"Txt Now 2 Decrease Pregnancies L8r"

If you take the Pill, do you think receiving a daily text message reminder would help you use the Pill consistently and long-term?

If you answered yes, you're in agreement with the results of a study that sought to determine if daily educational text messages affect Pill continuation at 6 months.

Women ages 13 to 24 years electing to use the Pill at an urban family planning clinic were randomized to routine care or routine care and 180 daily educational text messages (the intervention group). There were 968 participants and 6-month continuation data was obtained on 682 (70%):

At 6 months, 54% of intervention participants were taking OC compared to 45% of the routine care group (p<.01). Similarly, 70% of intervention participants were taking OC the last time they had sexual intercourse compared to 61% of the routine care group (p=.03). The intervention group was less likely to report interrupted OC use than the control group (35% vs. 45%, p=.02) and more likely to report consistent OC use (40% vs. 29%, p=.002). The text message group started and finished more packs of OC than the routine care group (p<.05). Women in the intervention group received and read most of the text messages and were satisfied with the number, length and content of the messages.

Overall, the study found that, for the study population (young urban women), the effect of daily educational text message reminders on Pill continuation at 6 months was an improvement of 9% to 11% over the group receiving routine care alone.

On a practical note, I wish there was a Pill app I could recommend so that you could run your own experiment to see if a daily reminder would be helpful to you. I'm aware of a couple (The Pill and iPilule) but, unfortunately, based on anecdotal reports, neither seems ready for prime time yet.

Maybe I should look into developing an iPill app, no? In the meantime, if you know of a good Pill reminder app let me know.

Bloody Babes

I'm a PeTA Member but seriously: Stuff like the Times Square Stunt isn't going to stop anyone from eating meat for the right reason. A greasy horny teenageboy will probably do it just to get a chance to get close to one of the half naked PeTA girls. Ain't gonna happen son.

Shakespearean Lies

Those crazy brits with their crazy accents and their crazy intestine pies. You gotta love them. I know I do!

So now a health minister in the Great British Kingdom wants to start calling obese people 'fat' instead of 'obese'* because:

"Family doctors and nurses should tell people they are fat rather than obese because such plain speaking would help more to lose weight" [The Guardian]

Wait, wait, wait...so British people are not only the fattest ones in Europe, they're stupid too?

An overweight nurse, Anne Milton (overweight nurse..isn't that the same thing as a criminal judge?) said to BBC "If I look in the mirror and think I am obese, I think I am less worried [than] if I think I am fat".

What? That doesn't even make any sense! 'Fat' is a very broad word which can describe a lot of different body types and/or food whereas 'Obese' is a medical word which clearly states that a person is in a very unhealthy state. But apparently that word is too big and difficult for a nurse in the UK.
Why not just call morbidly obese people in the UK "Really really fat", I mean just to make sure that everyone understands.
*What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.../ Shakespeare

Who Wants To Puke?

I love smoothies. But when they're made out of chilled mixed cheeseburgers with a cold string of ketchup and mustard I tend to go...ew. You can call me a snob. A smoothie snob.

"Yoga Makes You, You"

Insightful words from my Bikram Yoga instructor that I heard today.

Wu-Tang Clan Knows Whats Up!

Sometimes in life, we all stumble across one of those interviews with the celebrated underdogs of society which makes us catch ourselves with biased thoughts about them.

Rappers in this case, is a part of that category. I mean don't get me wrong - I love hip hop and the rap culture, but the first thing that strikes me when it comes to a typcial rapper's eating habits is not really a health orientated diet. Well, I don't think they live on KFC, STD's and Crystal either but you get what I mean.
So imagine my surprise when I read that one he founding rappers of Wu-Tang Clan, GZA, is a devoted vegan.
Woho! I don't know why stuff like that makes me happy. Maybe it's because I begin to feel hope for humanity again. And maybe it's because I like it when two of my passions in life, hip hop and vegetarianism, make sweet unconditional love.

