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On Saturday night in Miami, a naked “zombie-like” man attacked another man, biting off parts of his face. The attack was halted only when police shot and killed the attacker, identified as 31-year old Rudy Eugene.

What would make someone attack another man like an animal? Armando Aguilar, president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, suspects that the attacker was under the influence of  drugs known as “bath salts.”

These aren’t the same bath salts to make your tub water smell nice. “Bath salts” is just a fake name, but users know it’s not really for the bath.

Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse described bath salts as an “emerging and dangerous product” in February 2011, urging parents, teachers and the public to be aware of the potential dangers associated with these drugs, which had already been linked to numerous visits to the E.R. and calls to poison control centers in the U.S. In October 2011, these “bath salts” and its related products were put on schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act, which means that the drug has no legitimate use or safety in the U.S. and is highly addictive.

Bath salts contain amphetamine-like chemicals such as methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), mephedrone, and pyrovalerone. They’re referred to as a “designer drug of the phenethylamine class” by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Other drugs in this class include amphetamines, mescaline, and ephedrine. MDPV comes in a powdered form that is inhaled, swallowed or shot into a vein. Bath Salts are sold as “cocaine substitutes” or “synthetic LSD”.

When MDPV gets to the brain, the effects include producing feelings of empathy, stimulation, alertness, euphoria, sensory awareness and hallucinations. Other reported effects include rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, and sweating. According to the DEA, MDPV has been reported to cause intense panic attacks, psychosis, and a strong desire to use the drug again.

“Addictive substances, whether they are bath salts, alcohol or other drugs, can have horrific and costly consequences. Sometimes these consequences can result from only one use; other times they are a result of the complex brain disease of addiction,” says Susan E. Foster, vice president and director of policy research and analysis at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

"Together, risky use of addictive substances and addiction constitute our nation’s largest and most costly health problem.  In the interest of health and public safety, Americans must begin to understand that substance use is a preventable public health problem and addiction is a treatable disease," she added.

In 2009, reports began surfacing about teens and young adults abusing synthetic stimulant products sold as Bath Salts, “plant fertilizer,” energy-1, Ivory Wave, Red Dove, Purple Wave, Blue Silk, Zoom, Bloom, Cloud Nine, Ocean Snow, Lunar Wave, Vanilla Sky, White Lightning, Scarface, and Hurricane Charlie.

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s forensic monitoring system found two reports of MDPV in 2009. In 2010 that figure jumped to 338 cases. Between January through September 2011, the numbers skyrocketed to 911 MDPV cases, spanning 34 states.

  • Pizza

People believe that fast-food is bad food, however, Pizza does make a difference! According to American Heart Association, Pizza is a good fast food. In the pizza loving country, such as Italy, people tend to have lower oral cancer and colonel cancer rate. However, depends on what you put on that pie, you will get a different result. 

  • Ice Cream

83% of European nutritionists believe that food, such as ice cream, helps people to maintain a long-term healthy diet. Not only because of the ice cream is a good source of protein, it also has important minerals, such as calcium and potassium, which can maintain the health of bones and teeth. Prevention Magazine even promoted ice cream diet. Have 1.5 cup of low-calorie ice contains 125 calories along with low-calorie cheese, salad, low fat milk and low-calorie Bagel; American Institute of Nutrition believes that summer ice cream is indeed a fresh source of calcium. The usual cup of ice cream can provide 120 mg calcium and 150 mg of potassium, but every 195 calories has 10 g of fat is something can not be ignore. Nutritionists recommend to give a little more fruit in that ice cream!

  • Banana - the pleasure food

Bananas contain serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine is the brain nerve conduction material. It is also a natural antidepressant!!! These are the reason why we new yorkers love banana so much!

  •   Chocolate

Chocolate can prevent chronic fatigue syndrome. However, black chocolate is the most beneficial type of all. Chocolate can also decreases LDL and increase HDL. 

  • Coffee

Coffee is a good antioxidant, according to scientists. Regular or decaf no worries! They actually contain the same amount of antioxidant! 

  • Peanut Butter

According to Journal of Food Science, peanut butter can prevent diabetes. Harvard University School of Public Health study indicates that eating peanut butter five times a week and each spoonful can be reduced to 21% Type II diabetes.

  1. Pumpkin seeds

According to 《Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology》, Zinc is the perfect remedy for acne skin. However, if you are not a big fan of pumpkin seeds, you can always take Zinc supplement. That’s the beauty of technology ;)

     2.  Water Cress

Feel your face swells a little after that alcohol from last night? Put some water cress in your system! Water cress contains antioxidant, which minimize your pore and bring you the radiance on your skin!

    3.  Apple

For those who wants to sustain their white teeth without constantly using that whitening strips, apple is the right thing for you. After that morning coffee, grab an apple! It helps keeping your teeth white and shine!

   4.  Flax seed

According to 《British Journal》, flax seed helps fighting off psoriasis and dry skin type. It contains omega-3 fatty acid that helps keeping your skin smooth and moisturized! 

   5.  KIWI

Ladies! Let me introduce you to this magical anti-aging fruit. I know people always say that the most important thing is to stay young at heart. Personally, I love to LOOK young too! I’m sure most you ladies will agree with me. ;)

   6.  Sunflower seeds and Almond

Ready for the beach? Try to include sunflower seeds and almond in your diet! It is great for sun protection! Aim for 2 tablespoons hulled seeds or 23 almonds daily.

   7.  Strawberry, citrus fruits, red pepper and broccoli 

Aim for two 1-cup servings of fruit and 1 cup of red peppers and/or broccoli a day to keep your skin smooth!

  8.  Wild Salmon, Atlantic Mackerel and Walnuts

Aim for two 5-ounce servings of fish per week; on other days, 1 oz of walnuts or 2 omega-3 eggs. They help to reduce wrinkles.

Beauty skin day meal plan


  • 1 cup whole-grain, fortified cereal such as Total
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries or 1 medium grapefruit
  • 1 cup green tea


  • Grilled chicken sandwich
  • 5 oz chicken breast
  • 2 slices whole-grain bread
  • 2 slices tomato
  • 1 leaf lettuce
  • 1/8 of avocado
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 medium apple


  • 5 oz wild salmon
  • Spinach salad
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup sliced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup broccoli
  • Toss with 1 tbsp each olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • 1 medium baked sweet potato


  • 8 oz nonfat plain yogurt or 1 part-skim string cheese
  • 1 oz sunflower seeds
  • 1 small orange or 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 oz dark chocolate or 1 glass red wine