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Certain gut bacteria may induce metabolic changes following exposure to artificial sweeteners

Weizmann Institute of Science ISRAEL

Artificial sweeteners have long been promoted as diet and health aids. But breaking research shows that these products may be leading to the very diseases they were said to help prevent: scientists have discovered that, after exposure to artificial sweeteners, our gut bacteria may be triggering harmful metabolic changes.

Weight lossAtificial sweeteners — promoted as aids to weight loss and diabetes prevention — could actually hasten the development of glucose intolerance and metabolic disease, and they do so in a surprising way: by changing the composition and function of the gut microbiota — the substantial population of bacteria residing in our intestines. These findings, the results of experiments in mice and humans, were published September 17 in Nature. Dr. Eran Elinav of the Weizmann Institute of Science’s Department of Immunology, who led this research together with Prof. Eran Segal of the Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, says that the widespread use of artificial sweeteners in drinks and food, among other things, may be contributing to the obesity and diabetes epidemic that is sweeping much of the world.

For years, researchers have been puzzling over the fact that non-caloric artificial sweeteners do not seem to assist in weight loss, with some studies suggesting that they may even have an opposite effect. Graduate student Jotham Suez in Dr. Elinav’s lab, who led the study, collaborated with lab member Gili Zilberman-Shapira and graduate students Tal Korem and David Zeevi in Prof. Segal’s lab to discover that artificial sweeteners, even though they do not contain sugar, nonetheless have a direct effect on the body’s ability to utilize glucose. Glucose intolerance — generally thought to occur when the body cannot cope with large amounts of sugar in the diet — is the first step on the path to metabolic syndrome and adult-onset diabetes.

The scientists gave mice water laced with the three most commonly used artificial sweeteners, in amounts equivalent to those permitted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These mice developed glucose intolerance, as compared to mice that drank water, or even sugar water. Repeating the experiment with different types of mice and different doses of the artificial sweeteners produced the same results — these substances were somehow inducing glucose intolerance.

Next, the researchers investigated a hypothesis that the gut microbiota are involved in this phenomenon. They thought the bacteria might do this by reacting to new substances like artificial sweeteners, which the body itself may not recognize as “food.” Indeed, artificial sweeteners are not absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract, but in passing through they encounter trillions of the bacteria in the gut microbiota.

The researchers treated mice with antibiotics to eradicate many of their gut bacteria; this resulted in a full reversal of the artificial sweeteners’ effects on glucose metabolism. Next, they transferred the microbiota from mice that consumed artificial sweeteners to “germ-free,” or sterile, mice — resulting in a complete transmission of the glucose intolerance into the recipient mice. This, in itself, was conclusive proof that changes to the gut bacteria are directly responsible for the harmful effects to their host’s metabolism. The group even found that incubating the microbiota outside the body, together with artificial sweeteners, was sufficient to induce glucose intolerance in the sterile mice. A detailed characterization of the microbiota in these mice revealed profound changes to their bacterial populations, including new microbial functions that are known to infer a propensity to obesity, diabetes, and complications of these problems in both mice and humans.

Does the human microbiome function in the same way? Dr. Elinav and Prof. Segal had a means to test this as well. As a first step, they looked at data collected from their Personalized Nutrition Project (www.personalnutrition.org), the largest human trial to date to look at the connection between nutrition and microbiota. Here, they uncovered a significant association between self-reported consumption of artificial sweeteners, personal configurations of gut bacteria, and the propensity for glucose intolerance. They next conducted a controlled experiment, asking a group of volunteers who did not generally eat or drink artificially sweetened foods to consume them for a week, and then undergo tests of their glucose levels and gut microbiota compositions.

The findings showed that many — but not all — of the volunteers had begun to develop glucose intolerance after just one week of artificial sweetener consumption. The composition of their gut microbiota explained the difference: the researchers discovered two different populations of human gut bacteria — one that induced glucose intolerance when exposed to the sweeteners, and one that had no effect either way. Dr. Elinav believes that certain bacteria in the guts of those who developed glucose intolerance reacted to the chemical sweeteners by secreting substances that then provoked an inflammatory response similar to sugar overdose, promoting changes in the body’s ability to utilize sugar.

