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Tuesday 17th July 2007


Basic Computer User

Microsoft fixes 11 bugs, 8 critical
Security researchers are warning IT managers to turn their attention to two vulnerabilities in Active Directory that could allow for remote code execution more

Bring WordPad Up to Speed
If you’ve brought older WordPad files to a newer computer, you’ve probably run into the frustration of no longer being able to open them. Fortunately, there’s an easy tweak to keep you reading your older data. here

US leads in global IT competitiveness, Australia comes fifth in Economist Intelligence Unit study more

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Advanced Computer User

Swedish granny gets 40Gbps broadband line. The ultimate silver surfer has never owned a computer more

IT Security: The data theft time bomb While viruses and worms remain the most pesky security problems, data theft concerns simmer beneath the surface, according to InformationWeek’s 10th annual Global Information Security survey more

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"To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear." - Buddha

Conquer Infection Without a Prescription

By Shane Ellison, M.Sc.

One of my first lessons as a drug chemist was that bacterial and viral infections could be conquered without a prescription drug.

Mother Nature has a secret and extremely powerful antibiotic and immune booster. This substance is so powerful, Big Pharma has been trying to make a synthetic version of it in their top-secret labs for almost 15 years.

Most prescription antibiotics and antivirals are nothing more than counterfeits of what Mother Nature has to offer. Consider the following expert testimony from Dr. Edwin L. Cooper, professor at the University of California: “Several valuable drugs have been isolated from plant and animal sources; these include aspirin, morphine, reserpine (the first antipsychotic), almost all antibiotics, digitalis, and anti-cancer agents such as vincristine, vinblastine, and Taxol."

Big Pharma doesn’t like promoting this fact, because they know that drug sales would be curbed by people turning to natural medicine. Instead, they promote fear in order to sell their counterfeits.

Do you remember how many people swallowed Tamiflu in fear of a global pandemic of the notorious bird flu? Enough to earn its maker Roche a record $2 billion, at least! I don’t know if Tamiflu users feared that the bird flu would turn into the human flu or feared that they would turn into birds. One is about as likely to happen as the other.

And consider how vaccines are sold. Government-backed vaccination programs and the resulting fear that a lack of vaccine will put the population at risk have created further unease - sometimes mass hysteria.

In reality, the threat of a naturally occurring, global pandemic of any type is minuscule. But whether you’re facing a potential worldwide illness or a common cold, you don’t need to turn to the drugstore to find relief. The wonder-herb known as “andrographis" is available at your local health food store.

Andrographis comes from India, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka. This herb supercharges your immune system and helps flush out viral and bacterial infections. Here is just a sampling of what andrographis can do...

Reduces Severity and Duration of Cold and Flu

Historically, this herb has been used primarily as a treatment for cold and flu symptoms. Recent double-blind human trials have proven that the use of andrographis reduces not only the severity but also the duration of those symptoms. Most people find that it relieves throat soreness, but researchers also noted that it improved other symptoms, including temperature, headache, muscle aches, cough, nasal symptoms, general malaise, and eye symptoms.

Helps Overcome Gum Disease

A new application for andrographis is as a medication for periodontal disease and gingivitis, a condition that’s common in individuals over 60 years old. Research has proven that andrographis is effective in inhibiting and killing the bacteria primarily responsible for periodontal disease, which prevents the subsequent loss of teeth.

Beats Many Infections

Andrographis has been a staple in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to treat snakebites, malaria, and dysentery. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is considered to be especially effective in clearing heat from the body and blood, and is commonly used to treat heart conditions, along with infection in the lungs, urinary tract, and throat. Within the halls of Big Pharma, modern research has proven andrographis to be beneficial at removing blood clots, stopping the spread of multiple types of cancer, and increasing the amount of immune-enhancing white blood cells that the immune system produces.

Wow! Imagine if a prescription drug could do all that!

Making Andrographis Work for You

Big Pharma has failed miserably at designing a synthetic counterfeit of andrographis. A good thing - because in their natural state, medicinal wonder-herbs are always superior. Use them and say no to prescription drugs.

To make andrograhis work for you, you need to take the right dose as soon as you start to see cold symptoms: one gram for every 25 pounds of body weight, split into three daily doses. For instance, if you weigh 150 pounds, you would take six grams daily - two grams three times each day.

