Body By Razz
A Little Aspartame Hisory

I just found a tidbit that I felt like I had to share with everybody. And that was that aspartame had a very interesting background in how it got approved.

Aspartame had been presented to the FDA for 16 years and they had denied approval. And the reason they had denied approval was because all the clinical data showed that it caused lesions and tumors and cancer in the brains of animals that they used it on.

With that in mind the FDA would not allow the product to be approved. There was a politician that was the CEO of Searle at the time and this gentleman had jumped back and forth between the pharmaceutical industry and government and if you look at his history you’ll see just that. His name -  Donald Rumsfeld. I’m sure that you recognize his name. 

And so he called in his markers in government when he was CEO of Searle, and they, at the time, were owners of the Aspartame product and got the FDA head fired. 

When the Johnson administration came in they appointed a new head of FDA. That gentleman approved aspartame. Donald Rumsfeld got millions of dollars in bonus’ for it. About five million dollars if I’m not mistaken and it went on to the market. And as soon the product went on to the market, the new head of the FDA resigned and became chief counsel for Searle, the makers of aspartame. So some really small conflict of interest was involved in that approval process, and now we find out that aspartame is causing serious health problems.

Funny how this political crap works, hu? And who gets the short end of the stick?! We do. Well, at least the unsuspecting consumer. If you follow me you would have already known that aspartame was not a good alernative.

The Power of Prunes!!

Prunes, or dried plums, are full of healthy surprises. Once mainly known as a laxative in a box, the wrinkly fruit recently rose to diet stardom thanks to evidence that it boosts fat loss and heart health.

Now it turns out that, in the world of fruits and vegetables, prunes are all-stars at building bone density.

This became evident when a team of state university researchers from Florida and Oklahoma gave one group of postmenopausal women 10 dried plums every day for a year, while a second group ate 3.5 ounces of dried apples. All the women in both groups took daily doses of calcium (500 mg) and vitamin D (400 IU).

The prune eaters wound up with significantly denser bones in their forearms and spines than the apple eaters. Why? The prunes slowed the rate of bone breakdown, which starts outpacing the rate of new bone growth as you age. A related lab study on animals found that eating dried plums could restore bone mass after the loss had already occurred. Yes, as in menopause. Way to go, prunes!

Goals: 10 Rules For Achieving Success In 2013

Rule #1. Be Decisive. You define yourself by the decisions you make. The direction of your life changes the instant you decide which goals to pursue.

Rule #2. Stay Focused. The moment you focus on a goal, it becomes a magnet, pulling you and your resources towards it.

Rule #3. Write Down Your Goals. Be specific, measurable, and have a deadline. Written goals are catalysts, transforming agents for success and achievement.

Rule #4. Plan Thoroughly. Planning allows you to carefully orchestrate all the steps on the way to achieving a goal.

Rule #5. Involve Others. Surround yourself with good people who possess solid experiences.

Rule #6. Welcome Failure. Failure has an ulterior motive: It stops you long enough to learn, re-strategize, and re-launch again, you will be more prepared for success.

Rule #7. Take Purposeful Action. A good plan will almost always get you in the door, but it’s action that seals the deal.

Rule #8. Inspect What You Expect. Attention increases productivity, and tells you how you are doing against your goals.

Rule #9. Reward Yourself. A goal, once achieved, deserves to be rewarded.

Rule #10. Maintain Personal Integrity. Maintain a commitment to your commitment. Personal integrity is about setting a goal and keeping your promise to achieve it.

Don’t Wait For New Year’s!!!

Do not wait until January 1st to either start or accelerate your workouts. Too many people cheat on their diets and slack off on their workouts during the holidays, then tell themselves it’s okay because they’ll get back on track after New Year’s. Don’t let this be you.

Proclaim a resolution and act on it as if it were January 1. Join a gym now. Find a workout buddy now. Tell everyone your resolution so they can hold you accountable starting now.

Hire a personal trainer, set up a workout schedule and treat yourself to new workout clothes. Come up with a specific goal and a detailed plan so you are more likely to succeed.

This simple strategy will put you head and shoulders above those who will traditionally drag their feet until the NYC ball drops!
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"Simple Truths"

Have you ever thought “I wish life came with an instruction manual?”

Life has often been compared to a game. But we are never told how to play nor what it means to win.

That’s why the 10 Rules for Being Human are so important. They answer our fundamental question, “What is the purpose of life?”

Here are the 10 that came from a little book that sold over 4 million copies!

Rule 1. You Will Receive A Body. Make peace with your body-Accept imperfections and respect what your body needs to run its optimum performance.

Rule 2. You Will Be Presented With Lessons. As you travel through life, you will encounter lessons unique to you.Be open to those lessons and choose actions that align with your true path.

Rule 3. There Are No Mistakes, Only Lessons. View mistakes as opportunities to learn. Be passionate, learn to forgive, live your life ethically and keep a sense of humor.

Rule 4. A Lesson Is Repeated Until Learned. Do you find yourself repeating the same patterns in your life? Learn to recognize the patterns and the lessons that they offer.

Rule 5. Learning Does Not End. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned. Embrace your role as a perpetual student of life.

Rule 6. “There” IS No Better Than “Here”. Live in the Present.Dance the fine line of living in the here and now While holding in your heart your fondest dreams and aspirations for the future.

Rule 7. Others Are Only Mirrors Of You. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects something you love or hate about yourself.

Rule 8. What You Make Of Your Life Is Up To You. Every person creates his or her own reality. Imagine yourself at 90 years old, looking back on your life. What do you want to see?

Rule 9. Your Answers Lie Inside Of You. All you need to do is look inside, listen and trust yourself.

Rule 10. You Will Forget All Of This At Birth. Somewhere along your journey from the spiritual world to the physical one, you simply forgot these ten rules.

So if you apply the 10 Rules to your own life, you can fulfill all of your dreams!

4 Tips For Safer Sunscreen

While recent research shows that a little sun exposure each day may benefit your health, most experts suggest that you protect yourself if you plan to spend long stretches in the sun.

The problem is, many sunscreen products contain harmful chemicals, and some are not as effective as they seem, says Sonya Lunder, MPH, a senior analyst at the Washington, D.C.–based Environmental Working Group. To help you find a good sunscreen, Lunder offers this advice:

  • Beware a “50+” SPF. According to the FDA, no reliable research has shown that sun protection factors above 50 offer significantly better protection than those with a 50 SPF value. Such super-high-SPF products can lull you into a false sense of security.
  • Look for UVA protection on the label. Almost all sunscreens are great at blocking sunburn-causing UVB rays. But for protection against the far more damaging UVA rays, which can cause malignant melanoma (the most deadly form of skin cancer), choose mineral-based sunscreens rather than their chemical counterparts.
  • Avoid spray or powder sunscreens with titanium dioxide. Mineral-based sunscreens often contain titanium dioxide, which is considered potentially carcinogenic if it reaches the bloodstream. Because spray and powder sunscreens are more easily inhaled (and, hence, more directly accessible to the bloodstream), opt for lotions, which are considered safer, when choosing a mineral-based option.
  • Avoid oxybenzone. Stay away from sunscreens that contain this active ingredient, which has been linked to allergic reactions and potential hormone disruption. It is particularly harmful for children and has been linked to low infant birth weight.

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“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” - Henry James

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams

Thanksgiving is the day to give thanks for the things we have. Memorial Day is the day to give thanks to those who gave their lives for the things we have!

"Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living." – Anais Nin