By Norman McPhail

Fast food employees have spilled the beans and are letting you know what they eat at the restaurants they work. American’s love their fast food, I know I do. Good, bad or ugly, they here to stay. But how do we know the food is the safe? What menu items are fresher than others. I personally don’t have any questions about weather the food is safe. But what would someone say that works at a fast food restaurant? What would they eat? What are the tricks to the trade? Are short-cuts being taken to make your meal fast?

Burger King, the the home of the flame broiled burger. “When I was a young buck, I worked at Burger King,” writes JohnnyDollar at “Here is how the oil rotation went. You had four vats of oil that you cooked fries in. And boy did you cook fries. Tons of them. After about 2 days worth, the oil got too dark for fries. So we switched it over to the ones for chicken. Since it was darker, it was ok. Then that goes on for a week. After a week of massive frying. The oil is black as motor oil. At that point, it’s switched to the Fish Filet vat. That’s the only thing you cook in that vat.”

I have been a longtime fan of KFC. How can you go wrong with fried chicken? “I love the popcorn chicken because more likely than not it’s prepared fresh or at least within the last thirty minutes,” former KFC worker diglettsbottomhalf wrote. “Any longer will make them hard and chewy.”

“From time to time, it’s nice to order something different like Chili. Wendy’s recycles overcooked hamburgers into the next day’s vat of chili may be frugal”, Cozmo23′s description of it isn’t exactly appetizing.

My new favorite burger joint in town is Five Guys Burgers. I am always on the lookout for great fries and Five Guys has them. A big turn off for me however is frozen French Fries. “If there’s anybody scared about Five Guys, it’s fine,” cameron432 writes. “There’s no freezer. The burgers are made from slabs of raw meat the day of or the day before. Fries are made every day from the potatoes you see stacked up. All of the toppings are fresh except for mushrooms. They come in sealed bags. But nothing is notoriously gross.”

Good or bad, there are things to be on the look-out for at fast food restaurants. I know, I won’t stop going to fast food restaurants anytime soon. It’s just nice get an idea of what we are up against.


Real Hunger or Fake Hunger?

By Winni Jeong

Nowadays, we have more access to food and we are constantly bombarded with messages about how our bodies should look. With obesity a major problem and diverse diet methods presented everywhere, we don’t completely understand what our bodies really need and don’t need physically.

At one point, we overeat. At another point, we deny our hunger to lose the weight gained from overeating. Then, we over-eat again! Why is it that we ride on this one-way road to obesity and not realize that our bodies are only getting hungrier? This is because we confuse real physiological hunger with simple craving symptoms.

Our bodies have fat that is self-regulating and produces a chemical signal in our blood to stop eating. However, when we override our internal monitor system and overeat, problem arises. The stimulation of leptin—protein secreted by stored fat and an important chemical in weight-reduction—shuts off our chemicals and triggers us to burn calories, by stimulating CART. When we diet by not eating, ghrelin—the hunger hormone—secretion will increase and send more signals to eat! And this overpowers our willpower, making us easily submit to that deliciously baked red-velvet cake! Hence, after a period of not eating, we binge to keep our physiological processes going. It’s a survival mechanism that is difficult to ignore.

When we don’t eat enough, our bodies begin to shut down. We become tired and the body attempts to conserve the remaining energy to carry out basing functions. When we over-eat, we are overloaded with energy. Our bodies have to work additionally to process extra food. This results in tiredness and laziness after a binge—food coma!!!

So, let’s all get it straight. How do we know if we’re hungry or not?

1)      If you think you’re hungry, ask yourselves: how do you know that you are hungry? Don’t confuse physical hunger with other feelings (bored, procrastination, tiredness, anxiousness, loneliness, anger, stress, sadness, happiness, or thirst)

2)      Check your physical cues for hunger! (Stomach growling? Stomach pain? Empty feeling? Lack of energy? Fogginess? Lack of concentration? Headache? Dizziness? Obsession about food?)

3)      If you haven’t detected any physical hunger cues, wait 10-15 minutes while doing something else (walk around). If you still feel hungry afterwards, eat!


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Heart disease is the main cause of death within America

