How to Get Teens to Eat Better & Be Healthier

teen dieting

We have the greatest teen and childhood weight problems today than at any other point on the planet’s lengthy history. Much of the blame for this is on the convenience-focused society that we have become. Frequently we feel that it is safer to trap our youngsters inside our homes rather than let them out into society. Things we are doing for the protection of our children are really harmful to the wellness of our kids.

There are points nonetheless that are being done to address the trouble and get our kids more acclimated, active, and enlightened when it comes to making the proper decisions concerning diet, nourishment, health and fitness, and also overall health and wellness. The problem for most teenagers is keeping them off the computer, phone, or away from the TV long enough to get active.

Even video games are getting in on the act of helping kids get active and be more energetic by developing games such as PlayStation 2’s Dance Party Revolution and the brand-new Nintendo Wii gaming system that appear to be taking the market by storm. These systems allow customers to actively participate in the video game play experience as opposed to sitting back and playing the game in a static atmosphere. It is a terrific means to get teens off their seats and be more active. These video games are also enjoyable for adults and will certainly have the same effects when it concerns activity. Whoever thought we would actually encourage video game play for exercise?

Get Outdoors and Be Active!

Teenagers commonly enjoy doing things with their family members (whether they’ll admit that to you or not). Go rock or mountain climbing. Go bike riding as a family. Camp outside and go hiking, boating, or biking once again. Discover a new sporting activity with each other. It’s fantastic how much fun you could have doing different activities like scuba diving, and you won’t consume empty calories in the process! Even if the sport you take up together doesn’t involve a lot of physical activity, it is fairly likely more energetic than sitting in front of the TV.

Have your teenager join an entertainment sports group. We have all kinds of sporting activities groups readily available in our area, which our teenagers can sign up for. Also those without any abilities at all could join some of the organizations that are non-competitive, just for fun. Going out for a softball, soccer game, or volleyball game can be a terrific method for the family to do something together, and these are all chances for your teen to be more active.

Yard work is another means to get out and be active with your teen. The secret remains in your teenager burning more calories than he or she consumes. Though it’s usually easier said than done, it is possible to get them out of the house. Find things that will interest your teenager and concentrate on those instead of tormenting them with tasks that hold no passion in any way (except for maybe yard work). At any rate, loading their time with tasks keeps them busy so they aren’t eating calories as well, which is something worth taking into consideration.

Motivate your teen to consume much healthier foods. Eliminate calorie-loaded fruit juices or energy drinks from your pantry, and urge your teens to consume lots of water daily. Introduce as many veggies as you can to the diet plan of your teenagers and do away with the prepackaged processed snacks that teens are infamous for depleting in one day. Also having your teenagers proactively take part in the prep work and cleanup for dishes will help them put even more focus into the things they eat in addition to the messes they make in doing so.

Keep Your Dreams Alive

"Don't dream your life, live your dream"

Like the tune by Linda Ronstadt, “a dream is a wish your heart makes.” To lose sight of your dreams is to pass away a little yourself. It implies closing down the part of you that can soar above the reality of your present life to see amazing new opportunities.

Whenever she strolls down a road, a buddy of mine notices architectural details, forms, and colors. As a kid she fantasized about being an indoor designer, yet her parents—Italian immigrants—discouraged her from pursuing exactly what they felt was a troubled way to make a living. “I was crushed,” she says, and her dreams simply passed away.

Our dreams can be easily broken. It is important not to discuss them at an early stage to any individual whom we notice will certainly not encourage us to follow them. Other people often forecast their own concerns and doubts onto us, especially if they are jealous of our own zeal and determination to make our dreams a reality.

I have known since I was a teenager that I desired to be a fiction writer. No one in my household encouraged me to follow my dream, due to the fact that anything in the arts was thought to be unreliable. For years I composed and sold brief stories and novels while also working full time at my “other” job. As rejection slips started to pile up, it ended up being a growing battle to keep going after my dream.

