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Emily Sweet 07 puts her degree to use finding the perfect participants for reality TV shows like Survivor, The Amazing Race and Guys Grocery Games. [4 min read]

Emily Sweets career in casting began when she was an undergraduate in psychology at USC Dornsife. She worked as an assistant for Richard Levak, a psychologist who helped cast Survivor and The Apprentice. (Photos courtesy: Emily Sweet)

Over 35 million Americans have never left the state that they were born in. Porsha, a 32-year-old Georgia resident, used to be one of them. Shed never gone beyond the perimeter of Atlanta despite working for an airline, cleaning planes. This year, with the help of Emily Sweet, head of talent and casting at the video network Tastemade, Porsha crossed state lines and dipped her toes in the ocean for the first time.

Sweet, who graduated with a degree in psychology from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences in 2007, selected Porsha to appear on Tastemade and Hyundai's series The Un-Adventurers. The show takes people outside their home state for new experiences, like a boat ride or a chance to perform stand-up comedy.

For Sweet, working with people like Porsha keeps her dedicated to the craft of unscripted TV. We can help somebody change their life in a way that they couldnt on their own, or tell a story that hasnt been told before, she says.

After graduating from USC Dornsife, Sweet steadily climbed her way up the casting ladder, from a casting associate to a casting producer to her current role at Tastemade. She says her psychology degree has proved essential to her work, which requires her to select just the right raw talent to partake in often stressful on-screen challenges.

My education helps me understand how people are going to handle certain situations, how theyre likely to react. You know what peoples coping mechanisms are, can identify their insecurities and triggers, she explains. All of these things really help you to envision how theyre going to operate in a cast. It also helps you to figure how youre going to set this person up for success during the casting process.

Hollywood psychology

Rewind a few years and you might have expected Sweet to be the one on screen. Shes played the harp since she was 6, took jazz dance classes and performed in numerous plays. She even acted in a commercial for a cable TV package, although she confesses shes never actually watched the final ad.

Her main career inspiration, though, was her mother, a child psychologist. As a senior in high school, Sweet knew she wanted to major in the subject herself and began looking at colleges. One visit to the USC campus convinced her it was home.

Ill never forget this: My family and I parked at the parking garage near New North and we had to park on the roof. We get out of the car and walk to the edge of the parking structure, and theres that view: the quad, the fountains, the libraries. We were all like, Oh my gosh, how did we not know this was here.

As an undergraduate, Sweet tackled her psychology classes along with a Spanish minor. She got to apply both interests when she worked on a research study tracking levels of stress hormones in Spanish-speaking caregivers for dementia patients. Sweet traveled around the city to the studys participants, performing evaluations in Spanish and collecting saliva samples.

Sweet on graduation day in 2007.

While at USC, her mothers network of work contacts led her to Richard Levak, a psychologist who helped cast reality shows like Survivor and The Apprentice. Close proximity to Hollywood and her degree focus made Sweet a good fit as an assistant, which she took on while also enrolled in a full course load.

My USC Dornsife professors were really supportive. They worked with me to make sure I could do my school work but also have this career opportunity, says Sweet. By the time she graduated, shed made enough contacts in the industry to launch her career in casting.

Star-crossed Trojans

Her connection to the Trojan Family has been further fortified by her husband, a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

We went on our first date and realized we both went to USC, although not at the same time. After date three or four, we realized that we had both lived in the same apartment building, and then we figured out that we had lived in the same bedroom of that same apartment, she recounts.

When Sweets not deploying her psychology training to cast starring roles, she and her husband take off to the mountain tops to observe stars of a more heavenly nature, photographing the night skies that twinkle above Hollywood.

Screening for success

Reality TV has its critics, but Sweet remains a stalwart supporter. I think its never a bad thing to give somebody a platform to move their life, their business or their hopes and dreams to the next level, says Sweet.

She cites The Great Food Truck Race, which she cast, and which has propelled numerous small business owners to success, like Ted Kim, Kim Young and Chris Oh who won season three. The trio now operate the Seoul Sausage Co., and have formed a catering contract with the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum where attendees can try their signature sausage sandwiches topped with kimchi relish.

Shes also worked on more sensitive projects, like Extreme Weight Loss. You really have to be a shoulder to lean on for these people. Theres a lot of emotional reasons for why people go on these shows, she explains.

