New York Soda tax?


It looks like the idea of a soda tax has been resurrected here in NY since it seems to be working in Mississippi and California already. Mayor Bloomberg sings the praises of this tax and told a state senate committee:

Today, more than half the residents of New York City, and nearly 40 percent of our public school students, are overweight, many of them seriously so. That puts them dangerously on track to contracting diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, depression, and other serious health problems later in their lives.

“It’s in the interest of us all to prevent that from happening now – and the surest pathway to changing behavior is through the wallet.

What do you think about taxing soda?



Sugary sodas can lead to pancreatic cancer


So I was reading Metro today on the train when I found an article illustrating the relationship between sugary drinks and pancreatic cancer. Here it is!

We all know that excess sugar can have ill effects but did you know that those sodas can also lead to pancreatic cancer?  According to a research study which followed over 60,000 people in Singapore ( journal: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention), people who drank 2 or more sugary sodas per week have a higher risk for pancreatic cancer. Researchers also noted that people who regularly drank sodas often had other bad health habits. How does this work? Well, insulin is made in the pancreas and does the job of metabolizing sugar. Sodas have tons of sugar which increases the insulin in the body and puts more stress on the pancreas which can increase the risk of cancer cell growth. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal forms of cancer with only a 5% survival rate over 5 years.

Galvanic Spa: a cheaper, less toxic way to combat wrinkles


Okay, Ill admit it. I’m no different than any other woman out there that takes care of herself so yes, I’m not a fan of wrinkles. I am a fan, however, of growing old gracefully and using up every natural remedy to do that before resorting to slicing and  marinating myself in things that might kill me. Then again I have always said that the goal is to be wealthy enough to pay a team of hotties to walk behind me pulling my face back and holding my ass up so obviously I’m not above drastic measures. Still, I’m not quite there yet either financially or desperately so I’m all for good nutrition while scouring the aisles for the best over the counter creams out there. Enter the Galvanic Spa.

Now I use some great peels and serums to treat uneven complexion and prevent wrinkles but what I’m talking about this time are wrinkles that are already here. Namely, those frown lines between the eyebrows and around the eyes that just started winking at me in the mirror. Oh and did I mention the puffy, tired book, blog and Face-book reading eyes?Yeah, those have to go too. I try not to obsess about them and I knew I was in trouble when  Botox stopped looking scary. That’s when I knew I had to lean back from the mirror. My friend Kim Atwood sells the Galvanic spa home machine in Orlando but , although the before and afters looked amazing, I wanted to try it out. Luckily for me some salons in NY give you a 30-45 minute for $35.

Maybe I’m speaking too soon because I don’t know how long the results will last but I look GOOD!. The results are exactly what I wanted: rested , de-puffed eyes, brighter skin and like I said, smooth and flake free. It’s like the aesthetician ironed away the bad stuff from my face! The recommendation is that you do the treatments 2-3 times per week for optimal results.  At $35 a session you might as well invest in the at-home machine for  the $290-$325 Nu Skin price.  Apparently Nicole Kidman and other celebrities diligently use it before all of their public engagements. That may or may not be a reason for you to rush out and buy it since most celebrities also hit the Botox pretty hard so it’s hard to quantify their results. I guess if you’re looking to avoid that route then it’s definitely something you seriously should look into.  It ticks all the boxes for me: cheaper than most cosmetic procedures, no toxins involved and I can use it at my own leisure . I know I’m saving up for mine!