Gwyneth Paltrow’s Health Company Is Unscientific Garbage
Gwyneth Paltrow's health and lifestyle company Goop and the new Netflix series The Goop Lab are criticized for spreading lies and health advice for no scientific reason. We have taken a closer look at what the criticism has been aimed at.
Netflix is showing the TV series The Goop Lab with Gwyneth Paltrow, which will be about Paltrow's company and pseudoscience brand Goop. This is something that some have criticized Netflix for because they believe that Goop, among other things, disseminates misleading information about diet and health.
Goop has previously, among other things, been fined $ 145,000 after claiming that their so-called "vaginal egg" would ensure that the user's hormones and menstrual cycle came into balance, something for which there is no scientific evidence. Furthermore, Goop promotes a lifestyle that will provide better orgasms through various mediums and healing methods, something for which there is no scientific evidence.
In the summer of 2017, Gwyneth Paltrow announced that she planned to leave the cinema and put all her energy into her health company Goop. She founded the company as early as 2008 and then began sending out more straightforward newsletters with tips on the best massage places on the Upper East Side in New York and various new age messages. Today, they also offer e-commerce (with some frighteningly overpriced prices!), Collaborate with clothing brands and start pop-ups.
Now the company has received a lot of attention with the Netflix series The Goop Lab, which premieres on January 24.
Already the trailer has got the critics to raise the rack. Words such as exorcism and energy healing make many people react strongly to this so-called health company. But even before, Gwyneth Paltrow’s companies have been in blustery weather because they have spread health claims without scientific justification.
We are a little curious about what the criticism has consisted of and make some decisions.
First snippet criticism: Steam the vagina
A large part of Goop is focused on improving sexual health in various ways, and it was in that area that the first significant criticism storm came. In 2015, Gwyneth Paltrow advocated cleaning her vagina (and uterus!) By steaming it at an exclusive spa in Los Angeles.
It wasn’t long before it developed into a conflict between Gwyneth Paltrow and a gathering of gynecologists who objected to the method. They told me that the vagina can clean itself entirely and that the uterus is not a place to be cleaned under any circumstances.
Other snippet criticism: the jade eggs
Goop began selling jade eggs in 2017 to be used for vaginal strength training. It would be done to increase sexual pleasure and get “better contact with your inner power”. The eggs were (and are) available in several variants that are said to have different properties, such as balancing your hormones or giving you more love in life.
Once again, several gynecologists became skeptical, claiming that there is no scientific evidence that this would work for anything other than strengthening pelvic floor muscles and reducing the risk of incontinence.
The eggs were even brought to trial and Goop had to pay damages for his claims.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s film career has made her rich, there is no doubt about it. It became especially evident when she shared in a Goop newsletter 2016 a recipe for a smoothie that she reportedly drank each morning. The thing with the smoothie was that the list of ingredients went loose at $ 200.
The Washington Post tested the smoothie with a doctor who had to comment on the prescription. And no, he was not impressed. Among other things, the smoothie – which was said to improve sleep and sexual desire – contained powdered beads (yes, ones like necklaces) and a sort of powdered insect parasite.
Gwyneth Paltrow gets ready to inject plasma from the blood into his face to “heal the skin”. From The Goop Lab.
Gwyneth’s cancer outbreak 2015
Claiming that things can prevent or cure cancer without having to stand on their feet is like asking for trouble. This was what Gwyneth Paltrow experienced when she wrote a blog post on Goop in 2015, where she claimed that bra with braces can cause breast cancer.
The claim was slaughtered with more scientific causes of breast cancer, such as for overweight and dense breasts.
The energy patch that Nasa called “bullshit”
In 2017, Goop began selling a patch that was said to be able to “balance the energy frequencies in the body”. The patch, called Body Vibes, was, according to the company, made of the same “conductive carbon” that Nasa used to line its space suits.
Nasa kicked back, saying they have no coal in the costumes and called the patch “a lot of BS” – a lot of bullshit in pure Swedish. After that, the claim to the spacesuits was removed from Goop’s site.
The health-hazardous coffee event
Gwyneth did not seem to be able to get enough of cleaning different body openings and, in 2017 launched a coffee event that could “cleanse the body from toxins”. Again, doctors and other experts had to go in and warn about the product, which can, among other things, cause you to sabotage your gut flora and cause allergies. Precise coffee making has even been linked to several deaths.
“If you have a liver, the body already cleans itself,” dietitian Roberta Anding told CBS.
The Netflix series The Goop Lab is being watched
Even before the series premiered on Netflix, loud protests were heard against Gwyneth Paltrow being given a platform to get his unscientific message out. The fact that the title contains the word “Lab” hints that it should be scientific, and in the program, they also throw in terms like “quadruple blindfolded study”. It may sound serious, but upon closer examination, it only means that the study consisted of four people with blindfolds.
The harshest criticism of the series, besides being ridiculously crappy, is that Goop’s claims are not supported by science. For example, they claim that cold baths can cleanse the body from e.coli bacteria, that the medium can look into the future, that poison from the bee can cure pain, and that some kind of exorcism can replace years of therapy.
This doesn’t seem to be the last we hear about Gwyneth Paltrow and her Goop. To be continued.