Celebrities seem to have it all: the style, the money, the success, the perfect skin that apparently defies age. Unless they are Dr. Phil, who is still a spokesperson for diabetes rather than a psychologist. Although “he has a doctorate in psychology,” “he is not a licensed psychologist,” according to Vox.
However, many of us still find ourselves following the advice of our favorite A-listers, especially those who tow the pseudo-doctor line, but what we don’t recognize is that most of these celebrities could get their information the same way we do it: from Google, YouTube, your friendly taxi driver or your childhood best friend.
This sometimes generates bad advice that can even be dangerous. Think about it the next time you push a crystal into your you know what. This is the most controversial celebrity tip you could take.
Is there a vaccine to speak too soon?
The career of Kat Von D is based on many controversies. When he’s not publicly fighting with YouTuber Jeffree Star, she’s dodging anti-Semitism claims and dressing up as the devil for her wedding day. This taste for controversy extends to all aspects of her life, including her parenting decisions. Sure, Von D knows her way around with a makeup brush, but even Von D admits she doesn’t always have the best health tips.
According to the BBC, science “overwhelmingly and indisputably” advocates immunization. It is part of what protects the most vulnerable population. However, in 2018, Von D revealed that she would not vaccinate his son.
“As a future parent I feel it is my responsibility to have questions and listen to my motherly instinct to question things,” she wrote in an Instagram post, defending her position. “There are also studies showing that some people, including mothers, and babies may be more susceptible to vaccine injury than others.”
Despite the fact that the tattoo artist did not directly encourage others not to vaccinate, she was immediately labeled anti-vaxxer, and people threatened to boycott her brand. It took her two years, but she finally confessed her mistake (and yes, she did vaccinate her son). “I just made a mistake and was completely uninformed. It was stupid, and I really shouldn’t have opened my big mouth about it,” she told the Los Angeles Times.
Better to leave scrambled eggs
Gwyneth Paltrow’s adventures on Goop have been criticized for being out of touch. Do you remember your failed food stamp experiment? What about her 300 calorie/day diet, or when she suggested that women steam clean their lady bits and someone end up with second-degree burns?
Still, few of Paltrow’s suggestions have attracted as much attention as her jade egg. So what is it? A piece of jade in the shape of an egg (or quartz depending on the model) that you should put where the sun does not shine.
In a Jimmy Kimmel Live interview, Paltrow stated that eggs are used in “an ancient Chinese practice” that “helps tone the pelvic floor.” According to Health.com, Goop also claimed that it could “balance your menstrual cycle” and “improve your sex life,” but gynecologists didn’t buy it. In fact, women’s health experts claimed it could harbor the type of dangerous bacteria that causes toxic shock syndrome. In other words: stop putting things there that aren’t meant to be there!
According to The New York Times, the Paltrow lifestyle website was finally sued for the eggs, and an additional aromatherapy product that they say could prevent depression. After an investigation, Goop was ordered to pay a $ 145,000 fine for making unsubstantiated marketing claims, but that’s a small price for an epic round of free press. In a separate New York Times profile, Paltrow revealed that she uses these controversial moments, which he called “cultural firestorms,” to “monetize those eyeballs” that visit his site. Yes, even the rich like clickbait.
A teaspoon of turpentine a day keeps the doctor … busy?
Listen, Tiffany Haddish has some great ideas. Sneaking fried chicken at the Met Gala was nothing short of great, if only because our hot sauces finally found their match, but maybe we shouldn’t be taking the medical advice she finds on YouTube, which is known for promoting conspiracy theories. In an interview with GQ, the comedian urged her fans to literally drink turpentine to cure a common cold, a treatment that she says was commonly used by slaves.
“A teaspoon of turpentine will not kill you,” Haddish said, adding, “The government does not want you to know that if you have a cold, just take a little turpentine with a little sugar or castor oil or honey and it will go away the next day.”
Before sipping a paint-thinner cocktail and cursing the Zicam lobby, it’s important to note that turpentine is highly toxic. According to Insider, the substance was used medicinally “in the Colonial and Industrial Age”, but in modern medicine, it is only used “topically” in things like Vicks massage. Why? Only 15 milliliters can be lethal. A study by the National Institute of Health found that chronic exposure can cause various ailments such as bone marrow damage, anemia, behavioral changes, kidney toxicity, kidney damage, and brain atrophy (the loss of brain cells).
Dire medical warnings are condemned because Haddish also claims that she will give you “the best doo-doo of your damn life.” Please don’t drink poison.
Why not eat clay?
Shailene Woodley embarrasses Goop with what she calls her “pretty alternative” lifestyle. She “gathers” mountain spring water monthly, forage for “wild food”, and makes her own toothpaste. Maybe she’s training to replace Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games. Maybe she is training for Naked And Afraid. Who knows? All we know is that the star “makes its own medicine” and not “get it from the doctors,” at least that’s what she told Flaunt. She may not be a pharmacist, but she could play one in a movie!
