The highest-calorie restaurant meals in America
When it comes to portions, no one does it better than the Yanks.
America has always been known for giving its rotund population more bang for their buck - and increasingly so.
In the last 25 years, the average serving size in any given establishment has doubled or tripled. Bagels are now six inches wide, not three; a medium bag of popcorn is 11 cups, not five; and a soda is 20 ounces not 6.5.
But some are pushing the limits - and our belt buckles - to new frontiers.
'Each of these restaurant items manages to cram in close to a day’s calories, often accompanied by at least a day’s saturated fat, sodium, or added sugar,' write Lindsay Moyer and Bonnie Liebman of CSPI in their presentation of the awards, published this week.
'That’s not easy. After all, a typical restaurant entrée has “only” about 1,000 calories. That’s one reason why “only” two out of three adults and one out of three children or teens are overweight or obese.
'But these dishes go the extra mile...just so more of us can start looking for extra-large-size apparel. Bravo!'
This (left) is the 2,510-calorie Honey-Chipotle Crispers & Waffles from Chili's. To come close to matching it in calories and fat and sodium, you would have to eat five Krispy Kreme glazed donuts with 30 McDonald's Chicken McNuggets and five packets of barbecue sauce (right)
If they start doing moderate exercise they can eat and extra 200 calories a day on top of these values.
If they become very active they can eat an extra 400 calories a day.
As with women, men who do moderate amounts of exercise can eat an extra 200 calories a day on top of these values.
And very active men can eat between 400 and 600 extra calories.
Compared to previous years, the list is not as saturated with chillingly unnatural combinations (a marshmallow steak dinner won one of the accolades in 2017).
However, each one totals around the total daily calorie limit of 2,000 - or more - including some which are deemed 'snacks'.
Most of them also exceed the daily limit of 2,300mg of sodium, 20g of saturated fat, and 50g of added sugar.
The dish, a 'warm tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, bacon, chicken chorizo, cheese, crispy potatoes, avocado, peppers and onions, over spicy ranchero sauce, served with sour cream, salsa and black beans,' has 73g of saturated fat (almost four times the daily limit) and 4,630mg of sodium (more than double the daily limit).
According to CSPI's calculations, it is the equivalent of eating seven Mcdonald's Sausage McMuffins in one go.
It comes with two tacos - 440 calories each, on account of their filling of pork, 'bacon chorizo', cream sauce, guacamole, and grilled cheese shell. On the side, diners are served a pile of spicy rice and pinto beans that totals 610 calories.
To top it off, they are served a 'half yard' of IPA.
Moyer and Liebman write: 'Now we’re measuring alcohol by the yard? And drinking beer by the quart?'
The meal is equivalent to nine Taco Bell beef tacos and three cans of Budweiser.
This (left) is the 2,040-calorie Vampire Taco Combo at Yard House. The meal is equivalent to nine Taco Bell beef tacos and three cans of Budweiser (right)
Yard House's Taco Combo: Here is the nutritional information for the calorific meal
The 2,240-calorie Double SmokeShack (left) comes with fries, a malted peanut butter shake, and the bells and whistles of an extra special burger: two patties, cheese, smoked bacon, cherry pepper, and 'ShackSauce'. The closest equivalent would be three McDonald's Quarter Pounders with Cheese and three McDonald's Vanilla Cones (right)
As CSPI points out, it's equivalent to six Auntie Anne's Original Soft Pretzels.
The cheesy pizza is covered in breadcrumbs, chicken breast, marinara sauce, more cheese, angel hair pasta, and Alfredo cream sauce.
It has 55g of saturated fat (almost triple the daily limit) and 3,080mg of sodium (just over the daily limit).
Four pieces of fried chicken and four biscuits from Popeye's would be about the same.
The Cheesecake Factory appears twice on the list: first with its 1,870-calorie Chicken Parmesan Pizza Style (left), second with its 2,730-calorie breakfast burrito (right)
Crispers (battered fried chicken) are served atop Belgian waffles, with bacon jalapenos, ancho-chile ranch dressing, fries, and honey-chipotle sauce.
