A Chat with Je-Yong Ha, the “Korean Hulk” Who Jets Around the World with Lindsay Lohan

Courtesy of Je-Yong Ha

Meet the very buff Korean playboy who captured our attention, if only for an afternoon.

Earlier this month, Lindsay Lohan blessed the world with her presence once again when reports surfaced that she was dating someone new. Evidently, a jet-setting playboy who could bench press a Hyundai Elantra. And because Lindsay Lohan is a speckle of stardust cruising through life on a sunbeam who we only want the best for, and failing to find much information about this mysterious man online, I reached out to Je-Yong Ha, who goes by Korean Hulk on Instagram, to hear his side of things.

Ha is a competitive power lifter who lives in “Seoul, Moscow, Dubai” and no, they’re not together. (A source close to the actress told Vanity Fair, “Lol they are 100% not dating at all. They’re just friends.”) We exchanged a few messages on WhatsApp and agreed to conduct the interview over email so he could write me back in Korean, because I, like everyone on Earth, had a few questions.

GQ: How did you and Lindsay become friends? Where did you guys meet? Did someone introduce you?

We first met in Mykonos, Greece. Lindsay is a great person. She’s very kind, and she’s an angel.

What was your reaction when you first saw American reports that you and Lindsay were dating?

We originally planned to go to New York together. But I had another schedule so I couldn’t go. I was at home watching TV when I got a message from Lindsay. She told me to Google her name. When I searched her name on Google, there were tons of articles about us. Lindsay and I laughed hysterically at this.

How often are you hanging out with her? How is she doing?

We contact each other a lot. We will spend Christmas and New Year’s Day together.

Are you currently dating anyone?

This is a video of my biceps.

When did you first get into working out?

I’ve been working out for about 10 years now. I particularly enjoyed armwrestling and powerlifting. I won national champion at an open category for armwrestling, and I have been competing at world championships in which I dream of becoming the world champion one day.

“I eat a lot of pizza, hamburgers, and noodles. But I like natural raw food such as garlic, ginseng, abalone, oyster, caviar, foie gras, truffles, and sea urchins, which are some of my favorites. These foods make my body healthier.”

I competed at many open categories for powerlifting in which I was named national champion for bench press (270kg), deadlift (340kg), and squat (320kg), which are all national records.

That’s why many people call me the “all time no. 1 strength in Korea” or the “koreanhulk.” Especially for bench press, my record is extremely close to the world record in which I am working towards breaking the world record in the near future.

How much protein do you eat in one day? What does a typical meal look like?

I don’t have a set amount of protein I eat per day. I just try to eat as much as I can. I’m not someone who’s trying to diet to make my body look pretty. I like big, beefy, and strong bodies. That’s why I eat a lot. I eat a lot of pizza, hamburgers, and noodles. But I like natural raw food such as garlic, ginseng, abalone, oyster, caviar, foie gras, truffles, and sea urchins, which are some of my favorites. These foods make my body healthier.

How often are you in the gym? Can you give me a quick overview of your gym routine?

I go to the gym every day. I exercise in 5 minute intervals. I repeat sets that exercise my chest, back, shoulders, arms, and legs. I try my best to eat as much as I can, and lift as heavy as I can.

What is your ultimate fitness goal?

I plan to break the world record for bench press. I also want to become the world champion for armwrestling.

How many fur coats do you own?

I love fur. It’s one of the styles I found. I own over 50 fur coats.

Is it hard for you to find suits and T-shirts?

It’s very hard. I’m short, my body is big, and my arms are too big so it’s hard for me to find clothes that fit me. I like wearing suits so I have a personal tailor. I want to show people that even if you’re short with a big body, you can wear clothes that make you look good.

Your life looks awesome. How did you become a baller?

I do business in Moscow, Russia, and Dubai. I have interest in the entertainment business so I’m preparing to open night clubs in many different countries. I am planning to open a Lohan Club in Dubai. In Moscow, I plan to make the most luxurious and expensive restaurant in the world. I also have huge interest in charity and volunteer work, therefore I want to make a foundation that’ll allow me to help as many people in need as I can.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working out?

I go to art galleries a lot, and I participate in art auctions as well. I also like jewelry and watches so I enjoy collecting limited edition and exclusive models. I have also recently developed an interest for acting. I heard that Marvel is looking for a Korean hero. I really want to be that Korean hero character, and act on the big screen.

What are your favorite stores to shop at?

I like a brand called Billionaire Couture. I also like Versace these days. Brands are important, but since I like bespoke suits, I think that the fabric, design, and how well it suits my body is more important.

I saw you drove a Bugatti Veyron.

