Health & Wealth

NHS boss slams Gwyneth Paltrow’s health brand Goop

NHS boss slams Goop

The Chief executive of NHS England has said Gwyneth Paltrow’s health brand Goop promotes treatments that carry “considerable risks to health.”

Sir Simon Stevens said the Hollywood star’s brand “peddles ‘psychic vampire repellent’, says ‘chemical sunscreen is a bad idea’, and promotes colonic irrigation and DIY coffee enema machines.”

Sir Simon says these treatments carry “considerable risks to health” and the NHS says “there is no scientific evidence to suggest there are any health benefits associated with colonic irrigation.” 

The NHS boss also slammed Goop’s Netflix series. 

He said Paltrow and her team “test vampire facials and back a ‘bodyworker’ who claims to cure both acute psychological trauma and side-effects by simply moving his hands two inches above a customer’s body.”

Goop was established by Paltrow in 2008 and is estimated to be worth £191m. 

He criticised “dubious wellness products and dodgy procedures” available from online sources, and said the ease with which claims can spread has put misinformation “on steroids”. 

“While the term ‘fake news’ makes most people think about politics, people’s natural concern for their health, and particularly about that of their loved one, makes this particularly fertile ground for quacks, charlatans, and cranks,” said Sir Simon. 

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