Embattled Roseanne creator and star Roseanne Barr was killed off on Tuesday night’s premiere of The Conners.
In ABC’s spinoff — greenlit after Barr, 65, tweeted a racist remark that got her sitcom’s reboot canceled — her character has died of an opioid overdose, a tragedy that affects far too many real families.
Heroin and other opioids are claiming lives throughout the U.S. at a staggering rate. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdoses now kill more Americans than either guns or car accidents: 52,000 in 2015 alone, the most recent year for which statistics are available.
One person dies of an overdose every 10 minutes.
The vast majority of those deaths, approximately 80 percent, have taken place in white communities. Experts suggest this is in part because white Americans generally have better access to health care and are more likely to be prescribed narcotics, and research shows that four in five heroin users first abused prescription pills.
People become addicted to drugs such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin while being treated for a medical condition and then seek out more pills — or heroin — on the street when their prescription runs out.“This problem of addiction truly does start in the medicine cabinet,” Russ Baer, a special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration, tells PEOPLE. “It starts with the misuse and abuse of prescription opioid painkillers.” What addiction is not, according to one retired police commander, is “a character flaw.” The death rate from overdoses of heroin and prescription painkillers has more than quadrupled since 1999, prompting thousands of Americans to take action.
How and Where to Get Help
If someone you know is addicted, these groups may be able to assist:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 800-662-4357: An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it offers referrals to treatment programs around the country.
ihateheroin.org: This Iowa-based nonprofit provides info and nationwide support for recovery assistance.
learn2cope.org: A support network for families dealing with addiction.
The Conners airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Jenna Jameson is all for empowering her fellow moms.
On Monday, the 44-year-old former adult film star posted a side-by-side photo of herself holding daughter, Batel Lu — before and after she lost more than 60 lbs. — and reminded her followers that perfection is not realistic, especially when it comes to motherhood.
“Here goes #motivationmonday,” she began the Instagram post. “Sometimes I forget to take it easy on myself. I think as women we are ‘trained’ into thinking we have to be perfect.”
“We are expected to be amazing moms, SnapBack from hard pregnancies in 6 weeks, juggle careers and kids ballet classes and baseball games, be amazing lovers and never complain,” she continued. “Oh and shower.”
But even with the endless list of responsibilities and demands Jameson experiences as a mother, she knows that it’s not the goals that matter, but rather the person she is.
“I have begun to forgive myself for not meeting every goal and perception,” she wrote. “Since I’ve allowed myself room to breathe, I’ve blossomed… into a patient, grateful mother. This is the woman I want my daughter to emulate.”
Jameson recently shared another before-and-after shot to Instagram, speaking to the bodily changes that come with having a baby and encouraged her followers to take pride in their “beautiful amazing body.”
“This is the truth and reality of what us women go through after having a baby. Exhausted, in love… and wondering who the hell the person staring back at them in the mirror is,” she wrote in the post, admitting that she only captured the shot to remember her body’s “amazing” capabilities and had no expectations of showing it to anyone else.
“I was wrong. I want other mommy’s to know we are all alike,” she continued. “We all struggle. But we can take control back. Back from society who makes us think we need to ‘SnapBack’. Yes I lost my weight, yes I am proud. But I am much more proud of the mother that I am.”
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Over the last year, Jameson — who gave birth to her daughter with fiancé Lior Bitton in April 2017 and is mother to 9-year-old twin boys Jesse Jameson Ortiz and Journey Jette Ortiz with former UFC champion Tito Ortiz — has been very open about the up and downs of her post-baby body journey.
While she has previously spoken on a number of topics including weight loss and gain, the keto diet — which the adult film star swears by — and going to the gym, Jameson has stayed consistent when it comes to her honesty about the difficult journey.
“Let’s talk about the dreaded scale. I’ll admit it,” she wrote in early October. “I compulsively weigh myself every morning. I wish I didn’t. Oh well. This morning my weight was 4 pounds higher. I silently freaked out in my brain. Shut up demons! I know these are muscle gains!!!!”
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“I think the take away here is that we should all try to step away from the scale and pay attention to how we feel,” she continued. “Pay more attention to how our clothes sit on us and our energy levels.”
And in September, when the star showed off the loose skin she has as a result of her weight loss, Jameson explained that she posted the one-piece bathing suit selfie to encourage other moms out there.
“I’m actively doing yoga as much as possible to try and tighten,” Jameson wrote. “I just wanted to post this so other mamas can see what happens when you lose weight. It’s not all perfection. But I feel so beyond healthy now that I’m fat adapted and intermittent fasting on the regular.”
One mom is speaking out about her baby’s medical ordeal to raise awareness.
In a Facebook post that has received 3,000 likes and 1,200 comments, Rhian Brace — a mom in Doncaster, England — discussed her son Ernie’s struggle with Herpes simplex virus.
Ernie’s symptoms seemed insignificant at first. “Ernie didn’t have a temperature, his nappies hadn’t changed, he was feeding as he had been for the two weeks he had been at home,” Brace said in her Facebook post. “The only indication I had that he wasn’t well was one tiny blister like spot on the back of head.”
Doctors told her that her son must have eczema. “I cleaned the area and re-washed his head/hair just in case it was infectious,” she wrote. “Three days later another 4 had appeared and then over night another 6 had made an appearance, all looking like infected blisters, it was then I decided to contact the doctors as the previous diagnosis that had been given didn’t seem right to me.”
At the hospital, Ernie was diagnosed with Herpes simplex virus. He received two weeks of IV medication in the hospital and will take oral medication for six months at home. Brace wrote, “We have been told that if Ernie gets to his 1st birthday and the virus has not come back or showed anymore signs then the virus that has hospitalised him for the first weeks of his life has been completely killed.”
Brace tells PEOPLE that Ernie is on the rebound. “Ernie is well,” she says. “He settled back into his routine brilliantly. He is still as smiley, bubbly and happy as he was before going into hospital.”
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Jeffrey S. Gerber, an infectious disease doctor at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, explains to PEOPLE, “In general, the vast majority of people handle this infection fine and it’s nothing more than a nuisance. Many people are infected and will never know. Infants, however, are a different story. Neonatal Herpes simplex infection is rare (about 1 in 2500 newborns) but can be devastating.”
Gerber, who did not treat Ernie and is not familiar with his particular situation, says Neonatal Herpes is “typically is transmitted within the first 3-4 weeks of life, most often vertically transmitted from the female genital tract.”
Although being exposed to a cold sore can also transmit the disease, Gerber says “that’s not the way it’s typically transmitted” to an infant.
Of course, he adds, “If you have a cold sore you should not come in contact with the young infant.”
Of babies who do contract Neonatal Herpes, he says, “About half have skin, eye, and/or mouth disease, and the rest get either central nervous system or disseminated (everywhere) infections. The latter of the 2 are more severe. If the babies survive, about 50% will have recurrent skin lesions throughout at least the first several months of life, which is why they are treated for at least 6 months.”
Gerber notes that quick recognition and treatment with an antiviral medication are important ways to combat the infection.
Brace has kept Ernie’s spirits by giving him “lots of love and cuddles.” She adds to PEOPLE, “We go out every day to be in the fresh air. He is such a happy baby anyway. We just spend a lot of time together doing things I know he loves.”
One silver lining of Ernie’s illness has been the response to Brace’s Facebook post. “The reaction has been absolutely overwhelming,” Brace notes. “I never, ever expected for my Facebook to post to be shared as much as it has been and still is. The love, well wishes and such kind words really touched my heart.”
Selena Gomez is seeking treatment after suffering an emotional breakdown while in the hospital, a source confirms to PEOPLE.
The 26-year-old “Wolves” singer was hospitalized twice within the last few weeks, both times for a low white blood cell count, which can be a side effect for kidney transplant patients.
During her second visit, Gomez suffered a panic attack. “She has had a tough few weeks and the panic attack in the hospital was the tipping point,” a source tells PEOPLE.
“She realized she needed to seek additional help for her ongoing emotional issues. She’s surrounded by close family and has a lot of support. She’s doing better now and is seeking treatment on the East Coast.”
The news, which was first reported by TMZ, came a few weeks after Gomez announced that she is taking a break from social media.
“As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given. Kindness and encouragement only for a bit! Just remember— negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings. Obvi,” Gomez added.
Around this same time last year, Gomez shocked fans by revealing that, due to lupus complications, she’d received a kidney transplant from her best friend Francia Raisa over the summer.
Gomez and Raisa, 30, opened up about the process during an interview with Today in October 2017. “My kidneys were just done,” Gomez told Savannah Guthrie. “That was it, and I didn’t want to ask a single person in my life.”
“The thought of asking someone to do that was really difficult for me. She volunteered and did it. And let alone someone wanting to volunteer, it is incredibly difficult to find a match. The fact that she was a match, I mean that’s unbelievable. That’s not real,” Gomez continued.
Raisa was sharing a house with Gomez when she realized how weak her friend was becoming.
“One day she came home and she was emotional. I hadn’t asked anything. I knew she hadn’t been feeling well,” the Grown-ish actress said. “She couldn’t open a water bottle one day. She chucked it and she started crying. And I said, ‘What’s wrong?’ and that’s when she told me. And she goes, ‘I don’t know what to do. The list is seven to ten years long.'”
Raisa continued, “It just vomited out of me: I was like, ‘Of course I’ll get tested.'”