By then I recognized that favorable support from various other writers was a requirement for my own success and signed up with one composing group after another up until I found the right team. When seeking a dream, many professionals in the goals accomplishment field emphasize the importance of having support. Isolation is a killer of dreams, according Barbara Sher, job therapist as well as author of 5 awesome books including Wishcraft and It’s Only Too Late If You Don’t Start Now.

Valerie Young, owner of the website and newsletter, “Changing Course” explains that help could originate from a number of resources including mentors, role models and coworkers. Although good friends could make a distinction, she says, you skyrocket when you use the wide network of help available to you.

To summarize, listed below are the actions I adhered to in building my dream. These can help you as you seek to follow your dreams also, especially when you are trying to earn a living and/or starting a family at the same time, and do not have any resources set up to help you get going.

Action #1: Separate from “Debbie-Downers”.

Action #2: Don’t stop believing.

Action #3: Don’t let your “real job” stop you from doing what your heart desires.

Action #4: Rally your support team.

What are your dreams, and how are you making them a reality? Tell us in the comments below!

Why Do All Trader Joe’s Parking Lots Suck?

Trader Joe's

Went to visit some friends in California last week and we drove the rental car to Trader Joe’s. I’ve been to Trader Joe’s in Charlotte plenty of times, and the parking lot sitch is always pretty horrible. All of their spaces are full, so I have to drive around for like half an hour just to find a spot to squeeze my car into, and when I say squeeze, I really mean squeeze. It’s ridiculous how difficult it is to get my Prius into a damn space. Sometimes, I literally have to suck my stomach in 2 inches just to get out of the car. I didn’t figure I’d have the same experience in Cali, but I did. Come to find out just about all  TJ’s parking lots are a big fat joke. (Or a little, tiny joke if you want to get technical.)

Why would I spend time writing a rant about my experience parking at Trader Joe’s, you ask? Well, ordinarily I wouldn’t care, but we rented a car, and because it was so hard to squeeze it into the parking space, I accidentally bumped into a neighboring vehicle while trying to park and it ended up costing me big time. My insurance is through the roof, and all I did was scratch the other car a tiny bit. The damage wasn’t even that big, nor was the expense to fix it, but you know how these auto insurance companies seem to enjoy ripping people off!

So, my question is this: Trader Joe’s why do all your parking lots suck? Do you purposely build your store on tiny lots and then try to cram in as many parking spaces as possible? I just don’t get it… The whole experience was enough to make me never want to visit one of your stores again.

Oh but that red pepper tomato soup and boxed shiraz are just too damn good to pass up…

Advantages of a Free Market System


In a free market economy (which hinges on supply and demand), consumers dictate the success of businesses. This means that no matter what your opinions are on this popular fast food joint, McDonalds will be around as long as demand for their product exists.

A kind of financial system exercised by many nations is the free market economy. This is a system where the marketplace is run by supply and demand regulation. Unlike the command economy, the federal government or a main authority does not determine exactly what items are to be marketed.

With the purchasers and also distributors being the significant gamers, economic experts and political leaders have varying opinions on the advantages and also troubles of this financial system. In this post, we’re going to discuss the advantages of the free market system. We’ll follow it up with a later post about the disadvantages.

Advantages of a Free Market Economy

1. Products are manufactured in plenty.

Advocates assert that a market economic climate enables the adequate supply of items that are readily available to customers. Because the concept of this financial system is based upon supply and also need, plutocrats will certainly guarantee they could provide just what the target audience dreams of. In contrast to a command economic climate where a main authority determines just what products are to be created and also marketed, a market economic climate provides dealers liberty to select just what items are practical.

2. It causes a great deal for customers as well as plutocrats.

Fans of the free market economy share their opinions with a system that offers the freehand to producers to make items they recognize will certainly be sellable. On the other hand, customers are able to purchase items they want and to try and find good deals. Ultimately, local business owners will have sufficient earnings to flourish in the sector.

3. It inspires distributors to create top-quality items.

Due to the fact that dealers are there to make a revenue, supporters state that the market economic climate is a reliable system. And also because this depends upon the variety of sales they make, this ends up being a motoring variable for them to establish items of high quality as well as marketing variables.

