Two diet advisers of roughly the same age

December 21, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The woman immediately below is 51. She is a TV “health guru” advocating a holistic approach to nutrition and ill health, promoting exercise, a pescetarian diet high in organic fruits and vegetables. She recommends detox diets, colonic irrigation and supplements, also making statements that yeast is harmful, that the colour of food is nutritionally significant, and about the utility of lingual and faecal examination.

The next woman is Nigella Lawson. She is 50. She is a TV cook, who eats nothing but meat, butter and deserts. So forget “join a gym and eat more celery”. This Christmas, it’s food and booze all the way. Merry Christmas!

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Dog gives birth to 17 puppies: “A dog in Germany has given birth to 17 puppies, leaving their owner thrilled but fatigued after having to feed them with a bottle for several weeks because their mother couldn’t cope with the demand. Owner Ramona Wegemann said today she barely slept for more than a couple of minutes without interruption during about four weeks in an “exhausting” struggle to make sure all of the purebred Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies would survive. She said when she was “finished feeding the last puppy, the first was hungry again”. “The birth of the puppies was very special. All puppies were born naturally, no caesarean was necessary,” she added. It took Etana a full 26 hours to give birth to all of the puppies – and Ms Wegemann was as baffled as amazed.”

Atlanta cop shoots dead family dog for barking at him: “A policeman shot dead a family’s dog in its yard because it would not stop barking. A Clayton County police officer, in Atlanta, was on foot patrol on Saturday when the Golden Retriever jumped off a porch and started barking and running toward the officer, Captain Tina Daniel said. The officer ordered the dog to stop and when it didn’t, shot and killed the animal, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Boomer’s owner, Lawrence King, said the seven-year-old Retriever, who was not on a leash, always barked but had never bitten anyone. “My neighbour saw the whole thing. He was shocked how quickly the officer pulled his gun,” he added.”

Treasure trove of precious gems family ‘forgot’: “A stunning collection of gems which lay forgotten in a bank vault for 30 years has been unearthed – and is set to sell for more than £100,000. The emeralds, sapphires rubies and diamonds were locked away in a private bank-vault for safe-keeping in about 1980 but were then forgotten about. It wasn’t until the family’s affairs were being sorted out recently that the vault was opened. The beautiful hoard of jewellery is thought to have been amassed at the start of the 20th century by an unknown woman owner. After her death the 30 or so necklaces, earrings and brooches were handed down through her family. The stunned family have now put the jewellery up at auction. Although the collection has an estimate of £100,000 it is likely it will go for much more.”

Our in-built lie detector: “Scientists have discovered a circuit in our brain that lets us predict when someone is about to lie to us. Humans have the ability to imagine what others are thinking and learn from their social habits – giving them clues as to when something is amiss. Scientists from Oxford University scanned volunteers’ brains while they chose one to two boxes to win points. The participants were sent advice on which box to choose from a second player who was sometimes dishonest. When the volunteers suspected they were being lied to, activity levels in the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex (DPFC), an area near the front of the brain, rose dramatically. If a volunteer thought the player was telling the truth the brain activity remained low. Failures of this system could explain why those with schizophrenia are often paranoid.”

Spanish artwork recovered after thieves try to sell sculpture for £25: “Artwork that was stolen last month in one of Spain’s biggest ever art heists has been recovered after thieves tried to sell a £675,000 Eduardo Chillida sculpture to a Madrid scrapyard for £25. Spanish Investigators found the hoard of more than 30 works after the robbers sought to offload the valuable metal sculpture by one of Spain’s most celebrated artists. It is thought that one of the pieces the thieves were trying to offload for scrap was a steel sculpture by Basque artist Chillida titled “Topos IV”, valued at 800,000 euros (£675,000).”

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