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The Boston Red Sox have won the World Series! I guess that’s about the most popular news story in these parts.  My father was a huge Red Sox fan and I only wish he could be here to savor this victory by his beloved baseball team!

Part of the reason they won the World Series is that they kept injuries to a minimum and went in to the post season will a physically intact team. Speaking of physically intact, I could use a lesson in remaining so.

I don’t quite know what I did, but it appears to have been a deep strain of the abdominal muscles due to doing an exercise I have not done in ages. Naturally I went too heavy on it and paid the price.

I have yet to figure out if it’s just a bad pull or worse, like a breach of the abdominal wall. In any case, it precludes any direct work to that area as I let it heal. With this news in mind, I would make a case for easing into ANY exercise program.

As I have mentioned many times, the real value of exercise is in the quality of the exercise NOT the quantity. It’s easy to overdo things, and the result is never positive when you do that, as evidenced by my latest injury issue.

Don’t get me wrong, exercise is one of the most important components in staying healthy, but understand that there is good exercise and not so good exercise. Always start very conservatively and don’t push too fast too soon.

Professional athletes and movies stars often embark on rigorous exercise routines because they have a limited amount of time to get into shape and millions of dollars are invested in what they are doing.

We however, being ordinary people are not forced by circumstance to rush this process and so should go slow and easy. If you are middle aged and don’t have a history of intense exercise, you should get checked out by a doctor prior to starting an exercise program.

Stress tests can indicate cardiac abnormalities that might give you a problem, and so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Even people with heart conditions can and should exercise, BUT they should also start very conservatively and build up their duration and intensity slowly.

Your beginning routine might be so easy that you doubt it’s helping you at all, but in truth you are being smart and setting the stage for future improvements. Even simple stretches to start and end your day might be all you need for a beginning routine until you feel that you want to bring things up a notch. At that point you can begin to build on a solid foundation.

Click on the link below to check out my page on “antiaging exercise”

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/antiaging-exercise.html

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For those of you who may be fibromyalgia sufferers or know someone who is, you might like to know that there are several products that can be of help. These products do not address the root cause of Fibro, BUT they can potentially offer some relief from the symptoms.

The first is called “methylfolate” and is a form of folic acid that can be absorbed and utilized by people with the MTHFR gene defect. Since 55% of the North American population carries that gene, lots of people out there cannot properly absorb folic acid.

Without the ability to properly absorb folic acid, the toxic amino acid homocysteine can build up in the blood causing increased inflammation which exacerbates Fibromyalgia. Using methylfolate can help lower homocystiene levels and thus help Fibro, not to mention lowering your risk of heart disease as well!

Here is a link to Jarrow Formula’s production

http://www.age-better.info/methylfolate

If you try this nutritional supplement, please let me know how it works for you. Dosage requirements would vary from person to person, but the rule of thumb I go by is to start with the smallest dose, and see how that works for you.

Start with one capsule (400 mcg) and you can take this 3-4 times per week or every other day. If you have the MTHFR gene defect, you should notice a feeling of calmness and well being.

You can tell if you have this defect by eating asparagus and noticing of yoiur urine has a strong odor afterward. If the odor is present, this is an indication that you have this gene defect, and would benefit by taking methyl donors like methylfolate, SAM-E, or trimethylglicine.

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The other two items I will mention are magnesium, and malic acid. It’s quite possible that you could combine the two in the form of magnesium malate, and although I have never used this form of magnesium it would be logical that it might be effective.

Malic acid is low in Fibromyalgia sufferers and so it makes logical sense to try supplementing these two nutrients to see if they offer relief. You can read an interesting paper about malic acid and Fibromyalgia at the link below:

http://healingpoints.com/Fibromyalgia.PDF

If you try this approach please write and tell me about your experiences with it, as well as asking any questions you have, and I will try my best to find the answers for you.

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I am half Armenian, well actually since I was adopted it’s more accurate to say that my father was of Armenian extraction, and I find that after his passing, I have an interest in learning more about the language and culture. It makes me feel closer to my father.

There is an instrument, a very ancient instrument from Armenia called the “Duduk.” It’s a wind instrument played with a reed that is appearing more often in Hollywood and other venues due to it’s mystical and enchanting sound.

The Armenians make this instrument from apricot wood and the legend is that this wood originally grew in the Garden of Eden which some scholars say was adjacent to Ancient Armenia, in the valley of the Zagros mountains in what is now Iran.

The Duduk has been described by some as sounding almost like a human voice and is not played all over the world by musicians, many of whom are not Armenian but were drawn to the instrument because of it’s soulful sound.