4. There is much less scarcity as well as excess of items.

Because there is little or no federal government treatment on exactly what items are marketed in a free market, the obligation to research products and determine how they go to market hangs on capitalists. Unlike in a command economic climate where there is an authority that determines on exactly what producers can create as well as market, in a complimentary financial system, plutocrats have more exact information.

5. This financial system increases employment.

Supporters assert that the marketplace economic climate is not just advantageous to the purchasing public, but also to countless individuals that need work. A business owner in the garment sector, for instance, will certainly require numerous employees to keep the business going. This requires even more work and less individuals who are jobless.

6. It motivates competition.

With entities or people who are free to make and provide goods, there will certainly be healthy and balanced competitors amongst firms who offer the very same items. And to remain competitive, makers will certainly need to enhance the quality of products while providing them for a reasonable cost. Moreover, customers will be able to access goods that are of top quality and in their budget.

Legalize Homebirth!

water birth at home

A good friend of mine had a baby at home recently, and she was telling me about her experience of finding a midwife in her area. She mentioned that home birth was illegal in her state! I couldn’t believe that such a thing would be illegal, so naturally, that started a long conversation about laws and babies and such…

I hafta say, it’s pretty messed up that they won’t allow licensed midwives to attend home births in certain states. It’s not that home birth itself is illegal. A woman is free to have a baby wherever she wants. But because it’s illegal for her to be assisted by a licensed professional, she is more likely to plan a hospital birth—which, as I have learned, can be way more dangerous than a home birth for a low-risk woman such as my friend Sarah.

I know that sounds crazy, but hear me out.

At a hospital birth, women are more likely to undergo unnecessary and often harmful interventions, such as:

  1. an epidural (a cocktail of toxic substances that many women opt for to decrease the pain of labor)
  2. premature rupture of the membranes (when they stick their hand up your you-know-what and break your water forcefully instead of letting it happen naturally in its own time)
  3. induction of labor with synthetic hormones like pitocin
  4. pressure to vaccinate or circumcise the child after birth
  5. routine fetal monitoring
  6. unnecessary c-section

Even if you were to have a completely natural birth with no interventions or complications at a hospital, there’s still the whole environmental factor. All other creatures of the animal kingdom retreat into dark, secluded, private places to birth their young, so wouldn’t it seem fitting for humans to do the same? Instead, we are escorted down bright, fluorescent-lit hallways into cold, sterile rooms full of hospital personnel.

Don’t get me wrong. I know some women feel much safer in the hands of medical doctors and nurses. But I still think that women should be free to choose where and how they give birth. If you want to labor on a birthing ball, then you should be able to without hassle. If you want your baby to be born in water (which is what my friend is planning to do), then water birth should be an option. If you don’t want to undergo routine cervical checks, which can easily disrupt the natural process of labor and birth, then you should be free to refuse them without dirty looks from hospital staff. If you don’t want to vaccinate your child or want to do so on a delayed schedule, then you shouldn’t have to jump through hoops or be put through hell for making that choice.

Likewise, if you prefer to give birth in a hospital, or if you choose to vaccinate your child based on the CDC’s recommended schedule, the home birth, so-called “crunchy mom” community should not ostracize you for doing so.

Not to mention the risk potential for a woman who chooses to give birth at home unassisted, which is more likely to happen since there aren’t a lot of licensed midwives to service home birthing mamas. It makes no sense that a woman could expose herself to a potentially fatal situation and it’s perfectly legal for her to do so, but it’s not legal for a licensed, experienced professional to assist her in that choice. We are exposing more women to harm through our medical system through routine interventions and unnecessary laws. The c-section rate in the U.S. is absolutely outrageous!

There are a lot of misconceptions about homebirth. WE have been led to believe that it’s unsafe, which is simply not true, especially for a woman who is low-risk. Also, movies and television sensationalize the birthing experience with exaggerated portrayals of what it’s like to give birth in a hospital. Women being whisked down hospital halls screaming and writhing in pain. That’s just not an accurate picture of what birth is really like. Check out this video for a more accurate depiction of what it’s like to labor and birth at home:

So, I’m writing this post as a rally call. If you believe in the freedom to choose, then join with me in this plea to government authorities nationwide. Make home birth legal for midwives so women everywhere can feel safe and confident giving birth wherever they choose! If you agree with this post, share it on your social network pages, and let’s see how many voices we can raise.