Raisa explained that because they were in an “emergency situation,” she completed her testing in a day — a process that usually takes about six months.
The recovery process was tough. The women were unable to do anything, from putting on underwear to taking a shower, without assistance. Gomez also said that they were on bed rest and only allowed to walk for an hour each day.
Raisa said the experience brought them even closer. “I am beyond grateful that God would trust me with something that not only saved a life, but changed mine in the process,” she said.
Gomez has been open about her battle with lupus for several years, and first revealed in 2015 that she’d undergone chemotherapy to treat the disease. Lupus causes the immune system to attack its own organs and tissues and can affect the whole body.
According to the Lupus Foundation of America, about half of all cases of systemic lupus affect a major organ such as the heart, lung, kidneys or brain. In some cases, it can take years for the disease to be diagnosed and properly treated.
Bob Barker is resting at home after first responders attended to the iconic Price Is Right host.
Barker’s manager confirmed to PEOPLE on Wednesday that an ambulance and the fire department responded to his Hollywood Hills home on Tuesday for a “non-emergency back problem.”
The 94-year-old longtime game show host is now “fine and resting at home,” according to his manager.
RadarOnline first reported the news.
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The incident comes more than a year after he fell and hit his head at his home in June 2017.
A rep for Barker confirmed to PEOPLE that he sought medical treatment after the fall at his house.
According to the rep, his housekeeper drove him to the hospital, where he underwent a series of tests in the emergency room. He was released a few hours later, after doctors determined he had not suffered any serious injuries.
The rep said Barker was “doing fine,” adding that the accident wasn’t as serious as his October 2015 fall, in which he suffered cuts to his head.
Friends and family are mourning the sudden loss of former USC and San Diego Chargers player Kevin Ellison after he died while walking along a California freeway. He was 31.
Records from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, revealed that Ellison died on the I-5 freeway in the San Fernando Valley on Thursday.
However, exactly how he died is not clear at this time and an exam is currently pending.
Following his death, Ellison’s alma mater confirmed the news in a tweet posted on Saturday, Oct. 6.
“#FightOnForever, Kevin Ellison. The former USC captain and 3-time Rose Bowl winner died this week. He was 31,” the school’s athletics program wrote.
#FightOnForever, Kevin Ellison.
The former USC captain and 3-time Rose Bowl winner died this week. He was 31. pic.twitter.com/fDGatdQuMH
— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) October 6, 2018
Ellison’s brother, Chris, told the L.A. Times his sibling was suffering from severe mental health issues around the time of his death.
“He was disoriented and didn’t know where he was at,” Chris said to the paper. “I’m sure he was trying to come home and find his family. We love him so much… My mom and sister and dad and brother did everything they could.”
While he spent a majority of his life dedicated to playing or coaching football, in 2012 Ellison was charged with federal arson after setting his bed on fire at a Washington lodge and caused $50,000 in damages, reports the L.A. Times.
In court documents obtained by the publication, Ellison was playing for the Arena Football League’s Spokane Shock during the time of the incident and claimed that “God told him to set the fire.” The case was dismissed after he agreed to pay over $80,000 in restitution.
His family also told the L.A.-based newspaper that they were planning to donate his brain to Boston University to be used in research studies for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — a degenerative brain condition caused by repeated head traumas, often found in football players — which is something they believe could be connected to Ellison’s mental health problems.
Ellison played safety for the Trojans all four years of his college career (2005-2008). During his time on the red and gold, he received several all-Pac-12 safety honors, was named to the Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman first team and helped USC to win two Rose Bowl games, as well as one Orange Bowl game.
After wrapping up his collegiate career, Ellison was a sixth-round draft selection for the San Diego Chargers. He played with the NFL team as a safety for one season in 2009, seeing a total of 13 games.
He later joined the Seattle Seahawks in June 2010, but the experience was short-lived and he was released by the team three months later.
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Following his passing, those who knew and watched Ellison play expressed an outpour of love and support on Twitter, remembering him for his “grace,” “incredible passion,” and leadership.
“Kevin Ellison was one of the first players to say hello,” wrote Yogi Roth, a former assistant coach for USC from 2005-2009. “His grace became a trademark among his teammates, along with his incredible passion/intellect for the game. Much love to his family & friends. Gone too soon.”
Can recall my first week at USC as an assistant on staff. Kevin Ellison was one of the first players to say hello. His grace became a trademark among his teammates, along with his incredible passion/intellect for the game. Much love to his family & friends. Gone too soon.
— Yogi Roth (@YogiRoth) October 7, 2018
“No words accurately describe the loss of Kevin Ellison,” tweeted Michael Castillo, the head behind the Reign of Troy podcast, which focuses on USC football coverage. “A great leader and far and away the most under-appreciated Trojan of my lifetime.”
No words accurately describe the loss of Kevin Ellison.
A great leader and far and away the most under-appreciated Trojan of my lifetime —Taylor Mays isn’t a three-time All-American without him— which made his pro & off-field struggles sad enough. This? Numbing.
— Michael Castillo (@MichaelCastFS) October 7, 2018
Ellison’s former high school teammate Stephon Sudduth also posted an emotional tribute to his friend on Instagram.
“Today I lost another mentor and a friend in Kevin Ellison,” he began. “When I first started playing football, this man told me I would be something special one day. Not only did he teach me how to play the sport in the same physical way that he did but to also be a student of the game.”
“I hope now that he’s watching me with Coach Eddy and Coach Jasp knowing that I’m working as hard as I can in everything I do,” he continued. “One day, I’ll be in the mentor role and I hope to instill the same principles that he taught me when I first started playing.”
More than a decade ago, Lynch, now 27, was cast in the Harry Potter films as Luna Lovegood — a character that helped change her life for the better.
“My most memorable year would be 2006, which is when I booked the role in Harry Potter, because I was the biggest fan,” Lynch said of the most memorable year of her life on Monday’s Dancing with the Stars. “It was just my great love at that time. So then suddenly I was in the world, living the dream.”
“I just adored the Harry Potter franchise and Luna Lovegood was my favorite character, so it was just like a lot of things to process at once,” explained Lynch, who booked a January 2006 open casting call for Luna.
But beyond playing her favorite character, Lynch shared that Luna “helped me through a really difficult time.” The actress revealed that in her adolescence, she battled an eating disorder.
“When I was like 11, 12, I was battling an eating disorder. Anyone who’s had an eating disorder knows it completely takes over your life,” she said.
During that difficult time, the Harry Potter book series served as a positive outlet for the actress. “And the only thing that could actually take my attention apart from that was the Harry Potter series,” shared Lynch, who began writing to Rowling, the author and creator.
“I started writing to J.K. Rowling and she wrote back and we became pen friends after that,” said Lynch. “I was in and out of hospital and I would be getting these letters.”
Reflecting on the dark period of her life, Lynch said that Rowling’s “books and her kindness really made me want to live again.”
“I love the feeling of creating and acting more than I love the feeling of being skinny or of being perfect,” said Lynch.
For her DWTS performance, Lynch and pro partner Keo Motsepe danced a Viennese Waltz to the Harry Potter theme song, and earned a 27/30 for the magical number.
“Being in Harry Potter changed my life because it proved to me that I could do something, that I had something to offer the world,” said Lynch, who clarified that Rowling had no part in her casting.
“We were pen pals. We were writing to each other for years, but then when the open audition happened, it happened within two weeks from the audition to getting the part and I didn’t have a chance to tell her,” she shared. “That letter that you saw was her reaction to when she found out.”
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.
Jenna Jameson is embracing the bodily changes that come with having a baby.
A year and a half after giving birth to her daughter, Batel Lu, Jameson, 44, opened up about the realities mothers face during postpartum land encouraged them to take pride in their “beautiful amazing body.”
“Yes it’s that time! #mondaymotivation ,” she began Monday’s Instagram post, alongside the before and after shot of herself. “so the funny before pic is me 1 month postpartum. This is the truth and reality of what us women go through after having a baby. Exhausted, in love… and wondering who the hell the person staring back at them in the mirror is.”
In the before image, the star is featured wearing a sports bra and underwear with a towel on her head, while the after shot shows off her shrunken stomach and increased leg muscle.
Admitting that she only captured the shot to remember her body’s “amazing” capabilities, Jameson also explains that she did not anticipate showing the photo to anyone else.
“I remember taking that pic just so I could remember my beautiful amazing body that just birthed a queen,” she said. “But I also remember thinking “ NO ONE WILL EVER SEE THIS PIC “ ”
The former adult film star had a change-of-heart about sharing the photo in the hope she could help inspire her fellow mommy followers.
“I was wrong. I want other mommy’s to know we are all alike,” she continued. “We all struggle. But we can take control back. Back from society who makes us think we need to ‘SnapBack’. Yes I lost my weight, yes I am proud. But I am much more proud of the mother that I am.”
Over the last year, Jameson, who gave birth to her daughter with fiancé Lior Bitton in April 2017, has been very open about the up and downs of her post-baby body journey.
In September, Jameson revealed she gained the most weight out of her previous pregnancies. “This is me at my heaviest, probably around 187 maybe more. More than likely more,” she wrote on Instagram, along with a before photo of her breastfeeding her daughter and an after photo of her in a strapless one-piece swimsuit.
