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Sydney dentist Dr Lewis Ehrlich shares the 12 things you can do to improve your mind and body today

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Flossing once a day, building closer relationships and exercising through activities you actually enjoy are among the quickest ways to improve your health, a dentist has revealed.

Dr Lewis Ehrlich, from Sydney’s Holistic Dental Centre, shared a guide to general well-being on Facebook on Monday, advising Australians of the simple changes to their daily routine that lead to major benefits for body and mind.

While some of his tips sounds obvious, studies show that the vast majority of people are still ignoring longstanding advice on diet, sleep, oral hygiene and mental health.

Dr Ehrlich said it’s crucial to work out for at least 30 minutes and brush your teeth twice a day to avoid serious health issues like heart disease, Alzheimer’s and kidney failure later in life.

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Dr Lewis Ehrlich from Sydney's Holistic Dental Centre, who says flossing once a day, building closer relationships with family and friends and exercising through activities you actually enjoy are among the quickest ways to improve your overall health

Dr Lewis Ehrlich from Sydney's Holistic Dental Centre, who says flossing once a day, building closer relationships with family and friends and exercising through activities you actually enjoy are among the quickest ways to improve your overall health

Dr Lewis Ehrlich from Sydney’s Holistic Dental Centre, who says flossing once a day, building closer relationships with family and friends and exercising through activities you actually enjoy are among the quickest ways to improve your overall health

1. BRUSH TWICE AND FLOSS ONCE A DAY

Statistics show just 50 percent of Australians brush their teeth twice a day. That figure drops to 44 percent for men.

Research also reveals that the majority of people don’t brush for long enough.

A study conducted by the Department of Health found 30 percent of Australians go without regular dental care due to cost and unavailability of services in their region.

One in 25 Australians over the age of 15 have none of their natural teeth left because of untreated decay and erosion.

Dr Ehrlich says poor oral health contributes to many serious conditions including heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s, as well as a higher risk of prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction.

To reduce the risk of chronic disease, Dr Ehrlich says it’s crucial to brush with ‘perfect technique’ for at least two minutes, twice a day, and see a dentist for a routine check-up and clean every six months.

Daily flossing also reduces the risk of oral cancer, according to studies from the American Association for Cancer Research.

The ‘perfect’ brushing technique

Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. In a circular motion, gently move the brush back and forth in short, tooth-wide strokes, covering the outer and inner surfaces. Use a light back and forth motion on the flat chewing surfaces of the teeth.

Source: Dental Health Services Victoria 

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2. EAT REAL FOOD 

Dr Ehrlich often discusses the link between poor oral health and illness elsewhere in the body on Instagram, telling followers: ‘[Conditions] like tooth decay and gum disease don’t just happen for no reason’.

He cited studies that show how oral sickness travels down to the gut, leaving the digestive system open to disease and inflammation.

To prevent this, he recommends eating a diet rich in leafy greens like spinach and kale, good quality protein like chicken and white fish and healthy fats like avocado.

He also suggests swapping coffee for green tea, which has been shown to stop the growth of bacteria involved in gum disease.

Consumption of processed snack foods, fruit juices, fizzy drinks and alcohol should be limited, he warns, because they feed harmful bacteria in the mouth which leads to an imbalance in the gut over time.

Dr Ehrlich suggests swapping coffee for green tea, which has been shown to stop the growth of bacteria involved in gum disease

Dr Ehrlich suggests swapping coffee for green tea, which has been shown to stop the growth of bacteria involved in gum disease

Dr Ehrlich suggests swapping coffee for green tea, which has been shown to stop the growth of bacteria involved in gum disease

Dr Ehrlich shared his personal daily diet and exercise regime back in August 2018.

He told Sydney nutritionist Jessica Sepel he wakes at 6am every morning and downs a quick shot of apple cider vinegar, before cooking an omelette packed with green vegetables for breakfast.

For lunch, he usually eats a salad with chicken or another type of protein, followed by a handful or nuts and two squares of dark chocolate.

His typical dinner is a large plate of dish, chicken or red meat with lots of steamed vegetables, with more chocolate for dessert.

‘I have a dark chocolate addiction so it is rare that I don’t have a couple of pieces after dinner as a treat,’ he said. 