The Whole Transgender Bathroom Thing

transgender bathroom signThere has been a lot of uproar online about new transgender bathroom laws in some states that would allow anyone to use any public restroom based on which gender they identify most closely with. So if you’re a man who identifies as female, you can use the women’s restroom and vice versa.

I realize that my view on this is not popular and this post may garner a lot of negative responses. For that reason, I’m going to disable comments, because I’m not writing to prompt an open discussion. I’m writing to get this off my chest, and I don’t feel like dealing with people who will likely want to curse me for simply expressing my opinion. Just thought I’d put that lil’ disclaimer here so you’re aware before you continue reading…

People say that transgenders should be allowed to use the restroom of their choice. And to that I say, “fine.” I have no problem with a person who is really a transgender using the restroom labeled with the gender with which they most closely identify.

People also say that these laws will not result in higher rates of sexual assault, rape, and abuse by sex offenders and pedophiles. To that I say, “do you have children?” And for that matter, “have you or your children ever been victims of sexual abuse?” If your answer is no, then please shut your mouth.

As a soon-to-be mom of 2 (one girl), I do not feel comfortable with someone who is anatomically male using a women’s restroom. I don’t care what they say as far as what gender they believe they should have been born as. Actions speak louder than words people. When did we lose our freaking common sense as a nation?

This is a threat to our safety, and it can very well lead to abuse by sex offenders. It already has in some places. Not to mention, there are registered sex offenders heading up the political efforts to pass these laws! Um… HELLO??????

I’m sorry, but I am not okay with someone who has a penis being able to look through the cracks of a bathroom stall and mine or my daughter’s vagina. And you shouldn’t be either.

I’m not saying that transgenders shouldn’t have equal rights, however, so hear me out.

If you’re anatomically a male who truly identifies as a female, then stop complaining like a whiny little bitch about equal rights, and go have a sex change. If you really think you should have been born a woman, then go become one. Until you actually have a vagina, I don’t care what you say. I don’t care if you dress up in drag and wear makeup. You cannot simply open your mouth and say “I’m a woman” and walk into a woman’s restroom unless you’ve had the surgery to prove it. Put your money where your mouth is, and then I’ll believe you. As long as you don’t have a penis to assault women with, I don’t care if you use my restroom.

Now, I know there are instances of same-sex assault, but it’s far more rare, and I feel way more comfortable with people who are anatomically similar to me using the restroom I use. And I have every right to speak my mind here and to argue that states either build transgender restrooms or require anatomical proof before simply allowing men who say their women but still have a penis to share a public restroom with my family.

I understand that people who are truly transgender are not the ones who will abuse this law. It’s the creepy male sex offenders who like to prey on women and children who will. If we simply allow someone who says they identify with a certain gender to enter any restroom of their choice without anatomical proof, we are putting people in danger, all because these whiny transgender bitches want to create an uproar over “equal rights.” Give me a freaking break people. Our country has way bigger problems to worry about… This isn’t about transgender people having equal rights. This is about non-transgender people who will take advantage of this new law in the worst way possible and we’re just opening the door to it, all in the name of “equal rights?” What about a woman’s right to privacy and safety? That goes out the door as soon as a penis walks into a woman’s restroom. I don’t care what that person says about their gender. If they truly identify as a woman, then they need to prove it.

Cut your balls off, and then we’ll talk. That’s all I have to say for now. Thanks for putting up with the rant.

How to Find a Reliable Car Locksmith in Charlotte NC on a Budget

If you’ve ever locked your keys in your car, I’m sure you know how much it SUCKS. I was in this very predicament a few nights ago, and it’s a pretty good story so I figured I’d write about it and tell you how I found the best auto locksmith Charlotte NC (or any state ever, for that matter) has to offer, and how he pretty much saved my fucking life.

