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    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ - THE WEISBROD DIGEST OF SEMINARS E-ZINE - Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D. Vol.4, No. 40 March 2000
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      Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
      Vol.4, No. 40 March 2000
      From Honolulu, I'm Carl Weisbrod and this
      is your #40 WDS E-Zine. This week I'm
      going to talk quite a bit about e-commerce,
      e-books, bullies and victims.
      I. Rantings & Ravings (editorial)
      II. The Weisbrod Digest of Seminars
      III. AskCarl FAQs
      IV. Rasputin's Zap Chamber(#2 NLP Series)
      V. Health in a Handbasket
      VI. Jokes 'n FunStuff :-D
      VII. Medical Journal Review
      VIII.Bureaucratic Bamboozling
      IX. Rip-off of the Week
      X. The WDS Bedtime Story (an allegory)
      This WDS E-Zine is FREE and distributed by
      subscription only. No advertising is accepted.
      Perhaps this e-zine was forwarded to you by a
      friend. If that's the case, you may subscribe
      by following the links from http://askcarl.net

      Here are some biz tips. I've had an online
      business for 4 years, and I've observed a
      few things that might be useful if you are
      struggling, or intend to struggle, with an
      e-commerce business.

      Thing #1: The Internet moves through
      changes extremely fast. I work alone and
      must do it all from designing websites to
      polishing the doorknob--not to mention filling
      orders and updating my workbook/tape programs.

      For that reason, It takes me a little longer
      to jump in the middle of new ideas. That'd be
      a minor problem in my old brick'n'mortar days,
      but moving slow on the Interstate is like being
      a hop-toad in the middle of the Interstate.

      Thing #2: The web-surfing masses match the
      speed of the Internet... When they want
      something, they want it RIGHT NOW!

      And because of the number of rip-offs online,
      they want to be able to test it out (shareware)
      before they buy. If there is no shareware, they
      want to purchase by VISA or MasterCard so they
      have the option putting the charge in-contest.

      Thing #3: A website must put in plain sight
      whatever it's selling with an easy opportunity
      to purchase an initial low-cost item. If your
      website doesn't make this happen on the first
      visit, you'd better keep your day job. That took
      a long time to get through my walnut-sized brain

      What confused me was the huge companies that
      seem to give so much stuff away, like Netscape
      Yahoo, and even Microsoft. And there's the guys
      like Amazon.com and eBay that maximize there
      bottom-line by selling expensive ad space.

      Now I realize that these huge Internet
      companies made it originally by offering an
      ingenious product or service, they'd be gone
      in a heartbeat today without the huge visibility
      they've earned (measured by web traffic).

      Have you noticed that the big guys index (home)
      pages look alike? Without the gazillions of hits,
      this is not a workable design. E-commerce businesses
      that depend on direct sales and copy the design
      go quickly into the toilet.

      Thing #4. So just because the big guys & gals
      give away lots of free stuff doesn't mean that's
      a good approach--it's only a "good approach" if
      you can sell ad space in the six-figure range.

      In line with this (above), I jammed down my
      unwilling throat enough webmastering stuff to
      do my own web maintenance. This is something
      I should have done years ago.

      I also added e-books to all of my programs--
      been writing up a storm lately.

      Why, you may ask, would I need e-books when
      I already have audio tapes and workbooks?
      Shouldn't those adequately cover a topic?
      Yes they do, but it costs at least ten bucks
      to produce and ship a tape/workbook program,
      and that's not counting the R & D time.

      On the other hand once an e-book is produced
      the distribution cost is negligible. More
      important, delivery time is speed-of-light
      ...and speed of delivery is paramount to
      Internet customers.

      I know it's a little wordy, but I'm going to
      reproduce an abbreviated set of instructions
      used with some programs on my updated website...
      to give you an idea of some of the major changes
      I'm making. Here's some of it:

      "My e-books are not teasers to get you to buy
      the more expensive model. They are a digest
      of the course delivered online by Adobe Reader.
      For now, I'm sending them as an attachment to
      an email program.

      "The full workbook & audio cassette programs will
      use the e-book as an instant introduction so
      you don't have to wait & wonder if you're going
      to be happy with what arrives by snail-mail..."

      [And I blab on about the specific program...
      and then I write:]

      "PAYMENT SYSTEM: My past system was to go ahead
      and send the program with a statement and folks
      would just mail me a check. I have the same
      distaste for merchant accounts (VISA, etc.) as
      I had with third-party payers (insurance) in my
      private practice. Who needs bureaucrats messing
      around in between the client and therapist? The
      advantage of credit cards is you can put an
      amount "in-contest" by documenting the product
      or service did not meet expectations--but I offer
      a 100% unconditional guarantee, so you're covered
      in that regard.

      I like the online check-writing programs much
      better. You simply write a check online--not much
      different from writing one the regular way. For
      now, I'm not putting my i-check link online--I'll
      send it to you when you are ready to order. I keep
      thinking I should add one of those shopping-cart
      systems, but it's so easy the way I've got it,
      I'm not sure it would be worth the effort..."

      [...and I go on to explain how to order the

      Do you see? The focus of this approach is to
      provide the opportunity to purchase a "lite
      version" that will be received minutes upon
      ordering--with the money part handled in a
      quick and familiar manner.

      And I also almost nag to get folks to "talk to me."
      I'll betcha Amazon.com or Netscape will never
      duplicate that. :-)
      III. AskCarl FAQS

      QUESTION: How do you do your own website maintenance?
      Don't you have to learn HTML programming and a lot of
      other difficult stuff? S.A. Idaho

      AskCarl: I'm a long way from an expert, but I'm learning
      fast. Let me give it to you in a nutshell. First, you
      must have your website in the proper configuration, on
      your hard drive/floppy/ZIP drive. You will need to have
      a nodding acquaintance with an HTML editor...the most
      common is Netscape's Composer. Once you've cycled through
      the process a few times you will find the editing part no
      more difficult than using (for example) MS Word--but there
      are some peculiarities. When you get a file fixed-up the
      way you want, you must upload it to your URL's host. The
      most popular software to do that is WS_FTP. I was fortunate
      in having a web server http://www.cedant.com with a free
      maintenance program online.

      If I knew a long time ago how easy it was to maintain a
      website I would be a full-fledged webmaster by now...
      but just like you, SA, I was intimidated by the concept.
      IV. RASPUTIN'S ZAP CHAMBER (hypnotism)
      Neurolinguistic Programming

      This is the second of a three-part (serialized)
      article that was part of my original WDS program
      of 1987.

      "The two original books on NLP are FROGS INTO
      PRINCES and TRANCE-FORMATIONS, both by Richard
      Bandler and John Grinder. Both books make very
      good reading and provide much useful information.
      However, it says in the forward of FROGS INTO
      PRINCES, "Most methods claim much more than they
      can deliver..." I think this is the case with NLP.

      A tenet of the NLP system is the concept of
      "visual accessing of cues." It involves eye
      positioning. I like the theories they developed
      in this area. Because of my work with hypnosis,
      I have been interested in eye positioning for

      The claim (for those with language in the left-
      brain hemisphere) is that when the eyes are
      rolled up the person is visualizing--forming
      pictures in the mind. If up and to the left,
      that means the visualization is remembered
      information. If up and to the right, that
      means the person is constructing a new mental

      when the eyes are moving midline, the person
      is functioning mentally on an auditory level.
      Midline right and left is the same as eyes up;
      constructed or remembered. Eyes down and to
      the right mean a kinesthetic (feeling) response
      and down and to the left is auditory.

      I'm not going to give you many useful details,
      beyond this idea: The position of the eyes, I'm
      sure, is directly related to the part of the brain
      being used. The eyeballs are extrusions of brain
      tissue. That means they evolved as a specialized
      part of the brain and are therefore sympathetic to
      what's happening in the brain. This is the reason
      the eyes tend to move toward the part of the brain
      that's being activated. Perhaps the eyes roll up
      when visualizing trying to get to the back of the
      where the visual cortex is located. The auditory
      cortex is located at the temples which is midline
      with the eyes. Kinesthetic senses are perhaps in
      the limbic system or in the cerebellum--beneath
      the cerebral cortex.

      To develop this into usable information, you will
      have to involve yourself in some pretty intensive
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      Watch for the third and final article in issue #41.
      Discussed there will be NLP techniques of PACING,

      When I put together my program "LifeStyles of the Poor
      and Unknown," I talk a lot about self-sufficiency. And
      one part of that is recycling and food production. You
      don't have to live on a farm to do this, a sun porch or
      even a small lanai will do. (Do you folks on the
      mainland still call them balconies?)

      I wrote about this in greater depth in WDS Vol. 3,
      No. 30. But one of the things I do in my little
      apartment/office is recycle garbage. Sound disgusting?

      What do you think would happen if you chopped up all
      your plant scraps including banana peals, corn cobs,
      plant trimmings, etc. and threw them in a 5 gallon
      bucket? If you think you'd end up with a stinking mess,
      you'd be wrong.

      If you keep it well stirred to keep that wonderful
      aerobic bacterial action going you will have a bucket
      of dark-brown loam.

      A chopped-up banana peal, for example, disappears into
      a loamy mixture in a couple of days. Corn cobs take
      a long time to surrender their nutrients into the soil,
      but eventually everything turns into nice fluffy soil.

      In this soil almost everything will thrive. I grow herbs
      such as dill, mint, and parsley. I have aloe plants which
      are great for healthy gums, burns and scrapes. I have kale,
      tomatoes, and bell peppers.

      What could be more healthy than that?
      VI. JOKES 'n FunStuff :-D

      Darn, I had a funny joke in mind to tell you--carried
      it around in my head for 3 days--but now I can't remember
      it! Shoot! All I can remember is it was funn-neee! ...so
      you'll never know whatcha missed! Shucks! So I had to
      go back into WDS archives and drag this one out.
      ` ` `
      You otta watch this informative TV program! It's
      sponsored by SSBS.(The Society of Sausage and
      Bologna Stuffers).
      It's called "PRESS THE MEAT!"

      This is the last topic heading I have left...
      and I'm kinda burned out on writing. With just
      a superficial search, I didn't see anything that
      rang-my-chimes. You might be interested in this:

      I have several places I go for my initial search,
      and I get a bunch of medical newsletters--including
      the weekly table of contents of the following
      journals: The New England Journal of Medicine and
      The Journal of the American Medical Association
      (JAMA). If you want to be way ahead of the crowd
      including the news media) bookmark these two websites:
      The New England Journal of Medicine recently
      found itself in the doghouse when caught favoring
      articles that supported their advertisers, but you
      can nevertheless depend on the unbiased and the peer-
      reviewed quality of these two medical journals.
      (I'll bet NEJM is really playing it straight about

      Another watering-hole I visit, usually daily, but
      especially when I'm looking for the latest health
      stuff is:
      I have a lot of respect for two of the guys that
      hang out there: Dean Edell, M.D. & Covert Bailey.

      Here's a little more self-defense from the
      "Turn Abusers into Victims" program. Don't
      forget, there is now a cheapie e-book version
      for this program.

      One of the common groups of abusers is actually
      living off your and my tax money (buncha jerks!).
      They use the power of their positions to make our
      lives miserable. The quintessential group is the
      IRS agent, but many regulatory agencies have bullies
      as employees.

      You can't fight them on their own turf--they will beat
      you if you try. The most powerful weapon in many cases
      is the well-thought out documentary letter. It needs
      to be written very carefully sticking to the facts of
      your complaint. If you do any personal attacks, or
      whine about injustices done to the wonderful person
      that you are, it could do more harm than good.

      Rather, it needs to be an objective chronicle. Even
      if you felt insulted and demeaned, characterize it as
      the event rather than the feeling--don't claim prejudice
      even if you are sure there was. State the facts and let
      them make that judgement. Don't state any fact more than
      once...keep it to about three short paragraphs. If it's
      too long it's not going to get read very much.

      Make it a letter you could use over and over if
      necessary--and keep copies.

      Now, here is what will make it about ten-fold more

      It's the CC: (carbon copy) This will really pressure
      the offending bureaucrat. Send copies to their boss,
      and the boss's boss. If it's of major importance, send
      a copy to the attorney general's office. Send a copy
      to the media that handles such cases. There's all
      sorts of regulatory agencies that might be interested
      in your mistreatment. There's the Better Business Bureau
      and the ombudsman's office, to name a couple. Normally,
      restrict it to about three CCs. If you overdo it, they
      will try to write you off as a "chronic complainer
      sending hate mail all over town."

      If you want some details/samples, etc. see the
      "Turn Abusers into Victims" program at my website.

      Here's an experience I had this week that is
      a pet-peeve.

      I've always liked the BottomLine publications.
      Along with the weekly newsletter, the year books
      are an edited compilation of the weekly issues in
      an indexed format--and a frequently used section
      of my library.

      But with the Internet, and the huge amount of
      reference material I've accumulated, I find the
      weekly issues have grown somewhat redundant, so
      I haven't subscribed for some time, although I
      still order the year books. Of course they are
      constantly on my case to re-subscribe--cuz that's
      where they make the serious money.

      They finally gave me such a great-sounding offer
      I took the bait. When I received the promised
      bonus book, it was substandard and the newsletter
      was the same information that is free on the
      Internet. So, exactly as instructed, I wrote
      "cancel" on the invoice and mailed it back.

      I got another issue. I again wrote "cancel" and
      mailed it back; but I had a strong suspicion that
      these cancelations were not going to be acknowledged
      and I realized I had no actual documentation that I
      had, in fact, canceled.

      So I went on a search for a 800 number, a
      subscription department address, or a place on
      their website that I could get my cancelation
      "in writing." I'm sure it's not just an oversight
      on their part that it's very difficult to find
      such a place.

      Finally, I had to settle for a change of address link
      to document the fact I had canceled my subscription.

      In a week I got an email back telling me they could
      not change my address (I only gave them my account
      numbers with no address to change), but (the email
      also said) the records showed my subscription had
      been canceled. Does that sound like it's handled?

      Here's the kicker: the cancelation date had been
      set at April 1st...two months away from my original
      cancelation notice! Guess what?

      That's an old (and unethical) trick. What they do is
      get you to acknowledge this notice, send you a couple
      more issues, and continue to bill you. When you complain
      that you canceled the account they inform you that you
      "failed to cancel within the stated time limit."

      So I had to email back one more time stating I didn't
      cancel on such & such date, but on (the earlier date).

      Of course, the billing department hopes you will
      just give up and pay the damn bill--knowing it's
      not going to be worth your time to fight it. My
      suggestion is to not let anyone get away with such

      I was going to recycle one of my earlier allegories
      again...but I think I'll talk about this instead:

      All my life, I've hated bullies. I think cruel or
      bullying behavior is often worse than crimes that
      bring years of incarceration--but since it tends
      to be spread over a long space of time, it frequently
      goes unpunished. If you really analyze it, you might
      believe as I do that bullying behavior is epidemic
      and too often condoned.

      In the DSM-IV, it's euphemistically called Antisocial
      Behavior--and it's certainly that and more.

      In several of the recent shootings you will find a
      great deal of "Antisocial Behavior" ...but not all
      within the shooters alone.

      If it was my child that was a victim to one of these
      shootings and I thought part of the shooter's rage was
      that they were being bullied, I would want to find out
      if that was the case. If it was, I would want to talk
      to the parents of the offending adolescents. In my mind,
      kids who band together and use bullying tactics share
      culpability for crimes that are committed from the rage
      that results.

      That idea is behind two of my recent programs "How To
      Turn a Bully Into A Victim" and (to some degree)
      "LifeStyles of the Poor & Unknown, I focused a lot of
      energy into developing systems of protection from the
      Adult Antisocial Behavior--the bully.

      During the time I was working on these programs a
      scenario crept into my mind and evolved into a short
      story (allegories are short-short stories).

      It's a story about Stanley (Andy) Andrews who is
      victimized by an adult spoiled brat, Blake Thornton.
      You will see in this story many of the aspects of
      the "LifeStyles of the Poor & Unknown" as well as
      the "Turn a Bully into a Victim" programs. In fact,
      I use it as a bonus for both programs.

      In my allegories, I shoot for a surprise ending if
      possible...and that worked out great for this story
      line. Folks who have read it said they especially
      liked that part. If you want it, go to my website,
      click on AskCarl (top-left), and request the e-book
      "Rotten Ridge." It's a $5.00 e-book on Adobe Reader.
      I'll get in-touch with you and send it attached to
      your email address.
      And with that, the work of WDS E-Zine #40 is
      now done.

      Please feel free to forward this ezine to a
      loved-one...or even a liked-one.

      Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
    • Carl Weisbrod
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ - THE WEISBROD DIGEST OF SEMINARS E-ZINE - Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D. Vol.4, No. 42 March 2000
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        Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
        Vol.4, No. 42 March 2000
        From Honolulu, I'm Carl Weisbrod and this
        is your March WDS E-Zine. This week you
        get some recipes, stuff about aerobics,
        the cerebellum, and lawyers.
        - SECTIONS & TOPICS -
        I. Rantings & Ravings (editorial)
        II. The Weisbrod Digest of Seminars
        III. AskCarl FAQs
        IV. Rasputin's Zap Chamber (hypnotism)
        V. Health in a Handbasket
        VI. Jokes 'n FunStuff :-D
        VII. Medical Journal Review
        VIII.Bureaucratic Bamboozling
        IX. Rip-off of the Week
        X. The WDS Bedtime Story (an allegory)
        This WDS E-Zine is FREE and distributed by
        subscription only. No advertising is accepted.
        Perhaps this e-zine was forwarded to you by a
        friend. If that's the case, you may subscribe
        by following the links from http://askcarl.net

        I would like to take a little space to thank
        the WDS E-Zine subscribers who took
        advantage of several of my offers for e-books
        and especially those who went ahead and
        ordered the full courses. Because of the confidential
        issue, I don't normally publish testimonials, but
        this nice lady generously suggested that I include
        her letter in one of my e-zines--so here it is:

        "Dear Dr. Weisbrod,
        I want to thank you for the two programs you
        sent me. Dr. Weisbrod!...you put so much work
        into these programs, I was amazed! My questions
        that were not answered on the audio tapes, you
        took care of personally. At first I didn't believe
        you would really make yourself available to your
        clients, but you did. (do you ever sleep?) I can
        say with confidence that I'm now able to handle
        some pretty big problems in my life.
        Before I found you, I ordered several self-help
        programs, but I've never found anything like yours.
        I will be one of your regulars.
        Sincerely yours,
        V. T.

        Thanks, VT! :)

        The e-books are coming along nicely, and the
        i-Check (check-writing system) is working exactly
        as advertised. The only small glitch is some folks
        have found it confusing which check numbers to fill
        in. You need to pay attention to the little "|:"
        marks between the numbers.

        Many people, that were put off by my $90 and $35
        packages, are now ordering the e-book version of
        the program.

        Hearing everything on tape and with a workbook to
        use is superior, but the e-books are a digest of all
        the pertinent information and cost only a few dollars.

        A lot of programs use "lite versions" as a hook by
        providing most of the important information while
        holding back the "best part." I DON'T DO THAT!
        ...altho gotta admit, I thought about it. :-/
        III. AskCarl FAQS

        QUESTION: This one snows me..out of pure curiosity,
        how does the act of being weightless cause such
        impact? ...the force and intensity it takes to run, I
        understand..but just being airborne? (This was an
        e-group board question with regard to why the
        rebounder (mini trampoline) is superior to a treadmill.)

        ASKCARL: Here's the (grossly oversimplified)
        mechanics of why "weightless" exercises are
        more efficient.

        At rest, we are at 1G(gravity). That means we
        weigh what we weigh. If we accelerate (pressed
        into our seat when the car accelerates) every
        cell in the body goes into a 1+G condition and
        our weight increases. (example) Hop gently
        up & down on your bathroom scale and you'll
        see the numbers swing up & down. When we
        go thru an airborne arch we are going from1G to
        1+G to 0-G and back again--every running step
        we take. This doesn't happen when our feet
        never leave the ground.

        Okay? Now down to the cell. Muscle cells (et al)
        have a function called the Krebs cycle. The
        resting cycle is anaerobic--meaning the cell
        metabolism is operating without the presence
        of oxygen and is burning primarily glucose (sugar).
        The more efficient cycle (called the working cycle)
        is the aerobic stage in which the cell is stimulated
        into burning fatty acids (fat) which requires the
        presence of oxygen and ATP ase (an enzyme).
        With humans...different, for example, with a sprinter
        such as a cheetah)...this condition is only possible
        for those who have submitted themselves to a fairly
        vigorous training period--called, of course, aerobic
        training. As you can see, it would be very difficult
        to lose weight permanently without doing it--and
        there are no shortcuts. (darn!)

        Anyway, Here's the answer to your question
        (remember the question?): The G-force thing
        I explained above, it turns out, stimulates and
        amplifies this oxygen and enzyme producing
        process. It appears the cell wall is sensitive to
        the zero-G condition and stiffens a bit each
        time it happens which stimulates the metabolic
        activity within each cell.

        A little more: If one goes beyond their capacity
        and the oxygen supply (in the cell) becomes
        inadequate for the activity, the cell metabolism
        is forced back into the anaerobic phase, and we
        enter a condition sometimes called "oxygen-debt."
        The heart and lungs, unable to keep up, cause
        the breath to come in ragged gasps, the heart
        pounds, and the muscle cramp--distance runners
        call it "hitting the wall."

        There is also a lot of stuff going on with the
        energy-producing organelles (mitochondria) in
        the cell, but I'll save that for later.

        The original research for some of this was published
        in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1981 by
        Jeffrey S. Flier of Beth Israel Hospital in Boston...
        if you want to look it up and read more about it. Of
        course, a lot of work has been done since then. It's
        important information if you are serious about losing
        IV. RASPUTIN'S ZAP CHAMBER (hypnotism)
        An archive topic from WDS E-Zine #19

        I learned years ago that the most powerful approach
        for offering ideas (in or out of hypnosis) is through
        visual images. For hypnosis, I developed a technique
        using the allegory (see The Allegory Method at

        Allegories carry little or no reference to the
        idea that is being suggested. For example, in my
        first published allegory (Ivan), I tell a story of
        a prisoners' reaction to freedom. Even though it
        supports smoking elimination, there is no suggestion
        of cigarettes, direct or indirect.

        In my second published allegory about changing
        life's pathway, I used an image of an atom streaking
        through space (Alpha the Atom).

        The idea of using visual images can apply to any
        form of communication. Do you remember the comic,
        Stan Freberg? After a blazing show business career,
        he became a radio executive based on his mastery
        of the technique of image writing.

        Here's an area that this sort of writing could
        be used to a great effect; the personal bio.

        Folks looking for a lifemate most often use a
        profusion of adjectives such as honest, loyal,
        beautiful, and sexy.

        One good test of an effective bio is to picture
        yourself at a cocktail party talking to a stranger,
        and you decided to speak the lines of your bio or
        profile. If it is based on the usual adjectives,
        your first-time acquaintance might beat a hasty

        Of course with a bio, profile, or classified ad
        you are writing for an invisible second party.
        Nonetheless, with a little creative thinking it's
        possible to use a very short story that will
        create visual images on the part of the reader.
        Here's an example:

        "Well, here I am, hunched over my computer,
        still sweating from my morning jog, doing
        my best to imagine what you might want to
        know about this small, fifty-ish (person)."

        This mini-story implies the following adjectives:
        informal, technically adept, earthy, athletic,
        sensitive, appropriate weight, and mature but
        youthful. Even more important, it creates an
        instant image of a real person.

        Several of the recipes included in my cookbook,
        The Ipecac Gourmet, take advantage of a less-
        respected staple food among vegan vegetarians:
        whole wheat flour. That's because it's a highly
        processed food, to which vegans view with disdain.

        Remember the Mary Poppins' tune that had the line
        "just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down"
        Well, whole wheat flour can do the same thing if you
        get sick & tired of constantly munching on vegetables
        all the time. So try this:

        First mix whole wheat flour with water (nothing else),
        and work it to death while adding more flour until it
        stops sticking to your hands. Next yank off a hockey
        puck-size chunk, and on a flour dusted bread board,
        roll it out as thin as possible. Then fry it on a hot
        no-stick pan, flipping seconds before it starts getting
        those ugly black spots--do both sides. The result will
        be a wonderful bread. (It's sometimes called Bible
        Bread...I used to call mine that too until the Society
        to Protect Ecclesiastical Respect--SPER made me stop).

        Now, take a bunch of veggies (tomatoes, onions, cabbage
        leaves, mushrooms, green peppers, whatever) and roll them
        up for the most wonderful sandwich you've ever tasted. I
        usually smear on a little tomato sauce or mustard. (BTW,
        don't waste your money on catsup...tomato sauce is the
        same thing only cheaper.)

        Warning: eat it over a plate cuz the juicy parts will
        squirt out the opposite end of the one you're munching

        Another thing I like to do is make "UpChuck Stew"
        (that name was given to me by someone that must
        have been a woodsman, or maybe a lover of woodchucks,
        or something?)

        Anyway, you cook any kind of veggies in a steamer.
        Use a lot of spices and pour some Soy Sauce over the
        top. Put the cooked veggies in a bowl, and let the
        water at the bottom of the streamer cool off (unless
        you don't mind lumps). Then add enough whole wheat
        flour to make a thick gravy, and pour it over the

        You can also make a great pizza by spreading on a
        lot of tomato sauce, saute (in water) some onions,
        mushrooms, etc. and you can use tofu in the place of
        the cheese. It tastes a little different than Pizza
        Villa, but has the same mouth feel--which is 90% of
        the good part of pizza anyway--trust me on that.

        You can bake it to if you want to. Just form it into
        a shape that pleases you and put it in a pan wiped
        with a drop of oil so it won't stick. Use the temp
        and cooking times from your favorite bread recipe.
        VI. JOKES 'n FunStuff :-D

        A Repeat from WDS E-Zine #27 (nobody took me up
        on this offer--for which I'm deeply hurt--but I'll
        try again.)

        Here's a get-rich-quick idea! :)

        In Hawaii, we hate snakes even though we don't
        have any. So when we hear about the rascally
        Brown Tree Snakes that live in Guam, we have
        nightmares about one hopping a jet, having lots
        of baby snakes, and eating up all our birds.

        Ol' Carl has a solution. All we need to do is spread
        the rumor that the Brown Tree Snake is a succulent
        low-fat, zero-cholesterol finger-licken taste-treat!
        And not only that, (we'll say) there is a native
        tribe that lives deep in the Guamanian jungles that
        eats nothing but Brown Tree Snakes...and they live to
        be 200!! And these 200 year old natives

        (I've observed that folks will believe almost
        anything when it comes to sex and eating meat,
        so I bet the market for tasty snake-snacks
        will be terrific!)

        What we're gonna do is get a bunch of folks that
        need a job, send them down to Guam to gather up
        all the Brown Tree Snakes they can lay their hands
        on. We'll cut off the fangs, eyeballs, and poison
        sacks, french fry those suckers and franchise
        hundreds of Finger-Licken SnakeSnack, fast-food

        Soon, all the Brown Tree Snakes will be gobbled up,
        and folks in Hawaii won't have to worry anymore.
        The folks in Guam will be happy to be rid of those
        rascals (trust me on that), and we'll get rich
        beyond belief!

        Is this not WIN-WIN?! :^D

        Twenty five years ago I was already a veteran smoking
        cessation therapist. I was extremely interested in why
        folks had this horribly destructive practice. A few
        years previous, in the1960s, I was a heavy smoker
        myself. Even back then it was evident that cigarettes
        weren't addictive--research had already been done with
        radioactive traces in which nicotine was observed to
        effect the biochemistry exactly as any other toxic
        substance--there existed no nicotine receptors as with
        true addictive substances.

        In the mid 1970s there was some research going
        on at UCLA with a hypothesis that the cerebellum
        must do more for us than just control balance and
        posture. After all, the cerebellum (in humans) is
        second only in size to the cerebrum (as a single
        organ) and convoluted in a way that earned it the
        nickname "little brain."

        The cerebellum in humans has tripled in size over
        hominid development is a similar way as the
        cerebrum and the cerebral cortex. These cerebral
        increases had a corresponding increase in mental
        function. Interestingly, no increase in dexterity
        were evident from the cerebellum increase.

        The theory from this early research was that the
        cerebellum might also handle duties beyond just
        balance and coordination. It was thought the
        cerebellum very likely stored memories of basic
        learned responses--things like driving a car and
        playing a piano (and smoking cigarettes).

        I leaped on the idea and modified my programs to
        reflect this model. My success ratio took a significant
        upswing as a result. It remains a significant section
        of my non-smoking program.

        The UCLA funding must have dried up, and for all
        these years I've seen little research on the function
        of the cerebellum... until now.

        AN ACTIVE ROLE IN SENSATION. The director of this
        research was Dr. Lawrence M. Parsons at the Research
        Imaging Center, Medical School, University of Texas
        Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas. Published
        by the Institute of Experimental Physiology and Medicine."

        Quoted from the abstract: "Recent studies implicate the
        cerebellum, long considered strictly a motor control
        structure, in cognitive, sensory, and affective phenomenon.

        "Scientists are rethinking long-held notions about the
        cerebellum, a structure at the back of the brain whose
        function for years was believed to be limited to
        coordinating body movement. (ed note: Not by me!)

        "Over the past decade, however, research has begun to
        show this brain structure plays a vastly more
        sophisticated role in how the body perceives sensations.

        "The latest studies, by scientists at the University of
        Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and the
        University of Melbourne in Australia, indicate the
        cerebellum plays a major role in the sensation of thirst.

        Dr. Parsons was quoted: "We think the cerebellum is
        involved in that it helps organize all these thoughts
        and related sensations that are streaming up into the
        highest levels of the brain," Parsons said. "It makes
        it easier for the higher level of the brain to do its

        "Ultimately, the work could provide doctors with a new
        way of looking at patients who have body movement
        problems," Parsons said.
        If you want more extensive references on this interesting
        research, contact me at http://askcarl.net (click on the
        AskCarl link and make refer to Cerebellum/WDS #42)

        I'm giving both me and the bureaucrats a break
        this week. This doesn't mean I don't think they
        are continuing to screw up...it just means I'm
        tired of talking about it.

        Last I ranted & raved about a pharmacy problem
        involving horrible service. It has been handled
        somewhat--the prescriptions have been filled.
        The problem appeared to be a poorly written
        program that completely broke down from the
        load. I pointed out to them that they weren't
        selling gumdrops, and it would be only a matter
        of time until they would be responsible for at
        least one death.

