Author Archives: Lindsay Cross

Heads Up: Tea, Coffee & ‘Smoke Flavoring’ Could Be Damaging Your DNA

Heads Up: Tea, Coffee & 'Smoke Flavoring' Could Be Damaging Your DNA

Well, here’s a little information to scare the caffeine addiction right out of you. A new study is out warning that coffee, tea, and liquid smoke flavoring could all be doing serious damage to your DNA. While doctors aren’t warning that you should stop consuming the products all together, they do believe that the preliminary information deserves some serious further study. More »

The Dentist Just Got More Terrifying: Tulsa Dental Clinic Possibly Spread Hepatitis, HIV To Patients

The Dentist Just Got More Terrifying: Tulsa Dental Clinic Possibly Spread Hepatitis, HIV To Patients

Confession time: I hate the dentist. Yes, I’m one of those people. I put off appointments and change the subject whenever my husband reminds me that it’s been a year since my last check-up. I hate having someone else’s hands in my mouth. I hate the guilt over whether or not I remember to floss twice a day. (I didn’t.) And now, thanks to this horror story from Tulsa, I have a whole new excuse for putting off my next cleaning. More »

Moms Don’t Need A Study To Tell Us Restaurant Kid’s Menus Are Full Of Junk

Moms Don't Need A Study To Tell Us Restaurant Kid's Menus Are Full Of Junk

I’m a busy working mom. And approximately once a week, I give in to temptation and take my daughter out to dinner instead of scrounging around for a healthy meal at home. We try a variety of restaurants, and normally invite a friend or family member along for dinner conversation. It’s a pretty consistent habit for my daughter and me. And as a woman who frequently eats out with an elementary-age child, I didn’t need any study to inform me that restaurant meals – even at ‘family restaurants’ – really suck at providing tasty, nutritious options for children. More »

John Mayer May Be A Jerk, But The Tabloid Claiming He Dumped Katy Perry For Getting Fat Seriously Sucks

John Mayer May Be A Jerk, But The Tabloid Claiming He Dumped Katy Perry For Getting Fat Seriously Sucks

Listen, I wouldn’t be shocked to hear that John Mayer and Katy Perry split because Mayer pulled some kind of douchey nonsense. We’re all aware by now that the pop musician isn’t exactly a thoughtful, committed partner. But that doesn’t make it okay for some tabloid trash to print that Mayer dumped his girlfriend, a wildly successful and attractive woman, for “getting fat.” More »

Consider Us Creeped Out: Paula Deen Sucks Frosting Off Jay Leno’s Finger

Consider Us Creeped Out: Paula Deen Sucks Frosting Off Jay Leno's Finger

Ya know what, maybe this should be the end of non-cooks trying to fake cook on television with the help of celebrity cooking personalities. All those old “Teach Matt Lauer or Katie Couric how to make brownies” segments were pretty annoying anyways. And now Paula Deen and Jay Leno have turned the whole cooking segment practice into one big dose of ipecac. More »

Environmentalists Have Gained A Powerful New Ally In Pope Francis I

Environmentalists Have Gained A Powerful New Ally In Pope Francis I

Supposedly, the idea of environmentalism and protecting the world around us has been built into the Catholic Church doctrine for quite a while. Everyone just kind of missed the memo because Pope Benedict was so busy ranting about gay marriage during holiday Mass. But Pope Francis I would like to change that and is using his first few weeks of the papacy to recommit the Catholic Church to matters of environmentalism. We have to say, we’re kind of excited. More »

Attention! We Have A Two-Headed Shark. I Repeat, Two-Headed Shark!

Attention! We Have A Two-Headed Shark. I Repeat, Two-Headed Shark!