I like Bugatti. It’s the best. I recently read an article that compared Tesla and Bugatti Chiron. Tesla is faster, bigger, and less pricey than a Bugatti. However, Tesla is Tesla and Bugatti is Bugatti. It’s another level. It’s like comparing Casio to Patek Philippe.

Tell me about your dog! A friend says it looks like a Caucasian Ovcharka. What is his/her name? How long have you had it?

My dog is a Caucasian Ovcharka. His name is Taeja. I bought him in Russia. Taeja is a famous and popular dog. He’s been on many TV shows. He’s also a dog show world champion. He’s 1m euros, and his height is 1m 20cm and his weight is 130 kg. He’s heavier than I am. He eats more protein than I do. He eats 9 chickens every day.

If you could give guys a piece of style advice, what would it be?

Try new different things. That’s how you find what suits you the best. And then you can make that your own style by customizing it. But the most important thing is confidence. Confidence makes you more stylish, and it’s sexy.

If I visit Seoul, can we party?

Expert Advice On The Fad Diets To Avoid In 2018

If you have grand plans to change your diet for the healthier in 2018, or indeed before then – there’s no time like the present – it’s important to look in the right places for advice. Generally that means steering clear of celebrities, unless they are celebrity dietitians, which are unfortunately in short supply.

Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals that are regulated by law, and while there are undoubtedly many nutritionists, nutritional therapists and other food experts out there who will give sound advice in good faith, for reliable, science-based guidance, dietitians are the gold standard.

That means when the British Dietetic Association takes issue with a fad diet, it’s worth taking the criticism on board. In an article on its website, the BDA suggests avoiding these five fad diets in 2018.

1. Pioppi Diet

We’ve covered the Pioppi Diet already, speaking to both the author of the book behind the diet – cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra – and asking for a dietitian’s opinion of it. It’s not a horrendously bad diet, with advice to eat more vegetables and exercise more always worth heeding, but this take on the Mediterranean Diet still raises the hackles of the BDA because it restricts carbs and encourages 24 hours of fasting each week.

“The book pays homage to eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, fish, olive oil, alcohol in moderation and not being sedentary (much like the current UK government guidelines),” the BDA writes. “But the authors may well be the only people in the history of the planet who have been to Italy and come back with a diet named after an Italian village that excludes pasta, rice and bread but includes coconuts – perhaps because they have a low-carb agenda.

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“The suggestion that this Italian village should be associated with recipes for cauliflower base pizza and rice substitute made from grated cauliflower or anything made using coconut oil is ridiculous. It also uses potentially dangerous expressions like ‘clean meat’ and encourages people to starve themselves for 24 hours at a time every week. Following a more typical Mediterranean diet would also be kinder on the wallet, as the dietary approach in Pioppi is unlikely to be cheap.

“The traditional Mediterranean diet is a healthy choice but this has been hijacked here. Fasting may help weight loss, but the only reason their other advice is likely to help people lose weight is because it involves eating less food and fewer calories.”

2. Raw Vegan Diet

It’s perfectly possible to eat healthily on a vegan diet, as long as you keep an eye on certain vitamins like B12 and D, which are harder to get when animal produce is off the agenda. But there’s no evidence that avoiding cooked food is good for your health.

“While some foods are good to have raw, others are more nutritious cooked – like carrots – and some foods cannot be eaten raw at all – like potatoes,” says the BDA.

“The human body can digest and be nourished by both raw and cooked foods so there’s no reason to believe raw is inherently better. Raw food can be time-consuming to prepare and hard to find when eating out. And it’s not suitable for certain groups like children or pregnant women so family meals could be a challenge.”

3. Alkaline Diet

Boost your health by changing the pH of your blood through avoiding acidic foods and eating alkaline ones! Or not.

“This diet is based on a basic misunderstanding of human physiology,” says the BDA, with admirable patience. “While encouraging people to eat more fresh vegetables is a good thing, the pH of your food will not have an impact on the pH of your blood – and you wouldn’t want it to! Your body is perfectly capable of keeping its blood within a very specific pH range (between 7.35 and 7.45). If it fails to do so you would become very ill very quickly and die if not treated!

“Diet can change the pH value of urine, but testing the pH of your urine just measures the pH of your urine. It is not related to the pH of your blood, which cannot be affected by diet.”

4. Ketogenic Diet

Restrict the carbs in your diet and your body will start to burn fat instead, which increase the amount of ketones in the body. That’s the theory behind this diet.

“Supporters claim it [the ketogenic diet] can help you to lose weight, control hunger and improve your health,” says the BDA. “Worryingly some say it can treat or prevent a number of different types of cancer, which is just not true.

