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Three out of three doctors agree: Gwyneth Paltrow is wrong about steaming your vagina

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s endorsement of a Santa Monica spa’s unusual vaginal treatment has been rejected by the medical community,
Addicting Info reported.

Paltrow recently promoted the “Mugwort V-steam” at Tikkun Spa on her website, calling it “an energetic release — not just a steam douche — that balances female hormone levels.”

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According to Paltrow, spa guests use “what is essentially a mini-throne” while “a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al.” But while she told readers that they “have to do it” if they’re in Los Angeles, OB/GYN Jen Gunter issued a strong recommendation against it on her own blog.

“Steam is probably not good for your vagina,” Gunter wrote. “Herbal steam is no better and quite possibly worse. It is most definitely more expensive.”

Not only would the steam would not enter a vagina without the use of an attachment, Gunter stated — which would be unadvisable in and of itself — but it could not have any effect on a woman’s menstrual cycles or ability to have children.

“If you want to feel relaxed get a good massage,” she advised. “If you want to relax your vagina, have an orgasm.”

Daily Beast contributor Russell Saunders, a pediatrician by trade writing under a pseudonym, backed Gunter’s analysis.

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“The female reproductive tract does not need to be cleaned at all,” he wrote. “In fact, methods of feminine cleansing like douching can do more harm than good. Women should no more steam their vaginas than flush them with Lysol.”

Another gynecologist, Hilda Hutcherson from Columbia University Medical Center, was even more critical.

“It probably feels good because the heat increases blood flow to the whole vaginal area, including the clitoris, which could turn some women on,” Hutcherson told Health.com. “But if you got too close to the steam, you could end up with second degree burns down there.”

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While Paltrow did not go into the details of the treatment, Laura Hooper Beck described her own experience getting the $50 “v-steam” in an article for Fast Company magazine:

I’m faced with what looks like a Victorian police cell toilet situated over a steaming pot of Grandma’s Chai Spice Vagina tea. I hover over the hole in the seat just so and then settle down so that the steam may rise into That Which Is Most Sacred. I cannot tell a lie: At first, it feels incredibly weird to have hot wet air wafting into my co*ch. My entire body tenses as I actively clench my vaginal muscles to protect myself from the invading shower of scorching steam. It would feel exactly like the poison fog from the “Hunger Games” arena, I think. First a burning heat and then convulsion after convulsion of electric pain!

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Beck reported that, while the treatment is available for $50 at Tikkun, it can cost as much as $120 at a spa in Atlanta. A website calling itself EarthDancerWellness.com also sells a “do-it-yourself kit” for $150.

“Of course that is the website where you can purchase a vaginal steaming kit,” Beck wrote. “Of course.”

Actress Kelsey Gunn also experimented with the treatment in 2012 for her online show Dirty Little Beauty Secrets.

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“I really should’ve had a party,” Gunn says at one point. “We could recite The Vagina Monologues.

“She’s been here,” a Tikkun staffer tells her, referring to the playwright, Eve Ensler. Gunn’s visit to Tikkun can be seen below.


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Manhattan DA announces protesters arrested by NYPD will not be charged: ‘Our office has a moral imperative’

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The Manhattan District Attorney announced on Friday that his office would not be prosecuting protesters arrested for low-level crimes.

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. announced that Unlawful Assembly and Disorderly Conduct would not be prosecuted during the demonstrations over police violence.

"“The prosecution of protestors charged with these low-level offenses undermines critical bonds between law enforcement and the communities we serve. Days after the killing of George Floyd, our nation and our city are at a crossroads in our continuing endeavor to confront racism and systemic injustice wherever it exists. Our office has a moral imperative to enact public policies which assure all New Yorkers that in our justice system and our society, black lives matter and police violence is a crime. We commend the thousands of our fellow New Yorkers who have peacefully assembled to demand these achievable aims, and our door is open to any New Yorker who wishes to be heard," Vance said in a statement.

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Chicago Police Board president files complaint alleging he was struck 5 times by cops at George Floyd protest

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On Friday, WTTW reported that Ghian Foreman, the president of the Chicago Police Board, has filed a complaint alleging he was beaten in the legs five times by police officers at a protest against the killing of George Floyd last Sunday.

The Chicago Police Board is an independent civilian commission that has power over police disciplinary cases.

"Foreman filed a complaint with the Citizens Office of Police Accountability alleging that he was struck by at least one officer during a protest sparked by the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police, said Ephraim Eaddy, a spokesperson for the agency," said the report. "Foreman’s complaint, which identifies the officer Foreman said struck him, is one of 344 complaints of police misconduct filed with COPA between midnight May 29 and 7 a.m. Friday, Eaddy said. The complaint itself is confidential."

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Derek Chauvin accused of illegally voting in Florida — where he was allegedly registered as a Republican

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Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has been accused of committing felony voter fraud in Florida.

Dan Helm, a candidate for Supervisor of Elections in Pinellas County, sent a letter to the State Attorney of Orange County outlining the allegations.

"I write to inform you that, Derek Chauvin, the police officer who killed George Floyd in Minnesota, voted in Orange County Floriday in 2016 and 2018 as a registered Republican," Helm wrote to Aramis Ayala.

He said he discovered the information in the voter file.

"While living in Minnesota, working there, paying taxes there, Derek Chauvin cannot claim residency in Orange County. His home, residency and where he intends to live is in Minnesota, not Florida," he charged. "This is a violation of our election laws, specifically Fla. Stat. 104.011 (2)."

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