So, first, my keyless remote stopped working and I had to use my key to unlock my door when I got out of the yoga studio on Saturday morning. It’s such a pain being used to pushing a button and having to go from that to actually putting the key into the keyhole, but whatevs… (I know, I know… #firstworldproblems, right?) I suppose it could be worse…

Anyway, I was driving around all day with no issues whatsoever. Then I went to pick up a friend that evening, ’cause we had tickets to a play at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center uptown. We went to eat first at this fancy schmancy restaurant in the city (a Brazilian Steakhouse called Chima) and I used the valet service so we wouldn’t have to worry about parking and walking too far.

The food was amazing which made it much easier to accept the fact that somehow, the valet ended up locking my keys in the car. When we left Chima, we walked straight to Blumenthal to see the play. When we got back to Chima we went to the entrance where the valet was standing, and he started looking for my keys but couldn’t find them…

I’m thinking to myself, oh shit. What now? Did I mention also that my friend was very, very, VERY fucking pregnant? Yeah. Like 42 weeks and ready to POP. Her doc said that if she didn’t go into labor by that Sunday she’d have to be induced.

Well, lucky her, because—yeah, you guessed it—her water broke. Right there on the sidewalk. Right as we were figuring out that the valet didn’t have my keys because he locked them in my fucking car! My reaction went something like this…

She needed a ride to the hospital STAT, and we were his last car before he punched the clock and went home, so he offered to drive us there. Nice guy, right? Of course at the time, I’m thinking, “yeah, you better drive us to the hospital. It’s the least you can do after all this… and when this is over, you better call us a locksmith and foot the bill for him to unlock my car too…”

He did all that and more… and he apologized profusely, which I appreciated.

Oh, and we’re going on a date next weekend. 🙂

Told you it was a good story! Anyway, on to how I found the best locksmith in the city. It’s really very simple: first, I consulted my good friend Google.

Apparently, there are lots of scammers in the locksmith industry. I didn’t know this at first, but I’m big on research and was hesitant to call the first website I visited on my phone. We had some time to kill at the hospital, so I called a few different places, and they all quoted me outrageous prices. So much so, I even considered having my car towed to a dealership to get it unlocked. As soon as this guy picked up the phone, I had a really good vibe. He was very nice and honest about how long it would take him to get to the restaurant where my car was parked, and he didn’t seem upset that we called him in the middle of the night. I told him he could take his time since we were at the hospital anyway.

My friend had her baby pretty quickly. Only 3 hours of active labor, which started very soon after her water broke around 11 p.m. Little Sam was born at 2:16 a.m. and we got to meet him before driving back to my car to meet the locksmith. (Isn’t he cute?)

Baby Sam, born at 2:16 a.m. on Oct. 18, 2015

When we got back to my car, Mike (the locksmith) unlocked it within 10 minutes and even made me a new keyless remote for the price of FREE, which I was not expecting. He was awesome, and SO nice. (Did I mention that already?)

Moral of this story: if you’re ever on a budget and you’re looking for a locksmith in Charlotte NC, don’t bother looking too hard—just call Mike over at Car Keys and he’ll hook you up!

Signs It’s Time to Invest in a New Roof


JFK once metaphorically stated “The time to inspect your roof is when the sun is shining”. He could not have been more correct. I learned this the hard way, though… I wish I had either heard this proverb earlier or just had the common sense to schedule annual roof checkups from roofers Charlotte NC. It would have saved me a lot of hassle.

roof construction

No time like now to contact roofers in Charlotte

Your roof is your front line of defense against the elements all year long. It takes a severe beating from rain, sun, wind and snow; hence it is crucial to replace worn out, broken or missing tiles and shingles immediately. Luckily, fall is the best time of the year to inspect your roof. This way, you have ample time before the snow, sleet, and hail. The last thing you’d want is to be exposed to the harsh cold should your roof need structural repairs during peak winter. So, taking a good look at your roof is best recommended during late summer or early fall. If there are missing shingles or water damage, good a Charlotte roofing company can quickly spot fix these issues and prevent larger problems. In fact; annual inspections can save you tons of money.