“A carefully dietitian-planned ketogenic diet can be a very effective treatment for people with epilepsy. For weight loss, there’s no magic – the diet works like any other by cutting total calories and removing foods people tend to overeat. Initial side effects may include low energy levels, brain fog, increased hunger, sleep problems, nausea, digestive discomfort, bad breath and poor exercise performance.

“It can be an effective method of weight loss in the short term with careful planning but it is hard to sustain for many in the long term and most of the initial weight loss seen is often associated with water and fluid loss. It is never a good idea to ‘over-restrict’ any one food group (including carbohydrate), because this can mean it is more difficult to achieve a balanced diet overall with respect to vitamins, minerals and fibre in particular. And if you’re eating a high-fat diet, you need to consider the types of fat carefully.”

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5. Katie Price’s Nutritional Supplements

Hopefully you weren’t planning on basing your diet around Katie Price’s advice and meal-replacement products, but just in case you were…

“Rapid weight loss can be motivating, but it is unsustainable,” says the BDA. “Appetite suppressors are not a healthy, advisable or sustainable way of losing weight either. Interestingly the website admits that the diet’s claims have not been evaluated by the appropriate authorities.”

You don’t need to adopt a sachet-based existence to eat more healthily, basically, especially because those sachets are usually very expensive.

“She [Price] may have business talent but she has no nutrition qualifications,” says the BDA. “Meal replacement products work by restricting calories, whoever’s name is on them, and they are not needed as part of a healthy, balanced weight loss plan.”

Raw and Fresh – Why You Should Only Choose the freshest Juices for Your Next Juice Detox

Juice detoxes are a common sight in the fitness world today. It is an opportunity to revitalize your body by replacing all of the toxins that you put into it with healthy vitamins and minerals. It is done by consuming only fresh fruit and vegetable juices for a period of 24 hours or more as a way of detoxing your body. Additionally, taking the fruit and vegetables in the form of a juice leaves your body with more energy to recharge and rejuvenate itself because it does not have to break down complex foods. Interestingly, fitness trainers who promote juice detoxes are quick to state that the most important element of a juice detox is getting fresh or raw ingredients, so that you only add the best vitamins and minerals to your body. We asked the ladies over at a detox company that why fresh and raw fruits and vegetables were so important.

The girls told us, "The first reason fresh and raw foods are better than older or frozen food is that they simply contain more nutrients." There is no set amount of nutrients in a vegetable or fruit. They are constantly changing and the longer away from the tree or bushel, the few nutrients a food will have. This is because all foods slowly lose nutrients as soon as they are plucked or cut down. Getting the freshest produce limits this loss. Making sure your food is raw can be even more important. This is because nutrients can also be lost when they are cooked too, meaning consuming raw food is the best way of getting as many vitamins and minerals as you can.

The next reason raw and fresh is important is that fresh fruits and vegetables had a higher water content. During a detox this is incredibly useful because water helps to flush out the toxins in your body and so the fresher the fruits and vegetables in your juice detox, the better affect it will have on your body. Fresh fruits mean better body hydration!

Lastly, in the same way that fresh fruits and vegetables have more nutrients than older or frozen foods, they also have more enzymes inside them that are useful to the human body. Enzymes help your body with its digestion process. Specifically, the ones in fruits and vegetables make it easier to break down and absorb food for the human body. These enzymes are removed from canned foods so that they can have a longer shelf life, but they are integral to your body for quick absorption of minerals and fruits. This quick absorption is integral to a good juice detox, which is because using only fresh fruits and vegetables is advised by fitness trainers and dieticians.

Using fresh or raw foods when you decide to juice detox is the most important element of the whole detox process. With fresh foods you get more nutrients, higher levels of hydration and more enzymes to help break down the minerals and vitamins that are so necessary to detox's success. That is why companies only use fresh fruits and vegetables in their juices, and why they advise you to do the same.

‘Our dog Herbie had cancer – but he lived for eight more years when we put him on a raw-food diet’

When the Dalys’ family dog became ill with bone cancer, it led to a startling discovery and a savvy business idea.

Sharon Daly’s dog Herbie was given just one year to live, but after the family switched him to a raw diet, he made a rapid recovery.

Sharon’s son Tyler said: ‘We saw a huge improvement in his health and he lived for a further eight years.

‘We found that dried kibble contained known carcinogens. Mum decided to make raw dog food at home by mincing meat from the best suppliers in the region.

‘Removing the toxins and additives found in man-made, synthetic food had major benefits.’

Soon, Paleo Ridge Raw was born. The family found its small business expanding rapidly from day one, as friends began asking for extra batches for their pets.

Tyler said: ‘We moved into a converted barn in Droxford which had a small shop and space for manufacturing plus four freezers.

