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7 TIPS for FRESH BREATH & HEALTHY DIGESTION

Now that the major holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve are over, here’s some WELLNESS Tips that are EASY TO FOLLOW!

7 Ways to Keep Your Breath Fresh

In addition to brushing your teeth and your tongue, flossing and visiting your dentist regularly, here are a few more ways to prevent bad breath.

 

  1. Water — Keeping yourself properly hydrated produces saliva, which keeps your mouth moist and neutralizes bad breath.
  2. Cinnamon gum — Cinnanimic aldehyde oil freshens breath and reduces the amount of  bacteria in your saliva by 50 percent.
  3. Celery,carrots and apples — Fiber rich foods produce saliva to wash away plaque.
  4. Oranges, berries and melons — Vitamin C helps to prevent gum disease and gingivitis which are both major causes of bad breath.
  5. Lemons — Whether you suck on a lemon wedge, drink water with lemon, or nibble on the rind, lemon can help freshen your breath.
  6. Black tea — Polyphenols, powerful antioxidants found in black tea, help stop plaque from clinging to your teeth.
  7. Yogurt — The active cultures found in yogurt help to  reduce the  level of odor-causing hydrogen sulfide in  the mouth.

 

Healthy Digestion Tips

Here are a few tips for getting your digestive tract back in shape without medications:

 

  • Foods with magnesium, such as spinach, broccoli, squash, and basil, can help relieve constipation.
  • Exercise can help gas move through your stomach faster.
  • Flax, when  taken with water,  helps bulk  the stool and feeds the stomach’s “friendly” bacteria.
  • Yogurt with live and active cultures can help regulate your digestive system.
  • Artificial sweeteners Beware that sugar-free foods with artificial sweeteners can have a laxative effect in some people. To counteract diarrhea, try easy-to-digest foods such as the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast)
  • Licorice can reduce stress-induced stomach inflammation and ulcer-causing bacteria.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil helps prevent and treat Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori).
  • Peppermint (either candy or coated capsules) can help ease pain, bloating, and gas.
  • Chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory effects that can soothe an irritated stomach lining.

 
Now that your breath feels refreshed and your tummy has stopped rumbling, here’s some quotes to help you start off the year with a bang…. from an old favorite of mine Ben Franklin.

 

  • Don’t strive to be irreplaceable. If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.
  • Self-praise is no praise.
  • Strangers are simply friends who haven’t met.
  • After each storm there is the promise of a rainbow.
  • Individually, we  are one drop. Together we are an ocean.
  • Obstacles are those things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.

 
To the more than 1100 friends who have responded to my blogs this year, I wish you a Happy, healthy, peaceful and successful 2014.

 

A big thank you to my favorite printer The Ink Well for allowing me to reproduce most of these truisms from their monthly newsletter Press Check. If you have printing or mailing needs,there’s no one better.

THE RIGHT WAY TO END YOUR LIFE?

Drawing A Clear Map For End-Of-Life Choices!

Robert H. Laws, a retired judge in San Francisco, and his wife Beatrice, knew it was important to have health care directives in place to help their doctors and their two sons make wise medical decisions should they ever be unable to speak for themselves. With forms from their lawyer, they completed living wills and assigned each other as health care agents.

They dutifully checked off various boxes about not wanting artificial ventilation, feeding tubes and the like. But what they did not know was how limiting and confusing those directions could be. For example, Judge Laws said in an interview, he’d want to be put on a ventilator temporarily if he had pneumonia and the procedure would keep him alive until antibiotics kicked in and he could breathe will enough on his own.

What he would not want is to be on a ventilator indefinitely, or to have his heart restarted if he had a terminal illness or would end up impaired. Nuances like these, unfortunately, escape the attention of a vast majority of people who have completed advance directives, and may also discourage others from creating directives in the first place.

Enter two doctors and a nurse who are acutely aware of the limitations of most of such directives. In 2008, they created a service to help poeple through the process, no matter what their end-of-life choices may be. The San Francisco based srvice, called Good Medicine Consult & Advocacy, is the brainchild of Dr. Jennifer Brokaw, 46 who was an emergency room physician for 14 years and saw firsthand that the needs and wishes of most patients were not being met by the doctors who cared for them in crisis situations.

The communications gap was huge,” she said in an interview. “The emergency room doctor has to advocate for patients. I felt I could do that and head things off at the pass by communicating both with patients and physicians.” Sara C. Stephens, a nurse and Dr. Lael Conway Duncan, an internist, joined her in the project. Ms Stephens flew to LaCrosse, Wis., to be trained in health care advocacy at Gunderson Lutheran Health System. Through its trainees, tens and thousands of nurses, social workers and chaplains have been taught how to help patients plan for future care decisions.

