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A New York City Department of Corrections captain died after undergoing a Brazilian butt lift in the Dominican Republic.

49-year-old Tandra Bowser-Williams, a corrections captain at Rikers Island Jail, suffered a massive stroke just days after undergoing BBL surgery performed by a doctor who was indicted in NY for practicing without a license.

Bowser-Williams reportedly flew to Santo Domingo to receive a fat transfer surgery from plastic surgeon Dr. Hector Cabral, on May 13.

Dr. Cabral was previously indicted in New York in March 2011 on 10 counts of operating without a medical license, fraud and conspiracy charges.

He was accused of charging patients for consultations at med spas and beauty parlors in New York before luring unsuspecting patients to the Dominican Republic for surgery at bargain prices.

Dr. Cabral worked out of a clinic in Santo Domingo, where he operated on patients without a license.

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Rapper Cardi B claimed she had a bad feeling after she booked an appointment for BBL surgery with Dr. Cabral. She canceled the surgery: "I had a feeling and I did it with another doctor," she said.

Bowser-Williams' husband, Curtis Williams, told the N.Y. Daily News that his wife was aware of Dr. Cabral's indictment, but she trusted him anyway.

"Her exact words to me were, 'you're gonna love Dr. Cabral's work.' I didn't care one way or another. I accepted my wife the way she was," he told the Daily News.

Williams said he received an urgent call from a nurse at a clinic where his wife had been transferred after suffering a stroke. She told Williams that his wife had a stroke.

"They brought my wife out of the medically induced coma so she could unlock her phone, so that's how she was able to get in touch with me," he said.

"I heard my wife in the background, and she was complaining about her stomach and her butt."

He said she died before he could arrive in Santo Domingo to be by her side.

Williams said Dr. Cabral paid for his plane ticket to the Dominican Republic as well as his wife's embalming at a local funeral home.

"Everybody is distraught. She was the heart, the lifeline of the family. The heartbeat," Williams said.

In 2017, at least four women died during surgeries with Dr. Cabral at the same clinic.

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"Little Women" star Ms. Juicy Baby is out of the intensive care unit after reportedly suffering a stroke.

The reality TV star's reps tell TMZ she is on the road to recovery after being moved out of ICU.

Her team says she suffered a stroke, and she "wants everyone to know she is fighting and ready to go home."

Ms. Juicy's sister, Tanya Evans, created a GoFUndMe on Monday to raise money for her medical bills.

Evans writes:

"Although we don't have a definitive date of when she will be out of the hospital and be able to get back to work, we do need your help until she recovers. Whatever you can give, we would deeply appreciate it."

Ms. Juicy's reps added, "She wants to thank her fans for showing so much love and keeping her in their prayers."

Ms. Juicy Baby, born Shirlene King Pearson, began her career as a radio personality on "The Rickey Smiley Morning Show" in Atlanta, Ga.

She is best known as a cast member on Lifetime's reality TV series "Little Women".

Ms. Juicy was born with Pituitary Dwarfism on Jan. 5, 1972. She is 50.

Legendary actress Betty White passed away 6 days after suffering a stroke, according to her death certificate, obtained by TMZ.

Betty's cause of death is listed as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), which is caused by blood clots or a ruptured blood vessel that results in a lack of blood flow to part of the brain.

TMZ reports The Golden Girls TV sitcom star died "peacefully in her sleep" at her home on December 31, 2021, less than 3 weeks before she would have celebrated her 100th birthday.

A movie honoring the milestone, "Betty White: 100 Years Young -- A Birthday Celebration" will still be released. It features White's friends and colleagues, including Ryan Reynolds, Tina Fey, Robert Redford, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Leno, Carol Burnett, Jimmy Kimmel, and more.

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Rapper Biz Markie passed away in hospice care, his rep confirmed on Friday. he was 57.

Last month, rumors swirled that the beloved rapper had died. However his rep confirmed that Markie, real name Marcel Hall, suffered a stroke and was admitted to a hospice.

Biz Markie was best known for his beatboxing skills and his hit single "Just a Friend."

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"Just a Friend" was Markie's most successful single, reaching number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1990. The single became a Top 40 hit in several countries and ranked at No. 100 on VH1's list of the 100 greatest hip hop songs of all time.

Markie was affectionately called the "Clown Prince of Hip Hop"

He was born in Manhattan, in the neighborhood of Harlem. He was raised on Long Island and began his DJ career in New York City nightclubs and later performed at colleges along the east coast.

Yesterday, some of my readers discussed rapper Yung Miami's dangerous habit of not drinking any water. Apparently, other young women are following her lead and have stopped drinking water.