‘Hundreds of locals and their dogs would pop in to say hello. We offer 63 different options including beef, chicken, kangaroo and ostrich. All human grade cuts.’

The family has just moved into much larger premises in Waterlooville to meet demand.

‘The best thing about being based here is that there’s lots of land and countryside, so lots of dog walkers.

‘Our produce is manufactured, frozen and shipped from site to customers and trade buyers as far away as Scotland and the Channel Islands.

‘We now service 1,500 orders per month. We hope to expand further with a dream to sell in every major supermarket, but we want to keep our rural setting.’

The family loves hearing about the products’ benefits. Tyler said: ‘People share cards, reviews and pictures of their dogs to show how much happier and healthier they are.’

The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet

Are you thinking of losing weight and slimming down? Many of us want to lose weight safely, without following fad diets which would do more damage than help to our bodies, and we look for easy to follow, smart ways of dieting. If you are one of those people who want to lose weight without much effort, then one of the best and safest ways to do so is by applying the Apple Cider Vinegar diet which would help you lose weight naturally and quite drastically without making life-changing restrictions to your diet.

What is this Diet?

Frankly speaking, this is one of the easiest diets to follow when you eat a lot of fat. The diet basically works on the concept of drinking vinegar in order to not let the body absorb fat. There are two major reasons why apple cider vinegar is used for the purpose – organic apple cider vinegar is great for the body because it stops the body from absorbing fat. The diet is really simple – to 16 ounces of water, add 2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Keep on drinking this throughout the day, and replenish when needed. After a while you will get used to the taste of it. Apple Cider Vinegar contains naturally brewed acetic acid, which is great for weight loss. What it also does is keep your hunger and cravings in check, which makes it very easy for you to control your diet and what you eat every day. That keeps you focused on your goals of weight loss.

How does it help?

First of all, the apple cider vinegar diet is based on the concept that certain food does not allow fat to stay in your body. This vinegar is great for many things – it is amazing as a hair rinse, as an instant energy booster, pain reliever, maintain the body’s pH levels, and keep your body more active in general. Thus, it is something which also keeps your stomach acid levels in control, making sure you do not get acidity after a heavy meal. That surely is one of the biggest reasons for anyone to go get a big bottle of this from the nearest store.

How to Select the Best?

Remember, it is important to select the best quality product for the job. If you want to go on the Apple Cider Vinegar diet then pick the best quality thing. That means, do not scrimp on the quality, check the bottle to see you have organic apple cider vinegar that is naturally fermented from apple juice. Generally, that should be written on the bottle itself, and you can easily also check it by reading the ingredients list, where apple juice should be a main ingredient.

The Parable of Juicero: A Tech Lesson for 2017

In 2015—long before the name Juicero became unofficial shorthand for Silicon Valley snake oil—Doug Evans appeared on Ventured, a podcast run by his investor Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. For the past two years the founder had been operating the company in “stealth mode,” an industry term for when a startup quietly raises money prior to its product launch; the appearance was one of his first real opportunities to explain the motivation behind his product to the public, or at least the TechCrunch set.

During the 25-minute chat with KPCB general partner Randy Komisar and Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brow, Evans revealed that his interest in health began after his mom died of cancer, his father died of heart disease, and his brother was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. He cited a report from the Union of Concerned Scientists that said if every American had just one more serving of fruits and vegetables, our country’s mortality rate would be reduced by “tens of thousands.” He made no mention of the trendy juice-based diets en vogue among celebrities. Rather, he offered a mission statement that seemed appropriate for 2015, a time when First Lady Michelle Obama was still touring the nation extolling the virtues of gardening and exercise, and the economy was showing steady, promising growth. “Our focus is on how do we use technology to almost coddle that fresh, ripe, raw fruits and vegetables so that we can deliver it in the way that it was intended,” he said. “So it’s a healthier solution, not a more shelf stable solution, and then how do we make that healthier solution more affordable.”

A year later, Evans debuted a funhouse mirror reflection of the vision he’d once described, skewed to reflect the priorities of Silicon Valley. The futuristic white processor—for which he’d raised a whopping $120 million to manufacture—looked like a robot sidekick off the set of Star Wars. Inside the hulking device was a motor that was capable of crushing produce with 8,000 pounds of force. But before a Juicero owner was able to do that, a lot more had to happen. First, they had to order the $5 to $8 packets of fruits and vegetables from the company to insert into the device. The machine was equipped with a camera that read each packet’s QR code and, via a Wi-Fi connection, determined whether it was fresh enough to squeeze. If it was just a day past its expiration date, no juice. If it was made by a different company, no juice. If your in-home Wi-Fi connection happened to cut out, no juice. It cost $700.

