Category Archives: health

Catch up on the latest health legislation, honest discussions about our bodies, and “I Have” essays from women’s personal experiences. Whether mental or physical The Frisky discusses each disease, concern, or condition to encourage open conversation.

Guys, You’re Just As Depressed As Women

Depression might be known more as a women’s disease, but new research shows men suffer just as much—only differently. When rage, risk-taking, and substance abuse are taken into account, men are just as likely to be diagnosed with depression as women, the study says. In fact, if nontraditional symptoms are properly identified, men may actually be more likely to suffer from major depression, the “Los Angeles Times” reports, adding it’s news that may help explain why men are four times more likely to commit suicide. Read more at Newser…

Valentino Shares His Super Sad Diet With Harper’s Bazaar

Diets are depressing
That's what science says! And science is always right! Read More »
The Air Diet
French Grazia exposes Hollywood's Air Diet. Read More »

Diets, man! What a bitch. As a human with a particular fondness for bread, cheese, and meat and a diminutive frame that, presented with the opportunity, will take all of those calories, thank you very much, and keep them forever and ever, I am almost always on some sort of depressing leafy-greens-and-lean-protein restriction. For health, you know? I do it all for health. I’m cautiously assuming that Health is also the reason why Valentino Garavani, the Italian fashion designer formerly responsible for his eponymous house of Valentino and person maybe made of leather, has what strikes me as the saddest eating regimen of all time. Quoth a profile in Harper’s Bazaar:

I try to eat a simple diet: no sugar, no milk, no dairy except goat cheese, no gluten pasta, Bio Rice, no meat, some fish (not the ones with mercury), vegetables, no potatoes, no bread except rice crackers or grissini, one glass of red wine, sugarless sherbet, all sweets made with almond milk and xylitol sweetener, and one coffee a day.

I realize that some people really get off on exclusively consuming food items that are Good For You, and I aspire to one day have the good sense and self-control to be one of these people. I really do! But man, oh man, do I have the secondhand sads for Valentino right now. All that’s left for me to do is to have an extra meat and cheese sandwich today in his honor. [The Gloss]

Anthony Yahle, Ohio Man, Comes Back To Life After Being Declared Dead

Lawrence Yahle refused to believe his dad was dead — and he was right.

The 17-year-old Ohio resident rushed into his father Anthony’s Kettering Medical Center hospital room after doctors told him his dad could not be revived, according to ABC News.

“Dad, you’re not going to die today,” Yahle said as he burst into the room.

“Moments later,” ABC News reports, Anthony Yahle’s heart monitor “showed signs of life,” and doctors were able to successfully revive him, 45 minutes after his heart had stopped beating and he had been declared dead. Read more at Huffington Post…

Those Before/After Fitness Pictures Are A Big, Fat Lie

I Don't Know My Weight
scale
The case of stepping off the scale. Read More »

You might have already expected as much, but those before/after picture for the supplements that claim to help you drop 30 pounds in 30 days or give you an overnight six-pack or whatever insane thing they say they’ll do are all a bunch of hogwash. Aussie personal trainer and fitness blogger MelVFitness demonstrated how those pictures are nothing but an optical illusion by doing her own photo transformation in 15 minutes.

“Check out my transformation! It took me 15 minutes. Wanna know my secret? Well firstly I ditched the phonewallet (fwallet) cause that shit is lame, swapped my bather bottoms to black (cause they’re a size bigger & black is slimming), Smothered on some fake tan, clipped in my hair extensions, stood up a bit taller, sucked in my guts, popped my hip —  threw in a skinny arm, stood a bit wider #boxgap, pulled my shoulders back and added a bit of a cheeky/Im so proud of my results smile. Zoomed in on the before pic- zoomed out on the after & added a filter. Cause filters make everything awesome. What’s my point? Don’t be deceived by what you see in magazines & on Instagram.. You never see the dozens of other pics they took that weren’t as flattering. Photoshop can make a pig look hotter then Beyonce.”

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Positive HIV Test Grinds Porn Industry To A Halt

A leading porn industry group called for a moratorium on filming, after discovering that one performer has tested positive for HIV. The Free Speech Coalition, an industry group, wouldn’t reveal the infected performer’s identity, but said it was working with Adult Production Health & Safety Services to treat other performers who might have been exposed, the LA Times reports. Read more at Newser…

The Soapbox: Chelsea Manning Has The Right To Healthcare In Prison, Transgender Or Not

I Am Chelsea Manning
Bradley Manning: "I Am Chelsea Manning, I Am Female"
Wikileaks leaker Bradley Manning has transitioned to Chelsea Manning. Read More »
My Transition Story
What it's like to transition from female to male. Read More »
Q&A: Laverne Cox
interview Laverne Cox Orange Is The New Black
Meet Laverne Cox, the trans actress from "Orange Is The New Black." Read More »
chelsea manning transgender in prison

Now that Chelsea Manning has expressed a desire to medically transition through hormone replacement therapy, there are a lot of questions circling about what Leavenworth looks like for a trans woman, and how exactly someone might transition from male to female in prison. While Manning’s case itself is complicated, the question of what kind of healthcare someone deserves in prison is fairly simple. There are clear legal and moral arguments for Manning receiving hormones once they are prescribed by a doctor. This isn’t about what she did or did not do; it’s about the basic commitment we make as a society when we lock someone up.

