‘Exhausted’ Celebs Are Taking Vitamins Away From Sick Babies

First, there were models eating cotton balls soaked in orange juice to stay thin. Now, our Hollywood celebs are OD-ing on trendy vitamin drips to get over a hangover. Or to party hard(er). Or maybe even to get through a photo shoot. Whatever the reason, it wouldn’t bother me as much – their body, their life and all that jazz – if it wasn’t literally killing off our kids, one super-expensive vitamin cocktail at a time.

celeb IV treatmentSteve Plogsted: We’ve got babies’ lives hanging in the balance while we’re worried about getting through a hangover.

According to research by Washingtonian: “… nationwide shortages are threatening the lives of patients who need IV nutrition to survive. Hospitals have resorted to hoarding, rationing and bartering. At least 15 people – almost certainly more – have died. The shortages particularly endanger infants in neonatal intensive-care units (NICUs), whose young bodies have no nutrient reserves.”

Hospitals say this shortage is due at least in part to private clinics using those same nutrients for “non-medical purposes”. And it’s not just Hollywood either: athletes, lawyers, investment bankers and other well heeled self-actualizers are using IV vitamin drips to make them feel more uber-mortal than mere plebs.

Seriously? SERIOUSLY?

Apparently, yes. Considering that private clinics can often pull rank over public hospitals due to vast cash reserves and better connections (and the lack of a centralized system to monitor medical inventories of any establishment), vital resources are being diverted for totally non-medical purposes. There are even “hangover vans” in Las Vegas that can run as many as 14 IVs at a time.

And what exactly is the purpose?

blood-transfusionKnown as the “party girl drip”, this IV vitamin therapy promises to dramatically improve skin and increase energy. Counting amongst its fans the like of Rihanna, Brad Pitt, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Madonna, this beauty innovation has clients hooking up to intravenous drips containing potent vitamin doses at clinics across the world.

These super-trendy IV drips are administered by medical professionals, who hold that mainlining a cocktail of nutrients is the instant route to cure various beauty and wellness ailments: B12 for energy, vitamin C to fend off colds and Myers’ Cocktail (a blend of magnesium, calcium and B and C vitamins) for anti-aging. Then there is the (in)famous tripeptide glutathione, which is used to treat Parkinson’s disease and MS, and is currently finding favour for its melanin-blocking abilities – extreme brightening serum, any one?

Interesting short cut, except for the fact that it’s now literally killing babies. Bet that IV twitpic doesn’t seem half as cool now, Rihanna?

Utter. Horror.

Do you find this horrifying? Would you ever hook up to an IV to look younger? Or have more energy?

Where are you on the Global Weight Index? Take this online test

The BBC has created a nifty online calculator that uses simple data (sex, height, weight, age, location) to measure just how skinny or obese you are compared to the global average. And while you are there, the calculator will also figure out your standing in a particular country. Other cool features: a plotted graph of world averages, how much weight would be added or subtracted from earth’s surface if everyone in the world weighed the same as you, and which nationality (in your age and sex range) you most resemble.

Take the test HERE and tell us how you stacked up – if you dare!

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Drink up (a pina colada!) for beautiful skin

My skin hates me at the moment 🙁 But with six weeks of continuous travelling, layers of makeup melting into every pore in the summer heat, three hours of sleep a night (if I am lucky) and loads of junk food, even I have to admit that it has good reason to pout and rebel. What I do hate though is its way of showing displeasure – zits like I haven’t had since the age of 14 in places where I never had them even when I was 14, blotchy patches that make any kind of cover-up crease and crumble, skin that looks grey and lifeless. Ugh!

perricone, smoothie, skin, pina colada, recipe, skincare, summerSo, it’s time to make amends and when the legendary Dr. Perricone started talking of a recipe that combines pina colada delectableness with loads of skin soothing benefits, how could I resist? A quick trip to the market and 10 minutes in the kitchen later, I can honestly vouch for its deliciousness.

The skin benefits, I assume, will take a little more time to show up but when they do, Dr. Perricone promises hydration, an Omega buzz that ups detoxification, boosts blood circulation and raises energy levels, and medium-chain fatty acids that make the complexion glow. In the long term, this coconut-almond-and-avocado pina colada is also supposed to help lose weight, lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. And yup, you can enjoy this healthy cocktail virgin (or not – I definitely did nothing of the sort!).

Ingredients

  • Half a cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup pineapple pieces
  • 1 small piece of avocado (about 1/5 of a large avocado or ¼ of a small one)
  • 1 tablespoon shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • 2-4 ice cubes
  • Half a cup of water
  • Rum to taste (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy
  3. Drink up!

BB Tea: Worth the hype?

kusmi-BB-teaForget the green juices and wheatgrass shots: our new healthy beverage of choice is the humble cup of tea. Except that it’s not so humble any more, what with the blending in of innumerable exotic ingredients – right from acai berries to rosehip chips – in a single cuppa. Case in point: Kusmi’s BB Detox tea, which is inspired by BB Creams and packs a potent skin protecting-moisturising-detoxifying punch with green tea, yerba mate, rooibos and dandelion – all topped off by the subtle taste of grapefruit.

Sounds interesting but I am not sure what makes it different from the other beauty teas out there – there is a brilliant one by Caudalie and another one by Fauchon – which are essentially a blend of green tea’s antioxidant and detoxifying powers, along with the skin boosting prowess of various herbs and botanicals. But then, I never really got the whole concept of BB creams either. Though, in this BB tea’s favour, Kusmi is definitely a terrific brand… it’s been around since 1867 and comes up with exquisitely delicious blends of black teas, green teas and infusions. So, even though its BB Detox Tea seems more like a piggybacking-on-a-popular-trend version of their already famous (and effective) Detox Tea, it’s worth the experience if you have €11.80 to spare for a box of 20 muslin-wrapped sachets.

Your thoughts? Would you try a cup of this grapefruit-flavoured BB tea?