A TV star has revealed a truly unsettling stomach wound that he declared was ‘too graphic’ to show on his series.
Todd Sampson is a documentary-maker and TV presenter, best known for his work on Australian shows Gruen, The Project and Body Hack.
He’s also currently filming the third season of Mirror, Mirror, which had previously explored body image dissatisfaction.
This time around he’s probing the global multimillion-dollar wellness industry, putting his own body on the line and trying treatments such as cupping, silent meditation retreats, acupuncture and detoxing.
However, he’s now shown the stomach-churning wound that he’s been left with after letting leeches loose on his body.
This week Todd, 52, posted a video of a bruised and bloodied open wound on his stomach.
TV presenter Todd Sampson has revealed his ‘graphic’ stomach wound (Picture: Todd Sampson/X)
‘WARNING. This was a little too graphic for 7:30 time slot. Here’s what happened after one treatment Mirror Mirror on WELLNESS starts tomorrow on Channel 10,’ he captioned the video.
In the clip, Todd pulled down the dressing on his stomach and revealed that the wound left from the leech treatment was covered in blood and still not closed.
‘Well, it’s the next morning. I want to change my wound and see what those leeches have done to me…here we go,’ he said as blood dripped from the wound.
‘Oh gross, oh boy. That does not look good!’
It was the result of a leech treatment (Picture: Todd Sampson/X)
Unsurprisingly many people were taken aback by what they saw and expressed their shock and disgust.
‘Dude. You do not HAVE to do this!’ former The Project host Charlie Pickering commented.
‘Me: “ohhh Todd Samson is sexy naked”. Me, 10 seconds later: “no”,’ someone else wrote.
People were pretty disgusted by what they saw (Picture: Todd Sampson/X)
Another added: ‘Ooww, I certainly appreciate your dedication Todd, but damn!’
Previously Todd has been chained underwater, submitted to a voodoo initiation and undergone eye surgery for his documentaries.
His latest two-part series, which airs this week, will delve into common and unconventional health practices, including those that may seem extreme to viewers, like leech therapy.
The TV presenter has put his body on the line many times (Picture: Don Arnold/WireImage)
Admitting he has been a ‘wellness addict’ at many stages of his life, Todd has said he’s ‘done a lot of these treatments before’.
But after growing sceptical about the benefits, and becoming uncomfortable with the rise of wellness influencers, he was worried people were turning to unqualified health advisers rather than doctors.
‘What I find frustrating is the lack of trust in science, the anti-medical approach that people are taking,’ he told The Sydney Morning Herald.
In this series, he travels to the US to attempt to speak to Gwyneth Paltrow at Goop HQ and after attempts to interview Miranda Kerr were refused, he turned to her leech therapist in Florida, where he had a ‘leech facial’ using his own sucked blood.
Mirror Mirror: Are You Well? will air on Channel 10 in Australia.
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