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Tuesday 26th June 2007


Basic Computer User

A million zombies threaten US national security
More than a million PCs under the control of spammers are threatening the US national security, its economy and its information infrastructure, according to the FBI. more

Single-line attack infects thousands of Web sites
Thousands of Web sites have fallen victim to an attack using just one line of code that maliciously re-directs browsers via Javascript to servers that are hosting a variety of drive-by exploits. Multiple browsers and operating systems are affected by this code if not correctly patched. more

Dangerous Searches
Some seemingly safe and simple searches can actually make your computer vulnerable to malware. What should you be wary about typing in to that Google search box? more

Trojans lurking in fake video postings on YouTube
In the past week, two fake video postings have been set up on YouTube to infect users with a Trojan that includes pop-up porn ads, Secure Computing warns. more

Google logs half of all US searches
Company continues to increase market share. more

Way cool keyboard... here

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Advanced Computer User

Samsung Hybrid Hard Drives to Ship to Users Next Week
Samsung’s first hybrid hard drives will be available for end-user purchase in a week’s time, although only a limited subset of customers with the latest hardware may be able to take advantage of them. more

Google Forces Microsoft to Modify Vista’s Search
Microsoft Corp. has agreed to modify its Windows Vista operating system in response to a complaint that its computer search function put Google Inc. and other potential rivals at a disadvantage, the Justice Department and Microsoft said on Tuesday. more

Security Super Guide
The world is a scary place. These days, you have to worry about your security and safety when it comes to almost everything. But we can put your mind at ease... at least when it comes to the security of your computer. Read today’s tip to learn how to keep yourself safe, and breathe easy. more

Microsoft sabotaging desktop virtualisation
U-turn on licensing changes intended to slow down competition, Gartner alleges. more

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Great article, note as well some of the comments...
When Doctors Strike, Fewer People Die
Conventional medicine, not heart attacks or cancer, is the leading cause of death. more

Deadly Baby Formula Killing Children
Why is the U.S. promoting policies that result in the deaths of children around the world? more

Again, in this one, the comments are as enlightening as the article...
Did Microwaves Kick-Start the Obesity Epidemic?
What price are you paying for convenience food? more

Health: Why Michael Moore’s SiCKO is a health care documentary everyone must see
America’s disastrous health care system is heaving the country head-first into near-certain economic collapse. Let alone the “profit from the suppress the symptom" rather than the “handle the root cause" motivation... more

The sunscreen myth: How sunscreen products actually promote cancer more

If you smoke or know someone who does, check this out... here

Thursday, June 14, 2007
Laughing Mother Helps Baby’s Eczema.

We all knew it was good, now it’s official.

Laughter helps breast milk to fight skin allergies.

according to a study by Hajime Kimata at the Moriguchi-Keijinkai Hospital in Osaka, Japan, breastfed babies with eczema experienced less symptoms if their mothers laughed hours before feeding them.

Participating babies and some of the mothers suffered from mild atopic eczema - the most common type. By showing breastfeeding mothers either a feature length Charlie Chaplin movie or bland footage of weather information, and taking samples of breast milk at regular intervals afterwards, hajime was able to correlate the effects of laughter. Two milk feeds later, he measured babies’ allergic reactions to dust mites and latex. Infants whose mothers had laughed had quite strongly reduced reactions.

Kimata also found significantly higher levels of melatonin in the mothers’ milk. This hormone, known as the relaxation hormone, has reduced levels in people with eczema.

That Laughing meditation man from India is sounding smarter every day.
To see a super-laughing baby, click here

From issue 2608 of New Scientist magazine, 16 June 2007, page 23

Silly Name... Powerful Protection

By Jon Herring

A few years ago, I had several mercury ("silver") fillings removed by my dentist. As a protective measure, in case I somehow ingested or inhaled mercury during the process, I started taking an herbal supplement called silymarin.

Silymarin is a potent bioflavonoid found in the herb Milk Thistle. It has been studied extensively and has been conclusively shown to protect the liver against numerous toxins, including heavy metals. It also stimulates the growth of liver cells and has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

New research shows that this miracle of nature can also benefit those with Type II diabetes.

