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Scientists Versus Celebrities: Who Should You Trust?

Celebrities really care about your health. No really, they do. This year alone, Fergie tried to get you to take shots of vinegar daily, Suzanne Somers tried to get you to stop taking birth control pills, and Gwyneth Paltrow tried to get you to eat, well, pretty much nothing. But just because they’re famous doesn’t mean you should take their advice. A British group called Sense About Science has published an annual brochure, “Science and Celebrities,” which looks at some of the health claims made by celebs in 2009 and gets experts to weigh in. What’d they find? The deets after the jump.
Fergie on those vinegar shots:

“I do vinegar shots. It has to be organic apple cider, unfiltered. Two tablespoons. For some reason I’ve noticed a difference on my stomach.”

Leading dietician’s response:

“As attractive as it sounds, there’s no magic pill, lotion or potion for a quick fix to weight loss. The body, including the liver, is a well-oiled detoxing machine, which will not be improved by vinegar, whether it be organic, apple cider, unfiltered, or your bog standard malt vinegar!

Suzanne on BC:

I’ve come to realize that [birth control pills] weren’t safe because is it safe to take a chemical every day? And how could it be safe to take something that prevents ovulation?”

A well-reknowned OB-GYN:

“Our own hormones are ‘chemicals’ just like the contents of the birth control pill. Without contraception, human ovulation is regularly suppressed by hormones released in repeated pregnancies and prolonged breast feeding.

Gwyneth on pesticides:

“When I’d read about what pesticides do to small animals, I thought, why would I expose my child to that?”

A toxicologist:

“Experimental animals are exposed to doses substantially greater than those to which consumers will ever be exposed and the mechanism by which pesticides cause harm will not operate at the levels to which humans are exposed via their food. If these studies produce doubt about the safety of a pesticide, it is not approved for use.”

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