Mom Embraces Her Burn Scars After Kerosene Explosion7m45s

Mom Embraces Her Burn Scars After Kerosene Explosion

Solara Jaafar, 21, from Hyattsville, Maryland, was just two years old when an accident occurred during a family event, leaving her with third degree burns across 70 percent of her body. Still, the young mom left says she has learned to see her scars as beautiful. The explosion, which happened in her birthplace Lebanon, was so extreme that it left her in a coma for six months. Her nine month old brother also tragically died in the blast, leaving her to mourn his passing while coming to terms with her own disfigurement. The <a href=" " target="_blank">burn victim</a> said: “There have been a lot of times where I have thought about what if my brother were to live and I didn’t, would he have been like a doctor by now? I do feel guilty for surviving, and there are times when I mess up or I do something wrong, and I feel really bad or like he’s disappointed at me. Solara was treated affectionately in her neighborhood in Lebanon, but after her family migrated to the USA her scars made her the target of bullies. Even adults would stare and ask ridiculous questions. Their sick treatment had led her to attempt suicide four times. She hated her <a href=" " target="_blank">scars</a> and herself. But determined to survive, each day she would look at herself in the mirror and recite a mantra about how she was beautiful. It helped her a lot after finishing high school. Being surrounded with loving family and friends helped a lot as well. “I am so thankful that I didn’t end my life and my life didn’t end that day." To help Solara, visit:

Although Very Young, These Brothers Are Already Skateboarding Superstars5m59s

Although Very Young, These Brothers Are Already Skateboarding Superstars

SKATEBOARD superstar-in-the-making, Zion Effs, may be just eight years old, but he’s already tearing up the skateparks of the world. The talented youngster’s incredible abilities have caused a stir in his home-town of Miami, where he’s been honing his skills since the age of three. Now eight, Zion has skated everywhere from Marseille to London and Italy, and has traveled the United States winning numerous competitions around the country. Zion told Barcroft Media: “I love <a href=" " target="_blank">skateboarding</a> because I can do it for myself and I don’t have to worry about anybody else… I want to continue skating for the rest of my life." His dad Richie says that even when Zion started as a 3-year-old, he didn’t want to do the regular tricks that other kids would do; he wanted to do the technical stuff, the tricks that seasoned and pro skateboarders would do. Now people are freaked out by the tiny pro, because he can do all these things at just 8 - can you imagine what he will do 8 years from now? Now, having mastered some of the hardest tricks in the sport, Zion is joined at the skate park by his brother, Jax, who, at just two years old, is already proving to be somewhat of a skate <a href=" " target="_blank">prodigy</a> himself. Zion can be found on Instagram @zioneffs, and fellow future skate star, two-year-old brother Jax Decker Effs, is @jaxdecker_effs. Videographer / director: Ariel Martinez Producer: Joe Roberts, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

The Pensioner Cheerleaders High Kicking Into Retirement3m31s

The Pensioner Cheerleaders High Kicking Into Retirement

A GROUP of acrobatic pensioners are refusing to let age or arthritis cramp their high kicks in a cheerleading squad for the over 50s. The Arizona-based troupe is a marching and performance group for women over 55 - with an average age of just over 70. While plenty of women use retirement as an opportunity to rest on their laurels, these dancers are glittering and shaking into their twilight years. Videographer / director: Dave Cruz Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: Grant Hanson-Vaux

Girl With Dwarfism Proves That Anyone Can Be A Model7m00s

Girl With Dwarfism Proves That Anyone Can Be A Model

Standing at 3ft 4 inches tall, Dru Presta is showing the world that sexy has no height restrictions. Two years ago, Dru moved from her small-town life, to shiny Los Angeles so she could pursue her dream of breaking the fashion industry. Whilst studying for a degree in fashion marketing, she has also been breaking barriers with her modelling career. The 21-year-old oozes confidence and sass now, but it has taken her a long time to get there. Born with achondroplasia, a form of <a href=" " target="_blank">dwarfism</a>, she was made to feel an outcast in her hometown of Reno, Nevada and says she was bullied for 15 years because of her size. She says she got into modeling because she didn’t want others to feel like they can’t express themselves. “I don’t want them to feel like they have to wear what everybody else is wearing, just because that’s what offered in our size. I want people to be able to feel as free as I do" says the demi diva. Dru hopes her modelling work will encourage people of all shapes, size and backgrounds to be included in the fashion world. She adds: “<a href=" " target="_blank">Modeling</a> has boosted my confidence a ton. I feel a lot sexier in front of the camera, it’s like a different Dru that likes to be exposed. Honestly, there is just no other words, I love being in front of the camera." Videographer / director: Per Christian Lind Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

