56-year old woman swims Atlantic

Jennifer Figge’s résumé is an unconventional read peppered with eyebrow-raising lines such as these: Ran across South America, Chile & Argentina, 576 miles, 21 days (1993); Ran across Mexico, 180 miles (last 60 miles in cast on left leg), 8 days (1995); Swam Aruba to Venezuela, Incomplete (currents, jellyfish sting/swollen eye), 18 miles (1996).

When the 56-year-old logs her latest accomplishment, achieved last week, it will read something like this: Swam in cage from Africa to Trinidad, 2,100 miles, or this: Became first woman to swim across Atlantic Ocean (2009).

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Tainted weight loss products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expanding its nationwide alert to consumers about tainted weight loss pills that contain undeclared, active pharmaceutical ingredients. On December 22, 2008, FDA warned consumers not to purchase or consume 28 different products marketed for weight loss. Since that time, FDA analysis has identified 41 more tainted weight loss […]

Yet one more reason to avoid high-fructose corn syrup

HFCS, a common sweetener used in a zillion and one processed food products, has come under fire for its deleterious effects on body chemistry. Now a new study finds one more reason HFCS sucks: mercury. After one set of scientists found mercury — yes, everyone’s favorite brain-impairing element — in almost half of commercial HFCS, […]

Blackout? Workout!

Working out by candlelight during a 24-hour blackout in Toronto Jan 16. Furnace out? Try some cleans to warm up! Test your proprioception by working out in the dark!

Coke sued for Vitamin Water fraud

Via Yahoo News: The Coca-Cola Company is being sued for making “deceptive and unsubstantiated claims” about its VitaminWater line of beverages, which it touts as healthy alternatives to sodas, lawyers for the plaintiff said on Thursday. Coca-Cola is misleading consumers by using words such as “energy” and “endurance” on VitaminWater bottles and claiming that the […]

LIES in the gym

You don’t have to go far in the average gym to find someone willing to give you bad information. People are full of ideas and advice about women and weights. And most of them are wrong. I’ve compiled a list of some of the most common myths floating around like the alligator in the sewer stories. The difference is, of course, that there really ARE alligators in the sewer. And snakes that pop out of your toilet, heh heh.