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Freedom from Health & Wealth is No Bull and comes from simple basics.  We learned that three basics are the key to good health from the shamans we lived and worked with in Ecuador.

The No Bull series looks at how fundamentals of health and wealth can eliminate worry and stress so you gain greater happiness, fulfillment, longevity and financial success. You can draw lessons from the life of Matt Haag who three years ago was working at McDonald’s for near minimum wages. Now at the ripe age of 22, he is a professional gamer earning nearly a million dollars a year. Yet he is stressed. The 1.5 million readers he has are mostly teens who are notoriously fickle. He gets tired sometimes but cannot quit.

Age 22. Making millions and worried about it. Imagine that!

When you depart from the basics, no matter how much you make or have, chances are your good fortune will create stress. You’ll worry.

See part one of the No Bull series here.


See why Merri and I we use quinoa flour instead of wheat and how this can help promote health and wealth.

Matt Haag, is good at playing Call of Duty, a popular series of war games. To improve his skill, one of his major sponsors. Red Bull. has him on a special program of nutrition, exercise including yoga (learning how to relieve the stress that gaming has on wrists).

Breakfast includes high-protein pancakes with ingredients like flax oil and chia seeds, whose balance of carbohydrates, fat and protein was created by a dietitian hired to teach him how to eat more healthily. Good for them. We have advocated this type of pancake for years.

See our high protein pancake recipe here.

Red Bull’s game studio even had him wearing a cap full of wires that scans his brain activity. The scans show how Mr. Haag functions under stress created by playing these tense combat games. This data helps Red Bull’s trainers and sports therapists create ways to help him remain in a state of high concentration.

Here is the rub. What Mr. Haag learns about how to eliminate stress is not likely to be shared because Red Bull is an energy drink. The sponsors want Matt to win so they can sell more energy drinks. The problem is the calm and quicker reactions that come from these drinks may not be be self sustaining.

Part of Mr. Haag’s success may also bring his downfall. A New York Times article says: As Mr. Haag was growing up in the Chicago area, his parents did not need to worry about where he was on the weekends: He was usually upstairs playing video games. Parties made him anxious. And instead of marijuana or alcohol, the sugary rush of an energy drink was his drug of choice and still is.

In other words Mr. Haag spends many hours at a time, sitting in tense situations drinking sugary, possibly high caffeine drinks.

The human body can perform miracles when it is in the state of relaxed concentration. Relaxed concentration is often called being in The Zone.

These types of drinks… like coffee, do work. Here are parts of the abstract from a study posted at the US National Library of Medicine for the National Institute of Health entitled “The effects of red bull energy drink on human performance and mood” (1) says: The effects of Red Bull Energy Drink, which includes taurine, glucuronolactone, and caffeine amongst the ingredients, were examined over 3 studies in a total of 36 volunteers. Assessments included psychomotor performance (reaction time, concentration, memory), subjective alertness and physical endurance. When compared with control drinks, Red Bull Energy Drink significantly (P < 0.05) improved aerobic endurance (maintaining 65-75% max. heart rate) and anaerobic performance (maintaining max. speed) on cycle ergometers. Significant improvements in mental performance included choice reaction time, concentration (number cancellation) and memory (immediate recall), which reflected increased subjective alertness. These consistent and wide ranging improvements in performance are interpreted as reflecting the effects of the combination of ingredients.

Is this drink induced state one of relaxed concentration, where the alertness and mood last? What price does this energetic state extract, in the short and long term? The abstracts below show that energy drinks may not be healthy or safe, even short term.

ABC News: (2) Swedish officials are investigating the deaths of three young people who are believed to have been drinking Red Bull. Two of the people who died had used Red Bull as a mixer with alcohol, while the third apparently drank several cans of the energy drink after a strenuous workout and later died of massive kidney failure.

Fox News: (3) One can of Red Bull may increase the risk of heart damage study says. A study of university students between the ages of 20 and 24 years old found that drinking one sugar free can of the caffeinated energy drink increased the “stickiness” of the blood and raised the risk of blood clots forming. The Australian students, who were targeted in the study, showed a cardiovascular profile similar to that of someone with heart disease after drinking one can.

