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LONDON (Reuters) - As the start of London Fashion Week reignites the debate over ultra-thin models, psychiatrists have called on the British government to act over the soaring numbers of pro-anorexia websites.

Encouraged by social networking sites like Facebook and "thinspiration" websites, growing numbers of Britons are looking online to get tips on how to starve themselves or hide extreme weight loss, says the Royal College of Psychiatrists. "

(These) websites normalize illness," said Professor Ulrike Schmidt, chair of the college's eating disorders section. "In much the same way, the catwalks of international fashion events such as London Fashion Week can act as a showcase for underweight women." Fashion Week organizers have refused to rule out using waif-like models on the catwalk. More than 1.6 million people in Britain suffer from eating disorders, nearly 90 percent of them teenage girls. The report calls on the government to tackle the proliferation of pro-eating disorder sites as part of its wider efforts to safeguard children on the internet through the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) Psychiatrists say 1 in 10 girls look at pro-eating disorder websites repeatedly, taking inspiration from celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton.

Some websites use photographs of excessively thin models and messaging forums to encourage severe weight loss. Beat, a charity for people with eating disorders, said steps to make the sites illegal would not solve the root problem. "Directing people away from these sites, toward pro recovery sites is what we would wish to see," said its spokeswoman Mary George. Beat said it is already working with the AOL internet service provider to filter searches. "If somebody puts in a search for pro anorexia websites, our website comes up first," said George.

The UKCCIS said it was working hard to ensure that vulnerable young people are signposted toward places where they can get help when accessing such sites.

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Maureen periodically flinched while we talked as searing pain shot up the back of her head. Short but severe, these jolts of pain were diagnostic of neuralgia, a condition wherein a single nerve-- the greater occipital in this case-- seizes with pain. As a result, my patient was experiencing show-stopping discomfort from the base of her skull over the back of her head, sometimes on the left and other times on the right.

She spent her days hunched, like so many of us, over a computer and desk. On standing, she carried her head forward and her shoulders rounded reflecting the anterior thrust of her daily activities. All this was aggravated by breasts so large that her bra straps had dug permanent grooves in the top of her shoulders.

No easy fix for Maureen. I assumed that she, like many people, would not embrace the idea of cheap cialis, particularly over the long haul. I told her my plan--a short term fix to improve things quickly with a medication called Lyrica coupled with a larger plan to improve her posture, strengthen her supporting abdominal and back muscles, and perhaps consideration of breast reduction surgery.

Lyrica (pregabalin) is indicated for the treatment of seizures, diabetic neuropathy, nerve pain following seizures, and was recently approved for the treatment of fibromyalgia. Its use for occipital neuralgia, therefore, is 'off-label' but experience confirms that it soothes hypersensitive nerves no matter their location. Unfortunately, it's not without side effects, causing sedation, dizziness, and dysequilibrium, but its analgesic benefits can far outweigh these problems in patients whose daily lives are completely turned upside down by pain.

Maureen headed out with samples plus referrals to a physical therapist and a plastic surgeon and a written copy of the plan. Here's the phone message I received the next day:

Patient doesn't want to take Lyrica over a long period of time, was looking for a quicker working solution to pain. Advise.

Argh. Message back to patient:

Lyrica is a quicker working solution. Physical therapy, posture work, and possible surgery is the longer term answer.

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So today was a pretty normal day at work. Joked around with coworkers, got a little work done, had some me-time in my office, and had a boring ass board meeting.



However for some damn reason I had the worst boner of all time today! It started around 11 and stayed with me for the rest of my day at work. I mean this thing was incredible! Usually thinking about sports or something long and hard enough will calm the little guy down, but not today. He wasn't having any of my b.s. and made it known that he wanted some attention.



 After a while of ignoring it, I couldn't take anymore of my throbbing member in my pants; calling me, telling me to play with him. I haven't had a boner like this since I was in my teens. A boner so hard that it actually hurt; so hard that it broke free from the constricting elastic band in my underwear several times! You know the trick guys do to hide a boner by placing your underwear band on top of it?



Yeah it was just that serious!



As I desperately tried to conceal my boner, I kept wondering if one of the castrating she-devils at my job had something to do with my sudden priapistic onslaught. Could they have possibly slipped a Viagra or purchase cialis in my drink when I wasn't paying attention? My mind danced around that scenario all day until it was finally time to get out of there.



Most of the time I'll stay late to make sure my subordinates and interns are squared away with their work, but screw that! Today I was out of there like a lightning bolt leaving a trail of papers and precum in my wake! lmao! Okay I'm just joking, my papers were in a briefcase. lol. Is he joking, is he joking? Yeah I'm joking...



So yeah, I made my way back to the apartment where I finally spent some time with my little guy. Not sure why he was acting up today, but I damn sure know not to neglect him again. I swear it was like a crying child in the middle of a movie! Just remember guys, treat your little guy right or he'll turn on you in public! lol.



If you have some embarrassing erection stories, tell them here. We're a pretty open and accepting community. lol.



Later guys...



P.S. I guess I'll be bringing back the Cruise Spot of the Week segment. The overwhelming majority of you guys wanted it back. Stay tuned for that also.

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