        If you plan to use an online pharmacy, I suggest
        you test it first with a non-essential Rx and see
        how they do.
        First told March 2000

        Here is a made-up story; but I have some personal
        insights that things not unlike this happen routinely.

        "Lani Lankford, was riding her bicycle one day. A guy
        was turning left in a company truck and unfortunately
        was not looking in Lani's direction. He hit her dead
        center in the crosswalk. Her pelvis and femur were
        shattered, and she received some soft tissue damage
        as well.

        The police issued a citation for failing to yield the
        right-away, and the repentant driver's statement was
        "I just didn't see her." There was no question about
        the driver's culpability for the accident.

        Lani remained in the hospital for a month, required
        extensive surgery, and was in a body cast for 6 months.

        The medical expenses approached six-figures, but
        Lani's life was to be severely damaged in other ways.

        While she was still in the hospital she was visited by
        an attorney, Simon Crockshank, Esq, who presented
        his business card. It read "Crockshank, Dittendorpher,
        Pickelzypher, Fennorton, and Jones, Inc., Attorneys
        at Law." The card also bragged a prestigious downtown

        Crockshank was a charmer, and promised if Lani
        would put her trust in him he would handle all the
        legal matters and she wasn't to worry herself about
        anything, even the mounting medical expenses.

        Lani was thankful to have this caring, soft spoken
        and extremely well-dressed man taking care of her.
        During the year that followed she heard little from
        Mr. Crockshank--when she called, he spoke to her
        personally, always reassuring her that all was being
        handle appropriately and "not to worry."

        After a year had passed, the hospital started to
        pressure lani for some payment on the huge bill.
        At last she was asked to visit Crockshank's office
        to sign "the papers." She was immediately impressed
        by the most beautiful office she had ever seen.
        The carpets felt knee-deep and the rich leather
        furniture must have, she thought, required the
        sacrifice of many cows.

        Surprisingly, there were no other clients in the
        huge waiting room and she was ushered immediately
        into Crockshank's luxurious office. Crockshank came
        smiling from behind a desk about the size of a tennis
        court and helped Lani settle painfully into a chair.
        Close by her right hand were the legal documents,
        which she signed without reading.

        And then, with his arm around her shoulders, he
        walked her slowly to the door--she was still limping
        badly from the injuries.

        Finally a court date was set and the case was quickly
        settled for which 100% of the medical expenses were
        paid, including those projected to take place in the
        future.Lani received $50,000 for pain and suffering,
        and Crockshank received one-third of the total settlement
        (plus expenses) which amounted to substantially more
        than Lani's settlement.

        As a result of the injury, Lani had physical disfigurement,
        a diminished life style, constant pain, and PTSD (she
        was afraid to ride her bicycle, and could barely cross the
        street without feelings of panic). Partly because of a
        diminished exercise ability, she gained 50 pounds and
        developed severe arthritis in the injured leg...and on and
        on. It turned out that the driver of the truck had several
        DUIs and had probably been drinking at the time of the

        None of this was entered into evidence or considered in
        the settlement because none of it had been investigated
        or documented.

        Why would an apparently skilled and successful attorney
        such as Simon Crockshank, Esq, have handled a case in
        which the settlement barely covered his fee and the medical
        costs--about $300,000--when similar cases routinely brought
        settlements of more than ten times that amount?

        Wouldn't he be shooting himself in the foot considering his
        contingency fee was one-third of the settlement? He could
        easily have collected a fee of over a million dollars with
        a modest amount of investigative work from his staff--not
        to mention providing Lani with a more appropriate restitution
        for a painfully severe lifetime handicap.

        Well, let me tell you about another case involving the
        same insurance company.

        Rodney Phartmaster, III, a CEO of a Fortune 500 company,
        while drunk and speeding in his Rolls Royce and ran over
        a much-loved man, putting him in a coma for a year. The
        victim never fully recovered.

        Any pink-cheeked fresh-out-of-law-school attorney could
        have easily wrought a settlement of 10, even 20 million
        (or more) from a case like this.

        Rodney's corporation was heavily insured, and the
        insurance company knew they were going to pay through
        the nose on this one. If a blood-thirsty attorney
        represented the family of this much-loved victim, it
        could drag on for years with huge legal costs on top
        of a huge settlement. If there was a jury trial, the
        settlement could have gone out-of-sight.

        The insurance company quickly got with the family
        members and recommended they retain a well-respected
        local law firm to represent them. Of course they
        recommended the firm of Crockshank, Dittendorpher,
        Pickelzypher, Fennorton, and Jones. The family knew
        of this respected firm and retained.them immediately.

        The case proceeded smoothly with only a single attorney
        representing both sides. The case was quickly settled for
        ten million dollars (for which Crockshank received his
        third of $3,333,33). Very little work was required on
        either side of this case and everybody was delighted with
        the outcome.

        So can you see that through this type of "cooperation"
        there are absolutely no losers..... (except maybe Lani.)
        And with that, the work of WDS E-Zine #42 is
        now done.

        Please feel free to forward this ezine to a
        loved-one...or even a liked-one.

        Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
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          Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
          Vol.4, No. 43 April 2000
          From Honolulu, I'm Carl Weisbrod and this is your April
          WDS E-Zine. This week in WDS I'll be talk about hypnosis
          training, poor little Elian, a primer on aerobic exercise,
          and the joy of being run over by a SUV. As usual, I waste
          a lot of energy bad-mouthing various bureaucrats.
          - SECTIONS & TOPICS -
          I. Rantings & Ravings (editorial)
          II. The Weisbrod Digest of Seminars
          III. AskCarl FAQs
          IV. Rasputin's Zap Chamber (hypnotism)
          V. Health in a Handbasket
          VI. Jokes 'n FunStuff :-D
          VII. Medical Journal Review
          VIII.Bureaucratic Bamboozling
          IX. Rip-off of the Week
          X. The WDS Bedtime Story (an allegory)
          This WDS E-Zine is FREE and distributed by
          subscription only. No advertising is accepted.
          Or, if you get sick-and-tired of finding these
          things in your in-box, type "remove" click "reply"
          ...and I'll disappear from your life forever.
          Perhaps this e-zine was forwarded to you by a
          friend. If that's the case, you may subscribe
          by following the links from http://askcarl.net

          If you wanted to screw up a child's life what mean and horrible
          things could you do? Based on the evidence of the so-called
          Child-Star Syndrome, you could make the child quickly rich &
          famous. That rich & famous child will (often) soon develop
          anti-social behaviors, including drug and alcohol abuse. There
          are exceptions of course, but they are rare. And for little
          Elian Gonzalez, there was no preparation for the stardom that
          will undoubtedly follow him the rest of his life. He has little
          chance to develop normally having lost the delicate balance of
          a child's formative years. Elian Gonzalez now, NO MATTER
          WHERE HE ENDS UP, has little chance to live a normal
          healthy life. The bureaucracy strikes again!

          I'm putting much of my energy into producing e-books,
          which are digest versions of the full programs. They don't
          cost nearly as much as the full programs and you either
          get them immediately, or as soon as I finish the rewrite.

          If you don't know anything about e-books and you are
          interested in e-commerce, go to my AskCarl Board and
          ask me about e-books. I just received the latest word in
          marketing books, (c) 1999, and e-books weren't mentioned...
          that's how new the concept is.

          Since Stephen King published his "thriller" short-story
          this way, the idea has exploded.
          III. AskCarl FAQS

          QUESTION: Hey, I've been wondering about one thing concerning
          your cigarette argument: if they're not physically addicting,
          why did the cigarette mfg. companies circulate and then hide
          memos saying they were? Okay, just pretend I'm Columbo, shabby
          raincoat and all. I can't seem to get this one question outta
          my head, and it's the one piece of evidence upon which these
          cases are turning. S.M., CA

          ASKCARL: Years ago, SM, I had the ear for a short time of the head
          of the Tobacco Institute (a tobacco company lobbying and PR group).
          He hinted to me that the lawyers decided that they could not take
          the risk of fighting the research that was attempting to link
          cigarettes with a chemical addiction. The reason? If something
          tangible was found it would destroy their multi-million dollar
          court cases (that tend to grind on for years and years), and,
          anyway, the majority of the public (jurors) was known to have
          accepted the addiction idea. No tobacco company has done any
          extensive research on addiction...Why would they? Both the legal
          and the political agenda is to take a position and then rigidly
          stick to it no matter what.

          Unfortunately, public opinion had related well to the addiction
          idea--remember, a few years back there was a movement that
          EVERYTHING was an addiction? ...sex addiction, love addiction,
          exercise addiction, work addiction, even addiction addiction.
          So at that time the public wasn't going to buy the idea that
          cigarettes were NOT addictive.

          The sad part is that smokers bought into this phantom addiction
          as an excuse to continue to smoke, when in reality it's not
          that difficult to quit--if handled properly.

          - Hypnosis is to Psychology as Surgery is to Medicine -

          Corpsman and RNs during wartime were often trained to
          preform major surgical operations, and performed admirably.
          They were young and bright with nimble fingers.

          The same kind of thing has been happening over the last couple
          of decades with hypnosis. In the 1960s there were ten-week
          courses in hypnosis, and it has now become refined down to
          forty-hour courses. Forty hours is enough time to teach a few
          procedures with enough derivations to handle a wide spectrum
          of problems.

          The problem I have with this is many hypnotists upon graduation
          from a forty-hour program immediately become involved in a solo
          practice with no supervision. The surgical corpsmen and RNs, by
          comparison, were closely supervised (whenever possible) by the
          instructing surgeons.

          Granted, a hypnosis procedure does not appear as critical as
          a soldier with a 30 calibre slug lodged near his heart, but
          what about a cigarette smoker? Failure of therapy in this area
          is also life-threatening.

          Even a psychologist, newly trained in hypnotism, should not
          attempt a solo practice of hypnotism without supervision.
          After all, a general internist wouldn't attempt to practice
          surgery without initial supervision.

          Believing it was out-of-date, I retired my hypnotism
          training program in 1980, but as I reviewed some of the
          current programs I'm considering a resurrection in e-book
          and audio tape format. Two of the areas that I consider
          as lacking in current programs are understanding the
          physician's diagnosis, and depth measurement of the
          hypnosis state, including testing procedures.

          If I hear enough response I might pull this off the
          "back burner." Contact me on the AskCarl Board if
          you're interested.

          I got a lot of feedback on last week's Q & A regarding
          my discussion of aerobic exercise. The reaction made
          me wonder if many folks don't understand the basics
          of this type of exercise. So here is a little more.

          A Brief Primer on Aerobic Exercise.

          Muscles burn two types of fuel on a cellular level: The
          flashy fuel (Imagine a 4th of July sparkler) is
          sugar/gluclose/glycogen and is what's happening when
          one is at rest or doing something like a sprint causing
          the breath to come in gasps and the heart to pound.
          This fuel runs out quickly and has to be constantly

          The other type of fuel is fat/adipose tissue/lipids
          (think of logs blazing in a fireplace). This fuel burns
          a long time with a much greater energy potential, but
          can't be burned unless the muscles get lots of oxygen.
          The big advantage of this fuel is it can be stored (even
          hoarded in certain circumstances) in almost unlimited

          So remember: quick energy: the muscles burn sugar, because
          it can be burned without oxygen. When you are exercising to
          the point of getting out of breath, your muscles are deprived
          of oxygen and the muscles are getting sufficient oxygen for
          fat metabolism. When there€  '²s not enough oxygen for fat-burning,
          sugar-burning takes over.

          Aerobic, when used to mean Aerobic Exercise, means an
          exercise that pumps large quantities of oxygen into the
          muscles for a sustained time to stimulate fat burning.
          Aerobic exercise stimulates the production of an enzyme
          called ATPase. With increased amounts of this enzyme in
          the cells you tend to burn more fat even when you€  '²re sitting
          around doing nothing, and will have more energy. This is
          why fit people have a much easier time controlling their
          weight and tend to prefer less fatty or surgery foods.

          To be technically correct I need to mention that muscles
          burn both fat and sugar at the same time, but the percentages
          change considerably depending on the what's going on in the
          muscle cells, heart, and lungs.

          Conclusion: If you are a person whose muscles are mostly
          adept at burning sugar, you will tend to want to stay
          inactive and feel constantly hungry. If you lose weight
          in this condition, there will be some loss of fat, but
          more of the loss will be unhealthy amounts of muscle
          tissue and water.

          If you are a person whose muscles are well trained to
          burn fat, you will naturally favor foods that are high
          in complex carbohydrates with a craving for regular
          physical activity.
          VI. JOKES 'n FunStuff

          I took this from WDS E-Zine #33--I promise I have become
          a better human being since I wrote this.

          A high-class way to tell someone "you don't care." Say this:

          "Quoting from Margaret Mitchell's immortal classic, Gone
          With The Wind, with the irrepressible Rhett Butler expressing
          himself to the pulchritudinous, Scarlett O'Hara; "Frankly my
          dear, I don't give a shit."


          "Out of the 20,885 men tracked for 11 years in (Harvard's)
          Physicians' Health Study, 1,012 developed prostate cancer.
          Based on dietary questionnaires, the investigators found
          a moderate elevation of risk of prostate cancer in men who
          consumed higher amounts of dairy products."

          "SAN FRANCISCO, April 5, 2000 (Reuters) -- New data from a
          long-term study suggest a possible link between consumption
          of dairy products, including whole and skim milk, cheese and
          ice cream, and an increased risk of prostate cancer..."
          (Released to several journals from the Harvard School of
          Public Health.)

          "The Physicians' Health Study found that a high consumption
          of dairy raised the risk factor for prostate cancer to about
          1.3, or a 30% increase."

          Several studies have also shown a strong prostate cancer risk
          elevation in those taking calcium supplements.

          Don't hold your breath waiting to see this brought out in
          any media that earns big advertising bucks from various
          dairy food producers.

          I'm writing this on the Monday after the Microsoft
          judgement that caused the Nasdaq to plunge, damaging
          the very companies they claimed to be protecting, not
          to mention the stockholders. Ultimately, these losses
          will be passed on to you and I. Gee, thanks a lot guys!

          And we have the Elian Gonzalez mess in which a little
          boy was rescued months ago. Wouldn't it have been
          a nice thing if he was quickly returned to his father?
          What about the "freedom issue?" Okay, I can buy that
          argument, IF it was decided QUICKLY that his well being
          would be best served if he stayed here--that's okay too.

          Instead, the bureaucracies on both sides got involved and
          screwed up the little boy's life, the father's life, and
          the surrogate parents that bonded with little Elian. I'm
          sure they all appreciate the help.

          I wonder what wonderful things *shudder* they have in
          store for us next?

          This isn't exactly a rip-off ...well ...maybe a rip-off
          by the system. But once in a great while I could use some
          help from the bureaucracy. A couple of days ago was one
          of those rare times for me:

          I was returning from errands on my old ten-speed bicycle.
          I as on a wide street with little traffic and was turning
          into a mom & pop grocery store.

          A young guy with diamond studs in his nose and tongue
          wanted to scare me by racing by as close as possible
          on my left. He didn't realize in his exuberance that
          I was turning left, and hit me from behind way over on
          the opposite lane of the road.

          The ambulance and police were called as I was assisted
          to the side of the road. The ambulance station (I happened
          to know) was about 3 blocks away but it still took about 20
          minutes to arrive, and it took the police longer than that,
          while I sat bleeding and stunned on a packing crate. It
          wasn't a light tap--my helmet was split open and one
          glove was in shreds.

          The driver, I was told later, was sited for 8 counts
          including (wouldn't you know) NO insurance, for which
          the city will collect probably more than a thousand
          dollars in fines.

          There were three cops around the driver--not one paid
          much attention to me beyond collecting my name and
          address. You could tell where the money potential was,
          and it certainly was a productive 30 minutes of work for
          those guys.

          Before the ambulance arrived I found I could walk and none
          of the "road rash" seemed serious--most likely just bumps
          scrapes, and bruises. I sent the ambulance away knowing
          I would be charged since the driver had no insurance. The
          paramedics gave me some betadine swabs and band-aids
          and suggested I would be stiff and sore for a while (I
          kinda knew that already).

          I waited around another 15 minutes to get the police report
          number (not that it's going to do me a damn bit of good)
          and wobbled home on my bicycle.

          The next morning one of the officers was at my door,
          and I thought "Well that's something...he's here to
          see if I'm okay." No such luck. He presented me with
          a $55 citation for an expired bicycle sticker, while
          admitting it was the first one he had ever written.

          Now, that was an amusing experience, was it not? :-/
          Gee, wouldn't you think they would at least give me a
          10% finder's fee for the citation money they made off
          the deal?
          "The Wonderful Politician"
          First told on the 1996 Fifth-Edition FreeTape

          Once upon a time, there were a bunch of politicians
          running the country.

          They were voted in by the majority of voters, and they felt
          this meant that they were supposed to do everything under
          the sun to regulate the health and happiness of all citizens.

          It was early in the twentieth century, and they saw that
          a great deal of harm was being done by those who choose
          to drink alcohol in excess. Not only were drinkers harming
          themselves, they were a danger to those around them.

          They said to one another, "We must help these drinkers
          see the error of their ways!"

          But they quickly discovered that many drinkers didn't
          appreciate being told what they should and shouldn't
          do, and threatened to vote for the politician's
          opposition, if they continued to meddle in their
          private affairs.

          "This will never do!" the politicians confided to one
          another... "How can we help our fellow man if we
          lose our jobs as politicians?"

          So they decided to take another approach. They
          decided that the problem really wasn't the drinker,
          but the alcohol itself.

          Alcohol, they decided, was an evil substance that
          had the power to control men's minds.

          "We must save the voters from this evil fluid!" They
          cried filled with righteous indignation." But what
          could they do? You can't put a bottle of booze in jail.

          So they decided, in 1919, that they would solve the
          problem of this evil alcohol by using a Constitutional
          Amendment that declared alcohol as an evil and
          prohibited substance--and in fact, Unconstitutional!

          Now, messing around with the Constitution is an
          extremely heavy-duty business. It's only been done
          a couple of dozen times in 200 years. But these
          politicians felt it was justified.

          "Boy, what a colossal screw-up that was!"...they
          soon said privately to each other. About the only
          thing this prohibition thing did was give birth
          to a powerful crime cartel.

          It was left for their successors to clean up
          the mess by enacting another Constitutional
          Amendment that said alcohol drinking is not
          Unconstitutional after all.

          Everyone involved hoped it would soon be
          forgotten, and it pretty much was. The only
          thing that remained intact was the powerful
          crime cartel.

          Ten years later, the politicians saw another
          problem looming on the horizon. It was a weed
          that grew with the enthusiasm of crab grass.
          Marijuana it was called. It grew wild, and
          needed only to be picked and dried.

          Once again the politicians went directly to
          those who were being harmed by this noxious
          weed--and once again, they were rebuffed.

          Backing off quickly, they said to one another
          "Here is an evil substance that we--the protectors
          of the voters--need to regulate and legislate."

          So first, they went to Hollywood and had a film
          made with the clever title: Reefer Madness.

          It was exaggerated to the extreme, because
          they wanted to scare the youth of America,
          so they wouldn't even think of smoking

          They called it the Necessary-Lie Concept.
          "The end," they reasoned, "justifies the means."

          With vague recollections of prohibition,
          the politicians decreed this and other
          drugs illegal. But they didn't make it a
          Constitutional Amendment... Who said
          politicians don't learn from their mistakes?

          Unfortunately, the young people who had used
          marijuana laughed when they viewed the film
          Reefer Madness!

          But they didn't appreciate being lied to, and
          if anything, marijuana became more popular in
          spite of the laws...and the film Reefer Madness.

          And there came a time that Politicians no longer
          believed in the Necessary-Lie Concept, especially
          after one political group started putting the
          opposite political group in jail for lying...in
          the early 1970s.

          So it was decreed that from that time forward
          the Necessary-Lie Concept was dead--and would
          be replaced by the phrase "Politically Correct."

          Politicians were more troubled than ever, however.
          There are many lives lost and damaged because of
          the use of alcohol and drugs.

          Privately, they still said to each other "We've got
          to do something."

          Of course they had learned their lesson. They would
          never again say anything to those with the problem.
          After all, voters were people to be respected at all

          "Well" they reasoned, "a Constitutional Amendment
          didn't work, a scary movie didn't work, laws making
          unhealthy substances illegal didn't work."

          In fact, for the most part, the only ones that
          benefited from these measures were the members
          of the original crime cartel.

          "Well, we've got a war on our hands!" they all agreed.
          "Are not the voters always supportive of politicians
          who are heroically waging a war?"

          But much to their horror, they found out that voters
          did not vote for politicians who are waging a war
          that is being lost.

          In the 1980s, a nice doctor was put in charge
          of the health of the citizens. He saw that the
          most serious health problem was the high-fat
          diet coupled with a sedentary lifestyle.

          But like most Americans, this nice doctor was
          sedentary and very much loved the unhealthy

          So he decided, instead, to wage war on the
          second most serious health problem, the
          Evil Tobacco Leaf!

          Taking this fight first to the politicians, he
          asked for millions of dollars to wage his war on
          this leaf. He was told that no war could be waged
          on a leaf unless it was certified addictive.

          "I'm a physician," he raged...and with that he
          declared the nicotine contained in a tobacco leaf
          "more addictive that heroin!" and that, for
          heavensakes, is about as addictive as it can get.

          but then, he was told in no uncertain terms that
          this leaf accounts for billions of dollars of tax
          money for politicians to generously give back
          to the voters for over-priced services--a fact he
          didn't seem to understand, noted the politicians.

          In any case, the nice doctor was anxious to get
          started scaring the youth of America so they
          wouldn't even think of smoking a cigarette.

          (Unfortunately, this nice doctor had forgotten about
          the Reefer Madness film.)

          Nevertheless, the politicians grudgingly gave the
          nice doctor a lot of money for this war against
          the evil leaf, and the really evil chemical it

          He focused on teenagers with his campaign,
          and at the end of his term there were many
          more teenagers smoking than ever before.

          And there were many more adult smokers
          who believed they were more hooked than
          heroin addicts, and lost hope of ever
          becoming a non-smoker.

          One thing was accomplished, however. The
          tobacco executives were weakened and
          demoralized, because they were now regarded
          as evil drug-pushing child-killers.

          The politicians found fertile ground for great
          vote-getting press. They were able (without risk)
          to attack the powerful appearing tobacco Goliaths,
          thus becoming the the heroic Davids.

          The lawyers also found this a fertile ground,
          and brought law suits against the evil tobacco
          companies hoping to obtain millions of dollars
          for their lucky clients, who were usually dead.

          Because of the Politician's efforts, many makers
          of pills and elixirs were making a fortune selling
          nicotine-laced gum. There were patches that allow
          nicotine to soak into the skin, and sprays so
          smokers could shoot nicotine up their nose.

          Nicotine, that was formally only sold in garden
          stores as an insecticide, was now sold over-the-
          counter, next to the breath mints.

          Strangely, there were no hoards of addicts waiting
          in long lines to get their nicotine fix that,
          according to the nice doctor, is more addictive
          than heroin.

          Do you think the politicians will next allow the
          over-the-counter sales of heroin and cocaine?...as
          a good way to finally win this war against drugs.

          Once in a while the politicians had considered the
          idea of discussing these problems with the therapists
          who work day-after-day, year-after-year with alcohol,
          drug, and tobacco problems.

          But they reasoned that everything they have tried
          so far has turned out wrong...so why would an idea
          of asking the therapist's opinion be any different.

          - end -
          And with that, the work of WDS E-Zine #43 is
          now done.

          Please feel free to forward this ezine to a
          loved-one...or even a liked-one.
          Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
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            Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
            Vol.4, No. 45 May 2000
            From Honolulu, I'm Carl Weisbrod and this is your May
            WDS E-Zine. This week I talk about 60-Minutes & 20/20
            TV shows, eBooks, smoking (again), fiber (again), a
            vegan diet study, I pick on Gore & Bush, and there's
            an allegory about healing.
            - SECTIONS & TOPICS -
            I. Rantings & Ravings (editorial)
            II. The Weisbrod Digest of Seminars
            III. AskCarl FAQs
            IV. Rasputin's Zap Chamber (hypnotism)
            V. Health in a Handbasket
            VI. Jokes 'n FunStuff :D
            VII. Medical Journal Review
            VIII.Bureaucratic Bamboozling
            IX. Rip-off of the Week
            X. The WDS Bedtime Story (an allegory)
            This WDS E-Zine is FREE and distributed by
            subscription only. No advertising is accepted.
            Perhaps this e-zine was forwarded to you by a
            friend. If that's the case, you may subscribe
            by following the links from http://askcarl.net
            I. RANTINGS & RAVINGS

            I worry some because so many of my e-zines are negative,
            especially when it's aimed at the various bureaucracies.
            I always think back to a brief experience I had a decade
            ago when I did a brief stint in the film industry.

            I was in a place that camera crews set up their equipment
            for various filming projects, usually commercials. One such
            camera crew had extensive experience with some of the
            major magazine TV shows, such as 60-Minutes and 20-20.

            I made the comment, just small talk, that I was amazed
            they were able to find enough material week after week
            to do these shows. This comment was met with great
            guffawing and indulgent chuckles. Here's what I was told.

            Each week the production staff would assemble the files
            of potential stories, and it was a huge stack. First, I was
            told, the corporate lawyers would go over it to eliminate
            the ones that had litigation risk.

            Next the advertising editors would eliminate the files that
            might offend a lucrative advertiser.

            Each remaining file was more closely examined to be sure
            the designated villain was one that the viewing public would
            find easy to hate, and from the remainder the super-star
            journalists got their pick. The rest were passed out to the
            lesser stars.

            Even then, there were plenty left over for the next week's

            Of course, the details of this might be inaccurate, but the
            point I was struck with is the fact that the outrageous stories
            you see on 60-Minutes and 20-20 are only a tip of the iceberg.

            Since I'm talking about show biz, here's something interesting.

            Several talk show hosts are nervous about the upcoming
            election. If Bush wins, the conservative talk-show guys, such
            as Rush Limbaugh, might lose their democratic foils...I doubt
            that any could consider a "position transplant." I was amused
            to see Limbaugh jockeying for a football sports announcer
            position. Anybody doubt that ol' Rush is levering his popularity
            with the football-watching crowd into long-term job security?
            If I were in his position, I would be doing exactly the same thing.

            Thanks to those that have ordered my eBooks. With some I've
            had to do a backorder...which is a publisher's euphemism for: "I
            haven't got the damn thing finished yet!"

            For those with an e-commerce business, pay attention to the
            eBook revolution. They're the perfect solution for those who
            have to snail-mail their goods, and the Internet buyer who wants
            instant gratification from on-line purchases.

            You can imagine what would happen if you had a competitor
            (even with an inferior product) who could instantly send an eBook
            precursor to a new customer. In most cases you would lose out
            to the eBook.

            One great thing about an eBook, you don't need all the fancy
            graphics and hyperlinking stuff. It's possible to do one that would
            look similar to a web page, but plain text is enough--just like a
            regular book. Website-style bells & whistles, in fact, are an
            annoyance to the dedicated book reader.

            All you really need is a good word-processing program (MS Word
            is the most popular) and a PDF program, such as Adobe Acrobat;
            the latter you can get free if you know where to look. (Contact me
            on the AskCarl Board if you can't find the free version.)
            III. AskCarl FAQS

            QUESTION: Are you are asserting that nicotine is not addictive?
            And that smoking is simply a learned behavior stored in the
            cerebellum? This is the first time I've heard that nicotine is
            not an addictive substance. Although I can go along with the idea
            of the learned behavior being reinforced over the years. S.M.

            ASKCARL: Below is the official position from C. Everett Koop's
            Web site. See if you can pick out the scientific flaws in their
            position paper. Hint: if you hold to the lock&key consensus of
            addiction, it would be biologically impossible for the same "key"
            to fit more than one "lock" ...and they even have several different
            classes of neurochemistry (Acetylcholine, monoamines,
            neuropeptides, and endocrine hormones) lumped together.
            Compare this, for example, with the addictive function of morphine.
            Tobacco & Your Brain (reproduced from the official Web site of
            C. Everett Koop, M.D. (authors listed at article conclusion)

            "Nicotine produces a temporary state of enhanced well-being in
            the brain by affecting many important brain chemicals. Thus, the
            tobacco user experiences enhanced pleasure, decreased anxiety
            or depression, and a state of alert relaxation.

            Nicotine is a Powerful Drug
            Nicotine helps tobacco users:
            Tolerate higher levels of stress without suffering stress symptoms.
            Calm down when they are feeling tense.
            Pep up when they are feeling lethargic.
            Concentrate more effectively.
            Control unpleasant feelings.
            Attain a mild state of euphoria ("alert relaxation").
            Manage their weight.

            "Nicotine regulates the breakdown of the neurotransmitter
            acetylcholine and stimulates the production of an impressive
            number of the brain's most powerful and pleasurable chemicals:
            dopamine, beta-endorphine, epinephrine, norepinephrine,
            arginine and vasopressin.

            "Acetylcholine is involved in alertness, pain reduction,
            learning and memory. Dopamine is an important part of
            the brain's pleasure mechanism and is involved in all types
            of drug addiction. Beta-endorphine, which has been called
            the body's own natural analgesic or morphine, can reduce
            anxiety and pain. Norepinephrine effects alertness and arousal.

            Debora J. Orrick, M.A., LCDC, CTAC-ACP
            Tom Ferguson, M.D.
            Date Published: November, 1998
            Date Reviewed: November, 1998
            IV. RASPUTIN'S ZAP CHAMBER (hypnotism)

            Below is an email I put out on the web...I wanted
            to contact as many hypnotherapists as possible
            to find out if it would be worthwhile to bring my old
            1970s course back on-line--many of you already
            have received most of this stuff, but on the chance
            you haven't, here it is:

            "I offered a training program in the 60s and 70s and
            I'm flirting with the idea of resurrecting it. I'm going
            thru Yahoo's list of hypnotherapists looking for feedback.

            In exchange, I have these articles I would like to offer,
            but please request "The Mary Experience" first.

            - The Mary Experience: the shame of weak hypnosis
            - The cigarette myth: the formula for non-smokers
            - How therapists cure a Broken-Heart
            - The best approach for weight control
            - The Allegory Method - a unique approach

            If you go to website http://askcarl.net you can request
            an AUDIO CASSETTE with some unusual information...

            ...WDS E-Zine--a weekly potpourri of ranting & raving

            ...eBook with hundreds of pages of information...
            (you need MS Word to download)

            ...and it's ALL FREE!