 

A Necessary Decison Process

People often need help in thinking about these issues and creating a good plan, but most doctors don’t have the time to provide  this service,” said Bernard Hammes, who runs the training program at Gunderson Lutheran. “Conversation is very important for an advance care plan to be successful. But it isn’t just a conversation; it’s at least three conversations.” Dr. Hammes,editor of a book, “Having Your Own Say: Getting the Right Care When It Means the Most,” said that while he is especially concerned that people 60 and older make their wishes known  to family members and develop a cohesive plan, the same steps should be taken by someone who develops a serious illness at any age.

People need to sit down and decide what kind of care makes sense to them and what doesn’t make sense, and who would be the best person to represent them if they became very ill and couldn’t make medical decisions for themselves,” Dr. Hammes said. “If for example, you had a sudden and permanent brain injury, how bad would that injury have to be for you to say that you would not want to be kept alive?” he continued. “What strongly held beliefs and values would influence your choice of medical treatment?’

Divisive family conflicts and unwanted medical interventions can be avoided when people specify their wishes, he said. His own mother “told us that if she had severe dementia, it would be a total waste of her life savings to keep her alive. She would rather that her children got the money. We help people work through the decision process and involve those close to them so that the family shares in their goals,” Dr Hammes said. “When patients have a care plan, the moral dilemmas doctors face can be prevented.”

At Good Medicine in San Francisco, Dr. Brokaw and her colleagues have thus far helped about two dozen people explain their goals and preferences, at a cost of $1,500 for each person. “In  today’s health care systems, families will be asked when patients can’t speak for themselves, and many families are very unprepared to make these decisions,” she said. Her colleague Ms Stephens pointed out that only about a quarter of American adults have advance care directives of any kind, and only half of them have them in hand or know where they are should they be needed.

 

Furthermore, only 12 percent had any input from a physician when filling out forms which are often alone or with a lawyer. “Our lawyer shouldn’t be writing a medical contract any more than you’d want your doctor to write a legal contract,” Dr. Brokaw said. The kinds of questions she said people should consider: What was your state of health at the start of the illness? What state are you likely to be in at the end of the illness? What, if anything, can provide a soft landing?

 

Proper Planning Helps Avoid Troubles

 

Judge Laws writes in the directive he is preparing,” After family, I value clarity of mind and the capacity to make decisions. To live well is to continue to possess  the ability to converse, to read, to retain what I learn and to coherently reflect and understand. I do not want my life prolonged if I undergo a marked lessening of my cognitive powers.” Judge Laws also does not want “to live with severe distracting pain.”

 

His directive will request that any treatment he receive be compatible with these goals. He also writes that he expects his sons and wife to support his decisions even if they disagree with them and  not let any quarrels over his care cause a rift in the family. Studies have shown that advance care planning reduces stress on patients, their families and health care providers. It also results in 30 percent fewer malpractice suits, greater patient and family satisfaction and a lower incidence of depression, drinking problems and other signs of complicated grief among survivors.

 

Ms. Stephens said that advance directives are “organic documents that can be changed at any time if circumstances or a person’s wishes change.” They should be reviewed at least once every 10 years”, she added.

This Personal Health column written by Jane E. Brody appeared in the New York Times last year.

 

Good advice here and the best time to plan for this is while you’re still in good health.

 

HOW TO BECOME A MAIL ORDER MILLIONAIRE

A Complete Guide To Starting Your Own Home Base Busine

 

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Beware the Placebo Effect!

It’s All In Your Mind!

Everyone knows that a placebo — a fake medication or sham procedure, typcially used as a control in a medical trial — can nonetheless have a positive effect, relieving real symptons like pain, bloating or a depressed mood. The placebo effect is a result of the patient’s expectation that the treatment will help.

But expectations can also do harm. When a patient anticipates a pill’s possible side effect, he can suffer them even if  the pill is fake.  This “nocebo” effect has been largely overlooked by researchers, clinicians and patients. In an article recently published in the journal Deutsche Arzteblatt International, we and our colleague Ernil Hansen reviewed 31 studies, conducted by us and other researchers, that demonstrated the nocebo effect. We urge doctors and nurses to be more mindful of its dangers, particularly when informing patients about a treatment’s potential complications.

The placebo effect is a result of the patient’s expectation that the treatment will help.

