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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

 

Long time Mail order expert, Fred Broitman has written the definitive guide to success in a business of your own. If you would like to start a business you can operate from your home no matter where you live and sell to men and women all over the world this book on MAIL ORDER is all you need to get started.

 

You’ll Learn:

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

and included in  this newly revised edition is: COMPLETE UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON HOW TO USE THE INTERNET AND SOCIAL MEDIA TO SUPER-CHARGE YOUR NEW BUSINESS.

 

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 and shipping is FREE. Send check or money order along with your name and address to: SUPERIOR PRESS 333 N. MICHIGAN AVENUE SUITE 1032 CHICAGO IL 60601. The book is sold on a 100% money back guarantee of satisfaction or return it for a complete no questions asked refund.

Nostalgia For All Those Born Before 1945

WE ARE SURVIVORS!!! CONSIDER THE CHANGES WE HAVE WITNESSED

 

We were born before televison, before penicillin, before polio shots, ballpoint pens; before pantyhose, dishwashers, clothes dryers, electric blankets, air conditioners, drip dry clothes — and way before man walked on the moon.

 

We even got married first and then lived together. How quaint can you be? In our time closets were only for clothes, not for “coming out of”. Designer Jeans were scheming girls named Jean or Jeanne, and having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with our cousins.

 

We thought fast food was what you ate during Lent, and outer space were the upper rows in the balcony of our favorite movie theatre. We were born before anybody had coined the term house-husbands. There were no such things as gay rights or computer dating, dual careers or commuter marriages and this was before day-care centers, group therapy and nursing homes.

 

We never heard of FM radio, tape decks, electric typewriters, artificial hearts, word processors, let alone computers, yogurt and guys wearing earrings. For us, time-sharing meant togetherness not computers or condominiums; a chip referred to a piece of wood, hardware meant screw drivers or hammers, and software wasn’t even a word.

 

In 1940, “Made in Japan” meant  junk and the term “making out” referred to how you did on your exam. “Macdonalds” and Instant coffee were unheard of. We hit the scene when there were 5 & 10 cent stores, where you actually bought things for 5 and 10 cents.  Ice cream cones cost a nickel or at the most a dime.  If you lived in a big city you could ride a streetcar from one side of town  to the other for a nickel. What else could a nickel buy? Well you could make a telephone call, buy a “Pepsi” or enough stamps to mail one letter and two postcards.

 

A brand new Chevy coupe was available for $600…but  who could afford one? A pity, too because gas was only 11 cents a gallon! In our day cigarette smoking was fashionable. Grass was mowed, never smoked. Coke was a cold drink and pot was something you cooked in. Rock music helped grandma’s put their babies to sleep and “Aids” were helpers in the principal’s office.

 

We certainly knew there were differences between the sexes but changing sexes would have been unthinkable. We made do with what we had. And we were so dumb as to think we needed a husband to have a baby. No wonder we are so confused and there is such a generation gap today.

 

But we survived!!!  What better reason to celebrate?

 

Another reason to celebrate is finding a new job for those who have been downsized by  their companies having to close stores or outsourcing jobs to low wage countries. If you or somebody you know is in this fix, I have good news for you. Here’s an inexpensive way to learn how to start your own money making business right from your own home A business you can be never be fired from.  A business that can provide a way for you to make part-time income when you retire or full time income without the expense of an outside office or the rent for a storefront. That business is MAIL ORDER and it’s booming like never before… all due  to  the world wide web. Selling a product or service right from your home to someone living hundreds or thousands of miles from you, even, overseas is a way for you  to say goodbye  to uncaring bosses forever.

 

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PROOF OF HEAVEN? ….. You Decide!

 Join Doctor’s Journey to the Afterworld’s Gates!

For years Dr. Eben Alexander III had dismissed near-death revelations of God and heaven as explainable by the hard wiring of the human brain. He was after all a neurosurgeon with sophisticated medical training.

But then in 2008 Dr. Alexander contracted bacterial meningitis. The deadly infection soaked his brain and sent him into a deep coma. During that week as life slipped away, he says, he was living intensely in his mind. He was reborn into a primitive mucky Jell-o-like substance and then guided by “a beautiful girl with high cheekbones and deep blue eyes” on the wings of a butterfly to an “immense void”  that is both “pitch black” and “brimming with light” coming from an “orb” that interprets for an all-loving God.

