Wednesday, 14 December 2011

'You sound just like my beautician'

Patients never cease to amaze me with their varied comments to me.

Today I was trying to help a 49 year old lady find some good motivation to give up smoking. It's well recognised that fear of illness does not seem to motivate, hence the ineffectiveness of health warnings on packets of cigarettes.

Taken from google images and demonstrating the striking effect of smoking
So I chose to go with the fear which is so strong with so many of us in our botoxed, youth orientated culture-vanity and ageing! Smoking has significant ageing effects on the skin and it's not too difficult to see the changes without the need to ask or smell the tobacco.

I'm not sure if was flattered or not as she parted with a,  "you sound just like my beautician".
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