Catherine Furey, 38, of the UK, died in December 2010 after drinking concentrated vinegar, a DIY abortion she read about on the Internet. Furey had a “violent reaction” to the vinegar, was rushed to the hospital and died.
The details of her death have only now come out in relation to a trial against Furey’s sister-in-law, Dawn Chadwick, who handed Furey the vinegar bottle. Arrested in 2011, Chadwick was later charged with “unlawfully supplying a poisonous or noxious substance with the intent to cause the miscarriage of a woman.” The charge was later upgraded to manslaughter, but she was eventually cleared of wrongdoing. The families of the two women, through their lawyers, have issued statements saying they do not blame the sister-in-law for Catherine Furey’s death. Keep reading »
Hate working out? Join the club. While exercise is important, it isn’t the only way to improve the way you look. In fact, there are plenty of painless ways to freshen up your appearance and feel better about your bod.
We polled our experts to find out some things you can do to improve your body image without setting foot inside a spin class. In fact, some of their suggestions can be done right in the comfort of your own home. Skeptical? Read more …
Celebrity personal trainer Gunnar Peterson’s client list reads like a who’s who in Hollywood: Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and Sofia Vergara, just to name a few.
Now you can get the same access A-listers have via The Gunnar Challenge. The 8-week online fitness program, launching May 21, provides customized exercises and low-calorie meal plans to each user, as well as personal messages from Gunnar himself.
One thing Kim, Jennifer and Sofia are known for are their famous hourglass figures. Toofab’s Lawrence Yee asked the celebrity trainer for his tips on getting a small waist and bountiful booty, and his thoughts on all the Hollywood fad diets. Read more …
H&M made Tanning Mom so proud with their new swimwear ad, which features model Isabeli Fontana flaunting skin the color of coffee beans. The Swedish fast-fashion retailer was forced to apologize Thursday after the campaign in question left doctors, critics, and cancer groups roaring with outrage. The photos are clearly altered — though Fontana, who is of Brazilian descent, is naturally bronzed, the skin tone she’s been given is closer to that of an African-American. It seems like the change was meant to highlight the contrast between the complexion and the brightly-hued bathing suits, but if that’s the case, why wouldn’t they just use a black model? Keep reading »
In this Craitgslist ad, a woman offered to trade her three-month-old weave for a prescription for birth control. A fair exchange? Hmmm. I guess it depends on how many months supply of the Pill she would be getting. But don’t forget about the complimentary bottle of hair conditioner. That’s worth something. I wonder if there were any takers. Also, has it really come to this? I guess it has. [WOW]
When Henry Wolf hopped on his BMW motorcycle to take a leisurely four-hour ride, he never imagined that the ridged seat would give him an epic erection that was still going strong 20 months later. Now he’s suing BMW for lost wages, medical expenses, and mental and emotional distress. Since suffering from priapism (the medical term for a boner that just won’t quit), Wolf has been “unable to engage in sexual activity, which is causing him substantial emotional and mental anguish,” his lawyer stated in the lawsuit. No word yet from BMW, but apparently both the motorcycle and medical communities are baffled by Wolf’s condition, since motorcycle seats are much more likely to cause a very different problem: impotence. Either way, be careful out there, bikers: those seats are definitely not working in your favor. [Yahoo News]
Julia Bluhm, a 14-year-old from Waterville, Maine, was hearing a lot of negative self-talk in her ballet class. Her peers often complained about feeling fat and exhibited signs of warped body image. “To girls today, the word ‘pretty’ means skinny and blemish-free,” says Julia. “Why is that, when so few girls actually fit into such a narrow category? It’s because the media tells us that ‘pretty’ girls are impossibly thin with perfect skin.” Fed up with such unattainable standards, Julia decided it was time to act. So she wrote a petition to the editorial board of Seventeen magazine, with one simple request… Keep reading »