1. Bill Clinton's deadly new outlook

    Former president goes vegan

    So Burger Bill has become an herbivore. Good luck with that, Mr. President.

    After a series of heart scares over the years, formerly tubby former president Bill Clinton now says he's pledging allegiance to a strict vegan diet.

    Actually, he says he is a vegan -- but, like another situation I can think of, it depends on what your definition of "is" is... because when he first began boasting of his emerging "vegetarianism" last year, he admitted to still eating fish.

    It's nice to see his relationship with honesty remains intact.

    In reality, the heart problems that led to a quadruple bypass back in 2004 and a number of cardiovascular scares since weren't caused by meat -- they were caused by all the other crap President JFK (Junk Food Kid) was known for inhaling.

    This is the same man who used to stop at McDonald's while jogging through Little Rock -- a habit that got him lampooned on "Saturday Night Live" -- and the same man who made sure Twinkies were included in the National Millennium Time Capsule.

    But in recent years, Clinton has impeached the snacks and lost plenty of weight -- first by going on a modified version of the low-carb diet, and now by giving up meats altogether.

    Well, except for maybe fish.

    And if he manages to (mostly) stick to his newfound vegan faith, those cheating moments with seafood might be the only things that keep him alive -- because as I've told you before, this isn't a healthy lifestyle.

    It's a diet of death.

    Vegans miss out on some of the most essential nutrients the human body needs, including omega 3 fatty acids, crucial B vitamins, zinc and iron. They also have higher levels of the dangerous inflammation marker homocysteine and lower levels of HDL cholesterol -- the stuff even the mainstream calls "good."

    One study earlier this year confirmed that it quickly adds up to a risk of hardened arteries and blood clots. That means folks like Bill Clinton who make the switch face a HIGHER risk of keeling over from a heart attack or stroke -- not a lower one.

    If that's not bad enough, a vegan diet can also make you moody and irritable -- but Bill doesn't need a diet to do that to him.

    I suspect being married to Hillary has the same effect.

  2. Zinc beats colds

    Despite what you've been told, there IS a cure for the common cold -- and it's cheaper than a cup of coffee.

    All you need is zinc. Just make sure you're taking enough of it. If you take too little, you won't get much relief — which is why the research on zinc for colds have been so mixed over the years.

    But I have the magic number for you -- and it's 75.

    In a new analysis of 13 studies on the mineral, researchers found that patients who took 75 mg a day had colds that were 42 percent shorter than everyone else's.

    And unlike cold meds that can leave you feeling hazy, dazed and confused, the only real side effect was the unpleasant taste.

    Although zinc salts can help too, they're not nearly as powerful. The researchers wrote in Open Respiratory Medicine Journal that 75 mg of zinc salts a day reduced cold duration by 20 percent.

    So why waste your time? Stick to the lozenges instead. Not only do they work better, they're also easier to find. Just be sure to start taking them at the first sign of a cold, and don't bite or chew them (no matter how tempting it is).

    Let them melt on your tongue instead.

    Since most lozenges come in doses of between 10 and 25 mg, you'll need a few to hit that magic 75 mark. But since they literally cost pennies each, you can beat your cold for less than a dollar -- and probably have change to spare.

  3. Zinc beats the cold

    Zinc can shorten the length of the cold, lessen the symptoms and severity, and even help you avoid getting sick in the first place.
  4. Zinc the link for pneumonia prevention

    Vegans aren't just missing out on good health... there's now solid evidence that a meat-free lifestyle can leave seniors open to pneumonia and even death.
  5. Researchers uncover secret to staying pneumonia-free this winter

    A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that zinc plays an important role in either preventing or limiting the damage done by pneumonia.
  6. Seeing the (sun)light on the tanning issue

    The way to get the health benefits of a tan is to be out in the sunlight - the natural, full-spectrum sunlight. Not the predominantly UV light you get from artificial sunlight.
  7. How to survive pneumonia

    A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that zinc plays an important role in either preventing or limiting the damage done by pneumonia.
  8. "Vegans shun sex with meat-eaters"

    A Fox News article uncovers vegansexuals - vegans who shun sex with non-vegans because they consider the bodies of meat-eaters to be "a graveyard for animals."
  9. Viagra for jet lag?

    For all the good it may or may not do, Viagra is NOT something to be taken lightly. Not for enhancement purposes, and certainly not for what Argentinean researchers are suggesting it could alleviate now.

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