Viewpoint: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop has gone from amusing pseudoscience to dangerous quackery

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s beauty/health/wellness website and online store [has been] in the news a fair amount [recently]. The reason is that…every so often [Paltrow’s] Goop publishes something advocating pseudoscience so outrageous that it attracts the attention of not just skeptics, but of the mainstream press and even late night comedians like Stephen Colbert.

[Earlier in 2017], I learned that Goop was selling “jade eggs” for women to put into their vaginas for the low, low price of $66 apiece…[Dr. Jade Gunter’s blog] once again explained why leaving a polished piece of green rock in one’s nether regions is not a good idea.

[Goop however stated that it] just wanted to “highlight alternative studies and induce conversation.” Of course, Goop hoped that conversation would lead to moving a whole bunch of $66 jade eggs, which means that what in reality Goop was doing was advertising, not starting a conversation.

Now, a shruggie might say that this is all harmless nonsense…But that’s not all Goop promotes. It also promotes The One Quackery To Rule Them All, homeopathy, plus other quackery like detox cleanses, naturopathy, colon cleansesfunctional medicine, and a whole lot of dubious fad diets. This dubious medical advice is then coupled with fear mongering…She’s basically taken beauty woo and weaponized it into something that is no longer just a relatively harmless bit of nonsense….

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop: Another triumph of celebrity pseudoscience and quackery

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