“I almost chickened out on posting this before image of me,” she said, adding, “I asked my hubby to shoot an elbow up pic for a pro-breastfeeding pic for IG. I don’t even know what to say, other than I’m so sorry to my body.”
But just few days ago, after recently heading back to the gym to build “back all the muscle lost while pregnant,” Jameson revealed she’s put on a few pounds, yet was completely accepting of the change.
“Let’s talk about the dreaded scale. I’ll admit it. I compulsively weigh myself every morning. I wish I didn’t. Oh well. This morning my weight was 4 pounds higher,” she captioned another before and after photo of herself on Instagram.
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“I silently freaked out in my brain. Shut up demons! I know these are muscle gains!!!! I’ve hit the gym a lot this week and I can feel a difference,” Jameson continued. “I feel strong. It might be in my head because it’s only been a week, but let a girl live.”
“I think the take away here is that we should all try to step away from the scale and pay attention to how we feel,” she added. “Pay more attention to how our clothes sit on us and our energy levels.”
For months, Daniel Thomas, 32, has chronicled his journey with a rare form of terminal cancer on his YouTube channel, gaining thousands of subscribers thanks to his honesty and strength when sharing the intimate details about his experience — something he would continue to do until his death.
In 2015, Thomas was diagnosed with sarcomatoid carcinoma, which is a combination of carcinoma, which affects the skin and tissues that line the internal organs, and sarcoma, a cancer of the connective tissue found in bone, fat and cartilage.
In the time after the diagnosis, Thomas underwent multiple surgeries to his back and leg to remove the tumors, but as the masses continued to spread throughout his body, he turned to YouTube to raise awareness about the disease under his channel name, PeeWeeToms.
“I don’t know how to deal with it, not very well, anyway,” Thomas, from the U.K., said in his first vlog in January. “I’ve done very silly things, and I hope that I can help people on the way to not come into those pitfalls or fall into those kinds of traps when dealing with cancer. It’s a horrible, horrible situation to be in.”
From that very first video, Thomas included a hashtag that would prove to be a phrase he’d hold on to for months to come: “Don’t give up, don’t give in.”
Then, at the beginning of September, Thomas posted a heartbreaking video that revealed the cancer had spread “everywhere” and that he was quickly approaching his final days.
“I wasn’t sure I’d win the fight, it doesn’t mean I won’t keep fighting for time,” Thomas said, after reading aloud the devastating news of his latest scan. “But I’m struggling now. I need to make the most of it. I really need to make the most of the time I got left, with the ones that I love and everyone.”
Thomas set out to live up to that promise, and in just a week’s time, he revealed he’d married his girlfriend, Becca, in a wedding that was planned in less than a day.
But two weeks after the ceremony, a visibly exhausted Thomas revealed he was in hospice care. Days later on September 24, he posted his final video from his bed.
“It’s very painful now, it’s upsetting as well because there are things I want to do that I will never be able to do now,” he said. “It’s horrible to explain to the outside world how you feel, it’s almost impossible to show it… I’m just so weak, so weak.”
On September 28, in a video to his YouTube page, Thomas’ wife and family revealed he had passed away earlier that day. Through their grief, they vowed to continue to share his story in the hopes of helping other cancer patients and their families.
“It’s difficult to get the right words out at the minute. Between us, we want to keep encouraging you to keep going, whatever place you’re at,” Thomas’ father said in the video. “That’s what Dan would do and that’s what he did. If he’s got a legacy, I’d say that’s probably it. Just keep going, do what you can do and enjoy every minute of it because he did.”
The Top Chef host, 48, spoke at the Open Endoscopy Forum on Friday — just three days after she wrote a powerful in a piece for the Times in which she revealed she was raped by her 23-year-old boyfriend when she was 16.
Speaking at the forum held at that Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lakshmi told the audience that she had one woman approach her to tell the host how she was personally impacted by the op-ed.
“There was this woman that came up to me and said, ‘I read your piece and I wanna thank you and it was really moving,'” she recalls of her interaction.
The woman then went on to explain that she received “an email from someone I haven’t seen since high school, and it was the boy who assaulted me. And he sent me the link to the article and he said, ‘I’m sorry. I didn’t know then what I know now and I shouldn’t have ever done that to you. And I apologize.'”
While Lakshmi explained that the past week has been a whirlwind and difficult to process, she has no regrets of sharing her story.
“I’m very glad I did it,” she said. “The stories women and men have shared with me have become some of the most moving things I have read, felt, discussed in my life.”
“I had a family write to me yesterday morning about their daughter who was raped last week on campus. And she went to campus police and did all of the things you need to do: rape kit, examined,” she explained. “And then her father wrote to me because he said she was having second thoughts about pressing charges. I don’t blame her and I don’t think anybody can blame her. It certainly underlined the truth.”
Lakshmi also told the audience on Friday that she felt compelled to write the op-ed in light of the inquiry into the sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, calling it “an emergency situation.”
“I was just so incensed,” she said. “I think what helped was that it was a time sensitive issue. When I wrote it, I thought the vote was gonna be Monday so I knew I had to act fast. The emergency of that forced my hand.”
“Since then, the stories I’ve heard have been — I don’t even know how to verbalize how I feel yet,” she continued. “It has been compelling and it’s like a hundred times magnified feeling that I felt when I first shared my saga with endometriosis.”
The author has been a longtime advocate of raising awareness for endometriosis since being diagnosed as a teen. She previously revealed to PEOPLE that her health condition left her bedridden “once a week, every month.”
“No one wants to talk about their period. It’s not my nature to go on TV and talk about my vagina, but it was such a good cause,” she told PEOPLE in March. “I saw how much better my life was after I had surgery and got the proper treatment. I was like, ‘Oh! This is what normal people feel like.'”
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Lakshmi, who co-founded of the Endometriosis Foundation of America in 2009, also touched upon the “emotional disease” during her appearance at MIT and encouraged women to share their experiences, which often go unspoken about.
“It’s quite a foreign thing, especially for women,” she told the audience. “Anything to do with our sexual organs or reproduction system has been pushed away and not been talked about. We have not been encouraged to share our experience.”
Added Lakshmi: “If I think about my adult life in the last 20 years, I would say that the most significant moments of my life have always sprung from when I have shared some story when I have listened to a story from someone else.”
Gwyneth Paltrow says she overcame postpartum depression without medications.
“I had postnatal depression, as you know, after my son. A doctor tried to put me on antidepressants and I thought, if I need them, then yes, I’ll come back to it,” Paltrow said during a special edition of her goop Podcast on Wednesday celebrating the 10th anniversary of her company.
Though she said, “they are lifesavers for certain people for sure,” Paltrow chose to search for alternative therapies.
“I thought, well, what if I went to therapy and I started exercising again, and I stopped drinking alcohol and I just gave myself a period of regeneration and I slept more? I really broke out of it,” the mother of two shared.
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In April, Paltrow revealed she still remembers the “dark place” she was in following Moses’ birth.
“It was really shocking to me because I never thought that I would be a person who got post-natal depression,” she said during a conversation with her mother Blythe Danner also for the goop Podcast.
Paltrow was even more taken aback because of her first pregnancy with daughter Apple, now 14. “I was so euphoric when Apple was born, and I assumed it would happen with Mosey and it just … it took a while. I really went into a dark place,” she recalled.
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In fact, ex Martin was the first to recognize her postpartum depression symptoms.
“About four months into it, Chris came to me and said, ‘Something’s wrong. Something’s wrong.’ I kept saying, ‘No, no, I’m fine.’ But Chris identified it, and that sort of burst the bubble,” Paltrow told Good Housekeeping in 2011.
“I thought postpartum depression meant you were sobbing every single day and incapable of looking after a child. But there are different shades of it and depths of it, which is why I think it’s so important for women to talk about it. It was a trying time. I felt like a failure,” she said.
Paltrow, who is engaged to producer Brad Falchuk, has also been open about not expanding her family.
In May, the star said the couple is not planning on having children together and how they’re happy with the blended family they’ve created with their kids from previous relationships.
“This is his second marriage … Neither of us wants more kids,” the mother of two said on an episode of Howard Stern‘s SiriusXM radio show.
“We’re on the same team,” Paltrow added of the pair’s decision to not have children together.
Falchuk shares son Brody and daughter Isabella with ex-wife Suzanne Bukinik, whom he was married to for 10 years before filing for divorce in March 2013.
“He’s fantastic,” Paltrow said of Falchuk, adding of their unique parenting dynamic, “It’s always tricky with kids and trying to gently blend families. It’s hard.”
Pete Davidson says marijuana has helped him manage his health issues.
A year after the Saturday Night Live Star — who’s engaged to Ariana Grande — announced his sobriety, he revealed he went back to drinking and smoking following his diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. Davidson opened up about his drug use during an interview with Howard Stern on Monday.
“There was no way I could stop . I was like somebody has to put me in a house where there is literally nothing,” he said to Stern when asked about why he went to rehab in 2016.
But during his treatment, Davidson realized “it wasn’t the weed.”
“I was sober for 3 months at one point and was like this f—— sucks,” he said.
The comedian also suffers from Crohn’s’ disease, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract.
“I have Crohn’s disease, so it helps more than you can imagine,” he told Stern.
“There was a point where I couldn’t get out of bed. I was 110 pounds,” Davidson said. “I also just love smoking weed. I’ve been smoking weed every day for 8 years.”
