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Facts and Caffeine Drink Lawsuits

There are two words in the English language that are spelled with all the vowels in order: abstemious and facetious. To this day, I am still trying to figure out why “and sometimes y was part of my education. Poor y!

John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, had a habit of eating beef between two slices of toast, so he could eat without interruption of his card game. Hence… he is credited with “inventing” or naming the sandwich. Is that an example of necessity is the mother of invention?

It is reported that during the years that she was the First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy smoked 3 packs of cigarettes a day. Which causes me to post this advertisement for cigarettes from the early 1960’s. You wouldn’t expect an NBA player today to be a spokesman, would you?


These three random items all serve as a prelude to a tragic sequence of events that has now led to a lawsuit. An Idaho man was found dead, after regularly consuming at least four energy drinks a day. ( His family has now filed suit against the manufacturers of Red Bull, NOS and Monster beverages.

The lawsuit alleges that the 25-year-old man was unaware of the risks associated with these drinks. It goes on to state that the manufacturers should also warn consumers not to use their products with alcohol or while exercising. The family also believes that the manufacturers should also warn that four 16 ounce drinks per day are too many. I have attached the article, because I am interested as to whether you think that the manufacturers are at fault.

I started out this blog by reciting the invention of a sandwich, because these caffeine drinks are basically a way that people, including students and truck drivers, are trying to stay awake and alert. Remember, Necessity is the mother of invention. Should they believe that it could have impact on their health? Which is also why I threw in that last fact about Jackie Kennedy. Maybe in those days, they really believed that cigarettes were a way to relax. But three packs?

Why did I originally mention the two words and my fascination with vowel placement? Really nothing related to the blog, but it does prepare you for some holiday Trivial Pursuit!


And for pic o’ day, here is another of my “ole faithful” holiday pictures. A curious Nativity scene for sure!

manger awry

Do Things Go Better With Coke?

Yes, I wish this was a blog about the virtues of macaroni and cheese pancakes or egg plant french fries. No, not cheese straws and hush puppies.  See… I have your attention now! Right?

I have recently spoken to a couple of people who have been successful in their weight loss goals. Both of them attributed part of their weight loss to, “I stopped drinking Coke”. Coca-Cola even admits that their drinks make you put on weight. (ARTICLE HERE)

Just something to consider from a Pharmacist:















And here is an article on why we are told not to drink diet soda. (Diet Coke) Not surprisingly, the reasons include depression, bad for your bones and teeth, and potentially bad for your heart. Of course there is the obvious of obesity and diabetes.

Just something for us to think about.

And for our pic o’ day, here are two kids’ pictures that make me smile:


















Some Macaroni and Cheese Discussion

First, how about some weekend encouragement from a hedgehog?











And now some Mac and Cheese thoughts!

Macaroni and Cheese… it does a body good? Or is that milk? Just as a word of caution, if you love mac and cheese, don’t read the rest of this blog. Although, I did try to find a counter-argument… just in case you want to keep eating it! I had to search for it!

Let’s start with this article from the NY Times titled The Chemicals in Your Mac and Cheese.

What you think of chemicals called phthalates? I had never heard of them. They travel in plastics.

They have been linked to the disruption of male hormones like testosterone, and to birth defects. There is a connection to learning and behavior problems in older children.

These chemicals end up in foods as a result of packaging and equipment. They are used in manufacturing and may pose special risks to pregnant women and young children.

Now, a new study of 30 cheese products has detected phthalates in the foods, in the study attached The highest concentrations are found in the processed cheese powder in boxed macaroni and cheese mixes. Not a good thought.  Since this is Friday, I will just leave it at that, for your reading.

On the flip side, here is an article at, which tells us that the FDA has not banned these chemicals in foods. (yes, they are banned in toys). And the thinking is, that a little bit is not harmful. That sounds more like a defense than a good scientific certainty.

Just “food for thought”.

I hope you have a great weekend! I am headed to our South Carolina office next week. I’ll try to blog some news from the great folks in the South!

And for our weekend pic o’ day, it’s all about knowledge… right?




Some Weekend Food Thoughts

I am ready for Monday, but this picture did make me smile:


It’s not unusual to go to a social media site and see food postings. It could be a recipe, or a cake, or what someone ate in their quest for health. So what should we eat? What really matters? (although I do like Pie Day!)

This weekend, I watched a documentary titled What The Health on Netflix. I have attached the film’s website right here because it can also be watched online. The website describes the film with this:

The film exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick.

I was fascinated to learn that there are as many hogs as people in North Carolina… and what that means for the people in North Carolina.

