Thursday, June 23, 2011

Drink To Your Health

Coffee drinkers have another reason to be happy. Turns out that coffee has even more medicinal and helpful qualities than already revealed. Let's keep this quiet though, lest the FDA tries to get some control over the miracle beverage.

In addition to many health benefits that I have already reported in previous posts, a new study by the University of South Florida is showing that a particular, unique property in coffee (that they haven't quite identified yet) - and only in real, caffeinated coffee - wards of Alzheimer's disease. It may be the caffeine and a combination of other compounds, but decaf does not have the same effect.

Researchers suggest drinking coffee in your 30s, 40s, and 50s for this protection - since it takes years for the disease to develop and begin showing signs. However, beginning later in life or upping your intake later in life also seemed to work.

Now we really can drink to our health.


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Saturday, June 18, 2011

A Blow To Reverse Mortgages

Wells Fargo announced that it no longer will be doing reverse mortgage loans. Bank of America announced earlier in the year that they wouldn't be doing any more reverse mortgage loans.

Apparently neither banks finds them a major part of their lending business, and Wells Fargo also mentioned declining equity and housing values.

Both banks will continue servicing the loans on the books, but no new ones will be added.

These loans are heavily advertised on TV, but are no longer popular with 2 of the largest national banks.


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Thursday, May 19, 2011

I'll Drink To That - Coffee, That Is

I love drinking coffee, and it turns out that coffee has a lot of benefits. In short, it is good for us.

Study after study confirms its value.

Apparently some people are out to prove that coffee is bad for you, but ever study comes back showing just the opposite - that it is good for us.

Coffee is a well established anti-oxidant so it has that going for it. It also helps with asthma and certain allergies.

Recently there was a study than proved that coffee does not raise your blood pressure - even by drinking several cups a day. Then they showed that coffee inhibits certain breast cancer formation. Now they have found that men who drink coffee lower there risk of developing prostate cancer - more coffee is better than less.

This just keeps getting better. If I didn't already enjoy coffee so much I'd have to start drinking it.

And for me the only way to drink it is straight out of the pot. Anything else is a "coffee drink" rather than coffee.

Wonder what the next study will prove? Can hardly wait.


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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Enter Sales Right Out Of High School

We have been conditioned to believe that we have to go to college, yet after having gone we wonder if all the hoopla was really worth it - not to mention the expense.

For certain career paths - engineering, accounting, science, research, teaching, fine arts, nursing - college is quite worthwhile and provides solid information to be used after college. For so many people, however, college is just a delay in getting started in life. It is a multi-year timeout.

Certainly for real estate sales, or other types of professional sales, college is not necessary. If I had to do it all over again, I'd skip college and go straight into sales.

Turns out, there is some validation for this opinion.

In a recently completed book "Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses" by sociologists Richard Arum of New York University and Josipa Roksa of the University of Virginia, they found that among 2300 students, just under half of them (45%) demonstrated any significant improvement in critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing by the end of their sophomore years. After four years of school, more than a third (36%) were still deficient in these skills.

There are many factors involved, including course offerings, major fields of study, the instructors, and the institutions. Still, college - while it may be right for many people - does not appear to be the great prerequisite for entering life that is such a part of conventional wisdom.

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