Fast Food Myths: How Safe is Your Favorite Food?

Throughout my life, I've had a variety of different jobs. I am a foodie and you would think I would love working around food, even if it meant working in a fast food restaurant. Well, you'd be wrong. I've worked in three different fast food restaurants and never could get interested in my work. Anyone who's ever worked in fast food will tell you that it's one of the worst jobs they've ever had. While I didn't enjoy working in fast food, I did learn several fast food myths. I warn you though; you may not want to eat fast food after reading some of these myths.

Fast Food Myth #1: An "A" from the Department of Health Means the Food is Always Safe

This fast food myth would seem to be true, but in my time working in fast food restaurants I learned that this myth was false. Some how, managers seem to know when the department of health is coming to inspect them. A week or so before their arrival, employees are taught new ways to do their job. I would like to say that employees were properly trained when they first began their job, but I'd be lying. The fact is you don't know what employees have been doing. I'm a germ-a-phob, so I was always clean, but that doesn't mean that other employees are.

Fast Food Myth #2: Cooks Wear Hairnets and Gloves

While many larger restaurants do instruct their employees to wear hairnets and gloves, this isn't the case in most fast food restaurants. The only truth behind this myth is that workers are required to wear hats, which does help to keep hair out of the food.

Fast Food Myth #3: Your Food is Always Cooked for the Proper Amount of Time

Sadly, this myth is false. Many fast food restaurants rush their food during lunch hour. People want their food and they want it right then. Most of the restaurants I worked for were good about cooking chicken for the proper amount of time, but not all of them were. Before gobbling down a large order of chicken fingers, be sure to break one open to make sure it's done.

Fast Food Myth #4: You Can Only Get it Your Way at Burger King

This myth is false. Every fast food place I've worked for, or eaten at, has been more than willing …

How to Overcome a Denial of Health Coverage

My family moved to the US in the 1970s to flee the communist takeover of Hong Kong. Little did we know that we would face a more ominous opponent here: wealthy and powerful private companies.

Poor but resourceful, we relied on the generosity of relatives living in the US to support usinitially. All nine of us moved into my aunt's house, and it was not long before our Asian work ethic earned us a home of our own. It meant many years of scrimping and saving, but to us, struggle was not new.

Hong Kong's gleaming towers are a recent phenomenon. Today's tourists would not recognize the city 30 years ago.

After World War II, 500 million Asians were left starving by the retreating Japanese Imperial Army. The deprivation continued for decades, well into my childhood. In America, kids who would shortly be my new girlfriends were complaining about rain interrupting their play. In Hong Kong, we had no time to gripe. During torrential monsoon rains, we were happy to find an awning to keep us dry for the night.

My older brother Chi was my best friend in our struggles. Strong, determined and confident, his words of encouragement helped all of us get through the tough times.

All of us had warned him in recent months that he looked exhausted, yet he ignored us on his path upward on what we Chinese call the Golden Mountain.Headstrong and self-reliant, Chi had never taken the time to obtain health insurance.

When I received the call that he had been diagnosed with stage two colon cancer, I was filled with dread.Surgery was needed immediately to save his life, at a cost of nearly $100,000.

Those dark, rainy nights seemed upon us again.

Chinese Americans are often wealthy over-achievers with advanced degrees living in palatial homes. The reality is quite different for recent immigrants. Their success is built on hard work by all family members, often allowing only a thin margin of error.

Insurer after insurer turned down my brother for his "prior condition." Not a factor were his other prior conditions: dedication, long hours and thriftiness, all of which had helped his restaurant supply business finally turn a corner.

Helping him fill out form after form, then translating the ice-cold letters of denial, I reflected on the irony of his situation. America was more than happy to take him when he was …

Easy Tips to Improve Your Health

1. Laugh – Just laughing lowers your blood pressure, burns calories, and helps bond with others. It also helps your body de-stress, and prevent the many diseases that are caused by stress. Laughter has also been found to strengthen the immune system, reduce the amount of pain felt by your body, and relax your all muscles. All this from something that’s free, and you should do anyway to help your mood? It is even been said, that if you laughed one hundred times, it is equalivent to ten minutes on a rowing machine!

  1. Yogurt – Eat yogurt with live or active cultures daily. Or, if you’d rather, take probiotics. This replaces the good bacteria in your body, and can help treat particular diseases, such as IBS, and ulcers. Probiotics also fight against cancer, infections, and high cholestrol. They can even help you lose weight, although I wouldn’t consume copious amounts of yogurt in order to gain weight; if you do not regularly read your food labels, your yogurt might have too much sugar to help your weight.

