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Mindconnection eNL, 2002-06-11

In this issue:

  1. Nine months
  2. Mindconnection storefront issues
  3. Finance tip
  4. Health tip
  5. Fitness tip
  6. Thought for the day

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1. Nine Months

Nine months ago, I ended a visit at my mom's (we live about 500 miles apart), and drove from there to an attorney's office to deal with certain government bureaucrats I can only describe as terrorists. This thought was on my mind well before the horrendous news about the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and the flight where brave Americans responded to Todd Beemer's "Let's Roll."

After eight years of inaction, our government finally responded to these violent terrorist attacks. Whether or not you agree that having armed soldiers in the airport terminals is as good has having armed pilots in the skies (where all the hijackings occur, rather than on the ground), you have to admit our government has shaken off its do-nothing attitude. Maybe some of these security measures will even be effective.

One worry people have is our nuclear power plants are sitting ducks for terrorist attacks. Rather than worry about this, be informed. Mindconnection offers a special report on how our nuclear plants would fare under terrorist attack. You might expect this to cost $499, and if you were at the typical seminar, that's what you'd pay for something like this. Or maybe even $999, depending on how dynamic the speaker is. We have it available for less than $15, and it is authoritative. Find it here:



2. Mindconnection store front issues

Customers have been patient about the problems in our storefront. Those problems have now been resolved, due to our switch to LinkPoint card processing. Additionally, the navigation is very much improved, thanks to the efforts of Scott Dolash, the graphic artist who made it much more user-friendly.

3. Finance tip

Tracking your expenses can reveal startling expenditure patterns. One of my clients, for example, was spending $20 a month on movie rentals. He paid a neighbor kid an average of $30 a month to shovel his driveway and mow his lawn--things he doesn't "have time" to do. He was also spending $200 a month on sports supplements. These supplements were nearly all fat burners or related products. He was completely unaware of the numbers, until he started tracking them in Quicken.

I suggested he have "movie weekend" and hire the neighbor kid for that one weekend. The kid isn't going to do this work forever, anyhow. The other three weeks, he'd do the work himself. His movie rentals dropped to $2 a month, and his sports supplement purchases dropped to about $60 a month. Being outdoors started to bring its own rewards, as well--meeting neighbors, improving the landscaping, and so on.

His finances changed, and he actually had more fun. He invested only $19.99 in a copy of Quicken, and he now spends nearly $200 a month less while enjoying life more. He is healthier, too, which means lower medical bills later in life.


4. Health tip

A recent (29 May 2002) article in the Wall Street Journal showed that the typical office desk has 20,961 germs per square inch. This is 400 times as many bacteria as the typical toilet seat. Do you eat at your desk? You might try eating at a toilet seat, instead. Or, if you don't find that very appealing for some odd reason <grin>, you simply need to disinfect the surfaces in your office. Don't forget to unplug your keyboard and clean it, too. If you're looking for an inexpensive but safe (for you) and effective disinfectant, call 1-800-299-8905 and ask about Basic-G. You'll be talking to the owners of a family business I've been buying from for many years. They get a free plug here because I like them and feel they can help you.

Why all the germs? Hair dander, dead skin cells, paper particles, infrequent cleaning, and lots of body oil are contributing factors. Don't tempt fate. Keep it clean.


5. Fitness tip

There is no exercise that beats the squat. This exercise raises testosterone more than any other. Women and men both have testosterone, and both need some minimal level for healthy bones. Testosterone is what tells your bones to store calcium. It's also what tells your body to add muscle and burn fat. And, it's the only exercise (if done properly) that can build your knees enough to vastly reduce the chance of injury. So, do squats with weights twice a month. Some tips:

  • Don't let your knee go past your toe.

  • Ask for instruction if you are not familiar with this exercise. A personal trainer, properly certified, can show you. Spending $50 to $150 for a session is nothing compared the cost of doing this wrong or not doing it at all.

  • Do not do squats and chest exercises or deadlifts on the same day. This will actually reduce testosterone and increase cortisol.

Please note, some doctors advise not to do squats. They claim the exercise is hard on the knees. First, look at the doctor. Is this person an example of fitness personified? I didn't think so. Second, the physics of the body disprove this warning as ignorant, which is why knowledgeable doctors are particularly irritated by it. Do squats in proper form, and your knees will be far stronger than those of the doctor who advises against them.

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6. Thought for the Day

When's the last time you thanked someone who helped you in your life? Such a thank you, even after many years, is very meaningful. In addition, it may well encourage that person to help yet another. One way you can help a past mentor is to help someone else, and then let the mentor know you gave that help because of their example and you will be forever grateful. Parents, teachers, past bosses--all have contributed to who you are today.


Wishing you the best,

Mark Lamendola

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