Consider the number of people in medical trials who, though receiving placebos, stop participating because of side effects. We found that 11 percent of people in fibromyalgia drug trials who were taking fake medication dropped out of the studies because of the side efects like dizziness or nausea. Other researchers reported tht the discontinuation rates because of side effects in placebo groups in migraine or tension drug trials were as much as 5 percent. Discontinuation rates in trials for statins ranged from 4 percent to 26 percent.

In a curious study, a team of Italian gastroenterologists asked people with and without diagnosed lactose intolerance to take lactose for an experiment on its effects on bowel symptons. But in reality the participants received glucose, which does not harm the gut. Nonetheless 44 percent of people with known lactose intolerance and 26 percent of those without lactose intolerance complained of gastrointestinal symptons.

In one remarkable case, a participant in an anti-depressant drug trial was given placebo tablets — and then swallowed 26 of them in a suicide attempt. Even though the tablets were harmless, the participant’s blood pressure dropped perilously low.

The nocebo effect can be observed even when people take real, non-placebo drugs. When medical professionals inform patients of possible side effects, the risk of experiencing those side effects can increase. In one trial, the drug finasteride was administered to men to relieve the symptons of prostate enlargement. Half of the patients were told that the drug could cause erectile dysfunction while the other half  were not informed of this possible side effect. In the informed group, 44 percent of the participants reported that they experienced erectile dysfunction; in the uninformed group, that figure was only 15 percent.

In a similar experiment, a group of German psychologists took patients with chronic lower back pain and divided them into two groups for a leg flexion test. One group was told that the test could lead to a slight increase of pain, while the other group was told that the test had no effect on pain level. The first group reported stronger pain and performed fewer leg flexions than the second group did.

Just knowing that a drug can have side effects may increase your chances of suffering them.

A doctor’s choice of words matters. A team of American anesthesiologists studied women about to give birth who were giiven an injection of local anesthetic before being administered an epidural. For some women, the injection was prefaced by the statement, “We are going to give you a local anesthetic that will numb the area so that you will be comfortable during the procedure.” For others, the statement was, “You are going to feel a big bee sting; this is the worst part of the procedure.”  The perceived pain was significantly greater after the latter statement, which emphasized the downside of the injection.

“Words are the most powerful tools a doctor possesses, but words, like a two-edged sword, can maim as well as heal.” – Dr Bernard Lown

The nocebo effect presents doctors and nurses with an ethical dilemma: on one hand, they are required to tell patients about the possible complications of a treatment; on the other hand, they want to minimize the likelihood of side effects. But if merely telling patients about side effects increases their likelihood, what is to be done?

Better communication is the answer. When talking with patients, doctors and nurses often say things with intended negative suggestions, like “it’s just going to bleed a bit” or “you must avoid lifting heavy objects — you don’t want to end up paralyzed.” We recommend more extensive training in communication for doctors and nurses, to help them use the power of their words appropriately. As the great cardiologist Bernard Lown once said, “Words are the most powerful tools a doctor possesses, but words, like a two-edged sword, can maim as well as heal.”

This article writtenby Pail Enck, a professor of psychology at the University of Tuebingen and Winfried Huser, an associate professor of psychosomatic medicine at the University of Munich first appeared in the August 12, 2012 issue of The New York Times.

The 4 Risk Factors To Avoid Stroke or Heart Attack

Blood Pressure, Cholesterol Level Among Key Factors!

 

Having just one risk factor — such as high cholesterol or smoking — can significantly increase the odds of suffering a stroke or heart attack in your lifetime, according to a new study in The New England Journal of Medicine.

The research tracked more than 250,000 participants from 18 different studies over a period of 50 years. It is the first study to look at  the risks for white and black men and women across the generations. Previously clinicians would calculate a patient’s risk by projecting into the next decade. Now with a broad data pool, doctors can predict the likelihood of a major cardiovascular event well into the future, explained Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, chair and associate professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and the study’s lead investigator.

In an interview of Lloyd-Jones reported by Chicago Tribunereporter Bonnie Miller Rubin, he shared his findings with the Tribune.

  • What does the study tell us now  that we didn’t know before?

A.  We have known for decades that four risk factors — blood pressure, cholesterol levels, smoking and diabetes — are related to cardiovascular disease, which is the No. 1 killer for men and women in the U.S. What we hadn’t appreciated is the long-term risks. We now know that whether male, female, black or white, the effect of the risk factors remained consistent in determining lifetime risk, regardless of when you were born.

  • What do  these findings mean?

A. That regardless of your age, sex or race, if you have all optimal risk factors, your chance of having a heart attack or stroke is really low. And if a peer of the same age, sex and  race has even one of these factors, he or she has a dramatically higher chance of developing a cardiovascular event during their life span.