New York Times: (4) Kevin A. Clauson, a doctor of pharmacy at Nova Southeastern University in West Palm Beach, Fla., who had previously reviewed safety issues surrounding energy drinks said that his main concerns were “the amount of caffeine, which can be injurious particularly to people with a pre-existing cardiovascular abnormality” and “the effects of these drinks when they are combined with alcohol, which can have disastrous consequences.”

Perhaps Matt Haag has a reason to worry. His online viewers that create his super income are fickle. His extraordinary reflexes maybe also if they are burned out by too much forced energy. The law of diminishing returns often kicks in. More and more of the same stuff is required to get the same benefit. Coffee is a good example. The first cup is a great booster. The second cup does not do so much and by the third cup some jitters have set in. The forcing creates a negative downwards spiral.

A report about concentration entitled “Positive Emotions Trigger Upward Spirals Toward Emotional Well-Being” by Barbara L. Fredrickson and Thomas Joiner at University of Michigan and Florida State University sums this up: The broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions predicts that positive emotions broaden the scopes of attention and cognition, and, by consequence, initiate upward spirals toward increasing emotional well-being.

Music is a basic to good health and wealth. Along with good food, good exercise and good sleep, music uplifts and energizes without leaving a hangover and has so much variation that the law of diminishing returns finds it hard to kick in.

An NPR article ‘The Power Of Music’ To Affect The Brain says: “Science all but confirms that humans are hard-wired to respond to music. Studies also suggest that someday music may even help patients heal from Parkinson’s disease or a stroke. In The Power of Music, Elena Mannes explores how music affects different groups of people and how it could play a role in health care.“

I use music to create a state of relaxed concentration when I write. Call the feeling smooth and easy, focused but not up tight. A positive upwards cycle is self sustaining and reinforces itself. Normally I use Baroque music, but at times, especially when I want to write from the deepest portions of my heart, I seek something that is uniquely mellow to me. I have an armory of Golden Oldies that evoke positive emotions. When I was young something good happened as I was hearing these songs. I don’t recall the events, but can feel the positive emotion. It’s hard to overdose on uplifting music.

Need more energy? Stick to the basics. You can get a quick fix from an energy drink, but regular use may create more problems than solutions. The basics, good food, good exercise and good sleep are the fundamentals that make sure you have better health and everlasting wealth.


Merri and I have added a Super Thinking Longevity session into both of the January and February courses that help create long term mental, physical and emotional balance.

Here are some of the subjects covered in these sessions:

* The three fundamentals of longevity. Gain secrets of nutrition, exercise and purpose so you’ll eat, work and sleep better and more peacefully through the elements of water, fire and air.

* How to use the five senses to be long lived and feel good.

* Andean-Indian connection language, exercise and food. How to shift fact from fiction and to apply ancient wisdom to a modern lifestyle.

* Air, fire and water Imbalances. What they are. How they impact your health and thinking.

* Three ways to reduce imbalances to conquer anger, depression and anxiety.

* Andean Food Mixtures. How to lose 43 pounds in eight weeks and expand your energy!

* Incan Cleansing Tactics. Create an internal fountain of youth.

* Three simple fruits, three spices and three internal cleaners that remove plaque, lower blood pressure and clean and lubricate the joints.

* Adding strength through the diet. Six magic foods, how to turn quinoa, corn, beans, eggs, cheese and yogurt into increased muscle mass.

* Natural Growth Hormone Inducers. Three secrets for a youthful body.

* High Mountain Dreams. Seven ways to get deep, revitalizing, good night’s sleep.

* Seven Incan exercises that will add years to your life and life to your years.

* Incan dietary secrets for weight loss, purification and vitality. How to buy, cook, prepare, serve and eat.

* Cleansing herbal showers and drinks you can make and use at home.

* The Secret of the Golden Thread. How to make every day seem like a lifetime.

(You gain these sessions at the courses at no additional cost.)

Hemingway’s Secret to Better Writing Saves You Up to $899

Our Writer’s Camps specialize in how to write to sell through self publishing.  This course goes way beyond logic and looks at how to think, write, earn with greater wisdom.

We help you learn ways to go the extra mile.

