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Damning diagnosis on celebrity fad health-styles


GPs have slammed the health-styles of the rich and famous, warning that UK women are wasting money and potentially risking their health following celebrity health fads like cupping, colonic irrigation or extreme detoxes.


GPs have named and shamed the ten most useless alternative health trends used by celebrities and their fans and, in a damning diagnosis, declared many a waste of money and with no medical value. The research was done for Aviva.To try each treatment on the GPs' list could cost women more than £800.GPs have issued a stark warning that celebrities are having a dangerous level of influence over women's health choices and that celebrity endorsement of unproven health treatments could be putting the public at risk.


Nine in ten women believe celebrities pay for the very best and most effective treatments. A third will try a health fad simply because a celebrity has used it. Seven in ten would try alternative treatments rather than visit their doctor.


Dr Douglas Wright for Aviva says, “We understand that people like to deal with their own wellbeing in a number of ways, but too many women are wasting money following health fads that have little effect, Just because it is expensive, or rumoured to be a celebrity favourite, is not an automatic guarantee that a treatment will work. Some women are opting for treatment trends rather than seeking medical advice.” 


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