Body brushing is the key to better skin texture – here’s why

From buffing away dry skin to reducing the appearance of cellulite, here’s why you should invest in a body brush, stat

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If there’s one thing you should be doing for better looking skin, it’s body brushing.

The skincare trend has surged in popularity this year, probably owing to a recent BBC documentary (more on that later). So how does it work, exactly?

Keep scrolling to find out why body brushing is the key to improved overall skin texture.

Body brushing for cellulite

While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having cellulite, a lot of us will admit that we’d be happy to see the back of it. So if you’ve frantically been Googling ‘how to get rid of cellulite‘ this whole time, allow us to step in.

The Truth About Looking Good, which first aired in January, conducted a small five-week experiment with the University of Sunderland comparing the effects of body brushing, toning exercises and a caffeine-based cellulite cream on the appearance of women’s cellulite.

Those in the body brushing group saw 26% improvement in appearance on average, more than 10% more than each of the other two methods, while one woman’s cellulite was 35% less visible.

Although it’s likely that the fat was redistributed rather than got rid of, the proof was very much in the pudding (or pictures).

What’s the best body brush?

This is kind of a trick question, as there’s little differentiation between them: generally speaking, a body brush is a body brush. That said, it’s thought that those with natural cactus bristles are slightly superior. Aromatherapy Associates, Elemis and Hydrea all make great ones. Consider them an investment in yourself.

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Benefits of body brushing

As well as reducing the appearance of cellulite, using a body brush is a great way of keeping dry skin under control and will help to get rid of pesky ingrown hairs. Body brushing before you apply your best moisturiser will give those results an all-important boost, leaving you silky smooth.

Using a dry brush on the regular is also known to boost your circulation and aid lymphatic drainage, which helps the body expel toxins and avoid fluid retention, leading to healthier looking skin overall.

How to body brush

The key to nailing body brushing is to use a circular motion as you brush to help buff away dead skin cells, stimulate lymphatic drainage and encourage cellulite to budge.

Use the brush in clockwise circles all over the body and, if you’re looking to target cellulite, apply significant pressure but not so much that it’s painful.

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FAIR LAWN, N.J. — A body has been found at a New Jersey home where New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins lives.

The Bergen County prosecutor’s office says it is investigating a death at the house in Fair Lawn, about 10 miles north of MetLife Stadium. Property records show Jenkins has lived at the house the last two years.

The prosecutor’s office says the dead man isn’t the house’s owner. His identity wasn’t immediately released. The office didn’t say where Jenkins was when the death occurred.

A spokesman for the Giants says the team is monitoring the situation but didn’t comment further.

Jenkins played at Florida from 2008-10 before finishing his college career at North Alabama. He was drafted in the second round by the St. Louis Rams in 2012. He played four seasons with the Rams and the last two seasons with the Giants.

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August 15, as rescuers scoured submerged villages for the missing. In
Nepal, severe flooding has left tens of thousands of homes totally
underwater in the populous southern lowlands, with nearly 20 percent of
the population affected.

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May 1, 2018 (San Diego) Body Glove shares more great news as the iconic surf brand teams up with FlowRider, Inc. to announce a dynamic partnership. The brands are a perfect match. The partnership is geared towards pushing boundaries using advances in technology to do what you love as a water sport enthusiast without being constrained by the elements.

 

FlowRider, Inc. operates out of beautiful San Diego, California and is the original and industry-leading sheet wave company. FlowRider, known for designing, manufacturing, and installing surf simulating machines, uses groundbreaking, patented technology allowing people all over the world to experience the thrill of surfing when there isn’t an ocean wave in sight. The unique surf attractions currently apply to four main markets – Waterparks, Hotels & Resorts, Parks & Recreation and Stand Alone venues and allow surfers to enjoy waves for longer and encourages future pro-surfers of tomorrow to have fun in the water, even when there is zero swell!

 

Recently, at Silver Rapids Waterpark in Kellogg, Idaho, FlowRider hosted the first stop of the 2018 FLOW (Flowboarding League Of the World) Tour. It was the perfect opportunity for the brands to highlight their synergies. Close to 60 competitors participated in the inaugural contest and there are 25 more stops planned in major markets this year.

 

“We are delighted to partner with the team at FlowRider as they kick off the global FLOW Tour”, says Peter Maule, SVP, Sports and Active Brands for Marquee Brands. “For 65 years, Body Glove has been the leader within the endemic action sports and lifestyle categories focusing on delivering compelling products to consumers around the world. This partnership will give us the opportunity to showcase amazing Body Glove products through world-class athletes and surf fans globally.”

 

As an official sponsor, Body Glove will incorporate many of its lifestyle categories along with some hard goods categories including co-branded products for official FlowRider athletes, recently launched lifestyle footwear and technical footwear, tees, board shorts and more. Swim and active-wear lines will be fully integrated into the tour, providing the official team uniform for FlowRider athletes, along with unique conceptual spaces centered around, wellness, health and having fun while putting uber-cool, technical BodyGlove gear straight into the hands of the brand’s loyal and die-hard fan-base.

“Flowboarders worldwide are made up of a cross section of adventure seekers – surfers, skaters, wakeboarders, snowboarders – so teaming up with Body Glove is very exciting for us because we serve the same consumers”, says Adam Muller, FlowRider Retail and FLOW Tour Manager. “We live to keep our riders safe, looking good and just overall pumped to be part of this community and we know that Body Glove operates the same way.”

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What bathing naked in front of strangers taught me about body confidence

What bathing naked in front of strangers taught me about body confidence


What bathing naked in front of strangers taught me about body confidence

“So, who’s going to get naked first?” one of my fellow travelers asked as we sat on the porch of Kirinosato Takahara, the minshuku (or Japanese guesthouse) we were staying in, sipping refreshingly cold beers after a long afternoon of hiking. My newly made friends and I had spent the last three or so hours gaining over 1,300 feet in elevation along one of the historic Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes as part of our 11-day trip through Japan with REI Adventures. My glutes were tired, my hamstrings wanted a rest, and that local draft beer tasted unbelievably good.

