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Icons Who Had Heart Attacks

Posted on March 15th, 2012 by admin  |  No Comments »

Icons Who Had Heart Attacks

Heart ailment is heredity which means “it runs in the family” so if someone in the family, whether in the past or at present, you have to live a healthy lifestyle such as avoiding smoking, heavy drinking, and eating poor dietary options. The money, the influence, and the “glory” you have achieved will go to nothing. No matter the status in the society you may have, no matter what age you belong, rich or poor, nobody is immune to diseases such as heart attacks and other heart problems. But as long as you are living a healthy lifestyle, you chances of heart ailments are very slim.

To show that no one is immune to heart ailments or heart attacks, here are some icons who had their share of life with “parties and wine” but had heart attack. Some did not make it but some lived and realized that they need to change their lifestyle:

Larry King, CNN host, was only 9 years old when his father had a heart attack at 43 and died. Larry had his first heart attack when he was 53 years old and had a quintuple-bypass heart operation due to his worsening heart condition. Larry admitted that he “did everything wrong” by smoking for about 60 cigarettes every day, eating poor diet, having no workouts or exercises, and living with so much stress due to his work. It was after his heart attack that he stopped smoking and started walking on a regular basis as his exercise, having a healthier diet such as reducing his intakes of sodium, meat, and other foods with high cholesterol. His change of lifestyle has somehow added more years into his life. But 10 years after his first heart attack, he had to go through an angioplasty method in one of his blood vessels. He also had a stenting procedure in early 2010 where a tube was inserted into his clogged vein to allow flow of blood in the body. These experiences had made him learn to listen to his body and opt for a healthier way of life. He is presently 77 years old.


John Candy, an actor from Canada made his way to US as a screen star. He always had these roles of being “good hearted and lovable uncle”. He used his big body size to portray comedian acts but he never talked about his health and weight. He has always been a 300-pound with his 6 feet and 2 inches structure, and therefore, was obese. Worst, this “Uncle Buck” was also a smoker. It was in 1990 when he started to stop smoking and tried to lose weight but it was too late. Like his father and grandfather, he had a heart attack while filming in Mexico in 1994 and died. His fate was a result of poor lifestyle and heredity.


Richard Bruce Cheney popularly known as Dick Cheney served in the Nixon administration as White House staffer and as a chief of staff during the Ford administration. Then, he served 8 years as vice-president during the administration of George W. Bush. Dick Cheney was also elected to the House of Representatives in 1978 and served 5 terms. He had so much stress to deal with during the campaigns and other activities. He tried to “lessen” his stress by smoking cigarettes and it was in 1978 when he had his first of 5 heart attacks. He tried to change his lifestyle but did not stick to it. He started to smoke again, did not have adequate exercises and started to gain weight. He was 43 years old when he had his second heart attack, he was 47 years old for his third heart attack, and it was few weeks after the 2000 elections when he had his fourth heart attack. His fifth came in early 2010. Cheney went through a heart transplant on March 24, 2012 and his cardiologist told him that he may not expect to live another 10 years even with a transplant. Before this heart transplant, he underwent multiple heart procedures including a coronary heart bypass grafting, stenting, angioplasty, and putting an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator.


Jerry Garcia or Jerome John Garcia in real life was a musician who toured and played music with his band named Grateful Dead. This American musician was known for being a lead guitarist, a singer and a songwriter. He struggled with obesity carrying 300 pounds around and smoking as much as 3 packs of cigarettes each day. He was also known to be a heroin addict. It was sin 1986 when he went through a 5-day diabetic coma, survived the coma and tried to change his lifestyle but did not stick to it. He continued to smoke and use heroin and remained as obese which made him a “regular” patient in rehabilitation centers. In 1995 and at 53 years old, he died of a heart attack at a rehabilitation center. His unhealthy lifestyle with heroin addiction, smoking, and being obese had contributed to his early death.


Opting for a healthy or unhealthy lifestyle will always be our personal choice in life. We are on journey where we can always choose the kind of tour we want to have. Whether we are obese and want to lose weight or had heart attack and want to live longer, any choice will affect our health and lives. Choosing what can work for us entails patience, determination and willingness to got through it. No matter what kind of journey we opt to have, we must always be ready for the risks and consequences it entails. In one of his poem, Robert Frost wrote:


“I will be telling this with a sigh

                                    Somewhere ages and ages hence:

                                    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –

                                    I took the one less travelled by,

                                    And that has made all the difference”.

