Friday, January 13, 2017


I wrote a previous Blog post in 2015 about my love affair and addiction to Nutella (CLICK HERE).

A short time after that Blog post I quit "cold turkey" my need to consume mountains of Nutella.

If you have never eaten Nutella , I can only describe it as a near religious experience, a taste of sweet heaven.

A European report is claiming that refined palm oil, a key ingredient in Nutella, may increase your risk of cancer. In response to the news, some retailers have boycotted the ingredient, pulling it from grocery store shelves across Europe.

Although initial concerns about palm oil were announced by the European Food Standards Authority (EFSA) in May, the news is only just reaching the US, where there are currently no FDA restrictions against its use.

Many processed foods use palm oil, including ice cream, cake mixes, margarine, and packaged bread. The oil can also be found in some non-edible items.

1. The EFSA Claims That Palm Oil Can Pose a Cancer Risk

Science says Nutella can cause cancer, Nutella cancer, Study shows nutella causes cancerJars of Nutella are displayed on a shelf at a market on August 18, 2014 in San Francisco, California. The threat of a Nutella shortage is looming after March frost in Turkey destroyed nearly 70 percent of the hazelnut crops, the main ingredient in the popular chocolate spread. Turkey is the largest producer of hazelnuts in the world. (Getty)

In May, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) claimed that palm oil is carcinogenic, and “generated more of a potentially carcinogenic contaminant than other vegetable oils when refined at temperatures above 200 degrees Celsius.” Glycidyl fatty acid ester (GE) is at the center of the cancer concerns, and GE is only produced when palm oil is heated above 200 degrees celsius.
1) In May, the chair of the ESFA panel that investigated palm oil, said: “There is sufficient evidence that glycidol is genotoxic and carcinogenic, therefore the Contam panel did not set a safe level for GE.” The ESFA has not yet recommended stopping the use of palm oil.
On December 7, an academic study funded partially by UK charity Worldwide Cancer Research claimed a link between palm oil and the rapid spread of cancer in mice. Mice who were fed a high fat diet and large amounts of palmitic acid (a large component of palm oil) developed the most aggressive cancer spread, according to the study.

2. Ferrero Is Defending the Use of Palm Oil

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Chef Dominique Ansel poses with his latest creation, Nutella Pancake Cone, made especially for Nutells?s International Pancake Tuesday event on February 17, 2015 in New York City. (Getty)
Ferrero, an Italian corporation, has launched an advertising campaign to assure the public of Nutella’s safety.

In their commercial campaign, Ferrero says that Nutella would not be the same without palm oil and that they “use it in a way that isn’t dangerous.” In the add, Ferrero’s purchasing manager, Vincenzo Tapella, explains that the palm oil used by Ferrero is not only processed at a controlled temperature, but it comes from freshly squeezed fruits, making it safe.

3. Nutella Was Trending on Twitter Wednesday Night

Supermarkets wanna ban nutella, because it may cause cancer???!! Wtf 2017 i had big hopes for you!! 😭😭😭😭😭

As of Wednesday evening, Nutella was trending on Twitter, and people across the globe were voicing their opinions on the news. Many have commented that despite cancer claims, eating Nutella is still worth it.
"Nutella can cause cancer" automatic banning of the product. Cigarettes on the other hand, LITERALLY CAUSES CANCER.. still on the market. 👍

4. Palm Oil Is the Cheapest Vegetable Oil

Palm oil is the cheapest oil in the market, and Ferrero uses about 185,000 tons of the ingredient each year, according to the SF Gate. A switch away from palm oil could cost anywhere from $8 to $22 million more each year.
Tapella has also said using another oil in place of palm oil would change the character of Nutella. Tapella told Reuters, “Making Nutella without palm oil would produce an inferior substitute for the real product, it would be a step backward.”

5. Nutella Profits Have Gone Down 3%

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According to the Daily Mail, Nutella’s profits have taken a 3% hit since the EFSA claimed palm oil is more carcinogenic than any other oil.
Nutella makes up about a fifth of Ferrero’s sales, according to Channel NewsAsia, and the palm oil industry is currently valued at $44 billion.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


Sometimes people do unimaginable, insensitive, cruel, actions to others when just a little compassion to others is the only small thing required.

The story below defies how supposed human beings could act in such a callous manner to two grieving sisters and were somehow perceived as a dangerous "threat".