“Sam, do you want to go to the onsen before or after dinner?” The question made my heart flutter. As I took in the picturesque mountain views of the Hatenasi Valley—a sight so tranquil that I normally would have felt nothing but peace—I felt a tremor of panic course through me. In remote areas of Japan, it’s not common for travelers to have private bathrooms where you can relax in a luxuriously long bath, or even enjoy a hot tub soak in your bathing suit. Instead, Japanese onsens, or public hot baths, are the traditional way to get clean and relax hardworked muscles. And here’s the kicker: There are absolutely no clothes allowed.

knew it was something I needed to do—a cultural experience to cross off my travel bucket list. But I was nervous about other people seeing me naked. I don’t have any particular reason for my fear, other than years of American culture conditioning me (and all women) to shower solo, change your clothes as quickly as possible, and use robes and towels whenever possible. (You know you’ve wrapped a towel around your waist while sliding underwear on and off in the locker room.) I worried that if I stripped down in front of other women and stayed that way for more than five seconds, then they would find something to silently judge. The cellulite on the back of my thighs. The slight pudge in my stomach. Hell, maybe I had too much—or too little—pubic hair for their liking. I didn’t know, but certainly, they would find something.

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This way of thinking is very much a part of Western culture. Strides have been made to leave it in the past—the current movement around body positivity certainly helps. But it can’t erase what 20-plus years of thinking has done to my psyche *just like that*. Yes, I firmly believe that women should celebrate their bodies, in all shapes and sizes. And I tell anyone who thinks differently to, well, f*ck off. But I’d be lying if I said I showed myself that same level of love all the time. And I think any American woman who tells you she does is probably lying, too.

Which is why, unsurprisingly, I wasn’t the only one on this trip who was scared of the public bathing rituals. When I entered the onsens, I learned it was tradition to leave my clothes or yukata robe in a basket, then walk—totally naked—over to a row of showerheads that were set at a height that required me to sit on a stool (it’s considered bad manners to stand, lest I accidentally splash someone). Which means that—gasp!—my stomach would have visible rolls. From my seated position, I’d wash my hair and body and thoroughly rinse off. Then, I’d slip into the bath, which was basically a hot tub filled with geo-thermally heated, natural hot spring water that’s believed to improve skin, circulation, and overall health. I’d soak for as long as I wanted (typically five or 10 minutes, as the water tends to be hotter than a Jacuzzi dip), then hop out, dry off, and slip back into my robe.

That first night, it was clear how uncomfortable all of us—Americans, I should note—were with the idea of getting naked in front of others. So while the question “Who wants to get naked first?” was casually tossed out, the reason for it was not so casual: We were setting up a schedule for who would enter the onsen bath when, so each of us could have our privacy and clean up without being interrupted.

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It was a nice thought—one we all took advantage of multiple times throughout the trip. But as the days wore on and the miles on our feet added up, a shift happened among the group. Slowly, we adopted the Japanese mindset around body confidence. And, to put it simply, we stopped caring what other people thought of our bodies. Actually, scratch that—it wasn’t that we didn’t care (again, I’m not convinced you can erase that way of thinking so fast). It’s that we realized everyone else didn’t care.

In Japan, communal baths are an integral part of the culture. My local REI Adventures guide, Fumiko, told me that, in the past, not every home had a bathtub—that was more of a luxury. So many times people would go to the communal area to bathe and rejuvenate their bodies. Nowadays people have those in-home tubs, but locals still head to the onsens from time to time. They’re not there to gawk, stare, or pick apart another person’s body. They’re simply there to relax, and being naked is something that just happens to be a part of the process.

We weren’t forced to use public onsens the entire trip. In fact, only four of the 11 days had them as our only option. The other, larger accommodations had private onsens or personal en suite bathing facilities available. But by the end of the trip, we were all forgoing those private tubs and opting for the public onsens instead. There wasn’t much talk, if any, of who would go when. A simple, “I’m hitting the onsen!” sufficed as we checked into our rooms, ditched our dirty hiking clothes, and slipped into our yukatas. Sure, my heart still skipped a beat each time I derobed, but the cry for a rejuvenating soak was louder than my body image fears. And as the warm water soothed my achy muscles and the quiet conversation between other women buzzed around me, my fears were, little by little, washed away.

I may not be down to dip in my birthday suit on the regular, but if this trip taught me anything, it’s that body confidence—just like everything else—is always a work in progress.

This article originally appeared on Shape.com.

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How I regained control over my body after years of debilitating PMS

How I regained control over my body after years of debilitating PMS


How I regained control over my body after years of debilitating PMS

“Is it that time of the month again?” *Crowd gasps*

I remember being 10 watching this scene in the movie Clueless, where Murray reduces his girlfriend Dionne to a hormonal woman who can’t control her emotions, and knowing that he had said something bad.

I hadn’t yet started my period, but it was something I anticipated with a mix of dread and cautious excitement. The idea of getting my period appealed to me because it was mysterious and womanly, and therefore sophisticated. The protagonist in my favorite book, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, was eager to get her period, and I felt a sense of wonder about the idea of my own future period—a special prize of womanhood. But a secret anxiety lived alongside my excitement. I knew there was something to be feared about “that time of the month.” Something to insult. In Clueless, the crowd’s reaction was an indicator that Murray had voiced an opinion that was inherently understood, but not supposed to be said aloud.

Culturally, however, it has become the norm for men to publicly shame women for having periods, or imply that women are incapable of controlling themselves when it’s “that time of the month.”

During an interview with Don Lemon, Donald Trump famously said of Megyn Kelly, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.” Trump later insisted that by “her wherever,” he meant Kelly’s nose, but the question of where this phantom blood materializes from is less important than the supposed implied intent: That angry women are emotional women who can’t control their bleeding—or their feelings.

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These comments felt especially personal to me. I’ve struggled for years with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), an extreme form of PMS that causes intense physical symptoms and emotional symptoms—including severe anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts.

It all began a year after watching Clueless—and countless reads of Are You There God? later—when I started my period. Despite my initial hopes and cautious optimism, I immediately had a rough time with it. My cycles were unpredictable; I never knew when my period would decide to grace me with its presence. I was constantly ruining underwear, clothes, sheets. I dealt with gastrointestinal issues in additional to “regular” cramps, swollen breasts, and muscle pain. And my PMS was a force. I have always been an emotional person, easy to hurt or upset, and quick to cry, and it only became worse. A week or so before my period arrived, I felt emotionally shaky, like I wasn’t standing on solid ground, and was prone to mood swings.

The fact is, PMDD and major depressive disorder look quite similar, and as someone who has struggled with depression and anxiety since my teenage years, I had trouble distinguishing what symptoms resulted from my preexisting conditions, and what was “just” PMS.

For a while, therapy, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), meditation, and exercise all helped me manage my depression and anxiety and seemed to help my PMS. But sometime after I turned 28, I noticed that my PMS had shifted from lasting one week to lasting nearly three. For most of the month, my PMS changed me. I wasn’t able to focus at work and often escaped to the back stairwell to cry. In fact, everything made me cry, including the most benign behavior from a friend or a glance from a coworker. Exercise and self-care went out the window entirely. I snapped for no reason. I screamed. I pushed people away. I felt out of my body. I felt out of my mind.