Prof. Segal states, “The results of our experiments highlight the importance of personalized medicine and nutrition to our overall health. We believe that an integrated analysis of individualized ‘big data’ from our genome, microbiome, and dietary habits could transform our ability to understand how foods and nutritional supplements affect a person’s health and risk of disease.”

According to Dr. Elinav, “Our relationship with our own individual mix of gut bacteria is a huge factor in determining how the food we eat affects us. Especially intriguing is the link between use of artificial sweeteners — through the bacteria in our guts — to a tendency to develop the very disorders they were designed to prevent; this calls for reassessment of today’s massive, unsupervised consumption of these substances.”

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Natural beauty tips to do at home

Home_beautyOften women seeking commercial creams and potions to enhance their beauty. This can be expensive and not very friendly to the environment. One way to save money and take control of your beauty treatments done is to consider natural treatments . These treatments found in nature. Using natural ingredients is a great way to avoid chemicals and customize products to your skin.

Tip 1: Use Epsom Salt to improve skin
The Epsom salt is a mineral compound that is beneficial to health and also for beauty. It can be purchased at almost any pharmacy or supermarket. The Epsom salts are used in immersion baths to treat sore muscles, or just relaxing. However, you can use them as exfoliating your skin and give you skin super soft and youthful.

Simply mix two cups of Epsom salt with lavender oil and petrolatum. Use as much as you want to customize the mix. Exfoliate your skin with this mix and rinse your face with warm water and immediately with cold water.

Tip 2: Use vitamin E oil to improve the skin on your eyelids
Vitamin E is rich in antioxidants. Thus, helps protect skin against pollution and the damage that the sun can produce you. Tip of natural beauty to do at home is to replace facial creams around the eyes by vitamin E oil can also be used on the entire face. But, if you’re prone to acne, it can cause pimples. However vitamin E oil ACNE not apply if the cause of the eyelids. Use it every night before you go to sleep and see how you wake up with more young and beautiful eyelids.

Tip 3: Use Papaya facial mask with honey to beautify your face
Prepare a natural facial mask at home using honey and papaya. This mask has astringent, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties at once. Just make papaya puree and mix in a bowl with organic honey aveja. Apply the mixture on your face and leave for about 20 minutes. After that, remove it with a hand towel and warm water followed by cold water to close the pores of your skin. If you have oily skin, add to this mix lemon juice and yogurt. Leave it on your face for 15 minutes. And if your skin is sensitive, let alone for five minutes. Remove it with warm water and a soft towel for your skin feel super soft and shiny.

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Home remedies for Acne

acne-at-home-remediesCauses of acne: Adult acne is caused by stress, bad cosmetics, hormones and birth control pills. Oil glands over compensate during stress. Bad cosmetics are cause of bacteria-laden pores. Seacuous glands overact due to change in hormones balance. Birth control pills contain androgen which can cause acne breakouts in women.

(iii) Vitamins for Acne Treatment: Two vitamins, particularly, niacin and vitamin A can be used to treat acne. With the advice of your doctor, you may take 100 mg niacin (three times a day), vitamin A (quantity as prescribed by your doctor) and 400 mg of Vitamin E (once a day). Consult your doctor before you start taking vitamins.

(iv) Zinc is another good Home Remedy for Acne: Zinc is a natural mineral that is found naturally in red meat, oysters, poultry, beans, nuts, whole grains and fortified cereals. Zinc taken in medicinal form is also effective in treatment of acne. However, take your doctor advice before taking it in medicinal form.

(v) Tea tree Oil, a good Home Remedy for Acne: Tea tree oil has numerous medicinal uses. It contains an element called terpinen-4-ol. This provides Tea tree oil its anti-bacterial properties. That’s why it can kill bacteria. Many of the currently available acne products in the market contain tea tree oil as an active ingredient that proves its usefulness for acne treatment. However, you must note that this oil needs to be used minimally and care to be taken to dilute it before applying to acne lesions. An ancient time natural beauty tip and home remedy for acne.

