Category Archives: Health & Fitness

Makeup History

 

Makeup Hazel Dawn
Ziegfeld Follies actress Hazel Dawn in 1914
via Wikimedia Commons

I have read a couple of interesting articles about makeup in history in the last couple of days and thought you might enjoy them. The first is by Erin Blakemore on How Makeup went Mainstream and she discusses the way actresses were used to market makeup in the early 20th century. Testimonials from actresses and makeup artists were used to convince, non-actresses that we needed the stuff to look our best. I love the irony of creating a “natural look.” 🙂

The second is weirder, 100 years of banned beauty products. Yep, click the link to see hair removers that can kill you, hair dyes that blind, all kinds of crazy stuff, and these are recent, not even counting the ones you already knew about like the Elizabethan’s white lead makeup, the Victorian’s favorite arsenic face cream, or the ancient Egyptian penchant for mixing sacred crocodile dung in kohl eye makeup. Here is a bonus link: In the realm of “more dangerous than crocodile dung,” the FDA issued a periodic statement to avoid kohl, kajal, and al kahl in eye makeup because they have been found to consist of salts of heavy metals, such as antimony and lead, leading to lead poisoning in children, they are probably not so good for your eyes either.

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That’s one to stick on the fridge, eh?

1932 Map of the medicinal plants in the United States

credit: David Rumsey Map Collection

You know how I love infographics and this is just the best of everything, a map, plants and history all in one.

I found it on Slate, their text says:

The map, printed by the National Wholesale Druggists’ Association for use of pharmacists during a promotional campaign called Pharmacy Week, was intended to boost the image of the profession. At a time when companies were increasingly compounding new pharmaceuticals in labs, pharmacists wanted to emphasize their ability to understand and manipulate the familiar medicinal plants that yielded reliable “vegetable drugs.” “Intense scientific study, expert knowledge, extreme care and accuracy are applied by the pharmacist to medicinal plants and drugs,” the box of text in the map’s lower left-hand corner reads, “from the point of origin through the intricate chemical, botanical, and pharmaceutical processes employed in preparing medicine.” As historians Arthur Daemmrich and Mary Ellen Bowden write, the early 1930s were a turning point in the pharmaceutical industry.

In the previous decades, chemists working for large companies had begun to systematically invent new medicines for the first time, developing synthesized aspirin and vaccines for diseases like tetanus and diphtheria. The 1938 Food, Drug, & Cosmetic Act would bring a heightened level of federal regulation to the production of new medicines. And in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, researchers would go on to invent a flood of new antibiotics, psychotropics, antihistamines, and vaccines, increasingly relying on synthetic chemistry to do so. The pharmacist’s direct relationship to the preparation of medicine would diminish accordingly.

I am pretty sure that most people don’t realize that the change over to synthetic drugs was that recent.

That in your grandparents day the pharmacist actually mixed up a medication for them, they didn’t just transfer pills from a big bottle to a smaller bottle. Did you? 

Slate Article: History of medicinal plants: Map of the plants in the United States from 1932.

Medicinal Plant Map: David Rumsey Map Collection

What It’s Like To Get A Mastectomy | Prevention

I saw this title in my newsfeed this morning and clicked on it with some trepidation but despite its lurid beginning it has some good information. I especially like how it contrasts the two women’s differences in pain perception, one woman describes not even taking any of the prescribed pain meds but just having a sensation of tightness post-mastectomy while another describes the pain as almost unbearable. I had the same experience as the first, aside from the horrid hangover from the anesthesia I had no pain at all and I wonder if the pain others speak of is sometimes from the placement of tissue expanders or implants under the muscle when they opt for reconstruction rather than from the mastectomy itself or if this is just an example of human variability. One of the women quoted also mentions the drains, (see second pic) those were the worst! Not actually having to deal with them but more like worrying about them every time I turned or moved for the ten days they were in place. Anyway, here’s Ann Marie’s article:

What It’s Like To Get A Mastectomy

After being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40, Ann Marie Otis, now 44, had, as she says somewhat jarringly, her breasts “amputated.”It’s not a term most of us would choose to describe a double mastectomy, but she’s not wrong. After all, an amputation is the surgical removal of an extremity; a mastectomy is the surgical removal of a breast. Thinking of the two procedures as one in the same could drastically change our perception of breast cancer treatment. “A mastectomy is a big life change,” says Otis, who has documented much of her own healing—both physical and emotional—click to read more

Source: What It’s Like To Get A Mastectomy | Prevention

 

This Before and After Pic Is a Total Lie…For a Good Reason | Women’s Health

In one pic, she appears noticeably fitter than in the other, but the thing is…she shot the selfies 30 seconds apart. Jessica, who created the Insta account to chronicle her body transformation on Kayla Itsines’s Body Bikini Guide program, explains in the caption that poor posture is to blame for her “before” picture. In the “after,” she says she’s simply standing up straight, flexing slightly, and had adjusted her bikini bottoms.

Source: This Before and After Pic Is a Total Lie…For a Good Reason | Women’s Health

Yep, I look at Before and After pics too and this caught my eye because it is ultimately such a good reminder about posture and self-affirmation rather than some magical weight loss pill or exercise plan that will get you in shape for Summer. Something to think about 🙂

blogger perks

Isn’t it interesting that when you contract the word “perquisite” you drop the q and sub a k? The dictionary defines perk as a privilege or gain and we’ve gotten some cool perks over my years of blogging, a weekend at Crystal Mountain with Robbie was the most memorable.

flexbelt

But here is another, Flex Belt has offered me the opportunity to review their cool ab belt toning system. You know I love a gadget. It uses EMS, that is Electronic Muscle Stimulation with gel pads to give 150 muscle contractions in 30 minutes and best…  I get one for my very own!

In 6 weeks I’ll send them before and after pix. Yes, of course I’ll post them here.

I can’t wait ’til it gets here…

Click the link to check out their website: Flex Belt.

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Facebook posts their new policy on mastectomy photos

Facebook posts their new policy on mastectomy photos which states:

Does Facebook allow post-mastectomy photos?

Yes. We agree that undergoing a mastectomy is a life-changing experience and that sharing photos can help raise awareness about breast cancer and support the men and women facing a diagnosis, undergoing treatment, or living with the scars of cancer. The vast majority of these kinds of photos are compliant with our policies. They go on to explain why breastfeeding photos are removed from Facebook: However, photos with fully exposed breasts, particularly if they’re unaffected by surgery, do violate Facebook’s Terms. These policies are based on the same standards which apply to television and print media, and that govern sites with a significant number of young people. I don’t take credit here because I admit I really didn’t have any opinion on whether Facebook should or should not allow pictures like mine to be broadcast all over their site. I mean, it is their site and who are FB’s real customers? The advertisers, right? Do you think they want mastectomy photos gathering shares & likes? I don’t see why they would. What IS weird though is why FB, is so nervous about breasts. OK, it isn’t weird, they are just using the same criteria that all other US media use but what on earth is wrong with breastfeeding?  In my opinion, breastfeeding should be more visible,  I mean, it is normal, it’s natural! Wouldn’t we all be better, calmer and happier seeing more of that? I know I would. Well anyway, now that Facebook has clarified their policy, about half the sites that are reporting on it are using, yup… my photo. Here is a sample: inquisitr posts new facebook policy