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The German Drink Fueling the International Cyber Crowd

Club-Mate [‘klup ‘ma:tƏ ] is a smoky tasting, caffeinated, carbonated, yerba mate infused beverage that has developed a following in Germany’s computer hacker culture. It is, famously, the favorite beverage of the “galactic community of life forms, independent of age, sex, race or societal orientation, which strives across borders for freedom of information” known as the Chaos Computer Club.

Geola Beverages of Dietenhofen, Germany originally formulated and marketed Club-Mate in 1924 under the name Sekt-Bronte. The drink was only known regionally until acquired by the Loscher Brewery of Münchsteinach and marketed under the name Club-Mate.

Is it healthy? Club-Mate contains 20 mg of caffeine per 100 ml., enough to refresh and stimulate without making you fidgety, a relatively low sugar content of 5 g/100 ml, and is low in calories (20 kcal/100 ml of beverage) compared to other energy drinks. It contains B and C vitamins, polyphenol antioxidants, has a slightly higher antioxidant capacity than green tea, and is suitable for vegans and vegetarians

Researchers from NCI found that both cold and hot water extractions of yerba mate products contain compounds originating from a drying process that involves smoke from the burning of wood. These compounds are similar to the ones found in wood-smoked meat. 

Club-Mate is available in 0.33-litre and 0.5-litre bottles. There is an ice-tea variant, Club-Mate IceT Kraftstoff, with a slightly higher caffeine content (22 mg/100 ml) and more sugar than original Club-Mate.

In December 2007, Loscher marketed a Club-Mate winter edition. The limited-edition Club-Mate consists of the original formula mixed with cardamom, cinnamon, star anise and citrus extract.

In 2009, a Club-Mate-styled cola variety was introduced. Unlike other colas, its recipe includes mate-extract.

In 2013, Club-Mate Granat, a Club-Mate variety with additional pomegranate flavor, was introduced.

Popular Club-Mate-based mixed drinks are vodka-mate, Tschunk (or “Chunk"), a combination of rum and Club-Mate, and Jaeger-Mate, a mix of Jägermeister and Club-Mate.

Club-Mate is distributed in 40 countries, primarily in Europe, but also in Canada,  Australia, Israel, Turkey and South Africa.


A New Test for Childhood Obesity

You don't have to be a professor, a surgeon, an exercise physiologist, or a physical education teacher to know that people who can physically pull their own weight (do at least one conventional pull up) are ALMOST NEVER OBESE.

Ask anyone out there in the blogosphere, have you ever seen Nessie, Big Foot, or an obese human being who can do pull-ups? Yes, I know there have been rumors. But actual proof? None that I know of.

Need scientific proof? How about the following study? 492 second, third and fourth graders, all of whom could do at least one conventional pull up, were tested for their Body Mass Index (BMI). Of the 492 students, 202 were girls and 290 were boys.

According to the results, NONE OF THE 202 GIRLS WERE OBESE! A full 92% fell into the normal weight range (25 or less BMI). 8% fell into the overweight range (between 25 and 30 BMI) and carried just a little excess body weight. But the odds of girls falling into the normal weight range were better than 90%. And I repeat, NONE were obese!

So what about the boys? In this study 85% fell into the normal weight category, 13% fell into the overweight category, while 2% fell into the obese category. This is just another way of saying that 98% of the boys were PROVABLY NOT OBESE! 13% carried a little excess body weight.

As for the 2% who were labeled obese, my bet is that they were the linebackers of the group who had bigger bones and carried more muscle mass than normal kids. In other words, these boys were victims of BMI's well-known inability to distinguish between body fat and muscle mass.

If you or your kids can perform even one conventional pull-up, the odds are OVERWHELMING that YOU ARE NOT OBESE! You are not carrying 30% body fat. Obesity and the ability to do pull-ups are almost never found in the same package. You can take that one to the bank.

Rick Osborne

The Tapeworm Diet: All God’s creatures, great and small, have a purpose


Long before the 21st century, human guts were filled with many things in addition to food. The tapeworm was one of those things that human anatomy learned to live with. In fact, it may even be that our body is not accustomed to living without worms! Our bodies are looking for worms because it needs them to be there. Its loss creates an imbalance and has a nifty side effect. Weight loss!

Dieters ingest a tapeworm or tapeworm cyst. The tapeworm diet is illegal in the United States, however. Mexico is the only country currently offering the Tapeworm Diet as a weight loss treatment. The approximate cost of the treatment is $1500 plus travel expenses.

The weight loss centers patients are fed beef tapeworm cysts. These centers microscopically check the cysts to make sure that they are beef tapeworms and not pig tapeworms, which are extremely dangerous [1]



Gut cleansing, and why you need it

For decades health practitioners have been recommending gut cleanses to enhance their patient’s health and wellbeing. But this clinical concept has been given a bad rap from cleanses that promise a quick fix. My opinion as a qualified, practicing nutritionist is that, when done right, a gut cleanse is an essential step towards optimal gut health.

The gut is the basis of our health – it’s the first line of defense against pathogens, it’s where we digest and absorb nutrients and where we house our gut microbes, also known as gut bacteria. Poor gut health is now thought to be strongly linked to a compromised immune system, malnutrition, and poor mood regulation, and plays a role in arthritis and obesity, according to a recent review of scientific literature published in the journal BMC Medicine.

A gut cleanse is a necessary step in repairing a poor gut. Why? A good cleanse will replace foods that aggravate and compromise our gastrointestinal health with gut-friendly foods that do three things – ‘heal and seal’ the gastrointestinal tract; provide probiotics for healthy gut bacteria; and provide fiber for bowel health. Think of the gut like a car. A gut cleanse is like a service, and gut-friendly foods and supplements are like premium fuel.

Gut cleansing isn’t just for those with tummy issues. There are many health complaints that may benefit from a gut cleanse including bloating, constipation and diarrhea, fatigue, depression, allergies, skin issues, mood swings, headaches, and joint pain. There are common mechanisms at play with these symptoms - inflammation, poor nutrient absorption and cell dysfunction, all of which are directly influenced by the function and health of your gut.

I recommend taking a combination of six different supplements during a gut cleanse. Your health practitioner will confirm which ones are right for you

Whim - My Bosy & Soul

Recipe of the Month - Vegan Granola Bars

Healthy, no-bake granola bars with just 5 ingredients and a sweet, crunchy texture. Peanut butter and maple syrup complement each other perfectly in this ideal portable breakfast or snack.

Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Serves: 10 bars


  • 1 heaping cup packed (~220 g) dates, pitted (deglet noor or medjool)*
  • 1/4 cup (84 g) maple syrup or agave nectar ( honey if not vegan)
  • 1/4 cup (64 g) creamy salted natural peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 cup (112 g) roasted unsalted almonds, loosely chopped (see instructions for roasting nuts)
  • 1 1/2 cups (135 g) rolled oats (gluten-free for GF eaters)
  • Optional: chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, banana chips, vanilla, etc.

1. Naturopathy or naturopathic medicine is a form of alternative medicine that employs an array of pseudoscientific practices branded as "natural", "non-invasive", and as promoting "self-healing". The ideology and methods of naturopathy are based on vitalism and folk medicine, rather than evidence-based medicine.

NOTE: The articles on these pages are mostly nonsense. For God’s sake, do not believe or attempt any of them! They are here as a testament to the stupidity and gullibility of humans, and proof that snake oil salesmen are still alive and prospering in the 21st century