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The influence of MEDIA on our thinking of a PERFCECT BODY IMAGE.

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Read a magazine, surf the web, watch TV and you will be constantly bombarded by cleverly airbrushed images of a woman’s perfect body. We breathe the idea that a thin body is perfectly normal and being slightly overweight and out of shape is abnormal, media would have us believe this false notion of beauty as achievable – just as long as you use this product, buy these clothes, reshape a few of your body parts here and there (your eyelids, nose , lips, ears, chin, breast, tummy, butt). The question is how many of you notices the hideous little disclaimer (you almost can’t see it because it’s either too small or placed in area they don’t want you to see) at the bottom that says “results not typical, results may vary”. Yet this is how I am supposed to look and dress to get the love, attention, happiness and success I want. And I’m being told “results are not typical, results may vary”. If you haven’t guessed by now, let me enlighten you, what they’re really saying is “the results you are looking for cannot really be achieved”.

The average model is 5’11 and weighs less than 120 lbs. (skinny, underfed but overpaid ladies (models sometimes starve themselves crazy to achieve and maintain this look)). The average Filipina is 5’2 and weighs between 115 – 120 lbs. If you look around you see average women not average models, you will also see that thin is in, that thin is beautiful, that thin is perfect. Can beauty be found in a world that doesn’t know what true beauty really is?

We see on average 400 ads a day, 10 percent of this ads is all about beauty (just try crossing any bridge that connects the southern and northern parts of Davao city and you’ll see what I mean). More than 50% of the girls think they need to go on a diet. A good percentage of women are dissatisfied with their appearance (thanks to the advertisements in print and TV that hammers home this point), and a lot of young kids 10 years old and below are afraid of being overweight which should be the last thing on their minds.

The most disturbing fact is that media images of beauty are simply unattainable except for a select few, researchers generating a computer model of a woman with Barbie-doll proportions found that her back would be too weak to support her upper body weight and her body would be too narrow to contain half of her internal organs. A real woman built that way would suffer chronic diarrhea and eventually die from malnutrition. It has been estimated that 99% of girls aged 3 to 10 years old own at least one Barbie doll (may not be Barbie doll for Filipino kids but a doll nonetheless with Barbie doll proportions). What a role model.

What are we to do? Should MTV and TV Ads reflecting unattainable images of women be banned for hypersexualization of women’s bodies? Should the fashion world be put to shame with the fact that real beauty isn’t thin, it comes from within? Should fashion magazines be taken off shelves for it’s portrayal that thin is beautiful? Should America’s Next Top Model be canceled because it shows girls that beauty is tall and thin? Should advertisements that use women bodies to sell any and everything be taken off the web?

The time it would take to fix these problems would be time wasted and unfairly spent. It’s about time women should be literate in today’s complex media culture. It’s time for young women to realize beauty comes from within. Women were made to have curves. Bodies are not fashion accessories. “Beauty is not the face; beauty is a light in the heart and the glow in the face.” Beauty is how you feel inside and it reflects in your eyes. It’s not something physical. Young women need to let the whole world see their strength and beauty. And if the world can’t see the beauty of their souls, they should know they are beautiful in the eyes of the creator. I know at times they may get knocked down and even doubt their ability, they just need to look in the mirror and say I’m wonderful with humility. And the next time they see a beauty ad on T. V. telling them thin is beautiful; they will remember “results are not typical, result may vary”. .


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Vaginal Bleach???

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Vaginal Bleaching! Anybody heard of it?

I asked my husband a few weeks ago if he have any idea or heard any news about vaginal bleaching? (it’s not really the vagina, it’s the outer region called the “vulva”, the correct term here should be “vulva bleaching”).  He stared at me for a long time ( looking at me as if I’ve gone totally mad! ) and said “WHAT?”, then did a google search on “vaginal bleaching”, when the search results appeared he was stunned, after a quick perusal he turned to me and said “this thing will be a monster hit in the Philippines soon!”. He also said the same things about BB Cream a couple of years ago when it started selling like crazy in Korea!