In these moments, she says, shes always grateful for her training in psychology at USC Dornsife that enables her to get people to open up, authentically. You have to connect with people and you have to make them feel comfortable. You help them understand that their story is important and then help them to tell it in in the best way..

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Sep 25th, 2020 | Filed under Extreme Weight Loss

Prevent hair loss and other health related issues through a healthy diet. Including superfoods into your diet is the best way you can win the fight against hair fall. And since its National Nutrition Week, we feel this is perfect timing. If youve experienced hair loss, youre not alone, because its a major concern for many women and men. You may have even tried using every product under the sun, but it gets really tiring when youre not seeing any improvement.

Unfortunately, most of these products dont prevent hair loss at all. They only leave your hair damaged because theyre filled with tons of harmful chemicals. The reality is that these products only act as a surface clean, and dont really deal with the core issue, which is nutrition. Interestingly, there are several factors that need to be addressed when it comes to hair health. Both your hair care routine and your lifestyle affect the amount of hair you lose.

But, your diet is a very important factor to help you prevent hair loss. And since its National Nutrition Week 2020, were sharing some foods you need to add to your diet for better hair health. The bonus is theyll also make you healthier in general.

2020 is a year that well always remember as really anxiety-provoking. So many of us have been worried about our health, the health of our family and friends, job security, or how were going to work from home. Its no wonder were now trying to prevent hair loss when every day is filled with stressors and concerns. Hair loss was an issue before COVID-19, but no one is losing their hair more so now than ever before.

We should let ourselves off the hook sometimes though because our lives have been completely altered. Managing daily life, the stress of the current moment has created the perfect storm for potential hair fall. Generally, people would try to prevent hair loss because its always been an issue for some. Before all of this chaos, hair loss happened from either physical or mental changes.Dr. Michelle Henry, a board-certified dermatologist, tells Womans Day that these include genes (androgenetic alopecia), age, autoimmune diseases (alopecia areata), tight hairstyles (traction alopecia), and high levels of stress (telogen effluvium). These all include illness, childbirth, surgery, a stressful life event, or extreme weight loss.

However, with COVID-19 in the room, we need to try to prevent hair loss. This is because high fevers and coronavirus symptoms can cause hair loss. Not to mention the added pressure and stress. The one thing we do every day and can change is food.

Here are some really nutritious and healthy superfoods you can start adding to your meals if you want to prevent hair loss.

Its one of the healthiest leafy greens around and will benefit your overall health, including your hair. Its a dark leafy green vegetable that contains multiple nutrients that boost hair growth. Iron also plays an important role in controlling hair fall, and adding spinach to your diet can help increase your iron levels.

These little tasty treats are powerhouses loaded with nutrients and antioxidants to help fight and prevent hair loss. Almonds and walnuts are good sources of vitamin E, which helps control hair loss and boosts overall hair health. We recommend eating at least a handful of nuts per day to receive optimal nutrition.

Eggs are highly nutritious and extremely healthy for your overall health. (Sorry, Vegans but there are alternatives like flax seeds, avocados, and tofu.) Moreover, eggs are a great source of protein which also supports hair growth. Protein promotes hair follicle health which will prevent hair loss. Eggs also contain biotin, which is essential for the production of a hair protein called keratin.

Whether youre eating vegan or plant-based food, lentils are also a great option instead of eggs. Theyre also a good source of biotin which plays a crucial role in hair growth. Lentils are also a good source of protein that can be added to a vegan diet. These can offer you a good amount of fiber and can aid in weight loss.

Beets are packed with folate which promotes hair growth. Theyre also a fantastic source of manganese, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. Adding beets to your diet can also help in weight management.

Dont worry, if youve struggled to prevent hair loss it doesnt mean it forever. Thats why experts also highly recommend trying to manage your stress levels. Although managing stress can be difficult especially when its based on a pandemic we were not prepared for. However, doing your best to find methods to stay calm through exercise, eating healthy and natural supplements will help. This will lower inflammation and stress significantly.

Adding superfoods to your diet wont necessarily cure your hair loss, but theyll definitely help prevent hair loss. And if they make you feel less stressed overall, then thats just an added benefit. Theres no doubt that a nutrient-rich diet, regular exercise, and meditation are all things that can help reduce stress and prevent hair loss.

Its also in your best interest to avoid tight hairstyles and heat styling. Hair loss might feel frustrating and embarrassing, but just know youre not alone, especially this year. If youre concerned, consider putting some above advice into action and never hesitate to see a trusted, board-certified dermatologist for answers.

