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.

Celebrating Caffeine Intoxication Disorder With Cappuccino Art

It’s official. Coffee addiction is a now a mental disorder. The latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) includes a condition known as “caffeine intoxication.” You may suffer from the caffeine-related disorder (and subsequent withdrawal) if you’ve had more than two to three cups of coffee and experienced five or more of the following symptoms: restlessness, nervousness, excitement, insomnia, flushed face, excessive peeing, GI issues, muscle twitching, rambling flow of thought and speech, heart palpitations, periods of inexhaustibility, unintentional motion, say, rapidly bouncing one leg.  Keep reading »

Sex Dolls Sell Coffee
Cumberland Farms hired some sex dolls to shill their coffee drinks. Read More »
Disorders?
We think these disorders should be legitimately diagnosable. Read More »
Barista Tidbits
50 things your barista wishes he could tell you. Read More »

El Salvador Will Allow Beatriz An Emergency Abortion After All

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El Salvador will not allow for lifesaving abortion for young mother. Read More »
El Salvador Delays
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El Salvador delays on lifesaving abortion for 22-year-old mom. Read More »
Supreme Court Refusal
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El Salvador Supreme Court refuses abortion for sick pregnant woman. Read More »

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of El Salavador refused an appeal by a 22-year-old woman with serious health issues to have a lifesaving abortion. Beatriz is 26 weeks pregnant with a fetus missing parts of its brain and skull; it is not expected to live for more than a few hours after birth. Her doctors said Beatriz needed to terminate her pregnancy, however, because of complications with her ailing kidneys and lupus. The court ruled this week that since Beatriz’s death was not “imminent,” it would not allow doctors to give her an abortion.

But yesterday, following an international outcry, the Health Minister of El Salvador approved a Cesarean section for Beatriz, which will effectively terminate the pregnancy, “in the event of an emergency.” Keep reading »

Learn The Art Of Prancercise

Horse Yoga
It's exactly what it sounds like. Read More »
Awesome '80s Workouts
These work out videos from the '80s will make you sweat. Read More »
Unicorn, Horse or Dolphin?
Which one did you prefer when you were a girl? Read More »
A fitness workout!
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Prancercise is ideally induced by elation!

As a person born in the Year of the Horse, the art of prancercise appeals to every level of my being. My new fitness guru, Joanna Rohrback (who just so happens to be from the great state of Florida), demonstrates how to prancercise in this instructional video. It’s a fitness workout, yes. But it’s more than that.

Joanna describes prancercise as “a springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse’s gait and ideally induced by elation.” I always called it “unbridling my inner pony spirit.” It was something I did to annoy my brother. Keep reading »

7 Ways To Stop “Fat Talk”

Weight Talk
One writer is sick of talking to women about weight. Read More »
Open Letter: Fat Girl
Winona pens an open letter to the fat girl. Read More »
Dear Dress...
It's not me, it's you. Read More »

According to an article in the New York Times’ “Well” Blog, a study found that a staggering 93 percent of college women engage in something called “fat talk.” Think, one woman says: “I can’t believe I just ate that whole bag of Oreos. I’m so fat!” Think, another woman says in response: “Oh my god, you’re not fat. Look at my ass, I’m the one who balloons when I eat sweets.”

Sound familiar? I’m sure it does. “Fat talk” is a vicious cycle wherein we tear ourselves down so we don’t seem too confident and then, in order to maintain equality in the friendship, we praise our friend and then tear our body down even more aggressively. If you’re a woman, than you’ve more than likely engaged in this toxic conversation cycle that sets the stage for poor body image and eating disorders, sometimes without even consciously wanting to. Why?

Because it’s become a way to bond with other women. And the really sick part is that researchers have found that it’s so automatic and embedded in women, that it may not even reflect the way we really feel about ourselves, but rather the way we think we are expected to feel about our bodies. That’s fucked up. It’s time for us to make an effort to shut the “fat talk” down. But how? Anything that happens automatically is a habit. Just like biting your nails or smoking cigarettes, we need to think of it as a seriously bad habit that must be broken. After the jump Winona and I have come up with some suggestions for cutting fat talk out of your life. Keep reading »

Roman Polanski Gripes The Birth Control Pill Has “Masculinized” Women

Polanski Free
Roman Polanski walks free after Switzerland refuses to extradite. Read More »
Woody Defends Polanski
Woody Allen is defending rapist Roman Polanski. Read More »
Polanski Accused Of Rape
A third woman has accused director Roman Polanski of rape. Read More »

I know you care about the opinions of a man who, in 1977, gave a Quaalude and champagne to a 13-year-old girl before he raped her. This weekend, filmmaker Roman Polanski said that the birth control pill has “masculinized” women and taken the “romance” out of our lives. You know, the romance of yore, like giving drugs and alcohol to 8th grade girls. Keep reading »

This Is A Photo Of Eight Men Discussing A Ban On Women’s Reproductive Health

Huffington Post reporter Laura Bassett snapped this photo Wednesday at a House of Representatives hearing regarding a proposed nationwide 20-week abortion ban spearheaded by Republican Rep. Trent Franks. If you look closely, you will see a dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, and yup, one more dude. EIGHT MEN! At a hearing on abortion rights! Dudes! Legislating women’s bodies! [TwitterHuffington Post[Photo via Laura Bassett]

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