Signs that you are wasting your time

Below are just some of the things that you should notice in order not to waste your time:

1. Any weather small talk that lasts longer than four seconds (unless it involves a car floating away). If you have nothing to talk about other than the weather, face it, you have nothing to talk about.

2. Three dates. No tongue.

3. Two years. No raise.

4. The person running the meeting asks, “Could someone get the lights?”

5. Your beloved quotes from Spinal Tap—”So what’s wrong with being sexy?” or “It’s like we have armadillos in our trousers” or “But these go to 11″—get no reaction.

6. The other person quotes Matrix:Revolutions

7. You’ve scrolled through all the channels on cable TV, decide to cycle once more and realize Elimidate is still the best option.

8. You spend more than an hour and a half a day in the gym. What’s the point of building all those muscles if you don’t get out once in a while and use them?

9. You’ve been intro-duced to someone three times, and he still doesn’t remem-ber your name. Don’t be angry. Just smile and let him know you’ve met several times, and you remember him well. You now own his ass.

10. She says it’s enough to have seen the Eiffel Tower in Vegas.

11. You try to forget how much your ex-girlfriend made you laugh, or how much your ex-boss made you cry—as if selectively erasing major parts of your life were possible without being kidnapped by a government agency.

12. The speaker says, “Please hold your applause until I fin-ish reading all the names.” Break out your Pocket PC, get something done.

13.You watch any movie featur-ing a mis-chievous kid who advises adults.

14. She asks during your first conversation, “So, what do you like to do for fun?” which is the single dumbest question that can ever be asked of a person. Our advice:Just smile and answer, “It’s not what, but who.”

15. You look at your watch during any activity. Either find something you really want to do or stop wearing a watch.

16. You listen to John Mayer for any other rea-son than to get a woman to take off her shirt.

17. You give your honest feedback to someone who says, “I want your honest feedback.”

18.You read any e-mail with the subject line “This is not a hoax.”

19. You allow someone more than 3 minutes to try to change your opinion. If he can’t do it in that window, say, “Look, Jim, you’re not going change my view here. So let’s stop pissing away valuable min-utes and talk about something else.” (Except the weather, of course.)

In general, time is always gold. Our time hear on earth is so limited that we should use it wisely. Life is too short to be boring, too short to be sad, too short to be angry, but just enough time to make a change and be happy.

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Mystery of memory

The Mystery of Memory

PSYCH
The Mystery of Memory
Unlock your mind’s potential for faster thought and better recall

By Kate Dailey
Styling: Kathy Kalafut, Grooming: Regee Drummer/Oliver Piro

1. HOW A MEMORY IS MADE

Let’s say you meet someone new. The first time you see her, you take it all in: the length of her hair, the sound of her voice, that fresh shampoo scent that follows her around. As you’re fumbling for an opening line, your hippocampus, a sea-horse–shaped area in your brain’s temporal lobe, has already converted all these external stimuli into a memory. All potential memories must go through this mental gatekeeper before they take root in your mind. But the hippocampus is just a holding area, the first step in a complex process. After a memory has been forged, it’s disassembled into its various sensory components, which are then distributed throughout the brain. Later, when you think of the person or happen to hear her name, see her face, or smell her hair, the components are drawn together again.

2. HOW ALCOHOL AFFECTS YOUR MEMORY

Before it hits you over the head with a hangover, too much booze produces temporary amnesia by interfering with the ability of the hippocampus to create memories. (This is also known as a “blackout.”) The memories that aren’t lost can be especially tough to recall—unless you start drinking again and your brain taps into something called “state-dependent” memory. “When you encode memories while in a specific state, like being drunk, you’re more likely to remember them when you’re again in that state,” says Jonathan Schooler, PhD, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia in Canada. This may explain why Old School quotes start flying faster right around last call.

3. WHY YOU CAN’T REMEMBER BEING BORN

You might think something as traumatic as birth would leave its mark on your memory, but chances are you can only recall back to age five. Why? One theory points to myelin, the protective nerve sheathing that helps with signal conduction; before age five, a child’s brain is low in myelin. “It may be important in long-term memory maintenance,” says Schooler. Another possible explanation: As we learn to speak, we can no longer access memories created in our preverbal years. “With the onset of language, the way we think may change, making it impossible to get into the shoes of our older memories,” Schooler says.