You’ll find that most health food stores sell andrographis as a whole herb or as a four- to six-percent standardized extract of andrographolide, one of its active ingredients. All of these product variations are suitable. However, stay away from anything greater than a six-percent extract, which may be missing other naturally occurring ingredients that are vital for the herb’s efficacy.

[Ed. Note: Shane “The People’s Chemist" Ellison has an MS in organic chemistry and firsthand experience in drug design and synthesis. He is an internationally recognized authority on therapeutic nutrition. Get his “Foundational Health Education" to beat obesity, heart disease, and even Type II diabetes by clicking here]

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Mutant Male Fish Are Turning Female
By Al Sears, MD
Recently, a team from the U.S. Geological Survey reported finding large numbers of male fish with female traits. This is nothing new - but the numbers are far higher than what has been seen before.
In some Potomac tributaries, nearly all the male smallmouth bass caught by the team were abnormal. In the Potomac itself, seven out of 13 largemouth bass had female characteristics. Some of them were even producing eggs!
This may not sound like a big deal, but it affects you more than you might think. The reason these fish are turning female is that they’re being exposed to certain environmental chemicals - toxins that resemble estrogen.
Our government has been slow to admit that these estrogen look-alikes are having an effect on humans. But my clinical experience tells me that excess estrogens in our environment are causing disastrous changes in both men and women. Estrogen levels in my older male patients have roughly doubled in the last 15 years.
In men, excess estrogen causes the onset of feminine features. Once-muscular “pecs" (chest muscles) turn into soft breasts. A “spare tire" forms around their middle and their risk of prostate cancer gradually increases. It affects energy too, making them feel slow and tired.
In women, excess estrogen wreaks havoc with their emotions, making them feel burned out, irritable, and upset. I believe it also dramatically boosts the chance of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
But you can lower excess estrogen levels safely and naturally with DIM, a plant-based supplement. It’s available at many nutrition stores. Start with 100 mg a day.
You can also:
Eat more cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage. They help you excrete excess estrogen.
Eat hormone-free food and free-range animals whenever possible.
Incorporate more estrogen-inhibiting foods - including squash, onions, green beans, cabbage, berries, citrus, pineapples, pears, grapes, figs, melons, sesame seeds, and pumpkin seeds - into your diet. [Ed. Note: Dr. Sears is a practicing physician and an expert on heart health. Learn how to apply his winning heart-healthy strategies in The Doctor’s Heart Cure.]
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An illuminating article on food labelling... here

A Guilt-Free, Tasty Sweetener

By Jon Herring

In ETR #2077, Dr. Sears wrote about a natural sweetener called xylitol, which can be used in place of sugar. Xylitol scores only seven on the glycemic index, so it has a minimal effect on blood sugar and insulin levels (and can actually help prevent tooth decay).

But xylitol also has a cooling effect on the tongue, which some people don’t care for. And while it is safe, it can cause minor gastrointestinal upset. That’s why I prefer a similar sugar alcohol called erythritol.

Erythritol occurs naturally in some fruits and fermented foods. As a sweetener, it is made from corn via a natural fermentation process. And the properties of this great-tasting, natural sweetener are remarkable:

Erythritol is 80 percent as sweet as sugar. However, unlike sugar, which is high in calories, erythritol is almost calorie free.
It scores just over zero on the glycemic index. That means it is totally safe for diabetics and won’t affect your insulin levels.
It is granulated, just like sugar, so it can be easily substituted for sugar in recipes.
It is easy to digest - which means no gastrointestinal disturbance.

Quite simply, this is one of the best natural sweeteners to come along in quite some time, and you’ll likely be seeing it in more and more products. I use it all the time. I sprinkle it over berries or cereal, I mix it with cocoa and milk for a low-calorie chocolate drink, I use it to lightly sweeten smoothies, and I have used it in cake and frosting recipes too. The only way I don’t particularly like it is for sweetening tea or coffee. I prefer stevia for that.

