Sunday, September 24, 2017

Apparently willpower wears out from even smallest decision-making

And vice-versa: worn out willpower affects thinking and decision making. People who had to exercise willpower by not eating the freshly baked cookies sitting in front of them, performed worse on puzzle-solving as opposed to people who were allowed to eat the cookies.  Therefore don't try to make important decisions or solve problems after lunch, during which you forced yourself to eat a salad, while you were craving a burger and a cheesecake the whole time. Ha, ha. Another study showed that people did poorly on math tests after shopping.

 When you go through your daily emails, you have to quickly make a decision whether to open and read or delete. A process of checking emails exhausts you more than you know. It wears out your willpower, which might lead to overeating or drinking or having a cigarette. Try to limit the time you check email and to unsubscribe from as many things as possible. Like, for instance, every time I see the Learn Tango Meetup I keep thinking, that I might want to do that some time, so I just delete the invitation for tomorrow. A week later I get another invitation, and again I spend a second or two thinking that I might want to do that, but not now. So I delete the email. A vicious cycle! What I should do is simply cancel all the notifications like that. If I had an urge to go learn Tango, I'd just go to Meetup site and see when the next lesson is. But the chances are, since I've been deleting the invitation for months, I probably won't. Eliminating constant invitations to do things and reducing my daily emails numbers from 50 to 10 would help to conserve my willpower, which might mean having enough of it not to run out and get a cheesecake and a caramel latte.

It seems that the more you can arrange your day so that everything is done automatically as a routine, so you don't have to make any decisions, the more willpower you'll have, and the better your decisions will be when you do have to make them.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Looks like people die because they choose to

Anita Moorjani was completely riddled with cancer after a long struggle. The cancer won. She was brought to the hospital dying and doctors said that basically that was it for her. Then she went out of her body and looked around and saw that she could just go back. It was that simple. So she came back into her body and it was free of cancer.

But would she have come back if she were single and lonely, or if she didn't love her husband? Would she have come back if she felt that her husband didn't love her, that she was fat, ugly, undesirable? If she hated her other family members? Perhaps it only worked for her because she had very compelling reasons to want to come back?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The world will miss you David Bowie

Listening to David Bowie with a bottle of wine. I hope the rest of the world does the same right now. Forget all your problems and squabbles and honor David's art.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Awesome! 90+ year-old cougars!

Jeraldine Saunders is 92 and at 90 her boyfriend was 46. Here is a link to a youtube video She doesn't look a day over 50!
Kyle Jones, 31, has been going out with a 91-year-old Marjorie for five years. (A link to the article and the interview )

Does cellphone radiation hurt you?

Just how harmful are cellphones?
Years ago I used to have lots of long conversations holding the phone up to my right ear, and I developed a near-constant persistent headache in my right temple. I switched ears and the headache in the right side of my head completely went away immediately. However, my friends and relatives poo-poo-ed my idea that the headache might have been caused by my cellphone.

I found this interesting article online about blood tests done on cellphone users and the results are quite alarming. You can the article here click link to read article

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Sprouting pencils

If you have a writer's block, stick your pencil into a flower pot and watch herbs grow. Then eat them. The Herb Pack contains these herbs: basil, cilantro, dill, mint, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme.
Here is a link to getting them:

Monday, March 10, 2014

Chemical discovered that reverses aging

           A natural chemical given to 2-year-old mice (equivalent of 60-year-old humans) turned them into young 6-month-old mice (like 20-year-old humans) in a study done by Harvard Medical School, the National Institute on Aging, and the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Living in the past can make you younger

In an experiment done in 1981 at Harvard Ellen Langer took a group of old geezers in their seventies and eighties to an old monastery in New Hampshire and told them to pretend for a week that they were back in the 1950s. To help them live the part, they were given 1950s issues of magazines and the newspapers, a black-and-white TV which showed only the 50s films and the sports events, and a vintage radio, broadcasting only the 50s programs. They had discussions of the events of the time: the launch of the first satellite, the threat from the Soviet Union and the need for bomb shelters.
       The results of the experiment astonished everyone:

Monday, February 24, 2014

Best calcium supplement is free!

