Friday, August 10, 2012

Dr. Oz, I'm calling you out.

Let me start about by saying, I love Dr. Oz. He's smart, he's attractive for a guy his age, and he's charismatic. I like his show. I don't watch it all the time, but when I do I enjoy it.

So sometime last week, I was perusing the web and saw that ad with the doodle of a female waist that fades into a significantly smaller waist. The caption said something along the lines of "lose inches with this simple little trick". Now I normally don't click ads like that because I know they are cons. There is no "little" thing that you can do that will cause the fat to pour off your bones. But anyhow, for whatever I decided that this time I would click the ad to see exactly what scam they were promoting this year. You could imagine my surprise when a video of Dr. Oz popped up.

"Well, this MUST be legit if Dr. Oz is talking about it", I thought. So I watched the little video that aired a couple of months previously and was interested in what was being said. Dr. Oz stated that he didn't believe in magic weight loss pills or get thin quick schemes, but this "superfood" was different. What was the superfood? It was green coffee beans, or coffee beans that had not been roasted yet.

The guest expert claimed that if you took 800 milligrams (read: horse pill) of the green coffee extract twice a day you would lose weight without having to do a thing. Again, Dr. Oz said he was skeptical of this and so he did an experiment with audience. Well that's just awesome Dr. O! Use the scientific method to prove or disprove the validity of the expert's claims. Go you! I continued watching as he explained how he put two female audience members on the coffee regimen for five days. The women were weighed before and after. The results? One woman lost 2 pounds and the other lost 6 pounds.

I want to preface what comes next by saying, I don't know if the green coffee bean regimen works or not, and I honestly am not interested in it. My gripe is not with the regimen, it's with Dr. Oz's approach.

Okay, with the disclaimer out of the way, Dr. Oz, shame on you. You put two women on a regimen for five days. What kind of sample size is TWO women? That's ridiculous. And for five days? Anything could happen in five days. That's a horrible horrible experimental set-up, and you should know better. Secondly, the "lost weight" was negligible. Weight can normally fluctuate up to FIVE pounds in one day. Eat a whopper, fries and a large soda, there's three pounds for you. Go the bathroom the next day, you're down a pound. A weight difference of two pounds means nothing and anyone who's ever tried to lose weight or gain weight should know that. My weight goes up and down three pounds several times throughout the day as I eat meals, exercise, run, and pee.

As for the girl with a six pound weight loss, that's a little more believable, but again, anything can happen in a week. Show me a continued and constant pound per day weight loss for a month and I'll be satisfied. Dr. Oz, if you pride yourself in having smart and educated viewers, don't try to pull a fast one on them. That's low. Give them decent research and decent results. From here on out, you're going to have to earn my trust again.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Why do Pro-Lifers get special treatment?

I was out taking a beautiful drive today admiring the foliage and flowers that lined the city streets. I enjoy taking these little "nature drives" because it clears my head. However, on today's particular drive, I found my meditation time ruined by overly graphic pro-life signs. You know what I'm talking about. The signs that have pictures of decapitated and dismembered fetuses. Snuff photos. It's disgusting. Holding the signs, were adults happily wearing bright blue shirts with smug little sayings on them. I slammed on the gas and proceeded down the MILE-long presentation until I was finally able to see the unadulterated sidewalks again.

Every time I see these protesters out, I get sick to my stomach. Not only because I am pro-choice and I liken these people to missionaries trying to convert me to their religion, but also because they seem to be getting special treatment. Let me explain. If I decided to stand out in the street and hold up pictures of grown men being disembodied or women kneeling on the ground about to be shot in their heads, there'd be a public outrage. And if we move away from the violent aspect and imagine that the photos I was showing on the street were of semi nude or completely nude women, parents would be up in arms about their children having to see such "inappropriate" things.

So wait? My child has to be subject to a cut-up fetus, but your child couldn't possibly handle having to see a vagina. What makes your child so special? I think that next time I see a pro-lifer bearing that ominous poster, I'll take out an edition of Hustler and start flipping through the pages next to the pro-lifer's three year old daughter (cause you know they always haul their kids out to these "protests").

Oh yea, and let's not forget that these pro-lifers are the same ones who supported going to Iraq where it's okay to kill other people based solely on the fact that they are not White Christian men. If life is sacred then treat all life as sacred. You can't pick and choose, people.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Hiatus!

Wow, has it been almost a year already? My, how the time flies. Well, let me catch you up on what I've been doing. I reached my fundraising goal and got my "enhancements" done. Fun! I traveled some. I worked. That's about it. But now I'm back in full swing with rants and random thoughts, like the one below.

Am I the ONLY one who thinks Paul Rudd and Stephen Jenkins (from Third Eye Blind) look alike?
Paul Rudd
Stephen Jenkins


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Vive la Paris!

Hopefully, you've enjoyed your trip to the Big Ben. Next, on the itinerary is Paris. All this month, I'll be posting articles about this beautiful city.

Founded in 4200 BC, Paris has flourished from a small settlement to major global contributor in the areas of fashion, science, art and commerce. The city is separated into 20 "arrondissements" with the 1st one being in the center and the subsequent ones spiralling outward. The Seine River bisects the city running from east-west.

Like London, Paris is a very transient city. If you're looking to dive into a culture-thick pond, you may want to visit a smaller city, but if you're looking to just splash your feet in the shallow end of Francophone culture, then definitely start here. No matter where you go, chances are someone will speak English.

Paris boasts some of the world's greatest tourist attractions, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. While I'd like to go into greater detail about these and other sights, I will leave that for a future article.

Vive la Paris!