Believe it or not in just seconds a day, with no cost, no pain and no contra indications, you can take a step towards all three (thinner, smarter and less stressed).
Oddly enough I stumbled on this in the process of eliminating back pain. That’s the way it is, sometimes the most profound benefits come in the most accidental ways.
Lose weight more comfortably, think more clearly and have less anxiety at the least. I am only just beginning to appreciate all the benefits I am receiving from this accidental discovery. I am using it everyday and am delighted with the benefits so I want to share it with you.
Weight & Energy Control Tip
Let me begin by saying that for my entire life, I have been trimness challenged.
Here I am age 12 or so with a cousin at Christmas. I’m on the right, already overweight and probably headed for a second helping of cake and ice cream.
By age 21 I weighed 220 pounds (almost 116 stone for my English friends) and had a 36 inch waist.
Then I moved to Hong Kong and learned some very interesting lessons about natural health that helped me bring my weight back into a better range. Yet the battle of the bulge has always raged. I have used, at one time or the other, just about every kind of diet around and the process has been all up and down. I will exercise incredible discipline and that works for awhile. Then some hungry part of my brain takes over and literally makes me eat and eat and eat… sweets.
For my entire life, the process has been up and down, up and down. A Hong Kong incident in the early 19702 shows how hard it has been to overcome my craving for sweets. A group came together at a friend’s house for a Thanksgiving meal. I was on a high protein, low fat, no carb diet. This diet was working and I was losing weight. The weight was shedding, the inches shrinking. I was good at that meal and just ate turkey. My brain however devoured the dressing and the cranberries and the sweet potatoes and the gravy and the pumpkin pie. I did not yield even when Quality Street chocolates were passed round after desert. (Quality Streets are a British candy that revolutionized the confectionery world in the early 1930s when only the wealthy could afford boxed chocolates.) These chocolates were affordable for working families because each chocolate was wrapped in colored paper instead of having each piece separated in the box.
Quality Streets are addictive… to me. The names and descriptions explain how proud I was for abstaining when Quality Street was passed round after that meal. Vanilla Fudge, Caramel Swirl, Coconut Éclair, Orange Cream, Strawberry Delight. OOOh My!
I was staying the night and went to bed, smug, having beaten the temptation of all those carbs. Shame on me, that smugness. Next morning I awoke to find the empty Quality Box Tin and all the empty wrappers laying on my chest. You have heard of sleep walkers. Right? I had become a sleep chocolate gobbler! How can you beat that?
Let me sum up the weight control problem I face in one word. If you ever battle the bulge, this is most likely your problem as well, so please read on. The problem is “Glucose”… or lack thereof.
Glucose is the common sugar used in the body. Glucose is the main nutrient used in the body in energy production. The brain is an especially heavy burner of glucose. In fact the brain, which accounts for 2 percent of our body weight, uses about 20 percent of our daily calories. The brain does not store glucose so requires a constant supply. If the amount of glucose supplied by the blood falls, the brain is one of the first organs affected. When brain cells receive insufficient glucose, they quickly start to die.
The brain will do whatever it must to get its dose of glucose. You probably have heard of hypoglycemia which is caused when there’s a drop in blood sugar in the blood. These symptoms include headache, extreme hunger, blurry or double vision, fatigue, and weakness. At its most severe, insufficient glucose flow to the brain can cause confusion, seizures, and loss of consciousness (coma), even death.
Weight control is often caused by a blood sugar roller coaster created by too facts. Fact #1; is you cannot have too little blood sugar. Fact #2; is that cannot have too much blood sugar. These facts can create a blood sugar roller coaster. The roller coaster begins when you eat too much of something with too high of a sugar content (this can be sucrose or fructose). Your pancreas starts to secrete insulin to reduce the blood sugar. Insulin triggers cells throughout your body to pull the excess glucose out of your bloodstream and store it for later use (ie. turn the sugar into fat). This reduces the available glucose and the brain says “Hey guys and girls… eat… sweets… carbs… junk now!” That little grey guy sitting on top of your shoulders is very demanding. He throws will power right out the door the minute the glucose supply starts to run too low. Everyone in the weight loss business goes after this hypoglycemia problem. Yet there is one more step and this is where the secret I am about to share comes in.
Everyone knows about hypoglycemia but few people understand Neuroglycopenia. Neuroglycopenia is a medical term that refers to a shortage of glucose (glycopenia) in the brain, usually due to hypoglycemia. What few people fail to understand is that blood sugar is important but the brain does not get its glucose from blood. In fact most of the brain does not get anything from blood. The body has a mechanism called the Blood Brain Barrier that is specifically designed to keep blood and brain apart. “Blood and brain, the twain shall never meet”.
