German adult film star Carolin Berger was never quite happy with her new breasts, even after undergoing 5 breast enhancement surgeries. So she opted for a sixth surgery hoping that would do the trick. Berger, who worked under the pr0n name Cora, died on Jan. 20 due to complications surrounding her sixth breast enhancement surgery.

She was 23.

This sad case illustrates the importance of educating the public about Body Image Disturbance (BID), or Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).

How many times have you heard a friend say that her nose is too wide or her breasts are too small, when they look perfectly proportioned to you?

Acording to AtHealth.com:

Body image may be seen as "disturbed" when one's self-evaluation of appearance is at such a level that it interferes with social and/or occupational functioning, or causes elevated levels of anxiety and depression in the individual.

J. Kevin Thompson, PhD, co-author of Exacting Beauty: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment of Body Image Disturbance, explains that people who suffer from this disorder tend to focus irrationally on one or more of the following body sites: hair, nose, skin, eyes, thighs, abdomen, breast size or shape, buttocks, lips, chin, scars, height, and teeth.

These women will spend their life savings (or beg, borrow or steal) to surgically "correct" the body part that they believe renders them imperfect.

Assuring the BDD sufferer that she looks great won't do any good because she suffers from a mental disorder that limits her ability to visualize herself realistically.

According to Dr. Thompson, "almost everyone has some body feature that they would like to modify." But in the case of the BDD sufferer, they will "go to great lengths to modify the body site (via surgery, exercise, diet, etc.) or cover the feature (via make-up, clothing)."

There is no known cause of BID or BDD, and no known factors that might predispose a person to BID or BDD.

But most sufferers tend to be attractive people who were frequently told how beautiful they were when they were growing up.

This is why it is SO important to instruct your family and friends not to praise your child or focus on your child's attractiveness because children at that age are unable to process or handle that information the way adults can.

Some adults feel uncomfortable when they receive compliments on their beauty. Imagine how a small child must feel.

This world is full of Halle Berry's and Cora's who are psychologically damaged by adults who were captivated by their beauty as children. Don't let this happen to your child.

This has been your Medical Minute.

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Yesterday, talk Diva Oprah Winfrey, 56, revealed a family secret that her mother gave birth to a baby girl and gave the child up for adoption when Oprah was only 9. Oprah proudly introduced her half-sister, Patricia, to the world on her Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) yesterday.

Almost immediately, skeptics assumed that Patricia, 47, came forward to lay claim to Oprah's abundant wealth. But the truth is that Patricia doesn't want any money or Oprah's favorite things: she just wants to know her sister.

Patricia, cared so much about her sister's privacy and reputation that she turned down a blockbuster offer from a tabloid magazine to expose the truth.

"All Patricia wanted was the truth," an insider tells me. "She wasn't interested in selling her story even for a million dollars. She just wanted to know who she was, where she came from and if she had any brothers or sisters. She had no idea when she started this search she would end up being Oprah Winfrey's half-sister." READ MORE

This heartwarming story proves that not everyone is motivated by money, greed and material things.

Troubled singer chris brown, 21, was spotted outside his New York hotel wearing a trendy MCM cognac TI$A backpack. I told you about the resurgence of this popular backpack late last year when I noticed several celebs wearing one.

MCM was all the rage back when I was in high school, but the brand fizzled out in the late 80s. I called the NY MCM flagship store yesterday and they confirmed that this backpack is sold out everywhere. Had you acted quickly when I first told you, this backpack could have been yours for a mere $450. Luckily, I got mine before the stampede.

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I realize I'm late with this story, but bear with me and you'll see why I'm writing this so late.

Carl Tyson, the father of kidnap victim Carlina White Tyson, leaves the US Federal Courthouse in New York yesterday after an arraignment hearing for Ann Pettway.

Carlina White Tyson, now 23, was 19 days old when she was allegedly snatched by Pettway from Harlem Hospital twenty-three years ago.

Carlina was raised as "Nejdra Nance" in Bridgeport, Connecticut, just 45 minutes away from where her parents lived. Tyson and Joy White, Carlina's parents, separated a year after she was abducted. They both married other people and raised their own families. In 1992, Tyson and White were awarded $750,000 in damages by Harlem Hospital.

