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Many of us have come to ignore Gwyneth Paltrow’s questionable health advice. But her lifestyle site, Goop, has plenty of fans that listen very carefully to what the actress says.
So carefully, in fact, that people are wasting money on useless products and obsessing over diseases that don’t even exist.
One doctor has written a scathing blog post aimed directly at Gwyneth and her “medical bullshit.”
The post, titled “Dear Gwyneth Paltrow, we’re not f**king with you we’re correcting you, XOXO science”, was written by gynaecologist Dr Jen Gunter.
In it, she responds to a recent interview in which Gwyneth said: “If you want to f**k with me, bring your A-game.”
Dr Gunter begins by explaining that medical professionals are growing more and more exasperated at Goop’s health “advice”.
She goes on to say that Gwyneth’s “crackpot theories” are directly affecting her patients: “What do you possibly have to gain by spreading lies to women about bras causing breast cancer? Ever had a breast cancer survivor cry in your office worried that she caused her cancer by wearing bras for 20 years? Probably not. I have.”
“This kind of fear mongering causes so much distress that researchers have to do special studies even though the idea is biologically implausible and not supported by the myriad of research already available. I can think of better ways to spend those breast cancer research dollars.”
Dr Gunter also says that she has witnessed some patients spending money on organic tampons “they don’t need” and obsessing over having systemic Candida (a yeast infection). All because of Goop’s unfounded claims.
She also believes that Goop only interviews ‘experts’ who conveniently have something to sell. After all, Goop is a business.
“It is hard for people to hear that what they are doing medically is a waste of time. Trust me, I have to tell people they can get the same pelvic floor with free Kegel exercises as they can with your $66 jade egg.”
“Have you ever wondered why a woman (meaning you) who can work out for hours, eats a reportedly healthy diet, lives in a meticulous house, and isn’t overweight is simply so ill with adrenal fatigue, toxins, and parasites? Could it possibly be that you are getting bad medical advice? It is also entirely possible that you are just laughing all the way to the bank,” Dr Gunter finishes.
Goop has been heavily criticised by scientists and doctors since it began in 2008. It has told women to do everything from steaming their vaginas to inserting a stone up there. (Turns out those £50 jade eggs could actually cause toxic shock syndrome.)
She has even led the world to believe that adrenal fatigue is a real disease. According to scientists, the condition “does not make sense” and is not even medically recognised.
Goop has also been called out for its hypocrisy after claiming that cosmetics and medicine containing aluminium have a link to diseases including cancer and Alzheimer’s. However, the site then proceeded to sell a lipstick containing the so-called toxic ingredient.
Gwyneth doesn’t look like she’s set to slow down on the Goop trail. She recently announced that she was launching a Goop magazine in partnership with publishing powerhouse, Condé Nast.
Ladies, let’s listen to the experts.
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