Dr. Pimple Popper Just Squeezed An ‘Elephant Trunk’ Cyst And I’ll Never Forget It

Photo credit: Byba Sepit - Getty Images
Photo credit: Byba Sepit – Getty Images

From Women’s Health

  • In Dr. Pimple Popper’s new Instagram video, she helps a patient with a stubborn cyst on his back.

  • The cyst requires a punch biopsy tool to get it all flowing and going.

  • Once it’s going, Dr. Pimple Popper squeezes out a long stream of gunk that looks like an “elephant trunk.”

If dermatologist Sandra Lee, MD, a.k.a. Dr. Pimple Popper, has her way this week it’s going to be all about cysts. She got the popping party started over the weekend with four different kinds of cysts. It was so satisfying to watching all the ribbons of ooey gooey gunk spew out. But, Dr. Pimple Popper knows there’s always room for more.

She’s off and popping this Monday and has yet another messy, stubborn cyst on her table. Everyone at home can enjoy it on Instagram, too.

Dr. Pimple Popper gave a preview in the caption: “Happy Monday!!! Are we feeling like it’s going to be a short week or a long week like this cyst? 🤔 #drpimplepopper #oddlysatisfying #mondayvibes” It’s so nice of her to check in with the fans and keep the pop content flowing.

The video begins with some intel from Dr. Pimple Popper and a good view of the cyst. It’s an epidermoid cyst on the patient’s back. She takes one look at it and decides a punch is in order.

Dr. Pimple Popper uses her punch biopsy tool to reach all the contents stored inside the cyst under the skin. It works and allows her squeeze until the cyst is totally empty. A long stream of thick gunk comes spewing out.

Fans had many different ideas about what just popped out. One compared the contents to “Ground beef.” Another fan commented: “Elephant trunk.” That’s one comment, and video, I’m not about to forget anytime soon.

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Netherlands to allow for physician-assisted death of ‘incurably ill’ children

Dutch officials have announced plans to allow doctors to end the lives of terminally ill kids under the age of 13, according to multiple reports. 

The Netherlands currently permits doctors to facilitate the deaths of children who are over 12 years old and and children under one year old.

Dutch health minister Hugo de Jonge proposed expanding the country’s law to include children between the ages of one and 12 who are dying in a Tuesday letter to parliament, The New York Times reported. 

“In a small number of cases, palliative care isn’t sufficient,” de Jonge wrote. “Because of that, some children suffer unnecessarily without any hope of improvement.”

The health official estimated the proposal could impact between five and 10 children each year. 

Physicians in the country had expressed concerns that they could be held criminally liable if they helped end the lives of terminally ill children between the ages of one and 12, the Times noted.

A majority of lawmakers in the country are expected to agree with the proposal, according to the outlet. However, lawmakers are not expected to vote on the regulation, which will be included in existing law. 

The move is estimated to take a few months to implement, a spokesperson for de Jonge confirmed to the Times.

Physician-assisted suicide is legal in nine U.S. states and Washington, D.C., according to CNN.

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Netherlands to Allow Doctors to Help End Lives of Terminally Ill Children

The Dutch government announced plans this week to allow doctors to end the lives of terminally ill children who are under 13 years old, a decision that is bound to inflame the debate over physician-assisted death.

The Netherlands already allows doctors to facilitate the deaths of people who are over 12 or less than a year old as long as parents have given their consent.

In a letter to parliament on Tuesday, the Dutch health minister, Hugo de Jonge, proposed expanding the law to include children between the ages of 1 and 12 who are dying and suffering.

“In a small number of cases, palliative care isn’t sufficient,” Mr. de Jonge wrote. “Because of that, some children suffer unnecessarily without any hope of improvement.”

He estimated that the measure would affect about five to 10 children every year.

Doctors in the Netherlands have expressed concern that they could be held criminally liable if they were to help end the lives of “incurably ill” children between 1 and 12, since the law had no provision for children that age who are expected to die imminently.