You can find erythritol in many health food stores, and it is readily available online. Cargill has an organic version (Zerose) that is made from organic, non-genetically-modified corn.
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New Space Station toilet costs US$19M, Nasa obviously feeling flush more

Some pictures to look at here

"Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it." - Richard Whately

How Do You Spend That Hour Before Work? It Could Mean Millions

By Michael Masterson

Jack and Jill live in the same apartment building and work in the same office. They both wake up at 7:00 a.m., shower, have breakfast, and get to work by 8:00 a.m. It is at this point that their habits diverge.

From 8:00 until 9:00 (when the rest of the workers come into the office), Jill plans her day and gets to work on a job that is important to her long-term goals. Jack likes to get into work an hour earlier too, but he prefers to spend the time “relaxing into his day" with a cup of coffee and the morning newspaper.

Jack sees Jill working away and feels sorry for her. “We both get credit for getting into work early," he thinks, “but she has exchanged happiness for money." In his opinion, that makes Jill greedy, foolish, and, ultimately, self-centered.

David Niven, a college professor and author of the book The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People would half agree. “Yes, Jill is acting out of self-interest," he’d say, “but so is Jack." Both of them choose to do what they do with their spare time because they believe they benefit from it.

Jack doesn’t like work. Thus, he doesn’t want to work any more than he has to. But since he has to work from 9 to 5, he figures he might as well do a good job during that time. And he does.

Jill does like to work. And although she doesn’t enjoy every single aspect of it, she especially enjoys the hour between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. That’s when she plans her day, figures out what she can accomplish, and gets some work done on a project that she knows will change her life for the better.

By 9 o’clock, Jack feels relaxed but just a little bit sad. In a few minutes, the office will be teeming with activity, his inbox overflowing with work, and the phone ringing off its stand. Jill actually feels better than she did at 8 o’clock.

In their use of spare time, Jill is an investor, while Jack is a spender.

As an investor, Jill works from 8:00 to 9:00 because it gives her dividends. On a short-term basis, she is rewarded by knowing that her day is set, her inbox is organized, and she’s already done something she cares about. On a medium-term basis, she benefits by enjoying a more orderly day. And on a long-term basis, the work she puts in now will provide her with all sorts of rewards in the future - higher pay, better work, more responsibility, etc.

As a spender, Jack is not willing to work that extra hour every morning. He would rather use it to “buy" some time that will give him instant gratification.

Generally speaking, value compounds over time. This is true of money, of knowledge, and of work. Invest $1,000 in the stock market today and you can be pretty sure it will be worth about $2,000 in about eight years (assuming the stock market grows at its historic nine percent rate). You get a similar reward with education. That’s why college graduates, on the average, earn at least a million dollars more during their careers than do non-graduates. The same principle holds true with work. Every hour that you put in today will be worth many times that amount later on.

The rewards can be extraordinary if you think of them in terms of money.

Let’s say Jack and Jill are both earning $20,000 a year right now. By putting in an extra hour a day for a full year, Jill can expect to get salary increases that are, perhaps, 20 percent higher than Jack’s. If that’s the case, when he gets a $1,000 raise, hers would be $1,200.

That may not seem like much during the first year, but by the third year, Jill will have jumped up to a new level - a management position with a salary of $40,000. If she continues to put in that extra hour a day, she will eventually be running the business, pulling down $175,000 a year. Meanwhile, though Jack has been enjoying his early-morning hours, he will have had a very slow career arc. With any luck, he’ll be earning about $55,000 a year as a junior manager.

During the 20 years of their respective careers, Jill will have earned a lot more money and lived much better in terms of material goods. But Jack does not regret his choice. After all, he figures that he has enjoyed an hour a day of pleasure - five hours a week, 250 hours a year, for 20 years - that Jill gave up. That’s 5,000 hours of “fun" that Jill didn’t have.

But now Jack and Jill are 48 and Jill doesn’t have to work anymore. She was able to retire with $4 million in the bank, while Jack is forced to continue working. With two kids in college and a mortgage, he couldn’t retire even if he wanted to.

Every 40-hour week that Jack now works is 40 hours that Jill can spend enjoying herself. It will take Jill just 125 weeks, about two and a half years, to catch up with Jack in terms of the amount of time he spent on personal pleasure all those years between the hours of 8:00 and 9:00 in the morning. And Jill will still not only be much richer and freer than Jack, she’ll also be able to continue enjoying herself an extra 2,000 hours a year.
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