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Revealed: 4 Guaranteed Tips to Fight the Obesity Epidemic

Despite the many options we have to lose weight that never even existed before, America is currently in the midst of an obesity epidemic. More than 50% of people are overweight and heading in the wrong direction. Even looking at even the most conservative numbers should cause concern, not just for our health as a society, but also the growing health care costs that we all can look forward to.

One look at the majority of people walking through any given shopping mall informs us that things are not as they should be. We need to reverse this trend because even though people are living longer, their lives are of less quality. Being issued a handicap sticker from your doctor because you are fat is not a goal you should be striving for in life.

Fight Obesity Epidemic Tip #1: Limit or Eliminate Fast Food
Fast food is a major reason people became so fat in such a short period of time. All you have to do is look on any given street corner to find the worst possible food to put into your body. What used to be one McDonalds per neighborhood is now 5 fast food restaurants all competing for your hard earned money. You say you do not feel like eating a Big Mac today? How about a fatty taco or a piece of fried chicken? The options are as endless as your ever-expanding waistline.

The only way around this is to start taking the time to prepare meals at home again. If you can not trust a fast food restaurant to provide proper nutrition, do it yourself. You say you do not have the extra time to cook? One solution is to drink a soy-based protein meal replacement shake. It only takes about 3 minutes to add the ingredients to a blender, and another 3 to drink it. If you do not have 6 minutes to give your body proper nutrition, you need to re-set your alarm clock as well as your priorities. 

Fight Obesity Epidemic Tip #2: Practice Simple Exercise Daily
Even with the addition of Big Macs and Super Size fries, caloric consumption is not going up as much as exercise levels are coming down. Our society is consuming about 3 percent more calories than we did in the 1970s, but getting about 20 percent less exercise. The sad part is that these statistics include children too, and obese kids are 70 percent more likely to become obese adults.

It does not take an expensive gym membership and several hours a day to exercise. A simple half mile walk down the street and back burns more calories than sitting on the couch with your remote. And speaking of remotes, get up and change the channel like you did as a child. Revert back to the more active lifestyle that you had before technology convinced you it is OK to be lazy. Even though you can lose weight without exercise, it will do nothing but enhance your weight loss efforts and quality of life.

Fight Obesity Epidemic Tip #3: Don’t Be A Victim Of Media Hype
The obesity rate is growing the fastest among Americans who make more than $60,000 a year. This is strange considering that it usually costs more for health foods than pre-packaged nutritionally void foods. Our society, unfortunately, is falling for every trick the biased media plays on us, and it goes beyond food. We fall for any pill, piece of equipment or food that promises us the magic of watching our fat disappear without work or will power. When are we ever going to learn that cheaters never prosper?

The amount of money we spend on technology is also playing a role in this economic twist. Children with access to television, computers, and video games have more excuses not to get outside and move. Privilege eliminates the benefit of walking or biking to and from school every day for the sake of playing a Game Boy in an SUV. Save that gas money and invest it into a bicycle or a good pair of walking shoes. Parents, that goes for you as well.

Fight Obesity Epidemic Tip #4: Develop The Proper Mindset
Living a healthy lifestyle is not about spending all day in the gym with the goal of having a ripped body. It is not about eating bland salads and bean sprouts at every meal either. People who need to lose weight get stuck in front of an imaginary wall they build in their minds that does not even exist. It is too much work. Nothing will taste good. It takes too much time. It costs too much. In order to fight obesity, you must develop a mindset that sees all of these things as lame excuses.

Start to think about why being obese is not an ideal way to live. Appearance aside, it increases your risk for a number of diseases you do not want to encourage. Start to believe that the consequence of eating a fatty donut is more painful than the two minutes of taste you will get from experience. Those who remain healthy do so because of the way they think, SImply because that leads to action in the right direction.

If you are overweight or obese, or you want to help someone lose weight to become healthy, the first step is to develop a plan to overcome the obstacles listed above. I lost 70 pounds in four months and have kept it off for over 15 years. Was it easy? Not at first, but the more I practiced the art of living a healthy lifestyle, the easier it became. For things to change, you have got to change.

William Winch

How to practice running with a rod in the leg?

I had a right leg ankle surgery two years ago.There is a rod fitted in my leg.My doctor has advised me to start running but I don’t know how to start practicing.I want to take part in my Annual School Sports which is on november 2012.

It would depend on how fit you are and what your abilities currently are. some people with injuries to there legs can actually run easier than they can walk or jog as this puts more pressure on the downward step than running.

I would recommend you do not start running on roads but on grass in a park as it will cushion things a bit. I would make a point of having good running shoes too. Again to cushion the impacts.

It can be that just running 25 meters to start with would be good turn walk back and keep repeating this till your tired. If you only manage a few then have a longer break and try a few more.

Tread mills can also be good to get started on again the impact tends to be lower on the running surface so possibly better for your leg.

