Weird Science: Hollywood-tested wellness treatments—and where to get them in Toronto

Weird Science: Hollywood-tested wellness treatments—and where to get them in Toronto

Magnetic therapy
MAGNETIC THERAPY
Electromagnetic frequencies are pulsed through the body to treat pain, anxiety and even bad moods.
The Science Says: It’s a legit treatment for depression, injury and post-operative pain and swelling.
Who Does It: Suzanne Somers, NASA astronauts.
Who To Call: Bob Berman, the energy healer at Soul 7 clinic in Yorkville. $99–$200 per session. 17 Yorkville Ave., 416-847-6999.

Vampire facelifts
VAMPIRE FACELIFTS
Clients’ faces are injected with “platelet-rich plasma” (PRP), a colourless goo harvested from their own blood. Proponents say it smooths skin and plumps complexions.
The Science Says: It’s early days, but PRP may spur collagen production.
Who Does It: Kim Kardashian, Bar Refaeli.
Who To Call: The Visage Clinic. $1,600 per treatment. 179 John St., 416-929-9800.

Cryotherapy
CRYOTHERAPY
Adherents swear that two- to three-minute stints in a liquid nitrogen sauna can boost the immune system and slow the aging process.
The Science Says: Like an ice pack, the cold blasts may reduce injury recovery time. Other claims are iffy.
Who Does It: Demi Moore, Kobe Bryant.
Who To Call: Cryotherapy Toronto. $60 per session. 1111 Finch Ave. W., 416-509-4555.

IV therapy
IV THERAPY
A cocktail of nutrients is pumped into the blood via IV for one- to two-hour sessions. Used to treat everything from asthma to fatigue.
The Science Says: Anecdotal evidence abounds, but controlled studies are sparse.
Who Does It: Madonna, Cindy Crawford, Rihanna.
Who To Call: Restore Integrative Health. $60–$90 per session. 989 Queen St. E., 647-725-2525.