The last post I wrote on Body Image Disturbance (BID) profiled a 23-year-old woman who died of complications related to her sixth breast augmentation surgery.

Despite the increased media focus on botched butt enhancement injections, many women continue to put their lives at risk.

Miami Gardens police have arrested a man (pictured above) who posed as a fake doctor to conduct unauthorized plastic surgery procedures on a woman who required hospitalization afterwards.

Cops say 30-year-old Oneal Ron Harris injected a substance consisting of cement, “fix-a-flat,” mineral oil, and “super glue,” into his victim as a butt enhancement and then sealed the incision with “super glue.”

The injections resulted in what police called a “serious medical condition,” requiring the victim to be hospitalized.
Miami Gardens Police say Morris also performed a similar procedure on himself. Source

Body Image Disturbance (BID), or Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a mental illness that is on the rise in the black community. Celebrities such as Nicki Minaj and Kim Kardashian help to perpetuate the myth that bizarrely altering a woman’s body parts will bring them riches and fame.

Rather than improve a woman’s low perception of herself, the illegal butt injections often results in depression, serious illness or death.

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On Saturday, Oct. 8, we posted Lil Wayne’s “Public Service Announcement” video that we found on Derick G‘s blog.

To be honest, we didn’t even watch one second of that video, because, after all, Lil Wayne was in it. But we regret not watching the video after reading the following email from loyal reader SouthernLegalDiva.

Sandra,

I know you do “medical minutes” frequently on your blog. Recently, Lil Wayne posted a PSA wherein he explains his use of Promethazine DM Syrup as being prescribed by a doctor as a sleep aid. I have never heard of this usage. I could only watch about 6 mins of the video, as the BS level was through the roof. It was featured on Straightfromthea.com

Thanks, SouthernLegalDiva

It’s clear that Lil Wayne is still under the influence of drugs, specifically purple drank cough syrup — but he’s doing it legally, right under the nose of his probation officer. He says so right there in the video.

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The human papillomavirus virus (HPV) has long been linked to oral cancers in men through oral sex. But according to CBS and ABC, a new report shows that the rate of HPV linked oral cancers in men is rapidly increasing.

Though the report mainly focuses on an increase in the rates of upper throat cancers in men, the same is true for cancers of the tongue, neck and the mucus membranes lining the inner cheeks.

The report — published in the Oct. 3 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology — showed that cases of HPV-positive tumors in men rose from 16 percent in the late 1980s to nearly 73 percent by the early 2000s.

The HPV virus is the most commonly sexually transmitted infection. But the majority of HPV infections in young women usually disappear before 1 year, causing no symptoms.

The 5-10% of infections in women that persist for years will usually develop into cervical cancer.

While women can also get oral cancer, the risk to men is far greater. The majority of infected women show no symptoms, but the HPV virus is still floating in their vaginal fluid, and is easily transmitted to men, just like the HIV virus.

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In response to yesterday’s post on Pseudocyesis (False Pregnancy), reader Genti Price writes:

I use to love reading your blog, I felt they were informative about some celebs. But I read and detect a lot of attitude when you discuss some celebs on your site, EVEN MORE NOW than before. You sound like a girl from high school who is on the newspaper committee, who, if [you] can’t get [your] way with the person you think you should be able to, you will smear that person’s name in the high school paper who didn’t warrant any attention towards you.

There is no reason for you to post a picture of this woman with that title. Why not just find an actual medical article with a REAL person that is/was suffering from such condition? My God Sandra, we all know that this woman IS TRULY pregnant.

You talk about people needing to grow up.. YOU WEAR THAT VERY WELL.

May peace be upon you now and in the after life!

SR responds: Was that a threat?


Email was edited for length and clarity

Please note: any photos accompanying this post is used purely for illustration purposes and is not intended to diagnose any ailment or condition of the subject(s) in the photos.

Pseudocyesis, also known as false pregnancy or hysterical pregnancy, is a rare psychological condition in which a woman displays signs and symptoms of a real pregnancy even though she is not pregnant. The average age of women with pseudocyesis is 33.

To be diagnosed as true pseudocyesis, the woman must actually believe that she is pregnant. When a woman’s pseudocyesis is found to be caused by underlying psychological problems, she should be referred to a psychologist or a therapist.

The symptoms of pseudocyesis, or false pregnancy, are similar to the symptoms of true pregnancy and are difficult to distinguish from real pregnancy, even by trained physicians because of false-positive pregnancy tests.

The most common sign of false pregnancy is abdominal distention or a bloated belly that is much larger than expected. The woman’s abdomen (tummy) expands as a normal pregnant woman’s would, but at a more rapid rate than a normal pregnancy.

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*Bumped…

The 24-year-old nephew of ’70s funk star Bootsy Collins has died after a tooth infection spread to his brain.

Kyle Willis went to a hospital complaining of a toothache two weeks ago Collins’ wife Patti told The Cincinnati Enquirer. The father of a 6-year-old girl had no health insurance and could not afford the $27 for his antibiotic prescription.

The tooth infection quickly spread to his brain and Willis died at the University Hospital in Cincinnati where he was transported after becoming violently combative and delirious.

