April 2011

Remember the Taco Bell lawsuit? I noted it back in January and – after doing a bit of “back-of-the-envelope” calculating – I opined that Taco Bell   “… could be holding a very strong hand, indeed.” Indeed. Obney and her attorneys voluntarily dropped the lawsuit on April 18th. Taco Bell, a unit of Yum Brands Inc, said […]

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Beyoncé is awesome… Last month, Beyonce joined forces with First Lady Michelle Obama to promote the national Let’s Move! campaign, which aims to target childhood obesity. The singer offered up a re-worked version of her hit song, ‘Single Ladies,’ in support of the effort. The result is ‘Move Your Body,’ a remixed Swizz Beatz track […]

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I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that his clinic offers thermographic scans… On Dr. Joseph Mercola’s popular website, women are warned against getting mammograms to screen for breast cancer. Instead, the Chicago-area physician touts thermograms — digital images of skin surface temperatures — as an early detection tool for a wide range of conditions from […]

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This author of this Chicago Tribune article, “Broaching a Weighty Subject,” thinks so. But I don’t. Especially when it’s done like this… With a few key strokes and the click of a mouse, you can anonymously tell a loved one that he or she might want to consider losing some weight, and hey, you know […]

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Seriously… and – people are actually buying it. That’s not the only… offbeat flavor that SF entrepreneur, Jake Godby, sells. There are also flavors like “Secret Breakfast” (made with bourbon and cornflakes), “Government Cheese,” “Fois Gras,” “Strawberry Candied Jalapeno,” Salted Licorice,” and “Hibiscus Beet.” Urrrrggggggh… Full list of flavors here.

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I love Adobe Photoshop – it’s an awesome tool for producing e-book cover art and web graphics. I’m not as skilled with it as I’d like to be… but then again, maybe it’s better that I’m not. I might be tempted to use it to lie. I’ve posted about this before. Lord knows, it’s overused in the […]

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And not in a good way… The LA Times explains: The Federal Trade Commission has filed suit against 10 companies the agency says are using fake news websites to market acai berry weight-loss products. The FTC said the defendants operate websites that seem like legitimate newsgathering sites but actually promote deceptive advertisements urging consumers to […]

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The LA County Department of Public Health has created a series of “Salt Shocker” videos to increase awareness of the sodium content of many processed foods. Take a look: [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvAPmJESPxw]   [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFD3_sby3sk] More here.

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By now, I’m sure you’ve seen (or heard) media reports that exercise – in and of itself – isn’t a major contributor to weight loss (click here for an example). While I’d dispute that (at least for those looking to optimize their body comps), it’s probably true that exercise alone isn’t enough for your average person who’s interested in losing his/her surplus […]

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And I respond: “That’s a really dumb question!” I imagine the author, Gretchen Reynolds, had good intentions, but the article is a complete mess. To begin with, she never defines what she means by “best” – but leaves this up to the various experts she queries. Not surprisingly, the responses she gets are all over the map. The only reason […]

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