Monthly Archives: April 2012

So very true, we should never believe everything we read. When it comes to medical and health information, you should use reputable medical sources, such as Mayo Clinic, NIH, or the leading health information sites for the disease you are concerned about. For all my research on HIV/AIDS when I was working in Medical Social Work, I always consulted with various respected sites to find the information, I, my clients and even the providers needed. Always, always, make sure you have the most reliable up-to-date sources for your information.

Dr. Jen Gunter

I just read an “article” (and I use that term rather loosely) this morning on It was about how the previous reports of a Mexican woman claiming to be pregnant with 9 babies weren’t entirely true. How untrue? Well, turns out she wasn’t even pregnant.

Yes, you read that correctly. In their haste to report on such a fantastical story, and several other major media outlets forgot a little thing called fact checking. (Just so you know, if a reporter had asked me to comment on the piece before they went to press, I’d have said, “No fucking way. Prove it.”).

So, what about things that are slightly harder to check than GESTATING NINE BABIES? If the media can’t get the simple facts straight about a woman who claims to be a nonomom, how accurate can they be about real health information? Not so…

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Hummm maybe I should do this with the kids this summer… I’ll practice while their in school… can’t have my 10 & 13 year olds showing up their Mom.

CJ West

On March 29, I posted about Cravings and the new book I’m writing about addiction. I decided that I could get in touch with what my characters were feeling by cutting out all the foods I love but are bad for me. And what better time to ramp up the exercise than when you’re already losing weight on a diet of carrots, cucumbers and baby spinach?

A few weeks later, my friend Jillian Dodd saw the post and challenged me to appear on her MANday page. Every Monday, she features a hot celebrity showing off his abs. Like this guy:

I don’t qualify as a celebrity yet, so I really have to work my abs.

Jillian and I are targeting July for a photo session and a post if she wins our bet. Details on that coming here soon. In the meantime, I’m kicking my workouts into high gear and…

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Coffee Time

Love this! Need to make it my motto.

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Kindle & iPad Contest

NOT just posting for the contest, but I’m going to follow Thomas Frank’s guidance to build a better website.  Look for more updates to the style of my blog, links and posts.  ANd thanks to Mayra Calvani’s  offer for a copy of her book “The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing“, I’ll be posting my book reviews also.

Have a great day and keep reading.

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April 5, 2012 · 10:40 pm