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I recognized that my depression and anxiety and PMS were interconnected, and if my usual methods of well-being weren’t helping the latter, they likely weren’t helping the former two, either. But consciously arriving at this point of recognition was hard. I internalized my pain and suffering because I had internalized the messages of men—men who intentionally antagonize women for exhibiting the exact qualities I now embodied. The messages I had received told me that periods were inherently embarrassing and repulsive. That periods are a burden for women to bear, and women alone. (P.S. Why Is Everyone So Obsessed with Periods Right Now?)

It took months for me to recognize that I did not have to carry the weight of what society says women have to bear. That I didn’t have to embody this stereotypical view of a woman on her period. That a woman should feel no shame or fear about having her period, and that it doesn’t render her incapable of doing her job.

My therapist encouraged me to see my doctor. I had done some at-home research, and when I read about the symptoms of PMDD, I felt a strong resonance: fatigue, mood changes, irritability, depression, easy crying, difficulty concentrating.

When my doctor agreed that my all-encompassing PMS symptoms met the criteria for a PMDD diagnosis, I cried with relief. She recommended a low-dose estrogen and progestin oral contraceptive to help stabilize my hormones. Around the same time, I saw a psychiatrist who recommended I switch to a more energizing SSRI that she said could help with my lethargy and with PMDD symptoms.

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For the first couple of weeks after starting my new regimen, I felt a small shift: the early stirrings of hope, like butterflies in my stomach. I knew from years of experience with SSRIs that antidepressants weren’t “happy pills,” but that they could help provide me with the resources to take better care of myself and to feel more hopeful about the future.

The subtle shifts continued to take effect over the next few weeks. I found solace in what my body felt capable of doing: weekly yoga, meditation, and lots of breathing exercises. I was kind to my body instead of feeling angry about what I had perceived to be its limitations. In a yoga class, I balanced one foot on a block, the other wedged against my inner thigh in a tree pose. I wasn’t able to hold the pose for very long, but it felt good to remember that my body was capable of many things. I had forgotten that my body was capable of more than just feeling sad.

After months of my new regimen, I feel like my body belongs to me again. (And I haven’t escaped to the stairwell to cry at work in months.) Most importantly, despite attempts by men to demean or discredit women by using PMS as a scapegoat, I now recognize that there is nothing shameful about being emotional, or moody, or a woman. I will always be someone who cries easily, who feels emotions deeply. These are the qualities that make me me: a person who is empathetic and loving and warm. I am emotional, and sensitive, and I believe in the healing power of a good, cathartic cry. And I am also strong, smart, and capable. Somedays, I even feel like a badass. And I won’t let anyone reduce me to a stereotype.

This article originally appeared on Shape.com.

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At a yoga retreat in India: beach walks, body treatments, and healing

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Many of us head away on vacation to relax and unwind from our daily lives and the stresses that come with them. Maybe that’s a tyrannical boss, or you’re sick of sitting in traffic looking at tail lights. Whatever you’re trying to escape from, we all need a bit of time to ourselves to chill and reflect on why we get up morning after morning and punch in at work. Something many of us do to relieve ourselves of our work stress is yoga and meditation. Why not combine that activity with a vacation? Surely that’s double the relaxation in half the time! That is probably optimistic math, but vacations are relaxing and so is yoga. The SwaSwara Resort in India offers such a trip. People are taking themselves off to India to restore their internal balance with yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a therapeutic process involving aromatherapy and ingesting Indian plant roots that is meant to rebalance your energies. Heading to the retreat to wind down and relax seems like a no-brainer.

What is the aim of the resort?

Discovering where these ancient techniques have originated from and removing yourself from modern living and all of its distractions is part of it. Being at the retreat will allow you to let go of your worries, even grieve if you need to. They ask you to complete a questionnaire and then tailor your experience to what they think will work best for you. That includes relaxation treatments, and they use a doctor to prescribe your Ayurveda diet. The doctor will ask you about your ailments and if you have any aches and pains and then allocate you a program for you to follow. They assess how the five elements in your body are combined, the doctor will figure out how fire, ether, air, water, and earth influence your personality.

Where is it?

Based in a lush landscape, the retreat detaches you from modern life, apart from the air-conditioned rooms there is little trace of the technological world we are trying to escape from. Situated just a stone’s throw away from the Arabian Sea, SwaSwara is an idyllic location to lose yourself in.

An average day

Morning yoga begins early, a little after dawn, allowing you to listen to the sounds of nature around you, influencing you to slow your breathing. Don’t even bother bringing your fancy yoga pants, you will be issued with comfortable loose fitting outfits that breath so much more than those spandex ones. Once you’ve had the morning session you head to a modest and straightforward breakfast with a relaxed attitude, no stressful morning commute required. Your meals are an important part of Ayurveda, so a lot of emphasis is placed upon them while staying at the retreat. Organically sourced and balanced, SwaSwara Resort provides all of your meals. Taking the need to think about what you’ll be eating away further adds to your relaxed state of mind. Farting is encouraged so you may have to get used to the sounds, and smell, if you want to unwind truly. You will bathe in a traditional water tank and receive massage therapy in a full body wind down.

You will finish your vacation so chilled out you’ll forget you have to go home. When you get back, you will have a new outlook on life, and hopefully, you can find inner peace from whatever it was you wanted to escape from.

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From Alyssa Edwards’s flawless return to Kalorie’s body positivity, here are our fave moments from the latest episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

From Alyssa Edwards’s flawless return to Kalorie’s body positivity, here are our fave moments from the latest episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”


From Alyssa Edwards’s flawless return to Kalorie’s body positivity, here are our fave moments from the latest episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

“One down… thirteen to go!” shouts Monét X Change as the remaining queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 strut into the werk room fresh off of Vanessa Vanjie Mateo’s elimination last week. On the season’s second episode, which aired March 29th, the queens learned choreography and performed in the lip sync extravaganza PharmaRusical, a pill-poppin’ pun-laden musical about pharmaceutical drug commercials (yes, you read that right). But before the queens bust out their Broadway chops, Andy Cohen, yes THAT Andy Cohen (who is visibly a solid 1.5 feet shorter standing next to glamazon RuPaul, btw) stops by for a little hoedown showdown mini-challenge.

The Vixen and Asia emerge as the winners of the country-themed mini challenge, which asked the queens to dress up in farm girl attire and perform entertaining freestyle choreography. As the winners, Vixen and Asia select teams for the musical performance, choreographed by the one and only Alyssa Edwards.

Not only did we get to reunite with the tongue-popping Drag Race legend Miss Edwards, but we got some extra special guest judges, too: Pop star Halsey and author, actress, model, television host, and Sylk in Mariah Carey’s Glitter, Padma Lakshmi.

