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Mindconnection eNL, 2003-04-06

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In this issue:

  1. Brainpower tip
  2. Time tip
  3. Security tip
  4. Finance tip
  5. Career tip
  6. Health tip/Fitness tip
  7. Thought for the day


1. Brainpower tip

Make it a practice to differentiate between causal and coincidental. Most people fail miserably at this. Just because A precedes B doesn't mean A caused B. For example, everyone who died last year breathed in air shortly before that happened. According to conventionally applied "logic," then, air is lethal. Stop breathing it, or you will die. Just look at the statistics!

A recent example of confusing cause and effect is the hoopla about how "bad" ephedra is.

There has never been a single study that shows this family of stimulants (including pseudoephedrine and caffeine) is dangerous. In fact, a seven-year study conducted by Weinberg and Bealer showed several benefits of using caffeine--with no downside. Their findings have been published in a slew of books and professional journals.

Here's the problem, though. It's called "stacking." Say you drink 4 cups of coffee--so far, a good jolt of caffeine, but not enough to cause problems. You then take a decongestant (pseudoephedrine), drink that oh so good for you green tea, eat some hot foods, have a soft drink (definitely a stupid thing to do, but let's deal with normal behavior, here), and then take ephedra. Well, that ephedra is riding on top of all that other stuff. Add to it the stress of today's world, and how can anyone be surprised that an ephedra taker might get "the jitters?"

The "cure," of course, was to ban ephedra. This makes as much sense as banning air--the same "logic" applies.


2. Time tip

I find that preparing a large batch of "major meal components" all at once is very time-saving. For example, I:

  • Make a big batch of my tuna/egg mix (eggs, tuna, yogurt, mustard, onions, various spices) and stick that in the refrigerator. I have it over the next few days, making "sandwiches" with it. Instead of eating bread, I use leaves of bok choy, kale, romaine lettuce, etc.
  • Make a big stir fry in a big pan. I put that into several containers that go into the freezer. I thaw one at a time in the refrigerator as needed.
  • Make a pot of beans, which I divide into containers and freeze, etc. In the summer, I buy canned beans because of the heat.
  • Make up several bags of raw nuts and raw soybeans, which I use as snacks when I am away from the house or get the munchies--about 100 calories worth stops the hunger.
  • Make a batch of salad dressing that I use over the next week or so (the stuff in the store is usually loaded with sugar, damaged fat, and other poisons--mine tastes infinitely better and doesn't try to kill me).
  • Boil 8 or 10 eggs right after cooking a morning omelet.
  • Cook several steaks, chicken, etc., at one time--cut them into chunks or sections for freezer storage. On this last point, I have pretty much given up on cooking meats at home. With my various networking meetings, I am dining out a few times a month and use those occasions to have a small steak, fish, or chicken portion. Anything larger than my palm goes into a doggie bag and into my refrigerator!

Note that I don't do all of this at once. It's just that when I need a component, I make enough to last a while. Depending on what it is, I freeze it or refrigerate it. Here are some advantages:

  • Quick meals or some "mix and match" components.
  • No temptation to eat junk--good food is ready and waiting.
  • Ability to throw together something tasty and nutritious--quickly.
  • Meal planning is quite easy, this way.
  • Because the meals are good and the portions are pre-controlled, I am able to eliminate hours of treadmill time, doctor visits, jogging, getting sick, etc. I'm pretty happy with my present 8% body fat level. The average man my age is at 30%--and he spends a lot of time getting there!


3. Security tip

Do you live within 120 miles of a nuclear power plant? If so, take a look at this:
Assessing Nuclear Power Plants and Terrorist Attacks.



4. Finance tip

For 95% of Americans, our single biggest expense is taxes. Depending on how you do the math, your payroll taxes alone are 60%. Taxes keep going up and up. Even a tax cut by one government body often results in a tax increase from another. Taxes take capital out of the economy, and that means a loss of jobs. The cure is to reduce government spending. Now, you as one person can't do a whole lot about this. But, if enough people:

  • Vote no to every tax increase

  • Agree to forego some government "services"

  • Demand greater efficiency in government

  • Stand up to others who whine about how their pet program is so important

  • Write to their senators and Congressmen that "yes" to spending means "no" to voting

  • Write editorials to your local paper that our votes are not for sale via excess spending but only via fiscal sanity

  • Volunteer time and/or materials to your local library or public school

...then, we may see some progress. But, unless those things happen, our "elected" officials will continue to see their only duty as "spending my way to re-election."


5. Career tip

Remember that your boss is your customer. I am always amazed at how people start treating their boss like the enemy. Let your customer know how delighted you are to have his or her business. Customer service--make it your normal modus operandi.

7. Health tip/Fitness tip

How often do you change your bedding? Think of this. Your skin sloughs off cells all night long. At the end of a week, dust mites are feasting and pooping like crazy. How long do you want to sleep in dust mite poop?

Wash your sheets weekly, and use a disinfectant. I use Shaklee Basic G. Unlike bleach, it won't destroy your fabric fibers. Also, I use high thread-count sheets. These feel luxuriant and last a long time. Bed Bath & Beyond has 400-count sheets at a reasonable price and they feel heavenly.

Be sure to wash your mattress pad twice a month. Speaking of your mattress, do you rotate it? Every mattress has a rotation pattern--just like tires on a car. Proper rotation extends the useful life of the mattress, helps you sleep better, and reduces the chance of back problems. Read the label on your mattress, read the instruction manual, or just follow this pattern:

  • Even-numbered Sunday: Rotate horizontally.

  • Odd-numbered Sunday: Flip

Most manufacturers recommend a two-week flipping or rotating for several months, and then monthly after that. I have been keeping this weekly schedule for ages, and my present mattress is as firm as the day I bought it--nearly a decade ago.


8. Thought for the Day

What goes around comes around. What are you sending around? Make it good!


Wishing you the best,

Mark Lamendola


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