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More People Are Losing Their Hair This Year Than Ever Before Heres Why. Womens Day. https://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/wellness/a33647644/covid-hair-loss/

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Sep 10th, 2020 | Filed under Extreme Weight Loss

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2020 has been a year filled with anxiety. Whether you're concerned about your health, the health of your family and friends, job security, or how you're going to work from home while facilitating at-home learning, daily life is filled with a slew of stressors and worrisome decisions. So it's no wonder that more people are losing their hair this year than ever before. The stress of the current moment, combined with ore practical details of daily, altered life (for example, wearing your hair pulled back more often) has created a perfect storm for potential or increases hair loss. (There are also physical symptoms from having COVID-19 that can contribute to hair loss, too.)

Before understanding what exactly is causing an increase in hair loss this year, its important to understand what causes it under "normal" circumstances.

Possible causes of hair loss range from physical to mental," Dr. Michelle Henry, board-certified dermatologist, tells Woman's Day. "These include genes (androgenetic alopecia), age, autoimmune diseases (alopecia areata), tight hairstyles (traction alopecia) or high levels of stress (telogen effluvium), which includes illness, childbirth, surgery, a stressful life event, or extreme weight loss."

Of course, the era of COVID-19 is anything but "normal," and the virus has presented both physical and mental side effects whether you contract the novel strain of coronavirus or not.

Stress levels are at an all-time high this year with the global pandemic impacting every aspect of our lives," Dr. Henry explains. "As a result, more people are experiencing stress-induced hair loss, or telogen effluvium, which is a temporary hair loss condition in which we see excessive hair shedding after some shock to the system.

Board certified dermatologic surgeon Dr. Dendy Engelman tells Woman's Day that she started seeing an uptick in hair loss patients about four to six weeks after the initial stay-at-home orders in New York City. Dr. Engelman says that high fevers as well as emotional and physical stressors will trigger the telogen effluvium she has been observing in patients, and that most patients have lost more than 50 percent of their hair density.

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Most of the patients Ive seen with hair loss did get quite ill from the virus and had positive COVID test results. They all reported high fevers, Dr. Engelman says. Of those who never became ill (negative for COVID and/or antibodies), they did report feeling acutely stressed from the mandated life changes that occurred as a result of the global pandemic including work from home, quarantining alone, quarantining with family, fear of the unknown, etc.

Whether you have contracted and recovered from COVID-19, are still recovering, or are dealing with COVID-induced stress, its important to know that hair loss is normal. And the good news? It should clear up on its own, according to Dr. Engelman.

It can take four to six months to cycle back to the normal growth phase," she explains. "Once weve ruled out other conditions with blood work thyroid function, hormones, iron levels, and micronutrients like zinc and B12 are all normal as well, we can prescribe special shampoos and supplements to help hair stop shedding and start to regrow."

Dr. Daniel Belkin, of the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, tells Woman's Day that this recovering timeline remains the same, regardless of what causes the hair loss in the first place.

Whether you are experiencing telogen effluvium because of a sickness or psychological stress, the timeline is the same, Dr. Belkin says. Generally it takes three months after the stressful event to start seeing hair loss and it presents itself in the same way.

In the meantime, there are also ways to keep your hair as healthy and strong as possible at home.

Shab Reslan, a hair health expert at HairClub, tells Woman's Day that a recent HairClub survey revealed that 39 percent of Americans are dealing with hair loss that they feel is induced by COVID in one way or another. And while going to a dermatologist should always be your first move when dealing with sudden hair loss, there are things that can help at home, too.

Managing stress can be difficult especially when its based on a pandemic we were not prepared for, Reslan says. Remaining calm through a wellness approach of exercise, eating healthy and natural supplements that can lower inflammation and stress can help us greatly.

These steps wont necessarily cure your hair loss, but they certainly wont hurt, either. And if they make you feel less stressed overall, then thats just an added benefit.

Dr. Henry agrees that a nutrient-rich diet, regular exercise, and meditation are all things that can help reduce stress (and therefore, possibly, hair loss). For other solutions, Dr. Henry suggests avoiding tight hairstyles and heat styling. For another treatment to promote hair growth and retention, she suggests Nioxin 3-Part System Kits to help achieve and maintain thicker, fuller hair.