The infection was able to spread to his brain through one of the few openings in the blood-brain barrier that normally protects the brain and spinal cord from infection elsewhere in the body.

The blood-brain barrier is a collection of cells wrapped tightly like a net around tiny blood vessels in the brain that acts as a filter to prevent the passage of large objects like bacteria and virus into the brain from the blood stream in your body.

The roots of your teeth sit within inches of the brain and are not behind the blood-brain barrier. Therefore your brain is not protected from dental infections.

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Yesterday, the sports world was rocked by the heartbreaking news that legendary University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt had been diagnosed with early onset dementia. The winner of eight national NCAA titles with the Tennessee Vols is only 59.

Imagine being 59 and finding out that you will soon wear adult diapers and be unable to care for yourself or maintain control of your most basic bodily functions.

The diagnosis was made after the Hall of Fame coach said she visited with doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., after the end of the 2010-11 basketball season.

When Ms. Summitt was given her diagnosis she said she reacted with anger and depression. Then she accepted her diagnosis and eventually shared it with her student athletes. She told them she plans to continue coaching with the aide of her assistant coaches.

“I plan to continue to be your coach,” Summitt said. “Obviously, I realize I may have some limitations with this condition since there will be some good days and some bad days.”

Next to cancer, dementia is the worst type of diagnosis for an energetic woman like Pat Summitt who is so full of life.

Dementia is a gradual loss of cognitive function (altered thought process) which leads to chronic memory loss and disorganized thinking. The onset of the disease usually begins after age 65 and can lead to Alzheimer’s disease within 10 years of diagnosis. Dementia is rare under age 65.

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According to published reports, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

Borderline Personality Disorder is a term that describes a cluster of mood disorders including narcissism, passive aggression and antisocial personalities.

The worst of all borderline personality disorders is the Malignant Narcissist.

So we shouldn’t be surprised to learn that Brandon Marshall held a news conference to announce his diagnosis. Marshall told the gathered reporters that he wants to be “the face” of BPD. Narcissists love attention any way they can get it.

BDPs are known for their mood swings, rages and aggression which sometimes leads to violence.

In fact, it was violence toward Marshall’s wife that forced him into therapy. But Marshall was in therapy once before and it didn’t help. These personality types are master manipulators who are notoriously difficult to treat.

Borderline personalities, especially malignant narcissists, are hard to spot at first because they can be so charming and disarmingly handsome (or stunningly beautiful in the case of female narcissists). They literally spend hours in front of a mirror perfecting their image to woo their potential partners.

They are expert hunters who use their physical beauty to entrap their unsuspecting partners. Once they target someone as their prey they are hard to resist, and it isn’t long before their object of affection thinks they’re in love — but that’s when they switch up and their dark side emerges.

The first sign of trouble is an episode of narcissistic rage that seems to come from out of nowhere.

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Yesterday, we discussed your friend who humps every hawt man she meets. One week later, she’s planning her dream wedding to him. She changes men like she changes her underwear, and she hops from bed to bed like a rabbit in heat.

Your friend is most likely an addictive personality type who raves about her love for men she barely knows. There’s a certain level of desperation that separates her from other women in your peer group.

But here’s a scenario from the perspective of a non-addictive personality type, who meets a man after being single for awhile. She would probably say something like this:

“I met a guy. He seems nice. We have a lot in common. We’ve agreed to see each other again. I’ll wait and see where this leads…”

The non-addictive personality type is not as desperate to jump into a relationship with a man she just met. She’s able to think more clearly and make better decisions. Her brain is not addled by dopamine, so she is more in control of her behavior and her thought processes.

She more than likely doesn’t drink, smoke or do drugs. The non-addictive personality type channels her energy into more productive pursuits (and less destructive) activities, such as jogging or blogging.

So how does all of this tie into cheating? People who have addictive personalities develop destructive behavior patterns over time, such as cheating, abusing drugs or alcohol, gambling, pornography, and risk taking.

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Most of us have that one friend who seems to fall in love as easily as he or she changes their underwear.

She’s the one who calls you every time she’s met “The One” — and she wants to share the exciting news with you — again. Your friend has run through literally a hundred men. All the rest were “losers,” she says, “but this guy is different. He understands me.”

Before you know it, she’s already planning her dream wedding to a guy she met just one week ago. She uses language such as, ‘I met a new guy… he swept me off my feet!,’ ‘I LOVE him!,’ ‘He’s so hawt!,’ ‘I CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT HIM!’

One of the reasons why your friend falls so hard for every hawt guy she meets, is because she is flying high off a dopamine rush. Your friend has what psychologists refer to as an addictive personality.

Addictive personalities are easy to spot: they’re the ones with cigarette butts dangling from their lips every time you see them. They can’t stop drinking or put down that weed, and they can play video games nonstop for hours on end without stopping to take a bite to eat.

Dopamine is the primary chemical in the brain that causes addictive personalities.

Basically, dopamine brightens and highlights our connections with the world around us, says David Goldman, Ph.D., a neuro-scientist with the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. “It’s essential for associating something that happens with the feeling of pleasure.” In other words, it reinforces behaviors that make us feel good. Source

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