            Wow! is this old news. Sometimes I wonder if scientists are starting
            to "drop apples out of trees to see if gravity still works!" :)

            Vegan diet may be good for heart April 07, 2000
            NEW YORK (Reuters Health) -- Avoiding all animal-based food
            including dairy products and eggs -- known as a vegan diet -- may
            reduce blood levels of an amino acid linked with heart disease,
            according to a report.

            In a new study, researchers found that in just one week, blood
            levels of the amino acid homocysteine dropped by 13% in
            people who tried the strict vegetarian diet. High blood levels of
            homocysteine have been linked to an increased risk of heart
            attacks and stroke.

            The diet was also low-fat, deriving no more than 20% of calories from
            fat, and the study subjects took part in moderate exercise, stress
            management and avoided tobacco, alcohol, coffee and other
            caffeinated beverages. The 40 study subjects also participated in
            "spirituality enhancement sessions," the authors report in the journal
            Preventive Medicine.

            "Our results suggest that broad-based lifestyle interventions
            favorably impact homocysteine levels," report Dr. David J. DeRose
            and colleagues from the Lifestyle Center of America in Sulphur,
            Oklahoma, a facility dedicated to addressing chronic illnesses
            through alternative medicine or lifestyle changes.

            About 63% of study subjects had diabetes, 60% had high blood
            pressure, 43% had high cholesterol, 25% had heart disease, and 5%
            were smokers. All enrolled in the program voluntarily, in an effort
            to switch to a healthier lifestyle. People with heart disease had
            the highest levels of homocysteine at the beginning of the study,but
            they also had the greatest decreases (over 20%), note the authors.

            Increasing intake of folic acid is known to decrease homocysteine
            levels, which may partly explain the drop seen in the new study.
            The participants had a daily intake of folate (folic acid is a form
            of folate) of 480 micrograms. In comparison, the average man in the
            US over age 20 has an intake of about 301 micrograms and women over
            20 have an average intake of 226 micrograms.

            The findings suggest -- but do not prove -- that a vegan diet may
            help reduce heart risk factors, said study co-author Joshua Muscat
            in an interview with Reuters Health.

            "It indicates that a vegan diet may be helpful in lowering
            levels, which is a risk factor for coronary heart disease, but
            it's not a controlled clinical trial in any sense," said Muscat,
            a research scientist at the American Health Foundation in Valhalla,
            New York. "While the evidence is certainly intriguing, it can't be
            considered a means to lowering homocysteine levels." The American
            Health Foundation is a nonprofit institute that focuses on disease
            prevention through diet and lifestyle.

            The findings do indicate that multiple lifestyle changes can reduce
            the risk of chronic disease, Muscat said.
            VI. JOKES 'n FunStuff :-D

            My funny carlisms part has taken a hike, so I had to
            dig out my quote book:

            Cover Bailey (Fit or Fat?) said: "No diet will remove
            all the fat from your body because the brain is
            entirely fat. Without a brain you might look good,
            but all you could do is run for public office."
            (He said it, not me!)

            Alex Levine said "Only Irish coffee provides in a
            single glass all four essential food groups:
            alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat.

            A louse in the cabbage is better than no meat at all.
            Pennsylvania Dutch Proverb

            Last week, you may recall, I wrote a special edition as
            an attempt to defuse the impact of headlines stating
            that fiber in the diet is no help in the prevention of some
            cancers. The research was okay, but as usual, the media
            spin was a disaster.

            To repeat last week's ranting & raving: the research only
            demonstrated that a high fiber diet didn't cure colorectal
            polyps--that's like saying to quit smoking probably won't
            cure lung cancer.

            Colorectal disease is a chronic degenerative disorder
            that usually develops over decades. It simply isn't realistic
            that any diet would reverse a chronic disorder, especially
            in the relatively short time frame of these studies.

            Always remember, with research there is a huge difference
            between Prevent/Cure/Detect. The media, especially TV,
            is forever getting them mixed up causing confusion in the
            public's understanding about what is and is not healthy.

            Radio and TV Icon, Dr. Dean Edell, backed me up in the
            following article published by Health Central. Dr. Edell is
            one of the few with the courage to go up against the major
            media and mega-buck special interests, and even he has
            to be careful. Here's a partial reproduction and reference.
            "High-Fiber Diet Doesn't Prevent Recurring Colorectal Polyps.
            Dean Edell, M.D. Published in Health Central 4/22/2000
            April 19, 2000

            Dr. Edell wrote: "I'm disappointed to see two new studies
            showing that changing your diet to more fruits, vegetables
            or bran fiber doesn't prevent the recurrence of colorectal
            polyps, which are precursors to most large-bowel cancers.

            "These studies, published in the New England Journal of Medicine,
            don't mean that eating less fat and more fruits and vegetables
            can't lower your risk of getting polyps, or adenomas. However,
            once you've had polyps, the low-fat, high-fiber diet doesn't appear
            to reduce your risk of getting them again."

            [And then Dr. Edell goes on to describe the research protocol.
            I'm editing that out since I published it in my last issue.]

            Dr. Edell went on to say: "I want to make it clear that this doesn't
            mean our diets may not influence the development of carcinogens.
            There is observational evidence that excess red meat and dietary
            fat increases the risk of colon cancer. It is also believed that
            eating fruits, vegetables and fibers supplies certain micronutrients
            that lower colorectal cancer risk."

            Additional source: The New England Journal of Medicine,
            April 20, 2000

            I've watched with a mixture of amusement and fear
            as presidential candidates, one of which will have the
            lives of millions in the palm of his hand, make a
            major transformation in a few months. It was amazing!

            Al Gore went from an insecure bumbling clod who
            had trouble telling the truth to a straight-talking and
            caring human being.

            George W. Bush, on the other hand, has gone from a
            smirking spoiled brat, to a smooth-talking, well-informed

            My questions are these: Which one is the REAL Al Gore
            and George W. Bush? And if we end up with their former
            personalities, will they be able to handle such a powerful
            job? I mean, look what happened to us with Clinton, for

            Maybe it would be an alternative to consider their handlers
            for president...that's where the real genius resides, it
            seems to me.
            IX. RIP-OFF OF THE WEEK

            Gee, this week I wasn't ripped off even once--except the IRS
            hasn't returned my tax refund on the day they promised.
            (I otta turn em over to a collection agency.)
            X. THE WDS BEDTIME STORY--an allegory
            HEALING - Published Previously in WDS E-Zine #30

            This is an allegory I put together for a lady
            (in 1983) who was having major surgery and was
            in a state of near panic. I have since used
            several variations as a precursor to surgery
            cases and found it to be supportive at lowering
            anxiety. It's also supportive to healing in

            This is the first time this allegory has been
            published in written form. It was transcribed
            from an audio cassette.

            "Once upon of time there was a young man who bought
            a car. He thought it was the most fantastic car in
            the world and it was, in fact, a very beautiful car.

            It was expensive, elegant, and powerful. It had a
            stainless steel body, and a sophesticated aluminum
            and cast-iron engine with twelve cylinders. It
            was fuel-injected and turbocharged. The interior
            was gorgeous in leather and wood grain, and the
            dashboard was superbly instrumented. And it ran
            like a Swiss watch.

            It was such a great car that as the young man
            grew older, he never felt the need to trade it
            in on a newer model. The car's quality was so
            exceptional and expensive to build that the
            manufacturer went bankrupt. The car, of course,
            then became a classic. Even though it was no
            longer in production, it was so well-designed
            that there were few mechanical problems...it
            ran great!

            As time went buy, the man had no plans to ever own
            any other car--he planned to drive it forever. The
            mechanics who worked on it only had to occasionally
            tune it up, or fix a few dents and scratches here
            and there--perhaps occasionally replacing some small
            part now and then.

            The years went buy and everything was fine. Keeping
            this car forever seemed to be no problem at all.

            Then one day the car developed a strange sound deep
            within the engine. Something major was wrong for
            the first time. The man took his prized car to a
            mechanic... but the mechanic was not willing to
            work on a major problem with this out-of-production

            So the man took his car to a mechanic who specialized
            in rare cars with more serious problems than tune-ups,
            dents, and scratches. By tinkering around the mechanic
            told the nervous owner that he thought, perhaps one of
            the pistons was cracked and, for the first time, it
            needed some major work.

            "Are you sure?" them man asked.

            "Well," the mechanic said, "we'll go ahead and tear it
            down and check it out."

            "Wait a minute!" the nervous owner said, "I need to
            think about this!"

            "What's to think about?" the mechanic said, "You've
            got to get it fixed!"

            The man sadly limped home in his ailing car and
            thought; "This car just has to last me forever so
            I'd better be careful how I let them work on it."

            He looked around at home, went to the library,
            and sent away and got all the manuals, books of
            specifications and mechanical books that pertained
            to the mechanics of his car; particularly the
            engine. He read everything carefully until he
            understood a great deal about the car's engine and
            was sure he had accurate knowledge of the problem.

            He thought hopefully, "Maybe I can even fix it

            But even as he had these thoughts, he knew only
            the garage had the necessary tools--torque wrenches,
            calipers, not to mention the general knowledge
            necessary to do the job far better than he ever
            could. He felt better, however, knowing that he
            could almost do the work himself, now that he had
            the knowledge, if it came to that.

            Instead of being dependent on the mechanics, he
            felt they were only assisting him in the process
            of fixing his car.

            When he finally took his car back to the mechanics,
            he was able to talk to them on an intellectual level
            about his prized car's problem. After all, to them
            it was just another car to be fixed.

            It made the mechanics nervous to have him hanging
            over their shoulders as they worked, and it made him
            nervous to see his prized possession taken apart;
            it would have been easier to just let them take care
            of it all, and stay clear away until it was done.

            This somewhat uncomfortable team-work, however,
            provided a check-and-balance system resulting in
            a perfect job. The best part of the whole thing
            was the man had the security of knowing that if
            there were future problems, the knowledge he had
            accumulated would make things much easier to handle.

            He knew for sure, that his beautiful car would last
            as long as he needed it.
            - THE END -
            And with that, the work of WDS E-Zine #45 is
            now done.

            Please feel free to forward this ezine to a
            loved-one...or even a liked-one.

            Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
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              Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
              Vol.4, No. 46 May 2000
              From Honolulu, I'm Carl Weisbrod and this
              is your March WDS E-Zine. This week
              in WDS I have a list of topics you can
              order, a new/old hypnotism program, I'm
              meaner than usual to bureaucrats this week,
              and lotsa other stuff.
              - SECTIONS & TOPICS -
              I. Rantings & Ravings (editorial)
              II. The Weisbrod Digest of Seminars
              III. AskCarl FAQs
              IV. Rasputin's Zap Chamber (hypnotism)
              V. Health in a Handbasket
              VI. Jokes 'n FunStuff :D
              VII. Medical Journal Review
              VIII.Bureaucratic Bamboozling
              IX. Rip-off of the Week
              X. The WDS Bedtime Story (an allegory)
              This WDS E-Zine is FREE and distributed by
              subscription only. No advertising is accepted.
              Perhaps this e-zine was forwarded to you by a
              friend. If that's the case, you may subscribe
              by following the links from http://askcarl.net
              I. RANTINGS & RAVINGS

              I have a lot of folks from the WDS list contact
              me with arguments or questions about issues,
              or ideas for future topics...I love it when that
              happens. Most of you have listened to my FreeTape
              by now and many have ordered some of my programs...
              of course, I REALLY appreciate that!

              But *sob* some of you I never hear from. I wish I
              had contact with everyone on the list, so if you
              are (as they call it on the message boards) a lurker,
              why not break that pattern and drop me an email?

              Perhaps you can request one of the topics (listed
              at the bottom of the next section), and then email back
              to tell me what you think--or ask questions. It's okay
              if you disagree with any of my views...I learn the most
              from debate.

              Wanna join me on a trip to yesteryear? I'm going to
              justify my distaste for promotion in general. This is
              a story, BTW, I first told in WDS Issue #23, almost
              a year ago.

              About 40 years ago, a motel chain came to Medford,
              Oregon, 20 miles from the small farm where I grew
              up. My father was a real estate broker, and I still
              remember him saying that he didn't think it could
              possibly make it. How could it compete with the
              homey atmosphere of Ed'n'Sadie's Cozy Nook Motel?
              He noted that this new motel didn't appear much
              different from the others in the area.

              About the same time, maybe a couple of years later,
              a steak house chain came to town. Everyone said it
              wouldn't make it either. Medford was a farming
              community, and they knew about good steaks. How
              could Sizzler compete with Joe's Steak House?
              ...especially with Mrs. Joe's homemade bread!

              A year later Ed'n'Sadie were struggling to make it
              as Holiday Inn opened up a second motel...and Joe
              was in bankruptcy, while Sizzler was opening still
              another restaurant.

              There are many reasons why these things happen,
              but in both cases there is an interesting anecdote
              that creates the image of my distaste for marketing
              in general.

              In my late teens I had a small airplane, and one
              night, slowed by strong head winds, I was returning
              late to Medford airport.

              Unaccustomed to flying after dark, and low on
              fuel, I anxiously searched for landmarks to help
              me line up with a runway somewhere ahead in the

              Five miles out I radioed the tower and was unnerved
              to hear: "Report inbound over Holiday Inn."

              "For heavensake" I thought "How am I gonna see
              a damn motel down there in the dark!?"

              But there it was! That huge Holiday Inn sign was
              unmistakable even from 3500 feet! Even if I had
              been an itinerate pilot I would have recognized
              that familiar flashing neon sign!

              Later, in a marketing class, I learned that the
              strangely-shaped sign was the hub of Holiday Inn's
              marketing plan. Sadly, glitzy, gaudy, and familiar
              had a distinct advantage over quality and friendly

              Then I heard that a Sizzler mogul had coined the
              phrase "Sell the sizzle, not the steak." And I
              remembered that Sizzler delivered their steaks on
              hot iron plates so they continued to sizzle after
              being taken off the griddle. A clever gimmick, it
              seems, was the undoing of Joe's Steak House.

              Here's what I (currently) believe is the core of
              website promotion. The email system is paramount--
              not as a vehicle for bulk email (that strategy is
              long dead) but as a system to contact folks who what
              to be contacted--taking the place of the telephone in
              an off-line business.

              The autoresponder was popular for awhile, but it has
              also lost much popularity. Folks just don't like automated
              stuff--especially with a venue that is already a bit cold and
              impersonal. The message is, if you can't communicate
              with a personal touch, don't bother.

              Here's an idea that works well for me. First I gather
              together several provocative ideas, and then write a
              digest version of each one, perhaps the equivalent
              of a typewritten page or two. It's much more focused
              than a news-letter/e-zine, but more important, it has
              folks interacting with you. The following is my latest
              version (BTW, feel free to request):
              ---> TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION <---
              Some of my favorite topics get me yelled at by some
              and accolades from others...but I learn most from those
              who take issue with me. Wanna see my justification for
              the following comments?

              [ ] Perfect diet & exercise invented by Australopithecine folks...
              [ ] Hypnotism profession was destroyed by quickie courses...
              [ ] The addiction idea of cigarettes is a money-grab scam...
              [ ] Broken heart cured by dumping obsessive thoughts...
              [ ] The best formula for a successful e-commerce biz...
              [ ] Bureaucrats screw up everything they touch...
              [ ] The high fat & protein diet is dangerous...
              [ ] Cow's milk no help for osteoporosis...

              Click REPLY, mention the topic you want, and I'll email
              you a couple of pages--then we can talk. Or click on
              the website below if you'd rather--lotsa free stuff there.

              Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
              III. AskCarl FAQS

              QUESTION: You old-times had some interesting ideas
              (about hypnosis) but how can that old stage stuff compare
              with Milton Erickson's powerful NLP techniques?

              AskCarl: Waal (you young whippersnapper), don't forget our
              generation put a man on the moon! Bandler & Grinder, not
              Erickson, invented NLP and its genesis came from
              observations of Erickson's 1950s style of hypnosis.

              [Note: I don't make up these questions. I either request
              permission to publish or protect the anonymity of the
              IV. RASPUTIN'S ZAP CHAMBER (hypnotism)

              I guess I'm going to start teaching hypnotism again--
              in the form of several online modules each including
              an eBook, workbook, two audio cassette programs,
              and lotsa AskCarl Board private support.

              This is in light of the fact that I haven't had an private
              active practice for several years. On the other hand,
              for my doctoral program, the WINtech Board of Regents
              required me to document over a 1000 case studies,
              and most of those had hypnotism integrated as a major
              modality--so I have plenty of material.

              Beyond that I wrote a book (also part of a master's
              thesis) that was pretty basic--much of it still holds
              up pretty well.

              Here's my working outline for the first of three planned

              Table of Contents
              - eBook -
              - Excerpts from Principles of Hypnotism -1968 (c)1978
              - Excerpts from Primary Hypnotism 100 - 1968 (c)1978
              - Qualifications of the Technical & Professional Hypnotist
              - What is Hypnosis (hemispherical brain model)
              - Hypnotism for Psychological Therapy
              - Hypnotism in Medicine & Dentistry
              - Hypnotism for Entertainment & Demonstration
              - Self-Hypnotism Principles
              - Basics of the Induction of Hypnosis
              - Tests & Evaluation
              - A Word for Word Induction (with detailed rationale)
              - The Basics of Diagnostics (DSM-IV, etc)
              - History Taking & Record Keeping

              Table of Contents
              - WorkBook -
              - Diagrams of Tests
              - The Weisbrod Depth Evaluation System
              - Brain & Thought Flow Diagrams
              - Sample Forms & Record Systems
              - Suggested Office Floor plan
              - Catalog of Allegories
              - Glossary of Terms

              Audio Cassette
              - Tape One -
              - General Discussion
              - Sample Inductions
              - Test Dialogues
              - Tape Two -
              - Introduction of Allegories
              - Several Sample Allegories

              For the next two modules, I plan to get more into
              specific therapy techniques, such as cigarette
              smoking elimination and weight control, with
              advanced allegorical techniques. I'll discuss most
              of the topics you can see my online catalog. I'll
              even provide my old stage scrips and soundtracks
              (that I once kept under lock & key), and there's a
              weird & funny demonstration format that will bring
              you fame and fortune (or get you run out of town). :-)
              The Joy of Owning a Slop Bucket!

              I keep a big old bucket on my lanai where I put all my
              garbage. Of course I'm a vegetarian so you won't
              find any partially-eaten and decomposing animals in
              there. Mostly, it's stuff like my last few months of
              banana peels, onion skins, apple cores, corn cobs,
              melon skins, and trimmings from my little experimental
              garden. Still, it sounds pretty disgusting, doesn't it?

              Well its not! It smells pretty much like a freshly-plowed
              field, and I don't add anything to make that happen.
              The process is simple. I chop up everything before I toss
              it in there, and then keep it well stirred up.

              The secret is "aerobic bacteria." Aerobic means with
              oxygen, and aerobic bacterial action converts organic
              material quickly into plain old nice-smelling dirt.

              On the other hand, anaerobic fermentation--with its
              purine and sulfer by-products--stinks to high-heaven.
              If the recycled veggies get sealed off from an adequate
              oxygen supply, you're gonna get anaerobic action and
              angry neighbors.

              Gee, I bet this would be a good science project for a
              teenager! If you got one of those, contact me and I'll
              offer some guidelines.
              VI. JOKES 'n FunStuff :-D

              The couple went into the highly recommended
              hole-in-the-wall restaurant that was famous for
              its great home-cooking, but certainly not for its
              ambiance. They ordered the specialty, chicken-fried
              steak with mashed potatoes, a vegetable, and
              beverage. The food was so delicious that the diners
              felt compelled to express their appreciation to the

              The cook, a hairy man, shuffled out in a greasy
              undershirt and stood by the table ready to receive
              his accustomed accolades.

              The diner said," "The food was wonderful, the steak
              was cooked perfectly, and the vegetables were tender.
              The only complaints we had--the mashed potatoes
              were lumpy."

              "Waal, I can't help that one bit," the cook said
              scratching himself... "I gots missing toes."

              Without regard to all the crazy fad diets, from the
              Framingham Heart Study, the Cornell-Oxford-China
              Study, and everything in between, there has long
              been a consensus on what it takes to lower
              cholesterol, as well as reducing the risk of many
              chronic degenerative diseases; but researchers
              right keep on checking it out anyway. I donno,
              maybe it's just in case there was some kind of
              weird genome flip-flop causing an evolutionary
              reversal. Anyway, here's some more in case you
              haven't gotten convinced yet.


              This study was sponsored by Physicians Committee for
              Responsible Medicine and the Department of Obstetrics
              and Gynecology at Georgetown University School of
              Medicine in Washington, DC. Reported April 14, 2000

              "NEW YORK (Reuters Health) -- Premenopausal women
              may be able to dramatically lower their cholesterol levels
              by eating a low-fat, vegetarian diet, new research suggests.

              "In just 2 months of restricting their intake of fat to 10% of
              their total caloric intake and avoiding animal products, 35
              young women reduced their LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels
              by nearly 17% and total cholesterol by 13%, according to
              the recent study by the Physicians Committee for
              Responsible Medicine. Their report is published in the
              April 15th issue of the American Journal of Cardiology.

              "Based on these findings, everyone should consider
              reducing their consumption of fat and avoid meat and
              meat-based products, advised Dr. Donna Hurlock, one of
              the authors of the study. "The bottom line is humans were
              designed a lot like gorillas and gorillas are vegetarians,"
              she told Reuters Health.

              "The low-fat diet was also found to reduce menstrual
              cramps in premenopausal women, a factor that motivated
              many of them to stick to what might be considered a very
              restrictive eating pattern, Hurlock noted.

              "The 6-month study was based on a low-fat, vegetarian
              diet consisting of grains, vegetables, legumes and fruits,
              but absolutely no animal products -- the only source of
              dietary cholesterol.

              For the first 1 to 2 months, the women ate their normal
              diet and had their cholesterol levels measured. After this
              initial period, they were divided into two groups: those
              who continued to eat as they always had but took a
              vitamin B12 supplement (a vitamin found mainly in
              animal products); and women who followed the low-fat,
              vegetarian diet. After the 2-month period, the groups
              switched diets.

              However, the diet did have a downside. While LDL
              ("bad") cholesterol and total cholesterol fell, so did HDL
              ("good") cholesterol, Hurlock told Reuters Health. "I wish
              it showed that HDL went up, but it didn't." The researchers
              do not know why this occurred, or why triglycerides (fatty
              acids) rose when a low level of triglycerides is considered
              healthier, she admitted.

              In addition to lowering their cholesterol, women benefited
              by losing about one pound per week while on the diet.

              As a result of these findings, Hurlock suggests that all
              Americans should follow a diet comprised of only 10% to
              15% of fat. "I recommend it for my 8-year-old daughter
              and for anybody who wants to stay healthy," she said.
              WDS comments: I've never been able to figure out why
              researchers seem to get so upset when HDL (the good
              cholesterol) drops on a diet devoid of cholesterol.

              Two factors: those with a low serum cholesterol are
              protected from atherosclerosis (without regard to their
              HDL/LDL ratios), and one function of HDL is to remove
              cholesterol from the arteries. If there is both low serum
              cholesterol and LDLs it only seems logical that HDLs
              would also be reduced. (Am I missing something?)

              Another Note: This formal study (once again) showing
              the health benefits of the high carbohydrate, low fat
              diet was done over a a few months with only 35
              participants. It probably cost under $100,000 to produce.
              Yet is was accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed
              American Journal of Cardiology.

              On the other hand, Robert Atkins, M.D., who has sold
              more than 30 million copies of his "Diet Revolution" best-
              seller that recommends a high protein and fat diet, still
              puts forward the claim that he can't afford to do the
              research that will back up his claims. (Do you think he is
              telling his readers the truth?)

              BTW: Another recent study showed blood levels of
              homocysteine dropped significently in those on a strict
              vegetarian diet. High blood levels of homocysteine have
              been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and

              Is the media partially at fault for the confusion in light
              of such a preponderance of evidence? Is it the best-selling
              books such as Akins' Diet Revolution, Protein Power, and
              The Zone? Perhaps it's combinations of that and the
              American love affair with meat and dairy products.

              Have we learned anything lately? Have we learned that we
              cannot trust any bureaucracy to gain control of our lives in
              any way. I worry that perhaps we have not.

              Here's the problem, for example, I have with guns, laws,
              and the bureaucracy...

              When there was a problem with drunk folks, the politicians
              decided it wasn't folks getting drunk, but the alcohol that was
              the villain and we got Prohibition, which resulted in a vicious
              crime cartel. (Prohibition is gone but remnants of the crime
              cartel is still with us).

              Then they saw folks getting stoned and becoming zombies
              on drugs and decided we needed a "War On Drugs," so they
              criminalized both the zombies and various plants and other
              substances (now there's more drugs & zombies than ever

              Then our politicians realized the damage (and available funds)
              as a result of cigarettes, but rather than helping smokers quit,
              they went after the tobacco companies and the evil tobacco
              leaf. (and there are more kids smoking and older smokers
              dying than ever before.)

              Now we have murders and other horrible crimes and the
              politicians have decided it's the guns that are at fault (not
              the criminals) and they want to pass a bunch more laws
              against the evil guns.

              Does anyone believe that history repeats itself?

              Another example: look at a simple situation that a grade school
              child could have handled far better...the Elian Gonzalez mess is
              only one of many examples of what happens when the bureaucracy
              takes on a simple task. A child would have made the best judgment
              possible whether this little boy should be allowed to stay here or go
              back to the father and it would have been done in days. But look at
              what really happened; various bureaucracies get ahold of the case
              and make a HUGE (and expensive) mess.

              Do not let the government become any more intrusive in our
              lives than it is already. I'll make a bet with you...I'll bet even
              Janet Reno, in a private and off-the-record soul-search would
              admit it was a mishandled mess, not unlike every other task
              she has handled while in office. But how can anyone blame
              Janet Reno? She is working within a flawed system.
              IX. RIP-OFF OF THE WEEK

              Remember a while back I talked about a rip-off
              from an online pharmaceutical company. Well
              it's not over--one order was shipped and then the
              same pattern started all over again. I'm not going
              into the boring details again...only to mention one
              common technique often used by the customer
              service people.

              Here's what often happens: every letter, phone call
              or email is diligently searched for one issue they
              can either take exception to, find fault with, or claim
              it is not within the realm of their responsibility.

              They then provide a one-liner back addressing that
              issue only...leaving the bulk of your message

              That technique worked well in the telephone and
              letter-writing days, when writing another letter or
              getting through with another expensive long-distance
              phone call made "giving up" seem the better alternative.

              Ah, but email...I love it! You just write a polite
              acknowledgement of their last email, but repeat
              the unanswered question(s) over again. With
              the cut & past and "send again" features it takes
              little time.

              The implied message must drive them nuts: "I'm not
              gonna give up until you handle my problem exactly
              as I stated it!"

              As they keep trying to "fluff-you-off," they often make
              more and more factual errors that you can continue
              to politely (always politely) point out as they become
              more and more buried in their own....ah...stuff.

              And eventually you will get your problem solved.
              X. THE WDS BEDTIME STORY--an allegory

              Your gonna have to go to sleep tonight without kindly
              ol' uncle carl's bedtime story. I'm fresh out of stories.

              Sorry. :-(
              So with that, the work of WDS E-Zine #46 is
              now done.

              Please feel free to forward this ezine to a
              loved-one...or even a liked-one.

              Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
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                Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
                Vol.4, No. 47 May 2000
                From Honolulu, I'm Carl Weisbrod and this is yet another
                May WDS E-Zine. This week I take some mean-spirited
                pot-shots at the court system (and others) and talk a lot
                about my life as a hypnotist, as I resurrect a course written
                many years ago. I even discuss yodeling a little bit. :-o
                - SECTIONS & TOPICS -
                I. Rantings & Ravings (editorial)
                II. The Weisbrod Digest of Seminars
                III. AskCarl FAQs
                IV. Rasputin's Zap Chamber (hypnotism)
                V. Health in a Handbasket
                VI. Jokes 'n FunStuff :D
                VII. Medical Journal Review
                VIII.Bureaucratic Bamboozling
                IX. Rip-off of the Week
                X. The WDS Bedtime Story (an allegory)
                This WDS E-Zine is FREE and distributed by
                subscription only. No advertising is accepted.
                Perhaps this e-zine was forwarded to you by a
                friend. If that's the case, you may subscribe
                by following the links from http://askcarl.net
                I. RANTINGS & RAVINGS

                Last year in Honolulu, Byran Uyesugi walked into his
                workplace with a gun and murdered seven of his co-workers.
                He was quickly arrested and is now in the middle of a much
                publicized court case.

                Seven years earlier, because of his regular threats and other
                violent outbursts, he was hospitalized and diagnosed with a
                Delusional Disorder (297.1), Persecutory Type.

                Byran Uyesugi was a classic case and met all of the diagnostic
                criteria (under what is called the multiaxial system). Some of
                the doctors documented in their notes that Uyesugi had the
                potential for violence. He was also known to be a gun enthusiast
                and expert marksman. Sadly, nothing was ever done to protect
                the public from this dangerous individual.

                The local radio talk-show conversation exhibits the usual
                two-valued/football-game mentality in which one side whines
                for more laws and gun-control regulations, while the other side
                shrills for revenge against Uyesugi, and would even enjoy
                seeing him executed.

                But what about the huge number of Byran Uyesugi-Types that
                remain among us with their quiet, irrational, and swelling rage?
                I'm talking about the ones that have committed no crime... yet.

                What about the schizophrenic folks that hallucinate voices
                that are ordering them to kill? The ones that have also
                committed no crime... yet.

                What about the sociopath or psychopath, euphemistically
                labeled by the DSM-IV as the Antisocial Personality Disorder?
                Psychopaths are people capable of various forms of cruel acts
                because they literally don't possess a conscience.

                You can't round them up and somehow dispose of them, as in
                genocide (psychopaths would love doing that).

                Laws and regulations won't help, and by the time they end
                up in a courtroom (or a jail cell) the damage has already
                been done. Not one of Uyesugi's victims will come back to
                life no matter what the jury decides. In fact, little value will
                come out of this case no matter how it's decided...
                it's too damn late!

                The politicians don't have a clue. For heavensake, they can't
                even figure out what to do with one little 6 year old child
                (Elian Gonzalez). And when they do take action it ends up
                being the wrong thing to do. (Want a few thousand examples
                of this?)

                The problem apparently isn't going to be addressed by the
                judicial system--at any rate, so far they have done NOTHING.

