Sometime in 2019, a sudden craze over celery juice took over the internet. People were posting videos of themselves rushing to grocery stores to buy celery, blending it, and drinking the juice. This all happened because one man in a book declared that celery juice is ‘the most powerful medicine of our time’ which is curing ‘millions worldwide’ of all manner of diseases. Who is the man in question? A self-proclaimed ‘Medical Medium’ called Anthony William. But does his claims about celery juice hold water? Well in this comprehensive article, we’re going to find out the truth about celery and its supposed health benefits, as well as examine the credibility of this self-proclaimed ‘Medical Medium’ who surprisingly has millions of followers online. So let’s begin!
What is Celery?
Celery is a common vegetable that is usually eaten raw or cooked. It is a good source of fiber and has a lot of water in it. It is also commonly used in traditional medicine.
What Are the Benefits of Celery?
The benefits of celery is similar to other green vegetables. However, there are scientific studies claiming that celery can aid in preventing inflammation and cancer, reducing high blood pressure and others. However, most of these studies contain insufficient evidence to back up any of their claims.
Celery is also a good source of antioxidants. It also contains a small amount of vitamins A, K, C and B9 (folic acid). According to WebMD, celery is also effective as a mosquito repellant.
In summary however, all indications point to the fact that celery is just a plant which has no special quality that differentiates it from other common vegetables (except maybe, the mosquito repellant ability). There is absolutely no scientific reason to believe that celery has extraordinary health effects that cures diseases.
Who is ‘Medical Medium’ Anthony William?
Anthony William is a popular social media influencer based in Florida, USA with millions of followers on Facebook and Instagram. He is also a New York Times bestselling author of books on natural remedies for health and wellness. He also contributes to the website of Goop, the controversial health and wellness company owned by actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
Anthony William does NOT have any medical qualification or any qualification related to health and wellness. Instead, he bizarrely claims that he has the ability to predict what disease you’ll have before you have them. How? According to his website, William ‘was born with the unique ability to converse with the Spirit of Compassion, who provides him with extraordinarily accurate health information that’s far ahead of its time.’ He even goes as far to claim that he diagnosed his grandmother with cancer and ‘healed’ many people with his extraordinary powers since he was just four years old.
Somehow, Anthony William’s claims has made him popular, and he boasts of a cult following online. He is credited as ‘the originator of the Global Celery Juice Movement.’ He also has a host of celebrity endorsements on his website. Some of the celebrities include actors Sylvester Stallone, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert DeNiro, supermodel Miranda Kerr, AT&T CEO John Donovan, and tennis star Novak Djokovic.
Celery Juice Benefits According to ‘Medical Medium’ Anthony William
As I mentioned already, celery has benefits that is typical for a normal green leafy vegetable. But Anthony William begs to differ.
According to William, celery has the following benefits:
- ‘Helps heal headaches and migraines’
- ‘Reduces inflammation’
- ‘Helps teeth, gum, and mouth problems’
- ‘Strengthens the reproductive system’
- ‘Fights autoimmune disease’
- ‘Helps restore adrenals’
- ‘Helps eradicate Strep bacteria’
- ‘Critical for the brain’
- ‘Brings down toxic liver heat’
- ‘Raises hydrochloric acid and helps the liver produce bile’
- ‘Kills Epstein-Barr and Shingles virus’
- ‘Neutralizes and flushes toxins out of the liver‘
- ‘Critical for chronic acid reflux’
- ‘Powerful weapon against SIBO [Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth] and bloating]’
- ‘Celery juice helps constipation’
- ‘Supports vision and eye health’
- Contains digestive enzymes, ‘helps heal digestion’
- “Helps heal eczema and psoriasis’
- ‘Helps prevent UTIs’
- ‘Prevents high blood pressure’
- ‘Supports weight loss’
- ‘Fights infections’
- ‘Helps lower high blood cholesterol’
- ‘Helps prevent ulcers’
- ‘Healing for acne’
- ‘Disarms toxic metals in your body’
- ‘Helps reduce depression and anxiety’
- ‘Gives an instant immune system boost’
- ‘Removes viral waste out of the body’
- ‘Alkalizes the blood stream and body’
This is not a joke. William made all these claims on his Instagram page.
Given what you just read, you must be wondering what kind of extraordinary properties of celery juice William discovered that made him make all these incredible claims, right? Well you’re not alone. I’m curious too. So let’s find out, shall we?