Brian Goldman: Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that? Every doctor makes mistakes. But, says physician Brian Goldman, medicine’s culture of denial (and shame) keeps doctors from ever talking about those mistakes, or using them to learn and improve. Telling stories from his own long practice, he calls on doctors to start talking about being wrong.

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What is Diabetes and the Differences Between Type 1 and Type2 Diabetes

Diabetes is the inability to transfer sugars in blood into the sugar-storage sites of your body, the muscles and liver. Sugars, called carbohydrates, are found mainly in cereals, rice, bread, pastas, potatoes, milk products, fruits, fruit juices and sweets. When we consume these foods, they pass from the stomach into the intestines and get broken down to the most basic sugar form, glucose. Glucose (sugar) normally moves into the blood via a web of blood vessels that are connected to the intestines. When the movement of glucose into the blood stream raises its average level above 100 points (mg/dl), it triggers the secretion of a hormone called insulin from the pancreas. When insulin is secreted into the blood, it causes the excess glucose (sugar) to be stored in muscles and liver cells. It is stored in a form called glycogen, which may be used at a later time as an immediate source of energy.

This energy is used for activities of up to three minutes: lifting or throwing an object, running away from danger, sprinting, stop-and-go actions such as a short walk, or any sports activity. Some people have impairment in their insulin production or in the functioning of their insulin. This insulin impairment causes the level of glucose to rapidly rise above the 100-point mark, and that is the condition we call diabetes. High sugar levels, left untreated, can gradually cause damage to vital tissues, such as blood vessels, the nervous system, kidneys, heart and arteries. This can cause debilitating strokes, heart disease, erectile dysfunction, loss of sensation or pain in the feet and hands, leading to leg amputations, kidney failure and blindness.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes is when someone can produce little or no insulin, due mainly to immune and genetic (inherited) defects in the pancreas. People with Type 1 Diabetes create approximately only 10% of all of people diagnosed with diabetes. Type 1 can occur at a relatively young age, especially during childhood. At the time of diagnosis, people are usually of average weight, experiencing weight loss; frequent urination, blurred vision and dry mouth and their blood fasting sugar are way above 125 points (mg/dl). Type 1 diabetics have to depend on insulin use for the rest of their lives, in order to survive and making good lifestyle choices is integral to diabetes control. Oral Diabetes medications that are Sensitizers (see detailed discussion of this group of drugs in Action Step 2 right after the Insulin section) can be prescribed along with Insulin for people with Type 1 which can help reduce the amount of daily insulin used. Also leading and maintaining an active Lifestyle and making favorable food choices and raising your fiber intake can all help bring Diabetes under control and reduce the amount of total daily insulin dose (decisions about insulin dosing can ONLY be made by your doctor). Refer to Action Step 4 for a detailed discussion on how to start and maintain an active Lifestyle and make favorable food choices.

Impaired Glucose Tolerance or Pre-diabetes

This is a condition where glucose levels are higher than normal but not enough to be diagnosed as diabetes namely at a range from 100 to 125 mg/dl on a fasting state (first thing in the morning before eating). Typically, the more than 54 million people in this category are overweight or obese. They are people who consume large amounts of “junk food” (nutrient-deficient foods and drinks such as soft drinks and all other sugar containing juices and drinks. Foods that are loaded with sugars and unfavorable sources of fat such as animal fat, butter, margarine and Trans Fatty Acids that are found in the majority of packaged processed sweet and or salty snacks) and lead totally sedentary lifestyles; they also have high cholesterol and triglycerides and have low HDL (the good cholesterol). Studies show that these people will eventually develop diabetes and other preventable chronic ailments, such as: high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease, “unless” they are identified early and they start making favorable lifestyle choices.

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes affects some women during pregnancy and is characterized by consistently higher than 95 points (mg/dl) on a fasting state first thing in the morning, and over 120 points 2 hours after a meal. Most women who suffer from Gestational Diabetes will return to having normal blood glucose levels after delivery. Up to 45% of women who develop diabetes during pregnancy may progress to having full-blown diabetes later in life unless they make favorable lifestyle choices and change their eating and activity habits. The main predisposing factors for gestational diabetes are family history of diabetes, obesity and sedentary lifestyles . It is crucial that women at risk be identified, since high blood sugar causes fetal harm.

Who Should Test?

All women, early on in their pregnancy, who have the following criteria must be tested for high blood sugar; women who are: overweight, over the age of 25, who have family history of diabetes, those who belong to ethnic groups other than Caucasian, those who have previously had gestational diabetes, or who have previously delivered large babies over 9 pounds.


Gestational diabetes is initially treated with Lifestyle interventions such as making balanced food choices and increasing activity as described in Action Step 4. If fasting (first thing in the morning before eating) blood sugar is not brought to 95 points (mg/dl) or to 120 points 2 hours after lunch or dinner then Insulin is the ideal drug that is used. Your doctor will decide which insulin product and dose is appropriate for you. (See the discussion about insulin in Action Step 2).

