Celebzter / Dr. Damon Raskin ‘Sizzurp Is Definitely Posing A Big Problem With American Youth,’ Says Expert July 5, 2013


We’ll be frank — Sizzurp wasn’t really on our radars until Lil Wayne’s recent hospitalization.

Given that the rapper is a somewhat of a poster boy for the concoction, with the Los Angeles Times recently running a story about the recreational drug, which is a fruit punch that is mixed with a prescription grade cough syrup with codeine and promethazine, there are fears that fans will follow in his footsteps. (more…)

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Monsters and Critics / Dr. Damon Raskin ‘Weezy’ Lil Wayne and ‘Sizzurp’ not a laughing matter to medical experts July 5, 2013


Rapper Lil Wayne has become the poster boy for “Sizzurp,” a codeine laced cough syrup given a street name.

Wayne’s seizures and ICU hospitalization reveal a schism in American culture. A drug of choice for rappers and lower classes because of its low cost, “Sizzurp” can be just as dangerous as pill abuse. (more…)

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E Online / Dr. Damon Raskin Lindsay Lohan’s Sentence: What a “Locked” Facility Really Means July 5, 2013


Is there any real difference between a locked rehab and regular rehab, besides, you know, lockdown? Are the facilities like the one Lindsay Lohan has been ordered to really locked for a star like her? (more…)

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Monsters and Critics / Dr. Damon Raskin ‘Celebrity Rehab’ with Dr. Drew Pinsky ends run, addiction specialist speaks out July 5, 2013



Dr. Drew Pinsky’s track record for treating addicted celebrities on his VH1 reality show “Celebrity Rehab” was less than perfect He

announced that he was ending “Celebrity Rehab” because of the “heat” directed his way following the deaths of celebrities he treated.”Celebrity Rehab” aired for six seasons, from 2008 to 2012.

Pinsky, who was interviewed by Zach Sang and the Gang said he was “tired of taking all the heat” following the deaths of celebrities who had appeared on his VH1 shows “Celebrity Rehab” and spinoff series “Sober House.”

All in all, five celebrities who were booked talent on these shows died in the years following their appearances, despite Dr. Drew’s best intentions.

The dead include troubled country singer Mindy McCready, “Taxi” star Jeff Conaway, rocker Mike Starr, “Real World” star Joey Kovar and Rodney King. None of their deaths were ever linked directly to the show or to Dr. Pinsky but were related in different ways to their health compromised by their inability to get clean and sober.

“It’s very stressful and very intense for me,” Pinsky said about the criticism leveled at him following each death. “To have people questioning my motives and taking aim at me because people get sick and die because they have a life-threatening disease, and I take the blame? … Rodney King has a heart attack and I take blame for that?”

“I don’t have plans to do that again,” he said. “I’m tired of taking all the heat. It’s just ridiculous.”

In the radio interview, Dr. Drew defended his record of success in treating the celebrity patients who appeared on his shows. “It’s sad that we’re not doing more shows because people did get help,” he said. “A lot of people are sober because of ‘Celebrity Rehab’ who wouldn’t have been sober without it.”

Board certified internist Dr. Damon Raskin is also an addiction specialist for Cliffside Malibu (www.cliffsidemalibu.com), and frequently comments on celebrity stories posted on M&C.

“This show was clearly not about helping patients get better, but about entertainment. Unfortunately, these were real people’s lives at stake who weren’t getting the proper care for their addictions. Part of successful addiction treatment involves confidential counseling to get to the root of the underlying issues that perpetuate the drug or alcohol use. This cannot be done on a television show such as this, says Dr. Raskin.

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Oprah / Jill Miller Slim Down By Standing Still June 20, 2013

Slim Down By Standing Still

 Stand Straighter

Strengthening the muscles and fascia along the sides of the body gives 360-support for the spine, helping us to look longer and leaner, says Jill Miller, a yoga and fitness-therapy expert and creator of the Yoga Tune Up program. Bonus: This move also tightens the obliques and the glutes. 

Full Body Boomerang: Get into position by standing straight and tall, with your core tight and glutes firm. Cross your right foot over your left foot without twisting your pelvis. Pin your right hand and arm to your right side, then sweep the left arm out to the side and overhead while you lean to the right. Now, maintain tension in your body while breathing deeply into the left side of your torso for at least 10 breaths. Then switch sides.

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