Transgender dad Stefonknee Wolscht left wife, 7 kids to be a 6-year-old girl | Examiner.com

 As Malay Mail Online discussed transgender rights on Dec. 14, one Toronto man is living his liberties in a very divergent pursuit of happiness. Canadian transgender dad Stefonknee Wolscht left his wife and 7 kids to be a 6-year-old girl. Stefonknee (pronounced "Stephanie") is 46 and was married for 23 years when he realized he was a she and a 6-year-old girl at that. Stefonknee Wolscht is transgender but also transage. Instead of transitioning to adult female, Wolscht says she just isn't ready to be a grownup right now. Wolscht says she can't deny she was married nor that she has children. But she's moved forward from all that away from her former life. Moving forward meant going back and regressing to the life of a 6-year-old girl, however.  Transgender dad Stefonknee Wolscht left wife, 7 kids to be a 6-year-old girl | Examiner.com

AMA drug ads ban: Nix consumer prescription drugs ads, cut Big Pharma costs, save patients from self-medicating

You've seen the ads for prescription drugs everywhere--you can't go online, watch TV, listen to the radio or open a magazine without seeing them. Do you ever wonder why Big Pharma would target the consumer with ads for prescription drugs that only doctors can dispense? The American Medical Association wonders that too. In fact, the AMA called for banning direct-to-consumer advertising for prescription drugs, reported the Associated Press on Nov. 18. The AMA drug ads ban urges legislation to nix consumer targeted prescription drugs ads to cut costs. AMA delegates at the group policy-making meeting in Atlanta voted to make the AMA drug ads ban official policy, to make prescription drugs more affordable. The AMA drug ads ban looks to check Big Pharma inflating costs on prescription drugs and medical devices and hopefully curtail patient demands for inappropriate treatment.  AMA drug ads ban: Nix consumer prescription drugs ads, cut Big Pharma costs | Examiner.com

Deborah Leonard plea bargains in Lucas Leonard Word of Life church beating death | Examiner.com

Deborah Leonard, the mother who originally claimed to be too weak to participate in the church beating death of her 19-year-old son Lucas Leonard has changed her story. Reuters reported on Dec. 3, that Deborah Leonard, 59, was initially charged with first degree manslaughter in her son's beating death. But Deborah Leonard plea bargained the charges down to assault in exchange for testimony against eight others--including her husband Bruce Leonard, 65. They are accused in the church beating death of Lucas Leonard at Word of Life Christian Church in upstate New York.   Deborah Leonard plea bargains in Lucas Leonard Word of Life church beating death | Examiner.com

Winter blues prevention: SAD tips, post-holiday letdown, cabin fever relievers | Examiner.com

 When the days of November turn gloomy, winter blues can set in. Call it Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), holiday burnout, Christmas depression, post-holiday letdown or even cabin fever, all these conditions share depression as a common theme. And all can be treated similarly. Here are winter blues prevention tips and cabin fever relievers. Beat depression with holiday spirit pick-ups and mood-lifters.Winter blues prevention: SAD tips, post-holiday letdown, cabin fever relievers | Examiner.com

Jim Bob Duggar busts Josh Duggar out of rehab in Duggar plane for Thanksgiving? | Examiner.com

 Did Jim Bob Duggar bust son Josh Duggar out of rehab in the Duggar family plane for Thanksgiving? ET Online said on Nov. 12 that that's what it looks like And if that's what happened, it exposes even more troubling issues about this secretive, dysfunctional family of "19 Kids and Counting." The Duggar plane (yes the family has a private plane, apparently, so much for the Biblical simple life) was spotted at an airport in Rockford, Illinois. This is near the faith-based rehab center where eldest son Josh Duggar is getting therapy for sex addiction. The plane is the same one that was seen dropping Duggar off back in late August. The Duggar plane was on the ground for several hours before heading back to the Duggar home in Springdale, Arkansas.Jim Bob Duggar busts Josh Duggar out of rehab in Duggar plane for Thanksgiving? | Examiner.com

Lucas Leonard beating death by parents reveals horrific Word of Life church cult | Examiner.com

