We don’t blame you for wanting to feel better, lose weight or save money, but we do blame you if you do not do your research before buying into these trendy crap alternative medicines. For whatever your trouble is, there’s a home-remedy for it. But be sure to dig a little deeper than the first sponsored ad that appears on your google search.
1. Hopi Ear Candling
This trend has been around for quite a while, and the precise origins of this practice are unknown. However, there is much debate circling whether or not ear candling is effective. Ear candling is a process where a cone-shaped candle, often coated in wax or paraffin, is placed in the ear and lit with a flame. This is supposed to create a suction and remove ear wax build-up and other impurities from the ear of the receiver. Some ear candling practitioners even claim it clears the brain and sinuses too!
The problem? The ear canal is not directly connected to the brain nor the sinuses, so this is not possible. Additionally, a study showed, the candles after the ear candling process did not contain ear wax, and in some cases, the recipient was burned or had wax or paraffin from the ear candle enter their ear! It can be a potentially dangerous procedure and ultimately has little benefits.
2. Raspberry Ketones
The name is misleading, as Raspberry Ketones are not derived from Raspberries at all. Most of these “fat-burning supplements” are artificially created, as extracting Raspberry Ketones from Raspberries would be extremely costly (you would need 90 pounds worth of raspberries to create a single dose of Raspberry Ketones). The Raspberry Ketones are supposed to aid in weight-loss and help to increase metabolism and burn fat. The only problem? There isn’t much evidence to support that these are effective in humans. In fact, the studies completed have been on mice and rats, and in the studies, very large dosages were given to achieve significant fat-burn.
3. Skinny Tea
If you are an avid user of Instagram you’ve certainly seen fit, young models posing in a photo with some Skinny Tea or variation of it. All over the internet, these tea companies make claims that by drinking their tea you will lose weight, burn calories, feel better, and so on.
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The interesting part? Due to these teas being classified as a dietary supplement they do not legally need to live up to the claims they make. Additionally, according to the National Institutes of Health, there is no sufficient evidence claiming that the laxative herb Senna had any effects on weight loss. Drinking this tea for extended periods of time can even cause health issues such as diarrhea, heart and liver problems and more. Bottom line – eat healthily, hit the gym and skip the crap-tea.
4. Coconut Oil
To coconut oil or not to coconut oil? That is the question. We see a lot of back and forth online whether or not coconut oil is the best thing since sliced bread or if it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. The American Heart Association does not recommend eating coconut oil and claims that it can be just as bad as eating beef fat as it is 82% saturated fat. Saturated fat can increase bad cholesterol levels which could lead to cardiovascular diseases.
5. Cupping Therapy
Cupping Therapy has been around for over 5,000 years, and yet we are still boggled that this practice is still existent in modern day medicine. Many celebrities and practitioners swear by this procedure and claim it can help with curing colds, relieving muscle or other body pains, and even helping with fertility! The claim is that by suctioning the skin, blood and energy in the body can move and flow to help cure whatever made you go to see a cupping specialist in the first place. Professors and other medical practitioners do not recommend this practice and even claim it makes no sense, backing this up with the fact that there is no substantial evidence that cupping can lead to any positive effects or reduction of pain. Not to mention, you are left with a lot of nasty looking marks afterward!
While it’s always important to be healthy and save money, never fall into the trap of alternative medicines money-making scams. Always remember to do your research before dishing out a bunch of money on some gimmick or celebrity fad.