If you haven't already, add coral snakes to your mental list of Florida critters you don't want to mess with. Hard to miss thanks to their distinct yellow, black, and red pattern, the snakes -- micrurs fulvius to all you nerds out there -- are usually found hanging around the edges of swamps or unde ... More >>
The government shutdown may have halted food inspection operations at the Food and Drug Administration, making us think twice about what we buy from grocery stores. But at least Florida restaurant inspectors are still walking the beat, making sure that your favorite eat-out spot isn't cutting corner ... More >>
Yesterday, the American Lung Association warned that middle and high school children are smoking electronic cigarettes at a "troubling" rate. Data released from the Centers for Disease Control shows that between 2011-2012, the number of 6-12th graders reporting having ever used an e-cigarette more ... More >>
Clean Plate Charlie writers meet each week for a blog meeting. It's there we "chew the fat" and brainstorm about "tasty morsels" to write about. It's also the morning when I usually come into the office slightly harried and hungry after trying to fit a day's worth of writing into that morning, befo ... More >>
As the world gets fatter and obesity becomes a major health hazard, soda manufacturers take a large portion of blame. And, even when companies like Coca-Cola launch diet products, the fight doesn't end there, with people rallying against the artificial sweeteners that can supposedly cause as much da ... More >>
In social settings, having celiac disease is kind of like being Edward Snowden -- your options are limited (not to mention crappy), and no one knows what the hell to do with you. Telling your host at a party or your coworkers during happy hour that you can't drink beer usually elicits two things -- ... More >>
We've told you about the electronic cigarette revolution: Thousands of people are switching from conventional cigarettes to electronic ones, believing that inhaling a vapor -- which typically contains propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, natural and artificial flavorings, and pure nicotine -- is mu ... More >>
It's well known that our food supply is littered with undesirable ingredients: pink slime, fake honey, an overabundance of corn, GMOs -- the list goes on and on. Overuse of antibiotics is just one of many huge concerns. Many oppose its use due to fears of antibiotic resistance in humans and the pos ... More >>
All over the Northeast and South, people are preparing for the emergence of 13-year and 17-year cicadas. According to Mother Nature News, these loud but harmless creatures have been living underground since the mid-'90s, lying in wait for the opportunity to fly about and mate like crazy for two mo ... More >>
Just when you thought it was safe to eat ice cream..We recently came upon a list of "eight ingredients you never want to see on your nutritional label" on menshealth.com. As we perused the usual suspects -- sodium nitrates, food dyes, partially hydrogenated oil -- we came across an additive that sou ... More >>
Frankenfish has been swimming its way closer to your dinner plate for quite some time now. While you were recovering from your post-holiday hangover or taking advantage of major savings on that flat-screen TV on December 26, the FDA concluded that Frankenfish -- i.e., AquaBounty Technologies' AquaAd ... More >>
By now, most people are aware of the controversy surrounding genetically engineered (GE) foods. You know: giant tomatoes designed to taste super-sweet, corn that naturally repels insects, and virus-resistent papayas. As debate continues over the safety of our nation's genetically modified grain ... More >>
This week, New Times reported on the electronic cigarette business, which is currently booming but faces a crossroads this April, when the Food and Drug Administration is set to release proposals on how it will regulate the industry. A Wells Fargo analyst who studies the tobacco industry told us tha ... More >>
A genetically modified salmon, ominously dubbed the Frankenfish, recently took another step from the farm to your plate. The Food and Drug Administration last week released an environmental report on the impact of the AquaAdvantage salmon, developed and patented (yes, patented) by Massachussets-bas ... More >>
It's dinner time and you break out the bag of delicious fresh greens for a nice healthy salad. Suddenly you see something pink inside the bag of lettuce. You look closer and see a tiny little amphibious hand. Then you see movement. Grossed out, you lose all your good feelings about vegetables.Read a ... More >>
Halloween. The one time of year everyone wishes they were dead. Well...better make that undead...as in vampires, zombies, mummies, and other eternal creatures of the night.In spite of all that talk of dead people and monsters, Halloween is basically a pretty benign, family-friendly holiday. You dres ... More >>
Though technically we're one of the few places in the country where we can barbeque year round, tradition dictates that summer is prime grilling season.There's something about a barbeque....The smell of meat smoking, the clink of a cold beer bottle being opened, the laughter of family and friends ge ... More >>
People are always whining about how Congress doesn't do anything, pointing out annoying "statistics" like that its approval rating is at negative 3 percent or whatever. But Republican Rep. Bill Posey and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson are doing something, don't you worry. They're taking a noble stand i ... More >>
Last week, a committee of experts recommended that the Food and Drug Administration approve the first drug for protecting against HIV transmission.On the surface, it sounds like great news. But as The Pulp reported in January, some doctors have serious concerns that the pill is not as effe ... More >>
A couple years ago, Mark Bittman wrote about the recipe for no-knead bread from maverick baker, Jim Leahy of Sullivan Street Bakery. Suddenly everyone from Martha Stewart to The Amateur Gourmet were making it, and home bakers from Oregon to South Florida were following along. Because of this incr ... More >>
The Health Regulation Committee on Wednesday voted seven to zip in favor of SB 1116, a proposal to give parents of sixth-graders information on the human papillomavirus vaccine, which helps protect females from cervical cancer. As discussed yesterday, the original version of the bi ... More >>
Imagine a drug that could stop the spread of HIV. People could screw whomever they wanted however they wanted and sleep peacefully knowing that the virus wouldn't soon be waging an all-out assault on their immune systems. It sounds like a quick fix to one of history's most pressing public he ... More >>
Question: How much money can three Palm Beach County scam artists make by convincing old people there are new government regulations that ban traditional toilet paper?Answer: Around $1 million, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.Mary Moore, 54, Joseph Nouerand, 52, and Christopher Lincoln, 4 ... More >>
Mike Licht (NotionsCapital.com) via Creative CommonsNothing is safe, nothing is sacred.
Flickr: BWJonesIf you've ever donated blood, you've probably noticed a prominent question on a pre-donation questionnaire: Have you had intercourse with someone of the same sex since 1977? If so, yer outta luck, pal. The law, which has been repeatedly challenged and upheld since its imposition in ... More >>
Not that original.You'd think that the problem with sickly sweet, carbonated, high-alcohol energy drinks would be (1) that they're disgusting, or (2) that the hangovers are hellish. And you'd be right on both counts. But the Food and Drug Administration believes there's another problem: That cons ... More >>
Got an interesting post or bit of news to share? Email it to Charlie and we'll include it in Eating Around the Blog-o-Sphere.Jan Norris grabs some tips from Art Ginsberg, AKA Mr. Food, on how to make a great brisket. South Florida Beer Blog hips us to the Beer Snob Pub Crawl, a beerventure conducted ... More >>
FlickrE-cigarettes are in the strange position of suing to prove they're a tobacco product.A Weston-based company called Smoking Everywhere wanted an executive who could go to battle against the FDA and U.S. Customs, which had teamed up to ban the import of e-cigarettes. But by hiring Ray Story i ... More >>
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That old exploding ketchup trick
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Supplied by Rexall Showcase of Boca Raton, doctors and other distributors are pitching alternative forms of medicine that may not work in ways that may not be legal
The Life Extension Foundation claims it'll add years to your life with pills and cancer profiles. As long as you have the money.