Here is a clip that I hope will enchant all who listen to it… The song is called “Nostalgia” and it is masterfully played by Kamil Radzimowski.

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This newsletter is read by people all over the world, so if you have something that you would like me to share such as music from your country or culture with the other readers, please let me know.

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Being a huge Star Trek fan, this clip is a favorite of mine. In it, the character of Spock explains to fellow Vulcan Lt. Valeris, that there is much more to wisdom than just logic. It is interesting because it is an example of the way the character of Spock evolved in the films and learns to come to terms with his human half.

He learns that his Vulcan logic needs to be complimented by his human feelings and perspective. He understand the shortcomings of denying his true self and knows that he cannot achieve wisdom without fully embracing who and what he is.

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“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.”

Wilhelm von Humboldt

 

I got a message from a young woman who had written to me years ago after visiting my antiaging website and asking me for advice for a health problem she was having. She was told she had a thyroid problem but through her own research found out she was misdiagnosed!

She had been put on Omprazole, which is a “proton pump inhibitor” which decreases stomach acid. This can cause malabsorption of food, and she had to fight her doctor to get the tests that indicated that she had vitamin deficiencies.

She was on Omeprazoe for years, and she learned this drug should only be taken for several weeks. She was misdiagnosed and improperly prescribed medication. It was only  through her own research and efforts that she is now on the road to recovery.

It’s a sad state of affairs when you have to do your own medical research to make sure your doctors diagnosis and advice is valid, but in many cases that’s what it comes down to. Nobody has as much interest in your health as YOU do!

Don’t assume that you are incapable of understanding things about your health. That’s the biggest mistake you can make! This is how the pharmaceutical industry has become so powerful and abusive. You can and MUST take an active role in protecting your health!

Ordinary people don’t trust in their own intelligence and intuitive wisdom to take control of their own health decisions. It’s always about the newest wonder drug or prescription they see peddled on TV , and they mistakenly assume this is the way to be healthier.

There are a few prescription drugs that are actually helpful in the short term because they control symptoms and allow people to function on a day to day basis. However the vast majority of these drugs are both dangerous and unnecessary, and more and more practicing physicians are coming to the same conclusion.

If your doctor refuses to listen to your concerns or chastises you for trying to learn more about your body and how it functions, then it’s time to find another physician. A good doctor will welcome a patient that is actively engaged in their own health decisions!

The Internet can be a great place to find information, but of course you have to use your head and sort out the bad information from the good. There are a number of good websites where you can find accurate and up to date information. I will list a few of these below:

http://www.age-better.com

http://www.lef.org

http://www.charlespoliquin.com

http://www.pubmed.com

These are just a few sites that provide useful information about a range of health topics, but of course there are others out there. At some point I will be doing a review of online information sources that I will post a link to in this newsletter.

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I was about to say that fall is approaching, but in fact, it’s already here! Temperatures are dropping and it’s that time of year when people often get colds because they forget to dress warmly enough.

Yes I know about all the “scientific evidence” that supposedly disproves the idea that people “catch cold” because they don’t dress warmly enough, but my own personal experience seems to suggest otherwise.

The body is very sensitive to changes in it’s environment and this can have effects that you are not aware of. Take some time to evaluate your clothing going into fall and winter. Make sure you dress warmly and comfortably at all times.

Body heat is body energy…remember that! When you lose body heat you lose the energy your body needs for vital functions like your immune system and your hormonal system. Energy in the form of ATP is the “currency” of your day to day health. Preserve it!

Remember, ALWAYS dress warmly, preserve your precious energy for needed body functions, not warming the outside environment! The Earth has plenty of energy, it doesn’t need more from your body!

I can’t give a specific recommendation for thermal and cold weather wear because I am not an expert, but from what I have found online rial polypropylene is considered the best for outdoors.

Do some research on the web and get some good quality winter wear for both outside and inside. You will feel better and stay healthier!

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For people who are into musical theater, Steven Sondheim is a magical name! This is one of Sonheim’s best songs sung by none other than Bernadette Peters. She becomes emotionally overwhelmed during the performance.

I believe this is because some years ago she lost her husband in a helicopter accident. It almost seemed like the orchestra kind of marked time a bit to allow her to recover her composure and finish the song. This is truly a heartfelt performance.

Here’s the Youtube link to her touching performance of “Not a Day Goes By”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kMlQgyz834

For those of you who are Sondheim aficionados here’s the link to “Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnagie Hall”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E9CwofuHTk
If you are a lover of musical theater you will relish this performance!  ENJOY!!!