While Woodley is likely to trust home medicine if she falls seriously ill, she has been doing her best to improve her health by eating clay on the advice of her taxi driver. The star said Into the Gloss that “clay is one of the best things you can put on your body … apparently it provides a negative charge, so it binds negative isotopes.” She also claimed that it makes your stools smell like metal, which supposedly means that it is ridding your body of heavy metals.
Before starting to eat your clay masks like that woman from My Strange Addiction we know that the body is already detoxified. Hello, kidneys and liver. According to HuffPost, eating clay is “mainly harmless” but there is no evidence that it removes toxins from the body. Beyond that, our bodies need certain metals to survive.
Anyone older than size 2 does not need to apply
It’s been a while since Millionaire Matchmaker was up in the air. For now, professional matchmaker Patti Stanger is used to controversy; Are her assistants paid actors? Are millionaires really millionaires? How does a boring writer who is drowning in student debt get paired up with someone at the Millionaire’s Club? Beyond usual speculation, Stanger’s particular brand of forceful dating tips isn’t always well received, and it’s not always accurate, either.
In a 2011 interview with HuffPost, Stanger advised divorcees to go to the gym if they wanted to attract a new partner. “I know I can’t go out in size 8. I have to go out in size 2. And it’s just a fact of nature. Go get your injections and your chemical peels. You have to look good to attract a man,” she said, and adds: “To get what you want, you must become who he wants you to be, with a slight margin.”
What happened to being yourself? What happened to unconditional love? It is safe to say that humanity has proven Stanger wrong. Racked cited a 2018 Plunkett Research study saying 68% of women wore a size 14 and up, but the US Census figures USA 2016 revealed that 54.8% of people over the age of 18 are married. It’s safe to say that love is not limited to a size two.
Placenta with a good chianti and some beans
There is a time in your life that autocannibalism is partially acceptable, at least if you are January Jones. In an interview with People, the Mad Men Star advocated eating her own placenta. “It is something that I doubted a lot, but we are the only mammals that do not ingest our own placentas,” she said, adding: “I suggest it to all moms.”
The practice of eating your own placenta, whether “dehydrated and turned into vitamins” as Jones preferred, or cooked in lasagna, as some people actually do, has been viewed as a way to speed recovery from pregnancy and avoid postpartum depression. It is common in many cultures, but according to ABC News, there is no real evidence to show that it has any human benefit. In fact, counseling can be dangerous because postpartum depression can lead to suicide. You need real treatment. Then there is the bacteria.
Parents report that the dehydrated placenta pills were related to a case of a newborn developing “a dangerous blood infection” that was related to the breastfeeding mother and consuming the encapsulated placenta. The organ, which filters toxins into the uterus, may be contaminated with bacteria, possibly because of this the FDA has not approved the use of placental pills, as of this writing. That being said, research has shown that the organ is packed with nutrients, but… multiple vitamins still exist, right?
How dangerous is waist training really?
Kim Kardashian’s shapewear line has been a controversial disaster from the start. The brand was originally called Kimono, which was so criticized for stealing the name of the traditional Japanese garment that the mayor of Kyoto even sent a letter to the reality star, according to People. The controversy did not end there, despite the fact that she changed the brand name to SKIMS.
The Kardashians have spearheaded many trends: shaking your salad, flat-top sinks, the colloquial use of the “bible,” but almost none of them has been as criticized as waist training. According to Women’s Health, practice basically uses a modern corset to “compress its core,” which supposedly “decreases the size of your waistline permanently over time”. Medical experts have refuted this claim, but Kim is still a huge fan. She even wears a waist trainer while exercising and included one in her SKIMS line, which was not well received.
Waist trainers can make Kardashian feel “really raptured,” as if the deepest corners of her soul were squeezed by the tight grip of a nylon-spandex blend, but doctors said Insider the garment can cause serious health problems “such as nausea, fainting, bruising, shortness of breath and broken ribs.” Women’s health also reports that it can “push the stomach past the diaphragm, causing reflux and interfering with breathing.” The price you pay for a temporarily slim waist, right?
Jameela Jamil didn’t let Cardi B slide over the detox tea
You can’t throw a single stone on Instagram, or refresh your browsing page, without coming across a sponsored ad for a weight-loss product, but Jameela Jamil is the only celebrity you can count on to call it all.
The Good Place star criticized Kim Kardashian for promoting appetite suppressant lollipops as well as criticizing Cardi B for promoting detox tea. “GOD, I hope all these celebrities put their pants on in public, like poor women who buy this nonsense on recommendation,” she said in a tweet addressed to the rapper.
Cardi knows how to handle tea, so she shook herself with a bit of humor. According to Vulture, Ms. Migos replied in an Instagram re-post of Jamil’s tweet that she won’t shit her pants “because there are public toilets everywhere… ooooo and bushes”. Jokes aside, doctors still warn that detox teas do more harm than good, and we’re not just talking about emotional scars from squatting in the bushes next to the road.