So what were the fiercest moments in Episode 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race? Let us guide you.

1. That squirrel friend moment between Ru and Michelle

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She may have been the first queen to go on last week’s premiere, but a name that we certainly NEVER will forget is Vanessa Vanjie Mateo. (“Vanjie…Vanjie…Vanjie…”). The episode begins with the thirteen remaining queens huddled in the werk room after Vanjie’s elimination, giggling over the eliminated queen’s knack for repetition. Eureka points out that even Ru and Michelle were laughing when Vanjie exited the runway — cut to one of the most genuine moments of friendship we’ve ever witnessed on the show between longterm show biz partners Michelle and RuPaul.

“I didn’t get the name — what was it?” Ru sarcastically whispers to Michelle, who then repeats “Vanjie” over and over as Ru struggles to stifle her laughter. Now, Ru’s laugh is ICONIC (it’s literally the transition sound between the show’s scenes), so hearing Mama Ru attempt to mute her laughter was kind of life-giving??? Her eyes literally water as she whispers to Michelle, “You better stop.” It was a genuinely beautiful representation of squirrel fraaandship between Michelle and Ru — like when you were in middle school and tried to make your friends laugh during their presentations in front of the class.

2. Aquacker feud brought to you by The Vixen

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So we’re still of the belief that producers are shaping this feud between lookalikes Aquaria and Miz Cracker into the Season 10 version of Alyssa Edwards, Coco Montrese, and their bitter pageant past. As the girls talk backstage after the Episode 1 elimination, Aquaria tries to downplay her frustration with Miz Cracker’s similar face makeup. The Vixen, however, isn’t having it (GOD LOVE HER) and stirs. that. pot. like. Betty. Crocker.

With a single whiplash-causing neck spin, she turns to Aquaria and calls out her #fakeness, shouting “YOU WERE MAD. BE MAD TO HER FACE.” The Vixen successfully nudges Aquacker (portmanteau for convenience’s sake) to get into an argument, and we are right there with Monét X Change, reveling in Vixen’s ability to find that ~drama.~

We also get a little more insight into their feud. Miz Cracker tells the cameras that she and Aquaria were actually once close friends. Years ago, Aquaria even taught Cracker how to do her makeup in a twin-themed photo shoot starring both of them. Cracker acknowledges, however, that she needs to make sure she does not subconsciously mimic Aquaria’s looks, delivering a SICK BURN in the process:

“I just did a look that I know for a fact she has never done. It’s called being on top.”

3. RuPaul’s Drag Race x Real Housewives

Bravo’s own Andy Cohen dons some Western-themed attire to make a guest appearance and help judge this week’s dance-centric mini-challenge, the “Hay Girl Hay Hoedown.” Seeing Andy and Ru try to line dance with each other was certainly a moment in itself, but did anyone else catch that Real Housewives-style greeting by the queens? They low-key say “Hi Anndddyyyy” with the same cadence as the housewives in the reunion specials.

4. Alyssa Edwards

Alyssa Edwards’s mere existence is a “moment,” and from that first tongue pop on tonight’s episode, we were in for a treat. When she is revealed as the choreographer of PharmaRusical — with that platinum blonde wig, those pageant queen red lips, a shoutout to her Texas dance studio Beyond Belief, and her A Chorus Line-esque leotard-blazer combo — all was right in the world. Not only was it fabulous watching Miss Edwards impart Drag Race wisdom and shine as the dancer/choreographer that she is, but her one liners were gems as usual:

“Nicki Minaj-aj-aj it,” while instructing the queens to twerk.

“You think you’re clever, don’t you?” when Kalorie tells her it’s KARBdashian, not Kardashian.

“Bigger eyes, like Aubrey O’Day.”

“I’ve been in your pumps,” while commiserating with the stressed-out girls.

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5. Kalorie gets real about body image

Yes, we love the one liners on Drag Race, but the show’s power also comes from those deep conversations between queens in the werk room, touching on everything from health, to politics, to sexuality, to eating disorders. In this episode, we learn more about Kalorie. The self-described “big girl” tells the queens that she has actually lost a significant amount of weight after experiencing years of horrific, violent bullying. Having grown up in a small New Mexico town, Kalorie says, “I thought I’d be made fun of for being gay, but it was because I was fat.”

She explains that after watching Jujubee sashay down the runway on Drag Race Season 2, she began performing in drag to learn how to embrace her body. Then, it was the persona of Kalorie who taught her that she was beautiful.

Jujubee tweeted her support during the episode.

6. All the “Drag Race” references in PharmaRusical

While the queens lip synced and danced to drug commercial parodies (like a pill that prevents you from uttering cliché drag phrases like “YAS QUEEN”), they also sang nods to iconic moments of Drag Race past. A few of our fave references? A call out to Latrice Royale’s “Good God girl get a grip,” Phi Phi O’Hara’s, “Why don’t you go back to Party City where you belong,” Lashauwn Beyond’s “This is not RuPaul’s Best Friend Race,” and a pill named after Pearl’s “Flazeda.”

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Despite their shaky rehearsal, The Vixen’s team won the PharmaRusical challenge, and Vixen won the challenge in its entirety! (She is unstoppable and definitely one to watch — having just won the mini challenge too.) Eureka and Kalorie found themselves lip syncing for their lives to “Best of My Love” by Emotions. It was Kalorie’s second time in the Bottom Two in just two episodes, and unfortunately, it was also Kalorie’s time to sashay away. Still, she left her mark on the show, both as New Mexico’s first Drag Race queen and as a body positive influence. Ru said it herself: “My dear, a Kalorie-free Drag Race just won’t be the same.”

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5 Perfectly Normal Ways Your Body Changes After Age 40

5 Perfectly Normal Ways Your Body Changes After Age 40

Have you asked yourself lately, “What’s going on? Is this normal?” If so, you’re not alone. Many women go through changes as they age that are a little confusing. We expect the fine lines and wrinkles. We know that menopausal symptoms could show up at any time. But some of the other stuff? Enough to leave you scratching your head, and feeling a little anxious. After all, what if some of those…

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Have you asked yourself lately, “What’s going on? Is this normal?”

If so, you’re not alone. Many women go through changes as they age that are a little confusing. We expect the fine lines and wrinkles. We know that menopausal symptoms could show up at any time. But some of the other stuff? Enough to leave you scratching your head, and feeling a little anxious. After all, what if some of those symptoms you’re experiencing are serious?

We’ve got five of the most common ways women’s bodies change after the age of 40 listed below. We’re hoping that after you read through them, you’ll realize that yes, you’re normal, and everything is okay!