Man Born With Unique Condition Doesn't Have Thighs | BORN DIFFERENT5m05s

Man Born With Unique Condition Doesn't Have Thighs | BORN DIFFERENT

Nathan Hrdlicka, 34 from Santa Fe, New Mexico, is suffering from an incredibly rare medical condition called bilateral PFFD (Proximal femoral focal deficiency) type D - which means his knee bones are directly beneath his hip bones. As well as being only one in 25 people with the condition, he is the only one in the world who is able to walk. Despite his condition, Nathan, is in a loving relationship with his girlfriend, Chelsee Stuart, 19 who is at least a foot taller than him. Nathan’s height is 4ft 6in, however doctors have said he would have grown to be over 6ft 4in. The couple met on Facebook on a healing page and hit it off immediately, even though initially Chelsee had a problem with their height difference. Since his condition makes him unable to walk, he wakes up everyday and chooses to do that. But this means that he is walking on the tips on the bones, which eventually bring on pain. Chelsee said: "When we first met I did think the height difference was going to be a sort of problem because this was my first time really being with someone that shorter than me. It took us a lot of time to really learn what works and what doesn’t work but eventually now everything works." Casual walks on the street often take longer because of people’s curious nature. Some ask questions, but not all have nice things to say about his condition, picking him about his height and calling him a midget. "I don’t see myself as different. When people come up to me that’s the first thing they are seeing is my <a href=" " target="_blank">disability</a>" says Nathan. "My disability is something that doesn’t define me." To donate to Nathan’s campaign visit: Videographer / director: Claudio ‘Fiore’ Fiordellisi Producer: Nora Hakramaj, Ruby Coote Editor: Marcus Cooper

Meet The Woman With An Extreme Food Phobia7m54s

Meet The Woman With An Extreme Food Phobia

This pub landlord is so afraid of certain foods that just the sight and smell of it can drive her to panic attacks and make her physically sick. Jill Hayman, 36, from Montrose Scotland, lives off a diet primarily made up of crisp sandwiches and fizzy drinks, and she says she has never sat down to eat a proper hot meal with a knife and fork. Jill has a list of approximately 18 food and drink items that she can stomach, to which she refers as her ‘safe’ foods. These include fizzy and energy drinks, jelly sweets, crisps and chocolate, with bread making up the majority of her ‘meals’. Unsurprisingly Jill gets through, on average, seven loaves of bread per week. At petite size 6, Jill suffers from Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), formerly known as Selective Eating Disorder (SED), where the consumption of certain foods causes anxiety, panic attacks and even physical sickness. When faced with ‘unsafe’ foods Jill becomes physically sick, her throat closes and she goes into panic attack which she cannot control and then she has a meltdown. Jill’s phobia began when she was only eight months old when she started to reject the solid food her mother tried to introduce her to. ARFID specialists suggest that Jill’s phobia was brought on sub-consciously by an early-life feeding experience, when something at that time scared Jill, perhaps an instance of choking or an unexpected taste and her brain made a note that this wasn’t as expected and panicked. A sudden shock like that can activate a fight or flight response and create a future aversion to food. Surprisingly, Jill owns a pub in Montrose, Scotland, where hot meals are not served, for obvious reasons. Videographer / director: Jacek Hubner Producer: Nathalie Bonney, Ruby Coote Editor: Marcus Cooper

Women Celebrate Post-Baby Bodies In Lingerie Shoots | SHAKE MY BEAUTY5m36s

Women Celebrate Post-Baby Bodies In Lingerie Shoots | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

AN inspiring mother launches body positive website to encourage mom’s to embrace their post-baby bodies by posing in lingerie. Having been slim all her life, Whitney Dwyer struggled with how her body looked post pregnancy. After two successive pregnancies Whitney’s stomach stuck out so much people kept asking if she was pregnant – in fact her protruding stomach was caused by a diastasis recti. Fed up with the lack of images of 'real life' mums, the 33-year-old decided to create her own website that shows just that whilst championing women’s bodies in tasteful lingerie shoots. Featuring herself as the first model on the website, Whitney, a mum of two, from Oakland, California is now proud of her post-baby body and is determined to flaunt it. Videographer / director: Eva Moss Producer: Nathalie Bonney, James Thorne Editor: Grant Hanson-Vaux

