Would you go on an ice-cream diet to lose weight? New cleanse prescribes FIVE PINTS a day for four days straight


The world’s first ice-cream cleanse is now on offer in the U.S.’s fad-diet capital, Los Angeles.

Kippy’s, a vegan ice-cream store in Venice, is offering a $240 cleanse in which dieters eat five pints of raw coconut-based ice-cream a day for four straight days.

The cleanse, which amounts to 1,000-1,200 calories and 70 grams of fat per day and boasts 20-25 grams of sugar per ice-cream pint, is designed to help people lose weight and achieve a clearer state of mind.


Me, my son and Minecraft

Jane Costello and son Otis

Minecraft – ‘a game about breaking and placing blocks’ – is one of the world’s biggest-selling computer games. When Jane Costello wanted to find out why her son Otis, eight, was so smitten, she quickly found out about its infinite possibilities…

I couldn’t pinpoint exactly when I became aware of my eight-year-old son’s fixation with Minecraft. I only know that the odd reference to zombies and pickaxes burgeoned until it was an omnipresent force in our household, the dominant topic of conversation and, most bafflingly, a game he found so gripping that he didn’t just want to play it, he wanted to watch YouTube videos of others playing it too….

Man loses 56 pounds after eating only McDonald’s for six months


He makes nutritionists frown, but a man who ate all of his meals at McDonald’s for six months says he’s lighter and healthier as he nears the end of his unconventional weight-loss plan.

John Cisna, a high school science teacher in Colo, Iowa, who gained national attention for his experiment, says he has lost 56 pounds, lowered his cholesterol and lost a total of 21 inches off his chest, waist and hips while dining only at the fast food emporium.

As enthusiastic as Cisna is about the results, even he’s incredulous about what he’s done. He documents his experience, which ends on March 15, in the new book, ”My McDonald’s Diet.”

What would you do?

Inventor of the Cronut comes up with new delicious must-have dessert – Chocolate Chip Cookie Milk Shots


  • Dominique Ansel’s creation is a chocolate ‘glass’ filled with a shot of milk
  • The pastry chef became inspired after trying his first Oreo
  • He said if people were drinking cookies and milk ‘why not combine them’
  • Follows the success of the hybird-doughnut he sold in his New York bakery

Is Facebook making us socially AWKWARD?


Meeting face-to-face is more difficult after meeting people online

  • Researchers studied how online interaction affects face-to-face meetings
  • They fitted 26 students with electrodes to measure physiological arousal
  • Students were shown Facebook photos of a subject before meeting them
  • During face-to-face meetings, participants suffered an increase in arousal
  • Researchers linked this arousal to an increase in social anxiety
  • They believe viewing photos leads people to rate themselves against that person, and this can increase anxiety

Sleeping pill use rises as risky patterns emerge


Too many take sleeping pills in old age or combined with other sedatives, experts say.

It’s not known how many people take sleeping pills by accident, as Kerry Kennedy says she did, resulting in a drugged-driving acquittal last week for the daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

But increasing numbers are taking the pills on purpose and often in risky ways – using them in old age and combining them with other sedating drugs — the latest research shows.

What do you think?

Caffeine dependence tied to physical, emotional problems


Caffeine is ubiquitous in coffee and the idea that the substance can be addictive is hardly new. But for some people, that dependence can be so strong, physically and emotionally, that it becomes problematic. Doctors have a term to describe it – caffeine use disorder – and researchers are developing addiction remedies.

How about you?