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.

Finally! Science Explains Why You Can’t Ever Remember Your Dreams

As a dream analysis enthusiast, I’ve shared my tips for recalling your nightly adventures more easily. While I still think a few simple tricks can help you remember your dreams more often and in more detail, it turns out that there is a scientific reason why some of us remember our dreams more regularly than others. In a study published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, researchers studied the brain patterns of “high dream recallers” and “low dream recallers” and found that the “high dream recallers”showed stronger brain activity, both while awake and while asleep, in the part of the brain responsible for attending to external stimuli. Keep reading »

“Biggest Loser” Winner Rachel Frederickson Finally Admits That She Might Have Been “Too Enthusiastic”

Biggest Loser Controversy
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"Biggest Loser" winner Rachel Fredericskon lost A LOT of weight. Read More »
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Bob Harper Exlpains His Reaction To "Biggest Loser" Winner Rachel Frederickson's Controversial Weight Loss
"Biggest Loser" trainer Bob Harper explains his shock at the finale. Read More »
I Don't Know My Weight
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The case of stepping off the scale. Read More »
My Eating Disorder
Katie struggled for an eating disorder in high school and college. Read More »
"Biggest Loser" Winner Rachel Frederickson Finally Admits That She Might Have Been "Too Enthusiastic"

“The Biggest Loser” winner Rachel Frederickson is finally ready to talk openly(ish) about her controversial 155-pound weight loss, revealed on the show’s season finale. In this week’s People, Frederickson admits that working out six hours a day in the three months before the finale might have been overkill. Ya think?!

In a video posted on their website, People’s Michelle Tan reports that she looked “much more healthy” a few days after the finale and that she “really was taking responsibility” for being “too enthusiastic” about her workouts. Reportedly, Frederickson was “really shocked and overwhelmed” by the negativity resulting from her weight loss and really wants to put a positive spin on it. Keep reading »

Gross Talk: 6 Things To Expect From Your First Colonic (Because I Just Had My First Colonic And It Was Pretty Great)

5 Things To Expect From Your First Colonic (Because I Just Had My First Colonic And It Was Pretty Great)
Pooping: A Feminist Issue
One writer talks about how pooping is a feminist issue. Read More »

Life is an adventure, or that’s what I told myself yesterday, as a small tube was inserted into my butthole. Hold on, let me backtrack. A few weeks ago, a friend in PR asked if I wanted to write about something called the Optimum Detox Treatment offered at Manhattan’s Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa. Naturally, I said yes, because who turns down free spa treatments? Not I! To be honest, I kind of just skimmed the email with all the details and then forgot about it until yesterday evening, when I remembered my appointment. It wasn’t until I was clad only in a robe, reclining back in a super comfortable and high tech massage bed  that I realized I had no idea what this “detox treatment” was all about. A facial? Perhaps a massage? Maybe I’d be slathered in some mineral-y mud and wrapped up with seaweed?

Yeah, not quite. Instead, I found myself with a tube up my butthole on a Monday evening after work. Because part two of the Optimum Detox Treatment — part one involved infrared light and will be discussed in another post — was a colonic. Surprise! Keep reading »

Product We Hope We’ll Never Need: Pantyliners For Your Butt

Product We Hope We'll Never Need: Pantyliners For Your Butt

“The Butterfly Effect” is a sci-fi thriller starring Ashton Kutcher, yes. But it’s also the phrase used to describe the relief one feels when she knows her underwear are protected from skid marks. As advertised in a recent issue of Martha Stewart Living, Butterfly body liners (or poopliners, as I prefer to call them) are a “new kind of discreet protection from ABL” (accidental bowel leakage). The caption next to the smiling model, Renee age 53, reads:

“It’s hard to believe such a little thing could make such a big difference. Talk about a butterfly effect.”

Important question: Are there kegels you can do for your butthole so you never have to experience the butterfly effect? [Jezebel]

You Can Skip The Gym This Winter Because Shivering Counts As Exercise

I think we can all agree that all the inclement weather is causing a collective bout of winter insanity. Everyone has their reasons. Mine is minor frostbite on my left, second toe that’s made trekking through slippery ice slush even more uncomfortable than it already was. Seriously, last night, I had a dream that it was summer. That’s it. Just that it was warm again.

But there is the tiniest bit of good news about the Winter Of Our Discontent. A study published in science journal, Cell Metabolism,concluded that shivering is just about as good for your body as exercise. Researchers found that the muscles of shivering people triggered a hormone that activates fat and burns energy to generate extra heat in the same way that rigorous exercise does. Keep reading »

Some Thoughts On “Biggest Loser” Winner Rachel Frederickson’s Major Weight Loss

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This morning, a friend asked me what I thought about all “The Biggest Loser” finale drama. I hadn’t watched it yet, but I had a feeling.

“Can I guess?” I said. “Rachel lost too much weight, didn’t she?”

I was right. I didn’t want to spoil the outcome of finale as I’m an avid fan of the show, but I had to look at the pictures of Rachel Frederickson, who is now weighing in at 105 pounds after losing a whopping 155 pounds. People on social media and the blogosphere are freaking out about her weight loss — including Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper — a screenshot of their faces when she walked out on stage says it all. The girl lost 60 percent of her body weight, which can’t look any other way but shocking. Keep reading »

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