Bill Clinton turns to veganism after heart operation

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High levels of cholesterol are a growing problem these days and are attributed to the types of food we eat and the stressful lifestyles many of us have. Furthermore, If “bad” cholesterol isn’t dealt with quickly it can have dire consequences, as former president, Bill Clinton found out.

On September 7, 2004, three years after his presidency ended, Clinton went to hospital complaining of chest pains. He was rushed into surgery and underwent a successful quadruple coronary artery bypass.

Although Clinton had a healthy diet, his low-density lipoprotein levels (or “bad“ cholesterol) were well known. According to a report by CNN at the time. Clinton’s cholesterol levels in his final year of being president were at 177 but rose to over 200 within the following year. An acceptably healthy reading of cholesterol levels is below 130.

Bill Clinton now

Clinton underwent the bypass when results from angiograms showed that he had a partial coronary blockage, which was reportedly a result of fatty “plaque”.

In an interview with Larry King on CNN, Clinton said: “Some of this is genetic, and I may have done some damage in those years when I was too careless about what I ate.”

He also said that without the surgery, “there is virtually 100 percent chance I’ll have a heart attack.”

Since then he has extolled the virtues of the raw food diet which has seen him shed weight and regain a vitality he’d forgotten since his youth.

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Clinton, the 42ndPresident of the United States, led the country from 1993 to 2001. He was regarded by many as the Golden Boy but will more likely be remembered for his less decent actions, namely impeachment after the sex scandal involving 22-year-old intern Monica Lewinsky. Despite the public disgrace Clinton continues to be a public figure and a representative of his nation, recently involved in pushing Obama’s successful drive for a second term.

His post-presidential career saw him explore many different areas, including creating the William J. Clinton foundation, which supports a variety of humanitarian causes. He continues to be involved in his nation’s politics, including Obama’s presidential campaigns in 2008.

Anorexic Portia De Rossi almost proud to weigh 82 lbs

Portia De Rossi opens up to Oprah Winfrey about anorexia battle

Portia De Rossi lived on 300 calories per day during the height of her anorexia, a fact she shared with another well documented eating disorder victim, Oprah WInfrey.

A tearful De Rossi admitted that it was almost a proud achievement to weigh in at just 82 lbs.

It wasn’t that I was proud of it,“ she told her host, “But it was certainly a recognition for my self control.“

As part of her purging ritual she would take up to 20 laxatives a day and her sense of personal perspective was seriously derailed by a ‘win or oblivion’ mentality

I would prefer to die than fail another diet.“ Became her clarion call.

De Rossi’s problems began when she left her native Australia for Hollywood and landed a role in US drama ‘Ally McBeal’, starring alongside Calista Flockhart, who was also battling anorexia at the time.

I’ve often wondered if I wasn’t on that show if it (anorexia) may not have happened. I didn’t really know at that point what it was like to be a celebrity, and the only people I knew at the time who had a similar experience were these women whom I worked with. They became my role models.”

Portia De Rossi almost hits her lowest weight of 82lbs

Portia De Rossi almost hits her lowest weight of 82lbs

De Rossi though was fortunate to have help on hand and were it not for the love of her wife, Ellen Degeneres, she fears she would have been consumed by the illness.

The couple were introduced at concert for ‘Rock The Vote’ in March 2001 and De Rossi admitted she was instantly smitten. In that year things had gone awry as she’d been diagnosed with oesteoporosis, cirrhosis of the liver, organ failure and the auto-immune disease lupus.

Ellen has taught me not to care about other people’s opinions,“

She saw a glimpse of my inner being from underneath the flesh and bone, reached in and pulled me out.“

In August 2008 De Rossi married Degeneres, who is 15 years her senior, in a private ceremony in their Beverly Hills home.

Now, with her life on track, she has written a memoir detailing her struggles with anorexia called ‘Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain.’

Justin Bieber in Car Crash

The device to replace masturbation in backward teenagers – Justin Bieber – has made the headlines  – AGAIN –  and this time it’s not because of his gay girl’s hair but by crashing his big man car in Los Angeles yesterday.

[adsense]Unfortunately, the youngster, who denies he is a lesbian, was unhurt as the collision was way too minor to put an end to his career as Ellen DeGeneres’ daughter because the ‘crash’ was actually more of a far less newsworthy slight prang.

Most ten-year-olds shouldn’t even be allowed the keys to a skateboard but due to the inconsequential Justin Bieber’s phenomenal success as a sex aid for dry-genitaled little girl still not old enough to know what constitutes attraction or sex appeal, fate has deemed it that he should be driving around LA like a ponce in a black Ferrari usually aimed at another age group of man desperate to prove their virility.