  1. Hair Loss

If you thought only men had to worry about hair loss, think again. Women are affected by hair loss as they age, too. Only a small percentage will actually lose enough hair to experience bald spots, but most women will notice hair thinning that begins in the forties.

The American Hair Loss Associations states that women actually make up 40 percent of American hair-loss sufferers. And the North American Hair Research Society says that half of women experience at least some hair loss by the time they reach 50. You may notice that your part looks a little wider than it did, or that your ponytail is thinner. Your hair may lose volume, or the strands themselves may thin, creating a more fine-hair appearance.

Scientists believe that our changing hormones are to blame, as we start to take the long journey into menopause. Estrogen has a big role to play in hair growth, so as it dwindles with age, you may notice some differences.

What to do: If you haven’t already, it’s time to start babying your hair. Try to skip shampoo days so the natural oils in your scalp can better condition the strands. Use fewer heat-based styling tools if you can, and look for more nourishing hair-care products with real oils and other healthy ingredients in them. Moisturize more often—treat your hair to a moisturizing mask at least once a week. Limit chemical treatments like coloring and straightening—try to go for longer between appointments. Avoid tight ponytails and other styles that pull and stress hair, and finally, consider a fresh, new style that will help you rock your new head of hair.

  1. Bladder Changes

As you go past the age of 40, you may find that a) you’re using more pads even when you’re period is over, and b) you’re having to go to the doctor more often for urinary tract infections (UTIs). Again, it’s those hormones that are to blame. As your body produces less estrogen, the muscles in the bladder and urethra tend to weaken, which can make it more likely that you’ll experience leaking, particularly when you cough, sneeze, or laugh.

As your body produces less estrogen, the muscles in the bladder and urethra tend to weaken, which can make it more likely that you’ll experience leaking, particularly when you cough, sneeze, or laugh.

A lower estrogen level can also leave you more at risk for a UTI. Estrogen helps fight those nasty bacteria that cause them, so with less of that protection, you’re move vulnerable.

What to do: If you’re overweight, try to lose a few pounds, as that will take some pressure off your bladder. Eliminate drinks that make leaks more likely, including caffeinated beverages and alcohol. Perform a few more Kegel exercises to strengthen those muscles. (Squeeze to stop urine flow in the middle of the urine stream, then release. Once you get the feeling, you can do them anywhere.) If these methods don’t help, talk to your doctor about medications.

Next, if you’ve having frequent UTIs, drink more water to help flush out the bad bacteria, and talk to your doctor about potentially trying a topical estrogen cream. If you’re in perimenopause or if you’re postmenopausal, it may help your urethra to act more normally, and decrease your risk of infections.

  1. Slowing Metabolism

You’re not imagining it—the older you get, the harder it is to lose weight, and the easier it is to gain it. That’s because your overall metabolism—the rate at which your body burns calories for energy—slows down. That gives new life to the old saying, “A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.”

The bad news is that this change increases your risk of weight gain, which isn’t good for your overall health. According to a 2017 study, weight gain—particularly around the middle, where the fat is most dangerous—is “common among women in midlife.” Scientists blame it on hormone and lifestyle changes (we often become less active as we age,) but caution that because abdominal fat is linked to cardiovascular disease, “the importance of weight management in midlife cannot be overemphasized.”

What to do: We have an entire article devoted to “7 Simple Ways Women Can Fight the Middle-Aged Spread.” Meanwhile, it’s important to realize two things: at midlife, both your diet and your exercise must change. You need to exercise more (change it from 30 minutes to an hour a day), and eat fewer calories. One of the ways you can manage the latter is to choose more water-based foods, like soups, melons, celery, stews, and the like.

  1. Brain Fog

We’ve all had that experience where we walk into the kitchen or the living room and then stand there thinking, “What did I come in here for?”

Don’t worry—it’s probably not Alzheimer’s disease. Some memory loss is common at midlife, particularly around menopause. Studies have found that women experience a significant decline in memory between perimenopause and postmenopause. So if you’re experiencing some forgetfulness, it’s probably normal, but that doesn’t mean you have to just accept it.

What to do: We have an article devoted to this subject, too: “6 Ways Women Can Preserve Memory as they Age.” For now, remember that anything that’s good for your heart is good for your brain. That includes eating a healthy diet, exercising, and finding ways to manage stress. Then, consider coffee—it’s been found to have a protective effect against memory loss—and mindfulness-based therapies like meditation and hypnosis. All can help you relax and have been found to help delay cognitive decline.

 

  1. Depression and Anxiety

You’ve always been a happy person. What’s happened?

You can blame hormones or lifestyle factors, but the truth is that more women experience both depression and anxiety at midlife than at other times in their lives. Menopausal symptoms are likely to have something to do with it.

Studies show that during perimenopause, women are more likely to experience symptoms of depression, while during postmenopause, they’re more likely to experience symptoms of anxiety. And this was true even in women who had never had experienced these two problems before.

Just because these types of experiences are normal doesn’t mean they can’t be serious. If you’re losing interest in things you normally enjoyed or having thoughts about harming yourself, be sure to talk to a therapist immediately

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you’ll experience these symptoms, but the point is that if you do, you can rest assured that you’re perfectly normal. In addition to hormonal changes, there can be other contributing factors too, such as caring for aging parents, financial strains, and empty nest syndrome.

What to do: First of all, don’t hesitate to get help. Just because these types of experiences are normal doesn’t mean they can’t be serious. If you’re losing interest in things you normally enjoyed or having thoughts about harming yourself, be sure to talk to a therapist immediately. In a 2014 study, for instance, researchers found that though anxiety symptoms were common at midlife, higher anxiety test scores were associated with a higher risk of developing a major depressive disorder later on. So be cautious, and take care of yourself.

Next, take some time to evaluate your life and where you are right now. See midlife as an opportunity to make some changes that will help you enjoy many more healthy years to come. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your schedule, your diet, your exercise, and even your occupation. Find new hobbies and meet new people that can relate to the things you’re going through. Maybe you’d even like to go back to school, or try chasing some of those dreams you left behind.

Meanwhile, implement some anti-anxiety and anti-depression habits in your life. Try a yoga or tai chi class, start journaling, get a new pet to take care of, or spend more time with friends. Make sure that each day you’re doing at least one thing that makes you happy. Most of all, remember to put self-care first on your list.

 

 

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UPDATE: The body of 16-year-old Jholie Moussa was found on Friday morning in Woodlawn Neighborhood Park in Virginia. Police weren’t immediately able to confirm the body was that of Moussa’s. Fox 5 reports the young girl was covered in leaves and debris. Moussa went missing on Jan 12. Her death is being investigated as a homicide.

