Gwyneth Paltrow’s website, Goop, has drawn lots of ire from fans and scientists alike since it opened. The website, which promises “wellness advice” and helping readers live a healthy lifestyle, has drawn criticism from all over the medical community.
Back in January, Paltrow told her readers that putting a jade egg up your vagina would help achieve better orgasms and help the pelvic floor muscles contract and become stronger.
Medical experts, however, strongly disagreed with this assessment. One even wrote a long open letter to Paltrow, encouraging her readers not to try the new trend.
“As for the recommendation that women sleep with a jade egg in their vaginas I would like to point out that jade is porous which could allow bacteria to get inside and so the egg could act like a fomite. This is not good, in case you were wondering. It could be a risk factor for bacterial vaginosis or even the potentially deadly toxic shock syndrome.
“Regarding the suggestion to wear the jade egg while walking around, well, I would like to point out that your pelvic floor muscles are not meant to contract continuously. In fact, it is quite difficult to isolate your pelvic floor while walking so many women could actually clench other muscles to keep the egg inside,” Dr. Jen Gunter wrote in the open letter.
And now nutritionists are taking aim at Goop, saying that Gwyneth’s Paltrow’s advice encourages readers to starve themselves rather than eat in a healthier manner.
“When you look at the actual medical side, the health side, they so rarely are promoting anything that is even vaguely healthy.
“Look at Gwyneth: You know, the crap that she writes, it’s just overwhelmingly mind boggling for a doctor to see that – the number of people following it and going along (with it) is just terrifying,” said Dr. Christian Jenssen, a doctor who works privately in the United Kingdom.
He also states that blogs that offer “fitspiration” to their readers often create issues with teenagers and young adults prone to eating disorders. Those who work in the entertainment industry, however, face enormous pressure to be thin, so it is likely that Gwyneth Paltrow has skewed eating habits from her time in Hollywood.
Jenssen went on to say that the language used on Gwyneth Paltrow’s website was very similar to and almost indistinguishable from pro-anorexia sites that encourage users to starve themselves, giving tips and tricks to do so.
“The language very much in use is guilt about weight and body shape and shame and stigma about being fat and about being overweight,” Jenssen added about Goop.
Gwyneth Paltrow has also previously advocated things like steaming your vagina and eating only raw foods in order to improve your health (and lose weight).
In a recent interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Gwenyth Paltrow confessed that she actually didn’t really know what they talk about on Goop, even though she’s moved toward creating a magazine of the ill-advised website.
“They say that we’ve lost touch with being barefoot in the Earth and there’s some type of electromagnetic thing that we’re missing, so it’s good to take your shoes off and walk in the grass. I don’t know what the f**k we talk about,” she said, laughing.
Doctors, however, are finding it less funny when they are treating clients who have followed Paltrow’s bad advice.
Jenssen added that he wasn’t against Gwyneth as a person, but he wasn’t a fan of her “strangely restrictive diets.”
“Mums are probably looking at Gwyneth and going ‘I’m going to cut wheat for a bit’, which is naturally going to have an affect on our kids,” he added.
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