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Embarrassing Bodies

Many people find that there are parts of their bodies they find most unsatisfactory and are on a constant journey to find solutions for these insecurities. In fact, millions of people all around the world spend huge sums of money in the hope of reversing their situations or enhancing them. The weight loss industry for example is inundated with promises and hopes of a slimmer, healthier, fitter, more youthful younger and altogether more attractive you.

Embarrassing Bodies

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However, are teeth a part of the way embarrassing bodies are perceived? When it comes to perception the face is all-important and the part of the face that is most often noticed is the mouth. In this instance, teeth play a huge role in body perception. An attractive smile can ensure a positive reflection of you when talking to anyone. In fact, it is now quite well known that statistics tell us that a good smile is the key to personal and career success and that the smile is the first thing people notice about you. For this reason increasing numbers of people are opting to do something about it and are turning to us for help.

Science has a long history of self-experimentation. In the 17th century, Sir Isaac Newton nearly blinded himself by staring at the sun for too long in a mirror to study the after-images it left on his retinas, and there are numerous other examples of people using their own bodies to further knowledge. Nowadays the practice is much rarer, with ethical considerations and large-scale trials aimed at achieving statistically significant results dominating the approach. But even today a few brave scientists occasionally volunteer to be a test subject in the name of science. One such experiment recently took place in a laboratory at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, when medical entomology researcher and lecturer Dr James Logan agreed to infect himself with hookworm in his debut as tropical diseases expert for the TV show Embarrassing Bodies.

"It might be embarrassing but it might just save your life. Early diagnosis of things like bowel cancer saves lives. So don't live to regret it, and don't risk dying because you're shy. I've given my blessing for this episode to run if I'm gone, if it helps save one life it will be worth it."

Christian Jessen, asked if he was told about sex by his parents, says, "I was given a book that I refused to read because I thought it was rude and embarrassing and then I went away to school and my friends told me about it. So I still have no idea what goes on, whatsoever!" 041b061a72


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