I grew up in a rural area a couple of kilometers away from General Santos City and back then even the mention of the word “va-jay-jays” was almost taboo. Now, we have advertisements of products in TV, radios and the net that lightens the color of the skin down there! Well. what can I say? I have to give kudos to the scientists, marketing strategist, and advertising people for hitting the nail on the head on this matter, they’ve studied women’s insecurities with regards to the appearance and color of the skin down there, and exploited these insecurities by putting ads that says you smell bad down there, you’re too big or too dark or you’re too brown down there when it could be lighter in color by using their products in just a few short weeks! What they’re really saying is, this is an opportunity for you to make yourself more attractive to your mate. Turns out their product can also whiten your ass and nipple! Bingo! So bleach that “va-jay-jays” right now!

Here’s the advertisement from an Indian Commercial Product that says it all!

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What’s your analysis of this video? Here’s mine!

A young Indian couple sits down to have a morning cup of coffee, the wife looks dejected because her husband was ignoring her. Thinking to herself, if only i could make myself lighter down there he would pay more attention to me. Presto! She went and took a shower putting on a vaginal whitening cream, when she came out she’s a different girl, playful and confident she’d get more attention from her husband. ( As if her husbands instrument was as white as a jedi’s light saber in star wars! )

Personally, I’m not opposed to women wanting to bleach their nether regions. Just make sure you know what the possible side effects are. As for bringing more excitement to your pussycat, there are loads of other options out there. You can always try waxing a thunder bolt butterfly the next time you visit a salon. That is, if you have any hair left from the last good-bye muff trend. Some of you may have lasered it off completely, in which case you may consider getting a “dirty tattoo.”

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Let’s have a look at history and see what problems, procedures and products were used to keep a woman smelling and looking good in the nether regions.

1. Problem: Your Vagina Smells Bad
Solution: Vaginal Deodorant

In the seventies, Massengill tried to marry feminism and its vaginal deodorant spray (“With Hexachlorophene”) in an ad that declared the product to be “The Freedom Spray.” It was “…the better way to be free to enjoy being a woman. Free from worry about external vaginal odor.” Because you’re going to need that time you used to spend worrying about your vaginal odor to flirt your way through the glass ceiling. Oh, and Hexachlorophene? It’s a disinfectant that can be lethal when absorbed through the skin. In 1972, it was added to baby powder in France due to a manufacturing error and killed thirty-six children.

In case you think vaginal deodorant is a relic of the past, just take a trip to the drug store. (I did, and I took notes. The staff of my local Walgreens is convinced that I’m both very thorough and that my vagina smells really bad.) There are several kinds of vaginal deodorants still for sale (Walgreens even manufactures a generic version). You can buy scented vaginal suppositories called Norforms in Island Escape and Summer’s Eve Deodorant Spray in Island Splash. (Norforms contain something called Benzethonium chloride, which is also used as a hard surface disinfectant for fruit and classified as a poison in Switzerland. Exotic!) And you can buy FDS (Feminine, Discreet, Sensual) Spray (“For the woman who cares.”) in a myriad of scents including Sheer Tropics and Fresh Island Breeze.

Because if you really cared, you’d make your vagina smell like a poisonous island.

2. Problem: Your Vagina Is Dirty
Solution: Douching

Douching, the act of forcing a mixture of fluids up into the vagina with a tube and pump, was first promoted as a form of birth control (it doesn’t work) and has continued to be used for vaguely medical reasons: to prevent STIs (sexually transmitted infections), to clean the vagina after menstruation and, of course, to rid it of that disgusting vagina smell. Douching has been repeatedly discouraged by the medical community, which not only doesn’t attribute any health benefits to the act, but believes that it can actually harm women. A government Web site run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services discourages douching by answering a series of hypothetical questions, one of which is: “My vagina has a terrible odor, can douching help?” The answer: No. Get thee to a doctor.

Despite health concerns, manufacturers still churn out vaginal douches. Pick up a box of Summer’s Eve Douche, and you’ll find warnings that douching has been associated with PID (Pelvic Inflamatory Disease), ectopic pregnancy and infertility. Right next to the suggestion that women douche after their menstrual period, after using contraceptive jellies and creams and to “clear out any vaginal secretions.” So basically, any time your vagina isn’t as dry as a British sitcom.

