health

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

By: Ami Angelowicz / August 20, 2013

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… More »


How Not To Fall For The Next Fitness Fad

By: Ask Men / August 15, 2013

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… More »


Anyone Who’s Ever Suffered From Mental Illness (Or Known Someone Who Has) Must Watch Eleanor Longdon’s TED Talk

By: Ami Angelowicz / August 12, 2013

Eleanor Longdon was a college student when she began hearing a totally neutral voice in her head that would narrate her daily going ons in the third person. “She is leaving the room.” She is going to the lecture.” Longdon’s relationship with this innocuous narrator eventually turned into what she called a “psychic civil war”… More »


5 Things To Remember When Your Life Goes To Hell

By: Cracked / August 11, 2013

If there’s an upside to spending most of your life in abject poverty and soul-sucking alcoholism, it’s that you become an expert in shit-handling. Many of you out there can testify that it doesn’t make you panic any less when personal disasters do pop up, but it seems like the more frequently you fall into… More »


Sanjay Gupta: “I Was Wrong About Weed”

By: Newser / August 11, 2013

For years, Sanjay Gupta has been among the voices calling medical marijuana illegitimate, even writing a 2009 Time article entitled “Why I Would Vote No on Pot.” “Well, I am here to apologize,” the celebrity doctor writes today at CNN. Gupta has spent a lot of time researching pot for his new documentary “Weed,” and… More »


Kelly Osbourne Opens Up About Troubled Past: I Wanted The Drugs “All To Myself”

By: Celebuzz / August 11, 2013

Kelly Osbourne is all about speaking her mind and her latest interview with Cosmopolitan U.K. is no exception.

Gracing the publication’s September 2013 issue, the “Fashion Police” host opens up about her past drug addiction and how her mother, Sharon Osbourne, even had her placed in a padded room in order to hel… More »


Overthinking Things Will Render You A Useless Human Being

By: Ami Angelowicz / August 8, 2013

Overthinking everything is my Achilles heel. If I get into my Crazy Thinking Place, as I refer to it, I can loop around on one idea for hours, like a dog chasing its tail. It can be about anything — from what I want to eat for lunch to what I’m going to say whe… More »


Study: Anorexia Is Similar To Autism

By: Alyson Penn / August 8, 2013

A new study suggests that girls suffering from anorexia display similar personality traits to those with autism, such as lack of empathy, high focus on detail, and rigid behavior. In some instances, girls with anorexia scored five times higher in autistic qualities than non-anorexic girls on the Autism Spectrum Quotient. More »


Little Girl Who Got Deadly Brain-Eating Amoeba From Lake Is Making Miraculous Recovery

By: The Stir / August 7, 2013

Amazing, miraculous news out of Little Rock, Arkansas! The poor 12-year-old girl who contracted a rare brain amoeba from swimming in a water park is showing signs of improvement. If she survives the amoeba, which eats away at brain tissue, she will be the third known person in the world to do so. From the… More »


GIF Quiz! Are You Having A Quarter-Life Crisis?

By: Tres Sugar / August 3, 2013

Once you hit your 20s, there’s a reason “Girls” becomes your favorite show. It’s as if you were waiting in line for the quarter-life crisis you heard about and got called sooner than expected. All of a sudden you’re trying to get your life together while juggling things like a career and dating (when really… More »


Real Talk: On Birth Control & Protecting Against Pregnancy, Part 2

By: Avital Norman Nathman / August 2, 2013

This week’s Real Talk focuses on birth control: what we use, why, and our thoughts on all the issues surrounding the way we keep our bodies pregnancy-free! The first half of our conversation about contraception ran yesterday.

The participants are:

Rose Fox is a book and magazine editor, event organizer, and… More »


Victoria’s Secret Model Erin Heatherton Gets Photographed Smoking Before An Event

By: Rachel Krause / August 1, 2013

Models: they’re the editorial picture of loveliness and good breeding and long legs and dagger-like cheekbones, and, well, many of them smoke like chimneys. This is not to say that all models are smokers, or that all smokers are models for that matter (no, what?), but you’d be hard-pressed to come up with a well-publicized… More »


Could North Carolina Temporarily Be Without An Abortion Clinic?

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 1, 2013

North Carolina has suspended the license of the one abortion provider in the state that is able to stay open following the passage of new abortion restrictions. Femcare, in Asheville, is expected to reopen once it improves upon 23 violations.  [Huffington PostRH Reality Check]
On things that look like feminism but aren’t. [MSNBC]… More »


Real Talk: On Birth Control & Protecting Against Pregnancy, Part 1

By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 31, 2013

This week’s Real Talk focuses on birth control: what we use, why, and our thoughts on all the issues surrounding the way we keep our bodies pregnancy-free! The second half of our conversation about contraception will run tomorrow.

The participants are:

Rose Fox is a book and magazine editor, event organizer,… More »


All Of My Body Image Issues Summed Up Neatly Into One Hilarious Drawing

By: Rachel Krause / July 31, 2013

When it comes to judging — or rather, assessing — the appearance, weight, and other such physical attributes of People That Are Not Me, I am forgiving to the point that someone close to me refers to me (endearingly? maybe? I hope?) as “Shallow Hal” (post-hypnotherapeutic incantation, obviously). It’s not that I can’t see it,… More »


An Inner Monologue While Working At A FitDesk

By: Ami Angelowicz / July 31, 2013

We have had the good fortune to test out a FitDesk here at Frisky HQ and I have decided to give you an honest account of my experience working on it. As I write this piece, I promise to pedal the entire without stopping for at least 20 minutes, without censoring myself whatsoever as to… More »


This Is What Anxiety Looks Like

By: Julie Gerstein / July 26, 2013

Photographer John William Keedy was interested in trying to visualize the dark edges of anxiety. In his series, It’s Hardly Noticeable, Keedy generates powerful visual metaphors that encapsulate just how oppressive and maddening anxiety can feel. The title alone refers to what people with anxiety can fixate on, feel or worry about, that may elude people… More »


The Sordid Tale Of An Unaccounted For Tampon (In GIFs!)

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 23, 2013

Womanhood is a glorious, many-petaled flower. (Or something.) But there are some times when being a lady really sucks. Like, say, when you know you put a tampon in the night before and  you know you didn’t take it out and now you can’t find it. It’s really missing. Seriously, where did that little bugger… More »


State Senator Wendy Davis On Why She Stood Up For Texas Women

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 15, 2013

In her own words, here is one of our personal heroes, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis on why she stood up for TX women by filibustering an anti-abortion bill for nearly 13 hours. [Washington Post]
On Massachusetts’ approach to curbing domestic homicide (i.e. murder via domestic violence) by focusing on the perpetrators and… More »


11-Year-Old To Give Birth To Rapist’s Baby In Chile, Where Abortion Is Illegal

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 10, 2013

A 11-year-old girl in Chile, who was impregnated by her mother’s boyfriend, told a TV interviewer recently that giving birth to a baby would be like “having a doll.” Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, who opposes abortion, has praised the fifth grader publicly for her “depth and maturity” in carrying the pregnancy to term. More »


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