Sunday, 1 February 2015

Celebrities are Doctors Now?

I've blogged before about celebs proselytizing on various quasi medical treatments. Here's Demi Moore waxing lyrical about medical leaches. Yes, you read that right. And let's not forget ex Playboy model Jenny McCarthy who claimed that a vaccine had caused her son's autism, except now she's saying he probably isn't autistic. 

It would appear it's still the trend. Gwynnie (as I like to call Ms. Paltrow) is now espousing the latest in feminine hygiene/spa treatments - the Mugwoth V Steam. 

“You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al. 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.”

So, basically, it's a bidet that squirts steam rather than water, up your va-jay-jay. (Mugwort steam at that). And - it balances female hormones; something that women going through menopause might be thrilled to hear, because decades of real doctors have so far not been too successful. 

But let's not forget that douching has been declared not necessary, and potentially harmful, for quite a while now. In fact, doctors (via journalists) are coming out in droves, warning us, under no circumstances, to steam anything down there. 

And - shouldn't alarm bells have been going off immediately when she promises that it will cleanse "your uterus, et al."? I mean does she know what else it's supposed to cleanse or did she just assume we wouldn't understand the bigger words like Fallopian?

Give me strength. 

Mugwort - Artemisia vulgaris
(Do you think they use it because it's got "vulgaris" in it's name?)


  1. Too much quackery! And don't get me started on the anti-vaxers!

  2. Remember when "colonic cleansing" was all the rage among celebrities? Ewww. This doesn't sound much different.

  3. This 'steaming' treatment was offered at the Korean spa (jimjibang) in Seoul, and a friend of mine did it regularly, and swore by it, although, based on her description, I think I'd rather just suffer through whatever my aging uterus has to dish out. I should also add that, according to K, the Korean method consisted of sitting on a bench with a series of holes in it (think 'communal outhouse' -several ladies were getting steamed at a time) in sort of a cross-legged position. The pot of steaming whatever-it-was was placed under the bench, and you were covered with a big plastic poncho arrangement (including your head) which allowed you to breathe in all the herby, steamy goodness (or absorb it up your nether regions.) I should add that, in Korea, at least, there was no squirting of anything hot (which sounds horribly dangerous, not to mention painful) but it would be typical of Hollywood to take a gentle folk remedy like an herby steam bath and turn it into an extreme heated bidet. I wouldn't do either of them, but the Korean version at least sounds less likely to burn you. ; )

  4. I'm crossing my legs just reading that...

  5. When I read the real write up about it, it sort of made sense, in the way that women experiencing menstrual cramps will put a hot water bottle on their tummies. Heat, as we know, can soothe pain.
    The claim that it cleanses anything however, is highly suspicious and as for balancing hormones? Well..... good luck with that.

  6. This is hilarious, right? Who would have thought that you can steam your VaJayJAy? When will such non-sense stop? When I started reading articles about this, I thought it was some sort of joke, Except that it wasn't...


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