(from Doghouse Diaries)
Behold, the Giant Gummy Worm – gentle leviathan of the gummy candy universe. This benign, segmented invertebrate might be low on the evolutionary totem pole compared to the mammalian gummy bear, but what it lacks in complexity it more than makes up for in delicious dual-flavored gummy goodness of Blue Raspberry and Red Cherry. Primitive candy-loving tribes would hunt these noble creatures in dirt made of cookies and pudding in hopes of feeding their families for weeks. Now you can do the same by ordering one.Of course, if you're trying to watch your sugar intake, you could simply use it to reenact the sandworm scene from Dune:
The FDA's threat is clear:
Because of these intended uses, your walnut products are drugs within the meaning of section 201 (g)(1)(B) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 321(g)(B)]. Your walnut products are also new drugs under section 201(p) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 321(p)] because they are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the above referenced conditions. Therefore, under section 505(a) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 355(a)], they may not be legally marketed with the above claims in the United States without an approved new drug application.
- "Studies indicate that the omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts may help lower cholesterol; protect against heart disease, stroke and some cancers; ease arthritis and other inflammatory diseases; and even fight depression and other mental illnesses."
- "[O]mega-3 fatty acids inhibit the tumor growth that is promoted by the acids found in other fats ... "
- "[I]n treating major depression, for example, omega-3s seem to work by making it easier for brain cell receptors to process mood-related signals from neighboring neurons."
- "The omega-3s found in fish oil are thought to be responsible for the significantly lower incidence of breast cancer in Japanese women as compared to women in the United States."
You should take prompt action to correct these violations. Failure to do so may result in regulatory action without further notice. Such action may include, but is not limited to, seizure or injunction.You can read the full letter here.
Meanwhile, big companies like General Mills are free to promote Cheerios as a heart-healthy, cholesterol-reducing snack. Go figure.
What other protective measures can we expect from the FDA in the future? My guess is that it will soon become illegal to say that eating food may relieve hunger.
A Longmont woman was arrested at Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport Thursday afternoon after police say she sexually assaulted a TSA agent.What's that saying again? "What's good for goosing..." Uh, "When goosing the gander..." Well, you know what I mean. Seriously, though, I cannot help but wish we would see more stories like this.
According to the arrest report, 61-year-old Yukari Miyamae is accused of grabbing TSA agent Barbara O'Toole's "left breast through her clothing and squeezing and twisting it with both hands without the victim’s permission."
The report says Agent O'Toole was dressed in her TSA uniform and was wearing her metal badge.
Police say Miyamae admitted to them that she did it. She now faces a felony sexual abuse charge for the incident.
I've never been an all-star guy. I can't recall any MLB, NBA, or NHL all-star game that I've seen. I think I might have watched one or two Pro Bowls in my lifetime, but that's about it.
And why should it? In truth the game is an artifact of a now-vanished era. Started as a Depression-era effort to hype interest in a sport whose fan base was crumbling amidst the economic crisis, the game belongs to a now vanished time when there was no inter-league play, when televised baseball was a scarce commodity (and pretty much confined to broadcasts of your local team or teams), when all-star caliber players tended to stay with one team during the primes of their careers, and if not with one team, then within one league.
You can read more depressing statistics here.
We have the largest total prison population.
The U.S. has the highest percentage of obese people.
We have the highest divorce rate.
Our nation has the most reported murders.
We lead the world in military spending, more than China, Russia, Japan, India, and the rest of NATO combined.
The U.S. has the most complicated tax system in the world.