Fairfax County police confirmed the discovery Friday evening.

Earlier this week, Moussa’s mother Syreeta Steward her daughter’s disapperance was a “nightmare [she] couldn’t wake up from.”

Original story: The FBI has joined in on the search for a missing Virginia teenager reports WUSA 9.

Sixteen-year-old twin Jholie Moussa of Alexandria, VA was last seen by her family on Friday afternoon when she left home for a party. They have not heard from her since. Moussa’s mother Syreeta Steward said local police initially refused to help look for the teenager because she could be a runaway.

When Fairfax County police finally did aide in the search for the Mount Vernon High School 10th grader, they spoke with approximately 20 of her friends. Some of them claimed they have been in contact with Moussa. Detectives said the majority of her friends have not been very cooperative.

But the family has also taken matters into their own hands. They are using social media to get others involved in the search for Moussa and are receiving floods of support. Over 21,000 people have joined the Facebook group Bring Jholie Home. Moussa’s mother and twin sister Zhane have posted a number of videos pleading for anyone with information to come forward.

“This is day 6 and I’ve never been away from my sister this long,” Zhane said in a Wednesday video urging young women and men to use social media to spread the word about her missing twin.

Local police said they have no proof Moussa is in immediate danger. But her family told FOX 5 they are confident she has not run away.

Hill said her daughter is 5’2” and 105 lbs and wearing long blond braids. She was last seen in torn blue jeans, a black and white plaid shirt, black Uggs with bows on the back and a black puffy jacket with brown fur on the hood. Moussa also has an infinity tattoo bearing she and her sister’s first names on her arm.

The family is urging anyone who may have Moussa to simply return her home.

Anyone with information is being asked to call police at 703-691-2131, the FBI Washington Field Office at 202-278-2000 or at https://tips.fbi.gov.

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How to Get the Right Hat For Your Face Shape & Body Type

As you can imagine, people have all kinds of different heads and head shapes with sizes and unique features. When we dress, we always try to highlight the attractive features and flatter or improve the look of the areas that are not so advantageous.

It’s the same thing with hats; not every hat is suited to every face shape and body type. Sadly, this kind of knowledge has vanished from societies and even at the hat store, often, they won’t be able to tell you about it.

How Do I Know About It? I have vintage hat books and magazines, and I went through them and saw great discussions of hat retailers, and so I’m going to share all that knowledge with you.

Hats For Larger Gentlemen

If you have a small hat like with a not so wide crown and a very short brim, it makes the person look automatically bigger; so that’s something you should always avoid. On the other hand, a larger hat makes everything more proportional, more suitable, and the wearer doesn’t look oversized.

The same is true for the hat band. Ideally, you go with something quite wide that has a very low contrast to the hat, in the same color. You want to choose a crown that is not too high but more of a medium height with a pinch not so much in the middle because you want to avoid a pointy look.

You much either want to go for a little pinch more towards the sides that is not too accentuated because then it’s a more harmonious look with your fuller body.

If you’re a bigger gentleman and you want to snap your brim down, that’s okay but rather than having just a slight snap, try to snap it all the way down and get a really deep snap, that way it suits your silhouette more. The brim should be rather wide, at least two and a half inches which is about six and a quarter centimeters.

Fedoras are a great hat for larger men, and so are Homburg hats with a certain size. As I said, choose the hat band ideally in a color very similar to your head, so there’s a low contrast.

Hats For Short & Slim Gentlemen

If you’re shorter, you’ll always benefit from wearing a hat because it elongates your body and makes you look taller. Rather than having a rather wide crown, it pays to have it pinched to a point because it just flatters your short silhouette more. Also, rather than going with a tone in tone hat band, it pays to switch it up for something that’s contrasting.

A pointed pinch is the way to go

A pointed pinch is the way to go

If you’re shorter, you always want to avoid to have your brim snapped and much rather have it face up; the simple reason for this is when a viewer looks at you, and your brim is curled up or sideways, it gives the perception of elevation and height which is exactly what you want. Also, rather than going with wide-brimmed hats, it pays to go with something shorter.

Again, pinch on top works and the higher the crown, the better. Ideally, you want a brim that is less than 2 inches or 5 cm, however, if it gets too short, and the crown gets too low, you may appear like a boy so always try to go for that high crown and slim curl up brim.

If you take a big hat with a wide brim and a taller crown, it makes the wearer even smaller which is something you always want to avoid.

Hats For Tall & Thin Gentlemen

Ideally, you don’t want to accentuate your height even more which means don’t go for a high crown. Instead, go for medium to low crowns. Also, you want to opt for a contrasting hat band because it visually separates the top part of the hat from the bottom part and so overall, it makes you look shorter than you are. Of course, you don’t look short, but it looks more harmonious on your hat.

The brim should be about 2 inches or 5 cm wide and you want to step it down. Also, rather than wearing your hat straight, it can pay to simply tilt it to one side for a more elegant look that is more harmonious and proportional.

In a nutshell, if you are tall and slim, you should avoid tall crowns and matching hat bands. Instead, go with something contrasting. Likewise, do not wear a short-brimmed hat that is curled up because it makes you look taller. Instead, go for a somewhat wider snap brim hat that is more appropriate and that little tilt just helps to tie it all together.

Facial Features To Consider When Choosing A Hat

A snapped down hat for men with bigger noses

A snapped down hat for men with more prominent noses

Prominent Nose

If you have a big nose, the most important thing is the width of the brim. You want something that is at least as wide as your nose so usually about 2 and a half inches or more. If you go with a custom hat, you may even decide to have a brim that is wider in the front than in the back. If you get something off the rack, that is not an option you have.

Rather than having it curled up, you want to snap it down. Rather than going for a very pointy pinch, go for something that’s a little wider. Slim brims that are snapped up or just slightly snapped down are your enemy because they will just accentuate the size of your nose.

If you have a receding chin, avoid a full crown

If you have a receding chin, avoid a full crown

Receding Chin

If you have a receding chin, go with hats that are not too extreme. A hat can’t help to make the chin disappear, but it can help to level everything and make it look harmonious.

So that means, opt for a hat with a medium crown and a slight pinch that is not too pointy but also not round. Go for a medium wide brim that is slightly snapped to the front.

Again, it’s very flattering to tilt the hat slightly to one side. Make sure to avoid a big hat and a full crown because that will just highlight your receding chin, likewise, don’t snap your hat too much because it’s not an advantageous look for you.

If you have chiseled features, skip the tilt

If you have chiseled features, skip the tilt

Chiseled Features

Now if you have chiseled features, you want a hat with a slight pinch on the crown that is not too small and you want a nice deep snap. It’s definitely best to not tilt your hat but keep it straight so everything looks more proportional.