During an interview with Peter Rosenberg on Open Late in June, Davidson said that the “party’s back on,” and joked that he immediately started smoking marijuana again after receiving his BPD diagnosis.
“I found out I had a mental disorder. I thought I had a drug problem,” he said. “It’s a completely different thing.”
After going to rehab and remaining sober for several months, Davidson said he wasn’t feeling the relief he expected, which pushed him to seek further help.
“You can be sad and do drugs at the same time, evidently,” he said. “I got sober for three months and I was just like never sadder and everything was just way worse.”
“I just rolled a joint and I was back immediately,” he said.
The comedian said smoking has “dramatically” helped ease some of his problems with anxiety. He first opened up about his diagnosis in September 2017 during an interview on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast.
Davidson explained that the symptoms of the disorder were behind his decision to check into a rehabilitation program in December 2016, initially thinking that the mental breakdowns he was experiencing were due to heavy marijuana use.
“I’ve been a pothead forever,” he said. “Around October September last year, I started having these mental breakdowns where I would, like, freak out and then not remember what happened after. Blind rage.”
He decided to take a break from SNL and start rehab.
“I never really did any other drugs, so I was like, ‘I’m gonna try to go to rehab. Maybe that’ll be helpful,’ ” he said. “So I go and I get off weed. They’re like, ‘You might be bipolar,’ and I was like, ‘Okay.’ So they’re like, ‘We’re gonna try you on these meds.’ And then I got out , and then I started smoking weed again — and I’m on meds.”Want to keep up on the latest from PEOPLE? Sign
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In February 2017, he “just snapped” and had another “really bad” mental breakdown, so he cut out marijuana completely. But Davidson was still struggling and went back to his doctors.
“I found out I have BPD, which is borderline personality disorder,” he revealed. “One of my psychiatrists . He was always saying before this big meltdown, ‘You’re probably bipolar or borderline, we’re just going to have to figure it out.’ ”
“It is working, slowly but surely,” he continued. “I’ve been having a lot of problems. This whole year has been a f—ing nightmare. This has been the worst year of my life, getting diagnosed with this and trying to figure out how to learn with this and live with this.”
On Wednesday, while promoting her new cookbook sequel, Cravings: Hungry for More, Teigen was asked to reveal what Legend’s best and worst parenting skills were when it came to the couple’s two children, Luna Simone and Miles Theodore.
“He will say no and then if asks one more time, it’s a yes,” Teigen, 32, admitted to BUILD Series. “He’s a bit of a pushover with Luna. I think it’s because they look so much alike and he’s like, ‘Okay, you beautiful being. Anything you want.'”
“He needs to learn to say no because I’m the tough guy,” she continued. “It’s always a thing in any household, there’s always one.”
Though Legend may have trouble disciplining their two-year-old daughter — who Teigen says is very spoiled — and eventually their 4-month-old son, there are skills that he continues to impress his wife with.
“He’s also insanely patient,” Teigen said of her husband of five years. “He’s amazing at diaper changing still.”
Added the Cravings author: “He gives them so much attention no matter what’s going on in his life or my life or work-wise. They never feel like they’re like second to work and I think he’s really great with that.”
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During the interview, Teigen also talked about healthy eating and how she balances indulgence, which she said was a top priority for her while creating recipes for the second edition of the cookbook.
“I think it’s so important to indulge in things… that’s what’s so great about the book,” she shared, noting that the “Thai mom” chapter is her favorite for its diverse options. “There’s so many moments in the book where you want to share this decadent, rich food with other people.”
Reflecting on the cookbook changes, Teigen noted, “I feel like the first one I was like, ‘Cheese! Ham! Bacon! Ham! Cheese! More ham!’ And this one I’m like, ‘This is good without ham.'”
Even with those temptations, the Lip Sync Battle co-host says Legend, 39, helps keep their eating habits in check.
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“John can be a jerk because he really enjoys the healthy recipes,” she joked. “But I think we’re finding as we grow older the pounds just aren’t shedding like they used to.”
“My mind leans towards the everything bagel cream cheese breakfast bake, we’re all over the place …but we do find ourselves having to navigate towards eating better,” Teigen explained.
Dickey Betts is in critical but stable condition after an accident at his Sarasota, Florida, home on Monday.
Betts’ manager and longtime friend David Spero confirmed the news to PEOPLE, adding, “I know his fans will see soon.”
“He went out to his backyard on Little Sarasota Bay and while playing with the family dog, slipped and cracked his head, causing bleeding from the brain,” the statement read.
The “Ramblin’ Man” writer has been sedated at a local hospital following the accident Monday evening and is scheduled for brain surgery on Friday to relieve swelling.
“The family appreciates all of your thoughts and prayers during this very trying time. Dickey is a notorious fighter and he is displaying that now!” Betts’ wife Donna said in the statement.
Betts previously canceled tour dates after suffering a minor stroke at his Sarasota home in August.
Three months prior, he returned to the stage after a four-and-a-half-year hiatus to perform with his new Dickey Betts Band, which includes his son and guitarist Duane. The band was set to go on tour later this year.
“It was just a few days ago that Dickey was telling me how excited he was to get back in front of the fans on November 1. It is very unfortunate, for all involved, that we need to cancel those shows. Please add Dickey into your thoughts and prayers,” Spero added.
Betts is one of the last two original The Allman Brothers Band members, along with Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson. Drummer Butch Trucks died in January 2017 at age 69 and singer Gregg Allman died in May 2017 at age 69.
Jameela Jamil goes to the gym because it helps her deal with anxiety.
So imagine her surprise when a male stranger approached her to say she “could look so amazing” if she did other workouts to “improve body.”
The Good Place star, 32, posted a video recounting the experience, which left her feeling judged — and angry.
When I told him I was happy with my body, he looked both surprised and slightly sorry for me. Never walk up to someone and tell them how much better they could look. You’re not being nice, you’re shaming them for the way they currently look. You’re also being extremely weird. pic.twitter.com/FeYBluU0vw
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) September 12, 2018
“He decided to tell me without prompt that he’s seen me around and that he always thinks, ‘Oh what a shame. She could look so amazing,’ and there’s so many different things I could do to improve my body,” the actress recalled. “So he essentially walked up to me and body-shamed me in the middle of the gym.”
She continued with a simple piece of advice to him: “Don’t do that. Don’t walk up to someone and impose your belief of what you think they should look like onto them. Don’t do that to women, don’t do that to men, don’t do that to anyone ever.”
Jamil also speculated that behavior like this prevents people from going to the gym “because they’re afraid of being judged… I don’t like walking around thinking that people are looking at me and analyzing what I should or shouldn’t look like.”
She added, “I’m comfortable, I enjoy my body. I enjoy my curves. I’m also, by the way, a U.S. size 6 to 8, so if that’s how I’m being spoken to at the gym, you can imagine what people say to people who are larger than that.”
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To conclude, Jamil directed her comments at her gym buddy: “To that man… don’t walk up to a woman ever again and say anything like that. I don’t need your advice. I don’t want your advice. I didn’t ask you for your advice as to whether or not you think i’m good looking enough. Just f—k off.”
Alongside the video, she wrote, “You’re also being extremely weird.”
The Brit is a proud advocate for body positivity — a topic she addressed last week when she slammed the Kardashians on Channel 4’s Ways to Change the World podcast for pushing unrealistic beauty standards.
“I have had words with the Kardashians, and I think when someone is doing something that is toxic and damaging… we should all be allowed to say something about that,” she said.
“You are selling us something that really doesn’t make us feel good,” she continued. “You’re selling us an ideal, a body shape, a problem with our wrinkles, a problem with aging, a problem with gravity, a problem with any kind of body fat. You’re selling us self-consciousness, the same poison that made you clearly develop some sort of body dysmorphia or facial dysmorphia you are now pouring back into the world. You’re recycling hatred.”
Former San Francisco 49er Jason Hairston has died. He was 47.
Hairston’s outdoor sporting company KUIU confirmed the news on Twitter Wednesday writing, “We are shocked and saddened to announce the tragic passing of KUIU founder Jason Hairston.”.
The company later revealed Hairston “took his own life” and “was found dead at his home in Dixon, CA on Sept. 4, 2018.” Hairston is survived by his wife Kirstyn and their two children.
Hairston, originally from southern California, spent his early years playing football. He attended the University of California, Davis and was named a starting linebacker for UC Davis Aggies football in 1993, according to KUIU’s website.
In 1995, Hairston was signed as a free agent to the San Francisco 49ers. He was traded to the Denver Broncos a year later and retired in 1996.
In 216, Hairston revealed he was suffering from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy symptoms. The cognitive brain disease is commonly found in athletes and those in the military you have suffered repetitive hits to the head.
“I played linebacker, and the way I played the game, I led with my head. I played the way they tell us not to play now,” Hairston told CNBC in 2016. “I have all the symptoms of CTE.”
CTE can only be confirmed after a sufferer has died.
Following his football career, Hairston founded hunting clothing company KUIU in 2010. Hairston was featured on Forbes last year after KUIU did $50 million in sales.
He was also close friends with Donald Trump Jr. and the two went on a hunting trip in Canada just days before Hairston’s death.
Trump Jr. honored his late friend on Instagram by sharing a series of photos from their trip.