Heart disease is the main cause of death within America, and is referred to as the silent killer. However, groundbreaking research might help put a stop to the disease, due to a study done at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Cardiovascular Science in Scotland. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans track the cells moving through the body. Tiny magnetic particles may help doctors track cells in the body to determine if treatments work. Researchers discovered that injecting immune cells containing magnetic particles into the bloodstream was safe, effective, and did not interfere with normal cell function. Jennifer Richards, M.D., lead author and vascular surgeon at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Cardiovascular Science states, “This could change how we assess new treatments affecting inflammation and the outcome of a heart attack or heart failure.” Safely tracking cells would go a long way in helping scientists better understand how new stem cell therapies could combat heart disease. Other cell tracing methods expose patients to excess radiation or only allow cells to be tracked for a few hours at a time. But with this new tracking system, these flaws can be eliminated. MRI scans use no radiation, and cells containing the particles can be monitored for at least a week. Using test tubes, Richards’ team first determined that magnetically labeled blood cells move and thrive like normal ones. Then, they did four small-scale tests in humans: “Six people were successfully given three thigh muscle injections of unlabeled cells, magnetically labeled cells, and an injection of just the magnetic material. The labeled cells were traceable up to seven days later. Two people were given six increasingly larger doses of magnetically labeled blood cells through a vein, and they had no negative effects.12 people got intravenous injections of the labeled blood cells – six getting a high dose and six a low dose – which were traceable by MRI a week later. To test how well the cells travel to inflammation sites, one person was injected with the labeled blood cells, which were successfully followed by an MRI as the cells moved to an inflamed area of skin on the thigh. “This demonstrates that this method may be useful to facilitate the development of cell-based therapies in the future,” Dr. Jennifer Richards explained.” (Taken directly from study) More human tests are needed before researchers can regularly use magnetically labeled cells, Richards concluded

Health Principle: Benjamin Franklin’s 13 Virtues!

By Winni Jeong

At the age of 20, in 1726, our Founding Father—Benjamin Franklin—created the 13 Virtues to develop his character. He stated that the Constitution merely gave people their right to pursue happiness. However, happiness itself was what they each needed to catch for themselves.

Amongst other titles, Benjamin Franklin was a philosopher that probed into life itself. As a result, the blueprint for happiness was obtained—the 13 Virtues. And this secret formula not only aimed at life in totality, but designed a resilient and healthy lifestyle—a must follow guideline for those in search of health and wellness.

01. Temperance

“Eat not to dullness and drink not to elevation.” Don’t be greedy, but know that too much of anything is too much for you. A healthy body, mind, and soul thrive not from extravagance but from self-restraint.

02. Silence

Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.

03. Order

“Let all things have their place!”  Think simplicity, control, and efficiency.

04. Resolution

Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.

05. Frugality

“Waste nothing.” Make use of everything! Don’t waste time, economy, or yourself! Know their worth

06. Industry

“Lose no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.”

Health-wise, avoid a lazy lifestyle. Push yourself to new limits. Stop wasting energy on matters that are unnecessary!

07. Sincerity

Deception can hurt both you and others. So be true to yourself and to others. Think innocently, justly, and accordingly.

08. Justice

Wrong none by harming yourself or others, or by omitting the benefits that are your duty.  Health is your responsibility, your duty. Don’t harm it, but keep disciplining yourself to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

09. Moderation

Virtuous moderation means avoiding the extremes.

10. Cleanliness

“Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes or habitation” Here, cleanliness doesn’t just mean personal hygiene, but is also a crucial point in nutrition and mental health. We need to eat “clean.”  By this, I mean balance your consumption of wholesome foods. Also, don’t try to take an easy-way out with supplements; only consume them if you have a natural deficiency or medical condition. Most importantly, rid yourself of unhealthy thoughts (self-doubt and disbeliefs).

11. Chastity

Here, chastity refers to the restraint of venery.

12. Tranquility

“Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.” Life is uncontrollable. So let go of what you cannot control. Instead, focus on what you can control (ex: lifestyle)! Likewise, a perfectly healthy lifestyle is impossible, so stop dreaming! Our goal is not perfection!

13. Humility

Franklin’s life was adorned with fame, status, and power. However, he was always humble.

Now, knowing the secret formula to happiness and health, let’s not just read this, but engrave them into our habits!

Researchers in Germany viewed a live birth with an MRI machine

By Winni Jeong

Researchers in Germany viewed a live birth with an MRI machine for the first time in order to study how the fetus and the mother’s pelvis interact during birth.  As New Scientist reported, the birth took place in 2010, but the video was only released recently. It is the first time such a video has been released to the general public. The study, published in the June 2012 issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, says that the video shows “the active second stage of labor, when the mother starts performing expulsive efforts with the valsalva maneuver.” The researchers stopped the MRI machine before the second stage in order to prevent possible damage to the baby’s ears from noise of the machine.

MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, uses radio waves and powerful magnetic fields to create images of structures within the body. This in turn allowed scientists to clearly see the way that fetus and pelvis interact during birth. This scientific advancement could lead to more progress being made in the future regarding pregnancy and childbirth. The video will give researchers more information about the fetus as it travels through the birth canal, and the fetus’ location in regards to the pelvis. Doctors could potentially utilize this information and can help doctors learn more about how to deliver and manage labor or make decisions on how to proceed in certain situations regarding pregnancy. For example, videos like this may be able to show doctors when a fetus will need to be delivered by cesarean delivery (C Section) well before it may be too late. Researchers also hope that this method can be used to make real-time videos that can instruct others through virtual reality about safe birthing methods. The uses of MRI technology are rapidly growing, with more and more advances being made every year towards a device that can clearly and accurately view the body in a completely safe way.