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, usually affects people later on in life, after the age of 25 or 30. However, Type 2 Diabetes has alarmingly been plaguing children at a much younger age than ever witnessed. Kids as young as 15 and 17 who are obese and leading sedentary lifestyles and commonly seen in grocery stores shopping while riding electric shopping scooters, are now diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. About 90% of people with diabetes have Type 2. People with Type 2 Diabetes produce insulin from their pancreas, but due to lifestyle factors such as obesity and inactivity the insulin is not able to perform and move the extra sugar from the blood into the muscle and liver cells, resulting in the buildup of sugar levels in the blood. This defect is referred to technically as insulin resistance. The diagnosis for Type 2 Diabetes is when people have a fasting (before eating in the morning) blood sugar level of 126 points (mg/dl) and over on 2 separate readings.

Type 2 Diabetes can be of hereditary origin. Non-Caucasians are more predisposed to getting it. But the vast majority of people get it due to inadequate lifestyles such obesity, overeating and sedentary lifestyles. A staggering 75% of people with diabetes are obese and inactive . This lends to the worsening of their conditions. I witness this trend every single day in my pharmacy practice. People drop off several prescriptions for diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure, and they sit the entire time in the pharmacy waiting area. When I counsel them about their medications and suggest they might increase the amount of daily walking, their invariable answer is, “I don’t have time.” Sometimes, they drop off their prescriptions and go food shopping; they bring back a cart full of bacon, cookies and other packaged snacks such as popcorn, jugs of soft drinks, pretzels, butter, white bread, and let’s not forget the cigarettes!

People with Type 2 Diabetes may be treated with: medications, either taken by mouth and/or through insulin injections, and by making favorable lifestyle choices . Medications alone without an active lifestyle will never be an efficient way to control diabetes and/or other chronic lifestyle-related diseases. Your doctor has many medication options from which to choose. What is important is to get diabetes under control in order to avoid deadly complications ! Your health is your responsibility, and staying in close contact with your doctor and pharmacist is the only way to avoid diabetes complications and hugely important in keeping your diabetes under control.

The message that I bring you is that, “You are not doomed.” Certainly, you can control diabetes, but you have to be aware of some simple facts and act on them . Inaction will cause these deadly ailments to creep up on you and systematically destroy your internal organs and claim your life prematurely. You can become involved, seriously and consistently, in your health; take the lead and the primary responsibility for managing your health and disease! It is simpler than you think.

If you take charge of this responsibility, you reap the benefits of living your lifespan to the fullest, enjoying the best quality of life. It is very simple. You just have to take charge by starting to apply the reliable, simple, and practical recommendations in LIFESTYLE MAKEOVER FOR DIABETICS AND PRE-DIABETICS

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George Tohme

how to start a medical practice in africa?

hey, im hoping to train to become a doctor in a years time, my grades are pretty much the highest they can be, im a straifght A student and i volunteer at various projects, working with kids, adults, disabled etc..
i think i really can do this and next year im volunteering at africa helping out in community service, building homes…
i really wnat to work in africa and open up my own medical buisness..
id really like to know the basics, like how much you would need, how would you make a profit (i dont want anything big, but i need to stay in buisness, and how would i go about doing it, obviously after i become a doctor :P)
thannks! :)

Oh great. First let me salute you for having a good heart. Its depends on the country in Africa. Like my country, you need to affliate with the medical association and from them you obtain a permit to start up your practice. Then you set up your own services. Offcourse you know that the expenses depends on the length of the services you want to set up. Sure you will make money too. Once you are good at what you are doing and people can count on you then the sky is your limit. Since it is still some year off, i will advice that you try to improve your your public and human relation. That is a key. Once people can feel understood by you then you have them. Those are general tips but if you want specific then feel free to write me at or add me on facebook, Thanks for your great heart.


Dr. Feelgood – Milk and alcohol 1979

Dr. Feelgood – Milk and alcohol 1979

White boy in town
Big black, blue sound
Night club, I paid in
I got a stamp on my skin

Main attraction dead on his feet
Black man rhythm with a white boy beat
They got him on milk and alcohol
They got him on milk and alcohol

Stay put I wanna go
Hard work, bad show
More liquor, it dont help
Hes gonna die, it breaks my heart

I decided eventually
This aint doing a thing for me
They got him on milk and alcohol
They got him on milk and alcohol


They got him on milk and alcohol
They got him on milk and alcohol
They got him on milk and alcohol
They got him on milk and alcohol

Got up, I walked out
To the car, start it up
Feel bad, sad night
I never saw a red light

Sirens were a screamin all around
I pulled on over and I shut her down
A black cop gave me a shove with his gun
Said up against the wall and dont make a run
They got me on milk and alcohol
They got me on milk and alcohol
They got me on milk and alcohol
They got me on milk and alcohol

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The 8 Lies Told by “the Secret” Exposed

