My Zany Publicity Stunt at Book Expo America

As they say, each picture is worth 1,000 words. So I'll just let these photos show you what I was doing this past weekend at Book Expo America in New York City to drum up interest in my next book, The Weight-Loss Habits of Highly Successful Losers. (It was formerly called The White-Out Diet and The Better Habits Diet.).

Suffice it to say that it was one amazing weekend, and things are looking quite promising for my next book. I'm eager to get this book into your hands so it can help you..

Read the press release about my zany publicity stunt here.

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Artificial Sweeteners: Do We Need Yet Another Fake Sugar Product?

Aren't there enough artificial sweeteners already on the market to potentially harm you?

Now Ajinomoto is seeking FDA approval for Advantame, a new sweetener that's derived from the same amino acids as aspartame and vanillin.

Oh goodness, why do we need another aspartame-like sweetener?

Before you ingest ANY aspartame or aspartame look-alike, I urge you to do some research.

Find out about its 92 reported side effects of aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure).

Read about aspartame's controversial approval process.

Find out how one health authority calls it the most dangerous substance on the market today.

Learn about angry people, who claim aspartame is poison.

Are you one of those dependent on artificial sweeteners? Tell us why you use this stuff. Would you like to break free?

By the way, for much of this week, I've been suffering from an awful reaction to mannitol, which was apparently slipped into a supplement I've been taking. Unfortunately, it took sleuthing on my part to figure out why I'd been so sick (severe, doubled-over-in-pain cramps; running to you-know-where often; bloating; etc.)

I'm so angry! Why would a company (or companies) sneakily add an artificial sweetener into its supplement? Although I'm a lot better, I'm still having some issues and trying to figure out which producdt is not listing its sugar alchol content. I suspect that mannitol or another sugar alcohol is included in another of my supplements but, unfortunately, it's not labeled!

Get “Ticked Off” with Writer Tula Karras, Another Lyme Disease Sufferer

What a coincidence!

This afternoon, I’m in my doctor’s office waiting to get an antibiotic injection to kill off my Lyme disease when I find this remarkable personal essay, "Ticked Off," about Lyme disease.

You won’t be able to put down this powerful, poignant personal essay, which appears in the June issue of Self Magazine. In the piece, writer Tula Karras reveals how she endured a decade — yes, 10 years! — of fatigue, brain fog and body aches before getting her Lyme disease diagnosed. Not only that, but friends, family members and even doctors thought she was making up her symptoms!


Couple Arrested for Trafficking Chocolate!

Raw cacao (chocolate) is a pretty innocuous-looking substance, right? Well, apparently not to drug-sniffing dogs and suspicious Canadian border patrol, who mistook the raw food for hashish!

You’ve got to read about this apalling incident, where Ron and Nadine, two innocent people from Living Libations, were arrested, handcuffed, intimidated, threatened and even forcibly removed from their six-old old baby boy.

Learn more now. Just read the article by my friend Mike Adams of the amazing website, Natural News.

Also, check out the similiar, but a tad more detailed (but short) post on my new, but not yet officially launched blog, Get Your Fill Now.

And, please, post your comments on both sites.

Couple Arrested & Handcuffed For Trafficking Chocolate!

Ron_nadine_9_2Two raw foodists, Ron and Nadine of Living Libations, were arrested, jailed and accused of trafficking hashish (which was just raw, homemade chocolate) while traveling from Canada to the U.S.

Not only that, but the couple were handcuffed to chairs and their six-month-old baby boy was forcibly taken from them while they were interrogated for hours, all because of their suspcious-looking package of chocolate, which was falsely identifed using an unreliable on-the-spot drug testing kit.

Hats off to my friend Mike Adams of Natural News for alerting many of us to this apalling incident.

Read Mike’s article now to get details about the startling arrest, how charges were finally dropped but no apology offered and how, with legal help, bona fide testing revealed that the so-called "hashish" was just chococlate.

High Heels for Tots Rises High

Why would anyone be stupid enough to even conceive of creating $35 high “Heelarious” heels for toddlers, who are too young to even walk?!

Not only do they look dangerous on their developing ankles — soft cushion or not — but these absurd concoctions may foster a shallow, heel obsession at an early age — one that makes Manolo Blahnik-loving Carrie Bradshaw of “Sex and the City” (Sarah Jessica Parker) look like an angel.

What happened to just letting tots be tots and crawl around? Why not focus on teaching them good sucking or crying habits instead? In other words, just let babies be babies!

This is not Heelarious, as the title suggests — this is taking the wee ones into heel hell. Watch what they said on Today/

High Fructose Corn Syrup: Industry Fights Back With Misleading Ad Blitz

Please, dear readers, do NOT get taken in by the two new TV ads (dubbed “Party” and “Two Bites“) and two print ads (in newspapers and magazines) from the Corn Refiners Association, which claim that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is fine in moderation.

When you watch both TV ads, you’ll be amused — I’m assuming — at how the person avoiding high fructose corn syrup is portrayed as an inarticulate, tongue-tied, unknowledgeable person, who’s silly for staying away from the sweet stuff.

On the other hand, the woman (in both ads) who offers the popsicle or the punch is presented as a smart consumer, who quickly rattles off that high fructose corn syrup is “made from corn, doesn’t have artificial ingredients and like sugar, it’s fine in moderation.”

Please don’t take these ads as license to go dash off and buy popsicles or fruit punch.

