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Seven Ways to Fight That Damned Black Dog

I want to preface this little info-piece by saying this: A positive mood is better for our overall health than anything else we can do or have. Therefore, we ought to work hardest toward making sure we keep a good, positive mood than anything else. That means we have to be aware of our brain and know what it likes and dislikes, and we have to work to treat it as well as we possibly can.

Have fun implementing the ones of like of the following Seven Ways to Fight That Damned Black Dog. Your brain loves fun. It’s something that all the elderly over age 90 had in common—having fun was at the top of the list in their lives. One gentleman who as 102, and is 109 now, and still drives, looked at almost everything he did as having fun. He smoked 8 cigars every day. I said, “Why, don’t you know they’re not good for you?” He said, “I’ve been smoking them since they were 2-cents apiece back when I was a teenager, I don’t inhale, and it’s fun for me to smoke them. It’s one of the ways I reward myself.”

His current lady partner was in her late 80s at the time I met him, and he said she liked going shopping. So, he takes her and has fun watching her enjoy herself. How many nutty, self-centered men have you seen give an immediate no-nod to going shopping with their wives or girlfriends? Lots! Only my dear friend Marlon and I (that I know of) enjoy seeing our wives shop. It’s more fun to me than shopping for myself! I love seeing El enjoy herself! She and I are, after all, one! So what she enjoys, I enjoy for her sake.

So, in many and sundry ways, HAVE FUN! And make that a priority in your life. As I said, have fun implementing into your lives as many of these Seven Ways to fight depression, anxiety, and negativism as you like. Look forward to how they’re going to help your brain. Your brain loves having something good and positive to look forward to.

Helping your brain and mood are entirely what this little info-piece is about. It’s not about losing weight. It’s not about getting rich. It’s not about getting ahead in this world. It’ about aiding your brain in fighting off that “Damned Black Dog,” which brings about depression, anxiety, and negativism. These are the most detrimental things to your overall health that we can have in our lives. We want to keep them at bay, as far at bay as we possibly can.

Below are Seven Ways that will help us do so. If you can do them all—excellent! If you can’t, don’t fear. It’s not necessary. Just pick the ones you would like doing the best, and do those. Each one will reward your brain, and thus help your mood, which in turn will help your overall health moreso than anything else.


1. Short physical workouts are excellent for the brain, and your mood. You don’t have to do much, and you definitely don’t have to do them every day. This is not to become Arnold Schwarzenegger. It’s not to lose weight. It’s for your brain, for your health, and especially for your mood—please, please keep in mind that a good, positive mood is better for your whole health than anything else you can do or have in your life. Negative, depressed people live shorter lives, and are sicker earlier and longer than uplifting, positive people. If you’re listening to a lot of negativism from a cynical, negative person, that hurts our brains and our health far more than anything else does. Stay away from these type of people! Cut them off if they won’t stop it!! Dump—and run!!

Here is a list of triceps bars. You need do only two exercises with this. One, curls. Two, put the bar over your head and let it come down behind your head, then pull up with your triceps. Use very light weights, five lbs. tops to start out, and never any more than 10lbs on each side (much less for most people and women); just so you can do 14 reps without any problem. For a short, snappy workout, do one set of each. Rest a few minutes between the two sets. You’re talking less than 15-minutes. Put it down and move on. You have rewarded your brain. Trust that it will reward you, too!

For a little longer workout, do a couple of reps of each with a few minutes rest between each. You’re talking about no more than 30-minutes. This will pump plenty of fresh oxygen into your brain, plus other good things, and your brain will reward you by making you feel better.

Triceps Bars

You can pick these up in a lot of stores, especially sports ones, and you can check to see which one suits you best. If you have a weak grip, don’t worry. They’ll have something for you. Pick up a few of these; they’re cheap. You can use these anywhere, and they’re proven to help your brain and your mood—plus your hand-eye coordination, which tends to deteriorate as we age. Just squeeze away a few times very quickly, then put it down, and grab them again later. Pick some that give you some resistance, but not a whole lot. Again, this is not for you become Charles Atlas. This is not so you will have a grip that you can break someone’s hand and show them what a macho nut you are, or what a strong feminist you are. It’s mainly to help your brain and your mood.

