Madonna may suffer from ‘DNA paranoia’

amd madonna ritchie jpg

Madonna’s son Rocco (with ex-husband Guy Ritchie) has refused to rejoin her following a court order from December. He had been traveling with Madonna on tour and decided to leave the tour and return to London to be with Guy because of the circumstances he was put in on the tour. Amid the current custody struggle between Madonna and ex-husband Guy Ritchie over their son Rocco, let’s not forget that at one point in her career she was a woman terrified about people stealing her genetic information.

While on tour starting in about 2011, Madonna had various members of her staff cleaning her dressing and preparation rooms to remove traces of genetic material because she was afraid that people would steal her skin or hair cells and use them, presumably for experimentation and to clone her. Along the way, this earned her the moniker ‘MDNA’ for her dressing room paranoia (and ironically it was her album title as well). It’s not that this sort of thinking process was unprecedented for Madonna, as she was known to have ordered a separate toilet seat for each new stop on her concert tour. Portuguese concert promoter Álvaro Ramo noted:

We cannot even look at the dressing room, after it is ready, or even open the door. We can only enter after her sterilisation team has left the room. There will not be any of Madonna’s DNA, any hair, or anything.

This should come as no surprise, as she has for years been an advocate of various questionable religious practices and eating protocols that have more to do with orthorexia than actually adhering to credible, established nutritional science. On the theological end of her spectrum, she has delved into Kabbalah, Buddhism, and other trends. Madonna practices what she calls the ‘Tree of Life’ consciousness; She has been quoted as saying:

So, am I Jewish? I mean, some people would say, well, you do a lot of things that Jews do, but I would say I do a lot of things that people did before Judaism existed. And I believe what I practice has to do with something deeper than religion.

She told Kurt Loder in an interview for MTV in 1997 that the soul becomes attached to the body at age 13. On the topic of the Zohar, she said:

To merely pick up the Zohar, to scan its Aramaic letters and allow in the energy that infuses them, is to experience what kabbalists have experienced for thousands of years: a powerful energy-giving instrument, a life-saving tool imbued with the ability to bring peace, protection, healing and fulfillment to those who possess it.

That sounds like a very easy answer to world peace which apparently no one outside of the orthodoxy has been made aware of. Various political complexities  and her obsessive level of devotion tied with the Kabbalah Centre International led to Madonna’s philanthropic attempt at a school in Malawi to fail.

Related article:  Podcast: The dark connection between cancer research and the eugenics movement

For her dietary obsessions, she ensured that many of her rituals were carried out compulsively by her hired team. This included having ‘food police’ accompany her on tour, as well as banning dairy products at home, disallowing Guy Ritchie to have processed meats enter the house, and so on.

Madonna’s level of orthorexia (a medical condition in which the sufferer systematically avoids specific foods in the belief that they are harmful) has been described as ‘off the charts.’ It’s clear that obsessions with food intake, cleanliness, and religion are neurocorrelates with anxiety disorders and OCD. And in any case with psychological disorders, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) looks for instances where the individual’s behavior threatens normal relationships or interferes with life. Unfortunately, many times a patient doesn’t seek treatment until life circumstances are significantly impacted due to their behavior, or until the impacts are brought upon the patient by external sources, such as Child Welfare Services. In fact, psychologists noted for their focus on anxiety disorders observe, ‘the emphasis on cleanliness or ritual purity is the cornerstone of most of the compulsive rituals.’

Ironically, perhaps these type of pathologies tend to travel together in a genome, and a genetic fixation is one aspect of Madonna’s personality.

Ben Locwin, PhD, MBA, MS, is a contributor to the Genetic Literacy Project and is an author of a wide variety of scientific articles for books and magazines. He is an expert contact for the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), a committee member in the American Statistical Association (ASA), and also a consultant for many industries including biological sciences, pharmaceutical, psychological, and academic. Follow him at @BenLocwin.

 

Outbreak
Outbreak Daily Digest
Biotech Facts & Fallacies
Talking Biotech
Genetics Unzipped
ft covidresponseus feature

Video: Viewpoint: The US wrote the global playbook on the coronavirus and then ignored it

A year ago, the United States was regarded as the country best prepared for a pandemic. Our government had spent ...
mag insects image superjumbo v

Disaster interrupted: Which farming system better preserves insect populations: Organic or conventional?

A three-year run of fragmentary Armageddon-like studies had primed the journalism pumps and settled the media framing about the future ...
dead bee desolate city

Are we facing an ‘Insect Apocalypse’ caused by ‘intensive, industrial’ farming and agricultural chemicals? The media say yes; Science says ‘no’

The media call it the “Insect Apocalypse”. In the past three years, the phrase has become an accepted truth of ...
globalmethanebudget globalcarbonproject cropped x

Infographic: Cows cause climate change? Agriculture scientist says ‘belching bovines’ get too much blame

A recent interview by Caroline Stocks, a UK journalist who writes about food, agriculture and the environment, of air quality ...
organic hillside sweet corn x

Organic v conventional using GMOs: Which is the more sustainable farming?

Many consumers spend more for organic food to avoid genetically modified products in part because they believe that “industrial agriculture” ...
benjamin franklin x

Are most GMO safety studies funded by industry?

The assertion that biotech companies do the research and the government just signs off on it is false ...
gmo corn field x

Do GMO Bt (insect-resistant) crops pose a threat to human health or the environment?

Bt is a bacterium found organically in the soil. It is extremely effective in repelling or killing target insects but ...
favicon

Environmental Working Group: EWG challenges safety of GMOs, food pesticide residues

Known by some as the "Environmental Worrying Group," EWG lobbies for tighter GMO legislation and famously puts out annual "dirty dozen" list of fruits and ...
m hansen

Michael Hansen: Architect of Consumers Union ongoing anti-GMO campaign

Michael K. Hansen (born 1956) is thought by critics to be the prime mover behind the ongoing campaign against agricultural biotechnology at Consumer Reports. He is an ...
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
Optional. Mail on special occasions.
Send this to a friend