The film questions why the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, The Susan Komen Foundation and the American Heart Association all do not advocate eating to prevent. That includes looking at their websites and trying to interview their CEO’s.

The website discusses meat and dairy. You might not enjoy certain foods after this film. And why isn’t there a cheeseburger protection law? The film holds itself out as trying to “educate people on the impact of processed animal foods on personal health.

Some would watch this film and not be effected by it. It’s called Attrition Bias. “It’s not going to happen to me”. That’s all I’ll say about it. You might even question the Paleo Diet. Just something to think about!


And for our pic o’ day, I relate to this!


Monday’s Bacon Thoughts

This weekend was filled with traffic. At one point, we were traveling at 3 m.p.h. and it might have been slower. Did you see one of these signs in your travels?


Yesterday I was at the NBA playoff game between the Wizards/Hawks and experienced the full gamut of emotion. I would be happy, and then get angry.  Cheer and then holler. Ultimately, the Wizards won… and I was happy.

This is the same range of emotions that you might feel when you see this picture/post from It’s basically an attack on bacon. One of those thoughts where even if The Whole30 program tells you bacon is fine because its not dairy or sugar, that you might decide to go Whole29 instead, and leave the day of bacon out. Just a thought.


Does this make you mad or cheer? Glad you don’t smoke? Mad that it now makes you want to have bacon, because you weren’t thinking about it until now.

I have to admit that I am not one to judge. I am feeling tubby after this Easter weekend of buffet activity and the remaining collection of fixins. I probably would have been thinner by just driving over to Bob Evans and having the Candy Bacon. The new breakfast dessert, they say!

But Monday is a new eating week! Positive Influences! And the weather is amazing, except for the rain forecast. I already feel better just thinking about Monday!


And for pic o’ day, this is curiosity that makes me laugh!


The Real Ingredients Are Not “In”

Yes… it’s a good positive reminder that we should focus on the donut and not the hole. But here’s a lawsuit where it makes you question the donut too!

Krispy Kreme has been sued for fraud in a claim where the individual alleges that the donut ingredients are not accurately described ingredients. (Washington Times)

According to the lawsuit, Krispy Kreme has conducted “false and misleading business practices” because donuts that claim to be “Glazed Raspberry Filled,” “Glazed Blueberry Cake” and “Maple Iced Glazed” doughnut and doughnut-holes, aren’t made with real fruit or maple.

“Unbeknownst to Plaintiff and other consumers, the Raspberry Products do not contain actual raspberries, the Maple Products do not contain actual maple syrup or maple sugar and the Blueberry Products do not contain actual blueberries,” according to the lawsuit.

I know what you are thinking. This ruins my diet! This ruins Whole30! What will Paleo Meal Plan do now? Well…maybe you really aren’t thinking that? But it does make us lose faith in our belief of donuts. Right?  I’m talking core values! A claim that the donuts are made with “nutritionally inferior ingredients”.

The 32-page lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, is seeking class action status for all those claims relating to purchases of donuts. The lawsuit claims that people would not have bought these donuts if they had known that Krispy Kreme was not making these donuts with “naturally occurring products” with “proven health benefits”.

Just a final thought. I am glad to see a lawsuit filed if fraud is occurring. However, I suspect that people really aren’t buying these donuts for “proven health benefits”, as listed in the lawsuit. Just a hunch.

Something tells me that these donuts were not being made for marathon runners. Next thing you know, someone will tell me that blueberry pancakes are not good for me either. Come on!

And for our pic o’ day, this example of “false advertising” that was sent to me made me laugh:


Pot and Kettle Plus Presidential

Yesterday I sneaked away from the office by myself just to read and eat lunch. At a nearby table, two men sat talking…loudly.

Normally I wouldn’t notice conversations around me, but my ears perked up when I heard them both talking about working out at the gym. One was complaining about not losing weight despite regular workouts. The other was chastising him about it and criticizing his eating habits.

Meanwhile, they were both “huskies”.  And, they were both consuming massive quantities of food as they sat there. So much so, that the food was competing with their word count. Food versus the spoken word.

I don’t mean to be harsh about these guys because I certainly enjoy a good meal. By the same token, it was hard to listen to one overweight guy lecture the other heavyset man, while they both kept eating massive quantities of food. Isn’t that what they call “the pot calling the kettle black” analogy.  As a side note, if you read the Michael Connelly books with the character Harry Bosch, you might also be reminded of the two characters Crate and Barrel.  Apropo!