It overspends your saturated fat allowance significantly with 40g of it, plus 4,480mg of sodium (almost double the limit). This is the only savory category that also earns an added sugar listing, with 105g of added sugar (more than double the limit).
To come close to matching it in calories and fat and sodium elsewhere, you would have to eat five Krispy Kreme glazed donuts with 30 McDonald's Chicken McNuggets and five packets of barbecue sauce.
For this year's dessert, BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse takes the top spot, with its 1,580-calorie Peanut Butter S'mores Pizookie
Uno Pizzeria & Grill presents diners with a trough of Deep Dish Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese, totaling 2,320 calories, 59g of saturated fat, and 4,530mg of sodium
It's a pizza-sized triple chocolate cookie, topped with peanut butter, marshmallow fluffy, marshmallows, and vanilla ice cream.
That contains 31g of saturated fat and 135g of added sugar.
It's not even equivalent to a 14oz tub of Haagen-Dazs Chocolate Ice Cream - you'd have to add two cups of marshmallow fluff.
Next, there is a pasta dish that is equivalent to three servings of Olive Garden's Cheese Ravioli, which is hardly known for its slimming qualities.
It contains penne with three types of cheese - 'aged cheddar', parmesan and romano - plus buffalo chicken, all baked together.
'You can’t beat deep dish for building deep belly fat,' Moyer and Liebman conclude.
This year's 'snack' is a 1,920-calorie pretzel. The nine-inch-wide Bavarian Legend Soft Pretzel from cinema chain AMC falls just shy of the daily recommended amount of calories
Lastly, there's the 'Worst Revival Award'. This goes to Shake Shack's take on a 'classic'.
The fries are 420 calories, the burger 930, and the shake a whopping 890.
As Liebman and Moyer point out, it contains many of the things chastised for exacerbating America's obesity epidemic: white bread, red meat and sugar.
Beyond the calories, it contains 55g of saturated fat, 3,170mg of sodium, and 42g of added sugar.
The closest equivalent would be three McDonald's Quarter Pounders with Cheese and three McDonald's Vanilla Cones.
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eat your vegetables. And while you are at it, put down the bacon and pick up the olive oil, because new research supports the contention that switching to a Mediterranean diet could significantly decrease the risk of heart disease.</p><p>The diet’s components make sense to anyone who follows nutrition news. Avoid red meat in favor of “good” fats like fish and poultry. Swap out salt for herbs and spices. Ditch butter and margarine and opt for olive oil instead. Most important, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Nuts are good, so are whole grains. And, every once in a while, have a glass of red wine.</p><p>Until Friday’s study, though, no randomized trials had been conducted in the U.S. to determine this diet’s long-term effects. This research also sought to shed light on the molecular underpinnings of why.</p><p>The mechanisms by which the Mediterranean diet reduced cardiovascular disease “were sort of a black box,” said Shafqat Ahmad, the lead author of the paper and a researcher in the department of nutrition at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “We know it reduced cardiovascular risk,” he added, but the precise ways it had this effect over time “are not well understood.”</p><p>Ahmad and his co-authors, using a panel of nine biomarkers in blood tests, were able to isolate exactly why the diet reduces heart disease.</p><p>The three biggest biological mechanisms were changes in inflammation, blood sugar and body mass index.</p><p>Inflammation was the issue for Meg Grigoletti, a 23-year-old graduate student from New Jersey who switched to a Mediterranean diet when she was recovering from back surgery in 2014. Her doctors recommended it to reduce swelling, hoping that it would ease the pain in her back and help her migraines.</p><p>“It’s more of a lifestyle than a diet,” Grigoletti said. “It taught me what food is good for me and what’s not.”</p><p>Researchers followed more than 25,000 women who were part of the Women’s Health Study, a survey of female health professionals older than 45. At the beginning of the study, participants completed a questionnaire on 131 different foods to assess their diets. They were then assigned different “med scores” on a scale of 1 to 9, based on how closely they followed the Mediterranean diet.</p><p>There were three levels. People who scored between zero and 3 were on the low end, 4 to 5 was in the middle and 6 and up was categorized as a high intake of Mediterranean diet foods.