Hair loss can feel frustrating and embarrassing, but if youre losing your locks this year more than ever before (or for the first time), you should know youre not alone. If youre concerned, consider putting some of the above advice into action and never hesitate to see a trusted, board-certified dermatologist for answers.

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Sep 10th, 2020 | Filed under Extreme Weight Loss

When Margie van Tonder was diagnosed with cancer the first time, she felt betrayed by her body.

When it came back terminal two years later, she was absolutely shattered.

Tonder, now 57, found a lump growing on her upper arm in late 2014.

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Margie van Tonder says she feels grateful to still be alive and wants to be around for her sons wedding in 2021.

The Auckland woman said she and her husband initially believed it was just a cyst but her concern grew and she got it checked out.

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The lump turned out to be cancerous and van Tonder, from Albany on the North Shore, had to undergo another surgery to remove lymph nodes.

A year later, she was given the all clear.

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Margie van Tonder pictured with husband Andre at their Albany home.

But while travelling two years later, she became sick with bronchitis, and when she returned to New Zealand, the wheeze remained.

In December 2017, van Tonder woke in the middle of the night in excruciating pain.

An X-ray showed a shadow in her right lung, which turned out to be a 12 centimetre tumour.

A positron emission tomography (PET) scan showed a further four tumours in her body, and she was told in January 2018 she had stage 4 inoperable melanoma.

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Margie van Tonder started on immunotherapy drug Keytruda following her stage 4 diagnosis.

She said the diagnosis left her absolutely shattered, totally guttered and gobsmacked.

Its frightening to know there is something in your own body like that. You feel a sense of betrayal, like your body has let you down.

van Tonder was started on radiation and then immunotherapy drug Keytruda to fight the tumours.

Overall, she has had a positive response to the drug with the four smaller tumours disappearing and her larger lung tumour shrinking to half its size.

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Margie van Tonder says the diagnosis was shocking.

However, the drug has had a negative effect on her health. She was hospitalised for three months after getting pneumonia and has also suffered memory and extreme weight loss.

A baker and cookbook author, van Tonder forgot her recipes.

She is feeling healthier now, but is unable to continue using Keytruda because of hypothyroidism.

For now, her lung tumour is considered stable. van Tonder said her doctor would consider using Keytruda again if the tumour shows signs of growth at her check-ups.

She recently had a couple possible melanomas cut out of her arm.

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Margie van Tonders lung tumour is currently considered stable.

van Tonder said she had a lot of time to think during the latest coronavirus lockdown in Auckland and it made her realise just how much she wants to fight to stay alive.

My son is getting married next year, I want to see his children when he has children. I think I have a lot to look forward to, she said.

I definitely feel very grateful that Ive got another chance and Im very glad I can still be here for the people that love me and that are around me and for what I can contribute to the world.

van Tonders husband set up a Givealittle page to help pay living expenses as she is not currently able to work, and for any possible future unfunded treatments.

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Sep 4th, 2020 | Filed under Extreme Weight Loss

Det. Brian Miller, Guest columnist

Detective calls for unified front against meth epidemic

Citizens of Mecosta County, there is a drug epidemic going on right under our noses. If you would have asked me two years ago if we had a methamphetamine problem, I would have said "No."

But today, I sit here and say we have as big of a problem as everyone else, including our neighboring counties.

Nationwide, the number of opioid-related overdose deaths is declining slightly. But a new variety of methamphetamine is taking its place as the No. 1 drug of abuse.

By most accounts, meth is much harder to quit. And the latest version of the illicit drug hitting the nation is cheaper than ever before.

Primarily imported from Mexico by major drug traffickers, Meth 2.0 is stronger, cheaper and far more plentiful than the old home-cooked variety we used to combat. In the recent past there has been historic levels of funding from the federal government focused exclusively on fighting opioid addiction.

We are truly behind in finding resources to fight this new drug epidemic. What is more concerning is recently finding people in possession of and using both Methamphetamine and Heroin.

Law enforcement nationally, but, more specifically to us, has begun seizing methamphetamine from people like they used to with marijuana. It is nothing to look at a shift activity and not see at least one, maybe two possession of methamphetamine arrests between the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, Mecosta County Sheriff Office and Ferris State University Police.

Looking at current inmates I would bet to wager that at least 30% of those presently being held there have drug charges involving methamphetamine.