Evans’ pitch had evolved, too. Alongside his mention of deceased family members and affordable produce, he talked about amalgamous concepts like “chi” and “life force.” He went on an entertaining press tour where he said things like “If you look at a two year ROI at $700, it’s less than a dollar a day. So if you look at someone who makes juice, it’s a bargain, because their time is so valuable.” Because he couldn’t make definitive claims about juice’s positive effect on a person’s health, his best argument for the product was simply that it required less clean-up and was better tasting than the juice produced by his competitors.

However confident Evans was as a salesman, it became clear that he had room for improvement as a CEO. The initial Juicero processor engineered under his leadership was so expensive to manufacture that, despite its high price tag, it lost the company money on each sale. According to Gizmodo report, Evans was a “micromanaging tyrant and a demeaning bully” who frequently forced his employees to adhere to his extreme environmentalist ideals. For a period of time, employees were reportedly forbidden from expensing non-vegan meals on business trips. Rather than address an office fly infestation by hiring an exterminator, he reportedly requested employees research how to “relocate” the insects.

Less than a year after Juicero’s public launch, Evans was replaced by Jeff Dunn, a former president of Coca-Cola North America. A company press release presented the shakeup as an amicable, logical step toward the future—one that assured Evans would still have a role as chairman of its board, and continue to drive Juicero’s “vision and strategic relationships.” “Because of his deep experience building fresh produce and beverage businesses, Jeff is the ideal leader to execute the next phase of our ambitious vision,” Evans said. But as soon as Dunn took over, he began running damage control. He slashed the price of the juicer by $300, and he set engineers to work designing a cheaper, $199 iteration. Meanwhile, Evans embraced his role as salesman, rustling up more potential investors and serving juice to Katy Perry at Coachella.

Dunn’s efforts were not enough to battle the scandal that would soon come. In April 2017, Bloomberg published a side-by-side video of a person using their two hands to squeeze juice out of one of the company’s custom juice packets, next to a Juicero doing the same task. The short clip demonstrated that a very expensive gadget—which cost roughly the same amount of a round-trip plane ticket—could essentially be replaced with a little arm muscle. To the already unsympathetic tech pulpit, this was cold, hard evidence of a scam, and deeply embarrassing proof that investing in the pet project of a man who exclusively eats raw produce and wears hemp shoes was categorically unwise. This internet had a field day. “It’s easy to mock Silicon Valley, where too often companies repackage familiar ideas and sell them back to us as exemplars of Groundbreaking Disruptive Innovation™,” wrote Slate. “But, if you’ll pardon a pun that will explain itself in just a moment, you’d be hard-pressed to find a sillier example of that tendency than Juicero.”

Dunn took to Medium to smooth over the discovery, but it only seemed to make things worse. “The value of Juicero is more than a glass of cold-pressed juice,” he wrote, arguing that Juicero ensured food safety, enabled a tight supply chain of raw food, and ensured consistent taste and nutrition. “Much more.” Still, his offer to refund any Juicero owner’s machine was interpreted as an acknowledgement of defeat. The post was widely mocked as a desperate attempt to save an already-doomed company by way of empty marketing speak. Wrote one commenter. “This is everything wrong about Silicon Valley in one note.”

There have been plenty of useless, buzzy consumer tech flops over the years, but every once in awhile an invention comes from a place of such miscalculated overconfidence that it communicates something profound about the frivolousness of American consumerism. The 2001 debut of the Segway, which Steve Jobs said would be as big a deal as the PC, predicted a Terminator-lite vision of society where our bodies would rely on more powerful exoskeleton. Its designers didn’t account for the fact that people would still rather use their human legs to walk just a little bit slower. In 2012, Google debuted a face computer named Glass as an antidote to smartphone-induced social isolation. In a TED Talk, CEO Sergey Brin praised the product’s ability to “free” your hands, eyes, and ears. It fizzled under legitimate concern that no one in the presence of a “glasshole,” as they came to be known, would be free from being covertly recorded or photographed. The 2014 smartphone app Yo, whose only function was to send a push notification that said “yo,” went viral for its stupid premise. That its creators immediately stumbled into a $1.5 million seed round was proof of a new Silicon Valley cynicism that prioritized press exposure over substance.

On a basic level, Juicero was a company that helped concentrate the guts of fruits and vegetables into an eight ounce glass of juice that you could then consume. Zoom out a little, and it also distilled two trendy startup schemes into one gloriously impractical hunk of plastic and metal. On one side was the fetishistique cult of Yves Béhar-designed hardware, a meme in the tech industry that began at Apple and has since seeped into nearly every company product and price tag, no matter how inconsequential. On the other was a pseudo-scientific interpretation of what it means to be healthy, rooted in both California’s love affair with food and exercise fads, and the average technologist’s desire to extend his lifespan with the help of apps, exercise bands, and blood boys. From its very debut, Juicero stood as a glorious tribute to the tech industry’s incessant navel gazing. It was made for and by the rich—the Tesla of produce secretion. (Evans himself often made that comparison.)