(vi) Toothpaste: Toothpaste contains anti-bacterial ingredient called triclosan and also menthol which has drying properties. This is an easily available home remedy for acne.

(vii) Fenugreek:Fenogreco, alholva Make paste from the leaves of Fenugreek with few drops of water. Apply this gently on your face and affected areas before going to bed each night. This is a useful home remedy for acne, pimples and especially blackheads.

(viii) Orange Peel: Grind orange peels with few drops of water. Apply this mixture on the affected areas before sleeping at night. Wash off in the morning. An effective home remedy for acne.

(ix) Lemon Juice: An easily available home remedy for acne. Apply lemon juice mixed with un-boiled milk on affected areas whenever you get time. Very effective in shrinking the size and intensity of acne.

(x) Aloe Vera Soaps: Use Aloe Vera soaps and gel, as aloe Vera has got healing properties and very good for your skin. A useful natural beauty tip.

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Long Island doctors travel to Dominican Republic to volunteer for Medical Mission charity

JACKSON HEIGHTS – A group of Long Island doctors is heading to the Dominican Republic to perform charitable work.

Dr. Edwin Moreano, who will be embarking on his 17th mission, says the medical volunteers will be performing reconstructive surgery for children that have cleft palates, missing ears, burns and deformities.

The doctors and volunteers are leaving on Feb. 15, and are donating both time and money to the cause. All of the volunteers use their own vacation time and pay for their travel expenses

They say about 300 children will be helped by the more than 40 medical volunteers during the mission.

Source: News 12 Long Island

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6 All-Natural Beauty Fixes

Appealing Aid for Feet

If a banana peel is the foot’s sworn enemy, the contents can be its best friend. The fruit makes a superior skin softener, says Robin Jones, the spa director at the Lake Austin Spa Resort, in Austin, Texas, who developed this mask for weatherworn heels: Mash half a banana in a bowl, mix in a few drops of honey, then massage into your heels. Wrap your feet in plastic wrap and allow the mixture to soak in for at least 10 minutes. Rinse, then gently exfoliate the area with a pumice stone.

 

Baking Soda to Exfoliate Your Face BICARBONATO DE SODA

Fancy facial scrubs are a fun indulgence from time to time, but a much cheaper option that’s just as effective: baking soda. “The tiny granules of sodium bicarbonate buff away pore-clogging dead skin cells and are gentle enough for all skin types,” explains Janice Cox, coauthor of Eco Beauty. “Plus, like many other natural salts, baking soda also has slightly antiseptic properties that will ward off breakouts.”

Cox’s suggestion: Make a thin paste with 4 tsp baking soda and 1 Tbsp water, let it sit for 2 minutes, then apply it in small, circular motions to your moistened face (avoiding the eye area) and neck. After 3 minutes, rinse clean with warm water and then follow up with a splash of cold water to close your pores. Finish with a dollop of your regular daily moisturizer. “Dry or sensitive skin types should only use this mask every other week,” says Cox. “Those with normal to oily skin can repeat the process weekly.

Lemons to Remove Dry Patches

When life gives you lemons, turn them into a remedy for rough, scaly skin. “The citric acid removes dead skin cells to expose softer skin below,” says makeup artist Brett Freedman. Slice a lemon in half and rub the cut side over your elbows, heels or knees for a few seconds, then rinse. You’ll notice a difference immediately

Mint to Shrink a Pimple MENTA  HIERBABUENA

This herb can tackle blemishes without drying skin like harsh acne meds. “Peppermint contains menthol and menthone, compounds that reduce redness and inflammation,” says Brian Bonanni, MD, a dermatologist at New York’s Gotham LASIK & Skincare. Mint also acts as an ASTRINGENTE astringent, clearing away pimple-causing oil. Dr. Bonanni recommends pulsing a small handful of leaves in a food processor with 1 tsp lemon juice. (The acidic juice temporarily changes the pH of your skin, preventing bacteria growth.) Cover the blemish for 15 minutes, then rinse. Repeat twice a day until the spot is gone.

