5 Serious Health Risks Nail Biters Face

nailbiting AdcaIf you’re a nail biter and have been for a long time, you probably think that biting your nails is simply a nervous habit that causes no more harm than looking bad to others.

Actually, there are some much more serious consequences to your nasty habit that you may not be aware of. Here are the top five:

1. Bringing bacteria that cause disease straight into your mouth.

You would not believe how perfect an environment your nails offer to bacteria. Among them, two should catch your attention: Salmonella e E. Coli. Have you ever heard of these two? If you aren’t aware of the severe threats each can bring to your health, here’s a quick description of each, taken from Wikipedia.

Infection with nontyphoidal serovars of Salmonella will generally result in food poisoning. […] Some of the microorganisms are killed in the stomach, while the surviving salmonellae enter the small intestine and multiply in tissues (localized form). Gastric acidity is responsible for the destruction of the majority of ingested bacteria, however Salmonella has evolved a degree of tolerance to acidic environments that allows a subset of ingested bacteria to survive. Bacterial colonies may also become trapped in mucus produced in the oesophagus. By the end of the incubation period, the nearby cells are poisoned by endotoxins released from the dead salmonellae. The local response to the endotoxins is enteritis and gastrointestinal disorder.

Typhoid fever is caused by Salmonella serotypes which are strictly adapted to humans or higher primates—these include Salmonella Typhi, Paratyphi A, Paratyphi B and Paratyphi C. In the systemic form of the disease, salmonellae pass through the lymphatic system of the intestine into the blood of the patients (typhoid form) and are carried to various organs (liver, spleen, kidneys) to form secondary foci (septic form). Endotoxins first act on the vascular and nervous apparatus, resulting in increased permeability and decreased tone of the vessels, upset thermal regulation, vomiting and diarrhea.

And about E. Coli:

[…] virulent strains can cause gastroenteritis, urinary tract infections, and neonatal meningitis. In rarer cases, virulent strains are also responsible for hemolytic-uremic syndrome, peritonitis, mastitis, septicemia, and Gram-negative pneumonia.

Because your nails are usually dirtier than your fingers themselves, they become a privileged host for disease-causing micro-organisms. When you bite your nails, these easily move into your mouth and from there into the rest of your body, where they can cause infections.

The second health risk compromises the way you enjoy life as a whole.


Chris got it. Do you get it?

XQ9R1028 Melaleuca Freedom CelebrationWhen I started dailyNLP 6 years ago, I envisioned the day I would receive this email.

dailyNLP came later, but the mission was the exact same.

Well, this day has arrived. And I must celebrate it with you.

Chris has authorized me to share his message with you.

Enter Chris:

Hi Martin,

I want to thank you again for your various NLP sites.

Although I think I’ve read everything at “dailyNLP.com” before, something clicked today when I re-visited.

It now seems obvious to me that a lot of the confusion about NLP results from associating “work product” from an NLP mapping project with NLP itself.

I posted an analogy on one of your blog entries about how I might use NLP to map out the process necessary to make the same amazing hamburger that a famous chef is known to make. In the end, I have a repeatable process for making that amazing burger. The burger is not NLP. Making the burger is not NLP. NLP was used to map that process. The making of the burger is simply a codified process.

If this is true, then it follows that “The Swish Pattern” and similar techniques also are not NLP, but instead therapy techniques that were famously mapped by NLP. They show up alongside NLP perhaps as a demonstration, creating (for me, at least) a bit of confusion in terms of what NLP is. You explain it very clearly in your “What is NLP” page, but I couldn’t accept it at the time.

This makes things a lot clearer for me unless I’m completely mistaken about this.

On the other hand, it presents a crossroads for me- do I follow the path of learning to map using NLP or do I follow the path of using techniques that were mapped by NLP. Perhaps its not a choice that has to be made.

Thank you for your effort in making NLP accessible to anyone.


Back to Martin:

Well done, Chris! Congratulations!

In his message, Chris refers to a comment he posted on the [masterNLP] website.

You can read his comment here:


It complements nicely the observation he makes in the message.

Bottom line: Chris now gets it.

The real question is: do you?

Because once you understand this distinction, you get wings. Confusion ends. The fog of NLP lifts. And you’re able to do anything you please from that point forward.

