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Going Topless for Equality

August 28, 2012

When I lived in New York City, I would often see, hear, experience things that I insisted would only happen in NYC. Once again a headline warrants the thought – only in New York City. “Go-Topless Day In New York Seeks Equal Rights To Bare Chests” Yesterday, women all over the city protested the double standard of the social norm that men can go shirtless, but women have to cover up. Personally, I dance around in my birthday suit all the time at home, but I’ve yet to brave nude beaches or naked yoga (I have considered it). While I believe in freedom of expression, equality and the Constitution, I’m

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Henna Hair Dye: Because Beauty Needn’t Burn

August 27, 2012

Just how much are we willing to suffer for beauty? I see no reason to bear the risks of harsh, toxic chemicals when there are such effective natural alternatives. When it comes to hair color, why use something so chemical laden that it can cause a whole cascade of ugly side effects when there are safer alternatives that are actually good for your hair? Chemical Hair Dye I started coloring my hair when I was about 17. I didn’t full-on dye my hair, but I periodically painted in big chunky highlights, as was the style around that time (care to guess what year I’m talking about?). I had always had sandy blonde hair,

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Vaginal Atrophy – The Great Wall of the Vagina

Does it hurt when you have sex? What about when you pee? Maybe just riding a bike is uncomfortable. This pain or discomfort may be attributed to vaginal atrophy. Vaginal atrophy, or atrophic vaginitis, is a medical condition that refers to the thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls. This change in the vagina is due to a loss of endogenous estrogens and may account for discomfort and pain that women feel during everyday activities, such as sex, urination, or exercise.

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The Uterus:The Next Great Threat to Humankind

One would have to be living in the outback not to have noticed the flurry of policy and politics surrounding all things women’s health. The Guttmacher Institute reports that there have been over 1100 provisions introduced and 135 laws passed at the state level, this year alone. This is compared to 32 in 2005 and fewer than 20 in 1985. Not to be outdone by the locals, the US House of Representatives has spent a whopping 38 of the 46 weeks (from January 2011 through July 2012) in session gesticulating about women’s health, at a cost of approximately $249.6 million dollars.  So much for reducing government or governmental waste.

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Can Your Health Problems Be Solved in 400 Characters or Fewer?

August 20, 2012

This article was originally posted at ZDNet.com. A Palo Alto-based startup called HealthTap is attempting to bring health care into the age of texting. Yes, that’s as bizarre as it sounds.

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From Anorexia to Athlete

Recently, I had a conversation with some girlfriends about working out and specifically doing push-ups. One friend invited us to do a push up program where you start out doing as many as you can and build up to 100 (even if you can’t do 1 it’s designed to build you up to 100 over time). She decided she was going to do it, but not the whole program because she was afraid, “it will make my boobs even smaller, which is the one downfall to losing weight.” Another girlfriend confirmed this fear. I added my two cents on the matter, “it should make your breasts look perkier and larger

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A Ruined Life from Gardasil

August 14, 2012

This was submitted by Tracy Wolf, the mother of Alexis who has suffered severe side effects from the Gardasil vaccine, this is her story. We thank Tracy for sharing. In the spring of 2007, Alexis was a happy, shy, and well-adjusted 13-year-old, young lady. She had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in January of 2006, but responded to this in the most positive way. Her doctors were so impressed with how well she dealt with it that they recommended she be put on the insulin pump. Through all of this she worked hard, made the honor roll at school and was educating her fellow students about Type 1 diabetes.

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Are We Really that Fat and Does it Matter?

August 13, 2012

Body mass index (BMI), the dreaded math calculation used for decades to tell us whether we are merely fat or morbidly obese, suggests that over 41 million or 35% of us are in the latter category.  As bad as that may seem, it’s about to get a whole lot worse. Researchers from New York University found that BMI underestimates the obesity numbers, especially for women. In a study published on PLoS ONE, a peer reviewed open access journal (Lucine supports open source publishing), researchers suggest that when more accurate measures of adiposity (fat) are used, at least 74 million Americans (64%) should be deemed obese. Whoa.

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Are the 2012 Olympics the Year of the Woman?

This year’s Olympic Games have been called “Year of the Women,” by Time Magazine, but have women really made that much of a splash in the Olympics? Let’s take a look at the history of women in the Olympics and whether or not it really is “Year of the Woman,” and if it is, does this mean this is as good as it gets for female athletic competitions?

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First Female Referee in the NFL

August 8, 2012

I’m not a football fan, but living in San Diego I hear nothing but disappointment comes from the Chargers stadium (for local fans anyways). However, on Thursday August 9, 2012 something positive will be happening in the stadium regardless of what team you’re cheering for. The NFL will break down their gender barriers and allow Shannon Eastin to be the first woman to officiate an NFL game. A  true role model, Eastin stated in an interview in 1999 with the Arizona Republic, “It may sound crazy to some people, but I think I can be in the NFL  some day. I told them that I would go referee in the

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