3. Problem: Your Vagina Is Too Loose
Solution: Vaginal Rejuvenation

Let’s face it. Nature really screwed up when it made the vagina. Never mind that that it accommodates the birth of a child or that it’s fundamentally better designed than male genitalia. (Who wants to carry their most sensitive reproductive organs on the outside?) While nature was busy dishing out things like multiple orgasms, it forgot to make vaginas vice-tight. Luckily, plastic surgeons have stepped in to put an end to womankind’s collective suffering.

Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation is a trademarked phrase that refers to a practice developed and popularized by Dr. David Matlock, who’s made several appearances on the E! channel’s plastic surgery reality show, Dr.90210. Matlock and other doctors who carry out LVR claim that the $4,000 to $20,000 procedure makes women’s vaginas tighter, thus increasing sexual pleasure.
But many doctors disagree. The American Urogynocology Society won’t endorse it. And the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists cautioned in a 2007 statement that women seeking “designer vaginas” should be “informed about the lack of data supporting the efficacy of these procedures and their potential complications, including infection, altered sensation, dyspareunia, adhesions, and scarring.” Sexy!

4. Problem: Your Vagina Is Ugly
Solution: Labiaplasty

If your vagina is tight enough (and let’s face it, it’s probably not) you’ve still got to deal with the labia. And by “deal with,” I mean remove. Labiaplasty drastically reduces the labia, the protruding lips that surround the opening of the vagina. Why would you want to do this? Because your labia are “unequal,” “elongated,” “large,” “irregular,” “floppy,” and “unfeminine.” These are just some of the unflattering adjectives bandied about on the Web sites of surgeons who offer this procedure. Luckily, with the use of lasers and scalpels, your vagina can be made “prettier,” “better proportioned,” “youthful,” and achieve “the true Playboyaesthetic look.” How much will it cost you to make your labia proportional and feminine? About $5,000 or more.
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5. Problem: Your Vagina Tastes Bad
Solution: Vagina Mints

If your partner is reluctant to give you oral sex, it’s not because of pervasive cultural belief that cunnilingus is complicated to the point of being impossible and that vaginas are inherently icky (thus the need to uncomplicate them and un-ickify them with, oh, say, labiaplasty) it’s because your vagina tastes bad. Enter the Linger Internal Vaginal Flavoring, or Altoids for your vagina. Linger assumes you already feel bad about your nether regions, stating on its Web site that the mint-flavored pill “decreases self-consciousness” and tosses out the unattributed statistic that 72 percent of women feel self conscious about their taste and odor. Dubious marketing practices aside, the Linger mint isn’t just a harmless, if asinine, oddity. Mother Jones magazine did some digging into the origins of Linger and discovered that the vagina mint is no different from a regular mint. In other words, it’s made out of sugar. And putting sugar-based mint directly into your vagina is a recipe for a mint-flavored yeast infection.

6. Problem: Your Vagina Is the Wrong Color
Solution: Vaginal Bleaching and Dying ( Current craze )

Male pattern baldness ( Androgenic Alopecia )

Androgenic alopecia (also known as androgenetic alopecia or alopecia androgenetica) is the most common cause of hair loss and thinning inhumans.Variants appear in both men and women. A variety of androgenic alopecia also occurs in chimpanzee and orangutans. In humans, this condition is also commonly known as male pattern baldness. In classic pattern baldness, hair is lost in a well-defined pattern, beginning above bothtemples. Hair also thins at the crown of the head. Often a rim of hair around the sides and rear of the head is left. This type of pattern is dubbed “Hippocratic balding” and may rarely progress to complete baldness. Women rarely suffer classic male pattern baldness. Instead, the hair becomes thinner around the whole scalp, and the hairline does not recede. This is dubbed “female pattern baldness” and may occur in males. This variety of androgenic alopecia in women rarely leads to total baldness.

Male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss in men.