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This newsletter is read by people all over the world, so if you have something that you would like me to share such as music from your country or culture with the other readers, please let me know.

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“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”

Buddha

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“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”

Helen Keller

Age Better #25 – When healthcare really isn’t healthy

When I first started to write this newsletter, I vowed NOT to make it
political, but I do want to say some things about our healthcare system,
why I feel it’s going in the wrong direction, and what you can do to
protect YOUR health from the healthcare system.

The American healthcare system is based first on profit! Now there’s
nothing wrong with profit. We are a capitalist system, and the object of
any private business is to make money. But there are ethical and moral
standards that I believe should always apply.

Our healthcare system is based on treating symptoms of disease with
patented drugs, rather than identifying the causes of disease and
eliminating them. The government subsidizes junk food companies that make
the products that contribute to disease.

This is why I am always dubious of the idea that government can improve the
health of citizens, when in fact it promotes the very things that make us
unhealthy. The good news is that you don’t have to be a victim of the
medical system.

You can keep yourself out of the medical system, and safeguard your health
for many years to come, if you do these three things:

Get 15 minutes of vigorous exercise at least 3 times per week

Get 8 hours of sound sleep every night (preferably getting to bed before
midnight)

Keep sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and trans fats to an absolute minimum
in your diet

There is a fourth thing that you can add and that is “grounding” which
I talked about in an earlier newsletter. You can learn more about grounding
at the web-page on this link:

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/body-grounding.html

Most health problems and chronic diseases have the same underlying cause,
and that’s inflammation. All the strategies I mentioned above will help
decrease inflammation and lead to better health. It’s not rocket science,
but lots of people still over-think it.

Don’t avoid or put off doing these things because you can’t do them
perfectly or you can’t ALWAYS do them. Nothing people do is perfect, but
just do the best you can, and you will be miles ahead of where most people
are!

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Vaccines are a big business these days and they are currently being
“pushed” on the public at every turn. This is because they are a huge
moneymaker for the drug industry, but there is very little evidence that
they actually protect your health.

Also, the US Supreme Court has rules that vaccine companies are immune from
lawsuits for any damages their vaccines cause to your health. So you have
no legal protections from these vaccines and their effects.

What protects you from disease is a strong immune system, but some of the
ingredients in these vaccines actually weaken the immune system which
leaves you vulnerable to diseases.

My late mother used to get “flu shots” every year, and every year she
got the flu. They never prevented the flu in her case because her immune
system was weak. She trusted the doctors who pushed the flu shot, but sadly
they were wrong and her trust was misplaced.

If you are being urged to get “vaccinated” push back on these medical
people and demand they show you real scientifically documented evidence
that the vaccine is safe and effective. My guess is that they will not be
able to because the evidence isn’t there.

This is especially true where vaccination of children is concerned. The
autism rate for children at one time was 1 in 10,000. Now it is 1 in 88,
and is actually more like 1 in 55 or so among males children.

Autism rates have pretty much paralleled the increase in vaccinations given
children, and while that’s not proof that autism is caused by vaccines, it
is a very suspicious “co-incidence!”

The bottom line is that you should be very cautious about ANYTHING a
medical person wants to inject into your body OR your child’s body. You are
ultimately responsible for your health and the health of your children.

For this reason you should always “do your research” on vaccines or any
other drug that doctors want to give you! Don’t let the “system” profit
at the expense of your health!

You can find more information about vaccination at this link:

http://www.nvic.org/

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On a lighter note, the new Iron Man film is coming out on May 3rd.
Interestingly, they are showing a different version in China, perhaps in
part because the “The Mandarin” (the villain in the film), is Chinese,
but is being played by British actor Ben Kingsly.

I love the sci-fi/techno aspects of the film, and of course Robert Downey
Jr. is perfect to play Tony Stark! I read the comics when I was a kid, and
it’s kind of exciting to be seeing these stories adapted to the big screen,
using modern special effects that make it all seem so real!

I will do a review on this film when it comes out and i’ve seen it, but it will
probably be the sci-fi hit of the year.

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This weeks musical clip is one of my very favorites, and has a special
meaning for me. This song called “Sweet Baby” by George Duke and
Stanley Clark came out in 1981. It was the year that I won the US nationals
in Powerlifting.

I had a hard training cycle for that contest and had to lose over 20 pounds
in a weeks time to make weight for the contest. When I arrived in Boise
Idaho for the championships this beautiful and upbeat song was the first
thing I heard playing as I rode in the limo to my hotel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Vz-qArxJv0

It was a nice June Idaho evening, and all my fears and uncertainty about
the upcoming contest, just evaporated in the cool night air. I just knew
greats things would happen for me that weekend…and they did!

