Water Chemistry, 4th Phase, Prof. Gerald Pollack and EZ – Ignored Discoveries

Water Chemistry, 4th Phase, Gerald Pollack and EZ - Ignored Discoveries

Introduction

I just finished reviewing my notes of Prof. Gerald Pollack’s book The Fourth Phase of Water and I realized that it’s too important not to dedicate it a few words.

You may think there’s not much to say about the banal/ordinary water. On a closer look, you may be wrong.

Before getting into details, I need to say that this is one of the most coherent and intelligible books that I read so far. It is written in lay term and it is packed with hundreds of illustrations to make it even more graspable.

Dr. Gerald Pollack is Professor of Bioengineering at The University of Washington. I need to mention some of the awards and distinctions he received:

Excellence Award for the book Muscles and Molecules
Distinguished Award for the book Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life
2008 Annual Faculty Lecturer Award from The University of Washington
2009 NIH Transformative Award for his “Unexpectedly Profound Role of Water in Biology and Medicine”

This is a mouthful; and these are only a few of the honors (more here).

From a personal perspective, Prof. Pollack really knows his stuff. I admire him for his empirical approach to science. He goes from experiments and observations to building theories, which is the opposite to most modern science undertakings.

First, I want to thank Prof. Pollack for giving me the permission and opportunity to post captions of the book.

Laptop Entrepreneur – How I Started Making Money Online in 2015 – [Case Study]

Laptop Entrepreneur - How I Started Making Money Online in 2015 - [Case Study]

Intro

I met Andrei in 6th grade. He was the new kid. We befriended. We used to mock one of our classmates by calling him names. We came up with an interesting new entry every day. We had a lot of fun. Then, as we finished 8th grade and went to high school, our roads diverged.

It wasn’t until 6 years later when I met Andrei during a train trip to Timisoara, in Romania. I barely recognized him. Since then we kept contact. He never lost his entrepreneurial spirit. We have a lot of things to talk about when we meet.

In May 2015, I wrote a blogpost on different ways to make money online. Andrei picked it up. It was something new to him. He was on the verge of reinventing himself, so timing could not have been better. You’re about to find out what he did next. In his own words, enter Andrei.

What I’ve Been Reading Recently – My Bookshelf #7

What I've Been Reading Recently - My Bookshelf #7

Intro

One of the driving principles for spending vast amounts of time on my self-education has been inspired by Jim Rohn who said that formal education will make you a living, while self-education can make you a fortune.

Since the last blog of this kind, I added a few dozen books to my reading list. All previous book related posts are: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 and #6.

I’ve long gone from reading personal development books only. In my experience, it’s not enough to read only motivation; yet, most people start and stop here. If I don’t add specific knowledge to develop my skills, I may get nowhere. And I cannot get specific knowledge from the abstract ideas that I see in personal development books.

Don’t get me wrong. I agree with Zig Ziglar that motivation is like showers. You have to do it daily. It’s why I always keep a personal development book at my bedside so that I can read a few minutes everyday.

As you will see in the following list, even though I read books on several different topics, most of them are interconnected. I also read research studies and textbooks. This is not a disparate strategy, but an eclectic approach to knowledge acquirement. It also helps me limit certain cognitive biases that I may fall into…

Supplements – Stack #1 – What I’m Using and What I’ve Experimented With

Supplements - Stack #1 - What I'm Using and What I've Experimented With

Introduction

June 2016 Update: I stopped using most of the supplements below (minimalistic approach). Read my about page, here, and here to understand my arguments.

Original post (August 2015):

I think that no matter how much I try to optimize my nutrition, I still have to use a few supplements.

If you consider the nutrient depleted soils in which our foods grow (hence, the poor nutrient content of foods), the increased levels of toxicity we are exposed to, the stress, the lack of sleep, and many other factors, you may understand that the recommended daily doses for vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients are sub-appreciated.

I use some supplements because I currently consider that this strategy helps me improve my healthy lifespan. So, please don’t take this as general recommendation. We are all different, we live in different environments, and we’re exposed to different epigenetic modulators. So, a careful strategy should be individually crafted.

Some of the providers of my supplements are local companies (Romanian), while some are imported. I will try to link those from local companies with their approximate Amazon counterparts (in terms of concentrations, form, and bioavailability) for convenience.

Key takeaway:

Supplements should add on top of, and not replace, a well formulated diet. They are very important, but diet is the starting point.

May 2015 Pedometer Logs – Struggling with Maintaining Weight

May 2015 Pedometer Logs - Struggling with Maintaining Weight

Introduction

Those of you following my blog are familiar with my 2 most recent trips to NYC. For the newcomers, I’ve condensed my traveling experience as digital entrepreneur in my most recent book Urban Escape.

During both of these trips I noticed that I’m struggling with maintaining my weight while following a similar nutritional approach with the one from Romania. I had to overfeed (feast) every few day just to break-even. Not that it was unpleasant or inconvenient (just saying). If I would have rigidly followed my strategy (low-calorie + daily IF + strength training) I would have lost more fat, which was not my goal.

