EBOOKS BY CHARLES G. SPENDER

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Book cover 1Make Your PC Stable and Fast: What Microsoft Forgot to Tell You

Description: The amount of technical support information for Microsoft Windows is overwhelming. For most PC users, it is difficult to separate good information from bad and to devise any concrete troubleshooting plan that they can use regularly. This booklet provides a summary of key points that can serve as a maintenance and troubleshooting plan for your PC. The instructions will also help you increase the speed of your computer. The ebook is organized as several small chapters (who needs another massive book about Windows?); each chapter provides key information on a topic, and a link or links to more detailed information that has been tested by this author and is available for free on the Internet.

Book cover 2How to Become Smarter

Description: A shorter, less technical version of this book, "Become Smarter," is available (see below). The book describes methods for improvement of mental abilities. Some of the things it can help you to achieve include the following:

The proposed methods are brief cooling or heating of the body (water therapy) and three "smart diets," each suitable for a different type of task. The text also describes a "depressant diet," which is not a smart diet but can improve self-control and sleep. Readers don't need to use the strict diets on a permanent basis and the book recommends the conventional food pyramid most of the time. The text also discusses several useful social skills and studying/writing techniques as well as the role of luck in personal achievement.

Most authors in this field will tell you that you should read more books, solve mental puzzles, buy their nutritional supplements, sleep well, and exercise in order to get smarter. In contrast, this book is proposing moderately cold hydrotherapy and a smart diet (which involves avoiding all dietary supplements). To give another example, most books on anger management say that you should try to change your thinking in order to overcome anger, while this book suggests hot hydrotherapy and the exclusion of certain foods from your diet. The main focus of discussion in this text is on changing the biological workings of the brain, not on pop psychology. In particular, the book describes various combinations of diets and hydrotherapy that have the following effects: sedative/sleep-promoting, stimulant/wakefulness-promoting, attention-enhancing, antianxiety, antidepressant, mood-stabilizing (mood-lowering), neuroleptic, and euphoriant. In addition, the book presents existing scientific evidence of pain-reducing, fever-reducing, antifatigue, immunostimulatory, antinausea, antihypertensive and anti-inflammatory effects of hydrotherapy. The text also discusses the possible side effects of the diets and hydrotherapy.

Despite its technical content, the book is written in an accessible language and has an informative summary for each chapter and a list of key points at the end of each section. Most of the claims in the bulleted list above are supported with a theory and the author's personal experience (a healthy subject). About a half of these claims is directly supported by previously published scientific studies, including the claim about intelligence tests.

BONUS: A sustainable weight loss regimen. I developed this method after many years of experimentation. First, I would like to say that you don't have to lose weight to improve your health. The idea that extra body weight causes health problems is deeply flawed and not supported by scientific evidence. Correlation does not mean causation. Both extra weight and health problems are caused by genetic factors and a bad lifestyle. The only reason why you may want to lose weight is to become more physically attractive. Unfortunately, most weight loss diets adversely affect capacity for work and/or mental health. To give some examples, a vegetarian low-fat diet causes attention deficit and lowers capacity for work; a low-carb diet lowers capacity for work and promotes procrastination; a grain-free diet such as the Paleo diet increases irritability, impulsivity, and problems with anger; a balanced low-calorie diet lowers capacity for work and promotes procrastination. Another problem with weight loss diets is that compliance normally lasts less than a year. In contrast, the proposed method involves a balanced diet, a program of physical exercise that does not require will power or time, and brief weekly fasting without water. There will be some within-week fluctuations of weight but you can expect to lose approximately a pound (0.5 kg) per week. This regimen is sustainable because the diet is well-balanced and diverse, one day of fasting a week can be maintained for decades, and the proposed exercise program is easy and not time-consuming. Moreover, this regimen has no adverse effects on mental health and job productivity.

Book cover 3Become Smarter

Description: This text describes techniques for improving mental abilities. Some of the things it can help you to achieve include the following:

The proposed methods are brief cooling or heating of the body (water therapy) and three different "smart diets," each suitable for a different type of task. Despite its technical content, the book is written in an accessible language and has an informative summary for each section. The book supports most of the claims in the bulleted list above with a theory and the author's personal experience (a healthy subject). Previously published scientific studies directly support about a half of these claims.

