Did you ever take an IQ test? How did you feel about the results. I expect you were told that it is what it is and there is nothing you can do about it. Right? Some people just get dealt a better hand (or in this case brain) than others. Pretty frustrating, huh?
Well, fortunately brain science has come a long way and has effectively erased a lot of those old wives tales — but not yet erased the scars of those who were given incorrect information. Don’t you find it interesting (and fun) that those arrogant, pretentious, and all-knowing scientists have to “eat crow” every now and again? It actually happens a lot — we just don’t hear about it a lot. The older I get the more I understand that science isn’t nearly as smart as they tend to believe they are.
The following infographic will give some insight on the general topic of IQ and some of the proactive steps you can make to improve your brain. And I’ll say it again, the older I get the more I recognize the need to get all the help in that department I can. Enjoy the following which was prepared and provided to us by OnlineMastersDegree.com.
Ready for an incredible story? The inspiring video below was posted to YouTube just about two years ago and has been viewed over 3,000,000 times in that period. In spite of the fact that the video is two years old, the message is timeless. Stop being a prisoner of your mind and just do it! Enjoy the video — the story behind it follows.
The following is from http://youtu.be/Ja9BFx5Mhqo BTW, you’ll be blessed if you take the time to watch the video linked at the bottom of this story.
This is a repost of a video that a friend of mine made. He posted it to a car website to inspire the members there. I wanted others to see the video so that they too could be inspired. For all those wondering, Julia is still alive and Roger continues to run for her sake. So this isnt a video about sadness, it one of the human spirit and what it can accomplish.*
In 2008, Roger set out on a quest to lose weight, get healthy and eventually run in the Boston Marathon. But not just for himself, for his niece who was born with Cystic Fibrosis. His goal was to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis, along with raising money for research into the treatment and cure of this heartbreaking disease. This video highlights his incredible journey at age 47, from obesity to accomplished marathon runner.
Roger is a humble man, and continues to run marathons to this day to raise money for CF research. He works tirelessly to spread the message that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to do.
On November 6, 2011 Roger ran the New York City Marathon. It was his 12th marathon in the 2.5 years since he ran the 2009 Boston Marathon.
If you would like to read more or donate to the CFF (Cystic Fibrosis Foundation), you can browse to www.rfme.org and read more about both Roger and CF.
As a personal note, I watch this video constantly when I need some positive motivation. It is my desire and his that this video reaches as many people as possible. For those that need the help, and ultimately, those who can donate. We can find a cure for CF. This is a dreamed shared by everyone. Please pass this video along. Every penny I get from the viewing of this video, will be donated to the CFF.
To watch Rogers other video, you can follow this link, where he discusses his journey: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_qufoiKfgw
A couple of weeks back there was a major news story that the main stream media was crowing about that said that eating egg yolks was as bad as smoking cigarettes. Can you believe it? Frankly, it just didn’t pass the “smell” test. What will they lie about and try to pull over on us next?
I’m not sure who is more gullible, the main stream media for being so hungry for a story that they ran with it without reasonable vetting, or the public who still believes anything and everything they see in print and on their computer screens.
We chose not to write about it figuring that there would be an outpouring of rebuttal from the blogging foodies out there. And there has been. I’m passing along two links (from among many) that comment on the bad science the study (using the term loosely) represents.
The first is from a source often quoted in our Daily Grams, Mike Geary. He is one of the few foodie out there that we almost always agree with wholeheartedly. To see Mike’s response, click the following link:
Are eggs as bad for you as cigarettes? (flawed study)
The second is from a source I never thought we would quote, The Huffington Post. Can you believe it? Just click this link:
Unscrambling Egg Science
Now that you have truth on your side, how do you want your eggs?
Photo by joolie
Do you remember the Marlboro Man? Maybe you’re a bit young, but the rugged cowboy smoking a Marlboro cigarette was an ubiquitous icon from 1954 – 1999. According to Wikipedia, that campaign by Philip Morris & Co (now Altria [only the names have been changed to protect the ???]) is widely hailed as one of the most brilliant advertising campaigns of all time. Turns out that all the rugged cowboys who portrayed the Marlboro Man died of lung cancer. Go figure.
In spite of the fact that smoking is no longer the political “hot button” that it once was, according to the infographic below, there are still 1.1 billion people in the world that don’t get it. And the frightening stat, in my mind, is that 1,000 youths under the age of 18 start smoking every day. This tells us that the problem is not going to go away any time soon. Prepare to be shocked as you read through the graphic presentation of cigarette smoking statistics below provided to us by OnlineNursingPrograms.com.