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Jason, I have no words. I will always remember our adventures and sharing a campfire with you. They will be some of my fondest experiences in the outdoors. You were and will continue to be an inspiration to all outdoorsmen and women for generations to come. Thanks for the friendship and the memories buddy. I’m going to miss you. R.I.P @kuiu_official
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“Jason, I have no words. I will always remember our adventures and sharing a campfire with you. They will be some of my fondest experiences in the outdoors.”
“You were and will continue to be an inspiration to all outdoorsmen and women for generations to come. Thanks for the friendship and the memories buddy. I’m going to miss you R.I.P.”
Hairston’s family has asked fans to make donations to support CTE-related research at the Boston University Concussion Legacy Foundation.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
On Wednesday, the 39-year-old talk show host posted a video of herself working out with her trainer at HVY Industry in West Hollywood, California.
“I used to RUN from heavy weights like bcuz I was sooo afraid of ‘getting buff’ or ‘looking like a dude.’ Not tuhday hunnay. After 9 months of consuming healthy calories to bulk my bod, I’m now lifting heavy to shape & slowwly build muscle to get stronger,” Mai began.
“1. Bench Squats (95-115lbs) 12 reps – 3 sets. 2. Hip Thrusters (95 lbs) 16-18 reps- 4 sets (but my goal is to build up to 6 sets, and I WILL lift my own body weight in Jesus name ha!)” Mai continued.
“3. Cable kickbacks (30 lbs) x 12 each leg – 4 sets. 4. Deadlifts (115 lbs) x 12 reps – 4 sets.”
While it certainly seems like a lot of hard work, Mai said there’s a reason for every exercise as it helps a particular part of the body.
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I used to RUN from heavy weights like bcuz I was sooo afraid of "getting buff" or "looking like a dude". Not tuhday hunnay. After 9 months of consuming healthy calories to bulk my bod, I'm now lifting heavy to shape & slowwly build muscle to get stronger. #WorkInProgress! 3-4 days a week I focus on Mai BLD- back, legs, and donk . My trainer @amrosefitness 's MUST DO muscle groups to build that belfie: 1. Bench Squats (95-115 lbs) 12 reps – 4 sets ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. Hip Thrusters (95 lbs)16-18 reps – 4 sets (but my goal is to build up to 6 sets, and I WILL lift my own body weight in Jesus name ha!) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3. Cable Kickbacks (30 lbs) x 12 each leg – 4 sets ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4. Deadlifts (115 lbs) x 12 reps – 4 sets (I struggle tho at 8…gotta build my weak-for-now "lillies", what I call my hand callouses. More later ) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here's what I've learned: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. Bench Squats: Clean up form, watch them knees, get low to see that femur (thigh bone) parallel to the floor. (Twerkers rejoice ) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. Hip Thrusters: QWEEN of building booty, hamstrings, back muscle. @Amrosefitness says there's nothing better for dat ass baby! This excercise gives you optimal hip extension- power in your glutes, the most powerful muscles in ur bod. Enjoy this one yo. I started at 2 sets, moving now to 4. Increase the weights as you move along, build up to do 3-6 sets. If I can do it, so can you. **Biggest prob w/ Hip Thrust is using weight that's too light. Don't waste your effort! Your glutes are strong; you need to lift heavy! Your mind is ready, PROVE IT. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3. Cable kickback: Targets all 3 glutes (minimus, medius & maximus), hammies, low-back, builds the BOOTY SHELF. Not there yet but I'll show u when I can hold ur drink haaa ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4. Deadlifts: legit Mai fave exercise of all time All-bawdy, all day. DLs train from your feet to your hands and everything in between ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Lmk if this helps! Comment below what you want more of in Mai next video. It motivates ME watching baes tear it up in workout vids so lmk how mine can help you. All my sweaty luv to @benshaniproductions for making every angle count #maimotivation #metime @hvyindustry
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“Bench Squats: Clean up form, watch them knees, get low to see that femur (thigh bone) parallel to the floor. (Twerkers rejoice).”
“Hip Thrusters: QWEEN of building booty, hamstrings, back muscle. This exercise gives you optimal hip extension- power in your glutes, the most powerful muscles in ur bod.”
“Cable kickback: Targets all 3 glutes (minimus, medius & maximus, low-back, builds the BOOTY SHELF,” Mai continued.
“Deadlifts: legit Mai fave exercise of all time. All-bawdy, all day. DLs train from your feet to your hands and everything in between,” Mai concluded.
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On the left is the first time I tried on this dress, at a weight I've kept for 12 years, 103 lbs. Staying 103 came from my self control to lose "chubby" teenage weight and a stressful idea that my body was built to look best "thin". As I'm nearing my 40s, I realize that I've been thru so much shit mentally and emotionally, why the hell should my body be forced to suffer (from my over controlling ways) too? So 3 months ago I started a new eating plan and training program and gained 17 lbs. I don't have a weight goal..just a promise to be as physically Strong as I am mentally Indestructable So far I'm 3 months of eating more, (clean protein and saying Yes to carbs!!), lifting heavy weights (best therapy ever!!) and truly loving all of Me. Not sure where I'm headed but I know I'm gonna look the best I've ever looked because Im spending quality time on ME. Here's to Mai first #transformationTuesday. What tips you want me to share in my journey? Cuz I'm def learning now that a figure with curves offers interesting angles #summerbodyhereIcome #leanmuscle #StrongisthenewSexy
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Mai first shared her weight gain journey in May. The Real co-anchor opened up to PEOPLE about her struggles with food and why she decided to change her body.
“It was a lot of over-control,” Mai said. “I was eating— if you were my friend and you hung out with me, you would see me just normally eating my food— but there was a level of control to it that I knew if I woke up the next day and weighed myself I was over 103 , I would scale it back and make sure that I didn’t creep one ounce over that weight.”
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“Everywhere you go somebody is on a diet. Everywhere you go in L.A. there is a no carb option. I stayed at that weight because it’s what I thought I should be because I’m already small and I also lost a lot of weight since high school,” Mai continued.
It wasn’t until Mai was scrolling on Instagram one day that she realized she needed to change.
“I was just inspired by Instagram and seeing a lot of these workouts videos and also ‘transformation Tuesday’— one of my favorite hashtags— just seeing how many people reported they were changing their bodies through their workouts and I was like, ‘No way, is this really real?'” Mai said.
That’s when Mai took a trip to the doctor and learned how to gain weight in a healthy way. She now weighs 121 lbs.
“I feel more like a woman than I ever have before.”
Mark Wahlberg‘s fitness regimen is cooler than ever — literally.
The 47-year-old actor shared on Ellen on Tuesday that his latest strategy to help his body recover from intense workouts is spending time in a cryotherapy chamber, or a small room kept, in his case, at 150 degrees below zero. Dressed in a mask, gloves, socks, hat and underwear, the Mile 22 star walks around and listens to music in the intense conditions for three minutes, the maximum amount experts will allow.
He also told the comedian and talk show host that there’s another facility in Columbus, Ohio, he tried, and it gets so cold that he was required to cover his nipples before entering.
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Always curious, DeGeneres, 60, asked him about how “his stuff” survives the temperature, and he responded, “It shrivels up a little. It’s okay, it comes back to normal,” before adding that the cold removes inflammation and can improve sleep.
The fitness fanatic regularly shares the quirks of his routine on social media. On Wednesday morning, he posted a video of himself refueling after his 3:45 a.m. work out. He listed everything he was eating that day — including meatballs at 8 a.m. and grilled chicken with Kalamata olives two and a half hours later — and that he would be hitting the hay at 6:30 that evening.
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In December 2017, the Ted star broke down the lifestyle habits with Men’s Health that he was relying on to get down to 6 percent body fat.
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“I don’t play basketball anymore because I don’t want to roll an ankle and miss a movie or screw up my golf game,” he said. “I’m doing twice a day and jumping rope. If I wake up at 3:30, I can go to the golf course at 6:30, be done by 8:30, and then be home and then do the rest of my stuff: work with a physiotherapist, get treatment, hit the cryo chamber.”
Despite the specific nature of his personal approach, Wahlberg still tries to inspire his fans. “The only way to be the best is to keep working like you got nothing,” he told the magazine. “Keep getting after it, and be more and more aggressive, more and more focused every day. I don’t know. I have more drive and desire now than I ever have.”
As Shepard, 43, rang in his 14th year of sobriety, the Veronica Mars alum, 38, wrote a sweet tribute to her husband on Instagram Saturday that just might have fans reaching for the tissues.
“To the man mocked me when in our wedding photos because I cried too many tears of joy, who wore a baby Bjorn for 2 straight years to show his girls how to be as adventurous as possible, who held our dear little shakey man pup for 8 hrs straight on the day we had to put him down, I know how much you loved using. I know how much it got in your way. And I know, because I saw, how hard you worked to live without it,” Bell said.
The actress, who shares 5-year-old daughter Lincoln and 3-year-old daughter Delta with Shepard, continued, “I will forever be in awe of your dedication, and the level of fierce moral inventory you perform on yourself, like an emotional surgery, every single night. You never fail to make amends, or say sorry when it’s needed. You are always available to guide me, and all of our friends, with open ears and tough love when its needed most.”