PEREJIL Parsley to Brighten Dark Circles

Want to banish undereye circles in the blink of an eye? Pass the parsley. It’s rich in vitamin K, a nutrient that, when applied topically, reduces blood flow to the eye area—a key factor in the formation of circles, says Kansas City, Missouri—based dermatologist Audrey Kunin, MD, founder of DERMAdoctor. “Over time, the fatty layer of skin under your eyes thins out, which, in turn, makes underlying blood vessels more visible,” she explains. “Their slightly bluish color is what creates the illusion of circles underneath the eyes.” To fight back, try this recipe from Wohrle once a week:

brightening eye mask

1 small handful of fresh parsley
2 Tbsp plain yogurt
Place parsley and yogurt (which has a cooling and hydrating effect on skin) into a food processor. Pulse until a smooth paste is formed. Apply the mixture generously to your undereye area. Let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.

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Dr. Edwin Moreano receives the Patient’s Choice Award!

Moreano_PatientsChoiceThe prestigious organization “The American Registry” has given Dr. Moreano, “The Patient’s Choice Award”

Patients’ Choice provides in-depth information on doctors in your area who have been recognized and awarded for outstanding patient care and expertise.

The Patients’ Choice Award is the honor roll of physicians who have received the highest ratings by their patients.  In fact, of the nation’s 870,000 active physicians and dentists, just five percent received top scores from their patients on sites, qualifying them for this honor in 2013.

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New Precision Body Contouring with Minimally Invasive VASERlipo

Precision Body Contouring

Dr. Moreano now offers a new, minimally invasive approach to body sculpting and contouring in his Jackson Heights, Queens, NY office.

If you’ve struggled with weight gain, and exercise and diet just haven’t given you the dramatic transformation you’d like, VASERlipo™ can help. VASERlipo uses a precise, minimally invasive liposuction technology that produces eye-catching results in just one procedure without the discomfort and long recovery times of typical liposuction treatments. The procedure is tissue-selective, targeting fat while protecting other tissues from damage. It’s powerful enough to eliminate substantial areas of fat but gentle enough to treat delicate areas such as the neck and arms. VASERlipo is clinically proven to produce even results in treated areas, leaving your skin smooth and your body beautiful.  VASER HIGH DEFINITION LIPOSCULPTURE ( VASER Hi Def®)can give you the athletic body look you have always desired, unleashing your inner ‘six-pack”.

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Key benefits of VASERlipo:

  • Single procedure results with speedy recovery times
  • Improved body contouring over traditional liposuction
  • Easily removes large amounts of stored fat
  • Smoothes skin even in delicate areas like the arms and neck
  • Skin Retraction after the fat undergoes Vaser Lipo
  • The fat that is removed is healthy fat that can be transferred to another part of your body ( Buttocks, Face Hands)
  • Refines and accentuates appearance of muscles to give you an athletic look to your body ( VASER Hi Def® )

Call (718) 478-2852 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

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10 Winter Skin Care Tips

The weather outside may be unsightly, but your skin doesn’t have to be. How to banish dry skin and give your winter skin care regimen a boost.

iStock_000022558993SmallFor many people, the cold clear days of winter bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They also bring uncomfortable dryness to the skin of the face, hands, and feet. For some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling: They get skin so dry it results in flaking, cracking, even eczema (in which the skin becomes inflamed).
Sound familiar? Read on to get WebMD’s top 10 tips for boosting your winter skin care regimen, so that your skin stays moist and healthy through the winter months.

1. Seek a Specialist
If you go to your local drugstore, you’ll be hard put to find a salesperson who can give you good advice. That’s why going to an esthetician or dermatologist even once is a good investment. Such a specialist can analyze your skin type, troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, and give you advice on the skin care products you should be using.
But that doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck buying high-end products. “Inexpensive products work just as well as high-end ones,” says David Voron, MD, a dermatologist in Arcadia, Calif. “In fact, the extra price you pay for the expensive stuff is often just for packaging and marketing. What’s most important is how your skin responds to the product — and how you like its feel, not how much money you paid for it.”