The problem doesn't just lie in the use of meth and the health concerns that comes along with it. There are also the additional problems of people resorting to other crimes like theft, and or robbery to support their habit.

Or the fact, they are so strung out, or tweaking from the drug, that they have been up for 4-5 days straight, and are not able to have any kind of clear mind.

During a recent investigation my partner and I interviewed a man and woman. The man was arrested on outstanding warrants and was found to be in possession of methamphetamine at the time of his arrest. He had admittedly used just seven hours prior.

The female who we had knowledge had been regularly using, did not have custody of her children. They were being raised by their grandparents. She also was without a job because of her continued use and other factors.

During our interview with her she spoke of wanting to change and getting her life for a better life for she and her children.

I truly wanted to believe her, and hoped she was able to pull through and get it together, only to find out a couple nights later she had been stopped with other known users and found to be in possession of methamphetamine.

Because of what I do, I see the damage this drug is doing to our community. Don't think our homeless population, or the number of people couch surfing isn't going to go up. I pray this isn't true, but my fear is that it won't be long before everyone knows someone, or has a family member, who is using meth.

The problem is in a lot of these cases because of the people the users are hanging with, and in some instances the lack of a family holding these users accountable and continuing to enable them, they continue to slip back into using the drug. Sometimes tough love is the best love.

We are also seeing more meth users injecting the drug, than snorting or smoking it, like they had in the past. These same people who used to be hooked opioids, and would stop, are using meth and finding it harder to do so.

Meth users don't typically die of an overdose, like those that use opioids, like heroin and prescription painkillers. Instead, they die a slow death. It causes severe mental problems and over time a physical toll, significantly shortening their life, with symptoms including rotting teeth, skin lesions, extreme weight loss and premature aging.

Unlike methadone or suboxone for those coming off of opioid addiction, there is no current medication for meth addicts. I don't know if I have an answer, outside of what we are currently doing now, with incarceration when needed, and rehabilitation.

I know the circle of users is large. In some of these cases the users have abused or broken the trust of their love ones so many times that they have no longer can continue to stand by them, no matter how much it hurts.

I write this not to scare you. I do so because I believe there is a large segment of our population who doesn't know of this growing problem. I would like to see us take some kind of unified front against this growing epidemic before it is allowed to cause any more damage to families in our community.

Brian Miller is a detective with the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety.

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Sep 3rd, 2020 | Filed under Extreme Weight Loss

Rebel Wilson continues to amaze fans with her bodys dramatic transformation!

As weve been following, the Pitch Perfect star is on a calculated, year-long journey to look and feel her personal best and shes absolutely killing it. Remaining consistent with regular updates about the process on social media, the 40-year-old took to Instagram on Friday and shared just how close she is to reaching her goal weight!

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Rebel shared two stunning shots of herself (below) wearing a hip-hugging blue dress, with full hair and makeup glam to match, along with this message to her supportive followers:

Thanks for all the love so far on my Year of Health journey when I was reaching for the candies last night after dinner I thought to myself hmmmmbetter not and had a bottle of water instead x 8kgs to go until I hit my goal hopefully I can do it by the end of the year x

Yes! Its all about making lots of little choices every day!

OMG! Thanks to all of her consistent hard work, shes only got about 17 pounds to go until the scale smiles back at her at 165 pounds. Go gurl! It takes real commitment to exercise daily and resist late-night cravings like that, too. Were all rooting for her and

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Aug 30th, 2020 | Filed under Extreme Weight Loss

Adeles new photo on Instagram (@adele)

British singer Adele She made news on Instagram again for a photograph in which she shows off her new body after a extreme weight loss. Within minutes, the publication garnered millions of likes and thousands of comments from its millions of followers.

Happy what the Notting Hill Carnival would be my beloved LondonAdele wrote in the caption of the image where she wears a bra with the Jamaican flag, feathers and high-waisted leggings, which allows you to see her flat abdomen. To complete her look, the singer chose an afro roots hairstyle.

A few months ago, the music star shared on Instagram a picture of his birthday in which you could see that he had removed more than 45 kilos from himself, but with the last photograph, we can appreciate the incredible physical change he has suffered in these last months.

There are very few images that Adele shares on social networks with her followers. And it is that the singer leads a life of the most discreet possible since she rose to fame for her talented voice. It seems every time it appears on social networks, it becomes quite an event.