After the Lucas Leonard beating death by his parents at church, shocking details emerge on the horrific Word of Life church cult. CBS News reported Oct. 19, that the nation was rocked by reports of frenzied beatings cloaked as spiritual counseling and witnessed brutality against Lucas Leonard, 19, and Christopher Leonard, 17, by father Bruce T. Leonard, 65. Six people, including the boys' dad, sister and mother, Deborah Leonard beat Lucas to death and seriously injured Christopher. Police promised to investigate Word of Life Christian Church further. What they found there and at the Leonard home in Clayville, New York shows that death might have been a mercy.   Lucas Leonard beating death by parents reveals horrific Word of Life church cult | Examiner.com

Child sexual abuse: How child molesters like Josh Duggar groom victims

With "19 Kids and Counting" star Josh Duggar in rehab for sexually molesting his sisters, attention turns to child sexual abuse prevention. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Usually, DV usually refers to physical abuse, but there other faces: sexually exploited children. Stats show that 1 child in 10 is sexually molested by age 18 said Darkness to Light. And 3 in 4 of those children were abused by someone they knew well in places they trust (home, relative's home, school, church). So the stereotypical stranger molesting in strange places is far less common.  Child sexual abuse: How child molesters like Josh Duggar groom victims | Examiner.com

Dad loses it seeing transgender son as woman on Dr. Phil: WATCH tearful father

As LGBT advocates celebrate transgenders like Caitlyn Jenner finding themselves, Dr. Phil McGraw asks the un-politically correct question. What impact does gender reassignment take on loved ones? One dad lost it seeing his transgender son as a woman for the first time on the Dr. Phil Show. Inside Edition showed a preview of the very emotional episode on Sept. 17. You can watch the tearful father "Gary" fall apart as his former son walks out looking very much like a daughter. Many people in the audience were probably pro-transgender, but they nevertheless choked up with the distraught dad.  Dad loses it seeing transgender son as woman on Dr. Phil: WATCH tearful father | Examiner.com

Two suicides down to Ashley Madison hack? Josh Duggar admits to hookups on site

 The Ashley Madison security breach has left a long, messy trail of tears. It's possible that two suicides are down to the Ashley Madison hack, reported Reuters on August 24. And Josh Duggar admits to hookups on the site. Never heard of Ashley Madison? It's a website that not only promotes marital cheating, but enables cheaters to find each other and have affairs. Avid Life Media Inc, Ashley Madison's parent company, is offering a C$500,000 ($379,132) reward to catch the hackers.



But its not the hackers who have caused the hurt. It's those of have been unfaithful. And it's Ashley Madison for facilitating the infidelity. Security was breached in some 37 million Ashley Madison accounts. The leaked emails spurred extortion attempts and at least two unconfirmed suicides. The email list included U.S. government officials, UK civil servants, and employees at European and North American corporations.

Two suicides down to Ashley Madison hack? Josh Duggar admits to hookups on site - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com

FDA may crack down on e-cigs, regulate vape e-liquid flavors to lose kid appeal

The Food and Drug Administration admits it's pretty much clueless about electronic cigarette dangers. Nevertheless, the FDA may crack down on e-cigs and regulate vape e-liquid flavors to lose kid appeal. Fox 43 reported August 12 that smoke shop owners find FDA crackdowns problematic. Possible FDA e-cig regulations are prompted by concerns that kids are attracted to vaporizer electronic cigarettes because they use tasty e-liquid. The hookah and flavored tobacco crazes of a few years ago caused similar concern (despite hookah having no nicotine).   FDA may crack down on e-cigs, regulate vape e-liquid flavors to lose kid appeal - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com

Synthetic marijuana use almost tripled: Spice, K2 drive crime, ODs, violence

Statistics show that synthetic marijuana use has almost tripled CNN reported August 4, that police are finding that synthetic pot, also called Spice and K2 push crime, ODs, violence and bizarre acts. Users of the deadly fake weed are known to strip naked, rants and go berserk. Acts of violence have been committed, notably on homeless and helpless people. South Carolina police are considering whether Spice caused a dad to kill his five kids. The horrifying 2012 case of the "Miami Face Eater" was reputed to be linked to bath salts, a designer drug that causes similar behavior to Spice.   Synthetic marijuana use almost tripled: Spice, K2 drive crime, ODs, violence - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com

McDonald's Happy Meal Minions toys say WTF? Parents swear Minions curse at kids - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com

Do McDonald's Happy Meal Minions toys say WTF? That's what some claim. And that's not all. Besides the F-bomb, parents swear Minions curse at kids in other ways, reported MSN July 9. The cute little vitamin-B shaped Minions are accused of muttering"Well, I'll be d**ned." Listen to the Minions video here at Youtube. What do you hear? Are Stuart and Dave really blurting obscenities at children? McDonald's Happy Meal Minions toys say WTF? Parents swear Minions curse at kids - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com

