13 Times Celebrities Gave Bad Health Advice (PHOTOS)

13 Times Celebrities Gave Bad Health Advice (PHOTOS)


When it comes to beauty and fashion advice, celebrities are great for doling out tips. But health advice? Not so much. Many doctors are skeptical and even weary of the advice some stars dish out with so much confidence, you'd think they were the foremost authority on a subject — when in reality, they're anything but.

Click through for 13 times celebrities suffered from foot-in-mouth syndrome.


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  • Ronda Rousey


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    When it comes to sex, the UFC fighter recently told Maxim readers: "You should never need lube in your life. If you need lube, then you're being lazy...and you're not taking your time." However, for those suffering from vaginal dryness, lube is a must, and studies have shown that it actually heightens a woman's sexual satisfaction.


  • Gwyneth Paltrow


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    On her lifestyle website GOOP, Gwyneth Paltrow recommended women try steaming their vaginas: "It is an energetic release—not just a steam douche—that balances female hormone levels. If you're in LA, you have to do it." However, gynecologists generally don't recommend any kind of douching, and especially not the kind that has the potential to burn you.

  • Tom Cruise


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    The action star wasn't shy about criticizing Brooke Shield's use of antidepressants for her postpartum depression, saying: "She doesn't know what these drugs are and for her to promote it is irresponsible. And I wish her well in life. (But) it is irresponsible to do that." However, Tom Cruise's suggestion that a woman instead rely on vitamins and exercise to overcome depression was widely ripped apart by those in the medical field. 

  • Megan Fox


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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles actress and mom of two, Megan Fox, swears that drinking apple cider vinegar will help you burn fat: "It just cleanses out your system entirely. It will get rid of...for women who retain water weight from your menstrual cycle and all that...it gets rid of it really fast." However, nutritionists have debunked this theory. Drinking vinegar regularly could also erode your tooth enamel.

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  • Khloe Karadashian


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    Despite reports that warn wearing a corset or a waist-trainer doesn't lead to any long-lasting changes in body shape and could potentially do harm, Khloe Kardashian has continued to promote waist-training on her Instagram, noting that "once you try it, you will become obsessed."

  • Miley Cyrus


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    The "Wrecking Ball" singer was slammed by one nutritionist for Tweeting: "Everyone should try no gluten for a week! The change in your skin, physical and mental health is amazing. You won't go back!" Reportedly, only those who have a gluten allergy are recommended to be on this diet, as gluten-free foods can be higher in calories and fat than their gluten counterparts.

  • Mark Cuban


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    The billionaire businessman and Shark Tank judge elicited controversy when he Tweeted that everyone should get blood tests four times a year. While it seemed like an innocuous suggestion, doctors pointed out that overscreening would cause people to receive more false positive test results, leading to treatments that they don't need.

  • Katy Perry


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    In 2013, Katy Perry Tweeted a photo of several large bags of vitamins with the caption "I'm all about that supplement & vitamin LYFE!" Reportedly, the singer takes 26 vitamins a day, which one doctor claimed was extreme and likely overkill.

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  • Jenny McCarthy


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    Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few years, you've no doubt heard Jenny McCarthy's outspoken beliefs on the link between autism and vaccines, despite medical studies that have discredited her ideas.

  • Suzanne Somers


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    Labeled a "dangerous medical hack" by some, Suzanne Somers' claim that she has "substantially reversed the aging process" in her body by utilizing hormone therapy is not backed up by doctors.

  • Laura Prepon


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    Orange Is The New Black actress Laura Prepon is a proponent of crash dieting, which is usually accompanied by many health complications and not recommended by doctors. "I've always done crazy crash diets," she said in an interview. "I've ruined my metabolism that way. I did the hCG diet—[you're injected with] a hormone that's extracted from the urine of pregnant women!" 

  • Jim Carrey


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    The actor's Twitter rants about the dangers of vaccines ticked off at least one doctor, who commented, "Frankly, who is Jim Carrey to comment on the science?...He's an actor. Does he know the science? I don't think so."

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  • Demi Moore


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    Leeches aren't typically interview fodder, unless you're Demi Moore, raving about the benefits of letting bugs suck your blood! "It detoxifies your blood," she told David Letterman in 2008. "And they have a little enzyme that when they're biting down on you, gets released into your blood and generally you bleed for quite a bit. And your health is optimized. It detoxified the blood and I'm feeling detoxified right now." Despite Demi's support, the practice remains very controversial.

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