There is no shortage of health trends in 2018 that claim to make you healthier. ( Vagina steaming, anyone? ) Thankfully Timothy Caulfield, a professor of health law and psychology and author of “Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?” delivers his verdict on these buzzy offerings.
Health trends 2018: Will I benefit from an infrared sauna?
The trendy claim: These saunas help with everything from detoxification and weight loss to improved circulation and blood pressure.
Timothy Caulfield’s verdict: “There is some weak evidence to suggest that there may be cardiovascular and mental health benefits to saunas.
Health trends 2018: Is IV therapy safe?
The trendy claim: IV drips help treat certain conditions, relieve hangovers and offer more effective nutrient delivery for supplements and vitamins.
Timothy Caulfield’s verdict: “Not only is there no evidence that supplements provide benefits but an IV is also not a better way to hydrate. It’s more effective to drink fluids – your body is set up that way.”
Health trends 2018: Should I do a digital detox?
The trendy claim: Spending time away from plug-in accessories is effective at reducing stress, regaining focus and getting a better night’s sleep.
Timothy Caulfield’s verdict: “I hate the word “detox” because it’s always associated with nonsense, but in this case, I don’t mind it.”
Health trends 2018: Is a salt spa worth the price?
The trendy claim: Sitting in a room filled with Himalayan salt creates an environment that can aid those with respiratory conditions, such as asthma, and help with cardiovascular and skin issues .
Timothy Caulfield’s verdict: “Full bunk. As of now, there’s no solid scientific evidence to support this therapy.”