A-Z appetite suppressants: Curb hunger, burn fat, control Type 2 diabetes - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com

Obesity is a growing and frightening problem. There's a coffin-shaped future for very overweight people. But there's also hope. A new study found that obesity and and related Type 2 diabetes are reversible with diet, weight loss and increased activity. I can attest to this. I gained 120 pounds and was headed toward Type 2 diabetes. But since I lost over 100 pounds (no drugs or surgery) and got my BMI to normal, my sugar numbers are normal too. I feel better, am no longer depressed either. I was able to quit my antidepressant.



Dieting isn't easy. Cravings and constant hunger derails many from losing weight. The trick is to curb cravings naturally. Here are A-Z appetite suppressants to control hunger so it doesn't control you.A-Z appetite suppressants: Curb hunger, burn fat, control Type 2 diabetes - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com

Memorial Day travel guide, Parents survival tips for holiday travel with kids

It's the Memorial Day weekend and your family is heading out for much needed vacation. But wait--traveling with kids--that sounds like more hassle than holiday. So remember these parent survival tools when traveling by car with childrenMemorial Day travel: Parents survival tips for holiday travel with kids

'Exploding head syndrome' is real, scary and common sleep disorder - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com

 Think "exploding head syndrome" is just an April Fools' Day joke? Nope, it's real, scary and common, said CBS News on March 31. The lurid name sounds like something out of the horror movie "Scanners." And while it's a figurative reference, the sleep disorder known as "exploding head syndrome" is nonetheless frightening. 'Exploding head syndrome' is real, scary and common sleep disorder

CDC faults e-cigs for failed cigarette smoking cessation, creating more smokers

As more public places go smoke-free, the popularity of electronic cigarettes has sparked. Smokers are "vaping" in areas where cigarettes are prohibited. Teenagers are turning on to vapor "e-cigs" reported the Press Association on March 31. E-cig makers claim that they're safer than cigarettes. But the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention blows smoke in the face of those claims. A CDC anti-smoking ad faults e-cigs for failed cigarette smoking cessation.  CDC anti-smoking ad faults e-cigs for failed cigarette smoking cessation 

Catholic Lenten fasting for children, teach kids why giving up for Lent is healthy

On Ash Wednesday, Catholic and Orthodox Christians begin the penitential season of Lent. During this 40-day period, we follow Christ’s temptation in the desert. The Lenten season ends with Holy Week, the Easter Triduum of Christ's passion, death and resurrection. During Lent we fast in imitation of Jesus's sufferings. We practice abstinence. Here are tips for Christian parents to teach kids what to give up for Lent, how to fast. and why we do it.Catholic Lenten fasting for children, teach kids why, what to give up for Lent - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com



 

Celebrate Valentine's Day, or just survive the love holiday, when you're single

 Valentine's Day is fine for happy, committed couples. A little kitschy, with the overemphasis on superficial fluff. But Valentine's Day can be miserable if you're single or in a dissolving relationship. How do you celebrate (or just survive) a day devoted to romantic love when you're not in a romance? The Washington Post suggests we just skip Valentine's Day schmaltz or at least dial down the hype. Here are other suggestions for singles to survive Valentine's Day.Celebrate Valentine's Day when you're single, or just survive romance schmaltz

Froggatt earns Golden Globe for Downton Abbey rape scene, raises awareness

Superbowl and Golden Globes are January's TV holy days of obligation. Viewers anticipate them with a holiday-like spirit! The 72nd Golden Globe award ceremony saw predictable red carpet glitz, a few wardrobe fails and lots of award schmaltz. But there was a serious note when Joanne Froggatt won Best Supporting Actress for BBC's wickedly popular "Downton Abbey, reported People Jan. 12.



Fans adored Lady Mary's maid Anna from the start. Froggatt has always given the role sterling service. When drama around her beloved Bates hurt Anna, fans rose en masse as much in her defense as his. But when our heroine, the most gentle and loving of the entire Downton Abbey menage, was viciously attacked, we came unglued. It was Froggatt's rape scene portrayal that won her the award says the Boston Herald.

Froggatt earns Golden Globe for Downton Abbey rape scene, raises awareness

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