Archive for the ‘Grow your mind’ Category

Good news, bad news, boring news, sensational news- it’s all in thousands of newspapers published in print and online daily, weekly, and monthly.  But since you can’t read them all, whatever should the aspiring mind do?  Are there some guidelines that might guide you through the avalanche of news available at the local newsstand and on the information superhighway.

Furthermore, there is more to reading and learning than newspapers right?  Of course.  There are journals, websites, blogs, etc.  So allow me to introduce you to rule #1 of the 10 Weeks to an Intellectual Transformation program and how it applies to a broad range of sources- mostly by introducing you to a broad range of sources.

Rule #1. If you aren’t reading things that might get you on an FBI list you probably aren’t reading enough. (more…)

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In the category of “D’uh!.” In the wake of Tim Russert’s heart attack the belief that “if we do everything right — eat healthy, exercise, undergo diligent screening, and get all of our numbers lined up in ideal ranges — that we can prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes and forestall premature death” is taking quite a few hits.  [1]  While these methods are helpful they are not foolproof guarantees.  Then again, what in life is guaranteed other than death and taxes?

Are you a Metabo? You might ask what is Metabo?  Metabo is another name for a person who is presumed to suffer from Metabolic Syndrome.  And for those too lazy to click on the link here is a definition:

Metabolic syndrome is a compilation of risk factorswaist circumference, blood pressure, blood sugar, and triglyceride and blood lipids (cholesterol). Some say that the more of these indices that are “high,” the greater the risk for heart disease. [Metabo- Is a Small Waistline a Measure of Health?]

The author poses a question that provokes some…interesting…imagery

Is a smaller belt size to prevent heart disease like going braless to reduce risks for breast cancer? [Metabo- Is a Small Waistline a Measure of Health?]

The article also contains this gem which is too good to pass up. (more…)

Today’s intellectual/mental transformation schedule includes the first chapter of Spanish for Dummies (I admit I qualify for admission to that group) and some great vocabulary for memorization.

Why Spanish and vocabulary?  My doctoral program requires I pass a language proficiency test during my first year.  As for the vocabulary, when I was younger my father instilled in me the virtue of learning at least two new words everyday.  I have, to my detriment, long neglected this good advice.

Vocabulary

Hypomaniac /hype-o-MAY-nee-ak/ A person with a mental disturbance characterized by excessive optimism.

Insiliarius /in-SIL-ee-AIR-ee-us/ An evil advisor.

Unipygic /yoo-ni-PIE-gik/ Having but one butt cheek.  Derived from the Latin unus [one] and the Greek pyge [rump].  This is the polite way of saying that someone is acting in a half-a**ed manner.