Evans was able to collect an absurdly large pile of cash for his idea by riding the wave of the tech industry’s optimistic “food technology” movement. It began with Soylent, the company that marketed nutrition shakes to coders as a food replacement and inspired all kinds of niche subgenres. Highlights included the Impossible Burger, which marketed its plant-based meat substitutes as an equally delicious substitute for protein; Hampton’s Creek, which similarly offered a plant-based alternative to mayo; and Habit, a food-delivery service that planned your meals based on the supposed needs of your DNA. But Juicero was the crown jewel of the trend because it was utterly extravagant, did very little to “disrupt” an existing market, and had no plan to tackle a larger existential problem in society. It was made because some venture capitalists were self-obsessed enough to think that the rest of America would spend money on a nice juice machine, too.

For that reason, the tale of Juicero’s downfall feels like a modern-day version of The Grapes of Wrath, refashioned to debunk the intoxicating myth of Silicon Valley’s innovative food kick. A handful of its industry peers have already suffered from some form of debunking over the past few years. First-person tales about living off of Soylent depicted the experience as a form of self-punishment. A Bloomberg exposé revealed that Hampton Creek had a history of making exaggerated claims about its mayo’s environmental benefits and supermarket sales. My own investigation of Habit discovered that the company’s “proprietary” DNA testing mechanism lacked the peer-reviewed research to prove it was effective. But when it came time for Juicero’s unraveling, it was by far was the most visually jarring of the bunch.

By September, Juicero was no more. In a rundown of the company’s demise, Bloomberg reported that several investors felt it was “a victim of an anti-elitist political and media climate.” This is a fancy way of saying that the company was shamed into oblivion. Consumers were finally fed up with being duped into spending too much money on something they didn’t need. For years, Silicon Valley’s band of miracle-working health startups had hidden behind a smokescreen of slick marketing and perpetual caveats. Prior to Juicero’s hand-squeeze scandal, disproving the effectiveness of something like a health tracker or a DNA-inspired meal plan required consumers to weigh a long-winded study that may or may not have been convincing enough for them to admit they wasted their money. Researchers have long said that health trackers don’t make people more fit, but tell that to the desk-worker who religiously aims to reach a 10,000-step goal each day. For every story arguing that meal plans organized around your DNA are a scam, there might be another first-person account that argues they point people “in the right direction.” But Juicero’s proof of deception was immediate and devastating: an indisputable receipt in GIF form. The thing might as well not exist. Soon enough, the company didn’t.

As 2017 comes to a close, Juicero is now etched into history as a parable for Silicon Valley hubris. What happens when a misguided modern-day health food evangelist manages—like many before him—to co-opt California hippie culture’s obsession with homegrown raw food, and refashion it into an unnecessary, over-engineered accessory for the rich? Juicero is proof that there’s only so much profit the tech industry can squeeze out of pseudoscience until the empty calories become quite obvious. Is this the year they finally learn?


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The Benefits of Eating Hemp for a Raw Diet

Hemp has been around for centuries and was primarily cultivated in ancient China but has also been grown in early India, Mesopotamia, Persia, and Egypt. In America hemp was grown by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin had a hemp paper mill which the Declaration of Independence was written on. Hemp is one of the most historic natural materials. Cultivated for well over 12,000 thousand years, humans have benefited from this pliable substance in a variety of ways. Hemp was embraced by our ancestors and is categorized as an extremely useful renewable resource. Hemp was often utilized for the sails and rope of ships which made it a mandatory crop for early American colonies and settlements even eventually finding its way into the US Army and US Department of Agriculture’s “Hemp for Victory” campaign which greatly aided in World War 2 efforts. Hemp’s uses are so vast it was experimented with by Henry Ford when inventing the modern automobile and now plays a role in foreign car maker BMW’s attempt to make cars recyclable and more environmentally friendly. Hemp even finds its way into some of the bird seed you find at the pet stores. Consisting of long fibers it is a strong, viable, light, and healthy commodity that has value across a multitude of industries. Regardless if it construction, food, fashion, fuel, or any one of the numerous categories hemp falls under, one thing is for certain and that is it does not get as much credit as it deserves. As valuable as hemp has been to our past it is even more important to our future. Hemp is one of the greatest raw foods the planet has ever seen. Hemp oil is unmatched in quality and provides health benefits that other raw foods simply cannot. In this article we will review a few of the reasons why hemp is one of the most powerful raw foods we have available.

