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Mindconnection eNL, 2008-03-02


In this issue:

  1. Product highlight
  2. Brainpower tip
  3. Time tip
  4. Finance tip
  1. Security tip
  2. Health tip/Fitness tip
  3. Miscellany
  4. Thought for the day

1. Product Highlight

Do the Math--Easily!
One of the reasons politicians get away with fun and games at your overwhelming expense is the "funny math" they use. Most folks have been mistaught math in school, and find it to be an intimidating tool of torture rather than an easy to use tool for everyday life. If you're in that position, you can change things for the better. Much better.

This is one of our most popular courses.

Practical Math

Do the Math

Upon completion of this course, you will:
  • No longer fear math, but rule it.
  • Be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in your head--a 7 year old girl of average intelligence did exactly that with the information in this course.
  • Be able to do algebra in your head--same girl, same thing.
  • Apply mathematical analysis with confidence and ease.
  • Negotiate salary, loans, and other financial deals from a power position.
  • Never again be ripped off by shady sales offers that rely on manipulated numbers.
  • Never again be fooled into voting for a candidate who makes unrealistic promises or whose plans will lower your standard of living.
  • Be able to translate tax increases and government spending into the number of hours you work to pay for them.
  • Improve your career outlook by having math skills and the analytical ability that comes with them.
  • Awaken that part of your brain that performs mathematical calculations.

2. Brainpower tip

The wisdom quoted from the leaders in this video eclipses anything I could say. It's a three minute clip. Check it out:

3. Time Tip

About a "saving time" method that actually wastes time:

4. Finance tip

Read food labels carefully.

Smuckers has a peanut butter labeled "Natural." And, it really is natural. It's just peanuts and salt. Open the jar, and the healthful peanut oil has separated and risen to the top. If you want creamy peanut butter, you have to stir it. But it's natural, nutritious, and delicious.

Skippy also has a peanut butter labeled "Natural." However, it is not natural. According to the ingredients label, it contains sugar and palm oil. Open the jar, and the apparently hydrogenated oil combines with the sugar to make a monolithic lump of spreadable junk. If you care about your health, you will toss it in the trash uneaten.

Upon discovering you've been duped this way, you might feel it would be a waste of money to discard this disgusting product. No, it was a waste of money to buy it. Eating it merely wastes more money by degrading your health.

Because some companies have no scruples about the big fancy labels on the front of their packaging, always read the small plain labels on the back of their packaging. Do that before you spend your money, not after.

Yes, I'm sure the Skippy people will be very unhappy I wrote this. Note to the Skippy people: Ask yourselves why the Smucker's people are grinning ear to ear about now. You had the same opportunity.

Note to the Skippy lawyers: rather than send me threatening letters, tell your client to clean up their act. I'm not the one selling things with deceptive labeling. And, consider that I'm also not the one infringing on Smuckers' labeling.

5. Security tip

Use a designated name for non-personal mail (both snail and e-). For example, don't use your own name when subscribing to a magazine. Use a pseudonym, such as B&C Services or Johnny B. Goode. Magazines make considerable money with "list rentals," meaning they sell your subscription information to third parties.

If someone runs your pseudonym through a database, they'll have information on your pseudonym but not on you. You can safely toss any junk mail that comes addressed to your pseudonym. And if someone phones and asks to speak to your pseudonym, you can simply hang up.

Note: Do not get any ideas about doing this with your tax forms. Those are personal mail. And if you mess up there, things can get very ugly very fast.

6. Health tip/Fitness tips

I mentioned the deceptive labeling in the finance section above. Now, here's another health tip. If a doctor advises you on specific food products, disregard the advice entirely. Doctors are not qualified in this area. A dietitian is. You would not go to a dietitian for a physical checkup, so don't go to a doctor for dietary advice. They claim to know, but don't.

Here's a case in point. An elderly man who is more than 100 lbs too fat was hospitalized, due to complications of obesity. Shortly after being discharged, he complained about feeling weak. So, his doctor told him to drink Boost. This is like telling an alcoholic to drink a 6-pack of beer three times a day, or an asthmatic to buy Camel lung busters.

One can of this crap contains 25 grams of sugar. That's more sugar than I consume in an entire year. Making matters worse, the second most common type of sugar in this beverage is exactly the kind you absolutely, positively do not eat unless you are on a mission to destroy your body. That is, of course, corn syrup solids. Listed ahead of it on the Boost ingredients label is ordinary table sugar, which isn't known as a health food either.

Dentists will tell you that drinking dissolved sugar is one of the worst things you can do to your teeth (crunching ice cubes is the other worst thing). This elderly man had also recently completed very expensive dental work. Why on earth was he drinking Boost? Maybe he thinks the dental assistant is cute or he loves the feeling of that drill going in? No, he was doing this to himself because his doctor told him to. Can you say malpractice?

Further, we are talking about the Boost Protein product, which contains 15 grams of protein. Oh, whoopee. A fairly active adult male would need to consume 10 cans of this beverage to get his daily protein allowance. To put the 15 grams in perspective, you get 16 grams in two cups of ordinary cow's milk.

The doctor's "reason" for recommending this "Ya'll come back and see us at the hospital, ya hear" beverage to his patient was that it contains vitamins. Well, yeah, if you drink four cans a day you can reach your RDA. That would give you whopping 1,000 calories. Why not take a proper multivitamin that meets your RDA on so few calories that the FDA doesn't require even mentioning the calories?

If someone dropped vitamins into gasoline, would that make it a health beverage? If you think so, then Boost is for you.

Compare the calorie load of Boost for a measly 15 grams of protein to the Oryx supplement described at the top of this eNL. Don't ever drink Boost. There are cheaper ways to wind up in intensive care. If your goal is to be healthy, however, something as toxic as this garbage won't even be on your radar. Unless you listen to your doctor's dietary advice.

7. Miscellany

  1. Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise. Since Venus is normally associated with women, what does this tell you? Even more interesting, Uranus spins sideways. Whatever this says about uranus, we don't want to know. Uranus is your own business.
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8. Thought for the Day

Some people are born stupid, but most people work at it.


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).

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