</p><p>The participants’ cardiovascular health was then tracked for 12 years.</p><p>When all was said and done, those in the middle category saw a 23 percent reduction in risk, and the upper category had a 28 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease.</p><p>The authors pointed out that these findings do have limitations. For instance, the study relied on self-reported data, which isn’t always accurate — especially when it involves diet choices. The participants, all of whom were female health professionals, also might lean toward healthier behaviors than the rest of the population.</p><p>The results of the study weren’t a shock to Dr. Andrew Freeman, the director of cardiovascular prevention and wellness at National Jewish Health hospital in Denver. He wasn’t involved in the study but has been recommending a Mediterranean diet, or a similar version that emphasizes vegetables and fruit, to his patients for years.</p><p>“There’s a lot of noise out there, but the signal that’s been out there the longest is this kind of plant-based diet is the best.”</p><p>He also acknowledged that a lot of competing nutritional information swirls around the airwaves and the internet, which amounts to “a whole lot of hype” and makes healthy eating habits a difficult regimen for many consumers.</p><p>And doctors often don’t have clear information, either. “The vast majority of cardiologists and health providers in general have very little nutrition training,” Freeman said.</p><p>He switched to a mostly plant-based diet after his residency, and lost 35 pounds. He now recommends this approach to his patients, too. He said he has seen his patients’ conditions — heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes — improve.</p><p>“Nutrition and lifestyle medicine is the place where there’s a chance of a cure,” Freeman said.</p>
ppy marriage and a couple of well-adjusted kids — all while maintaining my friendships and hobbies — was sold to me as an ultra-glam aspiration that left me daydreaming of a well-oiled life with me at the controls. </p><p>So why aren’t men pitching in more where they’re needed, since the women in their lives are easing their financial burden? </p><p>As David A. Cotter, a sociology professor at Union College who has studied gender attitudes, put it to my colleague recently: “At home, men are more resistant to that change because it really means surrendering privilege. This way, they don’t have to do more laundry.”</p><p>That title came to be because Ms. Gurley Brown’s agent convinced her that her planned title — “The Mouseburger Plan” — wouldn’t work.</p><p>In other words, a mouseburger is how Ms. Gurley Brown saw herself when she worked as a secretary for 13 years. “I’m the proof of what you can do if you try,” she said.</p><p>Ms. Gurley Brown’s writing spurred plenty a blowback from feminists. “You get to a man by dealing with him on his professional level, then stay around to charm and sexually zonk him,” she wrote in “Having It All.” </p><p>But she felt that her work was simply misunderstood. “I sometimes think feminists don’t read what I write,” she said. “I am for total equality. My relevance is that I deal with reality.”</p>
became a leading exponent of civility in our own discourteous times, died on Dec. 1 in Towson, Md. He was 67.</p><p>His wife, Virginia H. Forni, said the cause was complications of Parkinson’s disease.</p><p>Dr. Forni, who directed the project (now known as the Civility Initiative) for many years, also wrote two books on the topic, “Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct,” published in 2002, and “The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude” (2010).</p><p>“The first book is how not to be rude,” Virginia Forni explained in a telephone interview, “and the second book is what to do when other people are rude to you.”</p><p>The 25 rules he set out in “Choosing Civility” were not particularly surprising; they included “Speak Kindly” and “Keep It Down (and Rediscover Silence).” But they resonated. The book, which has been translated into German and Italian, is still frequently cited in articles and speeches, as is its follow-up.</p><p>Civility, to Dr. Forni, was not just a matter of learning and observing rules of good manners. It was something with very real consequences. Civility means less stress, which has advantages like improved health, safer driving and more productivity at work.</p><p>Lack of civility too is more than a matter of semantics, he argued.