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Celebrity bad science: Dried placenta pills and oxygen shots
News Daily ^ | 12/28/2012 | Kate Kelland

Posted on 12/30/2012 2:16:13 PM PST by Vince Ferrer

LONDON, Dec. 28, 2012 (Reuters) — Pop guru Simon Cowell carries pocket-sized inhalable oxygen shots, America's "Mad Men" actress January Jones favors dried placenta pills, and British soap star Patsy Palmer rubs coffee granules into her skin.

Celebrities rarely shy away from public peddling of dubious ideas about health and science, and 2012 was no exception.

In its annual list of the year's worst abuses against science, the Sense About Science (SAS) campaign also named former U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney for spreading misinformation about windows on planes, and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps for false justifications for peeing in the pool.

To help set the record straight, SAS, a charity dedicated to helping people make sense of science and evidence, invited qualified scientists to respond to some of the wilder pseudo-scientific claims put about by the rich and famous.

It suggested Romney, who wondered aloud in September why aircraft crews don't just open the windows when there's a fire on board, should listen to aeronautical engineer Jakob Whitfield:

"Unfortunately, Mitt, opening a window at height wouldn't do much good," the scientist said. "In fact, if you could open a window whilst in flight, the air would rush out...because air moves from the high pressure cabin to the lower pressure outside, probably causing further injury and damage."

January Jones's dried placenta pills, which the actress admitted in March she consumed after giving birth, win no favor with Catherine Collins, principal dietician at St George's Hospital in London.

"Nutritionally, there's nothing to be gained from eating your placenta - raw, cooked, or dried," Collins said. "Apart from iron, which can be easily found in other dietary choices or supplements, your placenta will provide toxins and other unsavory substances it had successfully prevented from reaching your baby in utero."

Gary Moss, a pharmaceutical scientist, patiently points out to Palmer that while caffeine may have an effect on cellulite, rubbing coffee granules into the skin is unlikely to work, since the caffeine can't escape the granules to penetrate the skin.

Phelps's claim that it's fine to pee in the pool because "chlorine kills it" is put straight by biochemist Stuart Jones, who reminds him that "urine is essentially sterile so there isn't actually anything to kill in the first place".

And for Cowell, Kay Mitchell a scientist at the Centre for Altitude Space and Extreme Environment Medicine warns that very high levels of oxygen can in fact be toxic - particularly in the lungs, where oxygen levels are highest.

"Celebrity comments travel far and fast, so it's important that they talk sense," said Sense About Science's managing director Tracey Brown. "The implausible and frankly dangerous claims about how to avoid cancer, improve skin or lose weight are becoming ever more ridiculous. And unfortunately they have a much higher profile than the research and evidence."

To encourage more vigilance among celebrity pseudo-scientists in the future, SAS provided a checklist of "misleading science claims" it suggests should be avoided:

* "Immune boosting" - you can't and you don't need to

* "Detox" - your liver does this

* "Superfood" - there is no such thing, just foods that are high in some nutrients

* "Oxygenating" - your lungs do this

* "Cleansing" - you shouldn't be trying to cleanse anything other than your skin or hair.


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1 posted on 12/30/2012 2:16:19 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer

Right. Next you’re gonna try to tell me that Red Bull doesn’t really give you wings.


2 posted on 12/30/2012 2:22:39 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Fair is a place you go to eat cotton candy and step in monkey poop)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Airheads...gotta love ‘em!


3 posted on 12/30/2012 2:23:21 PM PST by BearArms
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To: Vince Ferrer

I was impressed with the placenta in the delivery room after one of my son’s was born. Looked like a giant used tea bag.


4 posted on 12/30/2012 2:26:10 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Vince Ferrer
Mitt Romney's airplane windows remark was supposed to be a joke after the fire on Ann Romney's plane. But it went over about as well as the rest of his campaign.

Then there's Steve Jobs, and the initial management of his slow-growing pancreatic tumor which followed advice from a physician Jobs met in an ashram.

5 posted on 12/30/2012 2:30:10 PM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Celebrity worship is a sign of a culture in decline.


6 posted on 12/30/2012 2:33:26 PM PST by allendale
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To: BearArms
They are tasty...
7 posted on 12/30/2012 2:46:18 PM PST by EEGator
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To: Vince Ferrer

Almost as entertainingly stupid as people who advocate nonsense health products, are those pseudo-scientific fools who are convinced that the only good remedies are in pills or injections, that all microorganisms are bad and must be annihilated, and that all foods are equal if their protein, fats, and carbohydrates levels are equal.

But the big difference is that the former group *offers* its quackery to anyone who is interested, but the latter group wants its beliefs enforced by law.

I can also commend the former group for at least experimenting, to see if something works. If enough people experiment and discover good effects, there is at least a possibility that there may be something there.


8 posted on 12/30/2012 2:54:06 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Vince Ferrer

These are the same clowns who vote for leftists that promise to take more of their money *and* who put God-knows-what up their noses,into their lungs,into their veins and up their....well,I’ll stop there.


9 posted on 12/30/2012 3:09:40 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (When Robbing Peter To Pay Paul,One Can Always Count On Paul's Cooperation)
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To: allendale; Morgana

disgusting


10 posted on 12/30/2012 3:15:24 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: allendale; Morgana

disgusting


11 posted on 12/30/2012 3:15:57 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Sooth2222
Then there's Steve Jobs, and the initial management of his slow-growing pancreatic tumor which followed advice from a physician Jobs met in an ashram.

Really? I didn't know that...but I can't say I'm surprised.Here I am worth less than half of what Jobs was worth and yet I only take advice from physicians who practice in (and/or who trained in) Boston,New Haven,New York,Baltimore,Rochester MN....