  • How do you define optimal cholesterol and blood pressure levels?

A. Total cholesterol level of less than 180, blood pressure is less than 20 on top and 80 on the bottom.

  • Can you give me an example of how having even one risk factor increases your likelihood of heart attack or stroke?

A. Men who  are 45 years old and have all four factors at optimal levels — in other words, optimal blood pressure, cholesterol and no smoking or diabetes — have only a 1.4 percent risk of a heart event in their lifetime. In contrast, adding just one risk factor raises the chance to 40 percent for men and 20 percent for women. With two, it increases to 50 and 41 percent, respectively. 

  • How  much do genes play in all this?

A. At a certain point, genes do influence factors like cholesterol levels. You can’t completely change everything but you can trump a lot of that. By keeping these other things healthy, you can delay the day when, say you might need medication to take care of the part that you can’t accomplish solely through lifestyle changes.

  • Are there other factors that play a part in cardiovascular disease?

A. Sleep and stress clearly play into the incremental risk. We also know that shift work can mess up a person’s metabolic profile. There is some important research going on in these areas, but at the end of the day, it’s by maintaining the four big factors that you can dramatically reduce the risk.

  • If you have less than ideal levels of the Big Four, can you undo the damage?

A. Once placques start forming in the artery walls, you can slow them down and stabilize them with lifestyle change and medication, but you can’t make them go away completely. They’re still there, taking up space and potentially obstructing blood flow. So you can be a 35-year old and have the arteries of a 55-year-old.  That’s why it’s so important that young people understand the importance of their choices. That we really need to get our foot in the door now—while they’re in their 20’s and 30’s, even though heart disease might not get them until their 50’s or 60’s.

  • Do you ever eat a hot dog or a cheeseburger?

A. Unfair question! Of course I do. But that has to be done in moderation and it means I have to make a trade-off to reduce calories, fat and sodium elsewhere, and that I should go burn it  off with  a good brisk walk.

Think Positive: Seven Easy Ways To Improve A Bad Day!

Had a lousy morning?   Things looking grim?

Not to worry. The rest of your day need not be a disaster. It can in fact become one of your best, providing you take these simple steps:

  1. Remember that the past does not equal the future. There is no such thing as a “run of bad luck“. The reason people believe such nonsense is that the  human brain creates patterns out of random events and remembers the events that fit the pattern.
  2. Refuse to make self-fulfilling prophesies. If you believe the rest of your day will be as challenging as what’s already happened,  then rest assured: You’ll end up doing something (or saying) something that will make sure that your prediction comes through.
  3. Get a sense of proportion. Think about the big picture: Unless something life-changing has happened (like the death of a loved one), chances are that in two weeks, you’ll have forgotten completely about whatever it was that has your shorts in a twist today.
  4. Change your threshold for “good” and “bad”. Decide that a good day is any day that you’re above ground. Similarly, decide that a bad day is when somebody steals your car and drives it into the ocean. Those types of definitions make it easy to be happy–and difficult to be sad.
  5. Improve your body chemistry. Your body and brain are in a feedback loop: A bad mood makes you tired, which makes your mood worse, and so forth. Interrupt the patterrn by getting up and moving around. Take a walk or eat something healthy.
  6. Focus on what’s going well.  The primary reason you’re convinced it’s a bad day is that you’re focusing on whatever went wrong. However, for everything going badly, there are probably dozens of things going well. Make list, and post it where it’s visible.
  7. Expect something wondrous. Just an attitude of doom and gloom makes you see more problems, facing the future with a sense of wonder makes you alive to all sorts of wonderful things that are going on, right now, everywhere around you.

This originally appeared in: Inc.

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15 Simple Rules For A Healthy Happy Life!

REVEALED!  THE UNLOCKED SECRETS ON HOW TO ACHIEVE HAPPINESS AND PEACE OF MIND.

Suffering, he said, arises from trying to control what is uncontrollable.

Epictetus was his name. Born a slave in Rome in 55 AD and lived there until he was banished. He spent the remainder of his life in Greece where he taught philosophy as a way of life. Suffering, he said, arises from trying to control what is uncontrollable. He strongly believed that human beings have a duty to care for all fellow human beings. The person who follows his precepts will achieve happiness and peace of mind.

It is not known how he attained his freedom but he began teaching his philosophy and founded his own philosophy school in Rome until 93 AD when he and all philosophers living there at the time were banished.

