The best online health moments of 2021

There’s a lot to consider in 2022 when it comes to social media trends: TikTok trends like the ‘what I eat in a day’ trend have been helpful in sharing healthy recipes, and doctors have used the platform to help debunk wellness myths.

But there’s also a ton of stuff we prefer to leave behind (what are celebrities who don’t shower?). In no particular order, here are the best health social media moments of 2021.

Milk crate challenge injuries are skyrocketing

This dangerous challenge started popping up on TikTok and Twitter, quickly dubbed “the milk crate challenge” before skyrocketing into everyone’s “Trending” pages. Thousands of videos followed the tendency of people to try it on their own, most resulting in painful falls and worse.

The challenge requires participants to stack crates of milk in a pyramid shape, so that they can attempt to go up and down without falling. The milk crates pyramid does not have much structural integrity, especially given the weakness of the milk crates. As the participant gets to the top, it becomes more and more precarious.

When it comes to falling from that height and potentially landing on a pile of milk crates, medics told NBC Today that the results could be disastrous: broken wrists, shoulder dislocations, ACL and meniscus tears, and spinal cord injuries were just some of the possibilities listed.

So many people were hurt in this challenge that TikTok removed many videos from their platforms, and subsequent “research” of “Milk Crate Challenge” instead showed a prompt to learn how to avoid dangerous challenges.

TikToks and Podcasters All Ivermectin

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been looking for ways to treat it. The release of the vaccine and various public health campaigns urging the public to get vaccinated have met with anti-vaccine and anti-mask movements. This is not unique to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the beginning of the 19th century smallpox vaccine met anti-vaccine views, and the Spanish mask warrants of 1918 flu were resisted in the same way with anti-mask movements.

When it comes to COVID-19, however, people have taken more risks when it comes to treating and preventing the virus. The antiparasitic drug ivermectin was marketed in the 1980s and is used as a “dewormer” for animals and, in safe doses, as a treatment for head lice in humans. Australian researchers reported that ivermectin could inhibit coronavirus replication at high doses. However, a lack of safety data and clinical trials has led to both the fda and the drug’s manufacturer, Merck / MSD, discouraging self-medication with ivermectin.

This, however, did not stop people all over the world from purchasing the drug in strips. After popular podcasters and even some Republican lawmakers encouraged the use of the drug, demand increased. With human doses of ivermectin running out, some eventually resorted to veterinary clinics to steal animal-grade ivermectin. In the spring and summer, there were reports of people requiring medical support and hospitalization after taking doses of ivermectin intended for horses.

On top of the trend, a photo of a Las Vegas food store went viral for the handwritten note attached to his ivermectin boxes. The note read: “Ivermectin will only be sold to horse owners. Must show a photo of you and your horse.”

Aaron Rodgers Under NFL Review For Vaccination Status

In November, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was under the media microscope after a flurry of events regarding his vaccination status.

In August, the National Football League and the NFL Players Association came to an agreement on COVID-19 guidelines during the regular season. This involved testing players regularly. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated players were required to wear masks during outdoor training and tours, and would not be allowed to travel. Among discussions about the guidelines, Rodgers had told media he was “immune,” a word usually reserved for those who have been fully immunized.

However, after Rodgers tested positive in early November, the NFL said it would examine him and his team for possible protocol violations – in this case Rodgers had lied about his vaccination status. According to Rodgers, he had undergone his own protocol and treatments to “stimulate [his] immune system ”against COVID-19. Since he still falls under the unvaccinated category, the NFL has rejected his petition.

As a result of the investigation, Wisconsin-based healthcare organization Prevea Health announced on November 6 that Rodgers would no longer work with them, and Rodgers missed the Packers game on November 7.

“Reaction” to the vaccine of a friend of Nicki Minaj’s cousin

Aaron Rodgers wasn’t the only celebrity to fall victim to a vaccine scandal. This Nicki Minaj saga came out of left field, it all started with the 2021 Met Gala. Trinidadian rapper and singer Minaj has been to the Met Galas before, but people noticed that she was skipping the 2021 event. the event, Minaj tweeted that her absence was due to the Met Gala’s request that attendees be fully immunized.

