Turpin parents copied 'Counting On' Duggars, Kate Gosselin for reality TV show

 Loyal fans of "Counting On" are horrified by comparisons between David and Louise #Turpin and the Duggar family. But as details emerge on the California parents who tortured, chained and starved their 13 kids, the similarities line up. Especially after an update that the notorious "To Train Up a Child" authors Michael and Debi Pearl will speak at a Duggar family camp. So why are the Turpins echo the Duggars? And it might be no coincidence. Inside Edition quoted a relative who said the Turpins wanted a Reality Tv Show like "19 Kids and Counting" or Kate Gosselin's "Kate Plus 8."  Turpin parents copied 'Counting On' Duggars, Kate Gosselin for reality TV show

'My 600-lb Life': Janine Mueller's shocking battle with childhood obesity, diet pills at 4 and weight loss

 There's a lot that goes into morbid obesity besides overeating and few exemplify this as well as "My 600-lb Life" patient Janine Mueller. The 53-year-old reality TV star shared a shocking backstory of homegrown weight problems, anorexia, amphetamine abuse and fat-shaming. Can this woman find life-saving weight loss with bariatric surgery?  'My 600-lb Life': Janine Mueller's shocking weight loss battle

Joy-Anna Duggar Forsyth splits 'Counting On' fans in big baby bump Instagram pic

Talk about putting a cat among the pigeons. Joy-Anna Duggar and her husband, Austin Forsyth, keep provoking drama with pregnancy updates. TLC's "Counting On" fans are polarized over Joy's enormous baby bump. Some believe the Duggars of "19 Kids and Counting [VIDEO]" are having their first love child. Others fat-shamed Mrs. Forsyth for gaining weight. Now Joe Duggar's wife, Kendra Caldwell, is being accused of hiding a pregnancy. Many feel the #Reality TV #Celebrities, including Derick Dillard, are being bullied.  Joy-Anna Duggar Forsyth splits 'Counting On' fans in big baby bump Instagram pic

Antidepressant alternatives: Natural drug-free first aid kit for depression and anxiety

The loss of my mother-in-law recently prompted me to relook at depression and anxiety. Certainly there is a difference between temporary grief and chronic depression but the two can feel similar. I took antidepressant Paxil for years and my husband was on Lexapro and Wellbutrin. I gained 100 pounds during the time on the drug and also lost a stillborn child. So those were both obviously depressing but it was more than just that. Paxil (paroxetene) made me disoriented and lethargic.

So I searched out natural antidepressant alternatives. Here's my supplement and herbal first aid kit for depression. Using five simple "ingredients" my husband and I have been able to wean off antidepressants and treat anxiety. It's not a perfect solution but then nothing is--and it's certainly better than where we were. We're actually happier off the happy pill! Here's what you need:

magnesium (preferably powdered effervescent magnesium--we use Mellow Mag by True Goodness)
vitamin B complex with extra B-12
vitamin D
St. John's Wort
Kava Kava (found primarily at health food stores)

We also work to eat healthier and keep refined sugar and processed foods out of the diet. 

How quitting antidepressants healed depression which sparked my weight loss

I've never been what you'd call a confident person. I might give the impression of positive self-image, but it's a mask I where to keep people from seeing how really fragile I am emotionally. But one thing that has boosted my self-esteem is weight loss. I <---lost ----="" 100="" and="" confetti="" dance="" do="" joy="" of="" pause="" pounds="" that="" the="" throw="" to="">

I feel prettier now. Not beautiful--operative suffix pretty-ER. I have also noticed that I have become more self-aware as I gain confidence. I'm more mindful of how I speak and don't babble nervously as much as I used to. Even my writing has improved because I can think more clearly. That's partly due to quitting anti-depressants and switching to herbal, healthier mood management.

St. John's Wort, magnesium, kava kava and B-12 have eased depression so much more than Paxil ever did. And they don't cause weight gain--of which the medical community doesn't warn you--like Paxil and other SSRI. And let me tell you, that IS depressing. So quitting the antidepressant helped me get out of the drug-induced mind fog, see the weight gain clearly so I could lose weight which reduced anxiety, panic attacks and depression which helped me see everything more positively and think more clearly, which helped...you get the idea. It's been a

happy spiral up instead of a vicious cycle down. #winwinwin

'My 600-lb Life' obesity weight loss proves sugar detox in heroin rehab works

The reality TV show "My 600-lb Life" has been instructive on many types of weight loss issues. The recent issue of Marie Claire underscored the value of Dr. Now's gastric bypass diet for treating obesity and diabetes. The article "Sugar High" likened sugar to heroin in addictive property and showed how rehab strategies, such as patients undergo on the TLC show, may be more effective than eating disorder clinic methods.   'My 600-lb Life' obesity weight loss proves sugar detox in heroin rehab works

Anna Duggar welcomes son as Josh Duggar fails 'Counting On' incest lawsuit

Mrs. Anna Duggar welcomed her fifth child in less than auspicious circumstances. One day after her husband Josh Duggar was banned from joining his molested sisters in their incest lawsuit, their son arrived. "Counting On" stars Jill Dillard, Jessa Seewald, Jinger Vuolo and Joy-Anna Duggar are suing police over Josh's pedophilia. But the ex "19 Kids and Counting" Duggar Family is putting a happy-normal face on it.   Anna Duggar welcomes son as Josh Duggar fails 'Counting On' incest lawsuit

'My 600-lb Life' patient blames obesity on poverty, weight loss fail on GoFundMe

As "My 600-lb Life" gears up to explore weight loss successes in season 6, one patient's fail may be just as enlightening and surprise Steven Assanti. It's LaGordis Pellegram who was accepted on "My 600-lb Life" and started a GoFundMe to pay for bariatric surgery costs. Many reality TV [VIDEO] patients like Chad Dean have successfully fundraised to pay for travel costs or skin removal plastic surgery. But this young mom didn't raise a dime. And the reason illustrates the difference between weight loss success and failure.   'My 600-lb Life' patient blames obesity on poverty, weight loss fail on GoFundMe

Ashley Graham fuels debate over plus-size model vs. obesity weight loss in bikini

 Ashley Graham is polarizing again (and looking arguably hot doing it). The plus-size model donned an itty-bitty string bikini, cellulite and all. She hinted to Victoria's Secret that it's time for an overweight model to grace their runway. And that is provoking debate over obesity dangers, weight loss and big body love. Graham's sexy photoshoot gave rise to another dilemma: How can Ashley rock a string bikini at a solid 250 pounds when other "fat people" can't? Ashley Graham fuels plus-size model vs. obesity weight loss debate in bikini

Steven Assanti claims shocking 'My 600-lb Life' return, weight loss, drug rehab

Can you ever trust a drug addict to really change? Steven Assanti, the bombastic bariatric surgery patient of "My 600-lb Life" says yes. He promised (threatened? :/ ) a return to season 6 of the reality TV show after trash-talking TLC. What's more, he claims to have kicked drugs and can't understand why people still call him an addict. Dr Younan Nowzaradan vetoed Assanti's gastric bypass surgery after the 34-year-old made such a nightmare of himself. The once 850-lb man has lied and made contradictory statements about weight loss and Dr. Now. He's so disliked that there is an anti-Assanti Facebook group. Is Steven a maligned martyr or the "big, fat liar" so many have pegged him?   Steven Assanti claims shocking 'My 600-lb Life' return, weight loss, drug rehab

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