Don’t try these at home (and no, we are not making them up)
“Cupping” and other bizzaro celebrity health trends debunked by a doctor
(CBC Life) Many people are interested in the latest Hollywood secrets, but we wanted see if the hype surrounding celebrity health trends is medically sound.
So we called on physician Dr. Vivien Brown to weigh in.
Vitamin drip therapy
Chrissy Teigen, Cindy Crawford and Simon Cowell are all said to favor this treatment.
Vitamin drip therapy consists of injecting a high dose of vitamins through an IV directly into your bloodstream. (Any pathogens or other impurities that are on the needle or inside the drip line or bag are also injected directly into your bloodstream. – Editor)
Some people think that if some dose of vitamins is good, then more must be better, but that is just not true.
Although vitamins are good for you, taking excessive amounts means the detoxifying organs – your kidneys and liver – need to work harder to get rid of them.
Kim Kardashian and Jessica Alba have helped make waist trainers famous lately, and Dr. Brown thinks they probably do make a difference in waist size.
Women in the 1700s wore corsets, tying them as tightly as possible, but this also affected their breathing and their growth.
Dr. Brown doesn’t think it’s something you should be doing.
Using a waist trainer presses on your stomach, which in turn alters your diaphragm and prevents you from being able to take a deep breath. If you don’t get air into the lower part of your lungs you’re more at risk for pneumonia.
Michael Phelps, Justin Bieber and Justin Trudeau, have all undergone this traditional Chinese medicine therapy that is supposed to “stimulate the flow of energy”.
It involves heating the inside of a cup and putting it on your skin, which then pulls up your skin possibly leaving broken blood vessels, broken skin and red marks.
While this practice has been popular in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, Dr. Brown hasn’t seen much medical evidence pointing to specific health benefits.
Read the full story at CBC Life. Image: Instagram, @chrissyteigen; Instagram, @kimkardashian; Ian Smith, CC BY-SA 2.0; Ibsan73, CC BY-SA 2.0)