2. Moisturize More
You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer. But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine. Find an “ointment” moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. (Hint: Many lotions labeled as “night creams” are oil-based.)
But choose your oils with care because not all oils are appropriate for the face. Instead, look for “nonclogging” oils, like avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil. Shea oil — or butter — is controversial, because it can clog facial pores. And vegetable shortening, LaPlante says, is a really bad idea. “It would just sit on the skin,” she says. “And it would be really greasy.”
You can also look for lotions containing “humectants,” a class of substances (including glycerine, sorbitol, and alpha-hydroxy acids) that attract moisture to your skin.

3. Slather on the Sunscreen
No, sunscreen isn’t just for summertime. Winter sun — combined with snow glare — can still damage your skin. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they’re exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside a long time.

4. Give Your Hands a Hand
The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it’s harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. This can lead to itchiness and cracking. Wear gloves when you go outside; if you need to wear wool to keep your hands warm, slip on a thin cotton glove first, to avoid any irritation the wool might cause.

5. Avoid Wet Gloves and Socks
Wet socks and gloves can irritate your skin and cause itching, cracking, sores, or even a flare-up of eczema.

6. Hook Up the Humidifier
Central heating systems (as well as space heaters) blast hot dry air throughout our homes and offices. Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Place several small humidifiers throughout your home; they help disperse the moisture more evenly.

7. Hydrate for Your Health, Not for Your Skin
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: Drinking water helps your skin stay young looking. In fact, it’s a myth. Water is good for your overall health and “the skin of someone who is severely dehydrated will benefit from fluids. But the average person’s skin does not reflect the amount of water being drunk,” Kenneth Bielinski, MD, a dermatologist in Oak Lawn, Ill., tells WebMD “It’s a very common misconception.”
LaPlante agrees. “I see clients at the spa who drink their 10 to 12 glasses of water a day and still have superdry skin. It just doesn’t do that much.”

8. Grease Up Your Feet
Yes, those minty foot lotions are lovely in the hot summer months, but during the winter, your feet need stronger stuff. Try finding lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerine instead. And use exfoliants to get the dead skin off periodically; that helps any moisturizers you use to sink in faster and deeper.

9. Pace the Peels
If your facial skin is uncomfortably dry, avoid using harsh peels, masks, and alcohol-based toners or astringents, all of which can strip vital oil from your skin. Instead, find a cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser, a toner with no alcohol, and masks that are “deeply hydrating,” rather than clay-based, which tends to draw moisture out of the face. And use them a little less often.

10. Ban Superhot Baths
Sure, soaking in a burning-hot bath feels great after frolicking out in the cold. But the intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. “You’re better off with just warm water,” LaPlante advises, “and staying in the water a shorter amount of time.”
A lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda, can help relieve skin that is so dry it has become itchy, Bielinski notes. So, too, can periodically reapplying your moisturizer. If those techniques don’t work, go see a dermatologist. “You may need a prescription lotion to combat the dry skin,” Bielinski says. “Or you may have a condition that isn’t simply dry skin and that requires different treatment.”

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6 Beauty Tips For Healthy Pink lips

Pink_LipsSoft Pink Lips can brighten anyone’s face and add a friendly warm touch to one’s smile. Pinkish tinge on Lips is a sign of good health, and thus a proper care need to be taken to keep that tinge on the lips. Also lips are the most delicate part of our face which have no oil glands of their own and hence external moisture is very important to keep them baby soft.

Tips for Pink Lips

1. Moisturize your Lips:

Dryness and chapping of Lips is one big turn off and if it’s not treated at the right time, it causes dark and pigmented lips. Keep a Lip balm always handy, and apply it frequently throughout the day. Lip balms are addictive, so choose them wisely. Avoid Petrolatum or Petroleum based Lip balms as they don’t turn out beneficial in the long run. Check for Ingredients like Natural Beeswax, Cadillac Wax, Glycerine, Almond Oil and Vitamin E in your balms.Or simply apply Vitamin E oil before going to bed. This will always be the first of the pink lips tips that you will ever get.