Hand Grips

Bike Riding for Your Outdoor Exercise

If you can get out to do it, and you desire to do something outside, bike riding is really good for your brain. You get scenery and fresh air, and you get the physical part that helps your brain. Don’t think of doing this to lose weight or to burn off calories. If you do, you’ll soon stop it. That’s too harsh, too rigid, for what we’re trying to accomplish. Besides, if you look at it to lose weight or burn off calories, you’ll turn into a fanatic. The fashion industry, Snakewood, the medical industry, and the entire media, have brainwashed every American into believing they’ve got to look like they’ve been living in a Gulag for a half-century. Pay that propaganda no attention when it comes to your exercising. Do it very, very moderately for your brain.

If you need to lose weight, use the Adamic diet to do so. Far more protein than starches and sugars, and more good fat than starches and sugars. The perfect meal for any Adamic is a piece of meat (chicken, fish, veal, beef, lamb) along with green vegetables only, and a condiment or two, such as onions, garlic, or the like. The weight will fly off you, and you will build muscle in the meantime. But don’t become a fanatic!!

Our brain hates fanaticism. Fanaticism means we’re rigidly connected in a mental way to one thing, and one thing almost all the time—something our brain detests! I don’t care if it’s work and making money, or doing projects around the house, or caring for your family, or exercising. If you’re a fanatic, then it’s going to hurt you. Fanatics tell themselves that, “This has to be done. It must be done, and I must do it.” They used to call these folks Type A Personalities. Now, they know it’s a disorder, or a deformity. Either way, it’s not good for your brain, and thus not good for you!

If you do want to ride a bike, do it for pleasure. It’s the one common exercise among the happiest, most positive, elderly people we interviewed. They love it! The most any of them rides is two-miles three-days a week. Most do a mile, sometimes four-times a week, never more. That’s about as moderate as you can get. You’ll see the fanatics riding around in a state of tunnel vision (totally fixated!) with those tight outfits and speed bikes and freaky looking helmets. That is not what we’re talking about doing.

Slow, pleasurable bike rides is what we’re talking about, if you do want an exercise that is outside and fun—and extremely good for your brain and mood.

If you want to walk, fine. Do it somewhere that you can walk on something natural. Your body will get more out of it, and it will be safer for you. Again, take slow strolls. Not the non-sensical rapid walks you see silly fanatics doing where they’re moving their arms like birds stuck in mud. Relax! You’re doing this for your brain. Take in the scenery. Do some cloud watching. Do some people watching. Do some animal watching (and listening!). Do some breathing.

Indeed, by all means do some deep breathing while you’re doing the above things to help your brain.

If you’re not able to do any of the above, or have no desire to do them. That’s fine. You’ll get just as much out of sitting a few minutes in a pretty park, resting and relaxing, breathing, cloud watching, bird watching and listening, and doing some positive thinking. Or, as far as that goes, you can sit in your own yard, where you have the best view of the best scenery and the animals running and flying about, that is, if you want to do something outdoors. You can do the same thing inside, and imagine all of the above things. Your brain will reward you just as well as if you were sitting in that beautiful park, breathing, and taking in the scenery.

2. Your brain hates too much order. Order Freaks are always depressed people. They are sometimes manic, sometimes just plain out depressives—but they are the types that always have problems with anxiety (Oh my, an earthquake is going to take California off the map!), depression (I wish I wuz dead! I feel sa bad!), and negativism (It ain’t gonna work!). They are the most difficult to help when it comes to their depression, and other mental problems. From what I can understand about Order Freaks, they see far more disorder and chaos in the world than normal people do, and they feel a constant need (to one degree or the other) to fix it—at least everything around them. Yet, it’s impossible to do!! They can’t see that and they continue doctoring every bit of disorder they see, whether they can do anything about it or not.

Move something in their office or their house, and it drives them crazier. They can’t fix the world, although Order Freaks are the type who’re always saying, “Why don’t they do this or that? That will fix things.” They can’t stop trying to put the whole world in order. This the brain really hates, and is going to act accordingly, to the point that Order Freaks are going to see more disorder, and they’re going to try to fix it, and they can’t. And so, the negative wheel keeps spinning.