                The psychiatric and psychological profession doesn't seem up
                to the task--they regularly have these three types in their offices,
                and while they recognize the potential danger, usually they do
                nothing. (The Uyesugi case is quintessential in this regard.)

                I'm sure you've heard the metaphor "barking up the wrong tree."
                Well...IMHO, all the trees we've been "barking up" are the
                wrong ones.

                The solution is no doubt complicated and difficult--and I don't
                pretend to have the answers; I'm thinking about it...and I do
                know one thing for sure: THERE IS A SOLUTION!

                There is a group of folks that do not like commerce,
                especially if it's found on the Internet. It's reflected in
                their reaction as they find advertisements in their email
                in-box. To them, it's automatically classed as SPAM.
                If they speak of marketing they often attach the word
                spiel, pitch, or hype.

                These folks, nonetheless, have no problems gobbling up
                free services, such as free email, free software, and free
                ISP services. I'm not sure they realize that the fuel that
                generates the free services they enjoy comes from the
                very commerce at which they sniff and turn up their noses.

                I'd like to point out, that for better or for worse, Western
                culture rides on the back of invention. Cars, airplanes,
                computers, high-tech medical procedures, etc., all started
                out as someone's invention. Many e-commerce businesses
                are a result of entrepreneurial inventiveness.

                It's easy to be critical of something that carries no
                interest for one particular individual, but I'd like to point
                out that when it looked like the United States was about
                to take a back-seat to the Asian efficiency, it was
                inventors, such as Bill Gates, that put us back in the
                economic driver's seat.
                III. AskCarl FAQS

                QUESTION: Don't you think we must have laws on the books
                that make certain online behaviors illegal?

                AskCarl: No.
                IV. RASPUTIN'S ZAP CHAMBER (hypnotism)

                It seemed simultaneous that a private practice clinic, with its
                skyrocketing overhead, and hypnosis wasn't fun anymore.

                I felt a little sad because I had planned on either being a
                hypnotist that practiced psychotherapy, or the other way
                around, until galloping senility removed that commitment
                from my recall.

                But I decided to become a writer since I'd already churned
                out a couple of moderately successful books. I like that
                writers could live in a hollow log if they want to and, better
                yet, anywhere on the planet. I've grown weary of dense
                concentrations of humans.

                But the thing I could never forget is how much of my life
                experience came about by the pressure of figuring things
                out in a hurry, simply because I knew how to hypnotize

                In the cigarette smoking area alone I saw more patients
                in a year than a psychologist or psychiatrist might see
                in an entire career. And these smokers, because I had
                this "magical" hypnosis "power," demanded that I cure
                this long-term, life-threatening problem in ONE session.

                So, unfair as it seems, one does their best. And, if
                results are to be produced in such a sink-or-swim
                manner, a lot must be figured out.

                In my time, the second most popular walk-in client was
                someone wanting to lose weight. Even hypnotherapists
                are allowed a little more slack because weight loss
                happens over a relatively long time--nonetheless, clear
                evidence of impending success must somehow be
                demonstrated within three to five sessions--so a lot
                must be learned there as well.

                In the late 60s, early 70s, the only thing I knew for sure
                was the accepted methods of treatment didn't work.

                I did stage hypnosis to learn those unyielding techniques;
                I did surgical anesthesia techniques which seemed somehow
                the pinnacle of what could be accomplished with hypnosis;
                and I kept extending my education through traditional channels.

                I started my new career offering the courses I had put together
                over my years of practice, as well as adapting my graduate
                study programs, using a mail-order venue.

                Then the World-Wide Web and the Internet intruded itself into
                my consciousness. Four years ago, and nearing sixty, I jumped
                into this high-tech venue with both feet.

                The point of this is the hypnotist part of me is always very close
                to the surface of everything I write. So it seems natural to close out
                the hypnotist part of my life by rewriting a course encompassing
                that part of my life--to once again offer a course called "Structures
                of Hypnotism," aka, Hypnotism 100, 200, & 300.

                I have never been able to leave things as they were...this is a
                complete rewrite, and I go into a lot more depth in such areas
                as diagnostics and the paleoanthropological aspects of treatment.
                How come? I learned a great deal about these two areas since
                "Structures" was written. So, here it is:

                H Y P N O T I S M C O U R S E -- The Year 2000 Edition
                Table of Contents
                - eBook -
                - Excerpts from Structures of Hypnotism -1968 (c)1978
                - Excerpts from Primary Hypnotism 100 - 1968 (c)1978
                - Qualifications of the Technical & Professional Hypnotist
                - What is Hypnosis (hemispherical brain model)
                - Hypnotism for Psychological Therapy
                - Hypnotism in Medicine & Dentistry
                - Self-Hypnotism Principles
                - Basics of the Induction of Hypnosis
                - Tests & Evaluation
                - A Word for Word Induction (with detailed rationale)
                - Hypnotism for Entertainment & Demonstration
                - The Basics of Diagnostics (DSM-IV, etc)
                - History Taking & Record Keeping

                Table of Contents
                - WorkBook -
                - Diagrams of Tests
                - The Weisbrod Depth Evaluation System
                - Brain & Thought Flow Diagrams
                - Sample Forms & Record Systems
                - Suggested Office Floor plan
                - Catalog of Allegories
                - Glossary of Terms

                Audio Cassette
                - Tape One -
                - General Discussion
                - Sample Inductions
                - Test Dialogues
                - Sample Clinical Evaluation
                - Tape Two -
                - Introduction to Allegories
                - Several Sample Allegories

                For the next two modules, I plan to get more into
                specific therapy techniques, such as cigarette
                smoking elimination and weight control, with
                advanced allegorical techniques. I'll discuss most
                of the topics you can see my online catalog. I'll
                even provide my old stage scrips and soundtracks
                (that I once kept under lock & key), and there's a
                weird & funny demonstration format that will bring
                you fame and fortune (or get you run out of town). :-)

                I'm working hard on the above program as we speak.
                If you would like to receive it, please act now. All
                programs are produced by hand and I must budget
                time for the tech support. This limits the number I can
                make available (unless I decide to give up sleeping).
                Also I will need to stop taking orders for awhile when
                I start working on Module-Two.

                I will provide an iCheck link for the $35 fee at the time
                you decide to order. Please go to my AskCarl Board
                at this link: http://askcarl.net and simply tell me you
                would like to sign up--I'll handle the rest.

                Please feel free to ask me any questions on the
                AskCarl Confidential Board. http://askcarl.net

                ...or you may email me mailto:askcarl@...

                Best regards,
                Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
                V. HEALTH IN A HANDBASKET

                There's some new research coming out about a link to
                dairy products (especially milk) and prostate cancer. I'll
                catch up to that in the next issue.
                VI. JOKES 'n FunStuff :-D

                Things one should never do:

                - Pour a bucket of blood on a swimmer in shark-infested waters...
                - Crazy glue your eyeballs to a concrete wall...
                - Embed razor blades in Preparation-H Suppositories...
                - Feed Viagra to a junk-yard dog...
                - Screw with either of the following:
                => a rattlesnake...
                => a condom with a hole in it...

                Sometimes I think I ought to do away with this section!
                I go read the journal articles and the next day I get the
                TV-News' spin on it and become annoyed...and I don't
                like to become annoyed... It causes me to write all this
                grumpy stuff.

                Dr. Morgan's Story on 48 Hours - CBS News

                I saw the above story a couple of weeks ago and it left me
                feeling sad. It was about an OB-GYN doc that seemed to truly
                love his work. Perhaps he messed up in some cases, but
                had, as I recall, some 6000 deliveries. His thing was to avoid
                cesarean deliveries and pain reduction drugs whenever possible.

                Several women claimed he had bumbled and caused the
                death of their infant child--and most likely their claim was

                But there were many more patients that felt he was a
                wonderful doctor.

                A couple of months ago, I reported some recent studies
                showing iatrogenic injury and death to be epidemic in
                hospitals and, in fact, was listed within the top-ten
                deaths from all causes. I also have reported on the
                overuse of surgery, and cesareans head the list.

                In any case, this physician (Dr. Morgan) first lost his
                practice and then his license to practice medicine.
                They had some of the hearing filmed and the physicians
                that testified against him seem to me to be filled with
                righteous anger--and I found myself thinking I would
                much prefer Dr. Morgan to those guys.

                With Dr. Morgan's favorable track record, and the fact
                that his problems came from a resistance to over-use
                c-sections and obstetric pain killers, I would have thought
                the appropriate decision would have been to allow him to
                continue his practice, but with additional supervision.
                A few days later, I saw another case in which two young
                men had become lost in the desert with no water. One of
                the most painful deaths one can experience is death from
                dehydration--it's just awful.

                After several days, the weaker of the two was dying a
                terrible death and begged his friend to end his suffering
                by ending his life--which he did. A few days later, he was
                rescued, near death himself, and made no attempt to
                cover up his act...he even wrote the details of it in his log,
                and was found next to the grave he built so the vultures
                would not consume his friend's body.

                It seemed to me there was no crime at all...and certainly
                not one with a cruel intent.

                He was nevertheless, convicted of manslaughter and
                sent to prison for two years.

                It seems to me the court system often demonstrates a
                distorted concept of justice. I think the OJ trial, and the
                large number of death row inmates that were discovered
                to be innocent, is providing an early glimpse of a seriously
                malfunctioning legal system.

                `````````````````````another subject```````````````````````````

                Is Microsoft a large monopoly? Perhaps it is. Are there
                larger monopolies? The largest in the world is without a
                doubt the Federal Government, and next in line are the
                fifty state bureaucracies.

                For this reason, the federal government fears private,
                non-bureaucratic monopolies.

                But are their differences? Yes there are. For one, private
                monopolies must generate funding by the sale of goods
                and services. Bureaucratic monopolies, on the other hand,
                survive through tax funding and some of their agents are
                allowed to carry weapons--which also accounts for their fear
                of private ownership of firearms.
                IX. RIP-OFF OF THE WEEK

                I can't think of anything worth writing about this week...
                and I've done 'nuff bitching & complaining for one
                week anyway.

                X. THE WDS BEDTIME STORY--not an allegory

                Here's a nice little mini-story I did (a couple of weeks ago)
                for a post to a paleoanthropological message board.
                The group was discussing which came first, language or

                "When I was about 8 or 9, living on an Oregon farm--it was a lovely
                place then--the only sounds were birds, an occasional cow bawling,
                a barking dog now and then, and a rare log trunk pulling the hill...
                absolute silence by today's standards. When our mothers called us
                for dinner it was by a loud falsetto voice (anybody old enough to
                remember the opening for the old Henry Aldrich radio show?).

                "Playmates lived up to a mile or two apart, and it was a natural thing
                to communicate with a falsetto, two-tone yodel. I recall times on the
                side of a small butte, in the still morning air, being able to reach
                friend about 3/4 mile away, and I could faintly but clearly hear his
                return yodel--even though he was out of visual range.

                "Kids nowadays have cell phones and two-way radios so they have
                no need for such a system, and it would certainly be considered an
                annoyance by the more tightly-packed populace. But in those times
                we didn't think of it as musical or singing, or having any purpose
                other than communication.
                And with that, the work of WDS E-Zine #47 is
                now done.

                Please feel free to forward this ezine to a
                loved-one...or even a liked-one.

                Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
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                  Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
                  Vol.4, No. 48 June 2000
                  From Honolulu, I'm Carl Weisbrod and this
                  is your March WDS E-Zine. This week
                  in WDS I talk about my hypnotism course,
                  a delightful story about mass murders,
                  an allegory in which you are the star, and
                  lots more.
                  - SECTIONS & TOPICS -
                  I. Rantings & Ravings (editorial)
                  II. The Weisbrod Digest of Seminars
                  III. AskCarl FAQs
                  IV. Rasputin's Zap Chamber (hypnotism)
                  V. Health in a Handbasket
                  VI. Jokes 'n FunStuff :-D
                  VII. Medical Journal Review
                  VIII.Bureaucratic Bamboozling
                  IX. Rip-off of the Week
                  X. The WDS Bedtime Story (an allegory)
                  This WDS E-Zine is FREE and distributed by
                  subscription only. No advertising is accepted.
                  Perhaps this e-zine was forwarded to you by a
                  friend. If that's the case, you may subscribe
                  by following the links from http://askcarl.net
                  I. RANTINGS & RAVINGS

                  Locally, we have a multiple murder case ready to be
                  sent to the jury. Some months ago, a 40 year old man
                  walked into his work place and shot dead seven
                  of his fellow employees. It was obviously premeditated,
                  and this man owned over two dozen guns of all types.

                  He had been in treatment briefly seven years ago after
                  he had made numerous death threats and displayed
                  violent tendances. The psychiatrist diagnosed him with
                  Delusional Disorder, Persecutory Type.

                  People with this disorder do not appear "crazy." They
                  do not meet the legal criteria of "insane." Nonetheless,
                  they have delusions that they are being plotted against
                  and believe they are unjustly being made to suffer, usually
                  by a select group of individuals. Delusions are not reality,
                  but seem absolutely real to the delusional individual.

                  There is a large number of domestic murders committed by
                  people with this same diagnosis. In Hawaii, we had another
                  multiple killing of this type just a few years back.

                  And exactly as would happen if it were real (not a delusion),
                  the rage builds (in this case, at least for seven years) until
                  it reaches a breaking point. And seven people lost their lives,
                  and the lives of six wives, and their children, were crushed.

                  So, the usual cry went up: "How could this happen?" There
                  is talk about reinstating the death penalty in Hawaii as a
                  possible solution. Others are talking about new and stronger
                  gun regulations.

                  The facts, as I see them, are as follows: it was well known
                  that this man was dangerous as described by his fellow
                  employees, and defined by the psychiatrists that made the
                  diagnosis. Nevertheless, he was allowed to continue to
                  purchase guns. Hawaii has some of the most strict gun
                  laws in the nation, and yet he had no problems recently
                  purchasing another gun to add to his arsenal.

                  When on the witness stand, the treating psychiatrists
                  played the usual CYA (cover-your-ass) game, all claiming
                  it was out of their hands--that the responsibility for the
                  murders rested solely on the shoulders of the killer--a man
                  with a diagnosis that clearly would eventually push him to
                  violence. No one locally (but me) dares put any blame on
                  a system that stood by and did nothing as the rage grew
                  within this troubled and well-armed man.

                  I don't see it as important what they decide to do to the
                  killer. What is important is how many similar circumstances
                  exist and are being handled in exactly the same way. And
                  when more murders do occur, will we once more say...
                  "How could this happen?"

                  I've gotten behind in my e-zine writing the past couple
                  of weeks...my whiny-sniveling excuse is--I'm up to my
                  eyeballs in eBook writing. Writing an eBook is not too
                  difficult, and actually is a lot of fun. But if it contains
                  anything beyond straight text, the formatting can be
                  a *sob* nightmare--especially using MS-Word.
                  III. AskCarl FAQS

                  QUESTION: I understand and have read many things
                  about areoboc exercise. The biggest hold back I have
                  found is the types of areboic things I know about require
                  classes and coordination (which I do not have). What
                  types of exercise do you consider arobic that I can do by
                  myself? Yes, I want to do what the five percen do, I am a
                  business person and realize that I have to do what the
                  "minority"do to succeed. PW

                  AskCarl: Aerobic, PW, refers to a systemic exercise that
                  works your large muscle groups, heart, and lungs (in concert).
                  The most obvious measurement is an elevated pulse--rule of
                  thumb: 80% above resting for at least 20 minutes per day with
                  a gradual increase to one hour a day. Fat metabolism peaks
                  (when your core temperature increases several degrees) at
                  about 45 minutes of constant aerobic activity.

                  Most people that have gotten out of shape have various muscle
                  group and joint problems that cause problems in the beginnings
                  (like your knee problem). Any weakness (old injury, etc.) needs
                  to be worked through. It's usually not the best approach to attempt
                  work any type of exercise around a weakness, unless you have no
                  other choice--usually when folks start by telling me what they can't
                  do, they are not in that "5% success" group.

                  So I suggest you try a variety of exercises you can do every day
                  at home. Learn how to become intimate with your pulse, injury
                  prevention, etc. One of my favorites (to start with) is a mini
                  because it's easy on the joints and sends you through what is called
                  the G-Range (from plus to minus gravity).

                  Follow the "one-hour-per-day" rule, PW, and enjoy the search!
                  IV. RASPUTIN'S ZAP CHAMBER (hypnotism)

                  Gee, it was about 17 years ago (1982-83) that I sat down
                  with a young lady who had worked with me as an editor, on
                  "Conceptual Problem Solving."

                  She transcribed word-for-word a hypnotic induction done with
                  a volunteer subject. At the conclusion of the session she also
                  transcribed his thoughts, those he could recall, during the
                  process. I then filled in the gaps with educated guesses and
                  labeled each thought (or guessed-at thought) as being more of
                  a right-brain or a left-brain function.

                  We then went over it yet again and I gave my rationale and
                  added my insight to what was said and why it was said.

                  It was three columns, but that was not a problem when hand-
                  written. I kept that file all these years knowing that some day
                  I would publish it. Since I've decided to produce an updated
                  version of my "Structures of Hypnotism" program, now is that

                  It's been very difficult to make MS-Word do three columns,
                  and keep them lined up as they were originally--almost got
                  to the point of scanning the original hand-written transcript.
                  I think however, I almost have it accomplished.
                  V. HEALTH IN A HANDBASKET

                  The medical journals have regularly been reporting new
                  links to several degenerative disorders and cow's milk.

                  We should have been warned by the lactose Intolerance
                  condition, but that got buy us somehow.

                  Milk has now been linked to osteoporosis (based on
                  epidemiological studies), both type I & II diabetes, some
                  autoimmune conditions, and of course milk's high fat and
                  cholesterol content can place us at increased risk for
                  atherosclerosis (heart attacks and strokes).

                  Skim milk is lower in fat, but higher in protein and cholesterol,
                  which could even be a bigger problem. It's interesting to note
                  that human breast milk is only about 6% protein, but the
                  high fat content is inappropriate even for pre-teens.
                  VI. JOKES 'n FunStuff :-D

                  I just randomly opened my "Best Things Anybody Ever Said"
                  book (that I use when I can't think of anything funny myself)
                  and this is what I found:

                  "The reason lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place
                  is that same place isn't there the second time." Willie Tyler.

                  "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him float."

                  "I can't believe that out of 100,000 sperm, you were the
                  quickest." Steven Pearl.

                  "Honesty is the best image." Ziggy (Tom Wilson)

                  What Type Of CPR Is Best? May 25, 2000

                  If you needed to perform cardio-pulmonary
                  resuscitation (CPR) on a heart attack victim,
                  would you use chest compression,
                  mouth-to-mouth resuscitation or both methods?

                  Well, there's a lot of debate over just which
                  CPR method is best so researchers made a
                  comparison in a study published in the New
                  England Journal of Medicine.

                  "Researchers at the University of Washington compared the
                  outcome of 520 cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests and
                  found that overall 10.4 percent in the mouth-to-mouth breathing
                  group and 14 percent in the chest compression group survived
                  and were discharged.

                  In other words, there was no statistical significance in the two

                  When emergency dispatchers gave callers instructions on how
                  to use both CPR methods, they often found the caller hanging
                  up because of the difficulty involved.

                  Of course it's a pretty serious situation when a person has a
                  cardiac arrest because help has to arrive within minutes. Even
                  with CPR, the survival rate is only about 10 percent.

                  This study shows that it might be better to just teach people
                  one method of CPR, perhaps chest compression, to make it
                  simpler to respond to an emergency situation.

                  The American Heart Association, however, says the chances
                  of survival improve if a trained rescuer uses both mouth-to-mouth
                  and chest compression."

                  Source: New England Journal of Medicine, May 25, 2000

                  We had another case of a little boy, about a year old, that
                  had multiple injuries from parental abuse, and even though
                  the case was well known, Child Protective Services, and
                  the police department seemed powerless to do anything.

                  The poor little guy has been missing for a year or so, and
                  is presumed dead. It sure seems to me that infants and
                  small children (at the very least) ought to be better protected
                  than they are. Once again, I don't blame the perpetrators of
                  these crimes as much as the bureaucratic agencies that
                  stand by and let it happen. We all deserve better protection
                  that we are getting.
                  IX. RIP-OFF OF THE WEEK

                  Well, I'm a little mad a MS-Word right now, but don't tell
                  Bill Gates I said that... he's having enough troubles fending
                  off Attorney General, Janet Reno who, I think, would like to
                  put him out of business. I guess the idea is that nobody
                  deserves to become that powerful--unless it's the federal
                  X. THE WDS BEDTIME STORY--an allegory

                  Let's try something a little different this week--I suddenly
                  have a number of new subscribers that are hypnotherapists
                  (and I'm pretty happy about that).

                  For this story, you must fill in the gaps by thinking of a
                  endeavor, profession, etc. that you have accomplished
                  in your life. So with your help, here's the story:

                  "Hearing you are a superb hypnotist, a client comes to
                  you, telling you with great enthusiasm that they want to
                  accomplish what you've accomplished and they want
                  you to hypnotize them so they will be motivated to make
                  that become a reality--explaining that the problem is they
                  "just can't seem to get motivated."

                  You begin to tell them of the knowledge, training, and
                  hard work to which they must avail themselves so they
                  can accomplish the goals you have already attained
                  through your knowledge, hard work, and effort.

                  They brush that off impatiently, saying (in effect) they
                  don't want or need to do all that "stuff," and they just
                  want you to hypnotize them to make it happen.

                  When you insist they listen to your guidance on the
                  nuts-and-bolts part of the accomplishment, they look
                  at you accusingly and say "I thought this hypnosis
                  stuff was suppose to such a great motivational tool."

                  So, you hypnotize them and they rush out excitedly,
                  anticipating their rapid climb to success, one that you
                  have already experience--but without a clue how to
                  accomplish the goal.

                  Weeks later, after a failure caused by a huge number
                  of implementation mistakes, they're asked by a friend
                  what they thought was the cause of their failure, and
                  they say: "well, I even went to a hypnotist to make it
                  happen--but obviously "that" didn't work.
                  And with that, the work of WDS E-Zine #48 is
                  now done.

                  Please feel free to forward this ezine to a
                  loved-one...or even a liked-one.

                  Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
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                    Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
                    Vol.4, No. 49 June 2000
                    From Honolulu, I'm Carl Weisbrod and this
                    is your June WDS E-Zine. This week in WDS
                    I'll talk about eXperts, my Beta Test
                    Hypnotherapy Program, somnambulism, and
                    rattlesnake oil.
                    - SECTIONS & TOPICS -
                    I. Rantings & Ravings (editorial)
                    II. The Weisbrod Digest of Seminars
                    III. AskCarl FAQs
                    IV. Rasputin's Zap Chamber (hypnotism)
                    V. Health in a Handbasket
                    VI. Jokes 'n FunStuff :-D
                    VII. Medical Journal Review
                    VIII.Bureaucratic Bamboozling
                    IX. Rip-off of the Week
                    X. The WDS Bedtime Story (an allegory)
                    This WDS E-Zine is FREE and distributed by
                    subscription only. No advertising is accepted.
                    Perhaps this e-zine was forwarded to you by a
                    friend. If that's the case, you may subscribe
                    by following the links from http://askcarl.net
                    I. RANTINGS & RAVINGS

                    Even if you are a skeptic about things that are
                    offered on those radio and TV infomercials, you
                    may, nonetheless, feel confused at times. Maybe
                    I can help a little.

                    Please don't forget my HAX test: Don't fall for the
                    Hyperbole/Anecdotal/eXpert method of selling. If
                    you don't recall what I'm talking about with this
                    HAX thing, let me know and I'll send you the article.

                    Of the HAX, the "X" (eXpert) is the most difficult
                    to resist.

                    For example, out of your radio's speaker comes the
                    staged interview shows (Infomercials) pushing something
                    that often takes the form of a capsule, pill, or powder. It
                    must be something that can be easily mailed and non-toxic
                    enough to get past the FDA's stink-eye.

                    This stuff does however, need to have some medicinal
                    ingredients--perhaps a mixture of vitamins, minerals, herbs,
                    and enzymes...something like that.

                    Few would fork over $20 to $50 for something like that,
                    until you hear the credentials of the man who supposedly
                    invented the medicine. They are invariably highly qualified
                    physicians and scientists, and associated with major
                    universities and teaching hospitals... and we find ourselves
                    compelled to trust these authority figures.

                    Are they phonies? Paid actors? No, probably not--if that
                    were the case it would be fraud and that particular
                    Infomercial would be shut down in a heartbeat.

                    We have grown accustomed to sports heros and other
                    super-stars claiming they take this and that miracle
                    medicine and experience the results, as advertised.

                    Everybody knows that entertainers make incomes in
                    the seven figure range by lending their good name to
                    various products; and it requires only a few minutes in
                    a recording studio. Certainly you've heard the "follow the
                    money" principle...but what of the respected scientist
                    or physician?

                    Imagine this: the brilliant student works hard to gather
                    post-doctoral training, and by publishing a stack of
                    scientific literature. These scientists shun the big money
                    jobs, working instead in basement laboratories--perhaps
                    seeking a cure for cancer or other death-dealing diseases.

                    These highly-trained doctors that take this route, probably
                    don't think about it in their early days, but not all will make
                    their mark and become successful. Some become involved
                    in the breakthroughs that catch media attention, and
                    receive such accolades as a Nobel Prize. This good fortune
                    provides the clout that commands a huge salary.

                    The less fortunate, however, grow old plodding away at hard
                    boring work and low pay. You can't blame them if they become
                    frustrated at watching former lab partners pass them by and
                    achieve fame and fortune.

                    There's a entire population of highly trained and qualified
                    (but poor and cynical) physicians and scientists out there
                    that are sitting-ducks for the producers of Infomercials.

                    For those that have followed this e-zine know, I gave up
                    a private practice a few years back to spend my time
                    writing and putting together various programs.

                    It has been a bit of a struggle trying to find programs
                    that would be interesting to enough people to justify
                    my existence.

                    About a month ago I sent out a notice to a few hypnotherapists
                    of an intention to resurrect an old course manual titled
                    Structures of Hypnotism. I received a greater response than I
                    expected. So I went to work digging out my 30-year old training
                    manual, and putting it into MS-Word format (the "MS-Word" part
                    turned out to be a mistake).

                    I have a habit of not being able to leave things as they are, and
                    specifically I wanted to include some never-before published

                    For example, in the early 1980s I had put together a dialogue of
                    a start-to-finish hypnotic induction complete with the subject's
                    reactions and a rational of each step along the way. Until I
                    published Structures of Hypnotism II, It existed only as a
                    stenographer's handwritten notes.

                    Putting it in on my computer's hard drive was not a problem, but
                    when I attempted to put it in MS-Word's three column format, in
                    which each column had to match the one along side, that turned
                    out to be a pain in the butt. Every time I tried to edit something
                    elsewhere it messed up the formatting of the three columns
                    requiring an hour's worth of fixing... compelling me to say some
                    very bad words.

                    And I ran out of time and patience for the editing required to clean
                    up such as a tendency of making lots of ty3pos. So, because of other
                    commitments, I transferred the eBook into PDF format prematurely.

                    Then I made the tapes--I had planned on two 60-minutes audio
                    cassettes which is consistent with my usual $35 programs. As
                    I discovered I had a lot more to say than would fit on two hours
                    worth of cassette tape--so I modified tape-two into 90-minutes.

                    The workbook also became a larger project than I had intended.

                    So I decided it was reasonable to upgrade the course into the
                    $90 category--after all, it represented over 30 years of experience,
                    and was dissimilar to any other programs I have seen.

                    I didn't want to charge $90 as-is considering the flaws in the
                    eBook, and I didn't want to edit the eBook until I had some
                    feedback from hypnotherapists. The solution is the Beta
                    Test. I can offer the program as-is for the original price of
                    $35, post-paid--and then take my time incorporating the

                    I have a great editor sending me cleaned-up transcript as
                    we speak, and I'm learning Adobe PageMaker to which I
                    will transfer the originally manuscript.
                    III. AskCarl FAQS

                    QUESTION: Do you know of a good course in
                    medical hypnosis?

                    AskCarl: The only medical hypnosis course that
                    I'm aware of would be for someone with medical

                    For example, Hypno-anesthesia would require training
                    as an RN, midwife, or anesthetist. And even then you
                    could only practice within that speciality.

                    In the 1970's I had hospital privileges for surgical
                    anesthesia, but it was because I was one of the
                    few in town that had surgical experience, and several
                    of my early patients were physicians--which helped
                    in the credibility department.

                    As far as I know, most of the people that do hypnosis as
                    anaesthesia, or (more often) as an adjunct to chemical
                    anesthesia, are nurse anesthetists, and anesthesiologists.

                    Here's something I talk about in my program. Folks make
                    a huge mistake (I think) of believing their success lies in
                    some sort of peer-group approval system. And then, along
                    comes the turf battles, as well as the "informed" ripping off
                    the "uninformed" and, in the case of associations, the
                    incompetent protecting incompetency. I realize that's kind
                    of harsh.

                    The real power rests in your clientele. If you're well-liked, and
                    you provide a worthwhile service, nobody can touch you--usually
                    associations and diplomas (unless from an accredited college
                    or university) are not worth the paper they're printed on.
                    IV. RASPUTIN'S ZAP CHAMBER (hypnotism)

                    Here's something interesting to think about. All hypnotists
                    know that a percentage of the population are referred to
                    as somnambulists. In simple terms, that is a tendency to
                    walk while sleeping, usually acting out a dream, and come
                    awake amnesic for much of the experience. In hypnosis
                    it's the same state, but achieved from the waking state
                    rather than the sleeping state.

                    Hypnotists aren't the only ones that produce
                    somnambulism from the waking state. Some religious
                    and healing speakers also produce somnambulism.
                    Some charismatic speakers, usually with esoteric and
                    mystical topics, create the somnambulistic state.

                    Let me pose this in the form of a question: How many of
                    the folks that you hear on talk radio, such as the variety
                    made popular by Art Bell, had their belief system altered
                    by some form of somnambulism?
                    V. HEALTH IN A HANDBASKET

                    Somehow, we have accepted the fact that swallowing vitamin,
                    mineral, and enzyme pills is a healthy (and even a moral)
                    thing to do--and we condition our kids to believe the same
                    thing. Most of us believe that taking vitamins and minerals is
                    in the same category as brushing and flossing. Perhaps this
                    is true up to a point.

                    But because we have accepted that, it's only a short step to
                    believe that a megadosing on antioxidants, and other so-called
                    natural substances (especially in pill form) is a good way to
                    stay healthy and even cure diseases. If a little bit is good
                    than a lot is wonderful! Is that true? No, it is NOT true. If
                    one aspirin is good, then why not gulp down the whole bottle?

