Archive for February, 2009

One of the unique and significant side benefits of Alex Jeffreys coaching course has been the friendships formed between some of the students.  Now it’s ended everyone will go off in whatever niche direction best suits them, but I have no doubt countless JV’s will already have been forged.

As I mentioned in my last post I’ve had to re-plan my strategy.  Just lately, every time I switched my computer on I felt really, really ill and was at the point of quitting, but the community spirit which has built up in the coaching program has convinced me to hang in there.

My problem has most likely been self inflicted in as much as I have literally spent HOURS infront of the computer since beginning Alex course, in a room where there are several electrical gadgets, many of which were all on at the same time.

Apparently, scientific literature has indicated long-term exposure to low level EMF’ss can have harmful effects upon the body.  Whilst I don’t know if it was sitting  for hours on end every day in front of a computer which made me feel ill, I can confirm since I’ve made the changes to my lifestyle, I do feel a lot better.

The threat of electromagnetic fields is especially worrying since it is completely invisible. However, it can affect us both mentally and physically.

At the risk of this sounding like an Oscar winning acceptance speech I’d like to specifically thank Nigel Booker  for explaining about sitting too close to the computer screen and the refresh rate, Di Chapman and Desiree Thomas for reminding me about the harmful effects of electromagnetic and radio frequencies, and pointing me in the direction of neutralizing products found at http://www.blockemf.com

I’d also like to thank Graeme Sutherland and Tim Buttles for their offer of video support.  and to Susan Livingstone who kindly helped me with the branding of the latest Pulling Project, which for some reason insisted on calling me Zean.  Incidentally, if anyone else has a problem branding something, it often responds to just using lower case letters instead of any capitals.

Encouragement too came from Stephen Bray, John HaldermanTara Diplama and Susan Owen-Thursfield, and lastly, I would really like to thank Theresa Mayhew who is currently testing out her new skills by making a video for me.  I know she like many of the others will go on to be a huge success.

So, where am I now?

Well, I hired a digital meter to register the magnetic and electric field readings where I usually work, (and the rest of the house), and have moved out of my “office”which was full of electrical items. I now work on a laptop in my conservatory where there’s plenty of natural light and no other electrical appliances.

I have had to reduce my computer  time drastically though. What I used to do in a day now takes me well over a week.  I’ve also put discs on all my machines and telephones, which supposedly neutralize man-made EMF’s, and wear a Q-Link whenever I am working online.

I know it all sounds bizarre, extreme , and to those who have never been affected – completely crazy, but I assure you for me it’s been frustratingly and scarily, very real.

I’m not alone either.  I was chatting to a chap the other day who has also had to rearrange his office and even move the microwave which was in an adjoining room because the EMF’s came through the wall and affected him!

Halogen lights can give off high magnetic fields in the room above where they are fitted, and any transformers (think childrens powered toys) give off very high fields. The recommendations are NOT to have a transformer plugged into a socket near the bed.  Same applies to the base station of hand free telephones, so if any of you out there have one next to your pillow, you might want to consider moving it.

Anyway, I am happy to report my  brain fog seems to be clearing a bit, and now I don’t feel charged up all the time.  My mind does switch off occasionally.  My typing is getting more accurate and I don’t struggle with  my spelling any more. I no longer feel as if my skin is burning and itching and my hands have stopped going numb.

I’m taking  it slowly though.

The internet’s not going anywhere, and the reason I wanted to be part of it certainly isn’t.  My autistic son will still need support and somehow I intend to supply it. Thanks to the wonderful people I’ve come to know, that could still be on the internet.

Jean Shaw

 

Last week saw the end of Alex Jeffreys “official” coaching course although when I listened to the recorded program it appears he will be providing even more value sometime in the future.

So what has  been  the outcome? Did I learn anything new and have I benefitted from the marathon sessions?

I suppose if I am honest I didn’t actually learn anything I hadn’t heard before, BUT the difference is the way the information was presented and the continual encouragement to take action.   Also, of course, what made this experience “unique” was the involvement of the students.

The very first session was probably the most important although at the time I didn’t fully appreciate it and only half listened.  It concerns planning for there is a saying – Those Who Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail.

The remaining coaching dealt with various methods of attraction marketing and how to build a responsive list. People buy from those they know, like and trust, and therefore social networking in its various forms has become a huge way to build a list. but it’s not for everyone.

There are those who “get it” easily and those who struggle, and I suspect it will be the younger generation who will progress the fastest.  Nothing against the older students but many of the youngsters already organise their social lives via MySpace, Facebook and the like, so adapting profiles for business should not be too difficult.

