Tuesday, May 23, 2006

See, The Coca-Cola Coupon Giveaway WAS Real

The first of my 5 FREE 2-liter bottles of Coke coupons arrived today

Remember that online giveaway that the Coca-Cola company ran earlier this year in conjunction with the 2006 Winter Olympics that I blogged about. They were giving away coupons good for 5 FREE 2-liter bottles of Coke products when you entered the FREE codes they provided at their special web site.

Well, the first two of the dozen or so coupons that I won during that contest arrived in my mailbox today and I've posted them at this blog post to show you that the giveaway was indeed real. :)

Has anyone else started receiving your coupons yet? If so, please let us know. I'd love to know who ends up with the most of these coupons. I've got 2 so far, how about you?

5-26-06 UPDATE: I got TWO MORE today!!!


Blogger Julia Havey said...

Jimmy I am usually with you on what you say, but dude, I got send you a HUGE wake up call! YOU stand for health, you are promoting health in every blog you do, just about every breath you take. YOU changed your life, you lost a great deal of weight and you are on a mission to help others do the same.....yet you peddle DIET Soft drinks?! or the Coca Cola company in general?! One of the biggest proliferators of Obesity in on the planet?

Please, read up on the CRAP you are putting your body! It's NOT my opinion, it's fact!
Respectfully, Julia

More Soft Drink Reports...
More Reasons to Ban Soft Drinks, continued.. - Dr. JP Havey
Report from - HERE...
Report from Medical News Today: HERE...

Although all drinks that have benzoate and vitamin C should be changed or taken off the shelf just on the basis of the fact that together they create benzene - a cancer causing agent - although even without that evidence 98% of these drinks are unnecessary (useless calories)...there is one in particular that caught my eye: Crystal Light. It's amazing how marketing can really make you think that you can have your cake and eat it too! In this case, have your water and get a "sweet" tasting drink too.

The benzene reports faded back in the mid 90's, but benzoate and Vitamin C are still being used together in many drinks. Some of these drinks were tested after being in a trunk of a car for days, but others were tested right off the shelf and showed levels that are too high! Yet according the to the report, "the Officials with the American Beverage Association say the FDA has reviewed this issue "multiple times and found no public health threat." Now I know that you're not naive enough to think that the FDA is going to find something wrong with beverages when the American Beverage Association "asks" them to review beverages.... ones that they provided I'm sure.

Ladies and gentlemen, please make some noise. Put some pressure on your representatives who represent you in Washington DC. Most of these drinks are not providing any healthy benefits, but if they are still allowed to be sold, we should at least know that our kids are NOT drinking something that has cancer-causing qualities (although it doesn't stop cigarette makers, so go figure!).

One last thing quote from this articles: They (the American Beverage Association) said the "government standard for benzene in water cannot be applied to soft drinks" because "people consume far more water than they do soft drinks." I know that the average American drinks enough to make it a BIG PROBLEM. If you didn't know how much is consumed by the average American, read about it here AND HERE.

The other solution: ban all drinks and drink only your own filtered water. I'm still searching for a good filteration system so if you know one you like send it to me -

Are Soft Drinks Causing Cancer?
Are Soft Drinks Causing Cancer? - Dr.J. Patrick Havey

The correlation may not be proven but the headline should grab your attention because the possibilities are real. A new report about the quantity of BENZENE in soft drinks claims that the levels are low enough not to be of concer. First, what is benzene? Here it is defined ... straight from OSHA's website --

Benzene is an aromatic hydrocarbon that is produced by the burning of natural products. It is a component of products derived from coal and petroleum and is found in gasoline and other fuels. Benzene is used in the manufacture of plastics, detergents, pesticides, and other chemicals. Research has shown benzene to be a carcinogen (cancer-causing). With exposures from less than five years to more than 30 years, individuals have developed, and died from, leukemia. Long-term exposure may affect bone marrow and blood production. Short-term exposure to high levels of benzene can cause drowsiness, dizziness, unconsciousness, and death.

Now Benzene has also been shown to be the by-product of Food Additives plus Vitamin C. The World Health Organization (WHO) has set the maximum levels allowed in drinking water at 10 parts per billion. A report out of Australia (by the government) says that their soft drinks are below that level. More about that report here:

Dr. Kate Hughes who is quoted in the above referenced article points out that "it is significant that the presence of benzene is an unanticipated reaction between a food additive and vitamin C." Did you get that UNanticipated! So you have to ask yourself what other possible chemicals are present as a result of an unanticipated by-product from the addition of certain chemicals to our foods?

The point to keep in mind here is that benzene is a carcinogen, that is a cancer-causing chemical. Do you want to take a risk of consuming a product - soft drinks are reference here, so we'll stick to this one in particular - that has a loaded amount of unhealthy calories and could be cancer-causing? I hope not.

One source (here) puts Benzene in the top ten of hazardous chemicals. Now you have another reason to avoid soft drinks. Learn more about Benzene and how to avoid it go to .

5/24/2006 1:43 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

THANKS for sharing your comments, Julia. I understand my Diet Coke obsession is my last vice that needs busting, but I haven't gotten there yet.

My weight has not been adversely affected by drinking diet soda, but your evidence is compelling regarding the health implications.

Like I tell people, this is a journey of choice and right now I'm choosing to still drink diet soda. I'm drinking a lot less of them now than I used to drink Cokes. Slowly but surely I'll get to where I don't want them anymore.

But I'm not there yet. THANKS for sharing your honest opinions because this is a good debate to have concerning health. :)

5/24/2006 1:49 PM  
Blogger Julia Havey said...

WATER! It's your friend!! I promise you this Jimmy, as energetic as you feel NOW, you will be even more so with that garbage out of your system!

Take the leap of faith and go totally at "health"!!!! There is just no role for soft drinks, diet or regular in the body of anyone committed to healthy living! I am sure of it!

5/24/2006 4:43 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...


I DO drink water!!! About 1 1/2 GALLONS A DAY in addition to my diet soda. When I was losing weight, I drank about 2 gallons of water with my diet soda. I have a BIG thirst and have made water a MAJOR part of my drinking. But I still LOVE my diet soda, too. I'm getting there...slowly.

THANKS again for the comments!

5/24/2006 4:51 PM  

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