Off the shores of the Florida Keys, fishermen found a very surprising shark. It’s not that this shark was hugely ginormous. It’s not that it had a human hand dangling out of its mouth like some far-fetched television crime show. (Cough, cough, Hawaii Five-O.) This bull shark was pregnant, and upon further investigation, the fishermen found that one of the fetuses had two heads. Yes, you read that right. More »

Sorry Chewers: Eating Gum Does Absolutely Nothing Beneficial For You

Sorry Chewers: Eating Gum Does Absolutely Nothing Beneficial For You

Dedicated gum chewers might truly believe that their breath freshener of choice is a helpful aid in staying healthy. After all, that time spent chewing is time you can’t be eating. But I’m sorry to inform gum-lovers that there is really no health benefit to their Violet Beauregard habit. A new study shows that gum chewing isn’t just useless, it can actually lead to nutritional deficiencies. More »

Squeaky Cheese: The Freshest Of Farm Fresh Cheese Curds That You Just Have To Try

Squeaky Cheese: The Freshest Of Farm Fresh Cheese Curds That You Just Have To Try

One of the best things about living in a small Midwestern city is my proximity to some seriously yummy, homegrown snacks. As busy working parents with a hectic social life and an active little girl, we hit up our local Amish market more than I’d care to admit for fresh-baked treats and quality produce. And there’s one certain product that we never leave without: Squeaky cheese! More »

Stop Your Snickering: Bill Gates’ Challenge To Build A Better Condom Is Seriously Important

Stop Your Snickering: Bill Gates' Challenge To Build A Better Condom Is Seriously Important

When the internet heard that Bill Gates was investing money into building a better condom, it erupted into giggle fits like a bunch of immature jocks in the back of a high school health class. Cue the Microsoft puns. But considering how many people this world has living with AIDS (approximately 34 million) and how many people’s lives are affected by STDs (too many to tabulate), maybe we should calm down with the jokes and take this issue seriously. More »

Tea Drinkers PSA: Tea Overload Could Cause Rare Bone Disease

Tea Drinkers PSA: Tea Overload Could Cause Rare Bone Disease

A woman in Michigan has developed a rare bone disease, almost never seen in Europe or North America, called skeletal fluorosis, and doctors believe it’s from too much tea. As a woman who is almost never without a pot of water on the stove, I was pretty horrified to hear that my love of green tea and honey might be detrimental! Here’s what happened, plus whether or not you should start side-eyeing your Earl Grey. More »

Three Years Later, Michele Bachmann Is Still Spewing The Same Afforable Care Act Falsehoods

Three Years Later, Michele Bachmann Is Still Spewing The Same Afforable Care Act Falsehoods

It’s been three years since the Affordable Care Act was passed, bringing health insurance coverage to millions of Americans who would otherwise be a single illness or accident away from financial ruin. And who wants to guess how conservative Republican Michele Bachmann celebrated? By spouting the same old false facts and hyperbole of course. More »

A Duck Has Fathered A Chicken (& Apparently This Is Just The Beginning)

A Duck Has Fathered A Chicken (& Apparently This Is Just The Beginning)

Because genetically modified food has been working out sooo well for everyone, scientists in Dubai decided to take their experiments a bit further. The Central Veterinary Research Labratory originally injected a duck’s DNA to produce eggs and sperm into a chicken hoping to make more fertile hens. But when the chicken produced duck sperm, the researchers decided to take things a bit further. Now, we have ducks fathering chickens, and it might not stop there. More »

Monster Energy Drinks Will Side-Step FDA Regulation By Selling Their Product As A ‘Beverage’ Instead Of A ‘Dietary Supplement’

Monster Energy Drinks Will Side-Step FDA Regulation By Selling Their Product As A 'Beverage' Instead Of A 'Dietary Supplement'

Monster Energy Drinks and their competitors have been pretty famously under-regulated. After years of providing zero nutritional content and more caffeine than anyone really needs, the largest energy drink supplier in the country was finally being investigated by the FDA for the deaths of five people and the non-fatal heart attack of another consumer. But don’t worry, Monster has found a way to sidestep this little inconvenience. More »