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Wednesday 26th October 2011


I trust this finds you fit and well.


Basic Computer User | Advanced Computer User | Health | Humour | Other

Basic Computer User

Jobs joins chorus against HP's board

Silicon Valley icon is being 'dismembered'.,jobs-joins-chorus-against-hps-board.aspx

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Advanced Computer User

Consider Upgrading For Security

A recent report from Microsoft claims Windows 7 is 5 times more secure than XP.

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Sodium\Potassium Ratio

A 15 year study showed:

Higher sodium intake was associated with an increase in mortality from all causes.

Higher potassium intake was associated with a lower mortality risk: people with the highest potassium intake had a 61% lower risk of dying from all types of cardiovascular disease and a 74% lower chance of dying from ischemic heart disease (heart disease caused by impaired blood flow, usually a result of atherosclerosis) compared with people with the lowest intake.

Having higher sodium-to-potassium ratios significantly increased the risk of mortality from heart disease. For ischemic heart disease, the risk was more than two times greater among people with the highest sodium-to-potassium ratio than in those with the lowest ratio.

Breast Cancer Warning For US Milk and Dairy Consumers

The risk lies in consuming milk from cows treated with a synthetic, genetically engineered growth hormone called rBGH, and unfortunately, this applies to about one third of the dairy cows in America.

Big Food’s Co-Optation of Nutrition Professionals

For years now, I have been hearing about the food industry’s influence on the annual conference of the American Dietetic Association — the nation’s largest gathering of nutrition professionals–with some 7,000 registered dietitians in attendance. Last month, I witnessed it for myself and discovered the corporate takeover by Big Food was worse than I even imagined.

The top-paying sponsors, whom ADA called “partners,” were Coca-Cola, Aramark, the National Dairy Council, and Hershey (their “Center for Health and Nutrition” – really). “Premier sponsors” included PepsiCo, Mars, and General Mills.

The exhibit hall seemed more like a processed food trade show than a nutrition conference. I saw very few booths with actual information, apart from that being peddled by the likes of Nestle, Kraft, and McDonald’s, along with (of course), ubiquitous product samples, tastings, and myriad swag. (Oddly, Monsanto’s booth featured its branded, soy-based lip balm.)

But the worst cooptation came during the “educational sessions,” which should have been off limits to marketing. Numerous panels were hosted by industry players, including, “Dairy Innovations,” brought to you by (surprise!) the National Dairy Council, which also hosted a media-only session, as did others.

“Culinary” demos were offered by cooking experts such as Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Hershey, and McNeil (maker of the fake sugar, Splenda). For attending several “Expo Impact Sessions,” described by ADA as “scientific and evidenced-based,” RDs could even earn continuing educational units. Who better to teach, “Are Sugars Toxic: What’s Wrong with Current Research?” than the Corn Refiners Association? I attended a silly session called “Snacking and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines” brought to me by the largest snacking experts in the nation, Frito-Lay, who also had a huge booth touting their deceptively-labeled “natural” products, nearby the monstrous booth hosted by parent company PepsiCo.

Occupy your body!

Take back ownership and control of it from Big Pharma, Big Food and the TV.
Get the fluoride, processed foods, sugar and artificial additives out of your diet.
Broaden the range and variety of nutrient dense foods you eat.
Give it some interval training for 12 minutes a day.
Claim wellness and good health as your inalienable right.
More power to you!

Cholesterol is NOT the problem!

79% of people who die from heart attack have normal or low cholesterol. Even BAD cholesterol has a use - it helps you put on more muscle mass when you exercise.

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The giraffe test

There are 4 questions. According to Anderson Consulting Worldwide, around 90% of the professionals they tested got all questions wrong, but many preschoolers got several correct answers. Anderson Consulting says this conclusively proves the theory that most professionals do not have the brains of a four-year-old.

1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?
Stop and think about it and decide on your answer before you scroll down.

The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door.
This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.

2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

Did you say, open the refrigerator, put in the elephant and close the refrigerator?

Wrong answer.

Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door.
This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.

3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend... ...except one. Which animal does not attend?

Correct Answer : The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. You just put him in there.
This tests your memory.
Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.

4. There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles, and you do not have a boat. How do you manage it?

Correct Answer:? You jump into the river and swim across.
Have you not been listening? All the crocodiles are attending the animal meeting.
This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.

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This is so sweet!

Who Put Bill Gates In Charge Of The World?

An enlightening read on the founder of Microsoft and what he is doing with his billions.

How To Rank Higher In Facebook

This is a write-up of experiments conducted with a Facebook account and the results of those experiments. Fascinating reading for those interested in how the monster works!

Thought For The Week

Hey, got a really profound one for you this week. Like, REALLY profound!

Scott Bywater is a copywriter who sends me a daily email. He has a very down to earth writing style. In his newsletter Scott relates everyday occurrences in his life to principles that will help you build your business.

There was an absolute gem in one of his emails thiso week that I really wanted to share with you.

Maybe this is more relevant to those like me who set unrealistic daily targets. I don't know how many times I have set a to do list for a day that's taken me three days or more to complete.

It's one of those potentially life changing viewpoint shifts. Here it is:

"We overestimate what we can achieve in the short term
and underestimate what we can achieve over the long term."

It very closely aligns with a couple of other principles I have heard.

That most people have a dreadful underestimation of their true capabilities.

And most people spend more time planning their annual vacation than they do their life.

So there's a target for you to add to your to do list for this week. Review your long term goals and make sure your weekly targets align to the attainment of your long-term goals.

The President Who Told The TRUTH

A speach from 50 years ago worth hearing today.

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Until next time,
dream big dreams,
read widely,
think well of your fellow man,
eat food that's good for you
and do the important things
that make a difference -
they are rarely the urgent ones!


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