I am a single woman, so it is not possible for me to climb up on my roof and inspect it myself. As a result, my roof had been subjected to a lot of damage and deterioration thanks to the elements. I naturally had to enlist the help of a roofing company and the replacement and repairs took weeks. These burdensome issues could have easily been avoided had I been more aware of the following telltale signs of roof damage:

  • A couple of winters ago, ice dams formed on my roof. This caused some damage to the foundation of my home and its walls. (Ice dams get formed when icy rain water blocks the gutters leaving no room for the melting snow water to go.) I wish I had had the wisdom to getting my gutters cleaned. Summer and fall leaves and other debris had choked and clogged my drains up. A good Charlotte roofing company could have easily nipped this problem in the bud.
  • Sometimes, shingles tend to curl or buckle. This is another surefire sign of roof damage. If you’re ever in this situation, get these problematic shingles replaced quickly. Do not procrastinate.
  • Look for leaks inside the home as well. If you find that your newly painted walls are bubbling, warped or appearing swollen, then water seepage is most likely coming from your roof. Do investigate every damp spot there is and have it fixed immediately. Small leaks quickly grow into larger ones, so make sure you do not ignore them.
  • Also do not ignore the age of your roof the way I did. If your house is older than 15 to 20 years, it is time to have your roof inspected. Depending on the roofing materials used, it may be that they are at the end of their lifespan.

Last but not the least, do not consider roof inspection and roofing repairs as unnecessary expenses, but as essential investments. Not only will a shiny, brand new roof add to your home’s curb appeal and value, it will also give you peace of mind.

What I’m Gonna Do When I’m Making Millions


This is a contribution from Whitney Smith, out of Los Angeles, CA. Whitney has dreams and goals that we fully support here at Popsquire. If you like what she has to say, leave a comment below with some words of encouragement!

Office Space is one of my favorite movies of all time. I used to work at an office in a gray cubicle, so I know all about it. Actually, one day, our office held a “smash the copiers” party where they took a bunch of old copy machines outside and let everyone smash them with baseball bats. Good times…

Boy did I hate gray cubicle land though. And the place I worked at was Office Space to a “T.” We were able to find an employee in our building that fit the personality for just about every character in that movie. If we had decided to do an Office Space theme for Halloween, people probably would have mistaken our crew for the actual movie crew.

What am I doing now, you ask? Not working in gray cubicle hell, that’s for sure. I work from home now, doing lots of different things. Mostly just trying to stay alive, but my goal is to build up a lucrative residual income, somewhere in the millions-of-dollars-per-year range. And when I achieve that goal, there are a few things I’m planning to do. Just about all of them are atypical for someone with millions of dollars. Such as…

1. I will live in a normal-sized house. I will not buy a mansion. I plan to keep my family small – 2 or 3 kids, max. Why the hell would I want to live in a mansion with a couple of toddlers running around? They’re liable to get lost in a house that big. Not only that, there’s a lot more territory for them to destroy. I can see it now. Poop smeared on the walls over the drawing they just finished with the crayons I tried to hide from them the day before. They’re smiling at me with guilty eyes while our dog eats play dough off the stained carpet. Gross.

Seriously though, millionaires waste so much money on shit they don’t need. Pimping out cribs that are way too big for any normal-sized person to live in. The most pimping I’ll do is installing a concrete kitchen island that my husband will appreciate being able to cook for me on. 😉 (By the way, that link was a shout-out to my buddy Adam. He owns his own concrete biz and is awesome at what he does, so if you need a concrete countertop contractor, give him a call and tell him I sent you!)

2. I will travel the world. I’ve only been outside the U.S. twice. Sad, isn’t it? I want to spend at least a month in Europe. Fiji, Tahiti and Hawaii are also on my bucket list (though not necessarily in that order.) I’d also like to go to the Maldives and St. Lucia if time permits. And if I’m making millions, it will.

3. I will start a non-profit organization of some sort. Not sure what it’ll be yet, but I do have a goal to do something beneficial for those less-fortunate, especially homeless people in my city. And I don’t mean some bullshit non-profit that doesn’t really do anything. I want to make an actual difference in the world. Or at least in the city of Charlotte.