Not drinking water is a bad habit that can lead to dangerous consequences, including death.

Humans can go a month without eating solid food, but we can only survive about 3-5 days without drinking water.

The body is made up of 60% water. We lose 2.5% of water daily. Even a 2% loss of water above that amount can have devastating effects on our health.

How Much Water Do We Need Daily?

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Expert opinion varies on the ideal amount of water intake. Doctors say we should drink 8 glasses (8 ounces in each glass) of water daily. But other experts say we need 13 or more glasses of water daily. The ideal amount depends on our age, body weight and health status. Some medical problems (such as heart problems or edema) require restricted water intake. Men require more water intake than women because men have more muscle mass.

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Four 16 ounce bottles of water per day provides the daily recommended water intake for most people. Always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider if you are unsure of how much water to drink daily.

The following are 10 side effects of not drinking enough water.

1. Death

Death is the No. 1 side effect of not drinking enough water. The human body contains 60% water and the brain is 85% water. Water is the fuel of life. Without water, vital electrolyte levels in the body that are strictly controlled by the brain will become dangerously high or low. We need water to maintain our heart health. Water keeps the blood from thickening and causing blood clots or strokes. To put it simply, moderate to severe dehydration can cause a heart attack or stroke.

2. Chemical Imbalance

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The brain maintains a strict control over the electrolytes and vitamins that maintain our heart and body processes. These processes include oxygenation of vital organs, waste disposal, bone and joint lubrication, etc. Water is a very important component in maintaining these crucial electrolytes that keep our body processes running smoothly. If the normal balance of electrolytes and vitamins are even slightly altered, it can cause devastating consequences and even death.

3. Weight Gain From Calorie Intake

Some people believe they will lose weight if they limit their water intake. But the opposite can sometimes happen. Your brain will cause you to increase your caloric intake when you're actually dehydrated and need to drink more water. People who frequently snack on sugary and salty food may actually be thirsty from dehydration. The increased calories from all that snacking causes weight gain. Drinking more water will reduce the craving for sugar and salt.

4. Weight Gain From Water Retention

Some athletes and models don't drink enough water before an event because they believe they will gain water weight. Actually the reverse happens. Dehydration causes the brain to conserve every drop of water by redirecting water to vital internal organs, causing water retention. If you don't drink enough water you will urinate less because your body is retaining water.

5. Premature Aging

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Have you noticed teenagers and 20-somethings who look older than their parents? Not consuming enough water daily will make you look old faster. Your skin needs water to maintain its elasticity and flexibility. Lack of water causes collagen to crack and split, causing premature age lines to form around your eyes and mouth. Your skin will look dull and weathered in your 30s and 40s, causing you to look a decade or more older than your stated age.

6. Hair Loss

Not drinking enough water daily can cause your hair to shed and break easily. Your skin (including your scalp) is the largest organ in your body. But the skin is the last organ to get water if dehydrated. Most people are in a constant state of mild dehydration. Their skin looks dry and ashy because water is constantly being rerouted from the skin to vital internal organs to maintain normal physiological processes.

Even in a state of mild dehydration, the body rations water to the organs that need it the most. The skin is last on the list and will only get a few drops of water. That's why it's important to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day to ensure that the skin will always get the water it needs. To put it simply, if you're constantly applying lotion to your ashy skin, you're not drinking enough water. Your hair and nails will be dry, brittle and break easily.

7. Poor Muscle Mass

The body is made up of 60% water and most of that is in the muscles, so not drinking enough water causes muscles to go soft. Dehydration reduces the muscle mass and causes muscles to become more sore and painful after exercise. If you exercise regularly you should drink lots of water. Always follow your doctor or trainer's advice on water consumption while training.

8. Stomach Ulcers

People who don't drink enough water are prone to stomach ulcers. A stomach ulcer is an open sore in the stomach lining that is usually caused by too much acid in the stomach. Drinking water regularly helps to reduce the stomach acid that can cause heartburn.

9. Body Temperature

Drinking water helps to control our body temperature and keeps internal organs cool on hot days. Not drinking enough water can cause heat cramps (severe pain in hands, legs and feet). Dehydration can also cause dizziness, weakness, malaise and fatigue, headaches, and rapid pulse. In severe cases, people can experience heat stroke, which can be life-threatening.

10. Constipation

When the body is in a mild to moderate state of dehydration, water will be rerouted to vital organs. That process occurs in the bowels by pulling water away from the stool and into the bloodstream. The more water is pulled away, the harder the stool becomes until it is difficult to pass stool. Drinking 2 tall glasses of water will immediately relieve constipation in most cases when constipation is not caused by a medical problem.

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