</p><p>“Acts of violence are often the result of an exchange of acts of rudeness that spiral out of control,” he told The Christian Science Monitor in 2007. “Disrespect can lead to bloodshed. By keeping the levels of incivility down we keep the levels of violence down.”</p><p>But Dr. Forni didn’t necessarily have a sky-is-falling view of the current state of human interactions.</p><p>Dr. Forni would remind people that “we have been struggling with these issues for 2,000 years,” Mr. Buccino said by email. “He would also remind us that while there is much civility work still to be done, it was important to note how much progress we have made over the centuries.”</p><p>Pier Massimo Forni was born on Oct. 16, 1951, in Bologna, Italy. His father, Adriano, was a veterinarian, and his mother, Sheba (Lolli) Forni, was a homemaker.</p><p>Dr. Forni grew up in Treviso, Italy. After graduating in 1974 from the University of Pavia, he served for two years in the Italian army’s Alpini corps, which specializes in alpine warfare. He received a Ph.D. in Italian literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1981 and joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1985.</p><p>Dr. Forni taught courses on Dante, Giovanni Boccaccio and other writers and thinkers from Italy’s past. His area of scholarship eventually led to his second field of expertise.</p><p>“It started with his interest in early Italian books of manners and courtesy,” Virginia Forni said. “He would teach classes on that, and it sort of grew out of that.”</p><p>In “Choosing Civility,” Dr. Forni recalled the revelatory moment.</p><p>“One day, while lecturing on the Divine Comedy, I looked at my students and realized that I wanted them to be kind human beings more than I wanted them to know about Dante,” he wrote. “I told them that if they knew everything about Dante and then they went out and treated an elderly lady on the bus unkindly, I’d feel that I had failed as a teacher.”</p><p>He set up the Civility Project with help from Giulia Sissa, a fellow professor now at U.C.L.A., and others, and in 1998 he and Professor Sissa organized an ambitious conference called “Reassessing Civility: Forms and Values at the End of the Century.”</p><p>There has occasionally been a backlash to the civility campaigns; some have seen them as a means of repressing criticism and muzzling the disenfranchised.</p><p>“I had to throw the book across the room,” one resident of Howard County, Md., said of “Choosing Civility” during an initiative there in 2008.</p><p>Dr. Forni and Virginia H. Drake married in 2000; she survives him.</p><p>In addition to the civility books, Dr. Forni wrote “The Thinking Life: How to Thrive in the Age of Distraction” (2011), a meditation on the role of thought in the modern age.</p><p>“Every day,” he wrote, “we spend most of our time doing things that our parents and grandparents not only did not do, but also could not even have imagined. Unfortunately, deep thinking is often the illustrious casualty in the digital revolution.”</p><p>To be obsessed with the ephemera of modern culture, he argued, is to miss the best possibilities available to us.</p><p>“If we agree that life is important, then thinking as we go through it is the basic tribute we owe it,” he concluded. “It also happens to be the golden way to the good life — the kind of life in which happiness blooms.”</p>
ing R.E.M. sleep, the dream state of humans. </p><p>In other animals, slow-wave sleep is usually described as deep, dreamless sleep, while rapid eye movements are linked to shallower sleep and dreaming.</p><p>In both studies, the researchers suggested that dreaming may have originated with a common ancestor of mammals, birds and lizards, rather than developing independently in various species. </p>
ritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes. </p><p>You’d think male birth control would have progressed a bit farther by now. For decades, men have had to choose between abstinence, condoms or surgery—all options that seem either too little or too extreme.</p><p>However, a new alternative is undergoing clinical trials as we speak.</p><p>According to an NIH press release, the gel works by combining Nestorone and testosterone in a way that suppresses sperm production.</p><p>In fact, the formula should work so effectively that men’s counts will be at “low or nonexistent levels,” the statement said.</p><p>For the trial, both men and women will undergo screening. Then, men will need to rub the gel on their back and shoulders every day for up to 16 weeks.</p><p>Once sperm counts have reached a certain threshold, the couple will have to rely totally on the gel for 52 weeks.