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne is a 90-minute DVD and a 200-page book which is a transcription of the DVD with additional content. The Secret claims to reveals for the first time all the pieces to achieve success. The Secret was released in 2006 and has become a worldwide craze. By March 2007, the DVD had sold 1.5 million copies and 3.75 million copies of the book were in print. This article has been written to correct the misguided advice of The Secret. The developers of book and video The Secret are much like the dishonest trader in the following story who took advantage of the Blackfeet tribe of American Indians. The story goes as follows:

A trader went to a certain Indian nation to dispose of a stock of goods. Among other things he had a quantity of gunpowder. The Indians traded for his clothes, hats, axes, beads and other things, but would not take the powder saying: “We do not wish for the powder; we have plenty.” The trader did not like to carry all the powder back to this camp, so he thought he would play a trick on the Indians, and induce them to buy it. Going to an open piece of ground near the Indian camp he dug up the soft, rich soil; then mixing a quantity of onion seed with his powder he began to plant it.

The Indians were curious to know what he was doing, and stood by greatly interested. “What are you doing?” said one. “Planting gunpowder,” replied the trader. “Why do you plant it?” inquired another. “To raise a crop of powder. How could I raise it without planting?” said the trader. “Do you not plant corn in the ground?” “And will gunpowder grow like corn?” exclaimed half a dozen at once. “Certainly it will,” said the trader. “Did you not know it? As you do not want my powder, I thought I would plant it and raise a crop which I could gather and sell to the Crows.” Now the Crows were another tribe of Indians which was always at war with this tribe (the Blackfeet). The idea of their enemies having a large supply of powder increased the excitement, and one of the Indians said; “Well, well, if we can raise powder like corn, we will buy your stock and plant it.” But some of the Indians thought best to wait, and see if the seed would grow. So the trader agreed to wait a few days.

In about a week the tiny sprouts of the onion seed began to appear above the ground. The trader, calling the Indians to the spot, said; “You see now for yourselves. The powder already begins to grow, just as I told you it would.” The fact that some small plants appeared where the trader had put the gunpowder was enough to convince the Indians. Every one of them became anxious to raise a crop of gunpowder. The trader sold them his stock, in which there was a large mixture of onion seeds (which it closely resembles) at a very high price and then left. From this time the Indians gave no attention to their corn crop. If they could raise gunpowder they would be happy.1

Just as the trader lied to the Indians and promised a gunpowder harvest to get the Indians’ money so do the creators of The Secret profit from the selling of lies which produce false hope and the illusion of happiness. The trader mixed in onion seed to give the illusion of growth and to mask his lies. Likewise, the most convincing lies taught in The Secret are masked by the slight addition of truth. By following the advice of the trader, the Indians were much worse off. They had less money because they had spent it on gunpowder seed and no corn because they neglected their corn crops. Equally, those who follow the advice of The Secret will ultimately be worse off.

Lie 1: “Whatever the mind . . . can conceive it can achieve.”2

The story of the Blackfeet continues that the Indians finally realized they had been cheated when they harvested onions rather than gunpowder. If we looked at this outcome through the lens of The Secret’s teachings, we could assume that the Indians should have had a great gunpowder harvest because they really thought and believed that gunpowder would grow. Why then did the gunpowder not grow even when the Indians strongly believed? It was because the growth of gunpowder was not based on truth. The Secret preaches that positive mental attitude can achieve anything. The teachers of “the secret” would invite the Indians to a seminar and tell them to think more positively. They would convincingly lead the Indians to feel that with more belief and hope onion seeds would surely grow gunpowder. The Indians would also be taught that if they don’t succeed at growing gunpowder, it would be their own fault for not having enough belief and hope.

A powerful illustration of the long-term effect of the belief that “whatever the mind…can conceive it can achieve” can be found in the study of various prison camps “. . . where everyday human nature, stripped bare, can be studied under a magnifying glass of accelerated time. Lessons spotlighted and absorbed in that laboratory sharpen one’s eye for their abstruse but highly relevant applications in the ‘real time’ world of now.”3

The following account of a prisoner in a Nazi prison camp during World War II illustrates the devastating effects of false hope and false expectation which will be created if one practices “the secret.” In February 1945, a fairly well-known composer in the camp believed that on March 30th he would be liberated and his sufferings ended. He was “full of hope and convinced his dream would be right. But as the day drew nearer, the war news which reached our camp made it appear very unlikely that we would be free on the promised date. On March 29th, [the composer] became ill and ran a high temperature. On March 30th . . . he became delirious and lost consciousness. On March 31st, he was dead.”4

The Secret is dangerous because it will eventually break people. It promotes believing and doing things based on false teaching, just like planting gunpowder. Then when there is no success, blame is placed on the person instead of the false teaching. Just as a false belief in the prison camps of a rescue by a certain date will eventually break and kill the prisoner when it doesn’t come to pass, so also the setting of goals and positive thinking not based on truth will eventually break the goal setter when the goals are not achieved.

