Category Archives: Health

No More Carbs? Here’s 10 Things that Can Happen to Your Body Now

*Hang on while I take a bite out of my sandwich, will ya? I love. Love. LOVE my smoked turkey and Havarti cheese sandwich — on cheese sourdough roll. And Jerry, my neighborhood sandwich maker at Vons knows exactly how to place the mustard and mayo, and lettuce and tomato, so its not too much or too little!

TMI? Sorry.

Hey, I know that I can’t possibly be alone when I say, ‘I tip my hat to those of you who have successfully deleted carbs from your life.” I mean seriously, how does one live happily without eating bread, pizza and pasta? 

Yet many do, and the rest of us have got some catching up to do.

So what exactly happens to your body when you do stop eating carbs. Yes, we know you lose weight…but, wait (no pun intended)… apparently even THAT’s not a given.

Here are some things that can happen to your body when you stop eating carbs you… Continue reading

Judge Rules Coffee Companies in California (Like Starbucks) Must List ‘Cancer Warnings’

*Good morning. Well, I guess that’s a matter of opinion, especially if you’ve yet to have your morning coffee. You may want to hold off on that; seeing as a California judge has ruled that Starbucks and other coffee sellers had better start warning their customers that their coffee products carry a cancer risk.

I had to read it twice before passing the news along to you. I was looking for the word “might” carry a cancer risk.

It’s not there. 

The judge ended up taking the side of a nonprofit group who filed an initial lawsuit against Starbucks and other coffee companies in 2010 for violating Prop 65, a state law that requires businesses to notify customers about chemicals in their products that could cause cancer. Continue reading

CVS Health Sued for Unintentional Reveal of 6,000 Participants in HIV Drug Assistance Program

*Damn those window envelops! That must be what CVS Health is saying after a letter mailed out last year showed the status of participants in the state of Ohio’s HIV drug assistance program through the envelopes’ glassine window.Now, the company is the target of a Federal lawsuit.

A complaint filed on March 21 also named Fiserv, the company that CVS hired to mail the letters; which shared HIV status of 6,000 patients through the envelops clear window.

Inside the envelop were new benefits cards and information on a mail prescription program.

A report by CNN states…

The companies are being sued by three unidentified plaintiffs, according to the complaint.
 
The first plaintiff, only identified as John Doe One of Delaware County, Ohio, says he “feels that CVS has essentially handed a weapon to anyone who handled the envelope, giving them the opportunity to attack his identity or cause other harm to him.”

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Does You Eye ‘Twitch?’ Here’s 8 Reasons Why and What You Can Do About It

*My eye has been twitching for the past couple of days. Maybe even weeks, and its driving me crazy.  Does this ever happen to you? Sure it does. And it comes out of the blue right? You could just be sitting there talking to a friend or colleague, and all of a sudden it happens. Embarrassed, you wonder if they notice it; so you say something like, “Omg. My eye is twitching. Can you see it?”

Why on earth does this happen and what can we do to stop it? 

Research shows that eye twitching can be triggered by a variety of things. None of which you want to hear only because you probably feel they are things that are not so easy to change. But if you want that irritating tic to stop, you have to ask yourself, how bad?

Fortunately, most times this tic is benign, meaning its not medically serious.

Here are some of the triggers.

Lack of sleep/Weariness.

You’re probably tired, and being tired can cause stress; so you can’t sleep. At least not deeply, or long enough. You’ve got to change this dude. I know there is no fast-fix otherwise I’d of done it by now. But I am going to take baby steps and you should too, based on your lifestyle. Continue reading

Excuse Me. You Sure You Want to Do That? Things You Should Know About Social Security Benefits

*First off, time flies, so if you’re reading this don’t even think about turning the page because you’re still young! (Lol!).

But seriously, experts are letting you know when it might be the best time to claim your social security. SOME people I know chose to claim it as soon as they became eligible.

They had their reasons….like um, it was the only way they could afford to buy a car…get an apartment…or a House.

But experts are on the fence with this, so to speak. If you’re eligible, the earliest you can begin claiming your social security money is 62. But you will only get a portion of it. On the other hand if you wait until your full retirement age, 66 or 67, depending on your birth year, you get 100%…and if you wait even later, say 70, you could get as much as 132% of your money.

But that’s a gamble some folk may not be willing to take. Continue reading

Dad Fears He May Lose His Penis Due to Rare Form of Cancer, But Says He Plans to Marry Anyway

*This has got to be one of the saddest stories I have ever heard. After Dale Clarke initially found a lump the size of a piece of rice on his penis — and then it grew to the size of a grape within three weeks, forcing doctors to remove a part of it, he fears the worst. 

He may lose his entire penis,

Stricken with a rare form of terminal cancer, Clarke, the father of a 6-year-old boy, and another child on the way, has already lost all sensation in his manhood and during the past seven months has had five operations, nine rounds of radiotherapy and two rounds of chemo.

Still, the tumors keep coming back.

Fox News reports he has been left with a gaping wound at the top of his groin, and has had skin taken from his thigh grafted on to his penis. 

