Kim Kardashian, sister Khloe and Kourtney and other celebrities, like Gwyneth Paltrow, often push health products or wacky home remedies, but a Northwestern University doctor warns their advice and health fads can be dangerous.
Dr Lauren Streicher, an author, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and medical doctor, hears about the remedies all the time from her patients.
Shockingly, celebrities are often paid to promote quack products and rarely disclose it to their fans, even though it’s against the law not to.
“I think people just assume that since they are famous that they have some inside information,” Dr Streicher told London’s Daily Mail. “It never occurs to fans that the celeb is making huge money from their advice.”
For the past year, for example, Khloe Kardashian has been hyping a healthy cocktail and foods that purportedly boost metabolism.
But she went off the rails, promoting “vaginal wipes” to keep a woman’s “lady parts happy.”
Streicher says the vagina is like a “self-cleaning oven.”
Wipes are useless to combat odors. Persistent odor could be caused by the vagina’s pH balance, she explains.
“If you have bad breath and you try to solve it by washing your face, your breath will still stink,” she adds.
Vaginal wipes also have a downside. They can cause irritation and vaginal rashes. Women may also be misled about their health.
Paltrow is the queen of alternative health therapies, which she pushes over social media and through her Web site Goop.
Last year, she advocated a purported ancient Chinese method to increase orgasms that involves inserting a small smooth stone in the vagina. Health professionals immediately hoisted red flags.
More recently, she promoted a device and procedure called the “Implant-O-Rama System At Home Coffee Enema.” The device is used to inject coffee in your butt to cleanse their rectum, large intestines and liver.
Schreicher says the enema offers no health benefits.
“There’s no enema that’s going to detox your body, it’s complete nonsense,” she said.
Not only can the device damage the intestinal tract, it also could wipe out the beneficial microorganisms that live there. Infection is also a concern.
“This isn’t the case of it being worthless and harmless,’ Streicher said. “This is worthless and potentially dangerous.”
In other wacky health advice, actress told a celebrity Web site that she often exposes her vagina to the sun to prevent yeast infections.
Sunlight is a source of Vitamin D, but Streicher says it has nothing to do with yeast infections.
Vaginas are more susceptible to dangerous reactions to the sun than other parts of the body and that includes skin cancer, says the doctor.
But wait, it gets even worse.
Singer-songwriter Kandi Burruss revealed on “Real Housewives of Atlanta, that she puts sugar in her vagina to make it “sticky” and “sweet.”
But yeast thrives on sugar and infections are a likely result.
Corsets are another celebrity promoted health fad. Kim and Khloe Kardashian and celebrities like Jessica Alba have claimed they help with weight reduction.
Last year, Khloe posted photos on social media showing off her incredibly small waist, which she attributed to “waist training” with a corset. Sister Kim has promoted corsets as well.
But corsets and other so-called waist trainers provide zero health benefits, the doctor says.
Plus, they come with serious health risks like digestive problems, aches and pain.
They can also limit function of the liver, kidney and intestines.
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