Justin Bieber in his big black Ferrari

Justin Bieber in his big black Ferrari. Vroooooooommm!

And it’s not the first time that Bieber’s driving has attracted police attention.  He was previously stopped by cops who thought it suspicious that the pop tartlette and a pre-pubic friend should be driving around in an adult’s car in which their feet were unable to reach the pedals. That time it was a Rolls Royce convertible. Must be like watching a squirrel try to fly a jumbo jet.

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Justin Bieber attended MTV Awards dressed as Ellen Degeneres.

Bieber recently appeared at MTV’s Video Music Awards where he dressed as a lesbian to win best video for a catchy nursery rhyme with a dubious longevity.

Apparently there were no signs of damage to Bieber’s Ferrari or the Honda Civic that was also involved, although apparently the Ferrari was said to be embarrassed to be involved with a cheap shopping car.

It’s hard to choose between Bieber and Lady Gaga. Bieber is probably the lesser of the two evils because he’s not yet old enough to know better. Gaga sold her sold to the devil whereas Bieber’s parents must have sold him to the record label. Nice folks.

Whoever wins, they are both offensive products of a PR machine so well oiled it could polish a turd and have its first album go platinum and be living in a Beverley Hills mansion whilst it drives around in a twit’s car thinking it is really talented and worthy, within a week.

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Justin Bieber, Britney Spears and Ellen DeGeneres combine forces to help paralysed children

Justin Bieber, Ellen DeGeneres, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears are at the centre of a new campaign to help three children in Houston who were orphaned as the result of a horrendous car crash which also rendered two of them paralysed.

Amid more fan outrage at his non-split with Selena Gomez, Bieber must be glad of the relief from the fierce vitriol levelled at his girlfriend and notching up more points for his entrance fee to the new Jerusalem by helping others.

Justin Bieber at the 2011 Oscars with Selena Gomez

Justin Bieber promotes 'Show Your Hearts' and is still an item with Selena Gomez.

Britney Spears must also be glad of a diversion from a pending lawsuit in which she was accused of extremely poor hygiene and sexual advances by a former bodyguard who feels that $10m should be enough to ease the burden of the trauma inflicted by the wind-breaking Spears.

Britney Spears posing for her latest publicity shots

Britney Spears is taking time out from being smelly to promote 'Show Your Hearts' with Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Ellen Degeneres.

The pair, along with Ellen DeGeneres are busy promoting the campaign called Show Your Hearts and asking fans via Twitter and Facebook to donate to the cause in order to help 9-year-old Peter and 8-year-old Aaron who were both left paralysed, as well as their 6-year-old sister who was also injured in the car crash which occurred on July 2nd.

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Ellen DeGeneres is lending her celebrity backing to 'Show Your Hearts'.

The all-star backing doesn’t end there as the Houston Rockets also asked fans to chip in with donations before their game last Wednesday stating that all proceeds will go to a trust fund set up for the orphaned children.

[adsense]Aiding these young children is a terrific cause and with such powerful publicity their campaign is bound to do well for them. The need for a public drive is however quite unnecessary as, if Bieber, Spears and DeGeneres truly felt that strongly about it, they could donate a large sum of cash each, set the children up for life and not have to make a public display of it.

A child loses his lower leg during a gun fight in Libya.

One of thousands of children who are affected by war but is probably not helped by major celebrities.

It is also a shame that these same celebrities cannot find it within themselves to promote bigger causes and help more children who are also left in similar circumstances or worse – perhaps by atrocities of war or famine such as the children of Yemen, Libya, Egypt and countless other African nations.

DeGeneres does to a certain extent, but Bieber and to a lesser degree, Spears, have only ever served their own needs.

While perhaps sincere in their thoughts, the trio are in fact gaining heavily from the publicity that promoting such causes brings about. That may be harmless enough but most of that publicity will only serve to sell records, DVDs and books, the profits from which are unlikely to save the lives of millions of unnamed, unknown children elsewhere in the world.

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Ernest Hemingway's life documented in new film

Ernest Hemingway is hitting the headlines this morning after it was revealed that a new HBO film is in the pipeline charting the pioneering writer’s life. The film called , “Hemingway and Gelhorn” and will star Clive Owen as the protagonist.

 

Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois on July 21st, 1899 and became one of the most influential fiction writers thanks to his unique literary style and the depth and authenticity of his characters.

 

His penchant for writing developed in school but he flourished in his first job at The Kansas City Star where he worked as a reporter. His experiences as an ambulance driver in the First World War formed the basis for his novel, Farewell to Arms, although his first book, The Sun Also Rises didn’t appear until 1926.