The brain gets its glucose from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The brain creates CSF, a clear fluid, from the blood. CSF then circulates from the brain around the brain and down the spinal cord. CSF carries glucose to the brain and to be technical the glycorrhachia, (the level of glucose in the CSF) is normally 50-80 milligrams of glucose per 100 milliliters of blood.
Low CSF glucose levels (Hypoglycorrhachia ) can be caused by central nervous system infections like bacterial meningitis, inflammatory conditions, some forms of hemorrhage, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), impaired glucose transport, increased CNS glycolytic activity (glycolysis is one of the most ancient known metabolic pathways) and metastatic carcinoma.
Your lifestyle can create Neuroglycopenia. Your lifestyle can impair glucose transport. Have you ever noticed that if you exercise after a meal, you are less hungry than if you are quiescent. I have always wondered, “If I am burning energy why am I not more hungry than if I am not burning energy?”
The answer is sitting still can contribute to neuroglycopenia. The CSF, and the glucose it contains, is partially moved around the brain and spinal cord by two pumping mechanisms at the top (cranium) and the bottom (sacrum) of the spinal column. These pumps are activated by physical movement and deep diaphragm breathing. The diaphragm muscle contracts on the sacrum when you breath in deeply and helps pump CSF up around the spinal cord into the brain.
When we sit around too much the CSF stagnates and not enough fresh CSF with the correct supply of glucose gets to the brain. Regretfully the brain’s response is not “Hey get up and move around so you can pump the damn glucose up here. Do you want me to die or something?”) Instead the brain keeps it simple and just says “EAT”.
Moving around and not sitting in one place to long is a really important part of weight control because this goes to the very core of the EAT response.
How I stumbled upon this really efficient exercise from a glucose pumping point of view.
I was delighted when Merri’s and my longtime friend, Dr. Bill Koch, moved from the Bahamas to Mount Dora. Bill has been a practicing chiropractor for 44 years. He and his wife Kiana are on a mission to change people’s lives for the better by helping them reduce pain, improve their hormonal imbalances, and overcome metabolic, digestive and weight problems. Bill helps me deal with back and neck problems I suffer from time to time, the result of a car accident in my youth. This injury is exacerbated by the work related stress that comes from sitting in front of a computer too many hours a day. Previously I enjoyed his help infrequently, catch as catch can, when our paths crossed in Ecuador or the Bahamas. Now that we live near each other Bill is focusing on regularly helping me with my health.
After a recent treatment he taught me this simple exercise to help overcome my back and neck pain.
I breathe in as I move my shoulders back and take a deep breath. Picture pinning something in the middle of your back with your shoulder blades. Then breathe out and slowly move your head down, chin to chest and bring your shoulders forward.
Luckily I started this exercise around the first of the year. I do not do this as a New Year resolution. Keeping my weight in check is a year round struggle for me. The battle of the bulge is always raging.
Once I started doing this exercise, for my back, I noticed something different with my eating. Previously, at 10:30 and 3:30 especially, I simply had to eat. No matter what I told my self. No matter what I thought or did, my brain simply took over. My will power was out of control.
I do this slowly, gently with deep, slow breaths. If I feel even a touch of pain I am doing it too forcefully.
Does the exercise seem too simple to you? This is the simplest, easiest, most convenient exercise I have ever tried and this is why it is so profound. Simple works. Complex usually does not. Utterly simple works extremely well. This exercise helps move fresh, glucose rich CSF to the brain and stops the brain from panicking because it’s not getting enough glucose.
Now when I start to feel the hunger, I do this exercise. “Breathe in as I move my shoulders back and take a deep breath.
I picture pinning something in the middle of my back with my shoulder blades. Then I breathe out as I move my head down, chin to chest and bring my shoulders forward.
The hunger remains but in a different way. Now my thought is, “Just another hour and a half. Yeah I can wait.” Without the exercise the thought is “EAT!” I do not weigh myself but my clothes are definitely fitting looser… quite a bit looser and not once has the grey matter taken over. When Mr. Brain sends a signal for more glucose, I do this exercise a few times instead of heading for the fridge.
Will you help me? I want to see if this exercise works as well for others as it does for me. If so, I create a more in depth report on exercises for weight control and peace of mind. If maintaining a healthy weight is a task for you, please try this exercise. The breathing and stretch is so simple, you might think, “No way would anything so easy solve a problem that is so hard”. Can I guarantee that this will work for you? I cannot, but what do you have to lose other than just seconds, a few times a day.