Lame since childhood, he lived his life with few possessions and great simpilcity. For much of his life he lived alone but in old age he adopted a friends child who would otherwise have been left to die and raised him with the aid of a woman. Not much more is known about him other than his 15 RULES FOR A BALANCED LIFE. He died around 135 AD.

His philosophy became known as Stoicism. It is a philosophy grounded in accepting everyday reality. While some believe the term refers to numbness,  his original followers known as Stoics sought to maintain a balance between life’s highs and lows.

The philosophy of Epictetus is well known in the American military through the writings and example of James Stockdale an American fighter pilot who was shot down during the Vietnam War. In his book Courage Under Fire, Stockdale credits Epictetus with helping him endure seven and a half years in a North Vietnamese military prison—including  torture—and four years in solitary confinement.

The philosophy of Epictetus plays a key role in Tom Wolfe’s book A Man In Full. His philosophy is also mentioned in James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man; also in Franny & Zooey by J.D. Salinger and is referred to in Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie.

Psychologist Albert Ellis, the founder of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy credited Epictetus with providing a foundation for his system of psychotherapy and last but not least his philosophy is an influence on the acting method introduced by David Mamet.

EPICTETUS ANCIENT SECRETS TO A LONG, HEALTHY BALANCED LIFE!

  1. Know what you can control and what you cannot.
  2. Make full use of what happens to you.
  3. Seeking to please is a perilous  trap.
  4. Approach life as a banquet.
  5. Avoid adopting other peoples’ negative views.
  6. Never supress a generous impulse.
  7. Character matters more than reputation.
  8. Self-mastery depends on self-honesty.
  9. The virtuous are consistent.
  10. Be suspicious of convention.
  11. Widsom is revealed through action, not talk.
  12. No shame, no blame.
  13. Pursue the good ardently.
  14. Treasure your mind, cherish your reason, hold to your purpose.
  15. Disregard what doesn’t concern you.

Do Human Beings Carry Expiration Dates?

On June 9, the Wall Street Journal carried the following story under the heading Mind & Matter written by Matt Ridley.

After celebrating her 60th year on the throne in style this past week, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II can now look forward to breaking some more records. She is already, at 86, Britain’s oldest monarch (were she to die now, her son would be the 12th oldest). On Sept 10 2015, she would pass Queen Victoria to become the longest-reigning monarch in British history. To beat Louis XIV (who succeeded to the throne at the age of 4) for the longest reign in European history, she would have to live to 98.

Elizabeth II is still going strong, but the maximum human lifespan isn’t rising at anything like the rate of average life expectancy, which is rushing upward globally at the rate of about three months a year, mainly because of progress against premature mortality. Indeed, we may already have hit some kind of limit for maximum lifespan—perhaps because natural selection, with its strict focus on reproductive success, has no particular need to preserve genes that would keep us going to 150.

The oldest woman in  the world, Besse Cooper, a retired schoolteacher in Georgia will be 116 on Aug. 26, according to the Geronotology Research Group, an organization that studies aging issues. That’s a great age but it’s a hefty six years short of the record: 122 years and 64 days, set by Jeanne Calment of France in 1997. In other words, if Mrs. Cooper can get there, Mrs. Calment’s record will have stood for 21 years; if she can’t, maybe longer.  That’s a long time considering that there are now nearly a half million centenarians alive in the world. That number has been going up 7% a year but the number of those over 115 is not increasing.

If Mrs. Cooper does not take the record, there are only two other 115-year olds alive to take on the challenge,and one of them is a man: Jiroemon Kimura, a retired postman from Kyoto. He’s within seven months of beating the age record for his sex, set by Christian Mortensen, who died in 1998. But Mr. Kimura is less likely than a woman to make 122, and there are fewer women over 115 today (two) than there were in 2006 (four) or even 1997 (three).

At least two people died after their 110th birthdays in the 1800s, if you’re willing to trust the birth certificates. So the increase of 12 years in maximum life expectancy during the 20th century was just one-third as large as the increase in average life expectancy during the period (36 years).

In 2002, James Vaupal of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, startled demographers by pointing out that every estimate published of the level at which average life expectancy would level out has been broken within a few years. Jay Olshansky of the University of Illionis, however argues that since 1980 this has no longer been true for already-old people in rich countries like the U.S.: Official estimates of remaining years of life for a woman aged 65 should be revised downward.

Thanks to healthier lifestyles, more and more people are surviving into old age. But that is not incompatible with there being a sort of expiration date on human lifespan. Most scientists think the decay of the body by aging is not itself programmed by genes, but the repair mechanisms that delay decay are.