12 posted on 12/30/2012 3:16:06 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (When Robbing Peter To Pay Paul,One Can Always Count On Paul's Cooperation)
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To: allendale

disgusting


13 posted on 12/30/2012 3:16:40 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Recreational Oxygen is very useful to me. I have COPD and my doctor told me oxygen wouldn’t help me and he wouldn’t prescribe it for me. (I assume Obamacare is in effect for at least some of us older ones.)

So I discovered Recreational Oxygen which helps my breathing.


14 posted on 12/30/2012 3:31:39 PM PST by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Recreational Oxygen is very useful to me. I have COPD and my doctor told me oxygen wouldn’t help me and he wouldn’t prescribe it for me. (I assume Obamacare is in effect for at least some of us older ones.)

So I discovered Recreational Oxygen which helps my breathing.


15 posted on 12/30/2012 3:32:12 PM PST by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Recreational Oxygen is very useful to me. I have COPD and my doctor told me oxygen wouldn’t help me and he wouldn’t prescribe it for me. (I assume Obamacare is in effect for at least some of us older ones.)

So I discovered Recreational Oxygen which helps my breathing.


16 posted on 12/30/2012 3:32:12 PM PST by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Recreational Oxygen is very useful to me. I have COPD and my doctor told me oxygen wouldn’t help me and he wouldn’t prescribe it for me. (I assume Obamacare is in effect for at least some of us older ones.)

So I discovered Recreational Oxygen which helps my breathing.


17 posted on 12/30/2012 3:32:23 PM PST by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Recreational Oxygen is very useful to me. I have COPD and my doctor told me oxygen wouldn’t help me and he wouldn’t prescribe it for me. (I assume Obamacare is in effect for at least some of us older ones.)

So I discovered Recreational Oxygen which helps my breathing.


18 posted on 12/30/2012 3:32:23 PM PST by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Recreational Oxygen is very useful to me. I have COPD and my doctor told me oxygen wouldn’t help me and he wouldn’t prescribe it for me. (I assume Obamacare is in effect for at least some of us older ones.)

So I discovered Recreational Oxygen which helps my breathing.


19 posted on 12/30/2012 3:32:23 PM PST by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Recreational Oxygen is very useful to me. I have COPD and my doctor told me oxygen wouldn’t help me and he wouldn’t prescribe it for me. (I assume Obamacare is in effect for at least some of us older ones.)

So I discovered Recreational Oxygen which helps my breathing.


20 posted on 12/30/2012 3:32:23 PM PST by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Recreational Oxygen is very useful to me. I have COPD and my doctor told me oxygen wouldn’t help me and he wouldn’t prescribe it for me. (I assume Obamacare is in effect for at least some of us older ones.)

So I discovered Recreational Oxygen which helps my breathing.


21 posted on 12/30/2012 3:32:25 PM PST by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Recreational Oxygen is very useful to me. I have COPD and my doctor told me oxygen wouldn’t help me and he wouldn’t prescribe it for me. (I assume Obamacare is in effect for at least some of us older ones.)

So I discovered Recreational Oxygen which helps my breathing.


22 posted on 12/30/2012 3:32:25 PM PST by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Recreational Oxygen is very useful to me. I have COPD and my doctor told me oxygen wouldn’t help me and he wouldn’t prescribe it for me. (I assume Obamacare is in effect for at least some of us older ones.)

So I discovered Recreational Oxygen which helps my breathing.


23 posted on 12/30/2012 3:32:27 PM PST by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: winkadink
So I discovered Recreational Oxygen which helps my breathing.


OK, but it causes you to hiccup.

24 posted on 12/30/2012 3:35:30 PM PST by OwenKellogg
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To: winkadink

Sorry about the number of postings — not sure how it happened. But I will be much more careful in the future.


25 posted on 12/30/2012 3:37:32 PM PST by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: winkadink

RO does things to your brain and fingers resulting in quadra and cinca posts


26 posted on 12/30/2012 3:38:52 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: winkadink
I has never heard of R.O. before you stammered for a bit.

It is really real!

27 posted on 12/30/2012 3:55:53 PM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: EEGator
They are tasty...

Exactly what I meant! LOL

28 posted on 12/30/2012 4:23:27 PM PST by BearArms
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To: GeronL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gm0t99WmSCM


29 posted on 12/30/2012 4:37:09 PM PST by Morgana (Time to play cowboys and muslims.)
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To: winkadink

wow a 10-banger
that’s a new record on FR (at least for me)

AWESOME!!


30 posted on 12/30/2012 4:44:52 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Man, I gotta track these people down!

I’ve got dried bat wings, $5,000 each. Fresh raccoon scat, $250 each. “Smart pills” (rabbit pellets) $125 each. Large “Smart pills” (deer pellets) $250 each. Dog shit, $100. Dried, stepped-on dog shit on a previously-worn-by-a-real-female, red, spike heel designer, dual-smelly footwear, with mirror, razor blade, and spoon, $350. This one is priced so low, I can’t list it online. Call me direct for a quote.

These prices are only good for the rest of the year. New EPA regulations will require drastic price increase in 2013, but that is good since Obama did it, right? BTW, he’s one of my best customers.

Coming soon, instant, minute-by-minute horoscopes by astrologers who never worked for Republicans, delivered live to your earpiece so you know what to say and do all the time!

I’ve got the stuff NOW! I’m ready to deal NOW! Pass the word.


31 posted on 12/30/2012 5:40:41 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Right Wing Assault
That should read, "FORMERLY priced at $3500."
32 posted on 12/30/2012 5:42:35 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: winkadink

I think you better ease off the RO. It is either giving you tremors of your posting finger or your memory is gone and you keep forgetting you already posted or your counting region in your brain is smoked.


33 posted on 12/30/2012 5:46:42 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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