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This month's Reader's Digest trumpets its headline article: 5 Vitamin Truths and Lies with the cover banner, "The Great Vitamin Scam". And I'm pissed.

Rant behind the cut )
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Posting this for a worthy cause. If you repeat the post, it will help spread the message.

The Breast Cancer Site provides free mammograms for the disadvantaged - all you need to do to help is to go to their site and click the button once a day.

This campaign has been in place for several years (if you want details on how the program works, Barabara Mikkelson at provides a good explanation of the actual mechanism. It takes about 45,000 clicks to provide one mammogram, and they are at about 1.3 per day at this point. They could use more help.

So if it's something you can support, you can click the site once a day with your morning coffee or crumpet.

On the same topic, here's a book that every woman should read:

(Click the image to go to Dr. Lee's site)

For the record, I have zero financial interest in any of this - but my experience in working with one of the nation's most expert hormone-balancing providers has shown me that this is information which is critcal to the health of our nation's girls and women.

Other links with valuable information:

The Seventh Woman Institute
ZRT Laboratories
Utah Weight Loss & Natural Hormone Clinic
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Watch this breathtaking video of a white blood cell running down a bacterium.

Dr. Myron Wentz has spent a lifetime researching the nutritional needs of the human cell, and continues to develop formulations at the cutting edge of human nutrition.

I want to give my cells all the support they can get. By using the Usana supplements which he and his team develops, I am literally putting my life in Dr. Wentz' hands. And he's never failed to repay that trust.
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Time magazine just published this issue, the cover article of which screams to an America already 65% overweight and 30% morbidly obese: "Exercise won't help you lose weight."

Time should be ashamed of itself for foisting such a lopsided travesty off on a public already used to believing everything they read or hear in the Enquirer, Us, Cosmopolitan or Oprah. Why, if I read it on the internet, it must be true, right?

I don't have an alphabet soup after my name. Well, I do, but it's in the wrong field to make me a credible witness. Still, I've got some under-the-table experience in the field: having lost 32 pounds some years ago, and keeping it off until I suffered a divorce and self-medicated with Sachertorte and such things, in addition to working with a medical practitioner for 5 years and serving as her dietary counselor, I know whereof I speak.

Back in May, I posted this, in which I outlined a successful way of releasing weight and keeping it off. Nothing has changed. Excercise continues to be a critical part of weight release, regardless of what you may read in the above-mentioned article. Sure, increasing your caloric burn makes you hungry. But if you're eating a low-glycemic diet, you won't be spiking your blood sugar and setting off down the road to hyperinsulinemia. During my own journey, the more exercise I got, the faster I released weight. And the better I felt.

Despite the fact that almost everything stated in the article is true, wrapping it up in a populist ribbon designed to make the blubbery bulk of Americans sigh with relief and think they no longer have to exercise to release weight - and that, my friends, will be the guaranteed result - is disingenuous in the extreme.

Better information could have been disseminated in less than a paragraph. "Exercise is good for you: get off your fat backside and move. Just know that when you work out, you're going to get hungry. Have a healthy, low-glycemic snack and wait 20 minutes - you won't be hungry any more."

yarg snarl snap yarg
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Well, not necessarily me - I've got the scales headed in the right direction for the moment, but the latest state-by-state data for how overweight we are as a nation is of concern. This raw data from Trust for America's Health indicates that on average, the percentage of obese adults has risen 0.7% in the last year, to 25.98%. And that's obese, not just overweight, which percentage is about 2/3 of the population.

State Rate Rank Change
Miss. 32.5 1 0.8
Ala. 31.2 2 1.1
W.Va. 31.1 3 0.4
Tenn. 30.2 4 1.3
S.C. 29.7 5 0.5
Okla. 29.5 6 1.4
Ky. 29 7 0.6
La. 28.9 8 -0.6
Mich. 28.8 9 1.1
Ark. 28.6 10 0.5
Ohio 28.6 10 1.6
N.C. 28.3 12 1.2
Mo. 28.1 13 0.7
Ga. 27.9 14 0.4
Texas 27.9 14 0.6
Ind. 27.4 16 -0.1
Del. 27.3 17 1.4
Alaska 27.2 18 -0.1
Kan. 27.2 18 1.4
Neb. 26.9 20 0.4
S.D. 26.9 20 0.9
Iowa 26.7 22 0.4
N.D. 26.7 22 0.8
Pa. 26.7 22 1
Md. 26 25 0.7
Wis. 26 25 0.6
Ill. 25.9 27 0.6
Ore. 25.4 28 0.4
Va. 25.4 28 0.2
Wash. 25.4 28 0.9
Minn. 25.3 31 0.5
Nev. 25.1 32 1.4
Ariz. 24.8 33 1.5
Idaho 24.8 33 0.2
Maine 24.7 35 1.1
N.M. 24.6 36 1.3
N.Y. 24.5 37 1
Wyo. 24.3 38 0.4
Fla. 24.1 39 0.8
N.H. 24.1 39 0.6
Calif. 23.6 41 0.5
N.J. 23.4 42 0.5
Mont. 22.7 43 1
Utah 22.5 44 0.6
D.C. 22.3 45 0.2
Vt. 22.1 46 1
Hawaii 21.8 47 1.1
R.I. 21.7 48 0.3
Conn. 21.3 49 0.5
Mass. 21.2 50 0.3
Colo. 18.9 51 0.4

It's not an easy issue to deal with. A few years ago, I got myself down to a trim 163,and stayed there for quite some time. As my relationship went south and divorce ensued, I stopped giving a rat's south-40, started eating whatever the hqiz I wanted, and got the inevitable result. Now I'm paying attention again - but that's just one man's story.

Food is a great comfort. That momentary rush of endorphins we get when we slam our guts full of salty grease and high-glycemic carbs really does feel good. Ahhh... For the moment. And it becomes a full-blown addiction, as our blood sugar crashes into the red zone and our bodies begin screaming for their next Phix sorry, fix. Freudian slip there. Hope you're reading this, Pablo. And the cycle repeats.

But along with getting people to quit smoking, there's not a thing that would do more to reduce overall healthcare costs in America than to get our nation's average Body Mass Index down below 25. 23 would be ideal, but I'd settle for 25 to start with.

So until I get there myself again, I'll pipe down - but this deserved to be said.
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A few days ago I posted "Açai, A Sigh, Assai!", a rant about the inescapable pitch for the Açai Berry/Colon Cleanse diet plan.

Here's a blatant example of the kind of criminal deception you see everywhere on the net these days:

Colon Cleansers Exposed
Warning: Avoid Colon Cleanse Scams - Read Our Free "Shocking" Report

Clicking on the ad takes you to a website that

1) Claims to be a source of independent research
2) Tells you how dangerous and scary colon cleanses are, and then
3) Encourages you to use their Resveratrol/Colon Cleanse diet plan.

People, get a grip!

Q: How do you know when a salesman is lying?
A: His lips are moving.

The internet has made theft by deception as common as sunrise and dew on the grass, and it makes me sad to think how many people are throwing away their money on false hopes and outright lies.

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Former Food and Drug Administration chief David Kessler thinks Americans are victims of “conditioned hyper-eating,” and he’s written a book about it: The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite. The Wall Street Journal poked him for some answers about how food can “hijack” our brains, and how cuisine—from snack food to restaurant fare—is designed to entice.

Full Article

Quote: "What we eat in restaurants is fat on fat on sugar on fat with salt. Pick any dish in any mid-American restaurant. What is spinach dip? Fat on salt with green stuff."

It took a PhD to figure that out? Fat on fat on sugar on fat with salt: You couldn't get a better description of a Big Mac.

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