</p><p>The trial might be a little like playing chicken with your own fertility. However, the gel could fill a gap that’s been lacking in the world for a while.</p><p>Currently, the NIH is looking for 420 people willing to participate in the study.</p><p>The gel was developed by the Population Council, which will work in collaboration with the NIH during testing.</p><p>“A safe, highly effective and reversible method of male contraception would fill an important public health need,” study investigator Dr. Diana Blithe said in the NIH statement.</p><p>Interestingly, the Population Council has already tested a Nestorone and estradiol combination to suppress ovulation in women.</p><p>Research has proven its effectiveness so far. In fact, the gel has also shown to be well-tolerated in women, a huge plus to those who don’t like side effects of a birth control pill.</p><p>The male version of this study is aiming for completion in September 2021. This leaves plenty of time to find out whether or not the method works.</p><p>Still, another question is at play here too: will men actually use it?</p><p>Dr. William Bremner from the University of Washington School of Medicine told NBC News he thinks they will. Bremner is currently involved in testing the new gel.</p><p>However, not that many men use the birth control method they do have: condoms. According to the 2017 National Health Statistics Report, only about 34 percent of men used condoms between 2011-2015.</p><p>Of those, not all the men used it every time. The study found only 24 percent had used it during every intimate session in the previous four weeks.</p><p>Of course, these facts won’t necessarily determine how popular a contraceptive gel could be. A gel does offer an easy, invisible way for men to control reproduction.</p><p>If it passes the test, this new method could give men—and women, for that matter—a freedom they’ve never had before. Science may have taken a while to get there. But better late than never, right?</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>
buds — are increasingly common in seniors’ homes. Doctors warn that popularity has outstripped scientific evidence. </p><p>Shari Horne broke her toes a decade ago, and after surgery, “I have plates and pins and screws in my feet, and they get achy at times,” she said. </p><p>The salve didn’t help when she developed bursitis in her shoulder, but a tincture of cannabidiol mixed with T.H.C., the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, provided relief. </p><p>Using a pipe, she also smokes “a few hits” of a cannabis brand called Blue Dream after dinner, because “I think relaxing is healthy for you.”</p><p>Many of her neighbors in Laguna Woods, Calif., a community of mostly older adults in Orange County, where she serves on the City Council, have developed similar routines.</p><p>“People in their 80s and 90s, even retired Air Force colonels, are finding such relief” with cannabis, said Ms. Horne. “Almost everybody I know is using it in one form or another” — including her husband Hal, 68, a retired insurance broker, who says it helps him sleep.</p><p>In fact, so many Laguna Woods seniors use medical cannabis — for ailments ranging from arthritis and diabetes nerve pain to back injuries and insomnia — that the local dispensary, Bud and Bloom, charters a free bus to bring residents to its Santa Ana location to stock up on supplies. Along with a catered lunch, the bus riders get a seniors discount.</p><p>“You might not like it,” Dr. David Casarett, chief of palliative care at Duke University Medical Center, tells fellow physicians. “You might not believe in it. But your patients are using this stuff.”</p><p>He and Dr. Joshua Briscoe, a psychiatrist at Duke also trained in palliative care, have mixed feelings about that.</p><p>“We’re always searching for a better medication that can treat pain and a host of other symptoms without burdensome side effects, and cannabis is promising” as a treatment for a number of conditions, Dr. Briscoe said.</p><p>But the researchers are uneasy about the fact that older people essentially are undertaking self-treatment, with scant guidance from medical professionals.</p><p>Cannabis consumers face a confusing array of options, including various strains and brands and many methods of ingestion: smoking, vaping, tinctures, edibles, topical creams or patches. Users can also experience potentially harmful side effects.</p><p>When Joy Kavianian, 55, a Laguna Woods resident with Parkinson’s disease, wanted to reduce her right-side tremors so that she could continue making ceramics, a cherished pursuit, she had lots of questions about cannabis.