4. I will help someone else build their dream. If I succeed at building my own business and build the life of my dreams, the least I can do is help someone else do the same, right? I’m already on a mission to start doing that now, but it’s a little more difficult. People don’t trust you until after you make it. Until then, you don’t have much credibility. So I’m going to focus on me for now, but as soon as I get in a comfortable place where I’m really moving forward, I’ll help someone else do it too.

5. I will pay off my debt and take care of my parents. They did so much for me when I was younger, and I know that if they could, they’d pay off my debts for me. But unfortunately, they aren’t in the greatest financial situation right now, which is another reason why I’m trying to succeed at building my own business. I have lots of debt that I need to pay off, and once I’m stable again, my ‘rents will be taken care of, fo’ sho’.

The best part about becoming a millionaire will be never having to work for someone else again, especially in gray cubicle hell. I was pretty determined to get out of there. The next step is to make sure I never have to go back.

Wish me luck…

My Thoughts on the Double Mastectomy Trend

Angelina Jolie

According to, about 1 in 8 US women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

This is a guest post from an aspiring holistic doctor who has chosen to remain anonymous, due to the strange deaths of holistic doctors that keep occurring across the country. She has very strong opinions on conventional medicine and plastic surgery, and has decided to share her views here. Please be respectful in the comments, or yours will be deleted!

That’s a pretty staggering statistic, considering I run into at least 8 different people every day just by running errands. Is it gonna be me, or is it gonna be you?

Hmm… I don’t know. But I have an idea! How about I go cut off both boobs and get new fake ones, just in case? You know, ’cause my chances of getting cancer are pretty good. It runs in my family. My grandmother’s sister’s aunt’s cousin had it and she died at age 42.

Angelina Jolie did it. So it must be cool, right?

Um… no thank you.

Seriously people? What the hell is this world coming to??? We’re now cutting off our breasts on the off chance that we might develop cancer because according to my search on, one of my relatives from 1856 died from it. It has literally become trendy to get a double mastectomy for pretty much no reason at all.

We’re talking about major plastic surgery here. That shit ain’t no joke. We’re talking about losing a major erogenous zone for many women. We’re talking about losing something that enables us to sustain the life of a newborn baby, all on the off chance that maybe, just maybe, I could die of cancer?

By the way, did you know that breastfeeding lowers your risk of developing breast cancer significantly, especially for women who do it for at least one year?

Alternative remedies? Lifestyle changes? Prevention through diet, exercise and herbal supplements? Pfft. Why would I try that when I can just cut off my boobs and be done with it?!

Is this really how women are thinking in our day and age? Unfortunately, yes. And I find it sad, sick, and downright disgusting.

Bash me all you want for writing this post. But seriously, there are much better ways to prevent becoming another statistic like the one above.

And, if you were to develop cancer, what the hell ever happened to kicking its ass? What the hell ever happened to the idea that we are strong enough to kick cancer to the curb? That we can beat it if we catch it early enough and if we at least try? If you’re so fucking scared, then just go get a goddamn mammogram once a year – or hell, 4 times a year if you’re that fearful – and make sure you catch that shit early before it spreads.

I get it. No one likes to go through chemo. I personally know breast cancer survivors who have gone through it, and it is hell. You lose your hair. You feel like shit. You’re tired all the time. You’re sick all the time. Pile all that on top of the fact that you might die after it’s over anyway, and the thought of going through chemo sounds like a really stupid idea. But does that mean cutting off your boobs just so you won’t have to go through it is suddenly a really good idea?

Somehow, as sad as it is, many of you are reading this and saying yes! And if that’s you, can I just shake you for a minute?

You don’t have cancer yet! And you might not even get it! Your chances of getting it, according to the statistic above are pretty high, but so are your chances of getting any other type of cancer. What’s next – are we just gonna start killing ourselves to avoid getting sick?

Don’t answer that.

Bottom line, if you’re seriously thinking about cutting off your boobs, at least consider that the real reason for doing so is that you want bigger fake ones, okay?