3.Tea – Drink at least one glass of black or green tea daily. The amount of antioxidants in this drink can help boost your immune system. It is also believed in to improve particular conditions, such as: arthritis, infection, and preventing cancer (in more than one way!). Ingredients in tea also fight dental plaque, prevent blood clots, and help lose weight.

  1. MSG – Avoid it. It goes by many names, and is in a lot of processed food (acting as a preservative). It also causes problems with lots of people – including making existing ailments worse. You can have a reaction to very minute amounts, so avoiding it totally is the best option.
  2. Artificial Sweeteners – Avoid, especially if you a chronic disease, or are trying to lose weight. Despite the fact that it’s in “diet” drinks, any artificial sweetener, the University of Texas Health Care Center has found that artificial sweeteners cause you to crave more snacks, especially sugary (and probably high in calories) snacks.

6.Honey – Use honey instead of sugar or any artificial sweetener. Honey has been proven to heal wounds, and if you have allergies, consuming two tablespoons a day starting two months before allergy season. It is also supposed to help if you chew beeswax for at least five minutes.
7. HEPA Filter – Using a …

Play Music for and Talk to Your Unborn Baby

Sound Beginnings is a sound delivery system that provides ways to soothe and talk to your unborn child using a machine washable, nylon/Lycra band that features a pocket for your MP3 player and built-in speakers for the baby.

Expectant mommies can comfortably wear the band, which is similar to belly bands many women wear as extra support or to enable them to keep wearing non-maternity clothing.

Not only can you use this system to play calming music for your baby, but you can also use the online Sound Delivery Service to talk to your unborn child. Along with the band, you also receive a user code that enables you and anyone else you choose to call a toll-free number and record messages to the baby.

The service converts the messages to MP3 format so that you can play it for the baby with your MP3 player in the pocket of the band. Using this feature, everyone from Daddy to siblings to grandparents can relate stories, sing songs or tell nursery rhymes to the little one.

As the health and well-being of your child are certainly your top priority, you can use this product knowing that Sound Beginnings is safe for your baby.

"We have done extensive due diligence and consulted with leading scientists to make sure it is safe," assures David Shin, President of Sound Beginnings, Inc. "We have taken safety a step further and addressed the vibration concern and have virtually eliminated the vibrations from the speakers. no other product addresses this concern. Safety and health of baby is our number one concern."

For best results, use the player in short intervals throughout your day. You can wear the band comfortably all day long; in fact, you might appreciate the support it provides. The only time Sound Beginnings advises against using the sound delivery system the week prior to delivery.

Currently, the Sound Beginnings band is available in black, white and nude. Size B is made to fit women who wore a pant size of 4, 6 or 8 prior to becoming pregnant. Size C fits women whose pre-maternity size was 10, 12 or 14. The company plans to offer plus sizes by January of 2012.

If you are interested in this unique prenatal bonding system, you can find the online at sites such as or at popular brick-and-mortar retailers including Babies R Us, Bed, Bath & Beyond …

Packers Healthy, Will Play in Honor of Grieving Philbin

In preparation for their upcoming NFC divisional playoff matchup against the New York Giants, the Green Bay Packers returned to practice healthy, but also mindful of the tragedy that struck the family of their offensive coordinator, Joe Philbin, earlier this week.

"This is as healthy as we've been in quite some time," Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said during his Wednesday post-practice press conference. McCarthy said the bye week the Packers earned as the NFC's top seed allowed them to "get guys healthy and get guys fresh," a significant advantage heading into Sunday's game at Lambeau Field.

In particular, McCarthy said that Chad Clifton, the Packers' veteran starting left tackle who missed several weeks during the regular season with hamstring and back injuries, should be ready to play a complete game against the Giants. Clifton was limited to first half action against the Detroit Lions during the final game of the regular season as the Packers sought to get him back to full speed. Clifton's readiness would be a welcome development for a team whose offense will depend heavily on protecting quarterback Aaron Rodgers from the Giants' fearsome defensive front four, which includes All-Pro Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, and Osi Umenyiora.

Yet, not far from the minds of the Packers players was the absence of Philbin, whose 21-year-old son Michael died tragically earlier in the week. McCarthy revealed that Philbin will be away from the Packers indefinitely and will "return when [Philbin] feels he's ready to return."

Speaking to reporters in the locker room after practice, Packers Pro Bowl outside linebacker Clay Matthews said, "We all feel for Coach Philbin. . . . This game will definitely be played in his honor and we wish him the best."

Rodgers also talked to reporters saying, "We're all affected when your football family deals with tragedy."…