Retouched Too Much?
As anyone looking at the cover of a fashion magazine knows, retouched photos are a part of the cultural landscape. But has the technology gone too far by promoting an unattainable standard of beauty and even encouraging people to have plastic surgery to correct their perceived flaws?
A new time-lapse video shows how easy it is to transform someone with just a little makeup and a whole lot of digital retouching. The viral "Body Evolution" video features Sally, 38, a 5’3 blond in a red bikini bottom, who is turned into a human Barbie, with the addition of hair styling, makeup, lighting and finally, Photoshop. With just a wave of the mouse, Sally is given bigger eyes, a smaller nose, longer legs, a flatter stomach and much more.
"I wanted to make the video because I wanted to show myself as a normal, healthy girl and show how much work they had to do to turn me into that ideal woman, and you can see it was a lot of work," Sally explains.
Marijuana for Tots?
Charlotte, 6, was born with a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome. From the age of two, Charlotte began to have violent seizures, some lasting up to four hours long. Eventually, she had up to 50 seizures a day, and sometimes 300 a week. By age three, Charlotte couldn’t walk, talk or eat, and she tried every pharmaceutical medication available to help control the seizures, but nothing worked.
Her mother, Paige, confesses, "I can't believe I'm admitting this, but I was asking for her to just let go and die."
Dravet syndrome, also known as severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy (SMEI), is a catastrophic form of epilepsy that in 30 to 80 percent of cases, is caused by defects in a gene required for the proper function of brain cells. Individuals with Dravet syndrome face a higher rate of sudden, unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP).
Just when she was ready to give up, Paige says she found a miracle for her daughter, with a drug most associated with getting high. Learn how medical marijuana has helped Paige treat Charlotte's seizures.
Amazing Nose Makeover
When Sarah noticed a tiny blemish on her nose, she had no idea it would lead to years of anguish.
About five years ago, Sarah's nose became a little swollen, and doctors told her it was rosacea, a common skin condition that causes facial redness and swelling. But as the years passed, Sarah's nose became larger and more protrusive. Medications stopped having any effect, and doctors informed her that surgery was the only option — an option that Sarah could not afford.
"For about five to six years, I've been feeling like I've been hiding in the shadows," Sarah says.
Embarrassing Odor House Call
Francine, 33, has been noticing she emits an embarrassing body odor, despite showering two to three times a day. Family medicine physician and clinical sexologist Dr. Rachael Ross makes a very personal house call to find out the cause of Francine's mysterious smell.