4. HOW MEMORY STACKS UP TO AN iMAC

It’s a close race, but humans have the edge—for now. Our brains have about a thousand times the memory capacity of even the most sophisticated computer (though that could change by the year 2020). What’s more, gray matter is a much more reliable storage device. Unlike computers, which store entire pieces of information in specific locations, the human brain spreads memories over many neurons. “This means that losing a single neuron doesn’t have to affect memory performance,” says David Leake, PhD, a professor of computer science at the University of Indiana.

5. HOW TESTOSTERONE CAN HELP YOU REMEMBER

T may be essential for building memories as well as muscles. In a study at Oregon Health & Science University in the US, men taking a drug designed to halt T production did significantly worse on verbal-memory tasks than men who weren’t given the medication. “Animal studies have shown that if testosterone is taken away entirely, there’s significant loss of the connections between neurons,” says Jeri Janowsky, PhD, a professor of behavioral neuroscience and coauthor of the study.

6. WHAT AMNESIA IS ALL ABOUT

Forget what you’ve seen on soap operas. “Retrograde amnesia, the total blackout of memory so beloved on television, is relatively rare,” says Alan Baddeley, PhD, author of Your Memory: A User’s Guide. When retrograde amnesia does occur, it’s often due to severe psychological trauma rather than a nasty bonk on the head. A head injury would more likely cause anterograde amnesia, the condition featured in the movie Memento. “You can talk to someone with this condition and he’ll be able to tell you his name, keep up with the conversation,” says Michael Stadler, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of Missouri. “But if you leave the room and come back 10 minutes later, he won’t remember you.”

7. WHY YOU NEVER FORGET HOW TO RIDE A BIKE

When a child learns to ride a bicycle, he makes two sets of memories: One is explicit memory, which records things like the color of the bike and the elation of riding unassisted. Implicit memory, on the other hand, notes the body mechanics required to ride the bike, which is why it’s sometimes called “muscle memory,” says Janet Gibson, PhD, a professor of psychology at Grinnell College, in Iowa. Even when explicit memories fail, implicit ones remain.

8. WHY HYPNOTISM WORKS – SOMETIMES

Just because you can’t remember an event, name, or face doesn’t mean it’s not still lurking in your brain, able to be retrieved through hypnotism. That’s because our brains appear to have a threshold of what’s considered fully formed memory, and hypnosis lowers that threshold (though how it does this is still unknown). Fragments and half-processed memories that your brain’s retrieval system may not recognize when you’re in a conscious state can be recognized under hypnosis as legitimate experiences. “It gets rid of your internal monitoring,” says Schooler. However, with your threshold temporarily lowered, your mental guard is down: You’re prone to suggestion—e.g., “cluck like a chicken”—and more likely to remember statements from the hypnotist as your own memories.

9. WHY YOU LOSE YOUR KEYS

It’s impossible (and impractical) to remember each detail of our daily lives, so our brains compensate by making memory generalizations called schemata. For example, instead of remembering every apple you’ve ever eaten, your brain creates a schema of apples: hard, red, sweet. Same thing happens with your keys. Rather than recall every instance of placing your keys on, say, the dresser, you create a “keys = dresser” schema, so you have difficulty remembering the rare instances that don’t fit the formula.

10. HOW TO PRESERVE YOUR MEMORY

“Statistically, the most common form of memory loss occurs through natural aging,” says Baddeley. “You become worse at encoding and retrieving new information, particularly arbitrary information, such as people’s names.” One way to battle this brain drain is by recruiting help from your sense of sight. “Your visual sense takes up roughly 60 percent of your brain area,” says Frank Felberbaum, a memory-training expert in the US and the author of The Business of Memory. So if you want to remember someone’s name, turn it into a visual image and link it to a prominent part of the person’s appearance. In Felberbaum’s case, he says, picture falling (fel) beer (ber) bombs (baum) hitting him on the nose. The key is to pick a facial feature that’s both distinctive and unlikely to change over time; results may vary with Hollywood starlets and members of the Jackson family.

In general, our memory is still a mystery that we must learn to cultivate to our advantage. Like what Kuya Kim says, “lamang ang may good memory”.

Thank you for reading and God Bless!

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Some things that we can learn from kids

Below are some of the things we can learn from kids:

1. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, even when there’s not a prize in the bottom of the box.

2. Sometimes it’s best to be completely blunt with people, as you used to be with relatives who wanted you to do something embarrassing or tedious for a cheap prize.

