How the Pink Slime Ate It’s Creators

Pink Slime eats its creators.Created in the laboratory by beef suppliers as an inexpensive filler for ground beef and beef-based processed meats, pink slime consists of finely ground beef scraps, sinew, fat, and connective tissue.  Pink slime is also known as Lean Finely Textured Beef, and that’s the moniker that beef product manufacturers would prefer to use.

ABC News reported in March 2012 that 70% of ground beef sold in U.S. supermarkets contained the product.  It’s legal for pink slime to constitute up to 15% of ground beef without additional labeling.  A 2008 Washington Post article suggested the content of most beef patties containing the additive approaches 25%.

Pink slime is not permitted in Canada, and beef products containing pink slime may not be imported.  Pink slime does not met the legal requirements for sale in the United Kingdom, and the European Union has banned it.

In the U.S. consumers and consumer groups disgusted by the very idea of eating pink slime in their ground beef and worried about the safety of eating beef containing an ingredient disinfected by a process using ammonia voiced their concerns.  A Harris Interactive survey released on April 4, 2012 found that 88% of U.S. adults were aware of the “pink slime” issue and of that group, 76% were “at least somewhat concerned”, with 30% “extremely concerned”.

Manufacturer Beef Products Inc (BPI) and meat industry organizations have tried to counter the public concern by stating that the additive is in fact beef and have a publicity campaign going with the slogan “beef is beef”.  Most pink slime is produced and sold by Beef Products, Inc., Cargill Meat Solutions, and Tyson Foods.  They sell it to food companies which use it in ground beef production.

Because of the controversy many stores, including the three largest chains, no longer sell products containing pink slime.  Restaurants like McDonald’s, Burger King, and Taco Bell announced that they would discontinue the use of BPI products in their food.  A Wendy’s spokesperson stated “We have never used lean finely textured beef (pink slime) because it doesn’t meet our high quality standards.”  Many school districts have stopped serving or are phasing out ground beef with the “low grade slurry”.  Continue reading How the Pink Slime Ate It’s Creators

Iced Coffee Calorie Bombs

Iced CoffeeFast food thirst quenchers hit the spot during the warm-weather season.  But some of the creamiest, tastiest drinks such as milkshakes, smoothies, and blended frappes can be a big threat to your swimsuit figure.  Yes, even iced coffee can be a threat.

Although a simple iced coffee with skimmed milk in a sixteen ounce cup typically delivers less than 100 calories, when iced coffee is souped up with other ingredients it can become a real “calorie bomb”.   Here are some examples:

Starbucks’ Iced Caramel Macchiato with espresso, vanilla-flavored syrup, milk and caramel sauce over ice, venti size with whole milk:  370 calories

Dunkin’ Donuts’ Caramel Turtle Iced Latte (large size):  440 calories

Cold Stone Creamery’s  Raspberry Truffle Iced Latte:  520 calories

Seattle’s Best Coffee’s Cold-Brewed Marble Mocha with whipped cream, white chocolate shavings, and chocolate drizzle, large size:  540 calories

McDonald’s McCafe Iced Caramel Mocha, large size with all the trimmings (whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and drizzle):  390 calories and 14 grams of fat

Baskin Robbins’ Iced Cappy Mocha Blast, large size:  610 calories and 10 grams of fat

With these diet-busting high calorie coffee drinks, if the caffeine doesn’t keep you awake, worrying about the added pounds probably will.

Makers of “Cheap” Dietary Supplements Screaming Like Stuck Pigs

Coal tar in synthetic vitaminsThe FDA is enforcing a provisional rule on synthetics in dietary supplements which says, among other things, that synthetic botanicals will no longer be considered New Dietary Ingredients and must never be sold as supplements, only as drugs.

The FDA’s intention to regulate synthetics in dietary supplements has upset some dietary supplement manufacturers.  One industry group goes so far as to say….  “If FDA fully enforces this guidance as drafted, we will likely lose between 22,240 and 41,700 nutritional supplements from the market… ..”  [ FDA Breaks Promise on Proposed New Supplement Rules ]

Why you may wonder would we lose so many supplements from the market?  Because it’s cost prohibitive to produce dietary supplements with synthetic ingredients that must be tested and approved like drugs, and secondly it’s more expensive to produce dietary supplements that use real food based natural vitamins as opposed to synthetic vitamins.  Many supplement companies are likely to close up shop rather than use better quality natural ingredients.

It’s no secret..if you want to make a lower-priced dietary supplement grind up a few rocks and oyster shells and claim that you get your iron and calcium from “natural” sources.

Then, instead of including plant-sourced vitamins, use synthetic vitamins created from coal tar and other petroleum derivatives.  Never mind that only a very low percentage of synthetic vitamins and minerals are absorbed by the human body.

Natural Vitamins appear to be absorbed better and retained longer.  Yet 95% of dietary supplements on the market contain synthetic vitamins.

There is growing evidence that synthetic vitamins may be unsafe, especially when you take large doses.

A study using synthetic Beta Carotene and Vitamin E was halted.  In the study 29,000 male smokers were given synthetic beta carotene and synthetic Vitamin E.  The study was stopped when rates of lung cancer, heart attacks and death increased. – New England Journal of Medicine, 1994.

