Women Documents Her Major Weight Loss Through Fun Photos

An inspiring new set of photos has hit the web, as a woman who was going to undergo gastric bypass surgery decided to do some “before” and “after” shots of herself. It wasn’t long after she schedule the operation that she called up her friend and photographer, Blake Morrow, to take some funny, motivational, and inspiring photos of her that would in the end look awesome. Beth had to pose with her future self in all of the “before” pictures and she had no idea how they would look compared to her new self. What she saw, astounded her.

According to an article found on reddit and written by Yahoo!, Beth had lost over 150 pounds and when she saw the final results of her pictures she was amazed. All of the pictures that Morrow took of her had some kind of theme to them, whether it was Charlie Chaplin, prisoner and a guard, two stage singers, or two women posing at the beach, everyone can tell the difference and see the progress that Beth has made over the past few months.

MyCentralJersey.com as well as the folks at The Aspire New Brunswick think this is one of the most creative ways to document someone’s progress in a weight loss program. But she had to jump into it full force, because it can be scary to think of going through all of that work only to make no change happen, but in some other ways maybe that is what kept her going.

Beards Are Full of Staphylococcus

The latest study about men and beards has some people heading to the store for razors. It is customary for people to grow a beard during the winter months when things are brutally cold in the country. But when the heat of summer kicks in most people want to shave it off.

Things couldn’t have been worse for beard wearers or their families when this report came out. The researchers found fecal bacteria inside the beards. It appears that a beard is so dirty that it had bacteria that is typically found in fecal matter and in the intestines. What is grosser than that?

The reports are shocking to those who find facial hair attractive. Being scruffy and unkempt has been the latest trend in Hollywood. From stars like Keith Mann, Brad Pitt to Johnny Depp, people love the freedom of not having to deal with shaving. However, this report might make leading lady Angelina Jolie think twice about kissing her famous husband, just until he shaves that is.

Food dribbles all day long down the face of a man. They sneeze, cough and have god knows what else attack itself to the beard. In a matter of time it can be contaminated. They must be washed just like hair with shampoo. The key to having a beard and keeping it sanitary is to ensure it is cut close to the skin and keeping it well groomed.

MDA Says Goodbye To Its Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon

After 59 Years MDA Decided Not To Broadcast The Telethon This Year

We all called it the Jerry Lewis telethon for years. Lewis and Dean Martin started the telethon in 1956, and it has been offering us great entertainment and the art of contributing to a good cause since then. Lewis was the catalyst for the telethon until 2010. That was the year he parted ways with the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Countless big name entertainers, political figures and corporations wanted to be part of the Sunday thru Monday telethon, so millions of people thought the show was worth watching. Seeing the kids with MD brought the meaning of the telethon into perspective. Those little faces were enough to pull-on the purse strings, and touch the hearts of the viewing audience.

The Telethon was a test of fortitude for Jerry Lewis, and Brad Reifler was glad to see it. His untied bowtie at the end of the telethon told the story of a man with pure dedication and a strong desire to make a difference. His end of the show rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone was his way of telling the world he was born to help this noble cause. Lewis and his friends raised more than $2 billion for MDA through the years, and that will never be forgotten.

Smith College in Massachusetts are Now Accepting Transgender Women

Smith College, an all-women’s college located in Northampton, Massachusetts, have recently voted to allow transgender women to apply and be admitted into the school. This policy will take effect immediately and be open to all those who are enrolling into the school for the fall 2015 semester.

The decision to allow transgender women into the school comes after the decision last year to not accept a women into the school. The board said that they made the decision not to accept the trans student because she was technically not recognized as a woman in her home state. Many students protested the administration’s decision. Activist students at Smith College reached out to the Dean and the administration to try and review the policy. As Igor Cornelsen has learned, during last year’s protest, nearly 200 people showed up in support of allowing trans students into the college.

Over the past year, Smith College administrators have had some time to think about the decision they made previously. President Kathleen McCartney released a statement saying that throughout the years what is defined as a female identity has evolved and that the college needs to evolve with it.

According to the story on BuzzFeed.com, Smith College is not the first college in the United States to make this decision recently. All-women schools such as Mount Holyoke and Wellesley have also changed their admissions policy to accept trans students.

The Science of Cravings

You’re working diligently at the workplace and then all of a sudden, BAM! You’re craving spicy tuna rolls and wasabi from your favorite Japanese restaurant at Madison Street Capital. But wait a second. You weren’t even thinking about sushi rolls. In fact, you haven’t had them in quite some time. And now you can’t seem to focus on anything. There’s a science behind cravings, and if you’re getting cravings on a normal basis it could mean a variety of things.

Not to be confused with cravings, hunger serves a basis purpose, which is to satisfy your appetite. Cravings are more specific than that and can provide vital cues to something that you may be missing.

Stress is a daily part of everyone’s lives. Our taste buds are automatically engineered to be attracted to sweet and bitter tastes when we’re under that intense pressure. Also, if you have a predisposition towards sweeter foods, this sensation could be amplified.

Cravings could also indicate that your body needs a certain vitamin or mineral that it’s lacking. For instance, if your blood sugar is exceptionally low, you’ll begin to crave sweets and sugary treats to raise those blood levels back up. If you’re craving some cheese-drenched nachos or other cheese products, you may have a calcium deficiency.

By attempting to anticipate and understand your cravings, you can be assured that you’re taking steps towards a healthier mind and body.