                    Even after all these years, there is little evidence that
                    un-monitored megadosing is ever a good thing. A recent report
                    for Dietary Reference Intakes from the National Academy of
                    Sciences' Institute of Medicine (a reliable source) tells us
                    that there is little evidence of the value from huge doses of

                    On the other hand, megadose of any chemical (vitamins,
                    minerals, and enzymes are chemicals) has the potential of
                    upsetting biochemical homeostasis, which more often than
                    not is not healthy. At the very least, megadosing puts a
                    strain on the kidneys that have the task of eliminating
                    excess ingested chemicals.

                    If you want to get a lot of antioxidants, eat the foods
                    rich in them, and then you can be assured of getting them
                    in nutritionally sound doses. It's a system that has been
                    fine-tuned over the millennia.
                    VI. JOKES 'n FunStuff :-D

                    On the other hand, I have a miracle substance that you
                    must have. It's CARL'S MIRACLE BODY SIRUP!

                    I can't reveal all the secret ingredients--a closely guarded
                    secret known only by me and a hermit (with a Ph.D.) living
                    on a mountain top in the Alps. I can tell you this: it's a
                    lovely formulation of rendered diamondback rattlesnake oil,
                    essence of rose peddles (to cover up the smell), and meat

                    Rub some into any body part and all diseases and
                    disorders will be cured--and it contains a proven itch-fighter.
                    VII. MEDICAL JOURNAL REVIEW

                    I've written about this as a fact for years now...the same
                    kind of research tells the same story over and over again.

                    The problem is, it's a story that many don't want to hear,
                    so I guess repetition is called for in this case... so here's
                    *sigh* one more study.

                    By the way, another study has recently shown that women
                    who were married to men with prostate cancer had much
                    higher levels of breast cancer. The only logical link would
                    be the diet they share, since the hormonal factor for breast
                    cancer is closely related to the hormonal factor for prostate

                    Vegan diet may cut prostate cancer risk
                    June 09, 2000

                    LONDON (Reuters) - Men who eat a vegan diet
                    have lower levels of a protein associated with
                    prostate cancer, British scientists said on Thursday.

                    Researchers at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund
                    in Oxford said that while further investigation was
                    needed, their findings suggested that a diet without
                    meat or dairy products could reduce the risk of
                    contracting the deadly disease.

                    Earlier studies have suggested that high levels of
                    IGF-I--an insulin-like growth factor--could play a key
                    role in causing prostate cancer.

                    The Oxford study of 696 British men found IGF-I
                    levels were nine percent lower in vegans than in
                    meat-eaters and seven percent lower than in

                    Meat-eaters were defined as men who ate meat
                    on most days of the week.

                    The study, published in this week's British Journal
                    of Cancer, also said previous research had found
                    prostate cancer rates were generally lower
                    in countries with low consumption of meat and dairy

                    As a loyal follower of my ranting & raving you know I
                    like to compare the political scene to a football game--
                    completely two-valued, the good guys vs the bad guys.

                    I think politics forces some really good people to gradually
                    diminish into such a phony existence that they become
                    consummate liars--the best at it are rewarded with the
                    most important job in the world. And then we are amazed
                    when they screw up a lot.

                    This time, though, it seems a little different. Does it appear
                    to you that we are not taking the rhetoric as seriously as
                    we once did? I hope I'm correct in that perception. If we
                    stop demanding that politicians only tell us what we want
                    to hear, maybe they would once again learn to think

                    Is that too much to hope for?
                    IX. RIP-OFF OF THE WEEK

                    Here's an ethics problem that is almost ubiquitous. Allow me
                    give you a couple of examples: The IRS adopts a legitimate
                    deduction, but hides the announcement or instructions hoping
                    individual taxpayers won't find out about it.

                    Here's another one I just ran into recently. Adobe is a wonderful
                    software company. I use a lot of Adobe software... but after I've
                    made these solicitous comments, let me say that they also do
                    this shady practice that lets customers screw themselves.

                    Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 is the most popular PDF reader
                    program--for reading eBooks, downloading government forms,
                    and so forth. A PDF file is one that cannot be altered--actually
                    it's more of a scanned picture of a document than, for example,
                    the email file you are reading at this moment. You can't cut &
                    paste a PDF file.

                    The link for this free Adobe Reader program is available all
                    over the place on the Internet. But, check it out, if you go to
                    http://adobe.com you have a hell of a time finding it.

                    All you see is programs that sell for in the range of two
                    hundred dollars. If for example, if you order the full Adobe
                    Acrobat program,it will include the Adobe Reader file, but
                    if all you need is Adobe Reader, you have just forked over a
                    couple of hundred bucks needlessly.

                    The IRS and Adobe are two examples, and similar unethical
                    tactics, as I said, are ubiquitous--and even more unethical,
                    if you question a company rep about it, he/she will look you
                    straight in the eye and lie to you. *mumble*

                    So all those outfits that practice this technique win my
                    RIP-OFF OF THE WEEK award. Be careful that you don't
                    become a victim of this unethical practice.
                    X. THE WDS BEDTIME STORY--an allegory

                    Once upon a time there was this story-maker-upper whose
                    story-telling brain part dried up to the size of a raisin
                    and couldn't think of any story to tell this week...
                    ...so with that, the work of WDS E-Zine #49 is done.

                    Please feel free to forward this ezine to a
                    loved-one...or even a liked-one. :)

                    Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
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                      - THE WEISBROD DIGEST OF SEMINARS E-ZINE -
                      Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
                      Vol.4, No. 50 July 2000
                      From Honolulu, I'm Carl Weisbrod and this
                      is your July WDS E-Zine. How to leave a
                      good impression, alternatives to merchant
                      accounts, Drinking-Man's Diet, exercise stuff,
                      Deja Vu, dealing with dead-beats, the art of
                      the diagnoses--it's all in here.
                      - SECTIONS & TOPICS -
                      I. Rantings & Ravings (editorial)
                      II. The Weisbrod Digest of Seminars
                      III. AskCarl FAQs
                      IV. Rasputin's Zap Chamber (hypnotism)
                      V. Health in a Handbasket
                      VI. Jokes 'n FunStuff :-D
                      VII. Medical Journal Review
                      VIII.Bureaucratic Bamboozling
                      IX. Rip-off of the Week
                      X. The WDS Bedtime Story (an allegory)
                      This WDS E-Zine is FREE and distributed by
                      subscription only. No advertising is accepted.
                      Perhaps this e-zine was forwarded to you by a
                      friend. If that's the case, you may subscribe
                      by following the links from http://askcarl.net
                      I. RANTINGS & RAVINGS

                      Here's a lesson I have never quite learned--almost but
                      not quite. But a lot of folks are worse at this than I am.

                      Please let me string you along for a bit before I tell
                      you what it is. If I tell you in the first sentence you're
                      just going to say, "yeah-yeah, I know about that
                      already!" ...and go look for something more interesting
                      to read.

                      I've written about this before, you might have seen it
                      if you read a lot of carlisms.

                      In my eBook, Structures of Hypnotism II, and my
                      Charisma & Power Course I tell the story about having
                      a receptionist sign up smokers almost every time, and
                      when I talked to a smoker on the phone they signed up
                      much less often. It was embarrassing, and my clinic-
                      mates made a big joke out of it.

                      How could a 19 year old receptionist be better than a
                      seasoned therapist at encouraging people to quit
                      smoking? Well, she was, and I found out why.

                      Here's one that I'm the good guy. I had a patient with
                      a major mental disorder. He needed his medication
                      monitored, so I referred him to the psychiatrist in our
                      clinic. A year later he was referred back to me and
                      made this comment: "When leaving a session with
                      Dr. Jones, I felt bad." (and he emphasized the word
                      "bad.") After a session with you," he said, "I always
                      feel good."

                      Of course it's not always as simple as that. When I
                      was doing an internship, I was distressed that the
                      therapy room next to mine always reverberated with
                      laughter. It was used by a young therapist with
                      personality-plus and a wonderful sense of humor. At
                      the end of his sessions his patients would hug him
                      and thank him for the wonderful session, while my
                      folks just kind of shuffled out the door.

                      I thought I wasn't going to get my certification from
                      the program director. I was shocked when I was
                      accepted and my office neighbor wasn't. Later I found
                      out it was because in my sessions some therapy
                      happened, but during his it was all fun 'n' frolic. My
                      professor did mention that I should lighten up toward
                      the end of the session or folks would eventually drop
                      out of the therapy.

                      Entertainers well know what I'm talking about; the
                      watch-phrase is "leave 'em laughing!"

                      I don't always do the following, but I should--and
                      that is to read over each thing I write, and review
                      each conversation I have, to decide if the person
                      I was communicating with will feel better at the end
                      of the letter, email, or conversation than at the

                      The most naturally charismatic person I've even met,
                      was also the most powerful hypnotist I've ever seen.
                      He did exactly what I'm talking about. Even if you met
                      this guy on the street and only talked for a few seconds,
                      he would always put a smile on your face, and yet he
                      was a person with depression and self-image problems.

                      He really didn't possess a great intellect either--I knew
                      him well and I'm sure he came by it naturally. For the
                      rest of us, though, can anyone learn to have this effect
                      on the people we meat? Sure! It's just a just a habit
                      really. Just remember to "Leave 'em Laughing!"

                      Want some e-commerce stuff?

                      Those of you that haven't *sob* purchased a course from
                      me won't know this, but the PayByCheck system (formally
                      i-check) works like a charm. But clients from places like
                      Canada and England don't get to use this nifty system
                      because the on-line check people haven't been able to
                      break into the International market.

                      I tried taking personal checks in foreign currency and my
                      bank here wanted a fee of $25 to collect a $35 check (money-
                      grabbing rascals *mumble*). I checked with the funds transfer
                      places at the airport, and none would take personal checks.

                      I checked International Money Orders and bank drafts, and
                      the cost of those said to me in ringing tones: "Forget It!!"

                      Of course, VISA/MasterCard seems the logical solution since
                      they are well-established internationally. I can't tell you what a
                      rip-off those Merchant Account systems are! They charge for
                      everything possible on both ends of a transaction. Just to have
                      the privilege of using their system runs from $25 to $70 per
                      month, and that's separate from the extras they tack on at
                      the time of purchase. One of the larger companies informed me
                      that just their software is $1000.

                      Here's the solution I found for foreign accounts. I have started
                      to simply ask a customer to go on-line and purchase a traveler's
                      check in US dollars, and they can use their credit card if they
                      wish. The cost per traveler's check is about a dollar. Sometimes
                      folks will even have some left-over from last year's vacation.

                      The downside is they must snail-mail the check to you, and
                      it's a little extra bother.
                      III. AskCarl FAQS

                      QUESTION: "I was told that there's a real great
                      diet called "C+C ?". Maybe it has something to with
                      Vitamin-C. Anybody heard of it? This was originally
                      asked on www.askme.com and answered by several
                      of the column experts by touting the advantages of
                      extra vitamins while dieting. Here is my answer:

                      ASKCARL: I'm gonna really date myself, but this
                      is what your friend is talking about. During the 1960s
                      the "Stillman Water Diet" craze (a hi-protein fad diet),
                      an even more crazed diet hit the best-seller lists
                      called the "Drinking-Man's Diet." It was also a
                      high-protein diet, but allowed several shots of booze
                      per day. "The Stillman diet," aka, "The Water Diet,"
                      allowed no alcohol, so this diet earned the love and
                      respect of dedicated two-fisted drinkers ...most of
                      whom are now dead.

                      And then, riding the crest of this whiskey-wave, along
                      came a spin-off called the CC-7 Diet, named after the
                      popular drink made from Canadian Club Whiskey &
                      Seven-up! (CC-7, get it?) It had nothing to do with

                      So that was neat! Along with too-much protein wrecking
                      your kidneys, this one takes out your liver as well!

                      But let's keep this to ourselves, okay? ...if the diet-book
                      ghost-writers are reminded, this could be the next diet
                      nitwittery to hit the best-seller lists. Don't laugh! ...if the
                      public bought into remakes of the Atkins' Diet, they'll go
                      for this one too.
                      IV. RASPUTIN'S ZAP CHAMBER (hypnotism)

                      Important stuff that every hypnotist should know:

                      The first step to rapport is to say/do things that will
                      make the subject/client/patient feel better than before
                      such contact was made.

                      As I mentioned in the Ranting/Raving section, the most
                      powerful hypnotist I've ever seen was a man who laughed
                      easily. If he met someone he hardly knew, you got the
                      impression it had just met a long-lost relative.

                      He was a large man, massive in stature, with a
                      Beaky-Buzzard nose, wavy gray hair, and intense eyes.

                      He didn't seem have a serious bone in his body, so
                      when he went into his hypnotism mode, the intensity
                      was a surprising contrast. Although, even during his
                      very short hypnosis procedures, he laughed and joked
                      with his clients. When a client responded to a really
                      bizarre suggestion he was outwardly delighted. All
                      those hypnotized by this man left the experience
                      feeling the full impact of the power of his personality.

                      It's a worthwhile learning experience to study folks with
                      natural charisma, and see if we can find things to emulate.
                      The surprising part is rarity of this type of personality, yet
                      it seems so easy to develop these simple charismatic

                      Remember: Leave 'em Laughing! :^D
                      Here's something more fun:

                      In the early 1970s I was used as a hypnotist in a university
                      project nicknamed "The Bridey Murphy Phenomenon."

                      The designers of this protocol developed a hypothesis that
                      "something" was tucked away in the human brain that linked
                      us to the past. They wanted to identify what/where it was, or
                      show it to be only figments of fertile imaginations. They were,
                      of course, interested in the "deja vu" (been there before) and
                      reincarnation experiences that many people had experienced
                      at some level.

                      Some of the experiences that was brought out using hypnosis
                      was verrrry strange...way beyond figments of imagination. The
                      math department came up with one possible way of looking at
                      such things that to this day makes sense.

                      If the number of possible interconnections in one brain was
                      reduced to a number it had been calculated that it would be a
                      string of typewritten zeros stretching out 6.5 million miles;
                      (here's another) there are more possible neurological
                      interconnections than atoms in the universe. (That was the kind
                      of stuff they did when computers would mostly crunch numbers.)

                      Anyway, based on that alone, the odds were, given this immense
                      number of possibilities, that neurological tracings with nearly exact
                      information might now and then "brush up" against one another
                      enough to provide such a deja vu effect. The mind (in a split second)
                      would then kind of "fast forward" and link this information with the
                      present with an instant resolution. In other words, the brain would
                      be running past memories and present reality at exactly the same
                      instant--and this obviously would cause some rather strange feelings.

                      Think of the number of possibilities in a deck of cards and then
                      multiply that by gazillions and... well, you can see where I'm going
                      with this. Of course, there are many explanations--this is just the
                      one that I cling to.
                      V. HEALTH IN A HANDBASKET

                      To really understand the value of exercise you need to
                      at least have a nodding acquaintance with some of the
                      basics. It's good to study a bit about the chemistry of
                      cellular respiration & metabolism. It's easier than it

                      In general, mammals function according to their design.
                      Are we good at short speed bursts like a cheetah? ...or
                      moving great weights like an elephant? ...or a gorilla that
                      can bench-press several thousand pounds? ...or ultra long
                      distance endurance, at a slow but steady rate?

                      In any mammal, when we are doing the thing that most
                      matches the design features, the vascular system pumps
                      the maximum oxygen into the cells and a bunch of
                      chemistry happens for the most efficient use of the
                      muscles. The favored fuel during these times is stored
                      body fat.

                      Think in these three parts: (1) long/slow/steady
                      exercise (2) lots of oxygen (3) body fat metabolism.

                      During activity that is not a mammal's best physical
                      feature, the favored fuel will be glucose and glycogen
                      (sugar). The limiting factor is sometimes a side ache
                      or a burning sensation, which is the symptom an oxygen
                      VI. JOKES 'n FunStuff :-D

                      Words to live by: "Never attempt to construct a
                      statue of someone named Fred Swartz using a
                      bucket of congealed chicken fat."
                      The wisdom of ol' carl.

                      This following came to me in an e-mail:

                      Next time you're trying to decide whether that last
                      paragraph really needs to go in there or not, consider
                      the following:

                      Pythagorean theorem: 24 words.
                      The Lord's Prayer: 66 words.
                      Archimedes' Principle: 67 words.
                      10 Commandments: 179 words.
                      Gettysburg address: 286 words.
                      Declaration of Independence: 1,300 words.
                      US gov. regs on the sale of cabbage: 26,911 words.
                      VII. MEDICAL JOURNAL REVIEW

                      I haven't read a Medical Journal all week...and I don't
                      miss it. :) ...but I'll get back to work on that next week.

                      I'm going to include the banking business in the
                      bureaucratic bamboozle. Here we are in the middle
                      of a economic reformation and instead of the banking
                      business helping, they are obstructive and money
                      grabbing. It would serve them right if the entrepreneurial
                      spirit caught hold with alternatives just for e-commerce.

                      I've already heard rumblings of full-service Internet
                      banking services. I hope it happens.
                      IX. RIP-OFF OF THE WEEK

                      It's a rare happening when someone decides that I have
                      no collection power after they receive their ordered
                      eBooks, tapes, and workbooks--but it does happen. I
                      generally trust payment will be made and don't hold up
                      a shipment.

                      Unfortunately, a few reason this way: "Why fork over
                      my hard-earned money now that I have the program--what's
                      he going to do? Sue me? I never signed anything."

                      Well, in truth, for something like a $35 or $90 program it's
                      hardly worth suing someone over--but it is an option, and
                      an option that can remain open forever, as long as continued
                      requests for payment are made in a reasonable fashion--such
                      as quarterly billing statements.

                      I have folks that I have been billing for years...someday
                      perhaps I will attempt a class-action judgement against
                      them, or sell their names to a collection agency. So far
                      in all my years of work, I have never done either of these
                      things, but I like to keep my options open.

                      On the Internet the usual signed contracts have gotten
                      rare. However by sending an email that states you want to
                      purchase something and the purchase price and method
                      of payment are clearly stated--that IS a contract.

                      Do you know what a signature is? It's an ancient method
                      of authenticating something to which one wanted to lay
                      claim. But it's not, as some believe, the last word. Verbal
                      contracts can be just as binding, as long as it can be
                      shown, beyond a reasonable doubt, that a verbal promise
                      was, in fact, made.

                      I saw a small-claims case once in which the defendant
                      whined, "But your honor, I never-ever signed anything! I
                      challenge the plaintiff to produce any signed contract,
                      or even a hand-written agreement."

                      The judge asked, "At the time, did you know and agree
                      with the plaintiff's requirements?"

                      "Well, I guess so, at the time, but I'm telling you, your
                      honor, that I never signed a contract--there is NO contract!"

                      "BANG" the gavel hitting the bench punctuated the judges
                      closing words, "Judgement for the plaintiff!" This dummy
                      NEVER should have said "Well, I guess so." ...a statement
                      that instantly verified to the judge that he was under contract.

                      When a promise-to-pay is sent by email, or answered
                      from an email, it is as binding as a contract with a signature,
                      unless it could be shown some confusion about what was
                      stated. If the intent to charge was clear, and the intent to
                      pay was made, then the contract is binding.

                      So as a business person, it's very important that you
                      state clearly what it is you're selling, what the purchase
                      price is, and the terms of the payment. This done, and
                      with acknowledgement from the purchasing party, you
                      have a binding contract.

                      Okay, but what if someone ignores your requests, just
                      refuses to pay, and you don't want to go through the
                      hassle of getting a court judgement that will enable you
                      to attach a bank account or salary? I suggest you go
                      through this process at least once to see how it works,
                      but here's an easier alternative.

                      I have said over and over again, both here and in my
                      e-commerce program, the publication of an e-zine is
                      imperative. The most important reason is to become
                      acquainted with a substantial group of people, a place
                      to announce new products or services, and so forth.
                      The advantages are huge.

                      I have found during times I have been ripped-off, no
                      matter how large the corporation, employees (even
                      VPs) shudder at the thought of being made to look
                      bad in any publication, even if the mailing list is tiny.

                      Something that was done in relative obscurity could
                      suddenly pop up on the boss's desk, seen by friends
                      and family, and could potentially float around for years.
                      With the ubiquitous copy machine, and the Internet,
                      bad news can spread like wildfire.

                      Damaging articles not only get read by the folks in the
                      mailing list, if the article is inflammatory, cut & paste
                      forwarding can send it bouncing all around the Internet,
                      with a half-life of years.

                      So perhaps you might want to do as I have done and
                      reserve a portion of your e-zine as a place to publish
                      the names of the dead-beats and rip-off artists.

                      A Caveat (WARNING). When referring to a named individual,
                      never publish anything of a pejorative nature, unless it's written
                      by them, as in a nasty note to you. Avoid publishing your
                      personal opinion of the offending party. Never display your
                      anger in a published article.

                      Breaking any of the above rules could put you on the losing
                      side of a lawsuit. This, of course, also applies to your billing
                      statements and requests for payment. Once you hit that enter
                      key, it belongs to the person who owns the computer on the
                      other end of the web.

                      Publish only facts, cold-hard facts. If you can't resist sticking
                      in some sarcasm or depreciating statements, it will move
                      from a published fact, that can be documented, into the realm
                      of SLANDER!

                      If you allow that to happen, the offending party is suddenly
                      thrust into the "driver's seat." Attorneys love slander cases.

                      You have a reason to smile if the debtor retaliates with
                      slanderous articles in his/her e-zine. That could provide
                      the yacht payments for a couple of attorneys--and there
                      might even be a couple of bucks left over for you. Never
                      participate in slander--it's a form of abuse that should
                      never be perpetrated or tolerated.

                      It's better to not threaten someone with possible inclusion
                      in a dead-beat list (and of course, don't call it a "dead-beat
                      list"). However, if they aren't familiar with your practice, it
                      would be prudent to send them a copy of the section in
                      which this is done--or even an article such as this. If you
                      do send a list of names, I would suggest removing all
                      contact information from those on the list, such as email
                      addresses and phone numbers--anything that would enable
                      them to form a coalition against you.

                      But for the good of us all, never let a dead-beat slacker
                      get away with irresponsible behavior. Just be sure you
                      stay in the driver's seat. When it comes time to let the world
                      see their debauchery, be sure you are publishing only facts
                      and accurate numbers--the rest of us will be able to read
                      between the lines.
                      X. THE WDS BEDTIME STORY--Not an allegory

                      Let your mind Drift back through time and space about
                      50 years. It's a small town in Southern Oregon, and this
                      is a true story about me.

                      I was sick. I felt awful, with a fever and a sore throat that
                      wouldn't quit.

                      My mom tried all the home cures; aspirin, mentholatum,
                      tea, ginger ale, and lots of TLC, but I wasn't getting any
                      better, and several days had passed. So they loaded my
                      whining & pleading "I don't wanna go to the doctor" body
                      into our 1939 Chevy and off to the Doctor we went--20
                      miles down the road from our farm.

                      In those days, doctors always hurt you. Sometimes just a
                      little and sometimes a lot. I always assumed each time it
                      would be one of the "a-lot" ones. As a young boy, I only saw
                      a doctor 3 or 4 times until I started to need things like flight
                      physicals--in those days you only saw a doctor when you
                      were sick, and farm kids didn't get sick very often.

                      The only good part of the whole trip was seeing all of the stuff
                      that was in a doctor's office in those days. The waiting room
                      was sparse, with wooden benches, a couple of "health-is-fun"
                      posters, and a Casablanca type fan turning too slow and too
                      high up to do much good.

                      When it was my turn, I was taken into an examining room with
                      a table, but I could see in the next room the gleaming, stainless
                      steel pots and glassware. There were centrifuges, a couple of big
                      old microscopes with their own lights, a sterilizer, and always
                      there seemed to be the sound of bubbling water coming from
                      somewhere. In a side room was an old black x-ray machine that
                      looked like something out of a 1930s Frankenstein movie.

                      And of course there was always the beaker of soaking
                      hypodermic needles--objects of intense fear for me. Some
                      of the needles looked about the size of soda straws, with
                      a flesh-ripping hook at the end.

                      The doctor was a GP, and did it all...from the womb to the
                      tomb they used to say. He delivered you, took out your tonsils,
                      and if you were lucky you never needed to see another doctor
                      your whole life, unless he died first.

                      Anyway, he would come in, chat for about 10 seconds, and
                      start poking around. He would look down your throat, in your
                      ears, up your nose, and into your eyes with a strange light.

                      Then he would get you up on the table and punch around
                      on your belly asking if it hurt. Then he made you pee in a
                      bottle, and hack up some phlegm in a kidney-shaped
                      metal pan.

                      Oh no! In stalked the nurse with the NEEDLE! She wrapped
                      some rubber tubing around my arm and sucked out lotsa blood,
                      as I whimpered and whined.

                      Then I would see both the doctor and nurse scurrying around
                      the lab, making slides, my blood, and that of the other patient's
                      would be spinning like a carousel in the centrifuge. they were
                      doing stuff with my pee, smearing my phlegm in petri dishes,
                      and putting it in something that looked like a toaster oven. It was
                      a lot of work... but after a while they knew what was wrong with
                      me--and everybody else that had been in that day.

                      A diagnosis was made.

                      I can't recall now what it was... it might have been strep or some
                      other bacterial infection, a virus maybe, or infected tonsils.

                      Later the cultures in the "toaster oven" would provide clues for the
                      best treatment. Of course usually it came in the form of *yike*
                      another NEEDLE!

                      It wasn't long thereafter that medicine became more specialized,
                      and several GPs would pool their resources and share one lab
                      separate from their offices. Too bad.

                      And then the medical lab became big business, and it was all
                      done for the doctor. The doctors themselves became more
                      specialized and many of them only saw patients that were
                      already diagnosed. Of course computerized technology, such
                      as CT Scans and MRIs, handled the iffy cases.

                      When I worked in partnership with a primary care internist
                      I tried to do as much of the lab work as possible, but it was
                      so easy to just send the specimens out. Also, that reduced
                      the risk of medical malpractice.

                      I'll bet though, the disappearance of the GP that did his or her
                      own lab work, took with it a skill that is lost forever.

                      Nonetheless, It's important for every practitioner, whether
                      a physician or a psychotherapist to understand the basics
                      of diagnostics. I think many therapeutic treatments have
                      gravitated too much toward technique and away from patient
                      and client-centered therapy.

                      As a consumer, you have every right to ask about "your
                      And with that, the work of WDS E-Zine #50 is
                      now done.

                      Please feel free to forward this ezine to a
                      loved-one...or even a liked-one.

                      Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
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                        - THE WEISBROD DIGEST OF SEMINARS E-ZINE -
                        Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
                        Vol.4, No. 51 August 2000
                        From Honolulu, I'm Carl Weisbrod and this is a
                        WDS E-Zine. This week: Did Clinton fix the economy?
                        Emu Gizzards, chemistry, diagnostics, Viagra, forest
                        fires, wasted nicotine research, Internet rip-off,
                        and an encore presentation of The Amazon Adventure.
                        - SECTIONS & TOPICS -
                        I. Rantings & Ravings (editorial)
                        II. The Weisbrod Digest of Seminars
                        III. AskCarl FAQs
                        IV. Rasputin's Zap Chamber (hypnotism)
                        V. Health in a Handbasket
                        VI. Jokes 'n FunStuff :-D
                        VII. Medical Journal Review
                        VIII.Bureaucratic Bamboozling
                        IX. Rip-off of the Week
                        X. The WDS Bedtime Story (an allegory)
                        This WDS E-Zine is FREE and distributed by
                        subscription only. No advertising is accepted.
                        Perhaps this e-zine was forwarded to you by a
                        friend. If that's the case, you may subscribe
                        by following the links from http://askcarl.net
                        I. RANTINGS & RAVINGS
                        Years ago, in LaCrosse, I had a professor who taught
                        me a lesson that didn't materialize in my head until
                        years later.

                        We all called him Professor Z. He was the head of the
                        communications dept, but had an extra MA in biology,
                        so he taught in that dept as well. Dr. Z's wife used to
                        breed and do various procedures on lab rats. On his
                        days off he would deliver the rats to various labs and
                        let me tag along.

                        These people always seemed to be tucked away in corners
                        of basements. These docs were weird...always seem to
                        have frozen smiles and stained lab coats. There post doc
                        assistants were beginning to become weird, the grad
                        student lab assistants were preoccupied and not available
                        for small talk...and they were all dedicated to their work.

                        They usually had little interest in politics, but were
                        generally liberals because they depended on grants to survive.
                        Some made major discoveries and received Nobel Prizes in
                        medicine and chemistry, but most got no recognition at all.

                        I really respected these folks...I believe they were completely
                        dedicated, and in most cases gave much more then they received.

                        Now on the Internet, I come in contact with some of that same
                        dedication. Creating software out of digital-dust seems similar
                        to what the research people were doing--Bill Gates gets all
                        the attention, but there are thousands you've never head of
                        that are responsible for such things as search engines, HTML/JAVA
                        languages, various document builders, file sorting tools, number
                        crunchers, and dozens of other parts of the Internet.

                        The state of the economy owes a great deal to these folk's hard
                        work and genius...it's (to some degree) what put us back into
                        the lead that for awhile was lost to Japan.

                        And then there is business in general, that got their act back
                        together and did what they had to do to get back in charge--they
                        had become fat & lazy for awhile.

                        Listening to Clinton (at the Democratic Convention) stand up and
                        take all the credit for the upswing in the economy made me queasy.
                        The best stuff happened, in fact while he was occupied during his
                        impeachment trial. When it was over he went out and bombed Kosavo.

                        These politicians steal credit from predecessors, who also took
                        undeserved credit for a good economy. As far as I'm concerned they
                        are all riding on the backs of researchers, inventors, developers
                        of computer hardware and software, and business in general; if it
                        wasn't for these folks politicians would be (perhaps) actors,
                        lawyers, comedians, or even on unemployment insurance.

                        As far as I'm concerned all politicians are thieves ripping off
                        the credit that belongs elsewhere--as they spend billions of
                        dollars that also doesn't belong to them.
                        II. THE WEISBROD DIGEST OF SEMINARS

                        What can we believe? When money is involved, many
                        folks will lie like crazy. Politicians lie so much that
                        they start believing their own lies after awhile.

