health

Figure Out If You’re An Abstainer Or Moderator To Manage Your Good And Bad Habits

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 7, 2014

One of the focuses (focii?) of Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project is figuring out how to break bad habits and moderate indulgences. Yesterday on the project’s blog, she talked about two different ways to manage temptations: Abstaining and moderating.
She describes author Delia Ephron as a “Moderator”: When she goes to bakeries, for example, she… More »


The Top 10 Percent Of Drinkers Have 10 Drinks A Day

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 6, 2014

Startling things: The top 10 percent of adult drinkers account for around 60 percent of alcohol sales. They drink 10 drinks a day.
This is according to Philip J. Cook’s “Paying the Tab,” based on findings from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC). As Christopher Ingraham points out at theMore »


19 Things I’ve Done To Try To Treat My Insomnia (Without Any Lasting Results)

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 2, 2014

I have shared with you all lovelies before that I have PTSD and, because of it, suffer from pretty crushing anxiety sometimes. I’m pretty much on top of it during my waking hours, but lately (i.e. increasingly since May) that daytime anxiety just feels like it’s getting pushed to the nighttime.
Here are all… More »


Your Face Wash Is Fish Poison — Make Your Own Instead!

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / June 27, 2014

Hey guys, good news! The microbeads in your face wash are poison! Oh, wait, that’s terrible news, never mind.
You might have heard that Illinois banned microbeads from cosmetics and cleansers last week, and New York and California are right on our heels. It turns out – in an extraordinarily logical turn that really we… More »


Florida Governor Signs Anti-Abortion Law

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 18, 2014

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a law criminalizing a second- or third-trimester abortion after a doctor has determined a fetus could survive outside the womb. The law also removes the woman’s psychological distress as an exception for such an abortion.  [AP]
The United States Senate is expected to approve $41 million to test… More »


Frisky Rant: Stop Being So Damn Disgusting In The Company Bathroom, Ladies

By: Katie Oldenburg / June 16, 2014

I write this to you in the heat of the moment, still disgusted at what I just witnessed in the company ladies room. IT WAS NOT PRETTY. In fact, after slurping down several tall glasses of Long Island Iced Teas during a barbecue yesterday, I was forced to stop at a seedy, highway rest sto… More »


WTF Is Wrong With Me: I Can’t Complete A Yawn!

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 10, 2014

Hi Frisky readers! I need your help! I can’t finish yawning. For the last two days, I keep feeling the neeeeeed to yawn and I’ll open my mouth (covering it if I’m among mixed company, natch) and will start yawning, but the yawn never fully hits its peak. As a result, I feel like I need to yawn all the… More »


The UK Strengthens Female Genital Mutilation Legislation

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 6, 2014

A law in the UK punishing adults who carry out female circumcision (also called FGM or female genital mutilation) is being strengthened with a new amendment to include other adults, beyond British citizens and permanent residents, who take girls to be cut. The new legislation would punish “habitually resident” foreign citizens living in the UK with… More »


9 Things You Need To Know About The Sun And Your Skin This Summer

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / June 5, 2014

It’s beach season! Yay! That means that when I went to the beach last week I got sun poisoning, just like every year. Boooooo.
The whole concept of “sun poisoning” is baffling to me. Human beings have been living, hunting, farming, working, traveling, and just sort of existing in sunlight for our entire existence. More »


13 Healthy, Beautifying, Money-Saving & Sexy Ways To Use Coconut Oil

We love coconut oil! Not only does it taste oh-so-delicious, it’s also super healthy and can be used in place of many conventional body care products. Since we also love the earth and saving money, swapping out coconut oil for traditional products is a no-brainer. From cooking to skincare to hair treatments to mouthwash, the… More »


The Great Twat Betrayal: 7 Common Yet Complicated Vagina Problems Every Woman Faces

By: Anonymous / May 22, 2014

I am convinced my vagina should have the next lead role on “Game of Thrones,” because recently, it has done nothing but plot sadistic revenge and royally fuck me. Like many women have experienced, I woke up one day with some weird itching and burning in the land down under and knew that it wa… More »


8 Ways To Combat Your Inner Critic

By: Claire Hannum / May 16, 2014

Whether we notice it or not, we all face the occasional visit of a nagging voice inside our heads that questions whether we’re good enough. You know the one — it turns up when you’re face to face with your ex, putting yourself out there creatively or just looking at yourself in the mirror. That… More »


Missouri Legislature Advances 3-Day Waiting Period For Abortion

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 15, 2014

A Missouri bill mandating a three-day waiting period for an abortion is now sitting on the governor’s desk. The state’s Republican-controlled legislature advanced the bill, which would require a woman seeking to terminate a pregnancy to meet with her doctor and then wait three days, even if she is a victim of incest or… More »


Help Make This Documentary About Loving Your Body A Reality

By: Claire Hannum / May 15, 2014

You may remember Australian mom Taryn Brumfitt from the unconventional “before and after” photos she released in 2013, which showcased her transition from an ultra-fit body-building physique to an equally beautiful post-baby body. The images went viral, and in the months since then, Brumfitt was inspired to create a documentary, “Embrace,” that encourages women to love their bodie… More »


Transgender National Security Leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning May Be Transferred To Civilian Prison To Be Treated For “Gender Dysphoria”

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 14, 2014

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about Private Chelsea Manning, also known as Bradley Manning, a dishonorably discharged soldier who was sentenced to 35 years for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks. The last we heard from Manning was in August, when she had publicly come out as transgender and informed the world she wanted to be referred… More »


This Mother-Daughter Exercise Team Is Totally Adorable (And Strong)!

By: Claire Hannum / May 13, 2014

Meet Cheryl and Tessa, a mother and daughter who pledged to spend 100 days getting fit together — and happened to lose a combined 74 pounds along the way. These ladies are amazing. When I first came across this video, I was skeptical. Sometimes “inspirational” videos about losing weight irk me because they encourage a very… More »


Can Anybody Actually Pass This Sleep Deprivation Test?

By: Claire Hannum / May 13, 2014

Try the test in this video by Richard Wiseman to see if you need to catch up on your catnaps (hint: you probably do). According to Wiseman, an easy way to tell if you’re sleep deprived is if you need the help of an alarm to wake up in the morning. Seriously? I have known maybe two people… More »


The Soapbox: Powerlifting Is For Women, Too

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / May 13, 2014

The first time I put a barbell across my back, I was in love.
It wasn’t like I had never lifted weights before; I had, but never like this. Thanks to the myth that I needed to do high reps with light weights to get  “toned” arms and legs (because, of course, as a woman,… More »


South Carolina Advances Abortion Ban After 20 Weeks

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 6, 2014

A subcommittee in South Carolina’s state Senate has advanced a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill provides exceptions for pregnancies resulting from incest, rape and fetal abnormalities. The 20-week limit is based on the medically unproven claim that fetuses feel pain after 20 weeks. [CBS, RH Reality Check]
Secretary… More »


My Reaction To ABC’s New Drama “Black Box,” As A Person With A Bipolar Loved One

By: Anonymous / April 28, 2014

Leading up to last week’s pilot episode of “Black Box” on ABC, I’d seen a bunch of previews for the drama centered around Dr. Catherine Black, a talented neuroscientist harboring a secret diagnosis of her own. The series premiere aired right after “Grey’s Anatomy,” which I had been watching, so I decided to give itMore »


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