In a study published in Phytotherapy Research, 51 adults with Type II diabetes were given either 200 mg of silymarin or a placebo three times per day. During the four-month study, the average fasting blood glucose level of the silymarin group fell 15 percent, compared to an increase of 13 percent in the placebo group. In addition, the triglyceride levels of the treated group dropped by 25 percent, while those of the placebo group increased by 12 percent.

There are a number of highly effective nutritional supplements - such as chromium, cinnamon, and magnesium - that can help improve blood sugar control. You can add silymarin to that list.
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Zinc supplements save the lives of children
Taking zinc supplements significantly reduced the risk of death in children between the ages of one and four years more

Beyond junk vitamins: Secrets the public isn’t supposed to know about the vitamin industry

...an exclusive interview with Greg Kunin from Ola Loa

Ever take a vitamin and actually feel your energy drop? There could be a reason for that: Some vitamins literally steal energy from your body’s cells, while other vitamins delivered in a more natural chemical configuration actually donate energy to your cells!

In terms of nutrition, there’s a huge difference between “junk" vitamins and higher end vitamins -- called “premethylated" vitamins. And while most low-end cosumer vitamin companies rely on the junk, energy-stealing forms of these vitamins, quality vitamin companies use the higher-end (and more expensive) premethylated forms.

Here’s one way you can tell the difference. Take any multivitamin product and look for the B vitamins section on the Nutrition Facts label.

Cheap vitamins (non-methylated) will use standardized “USP" vitamins such as “Thiamin USP (thiamin HCL) vitamin B1." That’s the chemical form of vitamin B1, and it actually requires a donation of cellular energy from your body before you can use it. The form of B12 in cheap vitamins is cyanocobalamin.

Quality vitamins, on the other hand, will use the “coenzyme" forms of the B vitamins. Thse will often be listed with the word “coenzyme," and the form of vitamin B12 will appear as either methylcobalamin or hydroxycobalamin. That’s a sure sign of a high-end, quality multivitamin.

Here it is again:

USP = cheap
B12 as cyanocobalamin = cheap

Coenzyme or methylated = quality
B12 as hydroxycobalamin or methylcobalamin = quality

If you found that interesting, just wait until you read the exclusive NewsTarget interview called, “Bioidentical Vitamins and the Secret of Methylation." It’s an interview with Greg Kunin, co-founder of Ola Loa (www.DrinkYourVitamins.com), a company that manufactures and sells high-grade vitamin powders in individual, single-serving packets that you empty into a glass of water and drink for instant absorption.

I’ve known Greg Kunin for more than three years, and in that time I’ve come to greatly respect his nutritional knowledge and Ola Loa product line. I’ve also handed out samples of his products to literally hundreds of people, and I’ve heard astonishing reports about the effects they’ve experienced. People have told me things like, “I felt a positive effect in minutes. My mind cleared, my energy level went up and the blurriness in my eyes actually went away."

People who experience no results from typical vitamin tablets usually see very obvious results from drinking Ola Loa. This is especially true for those with poor stomach acid production. And these positive health results are based on sound nutritional science, not any sort of stimulants like caffeine or guarana. People simply feel better, with more energy, because they’re fueling their methylation biochemical pathways. (The boost in energy is especially noticeable in those who take statin drugs, since statins seriously interfere with normal cellular energy production.)

But WHY are these methylated vitamins so superior to typical “junk" vitamins?

