Valerie Ratz

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6 Early Signs Your Liver Is Damaged

Forget about Superman and Batman, the real superhero to be celebrated is the liver! It truly is a life-saver, with its superpowers being that it …

Inflammation

This tearful father's emotional video about son with Down's syndrome son has gone viral

The father of a 5-year-old boy with Down's syndrome shared an emotional video on Facebook after overhearing a conversation between a child and his …

The Enemy

• <b>Author:</b> Lee Child<p>BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Lee Child’s <i>The Affair</i>.<p>Jack Reacher. Hero. Loner. Soldier. Soldier’s son. An elite military cop, he was one of the army’s brightest stars. But in every cop’s life there is a turning point. One case. One messy, tangled case that can …

NYPD Red

• <b>Author:</b> James Patterson & Marshall Karp<p><b>On the opening night of New York's biggest Hollywood event, special task force NYPD Red is on high alert-and they can't afford to make a single mistake.</b><br>NYPD Red is a special task force charged with protecting the interests of Manhattan's wealthiest and most …

Cross Justice

• <b>Author:</b> James Patterson<p><b>For Alex Cross, the toughest cases hit close to home-and in this deadly thrill ride, he's trying to solve the most personal mystery of his life.</b><br>When his cousin is accused of a heinous crime, Alex Cross returns to his North Carolina hometown for the first time in over three …

After Anna

• <b>Author:</b> Alex Lake<p>No.1 EBOOK BESTSELLER. A SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 PAPERBACK BESTSELLER. A USA TODAY PAPERBACK BESTSELLER.<p>The real nightmare starts when her daughter is returned…<p>A bone-chilling psychological thriller that will suit fans of Gone Girl, The Couple Next Door and The Girl on the Train.<p>A girl …

16th Seduction

• <b>Author:</b> James Patterson & Maxine Paetro<p><b>The Instant #1 New York Times and USA Today Bestseller</b><p>Lindsay Boxer is learning to love again. After the picture-perfect world she shared with her husband, Joe, and their beautiful young daughter shattered under the weight of Joe's double life, Lindsay is …

The Black Book

• <b>Author:</b> James Patterson & David Ellis<p><b><br>The Instant #1 New York Times and USA Today Bestseller</b><p><b>Three bodies in a beautiful and luxurious bedroom.</b><p>Mar 06, 2017 – At the start of bestseller Patterson's brilliantly twisty fourth collaboration with Ellis (after 2015's Murder House), Det. Patti Harney of the …

Rogue Lawyer

• <b>Author:</b> John Grisham<p><b>#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND NPR • Featuring one of John Grisham’s most colorful, outrageous, and vividly drawn characters yet, Rogue Lawyer showcases the master of the legal thriller at his very best.</b> <b></b><br>On the …

The Racketeer

• <b>Author:</b> John Grisham<p><b>“The Racketeer is guilty of only one thing: keeping us engaged until the very last page.”—USA Today</b> <b><br>#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</b> <b></b><br>In the history of the United States, only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five. His body is …

Chaos

• <b>Author:</b> Patricia Cornwell<p>#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns with the remarkable twenty-fourth thriller in her popular high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.<p>In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, twenty-six-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is …

'This Workout Helped Me Break Through My Weight-Loss Plateau And Lose 80 More Pounds’

Melanie Buck was a chronic yo-yo dieter until she decided to adopt a healthier lifestyle.<p><b>Before: 318</b><p><b>After: 150</b><p>I’ve been overweight to some degree my entire life. Growing up, I was always an active kid, and despite being heavier I enjoyed playing sports. However, when I began college, I stopped …

This Move Will Set Your Obliques On Fire

Work that core.<p><i>Check out Women's Health's FitGIF Friday every week for fun and challenging new moves to make your sweat sesh really count. Here's this week's exercise:</i><p><b>Weighted Russian twist</b>: As warmer months approach, you may be thinking it's time to show your side abs a little love. There's …

The 3 Best Diets For Carb Lovers

Ditch deprivation for good.<p>Ask almost anyone what it takes to drop a few pounds, and cutting carbs will probably make a cameo in the conversation. But going low-carb doesn't just mean nixing the refined carbs (pasta and white bread) that give this important macronutrient a bad name; it can also …

5 Sex Moves That Will Hit Your G-Spot Every Time

The mythical G-spot orgasm, made simple.<p>In the world of orgasms (sounds like a great place, huh?), if a woman's best friend is the clitoris, then the G-spot is that girlfriend that comes to town less often, but makes for a freakin' unforgettable night when she's here.<p>Essentially, the G-spot orgasm …