The authors of “the secret” teach that we should ignore the facts and place our hopes and expectations on anything our minds can think of. This process creates a false world of fantasy. The student is also to pretend bad things do not happen or to dissociate from them so they don’t have to deal with the bad or negative. The end result in the prison camp was repeated disappointment and eventual death. The results of applying “the secret” in other aspects of life will be much the same: repeated disappointment, self blame, and eventual death of our ambitions.

Lie 2: You can defy the laws of nature with your thoughts.

The Secret claims, “The law responds to your thoughts, no matter what they may be.”5 The law of attraction as taught by The Secret is false because it teaches that you can defy the laws of nature with your thoughts. For example, The Secret teaches, “Food is not responsible for putting on weight. It is your thought that food is responsible for putting on weight that actually has food put on weight. . . Food cannot cause you to put on weight unless you think it can.”6 This is as absurd as saying, “You will only die of dehydration if you think you will. If you think you can live months without water you can.”

The false claim of weight loss from thinking that is found in The Secret greatly appeals to many because it requires no work, no exercise, and allows you to eat what ever you want and as much as you want. This misguided hope is illustrated in a comic where a woman seeing an ad reading, “Eat chocolate cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner and lose weight,” replies, “Finally, a diet that makes sense.” The problem is that just like the chocolate cake diet, “the secret” doesn’t work.

The Secret teaches, “Beliefs about aging are all in our minds. . . You can think your way to the perfect state of health . . . and eternal youth.”7 I guess now that millions have learned this secret, that morticians had better start looking for a different line of work because people are going to stop aging and dying.

The Secret also teaches, “It takes no time for the Universe to manifest what you want. . . Any time delay you experience is due to your delay in getting to the place of believing, knowing, and feeling that you already have it.”8 According to The Secret, a seed only takes four months to grow to harvest or a tree only takes years to grow tall because you think it does. If you think it will grow instantly, it will.

The Secret’s formula for getting out of debt is just as ridiculous as it’s formula for weight loss. You simply have to change your thinking by saying to yourself “‘I can afford that. I can buy that.’ . . . Say it over and over.”9 The truth is that the attitude that you can buy and afford everything you see and want will in reality create more debt as people make purchases on credit without the financial backing. Saying you can afford it doesn’t make it so. Oh, I forget, “the secret” is that purchasing things on credit will create debt only if I think it will.

Lie 3: All of life’s struggles are a result of your thoughts.

Why didn’t God create a world where pain and suffering wasn’t necessary? Wouldn’t life be better if there were no adversity, pain or opposition? The Secret teaches the following, “Up until now you may have been thinking that life is hard and a struggle, and so by the law of attraction you will have experienced life as hard and a struggle. Begin right now to shout to the universe, ‘Life is so easy!’”10

Given the two scenarios below, which of the two schools would you prefer to attend?

School #1

You are required to study and work. Your grade is based on performance, so some will get A’s and others will fail. Only those who fulfill the requirements will earn a degree. It is challenging and at times painful.

School #2

You must take tests, but all the tests are multiple choice. “C” is always the correct answer. You are required to answer “C” for each question, and everyone who takes the test receives a perfect score. Everyone receives a degree and graduates with a perfect 4.0 GPA. It is easy. It is free from work, pain and struggle.

When I have posed these two options at various Universities, the majority of the students will choose School #2. I will then ask, “How many would like to have a surgery performed by a graduate of School #2?” Obviously, no hands are raised. If such a medical school existed, everyone would graduate with a perfect score and a medical degree. They could be called doctor, but learning the necessary skills of surgery would not have been achieved, thus the diploma from such an institution would be worthless. Work, pain, struggle, and failure are part of the necessary education process to produce an individual with the specialized skills of a surgeon.

When work, pain, and suffering are taken out of school, the purpose of school is defeated. Likewise, if God created a world where no pain or suffering were necessary, it would defeat the purpose of life. Life was not designed to be an existence of endless bliss. Life was designed to create greatness in each of us. C. S. Lewis stated, “The command Be ye perfect is not idealistic gas. Nor is it a command to do the impossible. He is going to make us into creatures that can obey that command . . . [God] will make the feeblest and filthiest of us into . . . a dazzling, radiant, immortal creature, pulsating all through with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now imagine, a bright stainless mirror which reflects back to God perfectly (though, of course, on a smaller scale) His own boundless power and delight and goodness. The process will be long and in parts very painful; but that is what we are in for. Nothing less. He meant what He said.”11

The Secret falsely claims that you can eliminate all pain, suffering, work and adversity by changing your thinking.

Lie 4: “Like Aladdin’s Genie, the law of attraction grants our every command.”12

The Secret teaches, “It’s like having the Universe as your catalog. You flip through it and say, ‘I’d like to have this experience and I’d like to have that product and I’d like to have a person like that.’ It is you placing your order with the Universe. It’s really that easy. . . You get to choose what you want . . . you can have, be or do anything, and there are no limits.”13 According to The Secret, if you want to be a mermaid, and live under water, simply ask the Universe and like a Genie, it will turn you into a mermaid. In the scores of biographies I have read, I have yet to find a person, who is not a cartoon, whose success formula was a genie.

