Have you tried snorting chocolate yet?

If you're looking for a new adventure, I understand there's a device available that was designed to allow you to snort chocolate, or more accurately, cocoa powder. Who among us doesn't experience the most incredible high when we bite into a piece of good quality chocolate? Imagine huffing it up your nose. A Belgian chocolatier by the name of Dominique Persoone originally developed a cocoa puffer thingie for a Rolling Stones' party in 2009 and voila, a new past-time was created. Personally, I can't imagine cocoa dust blowing around in…

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There was an old woman . . .

The other day as I was listening to a story on the radio about a house fire the announcer wrapped up by saying, "And the elderly woman who lived in the home died in the fire. She was sixty-two." That comment nearly knocked me on my flabby old fanny. Since when did sixty-two become elderly? I'm older than that; most of my friends are older than that and we hardly consider ourselves elderly. In fact, neither did my grandmother when she was well into her nineties. She always respectfully referred…

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Message received . . . and published

An article by Emma Teitel in the December 22, 2014 issue of Maclean's magazine about smoking in outdoor patios got my back up so I wrote a letter to the editor stating my case. And, they must have thought my comments were worthy of sharing as they published excerpts in their January 15, 2015 issue. In fact, they even took one of my comments as a "pull quote" at the top of the page. Bonus. For those of you who do not get Maclean's here's the link: (scroll down to…

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Beware: Some pet treats can kill

It took awhile but some pet stores in Canada are finally pulling pet treats imported from China from their shelves. I've mentioned the dangers of these products in previous blogs and there has been ample evidence of their dangers covered by consumer television programs but pulling of these products should have happened years ago. Pet owners and veterinarians have reported cases of pets suffering kidney failure and other ailments often resulting in death from ingesting chicken, jerky, duck and sweet potato treats imported from China and other Asian countries. The…

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Freeze fat away

An article in the December 2014/January 2015 issue of MORE magazine had my little heart beating with excitement. According to MORE, my fat comes in three colours (brown, beige and white) and by changing beige or white fat to brown fat I could get skinny again. Well, you know the old saying, "if it sounds to good to be true . . ." but I did manage to salvage some hope from the premise. To back up a bit, brown fat is good fat, like good HDL cholesterol. White fat…

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Blowing off Boomers

Emma Teitel is regular columnist in Maclean's Magazine who represents the voice of Canadian millennials, in case the rest of us don't hear their whining. Her contribution to the December 22, 2014 issue entitled "Boomers: Do as I say, not as I did" had smoke coming out of my ears. Teitel condemns the new Ontario law that bans smoking on restaurant and bar patios and the sale of tobacco products on college and university campuses. She attacks self-righteous Boomers for instituting a "nanny-state" that selectively denies millennials and young people…

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