Science Behind Health Benefits of Celery Juice According to ‘Medical Medium’ Anthony William
According to William, the reason why celery juice has all the incredible health benefits listed above is that it contains what he calls ‘sodium cluster salts.’ He goes on to claim that these ‘undiscovered’ sodium cluster salts have the following properties:
- Can bind onto ‘neurotoxins, dermatoxins, and other viral waste, as well as troublemakers, and draw them out of the liver.’
- Kills viruses (especially Epstein-Barr and shingles viruses)
- Can flush out the ‘pathogens’, which he claims are the actual culprit behind what is thought to be autoimmune inflammation’.
William didn’t bother presenting any research or scientific work to support any of his claims. In fact, he made sure to preemptively dismiss any criticism by first, calling it ‘a great insult to the ones who have suffered and struggled, but are now gaining relief’. Then to address the fact that there is no scientific study supporting his claims, William insists that there’s no need for one since ‘there’s an organic study happening’, with ‘countless people getting results’ and ‘telling their stories.’ He even goes as far as to dismiss any claims of placebo effect by repeating the same old talking point about doctors and scientists ‘not having all the answers’ – and by reminding you of how frustrating it can be going from one doctor to another in order to get treatment for your nagging health issues.
Books and Programs by ‘Medical Medium’ Anthony William
Anthony William is the author of the following books and programs:
- Cleanse to Heal
- Celery Juice: The Most Powerful Medicine of Our Time
- Liver Rescue
- Thyroid Healing
- Life Changing Foods
- Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal
- Virus Protection (apparently to capitalize on the ongoing pandemic)
Response of the Medical Community to Anthony William’s Claims
The medical community has since reacted to the incredible claims of Anthony William and as expected, the majority of the reaction is very negative. Many healthcare professionals pointed out the fact that there is absolutely no scientific evidence that proves his claims. In fact, many see him as a dangerous individual who is endangering the life of patients. Another thing pointed out is that Anthony bases all his claims on supernatural ability from some ‘Spirit of compassion’ who has been making him predict and treat people’s health issues since he was 4 years old.
‘Those of us working in the health care industry have seen patients come through the emergency room or show up in our clinics too late because they’ve subscribed to some sort of home remedy that hasn’t been based on any science,’ Dr Austin Chiang, a YouTuber and medical professional, told BBC. Melissa Meier, a dietitian, called out the hypocrisy contained in the fact that Anthony William put out a disclaimer denying giving medical advice, while at the same time profiting from doing what is essentially giving medical advice.
In fact, Jonathan Jarry of McGill Office for Science and Society has audio of William straight-up giving medical advice on radio. He also shows examples of how dangerous William’s ‘medical advice’ has been. These cases include misleading a woman who had multiple myeloma (a type of blood cancer – William told her she had NO disease) and misdiagnosing a young boy who later died from respiratory illness.
The Truth About Medical Medium Anthony William
If you have made it this far in this article, it should be obvious to you that Anthony William is a classic quack with a cult following. The reasons are simple:
- He has no medical qualification or a qualification in any health-related discipline.
- He bases all his claims on revelations from some supernatural ‘spirit of compassion’. Imagine a medical doctor diagnosing you with some disease by consulting some ‘spirit’ instead of conducting evidence-based tests and examinations!
- None of his claims is backed by scientific evidence. For example, there is NO such thing as ‘sodium cluster salts’. That’s completely made up.
- He has a history of giving false and dangerous medical advice to people, which has resulted in at least one avoidable death and psychological trauma to thousands.
- William tries to avoid criticism by appealing to people’s emotions and painting medical professionals – who train for years in order to obtain a license to treat people – as the bad guys. This is a classic behavior of master manipulators.
- Despite his disclaimers, Anthony William does practice medicine without a license and is definitely profiting from it, thanks to endorsements by popular celebrities.
- He promotes fad diets and oversimplifies the cause of disease. Specifically, he likes fingering Epstein-Barr virus as the cause of almost all diseases.
- From his claims about celery juice alone, it’s clear that we’re dealing with a mentally-unstable individual with a god complex. People like this should be avoided at all costs, as they tend to gather and nurture a cult following who will then end up destroying themselves and people around them over his teachings.
Contra Health Scam’s Verdict: ‘Medical Medium’ Anthony William is a Dangerous QUACK.
If I were you, I’d stop listening to Anthony William for any health-related advice immediately. This man is a classic example of why you should NEVER rely on celebrity endorsements for your health issues, and why you should stick to qualified, licensed medical professionals despite their imperfections. I understand that it can be difficult and frustrating to get the services of a good healthcare professional at an affordable rate, but don’t let people like Anthony William take advantage of this fact to mislead you into gorging yourself with celery juice and other unproven stuff. This is dangerous and will only end with empty pockets, tears and worst of all, avoidable death.