Lie 5: No work required—the Universe does all the work for you.

The Secret teaches, “How it will happen, how the Universe will bring it to you, is not your concern or job. Allow the Universe to do it for you. When you are trying to work out how it will happen, you are emitting a frequency that contains a lack of faith—that you don’t believe. . . The how is not your part in the Creative Process. . . If you are in action to try and make it happen, you have slipped backward.”14

The Secret not only teaches that action and work are not required but that they are bad because it shows a lack of belief and faith in the Universe to do it for you. The Secret book and video claim that Thomas Edison’s and the Wright Brother’s success came as a result of using “the secret.”15 A simple look at the life of Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers clearly illustrates they did not practice “the secret.” Thomas Edison taught, “I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.” His biographies reveal an incredible work ethic, often working 16 hours a day.16

The Wright Brothers’ biography also reveals an action plan and a great deal of work to make their dreams a reality. In 1899, they began their flight experiments. Over the next four years, the Wright Brothers performed thousands of tests, experiments and flights. In 1901, they created the world’s first wind tunnel and tested over 200 different wing shapes 17 and just in the months of September and October 1902 they made 700-1,000 glides.18 After 4 years of work, on December 17, 1903, Orville, age 32, and Wilber, age 36, achieved their dream of a controlled, powered flight.

According to The Secret, farmers are doing it all wrong. The physically demanding labor and long hours are simply unnecessary. Farmers only need to think about and ask for a harvest and the Universe will plant it, water it, weed it, harvest it, and put the product into a barn that the Universe built for him. Ask a farmer what would really happen with this business plan.

Lie 6: “Your job is You . . . It is imperative that you tend to You first. Attend to your joy first.”19

The Secret teaches, “What’s really important to the whole Secret is feeling good . . . Sacrifice does not feel good . . . Sacrifice will eventually lead to resentment . . . Many people have sacrificed themselves for others, thinking when they sacrifice themselves they are being a good person. Wrong! . . . If it ain’t fun, don’t do it! . . . If it doesn’t feel good, then let it go . . . The only thing you need to do is feel good now.”20 If Satan wrote a book, I am sure he would cite these passages from The Secret. Abiding by such a selfish rule as “tend to You first” will result in neglected children and spouses and in the rapid degradation of families, communities and nations.

“Tend to You first” is the opposite of the words of Jesus Christ who taught, “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”21 The more you make the fulfillment of your needs your target, the further from the bull’s eye you will get. True fulfillment of your needs cannot be obtained by direct pursuit. True fulfillment of your needs will come as a result of your personal dedication to God and the service of others.

Lie 7: Truth is relative.

The Secret teaches, “You have nothing to do but convince yourself of the truth which you desire to see manifested . . . When you conceive something in your mind, know it is a fact . . . Whatever you choose is right.”22 According to The Secret, truth is whatever you think it is. The irrational nature of this idea is illustrated by the following paraphrased dialog of the ancient Greek philosophers Protagoras and Socrates.

PROTAGORAS: Truth is relative, it is only a mater of opinion.

SOCRATES: You mean that truth is mere subjective opinion?

PROTAGORAS: Exactly. What is true for you is true, and what is true for me, is true for me. Truth is subjective.

SOCRATES: Do you really mean that? That my opinion is true by virtue of it being my opinion?

PROTAGORAS: Indeed I do.

SOCRATES: My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you, Mr. Protagoras, are absolutely in error. Since this is my opinion, then you must grant that it is true according to your philosophy.

PROTAGORAS: You are quite correct, Socrates.23

Just as there are truths which govern nature, such as gravity, there are also truths which govern our happiness, peace and prosperity. It is by learning and living these truths that we experience true joy and peace. The Savior said in relation to truth, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”24 If we are committed to anything other than the principles of truth, we will ultimately be unsuccessful. No matter how genuine one’s belief may be in a falsity, it will not change that falsity into truth.

Lie 8: Your mind is the Creator.

The Secret teaches, “Your mind is the creative power of all things. . . Your ability to think is unlimited, and so the things you can think into existence are unlimited. . . We are the creators not only of our own destiny but also of the Universe . . . Every beautiful thing [earth, ocean, birds, sun, stars] . . . None of it can exist, without You . . . You are the master of the Universe.”25 According to The Secret, a person’s achievements are a result of their mind with no honor or credit given to God or others who helped in their achievements. Again, if Satan wrote a book, I am sure he would cite these passages from The Secret.

The truth is God is the Creator and Master of all. The first verse of the Bible reads, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”26 The New Testament says of Jesus Christ, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”27 The teachings of The Secret would lead you to believe that you are the master of the Universe. Believing that “success is a result of your mind” will create the vices of pride, selfishness, and ungratefulness. The reality is that once we realize our total dependence on God and believe that all we have and are is a gift from Him, the virtues of humility, generosity, and gratitude will fill our hearts, minds, and souls. Only then will success and happiness be manifest in our lives.