Perform this exercise standing up or sitting down. DO NOT STRAIN. Spend just seconds a day, with no cost, no pain and no contra indications.
You may also feel greater peace of mind and calm. High blood sugar causes the body to release numerous hormones including Epinephrine and cortisol. These hormones are contributors of increased anxiety, nervousness and stress. Epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) is released by your body when you are under threat. This is known as the ‘fight/flight response’. When adrenaline is released your experience the physiological symptoms of fear, faster heart rate, faster more shallow breathing, muscle tension. There is long standing evidence linking depression and the hormone cortisol. In other words high blood sugar can increase anxiety. Anxiety and depression can create an urge to eat comfort food which energizes the negative high blood sugar cycle.
You can take a step towards three goals that might be in your New Year’s resolution, (thinner, smarter and less stressed). I hope so. Try it and please… report back your results to me.
If I see a wave of good results, I’ll publish a report about this and a few other weight losing, calming tricks so we can share what we learn with a bigger audience.
Meet Dr. Bill Koch. If you have a pain and are coming to one of our courses or camps in Central Florida or if you will be in the area contact Bill for an appointment. He is really good. His email is email@example.com
Have a look at Dr. Bill’s website: drwilliamhkoch.com
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Regain Real Security
There is a path to true security.
I was reminded of this once when I made a horrible mistake. Almost!
The supposed error? Letting my mind wander six decades back to an hour I spent with a girl.
Learn from this near disaster, seven most powerful sources of wealth, health, security and fulfillment in this era.
The girl was pretty and blond. Terry was her name. My imagination spanned decades returning to my Oregon roots seeing her as if she were there.
We were 11 or 12 and had known each other since we started Rockwood grade school. Just buddies, our non-romantic friendship lasted 12 years, from first grade till high school’s end. Then she went off to Pepperdine College in California. I started traveling the world. Never saw her again. I hope her life has gone well. But until that reflection I’d never thought much of Terry in so many years.
What could have been the tragic error was letting that memory touch my heart. Two kids, walking on a crisp, Pacific Northwest autumnal afternoon.
We walked down a sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt path. Huge, fat, green Douglas firs lined the road. Traffic was no problem, not many cars. Crossing Stark Street we turned left, hiking three blocks to 182nd. There we passed an old clapboard candy store. I can still hear the wooden sidewalk of that store slap beneath my feet, felt the soggy planks sag and smelled astringent pitch from the fir trees. Then we turned right, up 182nd for about a mile. There was Terry’s house.
I carried on, walking through a big field, waist high grass turned straw brown by an early frost. There were dozens of paths made by who knows what. Animals perhaps or countless generations of other kids walking home alone from school. I chose one following it to another wood of tall, rough-barked fir. Crossing one more field, I climbed a rock wall, struggled through a barbed wire fence (my Mom hated that fence ripping my jeans). I was home!
Sweet simplicity, that dream. Two kids holding hands, walking on a dirt trail under a crisp, but blue, sunny sky. Pure innocence.
My tragic error was looking back. I returned to Rockwood, Oregon with Merri and my kids to show them this part of their roots. Following the route, Terry and I had walked were the candy store, grange hall, old wooden buildings and their home spun honesty and charm.
Instead we found six lanes of fast, frantic traffic and road rage. McDonalds, KFC, strip shopping centers. The car radio blared warnings of local gangs and drive-by-shootings. Beauty, innocence, sweet simplicity, replaced by drive ins and drive bys. Gangs and drive-by shootings replacing a tender walk in the sun. Good bye memories, good bye.
How can our kids walk in places like this? How can we return to those old feeling of security and comfort?
How can any of us possibly keep pace in this world that’s moving so fast? Then something inside snapped. “There has to be an answer for honest, hard working folks to enjoy the wonderful opportunities of today and regain what we’ve lost over the past forty years”, I swore to myself.
How can we keep up, without having such a fast paced life we turn into machines? Where do we find time for God, family, charity, and our friends? How can we rediscover those sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt paths we want to walk?
“There has to be places that are still innocent and pure”, I thought. “There has to be a way of life that does not pound us with stress”.
This thinking led me to begin reviewing the thousands of economic and business experiences I have shared with readers over the decades. This started a search for a simpler way of life and a better place to earn and protect our wealth.
By digging, asking and observing, traveling and talking to investors and investment managers all over the world I found that there are true paths to real security in the here and now. That knowledge helped me develop courses on how to have natural health, everlasting wealth and purposeful investments.
This knowledge helped Merri and me invest in stocks and real estate all over the world. It helped us find and develop Merrily Farms into a sanctuary here on Little Horse Creek.