3. Asking questions are how you figure things out, lots and lots of questions. Remember Einstein? He was  a very curious kid.

4. When you get old, you might not have the same kind of friends that you used to have. The trick is to try to be the friend you were when you were 12: fun-loving and loyal, with no strings attached.

5. Playing is work. Approach your downtime with all the seriousness of a 5-year-old with a secret treasure map.

6. Real guys don’t dip their toes in the water to test the water if it is too hot or too cold. They jump right in.

7. Girls have cooties. Well, the ones you meet in certain bars do, anyway. And by cuties I mean AIDS/HIV/STI

8. You hated it when a grown-up told you, “We’ll see.” It’s still unacceptable. Don’t say it yourself.

9. The only way to know how something works is to completely disassemble it. (This is still good advice when tackling a complex problem.)

10. There’s a reason they don’t give credit cards to 8-year-olds. You’re supposed to save up money before you buy a new toy.

11. Your body was designed for running around, shooting hoops, and jumping off diving boards and stuff. In the secret language of children, the word “fitness” doesn’t exist. It’s called “having fun.”

12. Your world can be half-real and half-imaginary.

13. Homework blows. Bring work home with you and it’ll ruin your night. And your marriage. And your family. And your life.

14. Too much of anything will give you a tummy ache. Like, say, scotch or other alcoholic drinks.

15. If there’s even the slightest doubt, hit the toilet before you leave, so that you can prevent awkward situations where you’re in a hurry to go to the nearest comfort room.

16. The coolest adults were the ones who took the time to listen to you. You still want to grow up to be a cool adult, right?

17. Use adrenaline as your drug of choice. You don’t need beer, pot, or cigarettes to have a good time.

18. Kissing a girl on the cheek is a big deal. Kissing her lips is an even bigger deal. Seeing her naked for the first time is a major, life-altering event.

19. Going after a target in the urinal makes the time whiz by (trying to hit a target using your piss).

20. Seeing a thunderstorm roll in is better than watching TV. And rain isn’t something to curse, but to enjoy. Hurry up, before it clears.

In general, we tend to forget things that are important as we grow old. The best teachers for us to learn again are children.

Thank you for reading and God Bless!

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Keys to great teeth

There are two options when it comes to oral hygiene: Treat your teeth like gold, or buy gold teeth. The latter is a tough look to pull off. Unless you’re a rapper, women tend to frown on 24-karat caps. Aesthetics aside, there’s an even better reason to go for option one: Your life depends on it. Unhealthy mouths unleash bacteria into the bloodstream, where the bugs travel to vital organs. As a result, your chance of developing diabetes can go up, your stroke risk can quadruple, and your risk of a heart attack can spike up to 14 times higher. Of course, these are all worst-case scenarios. The best case? The ligaments tethering your teeth to your jaw disintegrate, and you start shopping for dentures.

Don’t let it happen to you. Open up and apply these eight mouth guards, and we practically guarantee you’ll live long and die without dentures.

PLAQUE

When you wake up tomorrow, run your tongue over your teeth. Feel that? It’s plaque, a mossy mix of germs, dead cells, and saliva. Left alone, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria that cause cavities and gingivitis, a.k.a. inflamed gums. And gingivitis can lead to the ligament-destroying oral disease called periodontitis, says Marjorie Jeffcoat, DMD, dean of the school of dental medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “You can have an infection the size of the palm of your hand and not know it.”

Grab a cup for protection. If it weren’t for afternoon tea, Brits would have no teeth at all. A recent Chicago College of Dentistry study showed that people who rinsed their mouths with black tea multiple times a day had less plaque buildup than those who swished water. “Polyphenols in tea suppress the bacterial enzyme that triggers plaque accumulation,” says Christine D. Wu, PhD, the lead study author. “Drinking tea a few times a day could have the same effect.” Choose iced or hot tea, but try to down it during your meals. Worried about staining? Go green. “Green tea contains the same polyphenols as black tea,” says Wu, “but it isn’t fully fermented, and fermentation contributes to the staining.”

Pull strings. Flossing belongs to that special category of onerous chores that includes cleaning the gutters, but it has to be done. What about the research showing that rinsing with Listerine (or one of its clones) is as good as flossing? A new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association found that swishing with Listerine and flossing is most effective of all. The key is matching floss to teeth. “If you have rough fillings, use waxed floss,” says Dr. Jeffcoat. “If you have bigger spaces between the teeth, consider braided floss.” And for unequivocally average teeth? Go with unwaxed floss; the friction will pull out more plaque. In terms of technique, Dr. Jeffcoat says to listen as you slide the string. “When it squeaks, you know the plaque is gone.”