Is The Vampire Breast Lift The New Boob Job? | HOOKED ON THE LOOK3m49s

Is The Vampire Breast Lift The New Boob Job? | HOOKED ON THE LOOK

A NEW cosmetic procedure inspired by the bloodsucking ways of the vampire is offering women the promise of plumper breasts - without having to go under the knife. While botox and Brazilian butt lifts have hit the mainstream in recent years, the ‘vampire breast lift’ is the latest sensation in the world of New York cosmetic beauty treatments. While celebrities like Kim Kardashian have advertised their use of 'vampire facials’, the new procedure involves women having themselves injected with their own blood to achieve a more voluptuous look. Videographer / director: Adam Gray Producer: Sophia Rahman, Nora Hakramaj, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal A NEW cosmetic procedure inspired by the bloodsucking ways of the vampire is offering women the promise of plumper breasts - without having to go under the knife. While botox and Brazilian butt lifts have hit the mainstream in recent years, the ‘vampire breast lift’ is the latest sensation in the world of New York cosmetic beauty treatments. While celebrities like Kim Kardashian have advertised their use of 'vampire facials’, the new procedure involves women having themselves injected with their own blood to achieve a more voluptuous look. The beauty enchantment costs $1,150 and requires a doctor to withdraw blood from the patient, which is then span in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the platelet-rich plasma (PRP). The PRP is then removed and an area of the breast is prepared with micro-needling to open up channels to allow the blood to go into, before the PRP is finally injected. Dr George Liakeas, 46, medical director at Smooth Synergy Cosmedical Spa, said: "Blood is made up of two major parts the plasma and red blood cells. "We don’t want the red blood part, we want the plasma. In the plasma are platelets. Those platelets help stimulate your natural stem cells. “That’s what we are trying to utilise to tell your body to pick up, rejuvenate and revive. You are trying to get your body to stimulate new fullness which gives the appearance of the lift. “Plasma-rich platelets are a little bit different and it’s exciting specifically for those people who don’t want to have surgery or are scared to have surgery or the cost is prohibitive to them. “PRP its not to replace the 'wow factor' in terms of size of implants, but it’s for those people who feel like they somehow lost their size." Brave patient, 25-year-old Arielle, decided to take advantage of this new beauty regime in order to give her a fuller look to her breasts and help cover up her stretch marks. She said: "I usually come here for my laser hair removal. I just grabbed a brochure and I saw the vampire breast lift in the catalog. “It's your blood, it's not like I am going and getting implants. I don’t really want a huge change to my breast. That’s why I feel like this is the best decision. “I don’t want to grow up a size, I just want it to have volume at the top. I am comfortable with the size but they are little low for my age and I don’t have any kids so I just feel that it’s a little uncomfortable. "It would make me more confident if my boobs were little bit fuller at the top. " The sinister-sounding treatment takes about 30 minutes to an hour to perform, but usually takes three months to produce a chance that it is claimed can last for up to two years. Speaking after the procedure, Arielle said: “I was skeptical at first because taking blood is not for me and that needle size was ridiculous. "It feels like burning. But now I feel kind of good. It’s not as bad as I thought it would be. I’m happy I did it. "I think it’s worth the money. But we will see, obviously I want it more full at the top. I feel like it does look a little bit full. But for the stretch marks we are going to see about that. "I think its was worth the pain. It wasn't as bad as people say.”

This Remarkable Ten-Year-Old Gymnast Is Set To Become An Olympic Star5m04s

This Remarkable Ten-Year-Old Gymnast Is Set To Become An Olympic Star

Chandler King is a remarkable 10-year-old gymnast who is on the fast track to becoming the next Olympic star. She spends 30 hours a week practicing and studying the sport she loves at the World Championship Centre in Texas. She specialises in the bars event and was last year undefeated and nearly achieved the perfect ten score in a recent competition. Chandler is on the invite list for the United States National Development Team and is already making significant progress towards the USA Olympic squad. “My main goal in gymnastics in the future is to go to the Olympics and make gold all round”, says Chandler. Chandler started gymnastics when she was just three-years-old and she continued with this passion ever since. Chandler’s parents, Latoika and Rajaul King, have supported their daughter’s every move and have high hopes for her future. When people watch Chandler perform they are so impressed, but she does it with ease. She says that her favorite thing about gymnastics is that she gets to meet new people, and show her new skills, and perform in front of people. Chandler will definitely become a star in the sport because she has a lot of potential. She wants to be the next Olympian , she just needs to trust the process and keep moving forward. Videographer / director: Chris Sinclair Producer: Danny Baggott, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