Dr Lewis Ehrlich (pictured in 2019) recommends a diet rich in leafy greens like spinach and kale, good quality protein like chicken and white fish and healthy fats like avocado to help you reach your full health potential

Dr Lewis Ehrlich (pictured in 2019) recommends a diet rich in leafy greens like spinach and kale, good quality protein like chicken and white fish and healthy fats like avocado to help you reach your full health potential

Dr Lewis Ehrlich (pictured in 2019) recommends a diet rich in leafy greens like spinach and kale, good quality protein like chicken and white fish and healthy fats like avocado to help you reach your full health potential

3. PRIORITISE SLEEP

Prioritising sleep is one of the quickest ways to reach your full health potential, Dr Ehrlich says, but long office hours, partying and family commitments often prevent us from resting as we should.  

Auckland sleep specialist Jane Wrigglesworth previously told Daily Mail Australia about the dangers of inadequate sleep.

She said continuously disrupted sleep is linked to digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, ulcers and even gastrointestinal cancer, as well as exacerbating mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.

The Australian Sleep Health Foundation recommends seven to nine hours of sleep a night for adults aged 18 to 64, and Dr Ehrlich says ‘your body will reward you’ for consistently hitting this mark.

To improve sleep quality, he recommends reducing intake of alcohol and sugary food, drinking more water and exercising for 30 minutes every day. 

‘The great thing that I’ve been able to observe with my patients through the years is that your body will reward you for treating it with respect. Slowly try to break unhealthy habits and ‘crowd them out’ with good ones,’ he said in an Instagram post.

Prioritising sleep is one of the quickest ways to reach your full health potential, Dr Ehrlich says, but long office hours, partying and family commitments often prevent us from resting as we should (stock image)

Prioritising sleep is one of the quickest ways to reach your full health potential, Dr Ehrlich says, but long office hours, partying and family commitments often prevent us from resting as we should (stock image)

Prioritising sleep is one of the quickest ways to reach your full health potential, Dr Ehrlich says, but long office hours, partying and family commitments often prevent us from resting as we should (stock image)

4. MAKE EXERCISE FUN

Working out can feel like a chore, which is why Dr Ehrlich says training should always be built around ‘something you love’ to keep you committed.

Queensland’s health department suggests making exercise fun again by enrolling in a dance class, trying exhilarating activities like rock climbing or ice skating or simply building your own workouts around the movements you enjoy.

Working out with friends is a great way to ‘take the pain’ out of exercising, like group sessions of paintballing, bowling, trampolining or golf.

5. GET BACK TO NATURE

Historically dismissed as the advice of hippie-minded bohemians, a growing body of research suggests spending time in nature can improve your health.

Hiking, swimming and even sitting on grass outdoors is now believed to have a restorative effect on our minds.

A 2009 study by Stephan Mayer published in the journal Environment And Behaviour found that simply watching videos of natural settings like oceans or forests increases our connection to nature and positive emotions, the ABC reported.

Dr Ehrlich agrees, encouraging people to get out in nature and enjoy the sunshine instead of staring at screens and staying indoors. 

‘Take your shoes off and make contact with the earth every day. City living isn’t normal,’ he said. 

Working out can feel like a chore, which is why Dr Ehrlich (right) says training should always be built around 'something you love'

Working out can feel like a chore, which is why Dr Ehrlich (right) says training should always be built around 'something you love'

Working out can feel like a chore, which is why Dr Ehrlich (right) says training should always be built around ‘something you love’

6. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER   

Dr Ehrlich’s most obvious tip to ‘drink plenty of water’ is still ignored by the majority of people.

More than 80 percent of Australian adults drink just 1.29 litres of water a day, well below the 2.5 litres (for men) and 2 litres (for women) recommended by leading health organisations, a 2020 study by Water Logic Australia reveals.

Water makes up between 50 and 80 percent of the human body and plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy weight, flushing out toxins and regulating normal bowel function, according to Australia’s Health Direct website.

It also gives us youthful-looking skin, stronger athletic endurance and clearer mental clarity, but many go for hours each day without a drop touching their lips.

Consistent dehydration causes bad breath, fatigue and dry, flaking skin, and leads to painful conditions like urinary tract infections and kidney stones over time.

Even slight dehydration has a serious impact on physical and mental performance.

A 2015 study from the UK’s Loughborough University proves mild dehydration causes the same amount of driving errors as low levels of alcohol.

The research shows motorists are 114 percent more likely to make an error on the road than if they were properly hydrated.

6. MEDITATE DAILY

Meditating for just five minutes a day calms the body and helps you become ‘a better version of yourself’, according to Dr Ehrlich.

‘It relaxes the mind and breaks down our absolutism, moralism and judgement of others that can expend enormous energy,’ he said.