Considered a “perfect food” for humans due to its ideal 3:1 Linoleic acid (LA-Omega 6) to Alpha Linolenic acid (LNA-Omega 3) ratio hemp oil provides the body with an ideal balance of essential fatty acids (EFA’s). With the ability to provide every vital EFA for the entirety of a human life there is no other raw food or oil that can match hemp’s efficiency and value in regards to this aspect of health. Low in saturated fatty acids hemp is the only oil that does not cause acid deficiencies through continual and focused use within an appropriate diet. Also conducive to frozen storage over long periods of time, unlike other oils it is not susceptible to rapid nutrient deterioration and does not require preservatives for increased shelf life. If manufactured and processed right everything about hemp is natural and from the earth which is received well by our bodies. Some of the health benefits of hemp oil include but are not limited to more vibrant skin, increased endurance, inflammation reduction, water retention, better blood pressure, immune system improvement, pain reduction, weight loss and much more. It can also help with diseases like arthritis, cancer and those relating to the heart. In addition to the essential fatty acids mentioned above hemp oil delivers essential amino acids, the rare protein globule edestins and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA-Omega 6) and stearidonic acid (SDA-Omega 3) all of which are crucial to the proper functioning of the body. Hemp is a truly wondrous raw food that should never be ignored. If you are currently not aware of all the benefits of hemp and hemp seed oil it is certainly a subject that you would be wise to research more thoroughly. Raw food enthusiasts often overlook its value due to some of the miss-informed stigmas attached to the product.

Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil is in not illegal in the United States or most any other countries for that matter. Hemp seeds are 35% protein, 47% fat, and 12% carbohydrates. Hempseeds are packed full of protein, which is helpful to build your body’s muscles, tendons, organs, hair, nails, etc. This is especially good for raw, vegan, and vegetarian diets. Hempseeds contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids that are necessary to sustain life. It is increasingly used as a dietary option by those who understand raw food and even by those who are simply looking for a way to live healthier. Going through years of improper propaganda and labeled wrongly by governments hemp and hemp seed oil are still relatively unknown health foods. To experienced doctors or medical researcher’s hemp is one of the most fantastic substances for our body both inside and out. It is important to note that like most raw foods hemp is best not heated to high temperatures, if its redeeming qualities are expected to be kept. Now available in most every grocery store and health food store hemp seed oil is slowly becoming harder to ignore. As one of the best types of oils ever known to human kind it is both amazing and sad that hemp does not get more press. Even among some of the most experienced raw food specialists it is still not regarded as a plausible diet option and simply put, this must change. If you are not including hemp in your daily routine then you are missing out on an available resource that is unparalleled in the oil market.

Nutty and tasty in flavor and easily used in salad dressings, soups, smoothies and even main dishes hemp is a long lost ingredient that needs to be revitalized. For the average human only 50-75 grams is needed per day to reap the associative profits of the nutrients. For those in therapy the doses can reach as high as 150 grams.

For most of us hemp is still not a part of our diet. If you do plan to incorporate hemp into your diet it is recommended to consult a doctor, a raw food expert, or an experienced nutritionist. As with everything new product you introduce to your diet it is best to take your time and to conduct the appropriate background check. If you do want to start adding hemp oil to your diet I have included a few safe and delicious recipes to help get you started. For more great raw food recipes and tips please check out my books and websites.

**Please note that we always encourage the use of organic or pesticide/herbicide free ingredients. When farm fresh ingredients can be used the opportunity should always be taken. Support your local farmers/growers and be responsible for planet earth.

Hemp Protein Smoothie Recipe


2 Tablespoons Hemp Protein Powder

6 Ounces of carrot juice

6 Ounces orange juice

2 Bananas

1/2 cup filtered water (or a few ice cubes)


Place all ingredients in a blender, food processor or via-mixer. Mix until liquefied.

Hemp Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Recipe


1/2 cup Hemp Seed Oil

1/4 cup lemon juice (add a pinch or two of lemon shavings/zest if using fresh lemon)

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

2-4 mint leaves

1 Tablespoon ginger


Place all ingredients in a blender, food processor or via-mixer. Mix until liquefied. This salad dressing can last up to 10 days in the refrigerator when stored in airtight Tupperware or similar container.

Spicy Hemp Gazpacho Recipe


1 Cup Hemp Seed Oil

4 Tomatoes

1 Cucumber (peeled)

1 Red onion

1 Green bell pepper

3 Cups tomato juice

4 Cloves of garlic (crushed)

2 Mild jalapenos


Dice 25% of the tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, jalapenos and green bell pepper and set aside in a bowl.