 

His life was an adventurous fare which saw him through four marriages and he had over 25 fiction and non-fiction books published (nine posthumously) but towards the end of his life his mental health deteriorated.

 

In the months leading up to his suicide Hemingway became increasingly paranoid and often mentioned being followed or monitored by the FBI. He was admitted to the Mayo clinic in November 1960 where he was subjected to electroconvulsive therapy as many as 15 times in the month he was there. His release in December left him a broken man and three months after his release he took his own life with his favourite shotgun; loading two cartridges into the barrels, placing it in his mouth and pulling the trigger.

 

[adsense]Many years after his death it was revealed that his father had Hemochromatosis, a genetic disorder which affects the body’s ability to process iron, and he is believed to have passed it on to his son.

 

Medical reports appear to indicate that Hemingway suffered with various mental health issues including Bipolar Disorder, borderline Narcissism, alcohol dependence and traumatic brain injury.

 

The forthcoming movie also features Nicole Kidman and Lars Ulrich, and star of the show Clive Owen appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show last night sporting his new moustache.

 

“It’s for the part… I’m playing Ernest Hemingway,” he said of his new facial topiary.

Please share your thoughts on the life and work of Ernest Hemingway by leaving a comment.

Read about Harry Houdini; Elizabeth Taylor; Jane Russell; Jules Verne and Gloria Stuart.

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Jennifer Aniston is not adopting a Mexican baby

With the current celebrity trend child adoption becoming something of a fashion, it comes as a huge relief to discover that Jennifer Aniston is not in the process of jumping on the bandwagon.

The former Friends star is vehemently denying rumours that she is on the verge of adopting a Mexican baby. She currently has no children of her own and the news that she’s not likely to become a parent in any capacity comes just over a week before her 42nd birthday.

My hot mom - well, not in the foreseeable future at least.

Aniston, having been linked with a host of suitors since her split from former husband Brad Pitt in 2005, is still very much focused on her acting career and doesn’t seem overly bothered by the prospect of being a mother just now.

The news of her denial over adoption claims happened during filming for Thursday’s edition of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and when asked by the host if she would be adopting another dog, Aniston responded, “I think you’re confusing that with the Mexican child I’m supposedly adopting.”

“Oh, are you going to adopt a Mexican child?” Quizzed DeGeneres.

“No, I’m not adopting a Mexican child,” the now single actress replied, before joking that Adam Sandler “adopted four last week and that never even got mentioned. No, I’m not adopting any children. … And no doggies right now.”

[adsense]Aniston and Sandler reunite on screen again after the less well received, serious flick Spanglish, in the forthcoming big-screen comedy Just Go With It.

Please share your thoughts on the celebrity baby adoption trend by leaving a comment.

Read about other stars who’ve been linked with adoption, such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Eva Longoria, and Halle Berry.

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Formerly anorexic Portia De Rossi admits to living off 300 calories

Portia De Rossi survived off 300 calories per day at the height of her anorexia, the actress has told Oprah.

A tearful De Rossi admitted that it was almost a proud achievement to weigh in at just 82 lbs. “It wasn’t that I was proud of it,“ she tells Oprah in the interview airing in the US on Monday. “But it was certainly a recognition for my self control,“ the Daily Mail cites.

The star also took up to 20 laxatives a day. She said of her mindset at the time, “I would prefer to die than fail another diet.“

De Rossi’s problems began when she left her native Australia for Hollywood and landed a role in US drama Ally McBeal, starring alongside Calista Flockhart, who was battling anorexia.

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“I’ve often wondered if I wasn’t on that show if it (anorexia) may not have happened. I didn’t really know at that point what it was like to be a celebrity, and the only people I knew at the time who had a similar experience were these women whom I worked with. They became my role models,” she told Vogue.

De Rossi claims that it was the love of wife Ellen Degeneres that finally helped her escape the clutches of the illness.

The couple were introduced at concert for Rock The Vote in March 2001 and De Rossi admitted she was instantly smitten. In that year things had come to a head and she was diagnosed with oesteoporosis, cirrhosis of the liver, organ failure and the auto-immune disease lupus.

“Ellen has taught me not to care about other people’s opinions,“ the Daily Mail cites De Rossi. “Ellen saw a glimpse of my inner being from underneath the flesh and bone, reached in and pulled me out.“

In August 2008 De Rossi married Degeneres, who is 15 years her senior, in a private ceremony in their Beverly Hills home.

Now, with her life on track, De Rossi has written a memoir detailing her struggles with anorexia called Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain.

