Celebrities say the darndest things

The British charity Sense About Science is encouraging celebrities to make sure they have their facts straight before they go talking about scientific issues. A lot of people enjoy reading and hearing what celebrities have to say. Unfortunately, a lot of what they say is nonsense.

Sense About Science has issued a list of especially silly celebrity statements. And while most of these stars are British, I don't think we'd have any trouble putting together a list of Bad Science spouted by American celebs -- or any country's, for that matter. Any nominations?

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bryan kennedy's picture

My first vote would be for Suzanne Somers ridiculous and unsupported claims behind bioidentical hormone replacement. While bioidentical hormones may become an important tool in menopause treatment there is little to no scientific evidence on their safety and efficacy. They surely haven't been proven to, "mimic the natural hormones produced by your body when you were 20 years old," as Somers claims in her book, Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones (2006). She isn't a medical doctor and the compounds she is suggesting are not approved by the FDA. While everyone should be free to explore their own alternative treatments, as Sommers did during her struggle with breast cancer, celebrities should avoid touting untested remedies as scientific truth through their enormous communication power.

More on the controversy behind bioidentical hormones

posted on Fri, 01/05/2007 - 12:50pm

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