Put the remaining ingredients (garlic, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, green bell pepper, tomato juice, hemp seed oil, jalapenos) in a blender, food processor or via-mixer and mix until liquefied.

Pour vegetable mix into bowl of set aside diced vegetables. Serve cold.

Salt and pepper to preference. Tabasco sauce is also a great addition if extra spice is needed.

The problem with food allergy testing

You might be surprised to learn that food allergy testing, a common laboratory test done by both physicians and nontraditional practitioners, has almost no clinical validity.

It is no surprise that serious food allergies and less serious food sensitivities are more common than in the past. In an effort to determine which foods are causing reactions, health care providers have turned to food allergy testing. However, there are fundamental problems with the tests themselves as well as the interpretation of the results. These issues impact millions of people per year.

As a clinician, it seems that at least a third of my patients tell me they are allergic to one or more foods because someone tested them for food allergies. This has become one of the most common tests done in both traditional and nontraditional medicine.

Allergy testing can be ordered by medical physicians, chiropractors, nutritionists, naprapaths, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and even the patients themselves.

I cannot uncover any data to tell me how many food allergy tests are done every year, however the annual medical costs of treating all allergies including food allergies exceeds $20 billion.

Indeed, many patients who come to see me for their bowel issues often bring with them multiple tests for food allergies. The big question is, “do they accurately reflect a clinical issue?” And the answer, for most people, is no.

There are several methods for food allergy testing. The most popular way of assessing a food allergy is to measure whether or not the body is producing antibodies to the food.

If no antibodies are found, it is assumed that there is no food allergy (not true). If antibodies are present it is also assumed that a food allergy exists (also not true).

The most pressing problem concerning these tests is that the results often fail miserably at establishing validity. Validity is the cornerstone of any laboratory test consisting of reproducibility of the test and correlation between different testing laboratories. Reproducibility means that a specific sample, tested several times at the same laboratory, will yield basically the same result.

Studies have shown that many, not all, laboratories have poor reliability. Several studies have shown poor correlation between laboratories. The same sample tested at different allergy testing facilities yielded significantly different results. These results differed by 40 percent to 65 percent — almost the same as flipping a coin.

The immune system is dynamic and changes rapidly in response to the environment. Cooking, storage, preparation (spices, herbs) physically change food making the usual allergy testing inaccurate because food allergy testing is commonly done using raw food extracts.

Antibodies to raw food are quite different from those to cooked food. For example, people who have a reaction to boiled eggs rarely react to raw eggs. Widespread food allergy testing leads to (probably) unnecessary therapies, medications, herbs, supplements, more allergy testing and expense.

My experience is that simply changing the diet for awhile can reset the immune system and food sensitivities often resolve.

• Patrick B. Massey, MD, PH.D., is medical director for complementary and alternative medicine at Alexian Brothers Hospital Network and president of ALT-MED Medical and Physical Therapy, 1544 Nerge Road, Elk Grove Village. His website is www.alt-med.org.

3 Day Egg Grapefruit Diet – Rapid Weight Loss

The 3 day egg and grapefruit diet is based on that the grapefruit is thermogenic and will help you lose weight more rapid. This diet is also known as the “3 Day Diet” or “Egg Grapefruit Diet”.

The normal grapefruit diet is based on a 12 day diet which is a pretty long time to stay on this diet. Some people are not able to stay with the strict guidelines for 12 days and then the egg and grapefruit 3 day diet is a faster way. Some people also consider the 3 day diet to be healthier for you body since you only “punish” it for a short time.

One thing to consider before starting this diet is that grapefruit juice can interfere with some drugs. Never drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit within 45 minutes of taking any kind of medications.

The 3 Day Egg and Grapefruit Diet Menu

This menu is monotone but the reward is great if you stick to it.


  • 1 Cup of black coffee
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Slice of wheat toast
  • ½ Grapefruit


  • ½ Grapefruit
  • Mixed salad
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil as dressing
  • 1 cup of black coffee


  • ½ Grapefruit
  • 4 Ounces of any meat, baked, broiled or sauteed in olive oil
  • Mixed salad
  • Steamed veggies (all you can eat)

This is the menu for 3 day egg grapefruit diet. If you need a snack in between these are things that are allowed. As a snack you can add one apple, one egg (whites only) or a wheat toast. This should only be done if you feel really hungry.

If you stick to this diet for 3 days you should notice a healthy weight loss. The bad thing about this diet is that it’s really hard to keep the weight away afterwards. For a longer lasting diet you should consider the 12 day grapefruit diet, but this 3 day egg and grapefruit diet is a great way to jump start any diet.