Dr. Alexander, 58, was so changed by the experience that he felt compelled to write a book, “Proof of Heaven,” that recounts his experience. He knew full well he was gambling his professional reputation by writing it, but his hope is that his expertise will be enough  to persuade skeptics, particularly medical skeptics, as he used to be, to open their minds to an afterworld.

Dr. Alexander acknowledged that tales of near-death experiences that reveal a bright light leading to compassionate world beyond are as old as time and by now seem trite. He is aware that his version of heaven is even more psychedelic than most — the butterflies, he explained, were not  his choice, and anyway that was his “gateway” and not heaven itself.

Still, he said  he has a trump card: Having trained at Duke University and taught and practiced  as a surgeon at Harvard he knows brain science as well as anyone. And science, he said, cannot explain his experience.

“During my coma my brain wasn’t working improperly,” he writes in his book. “It  wasn’t working at all.”

Simon & Schuster, which released the book on Oct. 23, is betting that it can appeal to very different potentially lucrative audiences: those interested in neuroscience and those interested in mystical experiences. “This book covers topics that are of interest to a lot of people: consciousness, near death and heaven” said Priscilla Painton, the executive editor at Simon & Schuster, who acquired the book. After being published simultaneously in hardcover, paperback and e-book format, it rose instantly to No. 1 on the New York Times’s paperback best-seller list and was there again a week later. Ms Painton would not elaborate on what type of audience  the book had attracted so far, but she did say she expected it to continue to be a big seller. The publisher has printed nearly one million copies, combined hardcover and paperback , to be snapped up at  airports and as stocking stuffers at big retailers like Target and Walmart. Another 78,000 digital copies have been sold.

In a recent interview at the Algonquin Hotel lobby in Manhattan, however, Dr. Alexander made it clear that he was less interested in appealing to religious “believers,” even though they had been a hard core audience for similar books.

He rejected the idea that readers of his book would be the same as those who bought “Heaven is for Real a mega best-seller about a preacher’s son who sat on Jesus’ lap during a near-death experience.

“It is totally different,” he insisted. “Those who believed in heaven when they read the book were not happy. They didn’t like the title. They say, “This is not scientific proof.” In fact, he said, “Proof of Heaven” was not his idea for a title. he preferred “An N of One,” a reference to medical trials in which there is only a single patient. Wearing a yellow bow tie, Dr. Alexander talked about his career and his years at Harvard, sounding every bit the part of a doctor one might  trust to drill open skulls and manipulate their contents.

He left Harvard in 2001, he said, because he was tired of “medical politics”. In 2006 he moved to Lynchburg VA., where he did research on less invasive forms of brain surgery through focused X-rays and digital scanners. Then the meningitis felled him.

After recovering, he originally planned to write a scientific paper that would explain his intensely vivid recollection. But after consulting the existing literature and talking extensively  to other colleagues in  the field he decided no scientific explanation existed.

“My entire neocortex — the outer surface of the brain, the part that makes us human — was entirely shut down, inoperative”, he said. He hesitated nevertheless. It took him two years, he said, even use the word God in discussing his experience. But then he felt an obligation to all those dealing with near-death experience, and particularly to his fellow doctors. He felt compelled to let them know.

So far he has spoken at  the Lynchburg hospital, where he was treated, and said he has been invited to address a group of neurosurgeons  at Stanford. But these invitations, he acknowledged, do not mean that his theory is gaining ground among doctors. In private conversations. he said, very few of his colleagues offered counterarguments. Some agreed with his conclusion that science could not explain what he saw, but none of them were willing to be named in his book.

Other former colleagues reached for comment were not convinced. Dr. Martin Samuels, chairman of the Neuorolgy department at Brigham and Women’s hospital, a Harvard teaching affiliate, remembered Dr. Alexander as a competent  neurosurgeon. But he said: “There is no way  to know, in fact, that his neocortex was shut down. It sounds scientific, but it is an interpretation made after the fact.”

“My own experience,” Dr. Samuels added, “is that we all live in virtual reality, and  the brain is the final arbiter. The fact that he is a neurosurgeon is no more relevant  than if he was a plumber”.

Dr. Alexander shrugs off such analysis. He still hopes to tour “major medical centers and hospices and nursing homes,” he said  to relate his experience in distinctly medical environments.