In human beings, genes that help keep you alive as a parent or even grandparent have had a selective advantage through helping children thrive, but ones that keep you alive as a great-grandparent–who likely doesn’t play much of a role in the well-being and survival of great-grand children–have probably never contributed to reproductive success.

In other words, there is perhaps no limit to the number of people who can reach 90 or 100, but getting past 120 may never be possible, and 150 is probably unattainable, absent generic engineering–even for a monarch.

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Martinis and Ice Cream Sundaes – The Key to a Happy Healthy Old Age

Could it really be as simple and tasty as Martinis and Ice Cream Sundaes?

Read on Oh You Doubters!  Irving Fields, 96 years old is not only in excellent health but looks 30 years younger than his actual age. What does he attribute this to, yes a nightly martini and an ice cream sundae before he turns in for the evening…Oh and one other thing, Never ever retire.

Mr. Fields has been playing piano in New York City since the 1920s, most recently at an upscale Italian Steak House. ” That’s his fountain of youth right there: the martini” a person squealed the other night. She was pointing to a brimming two-olive vodka martini resting on the grand piano being played by Mr. Fields.

As for the martini, a nightly staple, Mr Fields said it was as good an explanation as any for his longevity. “Don’t forget the ice cream sundae I have every night before bed”, he said while dusting off  a medley of tunes from “Fiddler on the Roof” (He has never let his playing get in the way of his talking.)

“The real secret is that I love what I do, and the piano is my best friend”, said Mr Fields, who was dressed in a velvet blazer and stylish tie as he table-hopped, chatted with customers and took requests. His wife Ruth, 82, was also working the room.

(This story on Mr. Fields was reported by Corey Kilgannon in the New York Times a week ago) As for the other hints to his endurance, Mr. Fields has produced a flyer, a stack of which sit on the piano, with his “Secrets to Longevity,” a list of aphorisisms like “Eat four hours before bedtime (You’ll digest better)” and “Never make a decision intoxicated”.  A regular patron commented on his piano skills “I’m big on authenticity, and you can hear the influence of the ’30s and ’40s and ’50’s in his playing. He’s lived through all musical eras and styles. Plus he’s always had the ability to play and charm his listeners at the same time, and it’s that charm that keeps you coming back”.

Mr. Fields says the six-nights a week job is perfect for him because it’s a two-minute walk from the apartment on Central Park South where he has lived for 50 years. “I get so many young people coming in saying they love Sinatra”, he said, “and they’re requesting the classics”.

Mr. Fields was born Yitshak Schwartz in 1915 and grew up in Brooklyn as the youngest of  six children. he was studying piano by 1923, and by 1933, he was playing on cruise ships. By the 1940s, he said, he was playing in the biggest hotel lounges, piano rooms and supper clubs in New York City. In the 1950s, he was a fixture at the Mermaid Room and he also played the Copacabana, the Latin Quarter, El Morocco and the St. Moritz. He was the regular pianist in the Oak Room at the Plaza from 1982 to 1990. Mr Fields remembered Ava Gardner dancing barefoot  to his Latin songs and Edward G. Robinson requesting Viennese waltzes.

He has made more than 80 albums, with an eclectic style that seemed to combine the Catskills, Manhattan, Miami and Havana. The owner of the Italian Steak House where Mr Fields performs says. “As long as his fingers perform, he will be playing here. He’s one of a kind. At 10:30 at night, when most people his age would be in bed, he’s going from table to table taking requests. I think it keeps him going.”

If you’re ever in New York and would like to hear Mr. Fields perform, you can find him at the upscale Italian Steak House, NINO’S on Central Park South.

I can’t teach you how to play piano like Mr. Fields, but if you’re looking for a way to own and operate your own business, and never have to worry about layoffs, companies downsizing or what you’re going to do after you retire, then you owe it to yourself to look into Mail Order as a way to “keep on working”

HOW TO BECOME A MAIL ORDER MILLIONAIRE, written by long time mail order expert, Fred Broitman has been accclaimed by by experts in the field to be “the definitive guide to success in direct response/mail order.” 

You’ll learn:

  • HOW TO GET STARTED
  • HOW TO FIND GREAT PRODUCTS
  • HOW TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS PROFITABLE FROM THE START
  • HOW TO PRICE YOUR PRODUCT FOR BIGGEST PROFITS
  • SECRETS OF CREATING WINNING MAIL ORDER ADS
  • COMPLETE UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON HOW TO USE THE INTERNET TO SUPER CHARGE YOUR MAIL ORDER BUSINESS

Mr. Broitman’s book is sold with a guarantee of satisfaction or your money back.