If you recall from our studies on the brain, our brains love a certainly amount of order in the mornings. They like variety even more, though. So, let’s use our supplements as an example. Get them ready at night, for no more than two servings at the time, the ones you take in the morning on an empty stomach, and the ones you take after your first meal. Then, perhaps have your clothes laid out that you’re going to wear. That’s enough order!! Change everything else you do after you get up. Don’t eat the same things in the mornings. Order Freaks generally do exactly the same thing every, single morning—no variance whatever. Depressing!! Your brain hates that!! Along with putting a reasonable amount of order in your morning life, start varying the things you do in the mornings,

As the morning turns into afternoon, start moving the order down a notch—and do so progressively as the day turns into evening. Don’t plan the route you’re going home from work, or go to the store, or to the gym, or to a friend’s house. Decide on it as you first leave work. If you’re retired, you have the extra luxury of not planning anything until the spur of the moment. Your brain loves a little impulse-decision-making as the day goes on. If you watch TV in the evenings, record what you’re going to watch, so you can watch your programs in a different order, at a different time. If you read, find two books/magazines you’re interested in, and alter reading them. These things the brain loves, and it will reward you for doing them.

Also, vary what you eat in the mornings. Order Freaks, Depressives, Manics, and Weather Freaks tend to eat the same things morning after morning —and they usually have a food schedule for the entire freaking week! “I eat hamburgers every Saturday.” “I eat two eggs every, single morning.” I’m not knocking eggs. They’re the perfect food. But even so, don’t eat them every morning. Switch to eating them in the afternoon, or at night, if you’re going to eat them every day. Try some berries and a banana in the mornings.

3. Atmosphere/environment matters greatly to your brain! When you first arise in the mornings, stay away from negatives until you get yourself completely ready, have finished at least a small meal, have gotten your supplements down you, have dressed, and have sat down to have a morning prayer and a little thinking/meditation/visualization about what your day is going to be like. Then go face the world where you have to deal with negatives, but after following the above methods, the brain will be ready and raring to take on any problem—and promptly and properly solve it.

That means under no circumstances should you put the news, the weather, or a stupid talk show on while you’re dressing or eating in the mornings. If you’re a Weather Freak, or you need the weather report particularly bad for a day, mute the channel, cut it on just long enough to see the day’s weather, and then try your best to cut it off.

If you recall our studies on negatives in our lives and the things we want to stay away from, besides negative people (the most important thing to dodge!), the Weather Channels around the world are the most negative of all shows on TV. Studies show that they gloss over positives (It’s going to be a nice day today.), but grind negatives into the brains of their viewers (The weather today is going to be horrible! Rain, cold, sleet, and dangerous roads! Yes, it’s doing to be a dreary day!) What they really love to do to viewers is say, “The entire week is going to be terrible.” Keep the hell away from this junk. Weather Freaks will never stop watching these shows, however, because—again—they’re like Order Freaks, in that they’re always negative, depressed people; and these people tend to fly to things that depress them further and pound them with negatives.

As we learned in our studies, negativism engenders more negativism, just as positivism engenders more positivism.

4. Stay away from starches and sugars in the mornings. Fruit and berries are fine, but we Adamics aren’t even designed to eat starches, much less those combined with sugar, such as sweet breads/buns and the like. Stick to protein and some fat (which you get from eggs) in the morning. If you need plenty of energy and need to be extra sharp, you can’t beat a boiled or poached egg.

5. Cut your lights on earlier, and cut more of them on. Your brain knows the idiots that run our nation have made the annual clock change so it seems that we have an hour less daylight, and your brain does not like it. Remember that your brain thrives on positive expectations, and it will make you feel good about the day and yourself. That’s why you want to record some shows, and watch only part of them at once—if they’re good. Your brain will look forward to that positive, and pour out positive chemicals. Use your lighting to fool the brain into thinking it’s still daylight. That positive will be a double for the brain, because it was expecting what is a negative for it.

On the other hand, it withdraws from negative expectations, and will cause you to be depressed and have anxiety about what is coming. Think about it. You have a doctor’s, or an IRS appointment, any appointment that you dread going to, for whatever reason. Check your blood pressure; it’s going to be high. Notice your heart rate; it’s going to be high. Notice that sick feeling you have in your gut. The brain is telling you that what you’re about to do is not making it happy at all; and it’s pouring negative chemicals out and down through your body so you will know it.

6. Socialize! Get out! See your friends! See your family! See people! Talk to others! Try to be uplifting! Compliment people, especially Adamics and their children! Most humans nowadays never hear a positive word, much less one about themselves!! Give them one!

Remember, when you give out a positive, it works on your brain just as if you received one yourself. Your brain loves positives! Negative whacks it does not love! It detests them. Recall, too, that if you’re very smart, it takes three positives to the brain to make up for one negative. It takes five for most of us!