At the beginning of August, the singer published a photograph in which she appeared completely renewed with a new look. In the image was the singer with her face washed, with her blonde curly hair, and paying tribute to Beyonc, her great reference.

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Adele appeared at the beginning of the year with an unrecognizable figure.

The first image she shared was on May 5, when the artist turned 32, and as a celebration she published a photograph that shook everyone with her new figure, which quickly went viral. The artist, away from the stage since 2017, wore a black minidress that highlighted her renewed silhouette, after losing around 45 kilos thanks to a strict diet and exercise.

Complying with the social isolation at her home in Los Angeles, in June, Adele was very homey, wearing pajamas, without makeup and with her hair tied back. In the photo he was squatting and using a handheld fan as a microphone. In the background one of his shows.

But, the magic happened in the second photo, when users swiped the image, it appeared with a very different look. Already made up, she was wearing the see-through evening gown she wore to a presentation at the Glastonbury Festival in 2016. After 5 Ciders, she wrote to title the little before and after.

The voice of Hello would also be living a very good sentimental present. It has been rumored for some time that he is in a relationship with Skepta, one of the biggest stars in the British rap scene, with a 15-year career behind him.

Skepta, whose real name is Joseph Junior Adenuga, 37, was previously linked to supermodel Naomi Campbell. But a few months ago the British press linked him to Adele.

Although neither of the two confirms the romance, it is known that they have known each other for years. Interestingly, both Adele and Skepta are originally from Tottenham, a working-class neighborhood in North London. For the first time there was talk of a relationship between them last year, after the breakdown of her marriage to Simon Konecki. Adele separated in April 2019, after seven years together and a common child.

The virtual flirting only fueled rumors that there is more than friendship between British entertainers.

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Aug 30th, 2020 | Filed under Extreme Weight Loss

People around the world are mourning the death of Chadwick Boseman, who had ended his battle to cancer at age 43. He had been privately battling his illness for the past four years and had reached stage four of colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer.

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In 2016, Chadwick was diagnosed with stage three of colon cancer, which had progressed to its final stage within four years. Not a lot of fans knew that in between his films before Black Panther, he had undergone several surgeries and also had chemotherapy.

The beloved actor died in his home where he was with his wife and family. A lot of people have been paying their respects on social media as his former co-stars describe Chadwick's death as 'an immeasurable loss.'

Colon cancercan be diagnosed through a colonoscopyeven before a person shows symptoms. The exam included a small tube with a video camera that allows doctors to detect abnormalities in the rectum and large intestine or the colon.

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Cancer Society report nearly 50,000 deaths from colon cancer per year. Although colon cancer is more commonly found in men, women can also develop cancer.

Those with a family history of the cancer are at higher risk of developing the same condition, especially those with multiple relatives who have been diagnosed with colon cancer. The risk of the condition also increases as a person gets older.

Colorectal cancer has a wide range of symptoms such as hypoxia (shortness of breath), fatigue, extreme weight loss. The person may also experience several gastrointestinal issues such as blood in the stool, abdominal pain, and alterations in bowel movement and habits.

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Other conditions that mimic these symptoms include irritable bowel syndrome, peptic ulcer, and ulcerative colitis. Symptoms will vary depending on tumor size, location, and the stage of cancer.

Cancer on the right side of the colon is normally the result of anemia or an iron deficiency. Anemiais caused by the lack of red blood cells that are necessary to carry adequate amounts of oxygen to tissues from the lungs, which iron transports.

On the left colon, cancer is typically caused when there is something partially or completely blocking the bowels. This obstruction can result in constipation, bloating, and abdominal pains.

However, it can take a while until these symptoms show and typically appear during the late stages of cancer. During the early stages of colon cancer, most people would feel normal and healthy, which is why screening for colon cancer is very important especially for those with genetic risks.

There are several ways to lower the risk of colon cancer such as a healthy diet that consists of large portions of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while avoiding too many fats and meat consumption. Refraining from heavy alcohol intake and smoking cigarettes and tobacco would also help lower the risk of developing cancer.

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Aug 30th, 2020 | Filed under Extreme Weight Loss

Eating wise, he claimed, it isnt an apple a day, though some might argue his diet was worse than that.

