Archive for October, 2012

Is Fitspo Motivational or a Dangerous Obsession?

abs-bellyWomen have suffered from self-esteem issues since the dawn of time. Now thanks to social media, self-loathing is just a few clicks away.



Thinspo–short for thinspiration–is a term used to describe images and ideas posted on social media sites that are supposed to inspire women to lose weight, but all too often fuel eating disordered-behavior and the pursuit of skeletal thinness. Read the rest of the story here>>

Heat Sensing Bra May Detect Cancer

ht first warning systems bra ll 121018 wblog Is a New Heat Sensing Bra the Breast Medicine?The makers of the First Warning Systems bra claim it can detect cancer in its earliest stages by continually monitoring the breasts for temperature changes associated with growing tumors.


I’m usually satisfied when my bra gives me a little extra lift.  Now there’s one that not only lifts, it separates — the healthy breast tissue from the unhealthy breast tissue, that is. Read the rest of the story here>>


Truckers Get Healthy for the Long Haul

PHOTO: Bob Perry, Trucker Trainer and Rolling Strong Founderrolls a tire 63 miles in support of driver health and wellness.Initiatives aimed at keeping truckers healthy while on the road.



John Drury is a rare breed. At 6-foot-7 and 340 pounds he is a trucker who is also a dance fitness instructor. He cares a great deal about his health, but admits it’s tough to keep in shape when you’re behind the wheel 11 hours a day, often for weeks at a time… Read the rest of the story here>>


When Did “Fat” Become A Four Letter Word?

jennifer-livingston-obesity-anchorInstead of picking on someone who struggles to shed their unwanted pounds, why not support them in their efforts?




This week, a viewer wrote to Jennifer Livingston, a local Wisconsin news anchor, to scold her about her weight. “Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain,” he told her. “I leave you this note hoping that you’ll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle.” Read the rest of the article here>>

Will Easing Bike Helmet Laws Up Ridership?

man bike to work 400x400 Will Easing Bike Helmet Laws Up Ridership?Cyclists who don’t protect their heads risk traumatic injuries that might otherwise be avoided with proper helmet use. Yet helmets also put people off riding their bike.




During a trip to Amsterdam last year, I was pleasantly surprised to see more bicycles on the road than cars. Most riders were dressed in suits and ties or skirts and stockings, their dress shoes pushing the pedals as they moved sedately along wide, clearly marked paths that paralleled the motorized traffic lanes. And, I noted, not a bike helmet in sight. Read the rest of the article here>>

Spa Cosmetic Procedures Can Be Risky

PHOTO:  Isabel Gonzalez remains in the hospital after receiving facial rejuvenation treatments from an unlicensed spa owner.Cosmetic procedures are now so mainstream there’s a misperception that it’s like getting your hair done.




A Florida woman’s quest for more youthful skin turned deadly this past July when her face became dangerously swollen after she received vitamin injections at a day spa. Read the rest of the article here>>


FDA Says Generic Wellbutrin Not As Effective

In an unusual move, the FDA asks for voluntary recall of popular generic antidepressant.


The FDA’s reversal earlier this week of its approval of a generic equivalent of the popular antidepressant Wellbutrin XL 300 ends a five-year saga that began with consumer complaints and a crusade by Joe Graedon, the cofounder of the consumer advocacy group the People’s Pharmacy.

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