The ideas taught by The Secret can be summarized by this false statement found at the beginning of the final chapter of the book. It reads, “There is no blackboard in the sky on which God has written your purpose, your mission in life . . . So your purpose is what you say it is. Your mission is the mission you give yourself. Your life will be what you create it as, and no one will stand in judgment of it now or ever.”28 The teachings of The Secret are false and the author is the devil, who is “the father of all lies.”29 The Secret is Satan’s counterfeit of true success principles. Teaching via secrets is the methods of Satan. In contrast, when asked about His doctrines, “Jesus answered . . . in secret have I said nothing.”30

Unfortunately, many will believe the lies of The Secret because of its illusion of ease. The Secret may include slivers of truth, but they are coupled with grand lies. Following The Secret will provide temporary and false hope and the illusion of happiness, but the end result will be disappointment and despair. The result of following the teachings of The Secret will not be success, but misery. We must be careful to avoid the allure of The Secret and its vicious cycle of false hope as well as the eventually breaking of our body and spirit.

© 2007 Cameron C. Taylor. All Rights Reserved.

End Notes

1 Norman Wood, Lives of Famous Indian Chiefs, Aurora, IL: American Indian Historical Publishing Company, 1906, p. 704-706

2 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 95

3 Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale, A Vietnam Experience, (Stanford, CA, Hoover Press, 1984) p. 28

4Victor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning, (New York: Pocket Books, 1984) p. 96

5 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 7

6 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 59

7 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 131

8 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 68, 63

9 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 102

10 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 41

11 C.S Lewis, Mere Christianity, (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996) p. 176

12 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 68

13 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 48, 47

14 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 51, 55

15 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. ix, 82

16 Harold C. Livesay, American Made, (New York : Pearson-Longman, 2007) p. 122

17 Academic American Encyclopedia, (Princeton, NJ: Arete Publishing Co., 1980) p. 212

18 “Wright Brothers”, Wikipedia. Retrieved December 7, 2006, from

19 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 119

20 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 85, 108, 118, 178, 179, 184

21 Matthew 6:33, King James Version

22 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 144, 169, 184

23 William S. Sahakian, Mabel Lewis Sahakian, Ideas of the Great Philosophers, (New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1993) p. 28

24 John 13:17, King James Version

25 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 148, 175, 183

26 Genesis 1:1, King James Version

27 John 1:3, King James Version

28 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 177

29 John 8:44, Contemporary English Version

30 John 18:20, King James Version

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Should I forget about dating/marrying a doctor because their schedules are so incredibly hard to work around?

I’ve been seeing this doctor who is absolutely everything I want in a man (maybe he could work on his wardrobe and domestic sense but those are things I can totally help him with). He’s tall, handsome, smart, sweet, commitment-minded, adores me and tells me how beautiful I am all the time. He’s such a genuine person I feel I can totally trust him as well. However, he’s a 2nd year resident and his schedule is BANANAS!! I see him only once/month, if that, but I’m not needy and I date others so I don’t press him for time. He claims it will get better once he completes his residency but I’m thinking not. Does anyone have any advice on how to deal with this? Does it, in fact, get better once he starts to practice outside of his residency as a real doctor?

When I first started dating my boyfriend, he was starting his third and last year of residency. I can honestly tell you that it was hard because he didn’t have the time for me like other guys would. I didn’t know if he was serious about me or if he really was that busy. I can tell you now that the life of a resident is absolutely hectic and they really are that busy. You have to go out and occupy yourself with other things to do instead of sitting around waiting for him to call. It also helps if you know some other people who are also dating a resident and are going through the same things as you are.

It does in fact get better once he completes his residency but then again it also depends on what kind of medicine he is in and if he’s going to pursue a fellowship afterwards. I know my boyfriend’s schedule will become hectic once again when he starts his fellowship next year but we love each other and we’ll make it work. I’m sure that if you truly love him, everything will work out for the better. You just have to be patient and understanding of his schedule now because things will get better. Good luck!

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Hair Transplant Surgery-get it in India

In today’s times in India, medical technology has found answers to almost all physiological and cosmetic problems and hair loss is one of them. Hair is one aspect about which most people are very sensitive; good hair, good skin and good figure are regarded as the major criteria for an attractive appearance; hence, most people generally look upon any loss or depletion of hair as a personal crisis. It is a fact that hair does start thinning for everybody with advancing age; however, for young and middle-aged people, it is certainly worthwhile to explore options for hair restoration.

In India, Hair transplantation has become one of the most popular methods of addressing hair loss and is also called hair replacement or hair restoration. Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure and, as is the case with all other surgeries, is a very individual decision based on the patient’s age and other conditions. In fact, anyone planning hair transplant needs to have a detailed consultation with the transplant surgeon to discuss expectations, possibilities and risks. The majority of hair transplant aspirants in India are men, who experience severe thinning of hair leading to baldness. Women are also candidates for hair transplant, but not often because they normally experience only thinning of hair and not loss of hair in patches as men do. Sometimes a hair transplant may be needed as reconstructive surgery in cases of burns or trauma.

