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​​Who​ You Shouldn’t Be Getting Your Health and Weight-Loss Advice From: Celebrities​!

For those who follow me know how I feel about buying products endorsed by current or has been “B Lister” celebrities. For those of you who don’t. This is how it goes, just send your money straight to a charity of your choice that way you actually get something out of it. Or maybe you should just light the money you were going to spend on that magic weight-loss product on fire, because at least that way you will not suffer any harm. Ok, I think you are getting the idea how I feel about this topic, but there will always be those who think their favorite celebrity would never endorse such a bad product. My rule is firm on this one, avoid them all and that includes that wacky wizard Dr. Oz. Just because they put doctor in front of their name does not make it all right and the products they endorse safe. I will be writing an article about one of my favorite Dr. Oz episodes later this year, I promise it will be just as entertaining as his show (emphasis on his show is for entertainment in case you missed that).

Just for fun let’s take a look at some of the more famous and ugly celebrity health and weight-loss endorsements:

1. The Olsen Twins and “Drink Milk” adds – Hmm, I don’t know about you, but the Olsen Twins drinking milk I’m pretty confident that isn’t happening, but maybe some pharmaceutical drug company adds would be more appropriate.

2. Dr. Oz, Oprah and Rachael Ray – are facing multiple law suites for claiming on their programs acai berries have weight loss benefits. Well no they don’t, but they do have anti-oxident properties just like most berries. Now Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Anheuser-Bush are adding acai berries and juice to their products, I think that pretty much says it all.

3. Oh and my favorite family the Kardashians – they are currently facing a 5 million dollar lawsuit for false and misleading marketing for their product Quick Trim. Now have you seen a couple of these sisters! Honestly not one American should be taking weight-loss, health, or any advice from this group of misfits. Must I even bring up the Sketcher toning shoes debacle, enough said.

4. Heidi Klum – Endorsed a supposed healthy candy (Uh-um it is candy!). Oops this supposed healthy candy was found…..hold on that is right, sugar and a lot of it! I know this may surprise some of you, but candy tends to have a lot of sugar in it (insert sarcasm).

5. Sylvester Stallone – High protein pudding, which was a stolen formula it turns out, and really didn’t have as much protein as it claimed. Let’s face it, it is never a good idea to buy a product from someone has injected every square inch of their body with human growth hormone and Botox.

6. Wynna Judd – Alli, a very dangerous diet and weight-loss drug. Matter of fact it is locked up or behind the counter in every store I have seen it, kind of defeats the idea of an over the counter weight-loss product. This product is so dangerous one of the warnings is to wear dark pants because of anal leakage! I don’t think we need to dig any deeper into this one that pretty much says it all, not to factor in Ms. Judd is not a beaming light of health for us to strive for.

7. Jillian Michaels – Yes and I saved my best for last,  my favorite health and fitness lawsuit queen herself. It would take up too much space to list all the details of the lawsuits filed against the Angriest Loser. But for fun let’s take a look at one of her greatest hits. Triple Process Total Body Detox and Cleanse, this already sounds like trouble just in the name. Thankfully it doesn’t disappoint. The lawsuit states, “the diet supplement contains a potentially lethal combination of toxic ingredients and it might kill you.” I’m pretty sure death is not considered a valid weight-loss technique by the medical community.

I think you get the picture, I could write a book about celebrity health and weight-loss endorsement disasters, but I’m sure someone will fill that void in the future.

Remember if it sounds too good to be true it usually is, then throw in a celebrity endorsement and I can guarantee it is snake oil and possibly a very dangerous product.

Bottom line, stay away from these types of products and you will save money and probably your health.

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