Free tools like Headspace, The Mindfulness App and Calm which can be downloaded on Apple and Android devices are a useful place to start.

They guide you through short meditations from three to 30 minutes that teach deep breathing techniques to clear your mind and help you unwind.

7. BUILD STRONGER RELATIONSHIPS

Close relationships are one of the biggest contributors to good health and long life, Dr Ehrlich says. 

Research from the Victorian Government proves people who share close human connections have less anxiety, greater confidence and self-worth, stronger immune systems and more empathy than those who feel lonely or isolated.

People with strong relationships also have a lower risk of dementia, depression and Alzheimer’s disease.  

‘Surround yourself with people you love and love you back. Close relationships are the BEST predictor of health and longevity,’ Dr Ehrlich said.

Research from the Victorian Government proves people who share close human connections have less anxiety and greater self-worth (stock image)

Research from the Victorian Government proves people who share close human connections have less anxiety and greater self-worth (stock image)

Research from the Victorian Government proves people who share close human connections have less anxiety and greater self-worth (stock image)

9. TALK TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE

Creating a contact list of medical professionals who you really trust will help you take ownership of your health, according to Dr Ehrlich.

He says finding a GP, dermatologist, gynaecologist and other specialists that connect with you on a personal level and take time to understand your problems is a key component to reaching your full potential, physically and mentally.

‘Surround yourself with a tribe of health professionals who you trust, love what they do, stay up to date and aren’t afraid to put their ego to one side when they don’t know something, and know their limitations,’ he said.

10. INVEST IN YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Dr Ehrlich believes seeing a psychologist about mental concerns should be normalised and included as a standard requirement to improving overall health.

‘Life can be tough, and sometimes you don’t know how you get through the tough days,’ he said.

‘If you go, tell people you go and that you’re damn proud of it. Get vulnerable.’

11. REDUCE CHEMICAL CONSUMPTION

Dr Ehrlich urges people to minimise the chemicals in their food, cosmetics and household environment by whipping up homemade cleaning products, choosing paper instead of plastic and researching the ingredients used in your cosmetics.

Clean beauty is on the rise, with an increasing number of brands now shunning chemical components in favour of natural alternatives.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop and Kourtney Kardashian’s Poosh websites regularly share clean beauty features promoting non-toxic treatments and organic recipes.

12. SMILE AND NEVER TAKE LIFE TOO SERIOUSLY

Dr Ehrlich finished his post by telling readers to be gentle with themselves and to others.

‘Smile, have a laugh, don’t take it all too seriously and be good to people,’ he said.

‘None of us are getting out of here alive…may as well be nice and have some fun while we are here.’

For more information on oral health and dental advice, follow Dr Lewis Ehrlich on Instagram here.

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Four dead and nine injured after minibus ‘carrying children’ crashed into a lorry in China

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Four people have died and nine have been hospitalised after a fatal collision between a lorry and a minibus, reportedly carrying a dozen kindergarten children, in central China.

The minibus crashed into an oncoming lorry at 7.56am local time Wednesday on 237 Provisional Road in Yuzhou city, Henan province.

The incident killed four people and wounded nine, according to local authorities. The cause of the crash remains unclear amid ongoing investigations.

The minibus crashed into an oncoming lorry at 7.56am local time Wednesday on 237 Provisional Road in Yuzhou city, Henan province. Four people were killed and nine were injured

The minibus crashed into an oncoming lorry at 7.56am local time Wednesday on 237 Provisional Road in Yuzhou city, Henan province. Four people were killed and nine were injured

The minibus crashed into an oncoming lorry at 7.56am local time Wednesday on 237 Provisional Road in Yuzhou city, Henan province. Four people were killed and nine were injured

The minibus crashed into an oncoming lorry at 7.56am local time Wednesday in Henan

The minibus crashed into an oncoming lorry at 7.56am local time Wednesday in Henan

The incident killed four people and wounded nine, according to local authorities

The incident killed four people and wounded nine, according to local authorities

Four people have died and nine have been hospitalised after a fatal collision between a lorry and a minibus, reportedly carrying a dozen kindergarten children, in central China

Footage shows medics tending to the injured residents lying on the road after multiple ambulances arrived on the scene.

The minibus is said to have carried a dozen kindergarten children and schoolteachers, according to Chinese media.

Yuzhou police said in a statement that four people died and nine were injured during the incident, without specifying if the victims were children or adults.

A staff member from the Yuzhou Central Hospital told The Paper that a three-year-old boy had been admitted to the hospital following the crash.