Few Things You may not Know about Some Celebrities

Posted on March 10th, 2012 by admin  |  No Comments »

Celebrities are known for endorsing some branded products with some became even obsessed with plush cars and supported some advocacies. There are also those known icons who are helping to sustain advocacies that will protect the earth:


Leonardo DiCaprio has been an advocate for the green movement for more than a decade now. He uses his talents to some projects such as the 11th Hour, a climate change documentary, which he himself wrote, co-narrated, and co-produced. He has this forthcoming eco-friendly reality program entitled “Greensburg” through the Discovery Channel’s Planet Green, where he is the executive producer.  It will feature the rebuilding of the place in Kansas which was destroyed by tornado. He launched his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation which aims in helping environmental awareness. But somehow, he is always seen with his Toyota Plus Prius hybrid and stays green in his home with his eco-friendly toilet worth $3,200.



Ed Begley, Jr or Edward James Begley, Jr in real life is an American actor and an environmentalist. He has appeared in many movies, television shows and stage but he is well known for his role as Dr. Victor Ehrlich on a television series entitled St. Elsewhere where he received 6 nominations for Emmy Award. He has a recent reality show on green living dubbed as Living With Ed on Planet Green. While others support some advocacies yet living differently, Ed Begley practices what he preaches. He composts his own garbage, depends on solar and thermal power to run his household, owns green cleaning products labeled as Begley’s Best.  There was one time when he did not use his limo and went to Academy Awards night on his bike.



Alicia Silverstone is an American actress, a writer, and an animal rights and environmentalist supporter. This vegetarian actress shun away from wearing fur, leather, and foods from animals including milk and honey. She has rescued 4 dogs and lived with them in her solar-paneled home in Los Angeles with complete organic vegetable garden.  She celebrated her eco-friendly wedding with her husband Christopher Jarecki with recycled invitations, organic-vegan foods, and organic flowers. She wrote a book about weight loss entitled, “The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet”.



George Clooney is an American actor, a movie director, film producer, and a screenwriter. As an actor, he received 3 Golden Globe Awards and an Academy Award. He is also known for being a political activist and served as one of the UN Messengers of Peace since 2008. He is known to have saved many lives as a doctor on the television series entitled ER but only few know that he helps to aid refugees worldwide. He helped raising funds for the Haiti earthquake in 2010, Tsunami victims in 2004, and the 9/11 victims. He also created some documentaries like “Sand and Sorrow”. He supported organizations such as Save Durfur and made efforts to reduce the country’s dependence on oil by including part of his films like “Syriana” that fictionalized the prevalent corruption in the oil industry.



Tom Hanks is an American actor, a director, a producer, and an author. He is known for his roles in the Forrest Gump and Philadelphia which gave him 2 Academy Awards for Best Actor. He is also remembered in his roles in Big, Saving Private Ryan, and Cast Away. Outside Hollywood, he is also known as an advocate for environmentalism, who owns electric vehicles and Toyota RAV4 EV and AC Propulsion eBox. He believes that while hybrid averages 60 miles for every gallon, these vehicles still use gas. Tom Hanks has been using his electric vehicles for many years now. He made a video narrating how his electric Scion xB functions.
One does not need to be popular or to have much money to support any environmental movements. We can in our little ordinary ways can help protect our environment and the earth by disposing our garbage properly, avoid the use of plastic items or products, and many more. Think and be creative in promoting a healthy environmental that we can give as gifts to the next generations.

Celebrities Share How they Lose Weight and Stay Fit

Posted on March 3rd, 2012 by admin  |  No Comments »


There are many times that we need role models to guide us through some information and make some decisions that can affect us and our lives. Normally, celebrities serve as our role models on some categories such as on staying fit and healthy giving us some clues on weight loss process that can work. But final decisions come from us.



As early as 12 years old, Jessica Alba decided to follow a healthy diet because she did not like to follow the steps of her overweight family.  She eats nutritious and balanced diet and avoid carbohydrates intake as much as she can to keep her body in good shape. She takes in lean meats, vegetables, egg whites, cottage cheese and her snacks with dried fruit and frozen yogurt.


Jessica Brizeida Lopez Arocha or simply known as J Lo exercises and eats healthy and balanced diet meals and she does everything in moderation. She does not drink alcohol or any liquor and in case she needs to trim down on some pounds, she reduces her carb-intake. She combines her regular cardio and weight resistance training into her life.


Angelina Jolie is on a strict protein diet of lean meats, fish, and plenty of water. Literally she takes foods that are protein in proteins.


Christie Brinkley is one of the world’s supermodels and knows how to stay slim with avoiding junk food at all times! She does not pick on sweets and chocolates for her snacks but chops on sweet potatoes and bakes them with a drop of olive oil and a light mayonnaise for her dips.


Reese Witherspoon regulates her calories and portion by eating on jars of baby food as quality baby food is delicious and nutritious. It is also good as snacks.


