Category Archives: Health

Left-Handed People, Here’s 10 Things You May Want to Know

*If you’re left-handed, like me, you’ve probably heard many of the myths attached to it. Some studies, though unproven, have even claimed lefties are more likely to develop conditions like dyslexia, ADHD, and psychological issues as severe as schizophrenia (damn!); and if you go way back, to the Middle Ages, when ANY differences were given the side-eye, lefties were associated with “the devil” and witchcraft. Heck, even as late as the 20th Century, lefties were forced to write with their right hand. Hmm…I think I remember this happening to me.

On the other hand, now that a lot of those myths have been debunked, and replaced by more recent FACTS (OK, ok. I may be a bit biased) that say southpaws have a greater capacity to think broadly, which makes for a great presidential quality; and we’re better in bed.

Oh yeah. Me likes this new way of thinking!

Here’s 10 things you may not have heard about lefties. Continue reading

What!? I Can Get Rid of This ‘Tire Around My Tummy’ Without Exercise or Diet? (Watch)

*Hear ye! Hear ye! There is a woman who was once skeptical about body contouring; but now, after getting it done first hand, swears by it. No more tire around the tummy. No more arms that wave when you do. No more bulk on the thighs.

And because of BET FB Live, well, a recording of it, we can watch the whole procedure.

Sculpt away, I say!

So this woman, what’s her name again? I don’t know and it doesn’t matter, got to ask Dr.  Arash Akhavan at the Dermatology & Laser Group, and a leader in his field, many of the questions we have wondered about when it comes to this new type of non-invasive surgery. With that, she offers “Everything you need to know about body sculpting.”

According to Dr. Akhavan, who is based in New York City: 

“Basically everything over the last, I would say, five years, has been moving toward non-invasive stuff such as body contouring and away from liposuction. With liposuction you’re taking weeks off, and it’s taking months to see any sort of benefits, and then there’s the risk of surgery, scarring and all of that. With the non-invasive things, you do the procedure, there’s no anesthesia, there’s no cuts on your skin and the results usually come in within a couple of months,” Dr. Akhavan said. 

So in the video we see him applying the laser to the “problem area” the woman has designated for target. He has already explained to her that she won’t feel any “excruciating pain” but she will have, throughout the 25-minute-procedure, warm sensations that may be a bit uncomfortable; followed by a cooling sensation. Continue reading

Take a Look! O, The Oprah Magazine ‘Share the Adventure’ Cruise Was Awesome! (Photos)

A VIEW FROM THE TOP. Sailing from Seattle on Share the Adventure Cruise, ms Eurodam. Photo courtesy HAL.

*For those of us who didn’t get the memo, from the looks of things Oprah and guests who did had an O-mazing time on the ‘Share the Adventure’ cruise that brought together some of the world’s foremost visionaries for an entire week as they set sail from Seattle to Alaska. 

It was a week chock full of talks and activities aboard “ms Eurodam” and along with partners at the Holland America Line, O, The Oprah Magazine, is now sharing the adventure with the rest of us in an array of exclusive photos and video.

Orlando Ashford, president, Holland America Line welcome guests to ms Eurodam for Share the Adventure Cruise. Photo courtesy HAL.

 Throughout the week guests took part in morning meditation with yoga instructor Sara Ivanhoe and explored eating well with Impatient Foodie founder Elettra Wiedemann. 

Morning Yoga! Photo courtesy HAL.
Elettra Wiedemann, author of the new Impatient Foodie cookbook and blog leads a session of Let’s Eat! during Share the Adventure Cruise. Photo courtesy HAL.

O, The Oprah Magazine editor in chief Lucy Kaylin and editor at large Gayle King shared a peek behind the scenes of the award-winning magazine, explaining how they bring the pages to life.

Doesn’t Oprah’s BFF and O, The Oprah Magazine editor-at-large, Gayle King, look great? Photo courtesy HAL.

Kaylin and books editor Leigh Haber each led conversations with Pulitzer Prize-winner and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout for the first-ever O’s Reading Room.

Author Elizabeth Strout signs copies of her book for excited guests. Photo courtesy HAL.

After viewing scenic Glacier Bay, Oprah Winfrey took to Eurodam’s Mainstage to host A Conversation with Oprah.  Speaking at two full-house engagements, Winfrey shared her journey to success, her self-proclaimed ‘Year of Adventure’ and the desire for this cruise to be the start of something meaningful for those on board.

Photo courtesy HAL.

“We are in the business of trying to expand the way people see themselves and their lives, and that’s what travel does,” explained Winfrey.