Medics are seen tending to the wounded residents lying on the road

Medics are seen tending to the wounded residents lying on the road

The minibus is said to have carried a dozen kindergarten children and schoolteachers, according to Chinese media

The minibus is said to have carried a dozen kindergarten children and schoolteachers, according to Chinese media

Footage shows medics tending to the injured residents lying on the road after multiple ambulances arrived on the scene.

Yuzhou police said in a statement that four people died and nine were injured during the incident

Yuzhou police said in a statement that four people died and nine were injured during the incident

The officials did not specify if the victims were children or adults

The officials did not specify if the victims were children or adults

Footage shows medics tending to the injured residents lying on the road after multiple ambulances arrived on the scene. All the injured people are in stable condition, the local authorities said. Investigations for the incident are underway

Three students are being treated at the hospital after they were brought in by their families, according to the Chinese news outlet.

A witness who filmed the footage told Pear Video: ‘The incident had been finished when I arrived, it was just past 8am. The vehicles were both parked on the side.

‘The minibus was on the left, the lorry was on the right. Two people were lying in front of the lorry. I think there was also a child. It was quite a serious accident.’

All the injured people are in stable condition, the local authorities said. Investigations for the incident are underway.

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The Bachelor’s Locky Gilbert sends home Izzy Sharman-Firth and intruder Bec Cvilikas

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The Bachelor fans were not surprised when Locky Gilbert chose Irena Srbinovska and Bella Varelis as his top two picks at the rose ceremony on Wednesday.

And many flocked to Twitter to call his decision to send home Izzy Sharman-Firth and intruder Bec Cvilikas predictable.

One wrote: ‘I’ve never been less on tenterhooks about a final two. Irena and Bella. Can’t be anyone else.’  

'I've never been less on tenterhooks about a final two': The Bachelor's Locky Gilbert sent home Izzy Sharman-Firth (right) and intruder Bec Cvilikas (left) in a double elimination viewers called very 'obvious'

'I've never been less on tenterhooks about a final two': The Bachelor's Locky Gilbert sent home Izzy Sharman-Firth (right) and intruder Bec Cvilikas (left) in a double elimination viewers called very 'obvious'

‘I’ve never been less on tenterhooks about a final two’: The Bachelor’s Locky Gilbert sent home Izzy Sharman-Firth (right) and intruder Bec Cvilikas (left) in a double elimination viewers called very ‘obvious’

‘Irena and Bella. Obviously. Right??’ wrote another. 

A third tweeted: ‘So I don’t think anyone will be surprised if the final two are Irena and Bella?’

‘I’m calling it, Irena and Bella are the 2,’ added another.

Predictable: Many flocked to Twitter to call Locky's decision to send home Izzy and intruder Bec, and chose Irena Srbinovska and Bella Varelis as his top two picks very 'obvious' and 'unsurprising'

Predictable: Many flocked to Twitter to call Locky's decision to send home Izzy and intruder Bec, and chose Irena Srbinovska and Bella Varelis as his top two picks very 'obvious' and 'unsurprising'

Predictable: Many flocked to Twitter to call Locky’s decision to send home Izzy and intruder Bec, and chose Irena Srbinovska and Bella Varelis as his top two picks very ‘obvious’ and ‘unsurprising’

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Not surprised: One wrote, 'I've never been less on tenterhooks about a final two. Irena and Bella. Can't be anyone else.' Another tweeted: 'So I don't think anyone will be surprised if the final two are Irena and Bella?'

Not surprised: One wrote, 'I've never been less on tenterhooks about a final two. Irena and Bella. Can't be anyone else.' Another tweeted: 'So I don't think anyone will be surprised if the final two are Irena and Bella?'

Not surprised: One wrote, ‘I’ve never been less on tenterhooks about a final two. Irena and Bella. Can’t be anyone else.’ Another tweeted: ‘So I don’t think anyone will be surprised if the final two are Irena and Bella?’

‘Bye Izzy and Bec,’ another wrote.

There were also a number of viewers who were surprised that Locky would be picking his final two so soon after hometown visits.  

‘Oh I’ve been so confused how we went from 4 to grand finale. I swear it used to be 4 to 3 to final 2,’ said one. 

‘We’re overdue for a blindside,’ another wrote, as a third tweeted: ‘Are there only two roses? Wait? What? Am I missing something here?’

