Unfortunately many celebrities have waded into debates within fields in which they have neither expertise nor training – perhaps unintentionally injecting doubt into scientific certainty and often even harming public health efforts.
Here are a few of the worst celebrity offenders
Gwyneth Paltrow: Paltrow is probably best known for her promotion of vaginal steaming – jade eggs and cleansing enemas.
Paltrow believes that vaginal steaming with mugwort balances female hormones and cleanses the uterus.
Apart from the fact that mugwort isn’t a hormone and vaginal steam will never reach the uterus – vaginal steaming can cause burns and bacterial infections.
The jade eggs placed in the vagina to enhance muscle tone put users at risk of toxic shock syndrome and the ‘toxin-removing’ colonic enemas Paltrow prescribes – which have no proven benefit in otherwise healthy people – can cause dehydration – infections – vomiting and worst of all – bowel perforations.