Birth defects increased for women on synthetic supplements.  22,000 pregnant women were given synthetic Vitamin A.  The study was halted because birth defects increased 400%. – New England Journal of Medicine, 1995.

As far as I’m concerned, makers of those “cheap” dietary supplements that contain synthetics can continue to squeel wee wee wee all the way home.  After they’re gone maybe consumers can have more confidence that the dietary supplements they buy actually work and more importantly will not harm them.

Luckily there are some dietary supplements out there that have no synthetics in them and include plant-sourced, food-based vitamins and minerals.  I switched to real a long time ago.




What NFL Receivers Can Teach Us About the Importance of Focus

Drop ballFocus is critical to the accomplishment of any task we set our mind to.  The problem is that so few of us these days can seem to stay focused for long.  We can’t even watch a television show all the way through without surfing channels to see what else is on.  Our whole culture seems to be afflicted with ADD.  The problem exists in our businesses too.  We often hop from idea to idea and from product to product.

A longtime business friend of mine sends me a motivational or leadership book every Christmas.   This year the book was “EntreLeadership” by Dave Ramsey.  The sub-title of the book is “20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches”.  This is going to be a great read based upon the page I randomly opened the book to.  In that section of the book, Dave Ramsey was writing about the importance of focus.

He related how standing on the sidelines at an NFL rookie camp impressed upon him the speed and violence of the game and the “physical intelligence” of the players.   “Those men can do things with their bodies and a football in a nonosecond that blows your mind.”  He asked a veteran receiver “How is it that you get paid ten million dollars a year to do one thing, catch a football, and then sometimes you drop it?”

The player answered that if the ball is thrown correctly there is only one reason that the ball would not be caught: loss of focus.  He said that there are two main reasons receivers lose focus:  fear and greed.  Continue reading What NFL Receivers Can Teach Us About the Importance of Focus

What is Chi?

Chi is a Chinese word meaning aliveness, life force energy, or life breath.

Traditional Chinese medicine asserts that ‘Chi’ (pronounced Chee), is the vital life force energy of the Universe, present within every living thing, the life force energy which flows through the pathways of all living forms – in order to maintain health and wellness, mentally, physically and emotionally.

Chi is at the foundation of many health and fitness practices such as Massage, Yoga, Martial Arts, Reiki, Feng Shui and Acupressure.

The history of Chi is much older than Western Medicine and as far back as 2690 BC the study of chi was a Chinese natural science that was called Tao- the way of nature.

The knowledge of the treatment of Chi has been around since the beginning of medicine yet has never really been understood until more recent times.

Some practitioners and individuals use aqua-chi “machines”  to treat Chi, aqua-chi meaning water, and chi meaning living energy or life force.

This video demonstrates the results of one such aqua-chi treatment as it enhances the life force of a tomato:

Aqua-Chi tomato test

The ancient Chinese strived to learn how to generate, conserve, and channel Chi for health and longevity. It was the element water that motivated the early practitioners to form their understanding of Tai-Chi, meaning the river of energy that unites the Yin and Yang into a dance to flow into the sea of energy.  Continue reading What is Chi?

Marathon World Records

Vibrant Health marathonThe marathon is instituted in commemoration of the renowned long distance run coming from Marathon to Athens in ancient times. The actual distance for the very first modern Olympic in 1896 is about 40,000 meters. Because marathon race intervals have been preserved, the world record time has slipped by more than 30 %, from 2:55:18 to the recently set record of 2:03:38. Exploring the advancement of times and the factors that contribute to a runner’s success is important whether you are in the middle of your first marathon training or seeking to observe what are the ideal marathons to see.

An athlete who breaks a record doesn’t always mean that he actually breaks the world record time. The International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) needs to ratify and approve it first. This particular international athletic governing panel only began documenting marathon world record times in 2004, and they have founded strict, continually-evolving regulations regarding precisely what events and times count as world stats. A lot of records are not accepted since the standard regulation which was made in 1921 is not followed like the exact distance and the way it should be measured..

One of the most recent changes to the criteria include disqualifications of competitions for inclusion in world record data according to elevation drops, tailwind, or whatever they label “artificially fast time” aspects.  Because of this, a record-breaking 2:03:02 time in the Boston Marathon by Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya was recorded as “fastest marathon ever run,” but not as a world record breaking time.  Continue reading Marathon World Records

I Escaped the Ratrace and Gave My Briefcase to the Cat

Cat sleeping in my briefcaseWhen I got my first management job, my wife gave me a briefcase.  It was the biggest one Samsonite made at the time, and I liked it because I could bring work home from the office every day.  That briefcase went along with me on business trips overseas, to corporate headquarters and other regional offices in the U.S. and to meetings with clients.  It was handy for popping into the overhead on the airplane, and I could retrieve it during the flight so I could work.

I was a workaholic, leaving for work early and returning late.  I even enjoyed going to the office on some weekends because I could get more done.  Not being paid for the extra work wasn’t an issue with me.  I was never a 9:00 – 5:00 guy.

The promotions kept coming, and I had less and less family time.  My unused paid vacation time began to mount up.