It is the things that scare you the most that at times lead to the best outcomes. At least, that was the case for Joaquin Phoenix after he accepted the role of The Joker. The role came with some huge expectations and as well find out, a dramtic weight loss as well. However, as the actor admitted with Collider, it was the fear of a challenge that got him motivated for the role;

I take a lot of time and consideration when making decisions and what Im gonna work on always. So, in some ways, the process, which is obviously reading a script and meeting a filmmaker and then continuing to have meetings and discussions with Todd [Phillips]. I think hes very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what hes trying to say. And so there is something very appealing about that and working with him on this particular project. It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the fucking shit out of me or something. It might as well be the thing that scares you the most.

The first step, as he admitted with Looper was shedding the weight and looking the part this was a lot easier said than done, especially mentally;

"The first thing for us was the weight loss I think that's really what I started with," Phoenix said at the Venice Film Festival. Fittingly, the weight loss didn't just make Phoenix look more like the Joker it may have made him think more like him too. "[A]s it turns out, that then affects your psychology," Phoenix said. "You start to go mad when you lose that amount of weight in that amount of time."

Lets delve into the details regarding the change in look. As we'll all come to realize, he doesn't get nearly enough credit for this aspect of the preparation, en route to his iconic performance.

Ultimately, Phoenix dropped over 50-pounds for the role. He joked around that temptation was everywhere, especially on-set as a bag of pretzels would typically circulate the set.

Thankfully, it wasnt the actor's first weight loss for a role, so he knew what to expect both physically and mentally;

Its something Ive done before and you work with a doctor regimented and overseen and safe.

Eating wise, he claimed, it isnt an apple a day, though some might argue his diet was worse than that.

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The goal was weight loss and not to put on muscle, thus most of his calories were very low, he wasnt eating lots of protein either. His main source of intake came from clean and steamed veggies, as he revealed with Mens Health;

"It wasnt an apple a day," he said. "No, youve also got lettuce and steamed green beans."

Surely, not the most filling meal in order to drop weight so quickly, the calories needed to be low right out of the gate, likely matched with physical activity of sorts, like walking or running, surely no weight lifting, given the goal he was chasing, which likely made the caloric total even lower in the grand scheme of things.

Given that he was barely eating, getting from A to B wasnt easy in order to drop pounds, remember, you are in an energy deficit. As he would reveal in other interviews, the eating habits would also play a role on his mental game as if playing the role of the Joker wasnt hard enough!

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The actor admitted, the mental struggle wasnt easy either;

"As it turns out, [extreme weight loss] impacts your psychology, and you really start to go mad when you lose that much weight in that amount of time."

After a while, the pressure started to get to Phoenix, as he stressed about the number on the scale daily;

"Like so much of what's difficult is waking up every day and being obsessed over like 0.3 pounds. Right? And you really develop like a disorder. I mean, it's wild."

Despite all the downs, he was able to thrive in the role, arguably pulling off the best version of The Joker. He had his setbacks along the way, we saw a couple of blow-ups on the set, matched with tantrums behind the scenes, trying to hold things together.

Clearly, the role was a big challenge and one that came with multiple struggles, though we can all agree, things worked out perfectly for the actor, who took home several awards.

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Every human being is a sinner. Were all imperfect, were all flawed, and were redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ.

When Jerry Falwell Jr, the US evangelical leader, president of the countrys premier conservative Christian university and close associate of Donald Trump, told me this in his spacious office in Lynchburg, Virginia, almost two years ago, it was in response to a question about the morality of the US president.

But after a turbulent week in which his status as a figurehead for the Christian right crashed and burned, Falwell may be reflecting on his own flaws and imperfections, and hoping redemption will not be too long coming.

The tawdry end to his career as president of Liberty University, with its $1m-plus annual salary and use of a private jet, could also mean his influence on the political choices of white evangelicals in the US is over just weeks before a knife-edge presidential election.

The essential elements of his downfall are disputed but they centre on his wifes adultery, his alleged voyeurism, her lovers alleged attempts at extortion, and an Instagram photograph of Falwells unzipped trousers. At its heart, he says, was a fatal attraction-type situation a reference to the 1987 Oscar-nominated psychosexual thriller starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close.

On Sunday evening, Falwell issued a 1,200-word statement to the Washington Examiner, revealing that he had experienced depression and extreme weight loss as a result of alleged threats by his wifes lover to expose their affair unless money was handed over.

It was a pre-emptive strike. Falwell knew that Giancarlo Granda, a former pool attendant with whom the Falwells set up a business, was poised to go public over his relationship with Falwells wife, Becki.