When someone commits a crime, no matter how heinous, we still have an obligation as a society to provide their basic needs while they serve their time. As Lesley Kinzel argued when writing about the Michelle Kosilek case last year, “What makes us better than murderers is that we value human life, even the lives of those who don’t value life themselves, their own included.” Whether or not you agree with Manning’s release of classified information, we consider a decent life a collective value, enshrined in the basic rights that are guaranteed by our Constitution. Courts have already held that the 8th Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment confers a right to adequate medical care in prison, and medical experts and courts have consistently found that hormone therapy is a medically necessary treatment for transgender people for whom it’s prescribed. Keep reading »

Dream Or Nightmare: Caffeine Body Spray Is Here

Caffeine Intoxication?
coffee art by Kazuki Yamamto
It's a real disorder. Read More »
Inventions We Need
Can someone please invent these things? Read More »
Barista Tidbits
50 things your barista wishes he could tell you. Read More »
DREAM OR NIGHTMARE?
Sprayable Energy
Caffeine You Can Spray On Your Skin!?

When I arrive at work in the morning, I often make jokes about wanting to mainline more caffeine into my veins. And this is after I’ve already pounded three cups of java in rapid succession. It’s just not enough!! I’m a caffeine junkie. No need for me to ever make that joke again now that Sprayable Energy –caffeine that you spray directly onto your skin– exists. It sounds like one of those dream inventions that you never think will happen, but eventually, it does. (I felt the very same way about video phone calls when I used to watch “The Jetsons” on Saturday morning.) You spray the product on your neck or wrists like you would Axe Body spray, only it doesn’t smell like crap and it absorbs into your skin and gets your brain neurons firing right away. You don’t even have to bother with stumbling over to your coffee maker and grinding the beans. The only downsides I can see are increased risk of overdose and extreme temptation to spray it on my boyfriend while he’s sleeping and see what happens. I’m so amped about Sprayable Energy that I feel like I just sprayed myself. [Sprayable Energy]

5 Stages Your Therapist Goes Through After You Quit Her Services (In GIFs!)

Things Your Therapist Says
translating what therapists say
...and what they really mean! Read More »
How To Dump Your Shrink
Four ways to break up with your therapist. Read More »
Best/Worst Therapists
The best & worst zingers from our therapists. Read More »
5 Stages Your Therapist Goes Through After You Quit Her Services

Therapy has done me good. Off and on ever since I was 14, I’ve seen a couple therapists for a couple of years at a time each. They’ve helped me through family craziness, adjusting to college, adjusting to life after college, a boss possessed by Satan, and bouts of depression and anxiety.

Therapy isn’t about “solving” problems;  it’s about learning ways to cope with them. It’s a credit to my most recent therapist that the few problems in my life feel manageable.  In extraordinary circumstances I’ll feel anxious or depressed, but I’m proud to say that I’ve been living my life better than ever. So much so, in fact, that I’m not sure that I’m getting much out of therapy anymore.  It feels less like an essential part of mental healthcare and more like a relationship I’ve been maintaining (and let’s be honest, paying for) out of guilt and habit.

So I decided to cut the cord. And my therapist … well, she didn’t take it so well. It felt like a breakup.  Here are the five stages you can expect your therapist to go through when you’ve quit their services: Keep reading »

Absolutely Not: Weight-Loss Tapeworms Can’t Become A Thing

The Air Diet
French Grazia exposes Hollywood's Air Diet. Read More »
Weight Talk
One writer is sick of talking to women about weight. Read More »

I think we can all agree that the society’s issues with weight and body image have reached rock, rock, rock bottom when women are purposefully ingesting tapeworms to shed pounds. An Iowa woman had to seek medical attention last week after purchasing a LIVE tapeworm off the internet and swallowing it. She was advised to get on anti-worm medication as soon as possible to avoid illness or possible death. The woman’s lapse in judgment prompted the Iowa Department of Public Health to issue a statement warning against using tapeworms as weight-loss aids. Keep reading »

How Not To Fall For The Next Fitness Fad

In the fitness and weight-loss industry, serpent lubrication sells like hotcakes. It’s capitalism run amok, and it is not helping. Billions of dollars are at stake to perpetuate the myth of “quick and easy” when it comes to building muscle and/or dropping fat from your frame. If you believe in quick-fix miracle cures for getting in shape, you’re not alone. In 2011, the Federal Trade Commission launched a massive survey of consumer fraud in the U.S. and found people were more likely to be taken in by a weight-loss scam than any other type of fraud. It’s not all “bank inspectors” and pyramid schemes; fraudsters scammed millions of Americans wanting to lose weight by selling pills, powders, machines, wraps, creams and even “weight-loss earrings.”

Are people who believe such things stupid? Not necessarily. Read more at Ask Men…

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