Under the current law, a doctor may end the life of a child younger than 1, with the consent of the child’s parents, if the child is experiencing “intolerable and hopeless suffering,” Mr. de Jonge wrote.

He said the new regulation would provide more transparency for doctors.

Three other European countries — Luxembourg, Belgium and Switzerland — allow physician-assisted death, though the laws differ in each country. Belgium allows children to die with the help of a doctor, but in Luxembourg, the law is restricted to adults with an incurable medical condition.

Canada, parts of Australia and Colombia have also legalized physician-assisted death for adults in certain cases.

In the Netherlands, parliament does not need to vote on the new regulation because it will be folded into the already existing law, Mr. de Jonge said in the letter.

Nevertheless, a parliamentary majority is expected to agree with the change, which will take a few months to finalize, a spokesman for Mr. de Jonge said.

“It’s an intensely complicated and sad issue,” Mr. de Jonge told the Dutch broadcaster NOS on Tuesday.

According to Dr. Ira Byock, a palliative care physician and director of the Providence Institute for Human Caring, the development in the Netherlands is a worrying example of the growing reliance on medically assisted death to address wrenching health cases, rather than finding compassionate ways of helping people cope with pain and suffering.

“We can always manage someone’s physical suffering,” he said. “We can always provide medication that approaches general anesthesia and allows someone to die gently — sleep through the end of their life.”

Dr. Byock said he was concerned about growing calls in the United States to use euthanasia to help adults with degenerative conditions to end their lives.

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A spin class became a superspreader event. Why are fitness instructors excluded from workers’ compensation if they fall ill on the job?

Back injuries, knee pain, shoulder problems — and now, COVID-19.

They are daily risks faced by fitness instructors and personal trainers across the province. But unlike millions of employees in other sectors, gym staff are not entitled to workers’ compensation when they get sick or hurt on the job.

It’s a long-standing exclusion to the workers’ compensation system that critics say needs urgent change, especially in light of a Hamilton spin studio outbreak that may have exposed upwards of 2,500 people to COVID. Two staff members at the studio contracted the virus.

“Our bodies are on the line,” said Toronto-based group fitness instructor Vidya Sri. “The laws are completely out of date.”

Under current provincial legislation, gyms and fitness studios are exempt from mandatory workers’ compensation coverage. That means they do not need to pay insurance premiums to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board — and their employees cannot access benefits following a workplace accident or illness.

Gyms can voluntarily opt into the workers’ compensation system. There are 1,653 fitness establishments in Ontario, according to Statistics Canada; of those, 24 have elected to provide compensation coverage to workers, data from the WSIB shows.

Coverage means workers are eligible for loss-of-earning or health-care benefits following a work-related illness or injury.

A 2019 report on working conditions in the Ontario fitness sector by Larry Savage, a professor of labour studies at Brock University, found nearly a third all instructors and trainers had sustained an injury on the job. Half reported not having paid sick days.

“The lack of WSIB coverage and paid sick days make gym and fitness club workers less willing to disclose illness or injuries out of fear of reprisal or loss of income,” Savage said.

“The pandemic only makes this bad situation worse by increasing the likelihood that clients and other workers will contract COVID-19 if gym and fitness club workers decide to come in to work sick in order to avoid loss of pay.”

As part of his research, Savage told the Star he made inquiries with the Ministry of Labour about the history of the gym exclusion but “no one could or was willing to explain” why it existed.

Around 76 per cent of Ontario workplaces are required to pay into workers’ compensation. Legislative change is needed to amend the list of excluded employers. When asked if the government is considering reform, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Labour said workers’ health and safety was its “top priority.”

“With only a handful of exceptions, those workplaces that aren’t subject to mandatory coverage can choose to purchase coverage from the WSIB,” the statement said.

Planet Fitness outlets account for 10 of the gyms that voluntarily signed up for coverage, according to the WSIB’s data. Other than F45 Guelph, part of a relatively new but popular fitness chain, none of the gyms that opted into the workers’ compensation system are major players. (Other establishments included the “Orillia Agricultural Society” and “Retro Rollers.”)

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