Eater.com has conducted a long interview with GZA aka. "The Genious" about being a vegetarian, but here are the best parts that made me go yeahhh:

"Well, I wasn't raised a vegetarian, I wish I was, though. I mean, that's really the best way to go. I just learned at a young age and stopped eating some things. As far as being a vegetarian it's a moral thing, a health thing, a conscious thing — a combination of all." [On how we was raised]

"It does make it tougher but it all depends on your diet. Like right now I'm striving to do strictly vegetables and fruit raw, so it's not too much of a problem finding produce out on the road." [On the challenges of eating out on tour]

"Yo dat's wassup!! You know, LA is filled with those types of spots. LA is one of those places where you just be ridin' down Sunset and you pass like four or five raw food or vegan spots. Lotta people in Cali on it." [On the resource of Macrobiotic food places in LA]

"...cheese is so addictive, it's hard! If I do eat cheese I try to keep it organic or locally grown so that it doesn't have to travel as far. I don't" [On Breakfast]

"You know, at one point we (Wu-Tang Clan) had disciplined ourselves so much that we wouldn't even eat in a restaurant that sold pork. " [On how eastern philosophy has inspired him]

"Yeah, none of the Clan members eat pork but you only have about four of us that are vegetarians, including DJ Mathematics — RZA, GZA, MastaKilla and oh! I think Meth is vegetarian now too! Cuz I used to always get on him with his steaks. I used to say you "you eatin' a pig pussy T-Bone?" He'd be like, "C'mon Jus, cmon, GZA, man stop!" And then about a year and a half ago he was like, "You know I'm a vegetarian now, right?" I heard Redman was one too now actually." [On the whole Clan being being off pork]


Cash and Tomatoes for Your Poetry

Doctor Charles is hosting a poetry contest and handing out awards for the best poem related to experiencing, practicing, or reflecting upon a medical, scientific, or health-related matter.

Here's the contest page. Now go unleash your inner poet and good luck to you.

Well, what do ya know!

Well this is shocking. Apparently, Coca Colas Vitaminwater® is not as healthy as it claims to be. What? A Coca Cola product being unhealthy?! Well I've never...

The Center for Science for the Public Interest has decided to sue Coca Cola (the company which bought Glacéau which is behind Vitaminwater® and Smartwater®). According to them, Glacéau has:

"violated FDA regulations by making health claims about vitaminwater even though it does not meet required minimum nutritional thresholds, by using the word ‘healthy' in implied nutrient content claims even though vitaminwater's fortification does not comply with FDA policy, and by using a product name that references only two of vitaminwater's ingredients, omitting the fact that there is a key, unnamed ingredient [sugar] in the product."

So wait, wait, wait...does this mean that you actually don't get your essential vitamins from this funky colourful drink that was partly created by rapper 50 cent and that you don't get more focused and alert from drinking it?

I don't know about you guys but I'm shocked.

When Someone Gets It Really Really Wrong

So I was browsing the website for The World's Healthiest Foods and I got very very confused. On the list were the obvious stuff such as Broccoli, Almonds and Buckwheat.

However, as I was scrolling down I burst out laughing. And then I cried. On the list were "foods" such as Calf's liver and Low Fat Cheese along with other morbid stuff such as venison, beef and lamb.

Uhm ok. So on the list of the world's healthiest foods there is red meat; an intestine from a baby and fabricated modified cheese.

If you have been sleeping under a rock for the last five years let me update you now: Red meat is not healthy - on the contrary, it has been proven that red meat increases the risk of bowel cancer and that milk, which you make cheese out of smarto, contains pus, hormones and antibitoics. There are actually regulations in Europe which allows 400 million pus cells per liter of milk. It is a bit better than he U.S which allows 750 million pus cells per liter. So let's applaud civilization and monarchy for a minute.

Anyway. Just wanted to give you a heads up for sites which claims to be distributing "information" for the sake of your health. Oh hunny. It's not for the sake of your health. It's for the sake of their wealth.

Organic Tofu Doesn't Scream or Bleed When You Cut It...

* And it doesn't have a mom or a babybrother either. Sleep well!