</p><p>“I didn’t know how this would mix with my other meds,” she said. “How would it affect my sleep? The only answer was to slowly introduce it and see.”</p><p>She has learned that a tincture, placed under her tongue about 40 minutes before she heads to the art studio, gives her four hours in which to work effectively. But that discovery took weeks of trial and error.</p><p>“The social support and legislation is outpacing the research,” Dr. Briscoe said. “If I want to say, ‘Take this dose for this condition and that dose for that one’ — the evidence just isn’t there.”</p><p>For older people, what does the still-limited evidence show?</p><p>Cannabis appears to relieve muscle spasms in people with multiple sclerosis, though that research is less extensive, and to improve appetite for patients with cancer or AIDS, Dr. Briscoe said.</p><p>“Plenty of patients swear it’s the only thing that helps them sleep,” he added. But while drowsiness often accompanies cannabis use, the evidence that it reliably improves sleep remains modest. Its effects on anxiety and depression are also unclear.</p><p>And like any drug, cannabis has side effects, some of particular concern for older users, who metabolize medications differently from younger adults.</p><p>Dizziness, for instance, can lead to injurious falls. Marijuana use is also associated with an increased risk of motor vehicle accidents, so Dr. Casarett and Dr. Briscoe advise counseling older patients not to drive for six to nine hours after use, depending on ingestion method.</p><p>Moreover, “the jury is very much out about long-term cognitive effects in adults,” Dr. Casarett said. But there’s no evidence that medical marijuana users are at increased risk of abusing the drug.</p><p>“A doctor can now prescribe this off-label for other uses, which is legal and common,” Dr. Yang said. “And on the research side, this could pave the way for controlled clinical trials for other purposes.”</p><p>Insurers may balk at covering off-label use, he conceded. Medicare, for instance, doesn’t cover medical cannabis, and it won’t cover drugs used off-label. The bus riders from Laguna Woods often pay $100 to $200 a month out of pocket for cannabis products, a financial struggle for some.</p><p>But riders like Catherine McCormick, who’s 53, find it a worthwhile expenditure. To lessen pain after knee replacement surgery, she was relying on high doses of ibuprofen, “too much wine” and several prescription drugs, including oxycodone, benzodiazepines and an antidepressant. </p><p>She weaned herself from them all in a few months, she said, by smoking cannabis. That’s made her a believer. </p><p>“I have more energy. I can walk,” she said. “I’m not in pain. I feel so much better.”</p>
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All market data delayed 20 minutes. </p><p>When Rachael Knappier went to a "Botox party" at a friend's home at the end of August, she planned to indulge in a shot of the wrinkle eraser in her forehead and a glass of fizz with her pals.</p><p>But, after a few glasses of Prosecco, she also agreed to have lip fillers.</p><p>What she didn’t bank on was the beautician injecting the filler into an artery, which caused her lips to swell massively.</p><p>In fact, the complications were so serious that she almost lost her top lip.</p><p>"My friend had raved about this beautician and how great she was so I decided to go ahead," Knappier said.</p><p>The 29-year-old had previously visited a local, highly-qualified, aesthetics nurse for Botox and a small dose of filler in her top lip to even out a permanent bump, a legacy of a fire door hitting her face as a teenager.</p><p>Even though her lip filler was due a top-up, Knappier hadn’t intended getting it done at the party. But that’s before the booze was uncorked.</p><p>Botox parties, which offer cheap beauty treatments as you relax with friends, are a growing trend in the UK. It’s now estimated that more than a million Botox procedures are performed each year in the UK and that number is rising.</p><p>Lip fillers alone cost an average of £300 (approx. $380) in a clinic, but Knappier, who works for a law firm, had fillers and Botox for around £220 (approx. $280) at the party.</p><p>"There was fizz and cake and it was a bit of a conveyor belt with girls sitting in the kitchen waiting their turn with local anesthetic cream on their faces," Knappier, of Leicestershire, said. "The beautician – who I assumed at the time was a nurse – didn’t ask me to sign any consent forms so alarm bells should have rung. But being at a party with friends took away all the seriousness of having filler injected into my face."