Created by: www.OnlineNursingPrograms.com
We pray that all our readers had a safe and magnificent Independence Day holiday yesterday. We certainly did — and managed to stay cool in spite of the temps in excess of 100° F. We were delighted to be invited to dinner and fellowship last night with some good friends just a few miles away.
During the course of the great meal they prepared for us, the topic of coconut oil came up. Apparently, there had been a recent article in the paper saying how unsafe it is to use coconut oil. As you might expect, the article was written by a fairly well known doctor, and we all know that the wearing of a white coat topped off with a stethoscope casually draped around the neck automatically makes one an expert.
Coconut oil is indeed controversial. Just do a quick Internet search and you’ll see the broad range of dogmatic positions on this topic. As our readers undoubtedly know, we at The Coaching Pair are strongly in support of the health benefits of this God-given, miracle oil.
Coincidentally, Natural News recently posted a very innovative and fun graphic outlining the many benefits of coconut oil which we have reproduced below. Enjoy!
A couple of years ago, it seems that there was a spate of overcomer videos making the rounds. I passed several of them on as Daily Grams as I find them to be especially encouraging and inspiring. It’s amazing what the human body can do when properly motivated.
Maybe I’m just not looking in the right places, but they seem pretty hard to find lately. In fact, the last overcomer story I passed along was just about one year ago. (BTW, that’s an invitation to share your favorite overcomer story with me. I’d love to publish more and more of them.)
All that to say that last week Mike Geary used a great vid in his newsletter. I found it to be inspiring and I believe you will as well. Enjoy!
How did you sleep? It’s a very common greeting — especially when you’ve had a house guest. One of the first questions you’ll ask (or be asked), “How did you sleep?”
The graphic below asks that same question and then provides some rather alarming statistics in a very clever and innovative format making it much more likely to be read and assimilated. I remember when being able to exist on the least amount of sleep made you “king of the hill.” Of course, I remember when smoking was cool as well. Perceptions change as we learn more and more about how the human body functions.
Enjoy the presentation below. It’s used here with permission from MedicalBillingandCodingCertification.net.
Created by: MedicalBillingandCodingCertification.net
About two weeks ago, MNT (Medical News Today), ran an article on their website titled, “Regular Chocolate Consumption Linked to Leaner Bodies.” Now that’s my kind of article! Needless to say I devoured it (the article that is) and savored every sweet word.
Here’s a few choice morsels:
People who eat chocolate regularly tend to be thinner than those who never or very rarely consume chocolate, researchers from the University of California, San Diego, reported in Archives of Internal Medicine. The authors added that some kinds of chocolate had previously been found to improve factors related to metabolism, including insulin sensitivity, blood pressure, as well as cholesterol levels. Because of the high-calorie values of most chocolates, many people avoid them in their attempts to control their body weight.
…Despite being leaner than non-chocolate eaters (or those who rarely ate chocolate), the authors found that regular chocolate eaters consumed more calories, including higher amounts of saturated fat. They had already factored out certain variables which could have affected their findings, such as people’s age, gender, how physically active they were, etc.
And here’s what is probably my favorite line of the whole article. “It was not the total amount of chocolate each week that was linked to lower BMI, but rather how often chocolate was eaten – the more regular eaters tended to be leaner, the researchers explained.”
It’s not often that we’re treated to medical research that brings good news. You might want to save a copy of this as I will do and refer to it often.
Hmmmmm…I think I suddenly feel a need to knock a point or two off my BMI. Care to join me?
PS — You’re not going to believe this, but just as I was putting the finishing touches on this DG, my wonderful wife, who has no idea that I’m writing this, brings me my very most favorite treat, Chocolate Mousse. Man, am I ever going to be lean tomorrow!!! Here’s a picture of it from her website. Can’t you just taste it? Mmmmmmmmmmm!!!
A DG on Sunday? Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Those of you who have been around a while know how much I admire and respect one of the great communicators of our day, Seth Godin. He writes a blog post (sometimes two) 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Plus he finds time to write books, speak before several groups a year, and still have time to invent cutting-edge concepts such as Squidoo and The Domino Project.
Well all that creativity has taken its toll. When I read today’s Godin post, I just had to pass it on. He has absolutely flipped out! Here’s today’s post in its entirety (used without permission I might add). Some of you may remember the Purple People Eater. Now we need to be wary of Godin’s Purple Cow. Talk about Mad Cow Disease!
Years ago, before I wrote Purple Cow, purple was just another color, sitting in the back rows with orange and teal and magenta. The success of that book transformed the way the color was treated, and I watched with surprise and then delight as more and more of the world embraced the notion of purpleness.