I know it's hard to believe but I'm not perfect. Sometimes I too like to just *Go CrAzY* like a teenager and eat hamburgers and drink milkshakes and dance all night long while drinking some tacky cocktails to the beats of Milli Vanilli. The only difference is that my hamburger is made out of tofu, organic veg and bread, my milkshake is made on some oat milk and strawberries and my "drank" is probably some boring organic wine.
BUT NOT ANYMORE. I found this awesome place in London which serves not only organic wine but wait for it...Botanical Cocktails! I KNOW OMG OMG OMG.

Now you can party Lindsay Lohan Trainwreck-style and still be nice to your body! Saf is a restaurant/bar located in Shoreditch, London and they serve Raw Food (food that has not been heated over 48°C to preserve optimum nutrition and flavour) as well as organic and biodynamic wine and now...Botanical Cocktails! For their drinks they use "organic and artisan spirits as well as fresh-pressed juices and homemade ingredients" in order to let you get your crunk on without feeling like a trainwreck the day after.

So next time you're in Shoreditch why not pop into Saf and order a Botanical Bellini (Organic juniper green gin, fresh grapefruit, a hint of celery, apricot & charged with Prosecco) or a sassy Hiwi-Kiwi (Chamomile & hibiscus infused UK5 organic vodka, kiwi, lime, St Germain, elderflower liqueur), and why not have some handmade raw chocolate to that?

Remember, you don't have to be ugly, unhealthy and look like a cockewhore the next day to partay hard. Botanical Cocktail is the future son.


I was in London recently and entered the Whole Foods shop (I didn't have time to do it when I was in LA and oh how I cried) and OMG. It was like a leafy orgasm. I bought coconut water, beetroot crisps, energy bars made out of cashew butter and guarana and their awesome hemp bag. As well organic banana chips and dried mango. As well as...oh you get the picture. Next time you're in London, LA or NYC do visit them!

P.S They do however sell meat (organic) but hey we can't all be perfect.

Mike Tyson the Vegan

"Oh, man, that's the best. Chocolate and peanuts. Nah. I ate, like, the tiniest piece of meat, and I woke up violently sick. It was vicious pain. I was throwing up. And I realized meat's become a poison for me now."

- Mike Tyson on his veganism in Details.com

This is not a disgusting joke. This. Is. England.

This is how much rubbish the average kid in England between the ages 4-10 actually eats. This is no joke. The Food Standards Agency and the 2009 National Diet and Nutrition Survey have calculated how much junk a child consumes and O.M.G. Check the Complete List.

Vegan Pancakes Makes Me Dance With Myself

Sorry ya'll! It's been a hectic few days filled with work, graduation and a lil trip to London but fear not. I'll never fully leave you again. For now.

You know what I just made!? Vegan Pancakes! I got the idea when I was in S:t Pancras Station, London, a few days ago and I bought this amazing vegan pancake roll filled with spinach and tofu from Source Market. The pancake roll was produced from a little girl called Laura, who has her own vegan brand called Lauras Idea. I also bought some of her vegan calzone and sweet vegan rice balls. It was like tasting a young Johnny Depp's spit. It was awesome. I e-mailed her and thanked her from the bottom of my leafy heart and then she e-mailed me back and then I made own!

It's really easy and it does not require cow pus or unborn baby chicks! YAY.

You just need:

200 g of organic unbleached flour

50 g of graham flour (for some crunchyness)

650 ml of oat milk or soy milk/rice milk/almond milk

Some vegatble oil for frying.

AND VOILA! I'm going to fill mine with steamed spinach, some tofu, sundried tomatoes, herbs and sea salt.

Or you can fill them with strawberries, blueberries and agave suryp if you have a sweet tooth!


Reporter Joe Kemp Has the Secret to Our Success in Afghanistan

NY Daily News reporter Joe Kemp needs to be put in charge of the war in Afghanistan. Our troops will have a decisive advantage once Mr. Kemp shows them how to use their knives to shoot the enemy.

ETA: Heh, I see they've changed the headline on the original article from Gunplay kills two in two boroughs over just a hour and a half span to Two men killed in two boroughs over just a hour and a half span.


Yes. Canned Sandwiches.

How To Live Long Like A Briton

According to The Telegraph: "Britons are drinking more, getting fatter but living longer"....