You’ve made the distinction between NLP and changework/therapy/coaching.

I desperately hope that you either have reached or will reach the same understanding Chris has.

His journey has only just begun.

Covert Influence Part Deux

Yesterday I just whet your appetite.

Today I want to go a little deeper inside the notion of influence and persuasion.

More specifically, I want you to feel how persuasion actually happens much less in the words that you use than you might think.

You have been persuaded countless times in your life without understanding how it happened.

You also have been persuaded countless times by people who weren’t trained in persuasion.


Pause for a second and make sense out of the last two sentences you just read.

Especially the last one.

“[…] weren’t trained in persuasion.”

They were not trained.

As such, they were not using a technique.

How could they?

However, they used, albeit intuitively, a particular pattern that persuaded you.

This is critically important in understanding modeling in NLP.

You’re not looking for techniques. You’re always looking for patterns.

You always asking: “What just happened here?”

More importantly: “What just happened (naturally) here?”

You want to know what’s going on without people being aware of it, and without people really “intending” it.

Of course, if someone persuaded you without knowing what they were doing, they definitely intended to get compliance from you.

But they probably didn’t intend to use a specific technique to elicit a specific reaction.

What they did was not the product of design.

Keep that in mind. Always.

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Getting back to our ducks…

If persuasion doesn’t happen so much in words, where does it happen primarily?

In intonation.

Intonation conveys the emotion that, when in rapport, elicits the right state in which the gateway of influence pops open.

Watch this 3:45 bit by George Carlin.

Between 2:30 and 3:00, pay attention to the intonation he brings into the communication.

Try saying those exact same words with a flat voice.

No effect whatsoever.

The intonation leans the message towards a particular meaning, which in turn elicits a specific state.

Without that intonation, forget the state.

In our next message, more on that.

The Most Covert Kind Of Influence

Every Saturday afternoon, I lay in bed and watch Real Time with Bill Maher.

It’s pretty much a scheduled, religious event.

I tell everyone to forget I exist Saturday afternoon.

Totally focused and dedicated me time. Relax is the order of the moment.

That hour is spent laughing.

Not that I’m a big fan of Bill Maher or that I agree with what he has to say.

But I always find it hilarious to see an intellectual fencing match between smart opponents. Extreme views always welcome.

And that brings me to comedy and how incredible it is as an art.

I’m talking clever, intelligent, crafted comedy.

While I sometimes enjoy “stupid,” I generally prefer the kind of comedy that makes me laugh because of the comedian’s observation/slant of something that we experience every day.

Perception is what it’s all about.

How many different ways can you look at something and then have the balls to say what you’re thinking?

How about taking it even more to the edge?

George Carlin still remains my all-time favorite. He’s the king of the hill and will be tough to unthrone.

Master of the craft. Fine, fine, fine comedy developed and distilled over hours of editing and shaping perception. Then twisting it into a new angle.

Want to know which part of your body is most ticklish?

Your brain.

Ideas and situations can keep you laughing for hours, sometimes days.

And when you’re laughing, you’re engaged. Big time.

It’s the most covert kind of influence you could ever exert.

When you get someone to laugh, they become open.

Everything is then possible.

If you have the bandwidth this week, watch this:

Pure intelligence and design. And craft.

Get better at generating laughter. You’ll be surprised at what happens.

The Giving Machine

givingMy colleagues and I are exploring a completely new business model.

It’s revolutionary.

Super high tech.

It’s called giving.

Over the past few weeks, we have been giving increasing amounts to various causes/people, and noticing the almost immediate increase in our business.

The increase in business is nice.

What’s even nicer is the effect on our psyche.

Giving is one of the most irrational things someone can do.

Or perhaps I should say, transrational.

Understanding giving requires going beyond the rational.

Funny thing is, I don’t feel I’ve gotten there yet.

I don’t quite understand how it works or what we’re doing.

In some cases, the giving feels like a stretch.

In other cases, it’s a bit easier.

But giving appears the be the channel to making magic happen.

I’m blown away by what’s going on in my businesses.

I’m surprised by the effects experienced by my coaching clients.

I’m taken aback by how much happier I feel on a day-to-day basis.

So let’s bring this back to you — although this entire message has been about you anyway.

What are you doing right now to harness that power?

Do you give on a regular basis?