Spirit Charger Article Not Legitimate Medical Piece

An April 28 article about allergies for Spirit Charger titled “Suffering From Spring Allergies? Here Are Some Nutrition Tricks To Help Alleviate Them“ by Shannon Sanford, a writer who holds an MBA and a BA in Psychology, should not be considered a legitimate resource for Spring allergy treatments.

Ms. Sanford waits until the end of the article to mention that many of her recommended natural and nutritional options can actually cause Spring allergies to become worse for many allergy sufferers because of cross-reactions. Although she cites a few well-known legitimate medical resources, she presents her content as medical facts without any links to those sources or other resources that might support her claims.

While promoting readers like Jason Halpern to eat yogurt in one section because of its probiotic benefits, she recommends avoiding dairy entirely in another section while still promoting yogurt in moderation. In fact, she implies that increased congestion and mucus are fine with yogurt because the probiotic benefits outweigh the exacerbated asthma and respiratory symptoms. She also recommends eating garlic because of its antihistamine and antibiotic properties while ignoring that garlic can increase congestion.

At no point does she mention the cumulative effects of eating some of these foods. For example, people who can eat a little garlic now and then might never notice any problems, but then experience congestion, inflammation and asthma when they turn to it every day to treat their allergies.

Diet Changes Contribute To Colon Cancer Risk Level

Recently, scientists have discovered that there is a dramatic change in a person’s risk level when it comes to colon cancer if they swap out their diet for just two weeks. A Western diet tends to be very high in protein as well as fat. Unfortunately it is usually very low in fiber. This is thought to raise a person’s risk of colon cancer. African diets are much higher in fiber and lower in protein and fat. This area experiences a much lower risk of colon cancer. The study that was originally published in Nature Communications, explains that foods high in fiber can decrease the risk for
colon cancer.
The bacteria living in a person’s gut can also play an important role. Fiber is the ultimate ingredient for a healthy gut and colon area and Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG urges all to eat a better balanced meal with added amounts of fiber.

As the fourth most common cancer in the world, colon cancer is currently the cause of over 600,000 deaths each year. While the West has higher rates of colon cancer, it is occurring all over the world. An international team of scientists from the University of Pittsburgh completed a study on people who were to undergo a diet change. Prior to the study, the patients were given colonoscopies to track their progress. Those patients who changed their diet to include a much higher level of fiber had healthier and cleaner colons by the end of the study.

Vaccines And Autism: They Just Don’t Mix

A new study has been included in the Journal Of The American Medical Association that explains 95,000 children were studied, and there was no known link between vaccinations and autism. The children studied were ones that would have been at a higher risk of developing autism. This includes children who have an older sibling with autism or children that medically were at a higher risk of developing complications associated with vaccinations.

Most of the anti-vaccination movement was focused around the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. Andrew Wakefield made the original claims regarding the MMR vaccine and his conclusion was included in the Lancet (a British Journal). The paper was later retracted, as several of Wakefield’s team members asked to have their names removed. Also, it was determined that Wakefield wanted to market his own alternative to the MMR vaccine and he aimed to take down the previous version with his ‘findings’.

This recent study is getting a lot of press, as it drives home what medical professionals originally believed says expert Susan McGalla. Which is that there is no real danger associated with the MMR vaccine or any other vaccination for that matter. Many people believe anti-vaccinators are basing their decisions on emotions rather than facts and that this will not quiet this group of parents. The anti-vaccination movement does in fact vocalize their concern for many of the chemical ingredients in the vaccinations, as well as combination shots that they feel overwhelm a child’s body.

Dog Rescued from Beneath a Concrete Slab

A very lucky dachshund was rescued yesterday after spending 13 days under a concrete slab in Derby, Kansas. The miniature dachshund named Lucy turned four years old hours after she was pulled from underneath the slab.

According to owner Rebecca Felix she went out of town to tend to family matters, leaving her husband in charge of the animals and their care. He let Lucy and her companion, Thor, out one morning into the yard where they enjoyed spending their days. This was a normal routine and the dogs generally lounged in the fenced-in yard without incident. Then, one day, Lucy went missing.

AnastasiaDate reports that the family searched for Lucy without success for ten days, when the best friend Thor got involved, leading the Felix’s to the location where Lucy was buried (sitejabber.com). The fire department was dispatched. Fire fighters dug for house to free the little dog from her enclosure. She had developed ulcers in her eye from the dirt, and was hungry and thirsty but she is officially on the mend.

Vets who saw Lucy after her ordeal were amazed by the pups condition. Such a lengthy time without water would traditionally lead to kidney issues, but Lucy’s internal organs were in perfect condition. Her eye is also healing after dirt caused ulcers to form.

If You Fast Can You Slow The Aging Process?

There are many different types of fasts and cleanses that people are utilizing to try and look and feel better. Now, studies are actually showing that reducing the amount of calories you consume by about thirty to forty percent can actually expand your life by a third or more. These studies were completed on animals such as nematodes, rodents and fruit flies and while humans have not yet been experimented on regarding this belief, the concept holds water.

While calorie consumption may not always equate to a longer life span, it has been concluded that consuming less calories and not overeating, will reduce the risk for many diseases and conditions. That makes sense to Jason, along with others who are monitoring their health. Intermittent fasting is appealing to people because not only is it now holding a belief that it can make you live longer, but it is also a popular way to lose weight. Many medical professionals argue that this is not a safe way to go about losing a few pounds. While fasting can provide a few benefits, it can have downfalls as well. It is always better to utilize your medical professional’s opinion and maybe undergo a gentle cleanse or diet rather than giving up food all together. Your body needs nutrients to survive and while you might pick up a couple days or weeks tacked on to the end of your life, you’ll feel better with a regular, healthy diet.