After hate-reading Frankel’s latest relationship advice book, I word-snacked on Giuliana Rancic’s Going Off Script: How I Survived a Crazy Childhood, Cancer, and Clooney’s 32 On-Screen Rejections. I know, my literary predilections are so intellectual right now. Due to extremely low expectations, I enjoyed Giuliana’s book more than I thought I would, especially her recounting of pulling a bitch out of class and beating her ass in the high school hallway, nearly choking out her college boyfriend, and confirming Jerry O’Connell is an epic social-climbing douche. You can take the girl out of Naples, but not the Naples out of the girl…Now I’m thoroughly enjoying the illuminating Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: How the Famous Sell Us Elixirs of Health, Beauty & Happiness by Timothy Caulfield. In my line of work, someone is always bragging about improving themselves with the latest cleanse, juicing, or ridiculous beauty treatment. We’ve all fallen prey. Caulfield debunks the efficacy of a number of diets and beauty treatments by exposing the utter lack of scientific basis behind most of the shit celebs shill. The hyped Dr. Junger Clean Cleanse promoted by Gwyneth Paltrow is apparently total bullshit. Facials and facial acupuncture have no merit. Adrenal fatigue is medical fiction. According to this book, most of what you spend your time and money on has absolutely no bearing on your health or beauty. It is both depressing – when considering how much money and time I’ve wasted on bunk beauty bullshit, and refreshing – in knowing how much money, time, and energy I’ll save moving forward by sticking with what really works. And what is that you ask? There are no secrets. It’s all stuff you’ve heard before. Eat a diet comprised of at least 50% fruits and vegetables. Wear sunscreen. Sleep. Beyond these basic time-tested truths, science suggests very little else has any impact on your beauty or health at all.
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