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Fun-Filled Friday: Christine, Garfield, Heart Attack Grill, Bush, Driscoll, Wagon Wheel, CPR, Cravings, Baby Bone

Posted Nov 12 2010 3:29pm

It’s fun-time again here on the Friday post at the “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” blog. We started a tradition almost a couple of years ago to let Friday be a virtual free-for-all where I can (and will!) blog about anything and everything that’s interesting to me. A lot of it is health and nutrition, sure, but there are some other things that catch my eye that don’t have anything to do with weight loss or healthy living. It’s what we call “Fun-Filled Friday” and I’m pleased to share these with you right here each week. Are you ready for this week’s post? Let’s go!

My lovely wife Christine celebrated her 38th birthday yesterday and we did so at our local Ruby Tuesday restaurant. We like coming to this place because they have some awesome low-carb options for sides like green beans, asparagus, sugar snap peas, mashed cauliflower, and more. So when it came time for Christine’s birthday, she naturally chose RT. I worked it out with the manager ahead of time to have the staff sing “Happy Birthday” to Christine although they don’t normally do this. But they happily serenaded my beautiful bride on her special day:

Awwww, that was a such a neat surprise for her! I loved it when she asked, “What are you doing?” Hee hee…oh nothing! Yesterday was also Veteran’s Day when we celebrate all of the brave men and women in the armed forces who fought for our freedom defending this country. I have long had a great respect and admiration for the U.S. military even when they’ve been vilified, spat upon, and viewed as savages by people in our own country. I’ve never quite understood this mentality, but that’s the beauty of having liberty. Comic strip artist Jim Davis, most famous as the creator of Garfield the cat (who my wife Christine ADORES and loves to draw herself), got into some hot water on November 11, 2010 because of the following strip that ran in syndication in more than 2,600 newspapers across the country:

On just about any other day except for Veteran’s Day, the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or September 11th, this probably wouldn’t have caused such an uproar. But a lot of people complained that the timing of this to run on a day honoring veterans was ill-conceived. Davis agreed and immediately posted an apology on his web site: “Please accept my apologies for any offense today’s Garfield may have created. It was unintentional and regrettable.” He noted that this cartoon was penned over a year ago and that he had no idea when it was schedule to run. Davis added that he had a brother who served in Vietnam and a son who has been to Afghanistan and Iraq. I’m willing to give the man the benefit of the doubt, but it might have been good if he wrote a note stating, “DON’T publish this on a national holiday please!” Chalk this one up to a lesson learned. Outside of the context of Veteran’s Day, the strip is pretty hilarious!

Something that’s supposed to be funny, but it’s actually quite sad is the latest publicity stunt from an Arizona-based restaurant I’ve written about here on “Fun-Filled Friday” before called The Heart Attack Grill . They recently held a contest looking for a spokesperson who had the “look” they were desiring for the quintessential HAG customer. They found it in a 6′7″ and 570-pound man named Blair Rivers. This one will just have you shaking your head:

What appears to be a whimsical attempt at the old adage “eat, drink and be merry” is actually making light of a very serious matter–HEALTH! Sure, it’s none of my business to tell anyone how they should be eating in order to be healthy but flaunting it and making a joke out of this very real condition that so many people are dealing with is not a smart idea in my opinion. How do you sustain a customer base of people who are sure to develop health issues that could kill them that you are ridiculing and making seem so innocuous? Yes, a low-carber could eat at a place like that by removing the bun and skipping the “Flatliner Fries,” but come on! Perhaps this “Dr. Jon” believes this strategy is the best way to keep from being sued later because he can say, “Look, I tried to tell you what would happen if you eat the food at my restaurant and you ignore me.” He may be more brilliant than we realize.

Someone else that just might be smarter than many people give him credit for is former President George W. Bush who has a new retrospective book on his presidency called Decision Points , currently the #1 bestselling book on Amazon. Even fellow former President Bill Clinton gave a pretty rave review of Bush’s “well-written” and “interesting” book stating it “gives readers a good sense of what it’s like to be president, to take the responsibilities of the office seriously, do what you think is right, and let history be the judge. The book may not change the minds of those who disagree with decisions President Bush made, but it will help you to understand better the forces that molded him, and the convictions that drove him to make those decisions.” That’s pretty high praise from someone on the opposite end of the political spectrum, but it’s a testimony to the deep sincere friendship the two former presidents have with each other. Here’s a portion of an interview President Bush did with Matt Lauer on Dateline NBC on Monday:

Regardless of what you think about the job George W. Bush did as president, it sounds like his book is one worth checking out to catch a glimpse of why he made the decisions he made with the best of intentions for the United States of America. I look forward to reading it myself when I can get through that pile of about 75 health and nutrition books sitting on the floor behind me right now! Slowly but surely I’ll get through all of them…they just keep growing each week.

