Olympian Stephanie Rice has deleted a Facebook status where she offered to share health and medical advice with her fans after receiving criticism for her lack of credentials.
Rice – who is currently promoting her e-book The Art of Wellness – posted the original status on Friday night.
Overnight, Rice posted another status saying that her intentions came from a “positive place”:
Mamamia previously wrote…
Please stop using your profile to dish out health and medical advice.
Whether it’s high profile sporting stars or chefs with “health coach diplomas” dishing out advice, or Hollywood heavyweights like Gwyneth Paltrow, Phoebe Tonkin or Theresa Palmer whose influential ‘health, wellness and lifestyle’ websites are visited by thousands of readers each month, it’s time for celebrities to get back to what they’re famous for (such as writing, acting and cooking) and leave the medical advice to those with a university degree.
It should go without saying, but it’s worth repeating: medicine is something that should only be practised by people who have only spent 5+ years studying the ins-and-outs of the human body and have completed hundreds of hours worth of placement.
Sadly, it seems Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice is the latest ‘celebrity’ to join the bandwagon of media personalities who give their fans health and medical advice, despite the fact that she has no relevant qualifications.
Being a former Olympian, it is fair to assume that Rice knows a thing or two about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, however that doesn’t mean she has the authority to share medical opinions with her fans.
Rice informed her followers on Friday that she would to be hosting a “Q & A on anything health-related” later that night before proceeded to answer questions from people who had a variety of enquiries relating to injuries, illnesses and health advice. Rice was promoting her new e-book, called “The Art of Wellness (Simplifying Holistic Health)”.
Some of the responses that came from Rice, included telling one of her fans to avoid undergoing a MRI scan as “MRIs have a lot of radiation which is really bad for your system.”
Rice was later asked by another Facebook fan what she would recommend for a persistent cough.
“I would recommend you cutting out dairy … it is very inflammatory! I recommend cutting out milk in particular for a few days and see how you feel … any type of illness in your body means that you aren’t in alignment — so something you are doing isn’t working.
“That could be stress, over exercise, under exercise, not eating enough health foods,” Rice wrote.