Following some of celebrities’ bizarre practices can have serious side effects, health experts say.
By: Kimberly Rodrigues
Outrageous celebrity health trends have always intrigued us — from leech therapy and vampire facials to drinking pee, charcoal, and basically everything including being stung by bees willingly, celebrities seem to have tried it all.
For their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, celebs are open to trying just about anything. While these fads may be outlandish, they are all undeniably fascinating.
But that aside, all the health fads embraced and promoted by celebrities have been dismissed by health experts and dismissed as utter nonsense.
Here, let’s take a look at some of the weirdest celebrity health and beauty trends.
Getting a load of bees to sting you: apitherapy
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow literally raves about this therapy, which she thinks is incredible. She reportedly told the New York Times, “It’s a thousand-year-old treatment… People use it to get rid of inflammation and scarring.”
However, Megan Ayala, a health expert and nutrition and fitness expert at diet and weight loss website Patricia and Carolyn, reportedly told bestlifeonline.com that apitherapy is not a good idea at all.
She is quoted as saying, “Bee sting therapy is literal death for honey bees.” She adds, “It’s a cruel act against the insects.”
Megan also warns that bee venom triggers a histamine response in the body – “This causes everything from irritation like swollen, red skin to severe allergic reactions that can be life-threatening.”
A facial treatment with autologous blood: Vampire Facial
This process is known as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, or more commonly, a “vampire facial,” which is very painful, said Kim Kardashian, who had her face smeared with her own blood and injected.
Megan reportedly said the theory is that the “vampire facial” is meant to restore your youthful skin cells. However, there is no scientific basis for this.
She is quoted as saying: “If your blood is injected back into the skin, it can cause burning, redness, persistent swelling and bruising of the face. Certified dermatologists are hard to find and charge high fees, leading people to go cheap, which is dangerous for their skin.”
Helps Boost Your Immune System: Vitamin IV Drops
Celebrities like Rihanna have tried various such infusions to help boost the immune system and replenish the body’s lost vitamins and electrolytes.
Jonathann Kuo, an anesthesiologist in New York, told Vogue that vitamin IV fluids aren’t really necessary.
He reportedly said, “There are some vitamins and substances that react with each other,” and that can lead to a bad reaction.
According to BuzzFeed News, “In addition to potential infections, improper use of needles (which can occur both in the hospital and at home) can lead to vitamin toxicity. For example, if you take too much vitamin B6, which has been linked to brain health and improving mood, you can damage your nerves enough to lead to permanent numbness in your limbs.”
Putting coffee in an alternative orifice: coffee enemas
Four years ago, Gwyneth Paltrow again proclaimed via her lifestyle website Goop the health benefits of a DIY rectal flush of room-temperature coffee that could be delivered through something called Implant O’Rama.
This bizarre practice has reportedly caused some serious side effects, including rectal burns, intestinal perforation, infection and even death, Healthline informs.
David M. Poppers, MD, Ph.D. reportedly told Men’s Health, “Home enemas like the one Goop is promoting have also been associated with serious infections and sepsis and severe ‘shedding’ of the colon wall and perforations .”
According to Megan, “An incorrectly administered enema can damage the tissues in your rectum, cause intestinal perforation and, if the device is not sterile, cause infection.”
Expose the intimate area to the sun: vaginal bathing
Shailene Woodley, the American actress, reportedly once told Into the Gloss that she liked to give her vagina a little vitamin D… She is quoted as saying, “Spread your legs and get some sun.”
Megan called the concept “absurd” and reportedly said, “Yes, getting vitamin D is important, but exposing your private parts directly to the sun is taking it too far.”
She warns, “It’s even riskier for people who have high-risk HPV strains.
“Sunning in the genital area would significantly increase the risk of HPV-related cancer.”
Drink your own pee
Pop star Madonna has reportedly said that she likes to take an ice bath before drinking her own pee. British adventurer Bear Grylls is also reportedly a fan of the latter.
Aside from calling it “disgusting,” Megan is quoted as saying, “Consuming urine can allow bacteria and toxins to go straight into your body and can lead to kidney and several diseases.”