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Mindconnection eNL, 2004-06-19

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In this issue:

  1. Product Highlights
  2. Brainpower tip
  3. Time tip
  4. Finance tip
  1. Security tips
  2. Health tip/Fitness tip
  3. Special Guy
  4. Thought for the day

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2. Brainpower tip

I think MindManager is a great tool for people who want to maximize their brainpower. Check it out here: Mind Manager.

Special thanks to long-time reader Susheel John (in Singapore) for reminding me of this!

3. Time Tip

Our time management course has recently been revised heavily. It's very comprehensive now. It's comprised of 8 major sections, and is loaded with information on how to make the most use of your time. It even shows you how to train others to help you save time.

It sells for $49.97. As a Mindconnection eNL subscriber, you can buy this for 30% off between now and 01JUL2004. To get your 30% off, enter this coupon at checkout: 


Here's a tip from the course: Ensure every activity has a start and stop time. To understand the implications of that tip and how to apply it, order the course.


4. Finance tip

The price of oil is going up permanently. In the past, it's gone up due to some hissy fit from OPEC. But now, demand is escalating intensely. In addition to the profusion of gas-hogging SUVs in the USA (thank you all you SUV owners for raising our gasoline costs--you know who you are), we have the industrialization of China.

In fact, even if Americans decided to behave responsibly with our resources (don't hold your breath for that to happen), demand from China would still cause prices to skyrocket. Note to self: Expect the price of fuel to skyrocket, no matter what you do.

Expect the cost of gasoline to triple in the near future. OPEC simply cannot produce much more--they are already at nearly 100%. Other sources of oil are similarly tapped out (although the greaseball behavior of the US Congress is expected to continue--and they have no shortage of crude).

The problem is not with the amount of oil in existence--there is so much, it's seeping into the ocean by itself. The problem is our ability to recover it economically.

Thus, demand will continue to rise in relation to supply--prices can only go up. Way up.

What's your finance tip, here? I wouldn't rush out and buy oil stocks. But, I would convert your oil burning furnace, if you have one, to something else. ASAP.

And I would look for a car that gets very high mileage. Mine gets roughly 38 MPG
--someone who doesn't want to throw money away on fuel costs will use that as a starting point.

A note to our American audience: Buy a manual transmission. This alone boosts gas mileage by typically 4 MPG. The ratio of manual to automatic transmission ownership is just the opposite in Europe (80:20) as it is in the USA (20:80). You save money upfront in the USA when you buy a car with a manual transmission.

Rather than spend an extra $2,000 a year (based on projected 2006 fuel prices) on the fuel wasted by the automatic transmission, buy the manual--then buy yourself something nice with what you save--or pay your car off sooner!

If you do  have an automatic, remember to change the fluid and filter every year. This pays for itself in fuel savings alone--but you'll really enjoy foregoing the $2,500 repair bill an unmaintained transmission can leave you with. Or the new paint job you'll need after you pay $50 to the tow truck driver to mess up your car while dragging it off the bridge you were going over when your transmission gave out and those kids drove by and threw something gross out the window onto your car.

5. Security tip

In the northern hemisphere, many of us take trips starting about this time of year. Here are some things to keep in mind:
  • Do NOT put boxes for new merchandise out for trash pickup so the contents can be easily surmised. This advertises what is in your home. You will be marked as a potential target! Wrap such boxes in black plastic bags, or cut them up and put the scraps inside the trash containers. Or, drop these boxes off in front of the home of that pesky neighbor who plays his stereo full-blast at 2AM. (In fact, you may want to go dumpster diving for such boxes if that stereo is really a problem).
  • Do NOT leave lights on and blinds closed while you are away. This simply tells folks you are away.
  • Use a lighting timer (or two) to turn lights on and off.
  • Have a friend or neighbor visit your house daily.
  • Make sure the lawn is mowed, and things are picked up.
  • Ask someone who is not traveling to leave their trash (or some of it) at your normal trash pickup spot, if you live in a home where you leave the trash out at the curb on a certain day.
  • Do NOT cut your AC off while you are away. Picture this. It's 95 degrees, and your AC is not running. Guess what message that sends to prospective thieves?
  • Store your firearms with a neighbor while you are away. You should not leave them in an unoccupied home. Have the person who is watching your home while you are gone bring at least one firearm back the day that you are scheduled to return so you are not left defenseless. Just because you are home doesn't mean someone won't break in and steal everything you've got. But your being properly armed means they won't be able to do that to you--or to anyone else.
  • Do NOT call your alarm company (if you have one) to tell them you are going out of town. How do you know that person on the other end of the phone isn't selling that information?
  • If you don't have a cell phone, get one. I think it is unwise in this day and age to be without an emergency phone. Your opinion may differ. Until you have an emergency.
  • Forward all calls to your home number such that they go to your cell phone. This way, someone calling to determine if you are away or not will end up connecting to a live person saying "Hello?"


6. Health tip/Fitness tips

Today, we'll talk briefly about osteoporosis. It seems to be an epidemic, these days. Here are some bullet points to remember:
  • Calcium intake alone isn't enough. You need the right balance of other nutrients with the calcium. But without the proper level of Vitamin D3, it's almost useless to take calcium. With D3, your calcium utilization skyrockets and calcium supplementation is often unnecessary.
  • Don't be fooled into thinking you are getting adequate calcium just because you drink milk. Contrary to the propaganda, milk is not a great calcium source. Only 30% of the calcium in milk is bioavailable.
  • Good sources include the supplement just mentioned, plus dark green leafy vegetables. There are other good sources, too. Eat a varied, nutrient-rich diet.
  • To use calcium, you also need protein. We sell protein supplements that help you meet this need. Many people think they get plenty of protein, but they are using poor sources such as lunch meats (loaded with carcinogens)--where much of the protein is unusable or not there to begin with.
  • If you drink sodas, stop. If you have any carbonated beverages in your home, give them to someone at the IRS or to someone in the Taliban (pick the terrorist group of your choice). Do NOT drink this crap. Think of sodas as "osteoporosis in a can." Sodas employ three separate mechanisms for taking the calcium out of your bones. See our free article, "Why soft drinks are unsafe" by going to and clicking the appropriate link in the lefthand menu.
  • You need weight-bearing exercise to stimulate the body to produce testosterone, which is what tells your body to store calcium in the bones.
  • Even bones that have enough calcium can be weak. Bone structure plays a key role in total bone strength. Not much you can do about your bone structure (or lack thereof), but common sense says that weight-bearing exercise is going to stimulate the bones to maintain the right structure while being sedentary won't.

 7. Special Guy

I am pleased to report that Don Brennecke, one of our readers, is home from the hospital and apparently doing fine. I've already done all I can to rile him up, and he's not the slightest bit phased. All of our readers have issues to deal with, so it's always gratifying to know when someone is having success. But, I am especially pleased here because Don and I correspond quite a bit and his input is very valuable.

8. Thought for the Day

When is the last time you showed another person you were really interested in him/her? Most of us fail to do this. Think about this concept in your next conversation. To show interest, ask questions about what a person is doing. For example, "Joe, I know you're an advertising executive, but what kinds of things do you do? Tell me of an interesting situation you had recently."

You will be amazed at how connected to you people feel when you show an interest in them. You will find this approach quite valuable for building a network. But, it's also valuable just for the enjoyment it brings both parties.


Wishing you the best,

Mark Lamendola


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