My Feeding Tube Doesn’t Define Who I Am6m08s

My Feeding Tube Doesn’t Define Who I Am

A YOUNG woman once accused of being anorexic by doctors actually has a rare condition that blocks her intestines. Suffering stomach aches so painful she would curl into a ball, it took 13 years for Shelby Kiniry to finally receive the correct diagnosis for her digestion disorder - Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome (or SMAS). Prior to that, the 20-year-old was accused of suffering with eating disorders and even wrongfully transferred for psychiatric treatment. It was only when Shelby’s weight plummeted to dangerous levels that doctors finally correctly diagnosed her with SMAS - a digestive condition that results in the small intestine compressing between two arteries, causing a partial or complete blockage. Now on the road to recovery, Shelby relies on a feeding tube to receive her daily fix of meals and nutrients in liquid form. Videographer / director: John-Paul Steele Producer: Nathalie Bonney, Ruby Coote Editor: Grant Hanson-Vaux

Human Ken Doll Spends $21,000 On Back Implants | HOOKED ON THE LOOK9m08s

Human Ken Doll Spends $21,000 On Back Implants | HOOKED ON THE LOOK

HUMAN Ken Doll Justin Jedlica has spent $21,000 on new silicon back implants. The 36-year-old has gone under the knife once again for several painful muscular and facial procedures, taking the amount he has spent on cosmetic enhancements to more than $560,000. The Los Angeles-based surgery star had his large latissimus silicon implants replaced with smaller ones, one of his teres implants moved so it is symmetrical, and a forehead vein cut, tied and ablated. Videographer / director: Per Christian Lind Producer: Nora Hakramaj, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

Flexible Woman Can Shapeshift Her Body Thanks To A Chronic Illness4m39s

Flexible Woman Can Shapeshift Her Body Thanks To A Chronic Illness

A woman suffering from a chronic illness that allows her to twist her body into mind-boggling shapes has turned it to her advantage by becoming a contortionist. Scarlet Checkers has Ehlers-Dalos Syndrome (EDS) which is a rare collagen disorder characterised by unusually stretchy skin and flexible joints and could be confined to a wheelchair in the next 10 years. Instead of letting the condition get her down, the 23-year-old has used it to her advantage, performing as a contortionist for her local community and wowing crowds with her incredible body manipulations. Scarlet, who was diagnosed with the genetic condition just one year ago, says that she doesn’t want to turn her diagnosis into a pity party! Scarlet was flexible her entire life due to a health condition that affects the connective tissue in her body and makes all the ligaments, joints and skin very loose and flexible. She can stretch her skin, can you believe that? At first she thought that she was naturally very flexible but later she found out that it was actually a genetic condition. She sat in strange positions at the dinner table because that was most comfortable for her. Her stepmom would yell at her for sitting in strange positions! She can shapeshift her body and that comes natural to her, that would usually come as painful and uncomfortable to most people! She is trying to raise awareness for her condition because the disease from which she is suffering is considered invisible! It is very difficult to get a diagnosis because a lot of doctors don’t know what it is! She was obsessed with the circus for most of her life, she was in the animals and clowns and acrobats. Two years ago she started performing full time. Currently she performs for a show called ‘the birthday party’ consisted by three clowns and an alien. Her colleagues say that she is very inspiring and uses her disease to her advantage which is very impressive. The key is being aware of your own body and respecting your limits, and her career goals are very short-term, she just wants to enjoy what she is doing and not ruin her body. Most of all, she enjoys making people laugh! Videographer / director: Travis Mays Producer: Katie Mercer, Ruby Coote Editor: Grant Hanson-Vaux