                        Some lies become culturalized, such as the Urban Myths:
                        Remember the Buick with the huge engine and special
                        carburetor that got 200 miles per gallon because the oil
                        companies kept it a secret? How about the Poodle that
                        exploded in the Microwave? There are books full of Urban

                        And now we have Internet eMyths. Did you get the Bill 602B
                        one? I wonder all the time if the following is just another
                        Internet eMyth:

                        "Without online Shopping Cart/CreditCard capability,
                        your e-commerce business can't survive."

                        Do you believe that?

                        I've seen tiny e-commerce businesses, such as Fanny's
                        Succulent Candied Emu-Gizzard Preserves, complete with
                        a Shopping Cart, Visa/MasterCard Merchant Account--
                        complete with a one-click capability. Wow, just like
                        Amazon.com! How impressive!!

                        Fanny certainly bought into it.

                        I think people learned to love credit cards because having
                        a romantic dinner at a restaurant, the last thing you want
                        to do is become involved in a financial transaction.Tossing
                        your VISA card on the little tray takes about 5 seconds of
                        one's attention.

                        Or your in a crowded store with newly purchased goods.
                        Zip--zip, sign the slip, and tired but happy, you head for
                        your car and home to enjoy your new treasures.

                        But sitting at home surfing the net in a comfortable chair,
                        you're where you want to be. You find yourself herded down a
                        digital gauntlet, relentlessly herded toward that last click
                        that forces you to become a proud owner of a jar of Fanny's
                        Emu Gizzards! But with only a fuzzy gif image of the
                        greenish-brown morsels, you might feel a bit rushed.

                        Of course, if it's standardized items, such as top-20 CD tunes,
                        or best-seller books, you'll be ready to lay down the bucks
                        almost instantly. But Emu Gizzards takes a little more thought,
                        and potential customers might resent being electronically
                        shoved toward that terminal Visa click.

                        But imagine instead that you ended up e-mailing Fanny
                        (a sweet lady) with some questions. As she answered your
                        questions, your mouth watered for the want of her Emu
                        Gizzards, and you're ready to buy.

                        And you quickly receive Fanny's next e-mail...

                        "Would you prefer to pay by credit card or by check?"...and
                        you make your choice. Seconds later another email arrives
                        with either a link to a check or credit card form to fill out.
                        There is not one bit of inconvenience and Fanny had the
                        opportunity to make personal contact with you.

                        Do you know what the missing link is on the Internet?
                        It's PERSONAL CONTACT!

                        Needless to say, you won't find the Shopping-Cart gantlet
                        on ol' http://askcarl.net

                        Hey! You wanna buy some Emu-Gizzard Preserves?
                        III. AskCarl FAQS

                        QUESTION: What are your thoughts about depression
                        caused by a "chemical imbalance of the brain"? As far
                        as I know there, many of the chemicals that make up the
                        brain are unknown, let alone the correct percentages or
                        requirements. If there was a chemical imbalance, and it
                        was possible to identify and measure which chemical was
                        out-of-balance I feel someone would have found a way to
                        do so, and physicians could then prescribe the needed
                        chemical to put it back in balance.

                        It concerns me that many people are being diagnosed with a
                        chemical imbalance, but are being prescribed anti-depressants,
                        rather than the missing chemical by only symptoms described
                        by the patients.
                        L.R. Australia

                        ASKCARL: Excellent question. Keep in mind that a big part of
                        medicine is man's attempt to imitate nature... and nature had
                        literally billions of years to perfect itself. Let me give you
                        a tiny bit of background you might find helpful.

                        Everything is chemistry, because chemistry (by definition) is
                        simply the understanding of the composition of everything. Life
                        nothing more than dynamic action within chemistry--movement
                        of molecules with a purpose, one might say.

                        There were several momentous breakthroughs that allowed living
                        things to become more diverse and adaptable.

                        An early one was DNA. This removed life's burden of constantly
                        needing to reinvent itself. With DNA, every cell carries the
                        blueprint of the whole system of which it is only a tiny part.
                        Not only that, the blueprint of much that had gone before is
                        stored away as well.

                        This made possible (for example) chlorophyll which then allowed
                        different life forms to live in concert with one another--and
                        gave us oxygen to breathe.

                        There was the telomere molecule that shut down the DNA after
                        a measured amount of time so early life forms wouldn't crowd
                        itself out of existence.

                        Then came homeostasis which standardized movement (osmosis,
                        for example) and such things as the concentration (balance) of
                        chemicals. This accounts for the standardization of body fluids,
                        such as blood, lymph, and the fluid inside and surrounding the

                        Some chemicals have the primary purpose of transporting messages,
                        or turning on & off various processes. There are the hormones in
                        the bloodstream and neurotransmitters in the brain, for example.
                        These message-carrying substances effect other chemical reactions
                        for such complicated processes as reproduction and dealing with

                        Because of homeostasis, everything effects everything else all
                        the way down to individual cells and even individual molecules--
                        it's an extremely delicate process. You can't touch one chemical
                        process without affecting hundreds of others.

                        Scientists have gained much understanding about the huge amount
                        of complication of biochemistry, but when one system, or part
                        of a system, goes out of whack, it effects a whole bunch of other
                        chemical balances. The diagnosis therefore remains an educated
                        guess, and treatment is often trial & error.

                        It's almost never a simple thing to know where the imbalance
                        started and where the best intervention point would be. The
                        problems that often arise are sometimes referred to as side-effects.
                        IV. RASPUTIN'S ZAP CHAMBER (hypnotism)

                        QUESTION: Is it not true that only Medical Doctors (and
                        not hypnotherapist) should diagnose? Don't MDs have a
                        monopoly on diagnosing? Isn't diagnosing a science requiring
                        years of study with the necessity of labs and technicians?

                        ASKCARL: Many professionals diagnosis. Psychologists are
                        trained to diagnose through testing. Much of a psychologist's
                        training is diagnostic testing. For some disorders, especially
                        those in the DSM, the MD often relies on the psychologist.
                        Chiropractors diagnose, RNs diagnose (much of their training
                        is in this area), RDs (registered dietitians) diagnose, RPTs
                        diagnose. x-ray techs diagnose. The last time I was in a clinic
                        I saw a technician over-ride the diagnosis of an MD, and nobody
                        got upset.

                        Of course, the physician has the final word on the assignment of
                        a diagnosis, and on the on the treatment for that diagnosis. The
                        physician is certainly the primary decision maker when it comes
                        time to assign a prognosis, which is an estimate on a possible
                        course and outcome of the disease or disorder.

                        But, in any case, an important reason to understand diagnostics
                        is not to diagnosis patients, but to understand a diagnosis that
                        has already been placed on the patient's records, or told to you
                        by a patient.

                        If you ever get in courtroom situation and you have been given
                        the patient records and don't understand the diagnosis, the
                        lawyers will chew you up--and then you my be accused of
                        practicing medicine without a licence. If you do make a diagnosis,
                        you can make it as a "working diagnosis," meaning a suspicion,
                        or as Internal Medicine physicians say; something to be "ruled out."

                        I can't understand why hypnotherapy training avoids training
                        in diagnostics when even teenage Nurses Aids have training
                        in diagnostics. Massage therapists get training in diagnostics.
                        Goodheavens!...a hypnotherapist's training should at least be
                        comparable with a message therapist.

                        If a hypnotherapist mentions they don't diagnose, it should be
                        the same kind of statement as a Family Practice doctor saying
                        they don't do surgery--but that doesn't mean the Family Practice
                        doctor wasn't (or shouldn't be) trained as a surgeon.

                        It is a bit ticklish, I agree with that. You should never say:
                        "I diagnosed the patient with ______." But you can (and should)
                        say: "Has ______ been ruled out?" Or ask if a certain diagnosis
                        has been made?

                        What would happen, for example, if you were treating a patient
                        for what you thought were tension headaches related to workplace
                        stress, but among the numbers on the patient's insurance form
                        was an ICD of something like 357.3 and a procedure code of 61510.

                        I have a hunch, very few hypnotherapists would know the
                        significance of those numbers, but it would indicate the
                        possibility of an extremely serious and possibly a
                        life-threatening condition.

                        I have heard judges make the comment "Ignorance is no defense."
                        In one case a patient was in a denial stage and dumped the
                        physician in favor of a hypnotist...saying he was sure his
                        headaches were stress.

                        Never did the patient discuss the physician's diagnosis, but
                        hoping some of the costs might be defrayed by insurance, he gave
                        the hypnotist a copy of one of the doctor's insurance forms.
                        Since the hypnotist had the insurance form and should have known
                        he was working with a patient that had been scheduled for brain

                        The family, thinking the hypnotist certainly knew the diagnosis
                        and the seriousness of the condition, went to court to stop the
                        treatment--much to the shock of the hapless therapist. When the
                        patient died, the hypnotist was hauled into court on a civil
                        action, and the court found against him.

                        No matter how you want to define it, hypnotherapy is on the
                        edge of medicine, and diagnostic procedures are a major part
                        of medicine. As in the above case, many would automatically
                        assume you would know at least the basics--at least to the
                        point of reading a basic insurance form.
                        V. HEALTH IN A HANDBASKET

                        Instead of the tired stuff about diet and exercise, I think
                        I'll talk about the health of our forests--since we are having
                        huge problems with wild fires (called forest fires in my day).

                        When I did my time in the woods, I remember the rage of the
                        tourists at the nasty scars of the clear-cut. Loggers and
                        sawmill folks weren't that happy with clear-cutting either.
                        When a climactic stand is reached, a large percentage of
                        old-growth timber is unmerchantable due to rot--so there was
                        no other choice. Of course there is mismanagement sometimes
                        when clear-cutting was done with a non-climactic stand.

                        The USFS gets kind of a bum rap. Until the environmentalists
                        gained control they had reached what is called a "sustained
                        yield" ...meaning more wood was growing than they were
                        cutting--I think that is no longer true.

                        One of the problems has been the huge pressure to leave the
                        old-growth stands alone, and since loggers and sawmill people
                        weren't that thrilled with them they were happy to leave them
                        alone. The huge increase in wild fires is partly the result.

                        Old growth timber stands are really beautiful, but dangerous.
                        A well-managed stand is not as beautiful with all the trees a
                        similar size and species--but what is one to do? If humans
                        insist on swarming over the planet like ants there's gotta be
                        some tradeoffs.
                        VI. JOKES 'n FunStuff :-D

                        Viagra is coming out with more potent varieties.
                        I understand the latest is so powerful that you
                        must swallow it real fast or you'll get a stiff neck!

                        Here's a definition of Politics--from The word
                        "Poly," meaning "many," And "tick," As In "Small
                        Bloodsucking Parasites!"
                        VII. MEDICAL JOURNAL REVIEW

                        I gotta tell you, I get real tired of wasting space publishing
                        journal reviews such as the one below. In the few years I
                        have published this e-zine I have published several like the
                        one below. Over the past 15 years they have all demonstrated
                        the same thing--nicotine as a deterrent to cigarette smoking
                        is only slightly better than a placebo--certain far less
                        effective than the behavioral approaches they replaced.

                        The British Medical Journal August 5, 2000)

                        "Smoking reduction with oral nicotine inhalers: a double blind,
                        randomized clinical trial.

                        Objectives: To determine whether use of an oral nicotine inhaler
                        can result in long term reduction in smoking and whether
                        concomitant use of nicotine replacement and smoking is safe.

                        Design: Double blind, randomised, placebo controlled trial. Four
                        month trial with a two year follow up.

                        Setting: Two university hospital pulmonary clinics in Switzerland.

                        Participants: 400 healthy volunteers, recruited through newspaper
                        advertisements, willing to reduce their smoking but unable or
                        unwilling to stop smoking immediately.

                        Intervention: Active or placebo inhaler as needed for up to
                        18 months, with participants encouraged to limit their smoking
                        as much as possible.

                        Main outcome measures: Number of cigarettes smoked per day
                        from week six to end point. Decrease verified by a measurement
                        of exhaled carbon monoxide at each time point compared with
                        measurement at baseline.

                        Results: At four months sustained reduction of smoking was
                        achieved in 52 (26%) participants in the active group and 18 (9%)
                        in the placebo group (P<0.001; Fisher's test). Corresponding
                        figures after two years were 19 (9.5%) and 6 (3.0%) (P=0.012).

                        Conclusion: Nicotine inhalers effectively and safely achieved
                        sustained reduction in smoking over 24 months. Reduction
                        WITH OR WITHOUT nicotine substitution may be a feasible
                        first step towards smoking cessation in people not able or not
                        willing to stop abruptly. [CAPS mine]
                        Comments from http://healthcentral.com

                        "In a followup after two years, the sustained reduction in smoking
                        for the active nicotine and placebo groups was only reduced by
                        9.5 percent and three percent respectively.

                        "You have to wonder -- if they are getting the oral experience of
                        inhaling, and they are getting nicotine, why didn't this help more
                        of them quit smoking? There must be something else about
                        smoking that kept all these people hooked.

                        "This study shows the difficulty that hard-core smokers have in
                        cutting back on the habit. Who knows, maybe they'd be better
                        off trying the pacifier approach.

                        I want to ask three thoughtful questions in light of the
                        vigorous presidential campaign gathering steam as we speak:

                        (1) Do you believe (without regard to the candidate that is
                        elected), that it would be impossible to accomplish most of
                        their campaign promises? [ ]Yes - [ ]No

                        (2) Do you believe they are both aware of the fact that their
                        campaign promises are (at best) exaggerations? [ ]Yes - [ ]No

                        (3) If your answered [Yes] for both, are you comfortable voting
                        for someone who is knowingly lying to the American people?
                        IX. RIP-OFF OF THE WEEK

                        Here's a gimmick that I've run into several times on the
                        Internet. I won't mention names because it's difficult to
                        prove that an e-commerce business is using this unethical
                        technique--which is probably the reason it is so frequently

                        You see an intriguing program, usually software, that offers a
                        try-before-you-buy program. You are told you have (let's say)
                        10 trials (or 10 days) to use it free, and only then will you
                        be asked to dig out the ol' VISA.

                        Let me give you an example:

                        Feeling confident, you download a program (let's call it)
                        RazzleDazzle. You are confronted with a complicated image
                        of windows, buttons and strange terms. You have no idea
                        how to use it, but not to worry, a manual that was (thoughtfully)
                        provided. You find the instructions are confusing at best.

                        After fooling around with it for an hour you still haven't gotten
                        it to do what you hoped it would. So you send an email with a
                        list of well thought-out questions to >support@...<

                        The next day you receive an e-mail from support@...
                        comprised of five words that don't even approach having answers
                        to your questions.

                        Nonetheless, you go back to the RazzleDazzle screen and
                        take note that you have used up the first two of your 10 free
                        trials.You spend another hour trying to get it to do the things
                        promised at the Web site, and finally you give up and try
                        another e-mail to RazDaz.com. You get five more words that
                        still offer little help.

                        Returning to the RazzleDazzle screen you see you are down to
                        (4) free trials. But you have made a couple of breakthroughs,
                        and you feel you are getting a little closer to success. You
                        send another e-mail to RazDaz, but without much hope of support.

                        By the time you've used up the last free trial, you have invested
                        a lot of time and energy and you hate to give up. Since they are
                        only asking $29.95 for the RazzleDazzle program, you're tempted
                        to order the full program. You think, "Maybe tech support will be
                        more helpful once they have my money."

                        Before you get out your VISA, ask yourself these three
                        questions: Is RazDaz's lack of tech support: (1) a result
                        of your lack of technical smarts (2) poor communication on
                        their part...or... what's (3)?

                        (3) Maybe they don't want you to figure it out. WHY!? Simply
                        because the RazzleDazzle folks know the function of their
                        software probably won't measure up to your expectations and
                        needs, and they want to get their hands on your $29.95 before
                        you have a chance to figure that out.

                        Remember the "third possibility" next time tech support
                        seems to be incapable of answering simple questions.
                        X. THE WDS BEDTIME STORY--not an allegory

                        Here's a story I haven't inflicted on anybody for a
                        couple of years...time for a recycling.

                        AN AMAZON ADVENTURE! By Carl Weisbrod

                        A "perhaps" true story with "slight" embellishments by me.

                        "Once upon a time there was a marketing person who worked
                        for a large meat packing company that produced a world famous
                        luncheon meat.

                        To be successful as one of many marketing persons in this huge
                        meat packing company, it was necessary to come up with marketing
                        schemes that would make the company a lot of money. Maybe a
                        jingle about Spam or a slogan--something like that.

                        One day this ambitious marketing person was wandering through
                        the shipping department and overheard some of the shipping
                        personnel talking about unusual orders that they had been
                        sending to an isolated village in the South American jungles.
                        For some unknown reason, they told him, someone (or a group of
                        some ones) in this little village has been for years ordering
                        a disproportionate number of cases of Spam.

                        The marketing person quickly grabbed the shipping order and
                        rushed to his office and called the number. He had a difficult
                        time getting through multiple connections, but finally a voice
                        came through the static acknowledging that he had placed those
                        frequent orders for Spam.

                        But then he was told that every case was delivered to a primitive
                        tribe deep within the rain forest. He was told that these tribal
                        people lived a stone-age existence and shunned all attempts to
                        become civilized. The one exception was their love for Spam.

                        Every dollar they could make by selling artifacts and native art
                        went into the purchase of cases of Spam. They couldn't seem to
                        get enough Spam.

                        This marketing person had heard enough. He rushed to his
                        supervisor and placed his career on the line for the required
                        funds to throw together a filming crew.

                        He then quickly purchased airline tickets to the nearest South
                        American city. From there they took a small airline to a small
                        town, followed by a miserable four-hour bus ride to the village
                        listed on the shipping invoice.

                        Upon arriving at a tiny and dirty outpost on the muddy banks of
                        the Amazon river, the address was found and a drunken proprietor
                        repeated the story of the primitive tribesman that love Spam.

                        Ignoring the noisy complaining of the camera crew, the marketing
                        person quickly found a guide that promised to take the crew,
                        equipment, and gift-cases of spam up river to this jungle tribe
                        of Spam lovers. Everything was loaded into an leaky dugout canoe
                        with an ancient outboard motor that sounded like it would quit
                        at any moment.

                        The next morning they headed into a cloud of mosquitos, as both
                        temperature and humidity soared into the one-hundred degree range.
                        Amid a crescendo of whining and sobbing from the camera crew,
                        they were off for the village deep within the Amazon jungle.

                        On the way, between periods of stark terror from poisonous snakes,
                        piranhas, and crocodiles, the marketing person asked the guide if
                        he knew why these people had such an intense love for Spam.
                        "Well..." between slaps at mosquitos, the guide said..."they think
                        it tastes exactly like their favorite food."

                        "And what food is that?"

                        "Longpig" smiled the guide. "They just love longpig, and they
                        think Spam tastes the same, so they love Spam too."

                        Well that makes sense" affirmed the marketing person... "Spam
                        is made mostly of pork parts."

                        Finally after several horrible days of terror--sunburned bodies
                        covered with infected insect bits--they arrived at the tiny
                        village...and were immediately accosted by a dozen hostile,
                        spear-toting natives.

                        "Spam! Spam!" the guide quickly shouted!

                        The word was like magic...instantly the natives started joyously
                        yelling "Spam-Spam!! yummy Spam, yumm yumm!"

                        As the half-dead camera crew set up their equipment, the
                        marketing person forgot about his insect-eaten, sunburned,
                        and fevered body, and quickly unloaded the Spam which the
                        natives happily carted off to the village. It helped to dull
                        the pain by fantasizing his beautiful new office and huge
                        salary this coup would undoubtedly bring at his return.

                        He said to the guide: "I would like to sample this longpig
                        food these natives compare so favorably with our delicious
                        Spam. I'm sure our company gourmet technicians would also
                        like to taste a sample."

                        The guides eyes widened as he sputtered "You want to eat

                        "Why of course...why not?" asked the startled marketing

                        "Do you know what longpig is?"

                        "Well I thought....." started the marketing person...but was
                        interrupted by the guide...

                        "Weren't you told that these people are CANNIBALS?!!"

                        ~ The End ~

                        CERTIFICATION OF ACCURACY: This story was heavily
                        adapted by me, and based on a 5th-hand account reiterated
                        by a semi-reliable person (whose name I have forgotten)
                        but who swore it was true, at least in substance. :)
                        And with that, the work of WDS E-Zine #51 is
                        now done.

                        Please feel free to forward this ezine to a
                        loved-one...or even a liked-one.

                        Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
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                          - THE WEISBROD DIGEST OF SEMINARS E-ZINE -
                          Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
                          Vol.4, No. 52 Sept. 2000
                          From Honolulu, I'm Carl Weisbrod and this
                          is your September WDS E-Zine. This week
                          I will talk about e-commerce, hypnotism, online
                          checks (lookout VISA!), Aloe for happy gums,
                          how to become a hypnotist (with happy gums),
                          revenge in the chocolate factory, and more.
                          - SECTIONS & TOPICS -
                          I. Rantings & Ravings (editorial)
                          II. The Weisbrod Digest of Seminars
                          III. AskCarl FAQs
                          IV. Rasputin's Zap Chamber (hypnotism)
                          V. Health in a Handbasket
                          VI. Jokes 'n FunStuff :-D
                          VII. Medical Journal Review
                          VIII.Bureaucratic Bamboozling
                          IX. Rip-off of the Week
                          X. The WDS Bedtime Story (an allegory)
                          This WDS E-Zine is FREE and distributed by
                          subscription only. No advertising is accepted.
                          Perhaps this e-zine was forwarded to you by a
                          friend. If that's the case, you may subscribe
                          by following the links from http://askcarl.net
                          I. RANTINGS & RAVINGS

                          In between issues, I sent out a (4) day offer at
                          discounted prices. Many thanks to those that
                          ordered a course...I really appreciate it.

                          I like to keep this mailing list as tight as I can, and folks
                          who have ordered one or more of my courses learn a lot
                          about me...but more important, I find out who they are. I
                          now have a bunch of closer friends than I had last week...
                          It's Great!

                          The response was pretty good and it kept me busy
                          writing and updating eBooks...but the best part was
                          handling the tech support questions by emailing back
                          & forth. There were even some phone calls on systems
                          such as Net2Phone.

                          So, here is a bit of my formula for a successful business
                          on the Internet. First you have to love churning out e-zines
                          like this one, and do it weekly. You have to like writing
                          short articles that you can hand out free. You also better
                          have the capability (or develop the capability) to write
                          computer books called eBooks or e-books.

                          If it's a service you provide, you need to have as much of
                          your personality within you programs as you can. The
                          technology is very friendly. The best so far is the ubiquitous
                          audio cassette. Everybody has a tape player, and it they
                          don't, you can send them one. The little cheap walkman-type
                          can be purchased for around $10, and they work great. It
                          costs 60 cents to mail one including the envelope.

                          If you want to have a real up-close and personal talk with
                          someone, one of those little recorders and a $5 set of
                          headphones are perfect (the kind you see growing out of
                          teenager's heads) In one of my courses, I include a little
                          player as my assurance the message will be heard.

                          And now we have the free online phones... what could be
                          better than that? And you can even add video. Holysmoke,
                          the cameras are down to the $50 range. (Although you
                          wouldn't want to see me as I look typing this--old ragged
                          T-shirt, hair uncombed--don't try to visualize it.)

                          I would be very surprised if much psychotherapy in the
                          very-near future isn't done this way. It works better than
                          I could have imagined just a couple of years ago. Those
                          therapists that don't become friends with his technology
                          might soon be sitting in their expensive offices (meter
                          running) wondering what happened.
                          II. THE WEISBROD DIGEST OF SEMINARS

                          Speaking of "wondering what happened!" I think the banks
                          who handle the VISA and MasterCard accounts are in for a
                          rude awakening. Have you ever noticed the computer systems
                          in bank offices. I think many are still running MS DOS.

                          For most of the last century the banks have had their way
                          with us. Keeping our money and giving us a tiny bit of
                          interest, while lending it out at ten times that amount.

                          I hate dealing with the banks Merchant Accounts. They
                          charge you for mediocre service, and then charge the
                          customer as well--if that's not double-dipping, I don't
                          know what is.

                          I grudgingly have a link to charge cards but only for
                          foreign business. For domestic accounts I have a system
                          called PayByCheck. It's wonderful! It's nothing more &
                          nothing less than your own personal check drawn on your
                          regular checking account. It's not like a check, or similar
                          to a check: IT IS YOUR PERSONAL CHECK.

                          You fill in the usual information from your check,
                          and for your signature the system uses the last
                          four digits of your Social Security number--that's
                          far more secure than a scribbled name. Unlike
                          credit cards, each and every transaction is separate,
                          never to be repeated, and since there are no paper
                          checks to loose, forgeries are next to impossible.
                          No humans ever touch it, and I don't even see your
                          check numbers. What could be more secure that

                          The PayByCheck system verifies the amount with
                          your bank and the transaction happens instantly
                          and electronically. You and I both get a verification
                          number and your cancelled check arrives right along
                          with the rest of your cancelled checks.

                          How do these companies make their money? The
                          merchant pays an initial fee and then a per-check
                          fee (far less expensive than a Merchant Account).
                          NO FEE is charged to the customer.

                          You can put a link on your Web site but I prefer
                          to send the link at time of purchase. It looks just
                          like an ordinary URL...and when clicked on you
                          get a screen image of a generic check with my
                          name on it. Fill it out, it verifies the amount in
                          seconds, and click again and it's done.

                          Folks haven't discovered the i-check type systems
                          yet, but when they do the online credit card will take
                          a heavy hit.
                          Along the same lines, but taking it a step further, The Markus
                          Allen E-Zine ran this article. The following is not my
                          PayByCheck system, but for the folks who need to transfer
                          thousands of dollars over the net. BTW, there are also full
                          service banks coming online. So if you want to know what's
                          happening with Internet finance, this is worth reading:

                          Wednesday, August 30 The Markus Allen Newsletter

                          Tired of paying 2-5% of your Internet sales to Uncle Visa®?
                          I am. Plus, I'm tired of their ridiculous restrictions. For example:
                          - You can't charge extra to accept credit cards.
                          - You can't set minimums.
                          - A customer has 90 days to reverse a charge -- even if the
                          goods were delivered in perfect condition. Don't believe me?
                          Ask any bank manager. Donna at my bank tells me horror
                          stories you wouldn't believe ... customers taking advantage
                          of retailers ... disputing charges (and getting their money
                          back through chargebacks even when they got the goods).

                          And here's the kicker ... you're responsible for the cost of
                          fraud. If you accept a stolen credit card and deliver the goods,
                          you eat the loss.

                          I'm happy to report there might be a better way to accept
                          electronic money. Introducing ACH (Automated Clearing
                          House) -- a system for point-to-point electronic money transfer.

                          First, let's assume most of your customers purchase goods
                          and services over the Internet with their credit card for speed
                          and convenience -- not as a short-term (or long-term) loan.

                          If this is the case, you must look into ACH.

                          Here's how it works: First, you obtain authorization to access
                          your customer's checking or savings account. Your customer
                          gives you (a) his account number, (b) his ABA routing number
                          (the number found on the bottom of the check), and (c) his
                          authorization (by mail or e-mail).

                          For example, let's say you're mailing postcards with my
                          company, MailShop USA (a discount postcard printing and
                          mailing service). The total bill comes to $700. On a special
                          secure page, you enter your account and ABA numbers and
                          give your permission to start the transfer. I immediately
                          e-mail you a special link. When you click on it, you're directed
                          to a double-check Web page. It lists the total amount ($700)
                          and asks you to confirm or cancel the transaction.

                          Each day, my system batches all confirmed transactions and
                          uploads them (via a secure connection) to my ACH site. The
                          funds are electronically deposited into my company's checking
                          account. Every day, I get an e-mail message confirming the

                          I can think of 3 great benefits of ACH:

                          - It's super-cheap
                          For each customer who uses ACH, I pay a one-time fee of just $1.
                          Then I pay 25 cents per transaction. My average fee to Visa for
                          a transaction is $72.00. (ed note: he must have meant 72 cents)

                          - It's super-fast
                          After I upload all confirmed transactions for the day, the money
                          my account just 2 days later. And for just 25 cents more per
                          transaction, I can bump that up to just 1 day. Compare that to 2-4
                          for Visa transactions.

                          - It's super-safe
                          For business-to-business transactions, there's a 2-day
                          "reverse the charge" period. In other words, the transaction
                          completely clears in just 2 days. On the other hand, it can
                          take 10 days for a check to bounce.

                          Also, at most banks, ACH transfers clear first. For example,
                          let's say this week your customer, Ron, did business with
                          you and 2 other companies. He paid you $500 by ACH, and
                          he wrote checks for $500 to each of the other companies. If
                          he only has $1,000 in his account, who comes up short? It
                          probably won't be you. You'll get your ACH transaction first,
                          and then the checks will be processed.

                          My thanks to Len Thiede and Bill Learst at Vanco Services, Inc.
                          I pumped them with a ton of questions about this new way of
                          accepting money. To reach them, visit their Web site at

                          By Markus Allen [http://www.markusallen.com]

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                          III. AskCarl FAQS
                          QUESTION: What do you think of the NLP (NeuroLinguistic
                          programing) type of hypnotism?

                          ASKCARL: The principles are excellent. The sophisticated
                          concepts of semantics, syntax, and body language are
                          advanced. There are many good techniques such as mirroring
                          and anchoring (see my review of NLP in WDS issues #27,
                          #28, #30). Here's the problem I have with NLP.

                          The best science--and hypnosis is a science--builds on
                          specialized knowledge derived from research, clinical
                          observation, and trial & error. Medicine holds it's place
                          of prominence because the technology dates back 2500

                          A modern jetliner is largely 1950s technology. The Space
                          Shuttle is 1960s technology. When we get a new generation
                          of airliner and space craft, the engineers will have incorporated
                          state-of-the-art technology and, as a result, the vehicles will
                          be faster, safer, and more efficient.

                          Hypnotism has a short history in many ways. It didn't advance
                          very rapidly until 18th and 19th century physicians decided it
                          would be useful as an anesthetic. It took a hit when chemical
                          anesthetics were developed, and another when Sigmund Freud
                          discounted its use in psychiatry. In the first half of the last
                          century, stage hypnotists kept it alive more than physicians.

                          Nonetheless, one can see a development from a scientific
                          perspective by studying its history, and attempting to see
                          the larger picture. I always told my students to think of how
                          each historical figure advanced hypnotism as a science one
                          small step ahead--or in the case of Freud--one step up and
                          two steps back.

                          Then the 1950s and 1960s, along came a sizeable group
                          of academically-orientated physicians. These doctors gave
                          hypnotism a huge push forward. It was studied using the
                          scientific method and clinical observation. During this time
                          hypnosis was accepted as a medical procedure--even if the
                          black-sheep of the family.