His message to those who deal with dying is one of relief. “Our spirit is not dependent on the brain or body” he said, “It is eternal, and no one has seen one sentence worth of hard evidence that it isn’t.”

This article appeared in  the New York Times, The Art Section, November 26, 2012.

While your brain is working overtime to absorb the information contained in Dr. Alexander’s fascinating new book, take a time-out  to consider your future.

Have you ever wanted to own your own business? To become free from the dependency of a job?

Consider owning your own mail order business with little cost to get started. With the help of the Internet you can start and run your own business with low overhead right from your own home.  You can sell a product or service direct to the consumer no matter where they live…. and  it’s easier to get started than ever before.

My book HOW TO BECOME A MAIL ORDER MILLIONAIRE was written to help men and women start their own lifetime business and become independent and successful. It has been described by experts in the field as “the definitive guide to starting your own home based business.”

Long time mail order expert Fred Broitman’s newly revised edition will help you to get started in a business of your own.

You’ll learn:

  1. HOW TO GET STARTED
  2. HOW TO FIND GREAT PRODUCTS
  3. HOW TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS PROFITABLE
  4. HOW TO PRICE YOUR PRODUCTS FOR BIGGEST PROFITS
  5. SECRETS OF CREATING WINNING MAIL ORDER ADS
  6. 14 SURE-FIRE CHECK OFF LISTS THAT GUARANTEE PROFIT
  7. and included in this new edition… COMPLETE UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON HOW TO USE THE INTERNET TO SELL YOUR PRODUCT OR SERVICE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

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 $29.95 and shipping is FREE. Send check or money order along with your name and address to: SUPERIOR PRESS 333 N. Michigan Avenue Suite 1032 Chicago IL 60601.

The book is sold on a 100% Guarantee of Satisfaction or your money back.

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.

For Adults Only!! Oh The Places You Can Go!

Want to learn how to ride a wave, ballroom dance, or lead a cattle drive? You can, by signing up for one of the growing number of camps for adults.

The July 22nd issue of Parade Magazine ran this under the byline of Catherine Price.

  • Camp Unleashed

What it is: Four days of bonding with Fido; activities include “smell walks”, canine aromatherapy sessions, and dog-focused arts and crafts.

Locations: Asheville, N.C; Becket, MA; Miramonte, CA.

Dates: year-round

Price: $799-$999 per human-dog couple.

Try it if: Your favorite travel companion has four legs.

Web-Site: campunleashed.com

  • Culinary Institute of America Boot Camp Cooking Vacations

What it is: Two-to-five day cooking workshops, including courses in hors d’oeuvres, French cuisine, butchering, and baking, taught by the staff of the eminent Culinary Institute of  America.

Locations: Hyde Park, N.Y.; San Antonio, TX.; St. Helena, CA.

Dates: Various.

Price: $895-$2,195, not including lodging.

Try it if: You want to take your cooking skills from simmer to sizzle.

Web-Site: ciachef.edu

  • Adult Space Academy

What it is: Three days spent training like an astronaut. Wannbe Neil Armstrongs can participate in a hands-on interactive space mission and a model-rocket construction and launch.

Location: Huntsville, AL

Dates: Various

Price: $499, plus a $50 registration fee.

Try it if: You’d love to  take a spin in an antigravity chair.

Web-Site: spacecamp.com

  • Horseback Riding Camp

What it is: A long weekend or full week practicing equestrian skills like dressage  and stadium jumping. (Horses are provided or bring your own.)

Location:  Vershire, VT

Dates: Several summer and fall sessions.

Price: $750 (long weekend) or $1,590 (week)

Try it if: You’re an experienced rider, or just a beginner who’s ready  to saddle up.

Web-Site: vershireridingschool.com

  • Co-Ed Soccer Academy

What it is: A five-day camp  where players can develop (or fine-tune) their technical and tactical moves with coaching by former pros from Europe and the U.S.

Location: Westminster, MD

Dates: July 2013

Price: $685, including accomodations.

Try it if: The NFL  just isn’t your kind of football

Web-Site: soccer-academy.com

  • WB Surf Camp

What it is: Three days learning how to surf and stand-up paddleboard in relatively calm 80-degree waters off the North Carolina coast.