Uhm. So...okay. Are we like...are we like supposed to run out to the closest Burger King and pick up an pick up a bottle of henny on the way? I THINK YES.

I mean the title of this article is clearly suggesting that the bright British peeps have it all figured out: get drunk, get fat and live longer! I mean is it not obvious!? Alcohol and saturated fat is the answer to eternal life ya'll!!! Nevermind the fact that we use to die at age 30 when we were cavemen and that we have since then developed and no longer need to die from a cold or from a giant mammoth taking a big chunk out of our arm, and that our longer years on earth are due to evolution. Nevermind all that.

Please people. Let's just eat that pork pie, drink that lager and live as long as we can! YAHHH!


Damian Marley, one of my favorite artists, is setting you all straight with these powerful lyrics:

Why are you stressing?
Don't you know the best thing
Is investing in proper nutrition and resting
I'm suggesting, you cease all your meat digesting
Infesting your upper and lower intestine
I find it interesting
The price of the gas where your pedal pressing
Is more than the food that you put in your system

A rich man and can't live to be thirty three
Murder we, in the 21st degree
Slow poison the youth from nursery
Healthy or wealthy, what is it worse to be?
all of your millions gone to surgery
Clean food can't come outa dirty factory
pay for the food and get the fat free...
Restaurant service unsatisfactory
One liver for two strawberry dacari
Man kind can't run off a battery

12 Of Your Foods Which Should Be Organic

1. Celery
Celery has no protective skin, which makes it almost impossible to wash off the chemicals (64 of them!) that are used on crops. Buy organic celery, or choose alternatives like broccoli, radishes, and onions.

2. Peaches
Multiple pesticides (as many as 62 of them) are regularly applied to these delicately skinned fruits in conventional orchards. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include watermelon, tangerines, oranges, and grapefruit.

3. Strawberries
If you buy strawberries, especially out of season, they're most likely imported from countries that have less-stringent regulations for pesticide use. 59 pesticides have been detected in residue on strawberries. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include kiwi and pineapples.

4. Apples
Like peaches, apples are typically grown with poisons to kill a variety of pests, from fungi to insects. Tests have found 42 different pesticides as residue on apples. Scrubbing and peeling doesn't eliminate chemical residue completely, so it's best to buy organic when it comes to apples. Peeling a fruit or vegetable also strips away many of their beneficial nutrients. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include watermelon, bananas, and tangerines.

5. Blueberries
New on the Dirty Dozen list in 2010, blueberries are treated with as many as 52 pesticides, making them one of the dirtiest berries on the market.

6. Nectarines
With 33 different types of pesticides found on nectarines, they rank up there with apples and peaches among the dirtiest tree fruit. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include, watermelon, papaya, and mango.

7. Bell peppers
Peppers have thin skins that don't offer much of a barrier to pesticides. They're often heavily sprayed with insecticides. (Tests have found 49 different pesticides on sweet bell peppers.) Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include green peas, broccoli, and cabbage.

8. Spinach
New on the list for 2010, spinach can be laced with as many as 48 different pesticides, making it one of the most contaminated green leafy vegetable.

9. Kale
Traditionally, kale is known as a hardier vegetable that rarely suffers from pests and disease, but it was found to have high amounts of pesticide residue when tested this year. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include cabbage, asparagus, and broccoli.

10. Cherries
Even locally grown cherries are not necessarily safe. In fact, in one survey in recent years, cherries grown in the U.S. were found to have three times more pesticide residue then imported cherries. Government testing has found 42 different pesticides on cherries. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include raspberries and cranberries.

11. Potatoes
America's popular spud reappears on the 2010 Dirty Dozen list, after a year hiatus. America's favorite vegetable can be laced with as many as 37 different pesticides. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include eggplant, cabbage, and earthy mushrooms.

12. Grapes
Imported grapes run a much greater risk of contamination than those grown domestically. Only imported grapes make the 2010 Dirty Dozen list. Vineyards can be sprayed with different pesticides during different growth periods of the grape, and no amount of washing or peeling will eliminate contamination because of the grape's thin skin. Remember, wine is made from grapes, which testing shows can harbor as many as 34 different pesticides. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include kiwi and raspberries.

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