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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

When Celebrities Irritate Me

Yes they do sometimes. They do when they start throwing out medical advice that isn't only ridiculous but also harmful. As a celebrity you have a certain responsibility being in the spotlight. People will believe everything you say for some reason without questioning it. This is really not a responsibility I would want. I hear things from people like Susan Sommers talking about ways to beat cancer without medicine. This is SO dangerous convincing someone that they can eat leaves or sprouts and kill the cancers that are in their body. I support a good healthy diet, combined with treatment. I think we should all consider a  healthy diet, but if there was an amazing cure found in some plant why isn't the person who invented the diet a billionaire? Why isn't it plastered across all the medical books and why isn't chemo out the window? Why? Because it's not real. It doesn't work and there is no big conspiracy. There isn't. I am going into oncology. It's been in my heart a long time. I am all for a cure. I am a cancer survivor who has the fear of it coming back or developing another cancer hanging over my head all the time. I'm also in the medical field. I would be the first in line to eat the magical plants that would cure me if they existed.

I came across an article in my email from Medscape Nurses that I found very informative. Please take the time to read it. One thing that may be shocking to some is that Detox is NOT necessary. By detox I mean what so many celebrities do to "cleanse" their bodies. Our bodies does this on it's own. One person in this article actually believes that when they do not ejaculate they reabsorb the sperm into the body and it has health benefits. *sigh* That one really had me chuckling. People believe this!!!

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"Science Sense" List Trashes Celebrity Health Tips

By Kate Kelland
LONDON (Reuters Life!) Dec 29 - Science campaigners laid bare some of the most dubious celebrity-endorsed health tips on Wednesday, trashing ideas such as reabsorbing sperm and wearing silicone bracelets to boost energy.
In an annual list of what it sees as the year's worst abuses against science, the Sense About Science (SAS) campaign group debunked diet and exercise suggestions made by actors, pop stars and others in the public eye in an effort "to help the celebrities realize where they are going wrong and to help the public make sense of celebrity claims".
In the health and fitness section, SAS noted that soccer player David Beckham and Prince William's fiancee Kate Middleton have both been spotted wearing hologram-embedded silicone bracelets which makers claim can improve energy and fitness.
It also listed a diet reportedly used by supermodel Naomi Campbell and actors Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore in which followers survive on maple syrup, lemon and pepper alone for up to two weeks. Campbell told U.S. TV host Oprah Winfrey in an interview in May: "It's good to clean out your body once in a while."
But SAS said in a statement: "Many of these claims promote theories, therapies and campaigns that make no scientific sense."
Pop star Sarah Harding told Now magazine in April that she crumbles charcoal over her food, saying: "It's doesn't taste of anything and apparently absorbs all the bad damaging stuff in the body."
Dr. John Elmsley, a chemical scientist and writer asked by SAS to comment on this idea, said charcoal is known to absorb toxic molecules when used in gas masks and sewage treatment, but is "unnecessary when it comes to diet because the body is already quite capable of removing any 'bad damaging stuff.'"
One of the highlights for SAS was a tip from cage fighter Alex Reid, who told The Sun tabloid newspaper in April that he "reabsorbs" his sperm to prepare for a big fight.
"It's actually very good for a man to have unprotected sex as long as he doesn't ejaculate. Because I believe that all that semen has a lot of nutrition. A tablespoon of semen has your equivalent of steak, eggs, lemons and oranges. I am reabsorbing it into my body and it makes me go raaaaahh," he said.
John Aplin, a reproductive research scientist at the University of Manchester, said sperm cannot be reabsorbed once they have formed in the testes. "In fact sperm die after a few days, and the nutritional content of the ejaculate is really rather small," he said in a comment on the SAS list.
To try to counter the effects of some of the wildest health and fitness tips, SAS published its own "easy-to-remember pointers for celebrity commentators":-
- Nothing is chemical-free: everything is made of chemicals, it's just a question of which ones
- Detox is a marketing myth: our body does it without pricey potions and detox diets
- There's no need to boost: bodily functions occur without boosting
- Energy and fitness come and exercise: there are no shortcuts.


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Anne said...

I think it is part of the whole easy fix attitude. Although I would think that eating nothing but maple syrup, lemon and pepper would probably help someone lose weight. Just not in a healthy or pleasant way.

william2233 said...

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Martin Smithmyer said...

Thanks for sharing your moving story, and congrats on being cancer free for three years and going.