To the man mocked me when in our wedding photos because I cried too many tears of joy, Who wore a baby Bjorn for 2 straight years to show his girls how to be as adventurous as possible, Who held our dear little shakey mann pup for 8 hrs straight on the day we had to put him down, I know how much you loved using. I know how much it got in your way. And I know, because I saw, how hard you worked to live without it. I will forever be in awe of your dedication, and the level of fierce moral inventory you perform on yourself, like an emotional surgery, every single night. You never fail to make amends, or say sorry when its needed. You are always available to guide me, and all of our friends, with open ears and tough love when its needed most. You have become the fertilizer in the garden of our life, encouraging everyone to grow. I'm so proud that you have never been ashamed of your story, but instead shared it widely, with the hope it might inspire someone else to become the best version of themselves. You have certainly inspired me to do so. I love you more than I ever thought I could love anyone, and I want you to know, I see you. I see how hard you work. You set an excellent example of being human. Happy 14th year sobriety birthday, @daxshepard. Xoxo
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Calling her husband “the fertilizer in the garden of our life,” Bell praised Shepard for sharing his story. She concluded, “I love you more than I ever thought I could love anyone, and I want you to know, I see you. I see how hard you work. You set an excellent example of being human. Happy 14th year sobriety birthday, @daxshepard.”
The mother of two also shared a fun family album that included pictures of the couple’s laid-back wedding and children (whose faces were covered by cartoon hearts and apples).
Bell’s Instagram post particularly spoke to one fan, who commented, “This hit home for me. I’m trying to get sober…again and I hope to continue to have the same kind of support from my partner for just as many years. Thank you.”
Bell replied, “It’s hard and worth it. One day at a time xoxo.”
Meanwhile, Shepard shared that his wife surprised him a unique present for the anniversary — a tour of the King’s Hawaiian factory!
Best sober birthday present ever. @kristenanniebell got me a tour of the @kingshawaiian factory and I ate 8 STRAIGHT oughta the oven. 2 more upstairs, and 3 at home. 13 all-in for one day is an accomplishment I will not soon forget. Also, the fact that Kristen looks like a scientist and @mlpadman looks like she's on a kindergarten field trip just makes my heart swell to dangerous levels. Thanks Ladies!
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“Best sober birthday present ever. @kristenanniebell got me a tour of the @kingshawaiian factory and I ate 8 STRAIGHT oughta the oven. 2 more upstairs, and 3 at home. 13 all-in for one day is an accomplishment I will not soon forget,” he wrote on Instagram.
“Also, the fact that Kristen looks like a scientist and @mlpadman looks like she’s on a kindergarten field trip just makes my heart swell to dangerous levels. Thanks Ladies!” Shepard added.
The couple has opened up about Shepard’s substance abuse in the past. Two years ago, Shepard tweeted, “12 years ago today I came out of my last toxic, life-threatening stupor. I now have a wife & babies & some self-esteem.”
— dax shepard (@daxshepard) September 1, 2016
“Seeing the world through his eyes has really opened mine to knowing that it is a disease and nobody is choosing to drink more than others,” she explained. “They are doing it because of a variety of reasons and they deserve the attention of a mental health professional, and not the county jail or however else we’re choosing to pretend we’re fixing the problem.”
Teresa Giudice is a red-hot mama!
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star, 46, shared a series of photos of her toned body to Instagram Friday, when she sported a strapless red bikini while standing in front of the beach and lounging in the pool.
“Taking in everything summer has to offer me! ,” she wrote about her vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. “#ThePalaceLife #LeBlancSpaResort#cabosanlucas #paradise #redbikini#workinghard.”
In another photo, the mother of four posed in a white one-piece bathing suit and a red-and-white robe.
“I’ve always loved the idea of not being what people expect me to be. Stay tuned…future is bright over here baby love love love #leblancsparesort #cabosanlucas#thepalacelife #summer2018,” she captioned the image.
In June, Giudice competed in the bikini division of a bodybuilding competition and won third place.
The Bravo star showed off her ripped abs, toned arms and muscular legs at the NPC South Jersey Bodybuilding Championships in New Jersey.
A source told PEOPLE Giudice “has been training for this bodybuilding competition since December.”
“She wanted a new challenge and pushed herself to the extreme. Right now she is in the best shape of her life,” the insider continued. “She has lost a bunch of weight.”
The source added Giudice is “even more fit than when she got home .”
In addition to working out, Giudice told Women’s Health in 2016 that yoga helped her “get through it all” during her 11-month prison stay, adding that she planned to become an instructor in the practice.
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“I love it so much that I want to get certified in it,” she said. “I have a few more months to go. I’m just taking my time, because I have four daughters. It’s a lot, but I’m definitely going to complete it.”
Meanwhile, her husband Joe Giudice, who is currently serving out his 41-month sentence for mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud, has also made some major changes to his body, losing 45 lbs. in prison.
Joe — who transferred from the Federal Correctional Institution in Fort Dix, New Jersey, to a federal prison in Pennsylvania last November — has completed more than 27 months of his sentence thus far. Teresa served a little over 11 months in prison herself for the same crimes and was released on Dec. 23, 2015.
After X-Ray of Grape in Child’s Windpipe Goes Viral, a Doctor Shares Surprising Choking Hazards (and What She Wouldn’t Give Her Own Kids)
When an X-ray circulated online (courtesy of Australian blogger Angela Henderson) depicting a grape lodged in a child’s windpipe, parents were shocked to see in such stark imagery just how dangerous a grape can be – and many were equally shocked to discover they still need to be cutting grapes lengthwise for their school-age children. And that reaction is exactly why pediatrician Dr. Jaime Friedman thinks it’s so important for parents to educate themselves on common (but often, overlooked) choking hazards for children – and to make sure to never take shortcuts when it comes to preparing their kids’ food.
“Parents are surprised when they come in for their child’s 3-year check up and I still mention choking risks like grapes and popcorn. Most parents aren’t aware that we worry about choking up until age 4,” she said. “They seem pretty resistant to cutting grapes for their 3-year-olds.”
The reason they shouldn’t be: The AAP identified “mechanical airway obstruction” as the leading cause of unintentional death for children younger than 1, and the fourth most deadly for children ages 1 to 9 (surpassed by motor vehicle deaths, drowning and fire/burns). And even parents who diligently cut grapes and hot dogs might still be surprised to find out that popcorn, peanut butter and cheese are all on the “danger list.” So what does Dr. Friedman want parents to be aware of when it comes to choking hazards?
First of all, the rule of thumb actually does apply to food items: Everything should be cut smaller than a thumb’s width before it is served to children. “Anything that is the size of the airway (thumb size) that is solid or unforgiving is a choking risk,” Dr. Friedman says. And sticky foods, including peanut butter and marshmallows, are just as dangerous; for parents introducing peanut butter to an infant, “I always counsel on watering it down so that it doesn’t cause choking,” she says.
As for the growing popularity of the “baby led weaning” technique, in which parents skip purées in favor of starting children on finger foods (and relying on the child’s gag reflex while the child learns how to eat the food), Dr. Friedman says, “If parents want to use more solid foods or a net to put solid foods in, they have to be aware of the risks and need to be sure that foods are soft and in small pieces. I would never suggest giving an infant a solid baby carrot to gnaw on, for example.” For items like “chunks of meat, cheese and raw vegetables,” all of which the AAP identifies as a risk, Dr. Friedman suggests string cheese, meat cut into 1/2-in. pieces and vegetables cut lengthwise into long, thin strips, once the child has teeth and can appropriately chew the food.
Other surprising choking risks? Pen caps, marbles, magnets and buttons, as well as balloons, which Dr. Friedman says were a no-go in her house when her own children were small. “We didn’t really play with balloons and I don’t give them out in the office. I know dentists give them out so parents have to use caution, especially once they get in the car with a child who has a balloon,” she says. For other non-food risks, “I recommend parents get on the floor and look in couch cushions for coins, batteries and small items that have dropped. I also against beaded jewelry like amber necklaces.”
Dr. Friedman recommends requiring proper training for anyone who might care for your child: “All caregivers should have at least one class on infant CPR and choking care. They should have children sit for meals and snacks, no running around.”
And if the worst-case scenario should happen? “Never perform a blind sweep in the mouth if they are choking as they may push items further into the trachea. If the child is not breathing, call 911 and start rescue breaths. If the child is drooling or can’t swallow, keep them calm; a child in distress can block their airway further. If there is any question about a swallowed or aspirated item, X-rays can be helpful, so have the child seen.”
What foods are the biggest choking hazards?Hot dogs
Chunks of meat or cheese
Chunks of raw vegetables
What non-food items are the biggest choking risks?Rubber balloons Small toys Pen caps Small balls/foam balls Marbles Magnets Disc batteries Pieces of dog food Buttons
Hilaria Baldwin‘s secret to staying in shape after baby? Working at it both before and during pregnancy.
In a new chat with PEOPLE, the 34-year-old fitness expert admitted that prioritizing her workouts before conceiving and making sure to do the same during her pregnancy is what helps her bounce back so quickly after baby.
“I’m fit before pregnancy, I stay as fit as I can during pregnancy, and that I think has allowed me to have pretty great labors, deliveries and recovery,” Baldwin — who teamed up with Little Tikes to throw her kids a huge end-of-summer party at her home in the Hamptons — tells PEOPLE.
She adds of the hurdles she has faced this time around since welcoming son Romeo Alejandro David, now 3 months, “This time was hard because I had pneumonia during my labor and delivery, so I was really sick. It wasn’t as fast as the other times, but I made a comeback.”
