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If you've got melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly.

The 12-step chocoholics program: NEVER BE MORE THAN 12 STEPS AWAY FROM CHOCOLATE!

Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces.

Chocolate has many preservatives. Preservatives make you look younger. Therefore, chocolate is therapeutic.

There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE.

This guy found a bottle on the ocean, and he opened it and out popped a genie, and he gave him three wishes. The guy wished for a million dollars, and poof! there was a million dollars. Then he wished for a convertible, and poof! there was a convertible. And then, he wished he could be irresistible to all women... poof! he turned into a box of chocolates.

Exercise is a dirty word... Every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

I don't understand why so many "so called" chocolate lovers complain about the calories in chocolate, when all true chocoholics know that it is a vegetable. It comes from the cocoa bean, beans are veggies, 'nuff said.

I could give up chocolate but I'm not a quitter.

I have this theory that chocolate slows down the aging process.... It may not be true, but do I dare take the chance?

I'm a serious chocoholic. For the serious chocoholic, chocolate is better than sex. If you believe that, you REALLY need to meet that special someone who can change your mind. If you HAVE met that special someone and still believe that, I REALLY NEED to know where you get your chocolate!!!

Life is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get!

Put "Eat Chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you'll get one thing done.

Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It'll take the edge off your appetite, and you'll eat less.

The problem: how to get 2 pounds of chocolate home from the store in a hot car. The solution: eat it in the parking lot.

If not for chocolate, there would be no need for control top pantyhose. An entire garment industry would be devastated. You can't let that happen, can you?

Chocolate could be cough medicine

An ingredient of chocolate could put a stop to persistent coughs and lead to new, more effective cough medicines, research suggests.

Scientists found the key ingredient, theobromine, is nearly a third more effective in stopping persistent coughs than the leading medicine codeine. They say it produces fewer side effects than conventional treatment - and would not leave people drowsy.

The research, led by Imperial College London, is published in FASEB journal. Researcher Professor Peter Barnes said: "Coughing is a medical condition which affects most people at some point in their lives, and yet no effective treatment exists. "While persistent coughing is not necessarily harmful it can have a major impact on quality of life, and this discovery could be a huge step forward in treating this problem."
The researchers gave 10 healthy volunteers theobromine, a placebo or codeine at different times. They then exposed the volunteers to capsaicin, a substance used in clinical research to cause coughing. The concentration of capsaicin required to produce a cough in those people given theobromine was around one third higher when compared with the group receiving a placebo. When the group received codeine they needed only marginally higher levels of capsaicin to produce coughing, compared with the placebo.


Nerve activity Theobromine works by suppressing vagus nerve activity, which is responsible for causing coughing. The team also discovered that unlike standard cough treatments, theobromine caused no adverse effects on either the cardiovascular or central nervous systems. Professor Maria Belvisi, who also worked on the study, said: "Not only did theobromine prove more effective than codeine, at the doses used it was found to have none of the side effects. "Normally the effectiveness of any treatment is limited by the dosage you can give someone. "With theobromine having no demonstrated side effects in this study it may be possible to give far bigger doses, further increasing its effectiveness. "At the same time, theobromine may not have any of the side effects such as drowsiness. This means there will be no restrictions on when it can be taken. "For example, people using heavy machinery or who are driving should not take codeine, but they could take theobromine."


Encouraging results Dame Helena Shovelton, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation said: "The results of this research sound very promising. "Persistant coughing often affects lung disease patients so this could be a progressive step in terms of treating it. Also, it is encouraging to find no adverse effects. "We would like to see more research done to fully understand the potential of these findings and would advise patients to speak to their GP before changing their medication or treating their cough with chocolate!" Dr Richard Russell, of the British Thoracic Society, said: "Over-the-counter sales for acute cough medicines currently reach approximately £100m a year in the UK - money that is being spent on remedies, where there is no evidence that they work. "The number of people with undiagnosed chronic cough is increasing in this country - and more effective treatments are needed.

"The condition can be really distressing and so I hope this research provides a clue for future treatments."

 


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