I lead with that story because it reminds me of this blog. I “complained” in Monday’s blog about our difficulties in getting the platform (or some technical term) to correctly post and deliver my blog. That it was keeping me from blog. Meanwhile, here I am again writing this long blog. A bit hypocritical!

So, I defend myself by saying that this is a bit of a flare that we are firing in the air, to see how the blog lands this time after a bit of tweaking. Hopefully, this will all work out and technology will make it better!

Finally, I mention the election. I don’t make this blog political by intent.  I am curious to see what’s next. A Trump Presidency should bring lots to blog about!

And to my favorite part… pic o’ day, which is a bit of politics:





Meal Replacement Bars

A couple of days ago, Geoff Glick and I ordered a Kale Salad at lunch. It sounds healthy because of the title. We both asked for the dressing on the side.

Out came a dressing that looked like something straight out of the mayonnaise jar. We told the waitress that we were a little confused by the dressing. She smiled and said, “yes, people probably think they are eating healthy when they order the salad with that dressing on it”.

I thought of this when I saw a recent settlement involving one of those meal bars. Originally they were being marketed as a workout bar. Then, they transitioned into a broader market. You even see them in various forms and brands at the counters of gas stations and convenience stores.

As to the settlement, CBC News advises that Soylent meal replacement bars have been recalled in Canada and the United States after complaints that people were getting sick after eating them. Soylent admits that a number of consumers have “experienced gastrointestinal issues” after eating the bars. The company reports that it is investigating the cause of illness. The bar is marketed as a meal replacement. The ingredients are listed as consisting of carbohydrates, protein, fats and vitamins, including rice protein, oats, flour and soy.

That made me wonder about these bars. So, I googled the topic and here’s what I found:

Here’s a WebMD  article titled  Meal Replacements: Choose Those Bars and Drinks Carefully. These are some of the recommendations for a bar:

  • 220-230 calories per serving
  • Less than 5 grams of fat per serving
  • 3-5 grams of fiber per serving
  • 10-15 grams of protein per serving
  • Fortified with a third of daily vitamins and minerals

That’s just a thought. I would like to write more on the “bar nutrition” but I have to run to a meeting. Still… meal replacement is a difficult topic for me because I so enjoy eating!!!!

And for pic o’ day here’s to keeping our eye on the prize:




All in the Prep

I have been hearing a lot about the healthy eating of Whole30. And I am all in. I mean, how can I argue with a program that suggests that I can order and eat 30 items at each meal and then feel better. That’s the program… right?

Speaking of diets and eating, what do you think of the new Cheetos Chicken Fries at Burger King? Now that’s some fixins! I wonder how they prepare those golden healthy treats?

So, since I am obviously focused on food, I need to either make a turn here or keep this food train going. By the way, I wonder what is in that amazing recipe for Cheetos Chicken Fries that make them so healthy and amazing. Do they qualify for Whole30 if there are 30 fries in a container?

Speaking of preparation since recipe means food preparation, I now know what this blog is going to be about. That way, the blog won’t seem so random after all. Like playing Marco Polo with Marco Polo!

Beethoven had a special way to get his creativity prepared. He would pour cold water over his head to stimulate his brain, before sitting down to compose. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it as to why I am rambling. Must dodge the dripping cold water as I continue to type.

Which leads me to a story from this past weekend. I saw Tim Kaine speak this past weekend. At the conclusion of his speech, he paused for questions.

One lady asked whether Senator Kaine had begun to prepare for his upcoming Vice Presidential debate. He smiled and then told the story of his debate preparation when he was running for Governor of Virginia.

Senator Mark Warner’s current chief of staff, David Hallock, at that time was working on the Kaine campaign. So, he played the part of Kaine’s competition in preparation for the debate between the candidates running for Governor.

Kaine went on to relay that during the practice round for the debate, Hallock was literally destroying him. Every question brought an incredible answer.

Finally, Kaine said to him, “You are destroying me in this debate. Almost like you know all the questions.” Hallock looked at him with a grin and said, “I do know all the questions!”.

It’s all in the preparation!

And for pic o’ day…


When Someone is Watching

I am always looking for eyewitnesses in our cases. Here’s a different take on an eyewitness.

Researchers tell us a way to stop eating junk food. Researchers at Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab scientifically tell us that eating in front of a mirror can effect your taste for junk food. (

According to their study of 185 graduate students, watching yourself eat junk food in front of a mirror triggers discomfort. It reminds you of your eating choices.

Their conclusion? If you are looking for a way to lose weight and eat healthier, pick up a new mirror for your dining room or kitchen. It could help you watch what you eat…literally!

And for our pic o’ day, here’s something to remind us about smiling!



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