Her Tweeter read: “If I get the vaccine, it won’t be for the Met.” It will be after I feel I have done enough research. This sparked controversy among her fans and other Twitter users, who criticized independent “research” that does not follow scientific and health guidelines. In response to criticism, Minaj published an anecdote about her cousin’s friend in Trinidad.

According to Minaj, this friend received the vaccine and became impotent after having a reaction in which his testicles swelled, causing the friend’s marriage to be canceled. Minaj encouraged his supporters to pray over the decision they are making regarding the vaccine – whatever that means.

Urologist Ranjith Ramasamy, MD, associate professor of urology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, reacted to the viral tweet: “We have conducted studies here at the University of Miami showing that the COVID vaccine is safe for men, for fertility, for erectile function and does not cause the testes to swell.”

Either way, this led to the Twitter equivalent of an explosion, where Nicki Minaj and the dismal story of her cousin’s friend were all the rage for many days and became the basis for weeks of memes.

Celebrity Shower Habits

In the summer of 2021, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis appeared on Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast, where the couple revealed they didn’t believe in excessive bathing. There has been debate since 2019 about excessive showers and excessive baths, the idea being that you can remove too much natural oils from your body. While this may have some truth when it comes to hair care, it comes down to personal preferences.

Kutcher and Kunis said on the podcast that they wash the important items every day, and that’s it, a tradition that continues with their children. Kutcher said: “If you see the dirt on them, clean them up. Otherwise, it’s no use.”

And so sparked the most recent debate on the Internet. Everyone started to intervene, giving their two cents on the situation of “everyday” swimmers versus “minimalists”. Podcast host Shepard and his wife Kristen Bell admitted they only wash their children when necessary (Bell says she expects “the stink”), citing the drought in California as the cause.

Other celebrities have stepped forward on the minimal swimming side (because, of course), including Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt, Coco Austin and Jake Gyllenhaal. In one interview, Gyllenhaal had said: “More and more, I sometimes find that the bath is less and less necessary.

Since, Gyllenhaal clarified it was a sarcastic comment, but the hygiene debate rages on, with some doctors siding with the celebrities. Sarah Welsh, a British gynecologist, noted people no need to shower more than three times a week unless they are “visibly dirty or sweaty”.

Tessica Brown’s Gorilla Glue Incident

One of the most notable incidents of 2021 was Tessica Brown’s Gorilla Glue incident. This exciting saga has been documented for weeks on social media, in which a woman attempted to use Gorilla Glue as a hair styling tool after mistaking it for a real hair product called “gorilla snot gel”.

Brown initially uploaded her videos to TikTok, where she showed off how stuck her hair had become. It was a truly horrific mistake, leading to a month of washes, emergency room visits, and videos documenting it all. Millions of people followed at the time Los Angeles plastic surgeon Michael Obeng, MD, conducted a 4-hour procedure to remove glue from Brown’s head, a procedure he volunteered to do for free using a “non-toxic solution of medical grade adhesive remover, aloe vera, olive oil and a little acetone. “

TikTok’s trend for dry scooping proves to be deadly

In June, the video social media platform TikTok popularized a method of taking workout supplements called “dry scooping”. Millions of likes went to trending videos, where people would take pre-workout dry powder or protein powder and swallow it dry. Its intended use is to mix the powder with a few ounces of water.

Since its popularity, doctors have warned against its replication. In an interview with Initiated, medical student Nelson Chow, author of a study presented at the 2021 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, said: Practice. “

Since dry scooping is not how pre-workout is supposed to be taken, concentration puts people at risk for side effects or a caffeine overdose, with symptoms like heart palpitations, cramps and vomiting.

TikTok user @brivtny even made a video in which she says she tried the ‘dry spoon’ trend because she saw it on TikTok, and ended up in the hospital suffering from a heart attack, showing how the trend can turn deadly . The incident also revealed how potentially dangerous TikTok trends can be. As usual, the answer to trying home remedies or experimental treatments is: ask your doctor first.

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