According to Women ‘s Health, detox teas are promoted primarily as cleaners that free the body of toxins harmful and/or help you lose weight while reducing bloating. They can actually make your problems worse. According to the report, teas can exacerbate bloating “by drawing more fluid from the intestine” and cause weight gain by putting your body “in starvation mode.” Also, your body is already rid of toxins without help.
Come on baby, light my fire
Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio has undoubtedly beautiful hair. That is their job. While most of us might guess it has something to do with genetics and high-end hair products, we really didn’t expect her to basically use her head as a candle wick. In an Instagram post, Ambrosio revealed that she uses Brazilian hair burning to get her signature look, but don’t try this at home, or at all.
According to Harper’s Bazaar, the process is simply to “twist a strand of hair” and burn any protruding piece with a flame. What can go wrong? It’s been popular in Brazil for 50 years, but if you wanted to turn on your locks hoping one day to acquire the coveted wings that almost brought Ariana Grande out, think again. Sally Hershberger Salon stylist Matt Fugate said it was “the worst idea of all,” adding: “Anyone educated in the hair shaft layers knows that this type of process will ruin their cuticle, their transparent protection layer. It will weaken your hair and expose your bark layer to the environment.”
In other words, burning Brazilian hair is a one-way street toward frizzy, heat-damaged hair. A trim may not be the most exciting way to stop split ends, but it is still the most effective.
Sean Connery’s advice is neither extraordinary nor gentlemanly
Sean Connery had better be kissing the ground Al Gore walks to take his time to create the Internet because if the actor spoke today, it would have spread on social networks like a forest fire. People have been canceled for much less. Just look at what happened to James Charles for (allegedly) promoting the gummy vitamins behind Tati Westbrook’s back.
While we can all agree that any form of violence is inadvisable, the Goldfinger star advocated for domestic abuse in a disastrous 1965 Playboy interview. “I don’t think there is anything particularly wrong with hitting a woman … A slap with open hands is justified,” he said, adding: “If a woman is a bitch or hysterical … I would.”
Obviously, Connery’s opinion received harsh criticism, but Barbra Walters gave him an opportunity to explain himself. Rather than smooth things over, he claimed he had a “violent temper” and doubled over feeling justified in hitting a woman “as a last resort” to end an argument. “Women are pretty good at this. They can’t leave him alone. They want to have the last word, and you give them the last word, but they are not happy with the last word. They want to say it again,” he said. “Then I think it is absolutely correct.” Clearly, James Bond’s brain has been shaken, not stirred. According to a United Nations report, domestic violence is the leading cause of female homicide.
Keep this mask in the litter box
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi has done many discouraging things throughout her career as a reality star, from displaying her meatball at an Italian club to her arrest on the beach for disorderly conduct. She is like your well-meaning best friend who always gives the worst advice. Still, if you’re hanging out with Snooks at a Jersey Shore slumber party, you can probably expect to get a little drunk and be intimate with some cat litter. In an interview with Conan O’Brien, the star revealed that kitty litter is part of her regular beauty routine, and works wonderfully as a scrub.
“Well, I definitely like Google a lot, and I don’t like spending a lot of money on spa treatments just because I’m cheap,” she said. So I googled what else I could use that wasn’t so expensive. It was kitty litter.
If you’re tempted to rub cat litter on your face to get the Snooki glow, please refrain. According to a beautician who spoke to Cosmopolitan, “Some brands of cat litter contain aluminum silicate, the same ingredient used in glassmaking and home insulation. Furthermore, it is a neurotoxin known to humans.” Not to mention, it could tear your skin and cause “breakouts” and “premature fine lines.” Is a pharmacy facial scrub really that expensive?
Tom Cruise: action star or postpartum depression expert?
In 2005 Tom Cruise sounded like the “simplistic” heard around the world. During a bizarre interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer, the Scientologist made a heated tangent about how Brooke Shields should never have used antidepressants and psychiatry to aid her in her postpartum depression. Rather, you should have resorted to other methods such as “vitamins and through exercise.” Does jumping on Oprah’s couch count as exercise?
“Psychiatry is a pseudoscience,” Cruise said, adding: “You don’t know the history of psychiatry. I do… All it does is mask the problem, Matt, and if you understand the story, it masks the problem. That’s what he does. That’s all it does. It is not coming to the reason why. There is no chemical imbalance.”
Although Tom Cruise acted as a doctor at Eyes Wide Shut, people who really went to the doctor generally disagreed with his advice. Nada Stotland, who was once president of the American Psychiatric Association, told WebMD that psychiatry is not a pseudoscience at all. “We can see differences between the images of the brain of someone who is depressed and someone who is not depressed,” she said. “And if we give medications, the depressed person’s brain resembles a person who is not depressed.” Of course, that doesn’t mean that medication is just a way to treat depression. It simply means that it can help.”