In an explosive interview with Reuters news agency, published on Monday, Granda said: Becki and I developed an intimate relationship and Jerry enjoyed watching from the corner of the room. The encounters, over a six-year period, allegedly took place multiple times a year in hotels in New York and Miami, and the Falwells home in Virginia.

Granda was a 20-year-old pool attendant at a Miami hotel when he met the Falwells in 2012. Without naming him, Falwell said in his statement: During a vacation over eight years ago, Becki and I met an ambitious young man who was working at our hotel and was saving up his money to go to school We were impressed by his initiative in suggesting a local real estate opportunity.

My family members eventually made an investment in a local property, included him in the deal because he could play an active role in managing it, and became close with him and his family.

That closeness extended to an inappropriate personal relationship between Becki and this person, said Falwell; something in which I was not involved. He was distressed at learning of the affair but Becki and I forgave each other.

The couple sought to distance themselves from Granda, but he became increasingly angry and upset, and eventually threatened to make the affair public unless we agreed to pay him substantial monies. Granda has denied the claim.

Falwell added: It was like living on a rollercoaster We were doing our best to respectfully unravel this fatal attraction-type situation to protect our family and the university.

Grandas version is somewhat different. He claimed the couple targeted him, although he was a willing participant. Whether it was immaturity, naivety, instability, or a combination thereof, it was this mindset that the Falwells likely detected in deciding that I was the ideal target for their sexual escapades, he told Reuters.

The disputed accounts of sexual transgression came just a couple of weeks after Falwell was asked by Liberty Universitys board to take indefinite leave from his position as president amid a furore over a photograph posted on Instagram, then deleted, showing him on board a yacht with his trousers unzipped and his arm around his wifes assistant. His actions were just in good fun, he said later.

On Monday, as accusations of hypocrisy mounted, Falwells position at Liberty became untenable. In quick succession, he told the university board he was standing down, then reversed the move, and finally sent a resignation letter late in the evening. On Tuesday, the Liberty board confirmed Falwell had gone with a $10.5m (8m) severance package.

Falwells alleged behaviour was in stark contrast to the strict code of conduct that students at Liberty are obliged to follow. Classes start with prayers, alcohol is banned on campus, dorms are strictly segregated, students are subject to a curfew, and modest dress is required. Three times a week, students attend convocation, a potent mix of evangelical worship and political rally.

The universitys honour code says: Sexual relations outside of a biblically ordained marriage between a natural-born man and a natural-born woman are not permissible at Liberty. Prospective faculty members are vetted for their conservative theological views.

When I spent several days on campus in 2018, students were polite, helpful and overwhelmingly pro-Trump, but some were uneasy about Falwells leadership and enthusiasm for the US president. A few spoke of toxic Christianity robustly dismissed as a liberal concept by Falwell when I was summoned to his office to meet him and Becki.

As the first evangelical leader to endorse Trump in 2016, Falwell is often credited with helping to deliver 81% of white Christian evangelical voters for the insurgent Republican candidate. Two years ago he told me that Trump was a good moral person and an example to the nation, and that he spoke to the president all the time.

Four decades earlier, Falwells father, the televangelist Jerry Falwell Sr, had launched the Moral Majority, which mobilised Christians as a political force for the Republican right. Liberty University was another of Falwell Srs projects, founded with a mission to train champions for Christ.

In 2007, when Falwell Jr took over the leadership of the university, it was on the verge of financial disaster. Now it has more than 100,000 students enrolled on campus and online, $1.7bn in endowments and gross assets of $3bn, and it is a beacon for conservative Christianity.

Whether Liberty will prosper without Falwell remains to be seen. On Tuesday, Allen McFarland, the boards acting chair, said the universitys future was very bright and in capable hands of leaders who are committed to being good stewards of what the Lord has entrusted.

A second question is whether Falwells downfall will have an impact on Trumps white evangelical base. According to Sarah Posner, the author of Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump, Falwells influence has been overestimated.

His fall does not change anything. Trump has built relationships with the evangelical base and the religious right leadership in Washington, and they see him as their saviour Gods hand is on him, he has come to save America at this critical juncture, she said.

His approval ratings among white evangelicals may have eroded a little over his presidency, but more than 80% are still likely to vote for him.

As for Falwell, he said this week the trauma of this experience has brought us to a very challenging point in our lives, but we are strong, our faith in Christ is greater than ever, and we will get through this. He has asked the public to pray for him.

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