That question is what Greg Kunin and I sought to answer in this exclusive interview. Alongside the open discussion about the Ola Loa products, you’ll learn:

Why most vitamin companies won’t pay for quality ingredients like CoQ10
The dirty little secret of multivitamin companies: As much as 90% of a typical tablet is pure filler!
How the body actually processes vitamins at the molecular level
Why taking the wrong vitamins can actually HURT your health rather than helping it
The hidden link between vitamin deficiencies and cancer, heart disease, blood clots, strokes, depression and other diseases
Why it’s nearly impossible to get adequate nutrition from food alone
How your personal genetics greatly impact the biochemical pathways for processing vitamins into useful nutrients
Why vitamin capsules often impede the digestion and assimilation of the nutrients they contain (and why dissolvable powders can be far superior)
The difference between toxic B12 (the common form) and hydroxy B12 (the quality form), and why the good form costs $6,000 per kilogram
Why conventional medicine is so slow to adopt nutritional science
The crucial health role of key amino acids like TMG, and why they’re important to include in quality supplement formulations
Why common “vitamin water" is almost universally a nutritionally worthless product (with a few exceptions)
Why multivitamins need to have not only the right nutrients, but the right RATIOS of nutrients to optimize the health effects
Why glucosamine can be harmful to diabetics (and which nutrients help balance the blood sugar effects of glucosamine)
Why nutrition should be the first thing checked by doctors before recommending common surgical procedures
Why so many nutritional products are “sugared up" to meet the taste expections of consumers
... and much more. It’s like listening in on a fascinating chat between two people who are passionate about nutrition and refuse to be limited by conventional thinking. Sure, the Ola Loa products get plugged in this interview, but we take it far beyond those products and explore all sorts of other concepts and observations about nutrition, health and disease prevention.

By the way, we were paid nothing by Ola Loa to conduct this interview or share this report. As you probably know, we take no money from the supplement companies we cover. All our recommendations are entirely independent and unbiased.

...you can download this interview right now as a PDF file (Adobe Acrobat). Here’s the direct download link: here

A Sugar That Prevents Tooth Decay

By Al Sears, MD

Here’s something that may surprise you... a natural sugar that prevents tooth decay and heart disease.

I’m talking about xylitol. It comes from the birch tree and is considered a “wood sugar" - much like the maple syrup that comes from the maple tree. But unlike maple syrup, this sugar has a crystal structure that makes it the perfect sugar substitute.

Xylitol has a 5-carbon molecular structure that does not interact with oral bacteria. Since it doesn’t ferment, it never triggers acid production. That means it helps reduce tooth decay, inhibits plaque buildup, retards the loss of tooth enamel, and lowers infections in the mouth and throat.

And because it inhibits plaque buildup, xylitol also helps prevent heart disease. Here’s why: Plaque build-up creates a breeding ground for bacteria. The resulting inflammation leads to a breakdown of gum tissue. This breakdown allows bacteria to pass into your bloodstream. The release of oral bacteria into your bloodstream stimulates an immune response. This inflammatory response causes arterial blockages and blood clots, which can lead to a heart attack.

What’s more, xylitol is low-glycemic. It doesn’t need insulin to metabolize, and won’t cause fat gain like regular sugar. It’s perfect for diabetics, and is sometimes referred to as “diet sugar."

Xylitol is affordable and easy to find. Check your local health food store or find it on the Internet. Along with stevia, xylitol is one of the safest and best-tasting sugar substitutes.

[Ed. Note: Dr. Sears is a practicing physician and an expert on heart health. You can learn how to apply his winning heart-healthy strategies in The Doctor’s Heart Cure.]
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[Early to Rise Copyright ETR, LLC, 2007]
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Man With Green Blood Shocks Surgeons
A rare medical mystery as a side effect of taking medications. here

Finally Science Confirms the Secret Key to Weight Loss
This could be the most important article you ever read about weight loss, health, and the chemical mechanisms of your body. more

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Michael Jackson’s “Thriller" on the violin... here

"We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better." - Jeff Bezos

A Secret to Success in Practically Every Business on the Planet

By Bob Bly

Do you have an Internet business... or do you hope to have one some day soon?

In my experience, the most important factor determining your success as an Internet marketer... or in virtually any other business... is relationships. Specifically, the relationships you have with the people on your customer list - known in traditional direct marketing as your "house file."

There are four ways entrepreneurs can relate to their lists. The first three doom you to mediocrity and modest returns. The fourth can empower you to create an online business that delivers extraordinary value to your customers - and makes you rich in the process.