ENAMEL

Just like the paint on a Plymouth, your enamel is shield and showcase. Its enemies: ero-sion and abrasion. Erosion is the break-down of enamel by acids, while abrasion is wear from brushing. Either way, worn enamel sabotages smiles and lets bacteria tunnel into teeth.

Stick it to yourself. Sugarless gum is powerful medicine for your mouth; numerous studies have shown that chewing the sticky stuff stimu-lates the delivery of building-block minerals into damaged enamel. Most recently, researchers in Japan showed that people who chew sugarless gum fortified with the tongue-twisting ingredient casein phosphopeptide-amorphous calcium phosphate (or CPP-ACP) can patch up twice as much enamel as those masticating gum minus CPP-ACP. Look for sugarless gums, that list Recaldent as an active ingredient.

Take the softer, easier way. Pair heavy hand pressure with a firm-bristled toothbrush and you’re all set—to clean grout. “Some people actually brush grooves in their teeth,” says Bruce Reuben, DDS, an oral surgeon in Chicago. To protect and polish your enamel, pick up a soft-bristled brush with tapered tips. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania compared this type with a soft brush with rounded tips and found that the former removed more plaque while remaining gentle on teeth. Still brushing the heck out of your bicuspids? Switch to your nondominant hand. Once you’re used to exerting less force, switch back.

CAVITIES

Children are cavity magnets, but so are adults. “As we grow older, we might actually be more prone to tooth decay,” says Richard Price, DDS, a consumer advisor for the American Dental Association. What’s worse, age, and the gum recession that accompanies it, puts us at risk of a variation called “root cavities.” “When the gum pulls back, a bit of root is exposed,” explains Dr. Price. The root’s only protection is cementum, a soft coating that’s no match for the bacteria that cause cavities.

Commandeer the cheese cart. A quick refresher:Eating sweets causes the pH level of your saliva to plummet, transforming plaque into tooth-dissolving acid. But follow cheesecake withcheese and your pH level will stay steady. A study review published in Nutrition Reviews that looked at the pH-boosting proper–ties of 12 cheeses shows that while provolone is pretty good, Cheddar’s better. In fact, aged Cheddar, Gouda, Mon-terey Jack, and mozzarella raised pH levels highest. And one bite is all you need; the study subjects ate less than a quarter ounce.

Eat for two. Someone move your cheese? Finish your dinner before you dive into dessert. As you eat a meal, the plaque on your teeth absorbs some of the fat, fiber, and protein of the food, filling up space that would otherwise be occupied by sugar. “If the plaque is saturated with the food you just ate, the sugar you eat afterward can’t sink in,” says Dr. Price. Same rule goes for any other time you’re sizing up a sweet snack: Try to eat a little real food first and you’ll block out the sugar that follows.

TARTAR

We aren’t talking fish sauce. Tartar is a special kind of crud that’s created when excess calcium in your saliva combines with plaque. The result is a brownish-yellow deposit above the gum line that provides a microscopic toehold for even more bacteria.

Waste it with paste. Fluoride fights cavities, but it can’t touch tartar. For that, you need a toothpaste containing pyrophosphate, a chemical that disrupts the calcification process. Start using a tartar-control toothpaste now and your dental hygienist will do less scraping later. And in case you’re tempted to stick with your regular toothpaste and just use a tartar-control mouthwash, consider this: “One place that mouthwash does not clean is where the teeth touch each other,” says Dr. Price.

Get small. “You see your biggest tartar buildup where the saliva ducts enter the mouth,” says Dr. Price. “It’s like a river laying down silt.” Unfortunately, these hot spots—the backs of your lower front teeth and the outer sides of your top molars—are difficult to reach with a full-size toothbrush. Choose one with a small head. And when you tackle the backs of your lower front teeth, turn the brush per-pendicular to the floor, then scrub up and down.

In general,taking care of our pearly whites requires discipline and help of your dentist.