Carlina was reunited with her biological parents last week after she logged onto a missing children's website and found baby pictures that resembled herself and her 5-year-old daughter, Samani.

“I found out while I was pregnant. That lady told me she wasn’t my mother,” said Carlina of the woman who posed as a phony nurse when she stole Carlina from the hospital at 3:00 a.m.

The troubling aspect of this case is that Carlina reached out to Oprah Winfrey last year in hopes of finding her birth parents, but she received no reply. We all know that if Carlina was a white child with blond hair and blue eyes, Oprah would have responded personally, and this case would have been resolved before Christmas.

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The woman who fell into a mall fountain while texting on her cell phone has revealed herself. According to online reports, Cathy Cruz Marrero is the so-called "fountain lady" who is seen in a viral video falling head first into a mall fountain while supposedly distracted by her handheld device.

The video garnered millions of views on YouTube and other online video streaming websites.

But there's more to the story: the woman works at the mall, which means she should have been familiar with the mall's layout even with her eyes closed.

After taking a dunk in the fountain, Marrero showed up later that same day in court to answer to credit card fraud charges. It seems Marrero was charged with allegedly using a co-worker's credit card to make purchases in the same store where they both worked.

In addition to that, Marrero has been arrested multiple times over the years for theft and other crimes. So it should come as no surprise that she hired an attorney the same day she fell into the fountain. She is now suing the mall for putting the fountain in her way while she was texting.

I'm only typing this post because I'm bored -- and you will be too after reading it. I wasn't going to lift my fingers to type this at all, but some of you insist upon emailing this pic to me until I post it.

Anyway, according to iLuLu.com, Drake, 24, has been sending out topless photos to random ladies, in the hopes that one of them would manufacture a fake story about the two of them hitting the skins. I'm told that this was done to defuse the rampant rumors about Drake being teh ghey.

When that photo failed to generate any interest, Drake stuffed a towel down his pants and tried again.

Apparently, that worked because now the blogs are on fire talking about the towel. I see it doesn't take much to get you ladies talking.

I thought only little kids still wore Timberland boots?

According to UpscaleHype:

Jay-Z, minority owner of the New Jersey Nets was spotted sitting courtside as his Nets hosted the Utah Jazz last night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Jay-Z dressed real casual rocked a Balmain distressed camo hoodie (approx. $694) and a pair of black nubuck Timberland boots ($155). What do you think of his courtside look?

If your child has a serious case of Beieber Fever and wants to cut his hair just like Justin's, here's what his signature haircut will cost you:

Justin Bieber may have the perfect haircut, but that perfection comes with a hefty price tag.

According to Life & Style magazine, the Bieb's 'do costs upward of $750 per haircut. Vanessa Price is the hairstylist who created the teen crooner's signature look in 2009, and she makes housecalls to Bieber to touch up her work.

"I usually cut his hair every couple of weeks when he's on tour," Price said.

If that's the case, the singer dishes out more than $1,500 a month on his hair.

Price, Bieber and, well, the world, had no idea the haircut would become so popular.

"We both were shocked people cared that much about someone's hair," she said.

By the way, a little birdie told me that Justin Bieber, 16, has a serious attitude problem, and that he's very disrespectful to the adults around him. I'm not surprised. His is another case of an adolescent being thrust into an adult world with no rules and no one to tell him "no."

The following email is a long read. But this story is important because it highlights the injustice of a family court system that still favors the mother's rights over the father's.

In a society where delinquent fathers abandon their families and ignore their responsibility to their children, it's a shame that loving fathers are being penalized by the courts for being the wrong sex.

Many of you will be touched by this story, as I was, because I personally know fathers who are being denied their parental rights when all they want is to spend quality time with their children.

After reading this email, you might want to rethink your decision to deal with a man who has children by other women. Many of those women have personal problems and lack the coping skills to move on with their lives after an emotional breakup. Many of them don't consider the emotional health of their children. They are just bent on destroying your life and making you as miserable as they are.

Save yourself the heartache and pain.

Read the email after the break.

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