Location: Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

Dates: Various in August

Price: $595, not including lodging.

Try it if: You want to learn to hang ten without facing frigid water or monster waves.

Web-Site: wbsurfcamp.com

  • Ballroom Dance Camp

What it is: Five days spent tearing up the dance floor—for up to seven hours a day! —under the guidance of world-renowned ballroom instructors. (Female participants, may have  to sign up with a male partner.)

Location: Provo, UT

Dates: July, 2013

Price: $460, not including meals or lodging.

Try it if: Your answer to the question So You Think You Can Dance? is a resounding yes!

Web-Site: ce.byuedu/cw/dancecamps

  • Rockin’R Ranch Cattle Drive

What it is: The chance to sign on  as a cowhand during an authentic cattle drive through picturesque southern Utah.

Location: Antimony, UT

Dates: Sept., 3-8, Sept., 26-30.

Price: $1,095-$1,295, including meals and tent accomodations.

Try it if: You’ve seen City Slickers hundreds of times.

Web-Site: rockinrranch.com

  • Ultimate Adult Baseball Camp

What it is: An opportunity for serious baseball fans  to hone their skills with pointers from current Major League coaches.

Location: Peoria, AZ

Dates: Jan., 10-13, 2013.

Price: $2,795, including meals and lodging.

Try it if: You’d rather be out on the diamond  than trading fantasy picks.

Web-Site: pro-ball.com

If these wonderful adult camps are just a fantasy for you because you’ve recently been laid off and as much as you would love  to take one of these fun trips, you just can’t afford to until you’re back among the working again, consider my special offer on my book HOW TO BECOME A MAIL ORDER MILLIONAIRE.

It’s a complete guide to starting your own home-based business. Successful mail order business owners call it the definitive guide to success in direct response/mail order.

If you would like to start a business that you can operate from your home no matter where you live then this book is for you. There has never been a better time to start your own mail-order business than now due to the power of the world wide web.

One of the chapters in this recently revised edition gives you all the information you’ll need to utilize the power of the Internet to make your business grow faster than ever before.

You’ll learn:

HOW TO GET STARTED

HOW TO FIND GREAT PRODUCTS

HOW TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS PROFITABLE RIGHT FROM THE START

HOW TO PRICE YOUR PRODUCT FOR BIGGEST PROFITS

SECRETS OF CREATING WINNING MAIL ORDER ADS

14 SURE-FIRE CHECK OFF LISTS THAT GUARANTEE HUGE PROFITS

and included in this new edition: COMPLETE UP-TO DATE INFORMATION ON HOW TO USE THE INTERNET TO SUPER CHARGE YOUR MAIL ORDER BUSINESS.

Best of all this book is sold on a money-back 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 and you can now have it downloaded to your Kindle at amazon.com or you can save $10 and order it direct from the publisher for only $29.95, no charge for shipping.

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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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Simple Things Can Make Your Life Easier, Better and Happier

45 really simple things you can do in an hour (or less).

