17 Worst Pieces of Celebrity Health “Advice”
If you use Instagram, you’ve probably stumbled across the feed of some D-list celebrity trying to use endorsements to pay their bills, who clumsily incorporate ridiculous products like herbal supplements and waist trainers into their heavily Photoshopped photos. While this sort of shilling is pretty transparent, there are some actual celebrities who also put their nonsense health advice out there — and because they’re so famous, most of the time we don’t question what they say.
If one of these wellness ideas has caught your attention, make sure to check it out with a doctor first so they can tell you just how ridiculous it is. Here’s a list of the most insane pieces of celebrity medical advice ever:
Breast cancer can be caused by a too-tight bra
Just last year, Gwyneth Paltrow (aka the Queen of Dubious Health Advice) came under fire for giving credence to the urban legend that wearing a bra that fits you incorrectly can cause breast cancer.
She posted an article by Dr. Habib Sadeghi on her popular lifestyle blog GOOP.com, in which Dr. Sadeghi expounded on his ‘theory’ that if your bra is too tight, it can prevent your lymph nodes from cycling toxins around your body. All of his claims have been debunked.
Infrared saunas can help you get over a flu
Another article posted on GOOP.com came under fire for its dubious claims just a few months after the article on bras leading to breast cancer. This time, Gwyneth praised the infrared sauna for its power to strip toxins from the body, then linked to a few different sites where you could purchase your very own in-home infrared sauna at the reasonable cost of just $2295!
The only problem is, there was no real health information present in the article, and doctors dispute whether saunas can have any benefit other than relaxation.
Colonics help you detox
This Gwyneth-inspired piece of bad health advice is a real doozy. This time, she’s promoting colonics as a way to detox your digestive tract.
The only problem is, this time, even though she’s promoting colonics as a path to wellness, she’s ignoring the fact that colonics can actually throw off the delicate balance in your digestive system and cause real harm.