense workout. Why? Because when you deplete your muscles of their energy stores, they can take up the sugar that you ingest. When the muscles can't sponge up these sugars, your body has a choice of converting the sugars to fat or allowing nerves to oxidize. Your body is going to opt for the fat every time, as long as it can pump out the insulin.



4. Fitness tip

If you want to burn fat, forget long boring sessions on the treadmill. To burn fat, go for short bouts of intense exercise. Run on that treadmill for all you're worth for one minute, then run at 50% speed for half a minute, then back up to full speed. Keep going like this for only 7.5 minutes (if you can). Do this 5 days a week (no more than three consecutive days), and you'll see more fat melt off in a month than you would in a year of the other routine. Do a 30-minute session five days a week, and you will be more fit than most professional athletes.

If you think this is hokum, take a look at two types of runners in the next Olympics or this summer at your local high school or college. Long-distance runners (e.g., Marathoners) have poor muscle definition (which means they have too much bodyfat) and not much muscle. Sprinters, on the other hand, tend to look like Greek gods--lean and muscular.

Worried that short bouts won't build your heart? Studies show that people who train properly with heavy weights have cardiovascular development equal to or greater than people who run long distances. Why? Because all that running is too much exercise. The cortisol levels of long-distance runners (or even folks who jog for an hour each morning) are high enough to be antagonistic to muscle development--and that includes heart muscle--despite the exercise.

Remember, working smart beats working hard every time. Every time.



5. Personal security tip

Contributed by Charles Svoboda

Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine, do both sides of each license, credit card, etc., you will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel.

*You really should remove your Social Security card from your wallet and place it with your personal items somewhere safe & secure. You don't really use it, but it is that critical link to your personal information that thieves need to steal your identity. Keep the photocopies in a safe place.

We've all heard horror stories about fraud that's committed using your name, address, SS#, credit, etc. Unfortunately I (the author of this piece who happens to be an attorney) have firsthand knowledge, because my wallet was stolen last month and within a week the thieve(s) ordered an expensive monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA credit card, had a credit line approved to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN number from DMV to change my driving record information online, and more.

Here's some critical information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or someone you know. As everyone always advises, cancel your credit cards immediately, but the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them easily.

File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where it was stolen, this proves to credit providers you were diligent, and is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one).

Here's what is perhaps most important: (I never ever thought to do this) - Call the three national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and SS#. I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me and application for credit was made over the Internet in my name. The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen and! they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit. By the time I was advised to do this, almost 2 weeks after the theft, all the damage had been done. There are records of all the credit checks initiated by the thieves' purchases, none of which I knew about before placing the alert. Since then, no additional damage has been done, and the thieves threw my wallet away this weekend (someone turned it in). It seems to have stopped them in their tracks.

The numbers are:

  • Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
  • Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
  • Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289
  • Social Security Administration (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271

Note from Mark L. The Social Security program is fraud, but that's a topic for another eNL!


6. Thought for the Day

Most men hate cats, because these animals directly challenge the traditional male posturing. Cats don’t beg for attention, the way dogs do. Cats are confident creatures, so confident that people often consider them arrogant. But, they are not arrogant. They are just not begging for respect. They command respect. The Egyptians revered cats as gods for this very reason. Think about the difference between cats and dogs, and you begin to see where real personal power comes from. Meow.


Wishing you the best,

Mark Lamendola


The 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.

Mark provides information from either research or his own areas of established expertise. Sometimes, what appears to be a personal opinion is the only possibility when applying sound logic--reason it out before judging! (That said, some personal opinions do appear on occasion).

The purpose of this publication is to inform and empower its readers (and save you money!).

Personal note from Mark: I value each and every one of you, and I hope that shows in the diligent effort I put into writing this e-newsletter. Thank you for being a faithful reader.

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