Causes
Male pattern baldness is related to your genes and male sex hormones. It usually follows a pattern of receding hairline and hair thinning on the crown, and is caused by hormones and genetic predisposition.
Each strand of hair you have sits in a tiny hole (cavity) in the skin called a follicle. Baldness in general occurs when the hair follicle shrinks over time, resulting in shorter and finer hair. Eventually, the follicle does not grow a new hair. However, the follicles remain alive, which suggest that it’s possible to grow new hair.
Symptoms

The typical pattern of male baldness begins at the hairline. The hairline gradually moves backward (recedes) and forms an “M” shape. Eventually the hair becomes finer, shorter, and thinner, and creates a U-shaped (or horseshoe) pattern of hair around the sides of the head.

Exams and Tests

Classic male pattern baldness is usually diagnosed based on the appearance and pattern of the hair loss.
It is important to note that hair loss may be due to other conditions. This may be true if your hair loss occurs in patches, you shed a lot of hair, your hair breaks, or you have hair loss along with redness, scaling, or pain.
A skin biopsy or other procedures may be needed to diagnose other disorders that cause hair loss.
Hair analysis is not accurate for diagnosing hair loss due to nutritional or similar disorders. However, it may reveal substances such as arsenic or lead.

Treatment

Treatment is not necessary if you are comfortable with your appearance. Hair weaving, hairpieces, or change of hairstyle may disguise the hair loss. This is usually the least expensive and safest approach for male baldness.
Two medications are approved to treat male pattern baldness:
• Minoxidil (Rogaine) is a solution that you apply directly to the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles. It slows hair loss for many men, and some men grow new hair. Hair loss returns when you stop using this medicine.
• Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar) is a pill that interferes with the production of a certain male hormone linked to baldness. It slows hair loss. It works a bit better than minoxidil. Hair loss returns when you stop using this medicine.
Hair transplants consist of removing tiny plugs of hair from areas where the hair is continuing to grow and placing them in areas that are balding. This can cause minor scarring and possibly, infection. The procedure usually requires multiple sessions and may be expensive. Results, however, are often excellent and permanent.
Suturing hair pieces to the scalp is not recommended. It can result in scars, infections, and abscess of the scalp. The use of hair implants made of artificial fibers was banned by the FDA because of the high rate of infection.

Outlook (Prognosis)

Male pattern baldness does not indicate a medical disorder, but it may affect self-esteem or cause anxiety. The hair loss is usually permanent.
Possible Complications
• Psychological stress
• Loss of self-esteem due to change in appearance

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your doctor if:
• Your hair loss occurs in an atypical pattern, including rapid hair loss, widespread shedding, hair loss in patches, or hair breakage.
• Your hair loss occurs with itching, skin irritation, redness, scaling, pain, or other symptoms.
• Your hair loss begins after starting a medication.
• You want to attempt to treat your hair loss.

 

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A very positive outlook on Alopecia Areata

I had alopecia areata before and it was so embarrassing when so may people asks “what happened to your hair”, it just SUCKS!. I got so tired of answering the same question over and over again that i finally decided to shave off my hair so nobody would notice that i’ve got this weird looking patches on my head with NO HAIRS! My hair did eventually grow back but it took more than a year.

I really admired this girl in the video, we both shared the same experience with alopecia areata, i really love how cheerful and positive she is despite her condition!


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Alopecia Areata

The author of this blog have first hand experience with alopecia areata. It happened on the summer of 2000, i noticed there were very small round patches on my head with no hairs, during that time i was very stressed with my job. I immediately went to a dermatologist for consultation and possible treatment and found out my condition is known as alopecia areata and that there isn’t a single effective treatment for this disorder, hair will eventually grow back on this patches but it’s going to take some time. I was so disgusted with my condition that i eventually decided to shave off all my remanining hair. I shaved my hair every other day so that the hairless patches wouldn’t be noticed. After a few months i noticed some hairs did grow back on the bald patches but it was very thin and white in color. A year later, the bald patches are gone and my hair did grow back but i got so used to shaving my head that until today i shave my head every three days.