People Are Freaking Out About What United Airlines Just 'Banned' On Flights

What do you think?<p>On Sunday, two teenaged girls were denied access to board their flight from Denver International Airport to Minneapolis on United Airlines. The reason? Their leggings were "not in compliance" with United's dress code policy, according to a series of tweets posted by United.<p>The …

6 Tips That Will Help You Spot Fake Health News

Don’t fall for any B.S.<p>In the past year, I've gotten more questions from friends and acquaintances about health headlines they saw online than I ever have before. <i>Can waist trainers really shrink love handles? Taking antibiotics for a cold is OK, right? OMG, do I really not need to floss?</i><p>I'm no …

How 6 Women Used Cheat Meals To Help Them Lose Weight

Losing weight doesn't have to mean no pizza forever.<p>Since vowing to never eat a burrito (or any carb ever) again ends in diet frustration and bingeing, taking a planned break from clean eating can help you lose weight without hating life.<p>Whether you call it a cheat meal, day off, or just …

The Best New Running Shoes

It's time to upgrade your sneaks.<p>If you're a runner, you know that your shoes can make or break a pavement-pounding workout. Luckily, the newest batch of running sneaks to hit the market features something for everyone—from super-cushioned soles to built-for-speed sneaks that'll help you hit a PR …

6 Shoes That Are Perfect For Trail Junkies

Venture off the beaten path with these kicks.<p>If you've ever tried to hit the trails wearing a lightweight sneaker, or god forbid, a pair of flip-flops, you know the value of a good hiking shoe. These kicks will take you from off-the-beaten-path runs to mountain hikes, without leaving your feet any …

When You Have Your Best Skin Days Each Month, According To Your Cycle

Prepare to take plenty of selfies.<p>Periods are a whole lot of fun (not). Aside from the whole “bleeding for a few days every month” thing, periods can bring about a whole host of fun side effects like painful cramps, cravings, mood changes, and unfortunately, acne breakouts.<p>But your cycle’s effect …

6 Things You Should Know About Boob Jobs—From Women Who've Had Them

"I needed help sitting up, eating, and even getting my pants down to go to the bathroom for about three days.”<p>It might seem like a Kardashian tush is where it's at these days, but a perky pair of boobs is far from out of style. In fact, getting your girls done is super popular and more commonplace …

8 Photos That Prove Lifting Heavy Doesn't Make You ‘Bulky'

Let’s put this to rest, once and for all.<p>Think lifting heavy dumbbells will transform you into the Incredible Hulk? Think again.<p>"Lifting heavy weights will not automatically make you bulky," says Rachel Mariotti, a personal trainer at Equinox in New York City who regularly posts strength-training …

8 Photos That Perfectly Describe What It’s Like To Suffer From Anxiety

“This is about how sometimes you can’t even face yourself.”<p>Jasmine Blanchard didn't know what was wrong when she was 15. She'd have a panic attack when she was around large groups of people and would internalize it because she didn't understand what was happening.<p>"It was just me trying to deal with …

This Photo Of A High School Prom’s ‘Dress Code’ Has People OUTRAGED

A student shared it on social and it quickly went viral.<p>Another day, another debacle over what women should and shouldn't be wearing.<p>A Jacksonville, Florida high school has apologized for a series of controversial posters about a last-minute prom dress code that specifically targeted female …

3 Delicious New Ways To Eat Honey

Prepare to drool.<p>About a decade ago, honeybees were in trouble: A variety of factors, including pesticides, parasites, and diseases, were causing swarms to die off at alarming rates. Since then, the industrious little critters—which pollinate roughly one-third of the U.S. food supply—are starting …

This Video Of GiGi Hadid Planking Is Insanely Relatable

Supermodels, they’re just like us!<p>If you’ve ever done a plank before, you know it’s a borderline form of torture. That’s why Gigi Hadid is getting serious props for doing <i>an interview</i> <i>on camera</i> while planking.<p>The interview, which was conducted by her trainer Rob Piela and shot for Reebok’s …

This Is Now The Leading Cause Of Illness Worldwide

​And not enough people are getting help for it.<p>If you've ever felt like you're the only one struggling with depression, new research proves you are far from alone. The leading cause of illness and disability worldwide isn't cancer or heart disease: it's depression. New information from the World …

This Mom Just Explained Stretch Marks To Her Daughter In The Best Way Possible

And her daughter’s reaction is SO sweet.<p>You probably do what you can to be as body positive as possible, but some things in life—like, <i>cough</i>, stretch marks—make it harder than others. Now, one mom is showing that perception is everything when it comes to accepting your imperfections.<p>Health coach …