You make it yourself from the eggshells. After you cracked your eggs, instead of throwing the shells away,

Thursday, January 23, 2014

If you must buy food in a can or a box

You might be in a hurry, don't want to make dinner from scratch, so you stop at the grocery store to get a pizza or a can of soup.  No matter how tired you are or how much in a rush, if you value your life, do read the list of ingredients on the label and if you see any of these, do not buy the item:

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Amazingly intelligent amoebas

Amoebas are tiny sacks of watery liquid with thin membranes and as living things go they are completely and utterly brainless. However it doesn't stop them from being not only quite intelligent, but also real good team players.
Slime mold amoebas crawl around the forest eating decaying leaves and rotting wood. When the food becomes scarce they all gather in one place for a family meeting. Then they squeeze tightly together forming a shape like a slug. This slug crawls around like a real slug, and all the amoebas composing it cooperate remarkably well - they don't fight about which is the front and which is the back and move smoothly front end forward. When the slug finds a spot it likes (somehow all the amoebas must be in agreement about that too), it stops crawling and starts stretching up as high as it can. Again, there is no fighting among the amoebas about who gets to be on top, and who sacrifices himself to become a part of the stalk. The ones on top are the lucky ones, because they get to become the spores and to fly away to start a new family, like the seeds of the dandelion or the ant queens.

Now it gets even crazier! The amoebas don't eat all of the yammy bacterias they like so much, but bring some with them to the slug-forming fest to eat later, and, some scientists suspect, may be packing some inside the spores for in case there is nothing to eat when they land.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Supplements to fight fat caused by carbs

People who have been eating carbs in the form of bread and pasta for too long, plus too many cookies and drinks containing high fructose corn syrup, have developed insulin resistance and leptin resistance - both hormones necessary for processing sugar and fat. Below is a list of natural supplements that will help you get rid of that stubborn carb and junk-food caused rolls of fat and help reduce the craving for carbs and sweets, without giving up the carbs completely.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Never, NEVER EVER eat or drink anything containing high fructose corn syrup!

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS for short) is much worse for you than sugar, even though the food manufacturers try to assure you that it is not.  They want everyone to think so, because corn is a lot cheaper. But in reality, they are different on the molecular level: fructose corn syrup has weaker molecular bonds and is absorbed quicker into the blood stream, going straight to the liver, triggering production of fat.  Rapidly absorbed sugar from HFCS causes huge insulin spikes. The result is: quickly growing rolls of fat around your middle, and, eventually, type 2 diabetes, when your body develops insulin resistance.  HFCS probably causes more liver damage in the US than alcohol, called "fatty liver", which currently affects more than 70 million people.  High Fructose Corn Syrup is not food, should not ever be eaten. It slowly poisons you, destroys your metabolism and your liver, and accelerates aging.

I sent an email to the White House suggesting to put high sales tax on everything containing high fructose corn syrup, as a good way to raise money to reduce the national deficit - it really is just as harmful as cigarettes and the alcohol, so why shouldn't it be taxed! Write to the White House as well. So many foods contain the HFCS, charging tax on them should totally pull this country out of economic slump.

Friday, July 26, 2013

How to be healthy if you are poor (flat broke, low-income, financially challenged)

You might have said to someone, "I can't afford all that expensive organic food." You might have also read on line some statistic like, "Low income people, as a rule, have a very unhealthy diet."  But it doesn't have to be this way!  So listen up...

Monday, July 1, 2013

You can't kill fat cells but you can poke holes in them and empty them out

Now that we declared war on our fat cells, how do we kill them?

Each person has a predetermined constant number of fat cells in the body. If you permanently destroy or kill some of them, the studies show that the body will make more fat cells to get back to that prescribed number. Fat cells are like rows and rows of little storage bags under the skin that get filled up with fat, like rolls of bubble wrap. As you know bubble wrap comes in different bubble sizes, and do your fat cells - they can be small, large or X-large. You can be same fat as the next fat person, but you might have fewer cells which are larger, and the other person a greater number of smaller cells. It is better to be the person number two. The larger fat cells are tied to more health problems, they also look worse forming ugly cellulite lumps. It is possible to puncture holes in the fat cells with a laser and let the fat leak out and be naturally eliminated by your body.
These treatments are completely painless, safe, cause no bruising, no swelling, no downtime, no damage to the cell structure. They could reduce your waist size by two inches after first two treatments, eliminating the cellulite look, and improving your overall health.