  1. Start smart:  Dive into the day with a super healthy, super delicious breakfast. How about the Apple and  Cheddar Tartine a la REAL SIMPLE Magazine: Split a baguette lengthwise, then crosswise (extra points for whole grain); broil until lightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes. Dividing evenly, top with 2 tablespoons apple butter, 1/2 thinlly sliced apple, and 2 ounces sliced Cheddar. Broil until the cheese has melted, 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Tackle just one drawer: Pick the one drawer that gets stuck nearly every time you yank it open because it’s too darn packed. Line up three shoe boxes, and start sorting. One is for saving, one is for giving away, and one goes straight to the garbage.  In less than an hour, you’re on your way to a leaner, meaner abode.
  3. Do it now: If a task can be completed in less than a minute, do it on the spot. So instead of putting a glass in the sink, put it in the dishwasher or wash the darn thing.
  4. Hide your keys: Buy a magnetic key holder. Put a spare car key and a spare house key in it, and place it under your car. You will lock yourself out of your car, and doing this will make you feel like the smartest person on the planet.
  5. Waterproof your shoes.
  6. Organize your documents: Learn how to organize your documents and photos on your home computer so you can find files when you need them.
  7. Clean your microwave: Get rid of the funky smell. Martha Stewart likes to put a tablespoon of lemon juice into a micro-safe cup of water, then let it come to a boil (roughly one minute). That loosens the goop on the interior surface so you can sponge the mess away.
  8. Make vinaigrette from scratch: Mix one tablespoon, red wine or white wine vinegar with four tablespoons olive or vegetable oil. Add freshly ground pepper, a nice pinch of salt, maybe a snip or two of fresh herbs or a teaspoon of Dijon mustard.
  9. Buy instant blooms: Buy a soon to bloom plant (maybe a tiny hyacinth) to bring the feeling of spring into your life.
  10. Clean out your T-shirt drawer.
  11. Purge your email: Be ruthless
  12. Reconnect: Send a quick email to one person on your reconnect list.
  13. Get kids organized too: Put some sticky labels on shelves so your kids can put stuff away where you want it.
  14. Create a new contact: When someone sends you an email create the contact right away (or later that day) so you don’t lose their information ever again.
  15. Learn to make a house drink: Find a quick recipe using what you have in your cabinet, practice twice to make sure they are good. Done.
  16. Count to 10: Suddenly overwhelmed by clutter and/or general messiness? Return just ten things to  their rightful places–and yes, the trash can counts as a rightful place, but it also helps to have a bag always at the ready for thrift store donations.
  17. Go for the burn: The Beat-Burn exercise apps deliver amazing workouts in 15-minute increments. A treadmill/outdoor training app and an elliptical app are $4 each on iTunes. lolofit.com
  18. Open a junk e-drawer: Open up a new email account for all the retail, frequent shopper and otherwise less-than-urgent emails. Visit it once a week and dispatch everything you don’t need to the recycle bin.
  19. Add a shelf to your closet: Just one of those white-wire shelves in your closet will reduce the mess.
  20. Do breakfast on the go: Cook your oatmeal in a paper cup. It’s easy to transport to car or bus, and cleanup is a snap–just dump the empty cup in the trash.
  21. Iron tomorrow’s shirt and trousers tonight.
  22. Cook extra rice: Use the leftovers as a base for fried rice.
  23. Organize your bookmarks.
  24. Create a simple filing system for take-out menus.
  25. Get rid of your home phone: If you go with just a cellphone, you have only one set of messages.
  26. Clean out your medicine cabinet: This is a huge boost because chances are you look into your medicine cabinet at key points of the day–early in the morning and before you go to bed at night. It’s amazing what a lift it is to reach for eye cream in a space that’s clean and organized.
  27. Organize your jewelry: Put all of your jewelry on a hanging rack. Seeing all of your necklaces and dangling earrings means no time wasted trying to find accessories in the morning.
  28. Pull wire hangers out of closets and take them to dry cleaner.
  29. Reconcile your Tupperware drawer: Dump the lids and/or containers that don’t have a mate.
  30. Alphabetize your spices: It will make it easier to find them when cooking.
  31. Turn your cans label first.
  32. Sew a button.
  33. Take shoes to a shoe repair.
  34. Write a thank-you note.
  35. Make lunch the night before.
  36. Clean around light switches and door knobs.
  37. Call your mom.
  38. Give your dog a bath.
  39. Do some push-ups.
  40. Polish your nails.
  41. Organize your book shelf: You may find a favorite title you haven’t checked out in a while or a book you just plain forgot to read.
  42. Say goodbye to old bras: Clean out that bra drawer and take the ones you don’t wear anymore to a local shelter.
  43. Create a new playlist.
  44. Celebrate your memories: Put that photo sharing folder to good use. End each day by looking at a photo you haven’t seen for a while. Guaranteed to bring a smile.
  45. Instant recycling: Put a pretty basket near the entrance to your home, and deposit the junk mail and unwanted catalogs as you pass by.

Ray Bradbury – The Passing of the Space Age Prophet

Ray Bradbury, Age 91, died peacefully in his sleep June 5. I don’t remember being as saddened as I was by anyone who was not a family member or an acquaintance but I felt as if I knew him well because I grew up with him through his books, short stories, TV shows and movies. He’s finally gone at 91, the last titan of the era when sci-fi fandom was a way of life. The maestros of that tight world were Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein–and Ray Bradbury. You had to put Bradbury in that rank, even though your mom read him in the Saturday Evening Post. That could get embarrassing to those of us in the Sci-fi hard core.

