Category Archives: Health

Allergic to Clothes, Indian Farmer Has Been Naked for 40 Years

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*Apparently, that’s his story and he has stuck to it….for 40 years, I might add! A farmer in northern India claims he has been allergic to clothing since he was a young child. But what’s a man to do? He’s got to work, right? So Subal Barman got over himself a long time ago, and decided that he was not going to let his “condition” dictate his future.

The Indian farmer is now just a part of the community fabric in Rajpur village, in West Bengal, northern India. No double takes from the residents, no SMH’s or tsks…people have become accustomed to the naked farmer.

“From my childhood I could not wear clothes on my skin. It gives me a burning sensation and it’s unbearable,” Barman explains. And not only does putting clothes on his body cause  excruciating pain; he can’t even sleep under bed sheets or covers! Continue reading

AcaciaTV Strives To Increase Diversity In Fitness Videos, Training

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*With the notable exception of infomercial star and fitness guru Shawn T, black folks don’t show up on fitness videos often, and I’m told you don’t see us leading fitness classes, either.   (I don’t have first-hand knowledge of that, as the last time I was in a fitness class I was preoccupied, waiting for the lunch bell to ring.)  Most instructors that I’ve seen are way too young, way too perky, and way too white to really hold my attention.

According to USA Today, a new online fitness site, AcaciaTV, is trying to change that by offering a much more diverse group of instructors. Roughly half of them are African American or Asian, and a significant number of them are over 35. Some of them even know a thing or two about a drive-thru window, and come from careers and industries far from a gym.

In other words, they have much more in common with you and me.

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FDA Clears the Way for ‘The Little Pink Pill’ Viagra for Women!

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*You’ve probably heard. Now the “little blue pill” has a playmate: A “little pink pill.”

How does the song go? “We gonna need a soundproof room?”

Yep! Given the green light recently by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, women now have their own remedy designed to increase their sexual desire.

Many are probably thinking it’s about time! Seeing as men have had a couple of options, including Viagra, cleared by the industry’s top regulator quite some time ago.

According to the L. A. Times, the FDA’s approval of flibanserin, often known by the nickname “pink Viagra,” reverses two earlier rejections of the pill as a treatment for hypoactive sexual desire disorder, or HSDD. The decision follows a public campaign challenging the agency to close a widening gap between the number of drugs available for men’s sexual health and those available to women. Continue reading

Different Rules in Paraguay, Abortion for 11-Year-Old Rape Victim Denied

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*Well this is a story that just might make you appreciate living in the good ole U.S.A. At least you have a choice when it comes to bringing a life into the world here. But in the country of Paraguay, not so much.

The mostly Catholic country has strict laws when it comes to abortion; and proved it recently when an 11-year-old girl from Asunción, who had allegedly been raped by her stepfather, was the latest child to give birth after being denied her right to have an abortion.

Paraguay officials will only allow an abortion if the pregnancy is considered life-threatening. Continue reading

Blacks Disproportionately Targeted By Fast Food Chains

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*Well, those of us who believe in a healthier diet suspected it, but now its more than a notion. Based on a recent report released by the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut, the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN) and Salud America! confirms that food companies  disproportionately target their TV advertising for fast food, candy, sugary drink and snack brands to Black and Hispanic consumers.

If that don’t beat all!

According to the report, the following was determined: Continue reading

Just Let it Flow: Not Even Her ‘Period’ Stopped Her from Running Marathon

Courtesy of Kiran Ghandi
Courtesy of Kiran Ghandi

*It’s a scenario that takes no prisoners. Just like the question posed in the Eminem song…if you had one shot. One opportunity. To seize everything you every wanted. In one moment. Would you capture it?  Or just let it slip?

Well, Kiran Ghandi didn’t let it slip, but she did let it flow.

Her period that is. The 26-year-old Harvard Business School graduate had been practicing for an entire year to participate in the 26.2 mile marathon in London. And she admits she did consider dropping out because she knew that she would start her cycle on that day. But in the end, she just said, “Oh well.” And went for it.

She finished the run in 4:49:11.  Continue reading

Ralkina Jones, 3rd African American Woman in Two Weeks to Die in Her Jail Cell

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Ralkina Jones

*Oh no, not again!

First Sandra, then Kindra, and now another woman has been found dead in her cell after being arrested and taken to jail. This time to the Cleveland Heights jail. This woman, whose name is Ralkina Jones, had been taken into custody for going to the workplace of her ex-husband and assaulting him.

She died in her jail cell bed over the weekend, police say. 

An autopsy was performed by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner on Monday and spokesman Chris Harris told HuffPost that “no suspicious injuries” to Jones’ body had been reported. But he also said this was inconclusive because “further studies” were being done to determine a cause of death. Continue reading

Shocking & Disturbing Video: Infant Being Thrown to the Ground By Mentally Ill Mother

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*A disturbing video has surfaced that shows a Memphis, Tenn. mother in the throws of child abuse as she hurls her 19-day old son away from her like the trash on the floor while telling the man off camera to say “In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.”

The video was revealed on Friday (July 24).

The footage, which shows the mother calling on God, also shows another older child, crying frantically, who has been sitting on the woman’s lap being encouraged to kick the infant; yet screaming “I don’t want to.” The infants cries are heart wrenching, but the abuse continues as the woman is seen dragging him around by his arm.

The identity of the woman has not yet been revealed. But what is even more shocking (if that is possible) is who was filming the  13-minute video: the child’s father, who is heard saying, “I ain’t got nothing to do with this.” Continue reading