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This newsletter is read by people all over the world, so if you have
something that you would like me to share such as music from your country
or culture with the other readers, please let me know.

If it’s on Youtube or another online site that other people can access, I
will gladly share the link to it.

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What is life about? What is it’s meaning? Why are we here?

These two quotes taken together really tell us what life should be all
about. We were created to be happy, to elevate ourselves to a higher level
spiritually and emotionally. When we are happy and inspired, we do our best
work, even when the work is hard and difficult. When we strive to create,
and to make ourselves better we are living in the way we were intended.

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of
human existence” – Aristotle

“It is pleasing to God whenever thou rejoicest or laughest from the bottom
of thy heart.”  – Martin Luther

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Age Better Newsletter – Issue #11 – December 27th, 2012
Published by George Parigian Jr. for Opted-in Subscribers
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I hope you enjoyed Christmas with your friends and family over good food and some wished for gifts. I never made it to my destination thanks to a broken transmission linkage in my car, so here I am completely alone writing this issue of the newsletter.

Each year seems like it feels just a little less like “Christmas,” and I wish we could somehow recapture the original Christmas spirit, when everything felt special and magical.

I keep thinking that somewhere there is a place where Christmas still feels like…well…Christmas! I’d love to find it….IF it exists. Of course..it goes without saying that I will tell you all about it when I do!

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I wanted to say a few things about the “Eat Right for Your Type” diet also known as the “blood type diet” by Dr. Peter D’Adamo. Of all the diet concepts out there, I feel it has had the biggest impact on my health and how I feel on a daily basis. Let me tell you why.

I didn’t use it to lose weight, as I am usually trying to keep my weight up not down. I use it to lower the level of inflammation ( and the pain it causes) in my body. For this the blood type diet has worked VERY well for me.

Most diets focus on changing eating patterns, the type of foods and the amount you eat. They don’t take your blood type into consideration. Dr. D’Adamo’s approach focuses on finding foods that are compatible with your blood type and immune system.

When foods clash with your blood type, your immune system reacts with inflammation. It effects your muscles, joints, and nervous system. I believe this is part of how you become chronically ill as you get older.

The blood type diet gives you lists of food that are beneficial, neutral, or negative for your blood type. By knowing your blood type and avoiding foods that cause problems for your type, you can rid yourself of a lot of pain and inflammation.

I am not fanatical about following it, (you don’t have to be) but I have gotten to know what foods set me off and generally avoid them. By doing this, I can honestly say I have less pain on a daily basis than I had in my 30′s!

I can now ( at age 57) go and work out even in the dead of winter with hardly any warmup, and not have a problem. Bear in mind that I couldn’t do that even in my 20′s and 30′s. I always had to do an extensive warmup or I couldn’t work out.
Those days are gone! I just don’t need the long warmups any more, because the pain is not there like when I was younger. The blood type diet concept just ROCKS!!!

This is probably the most useful diet book you will ever read, and I can’t recommend it enough. I used to take Advil like candy just to be able to work out. That was 25 years ago. I no longer use it and I feel fine, even in the cold weather.

Do yourself a huge favor and check out Dr. D’Adamo’s book at this link:

http://www.age-better.info/eat-right-4-your-type

 

Let me know what you think and please write if you have questions.

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There’s a new trend in medicine called anti-aging and functional medicine. This is different than regular medicine where they wait until you get sick or have a problem then treat the symptoms with prescription drugs.

Antiaging medicine assumes that you can indeed slow down aging and live better longer. More and more doctors are entering this field because they say they have more satisfaction actually getting at the root cause of sickness and helping people get well.

I have lists of these doctors on my website, and you can start your search for an antiaging
and wellness oriented doctor at these links:

US Antiaging Doctors:

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/antiaging-doctors.html

 

International Antiaging Doctors

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/international-antiaging-doctors.html

 

I add to these lists as I get more information. The ranks of these doctors are growing rapidly and there is likely one in your area if you are interested in checking them out!

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New Years is almost here and it’s the time when people make resolutions. One of the most common is starting an exercise program. I think you know how long that usually lasts!

Most people get exercise wrong, in that they do too much, and what they actually do is not “quality” exercise. In this case, less is more, and if you do it right, you will be able to keep going with your exercise program, because it won’t be really hard.
Believe it or not, I once lost 10 lbs in two weeks with no dieting and exercising for something like 10 minutes 3 times a week. The interesting part about it was that I wasn’t even trying to lose weight, it just happened.