Lucky i’m a guy, for women however who develops alopecia areata, shaving their head every other day is unthinkable, i have a relative who developed this condition about 6 years ago and hasn’t recovered today, she has about a dozen set of wigs that she uses.

Alopecia areata can afflict both genders although it seldom happens to individuals younger than three years old.

I am writing this blog because i have noticed some of my wife’s costumers in her salon also have this condition and most of them go to any length to find a rapid cure/solution for this condition.


Source:
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Alopecia (al-oh-PEE-shah) means hair loss. When a person has a medical condition called alopecia areata (ar-ee-AH-tah), the hair falls out in round patches. The hair can fall out on the scalp and elsewhere on the body.

Alopecia areata can cause different types of hair loss. Each of these types has a different name:

Alopecia areata (hair loss in patches)
Alopecia totalis (lose all hair on the scalp)
Alopecia universalis (lose all hair on the body)

Not everyone loses all of the hair on the scalp or body. This happens to about 5 percent of people.

Hair often grows back but may fall out again. Sometimes the hair loss lasts for many years.

Alopecia is not contagious. It is not due to nerves. What happens is that the immune system attacks the hair follicles (structures that contain the roots of the hair), causing hair loss. This disease most often occurs in otherwise healthy people.

Learn more about alopecia areata:

Alopecia areata: Signs and symptoms
Alopecia areata: Who gets and causes
Alopecia areata: Diagnosis, treatment, and outcome
Alopecia areata: Tips for managing

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Alopecia areata: Signs and symptoms
If you have alopecia areata, you may have one or more of the following:

Patchy hair loss: The problem often begins with 1 or more coin-sized, round, smooth, bare patches where hair once was. You may first notice the problem when you see clumps of hair on your pillow or in the shower.

Hair loss occurs mostly on the scalp. But it can involve eyebrows, eyelashes, beards, or any hair-bearing site. Patches vary in size.

Alopecia areata. It often begins with a round, smooth, bald patch.
“Exclamation mark” hairs: Often a few short hairs occur in or at the edges of the bare spots. These hairs get narrower at the bottom, like an exclamation mark.

Widespread hair loss: With time, some patients go bald. Some lose all their body hair, too. This is not common. Also uncommon is a band of hair loss at the back of the scalp.

Nail problems: Alopecia areata also can affect your fingernails and toenails. Nails can have tiny pinpoint dents (pitting). They also can have white spots or lines, be rough, lose their shine, or become thin and split. Rarely nails change shape or fall off.

Sometimes nail changes are the first sign of alopecia areata.

Alopecia areata: Who gets and causes
Who gets alopecia areata?
People can have this type of hair loss at any age. It often begins in childhood. Some patients with alopecia areata have a family member who also has the disease.

What causes alopecia areata?
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune means that the body’s immune system attacks the body. When alopecia areata develops, the body attacks its own hair follicles. A person’s genetic makeup, combined with other factors, triggers this form of hair loss.

People with alopecia areata may have a higher risk for:

Another autoimmune disease such as thyroid disease or vitiligo (patches of lighter skin appear).
Asthma and allergies, mainly atopic dermatitis (more commonly called eczema) and hay fever (nasal allergies).
Having relatives who have asthma, allergies, or an autoimmune disease such as type 1 diabetes.

Alopecia areata: Diagnosis, treatment, and outcome
How do dermatologists diagnose alopecia areata?
Sometimes a dermatologist can diagnose alopecia areata by looking at the hair loss.

If the patch of hair loss is expanding, the doctor may pull out a few hairs. These hairs will be looked at under a microscope.

Sometimes the dermatologist will perform a skin biopsy to confirm that the disease is alopecia areata. To perform a skin biopsy, the dermatologist removes a small piece of skin so that it can be studied under a microscope.

Blood tests may be necessary if the dermatologist thinks the patient might have another autoimmune disease.

