Pregnant and want weekly affirmations and tips from people who know what they’re talking about? The Medical University of South Carolina is more than willing to blow up a phone via text messaging. When mothers-to-be hear their phone beep, they can check their inboxes for messages about proper nutrition, baby growth and development, motherhood tips, and words of encouragement. The messages correlate with the woman’s gestation period. Interested? Visit the kiosk at MUSC Women’s Center (at 135 Cannon St.) or MUSC East Cooper Women’s Center (at 1280 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.), or visit




Add Some Zest(ra) to Your Sex Life

Does your treasure chest need attention? Apparently 43 percent of women have problems in the bedroom, while only 31 percent of men have problems getting the job done. So Zestra Laboratories, Inc. of Charleston set out to flush some faces and allow women to smile without reason. They created the Zestra Feminine Arousal Fluid, which was referred to as the “Viagra for women” on the Today show, no doubt by Katie Couric back in the good ol’ days. Applying this blend of botanical oils and energy herbs is supposed to bring a warming sensation to the clitoris, therefore boosting sexual sensation, arousal, pleasure and an overall yes! yes! yesness! Zestra is currently conducting an unprecedented $2 million clinical trial to study its pleasure enhancer’s validity and safety, and the effects better sexual experiences can have on women in regards to relationships and depression. A box of nine individual foil packets runs around $20 and can be found at most drug stores and some supermarkets. Visit


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Rank Ranking

South Carolina has found itself on another top five list, but don’t start hugging and high-fiving just yet. The United Health Foundation handed the Palmetto State a bronze medal in the least-healthy-state bracket. Rankings were judged on a state’s access to care, incidence of preventable disease, smoking rates, child poverty, and motor vehicle deaths. At least Louisiana and Mississippi managed to make our state the second runner-up. Minnesota was dubbed the most healthy state for the fourth year in a row, but seriously, who wants to live there?

Earth Fare has invited Rev. Renee Sutton to teach some Charleston folks how to align their mind, body, and spirit energies with a Healing Touch Program. Research suggests that Healing Touch therapy is proven to reduce stress, calm anxiety and depression, and boost the immune system. This free seminar may be worth checking out on Jan. 16. After all, another overwhelming holiday romp is only a year away. Interested? Show up at Earth Fare (74 Folly Road) on Tues. at 6:30 p.m. and bring some donation money. Call 388-1834 for more information.

According to a recent New York Times article, many emergency room doctors and personnel are turning to cellphones to track down a patient’s family. Rooting through wallets for next-of-kin information is a long, arduous task. The American College of Emergency Physicians reports that doctors should encourage patients to save an in-case-of-emergency phone number in their cellular devices. Save it under ICE, and hope the only time the phone number is called in urgency involves Western Union and a lot of groveling.

State Sen. David Thomas (R-Greenville) has prefiled legislation that would require restaurants to post signs reading, “This retail food establishment serves food containing trans fats or prepares food using trans fats,” says The Post and Courier. Good idea? Bad idea? New York nixed trans fats. The Lowcountry may be next. Charleston Crab House and Bessinger’s BBQ have already said “see you later” to trans fats, a leading contributor to coronary heart disease. State Department of Health inspectors would officiate this ordinance if passed, and would hold a $500 violation fine. Other S.C. food news: State Rep. Herb Kirsh (D-Clover) prefiled a similar version of a Common Sense Consumption Act, which basically means eaters couldn’t sue restaurants when and if they got fat.