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The Most Dangerous Health Trends We Saw in 2016

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The Most Dangerous Health Trends We Saw in 2016

Most people, are concerned about their overall health and wellbeing above all. While that is not a bad thing, many of us are always looking for a quick fix and easy way out. The truth is that, in some cases the things you’re doing to improve your health are actually harming you. In 2016 we have become obsessed with beauty treatments – plastic surgery, ear candling, and cosmetic injections, to  name a few. If it says that it will help slow down the signs of aging, without hesitation, many of us attempt it. Continue reading for the most dangerous health trends we saw in 2016.

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Teen Prescription Abuse

“Pressure to fit in can lead to teens experimenting with drugs and alcohol. However, a larger issue that we see is prescription abuse among adolescents, which can spiral into a dangerous addiction,” Jamison Monroe, founder and CEO of the mental health and substance abuse treatment center Newport Academy, says. Teens need to be educated on the dangers of experimentation and addiction, and if they are suffering from addiction or know someone who is, they should seek professional help, he adds.

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Too Much Plastic Surgery

“We’ve seen several cases this year where both men and women have went to extreme measures to look like a certain celebrity, person, and/or fictional character, Dr. Z. Paul Lorenc, New York City plastic surgeon, says. “Plastic surgery should have its limits and a board-certified plastic surgeon will not cross boundaries and will only perform safe procedures.” Taking extreme measures with plastic surgery, or going to someone who isn’t qualified, is not safe for a patient, he adds.

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Hormone Injections

The HCG Diet involves injections of the hormone chorionic gonadotropin, which the the body makes during pregnancy, and the consumption of only 500 calories a day for eight weeks. It has been said to “reset your metabolism” so you lose about a pound a day without feeling weak or hungry, WebMD explains. The truth is that this diet does not result in long-term weight loss, but it actually slows down your metabolism and reduces muscle mass. Some of the most common side effects of HCG include difficulty sleeping, irritability, trouble concentrating, and headache.

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Detoxing

Fred Pescatore, MD, MPH, CCN, explains that “detox is a health trend that can be harmful if not done correctly. Some cleanses can be harsh on your system and juicing can be full of sugar and cause you to miss essential nutrients from your diet if they’re not done correctly.” He recommends approaches that make the body stronger and promote the liver’s natural detox function, like Robuvit®, a natural extract derived from French oak. “The liver is our body’s detox engine — removing toxins from the blood stream,” he says. Studies have shown that supplementing with an ingredient like Robuvit® helps the liver recover faster from temporary hepatic damage, which can result from a night of drinking, he adds.

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Colonic Hydrotherapy

Colonic Hydrotherapy is believed by many to help enhance weight loss, remove unwanted toxins from the body, and increase energy. You may want to reconsider having this cleansing procedure due to its harmful side effects. Findings published in The Journal of Family Practice show that patients who did this cleanse experienced nausea, cramps, vomiting, dizziness, dehydration, kidney failure, and electrolyte imbalance.

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Supplementing

“If you’re investing in a supplement to add to your daily routine, it should have the science to back it up,” Steven Lamm, MD, clinical professor of medicine at NYU, says. “I tell my patients to look for natural ingredients that have clinical support like magnesium, vitamin D, CoQ10, and Omega 3’s.” One of Lamm’s favorite ingredients to recommend is “Pycnogenol®, French maritime pine bark extract, which is a branded ingredient with more than 40 years of clinical research proving its benefits for cognitive health, circulation, skin health, joint health, and more.” Make sure that you check the label to be sure you are getting the real thing, he adds.

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Low-Fat Dieting

Low-fat dieting has become an increasingly common form of weight loss this past year, but contrary to what many people believe, fat is not the enemy. According to Dr. Axe, low-fat diets may result in poor brain function, hormone imbalances, compromised heart health, weight gain, and a higher risk for depression and anxiety. Michelle Roots, resident fitness expert and trainer for Trainerize, says “Incorporating healthy fats in your diet not only helps your body burn more fat, but will also aid in weight loss because dietary fats will help you feel full for longer.” 

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Exercising in Sauna Suits

Sauna suits have become extremely popular this year. They are designed to make you sweat a lot, which is why individuals who want to lose weight fast have been exercising in them. Yes, you will lose some water weight, but you will also dehydrate your body. The suits cause your core temperature to rise and your metabolism to be temporarily elevated as your body works hard to cool itself, livestrong.com explains. “This normally results in an increased heart rate and increase in blood circulation.” Weakness, dizziness, muscle cramps, and fainting are common side effects.

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Rise in Prescription Painkillers

“One of the dangerous trends we see is the steady rise in the use of prescription painkillers — leading to concerns about misuse, abuse, diversion, and addiction,” Dr. Rajive Adlaka, medical director of Pain Control Associates, says. “As awareness grows, so do the options for non-drug pain management therapies. For instance, patients can now buy medical grade TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) devices for at-home use. The Omron Heat Pain Pro even combines heat with TENS, which is a standard clinical treatment, in an at-home device.”

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Waist Trainers

Waist trainers — body-shaping corsets — became an obsession that didn’t die down in 2016. Celebrities swear by them, and the media can’t get enough of them. But the truth is that by wearing these waist trainers you’re putting too much pressure on your lungs and ribs, which makes it hard to breathe. According to USA Today, long term use may cause permanent organ and nerve damage.

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Ear Candling

The act of placing a lit, hollow candle into your ear canal is extremely dangerous. It’s supposed to remove earwax, but it may actually do the opposite and push earwax deeper into the ear canal. This dangerous health trend can lead to deposits of candle wax in the ear canal, puncture of the eardrum and burns to the face, scalp, hair, and ear canal, according to Mayo Clinic.

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Gluten-Free Diets

A gluten-free diet has become a popular trend; we have started to see gluten-free products lining the shelves in grocery stores and more people have been substituting their “processed” foods for foods that are gluten-free. However, individuals who do not suffer from gluten sensitivity or celiac disease shouldbe careful: gluten-free products are often low in nutrients. According to Scientific American, “studies show gluten-free diets can be deficient in fiber, iron, folate, niacin, thiamine, calcium, vitamin B12, phosphorus and zinc.”

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Diet Pills

Diet pills have been used as a weight loss aid for a very long time; many of them are dangerous, always have been, and still proved to be in 2016. The majority of them contain stimulants that have been found to increase your risk for heart attack and many of them contain amphetamines, which can cause addiction.

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Hot Fitness Classes

Hot yoga has become a huge craze in 2016. Along with the heat your body produces while participating in the class, “hot yoga brings its own external heat source to heat up a room to around 100 degrees,” breakingmuscle.com explains. It basically gives you a heat-on-heat response, which can cause you to suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

The Most Dangerous Health Trends We Saw in 2016