“I want it to be more than just a trip.  I want it to be the start of something big that started with this adventure of a lifetime that fuels and feeds in a way that is grand and deep and wide,” she added

Gayle King (left) Editor at Large, O, The Oprah Magazine, chats with SuperSoul 100 and fitness evangelist Angela Davis and answers questions from fans. Photo courtesy HAL.
India.Arie performed. Here she engages with the crowd. Photo courtesy HAL.
Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford (left) and O, The Oprah Magazine Editor at Large Gayle King (right), lead teams at the Game Night competition. Photo courtesy HAL.

“The first cruise in our partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine was tremendous; the energy and inspirational atmosphere on Eurodam was felt by all and truly something special,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line.

“The incredible caliber of talent and performances on the Share the Adventure Cruise exceeded expectations, and we leave this week with a lifetime of memories and lessons on how to live your best life.”

International fitness evangelist Angela Davis motivates guests aboard ms Eurodam. Photo courtesy HAL.

The July 15 cruise was the first of several special cruises with Holland America Line and O, The Oprah Magazine. Four additional Adventure of Your Life cruises with SuperSoul 100 Members (to be announced) will set sail as follows:

• November 29, 2017 – 11-Day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on ms Koningsdam.
• March 3, 2018 – 7-Day Tropical Caribbean roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on ms Nieuw Amsterdam.
• August 11, 2018 – 7-Day Alaska roundtrip from Seattle on ms Eurodam.
• October 28, 2018 – 7-Day Eastern Caribbean roundtrip Fort Lauderdale on ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

 
In addition, more than 300 Holland America Line cruises sailing from North America from August 2017 through 2018 will offer a variety of engaging activities developed with the magazine’s editors and designed to nourish body and soul.

It’s A Boy! Transgender Man in Portland Gives Birth to Healthy Child

Trystan Reese and his partner of seven years, Bill Chaplow.

“I’m OK with my body being a trans body. I’m OK being a man who has a uterus and has the capacity and capability of carrying a baby.” Trystan Reese, who was born male but assigned the female gender at birth, just had a healthy baby boy and is darn proud of it!

He and his partner, Bill Chaplow, are already the parents of two children (Chaplow’s niece and nephew) that they adopted in 2011, but this newest addition to the family, a little boy they’ve named Leo, is their first biological child.

Reese and Chaplow documented the journey of their parenting adventures and pregnancy on video, and shared it in posts  on their Facebook page. They made a video announcing the pregnancy in January. Continue reading

Marine Service Dog Stricken With Cancer Gets Final Farewell…in Grand Style

*He served his country well! Cena, a beautiful 10-year-old Black Labrador, was recently diagnosed with terminal bone cancer. On Wednesday, hundreds gathered for a final farewell in Muskegon, Michigan, as the dog took a final ride with all the bells and whistles afforded a military hero. He was then  euthanized at a museum ship in and carried off in a flag-draped coffin.

Continue reading

All You Need is Love: Compassionate stranger offers loving arms when boy with autism has meltdown on flight

Rochel Groner comforts young boy with autism on international flight.

*Bentzion Groner must be so proud of his wife right now. But then again, this is not the first time he has witnessed her acts of compassion. Groner and his wife, Rochel, had already endured a three-hour delay on their flight from Belgium to Newark, New Jersey. As you can imagine, everyone on board was understandably uncomfortable. This was especially true for a young boy with autism who, hours into the flight, had a very traumatic meltdown.

Groner wrote about the incident on a blog.

“About an hour into the eight-hour flight, one of the young passengers, a little boy with autism, started to have a meltdown. His cries were heard throughout the plane, and you could feel the tension among the other passengers.”

The little boy, seen being cradled above by Rochel Groner, cried for 15 minutes. It was then that Rochel knew she had to help him. Continue reading

Beware: Heartbroken mother believes her infant’s death is because someone with meningitis kissed her

*A heartbroken West Des Moines (Iowa) mother is warning others against allowing people to touch your baby. We all know how hard this is — to say “please don’t touch my baby”  because people see this adorable little one, and they want to hold her, kiss him, or play with their tiny little hands. But such moves can prove fatal for infants whose immune systems have yet to develop. This is what happened to one little girl, according to what her mother, Nicole Sifrit, shared with CNN affiliate WQAD. Shane and Nicole Sifrit, the proud new parents of a week old infant named Mariana, took the baby to a wedding and soon after noticed she stopped eating and wouldn’t wake up.

“Within two hours she had quit breathing and all of her organs just started to fail,” Sifrit told WQAD.

Omg. This is an absolute nightmare for any family with a new baby!  Continue reading