Clarke, who lives in the UK, says the situation has “absolutely destroyed me,” and warns other men to see a doctor right away if they sense something is wrong down there.

He is certainly being extremely brave, speaking so openly about his situation. I believe we would all agree that many men would not. Continue reading

Men Be Gone? Scientists Say Babies Can Be Created Without You!

*OK, let me be the first to say: This is some scary stuff. All of that aside though, scientist say they have found a way for women to have babies — wait! — for babies to be created without men.

According to them, a particular “cocktail of chemicals” acting as artificial sperm can “trick a human egg into forming an embryo.”

Reports say medical ethics campaigners are beyond themselves; saying this new development turns nature of its head.

But researchers look at it differently. They say the groundbreaking technology could be used to help women whose husbands are infertile but who do not want to use donor sperm.

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Shh…Former McDonald Employee Dishes Behind-the-Counter Secrets

*The best source for dirt on a place of business is from a former employee. And don’t it be someone who was FIRED! Now truthfully, I don’t know if that’s what happened to “Stefan” (probably not his real name), but he claims he used to work at McDonald’s and all we can surmise is s-o-m-e-t-h-i-n-g inspired him to give up some of the franchises behind-the-counter secrets. Or maybe it was as simple as what he said, “I really didn?t give a shit.”

So, O-k-a-a-y. He’s got our attention, right?

Now before you go thinking everything is going to be gross, no, that’s not the case. Some of this stuff is just plain interesting.

Well, back to gross. This first bit of info is not for the squeamish.

There may be a lot of reasons McDonald’s employees hate working the night shift. But this one will resonate most: They serve drunk (nasty-ass) people!!!

“A McDonald?s employee has to deal with a lot of customer complaints on a good day, but when the customers are drunk, the shifts become an absolute nightmare. And it?s not just about dealing with rowdy and aggressive people, one woman actually smeared her shit all over the toilet walls in the restaurant where I worked.”

Exactly HOW OLD is the food you’re eating?

“It?s true, not all the food at McDonald?s is cooked fresh-to-order. However, there are rules for how long food can be kept for after it is cooked?Any time we cook food that isn?t being used for an order right away, we keep it in a heater with a set time limit. When the timer counts down to zero, we?re supposed to take the food out and throw it away. However, due to the fact there?s nothing actually wrong with the food, most employees will just reset the timer and leave the food in there until it?s sold ? and this can be done for hours!”

Want truly FRESH food? Do this…

“Now, if you want to make sure you?re going to get a fresh meal that hasn?t been sat under a heat lamp for hours, you should always make a ?grill? order?Whenever an employee makes an order that has been altered from the original menu, the kitchen staff receive the ?grill? order and must cook it from scratch. For fresh fries, order them without salt, or for a fresh Big Mac, ask for it without the pickle.”

We Freaking HATE customers like this!

“So what?s the biggest problem with working at McDonald?s? The managers? The smell of cooking oil constantly in your clothes? Nope, it?s the customers?The guys on the tills honestly cannot stand dealing with stupid and indecisive customers. Know what you?re going to order before you reach the counter! Understand that meal comes with fries and a drink! And don?t stick ?Mc? in front of every word! McThank you!”

When the McDonald’s staff gets bored…

“Restaurants in the city will often be fast-paced and constantly busy. However, what about those smaller chains tucked away in a small town? Well, it can get very quiet?When the staff get bored, they will mess around. I once watched a guy build a fort out of Happy Meal boxes, and employees will often have bets on the customers. But perhaps the greatest ?in-joke? is ringing a bell whenever a hot girl comes to the till ? all work in the kitchen ceases, as employees peer through to check them out.”

Trust him. The kitchens really are clean.

“Most people I?ve met have always heard horror stories about the condition and cleanliness of a McDonald?s restaurant. But the truth couldn?t be more different?I promise. Behind the counter, the kitchens are well maintained, and hygiene is extremely important. Most staff are forced to wear hairnets and must wash their hands whenever they reenter the kitchen. I mean, that doesn?t mean what you?re eating is going to be any healthier, you can just rest assured that we haven?t spit in it (honestly, we don?t care enough to spit in food).”

…and then there’s Monopoly. Officially, we can’t play, but that doesn’t mean we don’t win!

 “Everybody loves McDonald?s whenever the Monopoly game tokens return ? and this includes the employees. Despite the fact employees are forbidden from winning any top prizes, that doesn?t stop us checking every single empty cup we find in the restaurant?If we do end up winning, we?ll just give it to a friend and split the prize! Or visit the other restaurants to claim free meals. Oh, and a good tip for customers; to get extra stickers, ask the cashier for a large tap water. They?ll give you a large cup with the stickers attached!”
 
…and finally, the STARS.
 
 
Some members of staff have them, others don?t ? but most customers are not even sure what they represent. Here?s everything you need to know about the ?Stars??People used to get a right kick out of asking me, ?How many stars you got?? No, stars are not earned for cleaning a toilet or making the perfect Quarter Pounder, staff members have to go through a training programme for each star, where each one usually reflects a small pay rise, and attributes towards obtaining a higher position. In the 13 months I was there, I earned zero stars? like I said, I really didn?t give a shit.
 
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