The Women Stripping Off - For Men’s Rights5m31s

The Women Stripping Off - For Men’s Rights

A GROUP of young women are hoping to raise awareness of men's’ rights - by stripping off for a sexy calendar. Vanessa Lussier, from North Carolina, leads a group of men's’ rights activists called the ‘Lovely Ladies For Men’s Issues’. And for 2018, the group has big ambitions to empower men by posing in skimpy outfits for the ‘Lovely Ladies for Men’s Issues 2018’ calendar. Vanessa, aged 22, believes that 'feminism is a good idea that got taken advantage of by bad people’ and hopes to challenge ‘toxic’ stereotypes of men. Videographer / director: Adam Gray Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ed Baranski, Ruby Coote Editor: James Thorne

His Scars Won't Kill His Bodybuilding Dreams4m43s

His Scars Won't Kill His Bodybuilding Dreams

A bodybuilder enjoys flexing his ripped muscles on stage despite suffering from a condition that leaves his chest and back covered in large lumps of scar tissue. At the age of 17, Isaiah Griffin, now 23, from Wichita, Kansas, noticed his first keloid on his leg, a benign growth caused when the body over heals itself. His acne turned to keloids, and treatments helped to stop progressing. He witnessed changes in the way he sleeps, sometimes he cannot hug because of the bursts on his chests, he was in extreme pain and he cried to the point where he knows he needed a life-changer. The condition gave Isaiah extremely low self-esteem, to the point where he couldn’t bear to look at his own reflection in the mirror, but bodybuilding helped him regain his confidence. He started bodybuilding because he was skinny and wanted to lift, so his father dragged him to the gym, and taught him discipline, which later on inspired him to achieve more. Isaiah's biggest strength is his hunger for hard work. He had doubts whether to start lifting, but he is big daddy's boy, and his father pushed him and encouraged his way through. It was encouraging for him to do something without thinking what people might say, and that didn't stop him from achieving, he strives to succeed. He helps people, talks openly by his battle with keloids and turned out better looking than his father. He won third place in his very first competition and, while his biggest web-like keloid on his chest often prevents him training since it can lead to bleeding and bursting, nevertheless Isaiah has his sights set on becoming a bodybuilding champion. Videographer / director: Adam Gray Producer: Nora Hakramaj, Ed Baranski Editor: Grant Hanson-Vaux

The Brooklyn Superhero Supplies Store | STORE CRAZY3m32s

The Brooklyn Superhero Supplies Store | STORE CRAZY

The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. is the destination of choice for existing and wannabe superheroes wanting to stock up on their capes, x-ray goggles and tins of immortality. Featuring everything from a cape-testing area, a “Devillainiser”, and a mind-reading machine, the store, based in the Park Slope district of Brooklyn, New York, also functions as a front and money-spinner for 826NYC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students ages 6-18 with their writing skills. Students access the writing room via a secret door in the store. Founded in 2004, 826NYC is the New York chapter of the non-profit originally set up by novelist Dave Eggers and educator Nínive Calegari in San Francisco. Here, wannabe caped crusaders can come here to replenish their supplies of capes, x-ray goggles and “immortality". They can also stockpile tins of super powers, including justice, chutzpah, magnificence, immortality and vengeance. New York is Metropolis; it is Gotham. All the best superheroes live here and store manager Chris Eckert says that theirs is the best superhero supply store in all five boroughs. Behind a secret door in the store is the writing room for 826NYC, a New York chapter founded in 2004. There are seven 826 chapters in total, including a robot store in Detroit, secret agent supplies in Chicago and Big Foot research station in Boston. Videographer / director: Adam Gray Producer: Tom Midlane, Ruby Coote Editor: Thom Johnson