Ashley Judd does not eat on dairy products and uses Soya milk on her cereals in the mornings. Her daily weight loss scheme begins with hot water and lemon to boost her metabolism.


This gorgeous English singer, Leona Lewis, had her beautiful figure even before she enters in the limelight. She stays fit and slim by exercising regularly by joining belly dancing instead of going to the gym for workouts.


Claudia Schiffer eats nothing but a fruit before noontime. Although fruit has sugar content but it is a great way to avoid dehydration in the morning. She takes light lunch, and then eats healthy dinner of salad and steamed vegetables. She copes with her hunger pangs by drinking tomato juice, eats black grapes and a herbal tea. She eats the regular 3 meals for a healthy metabolism.

Jennifer Ashton uses The Zone to keep fit and healthy and it is proven to be working on her where she lost 30 pounds through the Zone diet, reduces mayonnaise, sandwiches and fried foods. She does yoga.


Paris Hilton drinks a bottle of mineral water before eating her meals to curb her appetite, stops her from over-eating, and lessens her calorie intake.

The Jobs They Hold Before Becoming Celebrities

Posted on January 2nd, 2012 by admin  |  No Comments »

For a change, let us take a look on the other side of celebrities before they become who they are now, specifically the jobs they had before becoming famous and rich:

Sylvester Stallone or Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone by birth was a lion cage cleaner and years after dropping from Miami University, he went to pursue his career in Hollywood. He did some small roles and did a hardcore pornographic movie which started his acting career until he got a lead role in Rocky as Rocky Balboa.

Roderick David Stewart or Rod Stewart his unsuccessful football try outs with Scottish Giants Celtic and Brentford in London, he accepted that the career was not for him and chose to work as a grave digger. However, he did not work long being such and realized that he wanted to pursue a music career. He started his music career success with street singing with Maggie May, a song writer, travelling in Europe until he was deported from Spain for vagrancy.

Madonna, also known as Madonna Louise Ciccone, arrived in New York at 20 years old and with only $35 on her pocket. She took low-paying jobs such as serving customers at Dunkin’ Donuts. She is known to be an exhibitionist who also took some nude modeling works to earn some extra dollars until she started her singing career with “Like A Prayer”.

Brad Pitt or William Bradley Pitt, his real name, worked some not-so-glamorous jobs before he became a celebrity. He gave flyers outside the El Pollo Loco Restaurant in Los Angeles wearing a chicken suit.

I also would like to add Michael Dell who took some dishwashing jobs in Chinese restaurant for $2.30 per hour. Years after, who would imagine that the same dishwasher, at 12 years old, would become the founder of Dell Computers whose company has worth value of more than $16 billion.

Celebrities as Parents

Posted on December 17th, 2011 by admin  |  No Comments »

Like any other people, celebrities become parents and here are some of their ways of raising their children. You will notice that they are good parents and you can get some ideas on how to spend quality moments with your children.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were exchanged vows on June 29, 2005 and since then, they were blest with 3 children: Violet, Seraphina and Samuel. Jennifer said that parenting is about balance and that is what they are trying to do.

Barack and Michelle Obama exchanged vows on October 3, 1992. They have 2 daughters namely Malia Ann and Natasha. Being the most powerful person in USA, both decided not to give their daughter special treatments while they are in the White House. Pres. Obama describes Michelle as a good mother who works each day to inspire their daughters with the same values they were brought up.

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith were married since December 31, 1997. Will has a son, Trey, while Jada has 2 children on her previous marriage namely Jaden and Willow. Jada described Will as more lenient parent than her in terms of raising their children. Both parents center their rearing methods not only on their children’s behavior but also on their self-esteem. They feel that as long as their children feel good who they are, then manner will just follow.

Perhaps the most popular parents-celebrities are Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Their relationship started in 2005 who are blest with 6 children, 3 of them are adopted and 3 are their biological children:

  • Maddox Chivan Thorton was born on 2001 and was adopted by Brad from Cambodia in 2006.
  • Zahara Marley was born in 2005 and was adopted by Brad from Ethopia in 2006.
  • Pax Thien was 3 years old when he was adopted in 2007 from the Tam Binh Orphanage in Vietnam and his given name was Pham Quang.
  • Shiloh Nouvel was born in Namibia in 2006. It was Brad who cut Shiloh’s umbilical cord.
  • Knox Leon was born in 2008 in France in a hospital which is overlooking the Mediterranean.
  • Vivien Marcheline was born in France in the same hospital Knox was born.


Amidst their heavy schedules, it is clear for Angelina and Brad that they have to put their children first. Both parents take turns in making their film projects so that the whole family is together on location. They are active parents during trick-or-treat at Halloween, waiting in line at the restaurants, and some excursions.