Posts from Listverse for 12/23/2020

Ego Is The Enemy Medallion – Daily Stoic Store


“Ego sucks us down like the law of gravity” – Cyril Connolly

Inspired by the international bestseller Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday, Daily Stoic is excited to introduce the Ego Is The Enemy medallion.

Ego is that outsized sense of self-importance, that malignant self-absorption, a belief that one is somehow inherently better and entitled to more than everyone else, what NBA Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley famously called “the disease of me.” It’s the voice whispering in our ear, alternatively, that we’re invincible or that we suck and everyone is plotting against us. Ego is that toxic force that makes real teamwork, empathy, vulnerability and artistry impossible.

Name one situation you’ve ever been in that called for more ego. It repulses advantages and opportunities. It’s a magnet for enemies and errors.

Whatever we’re doing in life–whether we’re aspiring to do something, experiencing success or in the middle of difficulty–ego is the enemy every step along the way. That is why we designed the back of the coin to illustrate the three stages of this cycle: Aspiration. Success. Failure.

The purpose of this coin is to remind us to be:

Humble when ambitious
Gracious when successful
Resilient when we fail
These stages circle the writer Cyril Connolly’s wisdom: “Ego sucks us down like the law of gravity.”

The front of the coin features a bust without a head. A reminder that ego can topple us at any moment.

In an era that glorifies selfie culture, reality TV, and other forms of shameless self-promotion, the battle against ego must be fought on many fronts. We hope that by carrying this medallion, you’re able to protect yourself against your greatest foe — your own ego.

Each coin is handcrafted in the United States by a custom mint operating in Minnesota since 1882. The same mint where the iconic AA anniversary medallions were created in 1973 by Bill Westman, an employee. Westman wanted to create something to leave with people he interacted with in recovery groups and to mark their achievements in sobriety. To remind them of the messages of AA and help keep them on their road to recovery. Westman’s advice was “carry this in your pocket or purse and when temptation is great, reach into your pocket and feel the medallion and remember your struggle to get this far.”

Each coin is shipped in a custom-designed box with an accompanying information card, explaining the practice to anyone receiving the coin. Each coin has a unique finish and character.

Dimensions: 1 9/16” in diameter, 2.778 MM thick, 26.2 grams.

Shipping Information: We ship worldwide. North American orders are shipped from the U.S. and the rest of the world from the U.K.

NOTE: If you’re interested in purchasing all 8 of our Daily Stoic medallions, you can save $52 by clicking here.

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1-Sentence-Summary: Eat To Beat Disease will help you be healthier and fight off infection by identifying how food affects your immune system and what to put into your body that will make you more resilient against illness.

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Eat to Beat Disease Summary

Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and dementia. These diseases are all increasing in prevalence every year and the cost in lives and medical care to treat these kinds of diseases is astronomical. But what if I told you the prevention of these ailments could be as simple as eating certain foods? 

Believe it or not, your body has a sophisticated system built in it to beat these diseases and more, and even to prevent aging. The key to unlocking that potential is eating the right food. The latest science is showing the specific benefits of many foods, from nuts and berries to cheese and cocoa.  

In his bestselling book, Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal ItselfDr. William W. Li shines light on the body’s amazing disease-fighting and anti-aging mechanisms and which foods will unlock this power. Using the latest research, he demonstrates that when it comes to your health, the best medicine is actually food. 

These are just 3 of the many great lessons I got out of this book:

  1. If you want to boost the body’s natural cancer defense system, eat lots of soy and broccoli.
  2. Help your microbiome by eating fermented foods, cheese, and fruit.
  3. Protect your DNA from aging by eating berries and nuts.

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Lesson 1: To boost your body’s cancer defense, reach for soy products and broccoli.

Did you know right now as you’re reading this, you are developing cancer? It sounds scary, but the truth is, your body makes around 10,000 potentially cancer-causing cell division mistakes every day. Of course, your body has a way to fix this, and it’s known as angiogenesis.

Angiogenesis the process by which your body forms and maintains blood vessels. So when there’s a mistake, or a tumor, angiogenesis can make sure blood vessels don’t provide it with nutrients and starve it. This process can stop cancer in its tracks, unless blood vessels aren’t working regularly and provide blood to the wrong places, resulting in cancer. 

Amazingly, research shows there are foods that can help your body with angiogenesis and thereby give you extra protection from cancer. 

Soybeans are one of these foods, because they are high in genistein, a potent substance that blocks blood flow to tumor cells. You can get soy from tofu, soy sauce, edamame, or soy milk. Research shows that the most benefits come from having 10 grams a day of soy products. 

Another cancer superstar is broccoli. Broccoli had brassinin and sulforaphanes two things that help support healthy angiogenesis to protect from cancer. 

Studies have shown eating broccoli is linked to a 59 percent lower risk of prostate cancer, 33 percent lower risk of ovarian cancer, and 28 percent lower risk of melanoma. You only have to eat one to two cups of broccoli a week to receive cancer-fighting benefits.

Lesson 2: Fruit, cheese, and fermented foods support your microbiome, which is essential to your overall health.