HOW TO BECOME A MAIL ORDER MILLIONAIRE is available from Amazon at its published price of $39.95 plus s&h or you can save $10 and order it direct from the publisher for only $29.95 plus $3.50 s&h (Total $33.50). Send check or money order along  with your name and address to SUPERIOR PRESS 333 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1032, Chicago, IL 60601

Free Memory Boosting Tips!

Can you trust your memory? 

Forgetting where you parked the car. Returning an important phone call… It happens to all of us particularly as we get older. If you’ve ever had a moment when you can’t remember where you put your car keys or what was on your grocery list, you’re not alone. We all forget things occasionally. Truth is, increased memory loss is a serious threat for many people. Here are a few ways to sharpen your memory:

  1. Close your eyes. Distractions make it harder to remember things, so your memory is often enhanced when you close your eyes and shut out stimuli.
  2. Pay attention when learning something new. It takes about eight seconds of intense focus to get a piece of information into your memory.
  3. Get Organized. Create to-do lists, write down appointments on your calendar, and create a specific place for your keys, wallet, and other essentials.
  4. Learn something new. Give your brain the stimulation it needs to keep growing and developing.
  5. Interact with others. Meaningful relationships and a strong support system are vital not only to emotional health, but brain health. People with the most active social lives had the lowest rate of memory decline.
  6. Get enough sleep. A sleep-deprived brain cannot operate at full capacity, compromising critical-thinking skills, creativity, and problem solving abilities.
  7. Keep stress in check. Chronic stress destroys brain cells and damages the hippocampus, the region of the brain involved in forming new memories and retrieving old ones.
  8. Eat brain boosting foods such as complex carbohydrates (whole wheat bread, brown rice, oatmeal), Omega 3s (tuna, salmon,  walnuts, soybeans and vegetables packed with antioxidants that protect your brain cells from damage (spinach, brocolli, cantaloupe, watermelon). Also limit your intake of saturated fats.

For more tips and tools on memory improvement, check out

www.memoryimprovement-tips.com

For those of you fortunate enough to live in a town or city with a Brain Store near you, you’ll find games and puzzles for adults and children  guaranteed to keep your brain buzzing. This growing chain of stores is worth checking out, as is their website.

Now for some “words to the wise”:

“If you tell the truth, you don’t  have to remember anything.”
—–Mark  Twain

and from Ben Franklin
–A clean desk is a sign of a cluttered desk drawer.
–Well done is better than well said.
–A closed mouth gathers no foot.

My thanks to my friends at THE INK WELL for allowing me to share some of their words of wisdom from their monthly CHECK OUT newsletter. This months edition also reminds us of the Five-Second Rule.

  • Surely you’ve heard about the “five-second rule”, which asserts that food dropped on the floor is OK to eat if you pick it up in five seconds or less. Even though quick retrieval often means that fewer bacteria are collected on a piece of food, it’s no guarantee of safety. Here are a few things to keep in mind next time you drop food, pacifiers, or anything you’re considering putting in a mouth:
  • Germs are invisible, so even though a floor may look clean, that doesn’t mean it is. If food is dropped in the kitchen or areas trafficked by shoes, which carry fecal matter, salmonella. E. coli, and other things that could be living on the floor, think again.
  • Bacteria can live and thrive for up to four weeks on dry surfaces and can cling to food in mere moments.
  • Moist foods (such as a slice of apple or cheese will attract more bacteria from a floor than dry foods such as crackers.

When in doubt, throw it out. A growling stomach is always a better alternative than diarrhea or vomiting, should you consume some harmful bacteria.

For creative tips on killing germs and more, check out www.vinegartips.com

WARNING! SHAMELESS PLUG COMING:

Since you’ve come to the blog about HOW TO BECOME A MAIL ORDER MILLIONAIRE, I must show you how to begin.

The book is a complete guide to starting your own home based business. No matter where you live….big city….small town….down on the farm, as long as you have access to the internet you can become successful in a business of your own operated from any room in your house with just your computer.

Read and you’ll Learn:

  • HOW TO GET  STARTED
  • HOW TO FIND GREAT PRODUCTS
  • HOW TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS PROFITABLE FROM THE START
  • HOW TO PRICE YOUR PRODUCT OR SERVICE FOR BIGGEST PROFITS
  • SECRETS OF CREATING WINNING MAIL ORDER OFFERS AND ADS
  • 14 SURE-FIRE CHECK OFF LISTS THAT GUARANTEE HUGE PROFITS

and includes COMPLETE INFORMATION ON HOW TO USE THE INTERNET TO SUPER CHARGE YOUR BUSINESS

HOW TO BECOME A MAIL ORDER MILLIONAIRE will provid you a with an easy to follow “road map” to success in a business of your own.