Obviously, I was using more energy.. But how, or when?

My smartphone came with a widget that’s been running on a side screen. It’s basically a pedometer. I don’t care about how much I walk everyday, but if I can explore the data from my walking routine and analyze what’s been collected for almost a year, it’s a nice feature indeed.

So, let’s look into it.

Integrity to Mastery to Passion – Where 90% of Us Got it Wrong

Integrity to Mastery to Passion - Where 90 percent of Us Got it Wrong

Introduction

One of my mentors, Brian Tracy, used to think that making plans and setting goals was the starting point to great achievements in life. After a while he changed his mind because he realized that something else may prime…

“What comes first is the acceptance of complete responsibility for yourself and for everything that happens to you.”

He goes on by saying that real maturity begins when you realize that nobody comes to save you.

“It is only when you have accepted 100% responsibility for yourself that you are ready to go down to the next step and decide what it is exactly that you want…”

And, as if this wasn’t enough, I (and others) have deducted follow-up maxims from Brian’s advice

How I read 40+ books in 5 Months. My Bookshelf #6

How I read 40+ books in 5 Months - My Bookshelf #6

Intro

The more I read, the more I realize the little I know. Reading is not a hobby; it is part of my daily routine. It wasn’t always like that…

I hated books. I even laughed at people who said they were reading; until 2011 when I started reading practical books. I began applying concepts from the very first book I read…

I saw that it was working; of course, not from the very beginning; sometimes after much trial and error…That’s what got me hooked to this habit.

Then I started reading more, everyday. I don’t do speed reading. I don’t want to skim through the books I read. I take significant amount of time to digest each of them slowly. I read from 7-10 books at a time. It’s part of my eclectic approach to everything I do.

In 2015, until June when this post is out, I have read more than 40 books. Even though I do not practice speed reading, it seems that I can visualize and process words faster; so I read faster. I think that through practice, I’ve been able to develop this skill.

In the past I wrote similar posts on the books I read. You can see them here: #1 #2 #3 #4 and #5. And here are a few titles from the books I read this year.

Subway Education – How I read 5 Books in 3 Weeks riding the NYC Metro

Subway Education - How I read 5 Books in 3 Weeks riding the NYC Metro

Introduction

There’s always that excuse: I got so many things over my head everyday, that I basically don’t have time to read books. That’s bullshit. It’s not that you don’t have time, it’s that you don’t make time.

I understand that as you progress through the day, your motivation levels (as seen as dopamine and serotonin) seem to plummet. No wonder that if you work 9-5 and if your job is burdensome, the only thing you want to do as you get home, is to do nothing.

You don’t want to work on something that could provide you additional income. You don’t want to read books. You barely get yourself into the gym, and you mostly find comfort in watching TV and eating foods that may inefficiently recover your dopamine and serotonin levels.

Sadly, this is a vicious cycle that only a few people can escape from. It takes active engagement, commitment and most often forcing yourself out of the comfort zone to make it through. It’s easy and most pleasant for some people to do nothing, than to putting themselves out there.

I’ve been through this, and sometimes I still find myself getting dragged into the do-nothing zone, but I fight back. A good book that helps you keep your willpower and your dopamine levels constantly high all throughout the day is The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal. Now let me give you some insight.

Laptop Entrepreneur – X Ways of Generating Online Income Now

Laptop Entrepreneur - X Ways of Generating Online Income Now

Introduction

I’m not sure how some of us got stuck living in the past. We still try following and building onto the lives our parents used to live. There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as one is happy with it. But when you complain about scarcity, about unemployment and about being broke, excuse me! Wake up!

We live in an extremely abundant world. Never in the history of mankind has ever been so much opportunity to make money (and a lot) than it is today. True, much of this abundance lies dormant in the back-corners of the Internet, of the hyper-connected universe.

As Peter Diamandis brilliantly puts it:

Three to five billion new consumers, who have never purchased anything, never uploaded anything, and never invented and sold anything, are about to come online and provide a mega-surge to the global economy.

That is abundance in its purest form. And while there’s so much out there, billions and trillions waiting to be made, many of my friends complain they don’t have physical job, or any job at all.

What the hell are you waiting for? If there’s none, make/invent one! Don’t cling onto the past.

You don’t have to build the next million dollar Internet company in the next three months, although you can. Start small, shoot for making a living; this is relatively easy. I will give you some ideas in the next paragraphs.

What I’ve been Reading Recently – My Bookshelf #5

What I've been Reading Recently - My Bookshelf #5

Intro

Last time I wrote this type of post was in November 2014. Here are my other bookshelf reviews: #1 #2 #3 #4. I read more than 25 books ever since. I also read a lot of research articles, mostly as a basis for my recently released title, Periodic Fasting.

To get an idea on how I do my reading (which makes it extremely productive for me), here’s a post I wrote on the topic.

From the books I read since Nov. 2014, here are some titles.

The List #5

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