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'I swear it used to be 4 to 3 to final 2': There were also a number of viewers who were surprised that Locky would be picking his final two so soon after hometown visits

'I swear it used to be 4 to 3 to final 2': There were also a number of viewers who were surprised that Locky would be picking his final two so soon after hometown visits

‘I swear it used to be 4 to 3 to final 2’: There were also a number of viewers who were surprised that Locky would be picking his final two so soon after hometown visits

Locky gave his final two roses to Irena and Bella, former friends turned rivals, at the end of the rose ceremony. 

After embracing Bec, it was an emotional Izzy’s turn to say goodbye, tearing up as she hugged Locky before he walked her out.

Before leaving, he told her: ‘You’re so amazing, you bring out the best in me. I’ve had literally the best time.’

The final two: Locky gave his final two roses to Irena and Bella, former friends turned rivals, at the end of the rose ceremony. Pictured left to right is Irena and Bella

The final two: Locky gave his final two roses to Irena and Bella, former friends turned rivals, at the end of the rose ceremony. Pictured left to right is Irena and Bella

The final two: Locky gave his final two roses to Irena and Bella, former friends turned rivals, at the end of the rose ceremony. Pictured left to right is Irena and Bella

She said: ‘You’ve also got some amazing girls back there. Good luck.’

In the car, Izzy tearfully told producers: ‘I saw myself standing at the end of this whole experience with Locky. I was not expecting tonight to go the way it has. I guess it wasn’t meant to be. 

‘Right now, I’m just feeling really heartbroken. But I wouldn’t change anything,’ she added. 

Heartfelt: Before sending her off, Locky told Izzy: 'You're so amazing, you bring out the best in me. I've had literally the best time.' In the car, Izzy told tearfully told producers: 'Right now, I'm just feeling really heartbroken. But I wouldn't change anything'

Heartfelt: Before sending her off, Locky told Izzy: 'You're so amazing, you bring out the best in me. I've had literally the best time.' In the car, Izzy told tearfully told producers: 'Right now, I'm just feeling really heartbroken. But I wouldn't change anything'

Heartfelt: Before sending her off, Locky told Izzy: ‘You’re so amazing, you bring out the best in me. I’ve had literally the best time.’ In the car, Izzy told tearfully told producers: ‘Right now, I’m just feeling really heartbroken. But I wouldn’t change anything’

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JK Rowling is embroiled in yet another transphobia row after she directed fans to a website selling badges and stickers saying ‘transwomen are men’.

The author, 55, appeared to take aim at her critics yesterday, tweeting a photograph of herself wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan: ‘This witch doesn’t burn’.

She followed up her message with a link to the Wild Womyn Workshop, writing: ‘If you are (or know) a witch who wants one of these, don’t buy from cynical chancers.’

Furious critics were quick to point out that the website sells a series of other items they deemed ‘transphobic’, with users sharing images of badges reading ‘f*** your pronouns’ and ‘trans activism is misogyny’.

Wild Womyn Workshop, which has a category dedicated to ‘gender critical’ items, also sells a badge reading ‘dead men don’t rape’ alongside stickers stating ‘trans-ideology erases women.’   

JK Rowling is embroiled in yet another transphobia row after she directed fans to a website selling 'offensive' badges and stickers saying 'transwomen are men'

JK Rowling is embroiled in yet another transphobia row after she directed fans to a website selling 'offensive' badges and stickers saying 'transwomen are men'

JK Rowling is embroiled in yet another transphobia row after she directed fans to a website selling ‘offensive’ badges and stickers saying ‘transwomen are men’

Social media users accused Rowling of promoting transphobia by sharing the link, with one writing: ‘How about considering supporting trans-inclusive organisations instead of incredibly transphobic ones?

‘Every time I think you can’t be a worse TERF, you somehow do. The bar is literally so low.’ 

Others branded the Harry Potter author a TERF – a slur meaning a trans exclusionary radical feminist – while urging Rowling to ‘understand the damage and hatefulness you have caused a group of people.’

Another critic added: ‘Coming out being transphobic proudly now… wow… I hope one day you understand the damage and hatefulness you are continuously causing a group of people when you could have used your influence and money to help people.

‘You honestly should be ashamed.’

A third added: ‘Words cannot express how disappointed I am in you.’ 

