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Despite having a stellar film career and an Oscar to her name, Gwyneth Paltrow seems to be channeling all her energy into becoming a beacon of ‘healthy living’.
Through her successful cookbooks and lifestyle website Goop, 42-year-old Paltrow spruiks everything from detoxing and $4000 juicers to “sex dust” and vagina steaming treatments. The mum of two is clearly enthusiastic about her diet and health regimen, and nobody’s about to argue that being health-conscious is a bad thing — but should we really be taking this kind of advice from a celebrity?
According to Timothy Caulfield, a Professor of the University of Albert’s Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, the answer is… nope. In his new book Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?, Professor Caulfield puts the actress’ many health claims and endorsements to the test. Evidently, they’re all a load of… well, Goop. (Post continues after gallery.)
“It’s incredible how much she is wrong about. Even when she is right about stuff — like telling people to eat more fruits and vegetables — there is always a bit of a tinge of wrongness,” Professor Caulfield tells Vox.
“She’ll say, ‘It has to be organic,’ for example. She is still distracting us with these untrue details, as opposed to just pushing the honest truth.”
Like our intrepid Editor in Chief Jamila Rizvi, Professor Caulfield even submitted himself as a guinea pig for one of the detox programs with a Paltrow tick of approval. Judging by this excerpt from the book, it was not a happy experience.
“I am three days into my cleanse… at this stage I do not feel clean or pure or happy,” he writes.
“I feel and behave like a miserable bastard. The combination of caffeine withdrawal and hunger pangs has transformed me into a feral beast with a fuse as short as one of Gwyneth’s fabulous dresses.”