Gradually I came to to realize how my job had taken over my life.  I had money, but no time to enjoy it or to spend with my growing family.  The companies I worked for controlled my time and my income.  Sometimes I was knocking myself out while others in similar positions were paid exactly the same while putting in minimal effort.  Frequently, I wondered if my superiors even knew what I did, and I felt more like a number than an individual.  I began to be dissatisfied and my briefcase got heavier and heavier.

It seemed to me that I had stepped onto a conveyor belt when I graduated from high school, carrying me through college and into the rat race while the years flew by.  Worst of all, despite all of the heroic mission statements of the companies I worked for as Operations Manager, General Manager, Regional Manager, and Managing Director, I didn’t feel like my efforts had added any true value to others’ lives.  At heart, we had been profit-driven, not purpose-driven.  Continue reading I Escaped the Ratrace and Gave My Briefcase to the Cat

Up Time To Make Empowering Decisions

Up Time for Vibrant HealthUp is a positive word.  When it’s combined with other words, empowering phrases for success  and reminders of the importance of taking personal responsibility for your life are created.  Recall phrases like “step up”, “man up”, and “stand up”.

This short (1 minute and 51 second) “tough love” audio is my reading of a mantra by Leo Schreven called Up Time.  Click on the link right here:  Uptime2

I first met Leo when he was walking across America in 100 days non-stop to raise money for childrens’ charities such as MannaRelief.

On Leo’s All Power Seminars Website he provides information, inspiration, guidance, and free tools to help people master every area of their life – mentally, physically, emotionally, financially, and spiritually.

If you’re a person who’s takeS personal responsibility for creating the future of your dreams, KEEP IT UP.

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Ever Think About Who You Really Are?

Know Thyself - inscription on ancient Temple of Apollo in GreeceAt a seminar this week where the presenters included several well-known leaders such as Gen. Colin Powell, Rudolph Giuliani, and Steve Forbes, one of the speakers asked us to consider who we are.

Many of you may have been to an event where the host suggested that everyone turn to the person on their left and introduce themselves to the person on their left and then to the person on their right; kind of an icebreaker, loosen up exercise.

However, in this case, the question we were to ask another person was “Who Are You?”  We were to ask this question of the same person three times.

Not surprisingly, most people first answered with their name; “I’m Gerald Hoffmann”.

When asked again “Who are you?” details started coming out like; “I live in Macon, Georgia” or “I’m married and have 2 children”.

When asked the third time “Who are you?” more things came out like; “I’m a pharmacist and I’ve been doing that for 3 years”.

The speaker then pointed out to us that we are all “Human Beings”, not “Human Doings”.   Too many people identify or define themselves by what they do or where they live.  But that’s not the core of who we really are.  At our core we are essentially people of beliefs, attitudes, and values that present a much clearer and important indication of “who we are.”

Taking time to think about this and knowing who we are and having a clear self-concept is critical to our happiness, satisfaction, and achieving our goals in life.

Now I can answer that question with something like; “I’m a trusting, confident, and generous man who enjoys giving to others”.

I’m not suggesting that you introduce yourself at an event or to another person with this kind of a self-definition.  But the question “Who Are You?” is a question that is most properly asked of ourselves until we can honestly answer it.  If necessary, stand in front of a mirror and look into your own eyes when you respond.  When we get the answer it can become part of our daily affirmations, repeated to ourselves every day or when setting goals or when making important decisions.

So, who are you?

The Ancient Greek aphorism “Know thyself”, was inscribed in the pronaos (forecourt) of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi.

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Dealing with Muscle Fatigue

BJJ Baltimore students know that having your muscles fatigue on you is one of the worst feelings your body can feel.  The main cause of muscle fatigue can be tied to exercise intensity and duration.   During workouts of high intensity the muscles will become fatigued because there is a depletion of the main energy source, adenosine triphosphate (ATP).   ATP helps the muscles fiber contract so your body can move accordingly.   Without ATP present the muscle fiber can no longer contract and muscle fatigue begins.

Lactic acid is the cause of muscle fatigue resulting from intense workouts ranging from 30 seconds to lengths of time extending up to 60 minutes.   Though various factors can be attributed to muscle fatigue, the main problem with lactic acid is that it stops the cells from being able to contract.   New students who do Kickboxing Classes in MD have experienced that burning sensation in their legs from lactic acid.  Lactic acid is a waste product of anaerobic energy production known to cause localized muscle fatigue.   Whenever you work out a muscle and you feel pain or soreness that is usually the lactic acid spilling onto your muscle cells.

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Exhaustion occurring from exercise exceeding 60 minutes is due to low levels of glycogen which is the stored form of glucose.   Without a source of glucose in the exercising muscles the muscle cells cannot contract even if the body has an adequate supply of oxygen and fat.   When a runner is no longer able to maintain the correct intensity due to muscles becoming fatigued it is referred to as “hitting the wall.”   Other symptoms of muscle fatigue include dehydration, raised temperature, additional by-products and even lack of interest in the task.   Mixed martial arts is extremely exhausting on the body that why Maryland Jujitsu students do circuit training to make their body’s stronger.

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