Thursday, May 08, 2008

Maladies of the Rich and Famous, Part 1

Just because someone is rich and/or famous doesn't mean they're free of the same afflictions that plague us all. In fact, some people are willing to break the law to find out the ailments of the affluent. Here are some interesting medical diagnosis of famous people you may or may not be aware of:

Jamie Lee Curtis

I remember learning about gender determination on a genetic level, and hearing Jamie Lee Curtis' name mentioned. Why? Because apparently she may be a hermaphrodite. According to Snope though, the reality is undetermined. Based on her movies though, I think she wants us to believe that she is all woman.

Dudley Moore

I suppose people may argue about how famous he is now, but back in the 80's, I think he was pretty well known. Dudley Moore starred in films such as Arthur and 10. Unfortunately, Dudley Moore died of progressive supranuclear palsy, a degenerative neurological condition that mimics Parkinson's Disease.

Oprah Winfrey

The talk show host's battle with the bulge has been legendary. However, perhaps there was a medical condition. Oprah recently revealed that she had been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism which then became hypothyroidism, leaving her overweight and easily fatigued.

Jay Cutler

The Denver Broncos quarterback was recently diagnosed with Type I Diabetes.

Michael Jackson

The King of Pop claims his, um, appearance changes are due to a skin condition called vitiligo. How does that explain the hair, the nose, and the bizarre behavior? Anyway, to quote an old joke, Michael Jackson proves that only in America can a black man grow up to be a white woman. Snap.


  1. We were told in class that Jamie Lee has estrogen insensitivity. Whether this is true or not is a matter of HIPAA

  2. Yea, I heard something similar too in my endocrinology class. However, I believe it was androgen insensitivity, since the argument is that she is genetically male, has testicles, produces testosterone, but lacks the testosterone receptor. Thus, she gets her relatively masculine looks (which, for some reason, are claimed to make women look more attractive, although I don't find her to be so). If she were insensitive to estrogen, she would not have developed any secondary female sexual characteristics, I believe.

  3. I like this type of post. I think such posts are very useful for the patients in gaining their confidence and facing their disease bravely. Beside MJ there are many other famous peope wiht vitiligo.



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