Other figures in the public eye who have battled eating disorders include Melanie Chisholm of Spice Girls fame, actress Jessica Alba, singer Fiona Apple and socialite Mary-Kate Olsen.

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Soul star Kanye West contemplated suicide

33 year old KANYE West admits he has considered suicide. The hit maker was absolutely devastated by the death of his beloved mother, Dr. Donda West in 2007.  He has confessed to living through dark times in life but vows never again to sink to such depths as he believes there are so many people he would like to help.

In a frank and open interview with Ellen DeGeneres he said: “There were times that I contemplated suicide. I will not give up on life again. There are so many people that will never get the chance to have their voice heard. I do it for them.”

Atlanta born West revealed he is not afraid to face the future but following the loss of three more influential figures, all after his mother’s death, he hit the lowest point of his life.  West feels he has come back stronger than ever.

“Everything has been taken away from me. I’m so not … scared. I so don’t care.”  He said.

The controversial rapper took a break from music after last year’s MTV Video Music Awards during which he sabotaged Taylor Swift’s Best Female Video acceptance speech and continued to rant that it was a travesty and that Beyonce Knowles should have won.

He does feel the time away from music gave him a proper chance to grieve for his mother.

He told US TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres: “I left America. I stopped doing music altogether. It was the first time that I got to stop since my mom had passed. I had never stopped and never tried to even soak in all what had happened.

“It was time to take a break and develop more as a person, as a creator, and focus on my thoughts and ideas and what I wanted to bring to the world.”

He has hinted at the subject of suicide in his recent song Power, which includes the lines: “Now this would be a beautiful death. I’m jumping out the window. I’m letting everything go.”

Read about other celebs who’ve contemplated or committed suicide: Kenny McKinley, Tyler Clementi, J.K. Rowling, Owen Wilson.

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Perez Hilton to quit blog bullying

According to Reuters this morning celebrity blogger Perez Hilton has vowed to stop “outing” gay and lesbian celebrities and will support a new campaign to help raise awareness about the causes of teen suicides and gay bullying.

Following the suicide of Tyler Clementi, a 19 year-old-student who was cruelly filmed in a sexual encounter with another man by his so-called friends, Perez Hilton has decided to change tack with his popular blog site.

Hilton requested to appear on the Ellen Degeneres Show where he told the popular TV host he wanted his blog site to be seen in a new light and that he would no longer call people by nasty nicknames or “out” people.

In a transcript for tonight’s show he told Degeneres, “Over the last two weeks I have been doing everything I can to bring awareness to the teen suicides and gay bullying.  In doing so a lot of people have called me a hypocrite and a bully myself and a big one…  From now on I really want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem.”

When Degeneres raised concerns that he might return to his wicked ways if he lost revenue from his blog site, the openly gay celebrity observer replied, “I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and this was the impetus for it all.  It’s definitely a concern but I don’t care, I’m not motivated by money.  I just feel like it’s the right decision for me.”

After Clementi’s suicide Ellen Degeneres, through her TV show, has called for celebrity support in speaking out on gay bullying.

What do you think?  Can Perez Hilton really quit his bitching?

Read here about the celebrity support sparked by Clementi Tyler’s suicide.

Celebrities who have committed or attempted suicide include Owen Wilson, Fantasia Barrino, and NFL star Kenny McKinley.

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Tyler Clementi suicide sparks celebrity support

On 22 September Tyler Clementi tragically took his own life after cruel room mates Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei allegedly streamed a video of him in an intimate encounter with another man.

The shy teenager, a Rutgers University fresher, turned to internet message boards in the days leading up to his suicide where he sought advice.

Other posts left by him were seen to encourage troubled young people with social difficulties, including a fellow student with suspicious bruises whom he advised to seek medical advice immediately.

Clementi was a sensitive and caring individual and his case has brought celebrity support from the likes of Ellen DeGeneres and Perez Hilton who have spoken out against bullying over sexual orientation in the past.

Columnist Dan Savage has set up a new YouTube channel called, “It Gets Better” to steer young victims of bullying away from suicide.

13 year old Seth Walsh was another victim of purported hate crimes which ended with him talking his own life as well.  Given the nature of Clementi’s death and the circumstances surrounding it, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan says he is unsure as to whether there is enough evidence to charge Ravi and Wei for hate crimes, but that will be the case if conclusive evidence points to them targeting him because he was gay.   The investigation is still ongoing.

Celebrities who have committed or attempted suicide include Owen Wilson, Fantasia Barrino, and NFL star Kenny McKinley.

Let us know your thoughts on this subject.

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