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Probably one of the most asked for exercises on my page is diastasis rect aka abdominal separation. I haven’t posted about this because I didn’t suffer from it with my pregnancies and wanted to do a lot of research before offering solutions. Most important concept is to CONTRACT AND ZIPPER UP YOUR ABS, RIGHT THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF YOUR TUMMY. Think about where the separation is and try to connect it again, through activation of core. Maintain this and 1: Releve and tuck hips under and foreword for 10. 2: Incline forward, pull in tighter through your lower belly, flex feet and pulse for 10. 3: Stand again, releve and shake hips side to side for 20. 3 sets of all 3 exercises. YOU MUST MAINTAIN CONTRACTION, OR IT WONT WORK. Do daily in am and pm…share with your friends so you can help them too #wegotthis2018 ps wardrobe choice is to show proper form. All fashion police will be blocked immediately
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Ending the summer full of fun, laughter and sunshine! Thanks @OfficialLittleTikes for gifting us with these fun toys to make this day so amazing and encouraging little ones to get outside and get active. #LittleTikes #ActivePlay
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Not that it’s easy to fit her workouts in. As a parent to four children with husband Alec Baldwin — Romeo, Leonardo Ángel Charles, 2 next month, Rafael Thomas, 3, and Carmen Gabriela, 5 — she has to get creative.
“I have to work out when it’s convenient for my four little children and my husband and my two dogs,” Hilaria tells PEOPLE. “A lot of times, what I’ll do is I’ll get up, get the kids ready and then I’ll go for a jog. Al gets the kids in the car and will meet me at the end of my jog. And then we go and we drop the kids off at camp.”
“I’m really just so efficient with trying to find windows of time,” she explains. “I know that my jog is 30 minutes, and if I can make my 30-minute jog and then when nap time is I can do another 30 minutes of yoga or whatever it is, that’s a really good day.”
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Hilaria reveals that she has “enjoyed the changes that childbirth has brought to my body,” even though her physique is different than it was before she had kids.
“It’s not the same, but I feel a little bit more feminine and a little bit more capable,” she says. “I feel like I know myself better. Going through that experience, you learn yourself from the inside out in a whole different way.”
“I am more confident and … I’m tired,” the mother of four admits. “I’m very tired, but I also know that’s such a finite point in people’s lives. I meet people who have older children, in their 20s and 30s now, and they say, ‘Just enjoy it.’ And that’s what I’m doing. I’m taking that advice. Everybody tells me that. I’m taking that advice, and I’m enjoying it.”
“I went back to my old habits,” the model, 38, tells PEOPLE. “I went back to feeling depressed and not taking my power back.”
But over time, Mercado learned how to prioritize herself and “who I am” as a person, and came out of the experience even stronger (and dropped those 20 lbs. once again). She’s now using that knowledge to help others as one of the cohosts on the new CBS talk show Face the Truth, premiering Sept. 10, where she and other celebrity experts help real people get through difficult conflicts.
“It’s about really being transformational and giving solution-driven advice that they can go home with and start implementing in their own lives,” Mercado says. “I’ve been through a divorce, I’ve dealt with a child with special needs, and with my health, and family differences. There are so many situations that I’ve gone through has made me the woman that I am, and I can tell people that they will be okay, and this is what they need to do.”
Health, in particular, is something that Mercado knows well after losing over half her weight with the help of a gastric sleeve, and going through the ups and downs of weight loss. Though she had learned how to implement healthy habits before her divorce, she had to reapply them when she was focused on losing those 20 lbs.
“I went through the divorce and it sucked and it hurt but I learned how to take care of me,” she says. “It taught me that life is going to happen, but you always have to stay consistent.”
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Now, the mom of three is eating healthy foods when she’s hungry, and avoiding the mindless snacking. She’s also working out with a personal trainer, and making a point to do fun activities that double as exercise, like dancing.
“I’m going out and not celebrating over food, but celebrating over shared experience with my kids and creating memories,” she says. “I’m happy that I’m in maintenance now. Everything I gained I’ve now lost, and I’m in a really happy place. And it’s not just about physical health, it’s about mental health as well.”
And Mercado is sharing her healthy habits, not just with the people on Face the Truth, but also in her own home.
“My daughter is 18, and because of genetics and bad decisions and past pain, she’s dealing with being overweight. And it’s something I’m so proud of her about because she hasn’t gotten the gastric sleeve, and she’s taking control of understanding why she’s eating what she’s eating,” Mercado says. “I tell them that I’m your mom and I love you unconditionally, but what I want you to learn is that every time that you have food in front of you, you have to consider if you need the food or if you just want it.”
“I’m really proud of my son because now he’ll say that he wanted ice cream but he’s not going to have it because he wants to take care of himself,” she adds. “Learning about that emotional connection with food has really changed my daughter’s life.”
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In a nude photo posted over the weekend, the new mom, 25, shows off her post-baby body. Wearing a long pink wig with a grey stripe, Cardi B displays her tattoos and glances at the camera while covering herself with one hand and perching her leg on a chair.
Offset, 26, called the “Bodak Yellow” rapper “wifey,” “goddess,” and “beauty” in the caption of the snapshot. He included a series of tongue and ring emojis.
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Earlier that day, Cardi B posted a photograph of herself in lingerie on a plane and wrote, “im on my way to you.” Offset commented, “HURRY HURRY HURRY.”
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The couple, who secretly tied the knot in September, welcomed daughter Kulture Kiari on July 10. Kulture is Cardi B’s first child and Offset’s fourth (he has sons Jordan and Kody and daughter Kalea Marie).
Cardi B has been open about her motherhood journey. “I met my match,” she said last month. “She is very demanding. I can’t believe I have a boss. I really have a boss.”
In July, she wrote on Twitter that she was counting the days until she and Offset could have postpartum sex: “3 weeks and 4 days Yes b— I’m counting, wassup!”
On Saturday, she showed her Instagram followers a shot of her and Offset getting cozy and wrote, “When the 6 weeks up.”
Jenna Jameson just revealed exactly how she lost 60 lbs.
The mother of three, 44, opened up about her weight loss and meal preps in a side-by-side comparison Instagram post in which she divulged her secrets.
“Let’s talk menu. I get a lot of messages asking me what I eat in a day to stay in ketosis. Well, it’s underwhelming,” Jameson captioned the photo Monday of herself before and after giving birth to her daughter Batel Lu with fiancé Lior Bitton.
“I am one of those odd people that doesn’t need a variety. Every morning I eat the exact same thing. 3 eggs with cheese and an avocado,” she wrote.
“Lunch is my biggest meal, I always eat arugula salad, grilled asparagus or zucchini with some kind of meat (usually a hamburger patty or grilled chicken) I then snack when ever I feel hungry (usually on almonds or macadamia nuts… sometime cottage cheese) that’s it!” Jameson continued.
She added, “Then I begin my fast at 6 pm. I drink lots of water until I go to sleep at around 10 pm. I drink coffee at 8 am and I end my fast at 11 am. That’s it!”
Let’s talk menu. I get a lot of messages asking me what I eat in a day to stay in ketosis. Well, it’s underwhelming. I am one of those odd people that doesn’t need variety. Every morning I eat the exact same thing. 3 eggs with cheese and an avocado. Lunch is my biggest meal, I always eat arugula salad, grilled asparagus or zucchini with some kind of meat (usually a hamburger patty or grilled chicken) I then snack when ever I feel hungry (usually on almonds or macadamia nuts… sometime cottage cheese) that’s it! Then I begin my fast at 6 pm. I drink lots of water until I go to sleep at around 10 pm. I drink coffee at 8 am and I end my fast at 11 am. That’s it! No magic, no fancy diet… just clean whole organic foods. I waved bye bye to anything processed or packaged a long time ago. This is 60 lbs gone my friend. It can be done! I’m always asked how I have the will power… well when you see results like this in 4 months, it powers you!!!! Let me know your results and questions! #keto #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #weightloss #fitmom #beforeandafter #ketodiet #transformation *i wasn’t pregnant in the before pic
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Jameson went on to explain she told processed foods “bye bye,” and hasn’t looked back since.
The former adult film star also offered encouragement to any of her followers who may be trying lose weight.
“This is 60 lbs gone my friend. It can be done! I’m always asked how I have the will power … well when you see results like this in 4 months, it powers you!!!! Let me know your results and questions!” Jameson added.
It’s time for another #tuesdaytransformation . Guys, I fit into size 6 jeans! the picture on the right I’m wearing size 16 jeans the fit of my clothes is catapulting me forward now, not the scale so much. Oh, and can we talk about “muffin top” it’s gone! I feel like keto paired with #intermittentfasting has been my riddle solver! I’ve officially weaned off my poison sugar free creamer and am now drinking black coffee with stevia and coconut oil! on a side note I want to acknowledge all of you taking the leap with me to get healthier, I’m SO damn proud of you!!!! Love you guys so much! #transformationtuesday #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #keto #ketodiet #ketoweightloss
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For the past several months, Jameson has kept her fans updated on her progress with the keto diet, which is a very low-carb, moderate protein and high-fat eating plan.
Earlier this month, Jameson revealed she went from a size 16 in jeans to a size 6.
“It’s time for another #tuesdaytransformation. Guys, I fit into size 6 jeans! the picture on the right I’m wearing size 16 jeans the fit of my clothes is catapulting me forward now, not the scale so much,” Jameson captioned another before and after photo.