                          These doctors came along a little late with this, however. The
                          stage hypnotist had prior rights to hypnotism that they weren't
                          willing to give up. Also the stage guys were more skilled than
                          the physician practitioners who actually had to seek them out
                          to learn the practical art of the induction of hypnosis. For this
                          reason, these docs weren't willing to come down very hard
                          on those that had actually been their mentors.

                          For this reason, the so-called "lay hypnotists" were able to
                          carve themselves out a niche--if you can't get rid of stage
                          hypnotists, how are you going to get rid of someone with
                          clinical experience, no matter how skimpy the training?

                          So hypnotism suffers the disadvantage of being fragmented.
                          And NLP is a reflection of this fragmentation. Instead of
                          blending into the previous generations of hypnotism, it has
                          become more of a spin-off from a parent science.

                          When I first studied NLP in the early 1980s, I was sure by
                          this time it would simply be a integral part of hypnotism.
                          Unfortunately, that hasn't happened. Do you think the next
                          generation space shuttle would ever get off the ground if it
                          could only utilize the technology of the 1990s?
                          IV. RASPUTIN'S ZAP CHAMBER (hypnotism)

                          If you want to be a hypnotist, especially a professional
                          hypnotist/hypnotherapist, you have a variety of fascinating
                          things to learn. It can be a lifetime quest--and there's some
                          pretty exciting stuff. After all, the human imagination is the
                          most powerful entity on earth, and strangely enough the
                          principles are not commonly taught.

                          To begin with, I suggest you start by reading books strictly
                          based on appeal. It's never a good idea to build your identity
                          as a hypnotist too soon. If you get caught up with the "gurus"
                          (such as Milton Erickson) too soon, you are in danger of
                          leaving behind some of your own uniqueness.

                          I suggest you start by honing some of your basic communication
                          skills. Practice leaving each individual you talk with feeling a
                          little better at the end of the conversation than at the beginning.
                          If necessary, sharpen you social skills. This is the very
                          foundation of charisma.

                          Then start learning the finer points of syntax and semantics.

                          Next practice some susceptibility tests. At first, do fun little
                          subliminal tests as experiments. For example, find out if
                          scratching your nose transfers to other itchy noses, or play
                          around with contagious yawning. Pay attention to the people
                          that seem the most susceptible--look for patterns.

                          There is a huge group of tests in the ideomotor group. The
                          classic is Cherveul's Pendulum. Some of these tests can
                          even be part of the production of hypnosis. Most stage
                          hypnotists rely heavily on ideomotor tests. A hypnotist
                          should know several dozen tests, and perhaps use several
                          during the evaluation (first) induction.

                          My suggestion is to avoid getting involved with expensive
                          programs that promise too much. Forget about certification
                          and joining associations at first. Stay away from groups for
                          awhile--there is a danger of the ambience being ego-driven
                          rather than learning-driven, and it's easy to get caught up in
                          the psychology and energy of the group.

                          The best hypnotists (IMO) are ones that tend to stand back,
                          observe, and reflect.

                          The best hypnotists are NOT those in touch with their own
                          power, or even the power of technique, but rather the power
                          of each individual worked with.

                          (Analogy: The best jockey is one that is in touch with the
                          power of his horse, and the best pilot is one that is in
                          touch with the power of his airplane.)
                          V. HEALTH IN A HANDBASKET

                          I've you heard of the wonderful curative properties of
                          Aloe vera? This is no secret in Hawaii. Most of us
                          have a pot of Aloe to use for burns or scrapes. All you
                          need to do is cut open about a half an inch of the leaf
                          and smear a little of the slimly insides on the burn.
                          It heals so fast its amazing. The old Hawaiians used it
                          as a first-aid cream.

                          About 15 years ago, the cosmetic folks took notice
                          and started adding it to their products. Then, as
                          I recall, some research was done that isolated an
                          enzyme as the active ingredient. Unfortunately,
                          this enzyme was found to be fragile and lost its
                          potency when processed.

                          I heard a radio Infomercial selling a powered
                          aloe vera product that you add to water, I thought
                          "Yeah right! another rip-off."

                          The ad failed my HAX test with lots of Hyperbole,
                          Anecdotal evidence, and obscure eXperts. The
                          salesperson extolled the benefits for the usual
                          too-long list of chronic conditions--especially
                          from a processed product with questionable potency.

                          I have always thought of Aloe as useful only when
                          applied to the skin or as a gargle, so I question
                          if the active ingredients could survive the
                          digestion process.

                          The ad talked about marvelous cures for conditions
                          that are easily measurable, such as hypertension,
                          gingivitis, and allergies. So I decided to initiate
                          a small research project using the live Aloe plants
                          that thrive on my lanai. It's easy to do...simply
                          cut off a chunk of fleshy leaf, and chew it up. The
                          skin is very bitter but the gel inside is tasteless.

                          If you decide to try it yourself, be sure you first
                          test it with a tiny taste and spit it out to be sure
                          there will be no adverse effects.

                          I've been doing this a week now, and since I don't
                          have any serious problems, I can't report any
                          miracle cures, but perhaps the ol' gums are better...
                          can't be sure yet. I'll keep you informed on my

                          Ed note: It's been almost a year since my self test was
                          done. It certainly seemed to have cleared up my gingivitis.
                          Even though I haven't bothered to use it regularly for
                          awhile, my tooth brush stays snow white. Pretty good stuff,
                          this Aloe!
                          VI. JOKES 'n FunStuff :-D

                          You'll probably find this funny...it wasn't funny to me. :(

                          I was on a NewsGroup making a point--something I felt
                          strongly about. I got a return post from someone (I will call)
                          "X-Person." X-Person took me to task for my ideas and
                          was blunt in telling me that he thought I was an idiot to
                          have such an obviously flawed point of view.

                          I was annoyed, but in-control, as I thanked him for the
                          opportunity to debate, and further advanced my views.

                          X-Person came back with even more stinging criticisms
                          of my point of view. He misquoted me and projected
                          ideas I hadn't expressed and then tore into me for these
                          "projected" ideas.

                          I was more annoyed, but still in-control as I corrected
                          the misquotes and the incorrect projections, and advanced
                          what I thought were great ideas in favor of my point of view.

                          X-Person completely ignored my great ideas, while
                          pointing out that I had misspelled two words; "How
                          can you think you know so much if you can't even
                          spell correctly," he admonished.

                          After carefully checking my spelling, I posted back, but
                          this time my annoyance was clearly coming through. I
                          stated my original points and challenged X-Person to make
                          a coherent argument for his point rather than just ripping
                          mine apart.

                          And then, for heavensakes, I got THIS E-MAIL!
                          "Dear Dr. AskCarl,

                          I am X-Person's mother and I owe you an apology.

                          X-Person is actually my 12 year old son and his 13 year
                          old best friend. They were having great fun fooling the
                          doctor by finding fault with your posts. I must admit to
                          becoming an accomplice by helping them write their posts,
                          correcting their spelling, etc. But it has gone to far,
                          and I realize our little game wasting your valuable time
                          for the sake of these young boy's entertainment. I won't
                          let them bother you again."

                          I am truly sorry,
                          X-Person's mom
                          -:^Q I scraped up the remains of my ego off the floor
                          and turned off my computer.
                          VII. MEDICAL JOURNAL REVIEW

                          This goes back well over a year, reproduced from
                          WDS E-Zine #15. I like to bring it up from time to
                          time. As an enthusiastic advocate of scientific
                          research, I need to point out that it has its flaws
                          as well.

                          TOSS OUT THE BROCCOLI AND BRING ON THE CHEESE! :^D

                          A recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine
                          published the following article: "Dietary Fiber and
                          the Risk of Colorectal Cancer and Adenoma in Women."

                          The article emanated from a prospective study done
                          at Harvard's Department of Nutrition with a base of
                          nearly 90,000 women between the ages of 34 to 59.
                          Within this cohort group, there was no association
                          of a reduced risk for colorectal cancer and adenoma
                          by those consuming a high fiber diet.

                          You should know however, that these findings
                          contradict many studies, including the Cornell-China
                          Diet Study. Harvard's cohort group tended to follow
                          a relatively high fat and low fiber diet, as opposed
                          to the low fat (about 10%) consumed by the
                          Cornell-China cohort group.

                          Nonetheless, the media happily jumped all over
                          this report, which was music to the ears of their
                          fast-food sponsors, not to mention the anti-acid
                          and laxative folks.

                          The Harvard Department of Nutrition has an
                          interesting history. It was created by one man;
                          Fredrick J. Stare, Ph.D., M.D. Although I disagree
                          with many of Dr. Stare's ideas on diet, I admire him
                          greatly for his accomplishments. His department
                          was first funded by grants from the military as they
                          searched for the best way to nourish combat troops.

                          This research gave birth to the concept of The
                          Four Basic Food Groups. After World War II
                          the military funding was abruptly cut off and
                          Dr. Stare became an accomplished fund raiser.
                          I won't take the space to list the companies behind
                          the Harvard nutritional programs--suffice to say it
                          includes a disproportionate number of processed food
                          and pharmaceutical companies.

                          If you want to get the complete story, read
                          "Adventures in Nutrition" by Fredrick J. Stare;
                          "The Scientific Basis of Vegetarianism" by William
                          Harris; and "Save Yourself from Breast Cancer" by
                          Robert M. Kradjian.
                          VIII.BUREAUCRATIC BAMBOOZLING

                          About the time I start thinking maybe I'm a little tough on
                          politicians and their appointees, a story like this comes out
                          (in the summer of 2000)

                          As reported in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin by Ian Lind.

                          A Honolulu District Court judge and his wife profited from high
                          rents paid by hostess bars that were accused of drug dealing
                          and prostitution.

                          But the judge, David L. Fong, said he was unaware of alleged
                          criminal activity in a building that his wife, Connie Yon Fong,
                          bought and managed from 1991 until 1998. (ed note: the judge
                          and his wife lived and worked on the second floor of the building.)

                          The couple's role as landlords for several hostess bars strains
                          the limits of appropriate judicial conduct, according to one
                          community leader.

                          "It's an open secret what a shabby business this is," said
                          Kapiolani-area resident <snip> who has organized neighbors
                          to testify against additional bars in the area. "The whole thing
                          is unsavory, and to think of someone in a position like that
                          being involved shocks me."

                          Connie Fong signed an agreement of sale to buy the building
                          at 818 Sheridan St. in November 1991 and began seeking
                          hostess bars as tenants.

                          David Fong, then a part-time judge with his own private
                          law practice, also moved into the building, and he and
                          Connie shared an office on the second floor.

                          Allegations of drug dealing arose less than a year later
                          when the victim of a shooting in the building told police
                          that Club Chateau, where the shooting occurred, was
                          being used for the sale of drugs, according to police
                          reports of the incident that were later filed in court...."
                          And the news report goes on & on with names, dates,
                          records, etc. It tells of money in six and even seven,
                          figures being made by the judge and his wife from this

                          I know when stories like this get front page coverage,
                          it's most likely just a tip of the iceberg. I'm not going
                          to speculate what else might have been going on in these
                          places beyond saying that it would be a fair guess the
                          judge was much worse than any of the folks he presided
                          over. And to my knowledge he remains on on the bench
                          IX. RIP-OFF OF THE WEEK

                          I had one minor rip-off in the last week. I was asked to
                          put together several programs with a "check is in the mail"
                          promise. I was asked to put a rush on it, so I stayed up
                          half the night--I don't dublicate programs until I have an
                          order because I make frequent revisions. The promise
                          was broken.

                          I got a apologetic phone call with a revised agreement, which
                          was also broken--and excuses this time were hard to believe.

                          If I wouldn't have been wary by then I would have gone ahead
                          and mailed five programs with about 15 audio cassettes and
                          seven workbooks. Your guess is as good as mine whether I'd
                          ever gotten paid, but I did have a chance to check around,
                          and apparently this fellow's word is not regarded as sterling.

                          But, other than losing several hours of time, it wasn't so bad.
                          My system is to go into auto-guarded when someone fails to
                          keep even one agreement. When it happens twice in a row, I
                          write them off as someone I can't do business with.
                          X. THE WDS BEDTIME STORY--almost an allegory

                          This was first told by me in WDS E-Zine #24. My dad
                          told this story, as true, over 50 years ago. It fits
                          so well what has been going on from the Republican
                          and Democratic conventions, it's worth re-telling.

                          I hate it when politicians stand up and take
                          credit for our booming economy. Granted we
                          need government but, in my opinion, we have
                          too much; and the good economy is in spite of
                          government not because of it.

                          The economy is built upon the genius and hard
                          work of businesses not on political spending and
                          regulation. So I think these political guys
                          and gals have a lotta gall--if you ask me!

                          So, when I see politicians making speeches and
                          taking credit for economic growth, I think of
                          this practical joke as the perfect metaphor.
                          It was told to me by my father who said it
                          really happened (I hope it did).

                          Once-upon-a-time there was this chocolate candy
                          factory. They made the expensive individually-
                          wrapped kind like See's (I guess). And it was
                          really wonderful. It had an outer layer of the
                          finest milk chocolate, and some were filled with
                          caramel, some with a creamy nougat, others had
                          fruit or nut centers--a dozen different varieties,
                          each equally delicious.

                          On the first Monday of every month the exalted
                          executive group--CEOs, Chairmans of the Board,
                          presidents and vice presidents--would have a
                          luncheon...within earshot of the kitchen crew.
                          But even though these kitchen folks had created
                          these wonderful taste treats, they were never

                          The executives would have a fine lunch, with
                          the finest wines and spew accolades at each
                          other for this wonderful candy for which they
                          gave themselves full credit.

                          By each place-setting was a tiny silver plate with
                          a delicate white doily and a single chocolate. It
                          was tradition at the finale of each meeting the
                          executives would hoist their delicate morsels in a
                          kind of toast. At a signal from the CEO they would
                          simultaneously chomp into the chocolate with the
                          appropriate Ummmmmmms and smacking-of-lips.

                          On this day the kitchen crew was crowding close
                          to the door to listen, sick & tired of the years
                          of unappreciated service.

                          When making these kind of chocolates, the nougats
                          are first placed in molds so warm chocolate can
                          be dribbled on top sealing the centers until eaten.

                          On this day, instead of the usual fillings, in
                          one was placed a wad of hair, in another, a chunk
                          of laundry soap, a blazing hot pepper, a wad of
                          wool sweater, and other such taste surprises!
                          And with that, the work of WDS E-Zine #52 is
                          now done.

                          Please feel free to forward this ezine to a
                          loved-one...or even a liked-one.

                          Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
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                            Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
                            Vol.4, No. 54 November 2000
                            From Honolulu, I'm Carl Weisbrod & here is your
                            November 2000 ezine. Stephen King, this is for you:
                            *thaaapppppp!!!* This week I will talk about the
                            presidential *snicker* election and the *sob* death
                            of website e-commerce, and a buncha other stuff.
                            - SECTIONS & TOPICS -
                            I. Rantings & Ravings (editorial)
                            II. The Weisbrod Digest of Seminars
                            III. AskCarl FAQs
                            IV. Rasputin's Zap Chamber (hypnotism)
                            V. Health in a Handbasket
                            VI. Jokes 'n FunStuff :-D
                            VII. Medical Journal Review
                            VIII.Bureaucratic Bamboozling
                            IX. Rip-off of the Week
                            X. The WDS Bedtime Story (an allegory)
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                            I. RANTINGS & RAVINGS

                            I'm mad at Stephen King... you know, the guy that
                            writes those scary books that sometimes become
                            even scarier movies.

                            King was on my top-ten favorite people as he drove
                            his publishers nuts a while back. As you might recall,
                            he was damn near killed when he was run over by a
                            careless driver. He was injured and traumatized so
                            severely he didn't know if he could ever write again.

                            So when he finally ground out a short story, his
                            publishers were thrilled to have their money-making
                            author back in the saddle. The joy turned to horror
                            when King announced his plans to publish his first
                            short story as an eBook.

                            Of course, the eBook venue has the potential of
                            putting publishing companies out of business.
                            Publishers exist because they can cover of the
                            huge cost of printing, promoting, and distributing
                            glue-and-paper books. eBooks require none of
                            these things.

                            If you said the word "eBook" in a room full of
                            publishing company executives you could actually
                            hear the sphincters tightening.

                            Most folks had never heard of eBooks before King's
                            decision to use this system as his venue for his
                            much awaited first post-accident book.

                            So, as an eBook author, I put ol' Steve right on the
                            top of my good-guy list. But then he started screwing
                            around with the price structure; first he was going to
                            charge $5, and then he decided to give it away. Of
                            course this was a slap in the face to hard-working
                            authors that couldn't afford to give their eBooks away.

                            Well... it was his book, so he could do with it as he
                            wished. But now with his second book--I think it's called
                            something like "The Plant"--he decided to sell it chapter
                            by chapter with a honor system payment of a dollar per
                            chapter. He took a somewhat immature approach by
                            threatened to not finish the book if he got less than 75%

                            Of course the percentage of voluntary payers dropped
                            below 70%. But, as I understand it, King decided to to
                            finish the book anyway, but increase the by-chapter
                            cost to two-dollars.

                            The reason I'm angry at Stephen King is he is fortifying
                            the very thing I'm fighting against. King is setting it up
                            so the 75% of the honest folks will end up paying for
                            the 25% group of free loaders.

                            It's sad but true that somewhere around--well less than
                            25%--but probably 10% of the people who order eBooks,
                            and other software products, try to figure a way to cheat
                            the author out of his fee--even though with eBooks it's
                            only about $10 per book.

                            There is a problem with eBooks, and other software
                            products. There is no returnable quality of a glue-and-paper
                            book, as there would be for something like an audio cassette.
                            Once it goes into the ordering person's computer, copies can
                            be made in seconds. Sending a copy back to the author
                            means nothing. Here's an example:

                            I had one customer emailing an attachment back to me
                            claiming he had not read it... "hadn't even downloaded it,"
                            he said. "So why should I pay for it?" But then a few
                            sentences later (apparently forgetting what he had just
                            written), he was scolding me for the typos he had spotted.

                            The term for this group is Cyber-Shoplifters--and Stephen
                            King hasn't been much help.
                            II. THE WEISBROD DIGEST OF SEMINARS
                            Originally published November 11, 2000

                            I want to tell you something about e-commerce
                            that few want to admit--at this time, one only hears
                            it as undercurrents of incoherent mumbling. But
                            here it is for my loyal readers, loud & clear:

                            Web sites/websites/URLs/homepages, were grossly
                            over-hyped, and (as a business venue) will seldom
                            provide a living income for an e-commerce entrepreneur.

                            I'm one of the few willing to publish this sad fact but
                            many know it to be true. Some of the huge Internet
                            companies, such as eBay and Amazon.com have
                            discovered this depressing revelation, but after taking
                            gazillions of dollars from starry-eyed stock buyers
                            and venture capitalists, it's (as one might imagine)
                            painful to admit.

                            True, the eBays & Amazons, made big bucks in
                            their infancy, but are now failing as customers are
                            spreading out over the competition. Experienced
                            CEOs would have predicted and then anticipated
                            this eventuality--especially considering the ease of
                            starting an online business. But the cyber-CEOs
                            had not been shaving long and were not good at
                            predicting long-term business trends.

                            Of course, here and there you will find successes
                            with cyber-companies, and perhaps even eBay and
                            Amazon.com will make it after adjusting their
                            business plans downward to more realistic levels.
                            Here and there some small e-commerce businesses,
                            the size of mine, that will make it, but only if they
                            have extraordinary luck.

                            The buying masses love to look at websites, but
                            after they look around for a few minutes they still
                            feel more comfortable going to a traditional store
                            for the final purchase. I think most folks want to
                            touch a product before they buy.

                            This revolting development is best reflected in the
                            Nasdaq numbers, but those of us who have been
                            involved with Internet commerce since the early days
                            have seen the pattern--and I'm talking about evidence
                            that goes far beyond anecdotal.

                            Am I saying the Internet is doomed as a business
                            venue? Nope, I'm not saying that at all. All I'm saying
                            is the likelihood of making a living using the website
                            replacement for a brink & mortar store is between slim
                            and none.

                            A website, to a e-commerce person should be this:
                            a catalog and a fancy hi-tech brochure. A website is
                            a place where an entrepreneur can proudly display his
                            or her products and perhaps some personal information.

                            Like a catalog, it's a place where regular customers
                            can go to order additional products or services. It's a
                            place to find vital information such as addresses and
                            tech support. But, sadly, very few initial orders well
                            be generated by a website. As we speak, 80% of my
                            present clients have never seen my website at their
                            first order.

                            Making it in the e-commerce business is the same
                            as any other business... you must find at least one
                            customer base--and I'm not talking about web surfers.

                            There are a number of alternatives: one is traditional
                            advertising (forget such things as search engines and
                            banner ads). Of course there's the ol' tried & true
                            word-of-mouth, and there's the bread & butter of the
                            service provider--the referral.

                            Personally, I've found my salvation in eBook/audio tape
                            & workbook packages offered to targeted groups.

                            In the last edition of my Home-Based Business
                            program (updated in 1999) I had already started
                            recommending simpler websites, for which one
                            could be his/her own webmaster, and promotion
                            using on-line message boards, NewsGroups,
                            chat lines, and the like.

                            My most recent edition (in-work) will askew this
                            approach in favor of methods of reaching population
                            groups that I formally thought to be unnecessarily
                            large. And then beyond that, I will stress the need
                            for targeted advertising techniques.

                            As far as specific techniques, those are not mine to
                            reveal. The advertising guru that gave me the techniques
                            I'm successfully using does not make them available
                            III. AskCarl FAQS

                            QUESTION: I want to publish eBooks and I want to
                            find the very best software. So far I've only found
                            E-ditorPro, and I want to make sure I find the best.

                            ASKCARL: I've written about a dozen eBooks, but
                            I've had a time problem to learn all the Razzle-Dazzle
                            programs the "big guys" use. The one I hear most
                            about is Adobe PageMaker with the related systems
                            for converting your eBook into a PDF file (for e-mailing).
                            I have the Adobe package but I'm sticking with my old
                            tried-and-true MS-Word and the ubiquitous Adobe
                            Acrobat Reader to convert them--it's a time issue for me.

                            If you're going to have a lot of graphics in your eBook
                            perhaps the Adobe PageMaker would be the better
                            place to start, otherwise I would suggest to start out
                            with whatever word processing program you are familiar
                            with and convert it with Adobe Acrobat 4.0. You can
                            get a free trial at: http://www.adobe.com I think the
                            newer program offers 3 free conversions.

                            If you're already proficient in a word processing
                            programs, you might consider sticking with it until
                            you gain some experience--get the free trial Adobe
                            Reader to convert your eBooks into PDF.

                            Or go with E-ditorPro (which I think works in HTML).
                            I have that one too, but haven't used it yet. I think
                            it's a popular program for the smaller eBooks.

                            Hope this helps.
                            IV. RASPUTIN'S ZAP CHAMBER (hypnotism)

                            I have four new eBooks that might be of interest to
                            therapists interested in hypnosis as part of their
                            practices. The introductory package price is $35.00,
                            and that includes a tape and a couple of workbooks.

                            - STRUCTURES OF HYPNOTISM II (retails at $25.00)
                            - SECRETS OF HYPNOTISM & SELF-HYPNOSIS ($12.50)
                            - CHARISMA & POWER ($8.00)
                            - PROBLEM SOLVING BY FORMULA ($12.50)
                            V. HEALTH IN A HANDBASKET
                            This is an encore article from WDS E-Zine Vol. 3, No. 34

                            For decades, I've been involved with weight control and
                            nutrition as a factor of protection from degenerative diseases.
                            I have also worked with the physiological demands in
                            relationship to the metabolism. I certainly predate Atkins,
                            Sears, and that crowd.

                            I've learned the basics, and knowing what I know, it seems
                            strange that there are so many misconceptions about nutrition.
                            It shouldn't be the mystery so many make it out to be.

                            One must understand, however, the type of animal we
                            are. The energy demands, for example, of a cheetah is a
                            lot different than those of a relatively slow-moving human.
                            Long distance endurance is our thing rather than speed.
                            When a cheetah takes off after an impala, its body must
                            gain access to fat stores in seconds during the 60
                            mile-per-hour dash--with a duration of a couple of minutes
                            at the most. If the cheetah misses, it will take hours
                            before another attempt is possible.

                            The human even in the best of condition will not begin to
                            tap into this energy source for about 20-minutes. For the
                            sedentary, out-of-shape person fat burning is extremely
                            sluggish, which is the reason so many of us are lumpy
                            with excess storage--it's simply not available for utilization.
                            Forcing a low-calorie or high-protein diet will seem to work
                            at first, but will ultimately make things worse.

                            Here's an easy way to think about our physical and nutritional
                            needs. Imagine you and I were isolated on the African savanna
                            with about 400 square miles of real estate at our disposal. At
                            first it might seem that the possibility of survival was not good.

                            But this is the exact environment our very early ancestors
                            survived just fine for well over a million years (if you accept
                            fossil records as evidence). Let's test out the theory.

                            You would want two things: nutrition for healthy cells and
                            enough calories to maintain muscle mass. If you lost
                            either, you would soon be invited to dinner by one of the
                            large carnivores from the edges of your territory--and you
                            would be the main course.

                            Humans, as all herbivore primates, can gain 100% of their
                            nutritional needs (vitamins and minerals) from leafy greens--it's
                            all in there. So your first problem is solved. But these foods
                            are not calorie-dense, so you would look for something with a
                            lot of starch or sugar. This you would find in roots, tubers, and
                            fruits, which are the starch and sugar storage vessels for plants.

                            For protection from the large carnivore (remember, they're
                            sprinters) you would maintain a buffer-strip of at least a mile.
                            Which means you would also need to keep the same distance
                            from their food sources--the grazing-herd animals.

                            If you accomplished this, you would be able to survive on the
                            savanna as did our ancestors--and to this day, a few vanishing
                            and isolated tribes.

                            I've often wondered what my life would have been like, had
                            I sold out as did the fad-diet folks--I probably wouldn't have
                            been any happier, but I know I would have been a lot richer.
                            VI. JOKES 'n FunStuff :-D

                            Thot for today: Is it better to have folks throw their
                            jewels at your feet or their feet at your jewels?
                            ~ ~ ~
                            A long time ago an American Indian tribe had a
                            tradition that the brave allowed to marry the chief's
                            daughter had to prove himself worthy. The events
                            involved combat prowess, hunting skills, and other
                            feats of strength and bravery.

                            The final event was to swim a frozen lake with a
                            hundred feet of ice extending out toward the center
                            of the lake. The brave who was far ahead of all the
                            other braves chopped a hole in the ice, dove in and
                            swam to the other side... but he forgot to chop a
                            hole in the other side, and therefore drowned unable
                            get out of the freezing water.

                            In the spring, the brave's body was recovered, and a
                            ceremony was held in honor of his bravery. The chief
                            even named the lake after the brave young man.

                            And every year, his memory was celebrated
                            on the shores of Lake Stupid.
                            VII. MEDICAL JOURNAL REVIEW
                            The following was reproduced without my usual editing.

                            "Diet docs chew the fat over weight loss, obesity."
                            October 20, 2000.
                            "DENVER (Reuters Health) - Two of America's leading diet
                            doctors faced off on Thursday in a sometimes acrimonious
                            debate over the best way to solve one of the nation's most
                            vexing medical problems: the country's staggering rate of

                            "But as Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Robert Atkins discussed
                            such complex medical situations as glycemic control, insulin
                            sensitivity and triglyceride levels, the key--albeit slightly bland--
                            piece of advice came from Dr. Eileen Kennedy, a US
                            Department of Agriculture (USDA) researcher: calories count.

                            "Any diet that restricts calories will result in weight loss"
                            regardless of what foods are consumed, Kennedy told nutrition
                            and diet experts attending the American Dietetic Association's
                            annual meeting. Ornish, an internist at the University of California,
                            San Francisco, and author of "Eat More, Weigh Less," weighed
                            in on the side of the government food guide pyramid, with its
                            recommendation of a mostly plant-based diet rich in whole grains,
                            low-fat dairy products and plenty of fruits and vegetables.

                            "Atkins, a cardiologist and author of "Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution,"
                            blames the USDA's carbohydrate-heavy pyramid for America's
                            rise in obesity. He claims that Americans have gained staggering
                            amounts of weight since the government encouraged people,
                            through its pyramid, to eat low fat.

                            "No one would argue that Americans are fatter than ever. Nearly
                            55% of US adults are overweight and more than 22% are obese,
                            according to the latest government statistics. Between 1998 and
                            1999, obesity--a leading cause of heart disease and diabetes--
                            rose 6%, Kennedy said.

                            "The numbers may sound incredible, but this is no fuzzy math.
                            On that, the two doctors agreed. Where they part ways is how
                            best to trim the fat off of these figures.

                            "It's not a mystery. People are eating more fat, more calories
                            and more sugar, and exercising less," Ornish said.

                            "He argues that Americans consume too many animal products,
                            the leading source of saturated fat in the diet. His mostly vegetarian
                            reversal diet for those who have already been diagnosed with heart
                            disease recommends no more than 10% of total calories from fat.
                            Levels of fat are slightly higher for those who want to prevent heart
                            disease or lose weight.

                            "But restricting fat so much can be a tall order for a nation that
                            has a hard time sticking to the government's recommendation of
                            no more than 30% of total calories, of which no more than 10%
                            should come from saturated fat, critics say.

                            "According to Atkins, Americans can no longer stomach such
                            restrictions. In addition to being boring, they just don't work.

                            "Pushing the food pyramid is a major error," he said.

                            "Instead, we should be substituting pasta, potatoes, bread
                            and some starchy vegetables with beef, bacon, eggs and
                            cheese. By restricting dietary carbohydrate, the body's
                            preferred fuel source, the body is forced to use its fat stores
                            for energy, he explained.

                            "While Atkins concedes that there are no long-term studies to
                            support his claims ("But are there any diets that have been
                            shown to have long-term success? I think not," he said),
                            countless testimonials suggest that at least in the short-term,
                            his plan seems to work.

                            "He said he has found no evidence in the more than 40,000
                            patients he has treated that his diet is dangerous. He also
                            cited a small study, which found that individuals on his diet
                            lost weight, lowered cholesterol and triglycerides, another
                            type of fat linked to heart disease, and raised levels of HDL
                            ("good") cholesterol after 4 months.