You probably are aware that your body isn’t just your own. By that, I mean you share it with trillions of microorganisms, many of which are essential to your body’s functions. It’s called your microbiome, and keeping them healthy keeps you healthy. 

For example, in your gut, you have bacteria that produce oxytocin and dopamine. Through the gut-brain axis, these bacteria communicate with the brain and have an effect on your mood. Having certain types of bacteria in your gut can actually reduce anxiety. Other bacteria produce metabolites which help prevent diabetes. 

So what can you eat to support your microbiome? Research shows eating cranberries and drinking pomegranate juice encourages growth of a the bacteria Akkermansia muciniphila, which supports immune health, fights inflammation, and protects you from obesity

Another awesome food for fighting inflammation is sauerkraut, a German dish of fermented cabbage. It has been shown to encourage stem cell growth in the intestines and prevent inflammation. 

Lastly, there is good news for cheese lovers. You can feel good about sprinkling that Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese on pasta and more. The hard cheese is packed with Lactobacillus rhamnosis, which studies show will decrease your risk of cancer, gastroenteritis, and postnatal depression. 

Lesson 3: When you eat lots of nuts and berries, you can protect your body from the effects of aging.

Good health depends on your body’s genetic code, known as your DNA. But sadly, your DNA is damaged continuously throughout your life. This can be the result of infection, inflammation, toxic chemicals, pollution, and even the sun. Thankfully, your body has ways to defend itself and repair this damage.

It does this by scanning for damaged DNA and replacing it. It also protects your DNA with end caps called telomeres, which essentially keep it from fraying. As you age, telomeres get shorter, so keeping your DNA healthy takes some extra work. Two foods shown to help with this are nuts and berries. 

 In a study, researchers gave participants 3 cups of a berry juice every day. After just one week, the juice drinkers showed a 66 percent increase in the ability to protect against DNA damage compared to the control.

Another study had participants eat just 10 grams of nuts every day. After a year, participants’ telomeres increased in length by 8.5 units. What makes this change so significant is that on average, normal aging processes usually shorten our telomeres by 15.4 units every year, meaning eating enough nuts can basically reverse the clock on aging DNA.

Eat To Beat Disease Review

Eat To Beat Disease is fascinating because it approaches diet as a way to aid your body’s natural defense against disease rather than just lose weight or give a miracle cure. It gives the specifics of what you can eat, how much of it, and what benefits it has. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn a little more about how diet can not only prevent disease but also slow the aging process.

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Who would I recommend the Eat To Beat Disease summary to?

The 37-year-old that is overweight and wants to learn the science of getting healthy again, the 55-year-old healthcare worker that’s curious to know more about how nutrition affects the body, and anyone that would like to know how to eat to live longer and healthier.

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Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is World’s First Website Day? On this day in 1990, the world’s first website and server went live at CERN. The first website began as a simple page of links that allowed a group of scientists to share data in the confines of their laboratories. And as you know, since then the Web has become an inextricable part of the lives of billions of people!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true, and the tendency to miss lunch.”

— Tim Berners-Lee

Wisdom Quotes

Your destiny is formed by every decision you make.
It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. (Tony Robbins)
Focusing on irrelevant facts is like looking through clouded eyes.
Knowledge is power only if man knows what facts not to bother with. (Robert Staughton Lynd)

Best Quotes of the Week

Maya Angelou“There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.”

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Jim Rohn“It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.”

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Ausonius“Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.”

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George Washington“Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.”

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E. Stanley Jones“We grow small trying to be great.”

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Hosea Ballou“No one has a greater asset for his business than a man’s pride in his work.”

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Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Chipmunks #1 Hit Day? The Chipmunks were at the #1 position on the music charts on this day in 1958 as Alvin, Simon, and Theodore sang with David Seville. The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late), the novelty tune that topped the charts for a month. And it is still a Christmas favorite today!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Lean forward into your life… catch the best bits and the finest wind. Just tip your feathers in flight a wee bit and see how dramatically that small lean can change your life.”

— Mary Anne Radmacher


Campanologykamp-ə-NAH-lə-jeePart of speech: nounOrigin: Latin, mid 19th century
1The art or practice of bell-ringing.
Examples of Campanology in a sentence “We knew he played the piano, but his expertise at campanology surprised us.” “The art of campanology is kept alive during the holiday season.”

Hiding ideas – Seth Godin’s Newsletter

Hiding ideas

Some people hesitate to share an idea because they’re worried it will be stolen.

In general, these people are afraid of success, not failure. An idea unspoken is a safe one, which not only can’t be stolen, but it can’t be tested, criticized, improved or used in the real world.

Beyond a shadow – via Seth Godin’s newsletter

Beyond a shadow

How certain do you need to be?

When presented with a new opportunity, or a risk to be avoided, do you have any doubts?

Because there are always doubts. And then we multiply it, waiting for the doubt to go away, for it to not only be a shadow of what it was, but beyond that…

The desire to avoid change is rarely held to the same standards as progress. By the time the shadow is gone, it might be too late.