The reaction to Gwyneth Paltrow’s new Netflix series has been swift and furious: As soon as promotion for The Goop Lab, which premieres January 24, began this month, health critics took to Twitter and blogs to mock the actress-turned-wellness guru and warn of the danger of her pseudoscientific approach.
One of Paltrow’s nemeses, the OB-GYN doctor and women’s health commentator Jen Gunter, reminded Twitter that medical ideas should “be studied before [being]… offered to people as an option,” alluding to the energy healing and cold therapy featured in the show’s trailer.
Jill Promoli, a mom and photographer, pointed out, “The more we encourage this nonsense, the greater the distrust in our experts,” and in actual life-saving interventions, like vaccines. Tim Caulfield, author of the book Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?, chastised Netflix for spreading health misinformation: “In addition to promoting unproven ideas & products, it contributes to erosion of #criticalthinking.”
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