</p><p>"She noticed the bump on my lip when she was doing my Botox and said she could inject a bit of filler for me if I wanted her to," she said. "To be fair, she told me to go and have a think about it in the kitchen but she’d found my weakness. My lip is the one thing that really bothers me about my appearance."</p><p>Knappier was given numbing cream to use on her lips before she hopped onto the bed where the beautician told her she was using a brand of filler called Teosyal, though it later transpired she'd used a different make entirely.</p><p>"One injection upwards towards my nose was very painful," Knappier remembered. "Within a few hours I began to feel unwell, my lips swelled like nothing I'd ever seen before and the pressure was unbearable."</p><p>Panic stricken, she called the beautician – who Knappier has since discovered was released from prison earlier this year – who then Facetimed her to look at her lips.</p><p>“She was visibly shocked, clamped her hands over her mouth, told me I was having an allergic reaction and that I needed to take an antihistamine and get to A&E," she said. “At A&E they tested me for anaphylactic shock but three medics concluded I wasn’t having an allergic reaction and told me to go back to the beautician for treatment to dissolve the fillers."</p><p>After leaving A&E Knappier’s top lip split. She called her mom who suggested she contact The Consultant Clinic in London (who she followed on social media) for help.</p><p>“The owner told me I needed to get to London immediately and that she’d have an emergency doctor waiting for me," Knappier said. “She said that, based on looking at my pictures, her medical team suspected vascular occlusion, meaning that the filler had been injected into an artery and could lead to necrosis – death of soft tissue. I honestly thought I was going to die."</p><p>Due to the pain in her lips and the severity of the pressure, she contacted a local aesthetic nurse who injected her with antihistamine medication to attempt to reduce the swelling and pressure.</p><p>A couple of days later, Knappier then had several doses of dissolving agent injected into her lips at the Consultant Clinic.</p><p>“It was so painful, that my mum, who was sitting upstairs in a waiting room, could hear my screams," she said.</p><p>Within 72 hours of the emergency dissolving treatment, Knappier's swelling began to subside and, three months on, her lips are almost back to normal.</p><p>“I would never go near a Botox party again. I’m cross that I didn’t do my research and just assumed that everyone who injects Botox and fillers has been to medical school," she said. “I could have had the same reaction to the filler with a doctor but the difference is that they would have known what to do to treat it. The combination of the party atmosphere, my own naivety and the beautician’s lack of training meant I could have lost my lip."</p><p>She then contacted Antonia Mariconda, founder of the Safety in Beauty campaign, who said Knappier’s botched lip fillers were one of the worst cases she’s seen.</p><p>“We urge ladies to please do their research and only entrust these invasive aesthetic procedures to experienced medical professionals," Mariconda said. “We are calling for the government to ban non-health care professionals from carrying out these seriously risky procedures and met with Theresa May earlier this year. It’s time to clean out the cosmetic cowboys."</p><p>General physician and cosmetic doctor Jane Leonard offers aesthetic treatments at clinics in London and Cheshire and says many women approach her having had a bad experience at a Botox bash.</p><p>"I only see these people when things have gone wrong. If you inject something into someone’s lips or face you have to know anatomically where you’re putting it, which a beautician isn’t going to know," Leonard said. "And a short course on how to give Botox and fillers isn’t going to teach you that."</p><p>"The second problem is the quality of the products they’re using, which is the biggest divide between doctors and dentists administering Botox and fillers and beauticians doing it for £50 in a salon or at a party," Leonard said. "If something goes wrong, we know what a vascular problem or an infection looks like and can act quickly to treat it but a beautician won't."</p><p>"There are two problems that I commonly see in women who've had treatment at a party - either they are dissatisfied with the results such as lumpiness in the filler or drooping from Botox, or they have a medical issue such as a blockage in the blood supply in the face, which is an emergency," she said.