Debbie Hartman, who, along with her sister, Trisha Baker never got to say goodbye to their dying father.
The two sisters said they were humiliated after Allegiant Air kicked them off their flight claiming they were a "threat".
"I just wanted to see my dad," said Debbie Hartman, who, along with her sister, Trisha Baker, missed being with their father for his final moments, WKMG reported.
Hartman and Baker were on their way from Sanford, Florida, to Asheville, North Carolina, to visit their sick father, who was in hospice care Monday.
While the plane was waiting to leave the tarmac, Hartman's sister got a text message that their father only had hours to live.
"I didn't know if my sister was getting the same text and (I) was I thinking, 'I need to go back and tell her,'" Baker said.
Baker said once she got up to tell her sister, a flight attendant stepped in.
"She said, 'You need to sit down' and I said, 'Well, can I just sit here? I just want to console my sister. We just got word that my dad's dying,'" Baker said.
Hartman said she started having a panic attack and the situation escalated after Baker confronted the flight attendant for not being compassionate.
"(My sister) said (to the flight attendant), 'You're being very rude. My father is dying, and I'm comforting her,' and they said she needed to keep her personal problems off the plane," Hartman said.
Minutes later, the sisters said the flight attendant called the captain, the plane turned around and airport security escorted them off the flight.
"People were like, 'What's going on?'" Hartman said.
One passenger complained about the situation and posted her reaction on YouTube.
"That was the most inhumane, deplorable thing I've ever seen any human being do," the passenger said.
Hartman said their father died shortly after and she wants the airline to be held accountable.
"I would like to see them in some way be punished in a way where people understand. This is not humane. One-hundred thousand percent I blame them. They were the gate between keeping me from my father to say goodbye," Hartman said.
The airline released the following statement:
"At Allegiant, we rely on our crew members to provide and oversee a safe environment for every passenger, on every flight. We expect that authority to be exercised both judiciously and consistently, with empathy and with good judgment. We take this customer feedback seriously and are in the process of conducting an investigation into what occurred. "
Bullshit response Allegiant.  Not even the name of the person issuing the statement is listed.
Too little, Too late. Too phony.
Just a heartless, scripted,  meaningless response from them for inhuman, cruel and disgusting behavior from their Staff.
No accountability, no human reaction, no apology, no remorse.

Saturday, December 17, 2016


                         HAPPY FESTIVUS  


The Winter Holiday season, in particular Christmas  are portrayed in our society as the happiest time of the year, an opportunity to be joyful and grateful with family, friends and colleagues.

It has always seemed to me that this time of the year highlights the hypocrisy of Society by designating the period for everyone to be joyful, compassionate toward those less fortunate, being friendly, courteous, and doing "all the right" choreographed things in their interactions with others.

Suddenly sick children in hospitals are showered with free gifts by strangers, magical Santa Claus appears to provide needy children with toys, the poor are given free warm clothes, food, and treated as human beings.

What about the rest of the year, when most of these very same people who are still suffering, become invisible, ignored by most others, where does the kindness they received during the Holiday Season go? It simply disappears, these humans no longer are worthy of being recognized.

According to the National Institute of Health Christmas/Holiday Season is the time of year that people experience a high incidence of depression.

Hospitals and police forces report high incidences of suicide and attempted suicide.

Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers and other mental health professionals report a significant increase in patients complaining about depression.

One North American survey reported that 45% of respondents dreaded the season.

It appears to have more to do with unrealistic expectations and excessive self-reflection for many people.

For some people, they get depressed at this time of the year and even angry because of the extreme commercialization with the focus on gifts and the emphasis on "perfect" social activities.

Others get depressed because it appears to be a trigger to engage in excessive self-reflection and rumination about the inadequacies of life (and creates a "victim" mentality) in comparison with other people who seem to have more and do more.

Still others become anxious because of the pressure (both commercial and self-induced) to spend a lot of money on gifts and incur increasing debt.

Some report that they dread Christmas because of the expectations for social gatherings with family, friends and acquaintances that they'd rather not spend time with.

And finally, many people feel very lonely at Christmas, because they have suffered the loss of loved ones, are distant from family members, or live alone.

To counter all of this, I suggest that we all look back to the truly positive holiday spirit of "Happy Festivus" which is the traditional greeting of Festivus, a holiday featured in "The Strike" episode of The Seinfeld Televison show aired on December 18, 1997.

According to the Seinfeld model, Festivus is celebrated each year on December 23rd. 

However many people celebrate it other times in December, and even at other times throughout the year.

The slogan of Festivus is "A Festivus for the rest of us!"

The usual holiday tradition of a tree is replaced by an unadorned aluminum pole, which is in direct contrast to normal holiday materialism.

Those attending Festivus may also participate in the "Airing of Grievances" which is an opportunity to tell others how they have disappointed you in the past year, followed by a Festivus dinner, and then completed by the "Feats of Strength" where the head of the household must be pinned.

The Festivus celebration includes four main components:

The Festivus PoleThe tradition begins with an aluminum pole, which is used for its "very high strength-to-weight ratio."

During Festivus, the unadorned Festivus Pole is displayed.

The pole was chosen apparently in opposition to the commercialization of highly decorated Christmas trees, because it is "very low-maintenance," and also because the holiday's patron, Frank Costanza, "finds tinsel distracting."

The Airing of Grievances: At the beginning of the Festivus dinner, each participant tells friends and family of all the instances where they disappointed him or her that year.

As quoted from Frank Costanza: "I've got a lot of problems with you people, and now you're going to hear about it!"

Festivus Dinner: A celebratory dinner is shown on the evening of Festivus prior to the Feats of Strength. In the episode the meal appeared to be meat loaf or spaghetti in a red sauce.

The Feats of Strength: After the dinner, the head of the household tests his or her strength against one participant of their choosing.

Festivus is not considered over until the head of the family has been pinned. However, a participant may be allowed to decline to attempt to pin the head of the household only if they have something better to do instead.

Set aside today, or any day this month, including December 23rd and break out the meat loaf, because Festivus is once again upon us!