Fried Crickets, Sunbathing Naked, Adult Thumb Sucking – Are they Good?!

4 Bizarre Health Behaviors Explained!

Bizarre Health BehaviorsIn today’s show, Dr. Oz reveals a number of bizarre health behaviors while his invited panel explains each one from various perspectives. His guests are Dr. Holly Phillips, Medical Contributor of CBS News, Ian Drew, Entertainment Director of US Weekly Magazine, and Dr. Jen Hartstein, clinical psychologist.

Here are examples of the curious health quirks that celebrities have:

  1. Nicole Kidman avoids butterflies.
  2. Katy Perry brushes her teeth 6 times a day.
  3. Harry Mendel hates shaking hands.

#1 BIZARRE or NOT: Fried Crickets

Angelina Jolie feeds her children fried crickets. She says, “My boys love them. They are crunchy. They eat them like burritos.” Dr. Oz asked for a volunteer from the audience who also eats crickets for snacks, to explain why she eats bugs. She says that she likes the crunch and the nice energy boost afterwards. If she eats crackers, then she loses the energy. In fact, having crickets as food is becoming more and more popular. They make cricket powder nowadays to add in their baking.

So, what can the panel say about this new trend of eating crickets? Dr. Phillips explains that it may be yucky, but she would go with ‘not bizarre’ because crickets are very high in nutrition. It is rich in iron, B12 and protein. One serving of fried crickets has the same amount of calcium as a glass of milk.

#2 BIZARRE or NOT: Sunbathing Naked

Actress of the blockbuster movie, Divergent, Shailene Woodley sunbathes naked to ward off yeast infections. Ian Drew reveals that like so many in Hollywood, Shailene is into bizarre things. She is commonly dubbed as the “organic” Gwyneth Paltrow of showbiz.

Dr. Hartstein says that it’s great is she claims that Vitamin D is what she’s using to help fight yeast infections. But, she can get herbal remedies so that she is not sunning all of herself. It may not be the best way to get the Vitamin D that she needs, even if studies support this practice.

In addition, Dr. Phillipes explains that sunbathing nude is not bizarre, but it is not necessarily the best way to get Vitamin D. We can get this from the nutrients we eat. In fact, you get Vitamin D regardless of what part of the body gets exposed to the sun. So whether it’s your hands or face, you can get plenty of Vitamin D wearing a bikini, too.
Dr. Oz explains that this is bizarre because there is potential harm when you go sunbathing completely nude. You can get skin cancers, so better avoid doing this.

#3 BIZARRE or NOT: Sleeping Habits

Mariah Carey sleeps with 20 humidifiers in her bedroom to put her to sleep. This helps create a steamed room effect. Ian Drew reveals that Mariah Carey has trouble sleeping. Her schedules are always full and erratic, so getting regular and normal sleep is difficult. She creates this atmosphere in her bedroom to help her get good sleep.

Dr. Hartstein says that this is bizarre. There is probably a great health benefit for her, especially with her vocal cords because she is a singer, but it’s a little excessive. You don’t need 20 humidifiers to help you get some sleep.
Dr. Phillips also says this is bizarre. Too much moisture in the air can cause serious health problems. Moisture in the room breeds dust mites, molds and fungus that can be hazardous to one’s health.

#4 BIZARRE or NOT: Adult Thumb Sucking

There is an audience member who volunteered to share her health quirk. She has been sucking her thumb for over 30 years. She says, “It’s my sleep aid. Others take sleeping pills, I take my thumb. No one else sucks their thumbs in the house, I am the only one, so they tease me”

Dr. Hartstein explains that it borders on the bizarre because it is not a typical behavior for adults. But if it is helpful, it is good in that way. However, she needs to find other ways that might soothe her to sleep. It is a very important self-soothe aid, and it is a self-soothing technique. But she must find an alternate that will make her relax to get the sleep she needs. For example, she can use a texture that she likes and use it to rub a little when she goes to bed.

Another option is she can work on a nighttime routine where she can calm herself down to get ready for bed. She can start at 10:00 PM if her bedtime is 11:00 PM by turning down lights, shutting off all electronics and set the mood for sleep. She can start building a healthier sleep routine that would make her feel better without sucking the thumb.
Dr. Phillips adds that this is not really a bizarre behavior because there is a study that shows that 1 out of 10 adults still suck their thumbs.

All things considered, there are health quirks that are probably bizarre just because it’s a person’s unique pet peeve. But it may not necessarily be harmful to the health. On the other hand, there are bizarre behaviors that we may well do away with as they are harmful to the health. Weigh the pros and cons, and you decide which one is healthy and which one is not, regardless of whether it is bizarre.

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