In order not to highlight your chiseled features, I urge you to stay away from a very tall crown or a very slim brim.

Slim brims are unflattering for round faces

Slim brims are unflattering for round faces

Round Face

Similar to those who have a stronger built, it pays to go with something that is not too slim. Regarding crown height, go with something medium and a matching headband that is not too small.

A larger brim works better for you so don’t get anything under 2 inches or 5 centimeters, I’d even go to at least two and a half inches or six and a quarter cm.

If you like to snap your brim, the fedora hat is the right choice. Otherwise, you can also go with a Homburg hat. If you’re a man with a round face, avoid getting hats that are too small.

You don’t want something that has a pointy crown, and you also don’t want to have a very slim brim that is not snapped down all the way; just makes you look goofy and disproportionately large.

Small and lifted brims only highlight your protruding ears more

Small and lifted brims only highlight your protruding ears more

Protruding Ears

Now if you have protruding ears, it’s very important that you have a wider brim that is snapped down and not snapped up. The brim is important because it doesn’t highlight the size of your ears or the shape, but it rather helps to cover them up. Opt for a wider crown that is not too pointy, although a little point is alright.

Also, go with a wide hat band that’s ideally somewhat contrasting because of your ears, it pays to not just snap down the hat in the front but also in the back. If you have protruding ears, you want to avoid small hats with shorter brims and anything that is pointed up.

Because of that, a Homburg hat is not the right hat for you because it’s curved up and it just highlights your ears and it just stands out and it’s just not a flattering look. The most important thing is that you the wide brim is always snapped down.

What Hat Work with your face and body type - Infographic

What Hat Work with your face and body type – Infographic

 

If You Get Conflicting Information, Don’t Get Confused!

First of all, I suggest you go with the facial features first because the head is closest to the face. Next up, look at your body type; for example, if your face shape calls for a whole crown but you’re also a slim and tall man, maybe bring the crown height down, so it doesn’t accentuate your height even further.

Also, maybe go with a contrasting hat band, so it visually separates the top part from the hat in the bottom which makes it look shorter.

Hats For A Big Head

Ideally, you want something that is proportional to your size so don’t go with something too small, but rather with a nice sized hat and with a nice pinch on top. You also want to go with a headband that’s not too wide but also not too slim, you can have it slightly snapped down in the front and snapped up in the back. It’s always good to tilt the hat to the side slightly, just makes it look more elegant. Same is true for snapping up the front part of the brim, makes your head even look bigger.

So if you have a bigger head, avoid a wide crown, avoid a large contrasting headband, because they’re both things that make your head look even larger. Overall, it really pays to experiment with different hat shapes which are most easily done at a hat store because there; you get the full selection.  If you buy online, they may look great in the picture but it may not be great on your head.

Personally, I think it’s okay to have a range of different hats for different purposes, in slightly different shapes, because depending on the outfit you have, the hat can also have a different appearance and impression on others. The good thing is if you follow these rules, you will end up with a hat that flatters your face and your body and you can focus on things like the edge finishing, or the color, or maybe the material.

What’s your go-to hat? Now that you know the rules, have you considered switching to a different hat for a change?


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A Florida man is being held on a second-degree murder charge after police say he allegedly led them to his wife’s dead body on the day before Christmas, PEOPLE confirms.

According to a news release from police in Titusville, Florida, Timothy Allen Upthegrove was already a person of interest in the disappearance of his wife, Lori Lynn Upthegrove, when he allegedly gave police information that directed them to her body early on Sunday.

Police believe Timothy, 53, killed Lori on Dec. 18 when the couple got into an argument at their home in Titusville. Then, according to allegations in the news release, “the victim’s body was placed into the back of her vehicle by her husband and driven to a wooded area.”

Police did not disclose a cause of death. A spokesperson from the Titusville Police Department tells PEOPLE that the case is still under investigation and that more details will be released at a later date.

Lori, 51, was reported missing on Tuesday by a family member.

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“Based on evidence found both in the home and in her vehicle, detectives believed Lori had been the victim of a violent crime,” police said in the release. Timothy was arrested Tuesday on charges of obstructing justice after he allegedly made false statements to police.

In a statement to the Orlando Sentinel, Timothy’s father, Ed Upthegrove, offered his condolences to Lori’s relatives and said that his family is working with law enforcement.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to Lori’s family and friends during this difficult time,” Ed told the newspaper. “We’re cooperating with investigators as they continue to gather evidence in this case.”

PEOPLE confirms that Timothy is being held in the Brevard County Jail without bail. He has not yet entered a plea, and court records do not indicate if he has retained an attorney who could comment on his behalf.


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Buying an iPhone case used to mean choosing between two different priorities. You could either get a thin case that offers minimal protection but didn’t ruin the look of your iPhone, or you could get a big bulky case that keeps your iPhone safe but makes it look terrible. Now, you can get the best of both worlds thanks to the PITAKA Magcase for the iPhone X. It’s incredibly thin at just 0.03 inches and yet it offers terrific protection because it’s made out of a real body armor material called aramid. It’s a bit pricey compared to many of the cheapo cases you find on Amazon, but it’s worth every penny.

Here’s what you need to know from the product listing:

  • Slim and Sensuous With “Body Armor Grade” Protection and ZERO Compromise, made of 100% Aramid Fiber. Now, your phone is protected with the same material used in body armor, spacecraft, jet engines, and Formula 1 Race cars. Yet, it retains the thinness of your iPhone the day you purchased it — before it was covered up with an thick bulky case.
  • Enjoy your “almost naked” iPhone with a case that is thinner than a dime. Thickness 0.03in. Min. Weight 0.49oz. So light that you even will not feel the weight increase to your phone. Yet, with unparalleled protection from everyday “real world” drops.
  • Unique transit free design with metal plates inside, compatible with PITAKA magnetic carbon fiber air vent mount, makes you can use PITAKA car mount freely without sticking adhasive metal plate on your device. Yet,no interference to your wireless charging,WIFI,GPS,Apple Pay or your signals.
  • A Soft 3D-Grip touch. Texture you need to feel to believe. It almost clings to your hand without feeling sticky. Extraordinarily scratch resistant and non-slip. A protective three-layer coating and manual polishing is applied to each phone case. Now feel confident carrying your phone in purse or pocket along with keys and coins.
  • Fits your phone perfectly. Our secret process for vacuum forming technology ensures the cases are perfectly formed to the phone size. Easily and naturally access all buttons and ports. Each opening is not only accurately aligned, but also at natural “surface level”. A turnkey solution for protection with premium AGC tempered glass screen protector from Japan—Package includes: 1 x Aramid case for iPhone X; 1 x AGC Tempered glass screen protector.