“It’s never ok to call a woman fat, fatass, plus-size, etc.” the Real Housewives of Orange County star — who recently joined the show for its 13th season — wrote on Saturday in a social media message.
“I will take the criticism and be the voice for all the women out there that feel inadequate because they don’t fit someone’s ridiculous standard of beauty,” she added alongside a collage featuring four photos of herself.
Continuing, she wrote, “Be strong. Be proud. Be confident. I got you.”
It’s never ok to call a woman fat, fatass, plus-size, etc. I will take the criticism and be the voice for all the women out there that feel inadequate because they don’t fit someone’s ridiculous standard of beauty. Be strong. Be proud. Be confident. I got you #RHOC #RT pic.twitter.com/up3KwKJ29i
— Emily Simpson (@RealOCEmily) August 18, 2018
Simpson previously opened up about her unconventional love story with her husband Shane, with whom she shares three children: daughter Annabelle and twin boys Luke and Keller.
“After he and his first wife got divorced we still remained friends and we chatted a lot, talked a lot — chatting through Google Chat,“ the reality star told People Now. “And then it just kind of progressed into a little more flirtatious Google Chats, and then it just became like, ‘Do you want to get married?'”
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Simpson went on to clarify that before getting engaged the pair had “never dated” or even “went out on a date.”
“We were friends and he was funny and he was a good dad, like I knew these positive things about him…but it really was a huge leap of faith,” she explained.
Happy Wednesday everyone! Have an amazing day and remember to “pick” the people around you wisely! Surround yourself with genuine people who inspire you to do and be better #waybackwednesday #mybabies #twins #twinboys #momlife #love #family #familyfirst #boysaregross #boogersandpoopeverywhere #threetoddlers #helpme #surrogacy #blessed
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She also openly shared that she and her husband went to couple’s therapy while filming the reality show.
“Everybody knows about the whole Housewives curse. How many people have gotten divorced on the show or after the show?” she remarked, explaining that “the entire time we were filming” the pair went to therapy “just to always make sure we were on the same page.”
“That’s what I would tell any new housewife coming in if they’re married and they really want to keep their marriage solid through this,” she added.
The Real Housewives of Orange County airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.
Michael Bublé and his wife Luisana Lopilato’s lives changed in 2016 after they found out their son Noah had been diagnosed with cancer — but once he began getting better, the couple found themselves closer than ever before.
“Food never tasted so good, music never sounded so good, my relationship with my family… all of it,” the Canadian crooner, 42, told Australia’s Stellar Magazine, in an interview published on Saturday.
“My wife and I, we got happy, we fell in love again,” he added, explaining that the experience made them see “the very worst and also the best of each other.”
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And after falling in love again, the couple went on to welcome daughter Vida Amber Betty in late July.
While the singer revealed that he wasn’t sure the couple made a “purposeful” decision to have another child together, he explained that “there was just so much happiness and this incredible sense of relief.”
“I knew my wife wanted to have a girl. That was huge for her. After the doctor told us I said, ‘Lu, it’s a girl!,’ she was shrieking,” he added, before teasing that the pair weren’t done having children.
“We want a big family — I don’t think we’re even going to stop there,” he remarked.
Cómo explicar que nos explota el corazón de amor? Que no nos alcanzan las horas del día para contemplarla. Le agradezco a Dios por hacernos este regalo de vida y alegría! Porque mirar sus ojos es mirar el cielo mismo! Te amamos hasta el infinito y más allá. Te esperábamos no solo para crecer como familia… nos diste luz, esperanza, en fin sos y serás nuestra Vida del alma!! #regalodedios #feliz #family #ourprincess
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Lopilato, 31, announced Vida’s arrival on July 26, sharing a black-and-white photo of her newborn’s tiny hand and hinting at her name in the caption.
“How to explain that our heart explodes with love? That there’s not enough hours in a day to think about it. I thank God for making us this gift of life and happiness! Because looking in her eyes is looking at heaven itself!” the Argentine actress wrote, in Spanish.
“We love you to infinity and beyond. We waited for you not only to grow as a family … you gave us light, hope, you are and will be our souls’ life,” she added, writing “Vida” for “life,” with a capital V.
The couple are also proud parents to Elias, 2½.
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“I’ve got a very clear perspective now, one that I didn’t have before,” Bublé told Stellar Magazine. “Things got very clear for me, very quickly. I live with no fear now. I’ve been to hell.”
In 2016, the couple’s son Noah, 5 in August, was diagnosed with liver cancer. For the next seven months, the family stayed by Noah’s side in the hospital, until he was released in spring 2017.
“I see my career differently now — as this wonderful bonus on top of a life that is already fulfilled,” he continued, explaining that while he’ll continue to “break my arse” for his fans, he doesn’t want to “read the reviews” or “put my name into Google” anymore.
Continuing, he remarked, “It’s going to be something I need to remind myself. I told my wife, ‘Hey kid, keep me grounded. If you see me losing my way, remind me what’s important.’ Family comes first. In the scheme of everything, the health of my children is number one. In the future, we’ll have decisions to make as far as the best way to tour as a family.”
Emergency responders in New Haven, Conn. are dealing with over 80 overdose cases from a synthetic marijuana that authorities said was passed out in a local park.
They found dozens of people who had overdosed on the synthetic marijuana, also known as K2, on Wednesday morning on the New Haven Green, near the Yale University campus. 25 of the overdose cases came in that morning during a three-hour time span, officials told ABC News.
Over the next two days, that number swelled to over 80. Officials expect that more will come in as people who saved the K2 for later use take the drug.
“It’s very reminiscent of a mass casualty incident,” New Haven Office of Emergency Management Director Rick Fontana told the New Haven Register.
Most victims were sent to the hospital, while some declined to undergo additional care. One victim did not respond to Naloxone, the drug used to treat overdoses, when they were injected at the scene and is “very sick,” Fontana said in a press release. Otherwise, the other patients are not in life-threatening condition.
Some of the patients had fentanyl, the highly addictive opioid, in their system. Several had been treated at the hospital two or more times after they went back to the park and took the K2 again.
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New Haven Police have arrested three people in connection with the case, and the investigation is currently ongoing, New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell said in a press conference.
One of the three suspects allegedly did not charge people for the K2 and was “just handing it out,” Campbell said, possibly to start a clientele. Other victims reported paying for the drugs.
Campbell alleged that two of the suspects are known for selling K2 and have been arrested in the past. Their charges, if convicted, are not known at this time.
PEOPLE has contacted the New Haven Police Department for comment.
The overdoses came as a dire new report from the Centers for Disease Control on Wednesday showed that drug overdoses killed around 72,000 people in the U.S. in 2017, a record-breaking rise of about 10 percent.
The rise in deaths is thought to be from the increased use of opioids, and that the drugs themselves are more deadly, reports the New York Times. Overdose deaths are now higher than the highest yearly death totals from H.I.V., car crashes or guns.
We've all seen the Alaskan Bush People Season 8 trailer tease Ami's second chance, but we know that her battle with lung cancer is ongoing.
In fact, back in May, Ami Brown returned to the hospital. Sometimes, cancer comes back.
The good news, folks, is that it is once again in remission.
An insider reveals to RadarOnline that Ami Brown is in remission again.
"Ami is doing amazing," the source describes.
Considering that Ami beat the odds and became one of the 3% beat back lung cancer not once but twice, we'd say that "amazing" barely begins to cover it.
Ami is doing well, the insider says, "and she’s ready to show everyone that miracles do happen."
Last year, it was reported that Ami's cancer was cured in a Christmas miracle. That's not quite right, because it was early November and not really a cure, but it's good to think positively.
Ami is back with her family at their homestead in Washington, a 435 ace property that Billy Brown purchased -- to the outrage of some of the locals.
"Her doctors are all dumbfounded," the source says. "At how she was able to almost beat this."
Probably a combination of genetic factors, the fact that her family now has the resources to give her first-rate medical care in L.A. .... and, of course, her determination.
This is particularly impressive, the insider reports, "when she was in such a bad state last year."
There was a time about a year ago when most fans did not expect Ami to survive to Season 8.
"But she did," the source says of those doubts.
That and the family adjusting to their new home. And we imagine that Bear Brown's injury and subsequent hospitalization will also get some airtime.
But Ami is doing better, the insider reports, "and she is looking forward now to getting on with the rest of her life."
That is so wonderful!
Though, of course, she will continue to have to get regular check-ups several times a year to screen for the cancer's return.
"This whole experience has been a total wake up call for Ami," the source reveals.
Never take life or health for granted, folks. Also, maybe don't smoke or hang around a chronic smoker.
The insider says that this has been illuminating for Ami "and for everyone in the Brown family."
Of course. This is frightening but it can also be a learning experience.
The source reports that: "It has also made her and Billy closer."
You'd think that a couple who's been married for decades and raised approximately 1,000 children (okay, maybe "only" 7) couldn't possibly be closer than they are.
But people can be surprised by what draws them to connect or reconnect with their loved ones.
It is, of course, wonderful to hear that Ami is once again in remission.
But she's not out of the woods yet -- and we don't just say that because she literally lives in the wilderness. She is not free and clear just yet.
As we cautioned last time, cancer can return to rear its ugly head at any moment. She will need to remain vigilant.