It’s available from AMAZON at its published price of $39.05 plus s&h or you can save $10 and order it direct from the publisher for $29.95 plus $3.50 s&h. (Total $33.45). Send check or money order along with your name and address to SUPERIOR PRESS 333 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1032, Chicago, IL 60601. Sold on a money back guarantee of satisfaction.

Can I Really Start A Mail Order Business and Become A Millionaire?

This is a question I receive quite often and even though I have answered it in earlier postings, I enjoy sharing success stories of other Mail Order Millionaires I have known or read about.

He didn’t have an office but relyed on a phone line in his father’s live chicken store on Chicago’s Northside. Years later they sold the company to STAPLES for $685 million.

Here is another giant in the industry that started out very humbly in 1956 selling office supplies door to door. Jack Miller was newly married and had a $15,000 mortgage. He didn’t have an office but relyed on a phone line in his father’s live chicken store on Chicago’s Northside. That way someone, either his father or his Uncle Abe, would answer the phone when Jack was out selling office supplies.

Miller had begun working odd jobs at age 13. He  wa s a soda jerk in a drugstore, a delivery boy for a dry cleaner, an usher at a movie theater and a pin-setter at a bowling alley. He paid his way through the University of Illinois, modeling for art classes, washing dishes, digging ditches and loading freight cars. He eventually went to work for his father, slaughtering chickens and cleaning droppings off the floor, before moving to various jobs elsewhere in sales and distribution.

At 27, he decided to go into business for himself, founding QUILL OFFICE PRODUCTS, which evolved into the first mail order office supply dealer in the country. His first month, Miller sold $960 worth of merchandise and made $35 profit after expenses. His brother Harvey, joined him in the business a year and a half later; his older brother, Arnold, joined the company about 20 years later.

In 1998 Quill’s revenues had reached more than $630 million; it employed about 1,200 people. The company owned a 350,000-square- foot distribution center on a 35-acre campus in Lincolnshire, IL and nine other distribution centers around the country. Since no one in the next generation of Millers was willing to take it over they sold the company they started to Staples for $685 million in an all-stock deal.  As part of the deal, Staples promised to retain the Quill brand; protect Quill employees’ benefits and pay; and retain executives, unless they made mistakes.

In semiretirement he founded the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History, a nonprofit in a Philadelphia suburb, which supports teaching early American history on college campuses. Sometime after that Jack was diagnosed with an incredibly painful little known uncurable disease, peripherable neuropathy.

Now  83, Jack has dedicated his remaining years and fortune to finding a cure. His wife Goldie, who is a bit younger tells him he will live to be 100. Jack says if I’m going to live another 17 years, he would like to live some of those years free of the constant, debilitating, de-energizing, sleep depriving pain that has plagued him for the last 18 years.

Speaking to a group of 125 people, including many neurologists at a symposium on the disease. His fortune was helping pay for the three-day event as well as millions more he has contributed to start the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy, which hosted the symposium. This nonprofit is also funding research at the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, in Chicago, the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. In coordination with those hospitals and universities, the foundation has started a peripheral neuropathy research registry of patients. Once it’s finished, researchers worldwide will be able to access the collection’s blood samples and medical histories. The symposium was one of the few times that the people conducting the clinical trials were in the same room.

Jack wound up his talk by telling the audience that this registry is just the beginning. There will be more. We think collaboration is critical so we can end the suffering so many of us go through…..and if Jack’s wife Goldie prevails, that he lives 17 years longer, he sure hopes that treatment and a cure is found so he can have some quality in the years he has left.

Jack Miller is a testament to the fact that yes one can become a mail order millionaire! Not only did he become one but due to his mail order business and the millions of dollars he made, his may be responsible for finding a cure for a painful disease that affects about 20 million people in America.

Interested in learning on how you can become a mail order millionaire? As a reader of my blog, you can receive a copy of my book HOW TO BECOME A MAIL ORDER MILLIONAIRE on a 100% guarantee of satisfaction or it costs you nothing. Buy it from AMAZON for its published price of $39.95 plus s&h, or you can order it direct from the publisher and save $10. Just send check or money order for $29.95 plus $3.50  s&h (Total $33.45) along with your name and address to: SUPERIOR PRESS 333 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1032, Chicago IL 60601. If not completely satisfied, return the book for a complete refund.

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