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January 9, 2006

Hi [[firstname]],

Lots of reaction to my article, "If you're not linear, 
you're not really lean!" In our current survey to 
identify the most pressing manufacturing problems 
non-linear production has taken over the 2nd position.

If you didn't get a chance to vote; you still can, 
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Today I'm going to deviate from my usual technical 
writing and pass along some information that I found 
to be quite interesting. And, in your stressful work 
environment, it may someday be very helpful... if not 
life saving.

Have a nice day, keep the faith, and stay connected.

Bill Gaw
Business Basics, LLC

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During a BBQ a friend stumbled and took a little fall 
- she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered 
to call paramedics) and just tripped over a brick 
because of her new shoes. They got her cleaned up and 
got her a new plate of food - while she appeared a bit 
shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest 
of the evening.

Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his 
wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00pm, Ingrid 
passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ - had 
they known how to identify the signs of a stroke perhaps 
Ingrid would be with us today.

It only takes a minute to read this-

----- A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke 
victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects 
of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a 
stroke recognized, diagnosed an getting to the patient 
within 3 hours which is tough.


Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps. Read 
and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. 
Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. 
The stroke victim may suffer brain damage when people 
nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by 
asking three simple questions:

1. Ask the individual to SMILE.

2. Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

3. Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE 
(Coherently) (i.e. . . It is sunny out today) If 
he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, 
call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms 
to the dispatcher.

After discovering that a group of non-medical 
volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness 
and speech problems, researchers urged the general 
public to learn the three questions. They presented 
their conclusions at the American Stroke Association's 
annual meeting last February. Widespread use of this 
test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of
the stroke and prevent brain damage.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail 
sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one 
life will be saved.

AND COLLEAGUES AS POSSIBLE, you could save their lives.

All of you are important to me and I NEED you to pass 
this to your friends and colleagues, so we all can be 
around as long as possible



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