That said, it is not a race and everyone will go at his or her own pace.  I was reminded of that today when I walked round a golf course.  I was scoring for three players and it was good to get in the fresh air and take a bit of exercise.

Like Alex Jeffreys students,  all three golfers  started together and obviously finished the course together, but one took the direct route, the other veered off course a bit and the third certainly took the scenic route.

Did it matter?

Not at all because they all enjoyed it and all finished. No-one quit or got discouraged, and I hope that holds true for all those on Alex Jeffreys course.

It is crunch time now though and everyone may have a taste of what they like and don’t like, know what they are good at and what they struggle with, also whether that oh so important plan they originally made (or didn’t) still holds true.

Mine doesn’t but that’s okay.  I didn’t plan to fail but didn’t expect to get it right first time either.

For health reasons I’ve got  to change the way I’ve been working because the computer now made me feel really strange.  However, where there’s  a will there’s a way so I guess I’ll just take a long hard look at what’s worked and what hasn’t and as Alex is fond of saying, “Fail Forward”!

Hope everyone else does the same and I wish them Good Luck.  Alex is certainly an inspiration.  He “gets it” and is able to communicate in a no fluff, no nonsense way, what has worked for him and what can be achieved in the internet marketing arena.

He is fond of quoting the saying –  Quitters Never Win and Winners Never Quit , but the  reality is, any business needs three key ingredients to develop into anything truly worth having – hard work. enthusiasm and time!

Just wish I was twenty years younger!

Jean Shaw

 

Today Alex will reveal the result of his video competition, and although I have no chance of winning, I am very proud of the fact I actually took action and made a video.  I called  it Caution – Alex Jeffreys Coaching Program Comes With A Health Warning b

The rules were that we had to introduce ourselves, our website, Alex Jeffreys (with the correct spelling) and his www.Marketingwithyou.com coaching program. I managed to include them all and my video is now on YouTube.

It was pretty tongue in cheek applying a bit of reverse psychology.

However, the reality is, I wasn’t joking.

I have been trying to have a web presence since my 50th birthday and have bought loads of e-books, etc, just as everyone does. I’ve also spent a lot of money AND a lot of time sitting at the computer.  I have to admit most of my time has been wasted because although I was busy, without direction and focus I was not really productive.

Whilst I have enjoyed learning new things and chatting to different people in various parts of the globe, it hasn’t been good for my health, and if you do the same as I did, it won’t be good for yours either. That is, unless you take some exercise.

On Saturday I went for a health check. It was available for people over a certain age but you had to pay for it. I was surprised how many people turned up, both male and female.

I was tested for heart disease and stroke risk, which are two of the biggest causes of disability and premature death, especially as there are usually no obvious symptoms. I was also assessed for the likelihood of developing osteoporosis.

Thankfully, I do not appear to be a high risk for heart disease or a stroke, BUT unless I take care to maintain my bone density, I could be in for a lot of problems.

Your bone mass will reach its peak by the age of about thirty and after that, unless you do something to actively maintain it, the bone density will decline. It’s particularly bad for women, especially if they’ve been through the menopause because of the change in hormones. Those pesky things have a lot to answer for!

Other things which affect bone density are also smoking, alcohol, coffee, fizzy drinks, AND lack of exercise i.e. sitting at a computer, watching tv, riding round in cars.

Apparently, four hours per day on your feet is the minimum necessary to keep bones healthy. When we are upright our skeleton is acting against the force of gravity so it stimulates the bones to remain strong.

So, although Alex coaching course is brilliant, and he does inspire you to take action, please remember, the action should not always be on the computer! You need to keep fit and take some exercise.

Stay strong!

Jean Shaw

 

I am technologically challenged and certainly not renowned for my skills with a mobile phone. Infact, I can honestly say I don’t really know how to use one, apart from making and receiving calls. You notice I said “calls” and not texts. I still don’t know how to do those without help.

Now  you might find this strange, and it is, unless you know why I have an aversion to mobile phones. Basically, they make me feel weird and I only ever use them in an emergency. I don’t even know my number.

I had mercury poisoning you see caused by my dental amalgam fillings and often people who suffer mercury poisoning become very sensitive to chemicals and electromagnetic fields. I can’t spend too much time on the computer either without feeling weird, although I am considerably better now we’ve got rid of our WiFi internet connection.

It’s a really annoying situation, very expensive in terms of printer cartridges and paper, because it means I have to print everything off. I daren’t spend too long reading “on line”.