2. Hydrate yourself to keep your lips hydrated too:

Hydration brings out a pinkish tinge and a juicy look to the lips, while dry lips look exactly the opposite, dark and dull. Keeping yourself hydrated will combat the dryness on the lips irrespective of the season. Only external application of Moisture is not sufficient, internal hydration is important as well.

Plug in a humidifer. It can replace moisture in dry indoor air, keeping your lips (and your skin) hydrated. Editor’s favorite: Bionaire Digital Cool Moisture Humidifier ($80; bionaire.com).

3. Coat you Lips with a Chap stick or Lip balm before applying lipstick:

This will ensure you that your lips are moisturized in spite of the Lipstick on. Apply a lipgloss for a juicy pout or even a Lip salve. Avoid Matte lipsticks as they make the lips tad dry. Opt for Crème finish or Satin finish, and make sure you moisturize your lips well before applying lipsticks and glosses.

4. Scrub-a-dub dub:

Lip scrubbing helps you to get rid of the Dead cells, resulting in soft kissable lips. There are ways of Scrubbing lips, you can simply slather your lips with Plain, heavy Lip balm or even clarified butter before retiring and scrub of the dead cell with a tooth brush next morning while brushing. Make a Sugar lips scrub, mix in some granulated sugar with Petroleum jelly or your Lip balm, mix it well and apply a layer on your lips. Scrub your lips in a circular motion and wipe off with a damp cloth or cotton. Baby Soft Kissable will be all yours!

Lick the smacking habit. Licking your lips damages the protective barrier, which can dry out the lips, says Robert Brodell, M.D., a dermatologist in Warren, Ohio. (Saliva contains digestive enzymes that can break down this barrier.) Instead, regularly apply lip balm like La Mer The Lip Balm ($40; at Saks Fifth Avenue Stores).

5. Stay away from Dark Colours:

Dark and pigmented Lipsticks may snatch the pinkish tinge from your lips, eventually leading to pigmented lips. Use Soft Colours or even Nudes. Also well known Brands should be used for Lips as they may contain toxins that can harm your lips.

6. Rose Petals for soft pink lips:

Looking for home tips for pink lips?

  • Crush some Rose petals and add a teaspoon of honey to it. If your lips are pigmented, add a teaspoon of Milk powder to it.
  • Apply this mixture to your lips for 10-15 minutes and wipe off with damp cotton and follow up with your Lip balm.

Rose adds a Pinkish tint on the lips while Milk powder and Honey lightens the Lips. Regular or Daily application is necessary to keep your lips soft and pink.

With these simple and easy tips and remedies, it’s very easy to achieve soft, healthy kissable lips.

 

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Marilyn Monroe’s plastic surgery secret: New documents reveal icon went under the knife

MarylynPublished October 09, 2013

FoxNews.com

Documents revealing that movie icon Marilyn Monroe had plastic surgery will be auctioned off next month, according to Reuters.

Monroe fans long speculated that the actress, who died at the age of 36, had cosmetic surgery, but the recently surfaced documents, which include X-rays and physicians notes, seem to prove that Monroe went under the knife.

The notes were taken by Dr. Michael Gurdin, who gifted them to the anonymous seller. The seller has turned them over to Julien’s Auctions.

“Nobody really thought about Marilyn Monroe having plastic surgery. It was always speculation – did she or didn’t she?” said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions. “They thought she was such a natural beauty, they didn’t want to believe.”

Gurdin’s notes explain that Monroe had a chin implant in 1950 and the X-rays include images of the star’s nose and chest.

“Also at that time, going back to the 1950s, people didn’t go for plastic surgery procedures,” Nolan said. “This is very, very new.”

She saw doctors under the alias “Joan Newman,” but early notes by Gurdin also refer to her by her then-married name Marilyn Miller. Monroe was married to Arthur Miller from 1956 to 1961.

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