Hair Transplant Surgery:

Baldness or loss of hair is a common problem in mostly males but can also be seen in females. Hair transplantation refers to the surgical movement of permanent hair with its roots to an area of bald or balding skin. Hair transplantation is an effective and permanent solution for hair loss.

Effects of Hair Transplant Surgery:

In almost all cases of so-called “male-pattern baldness”, there is a permanent fringe of hair along the side and back of the scalp. This hair demonstrates “donor dominance”. This means it will grow permanently even if it is moved to an area which is bald or balding.

Procedure of Hair Transplant Surgery:

A typical hair transplant procedure has at least six steps:

1. Consultation

2. Blood Tests

3. Anaesthesia

4. Extraction of donor hair

5. Implanting of donor hair

6. Post operative care

1) When it comes to hair transplant Surgery, the consultation usually receives the least amount of attention. However, since this is first step in the process and the one in which you alone will play the largest part, the consultation is perhaps the most important step for the individual. The information exchanged during this meeting will outline your goals and expectations for the outcome of the procedure. The information you receive during this consultation is the only factor you have in choosing either the right clinic or the wrong clinic for you.

2) Once you have decided on a clinic and scheduled an appointment, most clinics require blood tests to be performed as required by law. These blood tests will take place approximately 24 to 48 hours before your surgery.

3) After your blood tests are confirmed, the doctor can begin your procedure. Each clinic will give you certain instructions to follow before your surgery which will probably include not taking an aspirin product before the surgery, and not to eat or drink 12 hours prior to surgery. The day of your procedure, patients might be given a small sedative to take. This will help to relax you before the surgery and calm your nerves.

Using a local anesthesia, the doctor will numb the recipient area and donor area. This is the only time patients will feel pain which can range from a mild discomfort for some patients to very painful for others. Women tend to endure this step better then man due to their higher capacity for pain.

4). Once the anaesthesia has taken affect, the doctor can remove the donor hair grafts which is done using one of two methods in common practice today.

The single strip harvest method is the traditional and most widely used method. A scalpel containing 2 or more blades mounted in parallel is used to cut strips of donor tissue 10 to 20 cm long. The donor strip is then carefully divided into follicular units under a microscope and surgical light. In order to remove this strip, you will have to lay on your stomach so doctors can get a topside view of your donor area.

While the donor strip is being divided and counted into micro grafts, the doctor will suture the donor area together. A number of new techniques have been introduced lately to minimize scarring in this region.

The Follicular Unit Extraction method is another technique some doctors used to harvest donor hair. In this labor intensive technique, doctors use a small punch-like circular scalpel to remove follicular units one at a time.

5) Following the suturing of your donor area or the Follicular Unit Extraction step, you will recline comfortably in the surgery chair as the medical team begins preparing your hair loss affected area for the follicular unit hair grafts to be implanted.

This step involves making tiny incisions or apertures with a small gauged needle or scalpel in the recipient area. These tiny incisions are where your scalp will receive the new grafts of hair.

Often, a hair transplant team will work together -one making the recipient incision while the other implants the new grafts.

It’s during this step in the hair transplant process that the experience and care of the doctor are most needed. The pattern in which the grafts are implanted must appear natural and care is taken by the doctor to insure blood flow to the new grafts. Your hair transplant doctor will be looking at your recipient incisions and must invision in his mind how the hair will look as it grows in over the next 12 months and last for the next 20 years.

Depending on the number of grafts you are having implanted, the entire procedure can last from 2 to 4 hours.

6) Once the medical team has finished implanting the grafts, the procedure is basically over with. The clinic may keep you there for another hour or so to allow time for the sedative and anesthia to wear off. During this time, your doctor will then go over your post op surgery care with you. He will write you prescriptions for pain, swelling and infection and give you careful instructions on how to take care so that you do not damage the newly implanted hair grafts.

Advantages of Hair Transplant Surgery:

•Transplanted Hair Looks and feels natural unlike wig and concealer.

•Transplanted hair remain undetectable among the other hair.

•Transplanted hair grows and keeps growing permanently unlike the hair of wig and the regrown hair by Medication.

•Do not require extra maintenance or care unlike wig, which require lifetime care.

•The Transplanted hair can be cut, colored and styled as well.

•Transplantation normally has one time expense unlike medication or wig which require lifetime expense.

•It is a One day Procedure performed by numbing your skin so you can talk with doctor, watch TV, listen to music, read, take a nap, have lunch and juice and even go to toilet!

•No bandages at the end.

•You can take shoulder bath from same day and can shampoo your hair from 3rd day.

•You can even do light office work from second day.

•If you are from out station you may travel back same or the next day minimum follow-up is required thereafter.

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