Are you afraid of giving? Why or why not?

Do you know people who give freely on a regular basis? What would happen if you did one-minute modeling with them?

You want a better life. Give more.

You want more business. Give more.

Quite honestly, there’s no better ROI on the market than giving.

The One-Minute NLP Modeler

through-rose-colored-glassesYesterday, I spurred you on to quickly identify the results you want to produce and come up with a person you could model to produce them.

In other words, to get on with a modeling project.

But what about those times when you’re unable to distill the patterns and protocols a top performer uses?

What if you’re unable to spend enough time with them to absorb that patterning?

What then?

Is all lost?


You can still derive massive value from modeling just one little aspect of their psyche.

Their beliefs.

Modeling someone’s beliefs will not give you skills.

However, it can still add tremendous value to you.

Someone’s belief system commands what is true for him or her.

It serves as their map of the world.

Any skill that they exert happens within the context of their map of the world. If the map didn’t favor or promote those actions, they certainly wouldn’t perform them.

Beliefs serve as the fertile ground in which skills, patterns and protocols can firmly plant themselves and flourish.

Would it be valuable to know what’s true for a top performer?

Heck yeah!

You may discover that they look at the world through completely different lenses.

Kind of like a pair of glasses.

Once you know what’s true for them, you are able to configure a similar pair of glasses for yourself.

Then, you put them on.

The “world” changes.

You see differently.

Suddenly, a path shows up.

Boom! Suddenly, you can act!

PS: By the way, that’s exactly the way the Straight Line works. You set the results, you build the line in 5 minutes (based on YOUR beliefs) and boom! You’re in business.

If you haven’t already, invest in yourself:


Who’s Your Daddy?

Today, I want us to move the conversation to a new level.

Actually, I want you to move your game to the next level.

As we’ve discussed several times in the past, modeling is the name of the game for achievement. The fastest way to produce a result is always to find someone who already has produced that result and model them.

With that in mind, I want you to become more and more aware of the people whose results you want to emulate.

Stop and ponder for a second: what result are you really trying to produce?

If the answer is not on the tip of your tongue, it’s a great opportunity to get that defined right away.

If you already know, let’s move on to the next question.

Who has already produced that result in a way that you find appealing?

Is there anyone that’s actually close to you?

Is there anyone that would actually be accessible? If you work for a company, is there an executive that has accomplished what you want?

Remember, the key with modeling is not necessarily to interview that person to find out their life story or identify the way that they think they do something.

It’s to put yourself in a situation where you will witness that person in action.

You can then start emulating the critical behaviors that produce the results you’re after.

What would happen if you actually committed to doing that this week?

Remember, modeling allows you to compress decades into days, sometimes hours. It’s worth investing the time to connect with the right person and model them.

sometimes, you simply don’t have that much time. What to do if you can’t run a full modeling project on someone?

There’s still a way for you to derive massive value from your encounter.

Tomorrow, I’m going to share a critical piece you can use to model people’s mindset very quickly.

PS: I’d love to be able to share your comments about dailyNLP as well. Please hit reply and quickly jot down your answers to these questions:

1. Why did you subscribe to dailyNLP?
2. Why do you stay subscribed to dailyNLP?
3. Have you changed or created something in your life as a result of reading dailyNLP and/or interacting with me?

Thanks a lot!

Apple & Google Becoming Buddies


Apparently things are getting better between the two tech giants.


It’s funny to write “Apple & Google becoming buddies.”

That’s completely impossible.

Appple and Google are virtual entities.

It’s similar to saying that relations are improving between the United States and the Soviet Union.

That just can’t be.

So what do these statements REALLY mean?

Basically, they mean that SOMEONE(S) from Apple/United States is developing a relationship with SOMEONE(S) from Google/the Soviet Union.


That’s what it’s all about.

You and someone else.

Tony Robbins, in his seminars, shares the story of meeting Gorbachev.

The crux of the story comes when Gorbachev tells Tony how relations between the US and the SU (wow, I’d never seen this inversion before!) actually got better.


He and Reagan improved their personal relationship.

They became friends.

The rest is history.

There’s a huge lesson there.

All it takes is two people to develop a relationship to make entire institutions pivot and change the course of history.


You have it.

Use the tools you learn in NLP to develop and improve yours.