How do dermatologists treat alopecia areata?
There is no cure for alopecia areata. Hair often re-grows on its own. Treatment can help the hair re-grow more quickly. A dermatologist may prescribe one or more of the following to help the hair re-grow more quickly:

Corticosteroids: This medicine suppresses the immune system. It can be given as shots, with the dermatologist injecting the medicine into the places with hair loss. Sometimes a patient gets a topical (applied to the skin) form of this medicine. It may be a cream, lotion, or ointment. The patient applies the medicine to the bare spots. Less often, patients take corticosteroid pills.

For adults with alopecia areata, these shots are often the first treatment tried. Patients receive shots every 3 to 6 weeks. Hair growth begins about 4 weeks after the last shot. Sometimes, it takes longer.

Topical corticosteroids are less effective than shots. This is often the best treatment for children.

Corticosteroid pills can have serious side effects. Dermatologists do not routinely prescribe them for this reason. Pills may be a treatment choice for patients with many bald spots.

Minoxidil: A hair re-growth medicine, minoxidil 5%, may help some patients re-grow their hair. Both children and adults can use it. Patients apply it twice a day to the scalp, brows, or beard. New hair may start to grow in about 3 months. Patients most often use this medicine with another treatment.

Anthralin: This medicine alters the skin’s immune function. The patient applies a tar-like substance to the skin and leaves it on for 20 to 60 minutes. A dermatologist may call this short-contact therapy. After 20 to 60 minutes, the anthralin is washed off to avoid the skin from becoming irritated.

Diphencyprone (DPCP): This medicine is applied to the bald skin. It causes a small allergic reaction. When the reaction occurs, a patient has redness, swelling, and itching. Dermatologists believe this allergic reaction tricks the immune system, causing it to send white blood cells to the surface of the scalp. This fights the inflammation. It also prevents the hair follicles from going to sleep, and causing the hair loss.

With DPCP, it can take 3 months for the hair to start re-growing.

Other treatments: Patients often get more than 1 treatment at a time. A mix of 2 or more treatments often boosts success.
Ask your dermatologist about possible side effects (health problems that can result from the medicines). If you have a bad reaction to a medicine, call your dermatologist right away.

Researchers are working to advance the treatment of alopecia areata. They are exploring other medicines that work on the patient’s immune system. They also are looking at lasers and other light-based therapies.

Outcome
When a person has alopecia areata, the hair will start to re-grow when the body gets the right signals. Sometimes this happens without treatment. Even with treatment, new hair loss can occur. Everything depends on how the immune system reacts.

The following explains what can happen.

Re-growing hair: It is likely that the hair will grow back even without treatment. It may fall out again, though. Most patients lose their hair more than once before the disease goes away for good. Even people who lose all the hair on their scalp and body can have their hair grow back. When hair loss is widespread (lots of hair loss on the scalp and/or body), there is a greater chance that the hair will not re-grow.

When hair re-grows, it can be white or fine at first. A person’s own hair color and texture often return later.

How long it lasts: This varies. For some people, the disease never returns. Others lose and re-grow hair for many years. No one can predict when the hair might re-grow or fall out again. This lack of control makes the disease frustrating.

Emotional toll: The emotional aspects of living with hair loss can be hard. Our world regards hair as a sign of youth and good health. The good news is that alopecia areata does not affect overall health. It should not stop you from achieving your goals and dreams. You should not let it stop you from doing well in school, sports, and work.

If your hair loss bothers you a lot, you may wish to join a support group.

Alopecia areata: Tips for managing
Dermatologists offer the following tips to their patients who have alopecia areata:

Hide hair loss. If you feel embarrassed by hair loss, there are things you can do to hide patchy hair loss:
Style your hair to cover the bald spots.
Wear a wig, cap, hat, or scarf. These do not interfere with hair re-growth.
Some people shave the head.
Use makeup to draw missing eyebrows.

Join a support group. While the above tips can hide the hair loss, people often have trouble dealing with the emotional aspects of hair loss. Because the emotional aspects can be so difficult, you may want to join a support group. You’ll find a link to NAAF, which offers support groups, below.
Other resources
Children’s Alopecia Project (CAP)
Website includes tips for coping.

National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF)
Offers message boards, support groups, and pen pal program.

Alopecia World
Offers social networking with links to many groups.