About the only thing I agree with in this media blitz is that yes, you should get the facts. But when you do, you’ll learn a sour surprise — not a “sweet surprise,” as the corn industry would have you believe.

Here are some facts that the corn industry flat out ignores in their ads.

Firstly, even if you had only two bites of a HFCS-laced popsicle (as one ad implies), that’s not the only high fructose corn syrup you’re getting over the course of a day or week.

Most Americans do NOT take in just a little bit of HFCS. If you’re eating processed foods, you are NOT consuming high fructose corn syrup in moderation. The sweetener is used in just about any refined products you can find on the market — frozen pizza, baked breads, spaghetti sauce, hot dogs, hamburgers, crackers, you name it, etc.

What this means is that if you had just two bites of a popsicle, over the rest of day you, as a typical, processed-foods-loving American (forgive me if I offended you) are swallowing lots of the sweet substance. And such sugar overloading — whether it comes from corn or cane — can lead to a plethora of health ailments, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes, as I explore in my book Sugar Shock!

In fact, over the course of the year, the average American doesn’t know the meaning of moderation. In 2005, for instance, she or he consumed at least 77 pounds of corn-based sweeteners. And I suspect the numbers are even higher now — I still need to check them though.

Now bear in mind that this is only part of the sugar story, because our typical American is taking in another 65.6 pounds of cane or beet-based sugar and other sweeteners.

Secondly, one glass of fruit punch doesn’t even approach the concept of moderation. For instance, an 8-ounce glass of Tropicana punch has 29 grams of sugar, which comes to about 7.25 teaspoons of sugar. Does the corn industry really think that this is moderation? You’ve got to be kidding.

Stop by soon for another angle on this new misleading HFCS media blitz.

Twitter to the Ready: Catch What I’m Doing — Well, If I Choose to Tell

As you may have noticed within the last couple of days, I’m now telling you what I’m doing– that is, I feel like divulging it, thanks to Twitter, the hot, social networking and microblogging phenomenon.

Just look to your left under the "Get Inspired" heading, and you’ll see the new "Twitter Updates" section.

Twitter, which allows you to use instant messaging, SMS or a web interface (whatever those are — OK, I know about the former) — is all the vogue among techno people in the know.

But you need to talk in quick sound bites. You can only write little-iddy-biddy updates up to 140 characters. (That’ll be good for those of us who tend towards the more wordy and need a good editor to rein in our copy. No names mentioned, but I can think of a few blogger friends who should join me in an effort to be more concise. Admittedly, I’m also one of the worst offenders, as my two favorite editors will attest.)

Anyhow, I’m still learning how best to use Twitter so I hope you’ll enjoy my first fumbling entries and have fun with me as I’m figuring this out.

By the way, so far, some 2.2 million Twitter accounts were created, as of July 2008, according to Wikipedia. Not bad for a company that launched nearly two years ago, in Oct. 2006, as Crunchbase also informs us.

Already, a number of Twitterers have fans, as this Twitterholic website attests.

FYI, reportedly, the top three Twitter users–with 50,000-plus followers are Barack Obama, Kevin Rose, and LeoLaporter.

Since I’m a Twitter newbie — even though I joined a year ago and posted all of one post until a few days ago — I advise you to get educated by much more savvy media types than me.

Just read some of their informative items, such as those from Steve Rubel, Marshall Kirkpatrick, Charles Cooper (on cnet), Chris Brogan and Daniel Scocco.

One of the most fascinating applications of Twitter is that news outlets such as CNN, the BBC are using Twitter to disseminate breaking
news or offer information feeds for sporting events, according to Wikipedia. Suffice it to say that I’m very intrigued.

Still confused as to what’s Twitter’s all about?

Check out this video explaining Twitter in Plain English.

Thanks to the online health journalism group to which I belong for bringing up the Twitter topic and renewing my interest in this subject.

Ice Cream as a Favorite Summer Food? You’ve Got to Be Kidding!

Talk about shocking advice from a nutrionist! Shame on "Today" Show Diet and Nutrition Editor Madelyn H. Fernstrom, PhD, CNS for citing ice cream as a favorite summer food!

I can live with the suggestions for watermelon, corn, potato salad and grilled meat, even though the first three could be high on the glycemic index, but how the heck did sugar-filled ice cream get on a list from a nutrionist?

‘Nuff said.

Bigfoot: Was He Really Found? What Does He Eat?

Do you believe SearchingForBigfoot’s claim that thay actually found a seven-foot-seven-inch Bigfoot that weighs over 500 pounds, walks upright, looks part human and part ape-like, has reddish hair and blackish-grey eyes?

DNA tests are allegedly underway on the "body that may very well be the body of the creature commontly known as Bigfoot," and the media will learn more at a press conference on Friday.

Bigfood was reportedly found by Georgia residents Matthew Whitton (AKA Gary Parker), a police officer on leave after being wounded on the job, and Rick Dyer, a former correctional officer. Tom Biscardi, CEO of Searching for Bigfoot, Inc.
If this is Bigfoot, how can he have been around for so long without ever having been found? And, more importantly, how does the big guy keep surviving?

What does he eat? How big are his strides? Does he have any human friends? Does he have relatives?

And what would David Schwimmer’s paleontologist character Ross (on the Friends TV show) have to say about this reported find?(For those of you not in the know, Schwimmer plays Ross Geller, a paleontologist working at a museum of Natural History and later a paleontology professor at New York University.)