I’ll talk more about this next week and tell you exactly what I did and how I did it. I will explain the physiology behind effective exercise and how you should do it for the best results. This time you will be able to stick with your New Years resolution!

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Thank you for reading. Another issue of “Age Better” is headed your way next Thursday. Look for it in your in-box, and please write to me with your questions or comments.

You can reach me at: george362@comcast.net

Yours in health,

George Parigian Jr.
Age Better Newsletter

Hello,

It’s Friday, and we all made it through another week after Hurricane Sandy
and the minor Nor’easter we had in New England, it’s nice to have some
sunshine and warmer temperatures, even if it’s only temporary.

I’m looking forward to the holidays, spending time with my family and
friends, good food, and good times.

As we approach the holidays beginning with Thanksgiving, I will share some
simple tips to help manage
your diet and minimize packing on those pounds that
usually come with
holiday eating.

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I wanted to mention the election and relate it to our “personal healthcare.”
The re-election of Barack Obama, likely means that the “Affordable Health
Care Act” is here to stay.

My personal feeling is that this won’t necessarily be a good thing for our
health because it props up a system focused on using dangerous toxic
drugs to attain health.  This is going in the wrong direction.

Drugs can be helpful in certain special cases, illnesses, and emergencies,
but they can’t promote real health. Only nutritious food, proper exercise,
and stress management can!

Ultimately it’s up to us as individuals to promote our own health. The
“system” can’t do it for us. We spend 50% more on healthcare than any
other country, yet we are something like 30th in longevity!

This suggests our healthcare system isn’t working, if the goal is real
“health” and not just treating symptoms of illness with drugs. So what can
we do to take control of our own health and improve it?

What if I told you that one of the most effective ways you can start
becoming healthier did not require a special diet or exercise routine, but
instead was as simple as putting your bare feet on the ground?

 Sound good?

Well, let me introduce you to “grounding!”

First understand that all of our body functions are powered by something
called ATP, which is the primary energy source not only for humans but all
life on Earth! When our ATP levels are down, we suffer not only from low
energy levels but also chronic disease.

Health problems like congestive heart failure, immune dysfunction,
dementia, etc. are all related to the failure of our cells to produce enough
ATP.  

Oxidative stress from “free radicals” also undermines ATP
production and helps bring on diseases like cancer, heart disease,
diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.

What can we do? The first thing I recommend is simple, inexpensive, and
100% safe! It’s called grounding, and it can help boost your energy, lower
your stress levels, and improve your quality of life.

It consists of establishing an electrical ground with the Earth. Yes that’s
right! Just grounding yourself with the Earth will de-stress and energize
you. You simply allow your bare feet to be in contact with the ground,
which can be grass, sand, or even unpainted cement.

What happens is that you absorb what are called “negative ions”
(electrons) into your body from the Earth. These free electrons
(millions of them) act just like an anti-oxidant in your body, to neutralize
 free radicals and boost your energy levels.

When indoors you can use what is called a “grounding pad” or “grounding
mat” which connects to the round port on your wall socket to establish the
electrical ground.

Shoes and other aspects of modern life have insulted us from the energy
of the Earth. By reconnecting with that energy we can start taking back
control over our health in a perfectly natural and effective way.  Check out
my web page on grounding here:

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/body-grounding.html

and by all means email me with your questions if you have them.

I do not have an affiliate relationship with the company that makes these
pads, so I do not make money promoting it. It’s just that I find it so
effective, I wanted to share it with you!

Here is a link to the specific pad I bought.

http://www.grounded.com/earthing-mat/earthing-universal-mat-and-cover

I am very happy with it and use it while sleeping, working at my desk and
even driving. I don’t feel the need to use any of the more expensive
products they offer. The one at the above link works just fine for me.

This might well make a great Christmas gift for someone you love!

What do I feel when I use it? Just more calm, relaxed, and comfortable
with no tension or stress. It seems to help with being “regular” which
because of the relaxation effect. I notice more energy and less joint pain.  

I am really impressed that something so simple can be that effective.
When I first hear Dr. Stephen Sinatra speak about it, I thought…”this
sounds too good to be true,” but it worked as well as he claimed.

In future newsletters I will share more information with you on how you can
improve the quality of your life with something called “metabolic
cardiology.”

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That’s about it for this issue, but stay with me because I have lots more
amazing stuff to share with you in upcoming issues of this newsletter.

Stay well and be safe!

George