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How far away is your cell phone from you right now as you read this? Is it sitting right next to you on your desk or your bedside table? Is it in your pocket? Either way, no matter how badly you think you need your smartphone within arm’s length at all times, you could be doing significant long-term damage to your body.

The scientific community has yet to reach a consensus on the severity of exposure to radio frequency energy emitted from cell phones, but a new set of guidelines from the California Department of Public Health suggests that high use could impact human health. If you use your cell phone constantly, you should decrease your exposure.

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The Basics of Donating Your Body to Science

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It is estimated that about 20,000 bodies are donated in the United States each year for the purpose of medical research and education. Choosing to donate your body to science after you pass away might seem like an unconventional choice, but the contribution to medical science is paramount.

In this post, we take a look into the world of whole body donation, and provide insight into the process.

What Happens When You Donate Your Body to Science?

When you donate your body to science, you first need to choose where you would like to donate to. You can choose an organization like a tissue bank (a facility that collects and stores human cadaver tissue for the purposes of medical research, education, and/or allograft (tissue) transplantation), or you can donate directly to a University or medical school that has proper facilities. You’ll likely have to answer pre-screening medical questions to determine if you will be able to donate.

The donor is stored until the research or educational process is completed, and then previously agreed to arrangements are carried out with the family.

Generally, all organizations accepting deceased donor donations must follow the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) regulations and standards surrounding donated human tissue used for scientific or medical purposes.

The AATB’s guidelines for tissue banking are recognized as being the model for federal and state regulations, as well as international directives and standards. The AATB offers accreditation so tissue banks that follow their standards are recognizable.

Even though regulations exist for tissue banks that are providing donatable tissue, the AATB points out that Non-Transplant Anatomical Donation Organization (NADO) may not require accreditation, unless it is required by state law.

However, a NADO can obtain AATB accreditation on a voluntary basis, and AATB provides a search tool so you can check if the organization you are planning to donate to has AATB accreditation.

A Bill was introduced in 2014 that if passed, would require all NADOs to be licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

How Do You Donate Your Body to Science After Death?

There are several ways that you can arrange for the donation of your remains to be used for scientific or medical purposes. Here is a rundown of some of the most common donation methods.

Willed body donation

You can indicate in advance through your Last Will and Testament that you wish to donate your body to a University or medical school as an anatomical gift to assist the students with their education. You can also indicate your wishes through a Living Will (or Health Care Directive) which is a document used to indicate your health care wishes should you become incapacitated.

In order to become a donor, you’ll need to pre-register with the school or organization you decide to donate to.

As an example, the Willed Body Donation Program at Stanford Medicine provides donor registration forms and further information about their program directly on their website.

Essentially, you just need to fill out the form indicating that you would like to be a donor, but it is never a bad idea to make your wishes known through your Last Will and Testament or Living Will as well.

Many different schools throughout the United States offer willed body donation programs, so it’s a good idea to do research to determine where you would like to donate to, and learn more about each school’s donation process.

These donation programs must follow the Anatomical Gift Act as well as the aforementioned AATB standards to ensure that remains are treated with the utmost respect.

Donating your body to science in place of a funeral service

Funeral services can be costly, especially for families that are already financially unstable. Organizations such as Science Care provide no-cost cremation including transportation from the location of passing.

According to Science Care, cremated remains are returned to the family within 3-5 weeks, and the family also receives an update letting them know the societal impact of the donation.

What is the Cost of Donating Your Body to Science?

Generally, with whole body donation, there is no cost to the surviving family members. Any costs associated with the donation are usually covered by the organization that is receiving the donation.

Do You get Paid to Donate Your Body to Science?

Since whole body donation is considered an anatomical gift, there is no monetary value associated with the donation. Therefore, surviving family members generally do not receive compensation.

However, as mentioned earlier, whole body donation can be considered a viable alternative to the financial burden of a traditional funeral.

Can You be an Organ Donor if You Donate Your Body to Science?

Whole body donation can be more difficult if you decide to be an organ and tissue donor, and individuals are generally not able to do both. However, some facilities may still accept organ donor cadavers under certain circumstances. If you are planning to do both, it is a good idea to contact the facility that you are planning to donate to in order to make the necessary arrangements.

Should You Donate Your Body to Science?

Choosing to participate in whole body donation is a decision that takes time and careful consideration to make. Most organizations that handle such matters provide ongoing support throughout the process, so it’s important to ask any questions you may have.

You may wish to contact a trusted medical professional and/or a religious representative to ensure that the process aligns with your personal values and belief system.

Would you consider donating your body to science? Let us know in the comments!

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Am I pregnant or is my body just weird AF?

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Michelle Stein

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Am I pregnant? Or is my period just late?

Answer: Who knows? BUT I FEEL LIKE I’M GOING INSANE.

This has happened every time my husband and I have tried to conceive — except for our first child, when we were “not preventing but not actively trying.” (I didn’t even think to test until I was already eight weeks pregnant.) But, for babies two and three, I started peeing on a stick two weeks after my predicted ovulation window. All with big, fat negatives.

The day I was supposed to start my period came and went. Still, negative tests. I think it was a good five or six days after my missed period that I finally got a squint-until-you-sorta-see-it line.

My menstrual cycle sometimes lasts longer than average — 30 to 33 days, instead of 28 — so that probably has something to do with it. But it’s still maddening as hell. Especially when the “early result” tests claim to detect pregnancy “up to six days before your missed period” but I keep churning out minuses until six days after my missed period. That dreaded “two-week wait” is more like a four-week wait for me. Ugh.

And don’t even get me started on early symptoms of pregnancy, which are nearly identical to premenstrual symptoms: Mood swings, abdominal bloating, fatigue. Yep, yep and yep. So WHY IS THIS TEST STILL NEGATIVE OR WHY HAVEN’T I STARTED BLEEDING YET?!

Still, I buy another pack of pregnancy tests — hopeful that this time will be it. I post said pregnancy tests in the BabyCenter Community for tweakers to see if they can pull the tiniest hint of a line, or to just confirm that “line” I think I see is wishful thinking. Regardless of what these internet strangers think they see in photos of my still-negative pregnancy tests, still, I wait.

I know, I know; someone play me the tiniest violin. At least I’m able to get pregnant, right? Trust me, I don’t take my fertility for granted. It’s the not knowing that gets me. The prolonged limbo. The maybe-you’re-pregnant-or-LOL-your-body-is-weird-AF of it all.

Give me a plus sign or give me a period, dang it!

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