*It might be hard to imagine someone putting on hundreds of pounds from eating all kinds of comfort foods, but this is reality for Marla McCants, who weighs in at 800 lbs from doing just that. Stress eating became her way of dealing with the trauma following being kidnapped by her former boyfriend. Now, after years of doing nothing but eating and sitting still, she stood up for the first time and it was captured on Wednesday’s TLC program, “My 600-lb Life.”
McCants, who says she never had a weight problem in the past, used eating as a means to cope with being kidnapped at gunpoint by her boyfriend after she tried to call it quits. The traumatic experience left her afraid to leave the house for fear that her boyfriend would locate and kill her.
*Come on now, for an article that talks about Gwyneth Paltrow going on a Food Stamp Diet, you didn’t really expect for me to use a glamour shot, did you?
Its not like she’s trying to be a sexy, mischievous, cool substitute teacher on a popular TV show. Nor is she trying to make music with a handsome legendary music man. No, Miss Paltrow is going bare bones. She is curbing her Whole Foods Market appetite and developing a taste for anyplace that will accept EBT.
In other words, Gwyneth is going on food stamps, y’all.
Now before you run off and tell everybody that one of Hollywood’s sweethearts has fallen on hard times; I’ve got one bit of advice for you.
*Did you know that 1 out of every 68 children is living with some form of autism? This means the child’s development is in some way affected. A diagnosis of autism is generally evaluated around the age of three and this very complex disorder seems to be more common in boys than girls. Yet there are varying degrees to which a child may exhibit the condition. Some cases are more severe than others and can include behaviors that are more easily recognizable; while another child’s behavior is recognized as incredibly high functioning.
Autism doesn’t discriminate. Any child can be affected by it – regardless of age, weight, race, overall health, social class, or geographical residence. And while many children are successfully treated with therapy, it is something they tend to carry well into their adulthood and is considered permanent.
*Sometimes we really have to be careful what we ask for. Before the birth of his new son, one father joked that he hoped the kid wouldn’t inherit his nose. Nobody thought anything of the comment, and probably just laughed at it. Until little Eli Thompson was born…
And the one thing he was missing, was a nose.
“I pulled back and said, ‘Something’s wrong!,” said Brandi McGlathery, the baby’s mom. “And the doctor said, ‘No, he’s perfectly fine.’ Then I shouted, ‘He doesn’t have a nose!'”
But the senses of even an infant has a way of figuring things out, and according to McGlathery, little Eli began breathing through his mouth right away.Continue reading →
*Reports say that employees at the 5-Boro Burger fast food restaurant in New York City thought it strange that a woman had been in the restroom for such a long time. But they were shocked at what they found upon entering. Thirty-five-year-old Latisha Fisher, mother to one-year-old Gavriel Ortiz-Fisher, was holding her hand over the child’s mouth, smothering him to death.
It was around 2:25 p.m. on Monday, according to police. And employees at the restaurant had become suspicious as lines to the bathroom grew longer and the woman kept refusing to come out.
*Assumptions keep getting people in trouble. In this case, an assumption has an entire hospital in hot water. When a Long Island woman insisted that the leader of the free world, president Barack Obama, follows her on Twitter – doctors at the Harlem Hospital psych ward accused her of being delusional and suffering from bipolar disorder — but she was actually telling the truth, a lawsuit charges.
Kam Brock spent a frightening eight-days at the mental facility and was force-fed injections of powerful sedatives, and downed doses of lithium, according to medical records obtained through her lawsuit – which was filed in Manhattan Federal Court.Continue reading →
*A 21-year-old man who lost his organ due to an amputation after a botched circumcision in South Africa has been the successful recipient of the world’s first penis via transplant, according to Reuters.
The nine-hour operation took place in December and was part of a pilot study by Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town and the University of Stellenbosch to help the 250 or so young South African men who lose their penises each year after coming-of-age rituals go wrong.
Doctors said the patient, a 21-year-old who was not named, had already recovered full urinary and reproductive functions, and that the procedure could eventually be offered to men who have lost their penis to cancer or as a last resort for severe erectile dysfunction.
“Our goal was that he would be fully functional at two years and we are very surprised by his rapid recovery,” Andre van der Merwe, the head of the university’s urology unit who led the operation, said in a statement.
Nine more patients are now in line to have the operation.
Each year thousands of young South African men, mainly from the Xhosa tribe, mark their passage into manhood by shaving their heads and smearing themselves with white clay from head to toe, living in special huts away from the community for several weeks, and then undergoing ritual circumcision.
But many young men die after the initiations rituals. In May 2013, more than 20 youths died in the northerly Mpumalanga province, prompting rare cross-party calls for reform of a traditional practice.
A few months later, several arrests were made by police who suspected murder after 30 young died in coming-of-age rituals in rural Eastern Cape. Unlawful circumcisions have been known to injure up to 300 young men across the province in the space of a week.
Medical circumcisions have been promoted by the South African government over the less safe traditional practices. In 2015, the Department of Health began to study a non-surgical, disposable circumcision device that it believed could also provide a safer alternative.
Though it has yet to be introduced in government hospitals, there is an Israeli device called PrePex that has been endorsed by the World Health Organization. It has been piloted at several non-profit sites across South Africa.