The author, 55, appeared to take aim at her critics yesterday, tweeting a photograph of herself wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan: 'This witch doesn't burn'

The author, 55, appeared to take aim at her critics yesterday, tweeting a photograph of herself wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan: 'This witch doesn't burn'

The author, 55, appeared to take aim at her critics yesterday, tweeting a photograph of herself wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan: ‘This witch doesn’t burn’

Pictured: A badge for sale at the store

Pictured: A badge for sale at the store

Pictured: A badge for sale at the store

Pictured: A badge for sale at the store

Furious critics were quick to point out that the website sells a series of other items they deemed ‘transphobic’, with users sharing images of badges reading ‘dead men don’t rape’

Other products at the store read 'f*** your pronouns' (pictured), causing fury to erupt over the author's tweet

Other products at the store read 'f*** your pronouns' (pictured), causing fury to erupt over the author's tweet

Other products at the store read ‘f*** your pronouns’ (pictured), causing fury to erupt over the author’s tweet

Responding to the criticism, Angela Wild, who runs Wild Womyn Workshop, told MailOnline: ‘Men are not women. No-one can change sex.

‘These simple statements are now considered “transphobic” and controversial. If some people are offended by my products because they are triggered by biological reality I am sorry for them but it has got nothing to do with me.

‘Don’t like my products? Don’t buy them. It’s not unlawful to tell the truth.’

Ms Wild, a self-proclaimed lesbian feminist, is a co-founder of the anti-trans, lesbian separatist group Get the L Out, which staged a demonstration at London Pride in 2018.

The author’s latest row comes just a week after furious backlash erupted over her newest novel, in which a male serial killer dresses as a woman to slay his victims.

Troubled Blood – written under Rowling’s pseudonym Robert Galbraith – follows detective Cormoran Strike as he uncovers what happened to missing GP Margot Bamborough. 

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Social media users accused Rowling of promoting transphobia by sharing the link

Social media users accused Rowling of promoting transphobia by sharing the link

Social media users accused Rowling of promoting transphobia by sharing the link

He fears she fell victim to Dennis Creed, who has been dubbed a ‘transvestite serial killer’ for murdering his victims while wearing female clothing.

An early review of the 900-page book by The Daily Telegraph – in which the critic states the book’s ‘moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress’ – sparked immediate backlash online.

Furious readers rushed to Twitter to share their thoughts, making #RIPJKRowling trend in the UK.

Others said the book – which had not been released at the time – is not transphobic at all and over-eager detractors should read it before jumping to conclusions.

The author's latest row comes just a week after furious backlash erupted over her newest novel Troubled Blood

The author's latest row comes just a week after furious backlash erupted over her newest novel Troubled Blood

 The author’s latest row comes just a week after furious backlash erupted over her newest novel Troubled Blood

Observer journalist Nick Cohen wrote: ‘I’ve read the latest Strike novel, and the claim it’s anti-trans is total sh***. 

‘I can’t tell you why it is total sh*** without giving away the ending. So until you read it yourself, which you should, you will just have to trust me: this is total sh***.’

A Twitter user called Steve replied stating: ‘But when you combine it with all the negative stereotyping she’s done about trans women, it shows a clear pattern. 

‘It’s not anti-trans as such but it does play into the fears that trans women are cis males looking to spy on women.’

Cohen replied: ‘Read the bloody book why don’t you?’ 

In June, the Harry Potter author hit headlines after she mocked an online article using the words ‘people who menstruate’ instead of ‘women’. 

She was hit by what she described as ‘relentless attacks’ after she wrote: ‘I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?’

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Furious readers rushed to Twitter to share their thoughts, making #RIPJKRowling trend in the UK.

Furious readers rushed to Twitter to share their thoughts, making #RIPJKRowling trend in the UK.

Furious readers rushed to Twitter to share their thoughts, making #RIPJKRowling trend in the UK.

JK Rowling pictured with Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in 2001

JK Rowling pictured with Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in 2001

JK Rowling pictured with Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in 2001

The acclaimed novelist then penned a deeply personal essay to address the controversy, revealing she was sexually assaulted in her 20s and saying she still feels the scars of ‘domestic violence’ in her first marriage. 

Rowling’s remarks sparked backlash from a range of stars including Ron Weasley actor Rupert Grint, Emma Watson who played Hermione Granger in the film franchise, Daniel Radcliffe who played Harry and Eddie Redmayne, who stars in her Fantastic Beasts films. 

But actor Robbie Coltrane – who played Rubeus Hagrid in the movies – told the Radio Times: ‘I don’t think what she said was offensive really. 

‘I don’t know why but there’s a whole Twitter generation of people who hang around waiting to be offended. 

He added: ‘That’s me talking like a grumpy old man, but you just think, “Oh, get over yourself”.’

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