</p><p>Unfortunately, because the aesthetics industry remains unregulated it attracts unscrupulous profiteers with no medical training to cope with complications which may arise.</p><p>Nikki Milovanovic is a spokeswoman for the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and says it’s a serious problem.</p><p>“Botox can only be injected by a prescribing clinician or under their supervision as it’s a prescription only medicine, but the problem is that many unscrupulous practitioners can get hold of Botox - or counterfeit products - online, and then administer it in non-clinical settings, anywhere from parties to ‘pop-ups’ and pub car parks,” she explained.</p><p>“Almost anyone can take qualification courses required to inject dermal fillers, which can be as short as half a day," Leonard said. "But fillers are unregulated so there's nothing stopping people from using the public as guinea pigs. Often the person administering injections is unable to recognize complications, let alone treat them."</p><p>A recent poll of BAAPS members revealed that 40 percent of them have seen an alarming increase in problems with unregulated facial injectables (dermal fillers) over the last five years, which would have been avoided if fillers were available on prescription only.</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>
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to ensure the continued supply of medicines if the country leaves the European Union without a deal in March.</p><p>"We are working on ensuring that we have aviation capacity," Health Secretary Matt Hancock told BBC radio on Friday.</p><p>"If there is a serious disruption at the border we will have prioritization and prioritization will include medicines and medical devices," he added.</p><p>Hancock also said that Britain would have a stockpile of those drugs that can be obtained.</p>
getables, which include broccoli and brussels sprouts as well as dark leafy greens like kale and arugula, in your diet.</p><p>Whether eating them also helps prevent cancer is a subject of intense research, said Vandana R. Sheth, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “While studies in lab animals find significant benefits as far as protecting DNA and anti-inflammatory benefits, in humans, the results of human studies are mixed,” she said.</p><p>All cruciferous vegetables contain glucosinolates, natural substances that break down during chopping, cooking, chewing and digestion into biologically active compounds called isothiocyanates and indoles. In laboratory experiments in rats and mice, these compounds have been found to inhibit cancers of the bladder, breast, colon, liver, lung and stomach. They protect cells from DNA damage by inactivating carcinogens and decreasing inflammation. They can also help inhibit the formation of blood vessels and the migration of tumor cells, processes that help spread cancer.</p><p>But studies in humans have been inconsistent. Many studies have found no association between cruciferous vegetable intake and cancers of the prostate, colon and rectum, lung or breast. Other studies, however, have found that men who ate diets high in cruciferous vegetables had a lower risk of prostate cancer, and that women whose diets were rich in these vegetables had a lower risk of breast cancer.</p><p>A person’s genetic makeup may help to explain the inconsistent findings. Scientists recently learned that half the population does not carry a gene that determines how long the body retains and uses the protective compounds derived from these vegetables.</p><p>Cruciferous vegetables also contain other protective compounds, including carotenoids, plant pigments that may control abnormal cell growth; vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells and supporting the immune system; and folate, which may also help to maintain healthy DNA and keep cancer-promoting genes turned off.</p><p>Ms. Sheth warned it is best to obtain these nutrients through the diet rather than through dietary supplements, since excessive amounts of some vitamins and carotenoids may actually be harmful. While too little folate is associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer, recent studies have linked unusually high amounts of folic acid — the form found in supplements and fortified foods — to an increased risk of colorectal cancer.</p><p>But you cannot go wrong incorporating a lot of cruciferous vegetables in your diet, Ms. Sheth said. “The bottom line is that eating more vegetables is good for us,” she said.</p>