It’s also the reason I don’t visit as many blogs as I should, and if I get time to comment at all, my messages are very hit and run. If you are  one of Alex Jeffreys coaching students and read this – I apologise.

Now, I don’t watch much television, especially since I started this coaching program, (see my Alex Jeffreys video), but I am well aware people have had their lives saved because someone happened to see an episode in some soap. These programs have to be authentic.

Anyway, recently I was shown a video recording of Holby City in which a young man was admitted to hospital with terrible stomach pains. When he got there he refused to go into the operating theatre because he claimed it made him feel really ill and he couldn’t stand the lights. It transpired he had electro sensitivity and his stomach problem  was due to having swallowed some amalgam filling.

I was really pleased to see that aired because people tend to believe “soaps”. Pity they don’t believe “real” people so readily. Here’s a link to a video I’ve just made about a “real” man with a “true” story about amalgam fillings.

Anyway, to lighten up the situation I want to tell you a joke. I’ve no idea where it originated but it made my day and I hope it will make you smile too.

Three women, two younger and one senior citizen were sitting naked in a sauna. Suddenly there was a beeping sound.

The young woman pressed her forearm and the beep stopped. The others looked at her questioningly.

“That was my pager”, she said. “I have a microchip under the skin of my arm”.

A few minutes later, a phone rang.

The second young woman lifted her palm to her ear and when she’d finished, explained

“That was my mobile phone. I have a microchip in my hand”.

The older woman felt very low tech. Not to be out done she decided she had to do something just as impressive. She stepped  out of the sauna, went to the bathroom and returned with a piece of toilet paper hanging from her rear  end.

The others raised their eyebrows and smiled at her.

The older woman finally said –

“Well, will you look at that. I’m getting a fax!”

Enjoy!

Jean Shaw

I don’t know about you but I hate these energy saving light bulbs we are all encouraged to use these days. They don’t throw out enough light for me and it seems I’m not the only one who thinks that way.

Several people have started stockpiling the old traditional ones whilst they are still available. Apparently by the end of 2011 you won’t be able to find any in the shops.

The traditional light bulbs give out spots of light with a high contrast, and although the new ones supposedly have an 80% energy saving, they take a long time to warm up and their diffused light is very difficult to read by. It’s also quite dangerous for anyone with impaired vision as they need good lighting to stay safe.

You can’t dim them, and several people have complained of getting headaches when they use them. However, by far the most concerning thing is if they shatter, energy saving light bulbs are very difficult to  dispose of.

Did you know they contain toxic mercury?

I hate that stuff.

Anyway, like fluorescent tubes, these new low energy bulbs will be “hazardous waste” and should be recycled as the mercury makes them too dangerous to dump with the general rubbish.

Now, I have a particular interest in mercury –  at least mercury poisoning, and No, I didn’t get it from low energy  light bulbs or fluorescent tubes, although you might be surprised how many places it turns up.

I got my mercury poisoning from the amalgam fillings in my teeth and Yes, I have written a book about it -two actually.  I associate mercury with my son’s autism too.

In the second book I reveal the true stories of several people who kindly told me how much they’d suffered, and how they’d been misdiagnosed and labelled as hypochondriacs before the truth finally came out.

One of the ladies mentioned in the book smokes. She went to a dentist last week and he asked if she was concerned about the cadmium she was taking in her body by smoking. She replied she was aware of it, but it was her choice, and then challenged him to answer whether he was concerned about the mercury he was putting into people every time he placed an amalgam filling.

She expected him to deny there was a problem as that has been the dental stance for years, but he amazed her by saying he knew mercury leaked out of fillings, that it settled in certain organs of the body like the liver, lungs, kidney and brain, but there was no evidence it did any harm.

I think she should have directed him to The Smoking Tooth Video

Mercury is bad news. You do not want it in your body – wherever it comes from, as “Joe” will tell you… 
Mercury Poisoning – It’s Not In Our Heads Any More (my video!)

Now, if you watched that, here’s a link to an article you might want to also read.

It begins:-

When Mary Stephenson began suffering depression shortly after giving birth to her first child, it was the start of four decades of mental anguish. Every anti-depressant and therapy was tried, with no effect, and her condition became steadily worse.

When she began to harm herself two years ago she was sectioned under the Mental Health Act and taken into a secure unit. Doctors were baffled by her condition, labelling her “a conundrum”.

It  was a chance remark by a family friend that finally led to an unusual course of treatment,  and the one which Mary believes has cured her.

Her family from Lymington in Hampshire are convinced she was suffering mercury poisoning from the fillings in her teeth.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/hampshire/4023425.stm

Just thought you should  know.

Jean Shaw

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