This Man Is Slicing Up Brains For Parkinson’s Research3m14s

This Man Is Slicing Up Brains For Parkinson’s Research

In a small laboratory in London are hundreds of human brains, labelled and ready for dissection - all in the name of science. At Imperial College London there is one of the UK's Brain Banks, established for diagnoses and research into neurological disorders. The college’s brain bank specifies in research for Parkinson’s, a degenerative neurological condition. The brains are donated by members of the public, both those with Parkinson’s and people without, as comparisons between the different tissue need to be made. The bank is due to receive its 1,000th brain in October. The human brain is a strange, enigmatic entity – a 3-pound witness to the world, it pilots our body from the safety of our skull. A powerful product of evolution and a force to reckon with, but also incredibly fragile and prone to error. In steps the neuropathologist – the man behind the scalpel that slices and dices the brain in order to learn why it fails in some and not in others. "Ideally, we need to get [the brain] back here in under 48 hours because the tissue starts to lose its quality after that time," said Steve Gentleman, professor of neuropathology at Imperial College London and scientific director for the Parkinson’s UK Brain Bank. "If a donor’s brain arrives within 48 hours, we will bisect it down the middle, half of which will be frozen and the other half is fixed and used for diagnostics." Why would anyone donate their brain to science? One retired nurse based in London decided to do just that, after her husband was diagnosed with an early-onset Parkinson’s at just 52 years of age. Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative brain disorder. Symptoms typically include tremors, shaking, and difficulty with balance. It is linked to the decreased production of dopamine in the substantia nigra – a region of the midbrain that influences movement and reward. Although the disease is not fatal, quality of life is reduced, with as many as 10 million people worldwide living with the condition. Videographer / director: Darragh Mason Field Producer: Shannon Lane, Ed Baranski Editor: Marcus Cooper

LET’S STRAY TOGETHER | The Polyamorous Love Coaches Who Practice What They Preach3m20s

LET’S STRAY TOGETHER | The Polyamorous Love Coaches Who Practice What They Preach

A POLYAMOROUS couple has lifted the lid on the jealousy-filled and intensely intimate world of open relationships. Carl and Kenya Stevens have been happily married for 22 years, with over half of their relationship opened to having multiple lovers. The couple from Asheville, North Carolina, quite literally practices what they preach by sharing their relationship, which has been the model for their coaching business, a ‘love academy’ called JuJuMama. Carl, 46, and Kenya, 42, invited Barcroft TV to their modern love therapy sessions to get the inside scoop on what it’s like living as a polyamory couple - in and out of the bedroom.

The Fat Footballers Tackling Obesity One Goal At A Time5m35s

The Fat Footballers Tackling Obesity One Goal At A Time

AN INGENIOUS league for fat footballers is tackling obesity across the UK. Founded in January 2016, MAN v FAT Football grants overweight men the opportunity to shift some unwanted pounds by joining up with exclusive teams and winning points for results and weight loss. There are now 25 leagues across the UK helping to support men with a BMI of 27.5 or more – targeting those who want to lose weight by regularly playing a sport they love.

Little Fashion Blogger With Big Style | BORN DIFFERENT5m14s

Little Fashion Blogger With Big Style | BORN DIFFERENT

A 3ft 8ins fashion blogger is proving that fashion is for all heights and sizes. 28-year-old Doris Jeong is a fashion blogger with dwarfism, and shares style tips for women all over the world on her blog “I Wear Shirts As Dresses”. Her blog advises women on how to dress for your size and where to find pieces that are fit for fashionista’s on the smaller side. Check out Doris’s blog at: Videographer / director: Andres Aponte Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ed Baranski Editor: Sonia Estal

Inside Las Vegas’ 24-Hour Nail Salon | GET NAILED 24/77m14s

Inside Las Vegas’ 24-Hour Nail Salon | GET NAILED 24/7

THE owner of Las Vegas’ first twenty-four hour nail bar has lifted the lid on the ‘freaky’ world of Sin City salons. Nyisha Goodwin, 36, the co-owner of Get Nailed 24/7, sees the weird and wonderful as rowdy tourists and quirky locals live it up in the entertainment capital of the world. Videographer / director: Braden Party Producer: John Balson, Ruby Coote Editor: James Thorne

These Parents Are Intent On Raising Their Kids Free-Range5m13s

These Parents Are Intent On Raising Their Kids Free-Range

Parents Adele and Matt Allen from Brighton believe in an all-natural approach to bringing up their children - so much so, they refuse modern medicine, traditional schooling and encourage full-term breastfeeding. They call their parenting style ‘Off-Grid Parenting’ and their children Ulysses, five and Ostara, one, are therefore both still breastfed, have never visited a doctor and will not attend a mainstream school. When Adele, a writer, fell pregnant with her son, the couple’s controversial methods felt completely natural to them. Adele gave birth to both her children completely unassisted and with no medical intervention with only her husband Matt by her side. The mom said: “The thought of giving birth in a hospital just didn’t appeal to me because of many reasons - mostly the observer effect. Also, the interventions I think can be gently nudged on you when you are in a very vulnerable state.” She gave birth to both of her children at home, completely unassisted. The opted for ‘lotus births’, meaning that both the placenta and the umbilical cords were left to fall off naturally. As for the breastfeeding , the of-the-grid mom says it is just as natural as a hug, it’s a form of connecting with one’s child. She also uses her breast milk as a dietary supplement for her children, but also as a medicine; Adele squirts some of it in the children’s eyes if they have an infection, or gives them lemon juice if they are ill. Videographer / director: Jon Dean Producer: Charley Sutton, Ellie Winstanley Editor: Marcus Cooper