Level 1

At this, the lowest level of the seller/buyer relationship, you think of all the people on your list - those who have bought from you before as well as those who haven’t - as “prospects."

Technically, that’s correct. Anyone who has shown some interest in what you offer - either by buying from you or “opting in" to receive your e-mails - can be defined as a “prospect." But that is a poor way to think about the people on your list.

Why? Because a “prospect" is someone whose name and contact information you own, and from whom you hope to extract money by selling them a product or service. That’s a mercenary and self-centered view. It puts you and your profits - not your prospects and their problems - first.

Level 2

The next step up from viewing people on your list as prospects is to think of them as customers - either actual customers (who have purchased) or potential customers (who may make a purchase).

"Customers" is slightly better than “prospects." Customers are people who spend money with you, so you naturally value them more. On the other hand, you are still viewing them as “purchasing entities" - individuals from whom you can get money now and hope to get more money in the future.

The typical marketer constantly thinks of more ways to sell more products and services to more customers. In many ways, that’s a good thing. Unfortunately, it’s also an opportunistic way of looking at the people on your list that makes you care more about your own profits than about them.

Level 3

At this level, you consider the people on your list to be your clients.

While “customers" buy products, “clients" are people to whom you strive to deliver extraordinary service and value. As a result, you respect them more - and treat them better. They reciprocate with loyalty and an increased desire to acquire more of your products, services, help, and advice.

Level 4

The best relationship you can have with the people on your e-mail marketing list is to think of them as friends.

You deliver value and service to clients, but you do so for the money. Friends help friends not for the reward, but because they are friends.

When you think of the people on your list as your friends, your mindset becomes positive, helpful, and generous. You think, “What do my friends need? What can I do to make their lives better, make them happier?" And when you think that way, what follows is the creation of all sorts of useful, valuable, and innovative products and services they want and need.

Also, when you treat them as friends, they begin to think of YOU as a friend. Sales become more frequent, purchases become larger, and closing becomes easier.

Why? Because people like to buy from people they like - and when they become your friend, they like you.

How can you evolve your relationship with the people on your e-list from prospect to customer to client to friend? Here are a few suggestions:

Care about them.
The best marketers are genuinely passionate about helping their readers improve their lives - and that passion comes across in every e-mail communication they send.

Talk to them.
Write like you talk. Use a conversational, natural style. Your e-mails should sound like you are talking to a friend and telling him something important.

Be a straight shooter.
Always tell your readers the unvarnished truth. Don’t sugarcoat or hold back. Only by being totally honest and open do you gain their trust and loyalty.

Let your personality shine through.
Be the real you - warts and all. If you’re cranky, it’s okay to sound cranky in your e-mails to the people on your list. If you’re a tightwad, tell them you’re cheap.

Give extraordinary value.
I sell information products online. But in many of my e-mails to the people on my list, I give away great content... right there in the e-mail. There is nothing for them to buy. The information is free.

Do these methods work?

My first year online, when I took very little action and viewed my subscribers as purchasing units from whom I desperately wanted to extract money, I made - even though I offered quality content for sale - $19,683.

Now, I view my subscribers as friends. I care about them. I let them into my mind and share what’s in my heart. I give them all I can. And my online sales are on track to reach $250,000 this year.

All because my relationship with my e-list moved - as yours should - from the lowest to the highest level, from the most mercenary to the noblest.

"We’re all benefactors," says Mark Cuban in an interview with Selling Power magazine. “To succeed, you not only need to be able to get along with people... those people also have to feel like they’re getting something out of the relationship."

Sign up for Bob Bly’s e-zine, The Direct Response Letter.]
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And some simply awesome miniature, like, I mean REALLY SMALL, sculpture here

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Breaking a compact fluorescent light bulb could cost you $2,000 in toxic mercury cleanup
While large-scale marketing efforts tout cost savings of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), few are explaining the real cost -- to the environment and to individuals -- of broken or discarded CFLs. One consumer has learned that accidentally breaking... more

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