Bad Science: Best of 2011’s Celebrity Crackpot Claims. From Bill O’Reilly’s puzzlement over tides to Gwyneth Paltrow’s detox plans, it’s time to pick out our favorites. Here are the top offenders listed by Sense about Science , a charitable organization that tries to fight pseudoscience.
Bad Science: Snooki (altered reality star of Jersey Shore) does not like the beach because she hates sharks and “the water’s all whale sperm. That’s why the ocean’s salty.” Real Science: It would take a lot of whale sperm to make the sea that salty.
Bad science: Singer-songwriter Suzy Quatro recommends cleansing your colon for everything. She says, “I used to get a lot of sore throats and then one of my sisters told me that all illnesses start in the colon.” Real Science: “Sore throats do not come from your colon; they are caused by viruses that come in through your nose and mouth. Taking ‘colon cleansers’ has no beneficial effect on your throat — or on your colon.”
Bad Science: Simon Cowell admits that to look and feel young, he takes his cocktail of vitamin C, B12 and magnesium salts intravenously because it gave him “an incredibly warm feeling”. Real Science: Vitamins are absorbed quite well in the gut and injections are unlikely to provide much benefit unless a person has a specific medical deficiency.
Bad Science: Christian Louboutin, a French footwear designer was struck by the “the arch of the foot, because it is exactly the position of a woman’s foot when she orgasms. So putting your foot in a heel, you are putting yourself in a possibly orgasmic situation”. Real Science: It is important to differentiate cause from effect.