Book cover 4How to Become Wealthy: Low Risk Strategies to Start a Business and Build Wealth

Description: Because of inflation and the constantly growing average standard of living, wealth cannot be reliably and permanently defined in dollar terms or in terms of the number of cars, houses, size of houses, the number of refrigerators, and other assets. There are only two enduring characteristics of being wealthy: {1} relativity, that is, owning hundreds of times more stuff or money than average people do, regardless of what this average value is, and {2} exclusivity, i.e., being a part of a tiny fraction of the population (for example, the top 0.02%).

This text explains why wealth requires luck and why the only way to get rich is to get lucky. Because luck is beyond anyone's control, 99.98% of people won't become wealthy no matter how hard they try. For example, a moderate and limited correlation exists between IQ and income, but there is no correlation between IQ and net worth. These data suggest that wealth is either a result of pure luck or has to do with mental abilities unrelated to IQ (for instance, an entrepreneurial talent). The latter explanation also involves luck because a person can neither learn nor earn a talent. The correlation between hard work and income is weak and limited. Higher net worth correlates with fewer hours worked per year.

For this reason, it's a bad idea to prepay for advice on how to get rich because this kind of advice is always useless. If you knew how to make a million dollars easily and quickly, would you let somebody else have this pile of money in exchange for 20 bucks? Careful analysis shows that for someone who has an excellent business idea, it is much more profitable to hire you as an employee than to sell you the info on how to start the biz. Therefore, it's unwise to pay in advance for the information on how to start a successful business. The text also discusses several other disadvantageous ways to invest your money. In addition, this ebook discusses some low-risk approaches to starting a business and to building wealth, but this information does not guarantee anything thanks to Lady Luck.

Book cover 5So You've Got the Flu?

Description: This text describes water treatments of influenza, such as the adapted cold shower, head shower, and nasal washings. The proposed methods reduce pain, fever, weakness, nasal congestion and the duration of illness.




Book cover 6Manage Headaches

Description: This text describes several self-help approaches to headache, such as water therapy methods and elimination diets.







Book cover 7Manage Your Hypertension

Description: This booklet describes several self-help treatments of high blood pressure, such as water therapy methods.






Book cover 8Fight Cancer

Description: This booklet describes several experimental treatments that serve to enhance an antitumor immune response and to improve quality of life. The improvement includes better mood and a reduction of fatigue, nausea, and pain. You can use the proposed approach in addition to (not instead of) your conventional treatment plan. The moderate repeated cooling can allow you to undertake more rounds of chemo-, radiotherapy, or surgical treatment because cooling reduces many side effects of those methods. This approach should improve the chances of survival.

Moderate repeated cooling is free and safe, so it would be reasonable to try it, especially if all other options are exhausted. The proposed method can have rare side effects and may not be appropriate for patients with some leukemias and lymphomas. Talk to your doctor to see if this regimen is right for you. You can show him or her the detailed scientific rationale in my other ebook (see below).

In addition, research shows that physical exercise affects the numbers and activities of natural killer cells and T lymphocytes: the types of immune cells that are primarily responsible for combating cancer. Accordingly, extreme cardio exercise is proposed that offers the maximal benefit with the least time and effort. You can spend 15 seconds on a stationary bike twice a day, 6 days a week.

Finally, the current state of science and technology allows us to safely consume raw meat, i.e., to kill virtually all bacteria and parasites while keeping the meat raw or almost raw. One of the chapters describes several benefits of safe raw meat for cancer patients.

Book cover 9Fresh Ideas for Clinicians Regarding Improvement of Quality of Life of Cancer Patients

Description: Symptoms of depression, fatigue, pain, and loss of appetite are often associated with cancer and cancer treatments and can significantly worsen quality of life of patients. Interestingly, a number of studies published in the last five decades suggest that brief cooling of the body can reduce pain and fatigue and improve mood and appetite in healthy subjects and in some groups of patients. Possible physiological mechanisms of these effects are discussed at length in this document. Repeated moderate cooling (e.g., adapted cold showers) could improve several aspects of quality of life, although the effectiveness of this approach in cancer patients has not been investigated. Moderately cold hydrotherapy is safe for the vast majority of people and may allow a patient to undergo more rounds of chemo-, radiotherapy, and/or surgical treatment because cold hydrotherapy can reduce the side effects of these methods. Potential practical difficulties and methodological details are discussed in the text.

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