Friday, October 19, 2012

The Killer with The Friendly Name: Bath Salts

Array of "Bath Salts"
Tampa, Fl -- Every time I read the newspaper, see in the news or read a status from people I know and strangers about the use and experimentation of Methylone and Methiopropamine, chemical terms related to bath salts or synthetic marijuana my heart and soul die a little. This topic is not referenced to organic food or animals but to a problematic that started in Europe and the Middle East and found the way to the continent in order to some fools to make profit at the expense of other people health even if they trade the bath salts as safe item.

The list of banned chemicals in the United States keeps growing every year and the substances that are modified every year in order to keep the makers out of prison keeps changing and many variations of the recreational chemicals are still being sold openly on some convience stores as well gas station across the United States. Florida as what is of 2012 has shown some of the most gruesome side effects of what these drugs can do such as the Miami Cannibal, just to name a few; the real problem with these cannabinoids  are the chemical reactions that cause in the body which can be said as giving the users a over empower feeling as well liberating toxins around the body that in some cases cause insanity, dead or both as they are not made for human use at all; which made me think probably to win this cyclical-war the laws against cannabis shall be regulated and execute the use to avoid more deaths by the use of these chemicals.

According to the Tampa Bay Times edition of Sunday, October 14th of 2012; the use of these drugs have multiplied 20 times by the end of 2011 and the end of 2012 in a 304 : 6,000. Jairous McGhee was the first known victim of bath salts in Tampa by dying on April the 3rd of 2011 by being subjugated by several police officers after McGhee resited a Taser impact after attacking an officer while he was screaming rap songs and beating car windows along the intersection of Kennedy Blvd and N. Dale Mabry Ave. As Jairous there are around 20 other known mortal victims that succumbed to the effects of the hallucinogens.

According to the aforementioned edition of the Tampa Bay Times the business of dealing with bath salts and  synthetic marijuana goes into a circle where you pay to one point in the world and the product is delivered from another country from the one you paid; as the example they placed was they paid to a bank in London and got the product from Spain which a legal operation wouldn't be on that level to sell and create a profit margin from a product.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Supermarket Survival Guide of A Single Guy: Yogurts


Fat Free and Dessert Yogurt

I know regarding yogurts and men, it is not a winning combination by a general consensus but yogurt can be such a beneficial item for the intestinal flora as well a really good snack after midnight. If you plan to eat a midnight snack, a single serving container around 6oz with 110 calories or less are the best to keep in the fridge and also they make such a great addition to make smoothies and parfaits. The supermarket that I go to buy my dairies, Publix, has an amazing line of the dessert type yogurts with different flavors that range from the tropical flavors of the Caribbean up to Chocolate Mousse; but when you go to the supermarket check the labels because not all the fat-free yogurts are low on calories.

Fat-Free Plain Yogurt

It seems boring but fat-free plain yogurt it is quite versatile at the moment of cooking, it can be use to marinade lean meats and some seasoning as it will make your protein of choice tender and delicious. It is also good in tangy cream sauces, sweet salad dressings, and anywhere else you want to add creamy texture.  Look for yogurts with 110 calories or less per 6 ounces serving in order to make a sweet snack with fruit and sweetener, but my advice is go for the larger tubs as the calories per serving size will go around 130.

Low-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is amazing and the reason on why is amazing it's because it goes under a straining process that makes the yogurt super thick in consistency compared to the regular fat-free yogurt and it has more grams of protein (around 20 grams/cup), fewer carbs, less sodium and less sugar; but, standard yogurt has more calcium, but what is also fantastic.? It can be a substitute for sour cream as well amazing for a dip base. A 6 ounce serving of fat free plain yogurt has about 100 calories which is the same amount of 2%.