Was Ernest Hemingway’s secret to better writing in English or Spanish?  


‪Hemingway with Friends at La Florida (“Floridita”), Havana, Cuba.‬

To get a Nobel Prize in literature… you have to be willing to go the extra mile (1).   In Hemingway’s case perhaps he went further… 104.91 miles to be exact from Key West to Havana.   There may have been many reasons why Hemingway liked Cuba but he already had access to them in Key West.  Why go the extra 104.91 miles to Cuba?

Hemmingway speaking spanish

See Ernest Hemingway speaking Spanish below.

Perhaps Ernest Hemingway knew that speaking a second language makes you smarter.  Perhaps he realized that he could think and write better in English when one learns Spanish.   In 1939 he moved to Cuba and wrote “For Whom the Bell Tolls” which  became a Book-of-the-Month Club choice.  The book sold half a million copies almost instantly, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and cemented Hemingway’s reputation as one of the great writers in the English language… at a time when he was speaking two languages.

You too can be be smarter, write better and incidentally… and save up to $899 in the process.

You might ask… “What the heck does Spanish have to do with writing and self publishing?”

Well… to start, being smarter means you write better and the fact is, you do gain greater intellect with Super Thinking.   Super Thinking tactics integrate brain waves so absorption, retention and recollection of  information improve… a lot.   Most important of all, Super Thinking helps you synthesize what you learn so you can connect dots and use the knowledge you gain to achieve your goals.

In short, Super Thinking makes you smarter.. a lot!

Super Thinking is not a gimmick nor a trick.At least three best selling books, Superlearning, the Mozart Effect and Superlearning 2000 have revealed insights about how we can learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.  Merri was among those few who learned how and is licensed to teach the Lozanov system.  She has organized a practical course on how to learn faster and better.  With her modified system, you discover how to think more powerfully in just three days…and experience the wonders of superlearning.

When I figured this out, my first thought was… “Why not help readers learn writing  AND Spanish?”  There and then was a two for one deal.

Enroll for our Writer’s Camp and you gain a full scholarship to one of our Super Thinking + Spanish course or vice versa.  You save $699 (single) to $899 (couple).

Still you ask… “Why Spanish for writing and self publishing?”

Spanish is the second most spoken romantic language.  Chances are a huge Spanish speaking population lives near you.  Speaking Spanish can be helpful in innumerable ways just from this fact.

There is more.  Learning a second language makes you smarter and healthier.

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Image from Telegraph article “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism”. (2)

The Telegraph article (linked below) entitled “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism says (bolds are mine):  Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for travelling. It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English, says Anne Merritt.

Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.

You can read the entire article at the link below but to sum it up it shows seven ways that learning a second language improves your intellect and health:

* You build multitasking skills

* You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia

* Your memory improves

* You become more perceptive

* You become smarter

* Your decision-making skills improve

* You improve your English

A better command of English… used by a smarter, more perceptive person who can remember details and multi task, creates a better writer.

With this. I rest Hemingway’s case.

Learn the power of Super Thinking.  Gain the seven benefits of being bilingual.  Attend our Super Thinking + Spanish course and Writer’s Camp. Save up to $899.

Enroll for a Writer’s Camps and you gain a full scholarship to a Spanish course.  You save $699 (single) to $899 (couple).

We have not set specific dates for our next Spanish courses as we are looking to schedule a course in Cuba as well as the USA.  When the schedule is set you’ll be entitled to attend with a full scholarship.

February 13-14-15, 2015  Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. (Normally $799 or $999 for a couple)

Enroll in the Writer’s Camp.  You receive a full scholarship to attend a Super Thinking + Spanish course FREE. You save $699 to $899.


Enroll in the Writer’s Camp.  You receive a full scholarship to attend a Super Thinking + Spanish course FREE. You save $699 to $899.

Single $799/ Couple $999

(1) See Ernest Hemingway speaking Spanish.

(2) Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism

Travel, accommodations and food are not included.

(1) US National Library of Medicine The effects of red bull energy drink on human performance and mood

(2) ABC News on Energy Drinks

(3) Fox News on Energy Drinks

(4) New York Times on Energy Drinks