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Ripple Effect Theory

Human history is dotted with outbreaks and epidemics. They all started with something seemingly insignificant…

Ever heard of “the ripple effect”? It’s a theory where what you may consider as a minor occurrence can actually lead to a larger, more serious situation (It is like the Butterfly Effect). For example the destruction of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor (near Cuba)on February  15, 1898 caused the start of the Spanish-American War that lasted several years.

Many theories have come out about the end of the world… It is a fact that we must face, and we shouldn’t avoid thinking about it. Every life has its own death.

If we can possibly prevent the end of the world, we must understand this theory. We must change our narcissist personality. Let’s change the world by emulating a loving attitude towards each other. As our time grows near, let us repent now, and not wait till the end of the world.

Thank you for reading and God Bless us!

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How come the medicines in the Philippines are so expensive?

In 1988, the Philippines was one of the first countries in Asia to pass a law on generic drugs. This law allowed for the local production of generic drugs, which was meant to broaden access to medicines, as well as lower their prices. But 19 years later, the Philippines has some of the highest prices of drugs in the region, second only to Japan. As a result, almost three-quarters of our population cannot afford the drugs they need to get and stay healthy.

“Dati, ang term, noncompliance,” relates Gene Alzona Nisperos, MD, secretary general of the Health Alliance for Democracy (HEAD). “Yung noncompliance kasi, reresitahan ka, ‘O, bili ka ng 28 na piraso nito.’ Ang bibilhin mo lang, 10. Pag gumaling ka okey na, kasi nakatipid ka. Ngayon, non-adherence na. Gusto niya talagang mag-comply, pero hindi niya kaya dahil mahal.”

It remains to be asked: Why the faint-inducing sticker price? Overpricing or price-fixing–from the drug makers all the way to the drug stores–is the culprit. This is according to Angelito Mendoza, co-convenor of the Ayos na Gamot sa Abot-kayang Presyo Coalition (AGAP). “I say overpricing because they are priced something like 300 percent more [and upwards],” Mendoza laments.

From ownership of the patents on medicines down to retail sales for us consumers, it is not too hard to get an idea of what the sickly Filipino is facing: big businesses. Monopolies even, as suggested by the World Bank. How did such a situation come about? One answer lies in patents protected by the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines.

“A patent in itself is a monopoly,” Dr. Nisperos says. “In recognition of the pharmaceutical company’s efforts, they give them a monopoly [on that medicine].” He adds that due to the stunted national drug industry, competition cannot drive down the prices. “Dito, walang kumpitensya. So they can actually dictate the price of a drug and base it on what the market can bear. Ang pricing nila, hindi based on cost of production.”

Although our government has some efforts to drive down the prices of certain drugs, the fact of the matter that we don’t have our own national/public drug manufacturer, these private drug companies can dictate the prices of their drugs.

My view, our situation now is the same as in a movie, “The Informant”. Our government should invest a part of their budget to build our own national drug factory.

Thank you for reading and God Bless the Philippines!

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The good junk foods

Yes, it is true that there are some good junks foods that are not only tasty but also nutritious for you. These are just some of the foods ,which can feed your taste buds and health, and their corresponding limits:

1. Chocolate – The dark stuff in chocolates contain a nutrient cocktail of cancer-fighting antioxidants, and more recently a survey from a mental institution in United Kingdom showed that chocolate significantly improved mood in 27 percent of adults.

Limit: Four 50-g bars a week

2.Peanuts – Peanuts are packed with fat, but luckily it’s the kind you should be eating. These are of the poly- and monounsaturated variety, which lower levels of bad cholesterol. Also, pecan nuts contain ellagic acid, which forces cancer cells to self-destruct.   Limit: One handful a day

3. Burgers – Flame-grilling the meaty treats boosts the conjugated linoleic acid. A study in the University of Wisconsin in the US found this handy nutrient fights off cancer.

Limit: One fast-food or three home-grilled burgers a week

4. Chips – A spud contains twice as much vitamin C per gram as an apple. Just make sure to buy those made with real potatoes. Stay away from ‘potato-flavored’ chips.

Limit: One small bag a week

5. Milkshakes – Researchers at the University of Bristol in England found drinking milk each day cut the risk of fatal diseases, like cancer and stroke, by 10 percent. Just a third of a pint is enough to make the difference.

Limit: One 500-ml shake a week

Although these foods do have some health benefits, we still need to limit ourselves but not to the point that we will deprive our cravings. The more we deprive ourselves the more we will crave..

Thank you once again my readers.. God Bless!

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