Bleachorexia: Taking the Hollywood Smile Too Far

In the past three years, I’ve had six overcrowded teeth removed, two necessary crowns, and a set of old-fashioned “train-track” braces that were in place for two years. As delighted as I was when the whole ordeal ended, my last (and elective) thing to do was professional teeth whitening; getting molds made of my teeth and adding the bleach when I was ready. They turned out very well, getting rid of any signs of the staining braces can make. I used half of the bleach given and a year later, did it again. My teeth look good; natural, straight and white, but not Hollywood....more

Kids Beating the Heat in the Cool Garage? 5 Things You Need to Know

Plenty of us in America are having a ragingly hot summer. Many cities and states are seeing temperatures soar into the 90s and 100s, and there doesn’t seem to be much relief. Many kids are forced to stay inside with air conditioning -- if they are lucky enough to have it....more

More Women Choosing Home Births

Many of our parents and grandparents were born at home with the use of midwives and what we now call doulas, who provide emotional support to pregnant women and can assist with some physical/homeopathic needs and education regarding pregnancy and the birth process.  Doulas back then were not certified or professionally trained – rather they used their years of experience to assist others....more

The Casey Anthony Trial Begins

I write for EmpowHER - a women's health website and many of the questions asked in our Community and our Groups are questions about being a parent; for example, the physical, emotional and sociological aspects of life as a woman and mother.  One thing we clearly see is the genuine concern, fears and passionate love our moms have for their children. Which is why such horror is expressed when parents (allegedly, in the case of Casey Anthony) kill the children that the rest of us would die for. What are their motives? Are they mentally ill or just evil?...more

The Adult Obession With the Bodies of Young Girls: Shape-Up Sneakers Target Tweens to Ensure Their Bottoms Look Good

It has been an interesting year or two for girls’ fashions. First we had little girls’ underwear with words like “eye candy” printed on the crotch, sweatpants with “Juicy” and “Sexy” on the backside and padded bikini tops for 7-year-olds. The new rage is Sketcher Shape-Ups for little girls. These Shape-Ups have become famous for their commercials promising lean legs and perky butts for women who wear them. The commercials focus on the backsides of women, as they shake their bottoms wearing skimpy underwear or bikinis....more

It really sickens me actually . . . though is vanity the only thing that will motivate ...more

Weight Gain and the Big Eating Late Debate

I’ve long held the opinion that eating late at night causes me to gain weight, even if I’m not overeating. In other words, if I eat 1,800 calories a day and stop eating by 7 p.m., I don’t gain weight. But if eat 1,800 calories a day and my last meal is around 11 p.m., I do notice a few pounds adding on. We’ve been told “a calorie is a calorie” and it doesn’t matter when it’s consumed – evidenced by a 2005 study by the Oregon Health & Science University. My reasons for thinking like I do are varied....more

A New Take on a Sober House: A Safe Drinking House for Addicts (and You're Paying for It!)

VH1 has a series called Sober House, a place where celebrity addicts live in order to learn how to live a life of sobriety after rehab. While the show is better known for its drama, antics and lack of success, sober houses are real and there are thousands of them in America.  Once a person completes standard rehabilitation, they can choose (or do so due to court order) to live in a group home that is monitored  by counselors who ensure the residents stay away from drugs, alcohol or whatever their addiction is....more

If it comes down to money and the government taking a short cut on services to still provide ...more

Self-Tanning: Is Fake Tan Safe?

Pale and interesting! Dark and mysterious! We like to imagine how the tone of our skin shapes our personalities. Well, summer is here for some and nearly here for others. That means open toed sandals, fewer and shorter clothes and lots of exposure to the elements. My very pale Irish skin actually tans very well but I long put those days basking in the sun behind me once I finally realized the damage I was doing to my skin.  Despite this, I still like a tan. I like how it looks and I--for whatever reason--feel better when my skin is a little darker....more

Showing a Little Humility (AKA: I Like You More if You Blush)

A few years ago I was in a nice restaurant and forgot to cover my mouth when I laughed (I didn't want to show my teeth because the glue on my braces had badly discolored and my teeth looked stained since they were covered with the glue), and the waiter thought it was sweet that I blushed. I told him my temporary "glue" situation was mortifying to me even though I'm a reasonably confident person. It wasn't a blunder as such but he told me not to blush and that I looked "fabulous"!  Bless his heart!...more

Autism, Menopause and More: Should Celebrities Stick to Being Celebrities or is their Medical Advice Trustworthy?

Celebrities have long talked about their various opinions on health and medicine....more

This is something that infuriates me. I hate celebrities thinking they are the perfect ...more