5 Bizarre Celeb Heath Trends and Some Real Advice

Jun 3, 2014

By Trevor Shewfelt, Pharmacist at the Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy

A few years ago on Boxing Day, we decided to get my niece Baileys ears pierced. Obviously on the busiest shopping day of the year, we decided to go to Polo Park, one of the busiest malls in the province. The only good part of this plan was that my son Eric and I got to go to the Apple Store while my wife Doris, daughter Emily, sister-in-law Anja, mother-in-law Helga and niece Bailey went to the salon. Eric and I managed to find the electronic marvel we were looking for. We left the Apple Store and waited for the girls. We sat on a bench in front of the salon. I started to open the box and look at all the parts of our new toy. Then I heard a commotion. I looked up and saw people yelling. Then Anja called to us, Get Eric out of here! They have pepper spray!

It is easy to miss simple lifestyle changes you can make to improve your life. To help educate us, Project Big Life out of Ontario, came out with a really cool calculator. It asks you a few questions and then tells you how long you will live and how many of those days you will spend in the hospital. I think everyone should take the quiz to see how small changes in how many carrots you eat or how often you go for a walk can keep you healthy. But I know people would rather read lists and celebrity reports. So I'm going to mash up a bizarre celeb health trends list I stole from Chatelaine and the key points from the health calculator. You won't be able to resist my list!

1. Gwyneth Paltrow has been seen with marks from cupping since 2004. Dating back to ancient Egyptian, Middle Eastern and Chinese cultures, cupping is believed to improve circulation and reduce stress. How's it done? Practitioners heat cups (usually made of glass or bamboo), and place them lip-down on the clients skin. As the cups cool, it creates a suction making the skin rise and fill with blood (as the blood vessels expand). It's known to be more uncomfortable than painful and stars like Lady Gaga, Lena Dunham and Victoria Beckham have been seen wearing their cupping marks with pride.

Real Health Advice Quit Smoking. The Ontario study that the Project Big Life calculators are based on found 22% of all men's and 12% of all women's hospital days could be attributed to smoking. Want to stay out of the hospital? Quit Smoking.

2. Jennifer Love Hewitt and toothpaste. New mom Jennifer Love Hewitt reportedly relies on toothpaste to zap zits, but is there any real value to the practice? Ingredients like calcium carbonate help to dry out pimples almost overnight, but other ingredients (think detergents and flavouring) may irritate sensitive skin.

Real Health Advice Eat a balanced diet. The Ontario study says poor diet accounts for 12% of all hospital days. Start with these two suggestions. Eat more fruits and vegetables. The Canada Food Guide says you should eat 7-10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. The World Health Organization says you should eat only about 6 teaspoons of sugar per day. That is less sugar than is in 1 can of pop.

3. Madonna and Vitamin B12 injections. Though the average person has enough B12 to provide them sufficient amounts of energy, Madonna isn't the average person. Seeking increased energy, weight loss, and healthy hair and skin, many famous figures, like Rihanna and Cheryl Cole, look to B12 injections for a quick fix. Our bodies use it to support the nervous system, aid in fatty acid synthesis and boost energy production. And though many celebs swear by the benefits of these shots, not all scientists agree. They explain that unless you have a B12 deficiency, any excess of the water soluble vitamin will be simply be peed out.

Real Health Advice Get some exercise. Go for a brisk 30 minute walk every day. You will live longer and stay out of the hospital bed. Extra credit if you also throw in some strength training and/or intense exercise that makes you breathe hard and sweat. But be smart. If you haven't exercised in 20 years, start slowly. Maybe walk 5 minutes every other day and slowly increase your walking time.

4. Shailene Woodley & oil pulling. Wondering how this Divergent star keeps her pearly whites so bright? Woodley practices the Ayurvedic method of oil pulling. Prior to brushing, eating, or drinking in the morning, swish a couple of teaspoons of coconut or sesame oil around in your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes. Spit, rinse, then carry on with your day. The oil attracts fat-soluble toxins and removes them once you spit, leading to benefits like whiter teeth, fresh breath, reduced plaque, and potential asthma and allergy relief.

Real Health Advice Drink less alcohol. Aim for 2 or fewer alcohol drinks per day and don't binge drink on weekends.

5. Tia Mowry-Hardrict: eating placenta. Half of one of Hollywoods most well-known twin duos recently ate her twin sister's placenta...and liked it!Tia Mowry-Hardrict was urged to try her sister Tameras encapsulated placenta, downing it with a swig of alcohol on their reality show.

Real Health Advice Seriously, I really don't have to tell you to not to eat placenta, right? Use your head and pick up a carrot.

After hearing Anjas pepper spray warning, Eric and I retreated to the "As seen on TV" store on the other side of the corridor. I was walking and trying to stuff all my new gadget's components into the Apple bag. Eric started coughing. Then I started coughing. We retreated farther into the mall away from the invisible pepper spray cloud. Eventually, and after several frantic unanswered cell calls and texts we all found each other again by the Bay. The girls had hid in the washroom of the Salon. The Salon lady had given them wet wash cloths to cover their faces. We were all okay. Bailey was pretty freaked out. She never did get her ears pierced and wasnt sure if she ever wanted to go to a mall again. Anja's warning gave Eric and I enough time to escape the pepper spray. The only real causality was my new gadget. In the excitement I lost its remote. I had to go back to the Apple store the next day and buy a replacement for $20.

Celebrities and weird stories will always catch our attention. But dont miss the forest for the trees. Go to projectbiglife.ca and see how simple lifestyle changes can keep you out of the hospital and live longer. And dont get your nieces ears pierced on Boxing Day.

As always if you have any questions or concerns about these or other products, ask your pharmacist.

The information in this article is intended as a helpful guide only. It is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional advice. If you have any questions about your medications and what is right for you see your doctor, pharmacist or other health care professional.

We now have this and most other articles published in the Parkland Shopper on our Website. Please visit us at www.dcp.ca

Chatelaine Article - www.chatelaine.com/health/wellness/bizarre-celebrity-health-trends/?DFIX#gallery_top

Big Life Health Calculators - www.projectbiglife.ca/

Impact of Smoking, Alcohol, Diet and Physical Activity on Hospitalization: www.ices.on.ca/flip-publication/900000-Days-in-Hospital/index.html


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