As a society of celebrity followers, sometimes we are bound to take it a little too far. We eat what they eat, we drink what they drink and we wear what they wear. However, taking medical advice from them may not always be the best idea. Especially when the advice in question can be a little out there, to say the least.
Here is some celebrity medical advice you would probably be better off not following:
Well, I gotta say that Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest medical advice is a little disturbing, which is putting it mildly.
Paltrow suggests you steam your vagina. Yup, you heard it right. On her lifestyle site, GOOP, Paltrow writes that steaming your V is when you “sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al. It is an energetic release, not just a steam douche — that balances female hormone levels.”
Well, not only does this seem wrong on so many levels but it could also be harmful as well, according to Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of ob-gyn at Yale School of Medicine. Minkin says, “It’s complete bull”, she goes on to say that the alleged benefits of getting your vagina steamed are totally bogus and that undergoing a treatment like this could even harm you.
Minkin explains, “My first concern is that someone would burn themselves because the steam is hot.
As for trying to “cleanse” your vagina, the steam can be drying and disrupt the natural bacteria that lives in there. Since your vagina is a self-cleaning machine, you don’t need to take any action to keep it that way, Minkin says.
As for “balancing your hormones”, wrong again says Minkin. “There are no hormones produced by the uterus of the vagina. The hormone factory is in the ovaries, and there is no reason why steam would affect the hormones produced there.”
Sorry Gwyneth, not only is your medical advice wrong, it’s just plain weird.
Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey
We all remember when Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey tried to play doctors with their medical advice that vaccinating your children will cause them to obtain autism.
Besides the fact that vaccines have been arguably the most effective public health innovation ever conceived by the human mind, an intervention that has saved more lives over the course of human history than every other medical intervention combined.
What is more important is, of course, that experts like Jenny and Jim have spun a bunch of half truths and misinformation into an epidemic in its own right. An epidemic of dangerous beliefs that could wind up harming more children than anything else.
This epidemic of misinformation is the antivaccinationist movement led by celebrities Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey, which is also organized and funded by Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), Generation Rescue and several other groups that believe the myth that either vaccine containing mercury in the form of their thimerosal preservative or vaccines themselves cause autism.
We also thought that the earth was flat at one time, however, I’ve never heard of anyone falling off the planet.
Star of the hit TV series “Blossom” and, more recently, the co-star of “Big Bang Theory”, Mayim Bialik, has some very interesting views on parenting.
Bialik practiced attachment parenting, the unconventional parenting method originally coined by Dr. William Sears, a pediatrician.
The technique involves extended breastfeeding, potty training without diapers, a natural birth and wearing a baby in a sling to ensure they remain physically close to a parent’s body.
Mayim nursed her son, Fred until he was 4 years old. He was weaned soon after it was publically picked up by the media when someone saw Bialik nursing her son on the subway at the age of almost 4.
She also allowed both of her children to sleep on mattresses on the floor with her and her now ex-husband, Michael Stone, every night.
Mayim does, however, say that she doesn’t believe that this family “togetherness” lead to her divorce from her husband but I guess these sleeping arrangements alone could put an added stress on any relationship. Although it may be considered a very effective means of birth control.
Another example of how bad information about vaccines can have life-or-death consequences. A couple of years ago a segment of Couric’s talk show fueled highly speculative fears about the HPV vaccine, it provided an inadvertent lesson on how misconceptions about health issues take hold.
The show portrayed the safety of vaccines for HPV, a sexually transmitted virus that usually stays dormant, but can lead to cancer, as a subject for debate, putting the personal tragedies of a couple of parents up against medical expertise.
However, there is no evidence that HPV vaccines cause harm beyond the normal range of side effects associated with vaccines. The two HPV vaccines available Gardasil and Cervarix, are the surest way to prevent millions of new infections each year, along with HPV-related cancers.
Instead of making this fact known, Couric chose to instead support the word of two mothers who, without real proof, were convinced that their daughters had been badly harmed by the vaccines.
Couric has since said she may have given viewers the wrong impression about the safety and efficacy of the HPV vaccines. Unfortunately, this corrective statement lacked the emotional punch of her original broadcast, so even though sincere it wasn’t taken as a correction at all.
This is the main reason that so many people are lead astray by misinformation, sincere but misleading anecdotal testimony can overpower even strong, professional statistical evidence.
Since the publication of her first book The Sexy Years, in 2004, Suzanne Somers has been a relentless advocate of so-called “bioidentical” hormone replacement therapy for postmenopausal women.
With several books that followed, Sommers has upped the ante by pushing hormone therapy even for women in their 30s and 40s, who haven’t even began menopause yet.
Her message is pretty simple: Hormone replacement therapy makes life wonderful. Thanks to hormones, she is having sex twice a day, her skin is smooth, her hot flashes are long gone and, as she claimed in her 2006 book Ageless, “I have substantially reversed the aging process in my body.”
This whole miraculous transformation appears to stem from the “bioidenticals,” which Somers swears by. In her memorable 2009 Oprah interview, she revealed that she injects hormones directly into her vagina every day and chases them with a daily shot of human growth hormone.
There is just one problem, it’s bull.
“It’s a catchy phrase ‘bioidentical,’ but it doesn’t really mean anything,” says Dr. Nanette Santoro, chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Colorado Medical School.
However, there is money to be made on “bioidenticals”, a lot of it.
“The markup on this stuff is awesome,” says Santoro. “To get a crystalline steroid in bulk is very cheap, and to be able to sell it for $200 a month is really a good gig.”
So, is Sommers on to the fountain of youth, or is she in it for the money? I think that is obvious.