At some point, though, creation needs to be rewarded. Writing is a lonely and risky endeavor, and if people are able to blithely take the work of another, we’ll soon run out of writers.
Add to this problem the rampant linking that goes online. People are always linking to this blog, for example, without asking first. Not to mention those that might discuss one of my books in a meeting (at a profit-making business, no less!) without permission or payment of royalties.
That’s why today (appropriately) I’m reporting the results of several lawsuits I quietly filed over the last year. My lawyers were able to trademark the terms Purple® and Purple Cow®, and beyond that, to get a design patent on the idea of using Purple® in the marketing of a product.
Several entities have already reached a settlement with my firm. On the international front, Radojka Glavonjić, a farmer in Slovenia, is paying an ongoing royalty for publicity and endorsements surrounding his new calf. (Worth noting that it’s a bull, actually).
We were unable to reach a settlement with Prince Rogers Nelson, but he has agreed to retitle his hit song Bluish Red Rain.
For those that might accuse me of overreaching, please consider that we took no action at all against this Purple® squirrel.
Critics will be pleased to know that we are granting the US Army a royalty-free license to continue calling it a Purple® Heart.
PS by reading this post, you agree to the shrinkwrap license and terms and conditions that have become used by some in the industry, and thus agree not to use the word Purple® in any conversation or memo or text or tweet without sending me one simoleon each time you do.
I know that you, my loyal readers, will support me as I continue to pursue a fair and honest settlement with others that seek to profit from my insights and risk taking. It is, after all, the only way I can produce this blog without selling a significant number of ads. Though I may add the advertisements anyway, because more is better.
[Please don’t email me about this until the second day of April. Thanks.]
Photo by FredoAlvarez
I try to steer clear of politics with our DGs, not because we’re apolitical, but because we don’t feel this is the appropriate forum for such discussions. I’m making an exception in this case because I’m a fan of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello (guess I’m showing my age), and because the article by Michael Thompson does such a great job of demonstrating the ludicrousness of the discussions taking place in Washington these days. Relax and have fun with this.
By: Michael Thompson
(Those who remember the old Abbott & Costello routine on “Who’s on First?” will appreciate this. We all need to keep in mind that the “official government unemployment” numbers are set up to provide the best spin as possible on true unemployment in our nation. The numbers are a few weeks old, but the message is the same.)
COSTELLO: I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America.
ABBOTT: Good Subject. Terrible Times. It’s 9%.
COSTELLO: That many people are out of work?
ABBOTT: No, that’s 16%.
COSTELLO: You just said 9%.
ABBOTT: 9% Unemployed.
COSTELLO: Right 9% out of work.
ABBOTT: No, that’s 16%.
COSTELLO: Okay, so it’s 16% unemployed.
ABBOTT: No, that’s 9%…
COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 9% or 16%?
ABBOTT: 9% are unemployed. 16% are out of work.
COSTELLO: IF you are out of work you are unemployed.
ABBOTT: No, you can’t count the “Out of Work” as the unemployed. You have to look for work to be unemployed.
COSTELLO: BUT THEY ARE OUT OF WORK!!!
ABBOTT: No, you miss my point.
COSTELLO: What point?
ABBOTT: Someone who doesn’t look for work can’t be counted with those who look for work. It wouldn’t be fair.
COSTELLO: To who?
ABBOTT: The unemployed.
COSTELLO: But they are ALL out of work.
ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work… Those who are out of work stopped looking. They gave up. And, if you give up, you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed.
COSTELLO: So if you’re off the unemployment roles that would count as less unemployment?
ABBOTT: Unemployment would go down. Absolutely!
COSTELLO: The unemployment just goes down because you don’t look for work?
ABBOTT: Absolutely it goes down. That’s how you get to 9%. Otherwise, it would be 16%. You don’t want to read about 16% unemployment do ya?
COSTELLO: That would be frightening.
COSTELLO: Wait, I got a question for you. That means they’re two ways to bring down the unemployment number?
ABBOTT: Two ways is correct.
COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?
COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job?
COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down, and the easier of the two is to just stop looking for work.
ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like an economist.
COSTELLO: I don’t even know what the hell I just said!
About the author, Mike Thompson:
Michael Thompson is currently the Chairman and President of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy, a non-partisan Virginia focused foundation dealing with the issues of improving education, government reform, economic development and environmental stewardship. This foundation is the state’s premier independent public policy foundation and has gained broad based respect from political and business leaders throughout Virginia.