You’re never going to receive those five to one you need. You’re going to have to give them to yourself by giving others uplifting words. Write folks and tell them something you appreciate about them. Call them! Text them! Better, tell them in person.

Another positive that will come from getting out and complimenting others is that you’ll become more observant, and more aware of the environment you’re in. This is good! It’s good for your brain, and it’s good for your safety.

Get out as much as you can every week. We try to get out at least four-times a week, and we try to give everyone we see a positive word. Compliment their clothes, their hair, their eyes, their cars—whatever! You’ll be helping others—and yourself! Most people appreciate it.

Every once in a while, however, you’re going to run into a negative cynic. Sometimes people you say positive things to are going to kick you right in your intentions. Don’t let it bother you! Move on and double down!!!! You’ve got to make that negative up to your brain. You owe it that. The vast majority of people are going to thank you for your kind words. Before long, you’ll be able to recognize those who will and those who won’t. Tunnel vision fanatics won’t generally respond in a positive manner, for example. They’re too fixated on whatever tunnel they’re in. They can’t see or hear anything but what’s in that tunnel. You can’t doctor them; they’re not about to come out of that tunnel. Leave them alone!

7. Don’t miss this one! Reward yourself! Do it every day! Give yourself some special pleasure every, single day. You don’t have to do it at exactly the same time—but do it.

First, try your best not to reward yourself with poison. Sugar is poison. All of us have been raised on using something sweet as a reward. Don’t do it!

Figure out something else to reward yourself with. An afternoon cup of tea (hot or cold, as you like); a glass of French or Italian white wine (if you can drink!!!!; medium to dry is best, less sugar and less uric acid; use only French or Italian; and drink white wine!!); a short nap (even a few minutes of a nod off helps the brain); a few minutes of some special music you really like; a short sight-seeing ride; a few minutes of cloud watching (pick out the different designs you can find; you’ll be surprised after you get your eyes used to seeing them what you find; you’re looking at Khrist’s artwork in His sky, especially done for you; take advantage of it); spend some special time with a pet or a positive, fun friend; or have a short chat on the phone with a positive, fun person; a short walk in a beautiful area; a short bike ride (one of the best exercises you can do); a walk through your favorite store or down your favorite street; a short workout with very light weights (make sure this short workout is a weight resistant one; that helps the brain the most), such as with the triceps bar; a small snack of some type that is not sugary.

For example, Life Extension now has a chocolate drink designed especially for the brain, and it’s especially good for focus and concentration. It’s good, it’s sugar-free, and it’s good for you. It’s called CocoaMind. See here:

Our brains love rewards! Be sure not to skip this, and do it every day. Sneak one up on your brain, and do it impulsively. That it will really enjoy. Vary everything you do! Don’t get in a worm trail, and do the same thing every time, over and over and over. Your brain will know you’re a nut, and it will respond to try to get you to stop doing things in a repetitious manner. This will automatically bring on depression, anxiety, and negativism. Listen to your brain!! If you’re depressed, anxious, and negative, you’re doing something wrong. Your brain expects you to have the good sense to assess what you’re doing, and—to change!!!

Order Freaks, Weather Freaks, Weight Fanatics, and Fanatics of all types never change. They won’t even try to change, and in fact, most likely cannot change. We all know these types of people. Look them over! Observe them! See how their lives are. Most of them have no friends, no close buddies that they converse regularly with. They tend to withdraw into a smaller and smaller area. They tend to feel out of their comfort zone more often than not—and they get worse in this respect, not better! They tend to talk to fewer and fewer people. They tend to be paranoids and excessive worriers. They commonly have anxiety attacks. They most often don’t even understand the value of human socialization. They quite often age very quickly relative to others their age, they’re sick earlier, and as a rule, die much sooner.

Take a good look at these Seven Ways to Fight that Damned Black Dog. Pick the ones you like that you figure will be best and easiest for you—and insinuate them into your lives. You don’t have to do them all tomorrow. Take your time and put the ones into effect you think will help you the most and that you like the best. Make it fun! Not a chore! Enjoy picking out a few red things for your house, your office, and your car. Look forward in a positive way to doing whichever ones you choose to do.

I have placed these in a slightly descending order, making numbers Six and Seven the most important ones. By all means, do your best to get those two into your daily lives. Not that the others aren’t good, too, but those are slightly more important.

For Our Brain and Our Overall Health: Ruddy

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