Ray Bradbury was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, IL and used his memoires of this small town for settings in some of his best stories.

So begins a eulogy to Ray Bradbury by Bruce Sterling in the Saturday June 9th Wall Street Journal. Mr Sterling continues; His pedigree was impeccable, though he came from “Lassfuss”, the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, a primeval caldron of sci-fi geek culture, founded in 1934. In my own caldron of Austin, our literary mentor, Chad Oliver, came to us from Lassfuss. He told how he and Bradbury and the “Twilight Zone” screenwriter Charles Beaumont would hunt for all-night burger joints, talking sci-fi until dawn.

It sounded so wondrous that we never understood that we were hearing a hard-times story. This was depression-era California and the real Bradbury was displaced from the Midwest to Hollywood like a Steinbeck Okie, one of countless thousands who went West and inadvertently created a big chunk of postwar culture.

Ray Bradbury was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, IL and used his memoires of this small town for settings in some of his best stories. In 1934 his family settled in Los Angeles. There as a young boy he roller skated through Hollywood trying to spot celebrities. From 1938 to 1942 he was selling newspapers in the streets of L.A. He published his first paid work in 1941 a short story entitled “Pendulum” in the pulp magazine Super Science Stories. By the end of 1942 he had become a full time writer. That same year he married Marguerite McClure whom he met at a bookstore a year earlier. They had four daughters and eight grandchildren. He first shot to international fame after publication of his short story collection, The Martian Chronicles which was partially based on an idea from Ancient Greek and Roman Mythology.

His best known work Fahrenheit 451 was published in 1966. The film adaptation by director Francois Truffaut was a major hit starring Julie Christie. Many other novels and stories had been adapted to film and TV as well as radio, theatre and comic books. He wrote episodes for the Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV series. Total literary output is close to 600 short stories, more than 30 books and numerous poems and plays. It’s easy to forget that Bradbury wrote a lot of horror stories, too. Having been  through the Depression and war to emerge in the anonymity of postwar America, how could he not? An emptied world where the smart machinery grinds on, yakking inanely, as the mainstream consumers are nuclear blast shadows stenciled on the outside of their suburban home— a vision from a smiling guy in short pants who spoke reverently of Buck Rogers comics. People elided his dark, mournful side, because his affect was so brisk and boistrous. He was the sharpest of social critics, but never mean-tempered like Orwell or Huxley. He was rather, like that other great portraitist of hard–life Middle America, Edward Hopper, painting horror with an effect of stillness, bleakness, loneliness, bereavement  and deprivation.

He used to speak of a mystical experience: instead of attending a family funeral, he ran off to a carnival. He found a sideshow huckster named “Mr. Electrico,” who told him that he was not a 12-year-old but a reincarnated spirit. He hit him on the head with an electrical wand and told him to aspire to immortality. If it sounds like a half-hour fantasy TV episode, it’s probably because Bradbury wrote so many of those, years later. But as a way of life: departing a funereal mainstream culture to play techno-trips with the tattooed sideshow weirdos.

Mr. Sterling concludes: But if that was Bradbury’s origin myth, it’s also what he became. Wine from Dandelions, lowly yet highly evolved, borne by the wind into the last places,you’d expect to find them blooming. Exotic, yet common as the soil.

In 2004 he received a National Medal of Arts. Also a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. An asteroid is named in his honor “9766 Bradbury” and the Apollo Astronauts named a crater on the moon “Dandelion Crater” after his novel “Dandelion Wine“. Many of his short stories were published in PLAYBOY MAGAZINE and even a TV commercial for Sunsweet Prunes ran in the 1960’s. John Huston, a huge fan of Bradbury’s work asked him to write the screenplay for Huston’s film adaptation of “Moby Dick“. He submitted a working script to Huston in early 1954. By the time the film came out in 1956, Huston had listed himself as co-author. Bradbury protested Huston’s action to the Screen Writers Guild and initiallly was successful in having Huston removed as co-author but the powerful film maker had the decision over turned.  

 Ray Bradbury remained productive until the end. He has now departed and the world as he worried in 1979 is a much madder place. More reason to re-read Fahrenheit 451 including the afterword and oppose political correctness with the courage of the master himself.

For an overview on his 50- plus years career read “Ray Bradbury: The Life of Fiction” published by the Kent State University Press.

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.

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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.

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