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New Diet Fad, Cosmetic Restriction!


Now, this is my kind of diet…  I wanna jump onto this bandwagon STAT.  Travelling would be SO much easier, and you know, I might be able to find the sink and back of the toilet in my bathroom. 

From H. R. Moody, Human Values in Aging Newsletter: 

Dr. Fran Cook-Bolden is a Manhattan-based dermatologist who now promotes what she dubs a “cosmetic restriction” diet.
She tells the story of a patient who came into her office with 20 different skin care products, including various “anti-aging”
nostrums.  The good doctor proceeded to confiscate all but three of these concoctions.  Cook-Bolden quipped: “It gave me a headache just to look at all of those products…” Only two products–a gentle cleanser and sunscreen—passed muster for this dermatologist. Dr. Cook-Bolden has herself been a paid consultant for mass marketing cosmetics companies but
now she’s apparently had enough and has turned toward a “back-to-basics” approach.  Is anyone listening?       

Life Ain’t Always Beautiful

Today I received an email from Dr. Barry Lycka.   He is one of the leading experts in cosmetic surgery in the world (his practice is located in Edmonton), or so his email tag line says.  As part of my investigative work into the phenomenon of cosmetic surgery, this past week I’ve emailed some plastic surgeons in Alberta to seek out some information about the various techniques their practices offered.  All I had to do to obtain this information was provide them with my email address and indicate what body part dissatisfied me.  In the introduction of Dr. Lycka’s email about “how liposuction can reshape your body” he writes:

Are you feeling down and out?  Do you feel even worse when you look in the mirror?  Cosmetic surgeon’s tell us you are not alone.  They say the popularity of reality television shows like ABC’s TV’s “Extreme Makeover” has lead to an increasing boom in cosmetic surgery.  You may be one of the many people who are not happy with the way you look.  Look in the mirror right now and tell me what you see.  Do you see flabby thighs, a sagging chin or a tubby tummy?  If so, then liposuction could be just what the doctor ordered.

Newsflash Dr. Lycka: Life Ain’t Always Beautiful.  Sometimes it down right sucks.  Now that you mention it, I am not entirely happy with the way I look, a problem that is as endemic today as syphilis was in the 19th century.  Sure, if I look in the mirror I can see “flaws.”  I’d like tighter abs, smaller thighs, and what have you – but you know what?  If I did as you suggest and sought out the lipo fix like the “doctor ordered” you know what would happen?  I would still feel down and out.  Life just IS that way sometimes.  When I look in the mirror after your so-called lipo fix, discontent with my bodily image might be lessened, but what is more likely to happen is that my lens of bodily dissatisfaction will widen.  I’ll see further opportunity for change.  My body will now be deemed “surgical” – something that should be fixed – rather than something that is just OK the way it is.  

I’m not stupid.  Liposuction is becoming increasingly popular (you are right on that front) and I don’t foresee a reduction in popularity in the near future.  I wouldn’t be studying the phenomenon if this were not the case.  But please have a heart…  don’t falsely advertise.  Liposuction is not going to solve my problems.  Since when did being moody and being cranky once in awhile become a bad thing?  Surely we don’t want to live in a society riddled with perma-grinned Desperate Housewives?   Do we really want to present a model to youth in this country that suggests they should run to the nearest lipo-doctor when they feel the slightest bit gloomy?  Instead, shouldn’t we be teaching youth, and ourselves for that matter, how to cope with emotional strife?  Gary Allan’s got it right.  Sometimes “life ain’t always beautiful” but as he states further even though life stucks sometimes, “it is a beautiful ride.”  Next time you feel down, don’t run to a lipo-doctor nearest you, in its place, find solace in music (such as Gary’s song) and remember to be patient with yourself.  Time can be the most potent healer of what brings you down.

Life Ain’t Always Beautiful

Gary Allan

Life ain’t always beautiful
Sometimes it’s just plain hard
Life can knock you down, it can break your heart

Life ain’t always beautiful
You think you’re on your way
And it’s just a dead end road at the end of the day

But the struggles make you stronger
And the changes make you wise
And happiness has its own way of takin’ its sweet time

No life ain’t always beautiful
Tears will fall sometimes
Life ain’t always beautiful
But it’s a beautiful ride

Life ain’t always beautiful
Some days I miss your smile
I get tired of walkin’ all these lonely miles

And I wish for just one minute
I could see your pretty face
Guess I can dream, but life dont work that way

But the struggles make me stronger
And the changes make me wise
And happiness has its own way of takin’ its sweet time

No life ain’t always beautiful
But I know I’ll be fine
Hey, life ain’t always beautiful
But it’s a beautiful ride
What a beautiful ride