That almost error led us to create an entire portfolio of information on how to keep pace, get ahead, enjoy our modern society but, to enjoy life wherever you choose without having to move too fast.
I want to share this information with a special few in our summer course in the Blue Ridge Mountains where the air is dry, crisp, with a bright sparkling sun. Our North Carolina woods is a place where we can once again walk down sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt paths beneath huge, fat, green fir and hemlock.
We start the course with this question that can help us get our lives back.
“What would you think in the last 30 seconds of your life if you were the richest man in the world but were unhappy?”
This quote is from the opening slide of our Value Investing Seminar, “How to Secure Your Future With a Value Breakout Plan”. This a vital question because few investors think about the value of comfort and happiness. Yet the truth is, those who are comfortable and happy with their investments are likely to make good investment decisions. If not, no matter how much money an investors has, changes are, they’ll lose.
Bring Value and Purposeful Investing Together
Join us to learn how to make safety and profit easier and less time consuming so we can focus on our individual purposes in life.
Become an International Club member and join like-minded souls, who take a positive view and think outside the box for better health, greater income and safer, more profitable investments. Share ideas on how to add value to everything and make 2016 -2017 your best years yet.
In 2016 Merri’s, David’s and my mission is to share our 50 years of experience in international business, investing and living to make ourselves happier, healthier and wealthier.
To reach a wider audience we have shifted our seminars online including the seminar “How to Secure Your Future With a Value Breakout Plan”.
Here is a partial syllabus of this seminar.
- Three common sense ideas: Avoid lines. Go where you are a name not a number. Decide who you are and what matters to you.
- Why three economic trends that have make smart investors rich every 30 years are ready for cashing in now.
- How to look for short term problems that create long term value.
- Update on the best ten markets for safety and profit.
- How to diversify in value with Country ETFs.
- The value of time in investing and life.
- The economics in cyber wars. How to look back at the economics of war to see ahead.
- Great new innovations that will ignite a 16 year bull market from 2016 to 2032.
- The next great fuel.
- Timing long cycles, economic cycles and seasonality.
- Investing in Demographics.
- Trading Down, the biggest global trend ahead.
- Hidden Inflation .
- How to protect against pension loss.
- The Silver Dip 2016. When and how to invest in gold and silver . How to double your position with loans.
- How to spot currency distortions and borrow low to deposit high.
- How, Why When & Where to bank abroad.
Club membership is for an entire year and the recorded seminar is just one high point.
In 2016 and 2017 we are conducting online seminars about value investing, natural health and how to write to sell.
International Club members receive all the online seminars free.
In addition club membership includes:
- Personal investing Course (Pi), normally $297, FREE
- Self Fulfilled How to be a Self Publisher, normally $299, FREE
- Eventful Business, normally $349, FREE
- International Business Made EZ, normally $299, FREE
- Report “Three Economic Conditions for 50% or More Profit,” normally $29.95, FREE
- Report “Silver Dip 2015” normally $27, FREE
- Three online Value Investing Seminars, normally $477, FREE
- One online Natural Health Seminar, normally $119, FREE
- One online Writers Camp, normally $299, FREE
Merri and I have been organizing courses, seminars and newsletters about international and Super Thinking lifestyles for over 30 years. The importance of this sharing… by like minded souls… was reinforced when a delegate from a course sent an email that said:
My Dearest Merri and Gary, Thank you for your most gracious hospitality last weekend. I am just thrilled at being a part of your group. You and Gary were exactly as I imagined you to be, warm friendly, kind, considerate, genuine, helpful, fun, sincere, what else can I say……I felt so comfortable in your presence and learned so much in your course. I was sad to leave the farm that Sunday afternoon. You made us all feel so welcome and cared about. You were so kind to make arrangements for a ride with the other delegates from the Charlotte Airport. They were so nice to me and so helpful, by the time the weekend was over I felt like they were my long lost brothers. Monday morning we all had breakfast at the airport together and I was so sad to see them go, I was sad the weekend was over, perhaps sad is not the right word for how I was feeling perhaps Gratitude is a better way to describe it. Grateful for having the opportunity to share the weekend with such wonderful, like minded Human Beings, in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Thank you Merri and Gary. Thanks to you I now have new hope and a new direction to move forward in my life. I know by attending your classes and conferences that through education and due diligence I will make the right choices.
I invite you to be a member of the International Club.
Let’s prosper in these times of change. Won’t you join us in this exciting club and share Merri’s and my lifestyle for the next year? Join us online.
Club members receive everything we offer in 2016 and 2017.