The Worst Medical & Health Advice Given by Celebrities  

Matthew Cole Weiss
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Remember when Tom Cruise went on to The Today Show to promote a movie, but instead, he ended up dismissing postpartum depression, medication, and psychiatry? Why wouldn't he discuss mental health on national television? Tom Cruise is one of the leading medical experts of our time, correct? Wrong.   

Celebrities talk a lot and they get asked all kinds of questions a celebrity is in no position to answer. So is it any wonder that sometimes an actor, actress, musician, supermodel, or CEO shares medical diagnoses and beliefs even though they have no credentials whatsoever?

This list has some of the worst advice or practices celebrities have ever publicly shared about health. Whether it's a detoxifying beauty treatment based on leeching, a belief that sunscreen is poison, or a shady weight loss pill endorsement, all of these medical and health beliefs shared by famous people on this list are far-fetched, to say the least. They're unfounded, unstudied, and sometimes blatantly wrong.

But it's up to to decide just which celebrity medical advice is the least helpful and least scientific. Vote up the worst health and medical advice from celebrities. That's the only way we'll settle once and for all just which celebrity is least qualified to be a doctor.

Vote away and remember, the next time you start listening to Dr. Paltrow when it comes to skin cancer or take Mark Cuban, MD's advice on blood tests, you might want to go see your actual doctor instead.
Jenny McCarthy's Anti-Vaccine Activism
Jenny McCarthy's Anti-Va... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Medical & Health Advice Given by Celebrities
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Jenny McCarthy has long been a leading voice in the campaign against vaccines, saying that the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine led to her son's autism. She has also claimed to have "repaired" his autism through vitamins. There's no scientific basis to these claims, and parents opting against vaccinations for their children lower herd immunity, which is dangerous to everyone's health, especially the young and elderly. 

Source: The Atlantic, Frontline
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Tom Cruise Goes Anti-Psychiatry and Anti-Glibness
Tom Cruise Goes Anti-Psy... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Medical & Health Advice Given by Celebrities
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In 2005, Cruise took a lot of flak for the Today Show appearance in which he called Matt Lauer "glib" for questioning his anti-psychiatry convictions. As a Scientologist, Cruise does not believe in antidepressant drugs or the benefits of psychiatry. In dismissing the use of drugs to treat postpartum depression, Cruise claimed to know the history of psychiatry, but he is not, in fact, a medical professional, and the benefits of the psychiatry and psychiatric drugs in treating a wide spectrum of mental illnesses are well-documented.   

Source: Today
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Suzanne Somers Might Not Actually Be a Hormone Therapy Expert
Suzanne Somers Might Not... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Medical & Health Advice Given by Celebrities
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Actress Suzanne Somers wrote an entire book on hormone therapy, but unfortunately, Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones allegedly doesn't contain much actual truth about bioidentical hormones. Many menopausal women reportedly stopped taking these therapies after well-conducted studies revealed that they led to an increased risk of breast cancer, heart attacks, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. Even some of the doctors she wrote about in her book signed a public letter declaring much of Somers's information "scientifically unproven and dangerous."

Source: Live Science
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Gwyneth Paltrow Doesn't Understand Melanoma
Gwyneth Paltrow Doesn't ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Medical & Health Advice Given by Celebrities
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It's possible Gwyneth Paltrow has no idea how skin cancer works. In an interview, Paltrow disagreed with doctors who warn patients against tanning saying, "We’re human beings and the sun is the sun - how can it be bad for you? I think we should all get sun and fresh air. I don’t think anything that is natural can be bad for you." Gwyneth Paltrow, meet melanoma.

Source: British Cosmopolitan (via Us Weekly)
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