Published: September 28, 201750,776 views
Plus-Size Ballerina Is 'On Pointe’ | SHAKE MY BEAUTY6m59s

Plus-Size Ballerina Is 'On Pointe’ | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

A PLUS-SIZE ballerina is breaking stereotypes one ‘pointe’ at a time. Professional dancer Thaina Silva, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, may not fit the stereotypically slim, long-legged stature of a ballerina, but that hasn’t stopped her from wowing crowds with her elegance and showing anyone can dance, whatever their size. The size 18 student says she learnt to dance before she could walk and has dreamt of becoming a professional ballet dancer since she was a young girl - despite the uncomfortable looks and nasty comments she’s endured throughout her life. Videographer / director: Kadeh Ferreira Producer: Camile Rocha-Keys, Ed Baranski Editor: Sonia Estal

Kids Taught Me How To Accept My Keloids | UNBREAKABLE ME5m02s

Kids Taught Me How To Accept My Keloids | UNBREAKABLE ME

A YOUTH worker with giant lumps of scar tissue covering his face and body has credited the teenagers he mentors with helping to save his life. Since the age of nine, Tony Perkins, 57, from St. Louis, Missouri, has been living with keloids - a type of benign growth caused when scar tissue grows excessively at the site of a healed skin injury. He currently works at Roosevelt High School at the Boys and Girls after-school club where his students look past his scars and appreciate his character and heart. To donate towards Tony’s surgery campaign visit: Videographer / director: Jordan Wyatt, Lilton Stewart Producer: Nora Hakramaj, Ruby Coote Editor: James Thorne

Surgery Addict Injects Risky ‘Eternal Youth’ Bacteria | HOOKED ON THE LOOK8m19s

Surgery Addict Injects Risky ‘Eternal Youth’ Bacteria | HOOKED ON THE LOOK

AN ACTRESS is risking her life for ‘eternal youth’ by injecting herself with doses of a 3.5 million year-old bacteria discovered in Siberia. The 45-year-old, who uses the moniker Manoush and refuses to give her real name, has been pumping an extract of Bacillus F into her blood stream for the past three months and says it has made her look and feel younger. The ancient bacteria was discovered in the permafrost of north-west Russia by scientists in 2009 and has been hailed a ‘scientific sensation’ by some. The injections are just the latest in a longline of procedures for mother-of-one Manoush who has already spent $50,000 on plastic surgery over the last 20 years. Videographer / director: Aaron Fiora Producer: John Balson, Ed Baranski Editor: Sonia Estal

This Hairdresser From Britain Gives Free Haircuts To The Homeless4m59s

This Hairdresser From Britain Gives Free Haircuts To The Homeless

A British hairdresser is raising awareness of the plight of people sleeping rough - by giving free haircuts to the homeless. With the number of people sleeping rough on a steady rise, hairdresser Josh Coombes is providing the haircuts as part of his campaign #DoSomethingForNothing. Josh started his initiative in 2015 and has since been joined by Veterinarian Jade Statt of Street Vet Ltd, a service where vets and veterinary nurses go to the streets and aid rough sleepers’ dogs. Most recently they visited Shoreditch, East London in search of those who could use their help. The pair travel with backpacks filled with their supplies; Jade has everything from antibiotics to dog treats, and Josh has all of his hairdressing equipment. The main focus of the campaign is to encourage people to do something for nothing, and to show that a small gesture can make a huge difference. According to Crises UK there were an estimated 4,134 people sleeping rough in England on a single night in the Autumn of 2016 - a rise of 16% since 2015. The London based CHAIN database figure is even more shocking, showing London rough sleeping levels having risen 104% since 2010. The hairdresser has extended his selfless work overseas and is currently visiting the rough sleepers of New York. Videographer / director: Marcus Cooper Producer: Shannon Lane, Ruby Coote Editor: Marcus Cooper