Growing up, I was a very heavy kid. I wasn’t active at all. In high school, I would lose weight and gain it all back. About two and a half years ago, I was considered obese on the BMI scale. I started on a diet, and I lost weight in a healthy way, but it made me want to lose more and more. Image was part of it—I worked in fashion, and I didn’t want to feel insecure about my weight in that environment. Although I had started my journey wanting to feel better about myself, I soon became addicted to seeing that number on the scale go down each week. Wanting to Get Smaller and SmallerI kept setting new goals for myself. Can I get to this certain weight? I’m 5’6” and my final goal weight was 99 pounds. I didn’t realize it at the time, but getting smaller gave me validation. I was doing anything to lose weight, and started some unhealthy behaviors along the way. My weight dropped pretty low, and my family was starting to notice. We don’t really … [Read more...] about ‘I Was Obsessed With Losing Weight. Running Helped Me Love My Body Again’
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MANY people do not even realise they have bone spurs, but Donald Trump supposedly has them. We explain what are bone spurs, what kind the US president has and if they go away. What are bone spurs? Bone spurs are bony lumps, medically called osteophytes, which grow on the bones and around joints, according to the NHS. They are most commonly found in the neck, shoulder, knee, lower back, fingers or big toe, and foot or heel. Bone spurs tend to form when the joints have been affected by osteoarthritis, a form arthritis that develops in ageing adults, or after a joint or tendon has been injured. Most bone spurs show no signs or symptoms, but can cause problems if they rub against other bone or tissue, restrict movement or squeeze nearby nerves. What kind of symptoms can occur? SPINE: Can cause pain and stiffness in the back NECK: Can pinch a nearby nerve and cause pain, pins and needles, numbness or weakness in the arms SHOULDER: Can limit the space available for tendons and … [Read more...] about What are bone spurs symptoms, what type did Donald Trump have and do they go away?
A town is a living, breathing organism. It prospers and falters with the economy, with shifting birthrates, with changing migration patterns. Not all that long ago, the central Minnesota community of Long Prairie was in a period of decline. The town, anchored for years by agriculture and local employers like Long Prairie Packing, and Dan’s Prize, was struggling. Many downtown businesses were closed, homes were up for sale and, at the local school district, always a bellwether of the economy, administrators watched as the number of enrolled children began to shrink. During her 15-year career as an educator, Luan Thomas-Brunkhorst, director of the Long Prairie Chamber of Commerce and a former German teacher at Long Prairie Grey Eagle Secondary School, had a front-row seat to her community’s shifting circumstances. “There were about 140 graduating seniors in a class when I came in,” she said. “But over time those numbers started declining and … [Read more...] about Long Prairie’s growing immigrant population helps keep local schools vital
Updated 12:09 am PDT, Saturday, September 22, 2018 Ramona Poppe of Onalaska, Wash., understands the risk of using opioids, but she wants to maintain the option of using them to reduce her pain from medical conditions. Photo taken at her home in Onalaska, Wash., Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (Bill Wagner /The Daily News via AP) less Ramona Poppe of Onalaska, Wash., understands the risk of using opioids, but she wants to maintain the option of using them to reduce her pain from medical conditions. Photo taken at her home in Onalaska, Wash., ... more Photo: Bill Wagner, AP Ramona Poppe, 56, of Onalaska, Wash., is shown at her home Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Poppe said she understands the risk of using opioids, but she wants to maintain the option of using them to reduce her chronic pain from medical conditions. (Bill Wagner /The Daily News via AP) less Ramona Poppe, 56, of Onalaska, Wash., is shown at her home Monday, … [Read more...] about Opioid regulations worry chronic pain patients, doctors
After a day of mainlining coffee and staring at the computer, "relaxing" at happy hour and then staying up late glued to the television, getting in bed only to consume the infinite scroll of news on your mobile, an eye twitch begins.You go to sleep thinking it will be gone when you wake up. It's not. It stays for days, maybe even weeks.Twitch .... twitch twitch ............. TWITCH.Americans spend more and more time looking at screens, and it's not always fun or entertaining. It prevents us from hitting our bedtime goals. It fatigues our eye muscles. Reading hateful late-night tweets can be stressful, and one symptom — however benign it might seem — could be a twitch.The cause? "It's kind of like all the things your mom lectured you about growing up: lack of sleep, staring at screens, dry eyes, caffeine, dehydration, stress," said Shameema Sikder, an ophthalmologist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.The exact biological reasons remain a mystery. … [Read more...] about What to do about annoying, though usually harmless, eye twitches