I’m a football fan through and through and just love watching every level of the sport played for the strategy and physicality used to perform. But what I saw executed by a middle school football team last week was sensational. You know the coach from Driscoll Middle School had to be grinning from ear to ear after watching THIS play actually fool the other team:

HA! This is the equivalent of the first baseman in baseball pretending to throw the ball back to the pitcher with a man on first and then tagging him out when he takes a lead off the base. Well done coach and now your players will forever remember this moment for the rest of their lives (and on YouTube at that!). Here’s another memorable video I found this week from a couple of young men who are gifted singer/musicians performing the classic song “Wagon Wheel”:

You gotta admire a kid who’s willing to play a banjo! And they’re both quite talented with a bright future if they so choose to pursue this further. I always enjoy sharing quality information about health when I come across it and this next video about Continuous Chest Compression CPR is the perfect example:

This quick chest compression approach changes everything we thought we knew about trying to revive someone whose heart has stopped beating and we have Drs. Gordon Ewy and Karl Kern from the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center to thank for this new approach to doing CPR without the need for blowing air into the victim’s mouth. It looks much more accessible for virtually anyone to do it. Remember this the next time you are put in a position to help bring someone back.

Here are a few more items of interest that captured my attention this week:

- Dr. Mike Eades did his usual amazing job at unveiling and dismantling the anti-low-carb bias that exists in the media in his post “Rooting out more anti-low-carb bias” responding to the treatment Dr. Eric Westman from Duke University received in a recent column entitled “Kill or cure? Atkins diet debated in diabetes.” Pay particularly close attention to all of the various comments made about this article, including many from the low-carb scientific community as well as those who oppose the healthy low-carb lifestyle, including a doctor named Richard M. Fleming who was fined and convicted of healthcare and mail fraud. Fleming is the guy who leaked the medical examiner’s report of Dr. Robert C. Atkins when he died after a slip and fall accident on ice in New York City. Quite the interesting discussion!

- Is it possible grains were introduced into the human diet because of beer? That’s what this LiveScience column makes the case for after reading research published in Current Anthropology this week. It’s an interesting theory, although I highly doubt the only use of the grains were for beer production. Regardless, grains have become a mainstay of modern culture which likely explains why chronic disease runs rampant.

- Bacon, despite all of the negative publicity that it has received over the years, is in the midst of a full-fledged craze that is here to stay . For those of us who are livin’ la vida low-carb, it’s a fantastic way to add flavor, fat, and healthy goodness to just about any high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb meal. If you’re not already eating bacon in your low-carb diet, then you’re just missing out on one of this lifestyle’s best foods!

- Speaking of red foods, you’ve had celery before but have you ever eaten RED celery . It’s the newest creation from one of the world’s largest celery producers Duda Farm Fresh Foods . The creator claims it has the same flavor as green celery except it is “bright, red, different, unique.” The idea is to spruce up a healthy veggie to make it more appealing to those who need to consume more of it–namely kids! But the problem is this new celery is going to be expensive and it’ll be interesting to see if people are willing to pay more for it to have the red color. Plus, what did Dan Duda do (try saying that three times real fast!) to make the celery red and is that genetic modification going to have some unintended side effects? Who knows at this point, but it sounds intriguing to have a red celery option.

- The new healthcare law has some interesting mandates in it that consumers may or may not be aware of. One of them includes needing a prescription from your doctor for over-the-counter medications like Tylenol if you have an FSA, HSA, or HRA healthcare plan beginning on January 1, 2011. This doesn’t apply to insulin, but it does include cough medicines, antacids and allergy medications. The thinking on this is that the IRS will be unable to ascertain whether or not OTC drugs were prescribed by a doctor and thus covered under the healthcare account. I’ll bet most people will just purchase the Nyquil or other medicines out of their own pocket rather than go through the hassle of setting up an appointment to see their doctor just to get the OTC medicines. Sounds like a headache if you ask me…dangit, now I gotta go see my doctor to get a prescription for that Tylenol!

- The great cardiologist/blogger/all-around good guy Dr. William Davis penned an excellent blog post this week called “Does high cholesterol cause heart disease?” that is a MUST READ for anyone still worried about cholesterol contributing to heart disease. He accurately points out it’s the PARTICLE SIZE that people should concern themselves with the most–something I express quite thoroughly in Lesson #2 of my latest book 21 Life Lessons From Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb: How The Healthy Low-Carb Lifestyle Changed Everything I Thought I Knew .

One of my longtime readers sent me something she saw posted on the bulletin board at her job that floored her. Check this out:

You read that right! This clipping said “to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.” OMG, are they TRYING to kill people?! Needless to say, if you ate this way you’ll CONSTANTLY be craving foods your body doesn’t need and will continue to be stressed and fat for many years to come. Aren’t you glad you’re enjoying the healthy benefits of low-carb living instead?

And finally today I couldn’t resist posting this picture sent in to me by a reader of her son when he was an infant after she heard my recent podcast interview with vegan diet advocate Dr. Neal Barnard where he states quite matter-of-factly that “babies will spit out meat.” Well, somebody forgot to tell that to this young man who seems to be enjoying sucking the marrow out of this lamb bone:

ADORABLE! And that little one has probably grown up to be a vibrantly healthy man today because his mom and dad didn’t obsess over making him follow a plant-based diet. Ahhhhh, don’t you just love this world we live in where everybody’s got an opinion to share? That reminds me, if you have anything you’d like to share with me that’s on your mind or something neat that you think would be cool for a future edition of “Fun-Filled Friday,” then please send those along to me anytime at . I always LOVE hearing from you and posting stuff that’s fun, cool and interesting. HAVE A SUPER WEEKEND you guys and we’ll see you again soon!

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