                            "But critics charge that the diet is dangerously devoid of
                            essential vitamins and minerals, raises a person's risk of
                            heart disease and some forms of cancer, stresses the
                            kidneys, and causes the body to lose calcium. It is also
                            said to cause constipation, headaches and bad breath.

                            "If there is a grain of truth to his claims, it is that eating
                            simple carbohydrates--white bread, pasta and bagels, for
                            example--seem to raise insulin levels, a risk factor for type
                            2 diabetes.

                            "There is some benefit in not eating simple carbohydrates,"
                            Ornish said. "The goal should be to eat more complex
                            carbohydrates" which are high in fiber. Studies have shown
                            that fiber--in short supply in the Atkins diet--can improve the
                            body's response to insulin. Protein and fat, Ornish noted, have
                            been shown to raise insulin levels in the blood.

                            "Another criticism is that restricting carbohydrate intake can
                            lead to a sometimes dangerous medical condition known as
                            ketosis, in which the body eats its own fat. While this may
                            sound like dietary nirvana to some, it can change the blood's
                            pH balance. Atkins disputed the notion that the levels of
                            ketones produced by his diet are dangerous. Ornish was not

                            "You can lose weight on chemotherapy but that doesn't
                            mean it's a good way to do it," Ornish said. Kennedy provided
                            statistics from a government study of about 5,000 Americans
                            who stuck to the food guide pyramid. About 20% to 30% of
                            their calories came from fat, about 55% from carbohydrates
                            and 15% from protein. Both men and women who followed
                            the government's advice had a lower body mass index, a
                            measurement of a person's weight in relation to their height,
                            than people on a low-carbohydrate diet.

                            "Unequivocally, I can say the reason Americans are getting
                            fatter is that they are not following the advice of the USDA,"
                            Kennedy said.

                            "The evidence is clear: long-term weight loss is slow
                            and steady weight loss with a dietary pattern that can
                            be sustained over a long period of time," she added.
                            VIII.BUREAUCRATIC BAMBOOZLING

                            Here's a mind-bender for you! I just heard a statistic that
                            made me sit bolt upright. I assume this was a bureaucratic
                            report designed to alleviate our fears and give the message
                            that the public school system was doing a great job after all.

                            The tag-line was that it's NOT true that our schools were
                            unsafe. Then the statistic to prove the statement was that
                            our kids (according to the Fed's number crunching) were
                            TWICE AS SAFE in schools as they were outside of school.

                            You gotta think about those statistics. That means that your
                            child is ONLY twice as safe in a place in which their protection
                            should be paramount... ONLY twice as safe as when living in
                            violent homes (an all too common situation), riding in cars with
                            other teenage drivers, and walking dangerous streets.

                            Holysmoke! How safe is that?

                            That's like saying someone is twice as safe in schools than
                            doing a ramp jumps over buses threw a flaming hoop on a
                            motorcycle at 90 MPH. That's also probably true!
                            IX. RIP-OFF OF THE WEEK

                            As I write this, we just had an presidential election. The
                            results are obvious to any person capable of thinking
                            without straining it through his or her personal bias...
                            IT'S A DAMN TIE--A DEADLOCK, A DRAW!

                            How could any other conclusion be arrived at? Nobody
                            will argue the results that clearly show it possible for
                            either Bush or Gore to have won or lost the popular vote,
                            and either one could have also won or lost the electoral
                            vote. That's called: A TIE!

                            In Florida, depending on how they crunch the numbers,
                            either one could be with winner. There are a number of
                            states in which a recount could reverse the results. What
                            word, other than TIE, would describe circumstances such
                            as this?

                            Of course, rushing to the designated epicenter of the battle,
                            is the usual group of partisan bureaucrats trying to convince
                            each other that their re-write of the situation justifies their
                            man to become the next President of the United States.

                            You watch, before this is over it will be such a mess that
                            nobody will be able to make sense out of it. For heavensakes,
                            there are even some of these characters suggesting a run-off
                            election! What good would that do? IT'S A TIE! Do they think
                            they can make November 7, 2000 a better place to remember?

                            It seems obvious to me that the task for the bureaucrats is to
                            figure out what to do in the event of a tie--not just doing it over
                            again hoping for different results. Holysmoke! What's so difficult
                            about the concept of a tie?
                            X. THE WDS BEDTIME STORY--an allegory
                            Pauly - An Allegory
                            First told July 14, 1999
                            and published in WDS E-Zine #23

                            Once upon a time there was a little boy who was as
                            cute as he could be. His name was Paul, but he was
                            so cute that everybody naturally called him Pauly.
                            Pauly's last name was McTishen.

                            Everybody loved Pauly, and Pauly loved everybody as
                            well. But above all, little Pauly loved candy. He
                            liked hard candy, gum drops, chocolate candy, candy
                            bars--he just loved every kind of candy there was.
                            To Pauly, candy was a gift from the gods.

                            As luck would have it, just down the street was a
                            wonderful old-time candy shop. "Selling candy of
                            all kinds was the joy and sole income for the owner
                            of this delightful shop. Big glass display cases
                            sparkled in a profusion of bright candy colors
                            tempting all who entered."

                            Pauly came from a poor family and he had to work to
                            help support his widowed mother and a younger
                            brother and sister. But once in a while, on his
                            birthday or at Christmas time, he would have an
                            extra penny or two to spend on himself, and he
                            would rush to the candy store to buy a gumdrop or a
                            bit of hard candy.

                            Whenever he would see the shop owner, Pauly would
                            beg him for a job. He promised to work hard
                            keeping the little shop spotlessly clean and
                            assisting customers to make the best choice in
                            their candy purchases. He begged and pleaded until
                            the kindly shop owner relented and gave Pauly a

                            Pauly was thrilled and grateful to have such a
                            wonderful opportunity. And the shop owner marveled
                            at his little employee's dedication to hard work.
                            Pauly polished and polished the glass display cases
                            until they sparkled like jewels, and swept and
                            mopped the floors until you could see your
                            reflection in them. And he was so polite and
                            helpful to the customers that they all commented
                            how fortunate the shop owner was to have such a
                            wonderful employee.

                            And as much as he loved candy, Pauly would never
                            dream of taking even one piece that he hadn't paid
                            for. The owner even said, "Pauly, it's okay to
                            take a piece to have with your lunch--you work so
                            hard you deserve it."

                            But Pauly didn't think that would be right. He felt
                            he should pay for what he took, just like everyone
                            else. So, he thanked the kindly shop owner but
                            declined to take even one piece of candy that he
                            hadn't paid for.

                            One day Pauly came to work with a sore throat--but
                            declined to take the day off saying; "there are
                            display cases to polish, floors to mob, and
                            customers in need of help with their purchases.

                            "Well then, I've got just the thing for that sore
                            throat" said the kindly store owner, as he fetched
                            a lemon drop from the display case. "Suck on this
                            lemon drop, Pauly, and it will soothe that sore
                            throat of yours. It's the least I can do for such
                            a hard working employee."

                            So reluctantly Pauly accepted the free lemon drop,
                            thanking the kindly shop owner profusely--and sure
                            enough his throat was soothed from the sweet lemon

                            A couple of weeks later, Pauly again had a sore
                            throat and when the owner noticed Pauly's hoarse
                            voice he fetched him another lemon drop which Pauly
                            gratefully accepted.

                            Sometime later Pauly again felt a bit of a scratchy
                            feeling in his throat and asked the kindly shop
                            owner if he thought a lemon drop would help. "You
                            don't need to ask me every time" the shop owner
                            scolded gently...so Pauly went to the display case
                            and helped himself to a lemon drop.

                            From that time on, whenever he had a sore throat,
                            or a bit of a throat itch, at the shop owner's
                            urging, he would help himself to a lemon drop. And
                            then he would have a lemon drop if he felt that a
                            sore or itchy throat might be coming on.

                            Pauly realized that the kindly shop owner was
                            right; he really did deserve these tiny bits of
                            candy for being such a hard worker.

                            Then as a way to assist customers with their sore
                            throats, Pauly would test other flavors of hard
                            candy. He would try a different one each day to
                            see which worked best for sore and itchy throats.

                            Sometimes he would take a lemon drop home if his
                            poor widowed mother, or his brother or sister, had
                            a sore throat. After a while he kept a supply of
                            lemon drops and other hard candies at home in case
                            a sore or itchy throat occurred. He realized his
                            little family shouldn't have to suffer--they
                            certainly deserved such a kindness. He also
                            started to fetch lemon drops for his deserving
                            friends and their sore throats.

                            Before long, Pauly would leave the candy shop each
                            day with his pockets bulging with candy...but never
                            very much of it was for himself--mostly it was free
                            gifts to his friends who, as one might expect, loved
                            him very much for his unselfish generosity.

                            To pay Pauly back for his kindness, they sometimes
                            patronized the candy shop, for which the shop owner
                            was most grateful...although they didn't purchase
                            very much, what with all the free candy Pauly
                            unselfishly provided.

                            The kindly shop owner suspected that Pauly was now
                            taking a whole lot of candy from his shop, but
                            Pauly was such a good worker, and such a nice boy,
                            he looked the other way and never complained...even
                            though he needed to replenish his stock of candy
                            more frequently, and his profits were dwindling a

                            Everybody agreed with Pauly that it was okay for
                            him to take his share of candy from the kindly
                            shop owner as long as he gave most of it away to
                            those who deserved it and kept only a small amount
                            for himself.

                            And everybody would have lived happily ever after
                            had not the candy shop gone bankrupt due to poor
                            management on the part of the incompetent owner.
                            - END -
                            And with that, the work of WDS E-Zine #54 is
                            now done.

                            Please feel free to forward this ezine to a
                            loved-one...or even a liked-one.

                            Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
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                              - THE WEISBROD DIGEST OF SEMINARS E-ZINE -
                              Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
                              Vol 4, No. 66 ~ ~ ~ July 2001
                              From Honolulu, I'm Carl Weisbrod and this is your #66
                              WDS E-Zine. This week, I felt a need to write a tribute to
                              Chet Atkins, and a couple of his friends.

                              I would have preferred to skip it, but I felt it important to
                              make some comments about the Yates disaster. A better
                              story is about a NASA project that's getting less attention
                              than it deserves. There's a short article about Deja vu, and
                              a longer one about how Johnny Carson made the not-funny
                              into very-funny. And, of course, all the topics listed below.
                              - SECTIONS & TOPICS -
                              ~ A Tribute to Chet Atkins ~
                              I. Rantings & Ravings (editorial)
                              II. Free Topics of Insder's Information
                              IIa.The Weisbrod Digest of Seminars
                              III. AskCarl FAQs
                              IV. Rasputin's Zap Chamber (hypnotism)
                              V. Health in a Handbasket
                              VI. Jokes 'n FunStuff :-D
                              VII. Medical Journal Review
                              VIII. Bureaucratic Bamboozling
                              IX. Rip-off of the Week
                              X. The WDS Bedtime Story (an allegory)
                              This WDS E-Zine is FREE and distributed by
                              subscription only. No advertising is accepted.
                              I respect your privacy and consider your email
                              address, or other information, as confidential.
                              ~ MY TRIBUTE TO CHET ATKINS ~

                              Occasionally I have a heavy heart at the passing
                              of someone I've never met, but nevertheless had a
                              profound influence on my life. These are always
                              people that have met my personal criteria for
                              excellence: non-cruel, honest (where it counts),
                              and productive.

                              When I was young, country kids often struggled to
                              learn to play a guitar. I never had much natural talent,
                              but learned enough to know extraordinary talent when
                              I heard it.

                              The learning phase of a guitar is painful--some of the
                              things you ask your fingers to accomplish seem
                              impossible at first. But about the time you think you
                              have it wired, someone comes along that can do
                              even more impossible things.

                              About 1950, I heard about a country guitarist that could
                              do some of these impossible things. Most extraordinary,
                              was an ability to play rhythm chords and, at exactly the
                              same time, hit the lead notes.

                              This became known as Travis Picking or finger-style guitar.
                              It's easy on a piano, but a guitar has only six strings, and
                              with the left hand busy with the frets, the thumb must
                              handle the rhythm while the forefinger of the same hand
                              is all that is left for the lead notes.

                              When I first heard the guitar of singer-songwriter Merle
                              Travis, I was sure it was either two guitar pickers, or
                              some kind of recording trick.

                              To get an idea of the difficulty involved, try this: With the
                              hand you write with, tap a rhythm with the thumb while at
                              the same time tapping out a melody with the forefinger.

                              All finger-style guitarists must spend hours upon hours
                              training the picking hand to do something that is
                              unnatural. Eventually a little cluster of neurons in the brain
                              allow this dis-coordination. I'm not a talented guitarist, but
                              I spent the hours necessary to develop this.

                              To this day, there are few guitarists that can duplicate
                              Travis Picking. One of the things that is unique about
                              finger-style guitar picking is, like the human voice, each
                              artist has a unique sound. Merle Travis left with us on
                              October 20, 1983

                              One that could do what Travis could do, and took it
                              several steps further, was Chet Atkins. Chet died
                              June 30, 2001, and with no one to take his place, his
                              recordings are all we have left of a very special sound.

                              Chet Atkins was unquestionably the best guitarist that
                              ever lived. This is not just the opinion of country musicians,
                              but accepted by classical and rock musicians as well.

                              Along with his 80 albums, Chet Atkins was a studio
                              musician. If you like the 1950's hits of Elvis and the
                              Everly Brothers, Chet Atkins was likely the guitar you
                              heard as the backup lead. As an executive at RCA, he
                              was the producer responsible for the famous Nashville
                              Sound, an entire new range of music.

                              Another musician I miss a lot, and have written about,
                              is Anita Carter. She is acknowledged as having the
                              most achingly pure female voice that ever sang a note.
                              She died July 29, 1999. These three people are linked
                              together in various ways. They've all left us now, but their
                              enormous talent lives on as CDs, tapes, and videos.
                              I. RANTINGS & RAVINGS

                              Well, since last we spoke there has been another
                              tragedy, followed by more useless two-valued thinking,
                              and conclusions that have no value whatsoever. I'm
                              referring to the woman that killed her six children.

                              One group is saying we need to have some compassion
                              for this troubled woman, and the other, she's evil and
                              should be executed. The rhetorical question is asked but
                              with no answer expected: "How could any human being
                              do such a thing?"

                              The facts are that human beings do these kind of things
                              all the time, and since we don't learn what is behind
                              these horrible acts, as a society, we are powerless to
                              help future victims.

                              There is evidence that behind these cruel acts are
                              possible neurological anomalies. There certainly is
                              evidence that many victimizers were once victims
                              themselves. And have you wondered what percentage
                              of the brains of perpetrators were altered chemically?
                              ...even by a prescription drug?

                              It's possible that we can put some of of this evidence
                              together, add to the knowledge base, and then prevent
                              some of these terrible events from happening in the future.

                              There's an axiom in psychology that if you don't learn from
                              your mistakes you will keep repeating them over and over.

                              I think this tendency is the reason behind our dull-witted
                              politicians that insist on making the same mistakes over and
                              over again. I think it's why we learn nothing from cruel acts,
                              such as those committed by Timothy McVeigh and Andrea

                              Karmic law tell us that if one doesn't grow from life experience,
                              we will need to come back for a second try, and keep
                              repeating that same painful life until there is "enlightenment."

                              Years ago, the most beautiful allegory ever written was
                              "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach. It's about
                              enlightenment. If you haven't read it, It can be read in an
                              hour or so, and a used copy is available from Amazon.com
                              (or almost any used bookstore) for a couple of bucks.

                              You will see so many in our social structure flapping
                              and squawking like the seagulls in the story, expect,
                              of course, for Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

                              In therapy, I would ask patients to write a list of things they
                              have done attempting to solve a problem. When the list was
                              completed, I would say: "Okay now you have a list of what
                              DOESN'T work. Now let's look for a solution to your problem.

                              Some folks reminded me of the carpenter that said, "I cut
                              this board three times and it's still to short."
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                              IIa. THE WEISBROD DIGEST OF SEMINARS
                              From WDS E-Zine--Fight Back, Edition #5

                              Wow! Even as a shadow of its former self, NASA has
                              come up with a pretty neat moderate-tech development.
                              Of course the cost-overuns were astronomical, but at
                              least they've ended up with something that seems to
                              have huge potential.

                              They've built this solar-powered airplane. It's a fragile-
                              looking thing, prop-driven, and unmanned, but it can
                              climb to 105,000 feet--that's almost 20 miles straight
                              up! And it can fly at that altitude for months without
                              landing. It's quiet, stealthy, reusable, cost effective, and
                              causes no pollution. What could be better than that?

                              But what good is a contraption like that?

                              Well, ...it can do all kinds of surveillance and photographic
                              duties. It can even do some of the work of more expensive
                              satellites. Perhaps it's the vehicle for our future ISPs and

                              The technology is widely available, so any small aircraft
                              manufacturer should be able to mass-produce them;
                              meaning taxpayers won't be called upon to subsidize the

                              I'm bringing this up as a way to focus your attention on
                              solar cells. Doesn't this speak to you about the potential
                              value of seldom-talked-about solar produced energy?

                              It would solve a huge amount of problems if all surfaces
                              exposed to the sun were made of photoelectric panels.
                              But first we'll need to take the positions of power away
                              from the "oil guys" doncha know!
                              ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ read more below ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
                              An Epilogue to the power-grid caper

                              Holysmoke, I've never believed in conspiracy theories...
                              for one thing, I don't think the bureaucracy is collectively
                              clever enough to pull one off. And if secrecy was required,
                              I think we could expect some bureaucrat to blab about
                              15 minutes after the information became available.

                              But I went to NASA's site to verify some facts about this
                              wonderful solar airplane that has such HUGE potential in
                              our power grid and pollution problems! And guess what! I
                              couldn't find a damn thing in any of the NASA sites, or
                              anywhere else! HOLYSMOKE!!!

                              "Damn," I mumbled to myself, "my readers are gonna
                              think I made this whole thing up!"

                              Probably the only reason I heard about it, is this aircraft
                              is being flight tested in Maui (I'm in Honolulu), so it hit
                              the local news--the local station even took some video
                              footage of the goofy-looking thing flying around!

                              To prove that I didn't dream it all up, if you hurry, maybe
                              you can see the TV story video at the following URL:

                              If the TV station has pulled the video link, I've reproduced
                              most of the text below, including the name of the NASA
                              director of the Helio project. You can also try a search at
                              this link: http://www.khnl.com
                              ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Quoting from the KHNL-TV text ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
                              "A high tech marvel prepares to spread it's wings over our
                              islands and a Kauai business is about to gain a friend in
                              high places.

                              NASA will launch its Helio unmanned solar powered aircraft
                              into the stratosphere. From that vantage point the aircraft
                              will assist the Kauai Coffee Company in brewing new profits.

                              A 247-foot wing with 14 propellors is about to go where no
                              other solar powered aircraft has gone before. It's a frontier
                              105-thousand feet above the earth. That's three times as high
                              as where commercial airplanes venture.

                              The Helio's sister, the Pathfinder Plus took off in 1998 but is
                              half its size and reached an altitude of 80,000 feet. The Helio
                              will leave Barking Sands powered only by the sun. NASA
                              scientists say its numerous applications include monitoring
                              weather conditions and tracking the depletion of our ozone.

                              It can detect pollution. It can detect pest and disease problems.
                              It can detect location of actual natural resource whether it be
                              minerals or fisheries," says John Hicks, Helio project manager. 
                              There are surveillance applications for the defense department
                              and the Helio can also function as a low orbiting satellite for
                              telecommunication companies. The 20-million dollar aircraft is
                              the final piece in a 100-million dollar NASA program beset by
                              delays and cost over runs...truncated & end quote.
                              III. AskCarl FAQS

                              QUESTION: J.Z. from Maui asks: You talked about
                              protecting yourself by going after someone as would a
                              private detective. How do you do that?

                              ASKCARL: Good question, JZ. I cover that in one section of
                              my course "Turn Abusers Into Victims!" ...a $35 program
                              including an eBook, two audio cassettes, and a workbook.

                              Many don't yet realize it, but privacy, as it once was known,
                              is a thing of the past. In the US, the Freedom of Information
                              Act was the first "straw" that started the changes, and then
                              along came the Internet.

                              There are dozens of software programs that have laundry
                              lists of URLs that will provide information once considered
                              extremely private. If you start picking away, in no time at
                              all you can gather enough information about someone that
                              in turn will allow you access to a mountain of information
                              about every aspect of that person's life.

                              Only a few years ago it would have cost thousands of dollars
                              to gather the intelligence on someone you can now find on
                              your own for a few bucks

                              IV. RASPUTIN'S ZAP CHAMBER (hypnotism)

                              Hypnotists have gotten a lot of milage out of the Deja vu
                              thing (I've been here before). When Deja vu happens, it's
                              such a strange feeling it's easy to suggest that some
                              metaphysical phenomena is going on--and it's not an
                              easy conclusion to debate one way or the other.

                              Here are three possibilities to consider:
                              (1) Deja vu is an accident in which a perception "bumps
                              up" against nearby neuron storage that jars lose
                              consciously forgotten memories. These memory tracings
                              mix into the active perception providing an added dimension.
                              (2) We are experiencing a memory from precognition.
                              This concept works within some Parallel Universe ideas.
                              (3) We've had a previous life, and by chance we have crossed
                              a previously traveled pathway.
                              V. HEALTH IN A HANDBASKET

                              Is much of what you read about health a pack of lies?

                              Hell, lies are wherever there are special interest groups,
                              and special interest groups are everywhere. Haven't you
                              heard it said, that if you want to know the truth, follow
                              the money?

                              The US Department of Agriculture, for example, is a
                              special interest group in place to protect farmers, and
                              that includes the cattle, dairy, and poultry industries.

                              There's the media sponsors that promote laxatives,
                              anti-acids, and fast foods. And all of these wealthy
                              groups have lobbyists. I guess you could say it's
                              the downside of capitalism.

                              Does that imply that we are all going to be victims
                              of money-grabbing special interest groups?

                              If you hate to read, and if you are locked into your
                              belief-system to the point of refusing to change your
                              mind about anything... Yes! You very likely will be a
                              victim at some point.

                              As we speak, there are hundreds of folks laying on
                              surgical tables having their chests sawed open to
                              graft in a chunk of vein that will temporarily ease
                              the pain of angina. These folks are certainly victims
                              of misinformation.

                              There are millions of folks smoking cigarettes because
                              they believe it would be impossible to quit. They have
                              swallowed the lies of folks such as Justice Department
                              lawyers that want only to commandeer billions from the
                              tobacco industry--money, that in truth, is forked over by
                              the victims themselves (smokers). How fair is that?
                              [for more on this topic, see Vol 1, Issue 3 of this e-zine]

                              Everywhere you look you see lies, lies, and more lies.
                              Even the so-called liberal press airs regular TV shows,
                              such as DateLine, 20-20 and 60-Minutes, making big
                              bucks exposing lies perpetrated on the public--and they
                              never run out of material.

                              My warning is you'd better be informed if you don't
                              relish the idea of becoming a victim. Good information
                              is available, but you must do some work to dig it out.

                              When it comes to the popular media, my advise is to
                              believe nothing until you've had a chance to check it
                              out. On the Internet, at least you have a chance to
                              see both sides of an issue--and that's a good thing.
                              VI. JOKES 'n FunStuff :-D

                              On Sunday morning my favorite TV shows are:

                              PRESS THE MEAT: Meaty issues are presented by
                              a panel discussing the amusing activity of wasting
                              millions of taxpayer's dollars.

                              PHASE THE NATION: A show in which overpaid
                              politicians, using smoke and mirrors, appear intelligent
                              as they participate in activities that accomplish nothing.
                              This weeks presentation is entitled "Commandeering
                              Money With Impunity."

                              LIFESTYLES OF THE POLITICIAN: See outrageously
                              opulent lifestyles requiring seven-figure incomes done
                              on five-figure salaries. This week a congressman will
                              demonstrate how he is paid $25,000 to read a mildly
                              amusing speech that is completely devoid of content.
                              VII. MEDICAL JOURNAL REVIEW

                              I almost feel guilty when I keep coming up with these
                              negative stories about the dangers of dietary fat...
                              but, I don't make these things up, folks! So here's
                              another one...this one linking fat to allergies.

                              FATTY ACIDS MY PLAY A ROLE IN CHILDREN'S

                              A team of researches from Finland suggests that diet
                              may play a role in children's allergies. As reported
                              June 12, 2001, Reuters Health

                              This study, published in the journal Allergy, found that
                              children who eventually developed allergies ate less
                              butter and more margarine compared with children who
                              did not develop allergies.

                              According to Dr. Teija Dunder and colleagues at the
                              University of Oulu, these findings suggest a link between
                              dietary fats and diseases such as asthma and atopic

                              Polyunsaturated fats like those in margarine are thought
                              to promote the formation of prostaglandin, a substance
                              that promotes inflammation and causes the immune
                              system to release a protein that triggers allergic reactions.

                              The investigators reviewed data from 462 children aged
                              3 to 18 in 1980 and from 308 children in 1986, and followed
                              the children for 9 years.

                              According to Dunder's team, this study supports the idea
                              that dietary fat is a risk factor for allergies. The results also
                              support the idea that the quality of the fat consumed in the
                              diet is important for the development of allergic and other
                              diseases in children.
                              VIII. BUREAUCRATIC BAMBOOZLING

                              After wasting millions of taxpayer's dollars attempting to
                              body-slam Microsoft, The Department of Justice let too
                              much of their greed and jealousy become visible to the
                              public--we saw something we were not supposed to see.
                              I think they decided to designate a fall-guy and cut their

                              Federal Judge Jackson was fingered by the feds as the
                              designated bad-guy. He is the quintessential scapegoat
                              that is always present in one of these bureaucratic
                              screw-ups. It's a bit unfair, since he was only responding
                              to the usual bureaucratic feeding-frenzy.

                              Even if Microsoft had violated Federal Trade Laws, the
                              appropriate action would have been fines or sanctions
                              protective to Netscape, et al. This would have avoided
                              the damage that was reflected by the NASDAQ plunge.

                              What we saw, in my opinion, was a failed power grab
                              caused by the scent from a Microsoft Ca$h-Cow udder.
                              {:^o *Slurp*slurp*
                              IX. RIP-OFF OF THE WEEK

                              Once again, who else is more worthy of this "award"
                              than the Dept. of Justice? They wasted tens of millions
                              of taxpayer's dollars for a Microsoft Antitrust power-grab
                              that resulted in great deal of damage to the economy.
                              X. THE WDS BEDTIME STORY
                              Excerpt from the eBook
                              "The Charismatic Realtor"
                              (c) 2000, Carl Weisbrod

                              The Triad, in this case, refers to the three functions of
                              (1) The Left Brain (logical/language)
                              (2) The Right Brain (imagination); and...
                              (3) the Corpus Callosum (connection) that blends the
                              two types of thought together.

                              You've probably heard or read some of my allegories,
                              which all have a triad process imbedded in the story.

                              Here's a non-allegorical example the illustrates the function
                              of a Triad, in simple terms.

                              One of the things you will learn as you progress through
                              this program is some neurology--you'll be surprised how
                              easy it is to understand neurology.

                              Look at it like this, can you see how much easier it might
                              be to understand the workings of the brain rather than the
                              metabolic processes of the liver?

                              One of the products of the brain is thought, and it's certainly
                              easier to understand how the brain organizes and classifies,
                              as opposed to how and why the liver converts glucose to
                              glycogen. Let me give you a sample of a mental process that
                              you will understand as your get into the upcoming eBooks
                              and audio cassettes.

                              Years ago, I did a graduate paper on the rhythm of the standup
                              comedian's monologue. I'll bet you thought these guys just got
                              up in front of an audience and told jokes.

                              Maybe you've heard some comedians have extraordinary timing.
                              Did you think that meant they tell jokes at just the right speed,
                              or waited just the right time to start the next joke? 

                              Nope ... there's a lot more to it than that. Let me give you an
                              example. One of the most practiced standup comedian in the
                              world was Johnny Carson.

                              Here is an example of how he structured his act. Carson would
                              purposely start out with a bland and weak joke, but the audience
                              would offer an obligatory laugh (after all, the tickets were free).

                              Then he would quickly tell another, a better one, and wait for the
                              laughter to fade through about half of its cycle, he would then tell
                              the best of the three. As the audience roared its approval, he
                              would put what is called the "spin." It could be a word or two, an
                              expression--anything to extend the laughter.

                              He would then wait for the laughter to die out completely before
                              starting that three-cycle again.

                              If the audience was slow to quiet down, he might say something
                              like, "but seriously folks." He needed a clean slate, so to speak,
                              before he could start again. Carson might run this cycle three
                              times, and then completely break up the pattern by chatting with
                              his band leader or producer…

                              And then once more go back to the three pattern.

                              Being on a roll refers to the comics favorite experience of
                              keeping the laughter rolling without relying on the cycle of
                              threes. It essentially meant the audience had a collective
                              case of the giggles, and would laugh at virtually anything--a
                              somewhat rare and treasured occurrence. The dichotomy
                              was called the "bomb."

                              One test for a roll, by the way, is when the TV audience at
                              home would be laughing as well as the studio audience.
                              Here's the shocker: It isn't the jokes that get the audience

                              If you had the opportunity to read a transcript of a monologue
                              you could see that for yourself. The humor is primarily caused
                              by the rhythm of the presentation.

                              To test part of my hypothesis, I transcribed some of Johnny
                              Carson's monologues leaving out punch-line hints and asked
                              some of the graduate students to mark the places they
                              thought would be the laughter, and also guess the intensity
                              of the laughter on a one-to-ten scale.

                              Statistically, their guesses were not much better than chance.

                              Competing with the standup comic, can you guess who else
                              applies this three principle? Who do you think would need to
                              control audience reaction by these principles? Can't you guess?

                              Politicians! …It's the politician! Just like the standup comic
                              must get the audience to laugh at jokes that really aren't very
                              funny, the politician must get the audience to applaud for
                              promises that are either too expensive to be realistic, or have
                              failed time after time in previous bureaucratic attempts.
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                              And with that, the work of WDS E-Zine #66 is now done.

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                              (c) 2001, Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D.
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                              Carl Weisbrod, Ph.D., has been a psychotherapist and
                              author for over 30 years. Few therapists have his experience
                              in the practice of hypnotism. Dr. Weisbrod has extensive
                              experience with the lifestyle problems that lead to chronic
                              degenerative disorders. He has written several books and is
                              currently publishing eBooks and producing audio cassette
                              programs. He is available at:
                              ~~~~~~~~~~~~ http://www.askcarl.net ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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