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  1. I have finally read this book and I highly recommend it. I've also ordered The Stress of Life by Hans Selye which is what Mentzer discusses in this book pertaining to the principle of adaptation. There is so much nonsense in bodybuilding articles online and it's great to finally read something explaining why I should do this or that, rather than opinions based on nothing. Mentzer is right about the importance of learning about anatomy and the function of each muscle as then you have a clear idea as to what you are doing when you exercise. For instance, I have spent the last few months doing wide grip pull ups, which I believe has contributed to my shoulder problem. However the latissimus dorsi is connected to the upper arm and the function is to bring the arm down toward the body, but the wide grip pull up does not allow a full range of movement so the muscle is not being fully worked.
  2. Why do you think it is important that I should read this? what is so significant about it?
  3. I have read some topics on here regarding Mike Mentzer and his High Intensity Training, however his Heavy Duty 1 and 2 are no longer available, but there is High-Intensity Training the Mike Mentzer Way (http://www.amazon.co.uk/High-Intensity-Training-Mike-Mentzer-Way/dp/0071383301), which is not discussed much in comparison to his Heavy Duty book. Has anyone read this book and would you recommend it or shall I try to find a used copy of Heavy Duty?
  4. I agree, but what I'm really looking for is an answer as to how you can judge if someone is of sound mind or not and therefore judge the morality of the decision by the doctor. I think the answer relates to a person being in touch with reality or not. In an extreme case I can think of someone with paranoid Schizophrenia who would do as this woman did, but the explanation in the letter for the suicide would be out of touch with reality. His explanation could be that aliens have told him to kill himself, if he doesn't then aliens would kill his friends and family. In this case, for the doctors not to intervene to save his life, they would be condemned as immoral since it is clear that he is of not sound mind and instead mentally ill to an extent that his right to life, specifically his right to take his life, should not be recognised in this situation. However, if such a person took medication to reduce attacks of paranoia, but then with a clear mind decided to end his life because he did not want to live a life under this terrible condition, then this should be respected.
  5. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/6248646/...be-assault.html This article appeared in the news recently and it concerns the case of a suicidal woman that tried to kill herself with poison, proceeded to call an ambulance and then gave doctors a letter stating that she did not want to be saved but only wanted staff to make her comfortable. Doctors allowed her to die and said she was of sound mind. Her reason for suicide was her inability to have children. She had attempted it 9 times over the period of 12 months but on those occasions she allowed doctors to save her. This issue concerns the right to life and mental health and to what extent mental health impacts the right to life in the sense of being free to take your own life. Depression is referred to as a mental illness and one of its characteristics is distorted thinking that spirals into negative free fall, whereby over time the cognitive ability of the mind decreases and can lead to suicide as the mind cannot see a way out of the problem. Although the ability of the mind has been reduced, it can still judge the consequences of actions and therefore is considered to be of sound mind. So is it the case that suicide should only be prevented by doctors in circumstances whereby consequences cannot be seen? which would only apply to the mentally insane? could the mentally insane not know that death is the end? I'm just seeking some illumination on the matter since it is not clear to me how you can judge the morality of allowing suicide in the sense of knowing when a person should be saved and how you know this in terms of assessing their mental health. How do you know when someone has the capacity to reason, and when someone doesn't?
  6. I cannot see the video at the moment as youtube is down. What I want to know is how healthcare worked in the U.S before state involvement in the form of medicaid and medicare and forcing employers to provide health insurance to employees. What is the worst case scenario in the sense of the most expensive treatment and how will insurance work ? Let's say a heart transplant costs £100,00, I have no idea but let's say it costs this much. Are there/were there specific insurance plans that deal with major surgical procedures, or do they cover everything? and how much per annum would this insurance cost? Is it similar to travel insurance? travel insurance is very cheap, for 2 weeks abroad you pay £30, yet it covers you to the amount of several million pounds for major operations. Annual plans are also cheap.
  7. I left university several years ago which included the study of several languages including Visual Basic, Java, SQL, ASP, HTML and Lisp, but was never comfortable in programming as there was no proper guidance when learning. I remember one Java assignment whereby I had to create a simple program that did some arithmetic. I spent many hours frustrated not knowing how to do it, it turned out that a function was already available that was so simple to use, but I never knew where to look to see what functions are available and how you use them. Every work I have read on how to program teaches you in one respect but not in another. It's like being taught grammar and then told to write a story, but never being taught how to write a story. My hobby is programming in C, I'm starting from the very basics again but would like a book recommendation that will teach me how to plan and design a program and the stages you go through before you actually start to write the program and also while writing and editing it. I don't want a book that will tell me what a variable is and how to create one, what a loop is and what a function is, I want it to teach me how to put all of this together, to plan and design a program that will solve a simple problem (such as how to create a program that will ask a user to guess a random number) and also difficult problems.
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