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Australian navy pays for breast implants September 16, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Army Life.
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The Australian military on Sunday defended its decision to pay for some female sailors to have breast implants, saying the operations were not carried out for cosmetic reasons.

Australian Defence Force spokesman Brigadier Andrew Nikolic did not say how many women had the taxpayer-funded operation. But he said the military would consider paying for plastic surgery for personnel where there were medical, dental or compelling psychological or psychiatric reasons. Any suggestion that breast operations were carried out to make the women “look sexy” were not only wrong, but insulting, Nikolic said.

“Under defence policy we do consider the holistic needs of our people, both physical and psychological,” he said. “That is a long way from saying, however, that if someone doesn’t like their appearance, defence will fund things like breast augmentations as a matter of routine, that is just not correct.”

Defence Association spokesman Neil James also defended the practice. “For psychiatric or psychological reasons, this has been recommended after a medical evaluation,” he told state radio. “It’s not being done because someone just wanted it.”


Can’t quit chocolate? Don’t fret, it’s no addiction September 16, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Chocolate.
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Resistance is futile. The more we try to fight off a craving for chocolate, the more our desire for it grows, a British researcher said on Tuesday.

But chocoholics can take heart that such sweets are not addictive despite the fact many people consider themselves as having no control over their urges to eat the sweets, said Peter Rogers, a psychologist at the University of Bristol.

“Food behaviour can look like addictive behaviour in extreme situations but chocolate does not fit these criteria,” Rogers told a meeting sponsored by the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Many people point to certain compounds found in chocolate, such as phenylethylamine, that produce a buzz when they reach the brain as evidence chocolate is addictive, Rogers said.